August 2017 Caldwell Perspective

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Caldwell, Idaho

Edition Thirty-Two


August 2017

CNR Meet & Greet

Old-Fashioned Family Fun Day!

CFEO Adds to List of Distinguished Alumni

Summer Reading Program

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CALDWELL NIGHT RODEO Announces Scholarship Winners

Justin Nesbitt

Caldwell Night Rodeo in association with Caldwell Western Heritage Foundation announced the winners of their 2017 youth scholarship program. Each year applications are taken from high school seniors and college students within the marketing area of Caldwell Night Rodeo to compete for one of six scholarships

Kristin Nesbit

Mary Davis

valued at $2000.00 each. This year thirty-six applications were received. This is one of the ways that Caldwell Night Rodeo has in giving back to the community that supports them. This year’s winners were; Mikel Berria of Fruitland (attending the University of Idaho), Mary (Katie) Davis of Weiser (attending by Chantele Hensel, Publisher

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Caldwell Earns City Achievement Award

Seth Grigg, Director of AIC, Mayor Brian Blad, Susan Miller, Angie Point, Madison Smith, Breanna Boutté, Avisha Castro, and Alex Olsen.

The Association of Idaho Cities held their annual convention June 22nd downtown Boise at the JUMP (Jack’s Urban Meeting Place). Awards were given to six Idaho cities in the following categories: community engagement, economic and community development, parks and recreation, public safety, public works, transportation and youth council. The city of Caldwell was among the winners, receiving the Community Engagement City Achievement in recognition of the Indian Creek Plaza project which will someday serve as a venue in our downtown core to host events for the community to engage in year round.

CPD Testing

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By Lt. Joey Hoadley

On July 11th, Caldwell Police Department held testing for 6 openings for patrol officers. Approximately 35 men and women tested for the opening that included a written test and physical agility test. The process will continue into August as we move forward with oral boards and lateral officer testing.

Mikel Berria

Sydney Soppe

TVCC), Jessica Riley of Melba (attending the University of Idaho), Justin Nesbitt of Eagle (attending the University of Idaho), Sydney Soppe of Caldwell (attending the Idaho State University), and Kristin Nesbitt of Eagle (attending the University of Idaho).

A Good-bye From Miss Caldwell Night Rodeo by Bobbie Hall, Miss CNR Queen Bobbi Hall

Caldwell Night Rodeo, it has been such an honor to represent such an amazing rodeo this past year. If someone would have told me the number of miles I would travel or the numerous friends I would make, I wouldn’t have believed them. The last 365 days have become more than an “experience”. The days have become memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Being Miss Caldwell Night 2017 is a part of my life I will always look back on, with a smile. This past year would not have been possible without the amazing support group I’ve been blessed with. Thank you to each and every person who has lent a hand, or even just a smile throughout this year. I appreciate it more than you will ever know. Also, I would like to thank the Caldwell Night Rodeo Board, especially Nikki Zachary, for all you have done to help me get down the road and follow my dreams. The amount of support you have given me is beyond expectation, so thank you. Now I would like to thank my parents, grandparents, and yes even my brother, for giving up your weekends and days off to make sure I made it to an appearance on time. Thank you for dedicating the last year of your lives to helping me develop and grow and a young lady. Your support is more than I could ever ask for and I love you more than words can describe. And last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank the community of Caldwell for making Caldwell Night Rodeo such an amazing event to represent. None of us would be here without you. Thank you, once again, to everyone for such an amazing year. This has surely been the perfect start to an amazing future.

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Senior Center (208) 459-0132 • 1009 Everett Street Every Monday 9 AM: Exercise Class 10 AM: Fit and Fall 1 PM: Line Dance 7 PM: Square Dancing Every Tuesday 9 AM: Art Group 1 PM: Pinochle 4:30 PM: Bingo Every Wednesday 10:30 AM: Crochet & Knitters Every Thursday 9 AM: Exercise Class 10 AM: Fit and Fall Every Friday 1 PM: Bingo 6 PM: Community Dance 4th & 18th: Blood Pressure Clinic 4th & 15th: Foot Clinic

Library (208) 459-3242 • 1010 Dearborn St. Closed Every Sunday Every Thursday 6:30 PM: Family Tech Night Every Friday 10 AM: Tai Chi August 1st 1st-14th: Better Business Bureau’s 2017 Torch Awards. 11:30 AM- 1 PM: Ambassador Committee, The Orchard House, 14949 Sunny Slope Rd. 1:30-2:30 PM: Education Committee, Sterry Board Room, The College of Idaho. August 2nd 11:45 AM- 1 PM: Agri-Business Committee Meeting, Stewart’s Bar & Grill, 2805 Blaine St. 3-7 PM: Caldwell Farmers Market. August 3rd 6:30 PM: CPL Board Meeting, Library. 6:30 PM: Seven Sweet and Easy Ways to Preserve Tomatoes, Library. August 4th 4-8 PM: Depot Open House, Caldwell Train Depot, 701 Main Street.

August 4th (continued) 6-9 PM: Sunnyslope Wine Trail Festival, Caldwell Train Depot, 701 Main Street. 6-11 PM: Brave Hearts Night, Indian Creek Steakhouse, 711 Main Street Sunnyslope Wine Festival. August 6th 5-6:30 PM: Traditions of Christmas Kickline Auditions, Xpressions Dance Academy, 16175 High Desert Street. August 7th 5:15-7 PM: Meet Me Monday, Stewarts Bar & Grill, 2805 Blaine Street. 7-10 PM: City Council Meeting, CPD Community Room, 110 S 5th Ave. 7:30 PM: Caldwell Centennial Band Summer Concert, Caldwell Memorial Park BandShell, Bring a chair and friends. August 8th 11:15 AM- 1 PM: Noonbreak Lunch, Simplot Dining Hall, The College Of Idaho. 2 PM: Family Afternoon Movie: Beauty and The Beast 2017, Library, 1010 Dearborn St. August 9th 2 PM: Adult Makers, Library, 1010 Dearborn St. 3-7 PM: Caldwell Farmers Market 5:30 PM-Caldwell Rambler’s RV Club, Dinner, 6 PM-Meeting, Golden Dragon Restaurant, 211 S. 21st Ave., Ray (208) 697-1357. August 10th 12 PM: Advocates Against Family Violence Tour, RSVP at alyssac@ or (208) 459-6330. 2 PM: Thursday Afternoon Read, Library. 4:30-6:30 PM: Business After Hours, Indian Creek Steakhouse, 711 Main St. 7 PM: Southwestern Idaho Birders Association will be meeting at the Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. 7-8:30 PM: Election Information Meeting, Caldwell Public Library.

