March 2021 Caldwell Perspective

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CALDWELL FAMILY HISTORY CENTER OFFERS GENEOLOGY CLASSES! Pg. 3 CALDWELL POLICE HEROS GET RECONITION! Pg. 5 SPUDS NEED HOST FAMILIES! Pg. 6 THE SMELLS OF HOME! Pg. 9 January 10: Planting seedlings and setting up the garden with (L-R) Rebecca Ward, Valerie Christensen, and Courtney Miller

Growing Aeroponic “Space Salad” In Winter

by Valerie Christensen, Caldwell Perspective

In 1997, NASA sponsored a study aboard the mirs space station and made an important discovery: plants could be grown in a vertical tower without soil, using only water and nutrients. Results from this research contributed to a gardening method called aeroponics-the process of growing plants in an air or mist environment rather than soil. Aeroponic gardening uses 98% less water, 90% less space, is environmentally friendly and produces three times the yield. Rebecca Ward a.k.a. #BeccaCrazyPlantLady and Courtney Miller initially were looking for ways to get whole food nutrition to valley residents “during the crazy time last year

when stores were limited and fresh food was even more limited.” The pair joined forces and aligned their goals with Juice Plus and Tower Garden in October 2020. The Juice Plus franchise has been around for over 50 years. It was only 10 years ago that the vertical air tower garden using aeroponics was introduced. Its popularity has spread all over the world but is rather new to this area. The towers, explained Ward, are being displayed in local businesses and schools “to increase awareness in vertical gardening yearround and the benefits of clean food.” The Caldwell Perspective was chosen to participate in a 4-week “Towers in Motion” program using the aeroponic

gardening method. We were curious about a system that claimed to grow up to 20 vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers in less than 3 square feet. Was it really possible to quickly grow quality produce indoors, during Caldwell’s coldest winter months? Could an inexperienced gardener find success using a no-soil system using water-sparing mist and artificial sunlight? On January 10th, Rebecca Ward and Courtney Miller came to answer those questions when they set up the tower in our small indoor space. The rounded drum was filled with 20 gallons of water that wouldn’t require a refill for the duration of the experiment. The seed-

ling starts they provided were embedded in nutrient-rich rockwool and sprouted to an implantable height of about three inches. Ward and Miller explained that no other soil would be needed to place the visible beginnings of chives, basil, kale, spinach, varieties of lettuces and even edible flowers into the tower. Salads were the focus of our garden, but many other things can be grown, including strawberries, tomatoes, and even decorative floral. Ward also explains the garden provides a wonderful teaching tool for young minds as it can be moved wherever learning is happening. She sees the importance of children knowing where their food comes from

Week 1: January 17, 2021 Plants double in size!

Week 2: January 24, 2021 Looking like a garden!

Week 3: February 1, 2021 Looking bright, green and healthy!

Week 4: February 8, 2021 Time to harvest!

and feels “if they grow it, they appreciate it more.” It may be seem impossible to grow a plentiful garden during the darkest months of the year when plants thrive on sunlight. Luckily, the real thing is not required as the tower is equipped with surrounding LED lights that closely mimic the sun. Their brightness is so powerful that a cold, dreary January day could easily be mistaken for a balmy day in June. If the programmable light timer is regularly set for 13-16 hours per day, adequate plant growth can occur. As soon as the garden is plugged into an outlet, the seedlings can begin their four-week journey of amazing growth. After the first week, we were surprised to see our garden double in size. By week two, it had doubled again, and by week three, the plants had grown tall enough to need trimming. By week four, we were astounded that our homemade farmer’s market was ready to enjoy. We truly felt like the process was fool-proof, even for a non-gardenener, and simple from start to finish. No digging, weeding, worms or mess required to enjoy what we dubbed our “space salad.” We tasted the fresh, flavorful results of space-saving aeroponics; discovered by astronauts and brought to earth for a winter harvest to share with family and friends.



Indian Creek Plaza Indian Creek Plaza Closed for Transformation through March 31, 2021. The Plaza Is Closed. The Ice Ribbon will be taken down and Indian Creek Plaza will transform for the 2021 event season. There will be extremely limited access to the plaza and no access to the public restrooms. Thank you for your patience during this time!

