September 2018 Caldwell Perspective

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Edition 45 l SEPTEMBER 2018


by Chantele Hensel


to Right: Rachael and Schussler at The 1021 Arthur St., Caldwell, Idaho Renee DeHaas, a Left nurse and Director of Joe Patient Safety at Chap WestShop, Valley Medical Center spent Friday evening at the Plaza. Her sweet daughter, Hali’a DuBoise jumped to an opportunity to teach me to hula hoop. I just knew it was the hula hoops I didn’t remember it being that difficult. So Hali’a hula hooped with two hula hoops to show me it wasn’t my hula hoops fault. After a battle, Hali’a was named reining Indian Creek Plaza Hula Hoop Champion. Thank you Renee for sharing your sweet daughter with me.


Indian Creek Plaza Cool Summer Nights Grand Finale For The Season September 28th Do you remember being a kid and the times that you had to entertain yourself? What did you do? Occasionally, my kids come to me and say, “Mom, I’m bored!” Slumped over with their shoulders forward, head cocked to one side and pursed lips. I still use my mother’s famous line, “well you can clean your room or fold some laundry.” It seems as my kids have grown older they don’t get as bored as often. In fact, they are boring to be around. Between the tablets, phones, and game systems my children have been stolen. Family time is important to me. Although there are times the kids would rather spend their Friday nights with friends, I will be the bad guy, knowing that someday, they will have an appreciation for the time we spent making pizza. It has

been a family tradition for years. I remember a debate I had with my son, Garrett when he was about 12 years old when I told him that when I was a kid we played outside. We had real friends in the neighborhood and we climbed trees, started businesses cleaning old ladies bathrooms for a quarter and thought May Day was one of the best days of the year. Garrett said, “Mom, kids my age are going to get first jobs that will require what your generation went to college to learn. You want me to get a job someday right?” The only response I could come up with was, “you my son, need to go to law school.” I do think of that conversation from time to time and smile. Especially now that he is 18, detailing cars and looking forward to graduation and enlisting in the Army. Last Friday, my husband and I

by Chantele Hensel, Caldwell Perspective Publisher locked up the office and decided to go for a walk. Indian Creek Plaza was a giant family day. There were hula hoops, a large Jenga game, giant chess pieces on a board, corn hole boxes, music and a company selling pizza they were making in a brick oven. Some of the families who sat at the Plaza appeared Business owners, Michael Hensel (Hensel Accounting to have brought food from & Tax) and Matt Kelly (The Birdstop) were among the kids playing at the Indian Creek Plaza Cool other places while others had a Summer Nights event. Who won? picnic basket. The Cool Summer Nights event will continue through September 28th if you are looking for something to do on a Friday night as a family. And ya know...I did not see one kid playing on a device, they were having fun playing games or running through the water. September is going to be a new month for my family. I may Deja Brown and Xavier Brown, from the Caldwell YMCA gave the kids goodies while sharing with have to tackle the day in 4 hour increments at a time (thank you parents info about the after school program for kids kindergarden through 5th grade. Tricia for the idea), wish me luck!

Playball! Umpire of 25 Years Umps 3000th Game

John “Ironman” Shinoskie

John “Ironman” Shinoskie is a 70-year-old baseball umpire who has been involved in sports since his retirement from the Air Force in 1991. He first coached soccer before becoming an umpire in 1993. His first experiences coaching soccer were at the Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, where he

was stationed for eight and a half years. Once he retired, John started umpiring baseball games in Ohio. He mostly umpires high school students but has also worked with younger kids. John’s favorite thing about being an umpire is being part of the game and keeping active. He

by Angela Matlashevsky, Caldwell Perspective was recently recognized idea he would be awarded. with a plaque from the With that many games Treasure Valley Baseball under his belt one would Umpire Association, think that John is ready to commemorating his retire from umpiring, too, 3000th umpired game. The but you’d be wrong; he Treasure Valley Baseball umpired a game only a few Umpire Association, Sundays ago. surprised John by saying Way to go, John! it was only a small BBQ to celebrate the near end of the season; John had no

SAVE THE DATES 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: Sept 4 TBA Sept 4 1 :30 pm Sept 5 11:45 am Sept 7 5:00 pm Sept 7 6:00 pm Sept 10 12:00 am Sept 11 11:15 am Sept 14 8:30 am Sept 20 12:00 pm Sept 20 4:30 pm Sept 26 8:00 am

Labor Day

5:15 PM Meet Me Mondays, Caldwell Rec Center Ambassador Committee, Golden Corral-Nampa Education Committee, Sterry Board Room, C of I Agri-Business Committee Mtg, Stewarts Bar & Grill Farm to Fork Dinner, Indian Creek Bridge Brave Hearts, Indian Creek Steakhouse Transportation Committee, Acapulco Noonbreak Luncheon, Simplot Dining Hall, C of I Travel & Tourism Committee, Chamber Office Gov’t Affairs Committee, Golden Dragon Restaurant Business After hours, Caldwell Veteran Mem. Hall Coffee Connect, Columbia Bank

Please plan to attend the Chamber of Commerce Noonbreak Luncheon, September 10th at 11:15 a.m., Simplot Dining Hall, C of I. Call the Chamber of Commerce to RSVP.

Talk Like a Pirate Day

September 1 3 PM: Science Forum, Rubaiyat 8 AM: Purple Sage Golf Tournament, Caldwell Amateur. 10AM: MXC vs Purple & White Alumni Race (Scrum) at Caldwell. 1 PM: Yotes Football vs Montana Tech at Caldwell. September 2 8 AM: Purple Sage Golf Tournament, Caldwell Amateur. September 3 8 AM: Purple Sage Golf Tournament, Caldwell Amateur. No School - Caldwell Schools No School – Vallivue Schools September 4 7 PM: City Council Meeting CPD Community Room. September 5 9 AM: Tai Chi, Indian Creek Plaza 12 PM: Summer Yoga Series, Indian Creek Plaza. 3 PM: Meet the Artist, Rubaiyat 3-7 PM: Caldwell Farmer’s Market September 6 10:30 AM: Drop-In Computer Clinic, Library. September 7 5:30-7:30 PM: Craft and Conversation, Rubaiyat. 5:30 PM: Cool Summer Night and Creekfeast Food Jam, Indian Creek Plaza. 7 PM: Jeannie Marie sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. September 8 8 AM: Senior Tour, Mt Rushmore & the Black Hills (Sept 8th – 15th) 11 AM: Mom & Marshmallows, Library 12-5 PM: Chicken Dinner Red Release at Houston Vineyard.

September 8 (continued) 1 PM: Caldwell Brewfest, Indian Creek Plaza. 2 PM: Pokémon Club, Library 1-6 PM: Freedom Music and Brew Fest on the Plaza. September 9 12-2 PM: Paint with Wine at Hell’s Canyon Winery (Limited Sign-Up), Contact: Hadley Robertson – September 10 7 PM: Caldwell Urban Renewal Agency Meeting CPD Community Room September 11 7 PM: Make it! Craft Club, Library. September 12 9 AM: Tai Chi, Indian Creek Plaza. 12 PM: Summer Yoga Series, Indian Creek Plaza. 3 PM: Meet the Artist, Rubaiyat. 3-7 PM: Caldwell Farmer’s Market, next to TVCC Caldwell. 5:30 PM: Caldwell Rambler’s RV Club: Dinner, 6 PM-Meeting at Mr. V’s, 407 N. 10th Ave. 6:30 PM: Adulting 101: Building a resume, Library. September 13 2 PM: Thursday Afternoon Read, Library. 6 PM: Roots and Branches: Genealogy for Beginners 6-8 PM, 7 PM: SIBA General Meeting, Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center September 14 10 AM: Indian Creek Festival on the Plaza (see pages 11-14 for guide). 5:30 PM: Cool Summer Night and Creekfeast Food Jam, Indian Creek Plaza.

Fall Begines

September 14 (Continued) 6 PM: Live Readings followed by Social Hour w/ Wine and Snacks, Rubaiyat Book Store located on the Indian Creek Plaza. 7-8:30 PM: Caldwell Foundation For Educational Opportunity (CFEO) Honor Dr. Sam Summers, Caldwell High School Foyer. 7 PM: Jeannie Marie sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. September 15 6:30 AM-5 PM: Caldwell Veterans Council Sporting Clay Shoot at Caldwell Gun Club. 9 AM: Purple Sage Golf Tournament, Member/Guest 6-6-6. 9 AM: Train Depot Open House 10 AM: Indian Creek Festival on the Plaza (see page 11-14 for guide). 10 AM-4 PM: Living Proof Simulcast with Beth Moore. First Southern Baptist Church, 912 W. Linden, 208-442-4448. 11 AM-1 PM: Bloom to Brix Vineyard Education, at Scoria Winery. $25 per person. 5 PM: High Desert Bucking Bull Association Grand Finale on the CNR Grounds. 6-9 PM: Houston Winery – 5th Annual Harvest Farm to Table Dinner. 7 PM: Rod Dyer sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. September 17 No School – Vallivue Schools 6 PM: Beginning Quilting: Jelly Roll Quilt at the College of Idaho, 6 PM: Creative Watercolor: Session 1, College of Idaho, www.

