August 2021 Caldwell Perspective

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Edition 80 l AUGUST 2021


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Coach Mike Moroski

After earning a share of the Frontier Conference title by going 3-1 in the shortened spring 2021 season, College of Idaho football is set to return to the field for the new campaign on Aug. 28 at Montana State University-Northern. The Yotes have won at least a share of back-toback conference championships as the program continues to reach new heights under eighth year head coach Mike Moroski. After a year without fans, the team is eager to play in front of a full house this season, something that will be a welcome sight for the student-athletes, coaches and supporters of the program. “The Yotes cannot wait to play in Simplot Stadium on September 4,” Moroski said. “We are excited and we know the whole town is as well. It may be the most excited I have ever been in my career.” Moroski, a former NFL


quarterback who played for the Atlanta Falcons, Houston Oilers and San Francisco 49ers, has helped lead C of I from the return of the program in 2013 all the way to becoming a perennial contender within the Frontier. The spring season marked the fourth consecutive winning record that the Coyotes have put together, with the league championship the ninth in program history. Beyond the on the field success, C of I also had a program record 37 student-athletes take home Academic All-Frontier Conference accolades this past year. Connor Gagain and Graham Carnahan were both CoSIDA NAIA Football Academic All-Americans. Numerous key pieces return for the Yotes this fall, led by first-team AllAmerica safety Taeson Hardin, who became just the second defensive player in program history to earn the honor

for his efforts during the spring campaign. The senior from Oak Harbor, Wash. forced a pair of key fumbles while averaging eight tackles per contest last season. Joining Hardin in the defensive backfield are returning first-team AllConference selections Isaiah Abdul and Dorian Hardin, along with fellow first-team picks Dylan Martinez and Keegan McCoy at linebacker and defensive end. On the other side of the ball, C of I will be dynamic at the skill positions, led by senior running back Nick Calzaretta. The product of Larkspur, Calif. enters the fall fourth on the program leaderboard with 2,525 rushing yards for his career, trailing all-time leader DariusJames Peterson by just 888 yards. The aerial attack for the offense will be dangerous as well with the trio of Isaiah Veal, Brock Richardson and Hunter Juarez at receiver. At

by Sven Alskog, College of Idaho

quarterback, Capital graduate Ryan Hibbs saw action in all four games this spring, while Jacob Holcomb started the first two games. AllConference linemen Braden Bale, Tyler Barron and Ryan Halford will anchor the front. Following the season opening trip to Havre at the end of August to play the MSU-Northern Lights, C of I will host Rocky Mountain in the home opener at Simplot Stadium on Sept. 4 in a rematch of a game that the Coyotes won 10-3 this past season. After a bye week, C of I remains at home on Sept. 18 against Southern Oregon before hitting the road to La Grande on Sept. 25 to face off with rival Eastern Oregon. Homecoming for the Coyotes is set for Oct. 2 this year, with a key contest on the docket against Carroll, the team that C of I finished the spring season tied with at the top of the confer-

ence standings. C of I will hit the road for three of their final five games, including on Oct. 9 at Montana Tech, Oct. 30 at Southern Oregon and Nov. 13 at Carroll. The Yotes will be at home on Oct. 23 against Montana Western and Nov. 6 against Eastern Oregon. After averaging the third-most fans in the NAIA at 3,557 fans per game in 2019, C of I expects to have a full and energetic crowd each time out this fall as well. Tickets for the upcoming season are available for as little as $60 per seat and can be purchased on or by calling 208-459-5223.



August 3 10 AM: Living Well With Diabetes, The workshop meets once a week for six weeks and covers topics such as: symptoms of diabetes, healthy ways to manage high and low blood sugars, working effectively with health care providers, stress reduction techniques, and the importance of nutrition, diet, and exercise. Register at 5 – 8 PM: Farm to Fork Farmers’ Market, Caldwell is home to Idaho’s most diverse crop base, and we are proud of our roots, literally! Indian Creek Plaza. 6-9 PM: Tuesdays on the Creek Concert Series, featuring “Tylor & The Train Robbers” in conjunction with the Farm to Fork Farmers’ Market, Indian Creek Plaza. August 5 10-11 AM: Tasty Tales Preschool storytime, Rediscovered Books Caldwell. 7-8:30 PM: Elections 2021 Candidate Information Meeting, Caldwell Police Department Community Room, 110 S. 5th Ave., Caldwell. A meeting for residents interested in running for a City of Caldwell elected office during the 2021 election cycle. August 6 6-11 PM: Brave Hearts Night at Indian Creek Steakhouse, 711 Main St. All money raised will support Idaho Veterans.

August 7 12 PM: Caldwell Train Depot Open House & Quilt Show, 701 Main St., Caldwell. Not your ordinary Open House! Come on by the Caldwell Train Depot on August 7, 2021 from Noon until 4pm. There’s a band, a quilt show and a book signing, AND the Depot Museum will be open. Bring the family! 3 PM: Bill Crookham Celebration of Life, Jewett Auditorium. 4-7 PM: Sweet Corn Feast by Jewett Auditorium in memory of Bill Crookham. 6 PM-Midnight: Game night at The Rubaiyat Books Store. Reservations available, 208-899-1988 some fees may apply. August 9 7-8 PM: Urban Renewal Agency Meeting, Caldwell Police Department Community Room 110 S. 5th Ave., Caldwell. August 10 10 AM: Living Well With Diabetes, The workshop meets once a week for six weeks and covers topics such as: symptoms of diabetes, healthy ways to manage high and low blood sugars, working effectively with health care providers, stress reduction techniques, and the importance of nutrition, diet, and exercise. Register at 5 – 8 PM: Farm to Fork Farmers’ Market, Caldwell is home to Idaho’s most diverse crop base, and we are proud of our roots, literally! Indian Creek Plaza.

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Events and special promotions happening locally this month!

August 10 (continued) 6-9 PM: Tuesdays on the Creek Concert Series, featuring “Swatkins & The Positive Agenda” in conjunction with the Farm to Fork Farmers’ Market, Indian Creek Plaza, downtown Caldwell. 7 PM: Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting, Caldwell Police Department Community Room, 110 5th Ave., Caldwell. August 11 6:30-7:30 PM: Historic Preservation Commission, Caldwell Police Department, 110 S. 5th Ave., Caldwell. August 12 10-11 AM: Tasty Tales Preschool storytimeRediscovered Books Caldwell. August 14 4-5:30 PM: Rachel Scott - Unseen Book Signing Caldwell. 6 PM-Midnight: Game night at The Rubaiyat Books Store. Reservations available, 208-899-1988 some fees may apply. August 16 6:30 PM: City Council Workshop, Caldwell Police Department Community Room, 110 S. 5th Ave. A workshop to discuss proposed updates to the Caldwell Sewer use and management ordinance which implements the Industrial Pretreatment program. 7 PM: City Council Meeting, Caldwell Police Department Community Room, 110 S. 5th Ave.

