June 2020 Caldwell Perspective

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Edition 66 l JUNE 2020



The Splash Pads at Indian Creek Plaza are on! The splash pads run 9am-9pm daily but are turned off for events.

As Idaho’s stay at home order has been lifted, businesses are ready to reopen, employees want to return to work, and customers want to support local businesses while still remaining healthy. That is why the City of Caldwell has partnered with Destination Caldwell, Crush the Curve Idaho, the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce, and West Valley Medical Center along with other local community leaders to create Kickstart Caldwell. The Kickstart Caldwell initiative is designed to provide Caldwell businesses with the education and guidance to implement the Southwest District Health and CDC guidelines in a manner that will instill confidence within the community. The health and safety of our customers is and has always been a top priority, but especially as consumers look to return to stores and businesses. That is why Caldwell is doing everything it can to provide businesses the with all the necessary resources needed to take care of their customers as they reopen in a safe and orderly manner. Businesses can find resources on Kickstart-

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Caldwell.com. They can also submit their business information, hours, and safety practices to be displayed on the website for consumers. Businesses who submit their information will receive a Kickstart Caldwell poster and floor stickers to help promote social distancing. Customers can go to KickstartCaldwell.com to find out what businesses in Caldwell are reopen and see what safety practices they are using to keep our community healthy. The Kickstart Caldwell program will not only bring health and safety officials together to answer your questions, but will allow local businesses, industry leaders and marketing professionals to share best practices, steps to reopen, remain open and grow your business. Kickstart Caldwell partners will widely promote this campaign to the general public and encourage individuals to shop local in Caldwell as much as possible. This initiative focuses primarily on three things. The first is to guide local businesses to reopen in a safe and responsible manner in order to reduce the

spread of COVID-19. Second focuses on assisting businesses with the proper education and resources to promote their business, and lastly to provide consumers with easily accessible and up-to-date information on open businesses. It’s time to Kickstart Caldwell’s economy and return to prosperity and growth in our community. For a list of open businesses to shop at or to submit business information, please visit KickstartCadlwell.com. Farm to Fork Farmers Market The outdoor farmers’ market that aims at making farm-fresh goods grown in Caldwell and surrounding rural areas readily accessible is in full swing! Stop by Indian Creek Plaza every Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. now until October 13. This is the perfect way to support small local businesses while also getting active and outside for some fresh air. The Farm to Fork Farmers’ Market is a 22week event hosted by nonprofit, 501(c)(3) Destination Caldwell, a managing partner of Indian Creek Plaza. The mid-week market is the perfect place to get all the ingredients needed to

TIME IS PRECIOUS! CELEBRATE DAD THIS FATHER’S DAY! Pg. 9 by Destination Caldwell make a healthy and locally sourced family dinner. Including a variety of locally raised proteins, farm fresh produce, and specialty foods such as spices and sauces. As farmers’ markets have been deemed an essential service as it provides vital food access to the community, the safety of Caldwell’s farmers’ market community is and will continue to be a top priority during this time. With that in mind, Destination Caldwell and the Idaho Farmers’ Market Association have been closely working together to implement additional safety measures: - Anyone who is sick or visibly showing symptoms of any illness will not be permitted to enter the market. - Destination Caldwell recommends patrons wear masks while at the market. - Signage will be used to uphold safe social distancing practices. - Patrons should refrain from gathering and practice safe social distancing at all times - Concerts during the farmers’ market in May have been canceled - Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout

the plaza Additionally, Destination Caldwell created a curbside pick-up and pre-packaged family meal kits called ‘Farmers Select’. This meal program started May 19 and sold out the first week, it will continue until June 9, 2020. Each kit includes all the ingredients needed to make a delicious and locally sourced dinner, including protein, produce, and other food items needed to make the suggested recipe it comes with. Kits vary each week around themes like ‘Sizzling Steak’, ‘The Ultimate Roasted Chicken’, and a ‘Classic Pancake Breakfast’ option, which is available to order any week. Each kit is $40 with tax included and must be pre-purchased online the Friday before the market for pick up on the following Tuesday. Use Your SNAP/EBT at the Farmers Market and Double Your Money. You can now use your SNAP/EBT cards to purchase local food at Caldwell’s Farm to Fork Farmers’ Market! The market takes place at Indian Creek Plaza every Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. Continued on page 4


June 1 5:15-7 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. June 2 7-8 PM: Science Fiction Author Gideon Marcus (Kitra) in conversation with Rediscovered Books Co-owner Bruce DeLaney, CrowdCast LIVE Virtual Event. Ticketed Event is FREE and open to the public. June 3 7-9 PM: Special Hearing Examiner Meeting, CPD Community Room 110 S. 5th Ave via Zoom and/or in the Community Room of the Police Department https://www.cityofcaldwell.org/departments/planning-andzoning. June 4 7-8 PM: Novelist Lisa Braver Moss (Shrug), Facebook LIVE Virtual Event at Rediscovered Books Facebook page. Event is FREE and open to the public. June 5 7-8 PM: The Janies (Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jody Meadows) celebrate their new release, My Calamity Jane, CrowdCast LIVE Virtual Event. Ticketed Event is FREE and open to the public.

June 5 (continued) 6-11 PM: Brave Hearts Night at Indian Creek Steakhouse. All money raised will support Idaho Veterans. June 8 5:15-7 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. June 9 11:15-1 PM: Noonbreak Luncheon, Simplot Dining Hall at the College of Idaho, RSVP by 06/05, 208-4597-9 PM: Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting, CPD Community Room, 110 S. 5th Ave. 7-8 PM: Author Neal Bascomb (Faster: How a Jewish Driver, An American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler’s Best),Facebook LIVE Virtual Event at Rediscovered Books Facebook page. Event is FREE and open to the public. June 11 2 PM: Virtual Book Discussion, Library. 7-8 PM: Bilingual Book Club (I am not your Perfect Mexican Daughter/ Yo No Soy Tu Perfecta Hija Mexicana), ZOOM LIVE event, register at Event Brite. Ticketed Event is FREE and open to the public.


June 12 7-8 PM: Rediscovered Books Un-Book Club talks Social Science Books, Rediscovered Books Caldwell Instagram LIVE, Event is FREE and open to the public. June 14


June 15 5:15-7 PM: “Meet Me Monday” at Flying M Coffee, free weekly fitness walk/run. 6:30-7 PM: City Council Workshop, CPD Community Room, 110 S 5th Ave. 7-8:30 PM: City Council Meeting, CPD Community Room, 110 S 5th Ave. June 16 7-8 PM: Novelist Steve Mayfield (Treasure of the Blue Whale), Facebook LIVE Virtual Event at Rediscovered Books Facebook page. Event is FREE and open to the public. June 17 6-7 PM: Joint Caldwell City Council and Caldwell URA Workshop, CPD Community Room, 110 S 5th Ave. June 18 4:30-6:30 PM: Business After Hours, Holiday Inn Nampa, 16245 N Merchant Way, enjoy refreshments, raffles and networking. 7-9 PM: Pathways and bike Routes Committee Meeting, Library.

June 19 7-8 PM: Rediscovered Books Un-Book Club talks Romance Novels, Rediscovered Books Caldwell Instagram LIVE, Event is FREE and open to the public. June 21

June 22 5:15-7 PM: “Meet Me Monday” at Flying M Coffee, free weekly fitness walk/run. June 23 12-1 PM: Design Review Commission, CPD Rm, 110 S 5th Ave. June 24 8-9:30 AM: Coffee Connect, Salon Elevation, 718 Main St, join us for networking and great coffee. 6:30-9 PM: Caldwell Historic Preservation Commission, Caldwell Public Library, 1010 Dearborn, Idaho Room. June 25 7-8 PM: Mystery and Suspense Novelist Sherry Brisco (Fine Line of Denial) in conversation with author Patricia Marcantonio (Felicity Carrol and the Murderous Menace), Rediscovered Books Boise Instagram LIVE, Event is FREE and open to the public. June 29 5:15-7 PM: “Meet Me Monday” at Flying M Coffee, free weekly fitness walk/run.

