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Caldwell High School â€“ Operation Make a Difference
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Service Men and Wemon who recieved thank you cards from Caldwell High School Students.
The students at Caldwell High School who participated in this service project are all studying health occupations. Within the yearlong course, there are intended outcomes such as; explorations within the health care industry, leadership, professionalism, and cultural diversity that are integral parts of the curriculum. The project began as a small group team-building lesson for each class to write a card to someone they did not know in the community such as the homeless, elderly, ill and or hospitalized (25 cards). The second portion (25 cards) of the plan was to write cards in a collaborative and collective effort to an unknown military member, then students were to decorate our classroom Christmas tree (yes, we had a real tree in our room) and I began looking for a Forward Operating Base in the area to send the letters. Searching on the internet
did not yield much luck but did give me a sense that many more searches would result in the Federal Government questioning my intent or an ominous black suburban parked in the shadows surveying my dayto-day activities. So with that, the gears switched and thoughts guided me to the USO. A call on a Saturday to the national number yielded a very cordial young woman whom shared that the closest point of contact was in Oregon and then graciously provided a number. The USO call was answered by Jeff Keller who was on his way to Wreaths Across America for fallen service members, one of which was his son. Jeff reached out to his executive director, as we were working on the original plan or looking for possibilities. I said if there is not a current program, letâ€™s start one. On Sunday, Don Leingang, the executive
director for the USO in the northwest (USONW), whom without hesitation, offered his personal address in Seattle. He was willing to receive the cards from my students and then disperse them to service members deploying from SEATAC over the holidays. I was happy, but quickly realized we had more work to do. On Monday, we engaged in a bellwork activity and each of my students effectively wrote another ~ 200 individually prepared cards. I then headed to Caldwell Care of Cascadia to drop off the local cards and then off to the post office so cards would be delivered to the service men and women by the upcoming holiday(s). The USO sent photos of the service men and women receiving the cards along with their words of appreciation. The enthusiasm and care that was shown by the students of Caldwell High School was exemplary. These students
offered the great gift of gratitude to the military men and women serving our country. If this is not a remarkable example of collective efforts erupting in serendipity at its best, then I have to work harder. It is humbling to see so many eager and ready to commit a random act of kindness with an uninhibited willingness to be part of a solution over a problem. A summary of those who beneficently gave to this effort: The ~200 students studying health science at Caldwell High School (CHS) and the U.S. service members. Norma French superintendent Caldwell school district #132 Anita Wilson, Principal CHS Tyler Harding, Assistant Principal CHS Don Leingang USONW executive director Jeff Keller the USONW Portland OR center manager
Gabriel Bowman USONW communications manager Gina Luplow USONW events manager Tim Bogle USONW development director The gracious and helpful operator who was working that Saturday at the USO Caldwell Care of Cascadia nursing home Patty Bowen Idaho Press
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Library • 208-459-3242 Every Monday 10:30 AM-Baby’N Me 4:30 PM-Teen/Tween Gaming 6:15 PM-Tai Chi (ex. 5th) Every Tuesday 10:30 AM-Preschool Story Time Every Wednesday 10:30 AM-Preschool Story Time 4:30 PM-Afterschool Fun Every Thursday 4 PM-Teen Thursdays (ex. 22nd) 4 PM-Read to Therapy Dog (except 1st) Every Friday 10 AM-Tai Chi
February 3 (Continued) 10 AM: Cabin Fever Reliever at Karcher Mall, Kids First Cast, free February 6 5:30 PM: Roberts Recreation Center Open House -Near Memorial Park. 504 Grant St. 6:30 PM: Drop-In Computer Clinic, Library. February 7 10:30 AM: Crochet and Knitters, Senior Center. 4:30 PM: Afterschool Fun; Pop out Greeting Cards, Library. 7 PM: Coloring Club, Library. February 8 8 AM - 5 PM: Free Tax Help at the Train Depo. 2 PM: Thurs. Afternoon Read, Library. 4:30 PM: Kids Cook with Books, Pete the Cat, Roberts Rec Center Kitchen. 4 PM: Teen Thursday: Paper Circuits, Library. 7 PM: SIBA Meeting, DeerFat NWR Visitor Center at 13751 Upper Embankment Rd., Nampa. Enter at corner of Roosevelt and Indiana. February 9 6 PM: Readings & Social Hour, Rubiyat, downtown Caldwell. February 10
February 1 4 PM: Teen Thursdays; Paper Circuits, Library. 6 PM: CPL Board Meeting, Library. February 2 Groundhog Day 10 AM - 4 PM: Caldwell Page Turners’ Book Sale, Library. 5:30-7:30 PM: Craft and Conversation, Rubiyat, downtown Caldwell. February 3 10 AM - 4 PM: Caldwell Page Turners’ Book Sale, Library.
11 AM: Chinese New Year Party, Library. 2 PM: Pokemon Club, Library. 5:30 PM: Mayor’s Youth Fundraiser Dinner, O’Conner Field House, contact: Susan Miller 208-455-3011 February 13 2 PM: Homeschool Book Club, Library. 7 PM: Make It! Craft Club, Library. February 14 Happy Valentine’s Day
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February 14 (Continued) 5:30 PM: Caldwell Rambler’s RV Club Dinner, 6 PM-Meeting, Golden Dragon Restaurant, 211 S. 21st Ave., Ray (208) 697-1357. Dinner & Concert: Montreal Guitar Trio, CaldwellFineArts. org or 208-459-5275. February 15 8 AM - 5 PM: Free Tax Help at the Train Depo. February 16 5-7 PM: Knights of Columbus, Lenten Fish Dinner, Our Lady of the Valley. 6 PM: Book Club, featuring Northwest Idaho Authors, Rubiayat, downtown. February 17 Monthly Saturday Event: Maddy’s Plaza. February 19 Presidents’ Day 5:30 PM: Republicans Lincoln Day Banquet, 208-459-6116 February 20 6:30 PM: Mid-Winter Author; Local author Vera Klassen DeMay, Library. February 22 8 AM - 5 PM: Free Tax Help at the Train Depo. (Last Thursday for tax help will be April 12th. 4 PM: Teen Science Cafe: Cancer Treatment Research, Library. 7 PM: Beekeeping For NewBees, Library. February 23 11:30 AM-1:30 PM: Lenten Lunch, Clam Chowder or Minestrone Soup, homemade coleslaw, slice of apple pie, and a beverage only $7 per person. Cash or check only!, 208-459-3653 5-7 PM: Knights of Columbus, Lenten Fish Dinner, Our Lady of the Valley. February 24 2 PM: Family Afternoon Movie: My Little Pony; The Movie, Library.
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SAVE THE DATES Chamber activity and participation has a positive effect on our community, quality of life, economic development, and many other elements. If you are interested in getting involved in the Caldwell Chamber or want to make a difference in our community, the Chamber offers several volunteer committees for you to take part on.
