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C of I’s Co-Presidents Doug Brigham (left) and Jim Everett (right) receiving Whittenberger Award recognition by Scott Gipson (middle), board member of the Whittenberger Foundation. A top dollar award of $40,000 was awarded to the C of I for their Whittenberger Scholars program for the 2019-20 year.
Whittenberger Foundation Awards $267,620 in 2019 During the annual awards luncheon on December 5th, the Whittenberger Foundation distributed $267,620.00 to 57 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, a private, independent, charitable grant making foundation was established by the Last Will and Testament of Ethel Bales Whittenberger who died at the age of 76, May 24, 1970, in Caldwell, Idaho. Mrs. Whittenberger, an elementary school teacher, was deeply interested in the welfare and education of children. She established broad purposes and limitations on distribution and use of Foundation funds in her will. This focus carries forward Mrs. Whittenberger’s lifelong interests as expressed in her will. Up to date, since the first distribution in December 1973, including this year’s awards, the Foundation has paid out $10,538,783.00 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! Since the first distribution in December of 1973, grants totaling more than $8,000,000 have been made to a variety of institutions. The awards granted during this luncheon were between $600 (West Ada School District, Eagle Hills Elementary to purchase novels for 5th graders) up
through $40,000 (Whittenberger Scholars program for 2019-20, College of Idaho). Most of the awards ranged between $2,000-$5,000. Awards over $5,000 included: $20,000 to United Way of Treasure Valley, to support the Caldwell P16 Preschool program; $12,500 to Treasure Valley YMCA to support the 2020 Annual Campaign at the Caldwell Y; $12,000 to Basin School District #72 which provides a high quality, tuition free preschool program for all 3 and 4 year olds residing in the Basin School District; $10,000 to Caldwell Fine Arts Series, Inc. supporting the 201920 VOICES Outreach Program; $9,500 to the Mentoring Network, Inc which provides 50/50 match funding for 28 mentored students in Caldwell, Parma, Homedale, Vallivue and Nampa school districts; $8,500 to the Treasure Valley YMCA to update furniture, fixtures and equipment in the Youth Activity Center at the Caldwell Y; $8,000 to the U of I Foundation, Inc. McCall Outdoor Science School to support the 2020 MOSS E-STEM program and $6,000 to the Idaho Youth Ranch to assist in providing the Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy services at the Hands of Promise Campus in Canyon County. For a complete list of all awards granted, go to: caldwellperspective.com. Scott Curtis, CEO of the Idaho Youth Ranch, was the highlighted speaker for this event. Caldwell’s relationship with Scott goes back to 2005 when he became the CEO of our brand new Caldwell YMCA. He served there for 8 years and in 2013 was promoted to the downtown Boise office to serve as a senior vice president joining Cliff Nauman, the Executive director of the Downtown Boise branch. In 2016 he served as vice president and chief advancement offi-
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cer for the Treasure Valley YMCA. Scott spent 24 years in many capacities at the Y. Four years ago the Idaho Youth Ranch closed its doors in Rupert. Rupert was fairly isolated and far away from anywhere. It was hard to keep qualified mental health professionals there. Idaho needs residential treatment for children. There are 120 children farmed out for residential treatment and Idaho is going to bring those kids home. The new Ranch is in Middleton and covers 258 Ethel Bales Whittenberger acres. The Whittenberger In 2019, seeing Idaho Youth Ranch Foundation, established by moving through transitions, he wanted Ethel Bales Whittenberger to be a part of its transformation to imthrough her will upon her prove services to children who have sufdeath in 1970, gives priority to innovative and enriching fered trauma and their families and he projects that significantly accepted the CEO position for that orimprove the quality of life for ganization. children and young people. The Youth Ranch focuses on childhood trauma and children have found help through its Equine Assisted Therapy program, which received one of the grants during this luncheon. The program is amazingly successful in helping to heal a heart. Scott talked about one young boy who was asked to write out his troubles on baseballs and to take them out to the horse and to tell the horse what he wrote. A little while later, the young man came back to his therapist and said that he couldn’t do this anymore. When asked why not, he replied, “It’s not good for the horse.” Self esteem is raised and it appears that all kinds of Scott Curtis, CEO of Idaho good happens when you work with and Youth Ranch. The Idaho Youth Ranch’s Equine Therapy talk to the horse! Curtis is a great person to help pull the Program was awarded $6,000 during the luncheon. This “team” together to unite staff, volunteers program is not just about and partners to keep this positive movetaking care of horses. It is so ment going forward. Thanks Scott for much more. . At this time135 your heart for kids! children have taken part in Equine Assisted Therapy.
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Chamber activity and participation has the positive effect of business retention and expansion, quality of life, economic development and may other elements. If you are interested in getting involved in the Caldwell Chamber or want to make a difference in your community, the Chamber offers several volunteer committees for you to take part. Working together in Caldwell, we can make a difference! Jan. 6: 12 PM . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Transportation, Golden Corral, Nampa 2122 North Cassia, Nampa Jan. 7: 11:30 AM . . . . . . . . . Ambassadors, Indian Creek Steakhouse Jan. 14: 11:15 AM . . .Noonbreak Luncheon, Simplot Dining Hall, C of I. Jan. 15: 12 PM . . . Ribbon Cutting: Jason Prather StateFarm Insurance 704 Blaine St., Suite 5 Jan. 16: 4:30 PM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Business After Hours: Hayden Homes at Heritage Meadows 2116 Cinquefoil St. Jan. 28: 12 PM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Government Affairs, Acapulco TBD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Education, Cruzen Murray Library, C of I Jan. Meeting Cancelled . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Agri-Business Committee Please plan to attend the Chamber of Commerce Noonbreak Luncheon, Tuesday, January 16 at 11:15 a.m., C of I, Simplot Dining Hall. Call the Chamber of Commerce to RSVP 208-459-7493.