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Programs returning starting June 5th Monday 7 PM: Virtual Pajama Party via Facebook Live. Wednesday 3 PM: Timeless Tales - A New Podcast, classic folk and fairy tales, poems and stories come to life! Thursday 4:30 PM: Virtual Teen Thursdays - Join Ellie and Michael for crafts, activities, and cooking online. Friday 10 AM: Tai Chi, the Park, Serenity Park 1100 Dearborn St. 11 AM: Virtual Rhythm & Rhyme - explore musical instruments you can make and silly rhymes

Summer Camps and Events

Rediscovered Books Summer Reading Journey: Virtual Summer Reading Program form 06/05-07/17 registration at rdbooks.org. Summer Music Camp: Roberts Recreation Center Classroom, 504 Grant St, Ages 8-12, $30 fee, June 1 - 5 from 10-12, students learn the basics of reading and writing music, rhythm, beat, and exposure to different styles of music and instrument. Ultimate Frisbee: Memorial Park, ages 9-11, $25 Fee, June 2 -4 from 10-11, Come experience a fastpaced and fun sport for all skill levels. We will teach the basics of Frisbee throwing and rules of the game. Short Sports Camp: Memorial Park, ages 4-6, $30 Fee, Wednesdays in June from 1-2, Children will participate in activities including kickball, soccer, relay races, and swimming at the Caldwell Pool. Soccer Camp: Memorial Park, $30 Fee, June 8-11, ages 6-8 from 8:30-10 and ages 9-12 from 10-11:30, this camp will introduce the fundamentals and progress to the more advanced skills needed in soccer. Basketball Camp: $30 Fee, June 8-11, Grades 1-4 from 9-10:30 and Grades 5-8 from 10:45-12:15, develop the fundamentals of dribbling, shooting, defense for the younger age group, and introduce more advanced skills to the older age group Junior Baking Camp: Roberts Recreation Center Kitchen, 504 Grant Street, ages 8-13 $50 Fee, June 15-18, from 11-2, each day will consist of baking a new recipe, baker will learn about parts of a recipe, how to measure ingredients, and kitchen safety Volleyball Camp: $30 Fee, June 15-18, Grades 7-8 from 9-10 and Grades 4-6 from 10:45-12:15, focuses on teaching fundamentals and the rules and regulations of the sport Drawing & Cartooning: Roberts Recreation Center Classroom 504 Grant St, Ages 6-12, $50 fee, June 22-26.

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June 2020


Fire Department Update

by Lisa Richard, Fire Prevention Officer 350°F-Cakes bake at 350 °F 212°F-Water boils at 212 °F


More than 16,000 reported fires are started by fireworks annually. Sparklers account for roughly one-quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries.

Consumer fireworks

Probationary firefighters prepare to lower the basket to the victim below.

Over the last month, three of our probationary firefighters have been undergoing further training within our department to cover areas such as Rope Rescue, Water Rescue, Live Fire Evolutions, and Rapid Intervention Team.

Probationary and Senior Firefighters rapel down a cliff as part of their Rope Rescue Training.

Under a Caldwell Fire Captain’s watchful eye, Probationary Firefighters sharpen their RIT skills.

Fourth of July is just around the corner. Fireworks are often used to mark special events and holidays. However, they are not safe in the hands of consumers. Fireworks cause thousands of injuries each year. People can enjoy fireworks safely

if they follow a few simple safety tips: BE CAREFUL! • Be safe. If you want to see fireworks, go to a public show put on by experts. • Do not use consumer fireworks.

If trapped in a burning building, these Probationary Firefighters are capable of getting themselves to ground level by rope they carry on their person.

• Keep a close eye on children at events where fireworks are used. How hot does a sparkler burn? 1200°F-Sparklers 900°F-Glass melts at 900 °F 600°F-Wood burns at 575 °F

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The Caldwell Police Department was honored to send members of our Bagpipes and Drum team to the funeral for our fallen brother Deputy Wyatt. Godspeed brother, we have the watch from here. On May 7th, the Caldwell Police Department along with Canyon County Sheriffs, Caldwell Fire, and Canyon County Paramedics, conducted a “parade” for the heroes at West Valley Medical Center to show our gratitude for their tireless efforts to keep our community safe and healthy during the COVID19 pandemic.

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Kickstart Caldwell Continued from page 1

Shoppers at the Farmer’s Market

To use your SNAP/EBT visit the red Information Booth at the market. Our booth staff with help you use your card to purchase tokens that you can use at the Farmers’ Market. Tokens are used so any vendor at the market can accept EBT without having an EBT machine. The tokens can be used to purchase anything that you can normally purchase

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with you card including fresh produce, meat, eggs and bread. You cannot use tokens to purchase crafts or ready to eat food. In addition, we will double your SNAP/EBT tokens up to $10 each week through our Double Up Bucks program! Destination Caldwell received a grant that helps you get more local food and helps support our farmers. For


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every $1 of EBT you use to purchase tokens, you will be given a ‘Double Up Buck’ to spend at the market, up to $10 each week. Make sure to ask for Double Up Bucks! We will have this program until all of our Double Up Bucks are used. The tokens you purchase at the market can be used at the Farm to Fork Farmers’ Market all year! If you have any questions contact our office at 208-6495010 or visit the information booth at the market.

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No More Boring Tuesdays

While we no longer gather for barn raisings or sock hops, our community still enjoys coming together for good company and good music. The Tuesdays on the Creek Concert Series brings regional and national touring musicians right to our front porch. So, grab a friend, bring a chair (or borrow one of ours for free!), and head to downtown Caldwell for locally produced beer and wine, live entertainment, and an unforgettable evening! The Tuesdays on the Creek Concert Series starts June 2 and runs every Tuesday through mid-October from 6-9 p.m. The concert series is free thanks to our Presenting Sponsor: Citi Cards! Here is the schedule for June: June 2-Pilot Error June 9-Boise Rockeoke June 16-Tower 9 & Af-

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rosonics June 23-High Pine Whiskey Yell June 30-Tylor & the Train Robbers

For event details and full concert schedule visit IndianCreekPlaza.com.

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Visit www.caldwellfinearts.org for updates

June 2020

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The Caldwell Perspective caught up with Brad Motyer, a current College of Idaho student and cast member at Starlight Mountain Theater and asked him a few questions concerning college and his pursuit of musical theater. CP: Who are your parents and where are they from? -My parents’ names are Jeff and Tara Motyer. Jeff was born in Calgary, Alberta and Tara was born in Trail, British Columbia. They met at the University of Lethbridge and moved to Boise, Idaho just a few months before I was born.