pel, 911 Everett St., Caldwell. Contact Debra Reynolds (leader) at 208-989-1212 or more information. March 8 7-8 PM: Urban Renewal Agency Meeting, 110 S. 5th Ave., Caldwell Police Department Community Room. March 9 12 PM: Vallivue FFA Alumni Annual Auction Starts. Ends: Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 8 PM. Due to COVID-19, Caldwell Library Check out the library website at the 2021 Vallivue FFA Alumni will be held online. Auction proceeds fund college scholarfor virtual events happening for ships, continuing education, all age groups throughout the trade to career development month. events and program improvements. Local pickup at Vallivue March 3 High Ag shop area. Pickup 6-9 PM: Free Boat Safety times: Sunday 3/14/21 from 12 Class, (two days 3rd & 4th) PM-3 PM and Monday 3/15/21 attendees must attend both 8 AM-4 PM. Link to the event classes. These classes are can be found by visiting the free to the general public Caldwell of Chamber website and provide details on Idaho calendar. boating laws, general boating March 12 information, boat safety and 8 AM-1 PM: Our Lady of boat operator responsibilities. Participants that pass the exam the Valley hosts Red Cross Blood Drive. The drive is by at the end of the class will be issued an official Idaho Boaters appointment on with COVID restrictions, such as masks Education Card. Contact Sgt. Kelley Anderson, 208-453-2294 and temperature check before entry, etc. Please go to Redor Classes will be held at 1323 E. and look for Our Lady of the Valley, 1122 Chicago St., Caldwell. W. Linden St., Caldwell on March 5 10 AM: Tai Chi, Caldwell Senior 3/12/2021 to schedule your donation. Center, Serenity Park, 1009 10 AM: Tai Chi, Caldwell Senior Everett St. Mindful, holistic Center, Serenity Park, 1009 exercise for overall health and well-being for ages 18+. Masks Everett St. Mindful, holistic exercise for overall health and are required. 6-11 PM: Brave Hearts Night at well-being for ages 18+. Masks are required. Indian Creek Steakhouse, 711 March 14 Main St., downtown Caldwell. 1:30-3:30 PM: GriefShared Come enjoy great food, dancGrief Recovery Support Group, ing, drinks and outstanding door prizes donated by local merchants. All money raised will support Idaho Veterans. March 6 10 AM-6 PM: Owyhee Rock and Gem Show, O’Connor Fieldhouse, 2200 Blaine St., Caldwell Calvary Chapel, 911 Caldwell, for more information Everett St., Caldwell. Contact visit Debra Reynolds (leader) at March 7 208-989-1212 or more informa10 AM-5 PM: Owyhee Rock tion. and Gem Show, O’Connor March 15 Fieldhouse, 2200 Blaine St., 6:30 PM: City Council WorkCaldwell, for more information shop: Planning and Zoning, visit register for virtual workshop at 1:30-3:30 PM: GriefShared Grief Recovery Support March 17 March 7 (continued) Group, Caldwell Calvary Cha-

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March 19 10 AM: Tai Chi, Caldwell Senior Center, Serenity Park, 1009 Everett St. Mindful, holistic exercise for overall health and well-being for ages 18+. Masks are required. March 20

12-5 PM: Spring Release at Huston Vineyards, reservations are helpful, 16473 Chicken Dinner Rd., www. March 21 11 AM-4 PM: Rosie the Riveter Day, Free event at the Warhawk Air Museum, 201 Municipal Dr., Nampa. 12-5 PM: Spring Release at Huston Vineyards, reservations are helpful, 16473 Chicken Dinner Rd., www. 1:30-3:30 PM: GriefShared Grief Recovery Support Group, Caldwell Calvary Chapel, 911 Everett St., Caldwell. Contact Debra Reynolds (leader) at 208-989-1212 or more information. March 22 4 PM: Spring Break Jr. Golf Clinic, Purple Sage Golf Course begins through March 24th, ages 6+. The spring break junior clinic will include instruction in chipping, putting, irons and drivers as well as fun games to help reinforce the golf skills. Register at Caldwell Recreation Only, 208-4553060. March 26 10 AM: Tai Chi, Caldwell Senior Center, Serenity Park, 1009 Everett St. Mindful, holistic exercise for overall health and well-being for ages 18+. Masks are required. March 28 National Vietnam War Veterans Day

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Caldwell Family History Center Offers Virtual Classes To Public

According to, family history (genealogy) research is the secondmost popular hobby in the United States. The advent of the internet helped immensely, making billions of records, like census data and ship passenger lists, easily accessible. You can, with a few clicks of the mouse, easily find out what your last name means and what it says about you. Family history’s current popularity is also the continuation of years of growing interest in where each of our progenitors come from. By the mid-20th century, generations of immigrants had assimilated into the American culture, but their children had often lost touch with their heritage. This sparked a renewed interest in searching out one’s roots. For members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, searching out their kindred dead has always been an integral part of their heritage and religious tradition. The Caldwell Idaho Family History Center also offers a place where the general public can go and receive help researching their ancestors. While the center is currently closed due to the Co-

rona pandemic, we are offering online virtual classes for anyone who wants to participate. Classes are currently being offered on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 7pm. During February, classes included “Beginning My Family History Journey” and “Learning to Navigate Through FamilySearch.” These classes will eventually be repeated. FamilySearch is a social network that connects people with their ancestors. This free, community-based family history tool ( provides a single place for people to store information about their ancestors and collaborate with others working on the same family lines. Virtual Classes for March and April will include: a. March 2nd at 7pm – Basic Research Using FamilySearch & other Partner Sites. b. March 16th at 7pm - Introduction to Indexing Historic Documents. c. April 6th at 7pm – Insight into Identifying and Dating Vintage Photos and Adding Them and Memories to Your Genealogy Software Program. d. April 20th at 7pm – Beginning My Family History Journey (repeat) All interested parties can participate in these classes by joining the Zoom Meetings at: m14N0NnbmQvNTFBSUt0czNvMWVh UT09 Inquiries may be addressed to R. Christensen at or visit wiki/en/Caldwell_Idaho_Family_History_Center