September 17 (Continued) 7 PM: City Council Meeting CPD Community Room. September 18 6:30PM: Adult Board Games, Flying M coffeehouse. 6:30PM: Excel, College of Idaho, September 19 3 PM: Meet the Artist, Rubaiyat Book Store located on the Plaza. 3-7 PM: Caldwell Farmer’s Market next to TVCC. 9 AM: Tai Chi, Indian Creek Plaza. 12 PM: Summer Yoga Series, Indian Creek Plaza September 20 6-7 PM: Night of History Walking Tour lead by Chuck Randloph begins at Caldwell Train Depot, 701 Main St. 6:30 PM: Learn the Library, Library. September 21 2 PM: Crafter’s Club, Library. 5:30 PM: Cool Summer Night and Creekfeast Food Jam, Indian Creek Plaza. 6-9 PM: Dance Through the Decades at the Indian Creek Plaza, including lessons, retro costume contest, and floorshow. Free/Donations Welcome. 6 PM: Book Club featuring Northwest Authors, Rubaiyat Book Store located on the Plaza. 7 PM: Jeannie Marie sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. September 22 9AM-3PM: Compassion Caldwell Free Health-Clinic at Canyon Springs High School TBA: Timberstone Golf Tournament, 2 person Best Ball/ Scramble. 12-6 PM: L & L Glassworks Open House, 16178 Homedale Rd. 1 PM: Yotes Football vs Rocky Mt. in Caldwell. 2 PM: Family Afternoon Movie: A Wrinkle in Time at the Library. 3 PM: Science Forum, Rubaiyat.

September 22 (Continued) 6 PM: Farm to Fork Dinner, Sawtooth Winery, contact Kelli at or (208) 467-1200. 7 PM: Dee Hisel sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. September 23 12-6 PM: L & L Glassworks Open House, 16178 Homedale Rd. September 24 6:30 PM: Beginning Spanish, College of Idaho, www.cofifun. com. TBA: Timberstone Golf Tournament, USGA 4-Ball Qualifier September 25 6 PM: Photography: Chasing the Fall Colors, College of Idaho, 6:30 PM: Banned Book Film Screening: Bless Me, Ultima, Library. 6:30 PM: Pottery for Adults Class, College of Idhao, www. 6:30 PM: Beginning Spanish, College of Idaho, www.cofifun. com. September 26 9 AM: Tai Chi, Indian Creek Plaza 12 PM: Summer Yoga Series, Indian Creek Plaza. 3 PM: Meet the Artist, Rubaiyat.

September 26 (Continued) 3-7 PM: Caldwell Farmer’s Market 6:30 PM: Adulting 101: Interview Skills, Library. September 28 10 AM: Page Turners Book Sale, Library. 5:30 PM: Cool Summer Night and Creekfeast Food Jam, Indian Creek Plaza. 7 PM: Jeannie Marie sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. September 29 10 AM: Homegrown Country Music Fest, Indian Creek Plaza. 10 AM: Page Turners Book Sale, Library. 11 AM-4 PM: Lenity Senior Living Country Fair, 4119 Lenity Living Ave., Caldwell. 6:15 PM: Okaidja, Concert Connection 7 PM: Okaidja Concert, Jewett Auditorium, CofI. September 30 9 AM-5 PM: Babby Farms Open Tues-Sun, 208-4554487 or babbyfarms1@gmail. com.

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Senior Center 208-459-0132 Every Monday (Except Sept 3rd) 9 AM: Basic Computer Class Library • 208-459-3242 9 AM: Exercise Class Closed Sept 2nd & 3rd 10 AM: Fit and Fall 1 PM: Line Dancing Every Monday 7 PM: Square Dancing 10:30 AM: Baby N’ Me Every Tuesday 11 AM: Baby N’ Me 9 AM: Art Group (Except Sept 4:30 PM: Gaming Mondays 18th) Every Tuesday 10:30 AM: Preschool Storytime 1 PM: Pinochle 4:30 PM: Bingo Every Wednesday 10:30 AM: Preschool Storytime Every Wednesday 11:15 AM: Music & Movement 10:30 AM: Crochet & Knitters Every Thursday 4:30 PM: Afterschool Fun 9 AM: Exercise Class Every Thursday 10 AM: Fit and Fall 4PM: Teen Thursday Every Friday Every Friday 1 PM: Bingo 10 AM: Tai Chi 6 PM: Community Dance

September 2018

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Caldwell Memorial Veterans’ Hall Ramps Up Services!

by Leora Summers other avenues of financial support and volunteer help came through to complete this project. Among some of them included a Caldwell Rotary Club fundraisers, Caldwell Housing Authority and its manpower, Jeff Hunsicker and his structural architectural help to help get the building structurally sound, the City of Caldwell, Albertson Foundation, Simplot Foundation, Caldwell Elks, Home Depot with material donations, a variety of various Caldwell veterans groups, and other service clubs and organizations. This project was 4 years in the making with 1.9 million dollars put into this building to bring it to completion. The project cost more than anticipated, but in the L to R: Mike Dittenber, Gina Lujack, Marisela Pesina, Cecilia Flores; Row 2: Arlene Evans, Diane end, a beautiful historic building Haunschild, Chuck McHugh; Row 3: Greg Evans, was restored and repurposed for Jerry Bauman, Bob Haunschild, Jeff Hill and Bob a tremendous service to our area Jenkins;Top Row: Aaron Buck, Terry Harrell and Jeff veterans. Hunsicker There continue to be operating What an amazing building remodel expenses for the services, utilities for the Caldwell area veterans when and upkeep of the building for which the old Caldwell School District other fundraisers help to fill in the building (1101 Cleveland Blvd), gaps. The services being provided formerly the Caldwell Library, was are “ramping up” with Yoga activities re-purposed to become the Caldwell beginning on September 5th and will Veterans Memorial Hall (CVMH), be every Monday, Wednesday and to house services for the veterans Friday at 7 am and Neptune Warrior, in our area. Caldwell Rotary Club had an onsite visit on August 22nd scuba diving class for veterans and to see the results and hear about first responders. The class helps the services that are being provided to deal with PTSD, anxiety and there for our veterans and their stress. The class is on September 10th at 6 pm at the hall. For other families. Veteran Terry Harrell spoke to the services and activities check out group explaining the long process their calendar at If that got them where they are today. you have questions, call (208) 402No federal or state money was 6590, CVMH. In Caldwell, we love used to complete this project. Many and support our veterans!


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This month’s spotlight item is the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm. Many Vietnam Veterans are unaware that they have earned this medal. The Vietnam Gallantry Cross is a Vietnamese issued medal. This medal was, at first, initially given out to units individually. The Vietnamese government, however, changed that and awarded it to all units subordinate to the Military Assistance Command (MAC-V) during the period of February 8th, 1962 to March 28th, 1973. It was also awarded to US Army Vietnam (USARV) and its subordinate units from the period of July 20th, 1965 to March 28th, 1973. To sum up, all Behavior Science personnel, who served Professor G. Fox in Vietnam during those has canceled scheduled time frames, have earned lecture for October due the Vietnam Gallantry to illness. Cross. This includes all branches of the military who served in-country and in the waters of Vietnam. In order of precedence, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross would be worn after the Vietnam Service Medal and before the Vietnam Campaign. Because this is a foreign award, our government will not send veterans this medal. For that matter, no government will issue another government’s medal. You cannot get this from the Vietnamese Government either. In fact, the Vietnam government wants to ban all South Vietnamese medals and flags. The Gallantry Medal will have to be purchased commercially. You can buy these wherever medals are sold. One final note, you do not need to request an updated version of your DD214 add this award. If you have the Invest in a quality education– Vietnam Service Medal listed on your DD- Schedule a tour NOW! 214, then the Vietnam Gallantry Cross is automatically awarded. If you have any questions please stop by our store and we’ll be happy to talk to you.



