December 2019 Caldwell Perspective

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Edition 60 l DECEMBER 2019

GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE THIS CHRISTMAS EVE Pg. 4 “WE ALWAYS WANTED A FLAG” Pg. 6 WALDORF BUILDING THEN AND NOW Pg. 8 RUSTY TO RUSTIC Pg. 9 A LIONEL CHRISTMAS Pg. 11 Caldwell City Council Mike Pollard read the Proclaimation issued by Mayor Nancolas

November 20th Declared R&M Steel Day for their 50 Years of Excellence

by Michael Hensel, Caldwell Perspective

Fifty years of excellence! For those of us that have started and run a business that level of success is what we dream of. Fifty years of riding the economic waves up and down, finding and hiring great employees, training them to be better employees, making sales, satisfying customers, outliving our mistakes, capitalizing on our hard work and slowly building something that will last long beyond our short time on this planet. Building a legacy! Rob Roberts established R&M Steel in the Treasure Valley in August 1969, the

company has enjoyed robust growth through the years maintaining economic viability through the inevitable challenges to the economy. They strive to provide the highest quality metal buildings on the market and have proven the value of their commitment by becoming a world wide provider of pre-engineered metal buildings. The advantages of an R&M designed building include a reasonable initial cost, energy efficiency with easy insulation, low maintenance, and a long life roof system. While metal

Among the attendees were L to R: Geoff Williams (Caldwell Police Department Chaplain, Lori LaRoche (Canyon County Coroners Office), Chris Allgood (Caldwell City Councilman), Adam Matthews (Caldwell Police Department)

buildings are well known for their functionality, they are also becoming remarkably attractive as new innovations and building techniques contribute to modern low profile buildings and attractive multi-rib panels. Computer design and plant manufacturing with continuous inspection insures quality and contributes to the quick turnaround time leading to fast delivery and easy installation. The wide range of sizes coupled with easy expansion with minimal material loss along with the fact that they can be dismantled and reassembled adds to their versatility and economic viability. You can add sky lights and couple your design with masonry and other wall material to enhance the look and functionality of the perfect building for you and or your business. A myriad of designs that will leave you astonished are available on the R&M website, you can play with the available colors and construct a building that you can be proud of. Look

at the gallery and enjoy the many buildings and places they have been installed. Truth be told, there are many successful businesses in Caldwell. What makes R&M Steel stand out is their many contributions to the community. They have gone above and beyond with their generosity that makes all of our lives a little better and enhances our little town in ways that we appreciate even if we’re not aware of precisely why. Chris Allgood of the Caldwell City Council and former Chief of Police tells the story of the city needing a building to house some of the Parks and Recreation activities near the city pool. He stopped by R&M to visit with them about possible ideas and get an idea of what the cost would be, what site prep would entail, availability, time frame for construction, etc. All the questions one would have in the beginning of bringing a proposal before the city council. Long story short, he walked out with the

promise of a building that had already been put together and was sitting on R&M property at no cost to the city. With all this and more in mind, the city and Mayor

R & M Steel owners, Rob and Nancy Roberts at the 50th Recognition Luncheon.

Nancolas issued a proclamation declaring November 20 as R&M Steel day in Caldwell. A fitting and special tribute to one of Caldwells finest corporate citizens.

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December 2 11 AM-2 PM: “Cider Monday” sample Peaceful Bellys Stack Rock Cider and visit the new store, Rediscovered Books, 802 Arthur St. 5:15 PM: Meet Me Monday, Caldwell Recreation Center, 504 Grant St. 7-8:30 PM: City Council Meeting, CPD Community Room, 110 5th Ave. December 3 11 AM: Conversation Club, Caldwell Public Library, 1010 Dearborn St. 5:30 PM: Caldwell Fine Arts: Clara’s Tea Party, C of I, Langroise Recital Hall,, 2112 Cleveland Blvd. Tickets: www. or 208-459-5275. 6-8 PM: Educator Open House with wine, food, instore giveaways, and BOOKS! Bring in your teachers ID for an in-store discount. Rediscovered Books, 802 Arthur St. 7 PM: Caldwell Fine Arts: The Nutcracker, a Eugene Ballet Company, Toni Pimble Artistic Director performance, C of I, Jewett Auditorium, 2112 Cleveland Blvd. Tickets: or 208-459-5275. December 4 Caldwell School District - Early Release

December 4 (continued) 5:30 PM: Caldwell Fine Arts: Clara’s Tea Party, C of I, Langroise Recital Hall,, 2112 Cleveland Blvd. Tickets: www. or 208-459-5275. 7 PM: Caldwell Fine Arts: The Nutcracker, C of I, Jewett Auditorium, 2112 Cleveland Blvd. Tickets: or 208-459-5275. December 5 11 AM-4 PM: Caldwell Model Railroad Club Open House, Free admission. 809 Dearborn St. 11:30 AM, 2 PM, 4:30 PM & 7 PM: Caldwell Fine Arts: Clara’s Tea Party, C of I, Langroise Recital Hall,, 2112 Cleveland Blvd. Tickets: www. or 208-459-5275. 1 PM & 6 PM: Caldwell Fine Arts: The Nutcracker Jr., C of I, Jewett Auditorium, 2112 Cleveland Blvd. Tickets: www. or 208-459-5275. 7-8:30 PM: Author Talk: Rebecca Scofield, Outsides: Rodeo of the Frignes of the American West. Free and open to public. Books available to purchase. Rediscovered Books, 802 Arthur St.

December 6 6-11 PM: Brave Hearts Night at Indian Creek Steakhouse, come enjoy great food, dancing, drinks, and door prizes. All money raised will support Idaho Veterans. Indian Creek Steakhouse, 711 Main Street. December 7 12-4 PM: Caldwell Train Depot Open House, Caldwell Train Depot, 701 Main Street. 1 PM: Children’s Christmas Party, children 3 years to 6th grade invited to celebrate the season with games, crafts, stories, songs, and dessert. New Covenant Baptist Church, 624 Lake Lowell, Nampa ID 83686, email to register. 2 PM: Pokemon Club, Caldwell Public Library, 1010 Dearborn St. 6 PM: 17 th Annual Treasure Valley Night Light Parade - Christmas in Toyland! Parade route from Blaine & Georgia to Blaine & 5th. 6-8 PM: 3rd Annual Kayaking Indian Creek Christmas Lights, decorated kayaks floating through the Christmas Lights on Indian Creek, Indian Creek Plaza.