Citizens Able To Book Appointments For Driver’s License Services Beginning Friday, February 12, Canyon County residents have been able to book appointments online for driver’s license, concealed weapons permit, and sex offender registration services at the Driver’s License Office. The new appointment booking system will go live on the county website ( to book your appointments. . The new online appoint-

Do you know a Caldwell Hometown Hero? They are unassuming, humble and kind people who quietly go out of their way to help others-without expecting a thing in return. We think it’s time they got a little recognition, and would love your help locating them! How can you help in this effort? Please email your nominations and contact info. by the 15th of each month to Describe in 350 words or less why someone you know is a hero and why they are deserving of special recognition. Valerie Christensen Caldwell Perspective 208-416-1127

ment booking system will only be available for the Driver’s License side of the DMV for the first few weeks. The Motor Vehicle Title and Registration side hopes to have its online appointment system up and running around the beginning of March. Residents are encouraged to schedule appointments to help streamline transactions and reduce wait times. However, walk-in services will still

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Caldwell Fire Department Selected To Participate in Second Phase Of Pilot Program The Caldwell Fire Department has been selected by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to participate in the second phase of a pilot program to build a digital community risk assessment (CRA) tool. Aligned to NFPA 1300, Standard on Community Risk Assessment and Community Risk Reduction Plan Development, the tool, or “dashboard,” enables community leaders to gain valuable insights and make data-informed decisions around fire prevention and other risk-reduction activities in their communities. “Access to accurate data will allow CRR leaders to use insights and make informed decisions about where to focus efforts and resources,” said Karen Berard-Reed, community risk reduction strategist at NFPA. “While many fire departments have struggled to work with data sets, NFPA’s CRA tool will do the complex work behind the scenes to compile relevant data allowing stakeholders to create effective community risk reduction plans that in-

corporate five priorities - education, engineering, enforcement, economic incentives, and emergency response - in the most impactful ways possible.” “Participation in this project allows each fire department to provide important feedback that will be used to improve future versions of the dashboard, positions the community among CRR leaders in the United States, and signals an interest in leveraging technology to drive highquality community safety initiatives,” said Berard-Reed. As a participant in the pilot program, the Caldwell Fire Department will have free access to the dashboard, which includes customized visualizations (maps, charts, graphs) that illustrate each community’s risks and hazards across a variety of categories such as demographics, geography, building stock, economics, infrastructure, and event loss history. The dashboard also provides a snapshot of local capacity for risk reduction activities with information about pub-

lic safety response agencies and community service organizations. In addition to dashboard access, participants will be provided rich networking and professional development opportunities with other communities engaged in CRR. “We are thrilled to be participating in this important project,” said Mark Wendelsdorf, Caldwell Fire Chief. “Not only will access to the tool give us invaluable information about our community’s needs, but it’s rewarding to know that using the tool will increase its effectiveness and help other fire departments in the long run.” As we come closer to the beginning of daylight savings (March 14), Caldwell Fire would like to remind our community to change the batteries in their smoke detectors. Many newer detectors are 10 year internal battery devices and need to be changed in accordance with the manufacturer. Check your device to determine the type you have installed. Contact Caldwell Fire Prevention for additional

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help - 208.649.1266. SMOKE ALARMS ARE A KEY PART of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly. SAFETY TIPS Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement. • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms. • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound. • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working. • Current alarms on the market employ different types of technology including multisensing, which could include smoke and carbon monoxide combined. • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a mul-

titude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms. • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove. • People who are hard-ofhearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers. • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old. Additional smoke detector reminders: · A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.

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March 2021 Caldwell Police Department is honored to learn that four of our officers are receiving The Idaho Medal of Honor. The list includes four Caldwell Police officers -- Robert Heaton, Celina Mortensen, Ben Heinrich, and Seferino Tapia. No Photo For Seferino Tapia Please join the Caldwell Police Department with welcoming our most recent addition to the Caldwell Police family, Oscar Gomez. Oscar grew up in the State of Idaho and came to us after a brief stint in corrections. Oscar will now begin a year of training and will then serve our great community.