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Past to Present: The Voice of Caldwell

Before 9/11, September 11th was just an ordinary day and how quickly that ordinary day changed so many lives. I had just woken up. Enjoying the quiet of the morning while my two boys ages 4 and 5 months slept. I opened the blinds to let the sunshine in and walked

out onto my deck with the baby monitor. I remember watching the swirling of steam above my cup. Fall colors hung overhead from the trees and the few flowers still present yawned to rest for a couple seasons. “Wah”, the monitor nudged me and back into the house I walked. Settling on the

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couch with my new baby I turned the television on-a moment of impact in my life. A plane had struck a tower and as discussion as to why or how this could have happened by the news anchors baffled America, right there in front of me for days maybe months I watched MSN News every opportunity I had. Solitude, fear, deep pain sat on my chest for the missing; found; lost. I was thankful for the unity and patriotism that grew from that pain around me. I will forever feel in debt to our veterans. The Caldwell Perspective is known to be the reporter of all the great things that happen in Caldwell. If Caldwell Perspective ever shares controversial or strong material it is from the perspective of how it has affected our community or community members. Angela, set out to find out

September 2018 by Chantele Hensel, compliation by Angela Matlashevsky

where Caldwell was when the world was forever changed. This is what Caldwell said: I was training at the police academy. We were supposed to take a test that morning; we postponed it to watch the event. It was a very somber and sobering day. – Captain Riley, CPD I was in 6th grade science class. – Anonymous I stopped by my son’s workplace to check up on him and heard the news over the radio. I couldn’t believe it at first; I thought it was a sick joke. – Amy I left my room in the morning and saw it on TV. – Anonymous I was on my way to drop off my kids at school and heard it on the radio. – Cathy

I was working as a stock broker and they shut down the stock exchange for the day; we watched the event on TV. – Anonymous I was going to pick up a coffee and heard it on the radio; I turned around and went straight home. – Judi I was working at my job site and watched the event live on TV. I watched as the second plane hit the towers and watched as they fell. – Ken I was getting ready to leave for work when I saw it on TV. I used to deliver goods to the Twin Towers; by the time I got there they were gone. – Fiodor I was at the Salt Lake City Airport waiting for a friend to check in his luggage when an airport employee stood up on the counter and told everyone to go home: no one is flying out today. - Gena I was five years old at the time and was watching an ant crawl across the living room floor before I looked up and saw it on the TV. – Angela I was on duty at the Caldwell Fire Department on that day; it was during my first year of full-time service. – Jay Coulter, CFD I was getting ready for school and picked up my friend. She said it was all fake, that it wasn’t really happening. – Inga I had just finished working the graveyard shift at the post office processing plant and stayed to watch the event on the break room TV. – Anonymous

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Riley’s Cop Stop

Meet the newest addition to our K-9 program, Rex. Rex is a two-year-old German Shepherd, who will be used as a dual purpose K-9.

Lt. Seevers and “his way, way, way, better half” scrambling eggs at the Buckaroo Breakfast.

by Captain Devin Riley, CPD

Buckaroo Breakfast Photos by Nordby Photography

Thank you to the Caldwell Parks and Rec for allowing our K-9 program to train at the pool before draining it for the summer. The dogs had a great time getting wet, and rumor has it Officer McGrew was in the pool teaching the K-9’s how to “doggie paddle”.

CPD’s new breast cancer awareness vehicle was unveiled Thursday at the CNR. Thanks to West Valley Medical Center and CNR Power of Pink for their support of our Breast Cancer Awareness vehicle. Each of their logos are proudly displayed on the rear of the vehicle. We also chose to honor our own Chad Register who recently passed from pancreatic cancer. His logo reads, “# I am 149, beat the beast draped over the front hood.”

Officer Roman pouring coffee at the Buckaroo Breakfast. All I will say is, it is a good Cpl. Lewis acting like he is thing Officer Roman is a police officer and not a cowboy. pouring coffee, but in reality his He was beat three times by coffee pot was empty. Hey, Cpl. Lewis, I get that “not interested, kids half his age in a roping contest. It was really a poor fake smile” look you have on your face when I talk to Chief performance by Officer Roman but we still love him. Wyant, too.

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The 2018 Caldwell Night Rodeo is in the books. C. L. Jones you are out of uniform.

City of Caldwell Launches Local Events Resource

The City of Caldwell is launching a new resource that streamlines the search for free and low-cost, interactive family-oriented events in the city of Caldwell. ‘We the Family’ will give busy parents and caregivers easy access not only to a targeted events calendar, but also to resources for parenting, helping kids and teens succeed at school, and having fun together. Researchers who study child and family well-being have found that adverse childhood events, or ACEs, take a toll on children that may take years to overcome. An environment rich in protective factors can reduce the effect of

ACEs and improve the lives of kids. Protective factors include parental resilience, knowledge of parenting and child development, social connections, concrete support in times of need, and social-emotional competence. ‘We the Family’ highlights activities that can build social connections, and provides links to parenting and family support resources. An outgrowth of the City’s Youth Master Plan group, ‘We the Family’ is accessible via Facebook (@WetheFamilyCaldwell) and the City’s website and Instagram pages. Committee chair, Fiona May, encourages searching for the hashtag #FamilyCaldwell in Facebook. “We will continue to add resources as time goes on,” May notes. “Community partners are also including the hashtag in

their social media postings as events are promoted.” ‘We the Family’ is a joint project of the City, Caldwell Public Library, Indian Creek Plaza, Advocates Against Family Violence, Love Caldwell, Family Advocates, Sacajawea Community School, Southwest District Health, and the Caldwell Y. “The City of Caldwell is all about making this community a wonderful place to live, work, play, and raise a family,” states Caldwell Mayor, Garret Nancolas. “In conjunction with this outlook as our bottom line, the ‘We the Family’ campaign seeks to be a gateway to local family adventures for the citizens of Caldwell. I applaud the many community partners that have banded together behind this campaign to make low-to-no-cost interactive events and

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Forrest Rivers (Freshman Linebacker) gets his hug from his mom, Mel before the game. What a guy!

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First Home Game of the Season. Even though it was Labor Day weekend. The game was well attended.

Our C of I riders, Red Robinson and Pat McCormack

Tressa Dodge, CL Jones, Stephanie Rohdantz, Janet Alcott, Rici Lowe and Greg Dohmen (former C of I football player).

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Tali Elordi, Tressa Dodge, Chantele Hensel, CL Jones, Rici Lowe It’s always good to catch up with these ladies!

Truck Show & Shine Coming-September 15th

Come on out to Whittenberger Park next to the Rotary Ponds on September 15th and bring the family. The event will serve as a fundraiser for the Idaho Veterans Garden. “If you have a truck, car, semi, or good looking wife you want to show off you’re invited!” says host, Barry. United Metals Breast Cancer Awareness Truck Semi trucks must be bobtail to make parking easier and save space for other vehicles. The event organizer Barry Prescott comes from a long line of Veterans and encourages everyone to come out. To participate, show up Friday, September 14th from 6-8 p.m. to be parked or Saturday morning 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

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September 2018


Let The Games Begin!

August 21st marked the annual Scottish Games for the Scottish American Society of Canyon County. It was a day full of fun as members young and old tried their hand at traditional Highland games. The event began with a potluck and the honoring of one of the Society’s members. Then began the games! The first to compete were wee tykes who threw stones in the braemar, or open stone throw. Each contestant chose a stone to chuck across the open of the College of Idaho amphitheater, trying to get it as far as possible. Distance is measured where the stones first touch the ground as they have a tendency to bounce across the grass. After the braemar came the caber toss in which competitors lift

a large wooden pole off the ground and throw forward in an attempt to get the top of the pole to touch the ground; one truly has to see it to believe it. David Peckham, a reallife heavy games competitor, was present at the games to teach us the rules and show off his own skills. The games were modified to fit

the age and skill levels of the competitors (most of them were children, after all) but Peckham was more than happy to share the intensity of real Highland games. Braemar stones, for instance, can weight up to 26 pounds in the men’s division and cabers (the poles) can reach anywhere from 11-20 feet in height!

Caldwell Lions Club Helps Boy Scouts Purchase New Archery Bows

by Lynn Johnson

The Ore-Ida Council of the Boy Scouts of America supports over 14,500 youth and their families in Southwest Idaho and Eastern Oregon providing camping experiences. Their values of leadership, responsibility, patriotism, morals and service to others remains their top priority in growing future leaders. Last year the Caldwell Lions donated funds to purchase sixteen compound archery bows. This year President Dave Moore presented a check for $250 to Dan Arters of the Boy Scouts to repair the strings on the bows, replace arrows and help maintain the targets. The Archery badge was one of the original 57 merit badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911. Besides diabetes awareness and vision care, helping the youth is a high priority of the Caldwell Lions Club, and they are very proud to support the efforts of the Boy Scouts.

Honored for Dedication To The Caldwell Veterans’ Memorial Hall Project

Whether you attend the events at the Caldwell American Legion, Idaho Veteran’s Garden or the Caldwell Veterans’ Memorial Hall there is a face you will inevitably see - Gary White Jr. Recently, the Caldwell Veteran’s Council recognized Gary for his dedication. The award came as a surprise when he thought he invited by Terry Harrel to attend a meeting. Thank you Gary for the time and many hours you help the veterans!


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All in all, the evening was a fun and exciting one of culture, education, and flying projectiles. Thanks to Nathelle Oates and Robin, who welcomed me warmly and let me join in the fun! The Scottish American Society of Canyon County gathers every 4th Tuesday of the month at the College of Idaho and holds their



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airport by Marisela Pesina, his first host parent, and a group of Rotarians and others. During this school year, Marti will be hosted by another family or two before the year is over, giving him different lifestyle experiences in our community and country. Rotary’s Youth Exchange Program is unique in that when a student from our district goes out to another country, an incoming student is accepted to be exchanged for that student and welcomed to a family and school district within our Rotary district. This is a true “exchange” program in every sense of the word. These programs create a better understanding of our world, one young person at a time, when

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Marisela Pesina (Rotary Host Parent, far left) with other Rotary folks and family members greeted Rotary Youth Exchange Student Martiniano (Marti) Gallo (center with dark jacket) at the Boise International Airport upon his arrival in mid-August.

they take their experiences and knowledge back to their country, creating bridges among nations.

What is a Guardian Ad Litem?

