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Terry Harrell and John Muirhead receive 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award
During the February 28th State of the City Address, two remarkable community men were recognized and presented with the City’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, Terry Harrell and John Muirhead. They have worked tirelessly through the Caldwell Veterans Council to repurpose the old Carnegie Library into the evolving Caldwell Veterans Hall located at 1101 Cleveland Blvd. John had a lengthy military career in the U.S. Navy which began in 1966 and then later in the Naval Reserves. While in the Navy, he completed a certificate in Heating and Air Conditioning Design and during an assignment in Bechtel’s Global Petrochemical Operations office in Huston, he completed a Master’s Degree in International Business in 2000. After his retirement from his Naval career, he had a job with
a government contractor at the Idaho National Laboratory in Arco, ID. In 2012, John moved from Idaho Falls to Caldwell, where he currently resides with his wife Carol. With this rich experience all behind him, he looked forward to a leisurely retirement, but things changed after joining the Caldwell American Legion Post when given John Muirhead, Mayor Garett Nancolas the opportunity to get and Terry Harrell (submitted photo) involved with a project to convert the old Carnegie Library project like that. That’s when he into a veterans memorial hall partnered with Terry Harrell. Terry Harrell, a 1974 Caldwell to provide services to area vets. High School graduate, is a veteran His past experiences, education whose military career spans and certificates gave him a deep from August 1974 to June of understanding of what it might 2006. Harrell began as a Combat take to begin working on a
The Art Gallery that IS...Caldwell High School
The Blue Fiddler” (1947) by Marc Chagall
Caldwell High School moved into its brand new building at 3401 South Indiana in the fall of 1997. Beautiful as the structure was, long-time French teacher Joyce Greenfield realized that the cinderblock walls were in need of some decoration. She gathered a few other likeminded individuals together to plan beautification projects and propose funding possibilities. The committee members, besides Joyce, included faculty members Joy Fingerlos, and Jay Linsenbigler, and community representatives, Beverly Hopper and Bob Carpenter. Over the years students and others have
“Shoshone Falls on the Snake River” (1900) by Thomas Moran
also provided input, with faculty member, Michelle Yancey, most recently. One of the committee’s first achievements was the stained-glass cougar in the windows over the school’s front door. The most ambitious and on-going undertaking is selecting and framing student art and fineart prints to adorn the school hallways. There are currently over 75 works of art on display. The art has been grouped to some extent in a thematic manner. Art with a music subject matter is on display in the hallway leading to the music wing. The music prints include works by Picasso, Chagall, and Renoir. Near the food court are works that feature
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food or food gathering. There are also areas for “people working,” “flowers,” “landscapes,” “famous faces,” “abstract” and some works of art that fit into none of these categories. Artists represented in the CHS collection include men and women of diverse ethnicities and nationalities. As with many things in life, money was part of the equation. Funding has come from diverse sources. Many individuals interested in seeing this project contributed small amounts. Joyce leaned on her CHS graduating class of 1965 to contribute a significant amount. Other sources include The Caldwell Community Foundation, the
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Engineer and rose up to being the Battalion Commander of the 145th Support Battalion which deployed to Iraq, returning in November 2005. Since then, Harrell has been active in many local veteran organizations including the Caldwell Veterans Council, the Carrie L. French Chapter 1, and Disabled American Veterans and is a Veteran of Foreign Wars, Life Member. He has been actively involved on Caldwell’s 4th of July Parade and Celebration committee for the past 10 years and on the board of directors of the Caldwell Community Civic Building Association for the past 23 years. Terry lives in Caldwell
with his wife of 42 years, Trina, who is an amazing partner in the efforts of veterans and their families. For the past two years, these two men have been a dynamic duo making remarkable progress with the help of local vets, volunteers, businesses and the City of Caldwell in the renovation project converting the Carnegie Library into the Caldwell Memorial Veterans Hall. The City of Caldwell is so proud to honor these two dedicated men with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. Congratulations gentlemen! This was definitely a team effort of all involved and these two recognize all the help along the way from everyone who continues to help move this project to completion.
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Upcoming School Board Elections
Idaho Commission on the Arts, the Caldwell Foundation for Educational Opportunity, and the Simplot Fertilizer Division. Joyce Greenfield also developed a recycling program at CHS, which generated additional funds. As having been a Caldwell High School faculty member for 28 years, I loved seeing many of these works of art. Since I spent most of my time in the music wing, I have enjoyed that particular area the most. Since I was born and raised in southern Idaho (Buhl), I have to say that Thomas Moran’s “Shoshone Falls” is my new favorite. I can just imagine the journey Thomas Moran (1837–1926) made from New York to Idaho in 1900 in order to paint in Yellowstone and other areas of the Far West. I will be trying to talk my friend Joyce into hosting an “art walk” through the halls of Caldwell High School. Be sure to check for this possibility in a future issue of the Caldwell Perspective. Many thanks to Joyce Greenfield and all the others who helped her create the Art Gallery that IS... Caldwell High School.
by Leora Summers, Editor
Mr. Kent Marmon, Caldwell School District Trustee from Zone Five (5), resigned early from his trustee position. Elections for trustees in both Zone 5 and Zone 1 will be held on May 16. Declarations of Candidacy were due on or before March 17th. Persons who have filed a Declaration of Candidacy for these positions are as follows: Nicarol Clifton (Zone 5), Marisela Pesina (Zone 5), Lisa Johnson (Zone 1), and Lisa Bevington (Zone 1). We will introduce the candidates in our May Caldwell Perspective If you would like more information on times and places for these elections, please contact the Canyon County Elections Office at 455-5937.
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Library 208-899-1988 Library Closed Easter National Library Week: 4/9-4/15 Smart Money Week: 4/23-4/29 Mon: 10 AM- Baby n’ Me Mon: 4:30 PM: Gaming Mondays Tues (ex. 4/25): 10:30 AM- Toddler Storytime Wed: 10:30 AM- Preschool Storytime. Thurs (ex. 4/20): 3:30 PM-Teen Makers. Fri.: 10 AM-Tai Chi Apri1 1-April Fool’s Day Sunnyslope Wine Trail Bud To Blossom photo contest: go to www. sunnyslopewinetrail.com for details. 9:30 AM-12:30 PM: Community Shred Day, Pioneer Federal Credit Union, 416 S. Kimball Ave. 12-4 PM: Caldwell Train Depot Open House, 701 Main St. 2 PM: Pokemon Club, Library. 7 PM: Dee Hisel sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. Apri1 3 12 AM-11:59 PM: Wear Blue Day for Childhood Abuse Prevention. 2 PM: Page Turners, Library. 6-8 PM & 6-7 PM: Protect yourself from Identity Theft Class, College of Idaho, www.cofiFUN.com, 459-5188. 6:30 PM: Meet a Police Officer, Library. Apri1 4 6:30-9:30 PM: Pottery Class, College of Idaho, www.cofiFUN.com, 459-5188. Apri1 5 4:30 PM: After School Crafts, Library. 7 PM: Adult Coloring, Library. Apri1 6 6:30 PM: Caldwell Library Board Meeting. Apri1 7 2 PM: Yote softball vs. British Columbia, Caldwell. 7 PM: Jeannie Marie sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. Apri1 8 11 AM: Yote softball vs. British Columbia, Caldwell. 2 PM: Saturday Afternoon Movie: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (pg-13). 7 PM: Rod Dyer sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St Apri1 9 Palm Sunday Apri1 10 9 AM: Yote Mens’ & Womens’ Golf vs. C of I Invitational, 18 hole, Caldwell.
Apri1 10 (continued) 6-8:30 PM: Printmaking: Monotype Monday Workshop, College of Idaho, www.cofiFUN.com, 459-5188. 6:30 PM: Meet a Firefighter, Library. 7-8:30 PM: Caldwell School District Board Meeting. Apri1 11-Passover Starts 9 AM: Yote Mens’ & Womens’ Golf vs. C of I Invitational, 18 hole, Caldwell. 2 PM: Homeschool Book Club, Library. 6-8 PM: Photography: A Thoughtful Approach, College of Idaho, www. cofiFUN.com, 459-5188. 6:30 PM: Hazmat Demo, Library. Apri1 12 4:30 PM: Jr. Makers, Library. 7 PM: Adult Makers, Library. 5:30 PM: Caldwell Rambler’s RV Club Dinner, 6 PM-Meeting, Golden Dragon Restaurant, 211 S. 21st Ave., Ray (208) 697-1357. Apri1 13 2 PM: Thurs. Afternoon Read, Library. 7 PM: SIBA presents “Monarch Butterfly Demography and Habitat Suitability in Western Idaho,” at Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Rd, Nampa (corner of Indiana/Roosevelt, south of Hwy 55). Speakers: Dusty Perkins & Vance McFarland. Public Invited. 7-8 PM & 8-9 PM: Astronomy: Lions & Bears in the Idaho Night Sky, College of Idaho, www.cofiFUN.com, 459-5188. Apri1 14-Good Friday 7 PM: Jeannie Marie sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. Apri1 15 9 AM-3 PM: Spring Fling Egg Hunt, O’Connor, Free event! 10 AM-1 PM: Easter Egg Scramble, Memorial Park, Ages 3-12, Kids 2 & under will meet the Easter Bunny for a sack of eggs and prizes. 1 PM: Yote Baseball vs. Oregon Tech, Caldwell. 7 PM: Dee Hisel sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St Apri1 16-Easter 11 AM: Yote Baseball vs. Oregon Tech, Caldwell. 1 PM: Yote Mens’ Lacrosse vs. Portland State, Caldwell. Apri1 17 4 PM: Yote Womens’ Tennis vs. Treasure Valley Community College (Scrim).
Calendar of Events
Apri1 17 (continued) 6 PM: City Council Workshop, CPD Comm. Rm. 6:30 PM: Meet a Paramedic, Library. 7 PM: City Council Meeting, CPD Community Room. Apri1 18-TAX DAY 6-8 PM & 8 AM-12 PM: Stop Fishing, Start Catching, College of Idaho, www. cofiFUN.com, 459-5188. Apri1 19 8 AM-2 PM: TVCRC’s 17th Annual Information Fair, O’Connor Field House/ Caldwell Event Center. 4:30 PM: After School Crafts, Library. Apri1 20 8:30 AM-10 AM: Tweet, Like, Share: Social Media in the Workplace, College of Idaho, www.cofiFUN.com, 459-5188. 4-6 PM: Teen Science Café, Library. 6-8 PM: Archaeology & Egyptology: The Tomb of King Tut, College of Idaho, www.cofiFUN.com, 459-5188. 6-7:30 PM: Record Collecting for Fun & Profit: Vinyl Trash and Treasure, College of Idaho, www.cofiFUN.com, 459-5188. 6:30 PM: Vegetable Gardening 101, Library. Apri1 21 CFEO/WVMC Golf Tournament, Purple Sage Golf Course 2 PM: Yote Softball vs. Northwest Christian, Caldwell. 7 PM: Jeannie Marie sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. Apri1 22-Earth Day 9 AM-5 PM: Gun Smoke Gun Show, O’Connor. 10 AM: WVMC 5K/10K Race 10 AM-2 PM: U of I Extension Office, Canyon County “Edible Landscape,” 459-6003. 11 AM: Yote Softball vs. Northwest Christian, Caldwell. 1 PM: Yote Mens’ Lacrosse vs. Washington State, Caldwell. 3 PM-5 PM: Super Heroes Walk, In observance of child abuse prevention and sexual assault prevention awareness month the walk will begin at Caldwell Police Department and end at the courthouse. Family event! 5 PM-7 PM: Mama Mia That’s A Spicy Meatball, Boy Scout Annual Spagehtti Feed Fundraiser, Our Lady of the Valley, 7 PM: Rod Dyer sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St.