Calendar of Events

August 11th 8:30-9:25 AM: Travel and Tourism Committee, Chamber Offices, 704 Blaine Street. August 12th 1-4 PM: Human Library Event, Generations Plaza, Downtown Meridian. August 14th Buckaroo Breakfast Set Up. 12-1 PM: Transportation Committee, Acapulco Mexican Restaurant, 819 Main Street. 5:15-7 PM: Meet Me Monday, Stewarts Bar & Grill, 2805 Blaine Street. 7-8 PM: URA Meeting, CPD Community Room, 110 S 5th Ave August 15th 15th-19th,6:30-10:30AM: Buckaroo Breakfast, O’Conner Field House, 2207 Blaine St. August 16th 3-7 PM: Caldwell Farmers Market. 6 PM: Solar Eclipse 101, Library, 1010 Dearborn St. August 17th 12-1 PM: Government Affairs Committee Meeting, Golden Dragon Restaurant, 211 S 21st Ave. 4:30 PM: Nonprofit Resource, Library. August 18th 9 AM-2 PM: Blood Drive, Caldwell Community Church of Christ, 4012 S 10th Ave, Walk-ins Welcome. August 21st - Solar Eclipse 10 AM-12 PM: Solar Eclipse Party, Library, 1010 Dearborn St. 5:15-7 PM: Meet Me Monday, Stewarts Bar & Grill, 2805 Blaine Street. 7-10 PM: City Council Meeting, CPD Community Room, 110 S 5th Ave. 7:30 PM: Caldwell Centennial Band Summer Concert, Caldwell Memorial Park BandShell, Bring a chair and friends. August 23rd Happy Anniversary, Michael Hensel! 3-7 PM: Caldwell Farmers Market.

Southwestern Idaho Birders Association will be meeting at the Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.

August 2017 August 24th 12 PM: Advocates Against Family Violence Tour, RSVP at alyssac@ or (208) 459-6330. August 25th 4-9 PM: Canyon Acoustic Music Festival, Caldwell Memorial Park Bandshell, 618 Irving Street.

August 26th 8 AM-8 PM: Canyon Acoustic Music Festival, Caldwell Memorial Park Bandshell, 618 Irving Street. August 28th 5:15-7 PM: Meet Me Monday, Stewarts Bar & Grill, 2805 Blaine St. August 30th 3-7 PM: Caldwell Farmers Market.

ADD AN EVENT TO THE COMMUNITY CALENDAR Email you events to, drop off at the Caldwell Perspective office, 217 S. 9th Ave., downtown Caldwell or call 208-899-6374.


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.

August 1 August 2 August 7 August 8 August 10 August 11 August 15-19 August 17 August 23 August 24

11:30 a.m. Ambassador Committee 1:30 p.m. Education Committee 11:45 a.m. Agri-Business Committee 12 p.m. Transportation Committee 11:15 a.m. Noon Lunch Break 4:30 p.m. Business After Hours, Indian Creek Steakhouse 8:30 a.m. Travel & Tourism Committee 6:30 a.m. 83rd Anniversary Buckaroo Breakfast 12 p.m. Government Affairs Committee 8 a.m. Coffee Connect, Destination Caldwell 8 a.m. Leadership Caldwell

We have opportunities for our Community Members & Businesses to help make all of our fabulous events reality. Contact the Chamber Office 208-459-7493

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Thelma Roberts Church

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by Kaitlin Brookshire, Interim Director Caldwell TVCC

May 13, 1932–July 20, 2017 Thelma Elaine Roberts refinishing antiques. She enjoyed attending auctions with Church, 85, of Wilder Idaho, her friends, searching for and bidding on antiques. Her passed away on July 20, love of auctions led to another passion – Doll Collecting. 2017 at West Valley Medical Thelma joined the Hello Dollie doll club and enjoyed many Center in Caldwell Idaho after years with the friends she made there. She collected and a brief illness. refurbished dolls and was well known for her expertise. She was born on May 13, She regularly assisted auctioneers in pricing antique dolls. 1932 in Caldwell Idaho to In her later years she enjoyed reading and worked on Ethel and Wilbur Roberts. puzzles every day, maintaining a sharp mind and a quick She and her older brother wit. Don and younger sister Ruth She was preceded in death by her parents, Ethel and grew up enjoying the farm life in Roswell living near her Wilbur Roberts, her sister Ruth Holverson, her brother Don Kniefel grandparents. She had many fond memories Roberts, and her husband Phil Church. of her family, aunts, uncles and cousins. She attended She is survived by her children and grandchildren; Rick Roswell Grade School and Parma High School where she (Lori) Church, their two children, Gabrielle (D.J.) Vincent made many lifetime friends. She continued her education and Jeff (Lauren) Church; Scott (Barb) Church, their two at the College of Idaho graduating with a teaching degree. children, Tony Church and Philip Church; Chris (Connie) Thelma married Dick Huffer and they had four children; Church, Chris’s two children, Jesse (Michael) Malarsie Rick, Scott, Chris and Kathie. She and Dick later and Sean (Meghann) Church; Kathie (Duane) Alexander, divorced. Thelma married Phil Church in 1960 and she Kathie’s two children, Sarah (Jeremy) Murray and Andy and the children moved to Phil’s home in Wilder Idaho. MacLeod (Kelsi Copple), and several great grandchildren. Phil adopted the children and together they raised them She was also Grandma to 3 step-grandchildren; Duncan living and working on the farm. When Phil passed away (Shannon) MacLeod, Alex in 1995, Thelma continued to live in her home, tending to (Jenny) MacLeod, and Katie MacLeod (Jeff Pemberton). her garden, enjoying her many friendships, and especially Thelma had many friends during her lifetime and was enjoying her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. kind and loving to everyone. She was also a wonderful Thelma had many passions through the years. Her mother and friend to her children. She was always ready love of gardening was evident in the growing and tending with compassionate advice and support. She will be of many beautiful flowers. She also began collecting and greatly missed by all.



by Lt. Joey Hoadley

‘Help Wanted’ signs are flourishing in Caldwell, which is a great sign for this community. People going back to work is never a bad thing, but I fear our local labor market is far too vulnerable to market fluctuations. Frequently, business owners, managers, or leaders in this community, express difficulty in finding qualified employees. What if you had the opportunity to create the employees you want? For the future well being of this community it is important for business owners and mangers to encourage continuing education for their employees. Learning a new language or earning a certification enhances the individual employees skill set directly benefiting your organization and customers. Employees with diverse skill sets are more likely to survive economic fluctuations, as are the businesses that employ them.

