October 2018 Caldwell Perspective Newspaper

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Edition 46 l OCTOBER 2018


by Chantele Hensel


Left to Right: Rachael and Joe Schussler at The Chap Shop, 1021 Arthur St., Caldwell, Idaho

Early November, 2014, the first issue of the Caldwell Perspective newspaper was in the works. A prospectus was sent out to the community and local business owners in search of advertisers. One of the first people contacted for a spot was a local businessman by the name of Mike Bull. Mike is the owner of All Aces Appliance Repair and an avid supporter of the Caldwell Perspective. He is also a United States Army veteran who served from 1997 through 2007. After deployment in 2004-2005 to Iraq the army delivered a changed young man back to his homeland. With a strong determination, he forced himself to actively participate in the process of rehabilitation. He found organizations and sources such as the Idaho Veterans Garden where he found “dirt therapy”. Mike has a box at the garden and finds it to be a peaceful place to work. If there is an event to better the lives of veterans and veteran families, or a good cause that needs support you can bet that Mike will be there helping in any way that he can. Through out the years Mike would stop by to visit us at the Caldwell Perspective, sometimes bearing gifts that he had created in his woodshop. Through the changes in my life with my husband Michael’s cancer treatment, Michael and I have had times of feeling

Painting With Sandpaper

hopeful and the not so good times of feeling doom. On my heavyhearted days Mike would come into the office and offer some encouragement, probably without even knowing it as I have never shared this with him until now. He is so encouraging and we have worked together ever since that first newspaper. As the community appliance repair man, Mike was hired to repair a stainless steel commercial refrigerator. The customer decided that the cost to repair the appliance was not justified. So, Mike bought it and took it home, knowing that it would take some work but had value. He put it into his garage and for a long time that’s where it stood. In time Mike purchased a new compressor and installed it, replaced the old fan with a new one, and switched out the thermostat. The refrigerator still had the protective coating on the outside and because it had been left on for so long it was near impossible to remove. Mike looked at it and thought to himself, “It has some scratches; I can’t mess it up.” So he went to a drawer in his workbench and pulled out an assortment of sandpaper with a variety of grits and began sanding. Mike, being an artistic person, continued to scritch and scratch and sand away at the refrigerator. A picture slowly emerged and Mike “paint-

ed” it onto the stainless-steel with his sandpaper. For months Mike would work on and off at different times of the day, finding the project to be a source of therapy. When he was pleased with the image he ordered automotive clear coat and sealed his work. The image on the refrigerator is a mountain scene with an eagle catching a fish from a stream running through a valley. All three sides tell a story, a slightly different story to all who look. The real story it tells is that of a broken and scratched refrigerator that, to some, was not worth the investment to fix. With a little time, however, it became a work of art. The process didn’t remove the scratches already in the steel, but rather manipulated the damage, creating a unique piece of art, and all the while providing therapy to a man, my friend Mike Bull. With the encouragement of his family and friends Mike put the fully functioning commercial refrigerator on the market. It truly is beautiful and if I had a cabin I would buy this piece of art just to talk about it to my guests. If you have a love of country, appreciation of art, and some money to spend call Mike Bull at 208-995-6480. Mike, thank you for your friendship through the years and for sharing your talents!


by Chantele Hensel, Caldwell Perspective

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A different side of the refridgerator


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

EVERY MONDAY: 5:15 PM Meet Me Mondays, Caldwell Rec Center Oct 2 11:30 am Ambassador Committee, Golden Corral-Nampa Oct 2

1:30 pm Education Committee, Sterry Board Room, C of I

Oct 3 11:45 am Agri-Business Committee Mtg, Stewarts Bar & Grill Oct 8 12:00 am Transportation Committee, Acapulco Oct 9 11:15 am Noonbreak Luncheon, Simplot Dining Hall, C of I Oct 12 8:30 am Travel & Tourism Committee, Chamber Office Oct 18 4:30 pm Business After hours, Prestige Assisted Living Oct 18 12:00 pm Gov’t Affairs Committee, Golden Dragon Resturant Oct 24 8:00 am Coffee Connect, Idaho Independent Bank Please plan to attend the Chamber of Commerce Noonbreak Luncheon, October 9th at 11:15 a.m., Simplot Dining Hall, C of I. Call the Chamber of Commerce to RSVP.

October 1 6:30 PM: Beekeeping for New-Bees at the Library. 6:30-8 PM: “U” in Ukulele Class at Cofi, www.cofifun.com. October 2 7-9 PM: Beer Brewing Class at CofI, www.cofifun.com. October 3 6:30 PM: Keeping Kids Safe Online at the Library. October 5 3 PM: Science Forum, Rubiayat Book Store on the Plaza. 5:30-7:30 PM: Craft & Conversation, Rubiayat Book Store on the Plaza. 6-11 PM: Brave Hearts Night at Indian Creek Steakhouse. 7 PM: Jeannie Marie Sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. October 6 1 PM: Yote Football Home Game vs. Carroll. 6-11 AM: 5th Annual Wellness Fair at Community Family Clinic, Idaho Falls. 7 AM-12 PM: American Legion Pancake Feed at Caldwell Memorial Hall, 208-608-4891. 12 PM: Train Depot Open House. 2 PM: Pokemon Club at the Library.

October 7 (continued) 7 PM: Rod Dyer Sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. October 8 6:30-8 PM: “U” in Ukulele Class at Cofi, www.cofifun.com. October 9 2 PM: Homeschool Book Club at the Library. 7 PM: Make it! Craft Club at the Library. October 10 6:30 PM: Adulting 101: Personal Safety at the Library. 5:30 PM: Caldwell Rambler’s RV Club Dinner, 6 PM Meeting at Mr.V’s, 407 N. 10th Ave. October 11 7 PM: SIBA General Meeting, Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center. 2 PM: Afternoon Read at the Library. 6-7 PM: Hip Hop for Adults Class at CofI, www.cofifun.com. 6:30-9:30 PM: Writing SMALL Class at CofI, www.cofifun.com. October 12 6 PM: Readings followed by social hour with wine & snacks, Rubiayat Book Store on the Plaza.

October 12 (continued) 7 PM: Jeannie Marie Sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. October 13 11 AM-8 PM: Back the Blue Cornhole Tournament on the Plaza, hosted by the CPD. October 15 4 PM: Teen Advisory Board at the Library. 6:30-8 PM: “U” in Ukulele Class at Cofi, www.cofifun.com. 7 PM: Computer Basics: Software and Files at the Library. October 16 6:30 PM: Board Games at the Flying M Coffee House. October 17 5-7 PM: Canyon County Republican BUS STOP! Candidates! Republicans! 2904 Cleveland Blvd., across from Rite-Aid. October 18 6-7 PM: Hip Hop for Adults Class at CofI, www.cofifun.com. 6:30 PM: CPL Board Meeting at the Library. 6:30 PM: Learn the Library at the Library. October 19 2 PM: Make it! Craft Club at the Library.