December 8 12-6 PM: Inkspots Calligraphy Guild and Holiday music. Calligraphy demonstrations, Rediscovered Books, 802 Arthur St. 3-4 PM: Inkspots Calligraphy Guild and Holiday music. 2 flutes and a cello, Rediscovered Books, 802 Arthur St. December 9 5:15 PM: Meet Me Monday, Caldwell Recreation Center, 504 Grant St. 7 PM: Urban Renewal Agency Meeting, CPD Community Room, 110 S 5th Ave. December 10 11:15 AM-1 PM: Noonbreak Luncheon, College of Idaho, Simplot Dining Hall. RSVP, 208459-7493. 12-1 PM: The Canyon County Republican Women’s monthly meeting, Golden Palace at 703 Main St. Questions? Call Tracey Wasden 208-412-2602. 2 PM: Homeschool Bookclub, Caldwell Public Library, 1010 Dearborn St. 6:30 PM: A Night to Remember: A celebration of rememberance, Flahiff Chapels and Crematory, 624 Cleveland Blvd, 208-459-0833.

December 10 (continued) 6:30 PM: Emergency Preparedness & Winter Prep - Adulting 101 (ages 15+), Caldwell Public Library, 1010 Dearborn St. 7-8:30 PM: Author Talk: Troy Lambert and Stuart Gustafson, Wicked West: Books 1-5 of the Capital Music Murder series. Free, books available for purchase. Rediscovered Books, 802 Arthur St. December 11 Caldwell School District - Early Release 11 AM: Caldwell Class of 1968 will meet at Stewarts Bar and Grill for no host luncheon. Call Bill Ward at 208-250-0626. 11:30 AM-1 PM: Rediscovered Books Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting, find a good book, enjoy refreshments and take a tour! 802 Arthur Street. 5:30 PM: Caldwell Ramblers RV Club: 6 PMMeeting, Mr. V’s Rau 208-697-1357. 6:30-8:30 PM: Santa at the Music Shop. Live music and giveaways! American Music, 2912 Cleveland Blvd. Come meet Santa and get your photo! Special gift for each child.

December 12 10-11 AM: Mommy & Me, free class for preschoolers (age 3-5) and their mothers to get them ready for school, New Covenant Baptist Church, 624 Lake Lowell, Nampa ID 83686, class size limited - email reservation to 11 AM-4 PM: Caldwell Model Railroad Club Open House, Free admission. 809 Dearborn St. 2 PM: Thursday Afternoon Read: Reading Lolita in Tehran, Caldwell Public Library, 1010 Dearborn St. 4:30-7 PM: Business After Hours Holiday Party, West Valley Medical Complex, 1906 Fairview Ave, Suite 440. 7 PM: Southwestern Idaho Birders Association presenting, “Making Connections between Ferruginous Hawks, Anticoagulant Rodenticides, and Human Interactions held at the Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Rd at the corner of Roosevelt Ave. and Indiana Ave. Calendar Continued on Page 3

December 2019

3rd Annual Operation Snowflake December 7th 3rd Annual Operation Snowflake Heroes at the Idaho Veterans Garden, to Honor Heroes. Bring by your snowflakes to hang between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free Community Lunch will be served. The Rebel Legion, 501st Legion and Mandalorian Mercs. will be on hand between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to visit and take pictures with Star Wars fans. Snowflakes can be made from paper/plastic/metal/ wood or any type of snowflake you wish. If you are cutting out paper snowflakes and can get them laminated it would help them a great deal as paper snowflakes will not hold up well to the elements if they are not laminated first. Please put a first name on your snowflakes if possible. You can even include a little note on your snowflakes. Examples: Thank you, Merry Christmas, You are My Hero, Who your snowflake honors, etc. Snowflakes can also be mailed to: Idaho Veterans Garden, 305 W. Belmont Street, Caldwell, Idaho 83605. They hope to make this the Best Showing Of the American Spirit during the Holidays. Bring a little joy to those who have given so much.

Our Community December 12 (continued) 7-8:30 PM: Author Talk: Alan Minskoff, Idaho Traveler. Free, books available for purchase. Rediscovered Books, 802 Arthur St. December 14 9:30 AM: Ugly Sweater 5K Run/ Walk around and through Whittenberger Park, sign up at December 16 5:15 PM: Meet Me Monday, Caldwell Recreation Center, 504 Grant St. 7-8:30 PM: City Council Meeting, CPD Community Room, 110 S 5th Ave. 7:30 PM: Caldwell Centennial Band, “A Very Merry Christmas Concert,” Jewett Auditorium, College of Idaho. Special features: Inspired dance Premiere Dance Company and vocalist Jeannie Marie. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door, children ages 6 and under free. December 17 12 PM: Native Daughters of Idaho meeting and potluck, Faith Evanglical Lutheran Church, 2915 S. Montana. Speaker from the Salvation Army to follow. Come and join us, questions: 208-459-1235. 6:30 PM: Adult Board Games, Flying M Coffeeshop, 724 Arthur St. December 18 Caldwell School District - Early Release 8-9:30 AM: Coffee Connect, Clarity Credit Union, 805 E Cleveland Blvd. 9-11 AM: Customer Service Seminar with David K. Aaker, IOM. Chamber Members $30, potential


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Chamber Members $40, The Best Western Plus Caldwell Inn & Suites, 908 Specht Avenue. December 19 8 AM-5 PM: Leadership Caldwell Economic Development 2 PM: Computer Basics, Caldwell Public Library, 1010 Dearborn St. 6:30 PM: CPL Board of Trustees Meeting, Caldwell Public Library, 1010 Dearborn St. December 21 6-10 PM: Winter Solstice Market, holiday shopping and treats, Indian Creek Plaza, 120 S Kimball Ave. December 23 5:15 PM: Meet Me Monday, Caldwell Recreation Center, 504 Grant St. December 24 9 AM-2:15 PM: David Johnson Memorial Blood Drive, Church of Christ, 4012 S. 10th, Caldwell. Make an online appointment at: Or Call the Red Cross at: 1-800-7332767. 3 PM: Caldwell Airport Cafe Special Christmas Dinner for those in need, sponsored by the Caldwell Veterans Council held at the Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall, 1101 Cleveland Blvd. RSVP: Becky 208-459-4428. December 25

December 30 5:15 PM: Meet Me Monday, Caldwell Recreation Center, 504 Grant St. January 1, 2020

December Library Programs 1010 Dearborn St. 208-459-3242 (no class on Dec 23 or Dec 30 Holiday Break) Monday 10:30 AM: Baby N’ Me (Ages 0-1) Lap-sit storytime with stories, songs, rhymes and games 11 AM: Baby N’ Me (Ages 1-2) Lapsit storytime with stories, songs, rhymes and games 4:30 PM: Family Fun (all ages) Create. Build. Together.

