PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash


Arlene Kovash

Several people from the community attended the Burbank/McBeth family reunion this year, mainly because several people in the community are Burbanks or McBeths. Over 40 people in all attended this annual event, held at the Dallas Park on the third Sunday of August each year, including the youngest family member, Shawn and Ashlee McBeth’s 9-month-old baby, Maverick. All who had extra family photos brought them to share, which was a great way to start the reminiscing. 

Mike and Melissa McBeth could have had the youngest child at the reunion, except that their newest family member wasn’t born until four days later, Aug. 20. Their 6 pound, 8 ounce daughter is named Miley Rose. Her proud brothers and sisters are Morgan, Cheyenne, Wyatt and Levi.

Alan and Sue Garten just spent 12 days in Mossy Rock, Wash., south of Chehalis, with the Polk About Sams RV club. They camped right on Mayfield Lake and spent time taking drives to see the dam and fishery, and visiting RV friends. The week before they had taken son Mark and his wife Stefanie’s sons Bryson, 8, and Jackson, 10, to the 1,000 Trails RV Park in Newport, where the boys spent most of their time swimming in the pool. Their older son, Eric, his wife, Jaime, and son, Parker, moved to Elkhart, Ind., this summer, where he is now the executive director of the Elkhart Botanical Garden.

Judy Clark Guida traveled in her Roadtrek RV to Fairmont Resort and Hot Springs near Anaconda, Mont., for the Clark Family Reunion. Her grandparents had homesteaded in the mountains near there. Amber Clark Chen and Brett Clark did amazing presentations regarding genealogy going back into the 1600s when the Clarks arrived on this continent. She traveled with family dogs Bango and Arlo for her first solo RV drive and explored historical sites through Washington and Idaho on the way over to the reunion. 

Paul and Diane Telfer spent last week at Gleneden Beach with their children David, Helena Christianson, and Amber and families, including their four grandchildren. The weather was just perfect with one day of some rain. The toddlers loved playing in the giant sandbox of the Oregon Beach.

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