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HORSEWOOD’S closes its restaurant!
said though they are closing their doors, they still call this place home. We are sad to see their restaurant business leave. They posted on their Facebook page, “With the demand of two successful family run businesses, this has caused us to lose focus of the quality we pride ourselves on. Both businesses were built on strong family values. The busier both businesses became, gradually caused us to lose touch of the foundation we are built on. With anything in life, sometimes future goals need to be postponed. The family has decided to redirect their focus and full attention
Caldwell to receive “High Five Ambassador Grant”
City of Caldwell Press Release
by Leora Summers
It’s been quite a journey for Jesse and Aaron Horsewood. According to their Facebook page. They closed their restaurant services at 212 S. Kimball Ave. on November 12, 2016. They said their decision to do so was so they could refocus on FAMILY and the LOVE OF FOOD. Horsewood catering began in Caldwell in January of 2011, and just this spring began their new venture with their Horsewood Kitchen restaurant located at 212 S. Kimball. They put a lot of work into this venture, but alas....it is finished as we came to know it in its short stay. They
The City of Caldwell has been selected to receive a High Five Ambassador Grant from the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health. The award of $15,000, which was announced in October, can be applied as local matching funds towards a large federally funded grant for a safe route to school project in Caldwell. Kendra Witt-Doyle, Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health Executive Director, said “Idaho cities play a lead role in creating healthier environments for our youth. Each awardee has a strong desire to create environments for healthier lifestyles and we are honored to help guide the transformation.” Caldwell’s leaders have been working hard on making walking and cycling safer in city limits. In recent years, the city has installed bike lanes, sidewalks, pathways, and bike routes in various neighborhoods across the city. The city recently wrapped up work on repaving and widening 2.75 miles of dilapidated pathways along the Boise River greenbelt near Whittenberger Park.
The Idaho Transportation Department awarded Caldwell with a $425,000 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant in August to extend the downtown Indian Creek Pathway from Densho Gardens Park to Centennial Way. Construction on this project is expected to begin in 2019. “The City is honored to receive this award,” said City of Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas, “I appreciate all of the hard work and countless hours that have been put into non-motorized transportation projects. We will put these funds to good use.” City of Caldwell Planning & Zoning Director Brian Billingsley said he would like use the award to target “sidewalk and crosswalk improvements on Montana Avenue in front of Syringa Middle School and Washington Elementary School.” City leaders will immediately begin searching for a grant to apply the award towards.
Revisited - Superior Paint & Glass Celebrates 70 Years of Business
by Leora Summers, Editor
Last month I highlighted this long-stay business in Caldwell before I realized that I only had half the story. My apologies to all for my omissions. So here is the more complete story. This main-stay business has been a part of our community for 70 years. It was originally named Superior Auto Glass before being renamed Superior Paint and Glass. The original building was on Blaine. When the interchange for the freeway was created in 1974, the building where the business now resides at 315 Cleveland Blvd. was built. Current owners, Fred and Sherry Heath & Andy and Nicole Bower purchased Superior Paint & Glass in
January of 1993 from Bob and Vic Asqueta, who had purchased it from the original owner, Wayne Hopper, who started the business in 1947. Fred & Andy were employees of the Asquetas and when the Asquetas were ready to downsize from 3 to 2 stores, they offered it to Fred & Andy who took them up on the offer. At the time of their acquisition, they had a staff of four employees which has now increased to eleven. They provide automotive, residential & commercial paint and glass. Congratulations to Fred and Sherry Heath & Andy and Nicole Bower for making it possible to celebrate this milestone in this longstay Caldwell business.
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to the catering business. We are excited to bring additional options including a new hip venue for onsite private parties. The venue at 212 S. Kimball Ave. will offer full bar service and of course Horsewood’s food. Stay tuned for exclusive monthly dinner as we partner with local wineries and breweries to truly showcase Idaho and what it has to offer.” “We appreciate the love and support. Please consider us for any future events you may have and continue to break bread with family: It is truly what matters!” -IT’S A HORSEWOOD THING!
