November 2020 Caldwell Perspective Newspaper

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Edition 71 l NOVEMBER 2020


by Chantele Hensel

TURNING KIDS ATTUTUDES INTO GRATITUDES! Pg. 6 NEW BOOK ABOUT IDAHO ICON! Pg. 7 Pam and Lauren Stevens, enjoying a Saturday at home together.

It’s a family thing. Lauren Stevens, Korean War Veteran

For 5 generations, the Stevens’ family served in the military defending our freedom. Lauren Stevens, a local veteran and businessman is among the 5th generation. His family came to the United States from England in 1637, 17 years after the pilgrims first landed at Plymouth Rock. The family homesteaded in Andover, Massachusetts where the main street is named Stevens Street to this day. Through the generations, the Stevens family have fought in the Revolutionary War, American Indian Wars, French and Indian War, Civil War, World War I, World War II and the Korean War. At age 15, Lauren’s grandfather, Artemus Agustus Stevens hiked the 71 miles from Mankato, Minnesota to St. Paul, Minnesota to enlist in the Army. Being only 15 years old, he was unable to, but he made friends with a man who went to the enlisting office and vouched that the young man was 18 years of age. Young Artemus served as an infantryman in the Civil War. During the war he was taken as a Prisoner of War (POW) to the south. He described his time in the prison camp with one word; boredom, but he did say that he was treated well. His release came when the north and the south had a prisoner exchange. When a soldier was released as a prisoner of war, they were dismissed from their duties with the military and could

not reenlist. Artemus became a commander of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), in Washington and Alaska. The GAR was an organization for veterans who served, linking men through their war experiences. They were one of the first advocacy groups in American politics, supporting voting rights for black veterans, encouraging patriotism, the establishing of Memorial Day as a national holiday and fighting for veterans’ rights. Fredrick Agusta Stevens, Lauren’s father was born in 1867. He married as a young man and had 6 children. After his wife passed away, he heard of gold in Idaho and gold fever brought him to the valley. The widower met his sister-in-law’s cousin, Nettie Elizabeth Johnson and the two fell in love. They were married on April 8, 1922 in Caldwell, Idaho recorded as number 17. Fredrick was 55 years old and Nettie was 20. While Nettie was within months of giving birth to their third child Lauren, their older daughter age 6 passed away due to diabetes. Lauren was born in Ontario, Oregon in 1931, on his birth certificate, his parents adjusted their ages, mom added 10 years and dad subtracted 10 years to adjust the gap in their ages. Fredrick had worked for the Railroad as a telegrapher for 40 plus years when the Great Depression caused the loss of his job leaving the family with no income. He moved his

family to Garden Valley, Idaho where they lived in a tent for an entire year, before moving into a small cabin. It was during this time that Lauren was old enough to have his first memories of childhood. The winter was cold, but the family did their best to provide the comforts of a home. His mother would pick dandelions for the kids to have the nutrition of vegetables/greens. Although times were tough, he always knew he had the best mom and dad in the world. An older son, from Fredricks first family was working at Placer Mine in Placerville, Idaho. With the hard times and sparse work opportunities, Fredrick kissed his kids and wife goodbye and went to work to provide much needed necessities for his family. After returning to his family, Fredrick became sick. The doctors told him that being in his 60’s, he needed to leave the higher elevation so the family moved to Boise. Two more children were born to the couple, the youngest when Fredrick was 70, and the family lived and loved and played. Lauren attended school in Boise, at Garfield Elementary and graduated from Boise High School. After graduating high school, a draft notice came addressed to Lauren. On May 7, 1951, Lauren swore in as a soldier of the United States Army, 3rd division, 3rd battalion, company C. He was excited for the adventure. Boot camp was

spent at Camp Roberts in Monterey, California and his pay was $67 a month. Which did not leave much for anything. Seven days after basic, Lauren was sent to Japan by ship. In Japan, 50-60 men including Lauren were pulled from the shipload and were reassigned from infantry to the medical corps. They trained for 6 weeks to serve as combat medics and sent to Pusan, Korea. Lauren, a young private remembers being surprised by the train ride and the wooden benches. They learned quickly who the good guys were and what the bad guys looked like. At camp he worked for only one day under another medic before taking charge of the wellbeing of 40 men. Two months passed and a platoon leader reassigned Lauren as a Jeep driver, going out onto the field to help wounded soldiers. At night they could not use lights, Lauren and his assistant memorized the paths to drive very slowly through the dark. At times it would rain mortars, Lauren’s Jeep was struck several times, but never when Lauren was in the vehicle. In other countries/battles the red cross on tents, hospitals, sleeves, and vehicles were a source of protection drawn out in The Geneva Conventions, or rules of war engagement; but Asian countries did not sign the agreement. In Korea, the insignia was not displayed on anything medical, because

