February 2017 Caldwell Perspective

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Caldwell, Idaho

Edition Twenty-Seven



Caldwell Police Honored

Basque Dance Fun

Ron’s Natural Foods began with Ronnie Vance

Caldwell Christian Church celebrates 125 years

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“Snowpacalypse” comes to town...

Buried on Logan Street!

On January 4th, there were 14 inches of snow reported to be on the ground at the Boise Airport, which beat the old record of 13 inches set in Decembers of 1983 and 1985. The record of 3.2 inches of snow on one day was set in January of 1951 and was broken this January with 6.5 inches. This overabundance of snow has created all kinds of havoc all around us.

We all felt the repercussions of such a wealth of snow. Many cars were immobilized and those that weren’t, were suffering the consequences of icy roads. Many unplowed subdivisions made passage nearly impossible. Paper and mail carriers were struggling to make their deliveries and on some days were unable to make them at all. Trash services were delayed for a couple of weeks for some. Schools were closed

Trapped on Washington Avenue!

for more snow days than ever before. Our little world seemed to come to a halt. Then the snow began to melt and the next sloppy mess began, only to freeze over, get snowed on again, and then to melt again. It’s easy to moan and groan and say, “Ain’t it awful,” but look at the bright side, the water year for irrigation should be stupendous!

Big splashes on intersection of South 10th Avenue and Chicago Street.


photos by Leora Summers

Even Rudolph has had enough!

by L. Summers, Editor

Rob Wade on Easy Street helped plow neighbors’ driveways.

Caught in the Act...literally!

by Leora Summers, Editor

This statement was made by Councilman Dennis Callsen with all of the City Council Members in concurrence at the City Council Meeting on 1/17/2017: “The street department, with the help of the water department, irrigation department, parks department, and the sewer department have worked around the clock and weekends to keep the roads passable. Without their efforts, the police, fire, EMS, Meals On Wheels, and many more services our citizen rely on, would be hampered making a true state of emergency.”

“The efforts of the street department, the water department, irrigation department, parks department, and the sewer department have been seen and heard with the deepest of thanks for their endless dedication to the people that we all serve. Also, a big thank you to their families that make the sacrifice when these employees are not home during this time of emergency.” “Each and every one of these employees deserve to be recognized because they are what make Caldwell, the community love, home.”

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by Leora Summers, Editor

Poor Arnold Hernandez was caught examining the damage that was caused by his carport’s roof after it had caved under the weight of the recent snow storms. “This nieve (snowfall) is getting personal now. I lost the techo, but my four wheelers survived without a scratch. Lucky! Como dice el dicho, if life gives you lemons, bring out the tequila. HA,” he said.

Page 2 CALDWELL PERSPECTIVE Senior Center 459-0132 Every Mon.: 9 AM (ex. 2-20): Exercise Class 10 AM (ex. 2-20): Fit and Fall Class 1 PM (ex. 2-20): Line Dancing 7 PM: Square Dancing Every Tues.: 9 AM (ex. 1-14): Art Group 1 PM: Pinochle 5:30 PM: Bingo Every Wed.: 10:30 AM: Crochet & Knitters Every Thurs.: 9 AM: Exercise Class 10 AM: Fit & Fall Every Fri.: 1 PM: Bingo 6 PM: Dance Library 459-3242 Closed 2-19 through 2-28 Every Mon.: 10:30 AM: Baby ’n Me. Every Mon.: 11 AM: Baby ’n Me. Every Wed.: 10:30 AM: Preschool Storytime. Every Thurs.: 10:30 AM: Every Child Can Read. Every Fri.: 10 AM: Tai Chi. Fit and Fall Class 880-9855 Every Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30-10:30 AM Caldwell Free Methodist Church, 3320 S. Montana. February 1 7 PM: Adult Coloring, Library. February 2- Ground Hog Day 3:30 PM: Teen Makers, Library. 6:30 PM: CPL Board Meeting, Library. February 3 12 PM: Yote Baseball vs Williams Jessup. 7 PM: C of I’s Whittenberger Planetarium hosts February Show. The Whittenberger Planetarium is located in Boone Science Building near Jewett Auditorium at the corner of 20th Ave. and Fillmore St. Ticket questions: Kinga at: kbritschgi@ collegeofidaho.edu or by calling 459-5211. 7 PM: Jeannie Marie sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. February 4 11 AM: Pioneer Party: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th Birthday, Library. 12 PM: Yote Baseball vs. Williams Jessup. 2 PM: Pokemon Club, Library. 4 PM & 7 PM: Join The C of I’s Whittenberger Planetarium for a night of storytelling under the stars. Storyteller Jim Cogan and Planetarium Director Amy Truksa will join forces to share constellations and mythological tales from around the world, Boone Science Building near Jewett Auditorium, corner of 20th Ave. and Fillmore St. Payment & RSVP are due in advance. Tickets: Kinga at: kbritschgi@collegeofidaho.edu or by calling 459-5211.

7 PM: Dee Hisel sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. February 6 9 AM-12:30 PM: Red Cross Blood Drawing, Caldwell Police Dept, 110 S. 5th Ave. 4:30 PM: Gaming, Library. 4:30-6 PM: Grief and Survivor Support Group, TVCC, 205 S. 6th St. Room #220. Info: Susan at 250-2946. Public welcome. 6:30 PM: All Ages Crochet, Library. 6:30 PM: The Real CSI, Library. 7 PM: City Council Meeting, CPD Community Room, 110 S. 5th Ave. February 7 10:30 AM: Kritters for Kids: Spider Monkey, Library. 7-9 PM: An Ecological History of Southwestern Idaho, C of I, for costs contact: rwhihite@collegeofidaho. edu, 459-5188. 7:30-9 PM: Cupid’s Crafts: Linocut Valentine Cards, C of I, for costs contact: rwhihite@collegeofidaho.edu, 459-5188. February 8 4:30 PM: After School Crafts, Library. 7 PM: Adult Makers, Library. 7 PM: Ugandan Kids Choir, a group of ten talented Ugandan children will be performing at Grace Lutheran Church, 2700 South Kimball. Public Invited! February 9 2 PM: Thurs. Afternoon Read, Library. 3:30 PM: Teen Makers, Library. 6-7 PM: Vallivue School District, Town Hall Mtg-Proposed Elementary Boundaries, District Office Board Room. 6:30-8:30 PM: Beg. Watercolors, C of I, costs: rwhihite@ collegeofidaho.edu, 459-5188. 7:30-9 PM: Cupid’s Crafts: Linocut Valentine Cards, C of I, for costs contact: rwhihite@collegeofidaho. edu, 459-5188. 7 PM: Southwest Idaho Birders’ Association (SIBA) presents “Birding Festivals in the U.S.” Pictures of birds from each region will be shared by Dr. Alexander Sapiens, Ph.D. at Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Rd, Nampa (corner of Indiana/Roosevelt, south of Hwy 55). The public is invited. February 10-Full Moon 5:30 PM: Yote Womens Basketball vs. Oregon Tech. 7 PM: Jeannie Marie sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. 7:30 PM: Yote Mens Basketball vs. Oregon Tech.

Calendar of Events

February 11 9 AM: Yote Mens & Womens Ski, Bogus. 10 AM-12 PM: U of I Extension Planning Your Garden, CC Extension Office, 501 Main St., pre-register for classes at Caldwell Parks & Recreation. 2 PM: Family Afternoon Movie: Surf’s Up 2: Wave Mania, Library. 4 PM: Free Real Estate Conference, LaQuinta Inn, RSVP: (252) 573-9677 or email wapari@aol.com. 5:30 PM: Rock Around the Clock with the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council. Tickets: Susan Miller 455-3011. 5:30 PM: Yote Womens Basketball vs. Southern Oregon. 7 PM: Rod Dyer sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. 7:30 PM: Yote Mens Basketball vs. Southern Oregon. February 12 9 AM: Yote Mens & Womens Ski, Bogus. February 13 6:30 PM: Basic First Aid, Library. 7-8:30 PM: Caldwell School District Board Meeting. February 14-Valentine’s Day Happy Birthday Patti Syme! 10:30 AM: Toddler Storytime, Library. 2 PM: Homeschool Book Club, Library. February 15 4:30 PM: Jr. Makers, Library. 7 PM: Adult Gaming, Library. February 16 Happy Birthday Leora Summers! Caldwell School District Early Release Parent/Teacher Conferences. 10:30AM: Fun With Math & Science, Library. 7 PM: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club with author Lucinda Moebius, Library. 5:30 PM: Caldwell Family YMCA Ribbon Cutting; 6-7 PM: Presentation; Free & open to the public! 5:30 PM: Yote Womens Basketball vs. Eastern Oregon. 6:30-8:30 PM: Beg. Watercolors, C of I, for costs contact: rwhihite@ collegeofidaho.edu, 459-5188. 8 PM: Jewelry-Intro to Wire Wrapping Cabochons, contact Parks & Rec. for cost, 618 Irving St. 7:30 PM: Yote Mens Basketball vs. Eastern Oregon. February 17 Caldwell School District-No School, Parent teacher conferences. 8 AM-5 PM: 6 & 7 Grade Volleyball League, Caldwell Parks & Recreation Office, 618 Irving St.

February 2017 8 AM-5 PM: 1st & 2nd Grade Basketball League, 618 Irving St. 12-5 PM: 4th & 5th Grade Volleyball, Caldwell Parks & Recreation Office, 618 Irving St. 3 PM: Yote Baseball vs Bethesda. 7 PM: Jeannie Marie sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. February 18 12 PM: Yote Baseball vs Bethesda. 7 PM: Dee Hisel sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. 7:30 PM: Yote Womens Basketball vs. Walla Walla. 9:30 PM: Yote Mens LaCrosse vs. Gonzaga. February 19 11 AM: Yote Baseball vs Bethesda. February 20-President’s Day Caldwell School District-No School.