Regan Volack Competes in NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Competition!
Regan with her keepsake 2nd place football. The photo was taken by her proud dad, Andrew Volack, at the awards ceremony in Seattle at the Century Link Field Events Center.
Fourteen-year-old Regan Volack of Caldwell recently competed in the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Competition for 14/15 year-old girls. She won the local competition in August, won the sectional competition in October and advanced on to the team competition in Seattle on November 19th where she placed second. Regan is the daughter of proud parents, Heather and Andrew Volack. Way to go Regan! Congratulations!
Page 2 CALDWELL PERSPECTIVE Senior Center 459-0132 Every Mon.: (ex. 12-26) 9 AM: Exercise Class Every Mon.: (ex. 12-26) 10 AM: Fit and Fall Class Every Mon.: (ex. 12-26) 1 PM: Line Dancing Every Tues.: (ex. 12-20) 9 AM: Art Group Every Tues.: 1 PM: Pinochle Every Tues.: 5:30 PM: Bingo Every Wed.: 10:30 AM: Crochet & Knitters Every Wed.: 7 PM: Square Dancing Every Thurs.: 9 AM: Exercise Class Every Thurs.: 10 AM: Fit & Fall Every Fri.: 1 PM: Bingo Every Fri.: 6 PM: Dance
6-7:30 PM: Treasure Valley Night Light Parade-Christmas Around the World, Georgia & Blaine down Blaine to 5th Ave., 459-7493. 7 PM: Rod Dyer sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. 7:30 PM: Piano Studio Recital, C of I, Langroise Recital Hall. December 5 2 PM: Page Turners, Library. 4:30-5:30 PM: Grief Support Group,WVMC-Indian Creek Room, FMI call Susan: (208) 250-2946 6 PM: All Ages Crochet, Library. December 6 4:30 PM: Teen Gaming, Library. 7 PM: Nutcracker, presented by Caldwell Fine Arts, Jewett AuditoLibrary 459-3242 rium, C of I. Sat., Dec. 24: Library closes at 1 PM. December 7 Christmas Day: Closed Remember Pearl Harbor Dec. 31: 3 PM: Closing 4:30 PM: Jr. Makers, Library. 12-26 to 1-9: Youth Program Break, 7 PM: Adult Coloring, Library. no regular programing. December 8 Every Mon.: (ex. 12-26) 10:30 AM: 11:30 AM: Dean Finch, Overview of Baby ’n Me. the American Indian, Senior Center, Every Mon.: (ex. 12-26) 4 PM: T.A.B. 1009 Everett St. Every Mon.: (ex. 12-26) 2 PM: Thurs. Afternoon Read, Library. 4:30 PM: Minecrafternoon. 4-5 PM: Ribbon Cutting, Kangaroo Every Tues.: (ex. 12-27) Clubhouse #3, 4511 E. Ustick Rd. 10:30 AM: Toddler Storytime. 7 PM: SIBA Program--Idaho Sage Every Wed.: (ex. 12-28) Grouse Guy in South Africa, Deer 10:30 AM: Preschool Storytime. Flat National Wildlife Refuge VisiEvery Thurs.: (ex. 12-29) tor’s Center, 13751 Upper Embank3:30 PM: Teen Makers. ment Rd, Nampa (corner of Indiana/ Every Fri.: 10 AM: Tai Chi. Roosevelt, south of Hwy 55). Public Invited. Fit and Fall Class 880-9855 December 9 Every Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30-10:30 AM Caldwell Free Methodist Church, 7 PM: Jeannie Marie sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. 3320 S. Montana. December 10 December 1 Foot Clinic, Senior Center 1009 Everett. 1:30 PM: Fred Rides the Train Author 4 PM: Read to a Therapy Dog, Library. Visit. 4:30-6:30 PM: Business After Hours 2 PM: Family Afternoon Movie: The Secret Life of Pets, Library. sponsored by West Valley Medical Center, 1906 Fairview Ave., Set 440. 7 PM: Dee Hisel sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St 6:30 PM: Library Board Meeting. December 11 7:30 PM: Wind Ensemble and Jazz 2-5 PM: P.E.O. Retirement Open Band concert, C of I, Langroise House Celebration for Darlene HarRecital Hall. ryman (P.E.O. House Manager), 114 December 2 7 PM: Jeannie Marie sings at Orphan E. Logan, Caldwell, Public Invited. Annies, 801 Everett St. December 12 December 3 10 AM-4 PM: Page Turners Holiday 1 PM: Senior Center Board Meeting, 1009 Everett St. Bazaar, Library. 6 PM: Meet A K-9 Officer, Library. 2-4 PM: Cork Ornament Crafting, Ste. Chapelle. Free with a purchase of 7-8:30 PM: Caldwell School District Board Meeting. a glass of wine.