Apri1 23 10 AM-4 PM: Gun Smoke Gun Show, OConnor. 2:30 PM and 4:00 PM: Langroise Recital Hall, C of I, Two recitals featuring piano, cello, viola and violin students. The performers will be determined by the rating they earn at the festival on April 8th. Apri1 24 4 PM: Medal Makers, Library. 6-7:30 PM: Spice of Life: Gardening in Dry Climates, College of Idaho, www. cofiFUN.com, 459-5188. 6:30 PM: Ask the Chiefs, Library. 6:30 PM: Basic Dog Obedience class begins, open to students 16 and older and dogs over 6 months, Caldwell National Guard Armory Parking Lot, $40.
7:30 PM: Caldwell Centennial Band’s “Spring Fling Concert,” Jewett Auditorium, C of I. Tickets at door. Doors open at 7 p.m. Apri1 25 10 AM-5 PM: Caldwell Food Service Annual Spring Pan Sale, behind Syringa Middle School, 2716 S. Montana Ave. 10:30 AM: Something Green: A Puppet Show, Library. 6:30 PM: Fraud Protection, Library. Apri1 26 8 AM-1:30 PM: Region 3 Housing Coalition presents The 2017 Housing Forum, O’Connor Field House, contact (208) 459-9263 or email@example.com. 7 PM: Adult Coloring, Library.
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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.
April 11 11:15 am Noonbreak Sponsored by Saint Alphonsus April 20 4:30 pm Business After Hours, Saint Alphonsus April 26 8:00 am Coffee Connect, Idaho Independent Bank April 28 8:00 am Mega Marketing, Reservations required June 2 11:30 am Wine Tour, space is limited! August 15-19 6:30 pm Buckaroo Breakfast September 8 6:30 pm Farm to Fork, Seating is limited September 28 6:00 pm 120 Year Anniversary Celebration December 2 6:00 pm 15th Annual Treasure Valley Night Light Parade “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” We have opportunities for our Community Members & Businesses to help make the
120 Year Anniversary Celebration Amazing! We are looking for Sponsors to help us obtain Amazing Entertainment Contact the Chamber Office 208-459-7493
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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Come join the parade with Advocates Against Family Violence and the College of Idaho who will join together once again on April 4th to bring awareness to the problem of sexual assault. All are welcome to attend this free public event to support the cause. People will gather at 5:30 p.m. in front of Langroise Hall at the C of I where the walk will begin. Speaker Aleasha Boals will make a presentation. Resources will be made available and refreshments will be served.
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WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES!
A group of last year’s participants by “The Hat” at the C of I just prior to the Walk.
WVMC–Community Partner to Caldwell Family YMCA
Runner from last years event. Better luck for the weather this year!
According to a press release, for more than 10 years West Valley Medical Center’s 5K/10K has donated proceeds from that event to the Caldwell Family YMCA The Caldwell Y’s Health and Wellness programs give youth, adults and families endless opportunities to achieve healthy living. In 2016, about 550 people registered for this race through the streets of Caldwell, raising more than $17,000 for this invaluable community resource. The day starts with a special warm-up with the Caldwell Y team at 9:30 a.m. and ends with a post-race baked potato party, activities for the kids and more. This year’s course begins and ends at West Valley Medical Center and showcases Caldwell at its finest: from The College of Idaho to Indian Creek and historic downtown Caldwell. Registration fees and other information is available at: ymcaidaho. org or westvalleyisbetter.com.
CAUGHT IN THE ACT–Centennial Band at Practice
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Idaho Kairos Outside is a not-for-profit Christian faith-based prison ministry designed to support female loved ones of men and women who are or who have been incarcerated. The Kairos program incorporates a curriculum designed to encourage and transform hearts of women by sharing Christ’s love and forgiveness. Often family members “do time” right along with their loved ones. In this safe environment with loving people, women interact with others in similar situations. The next weekend is April 28-30, 2017 and will be held at the Eagle United Methodist Church. You can support this ministry by becoming a volunteer (day angel) for the weekend, attending the community “Walking in Love” or closing ceremony. Financial support is needed by donating meals, supplies, or sponsoring a guest for the weekend. For more information you can go to www.mykairos.org or you can contact Debbie at email@example.com (208) 459-9109 or Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org (208) 957-1426.
Apri1 27 6:30 PM: Small Steps to Health & Wealth, Library. Apri1 28-Arbor Day 3 PM: Yote Baseball vs. British Columbia, Caldwell. Apri1 28-Arbor Day 4 PM: Money Games, Library. 7 PM: Lisa McFarland sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St 7 PM: Women of the World, Caldwell Fine Arts, Jewett Auditorium, C of I, Caldwellfinearts.org, 459-5783. Apri1 29 10 AM-3 PM: 2017 Spring Bling Car Show & Shine, Memorial Park.
by Leora Summers, Editor
On the first day of spring, March 20th, the Caldwell Centennial Band was caught practicing for their upcoming “Spring Fling Concert” to be held on April 24th in Jewett Auditorium at the College of Idaho at 7:30 p.m. Songs for the concert will include marches, favorite standards, a little something from Star Wars and even a little Earth Wind and Fire! The band is made up of volunteer musicians throughout Treasure Valley who practice all year long every Monday night to get ready for their five free summer concerts in the band shell at Memorial Park in Caldwell. Their concert in Jewett helps defray costs of new music, equipment needs and other needs to keep the band running smoothly. If you are a musician and want to be a part of this volunteer band, contact Jeannie Marie at email@example.com.
“Idaho Kairos Outside” supports females of by Debbie Lenington incarcerated loved ones
Calendar continued from page 2 Apri1 29 (continued) 1 PM: Yote Baseball vs. British Columbia, Caldwell. 6 PM: Go Purple Steak Feed Fundraiser, O’Connor, www. collegeofidahogopurple.afrogs.org 7 PM: Dee Hisel sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. Apri1 30 11 AM: 3 PM: Yote Baseball vs. British Columbia, Caldwell. 2:30 PM: The Merry Music Makers Spring Recital, Caldwell Public Library, Violin students of Peggy J. Miller will perform, free.
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823 Main Street, Caldwell
Sponsored by the Caldwell Veterans Council
The Only Thing Flooding at CVMH is Progress
There are two very new and viewable activities going on at the Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall. Visitors will be safe as they park inside the newly striped parking lot, complete with parking bumpers to protect the concrete areas from the weight of vehicles. It really does look good! Passers by driving along Cleveland Blvd or 10th Ave, can also see the start of the elevator building being constructed on the North side of the hall. Last November, during the annual City of Caldwell’s Veterans Day Celebration, it was mentioned that the construction and installation of the elevator was the “lynch pin” to the renovation at the CVMH. This is still true; and as partners such as the Centennial Job Corp continue to make great strides on the interior of the hall, more contractors and veterans are coming together to install the elevator. With the snow finally gone, it is great to see another tangible renovation project underway. We continue to discuss the purpose of our CVMH as a programs driven installation for veterans and their families, with the mission to help veterans find purpose, gain access to education and employment, as well as social connection. We are very excited to be collaborating with Mission 43! Mission 43 is a partnership of J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation and premier veterans organizations designed to give post 9/11 veterans from Idaho, the 43rd state, the resources for personal growth and the opportunities to contribute in the community. Check them out at www.mission43.org. We will be sharing more about how our veteran community is bridging generational gaps and linking our legacy to long range purpose in the near future. Finally, we would like to add our own personal congratulations to veterans and CVMH leaders, John Muirhead and Terry Harrell on their recent Lifetime Achievement Award, received from Mayor Garret Nancolas at his recent “State of the City” address. Well done, gentlemen...well done!
Local Veteran’s Organizations
Carrie L French, Chapter 1, Disabled American Veterans. 2nd Tuesday every month at 7 pm, Train Depot, 701 Main Street, Caldwell, Service Officer – Norman Geyer, (208) 405-9384 Loren M Trotter, Post 35, American Legion. 2nd Monday every month at 7 pm. Social Meeting, 4th Monday every month at 7 pm. 1112 Main Street, Caldwell, Idaho 83605 Service Officer – Gary White, (208) 608-4891. LT Leighton D Patterson, Post 3886, Veterans of Foreign Wars. 2nd Thursday every month at 7 pm. 1112 Main Street, Caldwell, Idaho 83605.
We are currently raising funds to buy an elevator to better serve our disabled and elderly veterans. More information, visit www.cvmh-vets.org or mail; www.idahoroofingcontractors.com CVMH, PO Box 1535, Caldwell, Idaho 83605. Advertising question? Call Chantele Hensel, 208-899-6374 to submit a story call or email Leora Summers, email@example.com, 208-880-8426
Caldwell Public Library Receives Archiving Grant Idaho Humanities Council Awards Library $2,000
Marina Rose and April Massey, employees at the Caldwell Public Library, recently applied for a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council, a state-based partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. On Tuesday, March 14, they received confirmation that the Council had accepted their grant proposal and would be awarding the library $2,000. The Caldwell Public Library houses a large collection of historical photo slides and oral history tapes that are not easily accessible to the public due to their fragile condition and/or lack of proper equipment to view specific materials. With the grant monies supplied by the Idaho Humanities Council, the library will have the ability to hire a local college intern for the summer to help sort and digitize the collection so that it can be easily accessed. Additional monies received will go towards equipment needed to digitize the collection and store physical materials properly. Visit the library on Thursday, August 31st at 6:30pm to see the progress that has been made and get a tour of the historical collection.
TEAM Mazda/Subaru “Shares the Love” with AAFV!
by Kim Deugan, AAFV
For the past four years, TEAM Mazda/Subaru of Caldwell has supported AAFV (Advocates Against Family Violence) in the Subaru Share The Love campaign. Share the Love is a partnership between Team Subaru of Caldwell and the Subaru Corporation which allows retailers to choose a hometown charity to support. With the sale or lease for every Subaru sold between Nov. 17, 2016 through January 3, 2017, a donation of $250 was given to Team’s selected charity. For this year, as well as the past several years, Team Subaru has chosen Advocates Against Family Violence as their chosen beneficiary for this event. We at AAFV, are so very grateful for their support of our dream to end violence, especially for the children. On March 31st, AAFV was awarded a check for over $12,000 by Team Mazda/Subaru! What an awesome way to “Share the Love!” Advocates Against Family Violence is a local foundation that works to eliminate violence in families and homes by empowering individuals to make positive life choices through advocacy, education, affordable housing, awareness, and community involvement. This donation helps Advocates Against Family Violence provide much needed services to the families in our community.
Merry Music Makers have Spring Recital
by Peggy Miller
The Merry Music Makers, violin students of Peggy J. Miller, will present their spring recital on April 30, 2017. The free program will be in the Caldwell Public Library Community Room at 2:30 p.m. Students performing on Sunday are Reagan Brooks, James Creswell, Spencer Hegstad, Jennifer Riebe, Claire Thompson and Jenna Waterhouse. They range in age from 8 through adult. Claire is the concert master of Caldwell High School Symphonic Orchestra and the Chamber Players. These violinists performed at three retirement homes last fall with additional students who study with Debbie Winters. Accompanists are Maren Creswell, Lillian Hegstad and Edith Stephenson.
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Students Jennifer Riebe and James Creswell
Honor Recitals for CFA Festival
Students from the CFA (Caldwell Fine Arts) music festival will perform at two recitals on Sunday, April 23. The 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. recitals in the Langroise Recital Hall feature piano, cello, viola and violin students. Actual performers will be determined by the rating they earn at the festival on April 8th. Performers need to earn at least their fourth
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Superior rating to perform at the CFA Festival on April 24th. Students earning their third Superior rating will receive pins, and graduating seniors who will participate in this year’s festival for at least their fourth year will be recognized. Teachers, students, parents, and community members with an interest in music are all welcome to attend these free recitals on April 23rd.
OF THE WORLD
Adult Tickets $20, $15, $10 Students $10, $8, $5
April 28, 2017 u 7 PM Jewett Auditorium, 21102 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell
Women of the World was born from a dream to bring women musicians from across the globe onto a common creative platform. Hailing from Italy, Japan, Haiti, and India, Women of the World blend their voices in over 29 languages! The unique music that stems from this cross-pollination of genres, rhythms, and global sounds is borderless and spirited, carrying the undeniable message of unity.