Vallivue School District-No School. 5:30 PM: Republican Lincoln Day Banquet, dinner begins 6:30 p.m., RSVP: 459-6116 or 880-4434. 7-10 PM: City Council Meeting, CPD Community Room, 110 5th Ave. February 21 Vallivue School District-No School! 6:30 PM: Special Meeting, City Council Workshop, CPD Community Room, 110 S. 5th Ave. 6:30-8 PM: Ingles Practico para Hablantes Nativos de Espanol (English for Native Spanish Speakers), C of I, for costs contact: rwhihite@ collegeofidaho.edu, 459-5188. Calendar Continued on Page 3


Chamber activity and participation has a positive effect of business retention and expansion, quality of life, economic development, and many other elements. If you are interested in getting involved in the Caldwell Chamber or want to make a difference in your community, the Chamber offers several volunteer committees for you to take part on.

February 1......11:45 PM: Agri-Business Committee Meeting Stewarts Bar & Grill. February 3......8:30 AM: Travel & Tourism Committee Meeting Chamber Office. February 6......12 PM: Transportation Committee Meeting Indian Creek Steakhouse. February 7......11:30 AM: Ambassador Luncheon, Orphan Annies. February 14....11:15 AM: Annual Awards Luncheon, C of I, Simplot Dining Hall. February 16....12 PM: Government Affairs Committee, Golden Dragon Restaurant. February 16....5 PM: Business After Hours & YMCA Unveiling Celebration, Caldwell YMCA. February 22....8-9:30 AM: Coffee Connect, Franklin Building Supply. February 23....Leadership Caldwell. February 28....4 PM: State of the City, College of Idaho.

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February 22 (continued...) 7-9 PM: An Ecological History of Southwestern Idaho, C of I, for costs contact: rwhihite@collegeofidaho. edu, 459-5188. February 23 3 PM: Yote Baseball vs Saint Martin. 6:30-8:30 PM: Beg. Watercolors, C of I, for costs contact: rwhihite@ collegeofidaho.edu, 459-5188. 6:30-8:30 PM: Jewelry-Intro to Wire Wrapping Tree of Life, class held at the Recreation Classroom, contact Parks & Rec. for cost, 618 Irving St 7 PM: Lisa McFarland sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. February 24 3 PM: Yote Baseball vs Saint Martin.

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Grief and Survivor Support Group finds new location by Leora Summers, Editor

This new group has partnered with Treasure Valley Community College and now has a great meeting location and staff support. The next meeting is scheduled for February 6th from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in room #220 at TVCC, 205 S. 6th St. in downtown Caldwell. New people are always welcome and encouraged to attend. This group is for anyone who would like the support after the loss of a loved one to help them through the grieving process. For more information, you are invited to call Susan at (208) 250-2946.

College of Idaho’s Whittenberger hosts February Show, Storytelling Night

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Wings Center of Boise is proud to announce the third annual Courageous Kids Climbing event, scheduled for Sunday, March 12, 2017 from 10:00 am until noon at the climbing gym, located at 1875 South Century Way. The free event is open to twenty children with special needs, either physical or developmental. Wings Center entertainment manager Jess Curtis pointed out, “It never ceases to amaze us how much these kids benefit from wall climbing. The entire staff at Wings Center is looking forward to this event and we hope to host these events for many years to come.” It has been found that climbing can benefit children with special needs in a variety of ways. For the child who lacks confidence, climbing can help build confidence. For other kids, it helps with their problem-solving skills as well as helping them to focus. For the child with physical challenges, special equipment will be available to help them experience the thrill of wall climbing first hand. All participants will be required to wear climbing safety gear, which includes a safety harness. Courageous Kids Climbing event coordinator Jeff Riechmann said, “We are thrilled to be having our third annual event at Wings Center. The courageous climbers just love this place with their various climbing walls, which includes a route made of tires. The kids also love climbing the rope ladder and the cargo net.” Volunteer coaches are also needed for the event as well as an event t-shirt sponsor. Courageous Kids Climbing is an organization that provides free opportunities for children with special needs, either physical or developmental, to experience the various forms of rock climbing at events throughout the western United States.


To participate in the event, children must preregister. “It is important that each child is preregistered. This helps us to ensure that all of the appropriate equipment is available to accommodate each and every child. In addition, we must limit the event to twenty kids to make certain that each child is afforded an appropriate amount of quality climbing time,” said Riechmann. Children can preregister by contacting Riechmann. For more information on the climbing event, to volunteer or to register your child, contact Riechmann at jeffriechmann@cs.com or visit Courageous Kids Climbing on Facebook.

Calendar February 25 10 AM-12 PM: U of I Extension Weed Control, pre-register at Caldwell Parks & Rec., visit for cost. 12 PM: Yote Softball vs. Western Oregon (DH). 12 PM: Yote Baseball vs Yote Baseball vs. Saint Martin (DH). 7 PM: Rod Dyer sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St February 26-New Moon 11 AM: Yote Baseball vs. Saint Martin. 11 AM: Yote Softball vs. Western Oregon (DH). February 27 6:30-8 PM: Ingles Practico para Hablantes Nativos de Espanol (English for Native Spanish Speakers), C of I, for costs contact:

rwhihite@collegeofidaho.edu, 4595188. February 28-Fat Tuesday 4 PM: Mayor’s State of the City Address, Jewett Auditorium, C of I. 6:30-8 PM: Ingles Practico para Hablantes Nativos de Espanol (English for Native Spanish Speakers), C of I, for costs contact: rwhihite@collegeofidaho.edu, 459-5188. 7-9 PM: An Ecological History of Southwestern Idaho, C of I, for costs contact: rwhihite@collegeofidaho. edu, 459-5188. March 1 Ash Wednesday-Lent Begins 10 AM: Come see the new addition, Library.

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Explore the wonders of our galaxy as the Whittenberger Planetarium hosts its monthly public show at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3 on The College of Idaho campus. The night’s theme will be solar eclipses, as the United States will experience a full solar eclipse this August, as the moon perfectly aligns between the earth and the sun. Even better, the path of totality will travel through Idaho! Guests will also get an overview of the moon, constellations and planets visible in the February night sky. Cogan began storytelling as a history teacher at Jefferson Junior High School in Caldwell in the late 1970s. From Caldwell he moved on to Ketchum for several years

as a teacher and administrator before becoming a professional bard. He works throughout the U.S. as a highly acclaimed family programmer, entertainer and educator. Amy Truksa, a science educator by training, has been the director of the Whittenberger Planetarium since 2000. Questions regarding the purchase of tickets for either event should be directed to Kinga at kbritschgi@collegeofidaho. edu or by calling 459-5211. The Whittenberger Planetarium is located in Boone Science Building near Jewett Auditorium at the corner of 20th Ave. and Fillmore St. in Caldwell.

YMCA Invites You... Go see what the fuss is all about!

The Caldwell Family YMCA, 3720 S Indiana Avenue, Caldwell, invites you to a Ribbon Cutting, Business After Hours and an Unveiling Celebration on Feb. 16th, with Ribbon Cutting at 5:30 p.m. and the celebration from 6-7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Go see what all the fuss is about!

Veteran’s Corner

Sponsored by the Caldwell Veterans Council

Progress on the Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall moves forward despite record cold weather and snow fall. Even frigid weather cannot hamper the steady progress on the construction of the Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall. Preparations are underway for the installation of drywall in the upper level walls and ceiling, which is scheduled for February 3rd. A team, led by Noah Siple, installed the window framing and wall partitions. The window framing is actually an Eagle Scout project for Seth Siple. Good job, Seth! Larry Ammann is installing the plumbing lines, and a team from the Caldwell Housing Authority is installing drywall backing and cutting an elevator lobby entrance doorway. Home Depot awarded the CVC, for the third time, a Team Depot grant. This award covers the cost of drywall for the building. On February 3rd, a team of Nampa Home Depot employees will perform the drywall installation in concert with a Caldwell Housing Authority team. It is heartening to reflect upon the progress accomplished over the past two years and to realize that the completion of this worthy project is within our grasp. We are very appreciative and grateful for the generous support of local organizations and individuals. W. John Muirhead Caldwell Veterans Council Chairman

Local Veteran’s Organizations

Carrie L French, Chapter 1, Disabled American Veterans. 2nd Tuesday every month at 7 pm, Train Depot, 701 Main Street, Caldwell, Service Officer – Norman Geyer, (208) 405-9384 Loren M Trotter, Post 35, American Legion. 2nd Monday every month at 7 pm. Social Meeting, 4th Monday every month at 7 pm. 1112 Main Street, Caldwell, Idaho 83605 Service Officer – Gary White, (208) 608-4891. LT Leighton D Patterson, Post 3886, Veterans of Foreign Wars. 2nd Thursday every month at 7 pm. 1112 Main Street, Caldwell, Idaho 83605.

We are currently raising funds to buy an elevator to better serve our disabled and elderly veterans. More information, visit www.cvmh-vets.org or mail; CVMH, PO Box 1535, Caldwell, Idaho 83605.

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Yeah! It’s a boy!

by Leora Summers

February Upgrades and Services at the Caldwell Public Library

photo by Leora Summers

This month, the Caldwell Public Library will undertake its largest physical project since our country’s bi-centennial. This much needed upgrade will include creating a Teen Space as well as a Maker’s Space for the library’s two 3-D printers, an upgrade of the circulation desk, shelving reorganization and new carpet. “We are very excited for our patrons to have a newer looking adult area,” says Anna Lea Martinez, the library’s Technical Services Supervisor. “The new design will accommodate more of a community gathering space.” Work on the Library will begin Monday, February 19th, and conclude February 28th. Much of the heavy lifting will be provided by a crew from Correctional Industries, and several loyal community volunteers to assist with the project. The Library will be closed during construction. The roadside return drops will remain open, and all electronic resources will be available. A temporary kiosk will be open in the library for patrons to pick up holds from other libraries. The hours for the hold kiosk will be Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., and then again from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Saturday’s kiosk hours will be 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

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Mark Pemble of the Friends of the Caldwell Public Library Page Turners presents a check of $2,000 to Fiona May, Youth Services Librarian. The donation will be used to purchase fixtures for the Teen Space.

West Valley Medical Center collaborates with Caldwell School District to feed families! by Leora Summers

C of I basketball coach, Scott Garson, leaping for joy! Why is that?

Congratulations to College of Idaho’s basketball coach, Scott Garson and Amy on the birth of their son, Sidney Leo Garson, on January 2nd. Garson missed a couple of games anticipating the birth as the due date was determined to be at the end of December. He now has a whole new perspective of what true love really is. It’s a whole new ball game for Coach Garson during this next new and exciting chapter in his life. Enjoy!

