Hermiston herald. (Hermiston, Or.) 1994-current, October 31, 2018, Image 1

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    HAPPY HALLOWEEN >> A15
INSIDE
FREE BREAD
Local business owners are
sponsoring a free concert by
cover band for the soft rock
group Bread on Saturday.
PAGE A6
A CLEANER HERMISTON
City code enforcement
department takes
educational approach
DAYLIGHT
SAVINGS
By JAYATI RAMAKRISHNAN
STAFF WRITER
Don’t forget to turn your
clocks back one hour on
Saturday night
M
BY THE WAY
Hermiston Warming
Station in need of
volunteers
The
Hermiston
Warming Station is in
desperate need of volun-
teers and is holding train-
ings for new volunteers
Saturday from 2-5 p.m.
and Sunday from 9 a.m. to
noon at the station, 1075
Highway 395. Trainings
for returning volunteers
are Nov. 7 and Nov. 10
from 6-7:30 p.m.
Volunteers can set their
own schedule throughout
the season by signing up
for shifts online whenever
they are able. They must
pass a background check.
The warming station
will provide a warm sleep-
ing place for homeless
individuals and families
from Nov. 19 to Feb. 28.
For more informa-
tion, contact Teesie Hill at
541-289-2150.
• • •
Area veterans are
invited to submit photos
of themselves in uniform
for a slide show during a
breakfast sponsored by the
Hermiston Chamber of
Commerce. Photos must
be submitted by Mon-
day via kelly@hermis-
tonchamber.com or at the
chamber office, 1055 S.
Highway 395, Suite 111.
Honoring our Veter-
ans, which is free to vet-
erans, current military per-
sonnel and their families,
STAFF PHOTOS BY JAYATI RAMAKRISHNAN
The BP station, which was hit by a semi several months ago, is one of the buildings Mike Marcum
keeps an eye on as the code enforcement officer.
“When will the awning come down? I don’t know. The
property owner is still waiting for the insurance claim.”
Mike Marcum | Code Enforcement Officer
ost people in Hermiston have
noticed the gas station on
Highway 395, with broken
windows and an awning in
shambles, and wondered why no
one has taken it down.
As Hermiston’s code enforce-
ment officers will tell you, it’s
not that simple. Whether a rusted
vehicle in the front yard, over-
grown trees or a destroyed build-
ing on the highway, code vio-
lations are the responsibility of
property owners to fix, and it can
be a long process getting them to
comply.
Mike Marcum, one of two
code enforcement officers for the
Hermiston Police Department,
walked around the vacant build-
ing and observed the damage,
caused by a semi truck that sev-
eral months ago backed into the
building and then took off.
“That’s one we’ve addressed,”
he said. “Right now we’re on
standby.”
See CODE, A16
Code Enforcement
Officer Mike Marcum
looks at a ditch where
people have dumped
trash, behind the
Hermiston movie
theater.
See BTW, Page A6
First lunch at Harkenrider Center draws crowd
By JADE MCDOWELL
STAFF WRITER
The first lunch at the new Harken-
rider Senior Activity Center was a
record-breaking one.
More than 100 people showed up
for the inaugural meal of chicken,
mashed potatoes, vegetables and
cake on Thursday. The senior center
opened at the end of September, but
its twice-weekly meals had remained
at Our Lady of Angels Catholic
Church until all of the equipment in
the new kitchen was installed.
Virginia Beebe, the senior center’s
vice president, was one of the board
members running around Thurs-
day adding more chairs to tables and
helping people with walkers navigate
the line. While the old, smaller senior
center’s lunches had been number-
ing 50 to 60, she said she wasn’t sur-
prised by the large turnout Thursday.
“We expected this today,” she said.
Based on a show of hands, most
seniors at the meal had eaten at the
former senior center on Orchard Ave-
nue at least a few times before it was
torn down in 2017. Since that time,
the seniors have been having lunch at
the Catholic church and dreaming of
the day they would get their own new
building.
Edna Collier was grinning from
ear to ear as she sat at one of the
tables set up Thursday. She said she
was “real thrilled” to be there.
“It’s great,” she said. “We’ve
needed it for a long time.”
See SENIORS, A16
STAFF PHOTO BY E.J. HARRIS
Guests line up to get cake during the first lunch service Thursday at the
Harkenrider Senior Activity Center in Hermiston.