January 2016 Caldwell Perspective

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Caldwell, Idaho



Look Who’s Caught In The Act

Basque Support Community

Chuck Is Back!

Parade Winners Shine!

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Revitalization Pioneers – Ahead of the Game!

L to R: Karen & Matt Kelly (owners), Mitchel Kelly (son), Shasta Perkins (employee) on December 23rd during a busy evening at the Birdstop

Matt and Karen Kelly, owners of “The Bird Stop” began one of those businesses. When Matt told people that he was going to open a business in downtown Caldwell, people told him not to do it. Well, he forged ahead anyway

and located in a small building along Indian Creek. After a couple of years there, he decided to move to his current location and did an amazing renovation on the old Commercial Bank building (702 Main Street), creating a fantastic coffee/sandwich shop that also serves local wines and microbrews on tap. They also have entertainment and special events. This is most likely the first business in town that has drawn young people downtown after having had a “drought” of activity and fun for them for many years. Matt says his numbers are up 100% from last year and everyday he hears, “We can’t wait to see what more will be done with downtown.” He says all economic levels come to his place and he’d like to see our money stay in Caldwell. Matt took a “leap of faith” by putting his money into his building and his efforts to help spur a beginning for some revitalization in the downtown core before any promises have been made to business owners from Urban Renewal or whatever may come from the Destination Caldwell’s plaza’s project. It just didn’t seem to be enough for many other owners of empty buildings located in his area. Another business “ahead of the game” is Indian Creek Steakhouse (711 Main). Dillon and Jennifer Wickel, coowners of this business, modeled it after the Wolfe Lodge Inn, a favorite restaurant near Coeur d’Alene owned by Dillon’s Uncle Wallace. It has a great western atmosphere with western artifacts and displays of taxidermy animals of the northwest.

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At the last city council meeting, Dillon said that people told him that they didn’t think that he would “make it.” He said that he now has people coming from Boise, Mountain Home, Oregon and all over to eat his steaks, but they want something more to do after they eat. Dillon has busily remodeled the empty Indian Creek Steakhouse owner, space connected to his Dillon Wickel, behind the bar in restaurant as a great the newly renovated addition to his restaurant entertainment/bar area to be able to have bands and dances to provide some well-needed entertainment for downtown. It looks fabulous. The Kellys and the Wickels have invested in our community and are “ahead of the game.” They are truly the “Revitalization Pioneers” that have spurred our community on in its quest to become more vibrant. They are the example to the rest of our community to invest in their buildings and to give people more reasons to spend their money in Caldwell.

“A Long and Winding Road” to Plaza Site Approval On December 7th Kelli Jenkins, Chair for Indian Creek Plaza committee, presented the progress of the committee to City Council earnestly stressing the need to officially designate a site so the committee could move forward. Dan Senftner, the hired organizer of the successful Rapid City, South Dakota plaza project, would soon be coming to meet with them during December 14th and 15th to customize the “Main Street Square” plan used for Rapid City to meet Caldwell’s needs. Kelli Jenkins, Indian The committee wants to be able to present a Creek Plaza Chairwoman time table by March 1st. Jenkins reported that there is plaza interest beginning in Boise and Nampa and that we need to secure Caldwell’s plaza so no one will jump in ahead of us. During the Urban Renewal meeting on December 14th, Senftner addressed the group. A “Public-Private Partnership” needs to be put into place to subsidize the first 3 years of operation. Destination Caldwell’s goal is to raise 2 million dollars to do just that. When Senftner was asked how to get the “mom and pop” shops downtown, he said, “The first thing is to designate a site, and then the “mom and pop” shops will come to you.” Jenkins appeared before the group and again asked for action from Urban Renewal so the committee could move forward. It was then moved and approved for the Plaza Committee to present their resolution at the council’s December 21st meeting. During that meeting, Mayor Nancolas said to the group attending “Inaction is not an option. Things improve when someone dares to do something. Our residents want a reason to come downtown.” After taking his granddaughter down to see the “lighting” of Indian Creek and wanting to get her cocoa after, he saw how busy and crowded the Bird Stop was. He said, “It is my humble belief that we are primed for something like this (the plaza) in our community.” He went on to say, “This is the right thing

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for the right reasons and it’s the right time.” Caldwell’s economic developer, Steve Fultz, spoke to the group telling them that as he has met with future business developers who were interested in setting up shop in Caldwell. They all wanted to see Caldwell’s downtown. He wanted to take them at night when the creek was lit up and avoid showing them the daylight version of Caldwell. Caldwell’s downtown core, with its inactivity and empty old buildings deterred many of them from coming to Caldwell. They told Fultz, the town wasn’t “vibrant” enough. He said, “Developers want to see the commitment the downtown is making to the community.” He thinks a plaza would positively affect attracting industrial projects to our community. After 3 years in the planning, Destination Caldwell and the Designated site for Indian Creek Plaza Indian Creek Plaza planning committee were finally given the green light. The council passed the resolution to designate the site for the proposed plaza to be at the old King’s building lot, the corner of Arthur and Kimball. Now a sign officially designating the King’s lot as the “Future Site for Indian Creek Plaza” can be placed there and the hard work can begin. This has been a “long and winding road,” with many more twists and turns to come, but at least the plaza committee can now begin the journey.

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Photo by Leora Summers

Some downtown business owners have been holding their breath waiting, to invest in remodeling their buildings to see how this all panned out, but there are two special business owners (that provide dining options downtown) that I am highlighting that took the leap, remodeling their buildings before they ever heard about this plaza plan.

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Caldwell Brand Accepted!

By Leora Summers, Editor

City Council approved a “brand” for the City of Caldwell during its December 21st meeting. This brand has been in the works for the past 3 years since Roger Brooks’ visit. Since its initial presentation, the Owyhee Mountains and an apple have been added to it to better represent our area. Destination Caldwell will be writing a “style guide” to guide the parameters for its use. It will be owned by the city and trademarked. The city’s official stamp will be used for legal documents and this logo can be used along with it for other purposes as they see fit.

