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Business Spotlight: Fire & Ice Pottery Studio
Nestled on 7th Ave in Caldwell with a view of Indian Creek plaza, sits a charming little DIY pottery studio. If you’re up for a unique date night, birthday party, or just feel like trying something new, a memorable experience awaits you in crafter’s paradise. Owner Dawn Bashore greets her patrons at the door and guides them through the process of creating original personal masterpieces. Want to try clay sculpting, glass fusing, or free-style painting? Bashore offers DIY arts and crafts to “people who may not have the money (or desire) to invest in all the tools and supplies to try something.” Things like making a sign that looks professional and customized for the customer. She makes it clear that talent isn’t a requirement for participation
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and has even been known to complete several projects for those who grow frustrated! There’s a plethora of creative, white ceramics from which to choose- including animals, dinnerware, and other novelty items that all seem to beg, “pick me!” After selecting their perfect paints from a generous wall of colors, artists are free to create by themselves with help always nearby. Water is changed by an employee and everyone is welcomed to stay as long as they wish. After painting, artists simply hand their finished products off to the professionals, who will fire them into flawless, glass finishes and have them ready for pick-up a few days later. Every piece of art tells a unique story, and the studio has a special one of its own.
Fire and Ice Studio got its start at a storefront next to the Reel Theatre in Nampa, where it stayed from 20062010. Due to the recession, it became necessary to close the storefront and instead operate a mobile business anchored from their home base. Two main factors influenced Bashore’s choice of re-opening her business in downtown Caldwell in November of 2019: The first came about when she learned of the downtown revitalization project. She “fell in love” with Indian Creek Plaza and saw an opportunity to be part of the small businesses coming with it. The second came about in a very unexpected but wonderful way. Tearing at the memory, Bashore recalls how she was watching
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“Wednesday’s Child” on TV one December night when the reporter asked a little girl in foster care what she wanted most of all for Christmas. The girl answered emphatically, “ I want to be with my brothers and sisters!” Bashore’s heart was both broken and touched by her reply; so much so that she began researching, thinking and praying before proposing a ‘crazy’ idea to her husband. As it turned out, he had been praying too and had providentially come to the same conclusion. They decided there was a reason they hadn’t felt the need to sell a house that had become too large for their needs. Instead, they filled it with love beyond anything most could ever imagine. After becoming foster par-
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ents for a time, the Bashore’s adopted the five siblings and a new family was born. They wanted to give their children, some with special needs, all they had to offer. Dawn knew if she opened the pottery studio again, her children would gain “a great first experience in the working world.” It would become a slow-paced, peaceful haven where they could heal, create, and thrive. If you look around purposefully, hearts in many forms can be found throughout Fire and Ice Studio-some made of ceramic, others etched in wood-or the real ones that beat in a kind woman named Dawn and her five rotating staff members who will greet you at the door; ready to help you create a masterpiece.
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3-8 PM: Ice skating, Indian Creek Ice Skating Ribbon, downtown Caldwell, cost available at www. indiancreekplaza.com. 6:45-7:45 PM: Cheer Team/ Juniors, ages 11-14. No new enrollments accepted at this time call Caldwell Rec. at 208-4553060 for information.
12-4 PM: AARP Tax-Aide Tax Preparation, please call 208918-1184 to find information on location. 3-8 PM: Ice skating, Indian Creek Ice Skating Ribbon, downtown Caldwell, cost available at www. indiancreekplaza.com. 5:30 PM: Gym/Level 1, Ages 8+ through February 25, 2021. Motor skills, balance, coordination. Roberts Rec Gym, instructor Renee Moss. Caldwell Parks & Recreation 208-455-3060.
11 AM: Story Time Skating “Bear vs. Mouse”, Indian Creek Ice Skating Ribbon, downtown Caldwell. Oriented to pre-school aged children and will include animal-themed stories. More information available at www. indiancreekplaza.com. 6-11 PM: Brave Hearts Night at Indian Creek Steakhouse, 711 Main St. 3-8 PM: Ice skating, Indian Creek Ice Skating Ribbon, downtown Caldwell, cost available at www. indiancreekplaza.com.