Calendar of Events 7:30 PM: Centennial Band Christmas Concert, Jewett Auditorium, C of I. December 13 Board Elections, Senior Center, 1009 Everett St. 6 PM: Vallivue School District Board of Trustees Meeting. 11:15 AM-1 PM: Noonbreak Luncheon, sponsored by White Peterson Attorneys at Law, C of I, Simplot Dining Hall. 2 PM: Homeschool Book Club, Library. 4:30 PM: Tween Gaming, Library. 6-10 PM: CNR 7th Annual Christmas Party & Fundraiser, O’Connor Fieldhouse. December 14 8-9:30 AM: Coffee Connect, LaQuinta, 901 Specht Ave. 4:30 PM: Afternoon Crafts, Library. 5:30 PM: Caldwell Rambler’s RV Club Dinner, 6 PM-Meeting, Golden Dragon Restaurant, 211 S. 21st Ave., Ray (208) 697-1357. 7 PM: Adult Makers, Library. December 15 55 Alive Class, Senior Center, 1009 Everett St. 7 PM: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club, Library. December 16 7 PM: Jeannie Marie sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. 2 PM: Multi-Sensory Storytime, Library. December 17 10 AM-3 PM: Toys for Tots “Procrastinator’s Dream Christmas Event,” O’Connor Fieldhouse, Free. 5:30 PM & 7:30 PM: C of I, Men’s and Women’s Basketball respectively take on Corban at C of I in JAAC. 7 PM: Rod Dyer sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett. December 19 5-7 PM: Holiday Meal for Veterans and their families, Caldwell Elks Lodge, 1015 N. Kimball Ave., For ride assistance contact: VFW/American Legion Service Officer Gary White, (208) 608-4891. December 20 Foot Clinic, Senior Center, 1009 Everett St. 4:30 PM: Teen Gaming, Library. December 21 First Day of Winter
December 2016 4:30 PM: Afterschool Crafts, Library. December 22 Caldwell School District End of First Semester. Early release. Vallivue School District Christmas Break through January 2nd. December 23 9 AM-2:15 PM: David Johnson Memorial Blood Drive, Church of Christ, Corner of South10th/Ustick Call Carole at (208) 459-1423 to make an appt. If no answer, leave a message. 7 PM: Jeannie Marie sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. December 24 Christmas Eve December 25
December 26 Caldwell School District Christmas Break Through January 6th. December 28 7 PM: Adult Coloring, Library. December 29 2 PM: Pokemon Club, Library. 6:30 PM: Optimist Sponsored Movie: The BFG, Library. December 31 New Years Eve 10 AM-12 PM: Noon Year’s Eve Party, Library. January 3 11-11:30 AM: Caldwell Public Library, Kritters for Kids: Meet a baby binturong, “bearcat,” from Babby Farms. Program for all ages; an adult must accompany children under 10.