For tickets: caldwellfinearts.org or 459-5275
April 2017 The number of lives that have been directly impacted by the decision of two ladies in Canyon County 25 years ago are infinite. They started a program to assist low-income persons all over this area to access the services and programs they needed when disaster struck. For a quarter of a century, Treasure Valley Community Resource Center (TVCRC) has been helping individuals and families in the community in a way that fills a very specific set of needs. Sometimes it’s a phone number, and sometimes, it’s a listening ear. The stories are endless of those who have been assisted by the “call girls” as they are affectionately
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The Silver Anniversary of our Community’s Brightest Gem
called by Jette Rogers, the head of TVCRC. This group of women answer the phone in their own homes a few hours on certain days of the week. They take calls from the public on the 459-9263 phone line and assist callers with their problems. While most people need help with rent (nobody has rent money), calls are also for assistance with utility bills, others need food, some need clothing, some are in domestic violence situations. Others just need to talk. We have to find out all about their situations so we can recommend the best place to send them for needed services. We truly care about our callers. A social worker’s dream, lovingly referred to as “The Red Book” is a resource directory
Doing it the Warhawk Way!
that is updated each year by two volunteers to make sure all of the information is accurate and current and that the online data base is updated to match. The Directory lists human services in the Treasure Valley that are free or provided on a sliding scale basis. It is roughly 150 pages front and back, spiral bound, with some room to make notes if needed. Volunteers also work to put the Red Book together, updating it each year. Speaking of our volunteers, they are the backbone of this organization. Not only do they answer the phones to assist those who need help from day to day, they also help pull the Information Fair together, work all day during the event itself then help clean it up at the end, and go home very tired!
Volunteers help at other events such as the Resource Meeting to assemble tables full of local information for the availability of those attending, and take turns assisting at events where TVCRC may have a “booth” set up to display our information. TVCRC is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff. About 12-13 years ago, the Annual Information Fair outgrew Caldwell High School’s gym and moved to its current location, the Caldwell Event Center (O’Conner Field House) where over 100 agencies set up booths and open the doors to greet the members of the community. Attending agencies include education programs, housing programs, disability programs, seniors’ programs, and
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As the school year comes to a close and the first graduating class of Ridgevue High School prepares to wear that cap and gown to pursue their next phase of life, Principal Julie Yamamoto and the faculty have so much of which to be proud. Prior to being named principal of Ridgevue, Julie had been to the Warhawk Air Museum (WAM) Warhawk Roundup, an annual event held in August. Julie was fascinated by the experience so much and even more so after her appointment as principal. She and Vice-Principal/ Athletic Director Jeremy Bergquist were invited back to the Warhawk Air Museum by Sue Paul, the Warhawk executive director, to discuss a partnership. It was a perfect match. Then an opportunity of a lifetime arose for Julie. She was invited to ride in a P-40. She was honored and thrilled. The relationship has flourished. It also created a relationship between our youth and veterans of all branches of the military, creating a great appreciation for those veterans who served our country. The bond between the WAM and the school gave the opportunity to show students pride, honor and love of tradition through the stories they heard from the WWII, Korean War and Vietnam veterans. The students believe and strive to live the Warhawk Way: to respect self, others and resources; honor in all that they say and do; and serve their community. While making the decision to partner, Julie and the faculty found themselves digging deeper to be able to touch the lives of these young men and women, asking themselves questions like “How do we create this comradery for our kids? How do we make them want to come to school?” After much deliberation, the school adopted “above the best” from
Ridgevue High School’s first faculty meeting was held at Warhawk Air Museum before the current school year.
the WWII Airgonomic component and strive to live up to the values that were put into place years ago by that great generation. Jeremy, Julie and Bob Gwyn designed a logo which was inspired by military insignias of the WWII era, out of respect, they reached out to the United States Army for permission to use the star within their logo, due to its similarity to the star used by the Army. Julie says, “We still plan on taking all of our students to the WAM before the school year is over. We treasure our partnership with Sue and the WAM and hope to always make them proud that we share a special plane and namesake.” With spring sports in full swing, so were the baseball bats at the first baseball game played at Ridgevue High School, March 9th. Following the National Anthem, Larry Gaukel, a Navy veteran (1960-64) proudly took the mound to throw the first pitch of the game. So, how do we create a school where kids want to be? How do we get them to become invested? You take a dedicated administrative team, students and veterans working together the Warhawk Way.
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the list goes on and on. This year the 18th Annual Information Fair is scheduled for April19th from 8am – 2 pm. It’s a free event that shouldn’t be missed. The Resource Meeting for service providers meets at 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday of the month in February, April, June, August, October, and December. Please call 459-9263 for our meeting place. It will be either at the Health & Welfare or the Department of Labor. The featured speakers bring so much information with them and providers take so much knowledge and information when they leave. It may be TVCRC’s Silver Anniversary, but we are looking towards the Gold!!
TVCRC Presents 17th Annual Information Fair Treasure Valley Community Resource Center (TVCRC) is bringing all the community resource pieces together in one place! Housing, Tax Info, Mental Health Service for Individuals with Disabilities, Children’s Programs, Senior Services, Domestic Violence, Education opportunities, Vocational RehabEmployment, Veteran Services, Pet Check-ups and much more! Free Health Check-ups. Vision, Blood Pressure, and Free Glucose Check-up! Screening includes: Height, Weight, Blood Pressure, Lipid Profile (HDL, LDL, Triglycerides and Total Cholesterol), Fasting Glucose, A1C April 19, 2017 8:00 am to 2:00 pm O’Connor Field House Caldwell Event Center
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Caldwell Square Dancing Club celebrates Dr. Seuss’s Birthday
DESTINATION CALDWELL UPDATES PROGRESS
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by Leora Summers, Editor
Stephanie Rohrdanz, from the Caldwell Senior Center shared these cute pictures. She took them while watching the Caldwell Square Dancing Club on the night that they celebrated Dr. Seuss’s Birthday. Barbara Palleria said that the younger people in the pictures are taking square dance lessons and are part of their club. She thinks that it is just great to have younger square dancers who are so full of energy. Barbara belongs to the Canyon County Stars Square and Round Dance Club. The club meets every Monday at the Caldwell Senior Center and according to her, they always have a great time! Continued on page 17
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L to R: Shawn, Mackenzie, Darcy, Barbara Palleria and Don show a display of Dr. Seuss books to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday!
Indian Creek Plaza Update After receiving multiple construction manager proposals, the city--along with Destination Caldwell--has chosen McAlvain Group out of Boise to move into a contract for the construction of the plaza. Construction will begin in late spring/early summer, and we are still anticipating a November/December opening.
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Spring Cleaning your Refrigerator and Freezer Warmer weather is coming in, and flowers are beginning to bloom. This may be a sign to some that spring is coming, and with the arrival of spring, comes annual spring cleaning. Many may not know that cleaning the freezer and refrigerator should also be included on your spring cleaning checklist. These staple kitchen appliances are often overlooked, which could lead to the development of unwanted bacteria and the potential for cross-contamination. Annual spring cleaning of your refrigerator and freezer is the perfect time for a good food safety check of the appliances. Since these appliances are used to preserve food, it is essential to make sure that they are preserving food well. The internal temperature of the freezer should be 0 degrees or less, and the internal temperature
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of the refrigerator should be 40 degrees or less. De-cluttering your refrigerator and freezer is next on the to-do list. If you have leftovers in the refrigerator, be sure they have been used within 3-5 days or throw them out. Check “best-if-used-by” dates on condiments and food packages. Throw out any foods that are expired. Make sure your refrigerator is not too packed full and allows for air circulation, as over-packed refrigerators are more difficult to maintain proper internal temperatures. Ice crystals that are forming on frozen foods are “freezer burnt,” meaning the quality of the food is likely diminished. They should be thrown out, along with any foods that have been kept in the freezer longer than their recommended freezer storage times. Go to foodsafety.
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gov for a chart reference on recommended refrigerator and freezer storage times. F i n a l l y, take note of any food spills or leaks, Jackie Amende, especially in UI Extension, the refrigerator, Canyon County and clean with hot, soapy water. Make sure to rinse well. Cleaning your refrigerator and freezer with hot, soapy water is recommended regularly. Avoid using chemical cleaning products as they may impart a chemical taste into your stored foods or even damage the interior finish of the appliance. Jackie Amende is the University of Idaho Food and Consumer Service Extension Educator for Canyon County.
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Did you know that you can drop off your un-used or expired prescription medication at the Caldwell Police Department? If you are like many people, you probably have a couple of expired, or un-used bottles sitting around in your medicine cabinet, and you don’t know what to do with them. Some people think that the best way to get rid of them is to flush them down the toilet, but that is not a good idea. That creates problems at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. It is also not a good idea to hold onto them in your house because there is a chance that they could end up in the wrong hands. So if you have any prescription medications that you don’t use and you don’t know what to do with them, please bring them to the Caldwell Police Department so we can destroy them properly. If you have any questions, call 455-3115. Public Safety Announcement: With spring finally here and summer right around the corner, there will be more kids playing outside and riding bikes. Please be careful while driving, and stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. Here is a list of events that will be happening during the month of April. April 3-10am: Canyon County Administration Building-Proclamation and Presentation. April 7-12pm: Child Abuse Rally on the Capital Steps in Boise. April 14-8:30am-4:45pm: Library in Nampa-Protecting Kids in our Community seminar April 22-3pm: Superhero Walk beginning at the CPD-to the Canyon County Courthouse ending with a BBQ at Justice Park.
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Special Use Permit amended for Jail’s Tent Facility
When overcrowding became an issue in Canyon County Jail, after an amended SUP (special use permit), minimum security inmates were moved over to the work-release tented facility to relieve the jail’s overcrowding to improve the living conditions in the jail to avoid lawsuits. Since then, numerous escapes have occurred and the security of the tented facility came into question as well as the safety of surrounding residences in our community. During the December 19th Caldwell City Council meeting, an amendment to that earlier amendment (which allowed minimum security inmates to cohabitate with work release inmates), was approved by city council to return the tented facility
back to the original conditions of the original SUP, which only allowed work release inmates to be housed there. The county was given 60 days from January 3rd to show that security improvements had been made to be able to amend this newly passed amendment to continue to allow minimum security inmates to remain with the work release inmates. During the March 20th city council meeting, that December amendment was amended, to allow Canyon County to continue to house minimum security inmates with work release inmates at the County’s tent facility, since security improvements had been made with intentions to put the others in place in the near future.
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The interior walls which had been breached before, had been hardened to 8’6” high with an ultra-hard material. A heavy-duty, metal-grated lid had been put over the kitchen area, where some inmates had climbed over the wall to freedom, and the kitchen door had been replaced with a super strong steel metal door with a more secure locking system. Sheriff Kieran Donahue and Paul Navarro spoke of further measures that are in the works to enhance security for the tented facility which included the installation of a 2nd interior fence to be placed as a buffer zone, five feet inside some of the exterior fencing around some of the entrances, to reduce the ability of outsiders to pass contraband items through the fence to inmates. The sheriff’s office is also working on plans to upgrade the 8-foot perimeter fencing with 10-foot fencing with razor wire at the
Sheriff Kieran Donahue, superimposed on a photo (by Leora Summers) of the tent facility at 1214 Chicago St., showing a fenced area for outdoor activities. Officers can be seen walking the outside perimeter during times of use.
top to really secure the area at all points, including the exits from the building. They are making plans to put a lid on the recreation yard, 14 feet off a finished floor to further secure that area. Donahue commended Navarro and others for all their hard work to secure the site. He closed with, “Our job is to insure public safety. These are the cards we are dealt and what we have to work with.
We have to act. There is no time to waste. We have to show the people in our county what we are facing. With additional security measures, it is not ideal, but it is adequate.” This newly amended SUP has a five-year temporary approval. However if safety becomes an issue again, the council could revert the permit back to a work release facility only at any time.
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L to R: Jenn Ringwald-Pulley (wife) and Kevin Pulley at the award’s ceremony. Kevin Pulley a Vallivue High School graduate, following his graduation, joined the U.S. Navy.
