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Caldwell’s “State of the City” Address
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By Leora Summers, Caldwell Perspective Editor
Mayor Garret Nancolas spoke of the fiscal improvements within our community since the 2007 recession, telling of new businesses that have sprung forth and the extension of services that created opportunities for more economic and residential growth for Caldwell. “Keeping the main thing, the main thing” was the theme throughout the State of the City address. Individuals and youth were recognized for their volunteer and financial contributions that helped bring special programs and opportunities to Caldwell. George Crookham was honored with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his dedication to
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youth in the community through his involvement with the Treasure Valley YMCA and youth soccer activities and his involvement in the agricultural community. Along with George, the Crookham Company was also recognized as having been a tremendous community partner for years. Nancolas stressed that families are the core to a community’s strength, and when we support kids and families, we support our community. He expects big changes to the city in the next three years, by moving forward with the implementation of parts of Caldwell’s master plan.
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George Crookham was recognized during the “State of the City” address on February 3rd by Mayor Garret Nancolas with a “Lifetime Achievement Award.” He received the award for his involvement with the community’s youth, area agriculture, and Photo by Kris Crookham his tremendous support for the Treasure Valley YMCA. George was one of the founders of the Canyon Optimist Soccer Club and served as its president or vice president for over 20 years. He has coached soccer for 25 years and refereed for 20 years. George has been deeply involved with the soccer tournament at the Idaho Youth Games since its inception in 1999. He was instrumental in the capital campaign to build the YMCA and has worked on the Strong Kids Campaign since 2007. He serves on the Caldwell Chamber Board, the WVMC board, and was one of the people to launch the Coalition for Agriculture’s future, which helps preserve agricultural land in Treasure Valley. The Crookham Company and the Crookham family think that is enough achievement for two lifetimes and they are very proud of George. Our community is a better place because we have George Crookham. We thank you, George!.
C of I Honors the Henbergs
By Leora Summers, Caldwell Perspective Editor
Photo by Leora Summers
Dave Morris, Executive Director of the Caldwell Branch of the Treasure Valley YMCA
Caldwell’s YMCA became a reality through a grassroots effort by many Caldwell community leaders, including George Crookham. He and others helped to galvanize thinking about what a Y could be in Caldwell and then went on to help raise money to get it built. Our community has helped our YMCA become one of our greatest community gems. The Y’s doors opened in October of 2005, first under the leadership of Scott Curtis, and since it opened the Y has tremendously impacted the lives of thousands of kids and families in our area. When Scott Curtis was promoted as senior vice president of the Treasure Valley YMCA in Boise, Dave Morris replaced him in August of 2013. Statistics show that since the Y has come to town, there has been a drop in gang-related activities and kids getting into trouble after school. The Y cannot take full credit – the Caldwell Police Department, the City and the Caldwell School District played major roles in eradicating gang activity. The Y has given a generation of kids a place to go when they might otherwise have been on the streets, and a place where they feel a sense of belonging, which makes a difference in a lot of young lives, The YMCA has programs and activities for all ages. It strives to be whatever the community needs it to be. Their areas of focus are Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility, and everything they do at the Y fits under at least one of those headings. Program highlights for youth include a youth activity center, a state-licensed preschool and elementary after school program, Child Watch, teen nights, school break camps, busing from schools, summer day camps, Kids Night Out, Team Idaho Track, Youth Rovers, Leaders’ Club, Youth in Government, martial arts, youth fitness classes, art classes, Pee Wee Sports, Guided Discovery Preschool, and P.E. classes for Continued on Page 4
Crookham Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
During halftime of the first basketball game of the Cascade Conference Tournament at the College of Idaho between the Yotes (71) and Oregon Tech (64), President Marv Henberg and his
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wife, Laurie, were honored for the many accomplishments that have transpired during Marv’s presidency at the College. Football was reinstated with a great start this last fall and the basketball team is performing extremely well under the direction of Coach Scott Garson. As a show of appreciation from the college, Marv and Laurie were presented with framed “game shirts” for both sports. Henberg retires when this school year ends. He and Laurie are “community gems” and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts for their friendship and all their help along the way to the success of our community and college.
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March 4 10:30 AM: Toddler Reading Time. Caldwell Library 208-459-3242. 1:00 PM: Kieran Wisser, Local Author Book Reading. Chukar Den TVCC, about.me/kieranwisser.com. 6:30 PM: Read Me TV Book Discussion. Caldwell Library 459-3242. March 5 8:30 AM-3:30 PM: Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hospital work event. email@example.com 10:30 AM: VanO Barrel Racing timed runs, Caldwell Fairgrounds Expo Building. Race begins at 1 PM. 4 PM: Read to a Therapy Dog. Caldwell Library, 459-3242. 5 PM: Guitar Lessons. Caldwell Library, 459-3242. 6:30 PM: Caldwell Library Board Meeting, 459-3242. March 6 8:30 AM-3:30 PM: Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hospital work event. firstname.lastname@example.org. 2:30-5:30 PM: “Art as a Therapy in a Stressful World” at TVCC Caldwell Center room 216, Jennifer at 541-881-5755. 5-7 PM: Alaskan Cod Dinner at Our Lady of the Valley, off Farmway. March 7 10 AM-6 PM: Rock & Gem Show, O’Conner Fieldhouse. 7:30 PM: Dancing with the Stars at Jewett Auditorium, 459-5272. 7-8 PM: Bingo, Senior Center 459-0132. March 8: Daylight Savings 10 AM-5 PM: Rock & Gem Show, O’Conner Fieldhouse. March 9 4 PM: Diabetes Plate. Caldwell Library, 459-3242. March 10 8 AM-8PM: Caldwell School District Plant levy. Bring picture ID. Vote at same location as general election, www.idvotes.gov for more info. 7-8 PM: Bingo, Senior Center 459-0132. 7 PM: Spanish Storytime, Caldwell Library, 459-3242. March 11 10:30 AM: Preschool Reading Time, Caldwell Library, 208-459-3242. 4 PM: Teen Tech Day, Caldwell Library, 459-3242. 7 PM: Beekeeping Workshop, Caldwell Library, 4593242. March 12 10:30 AM: VanO Barrel Racing timed runs, Caldwell Fairgrounds Expo Building. Race begins at 1 PM. 2 PM: Thursday Aft Read. Caldwell Library, 4593242. 5 PM: Guitar Lessons. Caldwell Library, 459-3242.
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March 13 Caldwell School District No School. Teacher Work Day. 10 AM: Tai Chi, Caldwell Library, 459-3242. 2 PM: 3D Painter, Caldwell Library, 459-3242. 2:30 PM-5:30 PM: “Art as a Therapy in a Stressful World” at TVCC Caldwell Center room 216, Jennifer at 541-881-5755. 5-7 PM: Alaskan Cod Dinner at Our Lady of the Valley, off Farmway. 6-9 PM: 64th Annual Quaker Village Auction, Greenleaf Friends Academy, 459-6346. March 14 7:30 AM: 64th Annual Quaker Village Auction, Greenleaf Friends Academy, 208-459-6346. 12-5 PM: Luck of the Leprechaun Poker Run. Sunny Slope Wine Trail, www.sunnyslopewinetrail.com. March 15 2:15 PM: “40 Days of the Life in Treasure Valley” Overland Park Cinema, Boise. idunited4life@gmail. com. March 16 10:30 AM: Baby & Me, Caldwell Library, 459-3242. March 17 St. Patricks Day. Fun events throughout Caldwell. Check out the advertisements in this months Caldwell Perspective to make your plans. 10:30 AM: Toddlers Reading Time, Caldwell Library, 459-3242. 2 PM: Homeschool Book Club, Caldwell Library, 459-3242. 4 PM: Teen Gaming, Caldwell Library, 459-3242. 6 PM: Guitar Lessons. Caldwell Library, 459-3242. 7-8 PM: Bingo, Senior Center 459-0132. March 18 10:30 AM: Preschool Reading Time, Caldwell Library, 459-3242. 6 PM: “40 Days of the Life in Treasure Valley” Overland Park Cinema, Boise. email@example.com. March 19 4 PM: Read to a Therapy Dog, Caldwell Library, 459-3242. 4:30 PM: Guitar Lessons, Caldwell Library, 4593242. 6:30 PM: Sci Fi/Fantasy Book Club, Caldwell Library, 459-3242. March 20 Book Sale BLAST! Caldwell Library, 459-3242. 2:30 PM-5:30 PM: “Art as a Therapy in a Stressful World” at TVCC Caldwell Center room 216, Jennifer at 541-881-5755. 5-7 PM: ALASKAN Cod Fish Dinner. Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, 1122 W. Linden St. 9 (off Farmway).
