January 2015 Caldwell Perspective

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Edition Two

Caldwell, Idaho

January 2015

What was Donna doing on her 50th Anniversary?

Jacqueline’s New Years Resolution

Newest Chamber Member

Caught in the Act

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Christmas Angels

Meet the Editor, Leora Summers

I have lived in Caldwell for 32 years and call this community my home. My husband, Sam, who was actually born here many, many years ago, and I have raised our two daughters, Kara and Kris, in Caldwell. We live in the same house we bought 32 years ago on Easy Street! Who wouldn't want to live on Easy Street, right? I earned a B.A. degree at the College of Idaho with a major in Elementary Education and Psychology and received a Masters of Education degree with a major in Special Education at the University of Idaho. I taught special needs children in the Lewiston, Kent

(Washington), and the Meridian School Districts before moving to Caldwell to raise our daughters. After the daughters were born, I explored working outside the home, but realized that when you pay someone to watch your children, that it then became a "job", and I thought that just maybe I was the best candidate for that job. Since that "ah-ha" experience, I've done volunteer work within the schools and community. Currently I am the secretary of Caldwell Rotary Club. I always had that nagging thought that if I had it to do all over again, that I would love to have been a writer. And now, this opportunity to write came with the start up of this new community paper, the Caldwell Perspective. So bear with me, and forgive me for my errors along the way, as this is my first "stab" at this "editor gig". I am excited to start this new journey and love being able to help spread the good news of people, places, and things in Caldwell. I thank Chantele and Michael Hensel for giving me this opportunity. I'm excited!

What’s Your Perspective Of Caldwell?

Submitted by Rob Oats,

Rob Oates is the Caldwell International Airport Manager. He is a Caldwell native and a former Army helicopter pilot holding FAA ratings as a Commercial Instrument Rotary Wing Pilot. This is his perspective of Caldwell.

By Leora Summers, Editor Caldwell Perspective

The Shelly Family Pictured from left to right: Melissa, Steve, Ryah, Donna, and Alex Shelly Donna Shelly worked at ShopKo when foster parents would come through the line with vouchers, which helped pay for necessities for their foster children. She always asked them how they did it. When she quit her job and her children were raised, she discussed being foster parents with her husband, Steve, and they decided to take the leap. They talked to their grown children and they were "on board," and a new adventure was in the making. They began the process by calling 211, Idaho Care Line, a program of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, which sent them a packet to get started. Background checks were needed for anyone over the age of 16 living in the home, and completion of the PRIDE program, a program that discussed what it was like to be a foster family, was required. There was a home visit to make sure that their home was "child safe." A social worker interviewed them and asked what age group they preferred. They said they preferred children up through the age of 10, or children they thought they could handle. It took about 3 months to complete the "vetting" process. So with both of them in their fifties, they received their first foster child. They were to become a home for over 30 children during the 7 years that they fostered. Since then, some have been adopted, some went home, some went to a family member, and some may still be in foster care. Donna and Steve adopted two of their foster children. They received

Alex when he was 13 months old and adopted him when he was 3 years old. Ryah came to their home when she was 11 years old and they adopted her when she was 13 years old. After adopting these children they stepped back from being foster parents. Some of their struggles being foster parents included getting the children to their doctor appointments or to their visits with their families or their social workers. Donna says that she learned how to deal with those struggles by talking and communicating with the social workers. She says that every foster child coming from a rough family life, comes with "baggage" and things have happened to them that they have had to learn to deal with. To be a good foster parent, you need to have a lot of love. These kids need someone. As a foster parent, you may need to take kids to counseling. People need patience to support, love, and to be their friend. Through fostering Donna has learned that God loves these awesome children just like he does us and that these kids are just like any other kids. It gives Donna great joy to help someone else and if she helps just one child, she has done what she has come here to do. The rewards for Donna and Steve are in seeing the children smile, seeing that they did something good for them, and seeing some of the parents get their children back. Though it was hard to give them up Christmas Angels continued on page 6

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Calendar of Events January 5, 2015 10:30am–11:30am..............Baby & Me Storytime at Caldwell Library 5:00pm–9:00pm.................Caldwell YMCA Self-defense class begins 7:00pm–10:00pm........City Council Meeting; CPD Community Room January 6, 2015 ...........................................Gymnastics Begins at the Caldwell YMCA 10:30am–11:00am....................Toddler Storytime at Caldwell Library 4:15pm–6:45pm...Ballet Classes begin, Caldwell Recreation Building January 7, 2015 10:00am–10:30am.................Preschool Storytime at Caldwell Library 3:00pm–4:00pm...............Create a Living Will at West Valley Medical 7:00pm–8:00pm..........All Natural Health Classes at Caldwell Library January 8, 2015 11:00am–12:00pm......Newborn Nutrition Class, West Valley Medical 4:00pm–5:00pm...................Read to a Therapy Dog, Caldwell Library 6:00pm–7:00pm............................Teen Night at The Caldwell Library 6:30pm–7:15pm....Hip Hop Dance Class, Caldwell Recreation Building 6:30pm–7:30pm....Family Maternity Center Tour, West Valley Medical January 9, 2015 9:00am–5:00pm.....”55 Alive” Tour Registration, Caldwell Recreation 4:30–6:30pm....Class Instruction & Musical Instruments, Caldwell Rec. January 10, 2015 9:00am–4:00pm..............Child Birth Prep Class, West Valley Medical 10–11am.....1st & 2nd Grade Basketball Clinic, Sacajawea Elementary January 12, 2015 10:30am–11:30am.................Baby & Me Storytime, Caldwell Library 6:00pm–8:00pm................................Jr. Maker Club, Caldwell Library January 13, 2015 10:30am-11:00am........................Toddler Storytime, Caldwell Library 11:15am–1:00pm.....Noonbreak Lunch Sponsored by St. Lukes MSTI College of Idaho, Simplot Dining Hall 2:00pm–4:00pm.................Homeschool Book Club, Caldwell Library 2:30pm....Winter Olympics, Prestige Assisted Living at Autumn Wind 6:30–9:30pm..........................Breastfeeding 101, West Valley Medical January 14, 2015 10:00am-10:30am.....................Preschool Storytime, Caldwell Library January 15, 2015 11:00am–12:00pm.....Newborn Nutrition Clinic, West Valley Medical 4:30–6:30pm..........................Business After Hours, Best Western plus Caldwell Inn & Suites January 17, 2015 9:00am–12:00pm..5th & 6th Grade Basketball, Separate Boys & Girls League. Various schools. Call 208-455-3060 for info. January 19, 2015 10:30am–11:30am.................Baby & Me Storytime, Caldwell Library January 20, 2015 10:30am–11:00am.......................Toddler Storytime, Caldwell Library 6:00pm– 10:00pm...............................Adult Concealed Weapon Class, Caldwell Street Dept. Call 208-455-3060. 7:00pm–10:00pm..................................City Council Regular Meeting, CPD Community Room January 21, 2015 10:00am–10:30am....................Preschool Storytime, Caldwell Library January 22, 2015 11:00am–12:00pm.....Newborn Nutrition Clinic, West Valley Medical 4:00pm–5:00pm...................Read to a Therapy Dog, Caldwell Library January 24, 2015 1:00pm–3:00pm....Bunk Embroidery Open House, YMCA Rec Room January 25, 2015 4:00pm–5:00pm..Family Maternity Center Tour, West Valley Medical January 26, 2015 10:30am–11:30am.................Baby & Me Storytime, Caldwell Library January 27, 2015 10:30am–11:00am.......................Toddler Storytime, Caldwell Library 2:00pm–4:00pm............................Homeschool Fun, Caldwell Library 6:00pm–7:00pm................................Winter Hoop Shoot Competition, Lewis & Clark Elementary School January 28, 2015 8:00am–9:30am...................Coffee Connect, Caldwell Family YMCA 10:00am–10:30am....................Preschool Storytime, Caldwell Library January 29, 2015 11:00am–12:00pm.....Newborn Nutrition Clinic, West Valley Medical 5:30pm–6:30pm.........Healthy Conversations: Is Gluten Free For Me? West Valley Medical January 30, 2015 3:00pm–4:00pm..............................Winter Wonderland Fashion Show, Prestige Assisted Living at Autumn Wind

