COMMUNITY A2 • HERMISTONHERALD.COM THREE MINUTES WITH ... WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019 Summer concert series tunes up weekly Music in the Parks ﬂ ows into Morrow County By TAMMY MALGESINI COMMUNITY EDITOR LARRY FETTER Director, Hermiston Parks and Recreation When and why did you move to Hermiston? I moved here in 2011, for the job. I like smaller communities and we’ve got family in the area. I came from the Seattle area and the quality of life here [is] much nicer. What is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston? We really try to get around and see different places. We go to Nookie’s most often. What do you like to do in your spare time? Well, I’ve got a degree in recreation. My wife and I love riding around town. We have road and dirt bikes. We’ve been going down to the farmer’s mar- ket. They’re really doing a nice job. We usually lis- ten to the music and eat there. What surprises you about Hermiston? What surprises me most is how interested — gen- uinely interested — people are in building a com- munity. They care about decisions being made. It’s very noticeable here. What was the last book you read? “Baja: The Island,” a historical book about when explorers ﬁ rst were exploring and mapping Mexico and Baja, they thought that Baja was an island. A variety of musical genres are featured during the coming weeks as Mor- row County continues its annual outdoor summer concert series. Music in the Parks alter- nates weekly between Boardman and Irrigon marina parks through Aug. 12. The free concerts are each Monday at 7 p.m. The Latino group Aze- tatos will perform June 24 at Boardman Marina Park. The experienced musicians, who are united by friend- ship, formed in 2018. Azetatos recently played at Burnt Field Brewing in Boardman and a private event in Pasco. They also have upcoming shows in Kennewick and Yakima. They play a variety of music, including rock, pop and ballads — with their setlist also including covers of familiar tunes. The July 1 performance at Irrigon Marina Park fea- tures 98% Angels. Featur- ing Marie Rose and Renate Meakins, the duo ﬁ rst met and began singing together in 1998 with the Blue Jazz Choir Ensemble at Blue Mountain Community Col- lege in Pendleton. Since that time, they’ve CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS TOP: Performing as 98% Angels, local duo Marie Rose and Renate Meakins are featured during the July 1 Music in the Parks at Irrigon Marina Park. BOTTOM: Azetatos, a Latino rock band, will perform during the June 24 Music in the Parks at Boardman Marina Park. continued to take the stage together at area festivals. In addition, they volun- teer their time singing at local assisted living facil- ities. They offer a mixed bag with everything from hits of the ’50s and ’60s and Big Band swing music to 1930s standards and popu- lar contemporary and coun- try tunes. Additional perform- ers for the season include Brady Goss (July 8, Board- man), Martin Gerschwitz (July 15, Irrigon), Cruise Control (July 22, Board- man), Fonozis (July 29, Irri- gon), Cosmo’s Dream (Aug 5, Boardman) and Cale Moon (Aug. 12, Irrigon). People are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the out- door shows. In addition, those attending are invited to bring a picnic to enjoy while basking in the beauty of the Columbia River. During the Boardman con- certs, concessions will be available for purchase as a fundraiser for the Board- man Little League. In case of inclement weather, the Boardman performances will be held at the SAGE Center, 101 Olson Road, and the Irri- gon shows will be moved to Stokes Landing Senior Cen- ter, 150 Columbia Lane. Thanks to sponsorship by the North Morrow Com- munity Foundation, Music in the Parks is funded by the Morrow County Uni- ﬁ ed Recreation District and Portland General Elec- tric. For more information, contact Jackie McCauley at 541-720-1289 or util- ity.clerk@cityofboardman. com. HERMISTON HISTORY What website or app do you use most other than Facebook? I use Powerpoint a lot; it’s effective. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? We already have booked a two week tour of Ger- many, Austria area. We’ll be there for Oktoberfest in Munich. What is the funniest thing that’s ever hap- pened to you? This actually happened during the New Year’s Eve party on the downtown festival street here in Hermiston… It was a pretty cold night, and we had ﬁ reworks planned...we rigged a 6 foot paper mache watermelon ﬁ lled with confetti and bal- loons inside it that were supposed to burst. In practice it worked ﬁ ne. But when we did the big countdown, it didn’t work ﬁ ne because it was too cold. The balloons popped before we did any- thing. We had this huge watermelon hoisted up on a thirty foot crane and at the big countdown noth- ing happened. That was my unfortunate but very funny New Year’s Eve celebration this year. What is one of your goals for the next 12 months? We have a lot of park things planned [at Parks and Recreation]. The teen adventure park, the new skateboard facility. Another fun one is the new dog park, which is scheduled to be installed this fall. The goals are continuing to create new recre- ational opportunities. What is your proudest accomplishment? Working with the senior citizens to build the new senior center. We got a two million dollar grant to do that. We built a super cool new building. 