9-10:30 PM: SK8 Ribbon Coalition: Session 1. Children in Caldwell, Canyon County and Owyhee County areas between the ages of 12 and 16 are eligible to participate. During each session, each participant will receive an ice-skating lesson, a snack and warm drink. 11 AM-12:30 PM: SK8 Ribbon Coalition: Session 2. Children in Caldwell, Canyon County and Owyhee County areas between the ages of 12 and 16 are eligible to participate. During each session, each participant will receive an ice-skating lesson, a snack and warm drink. 1-9 PM: Ice skating, Indian Creek Ice Skating Ribbon, downtown Caldwell, cost available at www. indiancreekplaza.com.
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Events and special promotions happening locally this month! February 13 (continued)
7-8:30 PM: Urban Renewal Agency Meeting, Caldwell Police Department Community Room, 110 S. 5th Ave. 6 PM: Skate for a Cause (St. Paul’s Catholic School), Indian Creek Ice Skating Ribbon, downtown Caldwell. More information can be found at www.indiancreekplaza.com.
1-9 PM: Ice skating, Indian Creek Ice Skating Ribbon, downtown Caldwell, cost available at www. indiancreekplaza.com. 6-8 PM: Let’s Paint, Roberts Recreation Center, 504 Grant St. Be brave with that brush to register call 208-455-3060.
11-11:30 PM: Pre-K Storytime (zoom) with Jacob Grant, Rediscovered Books, www.rdbooks. org. 3-8 PM: Ice skating, Indian Creek Ice Skating Ribbon, downtown Caldwell, cost available at www. indiancreekplaza.com. 6 PM: Skate for a Cause (Third District Guardian ad Litem Program), Indian Creek Ice Skating Ribbon, downtown Caldwell. More information can be found at www. indiancreekplaza.com. 7 PM: YA Extravaganza-Mary Ann Fraser & Lani Forbes in Conversation with Devri Walls (Crowd Cast), Rediscovered Books, www.rdbooks.org.
2-8 PM: Ice skating, Indian Creek Ice Skating Ribbon, downtown Caldwell, cost available at www. indiancreekplaza.com. 5:30-6:30 PM: Un-Book Club Instagram Live, Rediscovered books, www.rdbooks.org.
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3-8 PM: Ice skating, Indian Creek Ice Skating Ribbon, downtown Caldwell, cost available at www. indiancreekplaza.com. 12-4 PM: AARP Tax-Aide Tax Preparation, please call 208-9181184 to find information on location. 6 PM: Skate for a Cause (Idaho Miss Amazing, Inc.), Indian Creek Ice Skating Ribbon, downtown Caldwell. More information can be found at www.indiancreekplaza. com. 6 PM: Skate for a Cause (Younglife, Middleton), Indian Creek Ice Skating Ribbon, downtown Caldwell. More information can be found at www.indiancreekplaza. com. February 12 12-5 PM: Wine & Fondue for you! Enjoy 4 Huston wines paired with cheese or chocolate fondue. Huston Vineyards, www.hustonvineyards. com. 1-5 PM: Ice skating, Indian Creek Ice Skating Ribbon, downtown Caldwell, cost available at www. indiancreekplaza.com.
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President’s Day: No School 3-8 PM: Ice skating, Indian Creek Ice Skating Ribbon, downtown Caldwell, cost available at www. indiancreekplaza.com.
3-8 PM: Ice skating, Indian Creek Ice Skating Ribbon, downtown Caldwell, cost available at www. indiancreekplaza.com. 7-8:30 PM: City Council Meeting, Caldwell Police Department Community Room, 110 S. 5th Ave. 6 PM: Skate for a Cause (River Discovery), Indian Creek Ice Skating Ribbon, downtown Caldwell. More information can be found at www.indiancreekplaza. com. 7-8 PM: Community Conversation with Kevin Vandi- The Running Blueprint (Zoom), Rediscovered Books, www.rdbooks.org.
