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6/5 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

June 04, 2013

Pedee residents noted a few weeks ago that someone in the community was burned after a brush fire.

This week I discovered that it was Mike Obrist, who lives at the corner of Kings Valley Highway and Pedee Creek Road. He received first-degree burns on his face and second-degree burns on his arm when the wind abruptly changed and the fire blew back into his face.

He spent a few days of pain in the hospital, but is recovering nicely.

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On May 16, Casey, Sherri, Sage, Preston and Libby Kramer began a five-day adventure to Scottsbluff, Neb., where they joined Sherri's sister, Spring, and Ed Sherrell in celebrating their daughter Shayla's high school graduation.

Sherri's mom, Laura Harsin from Pendleton, and grandmother, Joey Duff from Hermiston, were there as well as her sisters and other family members.

Their first day there they awoke to the beautiful and well-known landmark to the settlers of the west, Scotts Bluff National Monument, and were also able to visit Chimney Rock as well as Courthouse and Jail rocks, other noted landmarks to the brave pioneers. On the way back to the Denver airport they stopped at Fort Laramie, Wyo., where the kids enjoyed imagining what it was like almost 200 years ago at a fur trading fort and also learned about the military post that once thrived there.

At about the same time, Daniel and Heidi Russell flew to Estes Park, Colo., for a church orientation week to better acquaint themselves with the staff, missionaries and other denominational leaders of the Pacific Conference (region).

Estes Park is called "The Gateway to the Rocky Mountain National Park," so they took advantage of the opportunity to spend a day in the unbelievably spectacular mountains of the park. There were herds of elk everywhere in Estes Park, including in the parking lot of the restaurant their last morning there.

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Lynda Schnekenburger's brother, Steve Teets, and his son, David, are visiting from Spokane, Wash. It's been at least 10 years since they have seen each other. David visited for a week two years ago and helped out with projects while he was here. David is an avid bicyclist and world traveler.

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Jill Ronco Jones recently celebrated her 50th birthday with a tea party at the Bridlewood Recreational Hall south of Dallas.

Her sisters, Margaret Jarvis and Brenda Ronco, hosted the party, serving traditional tea fare of little sandwiches, salads, desserts, and two kinds of tea.

Past and present Pedee neighbors attending included niece Jolene Ronco and her daughters Becca and Eva, Kathy Ronco and daughter Megan, Greta Smith, Pam Burbank, Katie Keizer Coleman, LaVerne and Lisa Bennett, and Anne Parker, as well as husband Spencer's sister Angie Jones from Aumsville and other friends.

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