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Eric and Rebekah Schwanke reported that with your help, they provided over $16,000 to help feed starving people in Dukana, Kenya. People that were hungry came and were able to eat a simple breakfast and participate in a Bible study. It started with just a handful of people and now there are …

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Christmas comes around so fast — and goes so fast! I wish we celebrated the 12 Days of Christmas (ending Jan. 6) like the Germans and other countries do. On the other hand, my tree needed to come down.

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The Pedee Women’s Club had their last meeting and potluck of the year, since both Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on a Wednesday. It was a festive affair with 30 people attending, including four guests from the area. Audrey Beyerle Warburton came from the Smithfield community beyond Dallas…

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LaVerne Bennett and her friend Teresa O’Neill recently visited LaVerne’s granddaughter Amanda, and Jon Wilson and their daughter Evie in Germany. While they were there, Evie celebrated her first birthday, a miracle since Evie started life at 13 ounces. While there, LaVerne and Teresa took th…

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“QueenMum” celebrates her 100th. The family of Dorothy Applegate, of Dallas, will be hosting an informal afternoon of friends, family and memories on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 2 until 6 p.m.

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The Luckiamute Charter School students, parents, teachers, and friends were thrilled with a presentation from Portland Opera To Go on Oct. 15. Actors taught a classroom segment to grades four through eight, then treated the kids to a live performance of excerpts from La Boheme. The Pedee Sch…

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The first white settler of Polk County traveled by horse and wagon. Heavy goods were carried by river boats.Starting in the late 1870s, railroads began to extend into the county. Over the intervening years, there were six railroads that spanned the county in one way or another.They were:The …

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Pedee Homeschool COOP students will be presenting their first short play and open house on Nov. 23 at 5 p.m. at the church. Students have been learning about Native American culture through reading and hands-on activities.

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At the time of Oregon’s statehood in 1859, our pioneers made their own entertainment. There was no television, no radio, no internet. And many of the early Polk County pioneers didn’t read much.

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You can rest easier knowing that 15 people recently received first aid, CPR, and AED training from Marcia Gilson and hosted at Pedee Church. One of the goals of this training was to ensure that people were trained to use an AED (automatic external defibrillator) that Pedee Church recently ac…

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The following article was written about 1971 by Alta Savage Cerny, of Dallas, and published in Volume II of “Historically Speaking” in August 1974.

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The Pedee Women’s Club is all set for their fabric sale this Saturday, Oct. 19. They had been given a substantial amount by a friend so they are selling it to help themselves and her out. The fabric is good quality and there are many large pieces, perfect for backing a quilt. In addition, He…

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The Luckiamute Valley Charter School at Pedee is back in session for a new and exciting school year. They hit the ground running with Western Day, a fun day of food, dancing and getting to know each other. On Oct. 3, (this Thursday!) Pedee School will hold their fall open house from 5:30 to 6:30.

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In spite of what the calendar says, summer is mostly gone and kids are back in school. Some of the Pedee crowd did do some interesting things before school started.

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Pete and LaVerne Bennett had a good time in Grants Pass last week. They went on the dinner excursion on the Hellgate jet boat ride. The dinner was good and they had a great time, especially since the weather was not as hot as predicted. Pete even stopped (without LaVerne asking) at the quilt…

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I’m sad to report that Dorothy McBeth, 98, passed away on Aug. 19. She had been failing for several weeks now, but it’s still a shock. She was one of the first people I had met when I moved to Pedee 40 years ago. She’d belonged to the Pedee Women’s Club since she was a young woman and was a …

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MONMOUTH – Leading tours at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., and interning for a congressman for the summer sounds like fun, right?

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INDEPENDENCE — The annual Community Fiesta is going to be hotter this year — they’ve added fire dancers and fireworks.

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INDEPENDENCE — Work crews are putting the finishing touches on the Independence Hotel this week.