March 21 9 AM-6 PM: Kickin It In Cowtown Spring Expo. 914 Elgin St. Book Sale BLAST! Caldwell Library, 459-3242. 1:30 PM: 39th Annual Vintage Motorcycle & Bicycle Rally Ride. Meet at the Caldwell City Park. March 22 12 PM: 39th Annual Vintage Motorcycle & Bicycle Rally Show and Swap Meet, O’Conner Field House. March 23 Caldwell & Vallivue School District Spring Break 23-27. No storytimes at the Library during the break. 4 PM: Diabetes Plate, Caldwell Library, 459-3242. March 24 5 PM: Guitar Lessons, Caldwell Library, 459-3242. 7-8 PM: Bingo, Senior Center 459-0132. March 25 10:30 AM: Kids Can Build, Caldwell Library, 4593242. 7 PM: Edible Flowers Presentation, Caldwell Library, 459-3242. March 26 5 PM: Guitar Lessons, Caldwell Library, 459-3242. 7 PM: Music Theatre of Idaho presents “Pippin” at Jewett Auditorium, 468-2385. March 27 10 AM: Tai Chi, Caldwell Library, 459-3242. 5-7 PM: Last Chance, Alaskan Cod Dinner, Our Lady of the Valley off Farmway. March 28 10 AM-3 PM: Caldwell Senior Center Spring Bazzar, 459-0132. 1:30 PM: Music Theatre of Idaho presents “Pippin” at Jewett Auditorium, 468-2385. 2 PM: Family Movie, Caldwell Library, 459-3242. 7 PM: Music Theatre of Idaho presents “Pippin” at Jewett Auditorium, 468-2385. March 30 10:30 AM: Baby & Me, Caldwell Library, 459-3242. March 31 Deadline string and piano students to participate in Caldwell Fine Arts festival on April 18th, firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline for Project Linus Blanket submission, April 1st. College of Idaho, Langroise Studio. 10:30 AM: Toddlers reading time, Caldwell Library, 459-3242. 4 PM: Tween Makers, Caldwell Library, 459-3242. 5:30 PM: Tween Makers, Caldwell Library, 459-3242. 7-8 PM: Bingo, Senior Center 459-0132.
SILVER BEAVER AWARDS By Leora Summers Caldwell Perspective Editor
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Picture from L to R: Scott Tilmant, Monte Katzenberger, Ryan Anderson
Scott Tilmant, Monte Katzenberger, and Ryan Anderson were honored at a Boy Scouts of America Recognition Banquet for this area’s Ore-Ida Council on February 21st in the Simplot Grand Ballroom at Boise State University. All three gentlemen received the highest award for the scouting organization, the Silver Beaver Award, which was established in 1931. This award is given to someone for distinguished service to young people within a local council. To earn this award, the recipient must be a registered adult member of the Boy Scouts of America. The award is based on the number of units in a council. All three of these men have been scout leaders and involved in scouting activities for many years. They also have children rising through the ranks. There were 14 others throughout the OreIda Council who received their Silver Beaver Award that night.
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Delbert “Okie” Pierce Celebrate 100 Years! By Leora Summers Caldwell Perspective Editor
Feeling A Little Irish?
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Front Row, from L to R: Rachel King (greatgranddaughter), Okie, Gene Pierce (son). Second Row, L to R: Ashton Hall (greatgrandson), Challen Hall (great-grandson), Kathy Pierce (daughter-in-law), Tyler King (great-grandson), Julie King (granddaughter). Third Row, L to R: Rick King (grandson-in-law), David Hall (grandson-in-law), and Becky Hall (granddaughter).
Delbert “Okie” Pierce celebrated his 100th birthday with about 100 family members and friends on Sunday, February 22, at the Caldwell Senior Center. Partygoers visited and snacked on cake, punch, coffee and other food. Okie was born and raised in Oklahoma. In 1941, he joined the army and was stationed in Boise. He rode the “troop train” many times from Boise to Green River, Wyoming, and was later stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington. After his stint in the Army, he married a Caldwell girl named Doris Post, and worked at a lot of different jobs before settling in the tire business until he retired. Doris and Okie
had two sons: Gene Pierce, his main caregiver, and Doug, who passed away in 1990. Doris passed away in October of 2010. He has two granddaughters, two grandsons-in-law, four great grandchildren (3 boys and 1 girl) and many extended family members. Kathy Pierce, his daughter-in-law, attributes his long life to his many activities: fishing, hunting, bowling on leagues for many years and working hard. Delbert “Okie” Pierce is amazing. He lives in his own home, drives to the store, shops for his groceries, and even cooks his own dinners! Congratulations to Okie and his family.
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Paramedic Update by Steve Blados How many of you Caldwell Perspective readers know how to perform CPR? If you do, would you be willing to do so if you are confronted with a friend or family member in cardiac arrest? How about a stranger? The first documented case of an attempt at resuscitation that I could locate dates back to the mid 1700’s, when the Academy of Sciences in Paris advocated for mouth to mouth assisted ventilations for individuals who have drowned. Jump ahead to 1904, when Dr. George Crile successfully used external chest compressions to resuscitate a human patient here in the United States. But it took almost sixty more years before the American Heart Association officially began to recommend cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and its use began to become more widespread. How important is it to learn CPR? Let me put it into perspective for you. According to the American Heart Association, a whopping 88% of cardiac arrests happen in the home. Not in a hospital, not in a doctor’s office, not in a skilled nursing facility; in the home. Sudden cardiac arrest is when the electrical impulses in the heart, cause it to suddenly stop beating
effectively, and eventually even stop beating altogether. Almost immediately, the person will collapse. If you come across an individual who is unresponsive, and who is not breathing normally, or not breathing at all, it’s go time! Call 911 immediately, and start CPR. If a bystander begins CPR immediately while EMS is on the way, the victim’s chances of survival triple! This year, Canyon County Paramedics, in association with our community partners, will be teaching CPR to as many people as we can. Look for our Hands-Only CPR booth at events like the Melba Old Tyme Fourth of July Festival, the Canyon County Fair, and the Indian Creek Festival. If you want to learn more about CPR, Canyon County Paramedics will be offering free public CPR classes beginning this month, March 2015. The classes will be held at our administration building, 6116 Graye Lane, Caldwell, ID. For details on upcoming classes, check the Perspective’s Community Calendar and our website, www.ccparamedics.com. Here’s to your health! Steve Blados may be reached for questions or comments at email@example.com.
Caldwell’s “All Twelve Step Club” Moves to New Location
By Leora Summers, Caldwell Perspective Editor
The “All Twelve Step Club” (A.T.S.C.) of Caldwell is moving f r o m the second floor at 104 South Kimball, where it has been for the past 15 y e a r s . The club will relocate to 920 Main Street, where there is a ground floor entrance, making it handicapped accessible. The A.T.S.C. will be at its new site by the end of February or the beginning of March. The A.T.S.C. provides a family-friendly environment that facilitates 12-step program
meetings for people who want to live clean and sober. Membership is optional, and people are not required to attend meetings or to purchase literature. Rooms and time slots are available for anyone wanting to hold recovery-based meetings. It has an activities room with a snack bar where attendees can enjoy a game of pool or other activities. The club currently facilitates morning, mid-day and evening meetings and is open late on Friday and Saturday nights. For further information or to leave a message, call the A.T.S.C. at: 208-459-7744. .