To have your event(s) added to the events calendar in the February Caldwell Perspective and online at www.caldwellperspective.com. Call Chantele at 208-899-6374 or email chantele.hensel@caldwellperspective.com

Yay! Santa came early, announced proud grandparents Sam and Leora Summers! Amaia Casilda Aburusa was born to Joe and Kara (Summers) Aburusa on December 12, 2014. She weighed in at 7.5 lbs and was 20.5 inches long. She joins two big brothers, Alec, 5 years old, and Tolo, 4 years old. There will be another little Basque dancer in the family! Submitted photo

Baby Blaisdell Proud grandparents Carol and John Blaisdell of Caldwell announce the birth of Navy Elizabeth Blaisdell, daughter of son Paul and Shalyn (Collins) Blaisdell. Navy Elizabeth was born on December 22, 2014 and weighed in at 7 lbs. 14 oz. and was 20 1/2 inches long. She joins older brother, Braxton, who will be 2 years old in February. Paul and Shalyn are currently living in Pocatello while Paul is attending dental school there. Submitted photo

Congratulations In Order We are so proud of our son-in-law, Ben Aarhaus. He lives in Parker, Colorado (a suburb of Denver), with our daughter Alyssa. Ben passed the master certification for his Professional Engineer License. It was a grueling test that took all day, but now he can certify the plans that he works on for CH2M Hill. Alyssa, a “Major in the

Colorado National Guard” was asked to be in the Colorado Leadership Development Program. She began a year's training to be fast tracked into leadership in the Colorado National Guard. We are pretty proud that they are such hard working kiddos and we wish they lived closer. Patti Syme

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Engagement at the Treasure Valley Night Light Parade Submitted by Jo’L Eckman

It started out as a long and stressful day. We had to prep, practice, and deliver a speech for a communications class followed by bundling up for the cold to take pictures at the Treasure Valley Night Light Parade. We finally got through both and Art suggested going downtown since everyone would be watching the parade still. Art Rojas and I were just taking a romantic stroll through the Winter Wonderland in downtown Caldwell and were slightly secluded since the parade was going on and everyone was there. We could hear the marching band and people being festive all around us. While we were just holding each other and saying how thankful we were for such a beautiful moment on a stressful day, he managed to slide a sweet little box in between us with the most gorgeous ring ever inside, I just started crying and he asked, "Will you marry me?!". Now engaged, we’ll be looking to be part of our community together and keeping Caldwell a part of our future to come! Thanks, Caldwell, for making the setting to our “Best Memory” to date!

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Schools & Clubs 30 Years Of Giving - Rotary’s David Johnson Memorial Blood Drive By Leora Summers, Editor Caldwell Perspective The 30th anniversary of Caldwell Rotary Club's "Dave Johnson Memorial Blood Drive" was a great success this past December 24th. Out of the 105 potential donors that came through the door, 91 units were successfully donated. The goal during this drive was 90 units. Unfortunately some folks were turned away due to conflicts with scheduling appointments between our community's scheduling procedure and the American Red Cross's scheduling center. Carole Munn, Caldwell's organizer, thanks you for your patience and is working hard to correct this situation. A big thanks goes to West Valley Medical Center for donating their wonderful stew to feed the donors. Other donations of bread, fruit, and juices from Caldwell Rotary Club, Ripley Doorn, and the American Red Cross were greatly appreciated. There are 5 blood drives from the American Red Cross in Caldwell a year, with this one being the most successful one during the year. It is promoted by Caldwell Rotary Club to Rotarians and to the community. The history of this drive (in the last Caldwell Perspective) is a huge element in its success.

Donna Hill became a 12 gallon donor during this blood drive! Seven years ago on December 24th, , Donna and husband Don, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, side by side, donating blood together during this annual blood drive. They live in Sunny Slope area. Donna believes that Donor Photos by Leora Summers everyone was put on this earth to help people. She also cleans houses for the elderly through the CCOA (Canyon County Council on Aging).

Butch Burfeindt of Middleton is a "universal donor"(blood type O-) and donates often and is reminded by the Red Cross. His wife, Lee Ann, a first time donor, says she donated on this day to help her get over her fear of needles. LaReece Stinger of Greenleaf has donated for several years during this drive. She feels that it is something positive that she can do for her community. Debbie Wood donated her 99th unit (12 3/4 gallons) on this day. She says she does it because it makes her feel good. She does it about 5 times a year. Her husband, Ben, thinks men need to do it more often than women because it's good for them and a lot of men don't realize that. They live in Huston.

