January 2019 Caldwell Perspective

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Edition 49 l JANUARY 2019


CALDWELL: bust...bust...bust...BOOM! are people everywhere. They are walking, going to the theater, skating, drinking, eating, laughing, and SPENDING MONEY! They are buying anything that’s for sale downtown. Flying M is bustling, Fireside Mallow is so busy, Bella Blue is open on SUNDAY, for crying out loud in the night! This is how Caldwell used to be. This is the Caldwell we have known could be again. We feel nothing but gratitude for it. Here are some comments I’ve heard lately from City officials, business owners and shoppers downtown: “They are trying to drink from a fire hydrant” (speaking of a small business with customers lined up out the door); “We have had to restock four times this week, because we get them in, and we immediately sell out”; “Caldwell is back”; “They had to drag people off the skating rink at 8 p.m. on Sunday”; “We have exceeded all expectations”; “We have tenants interested, but we want to be choosey”. What? People skating at 8 p.m. on Sunday? Stores having to restock? Businesses having to ‘staff up’? In Caldwell, Idaho? What’s even more exciting to many

of us, as I have spoken with others about this, is our friends from Boise, Meridian and Nampa making comments about having been to Caldwell “twice this week” or saying they “brought family over for a steak dinner and skating” over the holiday! Yes, yes, yes, this is the stuff downtown revitalization aficionados, urban renewal experts, marketing geniuses, and others involved in creating community, do happy dances about. I’m not even kidding! So, if there is a down side, what is it? Here’s my two cents worth and I hope it’s taken as it’s intended. I mean no offense to anyone, and I love Caldwell with my whole heart. We need to step up, head held high, shoulders back, and support what’s being created right before our eyes. Business owners need to pay attention to when the people are downtown and be present. For years, businesses have struggled to keep their doors open, kept irregular hours, were only open on certain days, and maybe not even then, if something came up. We’ve seen businesses close for months on end, close on Mondays and Tuesdays, and Sundays,

by Tammy Dittenber

Hey Caldwell, have you seen what’s happening downtown? Unless you live under a rock, it would be hard to miss the revitalization occurring and to note the speed at which it’s now taking place. If it’s a problem in any regard, it’s a beautiful, wonderful, amazing problem to have. This from someone born and raised here, who shopped at JC Penny, Sears, the Idaho Department Store (later Falk’s ID), Model Market, M & W, R & B, Penny Wise Drug, Rexall Drug, Bonanza 88 Cent Store, Hirsch Value Store, Summers’ Stationery, Kings Variety, McClusky’s Restaurant, Schurr’s Handout, Pollard’s Restaurant, Caldwell Leather and Canvas, Troy Laundry, Stuenenburger, Stuenenberg Gallery, Ogstad’s Furniture, Williamson’s Furniture and a maze of other small Caldwell businesses long since gone, but not forgotten. For decades empty buildings lined our streets and seeing anyone traversing the city on foot was a rare thing, except those at the Post Office, or the few restaurants, at meal time. Those days are gone. I have been downtown morning, noon, and night, and there

by Tammy Dittenber, Caldwell Perspective Editor close at 3 p.m., and, well, and it looks to be paying off you get the drift. We’ve all big for them. It doesn’t matseen it. We’ve all driven ter when you go, they are up to a small business only busy and you’ll be lucky to to see a closed sign in the get a seat if there are more window and wondered than two of you. Again, a why we wasted our time. beautiful problem to have. In some cases, sadly, it I guess the takeaway was our last visit. I’m see- from all this is, when it goes ing more and more busi- BOOM, you will not always nesses learning valuable be expecting it. But once it lessons, and it makes my does, it’s a call to action. We heart sing to see places like need a downtown filled to Firme Cuts open at 8pm do- the brim with solid business ing their thing, or Fireside models, predictable hours, Mallow staying open into friendly staff, well stocked the evening because that’s shelves, clean and attracwhen people are wander- tive window displays and ing through town to see the facades, and welcoming lights. Flying M has done interiors. This is no time for a commendable job, and half-hearted commitments. by that I mean they have If you want to be downtown, set the tone downtown, in you need to be all in. If you keeping long hours, doing do that, Caldwell will supwhat their customers want, port you. I know they will. the way they want it done,


SAVE THE DATES Chamber activity and participation has a positive effect on our community, quality of life, economic development, and many other elements. If you are interested in getting involved in the Caldwell Chamber or want to make a difference in our community, the Chamber offers several volunteer committees for you to take part on. EVERY MONDAY: 5:15 PM Meet Me Mondays, Caldwell Rec Center Jan 1 11:30 am Ambassador Committee, Golden Corral-Nampa Jan 1

1:30 pm Education Committee, Sterry Board Room, C of I

Jan 2 11:45 am Agri-Business Committee Mtg, Stewarts Bar & Grill Jan 8 11:15 am Noonbreak Luncheon, Simplot Dining Hall, C of I Jan 11 8:30 am Travel & Tourism Committee, Chamber Office Jan 14 12:00 am Transportation Committee, Acapulco Jan 17 12:00 pm Gov’t Affairs Committee, Golden Dragon Resturant Please plan to attend the Chamber of Commerce Noonbreak Luncheon, November 11th at 11:15 a.m., Simplot Dining Hall, C of I. Call the Chamber of Commerce to RSVP.



January 1 HAPPY NEW YEAR! January 2 11 AM: Movie Marathon, Free popcorn & Movies all Day, Caldwell Library. January 3 2 PM: Super Bristle-Bots, Make your own miniature robot and race them in the workshop, Caldwell Library. 6 PM: Social-Icing - Country Night, The Ice Ribbon at Indian Creek Plaza. 7 PM: City Council Meeting, Caldwell Police Dept Community Room. January 4 Winter Adult Coed Volleyball Deadline, Caldwell Rec dept. 12 PM: Skate at the Plaza – DJ Skate Night, on the Plaza Ice Skating Ribbon. 6 PM: Brave Hearts Night, Indian Creek Steakhouse, 711 Main Street 6 PM: DJ Skate Night, The Ice Ribbon at Indian Creek Plaza. January 5 12 PM: Caldwell Train Depot Open House, 701 Main 2 PM: Pokemon Club (ages 9-17), Caldwell Library.