January 6 5:15-6:45 PM: “Meet Me Monday” at Flying M Coffee, free weekly fitness walk/run. 7-8:30 PM: City Council Meeting, CPD Community Room, 110 S 5th Ave. January 7 10:30 AM: Tasty Tales Toddler Storytime, Rediscovered, 802 Arthur St. 6:30 PM: Adulting 101 Presentation-Practicing Self-Care (ages 15+) Caldwell Public Library. January 8 Caldwell School District - Early Release. 5:30 PM: Caldwell Ramblers RV Club: 6 PMMeeting, Mr. V’s Rau 208-697-1357. January 9 2 PM: Thursday Afternoon Read - The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho, Caldwell Public Library. 7 PM: Conversation Club, Want to learn English or Spanish? Caldwell Public Library. January 10 7-8 AM: Caldwell Chamber of Commerce 2020 Wo r k s h o p - B r e a k f a s t Workshop, 704 Blaine St. 10:30 AM: Tasty Tales Toddler Storytime, Rediscovered, 802 Arthur St. 11:30 AM-1 PM: Caldwell Chamber of Commerce 2020 Workshop - Lunch and Learn Workshop, 704 Blaine St.
January 10 (continued) 6 PM: 9 Year Anniversary Celebration and Reading, Rubiayat Book Store, 314 S. 6th St. 7 PM: Music by Jeannie Marie, Orphan Annies. January 11 2 PM: Make It! Embroidery 101 (ages 10+) Caldwell Public Library. 2:30 PM: Writers’ Group, Rubiayat Book Store, 314 S. 6th. 7 PM: Music by Rod Dyer, Orphan Annies. January 13 5:15-6:45 PM: “Meet Me Monday” at Flying M Coffee, free weekly fitness walk/run. 7-8:30 PM: Urban Renewal Agency meeting, CPD Community Room, 110 S 5th Ave. 7-8:30 PM: Caldwell School District Board Meeting. January 14 11:15 AM-1 PM: Noonbreak Lunch, C of I Simplot Dining Hall. 2 PM: Homeschool Book Club. Readers grades 1-12, Caldwell Public Library. 6-8:30 PM: Vallivue Board of Trustees Board Meeting. 7-9 PM: Planning & Zoning Hearing Examiner Meeting, CPD Community Room, 110 S 5th Ave. January 15 Caldwell School District - Early Release.
January 15 (continued) 11 AM: Conversation Club, Want to learn English or Spanish? Caldwell Public Library. 12 PM: Jason Prather State Farm Insurance Agent Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting, 704 Blaine St, Suite #5. January 16 12 PM: CPL Board Meeting. 2 PM: Computer Basics, learn the basics for computers and tablets (all ages) Caldwell Public Library, 1010 Dearborn St. 4:30 PM: Business After Hours, Hayden Homes at Heritage Meadows, 2116 Cinquefoil St. January 17 Vallivue School District: No School. 7 PM: Music by Jeannie Marie, Orphan Annies. 10:30 AM: Tasty Tales Toddler Storytime, Rediscovered, 802 Arthur St. 7 PM: “Books are nonmere mechandise, Caxton Printers & The Publishing of Idaho’s History” presented by Alessandro Maeregaglia, Rubiayat Book Store, 314 S. 6th. January 18 10:00 AM-3 PM: Fiber Arts Gathering, Rubiayat Book Store. 11 AM: In-Store Scrabble Tournament (for all levels), register online www. rd-books.org, Rediscovered, 802 Arthur St.
January 18 (continued) 2 PM: Family Afternoon Movie: Maleficent 2 with free popcorn, Caldwell Public Library, 1010 Dearborn St. 5:30 PM: 52nd Basque Festival, O’Connor Field House, tickets (208) 8309149. 7 PM: Music by JRod Dyer, Orphan Annies. January 20 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Library Closed Caldwell School District: No School. Vallivue School District: No School. 5:15-6:45 PM: “Meet Me Monday” at Flying M Coffee, free weekly fitness walk/run. January 21 12 PM: Native Daughters of Idaho, Monthly meeting, Lutheran Church, 2915 S. Montana. Leta Bowman will give her autobiography followed by potluck, 208-459-1235 6:30 PM: Adult Board Games, Flying M Coffeeshop, 724 Arthur St. 7-8:30 PM: City Council Meeting, CPD Community Room, 110 S 5th Ave. January 22 Caldwell School District Early Release. 7:30-9:30 AM: Caldwell Chamber of Commerce New Member Welcome Reception, 704 Blaine St.
January 22 (continued) 3 PM: Mobile Makerspace, Caldwell Public Library, 1010 Dearborn St. 6:30-9 PM: Caldwell Historic Preservation Commission, Caldwell Public Library, 1010 Dearborn, Community Room. January 23 7 PM: Conversation Club, Want to learn English or Spanish? Caldwell Public Library, 1010 Dearborn St. 7-9 PM: Pathways and Bike Routes Committee Meeting, Hubler Airport Terminal Room 113, 4814 E Linden Street. January 24 10 AM-4 PM: Friends Book Sale, Caldwell Public Library, 1010 Dearborn St. 10:30 AM: Tasty Tales Toddler Storytime, Rediscovered, 802 Arthur St. 7 PM: Music by Jeannie Marie, Orphan Annies. January 25 10 AM-4 PM: Friends Book Sale, Caldwell Public Library, 1010 Dearborn St. 7 PM: Music by Rod Dyer, Orphan Annies. January 27 12-2 PM: Caldwell Audit Committee Meeting, Caldwell City Hall Conference Room, 411 Blaine St. 5:15 PM: Meet Me Monday, Caldwell Recreation Center, 504 Grant St.
January 27 (continued) 7:30 PM: Book & Wine Night, tickets at www. rd-books.org, Rediscovered, 802 Arthur St. January 28 12-1 PM: Design Review Commission, CPD Community Room, 110 S 5th Ave. January 29 Caldwell School District Early Release. 11 AM: Conversation Club, Want to learn English or Spanish? Caldwell Public Library, 1010 Dearborn St. 5:30-7 PM: Neighborhood Supper, Rubiayat Book Store, 314 S. 6th. 6 PM: Ask a Librarian, Caldwell Public Library, 1010 Dearborn St. January 30 6 PM: Teacher Night, teachers in Caldwell or Vallivue schools, learn what the library can offer your class and school, Caldwell Public Library, 1010 Dearborn St. January 31 10:30 AM: Tasty Tales Toddler Storytime, Rediscovered, 802 Arthur St. 7 PM: Music by Jeannie Marie, Orphan Annies.
