March 2017 Caldwell Perspective

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Caldwell, Idaho

Edition Twenty-Eight


MARCH 2017

Indian Creek Musical Art Park

CPR Class for City Employees

YMCA adds space

CHS Robotics does it again!

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Caldwell’s Abigail Manery was crowned the 2017 Miss Amazing Teen Queen during the pageant held at the Nampa Civic Center on February 11th before a crowd of about 640 people in attendance. Abby, 17 years old, is a sophomore at Vallivue High School and is the daughter of Lisa and Chuck Manery. She is the youngest of six children in her family. As the Miss Amazing Teen Queen, Abby will be attending the National Miss Amazing pageant in Chicago between August 4th-7th, representing Idaho and Caldwell. This was the pageant’s 5th year and it is so much more than “just a pageant.” The Miss Amazing Pageant celebrates the valuable abilities and strengths of girls and women with disabilities throughout this event. These special ladies share their ambitions and abilities and inspire each other and all people to empower themselves. Abby is a member of the Vallivue High

Abigail Manery – Idaho Miss Amazing Teen 2017

School band and played her has a moment to shine and be trumpet as her talent and will recognized. play it as her talent again during The event encourages the the national pageant. The talent ladies to dream big to reach part of the pageant is optional for their full potential. It provides contestants and is not a part of the a platform to celebrate and judging for the queen. value all people and creates This pageant has 6 subgroup a great example through its age categories from ages 5-35 efforts to others for a better years old, in which the ladies world. The program is featured compete. They are as follows: through more than 10 media Rising Stars (ages 5-9), Preteen outlets. And best but not least, (ages 10-12), Junior Teen (ages countless friendships are 13-15), Teen (ages 16-19), Junior made between the girls and Miss (ages 20-23), Miss (ages 24ladies participating and their 27) and Senior Miss (ages 28-35). families and friends that come The pageant is designed to to support them. help the contestant learn and Nearly 450 girls and develop social and other skills. women with disabilities have The contestants are judged on participated in this program an interview, their introduction Abigail Manery with her mother, Lisa since its beginning 5 years on stage and their walk in their Manery and Mayor Nancolas on Feb. 22. ago. Almost 1,000 volunteers (Photo by Leora Summers) beautiful dresses. The interview have helped with this program. does not happen on stage. The and are given a trophy and a Also through this program judges all have experience crown. Abby’s mother’s favorite over 1,500 pounds of canned working with girls and women part of the pageant is watching and boxed food items have with disabilities and special needs been donated to local pantries. the girls’ faces light up when they in some form or another. The Idaho Miss Amazing is a Unlike other pageants, ALL are given a trophy and the crown collaborative effort made possible contestants hear their name called is placed on their heads. Everyone by dedicated sponsors.

photos by Nikki Zachary

Caldwell Firefighters–Climb. Conquer. Cure.

Caldwell Firefighter Team L to R: Eric Haskins, Brent Sillito, KC Zachary, Kolby Kerbs, Jose Martinez, Dan Garcia and Titus Ponder (in front of KC). Team members not pictured: Dee Berryman and Dewayne Birch.

A team of 8 Caldwell firefighters will participate in the “Climb. Conquer. Cure.” event in Seattle, Washington on March 12th to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society during the annual Scott Firefighter Stair Climb. This is the 4th

consecutive year that Caldwell’s team will be participating in this fundraiser. Their goal this year is to raise $10,000 for this worthy cause. They each have a special person that they will be climbing to reach a cure for. They, along with over 1,900

by Leora. Summers, Editor

other participants from the US, Canada and South America during this 26th Annual Scott Firefighter Stair Climb, will climb 69 flights of stairs with 1,311 stair steps while dressed in full bunker gear and packing, with oxygen tanks strapped to their backs for breathing. Last year’s team was able to raise almost $6,000 due to the amazing support from our community. The City of Caldwell and Caldwell City Council donated a combined $1,000 to help them with their expenses to attend this event. This year firefighter KC Zachary is climbing for 7-yearold Titus Ponder, who along with his parents, Dusty and Amber Ponder, will be at the top of the Columbia Building waiting for the last of the Caldwell firefighters to reach them. KC Zachary climbed for Titus last year. Titus was diagnosed in 2015 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Currently he is in remission. Wahoo! The team hopes that their climb will make a difference for all for whom they are climbing, as it has for Titus. This year Titus

by Leora. Summers, Editor

Aside from this pageant, Abigail is a busy girl. She is a cashier at Deseret Industries in Nampa. Not only does she like to play her trumpet, she likes to play basketball and is an Alpine skier with the Special Olympics. She may be small is size, but has a big heart. She is looking forward to spending the next year having a chance to meet a lot of people and to provide service to the community. She is excited to represent Caldwell and Idaho at the National Pageant in Chicago, Illinois in August. She met with Mayor Nancolas on February 21st and told him all about this pageant and her dreams. He was so impressed that he promised to make a personal contribution towards her trip to the national pageant. Then she asked the Mayor’s assistant if there were some community service projects she could help with. There is something special in Abigail and her smile is infectious. What a gem of a girl!

Canyon County Fair to stay in Caldwell!

by Leora. Summers, Editor

The Columbia Building in Seattle. Caldwell Firefighters will climb 788 vertical feet during the Annual Scott Firefighter Stair Climb.

is the “Honorary Boy of the Year” for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Idaho. We wish the Caldwell Stair Climb Team luck in reaching their goal and will report back next month on how they did. To see how you can help, check out their Facebook page, “Caldwell Fire Stair Climb Team.”

Big changes are happening with the new make-up of the Canyon County Commissioners’ board with Pam White now taking the place of Craig Hanson. She joined Tom Dale and Steve Rule on the board. As of the February 7th board meeting, the Canyon County Fair Board has been disbanded and Rosalie Cope is no longer employed as the fair director. Diana Sinner, who was the previous exhibits supervisor for the fair, has been named as the interim director until a new director is determined. During that meeting, the property previously purchased for a possible future site for the relocation of the fair was undesignated for that purpose. Alternate uses for that land will be pursued. The fair will remain at its current site. The commissioners decided that it was more fiscally responsible to focus on improvements at the downtown Caldwell location. Continued on page 3

Page 2 CALDWELL PERSPECTIVE Senior Center 459-0132 Every Mon: 9 AM: Exercise Every Mon: 10 AM: Fit n’ Fall Every Mon: 9 AM: Exercise Every Mon: 1 PM: Line Dancing Every Mon: 7 PM: Square Dancing Every Tue: 9 AM: (ex. 3/21) Art Group Every Tue: 9 AM: Exercise Every Tue: 1 PM: Pinochle Every Tue: 4:30 PM: Bingo Every Wed: 10:30 AM: Crochet & Knitters Every Thur: 9 AM: Exercise Every Thur: 10 AM: Fit n’ Fall Every Fri: 1 PM: Bingo Every Fri: 6 PM: Dance

March 5 10 AM-5 PM: Gem and Mineral Show, O’Connor Field House. March 6 2 PM: Page Turners, Library. 4:30-6 PM: Grief Group, TVCC, 205 S. 6th Ave, Caldwell, Room #220. 6:30 PM: Car seat safety, Library. 7-10 PM: City Council Meeting, CPD Community Room, 110 5th Ave. March 7 11:30 AM-1 PM: Ambassador Committee 6:30 PM: Mindful Eating, Library. March 8 10:30 AM-5:30 PM: International Women’s Day honored at Rubaiyat. 11 AM: Groundbreaking for new Library 459-3242 office & bathroom, Idaho Veterans Every Mon: 10:30 AM: Baby ’n Me. Garden, 305 W. Belmont. Every Mon: 11 AM: Baby ’n Me. 4:30 PM: Afterschool Crafts, Library. Every Mon:4:30 PM: Gaming 5:30 PM: Caldwell Rambler’s RV Every Tue: (ex. 3/28) 10:30 AM: Club: 2nd Wed of Month, 5:30 Toddler Storytime PM-Dinner, 6 PM-Meeting, Golden Every Wed: 10:30 AM: Preschool Dragon Restaurant, 211 S. 21st Ave., Storytime. Ray (208) 697-1357. Every Thurs: 4 PM: (ex. 3/9) Read March 9 to a Therapy Dog 2 PM: Thurs. Afternoon Read, Every Fri.: 10 AM: Tai Chi. Library. Fit and Fall Class 880-9855 Every Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30-10:30 AM: 3:30 PM: Gadget Garage, Library. 6:30 PM: Backyard Chickens, Caldwell Free Methodist Church, 3320 Library. S. Montana. March 10 March 1- Ash Wednesday 11:45 AM: Agri-Business Committee 8:30-9:25 AM: Travel and Tourism Meeting, Stewarts Bar and Grill. Committee, Chamber Office. 7 PM: Adult coloring, Library. 11:30 AM-1 PM: Lenten Clam March 2 Chowder Luncheons, Our Lady of the 3:30 PM: Teen makers, Library. Valley, 1122 W. Linden. 6:30 PM: Board Meeting, Library. 5-7 PM: Knight of Columbus March 3 Alaskan Cod Feed, Our Lady of the 11:30 AM-1 PM: Lenten Clam Valley Church. Chowder Luncheons, Our Lady of the 6-10 PM: A light in the WindowValley, 1122 W. Linden. Family Justice Center, For Cost, 4755-7 PM: Knight of Columbus 5700, Nampa Civic Center. Alaskan Cod Feed, Our Lady of the March 11 Valley Church. 6-11 PM: Brave hearts Night, Indian 10 AM: “When Mommy’s Home With Me” Book Launch Party, Creek Steakhouse. Library. March 4 7 AM-12 PM: Pancake Feed, 5 PM: Vallivue FFA Alumni 10th American Legion, 1112 Main St. Annual Auction Dinner, Doors 10 AM-6 PM: Gem and Mineral open at 5pm, Dinner at 6pm, and Show, O’Conner Field House. auction at 7pm, Funds Vallivue FFA 12-4 PM: Depot Open House, students in the form of scholarships Caldwell Train Depot. or travel funds for their competitions. 5:30-8:30 PM: Deer Flat Wildlife For more information contact: Refuge Evening with the Stars, Intersection of Roosevelt and Indiana

Calendar of Events

March 12 Daylight Savings Time March 13 12-1 PM: Transportation Committee, Acapulco Mexican Restaurant. 4 PM: Idaho Day Book Discussion: Housekeeping, Library. 7-8 PM: Urban Renewal Agency Meeting, CPD Community Room. March 14 6:30-8 PM: Camera 101 Dream High Photography. March 15 End of 3rd Quarter, Caldwell School Dist. 7 PM: Mid-Winter Author Series: Mark Asher, Library. March 16 7:45 AM-5 PM: Leadership Caldwell. 12-1 PM: Government Affairs Committee Meeting, Golden Dragon Restaurant 211 S 21st Ave. 3:30 PM: Teen Makers, Library. 4:30-6:30 PM: Business After Hours. 7-8:30 PM: Kitchen Classics Fancy Frosting. March 17- Saint Patrick’s Day Teacher Work Day-No School, Caldwell School Dist. 11:30 AM-1 PM: Lenten Clam Chowder Luncheons, Our Lady of the Valley, 1122 W. Linden. 5-7 PM: Knight of Columbus Alaskan Cod Feed, Our Lady of the Valley Church. March 18 12-6 PM: Sunny Slope Wine Trail: Luck O’ the Leprechaun Poker Run. March 19 12-4:30 PM: Vintage Motorcycle Show, O’Conner Field House. 2 PM: Pokemon Club, Library. March 20-First Day of Spring Wilderness First Responder Course, The College of Idaho, For cost Genny Gerke Outdoor Program Director 6-7 PM: City Council Workshop, CPD Community Room. 6:30 PM: Water Safety Class, Library. 7-10 PM: City Council Meeting, CPD Community Room. March 21 1-2 PM: Education Committee, The college of Idaho Room, 203. 2 PM: Homeschool Book Club, Library.