August 17 10 AM: Living Well With Diabetes, The workshop meets once a week for six weeks and covers topics such as: symptoms of diabetes, healthy ways to manage high and low blood sugars, working effectively with health care providers, stress reduction techniques, and the importance of nutrition, diet, and exercise. Register at 5 – 8 PM: Farm to Fork Farmers’ Market, Caldwell is home to Idaho’s most diverse crop base, and we are proud of our roots, literally! Indian Creek Plaza. 5:30-7:30 PM: 70th Annual Kiwanis Chuckwagon, College of Idaho. 6-9 PM: Tuesdays on the Creek Concert Series, featuring “Brad Parsons” in conjunction with the Farm to Fork Farmers’ Market, Indian Creek Plaza. 6:30-10:30 AM: 89th Buckaroo Breakfast, Caldwell Event Center 1107 Blaine St. 7-8 PM: LatinX Book Club Amano - Caldwell. Patricia Marcantonio’s Verdict in the Desert 6:30 PM: Caldwell Night Rodeo, Pre-show begins. Tickets available at www. 8 PM: Caldwell Night Rodeo, main event start time. Tickets available at www.caldwellnightrodeo. com. August 18 6:30-10:30 AM: 89th Buckaroo Breakfast, Caldwell Event Center 1107 Blaine St. 5:30-7:30 PM: 70th Annual Kiwanis Chuckwagon, College of Idaho. 6:30 PM: Caldwell Night Rodeo, Pre-show begins. Tickets available at www. 8 PM: Caldwell Night Rodeo, main event start time. Tickets available at www. August 19 6:30-10:30 AM: 89th Buckaroo Breakfast, Caldwell Event Center 1107 Blaine St. 5:30-7:30 PM: 70th Annual Kiwanis Chuckwagon, College of Idaho.

To promote your August event on this page contact Chantele at 208-899-6374 or email August 19 (continued) 6:30 PM: Caldwell Night Rodeo, Pre-show begins. Tickets available at www. 7-9 PM: Pathways and Bike Routes, Caldwell Police Department Community Room, 110 S. 5th Ave. 7-8 PM: Don Zancanella - Concord - In-store Boise - Ticketed event, limited capacity 8 PM: Caldwell Night Rodeo, main event start time. Tickets available at www.caldwellnightrodeo. com. August 20 6:30-10:30 AM: 89th Buckaroo Breakfast, Caldwell Event Center 1107 Blaine St. 5:30-7:30 PM: 70th Annual Kiwanis Chuckwagon, College of Idaho. 6:30 PM: Caldwell Night Rodeo, Pre-show begins. Tickets available at www. 8 PM: Caldwell Night Rodeo, main event start time. Tickets available at www.caldwellnightrodeo. com. August 21 6:30-10:30 AM: 89th Buckaroo Breakfast, Caldwell Event Center 1107 Blaine St. 6:30 PM: Caldwell Night Rodeo, Pre-show begins. Tickets available at www. 6 PM-Midnight: Game night at The Rubaiyat Books Store. Reservations available, 208-899-1988 some fees may apply. 8 PM: Caldwell Night Rodeo, main event start time. Tickets available at www.caldwellnightrodeo. com. August 24 10 AM: Living Well With Diabetes, The workshop meets once a week for six weeks and covers topics such as: symptoms of diabetes, healthy ways to manage high and low blood sugars, working effectively with health care providers, stress reduction techniques, and the importance of nutrition, diet, and exercise. Register at 5 – 8 PM: Farm to Fork Farmers’ Market, Caldwell is home to Idaho’s most diverse crop base, and we are proud of our roots, literally! Indian Creek Plaza, downtown Caldwell.

August 24 (continued) 6-9 PM: Tuesdays on the Creek Concert Series, featuring “Cody Webb” in conjunction with the Farm to Fork Farmers’ Market, Indian Creek Plaza, downtown Caldwell. August 25 Happy Birthday Michael Hensel! August 26 10-11 AM: Tasty Tales Preschool storytimeRediscovered Books Caldwell. August 27 7 PM: Barn Party Fundraiser. Social hour beginning at 6 PM. Dinner, Live Band and Auction. The Hands of Promise Campus, 28379 El Paso Rd., Caldwell. Tickets available August 28 1 PM: Yote Football, at MSU-Northern. 6 PM-Midnight: Game night at The Rubaiyat Books Store. Reservations available, 208-899-1988 some fees may apply. August 31 10 AM: Living Well With Diabetes, The workshop meets once a week for six weeks and covers topics such as: symptoms of diabetes, healthy ways to manage high and low blood sugars, working effectively with health care providers, stress reduction techniques, and the importance of nutrition, diet, and exercise. Register at 5 – 8 PM: Farm to Fork Farmers’ Market, Caldwell is home to Idaho’s most diverse crop base, and we are proud of our roots, literally! Indian Creek Plaza, downtown Caldwell. 6-9 PM: Tuesdays on the Creek Concert Series, featuring “Jelly Bread” in conjunction with the Farm to Fork Farmers’

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Bench Dedication

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(L to R) are Roberta Eady, Kerry Wilhite, Lee Cowdery and standing (L to R) are Arlen Benjamin, Shirley Benjamin, Gayle Blunk, Dale Blunk and Frank McCrady.

by Gayle Blunk

The Fairways Homeowners Association recently dedicated a park bench to the memory of their late HOA President, Merl “Bud” Wilhite. Wilhite had been our president for a number of years and passed away March 26, 2021 from the Corona Virus. He was involved in direction or working on all the improvement projects of the residential complex located by Purple Sage Golf Course. Residents enjoyed a root beer float (Wilhite’s favorite) to commemorate the event.

Steven Jenkins Confirmed Economic Development Director

by Chelsea Wilson, City of Caldwell Communication Specialist

Steven has worked for the city as the Economic Development Specialist under Steve Fultz for the last two years. He has been instrumental in the recruitment of numerous businesses to the Caldwell area, from large industrial companies to momand-pop stores. “We are so excited to have confirmed Steven for this position. We have every confidence that we have the right man for the job. Caldwell is growing immensely, and Steven’s proven track record of business recruitment, professionalism and leadership let us know that he will guide Caldwell in the right direction moving

forward,” said Mayor Nancolas. Prior to working for the City of Caldwell, Steven worked for Boise State University as the Assistant Director of Concurrent Enrollment. He has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Reinhardt University and a Master’s Degree in Communication from Missouri State University. “I’m truly humbled and honored to serve the City of Caldwell as the economic development director. Caldwell took a chance on me when I joined the team as a specialist and I’m forever grateful for the opportunity to serve this great city.

I’d like to thank Mayor Nancolas for this opportunity— his vision and passion for the future of this community is very exciting and Caldwell plays an important role in the success of not only our community, but the entire region. I’d also like to thank my predecessor, Steve Fultz. Being his protégé served me well and I’m excited to carry on some of the initiatives he helped create during his time here,” said Steven. In his spare time, Steven enjoys playing basketball and spending time with his wife and three young sons. He and his family reside in Canyon County.