by Chantele Hensel Caldwell Perspective publisher the insignia became a target. Lauren said, “We got good at ducking.” After 12 months in the battlefields, Lauren came home. The Golden Gate Bridge brought a rush of emotions to him, “I was home, and that was the greatest feeling and most beautiful sight.” For 4 more months, Lauren worked at the military hospital at Fort Worden, in Port Townsend, Washington and then released to the reserves. His time served, was a foundation of his gratitude for life. After a short engagement after his service time he was married, during those 14 years of marriage he was blessed with two daughters, Cindy and Vicki and a son, Mark. Lauren met and married a wonderful woman, Arlene. Living in Caldwell, they purchased a laundromat located on the corner of 5th Avenue and Freeport in 1977. A couple years later, Lauren built and began an upholstery business, TLC Upholstery on Logan St. The upholstery shop was very successful and fulfilled the needs of our commercial buildings including the West Valley Medical Center. The couple enjoyed building their businesses, watching the children grow and begin strong Christian families of their own. In 1981, Arlene was diagnosed with cancer, Lauren took over the day to day operation of the Laundromat while his wife Continued on page 12


November 2020

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Veterans Day Celebration In Partnership with City of Caldwell & Caldwell Elks BPOE 1448

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NOVEMBER 9 7-8:30 PM: Urban Renewal Agency Meeting, Caldwell Police Department community room, 110 5th Ave. 7-8:30 PM: Caldwell School District Board Meeting, District Office board room 100, 1502 Fillmore St. NOVEMBER 10 12-2 PM: Assistance League of Boise, Canyon County branch meeting, Caldwell Train Depot, 701 Main st. 7-9 PM: Planning and Zoning hearing examiner meeting, Caldwell Police Department community room, 110 5th Ave. NOVEMBER 11

Caldwell School District: Early Release, teacher collaboration. NOVEMBER 12 NATIONAL HAPPY HOUR DAY! 5:30-6:30 PM: Junior Culinary Club, Roberts Recreation Center, 504 Grant St., ages 8-14, limited to 9 students, $20, 208-896-4226.

NOVEMBER 12 (cont.) 6:30-7:30 PM: Foster/ Serve/Support, Learn about fostering children, serving others who give foster care, and why foster care homes are greatly needed. Learn about the application process, and get answers to your foster care questions from people who know the answers! Zoom meeting link: http://ewu.zoom. us/meeting/register/ tJUqceCsrzMuHdXBrPZheurM1kTODNm6BwTE

NOVEMBER 14 8:30 AM-1 PM: Rake Up Caldwell, volunteer opportunity to help community members who need assistance. Volunteers will meet at City Hall, 411 Blaine St. at 8:30 AM for supplies and instruction. Hot beverages and pasteries will be provided. Please bring your own rakes and gloves!

Children are welcome, but we ask that they always have an adult present. Water-resistant gloves are encouraged, as the leaves can be wet. Contact Caldwell Housing Authority at 208-459-2232 ext. 19 for further information. 11 AM: Let’s Paint, Be brave with that brush! That’s what Bob says to do right? It’s your world. So let’s...paint it! We will grow our confidence and learn we really CAN DO IT. But only if we’re brave. Are you Brave? Great! Let’s Paint! Please wear clothes that can handle some fun. i.e. clothes that can get messy, all ages, $25 per person, 208-896-4226. NOVEMBER 16 7 PM: City Council Meeting, Caldwell Police Department community room, 110 5th Ave. NOVEMBER 18 Caldwell School District: Early Release, teacher collaboration. NOVEMBER 19 6-9 PM: Downtown Get Down is a new action-packed, familyfocused night every third Thursday, April through December! You’re going

Reverend Jim Kern, Brave Hearts Founder, National Anthem Canyon County Sheriff ’s Office Honor Guard Ray Wilson, Caldwell Elk’s Exalted Ruler Karen Smith, Caldwell Elk’s Chaplain Scott Bressler, Caldwell Elks SPECIAL VETERAN GUEST Master Gunnery Sergeant Gordon “Gordy” Souze

Guest Speakers Mayor Nancolas & David Murray E5 SGT NOVEMBER 19 (cont.) to love the live entertainment and friendly competition we’ve set up for you in Downtown Caldwell. Test your skills at trivia, musical bingo, mini golf, and life-sized board games, cool down at a summer evening waterpark party, enjoy standup comedy & magic shows, or play your way into winter at one of our themed ice skating nights! Each month features a differ ent theme and admission is free! Normal fees apply to ice skating nights in November and December, Indian Creek Plaza. 7 PM: Pathways and Bike Routes Committee Meeting, Caldwell Public Library, 1010 Dearborn. NOVEMBER 20 12-5 PM: Ice Skating, Indian Creek Plaza 5 PM-10 PM: Ice Skating, Indian Creek Plaza. 6-9 PM: Winter Wonderland festival, Downtown

