December 2018 Caldwell Perspective

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Edition 48 l DECEMBER 2018


by Tammy Dittenber


LIFE CHANGING ADVENTURE FOR NAIDA-SHE’S GOING PLACES Let us introduce you to Naida. Naida Camacho is a junior at Caldwell High School who runs track, throws shotput and discus, and she is going places! A few weeks ago, two members of Caldwell Rotary Club went to CHS during the lunch periods. They talked to students about Rotary Youth Exchange program and asked if any of them were interested in traveling abroad next school year. Naida asked a lot of questions and told them she had thought about a foreign exchange since eighth grade. She filled out the short application, right then and there, and received information on how to access the longer and much more comprehensive application online. A bit about Rotary Youth Exchange will be helpful in understanding what this means to Naida. Youth exchange offers the opportunity of a lifetime. Each year more than 8000 students participate in sharing their culture and embracing a new one, in a faraway place, with a new language, new friends, and a new family. Students foster global understanding, and learn more about themselves and their home

country than they ever thought possible, in the process. Youth Exchange is a study abroad opportunity for young people to spend eleven months as an international student hosted by a local Rotary Club in their host country. It’s important to discern between Rotary Exchange which is run completely by thousands of volunteers all over the world, and is a non-profit, and other foreign student placement agencies. Nearly all foreign student placement agencies are for profit entities and there is a finders fee paid to those agents who find host families. The for-profit entities charge upwards of $25,000 for student placement for the school year, and they live with the same family for an entire school year. There is no “exchange” involved in youth placement by these agencies, in that there is no American student who leaves the country in exchange for a foreign student coming in. Rotary Youth Exchange is an actual exchange. For each student who comes to the US, Rotary sends an American student to the country from which that student came. It’s a true exchange. Rotary

Youth Exchange is about a third of the cost of a forprofit exchange; still a serious financial commitment, but one that makes the adventure possible for regular youth, from normal working families. Rotary Youth are vetted to the nth degree, as are host families who take youth in and care for them for their time in-country. In the United States Rotary attempts to place each student in two or three different homes, so they get a well rounded American experience. Wherever they land, they are loved and included as part of a family. Back to Naida. Getting selected to go on Rotary Youth Exchange is no small thing. After a seriously comprehensive application is completed and submitted, it is screened by an outbound student committee, and if it is determined the student can proceed, an invitation is extended to the family to Buhl, Idaho where a full day of rigorous interviews, exercises, and assessments take place. Naida and her mother were invited to participate in Buhl the beginning of November. A few weeks later, Naida received a phone call from Outbound

by Tammy Dittenber, Caldwell Perspective Editor Student Coordinators who at CWI and intends to bewere thrilled to let her come a paramedic. He also know she was selected to works full-time in Ontario, fill one of the available ex- at an agricultural packagchange slots. Naida won’t ing facility, along with her know which country she will mother. Naida lives with be sent to until sometime her mother and brothers at around Christmas. She was Farmway Village, a farm asked to provide Rotary security housing project with a list of eight countries west of Caldwell. Naida’s she would prefer, in priority father was not successorder. She listed South Ko- ful in navigating the United rea, Japan, France, Spain, States immigration system Netherlands, Sweden, Den- and was sent back to Mexmark, and Belgium. When ico, seven years ago. By asked if she would be dis- law, he cannot legally enter appointed if sent some- the country again for three where other than her top more years. Naida visits choice, she said, “Wher- with him often by phone or ever I go, I intend to make facetime, but she misses the best experience of it!” I him horribly. She did say believe her. Naida said the him being gone has predaylong screening process pared her to be away from was “nerve wracking” and family for extended periods “intimidating”. Naida said and to work through homewhen she originally went sickness she will, inevitably, home and told her mother feel on exchange. Naida’s about the application, her brothers are already argumom didn’t believe her, ex- ing over who gets her bedactly. When she was invited room when she leaves, but to Buhl, her mother knew it they are excited for her and was real and she needed to all this opportunity means go and participate in inter- for her. She said her group views right along with her of friends were disappointdaughter. She said her fam- ed at first, because she will ily is very supportive and not graduate with them, but they know this is the oppor- after some discussion, they tunity of a lifetime. Naida only feel excitement and has three brothers at home, support for her in this adages 19, 13, and 3. Her old- venture. Naida Continued on Page 5 est brother attends college


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SAVE THE DATES Chamber activity and participation has a positive effect on our community, quality of life, economic development, and many other elements. If you are interested in getting involved in the Caldwell Chamber or want to make a difference in our community, the Chamber offers several volunteer committees for you to take part on.

EVERY MONDAY: 5:15 PM Meet Me Mondays, Caldwell Rec Center Nov 4 11:30 am Ambassador Committee, Golden Corral-Nampa Nov 4

1:30 pm Education Committee, Sterry Board Room, C of I

Nov 5 11:45 am Agri-Business Committee Mtg, Stewarts Bar & Grill Nov 6

4:30 pm Business After hours, West Valley Medical Center

Nov 10 12:00 am Transportation Committee, Acapulco Nov 11 11:15 am Noonbreak Luncheon, Simplot Dining Hall, C of I Nov 14 8:30 am Travel & Tourism Committee, Chamber Office Nov 19 8:00 am Coffee Connect, Clarity Credit Union Nov 20 12:00 pm Gov’t Affairs Committee, Golden Dragon Resturant Please plan to attend the Chamber of Commerce Noonbreak Luncheon, November 11th at 11:15 a.m., Simplot Dining Hall, C of I. Call the Chamber of Commerce to RSVP.

Nov 5, 2018 – Aug 30, 2019: Class: Certificate in Non-Profit Management, December 1 12 PM: Caldwell Train Depot Open House. 6 PM: Treasure Valley Night Light Parade. December 3 5:15 PM: “Meet Me Monday” at Flying M Coffee. 7 PM: City Council Meeting, CPD Community Room. December 5 10 AM: Open Enrollment Insurance Workshop, Library. 1 PM: Ribbon Cutting Metro Community Services, Caldwell Public Transportation. 4:30 PM: Afterschool Fun: Perler Beads, Library. 6:30 PM: Adulting 101: Budget Friendly Meals, Library. December 6 10 AM: ICCTFOA District 3 Meeting, Caldwell Train Depot. 10:30 AM: Technology Basics, Library. 6 PM: Kids Cook with Books, “A Wish to be a Christmas Tree” by Colleen Monroe @ Roberts Recreation Kitchen. Ages 4-8, $10 per class/per child. 6 PM: Social-Icing, Singles