Hannah George received a $1,000.00 Academic Scholarship for the 2020-21 school year. She is a graduate of Vision Charter School and is the daughter of Jason and Janelle George. She is passionate about health and fitness. She will be attending Northwest Nazarene University this fall. Her area of interest is in Health Studies. Gage Purdom received a $1,000.00 Academic Scholarship for the 2020-21 school

high school and the week after I came home I got a call from Jim asking if I was interested in coming to swim for C of I. I had already been accepted into schools like BSU, Utah State and BYU and was just trying to make a decision, but I agreed to come tour the campus and meet the team and fell in love with the small campus feel and tight-knit community. I also jumped at the opportunity to be able to swim, sing in a choir, and get a great education all at the same institution. CP: What attracted C of I to you? (Not that I don’t see all your qualities :) -My good looks and charming personality? ;) I was a very well rounded student. Top 10% of my class academically, did really well on the ACT, state finalist swimmer, and was involved in several other various clubs and teams at school. CP: When and where did you begin theatre? -My first experience with theatre was earlier this year in

Music Theatre of Idaho’s production of Pirates of Penzance which we never got to perform because of COVID, so High School Musical will (hopefully) be my first show! CP: Favorite role? -Troy Bolton has been a lot of fun so far! CP: Years with Starlight? -This is my first year acting, though I have been coming to Starlight since 2013 to watch the shows. CP: What are your roles in the coming season? -At Starlight I play Troy Bolton in High School Musical, Papa Bear and others in Shrek, Ben in the Scarlet Pimpernel, various ensemble roles in Beauty and the Beast, and Ambrose in Hello Dolly. I am also cast as Rapunzel’s Prince in a production of Into the Woods put on by Music Theatre of Idaho later this year. CP: What are your hobbies outside of theatre? -I love being outside. Camping, dirt biking, cliff jump-

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year. He is a graduate of Homedale High School and is the son of Greg and Carina Purdom. He will be attending the University of Idaho this fall. His area of study will be Political Science and Music Performance with a final goal of attending law school. Archie Clark received a $1.000.00 Academic Scholarship for the 2020-21 school year. He is a graduate of Ridgeview High School and the son of Doug and Leanne Clark.

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Meet College of Idaho Student–Brad Motyer

CP: Where did you go to high school? -I went to Mountain View High School in Meridian, graduated in 2014 CP: When did you begin attending C of I? -I started attending in the fall of 2017 CP: What were your activities at the college? -I was a history major with minors in education, Spanish, and biology. I was also on the swim team and a member of the choral and chamber singers choirs CP: Did you receive any awards/recognition at the college? -I received scholarships for swimming, vocal performance, and history. CP: Why did you choose C of I? -It was actually Jim Everett (who was the swim coach at the time) who was the driving force behind my decision to go there. I served a church mission after graduating from

Brad rehearsing his role as Troy Bolton from High School Musical with Leslie Navarro who plays Gabriella Montez.

ing, etc. I also love reading, watching movies (I’m a little obsessed with the Marvel Cinematic Universe), and playing the ukulele CP: What are your goals? -Right now my primary goal is to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life. But in terms of long-term goals, I want to have a family and be able to provide for them by doing something that I love. by Leora Summers

Hannah George

Gage Purdom

Archie Clark

His fascination for systems that transfer energy into elec-

tricity have lead him to further his education through a major

in Electrical Engineering at the University of Idaho this fall.

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Caldwell School District’s Career Technical Education Update

Ag Students and Mr. Ruhl at CHS Expo

Caldwell School District’s Career Technical Education (CTE) programs had a productive second semester despite having to move to online learning in March. Below are some highlights for the semester. Industry Tours Caldwell’s CTE programs were fortunate enough to receive a grant from Idaho CTE to pay for several industry tours for students. Here is a list of some of the industry tours and the CTE programs that participated in the tours: • Hewlett Packard-Dee Winegar’s computer applications students • House of Design and Plexus-Dennis Zattiero’s engineering students • Zions Bank and FiberonMatt Schneiderman’s business students • Zions Bank, Grove Hotel and Inn 500-Kim Rigg’s family and consumer science students • Zions Bank, Grove Hotel and SOVRN MarketingDee Winegar’s marketing students • Idaho State Police Training

CNA Students and Ms. Sigel at CHS Expo

Facility in Meridian-Heather Ramos’s law enforcement students • American Food Equipment Company, Yanke Machine Shop, and Western Trailers-Ivak Cooper’s welding students Students were exposed to careers in a variety of areas on the tours. Some of the workplace skills that employers emphasized on these tours included collaboration, communication, listening, critical thinking, and resilience. We also had industry tours planned for the following locations, but we had to postpone them until next fall due to the coronavirus shutdowns: West Valley Medical Center, St. Luke’s, Nampa Fish Hatchery, Caldwell Wastewater Treatment Plant, Karcher Auto Body, Boise State Athletic Training Facility, Amalgamated Sugar, CS Beef Packers, Simplot IVF Lab, the VA Hospital, and Idaho State University’s Health Science facility in Meridian. Grant Awards Caldwell’s CTE programs received over $70,000 in

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grant funding this year to help enrich their classes for students. ● 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. ● Randy Ireland received a $20,700 grant from Idaho CTE to purchase additional equipment for his auto technology program. ● Ivak Cooper received $9,400 from Idaho CTE to purchase tools for his welding program. ● The Caldwell District CTE programs received an $11,400 grant from Idaho CTE for workplace readiness development. The funds were used to take students in different CTE programs on industry tours. Funds were also used for the purchase of critical thinking and leadership skills online training curriculum. The training curriculum included workplace readiness webinars for students and CTE teachers. ● The Caldwell District CTE programs received $4000 in funding from Idaho Workforce Development to help create CTE marketing materials. Brochures and banners have been produced to help students and parents learn more about CTE opportunities in the Caldwell School District. Dee Winegar had his marketing class help with this effort. The CTE brochures were produced in both English and Spanish. The banners and brochures have already been used at different events such as CTE outreaches to middle schools, the Caldwell Chamber Education luncheon, and Caldwell High’s Expo for parents and students. ● The CNA program re-

by Rob King, Community Liaison Caldwell School District

FCS Students and Ms. Riggs at CHS Expo

ceived a $1000 Orientation to Health Careers grant plus additional resource support from Southwest Idaho AHEC. ● The robotics program received an $1175 grant to pay for travel to the state robotics competition courtesy of Idaho STEM Action Center and the Micron Foundation. ● In addition to the grants, Jodi Olson from HewlettPackard donated some beautiful Ag pictures for the Ag classroom. HewlettPackard donated 50 office chairs for use in the district. Hewlett- Packard also donated 500 trash receptacles for the school district’s use and 500 for Dee Winegar’s DECA program to use in a fundraising project. Online Workplace Readiness Training for Students and Teachers Dee Winegar was able to provide online leadership skills training for his Business Leadership and Internship classes. This training included online modules and webinars provided by Alpha UMI. Brian Sullivan had his Health Occupation students work through some online critical thinking modules that were also provided by Alpha UMI. The critical thinking modules will be available for CTE teachers to use in their classrooms all of next year. CTE teachers also had the opportunity to participate in online leadership skills training while being able to earn a professional development credit from NNU along with certification and a digital badge from Alpha UMI. Caldwell High Expo Caldwell High hosted an Expo Night on March 10th in the school cafeteria for students, parents, and members of the community

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where our CTE programs were featured. Students in some of the programs demonstrated what they were learning in their CTE classes. • Caldwell High’s Robotics Team Wins State Championship Caldwell High’s robotics team won the intensely competitive Idaho State Vex Robotics tournament against 30 other teams in Pocatello the last week of February. The students also hosted the state robotics competition for elementary and middle school students early this spring, along with their teacher, Dennis Zattiero. • Caldwell High’s CNA Class Chosen for Orientation to Health Careers Program Caldwell High’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) class taught by Theresa Sigel was chosen to participate in the Orientation to Health Careers program through Southwest Idaho AHEC. This program offers funding and resources to expose our students to a variety of health careers, including careers in medical, dental, behavioral health, and public health. Students had a chance to hear guest speakers and will be going on industry tours in the fall. Caldwell School District’s CTE Programs The Caldwell School District offers CTE programs in engineering, business, marketing, sports medicine, nursing, auto technology, welding, agriculture, natural resources, law enforcement, and family and consumer science. Caldwell High plans on offering new CTE pathway programs in administrative services, medical assisting, pharmacy tech, and hospitality next year. Continued page 7