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Glen Grosenbach of Caldwell donated his 104th unit, earning him a 13 gallon status for donating blood. He began donating after he retired from the Navy in 1970. Glen’s wife use to donate, so he decided he would also do so and has been a faithful donor ever since.

Mary, Roz, and Ramona Wallace donate together annually. Mary does it because she can help save many lives and it is easy to do. Roz does it because it is a tradition that all the girls in the family do together every year. Their mother, Ramona, began doing it after her grandmother had a blood disease that required her to need a blood transfusion every 6 week. Ramona continues to give in her grandmother’s honor, and because of her awareness of the need for more blood donations.

Caldwell Students Bring Cheer! Submitted by Nicola McIntosh Zion’s Bank

Rotarians, Wayne Johnson and Jerry Bauman serve up that great WVMC Stew.

Students from Sacajawea and Van Buren elementary schools decorated a Christmas tree with handcrafted ornaments during the Lights On celebration Dec. 5 at Zions Bank’s Caldwell Financial Center.

Rotarian Donor, Doug Reinke

In appreciation, the bank presented a contribution of $50 to the school. The decorated tree will be on display at the financial center through the holidays.

Rotarians, Bruce Krosch (above) and Tim Rosandick (below)

Zions Bank has been inviting students to participate in this annual holiday tradition for 44 years. Great service and elegant dining after the donation.

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January 2015

Opinion Caldwell Perspective Poll Barn Question: Do you have a New Year’s Resolution for 2015?

Information and photographs for this month’s Poll Barn were compiled by Leora Summers and Chantele Hensel

Tracy & Chris Snyder

Carol Penner

Patti Syme

Lupe Watson

Jacqueline Hernandez

Karen Upson

“Making it work. We moved from Wichita the day after Christmas.”

“To be more organized. It has been my New Year’s resolution every year.”

“Not currently. Yes, I am a work in progress.”

“My resolution is to NEVER make another New Year’s resolution!”

“Achieve some long, long time goals. I am back in school at TVCC.”

“Just keep going!”

Let’s Talk With Leora Summers

Let's talk about New Year's Resolutions...

"Caught in the Act"

For a lot of folks, New Year's Resolutions become good intentions gone bad in about 6 weeks, if they last that long. Do you remember what your resolution was last year? I think I gave up on having one, after years of experience of bailing out. Most people resolve to quit smoking, eat healthier, and exercise more. So much for that! At least we thought about it, right? We could talk about making a resolution and keeping it about 50% of the time. No, that doesn't work, either. It takes time and effort to break a bad habit, and time and effort to create a new one. Who really knows how long it takes? It takes as long as it takes! That's how long it takes. So instead, to be successful, why don't we try something new that we haven't done before–something we don't have to "break"–but instead something we could actually do, like create a new attitude. Let's try to find the "good" in people and things. Let's "pay it forward" by finding the opportunities in our day to help make someone else's day a little better. Try noticing the people around us, outside of our own little worlds, even if it is a smile or an acknowledgment that they are alive. When we start looking at others, the things that seem so overwhelming in our own lives might just seem a little less stressful. So in giving of ourselves to others, we also might just help ourselves.

Who did you see performing an "act of kindness" and what were they doing? Or, who did you see having fun?

Submit to editor@caldwellperspective.com Dear Editor, Thank you for bringing a brand new "perspective" to Caldwell. I have lived in Caldwell for 85 of my 90 years. It is a place dear to my heart. I recall a time when Nampa and Caldwell each had their own newspaper. They were the Caldwell News-Tribune and the Nampa FreePress. At some point in time the two papers combined into the present day Idaho Press-tribune. Since then Caldwell sometimes seems to come in second on the news. It will be wonderful to have a new focus on Caldwell news. I am excited to sense a new energy and a re-awakening in Caldwell. It is a perfect time for us to once again have our own newspaper. Congratulations on your new venture, and all good wishes for your success! Patria Kerrick Dear Patria and Readers, We are so excited to bring this paper to Caldwell to help get out the good news and we thank you for your comments. We hope to make this paper be what the community wants it to be. We want our readers’ news, photos, and ideas. To submit news and photos to the Caldwell Perspective, send it to editor@caldwellperspective.com. or mail it to: Caldwell Perspective, P.O. Box 922, Caldwell, Idaho 83606. We have started to look for office space downtown and we will let you know when that happens. Also watch our website: www.caldwellperspective.com for our latest updates. Your Editor, Leora Summers

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Business Terra Cotta Warrior At Chamber Submitted by Caldwell Chamber of Commerce Information provided by Travelchinaguide.com

Submitted Photo The Caldwell Chamber of Commerce recently received a donation of a replica of a Terra Cotta Warrior as a token of appreciation from Citslinc. This American– based company provides some of the best

tours to China for chambers of commerce throughout the North American continent. This replica is approximately 6 feet tall and weighs almost 450 lbs. There are only 200 of these replicas in North America. The Caldwell Chamber is currently offering a China trip for October 2015. Visiting the Terra Cotta site will be one of the options of this October 2015 trip. The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th century. Work is ongoing at this site, which is around 1.5 kilometers east of Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum in Lintong, Xian, Shaanxi Province. It is a sight not to be missed by any visitor to China. A The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses are the most sensational archaeological find of all times. They have put Xian on the map for visitors. This archaeological discovery was listed in 1987 by Unesco as a World Cultural Heritage Site. Together over 7,000 pottery soldiers, horses, chariots, and even weapons have been unearthed from these pits. Most of them have been restored to their former grandeur.

Nickels & Dimes By: Michael Hensel Tax time is upon us! Now is the time to gather up all those receipts you’ve been collecting and organize them into different categories. Charitable contributions, child and dependent care expenses, moving expenses, property taxes (if not paid my your mortgage company), medical expenses, home office expenses, vehicle expenses (if you use your vehicle for work or have charitable or medical mileage), higher education expenses, educator expenses, and a myriad of miscellaneous expenses including the fee you paid your tax preparer. Once you have this put together you can have a meaningful discussion with your tax advisor about their ultimate deductibility considering the myriad of rules and sometimes myopic and confusing tax law. You should receive your W-2 from your employer by January 31 and your 1098 from your mortgage company by February. You may also receive some 1099’s if you

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Christmas Angels (Continued from Page 1)

Adoption days for Alex and Ryah after having them for a while, all would become good again with the arrival of another child in need. The memories of those children never go away. Today when Donna and Steve see them in the store, they gets hugs and smiles. Donna has been thanked by parents, saying that they were glad that she had their child because they were given the time to have a chance to get their life back together again. It makes Donna very happy to hear that.