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During the school closure days due to snow in the month of January, West Valley Medical Center (WVMC), in conjunction with the Caldwell School District (CSD), opened their cafeteria to give out free hot meals to those most in need. It started out with an email from WVMC to the CSD saying, “In light of the unexpected snow days and resulting concerns about kids not having access to food, West Valley would like to offer our cafeteria for families in need.”

WVMC asked personnel at the school district if they knew of any families that were in need. The offer remained open until kids were able to receive meals at school again. They could receive a hot meal from 7-10 a.m. (breakfast), 11-2 (lunch) and 4-6 p.m. (dinner). What a very generous offer and great service West Valley Medical Center and the Caldwell School District do for the families and children of our community. They are to be commended.

Advocates Against Family Violence announces new board members

Joining the Board are Joe Swenson, Melynda Bish, Virginia Godina-Ortiz, Raquel Krol, and Nikki Houston. “We are very excited to welcome our newest board members. We are looking forward to working with them, they each bring talents, expertise and great enthusiasm to our organization. We are very excited to work with them, helping to bring forth a community where individuals are provided the resources necessary to thrive in healthy relationships.” Joe Swenson brings many years of CEO/CFO experience with deep experience in virtually every facet of real estate

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passion to serve within AAFV and further our mission of eliminating violence. Raquel Krol – Raquel currently serves as Vice President of Global Human Resources at Vitalize, the holding company of Bodybuilding.com, based in Boise. Raquel has a strong passion for bettering the lives of children and families and has dedicated her time and resources to many charities. Raquel brings vast experience and proven success at leading the alignment of corporate strategic planning. Nikki Houston – Nikki is currently an enrollment/outreach advisor with the College of Western Idaho. Nikki’s journey as a survivor brought her to AAFV where she has worked as a volunteer speaking with the women at the shelter, putting together donation drives, and sharing her story, ensuring that all are given hope to survive. Nikki not only brings experience as a survivor but a passion for life.


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Caldwell Police Department Awards Ceremony Honors Officers & Community

photos by Detective Streible

by Captain Devin Riley

Robb Vavold receiving the Business of the Year Award.

Danny Pugmire receives one of the Community Service Awards.

Chief Wyant handing out the Combat Cross Award to Officer Glynn and Joshua Gallup.

On January 13th the Caldwell Police Department held its first annual CPD awards ceremony. This is an opportunity for all CPD employees and their families to come together one evening a year and celebrate the accomplishments of the great men and woman of the Caldwell Police Department. Throughout the year, employees are recognized for their work, accomplishments and heroic acts. The awards ceremony was designed to share with family, co-workers and city officials, the outstanding work and accomplishments of our employees. It was our goal to showcase these officers and employees and share what they do on a daily bases for our community. Our culture at CPD is that

people, relationships and taking care of our community matters, as our new slogan reads on our cars, “Your Police – Our Community.” Awards given during the ceremony were as follows: Community Service Awards: Dan Pugmire, Detective Ryan Bendawald Meritorious Business Award: Robb Vavold / Mr. V’s Restaraunt Exchange Club Officer of the Year: Detective Joe Cardwell FOP Employee/Supervisor of the Year: Corporal Chad Ivie, Sergeant Josh Gregory Unit Citations: Officer Ben Heinrich, Corporal Chad Ivie, Officer Jim Cox , Officer Eric Phillips, Officer Randy DeLeon, Officer

Sean King, Officer Robert Heaton Meritorious Action Awards: Sergeant Myron Kershaw, Officer Amber Walker, Officer Andrew Heitzman, Detective Brett Howell, Sergeant Adam Matthews Life Saving Awards: Officer Eric Phillips, Josh Gallup, Officer Amber Walker, Officer Levi Glynn Combat Cross: Josh Gallup, Officer Levi Glynn Editor’s Note: Congratulations to the officers and community members who received recognition and awards. You do our community proud and truly do live up to your new slogan, “Your Police – Our Community.”

Caldwell Board of Realtors offers Scholarships

The Caldwell Board of Realtors (CBOR) is taking applications now for financial

college scholarships to students in our area. To qualify for a scholarship, the student must be a U.S. citizen, a graduating high school senior in a CBOR designated school (Caldwell, Vallivue, Notus, Parma, Wilder, Marsing, Homedale, Middleton, Canyon springs, Gem State Academy, Greenleaf Friends Academy and Thomas Jefferson

Charter School and Vision Charter School) and who is in need of financial assistance. In addition, one letter of recommendation, high school transcript, completed application form with an attached 300 word essay on, “Why Home Ownership is Fundamental to the American Way of Life” will be required. The postmarked deadline for

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applications is March 31st. Applications can be picked up from your high school guidance counselor’s office, or the CBOR Office (1509 Caldwell Blvd (Karcher Mall), Nampa. For additional information contact: Angie Castillo (208) 249-0819 or send her an email to: angie. castillo@iibk.net and she can send you one.

Mayor Thanks CPD

by Garett Nancolas, Mayor

Councilman Mike Pollard and I had the privilege of attending the First Annual Caldwell Police Department Awards Ceremony! It was such an honor to watch as these wonderful, brave, dedicated men and women were recognized by their peers and the community! They were honored for bravery, kindness, service, and many amazing acts of heroism! Our officers and CSO personnel are the epitome of everything good in life! Everything from caring for a child while the family is dealing with a medical emergency, to performing life saving CPR, to helping shovel snow from driveways, to collecting coats for children! These men and women have earned my absolute respect and trust! The City of Caldwell is blessed by each of them on a daily basis! They also took the time to honor Dan Pugmire for his tireless service to Veterans, and also Rob Vavold, his wife, Val, and Mr. V’s Restaurant for their constant support of the Police Department and the City of Caldwell! Thank you to everyone who attended and joined in honoring the Caldwell Police Department!


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Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall and Team Depot planned work day for February 3rd

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Caldwell, Idaho, February 3, 2017: The Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall (CVMH) is the recipient of a $12,000 Community Investment Grant from the Home Depot Foundation. This grant will be fulfilled with drywall for the interior of the CVMH. Team Depot and community volunteers will gather at the CVMH at 10 a.m. on February 3, 2017, to install drywall in the upper level of the hall. The Caldwell Lions Club will provide a BBQ lunch at 12:30 p.m. Individuals interested in supporting the veterans of Canyon County are invited to participate in this event. Tools and safety gear will be provided for volunteers at the CVMH.

SIBA presents “Birding Festivals in the U.S.

by Leora Summers

On February 9th, Dr. Alexander Sapiens, Ph.D., will present a program to the Southwest Idaho Birders’ Association (SIBA) reviewing the “Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festivals,” from birding festivals throughout the United States. Pictures of birds from each region will be shared at Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Rd, Nampa (corner of Indiana/Roosevelt, south of Hwy 55) at 7 p.m. The public is invited. For about 20 years, backyard bird-watching has been an interest of Dr. Sapiens and since his retirement from San

José State University in 2009, he began to watch and study birds more actively. He joined the Southwestern Idaho Birders Association (SIBA) in Nampa and the Golden Eagle Audubon Society (GEAS) in Boise in 2010. He is well-read on birding and has participated in birding trips abroad (Columbia & Cuba), and has attended birding festivals in all parts of the country and has gone on GEAS and SIBA fieldtrips. His photography hobby developed simultaneously to better identify and study wild birds and he has photographed birds during trips from many different parts of the world.

February 2017

My First Year as a Caldwell City Councilman

Needless to say and coming from an agricultural business background, my first year ever as a government official has been an eye opener. That being said, I’m up for the challenge and look forward to serving the taxpayers of the City of Caldwell. As part of our duties, council members are asked to serve on various committees to represent the City; one of my choices was the Caldwell Veterans’ Memorial Hall group. As a U. S. Army Veteran and having served my country in the early sixties, there is a camaraderie between Vets that stays within one’s being to help others whenever possible. I’m sure many of you remember the saying back in the 50s, “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.” I’m here to tell you the Caldwell Veterans’ group did just that with the old Carnegie Library building. Thanks to the leadership of John Muirhead,

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Terry Harrell and the Caldwell Veterans’ Council, Veterans and their families will have the opportunity to seek help with their education, medical issues, jobs, etc, etc. Because of my previous experience in agriculture, I’ve been privileged to know many successful people who are willing to donate some of their blessings to this project and I will continue to work to that end. Several city department heads and their staffs have played a large part in the success of this project. Many private contractors and businesses have also agreed to donate their labor and materials to reach the finish line. As most of you know, this building is very old, with outdated electrical (not up to code), asbestos, not ADA compliant, etc. What was originally estimated by the City to fix it up for occupancy to the tune of just under $200k, turned out to be a $1.5m project. Over 36,000 hours of volunteer labor

Look Inside Your Hearts

It’s no surprise to learn that February, the month for Valentine’s Day, is also American Heart Month. Considering that heart diseases are the number 1 leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 23.4% of total deaths in 2014, we should take a moment to review our lifestyles. I know that this kind of subject does not normally fall under the topics I cover. But I believe that it is important enough that we should address it. Right now, even as you are reading this, there are 27.6 million adults who have a diagnosed heart disease. Roughly about 9% of the American population is suffering from these illnesses, whether it’s coronary heart disease, hypertension, or even stroke. So what can you do about it? The Mayo clinic has a webpage that covers 8 steps to take to prevent heart disease, and I would like to share them with you.