Election Information Meeting

Citizens are invited to attend who are interested in running for a City of Caldwell elected office in the General Election November 2, 2021. The meeting will be held at the Caldwell Police

Department Community Room on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. For more information call Debbie Geyer at the City Clerk’s Office (208) 4554656 or email dgeyer@

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Meet Caldwell’s Newest Police Officers

August 2021

Paul Carranza

Flor Briseno

Matthew Isaak

Lucas Syljuberget

Kody Wiggins

Paul is a lateral transfer from the Middleton Police Department and worked for two years at the San Bernardino Police Department in California. He is married with two children and currently lives in Emmett. Flor comes to us from the

Idaho Department of Corrections, where she worked for five years, and promoted to Corporal. Flor has a 12 year old son, Dominique, who is involved in various sports, which Flor attends. Matt worked previously at the Juvenile Detention Cen-

ter here in Canyon County. Matt is married with 2 children and he loves the outdoors. Lucas was in the Army and just graduated from Boise State University on 5/8. He proposed to his new fiancé after graduation and

she said yes! Lucas is also mentoring a youth who is currently attending the Idaho Youth Challenge Academy in Northern Idaho. It’s a yearlong mentorship. Kody came to us from the Canyon County Sheriff’s Department, where he

worked as a detention deputy. He has a Law Enforcement bloodline, his father is a sergeant with the Nampa Police Department and has a brother that is a Corporal with Garden City. Cody loves the outdoors and is an avid hunter.

Caldwell Police Department Update


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Cleveland Blvd. This event is the largest donation event Caldwell PD hosts. The event raised approximately $11,000 in donations, consisting of food donations and another $1500 in cash donations which we turned into gift cards. The gift cards are available for patrol officers to use or hand out as needed to the community in need. The food and toiletries collected are used to stock the Blessings Box at the PD for months. In addition to the event, the Grocery Outlet of Caldwell has been graciously donating hundreds of bags of food during the month of July for their Independence From Hunger campaign. Chief Wyant threw the first pitch of the game at a recent Idaho Spuds game along with a Special Olym-

pics Athlete Jordan Basterrechea for the Spuds Caldwell Police Night. Officers drove SPUD onto the field, and were then invited to the field for a hoola-hoop contest. Idaho Special Olympics attended as well for fundraising. Some of our officers recently attended an Idaho Narcotics Officers Association “INOA” Conference in Boise where they learned about Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs “OMG’s”, current trends and dangers for law enforcement dealing with fentanyl and heroin. And drug interdiction. Lastly, we have 3 new School Resource Officers who recently attended a week long training in Utah. The class was the Basic SRO school. Our SRO’s also attended the Northwest Drug and Alcohol

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After nearly six decades, Betty Denson retires from Rostock Furniture

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Strike Up The Band! Caldwell Centennial Band Concert!

photo by Leora Summers

by Leora Summers


Caldwell Centennial Band playing in a free summer concert. Caldwell Centennial Band is back by popular demand. We gathered together for the first time in over a year to play for the kickoff of activities during Caldwell’s 4th of July Celebration held at Memorial Park on July 3rd. We had our first free summer concert on July 26th. We will be playing one more free summer concert in August! We are looking forward to performing again and would love to see all of you there again! This is a family friendly event, and it is free to attend! See you there! Everyone at Rostock Furniture is so grateful for Betty’s 56 years of dedication and remarkable service to our family store in Caldwell! She has been a truly wonderful bookkeeper but so much

more. She is a huge part of our family! All of her many friends, our employees over the decades, and our entire family at Rostock Furniture wish her the very best and hope she can enjoy every minute doing what

she wants to do! Betty, we love you so much and appreciate everything you have done for all of us over the years! We still need you, so check in on us often!

Mark Your Calendar! FREE! What: Caldwell Centennial Band Concert Where: Caldwell Memorial Park When: Monday, August 23, 7:30pm Bring: Your chair and your friends!

Lots of good things are happening in the Caldwell Rotary Club!

Denny Smith, Christina Walker & Chuck McHugh

Tyson Berg and Chuck McHugh

Lots of good things are happening in the Caldwell Rotary Club! And the Caldwell Rotary Club is doing lots of good things

for the Caldwell Community! In a year when membership in service clubs is on the decline, the Caldwell Rotary Club, has added several members

over the past year, the newest being Christina Walker. Christina comes to us with a background in public service and we are very excited to have her! Other changes include a transition to our new president, Chuck McHugh who replaces Tyson Berg, whose term ended July 1st. Tyson successfully lead the Rotary Club during a first ever pandemic transitioning the club from virtual meetings, to generously spaced face-to-face meetings, and finally back to normal luncheons. Continuing the tradition of meeting for lunch, Chuck is

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not new to the presidency of the Caldwell Rotary Club. He also served as our leader during the 2005-2006 term. Under his leadership, the Caldwell Rotary Club will continue to support local causes including the Caldwell YMCA and the local Veteran’s Hall. A good part of this support comes from the

Club’s booth at the Caldwell Night Rodeo where club members will be selling walking tacos, nachos, hotdogs, and beverages. Your support of this booth directly helps the local community. See you at the Caldwell Night Rodeo!

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Families gather for a day of fun, food...and bikes! tions coming together for a great united cause- our families. Just Serve Representative Kelli Jenkins, one of the event planners, thanked “the Caldwell 10th ward community volunteers who gave of their time and talents to help.” Alongside drawings for great prizes throughout the morning, one of the most exciting events of the day included 25 shiny bicycles being claimed by lucky winners whose names were drawn from the raffle box. The bikes were all courtesy of the cooperative effort of LoveCaldwell





After 60 years of being a part of the Caldwell community, we are closing our doors.

Methodist Thrift Shoppe

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EVERYTHING MUST GO! including a washer and dryer and all the fixtures. There will be sales during the full month of August.At this time, the current sale is“Stuff the bag with clothes” for $5.00 per bag.

and the Canyon Bike Project. One of the organization’s ongoing efforts is to collect donated bicycles and re-home them to those in need. Thanks to an outpouring of community support, they were able to provide a wide selection. Anyone wishing to donate bikes in the future can contact the organization at lovecaldwellidaho@ After the fun day event, the ‘LoveCaldwellians’ next big project will be “Compassion Caldwell” on the 25th of September. They will again team up with local organizations such as the Idaho Food Bank and professionals willing to give of their time. The free community clinic will take place with dentists, doctors, hairdressers, and more. There will be a prayer room with staff and professionals assisting with spiritual and emotional health. “For one day they can come and get anything free,” said Pastor Dave Moody from his group’s booth. Pastor Sharon Porter, Greg and Kelley Morton, and Kelly Culver, who were also instrumental in the bike giveaway, are also on par with their group’s vision. Events like the community clinic and family fun day are designed by groups like LoveCaldwell, Just Serve, and others “so Caldwell will be a better place for all of its citizens, regardless of socioeconomic status.”

by Valerie Christensen, Caldwell Perspective

Members of the “Love Caldwell” service group under their bike giveaway tent.

Kids enjoy the huge inflatable bounce house.

One of the event’s organizers and city clerk, Debbie Geyer, poses in front of a double decker bus. photos by Valerie Christensen

On Saturday, June12th, the 7th Annual Caldwell Family Fun Day was held from 9 am12 pm at Whittenberger and Rotary Park Pond. Numerous activities and free lunch brought smiles to local children who enjoyed everything from fish derbies to a giant bounce house. Families were treated to free lunch in the park. Many booths from community organizations were scattered throughout the park with games, activities and prizes for the kids. It was the perfect example of community churches and local organiza-

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Leah Harward, first drawing winner, chooses her favorite new bike.

Jonah Livingston, son of Jamie and Andrew Livingston, chooses a prize after visiting a booth at the event.