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Being a foster parent isn't for everyone says Donna, but even the little things help. If you want to find out more about being a foster parent, pick up the phone and call 211 to get the information you need. Donna and Steve truly are "angels under the Christmas tree" and children's lives are better today because Donna and Steve cared.


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Submitted by John McGee Chairman, Downtown Caldwell Association The wine industry is poised to Caldwell as the gateway of the take off in Caldwell—and that’s Snake River Valley wine region. great for our community. But that’s the key—gateway The community of Caldwell can recognition won’t just happen by and needs to take advantage of this itself. The community must actively economic engine by embracing the and consciously promote these gems opportunity in front of us. This that are still hidden from much of the includes efforts such as improved country. signage, additional hotel rooms and In the coming months, the more restaurants. It also includes Branding Team that international constructing a central plaza to serve consultant Roger Brooks has as a gathering place that can also formed to work with local incorporate and promote this leaders to conduct a community emerging industry. branding and marketing program These promotional efforts should will continue to meet. Those be of the highest quality, just like efforts will include community the product that is being made right outreach and the group has in our back yard. already conducted a record-setting Perhaps the most exciting online survey. example of the excellent quality of This team will determine the Caldwell area wine is the Huston “brand direction”, identify product Vineyards 2012 Malbec. This wine development recommendations, just won the Best Red and Best of create a marketing plan with Show at the 2014 Idaho Wine supporting brand graphics, showcase Competition. Located on Chicken the brand direction to the Dinner Road, Gregg and Mary community, and develop an action Alger’s winery is a rising star in the plan for community implementation. industry. (Disclosure: I am a member of that Another community stalwart— committee along with several other Ron Bitner—owner of Bitner community and business leaders.) Vineyards—has also had tremendous This branding effort will serve as recent success with his products. His a blueprint for future efforts to 2012 Late Harvest Reserve Riesling promote the great things our just won Best Dessert Wine in the community has to offer. same competition. Ron planted We already know that Caldwell is some of the Valley's earliest vines a great place to live and raise a and is and important player in the family. We can do more by helping Idaho wine industry. to grow an industry that can bring These are just two on a growing jobs and positive recognition to our list of successful wineries that community. are casting a new light on our Many efforts made by Mayor community and potentially Nancolas, the City Council, civic providing us a once-in-a- organizations and churches—are all hundred years opportunity. An pulling in the same direction— opportunity that we must take helping to make Caldwell even full advantage of by positioning better place.

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Facebook is great, but it's even better when you get together. That's what these ladies, friends and family, thought when they made a plan to meet on December 19th at the Bird Stop for coffee. From left to right they are: Marlene Payne, Gloria Hughes, Donna Shelly, Helen Payne (93

years young), Berdeen Bowker (91 years young), Judi Mitchell, and Shirl Bobst. Helen said she wasn't invited, but looks like she reigns "queen" at that table. Lovely Ladies! To submit to “Caught in the Act”, send your pictures and information to: editor@caldwellperspective.com

Thank you, Intermountain Physical Therapy and Hand Rehabilitation for sponsoring Laura Lindsay. Office manager, Renee Gledhill (pictured above) is shaving Laura’s head. The event was held in November in support of the Chuck Gidney family. Chuck was diagnosed with

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a rare form of cancer. Twenty-one individuals participated in the fundraiser. UPDATE: Chuck Gidney returned home from the Huntsman Cancer Institute earlier this past December and is recouperating at home with his family.

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January 2015


Our Community A Community Gem-Jewett Auditorium & Sylvia Hunt


Written/Photos by Leora Summers, Editor Caldwell Perspective

Sylvia Hunt at Organ

Recent performance by Caldwell Centennial Band Showcasing Jewett Auditorium

Located on the College of Idaho campus, Jewett was built in 1961-62. It was designed by the Boise architectural firm Hummel, Jones and Shawver and built by the R. W. Luekenga Construction of Nampa. At that time, Jewett's cost was $600,000. It had the largest stage in the Northwest. It was built acoustically with musical performances in mind, rather than theatrical performances. The "shoebox" design created the acoustical situation that made microphones unnecessary for musical venues. Even today, Jewett is one of the most acoustically sound buildings ever built for music. Guest musicians often remark that Jewett is the most wonderful place to perform due to the acoustics. The organ was designed as part of the building by Casavant Freres Limited in Quebec, Canada. The $42,000 cost of the organ didn't include trumpet and bourdon pipes. They were added in August

of 2000 and cost almost as much as the organ’s original purchase price.. The instrument contains 2,750 pipes from less than 1 inch on the top of the center case to 16 ft. pedal pipes on the sides. Casavant would value an instrument like this today at around $850,000. Many people don't even know that the organ exists if they have only gone to theatrical performances, where stage backdrops hide it. A master of that beautiful organ today is Sylvia Hunt. She hastaught organ lessons at the college and has played for many ceremonial occasions since 1981. Sylvia's music education began with lessons in the 6th grade, and she began playing the organ at the Methodist Church in Idaho Falls as a senior in high school and received lessons from a radiologist who had studied at Peabody Conservatory. Sylvia Hunt has been an integral part of the functions and programs at Jewett Auditorium for

33 years as the Manager/Executive Director of Caldwell Fine Arts. In 1981, the founder of Caldwell Fine Arts, Dr. Richard Skyrm, asked Sylvia to assume the position, when he knew he would not recover from cancer. He asked Elaine Carpenter to be the treasurer. Many fine programs have passed through Jewett; this year begins with the Missoula Children's Theater's "Princess and the Pea" on February 7th at 7:30 pm and on February 8th at 3 pm. For program and ticket information for the year, go to caldwellfinearts.org. In September the auditorium seats were refurbished and there are future plans to update the lighting. Jewett is truly a gem in our community and so is our Sylvia Hunt. Recently the Music Theater of Idaho changed their venue to Jewett Auditorium for their next season's "Broadway Series" of eight shows, with their first show, "Into The Woods", to show from February 12-14, 2015. For further information on shows and ticket sales go to: MTIONLINE.ORG.