January 5 (continued) 6 PM: Annual Steak & AllYou-Can-Eat Crab Feed, Caldwell Event Center. January 7th 5:15 PM: Meet Me Monday, Caldwell Rec Center, 504 Grant Street, Caldwell. January 8 11:15 AM: Noonbreak Lunch Break, Simplot Dining Hall, C of I, (208)495-7493. 2 PM: Homeschool Book Club, Caldwell Library. 6:30 PM: Adulting 101: Mental Health Awareness presented by Brighter Future Health, Caldwell Library. 7 PM: Pajama Storytime, pajamas and slippers encouraged, ages 2-5 plus family, Caldwell Library. January 9 4:30 PM: The Ween Scene, Activities, crafts, and games for tweens, ages 9-12, Caldwell Library. 5:30 pm: Caldwell Rambler’s RV Club: Dinner, 6 PM-Meeting, Mr. V’s, Ray (208) 697-1357 January 10 2 PM: Thursday Afternoon Read, Caldwell Library. 6 PM: Social-Icing – FatherDaughter Night, The Ice Ribbon at Indian Creek Plaza. 7 PM: SIBA Meeting, Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. 7 PM: Mid-Winter Author Series, Angela Matlashevsky, Library.

January 11 6 PM: DJ Skate Night, The Ice Ribbon at Indian Creek Plaza. 6 PM: Celebrate Rubiayat Book Stores 8th year downtown Caldwell at the bookstore on the plaza. January 12 10-11:30 AM: Skate N.O.W. Ice Skating Mentorship program. Applications available at the skate shop, Indian Creek Plaza, 208649-5010. 12 PM: Broomball Competition – Competitive Game of first responders. Fire vs. Police. 12 PM: Skating at the Plaza: Heroes on Ice, Indian Creek Plaza. January 14 5:15 PM: Meet Me Monday, Caldwell Rec Center, 504 Grant Street, Caldwell. 7 PM: Caldwell School District Board Meeting, 1502 Fillmore St, Caldwell. January 15 7 PM: Pajama Storytime, pajamas and slippers encouraged, ages 2-5 plus family, Caldwell Library. 7 PM: Adult Board Games, bring your favorite board game or play one of ours, Flying M downtown Caldwell. January 16 4:30 PM: The Ween Scene, Activities, crafts, and games ages 9-12, Caldwell Library.

January 17 6 PM: Social-Icing – Crazy Hat Night, The Ice Ribbon at Indian Creek Plaza. 6:30 PM: Caldwell Public Library Board Meeting 7 PM: City Council Meeting, Caldwell Police Dept Community Room. January 18 2 PM: Crafter’s Club, Caldwell Library. 6 PM: DJ Skate Night, The Ice Ribbon at Indian Creek Plaza. 6:15 PM: Happy Dog Piano Duo, Caldwell Fine Arts, tickets? 208-459-5275. January 19 10-11:30 AM: Skate N.O.W. Ice Skating Mentorship program. Applications available at the skate shop, Indian Creek Plaza, 208-649-5010. 12 PM: Skate & a Movie: Disney’s Frozen, The Ice Ribbon at Indian Creek Plaza. 5:30 PM: 51st Annual Caldwell Basque Dinner & Auction, Caldwell Event Center 2207 Blaine St., tickets call Gina 208-830-9149, Ric 208-2491119 or Chris 208-473-0683. January 21 5:15 PM: Meet Me Monday, Caldwell Rec Center, 504 Grant Street, Caldwell January 22 6:30 PM: Crochet 101, Caldwell Library 7 PM: Pajama Storytime, pajamas and slippers encouraged, ages 2-5 plus family, Caldwell Library.

January 23 7:30 AM: Chamber of Commerce New Member Reception, 704 Blaine Street, Cal 4:30 PM: The Ween Scene, Activities, crafts, and games for tweens, ages 9-12, Library. January 24 10:30 AM: Teen Science Café: Walk this Way, special guest Tyler Brown, Library. 6 PM: Social-Icing – Skilled Skaters, The Ice Ribbon at Indian Creek Plaza.. 7 PM: Mid-Winter Author Series, Amanda Tru, Library. January 25 Winter Book Sale: Caldwell Library 6 PM: Teen Night on Ice with Wild 101.1, The Ice Ribbon at Indian Creek Plaza. January 26 Winter Book Sale: Caldwell Library 10-11:30 AM: Skate N.O.W. Ice Skating Mentorship program. Applications available at the skate shop, Indian Creek Plaza, 208649-5010 12 PM: Ice Skating at the Plaza – Movie Night, Contact (208)649-5010. January 28 5:15 PM: Meet Me Monday, Caldwell Rec Center, 504 Grant Street, Caldwell. January 29 6:30 PM: Adulting 101: New Year Nutrition, Ages 15 and up, Caldwell Library. – Continued on page 3 –

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January 29 (continued) 7 PM: Pajama Storytime, pjs and slippers encouraged, ages 2-5 plus family, Library. January 30 4:30 PM: The Tween Scene, Activities, crafts, and games for tweens, ages 9-12, Library January 31 6 PM: Social-Icing – MotherSon m, The Ice Ribbon at Indian Creek Plaza. February 1 7 PM: Caldwell Fine Arts Children’s Theatre: Hot as Summer, Cold as Winter, www.caldwellfinearts.ort or 208-459-5275. Caldwell Library Mondays-10:30 AM: Baby N’ Me Storytime (ages 0-1). 11 AM: Baby N’ Me Storytime (ages 0-1). 11 AM: Kids Can!, Crafts and games for kids ages 5-9. Tuesdays-10:30 AM: Preschool Storytime. 7 PM: Pajama Storytime, Pajamas and slippers encouraged (ages 2-5 plus family). Wednesdays-10:30 AM: Preschool Storytime. 11:15 AM: Music and Movement (Ages 2-5). 4:30 PM: Tween Scene, activities, crafts and games for tweens. 6 PM: Ask a Librarian. Thursdays-4 PM: Teen Thursday, activities, crafts and games for teens (ages 13-18). Fridays-10 AM: Tai Chi.