NOVEMBER 20 (cont.) Caldwell between Blaine and Main and between 5th Ave and 10th Ave. NOVEMBER 21 12-10 PM: Ice Skating, Indian Creek Plaza NOVEMBER 22 12-10 PM: Ice Skating, Indian Creek Plaza NOVEMBER 23 Vallivue School District-Thanksgiving Break through November 28th. Caldwell School DistrictThanksgiving Vacation, through November 28th. NOVEMBER 23 (cont.) 12-9 PM: Ice Skating, Indian Creek Plaza NOVEMBER 24 12-1 PM: Design Review Commission, Caldwell Police Department community room, 110 5th Ave. 12-9 PM: Ice Skating, Indian Creek Plaza NOVEMBER 25 12-9 PM: Ice Skating, Indian Creek Plaza 6:30-9 PM: Caldwell Historic Preservation Commission, Caldwell

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4-8 PM: Ice Skating, Indian Creek Plaza. NOVEMBER 27 Sunnyslope Wine Trail Thanksgiving Weekend, 12-5 PM: Ice Skating, Indian Creek Plaza 5-10 PM: Ice Skating, Indian Creek Plaza NOVEMBER 28 12-10 PM: Ice Skating, Indian Creek Plaza. NOVEMBER 29 12-10 PM: Ice Skating, Indian Creek Plaza NOVEMBER 30 12-9 PM: Ice Skating, Indian Creek Plaza.

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Caldwell Night Rodeo Inducted into the Idaho Rodeo Hall of Fame

Lyle Buhler Idaho Rodeo Hall of Fame Inductee Our very own, Lyle Buhler was recently inducted into the Idaho Rodeo Hall of Fame for his career as a bull fighter/rodeo clown. Lyle has been a Caldwell Night Rodeo director for 50 years. Congratulations Lyle. Caldwell Night Rodeo was also honored at the event in Twin Falls. Caldwell Night rodeo began 96 year ago. Caldwell Night Rodeo board has also shared their excitement that Nikki (Roberts) Zachary will continue her role as president in the 2021 season. Nikki is emulating her mother,

Caldwell Night Rodeo Board

Melda Roberts was the first and only woman president that the rodeo had prior to her youngest daughter filling the role. Melda also served for two years. Teri McLeod and her husband Sandy were amoung the inductees into the Idaho Rodeo Hall of Fame. Sandy, passed away on August 27, 2013. Teri, her daughter, Megan McLeodSprague and grandkids Marka and Smokey were at the event in Twin Falls, Idaho to accept the award. The McLeod Family are a strong rodeo family who live in Marsing, Idaho. They do-

Idaho Education Association President

We appreciate Gov. Little recognizing the hard work of Idaho educators. However, the lack of accountability related to testing, tracing and transparency remains a major concern in our schools. Without it, and with physical space limited by classroom sizes in our state that rank sixth highest in the country, we have little confidence that

the move to Stage 3 will keep students and educators safe in many areas of the state. We are in a crisis. Local districts and communities have all the responsibility to follow the advice of medical professionals and safety protocols. The degree to which they have resources such as physical space, PPE, and testing should determine

by Chantele Hensel, publisher

Teri McLeod and family

nated land to the Eagle Rodeo to build Eagle Rodeo Grounds on. Idaho Rodeo Hall of Fame Inductees: Lyle Buhler (Caldwell Night Rodeo), Jeff Crockett, Jerry Gorrell, Gayle GraySmith, Lonnie Hale, Rob Juker, Patti Kaufman, Steve Kaufman, Lee Markholt, Casey McGehee, Teri McLeod, Sandy McLeod, Tim Oyler, John Schoorl, Kevin Hansen (for Slash T Rodeo’s Bull “Snake Eater”), Elaine Vail, and Arlene Worley.

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The City of Caldwell is committed to continuing the Caldwell Cares program, providing assistance with water bill payments to customers in need. Caldwell Cares is funded through the generous donations of Caldwell residents. We have partnered with the Salvation Army to assist the residents of Caldwell with their water bills. The City collects donations from caring customers like yourself, and will apply the available funds to qualified recipients water bills. Caldwell Cares funds are available year-round as funds are available. Your donation to Caldwell Cares is tax deductible and will go a long way to help Caldwell residents in need. If you are interested in donating visit The City of Caldwell and the Salvation Army thank you for your generosity!


Residents of Caldwell may apply at the Salvation Army office to see if they qualify for assistance. In determining the limited assistance available, the Salvation Army shall place special consideration upon those applicants who demonstrate any of the following factors. • Households that include persons aged 65 or older and/or children under the age of 18 • Households that include handicapped or disabled persons •Hardship cases, including, but not limited to: • Involuntary unemployment • Medical crisis • Other family crisis such as death, desertion or imprisionment

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Meet Caldwell’s New Fire Marshal Caldwell Fire Department is pleased to introduce their new Fire Marshal, Chief Alan Perry. Chief Perry will be a great resource for the Caldwell Community bringing a combined 24 years in the fire service. For the last five years of his career, he served as a Deputy Fire Investigator for the Idaho State Fire Marshal’s Office. He and his wife have four children, with two living at home. Chief Perry enjoys going camping, attending his kids’ sporting events, or battling his family over the board

game, Catan. When asked what he appreciates about our city, he replied “What I am really enjoying is getting to know the Fire Department personnel and the people of the city. Caldwell has a small town feel, even as it continues to grow exponentially, and that is a unique quality to capture.” As Chief Perry begins to integrate himself within the community, the department is confident in the knowledge and customer service he brings into every interaction. If you happen to see him around town, please give him a warm

Caldwell welcome. • Safety tip: During this time of year we plan family gatherings. Be mindful of keeping your loved ones healthy and safe this holiday season. Here are some helpful reminders to reduce the risk of fire or injury: • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food. • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently. • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay three feet

away. • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns. • Keep knives out of the reach of children. • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child. • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet. • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.

