PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash


Arlene Kovash

Nine women who went to Pedee School in the 1940s and ’50s met at last Wednesday’s Pedee Womens Club meeting for a reunion, where a lot of reminiscing went on.

The nine were Connie Jones McBeth Ames of Dallas, Mary Lou Tharp Phillips of Sheridan, Colene Condon Lamberty of Philomath, sisters-in-law Deanne Maddux and Mildred Maddux of Monmouth, Marguerite McBeth Nice of McMinnville, LaVerne Bennett, Alberta Burbank Jones, and Judy Maddux Houston, who was here from near Chicago. Alberta and Mildred graduated in 1949, the last high school class in Pedee. Deanne taught third and fourth grades there throughout the ’60s. The rest of us enjoyed hearing the history of that time from the women. 

April Makalea, who with her husband Tale, has the farm stand on Maple Grove Road, will be teaching a class on food preservation Thursday night at Pedee Church. Learn about curing fermentation, larding, cold storage and cheese-making on Thursday.

This workshop series is open to anyone, so come and invite your friends. A potluck meal will be at 6 p.m., and the workshops will begin at 6:45. Come for either or both. 

The Makalea’s daughter Alyssa, who is home-schooled, will be graduating from high school in a few weeks. She will be working with the animals on her parents’ farm as she’s a real animal lover. 

On Thursday, 7 p.m., a bluegrass jam will be launched at the church’s outdoor amphitheater and will continue through the summer. Dr. Pat Huff will be there with his banjo, and they are expecting a couple of mandolin players, at least one guitarist and possibly another banjo player. They are hoping for a fiddler.

The focus is to raise up folks that are new players or new to bluegrass, so any skill level is welcome. An audience is welcome, too, so bring your chairs and possibly blankets and listen in!

Nar Anon is still meeting at the church on Sunday evenings from 5 till 6 p.m. This group serves as a support group for friends and families of those affected by addiction. 

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