Chamber activity and participation has a positive effect of business retention and expansion, 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 your community, the Chamber offers several volunteer committees for you to take part on. December 1.....4:30 PM-7 PM: Business After Hours, West Valley Medical Center. December 3.....6 PM: Treasure Valley Night Light Parade. December 6.....11:30 AM-1:15 PM: Ambassadors Meeting, Stewarts Bar & Grill. December 7.....11:45 AM-1 PM: Agri-business Meeting, Stewarts Bar & Grill. December 8.......4 PM: Ribbon Cutting, Kangaroo Club House #3. December 13.....11:15 AM-1:15 PM: Noon Break Luncheon, Simplot Dining Hall, C of I. December 14.....8-9:30 AM: Coffee Connect, LaQuinta. December 15.....Leadership Caldwell, Economic Development/ Commerce Day. December 20.....1 PM: Education Committee Meeting, Hendren Conference Center, C of I.
The Chamber office will close at noon on December 23rd and reopen on December 27th at 8:00 am for Christmas. 704 Blaine Street, Caldwell, ID 83605 (208) 459-7493 • Fax: (208) 454-1284 • caldwellchamber.org
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Give “The Gift of Life” Donate Blood on December 23rd
by Leora Summers, Editor
Give the “gift of life” for a bowl of that great West Valley Medical Center’s famous stew! This year’s goal is 100 pints. This is one of the most important gifts that you can give during this holiday season as there is an increased need for blood during this time of year. This annual Christmas Eve blood drive was begun in 1985, memorializing past Caldwell Rotary Club member, David Johnson, who died on Christmas Eve in 1984. Johnson, David Johnson Memorial who was 40 years Blood Drive old at the time, Saturday, December 23rd was severely 9 a.m.-2:15 p.m. injured at his Church of Christ ACE Corner of South 10th/Ustick business, Supply Inc. He Call Carole at was unhooking (208) 459-1423 a scraper from to make an appt. his vintage John If no answer... Deere tractor, leave a message. which he had been using to scrape snow from parking lots at the College of Idaho. It was a Sunday afternoon. He was alone by the time he was found, he had lost a large amount of blood.
Rotarian, Jerry Bauman serving stew.
On that night, Caldwell Rotarians lined the halls of Caldwell Memorial Hospital, now known as West Valley Medical Center, to donate blood in Johnson’s name to help save his life. Unfortunately Johnson died and ever since then, Caldwell Rotary Club has joined with the Red Cross to have this annual blood drawing on December 24th, not only to honor David Johnson, but also to bring attention to the increased need for blood during the holiday season.
Grief Support Group Forming–Grief, Loss, Healing... November and December, with the celebration of holidays, are really hard months to get through when you have suffered the loss of a loved one, whether it was just this past year or years ago. Those who have passed are especially missed during the holiday season along with their other milestone dates. An initial meeting to organize this group was held on November 14th to plan the direction and logistics for the meetings for this group. During meetings, you will be presented with some ways to
help work through that grief. These meetings are intended to create a “safe zone” for you to express feelings through your journey towards healing. This group recognizes that people move through this process at their own pace and through their own way. There is no right or wrong way to do this, but suppressing grief hurts a person’s ability to enjoy the small things in life. Working through grief takes as long as it takes, but ignoring it robs you of the ability to enjoy the big and small things in life. Sharing with others and supporting each other when you
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are experiencing grief may help you if you are tired of being “stuck” and want to try to move forward. If this sounds like you, you are welcome and invited to attend the December meeting on Monday, in the Indian Creek Room at West Valley Medical Center on December 5th from 4:30-5:30pm. For more information call Susan: (208) 250-2946.