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Ethel Bernice”Bunny” Nyblad
October 16, 1924 ~ December 22, 2019 (age 95)
Bernice was born on October 16, 1924 in Council Grove, Kansas to Henry and Emma Rumold. She was ‘born, raised, and educated in Kansas’ and proud of it. In 1943, she moved to Idaho to live with her sister, Dorothy, and found employment at the Idaho Egg Producers of Caldwell, ID. She married Ralph Nyblad on May 7, 1947. She had two daughters, Jana and Mary Jo. Bernice was a lifelong Methodist, a past matron and 50 plus year member of The Order of the Eastern Star, a past president of local Daughters of Nile Chapter #12 and 50-year member of the Nile, and a past president of P.E.O. Chapter BM in Caldwell. She volunteered her time with the Girl Scouts and Jobs Daughters, and taught Sunday school. Bernice passed away December 22, 2019 at Grace Assisted Living Caldwell, ID, after a brief illness. She is survived by daughters Jana (Richard) Westlund and Mary Jo Nyblad (Colleen Lambertz), grandchildren John (Danielle) Westlund, David Westlund and his daughter Leighton, Lauren (Loren) Thompson and their children Emory, Faye, and Svea. She is also survived by Barbara Nyblad, Bar-
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bara’s daughter Janeal (Michael) O’Dwyer, Janeal’s daughter Rachel Manabuson (Nick), their son Elliott, Janeal’s son, Alex Franklin, Barbara’s younger daughter Nancy (Doug) Young and their son Tanner. Bernice is survived by Jane (Jerald) Hopper and their son Kane (Summer) Fritz, nephews Larry (Karen) Kellogg, and Terry (Laura) Kellogg. She was predeceased by husband, Ralph Nyblad, sisters Dorothy Kraus and Beaula Kellogg, brother James Rumold, and niece Anne Fritz. A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m. on January 25, 2020 at Dakan Funeral Chapel in Caldwell, ID followed by a private family burial. In lieu of flowers consider a donation to your favorite charity or the P.E.O. Chapter House, 114 E. Logan St., Caldwell, ID. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com.
The Caldwell Chamber of Commerce celebrated the 17th Annual Treasure Valley Night Light Parade with record participation this year. A total of 86 floats participated in the parade and no amount of rain could stop the fun. Each year, Theresa Hardin, Caldwell Executive Director and her staff put hours of hard work over multiple months into providing the greatest Night Light Parade in the Northwest!
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The Jolly Trolley and grand marshall: Best Bath Families
Grand Marshalls for 2019 were the Families of Bestbath carried by the Jolly Trolley. The designs for this year’s theme “Christmas In Toyland” did not disappoint. The 2020 theme will be “Christmas at the Movies”. For more information go to facebook.com/CaldwellChamber To see list of winners visit the chambers website.
CHS Class of 68’
The Caldwell Class of 1968 met at Stewarts Bar and Grill on December 11th.Attendees were Bill Ward, Rob Lewis, Lonnie Seguine, Gary Hodges, Bob Mcjunkin (who flew in from Portland), Cheryl Collins Klotz, Robin Rutlege Miesbach, Tom Love, Ann Wiseman Day, Deb Brietling Mather, Lois Henry Buck, Bob Wilson, Ted Vermaas, Robbye Nichols Clements, Bob Sullivan, Pete Hoover and yourself, Dave’ The next scheduled gathering is March 4, 2020. The time and location will be announced as the date approaches.
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City of Caldwell to Provide Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Looking to the future, the City of Caldwell is leading the way in ensuring Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations are positioned throughout the City. The Caldwell City Council recently approved amendments to their Zoning Ordinance that will require EV charging stations to be installed when certain parking thresholds are exceeded for new commercial construction projects. The stations are required to be what is considered a Level II Station and are required when parking equals or exceeds 25 spaces. Caldwell’s downtown
area now has four EV stations available. Two are located behind the
Luxe Reel Theatre on Arthur Street, and two are next to Joe’s Emporium
on Main Street. Thanks to a partnership with Idaho Power, the four stations
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and dedicated volunteers serving Caldwell Meals on Wheels have delivered nutritious, low cost meals to eligible community members. There are currently 29 delivery volunteers and 11 volunteer board members. Many delivery volunteers have delivered meals for 10 or more years. In addition, there are several board members who have served on the Caldwell Meals on Wheels board for over 25 years. Caldwell Meals on Wheels purchases approximately 100 meals per day from West Valley Medical Center that can be customized according to dietary needs including diabetic, low salt, and soft textures. How can we help? If you or a family member are interested in receiving hot, nutritious meals delivered to your home, and meet the eligibility requirements for Meals on Wheels; 60 years of age or older, homebound, unable to prepare a balanced meal, please contact the
Area 3 Senior Services Agency at 208 898-7060. If eligible, the Meals on Wheels coordinator, Julie Warwick, will contact you to arrange meal plans and delivery. As Meals on Wheels is a volunteer-dependent, non-profit agency, a donation for meals is suggested and appreciated. Your donation contributes to the cost of meal preparation and continued services in our Caldwell Community.
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There is a new book store in town! On November 20, 2019, Bruce and Laura DeLaney opened the doors to Rediscovered Books, located at 802 Arthur St, Caldwell ID 83605. Their original store opened in Boise in 2006, but the DeLaney’s have been actively searching for the perfect location for their second store. They strongly believe that local businesses build strong and connected communities, and they knew that the Indian Creek Plaza was the ideal community to be a part of! Rediscovered Books is an independent bookstore that connects books and people in the community.