6th - Education Committee - Sterry Board Room, College of Idaho, 3rd Floor 1:30-2:30 p.m. 7th - Agri-Business Committee - Stewart’s Bar & Grill 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. 12th - Transportation Committee - Stewart’s Bar & Grill 12-1 p.m. 13th - Awards Luncheon - Sponsored by West Valley Medical Center 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Simplot Dining Hall, College of Idaho. 15th - Business After Hours - TBA 28th - Coffee Connect - KeyBank Caldwell 8-9:30 a.m. We have opportunities for our community members & businesses to help make all of our fabulous events reality. http://caldwellchamber.org/forms/ Contact the Chamber office at (208) 459-7493
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February Fun at the Library
Vera DeMay. Mrs. DeMay will be discussing her experiences with Parkinson’s Disease and her writing journey on Tuesday, February 20, from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Local author, Sandy Kershner, will be discussing her book On the Trail of Bronco Billy, a book full of Idaho history and geography surrounding the Clint Eastwood film Bronco Billy, on Tuesday, March 20, from 6:30-7:30pm. Want to learn something new? Join us for an introduction to Beekeeping on Thursday, February 22, from 7-8pm, sponsored by D&B Supply. Check our online calendar: http:// www.caldwellpubliclibrary. org/calendar for more funfilled, February events. By Lacey Welt, Library It’s a great time of year to enjoy some cozy reading, whether you prefer print books or electronic titles! The library has many subscription resources for you that you can access at
home with just your library card. Like e-books, e-audiobooks, or e-magazines? Like to stream music? Visit our website and select “Download-ables” to choose your favorite titles. Children age 9-18 are invited to enjoy the Pokemon trading card game. We’ve added one Monday afternoon a month, in addition to our monthly Saturday programs. For February, the dates are Sat., Feb. 10, 2-3:30, and Mon., Feb. 19, 4:305:30. We have card decks to borrow, but we encourage kids to bring their own. How dangerous is radiation, anyway? Our February Teen Science Cafe will feature physicist, Dr. Daniel Fologea from BSU. He will share new research into radioactivity, particularly as it relates to cancer therapies. Students in grades 6-12 are welcome to attend, and every month we have FREE PIZZA. This exciting series is sponsored by the Caldwell Optimist Club.
Canyon County Expands Passport Application Locations Citizens in Canyon County now have two options when it comes to applying for a passport with the Nampa City Clerk’s Office joining the Canyon County Recorder’s Office as official passport acceptance agencies. Previously, citizens could only apply for passports at the Recorder’s Office, which would sometimes result in long lines and extended wait times for customers. From 2014 to 2017, the Recorder’s Office saw a 25% increase in annual passport applications. The hope is that the new location at Nampa City Hall will help offset the growing number of passport applicants and
lead to a better experience for customers at both sites. “We are very excited to join Canyon County in accepting passport applications,” said Deborah Bishop, Nampa City Clerk. “I think this is a much-needed service and should help reduce the wait time for people across the Treasure Valley.” Individuals looking to apply for a passport must appear in person and have a state certified birth certificate, two 2x2 inch passport photos, evidence of identity, and social security number. The fee for a passport book is $110 for adults and $80 for minors under 16. The passport card fee is $30 for adults and
Do you or someone you know live with Parkinson’s Disease? Learn more about living well with Parkinson’s disease from local author, Vera Klassen DeMay, and Dance for Parkinson’s instructor, Liz Keller, on Tuesday, February 20, at 6:30pm.
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will commemorate her 90th birthday at a celebration from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, February 3, in the Myers Room at the Elks Lodge in Caldwell. All friends and family are invited. Sophia was born on February 5, 1928, to Roy and Mary Strode at the Holy Rosary Hospital in Ontario, Oregon. Her first home was on Mahogany Mountain in Jordan Valley, Oregon. At the age of 7, Sophia moved to Caldwell and she graduated from Caldwell High School in 1947. Sophia was married to Raleigh Scott for more than 40 years. Sophia has been an avid bowler for 67 years, garnering numerous awards along the way and assisting with the junior bowling program. She plans to continue bowling as long as she can pick up a bowling ball. Sophia has requested no gifts. Cards will be welcomed. Please call (208) 514-6120 or (208) 318-8614 to RSVP your plans to attend.
$15 for minors under 16. All payments must be in the form of check or money order. The execution fee is $25 cash or check per passport book/card. For additional information and requirements on applying for a passport, please visit the Nampa or Canyon County passport websites at the links below or visit travel.state.gov. Nampa City Clerk’s Office, 411 3rd. Street South, open Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 208-468-5438. Nampa City Hall Canyon County Recorder’s Office, 111 N. 11th Ave., Suite 330, Caldwell, Idaho. Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 208-454-7555.
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By Fiona May The weather may be chilly, but the Caldwell Public Library is warm and inviting! In addition to our ongoing weekly story times, afterschool programming, and family events, we are planning a special celebration in early February. In honor of the Year of the Dog, the library’s first Chinese New Year celebration is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 10, from 11 a.m. to noon. Enjoy crafts, activities, a demonstration of traditional Chinese dance and a Dragon Parade as well as New Year’s snacks. Just want to stay home and read? Kids age 5-13 can earn tickets to a Steelheads Hockey game by reading 20 minutes a day for one week. For more information on the reading contest, visit www.caldwellpubliclibrary. org/special-events. Do you like supporting local authors? Check out a presentation from local author,
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Caldwell Senior Center Updates
Beginning this month, February, Caldwell YMCA and Note From The Editor I would like to invite all of you fantastic readers to write in and keep us current with the activities you and your groups are involved in. We love to receive and hear your good news. Send your stories about amazing people and events that are going on to editor@calwellperspective. com to be considered in our next edition. We appreciate each one of you and are honored to share the highlights of current news happening here in Caldwell.
classes on Monday and Thursday Mornings. 9 am join our ladies for a low key hour of exercise or join us at 10 am for Fit and Fall class structured for the older Adult and open to both men and women. The fun doesn’t stop there. We also have Bingo. Tuesday evenings session begins with ticket sales at 5:15 p.m.and on Friday at 1:00 p.m. you can stay and play after Lunch. Always a good time! Like to play Cards? Pinochle players gather each Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. Plan to join them after Lunch at the Center.
Many things take place monthly at our local Senior Center. Monday through Friday we have a wonderful cook who prepares simply awesome meals. Lunch is served at 12 noon. Suggested donation for Seniors is $4.00 per day. Our Senior Center is open for all ages, there is a fee for Lunch if you are under age 60. We also have wholesome entertainment to take part in including Line Dancing, Square Dancing and a Community Dance each week. If dancing isn’t your thing we also offer fitness
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Birthday Friday is the last Friday of each month, Elvis is in the building to help us celebrate monthly Birthdays.
Ladies who welcome you each day. Stop by for Great Food, Don’t forget our Pool Entertainment Room, open daily Monday Wonderful through Friday at 8:00 a.m. before Lunch and of course with others! In December, we even Fellowship had Ugly Sweater Day!
Partners in Community–Caldwell YMCA and Caldwell Police Department
Caldwell Police Department are joining forces once again. This new program, Y.C.O.P.S. (YMCA Community Oriented Police Seminars) will provide question and answer sessions open to the general public regarding laws/legality, policing methods, and to discuss important topics and issues that are happening in our community. Sessions will be hosted by officers from our local police station. The public is invited to attend. Sessions will be held on the 2nd Wednesdays, 11:00-11:45 am, and 4th Wednesdays, 7:30-815 p.m., at the Caldwell Fam-
ily YMCA, HP Conference Room. The first session will begin on February 14th. The topic for February is bullying. Bullying can have lasting, negative effects on children and teens. Caldwell Police Officers will provide their expertise and knowledge, as well as offer resources for families and youth. These seminars are familyfriendly, and children are welcome to meet the officers after the seminars and learn about what they do to serve and protect the Caldwell community. YMCA Staff will be available to provide tours and information about the YMCA for anyone interested in learning more.
by Mindy Scott, Editor
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For questions or more information about these sessions, please contact Amanda Schmierer with the Caldwell Family YMCA at (208) 4549622 or Cpl. Rich Pelkey with the Caldwell Police at (208) 455-4607. Please Note: CPD officers are not at liberty to discuss active or ongoing open cases.