March 2017 6:30 PM: Swat Team, Library. March 22 8-9:30 AM: Coffee Connect, Centennial Baptist. 4:30 PM: Afterschool Crafts, Library. March 23 End of 3rd Quarter, Vallivue Dist. 4-6 PM: Teen Science Cafe, Library. 5-7 PM: Meet local authors, Sandy Kershner and Don Zuhlke, Rubaiyat, 720 Main St. 7 PM: A Century of Conservation, Library. March 24 11:30 AM-1 PM: Lenten Clam Chowder Luncheons, Our Lady of the Valley, 1122 W. Linden. 5-7 PM: Knight of Columbus Alaskan Cod Feed, Our Lady of the Valley Church.

March 25 10 AM-12 PM: University of Idaho Extension, Canyon County. 2 PM: Family Afternoon Movie: Moana. March 27- New Moon Spring Break Starts: Vallivue & Caldwell School Dist. 1-2:30 PM: Caldwell “Rocks” Paint Class, Roberts Recreation Center, 504 Grant St. 6:30 PM: Fire Safety Class, Library. March 28 9 AM-12 PM: Ice Breaker Fishing Camp, Caldwell Parks & Recreation Office 618 Irving St. 10:30 AM: Kritters for Kids: Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine, Library. Calendar continued on page 6


Chamber activity and participation has a positive effect on our community, quality of life, economic development, and many other elements. If you are interested in getting involved in the Caldwell Chamber or want to make a difference in your community, the Chamber offers several volunteer committees for you to take part on.

March 14 March 16 March 22 June 2 August 15-19 September 8 September 28 October 27 December 2

11:15 am Noonbreak Education Luncheon 4:30 pm Business After Hours, Hayden Homes 8:00 am Coffee Connect, Centennial Baptist Church 11:30am Wine Tour, Reservations required 6:30 am Buckaroo Breakfast 6:30 pm Farm to Fork, Seating is limited 6:00 pm 120 Year Gala Celebration 9:00 am Mega Marketing Event 6:00 pm 15th Annual Treasure Valley Night Light Parade “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”

We have opportunities for our Community Members & Businesses to help make the

120 Year Anniversary Celebration Amazing! We are looking for Sponsors to help us obtain Amazing Entertainment Contact the Chamber Office 208-459-7493

Our Community

March 2017

TVCC offers free economics class! Courtesy of the Smeed Foundation

by Angie Sillonis, TVCC

Darin Bell teaching Free Market Principles at TVCC during winter session. He began the evening saying, “Economics is about life and how people can live together in friendship and harmony.” He then asked the group what they thought a society needed to truly prosper and be happy. The class took off from there with a lot of lively discussion. Photo and caption by Leora Summers.

Sixteen students are taking advantage of a free class offered at Treasure Valley Community College’s Caldwell Center, courtesy of the Smeed Foundation. The three-credit class, Economics 129, titled Free Market Principles, was created by adjunct instructor Monte Munn, who taught the course Fall Quarter, with some assistance from TVCC faculty member Darin Bell, who is teaching the course this winter. The course focuses on the classical principles of free market economics, a comparative study of economic systems and also includes the history of economic thought. The course was taught for the first time in the Fall of 2016, and will be repeated in Fall of 2017. “Mr. Munn is a wonderful instructor, so some students signed up just because he was teaching the course,” Bell said. Munn was unable to teach the winter class, though he had planned to do so. “I am filling some big shoes and doing my best to provide our students with a course that is academically sound and timely in being able to address challenges facing our country and the world.” The class is offered in the evenings, and is available to high school students, TVCC students, or any interested community member. Tuition and books are paid for by the Smeed Foundation. Registration for fall quarter begins May 16. To register for this free class, call TVCC at 208-454-9911.

Smeed Foundation awards nearly $800,000 in grants to 14 organizations

by Rick Coffman, Chairman of Ralph Smeed Foundation

At its sixth annual disbursement meeting, the board of directors of the Ralph Smeed Foundation approved grants totaling nearly $800,000 allocated to 14 organizations. State of Idaho grant recipients include: • Caldwell Salvation Army for general operating funds and to initiate a music program. • Canyon County Community Clinic, Caldwell, to provide health care to low income Canyon County residents. • Grace Lutheran Church, Caldwell, for assistance with its pre-school learning program. Donation was given in memory of Dan Symms, a Smeed board member who died in October 2014. • Greenleaf Friends Academy, Greenleaf, to assist with school lunch program and for general operating funds. • Idaho Freedom Foundation, Boise, for general operating expenses. • Mentoring Network, Nampa, to aid with instruction for students in need. • Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, for curriculum and instructor expenses for a free-market based economics course at the school. • Treasure Valley Community College, Caldwell, for tuition assistance, instructor costs and

Grief and Survivor Support Group meets in March

by Leora Summers, Editor

Caldwell’s new Grief and Survivor Support Group will meet on March 6th from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the TVCC building located at 205 S. 6th St. in Caldwell in room #220. From now on they will continue to meet on the first Monday of the month. New people

are always welcome and encouraged to attend. This group is for anyone who would like the support after the loss of a loved one to help them through the grieving process. If you know of anyone that would benefit from attending this support group, please pass on this information. For more information, you are invited to call Susan at (208) 250-2946.

On March 9th, Rob Miller will present a program to the Southwest Idaho Birders’ Association (SIBA) titled, “My Lopsided Relationship with Northern Goshawks in the Northern Great Basin,” at Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Rd, Nampa (corner of Indiana/Roosevelt, south of Hwy 55) at 7pm. The public is invited. Rob says he absolutely loves everything about Northern Goshawks but gets the impression that the feeling isn’t always mutual. He spent six years learning everything he could about this unique forest predator in the unusual forests of the northern Great Basin. He and his students have studied their behavior, diet, reproduction, habitat, blood

parasites, and genetics. Their work has resulted in three scientific publications with four more in process. He will share what they have learned and where their research is headed. He’ll also share some stories about the challenges and rewards of pursuing a species that is elegantly regal yet willing to fight dirty when needed. There may even be a photo or two... Rob is a Research Biologist with the Intermountain Bird Observatory. He spent 20 years working for Hewlett-Packard before leaving to pursue an encore career in field biology. He has since completed his MS in Raptor Biology and graduate certificate in Geographic Information Analysis from Boise State University.

SIBA presents a Northern Goshawks program with Rob Miller

Canyon County Fair continued from page 1 Finances to move the fair an advisory board only, due to to the previously proposed site Idaho’s code that mandates that had not been realized through a change of duties when a county’s capital campaign that had been population exceeds 200,000. going on for a number of years Prior to that year, the fair board and it was felt that the possible had the power to make decisions additional tax dollars needed to including control over finances. fund the project was not in the With the disbanding of the county tax payers best interest. fair board, the commissioners In 2015, an ordinance was were going to be accepting signed by the commissioners applications for those fair board designating the fair board to be positions through February 21st.


by Kathy Lopez

They encouraged those who were released from their duties to reapply if they wanted to be considered. The Caldwell Perspective will inform the public who was selected to be on the new advisory board and who the new director will be once that information is available.

Knights of Columbus Special Secret Recipe For Fried Cod & Baked Cod

course material for a free-market economics course at the school. • White Pine Foundation, Eagle, for costs associated with its liberty and entrepreneurism summer seminar held at the Capitol in Boise. Nationally, funds were approved for organizations in keeping with Smeed Foundation guidelines supporting entrepreneurship, limited government, non-statism and private property rights. They include: • Foundation for Economic Education, Atlanta, Ga., for a publication honoring Smeed’s dedication to freedom, Idaho seminars to promote Ralph’s ideals, a book detailing 50 heroes of a free society and a video outlining the evils of socialism. • Institute for Humane Studies, Arlington, Va., for videos geared toward college students emphasizing freedom and liberty. • National Humanities Institute, Bowie, Md., to combat leftist dominance in university humanities departments and present arguments for limited constitutional government through a multi-media program. • Reason Magazine, Los Angeles, for a journalism fellowship program for reporters and editors that promotes free minds and free markets. • Torch of Freedom Foundation,

Ralph Smeed

Dripping Springs, Texas, for an Idaho Patriot Academy summer seminar emphasizing to student attendees that legislation and decision-making should be Constitution-based. Rick Coffman, foundation chairman, said all recipients must be 501(c)(3) organizations and the grant requests reflect Smeed’s directions in creating the foundation to “encourage the spirit of free enterprise, private property rights, market capitalism and individual initiative.” Smeed, a Caldwell businessman and noted libertaian, died in 2010 and per his wishes, the foundation is to be liquidated within 10 years of its creation.

Hey Henberg’s

Veteran’s Corner

Sponsored by the Caldwell Veterans Council

Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall Renovation Milestone

101 S. Cleveland Blvd. was a hive of activity this month. As volunteers from Team Depot, the Caldwell Housing Authority, and Job Corps – along with individuals and veterans from the community all came together for an incredible day. Nothing says “progress” like drywall; and it has been truly amazing to see passion meet practice and construction continue to move forward. Other high water marks of month included a tremendous effort on the behalf of Larry Ammann to complete plumbing work, and to Caldwell Housing Authority (CHA) for creating the opening for the elevator door on the upper level of the building. The City of Caldwell continues to be a tremendous partner in the renovation effort of the CVMH, with particular partnership in making timely inspections of work. A sincere thank you to the city inspectors that continue to hold high standards of excellence and work with all involved to ensure this renovation is completed with a structural integrity that matches the personal integrity of those involved. Please stay tuned for more information coming about the Heep Herders Club, “Spring Fling Car Show” in April, and the Caldwell Public Library “First Responders and Veterans Tribute” in May. We are also very excited to announce a Combat Vets Motorcycle event at the CVMH on the 20th of May. Visit us at for information and updates.

Local Veteran’s Organizations

Alaskan Cod Fish Dinner

Carrie L French, Chapter 1, Disabled American Veterans. 2nd Tuesday every month at 7 pm, Train Depot, 701 Main Street, Caldwell, Service Officer – Norman Geyer, (208) 405-9384

March 3rd-April 7th • 5 PM-7 PM

Loren M Trotter, Post 35, American Legion. 2nd Monday every month at 7 pm. Social Meeting, 4th Monday every month at 7 pm. 1112 Main Street, Caldwell, Idaho 83605 Service Officer – Gary White, (208) 608-4891. LT Leighton D Patterson, Post 3886, Veterans of Foreign Wars. 2nd Thursday every month at 7 pm. 1112 Main Street, Caldwell, Idaho 83605.