Page 2 CALDWELL PERSPECTIVE Senior Center 459-0132 Every Mon: 9 AM Exercise Class Every Mon: (ex. 1/25) 9 AM Basic Computer Class Every Mon: 10 AM Fit and Fall Class Every Mon: 1 PM Line Dancing Every Tues: (ex. 1-19) 9 AM Art Group Every Tues: 1 PM Pinochle Every Tues: 5 PM Bingo Every Wed: 10:30 AM Crochet & Knitting Every Wed: 7 PM Square Dancing Every Thurs: 9 AM Exercise Class Every Thurs: 10 AM Fit and Fall Class Every Fri: 1 PM Bingo Every Fri: 6 PM Friday Dance Library 459-3242 Every Mon: 10:30 AM Baby & Me Storytime Every Tues: 10:30 AM Toddler Storytime Every Tues: 4 PM Read to a Therapy Dog Every Wed: 10:30 AM Preschool Storytime Every Wed: 7 PM Spanish Storytime Every Thurs: 4 PM Teen Makers Every Fri: (ex: 1/1) 10 AM Tai Chi January 3 8-11:30 AM: Breakfast @ Eagles, 815 Arthur St. January 4 TVCC Enrollment, www.tvcc.cc. 7 PM: City Council Meeting, Caldwell Police Dept. Community Room, 110 S. 5th Ave. January 5 TVCC Enrollment, www.tvcc.cc. 2 PM: Home School, Library. 4 PM: Junior Makers Club, Library. January 6 TVCC Enrollment, www.tvcc.cc. 3-4 PM: Create a Living Will, West Valley Medical Center, Indian Creek Room, 1717 Arlington. January 7 TVCC Enrollment, www.tvcc.cc. Foot Clinic Senior Center. 6:30 AM: Senior Center Board Meeting. January 8 TVCC Enrollment, www.tvcc.cc. Blood Pressure Clinic, Senior Center. 6-8 PM: Dinner @ Eagles, 815 Arthur St. 8 PM: Live Music & Dancing, Indian Creek Steakhouse. Music by Buckin Country. January 9 9 AM-4 PM: Childbirth Preparation, West Valley Medical Center, Indian Creek Room, 1717 Arlington. 12 PM: Scrapbooking Workshop, Library. 5-8 PM: Crab Feed, O’Conner Field House, for more info contact holly@cityofcaldwell.org.

Calendar of Events January 9 Continued 8 PM: Live Music & Dancing, Indian Creek Steakhouse. Music by Buckin Country. January 11 7 PM: URA Meeting, Caldwell Police Dept. Community Room, 110 S. 5th Ave. January 12 11:15 AM-1:15 PM: Noonbreak Luncheon, sponsored by St. Lukes Mountain States Tumor Institute, Simplot Dining Hall, C of I. RSVP 4597493. 3 PM: Author Visit: Bob Sobba, Library. 6-9 PM: Breastfeeding 101, West Valley Medical Center, Indian Creek Room, 1717 Arlington. January 13 4:30 PM: After School Crafts, Library. 5:30 PM: Caldwell Ramblers RV Club, A Good Sam Chapter Meets at the Golden Dragon Restaurant, 211 S. 21st Ave. Dinner at 5:30 PM, Meeting Starts at 6 PM. Ray, 697-1357. January 14 2 PM: Thursday Read, Library. 6:30 PM: Sci Fi Book Club, Library. 6:30-7:30 PM: Family Maternity Center Tour, West Valley Medical Center, Indian Creek Room, 1717 Arlington. January 15 6-8 PM: Dinner at the Eagles, 815 Arthur St. January 16 2 PM: Family Afternoon Movie, Hotel Transylvania 2, Library. 5:30 PM: 48th Annual Basque Dinner & Dance, Caldwell Event Center. No host bar, authentic basque dinner, Basque Dancers, Exhibitions, Silent Auction, Live Auction, DJ Music & Dancing. Tickets, Gina Dowen 830-9149, Brennan Gabiola 989-1952 or John Indart 899-5341. January 17 8-11 AM: Breakfast at the Eagles, 815 Arthur St. January 19 Foot Clinic Senior Center. 7 PM: City Council Meeting, Caldwell Police Dept. Community Room, 110 S. 5th Ave. January 20 7 PM: Mid-Winter Author Series: Roger Doering, Library. January 21 4:30-6:30 PM: Business After Hours, Best Western Plus Caldwell Inn & Suites, 908 Specht Ave. 7 PM: Cirqua Ziva Presented By Golden Dragon Acrobats Direct From Broadway, Jewett Auditorium, 2112 Cleveland Blvd. For Tickets, www.caldwellfinearts.org or 459-5272. 6:30 PM: Sci Fi Book Club, Library.

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January 22 Blood Pressure Clinic, Senior Center. 6-8 PM: Dinner at the Eagles, 815 Arthur St. 6:30-8:30 PM: Paint & Sip, Houston Vineyard, 16473 Chicken Dinner Rd. Reservations at mary@ hustonvineyards.com or 455-7975. January 23 2 PM: Teen Gaming, Library. January 24 4-5 PM: Family Maternity Center Tour, West Valley Medical Center, Indian Creek Room, 1717 Arlington. January 26 1 PM: AARP Meeting, Senior Center. 6-8 PM: Tobacco Cessation Class, West Valley Medical Center, Kaley Auditorium, 1717 Arlington. January 27 4:30 PM: After School Crafts, Library. January 28 6-8 PM: Tobacco Cessation Class, West Valley Medical Center, Kaley Auditorium, 1717 Arlington. January 29 6-8 PM: Dinner at the Eagles, 815 Arthur St. 7-9 PM: Missoula Children’s Theatre, Jewett Auditorium, C of I. Tickets, 459-5275. February 1 7 PM: City Council Meeting, Caldwell Police Dept. Community Room, 110 S. 5th Ave. February 2 6-8 PM: Tobacco Cessation Class, West Valley Medical Center, Kaley Auditorium, 1717 Arlington. February 3 3-4 PM: Create a Living Will, West Valley Medical Center, Indian Creek Room, 1717 Arlington. February 4 6-8 PM: Tobacco Cessation Class, West Valley Medical Center, Kaley Auditorium, 1717 Arlington.

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Caldwell Y Holds Free Family Water Fitness Introductory Class By Shellye Wilson, Branch Administrator

Caldwell’s Treasure Valley YMCA will be hosting a Family Water Fitness class on Fridays, 5:30 – 6:15 PM, beginning on January 8th. The first class non-members attend will be free to them and their family, and as always, the entire session is free to all Y members. This will be an opportunity for parents to bring their children with them and spend time exercising as a family. The class will take place in the shallow side of the recreation pool so children with basic swimming skills can participate. The class will consist of aerobics, jogging, exercising in the pool, all with low impact as it is in the water. “It’s important to start children on their own health journey, so with the support of their family, they can make this a healthy habit now,” said Tarra Mossi, Lead Water Fitness Instructor. So grab your kiddos and head to the Y on any Friday to try this Family Water Fitness class. For more information, call Shellye Wilson at (208) 459-2498 ext. 617 or e-mail her at shellye.wilson@ymcatvidaho.org.

L to R: Joan Truesdell, Judy Kirstine, Linda Long Johnson, Theo Sheets, Kaitlyn Butler, Gladys Cox, JoAnne Fondren, Loyce Bingaman, Joyce Shields, and Pat Heinsohn

then it began to grow. The “newbie” of the group is Pat Heinsohn who joined them about 2 years ago. An interesting fact about Loyce Bingaman and Joyce Shields is that they met before birth, as they were “wombmates!”