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YMCA Continued from page 1 Vallivue high school kids. This is the fourth year of “Make A Splash,” an eight-week learn-toswim, program that has worked to achieve the goal of eradicating youth drowning throughout the Treasure Valley. This program services third-graders from Caldwell, Homedale, and Vallivue Schools. This year Caldwell’s program will graduate over 1,200 kids. The program is free of charge, and run completely on donations. The Y has partnerships with the Caldwell Transportation and Brown Bus companies, both of which make after-school busing available from all area schools to the Y each day, making it possible for kids to go there who otherwise might not have a place to go after school. The Y offers more than 30 adult group exercise programs, including Yoga, Zumba, Group Core, Group Ride, Group Blast, Turbo Kick, River Walk, Pilates, Barre, TRX, Bokwa and “Insanity” workouts. Director Dave Morris is particularly proud of the Y’s chronic disease prevention and management programs, which include programs (completely free of charge) for cancer survivors, diabetes prevention and arthritis classes. He says to watch for a program for people with Parkinson’s Disease later this year. The Caldwell community has always been supportive of the Y’s fundraising efforts. Morris says that people recognize the impact that the Y has had, both on individuals and on the overall quality of life in the Caldwell area. The doors are open to everyone, including those who can’t afford to pay the full fee for membership and services, a program that requires financial support. Every year, there’s a large Annual Campaign launch in Boise. Caldwell has always had its own separate campaign launches. Morris said, “This year, we wanted to give our campaign volunteers a sense of being part of a larger effort and we wanted to show the rest of the association just how supportive Caldwell was of their Y. We filled two buses full of campaigners – over 110 people, and we hit the campaign kickoff in
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Boise en masse. It was a beautiful thing, and definitely a highlight for me thus far in my role at the Y.” The Annual Campaign is an associationBy Leora Summers wide effort. The Caldwell branch is part of the Caldwell Perspective Editor Treasure Valley Family YMCA, which includes three other facility branches, a residential camp up near Cascade, and a bunch of child care sites. Morris also said, “The Caldwell campaign –particularly our Leadership Circle (major gifts) campaign – has been a bit of a model for the rest of the association. It’s a fantastic example of what can happen when individuals, business owners and community leaders come together to support something that is important to them. And this is not unique to the YMCA campaign. I am continually impressed by how much the community turns out for fundraisers--from the CNR Buckaroo Breakfast to the American Legion baseball fundraiser to the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council gala--people turn out to help. I’m just glad that this Y rates as an important cause for so many people. Nobody is turned away from the Y for an inability to pay. Everyone pays something, but it’s vitally important to provide a healthy, positive Archie in one of his two storage units for home care equipment. and supportive atmosphere for kids. That is If you have lived in Caldwell for 60 years, and was honored as the a big focus during our Annual Campaign.” Caldwell’s YMCA has about 14,500 any length of time, you probably “Kiwanian of the Year” in 1974. members. As an organization, the Y is volunteer- know Archie Stradley. He is an icon He is a past board member of the led from the top down. Caldwell’s Y has and in our community. He was born and Salvation Army. For the past 24 association board, a branch advisory committee, raised in Caldwell and has raised his years Archie has worked partand lots of program and other volunteers of all family here. As Santa, his lap has been time for Dakan Funeral Chapel kinds. In 2014, people volunteered over 7,000 the most “sat-on lap” in Caldwell, in Caldwell and Parma, serving hours at the Caldwell branch. There are all kinds having had the honor of having families in their time of need. Archie, a U.S. Army veteran, of volunteer opportunities, from helping with the “kids of kids” sitting on the same Make-A-Splash youth water safety program, to lap their parents sat on, to tell Santa is the chair of Caldwell’s Annual working on the wellness floor, or hanging out what they wanted for Christmas. Veterans’ Day Ceremony, which is with kids in the Child Watch center. Morris says, He has been Caldwell’s favorite mandated by the Elks Grand Lodge “Volunteers are a huge part of the Y, and ours Santa for 39 years and counting. and sponsored locally by the Elks are hugely important to us.” If you are interested Archie has served as Santa for the Lodge #1448 each year on the 11th in becoming a volunteer at Caldwell’s YMCA, Caldwell Chamber of Commerce, day, 11th month, at the 11th hour, call Lisa Simpson, Volunteer Coordinator, the Caldwell Fire Department, the to honor and thank our service at (208) 459 2498 ext. 614, or send her an Caldwell Elks, retirement centers, men and women around the world. e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. and is always the one and only Santa Archie is very proud to have been in Caldwell’s Night Light Parade. an Elks Lodge member for 50 years. March 10th He worked at Summers Office Though Archie has earned may 8 AM-8PM Supply in Caldwell for more than 44 accolades locally and statewide Caldwell School District years and in his spare time repaired for his efforts, the most impressive Plant levy clocks, something he still loves to do. service to our community has been Vallivue Bond Levy (Bring picture ID) Archie has belonged to the his work through Caldwell Elks Vote at same location as Caldwell Kiwanis Club since 1954, Lodge #1448. Of his 50 years in the general election idvotes.gov for more info has had perfect attendance for club, he has been the treasurer for most of that time, but his true labor of love for his fellow man is through the Elks program he runs from his home. Archie has two storage sheds in his backyard chock full of adaptive asset protection bookkeeping and homecare equipment like payroll estate planning walkers, crutches, shower seats, wheel chairs, toilet tax returns budgets seat risers, etc., that he loans financial reports business advisory out to people needing them. Archie says that most of his calls are from hospital referrals and Hospice members, plus a whole lot of “word of mouth.” He said, “I have been around since dirt and the word is out!” Individual Income -ORBusiness He averages 200 calls a month. Tax Return Tax Return If you find that you need this (1040, 1040EZ, 1040A) (1065, 1120, 1120S) type of item, feel free to call Archie at: (208) 459-3504. Expires 3/31/15 Expires 3/31/15
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Veterans’ Therapeutic Garden Nears Completion
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By Leora Summers Caldwell Perspective Editor
Veterans from Left to Right: Stewart Dearden, Kevin Gallagher, Dan Pugmire, Rob Burns, Kenny Batt, Clint Hinkley, Ron Manker
This story begins with a local mother of two young veteran sons, Gayle Strack, and a mission to fulfill a promise with her co-conspirators, Randy Jensen and Carla Berg. Randy and Carla believed in her mission and stuck by her side, helping her with her journey from the ground floor up. Gayle had two sons in the military and both served a tour in Iraq. One son, Daniel, sustained back injuries and knee damage during his service. After intensive physical therapy, the military determined that her son would not be able to recover from these injuries and would not be able to fulfill the remainder of his contract of service in the military. Though his injuries were sustained during his service, he was met with challenges and resistance while trying to receive a medical discharge. During this time, Gayle met Colonel Glenn O’Dell, who helped her through the protocol and procedures so her son could go home, where he could begin the recovery process for both his physical and emotional injuries. Gayle is thankful that her son got to come home, but now realized the challenges that returnees faced trying to apply for their disability benefits. She also wanted to do something to repay Glenn O’Dell for his help. When she asked Glenn what she could do, he asked her if she could get a Disabled Veterans’ Garden in Caldwell. She was very excited to have a chance to do this, and could see what a valuable asset such a garden could be to veterans and the community as a whole. With that in mind, she went to the Caldwell Board of Realtors in 2013 and asked for their assistance with this endeavor, and they totally embraced it. A committee was organized to present this project to the city, and plans were made. The Caldwell Board of Realtors’ endorsement gave the momentum needed to begin this project. It took off like a “wildfire,” with many other organizations, businesses, and the City of Caldwell
jumping on the “bandwagon” to make it a reality. On February 13th at the Veterans’ Therapeutic Garden site, located at 305 West Belmont Street in Caldwell, concrete was being poured and troweled while dirt was being dumped for the veterans and community volunteers to fill the planters. String lines were being placed by surveyors for the concrete borders to be poured later. According to Project Manager and veteran Dan Pugmire, when the project is finished, there will be 27 raised garden beds, a 50-foot by 100-foot garden, an ADA bathroom, a fire pit area with barbeque and gazebo for friends to congregate, and a water feature to complete the park. An arched entry will grace the entrance to this special garden. This garden is being designed to accommodate disabled and wheelchairbound veterans, as well as the general public. This garden is being developed to provide a special place for veterans to come to enjoy a place that honors them, their service to our country, and to provide a gathering place for their loved ones and them to enjoy together. Many times after a veteran comes home from an assignment, there is a difficult transitional period of adjustment when it comes to reintegrating into civilian life. This garden will provide a “time-out” spot for them to mingle with family and friends and to enjoy the garden. This garden is a grass-roots effort and “work of love” by veterans, their families and friends, local businesses and companies, and the City of Caldwell to show our veterans that they are willing to put their many volunteer hours, materials, and donated money to make this garden a reality which will be enjoyed by all this summer. To find out more about this special place and how you can help, visit their website at www.veteranstherapeuticgardens. org or visit their Facebook page: “Veterans Therapeutic Gardens in Caldwell.” .