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We are currently raising funds to buy an elevator to better serve our disabled and elderly veterans. More information, visit or mail; CALDWELL COUNCIL 3086 1122 W. Linden Street, Caldwell CVMH, PO Box 1535, Caldwell, Idaho 83605. Advertising question? Call Chantele Hensel, 208-899-6374 to submit a story call or email Leora Summers,, 208-880-8426


Our Community

March 2017

Sam Summers, MD (center) flanked on left by Darin Lee, MD (Vice President of Medical Affairs)and on right by Karl Keeler (President of Saint Alphonsus) during the 100 Year Celebration of Saint Alphonsus Medical Center at the Nampa Civic Center.

On February 3rd, Saint Alphonsus celebrated a “Century of Caring” for Canyon County and the surrounding communities during a special event called the “Heart Gala” to recognize the last 100 years of creating a healthier community for Canyon County. Red accents were featured throughout the decor and worn by the attendees in honor of “National Wear Red Day” for heart month at the Nampa Civic Center. The event not only celebrated the history of healthcare in our community, but also celebrated four special physicians and what they meant to Canyon County. Those recognized were Dr. Richard Aguilar (Pediatrician from Saltzer Medical Group-Nampa), Dr. Miers Johnson (Orthopedic Surgeon-St. Al’s, Nampa), Dr. Peter Roan (Interventional Cardiologist-St. Al’s, Nampa), and Dr. Sam Summers (Family Practice-St. Al’s, Caldwell). It is always special when one of our own are recognized for the service they have given to our community and state. Sam has been a

physician in Caldwell for 34 years, returning to his hometown, where he was born and raised, to practice medicine in the community he loves after graduating from the Family Practice Residency of Idaho program in Boise in 1982. He began giving back to medical education immediately, serving on the Family Practice Residency of Idaho board from then on up through today. He organized medical education not only for physicians in Caldwell for many years, but also for physicians from all over the state through the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians and the Idaho Medical Association. Summers was instrumental in creating and bringing the Rural Track Training Program for Family Physicians to Caldwell and was its director for many years. He has been a mentor to many and has also learned something from all of them. In order to graduate from that program, he told his resident physicians that they had to tell him a joke that he had never heard. There has only been one who was able to do that, but he did

City Receives $50,000 TTV Grant for Indian Creek Musical Art Park!

The City of Caldwell in partnership with Destination Caldwell has been awarded $50,000 from TTV (Together Treasure Valley) for the creation of Indian Creek Musical Art Park. Together Treasure Valley, a new initiative that launched last April, unites local businesses in their mission to do good in our community and to celebrate what a great place the Treasure Valley is to live and work. Destination Caldwell’s brand promise is to position “Caldwell as Idaho’s premier gathering place with a focus on locally produced wines along Sunnyslope Wine Trail, market-fresh goods and farm-to-fork dining.” Together, our mission is to foster and promote downtown revitalization and economic growth while building Caldwell’s brand as a thriving, healthy community. The musical art park will be located strategically in the core of Caldwell’s city center between two downtown destinations – Indian Creek Park and Indian Creek Plaza. The selected location is near the popular Indian Creek footbridge at Arthur & 7th Avenue, the heart of Caldwell’s Winter Wonderland. Mayor Garret Nancolas states, “The City of Caldwell is excited about the partnership with Together Treasure Valley and the many upcoming improvements planned

within Caldwell’s downtown area. The creation of the Indian Creek Musical Art Park again supports City Council’s desire to provide family-friendly parks and activities for the members of our community.” The design of Indian Creek Musical Art Park will include interactive musical instruments that will be built to maintain authentic, pleasing tones through decades of extensive play and exposure to nature. All instruments will be working art sculptures designed as true percussion instruments which will enhance Indian Creek’s beautiful urban outdoor setting and create a full sensory experience for children and adults. The musical instruments will encourage social participation of all ages, people with disabilities and diverse cultures. “This project brings together beautiful art in way that’s interactive and educational,” says Debra Leithauser, publisher of the Idaho Statesman and a partner in Together Treasure Valley. “We had applications from six cities, and choosing what to support was difficult. Caldwell is supporting public art as well as learning, which was exciting to the Together Treasure Valley partners.” A request for qualifications for artists to design and build the musical art instruments will be issued by the City of Caldwell and Destination Caldwell early March, 2017. Any artists interested in this call for artists are encouraged to send an email to Keri K. Smith-Sigman (develop@ Once an artist is selected, the City will host a community workshop to seek public input and musical art suggestions. The Indian Creek Musical Art Park is a 12-18

by Leora Summers, Editor

allow the others to go on. For the last nine years, Dr. Summers has organized and directed Diabetic Education classes in Caldwell. Recently he became the co-chair of the State Healthcare Innovation Plan board which was awarded $3 million to develop a statewide initiative to improve the health of all Idahoans by reforming our healthcare delivery systems. These are just a few of the many things he has been involved in, but one of his most favorite community endeavors was helping create and perform with his buddies during the Local Legends Concerts in Caldwell that supported the youth organizations in our community. When recognized during the event, he told the attendees that this award was not an individual award, but a team award, as no one can do the things he has been and is able to do without an effort by his partners and others including his dear wife. So sweet......and I am proud of him! Press Release-City of Caldwell


by Leora Summers

Dr. Sam Summers recognized for service

month project with installation of the musical playground scheduled for a spring 2018 grand opening. Together Treasure Valley partners include Albertsons, Agri Beef Co., Boise Airport, Boise State University, Bronco Motors, CBH Homes, Colliers International, Engineered Structures, Inc., Gardner Company, Holland & Hart, Idaho Central Credit Union, Idaho Wine Commission, Idaho Power, Idaho Statesman, Intermountain Gas, Jacksons, Oppenheimer Companies, Inc., Regence BlueShield of Idaho, Saint Alphonsus Health System, Scentsy, St. Luke’s Health System and United Heritage. New partners in 2017 are: Lyle Pearson, University of Idaho and Wells Fargo.

March 2017

Our Community

Topping Off Ceremony for Cruzen-Murray Library at C of I

The one that stayed behind...Aurora Cossairt

Does the sight in this picture look familiar to you? If you drive down Cleveland Blvd, it should. This construction is the soon-to-be new Cruzen-Murray Library that is being built on the College of Idaho campus right next to the Terteling Library which was pretty new when I attended the C of I forty some years ago (ouch!). You just about run right into it on Cleveland Blvd. when you drive south on 21st Avenue towards the college. You literally cannot miss it! On February 17th, almost one year to the day of the groundbreaking on February 18th in 2016, the final steel beam was put into place on the structure before a crowd of onlookers celebrating this “Topping Off” ceremony. I was told that this is a traditional event sometimes celebrated as construction nears completion. This project is slated to be completed later this year. The new library will not only have the traditional holdings of books and journals, it will also have private and group study areas and a 24/7 study space. There will also be The final beam being put into place during the multimedia classrooms, public spaces for “Topping off” ceremony for the Cruzen-Murray readings, lectures and exhibitions and a Library projected to be completed in late 2017 on the café. College of Idaho campus. The new library is named after the late Deborah Cruzen-Murray and her husband, Glenn Richard Murray, Jr. Deborah served on the C of I Board of Trustees between 1991-2003, during Hendren’s presidency. She remembered one particular student during her time as trustee, and said that the College of Idaho “transformed his life.” That’s when she knew that the library was the gift that she wanted to leave to the institution. She believed that the college was a place where students and faculty transformed themselves and that a library This 3-story coliseum-looking new Cruzen-Murray was a hub for that transformation. She believed that this gift would be a vehicle Library will add 60,000 square feet of learning to transform the lives of students and the space to the College of Idaho campus and will add a community for years to come. different architectural style to campus with its Her vision is now almost a reality and new glass and steel design. I’m sure that if she were to look down from the heavens, she would smile.

Arnold Hernandez, C of I Director of MultiCultural Affairs, organized an onsite experience in poverty for students from the College of Idaho. They took a field trip to the Caldwell Housing Authority at Farmway Village, which is an entity that is committed to provide decent, safe, and sanitary rental housing with priority preference for eligible farm labor families with limited income. The objective of the poverty experience at Farmway Village was so the students could visit a historically significant labor camp and learn about the role immigrant laborers played on local economies and the agriculture industry. While at Farmway Village, students provided service and experienced a simulated poverty condition. However, one student, Aurora Cossairt decided not to go because she said she needed the day to do homework and figured a day of manual labor would leave her too exhausted to work in the evening. She suddenly realized how privileged that sounded. She could “choose” whether or not to experience poverty. She could “choose” whether or not to exhaust herself and “choose” to prioritize her Math/Physics homework over manual labor. She never realized just how much freedom she benefitted from, a freedom that just 15 minutes away was denied to others. That morning she attended a presentation hosted by United Way and afterwards approached the presenter, asking her how this month’s subfreezing conditions were affecting the poor in Caldwell and Nampa. She was surprised that instead of immediately talking about that, the presenter brought up that 100% of the students in the Caldwell School District received free hot lunches through a special program. She spoke of how some students depended on school for their daily meals and that six snow days in a row could mean going days without eating and that with harsh weather conditions, it also becomes difficult for families to access food pantries or for volunteers to bring food to snowed-in households. Aurora never imagined anything like that could happen and realized how lucky she was to grow up in a household where there was always plenty of food with 3 meals a day and plenty of leftovers. She never thought that a snow day could mean going a day without eating. Not going on that field trip, but instead attending this presentation, gave her some insight in a different way on how poverty affects families. With news of 6-10 inches of snow coming and the C of I declaring an emergency state, she wanted to do something no matter how small to help people in her community to weather the upcoming storm. All this has caused her to do a lot of thinking. She said, “I want to do something to help support those who drew worse cards than I did.” Even though she chose not to go on the CHA field trip, she still had an experience to better help her understand her privilege and to develop empathy and better understanding for some of the problems that poverty can causes families.

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Our Community

March 2017

Canyon County Paramedics–CPR Classes for City Employees

City Water Department employee Russ Foreman performed chest compressions on “Baby Ann” during the CPR training classes for city employees.

Approximately 80% of adults will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. It is one of the leading Sara Wilson, FNP causes of ER visits, missed workdays, and jobrelated disability. Most people will experience acute or short-term low back pain- pain that last less than 6 weeks. However, about 20% of people who experience acute low back pain will develop chronic low back pain or pain that persists more than 12 weeks. Chronic back pain is a problem

During the week of February 22nd-24th, Canyon County Paramedics personnel trained between 80-100 Caldwell City employees on basic first aid and CPR through either The American Heart Association’s HeartSaver CPR & AED or Friends and Family CPR programs at the Caldwell Police Department Community Room in downtown Caldwell. During the afternoon class on February 22nd, Paramedics Stephen Blados and Bill Brocklesby led the CPR instruction for 18 city employees with hands-on experience for the procedure for both infants and adults. They gave out a “Baby Ann” to each attendee to practice what they learned during the lesson session and then later, they practiced on the adult dummies. In the past, people were hesitant to give CPR to individuals due to the “mouth-to-mouth” part of the procedure. Today, that part in the procedure has been altered. A mouth piece is now used if the “mouth-to-mouth” part is administered to the victim. If one is not available, only compressions are given which still has tremendous benefit, though it was explained that if breathing did not resume after 6-8 minutes, something should be done to help with breathing. A procedure was also explained for infant choking. When someone is having an event that may need CPR, the

environment needs to be checked out first to see what may have caused the event to prevent anyone who wants to help to fall victim themselves to what may have caused the problem in the first place like, electrocution dangers or poisonous gases. After the environment has been checked, the victim should be checked to see if they are breathing. Gasping is not breathing. Then a 9-1-1 call is in order, and if the person is not breathing, CPR should be started. A video was also shown on how to use an AED (automated-external defibrillator). Many establishments have them, but no one seems to be comfortable in using them or has had a demonstration on how to use one. This video took the mystery out of that procedure and it really was quite self-explanatory. Bill Brocklesby, Canyon County Paramedic, says, “This training places 100 extra people who know potentially life-saving techniques throughout our community, and much closer to your family if they ever need help. Canyon County Paramedics would like to thank the City of Caldwell for the continued help in making this community a safer place.” And we thank Canyon County Paramedics for making this possible.