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P.E.O. CHAPTER HOUSE MANAGER RETIRES
by Bobbie Bonaminio
An open house event will take place Sunday, Dec. 11th for Darlene Harryman, P.E.O. Chapter House manager. The event will take place at the Chapter House, 114 E. Logan in Caldwell from 2:00-5:00pm in the afternoon. Darlene has been the manager for 10 years and has been involved in many community activities. A replacement will be announced before Darlene’s retirement at the end of December. The community is invited to drop in and wish her well. Editor’s note: Darlene cherishes her time as manager of the P.E.O. Chapter House and has come to love living in Caldwell. Community is invited to P.E.O. She plans to remain in Caldwell and keep in touch with the friends Chapter House to celebrate Darlene Harryman’s retirement. that she has made here. Dec. 11, 2:00-5:00 PM P.E.O. Retirement Open House Celebration for Darlene Harryman (P.E.O. House Manager) 114 E. Logan, Caldwell, Public Invited.
Caldwell Elks invite Vets to a Holiday Meal
by Leora Summers, Editor
If you are a Veteran, the Caldwell Elks Lodge #1448 invites you and your family to a special Holiday Dinner for Vets on December 19th from 5-7pm, to be held at the lodge, 1015 N. Kimball Ave. Once they start advertising, it may be possible to make reservations by going through the Elks’ Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/ CaldwellElksLodge/. For questions you can always call: ((208) 454-1448. If you need ride assistance, contact: VFW/American Legion Service Officer Gary White, (208) 608-4891. Thanks goes out to our Elks Lodge for taking such good care of our Vets and their families.
Grief Support Group December 5th 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. WVMC-Indian Creek Room FMI call Susan: (208) 250-2946
OPERATION SANTA: IDAHO serves Caldwell kids and families
by Leora Summers, Editor
About 15 years ago, when Karen Cameron, read an article in Ladies Home Journal about a man who bought presents for about 5,000 kids in the Bronx and served their families dinner, it triggered the idea for today’s Operation Santa: Idaho, a 501(c)(3) organization in Caldwell. She and her friend, Lucy Meredith, have been organizing this amazing labor of love for the past 15 years. They began by recruiting family and friends to help them. They “adopted” some kids for the project, shopped for them and served dinner to their families and after dinner, had Santa pass out their gifts. According to Karen, it seemed a little stale to spend Christmas Eve with a bunch of strangers sitting in a room, eating with each other, and waiting for their turn with Santa to get their gifts and then leave. So Karen and Lucy re-vamped the program to what it is today. The room is busy with lots of Christmas music and noise. Activity stations are set up where kids can make ornaments, other crafts, make presents for their parents and decorate cookies to leave out for Santa. The day ends with the kids sitting on Santa’s lap and they all receive a treat bag. When the families are ready to leave, they are loaded up with presents (toys, jackets, blankets, family movie night baskets, etc.), a full ham dinner and a box of household items (detergent,
toothbrushes, toilet paper, etc.) purchased by Bethel #8, Job’s Daughters International. The Operation Santa event is held on Christmas Eve day at Faith Lutheran Church in Caldwell. Karen chose to have this event on Christmas Eve day because she wanted the people who attend to know that they are important enough to her to set aside that special day just for them. Caldwell school children and their families are selected by teachers in their schools. An angel gift tree is set up with a “bio” on each selected student with their wishes and needs for Christmas. Community members “adopt a kid” to shop for from the tree. They are asked to spend around $50 per child. Over the years, Karen has noticed the request for items has shifted from wants to needs. They want new clothes – jeans and shirts, socks, underwear, jackets and shoes…the necessities. It is so different from years past, when everyone wanted a new X-box. She would love to see Operation Santa: Idaho provide each child with these items. It is a dream that she knows will eventually come to fruition. If you want to “Adopt a Kid” to shop for or to donate dollars for a Christmas meal, contact Karen at (208) 899-3483 or Lucy at (208) 949-3050. The cut-off date for “adoptions” and donations is December 15th.
