February 2016 Caldwell Perspective

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One Special Lady

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by Leora Summers, Caldwell Perspective Editor

Caldwell on the move

by Steve Fultz, Caldwell Economic Development Director

A few days ago, I was driving west on I-84 toward Boise. It was late in the afternoon on a clear day, and as I would check my rearview mirror, I was struck by the brightness of the sun behind me. As we enter this New Year, I plan to periodically check the “rearview mirror” to recall the brightness we realized in 2015 for our fair City. In 2015 we witnessed a continued renaissance of our downtown, with growth and expansion of businesses such as the Bird Stop and Indian Creek Steakhouse. Through a lot of hard work, the Indian Creek Plaza Committee, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and other private efforts, worked with the City in adopting a resolution for designating the Plaza site. The Caldwell Urban Renewal Agency was also very active in 2015. The Agency entered into an agreement with Gardner Company in developing an entertainment and retail area in downtown, with the promise of a new movie theater to be located in the area. Also, Urban Renewal began working on an incentive program for business/property owner’s downtown, with a focus on fire suppressant issues and façade improvement. In 2015 we saw opportunity and growth in other areas of our community as well. New retail shops developed around Caldwell Commons, as well as other retail planned for all areas of our city. With new spec industrial space constructed in Sky Ranch in 2015, we saw expansion of our industrial base. The City’s Development Services departments assisted several developers in establishing new business centers planned for Caldwell. The City of Caldwell also approved a bright, new logo centering on our growing wine and food industry. In reflecting back, from the rearview mirror, it certainly was a shining year for Caldwell. So here we are at the dawn of a new year. The sun and glare is now ahead of us…and the future looks bright! The Indian Creek Plaza Committee is currently working with the City to submit a request for qualifications (RFQ) for architectural services for the design of the Plaza. It is anticipated that the contract will be awarded first quarter of 2016. The anticipated completion date of the Plaza is within 3 years. The Urban Renewal Agency is working on securing environmental abatement and demolition plans/contracts for the former Southwest District Health and Trolley Square buildings, with anticipated start of this also to be in the first quarter of 2016. The expected completion date of the entertainment complex is within 2 years. Work continues for the Urban Renewal Agency on the incentive program for downtown business owners/property owners, with hopes of delivering a product within the first half of 2016. Other sources of funding are being explored for the “elimination of slum and blight” for downtown though the City’s recent designation as a “CDBG Entitlement” funds (available in the 4th quarter of 2016). The Destination Caldwell organization has secured travel/ tourism grants to produce community marketing of our City. They have awarded a contract with Elsberg Studios to produce 8 new short videos, featuring community businesses, each telling their story and sharing why “They are Caldwell.” These videos will be completed by the first quarter of 2016. Destination Caldwell has also entered into a contract with Well Communications Group in developing the “style guide” for use of the Caldwell Brand. Please stay tuned for further economic development news as Caldwell continues to shine in 2016.

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Wouldn’t It Be Nice?

Scott Pemble ice skating on a frozen puddle near Farm City.

“Wouldn’t it be nice to have a great place in our community for all to gather and skate?” – Mark Pemble

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Scott and Mark Pemble go ice skating in Caldwell and this is one of their favorite spots. It’s not great, but it makes them happy for now. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a place downtown to ice skate during the winter months? The people of our community would then have a reason to bring their kids downtown for some fun winter activities and there would be shops surrounding the area for a hot cup of cocoa afterwards!

This is the ice rink in the plaza at Rapid City, the town we are modeling our plaza after. This is one of the amenities that the planners of Caldwell’s Plaza Committee is working on. They are chugging along working to get this show on the road.

Optimists say that we may see a Plaza as soon as the fall of 2017. Wouldn’t that be nice? The projected completion date is within three years. It will happen either sooner or later, but it will happen. Go Caldwell!

Page 2 CALDWELL PERSPECTIVE Senior Center 459-0132 Every Mon: (ex 2/15) 9 AM Exercise Class Every Mon: (ex 2/15) 10 AM Fit and Fall Class Every Mon: (ex 2/15) 1 PM Line Dancing Every Tues: (ex 2/16) 9 AM Art Group Every Tues: 1 PM Pinochle Every Tues: 5 PM Bingo Every Wed: 9 AM Tax-Aide Every Wed: 10:30 AM Crochet & Knitters Every Wed: 7 PM Square Dancing Every Thurs: 9 AM Exercise Class Every Thurs: 10 AM Fit and Fall Class Every Fri: 1 PM Bingo Every Fri: 6 PM Friday Night Dance Caldwell Library 459-3242 Every Mon: 10:30 AM Baby ‘n Me Every Mon: 4:30 PM Minecrafternoons Every Tues: 10:30 AM Toddler Storytime Every Tues: (ex 2/2) 4 PM Read to a Therapy Dog Every Wed: 10:30 AM Preschool Storytime Every Wed: (ex 2/24) 6:30 PM Every Child Ready Every Wed: 7 PM Lea con Karla Every Thurs: 3:30 PM Teen Makers Club Every Thurs: (ex 2/4 & 2/11) 6:30 PM Sci Fi Book Club Every Fri: 10:00 AM Tai Chi February 2 Groundhogs Day 4:30 PM: Tween Gaming, Library. February 4 Foot Clinic Senior Center 1 PM: Menu Selection, Senior Center. 3:30 PM: TVCC, Room #211, 205 S. 6th Ave. “Twelve Steps Towards Accepting Diversity” Interactive presentation with diversity consultant, Mohammed Bilal, Public Invited-Free. 6:30 PM: Library Board Meeting, Library. February 5 Blood Pressure Clinic, Senior Center 6-8 PM: Dinner @ Eagles, 815 Arthur St. 7 PM: Entertainment by Jeannie Marie, Orphan Annie’s Bar and Grill, 801 Everett St. 8 PM: Music by Country Gold Live, Indian Creek Steakhouse, Honky Tonk Tavern, 711 Main St. February 6 Celebrate Mardi Gras along Sunnyslope Wine Trail 10 AM-5 PM: Cabin Fever Reliever @ Karcher Mall, free event, vendors & booths about different types of outdoor activities to enjoy in Idaho. Howard Davis 208-461-4399. 2 PM: Teen Gaming, Library. 2-4 PM: Coach Clinic, Caldwell Bowl. 8 PM: Music by Country Gold Live, Indian Creek Steakhouse, Honky Tonk Tavern, 711 Main St.

