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Santa’s ‘Elks’ deliver Christmas baskets
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Santa’s ‘Elks’ deliver Christmas baskets

Members of Hermiston Elks Lodge No. 1845 were busy during the holiday season.

More than a dozen of Santa’s “Elks” helped in assembling food baskets for delivery just in time for Christmas. The group made 28 deliveries to...

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Pool tourney racks up cash for senior center

A donation of $3,000 is going to the Hermiston Senior Center thanks to the annual Christmas Charity Pool Tournament.

The Dec. 16 event, held at Midway Bar & Grill, included a spaghetti feed, raffle, 50/50 pot and silent auction.

Weston lights up holiday season
Weston lights up holiday season

The city of Weston announced winners of its Christmas Lighting Contest.

In the Glitz & Glamour category, Will Gallaway took first place; followed by Joe & Carlene Hearn with second place and Dusty and Lucy Hearn in third.

Reason...

Car enthusiast drives museum donation
Car enthusiast drives museum donation

Denny Evans of Pendleton recently donated a Model A (circa 1928-31) to the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum in Hood River.

Dorys C. Grover said when Jim Smootz took the 90-year-old to the museum, he decided to donate the vehicle...

Weston residents plant giving tree
Weston residents plant giving tree

A pair of Weston residents coordinated efforts for Santa Claus by creating a Giving Tree to collect gifts for needy children.

Debi Russell and Sheila Jasperson initiated the project with 18 children identified as needing Christmas gifts.

Family unwraps holiday spirit
Family unwraps holiday spirit

The holiday season was made a little brighter for Maria Perez and her two daughters, Guadalupe, 15, and Citlali, 10.

McKay Creek Estates executive director Noemi Wiseman said the Pendleton assisted living facility “adopted” the...

Oregon Community Foundation supports region

The Oregon Community Foundation recently announced that it approved the disbursement of $335,800 in grants to support 17 projects with nonprofit organizations in Eastern Oregon.

“The nonprofit communities in Eastern Oregon know the...

Stanfield elves check-out holiday spirit
Stanfield elves check-out holiday spirit

A bunch of Santa’s elves lent a helping hand during a Dec. 15 holiday event at the Stanfield Public Library.

Santa’s Workshop featured cookie decorating, writing a letter to Santa, an ornament craft and photos with Santa. Library...

The Promise features Umatilla students
The Promise features Umatilla students

A pair of Umatilla School District students are featured in “The Promise of Oregon” public education support campaign

Jordan Lucky Pifher, a student at Clara Brownell Middle School, is part of a statewide public education support...

Enrichment director coordinates fun

A recent promotion results in a familiar face as the life enrichment director at McKay Creek Estates.

Monica Becker, who has served in post-acute care at the Pendleton assisted living facility, has a degree in healthcare administration, with...

Children’s Rodeo ropes in donation
Children’s Rodeo ropes in donation

The InterMountain Education Service District received a donation of $2,183.50 from representatives of Swire Coca-Cola and Pendleton Walmart on Nov. 10.

The donation will be used for the Children’s Rodeo, which is held each year on...

Donation honors former Boardman student

A donation made in honor of a former Boardman student will provide daily lunches for a current student at Windy River Elementary School.

Starr Caswell recently contacted Brandon Hammond, the school’s principal, because she wanted to make...

Education foundation cooks up grant fund
Education foundation cooks up grant fund

About $20,000 was raised during a Nov. 9 benefit event for the Education Foundation of Pendleton.

Held at the Pendleton Convention Center, Grillin’ for Grants included dinner, auctions and an opportunity to showcase the new Pendleton High...

Nixyaawii enjoys holiday feast

A generous outpouring from the community resulted in a bountiful holiday meal at Nixyaawii Community School.

The Dec. 15 luncheon event included students, parents and staff. The school received donations of food, money to purchase needed items...

W-M FFA students organize food drive
W-M FFA students organize food drive

Weston-McEwen High School FFA students found a way to make a difference in their community this holiday season. The group organized a food drive and collected more than 1,000 pounds of food.

According to Ashley Florence, voc-ag teacher and FFA...

Santa drives through Boardman
Santa drives through Boardman

The Boardman community lit up the holiday season with the Welcome Santa Drive.

The jolly old elf hitched up his custom-made sleigh, which was created by SECO Pallets, LLC. In its third year, the event included holiday music, lighted floats and...

‘Tis the season at McKay Creek Estates
‘Tis the season at McKay Creek Estates

Music filled the air recently at McKay Creek Estates.

The Pendleton assisted living facility welcomed special guests who performed a pair of concerts. Retired Umatilla County Circuit Court Judge Richard Courson was thrilled to have the Pendleton...

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