Colleges and training facilities are feeling the pressure of low enrollment and are adapting to the needs of the underemployed and not just focusing on the unemployed or traditional student. This creates a perfect opportunity for the working adult to make school and work transpire at the same time. Business and community leaders, it is your voice that will guide us toward a robust, diverse local economy and our community will be forever grateful for it.

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Caldwell Night Rodeo Meet & Greet

Lee Akin

by Chantele Hensel, publisher

Meet the Miss Caldwell Night Rodeo (CNR), Bobbi Hall and Caldwell Night Rodeo’s bull riding arena record holder and former Professional Bull Riding (PBR) Champion, Lee Akin Thursday, August 3rd, 6 p.m. at Caldwell Floral downtown Caldwell. He is named one of Cosmopolitan Magazines “Hottest Hunks of Oklahoma.” Lee holds the CNR arena record in bull riding with a phenomenal 94 point ride in 2002 and as of today remains unchallenged. Riding in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA), and the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) tour, Akin had a stellar career, winning over $1 million dollars, winning the hearts of fans everywhere. He was a three-time PRCA finals qualifier and four-time PBR finals qualifier. In 2002, in addition to setting the CNR arena record, Akin won the PBR championship in Worcester, Massachusetts. He was a commentator for the OLN Network and appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine as “Oklahoma’s Hottest Hunk.”

August 2017

Thank You, Larry Hemmert

by Frank Wyant, Caldwell Chief of Police Larry Hemmert’s retirement lunch at Caldwell Police Department. Larry spent 13 years with us working patrol and Street Crime Unit. He must be sad to leave me, at least his face says so.

Indian Creek

by Mindy Scott, editor

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Indian Creek is a wonderful asset to the Caldwell area. It is equipped with a beautiful walking trail along the water, along with nature and convenience of restrooms that can be accessed by the outside of TVCC. While walking you also pass Creekside Coffee and Rubaiyat bookstore. People of all ages can be seen enjoying it throughout the day as well as pet owners. Children are often spotted hunting painted rocks from Caldwell Rocks group. They are full of delight when they spy each one and later re-hide the rocks for the next visitors. The sounds of nature and the rustic bridges make Indian Creek a great family outing. Sitting down by the water provides a slower pace of life where one can sit back and ponder. . . It’s a great place to get in a walk or jog. While visiting I saw mama duck and her ducklings along with a weasel running over the bridge. Indian Creek also has picnic tables and wifi making it a great place to bring your lunch for a quick breath of fresh air.

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Old-Fashioned Family Fun-Greenleaf, Idaho!

People gathered around the hay defined arena to watch the kids in the pig scramble.

The band.

Watermelon anyone?


by Mindy Scott, Editor

Hundreds of people had a blast celebrating the 4th of July in Greenleaf, Idaho. The OldFashioned Family Fun Day was a hit filled with outside fun, the oldfashioned way. An event of this magnitude and success took many volunteers and people pitching in. There were no funds set aside for this event this year, but that did not stop this great community from going forward with it. This event was definitely a community effort. The event kicked off with a pancake breakfast put on by Greenleaf Friends Academy. Next, the parade took place where unique vehicles, horses, businesses, bicycles, tractors, and trucks took part in a patriotic procession while throwing candy to the excited children. Some were even surprised when they were thrown water instead of candy which was appreciated by some on such a hot summer day. Directly following the parade, opening events began. Kids signed up for games delegated by age range. At several times during the day, excitement grew as a small cannon, packed with candy as ammunition was launched by Mr. Fillmore. Children would line up on cue and wait for candy to explode through the air and then run after it picking it up at record speeds. Cliff’s Country Market donated watermelons for the Watermelon Eating Contest, Melton Family Farms lent their pigs for the Pig Scramble, and MANY other individuals and families worked together. A special thanks to all who set up from the musician, vendors and the participants. Each person played a unique role in the creation of this special day that many will remember forever. Seeing so many people interacting and enjoying themselves without the use of technology was refreshing!

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Over the past twenty-five years Caldwell Foundation for Educational Opportunity has honored 42 graduates of Caldwell High School as Distinguished Alumni. Recipients are considered from Caldwell High graduates of more than twenty years ago who have found to be exceptional in their field of endeavor, or in community, national, or international service. The Distinguished Alumni program was initiated to inspire current graduates by illustrating accomplishments of those who have gone before. Two 2017 honorees were named at the May 8th Caldwell High Senior Honors Reception. Robert Hirai, a 1976 CHS graduate, is Past-President of the Boise Valley Japanese-American Citizens League

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and is currently Honorary Consul General of Japan in Idaho. Brigadier General William Free, Class of 1947, was honored posthumously for a career in the United States Air Force, Middleton High School teacher and counselor, and Minister of the Church of Christ. Previous recipients of the award are: 1. JOE ALBERTSON, 1925, Founder Albertson’s Supermarkets 2. GEORGE L. CROOKHAM, 1925, Chairman of the Board (1928-1975), Crookham Seed Company 3. ERWIN H. SCHWEIBERT, Jr., 1958, Engineer, Hewlett-Packard Corp 4. EDWARD J. LODGE, 1952, U.S. District Court Judge 5. STEVE SYMMS, 1956, United States Senator 6. LORENE BALES THURSTON, 1940, Historian, City of Caldwell 7. ARCHIE STRADLEY, Jr., 1946, Homecare Medical Equip. loan prog.