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John F. Bales Receives “French Legion of Honor” Award
Submitted by Nathelle Oates
Nathelle Oates reported that her older brother, John Frank Bales, received the “French Legion of Honor “ award, one of the highest awards presented by the French government, on January 27, 2015 during a ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia. Bales was born in Caldwell in 1923 and upon graduating from Caldwell High School, joined the Army Air Corps with a friend. Frank Bales was among the first group of aviation cadets taking piloting classes at West Point. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant and ended up in the 467th Bomber Group. He flew nine missions before being fired upon by anti-aircraft guns on a German train, which was traveling near their own air base in Woippy, France. Bales plane lost engines and later made a crash landing after flying over a class of kids having a birthday party near Kirby Bedon, England. The crash killed four members of his crew. Bales spent months in a body cast and when he returned to the U.S., Eleanor Roosevelt signed it. He was discharged in February of 1946 and went back to school at the University of Idaho, where he spent five years in the U.S. Air force Reserves. Bales then moved to California to work for IBM and later worked in real estate. He is now retired and lives in Good Hope, Georgia, with his wife, Pauline. Every year there is an annual reunion of the “Kirby Kids,” many who were at that fateful birthday party where the plane crashed. A memorial plaque was placed at the crash site to honor the American flight crew who died there. Every August 18th, the town pays tribute to their memory, along with all other Allied servicemen.
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GET A GLIMPSE OF CALDWELL’S FUTURE By Leora Summers, Caldwell Perspective Editor
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Destination Caldwell Group Announces A Town Hall Meeting with Roger Brooks Friday, March 13th, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Simplot Dining Hall at the College of Idaho
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T h e r e have been 121 confirmed cases of m e a s l e s around the country since January 1st this year. The central hub of cases has centered around Disneyland in California. If you are considering a vacation to the “happiest place on earth” this spring break, here are some
Sunnyslope Wine Trail invites the public to test their luck, as well as local fine wine and dinning, for a chance to win “the pot” at the end of the rainbow! The Luck O’ The Leprechaun Poker Run will be held Saturday, March, 14th in the Sunnyslope area of Caldwell, ID.
The future of Caldwell is about to unfold! With more than 200 communities in Idaho, what makes Caldwell special or different? Why should someone move to Caldwell, play in Caldwell, start or relocate a business in Caldwell? The most successful cities have a focus – they work hard to set themselves apart from everyone else. With a narrow focus, Caldwell will stand out from the crowd. Through grassroots efforts within our community, Roger Brooks was hired to bring his expertise to help “brand” Caldwell, to better market it as a destination city. Earlier, Caldwell put out an
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things to consider. The measles vaccine is given in two doses, at least 28 days apart to get an adequate immune response. It takes the body 6-8 weeks to develop antibodies that can reliably prevent the measles virus from causing infection, although there is still some protection before this time. With spring break around the corner, there is not enough time to get a complete response
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from a new vaccination. If you have not been fully vaccinated and are under 50 years of age, you are at increased risk for infection, because measles is very contagious. If you have been fully vaccinated, your risk is lower, but it is not zero. If you are not sure of your vaccination status, you may also consider getting a blood test from your doctor to see if your immune system has adequate antibodies to fight the infection.
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online survey to citizens which asked a number of questions about the activities and amenities they like to do and have within our community. Roger will be back in town, having workshops during the week of March 9-13 with the Branding Committee, comprised of interested people who came together in the beginning of this process. The workshops will culminate with a Town Hall Meeting to inform our community about that process, why it is important, and the “look and feel” of the marketing they will use to promote Caldwell as one of the best cities in Idaho. Be informed and get involved with the process and go to the Town Hall Meeting! Brooks will also be attending the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce’s Noonbreak Luncheon on Wednesday, March 11th, from 11:15 a.m. -1:00 p.m., in Simplot Dining Hall, at the College of Idaho. For more information about Destination Caldwell and/or the presentation please contact Keri K. Smith-Sigman at email@example.com.
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Sunny Slope Growers were caught having a meeting at the Orchard House on Feb. 13th. They discussed their progress on plans for directional signage to the wineries, their website to promote events, the “Bud to Blossom” event to be held the last week of April or the first week of May, and other items.
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From Left to Right: Brennan Christiansen (Idaho Wine Commission), Mary and Ron Bitner (Bitner Vineyards), Helen and Tim Harless (Hat Ranch), Kris Thompson (Orchard House), Martin Fujishin (Fujishin Family Cellars).
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Historical Snippets of Caldwell
by Bess Steunenberg On May 4, 1963, Bess Steunenberg addressed the American Association of University Women (AAUW) at the College of Idaho. She presented historical information about Caldwell according to her recollections, which she said may not be entirely historically correct, but hoped would give some idea of what Caldwell was like, at least through the eyes of a child. Parts of this Address will be presented in “snippets,” one short little topic at a time, on our “Flash Back” page. We love telling about Caldwell’s history and this is a fun way to continue the story. We hope you will enjoy this.
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Then and Now: 712 Main Street
Information and photos compliments of the City of Caldwell and the Caldwell Historical Society
Photo by Leora Summers
Snippet #1- 1890 Town Layout of Caldwell
Box Found at old Carnegie Library Story and photos by Leora Summers Haas Hardware and Implement Company in Weiser, Idaho. How the box came to be there, I don’t know, and why was the box was sealed into the wall? Perhaps it was a “time capsule.” When the building is restored, the box will be on display in the building.
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During a work day at Caldwell Veteran’s Hall (formerly the Carnegie Library, built in 1914), volunteers found this large old wooden box. It has the EVEREADY battery logo stenciled on it, complete with shipping label. The box was found in the rafters on the upper floor when tearing down the lath and plaster. According to the label, the box contained 406 batteries and had been shipped on November 11, 1913 from Portland, Oregon to the Herman
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The Caldwell Butcher Company, formed in 1885 by Mike Roberts and Charles Picard, was first located in a wood-frame building on this site. In 1890, Mike Roberts “married well” and came into some money. He wed Ada Frost, daughter of former wagon train master and longtime Canyon County resident Elijah Frost, who owned ranches and other real estate in the Caldwell area. In 1894, Roberts and Picard had this pressed-brick building constructed to house their butcher shop and a sausage-making operation. The round-arched windows and raised brickwork on the second story reflect the influence of Romanesque Revival architecture, popular from the 1870s to 1900. During the 1900s, William C. McKenzie, one of the area’s earliest settlers and Roberts’ brotherin-law, joined the company for a brief time. Mike Roberts continued to operate the meat market with his son Frank until Mike’s death in 1937. At that time, the business was called Robert’s Meat Market. By 1945, it was called the Pioneer Meat Market, befitting its historic roots in the community. In the 1950s, the building was occupied for a time by Nafziger-Banks Men’s Store. Also spending some time at that location in later years were the Tico Tico Club, the Old Towne Eatery, and others. Bob and Elaine Carpenter are the owners of the 712 Main Street building and have been for the past 12 years. Bob has begun restoring it. He is artistically chipping away at some of the old plaster covering the original brick walls in the interior and by scraping up the old tile floor that covered the original wood floors. He started picking away at the building two years ago in anticipation of attracting a new business to the location. Exciting
Bob Carpenter, hard at work
times are ahead for downtown Caldwell, and Bob is definitely a part of that excitement. He is very active in the planning stages for the revitalization of Caldwell’s downtown. This building is one of several that is being restored and revitalized in anticipation of the development of a nearby plaza.