Congratulations to the New Grandparents!

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They waited patiently (maybe not that patiently) for her to arrive. Her name is Fiona Marie Censullo, born November 16, 2015 in Long Beach, CA to their son, Stefan Borst-Censullo, and daughter-in-law, Molly Ryan. She was 19 inches long and 7 lbs. at birth. She bears the fame of being their first grand baby and they are over the moon excited! Congratulations to Charlotte Borst and Rich Censullo and Happy New Year to all of their expanding family!

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Tim Rosandick ringing for Rotary

Wedding Bells!

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These fine ladies were seen having breakfast on Tuesday, December 22nd at Mr.V’s Restaurant! They meet every Tuesday. This initial group began getting together about 6 years ago with most of them meeting each other through church activities and

Every year Caldwell’s service clubs “ring the bell” to see who can bring in the most money during the holiday season for Caldwell’s Salvation Army. No matter who actually wins, the community is always the winner when good organizations face off to help them. The total brought in by the clubs was $14,878.01. And this year, the winner is...... Caldwell Elks Lodge #1448! Club Results Elks......................$6,531.52 Rotary..................$5,468.35 Lions....................$2,293.80 Kiwanis................$ 584.34

Elizabeth (Liz) Thornton and Sam Linton, will be married on February 27th at the Birdstop. Congratulations to both of you!

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The Caldwell Veterans Council’s charter is a non-profit 501(3)(c) to represent our veterans in the establishment and management of the Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall. This Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall will provide space to service veterans and their families of the west-end of the Treasure Valley. Current programs and services are only available in Boise, Idaho or regional facilities located out of state. The commute required by our elderly, disabled and economically challenged veterans to access those programs and services precludes a large group from having access to the help they need. By strengthening programs and services, identifying and filling gaps, removing barriers and providing a place for our veterans to receive help, we will overcome those challenges. We are in need of an elevator to better service our disabled and elderly veterans, donations can be made at www. cvmh-vets.org or by mail; CVMH, PO Box 1535, Caldwell, Idaho 83606.

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Carrie L French, Chapter 1, Disabled American Veterans. 2nd Tuesday every month at 7 pm, Train Depot, 701 Main Street, Caldwell, Service Officer – Noe Ramirez, (208) 412-5433 Loren M Trotter, Post 35, American Legion. 2nd Monday every month at 7 pm. Social Meeting, 4th Monday every month at 7 pm. 1112 Main Street, Caldwell, Idaho 83605 Service Officer – Gary White, (208) 608-4891. LT Leighton D Patterson, Post 3886, Veterans of Foreign Wars. 2nd Thursday every month at 7 pm. 1112 Main Street, Caldwell, Idaho 83605.

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Service Clubs “Ring the Bell!”


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Family, friends and fellow police officers filled the December 7th City Council meeting to show their support for the recommendation of Frank Wyant for the position of Caldwell Chief of Police, a position being vacated by the retiring of Chief Chris Allgood. Mayor Nancolas presented Wyant’s name to the council saying, “I present his name with complete confidence.” Nancolas also noted that Frank began serving the department as a petrol officer that worked up the ranks and then continued by saying, “Frank is the epitome of what the police chief should be.” He then poked a little fun at him saying that it all works out because he (Frank) and Allgood go to the same barber, and after looking around the room seeing all the “shaved-head” cuts among the other officers, decided he better quit while he was ahead! Frank has been with the Caldwell Police Department for 28 years! After his approved appointment, Wyant, spoke emotionally saying, “I don’t want to say a whole lot, but when I look around (the room), it hits you right here (putting his hand on his heart). He went on to say that he was “humbled and honored” by his appointment. Frank was told that his new duties would begin on December Captain Frank Wyant getting a hug from 27th, the first day of Chief Chris Allgood’s retirement. Chief Allgood, sporting their official haircuts! Congratulations Chief Wyant!

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Captain Frank Wyant reciting the “Official Oath of Office” for Chief of Police for the City of Caldwell as given by Mayor Nancolas.

Christmas Eve’s “Gift of Life” for 300 Lives!

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For the past 31 years Caldwell Rotary Club has held an annual blood drive on December 24th to honor the memory of member Dave Johnson who died in 1984. During this blood drive, 107 people walked through the door and 100 successful units of blood were successfully donated. Carole Munn, drive organizer, said “Three hundred lives will benefit due to these donors.” Rotarian Bob Jenkins is seen here pouring water for a donor that was just seated after his donation. Other Rotarians also donated blood and served up that wonderful stew donated by West Valley Medical Center’s along with rolls, juice and apples to donors after their blood donation was completed. In the United States, every minute of every day 30 anonymously given gifts save the lives of their recipients. The gifts are donations and the recipients 111 Poplar Street, Caldwell blood are hospital patients needing blood Rick Sweaney transfusions. 208-880-2395 Every day, blood is given to a variety of people from premature babies to grandparents. There is no way to put a monetary value on these gifts and they are given with Single story brick office building with an no strings attaches as to who will additional 20 space parking lot. Private offices receive them. For those who receive and central work stations. Updated roof and blood transfusions, there is no gift floor coverings. Adjacent building is heated more precious than their lives. and air conditioned. Owner has contiguous For more information about property for expansion............$240,000 future blood drawings in our community and/or to set an appointment to donate blood, call Carole Munn at (208) 459-1423.

Businesses “Spread the Warmth!”

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It’s Official-Frank Wyant is Caldwell’s New Chief of Police

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Caldwell Interim Superintendent Jodie Mills with coat donations from Idaho Power and Bruneel Tire.

Idaho Power and their Treasure Valley Local Area Group of the Employee Community Fund donated forty new winter coats to the district office for children in need who attend Caldwell schools. The donation was made possible through voluntary Employee Contributions and Corporate matching funds. Bruneel Tire has also donated gently used coats to the Caldwell School District this winter for kids in need. The need for coats for kids in our schools has been noticed by teachers and administrators and it is wonderful that businesses and organizations have stepped up to help keep kids warm this winter. The school district thanks all for “spreading the warmth!”


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Basque Charities Give Back to Community

A children’s area Basque dance group performing the flag dance.