Have you visited the Idaho Veterans Garden, a 501(3)(c) entity, located at 305 W. Belmont Street? The purpose of the Idaho Veterans Garden is to serve as a place of healing for soldiers coping with loss,

PTSD, physical disabilities and also to honor those who lost their lives in combat. Many of the boxes are planted and nurtured by families of local fallen soldiers. “They promised to defend, we promise to su-

poort,” says Dan Pugmire, project manager. The Idaho Veterans Garden board has begun working hard to raise the funds to purchase a statue in the likeness of Carrie French, titled “The Promise” complete with “marbles” being crafted by artist Benjamin Victor. Why marbles? The following are excerts from a letter written by Carrie’s best friend who also served with her. ACCOUNT FROM MARISA MCCARTER OF HER TIME IN OIF III, 2005. (Edited to fit the space.) It’s been a long time since I talked about my marbles. My daughter asked what they were, sitting on the shelf, two random glass marbles, stuck in a dirty plastic container sealed with a couple red heart stickers. To anyone else, they would be worthless, but to me, they are priceless. They are my connection to a promise I plan to keep for always. I was 18 and in no way could comprehend the path before me. The year prior, I enlisted in the Army National Guard as a Combat Medic. I finished Army boot camp between my junior and senior year of high school and left for AIT over the summer, only to come home to deployment orders in September. My unit was already on their way to theatre, so I was put through a fast track deployment training called Renegades. My family had come to see me off at the Boise Airport. As my family’s cheers and tears grew dis-

tant, the jet bridge seemed to grow long dark and cold. That’s when I met my godsend. Carrie French was in the same shoes; she just came from her AIT as an ammunition specialist and was going to the same training. With blonde hair, angel kiss freckles, and soft brown eyes accompanied by a pink shirt, we could not have been more opposite. She asked if I was heading to Texas and after we realized we were in the same boat, we became attached at the hip. When wearing our uniforms, people even mistook us for sisters. Just before we deployed, we did receive a quick trip home for Christmas before the end of our training. Her plane left before mine so she left a note on my pillow I found after PT saying stay out of trouble. I came back to training semi-spontaneously married after my husband, James, and I took advantage of the short time we had together before the deployment and made a quick run to the courthouse. I arrived to Renegades again with my last name changed from Smith to McCarter. She was happier for me than I could have anticipated and dubbed me with the nickname McSmith. She vowed to be my bridesmaid when we got back from the deployment and my husband and I would be able to have a proper wedding ceremony. We were the two youngest enlisted soldiers from Idaho only 3 months apart, so it was natu-

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ral for us to stick together. We truly became like sisters, doing everything together, even getting matching blue bed sets. As our training came to an end, the gravity of where we were going was slowly sinking in. Finally, on the morning of New Year’s Eve, the day came for us to board the planes for the longest trip we had ever taken to go overseas. As we stood in formation, our Platoon Sgt. took a moment to wish us all well, as we would be scattered throughout Iraq with different units and may see very little of each other. He walked to each of us and put a single glass marble in our hand. Carrie and I shared confused glances, studying the glass ball. The marble was clear, but with a solid swirl of color in the middle. Mine was blue/yellow and hers was yellow. After a moment, our Sergeant explained. “These marbles are like your future, mostly clear, but there is no way to know what’s on the other side. Stay safe, I expect to get these marbles back from each and every one you at the end of this deployment and whatever you do, DON’T LOSE YOUR MARBLES!” With a giggle and a right face, that was it. Rifle bolts in our pockets, weapons at our side, we were heading out for the great unknown. We underwent some additional training in Kuwait while they set up transport logistics to get us to our units in theatre. Carrie and I were lucky, we were at least going to the Continued on page 8

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Ragazza Di Bufalo Italian Restaurant For years, our community had hoped that someday we would have multiple dining options. We now have a wonderful Italian restaurant, Ragazza Di Bufalo, located at 801 Everett Street. Chef Steve Topple, is the owner of Jasmine & Ginger, McCall and Blue Moon, McCall. He has a second Ragazza Di Bufalo in Donnelly, Idaho and is excited for his expansion to the great community of Caldwell. Chef Steve is from Portsmouth, England and had worked in large cities

like San Francisco, California; Sea Island, Georgia; Lake Placid, New York; Vail, Colorado; and Loch Lomond, Scotland. He has a great love for Italian food, good wine and homemade pasta. Chef Steve has written two books, So you want to Impress! and Signatures, featuring a collection of his favorite recipes from restaurants he has worked in. He has even had the opportunity to work under a few celebrity chefs including, Wolfgang Puck and

Brian Turner. Caldwell is fortunate to have such a great dining experience to share in Chef’s love of Italian food and fine wine. Thank you for bringing Ragazza Di Bufalo to Caldwell! Ragazza Di Bufalo is open Tuesday through Saturday for Lunch and Dinner. Lunch hours are 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and dinner is 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Lunch, dinner, family menu and dessert menus are all available on their website at www.