October 19 (continued) 3 PM: Science Forum, Rubiayat Book Store on the Plaza. 6 PM: Book Club featuring Northwest Authors, Rubiayat Book Store on the Plaza. 7 PM: Jeannie Marie Sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. October 20 9 AM: Idaho Child Care Reads at the Library. 1 PM: Yote Football Home Game vs. Southern Oregon. 2 PM: Panoptic Paranormal Investigations at the Library. 4-10 PM: Barktoberfest at the Powderhaus Brewing Company (Garden City). 5-9 PM: Boo on the Plaza Halloween/Harvest celebration. 7 PM: Adult Halloween Spooktacular, all proceeds go to jr. bowlers, Caldwell Bowl. 8 PM: Hocus Pocus Movie Showing on The Plaza. October 21 12-4 PM: AgroFiesta2018 at the O’Connor Field House, a day to celebrate farm workers across the Treasure Valley. October 22 6:30-8 PM: “U” in Ukulele Class at Cofi, www.cofifun.com. 7 PM: Computer Basics: Internet 101 at the Library. October 23 6:30 PM: Crochet 101 at the Library. 7-9 PM: Beer Brewing Class at CofI, www.cofifun.com

October 24 10:30 AM-12 PM: Early STEAM Storytime and Activities at the Library. 6:30 PM: Adulting 101: Internet Safety at the Library. October 25 10 AM-5 PM: Caldwell Food Service Annual Fall Pan Sale, located behind Syringa Middle School in the Food Service Warehouse. Parking next to the tennis courts, 2716 S. Montana Ave. 6-7 PM: Hip Hop for Adults Class at CofI, www.cofifun.com 6:30 PM: Early STEAM Night at the Library. October 26 4 PM: Dia de los Muertos Activities, Caldwellfinearts.com or 208-4595257. 5:30-8 PM: Soroptimist International of Caldwell Spaghetti Dinner, to buy tickets call Chantele 208899-6374.

October 26 (continued) 6:15 PM: The Villalobos Brothers concert connect Caldwellfinearts.com or 208-459-5257. 7 PM: Jeannie Marie Sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. October 27 10:30 AM: Family Movie Night at the Library: Hotel Transylvania 3. 1 PM: Yote Football Home Game vs. Eastern Oregon. 1 PM: Snakes, Lizards, Spiders, Oh My! At the Library October 29 7 PM: Computer Basics: E-Mail at the Library October 31 HALLOWEEN NIGHT: KEEP WARM AND STAY SAFE! Add you event to the community calendar by calling 208-899-6374

Senior Center 208-459-0132 Mondays: Library • 208-459-3242 9 AM: Exercise Class Closed October 8th 10 AM: Fit and Fall 1 PM: Line Dancing Mondays: 7 PM: Square Dancing 10:30 and 11 AM: Baby N’ Tuesdays: Me 9 AM: Art Group 4:30 PM: Gaming Mondays 1 PM: Pinochle Tuesdays: 4:30 PM: BINGO 10:30 AM: Preschool Storytime Wednesdays: Wednesdays: 10:30 AM: Crochet & Knit10:30 AM: Preschool ters Storytime Thursdays: 11:15 AM: Music & Move9 AM: Exercise Class ment or Baby Sign 10 AM: Fit and Fall 4:30 PM: Afterschool Fun Fridays: Thursdays: 1 PM: BINGO 4 PM: Teen Thursdays 6 PM: Community Dance

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Canyon County to Recognize October as Violence Awareness Month

Caldwell, ID – The Canyon County Domestic Violence Task Force will hold a press conference on Monday, October 1 to officially recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Canyon County. The Domestic Violence Task Force will be joined by Sheriff Kieran Donahue, Prosecutor Bryan Taylor,

Canyon County Commissioners, and other community and law enforcement leaders as they talk about the impact of domestic violence on our communities and show support for the organizations that provide advocacy and assistance to victims. “Family violence is a topic most do not want to hear

or talk about, but it is clear the more it is exposed, revealed, and uncovered, the greater the likelihood of destroying its death grip on our beloved communities,” said Jeannie Strohmeyer, President of the Domestic Violence Task Force. The Domestic Violence Task Force will also discuss the two domestic violence

homicide cases from this past year and honor the memories of the two victims, Kymberlee Larsen and Jaclyn Zabel. Family members of both Larsen and Zabel are expected to attend the press conference and speak about the negative impact domestic violence can have on families. “By having survivors and

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family members of two of the most horrific domestic violence cases from this past year in attendance, it will help underscore the seriousness of domestic violence and why we need to address this societal issue,” added Sheriff Kieran Donahue. “I applaud their strength to come forward and share their stories.”

CFEO Honors Dr. Sam Summers as Distinguished Caldwell High Alumni

Sunshine, smiles, and teenage enthusiasm greeted Dr. Sam Summers as he rode in a white 1982 Buick Riviera near the front of the Caldwell High School Homecoming Parade held September 14th. Driving him on the warm afternoon was Dr. Roger Reynoldson, a former Assistant Superintendent in Caldwell School District and the owner of the classic car. The ride in the parade was the culmination of two days of celebration for the most recent recipient of the “CFEO Distinguished Caldwell High School Alumni” award. The previous evening, Dr. Summers was honored at an open house held in the CHS Auditorium foyer, attended by the community, local dignitaries, friends, and family. Dr. Summers joins a list of 43 Caldwell High alumni who have been selected by the Caldwell Foundation for Educational Opportunity for exemplary contributions in their field of endeavor or in community service. Dr. Summers served the Caldwell community as a Family Physician for 35 years and is beloved by his former patients and co-workers. Born and raised in Caldwell, he graduated from Caldwell High School in 1970. After medical school at the University of Washington, Dr. Summers and his family returned home where he practiced until his recent retirement

from St. Alphonsus Medical Group. Subsequent to his retirement he has continued to be involved in various aspects of medicine, volunteering his time with patients, medical boards, and oversight committees. In honoring Dr. Summers, CFEO Executive Board member Chuck Randolph quoted Harry Truman, “He had a clear head and a good brain and a kind heart…He was the best kind of ordinary man…That’s the highest praise you can give a man, that he’s one of the people and becomes distinguished in the service that he gives to other people. I don’t know of any higher complement you can pay a man than that.” Earlier this year Ed Hopper was also selected and honored for the prestigious award. Previous recipients include Joe Albertson, Frank Crookham, current Caldwell Mayor Garrett Nancolas, Donna Price Shine - founder of the Mentoring Network, Paul Revere of the classic rock group “Paul Revere and the Raiders”, and 1st Lt. Paul R. Gowen, for whom Gowen Field was named.