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1. Control your portion size. Portion control is one of the hardest tasks for most of us. During the holidays, I did just as everyone else, I ate until I felt like my pants were about to burst. By doing these, we are taking in more calories than we need. Try using smaller dinner plates, and eat out less. Restaurants often serve more food, than what we need to eat. 2. Eat more Fruits and Vegetables. I am guilty of being selective on which vegetables I eat and I, like most of you, should expand my menu. Not only are vegetables a good source of vitamins and minerals, they are also low in calories. 3. Eat more Grains. Adding healthy fiber choices such as whole grains or oatmeal to our diet can help reduce heart disease. 4. Reduce unhealthy fats. Saturated and trans fats are not good for us when taken excessively. Instead of cooking with butter or lard, try using Olive or canola oils. 5. Add low-fat protein to your diet. Fish, eggs, and lean ground meats are excellent substitutes to fried or breaded meats. Eating skinless poultry instead of organ meats, such as liver, can help maintain a healthy you. 6. Reduce Salt. Personally when I cook, I try not to add salt until I have already tasted the food. One

has been put into this project and what’s left to complete needs licensed contractors which will cost an estimated $750k for labor and materials. This project has given me great joy and satisfaction in giving back to the military, and to the community. In my short experience with city government, many lessons have been learned from all to date. I look forward in serving on other committees in the future and to participate hands-on in the endeavors that will make our community the “City that Offers More.” by Ted Brumet, Public Safety Specialist

of the main reasons is that if you are using spices, there is already good flavor to the food. This can also reduce the chances of heart disease. 7. Create a weekly menu plan. This will allow you to look at the total calories, salts, and fats you are taking in for each meal. But not only is it healthy, it can also help with budgeting, and time management. 8. Allow yourself a treat. Having desserts, or eating comfort foods, should be eaten from time to time. Remember to practice moderation. The Centers for disease control has more information, and there are some good tools available at the Million Hearts’ website. Together with education we can help reduce the number of people suffering from heart disease.


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February 2017


Basque Dance fun supports community

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According to Lisa GabiolaWeitz, though they did not expect the usual crowd due to the snow and weather conditions and did not bring in as much as they usually do, they were pleased and

grateful for the turnout for the event which was held in January. It was a great evening and the organizers of the Caldwell Euzkaldunak Basque Charity thank the bidders, buyers, donors,

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supporters, the City of Caldwell, and attendees who made this event successful. Since its beginning, this organization has raised over two million dollars with 100%

of the revenue going out to our community’s citizens, who have fallen on unforeseen and difficult times. This charity has purchased needed items for school children and families, heating and oil equipment for homes and more. Every holiday season they distribute meat to local areas for families in need. This was the 49th year for

this event. Gabiola-Weitz also reported that there have been some “rumblings” of possible exciting changes for next year as they will be celebrating their 50 year anniversary for this special community event. More information can be found at the group’s Facebook page: Caldwell Basque Charities.

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Drew Maffei (Treasurer Chris Yamamoto’s new Chief Deputy) was introduced to the group by Chris Yamamoto. This was his first day on the job. He came from the Ada County Elections office and is a Canyon County resident. After being new to his position by only hours, Maffei told the group that he worked for the best man in the state and county. He also playfully thanked his wife for her support!

Hello everyone. My name is Drew Maffei and I’m originally from Spokane, Washington where I was born and raised. In 2010, I completed my undergraduate degree in Public Relations from the University of Idaho. After graduating, I returned to Spokane and worked in the private sector, sales department, for Core-Mark International and completed my MPA at Eastern Washington University. In 2013 my wife, Marisol, and I, decided that we wanted radical change and moved to Nampa, where we currently reside. I previously worked for Ada County Elections as the Poll Worker Trainer and Recruiter (2013-2017). We love the state of Idaho and Canyon County!!! My main hobbies are: following Eastern and U of I sports, golf, investing and spoiling my wonderful wife!

On January 9th, the Canyon County Commissioners’ board changed up just a little with the swearing in of Pam White as a County Commissioner, replacing Craig Hanson. Other returning officials also sworn in by Canyon County Treasurer Chris Yamamoto before a crowded room of dignitaries and community members were County Commissioner Tom Dale, Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Taylor, and Sheriff Kieran Donahue. White expressed her appreciation to those putting their trust in her and told the crowd that she would be seeing a lot of IT in the beginning of her term and looked forward to working with the other commissioners. Taylor told the group that he would never forget to thank his wife again for her support after having once been called out on his omission by the governor. He also told the group that he had the best office of everyone and that his office works for everybody and that he looks forward to their support in the new year. Tom Dale, when asked if he would ever go back to running for mayor said that this was where

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Caldwell Rotary Club is almost finished delivering 1,400 chapter books to 2nd graders in18 area schools in the club’s effort to promote literacy, one of Rotary International’s world-wide emphases. The club also distributed 1,400 dictionaries to 3rd graders at those same schools earlier in the school year.


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no one is at home. • Keep your computer and phone safe. Install anti-virus software on your computer and phone and check regularly for software and operating system updates and patches. Don’t open attachments or click on links in emails unless you can confirm the email came from someone you trust. • Never wire money to someone you don’t know. Many scams require that the victim wire money back to the scammers. Scammers know that tracking money sent via MoneyGram, Western Union or Green Dot MoneyPak is extremely difficult. Once you’ve wired the money, it’s nearly impossible to get it back. • Shred sensitive documents. Shred paper documents that include sensitive financial data and dispose of computers, cell phones

Caldwell Industrial Airport Report

Phil Fouts gave a special report to the Caldwell City Council regarding the purposes of the Caldwell Industrial Airport and of the Airport Commission during their January 17th meeting. According to Fouts, the primary purpose of the airport is to provide for the safe movement and storage of aircraft on the ground and in the air. The primary purpose of the Airport Photo L to R: Rob Oates (Caldwell Industrial Airport Manager) & Phil Fouts Commission is to provide (Chairman of the Airport Commission). research, study, discuss and make recommendations on

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specific issues, or a scope of issues, as requested by the City Council; to develop and maintain a safe, attractive and efficient aviation facility in accordance with regulations and to provide for and oversee growth and future projects. Fouts also stated that they can make all kinds of forecasts regarding growth, however growth is based on demand which is difficult to predict. The Airport Commission is not an enforcement agency and is not the FAA, although they work closely with the FAA on matters regarding the airport.

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Using gifted money toward your down payment

W h e n buying a home, especially a first home, the down payment can seem like the biggest hurdle. There are a variety of loan programs that can help make the most of what money you have to put down, but you can also use “gifted funds” for your down payment. Gifted funds are funds given to you either by parents or another eligible relative. There are guidelines for this type of down payment. Before considering using gifted funds, there are a few things to be aware of: • Gifts must be provided by a third party not involved in the home transaction. • The donor must be an eligible

relative of the borrower. • The seller, real estate agent or mortgage professional cannot provide a down payment gift to the buyer. • A government agency or nonprofit organization may provide a gift if it meets the lender’s requirements. • Gift funds require a letter from the donor that documents the amount, date and donor name and proof of receipt of gift funds from the donor’s account is required. • Some programs may require the borrower to contribute to the down payment in addition to the gift. • Navigating the process of obtaining a mortgage in today’s market can seem overwhelming and complex. It is important that you are working with a loan officer that is current on the

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During the January 3rd City Council Meeting, city officials were appointed and took a sworn oath to fulfill their duties. Directly following, Dennis Callsen was voted to remain as Council President and Shannon Ozuna was voted to remain as Council Vice President for the 2017 year. Following the vote, each council member was assigned different duties for their 2017 term. They were as follows: Mike Pollard: Caldwell Senior Citizen Center, Friends of the Caldwell Train Depot, Finance Committee, Caldwell Salvation Army Community Board Dennis Callsen: Audit Committee, COMPASS Board (Alternate), Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council Rob Hopper: Historic Preservation Commission, Pathways & Bike Routes

Meet 2017 Caldwell City Council and Appointed Staff

February 2017 by Leora Summers

2017 Council Members L to R: Mike Pollard, Dennis Callsen (President), Rob Hopper, Mayor Garret Nancolas, Shannon Ozuna (Vice President), Chris Allgood, and Chuck Stadick.

Committee, Valley Regional Transit Board Shannon Ozuna: Library Board, Youth Master Plan Committee Chris Allgood: Finance Committee, Airport Commission, Caldwell Housing Authority Board Chuck Stadick: Audit Committee, Golf Board, Caldwell Veterans Council

From Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council to City Intern I am a former member of the Caldwell Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MYAC). I was on the council for three years, serving two years as a voting member for Thomas Jefferson Charter School and my final year as the Chair of the Council. Being on MYAC was one of my favorite activities through high school. I was a competitive swimmer and USA Swimming National Athlete Representative during my time with MYAC as well as a Normandy Scholar. Learning how to juggle these things with school and a job helped me develop good time management skills, a sense of responsibility, and leadership skills. I enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the inner-workings of local government, become friends with youth from around the community, and travel to Seattle, Washington, and Austin, Texas, with other council members to the National League of Cities Conferences. Being a member of MYAC helped me better understand local government and national cooperation amongst cities, which in turn helped me decide on what I wanted to study in college and to pursue as a career. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to once again work with Mayor Nancolas and Susan Miller as an intern this January. I am working with some students I knew in MYAC to help with the planning of their fundraiser dinner, as well as getting experience in the Mayor’s office. I am currently a junior at Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR, majoring in Politics and Government with an emphasis in International Policy and getting a minor in History. Although I hope to pursue a career in international service, working with international aid organizations, I do enjoy getting back to my roots in Caldwell to continue to learn the impact that local governance has on the world.

Front Row, L to R: Mayor Garret Nancolas, L.J. Waite (City Finance Director/Treasurer), Debbie Geyer (City Clerk), Monica Jones (Human Resource Director), Angie Point (City Clerk Deputy), and Robb MacDonald (City Engineer). Row 2, L to R: Frank Wyant (Police Chief), Mark Wendelsdorf (Fire Chief), Brent Orton (Public Works Director), Brian Billingsley (Planning & Zoning), Mark Hilty (City Attorney), and Steve Fultz (Economic Development Director). Not present, but also appointed was Mary Hawker (City Clerk Deputy). Left: Public Works Director Brent and Tanya Orton also introduced the latest edition to their family during that same meeting. Their little girl’s name is Ruby. She was born on March 31, 2016 and joins 5 big brothers and 3 big sisters! Congratulations to the Orton family! Right: During the January 3rd Council Meeting, Christine and Fire Chief Mark Wendelsdorf introduced the latest edition to their family. Her name is Kennedy James. She was born on December 5, 2016 and joins a big sister, Evelyn. Congratulations Wendelsdorf family!

