MARCH 25, 2010

Spring arrives in Fraser

By Norma Brand

   The first day of spring was sunny with daytime temperatures of 61 degrees. The leaves of the daffodils, tulips and imperial lilies are visible in the flowerbeds and the Western Blue Birds are checking out the birdhouses. The grass is turning green; it wonít be long before it will be tall enough to mow.

   Springtime is the time for new life to begin. Glen Erickson is a great-grandfather for the second time. His daughter Terri Lashly reported Allison Nicole Kohler was born on March 14 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.  She is the daughter of Maxwell and Jessica Kohler. Allison weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz. and was 20Ĺ inches long. Glenís grandsons Maxwell Kohler and Dan Patterson were born one week apart and their daughterís have the same distinction. Congratulations to the family.

   Janet and Pete Kingen reported on the pinochle party that was held at the Fraser Community Center on Saturday, March 13. Dolores Watson claimed the high score. Carrol Smolinski ended up with low score and Dolores Watson and Bob Blanke won the pinochle. There were enough players for four and three-quarters tables. Janet thought it took longer than usual to finish all the games because they needed one player. A potluck dinner was enjoyed after the last game.

   Karen and Art Layton, long time friends of Peggy and Reggie Ball, and their dog, Ranger, arrived in Orofino on Thursday, March 18. The Ballís met them in Orofino, as this was their first visit to the area. They enjoyed lunch at the Ponderosa Restaurant then drove up Lower Fords Creek Road to the ranch. Peggy and Karen became friends when they worked at the Lamontís store in Wasilla, AK, during 1988.

   On Friday, the four friends toured the hill top areas of Weippe and Pierce where Peggy and Reggie grew up. That evening the Brands were invited to join them for a prime rib dinner. They enjoyed meeting Art and Karen and hope they will come for another visit.

   On Saturday, they drove to Elk River. On the way, they stopped at the boat ramp by Dent Bridge and did some rock hunting. After lunch at the Log Inn and huckleberry ice cream at the local grocery store they returned to Fraser. All to soon the visit was over and the friends had to say good-bye. T he Laytonís and Ranger returned to their home in Wilbur, WA on Sunday. Come back again real soon.

   Marie Green enjoyed a visit from LaDonna Chapman on Sunday. LaDonna also stopped by Clarabell Brownís home for a visit before she returned home. Charlotte Bonner reported her son Ron and his wife Karen had spent two weeks with her at the farm.

   Marie Green sends happy birthday greetings to her daughter Willma on March 26. Happy birthday goes out to Scott Luna on March 27 and to Randy Brooks on March 29.

   Happy Anniversary goes out to Reggie and Peggy Ball on March 29.

Pictured: Reggie Ball, Peggy Ball, Art Layton, Karen Layton, and the dogs Pearl and Ranger are standing in front of the Ball family home on Thornton Road.