September 2020 Caldwell Perspective

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The Caldwell YMCA is Here for Active Older Adults safe. We’ve started new challenges, classes and community education opportunities for Active Older Adult members. Activities are offered throughout the day to ensure there is something for everyone! These are just a few great new opportunities we’re offering to our Active Older Adult members (class registration required): • Free, 6-week seminar on pain management, brought to you by the Southwest Idaho Area Agency on Ag-

ing—Thursdays, Sept. 10Oct. 15; • All-levels origami classes—Tuesdays, Sept. 8-Oct. 13; • Activity-based Bingo from Aug. 17-Sept. 30 for great prizes; • Active Older Adult classes like Silver Sneakers Classic, Circuit and Yoga; • Water Aerobics classes are back, and the Lazy River will reopen for classes after Labor Day; • Movement Disorder Program - Delay the Disease,

an activity based program designed to empower people with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders—Tuesdays & Thursdays starting Sept. 8 The Caldwell YMCA believes in providing safe access for all, including our most vulnerable community members. We now offer a Vulnerable Population Hour from 2-3pm Monday-Friday for anyone who may be at greater risk. During this time, masks are required at all times. Furthermore, our

Milon and Joyce McDaniel Celebrate 50 Years!

Milon and Joyce (Edwards) McDaniel, of Caldwell were married fifty years ago on September 5, 1970 in Council, ID. Milon, from Alpine, UT, was a college student at BYU when he went to Council to work with a forest service crew, using his geology training, to help locate gravel pits in the Payette National Forest. He was placed on a crew with two of Joyce’s five brothers and was promptly invited to their home for a Sunday afternoon barbeque where he met her for the first time. They dated all through her senior year of high school and married over that Labor Day weekend in 1970. The rest is history. Early on Milon finished his schooling and they then moved to, lived and worked in Burley, with Milon as a high school industrial arts teacher and Joyce as a beautician and later on as a school librarian. They moved to Caldwell when Milon accepted a job in the Caldwell School District. Joyce went back to school earning her teaching and counseling degrees after their last child was born. During her career, she worked in both Marsing and Caldwell School Districts.

staff are working diligently to keep all surfaces sterilized every hour, and we’re making sure that physical distancing standards are upheld throughout the facility. Come join your friends at the Caldwell Y today and take advantage of all we have to offer in our safe, clean facility! Don’t have a membership? We can help you with that! Come see us today at the Caldwell YMCA! Have questions or need to register? by Leora Summers

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The Caldwell YMCA is Here for Active Older Adults! The current global pandemic sadly forced many organizations and businesses to temporarily shut down, but the Caldwell YMCA is back in action and safely serving our members! Many of our services and classes have resumed, and our pool is open for lap swimming and aquatic classes. We are committed to providing new ways for seniors to stay healthy, active and

by Amanda Schmierer, CVA Active Adult Engagement Coordinator

Joyce and Milon McDaniel on their wedding day.

Joyce and Milon today down by Indian Creek.

Both are now retired after dedicating their professional careers to public education, including teaching, counseling, and leadership. After retirement, they have both also been highly involved in volunteer work through the Red Cross and Rotary. Their children are Melyssa (David)

Ferro, Michelle (Thad) Ross, and Matthew (Kristina) McDaniel. They have six grandchildren. In lieu of gathering to celebrate, the family has asked that if you know and love them, think about sending them a congratulatory card! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to two special people!



September 2020

COVID-19 alert: Event information may be out of date due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Confirm details with event organizers.

Events and special promotions happening this month!