Calendar of Events February 7 8-11:30 AM: Breakfast @ Eagles, 815 Arthur St. February 8 1 PM: Board Meeting, Senior Center. Winter Head Start Class, La Adelita, Casa de Colores 7 PM: Caldwell High School Board Meeting 7-10 PM: URA Meeting, Caldwell Police Dept. Community Room, 110 S. 5th Ave. February 9 11:15 AM – 1 PM: AWARDS Noonbreak Luncheon sponsored by West Valley Medical Center, Simplot Dining Hall, C of I. RSVP 459-7493. 2 PM: Homeschool Club, Library. 6 PM: Vallivue School District Board Meeting February 10 1 PM: MOW Volunteer Lunch, Senior Center. 5:30 PM: Caldwell Ramblers RV Club, A Good Sam Chapter Meets at the Golden Dragon Restaurant, 211 S. 21st Ave. Dinner at 5:30 PM, Meeting Starts at 6 PM. Ray, 679-1357. 4:30 PM: Afterschool Crafts, Library. 6 -8 PM: Caldwell Eagles Sweetheart Ball, Lobster & Prime Rib dinner, limited tickets call 454-8054. February 11 7 PM: Author Visit: Roger Duncun, Library. February 12 6-9 PM: Art & Auction Fundraiser to benefit the Caldwell Public Library at the Birdstop 702 Main St. Food & Entertainment by Mayor Nancolas. 7 PM: 50/50 Art and Auction Fundraiser at the Bird Stop. 7 PM: Entertainment by Jeannie Marie, Orphan Annie’s Bar and Grill, 801 Everett St. 8 PM: Music by Buckin Country, Indian Creek Steakhouse, Honky Tonk Tavern, 711 Main St. February 13 1 PM: Valentine’s Day Family Fun, Library. A Night in New York Dinner; Auction, Dinner, Fundraiser @ Caldwell Events Center, 2207 Blaine St. Susan 455-3011 5:30-9 PM: Major Youth Advisory Dinner Auction, O’Connor Field House, 2207 Blaine St. 8 PM: Music by Buckin Country, Indian Creek Steakhouse, Honky Tonk Tavern, 711 Main St. February 14 Valentines Day February 15 Presidents Day Senior Center Closed for Presidents Day 2 PM: Crochet for Teens and Tweens, Library. February 16 4 PM: Junior Maker, Library 7 PM: City Council Meeting, Caldwell Police Dept. Community Room.

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February 17 7 PM: Eagles Lodge Meeting February 18 7 PM: Mid-Winter Author W/Carol Green, Library. 4:30-6:30 PM: Business After Hours, Best Bath Systems, 732 Garber St. February 19 Blood Pressure Clinic, Senior Center 6-8 PM: Dinner @ Eagles, 815 Arthur St. 7 PM: Entertainment by Jeannie Marie, Orphan Annie’s Bar and Grill, 801 Everett St. 8 PM: Music by Jeff Palmer Bank, Indian Creek Steakhouse, Honky Tonk Tavern, 711 Main St. February 20 Caldwell Bowl Women’s City League 2 PM: Family Afternoon Movie, Library. 5:30-9 PM: Idaho Wine Movie Premiere @ Crossing Winery, 1289 Madison Ave. Rhea Allen 461-5070 8 PM: Music by Jeff Palmer Bank, Indian Creek Steakhouse, Honky Tonk Tavern, 711 Main St. February 21 2:30 PM: Pop Culture Collision, Library. 6-8 PM: Breakfast @ Eagles, 815 Arthur St. February 22 Winter Head Start Class, La Adelita, Casa de Colores February 23 1 PM: AARP Meeting, Senior Center. February 24 8-9:30 AM: Coffee Connect, Dreamhigh Photography, 724 Main St. 4:30 PM: Afterschool Crafts, Library. 6:30 PM: Math + Sci, Library. February 25 4-6:30 PM: State of the City Address-Mayor’s Speech @Jewett Auditorium. 454-3011 February 26 6-8 PM: Dinner @ Eagles, 815 Arthur St. 7 PM: Entertainment by Jeannie Marie, Orphan Annie’s Bar and Grill, 801 Everett St. 8 PM: Ira Dean, straight from Nashville @ Indian Creek Streak House, 711 Main St. 7-8 PM: BYU Folk Dance Ensemble @ Jewett Auditorium. Call for tickets 459-5275. 6-11 PM: Caldwell High School Fight Night, O’Connor Field House, 2207 Blaine St. February 27 10 AM: Town Hall Meeting. Get involved in the government. Be engaged. Birdstop, 702 Main St. 8 PM: Ira Dean, straight from Nashville @ Indian Creek Streak House, 711 Main St. 459-4835 February 29 Leap Day

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February 2016

Happy Birthday Carmen Rivera–One Special Lunch Lady!

by Leora Summers, Editor

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Carmen Rivera

On February 26th, a special lady will turn 80! She is Carmen Rivera. She works for the Caldwell School District at Caldwell High School as a “lunch lady.” Carmen is in charge of preparations for the salad bar, pizza bar, the store & Deli Shoppe and the hamburger/chicken bar. She has worked there for 13 years and has rarely missed a day since she began there. Every day, Carmen begins work at 6:00 a.m. with a kiss and a hug from the staff and then she kicks into gear, helping get the breakfast ready. Her day ends about 1:30 p.m. after the clean-up from the second lunch shift. Assistant Manager Shelley DelRio said, “Carmen gives the best advice and she is the best ‘grandma’ to us all.” Food Service Director Vicky Blankenship said, “We are super blessed that she works for us.” Carmen seems to be loved by staff and students as well. The Caldwell Perspective wishes her an early Happy Birthday! We are sure it will be a special day with her lunch lady friends and those special kids she sees every school day of the year.


Gordon Buck Memorial Blood Drive on Feb. 26th

by Leora Summers, Editor

Caldwell’s next blood drive is scheduled for Friday, February 26th, at the Church of Christ, located on the corner of Ustick and S. 10th Avenue in Caldwell. Appointments can be made between 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. This blood drive is sponsored by the Caldwell Kiwanis Club in memory of Gordon Buck, who passed away on December 22, 2002. This 13th annual memorial blood drive was originally organized by Gordon’s son, Dan Buck, through Kiwanis because Gordon was a longtime active

We Love njoyIa CEof tary glass complimen ith oinYeotwese!!your G of w Front row, L to R: Mayra Sandoval, Sulema Flores, Kris Jarboe, Betty Mitchell, Carmen Rivera (BD Girl), Maria Rodriquez, Janie Gibbons. Back row, L to R: Cathi Warren (C.E.P. Specialist/Caterer), Mary Muller, Shelley DelRio (Asst. Manager), Janet Daniels, Kathy Norris, Vicky Blankenship (Food Service Director)

These fine ladies serve between 1,075-1,100 students per day and about 450 breakfasts. A couple of years ago, Vicky Blankenship (Food Service Director) wrote for a Community Eligibility Provision (C.E.P.) grant asking to provide “no cost” lunches for all students in the Caldwell School District. They were awarded that 4-year grant and the district is now into the grant’s 3rd year. Vicky will apply for that grant again. No cost breakfasts were already available for students. Vicky wanted lunch also to be of no cost to all and says it was one of the best things to happen for all the students as now no one is singled or left out.

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CHS Class of ‘71 is having a reunion!

L to R: Lyle Demond, Carol Nickel, Jim Reynolds, Bill Gray, Cathy Aranguena Eells, Alan Oyama, Norma Ellison Cornelison

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The planning committee is firing up to plan a 45-year class reunion for the CHS class of 1971. Mark your calendars class! The reunion date is set for Saturday, September 10, 2016. Please join our Facebook group: Caldwell (Idaho) High School Class of 1971. Contacts: Alan Oyama email: aoyama@idahovandals.com or phone: (208) 890-6890. Cathy Aranguena Eells: cathyeells53@gmail. com or phone: (208) 459-4435


member. To make an appointment, call Carole Munn at 459-1423. Carole has been organizing our local blood drives for the past 48 years! Carole suggests to donors that you begin hydrating a couple of days in advance of giving blood and to eat a good breakfast on the day that you donate. After your donation, water, juice and a bowl of that donated wonderful West Valley Medical Center’s chili will be provided before you are sent on your way!

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Carrie L French, Chapter 1, Disabled American Veterans. 2nd Tuesday every month at 7 pm, Train Depot, 701 Main Street, Caldwell, Service Officer – Noe Ramirez, (208) 412-5433 Loren M Trotter, Post 35, American Legion. 2nd Monday every month at 7 pm. Social Meeting, 4th Monday every month at 7 pm. 1112 Main Street, Caldwell, Idaho 83605 Service Officer – Gary White, (208) 608-4891.