Medical Update: Solutions for Low Back Pain

for many, especially those with lifestyle and anatomical risk factors. Fortunately, lower back pain prevention is possible, but it does take work! These healthy spine tips can help you prevent lower back pain and also reduce your risk for future back problems: Strengthen Your Core To help reduce pain in your back, strengthen your abdominal and back muscles. Core muscles support the spine, reduce pressure on spinal structures, and reduce the risk for injury to the spine. Try to do at least 15 minutes of exercises a day that focus on core

muscles. Back-friendly yoga poses, Pilates, and sit-ups are just a few options which will help support and stabilize the spine. Maintain Good Posture Regularly slouching at your desk or leaning to one side when you’re watching TV can lead to lower back pain. To help protect your spine, remind yourself to sit up straight at your desk with your feet on the floor. When watching TV, sit in a firm, comfortable chair with good lumbar support. Practice good body mechanics while bending, lifting, twisting, pushing, or pulling. Avoid bending and twisting simultaneously when going to lift something. Always

30-40 minutes at least 3 - 4 times a week. Good physical fitness aids in weight loss, increases blood flow to spinal structures which promotes healing. It can sometimes be tough to find the time for fitness, but remember that investing in your health now will lead to a much brighter and healthier future! Sara Wilson, FNP, is a spine specialist affiliated with West Valley Medical Center. She has been practicing in the Caldwell community since 2015. To learn more about Sara or any West Valley provider, call 208-455-3981 or go to:

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face the object and bend at your knees (not your back) with your feet firmly on the floor. Lifting a ten-pound object off the floor without bending your knees can put about 100 pounds of pressure on your spine. Stop Smoking Smoking cessation is a priority for most everyone these days as it has been associated with so many health risks. You may not realize that smoking affects your back as well. Smoking actually restricts blood flow and nutrients to the spine...just one more reason to quit. Above all, stay active! Try to make a habit of walking for

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Chief Wyant and Captain Riley went to a briefing on February 9th to congratulate Officer Jonathan Hoadley and Officer Pete Troyer for their outstanding police work. Officer Hoadley will be awarded a Life Saving medal for pulling a man off an overpass before he could jump. Officer Troyer will be awarded a Unit Citation for his actions in helping to capture an armed subject who broke into a home. Troyer received his Idaho POST canine handler certification. L to R: Police Chief Frank Wyant, Officer Jonathan Hoadley, Congratulations gentlemen! Officer Pete Troyer, and Police Captain Devin Riley.


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March 28 (continued) 1-3 PM: Afternoon in the Alley, Caldwell Bowl, 2121Blaine St. Calendar continued on page 6 6:30 PM: Cyber Safety, Library. March 29 9 AM-12 PM: Ice Breaker Fishing Camp, Caldwell Parks & Recreation. 7 PM: Adult Coloring, Library. March 30 9 AM-12 PM: Ice Breaker Fishing

Camp, Rotary Pond Whittenberger Park. 3:30 PM: Teen Makers, Library. 6:30 PM: Beekeeping for New Bees, Library. March 31 Spring Break Ends: Vallivue & Caldwell School Dist. 11:30 AM-1 PM: Lenten Clam Chowder Luncheons, Our Lady of the Valley, 1122 W. Linden. 5-7 PM: Knight of Columbus Cod Feed, Our Lady of the Valley Church.

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FINGER STEAKS..................................$8 Handcut choice top sirloin prepared in house & side.

CHICKEN TENDERS............................$8 Seasoned all breast chicken tenders & side.

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TURKEY SANDWICH OR WRAP.......................$8 Thinly sliced turkey breast on wrap or toasted ciabatta topped with mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion & side.

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Bravehearts Night First Friday of Each Month • 7-10 PM

Show your thanks to our brave Idaho Veterans for their service & sacrifice the first Friday night of each month at Indian Creek Steakhouse. Come enjoy great food, dancing and drinks. All money raised will support Idaho Veterans!

Please join us March 8th at 11 AM For Our Ground Breaking Ceremony

It is with honor that we continue to serve by helping our local veterans. Come out and help us celebrate the ground breaking for our office and bathroom facilities to serve our local veterans even better. The office will allow privacy to discuss sensitive matters and the bathroom will be equiped for disabled veterans. Come out to meet and support these local heroes!

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March 2017

Riley’s Cop Spot

by Captain Devon Riley, CPD


Local Disabled Veterans of America recognize Paige Hensel

We took time out to recognize some of our officers for several selfless and courageous acts that have made a difference in our community and within the police department since the beginning of the new year. Each were given a “Spot Award” for their service and recognized by the CPD command staff. Pictured from left to right are Sergeant Josh Gregory, Officer Jeff Jensen, Officer Randy DeLeon, Corporal Rich Pelkey, Officer Larry Hemmert and Officer Matt Hodnett. Congratulations gentleman!

CPD officers took on the Caldwell Wildcats Special Olympics floor hockey team. The Wildcats roughed up a few officers in their spring training game getting them ready for the Special Olympics.

Just another day in the school yard for Officer McDonald. Patrol teams love to go back to school and hang out with kids. This is the only time Officer McDonald can win at anything. PS: Officer McDonald lost in four square! #YourPolice-OurCommunity!

CPD just hired Klayton Duin. His first day will be March 6th. We are very excited to hire such an outstanding person, and we know Klayton is going to do great things here at CPD. Oh and one more thing from the Captain…..CPD is very grateful that the snow has stopped. This was a rough winter with a lot of snow. CPD wants to give a big shout out to the Caldwell Street Department, the Caldwell Water Department, and the Caldwell Parks & Recreation Department for clearing all of the snow and making it easier for us to get around safely on the streets. A lot of men and women worked around the clock to make sure the roads were safe to drive on. Without their efforts, CPD would not be able to respond to calls. So thank you to all who worked so hard to keep us safe. The City of Caldwell has great employees, and is a great place to work!

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L to R: Mike Smith, Paige Hensel, Terry Harrell, Norm Geyer, Denny Hay, and Diane Wolfkiel (behind Paige).

Have you been to a College of Idaho game, veterans’ event, Lincoln Day Banquet, God and Country Rally or the Caldwell Night Rodeo and heard 12-year-old Paige Hensel belt out the National Anthem? Many have and it is with great appreciation and love for our veterans that she jumps at the opportunity. Paige has been featured in Christian Living Magazine, on, and many other media. She is my daughter and I am so blessed to have this little songbird in my life. A couple weeks ago, my husband (Michael) and I were asked to bring Paige to the Train Depot in downtown Caldwell for our local DAV Chapter Valentine’s Day meeting and dinner. During the meeting, Paige was awarded a framed certificate for her appreciation of our veterans through song for singing at the Veterans Day celebration. Paige made it known to the attendees that they are “her soldiers.” She feels humbly honored that “these heroes would give so much of themselves for all of us and still stop to thank me. I like to sing the song as it is supposed to be sung. Some people sing it very pretty but change it to make it their own. I don’t believe it is mine to change,” said Paige. So the next time you are at an event in the Treasure Valley and they call a young girl up to the microphone to sing the National Anthem, stand on your feet, remove your hat and put your hand on your heart…that girl just might be Paige singing to her soldiers.

Welcome Home Officer Josh Bridges!

by Caldwell Police Department

On the afternoon of February 2nd, CPD was anxiously awaiting the homecoming of our very own, Officer Josh Bridges. He arrived at the Boise Airport along with many other brave service members after a yearlong deployment in Kuwait. Thank you for your service Officer Bridges to both your country and community! Welcome home!

Officer Josh Bridges (center) flanked by friends and CPD Officers at the Boise Airport.

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Washington Elementary’s Kindness Club Recognized Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra sent Syringa Middle School a letter commending them for the efforts though their Kindness Club to appreciate others in their school, making a positive impact for all students within their school. The timing of their effort is perfect she stated, as she has launched her anti-bullying initiative in an effort to create awareness across the state. She encouraged the club to keep moving

by Leora Summers, Editor

March 2017

Juanita the “Lunch Lady” turns 80!

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forward in its kindness campaign and to share their thoughts and ideas with other districts across the state. Ibarra’s communication staff will be contacting them to write a feature story on their amazing kindness efforts. Principal Rose Rettig and the students of Washington Elementary are the fore-runners in creating such a club. This is the second year for this club and the district is proud of their efforts. Good Work!

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Washington Elementary School Wildcat Kindness Club

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by Rose Rettig, Washington Elementary Principal

Two years ago, an idea began to take shape and come to life for students and staff at Washington Elementary School. A goal at Washington Elementary School is to promote community, inclusion, and kindness. To foster these goals every day, the Washington Wildcat Kindness Club was started and continues to serve as a reminder of the importance of creating an environment that promotes kindness and respect. Members of Kindness Club are nominated by their 4th and 5th grade teachers. Nominees are recognized as students who

exemplify the ideals of community, inclusion, and kindness. Kindness Club members share random acts of kindness, place encouraging posters in the hallways, and hand out “Paws-itive” reward cards to other students who are demonstrating respect and kindness. In addition, Kindness Club members are selling treats at school to raise funds to purchase a “buddy bench” for the playground. This is a bench where someone who wants a buddy will come to sit so someone else will know that and come sit with them and be their friend. What a great idea!

Kindness Club members are involved in their community as well. Washington Elementary Kindness Club members, along with Washington choir students, went to Kindred Care Center last fall to make Thanksgiving crafts and sing holiday songs with their residents. That was the club’s second visit to Kindred Care Center and is becoming tradition for Kindness Club members. A return trip to Kindred to plant flowers in their flower boxes is planned for later this Spring. Kindness Club advisors, Heather Mueller and Jalene Gilbert, have seen remarkable growth in the Kindness Club students. The amount of compassion that the students demonstrate every day is nothing short of amazing. They inspire others to do the same. Students in Washington Wildcat Kindness Club not only demonstrate a sense of compassion but are sharing the joys of kindness with others in their school and in our community. “Paws-itive” reward card! The heart paw print incorporates our school mascot (wildcats) with a symbol of kindness.

City of Caldwell Lifetime Achievement Award 2017

Lunch Lady Juanita Abaunza surrounded by the members of Caldwell’s Washington Elementary School’s Kindness Club students during a birthday celebration at the school for her 80th birthday.

