March 2020 Caldwell Perspective

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INDIAN CREEK PLAZAA YEAR IN REVIEW Pg. 5 WVMC LAUNCHES ROBOTIC SPINE SURGERY Pg. 7 FIRST SIGNS OF SPRING Pg. 10 HAPPY 105TH BIRTHDAY, OKIE Pg. 14 Alex Esparza, 2019 volunteer of the year and Mike Durning, Chairman of the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce Board

2019 Chamber of Commerce Award Luncheon well as the Hallock-Weymann award, which is the highest award from Lions District 39W. He is the most giving volunteering person! The 2019 Non-profit of the Year went to Friends of the Caldwell Library. All six members are volunteers from the Caldwell Community and do not receive compensation for their time. For the past six years the friends of the Caldwell Library have been instrumental in assisting the Library with outreach to the community. Their efforts to promote literacy, education, access to information and community awareness has had a huge impact on those who reside in and around Caldwell. Through fundraising efforts like book sales, bake sales, and other campaigns, they provide supplemental funds allowing the Library to offer opportunities otherwise unavailable. They have been advantageous in seeking and obtaining grants and donations to help fund large scale projects such as family fun day, Dia de los Ninos events, Early Steam Day, Summer Reading, The Human Library, Digitization of Historical materials,

and improved technology. The Friends of the Library sponsor the annual summer reading program in order to help families prevent the “summer slide,” or the decline in reading skills while school is out of session each summer. More than 2,000 Caldwell residents of all ages enroll in the program with participation increasing per annum. 2019 Business of the Year: Best Bath. As they mark 50 years, the Caldwell company is building on their success. Best Bath began in 1969 as Component Structures, Inc., manufacturing ranch products, feed and water troughs for animals and panels for refrigerated train cars. Canyon County’s growth has been good for Best Bath, situated on 10 acres just off Kit Avenue in Caldwell. They currently have 183 full time employees and are in the process of adding a third shift to become a 24/5 operation. The company has customers across the country and into Canada. Sixty percent of the product they ship out of their Caldwell facility is send east of the Mississippi and 15% goes to California,

2019 Business of the Year-Best Bath

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The Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards Noonbreak luncheon on Tuesday, February 14th at the College of Idaho Simplot Dining Hall. The awards luncheon was graciously sponsored by West Valley Medical Center. The recipients of the awards were nominated by the community. Here are the outstanding citizens of Caldwell: The 2019 Volunteer of the year, Alex Esparza. Alex is the first to step up for Caldwell. As club president he was instrumental in working with the city to change the name of Jaycee’s Park to Caldwell Lions Park. He delivers Meals on Wheels every Thursday. He picks up and delivers donated furniture for Love Inc every week. Through the Lions he is heading up a food pantry for Canyon Springs School, and organized holiday meals for needy families associated with Canyon Springs School. He is involved with Love Caldwell and volunteers for their Day of Caring. He has received the Melvin Jones Fellowship, which is the highest award from Lions International, as

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2019 Non-Profit of the Year-Friends of the Library

mostly due to the concentration in those areas. Best Bath takes pride in retaining and training employees. Many have joined the company through family members who work there.

They have a turnover rate of less than 5% and have grown the number of fulltime employees by 58% since 2014. Continued on page 4

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Chamber activity and participation has the positive effect of business retention and expansion, quality of life, economic development and may other elements. If you are interested in getting involved in the Caldwell Chamber or want to make a difference in your community, the Chamber offers several volunteer committees for you to take part. Working together in Caldwell, we can make a difference!

March 3: 11:30 AM. . . . . . . .Ambassadors Committee, Golden Corral March 4: 12 PM. . . . . . . .Agri-Business, Golden Palace, 703 Main St. March 10: 11:15 AM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Noonbreak Luncheon, C of I, Simplot Dining Hall, sponsored by the Education Committee March 12: 12 PM. . . . . . .Gov’t Affairs, Caldwell Chamber of Commerce March 18: 8-9:30 AM. . . . . .Coffee Connect, Centennial Baptist Church 3610 E. Ustick Rd., Caldwell March 19: 4:30-6:30 PM. . . .Business After Hours, Lenity Senior Living, 4119 Lenity Living Avenue, Caldwell March 26: 12 PM. . . . . . . . . Gov’t Affairs, Acapulco Mexican Restaurant April 6: 12 PM . . . . . . . . . . . . . Transportation, Golden Corral, Nampa April 7: 1:30 PM . . . . . . . . . . . . .Education Committee, TVCC, Caldwell Please plan to attend the Chamber of Commerce Noonbreak Luncheon, Tuesday, March 10 at 11:15 a.m., C of I, Simplot Dining Hall. Call the Chamber of Commerce to RSVP 208-459-7493. March 2 5:15-6:45 PM: “Meet Me Monday” at Flying M Coffee, free weekly fitness walk/run. 7 PM: City Council Meeting, CPD Community Room, 110 S. 5th Ave. March 3 5:30-6:30 PM: Free Spine Care Seminar, West Valley Medical Center, 1906 Fairview Ave., 4th Floor, info: 208-455-3995. March 4 10:30-11 AM: Tasty Tales Story Time, Flying M Coffee, downtown. 11:30 AM: Caldwell Class of 68’ luncheon, Orphan Annie’s. March 5 12-4 PM: AARP Tax Aide - Free Tax Preparation Service, Caldwell Train Depot, 701 Main Street. 7 PM: Conversation Club, want ot learn english or spanish? Caldwell Library, all ages. 7-8:30 PM: Idaho Author Rick Just-Symbols, Signs and Songs, Rediscovered Books, downtown. March 6 10:30-11 AM: Tasty Tales, Rediscovered Books, 804 Arthur St. 11:30 AM-1 PM: Our Lady of the Valley Lenten Luncheon, 1122 W. Linden St., tickets at the door. 5-7 PM: Knights of Columbus Alaskan Cod Fish Dinner, Our Lady of the Valley, 1122 W. Linden St., tickets available at the door. 5:30-7:30 PM: Craft & Conversation, Rubaiyat Book Store, 314 S. 6th Ave. 7 PM: Music by Jeannie Marie at Orphan Annie’s, 801 Everett St. 9 PM-1 AM: Firme Fridays, 21+, King Legend Restaurant and Lounge, 424 E. Elgin St. March 7 10 AM-6 PM: Rocks a Plenty in 2020, Owyhee Gem and Mineral Society 66th Annual Rock & Gem Show, O’Connor Field House.