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6 Tips On How To Manage Your Daily Stresses and Anxieties

Everybody deals with stress and anxiety, however, our anxieties can sometimes get the best of us. It’s important to know how to cope with your anxieties and fears if they get out of control. With this in mind, here are some tips that a person can use to help manage their daily stresses and anxieties. 1. Take a break: Sometimes, we get stressed out when everything happens all at once. When this happens, a person should take a deep breath and try to find something to do for a few minutes to get their mind off of the problem. A

person could take a walk, listen to some music, read the newspaper, or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things. 2. Carry a small notebook of positive statements with you: Whenever you come across an affirmation that makes you feel good, write it down in a small notebook and carry it around in your pocket. Whenever you feel anxious, open up your small notebook and read those statements. 3: You can’t predict the future: While the consequences of a particular fear may seem real, there are usually other factors that cannot be anticipated and can affect the results of any situation. We may be ninety-nine percent correct in predicting the future, but all it takes is for that one percent to make a world of difference. 4. Challenge your negative thinking with positive statements and realistic thinking: When encountering thoughts that make

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Page 6 CALDWELL PERSPECTIVE (Some do’s and don’ts that start with YOU!) Gratitude. This past year and that one little word may seem like stark antitheses of each other- leaving many families simply wishing they could catch a break and have just one blessing that’s not in disguise. Fortunately, gratitude is something that can be cultivated, learned by parents, and passed on to children- even during times when it’s increasingly hard to be thankful. The following suggestions can help your family reap the amazing physical and mental benefits expressing gratitude has to offer (and who wouldn’t want that right now?) DO: Set a good example. Children are watching their parent’s words and actions more than is usually realized. That’s why we should really think twice when ungraciously criticizing everything from a disliked teacher to the “hideous” sweater Aunt Betty knitted for you as a gift. If we continue negative modeling, we shouldn’t be too surprised if a child is later punished by that same

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teacher for non-compliance in the classroom (or Aunt Betty gets her feelings hurt by an ungrateful response when she bestows a similar gift on your child!) Instead, be the parent who sends notes of appreciation when a gift or service is given and let your kids see you do this. A worthy family goal in the month of November could be writing notes of appreciation for grandparents, police officers, teachers, medical professionals, service members, or countless others who would love good old-fashioned kudos sent by snail-mail. Another sure way to teach gratitude is helping kids recognize there will always be someone less fortunate, and when possible, involve them in meeting a particular need. Instead of taking a casserole to a neighbor yourself, why not involve them in the process of preparing and delivering it? Keeping a gratitude journal and encouraging children to do the same is another way to consciously count your blessings. Everyone can usually think of at


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least one thing they’re grateful for every day. Before long, you will have created a whole book of blessings that will be a comfort to read during those not-so-good days. Dinner time is a good time to ask each person what they were most grateful for that day, too. DON’T: Demand gratitude from your children. Parents have been complaining about the ingratitude of their children for thousands of years. Too many parent-child interactions go awry with dialogues like this: Kid: (matter-of-factly) Do I have to eat my broccoli? I don’t like it. Mom: (dramatically) “Why can’t you show some appreciation for the sacrifices I’m making for you? Here I am working two jobs to put food on the table and all you do is complain. Besides, there are hungry kids in Africa who would love that broccoli right now.” Kid: (mumbling under breath) “I think hungry kids in Africa would hate it, too.” Mom: (Red - faced and angry) You are so ungrateful! Don’t bother eating at all then. Go to your room! Kid: (Upturns plate, sends veggies flying) “FINE!!!” If this sounds strangely familiar, you might seriously consider why you are expecting a positive response from one whose cognition isn’t fully able to comprehend parental sacrifice yet. “Yes, mother, I do need to be more grateful for your hard work. Thank you for pointing that out to me,” says no kid. EVER. Demanding gratitude from

children usually ends in one result-conflict. Gratitude for the many sacrifices you make for your children may come much later, and that’s ok. My newly independent daughter (who had once ungraciously tossed her chicken dinner under the table to the dog,) randomly called from her new apartment with renewed appreciation for my cooking as she found herself alone, attempting to wrangle a slimy, raw chicken into a crock pot half its size. I still am realizing the many things my parents did for me. Someday your kids will too-it just may come at different seasons in their lives! DO: Reward Positive Behaviors and tell children you are grateful for them. Instead of giving the dramatic lecture of the previous scenario, a parent might instead thank the child who did eat their broccoli-and add a scrumptious dessert to boot! This is when sibling rivalry is ok. The non-compliant one is bound to follow suit if that’s where the positive attention is. It has been scientifically validated that behaviors receiving the most attention are the kinds of behaviors that are strengthened-positive or negative. We can always find something in the course of a day in which to praise children -even if it’s just that they’re breathing well! Gratitude is also cultivated when we teach children the intrinsic and extrinsic value of hard work. Assigning children household chores and giving sincere praise for jobs well done