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For the last month, a group of six men and women have participated in Guardian Ad Litem training, so they might serve as child advocates in courts in the Third Judicial District. They join a group of roughly fifty current volunteers, in a special cause one can only understand by engaging in it. New volunteers voiced a myriad of reasons for choosing to devote time to this endeavor, but at the heart of each, was the desire to give back, to give a voice to the voiceless, and to help children who are incapable of helping themselves through sometimes unspeakable situations. The training itself is not for the faint of heart, because despite your own life circumstances, or what you have endured or seen others endure, there are little kids out there who have endured far more. Knowing that as a volunteer your sole purpose is to look after what’s in the best interests of the child, and that you are the ONLY one tasked with that objective, forces volunteers to be deeply introspective and committed to the program and its goals. I have the privilege of being in the season of my life that provides me time to dedicate to doing something for someone else. I desire to give back, and to use what skills I have to give a voice to those who have not had a voice, who are vulnerable and who have suffered. This program provided me with the perfect opportunity to meet my personal desired objective. The training I have received has been invaluable and I look forward to serving. The Third Judicial Guardian Ad Litem program runs on a little funding. They accomplish a lot with meager resources. If you, or your service organization, are looking for a community cause bigger than you, wherein good is REALLY accomplished, please consider a donation to this worthwhile group. If you have time, even a few hours a week to do something really worthwhile that can make a difference for generations to come, please consider contacting the Third Judicial District Guardian Ad Litem program in Caldwell, on Blaine Street, behind the Veterans’ Hall. You will not regret it!

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Candace Bilbrey, a kindergarten teacher at Van Buren Elementary, smiles for the camera as she and her teaching team play Duck-DuckGoose with the Caldwell Police Department. Van Buren Elementary hit the pavement in downtown Caldwell to hide painted rocks for the Caldwell students, one of the tasks of a teacher scavenger hunt the week before school started. The team building activity sought to bring the school and community together with a fun spin. The entire Van Buren staff met at the Caldwell Train Depot where they painted their rocks with messages for students. The teachers learned at the last minute that they had a long lists of tasks to complete while they were out hiding the rocks for the kids. This long list was no match for Van Buren teachers as they conquered all 31 tasks in only an hour. The Caldwell community made it much easier for them. “People were so friendly and up for whatever we needed. It was really fun,” commented Rebecca Rigsby, third grade teacher. The Caldwell community was even willing

to share bites of cookies and sips from drinks. Miss Arbon, third grade teacher, tastes a sip of coffee and Mrs. Hartvigsen, fifth grade teacher, gets a cookie treat. Everyone looks all too happy to share in the fun. The staff at the local establishments even got in on it all. It had everyone in laughter. “The activity was really great for team building. We got to play off each other’s strengths and funny bones,” Amy Gonzales, second grade teacher. Van Buren third grade teachers hug our heroes, the Caldwell Fire Department. These gentlemen had a great sense of humor and agreed to pose with the team so they could get the extra points. Caldwell Fire Department came to the rescue again. “Our community members became part of the fun and were quite amused. Some even were thinking that they won a prize when we stopped to sing them a song. It was all really fun,” recalled Mrs. Logan, third grade teacher. The staff all agreed that a great perk to the day was being able to see all that Caldwell has to offer. “We have a lot of great things

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happening here in Caldwell. I’m excited to have folks that do not live here, nor spend much time in the community, visiting and seeing all of the exciting events and changes taking place,” said Jenna Zamora, Van Buren Lead Secretary. Van Buren salutes the flag from the bridge before reporting back to the Train Depot. We thank you Caldwell for making our day so much fun!


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Sitting Too Much is Bad For Your Health

by Jackie Amende, FCS Extension Educator, University of Idaho Extension Educator, University of Idaho Extension–Canyon County

Have you ever thought about how many hours a day you sit? Is it 6 hours, 8 hours, or even 10 hours? Many of us work a sedentary job where we are sitting all day long with very limited breaks to get up and move. Research is showing that these long hours of sitting are having large impacts on our health. Studies show that the more time you spend sitting still, the higher your risk of developing several different diseases including type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and some types of cancer. Not only does sitting more each day increase your risk of several types of diseases, it also increases your risk of early death.

According to the American Cancer Society, sitting more than six hours each day increases your risk of dying early by 19 percent. Although this statistic isn’t necessarily cause-andeffect, it does clearly send a message that we should all be moving a bit more. What can you do to help improve your health? The answer is simple: just move. For every 30 minutes of sitting, try to take a 2-minute fitness break. This could mean walking around the office or simply standing up and stretching. Challenge yourself to set a timer for 30 minutes each time you take a seat to help remind you to take a fitness break.

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Two local artists will be holding an art exhibition at the Rubaiyat Bookstore, located 720 Arthur Street, on September 15th during the Indian Creek Festival. Amber O’Brien, heavily influenced by Beatrix Potter, Georgia O’Keefe, Ron Burns, and Brian Transeau (aka BT), has been drawing since she was a little girl. Animals are her favorite subject and her six pets are her everyday inspiration. Her work has a very versatile style and features vibrant colors and whimsical elements with a cheerful presence. Amber earned her BFA at California State University of Sacramento and has years of experience in figure drawing, canvas and mural painting, sculpture and digital design. She is seasoned in mediums including, but not limited to: Adobe Suite, various paints, colored pencils, charcoal and graphite, clay, and digital photography. Amber is excited to offer her original art for sale and on a variety of products such as: fine art prints, greeting cards, magnets, mugs, and tote bags. Her work can be seen on many social media platforms and at her own website: Angela Matlashevsky is a professional artist/illustrator and an author on the side.

From the moment she could hold a pencil she has been avidly pursuing her passion to draw anything and everything there is to draw, from creatures to humans to scenery from far and wide. Her art is inspired by the world Amber O’Brien around her, to which she often adds a fantastical twist, and poetry books, her favorite of which are Russian poets. Her writing is aimed at middle/ high school students and focuses on humor and day-to-day happenings anyone can relate to. Angela She currently resides Matlashevsky in Caldwell, Idaho, and enjoys reading, writing, and experimenting with various art mediums. Her main mediums of choice are ink, colored pencil, and watercolor though she has also been known to use leftover barbecue sauce and blueberry jam as well. You can find Angela’s art on Instagram and her books at littleauthorssp.wixsite.come/littleauthors

Welcome to Our Memories Indian Creek Museum! We welcome all to visit the Indian Creek Museum at 1122 Main St. This building is unique as we volunteers try to preserve its history and story. The basic building was built in the early 50’s by Dr. Finck who practiced medicine there, including surgeries, taking x-rays and doing lab work. There were two additions to the building, one that housed what Dr. Finck thought would be another family doctor, but ended up being Dr. Gulley, a dentist, with his wife Opal, a nurse. The third remodel of this building was the reception area, the temporary display part, the chapel and the workroom as

well as the communication room. The lab became a State Health lab with a waiting room and extra bathroom facilities for those that might need to wait for lab results. Ultimately the Canyon County Historical Society still preserves this historic building and the medical life of years past. Around the museum one can view the pictures of the buildings in Caldwell, each telling a story of the past of Caldwell. For an in depth look at the town of Caldwell, there is the book History of Caldwell Through Pictures put together by former librarians in Caldwell. The museum also preserves 30 rooms of displays and items gathered by the Gulleys and the Historical Society that tell of others who came to Caldwell and Idaho: fine dining, sewing and the manufacture of clothing, kitchens, bedrooms, toys and so on. The Indian Creek which

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runs by our back door might prompt questions like: “Why is it called Indian Creek? Where does it come from, where does it go?” Again, a book that we have has the story of Indian Creek, and we also have some pictures of the creek in Caldwell, which was a part of Caldwell life. It should be noted that this historic part of Caldwell preceded even the town and the museum building, and still remains part of the history of this place in time. We have some Native American books from local writer Robb Bolen. We also have a display about the early Oregon Trail participants and how they might have interacted with the natives, as both trudged across this land. On the Saturday of the Festival, the museum will hold an open house as usual, with cold drinks available and free admission. Join us to tour this treasure in Caldwell!