Many people in our area have benefited for many years from the Caldwell Euzkaldunak Basque Charity group since its inception in 1967 when Sabino Goitiandio held a fundraiser for a young girl in a wheelchair. The following year, he was joined by other Basque men in the community (Tony Gabiola, Frank Ascuaga, Pete Araquistain, Joe Gamboa, Joe Arriaga, John Beitia, Ceorge Goiri, Leonard Mallea) and the Caldwell Basque Charity Dance was formed. In 2018, this organization will celebrate their 50th year. They have scrapbooks and member lists from all those previous years for anyone interested in seeing them. When this organization began, Caldwell was much smaller and the community’s business people all knew one another. As time went by and the city grew and business changed hands, sold, or closed, this group has also evolved. There are now 2nd generation families involved in maintaining this organization and the annual Basque Dance reflects some of those changes. The Basque Dance Benefit which will be held on January 16th at O’Connor Fieldhouse this year, includes a great Basque

dinner, a silent auction, traditional dance performances from area kids’ Basque dance groups, and my personal favorite, the men’s weight carrying contest where each man carries weights of increasing pounds until he strains and struts like a chicken and finally drops the heaviest weight he is able to carry across the finish line! To raise extra money, a “token lamb� is auctioned off over and over throughout the night so individuals and businesses can “buy� the lamb to get recognition for their donation by having their names announced throughout the night. The event ends with a great rocking and rolling dance for all. It is a great event to attend that helps so many at the same time. The annual Basque Dance generally raises between $25,000-$30,000 each year. This year’s co-chairmen are Brennan Gabiola and John Indart. Since its beginning, this organization has raised over two million dollars with 100% of the revenue going out to help our area’s citizens who have fallen on unforeseen and difficult times. They have purchased needed items for school children, artificial limbs, eyeglasses, covered rent and living

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expenses during unforeseen difficult times, enabled parents to accompany family members to burn centers, purchased heating and oil equipment for homes and more. Every holiday season they distribute $10,000 worth of meat to local areas for families in need. The Euzkaldunak charity board is made up of 24 local volunteers. To receive help, the person needing help may request it or the public may submit names of hardworking area citizens who have no other means for help that need assistance, who may benefit from this charity. Most of the people the charity has helped have had an accident, injury, fire, death in family, or some other catastrophic event causing the need. Requests for help are mailed to the committee in a letter. The group then strives to help those who have fallen upon a temporary hardship and just needs a handup, out of a hole. They review the letters and interview the people involved. A determination is then made, first on whether or not they qualify for help, and if so, it is then determined as to what type of help would be the most beneficial for the situation presented. Request letters for assistance may be sent to: Caldwell Euzkaldunak, P.O. Box 258, Huston, ID 83630.


Basque Charities Supports Schools Dawn Jensen, Data Coordinator for the Caldwell School District, said that if she has a special request for any item (shoes, coats, blankets) that students may need, that she contacts Gina Dowen of Caldwell’s Basque Charity and then Gina purchases the needed items and brings them back to her to give to disperse them. In the beginning of this project, the teachers contacted their school counselors and told them of their students’ needs and then the counselors made the requests to Dawn. However, as the counselors have gotten to know Gina, many contact her directly for those items. The Caldwell School District is very grateful to this wonderful organization for helping take care of their kids!

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January 2016

Gina Dowen, of the Caldwell Eukaldunak Basque Charity, giving coats and back packs to Dawn Jensen, Caldwell School District employee.

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Whittenberger Foundation Awards $273,000

During the annual awards luncheon on December 5th, the Whittenberger Foundation distributed $273,000 to 65 different nonprofit organizations. Recipients were seated among each other to give each organization’s representative an opportunity to visit and connect with other nonprofits which may become resources for them in which to form partnerships. The Whittenberger Foundation, established by Ethel Bales Whittenberger upon her death in 1970, gives priority to innovative and enriching projects that significantly improve the quality of life for children and young people. This focus carries forward Mrs. Whittenberger’s lifelong interests as expressed in her will. Up to date, since the first distribution in December 1973, the Foundation has paid out over 9 million dollars in grants to a variety of nonprofit organizations in Idaho. That’s over 10 million dollars folks! Wow! What a tremendous benefit to so many worthwhile local causes! They have 6 million dollars in current assets. The awards granted during this luncheon were between $500 (Ride for Joy Therapeutic Ridings Program-purchasing youth helmets for the program) up through $35,000 (Whittenberger Scholars program for 2015-16, College of Idaho). Most of the awards ranged between $2,000-$5,000. Awards over $5,000 included: $5,271 to Boise WaterShed Exhibits, Inc. (purchasing the Emriver EM2 Geomodel for the “Watershed on Wheels” program), $8,000 to Caldwell Fine Arts Series (enhancing the arts education of students in area schools through attendance at performances given by Caldwell Fine Arts artists), $8,000 to Treasure Valley YMCA (supporting the 2016 Annual Strong Kids Campaign at the Caldwell Y), $8,000 to the University of Idaho Foundation (supporting the MOSS residential summer program), $15,000 to United Way of Treasure Valley (funding the early

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childhood education element of the P16 Project), and $16,000 to the Treasure Valley YMCA-Caldwell Y (supporting the renovation of the Whittenberger Youth Center). For a complete list of awards, go to: caldwellperspective.com.

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Sunnyslope Wine Trail

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Rixa (CHS senior) & Lorena Rivera (CHS Sophomore) were highlighted speakers, who received benefits through the $8,000 grant awarded to the University of Idaho Foundation that supported the MOSS (McCall Outdoor Science School’s) E-STEM program, a program that uses a teaching/ learning approach that integrates the outdoor environment with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education. This program was built on an existing partnership between 4-H and MOSS. It proposed that the afterschool programs at CHA (Caldwell Housing Authority) and NHA (Nampa Housing Authority) work together to offer the MOSS E-STEM program to the children and teens who lived there. In this two part program, youth with little or no previous exposure to nature and the great outdoors, let alone the mountains of central Idaho, would be shown how to use science to study their immediate natural environments.

Paramedic Update: Learn CPR and Save A Life!

By Stephen Blados, Canyon County Paramedic

Do you know CPR? I ask that question because nearly 90% of cardiac arrests in the United States occur in the home. This totals approximately 326,000 cardiac arrests per year in the United States. Why is it so important for people to know CPR? Let me show you. Canyon County Paramedics participates in a nationwide data base called CARES, and has since 2013. This stands for Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival. We track our cardiac arrest survivability rates, and compare them to national data, in order to improve our outcomes. One thing the data is absolutely clear about is that we need help from the public to improve. We need more people to learn and be willing to perform CPR on someone whose heart stops beating. The American Heart Association reports that even today, 70% of bystanders feel helpless when they witness a cardiac arrest and will not act. Fortunately for us, in 2014, nearly 47% of cardiac arrests we responded to did have a bystander intervene and perform CPR. Our overall survival rate for cardiac arrest was 9.3% in 2014, which may seem low, but is in line with performance across the nation. However, when a patient suffered a cardiac arrest with a heart rhythm that was shockable with a defibrillator, AND bystanders performed CPR until our arrival, the survivability climbed to 40%! That is a pretty significant difference. Note the “and bystanders performed CPR until we arrived,” as this had a huge impact. When I say survived, I mean they walked out of the hospital with minimal to no abnormalities and were able to resume a normal life. So what is in store for 2016? We are looking to improve our survivability rates even further by