By Madeline Buckendorf The building under renovation at 523 Main Street is part of the continuing story of downtown Caldwell's development. It has a fascinating history with links to other important construction projects throughout Idaho and North America. In 1928, famed structural engineer Walter Hall Wheeler of Minneapolis, Minnesota, designed a commercial structure for 523 Main Street. It housed the short-lived Central Poultry Corporation, managed by Julius M. Kleiner (whose descendants recently donated land for a Meridian-area park in his name). The Idaho Egg Producers cooperative, which was formed in Caldwell in 1923, had achieved a steady profit and was looking for a larger building than its quarters in the Cleaver Building, located at 901 Main Street. The Egg Producers cooperative bought the former Central Poultry building in 1929. In the next few years, Idaho Egg Producers established branch stations in Pocatello, Twin Falls, Boise, and Payette.

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Before his work in Caldwell, Walter Hall Wheeler designed two major Idaho construction projects: Black Canyon Dam (1920-1925), and St. Luke's Hospital in Boise (1927). In later years, he was responsible for the design of the Idaho Power offices in downtown Boise, (1939), as well as the \American Falls Dam (1941) and major edifices in Lewiston and Pocatello. Walter Hall Wheeler gained national fame in the construction industry, eventually designing over 1200 structures and buildings throughout the United States (including Hawaii) and Canada. The quality of his work can be seen in the impressive beams and girders being repurposed inside the 523 Main Street building.

Caldwell Airport Perspective Submitted by Rob Oates Caldwell Industrial Airport Manager

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There was a changing of the guard, of sorts, at our airport late in December and it harkens back to the roots of aviation and nighttime flight. Most flying, like most driving, takes place during the

daytime when the pilot or driver can see most clearly. Nighttime flying involves many more challenges than nighttime driving. In the early days of flight, people with vision for the future spent time thinking about how this new-fangled contraption called an airplane could make people’s lives better. At that time the danger and difficulty of nighttime flying put some severe limits on those brainstorming sessions. One of those ideas, however, was to fly certain letters all the way from coast-to-coast rather than the then current practice of transferring the mailbags to railroad trains at night. But that meant flying at night and lots of it. Long before radio navigation or GPS became standard, pilots used compass headings and a technique called dead reckoning using

landmarks to get from one place to another. As pilots found that they could fly at night from one town to the next using bright lights for reference, a new long-distance flying idea formed. Beacon lights could be constructed every few miles along a certain route and pilots could then follow the lights at night. The nighttime flying plan cut days off the coast-to-coast mail delivery timeline and dramatically helped draw the country closer together through improved communications. Caldwell’s airport has had for many, many years a 53 foot tower that is a veteran of what came to be called the "Transcontinental Lighted Airway System." It was created in

the late 1920s and early 1930s allowing pilots to fly those “airmail” deliveries through the night. The routes eventually were expanded into Idaho, but the primary nighttime airmail run initially was between Chicago and Cheyenne. We understand that our particular tower was once located somewhere between Boise and Mountain Home. When the system was shut down, this tower was moved to its new home in Caldwell. Late in December, after multiple motor re-builds and much tender loving care (TLC) over the years, we replaced the original beacon light assembly with a much smaller, more modern unit. With a very welcome lift from the Priest

Electric Company of Caldwell, the trade from one beacon to the next went very smoothly. At night Caldwell’s rotating beacon can be seen from miles away in the air and can also be seen from many locations on the ground around the west end of the Treasure Valley with its distinctive alternating flash of white and green light that identifies it as a public-use airport. With a little more TLC from city staff, we hope to eventually be able to place the old beacon on display at the airport in the Hubler Terminal so that visitors can see and learn a little bit about this piece of our flying heritage.

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Submitted by Hester S. Pantry Few things stress like the space between November and January; family, food, gifts, and all the preparation. We were blessed to have all our children and grands home this Christmas, in addition to all the nieces, nephews and great nieces, save one family from the east coast. My niece had twin girls the second week in December, and my daughter has a two year old, so we got to enjoy babies...the very best way to celebrate family and love and unfettered joy is with babies. My

granddaughter tells me I’m “funny”, to which my youngest daughter frequently adds”you have no idea.” She also gets unsupervised access to my iPhone, something she does not get from her parents. So, she loves me best. Of course that is not true, but since she lives in northern Idaho. I will let my grandmotherly self believe it. I don’t know when we will get them all together again. I guess none of us ever do know who will be missing from the crowd the next time a holiday rolls around. So, love, understand, forgive, laugh, eat cookies for breakfast and memorize each character. Have a wonderful 2015.

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few short days ago. As soon as you look at him, his little body tells the story of a horrible past. He came in with multiple healing fractures on his jaw, eye socket, a crushed sinus, missing all of his bottom teeth and a permanent limp from a broken shoulder. A veterinary exam conducted recently has us suspicious of an abusive owner. But Bear is so sweet and forgiving, if he WAS abused, he doesn't hold anything against anyone he meets. He will always bear the scars of what someone may have done to him, but he is such a happy guy and not afraid of anything, he is going to make someone a wonderful companion. We have offers from rescues to take this boy in so that he can get the proper medical treatment and love he deserves.

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Fishing Report I have to admit this is the most difficulty I’ve ever had pulling together a fishing report! The weather is turning cold and the stocking schedule is thin at best. Nothing will be stocked in any of our local ponds in January. Wilson ponds will be stocked three times (the 5th, 12th, and 19th) and Marsing will be stocked once (the 5th). Other than that – nothing. That doesn’t mean I’m giving up on fishing however. As long as they don’t ice over, it is

Michael Hensel Caldwell Perspective still fun to throw a little hardware around at the Rotary or Gun club ponds. They both still have catchable fish that make for a great afternoon out of the house, weather permitting. The Boise River should stay relatively open, so if you want to toss a bead head nymph into the riffles and shallow pools you will probably be successful. Well, you’re always successful just getting a day on the river…. Be careful and dress for the weather!