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Sponsored by the Caldwell Veterans Council Veterans Day November 11, 2016
In partnership with the Caldwell Elks Lodge #1448, the 2016 Veterans Day Celebration was the best in recent memory. The keynote speaker was Major Noah Siple who delivered an excellent Veterans Day address that many in the audience remarked that it was the best they had ever heard. Good job Noah! The Color Guard was performed by Larry Kelly, USCG Aux, Larry Ammann, US Army and Bobbie Lee, US Marines. Choral participation we performed by the Van Buren Elementary School choir. The front of the Memorial Hall was decorated with floral arrangements donated by Designs by Diana & Co.At the conclusion of the ceremony, Terry Harrell conducted a tour of the Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall.
The 1st Annual Clay Shoot, on November 12th
was a success. The weather cooperated for the most part and over 100 people signed up to shoot. The high scoring winner was Roger Eisenbarth and the high scoring team included Warren Burch, Dave Greene, Dave White and Tim Standerfield. A special thanks to the Caldwell Elks Lodge for providing a hamburger and hot dog lunch cooked on United Metal’s famous “Pistol Barbeque”. Thanks to Rod Ekart for loaning us the barbeque, which added a nice touch to a shooting event. The Caldwell Gun Club generously donated their range to the shoot and organized the teams. We are planning our 2017 Clay Shoot, which promises to be even better than this one.
Local Veteran’s Organizations
Carrie L French, Chapter 1, Disabled American Veterans. 2nd Tuesday every month at 7 pm, Train Depot, 701 Main Street, Caldwell, Service Officer – Norman Geyer, (208) 405-9384 Loren M Trotter, Post 35, American Legion. 2nd Monday every month at 7 pm. Social Meeting, 4th Monday every month at 7 pm. 1112 Main Street, Caldwell, Idaho 83605 Service Officer – Gary White, (208) 608-4891. LT Leighton D Patterson, Post 3886, Veterans of Foreign Wars. 2nd Thursday every month at 7 pm. 1112 Main Street, Caldwell, Idaho 83605.
We are currently raising funds to buy an elevator to better serve our disabled and elderly veterans. More information, visit www.cvmh-vets.org or mail; CVMH, PO Box 1535, Caldwell, Idaho 83605.
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Upcoming Events at Caldwell Public Library
by Fiona May, Youth Services Supervisor
Caught in the Act-Centennial Band Practicing by Leora Summers, Editor
Christmas Holiday Bazaar: Saturday, Dec. 3rd between 10am- 4pm, there will be an appearance from Mrs. and Santa Claus, a variety of vendors and holiday books including cookbooks to check out during the bazaar. New Book for Kids: Saturday, Dec. 10th, at 1:30pm in the Children’s Room, Local author, Janet Morrison, and her service dog, Fred, will introduce, “Fred Rides the Train.” In this lively tale, Jan and Fred take a train ride to visit Santa’s Village for a day of adventure. Story time for all ages; an adult must accompany children under 10. Noon Year’s Eve Party: Saturday, Dec. 31st, from 10am- noon, “Let’s bring in 2017 together with crafts, activities, fizzy drinks and a balloon drop at the stroke of noon!” All ages are welcome to join the celebration. Kritters for Kids: Tuesday, Jan. 3rd from 11-11:30am, meet a baby binturong (bearcat) from Babby Farms here in Caldwell. Program for all ages; an adult must accompany children under 10.
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The Caldwell Centennial Band was caught practicing at the College of Idaho band room for their upcoming Christmas concert. Some really grand old favorites were being practiced creating quite a happy holiday spirit. I just couldn’t stand it and after a year and a half leave of absence, I just had to pick up my clarinet again and join the group. See you all at 7:30pm at our concert on Monday, December 12th at Jewett Auditorium. “Be There or Be Square!”
