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Symphony cashes in with grant

A grant from the U.S. Bancorp Foundation will help fund general operating expenses of the Oregon East Symphony and Chorale.

Kathy Nooy, manager of the Pendleton branch of U.S. Bank, presented the $4,000 award to Michelle Sitz and Cathy Muller, OES staff members.

Sitz said the money will be used for production of the concert season and administration of the classical music education programs, preparatory orchestras and music lesson scholarships for students.

Oregon East Symphony and Chorale opens its concert season Oct. 7. For more information, go to or contact or 541-276-0320.

‘Them There Beans’ takes top prize

Shannon Lancaster won the People’s Choice award during the Sept. 22 Chuckwagon Cafe Dutch Oven Cook-Off, held at the cafe north of Hermiston. The Irrigon woman’s “Them There Beans” edged out second place winner Larry Ross of Hermiston. He made tamale pie.

More than $1,400 was raised during the event, which served as a fundraiser for Boy Scout Troop No. 679 and student groups from Umatilla High School. In addition to the Dutch oven cooking competition, the event included a live auction, raffle and concession sales.

The cook-off, in its ninth year, is held in conjunction with the cafe’s anniversary. Chuckwagon owners Dorothy Beason and Cathy Stolz celebrated 42 years.

Operation Christmas Child project kicks off in Hermiston

About 18 people participated in a recent kickoff event for Operation Christmas Child. The event was Sept. 20 at New Hope Community Church in Hermiston.

A project of Samaritan’s Purse, the nondenominational evangelical relief organization has provided millions of gifts to needy children in Third World countries since 1993. Volunteers fill shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, hygiene items and notes of encouragement, which are then shipped to needy kids overseas.

Barb Wattenburger, Operation Christmas Child Hermiston Relay Center coordinator, said more than a dozen area churches participated in the project last year. New Hope will again serve as a relay center during the Nov. 12-19 collection week, which then transports shoe boxes to a collection center in Richland, Wash. In addition, Calvary Chapel of Pendleton is a relay center.

This year’s theme, Wattenburger said, is 100,000,000 smiles, celebrating the 100,000,000th shoe box distributed since the ministry began.

Individuals, service organizations and church groups are encouraged to participate in the effort. For more information, go to

Marina event rolls out in Boardman

About 150 people cruised over to the Boardman Marnia Park for the fourth annual Rollin’ on the River. Held Sept. 22, the event included live music, classic cars and wine and beer tasting.

“It was a very successful event,” said Diane Wolfe, Boardman Chamber executive director. “Everyone had a great time dancing and meeting with friends.”

In addition to Wolfe, committee members included

Deanne Irving, Michelle Erickson, Kathie McGowan, Mindy Binder, Pam Docken, Dean Kegler, John Boufford and Amber Dobson. Thanks are also in order to those who helped with event, including Sandy and Kevin Toms, Jim and Paula Young, Karen Pettigrew, Don Drayton, Karen Kegler, Kent Binder, Ray Michael, Frank and Gloria Rossi, Dave and Debbie Radie, Kory Killingbeck, Joe Taylor, Bill and Pam Hancock, Roy and Mary Jane Brown, Bill and Pam Hancock and the Riverside High School wrestlers.

Wolfe also said numerous area businesses and organizations contributed to the success of the event.

Judy Scott’s Chuck Wagon provided the meal, and the winner of the Traeger grill was Michelle Weber.

Test drives benefit band program

More than 400 test drives of Ford vehicles during Drive 4 UR School helped with the fundraising effort of the Hermiston High School marching band program. Sponsored by Tom Denchel Ford Country and Ford Motor Company, $20 from each test drive completed during the Sept. 22 event will help the band in its goal to purchase new uniforms.

Another Drive 4 UR School event is planned in Hermiston. A Nov. 10 event will benefit the FFA program. For more information, go to


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