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tion project. Canyon County Parks, Cultural & Natural Resources maintains seven strings of docks to ensure public recreational access at Lake Lowell, south of Nampa. Four of these are designated for motorized boating use and were originally funded through Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation Waterways Improvement Fund grants. Of the remaining strings, two are designated for swimming and one is designated for non-motorized fishing access. Canyon County Parks is initiating an upgrade of the non-motorized fishing dock string and gangway, implementing inclusive design adjustments to provide barrier-free fishing opportunities for all Upper Dam

visitors. The current fishing string is composed of seven dock sections, which are at least 20 years old. With this rehabilitation project, we aim to upgrade the fishing string following best practices for inclusive design; ensure the fishing string meets the highest standards for public safety; and mitigate the expense, in terms of both materials and time, for our Parks Technicians to maintain the fishing string. EDITOR’S NOTE: This information was taken directly from the canyonco.org website. It was brought to our attention by a local resident and is shared here. You can find this and more information at www.canyonco.org/ category/countynews/

Caldwell City Clerk Debbie Geyer Recieves Award BOISE – The Idaho City Clerks, Treasurers and Finance Officers Association (ICCTFOA) honored Debbie Geyer, Caldwell City Clerk, with the 2018 Dr. James B. Weatherby Award at the association’s annual Institute in Coeur d’Alene on September 20. The Dr. James B. Weatherby Award is given annually by the ICCTFOA to individuals who have served the city clerks, treasurers and finance officers in their pursuit of excellence, effectiveness and efficiency in municipal government. The award is named after Dr. James B. Weatherby, former Director of the Public Policy Center at Boise State University and a past executive director of the Association of Idaho Cities. Debbie Geyer, a native of Idaho, was raised in Caldwell and is a graduate of George Fox University. She has worked for the City of Caldwell for the past 17 years and was appointed City Clerk in 2005. Prior to returning to the State of Idaho in 2001, Debbie and her husband lived in several different states and overseas posts as assigned by the U.S. Army while her husband served as a military chaplain. Debbie has worked extensively with nonprofit and government agencies over the years in administrative capacities. She is currently a member of several boards including the Idaho State Historical Records Advisory Board, Friends of the Caldwell Train Depot, the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, the Caldwell Veterans Council, and she chairs the City of Caldwell Youth Master Plan Committee. Debbie was ICCTFOA President in 201314 and has also served on the City Clerks Technical Analysis Team of the AIC Legislative Committee. Debbie enjoys being involved in community events, traveling, and

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Canyon County Parks, Cultural & Natural Resources is proposing to rehabilitate a fishing dock at the west end of Lake Lowell’s Upper Dam (Nampa) in partnership with Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge. This is the boat ramp closest to the intersection of Roosevelt and Indiana. Our goals for this project are to 1) provide continued recreational access for anglers at Lake Lowell, 2) improve visitor experience, 3) ensure the safety of dock users, and 4) promote inclusion and provide all visitors the opportunity to participate in fishing activities from this fishing dock. Canyon County Parks plans to request assistance from Idaho State Parks’ Cutthroat Plate Fund to complete this rehabilita-

speed walking. EDITOR’S NOTE: Post on Facebook by her husband: I am so proud of my wife. This evening at the Idaho City Clerks, Treasurers and Finance Officers Association (ICCTFOA) Conference, she was awarded the “Dr. James B. Weatherby Award.” This award is given once a year “in recognition of outstanding service to the Idaho City Clerks, Treasurers and Finance Officers of the State of Idaho!”


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Compassion Caldwell 2018

LoveCaldwell’s fifth year of hosting a medical-dental and social services clinic was attended by nearly four hundred thirty guests over a six hour span, on Saturday, September 22nd. The event was again held at Caldwell’s Canyon Springs High School in Caldwell’s north-end neighborhood. “We’ve been blessed by the hospitality of the Canyon Springs staff and students,” said this year’s CompassionCaldwell Director, Lorene Oates. “They have given us a home and the level of support by their teachers and administration really helps us reach an important part of our community. And of course, we try very hard to be good guests.” CompassionCaldwell is sponsored by LoveCaldwell, Inc., a local nonprofit civic organization that works to address human needs in Caldwell. “Whether it’s the big things like medical and dental care, or things we might not think of like a new haircut, the need is always there,” said Pastor Sharon Porter, CompassionCaldwell’s Administrator. “We are so thankful for the hundreds of people who gave their time to help their neighbors. Without them, this just doesn’t come together.” LoveCaldwell also leans heavily on the incredible support of West Valley Medical Center. Many of the day’s volunteers come from West Valley. “They (West Valley Medical Center) are an incredible presence for good in our community. We could not do this without them,” said Pastor Porter. CompassionCaldwell also works with the support of a Portland area non-profit agency, Compassion Connect. Compassion Connect’s role is to provide both medical and dental hardware, supplies, and set-up

expertise on-site. “We have found the CompassionCaldwell event to be distinctive among all the clinics we facilitate on the West Coast. They are organized, focused on the details, and show a real concern for the people they care for,” remarked Ray Biggerstaff, Executive Director of Compassion Connect. “We have found in our five years of working together that they truly do love their city. They have an energy that is hard to match.” On Saturday, September 22nd, those in need of dental care began to line up for the limited number of dental appointments by 5:30am. Patients with critical needs such as root canals, major fillings or extractions were transported by LoveCaldwell by 7:00am to an off-site dentist who volunteered the use of their office and staff for the day, however nearly all of the dental work for guests was accomplished on site. Child care was provided for those with small children, light breakfasts and lunches were served, and a Hospitality Team roamed the building throughout the day offering coffee, muffins, milk and water to volunteers and guests alike. Brenda and Jerry Upchurch led a Clothing Team in the distribution of over 400 boxes of clothing provided by and through First Assembly of God (The Domes) and Caldwell Free Methodist church. Six stylists from the Paul Mitchell Beauty School were kept busy throughout the day giving new cuts to any guest who asked. Kelly Culver oversaw the Student Volunteer Team—mostly from Canyon Springs, but a few from Caldwell and Vallivue High Schools. “I’m always impressed by the kids. They work hard all day, especially with the Clothing

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and Equipment Teams. I’m really proud of them.” “It’s a lot of work, a lot of organization, and literally thousands of volunteer hours to make this happen,” observed Oates. “But we live in a community that doesn’t ask ‘how hard is it,’ but ‘how can I help, and what can I do?’” Preliminary data showed that the numbers of people served were nearly identical to last year’s event in most regards, except that the footprint is expanding. “We had a 205% increase in guests seeking assistance from Nampa. Overall, people came from 14 different communities, but nearly 75% of our guests were from Caldwell,” observed Pastor Porter. “The number of flu shots, vision screenings and haircuts remained about the same as other years.” So what’s next for CompassionCaldwell? LoveCaldwell’s plan from the outset was to take a look at the event at the end of five years to see if it would still be a need in this area of Caldwell. It appears that it is. “CompassionCaldwell has always been, and will continue to be a way of serving our community. All services are freely and generously given by organizations and churches and individuals. At the end of the day, no guest goes home owing anyone anything, and hopefully they’ve come away feeling encouraged,” said Pastor Porter. “We do this because we love Caldwell.”

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been employed as a deputy prosecuting attorney in the Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office handling a wide range of criminal cases, including juvenile and child protection cases, infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. In his time there Mr. Bever spent four years as a unit chief in a felony unit and with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Nampa City unit. Since September 2016, Mr. Bever has also taught as an adjunct professor teaching business law at the College of Western Idaho. Mr. Bever is expected to begin his judicial duties in October 2018 in the Canyon County Magistrates Division in Caldwell, Idaho.

