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Pedee News : Nola Womer

Several special activities in December are planned for Pedee Evangelical Church.

Christmas decorating will begin 9 a.m. Dec. 3, during the Sunday School hour; the Sunday School Christmas program is planned for 1 p.m. Dec. 10; and a special Advent concert by "In One A'Chord" will be held 10 a.m. Dec. 17.

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Sgt. Stephen Osgood was home on leave from Afghanistan and attended the Pedee Women's Craft Fair Nov. 11 with his wife, Mandy, and daughters, Bailee, 3 and Bridgett, 3 weeks.

Osgood is a medic with the Oregon National Guard and has returned to Afghanistan.

He is the son of Pete and Lucy Osgood of Dallas and the grandson of Ted and Ethelene Osgood of Pedee. He grew up in Pedee and attended Pedee School, as did his father.

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Pedee Charter School of the Luckiamute Charter Schools had its noontime Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 17.

Three students and director Dan Austin were introduced by teacher Chris Highfield.

They welcomed the guests, parents, faculty and students. Austin asked each one to tell something for which they were thankful.

Some of the guests included Pedee School in their thanks and explained their involvement. Marjorie Robertson taught the primary grades for 17 years; Maxine Prevo of Dallas was school custodian for 10 years; and Nola Millhouser attended the school when Camp Adair had training activities in the area when the children walked to school.

Ted and Alberta Jones have been faithful helpers, and their children Raymond and Arlene attended the school. Alberta's was one of the last classes to graduate from Pedee Union High School before the district joined the Dallas District.

Nila Shellenbarger started school in September 1927 when the building was finished and graduated 12 years later.

Juandeane Skidmore, who lives near the school, has been a volunteer helper.

I attended the one-room white school house on the hill for five years before attending school in the new building and graduating from the one-teacher high school overseen by R. Glenn Brady.

The turkey dinner with all the trimmings and dessert was served the the old primary room and eaten at decorated tables in the main rooms.

The students were very helpful. Several served punch, coffee and desserts to the guests at their tables. Later, others cleared the tables and put things away.

School board members attending were Gloria Lighthart, Kendall Cates, Matt Beasely, Ted Osgood and Kiva Lyell.

The Pedee School staff this year includes director Austin; teachers Jen Anderson and Chris Highfield; teachers' aide Colleen Burbank; custodian Earl Bishop and secretary Tammy Price.

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At the Thanksgiving worship service at the church on Nov. 19, Pastor Lonnie Burbank read a short scripture before Aaron Burbank sang "How Great Thou Art" accompanied by Pam Burbank on the piano. Short scripture passages were given out and read, and six choruses were also sung.

Other music included a solo, "Come thou Fount," by Stacy Wiedenmann accompanied by Pam on the piano; a solo by Dan Hayes, "Give Thanks," who accompanied on his guitar; and a duet, "Amazing Love," by Glenda Bush and her sister, Anna Bowman, with recorded accompaniment.

Mikki Burbank, who had missed some Sundays due to illness, was welcomed. She said they had bought a house in Dallas and had just finished moving on Saturday.

Most shared the Thanksgiving potluck turkey dinner planned by Suzanne Burbank and Gail Goetzinger, who were assisted by many others with serving and cleanup.

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