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Page 8 Wednesday, June 20, 2012 The Adams County Record Cormnunity Spotlight On a Sunday morning Arne and Sharron Pederson -- an attractive, active couple -- can be found tending their netted plot at the Community Garden. Both enjoy growing vegetables and delicious strawberries, and look deceptively retired, but in fact they have, and still live extraordinary interesting and successful lives. "I've been blessed and lucky twice;' said Arne Pederson, who loves to brag about his wife Sharron. After his 50-year marriage he lost his first wife, Patricia, to Parkinson's disease and thought he'd be alone forever. Sharron was also flying solo, until her daughter insisted she join eHarmony.co. Neither had planned to wed again, but on a deeper level, "We were both looking for people with strong, caring values," Sharron revealed. Arne had taken care of his dying wife. Sharron was caring for her terminally ill mother when they met, and they shared the deep bonds of giving, honoring life, and losing their loved ones. Their first golf date caught their interest, but their second date shooting clay pigeons at the Weiser Rod and Gun Club clinched the deal. Arne was amazed at the accuracy of Sharron's shots even though she had never handled a shotgun before. Later they married in Las Vegas. Arne sees his perfect Arne and Shm'ron Pederson Live, Love and Laugh Director of-the Idaho State Realtor's Association. How does one gain the stamina and drive to accomplish so much in a lifetime? Sharron grew up on a Granite Falls, match in Sharron. A slim, Washington farm, the attractive blond, her looks middle child and only and fitness defy her age. girl of three children. Her She was a former skier dad worked in mines, and remains an avid golfer, welded and farmed, while became the Washington State strawberry picking champion. Her life thrived on hard work and outdoor activities. After her marriage to a military officer she lived around the world, particularly relishing her 8 years in Germany. "I felt like I had come home there;' she related. During her time overseas, she directed the Girl Scouts for the mom was an author and homemaker. Sharron attended a small high She won a Most Improved Woman Golfer award in 2005. In 2006 she learned barrel racing and confessed, "I was good at it." She sky dived for her 70th birthday, and hikes 5-10 miles every day. Her work career was impressive. After retiring as a Vice President from the 1st National Bank (now the US Bank), she launched her own extremely successful 20-year career as a real estate agent in the Boise/Eagle area, which she pursued until the age of 70. She became politically involved, holding positions on the Ada County Board of Realtors and the state legislative committee, and becoming a Regional State new careers. "I always had self-confidence 7 she acknowledged. "I always saw what I wanted to do, and I did it." She has great pride in her girls who inherited her confidence genes and live in the Boise area. Micki, a fitness guru, instructs Zumba classes and owns a Curves spa gym. Keli's a nurse, and Diana works as a surgical technician. It was Micki who convinced Sharron to join eHarmony. com, where her encounter with Arne changed her life. A r n e comes with an impressive career of his own. He also grew up picking strawberries in Salem, Oregon, and working hard in his dad's small restaurant. Attending college and graduate school on a full baseball scholarship, he became team captain and played on the District 8 All Coast team, and mill town leagues in the summers. An injury during a double play ended his professional baseball career after 2 years. 5USARO school much like Council's. European Theatre, and the She spent her young American Youth Activities life outside, working with (AYA) for children of her dad, bringing in hay, service people stationed in milking the cows before Europe. school. In her family, She moved to Boise in she had to earn her 1980, raising her three own money. At 14 she girls and pursuing her 2012 Subaru LEGACY 2.5i Premium Stock #12S1T/ Model Code CAD-02 at-we=h package 2.5 L H-4 cyl. 3 CODE MSRP $24,476 GENTRY DISCOUNT TH Tile DRIVE FNON ANYWHERE! SIBMNG OUR COMMUNmES SINCE 19S2 OPEN SUNDAY 11 KM. - 5 RM SAVES2000 OFF MSRP ALL WHEEL DRIVEl 476 PRICE I 2012 Subaru OUTBACK 2.5i Premium Stock#12S118 Model Code CDD 02. All-Weather Package. 2.51_ H4 cyl. 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He's extremely proud of his daughter Holly, an MD working in breast cancer MSRP $27.909 Gehtry Discount $2,000 s25 909 GENTRY RNANCING AS PRICE LOW AS 0.9% APR ON AIOVF.O CREDIT By Deb Wilson treatment, and his son Ted, an engineer. He and Sharron enjoy time with their children, several grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. They appreciate living in, and caretaking, the attractive retirement home of Kathy and Paul Hughes off of scenic Goodrich Road. Paul is a Delta Pilot, and Kathy is a jet fighter pilot and MD. The setting provides a horseshoe pit, a clay shoot range, and miles of ATV and hiking trails. It's a perfect playground for both of them. Sharron, a self-proclaimed "gym rat," works out everyday. They stay politically active, and find opportunities to contribute to the Adams County community. This week Arne's urging everyone to watch the racing pigeons release from the Council Shell Station on Saturday at 5:30 a.m. Exactly 600 miles from San Francisco, Council has been a release point for pigeon races for as long as Arne can remember, at least 40 years. Bay Cities Racing Pigeon Combine, Inc. will be sponsoring this race. Arne entered pigeon racing with his son as a ploy to keep him out of teenage trouble, and they raised and trained pigeons for 10 years together. Calling the sport the "poor man's race horse," Arne raced pigeons from San Francisco to Council. One year he won enough money to pay for two years of his child's college. Arn e spoke thoughtfully about our country's situation. =I never thought we would have to be concerned about freedom or frightened by finances. The political mess we're in surprises me." "I like my son's thinking:' he continued. "He says the politicians should wear emblems on their jackets identifying their sponsors, the way sports car drivers wear emblems from their sponsors." Maybe it could all be more on the level then. Otherwise, they're pretty happy people, who proclaim "Live, love and laugh."