August 2021

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Page 7 CALDWELL PERSPECTIVE by Jackie Amende MS, RDN, LD University of Idaho Extension, Canyon County

Caffeine Buzz

Caffeine Buzz By: Jackie Amende, MS, RDN, LD, University of Idaho Extension – Canyon County According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 80% of American adults consume caffeine every day, whether it is through coffee, tea, soda, or energy drinks. Caffeine is a stimulant that is found naturally in over 60 plants, including coffee beans, tea leaves, and cacao (used to

I am still on my journey to good health and am sharing this

What provided the greatest detriment in getting treatment for my PTSD was denial. All behavior anomalies were not my fault. I carried the weight of the world on my shoulders and could not stand for something else to be added to that weight. I wondered why I was always to blame for whatever I did. My latest explosive response to an event, however trivial, was explained by someone else’s behavior. People around me just refused to take the blame for my bad behavior. Owning my behavior never crossed my mind. Looking back that thought pattern is bizarrely illogical. However, when the brain is compromised illogical thinking is the norm. PTSD clogs all the filters, and the brain fills with illogical thinking. Poor social skills are one result. If allowed to run wild without treatment PTSD will chase people away and loneliness will start to work against you as well as all the other problems. Sensing all incoming stimuli as a threat leads to a life loaded to the brim with fear. More than once I have been walking down the sidewalk and stopped to look in a store window so I can identify who belongs to the footsteps keeping pace as I walk. Sitting with my back to the wall and other defensive behaviors have been common practice. Another facet that I deal with is threat assessment. Normal responses to the sensory inputs of everyday life start at the bottom of the threat scale and work upwards as necessary. I start at DEFCON TWO and work

make chocolate). As a stimulant, caffeine has been used to help increase energy and reduce fatigue. It is widely used as a morning pick-me-up, but when consumed in excess and especially when consumed in the later hours of the day, it can be harmful to our health. Insomnia, headaches, dehydration, rapid heart rate, anxiety, having “the jitters,” and high blood pressure are causes of consuming continuing saga with you to encourage you and help you see that maybe you can get there too. It is hard to keep working on this, but it is motivating to see my health continue to improve and that keeps me going. I had some blood work done and WOW! My previous bad numbers for cholesterol, triglycerides and other ugly numbers have really dropped to show

My Fellow Veterans

my way down. This makes the Fourth of July celebrations extremely frightening. I have attempted more than one fox hole in the concrete. The VA can help to reduce the severity of these reactions through several therapies. Drugs, they call them medications, have been a lifesaver once the proper combination was in place. Do not be surprised if, in the early stages of drug therapy life gets a little darker and scarier. It is a necessary journey into the darkness. Coming into the light on the other side of therapy makes it a worthwhile endeavor. I regularly annoy the shrink (he has been immensely helpful) I am required to see for these drugs when he asks, a VA required question which is stated like this, “Do you take drugs recreationally?” My response is without fail, “No, I mean it when I take them”. It is the old bad behavior creeping out. The first step in your recovery is to get help from the VA Mental Health Clinic. Second, exercise your body. Exercise does not need to be drudgery. Take a walk round the neighborhood. Mow your neighbor’s yard. To find what works for you, get outside of your bubble. Helping others is a great way of exercise, especially if it involves throwing a ball for a dog. One of the problems of PTSD that I found to be a problem was that I turned inward. Had I understood that turning outward to help others, things would have been easier. It is great to sit on the porch, or other item and talk to your neighbor.

too much caffeine. The FDA states that adults may safely consume up to 400 mg of caffeine daily, which is about 4-5 cups of coffee. However, this threshold may vary depending on a person’s size and overall sensitivity to caffeine. Many people develop a tolerance for caffeine, and the body learns to adjust and adapt. This can lead to slowly increasing caffeine intake, which can lead to caffeine dependency.

Should you cut back on your daily caffeine? If you are experiencing symptoms of excess caffeine, as described above, then you may consider gradually reducing the amount of coffee, tea, soda, and energy drinks you have each day over two to three weeks. Substituting these caffeinated beverages with water can actually help with increasing energy and reducing fatigue, without offering the side effects of ex-

Still Getting to Healthy!

that my new improved diet and exercise have helped so much. I had hit a plateau on my weight loss for a while, but it is beginning to drop again. Summer is hard to maintain an exercise regime for me, but I will get back at it and work on strengthening again soon. So, if you need to improve your diet to lead you to good health, just start! Just do it! Do

Help and hope are out there. In the Bible, hope is laid out in passages such as 1 Thessalonians 5:9 where the Apostle Paul says very clearly that hope is in salvation through Jesus. He is the path to God and the joy only he can bring. You are not alone.


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it now! Don’t just sit there! Start walking. There now! Are you motivated yet? Even Chantele is working on it! I can see it in

by David Beverly

cess caffeine. If you have questions on nutrition and health, please contact Jackie Amende at 208-459-6003,, or visit the Canyon County Extension Office (501 Main St. Caldwell, ID 83605). Visit the Canyon County Extension website to learn about upcoming programs: https:// county/canyon/health-nutrition

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Page 8 CALDWELL PERSPECTIVE This month, we discuss the second “R” in the Retreat-Remind-Reinforce battle plan for winning the war at home. As a refresher, the first step was to RETREAT from an escalating incident whenever possible by adopting this statement: “I will simply choose to ignore the vast majority of arguments and behaviors because, while obnoxious, they are inconsequential and not worthy of my attention.” As parents make a goal to ignore inconsequential behavior, this does NOT mean they can’t correct children when they have broken family rules and are causing harm to others. There is an appropriate way to do this, however. REMIND: There are times when littles (or not-so-littles) need to be reminded that family rules were broken, expectations were not met, and there will be consequences for such actions. Family members should all have

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Winning the War at Home – Part 2

played a part in calmer times, well in advance, in creating rules, repeating expectations, and reviewing consequences for specific actions. Examples of behaviors that should be immediately dealt with may include swearing, disrespecting parents, bullying, berating, or injuring another family member. The offender may need a swift refresher course to bring to memory why the behavior isn’t appropriate and how they are expected to behave. Here’s a sample scenario of responding in a way that provides genuine empathy along with correction: (It’s voiced as a teen, but can be applied to your own situation.) Teen: (Hysterically) It’s not fair I have to always do chores like a little kid. You work me around here like I’m your (expletive) unpaid servant!! I hate living in this (expletive) house! Parent: (Unemotionally) I’m so sorry you’re upset. Obviously you have some really strong

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feelings about this. Teen: (More dramatically) ‘Strong feelings’ don’t even begin to describe how I feel about living with you in this (expletive) place and being bossed around by you! Parent: (Firm and controlled) I’m really sorry you’re upset and you do have reasons to be angry. But this isn’t the right way to express that anger. What do I expect of you? The teen may not answer or even offer up a few more choice words, at which point you should calmly repeat your question, broken-record-style if needed, until they are able to parrot back what is expected of them. Parent: (Calm and matter-offactly) I’m sorry that you chose not to do your chores and use that kind of language. You’ve lost your ________privileges for _________.” Notice in the example there’s no yelling, threatening, screaming, swatting, or debating needed on the part of the parent. You’re simply reminding the child/teen that the responsibility for the offense lies squarely with them. It also crystallizes the fact that you, the parent, are in control and refuse to get flustered or shocked by their antics (which they’re likely hoping will happen). Parenting gets much easier when natural behavioral consequences fill in for the job as an angry, reactive participant in someone else’s tirade. In the dialogue, notice how the parent participated with as little emotion as possible. Doing this gave them freedom from com-