Canyon County Paramedic Update Submitted by Steve Blados, Education Supervisor for Canyon County Paramedics Hello Caldwell Perspective readers! My name is Steve Blados. In addition to being a Caldwell resident, I am also a paramedic and the Clinical Education Supervisor for Canyon County Paramedics. I will be regularly writing a column in this publication on topics pertaining to medical emergencies, traumatic injuries, and the emergency medical services, often referred to as EMS. Canyon County first estabOur ambulances contain state lished paramedic level service in of the art medical equipment, the late 1970s. Part of the initial parallel to that which is utilized by candidates’ training took place at physicians and nurses in the emerCaldwell Memorial Hospital, gency departments and intensive which has subsequently evolved care units of hospitals. In a way, into West Valley Medical Center. modern emergency medical servDr. Willis Hubler from Caldwell ices like ours bring the emergency Memorial Hospital, along with Dr. department to you, wherever you Robert Hay and James Quinn may be. Our ambulances contain from Mercy Medical Center, (now equipment like cardiac monitors St. Alphonsus Nampa), were to allow our paramedics to assess instrumental in program develop- the electrical activity of the heart, ment. Alongside similar programs ventilators to provide assisted in Idaho Falls and Pocatello, the ventilations to patients, and intraprogram here in Canyon County venous infusion pumps to titrate was one of the first in the state of critical doses of life-saving medIdaho. ications. We’ve come a long way since In addition to responding to our humble beginnings of staffing emergent 911 calls, Canyon a private ambulance with one County Paramedics also provides paramedic and one emergency medical stand-by services for medical technician. Canyon special events like concerts, County Paramedics now has a rodeos, the Canyon County Fair, minimum staffing level of seven and the Melba Old Tyme 4th of ambulances, every day of the year. July Celebration. We also Six of those ambulances are perform critical care interfacility staffed on a 24-hour basis, and transfers from community one is staffed 12 hours per day. In hospitals like West Valley Medical addition to those seven, Canyon Center to specialty centers in County Paramedics adds Boise. Canyon County paraadditional units on an as-needed medics also performs community basis for special event stand-by’s outreach like car seat and during times of peak call installation/inspection and demonvolumes. The units are strategi- strations for school groups. cally placed throughout the Canyon County Paramedics has a county with ambulances in proud history of serving the Nampa, Caldwell, Middleton, and citizens of every community in Wilder. Our ambulances are this county, including Caldwell. staffed with highly-trained per- We look forward to serving you sonnel ready to respond to any for many years to come. Happy emergency at a moment’s notice. New Year, and best wishes from The majority of our units are us to you for a great 2015! staffed with two paramedics, and sometimes with one paramedic Steve Blados may be reached for and one emergency medical questions or comments at technician. sblados@ccparamedics.com

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My Mother... "The Marble Champ" Allow me to introduce to you a remarkable woman...my mother, Eva Gaukel. Mom was born just after the turn of the twentieth century (1904 to be exact) in South Dakota. Upon graduating from high school, in Watertown, she ac-

quired a teaching degree from a two year school and began teaching school on the plains near her hometown. I can still remember her regaling my sisters and I about her walking miles through ground hog colonies to reach the one room schoolhouse. She taught young Indian boys, in their teens, that were in elementary school, but six feet tall! There were other stories that were very entertaining to us all. Here is one that still remains my favorite after all these years. As a youngster, in the late forties, I was very small, and quite often bullied. There was a time when the local "toughs" enticed me into a "fixed" marble game. Within minutes, I had been tricked

into losing all my precious "aggies and steelies." I was disconsolate to say the least. Upon arriving home, in tears, I recounted the tragic story to my mother. She listened quietly, then in one motion, grabbed her purse and my hand, and marched us up the street until she found the "perps." She commenced to challenge them all to a marble "rematch." To my utter amazement, and I'm sure my foes, she not only won back all my marbles, but cleaned them all out of theirs! I can still remember to this day, the unbelievable sense of pride I felt in this amazing woman, as we walked home. I guess this was my fifteen minutes of fame as they say. I was actually welcomed to school the next day.

Local Dirt Perspective Dear reader, Welcome to a new column in the Caldwell Perspective. My goal will be to answer your questions regarding most landscape and gardening issues you may have. I will also bring up subjects to coincide with the current season or preparation for the season to come. First a little background on me. I do not have a degree in horticulture. I’ve just spent the majority of my life in the green industry. My grandparents owned the Henschied Rupert floral and nursery since 1927. I spent my childhood running around the greenhouses following my grandfather. I was in so much dirt that I think it got in my pores. I love working in the soil. My first paid jobs came at ten when I mowed neighbors lawns and pulled their weeds, and then at sixteen repairing sprinklers around the in ground hot tubs. I worked for a Nampa landscape

company in the 1980s started out as a grunt cleaning trenches back when buried sprinklers were 2 ft. deep as frost protection. I went to Toro School for sprinkler installation and repair. I eventually moved to Palm Springs, CA, where I worked at an irrigation supply house. I really liked installing so I eventually went out on my own. Stared out with sprinklers, then branched out to landscaping, but landscape maintenance was where the consistent money was. Everybody had their lawns cared for; they only lived there half the time. When I started my family, which included a special needs child, I moved my family back to Idaho for the support the rest of my family provided. I didn’t want to start a business again, because it was starting from scratch. I looked around and felt that I could maybe raise the bar a bit. I was not just a “mow-and-go” guy. My Palm Springs customers relied on me to take care of their houses in their absence. These were multi million

dollar homes and they had high expectations. I knew I could provide that same kind of service here. I’ve been in the business for 35 years and the last 20 of it here in the Treasure Valley. I also had a commercial greenhouse operation, which started in 2002. We grew, wholesaled and retailed flowers, vegetable starts, perennials, trees and shrubs. On the other part of my farm I had a ten-acre table grape vineyard I built. I’ll take your questions on sprinklers, turf and maintenance, pruning and tools, mulching, making compost, fertilization, proper watering, plants, container gardening, herbs as indoor plants, even vineyard and trellising. My goal is to help keep it simple and enjoyable to work on your yard or garden. So please send in your questions, concerns or suggestions to editor@caldwellperspective.com. Sincerely yours, Pat King

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Place of Grace ‘Tis The Season For Another Resolution By Pastors Jim and Sharon Porter, Caldwell Free Methodist Church In thirty seconds, could you name a New Year’s Resolution that you actually made stick? A resolution that made the significant impact that you hoped it would? Can you? If you have, you deserve our deepest admiration. If you haven’t, you’re one of us in the vast majority. At its essence, a resolution is a promise I make to myself. By me, for me. Yet of all the people in my life I hold to their word, it seems I’m much more willing (and anxious) to let myself off the hook for promises I make to myself. Yet every year starts over with one or more resolutions, all in hopes of crafting a better me. None of us make a resolution that isn’t for our benefit; for example, we don’t make resolutions to begin a bad habit, or hope to become a nastier person. We resolve to become a nicer, or healthier, or better educated, or more compassionate person … thinking as it benefits me, it will benefit others. Sometimes, of course, outside forces make keeping a resolution an impossibility. Most of the time, breaking this promise to myself has more to do with expediency, appetites, or giving myself a treat because I’ve been pretty good lately. Biblical scripture talks a lot about fasting, which has become an overlooked and underused part of Christian tradition and teaching. Fasting is a practice where a person lays aside an important aspect of their everyday life in order to focus specifically on another area of life. Historically for the devout, most often that meant missing meals for a time in order to devote themself to prayer. Today, fasting is not just about food anymore; we live in a culture offering all kinds of things to devote our appetites to, and I’ve come to realize a growing hazard in my life— an appetite I need to curb (and maybe it’s true for you as well). It’s my digital appetite.