8. MILDRED McCLURE, 1925, Teacher, English (40 years) 9. SHIRLEY ENGLEHORN, 1959, Golfer, 1970 LPGA Champion 10. AL McCLUSKEY, 1941, Mayor, City of Caldwell 11. PAT KERRICK, 1942, Mental Health Counselor 12. DAVID KERRICK, 1969, Idaho State Senator 13. DARREL DEIDE, 1954, Superintendent, Caldwell School 14. RAY McDONALD, 1963, Football Player, Washington Redskins 15. ROBERT STEUENBERG, 1941, Head of Chemical Research Dept., Argonne National Laboratories 16. ROBERT PASLEY, 1926, President Idaho Dept. Stores 17. LES SUMMERS, 1937, Owner/ Manager, Summers’ Stationary & Office Supply 18. GIPSON FAMILY, Founders, Caxton Printers, Ltd

19. DENNIS & JEANNETTE CALLSEN, 1971, Caldwell School District Volunteers 20. BILL RANKIN, 1936, Commanding Officer & Band Leader, 25th Army Band 21. BETTY JO GARBER KELLER, 1949, Caldwell City Clerk 22. MIKE GARMAN, 1967, Baseball Pitcher, Los Angeles Dodgers, World Series 1977 23. PETE COWLES, 1977 , Mayor, City of Caldwell 24. FRANK CROOKHAM, 1927, President, (1933 – 1980) Crookham Seed Company 25. PAT O’CONNOR, 1927, Baseball Scout, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs 26.WILLIAM F. GIGRAY, III, 1965, Attorney at Law 27. BRIG. GENERAL JAMES TRAIL, 1935, Fighter Pilot, U.S. Air Force Base Commander, Gowen Field

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Robert Hirai, CHS 1976

Brig. General William Free, CHS 1947

28.GARRET NANCOLAS, 1974, Mayor, City of Caldwell 29. JULIAN HOFF, M.D., 1954, Professor and Chair, Neurosurgery, University of Michigan, 1981 - 2005 30. RAY GABBARD, 1984, Musical Theatre & Stage Performer, Opera Singer 31. 1st Lt. PAUL R. GOWEN, 1926, West Point, Army Air Corps Pilot, Gowen Field named in his honor 32. MAJOR GENERAL THOMAS H. NEARY, 1963, US Air Force, Commander U.S. Strategic Command 33. PAUL REVERE, 1955, Founder of Rock group, Paul Revere and the Raiders 34. NORA JANE (PASSMORE) CARPENTER, 1979, President/CEO – United Way of Treasure Valley 35. CHUCK RANDOLPH, 1964, Caldwell Educator, Resident Historian/Caldwell Historic Preservation 36. ETHEL BALES WHITTENBERGER, 1913, Founder, The Whittenberger Foundation (1973) 37. SEN. PATTY ANNE (NALLY) LODGE, 1960, Idaho State Senator District 11 38. TOM WILLMORTH, 1981, Actor, Comedian, Idaho Shakespeare Festival 39. TIM AND GINI (GABBARD) ROSANDICK, 1975, 1973, School Superintendent, Orchestra Director 40. DONNA PRICE SHINES, 1975, Executive Director/CEO, The Mentoring Network

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Our Memories Indian Creek Museum

Girls’ toy room

Having a problem with your children being bored this summer? Our Memories Indian Creek museum in Caldwell has at least the following three things that could help your children weather the boredom blues. 1) A tour that shows the Fifties surgery and treatment rooms; 2) a girls’ toy room and a boys toy room to explore what children did before television, and 3)with the evolution of recording voices, a tour through the imagination to reproduce sound through phonographs, radio and movies. The health care field is one of the fastest growing fields today and understanding the challenges that have been overcome by looking at and describing the processes of the 1950’s health care field as demonstrated by the surgery and x-ray rooms in the museum feed the

imagination of what is to come for the discerning youngster. The facility that now is a museum also lends itself to a study of how laboratory work has changed. In Dr. Finck’s original practice there was only the small laboratory, but an addition housed the bigger lab that served the entire state of Idaho. Children in the thirties needed to use their imagination as they played making some of their toys appear to be unchallenging to the modern eye. But our boys’ toy room has board games, a View master, and trucks and cars to help the imagination of the small child. The girls’ toy room shows what a youngster could play with that helped to build skills for the child becoming a homemakercooking tops, dolls with hand made clothes, a unique doll house, and the movie star doll (Shirley Temple). Music and Radio programs are clearly learning facilities for young people and in the museum we have examples of early record machines as well as organs, pianos and other musical instruments. Children before television would often gather with their families in the evenings to hear such radio programs as The Lone Ranger, the Jack Benny show, and The Shadow. A favorite past-time for one day a week would be coming to

town to see a movie show. Caldwell had three movie theaters at one time and was always an attraction for the out-of-towners to come with their families to view a movie. Candy can be part of a child’s life, so this museum also has a sweet room with origination dates for many candies. There is also a recipe for Vinegar candy that children can help to make and then eat! If children still need to be entertaining themselves, how about a look at some of the games and activities created in the book Family Fun compiled with the Cooperation of the National Recreation Association published in 1931. Of interest is the Peanut Scramble (p, 94) where a paper sack of (unshelled) peanuts is tied up and thrown over a limb of a tree, then a blindfolded child whacks away at the paper sack, until it breaks open and spills all the peanuts on the ground for the children to pick up. (Sound familiar?) To reinforce the idea of creativity and imagination, any visitor to the museum in the next month can receive a Family Fun Magazine with oodles of ideas for creative crafts and cooking. We welcome visiting families and hope to see you soon.

Middleton High School Multi-Class Reunion! All Middleton High attendees, spouses, and teachers welcome! Hosted by the Class of ‘57 (that’s 1957, NOT 1857)! Our 60th anniversary! Saturday, Sept.ember 9th at Adventure Plaza, 113 Main Street in Middleton. 11:00 to ?. Potluck lunch at noon. Table service and non-alcoholic beverage provided. No charge! Just bring food to share and a small donation for the use of the nice meeting room. No program planned, just come and visit and/or get re-

acquainted with buddies from the past. For the Class of ‘57 to have some time together we’ll have a coffee (whatever?) and donut get together at 9:30 at the same location. Class of ‘62 are joining us in celebration of their 55th anniversary! Welcome, you youngsters. Questions? Lanetta Pfost 585-6668; Jewel (Howard) Easter 208-466-3849; Darlyne (Longwill) Aleksich 541-447-7386.