September 4 6-11 PM: Brave Hearts Night at Indian Creek Steakhouse, 711 Main St. September 5 5-9 PM: Taco Taste Off at Indian Creek Plaza. Salsa dancing, taco competition, fiesta. September 8 5-9 PM: Farm to Fork Farmers Market and Concert (The Last Call), Indian Creek Plaza downtown Caldwell. 7 PM: City Council Meeting, CPD Community Room, 110 S. 5th Ave. September 9 6:30-9 PM: Caldwell Historic Preservation Commission, Caldwell Police Department, 110 S. 5th Ave. September 10 5:30-6:30 PM: Junior Culinary Club, ages 8-14, Roberts Recreation Center, 504 Grant St. Call to register (208) 4553060. September 12 9 AM-12 PM: Treasure Valley Cornhole tournament at Indian Creek Plaza. 11 AM-1 PM: Let’s Paint. Be brave with that brush. Roberts Recreation Center, 504 Grant St. Call to register (208) 4553060. September 14 5:30-6:30 PM: Adult Golf Lessons, combined with fun games, fundamentals and healthy competition. Couples and beginners are strongly encouraged. Call Purple Sage Golf course to register, (208) 459-2223.

September 14 (continued) 7 PM: Urban Renewal Agency meeting, Caldwell Police Department Community Room, 110 S. 5th Ave. September 15 5-9 PM: Farm to Fork Farmers Market and Concert (Uncle Bobs Band & Tejano Outlaw), Indian Creek Plaza. 5-6 PM: Youth Golf Lessons, combined with fun games, fundamentals and introduction to healthy competition and an emphasis on sportmanship. Call Purple Sage Golf course to register, (208) 459-2223. 5:30 PM: Dehydration Basics via Zoom. Pre-register for this free workshop with limited space, Caldwell Parks & Rec, 618 Irving St., 208-455-3060. September 17 5:30-7:30 PM: Canning Basics, Pre-register for this free workshop with limited space (deadline is September 10th), Caldwell Parks & Rec, 618 Irving St., 208-455-3060. 6-9 PM: Downtown Get Down, a new action packed, family focused night every third Thursday, April thru December at the Indian Creek Plaza! Admission is free, normal fees apply to ice skating nights in November and December. September 18 7-10 PM: Oldies on the Plaza. Jump-N-Jive to live music by J.R. & the Stingrays at Indian Creek Plaza. Costumes are encouraged for this fun 50’s themed night.

September 19 7 AM-1 PM: Indian Creek Sow & Shine – Car and Dog show. All makes, all models, all years (and all breeds). 4 PM: Canyon Recovery Community Center Information Fair at the Indian Creek Plaza. Public information fair open for all ages, bands, wellness activities and food on sight. 5-6 PM: Family Golf Lessons, perfect for families who want to learn the game of gold together. Join us for fun, fundamentals and healthy family competition. Ages 6+, Call to register, Purple Sage Golf Course, (208) 459-2223. September 21 7:30 PM: Dog Obedience course open to any student age 16 and older, dog must be at least 6 months old, course is from the 21st through the 25th, Caldwell Parks & Rec, 618 Irving St., 208-455-3060. September 22 5-9 PM: Farm to Fork Farmers Market and Concert (Ben Burdick Trio & Nicole Christensen), Indian Creek Plaza downtown Caldwell. September 23 6:30-9 PM: Caldwell Historic Preservation Commission, Caldwell Police Department, 110 S. 5th Ave. September 26 5:30-7:30 PM: Dirt Road Dancing: Square Dancing competition at the Indian Creek Plaza. September 29 5-9 PM: Farm to Fork Farmers Market and Concert (Dueling pianos), Indian Creek Plaza downtown Caldwell. September 30 4 Weeks: Free online dining with diabetes course, offered by the University of Idaho Extension to help people with type 2 diabetes. An initial phone call from the instructor is included to ensure you understand how to access the course, To register, contact: Caldwell Parks & Rec, 618 Irving St., 208-455-3060.