Photo by Madeline Buckendorf
In the 1890’s, Caldwell was a small oasis in the midst of a vast expanse of unbroken sagebrush desert. About 500 or 600 people lived here. The railroad tracks divided the town almost exactly in the middle from east to west, and Kimball Avenue divided it from north to south. It is a strange thing that with all the changes, Kimball has retained that name from the beginning. It is shown so on the original maps. Other streets were numbered on the same system now in use in Nampa, but no one ever used these names. Everybody knew where everything was and where everybody lived, so there was no need. Of course, there was no mail delivery. You went to the Post Office for your mail. Watch for “Snippet #2-Main Street” in our next edition!
Lard [fat] Rendering Kettle This heavy iron kettle was used in the Caldwell Butchering Company/Roberts Building at 712 Main Street. After livestock was slaughtered, the butchering process took place. Fat from the carcass was placed into this large kettle and intense heat applied. The fat then separated from the tissue that once held it. Several other processes occurred before the fat, or lard, was ready to sell in local grocery stores. This kettle is presently located at the Van Slyke Museum complex in Caldwell’s Memorial Park. William McKenzie’s pioneer log cabin is also there..
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Bryce Schroeder Signs to Play Basketball for United States Coast Guard Academy
By Leora Summers, Caldwell Perspective Editor
Sports Nitros Revisited Kona-Marie Kuuleionaoona Bustos
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Bryce Schroeder, a Vallivue High School senior, has been accepted into the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) in New London, Connecticut. He recently signed to play basketball there during a ceremony on February 3rd at noon at Vallivue High School. Bryce is the son of Brian and Nancy Schroeder of Caldwell. He is an outstanding athlete and student, excelling in three sports (soccer, basketball and track) and carrying a 4.1 GPA. Bryce’s class ranking is 16th out of 420. Kevin Jaskiewicz, head basketball coach at the USCGA, sent the following
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A couple of months ago the 16U Vallivue Nitro Softball team was highlighted. Kona-Marie Kuuleionaona Bustos plays short comments to the media: stop for them and can play almost “Bryce is exactly what we any position on the field (utility look for in a cadet and player. player). She has been involved in He is committed to serving his some form of this sport since she country and passionate about was 4 years old. This will be her basketball. We are thrilled to 4th year with the Nitros. When be adding such an outstanding softball season is done, you young man to our program.” will find Kona on the Volleyball Bryce reports to the academy court. In a couple of weeks, Kona on June 29th. He will go through will be trying out for Vallivue two months of intense training, High School’s softball team. which they call “Swab Summer.” Someday she would like to be a He will study Management sports therapist that travels with at the Coast Guard Academy, either a professional football and hopes to fly helicopters for or baseball team. Her favorite the Marine Security Response saying is “ Life was throwing Team. Congratulations to Bryce me curve balls, so I picked up a for such a prestigious honor. bat and started swinging.” Good luck Kona! We hope you go far.
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Jay Easterday scored a hole-in-one on hole 15 at River Bend Golf Course on March 1st, 2015. Jay used an 8 iron on the 143 yard hole.
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The VanO Barrel Racing was founded by Staci VanOstran. She grew up in Nampa and started riding with her Grandpa when she was 2 years old. She has been riding ever since. Staci got her first horse (Sandy) when she was 9 years old and promised her parents that she would pay for half, which she did with money earned by mowing yards and pulling weeds. At age 19, she bought her first barrel horse (Jahad) and has been hooked ever since. “Putting on Barrel Racing Jackpots is very rewarding for me. I love to watch people have fun with their horses and be able to compete for some money at the same time. Off and on I’ve been putting races on over the past 10 years and hope to continue to be a producer in the area for a long time. We have people competing from ages 2 to 72, so it’s a sport for any age. It seems like once you have started this sport, you never want to stop. It takes a lot of good friends and family to put these races on and I’m lucky
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to have both.” Staci is president of the Idaho Barrel Futurity Organization in our valley. This organization will be putting on a big race in June at Caldwell’s indoor fair building. They have a great community that sponsors all of their awards, including 7 saddles, to be given away to the contestant with the fastest average throughout the weekend. The Futurity is a nonprofit organization. All the money raised goes back into the Futurity, keeping it growing and adding more money to the contestants. This also gives our community an economic boost by bringing more people from all over, not just Idaho, but also from Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah, and California here to spend their money.
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Submitted by Shay Swan, Syringa Middle School Principal
The College of Idaho will be hosting a blanket drive for Project Linus in conjunction with the spring production of “You’re a Good man Charlie Brown.” Project Linus is an organization that makes blankets for children who are ill or traumatized and are in need of a little security that come from the show of care and love that is symbolized by a handmade blanket. Blankets will be collected at the McCain front desk on the College of Idaho campus to give to the local chapter of Project Linus. Here is your challenge. Due to the needs of the local chapter, homemade teen-sized blankets, 45” x 72”, following Project Linus requirements, will be eligible for the contest. You can find the requirements on the Idaho Chapter of Project Linus website by following this link, http://www.linusidaho.org/blanket-guidelines.html . Homemade blankets for teens will compete in selected categories and win prizes, donated by supporting businesses, hoping to increase the number of teenage blankets that can be donated to Project Linus. Blankets of all sizes that meet Project Linus guidelines will be accepted at the McCain Center›s Front Desk until April 1st. Winners of the teen blanket donations will be announced and awarded prizes at a performance of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” at the Langroise Center. Their blankets will be put on display. The College of Idaho will be collecting blankets until April 1st when the entries will be sorted & judged. For more information about the Blanket Drive contact Allyson Sander at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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and didn’t have much luck. He caught a few but nothing like we get used to when the weather warms up. He assured me it will be an early spring and we need to be ready to go! Fish and Game has a full stocking schedule this month with the Rotary and Gun Club ponds both scheduled to be stocked the first week of the month with 500 fish each. Indian Creek is scheduled for 250 fish the week of March 23 – 27. Those are all nice sized catchable fish. It’s never to early or too late to spend a day on the water with family and friends! So get out there and have some fun.
Greenleaf Friends Academy Announces Auction
Greenleaf Friends Academy will be holding its 64th Annual Quaker Village Auction on March 13th and 14th at the Greenleaf Friends Academy Gym (5 miles west of Caldwell on Highway 19, on 20656 Academy Road in Greenleaf). It begins on Friday, March 13th at 6:00 p.m. with student entertainment and an auction preview with the live auction between 7:00-9:00 p.m. Saturday begins with a pancake breakfast and auction preview from 7:309:30 a.m. The rest of the day is filled with prize drawings, a live auction, a kids carnival, and lots more. For more information, you can call: (208) 459-6346 or Email: email@example.com.
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Business Caldwell Chamber of Commerce-Annual Awards Luncheon
The Caldwell Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards Noonbreak Luncheon was held on February 10th at the Simplot Dining Hall at the College of Idaho. This luncheon thanked and recognized the Chamber’s amazing businesses and volunteers. Neal Webster was introduced to the group as the Chamber President for 2015. DL Evans Bank sponsored the Chamber Awards at the luncheon. Jim Thomssen, manager of the Caldwell branch of the D.L. Evan Bank presented the awards. The Chamber also recognized Theresa Hardin for her dedication and hard work.
Ambassador of the Year
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You have your business plan, your location, and you’ve decided on your legal structure. What is next? Finances. . You have to have the financial ability to ride out the start-up phase. If you can get through the first couple of years, and you have a good idea and the talent to pull it off, you still need to pay the bills and feed your family. This is like choosing your location--this is not a “one size fits all.” Your business may need very little in the way of initial investment and may fill a need that is instantly recognized in your community. For most of us, however, we need to plan on an extended period of limited income as we pour our time and money into our new
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Those who were not present to receive their awards are as follows: Family Volunteers of the Year Holiday Large Window Weitz Family Caldwell Floral (Tony, Lisa, and kids) Holiday Mid-size Window Caldwell Floral
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everything you need from them. There’s still a lot to learn. Don’t be afraid to seek out the help you need. I read once that every business needs an outstanding attorney and an outstanding accountant. I believe that to be true. There’s no reason to try and be an expert on everything. Concentrate on that which you do best! The rewards are innumerable.