Tuesday 10:30 AM:Preschool Storytime (Ages 2-5) Stories, songs, and rhymes Wednesday 10:30 AM:Preschool Storytime (Ages 2-5) Stories, songs, and rhymes 11:15 AM: Music and Movement (ages 2-5) Sing, dance, use rhythm instruments, get rockin’ with this boisterous program series 4:30 PM: Tween Scene (ages 9-12) Activities, crafts and games Thursday 4:30 PM: Teen Thursday (ages 1318) Activites, crafts and games Friday 10 AM: Tai Chi - mindful, holistic exercise for overall health & wellbeing

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December 2019

Caldwell Rotary Club President Aaron Buck invites you to give the “gift of life” on Tuesday, Christmas Eve Day, December 24th between 9am-2:15pm at the Church of Christ (4012 S. 10th, Caldwell). You can call 1-800-733-2767 to make your appointment or make it online at: . If you need help locating the scheduling link, you may call Carole Munn at (208) 459-1423. You can avoid the 20 minutes it takes to read the blood donor information during the event prior to your appointment by going to that same website on the day of your appointment by clicking on “Rapid Pass” to read it. This year’s blood donation goal is 70 pints. This is one of the most important gifts that you can give during

this holiday season as there is an increased need for blood during this time of year. This annual Christmas blood drive began in 1985, in memory of past Caldwell Rotary Club member, David Johnson, who died on Christmas Eve in 1984. Johnson, who was 40 years old at the time, was severely injured at his business, ACE Supply Inc. He was unhooking a scraper from his vintage John Deere tractor, which he had been using to scrape snow from parking lots at the College of Idaho. It was a Sunday afternoon, and he was alone, and by the time he was found, he had lost a large amount of blood. On that Christmas Eve, Caldwell Rotarians lined the halls of Caldwell Memorial Hospital (now known as West Valley Medical Center) to do-

nate blood in Johnson’s name to help save his life. Unfortunately Johnson did not survive and ever since then, Caldwell Rotary Club has joined with the Red Cross to have this annual blood drawing. This Christmas Eve blood drive, not only to honors David Johnson, but also brings attention to the increased need for blood during the holiday season. Give the “Gift of Life!” Donate blood during this holiday season! One of the best gifts you can give!

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Rotary Invites You to Give the Gift of Life! Donate Blood on December 24th

Caldwell Rotary President, Aaron Buck

David Johnson Memorial Blood Drive Tues, December 24th, 9am-2:15pm Church of Christ, 4012 S. 10th, Caldwell, ID Online appt: Or Call Red Cross at: 1-800-733-2767

Caldwell Police Department Announce the Caldwell Police Department’s Annual Shop With A Cop Event-December 7th Chief Wyant and his officers will meet at Mr. V’s restaurant (407 N 10th Ave., Caldwell) to be paired up with their shop-


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December 2019 A s consumers, we watch the cyclical nature of the holidays wax and w a n e year after year in every store. Before the pumpkin decorations are even put away, Christmas stockings are for sale. Why? Because consumers like a head start. In fact, 43% of buyers start their holiday shopping in November, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). Some, however, already started while things were still spooky, with 39% of consumers holiday shopping in September and October. At Better Business Bureau


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since 2016. And, as we’re merrily shopping, scammers are cooking up new tactics to steal money and personal information. Follow these tips from BBB NW+P to ensure you shop smart this holiday season: Look out for email phishing: This time of year, expect to get a ton of promotional advertising in your inbox. But be careful not to open any emails from senders you don’t recognize. To check, hover over the email address to verify the domain name matches the company name. Also, hover over any links in the email to ensure you’re being directed to a legitimate website before clicking. Ask about return policies: Understand that returning and exchanging is a privilege, not a legal right. Laws

on returning vary by state and, of course, by company. Make sure you read these policies before buying. Also, with all the gift-giving, always opt for gift receipts to make it easy for your friends and family to return, exchange or receive store credit if they need to. Beware of shipping timeframes and thieves: Federal law requires that orders made by phone, mail or online be shipped by the date promised or within 30 days if no delivery time was stated. If goods are not shipped on time, shoppers can demand a refund. Be sure to check with the U.S. Postal Service to understand their timelines and delivery expectations, which they outline in detail every year. Also beware of “porch pirates” – these are

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Oh Say Does That Star Spangled Banner Yet Wave

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by Chantele Hensel, Caldwell Perspective Publisher

True patriots of this wonderful country Bob and Janet Easley, Caldwell residents dearly love our American flag and had always dreamt of having a flag pole at their home to honor the many service men and women who serve/served this great nation. Bob did not get to see the dream come true or the smile on Janet’s face when Warren Burch, Randy Jensen and Jeff Davis arrived at her home 10 a.m. that Saturday morning with her permanent flagpole to be installed. After 2 hours of assembly the ol’ red, white and blue was raised up the pole for all to admire. Janet had made the comment to Warren Burch and Chuck Hardy, who deliver meals for the Caldwell Meals-on-Wheels program in Caldwell, that she would really, really like to have a flag at her home. Mr. Warren Burch, a Navy veteran looked at Janet and said, “we can make that happen.” Upon leaving Janet’s home Warren Burch contacted Terry Harrell, chariman of the Caldwell Veterans’ Memorial Hall (CMVH), and without hesitation Mr. Harrell wrote a letter to Lowe’s requesting a flag pole kit. Lowe’s, a great supporter

of our veterans both locally and abroad jumped at the opportunity to help Janet Easley and provided a complete kit to make this dream come true, at no cost. “My sincere thanks goes out to Warren Burch, Chuck Hardy, Randy Jensen, Jeff Davis, Terry Harrell and Lowe’s. Thank you, all of you so much,” says Janet Easley.

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December 2019

“Letters To Mama”

I am so proud to announce that I am the mama of one of the latest United States of America Paratroopers. Communication through Airborne school was difficult, the weather kept the platoons on standby waiting for the right conditions to complete the 5 jumps required to graduate airborne school. The first three jumps were after nightfall, while impressive to us, routine to them, as they would most likely be dropped at night time into a conflict to reduce visibility. I was thankful that there were mamas who lived close enough to the base that they could go and wait for the plane to capture live footage. One of the mamas, was a beyond mom, meaning her son had already completed the training but she went to the base drop site to help those of us who could not be there ourselves. I had watched the videos over and over by the time I had the chance to visit with my Garrett and learn that he was the first to jump from the fifth and final qualifying jump. I am one of the few parents who can actually pick out their “Waldo” exiting on any of the jumps. I asked Garrett, “how was it? Was it scary?” Garrett replied with, “It was like riding a roller coaster, until... you are the first one at the door waiting for the signal. There is too much time to stare down at the ground and the engine close by.” Garrett has finished his training at Fort Benning and has since arrived at Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he will be tested further in an effort to be accepted into the special forces training of the United States Army. At this moment he anxiously waits to report to his unit in which he will first request time to come home to get married and have some recoup time before the next phase of training that will push him even more physically and mentally. I like to think he gets his perseverance and determination from me; or stubbornness (you say tomato; I say tomatoe). Remember in September, I had the pleasure of spending family weekend with Gar-