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From Pasture to Plate: Valli-Hi Angus Ranch

by Rachel (and Matt) Johnson, All Things Caldwell Facebook Page

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After a visit with Valli Hi Angus Ranch, I really appreciated the care, cleanliness and love they have for farming and their community. I have nothing but good to say about my experience. It is really exciting to share this local resource for excellent “farm-to-table” beef and lamb here in Caldwell. If you are looking for high quality meat at a reasonable value, look no further! To begin, I jumped at the opportunity to schedule a tour. Little did I know it would become the highlight of my week. Meeting with Valli Hi Angus Ranch owners Bill, Candy, and their oldest daughter Chelsea (along with two of her six children) was an honor and they were all such a pleasure to speak with. They were warm and inviting and treated me like family. I had a blast! My husband accompanied me and was equally as impressed with the time they took out of their day (and work!) to show us around and answer our questions. It was obvious to us both the level of dedication and hard work that is evident in how they treat and maintain their cattle. Their transparency about how they raise beef speaks volumes about their integrity. Before I elaborate further, I must share that prior to heading out to Valli Hi Angus Ranch, it was decided that a stop at Eight Twelve Main restaurant (in downtown Caldwell) was in order. We were hungry, and what better way to get into the right frame of mind for touring a Black Angus ranch than by downing a mouthwatering, double-patty cheeseburger? Makes perfect sense, I believe! All joking aside, there is not a better time than the present to support our local economy. The fact this new business linked arms with a local beef provider certainly garnered my attention and support. I appreciate that Eight Twelve Main makes all their burgers from Valli Hi Angus Beef and in the words of my husband; they are “juicy and charred to perfection.” As we arrived at the ranch, we found the peaceful country setting to be refreshing and a


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nice change of pace from our everyday life in “town.” In addition to lush, green pastures, the views of Lake Lowell and the surrounding valley offer beauty and serenity. There was no doubt in my mind that the grazing herds enjoying the wide-open pastures were as happy as could be. The ranch includes the addition of sheep, miniature horses, and chickens that were added to the farm for grandchildren to enjoy. I so appreciated the conversations I shared with this family whose roots run deep in our community. This familyowned-and-operated ranch was established in 1960 with hard work and diligence that holds true in their business today. Chelsea, the rancher’s daughter, grew up “with the cattle” and earned her Bachelors in Animal Science. Her favorite subjects were genetics and cattle reproduction. She is knowledgeable and helpful, their right-hand gal it seems! I must pass on a fun family “tid-bit” that Chelsea shared. 2 years ago, she and her father Bill, were talking of the growth in the Treasure Valley. He asked, “what do I have that I could sell to all these people?” Chelsea responded, “Well dad… we have grass fed beef?” It appears the rest is history. The beef stores humble beginnings included opening up the shed at the top of the lane with a homemade sign showing “Beef Store.” They have sold 1/2’s and 1/4 beefs to family and friends. Due to popular demand, they began selling beef by the single package. Since 1960’s, Valli Hi Angus Ranch has been breeding and raising Registered Black Angus cattle. They use top bloodline bulls and cows to raise the best cattle possible. They currently have 144 baby calves. It was so fascinating to learn how they checked their breeding “first” on a computer program where they decide the best possible combina-

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tion of parent bloodlines. Candy shared how they use advanced data tracking technology in all their processes which includes many ways to help track the birth weight, calving ease, growth, quality of ribeye & marbling and more. The cattle are all GRASS FED with a mix of grass, barley and alfalfa hay. They are growth HORMONE FREE and are not fed antibiotics. For many, this is of great significance. Antibiotics are used only in the case of a sick animal and that particular animal will not go to the butcher for at least 4-6 months. Valli Hi Angus Ranch CARES about their quality and will not use sick animals for meat. When first calf mamas have their calves, they put them in a separate pen for 24 hrs while they “mother up” and bond. Their main herds are kept in the grass pastures with their babies during the summers. I don’t know about you, but this does my heart good. They are well cared for. The effects of Covid haven’t slowed their business. They are busier than ever and are keeping wait lists on meat that typically would be available on their freezer shelves (there is Always a wait list for Tri-tip & Ribeye). Their local butcher is also busier than ever trying to keep up with local demand. But as long as the butcher stays open Valli Hi will have new meat coming in each week. Check in with the Valli Hi Angus Beef website for beef and lamb availability, if there is something you’d like that is “sold out” give them a call or text to be put on their wait list, and make sure to sign up for their newsletter. It’s worth the wait for great tasting beef! If you haven’t yet, you’ve got to give Valli Hi Angus Ranch a chance at earning your business! I hope this encourages you to make an order and pay a visit for “barn-side pickup” at their store. When you purchase their meat, you can be assured in knowing “WHAT” you are buying!