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Let’s Learn English


Rosalva Hernandez moved to Wilder when she was 15 years old. Fast forward, now 14 years later, she lives in Caldwell and has 4 children in the district’s schools; a daughter in the 6th grade at Syringa, and a son in the 3rd grade, a daughter in the 1st grade and another son in the P-4 program at Lewis and Clark Elementary. She, along with many other Spanish speaking parents, wanted to become more proficient in English, so the Caldwell School District developed a program to meet that need. The parents expressed a strong need to learn or improve their English to help support their children, communicate with teachers, and contribute to their Caldwell community. The district incorporated this feedback and developed a program for them. Currently there are 10 families enrolled in the program with about 14 adults attending the classes. There is room for between 28-30 students. The LEP (Limited English Proficient) and Migrant Federal Program at Caldwell School Districts services Second language learner students and parents along with students and parents that are migratory due to agricultural and seasonal work. The vision of the program is to increase student graduation rates by providing this support tool to ELL (English Language Learner) students. Targeted ELL students in grades 7-12 are encouraged to take advantage of this language program as an additional support tool for them to help make learning more meaningful, thus help keeping them in school through graduation. The program offers LEP (Limited English Proficient) and Migrant parents a Rosetta Stone language program. It is not only a great way to learn English, but also a great way to learn some basic computer skills. Rosetta Stone is self-paced, adaptive, and is

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WIDA (World-class Instructional Development and Design) certified and meets state, national and international standards. For more information about this program, call: Dalila Martinez Roberts 455-3300, Delores Madrigal or Diane Garcia. Rosetta Stone Language Suite for the Classroom •Eligibility: You must be a parent of an identified Limited English Proficient (LEP) student or be an LEP student in the Caldwell School District. •Program Days and Time: Tues, Wed, Thurs, at 1pm and 5-7pm. •Place: Caldwell School District Office (1502 Fillmore St), computer lab. Entrance on west side of building. • Call 455-3300 for available classroom openings. •Child Care will be offered during our Spring track which will begin March 28th.

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The Caldwell Centennial Band is opening the doors to new members at this time. If you have played a band instrument and have missed playing in a band, you might really enjoy becoming a part of this community staple that has been around for 26 years. The band is looking for players of all band instruments from clarinets, saxophones, trombones, flutes and others to join them as they prepare for their Spring Fling concert to be held on April 25th. The band also plays 5 free concerts in Memorial Park in Caldwell during the summer months. Practices are every Monday evening from 7:30-9:30 pm in Room 110, on the backside of Jewett Auditorium, at the College of Idaho. Parking is behind Jewett and the room is on right or eastern corner of the building. If you are interested in joining this great group of musicians, contact Jeannie Marie at: owyheetex@aol.com or call or text her at: (208) 573-1193.

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The Local Legend Concert has returned this year and is looking for groups /singles to perform to be a part of this “fun-tastic” community event for the 21 and older crowd. This year’s event will benefit the Mayor’s Youth Council and Destination Caldwell. Performers must be 21 or older. The other #1 rule is that you cannot perform as yourself. That is what makes this so much fun. Tongue-in-cheek performances are always a favorite at the concert. Performances are limited to 5 minutes or less. So pick one song and perform it to the max! Heck! Over-perform it! The concert will be on April 16th at 7:30 p.m. at O’Connor Field House. There will be a no-host bar and café, silent auctions, and a “People’s Choice” award at the end of the night. CDs and CDGs are best to use as back-up music for performers during this type of program. Live music groups will be considered depending upon the logistics of their set-up/tear-down time. All performers will be required to attend a sound check during either the Thursday or Friday evening prior to the event. There is a limit of 20 acts of five-minute performances, so your chances for being a part of this program are best if you contact Susan Miller earlier rather than later. Performance requests will be reviewed and determined for acceptance by the program by the Legend committee. Acts must be of an acceptable nature. If you wish to perform, you must contact Susan Miller at the Mayor’s office for an application to perform. Her e-mail is: smiller@cityofcaldwell. org or call her at: (208) 455-3011.

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Caldwell Welcomes Three New Firefighters

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by Jeremy Feutch, Caldwell Perspective Reporter

L to R: Jamison Nipper, Kolby Kerbs, Brent Sillito

It has been little of a secret: the Caldwell Fire Department has been short staffed since the economic downturn in 2008. The department got a bit larger earlier this month when three new team members completed their training and graduated to their respective teams. On January 13, 2016, Jamison Nipper, Kolby Kerbs and Brent Sillito graduated from their 16 week training course to become fulltime members of the firefighting community. In a joint program with Nampa and Kuna, our new community first responders received training and knowledge from those who they will be working beside. Instead of sending new crew members to a different location to be trained and spending thousands of dollars for them to be trained by people they will never work with, Nampa, Caldwell and Kuna have created their own training regimen in order to allow for networking as well as save their respective cities money. Chief Wendelsdorf was very excited about how well this joint venture has and is paying off. “We work directly with Nampa on a number of calls” said the Chief. Recently, when the old Mercy Hospital in Nampa caught fire, crews from Caldwell joined in on the fight in order to contain the blaze. “By working together in training, we can share tactics and be on the same page more often when fighting fires jointly. This makes a stressful and dangerous task a little safer.” This training session had three members from Caldwell, two from Nampa and one from Kuna. These numbers fluctuate from each city for each training session as need dictates. The trainers for these sessions come straight from the individual departments and not from the outside. When asked how the trainings work, Chief Wendelsdorf stated: “Each department has something that

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they specialize in or do just a bit better than the other. We utilize our resources and knowledge to give our new hires the best possible chance for success and safety.” The Chief also stated that knowledge of the community and buildings are a huge factor in keeping trainings as local as possible. Mayor Nancolas attended the graduation ceremony to honor our new First Responders. When asked about the ceremony, our Mayor had great things to say about the program, Chief Wendelsdorf and the department. “We have great leaders in the department. Chief Wendelsdorf is a highly decorated Firefighter and is well respected throughout the country for his leadership and abilities. Our department does more with less in terms of funding and man power but has done a magnificent job of keeping our community safe.” The Mayor also added that the role in the community played by our fire department is not just limited to their job title. “We have plenty of examples of our Firefighters helping our community when they are not on a call. We honored three firefighters at City Council when we found they had helped a gentlemen get to ladders to his car and then home when they realized his car could not handle both ladders. These are great community leaders and I am sure our new members will be as well.” We welcome our new Firefighters to our crews and community. When you see them out and about, do not be afraid to say hi as you will find out how wonderful these people are.