3-8 PM: Ice skating, Indian Creek Ice Skating Ribbon, downtown Caldwell, cost available at www. indiancreekplaza.com. 7-8 PM: LatinX Book Club (Zoom), Rediscovered Books, www. rdbooks.org.
3-8 PM: Ice skating, Indian Creek Ice Skating Ribbon, downtown Caldwell, cost available at www. indiancreekplaza.com. 5-6 PM: Book + Author: Virtual Book Club Meeting with Margarita Montimore- Oona Out of Order (Crowd Cast), Rediscovered Books, www.rdbooks.org. 6 PM: Skate for a Cause (Lakevue Elementary PTO), Indian Creek Ice Skating Ribbon, downtown Caldwell. More information can be found at www.indiancreekplaza. com.
1-9 PM: Ice skating, Indian Creek Ice Skating Ribbon, downtown Caldwell, cost available at www. indiancreekplaza.com. February 23 7-8 PM: Adelaide Perr-Degloved (Zoom), Rediscovered Books, www.rdbooks.org. February 28 1:30-3:30 PM: GriefShare Grief Recovery Support Group, Calvary
Chapel Caldwell, 911 Everett St., Contact Debra Reynolds 208-9891212. 5:30-6:30 PM: Un-Book ClubInstagram Live, Rediscovered Books, www.rdbooks.org
7-8:30 PM: City Council Meeting, Caldwell Police Department Community Room, 110 S. 5th Ave.
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February 2021 Caldwell city buildings will reopen to the public on February 1st, 2021. Due to the current downward trend in case numbers and the recent rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, Caldwell officials have decided that city buildings can reasonably open to the public and continue to preserve the health and safety of both the public and city employees. Enhanced cleaning and sanitization measures will remain in place for all city buildings. Masks are en-
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couraged and hand sanitizer will be provided. City officials also encourage the public to practice physical distancing when inside city buildings. We would like to thank our employees and the public for having patience over the last several months. The city will continue to work closely with Southwest District Health and other local and state officials in order to keep the public up-to-date on vaccine rollout measures and the status of the pandemic.
At this time, public meetings will remain virtual. To sign up to testify at a public hearing, please follow the link: https://www. cityofcaldwell.org/yourgovernment/transparency/ council-documents To sign up for a notification when your priority group will be ready to receive the vaccine, please see the Southwest District Health website here: https://phd3.idaho.gov/covid-19-vaccine-notification/ Caldwell Library changes are outlined below:
• The library will remain closed for browsing until further notice • Curbside pickup and computer appointments will continue as is • We are adding contactless delivery options • Patrons can come to the East entrance of the library to speak with a librarian about retrieving items, placing holds, applying for a library card, and general questions •Returned materials will still be subject to a 5-day quarantine before being
checked in • We have increased the number of mobile hotspots available for checkout • Programs will remain virtual
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C O N G R AT U L AT I O N S to our employee of the year and supervisor of the year for 2020, Larry Sink, Caldwell Police Department Custodian and Deputy Chief Steve Donahue of the Caldwell Fire Department. Here are excerpts from the awards ceremony at City Council last evening: “Larry is not just the custodian at the Police Department but is an integral member of our micro community. Larry has made meaningful connections with the other Department employees and is a joy to converse with. During the spin up of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Larry was vigi-
lant in implementing new measures to make sure Police Dept. employees had a clean environment to work in. Larry also ensured we had enough toilet paper. Larry has proven himself to be a caring member who is genuinely interested in the welfare of the department and especially the employees. He is quick to offer his help with tasks that might be considered outside his job description. Larry is the glue that keeps this place together and his work ethic should be noted, appreciated and emulated by all.” “In addition to the normal call response and working on day-to-day projects, Steve has continued to step up and meet the needs for Caldwell Fire. I regularly receive emails from Steve in the evenings and on weekends, as he continues to work on projects. The cen-