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Spring Vegetable Planting & Delayed-Dormant Oil Application Have you been working out the details of your garden layout? I finalized my garden layout plan, and it is now time to calendar a planting schedule. In fact, you might be starting tomatoes or cabbage indoors this week, followed by lettuce three weeks later. While I could generalize some seed starting dates the best made planting timeline comes when you review the material for yourself to create a planting timeline that will work for your growing environment. You can do just that by using UI Extension Bulletin: Spring Vegetable Planting Guide for Idaho. This guide provides general guidelines for planting dates across Idaho’s hardiness zones. You can view the resource yourself at Thinking of starting seeds? Struggled with starting seeds in the past? Here are a few tips to get off to a successful sprout. Use clean sterilized containers that have holes for drainage. Fill containers with light-textured sterile potting mix and use the bottom watering method to water seeds and seedlings. Keep the growing medium in moderate condition, not wet, and never let the seedling wilt. Provide a supplemental light source for 12 to 16 hours allowing the seedlings a period of rest overnight from the artificial light.

Provide air circulation to help strengthen the seedlings and reduce potential for fungal disease. Fertilize with a dilute solution only as needed after the young plants have at least four leaves. Finally, before moving the plants outdoors provide a week of hardening off. During this time gradually acclimate the plants to mild outdoor temperatures, doubling their exposure time each day. Plants should be placed outside into indirect light when temperatures are mild, and the air is calm. For additional seed starting information view UI Extension Bulletin: Start Seeds Indoors with Success at CIS1209. For those with fruit trees consider a delayed-dormant oil spray applied at a rate of 2% after bud swell which coincides with the increasing activity stage of overwintering pests. Application must be made when temperature and bud stage correspond. Only apply oil if temperatures remain above 40°F for 24 hours after application. With ideal conditions oil should be applied on a clear, non-windy day in the 50 to 70°F temperature range. The window of application extends from bud swell to when the leaves just start emerging. The last point you can safely apply oil based on fruit tree crop are apple at halfinch green, but ideal appli-

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cation at green tip stage; Pear at cluster bud; Cherry at white bud; Peach/Nectarine at pre-bloom. Thoroughly cover all cracks and crevices. If aphids and scale have been a serious problem in previous years an insecticide could be added. Read and follow label instructions for preparation and application. For additional resource links and bud stage pictures search “2021 DelayedDormant Oil Application” at In March join a free class virtually to learn more about “Lawn Care for Success” at or “No Till for the Home Gardener” at Have a successful start to your garden season! Reach out to your local

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Caldwell Chamber Ribbon Cutting: Salon Bel Cheveux by MC & Co.

If your hair, nails, and skin are a little under the weather after a long winter, you’re in luck! A new full-service salon is now open at 217 Kimball Avenue, alongside the ever-popular, revitalized shops of Indian Creek in Caldwell. After the previous building space received a little makeover of its own, Salon Bel Cheveux by MC & Co. was ready to welcome the community to its grand opening celebration. On February 5, 2021, visitors enjoyed refreshments and won raffle items, including gift cards from the salon’s plentiful menu of services.

Salon Bel Cheveux by MC & Co. gets its classy name from a French phrase, meaning “salon of beautiful hair.” The “MC” stands for Melissa Chandler, who took over for the previous owner at the same location. The “Co” includes the salon’s talented company of team members who specialize in hair, nails, pedicures, and facials. “I have always wanted to own my own salon” Chandler answered when asked why she started the new business. She added, “This great opportunity to take over ownership fell into

my lap.” It was a plus that she was born and raised in Caldwell and loved being from such a ‘wonderful community.’ Her enthusiasm extends to her family, who also enjoy being involved with local events. She is married to Jake Chandler, a teacher in Meridian and also head baseball coach for Capital High School. They have three boys, Benjamin (11), Easton (7), and Beaux (2). Chandler feels extremely excited and proud to now be a new business owner in her hometown and looks forward to the continual growth of Caldwell.

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The Salon Bel Cheveux Ribbon Cuttting, February 5th

Canyon County Spuds The Canyon County Spuds are looking for host families for the upcoming 2021 season. We rely on dedicated host families in the Caldwell/ Nampa area to provide players with a home away from home during the season. If you are interested in learning more, contact Carmen Betzold at Expectations of the Host Family: • Provide player with clean, safe home (bedroom, bed, bathroom, laundry access, parking space if needed) • Have food available for player • Provide player with clear household rules and expectations • Communicate with player and team staff if issues arise Expectations of the Player(s): • Be respectful and appreciative to their hosts • Keep their room and personal space in a clean and orderly fashion • Provide their own health and personal care items • Minimize noise level of activities, including comings and goings, as to not disturb others in the house • Pay for their own expenses outside the home (gas money, restaurant meals, shopping other than groceries) Expectations of the Spuds Baseball organization:

• Maintain prompt and open communication regarding any questions or concerns that may arise, or any change in player placements • Provide host families with season tickets, discounted merchandise, and other included perks Arrivals: Most players will arrive during the week of May 24, 2021 and stay through the conclusion of the season in early August. Due to school schedules or college team commitments, some may arrive later in the season or depart earlier. Some players may also be added and released for various reasons during the season, so we appreciate flexibility and willingness to take in a new player if this should happen. Meals/Schedule: With a full schedule of 64 games (32 home, 32 away), players will spend much of the summer traveling with the team on the road. While the team is in town, the Spuds will provide players a pre-game and post-game meal on each game-day. As a host family, we ask that you have food options available for the player outside of these meals. Players will generally report to the ballpark mid to late afternoon on game-days, and will also participate in community appearances, workouts, and