The Season of Thanksgiving I hope everyone is well and healthy. This season is naturally a time of giving thanks for our blessings, our relationships and the quality people add simply being in our lives. It has been different this season for me. I have found myself thankful most, for the things and people I had in my life pre-virus time. I am thankful for the interaction I have had with the school teachers, our pastor and friends. I and thankful for the next

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will help them appreciate the work others do for them as well. They will be more grateful for the things they put the greatest effort into, such as earning their own money to buy a special toy. Most importantly, tell children often how much you love and appreciate themnot just because of what they do, but because of who they are-a precious child that you love unconditionally. That love will, in turn, be returned in countless ways and will echo gratefulness both now and in the future. If you ever want to gauge how you’re doing in the area of teaching these concepts, just sit and watch your children play for a little while. More than likely you’ll see yourself on vivid display through the make-believe words and actions of Barbie or the latest action figure. You can then either give yourself a pat on the back or look forward to a new day to try again-and that’s something to be grateful for! Find resources and support for building strong families! Join the ParenTrix Facebook Group, Twitter @TrixParen, or www.

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friend I will make while sitting closely in one of our restaurants. I am thankful for the doctors, nurses, and other families in the waiting room, I would visit with when I could go to Michael’s doctor appointments with him. I am thankful for our freedom. A freedom of simply living as we choose, to get on an airplane and travel to see our families. I hope this season can be a time reflection, to express gratitude for your

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November 2020 The harsh and untamed landscape of the Salmon River wilderness provided many challenges for any who attempted to forge a living in the mountains of central Idaho. This was especially true for the Chinese woman, Polly Bemis, who had been smuggled into the United States in 1872 and sold into slavery in Portland, Oregon. The story of this remarkable woman’s journey to Idaho, and eventually into Idaho’s Hall of Fame, is one that has been fictionalized in film and which

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has become the stuff of legend. The newly published book Polly Bemis: The Life and Times of a Chinese American Pioneer tells this story. Author, and director of the University of Idaho’s Asian American Comparative Collection, Priscilla Wegars believes that it is time to set the record straight on this important Idaho story. “Polly Bemis, the mistakenly named ‘Lalu Nathoy’ of books and film, was forcibly brought to the United States, and to Idaho Territory, in 1872

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ebrate the known facts about her and allow the stereotypical, undocumented legends to die out,” says Wegars. Polly Bemis: The Life and Times of a Chinese American Pioneer is published through a joint publishing agreement between Idaho’s oldest publishing house, Caxton Press of Caldwell, Idaho, and the University of Idaho’s Asian American Comparative Collection. The book is now available at local bookstores and at www.

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West Valley Collects Nearly 121 Pounds of Medications During Take Back Day West Valley Medical Center collected 120.59 pounds of medications during the hospital’s second annual “Crush the Crisis” opioid take back event on Saturday, October 24. The event, in partnership with the Caldwell Police Department, aligned with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This year’s event brought in almost double the amount of medications the first event did in 2019. “We are grateful our community showed up to help Crush the Crisis today. A significant number of opioid addictions and overdose deaths come from individuals accessing unused opioid prescriptions of family and friends. That’s why events like this are so important, not only to provide an opportunity for the community to properly dispose of medications but also to educate,” said Betsy Hunsicker, West Valley

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Page 8 CALDWELL PERSPECTIVE same Forward Operating Base (FOB), so we once again stuck together. We boarded a C-130 for the first time in January 2005. We were separated upon boarding as the line broke right between us. She was stuck in the very last seat in the back of the plane and I had to start a new row seated in the front by the cockpit doors. The pilot happened to be from Idaho and as I was right there, he reached out to me and asked if I was the youngest from Idaho and if I wanted to ride up front. I was about to jump up at the opportunity, but suddenly thought of my friend stuck in the very back of the sardine can. I informed him I wasn’t actually the youngest by a few months and after much yelling and a bit of crowd surf-

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ing, Carrie appeared and made her way to ride up front. I may not have been able to sit with my friend, but at least we were closer. Arriving in country seemed like a mix between a nightmare and a dream, I was so tired and dizzy from the rough combat landing. It was late night, almost early morning and the oil fields burning lit the horizon, the smell reminded me of my grandpas’ garage with old fuel, dust, and something that smelled sweet like his pipe tobacco. Carrie and I would see each other from time to time, but only in passing at the laundry mat or chow hall. It was time to perform the duties we were trained for, and we did our best. Much of my job was sadly mortuary affairs Four of us renegade soldiers