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My wife Sharon and I were able to walk the Camino de Santiago last May and June—all five hundred plus miles of it. As I was looking at some of the photographs from our pilgrimage last week one was particularly telling. It’s a picture of one of the Camino’s hundreds of way-markers, where pilgrims often choose to leave a small offering; a stone, a photograph, a prayer, or an in-animate object they didn’t want to carry one

step further. Someone made a profound resolution. They left their cell phone. For me (and I may challenge my church with this as well), as we’re swept by wave after wave of technology, my moment has come for a new resolution: digital fasting. Don’t misunderstand–I embrace technology, and don’t want to live without it. I rely on it. I need it. But I’m finding more and more that during times of stress or boredom, rather than craving human contact and interaction, technology has become my BFF. But it seems I’m not using the technology, rather, technology is now using me. It’s taking more and more of my time. So I’m taking on this personal challenge this year: one day each week, I’m fasting from technology. No internet. No smart phone. No laptop. No Facebook. No e-mail. No kindle. No kidding. A digital fast. When we choose to fast seriously (and privately, scripture recommends), our desire is to lay down something important, to pursue something of greater importance. Every heartfelt resolution has a cost that’s balanced by hope of a reward. Fasting—and resolutions— each demand laying down one of our many appetites in order to nurture something greater. Every time I’ve laid something aside to pursue God, I’ve never been disappointed. Hebrews 11:6 makes this observation: “… whoever comes to God must have faith that God exists and rewards those who seek him.” So this year, one day a week, I’m thinking Wednesdays, I’m off the grid. Offline. Unplugged. Unwired. I expect to find I don’t miss it all that badly, because its rewards are life changing and uplifting. Blessings.

My Time Away Written by Paul Opp

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My time in the states was wonderful. The slow departure of winter and the gentle transformation into spring is inspiring. Family time, throwing the ball for the dog, potluck meals complete with a double portion of fellowship,

motorcycle rides on mountain roads with new friends and seeing old friends at alumni weekend are blessings beyond measure. The honey-do list is long after being gone for months at a time. There is satisfaction in bringing the yard back to a rich, green changing the water filter in the refrigerator, and breathing life back into my parent’s laptop. I saw my daughters in Walla Walla, had a board meeting in Spokane, met with hospital administrators and volunteers in Tennessee and spent the day in the Puget Sound, with a yacht full of school kids who are long time supporters of our work. The trip to Portland to see long time friends of People of Peru Project was filled with earnest discussion, strategic planning, prayer and stories of past successes. A smattering of home cooked meals and favorite restaurants made the trips complete as generosity

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and kindness overwhelmed us. In the short time I was home, the bump that is my first granddaughter grew considerably and I have a deeper love and appreciation for the gentleman who is my son-in-law. Why the snapshot of my time at home, you must be asking? What has this to do with missions and what makes you think the details of your life bear mention in the church news letter? Upon my return to Peru the sameness enveloped me like the darkest night. The same mentally ill woman stood frozen in self-talk beside our driveway. She walked the streets of the city every day that I was gone...all day, looking for food, avoiding imaginary dangers, enduring sweltering heat and torrential downpours.

The poor people of Santo Tomas still bathe and do laundry in the river that runs through the pig farm, up river, on the edge of town. The lines of fevered malaria patients, at the broken down hospital, are longer than when I left and 6 year old Graciela still walks slowly from tourist to tourist selling chewing gum without making eye contact. She has recently realized that she is poor. The list in our medical facility is longer than it has ever been. It embodies the hopes of over 50 people who desperately need surgeries. Grandmothers still cook over charcoal fires on the ground and children still carry heavy buckets of water to their homes before the heat of the day. Yes, praise God, there are victories and lives changed, but this culture shock has impacted me every time I have returned for the last 14 years....Children need schooling, babies need medicine, communities need water and abused children need a home. They all need hope. The Blessed Hope. Sameness, sameness...Idaho pizza is good, the Mothers Day flowers lasted a bit longer this year, the weight loss program needs improvement and all the while there is suffering in the distance. Fathers losing hope, mothers giving up, and for us, life goes on. What should we do? What will we do....unto the least of these?

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50th Anniversary of the Caldwell Basque Charity Event Written by Lisa Gabiola-Weitz

Hattie Hruza, Lindsey Henderson, Kona Marie Bustos, Victoria (Tori) Peterson, Skyler Morris, Dakota Kelly, Emily Fox, Taetyn Hansen, Veronica Soto, Emma Longoria, Courtney Flathery, Kylie Kendall

Dakota Kelly is a 4.0 student in the 9th grade at Homedale High School. She has been playing softball since she could walk. She's a pitcher for the Vallivue Nitros and has been for the last three years. When she's not on the mound she enjoys volleyball and riding her 4wheeler in the Owyhees. Courtney Flaherty is a 15 year-old Sophomore at Vallivue High School. One of her passions is dance. She has danced for two years now with the Vallivue Auxillary and Hight Flight Dance Teams. She also, of course, loves softball. She plays for Vallivue, as well as her third season with the Nitros. Her favorite past time is reading. Victoria Peterson, number 33 for the Vallivue Nitros, age 14. When not playing softball Victoria plays cello in the VHS Chamber Orchestra, enjoys boxing, reading, and writing short stories. Victoria plans to attend BSU after graduation, enlist in the Marine Corps, and eventually settle into a law enforcement career here in the valley. Taetyn Hansen, age 15. I go to Nampa High School. I love to play softball and dance. I also love to snowmobile and surf. My biggest goal is to get scholarships for athletics and academics. Emma Longoria, is a sophomore attending Vallivue High School. Emma plays softball and soccer at Vallivue High School. In the Summer Emma plays for the Vallivue Nitro 16U travel team. She loves to play softball, and would love to play in college someday. In her spare time, Emma enjoys hanging out with friends and family. Veronica Virginia Soto, age 16, Vallivue High School. Playing Soccer, Softball, hanging out with friends and family. Favorite food Hamburgers and fries. Kiley Kendall, age 15, attending Vallivue High school. I enjoy playing softball, working on my car, camping, playing in the snow and hanging out with friends. My goal is to play softball in college. My dream would be to play Softball at North Carolina. NOTE: Not all players submitted bios. Watch future publications of the Caldwell Perspective to be updated on their season. Good luck ladies!