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This year Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Kevin Pulley earned the U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa “Sea Sailor of the Year.” Congratulations for all your hard work and thank you for your service!
C of I Enactus students compete in Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge
by Justin Dalme, C of I Communications Specialist
College of Idaho students in Dr. Bastian Thomsen’s Enactus class saw two problems. First, students have no food options on campus after Simplot Dining Hall and McCain Café close each night. Second, Idaho has 1,966 homeless men, women and children, with about half that number residing in the Treasure Valley (according to the Boise/ Ada County Homeless Coalition). The solution? Food for Thought, a nonprofit food truck that could supply hungry Yotes with food in the evening hours and also give half of its profits to homeless shelters. To get their idea off the ground, the group is participating in the Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge, a statewide venture competition for college students with $100,000 in seed funding up for grabs. “It’s going to be a great experience,” said Tori Cerda, president of Enactus. “Just doing the 60-second pitch video for the submission packet got us hyped about the whole competition and being able to explain what we want to do.” With up to $25,000 of the Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge prize money on the line, the C of I group had to draft and submit a five-page proposal covering their problem, solution, market opportunity and go-tomarket plan for the preliminary application round of the challenge. The students will find out March 8 if they qualified to give a finalist pitch in Boise later this month. Enactus—an international organization that connects student, academic and business leaders through entrepreneurialbased projects—empowers students to transform
C of I Director of Business & Accounting Professor Scott Johnson (in khaki jacket) with C of I Enactus Club
opportunities into real, sustainable progress for themselves and their communities. In previous years, the C of I Enactus club, which is also now a class, had about four members. This year, the club has grown to 26 students as the framework has shifted toward helping students apply what they’re learning in the classroom toward helping others through sustainable business ventures. “Some people are doing entrepreneurship, some people are looking at social justice issues, but nobody is putting the two together from a business perspective,” Thomsen said. “And that’s what we feel bridges the humanities to business.” The Food for Thought project is one of several projects Enactus is currently working on. The idea was originally formulated in Thomsen’s Intro to Business class last fall. “Since (Simplot) and the McCain Café are the only food providers on campus, we want to provide another source of food that is close by, easy to get too, good prices, and quality
food outside of those hours,” said sophomore Shasten Jolly, a business administration major. But by focusing on social entrepreneurship, the Yotes wanted their business to benefit more than their own pockets. “Giving back was one of the original ideas we were pushing for,” said freshman Lane Mengon. “We want to fund ourselves and the business, but also give back to our community.” With a little luck at the upcoming challenge, the Food for Thought truck could soon be motoring around campus, looking to feed hungry Yotes and making a difference for Idaho’s homeless community.
Kids making paper stars at the Wildlife Refuge Star Party
On March 4th, kids from the community gathered at Deerflat Wildlife Refuge, located at 13751 Upper Embankment Rd., for “A Night under the Stars.” Upon arrival, children were given pamphlets that encouraged them to visit each booth for which they received a stamp on their pamphlet and when their pamphlet was completely filled out, they had a chance to win a new backpack and a pin-on button. The event created an interactive setting for the kids where they could do activities in a paper star booth, a coloring booth, and a “create your own constellation” booth. Another area consisted of a planetarium. Inside the planetarium, there were cylinders that projected different designs, one with the stars and one with the constellations outlined so you could see what they would look like. The spokesperson talked about the constellations you could see if you went outside between 7-8 p.m. that night and told them where to look for them. The kids all listened and were fascinated by the stories and by what they saw. It was a great time. The smallest amount of time invested in the life of a child can make the biggest differences. Thank you to all who invested their time and money to make this event a success. For future events at the Deerflat Wildlife Refuge, you can visit their website at www.fws.gov/refuge/ Deer_Flat/.
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Justin’s fascination with the color pink started at an early age and never faltered according to his father, Ignacio Segura. Ignacio had raced his own hobby car in his early 20s at the Stockton 99 Speedway, and introduced Justin at the age of 6 to racing. He started him off on dirt bikes, on to motorcycles and then to those little outlaw karts. His first little kart was painted red and later ones were painted red and black. At age 10, Justin moved on to the 125 Class and Ignacio bought
him a new orange kart. He asked him what color he wanted it painted. The answer was PINK! Ignacio just couldn’t do pink, so the cart stayed orange. At age 13, Justin moved from dirt track to asphalt in a non-wing sprint car with large rear tires capable of going up to 80 mph at the Meridian Speedway. This car was painted red, matching his first kart and Justin named this car Britney. He won his first race just after his 14th birthday. He won one more race with a total two for the
session and ended 5th in points, winning Meridian Speedway’s “2013 Rookie of the Year.” In the 2014 session, Justin moved up to a 360 wing sprint car, which could do 100 mph around the track. Since his car was an all flat black in color, dad decided that they should repaint the car and asked Justin what color and graphics he wanted. Once again, that unrelenting pink and black came up. Ignacio finally gave in and Justin finally got his wish. To Ignacio’s amazement, the color was a big hit with the racing crowd and fans. The phrase “Tough Enough for Pink” was put on the top wing and along with the breast cancer awareness ribbon and the phrase “Sprint for a Cure” was put on the front wing. He named this car “Iron Horse.” It was entered in the Boise Roadster Show where it won 2nd place in the race car class. Justin won other main events including trophy dashes, the Cast Iron 360 Sportsman Championship and the 2014 Rookie of the Year. He earned 2nd in points and “Rookie of the Year” in the Mt. Dew Wing sprints. In 2015, his non-wing sprint car was painted from red to pink and black. He also got a new pink
BASQUE CHARITIES–A COMMUNITY MESSAGE There was leftover food after the Caldwell Basque Dance and the group contacted Hope’s Door, Caldwell’s domestic abuse shelter, and asked if they would like it. They were interested in anything but the bread products because they get bun donations, but rarely receive meat to go in them. That’s when the Caldwell Basque Charities group immediately went to Albertsons and purchased meat products to go with the buns to bring to the shelter. Upon delivery, it was discovered that the shelter’s freezer was dead and once again the Caldwell Basque Charities group came to the rescue and purchased a brand new 21 cubic freezer from Parma Furniture, who delivered and installed it. Now the shelter has the freezer capacity they need to better serve their clients. Gina Dowen brought this story to our attention in hopes of making our community more aware of the shoestring budget places like our Hope’s Door has and to remind us that they need
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our help. She says that one way we can help, is to consider donating to these places when upgrading household goods, dishes, silverware and other items, that these things could be the very thing that someone might need to start their life over again. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask what these organizations need and get involved and DONATE!” Good ideas Submitted photo Gina! For more information regarding these organizations, check out their Facebook page. For Hope’s Door check out Advocates Against Family Violence. For Caldwell Basque Charities check out Caldwell Basque Charities-Euzkaldunak Charities.
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and black driving suit with the pink ribbon on the front along with the phrase “Tough Enough for Pink.” He also got pink and black racing gloves to match. Justin sold Britney, his nonwing in 2016, and bought another one, painted it pink and black and named it “Bodacious.” To match his car, he bought a new helmet and had it painted pink and black with the number 6 put on it and added the symbolic pink ribbon of breast cancer awareness. He then concentrated on his non-wing racing in the Pepsi Crate Sprint Class, winning the NASCAR Whelen Division 2 Championship at Meridian Speedway. In the twelve races he participated, he placed first in nine of them and second in the other three with the help from his crew and Chief Demetrio Segura, his older brother. At the end of the 2016 session, Justin was approached and accepted a sponsorship deal from Team Mazda Subaru in Caldwell. They were impressed not only with his racing record, but also loved that his car colors symbolized the breast cancer awareness campaign, as they have had members of their team’s family that have been affected
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by cancer. Team Mazda Subaru was always a big advocate of Meridian Speedway and always wanted to sponsor a car. They now help the Seguras with maintenance expenses for the cars including reconditioning the car and supplying tires. Team Mazda Subaru created a new logo for the car incorporating their sponsorship and promoting the breast cancer awareness campaign. This year looks promising for the young driver with scheduled competitions in several places competing with both his wing and non-wing cars spreading the message that we’re “Tough Enough for Pink!” What started out being all about their passion for racing, has now become a vehicle to help bring awareness to the fight against breast cancer. Not bad for a 17 year-old Caldwell High School senior! Ignacio and Justin Segura now search for other partners and venues to help promote the breast cancer awareness campaign. What a team they are! The Seguras and Team Mazda Subaru! When passion is used to help others, everyone wins!
SIBA presents Monarch Butterfly Program
by Leora Summers, Editor
On Apri1 13 at 7 p.m., the Southwest Idaho Birder’s Association (SIBA) will be presenting a program called “Monarch Butterfly Demography and Habitat Suitability in Western Idaho” at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Rd, Nampa (corner of Indiana/Roosevelt, south of Hwy 55). The event is free and the public is invited to attend. The guest speakers will be Dusty Perkins and Vance McFarland. With little information existing on western monarch demography and no information existing regarding habitat suitability, these two gentlemen determined the distribution, abundance, and demography of monarchs in our Treasure Valley. They conducted intensive monitoring efforts at known milkweed patch sites and collected monarch egg and larval survivorship data. They also conducted habitat suitability analyses using generalized linear mixed models and model selection procedures to evaluate the importance of breeding site characteristics and monarch breeding success. At this meeting they will present data for monarch egg and larval survival, results of their model and discuss their implications for monarch butterfly conservation. Vance is a CWI graduate and is a student at BSU studying biology. In his internship, his work focuses on Monarch Butterfly populations in the Treasure Valley. Dusty has a B.S. in biology and an M.S. in Raptor Biology from BSU. He uses biological indicator species to help understand human impacts on ecosystem services.
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My interest in Astronomy started in the 1980s. My wife, Frankee, and I had an outside hot tub, and we became interested in learning about the changing constellations with each new season. My serious interest in Astronomy began when Frankee gave me a 4” telescope for Christmas. I had read a number of books and articles on astronomy and spent several years learning how to use the telescope. I used my shed in the back yard with a roll-off roof for a permanent observatory. When I retired from medicine in 2004, I started learning how to do astrophotography with a specialized digital camera attached to the telescope. These images are 6-8 hour exposures, in ten-minute intervals through red, green, and blue filters, and combined with software to obtain a color image. Many of my images and equipment can be seen on my web site at Daglenuniverse.com.
My Road to the Stars
Over the years, with the growth of the Treasure Valley, the skies in Caldwell have become brighter making it more difficult to do astrophotography. About the time I was planning to retire from teaching at the College of Idaho, Frankee and I decided to build a house and observatory in southern New Mexico in the Sacramento Mountains, an elevation of 7,300 ft. New Mexico has some of the best seeing and darkest skies in the country. Our house was designed to be able to have family or students come and stay on the first floor with us living primarily on the second floor. For a number of years now, we have had students from our alma mater, Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, and students from the College of Idaho, come to do research projects for periods of 4-7 days. Due to their interest, I have built an additional roll-off observatory and telescopes so
YOTES go stargazing in deep space The backyards in the village of Mayhill, N.M., all have a certain feature in common—an observatory. Sitting at an elevation of 7,300 feet with special ordinances in place to protect the dark skies, it was the perfect place for former College of Idaho professor Joe Daglen to construct a house with two observatories a mere 100 feet from Will, Natasha and Daglen his back porch. And for the past several years, Dr. Daglen has opened his home to Yotes interested in researching the final frontier. Such was the case for junior Natasha Dacic and senior Will Callahan during winter break. Taking a pause from “snowmagedon,” the pair traveled to New Mexico for six clear nights of stargazing. “I wanted to take what I’ve learned in physics and apply it to a real-life research opportunity,” Dacic said. “A lot of times, students don’t get to do that.” Their first few nights were spent huddled in jackets and sweaters under crisp skies, learning how to use Daglen’s telescopes for astronomical spectroscopy. Pointing the telescopes at stars millions of miles away, Dacic and Callahan received and recorded their light emission. Spectroscopy is used to measure light that is emitted, absorbed, or scattered by materials. It can help researchers understand how an object like a black hole, neutron star, or active galaxy produces light, how fast it is moving, and what elements it is composed of, according to NASA. The students also had the chance to peer at our galactic neighbors through a traditional telescope. They even learned how to do astrophotography, capturing images of the Orion and
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I can offer photometry as well as spectroscopy projects for research. The observatories are all completely robotic in that they can be run from our house (where it is warm) in New Mexico as well as from our home in Caldwell. Students can also remote in from the C of I to get additional data if needed. The student visits are a Submitted photo great part of retirement. I always learn something new, and it gives them the opportunity to gain experience with doing a research project. I enjoy the opportunity of teaching and continually learning with the students. They are always appreciative of our efforts and that gives me a sense of accomplishment.