All In A Day’s Work – Firemen Recognized for Service

by Leora Summers, Caldwell Perspective Editor

During the January 4th City Council meeting, Mayor Garret Nancolas recognized three special people; Shane Arak, Jacob Ives and Michael Papp, for their outstanding service as the city’s December “Employees of the Month.” These gentlemen were a part of Caldwell Fire Department’s 111 Crew. Events that led up to this award happened on December 2nd and 3rd, 2015. On December 2nd, Caldwell Fire Department’s 111 crew responded to a medical emergency at a residence where while there, they became aware of a potential CO (carbon monoxide) issue. An outdoor propane BBQ was being used to warm the house which could have led a to CO poisoning or death of the occupants. They also lacked a smoke detector, which the crew installed before they left. The next day, after discussing this with the Chief, Shane was given permission to buy a heater and CO detector for the family. His crew was excited and eager to help. With permission from the family to purchase the items, off the crew went to Walmart. It had been a consistent day of emergency calls and weekly truck checks in the extreme cold for the 111 crew, with the day starting off helping a new baby be born. While grabbing the needed items at the store for the family, an older gentleman in his 80s was in line purchasing two large ladders. He briefly chatted with them thanking them for their service. The man, a retired teacher for the Caldwell School District, had been a teacher for at least one of their line guys. They felt they should be the ones thanking him and asked if they could assist him to his vehicle with the ladders, When they arrived at his vehicle, which was a car with a trunk, they found that the ladder would not fit into his car. The gentleman’s home was on the way back to the other family’s home that they were returning to with the heater, so they loaded up the ladders on their fire truck and followed him home to drop them off. While installing the CO detector and setting up the heater for use at the second home, one crew member let the family know

the month” recognition on that day. They were both said to be “firemen.” So I asked Shane for clarification. Were they all considered firemen or what? He replied, “We are all firemen and Idaho EMT’s as well. It is a part of the job of a fireman. We kind of have to be able to do it all; fires, auto extrication, technical rescues, hazmat, and medical emergencies. These are a few of the basic things we do. L to R: Shane Arak, Jacob Ives My rank is Captain, Papp is the and Michael Papp (not pictured). fire truck driver/operator and Ives is the firefighter/hose. We are all where they could potentially trained to do the above listed and get some free wood to burn for more.” their fireplace. One of the family I never realized all this about members, expressed her gratitude firemen, did you? Thank you to and asked them, “Do you help all of you who protect, help in everyone like this and if not, what emergencies and keep us safe. made my family so special?” Fireman Arak told her, “It’s our job to help everyone, but yes Carbon Monoxide sometimes we have to go above Poisioning Symptoms and beyond to those in need. We care about you and your family’s The symptoms of CO safety.” poisoning may include: dull Arak said that he felt headache, weakness, dizziness, privileged to have been a part nausea or vomiting, shortness of those 2 days with the 111 of breath, confusion, blurred crew. That they all have many of vision, and ultimately loss of these stories, and that the caring consciousness and possibly members of the Caldwell Fire death. If you suspect someone Department, on different shifts is suffering from CO poisoning and different days, would have in your house or trailer, move done the same things! them immediately to fresh air What is a Fireman? I was and call 911. A person suffering confused after the city council from CO poisoning needs to be meeting when I saw the paramedic put on oxygen to reverse the emblem on Shane Arak’s sleeve symptoms to possibly save in the photo that I took of him and their life. Jacob Ives for the “employees of

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Captain Devin Riley

Wyant and Riley have been around for as long as I’ve been around and that’s a long time! What a great team they are going to make. Newly appointed Police Chief, Frank Wyant, has tapped Patrol Lieutenant, Devin Riley, to be the next police captain for the Caldwell Police Department, the position he vacated when he moved up the ladder. Riley officially assumed that role on January 24th. Testing for the position that he vacated, Patrol Lieutenant, will be on February 3rd. I fondly remember Devin as an assistant P.E. teacher when he had my daughter, Krissy, in his P.E. class. As she would run around the track during her races, he would yell, “Pace yourself Summers! Pace yourself!” He really knew kids and was so good with them, as he was a “big kid” himself. It’s truly been a pleasure watching him evolve and grow

into a fine role model for these kids along the way as he became a Resource Officer for the schools, then moving up through the ranks from Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant and now on to Captain. According to a press release, as Patrol Lieutenant, Riley oversaw 32 officers plus reserves. Of his new position, he said, “Now, instead of focusing on that small group, I’ll be asking myself what I can do to better the whole department.” Wyant and Riley have worked and played together for many years, having both been resource officers, having participated in the DarePAL program, performing in the Local Legend concerts, mentoring kids in the Mentoring Program, taking kids on the “Shop with Cops” program, helping with the community Halloween parties keeping kids safe, and many other community events. Like Wyant, building strong partnerships with other agencies such as our courts, county services, mental healthcare providers, victim resources and many other community resources is a priority. Riley feels that the department today works together well and is a lot more proactive than in the early days of his career. The community knows and trusts both these men and they know their community. They will be a “Dynamic Duo” and we are in good hands with these two at the helm. Congratulations to them both! And glory hallelujah for Caldwell!

February 2016

The 48th Annual Basque Dance held on January 16th raised nearly $20,000 that evening through the live and silent auctions and the dinner. An estimated 800 people attended. Back for his second year was the weight lifting demonstrator, Tom Davidson, out of Utah. He brought the marble ball (weighing 220 pounds) that is normally seen at the larger Basque Picnics. He lifted the ball from the ground to his shoulder 10 times in 2 minutes and put on a great Submitted photo show! Later in the evening he brought the ball back out and demonstrated “Tying a Basko necktie” where he lifted the ball and rolled it across the back of his neck to the other shoulder and back around to the front. On the last lift, he “untied the tie” by going the opposite direction. Tom is a

great exhibitionist and the crowd loves to see him. The final sports event of the evening is the Txingas, which is a distance event where participants carry a cylinder shaped weight in each hand by a handle. The weights weigh 108 pounds each, totaling 216 pounds and they walk for as far as they can. The crowd cheered the three participants of the event to a total distance of over 1850 feet, with the weight exhibitionist Tom Davidson taking the top prize at 1000 feet. Chris Uberaga came in second with 624 feet, and Matt from the Middleton Fire came in third. All three put on a great show. This year’s tug-of-war contest included teams from Middleton High School’s wrestling program, Caldwell High School’s football program and two teams from the College of Idaho’s football program. The teams all made a great effort in front of the crowd with the C of I victorious and Middleton High football team coming in second. The night ended with a community dance and a great time was had by all! More information can be found at the group’s Facebook page- Caldwell Basque Charities.

Caldwell Veterans’ Memorial Hall

For a year now I have watched my veteran friends walk around the old Carnegie Library calling it “the Hall.” I have read the many articles that have been printed and have followed them through their progress, and what a transformation! My husband is the treasurer on the Caldwell Veterans Council (CVC) and on a Thursday every month, our kids and I are on our own for dinner while they have a meeting. I have to be honest, I thought “just a bunch of old guys hanging around sharing old war stories, maybe having a drink or a cup of coffee.” Then, something happened. I noticed a file on the back table at the office that was not labeled. I opened the file and right on top was a paper that listed all the events, partnerships, programs and services the Caldwell Veterans Memorial Center (CVMC) will provide, such as weekly veterans’ coffees, monthly spouses’ luncheons, monthly volunteer rallies to participate in community projects, monthly featured speakers, monthly skills training, daily/weekly/

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monthly individual and group counseling sessions. They have partnered with: The Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Department of Labor, Boise Rescue Mission, VetCenter, and VETS4Success. The CVMC is going to help not only the “old guys,” it is going to help families, spouses and kids. Thank you, and great job John Muirhead and Terry Harrell, and as I type that, I can almost hear them in what would be a long speech that it was not them, it was the umpteen million volunteer hours by… (you get the point). Now when I drive by, my thoughts have changed to--I cannot wait until my friends can sit back and share stories in this polished historic building over a well deserved cup of coffee.

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15th Annual Rollie Lane Invitational Wrestling Tournament

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place). Thank you Rollie for your years dedicated to the sport and the many young athletes lives you have touched.