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This year marks the 16th annual celebration of Indian Creek. We are looking forward to another fun and festive celebration Friday, September 14, and Saturday, September 15! Over the years, the creek that runs through Caldwell has been uncovered and enhanced to create a beautiful park that runs through downtown Caldwell. This year is no different. Indian Creek Plaza has added a beautiful community gathering place to our beloved downtown. Just as ¬the creek has changed and shaped Indian Creek Festival, the opening of Indian Creek Plaza has given us a place to centralize and expand the festivities this year. In between the dog parade and the cruise, we’ll have food, libations, life size games, and western swing dance lessons from Breakaway Ballroom Studio on the Plaza. Save the date to spend the entire evening enjoying beautiful downtown. On Saturday, the Plaza will be full of activities and entertainment. Stick around after the cardboard kayak races for a good ole’ fashion square dance with the Hokum Hi-Flyers band! Make sure to make note of the schedule for the details on the day long extravaganza! In addition, this year’s festival will include a marketplace with makers

and artisans from Caldwell and Idaho! The market is a partnership between Destination Caldwell, Buy Idaho Inc., Idaho Preferred, and Albertsons to highlight the growing amount of market fresh goods, handcrafted items, and art being created in our own state! Treat yourself to something special or start your holiday shopping early at the Idaho Marketplace Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm next to the creek on 7th Street. If you are a maker in Caldwell and interested in participating in the market, apply to be a vendor at Finally, we’d like to extend words of thanks to those who spearheaded the day lighting of Indian Creek and who kept the fire to revitalize downtown alive for 15 years. An extra thanks to those that have worked to make this year’s Indian Creek Festival possible, the committee who helped with the transition of event planning to Destination Caldwell, Caldwell Fine Arts for organizing the chalk art contest, University of Idaho Canyon County Extension Office for organizing the tomato taste off contest and the kid’s zone, KIZN Kissin 92.3 for sponsoring the square dance, and this year’s presenting sponsors, West Valley Medical Center, and Idaho Central Credit Union. For more information about Indian

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Celebrate the History of Indian Creek in Caldwell

Flora and Fauna of Indian Creek For decades, Indian Creek was almost forgotten, encased in a tunnel that ran underneath downtown Caldwell. When a carwash collapsed into the creek, many individuals worked to see the creek as an asset to the city which could make Caldwell a better place to live and help downtown revitalization. Since 2002, the city of Caldwell has “daylighted” much of the creek downtown and enhancements were made to the creek to add to its beauty. Take a walk with us today along Indian Creek and enjoy this beautiful park and the many pieces of public art that have been added over the years. WATER WHEEL – 2005 Start on Arthur Street, between 9th and 10th Avenue, directly across from the entrance to the new Luxe Reel Theater. This is the beginning of Indian Creek Park, a waterwheel as its focal point. The 20-foot river paddlewheel was donated to the city revitalization project in 2005 by the Caldwell Rotary Club, spearheaded by Bob Carpenter. The piece is a reminder

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of the historic uses of waterways in rural communities, to generate power and help with irrigation. Today, the viewing area next to the water wheel is a popular place to take photos for special occasions. This area also has another unique feature; looking towards 9th street you can still see a building, Keystone Pizza, built over the creek on its original wood pilings. THE FLORA AND FAUNA OF INDIAN CREEK – 2003 The first section of Indian Creek to be restored in 2002 and 2003 is located on Blaine Street between 9th street and Kimball Avenue. The area, including the first pedestrian bridge and artwork, was dedicated at the first Indian Creek Festival on September 27, 2003. The metal sculpture on the pedestrian bridge and a ceramic mural in the nearby pocket park are titled “The Flora and Fauna of Indian Creek.” The project was funded by a Building Community Bridges grant received by Caldwell Fine Arts in partnership with the Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho. The National Parks Service Rivers and Trails Program brought

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two visiting artists, Susan Leibovitz Steinman and Jackie Brookner, to help develop the concepts of metal sculptor Juan Martinez of Boise and muralist Ignacio Ramos of Caldwell. Students of Dr. Garth Claassen at Albertson College of Idaho and Ivak Cooper at Caldwell High School assisted the artists to complete the project during the summer and early fall. Both pieces feature various waterfowl, insects, and vegetation that once called Indian Creek home. VITICULTURE DEMONSTRATION VINEYARD 2009 saw several one-of-akind installations along Indian Creek. The first is the viticulture demonstration vineyard on the trail on the corner of Blaine and Kimball, across the street from Norman’s Jewelers. Students of TVCC created the garden to have hands-on learning experiences and educate the public about the large role grapes play in the economy of Canyon County. Over 15 vineyards and wineries call the Sunny Slope Wine Trail, which begins right outside downtown Caldwell, home. The garden showcases just a few of the varietals grown in the Snake River Valley agricultural community. DUCKS IN FLIGHT and BLUE HERON – 2009 Two waterfowl sculptures, funded by a grant awarded to the

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Center for the Arts and Caldwell Fine Arts, were installed in Indian Creek in 2009. The first, located just beyond the viticulture garden in the creek is Ducks in Flight sculpted by the late Bob Gerdes. Bob was a resident of Caldwell and has other works installed throughout Idaho, including in the Idaho State Capitol. The second sculpture, Blue Heron, is located in the creek just past the footbridge at 7th St. The aluminum sculpture was created by acclaimed Idaho sculpture Bernie Jestrabeck-Hart. “I was living in Caldwell at the time and was contacted to create a heron,” said Jestrabeck-Hart, “I remember being so excited to have the opportunity to contribute to Caldwell.” While both sculptors have won many awards individually, together their Indian Creek sculptures earned a “Caldwell Fine Arts Excellence in Fine Arts Award” in 2010, the first time in the 48 years the award was given to a metal sculptor. MUSICAL ART PARK – 2018 The Musical Art Park is located between Indian Creek Park and Indian Creek Plaza, near the popular Indian Creek footbridge at Arthur & 7th Avenue. You’ll probably hear the park before you see it! The park has six sculptured art pieces, many of which are interactive outdoor percussion instruments! While they are each designed

differently, the tones created by each instrument play harmoniously together! The final art piece is a 16-foot metal feather, designed by Danny Jones of Original Ironworks in Garden City, Idaho. The park was made possible by a $50,000 grant from Together Treasure Valley. Additional support was received from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, City of Caldwell, Destination Caldwell, and Pacific Steel, The Land Group, LLC, and Gabriel Babbel of Scout Troop #520. DENSHO GARDEN – 2012 Last on the Indian Creek Trail is the Densho (legacy) Garden that was created in 2012 by a partnership between the Boise Valley Japanese American Citizens League and the City of Caldwell. The garden was created to honor the JapaneseAmericans of Canyon County who were placed in internment camps and continued to farm and become part of the community. A 12-foot-tall Torri welcomes you to the garden which includes Japanese statutes, and vegetation typically found in traditional Japanese gardens, including weeping atlas cedars and akebono and kwanzan cherry trees. Make sure to make your way to 4th Avenue and Arthur Street to enjoy the beautiful art form of Japanese style gardens.


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Getting Out of Debt–And Staying That Way! Part 3 - Additional Tips for budgeting: In the past two columns we discussed a process to help you get out of debt. Understand that getting out of debt requires the help and participation of all members of the family. Working together you can accomplish much toward your financial goals. Don’t give up; keep the end goal in mind. Getting out of debt helps your credit score, relieves stress, allows you to save for the future, and frees up money from your monthly budget for major purchases (or at least for down payments on major purchases). Here are some additional things to consider as you move along your path to a better financial future: Determine wants vs. needs. What is absolutely necessary for survival? (a need) What would simply be a great convenience? (helpful but not necessary) Goodbye summer and hello fall! It’s finally September, and with the kids back in school and summer activities coming to an end, things are finally starting to settle down in the Treasure Valley. September is “National Preparedness Month” making it a great time to prepare for potential disasters and emergencies. While there are many types of emergencies to plan for, there is one that your Better Business Bureau wants to you to be aware of. The “Family Emergency Scam,” also known as “The Grandparent Scam,” is one emergency you will want to be prepared for. While it’s not new, this scam continues to victimize people of our community and this time with a new twist. These emergency scams


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What is something you want? (It’s not needed or even convenient i.e. a wish list) Does everyone in the family need a cell phone? Do you need cell service and a land line, or can you get along fine with a cell phone and cancel the land line? Are there unnecessary things you do that cost money? Keep a list of spending for a month and watch for areas in which you can conserve. Do you eat out a lot? Can you eat more cheaply at home? When you eat out, can you split meals and pay half as much? Give yourself a 24 hour cooling off period before you buy anything. If it is really that important you can go back to make the purchase. The truth is, you are likely to realize it wasn’t worth the effort to even go back. Shop for lower rates. Contact insurance

companies and find out if there are lower rates for automatic payments or good driver discounts (often you can get a discount through your credit union, Tru-Stage, AARP; military or other associations). Contact creditors and ask if they can lower your interest rates. Maybe you have improved your credit score and are eligible for a lower rate than when you first obtained the credit. Ask utility companies for recommendations on how to conserve on your utility bills (sometimes level pay saves money over the entire year). Have a garage sale and apply the income from that to your debts. Sell things you don’t use and check online for values of your collectables.