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when the rifle left my hand or who put it back on the rack. “Carrie???” I interrupted. “Carrie French Sir? 19-year-old Carrie, sir? SIR?!?!” I ran out the doors. Everything was hot, my ears rang, my chest hurt. I went to scream but nothing came out. I sat in front of the Command Post, 19 years old, hugging my knees, no idea what the next step was or how to process everything that was happening, only thinking about the deep, cavernous hole left by my dear friend. This simply could not be real. Ashamedly, ‘hysterical’ doesn’t quite describe my condition. Again, someone volunteered to go in my place to retrieve her body. Once I collected myself as best I could, our Sergeant in charge of mortuary affairs asked if I would like to see her and help him understand a bit more about her. I agreed and Ables and I went out back to get a vehicle. The morgue was just a preexisting mud building that was there before our FOB. The Sergeant asked me so many questions about Carrie to which I had no reply. “Where did she go to school, was she from Boise? What was her mother’s name?” I didn’t know most of them, I knew her mother’s name as she had talked about her often, but her school. I didn’t know. I knew her favorite Family Guy episode, her favorite song, and how she danced to Hawaiian music, but where did she go to school? My heart sank and my mind became flooded. What kind of friend was I anyway? Ables put her hand on my back and the mortician fell silent. He opened the door and let me go in alone. I don’t like remembering that day, I would like to forget, but the details are ingrained in my memory. It was cold and silent with only the hum of a few fans running somewhere in the corner. She was laying there on a hard, cold table. I wanted to give her a pillow. She was covered in thin blue cloths, so maybe a pillow and more blankets. She had volunteered for that mission. She wanted to earn her combat action badge. An IED had hit her vehicle. One stupid horrible piece of shrapnel made it through the lining in the armored door next to her.

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Geese were flying north out of the Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge. Mike Smith a class mate of mine and I had spread of decoys just west of Riverside road. A Foursome

of Canadas were flying out just to the East of our spread. Mike began waving a black flag it gave motion to our decoy spread, this was long before mojo decoys were all the rage. The flag waving turned the geese. We were in a pit with a spring-loaded opening top. The geese were not convinced it was a homecoming event. Even with calling from Mike and myself. Finally, after a couple of circles the foursome chose unwisely to become members of a larger goose community. Some decent shooting and the foursome became part of our daily bag limit. Back in the day goose hunting was a passion. In an era where even

though I was making decent money. Goose decoys were expensive with a mortgage, car payments and raising a daughter goose decoys were a luxury. I managed to acquire about three dozen and Mike had about the same so we had enough for a decent spread. Most weekends in November would find us hunting geese and usually Thanksgiving Day morning. One particular morning I was hunting with Greg Allen the geese were flying good. We had a couple in the bag. A pickup started driving toward our decoys. It was Rick Wakefield, a mutual friend. “Greg you gotta come with me Brenda (Greg’s wife) is

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There Is A Thanksgiving “Mike, we’ve been invited to Nathan’s parent’s home for Thanksgiving.” Ginny looked at me. “Do you want to go?” Nathan is my stepdaughter’s husband. His parents live five hours north of us, across the Idaho border in the state of Washington. I saw my long weekend spiral away from me. I had plans to relax and watch football. I thought of past Thanksgivings and remembered my dad drinking, family arguments, and few friends sharing the holiday. There were few good times. For a couple of years, my best friend, Jack, joined us. He’d lost his wife and was alone. I invited him for dinner. Georgia and our children loved him. We ate well and laughed often. We moved. Georgia and our two children were alone. We had a nice dinner, but Thanksgiving was just a day off. It wasn’t special – just another dinner. Georgia passed away. My

daughter lived in another city. My son and I celebrated Thanksgiving alone. I cooked a turkey dinner. He took his plate to his room. I ate in front of the television. Ginny became my wife. The first year of our marriage, her daughter and children were with us for Thanksgiving. Another year, my daughter and Ginny’s son joined us. They were good times, because we were home. I was comfortable in my own environment. I didn’t want to take a five-hour trip to Washington State. I wanted to be home. “Well?” Ginny looked at me. “Do you want to go? It will be a beautiful drive through the mountains.” She hit my soft spot. I love mountains. “You’re right, Hon.” I gave in. “I bet it will be a beautiful drive. Let’s go. It’ll be fun.” I paused. “Do they watch football?” “They love football. You know Nathan! He’s a sports fanatic. You’ll get all the football you want.”

“Now you’re talking.” Ginny called her daughter and told them we were coming. A few minutes later, Nathan called me to say he was so happy I decided to join his family for the holiday. While I talked to him, Ginny’s phone rang. It was Nathan’s mother calling to tell her how excited she was to have us as guests. Apparently, a lot of things hinged on my decision. If I didn’t go, then Ginny would have stay home with me. If Ginny stayed home, her daughter would too, which meant Nathan would not be with his family for Thanksgiving. I would have been the man who ruined Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving Day, family arrived at Nathan’s brother’s house. They filled the tables with trays of food and snacks. The aroma of turkey made mouths water. Children ran through the house – some laughed and some cried – a normal family.