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“Caldwell Cop Blotter”

Contratulations, Cpl. Jack Wade

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On August 13th, Cpl. Jack Wade gave his final call out of service. Cpl. Wade retired after 28 years of dedicated service to the communities of Homedale, Seattle, and Caldwell.

Congratulations on a much deserved retirement and thank you for your 28 years of service dedicated service. Enjoy retirement, you have earned it.

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This past Saturday the spouses came together and sorted the supplies that you all donated! We especially want to say thank you to Lynn who brought all the backpacks fully loaded/ other supplies, Just Serve for the generous donation,

Caxton Printers, and even the spouses who brought donations! It was so fun to see the community rally together. It was also fun to see the schools receive their donation! We were able to hit all of the Caldwell School District. The spous-

STUDENT WINS AWARD IN CRICKET® MAGAZINE COMPETITION Alyssa Hardman, of Caldwell, age 13, received HONORABLE MENTION in the April 2020 Cricket League writing competition. For this contest, each entrant was asked to submit an original story about being “on the job.” ALYSSA’S NAME appears in the Cricket League

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the candidate for the job of king’s messenger boy?” The man did not conceal his doubt. “Yes, sir.” “Your age? You don’t look much older than nine.” Beckett looked up. “I’m eleven, sir.” “The proper age,” replied the man. “Very well, I trust you know the rules? Take this to the king.” He held up a sealed scroll. “Yes, sir. Thank you, sir.” Beckett took the scroll, bowed, and was escorted out. He hurried along the corridors purposely in the wrong direction, toward Queen Danica’s rooms. As he came to the tall, intricate doors, he paused, then pushed through them. The Queen herself stood waiting for him. “I trust you got the job?” “Yes, Your Majesty.” He held out the scroll. “Thank you, Beckett. You have been an enormous help to me. You are my most loyal spy. Let’s find out what my husband is plotting now, shall we?”

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Plymouth State University Announces 2020 Alumni Award Recipients The Plymouth State University(PSU) Alumni Association recently announced its 2020 Alumni Award recipients. Six alumni and one staff member were recognized for their commitment to serving PSU, their professions and their communities. “Plymouth State University is extremely fortunate to have such exceptional, dedicated and caring alumni,” said Donald L. Birx, Ph.D., President, Plymouth State University. “Their continued service to the University helps to set us apart from other educational institutions and inspires current students to consider how they can contribute to the PSU community – both while they’re on campus and when they graduate.” The Alumni Awards are typically conferred at commencement, but the PSU Alumni Association has modified its annual tradition because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 2020 PSU Alumni Award recipients are as follows. Graduating Senior Award of Excellence: Ashley Hichborn of Exeter, NH, class of 2020. Recent Alumni Award of Excellence: Colin Murphy of Boston, MA, class of 2013. Distinguished Alumni Service Award: Claira Monier of Goffstown, NH, class of 1962.

Alumni Achievement Awards (two recipients): Joe Gray, class of 1980, and Ron Bonneau, class of 1981, were both recognized for exemplifying PSU’s motto, “Ut prosim” (That I may serve), through special contributions to PSU Alumni Association activities and to their respective professions. Gray, of Pittsfield, NH, was honored for his contributions to and achievement in arts through his sculpture work. Ron Bonneau, of Caldwell, ID, was celebrated for his contributions to and achievement in athletics as both a competitive alpine skier and coach. He competed for PSU as a student and is currently in his 30th and final season as the head coach of the College of Idaho men’s and women’s alpine ski program. During his tenure, Bonneau has coached nine United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) individual national champions, 39 first-team All-Americans and 105 national scholarathletes. In 2016, he was honored as USCSA National Coach of the Year. He has also served as the Executive Director of the Northwest Collegiate Ski Conference during most of his tenure at the College of Idaho, helping generations of collegiate skiers in the region to have opportuni-

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Page 6 CALDWELL PERSPECTIVE The City of Caldwell and Destination Caldwell have canceled the 18th annual Indian Creek Festival. The event was set to take place on September 18 and 19, 2020.

