It looks like Old Man Winter finally woke up from his nap and we have the evidence to prove it. A winter storm blew into the Northwest on the evening of Friday, Feb. 5 and showers continued into Monday evening.

At times, it reminded me of the blizzard conditions that my family experienced when I was growing up in Southern Minnesota. As my sisters and brother and I watched through the windows, we saw that the wind was blowing with such a great force, the snowflakes were flying sideways.

Over the weekend, those same conditions happened here in the Fraser community. As the storm conditions changed and the wind let up, we watched the snowflakes fall so fast we couldn’t see the road. By Monday morning our community was covered with a blanket of at least 10 to 12 inches of snow. Our open winter has just come to an end. Now the question is, will these conditions last? This snowfall will surely help with lessening the possibility of drought conditions this summer. The mountains to the east are not visible at this time, but we hope they are covered with a deep blanket of snow.

Gerry Armitage shared he remembered when he was growing up the weather in January and February was just like this storm. The snow would be piled up as high as the fence posts. He wondered if the next two months could repeat those conditions.

I visited with Bobbi Boyer by telephone on Monday, she and her daughter Breyer had driven to Rathdrum for the Cheers competition on Saturday.

Twelve area high school teams participated in the competition. Breyer is a member of the Orofino High School Cheer team.

When the event was over the Orofino team placed first in Poms, first in All Girls Show and second in Side Line. They took the First Place Trophy home.

Congratulations, all your practicing certainly paid off.

Bobbi reported the road conditions were good all the way there and back to Orofino, but when they reached the Fraser community they ran into the snow storm. After snowing all day the storm was probably at its worst condition as they drove home.

The Fraser Community Center Board held a regular meeting on Thursday at 10 a.m. The meeting was held at the Brands’ home due to the cold weather. Present were Donna Brown, Tammy Sauter, Sherry Schlader and Norma Meyer Brand. Peggy Ball was unable to attend. Past Secretary/Treasurer Marie Armitage was a guest.

Everyone had a good visit before Donna Brown called the meeting to order at 10:45 a.m. Marie helped the board members understand the requirements of the budget and the report on the past year’s expenditures.

Old Business was addressed and improvements to the building were discussed under New Business.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:45 a.m.

The February issue of Clearwater Power Company’s magazine Ruralite featured an interview with Neil Stone written by Lori Mai. It was entitled “For the Love of Flying”. Neil and his wife Kay are residents of the hilltop.

I wrote an article in May of 2016 when the Chief Joseph Foundation and the cadets from the Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy in Pierce spent Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 at their ranch. The cadets were introduced to the Appaloosa horses owned by the Foundation with instructions from a certified trainer Mike Fredrickson and Mike Ewing, a ferrier.

The article in the Ruralite covered Neil’s interest in airplanes from the age of 8 until he was hired by Eastern Airlines in 1966 as a commercial airline pilot, a position he held for 21 years. He retired in 1987 and moved to Idaho where he uses his talents for electronics to manufacture the beacon testers that he designed.

His advice is, “Discover who you are and what you’re really interested in, and then do what you love.” He says “I’ve never worked a day in my life. They paid me to play and I had a ball.”

If you are interested in this article find a co-op member of the Clearwater Power Company and borrow their copy.

My husband, Steve, had subscribed to the magazine Road and Track since 1969 until it was discontinued as a bi-monthly issue. He has a library of all the issues he has enjoyed over the years. In the December 1990 issue Stan Mott wrote an article in the Letters to the Editor addressing his connection with John R. Bond, the owner.

Stan, the art director for the magazine, had cut out an article and pinned it to his table. When John stopped by his desk with his first of three cups of coffee on that morning he took time to read the article. Here is what the article was about:

Youth is not a time of life. it’s a state of mind. It is a test of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of emotions, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over love of ease. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old by deserting their ideals. Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, self-doubt, self-distrust, fear and despair...these are the quick equivalents of the long, long years that bow the head and turn the growing spirit back to dust.

Whether 70 or 16, there is in every being’s heart, the love of wonder, the sweet amazement of the stars, and the star-like things and thoughts, the undaunted challenge of events, the unfailing childlike appetite for “What Next?”

You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your despair. So long as your heart receives messages of beauty, cheer, courage, grandeur and power from the earth, from man and the Infinite, so long are you young.

When all the wires are down and all the central places of your heart are covered with the snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then, and only then, are you grown old indeed and may God have mercy on your soul.

The year of 2021 has just begun. Will it be a year of despair or will it be a time to make the choices that will keep you young and engaged in life?

Happy Birthday Greetings go out to Sandy Linville on Feb. 17, to Connor Cox on Feb. 21, and to Izabella Brown on Feb. 23.

The Fraser community sends Happy Birthday Greetings to Rex Lutes on Feb. 19 and to Steve Green on Feb. 20.

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