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Because of the family-friendly nature of these sessions, we ask that all attendees please observe and practice the YMCA Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility while in the facility. The YMCA is a Tobacco- Drugand Weapons-Free Facility.
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Caldwell Fire Department News
by Lisa Richard
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Caldwell Fire ended 2017 with responding to over 5700 total calls out of two stations. In-between calls, all of the crews have been continuously training preparing for winter conditions, including a group that completed an Ice Rescue Trainer course earlier this month, which provided live scenarios in icy conditions with Dive Rescue International in Golden,CO. B-Shift highlighted the beginning of 2018 with a wonderful station tour that was a huge hit. Firefighter Chad Vineyard gave an outstanding presentation of what to do and not to do
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in case of a fire. Firefighter Mike Anchustegui demonstrated what happens when the firefighters have to get dressed and ready to fight a fire. The attendees loved the opportunity to see the trucks and interact with the firefighters ending with cheers and badge stickers. Fire Safety Tip of the Month: There are more than 45,000 home electrical fires each year. Half of which involve equipment of home electrical wiring. Peak months for electrical fires are December through March. Here are some tips to avoid an electrical fire in your home. Plug
only one heat-producing appliance such as a coffee maker, space heater or microwave, into a wall outlet at a time. Extension cords should only be used temporarily. Have an electrician install an additional wall outlet where you need them. Never use a heat-producing appliance with an extension cord. More information regarding public educational opportunities are available on the fire department website at: http://www.cityofcaldwell.org under fire department/fire prevention.
Peter Powers, Caldwell Perspective’s Newest Addition A s Caldwell is transforming around us, beginning in the March edition the Chantele community Hensel, newspaPublisher per will also have a new look. While sitting at my desk one day, a young man, Peter Powers walked through the door. We visited a while and I am so excited for this new found friendship that will just be the beginning of something so great for Caldwell. The newspaper will forever stay true to its original mission, to report on the good about Caldwell. It will just take a fun transformation and I am so excited to get the feedback. Peter is truly an artist and his ideas for community guarantee that the Caldwell Perspective
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turn out many much needed family physicians. He got a real chuckle from the group when Ted told the group that Sam was also a “great musician” to which Sam turned to Ted Dr. Ted Epperly, CEO of Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, to check his ears! presenting Dr. Sam with the CEO The event was Coin of Excellence during the event, made even more recognizing Sam’s dedication for special, as Karen many years to the education of family medicine residents in training in Baese, WVMC the state of Idaho with one of Sam’s A d m i n i s t r a t i v e famous doodles in the background. Secretary, put together an ongoing slide show of the doodles that Sam drew on the backside of papers during meetings that she had saved throughout the years during WVMC board and other WVMC meeting, saving them for possibly for some unknown future occasion. It was the perfect occasion and enjoyed by all who attended.
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form 1982-2017.” Dr. Sam began his career 35 years ago as a family physician in Caldwell, the town where he was born and raised, and then where he raised his own two daughters. Hunsicker told the assembled group of his co-workers and friends, “Dr. Summers will be missed terribly. We will miss his sense of humor, his insights, and his excellence in patient care. Dr. Summers was responsible for the Caldwell rural training track for FMRI. Bringing that training program to West Valley transformed our WVMC CEO Betsy Hunsicker (right) Dr. Sam with the presented and Dr. Sam Summers sharing a fun clock award presented to him medical staff and our community. It elevated moment during her presentation of from WVMC for his dedication his career to the assembled group and past 35 years of service to West Valley and helped us become the high during the retirement party. Caldwell as a family physician. quality institution we are today. I am grateful for all Dr. Summers has done for West Valley During a recent retirement party put on by West and I know it will not be the same without him.” Valley Medical Center and Saint Alphonsus Medical Dr. Ted Epperly, CEO of the Family Medical Group/Caldwell, WVMC CEO Betsy Hunsicker Residency of Idaho, also present, honored Sam as presented Dr. Sam Summers with an appreciation wall being instrumental in the development of the Rural clock plaque with the inscription, “Dr. Sam Summers, Track Training Program in Caldwell, a physician presented with admiration and appreciation for 35 residency program for training family physicians. He years of service to the Caldwell medical Community told the group that through Sam’s dedication to medical education, he has been involved in helping
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Local Cowboys to be Inducted into Idaho Rodeo Hall of Fame I am proud to announce that two of our Caldwell cowboys have been informed that they will be inducted into the Idaho Cowboy Hall of Fame, 2018. Casey Bequeath and son, Cody Bequeath will be honored at a dinner and celebration in October. Cody is a 1996 Vallivue High School graduate. He participated in all agriculture related subjects and was an avid rodeo enthusiast, riding
bulls through high school before going on to follow a pro-circuit. This is certainly a time to celebrate but life has not always been so easy for Casey, Rhonda or the kids. A year ago December Casey was diagnosed at the young age of 61 with sinus cancer and underwent surgery and intense treatments. As of today, the treatment performed in Utah has proven to be successful, but
he is still closely monitored and will be for a number of years. Together, father and son will be inducted into the Idaho Rodeo hall of fame the way the Bequeath family does things… together. Rhonda (Casey’s bride), Kendall Bequeath Moore (daughter) and Ruth Rhoades (mother-in-law and very proud grandmother) you must all be so proud. Congratulations my friends.
Rock on with The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council
The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council’s mission is to provide the youth of Caldwell an opportunity to voice their opinions and share a role in the decision-making process. The council strives to empower youth in our community by getting them involved in community service. To become a member of this council, students in grades 9-12 submit an application. Upon being accepted active members attend weekly meetings. The group is currently working diligently to organize their fundraiser that will take place February 10th at O’ Connor Field House at 5:30 pm. The funds raised from the auction and dinner will pay for travel expenses and lodging to our Nation’s Capital, in Washington, DC, where the youth will meet and listen to Senators and attend government minded workshops.
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These young members delegate the responsibilities among themselves including all details of planning a large event. First hand experience is being given as they reach out to the community for table sponsors, donations for the auction, and coordinate the menu. Duties don’t stop there. They are also deciding on the décor as well as table arrangements. These young people are full of life and new ideas. It is exciting to watch them work. This fundraiser is only a small glimpse inside what this powerful group does. Throughout the year they also plan and participate in many volunteer opportunities that make our community better. For additional information about joining forces with this group please contact Susan Miller at 208-455-3011.
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Caldwell is Certainly on the Move!
