MARCH 11, 2010

Fraser's blustery weather

By Norma Brand

    The Fraser Community woke up to snow and rain showers on Monday morning. The overnight temperature was 35 degrees. Snow continued to fall as this column was written during the afternoon hours.

    Flocks of robins have been seen in the fields, and their song is the first thing we hear when dawn breaks. This blustery spring weather may be hard on them. Raisons are a good source of food for the robins, when stormy weather comes throw a handful out on the driveway to help them out.

    Daylight Savings Time starts on Sunday, March 14, so remember to turn your clocks “AHEAD” one hour before retiring on Saturday night.

    Marie Green’s son, Steve and his wife Carol spent the weekend at the farm. They arrived Friday afternoon and returned to Coeur d’Alene on Sunday afternoon. Steve gave Marie the details of the birthday party he had attended in Coeur d’Alene for his aunt, June Judd. Some of the other guests at the party were June’s daughters and Elvita and Loretta Judd.

    How many of you remember the Centennial Celebration of the Fraser School that took place on Oct. 10, 2004? June E. Cook (Judd) was the last teacher at the Fraser School; she was hired at the age of 17 in 1942. She held this position until 1945 when the Fraser School was consolidated with the Cottonwood School.

    According to an article that appeared in the Clearwater Tribune there wasn’t a flagpole when June took on the teacher’s position. Wally Smolinski picked out a tree to make the pole and the school purchased a flag. Back then the teachers were responsible for preparing a hot lunch for the students. This topic brought comments and laughter from the students that were present at the 2004 celebration. Fraser sends a late March 2 Happy Birthday to June.

    Peggy Ball drove to Lewiston to visit with Cathy (Wyatt) Beach on Thursday, March 5. Cathy lives in Athol and was in Lewiston on business. They stayed overnight with Cathy’s mom, Doris Wyatt. The Wyatt family was a member of the Fraser Community; they lived in the house now owned by Randy and Carrie Brooks.

    Mike Green commissioned a Wallace artist to paint a picture of the Fraser School; this painting now hangs on the living room wall at the farm. Wayne Perkins and Lois Moore commented on the painting when they visited with Marie Green on Sunday.

    Jack Smolinski, Bev Bailey and Connor Cox stopped in to visit with Marie last week. Marie has been busy; she baked a birthday cake on March 4 for her nephew, Randy McKinnon. Randy’s dad, Bill McKinnon, stopped by to pick it up and stayed for a visit.

    Glen Erickson is now a great grandfather! His daughter, Terry Lashly is a grandmother. She reported that her son, Dan Patterson and his wife Malinda Montambo’s daughter was born at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston on March 6. Her name is Emma Lee Ann Paterson and she weighed eight pounds and 13 ounces. Congratulations to the family.

   On Saturday Donna and Danny Brown celebrated their birthdays. They had dinner at the home of their son Cory and his wire Michele and granddaughters Izzy, Caitlin, Abby and Samantha.

    Shirley Lutes reported her mother Bertys Smolinski has pneumonia and is in the Clearwater Valley Hospital. We hope you feel better soon Bertys, the pinochle players need you at the next party.

    Census workers are starting to canvas the Fraser area. Your accurate information is important so give them a few minutes of your time.

    Happy birthday goes out to Caresse Brown on March 13 and to Colleen Vanderpool on March 15. A late happy birthday to Jake Armitage on March 5.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day on March 17.