adopting a pit crew model for resuscitation with our partnering fire departments. This ensures that continuous high quality CPR and advanced life support interventions are coordinated in such a way as to ensure even more positive outcomes. This method of resuscitation has been shown in systems throughout the United States to do just that. In addition, we are working with our allied health care providers to provide even more opportunities to teach CPR to the public. One major upcoming event to learn CPR is on February 1, 2016. The American Heart Association is partnering with local hospitals, local fire departments, and local EMS agencies like Canyon County Paramedics with a goal of teaching CPR to 5,000 people on that one day. Watch the local news for more on that upcoming event. Last, as a reminder, Canyon County Paramedics will teach a 1.5 hour long class called “Family & Friends CPR” at our administration building for free. For information on those opportunities, contact our public relations coordinator at mhulet@ccparamedics. com. Best wishes from us at Canyon County Paramedics to you and your families in 2016! Steve Blados is the Division Chief of Training at Canyon County Paramedics and may be reached for questions or comments at: sblados@ccparamedics. com.

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The plans just keep getting better and better! There are veteran memorials scattered all about town and now that we are renovating the Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall, the Caldwell Veterans Council is planning to bring them all together in an area in the front of that building. The plans are to create a place where all can come to honor and reflect upon the lives of our veterans who “sacrificed all” from our various wars. The WWII Memorial at the site of the old Caldwell High School on the corner of 12th Avenue and Everett Street was funded and erected by the Class of 1947 to honor their classmates who died during combat in WWII. This memorial will be moved to the new Caldwell WWII Memorial Ve t e r a n s Memorial site. The “Lest We Forget” memorial that sits in front of Caldwell’s former City Hall is also planned to be moved to the Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall area of reflection to be built in the front courtyard. This memorial honors those who died in combat during WWI, WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam. Not yet constructed, but in the making is an 8 foot tall “Idaho Women’s Veteran Memorial.” There are plans to have the Caldwell Memorial Veterans Hall at this site as well. This memorial will honor

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all the Idaho women who have died in combat during the Iraq/Afghanistan wars. Because Carrie L. French was the first woman to die in combat during these wars, her picture will be used to represent all the fallen women of these wars. Carrie L. French, a Caldwell High School graduate, was killed on June 5, 2005 in Kirkuk, Iraq when an improvised explosive device hit the front of her convoy vehicle. She was a member of the 116th Brigade Combat Team. We all look forward to the completion of the renovation of the Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall. It will be wonderful to have a place where services and a place of reflection will Photo of the maquette serve our veterans and for the Idaho Women’s their families.

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ages through running and walking exercise. Coaches for CTC particularly encourage and teach children and youth (ages 8 to 18) to enjoy physical fitness through running and field events at an early age. The club has 70 members. It originated in 2004 and became a corporation in 2006. There are no paid positions within the CTC organization. Coaches with over 100 seasons of total coaching experience donate their time, working with the athletes to develop and improve their fitness, conditioning, and running techniques. CTC’s coaches share expertise in distance, sprints, hurdles, relays, and various field events. The club meets at the Vallivue High School track Monday through Thursday evenings during fall Cross Country season at 4:00 p.m. Club board members include President and Head Coach Brian Faulks, Vice President Jill Tristan, Secretary Angela Malaspina, and Treasurer Chellie VanLith. Other coaches include Andrea Ritthaler, Allan Oney, Robert Thomas, and Thomas Thomas. The club deals with ALL Track & Field and XC events and distances except javelin and pole vault. They have many scheduled meets and races. A few of those events include: Simplot Games, New Balance—Idaho, sometimes USATF Junior Olympics, often Sawtooth Winner- Tyler Garner (Age 23) Relay (as well as other summer relays), summer track Isn’t he beautiful? meets, NIKE NXN Western Regionals, Turkey Trot, and sometimes Foot Locker Western Regionals. The possibilities of others are virtually endless. For more information you can call Brian Faulks at 455-8000 or visit their website at: www.canyontrackclub.com.

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“Chuck” Returns to the Chukar Den!

We first noticed Chuck in March of 2013. In December of 2014, with the help of Deno Newbold from the Idaho Falcon Association and the Caldwell Lions Club, , we put up a box for Chuck to nest in. Chuck was gone from May-September, 2014 and also from May-September, 2015. We have learned that they breed from March to May, so her leaving made sense. On the 14th of December of this year, her mate (a small male), showed up. Unfortunately, we named her Chuck before we learned the bird was a female. Deno has been teaching me many things about falcons and has been a very helpful source. When I started working at Caldwell’s TVCC in the fall 3-1/2 years ago, the parking lot would be covered with black birds, and the church and our building would be covered with pigeons. With Chuck choosing our building to roost on, the black birds have moved on and the pigeon population has dramatically dwindled.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR to all. I really do hope and pray that this new year on the calendar can bring peace and solace to your lives. My hope is that by simplifying what most make so complicated, can remove the drudgery of what should be a peaceful pleasure, your yard. Your landscape should a place of enjoyment and personal benefit. A well-maintained exterior can provide a place to safely play and relax with family and friends. It should be a place where you can have a BBQ, toss a Frisbee, have a wading pool, or a place where your dog can chase a ball, while you sit and watch with a favorite cold or hot beverage. Your yard, if you so choose, should provide you with fruits and vegetables. Your house’s landscape should be inviting to “friendlies” not code enforcers. No, I’m not going all Zen on you. Just trying to put in Perspective how a landscaped yard should or could make you feel. It shouldn’t make you feel burdened and add stress to your life. Your landscape should make your life feel as I have described, but most want it to be picture perfect, like a painting. And at initial planting for the most part, they tend to be picture perfect. No matter how you want it to look, you must take into consideration the kind of upkeep necessary to maintain that look, so you don’t feel overwhelmed by its upkeep when it actually gets there. A baby at birth requires 24/7 care at first. A new landscape requires a small amount of infrequent care. As a child grows it actually requires less 24/7 care and more of observing and guidance care (although some of you will disagree). As a landscape grows and

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matures, it actually requires more time to maintain its shape to keep it healthy and it’s more costly. There’s much more to maintain; heavier branches when you prune, and bigger, taller and more debris when you hedge a shrub. I recently re-landscaped my yard. I looked at what I hated about it and eliminated those drudgeries. I put in a rock bench to level out a slope for easier mowing, giving me upper and lower flat areas. This extended my way to a small a patio without adding concrete, giving me a shaded permanent bench seat that will accommodate a non-permanent portable fire pit and more chairs to sit and relax. It also gave me a bigger area in which to put snow off my patio and not have it drain down and ice up my patio. So take time this winter to think about what you really want to get out of your landscape and how much time you’re willing to commit to take care of it. I want you to enjoy your yard not hate it. If you have questions, contact me at: kingpat5@ gmail.com. Until next month, Pat