Forty-one years ago José Valdez said he knew what a good tortilla should taste like and should look like and with four employees and one tortilla machine later, Casa Valdez was born. In that early beginning, Casa Valdez turned out 300 lbs. of tortillas every other day. He and his wife Maria literally started the business from scratch. José began working in our area first, as the head of a field crew, making tortillas on rainy days, when due to weather, he and his workers were unable to work in the fields. They turned out tortillas on the same block where he lived and where his factory stands today. His business grew to cover not only Idaho, but also areas in eastern Oregon, Wyoming, Nevada and Salt Lake City. Now 41 years later, he is closing the doors for a welldeserved rest. At 74 years old, he says that he is tired and his business has had a good run. During his time as a Caldwell businessman, José has been an involved member of our community, having been a past member and past president of Caldwell Rotary Club, a city councilman for a stretch, and as a trustee on the Caldwell School Board. For over 20 years, José, through his business, has sponsored the “José Valdez Scholarship” at BSU, dedicated to minority students to help them further their educations, among a couple of other scholarships. Casa Valdez has been recognized in The Tortilla Industry’s Hall of Fame and in 1989 José Valdez Sr. was recognized by the Small Business Administration as an
the stairway to the basement storage of the ice skating and water fountain equipment, and other mechanical equipment to make this facility functional. Did you know that the stage will be able to host a wide variety of events from concerts, theatrical performances, movies, peprallies, motivational speakers, and oh so much more. Indian Creek Plaza staff is hard at work planning this summer and falls events. What about all of the other construction downtown? Caldwell Economic Development has been working with local entrepreneur’s to
expand the business mix in downtown Caldwell. Here are just a few of the businesses that will be opening this spring! Flying M Coffeehouse will open their third location in the Treasure Valley at the corner of Kimball and Arthur St in the former Story and Co. storefront. It will feature a bakery, locally roasted coffee, and a small gift shop that will garner many smiles. The Bird Stop will be spreading its wing’s with a BIG business expansion when it reopens this spring. It will feature a full service restaurant and 30 choices of drink on tap!
This reinvented business model will delight the community for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Caldwell Reel Theater will be a premium 11 screen movie theater in downtown Caldwell. It will showcase the latest movie releases in the country and offer unprecedented state of the art projection, sound systems, and luxury seating options not found anywhere else in the Treasure Valley. Fireside Mallow is opening their first ever storefront in downtown Caldwell on Kimball Ave. Fireside Mallow™ was born out of a search for a better marshmallow, a less
commercialized craft style mallow to complete the perfect S’more. Batch after batch was created and tested until each recipe was just perfect. Our testing proved that single batch, hand cut marshmallows were nothing like the chalky white puffs we grew up roasting over a campfire. One taste and you will understand that a marshmallow can be more than you imagine. https://www.firesidemallow. com/ Shi Sushi Bar is coming to Main St. next to Sargent’s Fitness (in their old space). This sushi bar and lounge will feature sushi and rice and noodle bowls, in addition to a variety of dinner dishes. If you are a local entrepreneur and want to be a part of Caldwell’s renaissance please contact Keri K. Smith-Sigman at email@example.com.
So Long Casa Valdez! It was a family affair!
“Idaho Small Business Person of the Year.” José said, “This community has been good to me! I have seen people come to my store with their little children and now their children come to the store with their little ones.” He attributes the loyalty of his customers to the fact that he loved visiting with them when they came to shop. His wife Maria, age 73 years old, has worked alongside José all along the way. She ran the store seven days a week and made the tamales that people came to the store every Saturday to buy. This business was truly a family affair! Maria and José have five children: Joe Jr., Linda, Jaime, Jesse and Jorge, all of whom were involved in the family business. Their oldest son, Joe Jr, was in charge of Daily Production Operations, Sales, Mechanic, Delivery Drivers and everything else. His wife, Patricia, was in charge of Payroll, Employment Records, Customer Service, Drivers, Invoices and General Accounting books. Their son, José 3rd, was a delivery driver. Daughter Jacque, was a delivery driver and worked in the office, in charge of data processing and daughters Justine and Jasmin, worked outside the company, but also worked part-time hours with miscellaneous office work. José and Maria’s only daughter Linda, like her brother wore many hats: Office Manager, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, DOT compliance and many more! Her husband, Joe Romero, worked in the company until 2015 and was the Sales and Distribution Manager. Their son, Roman, was a delivery driver until 2015
and daughter Adriann works outside the company but also worked part-time hours in Data Entry. Maria and José’s son, Jaime, lives in Jerome and was a delivery driver, as was son Jorge. Their other son, Jesse, worked Production and miscellaneous labor and filled in where ever needed! Patricia, Joe Jr’s wife, said it right. “This was truly a family run business and I am truly blessed to have been a part of it!” For now, José says he wants to change that tired feeling that has accumulated after working in his business for 41 years. His grandfather and father retired at much younger ages than him and he thought, “Why can’t I just do the same?” He said, “They seemed to get along just fine!” He remembers a few years back, golfing and riding his horses and longs for those days again and that feeling again. He said, “I don’t want to wait so long that when I retire that all I can do is just sit in my rocking chair and watch TV.” When the last of the corn masa (dough) is used up, the doors of Casa Valdez will close and José will begin a well-deserved rest and look forward to the next big adventure in his life. Perhaps at a later date a family member may reorganize and restructure the business or a big buyer may take it on. But for now, José plans to just “get on the road” to travel to see his relatives, go fishing and maybe play a little golf. And then when things settle down, he will see what else he wants to do. Congratulations on your retirement and well-deserved rest, José and Maria! May you
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Downtown Caldwell is budding to life just as quickly as our trees are with this fantastic winter weather. Last fall and through this winter, many project timelines have been dependent upon the weather, but thankfully this winter has been our friend. McAlvain Construction hasn’t missed a beat with Indian Creek Plaza. They have been out working snow, rain or shine. The stage and ice skating rink are becoming more of a reality every day. Many people have been asking us about the “box” beside the stage. We call it the stage “tower” and it holds
by Keri K. Smith-Sigman, Caldwell Economic Development Specialist
José Valdez (2nd from right) and Maria Valdez (far right) say goodbye to the last customers at their store at the end of its final day, Saturday, January 27th, and to Casa Valdez, 502 Chicago Street, after 41 years in business in Caldwell! both find renewed energy on your new adventure together! Thank you for being such a
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Someone once said a picture is worth one thousand words. Don’t know about that but I have at least one that’s worth about five hundred. The photograph was probably was shot in 1959 in my parents’ home about a mile east of Kuna, Idaho (at that time population 534). I can tell from the background that it was before they remodeled the kitchen because a small closet can still be seen in the photo that was removed during that project. That’s where my parents kept their important papers in an old military ammunition can. In the photo, my brother-in-law, Don, is sitting at the kitchen table. He would have been about 30 at the time. He is holding onto a second chair in front of him. -- one of those metal tube framed S-shaped chairs that can tip forward and dump you on your face or fall on a kid in a heartbeat. His son, Don Junior, who is about 18 months old in the photo, is standing, steadied by holding onto that chair, watching Carole, his cousin. Carole, who is about one year old, is on the left in the foreground, just entering the dining room, racing toward the camera in her walker with a joyous smile on her face. In the right foreground is Don Junior’s sister Tyra, She would have been five when the photo was taken. She is leaning back against a clothcovered rocking chair (green, I believe). She is watching Carole make her dash across the room. As was the case with most photos in those
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days, the image is black and white. It is tack sharp, probably shot with my father’s Speed Graphic camera that produced a negative about the size of a playing card. Black and white photos have always seemed more honest to me than color photos. In black and white, you focus on the subject matter rather than being distracted by pretty hues. I’m don’t know what occasion was being recorded in the photo. Since Tyra is wearing shorts and flip flops (we called them “thongs” back then) it must late summer or early fall given the size of Don Junior and Carole – probably not as late as Thanksgiving. It doesn’t seem like it could be 58 years since the photo was taken – until you consider how much things have changed since then. Kuna’s population is now approaching twenty thousand. My parents’ home is still standing but the “interior” was butchered by a series of owners after my father, the photographer,diedin1978andMommovedout.Thehouse now is surrounded by several dozen “junker” vehicles. Carole now lives in Arlington, Texas. Don Junior lives in Sumner, Washington. They still communicate a lot. It’s difficult for me to accept that next year they will both turn 60. My brother-in-law, Don Senior, died in 2002. My niece, Tyra, died in October 1971, when her car was hit by a train at a crossing outside Sumner. While everyone else aged, Tyra will be 16 forever.