ter for Public Safety Excellence has established a process in which an individual is evaluated by their peers for Professional Credentialing as a Chief Fire Officer. The process is not easy and the peer review looks at all aspects of an individual’s life. Chief Dona-
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West Valley Medical Center Welcomes New Chief Operating Officer West Valley Medical Center CEO Betsy Hunsicker is pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Demke as the new chief operating officer (COO). Jason comes to West Valley from Johnston-Willis Hospital, a 300-bed campus of Chippenham/Johnston-Willis (CJW) Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia where he was the Vice President of Operations. CJW, with 2 campuses and nearly 800 total beds, is owned and operated by West Val-
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ley’s parent company, HCA Healthcare. “Jason’s experience in a complex, large market will serve us well here at West Valley. He has a wealth of experience in coordinating clinical expansions as well as construction projects that lend to the growth of hospitals and enhance patient satisfaction,” said Betsy Hunsicker, chief executive officer at West Valley Medical Center. “I am thrilled to be joining a seasoned team in a
community that embodies caring like family. From the time I arrived, I have seen that our caregivers are personally committed to the mission of West Valley Medical Center to care for and improve human lives. There’s a lot of excitement and energy in the growing Treasure Valley and I look forward to being a part of it,” said Jason Demke, chief operating officer at West Valley Medical Center. Jason is a graduate of Brigham Young University.
NFPA Community Risk Reduction Pilot Caldwell Fire Department selected among 250 fire departments nationwide to participate in second phase of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) community risk reduction pilot program January 21, 2021 – The Caldwell Fire Department
has been selected by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to participate in the second phase of a pilot program to build a digital community risk assessment (CRA) tool. Aligned to NFPA 1300, Standard on Community Risk Assessment and
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community risk reduction plans that incorporate five priorities - education, engineering, enforcement, economic incentives, and emergency response - in the most impactful ways possible.” The first phase of the pilot project, which included participation from 50 fire departments across the country, helped identify features of the digital dashboard that will work effectively and those that need fine-tuning. During the second phase of the program, which involves participation from 250 departments nationwide, the Caldwell Fire Department will provide insights around the use of dashboard through June of 2021 to help continue refining and enhancing its effectiveness. “Participation in this project allows each fire department to provide important feedback that will be used to improve future versions of the dashboard, positions the community among CRR leaders in the United States, and signals an interest in leveraging technology to drive highquality community safety initiatives,” said BerardReed. As a participant in the pilot program, the Caldwell Fire Department will have free access to the dashboard, which includes
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customized visualizations (maps, charts, graphs) that illustrate each community’s risks and hazards across a variety of categories such as demographics, geography, building stock, economics, infrastructure, and event loss history. The dashboard also provides a snapshot of local capacity for risk reduction activities with information about public safety response agencies and community service organizations. In addition to dashboard access, participants will be provided rich networking and professional development opportunities with other communities engaged in CRR. “We are thrilled to be participating in this important project,” said Mark Wendelsdorf, Caldwell Fire Chief. “Not only will access to the tool give us invaluable information about our community’s needs, but it’s rewarding to know that using the tool will increase its effectiveness and help other fire departments in the long run.”