December 6 (Continued) Night at Indian Creek Plaza. 6:15 PM: Safety Seminar: Avoiding the Chill, Library. December 7 6 PM: Brave Hearts Night @ Indian Creek Steakhouse. 6 PM: DJ Skate Night, Indian Creek Plaza. 7 PM: Jeannie Marie sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. December 8 11 AM: Middle School Art Show, Library. 2 PM: Pokémon Club. Library. 3 PM: Skating With Santa, Indian Creek Plaza. 7 PM: Rod Dyer sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. December 10 1 PM: Keto 101, Library. 5:15 PM: “Meet Me Monday” at Flying M Coffee. 6 PM: Keto 101, Library. 6:30 PM: Kids First Cast, Inc-Wish to Fish, Nampa Bingo Hall, 2900 E. Railroad Dr., Nampa. 7 PM: Caldwell Urban Renewal Agency Meeting, CPD Community Room. December 11 2 PM: Homeschool Book Club, Library. 7 PM: Planning & Zon-

December 11 (Continued) ing Commission Meeting, CPD Community Room. 7 PM: Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 1 Meeting, Caldwell Train Depot. December 12 11:15 AM: Early STEAM, Library. 4:30 PM: Afterschool Fun, STEAM, Library. 6:30 PM: Caldwell Historic Preservation Commission, Caldwell Public Library. 6:30 PM: Paint Night: Holiday Cards, Library. December 13 10 AM: Treasure Valley Community College – Free into to Excel, Please register on Facebook @ TVCCcaldwell or register at— caldwell/micros. 2 PM: Thursday Afternoon Read, Library. 6 PM: Social-Icing: Scouts Night at Indian Creek Plaza. December 14 6 PM: DJ Skate Night, Indian Creek Plaza. 7 PM: Jeannie Marie sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St.

December 15 12 PM: Ice Skating on the Plaza, Ugly Sweater Theme. 12 PM: Bake & Decorate Christmas Cook Afternoon, Roberts Recreation Kitchen, Ages 6-12, $25 Fee. 2 PM: Holiday Edible Book Contest, Library. 7 PM: Rod Dyer sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. December 17 5:15 PM: “Meet Me Monday” at Flying M Coffee. 7 PM: City Council Meeting, CPD Community Room. 7:30 PM: Caldwell Centennial Bands “A V E RY M E R RY C H R I STM AS C ONC E RT,” Jewett Auditorium, C of I, Door open at 7pm, kids 6 & under-FREE. December 18 6:30 PM: Board Games at Flying M Coffeehouse. December 19 4:30 PM: Afterschool Fun: Winter Craft, Library. 6:30 PM: Adulting 101: DIY Holiday Gifts, Library. December 20 Youth Program Break at the Library from Dec. 20th to Jan. 6. 6:30 PM: Holiday Crafts, Library. 6 PM: Social-Icing: Disco Night at Indian Creek Plaza. 6:30 PM: CPL Board Meeting, Library.

December 21 9 AM: Youth 5th/6th Grade Recreational Basketball League Registration Deadline, Practice Begins Jan 7, Games Start Jan 19-Feb 23, $40.00 Fee Includes Utah Jazz Jersey. 2 PM: Crafter’s Club, Library. 6 PM: Winter Solstice Market at Indian Creek Plaza. 6 PM: DJ Skate Night, Indian Creek Plaza. 7 PM: Jeannie Marie sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. December 24 Library Closes at 1 PM. 9 AM: Christmas Eve Rotary Blood Drive @ Church of Christ, 4012 S. 10th, Caldwell. Make an appointment at http:///, Sponsor Code: caldwell or call Carole Munn at (208) 459-1423. 5:15 PM: “Meet Me Monday” at Flying M Coffee. Library • 208-459-3242 Closed Dec 25th Every Monday 10:30 AM: Baby N’ Me 11 AM: Baby N’ Me 4:30 PM: Gaming Mondays Every Tuesday 10:30 AM: Preschool Storytime Every Wednesday 10:30 AM: Preschool Storytime 11:15 AM: Music & Movement Every Thursday 4 PM: Teen Thursday Every Friday 10 AM: Tai Chi

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December 27 2 PM: Blessing Box Craft, Library. 6 PM: Social-Icing: Young Professionals at Indian Creek Plaza. December 28 5:45 PM: Ribbon Cutting for Ice Skating Ribbon, Indian Creek Plaza. 6 PM: Teen Night on Ice at Indian Creek Plaza. December 31 11 AM: Noon Year’s Eve Celebration, Library. 3 PM: Library closes 5:15 PM: “Meet Me Monday” at Flying M Coffee.

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Every Monday 9 AM: Exercise Class 10 AM: Fit and Fall 1 PM: Line Dancing 7 PM: Square Dancing Every Tuesday 9 AM: Art Group 1 PM: Pinochle 4:30 PM: Bingo Every Wednesday 10:30 AM: Crochet & Knitters Every Thursday 9 AM: Exercise Class 10 AM: Fit and Fall Every Friday 1 PM: Bingo 6 PM: Community Dance


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Canyon County will close the main parking lot in front of the Dale Haile Detention Center on Tuesday, November 13 to allow preparation work to begin for the temporary modular jail facility that is expected to be in place and operational by June 2019. The parking lot closure will allow the county to begin the process of relocating all the utility infrastructure and sidewalks in preparation for the new temporary facility. While the closure is in place, visitors and jail staff will now need to use the new parking lot on the northeast corner of 12th Ave. and Chicago St. A crosswalk was recently installed to

make it safer and easier for staff and visitors to get across Chicago St. The county also plans to have a HAWK beacon installed at the crosswalk by the end of 2018 to provide added safety for jail visitors and staff when crossing the street. The county anticipates the parking lot closure to be in place for the next 5-7 years as county leaders work to build a new permanent jail facility at the county-owned Pond Lane property, located off Highway 20/26 west of Caldwell. For questions, please contact Canyon County Public Information Officer Joe Decker at (208) 455-6090 or


Beginning in 2019, Pickles Butte Sanitary Landfill will charge customers an additional $50 fee for vehicles or trailers that have uncovered/ unsecured loads. The $50 fee is being implemented to help reduce the amount of trash and debris on the roadways that lead to the landfill. Pickles Butte Sanitary Landfill offers the following tips for securing and covering loads: • Use a tarp big enough to completely cover your trailer or truck bed – a minimum of four (4) inches should overlap the sides, front, and back of your load. • Tightly secure the tarp with ropes, bungee cords, netting, or straps. • Put lighter items at the bottom of the load. • When transporting large items, make sure they are tied down and secured to the truck or trailer so they don’t move. • Don’t overload – keep material level with the

truck bed or trailer. • Before leaving the landfill, remove any loose material that may remain in the trailer or truck bed. The additional $50 fee for uncovered/unsecured loads takes effect January 1, 2019. Please note Canyon County already has an ordinance prohibiting uncovered/ unsecured loads on county roadways: 02-03-03(3) Prohibited: It shall be unlawful for any person hauling garbage, refuse, rubbish or trash of any kind upon the public highways of Canyon County outside the corporate limits of any municipality within Canyon County to haul garbage, refuse, rubbish or trash without covering and securing such garbage, refuse, rubbish or trash in a manner as to prevent scattering or blowing or loss of the material being so transported. (Ord. 05-011, 4-6-05,

eff. 4-10-05: 2005 Code) 02-03-15-(2)Penalty: Any person violating any section of this article, other than sections 02-03-08 or section 0203-13(4) of this article, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and each separate violation hereof shall be punishable by fine or not more than three hundred dollars ($300.00). (Ord. 05-012, 4-12-05, eff. 4-17-05: 2005 Code) For more information, please contact Canyon County Public Information Officer Joe Decker at (208) 455-6090 or Pickles Butte Sanitary Landfill at (208) 466-7288.


