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9/11 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

September 10, 2013

Several in Pedee went to war this week -- the Civil War Re-enactment at Fort Stevens State Park northwest of Astoria.

After I talked my family into going with me to the re-enactment at Willamette Mission Park over the Fourth of July, my daughter Lorraine and her family fell in love with re-enacting and signed up right there. So, for Labor Day weekend, she and her husband, Doug, and two daughters, Victoria and Christina, outfitted themselves and joined the 69th New York Irish Brigade at Fort Stevens. And, well, I did, too.

Also, cousins Stephen Osgood and Cole Cochrane, grandsons of Ted and Ethelene Osgood, who have been re-enacting with the 116th Pennsylvania Irish Brigade for several years, were there, as was Stephen's girlfriend, Jessica Riffle, daughter of Bob and Virginia Riffle of Airlie.

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It's so nice to live in Pedee, where neighbors help each other all the time. We had oats to harvest, so two neighbors, Jerry Mentzer and Norm Baldwin, worked with Paul to get our old combine working. Unfortunately, they were unable to keep it going long enough to get the job done, so another neighbor loaned us his combine and with Jerry running it, all fields were done before all the rain hit last week. What a great group of guys.

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The Pedee campus of Luckiamute Valley Charter Schools is starting the school year with 44 seventh- and eighth-graders. Much work has been done on the school, including installing new, red doors. The next project will be to replace more windows. Principal Dan Austin says that they have almost finalized the purchase of both the Pedee and Bridgeport schools, so look for a celebration in October.

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Pieter Vandenberg is up on the roof of his rental house at the corner of Kings Valley Highway and Pedee Creek Road, cleaning gutters and scraping off moss in preparation for renting it out again. There will soon be a sign out front with rental information if you're interested.