March 7 (continued) 12 PM: Caldwell Train Depot Open House, 701 Main St., hosted by Jerry & Margaret Langan. 2 PM: Pokemon Club, ages 9-17, Caldwell Library. 7 PM: Music by Rod Dyer at Orphan Annie’s, 801 Everett St. 9 PM-1 AM: Tejano Night, 21+, King Legend Restaurant and Lounge, 424 E. Elgin St. March 8 10 AM-5 PM: Rocks a Plenty in 2020, 66th Annual Rock & Gem Show, O’Connor Field House. 10 AM-4 PM: Free Health Expo, Garnet Seventh-day Adventist Church, 16613 Garnet Road, Wilder. No apt necessary, more information, 208-649-5280. 5:30 PM: Caldwell Ramblers RV Club: 6 PM-Meeting, Mr. V’s Rau 208-697-1357. March 9 5:15-6:45 PM: “Meet Me Monday” at Flying M Coffee, free weekly fitness walk/run. March 10 11:15 AM-1 PM: Noonbreak Luncheon, C of I, Simplot Dining Hall, RSVP, 208-459-7493. 7-8:30 PM: Idaho Author RW Bennett-Crooked River Book Release Event, Rediscovered Books, 804 Arthur St. Signing following. 9 AM-4 PM: Free Nitrate Screening for private spring/well owners, bring water in clean quart container, Southwest District Health, 13307 Miami Lane, Caldwell, 208-455-5400. 2 PM: Homeschool Book Club, grades 1-12, Library. March 11 10:30-11 AM: Tasty Tales Story Time, Flying M Coffee, downtown Caldwell. 11 AM: Conversation Club, want ot learn english or spanish? Caldwell Library, all ages.

March 12 12-4 PM: AARP Tax Aide - Free Tax Preparation Service, Caldwell Train Depot, 701 Main Street. 2 PM: Thurs. Afternoon Read, Caldwell Library. 7-8:30 PM: Idaho Author JW Embury-The Big Cedar Tree. 7 PM: SIBA presents “Birding in Peru” at Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Rd, Nampa (corner of Indiana/Roosevelt, south of Hwy 55). Public Invited. March 13 10:30-11 AM: Tasty Tales, Rediscovered Books, 804 Arthur St. 11:30 AM-1 PM: Our Lady of the Valley Lenten Luncheon, 1122 W. Linden St., tickets at the door. 5-7 PM: Knights of Columbus Alaskan Cod Fish Dinner, Our Lady of the Valley, 1122 W. Linden St., tickets available at the door. 5:30 PM: Quaker Village Auction, Greenleaf Friends Academy, 208459-6346. 6 PM: Readings & Social Hour, Rubaiyat Book Store, 314 S. 6th Ave. 7 PM: Music by Jeannie Marie at Orphan Annie’s, 801 Everett St. 9 PM-1 AM: Firme Fridays, 21+, King Legend Restaurant and Lounge, 424 E. Elgin St. March 14 7:30-9:30 AM: Quaker Village Auction pancake breakfast & Auction, Greenleaf Friends Academy, 208-459-6346. 10 AM-12 PM: Writers’ Group, Judy Hudson, Rubaiyat Book Store, 314 S. 6th Ave. March 14 2:30 PM: Writer’s Group, Steve Prager, Rubaiya, 314 S. 6th Ave. 7 PM: Music by Rod Dyer at Orphan Annie’s, 801 Everett St. 9 PM: Tejano Night, 21+, King Legend Restaurant & Lounge.

March 14 (continued) 5 PM: Vallivue FFA Alumni Auction Dinner, Vallivue High School. Tickets/Donation email or come by the VHS Ag shop. March 16 5:15-6:45 PM: “Meet Me Monday” at Flying M Coffee, free weekly fitness walk/run. 7 PM: City Council Meeting, CPD Community Room, 110 S. 5th Ave. March 17 6-8 PM: Book Tastings for Teachers and and Game Night Demos, Rediscovered Books. Food, wine in-store giveaways, discount for teachers with ID. 6:30 PM: Adult Board Games, Flying M Coffee, downtown Caldwell. March 18 8-9:30 AM: Coffee Connect, Centennial Baptist Church, 3610 E. Ustick Rd. 10:30-11 AM: Tasty Tales Story Time, Flying M Coffee, downtown. March 19 12-4 PM: AARP Tax Aide - Free Tax Preparation Service, Caldwell Train Depot, 701 Main Street. 4:30-6:30 PM: Business After Hours, Lenity Senior Living, 4119 Lenity Living Avenue. 7-8:30 PM: Idaho Mystery Author Sherry Briscoe-Fine Line of Denial, Rediscovered Books. 2 PM: Computer Basics, Library. 7 PM: Conversation Club, want ot learn english or spanish? Caldwell Library, all ages. March 20 10:30-11 AM: Tasty Tales, Rediscovered Books, 804 Arthur St. 11:30 AM-1 PM: Our Lady of the Valley Lenten Luncheon, 1122 W. Linden St., tickets at the door. 5-7 PM: Knights of Columbus Alaskan Cod Fish Dinner, Our Lady of the Valley, 1122 W. Linden St., tickets available at the door.