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It never ceases to amaze me when you meet new people how quickly some make you feel like a better person for having known them. I recently had the pleasure of meeting Rollie Lane, a Hall of Fame wrestling coach. He spent 28 years coaching in Colorado, New Mexico and Idaho. Rollie and his late wife, Patty, moved to Caldwell in 1993. His wife was the owner of the Wilder grocery store. For a number of years they lived in Nampa. The move to Caldwell was an easy decision for Rollie, it made his bride’s commute to work much shorter. Since 2001, during the first full weekend in January, a wrestling tournament has been held in Rollie’s honor. This past year, 56 teams traveled from as close as Caldwell and as far away as Canada to test their wrestling skills. Caldwell High School placed 3rd with team member, Dante Carreno going undefeated, earning a championship title. Other Caldwell High School wrestlers placing were: Emmanuel Cerros (6th place), Ismael Cerros (4th place), Christian Hudson (3rd place), Irving Capuchino (6th place) and Triden Mitchell (6th


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C of I Men’s Basketball: A Tale of Perseverance

For those of you that have followed the ‘Yotes Men’s Basketball this year, it was no surprise to see them pull out a close two point win over Corban on Friday, January 22. The two point win on Friday and the 10 point loss to #10 Northwest Christian on Saturday marked the ‘Yotes 13th and 14th games this season decided by 10 points or less. This season has been filled with ups and downs for this hard fighting team. This team started off hot winning their first four games by an average of almost 21 points. In those four games the closest game was an eight point win against Montana Western. It seemed early on at least that the loss of four starters from the 20142015 season had been mitigated. However, the team seemed to come back to earth after losing four of the next six, starting with a close loss to NNU with their inexperience seeming to be a bit exposed. The Yotes kept fighting and never used their youth as an excuse. They kept fighting and kept themselves in most games through their competitive nature. Reagan Rossi was proud of the way Coach Garson had kept this team focused and fighting, given the loss of four starters from last year. “Coach Garson has done a fantastic job with keeping games tight. He lost a great deal of talent from last year and has worked hard to improve his current roster.” Rossi was also quick to point out that there is still a great deal of talent on the current squad


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Frustrated with getting every call from the bleachers correct while the officials on the field can’t? Now is your opportunity to improve the game and the level of play on the diamond. The Third District Softball Officials Associations are looking for new officials to join an outstanding group of men and women dedicated to the excellence of high school Softball. The Third District will train and certify through a series of meetings and on-field clinics. Assignments will be flexible with existing commitments, and is family friendly.


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Home Games 2/5/16, 7:30 P.M.......................................Warner Pacific 2/6/16, 7:30 P.M............................................Multnomah Away Cascade Conference Games 2/13, 7:30 PM (PT).....................Oregon Tech, Klamath Falls, OR 2/14, 3:00 PM (PT)........................Southern Oregon Ashland, OR 2/20, 8:30 PM (PT)......................Walla Walla, College Place, WA 2/24, TBA.................................CCC Championships (semi-finals) 3/1, TBA.............................................CCC Championship (finals) 3/9-15, TBA...NAIA National Championships Point Lookout, MO For the rest of the season’s schedule, go to: yoteathletics.com/ schedule.aspx?path=mbball but the loss of a First and Second team All-American will hurt any team. After the win against Corban, Coach Garson spoke on his team’s character: “This is a tough, gritty and high character team. When adversity hits, a person’s or team’s true character shines through. This team has amazing people with amazing character. There is no quit in this team.” His words seem to match what this season had been all about. Battling it out against NNU, an NCAA II team, to a hard fought four point win after the close four point loss earlier in the season, playing hard against the bigger, stronger, faster and more experienced Utah Utes. Even battling against the higher ranked Northwest Christian, this Yotes team plays hard and always gives themselves a chance. In February, the ‘Yotes will have two remaining home games:

February 5th against Warner Pacific and the 6th against Multnomah. Coach Garson hoped the gym would be filled for those final two games stating: “This team is the best bargain for your buck right now in Caldwell. You will watch a team work hard and play hard for 40 minutes. You will see great basketball.” Coach Garson also said he loved the support the team has received in the three years he has been coaching and is looking forward to much of the same in the years to come. Coach Garson is right, this team is fun to watch and does put on a good show. This will also be a chance to say goodbye one more time to TJ Gordon as he is a member of the basketball team as well as being the Quarterback for the football team. GO YOTES!!!!

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Dave Lawrence will present the program “Birds, Birds, Birds and More” which will emphasize birds in San Diego County, CA, but will also include a few of Idaho’s rarities over the past few years. It will also include a few non-bird photos that illustrate some of the other things that birders encounter while birding. Dave has always been observant of nature and his first remembered birding experience was seeing a Pileated Woodpecker when he was 10 years old. He is a founding member of Southwestern Idaho Birders Association (SIBA) and the original founder of Idaho Birders Linked Electronically (IBLE). He has photographed over 300 species of birds throughout his travels and is now retired. His world birding life list stands at 577 and he is looking forward to seeing many more species. This program which is open to the public, will be presented to the Southwestern Idaho Birders Association on Feb. 11 at 7PM in the visitor’s center of Deer Flat NWR. The visitor center can be accessed from the intersection of Roosevelt and Indiana Ave south of Hwy 55.

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On January 20, 2016, John Schleicher received a call from Kirk Pugsley, Vallivue 4-H swine leader, about one of his sows being in trouble. He stated that his “mitts” were too large to help deliver the pigs that were stuck and he needed help from someone with a smaller arm. Kinley was up for the challenge and quickly said “yes!” After a little convincing and coaching from Kirk, Kinley was able to remove the two stuck pigs and continued to help deliver the

rest of the litter. In total, the sow farrowed 12 live pigs and 2 stillborns. In the words of Kirk, “Kinley saved my ‘bacon.’” Kinley was beaming for days and couldn’t stop smiling. It was an awesome experience for her to be able to see how the process all starts and the effort and work that gets put into the pigs right from the start. It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience for her. Everyone was very proud of her efforts and all of her hard work.

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Welcome to spring preparation, planning and planting for 2016. If you’re like me, winter came and went before you knew it. The holidays had you busy and the new year has already escaped into the second month. So you really don’t want to talk about gardening yet because you’re still skiing, and I hope you are taking advantage of all this lovely snow we have had this year, both in the mountains and your own front yard. Didn’t the trees look gorgeous with the Hoar Frost cloaking their branches, and didn’t the red and yellow twig dogwoods look amazing sticking out through the snow? I hope you enjoyed the results of your hard work last year with bountiful fruits and veggies that you harvested from your garden. Well if not, let’s see if we can improve that this year, okay? So let’s get started prepping. There will be a sunny day here very soon where you can get out and turn your garden over and expose the deeper soil to oxygen and sunlight. If you have grass

Of her experience, Kinley said, “It was very fun, I learned a lot and conquered a fear. It did take a lot of convincing to do what Kirt wanted me to do, and after finally being convinced, I was glad I was able to do it.” Editor’s note: Remember “Kinley’s Hog Blog” as the Caldwell Perspective followed Kinley’s 4-H progress raising her hogs for the Canyon County Fair? Well, she has now graduated up to “Hog Doc!” Congrats to Kinley on her educational hog journey from the very beginning to the very end.