Isn’t it wonderful if you still love your job at 80 years old? That’s how Juanita Abaunza tells it! She turned 80 years old on January 10th. Wouldn’t it be nice to get your birthday off for work? The whole Caldwell School District celebrated it with a day off, not just because it was her birthday, but because that day was declared to be a snow day for the district. Juanita has worked for the district for 46 years, beginning when her daughter turned 5-years-old. She began subbing as a dishwasher, washing dishes by hand in the sink way back then. As the years went by, she worked her way up to being the manager of the lunch room at the “old” Washington School. Today she works 2 hours a day unloading “the machine” as she calls it to get the dishes ready to use for the next meal. She said she “comes to school, works

UI Extension Class–Living on the Land

by Samantha Graf

John Muirhead, Chairman of Caldwell Veterans Council (CVC) Terry Harrell, Board member and Chief Fundraiser (CVC) “In everything we do we believe in the lives of veterans. Your contribution of time, talent or treasure is the difference in serving the most deserving.” *Mayor’s quote from the State of the City Address on February 28th.

L to R: Terry Harrell and John Muirhead at the Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall during the Veterans Day celebration

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a little, has a few laughs and then goes home.” The thing that Juanita says she likes the best is “just being with people.” The Washington School Kindness Club celebrated her birthday with the cafeteria staff and others on February 10th. They made her an honorary member of her club that day and gave her a Kindness Club T-shirt, made a birthday poster for her, signed all their names on it, and then topped it off by leading the group singing “Happy Birthday.” The celebration ended with cake, punch and M&M’s. Juanita Abaunza is well-loved by the adults and children of Washington School and the Caldwell School District. She is to be congratulated for her many years of service to the school district and for the children’s lives that she touched on a daily basis.

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My name is Samantha Graf and I am the Small Acreage and livestock Extension Educator for Canyon County. I work with land owners to aid in production of livestock and working to put their acreage to the best use for them. The small acreage programming through Canyon County Extension is wide reaching; ranging from pasture management to land stewardship and small acreage equipment to weed control, as well as whole farm planning and so on.

The largest class series is Living on the Land, an annual class offered by Canyon County Extension focusing on new or small acreage owners who want to invest in gaining knowledge to become better stewards of the resources available in the Treasure Valley. This class covers soil management, water quality, pasture management, resource evaluation, livestock, and various concepts of modern, niche agriculture for students. The Living on the Land class is a popular class, boasting over 200 hundred alumni since its inception in 2002. Other programming includes one day workshops for backyard or small scale poultry producers, beginning farmer and rancher education, and everything in between. I encourage you to stop by our office at 501 Main Street in Caldwell, meet our Educators, and explore our programming options. Hope to see you soon!

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City of Caldwell Employee of the Month

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by Chantele Hensel, Publisher

Michelle Davis, Employee of the Month, with Mayor Nancolas

The City of Caldwell honored Michelle Davis, Utility Supervisor within the Water/Finance Dept., as the city’s “Employee of the Month” during the February 20th City Council meeting. She received a standing ovation at the time she was presented the award. Thank you Michelle for your hard work and dedication to making Caldwell great!

City Honors Caldwell Finance Dept


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Ambassador of the Year 2016 Vernal Reece (Melaleuca)

Non-Profit of the Year 2016 Caldwell Night Rodeo L to R: Brent Ortland (CNR), Warren Kouba (Chamber Chairman), Pam Hayne (CNR), and Frank Wyant (CNR)

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L to R: Caldwell Finance Department employees Ann Conklin, Michelle Davis, Linda Helkowski, LouAnn Green, and Melinda Vigil

Caldwell Finance Department was recognized for their great work February 20th at the Caldwell City Council Meeting. Reconciliations used to take 10-12 working days and now, because of the support of the finance department, the reconciliations only take one day and they are to the penny!

Volunteer of the Year 2016 Kaye Dougal (Caldwell Fine Arts)

Member of the Year 2016 Jim Thomssen (DL Evans Bank) (Body-double, Jerry Smith, LOL!)

Event Volunteer of the Year 2016 Wendy Rhodes (Title One Corporation)

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March 2017

Certificate of Appreciation Jay Gibbons provided guest speakers and kept the chamber updated on Idaho transportation issues and projects.

Scam of the Month–Dish Network Impersonators

In the past few months, several Idaho residents have reached out to Better Business Bureau to ask about calls or door-to-door sales advertising cheaper television service. Several of these reports have red flags of a scam. In one such experience, a woman reported receiving a call from a “DISH Network representative” who offered to upgrade her service for free. The number appeared to be from DISH on her caller ID. She agreed to the upgrade, and obliged when the caller asked for the last four digits of her Social Security number to verify. Then, she was told she needed to send $150. In other similar reports, the fee is often associated with an “equipment deposit” or “one-time set up fee.” The woman hung up on the caller and called DISH Network. The real company told her someone was spoofing their phone number to convince people to give up money. This scam can take all forms: a call, an email, or even a knock at the door. DISH Network warns users of these schemes right on their website. The company acknowledges scammers often “spoof” their phone number, making it appear as a real DISH 800 number on caller IDs. If you get a call like this, do not provide callers with any personal or account information, including receiver numbers. DISH representatives may ask for this information to verify when you call them, but not the other way around.

by Emily Valla, BBB Northwest

If you are on a call and are uncertain, hang up and call the number listed on your bill. The company also urges customers not to send money outside of your normal payment method. DISH customers are charged on a monthly basis, and “there are no offers that require paying for 6 months or a year in advance.” This is a common tactic used by people trying to steal your money. In another story, a Nampa resident reached out after someone came to their door and represented himself as an employee of a large cable company. This supposed salesperson utilized misleading tactics to convince people to use his services. Whether a scammer or poor advertising practices, be wary when someone pops up out of the blue trying to “save you money” on utilities. People may claim to be from any number of service providers, be it satellite TV, cable, internet, or phone services. No matter the company, if you are contacted saying there is a problem with your account, billing, or that you qualify for an upgrade, be cautious. Do not provide information on a cold call, and always take the time to verify independently. If an offer is legitimate, it will still be there when you call back in a few minutes.

Certificate of Appreciation-Scott Gipson (Caxtons) was appreciated for his commitment to the Government Affairs and Education Committees and as a board member and prior 3 years of service.

Certificate of Appreciation Mishelle Hagewood grew the Ambassador program and provided guidance and training for the new Ambassadors.

Business of the Year 2016 West Valley Medical Center. L to R: Wendy McClain (Marketing Director), Jennifer Osput (COO), Betsy Hunsicker (CEO), Jennifer Wagenaar (CNO), Geoff Hill (CFO), Katie Dallas (Health & Wellness Community Educator) Left: Certificate of Appreciation For the past 4 years Michelle Murray promoted (with Larry Gebert) and coordinated and assisted with the Buckaroo Breakfast.

April Belles supported by Pastor Bill Sperry (right) received a plaque honoring her late husband, Rob Belles, who was pastor of Caldwell Christian Church from 2005 through April of 2016, when he passed away. Pastor Rob served not only his church, but our community during his short time here on this earth. God Bless his family!



The West Valley Medical Center Auxiliary, Inc. is fundraising for scholarships by offering See’s candy available to preorder in the hospital gift shop at 1717 Arlington Ave, Caldwell March 1st through the 24th. Orders will arrive by Easter. Please call the hospital gift shop at 208-455-3830 if you would like to order by phone. Delivery of orders to the local area will be provided FREE of charge.”

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Nickels and Dimes We have entered a new age in this country, one that promises massive change, the era of Trump. President Trump was elected on promises to “drain the swamp” in Washington DC, enact immigration reform, build a wall along our southern border and make Mexico pay for it, bring manufacturing jobs back, and several other things. However, my favorite is tax reform. The Trump plan calls for reducing personal income tax rates from seven to three brackets:12 percent, 25 percent and 33 percent. His plan also would increase the standard deduction to $15,000, up from $6,300 for single filers, and up from $12,600 to $30,000 for married couples filing jointly. In my personal practice, these levels would eliminate the advantage of itemizing for a large percentage of my clients. President Trump also calls for the repeal of the alternative minimum tax and the estate tax. The AMT has become a burden on taxpayers and should be repealed. The estate tax is a

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little different story as, under current law, a taxpayer can pass up to $5.45 million to heirs tax free. Married couples can pass on $10.9 million. Above that amount, beneficiaries must pay an estate tax of 40 percent. Only the wealthiest Americans pay the estate tax. In 2015, about 10,800 estate returns were filed, about half of those were taxable, with the federal government collecting $18 billion, according to Tax Policy Center estimates. According to some analysts, not all taxpayers would benefit from these proposals. His plan also calls for repealing personal exemptions for taxpayers and their dependents as well as eliminating the head of household filing status. If that happens, single parents with dependent children and most married households with at least three dependents could pay more in federal income taxes. Of course, none of this is written in stone and we will very likely see a totally different animal emerge from Congress as they grapple with the impact, both real and imagined, to the deficit. But hang onto your hats, it could be a wild ride!

March 2017

February 16th was a big day for Caldwell’s Treasure Valley YMCA. It started off with a ribbon cutting by the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce to celebrate its expansion renovation. During the ribbon cutting, Mayor Nancolas expressed his appreciation and congratulations to all saying, “The way that this thing has come together is short of miraculous. Congrats to all involved, the Y personnel and the families that come here.” Due to the renovation, more services will now be available to the community due to the creation of new spaces from almost from “thin air!” The remodel added a ceiling to the Group Ex studio, expansion of the Health and Wellness space upstairs, and social gathering space improvements. With the growth of our community, the needs have also grown and that is what this remodel and expansion was all about. A new space has been created on the first floor, the Jim and Linda Everett Strength Center, honoring past YMCA CEO Jim Everett and his wife Linda for all they have contributed through their years of service to the YMCA. Jim and Linda were surprised with this honor during this event. The Jim and Linda Everett Strength Center was made

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YMCA Ribbon Cutting with Claudia Suastegui (Y Health and Well-being Director) holding the scissors with Mayor Garret Nancolas with YMCA employees, YMCA dignitaries, city officials and chamber members looking on.

possible by the generous donations from Caldwell East Urban Renewal Agency, Crookham Company, Janie and Mike Groff, Carpenter Screen Printing, Valli Information Systems, Inc., Marilyn and Jerry Bauman, Hartwell Corporation, Caxton Printers Ltd., Dorothy Kidd, Christi Vernon, West Valley Medical Center and CBH Homes. In the long run, these changes allow the Y to offer more quality programs along with increasing accessibility because now equipment is more appropriately spaced. The additional room above the Group Ex studio allows more members to participate during peak times.

A new coat of paint is next on the bucket list for the Y.

Elaine Carpenter, Y supporter (left,) with Linda and Jim Everett during the surprise dedication of the “Jim and Linda Everett Strength Center” during the event.

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On February 1st Caldwell Chamber members, city officials and fellow businessmen celebrated Indian Creek Steakhouse (711 Main St., downtown Caldwell) with a ribbon cutting for expanding their services to now include a lunch menu. Previously only dinners were served. It will be nice to have another place for Caldwellites to be able to have lunch in our downtown core. Congratulations!