March 20 (continued) 7 PM: Music by Jeannie Marie at Orphan Annie’s, 801 Everett St. 9 PM-1 AM: Firme Fridays, 21+, King Legend Restaurant & Lounge. March 21 10 AM-3 PM: Fiber Crafters & Artists, Rubaiyat, 314 S. 6th Ave. 11 AM-12 PM: Earth Brite Psychic 101, 3506 Cleveland Blvd. 7 PM: Music by Rod Dyer at Orphan Annie’s, 801 Everett St. 9 PM-1 AM: Tejano Night, 21+, King Legend Restaurant & Lounge. March 22 1 PM: 44th Annual Idaho Vintage Motorcycle Club Rally & Show, O’Connor Field House. March 23 5:15-6:45 PM: “Meet Me Monday” at Flying M Coffee, free weekly fitness walk/run. March 24 10 AM-3:30 PM: Babysitting Training, Canyon County Extension Office, 208-459-6003 ages 12-16. 10 AM-12 PM: Spring Break Golf Camp, ages 6+, Purple Sage Golf Course, (208) 459-2223. March 25 10:30-11 AM: Tasty Tales Story Time, Flying M Coffee, downtown. 11 AM: Conversation Club, want ot learn english or spanish? Caldwell Library, all ages. 5:30-7 PM: LoveCaldwell’s Neighborhood Supper, Rubaiyat Book Store, 314 S. 6th Ave. 6 PM: Ask a Librarian, Library. March 26 12-4 PM: AARP Tax Aide - Free Tax Preparation Service, Caldwell Train Depot, 701 Main St. 6:16 PM: Concert Connection & Dinner, Caldwell Fine Arts, Jewett Auditorium, 7 PM: The Kings Concert, Caldwell Fine Arts, C of I Jewett Auditorium, tickets Calendar continued on page 3

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After some time back in her home town, Gail Friend is back at the Chamber excited for the tasks ahead of her. Gail is a remarkable woman. She grew up a military brat, her father was in the United States Army. She developed a love for our armed servicemen and women especially those deployed. When just a young woman, Gail began writing to soldiers who were deployed. Many times it was a complete unit. She would

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send letters of encouragement and short stories to bring the soldiers thoughts back to home. She would listen when they expressed they were in short supply of an item, or upon learning that they had a favorite treat from home. Gail would package gifts up for her new friends. Most would not know this about Gail, which is why I am sharing, as she is humble and her purpose is not for recognition, but for the greater good. She is quick to see the

Early Voting Encouraged

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The Canyon County Elections Office is encouraging voters who are currently unregistered, as well as those who need to update their voter registration, to take advantage of the early voting period that runs through

Friday, March 6. This will allow voters to register or change their registration prior to casting their ballot without having to deal with potential long lines and wait times on Election Day. Early voting is currently avail-

able at the Canyon County Elections Office during normal business hours. The Elections Office is located at 1102 E. Chicago St. in Caldwell. The last day to vote early is Friday, March 6.

March 27 10:30-11 AM: Tasty Tales, Rediscovered Books, 804 Arthur St. 11:30 AM-1 PM: Our Lady of the Valley Lenten Luncheon, 1122 W. Linden St., tickets at the door. 4-5 PM: Viper Gun & Pawn Ribbon Cutting, 6115 Cleveland Blvd., Ste. #102. 5-7 PM: Knights of Columbus Alaskan Cod Fish Dinner, Our Lady of the Valley, 1122 W. Linden St., tickets available at the door. 7 PM: Music by Jeannie Marie at Orphan Annie’s, 801 Everett St. 9 PM-1 AM: Firme Fridays, 21+, King Legend Restaurnt and Lounge, 424 E. Elgin St. March 28 9 PM-1 AM: Tejano Night, 21+, King Legend Restaurnt and

Lounge, 424 E. Elgin St. 10 AM-12 PM: Writers’ Group, Judy Hudson, Rubaiyat Book Store, 314 S. 6th Ave. 12-2 PM: Paint Party by Angela Matlashevsky, call or text for tickets 208-585-4999. March 30 4-5 PM: Kids Book Club (grades 3-6), Rediscovered Books. Book of the month is Chirp by Kate Messner. 5:15-6:45 PM: “Meet Me Monday” at Flying M Coffee, free weekly fitness walk/run. March 31 6-9 PM: Swing into Spring at the Library, Fundraiser Gala, supporting the Library Endowment fund. Caldwell Library, 1010 Dearborn St.

CALDWELL LIBRARY Every Monday 10:30 AM: Preschool Storytime, ages 2-5. 11:15 AM: Music & Movement, ages 2-5. 4:30 PM: Family Fun! (all ages). Every Tuesday 10:30 AM: Preschool Storytime, ages 2-5. Every Wednesday 10:30 AM: Baby N’ Me, Lapsit storytime, ages 0-1. 11 AM: Baby N’ Me, lapsit storytime, ages 0-1. 4:30 PM: Tween Scene, activities, crafts & games for ages 9-12. Every Thursday 4:30 PM: Teen Thursday, ages 13-18. Every Friday 10 AM: Tai Chi.

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good in others and is self sacrifical to meet others needs. Making her the perfect advocate at the Chamber of Commerce for our businesses to connect with other likeminded business owners. Af-

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ter a short break back home to lay her daddy to rest and provide herself with much needed self care. She is back. Stop in and welcome her when you have a chance.


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Sgt. Scott Crupper and Detective Steve Fisher had the amazing privilege of representing Law En-forcement across the state in the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics of Idaho Winter Games. Sgt. Crupper and Detective Fisher skied down the hill with the Olympic torch and present-ed it to an athlete to officially start the games on 2/21/2020 at Bogus Basin.