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A Vineyard In Need

by Michael Hensel

There is a little vineyard in downtown Caldwell. It was started by a viticulture class at Treasure Valley Community College to give the students an opportunity to put their new found knowledge to work. Unfortunately, over the three years the class was taught, the number of students dwindled and the class eventually ran out of funding and was dropped. Interested citizens maintained the vineyard and the city kept it watered for a few years, but it had recently fallen into a state of neglect with the vines growing out of control and in dire need of some TLC. Caldwell City Councilman Mike Pollard and local CPA Michael Hensel were discussing the current state of city affairs when the subject of the vineyard came up in the conversation. As both are battling health issues, the first discussion centered around borrowing the idea that tending to a garden is good therapy from the Idaho Veterans Garden. They agreed that Mike would pursue the idea with the city and the two of them would recruit other volunteers in order to minimize the burden on everyone. Consequently the scope of the idea expanded as Day one: Gregg Alger giving Michael Hensel other interested people joined the effort to reha- instruction on trimming and training the vines. bilitate and save the vineyard as a reminder that our city is tied into the Sunnyslope Wine District, standing as the gateway community to the area. After a tutorial by Gregg Alger of Huston Vineyards, the crew set to work. The overgrown vines were trimmed back so the trunks are now visible, suckers and dead growth were removed with the ultimate goal being a hedge-like appearance for each row of the vineyard. In February the group will meet again to trim the vines back for the winter which encourages healthy growth next spring. At that time, the arbor wires will be tightened to insure the vines have a solid foundation for future growth. So going forward, the city will continue to provide irrigation and the volunteers will provide the manual labor and careful tending the vines need. The overall health of the vineyard and the appearance will both be maintained, but most importantly, the vineyard is becoming a place the entire community can enjoy and learn from and even sample Last work day of 2018 season. grape varietals to which you otherwise may not L to R: Donna DeYoung and Julie Yamamoto. have access.

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My husband and I always look froward to our time in our beautiful wine country. On September 8th, Huston Vineyards celebrated a wine release and what better time for a date day with our friends Roger and Wendy Price. The winery was gorgeous and although you could feel fall in the air it was warm. Most carried a light jacket. Notice I said most, the exception was my new friend, Eliana who was on a date with her grandparents. Eliana carried a Raggedy

Ann doll. She reminded me so much of my little Paige (who is now 13 years old). Just days before while Paige was at a music camp I cleaned, painted, added decor that was more age appropriate. I found her Raggedy Ann and Andy, crumpled up in the bottom of her closet. I was almost as excited as Eliana was when Paige and I agreed that her dolls needed a new mommy and we knew we had found the perfect one! Hugs to my new friend, Eliana.

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Farm To Fork Dinner on the Creek 2018

by Gail Norby, Caldwell Chamber of Commerce

It was a beautiful September night to enjoy a 5 course dinner on the bridge over Indian Creek. Caldwell Chamber of Commerce hosted its 4th Annual Farm to Fork Dinner that was catered by Chef Nate from The Tower Grill located in Nampa. Salad, Soup, Entrée and Dessert was paired The challenge coin. You may have heard of it, but what is it and what is its purpose? The military challenge coin is given as a token of respect or accomplishment. The coin is double-sided and will typically have a unit logo on one side. The other side can be anything such as a medal, motto, or a specific battle. Challenge coins may be serial numbered or named to an individual. A standard sized military challenge coin measures between 1 ½”-2” in diameter. Some of the early coins were sterling; these days, most are struck in non-precious metals. They may not be made of silver anymore, but to the soldier, sailor or airman who receives it, the coin is just as precious. The challenge coin, in its earliest and broadest definition, made its appearance in ancient Rome where a

with 4 different wines from Williamson Vineyard, Hat Ranch Winery, Viscaya Winery and Huston Vineyards. Caldwell Chamber of Commerce could not have pulled this amazing event off without the help of our Sponsors: Reyco Systems, Inc., Caxton, D.L. Evans Bank, City of Caldwell, Bay-

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Idaho Veterans Garden Host Dinner to Honor Gold Star Families

by Michael Hensel

Two of our favorite people, Dan and June Pugmire, hosted a small get together to honor our local Gold Star Families. For those of you who don’t know what that is, a Gold Star Family lost a family member, killed in action while serving in the US armed forces. It’s an honor that no one wants, and doing what we can to support these families is our patriotic duty. Dan and June excel in

supporting our veterans and their families. Honored at the dinner were; Octavio Herrera, Robert Dyas Jr. and his parents Jerry and Melissa Nowland, Carrie L French and her mother Paula Hylinski, Tanner Volkers and his father Gary Volkers, JD Hume and his parents Les and Laurita Hume, and Kennth Cochran and his parents Julia and John Cochran.

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coin marked by a soldier’s legion was given for valor on the battlefield. During WW1, a lieutenant, in an aviation unit, gave his men special coins. In Korea, a colonel of an infantry regiment had unit coins made for his men. This burgeoning idea of creating unit coins grew. It was during the Vietnam War when challenge coins became popular. Early coins, especially from Special Forces units, were usually sterling and serial numbered. The purpose of the coin comes from servicemen who would slap their coin on the bar and challenge everyone else to follow suit. If someone did not have their coin, they would be the ones paying for the drinks. Although the coin is still appearing on bar tops, they are also being pulled out in other places as a veteran to veteran challenge to see if

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you are carrying one. The challenge coin has spread from the military to police and fire departments. Local and national politicians have their own challenge coins as well; some are given out by the president and members of his cabinet though rarely. NASA has produced some beautiful and unique coins. Civilian companies hand them out as business cards and promotional items. In recent years, even the circular shape of the coin has evolved. You can find creative designs such as military ranks, animals and different geometric shapes. There are even challenge coins that double as bottle openers.

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CROP Hunger Walk Scheduled for October 21, 2018

Each year hundreds of Canyon County residents take to the streets and walk the one or three miles to fight hunger and poverty in the annual Canyon County CROP Hunger Walk. This year’s CROP Hunger Walk is at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 21 starting at the Brandt Center on the NNU campus in Nampa. Registration is at 2 p.m. Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty raises awareness and funds for international relief and development, as well as for local food banks and community gardens. This is the thirtyfirst Anniversary for the walk in Canyon County. During the past three decades, community members have raised over $316,000 for local organizations and international relief. During this year’s walk, 25 percent of funds raised will go to help

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the Wilder Food Pantry, the Caldwell Salvation Army and the Nampa Seventh Day Community Services. To learn more or to donate to Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty visit www.crophungerwalk.org or you can contact the treasurer Vicki Tieszen at vickitieszen@cableone.net. Thank you to our t-shirt sponsors: RMF Farms, Ripley Doorn & Co., Mr. V’s, Hardy Estates, Medical Clinic Pharmacy, Boone Presbyterian Church, West Valley Medical Center, Faith Lutheran Church, Caldwell United Methodist Church, St. David’s Episcopal Church, Nampa Seventh Day Adventist Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, Nampa First Christian Church, Nampa Church of the Brethren and Nampa First Presbyterian Church.