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They stock new and used books, board games & puzzles, cards and gift items and create their inventory through collaboration by all of the booksellers in their store. They take pride in their widely diverse staff that comes from different backgrounds and occupational fields, with an array of hobbies and interests beyond the books that they read. This diverse staff is a large part of their success, as it allows for great conversations in the store and a lot of great reading recommendations! In addition to helping you find your perfect next book, Rediscovered Books hosts local, regional, and national
authors both in-store and in through collaboration with other community organizations and schools. They strongly support other local entrepreneurs in the community by sharing recommendations, carrying local products in their stores, and hosting/supporting local authors and organizations. They do this to encourage and reinforce their belief that local businesses build strong and connected communities. Rediscovered Books loves to create events around books and reading both inside and outside of their store. They are looking forward to creating these opportunities for their read-
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and Idaho-shaped cookies with silver sprinkles. Friday, September 11: 9/11 Day or Patriot’s Day. Free admission to any-
one with a US flag. Refreshments will include red, white and blue doughnuts and coffee, tea, and water.
Free Admission and Food Offered at Our Memories Indian Creek Museum During the year 2020 certain days will be celebrated at the Caldwell museum. These days will have certain conditions for persons to have free admission and free food. Our Memories Indian Creek Museum is located at the corner of 12 and Main in Caldwell and houses many displays of Caldwell and US History in this historic doctor’s office building. Come Join the Fun. Friday, February 7: This day is National Wear Red Day: any person wearing
Red will have free admission and a Red cupcake! Tuesday, March 17: St. Patrick’s Day. Any person Wearing Green will have a free admission and a free green drink (not beer). Learn the true history of St. Patrick and why this day is celebrated. Tuesday, May 5: Cinco de Mayo: Learn the Real Reason for the celebration of the 5th of May. Any person of Mexican heritage will have Free admission. We will have a Mexican Food Truck available with food for
purchase. Saturday, May 16: Armed Forces Day: All active Duty, members of the National Guard and Veterans will have free admission to the museum. We will also have videos, books and demonstrations available of weapons of war. For Food we will have servings of “shit on a shingle” and Spam which were popular foods during the WWII time. Friday, August 21: Senior Citizens Day. All Seniors 65 and over will have free admission
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The Pug Has Landed...
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But through finding some great people that had gotten a pug puppy they were able to find a lady in Lewiston named Angela that had one, a little female, a perfect fit. So with much excitement they started makDan Pugmire & Dan & June Pugmire Proud new parents Dennis Combs & Pug Dennis Combs ing arrangements, but yet there was With the world so So when sweet Molly went sible. So to the Internet they crazy, with dishonest people to Doggie heaven the entire went, just to be scammed another issue of getting the everywhere it’s so nice to family was devastated. So $1000. They knew the risk, puppy here .. That’s where find individuals that go above Dan and his wife, June went but decided to take a chance. Dennis Combs comes into and beyond the call to help on the hunt to find another To bring joy back into there play. Dennis is a friend of others . Like Dennis Combs family pet. The Pugmires mom and dads home, it was Dan and June’s and he has of Combs car carrel. have always had a pet in worth the risk. But as they a plane, but to ask him to fly It all started when Rex there home so when Molly had feared they became part there to pickup the puppy and Pam Pugmire lost there passed there was a huge of the dishonesty of scam- they wondered if that he was sweet pug Molly this last void that needed to be filled. mers. It took a few day to too much to ask. But the love summer. Molly had been a To find a pug puppy in our gather themselves from the Dans Wife June has for her part of the family for 12 yrs. area is pretty much impos- scammers preying on them in laws she took the chance. for more money. But it did She never asks anyone for Over 39 Years of Satisfied Customers not stop Dans wife from her anything, so this was really “Since 1978” Curt’s mission to find a Pug Puppy big for her. She had met Denfor two amazing people that nis yrs ago, so she went on have been so kind to her. So Facebook messenger and on to Facebook she went but found Dennis and sent the in our area there were none. message.. Feeling very Ner-
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vous, not sure what he was going to say with in mins. A message came back send me the deals. WHAT! You will do it . WHO DOES THIS .. WHAT A GREAT MAN To DO THIS. They were so excited, there hearts took a flip from being scammed and sad to jumping for Joy that this amazing man was going to help bring joy back to the Pugmire’s home. Dans father Rex served 5 tours in Vietnam one of our nations heroes .. They went and met Dennis at the Airport and in a few short hours, they got the call the puppy was here. Dan and June called Rex and Pam kids to join them in the surprise. The surprise was priceless. They now have a Rowdy, very high strung puppy. Little Missy And Rex and Pam would not have it any other way.. Dad calls her little Pug.. A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO DENNIS COMBS FOR HELPING TO MAKE THIS ALL POSSIBLE. by Chantele Hensel, publisher
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Judy Priest Honored for 40 Years of Service Family history research is undoubtedly the fastest growing hobby in the United States; and no one personifies that dedication to connecting with ancestors more than Judy Priest of Caldwell. She has dedicated the past forty years to uncovering her family heritage. At a retirement party at the Caldwell Family History Center, the first week of December last year, she explained that at age eighteen she became the research eyes for her mother, whose sight was beginning to fail. Later, when she and her husband moved back to his hometown to be closer to his family in 1970,
and she began volunteering at the Center in about 1980. She has seen the Center grow from a small windowless room that offered visitors one large microfiche viewer, to a warm and welcoming place with over sixteen touchscreen computers and a family corner. Through the years, Judy has discovered her roots as far back as Charlemagne in the 8th Century; as well as William the Conqueror who invaded the British Isles in 1166. She stated that her most challenging finds came from researching family names from Virginia during the time period from 1700 to
1850, because the counties there were continually being created and expanded. During this interview she smiled, remembering that requesting information through the Postal Service (the snail mail) in the 1980s and 1990s often tested her patience. Keeping busy with family and church responsibilities will now take more priority in her life, but she would be the first to encourage the those interested to come in and get started discovering their roots. The Caldwell Family History Center is located at 3015 So. Kimball Ave., and can be found on the south side of the Latter-day Saint
chapel. The Center is open during the week, and anyone needing help with research is
703 Main Street, Caldwell, Idaho. All Canyon County Republican Women members both current and those interested in future membership are welcome to attend.