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In the early 1930s, Caldwell’s bridges inside its city limits were all wood structures. Most of the bridges that crossed Indian Creek were only the width of one wagon. The only doublewide bridge within was located at the intersection of Kimball Avenue and Blaine Street. Two of the bridges were closed to traffic by December 1935. The Caldwell Tribune newspaper described the rest of the Indian Creek spans as “rotten and decaying.” Community leaders soon turned to the WPA (Works Progress Administration) for funding the construction of new bridge spans over Indian Creek. In order to match the WPA funds, Caldwell’s city council and the downtown Retail Merchants’ Association asked taxpayers to endorse the issuance of bonds to reconstruct bridges across Indian Creek. In July 1936, Caldwell voters approved the bond measure with an overwhelming majority, 365 yes votes to 34 no votes. The total cost for the eight bridges came to $112,205, with the City of Caldwell paying $38,307 through bonds and the WPA paying $73,838 and providing the workers. A small crew of six-to-eight men, supervised by local carpenter Tom Carr, began construction of the bridges in November 1936. The names of the other workers were not listed in any city records, but Tom’s wife Isobel remembered them as all being local residents. They were paid 15 cents an hour for their work. Isobel also recalled that her husband would often buy his crew lunch, because they were so poor and had families to feed. One worker gleaned wheat from area fields and boiled it for his breakfast every day. Many Caldwell businesses benefitted financially from supplying materials for the bridges’ construction. The city government used project monies to buy two trucks from local dealers, Lodge Motors and Evans Motors. Several electric, hardware and implement companies were paid for various parts and supplies. Though several lumber companies provided building materials, McNeel’s firm made the most money from the project--over $3,200. The second-highest bill came from Pacific Fruit Express Company (a subsidiary of the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific railroad companies) of Nampa. They sold old “fishbelly” railroad refrigerator car underframes to serve as stringers, or longitudinal girders for supporting part of a bridge deck between its piers.

The other type of bridge built by Caldwell WPA workers was the reinforced concrete slab type. The 7th Avenue bridge over Indian Creek (also called the “City Hall Bridge”) was located at its intersection with Blaine Street, north of the original City Hall. According to the 1937 Caldwell News Tribune, workers found that constructing this bridge very challenging. Their problems were further compounded by the lack of refrigerator car underframes to use as stringers. Pacific Fruit Express had run out of its surplus by August 1937. Pre-WWII demands for steel had risen

From the 1950s to 2011, most of Caldwell’s WPAera bridges were altered, partially reconstructed, or demolished. As part of the S. 10th Avenue improvements of the mid-1950s, a new deck and metal guardrails were put on its Indian Creek span, but the old railroad refrigerator car underframes supporting it remained. When the S. 11th Avenue and Arthur Street WPA bridge was replaced in 2009, its underframes became visible. The only unaltered WPA bridge remaining in Caldwell across the S. 12th Avenue near Main Street. It is in relatively good condition and retains its original guard walls. The site remains as a testament to Depression-era public works projects in the City of Caldwell.

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S. 7th Ave./Indian Creek Bridge, 1937. View facing depot.

dramatically, especially by Germany and Japan. Caldwell workers reused steel beams and girders from the abandoned interurban streetcar bridge across the Boise River near present-day Curtis Park. That supply was soon exhausted. None was left for the 7th Avenue bridge, but 16 inches of concrete were poured over fabricating steel to create a concrete-slab structure.

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[Author’s Note: This research came from part of a project I did for the City of Caldwell, the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office, and Idaho’s Local Highway Technical Advisory Council in 2009. Conversations with the late Ron Blakeley, Mel Lewis and Isobel Carr also provided further information.]

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Pacific Fruit Express “Fishbelly” railroad refrigerator car underframes, S.11th Ave. Bridge.

Caldwell Public Library Goes Digital!

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For over 150 years, humanity has used photography to tell stories, to preserve its history and pass down memories. Since Caldwell’s conception, photographers have preserved its stories, history, and memories in photographs. For decades, the Caldwell Public Library has carefully preserved these precious historic photos. Thanks to modern scanning and digitalizing techniques, the library will soon be able to share them with the world. “We have a lot of really amazing things that pertain to Caldwell and Idaho history and we want them to be around for as long as possible. This collection includes photographs, slides, books, photo albums, paper documents, and newspaper clippings,” Digitalization Team: April Massey (seated), Scott Pemble said April Massey (Adult Services coordinator and and Mark Pemble one of the librarians leading the digitalization efforts). A few photos from the collection were published in 1990 by the late Elaine Leppert, who at the time was the Caldwell Library Director. Her book, “Early Caldwell - Through Photographs,” was the first time the public was given a small sample of the immense treasures this collection contains.

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Documents and photos from the 1870’s through the 1970’s make up the majority of the collection. Photos of local businesses including Caxton Printers, The Meuggler Bakery and the Model Market feature prominently in the collection. Besides businesses and buildings, the collection also includes many portraits of prominent Caldwell families including the Meyers, Bashers and Beals. By making these documents available, the Caldwell Library is fulfilling its mission to preserve and disseminate knowledge to the public. “Documents such as these can be extremely helpful to academics as well as the general public.” Says Massey, “Public history is often considered to be the job of institutions such as museums, but libraries have played a large role in the preservation of local history for some time now.” After the documents are digitalized and uploaded to the internet, the library will ask the public to comment and help identify the locations and people in the collection. Most of the digitalization process is done by volunteers. Scott Pemble, a volunteer, and amateur historian enjoys the work and had this to say of the collection: “I know there will be a lot of people who will want to see these photos. I hope many young people my age will see the Scott Pemble excitement and diversity that Caldwell has offered its citizens through its history.”

Once again, the column that practically writes itself every year, tax time! Gather up all your receipts and (if you haven’t) organize them - charitable contributions, child and dependent care expense, moving expenses, property taxes (if not paid by your mortgage company), medical expenses, home office expenses, vehicle expenses (if you use your vehicle for work or have charitable or medical mileage), other employee expenses, 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 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 1. You may also receive some 1099’s if you have income from

sources other than a job. If you have a rental property or own a small business get the final financial reports completed as soon as possible. While the time has passed for you to fund most deductions, you still have the opportunity to make deposits in your IRA provided you otherwise qualify. Other than that, the best you can do is gather those receipts and get your return prepared. If you owe, you don’t have to file or pay until April 18th this year because the 15th is the Emancipation Day holiday in Washington D.C. If you are getting a refund, getting done now is money in the bank. Finally, start planning for next year as soon as you know how this one turned out. Adjust your withholding allowances with your employer, increase your deposits into your retirement account if you have one and open one if you don’t. Spend some time discussing the Affordable Care Act with your advisor if you don’t have or expect changes in your health insurance coverage.