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The Caldwell Basque Charity Event is fast approaching it's 50 year anniversary. In that length of time, and all the changes that take place, some are asking who we are and what exactly it is that we do? It all began as a small fundraiser dance and auction at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Caldwell, and featuring the festive Basque activities as entertainment. It was a huge success, and a hand full of Basque men from various local area farms and businesses decided to continue the event annually, and donate all the proceeds back in the area for local citizens in need. They had recognized a great need to help the hard working individuals, many of whom were too proud to ever ask for it , or fell through the cracks for other means of assistance. These people were usually recommended by others who knew they were hit with difficult, unforeseen and sometimes devastating circumstances, and in serious need of help and support. We as the current Euzkaldunak board members have a huge amount of respect for these guys as our founders who did the groundwork by recruiting many area businesses and individuals on board as loyal annual contributors, and laid down the foundation for who we are and what we do, to this day. A couple of those original founders, Sabino Goitiandia, and Leonard Mallea, still live down the street from me! My father, Tony Gabiola, who has since passed, was one of those first founders. Like myself, several of our current members are also sons, daughters, grandsons, a part of, or closely tied to the original members, and very passionate about carrying on their legacy and its importance to our community. We continue to be a strictly volunteer board of individuals of Basque descent, from various local areas. Our annual dinner, auction, and dance is our only event and 100% of its proceeds go right back here to our deserving local citizens in need. We have assisted many people in numerous ways, including purchasing artificial limbs, helping individuals attend their loved ones for cancer treatments, funeral expenses those who died defending our country, heating sources and furnaces for families, eye glasses for our elderly, and multitude of other ways that take the load off, ease the pain, and help these dear citizens see, walk, and smile again, until things get better. Our

holiday meat drive also donates $10,000 worth of meat annually to feed local families in need. Our Caldwell Basque Charity Dinner, Auction and Dance is coming up soon, January 17th 2015, 6 p.m., at O'Connor Field House in Caldwell. We rely on the donations and support from our community and businesses to successfully continue this event. We hand out 1000 chorizos during the Caldwell Night Light Parade, and visit businesses in the area during the holiday season to remind everyone who we are, what we do, and how grateful we are for their support! Our event is a one of a kind, original, fun and festive great time.. Basque style! on January 17th, a $35 ticket will get you a fabulous Basque dinner including rice, tri tip, cod fish, bread, beans, rice pudding, and wine. Chorizos, croquetas, cookies, sodas and coffee are available, and a no host bar. There are raffle items, silent auction items, and a live lamb auction. For your entertainment we offer Basque weight carrying (txingas), tug of war competitions, as well as Basque music, performances from Homedale's children's Herribatza Dantzariak, Boise's famous Oinkari Basque Dancers, and this year Bill Bailey will DJ his music for all to enjoy and dance to till midnight! We are in need of your individual and business support. If you are not already on our team as an annual contributor with your money or auction donation , please contact us now! We have a long history of giving back in this community, and a great reputation for showing everyone how to have really good time! We are extremely grateful to all who will join us this year and become an "honorary Basques" with your donations, and especially to those who have never forgotten who we are and what we have done over these last 47 years, and have remained loyal contributors. Because of you, we have been able to put almost 2 million dollars right here back in our communities for the ones who deserve it and truly need it most. We are looking forward to having you join us this year for this enjoyable evening, and worthy cause! Eskerrik Asko! (Thank You)!

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2016 Blaine St. Caldwell


Book review by Amy Perry Rubaiyat Book Store people. Over all, this is a very good debut novel for a young author. Copies are available at the shop and through Amazon.com.

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January 2015

Putting You On î‚Še Road To A Great 2015! $

2007 GMC Envoy SLE

2011 Nissan Rogue S

Low Miles, Auto, 4.2L, MSRP $28,380

4-Door, 2.5L, MSRP $24,470




2005 Infiniti G35 V6, 3.5L DOHC, MSRP $30,700

4-Door SUV, 4.2L, MSRP $34,220







2004 Ford Expedition XLT NBX

V8, 5.7L, MSRP $29,885

V8, 5.4L, MSRP $36,520





2003 Mercedes Benz C240

2006 Ford Fusion V6 SEL

2004 Volkswagen Passat

V6, 2.6L SOHC, MSRP $29,900

3L, MSRP $21,710

GLS AWD, 1.8T, 4Motion






2000 Jaguar S-Type

4-Door Van, 3.8L, MSRP $23,795

4-Door Sedan, V6, 3L DOHC

7,125 #4047

1998 Chevy Corvette





2000 Volkswagen Beetle GL

2005 Ford Mustang V6 Deluxe

2008 Dodge Charger

5-Speed, V6 4L, 2-Door, MSRP $18,560

4-Door Sedan, V6 2.7L DOHC, MSRP $21,675



I4 2L SOCH, MSRP $15,900



4,995 #4089


1993 Chevrolet 2500 Cheyenne

2010 Dodge Caliber SXT

Low Miles, V8 5.7L, MSRP $14,210

I4, 2L DOHC, MSRP $18,345



Spring is coming! 6-Speed, V8 5.9L, MSRP $44,425

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2007 Hyundai Entourage GLS


2004 GMC Sierra 2500 SLE Duramax Diesel, 6.6L, MSRP $32,553








2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie $


2005 Chevy Trailblazer

V6, 4L, MSRP $26,840




2011 Nissan Xterra PRO-4X


4-Door Wagon, V6 3.5L SOHC, MSRP $30,645




2005 Chrysler Pacifica Touring

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