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My name is Lydia Flores and I am a senior at Caldwell High School. I have been a member of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) for about one year now. I attended the National League of Cities Conference. The conference was from November 16th-19th, 2016. It was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We represented Caldwell and attended workshops with over 100 other youth delegates from around the country. We also had the opportunity to attend workshops with mayors and city council members. I was selected to go to this conference because I wrote a short essay about why I wanted to attend the conference, my involvement with the organization, and what I hoped to bring back for the community. I expected to learn about the ways members of different cities became leaders and the paths that led them to be in those positions. I also really wanted to learn about how other youth delegates ran their councils and kept their youth interested. I learned that I want to hold an important position someday in the city that has molded me into the person I am and to become a mentor to young people who want to make a change and have their voices heard. I want to attend Oregon State University after high school and study International Affairs as well as Education. Being a part of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council has built my confidence and allowed me to express my ideas and how I feel about issues in our community to city leaders.

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Business Improvement District (BID) A partnership with the City of Caldwell and Destination Caldwell was forged to get the final steps of the Business Improvement District formed. This included a resolution stating that Destination Caldwell is the city’s BID partner. The two organizations worked to get assessments mailed out in January with a March 1st due date. For more information on where the boundaries for the district are or for what the assessment dollars will be utilized for: visit www.destinationcaldwell.com/BID. Plaza Façade Handbook Destination Caldwell, downtown property owners, city staff, GGLO (plaza designers) and the University of Idaho Urban Design Center graduate students completed the Plaza Façade Handbook in December, 2016. This team effort formally kicked off in August, 2016 with many planning meetings over the four month process that resulted in three different sets of standards that honor our historic character, but add a modern feel. The City of Caldwell planning staff presented the final Plaza Façade Handbook to the City Council as an addendum to the Framework Master Plan. Many of the downtown property owners attended the Special Workshop and provided supportive input regarding the addendum. The master plan addendum passed unanimously in the public meeting following the workshop. Next steps will include an Ordinance amendment that will incorporate the design standards into the zoning ordinance for the City Center Zoning District. To view the approved handbook, visit www.destinationcaldwell.com. Indian Creek Plaza So much work has been completed on Indian Creek Plaza it’s exciting. The Caldwell Urban Renewal Agency closed on the purchase of the old “Sweetwater” building located at 123 7th Ave. This building was purchased to house the mechanical equipment required for the plaza, the Zamboni storage, public restrooms, and space for equipment rentals (for example, ice skate rentals in the winter). The Indian Creek Plaza team which includes city staff, Destination Caldwell, and the plaza design firm GGLO worked on final touches of the design for the Sweetwater building, final ice skating ribbon/rink, the stage, cabanas, material selection, and splash pad areas. The City also posted a “Request for Qualifications” for a Construction Manager/General Contractor (CMGC) to serve as the CMGC for Indian Creek Plaza. Seven responses were received by the city and the team narrowed the selection down to two firms. McAlvain Construction was ranked first place and this ranking was confirmed by the Council in January, 2017. This signifies the next big step in Indian Creek Plaza related to getting to our ground breaking this spring!

Caldwell on the Move

It has been said that “winners are not people who never fail, but people who never quit.” As we look back on 2016, the City of Caldwell had some great wins in the area of Economic Development… not because we didn’t fail a few times, but because we did not quit! As a reflection back, here are a few “wins” we saw for the year: After acquiring a prime site in downtown Caldwell several years ago, DL Evans Bank opened their new facility at the corner of Blaine and 10th Ave. We also saw the reuse of the former Bank of the Cascades building, with the expansion of Idaho Central Credit Union into the downtown area. The College of Idaho’s new library project is

With the exciting changes and renovation plans for the buildings downtown to bring new businesses in for the soon to be developed Indian Creek Plaza, Ron’s Natural Foods has moved from its building from that core area last November to 1612 South Kimball, formerly where The Gathering Grounds was located. Ron’s Natural Foods has a rich history in our community since1968. Ted and Veronica (Ron or Ronnie) Vance were looking for a new business idea. At the time, they were running a laundry mat and ice plant. Their son Gary thought maybe a health food store would be a good idea. Ted and Ron went on a northwest car tour of health food stores to see what they sold and how they operated. They decided that a health food store might be a good idea. Ted and Ron’s Health Foods opened in 1968. The business was first located on Albany Street and was originally named “Ted and Ron’s Health Foods.” Around 1972, the store moved to 106 S. Kimball. Ted and Ron parted ways in the 70s and the store changed its name to “Ron’s Natural Foods.” In the 1980s, an arson fire by the restaurant owner next door caused the closure of the store for several months, but as soon as repairs were made, it reopened. They still have a few bottles and mementos from the fire on display. In 1994, Ron’s granddaughter, Jennifer, had just graduated from high school and was helping at the store part time, as Ron was feeling under the weather. Then Ronnie suffered a stroke at the store and never recovered. Her granddaughters Jennifer and Carmen both worked in the store while attending college. Both still work in related fields, along with many wonderful employees, all with a common interest in Natural Medicine. In 1996, Gary Vance, Ron’s son, and wife Dana purchased the old Summers’ Stationary warehouse building at 712 Arthur Street. They remodeled the building and Ron’s moved once again. The location had much more traffic and was good for business, better parking and they were able to add their own private handicap parking spot for customers. Over the years much has changed in the way people view their health. Many looked for an alternative to Western Medicine and started seeking natural ways to better health. The store sells natural vitamins, herbs , minerals,

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under construction and began going “vertical” in 2016. And then there is Downtown! Plans for the new Indian Creek Plaza, the movie theater, and the new hotel…all scheduled to begin construction in 2017!! In Sky Ranch Business Park area we saw a great deal of activity, with the opening of American Food Equipment on East Linden, and Tiny Idaho Homes, Inc. As of this report, the City is seeing new construction underway at Sky Ranch including the Strider Group Development, TrailMax Trailers, and the recent sale of property to Fresca Mexican Food. Fresca is a food processing business with plans to construct a 190,000 sq. ft. facility. We realized growth and investment in other areas of town as well, with the opening of the new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, new commercial/office development on the boulevard, and the “soon to be open” Starbucks. We also had “wins” in

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What’s Destination Caldwell been up to? It’s been another milestone 30-60 days for downtown revitalization and Indian Creek Plaza with much more on the horizon. Onward & Upward!


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Wow! What a winter! I think we are setting records by the hour, both in snowfall and low temperatures. All wildlife is struggling. Seasons are closed for deer, elk, moose and antelope, but some upland game bird seasons are still open until January 31st. This is a winter when they should be closed due to the snowfall amounts. Chukars and gray partridge in the 70s closed on December 31. Sometime in the 80s, Fish and Game extended the winter season until January 15th, pending winter snowfall amounts. Then sometime following that, they just let it run through January 31st, and I am ok with that in milder winters.

When as a hunter and observing chukar numbers coming back modestly, give them a break Fish and Game and sportsman. Consider this... chucker, gray and sage grouse habitat routinely overlap. Stressing the beloved sage grouse should be bringing attention to every anti-hunting group in the northwest. I called Fish and Game headquarters to express my concerns. The biologists are meeting on January 26th but that is 5 days before the closing. Hang in there chukars and grays! Spring will come! February is a transitional month. If February weather mellows out a bit, March can be a great month to catch big fish. It would be nice to write about that. Back yard birders--keep your feeders well supplied. Juncos, chickadees and white-crowned sparrows will appreciate it, along with a few morning doves that were too lazy to make the flight south.

Ice Dam Tip: Ice Dams and panty hose...another Ice Dam tip... I would never have thought that these two items would ever be in the same sentence, but Jerry Bauman told me that one way to help melt an ice dam was to cut a leg off a pair of pantyhose and stuff it with ice melt, tie it shut and throw it up on the roof where the ice dam is. Voila! The ice dam should begin to melt away. Later I heard it from sever other folks. No harm from giving it a try......by Leora Summers.

During this seemingly neverending winter, three things have rendered existence possible: Snow shovels, Netflix, the phrase “Kids, go play outside,” and math. While on the subject of human needs . . . In 1943 when Abraham Maslow published his famous “hierarchy of needs” in which he outlined basic human psychological needs (like love, safety, etc.), he didn’t mention any of the above NEEDS in any of his writings. While most of my studies have been in other fields (lip reading, the Macarena, and all of the pseudo sciences), I’m confident that modern science will soon agree with me, and these three items will be added shortly. I’m equally confident that I will receive an apology letter from leading psychologists for their tardiness in recognizing my genius on the subject. Back to the subject at hand. If I absolutely need certain things to survive the winter, what do spiders, insects, and rodents need to survive? Second question: How do they pay for Netflix? While the answer to the first question is more complex, the answer to the second is easy!

The winter of 2017 has been one for the memory banks. While we do live in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains, the Treasure Valley has not seen the combination of consistently frigid temperatures and snow accumulation like this for some 30+ years. Many insurance carriers have already declared the Treasure Valley as a catastrophe area. The accumulation of snow along with rising and falling temperatures has resulted in a process called “ice dams.” Ice dams form along the soffit line(s) and valleys in the roof system.

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You pay for it! Some spiders, insects, and rodents live inside your house. They are right alongside you while you binge watch episodes of The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones. As we’ve discussed before, the winter actually does very little to pests that are indoors; they are just as warm or cool inside your house regardless of the weather outside. There is also typically an abundance of food and water in your home to feed ants, mice, and many other household pest mooches. In short, their lives are much the same in the winter as in the summer inside your home. For the OUTSIDE bugs, however, the story is a little different. Contrary to popular belief, spiders and insects don’t just die during the wintertime. If that were the case, all of them would have died during the First Winter, whenever that was. Perish the thought! Now while that thought may initially cause blissful joy, remember, without spiders and insects, there would be no lovable ‘Pest Guy’ columnist. How sad would that be? No! Bugs and spiders don’t all die. Spiders and insects lay

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their eggs in rubbish h e a p s , m u l c h layers, or deep in the soil. Adult pests that overwinter stay close to structures, in trees and shrubs and so forth in a state called diapause. And no, “diapause” is not something that middle-aged female insects go through, but a hibernation-like state initiated during times of—in this case—cold. During diapause, insects slow their metabolism down to conserve energy in order to survive. Even more interesting is the fact that some insects even produce a type of antifreeze alcohol in their bodies to prevent them from freezing to death during inclement weather. And thus, in less than 500 words, do humans, spiders, insects, and rodents have their needs met, and are able to survive the winter. Thanks for nothing, Maslow!

