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1/26 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Last week Aria Lee, 7-year-old daughter of Mitch and Amber Lee, completed her chores early -- a newsworthy event in itself -- so she went outside and asked God to send her a special treasure.

Not 10 minutes later, she spotted a small, obviously neglected, black kitten in the bushes beside the road. After checking with neighbors to make sure it wasn't theirs, her parents let her keep it.

She named it Blackberry, since she wasn't sure if it was a boy or girl.

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Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church has added three events to its schedule. The congregation will meet at 9:15 a.m. each Sunday for prayer, then at the regular 10 a.m. service will again have children's church led by Amber Lee and Jenny Mellein. After the service the adult Sunday school class will meet from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Child care will be provided.

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Movie Night at the church will be Saturday, Jan. 29, at 6:30 p.m., and will feature "The Apple Dumpling Gang." Popcorn will be served, so you can't go wrong coming to this monthly event.

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Judy Guida flew to Houston, Texas, for grandson Neko's fourth birthday on Jan. 9. Neko's parents, John and Gina Guida, adopted Neko when he was a baby. Houston's warm, sunny days were a nice change from our wet weather. Guida almost always travels standby and almost always gets on a plane -- even though she is sometimes last on.

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Marguerite Nice attended the biennial auxiliary presidents' conference of the Gideons International Jan. 13-16 in Nashville, Tenn. While there, she got to visit the headquarters of Gideons International, which is based in Nashville. Nice is president of the auxiliary for Oregon and Idaho.

Nice's granddaughter, Clackamas County Dairy Princess Jessica Budge, was recently crowned the 2011 Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador by the Oregon Dairy Women at a meeting in Salem on Jan. 15. Budge is a student at Oregon State University, majoring in agriculture communications. Her parents are Joseph and Rebecca Budge of Sherwood.

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Chris and Jennifer Vandenberg drove to Bend on Friday, Jan. 14, to visit Jay and Shelly Clevenger and to help celebrate their 4-year-old son Kaden's birthday. Jay was Chris' college roommate and visits Pedee often. The weather in Bend was grand, according to them.

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