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The Caldwell Police Department in conjunction with the Special Olympics of Idaho, and the Cald-well Walmart held a “Bag for Bucks” Event on February 22, 2020. Officers from The Idaho P.O.S.T. Academy and the Caldwell Police Department bagged groceries for donations that support the Special Olympics of Idaho Summer Games. A total of $4,009 was raised in a three hour period! We cannot adequately express our gratitude to the wonderful community of Caldwell for their generosity. The City of Caldwell will be hosting the summer games for the next three years. Summer games kick off this year June 5, 2020.

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bassadors and can honestly say that I have made some long-lasting friendships. Congratulations to the 2019 award winners. Thank you for your commitment to making Caldwell successful! The Chamber of Commerce event schedules are always available on their website or on the Caldwell Perspective calendar page 2. The next Noonbreak Luncheon will be on March 10th, 2020 at 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. It will feature a panel of guest speakers from Caldwell’s school districts and colleges. The information given will provide information for business leaders and parents who are concerned about the level of preparation of young people for the workforce and educational institutions/training programs. Topics will include addressing the current and future workforce needs of our local businesses and

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Indian Creek Plaza: A Year In Review Did you know Destination Caldwell hosted 315 events and activities in 2019 at Indian Creek Plaza? That’s right, around 200,000 visitors and 35,000 ice skaters came to check out downtown Caldwell last year. Destination Caldwell is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is the managing partner of Indian Creek Plaza with the City of Caldwell. In the agreement with the city, referred to as the Memorandum of Understanding, Destination Caldwell agreed to host 150

events and activities a year. If you’re doing the math in your head right now … Destination Caldwell DOUBLED its promise to the city. Part of the reason for so many extra events and activities was because the community and visitors kept showing up! Our events included 13 large concerts and festivals, an 18-week concert and farmer’s market series, 88 days of ice skating and 25 venue rentals for other organizations events. We also provided many activities at the pla-

za like story time with the Caldwell Public Library, Tai Chi classes, games such as corn hole, ping pong and even life-size checkers. In 2020 the public can expect larger and more robust events than last year. For example, the Tuesdays on the Creek Summer Concert Series and Farm to Fork Farmers’ Market will be 20 weeks long. Our team has also created two new signature events, the Dude Show and the Hot Potato Festival coming in June and August. Plus, we’ll still be hosting

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Military Spotlight: The US M-50 Gas Mask of which eventually became the M-1 series gas mask. Improvements were made over the next 100 years until we settled on the M-50 Joint Service General Purpose Mask in 2009. The early gas masks are primitive compared to the M-50 mask. Gone is the rubberized tubes that ran into a canister whose filter

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was limited in protecting the wearer. The M-50 mask has two filters that are connected directly to the mask. These masks were designed to protect against all threats of weapons of mass destruction. The filters are state-of-the-art and can filter chemical-biological substances, toxic matter, toxins and radioactive particulates. These filters also designed to make it easier to breathe in and out as compared to older masks. They also have a shelf-life indicator to ensure a proper functioning filter. The eye pieces offer a better view and make it easier to use this mask with optic systems and battlefield equipment. Also, you can

change out these lenses, in a toxic environment, without compromising safety. There is a drinking system that allows the wearer to consume water without removing the mask. There is a M-51 mask that was designed for vehicle crewman that has a flame resistant hood. Both of these masks offer 24 hour protection. With new threats of viruses out in the world, one might stampede to get a gas mask. It is important to be trained on how and when to wear a gas mask. The ‘how‘, is easy enough to learn. The ‘when’ is another question altogether. If a mask isn’t on your face when an attack occurs, then it is already too

late. If you have a beard, you might as well throw the mask in the trash as it will be useless. Stop by the D&J Enterprises. We have different gas masks and filters available and would be glad to show them to you and talk about their proper usage.

“Letters To Mama” My column, Letters to Mama began in July when I sent my middle son to boot camp in Fort Benning, Georgia and although the letters ended in Late October I loved the column title so much. I just can’t change it. I won’t be publishing a Letters to Mama every month, just sporadically as word is received that may be of interest. Late December Garrett stepped off the plane in Boise, Idaho to a hug from his Fiancé, Nimsi and then his mama and dad and before the New Year boarded another plane with that same wonderful girl by his side as his wife. They have their first home in the works. Each week they have something new to show me or tell me about a great find at the second hand store and how they painted it and how much they

are loving their home on the Fort Bragg Army base. A couple weeks ago, Michael was surprised by a phone call. Garrett was so excited to tell Michael that he was going to be a grandpa. I was at the office working on the newspaper just plunking away as I call it when I am formatting the content and putting the big puzzle together. Michael called me right away to share the news, “You’re going to be a grandma.” I have dreamt of the day I would get to be a grandma. I was also the one advising Garrett to wait until they got settled into a military married life (a deployment is in the near future) before starting a family. I knew that it would be just a matter of time, as Garrett and Nimsi have talked about the family they would someday have back in High

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School. Also, many of his letters from boot camp to Nimsi read, “I am so excited that you are going to be my wife. I want to give you the perfect wedding…and then poof babies.” It was always a joke between Nimsi and I that I was going to have Poof Grandbaby 1, Poof Grandbaby 2…and so on. So in October, I will get to meet Poof Grandbaby 1 and I could not be more proud. Time to start working on a baby quilt! Mailed the first of many Valentine’s presents this week. I just hope I can be as amazing as the woman I called Grandma. I had an extraordinary example. Makes me miss her so much as I reflect on what a Grandma and Granddaughter relationship should look like, and North Carolina is a long ways away.


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It is that time of year where the sheep trail thru Caldwell. Two bands will make their way through. I will post when I know the dates for sure, but it will be between March 2nd and 5th. They will come into town going East on Logan then North on Farmway . From there, they will travel East on Laurel turning North onto Paynter at Caldwell City pool. This is a great area to view the sheep Photo from 2019 by Gina Dowen and take photos if you like. There is plenty of parking at the pool . From there the sheep will go North, across hwy 19, over Centennial Blvd, cross the Boise River and rest for the night on old hwy 30. The pool area is the safest viewing area without impeding the work of the herders. This is important! They are working, and these sheep are their livelihood! Stay out of their way! I will be working with the City of Caldwell to develop this into an annual event!

