This has been a season of hellos and goodbyes in the Pedee area.
Jim and Julie Bennett of Salem welcomed daughter Avery Samara at 5 p.m. on April 13. She has two sisters, Amanda and Hannah, and two brothers, Isaac and Reese. Jim is the son of Pete and LaVerne Bennett. Amanda, who is in the Air Force and stationed in Spokane, Wash., arrived home on Saturday for a week's leave to see her new sister. Amanda had dinner with grandparents Pete and LaVerne on Monday evening; special requests were zucchini patties and lemon meringue pie.
Paul and Diane Telfer's daughter, Helena, and her husband, Keith Christiansen, of White Salmon, Wash., had their first child on April 14 -- a daughter named Calista Katherine. This is the Telfer's second grandchild; both are girls.
Several in the Pedee community attended Virginia McDowell's funeral last week. She died April 2 in Dallas at the age of 88. Virginia and her husband, Roy, lived most of their lives together in the Kings Valley and Dallas areas, and son Mike is still here in the Pedee area.
Also, Vickie Woods attended a memorial gathering in Philomath for close friends of her parents, Junior and Pat Lyday, Oren and Lois Webster, who lived nearby most of their lives. They had been married for 70 years and died within a month of each other last fall.
Roy and Virginia McDowell were lifelong best friends with Oren and Lois Webster, and Virginia's service was the same day as the Websters'.
Another exciting birth was a set of triplets to Daniel and Heidi Russell's goat, Mopsy. The couple's children -- Allana, Alex and Abigail -- got to help with the kids' births, as did Scott and Melody Castle and son Liam. It was quite a revelation to all the kids.
Sam and Judy Guida had planned a weekend trip to Champoeg State Park April 14-15, but only made it to Dallas before the alternator on their RV quit and had to be towed home. They are undaunted and will try again.
Diane Telfer and I entered quilts in the Mid-Valley Quilt Guild quilt show, which takes place Thursday through Saturday at the Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center in Rickreall. It's a great show with more than 200 quilts and many vendor booths, so don't miss it if you have any interest in quilts at all.