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One of Caldwell’s True GEMS!

by Tammy Dittenber, Caldwell Perspective Editor There has been a Gem In & Out on the Corner of Cleveland and 4th, for fiftyseven years. Tim Nielsen’s parents purchased it in 1969, and after four years, removed the Inside the dining area of Gem In & Out manufactured building that originally and work ethic and he inhoused it and in 1972, built stills that in his employees, the structure most Caldwell- and community contacts ites have known as a staple in every way possible. Tim in our community. Tim start- says he thinks true charity ed working there in 1969. comes without any recogniTim and his wife bought the tion or reward, and he often business in 1981, and have goes about doing good in operated it since that time. the community for various Gem In & Out is the oldest causes, without his name continuously operating res- attached to it in any way. taurant in Caldwell. Tim is a believer in “if it Just a glance around the ain’t broke, don’t fix it”; othdining area gives custom- er than prices adjusted for ers a peek into Tim’s chari- the times, not much about table heart. You’d be hard the Gem has changed. He pressed to find a little league values quality and said he anything in Caldwell that has has never compromised not benefitted from his kind- it. Gem is known for its fry ness, over the decades. Tim sauce and burger sauce. said, “Not many who come (I can personally vouch for asking for a donation walk both) Their hours are 10:30away empty-handed. I may 9 Monday through Friday, not donate cash, but a gift and 10:30-8 on Saturdays. certificate or lunch certificate They are closed on Sunthey can raffle off and turn days. He said those hours into money is pretty com- haven’t changed much over mon”. When Nielsen was a the years, and he likes enboy, businesses sponsored suring his employees, mostsports teams he played on, ly students, get to leave by and this is his way of pay- 9:30, and go do homework. ing that forward. Nielsen is an example of commitment Continued on page 5


Veteran’s Corner

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On Christmas Eve, Becky Aldrich with the Caldwell Airport Cafe, the crew at Caldwell Veteran’s Memorial Hall, and Idaho Central Credit Union’s Allison Crouse and Susie Cardenas, as well as many other volunteers, teamed up to provide a free dinner, food, and gifts for Veterans and those individuals and families in our community who needed a hand up and fellowship. A huge Perspective Thanks to those involved in this kind act of service! Local Veteran’s Organizations • MEETINGS HELD AT THE CALDWELL VETERANS MEMORIAL HALL • Disabled American Veterans, Carrie L French, Chapter 1 Meetings: 2nd Tuesday every month at 7 pm, Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall, 1101 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell DAVA Meeting at same time Mailing: PO Box 1362, Caldwell, ID 83606 Loren M Trotter, Post 35, American Legion. Meetings: 2nd Monday every month at 7 pm. Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall, 1101 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell Mailing: PO Box 35, Caldwell, ID 83606 Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3886, Meetings: 2nd Thursday every month, social at 6:30 p.m. 7 p.m. Post Meeting, Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall, 1101 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell Mailing: PO Box 334, Caldwell, Idaho 83606

Donations are still needed for operating expenses. Volunteers needed to help with events and fundraisers! Your business can be a sponsor! Call Terry, (208) 899-5216 to find out how.


Blackburn Named Trustee of the Year

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by Tammy Dittenber, Editor

Caldwell Public Library board of trustees chairman, Larry Blackburn, was named 2018 Trustee of the Year at the annual Idaho Library Association conference. This is the third time in the last three years Caldwell Library has been honored at this event. The award recognizes Blackburn’s years of valuable service and leadership at Caldwell Library and for the Idaho Library Association where he formerly served as a trustee, and currently serves as Friends Division chair. Blackburn has served as trustee for eight years and chair for the past three. He has helped shepherd the many innovations at the library and assisted in raising funds. He’s been instrumental in modernization and innovation at the Library. The ILA awards professional recognition and scholarships each year. Caldwell is very blessed by Larry’s service and we at the Perspective salute him!

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Santa came by way of Fire Truck Saturday prior to Christmas to go skating with the kids for the 1st annual Skate with Santa. With his helper by his side 500 pairs of gloves, candy canes and goodies were handed out to each bright eye child waiting to give Santa their Christmas List. A huge Thank you to Walmart for their donations.

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the volunteers who manned the kettles and ringing the bells. The list of volunteers is too long to print in it’s entirety. So if you donated your time to the Salvation Army bell ringing. Thank you! This year the kettles in Caldwell raised an all time high of $76,242. Christmas time is the largest fundraiser for the Salvation Army. If you didn’t have a chance to make the donation you would like, donations are always accepted at www.

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The Man Behind the Smoothest Ice in Caldwell! ish on the ice feel like? Corey: You know, how it feels when you shave and you get that perfect, close, smooth skin feeling. CP: How much do you hate winter rain? Corey: I don’t hate it. If it rains just a little, it causes little bumps on the ice, but if it rains quite a bit, it smooths out and isn’t too bad. I could do without the nine inch slope from one end to the other. The hardest grooming we had was when it snowed awhile back. That took a good two hours to clear up. The rain isn’t bad. CP: Do you laugh about the fact your last name is Turner, and