Front Row, L to R: Scott McCormick (Chamber Ambassador), Kimmie (Indian Creek Employee), Bob Carpenter (Carpenter Screen Printing), Jennifer Wickel (Indian Creek Steakhouse Co-owner), Dillon Wickel (Indian Creek Steakhouse Co-owner), Andy Cater (Caldwell Fire Department), Unknown, Virginia Godina Ortiz (Chamber Ambassador) Back Row, L to R: Rob McDonald (City Engineer), Jarom Wagoner (P & Z Senior Planner), Chris Bryant (City Chief Plans Examiner)

Rotary Scholarship Applications Available

Caldwell Rotary Club is offering two $1,000 Academic Scholarships and one $1,000 Vocational/Technical Scholarship for the 2017-18 school year. The applications are due by April 15th to be considered. Academic Scholarship Applications are for those who plan to attend a 4-year college program that will result in a B.A. or B.S. degree. Or for those who intend to begin a college degree at a junior college, with plans to

transfer to finish their degree at a 4-year university or college. This application is for students who plan to attend an Idaho college or university. Technical/Trade Scholarship Applications are for those who plan to attend a trade school or a 2-year program that will produce an associate’s degree. This can be diesel mechanics, hair, nails, cosmetology, nursing associate, dental hygienist, etc. There are many trades that do not require a 4-year college degree and that


is what this scholarship if for. Students may apply to out-of-state schools for this scholarship. Applications for these scholarships can be found at your school counselor’s office or online at Caldwellrotaryclub. com. Mail completed applications to Caldwell Rotary Club, P.O. Box 24, Caldwell, ID 83606 by April 15th. Incomplete or late applications will be not be considered. For more information call Leora Summers at 880-8426. Press Release

Money for the scholarships was raised through the organization’s booth at the Western Idaho Fair and by donations from several area businesses. The scholarship winners will be announced at the Annual Freedom Fund Banquet in November. More donations are always welcome and can be sent to P. O. Box 8436, Boise, ID 83707 or you may contact President Charles Taylor at 208-344-6341.

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Kiwanis Club Gives Dictionaries to Kids

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Caldwell Rotary Club 100% Paul Harris Fellows Again!

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Debbie Flitton, presidentelect for the next fiscal year and Soroptimist member for 21 years welcomed four new members this month: Roxanne Basaldua, Misty Peters, Chantele Hensel and Sonja Stewart (not pictured). Soroptimist International is a women’s organization dedicated to improving the life of women. They meet at Stewarts Bar and Grill every Thursday at noon. They have an exciting year planned and look forward to serving the community.

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Eleven members of Caldwell Rotary Club were recognized with their first Paul Harris Fellow Award by District 5400 Annual Award’s Chairman Marianne Barker. This makes Caldwell Rotary Club an “All Paul Front Row L to R: Cecilia Flores, Marisela Pesina, Marianne Barker (District Awards Chairman). Harris Club” for Back Row L to R: Jeff Hunsicker, Brian Baughman, the second time. Dittenber, Wendy McClain, Stephanie Bridgeo. This honor was first Mike Also recognized, but not present: Tim Rosandick, awarded 4 years ago. Tysen Berg, Doug Adams, and Barry Fujishin

This is a special Rotary year for District 5400, of which Caldwell is a member. The District is celebrating its 100-year birthday this year, so this award has great significance once again in becoming a 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club to mark the milestone year of celebrating Rotary in our area. Awards are given to a member who has earned 1,000 recognition points, which represent dollars given. Points can be earned by monetary contributions by that member or transferred recognition points from others, the club or the District to The Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation is the charitable foundation of Rotary that funds worldwide humanitarian projects emphasizing health, clean water, education and others. Congratulations to Caldwell Rotary Club and District 5400.

Announcing C of I’s Fall 2016 Dean’s List

The College of Idaho congratulates the more than 180 students who made the 2016 Fall Semester Dean’s List. To receive Dean’s List recognition, a student must complete at least nine graded credits and achieve a GPA of 3.75 or higher for the semester. Students honored from our immediate area are: Caldwell: Lilly Arbon, Cameron Arnzen, Jesse Buhler, Daniel Camargo Reyes, Brooklyn Daylong, Hope Decuir, Kirk Doering, John Downey, Jaime Hernandez, Devin Krasowski, Lukas Mego, Everardo Mendoza, Brooks Ney, Shandee Tachick, Taya Wilson, Joseph Winbigler. Greenleaf: Madison Brown. Middleton: Kevin Herbert. Notus: Elias Arredondo. Wilder: Trey Lane, Steven Maggard. Congratulations to all and keep up the good work!

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In 2004, Chuck Randolph began a dictionary program within the Kiwanis Club. Each year a group of dedicated members meet at Lewis and Clark Elementary to give the kids their very own dictionary. This year, the club had a record distribution of dictionaries to 87 thirdgraders. This is one of the youth programs that Kiwanis funds.

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CHS puts “Fun” in fundraising – Five Causes in Five Days

This marked the 11th year that the kids at Caldwell High School have had this “Five Days-Five Causes” assembly to disperse the funds that they raised for five chosen causes that they wished to support. This year the causes supported were Alzheimer’s, diabetes, autism, PTSD, and cancer. The seniors won the contest against the other classes earning $14,443.00. There were also “Penny Wars” between the high school, Jefferson and Syringa with $1,042.00 being earned. The competition ran high to reach certain established goals which made this event

Check Recipients L to R: Sheldon Morgan. Grandfather of 3-year-old Xander Morgan who has been battling cancer for 13 months; Dr. Roosevelt for Diabetes; Glen Roach from Witco for Autism; Lindsay Meloy from Greater Idaho Chapter for Alzheimer’s; and to Butch Olson, Mike Bull, Dan Pugmire, and Ron Manker of the Idaho Veterans’ Garden for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). All checks presented were for $730.00.

so much fun. Certain teachers and administrators performed different actions in front of the whole student body during this assembly because their fundraising goals had been reached. During the assembly on February 10th, many different amazing actions were performed as a result of those realized monetary goals. One of the most selfless acts I watched was by 21 gals and 3 fellows, as they had their lovely

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locks of long hair cut off by friends before the whole school to donate to two different organizations: Pantene Beautiful Lengths and Children with Hair Loss, a couple of organizations that make wigs for those suffering hair loss due to disease or cancer treatments. Locks between 8-16 inches were donated. This is the 11th year that Caldwell students participated in this event. Some reasons explained for their sacrifice were that a family member had passed away from cancer and they were doing it in honor of them, or someone they know had/has cancer, or just because it was for a good cause. On honest guy just said that it was just time to cut his hair anyway! Consequences for reaching individual and group fundraising goals were doled out in front of the student body. Mr. Baldassare received a pie in the face. Mr. White placed the bag pipes in a kilt all around the gym floor before the crowd. There was a soccer competition between Coach Garza and Lita Forse. Mrs. Arnold will have to dye her hair blue now. Mr. Ireland and Mrs. White did each other’s makeup. Mrs. Lile would have to wear a dinosaur suit all day now. There was a “death to the finish” musical chair contest between 5 teachers. One teacher jumped up and down on a pogo stick all around the gym with no hands. The whole event was tons of fun and for 5 good causes. Caldwell High School sure knows how to put the “Fun” in Fun-draising! –A NOTE OF THANKS– Sheldon Morgan, Xander’s Grandfather, sent the following note to the Caldwell Perspective for CHS’s students and our community after the assembly on February 10th. It needs to be shared so they all know they made a difference in the life of a child. Thank you for helping bring awareness to the Cancer Fight that is often behind the scenes. The following is from Xander’s father this morning. He is with his immediate family at the Ronald

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Challenges used to Raise money for 5 causes.

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Hair for Happiness Caption: Both guys and gals had their locks donated to 2 different agencies that make wigs for those in need.

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Caldwell Senior Robotics Team Members (black shirts) and Weiser Team Members (tan shirts) L to R: Sabrina Mooers, Brylee Spencer, Matt MurphySweet, Chris Lile, Zach Schirado, Colton Burr, Nathaniel Rasmussen and Samantha Wilcox (They won State Vex Championship Runner Up Alliance award and Caldwell was Winner of Judge’s Excellent Award)

Caldwell High School’s Freshman Robotics Team (Isaiah Knight, Lydia Beardsley, and Matt Marostica) won the Regional Robotic Tournament which was held in Weiser on February 10th, competing against 38 other participating teams made up of middle school students through high school seniors. The CHS senior robotics team received the judge’s trophy for “Best Design,” which is an excellence award for student achievement and the best overall robot design. Prior to the competition, they spent over 200 hours building their robots basically from scratch

to make them operational and through discovery-based learning, tested and fine-tuned them, making adjustments as they had them perform tasks to prepare them for the competition. At the regional competition, they competed in game-based situations where their robots performed timed tasks such as picking up big foam “jacks” and moving them over a fixed wall and others. Then again, on February 24th, they competed during the Vex Robotic State Championship held at Wood River High School in Hailey Idaho during a full day of intense competition followed by

Competition time during the State Vex Championship Tournament where the robots perform tasks involving the moving of big yellow foam jacks.

fine tuning of robots for the next bracket throughout the day. Their proud instructor, Mr. Dennis Zattiero reported, “All of our CHS teams made it through the qualifiers to proceed to the finals. Caldwell High School’s team of Seniors battled their way along with their alliance partner, Weiser High School, right up to the final round. Together CHS and Weiser finished as runner-up to the tournament Champion, Wood River High School. The CHS Senior team also received the highly coveted Judges Excellence Award which itself qualifies the CHS Seniors to go to the World Championship in Kentucky April

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19th-25th. CHS is one of only two high schools in Idaho who have earned a 2017 VEX Robotics World Championship invitation.” These robotics events are run year-round and are sponsored by the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation, a foundation dedicated to inspire science and technology learning by providing discovery-based learning experiences. These awards and honors would not have been possible without the support of the school district, a great instructor in Mr. Dennis Zattiero, and the engaged students on these teams.

CHS Freshman Team members Matthew Marostica and Lydia Beardsley make it to Finals!

The Freshmen Team’s robot that won the Regional Tournament. The robot performed tasks involving the big orange jacks beside it.

Announcing C of I’s Fall 2016 Dean’s List

The College of Idaho congratulates the more than 180 students who made the 2016 Fall Semester Dean’s List. To receive Dean’s List recognition, a student must complete at least nine graded credits and achieve a GPA of 3.75 or higher for the semester. Students honored from our immediate area are: Caldwell: Lilly Arbon, Cameron Arnzen, Jesse Buhler, Daniel Camargo Reyes, Brooklyn Daylong, Hope Decuir, Kirk Doering, John Downey, Jaime Hernandez, Devin Krasowski, Treasure Valley water Lukas Mego, Everardo Mendoza, has tested positive Brooks Ney, Shandee Tachick, Taya Wilson, Joseph Winbigler. for chemicals from Greenleaf: Madison Brown. chlorine to arsenic. Middleton: Kevin Herbert. A Water Treatment Notus: Elias Arredondo. System from Future Wilder: Trey Lane, Steven Maggard. Techs can eliminate Congratulations to all harmful chemicals and keep up the good work!

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Each student council member raised at least $100 in pledges to rock for 16 hours. The freshmen class supported Autism. The sophomore class supported Alzheimer’s. The Junior Class supported PTSD. The Senior Class supported Diabetes, and the Associated Student Body supported Cancer.

All the money they raised went towards local research and treatment centers for each cause and the money they raised would be going to a person recently affected by cancer of any type. They rocked to raise awareness for each disease, and to help branch Caldwell High School out into the community.

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On Februray 2nd, three Caldwell High School (CHS) and four Vallivue High School (VHS) athletes got their lucky break and signed letters of intent to play sports at 5 different institutions of higher learning. CHS students who signed letters of intent were: Triden Mitchell, who signed to play football at the College of Idaho; Danny Cuevas, who signed to play soccer at Northwest Nazarene University; and Lita Forse, who signed for the Track and Field Program at Washington State University.