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THINK TWICE OR PAY THE PRICE! Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council Issues Critical Caution

Caldwell Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council participated in what they are calling “sticker shock” this month, but placing 8000 stickers on bags at the Idaho Liquor Store, to remind patrons about the consequence of providing alcohol to minors. The stickers can serve as a caution to all of us about

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the dangers involved in alcohol use, illegal procurement, abuse, and irresponsible behavior such as drinking and driving. Please drink responsibly and DO NOT provide alcohol of any type to underage individuals! Thank you MYAC for all you do for our community and for this important reminder!

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On November 10, nearly 175 volunteers traversed into the neighborhoods of Caldwell and raked thousands of bags of leaves from well over 65 yards. Just Caldwell High School provided 63 volunteers, with the YMCA, Churches, Scout groups, local

“Baaad traffic jam on the way to work”. I live on Upper Pleasant Ridge Rd and have seen sheep being moved at this time of year but was never caught in the middle. Enjoy!

employers, and a basket ball team providing the rest. One lawn resulted in 65 bags of leaves being raked and removed. More lawns were raked than the number on the sign up list because neighbors of those being raked wanted in on the action.

by Tammy Dittenber, Editor

Many hands truly made light work and each team laughed their way through the labor of community love. Great job everyone! Thanks for “leafing” us with a warm heart for the service you provided!


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Sophia Strode Scott of Caldwell recently went to Salmon, Idaho to receive an “Idaho Gutter Gussie Hall of Fame Award” in honor of her participation in these tournaments for the past 55 years. This year’s tournament was recently held in Mountain Home over a period of 3 consecutive weekends and hosted over 400 women from more than 100 teams from as far north as Grangeville. The first state tournament was held under the sponsorship of the Idaho State Women’s Bowling Association in 1957. The Gutter Gussie organization separated from the state organization in 1964 and is an entity in its own right with now over 12,000 members. The Idaho Gutter Gussies hold the claim of fame to be the only organization of its kind in the country. Congratulations Sophia! Bowl on!

Letter To The Editor

Dear Editor, Just want to shout out to the folks that came by and raked up our leaves a week ago. Very much appreciated as my wife and I both now have physical limitations with prohibits us from doing this. They were a great group of cheerful and energetic folks. So thank you much for the help CHS and CHA. Pat and Fermena Montgomery (Ps. We Love the Caldwell Perspective)


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The College of Idaho/Isabela Lete

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On November 2nd, the International Student Organization (ISO) at The College of Idaho hosted the annual ISO Cultural Show, a celebration of the cultural diversity at the college. International students make up approximately ten percent of the student population at C of I and come from over forty countries. This year, these students collaborated to make an authentic cultural event for the staff and students

at the college, as well as the public. Students performed skits, dances, songs, and poems inspired by and dedicated to their home countries. Some students wore traditional clothing from their culture, and their national flags lined the walls of the venue, creating a colorful environment that added to the cultural authenticity of the event. And while the students did celebrate their individual countries and differences,

Naida takes three AP classes and after this school year, only needs an English class and two others to graduate. Her teachers, administrators and counselors are very supportive of her, and were happy to write letters commending her to the Rotary selection committee. A couple of years ago, Naida had a teacher, Miss Campos, who taught her and another student some Korean language. In exchange, Naida taught Miss Campos some French. Naida has studied French, and Korean, and is fluent in English and Spanish. She would love to travel to South Korea and try her language skills there. Students sent on Rotary Youth Exchange are

the best of the best of our communities. Naida is no exception. She is an extraordinary young woman with great aspirations and hopes. Foreign exchange will change the trajectory of her life, and make her a world citizen. It will enlarge her sphere of influence and allow her to exemplify possibility and courage for hundreds of young girls who are watching her. She truly is “representing”, in so many, many ways. Naida will need financial help to make this happen. You may see fundraisers in the community to assist her in making this dream come true. If you’d like to donate, please contact us at editor@caldwellperspective. com. We will be happy to put you in touch with Naida.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Our daughter spent last year in Sweden on Rotary Youth Exchange. She is a freshman at College of Idaho this year. Her exchange has left her with friends in scores of countries around the world. She had experiences she could not have had any other way. She fed reindeer and saw the northern lights, went to sailing camp, and lived with a wonderful family who will be part of our family forever. We desire for Rotary Youth Exchange to be available for all youth. Not just youth of affluence or means. It takes a special level of courage and wanderlust for a 16 or 17 year old young person to leave every single thing she has

they also celebrated togetherness. All the students worked together for more than a month in preparation for the show and concluded the performances by holding hands and facing the stage, showing their camaraderie. Overall, the ISO Cultural Show embodied the beauty in diversity, the strength in friendship, and the colorful spirit of The College of Idaho.

held dear, every tradition, her language, her family, her friends, and the comforts she enjoys, to experience the unknown. Kids who possess that courage

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121 years ago the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce was set up by local business. The purpose of the chamber was to help businesses grow and prosper, provide leadership within the community and create a great place to work, live and play. Our duties have not changed much over the years. As a “Three C Chamber” we continue to be a CONVENER, CONNECTOR and strive to foster a culture of COLLABORATION in our community. Each Chamber of Commerce is unique. The Caldwell Chamber of Commerce serves as a “trust-

ed Convener and Connector” for the local businesses and the community at large. We operate with a “results-driven focus”. We are a proven “Hub of Information” within the business community. We are a proud “Defender of Business Values” and we strive to foster a” Culture of Collaboration” in our community. 2018 has allowed us to participate in a variety of areas creating partnerships for the future of our local businesses, agriculture, tourism, the arts, our youth and our seniors. The Caldwell Chamber is a catalyst for growth within