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OPERATION SANTA: IDAHO! Serving Caldwell Kids and Families About 17 years ago, when Karen Cameron, read an article in Ladies Home Journal about a man who bought presents for about 5,000 kids in the Bronx and served their families dinner, it triggered the idea for today’s Operation Santa: Idaho, a 501(c)(3) organization, in Caldwell. She and her friend, Lucy Meredith, have been organizing this amazing labor of love for the past 15 years. They began by recruiting family and friends to help them. They “adopted” some kids for the project, shopped for them and served dinner to their families and after dinner, had Santa pass out their gifts. According to Karen, it seemed a little stale to spend Christmas Eve day with a bunch of strangers sitting in a room, eating with each other, and waiting for their turn with Santa to get their gifts and then leave. So Karen and Lucy re-vamped the program to what it is today. The room is busy with lots of Christmas music and noise. Activity stations are set up where kids can make orna-

ments, other crafts, make presents for their parents and decorate cookies to leave out for Santa. The day ends with the kids sitting on Santa’s lap and they all receive a treat bag. When the families are ready to leave, they are loaded up with presents (toys, jackets, blankets, family movie night baskets, etc.), a full ham dinner and a box of household items (detergent, toothbrushes, toilet paper, etc.) purchased by Bethel #8, Job’s Daughters International. The Operation Santa event is held on Christmas Eve day at Faith Lutheran Church in Caldwell. Karen chose to have this event on Christmas Eve because she wanted the people who attend to know that they are important enough to her to set aside that special day just for them. Caldwell School children and their families are selected by teachers in their schools. An angel gift tree is set up with a “bio” on each selected student with their wishes and needs for Christmas. Community members “adopt a kid”

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to shop for from the tree. They are asked to spend around $50 per child. Over the years, Karen has noticed the request for items has shifted from wants to needs. They want new clothes – jeans and shirts, socks, underwear, jackets and shoes…the necessities. It is so different from years past, when everyone wanted a new X-box. She would love to see Operation Santa: Idaho provide each child with these items. It is a dream that she knows will eventually come to fruition. If you want to “Adopt a Kid” to shop for or to donate dollars for a Christmas meal, contact Karen at (208) 899-3483 or Lucy at (208) 949-3050. The cutoff date for “adoptions” and donations is in December.

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October 2018


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K9 training at the Caldwell Swimming pool! Also, meet our newest K-9 Rex, who is the black K-9 on the far right. The Caldwell Police Department K-9 program will be putting on a Corn Hole Tournament October 13 at the Indian Creek Plaza. This fundraiser for the K-9 program will help in building a new K-9 facility for training. A huge shout out to Franklin Building Supply for donating to the cause. Your generosity will go to the fencing around the new K-9 facility. Thank you for your support!

The Caldwell Police Department will again be hosting the annual Halloween Party at O Connor Fieldhouse. Check Caldwell Police Departments Facebook page for more information on this event.

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Something Old, Something New

D&J Enterprises 9 years ago my family and I moved to Caldwell, ID without much thought about what it stood for as a city. My life, and that of my family’s, revolved around Nampa and Meridian and Boise. It’s only been in the past year that I’ve taken the effort to immerse myself in the history and the people of Caldwell, finding so much more than I could have ever hoped for. D & J Enterprises, for example, is a shop that’s existed in Caldwell since the 80s. Owned by Duane Seidenstucker, D & J Enterprises is a military collectibles and surplus store specializing in authentic military equipment and memorabilia. When Duane was young, he played with and lost track of his father’s Marine equipment and, years later,


wanted to restore the items he’d lost. As he scoured military surplus stores for things large and small, he learned that others often looked for the things he searched for as well. Thus prompted Duane to open his store. To stock his shop, Duane spends many months traveling all over the US, finding and gathering authentic military items from veterans and estate sales. His shop reaches many through the use of online auctions, mall displays, and trade shows, bringing in customers hungry for a taste of military history. The store also doubles as a museum, showcasing old military uniforms, equipment, and even a tribute wall for Idaho Medal of Honor Recipients, which is still growing. The Painted Lady Salon is

Painted Lady Salon another shop that, although not as old as D & J, has made it big in the community. Owned and operated by Cindy Weitz, her daughter Megan, and Alex Urresti, the Painted Lady Salon has been in Caldwell for 3 years this August and has experienced a booming business since their opening, each day booked and busy. Cindy and Megan were both born in Caldwell and wanted to stick to home and contribute to their community. They offer a variety of services revolving around hair, nails, and makeup, and are happy to be in Caldwell, which has since grown around them. A customer in the shop at the time said: “Caldwell is coming along. It looks professional and the theater is great!” Above the salon is a

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Strange Empire Gaming boutique called Sassy Gals, run by Glenda Blessinger, which offers its own unique styles and fashions. Yet another business that has come to call Caldwell home is Strange Empire Gaming, a newcomer of only five months. Owned and operated by Chris Kaeding, the shop provides traditional board and card gamers with a variety of games and accessories. The shop was a dream Chris shared with a deceased loved one, one that took many years and a leap of faith to open. It was difficult to open the store single handedly but the results paid off, surprising Chris with a steady increase in clientele and mounting support from family and friends. He hopes to expand his shop and increase his hours, and

hold events to draw in customers and incite interest, as well as inflict a positive change on Caldwell’s youth, giving them a new outlet and a place to have fun for many generations to come. As Caldwell continues to grow and change we see many faces, new and old, come and go. Some will remember Pennywise Drugstore and an old burger joint on the corner of Main St. Most will remember Story & Co. and the old motel across the road. It’s not a surprise to see a new face in this town but don’t be surprised if that face stays for a week, a month, a year. For its faces like those that keep this town growing until it’s people like me who find their lives revolving around Caldwell.


October 2018 Whether you are aware of it or not, many of us have been victims of identity theft. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, 50 identity thefts happen every minute. But now more than ever you can fight against those trying to take what is yours. Consumers now have a new free tool to help protect themselves against scammers who would steal their financial information. Thanks to a new law, the three nationwide credit reporting agencies in the U.S. (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion) are now required to allow consumers to “freeze” and “thaw” their credit report free of charge. This new law, The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act, went into effect Sept. 21, 2018. This

Identity Theft is exactly what the name implies: it is when someone steals your name and uses it for their benefit. There are many ways it can happen. Mail box theft is one of the most common methods of stealing information. The perpetrator sees the red flag up on a mail box and takes the outgoing mail. It is frequently bills being mailed so it has all the information they need to take over your good name. Think about it; when you mail your VISA payment it has your account number, your name, address, and even has all your checking account information – including your signature – on the check. So they can use that information in attempt to gather even more. You can appreci-ate your bank and credit union making you jump through hoops and answer lots of questions when you call to get information on your account. They do that to hinder the ability of someone who may already have quite a bit of knowledge about your account. Sometimes even family members are the ones trying to take over your accounts and they tend to know a lot about you. To counter this, when you mail payments, take them to the post office and put them in the box. Don’t put them in your mail box and raise the flag. That’s an invitation to steal your good name. Another method of ID Theft is phishing for information either over the phone or online. Your finan-cial institution will never call you and ask you to give any identifying information such as your social security number, account numbers, Personal Identification Numbers (PINS) or other personal in-formation. If you call them, they will most definitely ask a lot of questions so they can confirm you are the owner of the account. When someone calls you and asks you for information, hang


law does many things, but the one most beneficial to most consumers is that it changes the rules regarding credit freezes. Currently, freezing your credit is governed by each state. In the state of Idaho, there was a fee to freeze and unfreeze your credit with each credit reporting agency, which could really add up. The number of situations requiring a credit check – upgrading your cell phone, applying for a job, signing a new lease, etc. – makes freezing and unfreezing your credit inefficient. As a result, many people won’t bother with a freeze unless they believe they are specifically at risk for identity theft. With this new law in effect, freezing and unfreezing your

credit will be simpler and free. You will still have to take action yourself by contacting each of the three credit bureaus, but they will have online portals that will make the process much simpler. When a credit reporting agency receives an online or phone request to freeze someone’s credit, they must freeze it within one day. Requests to un-freeze someone’s credit report must be completed within one hour. This makes it much easier to keep your credit frozen and then only unfreeze when you need to apply for new credit as the changes are free and can be done quickly and easily online. A security freeze prevents the credit reporting agency from releasing your credit re-