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other activities throughout the day. Transportation: Host families will not be responsible for player transportation. Many players will have their own car. For those that do not, we will place them with or near another player that does have transportation for carpooling. Player’s Free Time: Our players main purpose for being here is baseball. Their schedule will consist of practices, games, and long road trips. With their limited free time, you may invite them to participate in some family activities with you, but please keep in mind their busy schedule. Our coaching staff takes pride in recruiting players who will be positive role models in the Caldwell/ Nampa community. Players sign a code of conduct and will understand that they are to positively represent themselves, their school, and the Spuds organization always. Vacation: We understand summer is a busy time for many families which may include vacations or weekends at the lake. We ask that in preparation for this time away, you have food and meals available for the player, and provide player with all appropriate keys, access codes, and protocol for all necessary household operations while you’re away.

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On February 10th, Caldwell Chamber of Commerce and the community joined together to celebrate the Canyon County Spuds Ribbon Cutting. Canyon County Spuds office is located at 212 S. 4th Ave. Suite A, Caldwell.

Interns: In addition to our players, we are also looking for host families to house our interns for the 2021 season. Our interns will be college students who are pursuing a career in the sport industry. While interns will not travel with the team, their schedule will consist of working each Spuds home game, with additional office hours and community appearances throughout the season. Interns will arrive in mid-May and stay through the conclusion of the season. Interns will be expected to follow the same rules and expectations as players regarding their host families. Host Family Appreciation Night: Each season, we will honor our host families in an onfield ceremony Spuds home game. More information will be passed along as this date approaches.

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March 2021 As many in our community line up, some with trepidation, to get vaccinated this month, I was reminded of a time 17 years ago when my daughter, Annika, would have done almost anything to avoid such an experience. It was the summer before kindergarten, and my five-year-old was so excited to finally be big enough to join her brother at Higley Elementary in Mesa, Arizona. We had purchased a new backpack, school supplies, and the perfect outfits. She had practiced writing her name and sounding out sight words to gain an upper hand with her peers. All that was left to begin her scholastic career was an updated immunization record to complete her registration. When I shared the news, Annika quickly recalled being present for her brother’s notso-pleasant vaccine appointment, and she was determined to not suffer a similar fate. In fact, she flatly refused to attend kindergarten if immunizations were involved. “It’s going to hurt, Mom!” she explained to me-incessantly-whenever the subject came up. At that (one of many) parenting crossroads, I could handle the situation in several ways: I could project blame or verbally trash the school for its cruelty in inflicting such misery upon its students. I could

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also check the opt-out exemption box that didn’t apply to us but would spare my daughter any discomfort. I could almost guarantee compliance by telling a sugar-coated fib that she was to be the lucky recipient of the first ever twinge-free shot. Other options included threats of punishment for arguing or even using bribery with some outrageous reward. Lastly, I could tell her the truth. It would involve being upfront - telling her in language she could understand there would likely be brief moments of discomfort while assuring her she was up for the challenge and would be all right. Thankfully, I chose the last option and spent several days preparing her for the big event. We did practice shots and repeated words of affirmation. I reminded her of all the courageous things she had done during the past year while reassuring her that she could do hard things because the reward (going to school) would be worth any temporary discomfort. When the day finally arrived, Annika had pumped herself enough to willingly get in the car without complaint and proceed to the Doctor’s office. She was, in fact, looking forward to conquering her latest fear. When the nurse came out to a packed lobby to announce she was next in line, my brave little girl immediately leaped out

of her chair. With loud enthusiasm (and a chorus of laughter from the whole room), she begged, “Please, please, give me the one that hurts!” I learned a valuable parenting lesson from that experience in that its necessary to allow children the experience and satisfaction of doing things that are difficult. My natural inclination was always to step in and save my kids from any discomfort. My husband was better in reminding me how they learn to be strong, independent, problem-solvers when parents sympathetically yet truthfully “call the kettle black” in age- appropriate ways. The opposite is also true: if we are continually sprinkling our children’s realities with pixie dust, tough consequences will surely show up down the road. In fact, parental dishonesty in the form of untrue statements, idle threats or broken promises sits atop those “top ten ways to mess up your kid” lists. According to licensed clinical social worker, Annabella Hagen, “When we coddle and overprotect (children) from challenges, they don’t learn to be strong. They will grow up to be weak and dependent on us. It’s not a pretty picture.” Hagen explains that children approach their “Mountain of Hard Things” in one of three ways: avoidance, acceptance, or anticipation.