August 2021 by Valerie Christensen, Caldwell Perspective

ing across as judge, jury, or a “mean” adult who merely exists to make their children’s lives miserable! When parents think of themselves as helpers instead of controllers, they learn strategies to implement better management strategies now and in the future. To be sure, you may not be able to force a child to do something, but you can manage those things that will directly control behaviorotherwise known as privileges. Implement a plan to make that privilege be contingent on the chore, behavior, or activity you want to see from them. Remind them of this agreement often. When parents become experts at managing contingencies, they’ll do all the hard work! It’s a much better plan than begging, pleading, or forcing a child into submission. It’s interesting to note that most children are actually much more compliant than adults once they are reminded of expectations and consequences. They may need to be given a little time to comply once given a directive. However, in most cases, (barring major physical and psychological challenges) behavioral scientists have reported that kids will begin to obey within about 20 secondsespecially if the child has to repeat back to the parent what he/she is expected to do. After handing out consequences, be sure to assure a child of your unconditional love as you redirect them in a more positive direction. This will make them more likely to keep their part of

the bargain. When parents need to be on a fact-finding mission after an infraction, they should think of the kinds of questions they’re asking and the potential consequences (if the question is even necessary in the first place). Remember this by focusing on “clean questions” instead of ones that open the door to conflict and disharmony. You’ll want to avoid angry inquisitions like “why did you hit your sister?” or sarcastic comments that belittle the offender, state the obvious, or prompt them to lie or become defiant. Remember to be patient with yourself and your children while practicing this strategy. It may take time and a little practice, but the long-term benefits will be worth it! Remember, this is a skill that can be mastered not only with your kids, but everyone you interact with. Practice on your spouse, friend, or even that disagreeable person at work or on social media! You may be shocked with the results. Watch next month for Part 3 of Winning the War at Home: Positive Reinforcement Have a comment or success story to share? Valerie would love to hear from you! She can be reached at

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Sampling of “Community Baby Shower” donations THANK YOU to all who jumped in to make a difference in our community by showering moms, babies and families with love, generosity, goodness and needed baby supplies. The “2nd Annual Community Baby Shower” was huge success and another incredibly heartwarming day because of you. Together, we collected thousands and thousands of baby items that were distributed to the following organizations to ensure that baby supplies would get into the hands and homes of those in need through Assistance League® of Boise, Canyon County Branch who distributes “Baby Bundles” to new moms who arrive at Canyon County hospitals without needed baby supplies; literacy materials were collected for the Southwest District Health Nurse-Family Partnership; baby gear was collected for the parent education project at the


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Caldwell Salvation Army Baby Haven; baby supplies were shared with The Marsing HUB; and, an abundance of baby supplies were given to teen parents utilizing Canyon Springs Alternative School “Tiger’s Den” and the Wilder COSSA’s daycare. Andrea McRae, a coordinator for the COSSA teen parent program, shared how the donations will bless those she serves: “I was contacted by the organizers of the “Community Baby Shower” who asked if they could include COSSA in their list of recipients. Yes! Yes! Yes! The “Community Baby Shower” filled the daycare storage section at the beginning of the school year two years in a row and this year’s baby supplies will continue to bless many families by reducing family stress which also comes with the added bonus of bringing an unexpected joy into their lives.

COSSA and I would like to thank the organizers and donors of the “Community Baby Shower” for their time and generosity.” THANK YOU to Alison Moulton for orchestrating a very successful “2nd Annual Community Baby Shower” and our JustServe volunteers too. Our community partners in Caldwell never hesitate to bless lives! THANK YOU to the City of Caldwell for providing a perfect venue of the Caldwell Train Depot for the event and the “Caldwell Perspective” for helping to promote the event. A special THANKS to West Valley Medical Center and FlyingM Coffee Shop for hosting their own baby supply drives too. “The Assistance League® of Boise, Canyon County Branch was so appreciative of the kind response from those within the community that donated at the specific event. After last year’s

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West Valley Medical Center partnering to support local families “Community Baby Shower,” donations continued to be brought to City Hall on behalf of the Baby Bundle program. Many of the donations were from individuals who had given at the “Community Baby Shower,” but wanted to do a little more to help the smallest ones in our community. We are so blessed to have such a generous community,” shared Debbie Geyer, City Clerk. Do you want to serve others in our community? JustServe was developed to share service opportunities and encourage all “to love God and to love our neighbor.” There are currently 71 opportunities posted on JustServe in our area and community servants are needed to lift others and serve those in need. Following is a sampling of the community needs posted on JustServe: Hygiene kits for men, women and children; Local food pantry help and priority food

items; Advocates for children in foster care; Backpacks and school supplies; Indian Creek Plaza needs help setting up and taking down the Farmer’s Market every Tuesday; and, Hope’s Door needs paper towels and trash bags; and, you can even “Adopt-a-Bike” to fix up for a child. Visit to start volunteering in our community.

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“Bye Bye Birdie!”

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Tweetie 3 Eggs Description: Mama robin laid 4 beautiful blue eggs with only one hatching. Mama robin built a nest in the middle of June in a fake palm tree on my patio and laid 4 beautiful blue eggs. She sat there through the most miserable hot weather with the patio reaching up to 110 degrees at times. The first egg hatched on July 1st. I checked the nest daily thinking the other 3 would

Mama Tweetie Description: Tweetie asking for more after mama robin flew in to feed him.

soon hatch, but alas, only the one was to make it. I don’t know what happened with the other three, but possibly the unusually hot weather might have had something to do with it. After “Tweetie” hatched, his mama took great care of him. She would use her body to help

cool him, standing over him a lot of the time. I turned a fan on by the nest to keep the air circulating. At about 5 days old, his mama would find worms, break them into little pieces and feed him. Later, I saw her feed Tweetie insects and whole worms. He would then become noisy, insisting on more!

Tweetie Flutter: Tweetie spreading his wings getting ready to fly the nest. And then he was gone.

On July 15th, just before I left town, I witnessed Tweetie stand and spread his wings while in the nest. I knew most likely he would be gone by the next day. My sister checked on him and reported that he was indeed gone. But she saw him in the yard later that day with mama close by,

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70% level of your goal heart rate. You should always be able to talk. So, an easy way is to increase activity until you cannot talk then slow down to where you can talk. If you are older or have significant medical problems, it is always a good idea to be cleared by your physician before starting. If during your training, you develop chest pain, pressure or heaviness, severe shortness of breath or feel like you are going to faint, you should be evaluated by your physician. The other good idea is to cross train. That is, don’t do the same exercise every day. As we get older, we don’t tolerate that as well and get repetitive stress injuries. So, one day walk or jog and the next day swim and the next day bike. The other aspect of exercise is strength training. Aerobic conditioning is great but, when you are climbing hills, you need the strength in your arms and legs to carry you. I had a patient who was on a sheep hunt and worked hard on aerobic conditioning but neglected his strength and suffered for it. So,