The Great Watermelon Heist The Kwik Kurb, the Long Bun and the Red Barn were the social media centers in Caldwell during the 60’s and early 70’s. If there was any sort of happening; a dance, a party, a “kegger”, a fight or a street race, it was posted by word of mouth at these sites. Plans for some of the most outrageous schemes were hatched while munching burgers and fries or downing pitchers of beer. On a 4th of July weekend in the early 70’s Mike Rohm and I were sampling some high country barley products when we came up with one of those hare brained half backed plans. How many watermelons
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could be crammed into a 1966 Datsun? Stolen watermelons from one of the grocery stores that had crates of them left out in front of their main entrance. It was a pretty easy thing to drive by in the day time, pickup one or two and drive out ot the “checks”, the “cliffs” or the “rope” and enjoy the freshly stolen fruit. We wanted to set a record; make a statement and the Safeway store on the west end of town was a ripe target for young hoodlums on the prowl. Our “get away car” was Mike’s four door ‘66 Datsun sedan. Underpowered in the extreme and totally nondescript, it was perfect for getting from one end of Caldwell to the other without attracting too much attention. It just took a little longer. By the time we got to the Safeway parking lot, that side of Caldwell was quiet as a cemetery. We parked the Datsun in the dark at the side of the building and one by one in between the occasional passing cars, we rolled, carried and stashed watermelons until there was practically no place to sit in the car. We filled the trunk, foot wells, package tray and parts of the rear seat. Once we were at maximum capacity we set off for “the hill”.
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A Datsun four cylinder has probably fifty horsepower at the most and this car had three adult (?) males plus an overload of twenty pound watermelons so even driving on flat smooth roads took quite an effort for the little sedan. Most of the trip home was made in second gear and with maybe a little time in first gear pulling the grade on Marble Front Road. Even with the little four banger screaming and the car probably sending sparks on speed bumps, no one paid us any mind. We arrived safely at Dad’s place where we unloaded our purloined produce. There were twenty three of them when all were counted. That had to be some kind of record right? Dad just sighed and asked what we planned on doing with them. Well, that notion hadn’t occurred to us up to that point. As luck would have it for all concerned, Dad was in charge of running the July 4th baseball tournament at Memorial Park and most people in the grandstands had a ticket of some sort. Dad being the resourceful type, had the announcer read off a number at each inning break and some lucky ticket holder would take home a nice big watermelon.
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Taken January 27, 2018 from center line of Main Street facing intersection of Kimball Ave. Maddy’s Plaza is now where Falk’s Department Store was located photo to the left.
This is a photo on a postcard, but it is not dated. Research indicates the photo was taken sometime in the 1940s.
718 Main Street, Maddy’s Plaza Now Today Maddy’s Plaza is owned by Luther Maddy. On April Fool’s Day 2015, while he and his wife visited their son and his family in the area Luther stumbled upon an empty building on Main Street that had recently been remodeled and it looked like a bargain. Luther, a barber thought this building may be just what he needs to enjoy his semi-retirement. After discussing it with his wife, Pearl for about five minutes; they bought the building. Today he is still enjoying semi-retirement Luther Maddy providing an affordable location for new businesses and entrepreneur to try their luck in the business world. Today the downtown mini mall is occupied by several unique shops. There is something for everyone.
Meet Salon Elevation:
by Madeline Buckendorf and Chuck Randolph
photo complimentary of the Caldwell Library
“In the early 1890s, brothers George C. and Ralph W. Oakes established their business first in the old Sebree store (later replaced by the Saratoga Hotel) at 624 Main. The Oakes Brothers General Store moved into its new building in 1906. Their business became a prominent fixture in the Caldwell community for three and a half decades. The Oakes family sold it to Tingwall’s Department Store in 1926. Arvid and Oscar Tingwall, formerly from Minnesota, operated similar small stores throughout Southern Idaho. The building later housed Van Engelen’s Department Store, a chain that was started in 1910 at Burley, Idaho.”
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For more than ten years, each of the girls worked for various salons enjoying their career choice, but feeling that the industry had more to offer to them and the clients they cared so much about. Five years ago, Rebecca Whitmire and Courtney Christie began working with one another at the Rose Parlour, located in the same location that Salon Elevation is currently located. Two years ago, the owner of the Rose Parlour announced that she wanted to sell the business and move. Rebecca and Courtney were excited and partnered Tanya Martin, Rebecca Whitmire, in the purchase. The salon provides hair and nail Courtney Christie, Katy Sterling, services offering JBeverly Hills products. Salon Kayla Brim (not pictured) Elevation is a comfortable, relaxing environment for all who enter including their 5 stylists. Facebook at www.facebook.com/salonelevation.
Meet Me Me’s Boutique and Thrift
If you have not met Mary Glasscock, you must. Make sure you have plenty of time to browse. When I walk into Me Me’s I feel like I am sitting at my grandmas table again looking around at all the wonderful fabrics, vintage clothing, vintage aprons, handmade quilts, dish towels and antiques. Each time I step into the quant shop I step back in time. Mary said, “the shop is full of old memories. My shop contains the things I grew up Mary Glasscock around. I spent my summers from age 9 with my grandparents in an old farm house with a barn in Arkansas. There was no power or water, but we had lots of fun playing with all the old things.” Which is exactly what Mary wanted to create. Mary loves to hear the stories customers share about the many items. Me Me’s opened in 2014 first one and then needing to expand to two stores in order to share the great treasures she had found. I am always anxious to visit Mary and feel the delicate fabrics that are embroidered on and the lace table cloths. Me Me’s is a magical gift…
by Chantele Hensel, Publisher, photos by Peter Powers
Meet Perwall’s Horseshoe Art
I have to laugh each time I see or say “Perwalls” knowing the way it can to be. Perry and Karen Craig are the very proud and hard working owners. Perry was employed at Circle J Trailer Company on Simplot Blvd. His boss asked him to build the side walls of the horse trailers and that they would pay him “per wall”. He was kicking walls out left and right leaving him with the nickname Perwalls. Karen and Perry, being horse people had a lot of horse shoes laying around and Karen wanted to Karen Craig do something with them. Their store has a unique and beautiful assortment of horse art, clothing, jewelry and western décor. They began appearing at the Caldwell Farmers market in 2015 on Arthur street. One day Karen saw an ad for western purses and that is when the idea came to her to open a retail shop. So Perry and Karen rented a small space from Luther Maddy and the rest is history... and a happily ever after.