He also likes that they don’t have to work late on Saturday, and have a day to rest. Tim works at the restaurant each day. Shari worked there from 1978 until 2001 when she decided to pursue other life interests. He currently employs twenty people, but over the decades, estimates that number has been in the thousands. His longest tenured employee has worked there twenty-six years. He said the average employee works one to two years and then moves on. Low unemployment rates make it difficult to attract and retain good employees at the present, but Tim says he has a good crew currently and they work hard. Gem In & Out has a series

of annual awards for Food Service Merit and scores nearly perfect marks on every health department inspection report. That does not surprise the frequent customer. Even during high traffic times, tables are cleaned as soon as patrons leave, and the kitchen can be seen from every customer order point. Tim said, “It’s an older structure, but there is no reason for it not to be clean.” He also pointed out design features that set the restaurant apart from many others. Gem has two drive thru windows. One on the west side and one on the east. Unlike the old Red Steer on Paynter and Kimball, both are accessible from the driver’s seat of a

you surface a circular ice ribbon, and turn the entire time? Corey: Uh, no. Never even thought about it before right now. (We are clever that way) CP: Are you a good skater? Corey: Yeah, I’m a decent skater. Although, I was skating one day and there was a leaf that had blown onto the ice. I tried to get that leaf off as I skated by, and I fell. I fractured the triquetral bone in my hand. (ouch) CP: In the midst of all your other duties as assigned, where does driving the Zamboni fall on your favorites list? Corey: It’s definitely my #1 favorite! CP: What did you ask Santa to

vehicle. Tim laughed at the memory of Red Steer patrons sliding across their big bench seats to the passenger side to pay for, and retrieve, their meals. Modern vehicles make that seem like an uncomfortable, if not impossible, feat. In addition to the unique drive-thru windows, customers are able to see exactly what’s going on in the kitchen from every access point. One sees staff preparing food, fryers, topping tables, and grills, and there is no room for any unsanitary practice to creep in. Tim stated he puts a premium on customer service and he learned the value of that from his parents who instilled the merits of being responsive to customers.

photo by Tammy Dittenber

Recently we had the opportunity to interview Corey Turner. Corey is Director of Plaza Operations for Indian Creek Plaza. If you haven’t met him, get down there and do it. The man is a rock star. He drives a Zamboni for goodness sake! A Zamboni! That’s near Rock Star status in most books. The following is my interview with Corey: CP: Corey, how old were you when you dreamed you could be a Zamboni driver? Corey: This many days old! Years ago I went to Steelhead games and watched the ice groomers and thought it would be a great gig! CP: What does the perfect fin-

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bring you this year? Corey: I didn’t ask for a single thing. CP: Egg nog or fruity punch? Corey: Oh, Egg nog for sure! CP: Elf or National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation?

Corey: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation for sure! Wave to that rock star on the Zamboni, he’s working hard for you, Caldwell!

The Nielsens have a solid business model and they don’t “goof around” with time honored ways of doing business. Gem relies on reputation, quality and service to succeed. That for-

mula seems to be golden for them. That and the best hot dog in town with fry sauce to die for, should have them lasting another fifty years at least!

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City Council Meetings: A Well Oiled Machine

by Tammy Dittenber, Editor

Caldwell City Council meetings take place the first and third Monday of each month, barring any holiday. They begin at 7 p.m. I have attended many County Commission and City Council meetings in many jurisdictions. Attending Caldwell City Council meetings is a primer in how efficient and effective government can work for us all. I attended a partial meeting on December 17, and there were two public hearings scheduled. Public hearings require a good deal of critical listening, oaths, staff reports, applicant presentations, knowledge of the comprehensive plan, zoning regulations, building codes, public tes-

timony, findings of fact, conclusions of law and finally, a decision. In 30 years of attending such meetings, I have never witnessed a hearing so adeptly handled. This was no rubber stamp. It was a group of thoughtful, skilled, knowledgeable men and women, doing business in a way that would make any process engineer proud. Thank you Mayor Nancolas, City Council Members, Public Works Director, City Attorney, and in this case, Applicant, for your terse and pithy process.

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Jesse D. Katzenberger–Making Caldwell Proud! Navy Seaman Jesse D. Katzenberger, son of Monte and Julie Katzenberger of Caldwell, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois. During the eight-week program, Katzenberger completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, fire fighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations.” This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations” is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Its distinctly ‘’Navy’’ flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor. Katzenberger is a 2018 graduate of Caldwell High School.

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Military Spotlight: The U.S. Hand Grenade There is a funny saying that a bullet may have your name on it but a grenade is addressed ‘to whom it may concern’. A grenade is designed exactly for that. It will cause damage indiscriminately. Although grenades have been in use for a very long time, around the world, we are going to concentrate on just the history of the fragmentation grenade used by the United States. The U.S. entered WW1 lacking some basic equipment including the hand grenade. We used British and French grenades until our War Department created the MK 1. Designed after a French grenade, the MK1 was nicknamed the pineapple grenade due to its knobby surface. Early use of this grenade exposed a lot of flaws including the need to manually arm it which soldier would sometimes fail to do. The enemy would properly arm it and throw it back at our soldiers. The MK 2 was quickly developed to replace it. The MK 2 was almost dummy-proof. You pull the pin, release the spoon and throw it. The grenade was armed automatically. These came out just before the end of the WW1 and were standardized in 1920. This style of grenade was in use until the 1950s-1960s with the Navy being the last to use it. The MK 2 was replaced by the M26 fragmentation grenade which was nicknamed

the ‘lemon grenade’ due to its shape. One of the improvements over the MK 2 was that the grenade burned quiet and didn’t leave a trail of smoke or sparks when you threw it. There are some variations to this grenade such as an impact version and ones with extra safety clips. The lemon grenade was introduced for use in the Korean War but the military still had a large inventory of MK 2 grenades to use up. It saw a lot of use in the Vietnam War. The immediate successor to the M26 was the M33 and the M67 grenades. The M67 was nearly identical to the M33 but had an important, extra safety clip. The round body of the grenade earned it the nickname of the ‘baseball grenade’. Its spherical body meant it could be thrown farther. The average soldier can throw one 98-115 feet. The M67 saw widespread use in Vietnam and is still in use today. The fragmentation grenades mentioned above are

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all considered defensive grenades. There are offensive grenades such as concussion grenades which have a smaller kill radius and can be used while advancing. The military is designing new grenades. The Army wants a grenade that can be either concussion or fragmentation. They are calling this the Enhanced Tactical Multi-Purpose grenade (ET-MP). There is also a scalable grenade that can be stacked in three high as necessary. They are calling this the Scalable Offensive Hand Grenade. There are pros and cons for both of these. It is this writer’s opinion that the M67 and its concussion counterpart will continue to be a vital part of any soldier’s load-out. It is simple and effective. However, the collector side of me will always love the classic look of the MK2 pineapple grenade. We have some examples of these grenades at D&J Enterprises. Come and have a look. We’ll be glad to show them off.