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Caldwell School District’s Career Technical Education Update continued from page 6

Robotics Students at House of Design

Welding Students at AMFEC

Caldwell’s CTE programs also have many extracurricular Career Technical Student Organiza-tions where students can develop their skills while working together in student competitions. These organizations include Skills USA, DECA, FFA, BPA, HOSA, TSA, and FCCLA. Caldwell High has started an internship program for juniors and seniors. The internship pro-gram provides students with workforce training and an opportunity to do an internship in a career area of their interest. Postsecondary Education and Training Caldwell’s CTE programs emphasize the importance of students getting the additional education and training needed to prepare for good-paying jobs in the career areas of their interest. Our counselors and college and career advisor work diligently in helping students find the best post-secondary options for them. They also help the students in finding the financial resources to pur-sue those options. Caldwell’s CTE programs offer dual credits in some CTE courses to help students reduce the cost of additional education and training. Students earn both a high school and college credit in these courses. We also work collaboratively with TVCC Caldwell and CWI to make sure our students take advantage of dual credit offerings provid-

ed right at the colleges. Our law enforcement students from Canyon Springs took an evening teamwork class this past winter at TVCC Caldwell, along with Heather Ramos, their law enforcement teacher. Caldwell High took all seniors to the Made Here Expo at the Idaho Center in October, which exposed them to careers and college training programs in manufacturing. Caldwell High and Canyon Springs High also took some students in March to the Explore Your Future Career Event at the Idaho Center. This event exposed students to careers and college training programs in many different career areas. Community Engagement Caldwell’s CTE programs include community members from many industries on their Technical Advisory Committees. These community members provide input on how best to prepare our students for careers in specific industries. We have coordinated industry tours with many local and regional businesses, and host career speakers from the community to speak to our students on a variety of careers. We have worked closely with the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce and local Caldwell companies, along with HP, Micron, Southwest Idaho Manufacturing Associa-tion (SWIMA), and the Idaho STEM Action Center. We want to make sure our students have the opportunity to learn about real-world

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applications of the skills they are acquiring in their CTE pro-grams. A high priority for Caldwell’s CTE programs is ensuring that all of our students have the necessary technical skills and soft skills to succeed in the workplace. We have actively sought input from industry representatives regarding how best to prepare our students. Caldwell High has hosted roundtable luncheons and classroom visits for industry representatives in collaboration with the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce and the Vallivue School District in healthcare, manufacturing, and engineering. We had 13 or more different industry representatives at each of our roundtable luncheons and classroom visits. We are very grateful for the community support of our CTE programs. Interested individuals are invited to support our students and CTE programs in any of the following ways: ● Join one of our Technical Advisory Committees. ● Volunteer to speak in a class. ● Host an industry tour. ● Host a high school intern for a semester. ● Be a career mentor for a student interested in your career area. Contact Rob King at 208283-9795 or email him at rking@caldwellschools.org if you would like to participate in one of these ways.


Cliff and Barbara Bendawald – 70 Years! WOW!

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June 2020

Cliff and Barbara Bendawald danced to “Could I Have This Dance” for the rest of my life, as they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in late May at Indian Creek Plaza with a small group of family and friends. This celebration was put on by their daughters, Theresa Randall and Debby Ekart, and their families. All had a wonderful time congratulating the celebrated couple. Congratulations Cliff and Barb!

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and assist the poor and hungry. Each month, we plan to introduce a non-profit organization in our community who serve those in need and invite you to lend a hand and assist them in their mission and goals. This month, we’re highlighting Advocates Against Family Violence (AAFV). AAFV began in 2004 with a mission to eliminate violence and abuse from the lives of all individuals. They have been proud to call Caldwell home and are honored to be serving the communities of the Treasure Valley. Since opening their doors, AAFV has grown and expanded to not only provide shelter through Hope’s Door, but also provide the programs and classes that instill hope, healing, and strength to all they serve. In 2011, the AAFV organization grew and began providing housing options for those served by their programs and community at large. Hope Plaza, a 48-unit apartment complex was completed and provides affordable hous-

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in delivering Mother’s Day gift bags in May to brighten the day and extend love to the women residing at Hope’s Door. Additionally, thirteen “Bed in a Box” totes were delivered to freshen up the resident’s rooms at the domestic violence shelter and Bedtime Bags for the children were received too. Many thanks for the kindness and generosity extended to wrap love around and comfort the women and children as they heal. To learn more about how you can be a part of Advocates Against Family Violence’s future, please visit their website, www.

Transformation Through a Summer Adventure

Our family has begun our summer adventure! Paige (our daughter) has joined the cast at the Starlight Mountain Theatre in Crouch, Idaho. It’s a short drive up into the pines where the world feels normal. I am so excited for Paige’s first job. She is doing what she loves and being paid for it! Pride overcomes me when I watch her confidence building and her level of self-worth soar. For twelve hours a day the cast rehearses shows for the season that begins on June 13th. In two weeks time, I have watched from over the top of a sewing machine as two shows become re-

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ing within the community. AAFV is currently completing construction on an additional 30-units, with plans to be complete by July 2020. Expansion is again on the horizon. AAFV’s vision over the next five years is to construct additional housing units, a new Learning Center, as well as an Administration building where they can continue to provide and expand community resources. AAFV knows they have their work cut out for them to get this all accomplished. They are so very grateful for all their community partners, like JustServe, who have volunteered many hours on projects and programs. They know it takes the entire village working together to strengthen the community. Visit the JustServe website to see a list of volunteer opportunities available at Advocates Against Family Violence and Hope’s Door including the need for cleaning supplies; “Bed in a Box” for Kids; “Bed in a Box” for Women; and, “Beach Bags” for kids and women. Thank you to all who participated

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fined. The cast is made up mostly of college students from across the United States; Georgia, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, even one from College of Idaho. Paige and I stay in a trailer when we are not at the theater or costume room. It’s small and very cozy with a great view of the mountains that encapsulate the outdoor amphitheater. COVID has been a strenuous event on both Paige and I and our mental health. Starlight has been such a blessing, embracing us and fulfilling

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the emptiness that this virus has caused. Paige has always loved music theatre but opportunities are so limited in our neighborhood. She is working along with some incredibly talented young men and women, and a staff who are quick to share advice and compliments. I drove a little girl who had such poor self image, who was simply looking to make some summer money for dance team in hopes that that there would be a dance season ahead of her to an isolated pris-

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tine place in the timbers. As I drove back this morning, visiting with her on the drive down the mountain, I met a young, mature woman who has a vision for her life on a stage and no doubt in the spotlight. I have always told her, “Paige, I wish you could see yourself through your father and my eyes. You would see just how exceptional you are!” Starlight has held the mirror to her eyes and she is catching a glimpse. I am excited to watch the transformation in progress. I am truly indebted to Eddie, Jan, Skye, Michelle Davis and the rest of the cast for their love and encouragement.