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the local business community, but that growth shows in larger ways; not as a creator of jobs but as a partner in growing the businesses and business leaders who create the jobs that strengthen our communities. Our Leadership Caldwell program provides such opportunity and inspiration for those attending. The Buckaroo Breakfast and Treasure Valley Night Light Parade promote and create the Three C’s- CONVENER, CONNECTOR and A CULTURE OF COLLABORATION within our community. What does the Caldwell Chamber stand for? 1. We are an idealist wrapped as a pragmatist 2. We believe in bigger things 3. We champion the American way of life 4. We are problem solvers 5. We are a connector. As a Chamber we are of the belief that the health of the business community and of the larger community in which it lives are one and the same. Our job is to provide the tools that business needs to succeed – which is central to the success of the community as a whole. The Chamber committees: Agriculture, Government Affairs, Education, Transportation, Travel & Tourism, Ambassadors and our event committees provide these opportunities for all businesses to CONVENE, CONNECT and create a CULTURE OF COLLABORATION. Our Government Affairs Committee provides advocacy and a position statement for both the City of Caldwell, and the County; prepares a legislative advocacy statement for our Senators and Representatives; provides information on the upcoming issues and bills during the Legislative sessions; provides discussion on health care issues; presents Candidate Forums and offers all businesses the opportunity to request information and involvement with issues that affect them. The position statements from the

December 2018 by Teresa Hardin, Caldwell Chamber of Commerce Director

Government Affairs, Agri-Business, Transportation and Education committees are reviewed and approved by the chamber boards and then presented to the legislature. The AgriBusiness Committee provides scholarships for Canyon County students who wish to continue their College education in the agriculture field, provides information at the Canyon County Fair about agriculture; sponsors and conducts legislative tours, media tours focusing on critical issues such as water supply/usage, economic impacts of agriculture and quality of life. Each year an outstanding Canyon county farm family is selected. The family’s biography, photos and a video are featured during the Canyon County Far and at a special chamber luncheon honoring the family. The committee continues to provide legislative advocacy and develops a position statement on agricultural issues such as land use, weed control, water and environmental concerns. The Transportation Committee supports and provides information for advocacy statements for Canyon County districts, city streets, highways and other transportation. We have successfully lobbied our State Senators and Representatives for the inclusion of a third lane on I-84. The Education Committee is comprised of members of the community from our school districts, charter schools, community colleges and local business leaders. They are committed to being an active advocate, working with the community on strategies for improving the education system within the greater Caldwell community. By doing so, we increase the number of better prepared graduates, improve employment opportunities, and build a stronger workforce for businesses within the greater Caldwell community, drawing attraction to Caldwell as a city of choice for residents,

businesses and families. Our uniqueness allows us to provide events that promote and stage our members in the best possible way. The Buckaroo Breakfast, Treasure Valley Night Light Parade, Farm to Fork Dinner and other events promote and create the Three C’s- CONVENER, CONNECTOR and A CULTURE OF COLLABORATION within our community. For example, our Farm to Fork Dinner provides the ultimate dining experience over the Indian Creek Bridge promoting local restaurants, wineries, musicians, and company sponsors. Where else can you have a candlelight dinner on a bridge with your spouse and friends? Our Buckaroo Breakfast has, for the past 84 years, promoted our Caldwell Night Rodeo, local musicians, local businesses, educators, photographers, individual Caldwell businesses and our friendly, hardworking volunteers. Our Treasure Valley Night Light Parade in its 16th year has become one of the finest “Night Time Parades” in the Northwest. It creates income for local businesses thru decorations for the floats, meals in restaurants, tail gaiting parties along the parade route, street vendor opportunities, and thousands of pieces of candy which are purchased by the participants, from local business. We bring over 35,000 folks to town. In addition to the above committees the Caldwell Chamber provides networking opportunities throughout the year. For us here at the Caldwell Chamber our goal is “The business of a thriving community”! Whatever your type of business, there is a place for you in the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce where we know you will grow both personally, and your business. Our promise is to provide the opportunity to CONVENE, CONNECT, and COLLABORATE.

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December 2018 On a brisk fall walk along Indian Creek during lunch a most pleasant thing happened that defines what the community in Caldwell means to me and many others. While on the walk that day, I met a lady and her little dog. We smiled and she had a twinkle in her eye that is often the same with so many people in this town. She said, “My friend and I paint rocks and hide them. I like to come to see that they were found and to hide more.” She pulled some small rocks from her pocket, one with

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a snowman and the inscription, “Get frosty this winter” and another with two hearts and which had the words, “Christmas begins in the heart.” After telling her that was a really neat idea and we walked on past each other. However, my heart was just a little lighter and walk less like exercise after that encounter. It didn’t end there. Making my way around the path, there was a Grandmother with her two grand kids. The kids were excitedly looking for the rocks! Their giggles were contagious.

It was such a joyful sight. A small gesture by one person grew to happiness for a grandmother, two kids, and a worker trying to get in some exercise. What a way to make an effort to bring smiles to kids and adults alike! It reminded me that, in spite of the vitriolic comments in the news and on social media about divisiveness and racism, In Caldwell Idaho people from all walks of life, ages, and ethnic backgrounds do simple things to bring joy to each other on a daily ba-

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sis. When you walk down the street, someone is there to greet you with a smile. If you have a flat tire, someone inevitably stops to offer assistance. Mayor Nancolas, the police department, fire department, business community, and neighbors from all over town come together to – well – simply be neighborly. I live in Eagle but work, shop, and do a lot in Caldwell. The people here are friendly, engaged, and make it a happy place to be, and feel right at home, every day.

Smeed Foundation Awards More Than $500,000 In Grants At its eighth annual disbursement meeting held in late October, the board of directors of the Ralph Smeed Foundation, Caldwell, approved grants totaling more than $500,000. State of Idaho grant recipients include: - Caldwell Salvation Army: general operating funds and music program. - Greenleaf Friends Academy, Greenleaf: education curriculum and funding of non-federal school lunch program. - Idaho Freedom Foundation,

Boise: general operating funds. - Idaho Prayer Fellowship, Boise: costs associated with annual Idaho Prayer Breakfast. - Love Inc. Nampa: funds to assist with annual fundraising gala and production of self-help DVDs. - Mentoring Network, Nampa: mentoring program for K-12 students in Canyon, Owyhee counties - Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa: curriculum and instructor expenses for a freemarket economics course.

- Treasure Valley Community College, Caldwell: tuition assistance, instructor costs and course material for a free-market economics course. - White Pine Foundation, Eagle: Northwest Liberty Academy student seminar on value of liberty, entrepreneurism. Nationally, funds were approved for organizations in keeping with Smeed Foundation guidelines supporting patriotism, entrepreneurship, limited government, non-statism and private property rights.