SIBA-Idaho Sage Grouse Guy in South Africa A simple slide show of birds and animals photographed on a June 2016 Photo Safari in South Africa will be shown by Idaho’s Sage Grouse Guy, Ken Miracle. Mr. Miracle was born and raised in Twin Falls, Idaho. He graduated from Idaho State University. Ken moved to Boise, Idaho in 1986 and became more involved in conservation. After retiring and discovering “painting with light” he added nature and project photography to his conservation efforts. His primary focus is wildlife … my motto, “Shoot, share and conserve.” Ken volunteers with various non-profits including The Nature Conservancy, Quail Forever, Idaho Fish and Game, The Owyhee County Local Sage Grouse Working Group, The Intermountain Bird Observatory, The Sage Grouse Initiative and Idaho Rivers United. Miracle’s photographs are used to promote conservation and tell stories in print and on the world-wide web. He says photography brought him to the other side of the camera when he was one of six Field and Stream Conservation Hero of The Year finalists in 2014. Field and Stream and Toyota produced video and print stories that also incorporated his photography, to tell the story of Idaho Sage Grouse conservation efforts. These debuted at an awards gala in Washington D.C. and were used by Field and Stream worldwide to promote conservation. Mr. Miracle will show his photography at the Southwestern Idaho Birders Association meeting on Thursday, Dec. 8th, 7pm in the visitor’s center of Deer Flat NR. The public is always welcome.
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Procrastinator’s Dream Christmas Event at O’Connor
by Leora Summers, Editor
Okay all you late shoppers like myself! There is a fun event being held on December 17th that is free to the public. There will be over 110 vendors with a huge variety of goods, services and fun things to see and do. It is the Toys for Tots “Procrastinator’s Dream Christmas Event,” that will be held at O’Connor Field House (2207 Blaine St.). There will be free pictures with Santa with on-the-spot printing by Elohym Studios. At 2pm there will be a drawing for a Turkey Dinner Door Prize Give-Away. There will also be free live music from 9-11am with Michael Hunter and from noon-3pm A TASTY JAMM will perform during the event. They will also be collecting for “Toys for Tots” during the event, so if you feel so inclined, please bring something to donate to that worthwhile cause or pick something up inside while you enjoy the activities and music.
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WVMC Nurse Goes on Medical Mission to Zimbabwe Jennifer Wagenaar, Chief Nursing Officer at WVMC (West Valley Medical Center) went on a 2 week medical mission to Zimbabwe through the organization ZimbabWECare. According to Jennifer, WVMC encourages staff and leaders to live by WVMC’s Mission statement “above all else we are committed to the care and improvement of human lives,” which crosses city, county, state, and national borders. The organization, ZimbabWECare ( h t t p : / / w w w. z i m b a b w e c a re . org/), is a Non-Profit 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to healthcare assistance and the promotion of health and wellbeing in rural Southern Africa. Jen left on September 30th to meet up in Salt Lake City with the U.S. group that she would be joining, most of whom she did not know until she met them at the airport. Her group included 3 physicians, 4 nurses, and 3 other humanitarian folks. They left on October 1st and when they arrived in Zimbabwe, they met up with some local (Zimbabwe) folks, 2 of whom were dentists. They returned from their medical mission on October 15th. This is the story of her trip as told by her. We traveled from Harare to some of the remote villages, primarily in northern Zimbabwe. We were near Kadoma, Lake Kariba, Gatche Gatche, Tschinga, Binga, Hwange over to Victoria Falls and back to Harare via Bulawayo. Our accommodations were variable
– and there were lots of crawly critters no matter where/how we slept. The typical trip for the group would mean camping in tents almost nightly. Because of the routes we took and the villages we went to, we traveled by boat. Some nights we slept on the deck of a house boat (think 1980’s) and also in a national park service cabin (think of the giant spider and scorpion photos) and outdoors in tents. We were very fortunate that our in-country connections planned for food. We ate a lot of porridge/grits, bacon, eggs, and breads and then also meals that they had planned ahead and packed in coolers for us. They did a fantastic job with packing and planning. I was even blessed with instant coffee for the trek! We saw a number of thingsprimarily aches and pains, tooth abscesses, ringworm (huge numbers of especially schoolaged children), high blood pressure, other abscesses that needed to be opened and drained, sinus and other upper respiratory tract infections and heartburn. Many folks we saw just needed someone to put a hand on their shoulder, listen to their concerns and reassure them that what they were experiencing was not life altering or dangerous. Many times the concern was related to aches and pains – arthritis, menstrual cramps, back pain and the like. There really wasn’t much difference in regards to the kinds of ailments that we see in the U.S. It was really surprising how alike people are in this regard, though there was a high prevalence of