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WVMC First in the State to Launch Robotics, Computer Navigated Platform for Spine Surgery West Valley Medical Center is the first hospital in Idaho to implement the Mazor X™ Robotic Stealth Edition into the hospital’s spine surgery program. It combines robotics and navigation and allows the surgeon to develop a 3D plan before the surgery even starts, making it possible for smaller incisions. “Spinal surgery continues to evolve with the development of minimally invasive techniques.

Robotic surgery has opened a new frontier with the Mazor X™Stealth Platform. When this technology is deployed by an experienced and thoughtful team, we are able to offer our patients unparalleled results,” said Eric S. Varley, DO, Complex and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeon. Other key benefits include: • Pre-procedure planning – allowing the surgeon to make the procedure predictable

• Increased precision, accuracy, stability • Visibility of navigation with real-time image guidance • Decreased use of radiation in the operating room “The Mazor X™ Robotic Stealth Edition helps us continue our leadership in spine surgery excellence with cutting edge technology and a focus on consistently raising the bar for our patients,” said Betsy Hunsicker, West Valley Medical

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Center Chief Executive Officer. West Valley plans to host an open house for the community to check out this first-of-its-kind robotics platform in Idaho. The event will take place on Thursday, March 12 from 11am-7pm. Attendees will get to “test drive” this platform and learn more about the benefits to patients. Stay tuned for more information or visit westvalleyisbetter. com for updates.

City of Caldwell Receipt of $1,000 Grant Award From St. Luke’s Medical Center

Family Fun Day The City of Caldwell is pleased to announce the receipt of a $1,000 Grant Award from St. Luke’s Medical Center Community Health Improvement Fund (CHIF) Grant Program. The Community Health Improvement Fund supports local efforts that will positively

impact public health. The City plans to use grant funds to aid in preparation for the annual Family Fun Day, scheduled for June 13, 2020 at Whittenberger and Rotary Pond parks. St. Luke’s will be recognized as the event sponsor.

Caldwell’s Family Fun Day is an annual community event, designed to encourage individuals, youth, and families to ‘unplug’ and gather in the great outdoors for fun, free, and interactive activities in our parks and community spaces. There are competitive activities, such as a Fishing Derby, Chalk Art contest, and Color Fun Run, and there are just-for-fun activities, such as the Library’s Maker Space, and the YMCA’s “Boot Camp”. Many agencies, organizations, and volunteers help both with coordinating the details ahead of time and with implementing the plans on the day of the event. The CHIF grant will enable the City to continue to provide the supplies, materials, and a simple lunch for all attendees. Attendance has increased each year, so the grant award

truly impacts the entire community by providing the extra funds needed to allow everyone to participate without needing to pay a fee.

“Cradle For The Cure” March 29th and March 30th

Caldwell Wrestling Club is holding its annual “Cradle for the Cure” youth wrestling tournament and will take place on March 29th at 10:00 am, and March 30th at 9:00am at JA Albertson Activity Center on the College of Idaho Campus. Each year the Cald-well Cougar Wrestling Club, in conjunction with IDAWAY Wrestling, hosts “Cradle For The Cure” in support of St. Luke’s Cancer Institute (formerly MSTI)

and local youth wrestling. Five years ago the mother of Caldwell Cougar Wrestling Club Director was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. While his family has been lucky and she battled to beat her illness, the same year two other Cougar Wrestling Club coaches lost their mothers to cancer. With three coaches so closely affected by cancer at the same time they were compelled to do something to help raise

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I can’t help myself but I have to comment on the weather and just how unpredictable it has been over the past few years. I looked at the past years and found that there is nothing consistent about the weather. Last year it was cool but rainy, so much so I couldn’t put a sprinkler system in until late June. Two years ago we had a quote unquote normal spring. Three years ago I still had mounds of snow slowly melting. So with that being said, you can’t just plan a day to do yard work and expect to actually do it on that day. My suggestion to you is to have all supplies, tools and plants ready to go for that ideal day that presents itself. I know this sounds easy for a self employed gardener but I too have a work schedule. What I do is a plan two difWow, did we even have a winter?! Fall seemed to go on forever, jumping straight to spring. My snow shovel is going to need a spring aerobics class: it goofed off all winter relaxing in the months of usual hardship and

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ferent types of work. If it’s nice outside I plan for all the outdoor work I need to get done accordingly. Of course if the weather is not conducive on a day I’d rather be outside, I don’t go in and watch tv, nothing gets done that way, I have a plan of indoor work also. Sharpening tools, servicing my power equipment or straightening up my shop. I need more rain days though. When you get in that mind set to do yard work, then do something because life keeps changing enough as it is. I was in Italy for two months and my main goal was to write a book. Why go to Italy just to write? Trust me I ate a lot of Italian food also. I went to write because nothing could distract me from writing. I could go to a coffee shop and sit for hours writing because I wasn’t distracted by those speaking Italian because I don’t, and you can only eat so much or walk so far before

toil. Never fear! As the cool winter months fade away and spring blooms, I will have no trouble finding a new way for it to earn its keep. March is a busy month. Fall chores that somehow slipped into winter need to be addressed as temperatures warm. In direct competition of spring pruning, gardening, and other property improvements is pos-