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rett and his battle buddy, Mills from Montana. Mills and Garrett were together through basic, AIT (advanced individual training), and airborne school. It was upon graduation from airborne school that the two said good-bye for the first time in 18 weeks. I received a note from Mills that read, “I wanted to write earlier, but we were busy last week and my next stop has me running all over the place. It’s going well. We graduated Friday and all our jumps went really well. It was fun, the time I spent jumping with Garrett. He was the best since he always met it head on. He was one of the first guys out the door and didn’t hesitate at all. I’m going to miss having him by my side as I go to my next training. I appreciate you and wish you well!!” It was a nice sentiment and I know Mills is going to make a great ranger. Upon Garretts arrival at Fort Benning, NC we did learn that he will be sent out for his first deployment in April. Please pray for our troops. Up to this point it been a roller coaster of emotions to watch Garrett earn an assortment of patches for his accomplishments; his blue infantry cord, his cross rifle pin and now his airborne wings. It’s about to get real. I will keep you posted. I am looking forward to, “boots in the house”, that’s a major photo and time for mamas of soldiers. Guess what the next month photo will be in my article?

Military Spotlight: Service Flags

The Service Flag is authorized by the Department of Defense for families with members serving in the military. These flags are also commonly referred to Sonin-Service flags, Blue star flags and gold star flags. Each blue star represents a family member serving. A gold star on the flag represents a military family member that was killed in action or died in service. These flags would hang in the front windows of houses. The flag was created dur-

ing WW1 by an officer in the Ohio infantry who had two sons serving on the front lines. The use of a gold star started when mothers of fallen sons put a gold star on their black mourning arm band. From this, the tradition of covering the blue star with the gold one came about. Service flags were not only used by families, but by churches and organizations as well. It was not uncommon for a very large banner with dozens of stars on it representing church members,

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or members of an organization, hanging inside a church or building. These too would have gold stars stitched over the blue ones where a member had been killed. Along with the Service Flags are service flag pins. They are simple pins that look exactly like their cloth counterparts. There is also a Gold Star Lapel Pin, which represents family members killed in action. This is not to be confused with the Next of Kin Deceased Personnel Lapel pin which represents family member who died while in service but not in an armed conflict. Service flags continued into WW2 and are used today as well. Typically, they are displayed during times of war. The Service Flags, the Service Flag Pins and both Lapel Pins are a reminder of the difficulty families face when loved ones are deployed and the heartache when those members are lost in the cause of freedom and service to our country. Stop by D&J Enterprises to see some of our Service Flags and Service Flag pins.

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December 2019


2019 College of Idaho Yote Chili Cook-Off Results and Event–November 9th

First Place: Janet Alcott

Second Place: Kyle Ludwig

photos and article by Michael Hensel

Third Place: Lisa Gabiola-Weitz

West Valley Receives Eleventh Consecutive ‘A’ in Safety Review West Valley Medical Center has received its eleventh consecutive “A” grade in the biannual Hospital Safety Grades published by The Leapfrog Group. West Valley is one of only four hospitals in Idaho to achieve this designation, which recognizes exceptional performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. Hospitals that earn top grades consistently meet 28 evidence-based, national measures. “We are committed to making sure our hospital offers premier service to our patients. Safety is the most important attribute, which is why I’m proud of our continued achievement of the ‘A’ Safety Grade,” Betsy Hunsicker, West Val-

ley Medical Center chief executive officer said. “I congratulate our physicians and staff on this testament to their teamwork, dedication, clinical excellence and focus on our patients.” The “A” grade for fall 2019 is a continuation of West Valley’s record of top honors from The Leapfrog Group. Since the first Hospital Safety Grade review in 2012, the hospital has achieved 14 “A” grades — the most of any facility in Idaho. “‘A’ hospitals show us their leadership is protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at ev-

ery level – from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this A.” Several initiatives contribute to the high level of patient safety at West Valley Medical Center, including a multidisciplinary safety committee as well as several safety programs to improve patient outcomes and enhance each patient’s personal experience. Additionally, West Valley and HCA Healthcare’s Sepsis Predication and Optimization of Therapy (SPOT) is helping clinicians detect sepsis up to 18 hours sooner. The algorithm-driven, real-time sepsis alert system has been called a “smoke detector

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December 2019

Waldorf Building Downtown Caldwell Restoration

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by Michael Hensel, Caldwell Perspective

Beginning of the restoration project from the Plaza looking at the backside of the Waldorf Building. The building to the left had been restored previously by Darrell Dice Masonry for the Indian Creek Plaza, Destination Caldwell.

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes of years of neglect, the restoration of downtown Caldwell continues with the work that Darrell Dice Masonry is completing on the Waldorf Building. The restoration of a brick building is much more complicated than just taking a pressure washer and cleaning them up. Several of the bricks have to be removed by grinding out the joints with a diamond bit. The bricks that can be salvaged are then turned around so the non-weathered side is out and re-grouted in place. Then a cleaning process using ground, recycled glass was incorporated producing a finished product that looks clean and new although still maintaining the original architecture and design. Darrell has been doing masonry work since 1958 and started his own company in 1977. He has been involved in the restoration of multiple buildings in the valley through the years and has several processes in his arsenal including a sponge wash system. His son Dion Dice and employee Billy Gallia are is a locally owned working hard and are anxious to continue and operated monthly to build upon the stellar reputation the community newspaper company has in the restoration community. published by ML Hensel Publishing, LLC. According to local historians Madeline Our circulation is 14,500, Buckendorf and Chuck Randolph: This the best vehicle to deliver building, constructed between 1906 and your message in Caldwell! 1908, housed a post office, a telephone exchange, and a cigar and stationary store. It Chantele Hensel was known as the Post Office Block. Later 208-899-6374 Publisher/Advertising the Waldorf Cigar Store and Tavern were

View of the newly restored Waldorf building from the Indian Creek Plaza complete with new windows installed.

Mid-point in the restoration project. located here. The second floor featured residential apartments. The distinctive feature of this brick building is the geometric design between the top of the second story and its windows, consisting of a recessed brick design set in an angular fan-like pattern. The 1982 nomination form for listing on the National Register of Historic Places adds: The simple molded cornice is surmounted by two corner and one central brick parapet extensions. Directly beneath it is an arcade of blind arches in a stepped corbel table. Second-story windows are paired under segmental arches and outlined by spaced indentations. We are fortunate to be witnessing a remarkable rebirth of downtown Caldwell, while any undertaking of this size will have its share of controversy and we’re still a long way from declaring it a success, the efforts of a large group of talented people should be recognized and applauded.