Indian Creek Festival Cancelled

The decision to cancel the event came from Southwest Districts Health’s metrics rating Canyon County on the COVID-19 Health Alert Level as Red or High in combination with the

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large amount of people predicted to attend the event along Indian Creek and throughout downtown. Last year the festival drew over 15,000 people to downtown Caldwell. “The health and wellbeing of our community is always our top priority and at this point in time, a mass gathering of citizens would be counterproductive,” said City of Caldwell Mayor, Garret Nancolas. In place of the large festival, Destination Caldwell

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will host ‘Oldies on the Plaza’ a free concert with JR & the Stingrays from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, September 18. The ‘Indian Creek Show and Shine’, a dog and car show will take place Saturday, September 19 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Safety plans for both events were created by Destination Caldwell and approved by Southwest District Health and the City of Caldwell. Destination Caldwell plans to host Indian Creek Festival again in 2021.

A full list of precautions and safety measures taken at events hosted by Destination Caldwell can be found at While Indian Creek Festival will be missed by our community this year, we are fortunate to continue with our small events. We plan to hold the festival again in 2021!

New Details To The City’s Extensive Bicycle Path System

Historically, the issues of pedestrian access and bicycle infrastructure have been afterthoughts for many cities in North America. Caldwell is among the more clear-thinking cities that see varied and easy alternative transportation options as a valuable asset. Cities that are working to accommodate pedestrian and bicycle traffic are now considered more desirable places to live. In 2010, the city of Caldwell developed a working and official Bicycle and Pedestrian Master plan. https://www.cityofcaldwell. org/home/showdocument?id=1016 This plan outlines current and future bicycle and pedestrian routes through the city. The plan has since been updated several times, and a plan revamp was completed in 2017. In 2019, a consulting firm called Vitruvian Planning came to the Caldwell City council and asked to revamp the plan again. Vitruvian Planning asked the city to chip in $10,000 of the $50,000 this study would cost. The council approved the city’s portion after the United Way offered to pay $40,000 of the remaining cost. Many advocates of pedestrian access were anticipating the release of the Vitruvian plan when the first 49-page draft was released in March of 2020. The plan was unlike any plan released by the city. It featured detailed, site-specific needs. Many of the needs featured areas around Vallivue and Caldwell schools. The plan used clip art taken from internet sites like the Department of Transportation and the

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. One section of the plan featured survey results that focused on how students get to and from schools. Currently, only a very small portion of students in the city walk or ride bicycles to and from school. One interesting anecdote from the survey found that a prevailing reason students in the area are not self-reliant is due to the perception of some parents that children will be abducted while outside. City leaders questioned this concern, as Caldwell has been rated among the top 100 safest cities in the United States for children.

September 2020 It can be difficult for adults to take care of their families, careers, and stresses at the same time. Here are six work life balance tips on how to take care of your family and your career without getting overly stressed. 1. Set goals: The most important of work home balance tips is to set goals for yourself when you manage your family or career. When you get up in the mornings, try to set some daily goals for you to accomplish. When you accomplish According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 127,799 Jacquie Amende people in Idaho, or roughly 10% of the Idaho population, have diabetes. Diabetes is a disease in which an individual’s blood glucose, or blood sugar, is too high. This is a result of the body not being able to properly process the food we eat for


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these goals, you will feel happier and more confident to do more things. 2. Delegate: When taking care of your family, get your spouse to help you out. If your kids are older, get them to assist you. If you are at work, only take on what you can handle. Don’t try to do everything all at once. Learn to delegate and work with other people. 3. Evaluate your situation: If you try to do everything, you will get stressed out and anxious. A person can only do so

much in a given day. Learn to manage your responsibilities. If you feel like you are doing too much, then take a break and evaluate your situation. 4. Prioritize: Try to do things in terms of their importance. Let’s say that you have to clean the living room, go to the supermarket, and wash the dishes. You decide to go to the supermarket since that is the most important thing that needs to be accomplished. You decide you can do the other two tasks later on. Determine what