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Commissioners Proclaim Canyon County As A “Purple Heart County”

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L to R: Frank Ellsbury (Idaho Veterans Garden), Ned M Barker (Military Order of the Purple Heart – Commander of Idaho Dept. & Chief Joseph Chap 509), Don Turano (Military Order of the Purple Heart – Vice Commander of Idaho Dept. & Chief Joseph Chap 509), Commissioner Pam White, Bill Hamilton (Military Order of the Purple Heart – Commander of Idaho Dept. & Chief Joseph Chap 509), Commissioner Tom Dale, Dan Pugmire (Idaho Veterans Garden)

The Canyon County Board of Commissioners met with members of the Idaho Department & Chief Joseph Chapter 509 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart on December 7, 2018 to officially proclaim Canyon County as a Purple Heart County. The members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart presented Commissioners with a sign to display in the Courthouse to remind and encourage citizens to show their appreciation for the sacrifices our Purple Heart recipients and their families have made in defending our freedoms. The proclamation reads: PURPLE HEART COUNTY PROCLAMATION WHEREAS, Canyon County has always supported its military veteran population; and WHEREAS, the Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration in present use and was initially created as the Badge of Military Merit

by General George Washington in 1782; and WHEREAS, the Purple Heart was the first American service award or decoration made available to common soldiers and is especially awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces who have been wounded or paid the ultimate sacrifice in combat with a declared enemy of the United States of America; and WHEREAS, the mission of the Military Order of the Purple Heart is to foster an environment of goodwill among the combat-wounded veteran members and their families, promote patriotism, support legislative initiative, and most importantly - make sure we never forget; and WHEREAS, there have been many former Canyon County residents who made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives in the cause of freedom, and there are numerous com-

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bat-wounded veterans who currently reside in Canyon County, including Purple Heart recipients who contribute to our community in countless ways; and WHEREAS, Canyon County appreciates the sacrifices our Purple Heart recipients made in defending our freedoms and believes it is important that we acknowledge them for their courage and show them the honor and support they have earned. NOW, THEREFORE, we, the Canyon County Board of Commissioners, do hereby proclaim Canyon County as a “PURPLE HEART COUNTY” and encourage our citizens to show their appreciation for the sacrifices these individuals and their families have made in defending our freedoms. BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, CANYON COUNTY, IDAHO.

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Caldwell Police and “LEO the Lion” were ringing bells for the Salvation Army at Walmart. Officer Rapattoni why are your eyes closed, maybe because you are still used to the Hawaii weather.

Sgt. Ferrera was named City of Caldwell Supervisor of the year, and Cpl. Troyer was named City of Caldwell Employee of the year. Congratulations to both!

Hensel Accounting & Tax and MD Horton Bookkeeping & Tax Merge

Looking back over the four years we have had Hensel Accounting and Tax, LLC it is the friendships we will take away as we look at the life we are being presented. The battle we fight with infusions every two weeks has begun to take it’s toll. Michael is doing well and will continue to serve his clients through another venue, MD Horton Bookkeeping & Tax, Inc. When we began looking at options the idea of selling the practice was attractive, but not completely satisfactory in our relationships going forward with his local patrons. Meeting Margarette, CEO of MD Horton was a breath of fresh air. The Caldwell Perspective, our other business moved to Maddy’s Plaza downtown Caldwell

across from the Indian Creek Steakhouse. It has been a tough month with the unexpected loss of my brother-in-law, Daniel Hensel in Montana the end of November. My brother Dan was a cornerstone in our lives. He lived in a 5th wheel trailer traveling job site to job site on a paving crew as the mechanic and I spoke to him weekly. His words were always of comfort and helped me preservere even during the scans when Michael was given not so good news. Dan would tell me, if anything were to go wrong, he would be here. He would be here to help get the kids where they needed to be and make me...breathe. A tasks you don’t think would be difficult, but is the hardest when their is an elephant on your chest. The

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word “cancer” has never meant what it means to both Michael and myself after the loss of our brother Dan. When we began the grieving process for our brother I did not realize that I began grieving my husband, Michael too. My rock was gone and the feeling of fear, sadness and loss has weighed heavily on me. The sky is a little bluer this morning. We did have a beautiful Christmas at a cabin in Garden Valley that my parents rented. So, love me through this and please know that yes, we are closing the office for Hensel Accounting and Tax, LLC but Michael will still be of assistance just semi-retiring and I am going to enjoy this day, this moment beside my husband and produce the Caldwell Perspective. Love and hugs to you all!

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VISION CHARTER-OUTSTANDING MUSICIANS! high school student musicians in this gala event. NAFME All-Northwest high school bands, orchestras and choirs will meet in Portland, Oregon February 14-17. They will rehearse and perform in concert under the direction of worldrenowned conductors. These All-Northwest musi-

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Sacajawea Students Receive the Gift of Giving!

The last week of school, Sacajawea’s PTO put on the annual Santa’s Workshop event. Each student was able to purchase two gifts for 25 cents each (money is supplied to those without money so all get to participate) to give to a family member or someone special. It is a thrill to see the delight on the students’ faces as they pick out the gifts! Thank you to Cole Valley Christian School and others for collecting donations for this project. Thank you to Destiny Calderwood for heading it up.