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Rusty to Rustic

The Indian Creek Plaza Ford F-2 with the original rust.

The body was dented and rusted throughout.

Broken Window.

by Michael Hensel, Caldwell Perspective

Mid-point of the restoration. All repairs had been made and fresh white paint.

Inaugural Christmas Display in the center of the Indian Creek Plaza Ice Skating Ribbon.

The New Rust.

Making the new look old.

Normally when you think about restoring an old truck your plans are to make it look good as new, with it being a personal preference as to whether you restore it to stock condition or make upgrades. The process is long and complicated and normally involves taking it apart all the way down to a bare frame to insure you have examined and repaired every part. You painstakingly remove all the rust, either by sanding or replacing the affected part, painting each piece as you reassemble and replace.

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logo gives it a fun “Back to the Future” nuance which highlights the creativity of all involved. The pickup is on the plaza and part of the Christmas display. Stop by and enjoy the masterful work of all those involved.


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December 2019

It’s that time of year again when friends, families and businesses get together to see who can come up with the best float design. The Caldwell Chamber of Commerce Treasure Valley Night Light Parade kicks off its 17th year on Saturday, December 7th at 6:00 p.m. Leading the parade is Caldwell’s finest, Police, Fire and Paramedics and of course Santa will close out the parade. This parade is important for so many reasons. Not just for the community but for economic value as well. Every year Caldwell profits from the 30-40,000

people that arrive to watch the floats go by. Residents come early to enjoy time at Indian Creek Plaza spending time ice skating, or maybe they stop by the local coffee shops for a nice hot cup of coffee or hot cocoa. This is also a great time to think about Christmas shopping at some of our locally owned boutiques. Let us not forget stopping by many of our local restaurants for lunch or dinner. Our larger retail stores profit as well. With nearly 100 floats in the parade businesses such as Walmart, Home Depot,

True Value and others alike profit from everyone buying decorations to create their one of a kind float, and of course all the candy that everyone buys to hand out to the kids. Spectators can take advantage of the many Vendor Trucks along Blaine Street. This year we have Kilted Kod that will be located at Idaho Central Credit Union. Dickie’s Barbecue Pit, Windy’s Whip and Drizzle, Bask, and Cub Scout Pack 276 will be at the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce set up to serve food. Iglesia Damasco will be on the corner of

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2019 Caldwell Night Light Parade-December 7th

Kimball and Blaine. So, if you are looking for something different, we hope you will take advantage of one of these food vendors. The Caldwell Chamber of Commerce looks for-

ward to seeing everyone come and support such a wonderful event. After all who doesn’t love a parade.

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Last year Director Cody “Santa” Peterson ate Christmas cookies throughout the first half of the performance and when he came back after intermission, he had become robustly rotund in size due to overeating. This year Director Cody invited the Inspired Dance Premiere Dance Company to have their cute little dancers perform ballet and hip hop dances to the band’s pieces, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Jingle Bells Forever,” “All I Want for Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride” and the “Nutcracker Suite.” Also joining us this year, Director Cody invited Anna Hurst to do the vocals to the musical selection “Christmas from the ‘50s” with trumpet soloist Frank Hein-

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Caldwell Centennial Band playing in a past Christmas concert in Jewett.

richs and band accompaniment. Last summer Anna won a spot to conduct the band during one of our summer concerts. Also very cute little 7 year-old Lilyana Blake has a speaking part in the song “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.” And Jeannie Marie will also chime in somewhere. There will be lots of fun for all to enjoy on Monday, December 16th, 7:30 p.m. at Jewett Auditorium. Tickets at the door and kids ages 6 and under--Free!

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December 2019


Original Trains From That Christmas Morning

In the 1950’s and early 1960’s electric trains were king when it came to toys for boys and Lionel brand was the top of the line. Lionel trains were also very expensive and for me to own a new one was out of the question. However, in the late summer of 1961, Dad told me Fred Foster, a family friend, had a large Lionel train collection that his kids had outgrown and that he wanted to sell. The deal was that I would have to come up with half of the $50 purchase price. A princely sum for an underemployed 9-year-old. For what was left of the warmer months, I mowed lawns, then delivered newspapers as a substitute carrier, all the while saving milk money from school and whatever other cash I could get. By mid-December I had managed to scrape together $23 and change. Not quite enough but Dad said it was close enough. Next came my first experience with high finance. I handed my jar of money to my Aunt Mimi who gave me a check for $50. This did not seem like a legit deal to me that adults could take real cold hard cash and double it on a special

Various buildings and businesses around the train room

piece of paper. However, I trusted these grownups and after they explained it a little more I went along with their scheme. I spent the time until Christmas looking through the Sears catalog and pondering what the train set would be like. Dad had only described it as “really big” which didn’t qualify it too well but if he said it was “big” that was enough for me. On Christmas Eve Dad picked up the train, loaded it into the back of our ’57 Chevy station wagon and covered it with some blankets. That it took up all the cargo area of the car gave me an idea of how much of it there was. After driving around in the evening looking at the Christmas decorations around town we went to midnight Mass at St. Mary’s. We wouldn’t all fit in the Chevy with the back loaded up with trains so the younger kids stayed home with Aunt Mimi. A little over half way through Mass I feigned sleepiness and asked Dad if I could go nap in the car. I’m sure he had no idea of my plan to sneak a peek under the blankets. Once in the car one thing was clear. It was too cold

to sleep. I did take a quick snoop but another thing was also clear. It was too dark to see anything. Dads are clever that way. Christmas morning came early as usual and Santa Claus had barricaded the door way to the living room with furniture like he always had done since we kids were able to walk and be sneaky. Once all the gifts had been opened, several boxes draped with towels were slid forward from behind the tree. One by one I looking through them all. Like Dad had said, it was “really big”. I wasn’t able to do much more than set up a small amount of it on the floor in the basement. I didn’t have any knowledge of how to make it work but Dad took care of that all the while showing me how to wire it and even suggesting that I read the instructions. It was easily the most memorable Christmas of my first childhood. Dad and I (mostly Dad) went to work building a room over the garage, designing a track layout and got the trains working. It was also a toy to be shared so once a sibling was old enough to climb the steep ladder up to the train

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room, they got track time. Over the years scenery and accessories were added until it was a busy railroad empire. Then it was put away. In 1988 my brother and I built another room in the upstairs of my shop and set up the trains again. I had my old trains repaired and bought more. I have not practiced

much restraint in adding to my collection and with the advent of the internet things really got out of hand. During the winter months especially around Christmas I try to get everything running which is no small order, to entertain kids small and large. They say, “You have a lot of time in this!” It was time well wasted.