Meet Bear’s Knight Out Again…
Do you remember driving up to McCall and noticing the beautiful log/wooden bears at the hotel alongside the highway? Well, guess what? They have relocated to Maddy’s Plaza downtown Caldwell. In 1999, their venture as motel owner/ operators began. Their remodel reminded them of the movie the “Money Pit” - anything and everything went wrong. After 14 years, Stephen and Gerry Knight sold the motel to “sort of” retire and move Gerry Knight back to Emmett to be closer to family and help Gerry’s aging parents. Having 13 grandchildren has kept them on the younger side. After the Winter Wonderland and Night Light Parade their first thoughts were, “what this little community was doing was so impressive. Indian Creek area was fantastic and fun.” They combined their love for the Caldwell community and their even deeper love for their grandchildren and launched the Bear’s Knight Out Toy Store. Always a big fan of Melissa and Doug toys they have a large selection of educational, well-built toys for children to develop their imaginations and creativity. One of the most popular items are the mystery eggs for the kids to have a chance to win funny money and get novelty items ranging from 50 cents and up. Eventually they want to bring back the chain saw bears they carried in cascade and the full bear collections. Pease come down and support these old dogs or bears…
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Advocates Against Family Violence Announce New Board Members
Advocates Against Family Violence, Inc., (AAFV) is happy to announce the election of five new members to its Board of Directors. Joining the Board are Alan Jones, Nathan Nunes, Brandy Selover, Tony Bobbit, and Steve Weston. “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 Alan Jones - as husband and father, along with his wife, is raising 3 grandchildren, and is currently the Director of Sales for the Holiday Inn Express Nampa. He serves on the boards of Nampa Rotary, Encore Theater
Company, Church Deacons, and Co-Chairs the Nampa Tourism Council. Alan became an Idahoan 30 years ago and has been, highly involved in the Treasure Valley community, especially in Canyon County of late, for over two decades. From events to politics to the performing arts, he developed trusted relationships that will hopefully aid in this service. Alan has seen the lasting effects of abuse from several family members and friends. He has a passion to serve God and people. Serving on the Board of Directors for Advocates Against Family Violence, Inc., is a great avenue to accomplish this with far reaching effects. Nathan Nunes is the Marketing Director at International Minute Press. He has been working in the printing industry for the last 4 years, first as a graphic artist
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then transitioning into Marketing about a year ago. He graduated from Skyview High School in Nampa and is currently a Sophomore at CWI studying Business Marketing. Nathan has always enjoyed serving his community first as the President of the Mayors Youth Advisory Council, then doing 6 months of mission work in Canada and Thailand, and currently sits as the Secretary on the Executive Board for AAFV. He believes that he continues to succeed in business because he continues to self-educate, reading an average of one book a week in the year of 2017. Nathan lives in Boise, Idaho. Brandy Selover, MPH, - is a former police Detective who specialized in domestic and sexual violence investigations. She is now a life-long social equity practitioner with extensive work in non-profit program management, public health applications, evaluation principles, and authentic community engagement. Brandy owns and is the principal developer at brandy j. selover
consulting, LLC, focused on strategies to prevent gender violence. She also owns a real estate business, Boise Homespace with Keller Williams Realty Boise, which seeks to create real estate ownership solutions for individuals who have experienced gender oppression. Tony Bobbit - Tony started his basketball career at Dayton Mainland High School where he received many honors. After high school Tony would make his way westward to play at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, while there Tony was named an NJCAA All-American and his team won a NJCAA National Championship. After graduating from the College of Southern Idaho, Tony would take his talents to Cincinnati where he would be coached by legendary Coach Bob Huggins and play for the L.A. Lakers. Tony also played with the Idaho Stampede. Tony graduated with a B.A. in Biology. Steve Weston - is a Business Relationship Expert with over 20 years of experience in
the High-End Recruiting and Staffing industry. Currently Steve works at the Nampa Chamber of Commerce as the Director of Sales and Marketing, developing business relationships and linking resources to members in the community and beyond. Additionally, he has turned his love for the outdoors and mountaineering passion into an avocation, by authoring a bestselling cookbook, In the Wild Chef. The success of this work generated another career for Steve as an Expedition Chef, creating and preparing gourmet meals in exotic locations spanning the globe. In addition to serving on the Board at AAFV, Steve currently sits on The Advisory Board for the Idaho Trails Association and a similar capacity for Reel Recovery Idaho. Steve denotes time to many other organizations like the St Luke’s YEAH Kids Iron Chef competition, Create Common Good, Boise Lighthouse Rescue Mission and Nampa’s Taste of Idaho.
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We all know that when the temperatures soar, it is crucial to drink water and stay hydrated. However, staying hydrated over the winter months are often overlooked. No matter what time of year it is, your body loses water through sweating, urinating, and breathing, and ensuring you are getting enough fluids is very important. Not only is it important to stay hydrated, drinking water in general has been shown to help with weight maintenance and weight loss. With your New Year Resolutions in full-swing, increasing how much plain water you drink can help you reach your health and wellness goals. Research has shown
that people who drink more plain water generally consume fewer total daily calories. This is obvious if we think about the amount of sugar and calories that are often in our beverages, like sodas, energy drinks, and coffee drinks. In addition, research has shown that hunger and thirst feel very similar and are often misinterpreted. Many times, we reach for a snack because we feel a sensation of hunger, when in fact we are dehydrated and thirsty. Try drinking a glass of water before eating a snack and see how you feel. Being well hydrated can help you stay focused as well as provide much needed energy that caffeine can only dream
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of supplying. The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies recommends 1116 cups (88-128 ounces) of fluids each day for adult men and women and 9-14 cups (72-112 ounces) for children. Try carrying a water bottle around with you that has water measurements on the bottle so that you know how many ounces you are drinking. Challenge yourself to reach a certain goal each day. How can you tell if you are well hydrated? It is as simple as checking the color of your urine. If your urine is yellow, it likely indicates that you need more fluids. If it is a light yellow or clear color, it means you are likely well hydrated.
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Book Review by Amy Perry David Drake is an American author of science fiction and fantasy literature. A Vietnam War veteran who has worked as a lawyer, he is now one of the major authors of the military science fiction genre. Drake served two years as an enlisted interrogator with the 11th Armored Cav in Vietnam and Combodia. With the Lightnings is book one of a space opera series
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which is worthy of the time spent reading. The two main protagonist’s families have been mortal enemies, though both Adele Mundy and Daniel Leary are members of the Cinnabar Empire. Empires Cinnabar and Alliance are enemies, at this time. Cinnabar has internal politics that are bitter and fierce. Kostroma is a rich planet that is the prize of the contest and the pot in which the
story is placed. There is a bad guy that you will love to hate, a spacer crew to be formed and loyalties to be forged. A rollicking good tale. The bad guy gets his, the man doesn’t get the girl. The man does get a lasting friendship with a smart, rapier witted family enemy; a friendship based in respect. This is a must read for anyone who enjoys military science fiction; a novel that is re-readable.
OCTPUPLETS BORN IN CALDWELL!
by Leora Summers
Left: Happy Mother Bailee! The first puppy showed up at 11 p.m. on January 28th with the last one arriving about 4am on the 29th! *Photos by Leora Summers
Right: Proud Daddy Bentley overseeing the brood briefly so mom could take a break! *Photo by Aimee Stocks
Bailee (mother) and Bentley (father), Border Collies, are the proud parents of 8 puppies! The litter was born on January 28th and 29th in Caldwell at the home of Aimee Stocks. Momma and all 6 males and 2 females are doing well! What a fun little surprise in the middle of the night! Congratulations Bailee on a job well done!