Avoid Holiday Weight Gain This Year

The holiday season can be a dreaded season when it comes to unhealthy foods and drinks. This is of no surprise due to how food is the center of our celebrations with family and friends. According to some media sources, each year people gain on average 7-10 pounds over the holiday season alone. However, the research doesn’t necessarily support this. Research indicates that, on average, Americans gain about one-to-two pounds over the holiday season. This is good news, right? Although one pound

The story of God’s love for us, so profound in its depth and passion that God set aside His own majesty, wrapped Himself in human flesh and entered the world through a young Hebrew woman named Mary. Through story and song, Wrappings investigates the fears, the faith and the hardships Mary and Joseph might have faced as they anticipated the birth of their miracle child, the Messiah. By weaving narrative songs throughout a spoken presentation, Ms. Whitehead takes the listener on a

worshipful journey to ancient Israel through an imagination of what events leading up to the birth Jesus may really have looked like two thousand years ago. Wrappings explores aspects of the Nativity story not frequently considered in the story of Christ’s birth as it has been repeated throughout the cen-

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turies Included are ancient customs like swaddling clothes, an exploration of the physical and emotional hardships with which Mary must have dealt, the profound faith of Joseph, the dangers of traveling from Nazareth to Bethlehem, and what was undoubtedly Mary

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of weight gain doesn’t seem like much in the grand scheme of things, it is something that we should be aware of. Just one pound of weight gain over the holiday season is usually maintained and this weight gain can add up over the years. Try these three top tips to help avoid that weight gain this year: 1. Do not skip meals. You’ll likely be so hungry and overeat more if you skip meals before the “big” meal in the evening. Eat a hearty breakfast and a light lunch to help curb that hunger.

Wrappings A Special Christmas presentation of “Wrappings” will be presented by Marcia Whitehead at the Canyon Hill Church of the Nazarene, 902 N. Michigan Ave, Caldwell, on December 9th during the regular 10:45am Sunday service. Marcia’s musical talents, her humble spirit and heart for ministry tell this familiar story in new and fresh ways. Her presentation is powerful and her performance is spell-binding. Wrappings is a reverent retelling of the greatest love story the universe will ever know.

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On a recent stop at Flying M in Caldwell, after a morning of phone calls, technology induced feelings of serious inadequacy, being rescued by my personal knight in shining armor, and examining myself as spread too thin for my limited capacity, I observed the two young people in the photo above. The two instantly made me smile. The coca cola they were sharing was iconic and the way they swooned and cooed at one another brought back a lifetime of memories of young love, old love, passionate love, watch-care love, and sweet love. I mustered courage to go and ask them if I could photograph them in silhouette (I told them I would not use their names) and write a story about them. So I am. When we are sad, alone, or fighting feelings of unworthiness or inadequacy, as I was this morning, it is easy to forget that love is love…regardless of our age, or how many wrinkles we bear, or the scars of life’s bitter moments. Love is love. It is universal and it is the glue that holds couples, families, communities, na-

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L to R: Steve Fultz (City of Caldwell), Keri Smith-Sigman (president of Destination Caldwell at the time of planning), Theresa Hardin (Caldwell Chamber Director), Bob Carpenter (local businessman). The four went to Rapid City to see their plaza in the early planning phases.

Bob Carpenter, owner of Carpenter Screen Printing was among the four who went to Rapid City in planning our Indian Creek Plaza. The mission in visiting Rapid City was to observe and find best practices for a plaza in Caldwell.

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Ice skating is an individual sport and pretty unstructured, especially if you are a first-time skater. Since Caldwell hasn’t had an ice rink since they flooded the rodeo many years ago, we thought we’d put together a few basic rules that should be observed during ice skating for your safety and enjoyment! Ice skating is a lot like driving, many of these tips will sound familiar. The Glide Lane The ribbon, or through lane of any ice-skating venue, is a glide lane, an area for skaters to travel in a continuous forward pattern. All skaters travel in the same direction. Never skate against the flow of skaters for any reason.

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states they lost $650 when they were trying to were trying to purchase a golden retriever puppy online. They said there were wonderful pictures of the puppies online and seller claimed to be a small family run Golden Retriever breeding operation. When they emailed the breeder with questions, they always got a response. That all changed once the payment was sent. After that, the pictures of the dogs disappeared and they never saw their money again. Your BBB offers the following tips to avoid a puppy scam: • Research any business and its owners carefully before paying any money. Check the company’s BBB Business Profile at • Don’t buy a pet without seeing it in person. Do an internet search of the picture of the pet you are considering. If the same picture appears on multiple websites, you may be dealing with a fraud. You also can search for text from ads or testimonials to see if the seller copied it from another site. • Avoid wiring money or using prepaid cards or gift cards to pay for transporting animals. Instead pay by credit card in case you need to dispute

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WEST VALLEY EARNS 9TH “A” Caldwell hospital continues record of top honors from The Leapfrog Group CALDWELL — West Valley Medical Center has received its ninth consecutive “A” grade in the biannual Hospital Safety Grades published by The Leapfrog Group. The designation recognizes exceptional performance in consistently meeting evidence-based patient safety guidelines. The “A” grade for Fall 2018 is a continuation of West Valley’s record of top honors from The Leapfrog Group. Since its first Hospital Safety Grades review in 2012, the hospital has received 12 “A” grades — the most of any facility in Idaho. “My personal goal is to make sure the safety of every patient, every day, is given top priority,” West Valley CEO Betsy Hunsicker said. “I’m incredibly proud of our providers and staff for their continued recognition from The Leapfrog Group. This ‘A’ grade represents our ability to keep our patients safe from infections and injuries, as well as medical and medication errors, while we help them achieve their personal health goals.” Several initiatives contribute to the high level of patient safety at West Valley Medical Center, including a multidisciplinary safety committee and several safety programs to improve patient outcomes and enhance each patient’s personal experience. Additionally, investment in technology like the HUGS infant security and computerized medication management systems further ensures safety. To see West Valley’s

grade as it compares nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at This site also provides information on how the public can advocate for themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades were compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to educate themselves and their families. Calculated in collaboration with The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score compiles 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data into a single “grade.” That score represents any hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections and injuries as well as medical and medication errors. West Valley Medical Center has been named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics™ for five consecutive years. This 150-bed, nationally accredited facility is dedicated to providing highquality, cost-effective health care to Treasure Valley residents. West Valley is owned by Nashville-based HCA, one of the nation’s leading providers of health care services with 178 hospitals and 119 freestanding surgery centers. To learn more, visit or www.westvalleymedctr. com/about/newsroom. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


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The first weekend in November, a large refuse hauler from Republic Services, pulled into Farmway Village, Caldwell Housing Authority’s farm subsidy development on Farmway and Highway 44. They opened it up and delivered 93 shiny,, refurbished bikes to 93 kiddos who could not wait to ride them. Rachele Klein with Repub-

lic Services say they have two employees who spend a good amount of time refurbishing bikes that are donated throughout the year. Two young men walked door to door, in advance, interviewing young Farmway residents about what type of bike they wanted, and the employees at Republic then tried to meet those wishlists

to the best of their ability. Safe Routes to Schools also donated bicycle helmets to each bike recipient, and an individual will return to Farmway to give bike safety classes to anyone interested. Rachele said it was important to them to get the bikes delivered before the Thanksgiving holiday break so the kids have them to ride