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Not Important...but possibly of interest! We have family on Hawaii’s Big Island. Any time I mention that to people they say, “Boy are you lucky. You have an excuse to go to Paradise.” When the plane landed at the Kona Airport, I was sitting near the back. While we waited to exit at the far end of the aircraft, the service people opened the back door to restock

the galley, As soon as the door opened, the humidity rushed in. It made me feel like I would have to swim rather than walk off the plane. As I write this, it is evening. The temperature inside and out is 80 something degrees and the humidity is somewhere around 150 percent. Hawaii is one of those places

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a Jalapeno and work their way up the Scoville chart until one person remains. Cost to enter is $10.00, winner takes home $100.00 prize and a bottle of tums. Ice Cream provided by Gem in and Out. Sign up at the Oasis Honey booth Wednesdays from 3:00 too 7:00 PM. Secondly, Mayor Nancolas will be performing on September 12th; all tips received will benefit the Idaho Veterans Garden. The Market takes place on Wednesday evenings

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September 2018

The Tattered Bookmark:Part 1 Continued on Page 20

My newborn daughter, Vanessa, kicked her tiny foot against my stomach and gave a weak cry. I adjusted her bottle. “There you are, Sweetie.” She latched onto the nipple and stared at me. I was in love with my threeweek-old little girl. Georgia, still recovering from giving me our first child, walked up to me. “Happy, Father’s Day!” She smiled and handed me an envelope. “Michael?” she apologized. “I didn’t have time to shop. This is all I have for your first Father’s Day. I wish I could give you more.” I looked at her. “Georgia, it’s OK. You’re still not well. It’s only been a couple of weeks.” I looked at the gift in my arms. “You gave me Vanessa. Could I ask for more?” She stared at me. A tear formed in the corner of her right eye and began to trickle down her cheek. “I know, but this is your first Father’s Day. I wanted it to be special.” “It is special.” I replied and reached for her hand. “Look at her!” I glanced at Vanessa. “This is the best Father’s Day gift.” I turned back to Georgia, “Hun, this is the gift.” I opened the envelope and pulled out a note. “Dear, Michael.” it began. I looked at Georgia. The tear on her cheek reflected the morning sun coming through the window across the room. I turned and read the rest. “Happy Father’s Day! This is the moment we dreamed about before we married. We have our Vanessa. Now we have to plan for a Justin.” She signed it, “I Love You, Michael! You’re going to be a great daddy.” I looked at her again, “Thank you, Georgia. I’ll do my best.” “There’s more.” She smiled. “What do you mean?” “In the envelope…I picked it up and opened it again. At the bottom was a colorful piece of cloth. I pulled it out. It was a cloth bookmark with vibrant bands of color. White tassles dangled from each end. It reminded me of a Mexican

serape. I draped it over my hand and looked at Georgia. “I love it.” “Michael.” she said. “It’s just a bookmark. I wanted to get you more.” “Georgia, I love it. It will always be special – my first Father’s Day gift.” “I love you.” she said. I sniffed the air. “Do you smell something?” “What?” she asked. I set the bookmark aside and changed my first diaper. On weekends, I did the midnight feedings. I sat and read. The house was quiet. Through the baby monitor, I heard Vanessa stirring. Her small cry crackled through the speaker. I placed my Father’s Day gift between the pages of my book. I cradled Vanessa in my arm. I held her bottle with one hand and my book with the other. Her tiny chin quivered as she suckled. My gaze bounced from my book to her. The bookmark was draped over my thigh. Justin was born. Vanessa, now three, slept in her very first bed. I held my newborn son in my arms. The house cracked as it contracted in the subzero temperatures outside. The bookmark rested on the back of the sofa. Justin snuggled against my chest. The job I held for fifteen years in Halifax, Nova Scotia disappeared. Everyone slept. I sat and studied. I was back in school and stressed. When I finished my studies, I picked up my book, opened it, and slipped the bookmark into the pages ahead, marking things to come. I found a new job, but it was in Saint John, New Brunswick. I sat on my bed in a lonely room. Georgia, Vanessa, and Justin were in Nova Scotia. I rented a room in a home in Saint John, New Brunswick. I tried to read, but tears made the words blurry. I missed my wife and children. I placed the bookmark between the pages, turned off the light and cried into my pillow. It would be a year before they joined me. The

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bookmark, its fringes frayed, dangled from both ends of my book. Three years later, after another move, I sat on my deck in Hilliard, Ohio. Justin stepped out. “Dad, wrestling is cool. I love it.” Vanessa, now sixteen, joined him, “Dad, they made me second in clarinet!” I hugged them both. “Way to go, guys!” The kids went to their rooms. Steaks sizzled on the grill. I pulled the bookmark from my book, placed it on the patio table, and read. Life was good. “Hun, I’ll get home when I can.” I said to Georgia. My job in Ohio was gone. I took an offer in New Jersey. We decided she would stay in Ohio. Vanessa needed to finish her senior year of high school. Georgia and Justin would join me in Jersey in ten months. I stood on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River. Manhattan sparkled in front of me. Miles of buildings, windows full of light stretched out in both directions – a dazzling display. Back in my apartment, I settled into bed, picked up my book, and thought about the day my family would join me and see the view. I pulled my bookmark from my book and placed it on the covers beside me. It was worn after years of use. I spoke to it. “We’ve been through a lot. We can get through more.” I dozed off in my new surroundings. The book rested on my chest, rising and falling with each breath I took. The bookmark lay beside me. I turned in my sleep. The bookmark slid to the floor.


Best Seller Book Review by Michelle Ross A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

With 2018 more than halfway over, A Place for Us is a newly released book that definitely takes a spot in the top five reads of the year! This powerful book focuses on family and the ties that bind, centering around a Muslim Indian-American family that struggles with the disconnect between tradition and modernism. With two daughters already, Rafiq’s dream is to have a son to raise in his footsteps, but Amar does not to turn out to be the faithfully following heir that Rafiq intended. Amar does not follow his family’s faith and forges his own path in life, one that the close-knit community of his parents would consider sinful. But, with closer examination, loved ones come to realize that while Amar sees the world differently than they do, at heart he’s still a part of the family and not nearly as removed as they thought. He’s human. He’s family. Like everyone, he is just trying to do his best.

When Amar returns for his oldest s i s t e r ’s wedding, the reunion is fraught with painful memories and does not go as smoothly as all had hoped, but hope remains. This novel is a beautiful rendering of family and the messiness of human nature. Readers’ hearts will both break and soar as they follow one family trying to live out the American dream. “But I did fight. I tried to leave every human I have interacted with better than or the same as when I encountered them....It was the way I wanted to move through the world....That was my fight: to continue to do little things for people around me, so no one would find fault in my demeanor and misattribute it to my religion.” -A Place for Us, Fatima Farheen Mirza

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The ARTicle: Circles and Lines

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Becoming a professional artist/illustrator is a lifetime commitment that can, at times, feel impossible to achieve. There are, however, shortcuts that I’ve used to make the task easier, one of which is learning to use circles and lines. Circles and lines are, simply put, tools artists use to block in a drawing subject. A circle is a line that is closed (both points meet up at the same place) and a line is a connection between two points. When anyone asks me to draw an object - be it a tree, a cup, or a person the first thing I do is block in the object using circles and lines. Want to draw a tree? 1. Map out the area of the leaves with ovals (circles) and the branches using lines. 2. Using those lines, define the roughness of the shapes, the direction of the bark, the tilt of the trunk, etc. 3. Using highlights, lowlights, and shadows, (see previous article) add depth and expression to the tree and you’re done! When drawing a person, such as a cartoon character, circles and lines are used to map out the motion, almost like a string of pearls (search ‘old cartoon sketches’ online to get a great visual on this). Remember, this isn’t something one can master in a day; it took me years to truly understand how to use circles and lines effectively. Practice is key and a good way to practice using circles and lines is to trace over existing works or look at an object’s silhouette. When you trace around a silhouette, you’re really just using one line to capture the shape/expression of an object and, if you connect the ends, you just made a circle.


September 2018

Sweet Peas Grow in Cardboard Boxes

For years my wife suggested we should get another dog to keep our ten year old beagle/schnauzer mix company. She wanted a small breed female. I, on the other hand, said with the usual macho answer, “No! We don’t need another animal to clean up after.” So move forward to April of 2016. I was going to the pharmacy at my favorite super market, the one between two major streets and across from our latest tattoo shop. As I was walking in I saw a crowd around the front door. I side stepped around and proceeded to the pharmacy. Upon leaving I saw two old navy vets standing around a small cardboard box. I could tell they were navy vets because of the amount of old faded tattoos! As I got nearer I caught a glimpse of what I thought was a rat! As it were there

was only one puppy left; I picked it up and…I didn’t realize my world was about to change. Since then I was “putty”, as small as my wife and other dog. I asked the grizzled old vets how much and they smirked because the dog was a purebred minipinscher; the price was $125. I countered with $100 plus a large bag of dog food. Then the dreaded call… to the wife. I started the conversation with, “You won’t believe what I just did!” She assumed I was in an accident. I said, “I bought us another dog.” She then was full of questions. “A little girl?” We had a DNA check done and our pure-bred mini-pinscher was 60% mini-pinscher, 20% pug, and a few other percentages! I suggested the mother was a traveling sales woman.

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As mentioned before this dog has changed our lives. She embodies what love is. She wags her tail so hard she slaps herself in the face. She loves everybody she comes into contact with. I’m sure she’s added a couple of years to our older dog’s life. Dogs like Sweet Pea are remarkable. Have you seen dogs respond to special needs children? Words cannot describe their patience and understanding. How do they know? So gentlemen – or should I say fellow macho men – if you see people at the markets with a cardboard box full of furry critters, beware lest you become “putty” like me! Your lives might just change for several years. Remember, folks – dogs are the best people I know!