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VHS students who signed letters of intent were: Augustine Valdez, who signed to play baseball at Big Bend Community College; Brad Hale, who signed to play lacrosse at the College of Idaho; Emma Longoria, who signed to play softball at Northwest Nazarene University; and Jerred Monnier, who signed to play football at Eastern Oregon. Congratulations are in order and good luck next year in the next chapter of their lives and education.

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Among the challenges faced at the start of each school year by teachers, principals, parents/ teacher organizations, booster clubs and activity sponsors, is fundraising. Tax dollars seldom seem to stretch far enough to cover all the costs of those programs which expand student experiences beyond the classroom walls and enable learning to soar. Recognizing this annual need, the Board members of the Caldwell Foundation for Educational Opportunity (CFEO) expanded their organizational mission beyond awarding approximately $40,000 in student scholarships (CFEO Scholarships are awarded each year to graduates of Caldwell and Canyon Springs High Schools). A second level of CFEO giving was established to include grants designated to help subsidize educational travel, learning, activities and student participation. Over the quarter century of CFEO’s existence, the Foundation has awarded more than $130,000 in grants to programs within the school district. CFEO grant requests are capped at $1000. Applicants

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must show student financial involvement as well as other fundraising plans. At this point in the 2016-17 school year, CFEO has awarded six $1000 grants for: • A middle-school science field trip for 35 students to Yellowstone National Park • Health Occupation Students of America, conference and competition involving 11 CHS students • Choir, Band, and Orchestra participation in the Heritage Music Festival at Anaheim, California for 120 Students • The Idaho State Student Council Conference involving 30 CHS student leaders On April 11, CFEO will help sponsor a Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY) day at Caldwell High School for all members of the Class of 2020. Over the course of the 2015-16 Academic Year, CFEO paid out $15,065 in grants which included assistance in: the rental of musical

instruments; a middle-school science trip to Florida; a future Hispanic leaders conference; participation in the VEX Robotics World Championship; YMCA Youth Government, Mock Legislature at the Idaho State Capitol; National History Day Competition; and the Students Abroad program to France and Spain. Through increased CFEO fundraising efforts, community, faculty, and alumni giving, and memorial gifts, the Foundation is working to expand the amount and scope of grants. It is the goal of CFEO that all students receive those extra opportunities in learning which will help them come to high school graduation both challenged and performing at their highest individual ability levels. Permanent displays of CFEO’s 25 years of service to the programs and students of the Caldwell School District may be seen in the auditorium foyer at Caldwell High School.



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Dave’s Big Back Yard

by Dave McCormick

About February 6th we turned the corner on winter. For most of us that was probably not soon enough. I know my backyard birds were happy. I swear I could see them sweating after that first warm up. With all that melting snow, the Snake River is as muddy as the souls of my shoes after taking the dog for a walk so I don’t see fishing being good any time soon on the lower Snake or Boise River for that matter. The ice is getting slushy on Cascade Reservoir, but still strong enough for February ice-fishing at last report. If you go, I hope you catch a bucket of perch that rivals the bucket of dog poop I scrapped off my backyard after the February thaw. Winters claw had not relaxed enough by the 16th of February, so my wife Karen and I headed south to Yuma, AZ. We know some snow birds there that were gracious enough to board us for a while. Golf is by far the most popular pastime. But there is also some fishing nearby. While golfing, there are always birds to see that you don’t see in Idaho, cactus wrens, mocking birds, grackles and road runners to name a few, plus a wide spectrum of hummingbirds. For the next few days I am going to soak up some sunshine and listen to the songs of the morning birds, play some golf and enjoy the company of good friends.

The Pest Guy–What’s the buzzz?

by Kirk Dean

Though not common knowledge, your humble columnist doesn’t just write tremendous articles about pests, I am also an avid beekeeper and I love writing and talking about them! As a beekeeper, I often get two frequently asked questions: 1. Why do beekeepers use smoke on their hives? 2. Can a feller of your size really fit into that bee suit? I will not dignify number 2 with an answer, so back off please. Number 1, I will answer happily. From time to time beekeepers need to get inside their hives to perform maintenance, treat for mites, feed their bees, clean up propolis, wax, or take frames out to extract honey. They use smokers to aid them in this process. There are two main reasons why beekeepers use smoke. First though, I’d like to dispel the false notion that the smoke makes them ‘calm.’ It certainly makes them seem ‘calm,’ I’ll give you that. But what it is really going on is sort of the opposite. Bees, like other social insects, communicate with each other via pheromones. Bees have a particular pheromone they emit when they feel danger, called the alarm pheromone. Though it sounds like a joke, it smells like bananas. It’s not just me. When I was getting into beekeeping, I read in a textbook that I bought that the alarm pheromone smelled like banana oil (yes, I bought AND read a textbook….I am a nerd). It sounded like an exaggeration, but sure enough, I smelled it distinctly when I first started opening up bee boxes and messing around. So, if a worker notices a problem, like a big dude with a tight bee suit on messing around in their house, she’ll emit that pheromone to alarm the other bees. The other bees will get alarmed, and they’ll try to swarm and sting you. When you use smoke on a hive, it disrupts their ability to communicate via the alarm pheromone. In other words: They don’t get alarmed because they can’t smell the alarm. It’s like somebody shouting in your ear just before the fire alarm goes off. You’re temporarily deaf so you don’t evacuate the building. The second reason why beekeepers use smoke is when the bees smell the smoke, they start making preparations to leave the hive, because of imminent fire danger. The workers start gorging themselves on honey so when they leave and start a new hive somewhere else, they have enough stores to make a fresh start. They APPEAR calm, but really it’s like you and me when you gorge on twinkles. You don’t want to move around very much….at least I don’t. I hope as you’ve read this article you’ve gained some interest in beekeeping. If you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer any you might have….just don’t ask about my winter weight gain and its effects on my bee suit, thank you very much. Thanks! Kirk


LOCAL DIRT–Preparing for Spring

Welcome to almost spring. We are just 21 days away from spring and I’m sure you are ready for it. Now that the snow has melted, you might have noticed some things you didn’t expect; like green weeds or matted down lawns or green growing lawns or pests-like ruts in your turf. Snow is great and pretty but when it lays on our valley floors for so long it creates other challenges. If you are new to our valley, I welcome you. Here’s what happens after long snows. You may recall just how nice our fall was. We had a very gentle cooling period allowing plants to go dormant naturally and without a lot of damage. The ground didn’t have a lot of moisture in it and the ground didn’t freeze before the snow flew, therefore the frost level didn’t go deep if at all. Snow acts like an insulator, so weeds didn’t die and grass

may not have gone completely dormant. Also the weight of the snow on the ground for so long can smother your lawn causing the nitrogen to heat up and cook your grass. My lawn was fairly short before the snows but I got 3 feet, and I plowed on it. My lawn has damage that looks like where a kiddie pool had sat in the sun. To remedy this, I wait until it dries out and then mow it as short as I can. Then I will go amd rent a power rake to scratch the surface and pull out all that dead grass so the surface of the lawn can breathe. If there’s a big deadlooking patch, I may need to reseed my lawn. You should do this as early as you can if you notice this so the grass will come in easier and faster. Spring is ideal for these kind of repairs. Gardens...I hope you did your prep and planning in the fall and began your starts over this long

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When new businesses and visitors look at a community to be a part of their future, they consider several characteristics: good schools, excellent medical facilities, condition of the city, friendliness and support to mention a few. Another important consideration is recreation. To have the opportunity to live, work and play in a community is paramount. Golf is one of the many recreational opportunities that visitors and potential businesses look for in a community. Caldwell has been blessed with two mature golf courses where people of all ages can enjoy. However, since 2008, the interest in golf has diminished along with revenues to support the two courses we have. When comparing the pricing for memberships and green fees to other courses in the Treasure Valley, Caldwell is the best buy in the valley. Costs to keep our courses in the best of shape have been rising faster than the inflow of revenues, creating a deficit that has to be satisfied by our general fund revenues. As a representative from City Council, I firmly believe these types of recreation should be self supporting and taxpayer funds should not be used to supplement operations in the future. Recently, the golf committee has recommended to the City Council to raise fees which was passed unanimously. The price increases were very minuscule so we still have the best buy in

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drawn out winter. If not, it’s not too late to get going. Draw out your plan, get your seeds and start them. Plant more than you need just in case. Even try growing carrots, radishes, cucumbers and greens in containers to give you extra or more room for the bigger stuff for your in-ground garden. If your garden just doesn’t perform as you’d like, add some organic matter, but make sure it’s well-aged and not hot. You only need to add 15 to 20 percent organics to improve moisture and soil quality. Work it in. If you’re not going to directly sew seeds into your garden, now is a good time to work in pre-emergence and slow-release fertilizers in the soil. Keep weeds down and then you can plant starts right in the soil after a brief wait after additives, but don’t try seeds at this point. Happy Spring Planting! Until next time, Pat by Chuck Stadick, Caldwell City Council

the valley. Mr. Wheeler, our golf superintendent, and his crews have done an exceptional job keeping our courses in good shape while being good stewards of revenues from fees and our taxes. The golf committee has been brainstorming value added ideas to increase memberships, sponsored tournaments, tee times and reduction in the timetable for a round of golf so we can have more daily rounds played. Some ideas we’ve discussed are soccer golf, enlarging the holes, shorter tee grounds, etc. These ideas allow for better scores by reaching the greens in regulation and making the experience of golf more enjoyable. The committee is also looking into better advertising reaching new businesses and residents with packets that promote our courses. Granted, not everyone plays golf, but the benefits of having this recreation is very important in attracting new businesses and residents to our fair city. If any of you have ideas that might help the golf committee improve our program, please contact me by phone at 250-2410 or by my city email address at I will happy to pass your ideas on to the golf committee for discussion and hopefully some good recommendations for the future.

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When Mel Arriaga of Caldwell Basque Charities-Euzkaldunak Charities, saw the article awhile back in our October Caldwell Perspective about Hope House needing a pallet jack, he remembered that and after this year’s Basque Dance, Caldwell’s Basque Charity bought one for them and struck a good deal with Motion Industries on the price with the company also paying for the freight. So in February, a group of members from the Basque Charity delivered the pallet jack to Hope House. We live in such a great community and the Basque Charity funded by the annual Basque Dance is such a benevolent organization that gives back to people in need in our community. Thanks once again goes out to Caldwell Basque Charities for taking such good care of those in need.