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Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council has Fundraiser By Leora Summers, Caldwell Perspective Editor
Caldwell Kiwanis Members Deliver Dictionaries
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Brandon Hill, Henry Miller, Mayor Nancolas and Max Miller
On February 21st, the “Beach Boys” (Brandon Hill, Henry Miller, Mayor Nancolas and Max Miller) performed during the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council’s (MYAC) fundraiser the Caldwell Elks Lodge. Many folks attended and a good time was had by all. Susan Miller, reported that the dinner is the main fundraiser for the MYAC. They will be traveling to Washington D.C., where they will meet with their senators and congressmen to present their White Paper on Immigration Reform which they have been working on since September. In November, they attend the National League of Cities conference. The earnings also fund service projects throughout the year such as Community
Pride Day. They go to a legislative day at the Capital and help with the Halloween “Spooky Spot”, the Night Light Parade, and the city’s 4th of July events. In March the MYAC participates in “Mad City Money.” This is where students get the opportunity to see what their futures might look like. They envision graduating from college, getting married, landing a job, making goals, and figuring expenses and bills. After imagining their futures, they are asked to build a budget to help then determine how much of their hardearned money they can spend on day-to-day living expenses and still be able to save for their futures. For more information about the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council, call Susan Miller at: 455-3011.
Best Bath Earns Zions Bank and Caldwell Chamber Awards
By Leora Summers, Caldwell Perspective Editor
Firefighters Prepare for Scott Stair Climb
“Caught in the Act” Carl and Dorene Christensen were caught celebrating Carl’s Birthday at Stewarts Bar and Grill on February 28th after the C of I basketball game. Happy Birthday Carl! SERVICE CLUBS & MEETING INFO Caldwell Rotary Club P.O. Box 24 Caldwell, ID 83606 Wed, Noon Kaley Wellness Center Corner of Logan/So. 10th Contact: 459-1344 Caldwell Exchange Club P.O. Box 883 Caldwell, ID 83606 Tue, Noon Stewarts Bar & Grill 2805 Blaine Street Contact: 455-4534 Caldwell Elks Lodge 1st, 2nd, 3rd Thursday of the month, 7 PM P.O. Box 458, Caldwell, ID 83606 1015 N. Kimball Contact: 454-1448
Best Bath Systems has been recognized as one of the state’s best examples of entrepreneurship, earning a spot among the Zions Bank ‘Speaking on Business’ Top Businesses for 2014. . Best Bath was also awarded “Business of the Year” at the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards Luncheon on February 10th at Simplot Dining Hall at the College of Idaho. Best Bath has been keeping America clean for 25 years! Congratulations!
From L to R: Keitha Hahn, Peggy Ross (Secretary), Leif Skyving, Archie Stradley, Steve Marshall, Alan Bullard, Rick Vertrees (President), Karl Baughman. On January 14th, Caldwell Kiwanis Club members distributed brand new picture-filled dictionaries to 3rd graders at Lewis and Clark Elementary School. Afterwards, they had lunch with them..
Pictured from left: Zions Bank Executive Vice President of Marketing and Communications Rob Brough; Megan Multanen, Jay Multanen, Susan Multanen and Gary Multanen, of Best Bath; Zions Bank President and CEO Scott Anderson, Zions Bank Private Banking Relationship Manager Tricia Flynn and Speaking on Business host Chris Redgrave.
Caldwell Lions Club P.O. Box 236 Caldwell, ID 83606 Wed, Noon Golden Palace Restaurant 703 Main Street Contact: 459-3629
Caldwell Optimist Club P.O. Box 1325 Caldwell, ID 83606 Wed, Noon (except last Wed of month) Last Tues of Month, Dinner Meeting, TBD Sunrise Family Restaurant 2601 Cleveland Blvd Contact: 459-2576 Caldwell Kiwanis Club Wed, Noon Kaley Wellness Center Corner of Logan/So. 10th Contact: 459-6102 Caldwell Elks Lodge 1st, 2nd, 3rd Thursday of the month, 7 PM P.O. Box 458, Caldwell, ID 83606 1015 N. Kimball Contact: 454-1448 Caldwell Soroptimist Club P.O. Box 1231 Caldwell, ID 83606 2nd, 3rd, 4th Wed of Month Noon Caldwell Elks Lodge #1448 1015 N. Kimball Contact: Ginny @ 459-0021
Experience Counts Caldwell firefighter, KC Zachary, is conditioning for the Scott Stair Climb on March 8th. He and 9 other Caldwell Firefighters will be going to the event at the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle to help raise money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Each firefighter will climb 69 floors, 1,311 steps in their full fire gear while breathing from a Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). Stay tuned to see how they did in our next issue.
March 21, 2015
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Place of Grace Caldwell: Going From Good To Great pressing issues facing Caldwell over the next five years would become. As we might have expected, we heard the same answers from each applicant; jobs, taxes, housing for both the poor and high wage earners, infrastructure and schools. But at the top of everyone’s list was the same challenge: our Downtown. How do we presently engage the “culture” of Caldwell’s downtown? We complain about it. We may say, “Well, that’s just the way it is. It will never change …” Or we may have some pretty concrete ideas about the way things ought to be and seek to control future development. But what I heard from the Council seat applicants and what I hear from other “Caldwellites,” is more their hope and expectation that a new culture will emerge in the center of the City. Change is always rooted in the heart; we desire a change. Change comes from the inside out. I believe it holds true for our city, too. So, why is this important to me as a Pastor? Because God’s Word is so definitely pro-city. It’s one of the things the writers of scripture held in common with the Roman and Greek writers and philosophers of their day: cities are the best places for human flourishing. Cities were— and are—places of economy and commerce, culture and education. When Christ’s Apostles began to take the story of Jesus to the world … they went to the cities, knowing that as a city goes, so goes the culture. In Psalm 107, King David tells of the trials of a group of people, who—having been freed from enemy captivity … wandered
through the wilderness on a desert road; they found no city in which to live. Then things went from bad to worse; They were hungry and thirsty; they fainted from exhaustion. Then, in desperation They cried out to the Lord in their distress; he delivered them from their troubles. What did God do? How did God deliver these emancipated, lost, hungry, exhausted people? He led them on a level road that they might find a city in which to live. And how do they respond when they find a city? Let them give thanks to the Lord for his loyal love, and for the amazing things he has done for people! In spite of what many believe heaven to be, the Bible tells us that heaven is a city (Rev. 21:2); it’s the city of God established on earth. Heaven is a lot less like a Thomas Kinkade painting, and much more like a Chicago or Houston or Seattle made righteous. Our city is in the midst of redeveloping its personality. These days it’s appropriate to pray for our city’s culture, “the ways we live, and move, and have our being,” (in Christian-code). Sure, from time to time we may complain about it, or say, “It’ll never change,” or attempt to put our own spin on things. But I‘m meeting many more people these days who are stepping up and becoming part of the culture they want to see. Be optimistic. Be praying for your city. Be part of the culture you would like to see. Blessings.