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RIGHT: Stanﬁ eld and Hermiston ﬁ re and ambulance personnel work to free someone trapped in a vehicle after a crash on South Edwards Road in 1994. 25 YEARS AGO A 10-year-old Hermiston boy who received one of his mother’s kidneys in a transplant operation in March is showing excellent progress. Tyler Lemmon is in the top 10 per- cent in terms of how he is adjusting to his new kidney, doctors told his mother, Kristie Lemmon. “Usually, they’ll say the’ll have some sort of rejection in the ﬁ rst four to six weeks, but so far he hasn’t had any,” his mother said. His weight is up and he has gotten his color back, she said. Both of Tyler’s kidneys were irrep- arably injured when he was struck by a falling tree last October. be hoped for was to try to “hold the opponent’s score down” have been met with wide public disapproval. The board has been under steadily mounting pressure to take remedial action before a defeatist attitude per- meates the entire school system. Last winter a committee composed of highly respected professional, civic and business leaders represent- ing a large cross section of the com- munity recommended to the board that coaching changes be made before the situation entirely collapsed. The group was deeply concerned that the continuing public ridicule of the pro- gram here at home and around the conference could result in long-last- ing degradation of our total academic system. 50 YEARS AGO 75 YEARS AGO JUNE 19, 1969 JUNE 22, 1944 An excerpt from a published state- ment by the Hermiston School Dis- trict regarding a controversial deci- sion not to renew the contracts of several head coaches: The deciding factors which led to the board’s decision to termi- nate the coaching assignments are for the most part public knowledge. But those reasons are here restated to clear up any misconceptions that may have developed. The high school athletic program has been in a rapidly declining con- dition for the last three years. Partic- ipation has been less than satisfac- tory and student support has dropped to an unacceptable level. Home game attendance has been exceptionally poor. Repetitious statements by mem- bers of the coaching staff to the effect that Hermiston doesn’t have any “ath- letic horses” and the best that could Fear that some of the citizens of Hermiston will go cold next win- ter, unless they order and take deliv- ery of their ﬁ rewood and coal for the year immediately, was expressed by Mayor F.C. McKenzie. “Information reaching me from the Northwest Solid Fuels Rationing Branch of the Ofﬁ ce of Price Admin- istration indicates that while stren- uous efforts are being made to avert any ﬁ rewood or coal shortage, federal authorities charged with the respon- sibility of keeping Paciﬁ c Northwest homes supplied with fuel are gravely worried as to whether a critical short- age of these two fuels can be averted,” he said. “Increased use of mill waste as raw material in manufacturing and increased distance of sawmills from fuel markets has cut down the supply of ﬁ rewood.” “Between two-thirds and three- JUNE 21, 1994 fourths of coal used here is shipped in from Rocky Mountain states. The rail- ways are crowded and with increased intensity of the Paciﬁ c War will be more so. Mines are shorthanded.” 100 YEARS AGO JUNE 21, 1919 The visit last week of Leslie L. Matlock of Heppner to attend the funeral of his cousin, Wesley N. Mat- lock, brings to mind that he was the one who sounded a warning that saved the lives of hundreds of peo- ple in the disastrous cloudburst that poured its waters through Heppner 16 years ago last Saturday. It was on that day, June 14, 1903, that without hardly any warning hun- dreds of people living in Heppner and Willow Creek were swept to their death in the raging waters. Nearly 300 bodies of victims were recovered after the ﬂ ood had sub- sided, 150 having been found a few hours after the cloudburst. That hun- dreds more in Willow Creek Val- ley were not swept to their grave is due to the wild and heroic ride of Mr. Matlock down the valley warning the people of the lower valley towns of the coming ﬂ ood, after all other com- munication had been cut off. Hun- dreds reached safety in the hills just in time to see their homes and ﬁ elds destroyed by the raging waters. 2) Statistics reveal that while during the 19 months of war there were 56,227 Americans killed and 200,000 injured in the war, here in the United States of America in peace- ful occupations during that same time period in factories, manufactur- ing plants, on the streets, in buildings, on railroads, etc. there were 126,654 men, women and children killed and two million injured.