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Time is Precious–Celebrate Your Dad This Father’s Day

Billy Graham said “A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society”. When I think about my father as I lovingly called him, he was my hero, my cowboy, the fix-it man, problem solver and a man who served God with his whole heart. There wasn’t anything that he could not do or would not do. Including coming out to his adult daughter’s house to kiss her boo boo at midnight after a small accident. I lost my dad in August 2019 to cancer because of Agent Orange. As we celebrated Memorial Day last week, it occurred to me this is a year of firsts. Every year we would load up the car and head down to my grandmothers as the cousins and aunts and uncles gathered together for a cookout and then headed down to the cemetery to place flowers and flags on our loved ones graves. My grandfather served in World War I, an uncle in World War II, my dad and

uncle in Vietnam and my brother and cousin in Desert Storm. This is the first year without visiting the cemetery with family, no cookouts with the cousins. This is the first year of putting flowers on my dad‘s grave. The first year celebrating Father’s Day without my dad. Heaven gained a new soldier in the Lords Army that August day. I’ve always been proud of my dad and his time in the military, but the day of my dad‘s funeral I saw how much he was loved not just by friends and family but by his military family. In 1965 my dad served with a great group of men in Vietnam, they had been searching since the war was over to find each other and thanks to the technology of Facebook he was able to connect with two of his buddies. I’m so glad that he was able to have that in the last months of his life. These two men came to my dads funeral, sharing stories of their time together and lots of photos I had never seen before.

My dad never talked about his time in Vietnam except one day we were riding in his vehicle during a hail storm and he said, “WOW that sounded like a sniper bullet hitting my helicopter.” I regret now not asking more questions about his time during Vietnam. Maybe he would have opened up more but I guess I will never know. I never thought the man who I saw as invincible would not be around. This Father’s Day I will cherish what memories I had with my dad, the man that never met a stranger, my dad who took time to teach his tomboy of a daughter to rip a house apart and start over with rewiring, drywalling and tiling. I cherish that he bought me my first toolbox, loaded with lots of power tools and taught me how to use them all. I was blessed to have my dad help me pick out my wedding dress a couple years ago and I am thankful and blessed he was able to walk me down the aisle. He was amazing man and I am grateful to have these


To give credit where credit is due, Fathers Day would not exist without Mothers Day which was the product of Ann Reeves Jarvis and her daughter Anna Jarvis who wanted to honor her mother by making Mothers Day a national holiday. Anna had the backing of the John Wannamaker department store in Philadelphia and other retailers. Even though the cynical observation was that retailers saw an opportunity for profit, Mothers Day was observed by 45 states in 1909 and President Woodrow Wilson approved a resolution in 1914 to cement it as a holiday to honor “that tender, gentle army, the mothers of America.” Fathers Day had a tougher path to recognition, possibly because some fathers saw it as nothing more than


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another attempt to part them from their money. A Spokane, WA woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six siblings raised by their widower father went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to lobby them for support, Washington State celebrated the nations first statewide Fathers Day on June 19, 1910. President Wilson honored the day in 1916 by using telegraph signals to unfurl a flag in Spokane by pressing a button in Washington, D.C. In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge urged state government to observe the day. The 1920s and 30s saw a movement arise intending to scrap both Mothers and Fathers days in favor of a

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memories. I hope and pray that those reading this will cherish the time you have to spend with your kids teaching them, telling them stories of your childhood, maybe showing them how to cook or how to fix something that broke. Just taking the time to spend with them because they will never forget it and cherish

the little things. As an adult I hope you will sit down with your parents and ask them the questions you have always wanted to ask. Sit down with the family and play a card game or two, have a cookout or just watch a movie together. We may never have this type of chance again so take advantage of it while you can.

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Page 10 CALDWELL PERSPECTIVE All kinds of new possibilities have opened up with this “stay at home” issue with our response to the Covid 19 pandemic. We have learned all kinds of things that we may not have thought about before and have reintroduced things that may have been long forgotten. Firstly, some businesses have really found ways to be able to have employees work from home which really makes them more flexible in the future with different ways to do business. That was probably something they may never have tried before, but now know how to make this possible. Schools and parents have had On May 27th, 2016, Ginny and I celebrated our twelfth anniversary. Many of our friends thought we’d never make it this far. They thought we married too early after our first spouses died. We’ve proved them wrong. Ginny and I decided to head to the mountains near Stanley, Idaho to celebrate. We love the area. The Friday before we took off, I noticed my car was a little sluggish starting. I worried a bit, but not too much.

to make major adjustments with their ways to provide education to their students and children. Some parents may find they can provide an education for their kids at home and homeschooling could now be an option they never considered while others may have gained a new respect for those educators and how they work so hard to provide the best education possible for their children while they work outside the home to provide for their families. It has really opened the eyes of everyone in this area. Schools have also found ways to continue to help with meals for those kids who would miss them On the day after our anniversary, we loaded the trunk of the car with our bags. We were ready to roll. I smiled at Ginny, “Here we come, mountains.” “Woo Hoo!” Ginny said with excitement. Ginny hit the button to unlock the doors. I heard the click, climbed into the passenger seat - Ginny was driving. She doesn’t let me drive mountain roads. She says I’m too slow. She tried to open her door. It

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busy working parents and others some relief from all those cooking duties. Families have definitely had more family time because all those extra-curricular activities have been put on hold for now. Some kids who had been over scheduled and overtired with too many after school activities have now had time to catch up on rest and their school work. Maybe when school starts back up again, they can pick less extra-curricular activities and be involved with the ones they truly liked now that they have had a break and time to figure that out. Some things were definitely

because they were not in school. They continued to provide breakfasts and lunches in most areas. Meals at home have become the norm as restaurants were closed down for so long and cooking your own dinner has come back into fashion. People have been actually trying out new recipes and bringing back some old family favorites. Dinners sitting down as a family have been happening again. People have actually saved some money cooking their own meals and they can actually eat healthier if they choose to. But it is so very nice to see those restaurants open back up to give

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was still locked. I reached over and unlocked it for her. She climbed into the driver’s seat, closed the door, stuck the key into the ignition, turnedit and ...nothing. Our battery was dead. Ginny climbed the stairs. She knocked on our neighbor’s door. When the lady of the house answered, Ginny asked if her husband could give us a boost. It was early. He was still sleeping, but she woke him. A few moments later, Travis came down the stairs. His eyes were still glassy from sleep,and his hair stuck out in all directions. We connected the jumper cables between our two batteries. In a few minutes our car was running. Instead of heading to the mountains, we went to a service center and bought a newbattery. We needed it. Ours was eight years old. We thank God for making it die when it did. If we had pulled over in the mountains to take pictures, we have would

had no way of contacting help. There’s no cell service there. It’s quite isolated. We had a beautiful weekend. The weather was the warmest we have ever experienced in the area at this time of year no snow in late May is a blessing. We spent a lot of time sitting around picnic tables on the banks of Idaho’s Salmon River with two couples staying there too. They were fun. The long weekend drew to a close. We packed our bags and loaded them into our car for the ride home. Ginny came out of the cottage, “Mike, did you get my purse off the sofa?” “I didn’t see your purse, Baby.” She went back into the cottage, searched and didn’t find her purse. We checked all our bags and didn’t find it. Ginny looked at me, “Mike, I took it with me on Saturday when we went to the restaurant

to eat. I don’t normally carry a purse, but my slacks don’t have pockets. I think I left it there.” My heart sank. She had her credit and bank cards in it. Her driver’s license too. Ginny tried to remain calm, but I knew she was in a panic. We left the cabins and drove to the restaurant. My heart started to pound. Ginny stepped from the car, opened the door to the restaurant and stepped inside. A girl swept the floor. She looked up, saw Ginny, “Hey! I have your purse. A lady sat at your table after you left and found it. She gave it to me. I didn’t know what motel you were at.” Ginny cried with relieve. I watched her walk out with her purse in her hand and my heart settled too. I thank the Lord for the honesty of the Idaho people. What would we do without them?