Advocate for Community Health and Wellness by Jackie Amende MS, RDN, LD (FCS Extension Educator, Canyon County Extension)
Wellness consists of many different dimensions: physical, emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, occupational, and environmental. Many theories argue fewer or even more dimensions to health. However, all theories agree that wellness is multidimensional and much more than our physical health. To experience wellness at its highest capacity, it is important to consider health at all these dimensions. One way to feed and nourish many of these health dimensions is to become involved in something you are passionate about. Do you feel passionate
about your community and the health of your community? University of Idaho Extension is offering a health and wellness advocate program in 2020, starting Tuesday, February 18 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Advocates will undergo a seven-week hybrid (online and in-person) course on how to identify and address community health issues and will receive education on the social determinants of health, basic nutrition, physical activity recommendations, diabetes, chronic disease prevention, public speaking, and more. The program will allow opportunities for advocates to become involved in the community, encourage and help implement positive community change, and educate others on the benefits of health at all dimensions.
Both youth (12 years old and up) and adults are welcome to participate in the program and will receive the same training with emphasis on the importance of youth-adult partnerships. For questions and/or for information on the program, health, wellness, or more, please contact Jackie Amende at 208-459-6003, jamende@ uidaho.edu, or visit the Canyon County Extension Office (501 Main St. Caldwell, ID 83605).
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Skate Volunteers Want to lend a helping hand Now she loves attending local and make Caldwell a better hockey and baseball games place? Meet Valerie Armas, the and taking her dog Jaxx, a new volunteer coordinator for chocolate lab she adopted Indian Creek Plaza and Desti- from West Valley Humane, to nation Caldwell! the dog park. Originally from Washington, Valerie has organized volunValerie moved to Idaho for teers for a variety of different the growing wine industry and events from fundraising galas friendly small community. She to food festivals and she is exhas a bachelor’s degree in cited about connecting you to recreation, tourism and events your next volunteer opportunity and global wine trade from in Caldwell! A former softball Central Washington University. player, she loves working with
Valerie Armas sports teams and groups of young adults to help them learn and develop teamwork skills! A note from Valerie “Whether you are new to the area, needing volunteer hours, or just enjoy giving your time to the community, there is a way for you to get involved at Indian Creek Plaza! There is never a dull moment at the Plaza, from taking a stroll on the ice in the winter to live music on the stage. Volunteers are needed
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year-round to keep those exciting events going on. Are you an experienced ice skater and enjoy helping others? We need volunteer Rink Guards! Your main job is to be a presence on the ice (which won’t be hard when you are wearing a neon vest). Helping others who need some additional assistance and enforcing the rules of the ice is what the job is all about. This position is open those 15 years old and over. Even if you don’t have a lot of ice-skating experience, there are other opportunities available. The ice-skating rink needs gate guards and skate return assistants. This is a great way to help out the community and volunteers get a free skate pass the day they volunteer! Once the weather warms up we need special event volunteers. Some of the positions
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less of their ability to pay. “We are extremely pleased we were able to raise enough money to offer this program for a second year,” said Lynn Calvin, Indian Creek Plaza Director. “On the first day of the program participants are a little unsure of themselves and it is amazing to see how quickly participants pick up skating skills and new friends and by the end of the program they are full of pride for themselves and their community.” The skate program will be held five consecutive Saturday mornings from 10-11:30 a.m. beginning January 11, 2020. During each session, each participant will receive an ice-skating lesson, a snack and a warm drink. The lessons progress in difficulty each week and many skaters
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2018 Participants are able to learn advanced skills like backward skating and spinning before the program ends. The tuition for the program is $75 per skater. Indian Creek Plaza and Destination Caldwell are able to offer scholarships to applicants who demonstrate financial needs. These scholarships have been contributed by the community through the Local Legends and Blues on the Creek fundraising events at Indian Creek Plaza. “We are so grateful to everyone who came to our
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I am an Idahoan. I grew up on a dairy and have worked in the dairy industry nearly my entire life. I support the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. It is good conservative legislation that supports legal immigration and really takes a look at the reform we as Americans
have been demanding. A few weeks ago, the United States House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed House Resolution 5038, also known as the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. This bipartisan legislation was negotiated between democrats and republicans over a sevenmonth period. It is well thought out and takes a good hard look at what the state’s economy and our industry need. Without this Act, Idaho’s dairy industry simply won’t be able to survive. I would like to take a moment and thank Congressman Mike Simpson for being active in the bill’s negotiations and a co-sponsor and Congressman Russ Fulcher for voting yes. They both looked at the issue and they looked at the Act and saw that this will preserve
agriculture’s experienced workforce by allowing our existing farmworkers to earn legal status, without creating amnesty. This is the right approach to immigration issues and guaranteeing a legal workforce to ensure an abundant, safe and affordable food supply. So, what does the legislation actually say? There are three main provisions to H.R. 5038. First, it offers earned legalization to our current workforce and allows immediate family members living with them to stay. It does not give any handouts. It allows agricultural workers to get right by the law with a background check and payment of back taxes and to earn legal status by working on farms. It would allow workers to continue doing their jobs, and it would allow dairy op-
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Creek Plaza is housed today). The bookstore reopened in 3 days, customers were excited and did not even mind that many of the books were still in boxes. There were some rough times as the Kings Building became a dry lot and downtown Caldwell became truly deserted. There were times that the sidewalk was closed and even worse times when snowmageddon prevented foot traffic all together. Amy and Ken struggled in the whirlwind of the unknowing and many mornings finding joy in a cup of coffee staring out the big window at the orange wall of orange barricade fencing. Alas the summer of 2018, the Indian Creek Plaza was complete and they had a new beautiful view, but many of their regulars had difficulty finding accessible parking, so
