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THREE MINUTES WITH ...
WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2019
Hermiston School District
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When and why did you move to Hermiston?
I moved to Hermiston originally on August 16,
1995 for my ﬁ rst teaching job (Intermediate Title
I teacher at Sunset Elementary). I moved to Pend-
leton in 2008 for work and moved back to Hermis-
ton and the district in 2016.
What is your favorite place to eat in
I am a big fan of any food I don’t have to cook,
and I am not a picky eater, so you could probably
catch me out for any meal. A few of my favorites
are Veg Out, Walker’s Farm Kitchen, The Gath-
ering Place at Bellinger’s, Lawan’s Thai Garden,
Delish Bistro, and I love a Midway burger.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Who has spare time? For the last three and a half
years I have juggled my time to complete my doc-
torate. I have two girls in high school, so you can
usually ﬁ nd me at school events. I am a sports
fan, and whenever possible, I am cheering on my
DAWGS! When I have a few minutes, I like to
spend them spoiling my dog, Kash.
What surprises you about Hermiston?
It doesn’t surprise me anymore, but I was sur-
prised at how welcoming this community was
when I returned in 2016. I immediately felt like I
was back home.
What was the last book you read?
”Leaders Eat Last” by Simon Sinek
What website or app do you use most other
Probably the Weather App on my phone, especially
in the winter.
If you could travel anywhere, where would
This is a tough one. I don’t really have a “bucket
list” of places I would like to visit. I think it is
more about the journey than the destination and
more about who you are with than where you are.
What is the funniest thing that’s ever hap-
pened to you?
Probably anyone who knows me could tell a story
about something funny that has happened to me.
Something that would be funny to see, that I can’t
seem to get away from is a split-door at the dis-
trict ofﬁ ce. The top is usually open and the bottom
is closed. More than once when both parts have
been closed I have opened the bottom and walked
straight into the top.
What is one of your goals for the next 12
My goal for the next 12 months is to continue mov-
ing the Hermiston School District forward. As our
community grows and changes, so does the dis-
trict. I have a quote in my ofﬁ ce that says, “Great
communities have great schools,” and I think
Hermiston is great.
These drawings of Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins and Neil Armstrong appeared in the Hermiston Herald 50 years ago to
announce that mankind had oﬃ cially walked on the moon.
25 YEARS AGO
JULY 26, 1994
The Salvation Army Thrift Store
in Hermiston will be closing its
doors at the end of this year.
Lt. John Watson, of the organiza-
tion’s Pendleton ofﬁ ce, said sagging
sales are to blame.
“We don’t have enough money
coming in that store to keep it
going,” Watson said.
He said the store has to make
$500 or more a day to remain via-
ble. It is averaging less than $300.
Watson attributed the lack of
sales to several factors, including
too little parking and restrictions on
50 YEARS AGO
JULY 24, 1969
The ﬁ rst men on the moon com-
pleted an historic scientiﬁ c investi-
gation Sunday night in a two-hour
program which extended man’s
physical science frontier to another
Neil Armstrong, a test pilot’s
pilot, and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, a
doctor of science, scooped up 62
pounds of moon soil for analysis
back on earth, set up two key exper-
iments which began work immedi-
ately and proved that human investi-
gators can operate efﬁ ciently on the
The small moonquake detector
they set up began to register what
appeared to be seismic activity as
soon as the opened up its solar panels.
A few minutes after they deployed a
Laser mirror, astronomers at the Lick
Observatory in California shot a beam
of ruby light up to it and reported suc-
cessful reﬂ ection.
It was the most remarkable and
successful scientiﬁ c expedition in the
annals of science, equalling the tech-
nological achievement of the landing
itself. It put Project Apollo in a new
framework — as a transport system
that would enable man to visit and
explore the solar system.
At 10:56 p.m. EDT, Armstrong
stood on the lunar soil which looked
like powdered charcoal and he said:
“Here’s one small step for man and
one giant step for mankind.”
75 YEARS AGO
JULY 27, 1944
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Being mom to my girls, Kennidy and Kambree.