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Running Man nebulas “When the students come down, it’s just a treat for me,” Daglen said. “I enjoy the astronomy and the students have the opportunity to get an experience they really can’t get anywhere else.” Astronomy began as a hobby for Daglen, who ran a family practice in Caldwell for 28 years. After retiring, he had the chance to teach anatomy, physics and astronomy at the C of I from 2007-2013. He also had more time to devote to astronomy, which led to building a house in the Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico. “We built the house with the idea that students could come and stay here,” he said. “It gives them an authentic research opportunity to devise a plan, use scientific equipment to obtain their data, process it and present it. I think that’s one of the most important experiences in college, to learn how to do that.” A usual “day” for Dacic and Callahan involved some classwork to understand concepts and equipment. Then after dinner, it was off to the observatory to focus in on their targets and start collecting data. That process continued until about 2 a.m. and required a fair amount of coffee. They also explored New Mexico, visiting the city of Alamogordo, with its rich space history, the White Sands National Monument, Carlsbad Caverns and the National Solar Observatory. “It was neat to gain the experience and have the opportunity to go down to New Mexico,” Dacic said. “Learning about the night sky and space has always interested me.” Now, the duo is taking the information they gathered during winter break and analyzing it to see what each spectra can tell them about the stars. They’ll present their findings at the upcoming C of I Student Research Conference in April.
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Caldwell Firefighters Climb for a Cause!
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Owner of Caldwell Bowl, Ron Black, was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2015. He was 67 years old and underwent surgery. A few days later he began chemo therapy. While on chemo, he developed every possible side effect. Things suddenly went from bad to worse. Ron was now in a fight for his life. He is the three to four percent of people who are allergic to the chemo drug, Xeloda. He shared, “If you are ever in a similar situation, I urge you for God’s sake, to get a second opinion.” Ron also encourages people to decide for themselves on a doctor and medical team that feels right for them. It has been a tough road for this warrior and his family. Ron spent 18 days on life support. Against all odds, he came off of it. He was hospitalized a total of 88 days, which was divided among 3 different hospitals. Trials were everywhere. As he took one step forward; there were two steps back. He would make progress, and then infection would set in. The doctor’s report was less than encouraging. It stated this may be his “new normal.” Those words did not sit well with Ron. He refused to believe them. He wanted his regular life back. He wasn’t going to take “no” for an answer. After being home for 5 days, Ron made an executive decision about his walker and shower chair. He threw them out. This moment was pivotal in his thinking process; he believed if they were to stick around, he would never get better. Such courage!
Caldwell Fire Stair Climb Team L to R: Dee Berryman, KC Zachary, Brent Sillito, Dan Garcia, Kolby Kerbs, Eric Haskins, Jose Martinez and Dewayne Birch (not pictured).
Along with 2,000 other firefighters from 8 countries, the Caldwell Fire Stair Climb Team recently “competed” in the Scott Firefighter Stair Climb which is held in Seattle, WA in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Our team that consists of eight firefighters (Dee Berryman, Dewayne Birch, Dan Garcia, Eric Haskins, Kolby Kerbs, Jose Martinez, Brent Sillito, and KC Zachary) raised over $18,000! The climb is timed, so you compete against other firefighters for the top spot, but for our team the most important competitive number is the amount of money raised to help cure blood cancer and climbing in support, honor, and/or money of someone close to us. Here are a few stories of why we climb. Piper Novak just celebrated her sixth anniversary of being in remission in June 2016. She was diagnosed with high risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia. After 2 ½ years and more than 700 doses of chemo, Piper and her family have reason to celebrate. Once Piper reached her 5-year remission anniversary, she graduated from the outpatient oncology clinic and joined the long-term survivorship program. She goes in for annual checkups. She is in 3rd grade and is busy with piano and harp lessons. Reese Harper was a typical 3-year-old boy until one day in July 2015 he began complaining of pain in his foot. His parents knew something was wrong when he was too weak to walk or stand. He was diagnosed with AML (acute myeloid leukemia). Reese is now in maintenance and enjoying being a youngster.
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Jacob Alexander Bradford was diagnosed on May 15, 2015 with AML (acute myeloid leukemia) after being sick with flu-like symptoms. He underwent a bone marrow transplant on September 23, 2015. Unfortunately on his 6-month posttransplant anniversary, his family was told that the leukemia was back. He went through a donor lymphocyte infusion. On the one-year anniversary of the transplant, they were told once again the leukemia was back for the third time. He continued to fight but his body started failing and on October 25, 2016, Jacob lost his brave fight with cancer. We are already starting to plan for the Stair Climb next year. If anyone is interested in donating, please contact Reese Harper, now in us at Downtown Shipping in Caldwell or visit our Facebook page “Caldwell maintenance holding a picture of Jacob Bradford, who passed Fire Stair Climb Team.” away on October 25, 2016
Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. He will be delivered over to the Gentiles. They will mock Him and kill Him. On the third day He will rise again.” Luke 18: 31-34
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When asked about the beginning of his recovery journey, he smiles, and shares about a local physical therapist by the name of Jonathan Woolley,DPT, who made a huge difference in his life. Dr. Woolley suggested getting involved with the Caldwell YMCA, and that is exactly what Ron did. At the YMCA, Ron met Lizzy Borger, a personal trainer. She became his game changer. Lizzy Borger had a knack for providing encouragement exactly when necessary, knew how to push him-- without breaking him, and genuinely believed in him when he didn’t believe in himself. He proudly states, “Lizzy is Caldwell YMCA’s best kept secret, but not for much longer.” It has been a year since Ron set out for the YMCA. Walking was a huge challenge. He began by making his way to the elevator to complete a mission that was set by Dr. Woolley. His next task was to get off on the second floor and create a list of resistance machines. This was difficult. He started with small goals based on what he could achieve and hasn’t stopped adding to them. The rest is history. Today Ron continues to stay active and eats healthier than before. He is enjoying his life with his family. He seems to get his strength from walking, often as well as participating in Pound Plunge. He plans to continue both of these activities. He highly recommends the LiveStrong program that the YMCA offers for cancer survivors. His only regret was, “That I would have started exercising 20 years ago!” Their are two spectacular women in Ron’s life that he extends his heart felt gratitude towards. They are his wife, Thelma, and his personal trainer, Lizzy Borger. Thelma helped save his life. Lizzy gave him his life back. These ladies are irreplaceable. Additionally, he is thankful to his sons: J.J., Dave, and Ken. Another key person Ron is so thankful for is Jonathan Woolley, his physical therapist. The entire community played an important role in Ron’s recovery. After the fact, he learned that people from Caldwell to Seattle had formed prayer groups to pour out their concern for a miracle to save Ron’s life. Medical staff and doctors worked diligently. He also gives a big thank you to the employees who kept their business rolling and to all those who have expressed care and concern for him. Ron is the REAL definition of an over-comer.
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L to R: Breaking ground ceremony with Brian Taylor (Canyon County Prosecutor), Ron Manker (Idaho Veterans Garden Chairman of the Board), Earl Gafford (Gafford Construction) and Shawn Gafford (Gafford Construction).
The board of the Idaho Veterans Garden, veterans and community officials gathered at the Idaho Veterans Garden, located at 305 W. Belmont on March 8th, 2017 for a second ground-breaking ceremony to celebrate three new buildings that will be constructed on the grounds which are due to be finished by midsummer within the Garden. The buildings will consist of two new restrooms, compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, and an office building. Often times, meetings with veterans are of a sensitive nature, so it is especially nice to have a building at the Garden for veterans and their families when they come out there. The board members of the Idaho Veterans Garden are thankful for all the hours
and materials that local contractors have donated to be able to provide that special space out there for the privacy sometimes needed by veterans and their families. A long list of donors have joined together in the Garden’s mission: to provide a safe, peaceful and healing environment; to provide youth mentoring and education; to create a beautiful community garden; to change lives for the better; to plan future growth; to inspire others to be better and to give back to our veterans. With spring having arrived and as the sun comes out more and more, stop by the garden. Take one quick visit and that will be all it takes to see why this garden is so important to so many people.
CHAMBER HIGHLIGHTS LOCAL EDUCATION
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The Caldwell Chamber of Commerce highlighted education in our own back yard during the March 14th Chamber Luncheon at the College of Idaho’s Simplot Dining Hall. Our schools do an amazing job and provide rich and diversified opportunities to our children. Also highlighted for its devotion to the education of Caldwell’s and Idaho’s children was Caxton Printers Ltd. Caxton Printers Ltd, a local business has been around almost forever. According to Caxton’s President/Publisher Scott Gipson, Caxton is probably the oldest book publisher west of the Rockies. The company incorporated in 1907. In 1937, they became the Idaho State Text Book Depository and has been the primary supplier of curriculum materials to Idaho’s schools since. Their School Services Division sells all school and office supplies from pencils to lunchroom tables and bleacher systems. Caxton has supported teachers and education for years and years. Scott encouraged all the businesses in the valley to pay attention to education. He told the group that we have two of the best school districts in the valley, Caldwell and Vallivue! Caxton has a new website for school
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Shaylene French, Caldwell Superintendent. She has a lot to be proud about in her schools.
Leigh Peebles, Principal of Lewis and Clark Elementary, Caldwell Schools spoke of “JA in a Day.”
Principal Shay Swan, of Syringa Middle School promotes their “Kindness” program.
is to build a boat that doesn’t sink so you can have a chance to win. They succeeded and one of their boats won 3rd place. Their science club, Robotics Team, and STEM learning groups go to a couple of Vallivue elementary schools to show them about their robotics program. They show them the process through teach-fail-learn. They had the elementary students put together spaghetti towers with 20 pieces of spaghetti and a few marshmallows to see how tall a structure they could build that could stand on its own using some engineering skills. The ladies from the Future Farmers of America Club presented and overview of their program. “Agriculture is the backbone of our society,” said Lindsey Stowell, Vallivue FFA member. These kids are involved in many different agricultural activities including raising hogs. The FFA parents’ group just had its 10th Annual Alumni Auction and raised over $6,000 to support their activities. Some of their earnings were donated to a family suffering hardship this year. The Vallivue School District is also proud to have Abigail Manery, one of their own, represent Idaho in the National Miss Amazing Teen competition. She won the state competition last month and will now be taking it to the next level. This pageant celebrates the valuable abilities and strengths of girls and women with disabilities. Abby’s mantra is, “Celebrate Differences because Different is Good!” She left the group with two challenges. The first one was for business owners to find a place in their businesses for someone with disabilities and the other was
to challenge them to help her reach her fundraising goal of $5,000 to attend the national convention. With her delightful smile and charm, she had the group in the palm of her hand. You can follow her efforts on her Facebook page, “2017 Idaho Miss Amazing Teen Queen Abigail Manery.” The Caldwell Perspective highlighted Abby and this program in our last issue. Caldwell Superintendent Dr. Shaylene French says that the Caldwell School District promotes that citizenship matters in schools. She was very proud that the CHS wrestling team took a 2nd place in state title this year, but even more impressed that they were complemented on being “good kids” because they even cleaned up their mess! “Have you ever seen a teenager’s bedroom,” she said. French was also proud of the school’s engineering teams. CHS high school students worked on creating a satellite with NASA earlier this year and have been invited to create another one with them. This second satellite will involve using a micro amateur radio system to communicate with a satellite in space that will be designed to send data back to them. For more information about the good things going on at Caldwell Schools, check out their Facebook page. Principal Leigh Peoples of Lewis and Clark Elementary is a big proponent that citizenship begins at school and preschool (ages 3-5 years old). At her school, they promote a program called, “The Passion Project,” which deals with passions of all kinds that students may have, not just science. Kids are excited about
all kinds of things like camping, animals, art and many other things. Within this framework, the students identify their passion, draw something about it, tell about it and write about it. This makes learning meaningful to them. You could try this at home. In May, the school has their annual JA (Junior Achievement) in a Day, which is a program sponsored by St. Luke’s. This program delves into city economic structures and how they affect the daily living of their families and their lives. Principal Shay Swan of Syringa Middle School told in depth about their Kindness Program which was recognized by State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Sherri Ybarra, as a model for all other Idaho public school to emulate. Rather than focusing on the issue of bullying, a “kindness” model has been put into place to create a positive atmosphere and to create opportunities to extend kindness to others. This model teaches kind behaviors to students through example and practice. There is a recognition system built into the program where students can earn “kindness coins” to cash in for a reward. Kindness task cards can be picked up by the students with suggested activities that can be “cashed in” once performed. Students stick post it notes of kind messages and random acts of kindness on “kindness boards” on the walls in two of Syringa’s hallways. These popular boards have to be replenished a couple of times a day as every day they fill up multiple times. Congratulations to Syringa Middle School for creating a culture of kindness within their halls.