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Avoidance: This is the very bottom of the mountain-the place where children see the long climb before them and want to do what comes naturally: avoid things that cause discomfort. When a child is at this stage, it’s important to validate their concerns and have sympathy for their plight. It’s possible to do this without “helicoptering” over them and erasing all their woes. The goal is to see them embrace independent problem-solving with minimal, caring assistance from you. Again-threats and bribery do not work. Telling them you have faith in their abilities does work. Acceptance: This is the halfway point of the mountain climb. The best way to teach this concept is really through example. Do you, the parent, accept defeat easily or complain often about your own life’s challenges in front of the kids? It’s important to remember that children are like little sponges and pick up more than we think. If we teach them to focus on things they can change and embrace struggle with positive attitudes, they learn valuable lessons that only life’s trials can teach. This understanding persuades them not to quit before they reach their destination. Anticipation: This is the step above acceptance and the pinnacle of what we want our chil-

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Codi Galloway “He said with a sawdusty sneeze, I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues…” --Dr Seuss-I’m Representative Codi Galloway and I’m speaking for the children who have gone unheard in the current school shutdown. Children need to be back in school full-time, inperson. Learning Loss Every day I sit in the Education Committee and hear proposals on how to address the “learning loss” that has happened due to school shutdowns. Nearly every student is an at-risk youth right now. I hear about it in the failing freshman grades, I see it in the drop

in IRI reading scores, and I feel it in the students’ lack of motivation. The problem is real; the solution is obvious. It is time to get kids back in school. Social and Emotional loss The Academy of Pediatrics reported that as of Dec. 3, children in the united states have accounted for slightly more than 0% of all COVID cases and even fewer deaths (0 in Idaho). If they do catch it, the symptoms are mild and they are unlikely to pass it on(study). Yet according to the CDC, the rate of children visiting emergency rooms has risen steeply. What’s causing this? Not COVID. Our kids are struggling with their mental and emotional health. Kids need community, friends, activity, and consistency. They get a lot of these things at school, and we took that away to prevent a disease that does not affect them. Family and Financial Burdens I have an employee who is a single mom with two kids in the Boise School District, one of them “entered” Kindergarten last fall. Imagine the frustration when she learned Boise School District was moving online. She couldn’t be home to manage the online kindergarten experience because she has to work full time to put

dinner on the table. She paid the additional cost to do online kindergarten remotely from the daycare, but they stopped offering that after just three days because it was such a disaster. She had to pay a private school with money she didn’t have so her son could participate in real Kindergarten and she could keep her job. This is a problem that nearly every family in the Treasure Valley is dealing with. Our Duty to Our Kids The “haves” can work around the problem by hiring tutors, sending kids to private school, or arranging for one parent to stay home while they “get through” COVID. The “havenots” go into debt or simply leave their kids to fend for themselves at home alone doing online school. When we stand by and let this happen, we are not giving all our kids their Constitutionally mandated uniform, free and thorough education. Once again in the words of the Lorax, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.” I care a whole awful lot. I am speaking for the children and I am insisting we send our kids back to school full-time, in-person once and for all. Florida Governor De Santis

dren to reach in their mountain of hard things. When they realize challenges will come, they can have courage and adopt a warrior attitude instead of a victim mentality. They realize difficult things will only make them braver and stronger. They will, in fact, look forward to trials with a can-do “bring it on!” mentality. The way my daughter did on shot day. When we teach children to embrace challenges, they learn valuable coping mechanisms that can last a lifetime. Fortunately, there’s always opportunities to learn such concepts-even as adults. In many areas of life, I will keep trying to reach that pinnacle of anticipation by doing things that scare me. I can’t help but hope that when my turn comes to get vaccinated, I’ll recall my daughter’s bravery and ask for the one that hurts!

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So here I am now. I have been married for 45 years this summer and have gained one pound a year since then. How did this happen? I bet this has happened to many of you too. Some of you have kept it all in check and were good stewards of your body and health, watching what you eat and keeping active. Kudos to you! So now here are the rest of us. So with COVID on the decline, I decided to join a gym. I visited a new one near my house and wanted to run out screaming. There were all these young hard bodies, shoulder to shoulder, nose to butt, on all these machines. I couldn’t get out of there fast enough! Later, I visited a gym that I once belonged to a few years ago. It was 5 minutes away from my home and there were a few normal looking older folks there like myself and also some younger folk. I felt that I had come home. So I made the

commitment to become more active and work on my health. This is hard for me. I am a terrible club member, maybe like most of you. In the past I would probably go to the gym for a month or two and then my fervor would wane and all the old habits came rushing back. Along with this commitment to become more active, I also made a commitment to alter my eating habits. This is really hard because I really love my ice cream! Ice cream is my “crack cocaine!” I will not buy that gallon bucket anymore to remove the temptation. But can I still have a crunch bar? Then there is portion control.....oh dear me! So there is this meal plan attached to the program that I chose to go along with my workout plan. Though it is hard for me to alter my eating habits, it is even harder for me to document my food intake. I have a learning curve to enter this into the program on my phone, but I am dedicated to do this. I need the accountability to see what I am doing, so I can adjust my food habits better. My coach will be able to see what I have been doing and can make suggestions to put me on a better track. The beauty of the club I joined is that I can go anytime, day or night. I also get the individual help I need to maintain my interest. I am the worst

