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Family, friends fete Fred Mesman on milestone birthday

On the radio dial, 95 is often the golden oldies station.

For La Conner’s Fred Mesman, the number 95 sends a totally different signal.

Sunday it had less to do with his age than it did with being a good reason for the sage nonagenarian to party.

Which is exactly what he did, enjoying birthday cake, music and a bountiful pig roast on a beautiful sunlit afternoon complete with spectacular views from his and wife Arlene’s unique straw bale insulated Pleasant Ridge home.

But more than anything, Fred basked in the company of family, friends and neighbors who trekked through thick woods and past the...


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