The key to success is consistency. It’s the second month of the year and we’re still going strong in our determination to make our lives more beautiful and meaningful. We don’t forget about our new year resolutions. Despite some setbacks, we are moving forward as we take baby steps to our short, specific and measurable goals. The rollercoaster ride continues as we enjoy every second of it! I title the years of my life. The 2018 year is called “The Year of Digging Deeper”. Over the next 12 months I will deepen my relationships, I will thoroughly and rigorously explore certain subjects, I will sharpen my intelligence and discernment, and moreover I will add the depth of color to my life. The lists are ready. The books are stacked
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on my nightstand. The pencil is sharpened. Transformation begins. After the move to Idaho some of my friendships were put on hold. But it’s time to catch up and encourage precious ladies. I call my friend in Oregon, a mother of three pre-schoolers. The phone conversation ends up to be profound and significant. There is a complexity of thought which feeds the soul of two moms with higher education. I am inspired! I dial my other friend and just listen. I learn that silence on my part deepens our frail relationship. I don’t give advices, I don’t share my stories. I only listen. And it’s enough! I decide to call my other friend. This one is a full blown counseling session. I teach her to live. I teach her to be loved. I dig deep into her soul to
the point of discomfort. Our relationship is strengthened. I decide that doing monthly checkups is a must. In our lively home Saturdays are dedicated to reading. I lay on the couch with a book and my four kiddos crawl all over me. At times I read outloud. They are too young to grasp the full meaning of the theological text, but it still interests them. I stop and meditate. I am resolved to finish this book in a day. I like digging deeper on the subject. I highlight and take notes. Understanding is broadened. Wisdom acquired. Consistently devoting chunks of time for education is rewarding. My daily living is simple but yet so rich. And this year I am adding the intensity to its colors. I am beautifying and vivifying.
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Best Seller Book Review by Michelle Ross Making Ghosts Dance by Gregory E. Buford
This book has a bit of a split personality- part of it is a social commentary on the child sex-trafficking trade in Cambodia, which is an important, if difficult subject to tackle, while the other part is a thriller, better suited, at times, for the big screen than the printed page. At the heart of this book is a gut-wrenching tale of a family in the United States Foreign Service, torn apart when their daughter is kidnapped by the men who run the brothels in Phenom Penh. That split personality comes into play in my overall review of Making Ghosts Dance. Things I loved about this book: great insight into the inner workings of a US embassy, the juxtaposition between the strong female characters who work for the US government and the powerless girls/ women caught up by sexual exploitation and the realistic
and unvarnished look at this terrible and ongoing evil across Southeast Asia. With that said, there are parts of the books that I struggled with as I read. The writing is not the most polished- at times it felt like a comic books with the author actually using “crash” as onomatopoeia. Sometimes the action/thriller scenarios can overwhelm the social commentary, which is the part of the novel that I find most intriguing, which is really more an issue of preferred genres. Overall, I would say pick up a copy of this book because the strong women are novelty in such an action-leaning novel and because it highlights a real world issue that doesn’t get a lot of press coverage in the United States. This is a great travel-read!
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Super Blue Blood Moon in Caldwell
by Leora Summers
earth casting its shadow on the moon during a lunar eclipse. This triple effect happened in 1982 and won’t occur again until 2037. The last time it was visible in the U.S. was 1866! The clouds covered it when it was supposed to be in total eclipse at 6:29am, but I really loved seeing this spectacular event! It was beautiful!
I felt I had accomplished something. Her love and knowledge wasn’t book learned, it was heart felt. They grew all there own flowers for the arrangements and that’s where Pop Pop came in. Pop Pop, my grandfather, was a very knowledgeable grower. His family was from Germany and had a long history of growing orchards, but Pop Pop went to school to study botany. Again, though, as I would follow him around it wasn’t text book teaching he passed on to me but the natural wonderment of watching the process of seed to seedling, to a six pack salable size to its full grandeur and to know I was at every step nurturing it along. To see this giant of a man with big brawny hands as he separated also delicately two tiny seedlings to be transplanted into larger containers. I did not know then that my desire would be to do as he did. This next person to guide me on this, whether she knew it or not, was my aunt
by Pat King
Dorothy, she’s my moms older sister. She wasn’t around much as I was growing up and around my grandparents nursery because she is a nun and a teacher and worked in various communities. What I have come to realize is her role as cheerleader and more so the last fourteen years after my mom passed away and my son thirteen years ago. I don’t mean constantly praising me or telling me it’s a great thing me continuing what dad had started. No, she has just always found a way to share that same love for growing plants and making compost. At family gatherings she would always carve time out just for me and then add “ I always enjoy listening and learning about the things you do” so if you’ve got kids or grandkids just spend time with them in the garden sharing your love for it often. Thanks to my grandparents and my Aunt Dorothy, love ya, Pat
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LOCAL DIRT PERSPECTIVE As I write this February column, it is still December 30th near midnight. I’ve just completed my evening prayers when an overwhelming thought came to mind. No not about pruning, mowing or planning the garden, no. The people in my earlier life that saw something in me that they decided to pass down their knowledge or love for plants and soils. The first person really was my grandma or nonie as she was 100% Italian. She was a very short lady with white hair and a great smile always planted on her face. Only being 6 or so, I was nearly as tall. She was tasked at times to watch us in her floral shop where I would watch her strip the thorns off roses and arrange them with babies breath and stems of fern. She was steady and precise as she asked you questions, and before you knew it she was done and
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Super Blood Blue Moon--Debi Jensen Style! Debi Jensen of Caldwell had her camera set up to get these transitions of the evolving eclipse of the Super Blood Blue Moon on January 31st. She began taking photos at 4:00 a.m. and finally quit around 7:00am. She didn’t have an interval for taking the photos, but of the sequence, said she took them, “just when I felt like taking another.” She stated, “I’m glad I was awake for this. Pretty neat...until the clouds moved in. Caldwell had a great view!”
Super Blue Blood Moon at about 6:20am on January 21st from my back yard! This is when the full moon appears larger because it is the closest to the earth in its elliptical path (Super), and it appears twice in one month (Blue Moon), and is orange (Blood Moon) because the earth is between the sun and the moon with the
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Bob Clark, veteran owned and operated. Pocket knives, hunting knives, survival gear, renaissance swords, medieval gear, stun guns, Veteran hats, military knives, tactical gear, cross bows, camping gear, self protection or hunting knives. You want it, Bob Clark has it. In 2012, veteran Bob Bob Clark Clark wanted a retirement hobby and the pursuit of an enjoyable endeavor. He certainly found that. Bob, has lived in Caldwell for 20 years and loves the people and culture of our community. Today, Idaho BladeRunner, located downstairs at Maddy’s Plaza is the largest knife dealer in the entire state. His huge variety of handmade, Damascus steel, bone handle and rare collectible knives, swords, hatchets and survival gear is impressive. Where else will you find Renaissance swords and steel helmets including roman and Spartan gear? Idaho best value best prices best selection! Wall to wall assortment. Bob is informative, I appreciate his wealth of knowledge. I leave feeling informed and educated. Thank you Bob!
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Treasure Quest X is Caldwell’s newest and best Consignment Boutique. Store owner, Lena Paul, has a passion for unique finds and restores old items into treasures. Shop home furnishings and accessories. At Treasure Quest X you will be greeted by helpful staff who is proudly comprised of family and friends. Lena Paul Visit Caldwell’s best consignment boutique in person at 718 Main St at Maddy’s Plaza in Caldwell, Idaho. Find a selection of treasures from new and renewed home furnishings, dishes, antiques, vintage items, and decorations for your interior design projects.
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To Those Of You This Letter Finds To Those Of You This Letter Finds, My name is Jason Wonderlich and I am a teacher at Canyon Springs High School in Caldwell, Idaho. It has been brought to my attention that 2 of our students and their family could use our help. In the summer of 2017 they moved to Caldwell from Phoenix with their mother, after their parents separated. They have been living with relatives until they can get their feet under them and save enough for their own place. Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 was their mother, Maria Valenzuela’s 43rd birthday. On her birthday Maria suffered a stroke while at work and is currently at St. Alphonsus in
Boise receiving treatment. Since, December 19th, 2017 Maria has suffered another minor stroke and the doctors have found a heart condition that requires surgery. I have had the pleasure to have both of Maria’s daughters in my classes. They are very hard working, kind, thoughtful, intelligent and respectful. They have great potential to be leaders and successful in their future endeavors. I am sharing this information because I believe they deserve our help. I want to be able to help them through this giant obstacle in their lives so they can go onto college and fulfill the potential instilled in them by their mother.