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Page 12 CALDWELL PERSPECTIVE To be in the right place at the right time happens a lot with Dan Pugmire. Recently, he and his wife June went to a friends birthday party. Everything seemed to be good, they sang Happy Birthday for Charlie’s 32 bday. The cake was cut, then Charlie got a call from his brother and went into his bedroom with his wife behind him. She returned to entertain guests while he talked .The guests could all see him on the phone as the door to the room was wide open. Charlie had mentioned he had a stomach ache earlier but nobody thought anything of it. He sat down on the bed and a few minutes later it appeared he had fallen asleep. Dan said “hey Charlie” but got no response, nothing . That’s when his wife came into the room. She shook Charlie and he just rolled over, chaos broke out in the house. Dan rushed in and pulled him to the floor. He could tell Charlie was unconscious and didn’t appear to be breathing. He checked by placing his face close to Charlies . He didn’t hear anything or feel any breathing . He then checked for a pulse. He shook him to try to get a reaction. Still nothing, with all of this occurring in less than 30 sec. Danny immediately started CPR,

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The Right Place at the Right Time June came into the bedroom and loosened Charlies belt and then began helping Danny. She had never done anything like this before but jumped right in, giving air and life to him with mouth to mouth. Charlie was gray and not breathing, Dan said “get 911 on the phone, and go get some more help.” Just then, Charlies brother Jacob and sister Caroline came in and took over giving mouth to mouth. First Jacob then Caroline. Dan never stopped screaming for Charlie to not give up, there was times when Dan was doing both - he was not going to let him die. June was on the phone with 911 begging for them to hurry, Charlie was still not breathing, but Danny said “I have a faint pulse” a couple times when he would check, it seemed like forever for the paramedics to get there. They loaded Charlie up and off to the hospital with Dan, June and Charlie’s wife Kammie in their car right behind. Dan was screaming for God not to take Charlie and said a prayer or two loudly. We all were praying hard, then the lights went off on the ambulance a few miles from the hospital and our hearts dropped, But then we could see Charlie sitting up, Charlie was alive. Tears

by Chantele Hensel, Caldwell Perspective Publisher

Charlie and his family of joy flowed, they had given him Narcan and that is what saved him... If it had not been for the perseverance from Dan Pugmire , June,his family and those first responders, his friend Charlie would not be here today... . He is well today and very thankful.

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December 2019 Meet your candidates. The Caldwell Perspective has always chosen to report on the great things in Caldwell. The Caldwell Perspective

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will remain true to those values. As you all know the recent election was required by law to have a run off. We reached out to both the can-

Meet John McGee

On November 5th, we won the Caldwell City Council election by a large margin. Though we believe the election was actually won that day, and despite the advice of my attorney, Hanna and I decided to abide by the ruling that was made and not challenge it in court. Hanna and I are grateful for the nearly 1300 Caldwell residents who voted for us on November 5th. Those 1300—nearly 40% of the vote-- know that this race isn’t about me-- but it’s about moving Caldwell forward. We are grateful for their support. The will of Caldwell citizens will not be denied. Over the last month, we have met with hundreds of people to continue the discussion about how to make Caldwell an even better place to live and raise a family. Why am I running? I’m running because I love Caldwell. I grew up here, I went to school here, I graduated from the College of Idaho, my kids are growing up here,




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Hanna and I go to church here, my family and friends are here in Caldwell. Hanna and I want to protect the conservative values that make Caldwell such a great place to live. The people of Caldwell have spoken and I am grateful for their support and vote of confidence. I look forward to serving this community as a member of the Caldwell City Council. - John McGee

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Meet Evangeline Beechler

When we go to vote on December 3rd for our next Caldwell City Councilmember, it’s imperative for us to understand this race isn’t about politics— in fact, it’s about a lot more. This election and the future of Caldwell is about making sure we have a city and a government our children will be proud of. As a mom, I want to ensure that this community that I love, and call home, is where my son— and yours —wants to stay to raise his family. We, together, can make this a reality. We can focus hard to find common-sense solutions for making our government more transparent. We can seek innovative ways to invest in every corner of our community so that we unleash the potential that Caldwell has. We can also make sure that we all come together to make these tough decisions that lie ahead of us, after all, the city council answers to you and works for you, not the other way around. I want to make all of these goals

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December 2019

Caldwell Model Railroad Club and Historical Society Invite You

The Caldwell Model Railroad Club and Historical Society (CMRCHS), a nonprofit organization, located at 809 Dearborn Street, Caldwell was started by a group of men and women who enjoy the hobby of model railroading and anything associated with trainswatching, picture taking and riding the rails. The founding members met for the first time January 19, 2005 and agreed they wanted to form a club. Two weeks later, they met again and elected a president, secretary and treasurer. The Club’s next meeting was February 23rd in its first

clubhouse located on the 3rd floor of the Eagles Lodge in downtown, Caldwell. Today the Caldwell Model Railroad Club and Historical Society (CMRCHS), owns the building at 809 Dearborn Street. The club has a 25’x40’ HO-scale layout under construction, and a separate room for a 12’x 40’ Nscale layout. The club also maintains several portable layouts and a club module setup. The Caldwell Model Railroad Club is currently open for membership. If you’re interested, please visit and follow the link or, better yet, visit the

club and pickup an application. CMRCHS currently has members of all ages throughout the Treasure Valley. Club memberships are available for students, individuals or families. Come and visit the CMRCHS any Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and/ or Saturday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend the club’s open house

scheduled for Saturday, December 5, 2019 and again December 12, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. The Mission of the Caldwell Model Railroad Club is to: • Promote teamwork and fellowship among members to stimulate, foster, and encourage the art and craft of model railroading.

• Increase member’s knowledge and appreciation of the history, current events, and practices of prototype railroading. • Support and preserve the history of the Railroading and Model Railroading in Idaho.We are committed to building public awareness of the fun and excitement of trains with special focus on kids.

Caldwell’s Salvations Army “Doing the Most Good!”

by Leora Summers

My hubby and I have “rung the bell” for the Caldwell Salvation Army for over 20 years through Caldwell Rotary Club, but our club had been ringing for many, many years prior to my joining. We used to ring at Pauls, both Albertsons stores, Rite Aid, Pennywise Drug, Walgreens and Walmart, but as time went by, some of the stores opted out and it was also harder to cover all those places on the same day with club members. Last year local service groups (Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, Elks, Caldwell Police Department, Realtors Association, Mayor’s Youth Council and Wells Fargo) raised 20% of the Salvation Army’s Kettle total. Major Robyn Bridgeo told me that without the support of our clubs, the local Salvation Army could not continue to operate. Come and stop by and say hello to Sam and me when we ring this year on Rotary’s day at the Walmart Super Store in Caldwell on December 14th between 10am-noon!