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Educators Bowling for Education
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Teachers from Vallivue and Middleton Schools at Caldwell Bowl, bowling for Education!
The Middleton Education Association and the Vallivue Education Association had a bowling competition to help raise money for the Idaho Education Association (IEA) Children’s Fund. The IEA Children’s Fund has been helping Idaho students and families in need for nearly 20 years and has distributed
more than $1.5 million for basic necessities like food, clothing, shelter, and medical treatment. So far this school year, the IEA Children’s Fund has given $685.00 to help students in both the Middleton and Vallivue School Districts. A BIG thank you to Caldwell Bowl for the use of their facility!
BLACKER AND MARTIN SCHOLARSHIPS ADDED TO CFEO AWARD
by Kathi O’Bannon, CFEO
Graduates of the Class of 2017 at Caldwell and Canyon Springs High Schools will be recipients this Spring of more than $43,000 in scholarship awards from the Caldwell Jim Blacker Foundation for Educational Opportunity. Two scholarships will be awarded for the first time being, The Jim Blacker Memorial Fund and the Beverly J. Marin Foundation Scholarship. The Jim Blacker Memorial Fund was established by his family in remembrance of the CHS Class of ’63 Beverly J. graduate. Jim, a National Honor Society member and, later Martin Caldwell City Council President, passed away in 2014. The scholarship will honor a current member of the National Honor Society who has participated in community, school, or church service, and who has demonstrated leadership skills. For many years, Mr. Blacker, along with his brother Kyle, owned and operated Blacker’s Home Furnishings in Caldwell. Jim was a lifelong Caldwell resident who profoundly loved both his family and his community. The Beverly J. Martin Foundation Scholarship honors the retired Caldwell High School Physical Education teacher, coach, and counselor who served the students and community of Caldwell for 33 years. She retired in 2002. Bev established this scholarship to acknowledge a female student who plans to major in Education at an Idaho college or university. All new CFEO scholarships must have a beginning endowment of at least $10,000. Contributions may be made to these academic awards at any time and in any amount. The Jim Blacker and Beverly J. Martin scholarships, along with over 40 others, will be awarded on Monday May 8 and Friday May 12.
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Caldwell Salvation Army’s Music and Dance Academy Shines!
by Leora Summers, Editor
For organizing a School of the Arts for the first time just this past October of 2016, Caldwell Salvation Army’s group of musicians and dancers had a stellar showing during the Cascade Division of Encore’s competition held on March 25th at Camp Kuratli in Boring, Oregon. Their performances were anything but boring! They excelled, competing against musicians and dancers from Salvation Armies across Oregon and Idaho. Encore is a competition Jessica Martinez (16) took a Caldwell Dance Academy dancers took a 1st and opportunity for first in her level as did her sister, as did soloist dancer Joanna Reyes (8) Lesley Martinez (11). Salvation Army groups of musicians and dancers to show what they have learned. There are regional competitions with winners moving on territorial competitions, and then on to the competition with kids from all over the western United States. The competition is broken down into categories and age brackets. Captains Robyn and Stephanie Bridgeo of our Caldwell Salvation Army reported the following: Our kids won first place in piano for two different age groups. Lesley Martinez, age 11, took a 1st place in her age bracket and her sister Jessica Martinez, age 16, claimed a first place in her age bracket. Our dance team of 7 dancers (ages 7-13) took home a first place and our youngest dance soloist, Joanna Reyes, age 8, took first place. We also had 2 brass competitors and 3 other dance soloists. All of the winners will be headed to Long Beach, California for the Territorial Competition, facing contestants from 10 Divisions. Caldwell will be sending 10 students from our Academy of Music and Dance on to compete on June 3rd at the Long Beach Convention Center. “I’m so amazed that the Academy has produced 10 finalist after just beginning in October. I’m so proud of our daughter, Hannah, for her leadership in the Dance Academy,” said proud father Robyn Bridgeo. These finalists are raising money for their California trip. To see how you can help, contact 459-2011. Good luck to them and we thank Captains Stephanie and Robyn Bridgeo and their daughter Hannah for creating and bringing this opportunity for our Caldwell children Service in Minutes! to experience the arts.
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CAREER DAY AT SYRINGA MIDDLE SCHOOL
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Syringa Middle School held a Career Day on March 16th for all their students to expose them to different professions to help them to begin thinking about some of the opportunities for their future employment when they grow up. This was the first year for the Career Day and it was an idea that
was developed by the principal, counselor and school staff. The Career Day started with a short assembly and then held occupational presentations between 1:10-2:45 p.m. Between 40-50 career representatives presented that day. Students picked 3 career presentations to attend. Each
presenter gave a 30 minute talk about their occupation. The careers represented were: farrier, engineer, business executive, doctor, agricultural inspector, police officer, physical therapist, genetic counselor, artist, fitness trainer, farmer, architect, international English teacher, dentist, librarian,
financial advisor, nurse, army, pharmacist, power company, food scientist, biopharmaceutical consultant, forest ranger/wildlife refuge, computer programmer, mechanic, realtor, rancher, firefighter, software developer, pilot, bank branch manager, medical clinic manager, Navy, radiologist,
business executive, cosmetologist, veterinarian, BLM wild horse and burro employee, brand protection analyst, contractor/construction manager, welder, lawyer, web designer and truck driver. Now that’s a lot to think about! Good job Syringa on getting them started! What a great idea!
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During the month of February, Wa s h i n g t o n Elementary 1st and 2nd grade students had the opportunity to participate in the Delta Dental “Grins on the Go” clinic. Seventy-four percent of Washington Elementary 1st and 2nd grade students took advantage of Daniel, a Washington student, with sealants and fluoride Delta Dental personnel during the varnish treatments at “Grins and Go” clinic. no cost to families. Delta Dental personnel also provided students and parents with dental health literature and proactive approaches to dental health. We appreciate our community partners and thank them for helping our Washington students have healthy smiles!
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2017 Mr. CHS–A Night to Remember
The Caldwell High Senior Graduation Night Committee held their annual Mr. CHS Talent and Pageant show on March 22nd at Caldwell High School. The night was a great success with hilarious entertainment, evening gowns and talent. Nineteen junior and senior male students strutted their stuff in their evening gowns and in the group talent. This was a fundraiser and auction for the Safe and Sane Senior Grad Night which helped raise $3,000 towards our $12,000 goal to make our senior’s Graduation Night at Wahooz, a night to remember. Rob Reeves was the emcee who kept the crowd laughing with his bantering and wacky sense of humor. Our fabulous celebrity judges were Caldwell Fire Chief Mark Wendelsdorf, Police Chief Frank Wyant, Queen of the Lunch Room-Shelly Del Rio and last but not least, Miss Idaho Rodeo Hunter Rackham, who crowned Noah Rohrdanz as Mr. CHS at the end of the evening. The four finalists were Camron Manker, Corbin Beets, Noah Rohrdanz and Dylan Shields. Corbin Beets was voted “Best Dressed” and Armando Guerrero was voted “Best Talent.” A special thanks to those parents and individuals who helped make
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Final four, L to R: Noah Rohrdanz (Mr. CHS), Corbin Beets, Dylan Shields and Camron Manker.
this a great night for all. This was definitely a night to remember! We need your to help to make this a Safe and Sane night for our 2017 seniors. If you would like to help donate to this worthy cause, please contact Toni Waters, Committee Chair at 283-2459.
Southwest Chapter of Credit Unions hosts High School Financial Reality Fair! The Southwest Chapter of Idaho Credit Unions will be hosting the fourth annual High School Financial Reality Fair at Skyview High School on April 5th and Caldwell High School on April 11th. Approximately 400 to 500 students enter the school gym after receiving a Reality game form that includes a preset occupation, Idaho based salary, and credit score. Students then navigate to seven tables and learn about various aspects of the cost of living – including unexpected expenses that may arise.
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been a hit with students, teachers, and advisors at area high schools. One young man left a previous fair commenting that his “dad would appreciate it because this is what he has been trying to tell me all year.” And another student indicated he might rethink his future vocation because the salary would not sustain the lifestyle he had chosen. Yet another student said that she had not previously been aware of how important it is to maintain a good credit rating. Credit unions hosting the fair are: CapEd FCU; Clarity CU; Desert Sage CU; Idaho Central CU; Malheur Federal Credit Union; Mountain America CU; Mountain Gem CU; Northwest Christian CU; Pioneer Federal CU; Simplot Employees CU; and the Idaho Department of Finance.
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Vision Charter School’s “Beauty Bot and the Beasts” Robotic Team
Vision Charter School’s (VCS) high school robotics team, FIRST Tech Challenge Team 2997, Beauty Bot and The Beasts, competed on February 11, 2017 at the Idaho FTC Championship Tournament held at the University of Idaho in Moscow, thanks to their generous donors: Micron Foundation, Riebe Shoe Repair and The Idaho STEM Action Center. The team consists of nine members: Paul Riebe, Steven Schofield, Patrick Millar, Esther Schofield, Paige Busmann, Matt Jones, Makenna Doramus, Alex Harrold and JJ Riebe. Teams from around Idaho and the American West competed for awards and a chance to advance to the next level of competition in Tacoma, Washington. The Beasts finished in 8th place out of 26 teams. They were selected for the second place winning Alliance team and also won the Control Award. The Control Award celebrates a Team that uses sensors and software to enhance the Robot’s functionality on the field. This award is given to the Team that demonstrates innovative thinking in the control system to solve game challenges such as autonomous operation, enhancing mechanical systems with intelligent control, or using sensors to achieve better results on
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by Sammy Samuelson, VCS
Vision Charter School’s Robotics Team L-R: Matthew Jones, Paul Riebe, Steven Schofield, Esther Schofield, Makenna Doramus, Alex Harrold, Patrick Millar, James Riebe (not pictured Paige Busmann)
the field. The team hosted a kick-off event at The Discovery Center of Idaho on September 10, 2016 where the team and community were able to see the details of the this season’s game, Velocity Vortex, for the first time. The Beasts then spent five months designing, building and programming their robot for competition. FIRST robotics is about much more than robots; the team also dedicated over 400 hours this season to mentoring children in the community through after school and summer camps, outreach and assisting with four FIRST Lego League teams, as well as appearances in the community for organizations like The Kiwanis and at events like The Buckaroo
Alexandria “Alex” Harrold working on “Beauty,” the team’s robot.
Breakfast. The Beasts of Vision Charter School are very proud of their season and look forward to the kick-off of next season’s game. Vision Charter School is in the Vallivue School District and is located at 19291 Ward Road, Caldwell.