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energy. In a healthy body, the pancreas produces a hormone called insulin that helps control blood sugars. In a person with diabetes, the pancreas may not make enough insulin or the body cannot use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to be built up in the blood, which is what causes high blood sugars. These high blood sugars can lead to a diabetes diagnosis. Diabetes is a common, serious, and costly disease. Accord-

ing to the American Diabetes Association, people with diabetes have medical expenses approximately 2.3 times higher than those who do not have diabetes. Many complications of diabetes can be controlled and even prevented by making lifestyles changes. These lifestyle changes include improving eating habits, increasing physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and scheduling regular doctor visits. The University of Idaho Ex-

West Valley Forms Council to Better Serve Patients

West Valley Medical Center is launching a Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC). The new volunteer committee will provide insight to hospital leadership from the perspective of patients and family. “We are excited to launch this new council to better connect with our community and continue to raise the bar when it comes to serving our patients,” said Betsy Hunsicker, chief executive officer, West Valley Medical Center. “Our patients and families have a voice and this council only demonstrates our eager-

ness to listen to their feedback. It will help us ensure all patient-family interactions add value to the services we provide and exceed our satisfaction standard,” said Renee DeHaas, director of quality and risk management, West Valley Medical Center. The PFAC will consist of five to ten patients and family members, representing diverse groups within the community. There may be up to five hospital staff members, not to exceed more than 50 percent of the council. Meetings will be held at least every quarter or as needed and will

be held virtually for the time being. Those who would like to apply to serve on the council can do so at: Patient Family Advisors will serve a minimum of one year and should make an attempt to attend every meeting. Those selected to be part of the council are volunteers of the hospital and will complete a standard onboarding process before joining the council.

As the Labor Day weekend approaches, Canyon County residents should remain vigilant in protecting themselves from mosquitoes and the diseases that they carry, such as West Nile virus. Five additional mosquito samples tested positive for West Nile virus last week all from the North part of Nampa. “Idaho Bureau of Laboratories in Boise confirmed the positive mosquito pools,” said Jim Lunders, Director Canyon

County Mosquito Abatement District. Lunders explained that the Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District routinely sets 8 gravid traps and 120 dry ice baited EVS Traps throughout Canyon County to monitor for adult mosquito populations and the presence of vector borne diseases. To date, the District has tested 1474 pools this season for West Nile virus, 18 of which have tested positive.

The staff of the Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District has increased surveillance and control measures in response to the increased public health threat. “With the increased risk of West Nile virus, we encourage people to take appropriate precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites while enjoying the outdoors over the Holiday weekend,” said Lunders.

Mosquito Bite Prevention During Labor Day Weekend Additional Samples Test Positive for West Nile Virus in Canyon County

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needs done right away and do those things first. 5. Plan ahead: It is much easier to accomplish something if you know what you are going to do ahead of time. Proper planning will help manage the stresses and anxieties of getting want you want and help you to stay organized. 6. Communication is important: It is important to talk to your friends and family in order to avoid any potential problems. Get into the habit of talking to others in order to

get things accomplished. Do not get upset when things don’t work according to plan. Learning how to work with others can save you a lot of time. Stan Popovich is the author of the popular managing fear book, “A Layman’s Guide To Managing Fear”. For more information about Stan’s book and to get some free mental health advice, please visit Stan’s website at http://www.

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Whoever said hiking was fun must have been a 30 or 40 something, physically fit person, trying to prove something! Well it began at our house with the hubby saying, “Hey, there is this pretty little lake called Pearl Lake (near McCall) and it’s only a short one-mile hike over flat ground. Let’s do it.” So I asked him how he knew it was a short one-mile flat hike, to which he replied, “Dick Roberge and Don Price told me about it and did it in their 70s, so it must be true.” Well, maybe Dick and Don were mountain goats in their previous life and learned a different form of measurement than we have today. Skeptical, but committed, I chose to go on this short, flat hike with my enthusiast hubby, sister Mandie and her hubby Tom. We drove to the spot to park our pick-ups, unloaded our 4-wheelers and began our journey up the road to the one-mile, “flat” hiking trail to Pearl Lake. Initially, it looked promising, but as we continued walking, things began to change. I precariously crossed over a little stream on tippy stepping stones. Whew! I made it across without falling into the stream. Soon after, the trail became steeper and I truly thought we had already walked at least one mile on our short flat one-mile hike.