Caldwell High School Class of 1947 Caldwell High School Class of 1947 recently celebrated their 70th year reunion. On June 23, 2017 the group came together again at the Elk’s Lodge in Caldwell.

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candles. The market features live entertainment, hot food and snacks which are available to enjoy while sitting along the creek enjoying the music. The Caldwell Farmers Market has some exciting events coming up, August 9th we will be celebrating National Farmers Market week. Idaho Preferred will be on hand to answer questions. We will also have some fun children’s activities, sponsored by the Market and by the Master Gardeners. Stop by the Oasis Honey booth and for $1.00 you can guess how many pounds of potatoes will be If you are going to spend a day in your boat with someone, maybe a lengthy pickup ride as well, you better enjoy their company. Over the years, I have had some wonderful days on the water with friends and family. My Grandad, Loy Sandy, rode ditch for the Pioneer Irrigation System for 50 years. He was a remarkable man. His approach to life was simple, believe in your savior and don’t overthink things. He had an old wooden boat chained to a cottonwood tree on the east end of Lake Lowell. After he completed his rounds on the Phyllis Canal many summer afternoons would find me and Grandad in that ole boat fishing for bullhead and perch. I know he enjoyed my company and I revered his. Dr. Robert Boron was a man I had the pleasure of fishing with on a trip to Canada with his son Kenny. He was an amazing story teller. He literally raised himself from a very early age to become a doctor, an amazing tale of the human spirit.

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harvested from the plant. The winner will receive all of the potatoes plus a $10.00 market gift card. Later in August or early September,(depending on the pepper harvest) the market is featuring a hot chili pepper eating contest, 12 contestants will be competing for a $100.00 prize. Sign up at the market information booth for a $10.00 entry fee...if you are brave enough. The market accepts EBT cards and is proudly sponsored by D.L. Evans Bank and the City of Caldwell. Visit our website and “like” us on facebook.

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Bruce Kissee and his wife Luann never had kids, but they raised a bunch. They are in their Sixties and still raising teenage daughters. God bless them. Before they began adopting kids, Bruce and I fished the Madison, Henrys Fork, and every river and reservoir in between. Bruce would be the first to tell you not every kid went to Harvard or West Point, but he gave them a chance. He currently resides in Cascade, Id. My wife Karen worked different jobs throughout our 40-year marriage but the last twenty-two years she worked for Southwestern Idaho Cooperative Housing Authority, SICHA, as a property manager. She was genuinely interested in helping people procure housing. After retirement she started volunteering for Treasure Valley Community Resource Center, TVCRC. Jette Rogers is co-founder of the nonprofit organization started in Caldwell in 1992. Good job Jette. Good

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job Mayor Nancolas in your recognition of Jette’s hard work. Good job to my wife. We have spent countless hours in almost as many boats on numerous lakes and rivers in the Northwest. We have together experienced the delicate presentation of a dry fly to using eight pound lead balls on the end of a down rigger to catch lake trout. July marks the beginning of this Great Nation, thanks to all the Vets who have sacrificed to keep it great. David Randall, former USAF, who I have spent countless hours in either his boat or mine, thanks buddy. Snake River improving numerous small bass being caught. Lake Lowell improving. Owyhee River very crowded. Owyhee Reservoir crowded, parking limited. Cascade Lake fishing fair for trout and perch. by Chantele Hensel, Publisher

With the dog days of summer here, more and more people plan last minute camping and fishing trips before school begins. The Caldwell Perspective prints the Idaho Fish and Game stocking reports that are relevant to us as often Michael Hensel fly fishin on the Middle Fork Payette River.

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We hope you have made it down to the Market along the banks of Indian Creek on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 7:00. The Market has great produce: corn, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, peaches, apricots and more. A wide variety of homemade baked goods are for sale: pies, cookies, cupcakes, bread and granola to go with your local honey and jellies. Idaho made mustard and vinegar are also locally produced. There are also a wide variety of handcrafted items including beaded jewelry, sewing, and beeswax

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Everything I Ever Needed To Learn About Life...I Learned In My Garden

My first attempt at gardening didn’t look anything like the gardens on TV or my Pinterest page. It looked more like somebody launched a seed grenade behind my fence, shut the gate, and allowed the chaos of nature to do its handiwork. I referred to it as my Crack Plants. What can I say? I’m from the middle of the Nevada desert and was more like the Grim Reaper of Gardening than Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary – no silver bells or cockle shells up in Vegas, baby. Still, I soldiered on, subjecting my strawberries to shade, forcing my potatoes and tomatoes to live next to each other (just because plants’ names somewhat rhyme does not make them soul mates), and assuming my pumpkins and squash would play nicely with all the other vegetation and politely keep their vines to themselves. Here’s the precious little that I knew beyond doubt: I could grow weeds like nobody’s business – I was a wild, weed-growin’ machine. You know what it takes to grow a successful garden? No fear. As with any venture in this life, a person can’t be afraid to fail and should not allow herself to be defined by her mistakes. Take this to the bank: Failure shortens that learning curve right up. The real failure is in the giving up and the walking away – in believing the delusion that you’re just not good at something and you never will be. So, I wasn’t Martha Stewart straight out of the gate. So what? I read a book or two and got on Pinterest. The Mormons here in Idaho took this desert