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and leaves on the the garden floor, this aids in the breakdown of the debris. If not, it’s a good time to add some compost so the moisture already present can work the nutrients a little deeper and not so heavy where you will eventually plant. Pruning; it’s a good time to go back and get what just didn’t look right during the winter. Do this when temperatures are above freezing during the day to prevent damage. Also, clean out perennial beds and divide bulbs and clumping flowering plants like daylilies, but wait until April 10th or so to do your roses. Planning; if you haven’t been doing this, do it now. You’ll find seeds in stores already. Plan your garden and get the seeds you want now, so you have the varieties you want as the stores rarely restock these items. Try new things. Someone will always take them, like food banks. In fact, I challenge you to grow extra just to give to a local food bank this year Planting; yes some seeds need to be started indoors already so

that you can get the maximum production for your efforts. T h i s requires very little e f f o r t and your children will learn how to do it in the process. The green industry has made starting seeds indoors so much easier and fun. Just remember, not all plants need to be started early or even like being transplanted, like corn, carrots or radishes. These like direct sewing. Oh by the way, your lawn got a lot of moisture in the form of snow and rain, so the nitrogen will be high. Your grass will really take off once it warms enough. So I hope your lawn mower got its tune up and it’s ready to go. Until next time Pat.

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Chuck McHugh Responds to Dixie Pioneers-Cashman Photo


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Caldwell leaders have worked hard over the years to attract more businesses and residents to its city. Recent projects i n c l u d e opening up and beautifying the banks of Indian Creek, and a proposal for a new downtown plaza with an ice skating rink. Similar ideas were proposed and carried out in Map of Lake Howard Map from Atlas of Canyon the early 1900s County Idaho by George Ogle, 1915 as government officials, businessmen, and women’s clubs worked to make Caldwell the “Magic City” (a name coined by early newspaper editor and future Idaho Governor Frank Steunenberg). As was the case in many fledgling towns, the road to Caldwell’s city beautification was full of detours and roadblocks along the way. By the 1900s, Caldwell had an established business district, governmental institutions, schools, and several churches. Soon city leaders and promoters followed national trends in city beautification and recreational outlets. In 1903, Caldwell merchant and former mayor Howard Sebree spearheaded the development of a new park and artificial lake. Sebree donated 20 acres of land located on the east side of S. 10th Avenue (presently part of the Caldwell Municipal Golf Course). The Dixie Drain ran through the acreage, and irrigation promoter J. H. Lowell and civil engineer Edward Hedden proposed to survey the property for construction of a small dam to create the “lake.” Local nurseryman Charles Hartley offered to donate trees for the park. Caldwell Times newspaper editor Rees Davis pleaded for local residents to help financially support the park and lake: “This undertaking, it will readily be seen as mainly for the middle and poorer classes. It is designed to create right at home, with in reach of all, a place where those who cannot afford to take summer outings….” His words may have had an effect, because in less than a year $1,000 had been raised, including $200 from the women’s Village Improvement Society. The deed to the property was accepted by Caldwell’s then-mayor, A. K. Steunenberg. The lake project hit a major roadblock in October 1904. A bid for constructing the dam to create the artificial lake came in higher than the money collected, and the Village Improvement Society did not want their $200 donation used for the dam. Attorney Henry Griffiths and newspaperman Rees Davis came before the Caldwell City Council and pledged money to replace the donation, with Griffiths handing them a certified check. The council discussed the issue, and one member, fur and hide merchant Charles S. Davis, moved that the land be deeded back to Howard Sebree. Two other council members agreed, so the gift of 20

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acres to the city was refused. Eventually the city council changed its members and minds, for work commenced again on “Lake Howard” (named for Sebree) in 1905. After the dam was completed, longtime Caldwell entrepreneur Henry Dorman platted a residential “Lakeview Addition” immediately south of the lake. Lake Howard became a popular site for picnicking, fishing and swimming during the summer months. During the winter, the lake froze over and became a favored ice skating pond for local families. Children glided across the ice, accompanied often with their mother in a long gown and hat. The Caldwell Tribune reported in December 1908 that ice skating on Lake Howard was “...never better. It is a bigger attraction than the moving picture shows.” In 1910, the lake’s shores were recommended as a possible site for the new Carnegie Library. The idea was turned down because some people thought it was “too far out” from the center of town. The issue of Lake Howard’s ownership came up again in 1910. The Caldwell city council voted to have the city attorney “begin at once the necessary action to quiet title” the 10-acre parcel to the city. Thus began a ten-year lawsuit over the site. Its original deed had disappeared in 1904, after the council had recommended that the property go back to Howard Sebree. Later the Sebree family decided they wanted the land back because they did not think the city had lived up to its promise to improve and maintain Lake Howard Park. By 1916, the property was leased by the city to an individual “to clear and seed the land,” indicating that the land was no longer used as a park. The lawsuit would not be settled until 1920, when a district court judge decided that the land belonged to the City of Caldwell. If it’s your dream, it’s my passion! The Lake Howard property languished as a pasture and hunting site for the next 15 years,. The site would gain new recreational life in www.jenniefinlay.com • jennie@jenniefinlay.com the 1936, when federal Depressionera funding helped pay for park expansion and development of a municipal golf course by WPA (Works Progress Administration) workers. However, that is a long Jennie Finlay 823 Main Street, Caldwell story for another time.

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City Council and Appointed Officials for 2015

Mayor Garret Nancolas swore in newly elected council members during the January 4th city council meeting. Sworn in were: Chuch Stadick (left, seat 6), Chris Allgood (middle, seat 5), and reelected council member Shannon Ozuna (right, seat 4). Stadick retired from J.R. Simplot Co. in 2005 after a 28 year career with the company. He is now self-employed as a potato farming consultant. Chuck and his wife of 50 years, Connie, have lived in the Treasure Valley since 1977. Allgood, though sworn in on this date, through a recent weird twist of events, resigned from the council effective on January 29th due to conflicts with his PERSI retirement benefits. See ALLGOOD RESIGNS on page 15. Ozuna was previously elected in 1997, 2001, 2011 and 2015. She has been a dental assistant for

37 years and was born and raised in Caldwell. She is a graduate of Caldwell High School. Departing councilman Jeremy Feutch, after being appointed a year ago, chose not to seek reelection. He thanked all the other councilmen for guiding him along the way. Feucht will serve on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission this year. Departing councilman Terrence Biggers stated that he was pleased with the forethought of the city in their past decisions so that we were not only okay today, but will also be okay in the future. He thanked the council for the good experience that he had while on the council. The standing council members gave their advice to the newest members and Mayor Garret Nancolas then swore in the appointed city officials for 2016. These newly elected members join Councilmen Mike Pollard,

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Dennis Callsen and Rob Hopper. Mayor Garret Nancolas with Debbie Geyer (Recording City Clerk) are also a part of the team for the 2016 year. The new council then elected Dennis Callsen to be President and Shannon Ozuna to be Vice President of the council for 2016. All council members serve as members of the Board of Commissioners of the Caldwell Urban Renewal Agency. Mayor Garret Nancolas then recommended to the 2016 Council that all current appointed officials be re-appointed for another term. The newly organized council unanimously confirmed and reappointed all of the nominees. Following confirmation, appointed officials were simultaneously sworn-in by Mayor Nancolas. They are pictured from left to right: Debbie Geyer (City Clerk), Monica Jones (Human Resources Director), Mark Wendelsdorf (Fire Chief), Brian Billingsley (Planning & Zoning Director), Robb MacDonald (City Engineer), Maren Ericson for Mark Hilty (City Attorney), ElJay Waite (City Treasurer), and Brent Orton (Public Works Director). Also introduced were Economic Development Director Steve Fultz, who was re-appointed and sworn-in at a previous meeting and Police Chief Frank Wyant who was also sworn in during a previous meeting.