The intensity of the assault on
the war fronts following D-Day was
brought closer to home this week by
the announcement of injuries to two
of Hermiston’s “home boys.” Last
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Debbie Holden, left, and Sheri Konningrud show oﬀ Pea Ridge T-Shirts’ new
computerized embroidery machine in 1994.
week news of the fact that Lt. Alfred
Emert, son of Mrs. W.A. Emert, is
missing over France also shocked the
Sgt. W.C. (Chester) Dyer, USMC,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Waldo G. Dyer of
Hermiston, who landed under heavy
ﬁ re on D-Day and was wounded at
Saipan, after 10 days of almost con-
tinuous ﬁ ghting on the front lines,
writes: “We had heavy casualties on
the beach. The Japanese covered the
area with mortar and machine gun
ﬁ re, mowing down many of the men
in the ﬁ rst two waves.
“Mine was supposed to be a
reserve outﬁ t, but the ﬁ ghting was
so tough that we were in the advance
ranks continuously. I was wounded
on D-Day plus nine. I had been
relieved and was catching some sleep.
I awoke with a start and found a Jap-
anese ofﬁ cers ﬁ ve yards from me try-
ing to sneak behind our lines. I had no
weapon, but I challenged him instinc-
tively and warned my buddies.
“He ﬁ red with his revolver and hit
me once. He ran and dropped a cou-
ple more hand grenades, wounding
another Marine, but riﬂ e ﬁ re killed
him a second later.”
Sgt. Dyer is now in the San Diego
Naval Hospital for medical care. He
is suffering from a pistol shot which
entered his right side and came out his
left, piercing his abdomen.
100 YEARS AGO
JULY 26, 1919
The long dry spell this season
has worked a hardship on the water
being used for domestic purposes, it
being mainly the cause for impurities
This was shown from an analysis
of a sample recently sent to the state
board of health by Water Superin-
tendent Crandall at the request of the
city council. As a result of this, City
Recorder Jensen this week sent out
notices to all domestic water users to
use precautionary measures by boil-
ing water before using.
It is not expected that this will
have to be continued long, as it is pre-
sumed that with the ﬁ rst good rain
atmospheric conditions will undergo
a change that will clarify the water
and keep in pure from the reservoir.
But for the present everyone should
follow the advice of the city recorder
and boil water.
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• • •
The National Weather
Service’s radar in Uma-
tilla County is currently
down as it goes through an
This week through the
end of July, NWS will take
apart the red and white
radar tower in Pendleton
to thoroughly clean, repair
and upgrade equipment in
the radome and replace the
pedestal. The agency uses
radar to track precipitation,
wind and other weather
Brooks said even though
the radar will be down, the
weather service will be able
to use radar readings from
its neighboring ofﬁ ces in
Portland; Medford; Boise,
Idaho; and Spokane, Wash-
ington to see weather pat-
terns heading into the area.
The ofﬁ ce will still have
other tools, such as obser-
vations, spotter reports and
satellite data, within the
area usually covered by
• • •
Echo resident Robert
Peachey has been volun-
teering all summer long to
spruce up his community.
He rolls through town
in an electric wheelchair
each day on his way to get
coffee at the H&P Cafe,
and said he started pulling
small weeds in cracks in
the road and sidewalk on
his way. He moved on to
public parks and clearing
out plants along the rail-
road tracks. He reported
last week that so far he
has pulled up and disposed
of 185 30-gallon barrels
of weeds, totaling 5,550
“That’s a lot of weeds!”
• • •
The ALS Association
of Oregon & SW Wash-
ington is hosting a town
“ALS: What it is and
How we Can Help” is
Saturday, Aug. 3 from
3-4:30 p.m. in the Commu-
nity Room, 501 S.W. Emi-
grant Ave., Pendleton. The
event is free and open to
Sclerosis (ALS is also
referred to as Lou Gehrig’s
disease) affects hundreds
of people living in Oregon
and southwest Washington.
People are invited to learn
more about the regional
ALS chapter, the work they
are doing to support people
living with the disease and
how to work together as a
community to ﬁ nd treat-
ments and a cure for ALS.
For more information,
contact Cassandra Adams
org, 503-238-5559 or visit
• • •
The menu for the Har-
kenrider Senior Activ-
ity Center for Thursday is
baked chicken, red parsley
potatoes, corn, fruit salad
and cake. Friday is build
your own tacos and des-
sert. Monday is salad bar,
dinner and dessert. Tues-
day is taco salad, fruit and
dessert. Next Wednesday
is chicken salad sandwich,
salad and dessert.
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