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by Rebecca Barr, BBB Northwest + Pacific port while it’s in effect. Consumers are given a PIN or password that they must have in order to later thaw their credit report, so it can be released again. You can read more about credit freezes (as well as locks and alerts) online at bbb.org. Another added benefit to the new law is that it also allows any parent to freeze their child’s credit. A child’s credit report is especially valuable since it is clean and often not monitored regularly. For parents, this can be a huge relief in know-ing once frozen your child’s credit is safe, instead of being surprised by a breach when you weren’t expecting it. Finally, the new law extends initial fraud alerts on your credit report from 90 days to 1 year

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up. Don’t engage them in conversation of any kind. A typical call might go like this: “This is a call about your credit card account. There is not a problem but this is your last opportunity to save money on the interest you are paying.” THIS IS A FRUADULENT CALL! Don’t press any buttons, don’t talk to anyone, and just hang up! Another call is someone saying there is a problem with your computer and you need to give them access to your computer, your passwords, and your credit card number so they can fix it. DO NOT DO ANY OF THOSE THINGS! Again, just hang up. Don’t give anyone your account numbers, your passwords, your PINS, your birthday, or social security number. Don’t write your passwords or PINS down on your cards or anywhere. Don’t talk on the phone to your institution and provide them information when you are in line at the store or in an open space where there are other people. Don’t use the same PIN and password for everything. As for online phishing, don’t click on links from anyone in the body of emails. Those links are sometimes the pathway to your computer and any information you store on your computer. You have protection when someone steals your Identity, however that is little consolation consid-ering the time it takes to get your name cleared, your credit cleaned up, and your accounts back to normal. You may not have to pay the debt the thief incurred in your name but it

will take time to prove you didn’t apply for the loan. It will also take time to get it off your credit report. So it is al-ways better to avoid ID Theft in the first place than to try to clean up the mess it causes once it has been stolen. Another place fraudsters are lurking is on social media. You know those silly questionnaires you fill in asking information that’s kind of fun to read about your friends who took the same quiz? Ques-tions like where you were born, where you met your spouse, and the name of your favorite teach-er. Those, and more, are all questions that you are asked when you sign up for online banking. Avoid over sharing on social media. What seems like innocent fun is actually a way to get infor-mation about you to use to steal your Identity. Steps to take if you think your ID has been stolen: • Log onto the Federal Trade Commission site at: https:// www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/ pdf-0009_identitytheft_a_recovery_plan.pdf for an excellent checklist and steps to take imme-diately and long term if your credit has been stolen. • Get a copy of your credit report with all three major credit reporting agencies (go to: https:// www.annualcreditreport.com/ index.action ). • Put a credit alert – or even a freeze - on your credit report with all three major credit reporting agencies (see the check list mentioned in the above bullet point).

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• Contact your financial institutions and let them know you suspect (or know your Identity has been stolen). Place a password on your accounts. • Check all your account bal-

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October 2018

An Extraordinary Summer for an Extraordinary Cadet

Bryce Schroeder, a 2015 graduate of Vallivue High School had a remarkable summer. Now a senior at the Coast Guard Academy, Bryce and three classmates spent eight weeks in the Middle East after three weeks of pre-deployment training in North Carolina learning about weapons, threat response, medical tactics, and other combat skills. Stationed in Bahrain, he was involved in anti-terrorism and patrolled the waters near Iran and Kuwait, learning new skills and honing his observational skills to recognize threats and ascertain what the various boats were doing and where they were from.

He also spent some time in Qatar and made a trip to Kuwait to give a presentation to the Kuwaiti Coast Guard. The experience was not a summer learning camp, Bryce and the other cadets faced real life crisis in a very tense Middle East. This was the second year of the program and about 25 cadets had applied with the four chosen based upon interviews and military and academic standing. Bryce would like to get involved in Maritime Security Response Team, an elite Special Operations Counter-Terrorism unit within the Coast Guard. The assignment this sum-

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mer gave him opportunities to interact with the group and learn more about the team. Back stateside, Bryce is preparing for his senior year on the cadet basketball team and has expectations for a banner year as the program has improved each of his years there. They won 11 games last year for the first time in 7 years. The team has been working hard and they expect their first winning season since 2007-2008.

Twins Compete at State

Here is talented brotherly competition at its finest! Garrett and Colton Sedlacek, identical twin brothers, represented Greenleaf Academy in fine form this year at the 2018 State Track and Field Meet this past spring! Both boys qualified for state in the District competition and competed hard at the state meet in May. Colton qualified for state in two events, Triple Jump and 400 Meters, while Garrett qualified in four events; Triple Jump, Long Jump, 110 and 300 meter hurdles. These young men worked hard all season and accomplished much to earn their spots in the highly competitive contest. As the meet unfolded Colton earned his

way to the podium by finishing 3rd in the Triple Jump while Garrett earned two spots; 5th in the Triple Jump and 4th in the 300 Meter Hurdles. Besides their accomplishments on the track it is even more impressive to realize how many other areas they demonstrate exceptional talent and hard work. Both brothers are part of the select vocal ensemble, Intermezzo, the spring drama production, basketball, and track/cross country athletics. They have served as student body officers and in addition maintain an impressive GPA as they excel in their studies. Congratulations to these talented young men for their hard work and dedication

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October 2018

The Fall of Life The nights grew long; the air cooled; leaves changed color; migrating birds made their way south, fleeing winter. Fall was almost upon us – my favorite time of year. A walk through the forest was a trip to an art gallery. The trees compete, each a work of nature’s glorious art. A canopy of color shaded me. I stood under them, looked up and saw sunlight streaming through the branches. It struck each leaf and was reflected back with an un-imaginable brilliance. In the quiet of the forest, I heard a small snap. A single leaf floated delicately to the ground. A light breeze stirred the branches - a multicolored snow storm. The colored flakes landed on my head and shoulders. They covered the seeds and nuts dropped earlier in the year. Some already had small sprouts reaching for the sky. The seeds of new life were soon buried under a cover of delicate and dying leaves, a cover provided by

the tall trees standing over them. The leaves protected the future from the cold winter to follow. In spring, the leaves decomposed and provided rich nutrients to nourish a new generation. A week later I was back. I wanted to enjoy the season before it was gone. The leaves rustled under my feet. The air was scented with the odor of dampness and decomposition, as the leaves began to decay – a pleasant smell. I shuffled along, pushing the leaves in front of me. They parted and swirled around my feet like the waters on a beach. My heart was heavy. Another year was gone. At home, I looked in the mirror – a hint of grey at my temples. I noticed a few more in the whiskers on my chin and a few chest hairs followed suit. The hair on the top of my head, like the leaves, were mostly gone. I’m in the fall of life. Could my winter be close? I sat in my chair, tried to watch a game on television, but I

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couldn’t focus. Where did my spring and summer go? My son walked by. He was a tall, healthy, and good-looking young man. “See ya, Dad. I’m going to work.” The door closed behind him. I thought of the trees, the seeds, the nuts, the leaves, my children and grandchildren. Like the trees, I spread my seeds and protected them. They grew from seeds and sprouts, to tall, strong saplings. The trees and I have weathered many storms. We swayed and bent under their force, but we stood over our young, sheltered them, and covered them when they were cold. My heart felt lighter. Fall was not the beginning of the end. It is the past protecting the future. One day, a storm will blow in; I’ll topple over – my winter. The young I sheltered, free of my shadow, will take my place to protect the next generation – my job complete.