February 2016

Chamber Honors of the Month

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Valli Information Systems was recognized as December’s “Business of the Month” during the January Chamber luncheon. Accepting the award from Steve Fultz (Chamber) were Tim Beck (Valli’s Chief Operating Officer) and Bob Jenkins (Valli’s President). Valli Information Systems has been serving businesses in our valley since 1983. The company assists businesses with computer tech services and all aspects of IT infrastructure, computer hardware sales and support. They manage billing statement production, payment processing, medical practice management and medical billing CPC as well. Their business is located at 915 Main Street in Caldwell.

The newest business to join the Chamber was JNK Hauling. Business partners, Joey Villanueva and Kim Torres, received a plaque from Chamber Director Theresa Hardin. JNK Hauling is a junk removal business that also offers handyman services. They will remove anything you want to get rid of from your home, garage, office, or yard. They haul furniture, appliances, trash, branches, tires, and much more, recycling what they can, donating reusable items and taking the rest to the dump! They say that no job is too small, from installing ceiling fans to replacing door knobs, they do it all. Leaky faucets-they fix that too!

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The Caldwell Night Rodeo (CNR) Board of Directors was pleased to present representatives from 208 CARES with a check for $15,336.40 on Wednesday, January 12th in Caldwell. The funds, raised at CNR’s 6th Annual Christmas Party & Fundraiser held on December 15th, will be used to help 208 Cares build mortgage-free, specially adapted homes for disabled Idaho Veterans and thus, enable them to focus on their family, recovery and rebuilding their lives.

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L to R: Sue Brown (Chamber), Gary Weaver (Chamber), Coby Abegglen (Owner), Rose Ersland (Lady Liberty), Jeffrey Stoker (Chamber)

Caldwell Chamber of Commerce welcomed Liberty Tax Service to Caldwell’s business community on January 15th with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The lovely Lady Liberty (Rose Ersland) left her post on Cleveland Blvd and joined them for the event. They are here to help you with your taxes! Liberty Tax Service is located at 6115 E. Cleveland Blvd, Suite 102, in Caldwell.

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L to R: Cpt. Devin Riley (Chamber Ambassador), Sophia Wahlquist (Caregiver), Diane VanLeuven (Caregiver), Jeffrey Stoker (President), Olivia Stoker (Manager-in-Training), Holly Stoker (Office Manager), Cindy Derrick .

On January 14th the Caldwell Chamber held a ribbon cutting to welcome “Home Helpers” to our business community. Their mantra is “Making Life Easier” and that is just what they aim to do. “Home Helpers is a great option for seniors and people needing recuperative care because it allows many in need of care to stay safely and comfortably in their own homes. Our professional caregivers can help you live a better life,” Stoker said. Isn’t it nice to have a service like that when you have a special need? Their office is located at 112 Logan (Weaver Insurance Offices Bldg).

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Representatives from the Caldwell Night Rodeo (CNR) presented the Caldwell Veterans Council (CVC) with a check for $5,000 on Friday, January 22nd. The funds, which were collected during CNR’s 2015 Patriot Night at the rodeo, L to R: Brett Ortland (CNR), Frank Wyant will be used by CVC (CNR), Terry Harrell (CVC), W. John Muirhead towards the renovation (CVC), Jim Bower (CNR), Larry Cigler (CNR) of the old Carnegie Library in Caldwell and its transition into the Caldwell Veterans’ Memorial Hall – a facility which will provide vital services to Canyon County Veterans and their families.

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Theresa Hardin presented Cindy Derrick of Caldwell Orthodontics the Ambassador of the quarter award at the January 12th luncheon. Cindy has been to so many grand openings during the past three months. She certainly has given it her all these past three months. Congrats Cindy and keep up the good work!

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On January 12th of this year Karen Kitson was seen riding off on her brand new bike, donated by the good folks of Clarity Credit Union. You see, on September 15th of last year, Karen had her bike stolen. The folks from the Caldwell branch found out about Karen’s situation, and then as a whole, Clarity employees from every office (7 branches), came together as a group to rectify the situation. With the heart and help from Clarity Credit Union, Kitson was given some brand new wheels. There are good people in this world and it begins right here at home. Kudos to Clarity Credit Union!

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February 2016

National Teen Dating Violence Prevention Awareness Month

by Kim Deugan, AAFV Executive Director

February is National Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month. It is crucial that we take time to remember domestic violence is not a social injustice exclusive for only adults. Even though teen relationships may be different from adult relationships, teens can experience the same types of abuse. Teens also face unique obstacles if they decide to get help, such as; not having money, transportation or a safe place to go. Teens may also have concerns about confidentiality with many adults being mandatory reporters. Teens in Canyon County are not exempt, we line-up with National statistics. •One in three adolescents in the U.S. will be a victimized physically, emotionally or sexually by a dating partner. •80% of girls who have been physically abused in intimate relationships continue to date the abuser. •Two-thirds of teens in abusive relationships never tell anyone. Advocates Against Family

Violence’s Teen Outreach Program partners with schools, detention centers and community programs facilitating Teen Healthy Relationship classes. We recognize staff cannot put a stop to this epidemic alone; it takes a community. Below are some helpful tips in addressing teen dating violence. •The abuse is never the victim’s fault. It’s important to remember nothing a victim does invites or excuses abuse. •Telling someone to “just leave” the relationship is not the answer. Breaking up can be the most violent time in an abusive relationship. •Take relationships among youth seriously. Youth relationships matter; adults risk overlooking the seriousness of dating violence. •Dating violence happens in every type of relationship, in every community. Gender, age, sexual orientation socio-economic status and personality do not matter. Anyone can become part

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of an unhealthy relationship. •Dating violence isn’t just physical. Emotional and sexual violence can be more devastating to a young person’s health than physical violence. •Do not advise teens to fight back. When a victim violently lashes out against his or her abuser, violence often escalates. Abusers may even take that moment to “prove” the violence is mutual. It is much more effective to seek legal help or make a safety plan. •There’s never a point where you should “cut off” a friend who is being abused. Part of an abuser’s tactic is to isolate his or her victim. Without a supportive community, victims can find it harder to leave. If you or someone you know needs assistance on their path to freedom, please call 459-6279 and ask to speak with an advocate or counselor.

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party at her church this past year, I am sure that she has been welcomed home by those who passed before her. I recall one of her friends gently teasing her at that party saying that since her husband, Ed, passed away so much earlier, that he probably thought that she didn’t make it (to heaven) and that he was wondering where she was. I am sure that he is no longer wondering and that she is with him now and smiling again. As we say “Goodbye,” I am sure Ed is saying “Hello!”

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Tuesday before, they party and overindulge in those foods and habits they love, thus “Fat Tuesday.” It is the acceptable day marked for drunken and sinful debauchery before benediction! Totally my interpretation.... Fat Tuesday is February 9th this year with Ash Wednesday, the next day–February 10th. Easter is Sunday, March 27th. So party on!