We are setting up a GoFundMe account to help the Valenzuela family. Donations will be used equally to start college scholarships for each of the daughters and pay for medical expenses for Maria. I know this time of year many of us are spread thin after the holidays but anything will help in this family’s time of need. If you would like to send a gift card instead for a restaurant near the hospital in Boise they can be sent to the Valenzuela family at St. Alphonsus or to Canyon Springs High School to be delivered to the family. Thank you for your help, Jason Wonderlich on behalf of the Valenzuela Family
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Placement season for the 2018/2019 school year has already begun! Students from 62 different countries have submitted their profiles and are eagerly awaiting to hear they have a loving host family to welcome them into their home. Without host families, their dreams of studying abroad and gaining a global family cannot come true. This month I wanted to highlight the YES Grant Program. The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study Program (YES) is a grant program established in 2002 in response to the events of September 11, 2001, and funded by the U.S. Department of State. The program awards scholarships to high school students from more than 40 countries with significant Muslim populations, giving them the opportunity to spend up to a year living with a host family in the U.S., and to attend an American high school. The YES students are wonderful students who are dedicated to community service, academics, learning about a new culture while sharing theirs and bridging cultural gaps. Only about 3%
Role of Migration
by Tim Teal
At the SIBA (Southwestern Idaho Birders Association) meeting on February 9, 2018, Julie Heath will be giving a talk about the role of migration in the biology of American Kestrels in the Treasure Valley. Kestrels are a charismatic predator and an exceptional species for studying migration and annual cycles of birds. They are a small falcon and often seen on power poles and power lines or hovering over a grassy field looking for prey. Dr. Heath will present an overview of Kestrel biology and discuss some of the Kestrels research her lab has conducted here in the Treasure Valley. Julie is a professor at BSU in the Department of Biological Sciences and the coordinator for the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Ph.D. Program. Her lab researches the effects of environmental change on bird behavior, physiology, and populations. SIBA meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7 PM and are held at the Deer Flat NWR Visitor Center at 13751 Upper Embankment Rd. in Nampa. The entrance is at the corner of Roosevelt Ave. and Indiana Ave. All are welcome to all of the SIBA meetings which last about 1 1/2 hrs. with a refreshment time following the meeting. by Ricki Sanchez
who apply for this Grant are awarded the opportunity. They work very hard to earn their scholarship, and work very hard while on program. Finalists will be announced soon for the upcoming school year. While here, I arrange Enrichment activities to help them gain a deeper understanding of American culture, opportunities for them to share about their home countries, community service opportunities, and leadership skills. Many of the students return back home to be Global Ambassadors for their countries, and future exchange students. The host families who welcome them, as well as the students have a common goal, to share, to learn, and to gain a deeper understanding which ultimately leads to world peace. One of the Ayusa students from Kenya during the 2015/2016 school year built a Library in his village upon returning home. We raised awareness in the local community of Nampa to help gather donations of books to ship to them. Together, we helped to provided books for the children
of the village. The host family requirements are the same as for self paying students. We only ask for host families to provide transportation, ( school buses work too!) 3 meals a day, and love and support. To learn more about the YES program please visit AYUSA.ORG or message me at RSANCHEZ@ AYUSA.ORG. We are welcoming families now! Apply to host online, or message me via email. In the picture attached, are the 2 YES students for this year. Saadiya from Nigeria, and Ngongfi from Cameroon with my oldest son, Daniel. During the Christmas season we enjoyed downtown Boise and went to the Ballet “The Nutcracker” for one of our Enrichment Activities.
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Euzkaldunak Charities –Caldwell Basque Charities Celebrate 50th Year
When Sabino Goitiandio held that first fundraiser to help the young girl in a wheelchair fifty-one years ago I wonder if he had any idea of the lives that would be changed for years to follow. The secondyear other Basque men in the community (Tony Gabiola, Frank Ascuaga, Pete Araquistain, Joe Gamboa, Joe Arriaga, John Beitia, Ceorge Goiri, Leonard Mallea) joined together with Sabino and the Caldwell Basque Charity Dance became an annual
event. Celebrating their 50th year this past January at the O’Connor Field House. Business owners and community members join together for a great feast, entertainment by basque dancers of all ages and contests to show off one another’s strength and skill. Ticket sales, auctions and donations have raise between $25,000-$30,000 dollars each year and 100% of the money earned goes to help our local community members who have had an injury, fire, accident, death
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in the family or some other catastrophic event. Since its beginning over two million dollars have been raised and improved the lives of other’s whom otherwise may have not survived. The event is well attended and everyone has a great time. The 24-local volunteers spend countless selfless hours organizing the event. A dear friend Gina Bicandi Dowen was the Master of Ceremonies and it is an event that I know and anticipate that I will see her.
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Keeping Big Band Swing Music Alive! Treasure Valley Swing Band!
Treasure Valley Swing Band playing during the Winter Wonderland event in downtown Caldwell.
For over 20 years big band swing music has been kept alive in our valley through the Treasure Valley Swing Band. You saw and heard them play during our last Winter Wonderland event in downtown Caldwell during the tree lighting ceremony for the past two years. What a great way to keep that golden “Swing Era” alive! The Treasure Valley Swing band got its start in 1997 by Skip Bickness, a former Ontario High School band director, to meet the needs of area music educators. He put this group together to give fellow musicians an outlet to enjoy practicing their craft for themselves. This energized them and helped them keep their love for music alive through playing big band swing
music together. Currently the band is under the direction of Fruitland High School music instructor, Joel Williams. The band’s members come from Vale, Ontario, Payette, Parma, Fruitland, Meridian, Middleton, Nampa and Caldwell. This band performs primarily in the Western Treasure Valley. They’ve performed through the Caldwell Fine Arts series, the Baker (Oregon) Fine Arts series as well as for community events in Fruitland, Weiser, Parma, Ontario, and Caldwell. If you are a fan of big band swing music, there are future opportunities for you to enjoy their band. On February 9th, they will be featured at a Sweetheart Dance at Valley Church, 2900 Lifeway, in Caldwell. There they
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Lions International has placed Diabetes Awareness over Vision as its priority. Camp Hodia is Idaho’s only residential camp for kids with diabetes. Camp Hodia is fun and offers kids the opportunity to share common experiences, meet others with diabetes, and form meaningful friendships. For many campers this is their first time away from home. Their programs strive to foster selfesteem and self-reliance in a safe, healthy environment. Lion President Alex Esparza gives Lisa Gier of Camp Hodia $500 from Caldwell Lions Club to help them help kids with diabetes. Check them out at www. hodia.org. by Leora Summers
will be playing big band swing, waltzes, 50s rock and more! In March, they will be performing with the College of Idaho Jazz Ensemble and in April, trombone legend, Bill Watrous, will perform with the group in Weiser. 2017 marked the 20th Anniversary of The Treasure Valley Swing Band. It is great to have this dedicated group of musicians continue to keep this wonderful genre of music alive in our valley! For more information about these events, contact Bruce Greenhalgh at: irbruce345@ yahoo.com or call him at (401) 782-7074. “Like” Treasure Valley Swing Band on Facebook to keep an eye on other future events.
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