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Ginny and I sat at different ends of the children’s table. The noise in the room faded as eighteen people settled into their chairs to give thanks for the year’s blessing. I looked around the room. The family ate, smiled, and laughed. “So this is what a Thanksgiving is supposed to be.” I thought to myself. Ginny stared at me, smiled, and said, “I love you!” “I love you too!” “More!” She laughed and returned to her meal. I had never experienced a Thanksgiving like this. The plates emptied. Our host yelled out. “Ok! We’re going to go around the table. I want everyone to say what we are thankful for.” “You can’t say family. That’s too easy! Try to think of something else.” Heather said. One-by-one, they gave thanks for their jobs, their spouses, their children, and for being able to be together as one. The children were thankful for the food,

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their school, or their toys. The baby Elizabeth said, “Gubba, gubba!” Then she screamed and clapped her hands. They turned to me. I sat at the end of the children’s table and was the last to give thanks. This huge family stared at me. It was my turn. I grabbed my napkin, wiped my mouth and brushed the small tear that trickled down my cheek. “I know we’re not supposed to say we’re thankful for family, but I’m going to. My family is thousands of miles away on the east coast of Canada. I haven’t seen them in more than six years. You invited Ginny and me to join you for Thanksgiving. You accepted us, allowed us to stay in your home, and made us feel welcome.” I continued with quivering voice. “I’m thankful for my new family.” I raised my glass and toasted them. “Thank you! There really is a Thanksgiving!” by Kelli G. Jenkins, JustServe Caldwell

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Lauren’s mother, Nettie (second person from the left) with her family in their horsedrawn wagon. Lauren Stevens Service picture underwent treatment, but her care required more time than was allowed working both their businesses; and they made the decision to sell the laundromat in 1982. Lauren and Arlene became active members of the Silver Sneakers, 55+ exercise program at the Caldwell YMCA, where they made many friends. Two of the friends were Tom and Pam (Forestier) Hutchinson. Lauren and Arlene were married 45 plus years when Arlene passed away February 2013 after a 32-year hard battle with cancer. Being alone was the hardest part for Lauren. When you become a caregiver to a loved one, every minute is spent doing “something”. That something may be planning meals, timing medications, driving to appointments, working or trying to work with limited focus capabilities. You do what you have to do, when you have to do it, the absolute best you can with the energy you have. Six months later; friend, Pam

Artemus Agustus Stevens and the GAR Drum Corps became a widow losing her second husband, Tom. She had built herself a beautiful custom home in Caldwell. Making the decisions for the color and style of countertops was a time of claiming her life as a widow. Filling the house with her finds and treasures creating a space of serenity for her devotions and time for quiet healing. One day, Pam’s friend called her and said, “Pam, you need to meet this older gentleman who walks by my house every day. Oh and…he’s in really good condition.” Lauren and Pam did have a chance to meet, more reconnect from their time at Silver Sneakers program at the YMCA. Lauren and Pam began dating and 7 or 8 months later, Pam told Lauren, “If we don’t get married, I will have to go get a cat…well maybe two cats.” With a chuckle, Lauren confesses, he still thinks he is worth three cats. Pam had created her perfect space, and it was completed when Lauren

and Pam stood before their pastor and exchanged vows in Caldwell. Together the two combined their lives, 8 grown children, 21 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and celebrate the coming of 5 more baby boys joining their family soon. It came as a surprise as Lauren was moving into their home together that the two loved antiques and even had matching vintage lamps. Each year they make several trips with their small camp trailer to watch Starlight Mountain Theatre perform in Garden Valley, not far from where Lauren lived in a tent with his family as a child. Two years ago, Lauren and Pam had the opportunity to take a trip back to Andover, Massachusetts to see Stevens Street and all the family history. A strong family bond and having the courage to live life to its fullest, even after living through tough life events has brought great fortune for Lauren and Pam. Each morning as

best friends, and husband and wife, Lauren and Pam Stevens enjoy a cup of coffee and devotionals in bed together. Life has been a journey that has

been blessed with a collection of treasured memories and the great prize finding one another to share everything with.

Bringing Care to Where the Comfort Is:

Your Own Home

While we specialize in our clients’ personal needs and safety above all else, we are dedicated to advocate for your enjoyment of life & independence as well. In working with your physicians, therapists, etc., makes it easy for our staff to understand and perform all aspects of care and provide an alternative to a nursing facility. Our caregivers enjoy playing a key role in helping our clients do things they may not have been able to do before.

We are a family-oriented, personable company that strives to employ highly qualified, reliable long-term providers. We do our best to help our clients find stability and peace of mind knowing we are on call to facilitate any concerns they may have.

Our services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For details and a free consultation, please contact us by phone today.

Home Care Solutions Inc. 11426 Lone Star Rd. | Nampa, Idaho 208-463-8777 |


Home Care Solutions is now offering a ADULT AND CHILD CPR/FIRST AID Course. Certification is provided where CPR and FIRST AID Certificate is Required, recognized by the American Safety and Health Institute.

COST: $60 per enrollee. Contact Dara 208-463-8777 for class schedule or more information

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