JANUARY 14, 2010

2009 review of Fraser news

By Norma Brand

   The year of 2009 was a busy time for the Fraser Community. Six children were born into Fraser families. Lydia Faith McIntosh was born on Jan. 9, Sean Joseph Robinson on Feb. 11, Harley Oceyenne Harris on May 24, Joseph Lanis Condor on June 20, Kylee Patricia Cumpton on Sept. 20 and Payton Kelly Kingen was born on Nov. 24.

Birthday greetings

   Happy birthday greetings went out to long time Fraser residents. 

   Elvita Judd turned 88 years old on July 23, her sister-in-law Marie Green celebrated her 90th birthday on Aug. 8 and her other sister-in-law Clarabell Brwon turned 87 years old on Aug. 16. Bertys Smolinski celebrated her 90th birthday on Oct. 17. Carl Thornton and Vic Stocking celebrated their birthdays on Oct. 20 and Glen Erickson’s birthday was on Oct. 23 so they invited him to join their birthday celebration. Jack Smolinski celebrated his 75th birthday on Dec. 29. Several Fraser residents joined Doris Peterson for her 75th birthday celebration at her home outside of Orofino.

   Mick and Darlene Jackson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 3. Their family arranged a wonderful celebration for them at the Fraser Community Club.

Family reunions

   Family reunions were held at Fraser Park.

   Linda Beard’s Wing family reunion was held at the park starting on July 9th and the Cousins reunion took place in August.

   Judy and Ed Berreth drove to Pasco, WA to attend the 100th year reunion of the Donna Alvie Covington High School.


   Mike and Linda Beard had two weddings in their families during 2009; Linda’s daughter, Sharon Klein married Jon Cape on Aug. 29 and Mike’s son, Mark married Ann Gilmore on Oct. 10. Karen and Mark Fowler attended the wedding of their daughter Tracy Wassenberg to Sean Crumpton on Feb. 28.

   The first weekend in Aug., the 4th Annual Fraser Bluegrass and Old Country Western Jam Session attracted a large number of musicians and a crowd of appreciative listeners.

First community baseball game

   Jake Armitage organized the First Community Baseball game on May 17; it was played on the ball field of Fraser Park. The teams came for Fraser and Orofino, the game lasted seven innings and ended up with a tie score of 18 to 18.

Farmers Market

   Fraser residents Debi Bordoni and Jan Thornton participated in the Orofino Farmers Market this year, it was held at the Orofino Park.

Grand opening of the Log Inn, Elk River

   Reggie and Peggy Ball and Steve and Norma Brand joined a number of area residents who attended the grand opening of the Log Inn in Elk River. Reggie’s son, Randy and his wife Carrie purchased the business in 2009. The local band DEM played for the event.

Muzzleloader events

   The Walker family participated in several muzzleloader events this year. They attended the Spring Fling sponsored by the Lolo Trail Muzzleloaders Club. Cathy took first place in the women’s division and Jonathan came in first in the young trapper division.

Material Girls

   Sharon McHone and several of her quilting friends open the Material Girls Quilt Shop on Hwy 12.

Wood creations by Debi Bordoni

   Debi Bordoni’s “one of a kind” wood furniture and designer lampshades were featured in the March addition of the Crafts Report.

   Peggy Ball’s sister, Robin Marquess from Fairbanks, AK, emailed her pictures of the electrical storm over Mount Redoubt caused by an eruption.

Events at Fraser Community Center

   The Fraser Community Center Board sponsored the Mother’s Day prime rib dinner on Saturday, May 9. This event is a fund-raiser for improvements to the building.

   The Fraser Ladies Get Together Club held their family potluck dinner for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

   Pinochle parties are played on the second Saturday of the month.

   Weed coalition meetings are held on a yearly basis.

   The Fraser Boosters 4-H Club held their regular meetings there.

   The building can be rented for special events by contacting Marie Armitage at 435-4695.

In Remembrance

   Fraser has lost some wonderful neighbors over the years and 2009 is no exception. Mary Ann Erickson passed away on Jan. 20, Roy Cochrell on March 5th, Chuck McHone on March 30th, Caryl Smolinski on April 21, and Lyle Thornton on Aug. 22. They will always be remembered.

A busy 2009

   The year 2009 was a busy one; this list is just some of the activities that happen here in Fraser. May 2010 be a great one.

   The pinochle party held on Jan. 9 at the Fraser Community Center was well attended. There were enough enthusiastic players to fill six tables. Linda and Mike Beard set up tables and lighted the new wood stove so the building was warm and comfortable when everyone arrived. High score was won by Bob Blank, low score went to Carrol Smolinksi, and Janet Kingen and Glen Smolinski won the pinochle. A tasty dinner was enjoyed after the last game.

   Charlotte Bonner enjoyed a visit form her son Ron and his wife Karen over the holidays. Her grandson Tom and great-grandson also joined them.

Board Game Day

   The first Board Game Day will be held on Saturday, Jan. 16 at the Fraser Community Center. This event starts at 1 p.m. There will be a potluck dinner after the last game, so bring a dish to share. Everyone is welcome, bring your favorite board game and join the fun. Call Linda Beard at 435-4806 or Norma Brand at 435-4354 for more information.

January birthdays

   Happy Birthday goes out to Dwain Thornton on Jan. 16, Monte Vanderpool on Jan. 18 and Jason Cochrell on Jan. 21.

   Happy Anniversary to Mike and Linda Beard on Jan. 17.