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The Dimensions of Health: Community Wellness Volunteer Program Optimal wellness consists of many moving parts. These moving parts are often called “dimensions,” and they provide a full picture of health. The number of health dimensions is less agreed upon, as various theories argue that there are as few as five and as many as twelve. These health dimensions can include physical, emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, occupational, environmental, and more. Regardless of the number, all theories agree that wellness is multidimensional and the health of each dimension affects the health of the others. One can work to in-
fluence these dimensions of health, both personally and within the community to affect others. University of Idaho Extension is offering the Community Wellness Volunteer program for youth (12+ years) and adults to gain knowledge on all aspects that influence health and gain confidence in how to make positive individual and community change. The Community Wellness Volunteer program begins on Monday, February 22 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Volunteers undergo a 7-week training with live, 2-hour classes (on Mondays) along with no more than 2 hours of online
work each week. The live 2-hour class will be offered in-person and virtually via Zoom, depending on current covid-19 recommendations and protocols. Following the training, both youth and adult volunteers will receive opportunities to become more involved in the community, encourage and help implement positive community health change, and educate others on the benefits of health at all dimensions. To register online, please visit this site: https:// w w w. e v e n t b r i t e . c o m / e / community-wellness-volunteer-program-tickets137544373925?aff=. For more information on
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the program or to have your health and nutrition questions answered, please contact Jackie Amende at 208-459-6003 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Canyon County Extension Website to learn about more community health programs: https://www.uidaho.edu/ extension/county/canyon/ family-consumer
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Virtual open houses will be held to include hunters in the season-setting process Fish and Game will be setting new seasons for upcoming deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear, mountain lion, and wolf hunts in March, and gathering public input on upcoming season proposals starting Feb. 8. The easiest way for hunters to review proposals and weigh in will be visiting the big game proposals webpage at idfg.idaho.gov/biggame. Proposals will be posted on Feb. 8, and the comment period will run from Feb. 8-25. The proposals will be posted by region and separated by species within each region. The public comment process will also include virtual open houses hosted by
Fish and Game’s staff for each of its regions, along with one statewide open house. In addition to the virtual open houses, regional Fish and Game staff will also host call-in sessions to provide people without internet access an opportunity to weigh in on the proposals. Virtual Open House Schedule All virtual open houses will start at 6 p.m. local time. Links to each virtual meeting will are available at idfg.idaho.gov/big-game. Panhandle - Feb. 18 Clearwater - Feb. 24 Southwest (McCall) - Feb. 17 Southwest (Nampa) - Feb. 22 Magic Valley - Feb. 23 Southeast - Feb. 16 Upper Snake - Feb. 18 Salmon - Feb. 24
Statewide - Feb. 25 Call-in Session Schedule All call-in sessions start will take place from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., local time. Before participating in the call-in sessions, the public is encouraged to review the proposals at idfg.idaho.gov/ big-game. Proposals will be posted on Feb. 8. Panhandle - Feb. 23 Clearwater - Feb. 17 Southwest (McCall) - Feb. 22 Southwest (Nampa) - Feb. 24 Magic Valley - Feb. 24 Southeast - Feb. 18 Upper Snake - Feb. 23 Salmon - Feb. 17 Big game seasons will be finalized by the Fish and Game Commission during its March 17-18 meeting in Nampa.
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Page 6 CALDWELL PERSPECTIVE I remember the tender moment when a tiny, healthy baby boy was placed in my arms for the first time. As my husband and I tried to comfort our screaming, amazing miracle, I was filled with such joy that I was unprepared for other raw, new-mom emotions that would follow. After two trimesters of complications and bed rest, I had been so excited to get my little guy out safely that I was almost surprised to hear a fearful little voice in my head saying, “Now what?” I counted myself fortunate to have had good parenting examples, babysitting experience, and knowledge from my studies in Family and Human Development. When my husband and I had returned from teaching children English in Korea, we felt more than ready to become parents. However, in that moment in the de-
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items on the menu, they become ways for a parent to actually show their children how much they love them instead of just telling them: If you feed children faith, then they believe in things that are unseen, but true. They find humility by trusting someone or something bigger than themselves. When they follow a parent’s faith in action, they will create ripples of stalwart beliefs,capable of lasting throughout generations. If you feed children positivity, then they will find hope, beauty and meaning in the many things life has to offer. If you give them sincere praise and reinforce positive behaviors, you will increase a child’s self esteem and the likeliness those behaviors will continue. If you feed children consistency, then they will thrive on its structure and security. They will understand how they alone are responsible for their actions and pre-determined consequences. If you feed children freedom, then they are bound to make mistakes even when you “told them so.” They will cherish priceless bonds filled with love and gratitude when you hold your tongue
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back and your arms out. It only makes sense to teach our children things we’d want them to display to the world-things that will make us beam as parents beyond good looks, good grades or any other wordly measure of success. Think of them as the highest recommended entrees you helped cultivate in walls of your own home. Maybe your baby boy, nurtured year after year with your cooking and the priceless virtues you helped instill, will bring dinner to someone in need-someone who looks differently, acts differently, and believes differently than himself. He may even stay extra long; sharing priceless gifts of time, attention, hope and faith. In a full circle, beautiful and complete, he will feed them and love them.