Celebration Park Announces Winter Desert Ecology Field Trip Program

Canyon County Parks, Cultural & Natural Resources is pleased to announce its inaugural Winter Desert Ecology field trip program in partnership with the BLM’s Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. The 20182019 Winter Desert Ecology field trip will be offered on Thursdays and Fridays during the months of November, December, January, and February to groups of 50 students or less. The 2018-2019 Winter Desert Ecology field trip consists of a cultural history component and a natural history component and is structured so students are indoors for two of the 45-minute programs and outside hiking for the other

two 45-minute programs. During the morning session, students will experience a Native American Lifeways program inside the Canyon Crossroads Museum and a hike that will explore Celebration Park’s petroglyphs and introduce students to the plant ecology and how the plants adapt to winter in the high desert. The afternoon session will include an indoor program about native birds of prey and outdoor program where students will dissect owl pellets and explore the Atlatl range. Canyon County Parks, Cultural & Natural Resources is also offering a special bus scholarship to help celebrate the inaugural Winter Desert Ecology field

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trip program. The scholarship will cover up to $300 of the cost of the school’s transportation to the park. Schools just need to indicate they would like to receive the bus scholarship when booking a field trip. Reservations can be made by visiting www. canyonco.org/field-trips or by contacting Celebration Park’s Program Manager, Juli McCoy, at (208) 4556022.


Southwestern Idaho Birders Association: Idaho Endemic - The Cassia Crossbill

On Thursday, October 11, 2018, Bryce Robinson will present a program on the Cassia Crossbill to the Southwestern Idaho Birders Association (SIBA). Program Description - In the sky islands at the southern edge of Idaho a unique product of evolution hides in plain sight. The Cassia Crossbill, Idaho’s only endemic bird species, is one of North America’s most range restricted birds. Bryce will present on the biology of this species,

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Kelly Thompson and his wife Teresa own the Riverview Inn in Riggins, Idaho. The accommodations are 5 star, the hosts are great and they will give you the straight skinny on steelhead numbers. They have been friends of mine for years. Kelly invited me up for a cast and blast on the Main Salmon River on the opening of Chukar season. Kelly is a very experienced river boatman, so I eagerly accepted his invitation. Chukars are now the number one species of upland game birds in Idaho. My heart has been heavy for years with the steady decline of pheasants in the Treasure Valley. One of the most iconic birds of southwest Idaho is a picture of the past. Back to the present, Kelly

and I put in at the end of the road on the Main Salmon River. Our strategy was to walk the benches near the river or to hear or sight hunt the red legged little bandits from the drift boat. My German Shorthair had never been in a boat before; I finally coaxed her into the boat with, I am sure, trepidation. Kelly’s dog, a Wirehaired Pointer, was well tutored in a drift boat hunting. He spotted birds that we didn’t see it was a fun hunt. The fishing part was enjoyable also; I caught a cutthroat, a rainbow and a couple of small mouth and a couple of pike minnow (pc for squaw fish). The best part for me was the float down the river; weather was perfect, scenery splendid, company was good as it gets. Thanks KT. The town of Riggins is largely supported by tourism. Unfortunately, this fall the fish that bring anglers from as far away as Utah and Montana is reported to be as scarce as Trump supporters in Blaine County. October is a great month there are many outdoor activities to choose from and usually fantastic fall weather. Get ‘er dun!

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October 2018


My oh my where did summer go? I swear I meant to go camping this summer, but before I knew it I was having to put a jacket on for the first part of the mornings. This is my favorite time of year, the crisp morning air and my unobstructed view of the sunrise now that the feed corn has been chopped down. So I think it’s time to start getting your gardens ready for the winter. First off know that your irrigation water will be shut off in a week or so, unless you’re on city water or a well, you’ll need to schedule the winterization of your sprinklers. Then start lowering the height of your lawn, collect the clippings and spread them in your garden to be tilled in later when gardening is done for the season. The lower the lawn the better. You’ll probably mow into November but a short lawn going into winter is much better than a tall lawn. Time is good to remove dead branches and branches that pose a safety hazard in trees and

shrubs. It’s better though to wait on perennials until they’re completely dormant. Ornamental grasses look cool left tall; just remove the plumage so you don’t have seed blowing everywhere. If you don’t want the tall grasses left up for winter then only reduce them by a third. Just like roses most grasses have root systems that winter freezes can kill if the roots aren’t covered by its growth. If you don’t use seed much for your garden or turf then consider putting a pre emergence in your garden and turf this fall. I saw a lot of weeds very early this spring before most even needed to mow. I think this will really help control weeds in early spring, and yes you’ll still have to apply another pre emergence come spring but at least you won’t be rushed and have better control. It’s also time to put a fuel stabilizer in your gas can even though you’re still using your equipment. The stabilizer helps clean your engines and exhaust systems as well as stabilize the fuel

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Wilson Creek.....................October 1-5.............250 Marsing Highway Pond.....October 1-5.............450 Horseshoe Bend Mill Pond..October 15-19.........900 Lowman Ponds.................October 15-19.........600 Wilson Pond......................October 15-19.........400

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in the tanks. Frost is coming so get your T-posts, old sheets and your hundred watt incandescent light bulb and fixture at the ready to cover and keep those early frosts from ending your garden before you’re ready. If you’ve got plants you want to bring in for the winter start getting them ready by treating them with an insecticide. You really don’t want an infestation of bugs that maybe hiding in the soil or under the plant leaves. If by any chance I haven’t answered your questions, then by all means don’t be shy and write to this paper. Until next time, Pat

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October 2018


Service Clubs Ring Bells

by Major Robyn Bridgeo, Caldwell Salvation Army

This year the following clubs are scheduled to ring Saturdays at Walmart on Cleveland Blvd: 11/24 Rotary 12/1 Elks 12/8 Lions 12/15 Kiwanis 12/22 Caldwell Police Dept. Service group members rarely stand out in a crowd. These individuals are mostly in the background, helping make the magic happen, and do not always want to shine in the lime light. These characters are miracle workers helping build our My name is Larry Gaukel and I reside in Caldwell. My volunteering is spread out in five different non-profit organizations. I spend time at my church (Canyon Hill Nazarene) in Caldwell. I help wherever needed and whenever possible. I also help with my Navy reunion group. These groups don’t keep me busy, however my next three do. I volunteer at Heart and Home Hospice in Caldwell where my duties are to visit vets while their spouses are at doctor’s appointments, shopping, or just needing to get away. I also participate in “pinning” ceremonies where we recognize veterans’ military service. This is a very satisfying thing for me to do; I consider it an honor. People

communities into success stories, one person at a time. Every year volunteers around the nation ring the bells for The Salvation Army. It is a joyous season of serving and loving our fellow neighbors.

Below are some of the other wonderful volunteer groups ring at various times, dates or locations: The Mayors Youth, SILD, Wells Fargo, The Salvation Army Advisory Board, and the Caldwell Board of Realtors

If you or your family, service group, business, youth group or church would like to ring bells for the Salvation Army in Caldwell this year please register to ring at RingIdaho.org or call Major Robyn Bridgeo at 208-880-4077.