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Dave’s Big Back Yard The Snake River provides many things for Southern Idaho. Electrical power, irrigation and recreation. In the early 70’s I began catching smallmouth bass. Fishing off shore, I remember catching a smallmouth just west of Givens Hot Spring weighing 2 lb. 11 oz., it was near a pump station. All those accesses are today off limits. A 14-foot aluminum boat with a 1968 Evinrude motor became the new vehicle dedicated to

catching bass on the Snake River. By trial and error and a couple of props I learned the channels from Marsing Bridge up stream past the old Marsing Job Corp. Some years later I learned to run from Walters Ferry up to the old Guffey bridge. Back in the late seventies and early eighties a fish that was hooked often coughed up crayfish. By the nineties bass only coughed up minnows. I don’t know what

crashed the crawdad population. The river has changed much since my love affair began in the seventies. My season usually started in late March. When irrigation season started in April the water turned muddy and fishing suffered. By mid-May clarity returned to more normal conditions and fishing improved. Up until recently the river always had a green cast, never totally clear. Today its running clear as a mountain

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I caught our first sturgeon; Sturgeon fishing became an obsession for a few years. The Snake River has provided countless hours of pure fishing fun for me and my family. I’m sure it will provide fishing pleasures for generations to come.

stream. I’m sure this new found clarity is due in part to farming practices. As syphon tubes give way to drip tape and center pivots, less waste water is flowing into the system. Another reason may be vegetation growth that naturally filters the water. In the eighties I recall catching a few largemouth bass and crappie from time to time. I haven’t caught a largemouth or crappie in years. In the early 2000’s Neil and

Local Dirt Perspective G o o d day, as with most things in life, what happens consistently we tend to get used to or acclimate to. This heat has been consistent since mid-June and to me it doesn’t seem to be quite as harsh as it did at the onset of the heat. Even plants tend to acclimate somewhat, like when shock comes in one form or another, they do what our bodies do, they shut down support for the farthest of leaves and branches to protect the vital parts, the roots, the trunk, and main branches. Leaves and younger branches on the fringe of the plants may brown and even die so to not draw more moisture out or to prevent a disease from carrying back to the “heart”

of the plant. A frequent reader and friend called and asked specifically about his bean plants in his small garden. He was concerned that his beans weren’t setting blooms and wondered if overhead watering could be causing them not to set. Well not being there to really know what has taken place, I asked a few questions and tried to offer solutions. He has yet to call and say how he resolved the problem, so I’ll assume things have worked out. What I suggested was this; there many factors, but first and foremost is what I mentioned about plants under stress at the beginning of this column. Blooms and fruit production are a byproduct of a healthy plant. It takes a tremendous amount of nutrients and moisture to produce good fruit. Now you wouldn’t start

or end your day by drinking two gallons of water and then say I’m good for the whole day. Because we perspire and plants transpire (same thing basically), we drink water frequently in small amounts. Plants are outside all day long waiting for Mother Nature (in Idaho it’s you) to bring the muchneeded rain. So, you may still give it gallon of water but maybe a quart at a time. As it transpires it needs to replace the water. Along with the transpiring of moisture nutrients are exhausted also more rapidly. You wouldn’t just eat a burger and fries on Monday and say I’m good till next Monday, no you want a salad and a ribeye later that night, (sorry I’m hungry). Bloom production requires certain nutrients, and most fertilizers are formulated to meet those specific needs.

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production as well because clear sunny days are vital in making all the other elements into the necessary food for production. I hope that helps, until next time, Pat.

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Continued from the July Caldwell Perspective. To read the first part of the story visit the News page. McParland devised a plan to obtain Idaho murder warrants for the trio of union bosses, then travel to Colorado, arrest them, and immediately put them on a train for Idaho. To accomplish this, the prosecution would need the approval of a Colorado Supreme Court judge and that state’s governor. Meanwhile, Idaho’s Governor Gooding appointed two prominent Boise attorneys, William Borah and James Hawley, to assist with the prosecution. The warrants were issued and McParland and members of the prosecution team headed for Denver. Their first contact was Judge Luther Goddard. Orchard’s confession admitted that he had placed a dynamite bomb under the porch of Judge Goddard’s home, but that it had failed to explode. McParland and Goddard found the dynamite bomb exactly where Orchard stated it would be. At this point the judge should have removed himself from the case. But, instead, he agreed to sign the extradition papers. McParland’s proposal to extradite the union bosses put Colorado’s governor Jesse F. McDonald in a difficult position. Normally this case would be handled by the state attorney general before going to the governor. But the attorney general was a known sympathizer of the unions, and he could have disrupted the plan. After much debate and pressure from the Idaho prosecutors and McParland, McDonald also signed the

extradition papers. McParland was duly concerned that as soon as arrests were made, union lawyers would be filing writs to bring them before a judge and start legal delays. He planned to arrest the union leaders on a Saturday night, making it harder for their lawyers to find judges on a Sunday. A special train was secured to transport the prisoners, and the railroad management gave the train priority clearance traveling to Idaho. The Denver authorities arrested all three suspects, who were quickly loaded on to the train bound for Idaho. The train trip took only twenty-seven hours— nine hours less than a normal Denver to Boise ride. When the train arrived in Canyon County the three men were arrested by the sheriff and immediately taken to Boise and jailed. As the train made its way to Idaho, Sheriff Brown in Baker, Oregon, was busy arresting Steve Adams, whom Orchard had named as his accomplice. Adams was extradited to Idaho and with a little prodding, McParland was able to get him to confess his part in the Steunenberg murder. He also confessed that the three WFM leaders had hired him to kill Steunenberg, as well as commit other acts of violence. Adam’s testimony was paramount to the case. Under Idaho law, like many states, a conviction in a conspiracy case required more evidence than the word of only one co-conspirator. Therefore,

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it was vital that the prosecution secure Adam’s testimony. As news of the arrests of the WFM leaders became national headlines, Governor McDonald was highly criticized for allowing the extradition from Colorado to happen. Unions nationwide were outraged, and newspapers had a heyday with the story. The WFM sent Edmund Richardson up to Idaho; he being the Denver lawyer who had often represented their legal interests. The union also retained the nationally famous attorney, Clarence Darrow. Darrow was well known for his “win at any cost” approach. The defense immediately filed petitions with the court, claiming the three union bosses had been kidnapped and were denied “due process.” The defense lawyers knew the major keystone of the prosecution’s case depended on Adams backing up Orchard’s story. Darrow traveled privately to Baker, Oregon, and talked with Adams’ uncle. Shortly thereafter the uncle arrived in Boise and conversed with Adams. It was no surprise that Adams then decided to recant his pre-

vious confession. One can only speculate as to what took place between Darrow and Adams’ uncle. However, McParland always seemed to be able to produce another card to play. In this instance he had obtained a warrant from Shoshone County, Idaho, charging Adams with an unrelated double murder in that county. After the judge released Adams, he was immediately arrested for those murders. Darrow then countered by hiring a lawyer to represent Adams in Shoshone County. McParland thought once Adams was convicted of murder, he would agree to testify in the Steunenberg case. However, the murder trial ended in a hung jury, and Adams was lost as a witness for the prosecution. As the cost of the investigation escalated, Governor Gooding declared a fiscal emergency that allowed the state to sell bonds to finance the prosecution. The defense seemed equally well financed, as WFM and various other unions coerced their members to pledge part of their wages to help pay for the legal expenses of the defendants.