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Welcome to the sixteenth Annual Prayer Walk for our wonderful city of Caldwell and surrounding communities! I invite you and your people to come and pray with fellow Christians in our area on Saturday, September 26th, 2020 at the Caldwell Memorial Park on Kimball Ave., at 3:00 p.m. The walk takes approximately one hour and ten minutes. People may remain at the park and pray. Afterwards, we’ll have a pot-


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to type is I feel robbed. Many nights I would complete the small tasks before the show, replacing a missing button, reinforcing a seam or applying a hem to visit with Eddy who was always found at the entrance of the outdoor theatre on a bench that was put in place in memory of his granddaughter. We had some great conversations about values, raising kids and life. He was a man of strong character, he loved his “sweetie”, Jan so much. He worshipped the ground she walked on and had for many years. They had 15 kids, some being adopted, but just the same they were his kids. During the show he would walk over to the gate and stand in a position to see the stage, but still in the shadows to watch his son, Skye and daughter in law Michelle. He was mesmerized by her talent and loved to see them together on stage, it was very common during those times for a tear to roll down his cheek from pure pride and joy. With Covid a factor, the time to rehearse and prepare the 2020 season had been shortened compared to normal years and it was a huge risk flying these young adults from Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia (just to name a few). He was not sure if the season would even begin or continue for

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I put the car in drive after backing out of the driveway, in my rearview mirror I watched the depression and chaos become smaller just as an object would. I had decided the feelings Covid brought into my life were not going with me to Crouch, Idaho when our 15-year old daughter earned a position with a professional theatrical company for the summer, her first employment. It was a new journey, I was going to the mountains with our daughter to appreciate creation and fix my girl, who had a hard couple of years being a teenager. I had always loved watching Paige on stage, she has performed with her guitar at community events and coffee shops, but if you are a Paige fan; she truly shines brightest when she is on a theatre stage. It was a place she had found at a very young age, and through some not so pleasant experiences she left behind for 3 years. I didn’t think she would ever join a cast again, until February of 2020 when she auditioned (mainly because she was grounded and bored to tears). Paige was cast in the 2020 season at starlight mountain theatre. In early May we pulled the old 5th wheel camp trailer we borrowed from my brother up the mountain and set up our summer “cabin”. When

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since a child. Pride in hard work is reward enough. I remember that night sharing my appreciation for his love and the confidence he had helped my daughter regain. She had struggled through her teenage years to this point and for the first time in a very long time I allowed a person to see my tears. He told me that Starlight is known for healing and that God loves it. He was quick to tell me that Paige will be alright and I was doing a good job as a mom. It was a much-needed. There are only a couple more shows of the season and I just simply miss my friend. The closing night will be a tough day for all of us who will settle into our regular lives. Lives that were touched and forever changed, because we were/ are loved by Eddy Davis.

Memories Shared of Eddy Davis “I left Texas skeptical, wondering what I was getting myself into, but I now know that what I “got myself into” Reghan Scott Houston, TX was a family. Starlight truly has changed me into a better actor and overall person. Eddy made me feel at home, even thoughsands of miles away from my true home. A piece of my heart will forever be in Idaho; forever at Starlight Mountain Theatre. Thank you Eddy.” “I am so lucky to be where I am in life and to have this group of amazing people to be with Paige Hensel at this time. Thank you so much to the Davis family for taking me in as their own this summer. And to Ed Davis for being the most incredible director I’ve ever worked with. He’s shown me more about theatre than any other company or show i’ve been apart of. Ed is truly one of the strongest, loving, most outgoing people I’ve met. He always had a smile on his face and knew that the show must go one. So much of my love and prayers go out to this family. Rest in peace, You will be missed Eddy.”

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