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September 2018

The Great Sage Grouse Hunt

by Dave McCormick

In the 1960’s I was a teenager praying for a dry September. A dry September ushered in a great Sage Grouse hunt. A wet September made them as hard to find as a Sasquatch in a shoe store. Dry conditions forced them to keg up around water holes. Humans can display this same trait as well, though water is probably not the preferred thirst quencher. Guy Pilote’s grandparents Fred and Millie Ross had knowledge of several of these water holes. We would spread out around the water hole before sun up. At first light the sage hens would fly into the water hole. It was much like shooting ducks over decoys. If we failed to limit on the waterhole we would walk the ridges to locate more birds. In those days bag limits were four per day eight in possession. Do the math: that was a lot of sage grouse. Fred and Millie have long since passed through the event horizon on the desert sunset. They left a couple of young sportsmen with a lot of memories In 2018 sage grouse consumed as much, or more, printer ink than the endangered salmon

runs. Some conservation groups like to blame cattle and over grazing. In the 1960’s cattle and sage grouse not only coexisted but flourished. In the 1980’s many upland game bird numbers were in good shape; pheasants were still plentiful, chuckar numbers were so good they were swarming like locust in the Brownlee Reservoir area. Then there were some serious drought years. I believe that sage grouse and chuckars are still trying to recover from those drought years. Another reason sage grouse numbers are so low is raven numbers have increased. Ravens will eat both the eggs and the babies of sage grouse. Fish and Wildlife Services have suggested poisoning ravens but some conservation groups will have none of that. There are many things to enjoy doing in September: dove season opens on the 1st as does forest grouse; chuckars and quail open on the 15th and there are still plenty of fish to catch.


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I love tropical plants, their odd shaped, colorful and vibrant flowers and unique leaves of all shapes and sizes. Some leaves are so big you can get shade on a hot day. They shimmer in the sun and water rolls right off them. You can even make roofs out of them. For plants that are in the hot windy sun all day that are very sturdy plants. Of course they don’t like our winters, they are usually zone 8 or higher but you can grow them here if you want to put in the effort to give them a long life. I bring this up because every spring the local big box hardware stores bring in hibiscus, bougainvillea and other tropical or warm climate plants, people buy them but aren’t quite sure what to do. First don’t put

them directly in the ground. Buy a nice planter with a saucer and wheels to bring indoors before it gets even slightly cold. It needs more light so by a window or some 5000k LED lights. Then find a potting soil for tropical plants and fertilizers because to bloom often they eat lots of food. Water frequently outside but less often indoors and don’t be afraid to prune then enjoy. In my greenhouses I had many tropical and citrus trees until a winter storm literally blew the roof off my greenhouse. I rented them out for events. This bougainvillea to the right here is a local friend of mines that I’ve consulted on for years. This one is five years old, but he had another one that he left out one to many

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nights. Rob brings it in his shop and has it in a south window at 74* and a light that shines all night. I see his plant in the winter and it’s usually in bloom and looks gorgeous. Aren’t the colors just unreal. I spent 11 years in Palm Springs landscaping and the heat did not diminish the quality, just add water and food and enjoy. Until next time, Pat. by Donna Rookstool

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Dozens of motorcyclists hit the road in Canyon County on June 16 to raise funds for the St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute patient assistance fund. The fifth annual event hosted by the Treasure Valley UMF in honor of the late Linda Bearrs raised $4,000. Gifts to the Patient Assistance Fund help cover costs such as meal vouchers, gas cards, temporary housing, medication and other needs of patients and their families. The fun run featured a dinner, raffle and auction at the Sportsman’s Hideout in Caldwell.

“This is a cause that was very dear to Linda,” said Jim Bearrs. “No one should ever have to go without treatment.” The Treasure Valley UMF organization also support Hope House Home for Children in Marsing. The group recently donated 5,000+ rolls of paper towels and has helped with Christmas and other needs for over five years. Hope House provides a home for children who are emotionally impaired, developmentally disabled, and/or come from disrupted adoptions. or dysfunctional families.

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September 2018

The Tattered Bookmark: Part 2

Eleven months later, I sat in a chair reading. Georgia lay on the sofa. She’d been in New Jersey for three weeks. My son slept upstairs in his new bedroom. My daughter stayed in Ohio to attend college. Georgia stirred and moaned – her organs failing from years of alcohol abuse. While I was away, her liver failed and then her kidneys. I feared her end was near. Her eyes opened. “Michael?” “I’m here, Hun.” “I’m thirsty. Can you get me a drink?” I placed the worn bookmark between the pages. “What would you like, Hun? Do you want juice?” She shook her head. “Is Vanessa home yet?” “Georgia, Vanessa is in Ohio. She’s not here.” I replied. “Oh! I forgot.” she smiled weakly. I made her a cup of tea. She sipped it carefully as she stared blankly at the television. The bookmark rested on my thigh again. “Michael?” I looked up. “Yes?” “Is Vanessa home yet?” Georgia asked again. “She’s still in Ohio, Hun.” “Oh, right. I forgot.” Her eyes closed. She drifted off to sleep. I placed my bookmark between the pages, put my book down and went to bed. Tears filled my eyes. I wished my wife could climb the stairs to join me. The bookmark stretched across my stomach, I held my book in front of me, not reading. On the television, a sitcom blared unwatched. My

friends had left. Justin slept in his room. Vanessa, who came from Ohio, slept in the spare room. Georgia’s ashes rested in her urn on the credenza. My children were with me again, but I was alone. I grabbed the bookmark, marked my spot, and carried my book to my empty bed. “Lord, I don’t want to be alone.” I prayed. “I want love in my life.” The sun warmed my back. Ginny sat in the chair across the patio table from me. Love was in my life again. I lifted the bookmark from my lap, marked my page, stared at her, and said, “Ginny, I love you.” She looked up, put her book down, and smiled at me. “I love you too.” “I love you more.” I smiled back. “Now back to our reading.” We picked up our books and read. The bookmark rested on my lap. Ginny slept beside me on the sofa. I spread my bookmark across her thigh and stared at it. The white fringes were long gone. There was a spot where it must have torn. I don’t remember when, but I could see the loving stitches that hold it together. The whites were grey. The bright bands of color were faded. It couldn’t be washed. I feared it will fall apart. I lifted it from Ginny’s thigh and placed it between the pages of my book. “Ginny?” I shook her shoulder. “Hmm? she moaned. I shook her again, “Ginny, time for bed, Hun.” “Yes?” “Come on, Hun. Let’s go to bed.” I took her hand in mine. “Come on, Hun.” We climbed the stairs. I held her hand in mine. In my other, I carried my book.The tattered bookmark dangled from each end. I sat in bed.

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Ginny slept beside me. I pulled the bookmark from my book and looked at it again. We’d been through a lot. We both showed our age. Like its tassels, my hair is mostly gone. Its middle is folded in from years of being pressed together between the pages of countless books. My middle is folding out from years of good food and not enough exercise. I slipped it between the pages, put the book aside, turned off the light and snuggled the new love in my life. The tattered bookmark – held together by threads – draped my lap again. Ginny sat beside me in the moving truck our sonin-law drove. We lived six years in New Jersey. Idaho awaited us. The rush of Manhattan and New Jersey was too much. We needed a slower pace. Idaho, Ginny’s daughter Heather and four grandchildren waited for our arrival in Caldwell, Idaho. Four days later, we pulled into their driveway. Our three grandsons shared hugs with us. Inside the house was a little girl I hadn’t met yet. Their sister Elizabeth, only eight months old, didn’t know her Poppa Mike, but she took to me right away. A few days later, Ginny and I gave Nathan and Heather a break. They went out for the evening. Our grandsons were in bed. Ginny and I watched television. Baby Elizabeth slept cradled in my arms. I read a book. Beside me, the bookmark stretched out on the sofa and seemed to sigh. I stared at that the tattered piece of cloth. It once marked the spots in my books, but it marked more than that. It marked the pages of my life.

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Front Row L to R: Marisela Pesina, Leora Donna Rookstool and her very helpful son, Summers, Mike Dittenber, Lynaiah FloresJeff. Soroptimist is at the rodeo events both Turner and Cecilia Turner; Back Row L to R: Doug Reinke, Debbie Reinke, Chris Nye, Elsie morning and night. Buckaroo Breakfast ticket Martiniano Gallo (Rotary Youth Exchange Members of the Caldwell Lions Club working sales and the sales of the day sheets inside of the Eskew, Mitchel Davis, Darryl Ford, Sheila Student), Julie Roberts, Bob Haunschild, at their booth at the Caldwell Night Rodeo. programs. Thank you Jeff for all your help! Ford, Jerry Neufeld, Don Ogawa. Tammy Dittenber and Wendy McClain.


KIWANIS CLUB Right: Caldwell Kiwanis Club host the Chuckwagon dinner each year at Dakan Park. Alan Kerrick, Tim Quintana and John Neddo (corn cookers extraordinaire) prepared 3,200 ears of corn during the 2018 Kiwanis Chuck Wagon.

All about the kids. The Optimist club provide our kids with an array of sports. Thank you!

Nathelle Oates and Carolita Fraley, Caldwell Kiwanis at the Chuckwagon Dinner sales table.

CAUGHT IN THE ACT! RODEO TIME IN CALDWELL These young men, spent time at the Caldwell Night Rodeo for some team building and community involvement. Caldwell High School sophmore football players: Jesus, Daniel, Nate, Josh and Titus. Good luck this years boys!