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When an ice dam forms, it creates a pocket of water that rests on the roofline allowing water to penetrate between the shingles and other areas allowing water intrusion in the home. Ice dams can be recognized in several ways. The most common evidence of an ice dam will be a thick leading edge of ice along the soft line/gutter line of the roof. Occasionally, you may see icicles protruding from the soffit vent(s) of your home. Preventative measures including keeping gutters clean and free flowing, utilizing heat tape in gutters/valleys and down spouts and keeping snow off the roof line do not always prevent ice dams. The best next step for home owners is to remove the ice dam. This can be accomplished in many ways but an efficient and effective measure a home owner can do is to apply hot water in and along the affected areas. This can be accomplished by attaching a garden hose to the hot water supply line of your washing machine. If you are applying the hot water from below the ice dam (from a ladder shooting up), make sure you are not shooting the water directly into the face of the shingle but shooting above

the ice dam and letting it run down the affected area. A second option would be, if it can be done safely, is to apply the hot water from above (on the roof) the ice dam. This is potentially a more effective solution but always keep safety in mind when on your roof. If snow and ice are present in the area where you would apply the water from, do not attempt this method. If water has already penetrated the roof system, additional water will enter the home. If melted properly, the additional water you see in the home is not from the hot water application allowing more water into your home, it’s actually melting the ice that has formed on the underside of the sheeting that is being released. In the end, it is best to remove the ice dam as soon as possible. This should result in less damage to the roof system and the interior of your home.

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LOCAL DIRT––Time to think about seeds!

Wow! There is a lot of snow on the ground and you’re probably not even considering your garden yet. But if you want to grow certain varieties of vegetables or flowers, now is the time to be picking out your seeds. All your favorite garden suppliers have their seeds in now and the choices are fantastic. So get on it before you can’t find what you want, and pick up your seed growing supplies as well. If you’re going to be caged in your house, you might as well start your plants now and your kids will be excited as they progress. Lighting... LED lights have made great strides in both fixtures and types of lighting and the prices have gone way down. Light spectrum is very important. Kelvin is a unit of measure for hues of color in the light spectrum. You’ll find

Kelvin ratings from the reds and yellows, 1600k to 3000k, to blues and whites, 3500k to 5000k. For whatever you are growing when you use artificial lighting, you will need the right color spectrum to grow it properly. The sun provides all the color spectrum of light and the plant utilizes what it needs. Clouds, shade fabrics and UV inhibitors in plastics help control the light spectrum just like you would plant shade loving plants on the north and east sides of your house or under trees. You are removing the hotter colors or brighter colors of the spectrum which could burn or make your plant leggy or elongated and weaker to support itself. Seeds typically like to start in warm 68 to 78 degrees but follow growing instructions, moist, dark, lowest light possible so that as they germinate, they don’t stretch themselves going to bright light making them too weak to support their first leaves. Keep seeds in this condition

until most seeds have germinated. Then remove the seed trays from the germination area and place in an area that is approximately 10 degrees cooler and 4000k to 5000k light directly above, preferably around two feet. The cooler temps and light allow for steady growth. The cooler temps slow growth while allowing the light to strengthen plant cells. Keep plants moist but not wet and when multiple leaves and roots appear, it’s time to transplant into a two to three times bigger container. I was blessed to have multiple greenhouses with multiple levels of lighting and temperature controls, but you can do the same by having different areas in your house. So a week or so after transplantation, I would move the plants to a cold frame with lower levels of more natural light and heat in the fifties and extending the day by five or six hours. This will keep them from getting so big and unruly until they’re ready to outside. Happy planting! Until next time, Pat

Diary of a Snow Shoveler December 8, 6 PM: It started snowing. The first snow of the season and the wife and I took our cocktail drinks and sat for hours by the window watching the huge soft flakes drift down from heaven. It looked like a Grandma Moses Print. So romantic we felt like newlyweds again. We love snow! December 9: We woke to a beautiful blanket of crystal white snow covering every inch of the landscape. What a fantastic sight! Can there be a more lovely place in the whole world? Moving here was the best idea I’ve ever had! Shoveled for the first time in years and felt like a little boy again. I cleared both our driveway and the sidewalks. This afternoon the snowplow came along and covered up the sidewalks and closed in the driveway, so I got to shovel again. What a perfect life! December 12: The sun has melted all our lovely snow... Such a disappointment! My neighbor tells me not to worry - we’ll definitely have a White Christmas. No snow on Christmas would be awful! Bob

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says we’ll have so much snow by the end of winter, that I’ll never want to see snow again. I don’t think that’s possible. However, Bob is such a nice man, I’m glad he’s our neighbor. December 13: Snow, lovely snow! 8 inches last night. The temperature dropped to -20F. The cold makes everything sparkle so. The wind took my breath away, but I warmed up by shoveling the driveway and sidewalks. This is the life! The snow plow came back this afternoon and buried everything again. I didn’t realize I would have to do quite this much shoveling, but I’ll certainly get back in shape this way. I wish I wouldn’t huff and puff so. December 15: 20 inches forecast for today. I sold my van and bought a 4x4 Blazer. Bought snow tires for the wife’s car and 2 extra shovels. We stocked the freezer. The wife wants a wood stove in case the electricity goes out. I think that’s extravagant. We aren’t in Alaska, after all. December 16: Ice storm this morning. Fell on my butt on the ice in the driveway putting down salt. Hurt like heck. The wife laughed for an hour, which

I think was very cruel. December 17: Still way below freezing. Roads are too icy to go anywhere. Today the electricity was off for 4 hours. We had to pile the blankets on to stay warm. Nothing to do but stare at the wife and try not to irritate her. Guess I should’ve bought a wood stove, but won’t admit it to her. Gee I hate it when she’s right. I can’t believe I’m freezing to death in my own living room. December 20: Yippee! The electricity is back on, but we had another 14 inches of that darn stuff last night. More shoveling! Took all day. That darn snowplow came by twice. Tried to find a neighbor kid to shovel, but they said they’re too busy playing hockey. I think they’re lying. Called the only hardware store around to see about buying a snow blower and they’re out. Might have another shipment in March. I think they’re lying. Bob says I have to shovel or the city will have it done and bill me. I think he’s lying. December 22: Bob was right about a white Christmas because 13 more inches of the white stuff fell today, and it’s so cold, it probably won’t melt till August.

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Took me 45 minutes to get all dressed up to go out to shovel and then I had to go to the loo. By the time I got undressed, and dressed again, I was too tired to shovel. Tried to hire Bob who has a plow on his truck for the rest of the winter, but he says he’s too busy. I think the jerk is lying. December 23: Only 2 inches of snow today. And it warmed up to zero. The wife wanted me to decorate the front of the house this morning. What is she, nuts? Why didn’t she tell me to do that a month ago? She says she did, but I think she’s lying. December 24: 6 inches fell, but the snow was packed so hard by the snowplow, I broke my shovel. Thought I was having a heart attack. If I ever catch that jerk who drives that snowplow, I’ll drag him through the snow by his hair and beat him to death with my broken shovel. I know he hides around the corner and waits for me to finish shoveling and then he comes down the street at a 100 miles an hour and throws snow all over where I’ve just been! Tonight the wife wanted me to sing Christmas carols with her and open our presents, but I

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was too busy watching for that darn snowplow. December 25-Christmas Day: Merry Christmas! 20 more inches of that darn slop tonight - Snowed in. The idea of shoveling makes my blood boil. Geeze, I hate the snow! Then the snowplow driver came by asking for a donation and I hit him over the head with my shovel. The wife says I have a bad attitude. I think she’s a real idiot. If I have to watch “It’s A Wonderful Life” one more time, I’m going to stuff her into the microwave. December 26: Still snowed in. Why the heck did I ever move here? It was all HER idea. She’s really getting on my nerves. December 27: Temperature dropped to -30 and the pipes froze; plumber came after 14 hours of waiting for him, he only charged me $1,750 to replace 4 of my pipes. December 28: Warmed up to above -20. Still snowed in. That WOMAN is driving me crazy!!! December 29: 10 more inches. Bob says I have to shovel the roof or it could cave in. That’s the silliest thing I ever heard. How dumb does he think I am? December 30: Roof caved in. I beat up the snowplow driver, and now he is suing me for a million dollars, not only for the beating I gave him, but also for trying to wrap my shovel around his neck. The wife went home to her mother. Nine more inches predicted. December 31: I set fire to what’s left of the house. No more shoveling. January 8: Feel so good. I just love those little white pills they keep giving me. Why am I tied to this bed?

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have now become the absolute best of friends. The youngest one just recently went through a divorce and her older sister was there every step of the way with her love and support. They made it through this event together with flying colors. I’ve mentioned these two women exclusively, because they are the answer to my dilemma, that being my question about legacy. I’ve finally come to that aforementioned sense of relief. And to think... it was right there in front of me all the time. My legacy to these remarkable fine women is... each other! I never thought much about verbally teaching my daughters things in life. I raised them by using the example my father set, respect and integrity. I raised them in a Christian environment, and I guess I hoped for the best. Now I can see from afar, how they exhibit all the values that are good in life. I’ve decided to take, selfishly, a small measure of pride in their lives and accomplishments. Apparently, without realizing it, I made a difference! Imagine that! Lastly, I want to say to those parents like I was, that find themselves questioning what legacy they might leave behind, just look to those lives you brought into this world. If they show character, have the moral fiber, and treat people respectfully... then you’ve done the perfect thing. Forget about the pressure of leaving material things behind. That often can cause grief in families anyway.

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LET’S TALK! Snow brings people together Snow, snow, go away, Little Leora wants to play! At first it was just beautiful, with soft fluffy white flakes coming down making our downtown absolutely beautiful. It was fun for awhile, but soon it became old as it kept building up, up, and up and the roads became so rutted and deep with packed snow that the cars began getting stuck in all the unplowed neighborhoods. Caldwell’s Street Department was overwhelmed and had quite a job to just keep the main roads cleared and the subdivisions suffered. Alas, all this created an unusual phenomena. Neighbors helping neighbors! Never before have I seen such camaraderie among people who never really seemed to have time to barely wave to each other once in awhile as they jetted past each other on their way out of their homes to go where they needed to be. Chantele and I were delivering our January Caldwell Perspective to businesses after mailing them out this past month and we got very, very, stuck on 4th Street near Albertsons. These two kind souls were driving by us in their big truck and motioned to us asking if we needed help. Well, we had put that Toyota in reverse, in forward, in this way and that way and couldn’t get anywhere!