For nature lovers, perhaps nothing is more enjoyable than packing up the camping gear, traveling to a favorite campsite and getting away from it all while sleeping under the stars. Such an experience can be transformative, turning first-time campers into lifelong enthusiasts. The opportunity to turn youngsters into nature enthusiasts who can’t wait to spend time outside may be one reason why so many families go camping. A 2018 report Kampgrounds of America found that 52 percent of campers have children, making camping among the most popular and family-friendly ways to enjoy the great outdoors. Camping with youngsters can help families make lasting memories. Parents who have never before taken their children camping may benefit from employing a few strategies to make the trip as fun as possible. • Make a trial run in the backyard. A night camping in the

backyard won’t be exactly the same as a night in the woods, where wildlife, and particularly insects, may be less welcoming hosts. But a backyard camping night can acclimate children to their sleeping bags and their tents. A fun night sleeping under the stars in the backyard also may make kids more enthusiastic about an upcoming camping trip in the woods. • Go over safety early and often. Use every opportunity to explain camping safety measures to youngsters in advance of your trip. Emphasize the importance of staying together in the woods, and teach youngsters how to identify potentially harmful plants like poison ivy, making sure they know to avoid coming into contact with these and other poisonous plants. Contact your local parks department, or the campground where you will be staying, for some additional advice on camping safety. • Let kids help when choos-

ing camping equipment. Youngsters may be more excited about camping if they’re allowed to choose certain equipment, including their sleeping bags and tents. Before visiting your nearby camping retailer, explain to kids that tents come in various styles because they’re designed to protect campers from certain elements that may be more common in certain areas than others. Such an explanation can make it easy to explain to youngsters why you’re purchasing certain items, even if those items weren’t kids top choices. • Plan the family menu in advance. Plan the menu in advance so you can ensure everyone will continue to eat healthy. But make sure to include a few kid-friendly camping classics, like smores, in the meal plan as well. • Prepare a camping-friendly first-aid kit. Bandages and topical antibiotic creams are part and parcel of any first-aid kit, regardless of where you’re going. But the elements pose a different set of challenges that require a more extensive first-aid kit. When designing a first-aid kit for your camping trip, be sure to include all the usual items but also over-the-counter medications that can treat pain, allergies, constipation, and diarrhea. An extra gallon or two of water also makes for a wise addition to campers first-aid kits. Family camping trips can instill a lifelong love of the great outdoors in youngsters. A few simple strategies can help parents make such trips safe and memorable.

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June 2020 It started innocently. Many years ago, I worked in an office with large windows that looked out over a busy overpass. I stood by one of those windows one day, when a woman in a passing car looked up and made eye contact - naturally, I waved. A chuckle escaped my lips as she turned and tried to identify me. It was the beginning of a year of window antics. When things were slow, I stood in the window and waved at the passengers who looked up. The strange looks made me laugh work stress was washed away. My co-workers took an interest. They stood back, out of view, and watched the reactions I received, and laughed. Late afternoon was the best time. Rush-hour traffic filled the overpass with cars and transit buses, and provided lots of waving material for my end-ofday routine. It didn’t take long to attract a following - a group of commuters who passed the window every day and looked up at the strange waving man. There was a man with a construction truck. He’d turn on his flashing yellow lights and return my wave. There was the carpool crowd and the business lady with her children fresh from day care. My favorite was the transit bus from the docks that passed my window at 4:40 PM. It carried the same group every day. They were my biggest fans. Waving became boring, so I devised ways to enhance my

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act. I made signs: “Hi!”, “Hello!”, “Be Hap-py!” I posted them in the window and waved. I stood on the window ledge in various poses, created hats from paper and file-folders, made faces, played peek-a-boo by bouncing up from below the window ledge, stuck out my tongue, tossed paper planes in the air, and once went into the walkway over the street and danced while co-workers pointed to let my fans know I was there. Christmas approached. Job cuts were announced. Several co-workers would lose their jobs. Everyone was depressed. Stress reached a high point. We needed a miracle to break the tension. While working a night shift, a red lab jacket attracted my attention. I picked it up and turned it in my hands. In a back corner, where packing material was kept, I used my imagination and cut thin, white sheets of cloth-like foam into strips and taped them around the cuffs and collar, down the front, and around the hem of the lab jacket. A box of foam packing and strips of tape became Santa’s beard. I folded a red file folder into a hat and taped the beard to it. The whole thing slipped over my head in one piece. The next day I hid from my co-workers, slipped into the costume, walked bravely to my desk, sat down, held my belly, and mocked Santa’s chuckle. They gathered around me and laughed for the first time in weeks.

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A few minutes later, my supervisor walked through the door. He took three steps, looked up, saw me, paused, shook his head, turned and left. I feared trouble. The phone on the desk rang. It was my boss. “Mike, come to my office!” I shuffled down the hall. The foam beard swished across my chest with each step. “Come in!” The muffled voice replied to my knock. I entered and sat down. The foam on my beard creaked. He looked away from me. A bead of sweat rolled down my forehead. The only sound was the hammering of my heart. “Mike...” That was all he managed to say. He lost his composure, leaned back in his chair, and bellowed with laughter. He held his stomach. Tears formed in his eyes, as I sat silent and confused. When he regained control, he said, “Thanks, Mike! With the job cuts, it’s been hard to enjoy the Christmas season. Thanks for the laugh, I needed it.” That evening, and every evening of the Christmas season, I stood proudly in the window and waved to my fans. The bus crowd waved wildly, and the little children smiled at the strange Santa. My heart filled with joy. For a few minutes each day, we could forget the loss of jobs. I didn’t know it then, but a bond was forming between my fans and I. The next spring, I discovered just how close we had become. My wife and I were expecting our first child. I wanted the world to know. Less than a month before the birth I posted a sign in the window, “25 DAYS UNTIL ‘B’ DAY.” My fans passed and shrugged their shoulders. The next day the sign read, “24 DAYS UNTIL ‘B’ DAY.” Each day the number dropped, and the passing people grew more

confused. One day a sign appeared in the bus, “What is ‘B’ DAY?” I just waved and smiled. Ten days before the expected date, the sign in the window read, “10 DAYS UNTIL BA-DAY.” Still the people wondered. The next day it read, “9 DAYS UNTIL BAB- DAY,” then “8 DAYS UNTIL BABY DAY”. My fans finally knew what was happening. By then, my following had grown to include twenty or thirty different busses and cars. Every night they watched to see if my wife had given birth. The number decreased - excitement grew. My fans were disappoint-ed when the count reached “zero” without an announcement. The next day the sign read, “BABY DAY 1 DAY LATE”. I pretended to pull out my hair. Each day the number changed and the interest from passing traffic grew. My wife was fourteen days overdue, before she finally went into labor. The next morning our daughter was born. I left the hospital at 5:30 AM, screamed my joy into the morning air, and drove home to sleep. I got up at noon, showered, bought cigars, and appeared at my window in time for my fans. My co-workers were ready with a banner posted in the window: “IT’S A GIRL!” I didn’t stand alone that evening. My co-workers joined me in celebration. We stood and waved our cigars in the air, as every vehicle that passed acknowledged the birth of my daughter. Finally, the bus from the docks made its turn onto the overpass and began to climb the hill. When it drew close, I climbed onto the window ledge and clasped my hands over my head in a victory pose. The bus was directly

by Michael Smith in front of me, when it stopped dead in heavy traffic, and every person on board stood with their hands in the air. Emotion choked me, as I watched them celebrate my new daughter. Then it happened: a sign popped up. It filled the windows and stretched half the length of the bus, “CONGRATULATIONS!” Tears formed in the corners of my eyes as the bus slowly resumed its journey. I stood in silence, as it pulled from view. More fans passed. They tooted their horns or flashed their lights to congratulate me. I hardly noticed them, as I pondered what had just happened. My daughter had been born fourteen days late. Those people must have carried that sign for weeks. Each day they must have unrolled it and then rolled it back up. The thought of them going through so much just to celebrate my new baby made me cry. I made a fool of myself for eight months. I made those people smile after a long day at work. They must have enjoyed it, because on the happiest day of my life they showed their appreciation. That day, more than twenty years ago, changed me. I just wanted to make my day better. I didn’t realize how it affected others. Ever since then, I try to put a smile on someone’s face every day. I compliment strangers on their clothing. I start conversations in elevators. I even make jokes in crowded New York City subways. Some may think I am stupid, but I know there is a chance I’m making someone’s day - someone who will may one day hold up a sign that says “Congratulations!”.