back to the drawing board. In the spring of 2019, Amy and Ken made a hard decision, if they could not find a new location for the bookstore, it would just have to close. At that same time, a property that was formerly a church (314 S. 6th Avenue) came onto the market. It had huge open spaces, tons of storage, much parking and wheelchair accessibility. It was everything they could have hoped for and more. An offer was made and accepted and moved to the new home of the Rubiyat Book Store. The events that were always well attended have grown in attendance and new events are available as their space has expanded, including a Downtown Neighborhood Supper (Ken and Amy’s favorite). On January 12, 2020, the store will be celebrating
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Congratulations Rubiayat Books Store for your 10th Anniversary
“I finally gave up waiting for someone to open a bookstore in Caldwell and decided that if I wanted to live in a town with a bookstore that I would have to open my own,” exclaimed Amy Perry, owner of the Rubiayat Book Store. Upon deciding to open the bookstore, Amy went on a search for the location she would settle into. Many property owners at that time weren’t interested in renting space for a bookstore and the search proved to be a bit frustrating and challenging. The only location Amy could find was on 7th Avenue, between a bar and a drug testing business. Alongside of her mother, sister, brother, and daughter books were collected, bookshelves designed and the puzzle continued piece by piece to come together. On January 12th, 2011 Rubiayat Bookstore opened and given the location did fairly well. Later that same year in October, Amy was doubly blessed with a new found friend, Ken who is her business partner and the finding of a new location, 720 Arthur Street next to Story and Company (Flying M Coffee House today) and across the street from the King’s building (the business that resided where the Indian
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The Caldwell School District’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs have had a busy and productive fall semester. Caldwell has programs in Health Occupations (Certified Nursing Assistant and Sports Medicine), Family and Consumer Science, Welding, Engineering, Auto Technology, Agriculture, Business (High School of Business), Marketing, and Law Enforcement. Here are some highlights from the first semester of the 2019-2020 school year. Grant Awards ● Justin Ruhl received a $25,000 start-up grant for his Ag program from Idaho CTE. This money will be used to help build Caldwell High’s young, but growing Ag program. ● The Caldwell School District received an $11.400 grant from Idaho CTE for workplace readiness development. The funds will be used to take students in all CTE programs on industry tours in their program area. Funds will also be used for the purchase of critical thinking and leadership skills online curriculum and a series of workplace readiness webinars for students and CTE teachers. ● Ivak Cooper received over $4,000 from Idaho CTE to purchase tools for his welding program. ● The Caldwell District CTE programs received a $4000 grant last spring from Idaho Workforce Development to help market all of the CTE programs in the district. Brochures and banners have been created to help students and parents learn more about CTE opportunities. Dee Winegar has his marketing class helping with this effort. The program brochures are also being produced in Spanish. Student Organizations Caldwell has several cocurricular career technical student organizations (CTSOs) that play a vital role in the different CTE programs. These include Business Professionals of America, DECA (formerly Distributive Education Clubs of America), Future Farmers of America (FFA), HOSA (formerly Health Occupations Students of America), and Skills USA (welding and auto). Caldwell High held a barbecue on September
26th for students in all the career technical student organizations and their parents to discuss the goals for the year for each CTSO. Technical Advisory Committees Each CTE program has a technical advisory committee (TAC) made up of individuals from the community involved in the corresponding industries. The CTE programs held an advisory barbecue and meeting on September 19th, where several people from different industries attended and provided input to the individual CTE programs. Engineering Caldwell High’s robotics team won an intensely competitive, all-day tournament against 35 teams from other Idaho, Oregon, and Washington schools on Thursday, November 21st. The winning robot (the tallest robot in the photo) was built and operated by four students - Senior Lydia Beardsley, Sophomore Joselyn Gutierrez, Sophomore Mason Nelson, and Sophomore Joseph Mondragon. They formed an alliance team with a Kuna High School robotics team during the final elimination rounds. By game design, two robot teams- Caldwell and Kuna co-won the tournament. This team also took first place in the same-day robotics skills competition, which currently ranks them second in the whole state of Idaho! Caldwell High’s team would be ranked in the top ten if they were competing in California right now. The winning team brought home three trophiesTournament Champion, Robot Skills Champion, and Design Award (trophies pictured). On December 5th, Caldwell High School and NNU were very excited to launch a new student-built satellite into earth orbit onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The joint Caldwell High and NNU CubeSat project was incorporated into a NASA resupply mission headed to the international space station (aka SpaceX CRS-19). The student-built satellite has been over three years in development. The satellite will remain in storage onboard the International Space Station until January 13th when it is scheduled to be released and will
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Robotics Champions with trophies and robots write incident reports, and how to do electronic charting. Theresa Sigel, the CNA teacher, hopes to apply for an OHC (Orientation to Health Careers) grant. The grant would provide her 11th-grade and 12th-grade students greater exposure to health careers through field trips and guest speakers. Agriculture Justin Ruhl is our new Ag teacher this year. He has experience in the Ag industry working at Simplot for two years, and he comes from a farming family. His wife is an Ag teacher at Ridgevue High in the Vallivue District. Justin applied for and received the Idaho CTE IQPS $25,000 start-up grant. He also applied for and received the Peterson Dodge $1,000 award (he was able to purchase 4 digital microscopes with this money). Justin organized the Career Technicals Student Organization (CTSO) barbecue, where students and their parents learned more about the CTSO programs at Caldwell High. The FFA (Future Farmers of America) student membership has already doubled from last year under Justin’s guidance. The FFA students participated in the Caldwell High Homecoming Parade and the Caldwell Night Light Parade. FFA had
a holiday fruit sale fundraiser that raised about $500 for student travel and expenses to FFA events. FFA students are attending district FFA contests and leadership events. Justin is working on preparing FFA members for state leadership events and state career development contests. Canyon Springs High has a natural resources class taught by Beth Colket, which is also part of the Caldwell School District Ag program. Beth is planning on taking students on an industry tour to an Idaho Power facility and a solar farm this spring. Sports Medicine The Sports Medicine students continue to learn about athletic training and common athletic injuries from instructor Eric Burfeind. Students are learning taping, bracing and wrapping skills, and doing clinical hours applying what they learn in class with athletes outside the classroom. They will be going to Boise State this spring to visit the BSU Athletic Training Program, which is part of the Department of Kinesiology. Law Enforcement Heather Ramos, who teaches Law Enforcement at Canyon Springs, held a symposium for Continued on page 12