West Valley named to 100 Top Hospitals for fourth consecutive year
CALDWELL — For a fourth consecutive year, West Valley Medical Center has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health AnalyticsTM, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. “It is so gratifying to see this level of recognition for our physicians and staff for the fourth year in a row,” Betsy Hunsicker, chief executive officer at West Valley Medical Center, said. “Collectively and individually, they consistently aim to make a real difference in the lives of every patient we serve and this award once again confirms their exceptional efforts.” Each year, Truven Health Analytics conducts independent, quantitative research of patient outcomes and safety, national treatment standards (core measures), patient satisfaction, operational efficiency and financial stability at more than
2,700 hospitals nationwide. According to Truven, the facilities selected to the 100 Top Hospitals list have consistently demonstrated quality care at a reasonable cost. West Valley, a 150-bed facility, is listed in the Medium Community Hospitals category along with 19 other facilities across the country. The Canyon County hospital has achieved national recognition for its implementation of initiatives to improve quality and enhance patient satisfaction. These initiatives include: An aggressive process for early identification and treatment of severe infections proven to improve outcomes. A commitment to patient engagement by introducing patients to their care team and sharing information at bedside during shift changes and department transfers. According to this year’s 100 Top Hospitals study, the nation’s
best hospitals demonstrated that quality care and operational efficiency can often be achieved simultaneously. To maintain the study’s high level of integrity, Truven Health researchers only analyze publicly available data. That includes Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, as well as core measures and patient satisfaction data provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. The 100 Top Hospitals were announced in the March 6, 2017, issue of Modern Healthcare magazine. Hospitals do not apply for this recognition and honorees do not purchase the right to market inclusion in the 100 Top Hospitals list. More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at www.100tophospitals.com.
by Leora Summers, Editor
According to a recent press release, after the dissolution of the Canyon County Fair Board and with Rosalie Cope, past fair director, no longer being a county employee, the Canyon County Commissions have appointed her replacement. Diana Sinner has accepted the appointment. She comes highly qualified for the position with years of experience working with other state and county fairs serving in many capacities. She is excited to begin her new position working with all the aspects of the fair, having had 4-H, livestock and agricultural experience herself.
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Abbagael Smith is a sophomore at Vision Charter School. She has been playing the bass clarinet since the eighth grade and takes private lessons while being a pivotal member of the concert band. As Vision Charter gained membership into the IHSAA, Abby was eager to participate in the District III solo/ensemble festival. She invited another Vision Charter student, senior Paul Riebe, to serve as her accompanist and performed on Wednesday, March 1. Her hard work helped her earn a superior rating and the invitation to compete at the State solo/ ensemble festival in Post Falls, Idaho. Vision Charter is very excited to have many students as motivated and talented as Abby and Paul. The state festival competition is also a college scholarship competition. On Saturday, March 4, Robert Ellis, an 8th grade horn player in the middle school band, performed at the middle school festival and earned a superior rating. He was just one point under having a perfect score! This may qualify him to compete at the state level next spring as a freshman.
Square dance continued from page 6 Caldwell Square Dance Club members L to R: Jeremy, Maria, Maxine (in red square dance skirt), Darin, David, Matt, Sue, and Cordell kicking up a storm celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday at the Caldwell Senior Center in March.
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Caldwell Seventh-day Adventist Church- A Rich History: Three Churches in 52 Years!
Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church today , 2106 East Linden. Photo by Leora Summers.
SDA’s First Church was built on the corner of
April 2017 by Leora Summers, Editor
Today the Iglesia Santa Pentecostes,
Nueva Jerusalem church worships 16th and Everett Street in 1909. Remember our February Flashback? It was about the dance hall out at Lake Lowell and how in that building. Photo by Leora Summers Photo from SDA archives. the materials and original roof from it were moved and used to build the building on the corner of Indiana and Linden? Today that structure serves as an apartment building, but in between then and now, it was once the home of the Caldwell Seventh-day Adventist Church according to Marilou Portenier, a longtime member of that church. This was the second church built by Caldwell’s Seventh-day Adventist’s congregation in Caldwell. Marilou’s church has a long and rich history in our community. I was so confused about the logistics of where all the churches and schools were and where the academy was located that I picked Marilou up and had her give me a historical guided tour. With her help, I finally had it figured out, so we celebrated by ending our tour at the new Starbucks for a beverage. According to SDA church archives, Caldwell’s Seventh-day Adventist Church has had a major part in building four schools in Caldwell and has built three churches since the group’s beginning here. The Seventh-day Adventist group of worshipers in Caldwell first organized officially in April of 1905 with eight original members who met in their homes. The first church was built on the corner of 16th and Everett in 1909 on land donated by Mrs. Frank Steunenberg, wife of Governor Steunenberg who was assassinated on December 30, 1905, just five months after the church was organized. Today the Iglesia Santa Pentecostes, Nueva Jerusalem Church worships in that building. In 1918, a big lot of land was purchased on the northeast corner of Linden and Indiana for the site of Idaho’s Academy for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This was made possible when the first church on Everett was sold. The money from that sale was used to help with the construction The first Academy’s Administration building on the northeast corner of Linden and Indiana, costs of the new academy. Church members met with students for services in the chapel there directly across from the current church, where church services were held for students, faculty and church members until the group outgrew the space. Photo by Ellis, 4180 until they outgrew the worship area and decided to build a bigger church to accommodate their growing congregation. In 1920, the church members purchased the dance hall at Lake Lowell, which they tore down and used that lumber to build the church on the northwest corner of Linden and Indiana, the site where the Indiana Apartments now sit. When completed, students, faculty and church members met there together for church services. The land where the present church is located, 2106 East Linden, was purchased from the Vassar family. Frances Loop, a member of the church at that time, had once lived in Colorado and knew about a stone quarry down there with very nicely colored stone. He and Elder Bishop of his church made a trip to Loveland and purchased over 100 tons of that pretty stone which was then trucked to Caldwell. Left photo: The second church on the northwest corner of Indiana and Linden was built in On July 11, 1960, members broke ground for their new church. Shortly after beginning to lay 1922. The building was tall, so when additional space was needed, another floor was added the stone, the man who was contracted to do the work became ill and unable to finish the job. Elder within the existing building to accommodate the congregation’s growing needs. Photo from Bishop took matters into his own hands and laid over 85% of the 100 tons of stone on the exterior Syringa 1944 Gem State Academy yearbook. of the church. Just ten months after ground was broken, the church was completely finished with Right photo: Today, the Indiana Apartments exist in the space of the second church that was all the necessary furnishing. On May 13, 1961, it was dedicated debt-free. This church has been built from the lumber from the dance hall out at Lake Lowell. Photo by Leora Summers. maintained well and has stood the test of time, as has their congregation.
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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION and Caldwell Seventh-day Adventist Church
This is the first Academy campus on the northeast corner of Linden and Indiana which stretched down the length of Linden where Indiana Manor apartments and the Mobile Estates trailer court now exists. Worship was held there until the need for a larger worship place. Photo from “A Journey Through Time” publication.
This is where I became really confused, trying to match up places I’ve seen with the buildings described in the SDA history, until Marilou took me on the first part of our historical school tour. The following commentary is from Marilou’s copy of historical archives labeled “History of the Caldwell SDA Church, 19001990. “She did not know who authored this detailed history. The Caldwell Seventh-day Adventist Church members contributed heavily to Christian education and the building of schools since early times. They built their first elementary school in 1912-13 on Montana Avenue, about two blocks south of Linden Street, not far from Syringa
Middle School. This was a large two-story building with three classrooms, caring for grades one through ten, and later upgraded to high school level. In 1918, this building was moved to the site purchased for the academy. It was situated on Linden Street about one block east of Indiana Avenue, and was used for grades one through eight for the next eighteen years. Later the old elementary school building was torn down and a new boys’ dormitory, Belleau Hall, was built on the site. A new two-room elementary school was built in 1936 at Linden and Ohio and later a third room was added. This building was later used for several years
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by the Caldwell church as a Community Service Center until the new center was built. Again the enrollment required more room and ground was broken in 1969 for a new consolidated elementary school at the same location, facing Wisconsin Street. A modern building with four classrooms was constructed and later two more classrooms were added, and then a gymnasium with Pathfinder Club room, multi-purpose room, and kitchen included. Gem State Academy along with the Nampa and Caldwell churches cooperate in the operation of this school. The original academy on the northeast corner of Linden and Indiana has long been gone. The Indiana Manor apartments now exist there and further up the street, you also see the Mobile Estates trailer park on that land. In the 1960s, the academy’s buildings deteriorated, they ran out of space, and the city encroached upon them. They were no longer in the rural area that they wished to be, so they voted to build a new school in a more rural area once again. They chose a spot on the corner of Karcher Road and Montana Avenue. It was ready for students in 1962 with an administration building, dormitories, power plant and a laundry facility. The Gem State Academy of today, located at 16115 South Montana, is a large lovely campus. It has been a main stay place for Christian education in our state at the top of the hill for 55 years.
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Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School, built in 1936. Photo by Leora Summers
Gem State Academy today, 16115 S. Montana Photo-Leora Summers
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Nickels & Dimes
by Michael Hensel, CPA
Spring is in the air! The days are getting warmer and the geese are stopping over on their long trip north. You are probably looking over the accumulation of a long winter and planning the inevitable spring cleaning. Maybe even contemplating a new garden or new landscaping or just thinking about the expense of putting in the plants that will brighten your yard for the next few months. The question is where do I get that extra little bit of cash? And the answer – have a yard sale! So, you have to sort through all your treasures and find those few that you can part with, get them cleaned up and any minor repairs made – anything that needs major repair should be priced accordingly and sold as is. Well, everything is sold “as is” because it’s a yard sale for crying out loud. But that does bring up another question – how
do I price my treasures? If you go to yard sales, this is probably not an issue, as you know what others are asking for similar items. However, if you are not a yard sale junkie, you can search online for yard sale pricing and come up with several detailed lists. I can’t vouch for the accuracy of what you find, but at the very least, you have a starting point. Remember you’re not going to get rich from a yard sale – you’re trying to combine spring cleaning with a little cash flow. Once you have everything gathered and priced, you have to announce to the world the time and date of your sale. The obvious choice in today’s world is social media and online classified ads. You shouldn’t have much of an investment, although you may want to purchase some signs to point people the final few blocks to your address. Be prepared to bargain and barter. Have fun and enjoy meeting your neighbors and making new friends while you’re picking up a few extra dollars!
by Representative Scott Syme, District 11, Seat A
We wrapped up the first session of the 64th Idaho House of Representatives session today with a major accomplishment. The Canyon County delegation of Representatives and Senators held fast and insisted on a transportation bill that would widen I-84 from the Franklin exit in Nampa to the Karcher Road exit and start the preparatory work to widen I-84 from Karcher Road to the Franklin exit in Caldwell. Work should commence within a year on the Nampa section with portions of the Nampa to Caldwell portion in the next several years. The transportation bill also included money for local road districts to help repair our deteriorating local roads. While the bill included some tweeking of existing funding, the overall bill accomplished much needed transportation funding. One other notable bill that made its way through was a bill that eliminated the tax on groceries and also eliminated the grocery credit on your Idaho state tax return. At the time of this writing, there is the expectation that the governor will probably veto that bill as he is not in favor of eliminating that tax. He feels the current system works and doesn’t want to change anything. Guess we will have to wait and see. Two other tax redcution bills dealt with reducing the unemployment tax rate employers pay and a reduction in all categories of the percentage paid for income tax. Both these bills were delayed in the Senate and will probably be taken up next year. Teacher salaries were increased this year in accordance with the career ladder that was put in place by previous legislation. There are some exciting initiatives that are surfacing when it comes to education that have concepts going back to the one room school house where children could advance based on their learning capabilities. More to come on that issue or if you are really interested, the Wilder School District has made great strides in at Williamson’s that area.