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You hear this generation is lacking communication skills. They are dependent on social media and technology. That part is true, but after living in the mountains in a 17 foot trailer this past summer with Paige (our 16 year old daughter.) I have a completely new understanding. I am sure there is some association with cliques that drive the way teens, my teen talks. Before our summer adventure, when I told her to do a chore and Paige would reply with “Bet” (a word that I now know means yes), I would get frustrated. I would come back with, “I am not asking you a question. I am telling you what to do and there was in no way shape or form there was a bet involved. Have it done or you’re grounded.” Paige is a great kid, she amazes me daily. She works two jobs, puts a percentage into savings, she is frugal and wise beyond her years. She is a professional actor by employment standards on
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ask how my day was and for a hug and snuggle time on the couch (which is becoming less and less). “Hey bruh. I see you. As we do. Bet!” An actual text message daughter, Paige recently sent me. Which is Paige’s way of saying “Hey friend, I have to tell you. I know you. I know your heart and feel your feelings. You are my team, you are my supporter and I am right here for you too in the same capacity. I absolutely mean every one of these words.” Presummer I would have replied with, “I am not your brother, stop spying on me I will be home soon and learn the English language…get your dang room cleaned or you’re grounded,” but now…I smile and feel the embrace in her words and simply reply back with “Bet.” Where there is peace that is where I want to be too. Change is hard, be slow to reply to another persons words, you might be missing a great message. Plus, as all parents know, this too shall pass.
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No get together is complete without chicken wings Few events generate as much enthusiasm among sports fans and non-sports fans. For sports fans who can’t wait to see the National Football League crown a new champion, the game itself is a must-watch event. For those who aren’t fans of the game, it is still a
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Virgil’s Smoked Chicken Wings With Blue Cheese Dip (Serves 4) Blue Cheese Dip 2 C. blue cheese crumbles, divided 1 C. mayonnaise 1⁄2 C. buttermilk 2 tsp. hot sauce 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce 1⁄2 tsp. kosher salt 1⁄4 C. finely chopped scallions 1⁄4 C. finely chopped celery Marinade 1⁄2 C. vegetable oil 1⁄2 C. hot sauce 4 T. Virgil’s Dry Rub (see below) 4 T. granulated garlic 4 T. granulated onion Juice of 1/2 lemon Wings 8 Lg. chicken wings 1⁄2 C. Virgil’s Dry Rub (see below) Sauce 10 T. unsalted butter 1 tsp. cornstarch 4 T. white vinegar 3⁄4 C. hot sauce 1⁄4 t. cayenne pepper 1. To make the dip, combine 1 cup of the blue cheese, mayonnaise, buttermilk, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and salt in the bowl of a food processor and blend on low until smooth. 2. Remove to a medium mixing bowl and fold in the rest of the blue cheese, scallions and celery, being sure to break up the larger blue cheese crumbles. Place in a covered container and refrigerate overnight. 3. Mix all the marinade ingredients in a large mixing
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Student Council Seeks to Support Their Community
MOSAICS Public School, a new STEAM charter school in Caldwell, has a mission to create community stewards. The student council at MOSAICS takes this mission seriously. This past holiday season, the council organized a food drive and set a goal of donating 750 pounds of canned goods to the Salvation Army. After just 2 weeks, the student body of MOSAICS had brought in over 1,200 pounds of food. “I am greatly impressed with how dedicated our students are to improving our community,” stated Principal Anthony Haskett. “I love that we have empowered our students to make a difference for other families in Caldwell.” The student council is composed of third and fourth grade students, elected by their peers. The council sets their own agenda and makes proposals to the school administration on ideas they want to pursue. The student council, currently running a mascotnaming competition for the school, is also focused
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