flower under their wings and showed her a trick or two. Most importantly, I was right back at it the following season and the next and the next and the next. Your garden will teach you what you need to know in this life if you listen to her. Aside from all that, it’s just plain fun to dig around in the dirt. Did I know what the heck I was doing before I grew Brussels sprouts? Nope. I didn’t even know if I liked them so, of course, I grew five plants. Had no clue the sprouts grew up the stems – I kept looking at the top, waiting for the little buggers to pop out. They never came. I kept peeking into the leaves at the top and couldn’t figure out why these guys were almost three feet tall with nothing to show for it. Finally, my girlfriend told me to look down the side. By God, there they were! I harvested those suckers like a BOSS! My gardens started to grow amazingly as did my crazy mad skills. Eventually she started to produce a bit of wisdom in me. Gardening helps you to have faith and to see beyond. Even though you know you won’t see anything stick its head up out of the ground for several days, it won’t stop you from running out every morning and surveying the land. Somewhere deep down you know what each seed will become, and you wouldn’t dare to miss the moment their faces touch the sunshine. You know in your knower something will be making an appearance soon. Gardening boosts your confidence. Just one bite of fresh, organic produce on the tip of your tongue, and you’ll know you have conquered the world. Once you get the hang of this, you won’t be able to keep it to yourself. You will be the queen (or king) of the culdesac going door to door with bags of lettuce and pounds of peas, making new friends. Their gratitude will make you feel like a Power Puff Girl (or Boy), and it will be confirmed in your heart what you knew all along: you are Martha Stewart incarnate. Gardening produces patience. No immediate gratification here, folks. You have to wait. If you pull fruit or veggies too soon, you will not receive the

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reward you seek. Lord knows that’s too much darn work to go to waste. Gardening teaches you about commitment. You want to go on vacation? You have fun. Just tell me who’s going to water and weed your garden before you go? These are the things you have to worry about since that garden depends on you. Gardening gives you a sense of accomplishment. Six plastic salad bowls full of tomatoes will make you the happiest soul on the planet. A freezer full of berries, syrup- and jam-ready along with potato soup and spaghetti sauce? You’re good to go for the entire winter and so are many of your friends and neighbors. Gardening makes you brave. All this gives you a sense of ownership and turns you into an overprotective force to be reckoned with. You will not go gentle into the night when the howling wind plucks you from sleep; you’ll race from your house to anchor galvanized pails over your new seedlings without so much as slipping on your slippers. You will wage war on worms and battle bugs you’ve never heard of. You’ll stick the garden hose in one gopher hole and stand over the other with a white-knuckled vice grip on the Rodent Shovel of Death. You will be shocked at what you are willing to do. Gardening shows you how to let go. You won’t conquer every storm, every enemy. You won’t. Fruit will die on the vine, and you will anguish its loss in your heart. There will be hail. Don’t even get me started on the abomination that is hail. Never again will you be out in the garden and think to yourself, What a sweet little butterfly. It’s not a butterfly. It’s a moth, and they lay eggs in your cabbage. They are the devil. You cannot beat them. But at the end of each season, know that your garden will produce more than you can eat and more than you can put on the tables of your friends, and you will all be grateful for God’s provision and bounty. You will have given away more food and more blessings than you ever thought possible. You will be a vessel of abundance. And your heart will be full.

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August 2017

State Championship in the Cal Ripken baseball league

Exchange Football League 2017

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Sign up August 21st – August 25th near the Caldwell Exchange Club concession stands at the Caldwell rodeo grounds. 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Program open to all 3rd-6th graders. See article on page (10) for more information!

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The Vallie Vue Cal Ripken baseball association is a non-profit organization that plays a significant part in the athletic and personal development of young men and women of all ages.. Their practice and game fields are at Central Canyon and rely entirely on dues and donations. The fields and installations are in need of some improvements. If you would be interested in making a donation toward this program, please contact the league. Above all we would like to commend the young men who have demonstrated not only skill but terrific sportsmanship on the field. Well done Co-County Cobras!

2016 Exchange Football League Athletes

The Exchange Football League was founded in 1969 and has served the Treasure Valley since then. Several of the program’s players such as Cody Pickett and Chris Horn have gone on to play professional football. Chris was particularly unique in that he played for the Notus team in our league and then as a junior and senior at Notus High School helped coach the Notus Little League Team. Sign-up dates for the 2017 Exchange Football League have been set for Monday, August 21, Tuesday,

August 22, Wednesday, August 23, and Thursday, August 24 and Friday, August 25. Sign-up time will be 6:30 7:30 pm each evening at the Caldwell Exchange Club concession stand located at the rodeo grounds (next to Simplot Stadium). Players will be fitted for equipment at the time of signup. Teams are located at various practice sites throughout the valley: Possible locations are Caldwell, Notus, Middleton and Vallivue Schools. The program is open to all 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade students. Players will be split into two age groups to form a 3rd and 4th league and a 5th and 6th league.

The season will last about eight weeks with three or four practice days and one game day per week. Practices are held in the afternoons or early evenings as close to the home of the participant as possible. The games are usually on weekday evenings. The Exchange Football League would like to invite any of you who would be willing to volunteer to assist as coaches, officials, team sponsors, or in other capacities to contact Carl Christensen at 4590021 (days) or 407-7011 (evenings). More information is available at www.

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Summer Reading Program at the Library

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June and July were our months for Summer Reading at Caldwell Library. This year’s theme, “Build a Better World,” led us in lots of fun directions. We made things with cardboard, LEGOs, and magnets. We’re grateful to the Whittenberger Foundation for funding additional STEM materials for us to use! We learned from Canyon Highway District and Western States Rentals about road construction. The University of Idaho Extension Master Gardeners were great leaders for our weekly Junior Master Gardener programs. Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge helped us think about conservation and making our world

Keeping Kids Active During the School Year

by Jacqueline Amende

It is evident that summer is ending and the school year is beginning when school supplies start lining the store shelves. Although this may mean parents can start to relax from the busy summer, it also means that the challenge to keep your child motivated to be active after a long school day will begin. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends children and teens have at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 27% of children and teens are reaching this daily recommendation. These guidelines are not to be taken lightly. Daily physical activity has rock-solid evidence backing it up. It has

been proven to help improve sleep, manage stress and anxiety, and boost energy and concentration. Along with managing weight and decreasing health risks, daily exercise as a child will likely lead to better overall health management in the future as it sets a foundation for healthy living. As school returns and the time for activity decreases, it may become more difficult to ensure that your child is engaging in enough physical activity. However, it is important to remember that the recommended 60 minutes can be done in short spurts throughout the day. Taking advantage of these short spurts can help us, and your children, move more and sit less. Here are some tips to take with you: • Take a family walk or


bike ride after dinner on nice weather evenings. • During any TV time, encourage “active” commercials where they can choose different exercises, like jumping jacks, push-ups, wallsits, etc. • Encourage outside play when it’s nice outside or have a fun activity inside, like a dance party or a hula-hoop contest. • Assign age-appropriate chores that are more physically active, like sweeping the floor or raking leaves. Along with these tips, encourage your children to participate in after school programs and extracurricular activities. These typically bring more of a structured environment and can lead to increased daily activity.