George Pettibone, Bill Haywood, and Charles Moyer Within the year both the Idaho and U. S. Supreme courts ruled that all suspects in the Steunenberg murder trial could be tried in Idaho, and preparation for the trial finally commenced. The defense was granted a “change of venue” to Boise, and the court decided each defendant should be tried independently, starting with Haywood—one of the WFM bosses. Next Chapter: The Trial of the Century.

What do Caldwell Meals on Wheels and the 1960’s sitcom, by Rose Rettig Green Acres Have in Common?

For those of us who are of a “certain age”, we may remember watching Oliver Wendell Douglas and his wife Lisa Douglas in the television sitcom Green Acres. Green Acres starred Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor as a couple who move from New York City to a country farm. The series was first broadcast on CBS from September 15, 1965, to April 27, 1971. Enter Arnold Ziffel…the character of Arnold Ziffel was a pig whom the Green Acres neighbors, Fred and Doris Ziffel, treated like a son, understood English, lived indoors, and was pampered. Everyone understood Arnold when he grunted, as if he were speaking English, except Oliver Douglas. Arnold was an avid TV watcher and a Western movie fan, attended the local grade school (carrying his book pack in his mouth), and signed his own name on paper. Only Oliver believed Arnold was just livestock, although he frequently slipped and began treating him as a boy. Arnold made regular appearances throughout the series, often visiting the Douglas home to watch their TV. Ok, back to the question…. What do Caldwell Meals on Wheels and the 1960’s sitcom, Green Acres, have in common?

Randy & Louisa Cone Louisa, as one of only three female students in the agriculture program at Pierce College in California, had a particular interest in pigs from her childhood 4-H days, and studied them in the swine program at her college. (Interestingly, prior to her attending Pierce College, Louisa’s parents had to petition her high school board to allow her to participate in their high school agriculture program.) Louisa met her husband Randy when he came to Pierce College to purchase a boar and they’ve been together ever since. As a married couple, Randy and Louisa rented 80 acres of land in California to raise pigs. Enter Green Acres production…Randy and Louisa were approached by the producers from the studio about the possibility of renting some of their pigs to play the part of Arnold Ziffel in their new sitcom.

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The pigs needed to be given an IQ test and required training to do the tricks that were required of Arnold for the television show. As you might guess, the pigs were trained using treats as their reward for completing the trick! (While talking with Louisa about the Green Acres television show, she said that females were not allowed on the set at that time, so her husband had to sit with the pigs while they were on set recording the program!) Ok, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…What do Caldwell Meals on Wheels and the 1960’s sitcom Green Acres Have in Common? The answer is Louisa Cone. Louisa has been a Caldwell Meals on Wheels volunteer for over 40 years. She and her husband, Randy, came to Idaho in 1976, leaving their pig farm and television collaborations behind. They eventually bought property in the Sand Hollow area where they continue to live. Louisa worked for the City of Caldwell and Mayor Al McCluskey. She was instrumental in planning and organizing the Canyon County Centennial celebration and various other community events. Louisa started as a volunteer for Welcome Wagon and a friend asked if she might also be interested in volunteering to deliver meals to elderly community members for the Meals on Wheels program. Louisa delivered meals for 11 years before a leg injury made it too difficult to continue with deliveries. She then began serving as a Meals on Wheels board member and continues in that capacity today. It was such a pleasure to talk with Louisa about her life experiences (way too many for one article!) and to honor her 45 years of commitment to the Caldwell Meals on Wheels program. I’m confident that I speak for many when I thank her for her service to our community!


August 2021


Knitting Like a Gangster

I was about eight years old when we moved into the house. It was a typical suburban home with three bedrooms and two baths, a simple backyard, and a nice maple tree out front. From the outside, the house offered nothing out of the ordinary, or spectacular. But for my family, inside lay a door to a glorious world we had only heard rumors about. Lucy Pevensie opened a wardrobe to discover a mystical world filled with lions, witches, and polar bears oh my! But all my father did was plug in our boxy television set to discover something far grander than Narnia: cable television! The previous renters had foolishly left in the middle of the month, leaving behind two weeks of free premium programming. Until that moment, I had only seen a few films, every VeggieTales VHS that had been released to that point, and Wheel of Fortune when we were living with my grandparents. Now, my family and I stared, hypnotized by the plethora of channels and shows. My mother quickly started buying VHS tapes and we began recording as much as we could, knowing the two weeks would soon run out, and we would be forced to go back to the four free channels. But as you may be aware, once you’ve been bitten by the cable bug, you can never go back. Like any addiction, we wanted more and more! Somehow, my mother convinced my father to scrimp and save and have a satellite dish installed on our roof. More VHS tapes were bought, more programs were taped, watched, then taped over with new programming. Room was made in the laundry room closet for the collection, and before we knew it, tapes began to stack to

the ceiling. With each tape labeled with a sharpie, my mother began to build a collection rivaling our local library! My father finally confronted my mother with her addiction, claiming that there “must be 100 tapes in that closet.” My mother scoffed at this outrageous number and demanded a count that instant to discover the actual number. My brothers and I were selected as the neutral third-party counters, and my mother (ever the homeschooling mom) forced us to do math on a Saturday. When all the tapes were counted, then recounted like ballots in a local election, my mother was embarrassed to learn that there were exactly 97 tapes. In public school, a substitute teacher might throw in a movie during class, but a homeschool mother takes it one step further and sees every movie or tv show as a teaching opportunity. We saw just about everything The History Channel aired from 2001-2005. TV Land was our drama class. CMT was our music class. TLC was home economics. But there was one channel that rose high above the others…Turner Classic Movies. Seeing Robert Osborne walk towards the camera and set the stage for the next classic movie was my film school. I’m not afraid to admit that I got a little teary-eyed when I heard of his passing a few years back. He was such an integral part of my childhood! He is the reason I have an appreciation for the “Golden Age of Hollywood,” he’s the reason I want to pursue a career in film, and he is the reason I learned how to knit. Well, he and Cary Grant. Not every eight-yearold boy watches a gangster movie and walks away with a

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desire to learn how to knit, but that was my experience when I first saw the war-time film Mr. Lucky starring Cary Grant and Laraine Day. The film is about a gambler/crime boss named Joe Adams, who has just been drafted for the Second World War and he is trying desperately to get out of it. He finds a way out in the most unexpected places—the death of his employee Joe Bascopolous. Bascopolous also received a draft notice, but he was deemed “4-F” or physically unfit. Cary Grant decides to switch places with the dead man and continue his life of crime under his new alias. This was a risky move in 1943. While America was at war, RKO Pictures showed one of Hollywood’s greatest leading men as a draft dodger. We follow Cary Grant as he attempts to raise enough money before his gambling ship financially sinks. However, with the war going on, few citizens are interested in wasting money on cards and dice. In a bold move, he persuades the local war relief department to team up with him for a fundraiser event where he will provide the gambling tables, slot machines, and blackjack dealers. Cary Grant is at his slickest in this movie as he sweet talks his way into the hearts of the good-natured women at the war relief, even sitting down to knit socks for soldiers. He even enjoys knitting so much, that he brings his henchmen back the next day to learn the skill. These are some of my favorite scenes as Cary Grant boasts about his knitting, saying “you should see me pearl!” There was something