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In marketing, Dee’s students are working on advertising the “We are C-townleaders” program at Caldwell High School. This program encourages students to be leaders at Caldwell High. Health Occupations Brian Sullivan is working hard to develop an innovative curriculum for his Health Occupations program. Health Occupations provides students with initial exposure and acquisition of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and industry essentials associated with a broad range of healthcare occupations. Students develop and utilize applied interdisciplinary academics, health science principles, skills, and practices as well as a foundational introduction to human anatomy and physiology. Brian took some students to visit the health programs at Idaho State’s Meridian campus. He also took several students this past spring to a Health Careers program at TVCC in Ontario. Brian’s Health Occupations classes are involved in a multi-school and community project sending cards to members of the military service for the third year in a row. This year it is called Operation Global Warmth of Heart and Soul. Introduction to Health Occupations is in the process of transitioning to Fundamentals of Health Professions. Brian has worked hard at creating some additional options and educational opportunities for students, including possibly adding additional CTE programs in the future. In conjunction with the CTE health professions pathways, Brian advises the co-curricular HOSA future health professionals student organization. Brian is helping with an effort to create an active pipeline from the middle schools for students interested in health occupations. Family and Consumer Science Kim Riggs is in her second year as the Family and Consumer Science teacher at Caldwell High. She teaches Teen Living, Parent and Child Development, Adult Living, and Nutrition and Foods. Kim hopes to start a hospitality program next year. She had staff from the Idaho Youth Ranch Youthworks program present to her students on job applications this fall. Kim has also acquired the National Endowment for Financial Education High School curriculum, which is offered free to high schools as a tool to teach
Health Occupations Class financial literacy. Students in the Nutrition and Foods classes have enjoyed the cooking competitions Kim organizes. Auto Course offerings in Randy Ireland’s Auto program are designed to provide students with diagnostic and problem-solving abilities. The emphasis in the advanced class is placed on specific specializations (Automotive Transmission, Fuel Control, Computer Control, etc.). Efforts are directed toward helping students acquire ASE certification and employment as General Mechanics. There is also an effort to work in collaboration with the auto technology program at CWI to help more students go on to CWI to earn a certificate or degree in auto technology. Randy is planning on expanding the shop with the help of community donors. Randy and his students are very fortunate to have the volunteer help of Jim McCreary, who has extensive auto technology experience. Additional CTE Activities ● All of the seniors at Caldwell High had a chance to attend the Made Here Expo at the Idaho Center on October 16th. They learned about many of the career opportunities in the manufacturing industries in the Treasure Valley. They also had a chance to listen to Ofelia Morales from the Department of Labor speak about Hot Jobs in Idaho along with presentations from military recruiters from the different branches of the service. ● Several business and marketing students had the chance to visit Citicards in Meridian on November 19th. The students received training from Citicards employees in preparing for career success using Junior Achievement training materials. We are very proud of the progress our students in our CTE programs have made this first semester. We are looking forward to providing rich opportunities for student growth during the second semester.
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January 2020 Ciao, buongiorno, buonasera from Italy. Welcome to 2020. I hope you had a very merry Christmas and your New Years will full of all you need in life. I write to you from my little sabbatical this winter as I work on writing a book about my journey of loss and peace of my son Lance. Don’t worry I haven’t forgotten my duties to this column while drinking great wines and tasty foods. A couple years ago I was here and wrote of how every yard I
saw was growing something edible. Fruit trees or vegetables in the ground or in pots. As I have had more time to get a much closer look, I really notice how very little space is wasted, how compact they plant and how steep they can or will plant, especially Apple trees. They train their fruit trees in 6ft rows and spaced about 2 feet between trees. Height at about 8 ft and width 3-4 ft. It allows for better access to the fruit for thinning and harvesting. They use wires like in wine vineyards and concrete posts instead of wood or steal posts to keep rows straight and plants upright supported. These
Local Dirt Perspective orchards literally cover steep hills valleys and roadsides. Like I said no wasted space. When you travel by train you see a lot more of the country side. I see it’s been unseasonably warm out and not much in the way of precipitation back home. There are some preseason stuff you can have your kids help you in the garden or your landscape. For example if you have pile of or layered compost in your garden now is a good time to turn it and loosen up the denseness of the compost. Loosing puts air into the pile causing it to heat up and finishing the process of a useful product. Turning your
The Chukar Hunt In the mid to early eighties Chuckar season ended on December 31, but if the winter was fairly mild Fish and Game extended the season until January 15. I recall one of those extended seasons, we were hunting Dennison Creek a tributary that terminates in Brownlee Reservoir. The weather was mild so negotiating the 60-degree slopes that encompass Brownlee Reservoir always make the lungs burn, frozen slopes makes your lungs burn and bipedal locomo-
tion most difficult. With good conditions and dogs so excited they were already over a quarter mile from our launch site the hunt was underway. The dogs were on point, as we ascended the steep slope before us. The first covey flushed and the morning silence was broken by rapid shotgun fire. The smoke cleared and four or five Chuckars were on the ground the dogs fetched the final bird back to hand, three Amigos looked at each other and grinned, it was going to be a great hunt. Bill Graves, Gregg Allen, Ron Cash and myself were hunting with some acquaintance’s outside our inner circle so I know
Southwestern Idaho Birders Association Presents: The Changing Parrot Populations in Nicaragua On Thursday, January 9, 2020 David Hille will present The Changing Parrot Populations in Nicaragua: Causes and Concerns Nicaragua is a Central American country with a wealth of avian diversity, including 16 species of parrots (family Psittacidae). This enigmatic group of birds garners attention globally because of their beauty and intelligence. Unfortunately, because of reasons of habitat loss and capture for pet trade, this family of birds is considered one of the most at risk in the world. Nicaragua presents itself as an interesting case study to determine how habitat loss and pet trade individually and combined cause popula-
by Tim Teal tion changes in parrot populations. In this presentation, I will present populations trends of parrots in Nicaragua dating back to 1995 and discuss how deforestation and pet trade are being estimated and analyzed as they relate to the effects they have on these populations. SIBA meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7 PM and are held at the Deer Flat NWR Visitor Center at 13751 Upper Embankment Rd. in Nampa. The entrance is at the corner of Roosevelt Ave. and Indiana Ave. All are welcome to all of the SIBA meetings which last about 1 1/2 hrs. with a refreshment time following the meeting.