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Cody Peterson was caught directing Caldwell Centennial Band in their practice room at the C of I, getting them ready for their upcoming December 17th “A Very Merry Christmas Concert.” The band consists of 3550 volunteer musicians at any time, from teenagers to members in their 90s, from Caldwell, Nampa, Meridian, Middleton, Marsing and Boise. This group has been a staple part of our community since 1990, when they or-

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ed Communications Helmet (MICH), the Lightweight Helmet (LCH), and the Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH) designs replaced the PASGT. Some of these had patterns which offered a less obstructed view. Newer padding and suspension provided better impact protection. The latest helmet is called the Enhanced Combat Helmet (ECH). This 2012 design is lighter in weight yet provides better protection against small arms fire, certain rifle projectiles and fragmentation. It can accommodate communication systems and modern night vision devices. The ECH is primarily used by the Marine Corps with versions being utilized by Special Operation units. The LCH and MICH helmets are still in use. The future of the combat helmet is still being written. Last year, the Army began testing the Integrated Head Protection System (IHPS). This helmet will have a removable piece that would fully protect the jaw. Fully assembled, it looks like the helmet you would see in the video game Halo. Earlier this year, the Army placed $34 million order for these helmets. That probably equates to three helmets. All jokes aside, any improvement to better protect our soldiers is worth every penny. We have most examples of these helmets here at D&J Enterprises. Stop on by and we will be glad to show you them side by side. - Rob Kopan

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The United States combat helmet began in WW1 when the Americans adopted the British Brodie helmet. This first style helmet was nicknamed the doughboy helmet. Officially it was called the M-1917 Helmet. This helmet had a wide brim around it to keep rocks and other airborne debris out of a soldier’s face. Inside the helmet was a minimally designed liner with a leather chinstrap. In the 1930s, the helmet was resigned with a better liner and chinstrap made of webbing. This new helmet was called the M1917A1 or Kelly Helmet. During WW2, a new helmet, the M1, was designed. The wide brim of the M1917 was gone and the sides came down lower to offer better protection. The helmet also had a removable liner that could be worn separately. The M1 helmet remained the standard for the next 45 years. During its lifetime, small changes were made to the helmet. Chinstraps were improved and the shade of green, on the shell, changed. The silhouette of the helmet was lowered in the 1960s. In the early 1980s, the classic M1 helmet was phased out and replaced with the Personal Armor System Ground Troops (PASGT) helmet. The steel helmet was replaced by one made of Kevlar. It offered better shrapnel protection and even protected against small arms fire. The sides of the helmet came down even lower and many compared its look to the German helmet of WW2. The PASGT helmet had a mount on the front onto which night vision optics could be attached. The evolution of the U.S. helmet did not stop with the PASGT. Variations emerged for different combat environments and needs. The Modular Integrat-


Caldwell Rotary Club President Jeff Hunsicker invites you to give the “gift of life” on Monday, Christmas Eve day, December 24th, between 9AM-2:15PM at the Church of Christ (4012 S. 10th, Caldwell). You can make your appointment either online at: or call Carole Munn at (208) 459-1423. To avoid the 20 minutes it takes to read the blood donor information at the event prior to your appointment, on that same day, go to http:// and click on “Rapid Pass” to read it. This year’s blood donation goal is 80 pints. This is one of the most important gifts that you can give during this holiday season as there is an increased need for blood during this time of year. This 34th annual Christmas blood drive is sponsored by the American Red Cross and Caldwell Rotary Club and organized by Red Cross organizer, Carole Munn and Rotarians Jerry Bauman and Aaron Buck. It began in 1985, in memory of past Caldwell Rotary Club member, David

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Johnson,who died on Christmas Eve in 1984. Johnson, who was 40 years old at the time, was severely injured at his business, ACE Supply Inc. He was unhooking a scraper from his vintage John Deere tractor, which he had been using to scrape snow from parking lots at the College of Idaho. It was a Sunday afternoon, and he was alone, and by the time he was found, he had lost a large amount of blood. On that Christmas Eve, Caldwell Rotarians lined the halls of Caldwell Memorial Hospital (now known as West Valley Medical Center) to donate blood in Johnson’s name to help save his life. Unfortunately Johnson did not survive and ever since then, Caldwell Rotary Club has joined with the Red Cross to have this annual blood drawing. This Christmas Eve blood drive, not only to honors David Johnson, but also brings attention to the increased need for blood during the holiday season.


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Rounding Up Our Efforts, Hearts and Community You might think this read will be about a spring cattle roundup or rounding up coats for a clothing drive. I apologize for the double entendre. I hope you’ll keep reading because this concept is important to my heart and my experience is it really, really, works! From time to time, (okay, often) I shop at nonprofits where the cashier asks if I would care to “round up” when paying my total due. The amount of money between what I owe and what I pay, goes directly to help with their community programs. In short, it helps people. Sometimes it is a few cents, and sometimes it is nearly a dollar. Regardless, that money is never missed by me, but has the power to transform lives for others. I have had this idea of “rounding up” on my heart recently. I have experienced the joy of seeing many sincere and ongoing intercessory prayers answered. Intercessory prayers make up the bulk of my personal prayers. I pray for my children, grandchildren, siblings, friends, aging parents, and a lengthy list of people whose names line the inside of an old journal I keep in my nightstand. I pray specifically for them, by name, and for specific needs, desires of their heart, and desires I have for them. Seeing those prayers answered fills me with gratitude and faith. Okay, so back to “rounding up”. When I feel so grateful for prayers answered, how can I show my profound and overflowing thanks? I often

feel unworthy to even ask for blessings to be bestowed, so the fact they are, makes me think of others who might feel unworthy, or be judged unworthy. Our own humility helps us to seek out and recognize those whose feelings of unworthiness holds them hostage: The woman in the car behind me at the fast food drive-thru, smoking a cigarette, car burning oil, make horrific noise, she’s thin and her eyes are hollow, her cheeks sunken, and it is easy to see that life, for this woman, has been a series of sad turns; The man living in his camper in Kmart parking lot, with a fat egg-laying, barred rock hen, and begging for the kindness of passers-by to sustain him; The kids, looking rag-a-muffin, still in nightclothes, counting out change outside the convenience store, for enough to buy a hot pocket to share. They must each feel a bit unworthy. Life and perhaps the consequences of their, or someone else’s, poor choices have reinforced that self talk. Do they pray? Do others pray on their behalf? How can “rounding up” give them hope? How can I build faith in a world that hasn’t been kind? How can I share my joy, and gratitude with them, in a way that will lift them, even for a moment? What do I have that I can round up? At the drive through, I was simply getting a Diet Coke with ice. I just happened to observe this woman behind me, mostly because her car made so much noise. So, I paid for my soda and asked the cashier to apply the remainder of the