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about watching suave, tough Cary Grant knitting with those ladies that impacted me. I wanted to be a gangster who walked around with loaded dice, a roll of dimes in my pocket in case of a fistfight, and an almost lethal amount of luck. Somehow, I thought knitting was taking the first step. So, for what is quite possibly the manliest reason ever, I learned how to knit. My mother bought some yarn and knitting needles and began to teach me the interwoven mysteries of knitting. I can just picture myself now, sitting on the carpet, knitting away—all the time, seeing myself as a gangster from the 1940s. But to everyone else, I was just some scrawny boy with the interests of a female octogenarian. It did allow me to have unique conversations with all the old ladies at church. “What brand of yarn do you use?” “That’s an interesting pattern!” “Do you have any sug-

gestions? I have troubles with my edges.” This is just one of the many examples of why I am grateful my parents homeschooled me. I never got very good at knitting, and the phase probably lasted a few weeks—if that. It’s not a skill I would place on my resume, but my parents always encouraged me to try whatever intrigued me and just let me be myself. That is the beauty of a customizable education. Whatever we were interested in, my parents would use it to help us learn new things every day. Be it baseball, animals, computers, you name it. No matter how odd the obsession, as long as it wasn’t harmful, we had the freedom to explore it to our heart’s content. Sure, I got a few jokes from my brothers about knitting, but nothing mean-spirited. Would my peers at school have treated me the same way? Well, if you went to school, you probably know the answer to that.


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Idaho Inferno Soccer Club Team Wins National Championship by Chelsea Wilson, City of Caldwell Communications Specialist

The Idaho Inferno Soccer Club U16 girls team won the National Championship match on Sunday July 11th against Haverford SC U16 (PA) 4-1. The Inferno U16 girls won all four of the tournament matches. The 2021 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup was held in Des Moines, Iowa “We couldn’t be more proud of what these young women have accomplished,” said Ryan Porter, President of the Idaho Inferno Soccer Club. “Their hard work and dedication has taken them to a level that no other Inferno team Many of you while walking at a local Park may have seen people throwing Disc’s (Frisbee’s to us old timers) at Baskets placed throughout the park. This is what is known as Disc Golf! I will start with a brief sum-

has ever reached.” Craig Warner, Executive Director of the Idaho Youth Soccer Association said, “This is a great milestone for Idaho Youth Soccer. The City of Caldwell and the entire Idaho soccer community should be very proud.” The team is coached by Patrick Caceres and assisted by Sam Lungren. The Idaho Inferno Soccer Club is a non-profit organization that consists of competitive and recreational soccer players based in Caldwell. The major club sponsor is Idaho Central Credit Union.


August 2021

Caldwell Kiwanis Celebrate 100 Years Active Service in the Community

by Joseph Palmer

Caldwell Kiwanis will be celebrating 100 years of active service in the community and 70 years of operating the Chuckwagon during Rodeo Week supporting the Caldwell Nights Rodeo! To celebrate this milestone, Kiwanis will continue the tradition of raising funds selling sweet corn donated by the Crookham Company and promoting literacy in partnership with Rediscovered Books. The Chuckwagon will be open August 17 - 20 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM serving Crookham sweet corn, pulled pork sandwiches, and sides. The event will be hosted at the College of Idaho off Cleveland Blvd. Cash and credit cards will be accepted with proceeds going to support local organizations and youth. Rediscovered Books will be

onsite where customers can purchase books to donate to Caldwell Public School libraries to support the Kiwanis mission to promote literacy in Caldwell. Kiwanis President and YMCA Executive Director Erik Bullock is excited to reunite with Crookham Company and partner with Rediscovered Books for Caldwell Night Rodeo!. “The energy and excitement for Caldwell Night Rodeo are at an all-time high. This is the week where our community provides great hospitality to the rodeo athletes, local and out-of-state guests, and creates opportunities of service to others. The Caldwell Kiwanis Club members are excited to continue the traditions of the Chuckwagon and serve the best sweet corn there is, provided by Crookham Company. We invite everyone

Our Disc Golf Scene – A Westside Story mary of how this game works, as well as some local history of the game. First off it has similarities to Ball Golf, in that many terms are shared, such as Par, Birdie, Eagle, Ace etc. Also like ball golf, where each golf club has a purpose; each

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disc has a unique purpose as well. There are Putters, Mid-Range, Fairway Drivers, and Distance Drivers. Also, the Disc’s come in different weights and types of plastics, similar to golf balls and clubs that have different materials, and hardness’, as well as shapes all affecting the flight characteristics. One big difference between the two games is how the disc vs. ball is set in motion. There are many throwing methods in DG including, Backhand, Forehand, Thumbers, Grenades, Flex, Rollers, Hyser and Anhyser shots. So without getting into detail on these, just know that each one affects the flight of the Disc. Enough of that! Let’s get to the story I have to share with you all. Our wonderful little City of Caldwell is home to World Champion Sarah Hokom who

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was raised here, and whose parents still reside here in Caldwell. My wife and I had the pleasure of getting to know as well as spend time on course with Sarah while she spent a couple months at home during the C19 shutdown last summer. I had done 12 interviews with local pros during the shutdown last year, and Sarah was a part of that series. The Professional Disc Golf Association or P.D.G.A. shutdown last year then reopened slowly with no fans, similar to all other Pro/Am sport venues. Currently Disc Golf is one of the fastest growing sport in the world! Sarah is one of only two World Champion DG players from the Treasure valley, with the second being World Amateur Champion Dave Linger who resides in Boise. There are many other local pros also that have work and family ties that for the most part keep them competing mainly in the western states. Caldwell ID has a course at Mallard Park near Lake Lowell that was co-designed by Sarah Hokom, and is one of the three toughest courses in the valley. The title of this article leads me to tell you the main reason

to come out and be part of a longstanding community tradition.” We hope to see you there as we celebrate 100 years of Caldwell Kiwanis and their service in the community!

by Dan Solari, Board of Directors Secretary

I wrote this piece. I am proud to be involved as a Board member as the acting secretary for the Treasure Valley Disc Golf Club or T.V.D.G. whose goal is to raise awareness of this amazing game and by focusing on the west side of the valley, We are the newest club in the valley and are currently going through the process of becoming a nonprofit organization and have already had the application accepted and will be reviewed by local officials. Carolina Halstead is our President as well as a sponsored Pro, who played in the World Championships held in Ogden Utah recently. We hold monthly board meetings with the focus on ways to give everyone regardless of abilities or age a chance to become involved with this family friendly game. This involves things such as league or as we call them ‘Mini’s’ where we hold weeknight rounds Monday through Wednesday currently that began in April of this year. You can go to Face book or Twitter and search for tvdg or also go to our site for details. Continued on page 15


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The events range from open play to free clinics for those starting out, or others wanting to advance their game skills. The weekly events are held at different parks, including those in the east end of the valley, in order to give more people a chance to get involved. We hope you take the time to look further into what we stand for as an organization whose mission is to get people outside sharing time with family and friends while enjoying the beauty that surrounds us all in the Treasure valley. Don’t feel that you are too old to join in, since my wife and I just started our DG adventure in April of 2019 just after retiring, and are both State/Master champions in our age group divisions and are current pdga members as well, and compete throughout the state, as well as Washington and Texas this season. We hope to see you on course in the near future! Let’s grow this game!


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