City Names Senior Center: Harkenrider Center

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Frank Harkenrider’s first Hermiston City Council meeting was in January, 1959, and he has been a fixture of the community’s leadership until he attended his last meeting in January, 2015.  In honor of his decades of service to the community, the Hermiston City Council unanimously approved naming the community’s new senior center the “Harkenrider Center.”

“There isn’t anybody who has been a bigger cheerleader for Hermiston than Frank Harkenrider,” said David Drotzmann, Mayor.  “Anybody who has heard of Hermiston knows about watermelons, and they know about Frank Harkenrider.”

Harkenrider championed many major projects through his years as a City Councilor and Mayor, but one of his final successes was as a vocal advocate for relocating and constructing a new senior center.  The City received notice in December, 2014, one month before Harkenrider’s retirement, that it will receive a $2 million grant for the construction of a new facility for senior citizen programs.  The new facility will be limited to public uses for citizens age 60+ for the first five years of operation, and then made available for other users and programs after the initial five years.


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