SHOP WITH A COP Caldwell Police Department is started the Holiday season off with a bang December 1st! Our annual shop with a cop event kicked off 6:30 a.m. at Mr. V’s restaurant in Caldwell. Chief Wyant and his happy Elves (AKA Officers) were paired up with their shopping buddies and enjoying breakfast together. Following breakfast they had their pictures taken with Santa & prepared for a lights and siren parade to the Caldwell Walmart super center on Cleveland blvd around 7:15 a.m. This is always a sight to see ! This year we had 20 youngsters ranging in ages from 1st grade to 5th grade chosen from the Caldwell School district by their school’s counselors. Each

Child shopping spent their morning with their officer purchasing gifts to bring home for a bit of Christmas cheer for their family! The kids really enjoy being able to spend time with their officer and bring home a wrapped gift for each member of their family. We saw many smiles and all who participated had a great morning. Things wrapped up at 9:30 a.m. and we sent our little shoppers home with their parents after their busy morning. We as a department always look forward to this Holiday tradition every year! We know that none of this would be possible without the generous donations of our sponsors Caldwell Night Rodeo, COPS & kids/

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bill I gave her to the total of the car behind me. She agreed and then came back and said the woman’s total was less than my, we agreed to apply that amount to the next car’s total. It was only six dollars. But rounding up the cost of my large soda, might mean a glimmer of hope and faith and gratitude (remember gratitude is self-perpetuating) in someone who looked like she really needed it. A local grocer has buy one-get another free sales. So, for the man at Kmart, I took the free items, cottage cheese, bacon, a bunch of tangerines...things I would not have extra of but for this sale, and dropped them off outside his camper. For the kids at the convenience store so early in the morning, I went in and paid for three hot pockets, along with my fuel, and asked the clerk to make sure the boys got them when they came in. He said he would. It added three dollars and some cents to the cost of my gassing up my car. In a week, I will not know the was just rounding up! I can round up my time, my talents, my charity, my attitude. We all can. So, what can you round up today? What little bit of good can you leverage, in order to pay it forward? How can you magnify your blessings to show others their worthiness? By the small and simple things great miracles are brought to pass. I know this is true. I have lived it over and over. What are your small and simple things?


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I still can’t believe that at the time of writing this column I am still mowing lawns and picking up leaves, but the fall was so nice and moderate that the leaves were just hanging out. Okay so that was a bad pun. I could write about some gardening tips or tool maintenance and I will do so next month. I would rather like to tell you about growing up and around my grandparents floral and greenhouse business at Christmas time. Christmas was a very beautiful and spiritual time for my entire family. As you would imagine the nursery business slowed down by the end of summer and the floral business in the sixties and seventies didn’t have the access to flowers like they do today. So the tables in the greenhouses were full of poinsettias. It was an amazing sight to watch the bracts change color, and there was a lot of waiting especially for an impatient young boy. The smell of fresh pine was everywhere as my Nonie made lots of fresh wreaths for the local markets. Getting the pine scent on your clothes ( I would get a little sticky) would then transfer to just about everything. Now that I’m in my fifty’s not much has changed except I’m the one that has to clean pitch off everything. There was this ginormous blue spruce right next to my grandparents house, it towered over the their two storied house. My

December 2018


by Pat King

PopPop would put these big Christmas lights on that blue spruce so one could see it for miles. At the time I didn’t know how he was able to put the lights on that ginormous trees. Since then I’ve put lights on trees that big and bigger. But, probably the most wonderful memories of Christmas at the nursery were the Christmas and nativity scene my PopPop made every year. Some of you readers are old enough to remember clinkers. Clinkers are the remains of coals used in coal fired furnaces. PopPop had a coal fired furnace for both the house and the greenhouses. Once the coal was spent the remains would be a rock like formation that would look like lava flows or a porous lave rock with all sorts of odd shapes and sizes. PopPop would lay these out on tables in the living room and piecing them together like a puzzle would create the scenery of Bethlehem and the manger where Christ was born. He’d place statues of shepherds and three wisemen with all sorts of animal figurines spread throughout. This took up most of the living rooms perimeter and was new setting every year. I along with my other 35 cousins would spend hours looking for everything that PopPop had placed throughout those throw away clinkers. I hope you all have a very merry Christmas and God bless. See you next year, Pat

by Leah Medley

On Thursday, December 13, 2018, Leah Medley will present a program on the California Condor Restoration to the Southwestern Idaho Birders Association (SIBA). Program Description: A look at the past, present and future challenges that face the largest flying land bird in North America and what role the community of Boise, Idaho plays in the California condor’s return From the brink of extinction. Bio: Leah began her career as a volunteer with the Santa Ana Zoo in Southern California in 2008. After receiving her degree in Biology from California State University in Long Beach she went on to do field work with California condors for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Sage grouse for the U.S. Geological Service. Leah worked in avian propagation at Tracy Aviary and the Nashville Zoo before joining The Peregrine Fund’s

World Center for Birds of Prey in 2016 as a Propagation Specialist. SIBA meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7 PM and are held at the Deer Flat NWR Visitor Center at 13751 Upper Embankment Rd. in Nampa. The entrance is at the corner of Roosevelt Ave. and Indiana Ave. All are welcome to all of the SIBA meetings which last about 1 1/2 hrs. with a refreshment time following the meeting.

Dave’s Big Back Yard “Hey, have you got a brown and white German Shorthair?” “Yeah I replied.” “Well she is back there on point.” I was hunting with Bill Graves and Dennis Trost. We turned around and looked back. The stranger was right, Halley was locked up tighter than maximum security prison. I tried to position my gunners for a shot, as the bird was kegged up in a Russian Olive grove. When I went in to flush the rooster his departure was such that no one got a shot. The next point was wide open. With a trio of scatter gunners surrounding the rock- solid point I lamented to myself that this pheasant doesn’t know it’s about to become Sunday dinner. Strike number two.

Pen raised birds are conditioned to fly low because they are raised under nets. This must have been the pheasant’s first flush because he flew so low no one was willing to take a shot for fear of hitting Halley. Thanks guys. I have never trained my dogs to be steady to wing being a Chukar hunter. If I was fortunate enough to double on Chukars I was reliant on my dog to mark and retrieve that first bird while I established a good mark on the second bird. Halley had three more points which resulted in three roosters assuming a lower body temperature, it was good. Hunt conversation is always lively after a successful endeavor, a pickup truck

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is a great place to be when surrounded by good friends. Back yard birders the small migratory birds are here. Juncos, Nuthatches and Towhees to name a few. Following their migration are their larger feathered brethren Sharp shinned and Coopers Hawk both have long banded tail feathers, but the Coopers is the larger. Of the two 90% of both species’ diet is a smorgasbord of other birds, all part of nature. Merry Christmas to all throw a bone to your fellow man and some bread crumbs to the birds.

