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6/26 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

June 25, 2013

Pat Lyday's funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Pedee Church. Lunch will be served afterward. Call the church at 503-838-4073 for suggestions on what type of food items you can bring, as I expect a lot of people will be there.

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Alan Shifley is glad to be home from several weeks of travel. He went to San Diego and Singapore for Hewlett-Packard, for which he works, then to visit his parents, Clyde and Betty Shifley, in Angelica, N.Y., and then to visit his brother and sister in Rochester. He figures he traveled 25,000 miles.

Meanwhile, his daughter, Amy, has been dancing with An Daire Irish Dance Academy in Portland and will be dancing at the World Beat Festival at Riverfront Park in Salem on Saturday. The festivities begin at 10 a.m. They are focusing on Japan this year, but will have dancing from all over the world.

Amy graduated from Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis this year and is looking for summer work. She is available for baby-sitting and other jobs, so keep her in mind.

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McKenzie Smithson, daughter of Chad Smithson of Albany and Erika Sickendick of Fir Grove Road, celebrated her graduation from Santiam Christian High School with a dinner at Gamberetti's Italian Restaurant in Salem with 22 family members in attendance.

Her grandmother, stepfather Chris Sickendick's mother, Carolyne Reel of Missouri, was here, as was her great aunt, Teresa Jahn Gitomer from Charlotte, N.C. Her grandparents, Pam and Jock Dalton, came with their twins, Maurice and Lois, and great aunt and uncle, Linda and Bill Chertudi, were there with their family, and her aunt, Carry James and her family, as well as her siblings Seth Smithson and Ashley and Hallie Sickendick -- and her mother Erika and stepfather Chris, of course.

McKenzie is planning to go to Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls as she'd like to be an X-ray technician.

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Dave and Suzanne Burbank took a photo of a bobcat walking through their yard the night of June 17, and Chris and Erika Sickendick also saw a cougar the same night walking up Fir Grove Road.