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Boise Music Week was Sponsor’s Choice in the Nonprofit Category. December 5th was a night to remember as about 80 beautifully lit floats made their way down Blaine Street. The theme this year was “Christmas Through the Decades” and it was especially demonstrated by Idaho Operation Lifesaver in the Nonprofit Category and by Caldwell Transportation in the Commercial Category. Caldwell Transportation had different decades represented in their school bus windows. It was truly exceptional. There was a multitude of parade goers from

all over the valley that went to enjoy this fantastic parade. There is no better night light parade anywhere. Congratulations to all who participated. The complete list of Winners is: Non profit Category Sponsor’s choice: ($500) Boise Music Week Best use of Lights: ($200) Wilson Elementary School Best Demonstration of Theme: ($300) Idaho Operation Lifesaver

Commercial Category (All receive plaques) Sponsor’s Choice: West Valley Medical Center Best use of Lights: Knife River Best Demonstration of Theme: Caldwell Transportation The Winners will receive their monatary awards and plaques at the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce Noonbreak Luncheon on January 12, 2016.

On December 1, 2016 Silverhawk Realty REALTOR® and Broker/Owner Tracy Kasper assumed office as 2016 Idaho R E A LT O R S ® Submitted photo President. Her theme, “WIN: What’s Important in Real Estate Now,” symbolizes the personal and professional values Tracy brings to the real estate industry and REALTOR® membership in Idaho. Tracy has over 23 years of real estate experience in several areas of real estate, from residential to commercial, vacant lots to development land, new construction to REO bank-owned properties. She is the co-owner broker of Silverhawk Realty with 6 offices spread across the Treasure Valley and over 80 agents. Tracy has served on just about every committee at local and state levels as well as several national committees and has held officer positions at several local Boards— in and outside of the real estate industry. She has a passion for RPAC and is the only Platinum R

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These are our local area legislators. They visited the Caldwell Chamber luncheon on December 8th to give highlights on issues coming up for this legislative year that begins in January. Topics that are especially of interest to our business community include: Education, Ttransportation-Interstate-84/Highway 55, Taxation and Revenue, Local Option Sales Tax/Initiative and Referendum Elections, Health Care (in general), Insurance Coverage for Low Income Idahoans, and CWI/Community College Representation. Topics of interest to our Agribusinesses include: Land Use Planning, Water Rights, Crop Production, Environmental Concerns, Transportation, Energy, and Weed & Pest Control. These legislators took turns discussing issues dealing with healthcare, health insurance, taxationboth personal and property tax issues, transportation issues, professional technical education, Medicaid reform and others. They are all on specific committees as listed below along with their e-mail

addresses. Senator Jim Rice (jrice@senate.idaho.gov): Chair- Agricultural affairs; Local Government & Taxation. Representative Brandon Hixon (bhixon@ house.idaho.gov): Business; Health & Welfare; Transportation & Defense. Representative Greg Chaney (gchaney@house. idaho.gov): Commerce & Human Resources; Environment, Energy & Technology; Revenue & Taxation. Senator Abby Lee (alee@senate.idaho. gov): Agricultural Affairs; Commerce & Human Resources; Health & Welfare. Representative Christy Perry (cperry@house. idaho.gov): Chair-Ways & Means; Health & Welfare; Judiciary, Rules & Administration; Local Government. If you have particular issues that concern you and want your voice to be heard, you may contact any or all of them by sending them an e-mail.

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L to R: Sen. Jim Rice (District 10, R-Caldwell), Rep. Brandon Hixon (District 10, R-Caldwell), Rep. Greg Chaney (District 10, R-Caldwell), Senator Abby Lee (District 9, R-Fruitland), Rep. Christy Perry (District 11, R-Nampa)

CHS Government teacher, Cheryl Adams, arrived to the December 7th Caldwell City Council meeting with an entourage of 30 government students to see their city government in action. Every year, Caldwell High School’s government students are required to attend a Caldwell City Council meeting, and with this being the last one for the current semester, the attendance was high. The students were acknowledged by the council and were asked to individually introduce themselves. Mayor Nancolas explained procedures as the meeting progressed for the students’ benefit. Mrs. Adams has taught in the Caldwell School District for 20 years and feels it is important to have the students experience firsthand some of what they have learned by having them to attend a city council meeting. Kudos to Mrs. Adams!

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What do you get when you put a group of community-minded, service-hearted people from Caldwell, Idaho, at a table for a visit? You get a community event that is filled with laughter and music that provides money for non-profit organizations that make a difference in the lives of others. Six years ago, the Caldwell Night Rodeo board members were sitting around a table and the question came up, “Why don’t we have a Christmas party?” What started as a board member celebration, quickly

turned into an event that has grown in popularity. While running their own businesses, households and personal agendas, every December, the board members and their families choose a couple of organizations to support. They collect donations for the auction and items to be sold during the event. This is their way to give back to their community. For Rick Serratos, the vice-president of the rodeo board and owner of The Sign Shoppe, it has become a tradition. He is hopeful that the Caldwell Night Rodeo and all the hours of hard work that go into planning, setting up and even cleaning up after the party, in someway makes another person’s life better. The first year of the Christmas party/fundraiser raised $1,770 to purchase food for the Canyon County Office on Aging (CCOA). For the past 6 years, the event has provided a wonderful time for the community. This year, it has raised close to $19,500 to be given to 208Cares and the Caldwell “Shop With a Cop” program. Thank you to the CNR rodeo board, their wives and children for their selfless acts of generosity.