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Happy New Year! Did you receive a new gadget for Christmas? Did Santa bring you a new tablet or computer this past holiday season? Getting use to new technology can be tricky. While you are setting up your device be sure to set strong passwords from your accounts and ensure you only connect to secure WIFI. This is a great start for being safe, but your Better Business Bureau knows there is more you can do to be vigilant. After getting your new electronics, you may start to get popups, emails or phone calls from someone claiming to be with tech support from a well-known software company. Microsoft, Comcast, Norton and Dell are all popular choices for scammers. The caller will often create a sense of urgency—saying they’ve detected a virus, or your computer is about to crash and you’ll lose all your data! You are told only a tech support employee can fix the problem, and you’re asked to allow them access to your machine. Once access is granted, the caller will often run a “scan” and claim your computer is infected with viruses. They will offer to fix the problem —for a fee. But they have ulterior motives. If you allow remote access, malware may be installed on your

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machine. Malware often scans files in search of personal information, which can be used to commit identity theft. This is a classic example of the tech support scam and BBB Scam Tracker has recent reports of it hitting the Treasure Valley. A local Ada County resident recently lost $499 to this scam. According to the report, the computer became locked up with a note and loud alarm bells that claimed spyware was detected. The victim panicked and called the number that was listed and was instructed to pay a fee to get it taken care of. After being transferred to a different person claiming to be tech support, it took 90 minutes to “clean up” the computer. Tips to avoid this scam: Never give control of your computer to a third party unless you know it is the representative of a computer support team you contacted. Legitimate tech support companies don’t call out of the blue. A popular way for thieves to get in touch with victims is through cold calls. The callers often claim to be from a tech company. But remember that scammers can spoof official looking phone numbers, so don’t trust your Caller ID. Look out for warning screens: Nearly half of tech support scams begin with an alert on the victim’s

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Governor-Elect Brad Little Finalizes Department and Key Public Safety, Leadership Positions

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West Valley Medical Center welcomes new chief operating officer Roger Winslow brings clinical and operational leadership experience to West Valley Medical Center. West Valley Medical Center CEO Betsy Hunsicker is pleased to announce the appointment of Roger Winslow, of Las Vegas, Nevada, to the position of chief operating officer. Winslow comes to Caldwell from MountainView Hospital, which is owned and operated by West Valley’s parent company, HCA Healthcare. As COO, Winslow will be an integral leader on the hospital’s administrative team. He will actively collaborate with the hospital’s governing body, medical staff, hospital administrators and the departmental management team. Roger will also be responsible for supporting quality improvement initiatives, controlling costs

and ensuring efficient facility utilization. Another aspect of his activities will be establishing performance measures for department leaders, optimizing employee engagement, and continuing to improve patient satisfaction scores. “I was immediately drawn to this position because of West Valley’s strong reputation throughout HCA for clinical excellence,” Winslow explained. “As I learned more about the hospital, I was impressed by the recent expansion projects in surgery and cardiology, the vision for continued growth in the Treasure Valley, and the significant role West Valley plays in the Canyon County community.” Winslow is a graduate of HCA’s Executive Development Program. This highly competitive career track prepares

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promising talent from throughout HCA Healthcare for leadership positions in its 178 hospitals nationwide. Prior to his position as associate administrator and chief staffing officer at MountainView Hospital, Winslow served as director of pharmacy for MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas and Davis Hospital in Layton, Utah. “I am confident that Roger’s clinical background combined with his experience in operations and service line development will make him a tremendous asset to West Valley. Roger will provide the strategic leadership necessary to advocate for the projects and equipment West Valley needs to meet the demands of our growing community,” Hunsicker said. Originally, from Kaysville, Utah, Winslow graduated from the University of Utah with a Masters of Pharmacy Administration. He completed his Doctor of Pharmacy from the Roseman University of Health Sciences in Las Vegas. Roger and his wife Annie have been married for 15 years, and are the proud parents of four children. Roger enjoys being with his family, running, swimming, weight lifting, the outdoors, playing sports, and following BYU football.

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Rotary Welcomes New Member-Eric Belnap

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Photo L to R: Tyson Berg (sponsor), Eric Belnap (new member), Jeff Hunsicker (Club President) Caldwell Rotary Club President inducted Eric Belnap into Caldwell Rotary Club on December 12th. Eric was sponsored by club member Tyson Berg. Eric’s classification is: Chiropractic Physician. His place of business is Prime

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Lions Club Pull Tabs

The Caldwell Lions are collecting aluminum drink pull tabs to support the Ronald McDonald House in Boise. When a child faces a medical crisis, what they need most is their family. At the Ronald McDonald House, they are helping families face the burden of their children’s illness together. The parents have enough worries attending to the complicated medical needs of their child, maintaining their jobs, caring for other children or family members and keeping up with medical and out-of-pocket expenses. They care for the family so the family can focus on their sick child. Students in area elementary schools collect the pull tabs in a contest the Lions Club is running for them. The winning class in each school is treated to an ice cream party at the end of the school year. The Lions will be contacting other

by Lynn Johnson, Caldwell Lions Club

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schools in the area to help collect the pull tabs. Lions Clubs in other town are collecting pull tabs as well. Last year, with little effort, the Lions District donated over 550 pounds of pull tabs. This year the districts’ goal is one ton. Area businesses and restaurants are asked to collect as many pull tabs as possible for this worthy cause. Pull Tabs may be left at the Golden Palace Restaurant at 703 Main Street in Caldwell or call (207) 423-6118 and we will come and pick them up.


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Geoffrey Hill

We had a lot of fun during our Santa’s Redneck BBQ on December 19th! Our “Ugly Sweater” contest winner was Geoffrey Hill! As you can see, it wasn’t a difficult decision. He won a “Yard” of Twix candies. Now the “Cut Throat Wrapped Gift Exchange” was something else! There were definitely some unusual surprises. It was a good time with lots of good food and laughs. Thanks goes to Mike Dittenber for barbecuing the burgers and thanks to Sam Summers for helping Leora set up the tables and chairs before the lunch and thanks to all of you who stayed to help put things away. Have a Happy New Year and Be Safe!

John Corral, joins 700 Club at Caldwell Bowl

by Chantele Hensel, publisher Local Caldwell resident, John Corral was awarded a jacket for bowling a 700 series at the Caldwell Bowling Center. John is one of the most athletic people I know. He is an avid bowler and plays competitive softball traveling all over the west. Michael and I are so thankful that John Corral and Carol Lenz have allowed us to partner up with them for league. We are surely blessed!

