The Pedee Women’s Club is now accepting quilts for their quilt show to be Sept. 9-10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the clubhouse. They are expecting to show 40 to 50 quilts, mostly ones made by Pedee women. Their patriotic raffle quilt will be on display and tickets sold will benefit their soldiers’ fund. Several quilts made for children at risk will also be shown. The women are also serving cookies and coffee at the show. Please contact LaVerne Bennett, 503-838-0751, if you have a quilt to show, or if you’d like to help set up or help during the show. For sure come to see these beautiful quilts.

Pedee Church is collecting items needed by students and teachers at the Kings Valley Charter School: whiteboard markers, Post-it notes, Ticonderoga pencils, glue sticks and Sharpie pens. Help launch the school year by contributing some of these critical items. The goal is to supply classrooms for the start of school next week. Boxes will be available in the church foyer next Sunday, or can be left at the door.

Welcome to new neighbors Grant and Alayne Wingett and their daughter Becca and grandson Jared, who recently bought Alan and Sue Garton’s place. They are from Stayton. Alayne’s mother, Fran Zander, of Salem, was out last week to see their new home. Alan and Sue are still living in their RV and working on buying a home in Dallas.

I just got home from a tour of the British Isles with my 17-year-old granddaughter Victoria. We had a great time visiting some iconic landmarks such as the Tower of London, Big Ben, the London Eye, and Windsor Castle, as well as ancient castles and ruins. It’s hard to imagine castles and palaces as old as 2,000 years, plus miles and miles of rock fences 500-1,000 years old. I did wonder how often they had to be repaired, if ever. Fields were mostly full of sheep and dairy cattle.

Since I’d been out of town during the Polk County Fair held from Aug. 8-10, I still want to recognize the Pedee kids who had animals and other projects at the fair. Allana Russell, daughter of Daniel and Heidi Russell, entered two hogs in the fair and got blue ribbons on both Spades and Little Buddy. She sold Little Buddy in the livestock auction on the 10th and was pleased with the results. She felt good about how she did in the showmanship contest, but plans to do even better next year. Cassie Ainsworth, 11, daughter of Jeremy and Melany Ainsworth, had several projects in the fair, ranging from sewing, cooking, and crafts to a market hog and pet rabbit. She got a blue ribbon in showmanship on her hog and sold it at the auction, plus a champion ribbon on her glass night light. She belongs to the Focus Pocus 4-H club in Monmouth, where she goes to school. Dawntae Bault had several entries in the fair, but he must be on vacation right now, so his results will come next week.

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