MARCH 18, 2010

Busy times in Fraser

By Norma Brand

    This has been a busy time for the residents of Fraser.

    The Ladies Get Together Club met on Wednesday, March 10. The hostesses, Lisa Dahl and Blanche Kinney had the building decorated for St. Patrick’s Day when the club members arrived.

    The meeting was called to order by President Donna Brown. Norma Brand gave the financial report and took the minutes for Secretary Oreta Stuart who was in the hospital. The cost of purchasing the ham and turkey for the Thanksgiving and Christmas potluck dinners was discussed. The club voted to raise the annual dues by $1 in October to help with these expenses.

    Donna updated the club on the activities of the Fraser Community Center Board. The Annual Mother’s Day Prime Rib Dinner will be held again this year. The money from this fundraiser will be used for an indoor bathroom for the Center. It will take place on Saturday, May 8. The menu will be the same as last year; prime rib, baked potato, salad, roll, vegetable and dessert. Tickets will cost $15 for adults, $6 for children 6-12 years old and five years and under will be free. More information will follow. Watch for the “Colorful Tulip” announcement on the back of the “Fraser Welcomes You” sign on Highway 11.

    A yard sale fundraiser for the Community Center was discussed. The club will hold the yard sale at the Fraser Community Center on Saturday, June 5. Spring housecleaning may turn up some usable items that would be appreciated. Donations from the community will be accepted starting in May. Call Donna Brown at 435-4459, Norma Brand at 435-4354 or Peggy Ball at 435-4209 if you have any questions.

    Bev Bailey announced the Pierce-Weippe Chamber plans to hold a fundraiser dinner on Saturday, May 1, 6 p.m. at the Weippe Community Hall. There will be games plus a silent and a live auction. Call Bev at 435-4539 for more information.

    After the meeting, a tasty lunch was served and secret sister gifts were exchanged and shared.

    The next club meeting will be Wednesday, April 14, 1 p.m. the theme will be Easter. Hostesses are Peggy Ball and Nancy Ann Stanfill.

    Linda Beard reported that she and Mike had a good time skiing at Park City, Utah. Linda did her snow dance while they were there and guess what! After a month without snow they received 17 inches of new snow. Is “Snow Dancing” a new profession for Linda?

    Debi and Jerry Bordoni have two Jersey cows at their Yak ranch. According to Debi they are producing milk with a high butterfat content, and she is interested in turning it into cheese. In the past Debi has taken two classes on making cheese. Last week she attended a conference in Twin Falls on the Principals of Industrial Cheese Making. Utah State University professors, cheese makers, research programs, and representatives of technical equipment and cultures gave classes. The conference covered the whole science of cheese making.

    Debi also learned about an Idaho Small Farm Exemption Bill for dairies that have up to three cows. She has spoken to Marv Patton, the head of the Idaho Dairy Bureau about the bill, and contacted Ken Roberts, Paul Sheppard and other Idaho Legislators. This is an important piece of legislation for small farms.

    Steve Brand is happy to have the insulation job in his shop completed.

    The AARP Magazine had an article in the latest issue called “Idaho Dodging the Ax”. It discussed the budget cuts and how it will trim the budgets of the Commission on Aging and Department of Health and Welfare, which has suffered reductions of 7.5% and 3.3% respectively last year. These cuts would pull the rug out from under many elderly Idahoans who are just hanging on as it is, according to Jim Wordelman, AARP State Director. AARP is asking lawmakers to soften the blow for people who already have been hard hit by the recession. Call 1-800-232-0581 to help halt further cuts.

    Mike and Sharon McHone’s home was damaged by fire approximately three months ago. The repairs have been completed and they hope to be moved back into their house by the time this column is read on Thursday. We are happy for you, there’s no place like home.

    Marie Green enjoyed a visit from Nancy and Alvin Smolinski on Saturday afternoon. They arrived with three large photo albums and Marie helped identify some of the family members that lived around Fraser.

    Oreta Stuart is home again after spending several days in the Clearwater Valley Hospital.

    There were no birthdays or anniversaries in the Fraser Community this week.