Leora and Sam Summers ringing the bell for the Caldwell Salvation Army.

Something that I have noticed while bell ringing was incredible to me. It seemed that those folks who had so very little contributed with an open heart. I heard stories from them about how the Salvation Army helped them in their darkest hour and times of need. Caldwell has a wonderful community partner in our Salvation Army with Majors Robyn and Stephanie Bridgeo. The Salvation Army has programs like Baby Haven, which incentivizes and helps parents set goals that promote healthy families. Last year, our local Salvation Army fed over 14,000 people from their pantry. They also provide food boxes during Thanksgiving and Christmas to those in need and even have a music and arts program for children. These are just a few of the many programs that help folks with less opportunity in our community. You can also help during this holiday season. In this day and age of credit and

debit cards, there is now a new app at the kettles and if you have a cell phone, it allows you to use your card to make a donation. Or if you don’t want to try that, bring some “folding money” and change. Either way, when you see a “bell ringer,” don’t just pass on by, make a donation your way. My dear late father-in-law, Les Summers, when he rang the bell, would always holler out, “Don’t be greedy! Help the needy!” among other things as his friends passed by that I shudder to repeat. So why not this season, make a special effort to be one of those people that “Does the Most Good,” and drop a little something in the kettle to make Les smile from the heavens and say, “God bless your little heart!” Other ways to help: If you would like to volunteer, go online at: If you would like to donate, go online at:

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I am so proud and slightly humbled that the Caldwell Perspective has been in our community for 5 years this month. I was a stay at home mother who had sent baby number four to kindergarten looking for my next passion. I attended the second Roger Brooks seminar that was held at the College of Idaho. Listening to Roger Brooks and then later visiting with Bob Carpenter, a fellow Rotarian with my husband Michael talk about his visit to Sioux Falls, South Dakota to see their downtown Plaza. Everyone was so excited! I wanted to be a part of spreading the news. I had graduated from Vallivue High School in the mid-90’s and knew that Caldwell did not for my generation have the same esthetics that I had later come to know. Thank

you Caldwell Police Department! I began talking, compiling the data and collecting the numbers to determine cost directly following the seminar. Theresa Hardin, our chamber director was my girl and has been a cheerleader since. I did have a slight hiccup. With my husband newly diagnosed with kidney cancer that had not been a part of my plan in the financial means side. With his health and watching the expensive bills come in and our large payments going out. I did not want to pull from our personal finances. So I planned to have advertisers pay for their first ad and going forward I would bill them and work within my means. My first day out pounding the pavement, everyone was excited. Who seriously wouldn’t want to have their business card (at least) delivered to 14,500 people for only $48 dollars a month. A person could not print 14,500 copies of their business cards for that let alone mail it. People wanted to hear all about it and the prices were/ are affordable, but they were hesitant to write a check for their first ad as

Thanksgiving...Year Round

As I write this, the Thanksgiving holiday is a couple days away and my thoughts have turned to my life and all the things I have to be thankful for. I know this won’t reach you until December, but a person should be thankful all the time, not just once a year. I like to think that I always look for the bright side and always feel blessed for all I have, even though there are some things I sometimes wish were different. I have a wonderful wife that loves me and has stuck by my side through almost everything that should have, could have, torn a marriage apart. I


a man had come around earlier that year selling a publication and collected much larger sums that I was asking for and never produced the product. I live by blind faith, so that is exactly what I did. The first paper sold in a couple weeks, people where excited to share their good news and talk about the great people and places of Caldwell. Then one of the greatest things, Leora Summers came on board, man, that woman. I try to talk her into coming out of retirement but all of a sudden our phone connection becomes poor and we lose connection. No not really, she and Sam are out enjoying one another and those grand babies. I miss and love her a ton. Not too often, a business starts up and pays for itself the first billing and continues from day one, but this is easy to me, it is what I do, and what I will continue to do! Some people say sales...ugh, never. I have always felt, I was providing a service and how can I say I truly care for our businesses if I don’t share with them what I can do to help? All comes back to the word Perspective. Some exciting things

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are in the works and being fine tuned as we get closer to that development I will be sure to share. Thank you for all your support the past 5 years. I’ll never get rich...but that’s alright, treasures are not always tangible. If you would like more information about marketing please visit the website, call, or email the email information is on the website as well. With Michael’s new radiation schedule and up-coming surgery please leave a message if I don’t answer and I will be sure to call you back. Thank you so very much. Remember, the CALDWELL Perspective is solely funded by the advertisers, shop their sales, use their services and thank them they truly are the publishers. I want to say thank you to the many advertisers who trusted me from day one and are still my business partners. Thank you to our columnists who provide relevant stories to us, right here in Caldwell. Thank you to the readers, for having confidence and community pride as Caldwell has evolved. We really do have a great city

to be proud of. Take some time to enjoy the Christmas season with your family and warm up by visiting one of our wonderful restaurant or coffee houses. It’s a festive time of year in Caldwell, stroll through and look at the Christmas lights, enjoy the ice skating ribbon and invite all of your friends to come see for themselves that we are the love story of the treasure valley and who doesn’t like a good story that warms your heart during the holiday season. Make sure they bring their wallets. Cheers to another great year. See ya in 2020! PS. Your readers are missing you Wayne Cornell!

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have wonderful children some trying to find their place in the world, one too young to contemplate his future, and one who has made us proud by stepping up and serving his country without hesitation and with extraordinary courage. I have a little house that keeps us warm and dry, a roof over our heads and a yard for the kids, the dog, Garretts cat, and a myriad of birds and squirrels. We have a garden space, a couple of out buildings and enough property to spend the warmer weather outside, a hot tub, an above ground swimming pool and neighbors that watch over the place when we’re gone. Even as I fight cancer, blessings abound. I’ve lost a few friends but

I’ve gained an insight into what it takes to be truly a good friend. I have met some of the most professional, caring, compassionate people in the treasure valley in the doctors and nurses that care for me. My legacy is not that I’ve written the great American novel, been an outstanding leader, or any of the other hopes and dreams I had as a child. My legacy is my family and for that I am truly thankful and forever humble.