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We thought we were doomed until they came along. They immediately jumped out of their truck and began digging like crazy. When they were done and wanted us to try to get out, I told Chantele to get back in the car because if this ‘ole car began moving, there was no way in hell that I was going to stop for her to get back in and get stuck again. In she hopped, and off we went, not stopping (went slowly through the stop sign-”California Stop,” they call that), so we wouldn’t get stuck there. No traffic was coming so I knew it was safe. I’m not condoning what I did, but it was a decision that I had to make in the name of progress. We made two more deliveries before we went to my house to dig out the 4-wheel drive pickup so we could make the rest of our deliveries. We loaded up

the papers and a couple of snow shovels so we could “pay it forward” as a thank you for the help we received by to those two young gentlemen who helped us get out of a tough spot when they didn’t have to. WOW! The power and difference between a low riding Toyota and a 4-wheel drive pickup! Shazam! We felt awesome, exhilarated and a little bit crazy happy with that newfound freedom with that extra power and control. We were able to help three others who were terribly stuck before we called it a day. (Sorry about the bumper Sam, didn’t think you would notice.) Good begets good! So keep on helping each other and in time and in some way, it will come back to you. P.S. Global Warming isn’t sounding so bad right now......

Treating Your Stomach Flu Bug without sharing!

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‘Tis the season for stomach bugs that plague the home and seem to be shared too easily amongst all those we love. Winter time generally brings an increase in viral infections that can affect multiple different parts of the body. One of the common infections is of the gastrointestinal system, the stomach flu bug. The following are some tips for treating your loved ones and helping to prevent spreading the germs with the love. Gastroenteritis is generally manifested by diarrhea and sometimes vomiting. Symptoms often last up to one week, but normally less than two weeks. This is most commonly caused by a viral infection, which means treating with antibiotics does not help make the infection go away. The most important

treatment is hydration. It is very important to encourage frequent fluids. Depending on the age of your child, water and pedialyte are often very good choices. Children’s Tylenol at the appropriate doses can be helpful in relieving fever and/or pain. When should you seek medical attention? If diarrhea persists longer than 7 days, a trip to the doctor is normally a good idea. Other times to see your healthcare provider, is if your child is less than 6 months old, there is blood in the diarrhea, if your child appears dehydrated, if your child cannot tolerate any fluids, if fever greater than 100.4 degrees in infants less than 3 months old, or fever is greater than 102.2 degrees in children 3 to 36 months old, or if your child has an underlying medical condition

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such as diabetes, malnutrition, or has other metabolic conditions. How to help prevent spreading the virus? Protection from some viruses is provided by keeping your children’s immunizations up to date, such as rotavirus. Once someone in the home does get the virus, the best way to prevent spreading it is by hand washing. Thoroughly washing hands after using the bathroom, vomiting, or changing a diaper is very important. When diapers are changed, they should be disposed of directly into the trash and the changing area should be wiped down with a cleaning solution. If questions or concerns arise, do not hesitate to contact your healthcare provider for more information. Dr. Laurisa Webster, born in Prince Albert Saskatchewan, Canada, is a 3rd year family practice resident in Caldwell’s Rural Track Training Program. She went to medical school at Ross University, Dominica East Indies.

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Caldwell Preschool Project E a r l y Childhood Education is a hot topic among educational leaders and legislators in Julie Mead Idaho. Research shows long-lasting benefits of education and intervention before age five (5): “Well-designed preschool education programs produce long-term improvements in school success, including high achievement test scores, lower rates of grade repetition and special education, and higher educational attainment.”1 Even with this knowledge, state funding is not allocated in Idaho schools to support pre-Kindergarten education. According to Federal law, however, districts are required to provide special education services through a developmental preschool to students ages three (3) to five (5) who are eligible due to an identified disability. Federal funding for developmental preschool programs is minimal and there are not additional State funds to support this mandate.

Therefore, individual school districts must use general funds to fully sustain the programs in order to appropriately serve the children during this pivotal developmental time. While special education developmental preschool programs are important and valuable, preschool is essential for all children. It is imperative that children entering Kindergarten are equipped with the skills they need for learning. Too often, children enter Kindergarten with little to no exposure to books, vocabulary, colors, shapes, selfregulation, or the social skills necessary for classroom success. The result is that these skills must be taught in Kindergarten, absorbing valuable time that could be devoted to acquiring grade and age appropriate skills. Caldwell School District and its partners are preparing to take action. Programs like Western Idaho Community Action Partnership (WICAP) Head Start have been providing high quality Early Childhood education for at-risk families for over 50 years. For the past several years, YMCA/

United Way P16 preschool program has served preschool children at two sites in the Caldwell School District. We have worked side-by-side with these organizations, with each program attaining individual successes for the students they serve. We believe that through our collective efforts, we will achieve greater impact for individual students and their families. This is our goal as we begin our Caldwell Preschool Project. The first stage of our project has been to bring all of these programs into Caldwell School District facilities. As of January 3, 2017, Caldwell School District now hosts three WICAP Head Start classrooms. With these additional pre-school classes, Caldwell School District will host nine preschool classrooms, all operating independently within district facilities. The second stage of our project will be a series of collaborative planning sessions where we evaluate the resources, strengths, and needs of each program. We will determine how we can be more efficient, effective, and

collaborative with the resources of space, staffing, transportation, curriculum, data-gathering, and professional development in order to achieve the goals of systemic impact and maximized capacity. Ultimately, we will provide consistent and high quality preKindergarten education to as many Caldwell School District children as possible using our combined resources and skills. When we achieve success, this is what it will mean for preschool children and their families: • Preschool children will attend school in the same building and district where they will eventually transition to Kindergarten. • Parents will be able to form partnerships with their child’s school community sooner. • Children will participate in inclusive classrooms, meaning that children with disabilities will have access to educational opportunities with non-disabled peers. • Preschool children will be able to access special classes (computers, PE, and music) and participate in school-wide activities.

Community Connections: CFEO, CHS and C of I Maggie Torrey Filer, daughter of Bob and Tammy Torrey, was an honor graduate of Caldwell High School’s class of 2010. The Caldwell Foundation for Educational Opportunity (CFEO) awarded her two scholarships which she applied to her higher education costs at the College of Idaho which now matches CFEO academic awards up to $2000. In three and one-half years Maggie earned, with Honors, her BA in Anthropology/Sociology, with minors in Music, Human Biology and Human Services. She says of those years, “I was really busy, but I can honestly say I loved almost every moment of my time at C of I. I loved what I was studying, so it was easy for me to choose my classes.” After college, Maggie married Dayne Filer (C of I, 2012) who is now studying in an MD/PhD program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently working, “…as a teacher’s assistant in a system level Special Education classroom at Chapel Hill High School.” While at the C of I she, “…began to work with individuals with disabilities and absolutely fell in love

• Preschool teachers and staff will access the same high quality professional development and expectations. • Student data will be gathered and used to guide programming to improve outcomes and services. • Caldwell School District, WICAP Head Start, and YMCA/ United Way P16 will combine to create the opportunity for more children in our community to access preschool than has been available as entities working separately. • More children will enter Kindergarten equipped with the social, emotional, and academic foundations for being successful learners. Caldwell School District and its partners are eager to move forward in this effort. We are committed to serving our community and the families and children of Caldwell.

reference: Barnett, W. S. (2008). Preschool Education and Its Lasting Effects: Research and Policy Implications. Boulder and Tempe: Education and the Public Interest Center & Education Policy Research Unit. Retrieved January 25, 2017 from http:// epicpolicy.org/publication/preschooleducation

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with it.” She is now planning to pursue her MA in Special Education. The scholarship mission of CFEO helped make Maggie Filer’s BA Degree a reality. Maggie notes, “a quality education, such as the one I received at the College of Idaho, comes with an enormous bill and I can honestly say I couldn’t have done it without the financial assistance I received from CFEO and other scholarships. Not only did they assist in paying for tuition, but the scholarships were also enormous help in paying for things like room, board, and textbooks.” During the 2016-17 school term, CFEO expects to award more than $40,000 in scholarships to Caldwell School District students who have college and career plans similar to those of Maggie Filer. Additionally, CFEO will distribute $11,000 in educational project grants. To help make these funds available, the Foundation turns each year to its major fundraiser, the CFEO Golf Tournament. The event is held at Caldwell’s Purple Sage Golf Course. In 2015, $11,300 was raised for the benefit of Caldwell students. Major

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February 2017

Caldwell Christian Church Celebrating 125 Years of Serving God and Community

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The first Caldwell Christian Church was located on the property where Pennywise Drug used to be.

Today Caldwell Christian Church is located at 3207 East Ustick, Caldwell.

In March of 1892 B.H. Smith of Long Valley was conducting a meeting in the Baptist Church of Caldwell. During this meeting Mr. Smith asked all those who were willing to unite for the purpose of organizing a congregation of New Testament Christians to express themselves. Nineteen persons responded to

the invitation. Shortly after this a meeting was held at the home of A.E. Callaway, the newlyorganized congregation elected officers. On April 5, 1892 the congregation decided to incorporate according to the laws of the State of Idaho and the name proposed for the new

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Caldwell Christian Church at its second location on the corner of South 10th Avenue/Everett Street. This is now the home of Calvary Chapel who purchased the church from Caldwell Christian Church.

church was “The First Christian Church of Caldwell.” The articles of incorporation were prepared on April 6, 1892 and duly filed on July 18, 1892. At first meetings were held in homes, the old Lincoln School building, and the “Athletic Hall.” On June 10, 1895, a warranty deed was made to the church for their first church building. In June of 1901 they purchased the property at Kimball and Cleveland. In August, 1945, the church building which had served the congregation for so many years was sold to Anderson Stores which later became the Idaho Department Store. The church did reserve the right to remove the stained glass windows, which for many years had been something of a landmark in the city of Caldwell. We still have in our possession this stained glass window which was removed from the 10th Street property when it was sold to Calvary Chapel.