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Page 12 CALDWELL PERSPECTIVE HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Well so far it hasn’t been as cold this past month of December, but a little wetter. Several times last month I was outside without a jacket, it was nice working without the restrictions of a jacket. I hope by now you’ve put away your gas powered equipment with fresh oil, grease all the bearings, stabilized fuel and sharpened blades, and maybe a new spark plug, air filter and fuel filter, just so things fire up right out of the shoot next spring. I like to put my equipment to bed with it all cleaned and ready to go. I also put a battery maintainer on it to keep fully charged. I’ve had 16 years with this mower and it fires up every spring. It doesn’t matter how much the mower cost initially, $15,000.00 like mine or $300.00 it pays great dividends to do basic maintenance on your equipment. Remember to always use ethanol-free gasoline in all motorized equipment. Ethanol gas is hard on the

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January 2019 by Pat King

carburetors thin gaskets and internal fuel pumps. My cousin asked me for advice about a backpack blower, and after I had given him the advice, I asked him what happened to the backpack blower he had? He said it just wouldn’t start. I told him where to find a replacement carburetor online and he got it and he just saved himself $300.00. Pruning tools should also be maintained properly before putting away. You want to clean and sanitize them to prevent the spread of diseases, a 10% bleach and water solution will do the trick. Wire brush off all build up of materials on the cutting areas and sharpen not only the knife blade but the flat bottom anvil portion of your pruners. This is actually a cutting-edge and needs to have a clean sharp edge. Oil everything up before hanging it up for the winter, rust is very destructive on hand tools.

If you haven’t planted your bulbs yet, now is a very good time to do so, if you want blooms by spring that is. Oh I’m glad I reminded myself. If you love spring bulb colors by the acres, consider a trip to Oregons spring bulb festival. It is absolutely amazing. I went there last year in April and because of the late cold spring I got to catch both the early spring bulbs along with the late spring bulbs all in bloom at the same time. Acres and acres of every color in full bloom. It was a spectacular sight. Well the only thing I can leave you with now is to share the love of gardening with your kids and grandkids like my grandparents did and they’ll have many years of joy. Until next time Pat.

The Chukar Hunt I have hunted Chukar semi seriously since the early 80’s. In those days I had springer Spaniels. They were great dogs extremely loyal and great pets, but they are flushing dogs. A good friend and hunting buddy Gregg Allen was hunting with German Short Haired Pointers. The pointers gave the hunter more time to pick the best place on the hill to stage the ambush once the birds

flushed. When my last Springer passed through the event horizon sometime in the 90’s I bought a German Short Haired pup. I’m on my second Shorthair Halley who was 6 years old in July a great dog. Shorthairs can cover a lot of ground so when I got the first one, I bought an electric collar with a sound locator. There were still times I thought I had lost my dog, when she got out of range of the sound locator. Dogs have an uncanny ability to come back to the last spot

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where they last had eye contact with their human. So, with a lot of calling and cussing I never came home without my dog. GPS technology if you are willing to spend the money can make Chukar hunting much more pleasurable with a GPS collar “transmitter” and a GPS handheld device “receiver” you can know the distance your dog is away from you and the direction, and even if the dog is on point, wow technology has really changed outdoor sports. My first Chucker hunt this year was with Gregg Allen, ten years younger, and my son in law Todd Banta a firefighter and almost twenty years

younger. I looked at the campaign we were about to embark upon and lamented to myself this old man is going to be a drag on the market. The hunt was great, the harvesting not so much, I never pulled a trigger. Todd shot one, Greg missed a couple, which raised my spirits a little. Such is Chucker hunting, as the old saying goes, I took my shotgun and my dog for a walk. Happy New Year!

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On Thursday, January 10, 2019, Darren Clark and Steve Butterworth will share photographs of the birds and landscape of Eastern Montana, and will offer insights into visiting and birding the region.

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Memory Tree

I pulled the boxes of ornaments from the closet. There’s the box of wooden ones, handmade and painted with care. Within the assortment is a small man on skis, a mouse on a swing, even Santa in his sleigh. I remember when my Georgia and I bought them. It was our first Christmas as a married couple. We hung them on the tree and dreamed how our future children would love them. I pick up a ceramic Santa. My aunt gave it to me when I was four. He holds a tiny box in his hands. There’s a tear in its wrapper, a tear caused by a boy who couldn’t contain his curiosity. A tiny brass bell is next. My brothers and I had fun with this bell. We took turns hiding it in the tree. The others had to find it. We played “Find the Bell,” until Mum yelled at us for shaking the tree to make the bell ring and reveal its hiding spot. Mom knew how much the bell meant to me. The year I had my own family, she gave me the bell. I played the same game with my own children. I pick up a pretty red ball. My daughter touched it when she was two. We’d put Venessa down for

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her nap and decorated while she slept. We wanted to surprise her. We finished. I sat back with a glass of eggnog and waited for her to wake. I see her face again. She ran from her room, fully charged and ready to take on the world. She was five feet from the tree before she looked up and stopped. Her eyes opened wide. Her jaw dropped open, as she emitted a small cry of delight. She walked forward, raised her hand, and touched a red ball – the ball I now hold in my hand. She turned to me. Her eyes reflected the colored lights. “Daddy, what is it?” “It’s Christmas, Sweetie.” My voice quivered with emotion, “It’s Christ’s birthday. We’re going to celebrate it.” Her sparkling eyes, hanging jaw, and soft skin made me hold my arms out. She ran into them and gave me a hug that would have melted even Scrooge’s hard heart. I pick up a cracked green ball, a veteran of the first time I allowed my kids to decorate the Continued on page 16


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a dragon breathes fire in the middle of our creek while teddy bears ride merry-go-round chariots penguins dance in formal wear grapes with sparkle cling to nearby vines lights of every color and hue create a downtown festive view and Square dab in the middle of it all are curves of ice beaming with smiles and brewing up giggles what a great gift for us to enjoy all wrapped up in a big, beautiful Ribbon

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January 2019 Recipe from Mary Jane’s Collection of Family & Potluck Favorites

Directions: In a large saucepan, brown sausage; drain.. Set sausage aside. In the same pan, combine potatoes, corn, broth, celery, carrot and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add milk, cheese, parsley and sausage. Cook and stir over low heat until cheese is melted and soup is heated through. Yeild: 6 servings

