APRIL 15, 2010

Fraser's unsettled weather

By Norma Brand

   The Fraser Community is taking the month of April one-day at a time. During the past week, Mother Nature couldn’t decide if she wanted to send us warm weather or let winter hang around for awhile. This has been a winter without snow, maybe she got the seasons mixed up and is trying to get herself back on track. Time will tell.

   Over the Easter weekend Janet and Pete Kingen enjoyed a visit from Rikako Kashiwagy. When Rikako heard about the health problems Janet had last year, she decided to make a trip to Fraser to check up on her. She flew to Spokane, WA, and met the Kingen’s daughter Julie. The two friends drove to Fraser on Saturday, April 3 to spend the Easter holiday at the farm.

   The article entitled “Old Friendships Renewed” appeared in the Nov. 11, 2004 issue of the Clearwater Tribune. It told how Janet and Pete met Rikako when she was a 17-year-old exchange student from Tokyo, Japan. Julie and Rikako became friends the first week of school, after she returned home; they continued to keep in touch with each other.

   When Rikako married her husband Kiyoshi in 2004 they spent their honeymoon in Idaho. On their flight from Seattle to Lewiston they met Elwin Hutchins, during their conversation they found out that Pete and Elwin are cousins. Talk about a small world! Rikako’s husband wasn’t able to get off from work to make the trip with her this time, but she will tell him all about it when she returns to Japan.     

   Pete’s sister, Ione Smith, joined the family for dinner on Sunday. She brought old photo albums with her, and everyone enjoyed seeing what life was like in the early 1900s. Julie plans to create a DVD of some of the pictures to be sold during the Silent Auction at the annual family reunion this summer.

   On Saturday, April 10, there were five tables of enthusiastic card players at the Pinochle Party held at the Fraser Community Center. Linda Beard reported Jack Smolinski won high score, Tom Reid took low score, Glen Smolinski and Lori Franchini won the Pinochle. Bertys Smolinski, Shirley Lutes, Oreta Stuart, Janet and Pete Kingen and Jack Smolinski were among the Fraser players. A tasty meal was enjoyed after the last game. This was the last party until next October, watch for announcements in this column.

Fraser Weed Coalition

   The Fraser Weed Coalition will hold a meeting on Thursday, April 15th at the Fraser Community Center at 6:30 p.m. The new paperwork will be handed out and discussed. For more information call Mike and Linda Beard at 208-435-4806.

   Oreta and Dale Stuart and their grandson Dustin Dennison drove to Orofino to have Easter dinner with their daughter Lisa Curnutt and her husband Don.

   Peggy Ball invited her neighbors to her home on Saturday, April 10 for a candle party. Her niece, Tessa Hafer, is a hostess for Scentsy Candles, she and her son Zack drove out from Lewiston for the day. After the party they stayed to visit and when it was time to feed the horses Zack had time to ride Peggy’s Icelandic mare, Bylgja. He had a great time and it sounds like he will be back to spend some more time with his Aunt Peggy and Uncle Reggie.

   The Midnight Sun Welsh Pony Farm has a new baby in the pasture. Sharon and Mike’s Welsh Pony mare “Miss Gail” gave birth to a sweet little filly about two weeks ago. The neighbors love to stop and watch her scamper and race about the pasture. When they figure out what her name will be we will let you know.

Fraser Mother’s Day Prime Rib Dinner

   The annual fundraiser for the Fraser Community Center will be held on Saturday, May 8. There will be three seatings again this year. You can choose 4:15, 5:35 or 6:35 p.m. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased from any of the board members, and Janet Kingen or Peggy Ball. For more information call Mike Beard at 435-4806, Marie Armitage at 435-4695, Donna Brown at 435-4459, Cathy Walker at 435-4814 or Oreta Stuart at 435-4477. This is a great time to enjoy a tasty meal and visit with your friends. SEE YOU THERE.   

   Happy birthday goes out to Mike Dahl on April 21.