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a better place. And then there were magic shows, puppet shows, and lots of other fun activities. We’re taking a break from youth programs in August, before launching into our fall lineup. We are beyond thrilled at the participation in our Adult Summer Reading program this year. We don’t have a final count of participants yet, but it’s near the 200 mark. Compared to the 16 adults who participated last year, 200 is absolutely amazing! Thank you to everyone who participated. We hope to offer more reading incentives to next year’s program.

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On June 26th, CPD partnered up with local realtor, Mylinda Hoadley of Silvercreek Realty Group and introduced the “Community Blessing Box” which is located in the CPD front lobby. The idea behind the box is to create a place with 24/7 access to food for the homeless and underprivileged. The box operates under the motto “Take what you need, leave what you can” and is open to the public to leave or take food as needed.

West Valley welcomes new chief nursing officer

West Valley Medical Center CEO Betsy Hunsicker is pleased to announce the appointment of Tracee Hendershott, of Denver, Colo., to the position of chief nursing officer. Hendershott comes to Caldwell from Rose Medical Center, which is owned and operated by West Valley’s parent company, HCA Healthcare. As CNO, Hendershott is responsible for the delivery and development of hospital-wide patient care programs, as well as clinical policies and procedures. She identifies and implements opportunities throughout the hospital for the monitoring, evaluation and improvement of patient care. Hendershott is a graduate of the HCA Continental Division’s

Nurse Leadership Development Program. “I look forward to exploring the mountains and lakes around this area. We love to ski, camp and mountain bike,” Hendershott said of her husband, two children and three dogs. “Leaving a big city and experiencing life with a tight knit, quiet community is so appealing to my husband and me. We were just waiting for the right opportunity and I feel so fortunate to have found it in Caldwell.”

Back to School Shopping 101

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If you’re like me, you aren’t ready for summer to be over; it seems like it just began. But sooner, rather than later, we’ll be sending the kids off to start the new school year. Back to school shopping is the true sign that summer is coming to an end, just as the sunburns and bug bites were starting to heal. While the school bell isn’t ringing quite yet, retail stores are starting to push the notebooks, binders, pencils and pens closer to the center aisles. It may seem too soon to start buying, or maybe we are in denial, but according to the National Retail Federation, 27 percent of families begin their shopping two months before the first day of school, while 21 percent wait until the last week or two before the school starts. It’s also estimated that families with school age children will be spending 8 percent more this year than last, averaging $687 on clothes, technology, shoes and supplies. That’s a huge chunk of change! Make sure every penny is well spent with these BBB tips that are as easy as 1-2-3: Create a shopping list. Make a list by each child or by store to avoid multiple trips. Check around the house for items you may already have. Avoid impulse buying while you’re out and about. Stick to a budget. A budget will help shape your shopping list and help limit purchases to only items you need. Knowing your budget will also allow you to put money towards larger items or a special purchase. Research major purchases. When shopping for laptops, calculators, dorm refrigerators and other large purchases, do your homework. Research companies on, check out different brands and read reviews on products you’re looking for to see what meets your expectations. Take advantage of discounts. Some stores offer educational discounts on hot items like laptops and uniforms. Look online and ask store associates about possible savings for teachers and students. Check out the sales. Compare prices between different retail stores, save coupons and be sure to redeem cash-back or rebate offers. Sign-up for email alerts and consider downloading shopping apps for your favorite stores. Review advertisements. Review ads for restrictions on quantities, and dates for sale and return policies. When shopping online, read the fine print for return and exchange policies and take advantage of free shipping specials. Buy in bulk. Some schools ask parents to buy items that will be used by the entire class (tissues, hand sanitizer, etc.). Get together with other parents to save by purchasing in large quantities. Save your receipts. You’ll need them if you want to make an exchange or return an item. Remember some items are non-refundable or have a 30-day return period.

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Where To Find a Perfect Education With the school year quickly approaching, many parents weigh the options for schooling that will prepare and equip their children in the best way possible. Since the needs, interests, and strengths of every child are different, the school choice will also vary. The State of Idaho recognizes parents’ right to choose the method of education that will work best for their children. So, where is this perfect nurturing environment that produces a love of learning and builds strong academic foundation? Is it a tried and tested public system or possibly another alternative? It is quite astounding that Idaho’s legislature allows parents to educate their children without regulation by the state in any fashion. Parents are the very people who care and will do everything in the best interest of the child. The Idaho State Department of Education (SDE) provides great resources to every parent and guardian of students no matter which route they take. School choice is determined by many factors: the way a child learns, possible physical or learning disabilities, family and cultural background (consider ESL, religious affiliation, Indian Education, migrant workers), and even basic things such as student transportation. The structure and curriculum of public education can be intimidating to some, but there are alternatives. Besides the traditional public schools, there are also charter schools, alternative schools, magnate schools, private schools, and home school. A child attending his/her neighborhood school enjoys the privileges such as free admission, bus transportation to and from school, as well as standardized learning and assessments. Another way to receive free public education is to sign student up for charter school. These public schools of choice are usually with a focus on specific mission, and are organized by parents, teachers or community members. Usually, charter schools use a lottery system for enrollment. Similar to charter schools, magnet schools are free public schools of choice. These schools implement a specific instructional theme, curriculum, or instruction method that is