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between those who served their country in a variety of ways. (Fun fact: Billy Nye the Science Guy’s mom was one of these women!) The details about math and codes in this book is mind-boggling- how these women were able to break the codes is amazing and then add in the difficulty of languages they didn’t speak and it becomes seemingly impossible, and yet they did it, saving tens of thousands of American and Allied troop lives. A great hidden history of the United States is revealed in this well-written and easy to read book. Buy this one and share it over and over, as it is a gift that will just keep giving! “The women were of a unique and overlooked generation. Many were born in 1920, the historic year when American women won the right to vote. Their early life was led in an atmosphere of broadening opportunity” -Code Girls by Liza Mundy

Book Review by Amy Perry

A Short Walk to the Bookshop by Aleksandra Drake Aleksandra Drake lives in Caldwell, Idaho with her husband and sons. Drake has been a successful ghost writer; A Short Walk to the Bookshop is her debut novel. A Short Walk to the Bookshop is Drake’s debut novel. The story progresses at a nice pace, with well-developed main characters. Side characters are Archetypical and easily placed within the story. There are a few debut novel rough spots in the story and it brushes romantic suspense while moving toward the general fiction genre. Sparrow and Athena, her service dog, are starting a new life in the Pacific Northwest, hoping that her stalker will not be able to find her. She settles into the community, finding a job and making friends. Anxiety stalks her nights in spite of the reassurance she receives from Athena. This is a marvelous first novel and I can recommend it to teens as well as adults. Language and grammar are not technically correct, but are emotionally correct. A Short Walk to the Bookshop will be released Mid-January.

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When I was a kid I had an aversion to needles. In the second grade, I even passed out and fell down a flight of stairs after getting a Polio vaccination in the old Meridian High School Gym. I even locked myself in the bathroom to avoid a penicillin shot. Because of my fear of needles, giving blood was not high on my to do list. I knew I should give blood because I’m 0 negative. That means I can give blood to just about anyone. But giving blood involved needles. My attitude about needles finally changed when I became a senior citizen. When you reach that plateau, somebody is always drawing blood for the lab or giving you flu, shingles or pneumonia injections. So I figured I might as well give blood. To my surprise, giving blood wasn’t that big a deal. It didn’t take long and wasn’t any more painful than getting a blood test. And there was an-

other incentive. About 85 percent of adults, at some time in their lives are exposed to the CMV virus. People seldom even know that they have the Herpes-related bug. But once they get it, the virus is always present. Usually CMV isn’t anything to worry about. But if the blood from a CMV positive person is given to a newborn baby, it can cause severe infection or death. Only the 15 percent the population that is CMV negative can give blood to newborns without danger. And I am CMV negative. So, between being O negative and a “Baby Donor,” I felt like I was making a real difference in the world. And there was a special moment on my blood donor horizon. I was only one pint away from being a gallon donor. Not bad for a guy who was afraid of needles for most of his life. I was two weeks away from donating my eighth pint of blood when I got a call informing me that I needed to see my doctor. He told me that there

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was a slight irregularity that would require me to take some medicine. No big deal, I thought. The day before I was to donate it suddenly dawned on me that the medicine I take daily was in my bloodstream. I called the Red Cross and was told I cannot give blood as long as I am taking the medicine. And it’s possible I’ll be taking it for the foreseeable future. So, I can’t give blood any more. And that upsets me. I’m not as special as I was. The Red Cross always needs blood. It is amazing the number of people who, for one reason or another can’t give blood. You don’t have to be CMV negative or O negative. Anyone who can give blood is special. And there aren’t many things you can do that will make as big a difference in the world. I can’t give blood anymore. Will someone take over for me? You can’t beat the feeling.

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tree. They hung all the balls on one branch. When they turned for another, I quickly moved the one before it to a better spot. I laughed when they told Grandma they decorated all by themselves. Near the bottom of the box, I find a brass plaque. It brings back a special memory. It has my son’s name and birth date on it. Justin was supposed to be a New Year’s Eve baby, but he decided he wasn’t going to miss Christmas. Justin was three weeks old, when we took him to the Christmas Eve service at our church. That night, our minister explained to us the real meaning of Christ-

mas. As she spoke, she wandered down the aisle and stopped beside us. She reached down and asked, “May I?” I nodded and handed him to her. She lifted him into her arms. She was quiet as she walked back to face the congregation. Turning, she held my son high and said, “This is the real meaning of Christmas: The birth of a new life!” She cradled my son as she spoke. A single tear trickled down my cheek. She walked around the sanctuary, displaying my son to those gathered for the Christmas service. The room seemed empty of ev-

eryone but her and my family. Overtaken with emotion, I reached out and hugged Georgia and Vanessa to my side, and thought, “This will be a Christmas to remember.” In 2003 I pulled the ornaments out again. Justin and I were not going to be home for Christmas that year. We were going to spend Christmas with friends in Ohio, but I wanted Christmas to be the way it always was. I wanted Christmas to be the way Justin remembered. Georgia died two months earlier. Justin and I were alone in New Jersey. Vanessa was in Ohio. It had to be

the way it was before – the tree to be perfect. The ornaments – the memories – had new meaning that Christmas. Grief held a strong grip on my heart, but the memories on my tree overcame them. A tear trickled from my eye. Good things may pass, but their memories hang on. A year later, I hung a new ornament on my tree. It was one I got for Ginny, my new wife. It’s a penguin. She loves penguins. This year, I have one she gave me to hang – new pages have been added to my album. I hang my personal album for all to see, sit back and relax. For several weeks, I search my memory tree

until I find my special spot. It could be anywhere on the tree, but I know it’s there – a spot where light shines perfectly on one or two balls and reflects off a length of tinsel. It’s perfect in every way. I lock my eyes on it and enjoy its beauty. I relive my life. It’s there for all to enjoy. I invite you to share it with me. Look at the ornaments. Flip the pages. Share my life. I’ve realized that it is not just a tree with ornaments. No photo album can bring back as many memories as this sparkling tree before me. Like a picture, each ornament contains a memory. It’s my memory tree.

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