Dave’s Big Back Yard sibly the most rewarding endeavor on earth: fishing. Fishing can be relaxing or competitive, exhilarating and refreshing… or boring. It can lure you down a path to entomology and the scientific method. It can never be mastered-not even with modern electronics-and even the most experienced fisherman will tell you there is still more to learn. Fish of all species can be as fickle and moody as a teenager one minute gleefully living in the moment and the next sulking in the bedroom, which is what makes a good fishing session so gratifying. Moon phases, rising and falling barometer readings and water levels, sunny or

you have to rest. In other words I couldn’t work on my farm, my shop or my house. I didn’t have the excuse, I’ve got something better to do. So if Saturday is the day you’re going out to tackle that yard or garden, then on Sunday draw up a plan of what you want done, on Monday take the list with you and get your stuff at the supply house and put it by the place you want to do the work. On Tuesday gather all necessary tools and wheel barrel and park it over by the work area. On Friday lay out all the work clothes and gloves and boots and pre make food or leftovers for the next day. On Saturday morning rise early, dress, make coffee or beverage of choice, snack if you need to and get an early start on the work and don’t stop until it’s done. You will have accomplished a lot and you’ll be impressed with that. Until next time, Pat by Dave McCormick

cloudy days, and wind direction are all factors that have some effect on fish feeding patterns. I have spent over half a lifetime trying to discover a rune stone that will produce a formula for success on a particular day of fishing to no avail. It has been as elusive as the mystery of the devil’s triangle! Spring is on the way. The sun will warm the waters, fish of all species will become more active, and those of us who love the sport will revitalize our souls with rods and reels and the making of new memories. Weather permitting, March can be a productive month for fishing and a cure for Cabin Fever. Local

ponds are stocked in March. I remember fly fishing Crane Falls Reservoir near Bruneau in March. Snow was flying, but we caught trout! Brownlee can be excellent in March, especially for larger smallmouth Bass. Kokanee salmon are a favorite of many and Lucky Peak, Arrow Rock, and Anderson Ranch will all produce in March. C.J. Strike is a great destination for multi species, and there always some big catfish to be caught on the Snake River. Feed the birds for a bit longer, but wet a line the first day without those relentless north west winds!

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The Caldwell High School Juggernauts VEX Robotics capped a great season winning the state championship Thursday and qualifying for the World Championships. The Juggernauts-comprised of students Lydia Beardsley, Joselyn Gutierrez, Mason Nelson, and Joseph Mondragon won the state championship held Thursday at Idaho State University. The team also won the tournament’s Robot Skills Champion Tournament and Think Award. The team qualified for the 2020 VEX Robotics World Championship VEX Robotics Competition High School Division April 22-25 in Louisville, Kentucky. Heading into state competition, the Juggernauts won three of the five tournaments and earned awards in all the tournaments:

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Congratulations to these Caldwell High School music students chosen for the Idaho Music Educators’ Association Honor Bands, Orchestra, and Choirs. Students performed Feb. 1 at Northwest Nazarene University with other high school musicians.

Idaho All-State Concert Band French Horn McKell Nelson Idaho All-State Jazz Choir Tenor Devin Becker Idaho All-State Mixed Choir Soprano I Madison Smith Soprano II Breaunna Zavala Alto I Hannah Starry Alto I Ruby VansellAlto II Sadie Oesch

Idaho All-State Orchestra Viola Ying Yin Zhu Idaho All-State Treble Choir Soprano II Talaya Prescott Alto II Avery Hawkins

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Page 10 CALDWELL PERSPECTIVE When does spring come? As a kid, it was when the robins returned and I received new sneakers to run in. It was the scent of fresh paint on the walls and open windows. Spring came when the snow melted and the lakes cleared of ice. Late snows came but lasted only a few days before the warming spring sun melted it. We knew it was spring, when the grass on the lawn close to the southern side of

our homes began to green. It was there I found the freshest straws to chew on. Like the animals who shed their winter fur, we knew it was spring when we shed our winter garments for lighter clothing. Days grew longer; tree buds to begin a new year of life; crocuses sprout from the previously frozen soil; and birds return from their southern vacations to raise their families, who will follow the same pattern the next year.

Book Review by Amy Perry Vardis Fisher was an American author and native Idahoan who specialized in historical novels of the Old West. Despite his humble beginning, he was highly educated and studied at both the University of Chicago and the University of

Snow retreats up the sides of mountains in fear of the warmth of the valley. It loses the battle this season, but will return to rule again next winter. The cows in the pasture behind our apartments birth new life. The fields are freshly plowed by farmers making their living – they return like the birds to raise new life. Spring brings new life and a new generations. I sat on my front step last week and discovered a new

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sign of spring. In the cul-de-sac in front of our complex, children screamed and played. They rolled on skate boards, skated on roller blades, biked, ran, chased each other, laughed and screamed in the warmth of the first real day of spring. Their TV’s, video games and computers were left behind. Children playing outside: that is the first sign of spring.

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life in the rugged mountain wilderness of the Rockies. But this was by no means his only great work! Vardis Fisher was quite the prolific writer. In fact, he completed thirty-six novels during his lifetime, had two books in the works at the time of his death in 1968, dabbled in poetry, and wrote numerous thought-provoking essays in various journals. Vardis Fisher’s Boise was written in 1938 as a WPA

project and lost in the national archives until 2018, when it was discovered by Alex Meregaglia, who writes the introduction. Published by Rediscovered Publishing in 2019, it is a faithful production of Fisher’s work. This is a marvelous time capsule of 1930s Idaho and, by extension, America. Fisher was not particularly pleasant in his description of Boise; however, he was thorough. The book gives

