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1/2 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

December 31, 2012

Pedee is the place to be at Christmastime.

Downtown Pedee has looked wonderful with all the Christmas lights on homes. Christmas events continued last week.

On Dec. 21, several members of Pedee Church went Christmas caroling throughout the community. On Dec. 24, several people served dinner at a homeless shelter in Salem, then came home in time to go to the Pedee Church Christmas Eve candlelight service, which is always a beautiful program that ushers in Christmas in a meaningful way.

Around 75 people came together to sing Christmas carols, hear the story of Jesus' birth and light the last advent candle, while Debbie Strange sang two solos accompanied by her father, Gene Hall, on the guitar. The service concluded with the singing of "Silent Night" and "Joy to the World" as candles were lit.

Old neighbors coming from afar included Aaron Goetzinger from Eugene, and Pam and Jock Dalton and their twins, Lois and Maurice, from Dallas.


One of our community's most respected and loved members, Ted Jones, died Dec. 20 at his home on Ira Hooker Road at the age of 94. He was born at the family farm on Shady Lane on July 19, 1918, and has lived in Pedee ever since except for three years when he and his wife, Alberta, lived in Harlan. Ted worked in the timber industry until he retired. Seldom did you see him without Alberta at his side, and she was to the end.


Another neighbor, Karen Porter, lost her 60-year-old mother, Elaine Martin, very unexpectedly on Dec. 5. Elaine had lived with her husband, Carl, in Carlton, where she grew up and they had lived for their 42 years of marriage. She was a school cook and dedicated 4-H leader in Carlton and supported Carl and Karen in their horse show activities. Karen's sister, Cathy, also lives in Carlton.


New people have moved in at the corner of Kings Valley Highway and Pedee Creek Road: Mike and Star Obrist and their two children, Sierra and Triston, from Forest Grove. Mike will be attending Oregon State University this next term. Star's daughter, Dakota, has been spending Christmas vacation with them. She's a Forest Grove High School sophomore.


The Polk County Saddle-ites will go on their annual New Year's trail ride Saturday, starting at the home of Jerry Mentzer and Charm Waller two miles up Pedee Creek Road. Meet there at 10 a.m. to get in on the ride and the bonfire and dinner afterward. Anyone interested in joining the club and riding at that event can contact club president Karen Porter at or 503-606-0471.

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