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Valentines week is the second busiest week of the year for a florist. Caldwell Floral owner Cindy, her daughter Robynn and granddaughter Emma (age 3) have become such great friends, twice a year I take a few days for self restoration and work at the floral shop. I answer your phone calls to place your order, help at the front counter and play in the flowers. I don’t have nearly as much time as I would like to see my girls, but this past Valentines holiday while the designers were creating their beautiful masterpieces, little Emma was hard at work herself creating floral bouquets. After she was finished, she would bring her arrangement out to the cooler in the front of the store and we would put her artwork out for display. Most times, they would miraculously disappear, but on February 12th, Elevate Academy, Medical Arts school teacher, Diana Mysinger came in looking for a vase for some flowers her mother had received in an assisted living facility. Little Emma was quick to show Diana her newly built creation and Diana told Emma they were her absolute favorite and wanted to buy the flowers. Emma took off running to go tell Grandma and

Coming from a long line of Bricklayers, certainly has its benefits. In addition to watching the restoration of the brick in our downtown and the Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall, by my Uncle Darrell Dice, cousin Dion Dice and their great crew; we get to enjoy their art in a unique way. On their property, they have built a brick pizza oven. Each time we go out to pizza night, we have the pleasure of eating the very best pizza and meet new people. On February 7th, we went to the pizza party and to watch the big game. Guess who we found? Some of the College of Idaho Track and Field athletes! Thanks guys, for being troopers.


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What does your home smell like? Perhaps it’s the scent of a candle burning, an essential oil diffuser, or something has died behind a wall, and you can’t figure out which one. If you have teenage sons, maybe your house smells like teen spirit…and Axe body spray. Whether you know it or not, your home has a unique smell. Just ask my mother. My mother could tell where I had been, just by the smell of my clothes. It was like a nasal Sherlock Holmes trick! “You went to Billy’s house didn’t you? I can smell pizza rolls, and PineSol. And Avon and cigarettes, his grandma was there, wasn’t she?” There were no secrets hidden from my mother. I’m just glad my brothers and I never tried to get away with smoking or drinking. She would have found us out like a drug-sniffing police dog! For a year in my childhood, I had two homes. Not because my parents were divorced or because we were really rich— or because my parents were really rich divorced people. My family was building a home out in the country while we lived in the suburbs, creating our Homeschool family dream of

becoming the Ingalls. We were already looking forward to churning our own butter, and Dad was going to learn how to play the fiddle! However, having two homes brought up new and unexpected problems. If I told my parents I wanted to “go home” where did I mean? How could I differentiate the two? Always the resourceful and logical one in the family, I turned to smells. The suburban house smelled distinctly of chlorine, no matter how many Britta pitchers we went through. Every day was like being at the YMCA. But one evening, the house had a different smell. My Mom was cooking potatoes for dinner and made the mistake everyone does at some point in their life. She added one too many zeros to the microwave. Before we knew it, smoke was billowing into the kitchen, the smoke detectors were going off, and the stench of burnt potatoes filled the house….and beyond. Dad walked in, saw the chaos, and burst into laughter. Turns out he was talking to a neighbor across the street when they both smelled the potatoes. “What’s that smell?” asked

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lated as the years have gone by. The journey will be paved, hopefully, with humor to keep the terror readable and entertaining. As will be the dull and hum drum times. The intention is to give the readers an understanding of life experiences from the inside. Squinty is to be understood as the consummate professional who has an irreverent view of the world. The essays, to consternation of English teachers, will have no deeper meaning to be probed and the subject of term papers. Any attempt to the contrary will be promptly and severely persecuted. The objective is to entertain while removing the reader from daily drudgery with a brief foray into a world where even the dull events which life is filled with have an interesting point of view. Beyond that, Squinty has no explanation, alibis maybe. You just had to be there.

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don’t even try to roll down your windows, it only makes things worse! Sugar beet factories are the same way. If you’ve ever experienced (and experience is the only word for it) driving past one, it is almost impossible to imagine that this quite peculiar smell can produce one of the sweetest flavors known to man. Perhaps all factories, no matter what they make, are just destined to stink. I’ll wager you that Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory does not smell like smooth, silky chocolate. Probably more along the lines of burnt sugar. Living out in the country, you get used to the smells changing rapidly, like God has the smell playlist on shuffle. Sometimes you get fresh, unpolluted air. Then the wind will shift, and the smell of a dairy farm assaults your nostrils! Then the smell of fresh fruit! Then someone is burning

ditches. Or a farmer spraying pesticides! It’s a gamble that we country folk live with day in and day out. To me, the smell of methane burning, mixed with hot potatoes and factory grease will always remind me of home. I can just see myself years from now, taking my wife and children out into the country to visit my parents. We’ll drive past that old factory, only to have my suburbs-raised children plug their noses and whine from the back seats, “Dad, what is that smell?” Tears will form in my eyes from nostalgia, and the sting of the stench. A smile will spread across my face as I look in the rearview mirror, and say with pride, “That, children, is the smell of fresh country air. The smell of hard work, and food on the table for families all around this county. That is the smell of home!”