Announcing Director of Volunteer Excellence (DOVE) Awards As a nation, we recognize the unselfish contribution of others through volunteer service. Volunteers truly are the backbone of a community’s success. However, behind this army of volunteers stands an equally dedicated group of individuals who are responsible for the coordination, support, training, administration and recognition of the world’s volunteers—the professional Volunteer Management Administrator. The goal of the DOVE Awards, sponsored through SouthWest Idaho

Directors of Volunteer Services (SWIDOVS), is to recognize annually volunteer administrators for their outstanding contributions to the profession and their colleagues and for their promotion of quality volunteer experiences in Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley, and Washington counties in Idaho. Award winners will be celebrated in conjunction with International Volunteer Managers Day at an awards ceremony November 1, 2018. Two awards are given each year, Outstanding New

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September 2018

The Profound Gift of a Stubborn and Fertile Question Dr. Mark Smith (informally, he prefers Mark) is a professor of classical history and ancient languages (Greek and Latin) at the College of Idaho. His research focus is on ancient Greece and Rome. He has long been interested in archeology and its relationship to history and the Bible. He is a member of the board of directors at the archeology site in Bethsaida, Israel. Mark first began to think about his book after taking a course from a Jewish rabbi on Judaism in the time of Jesus in 1981. It focused on the persistent inaccuracy of the people behind Jesus’ death, specifically that Jewish people as a whole were to blame, and the Anti-Semitism that has come from such beliefs. For over thirty years the questions presented in the course simmered in Mark’s mind as he continued his studies. He found interest in Roman capital punishment, wrote and published articles in scholarly journals, and continued to run into issues surrounding Jesus’ death. Mark figured the problem lay in the way this event was treated by the historian community. As Mark puts it, “In the great house of academia, historians are the plumbers,” i.e. they are the ones charged with digging through facts and information and getting their hands dirty to put it all together coherently. There is a line between classical history and Biblical studies and the way they treat historical figures. Mark figured it was his responsibility to mix the two and finally put a classical historian’s point of view on the life and death of Jesus. It didn’t take long for Mark to sit down and write his book; he’d been researching the subject for many years and had all the information he needed. When it was finally published he was surprised to learn that he’d been nominated to receive the Cundill History Prize, an international contest held by historians all over the world seeking out the best history writings in the English

by Angela Matlashevsky, Caldwell Perspective language. This is a prestigious award. The judging will continue into September, when the finalists will be chosen. Mark says he is honored to have been nominated and considers it a great achievement, even if he doesn’t receive the award. The book’s title is The Final Days of Jesus: The Thrill of Defeat, The Agony of Victory. It is written in a way that is easy to read for casual readers while also being informational; Mark uses it as a textbook in his classical history classes. The book presents archeological evidence alongside Biblical references and ancient Roman sources. Mark hopes that readers will come away from the book with a fresh point of view on an old and familiar story. “I have solved the problem of misrepresentation; the idea of Jews being blamed for Jesus’ death is false and illconceived,” Mark says. Jeffrey Burton Russell, a professor of history at the University of California in Santa Barbara, says, “This is a rare achievement: a new angle of vision on the trial and death of Jesus, that of a classical historian of Rome with insight as well into Jewish and Christian history and Biblical scholarship. Scholars will appreciate the convincing analysis and both scholars and lay readers will find the style clear, sensitive, and pleasing.” You can find the book on Amazon. Dr. Mark Smith would like to thank the College of Idaho for giving him the Sabbatical he needed in order to pull together his research and publish his book. You can find more information at https://www.collegeofidaho. edu/directory/mark-smith. Editor’s Note: I would personally like to thank Mark for coming out and meeting me. We had a lengthy, passionate discussion about the book’s topic and I learned much in the process; it was a very enjoyable morning. Thank you, Mark Smith!

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Caldwell Block Party Draws Crowd

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Possibly the first block party ever sponsored by a Caldwell church drew about 150 people to the lawn at Linden and Indiana by the Caldwell Seventh-day Adventist church on Sunday, August 5. From vegetarian minihamburgers to corn on the cob and ice cream bars, a variety of food was appreciated by visitors, with children also enjoying the “Noah’s Ark”

inflatable bouncing house, face painting, and other activities. Free Bibles and information about living the Christian life were given as prizes or gifts to those attending. The event helped set the stage for a vegetarian cooking school in October that will help answer questions about why Seventh-day Adventists are healthier and live longer than others.

Fall Caldwell Prayer Walk

The Fall Caldwell Prayer Walk will be on Saturday, September 29, at 2:00pm at the Caldwell Memorial Park (corner of Kimball and Grant St.) We pray for Caldwell to prosper and have a great future. We pray for the mayor, city council, policemen, firefighters, paramedics, the young and the young at heart. We pray for the hungry to be fed, the homeless to have shelter, the gangs to come to know Jesus and have a good life and families to be solidified. Everyone is welcome! After the walk we’ll meet at the Bird Stop Restaurant (on Main St. across from the Golden Palace). For further information, please call Arlene Robinette 208-481-4568.

High as an Elephant’s Eye

An old Broadway musical tune claims in Oklahoma the corn is “as high as an elephant’s eye!” In Caldwell Idaho, the sunflowers on College Avenue are two feet taller than the eave on a house! That’s gotta be as tall as an elephant’s eye! Longtime Caldwell resident Dale Deitrick planted five sunflower seeds given him by his daughter, Lori Deitrick. The photo shows the sky high result. Dale estimates the stalks at twelve feet, and says he didn’t do anything special to them...just water! That’s some great water! Big thanks to Thelma Deitrick for capturing the photo.

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Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. REGISTER at (click on MENU/CALENDAR OF EVENTS/BETH MOORE icon) MAKE YOUR CHECK PAYABLE ($15) TO FSBC CALDWELL AND MAIL IN. LUNCH PROVIDED! Sponsored by First Southern Baptist Church, Caldwell, and the Treasure Valley Southern Baptist Association. Questions? Contact Michele Ring at or 208-442-4448

To place a classified ad please call 208-899-6374 or email





Circle D Panel

Please call 208-794-2546

Livestock Panels For Sale!

Call Dillon Wickel (208)866-4459 HAY

Hay For Sale!

Small bales, alfalfa/grass mix and grass hay available now.


Call Dan Sevy at 249-1064.



Immediate positions for Dependable, fun, loving caregivers. Experience preferred, but not Required. Training provided. Must pass H&W background check. Call: 463-8777 or email:, 11426 Lone Star Rd., Nampa (office in portable in back).





COME JOIN OUR TEAM! We are hiring drivers for coach, school, charter, shuttle for all our locations in the valley-Mt. Home, Boise, Caldwell. Proud to offer exceptional wages, paid vacations, & retention bonus. Child ride along and other benefits. Flexible hours, off during holidays. Because we are the number one coach, school, charter business come be a part of our team! 3505 S. 10th Ave. Caldwell, ID 83605 208-459-6612

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Logan Park

is a low income elderly apartment complex with gov’t subsidy. We provide services in addition to rent, which include: 2 home cooked meals daily, weekly housekeeping and transportation to Caldwell Doctor appts. Our building has someone on site as a first responder 24/7. We have security cameras and the outside doors are locked in the evening for your peace of mind. We give preferences to those applicants subscribing to the services. Please phone for an appt. to see an apartment.

Farm Labor Housing

Do you receive income from Farm/Agriculture work? If so you will receive a Housing preference at Farmway Village. Call for more information.

Viviendas Para Trabajadores de Campo/Agricola

¿Recibe ingresos por trabajo de Campo/Agrícola? Si es así usted recibirá una preferencia de Vivienda en Farmway Village. Llame para más información.

Apply now at / Aplique Ahora:


Now accepting applications!

Caldwell friends— if you see a black rocket streaking by call animal control at 455-5925.


(208) 454-0004 612 West Logan Street, Caldwell, Idaho 83605

se habla espanol

Logan Park is an Equal Opportunity Provider

Business Directory

1x2.5 for $23 or 2x3 for $46 per month (No commitment required!)


CONSTRUCTION Dan’s Construction town Homeoud! pr

Ron Apple Owner / Service Tech

HANDYMAN House in Need of Repairs?

Call Larry Farnsworth at

208-921-6452 Se Habla Espanol

Carpentry Door & Window Installation Drywall Repair Painting Plumbing All S Electrical en Sheds Get iors 10% Porches Off Decks Wooden Walkways 35 Years Experience! for ideas and read testimonials


Golden West Realty

“Serving Caldwell Since 1974”

Residential • Land • Commercial

Property Management

517 S. 10th Ave., Caldwell • 208.459.1597 •

20 Years Experience A full service excavating company with the experience and know-how to serve you competently.

4117 Pintail Ln Nampa ID, 83686

Licensed, Insured & Bonded

(208) 249-1064




We Specialize in Commercial Cleaning!

Life can get messy. That’s why we are here to help.

RESIDENTIAL / COMMERCIAL bonded and insured Ann @ 208-454-9814 38 years experience


Jeffrey Jensen, Realtor “Listing & Selling Homes In Canyon County For 42 Years!” Go Yotes! 208-250-3337

Call us for a FREE consultation!

Scott D. McCormick 208-695-8561

TOWING Trusted Roadside Service


Locally Owned & Operated Save our number now for quick, courteous and reliable service when you need it most.

Cactus Jack’s Transport

September 2018



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