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National Eye Donor Month Proclamation
Over 48,000 Americans have their sight restored each year as a result of corneal transplants. Idaho Lions Eye Bank, and its 87 accredited fellow eye banks across the country, provide the tissue that makes these lifeenhancing procedures possible. Unlike other organs and tissue, U.S. eye banks secure a sufficient number of corneas to avoid shortages or wait lists. In fact, in 2015 eye banks in the U.S. provided over 130,000 whole eyes and corneas for transplant and research that may lead to preventative and restorative treatments for vision loss and eye damage.
Without the generosity of over 70,000 National eye donors each year, the above statistics would not be possible. Honoring their decision to donate their corneas upon death is the central aspect of the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) annual National Eye Donor Month commemoration. First proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, National Eye Donor Month promotes eye donation awareness and celebrates the lives of eye donors and corneal recipients. This year, Representative Nydia M. Velaquez entered a proclamation into the record of the U.S. House of
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Representatives, declaring March 2017 as National Eye Donor Month. Individuals interested in eye, tissue, or organ donation should access Idaho’s State Registry at www.yes idaho. org. Please contact Jay Lugo, Executive Director, Idaho Eye Bank at (208) 338-5466 or email@example.com, for further information about National Eye Donor Month or about EBAA. In Caldwell, there is a lions dropbox for glasses at Eye Associates, 1602 Arlington Ave.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month There is always something going on over here at Advocates Against Family Violence and this next month is no exception. April is NATIONAL SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH and CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH. Sexual assault affects many lives—directly and indirectly. It is a crime that spans age, sexual orientation, religion and gender, affecting people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. It is estimated that one in five women and one in 71 men are raped in their lifetimes in the United States. April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month by presidential proclamation in 1983. In 2014, state agencies identified an estimated 1,580 children who died as a result of abuse and neglect –between four and five children a day. However, studies also indicate significant undercounting of child maltreatment fatalities by state agencies–by 50% or more. Pinwheels are the national symbol
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Let’s Talk! My Sister–My Inspiration I have never been so inspired as I have been by my sister, a fourth grade teacher in Caldwell. She had a stroke on December 31st, and like all the Zanks family, she is a stubborn lady who doesn’t want to put anyone out, so she didn’t let any of us know, thinking she could get back to normal before worrying us. She hoped it was something that might clear on its own, and when it didn’t, she realized she had to spill the beans. That’s when the hard work began. She loves teaching and wanted to get back to her kids ASAP, but that wasn’t going to happen without a lot of hard work, physical therapy and speech therapy. She was one of the lucky ones though. She can and is still improving. She walks, she talks and she went back to her kids half-time and I went along with her. She inspires me and I know how stubborn she is so I wanted to be there for her to make sure she wasn’t doing herself more harm than good as she worked up her stamina. Oh my! Teachers are a special breed I tell you! If you haven’t spent time in an elementary classroom for the long haul, you have no idea what energy, patience and love it takes to do all that the job entails: candy sales, popcorn sales, students coming and going from other classrooms throughout the day and the toughest thing of all…..fractions-proper, improper, mixed fractions, lowest common denominators, and then times
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tables, multiplication, division and that’s just the beginning. Then there’s the science, social studies and on and on all day long. We even made solar ovens for s’mores. Unbelievable! Then kids are at all different levels of accomplishment. I taught My sister and me special education students celebrating Dr. Seuss’s back in the day and that birthday week at school on “Mustache Day.” was because I knew that it was the regular Ed teacher who had the harder job and I still believe that. I could work on a one-to-one with each student and take them from where they were to the next level, but the regular Ed teacher has 30 students of all different abilities to work with at the same time and is supposed to meet the same criteria for all of them. You tell me who had the harder job! I am not only inspired by my sister, but by all of those men and women who hold the education of all our children in their hands. They not only teach them academics, they wipe their tears and teach them to be kind and to respect each other and to listen. Do you know how hard it is to teach when no one listens or respects others? WOW! That is all I can say. WOW! I am truly humbled and inspired my sister and her desire to finish the year with her kids and all those other educators who hold the lives of our children in their hands. If you can read this. Thank a teacher!
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June 19, 1976. A clear day on Sheep Creek Reservoir Duck Valley Indian Reservation. The line tightens. I raise the rod tip. I have got a Flying Rainbow on the end of my fly line. He jumps not once, not twice, but five times before the release. After two false casts, I’m back out stripping line. Wham! On again! After two jumps, fish wins. I’m stripping back for another cast. Line tightens and another fish on. I bring this one to the net. Fishing partner Neil MacLeod hollers “McCormick, what the hell have you got on?” I paddle over to show him a little bug I designed a week prior. He ties one on, first cast, fourteeninch rainbow breaks the surface. One of four head shakes, but Neil wins. The fish finally comes to the net. We caught more fish that day than Leprechauns have four leaf clovers. It was truly a phenomenal day. Hence forth, that fly became known as the Sheep Creek Special. We had a fledging business in those early years called Neil David Quality Tied Flies. Neil had already gained some notoriety on Henrys Lake with a damsel fly that caught the
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long time outdoor writer Marv Taylor’s attention. He was fishing with what became known as the Fluff Butt Damsel. Damsel patterns up to that time had been tied with pheasant rump or something similar. Neil broke ranks and used a little wisp of olive marabou that gave the fly more action and more undulation while being retrieved, a killer at Henry’s Lake. Marv thanked Neil for the fly and later mentioned him in a column he wrote for the Statesman. Though the business has long been in the history books, the Sheep Creek Special and the Fluff Butt Damsel are being tied to this day. Mid-April is usually a good time to fish Duck Valley Reservoir. So, pick up some Sheep Creek Specials and Fluff Butt Damsels and some Stayner Duck Tails, head south and enjoy the high desert in the spring. It won’t disappoint!
LOCAL DIRT–What next after winter...
Water, water everywhere. I’m glad I live on high sandy ground. As I have been out and about on my projects, I have not seen the snow mold I thought I might after all the snow we had. I believe because the ground was fairly dry before the first snow fall, that the right conditions didn’t exist to cause much in the way of snow mold. But this led to another possible problem. Some trees, especially evergreens, might have been damaged by this. I’ve seen this in a blue atlas cedar and a few other evergreens. It’s hard to know if this is permanent damage or if the plant might not survive. Only time will tell. If you used a lot of snow melt, you might also see damage around those areas were you used the snow melt. If you are unsure if the damage is permanent, wait before you do anything drastic or do the scratch test. But things are just starting to wake up, so be patient. I hope you’ve had a chance to get out in this very nice weather and get some yard work done. I also hope you have mowed your lawn as short as you can and collected the clippings by now. This is really important as it will remove the grass laying flat from the weight of the snow and help the sun and air reach the soil and roots. This will reinvigorate your turf. I cut my turf short in the fall, but almost scalp it in spring. Apply fertilizers and weed controls and your turf should look brand new. Your pruning should be done by now and woody shrubs should have older wood or dried out stems
spring cleaning was invented by the Illuminati, (a secret society) to distract us from the real issues. Case in point: The other day, when my wife was suggesting that I get off my rear end to help with this stupid tradition, I started spouting off facts about the Illuminati, pointing out that spring cleaning was a social construct created by ‘The Man’ to keep us ignorant, to distract us from the real issues, etc. For some reason, she wasn’t buying it. Maybe it was because she’d been vacuuming for an hour while I’d been watching movies. Anyway, I told her “YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!” to which she replied, “You’re only saying that because you just watched The Da Vinci Code and A Few Good Men.” She may have been right. So the spring—I guess—is a good (enough) time of the year to clean your home . . . if you’re not busy watching a movie. The benefits are many, but actually
removed to keep plants healthy. Roses should reduced down to 5 or 7 canes of about 8 to 10 inches tall, nicely spread apart. This allows for good airflow, keeping those roses disease free. Gardens can use those grass clippings as a weed barrier, moisture retainer and future compost. Just remember that we still have about a month and a half of potential frosty nights, so have frost covers ready. You can also build mini cold frames with 1/2 inch PVC and clear plastic or a frost blanket. If it’s sunny, you’ll need to uncover every morning so you don’t cook those spring greens, but leaving them on, on a cloudy day, shouldn’t hurt them if they are vented, keeping them from overheating. I hope that you involve your kids or grandkids. You are the front line in educating your kids on the joys of gardening and growing food. Happy growing! Until next time, Pat
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Spring is a wonderful time of year: a time of increasing w a r m t h , blooming flowers and picnics. As if spring was ‘too’ perfect, however, fate and calumny (or possibly something more sinister? Keep reading for more information) combined to create the perfect wet blanket and cold fish—spring cleaning. Spring, of course, is that time of year when people traditionally start to do a ‘deep clean’ of their homes. Interestingly enough, some people believe that spring cleaning is traditionally done in the spring because it is warm enough to dust your home with the windows open, but not warm enough yet for the insects to fly inside. This is actually contrary to what we know to be true—that
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Page 22 CALDWELL PERSPECTIVE The temperature was hovering at 14 degrees when we drove down to the YMCA to exercise. When we got in the car to return home an hour later, an unfamiliar dash light came on. It was yellow and looked sort of like a cross section of a tire with an exclamation mark in the middle. When we got home I got out the owner’s manual and looked up the light. It turned out to be something that comes on when one or more tires is below the recommended pressure. This piece of information was a surprise because I didn’t even know our vehicle had tire pressure sensors. My way of checking air pressure has always been to look at the tire and if it appears flatter than the others, I put in more air.
Not important but possibly of interest The next morning, I checked all four tires with a manual gauge. They were all were a little low so I added air. The tire pressure light continued to glow. I did some additional reading in the owner’s manual and concluded that to turn the light off, I needed to push the tire pressure sensor reset button. I have some experience with resetting “nag” lights on vehicles. And every one is different. For instance, to turn off the “time to get the car serviced” light on our car, one must push in the odometer button while turning the ignition key to accessory mode. Then the operator must continue to hold down the button while jumping in the air and clicking his or her heels together three times (or something along that line). The reset button for the tire pressure nag light appeared to be less complicated. The manual said it was under the dash on the right side of the steering column. I looked in that location. No button. I went in the house, mumbling naughty words under my
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breath. “What’s wrong?” asked my mate. “There’s supposed to be a tire pressure sensor reset button on the car but it isn’t there,” I explained. “Well, call the dealership and ask them,” she said. “And they will tell me to bring the car in so they can charge one hundred dollars to reset it,” I replied. I went on line to continue my search for the reset button. I was about to give up when I noticed a discussion on the tire pressure sensors. Several folks said they eventually discovered the problem was that the spare tire also has a sensor. When they added air to the spare, the light went out. Getting the spare, which is under the car, to a position where I could check the pressure, is a story in itself. But when I finally was able to check the tire, it was six pounds below the recommended PSI. I added six pounds of air. The sensor light went out. I’ve said it before and I will continue to say it: Life used to be a lot less complicated.
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This is a great comfort food and easy to make. You can add your own tweaks to suite your taste. It works well with chicken or seafood delicacies of your choice. I chose chicken for this one, but next time I will use frozen scallops. I used Collezion pasta for a different twist. These shell shaped pastas really collect the sauce for a richer flavor than the standard fettuccini noodles. If you use half a box of the pasta, it would meagerly serve 4. Ingredients: 1 pkg. of McCormick Creamy Garlic Alfredo sauce mix 1 c. milk 3 Tbs. butter 1 lb. chicken breast sliced, into 1” strips 1/2 red pepper, sliced into 1” strips 1/2 cup sweet onion, cut into chunks 4 large brown mushrooms, quartered and sliced 6 oz (1/2 box) of Barilla Collezion pasta Directions: Boil Collezion pasta until tender, Rinse pasta. Cook chicken in olive oil in a large fry pan or wok until done. Add red pepper, onion and mushrooms and cook until done. Add McCormick Creamy Garlic Alfredo mix (follow directions on back of package). Cook until sauce thickens, lower heat. Add pasta. Stir until coated. Cook until hot. For a little extra kick, I added fresh salsa to give it a little “heat.”
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