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December 2018 Back in the early 1 9 5 0 s , when I was a kid, I usually spent the night before Christmas tossing and turning, wide awake, waiting and wondering what the dawn would bring. There was a standing rule in our house that you stayed in bed until Dad finished the morning chores. He would build a fire in the flat topped wood cookstove in the kitchen to warm things up before going to the barn to milk the cows. When he returned, he seemed to move in slow motion as he peeled off his coveralls and boots and washed up in the kitchen sink. Finally, Father rolled back the big sliding door that sealed off the living room from the rest of the house. The door was only closed when visitors were sleeping on the couch or on Christmas



morning. A fire was crackled in the fireplace, built before Dad went to the barn. Packages in colorful wrappings had appeared during the night under the tinsel-covered tree. The first order of business was checking my stocking hanging from the fireplace. It usually contained an orange (in the 1950s oranges were still somewhat rare in the winter outside Florida and California) and some nuts and hard candy. Sometimes there was a small gift. One year I got a double barreled pirate pistol that I liked so much that fifty years later I found a replacement on Ebay. Our family wasn’t big on expensive gifts. I usually didn’t get any of the really neat stuff shown in the toy section of the Sears and Roebuck catalog. But I can’t remember ever being really disappointed. After the presents were unwrapped, we adjourned to the kitchen. Mother believed a

kid could ruin his health if he didn’t get some decent food in his stomach as soon as possible in Christmas morning. Father had a habit of procrastinating until the last minute before getting Mom a gift. I was probably 11 or 12 when he invited me along on Christmas Eve to help him find a suitable present at the local Sav On Drug Store. It was nearly closing time when we arrived at the store so we had to hurry. Finally, I spotted something that I was sure Mother would like and pointed it out. Dad snapped it up. Christmas morning, I could hardly wait for Mom to open her gift. I wasn’t disappointed. When she unwrapped the box and pulled out a genuine electric alarm clock, the look on her face was something to remember. Dad was a true friend. He took full responsibility for the clock, and never did try to pin the blame on me.

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It was a good lesson. After the clock incident, he started well in advance of Christmas each year and devoted more time to selecting Mom’s gift. Mother always acted like the electric clock Christmas was one of the low points

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December 2018

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Veterans’ Donation-L to R: Dale Pittsley (Veterans’ Council Board Member), Randy Jensen (Veterans’ Council Vice Chairman), Chuck McHugh (Caldwell Rotary Foundation President),Terry Harrell (Veterans’ Council Board Chairman) and Larry Kelly (Veterans’ Council Board Member).

VETERANS DONATION Chuck McHugh (center), President of Caldwell Rotary Foundation, presented a check for $3,000.00 to the Caldwell Veterans’ Council on October 18th during their

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The Caldwell Lions Club would like to thank the loyal customers who supported our booth this year. The Lions sold finger steaks, hamburgers, hot dogs, tater tots and sodas to Canyon County Fair goers, Caldwell Night Rodeo cowboys, and College of Idaho Football fans. We had fun with the volunteers who helped us in the booth. The Caldwell High School kids that helped hawk drinks in the stands were wonderful and we were happy to support the Band and Choir members with funds for their efforts. It seems we have a special relationship with the Caldwell Nights Rodeo Board and are very pleased that the funds we share with them are used for their scholarships to area students. All of the money we earn in the booth is kept

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Dictionaries for area 3rd graders

This money was raised during the Caldwell Rotary Foundation’s “Freedom Brewfest” fundraiser this past September. Earnings from that event will also benefit other worthy

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in a separate account and is spent helping in the community. We collect used glasses for third world countries, buy vision testing and new glasses locally, help build ramps, support the Veterans, support youth athletic programs, support the YMCA, have scholarships for students, have taken on a park for renovating, clean our part of Highway 20/26, support a blood drive, and are big supporters of the Canyon County Festival of Trees and the Idaho Sight and Hearing Foundation. We are a growing, hardworking, fun loving club welcoming new members and we have a special love for helping in our community…and we thank those folks who patronized our booth this year to make it all possible.

Jeff Hunsicker (right) and Leora Summers (photographer) made the club’s first distribution of dictionaries to 3rd graders in Notus, Parma and Wilder as a part of Caldwell Rotary’s commitment to literacy and supporting our area’s youth. When the distribution is completed, about 1,400 third graders from 18 area schools in Canyon and Owyhee Counties will receive their own copy to keep. The kids were so excited to receive such a comprehensive book that not only included definitions, but also information about many topics of interest including sign language, solar system information, U.S. President biographies, times tables and others. by Lynn Johnson



December 2018

Meet Grant Jones-New Executive Director of Metro Community Services

As a “newcomer” to Caldwell, I am impressed. I have lived in Boise for years, but admittedly, have never discovered Caldwell,

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until now. Now that I am working in Caldwell, I am beginning to do just that. My wife and I attended our first Winter Wonderland and were so impressed. I had the privilege of serving on the planning committee, but having never been, didn’t really know what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised about several things, and the lights were nothing short of spectacular. We talked them up to friends in Boise all weekend and plan to return during the holiday season. The direction that downtown Caldwell is taking is inspiring. The new theater, public plaza, unique

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Governor Elect Little Transition Office Begins, Transition Chair Named Governor-elect Brad Little announced the opening of his official Transition Office that is now accepting applications for positions in the new administration, as well as appointing Brian Wonderlich as Chair of the Transition Committee. Governor-Elect Little is wasting no time getting started and beginning the transition process. Wonderlich brings a wealth of experience about state government, as well as being a highly respected attorney among his peers. Wonderlich also ran Governor-elect Brad Little’s re-election campaign for Idaho State Senate in 2004. “Given his experiences, Brian will bring a wealth of knowledge from many different sectors,” Little said. “Brian also knows my philosophy of only the lightest possible hand of government in the day-to-day lives of citizens and of a government that turns good policy into action. Brian worked on one of my first campaigns and remained a trusted confidant these past 14 years. Brian will be a great asset in helping implement my vision for Idaho.” To learn more about Wonderlich go to Governor-elect Little’s transition office is open and anyone looking to be part of the new administration can find out how to apply here “We are very excited to have our office open. Over the last decade, I have met with many people who want to serve their fellow Idahoans and are very qualified to serve in state government,” Little said. “We now have a place where we can start putting our team together.”

evitable. The College of Idaho is a gem that any community would be proud to have. Consistently recognized as a distinguished institution of higher education, the college offers so much to Caldwell and its citizens. Our theme at Metro Community Services for 2019 is “Going Places – Together.” As we get settled in our new headquarters facility in the expanding Sky Ranch Business Center in upand-coming Caldwell, the theme seems most fitting. It appropriately embodies today’s Caldwell – and the future Caldwell. I am looking forward

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