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“The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin Review by Michelle Ross If you love the feel of wandering the dusty isles of an independent bookstore and could while away hours of a beach vacation snuggled into a cozy nook with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is a great way to kick off your 2016 reading list. A.J Fikry, the namesake and protagonist of Zevin’s newest release, faces a world he could never have imagined. The Poe scholar who left behind the world of academics to open a book store on Alice Island suddenly finds himself a widower and a small business owner who is not all that interested in marketing to the masses of tourists who invade his quiet town each summer season. A bit of a literary snob, Fikry has very strict guidelines as to which books make the cut for his shelves. Spoiler alert: all things young adult and vampire are out, as is literary fantasy. All things classic and Poe are in. Having had his world turned upside down before, Firky is resistant to any form of change, which leaves him in a conundrum as his long-time publishing house representative is suddenly replaced by a spunky young woman who has the audacity to recommend he carry a ridiculously sentimental memoir. Between her arrival in his business life and the small package left on the floor of his shop which creates a bit of chaos in his personal life, his world begins to spin like a carnival carousel. Zevin’s latest novel is a perfect match for book lovers of all types. It is filled with references sure to please the more literary readers and enough twists and turns to engage a monthly book club. “We are not quite novels. We are not quite short stories. In the end, we are collected works.” ― Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry


By Amy Perry

“Wild Berries of the West” by Betty B. Derig and Margaret C. Fuller, Illustrated by Mimi Osborne

Betty B. Derig has a master’s degree in history from the University of Montana. Derig has written numerous articles and four books on western history, including Roadside History of Idaho. Margaret C. Fuller has a biology degree from Stanford University and is a freelance writer. Wild Berries of the West covers the northwest from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific coast, north to British Columbia and south into northern Mexico. It is well-written with beautiful identification photographs of many of the listed plants. This field guide includes Native American lore, recipes, medicinal uses and gardening tips. The illustrated glossary of plant parts is clear and easily understood. Wild Berries of the West is a good, solid field guide that would fit into the libraries for both the beginning naturalists and advanced survivalists. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in native flora.

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“Not important...but possibly of interest” By Wayne Cornell A recent study claims although your common house cat may seem friendly, that may only be because of its size. The report suggested that if house cats were the size of lions, they probably would eat us. Digit is our cat. In some respects he’s pretty plain – a black and gray-striped Tabby. But he does have some unique features, too. An everyday cat has eighteen toes. Digit has twentyfour. His six-toed back feet look like they were transplanted from a Jack Rabbit. His front paws appear to have thumbs. Digit (I wanted to name him “Bob” but Digit seems more appropriate) is a Polydactyl cat. Polydactyl cats originated in Wales and got to North America on early sailing ships. Sailors allegedly considered them good luck. They sometimes are called “Hemingway Cats” because author Ernest Hemingway had a lot of them around his house in Key West, Florida. One of the negatives of a Polydactyl kitty shows up when the time comes to trim its toenails. Some cats don’t mind having their nails trimmed. Digit isn’t one of those cats. Since he has twenty-four toes, I have six additional chances to get clawed and/or bitten while trimming his nails. My best bet is to wait until he is sleeping, then snip quickly before he is totally awake. If I’m lucky I can get two nails before

he draws blood. Digit and our dog, Asher, have an interesting relationship. Sometimes Digit will stroll over and purr while rubbing against the dog. As soon as Asher relaxes, the cat sinks his teeth into an ear and pandemonium ensues. Digit is a personable fellow with just about anyone but yours truly. He is especially fond of being petted by women. This upsets me as I am the one who lobbied to get him while Sara had misgivings. But he loves to spend the evening sitting on her lap. He normally doesn’t like sitting on my lap and I have scars to prove it. For me, picking up Digit is about the same as shoving my arm into a blender, up to the elbow. One night, when Sara wasn’t home, Digit did stretch out for a nap on my lap while I watched TV. I felt a sneeze coming on and tried to hold it in but couldn’t. Fortunately I was wearing long pants. If I had been wearing shorts, the people at the E.R. would still be stitching me back together. A relative with considerable cat experience tells me that Digit tears into me because I “over stimulate” him. I’m sometimes tempted to under stimulate him with a two-by-four. Hopefully when Digit matures he’ll mellow a bit. He’s taller and longer than the average cat and tips the scales at more than 15 pounds. At the rate he is growing, if the researchers are right about cats, by this time next year, I could be lunch.

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Clubs & Schools

January 2016

VHS Jr. Optimist Club Recently Chartered!

By Leora Summers

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robots. It will be under the supervision of the Caldwell Optimist Club. Joe Shreve is the junior club’s advisor from Caldwell Optimist Club and Tiegan Byerly is their VHS in-school advisor. The Caldwell Optimist Club is a service organization with the motto “Friend of Youth” and its objective is to bring out the best in kids.

Caldwell Rotary Club Wed, Noon, Kaley Wellness Center Corner of Logan/So. 10th Contact: 459-1344

Caldwell Eagles Lodge 7th & 21st of October & 4th of November 815 Arthur Street Contact: 615-0804

On December 4th, Caldwell Optimist Club members and their District Governor, Mike Gray, presented Vallivue High School’s robotics club with a charter making them an official Jr. Optimist Club. The club is comprised of students involved in building and displaying

Caldwell Optimist Club presented a check for $971.75 to the new Junior Optimist Club for its help selling concessions at the College of Idaho football games this fall for the parent club.

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Wa s h i n g t o n Elementary Food Service employees were greeted with flowers and thanks from surprise guests in the lunch line. Earlier in the year, the husband of one of Washington’s “lunch bunch ladies” suffered L back: Janita Abunza, Kathy Ledda, Serena a severe stroke Jones, Beverly Sams, Mike Kampe (husband) which required brain L front: Theresa Schatz, Stacy Kampe (wife), surgery and months of Christina Kampe (daughter) rehabilitation. As he continues to recover, he and his daughter wanted to express their gratitude to all of the Washington Elementary Food Service staff for their support during a time of crisis. A dozen roses were presented to each Food Service staff in appreciation for their help and the kindnesses shown.

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Canyon Sunrise Rotary Club Thurs, 7:00 AM Karcher Estates (thru gate in Karcher Mall S. parking lot) Contact: Brent @ 466-4181 Submitted photo

Charter Presentation: L to R: Joe Shreve, Jr. (Optimist Club advisor), Mike Gray (Optimist Pacific Northwest District Governor), Sydney Batey (VHS Junior Optimist Club President), and Chris Allgood (Caldwell Club Presidentelect) and Larry Blackburn (Caldwell Optimist)


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The Canyon Track Club thanks its sponsors for their 2nd “Annual Ugly Sweater 5K Run/Walk” event at Whittenberger Park in Caldwell on Saturday, December 19th! Thanks goes to: Swett & Crawford Insurance (Mike & Lori Henderson), Van Lith Livestock (Chellie & Joel Van Lith), Les Schwab Tires (Tony Malaspina), Tom Scott Motors (DH & Margaret Moss), Lube Shop (Matt Henderson), Ripley Doorn & C0 LLC Caldwell (Mike Groff), Rehab Authority Caldwell (Jared Simonsson), D & B Supply Caldwell (Steve Tatman), Key Bank of Idaho, Idaho Foot & Ankle Boise, Caldwell Vet Hospital, Caldwell Orthodontics (Dr. Neal Webster), Dutch Bros, Blue Sky Bagels Eagle, New York Life (Bill Barrus), Dominoes Pizza Caldwell, Williamson Orchards & Vineyards, Northwest Nazarene University, College of Idaho Coyote, Stinker Stations Stinker, Shu’s Idaho Running Company Boise, (Mike Shuman), KTSY 89.5, Tutor Doctor.


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