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SK8 Ribbon Coalition Would Not Have Been Possible Without Community Support SK8 Ribbon Coalition Would Not Have Been Possible Without Community Support The SK8 Ribbon Coalition is a program put on by Destination Caldwell at Indian Creek Plaza. The five-week ice skating and mentorship program helps teens gain confidence, learn the importance of life-long fitness, engage with their peers and the community, and make new friends and connections outside of school through ice skating. Another goal was to unite the local youth in order to form bonds that will prepare them for better community leadership in adulthood. This year, we would like to thank some of the staff, volunteers, sponsors and donors who made it possible to offer this program a second year in a row. This program would not have been possible without the help of our generous community leaders like Gen Hubler and Tim Otter who helped teach the teens various ice-skating exercises as well as how to have fun on the ice safely. If you know them, please help us in extending a big ‘thank you’ to them in person! Mentor Gen Hubler has been a school teacher for 24 years and currently resides at Vallivue Middle School. Gen has been skating ever since she was two years old and participates on

a competitive traveling hockey team. The Hubler family loves this program and sees it as a great way to share their love for skating with their community in a way that allows kids to experience somethings so extraordinary. Community leader Tim Otter, also played a large role in mentoring students at the SK8 Ribbon Coalition. Tim started skating when he was 5 years old and has continued to skate ever since. He loves to play hockey and currently participates in an adult hockey league. Tim has been a teacher for most of his professional life and teaching students to skate for the coalition is like second nature to him. He believes skating is something you can enjoy your whole

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St. Patrick’s Day may be a celebration of the man who brought Christianity to Ireland, but one need not be Irish to don green and enjoy the festivities each March 17. Irish culture is on display each St. Patrick’s Day, and few can resist the opportunity to indulge in some green-clad revelry. While parades and music garner much of the attention on St. Patrick’s Day, food also plays a big role. Cottage pie, often referred to as “Shepherd’s pie,” traces its origins to the United Kingdom and Ireland. The dish can now be found on the menu at many Irish pubs, but St. Patrick’s Day celebrants can prepare from the comforts of their own kitchens thanks to the following recipe from Laurie McNamara’s “Simple Scratch: 120 Wholesome Homemade Recipes Made Easy” (Avery).

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Preheat the oven to 400 F. Place the peeled potatoes in a pot and add cold water to cover by about 2 inches. Add a generous pinch of salt, cover, and bring to a boil. Crack the lid and cook the potatoes for 15 to 20 minutes, or until fork-tender. With the lid askew, carefully drain the water from the pot with the potatoes. Return the pot to the stove over low heat. Add the milk and butter to the potatoes, cover, and simmer the potatoes in the milk and butter for 10 to 12 minutes. Season the potatoes with 3⁄4 teaspoon of salt and mash with a potato masher or mix with a hand mixer. Add the cheddar and stir to combine. Taste and season with more salt if needed. Use a spatula to spoon the mashed potatoes over the filling in the baking dish and spread them out evenly. Use a fork and drag it along the top of the mashed potatoes to make ridges. These will crisp up and brown in the oven. Place the cottage pie on a

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Destination Caldwell lege athletes were able to mentor and encourage the teens during each session as well as share their experience as a college student, along with how important it is for these students to continue their education. Tuition for the program is normally $75 per skater, but with a grant and community support, we were able to offer the program for free to 97% of students! We are extremely grateful for a $1,000 grant from St. Luke’s Community Health Improvement Fund that helped cover our program costs. Additional funds needed for the program came from you – the community! Two events at Indian Creek Plaza (Local Legends and Blues on Indian Creek) are fundraisers for the program and we will continue with these events in order to offer more kids scholarships next year! At the end of the program the skaters created a choreographed skating routine along with their peers which incorporated all of the lessons they learned throughout the program. As you can see in the pictures, they had so much fun and became quite accomplished skaters in just five weeks! This achievement would not have been possible without the help of its community members, wonderful volunteers and St. Luke’s Health System.

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Caldwell Mayor Endorses Keri Smith-Sigman for Canyon County Commissioner Caldwell’s long-time Mayor Garret Nancolas has officially endorsed Keri Smith-Sigman for Canyon County Commissioner. Smith-Sigman announced her candidacy for Canyon County Commissioner in late January. Having already garnered the support of top County leaders, she has established her presence in the race early on, ahead of the May election. Smith-Sigman’s campaign focuses on pressing issues for Canyon County, such as fiscally responsible ways to manage growth, business develop-

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March 2020 What started as root beer floats once a week at Canyon Springs High School for kids that needed to stay for tutoring has grown into so much more a couple years later. Youth for Christ (YFC) Caldwell (Kelly Culver was the Area Director) partnered with Caldwell Free Methodist Church (CFM) a couple years ago providing root beer floats for “tutoring kids” as an encouragement for those kids who needed to stay for the extra help with their class work. It worked! The number of kids choosing to stay and get the much-needed tutoring increased greatly on Root Beer Float day.


Caldwell Free Methodist Church Community Dinner

This, however, was just the beginning. It changed to providing dinners once a month for some of the kids and their families at the school. This enabled us to start building relationships not only with the kids, but also with their parents and siblings. YFC Caldwell and CFM Church also provided hygiene supplies and eventually clothing for the families that attended the meals. (These supplies had been donated by a business in the community.) As the dinners grew in numbers, we moved the location to CFM Church. This growth has not stopped! We still have some of the

same “original” families attending, but they have invited other families in need, and others have found us by looking for Community Dinners online. The dinners are something we look forward to every month. These families have become our friends and many of the attendees

have asked to contribute to the meals by bringing a dish of their own. This enables us to try some amazing dishes! We have lost the “supply” of donations and are searching for other companies in the community to help; however, CFM church and its members,

along with Recreate Ministry (Kelly Culver’s non-profit organization) have ensured that at the very least the cleaning and hygiene supplies that these families may normally run low on at the end of the month will still be supplied for those who need it.