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we had a hunting party of at least a half dozen shooters. Around noon we rendezvous but no Ron Cash. I asked one of the new shooters “have you seen Ron” “didn’t see him” he replied but sounded like someone (and he pointed due west) was shooting a .22. The Amigos began working in that direction. We found Cash sitting on a big flat rock with his shotgun shells lined up like little soldiers ready for battle in the midmorning sun. “Cash what the hell are you doing”, “bullets won’t shoot, trying to dry them out.” He quipped obviously frustrated. Seems Cash had hunted ducks the day before,
Page 13 CALDWELL PERSPECTIVE by Pat King garden also helps by aerating increasing the health of the soil. Remember loose soils are better than compacted soils. Also a healthy soil needs less invasive care by you. Remember what a plant takes to grow food for you to eat a tasty vegetable or piece of fruit needs those elements replaced so you can grow, pick, eat and repeat. So now do the same. Turn, replace, harvest and repeat. Now with your kids at home from school for the holidays, balance their day with a little work in the shop or garden. These are not just chores but life’s lessons for their futures. I write all this in by Dave McCormick when that hunt was over, he gathered up his empty casings from the bottom of his boat took ‘em home and reloaded them. Problem - moisture in the hulls, primers would fire but failed to ignite the main powder charge. Results put-zing, a 1 1/8 oz. load of number six shot left the barrel not at 1200 feet per second but more like salt trickling through an hour glass. He become known as put-zing Ronny at the end of the day there were a pile of birds, would have made a South Dakota Pheasant hunter envious. Good Ole Days! Haven’t seen Put-Zing Ronny in a lot of years.
hopes of finding joy in gardening and landscaping. Show them the proper care of hand tools. Clean and sharp make for less work. I still find great joy when my hands are in the dirt and later eating fruits of my labor. They will be able to do that all their lives. Ciao, until next time. Pat
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Page 14 CALDWELL PERSPECTIVE The year drew to a close. What would I accomplish next? I looked up at the mountains in the distance. They were white now. Not long ago, they were brown. In the eighteen months I’ve lived in Idaho, I’ve had the opportunity watch the cycle of seasons make their changes on these mountains that I never tire of seeing. My first sight of them came in September of 2008. The sides of the mountains were painted green with the leaves of sage brush. The days moved on. The weather cooled. The rain
didn’t fall. The leaves browned. The mountain changed. Fall gave way to winter. I stood in the rain and watched the top of the mountains turn a dazzling white. Each week the snow crept further down the slopes and long before the first snows fell in the valley, the mountains were covered with fresh powder. When the sun set, the lights on the ski slopes lit the side of the mountains a dazzling white at night. I’m not a skier, but I imagined the thrill of speeding down the side of those mountains – free, fast,
I Want To Be A Mountain pounding heart. Winter turned to spring. The snow in the valley disappeared and made its retreat up the slopes until it was gone once again. As the weeks passed, the green in the valley crawled steadily up the slopes like a reversed waterfall. The mountains were as I first saw them, green and lush. On this New Year’s Eve, the mountains are white again. On New Year’s Day they will be peppered with the dark dots of the distance skiers as they daringly fall down it’s slopes.
January 2020 by Michael Smith I saw many changes, but were they changes? The mountains are everchanging. Like people, they only changed coats to fit the weather. They didn’t allow outside influences to alter what lay beneath their coats of changing colors. They were always the same. You could have faith in them. I’m in my third season of life. A little snow is gathering at my peak. Some of the sage brush on my head is gone all together. My clothing changed to fit my season. Next year and all my years to follow, I want to be
Book Review by Amy Perry: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
Abbi Waxman was born in England in 1970. Abbi lives in Los Angeles with her husband, three kids, three dogs, three cats, a gecko, two mice and six chickens. Every one of these additions made sense at the time, it’s only in retrospect that it seems foolhardy. Waxman has
written The Garden of Small Beginnings and Other Peoples Houses. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill is in the feel-good-while-dealing-with-dysfunctional-family genre. This genre can lean towards mystery or romance but does not satisfy base rules for
either. Nina, the protagonist, lives alone, works in a book store and reads; happy with her simple life. Until a lawyer drops a deceased father, siblings and an inheritance into her lap. Add a new, maybe, boy-friend and a boss who is behind on her lease and utter chaos results. The story is written with humor and a
basic knowledge of bookstores. Waxman writes well, the story is engaging and funny, characters are well rounded without wearing the reader out with unnecessary details. I can recommend this book, as a light read, to anyone new adult and older. Language is moderate, no sexual content though sex is discussed and im-
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as constant as a mountain. Although my looks will change, I want to be reliable. My body will change coats many times, but when my day is done, I want people to say, “No matter what the seasons of life brought, he never changed inside. He never allowed the pressures of the seasons or the weathers of life to change what he was underneath. He was a mountain you could rely on to watch over those who looked up to him.” For this New Year and all the New Years that I have left, I want to be a mountain.
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1. Preheat the oven to 500 F. 2. Pat the wings very dry with a paper towel. Heat a large (14-inch) cast iron skillet or two smaller cast iron skillets over high heat until smoking hot. Add just enough of the oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Using tongs, set the wings in the pan in a single layer with the meatiest side down. This will help render the fat. Cook the wings for 2 minutes, then transfer the skillet to the oven for 5 minutes. Carefully remove the skillet from the oven and, using tongs, flip the wings over. Continue baking until the wings are cooked through and the juices run clear, another 10 minutes. 3. Combine the sriracha, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, and garlic in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, then cut the heat down to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes. Pour the sauce into a large bowl and toss in 1 table-
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