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11/20 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

November 19, 2013

There were more people than ever at the Pedee Women's Club Holiday Fair on Nov. 9. There were so many who attended that the women ran out of soup, and the fair-goers had to fill up with the more than 70 homemade pies instead — so tough.

Almost every woman in the club donated up to four pies each, but next year they will concentrate on making more soup. There were more volunteers working this year, also, including husbands, daughters, grandchildren and friends.

The young women serving at the tables were Juandeane Skidmore's granddaughters, Sara Furutani from California and Nicole Turtle from Washington; Jock and Pam Dalton's daughter, Lois from Dallas; and Ted and Ethelene Osgood's granddaughter, Briget Osgood. Their granddaughter Bailee Osgood sold raffle tickets on a quilt that was made for the soldiers' fund and will be raffled off next summer.

Alan and Sue Garten spent the month of October on the East Coast, enjoying the fall leaves and seeing the sites in several states they had not been to before. They were unable to visit national parks and monuments for most of their trip because of the federal government shutdown, but did go to Williamsburg, Va. A favorite stop was the home of eighth President Martin Van Buren in Kinderhook, N.Y. Little known fact: English was Van Buren's second language; his family was Dutch, which he spoke as a boy.

Carla Burbank's grandson, Brandon, got his first elk a week and a half ago — in a secret location, so don't ask. It was a seven-point bull with record-breaking 50-inch horns. It was quite a thrill for him and the whole family.

Paul and Diane Telfer just returned from spending two and a half weeks with their daughter, Amber, visiting eastern Australia. They hiked in the Daintree Rain Forest and Blue Mountains and helped celebrate the 40th birthday of the Sydney Opera House. Their favorite activities were snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef and seeing interesting animals in the wild such as cassowaries, a tree kangaroo, a platypus, and wallabies.

I myself just got home from the American Agri-Women (AAW) convention in Niagara, N.Y. I'd never been to Niagara Falls before. I just didn't realize how massive and spectacular it was — and what a thrill to see. If you haven't been there, put it on your bucket list. Also, I had taken a great photo of an apple tree while we were picking at the neighbor's orchard in October, so had entered it in AAW's photo contest, and it was a nice surprise that I was one of six winners announced at the convention.