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The third annual event honors the memories of a pair of Colton firefighters with fun, food and more

The third annual Fuji Fest was held at the Colton Fire Station on Saturday, Aug. 25, to honor the memories of Colton volunteer firefighters, Justin and David Fraijo and to help sponsor, through donations, the Justin Lee Fraijo Memorial Scholarship.

The night was filled with food, music, games and community spirit as the fire station's back parking lot filled with those who came to celebrate the memories of the fallen firefighters

"This night is like a homecoming," Cathy Schmidt said. "It is an event that is important to the community, those who live here now and those who come back again just for this night. It is important to keep the scholarship strong and to let the family know how much they mean in our lives."

CAROL ROSEN - The youngsters showed the crowd how to have a fun little dance during the evening's entertainment.

Before the music started, volunteer firefighter and local pastor,Tim Behrens, spoke of how the night was dedicated to volunteers, not just firefighters, but those who serve on local boards, those who work and donate to Colton Helping Hands, Colton Aid Network, Colton Clothes Closet, those who coach and tutor, those in law enforcement and the military.

Three bands took the stage, 26 East, Mike Jordan and Virgil Lee with guest drummer John Van Oeveren and True Life Band. The dancing began, the food table stayed open; old friends met together and stories were told with smiles and laughter. The donation boots were filled to the amount of $1,550.

"We hold this night close to our hearts," said Lt. Chris Cohoon, Colton volunteer firefighter and public information officer. "It is one of the most meaningful events for our department and we see the meaning behind it with the community support we get."

There was more music

Last Saturday the music started in the early afternoon as the third annual Elwood Community Concert hosted by Mountain Home Church was held in the school yard of the old Colton School House. The music was performed by The Boss Family Band, Don Newell, Jericho Road Gospel Blue Grass Band and John Abraham Worship Team. Food was served and everyone had a great time of music, sun and fun in the country.

CHS senior puts on blood drive for her senior project

Colton High School student, Mikaela Bjorn, got a head start on her senior project by organizing a summer blood drive for the American Red Cross. It was held at the Colton Fire Station on Monday, Aug. 20 and was very successful.

"The turnout was amazing," Bjorn said. "We filled all the slots. We have three more (blood drives) coming that will be held at the high school through the school year."

She said she learned a lot about how to run a blood drive last year when she helped at a few led by then senior Desiree Smith. She said Smith gave her a lot of information on how to put on a blood drive and the American Red Cross organization was extremely helpful. Bjorn said she plans to go into the medical field and right now her goal is to become a midwife.

Bjorn dedicated the blood drive to her sister, Kirsten, who was lost earlier this year in a drowning accident. She will also be hosting a father/daughter event at the end of February or beginning of March to honor her sister.

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