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In a recent podcast, I heard the author of a new book on belief and society. He said he saw people of faith engaging the dominant culture in one of three fashions: complaining about it, (or) they capitulating to it and adopting its standards as their own, (or) attempting to control it. But none of these are a satisfactory answer to the everyday problems I encounter in trying to live a godly life in a secular society. In fact—I would argue that complaining about, cowering in the face of, adopting standards I shouldn’t be settling for, or attempting to control the culture— sets back any ability I may have to see things change. So, if those approaches are less than best, what’s left? This is what the author suggested: be the culture you want to see. Be a culture maker. I was asked a couple of weeks ago to serve as a member of a selection team tasked with interviewing the men and women who had “thrown their hat in the ring” to fill the unexpired City Council term of the late Jim Blacker, a man who certainly loved his home town. I served on a team with some amazing Caldwell citizens from various backgrounds. It was a great experience to lean on one another’s insights as we made our way through two days of interviews (and, just so you know, Caldwell is blessed with many well-qualified men and women who are willing to serve). During our interviews, a question we asked each applicant, was what they believed the three most
Regina Otter Turns 100 Years Young
by Jim Porter
How many history-making events can the average person list in their lifetime? Landing on the moon and the invention of the computer are big ones for many, but Regina Otter (mother to Governor Butch Otter) can list the Wright Brother’s first flight, World War 1 and 2, the depression, the sinking of the Titanic, prohibition, the holocaust, and tremendous advancements to the automobile, flight, the radio and TV. She was even there for the birth of Mickey Mouse! Recently, the Caldwell Elks Lodge hosted Regina’s 100th birthday party to about 250 of her closest friends and family. All 9 of her children were in attendance. Each gave testimony to their upbringing on a video which featured entertaining stories about amazing adventures of their childhoods. Regina told of many exciting events in the early years of her marriage and motherhood. She spoke of the years her husband, (who passed away 37 years ago), traveled as
a union electrician and she was bound and determined the family stay together in his travels. It was cause for a change in many schools for her children over the years but Regina said it was a priority that the family remain intact. One story, of particular interest, was how in the Dust Bowl years they had to tie a rope from the house to the barn to find their way to tend to their animals. Every child had his/her duties in helping with rearing siblings and doing “chores.” There was no electricity or running water nor an indoor bathroom. It was quite the “Little House on the Prairie” existence. One young great grandchild was overheard saying her life was like learning all the things he reads about in his school history books. But each of her children also testified to the love and devotion and life’s lessons learned from the matriarch of the Otter clan. A standing ovation and applause from onlookers also spoke to their love of Regina too. A choir of Happy Birthday rang out and a flash of cameras let her know she made a mark on so many in her lifetime. Normally gifts go the birthday girl but in this case we say Happy Birthday, Regina and thank you for your gift of love and devotion to so many friends and family.
A Smile To Remember By Paul Opp It is overwhelming at times to be drowning in the desperation of other people and being put in the position to decide whose situation is most desperate or what family should be able to survive a calamity themselves. Being able to face the patients who we cannot help, and the sense of inadequacy that it brings, can play on ones emotions. Often the medical condition has simply progressed too far. Chemotherapy and many types of surgeries are simply not available in Iquitos and the cost to send patients to Lima, is cost prohibitive. The moments of victory and healing are wonderful and we savor them. The uncomfortable moments are far too frequent and I chose my words carefully when telling someone that we can’t help them. The other day, Dr. Ray Lunt, from our last medical group, arrived at our dental clinic and faced twice as many patients as he was expecting. A new technique allows him to make a complete set of dentures in less than two hours.
Dr. Ray quickly checked the extra patients to see if they were a good fit for this new procedure and sadly, one of the ladies simply was not a viable candidate. He explained the problem gently and expected the twinkle in the eyes of this elderly woman to fade, but instead, something marvelous happened. This dear old grandmother hugged and kissed Dr. Lunt and through tears of joy, thanked him over and over for the blessing that he was, to the friends and community members being helped, and promised to keep Dr. Lunt in her heart and prayers as he helped other people, even in other parts of the world. Blessings come our way in many forms, and sometimes it looks like we have been passed over, but just the other day we all learned what it looks like to celebrate someone else’s joy and good fortune. Ironic isn’t it? Twenty four people, all with new white dentures, but the smile we all remember, belongs to the lady with no teeth.
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Caldwell Perspective Poll Barn
Questions: “When the sun shines through, what do you like to do?”
Information and photographs for this month’s Poll Barn were compiled by Leora Summers, Editor of the Caldwell Perspective
“Take a nap in the Sun.”
Sandy Rose & Iris Gray
“Walking all over the place and playing at the Y.”
Sandy: “Walk along the river.” Iris: “Go fishing.”
Caught in the Act
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By Leora Summers, Editor
“Taking my dog for a walk.”
“Go for a walk, chase a little white ball and cuss!”
LET’S Talk About A BEAUTIFUL Day By Leora Summers, Editor I was reminded the other day of a conversation that I once had with our community’s self-professed curmudgeon, the late Ralph Smeed. One day I saw the sun finally sneak out for a couple of hours after a long and dreary gray inversion. I had walked into a Rotary meeting after appreciating the amazing clear sky, and said, “Ralph, it’s a beautiful day.” In his “Ralph-like” way, he instantly retorted, “That’s what people say when they have nothing better to talk about.” I looked him square in the eye and said, “Ralph, after all the gray dreary skies, when the sun comes out, you need to take the time to
enjoy the moment and I wanted to share that with you. Besides, it truly is a beautiful day.” Ralph shrugged his shoulders, shook his head and gave me a disgusted look. The next Wednesday when I walked through the door, there was Ralph, sitting in his usual place before the meeting. He looked at me with a big, sheepish grin and said, “Hey Summers! It’s a beautiful day!” It made me chuckle to hear a pleasantry from that old self-professed curmudgeon, and to think that maybe, just maybe, he did appreciate and share “a beautiful day” with me after all.
Seeds Well Planted (...an editor’s flashback) Julie Alsup, Julie Kerrick Skyving, Evie Griswold
These three ladies were caught having a “mini” CHS Grad Night organizational meeting at the Bird Stop Café on February 19th. They were making plans for Caldwell High School’s Alcohol and Drugfree Celebration to be held on May 18th at Big Al’s in Eagle. This party provides a fun safe night during a big milestone in a student’s life, giving them a safe and sober way to celebrate with their friends. The committee has already had a “Mr. CHS Pageant” and a sale of Texas Road House’s rolls during three athletic senior night fundraisers. There is also an upcoming “Panda Express” fundraiser. They are looking for more volunteers and contributors for the big night. Scholarships will be available for students who are unable to afford the fee for the celebration. For questions about upcoming fundraisers, or ways to help or contribute to this worthwhile event, call Julie Skyving at: (208) 891-5834. For more information, watch for CHS Grad Night ads in this and the April issues of the Caldwell Perspective.
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Van Buren Elementary School Gentlemen’s Club They share “the necktie, the mantra ‘do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do,’ and the teaching of gentlemanly behavior.” If you didn’t catch last month’s great story, “Guys in Ties,” go to Caldwellperspective.com and click on the February edition to read about it. Here’s another program prior to the “Guys in Ties” program that used the necktie as a symbol to remind young boys to behave like a gentleman “all day long” at Van Buren Elementary School. In 2008, Van Buren Elementary
School’s 5th grade teacher, Mr. Steven Escobedo, began a program called “The Gentlemen’s Club.” His program had 20 boys in it who met twice a month. They discussed and practiced qualities that they believed all gentlemen should possess. When the boys came to class, they would put on a necktie and wear it the rest of the day as a symbol to remind them to be gentlemen “all day long.” They were required to do service projects around school and in the community, which helped them learn to “do the right thing, because it’s the right thing to do” even when unsupervised. To remain in this program, they had to maintain passing grades in all subjects, treat students and teachers with respect, and be willing to do physical activity necessary for their projects. The Gentlemen’s Club remains strong today. Escobedo says
“A Century of Service... A Legacy of Caring”
Alan C. Kerrick
We highlighted the 100th birthday of Cecelia Hofeldt which was celebrated on December 19, 2014, in our February edition. Longtime Caldwell resident, Cecelia Hofeldt, of Nyssa, passed away on February 24, 2015 at Nyssa Gardens. Arrangements were under the direction of the Haren-Wood Funeral Chapels, Ontario and Payette. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her family and friends.
it emphasizes involvement in community service projects and the development of good character. He said, “Our club enjoys working in the community (Oasis Food Center and Hope’s Door), to show pride for our community and respect for ourselves and others. We’ve also raised money to provide equipment for our playground and make Van Buren a better place. I tip my hat to Joe Grover and all he’s accomplished with the ‘Guys in Ties’ program at Wilson Elementary School.” The seeds planted in Mr. Steven Escobedo’s “Gentlemen’s Club” program and Joe Grover’s “Guys in Ties” program give young boys opportunities, with some differences in emphasis, to grow into responsible young men. These have been “seeds well planted.” Kudos to both men!