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used throughout the school. A magnet school may focus on bilingual immersion program or a subject such as technology or engineering. Again, there is a limited enrollment that will involve application. There are 56 alternative schools that serve at-risk youth of Idaho. These are the schools that help earn at-risk students a high school diploma. Some of the qualifications include pregnancy, substance abuse, or behavior that is detrimental to academic progress. High school students can attend either a full school year or a summer school. Apart from the public education, parents also have a variety of private schools they can choose from. These for or non-profit educational organizations run independently of the public education system. And since they do not receive federal funding, parents pay for students to attend a private school. If, for any reason, these five options are not suitable for one specific child, parents can always choose to home school. The State of Idaho provides parents with the freedom to select the curriculum they wish to use. In this state homeschooling is managed entirely by the parent or guardian and is not regulated in any way. There is no registration or sign-up procedure. However, there is also no state funding to cover the costs. The State Department of Education recommends home school organizations to help families exploring the home school option such as Idaho Coalition of Home Educators, Homeschooling in Idaho , Homeschool World – Idaho, Homeschool Legal Defense Association, and National homeschool organizations. As parents strive to provide a perfect education to their children, they must not forget the most important task of parenting. We are called to shape their lives by shaping their character and worldview. Even though it is wonderful if they turn out to be well-rounded and impressively educated, it is not our end goal. Let us not get lost in our educational pursuits. Let us remember that besides giving our children a fulfilling education, we are called to mold their souls.


Domestic Violence and Back-To-School

It’s school time again! You’re probably feeling excited and maybe a little sad that summer is over. Some kids feel nervous or a little scared on the first day of school because of all the new things: new teachers, new friends, and maybe even a new school. These can be very overwhelming experiences, but especially for a child who has experienced domestic violence. If a child has been exposed to domestic violence they may exhibit some or all of the following: • Be unmotivated both in and out of class • Have trouble following rules • Be tense and fearful at dropoff time or be afraid to go to school at all • Have difficulty understanding teacher’s instructions • Have trouble communicating needs • Have difficulty reading, writing, or expressing themselves • Have attention or behavior problems • Challenge teacher’s authority to compensate for feelings of vulnerability or lack of self-

control • Have trouble making friends • Have physical problems, such as insomnia, sleepwalking, nightmares, stomachaches, headaches, diarrhea, ulcers, or asthma • Struggle with feelings of powerlessness that cause aggressive behavior or withdrawal Whether directly or indirectly exposed, children who are exposed to domestic violence experience the painful effects of abuse. Even if they themselves are not directly being hurt, they feel the pain and fear that comes from living with someone who is threatening and controlling. And since abuse and violence are learned behaviors, part of the impact on children can also involve them taking on the cultural beliefs that support domestic abuse. At Hope Lane Learning Center, (HLLC) we work with children who have been exposed to domestic abuse. HLLC, a program of Advocates Against Family Violence, is a preschool and after school program for children 6 weeks

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It’s been one challenging month. I try to remember that famous saying, “What doesn’t kill Mindy Scott you makes you stronger.” When in the trenches it doesn’t bring me much comfort. Our family has experienced more sickness than usual with the flu, colds, and sore throats all within a 30 day time slot. When the parents both come down with sickness, that is temporarily debilitating, the family experiences what I call a system overload. During this time all priorities shift and we enter into survival mode- the act of doing the bare minimum to get thru the day. No fancy meals, house chores, or structure. As we all lay resting in between people vomiting I began to think how all my expectations were wiped away in a mere moment. One moment everyone was fine and then slowly people were falling sick. I was forced to live in the moment and take care of the bare essentials. As I regained strength and could rock, cuddle, and carry littles throughout the day to help

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comfort them I was thankful. I remember a wise woman telling me years ago in the stage of a colicky baby, “this too shall pass”. While we can visually see the stages of the seasons change we can often miss the subtleties of our life changing before our eyes. While in the hard places, the ease of life seems to not exist. I encourage myself and you to not give up. In one days time things can change. Like anytime one is sick and then recovers, a new level of gratitude is reached in the area of health. I’ve had a few days of this emotion in between catching a head cold and a sore throat. What I’m learning most is to care for myself in the same nurturing way I do for our kids. That means talking kind to myself when I’m lethargic and not feeling up to my peppy self. After all, wherever I go, there I will be. I hope this article finds you all in good health with plans of enjoying this final month of summer. I look forward to a complete family recovery to good health filled with more laughter and less tears.


August 2017


by Wayne Cornell

August 10, 1967 fell on a Thursday. The high temperature that day was 95 degrees. But it felt hotter. The crowd inside Caldwell’s Boone Memorial Presbyterian Church wasn’t very large – probably not more than 75 people, mostly relatives. I was 22 years old. Sara was 19. That’s awfully young to be a bride by today’s standards but fairly normal in those days. That night we stayed at the Thunderbird Motel on Capitol Boulevard in Boise, next to Boise State College. It’s gone now. The next day we drove to Yellowstone National Park and spent the night at Old Faithful Inn. On Saturday, we did a quick drive through the park and stayed the night in Jackson Hole, where the price of a hamburger at the A&W drive-in was nearly double what we normally paid. The next day we drove home (I had to be back at work Monday morning). Fifty years -- half a century. It doesn’t seem that long ago that we brought our first family member, Candee, a Border Collie pup, home from the Boise dog pound. The births of our three daughters still are vivid memories as are a multitude of family outings, school concerts, field trips and basketball games. Then just when we seemed to be getting up to cruising speed on The Road of Life, our parents, who we could also turn to for advice, were gone and we had to draw our own maps. Then we woke up one morning and the house was empty. Our youngsters were off building their own dreams. Anyone who has been married 50 years and claims to have never had any problems

or arguments is either fibbing or suffering from dementia. We’ve had our share of conflicts over the years (with yours truly admittedly being responsible for most of them). But somehow we made it through those times. Maybe our upbringing helped. We both came from families where the parents were together until the end. They probably had bad moments, too, but they stuck it out and never involved their kids. Role models seem to be harder to find in the modern “it’s all about me” world. But the major reason we are celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary is Sara. She’s the one who hung in there and got college degrees that provided a solid job. She’s the one who came home from work and cleaned house and took care of the kids while her husband was running around the countryside doing his thing instead of carrying his share of the home work load. She’s the one who balanced the checkbook despite my best efforts to unbalance it. She’s the role model who pointed our children in the right direction. Most people have some regrets in their lives. This writer has more than a few. If I could do it over again, knowing what I’ve learned over the past five decades, I would like to think I would do some things differently. But one thing I have never regretted is asking that brunette from Marsing, Idaho to marry me. Happy Anniversary, Browneyes.

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