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youth basketball, and even fed the participants at the Caldwell Nights Rodeo, just to name a few. The Knights of Columbus Council #3086 Caldwell, of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Caldwell, will hold their annual Lenten fish dinners beginning on the first Friday of Lent, February 12th, and every Friday up to Holy Week (6 dinners). A silent auction, full of handmade and other neat stuff, will be held during the last fish dinner on March 18th. Our fish dinner is served from 5-7 p.m. Not only do you get a great



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The Knights have been having Lenten fish dinners for over 20 years and the event has grown every year. Last year’s dinner’s earnings blew the roof off the doors. We could not have been more appreciative of the support we received from our community. The proceeds from the fish dinners go back into the many charitable works the Knights support. We donated funds to the pro-life billboard campaign, Stanton Healthcare-an alternative to abortion, helped send a medical mission team to Haiti, purchased Christmas bikes and coats for kids, supported boy scouts and

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February 2016

“Not important...but possibly of interest”

When we moved into our present home almost 25 year ago, we got a storage shed. It was one of those metal models. It took me the better part of a week, about 10,000 little nuts, bolts and screws, plus considerable profanity to put it together. I initially put the shed on a wood foundation set on concrete blocks. Over the years, the wood flooring rotted. I decided to move the shed off the wood foundation and place it on an existing concrete pad on the far side of the yard. A twelve-by-sixteen foot metal shed held together with 10,000 tiny bolts, nuts and screws isn’t designed to move anywhere once assembled. But after doing some figuring and stiffening the base, I hooked the shed to our riding lawn mower, pulled it off the wood base and slowly dragged it to its new location. The shed worked pretty well on the new site, as long as

it didn’t rain too hard or snow too much. When that happened, water seeped in under the base, and soaked anything that was sitting directly on the concrete pad. Because the shed was metal, I couldn’t spend more that a few minutes inside on a hot summer day. But the shed had one fault worse than being damp and/or hot. From the day I finished assembling the shed, I hated the door. I’m about 6 feet tall and could stand straight up inside the structure. But the shed door was only about 5 feet high. Any time I went into the shed, I had to duck my head. At least once a year, I would forget to duck enough and our neighbors had to endure lengthy diatribes featuring every profanity I had learned in the military and the newspaper business. The most irritating aspect of the low doorway was that the older I got, the more often I seemed to whack my head. So when I nearly knocked myself speechless one day last year, I

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called an outfit that builds storage sheds. Three weeks later we had a nice wooden shed larger than the old metal shed, with a real shingled roof and a seven-foottall door. The new shed also was designed to stay cooler in the summer and keep things dry in the winter. After the shed builder left, I painted it to match the house and added electrical wiring for a light and plug-ins. The shed was even tall enough to add a loft at one end -- high enough above the floor that I only had to duck a little to walk under it. Then I transferred all the stuff from the metal shed to the new shed. There was even room left over to add some stuff previously stored in the garage. When everything was finished, I paused to enjoy the moment. I stood inside admiring the tall doorway. Then I turned around ……..and cracked my forehead on the beam I had added to support the loft. It would be nice to have something clever to say, but I got nothin’.


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Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline Review by Amy Perry Christina Baker Kline was Writer in Residence at Fordham University from 2007 to 2011. A recipient of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowship and research fellowships to Ireland and Minnesota, Kline is the author of five novels including Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be.

Orphan Train is a wellresearch study of the past and present methods of caring for orphans in the United States and the emotional toll orphans pay. Molly, seventeen, has bounced around in foster care since she was eight. Vivian, ninety-one, is a wealthy, cultured woman who appears to have had a perfect life. Molly needs fifty hours community service to avoid

juvenile detention after she steals a book, Vivian agrees to have her help clean her attic for that purpose. While the two women sort through eighty-one years of boxes, a friendship forms that brings healing to both. Kline’s writing style is fast moving with spare, clean descriptions that lead to well-rounded, likeable characters. I will happily recommend this novel to anyone that stands still for even a moment. It is both deeply disturbing and deeply comforting, highlighting the resilience of humanity and our need for continuity.



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Directions: In a large cooking pot, fry the diced bacon until crispy. Without removing grease, add diced onions, celery and mushrooms. Cook until onions appear translucent. Add potatoes and carrots and stirs together. Add chopped clams with their juice. Stir together with the rest of the ingredients. Add water to barely cover the top of the potatoes. Boil with lid on until potatoes are tender. 2 cups milk 2 TBS quick mixing flour (can use regular, mix lumps out) 2 TBS butter or margarine 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper Add butter to the pot, stir in. In a separate bowl, mix the flour into the milk. Pour into soup. Mix together until thickens. Add salt and pepper and mix. Use less or more according to taste. Serves 4-6.

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February 2016


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L to R: Susan Winchester (4th grade teacher), Ed Harlin (moderator), Jeremy Waterhouse (champion) and Miranda Starr (Principal)

The winner of the Bee for the first time in school history was a 4th grader. His name is Jeremy Waterhouse and he is a resident of Caldwell. His father teaches mathematics at Gem State Academy in Caldwell. Jeremy will go on to compete with other winners in the state of Idaho and possibly the national competition in Washington D.C. Other participants included

Front Row, L to R: Mikalya Creitz, 5th grade; Portia Kluchesky, 8th grade; Jeremy Waterhouse, 4th grade; Michael Mauricio, 6th grade; Jenna Waterhouse, 6th grade. Back Row, L to R: Ed Harlin, moderator; Abeni Nosik, 5th grade; Elie Chen, 7th grade; Anna Stone, 8th grade; Everett Stone, 4th grade; Caleb Smith, 7th grade; Miranda Starr, Principal

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Caldwell Optimists Present Check

by Joe Shreve, Caldwell Optimist

The Caldwell Optimist Club presented a check to the Caldwell HS Girls Soccer team for $877.50 for their efforts at the Club’s concession booth at the Caldwell Night Rodeo this past August. These girls do excellent work.

Caldwell Rotary Club was very busy this January. They inducted new member Barry Fujishin (C of I Major Gifts Officer), awarded a Paul Harris Fellow +2 to Doug Reinke , a Paul Harris Fellow +1 to Greg Evans, and finished delivering chapter books to 1,400 second graders in 17 area schools in Canyon and Owyhee Counties. Paul Harris Fellow Awards are given to members who have earned $1,000 marks in giving to The Rotary Foundation (TRF), which is the international working arm of the organization that promotes peace through humanitarian efforts across the globe, with the emphasis on health, education and other related projects. Through TRF and the World Health Organization (WHO), polio has almost been wiped out globally. As of December 9, 2015, 49 cases of wild poliovirus from Pakistan and 17 cases from Afghanistan have been reported. With the help of Bill Gates and his matching program, we are almost there.

C of I Planetarium Director Receives Grant L to R: Eric Garza (Optimist member & CHS girls varsity Coach), Lita Forse (student athlete), Hailey Horsewood (student athlete), Gabriela Corado (student athlete), Molly Dayley (student athlete), and Joe Shreve (Optimist member and staffing coordinator for the concession booth)

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Thanks to a recent $5,000 NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) grant, C of I planetarium director Amy Truksa will be holding a workshop in June 2016 to teach 25 local school teachers how to use the portable planetarium, the Starlab, which has waned in use since it was first purchased in the 1990’s. After deciding it was time to put together another workshop, Truksa drafted and submitted her grant proposal to train elementary school teachers to teach astronomy and use the portable Starlab equipment. The Starlab, an inflatable planetarium, once inflated, people can crawl through a tunnel, which opens up into a dome. Inside the dome, a projector displays the night sky, much like the ceiling of a planetarium. By changing the cylinders on the projector, the Starlab can also display Greek mythological constellations,

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Native American constellations, the organelles of a cell, wind currents, ocean currents and more. That makes the Starlab applicable to a variety of classes, whether it is exploring mythology for language arts classes, talking about different cultures and the way they perceive the world for social studies, or walking into a cell for biology. Truksa is planning on holding the Starlab training the week after local schools get out in June. The workshop can be taken for experience or for continuing education credits toward teacher recertification requirements. Teachers interested in participating in the workshop can contact Truksa at atruksa@ collegeofidaho.edu. “It’s a phenomenal tool,” Truksa said. “Crawling into a planetarium at your own school is so unique compared to anything else students might be doing.”

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