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Syringa Students “Clean Up” at Future City Competition
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By Leora Summers, Caldwell Perspective Editor
First period’s model city, Cuidad de Cupulas de Agua, was awarded “Best Project Team.” Its name translates to mean “City of Water Domes” and was designed to be located off the coast of Peru. That is why that city’s name is in Spanish. This is the second year in a row that they have won this particular award.
Fifth period’s model city, Pa O Te Puma Raro, was awarded “Best Use of Soil Conservation Techniques.” Its name translates to mean “underground city of farming” and was designed to be located underground in New Zealand. That is why the city’s name is in the language of the Maori, the native people of New Zealand.
Sixth period’s model city, Nova Terra, was awarded the “Surveyor’s Choice Award.” Its name translates to mean “new world.” Many new locations during the Age of Discovery were named in Latin, due to the many explorers who were sponsored by Italy and Spain. This city was designed to be located on Mars.
Syringa Middle School’s advanced 7th and 8th grade science classes competed at Boise State University on Saturday, January 24th in the Future City Engineering competition. The competition is a national project-based learning experience where students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to plan cities using SIMCity software, and then research and write solutions to an engineering problem. They build tabletop scale models with recycled materials and present their ideas before judges at a regional competition. This was Syringa’s third year in this competition. All 3 teams impressed the judges with their knowledge and oral presentations. Mrs. Melyssa Ferro, their science teacher, said she was so proud to claim all of them as her students. She also mentioned that they received great compliments for how awesome they were and how well they represented Syringa Middle School as citizen scholars. The models will be on display during future parent-teacher conferences. The teams were honored at a Feb. 4th mini-assembly. A job well done, students, teachers, and mentors!
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By Peggy Miller
Local string and piano teachers are encouraged to participate in the Caldwell Fine Arts Festival on April 18. The deadline for entering students is March 31. Additional information is available from Peggy Miller, General Chairman and Financial Secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org. This festival was started in 1951 by Charlotte Weed, Jeanne Skyrm (Hayman) and friends and was soon affiliated with Thursday Musicale, part of the National Federation of Music Clubs. The purpose was to promote musical culture in Caldwell, Idaho. One of the big accomplishments of Thursday Musicale was to purchase a Steinway Baby Grand Piano for Caldwell’s new public library with fund-raising efforts chaired by Carolyn Payne in 1976. The organization was able to donate an artist’s piano bench in 1982 to be used with that piano in the Community Room. When Thursday Musicale disbanded in 2008, Caldwell Fine Arts accepted the festival into their organization. Dr. Lisa Derry became the new chair of the piano division, and Peggy Miller, who had been string chair since 1973 became General Chair and Financial Secretary. They are assisted by Pam Matlock, Debbie Winters, and many others who make sure the festival runs smoothly. Marie Allen, original general chair, is helping with the piano division this year in Dr. Derry’s absence. Teachers throughout Treasure Valley enter their students on solo violin, viola, cello and piano, and in various ensembles. The CFA Festival is not a competition. Rather, each student is judged on his or her own performance with helpful suggestions from qualified adjudicators to help them improve their performance skills and enjoyment of music. Students who earn at least their fourth Superior Rating will perform at two honor recitals on April 26, 2:30 and 4:00 in the Langroise Recital Hall on the campus of the College of Idaho.
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“Not important... but possibly of interest” Hello there. Gladtameetcha. Some Perspective readers may already know me. Some will not. For more than 20 Wayne Cornell years I wrote a newspaper column, “Not important. . .but possibly of interest.” That’s a great name for a column because it allowed me to write about just about anything and if readers didn’t like it, too bad. I never guaranteed satisfaction. So I will continue to use it. What you will get here are the views of a native born Idahoan who can remember what it was like before the boom in the 1990s changed the area forever. My Cornell ancestors arrived here from Jewell County Kansas in January 1910. I have spent most of my adult life within 25 miles of where I was born. When I was growing up down the road in Kuna, the population of that village held steady for years at about 500. The 2010 Census put the population of the City of Kuna at more than 15,000. I am fortunate. I grew up in the valley when kids were still allowed to be kids. By the time I was seven or eight, I was roaming a square mile of farmland filled with canals, electric fences and an occasional Holstein bull. But my parents never seemed overly concerned about my whereabouts. The main rule was to be home before dark. I am part of the last generation that didn’t start school until the first grade. There was no kindergarten, let alone pre-kindergarten. We brought our cap pistols to school so we could play cowboys and Indians at recess. In high school, we sometimes kept our shotguns in our lockers so we could go hunting after the last class. Sometimes a teacher went along. Nobody I knew grew up to become a serial killer. Although I was embarrassed and a little humiliated, I never considered shooting the upperclassmen who “de-pants” me during a bus ride back from a basketball game in McCall. When I was growing up, there weren’t any portable or cell phones. Telephones were attached to the wall by wires. We shared a “party line” with seven other local families. If one of them were using their phone, you couldn’t use yours. Calling people more than 20 miles away usually only happened at Christmas or if somebody died. “Long Distance” calls were considered an expensive luxury. During the first 30 plus years I was alive, there were no personal computers. There was no cable or satellite television and the TV sets had black and white pictures. There were no microwave ovens. There were no CDs, DVDs, video tape or video games. There was no Internet. There was no texting and there was no email. Still, we somehow managed to entertain ourselves. When I was growing up, anyone willing to pay a dollar for a bottle of drinking water or seven dollars for a cup of coffee would have been considered really weird. In future columns, we’ll discuss memories, family, friends, pets and assorted other topics. Hopefully you’ll decide that if what you read isn’t important, at least it will be somewhat entertaining. There probably will be some who think I sound like a grouchy old man who is out of touch in today’s high tech, sensitive, everyonegets-a-participation-trophy world. All I can say is that every person is entitled to an opinion. . . even if it is wrong. And I do own a Smart Phone. . . so there.
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Submitted by Hester S. Pantry
I have had chickens for years and usually and hopefully, there is just one rooster among them. Sometimes there are as many hens as thirty or as few as four or five. I try to choose handsome roosters with good manners and gallantry. As long as the hens lay an egg every day, they earn their keep. We never eat them (because we are wimps), and they all have names and personalities. Awhile back, when the early morning traffic was fairly steady on my road, my neighbor called to tell me that something had happened to my rooster. So I trudged next door in my blue chenille robe, hair lofting in all directions, to see bits and pieces of the black rooster named Tupac (because he was holographic) strung for several hundred yards up the road. It was sad. I don’t normally touch dead things because we are wimps. I didn’t want to embarrass myself in front of my neighbors, so I went home, got a trash bag and picked up the largest piece of the rooster and wrapped it up. It was nasty. I left the bag in the back of the truck and called my husband to warn him, lest I forgot, and he would be caught off guard by the dead animal in the truck. As I entered the back gate, I looked at the hens, quietly pecking and eating bugs. I felt so bad for them with no more rooster and no more protector. Then I heard a familiar crow. I looked toward the garden shed to see MY rooster sitting on the post, calling out his aliveness to the world. Someone had lost a handsome rooster and I had touched its nastiness. But I’m happy to say it was not mine. Long live Tupac!
Story of the Proverbial “Bad Penny”
By Larry Gaukel
This story comes from a memory of my childhood. It has to do with a piece of leather my father had fashioned into a cribbage board about 60 years ago. Mother and father played the game during the evenings before dad was off for a midnight shift. The item had dual purpose. It was also used as a spanking strap for me. Of course, that was well before corporal punishment was outlawed. We lived next to the railroad track with a vacant lot between us and the trains. Every chance I got, I world remove the strap from the card table and toss it over the fence. Now as luck would have it, hobos would jump off the trains and come to our house for a “handout.” We were known as a “soft touch,” I guess. Somehow, one of them would always find the cribbage board/spanking strap, and return it to our house. Ever hear of the proverbial “bad penny?”
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