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Blessings Hello March. Each year I look forward to spring, but this spring is an extra fresh breath of air after the long period of isolation we have all felt. I am hearing of events and social gathering in the planning stages. I still choose to show my support to those who are being cautious by wearing a mask where it is required or recommended. I had the virus back in October and I was lucky, asymptomatic. What I have learned; is although I was asymptomatic there have been some undesired lasting effects for me. I have heard of panic attacks, heart palpitations and chest pain, never experiencing them…until now. It may be unrelated, but now it’s the

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Last fall I wrote about the upcoming winter months, ushering in a period of more relaxation and no yard work. That recess is now over. Early Spring always brings projects and chores that did not quite get finished last fall, also Spring brings with it warmer temperatures that can be a cure for cabin fever. As outdoor activities become more abundant time must be divided between Spring chores and Spring fun. Spring fun entails some commitments to ensure fun does not turn into Spring aggravation. Fishing rods and reels should be inspected making sure all are in good working order. Fishing line should be inspected and replaced especially monofilament. I reflect, a couple of years ago on a trip to Paddock Valley Reservoir after releasing a couple average sized bass, I hooked a better one. As I set the hook I hollard “Bill, there’s a good one.” As the words left my mouth

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the fish departs my line. Usually, ten-pound test line can tame a two-and-a-half-pound largemouth bass. Water and sun degrades fishing line mono being at the top of the list. Change old line. On a return trip from Pyramid Lake, Nevada we were pulling a light aluminum boat near Burns Junction where highway 95 makes a big sweeping curve. I glanced in my driver side mirror you would have thought I was at the nite fire 500 at Firebird raceway showers of sparks were coming from the left trailer tire. After pulling over a visual inspection showed no tire and mostly no wheel. Keep boat trailer bearings well-greased. I now periodically jack up my trailer spin the wheel and listen for any roughness. If rotation is silky smooth you’re good to go. Noisy rotation-further inspection may be needed. When satisfied boats and rv’s are all in good shape and road worthy, March can offer much to do. Smallmouth bass for sure will be on the prowl, largemouth will be close behind cold-water species will be available on both open water and hard water venues. CJ Strike has been producing both perch and crappie all winter. Maybe March will give us a break from a very unusual February. Back yard birds will appreciate a hand out for a few more weeks. Spring will arrive.

Winter has finally arrived just as I was getting ready to start some big spring pruning jobs. Bummer. Why would that make a difference? Well the weather is a factor for several reasons. One it’s miserable and hands get cold and wet and that’s when accidents happen. The others are, that it’s damaging to the plants and could prevent them from healing or sealing the cuts to prevent diseases or bugs. Damage how you may ask? If it’s below freezing over night and you do prune which includes three types of pruning. Sawing, slicing or crushing are the types of pruning used and it does matter what type of pruning method used to do the least damage to the plant. Sawing is using any tool with teeth that takes small amount of debris away. These tools need to be sharp and clean or else you’ll expend a lot of energy to make cuts. Slicing is a hand pruner or a loper that has

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a sharp curved upper blade, with a flat side and a beveled side, and a heavy duty curved lower squared but also sharp lower holding edge. As you slice through the branch the bottom edge holds the branch from moving while the sharp upper blade slices through the cellulose fibers of the branch. Crushing or anvil type pruners have a straight sharp blade, that’s beveled equally on each side. The bottom blade is a hard flat surface with a recessed bevel in the center to allow the blade to cut completely through the woody branch. Hand pruners also come with more specialized cutting tips and angles for more types of pruning like cluster thinning or size reduction of grapes and fruit. It’s important to use the right tool for both type of project and the ease of doing the job. Sawing is for bigger branches green or dead woods but shouldn’t be used on smaller

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branches. Crushing or anvil pruners are for use on dead woods. This type of pruners crush the dead wood cells cleanly with ease. But don’t use on green woods because they crush the cells of the branch remaining on the plant. Slicing pruners gives very clean cuts leaving the remaining branches more able to seal the cuts to prevent disease. Remember to always sanitize your tools between plants to prevent disease spread. Types of pruning used depends on the results seeking. Hedging or shaping you use your shears or hedgers to shape the shrub. Or natural shape, use hand pruners to remove individual branches that have gotten big and over grown down near the base of the shrub leaving younger branches. This keeps the shrub to a manageable size yet looking healthy. You may do this often to keep size under control. Until next time Pat.

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