Don Brostrom was combining his wheat on Aug. 14, when a spark from a bearing that went out on the combine caught eight acres and the fenceline on fire.A lot of trucks and people were on the scene for several hours putting the fire out. Crews from Pedee, Dallas, Monmouth and Airlie fire stations, neighbors with water trucks and the Oregon Department of Forestry responded, which he was very thankful for. The combine is fine.--Levi and Dawntae Bault, sons of Cliff and Anne Bault, entered several items in the Polk County Fair and did Pedee proud.Eleven-year-old Dawntae entered 18 items, mostly cooking, and consequently came in second in the Junior Chef contest. He got Best of Show with his angel food cake, plus six blue ribbons, three reds and four white ribbons, all on items he made completely on his own -- well, except for his eggs. He also got two blue ribbons on his chicken and a red on his pony. Levi got three champions and a reserve in 4-H shooting sports.LaVerne Bennett and I entered quilts in the fair. She entered three and got a blue ribbon on a hand quilted one, and a red on another. I entered four, getting three blue ribbons and two special awards. Both Grandma's Attic quilt shop in Dallas and Ladies of Liberty quilt shop in Independence provided prizes for those.--Sam and Judy Guida drove to Colville, Wash., to visit Scott and Sharon Ketchum, who lived in Airlie for many years. They hiked in the mountains, picked wild huckleberries and picnicked by mountain lakes near the Canadian border. On their trip back they stayed at the Skamania Lodge overlooking the Columbia River, where they celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.--Thirteen couples participated in the two-day "Love and Respect" marriage workshop sponsored by Pedee Church and facilitated by Corvallis pastor Dave Jackson on Aug. 9-10. They came from both the local area and as far away as Sweet Home and Eugene.Kerith Lodge in Pedee was a good setting for an event such as this.Jackson facilitates these workshops through his organization called Marriage Works Family Matters (mwfm.org), a faith-based Oregon nonprofit founded on Nov. 21, 2012, to provide professional and pastoral services from a Christian perspective.