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Goodbye...Old Friend It’s taken me a month of mourning to finally put pen to paper and recount my final few days with my best friend. I had to put down my dog of fifteen years. For all of you that have had to do this, you know that horrible pain is nearly unbearable. “Scamp” was my constant companion for the last fifteen years. His heart was simply made to make me happy. I took him fishing with me, took him to the groomer… and the vet (not his favorite!). He would wait at my bedroom door every morning until I got up. We got a small mini-pin puppy a couple years ago that is trying to fill the void left, and is doing a great job. She has taken up

Hello readers of my column The Local Dirt Perspective. I’m writing an additional column for the next 3 months as I embark on a journey I almost didn’t think would come about. I’m writing this just 8 days away from take off, so by the time this publishes I’ll will already have landed in Rome and made my way to Assisi where I’ll stay for most of December. It’s a planned journey without huge plans for everyday, in fact I only have a few plans listed. Somethings you just have to plan for. Let me tell you how this came about. First of all I’ve got 25% Italian blood in me, 25% German blood and as far as anyone knows 25% Irish and 25% who the heck knows, a mutt I guess. Years ago my siblings were looking for our Italian side family tree. We already had a good knowledge of our German tree. So when we discovered we actually had living family in Italy one family member went there and found them and open the door to the rest of us. 3 years ago I went on a pilgrimage with a group and I extended my stay so

It seems as if our calendar has done the ole switcharoo on us, so much so that I had to turn my sprinklers back on my lawn. It was very dry. So with that being said and as a heads up; if you have greens of any kind you need to water them now and if we have below normal to normal precipitation this winter plan on watering several times throughout the winter. One of things I do espe-

residence in our hearts, and visits our souls. On the internet, earlier this year, I saw a post by a vet. That was great. He spoke about what he thought your pet was thinking in that final room. He said that most animals could smell medications, other animals, and even death. He said he had to put dogs down that had no one with them. They wanted desperately to see that one comforting face in front of them, to comfort them before they left this world. After reading this post, I sat with my dog and promised him that I would be with him to the very end. His eyes said everything with full understand-

ing. Our vet showed amazing grace and respect. It made it much easier for my wife and I. We were in accord with each other, and had discussed it in the past. Remember, animals can’t tell us that they are in pain. If we are very lucky, we might see some signs of their pain. The last thing we want to do is keep them alive because of our selfish pride. We can’t always be thinking of ourselves. Why is it that animals, especially dogs, have that ability to know when their humans are hurting? They won’t leave your side, or they follow you everywhere! How can we as humans

My Journey To Italy

I could meet my Italian family. They live in northern Italy about 35 miles below the Switzerland and Austrian borders, in a town called Malgalo in the region of Trento. Malgalo is the town where my great grandfather was born and my great grandmother was born just 10 miles away in Revo. As far as we know they did not know each other in Italy in fact my great grandmother was married with children to another man. Many Italian of that era immigrated to America at that time because of work. Both my great grandparents ended up in the mining camps of Wyoming. A mining accident took the life of two men who were married with children. My great grandmother was one of them. Two single men from Italy heard of this and decided that these two widows with orphaned children needed help, so these two men found them and married them. This is where Sarafina and Luigi Bott became husband and wife. Now as my first journey continued to my Italian families beginning, I got to meet my moms cousins the

youngest daughter of the youngest brother who never knew his older brother Luigi, and meet her sons and daughter. I got to see where my great grandfather was born and the Bott family’s burial plots. I knew then I wanted to return. Fast forward to last year. I had scrimped and saved to go during my off season back to Italy for an extended stay that would put a midnight mass in St. Peter’s and return home after the new year, about four to six weeks. Just as I was getting ready to book and pay for my flight, my A/C’s warranty expired and so did it. I thought I’d be tight but I’ll still go and about that time my transmission died. Well I was beginning to think God didn’t want me on this trip but I knew not why. Several months later it became apparent as my dad had died during the time I would have been gone and God saved me from having to make a tough choice. Stay or come home early for his funeral. Well I’m glad I stayed home because it’s hard for seven siblings to get together in one room at the same time.



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my last cuttings of the lawn I leave the leaves and blowout the planters so the leaves are on the lawn. I set my mower a little higher and eliminate the bagger and side discharge or mulch. I chop up leaves and grass and spread them around. If needed blow the planters and hard surfaces again. Then I lower my mower deck a notch or two and mow the other direction or a crossing pattern. I may do this a couple more times lowering each and spreading the clippings around. I try to get my lawn as short as I can without scalping it now (I cut even

explain this? Don’t we, as humans, wish that we had that ability? We can certainly learn an array of sightfulness through our four-legged friends. I hope my sorrow and pain will subside. Until then, I can just think of the good times with him. I hope his final journey will take him to “Rainbow Bridge” where he can romp again…pain free. Go in peace, good friend.

by Pat King

Pat King’s Local Dirt Perspective

cially in the fall is, I don’t pickup every leaf off the ground because it’s not necessary unless you’re an absolute clean freak. So here’s what I do to provide what’s best for the turf and improve the soil at the same time. First I don’t put a fall fertilizer down until I do this, primarily because if we have a dry fall you don’t want to suck up the fertilizer you just put down. When I do

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It was a blessing. Well Gods plan went one further. Little did I know that there was an inheritance for all seven of more than what I spent on repairs the previous year, so my trip was back on thanks to God looking out for me. Now my journey begins in 8 days and I will be writing about it for you readers so hopefully you’ll enjoy it. Part of my journey will afford me time to write my book about my experience in the life and death of my son. The working title is “Born a Burden became a Blessing.” I will start in Rome with thanksgiving and several American seminarians. Then to Assisi for December, then to Rome for midnight mass and Christmas through mid January then a cruise around the Greek islands and Israel then back to Rome and home. My hope is to take you with me as I explore the culture and spirituality of Italy. Oh and the food. Until next time Pat

shorter come spring), each time, I spread the chopped leaves all over the turf areas maybe even in planters. After everything is spread around I raise my mower deck back up to where I started mowing put the bagger back on and collect the heaviest of materials and throw that in my compost. This puts a lot of the organic materials and nutrients back into the soil the winter moisture will wash in and improve your turf. Piled up leaves left on the ground over winter is very hard on lawns as they suffocate the lawn. This is free mulch and less work for you

than raking up all those leaves. Now put you fall fertilizer and your turf and ornamental pre emergence down and with this dryness water by hand if you have to. If you do this every fall along with regular mulching of grass clippings during the season you will eventually have a much more healthy lawn and more disease resistance. So I’m off for Italy but I will continue to write about gardening but it may have an Italian theme or spin to it. So arrivederci for now. Until next time Pat.

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change soon Haley will demonstrate her star qualities and the rewarding click of a well struck golf ball will give way to the bark of a shot gun, and the sounds of Autumn and winter. Class of ’68, see you on the eleventh of December. Keep your bird feeder full the winter birds are here.

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