The Kirkin’ O’ The Tartans Coming in April The “Kirking the Tartan” is an important day in Scottish history. The Declaration of Arbroath was prepared as a formal Declaration of Independence from British rule April 6, 1320. The Declaration was drafted, signed and sealed by thirty-eight Scots noblemen, then sent to Pope John XXII. It was through this springboard the Scots established the Presbyte-

rian Church (Kirk). The founding fathers of the United States used the Declaration of Arbroath as a model for the drafting of our own Declaration of Independence in 1775. A celebration and short service will be held with music, bagpipes and fellowship at the Christ Community Church (EPC), 603 Everett Street, Caldwell on Saturday, April 4th, 2020 at

Pheasants Forever On February 22nd, Julie Culver (ReCreate Ministry) and 10 other ladies who had little to no hunting or shooting experience were given an opportunity to hunt Pheasant and Chukar. This event was hosted by Elmore County Pheasants Forever on the K Bar T Shooting Preserve owned by Rick and Leatha Thayer. Each group that went out consisted of two hunters, each with their own mentor provided by Pheasants Forever and a dog handler with the hunting dog. This annual event is free! The hunters just need to have a hunting license to par-

by Carole Munn

7:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome. You may even find a spot of tea and shortbread! What a great time for Scots and others to display their colors and plaids. If you

have questions or would like more information call Debbie Kraft, 208-4552376 or Carole Munn, 208459-1423.

The Tradition Continues...Fridays through Lent at Our Lady Of The Valley Catholic Church 1122 W. Linden St., Caldwell, ID

February 28 – April 3 from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Cost: $7/person at the door (cash or check only - no credit cards)

Enjoy homemade Clam Chowder or Minestrone Soup, coleslaw, slice of pie and a beverage

SEND FLOWERS TO YOUR LUCKY CHARM ticipate. It is a great way to experience hunting for the first time in a controlled environment and with experienced hunters guiding you through the experience! Pheasants Forever also host a similar annual youth event on the K Bar T Shoot-

ing Preserve. You can find out more about K Bar T Shooting Preserve by going to http:// Pheasants Forever Elmore County. Tim Parish (208) 585-4858 https:// www.pheasantsforever. org/default.aspx

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Oh My! Where did the time go? Homedale Class of 70 plans 50 Year Reunion!

March 2020

Do you recognize anyone in this picture?

compliments of the Chamber of Commerce

by Leora Summers

photo by Beth Araquistain

The Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Theresa Hardin has a collection of Caldwell’s History. The only indication on the photo is that it was taken at a Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on April 6th. If you know anyone in this picture, email editor@ caldwellperspective. com or feel free to call 208-899-6374

Photo L to R: Jerry Vanderhoff Twedt (Nampa), Debbie McPherson (Caldwell), LeAnda Johnstone Uranga (Homedale), Katy Lentfer Witt (Boise), Wendy Runger Keith (Meridian), Sharon Pruess Dowen (Caldwell), and Toni Downing Ross (Homedale). These ladies met to begin organizing Homedale’s Class of 70’s Fifty Year Reunion in the home of Leora Summers on February 12th.

My, oh my! How did this ever happen so soon? It was a lifetime ago when I graduated from Homedale High School in 1970. The music from the 60s and 70s was truly the best. What a wonderful couple of decades of music that was! There were 60 classmates in

our graduating class according to our graduation program, but for some reason I thought we had about 70. But then, classmates have come and gone between our freshman and senior years! For some, high school was awesome, and for others, not so much. 50 years in

The day, Saturday, February 22, 2020 was a day of celebration for long time resident, Okie as he celebrat-

ed his 105th birthday with friends at the Sportsman’s Hideout, 117 Everett St., in Caldwell. Delbert “Okie”

between has definitely brought change for everyone, and now it seems to be a great time to reconnect and visit with old friends and make a few new “old friends” along the way. At this point in our lives we need to enjoy the heck out of each other and maybe even help one another!

We set our reunion date to be September 11-13, 2020, and are making plans for a social on Friday (Sep 11) with a classic car show at the Homedale park, a golf tournament, dinner on Saturday (Sep 12) at the Homedale Basque Center, and a picnic in the park on Sunday (Sep 13).

Mitchell Pierce was born in Oklahoma in 1915, he was the second youngest of 9 children. Okie grew up in Oklahoma attending school in a one room school house. Okie said, “the school was one boy short of a basketball team”. During his final year in school Okie helped the 4th and the 5th graders with mathematics. After his completion of the 8th grade, Okie quit school to help his dad on the farm. During World War II in 1941, at age 26 Okie enlisted in the United States Army, and left for Fort Sill, OK where he went to basic training. “I was one of the lucky ones, I never went overseas,” said

Okie. He served in a medical unit, followed by being stationed at a Utah prisoner of war camp. While still in the service, stationed at Gowen Field Okie met the love of his life Doris Post, of Caldwell at the Old Riverside Dance Hall. The two married in 1943 and settled in Caldwell after being honorably discharged after 4 years of service on December 15th, 1945. After his time in the Army had ended he was at a barber having his hair cut, it was at that time that he was given the name “Okie”, the name that would follow him from there forward. Doris and Okie had close to 70 years before Doris passed away in October 2009. During their lives together they had 2 children. Okie worked at Dairyman’s Creamery, the State Highway department, and the Cenox service station. June and Dick Winder, longtime friends and neighbors raised their children alongside of Okie and Doris and remain neighbors and good friends as of today. The two couples participated in many community events together and are Okie’s cheerleaders. Through the years,

Happy 105th Birthday, Okie!

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We plan to invite the Class of 1969 and 1971 to our social on Friday evening, September 11th. We might even “drag Main” during our social on Friday for old time’s sake with our “classic cars” leading the parade! The fun is in the planning with this group of ladies! by Chantele Hensel, publisher

Okie has made many friends that he leans on today including, Cindy Crowley, Doug White, and Bob Ringle. Okie has seen more changes in his 105 years than most, the depression, civil rights, multiple wars, the technology changes, the vaccine for polio and the impact that had on the world. When I asked Okie, “ok, I know you get asked this all the time Okie and I know you have attributed your long life to clean eating and never smoking. What is the secret to not just living 100 plus years, but living well and staying young?” Okie, is still sharp minded and although has slowed down, still gets around well. His answer is simply, “to stay young hang around younger people.”

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