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praise me for this effort. Little do they know I get more out of it than I give! I also volunteer at my branch of the American Legion. We participate in many civic functions (at present we are renovating the old Carnegie Library in Caldwell). And now last, but certainly not least, I volunteer at the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa. You might ask which is my favorite; well, this is it for me. Some of my duties include (in the past) interviewing vets for the Library of Congress. The museum has joined in partnership with the Library of Congress in preserving the stories of veterans, especially WW2 vets. We are losing over 800 of these vets a day so this is very important. These stories will be forever stored in

the Library archives. I participate in our Bridging the Generations program as well. This is where I and other veterans speak to school children in the Warhawk Air Museum. We have spoken to almost five thousand children this year! I had the most wonderful experience of being asked to accompany, in 2013, twenty-four WW2 American heroes to visit their memorial, built in their honor, in Washington D.C. This was a remarkable journey and an experience I will treasure for the rest of my life. Lastly, I’m a tour guide at the Warhawk Air Museum. It’s a lot of enjoyment for me to “show off” the amazing things we have to offer the public. We all participate in extra events dur-

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Young ladies from the Salvation Army Girl Guard troop gathered at the Caldwell Bruneel Point S Store on 10th Ave. Wednesday, September 26th to learn to change a tire. Jorge Castaneda, Mike Miller, and Rex Walker (technicians at the tire store) graciously donated their time to make sure these young ladies could take care of themselves in the event of a flat tire. Thank you so much Jorge, Mike and Rex. You are truly appreciated.

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ing the year. For example, our only fund raiser for the year is our Warbird Roundup. It’s an amazing event. Beside our own planes, we have several planes that come from California and Nevada. Our next to last event of the year is our veterans’ breakfast (on or near Veterans Day). We served over 1400 breakfasts last year in four hours. This event takes many months to plan and we have dozens of ex-

tra volunteers from other areas there to help. Lastly I just wanted to express my feelings about volunteering at the Warhawk Air Museum. When a military man walks through those doors, the outside world folds in behind him. He enters a world of mutual respect, a brotherhood, and experiences a bond with former veterans that words can seldom convey. It’s a very peaceful and reverent place to spend a day.

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Dopesick by Beth Macy

in this growing battle and are heart-breakingly honest with Macy about what they would have done differently and how their loss has impacted their lives. Centered mostly in Appalachia, the “ground zero” of the epidemic, Macy humanizes the numbers we see on the news. This book is an eye-opening look at the history of this epidemic and an attempt to look into the future if things don’t change. This book is highly educational, but with an easy-tofollow narrative that makes it accessible to the average reader who doesn’t have a background in pharmaceuticals or economics. Buy this book and share it, as it is one of the most important recent dives into this public health crisis. “America’s approach to its opioid problem is to rely on Battle of Dunkirk strategies—leaving the fight to well-meaning citizens, in their fishing vessels and private boats—when what’s really needed to win the war is a full-on Normandy Invasion.” – Beth Macy

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vice, Leona retired from the Air Force and married her husband Larry, who whisked her away to the coast of the Pacific Northwest. She needed something to do with her-self and considered Leona Gibbs, at Southern Roots Home Decor & taking up writMore, 1015 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell ing. She joined a book club and entered her community, to put herself out stories into vari-ous con- into the world and compete tests, even winning fifteen with big names but with hard minutes with a famous au- work and dedication she thor for a short story about managed to earn herself a a young boy’s survival. The following that stretches in all directions, finding fans in author? Stephen King. A desert girl by heart, Le- Canada, Mexico, England, ona found the move to the Ireland, and Germany. Leona thanks her huscoast uncomfortable at first; band for all the many things that is, until she spotted that he does around the house lighthouse on the shores of which allow her to continue Winchester Bay. It sparked writing. Her illustrator, Jerri an idea in Leona, a story set Wallis, is a talent which Leoin a fishing village during the na depends upon to bring vi1800s, steeped in mystery, sual acuity to the contents of danger and thrills. This was each book thru her creative the beginning of Valda Bay, a series of novels set in a art work. She thanks her fictional town with all too real sister, Romie Turner, for joincharacters. Leona had al- ing her at all the events she ways loved the 1800s and its signs up for and her readers characteristics: sufficiency, for being there for her, for, as honor, respect, and integ- Leona puts it, “Writers need rity. The series begins with readers; our livelihood dethe book Point of the Circle pends on them.” We had the pleasure and will end this year with of meeting Leona here in Silencio Bay, drawing to a Caldwell as a guest author at close a saga that has lasted the grand opening of South13 years. ern Roots Décor and More, Leona Gibbs says that next to the Southern Roots being an author was not an Salon. She was happy to easy task. It required staycome visit and found the city ing up late to type when the a lovely and exciting place. house was quiet and workThanks, Leona! ing through her ideas to find You can find more inforthe ones that worked the mation about the Valda Bay best; her best critic is her pet series at www.leonagibbs. chihuahua. It was difficult to com find a place in the authoring

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Opioid addiction is an evergrowing problem in the United States and one that is making headlines on a daily basis, but it is a much more complicated topic than just a matter of prescription drugs. Macy tackles the opioid epidemic from a variety of angles, giving her readers a look at the business practices of the company that pushes the legal drug, and the doctors who overprescribe the medication, as well as the dealers who sell illegally on the streets. She also takes us inside the clinics and law enforcement groups who are struggling to deal with the epidemic, often in ways that are at odds with one another. And finally, throughout, she weaves in the stories of addicts and their families who have been destroyed by opioids. Throughout her reporting, she spends a lot of time with both the addicts and those who are left behind after the seemingly inevitable overdoses. Mothers who fought to keep their kids clean have become leaders in the fight


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Every seat on the Boeing 737-900 was occupied as we prepared to depart Hawaii’s Big Island for the 5 and three-quarters-hour flight to Seattle. The chief steward announced we might be able to leave a little early. That was fine by me as I only had an hour at SeaTac to get to my Boise flight. We taxied to the end of the runway and waited for the tower to clear us to take off. I looked out my window and saw an Air Force transport plane on final approach. The C-117 landed and turned off the runway. And still we sat. I looked out and saw a Hawaii Airline plane landing. Several more minutes passed and a Delta airliner touched down followed by another

Hawaii Airlines plane. “Ah folks, we have a problem” the pilot announced. “We’ve been waiting for 25 minutes and although we have plenty of fuel, regulations say we have to go back to the terminal and top off our tanks.” It took several minutes to taxi back to the terminal and several more minutes for the fuel truck to show up. The guys with the truck didn’t seem to be in any hurry. No one in Hawaii ever seems to be in a hurry. When the topping off was complete the “tug” tractor started pushing the plane backwards out of the parking space. After moving maybe 25 feet we stopped. More minutes passed. Then the plane

started to back up again. Then it stopped again. The clock kept ticking. “Ah, folks, we have problem we’ve never seen before,” said the pilot. “Both the hitches we have that hook the tug to the plane have broken. So now we are going to borrow one from another airline.” Time passed. I looked out the window. The fuel truck was pulling up to give us more fuel. With the borrowed hitch, the plane was pushed backward to a point where we could taxi. I looked at my watch. The goat rope had lasted about one hour and fifteen minutes. At almost exactly the time my flight was supposed to leave for Boise we touched

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Have A Healthy Halloween

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