On July 18, 1948, the groundbreaking ceremony was held at 10th & Everett and construction began in August. The cornerstone was place in March of 1949. It was a thrilling experience when the congregation gathered in the old building for the last service. At the opening of the service, the congregation marched over to the new building as a group. The building completed in 1903 on the corner of Cleveland and Kimball cost $3,500. The building located at 10th and Everett had a total construction cost of $100,000. In 2005, the congregation sold the property on 10th & Everett to the current Calvary Chapel Church and purchased the property belonging to the Bible Missionary Church. Again the congregation members came together and there were many long days and weeks that everyone chipped in for remodeling the buildings to suit the current needs. The name of the church has never changed but

in 2005 they registered a DBA of Caldwell Christian Church while retaining the original name that was registered so many years ago. Many good men have held the position of Senior Pastor and many, many unpaid staff that have volunteered their time for youth ministry, children’s ministry, teachers for Sunday School, and more. The stained glass window has been restored and there is hope to display it again during 2017. April 23, 2017, will be a historic Sunday for Caldwell Christian Church. We will be having guest speakers, recognize past Senior Pastors that are still living, and celebrate a history that has been around longer than Caldwell has been incorporated. We would like to extend an invitation to anyone who has considered themselves a member at some point in time. Come help us celebrate the past and look forward to the future.

Uganda Kids Choir performs at Grace Lutheran Church The Ugandan Kids Choir, a group of ten talented Ugandan children, has announced that they will be performing at Grace Lutheran Church, 2700 South Kimball, on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. All ten children have been given hope through Childcare Worldwide Sponsorship Program and now they are here to spread that hope to audiences all across the United States. The choir has performed nationwide at churches, schools, Disneyland, and on King 5 Television’s “New Day Northwest,” at Qwest Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks. These children delight audiences with traditional African songs and dances. Megan DiRienzo, Curator of Education at the San Angelo Museum of Fine arts says, “All of you have amazing talents, beautiful voices and some serious dance skills! A performance like yours was a once in a lifetime opportunity. We fully support you on your mission to end child poverty!” The Ugandan Kids Choir is a

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Caldwell’s Early “Light Rail” System (Part 3): Stubs to Lake Lowell, Sunnyslope and Wilder

by Madeline Buckendorf (with assistance from Chuck Randolph and Jan Boles)

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A portion of the former Lake Lowell Dance Pavilion is located on the northwest corner of Linden and Indiana Streets. Note the flared eaves of the roof; the rest of the building has been greatly altered over the years.” photo by: Leora Summers

“Lake Lowell Dance Pavilion, circa 1913. photo credit: “The Smylie Archives College of Idaho”

When the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation began construction on Deer Flat Reservoir (later renamed Lake Lowell), the agency built tracks for small railcars carrying freight and work equipment to the site from downtown Caldwell. After the Bureau’s large equipment arrive at the dam site in 1906, Canyon County irrigation and land developer J. H. Lowell and Caldwell businessman Walter Sebree saw the opportunity for a new business venture. They formed the Caldwell Interurban Railroad Company. The company leased the track line built by the Bureau of Reclamation and ran a gas-powered rail car (adapted to look like a small street car) down the tracks. It also carried freight and sometimes interested onlookers to the construction site for 50 cents round-trip. The investors of the Caldwell Interurban Railroad Company had ambitious plans—to build and run a new electrified railway from Main Street south on Kimball Avenue and out to the reservoir. They then intended to extend the tracks southeast to Jordan Valley, Oregon, and northwest to Middleton. The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and subsequent financial

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“Panic of 1907” hit the Caldwell Interurban investors’ pocketbooks hard. Monies for bonds from West Coast banks were tied up in rebuilding after the quake, and East Coast banks also suffered from the drop of gold and silver prices extracted from the mining operations they had financed “out West.” None of the banks, at this time, were regulated by the Federal Reserve or insured by the FDIC. The Caldwell Interurban Company was sold in 1907 to the Boise Valley Railroad Company, whose principal owners were Doctor H.P. Ustick and Owyhee County sheep rancher Robert Noble. The Kimball Street interurban tracks were completed to Dearborn Street, but were not yet electrified. The Lake Lowell track, which was still not electrified, was in need of repair. In 1908, Caldwell Bank & Trust started foreclosure on the Caldwell Interurban Company, then owned by Boise Valley Railroad. A string of lawsuits began between Caldwell investors and the owners of the Boise Company, since that company had expended the remaining funds of the Caldwell Interurban lines on the Boise Valley lines. In 1910, the new Caldwell Traction Company, was incorporated in Caldwell. The major shareholders were Howard and Walter Sebree. Minor shareholders were construction engineer F. A. Richardson, lawyer W. A.vStone, and Ralph Sebree. Both Walter and Ralph were the sons of Howard Sebree, Caldwell businessman and former mayor. The City of Caldwell took away

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the franchise of the Lake Lowell line from the failing Caldwell Interurban Company, and gave it to the new Caldwell Traction Company. Transmission lines strung on poles above the track ran electricity to a new 40-passenger streetcar traveling to Lake Lowell in 1911. The streetcar had been imported from St. Lewis, Missouri. The company also built a new boathouse near the lower part of the reservoir and stocked it with 26 steel “pleasure boats.” By 1912, The Caldwell Traction Company’s new route ran from the crossroads of Main Street and S. 7th Avenue, went south one block to Arthur Street, then east on Arthur Street to S. 20th Avenue. There the tracks stretched south down to College Boulevard to a half-mile north of present-day Ustick Road, then southwest to present-day Lonkey Lane to the new townsite of Huston. From Huston the tracks were laid east and south through acres of orchards to Sunnyslope. The track’s terminus was located halfway between Sunnyslope and Lizard Butte. This extension served area farmers for transportation of produce and milk, as well as passengers headed to area schools and downtown Caldwell. The former tracks along Kimball Avenue had been abandoned sometime between 1912 and 1915.

Montana Railway Company. The company graded a track 11 miles to Wilder in 1907, and then went bankrupt in 1909. The Caldwell Traction Company took over the line and electrified the rails. At the height of its operation, the Wilder line included five trips a day for passengers and one trip a day for freight. Never a paying proposition, this system operated for only five years, 1915-1920. Another of Howard Sebree’s sons, Charles Sebree, had a dance pavilion constructed near the lower end of Lake Lowell in 1913. Charles also wanted to build a hotel there to make Lake Lowell into a “destination” resort, similar to one located on the Great Salt Lake, west of the same-named city. The hotel never came to fruition. Though locally popular, the Lake Lowell spur and its dance pavilion eventually proved to be unprofitable. The Caldwell

Traction Company sold its Lake Lowell and Sunnyslope streetcar lines to the recently formed Idaho Power Company in 1918. The advent of mass-produced automobiles followed by the 1920s agricultural depression caused further decline of the Caldwell area’s electric streetcar companies. Idaho Power Company focused its energies on hydropower through dam building, and closed the Lake Lowell/Sunnyslope streetcar line in 1924. Portions of the Lake Lowell dance pavilion were hauled to Caldwell and used to construct the building still standing on the northwest corner of Indiana Avenue and Linden Street. The entire Boise Valley interurban loop was abandoned in 1928. Southwest Idaho’s streetcar era had ended, leaving only a few standing structures and historic records left to tell its story.

In 1912, the Caldwell Traction Company leased an existing railroad line from the Oregon Short Line Railroad. This line had been built by the shortlived San Francisco, Idaho and

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After one of the big snow storms we had lately, Madeline Buckendorf took this picture of a table in her yard because it looked like a “snow cake.” Madeline and I were college roommates at the College of Idaho and during the 70s, the song MacArther Park was really popular. Her “snow cake” took her back in time and reminded her of the following particular lyrics in that song: “Someone left the cake out in the rain I don’t think that I can take it ‘Cause it took so long to bake it And I’ll never have that recipe again Oh no!” I once sang those lyrics in earshot of my dear mother-in-law, Betty Summers. She thought that I made it up and that I was really weird singing such a thing. When I told her that it was a popular song of the time, she thought I was lying! Hahaha! They are pretty weird lyrics... and she was probably right, I may be pretty weird too.

February 2017

“Not Important...but possibly of interest”

Back in the days when you could call a daily newspaper newsroom and get a real person rather than voice mail, there were assignments that reporters enjoyed and others that were universally despised. One job that fell into the latter category was Man on the Street. Each week a reporter and photographer would go out to a place where the public gathered (usually the mall), waylay some shoppers and asked them for their opinions on some topic. Their responses, accompanied by their “mug shots” were printed in a Sunday feature entitled “Man on the Street.” The column name itself would probably be grounds for a discrimination lawsuit nowadays, but attitudes were different back then. Man on the Street was assigned to reporters on a rotating basis. Everyone had to take a turn. And everyone on the staff hated the assignment – “hated” probably isn’t a strong enough word. First off, the only individuals who would always willingly answer a Man on the Street question were kids. But kids were

off limits, because what does any kid really know about anything, and who cares about their opinions? The responses had to come from adults. But most adults didn’t want to have their opinions and faces plastered all over page three of the Sunday edition. That was especially true if you asked someone a REAL question like, “would you support reciprocal free trade agreements with nonCommunist nations?” The trick to getting adults to participate in Man on the Street was to keep the questions simple and noncontroversial – like: “do you like real or artificial maple syrup on your pancakes?” If you really wanted to push the envelope, you could ask folks how they felt about Daylight Savings Time. The other problem was getting people to stop long enough to hear the question. If you tried to make eye contact with a possible Man on the Street participant, the target assumed you were going to ask for a handout or give them a religious pamphlet. Nine times out of ten the victim would duck into a store and remain there until the threat departed.

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T o m , a reporter approaching middle age, had an interesting technique for trying to get people to stop. Dressed in a full-length white trench coat (he also had a beard), Tom would stand on one of the benches on the middle of the mall hallway. As someone passed, he would say in a loud whisper, “Psssst. Hey you! Come over here for a second! I’ve got something to show you!” It usually took Tom a long time to get enough answers to fill the allotted space. The fact that Tom had served as a door gunner in a Huey “Slick” in Vietnam may have played a role in his somewhat different demeanor. Sam, another older reporter, probably summed up the newsroom feelings best. One day as he was preparing to take his turn at the mall, he looked at me and said, “I would rather p—s my pants in public than do Man on the Street!”

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