Cutting Board Food Safety: Plastic or Wood?

by Jackie Amende, FCS Extension Educator

It’s important to remember your cutting board when you are thinking about cross-contamination and food safety. Often, cutting boards can be a place for bacteria to thrive if they are not cleaned correctly or used properly. Plastic cutting boards were thought to be safer when it comes to crosscontamination risk as compared to wood boards. However, this isn’t necessarily true. You can choose whatever material you prefer: plastic, wood, marble, glass, or acrylic. It’s up to you. What really matters is how you clean your boards and how they are used. The most important cutting board recommendation is to always have two boards and to always know which board is which. Use one board for raw meats and one board for readyto-eat foods like fruits and vegetables. Consider having different colored cutting boards to make it easier to remember. In addition, pay attention to the crevices and cracks in your boards as this is where bacteria tend to thrive. If your cutting board is starting to show large and deep crevices and many cracks,

throw it out and get a new one. It’s important to note that plastic boards and soft wood cutting boards, like cypress wood, may pose a greater food safety risk as they may be more likely to get more grooves and cracks. Hard wood cutting boards, like maple wood, are not as easy to produce knife scars. However, the material of the board does not matter as much if you clean your board properly. To appropriately clean cutting boards, wash them thoroughly in hot, soapy water and then rinse with the hot water. Allow the boards to air dry or pat dry with clean paper towels. Solid wood, plastic, glass, and acrylic cutting boards are usually dishwasher safe. Lastly to disinfect, use one tablespoon of chlorine bleach or other disinfecting solution to one gallon of water and pour over surface of the clean cutting board. Allow to stand for a few minutes and then rinse with water. Disinfecting the cutting board after cleaning is especially beneficial for boards that have been used with raw meat. Jackie Amende is a Family and Consumer Science Educator with the University of Idaho Extension Office located in Caldwell.

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Have kids they will be fun! My husband and I and the two youngest of our four children went to dinner last night. As we waited to be seated, a middleaged man grinning from ear to ear walked past us followed by a young college-aged man wearing a Yote baseball uniform. “Gotta love our Yotes,” was all I could say and both their faces beamed with pride. I continued to smile after they left, reflecting on years past, leaving me feeling compelled to write this story. This past year, I have noticed all of my kids transforming. Darn them, they are growing up. Garrett (16) has started talking to us again. Paige (12) wants to wear my shoes and put on my makeup and Audie (8) is closing the bathroom door when he is in the bathtub. Although my goal as a parent is to raise them to be independent and respectful, I take pictures of moments that drive me crazy, knowing that these just

may be the moments that I will miss, for example: clothes laying in a pile on the floor after a bath, kids sleeping on the couch, or a messy room. My oldest son, Zach, is now an adult, headed towards 20-years-old and I am so proud that he is responsible, loving, and doing well for himself. We text (of course). We talk on the phone. He comes to my rescue when asked, and occasionally we see one another. From age 7 on, Zach was rarely without a mitt and baseball, often hitting walnuts or rocks into the pasture with an old bat. He played ball through high school was even awarded conference MVP. As many do, when he finished high school, he was tired of the constant pressure of athletics at a high level and chose to go to work rather than pursue a college scholarship. I respect his decision, but do miss watching him play, especially this

by Chantele Hensel, Publisher

Zach’s baseball pants lathered in Oxi-Clean on top of the washer. (Photo taken in April 2014)

time of year. When I saw that proud father, a million memories rushed through my mind. I realized that although I keep the pictures in digital form in my computer, even the pictures I have missed, they are going to be with me forever in my mind.

LET’S TALK! Love at First Sight!

by :eora Summers, Editor

The first picture is of my grandmother, Veronica Bendaravicious Zanks. The second photo is of her with my grandfather, Francis Zajankauskas, also known as Zanks on their wedding day. I never had the privilege of meeting him as he passed away before I was born. They were married at St. Mary of the Angels Church at 213 So. 4th St., Brooklyn, NY on Feb. 9, 1902. They were both from Lithuania, but met in the U.S. after landing at Ellis Island at different times when they immigrated. I was told that my grandmother came over as an indentured servant at the age of 16. Hmm.... Francis, later known as “Big Frank Zanks,” was engaged to marry my grandmother’s best friend. Grammy Zanks was staying at her friend’s place the day before the wedding was to take place, because she was going to be her friend’s maid of honor. On that day, my grandfather decided to drop by the house to visit them and when he knocked on his betrothed door, my grandmother answered it. The story goes that upon seeing my grandmother, he gasped and said (in Lithuanian, of course), “Oh my God! You are the one who I am supposed to marry!” I bet her best friend threw her out! I never heard what happened to her friend, but the rest is history! One thing I learned after seeing her picture, is that genetics runs strong in me. I now know where I got that crazy cowlick on my forehead from!

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5. Make it structured. Make a schedule of your personal goals each week, hold yourself accountable to them. Life fills whatever space we leave empty. Fill yours with activities and behaviors that reflect the way you really want to live. 6. Live what you ask for. Keep reminding yourself of what you want to change in your life, renew your vow to yourself. Live with thoughts and actions that empower you. When in doubt, ask yourself, “Does this behavior/decision/ person help me move forward, or block my progress?” If you or someone you know is in need of free assistance on their path to freedom, please call 4594779 and ask to speak with an advocate or counselor.

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My Grandma, Juanita Sibert Sr., 100 years old

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by Mietta Sibert, Granddaughter

My grandma, Juanita Sibert Sr. celebrates her 100th birthday, Tuesday, March 7th, 2017. She is still living on her own, caring for herself and in good health! Her experiences over the years represent a part of all of us. Happy birthday grandma with love and blessings! My grandma is my humble hero. She is a woman of stamina, leadership and devotion to God, family, country and community. She represents the lifestyles and spirit of people living ten decades through a great journey. Our country has many like her, but you don’t often hear about them. These are the overlooked gems of Idaho and America. Her depth of knowledge and experience has been endowed to all of our family members. Grandma was born on March 7, 1917, just a month before the U.S. declared war on Germany, entering into World War I, and when a gallon of gas was only $0.16. She grew up on a farm in Glen, a small community, a few miles from Fort Robinson and Crawford, Nebraska. She has always been a loving, hard working capable farm girl, supportive wife, a nurturing mother and amazing grandmother. Despite the trials and tribulations of many eras, grandma raised a family and always looks forward to her next day. She is a true American settler that grew a garden out of dust, persevered through personal, local and world events that have shaped her life and now ours. The Siberts’ sold their farm and ranch and moved to Caldwell in October, 1946. She took a job at Simplot’s in the late 40s and later was employed at Glen L. Evans Fishfly, the Idaho Department Store and then JCPenney, from which she eventually retired. Like all homefolk, the first greeting she gives is “Good to see you! Come on in and give me a hug! Have you eaten? How about a cup of tea or coffee? I have a fresh pot on.” If you’re hungry, she will fix a meal to feed a threshing crew! Then it’s funny stories and lots of laughter. Juanita Sibert is traveling through life with continued good health and spirit. I love my grandma and the influence she has on me. I am proud to be her granddaughter.

Delbert “Okie” Pierce Celebrates 102 Years!

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Delbert “Okie” Pierce celebrated his 102nd birthday on February 22. He still lives at home and just last year at 101, gave up his driver’s license. Okie was born and raised in Oklahoma, thus giving him his nickname “Okie” from his Idaho friends. In 1941, he joined the army and was stationed in Boise. He rode the “troop train” many times from Boise to Green River, Wyoming, and was later stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington. He has had a lot of different jobs before retiring from the tire business. His wife Doris passed away in 2010. He is blessed with

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A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss and Survival

As a young girl, Doaa is raised in a Syria where martial law rules, but her childhood is unaffected by the curfews and restrictions that lock in the adults of her world. But even her small freedoms and innocence are lost after the Arab Spring uprisings that bring soldiers to her front door and violence to her family. When her family decides they must flee Syria in order to survive, she hesitates to leave behind the country that she loves, but it quickly becomes apparent that there is no life for them if they remain. Egypt becomes a safe-haven for a short time, but soon the country is overwhelmed with Syrian refugees and the country is no longer welcoming. Doaa, now grown and engaged to a fellow refugee, decides the only course

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of action is to flee once again, leaving Egypt and attempting the treacherous sea crossing to Greece. A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea is poignant and touching, but also painful as it examines what life is like for those fleeing wars in their homeland and what it takes to start over with nothing. At a time when the United National High Commission on Refugees says there are more displaced persons than ever before, Melissa Fleming’s new book is not to be missed, as it puts a human face on a number that is hard to visualize. The UNHCR estimates that there are over 21 million refugees, four million of those hailing from Syria. “I urge you to celebrate the extraordinary courage and contributions of refugees past and present…” Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General


Judith Kinghorn is the author four novels. Her books are published in the USA, Canada, UK and British Commonwealth countries, and have been translated to German,

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The snow was at a record depth. I was thinking I should be trying to get some of it off the roof. But common sense kicked in. Climbing up on a ladder in that sort of weather was a sure way to hurt myself. I decided to do something safe and clear the ice out of the end of a downspout at ground level and let the roof fend for itself. I knelt down, got the water flowing through the downspout and tried to get to my feet. I slipped on the water and fell forward. I stuck out my arm to grab a gate post to steady myself. My left arm got caught behind the post and the rest of me kept going. As I lay on the wet concrete I assessed my situation and decided I probably hadn’t broken any bones. Once I staggered inside, a closer examination revealed my left bicep was rolled up in a big lump at the top of my shoulder. The folks at the emergency room said I had torn loose the tendon that holds the bicep in place. The surgeon said he would have to get hold of the tendon that had torn loose, pull it back down past my elbow where it belonged, drill a hole in the bone and put the tendon through the hole. He said I would have to wear an adjustable brace on the arm and it would take about three months for everything to grow back together. The surgery wasn’t too bad. They gave me something that made me talk really slow. Suddenly it was two hours later and I was waking up in

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recovery. They had blocked the nerves in the arm for the operation, so for the next 24 hours it flopped abound like a big, uncooked pork loin. That made me laugh. I’m easily entertained when I’m on drugs. So now I’m at home watching the snow melt. Because of the brace, I have to sleep in a recliner in the family room rather than in a bed. Although it doesn’t hurt much, I only have limited motion in my left arm and I’m not supposed to lift anything but my hand. The arm is a great conversation piece. It’s fun to explain in detail what happened and how the surgeon had to re-anchor the tendon by drilling a hole in a bone. That almost always makes the listeners say “Eeeeeewwwwww!” I never learned to ski because almost all skiers eventually break an ankle or a leg. In November 2008, I went out to get the newspaper one morning, hit some ice in our driveway, dislocated my right ankle and broke it in three places. I’m sure glad I didn’t get up on a ladder this year to clean the snow off the roof. I might have gotten hurt.

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Ages: 4+

3-6 players

Rubix Cubes

Large selection of styles!

2-6 Players

Ages: 8+



Ages: 8+

2-4 Players

2-8 Players

Tile Lock Scrabble

Ages: 8+

2-4 Players

Classic Risk

Ages: 8+

Ages: 7+

2-4 Players

BIG Boggle

Ages: 8+

2+ Players

Tetris The Card Game

Tetris 3D Cube Challenge

John Wayne-Opoly

US Army-Opoly

Shake n’ Score

John Deere Checkers

Chinese Checkers

Wooden Game




Ages: 10+

2-6 Players

Super Scrabble

Ages: 8+

3-6 Players

Ages: 8+

2-4 Players

Ages: 8+

2-4 Players

2+ Players


Tile Lock Super Scrabble

Super Big Boggle

Ages: 8+

Ages: 8+

Ages: 10+

2-4 Players

Tetris Tetris Brainteaser Cube 3-Layer Brainteaser ®


2-4 Players

John Deer Polar Express Tractor-Opoly Train-Opoly

NFL Football Checkers


2-Track • 3-Track • Trainers Travel • Color • Natural and More!

Other teams available! ON 10th AVE SOUTH OF LINDEN, NEXT TO PAPA MURPHY’S


2707 S. 10TH AVENUE, SUITE 102, CALDWELL • (208) 453-8444