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Get Fired Up About Campfire Cooking Camping season revs up when the temperature warms. In a recent survey by Kampgrounds of America, Inc., the main reasons people say they go camping are to reconnect with nature, spend time with family and friends and reduce stress and relax. The roughly 40 million people who go camping in the United States each year also may have food on their minds. Campfire cooking which involves cooking over an open fire and eating outdoors makes camping that much more enjoyable for many people. Campfire cooking is about simplicity of ingredients and ease of cooking. Chances are campers do not want to lug too many cooking instruments to the campsite, so ingredients that are portable and can

cook quickly over an open fire are attractive. Cast iron skillets, grills and Dutch ovens often are the gear of choice. Here are some delicious campfire meals to try on your next camping trip.

Campfire Casserole

Mix your favorite ground meat (beef, chicken or pork) with kidney beans and cubed bacon (leftover from breakfast works well). Add barbecue sauce or diced tomatoes, depending on your preference. Allow to simmer in a Dutch oven on low for 45 minutes to an hour. Season to taste. During the last 10 minutes of cooking, place refrigerated biscuits over the top of the casserole, cover and cook until the biscuits are done.

Seafood No-Boil

Cut foil sheets about 12

inches long. Add 5 to 6 shrimp, one quarter of an ear of corn, a few slices of smoked andouille sausage, a lemon slice, and seasonings to taste. Fold the foil packets carefully to seal in the ingredients. Place the packets on a grill over the campfire and allow to cook for around 10 to 15 minutes.

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Line a Dutch oven with aluminum foil. Mix together a yellow cake mix, 11/4 cups water and 1/2 cup canola oil and pour over two cans of a favorite pie filling flavor in the pot. Prepare the campfire for low heat. Put the Dutch oven in the ashes and cover with remaining ash or charcoal briquettes. Cook until bubbly, around 30 to 40 minutes. Campfire cooking is delicious, and few things can beat eating tasty foods under an open sky.


June 2020 I attribute this column to my older sister who showed me a picture of her beautiful two toned rose bush. Her comment was “I guess I lost control of my graft”. Which I promptly gave her advice on how to correct the problem as a dutiful and loving brother should. I was met with silence. I quess I should have just said how beautiful it was. Sometimes when it comes to plants I just can’t help myself. But I didn’t just stop there, oh no, I went on to tell her how to correct the problem if she want-

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ed, so I’m still waiting for the gratitude for awesome knowledge, so far, crickets. But since you all go to my column first, I will ingratiate you with my wisdom. First, just so you all know, all my knowledge, talents and passion for plants comes from God. Without his blessings I would be boring. First of all outside of uniquely different and highly noticeable plants or flowers, I will stop to enjoy and smell the roses and hostas. Hostas because there are so many types, colors, sizes, shapes and variations that to see them draws you in to their magnanimous simplicity. They are so easy to care

for, meaning you do nothing if you want. They come and go without any of your involvement as long as there are the basics, water and shade. Now to roses, I have always loved roses. I guess it was because I spent so much time watching my grandmother peel the thorns and leaves and stick these beautiful flowers in an arrangement with such precision without being choreographed beforehand. Roses are full of the richest colors. The deepest greens the purest whites and yellows and even the names given seem to be the most fitting like John F. Kennedy or Tropi-


cana. You can literally see the rose in the name. Believe it or not they are really easy to care for, but there are some basic rules to follow. First know the type of rose you have to know how to prune or train. Most roses are grafted on a more sturdy rose bush, usually a red wild rose because of its heartiness. It’s important to know where the graft is and be sure to never let stems come out below the graft. To plant, place on a mound slightly above grade so water never pools, roses like the soil moist but not their feet and leave 3 feet of space from other roses or plants. If bare root follow

Dave’s Big Back Yard Anybody but me miss butterflies? They have faded from the rural and urban areas of Idaho. Along with many others in the family of insecta. When I was a kid in the early 60’s my sister Jan and I would leave the back-porch light on, sixty watts would attract a myriad of insects some as ubiquitous as June bugs

and lacewing but others rarely seen as the Cecropia moth. A large member of the order of Lepidoptera, a moth with a three and half to four inch wing span. Beautiful animal. In the current issue of National Geographic my concerns are shared by many, studies show that the biomass of insects has declined dramatically in the last twenty years. “Big deal, who cares”, say most “I hate mosquitos,

flies and earwigs” as do I, my jug of Home Defense is at the ready by my back door. Hobos, widows and some other arachnids are definitely unwanted guests but many others are natures answer to chemicals - lady bugs, lacewings and mantis are all unknowing front-line soldiers for humanity. They consume aphids, grass hoppers and many other destructive insects. Parasitic wasps are largely beneficial,

Stay Safe in the Heat As the summer weather moves in, resulting in warmer temperatures, heat-related illnesses and deaths become greater risks. Our bodies are typically able to regulate our body temperatures through sweating. However, our body’s temperature-regulating system is unable to control our body temperature when we are exposed to more heat than we can handle. Heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and death can

all occur when exposed to excessive heat. Heat exhaustion is when the body loses a disproportionate amount of water and salt, likely due to consistent sweating. According to the National Safety Council, signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion include: sweating, pale skin, moist skin, headache, dizziness, fainting, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps, and rapid heart rate. Heat exhaustion can result in heat stroke if measures are not taken immediately to reduce body temperature. To treat heat exhaustion, move affected

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instructions. You need good composted soil but sandy for drainage. Pruning in our climate should be done after April 10th and you want to bring the rose to 7 to 10 canes with equal separation and about 10 inches in height. Then enjoy the long stems. If you lose your graft and have two different roses you can get it back if you want. When it blooms, gently pull those stems out of the other part and follow them down to the base of the plant and cut off as close to the main stock as possible. Continue until you have removed all the stems of the other rose. Until next time, Pat by Dave McCormick

attacking insects by laying eggs on the larval stage of development of undesirable. One however attacks a leaf cutter bee larva insect vital in pollinating alpha seeds. As has been said, in the event of a nuclear war insects would inherit the earth. Probably true, but what is causing the steep decline in insects’ biomass in recent years? Even the entomologists and scholars that study the phenomena can-

not come to a consensus. Climate change, pesticide, use and loss of habitat are all probable factors, but no one has found a smoking gun. Insects are an important part of the cycle of life. They are pollinators. Blow flies are natures clean up squad and many are nourishment for countless birds and animals. “Oh no”, no stones, mays, or caddis flies no need for a dry fly rod, unimaginable.

by Jackie Amende, FCS Extension Educator, University of Idaho Extension-CC

individual out of the sun and into a shaded, cool, or airconditioned area. Provide the individual with water or another cool beverage (nonalcoholic), and cool down the body by applying wet cool towels to the skin or having the individual take a cold shower.

