JULY 8, 2010

Fraser celebrates Independence Day

By Norma Brand

   The sky on the 4th of July was partly cloudy; we had an overnight temperature of 47 degrees. It was a perfect day to enjoy a picnic with family and friends.

Lutes family news

   Shirley and Keith Lutes had a potluck picnic on their deck at 12 o’clock. Before everyone arrived, Shirley’s mother, Bertys Smolinski helped prepare the food. Their son Kelly and daughter, Tina Marshall and her husband Kelly drove out to the ranch for the weekend. The rest of the family arrived on Sunday; Tony and Andy Konkol and their son Tucker came from Orofino.

   The grandchildren stopped by on their way home from a camping trip. Jeniffer and Dylan Robinson and children, BreeLynn and Sean, and Joe Lutes, his son Brylan and fiancée, Cristie Vergobbi related stories about their weekend.

   Brylan and Tucker showed off their softball skills while Joe stood in as a pitcher. If they continue to improve they will have the Major Leagues knocking at their doors. Everyone enjoyed viewing the pictures that were taken on an out door digital camera that had been placed on a game trail near the house. There were photos of a cow elk and its calf, white tailed deer and an illusive mountain lion.

   It was a beautiful day and Norma and Steve Brand appreciated spending time with the family. Thanks for the invitation, Shirley and Keith.

The Stuart family watch fireworks

   Oreta and Dale Stuart had dinner with their daughter Lisa Curnutt and her husband Don. On their way home, they stopped on Gilbert Grade to watch the Orofino fireworks. Oreta said it was a beautiful display.

Tony Smith spends summer in Fraser

   Tony Smith and her sons, Joseph and Jamison, are spending the summer in Fraser. Over the 4th of July weekend they drove to Spokane to spend time with Loretta Judd and to visit with family. Last week they enjoyed a visit with Tony’s aunt, Marie Green. Marie Green reported she had a visit from Shirley Schoenek and her daughter-in-law last week.

Brad Brown in Fraser

   Brad Brown drove to Fraser on Sunday and returned to the Pullman, WA area on Monday. He reported the family has been busy spraying the wheat fields for rust.

   Hay season has started in Fraser.  The cool wet spring, and colder than normal, beginning of summer have been good for the hay, it appears there will be a bumper crop this year.

Mike and Linda Beard

   Linda and Mike Beard returned to their ranch on Sunday, July 3. They spent some time in Sun River, OR and had driven to Twin Falls to play golf with friends.

Attention Fraser Boosters 4-H Club

   Remember to meet at Fraser Park to paint the picnic benches on July 8 at 6:30 p.m. There will be an ice cream social to enjoy, thanks to Linda Beard. See you there.

Fraser Jam session

   The 5th Annual Fraser Bluegrass and Old Country Western Jam Session are coming up again. The dates have been changed, instead of the first weekend in August; it will start on Friday, July 30 and run through Saturday, July 31. On Sunday morning, Aug. 1, the musicians will play gospel music for several hours in the morning.

    Another change this year will happen on Saturday evening, there will be an “open microphone” from 7-9 p.m. In the past it has been the custom to have only acoustic instruments.

   Many of the musicians travel all over the Northwest to attend as many musical events as they can fit into their schedules. This year they have added the Fraser Jam session to their calendars.

   Mark your calendars for July 30 and 31 and come enjoy the music. This is a free event and everyone is welcome. Bring a chair so you are comfortable and sit back and give your ears a treat. Concessions will be provided again this year.

   Happy Anniversary to Dwain and Kim Thornton on July 15.