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I was wrong. The Pedee Church members of all ages are still working on wood during the summer, and our next meeting at 8 a.m. on August 17.  They cut when they can or stack and store or deliver. If you know someone who can’t get wood, either because of financial or physical reasons, please l…

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Come on out to the Independence Days celebration in Independence the weekend of July 4-6 to see the Pedee Women’s Club’s new military quilt, and be the first to buy a raffle ticket to win it! The group makes a raffle quilt each year to be able to send six to eight gift boxes to deployed mili…

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This year 11 students graduated from Pedee School: Jonathan Berumen, Olivia Carsey, Jocelyn Castillo, Camron Devine, Hannah Evenson, Cooper Fast, Kimberli Gregory, Ellie Harwell, John La’Gere III, Lydia Phillips, and Brady Polk. Kimberli, Hannah, and Jonathan all received honor roll medals f…

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On Sunday, May 25, LaVerne Bennett and I recognized one of our Pedee Church Vietnam vets, Richard Davis, with a quilt made by the Pedee Women’s Club. We were privileged to honor his service to our country on Memorial Day weekend, and he was happy that we appreciated his sacrifice. It’s a har…

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Cary and Jane Elwood married in Hermiston, Oregon, June 1, 1956.

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The Pedee Church’s woodcutting crew cut their last wood for the season on Saturday. Usually it is too dry during the summer, so they’ll wait till fall to continue. They may have other projects to do instead, though. They used to call it the men’s woodcutting crew, but really, men, women, and…

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The Tryoneers 4-H sewing project club is holding a “Sewing Olympics” this Saturday, May 18th, at Pedee Church. Activities will include both skill-testing and just plain fun events, with prizes for all and an ice cream social afterward. An extra prize will be given to kids who bring their sew…

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Former Pedee School students and teachers attended a reunion on Saturday, April 27, at the Ritner Creek Covered Bridge. There was a good turnout and lots of good food as old and young Pedee “kids” shared memories and enjoyed seeing friends from years gone by. The oldest Pedee school boy was …

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Easter is this Sunday. Pedee Church will again have their sunrise service at 6:15 at Womer Cemetery, which they’ve had at least for the 40 years that we’ve lived here, and probably much longer. When we went to our first one, the trees next door were quite short so that we could actually see …

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Tonight, April 10, is the night of the open house at Pedee School for parents of incoming sixth-graders and other families interested in sixth to eighth grade at Pedee. The open house is scheduled for 6 p.m. This is a chance to learn about the school, meet teachers and visit the school. Open…

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The Pedee campus of the Luckiamute Valley Charter School announced their honor roll students, who have achieved a 3.5 GPA or better: Karalee Beitel, Adriana Paz Cavett, Nathan Mitchell, Callie Sparre, Lily Williams, Tessa Case, Cayden Cokeley, Olivia-Jane Sherman, Nathan Hibbard, Hannah Even…

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I’ve always said that I see the first daffodil on my birthday, but that was Monday and I haven’t seen one yet. Hope they show up soon!

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The children of Pedee Church led the service on Feb. 6. The theme was “God is Great,” and the service well done. At least 15 kids participated, including Jacob North, who led the singing, and the multi-talented Jenae Traglia, who with Tony Rodriquez (not a kid) presented a skit as the messag…

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Pedee Church has a new administrative assistant as of this month. April Makalea had been their administrative assistant for the past few years and got them up and running with a new computer program and got their records straightened out with her considerable administrative skills. Cassandra…

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The Pedee community actually has four houses being completed in the neighborhood this winter and spring.

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A neighbor wrote a wonderful tribute to Lloyd Tabor.

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I have an excuse — last Thursday I was in the ER in Corvallis, where I was writing my column between EKGs and such.

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Lisa Bennett, daughter of Pete and LaVerne Bennett, flew to Germany to spend Christmas with her niece, Amanda and Jon Wilson and new great niece, Evie.

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Can you believe Christmas will be here next week?

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Eric and Rebekah Schwanke are back from their mission trip to Africa, and happy to be home.

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Thanksgiving was quieter than usual in Pedee, but interesting, for many of the neighbors this year.

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The Pedee Women’s Club holiday fair has come and gone and already the women are making plans for next year.

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The Pedee Tryoneers 4-H Club has finally gotten their act together and will have a meeting on this Saturday at 1 p.m. at the church.