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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.

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Jerry Mentzer was on the road again last week, taking Christmas trees to be shipped to far points.

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Steve Cameron passed away this last Thursday, Oct. 11. The family moved to their farm in Pedee in 1973, and Steve loved his community and his neighbors, and they loved him.

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June Clark took her last long motorcycle trip of the season and picked up two more checkpoints, on the Oregon Coast and at Toutle in Washington.

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On Thursday, Pedee Church kicked off fall activities with a potluck and guest speaker, Josh Allen.

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Fred Weisensee and Leonard Foltz of Dancing Oaks Nursery in Pedee returned home Sept. 3 from a trip to South Africa to see the springtime flowers, after learning that the area had received rain following years of drought.

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Alex Russell, his cousin Owen Hovet of Salem, and grandfather Jon Hovet participated in a 5k run in Tillamook last week.

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Pete and LaVerne Bennett’s son Mike and his wife Beth arrived on the 21st from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for a visit with Oregon relatives.

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The Cameron family camped at Ft. Steven’s State Park for Audrey’s family reunion a few weeks ago,

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Six kids from Pedee Church attended a junior high church camp at Triangle Lake west of Junction City from July 9-13, and had a great time.

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Judy had spent part of the week before at Eagle Crest with grandchildren AJ and Tristan Guida from Houston, Texas, who also got to ride horses and play in the ocean for the first time.

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The Pedee Women’s Club were happy to see Deanne Maddox and her two sisters-in-law at their monthly potluck. Paul Maddox’s sister-in-law Mildred Maddox lives in Monmouth and sister Judy Houston came from the Chicago area to visit Deanne.

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On the Pedee Church work day, Saturday, June 9, Chuck Goetzinger planted five flowering plum trees by the amphitheater in memory of Paul and Betty Ronco, longtime members of Pedee Church. We’ll enjoy their beauty for years to come.

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June Clark is back on the road with her motorcycle now that the weather is better.

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The Pedee Tryoneers 4-H Club is making plans for summer. Members have had fun this school year meeting and doing fun activities together at Pedee Church, but now they are getting serious about their projects for the county fair.

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Pedee neighbor Portia Perkins made arrangements for Pedee Women’s Club members and friends to tour the Albany Carousel last Wednesday.

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Medical imaging can help your doctor make important decisions about your health care.

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Bleich skis classical style, which puts the skis in grooves in the snow that serve as tracks. Unlike in many other situations, with cross-country skiing, he doesn’t have to move slowly or cautiously.

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I grew up in Hillsboro and moved to Monmouth in 2013, where I attended Western Oregon University, graduating in 2015 with a degree in English/Linguistics and writing.

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On Sept. 6, 2006, the Itemizer-Observer printed my first MI Town column.

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The Polk County Saddle-ites had about 28 riders from around the county and beyond out for their annual New Year’s Ride on Jan. 6.

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We all need to do something. Life in MI Town isn’t all sunshine and light and singing Kumbaya around the campfire, no matter how much we would hope it to be.

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Andrew and Stephanie Weston celebrated Stephanie’s Jan. 1 birthday by going to the Hoof N’ Holler bull and bronc riding event and New Year’s Eve party at the Linn County Expo Center in Albany with Stephanie’s parents, Tony and Debbie Rodriguez.

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It’s almost mid-January in MI Town, and it seems like springtime is out there on the horizon, far away.

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Pedee Church’s Christmas Eve candlelight service was special this year as the children’s program highlighted the event, which was written and acted almost totally by the kids, and directed by Heather Traglia.

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Thanks so much to friends who sent thoughtful cards and messages these last few weeks.

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The beautiful Christmas carols and other seasonal tunes have taken flight from the airwaves and it’s somewhat bittersweet to say good-bye to music that helped transform the dark and rainy days in this wintry season.

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The Women’s Club met at Mel and Marguerite Nice’s home in McMinnville today for a Christmas potluck.