If symptoms continue and the individual is showing additional signs of confusion, altered mental status, unresponsiveness, or belligerent behavior, the individual may be experiencing a heat stroke. Seek medical attention immediately. To avoid a heat-related ill-

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Page 14 CALDWELL PERSPECTIVE At the decision of the Mayor of Caldwell and Caldwell City Council, with the exception of the fireworks show, the City of Caldwell will be not be holding the City-sponsored celebration for the 4th of July for 2020. This includes the 4th of July Parade, Memorial Park events, live music and kids’ activities. Out of concern for the novel Coronavirus spread amongst our community and the high

4th of July Celebration Cancelled for 2020

risk of transmission associated with large crowds of people, we feel that this is the best course during this time. Most of our surrounding cities have already made the decision not to hold their 4th of July events as well, and concern for inundation was one out of many factors considered in the decision making. The large number of City volunteers and staff needed to put forth such an event is a

concern as well; it remains our priority to keep city staff safe – particularly those at higher risk for suffering complications from the virus. While this was not an easy choice to make, it is imperative that we recognize that the threat of the virus is not over, and it remains important to keep our case numbers low. Nevertheless, we do not wish to diminish the significance of

this holiday. All City parks will remain open, and we encourage our residents to enjoy family time, host a backyard barbeque, or look for additional ways to celebrate. The fireworks display will still be held and will start at dusk. For those wishing to enjoy the fireworks from the park, the City will not restrict access. We do ask, however, that social distancing remains a prior-

This would wait until morning now. After breakfast and a leisurely morning, it was time to get the boat over to the marina to drop it in. When we go to hook it on, low and behold, the safety strap that holds the boat to the trailer could not be budged to be able to release the boat into the water. The winding handle was bent backwards and could not be turned, so the husband took it off and flipped it inside out making it as good as new, so he said. Then off we went to the lumberyard to get a few things to correct this situation. After fixing the problem in the lumberyard parking lot, we finally headed on to the marina. We dropped the boat into the water. My friend’s 12 year old nephew wanted to ride over to the condo with the husband, but I told him we’d better wait and see if the boat could make it over there first before we’d let him go for a ride. The husband waved me on to leave, letting me know that the motor was working just fine and that he was on his way, home-free. I lingered to watch just a little longer for good measure, while the husband continued to wave me on with that, “go on, get outta here!” with that kind of annoyed posturing going on. I left when he crossed the no wake zone and took off for the condo. So now I drive the trailer over to the friend’s house to drop it off and as I am getting it off the pick-up and anchoring it so it doesn’t roll away, I hear my cell phone ringing,

unable to answer it before it went into “voicemail” mode. I dial up my voicemail once I get the trailer situated and hear the following message, “Leora, this is Sam. The boat is on fire. I’m in the middle of the lake. Get help.” There was no urgency in his voice, but I knew him well enough to know that he was in T-R-O-UB-L-E! I call “911” and ask them for their immediate help to assist him as I really don’t know how bad it is, or how bad it might be in 5 more minutes. I am now wondering if he is actually in the middle of the lake floating with his phone held high over his head or if he is still in the boat trying to get the fire out!!! Then my phone rings through as “911” is asking me how to spell my name. I hang up on them and the husband is on the line saying that he is now okay, being towed in by another condo member. So I call “911” back and tell them all is well as I drive back over to the marina to pick up my wayward sailor. As I arrive, I see the emergency vehicle parked along the side of the road. I walk up to the driver and ask her if she is there for Sam. She said she was, so I told her that all is well now and that he called back and said that his situa-tion was taken care of and that he was okay. As I looked down towards the marina, there he was on the dock talk-ing to the boat cops who were inspecting his boat and looking under his engine hood, probably just as much

June 2020 City of Caldwell Press Release ity. Chairs and blankets should be spaced at 6ft increments. If possible, please enjoy the display from your home or an area conducive to social distancing. We would like to thank you for your continued patience and consideration of our vulnerable community members. We look forward to many wonderful 4th of July celebrations in the years to come.


by Leora Summers

A boat! Fun! You think? Well let me tell you what fun really is. We co-own this 1900 something boat that we share with our condo partners in McCall and every year we bring it down to the valley for the winter only to tow it back up the next year for those wonderful rides around beautiful Payette Lake in the summer. And each year, there is always a new surprise waiting for us to prepare for that blessed event. This year takes the cake! First you must know that our condo-partners and we have made up this summer schedule to share our vacation place. So there are assigned dates when we can go and as usual, before taking the boat up for our first summer date, he (the husband) straps that weird looking contraption onto the boat motor and tries to fire the boat engine up in the driveway. Nothing happens. What a surprise! So we begin this process on June 8th and go up to our place without it, saying we’ll recharge the battery when we get home and take it up next time. Our condo partner’s let us know they couldn’t get up on their next weekend and we could go up if we wanted to. So now it’s time to start thinking about that boat again. So the husband puts the charger on that battery overnight and tries it out two days before we are to take it up. VROOM! Success! It works! Yeah!!! So now two weeks later, the day

we go to hook it on to the pickup to leave, he decides to try it out just once more for good measure. NOTHING! Well so much for that as we leave again for another boatless weekend at our great spot on that beautiful lake. Before we go up for another try, the next weekend, during our scheduled time, the husband goes out and buys a new battery for that wonderful old boat. Our troubles would be over. The boat fired up just great. We loaded up for the weekend, inviting a friend and her 12 year old nephew, our lovely daughters and another guest, to tag along for fun on the lake. So now we hook the boat on and begin our journey, only to be stopped short, less than a mile away from home, with the boat pushing us all over the road in a haphazard fashion. What on earth now? We stop and there’s the boat trailer tongue pushed under the back of the pick-up on the road with the electrical wires torn apart. It’s now back to the house for a little electrical wire repair before heading out again. It certainly will be dark before we get up there now, so we especially needed those taillights! This time the ball lock was doubly checked before leaving and we made it up to McCall around 10:30 p.m. We parked the boat on its trailer at a friend’s place for the night instead of dropping it in the marina to take it across the lake to the condo in the dark.

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for beer as to make sure all looked okay for now. After all was checked out, we left the boat tied up to the dock to be picked up later that afternoon. I called my eldest daughter about dinner later that afternoon. She was at her friend’s place on the other side of the lake. She told me that there was a “cop boat” screaming across the lake earlier and wondered what that was all about. That would be for her father, I said. She didn’t seem surprised. Well, now we are home again and the boat is in the boat hospital waiting to see if it should be resurrected or recy-cled to United Metal Recycling Center for a few dollars of relief. We still owe my friend’s nephew a boat ride and we are going up to the condo again soon, and may try to bring up our jet boat, but it doesn’t go into reverse after having it fixed once already a summer ago. I have heard that the definition of the word boat is: “a hole in the water into which one throws money.” I do believe this to be true. Maybe we should wait on bringing up the jet boat after we get that “reverse” fixed again. The husband says we don’t really need reverse though. We can just go in circles to get to where we need to be if we pass the spot. Oh yeah, and did I tell you that the trolling motor is on the blink again? I think I’ll make sure the oars are in the boat this time, and the life vests too, and I’ll check on the fire extinguishers, and bring my cell phone. I remember being stranded on the Snake River with the husband, his 80 plus year old parents, his 60 plus year old cousin, my 70 plus year old mother and me just a couple of years ago, and “911” told me to call them back if I couldn’t find anyone else to help as my phone battery was dying. But that is another story. P.S. Any day above the ground is a good day for the husband. I cherish each and everyday with him. He means well and I love him. I’ve doubled his life insurance anyway.


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