Super Moon–November 13th story and photos by Leora Summers, Editor
I almost forgot about it, but went outside and looked at the night sky seeing parted clouds with this amazing moon peeking through. I remembered that we were going to be treated with the sight of a super moon soon and I lucked out and got this chance to see it. A super moon of this magnitude is said not to have shown its shining face since 1948, 68 years ago. This super moon was called “November’s Full Beaver Moon,” but also has the name of the “Full Frost Moon.” It follows October’s Harvest Moon. Another super moon will occur on December 14th, but not of this magnitude. A Super moon occurs when the moon’s sphere, in its elliptical orbit, is the closest to earth, making it appear up to 30% brighter and up to 14% larger than a typical full moon. The next one of this magnitude will happen on November 25th, 2031.
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HIV/AIDS, but that is outside of what we treated. It wasn’t an emotionally, physically or spiritually easy trip, but, I would do it again. There are so many people in the world who could use a hand and while to some this may seem like a drop in the bucket, it changed lives for the better. The villages we traveled to were full of people making the most of what they do have and not focusing on what they don’t have – something the world could use more of. One of the quotes I shared at Rotary really does summarize it for me. “Sympathy is easy. You have sympathy for starving children swatting at flies on the late-night commercials. Sympathy is easy because it comes from a position of power. Empathy is getting down on your knees and looking someone in the eye, and realizing that you could be them, and that all that separates you is luck.” I am fortunate to have a talent and the means to contribute. This trip reinforced my perspective on life. There are so many people doing altruistic, selfless, human work that are changing lives for the better, and we forget all of the good we can be in this world that can feel so dark and cold. There were many twists and turns during this trip that we did not plan for – car accidents, illness, flat tires, police interference, political impedance – but we kept working hard and praying hard. The harder we tried to be in control, the less control we really had. I think that is true of so much of our lives. It is really hard to summarize
This was the “Thank you to the people of Binga for allowing us into your home” photo from the U.S. medical mission. Jennifer is on the far left side holding the sign.
two weeks, a full journal, 2000+ photos and a heart full of new friends in writing! There is so much to be learned through giving what you can with a servant’s heart and even more to learn when you have the opportunity to serve next to this amazing group of people.
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Eugene Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” presented by Rathbone Warwick Investments
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A family favorite! This heart-warming tale of friendship and adventure is a standard holiday fare for many area families!
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All the wonders of the Nutcracker in a small shell. This one-hour show features all of Act 1 and selected dances from Act 2. Bring the entire family!
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Caldwell Police Officers Appreciated by Washington 4th Graders November 17th was an awesome day in Mr. Josh Hackenberg’s 4th grade classroom at Washington Elementary in Caldwell. His students wanted to show their support for our Caldwell Police Department and wanted to show them their appreciation for all they do in the community. Seven officers and 3 administrative staff attended and fielded questions from the kids. The first student asked Officer Baldazo how old he was and it went on from there. You never know what they want to know and then you never know how Chief Wyant will answer either. One student asked the Chief is being a police officer was stressful to which the Chief answered, “It is so stressful all our hair falls out!” And as you looked around the room, most of the officers had shaved heads. Even so, when the kids were asked how many wanted to become police officers, still many raised their hands knowing the fate of the possibility of losing all their hair! Some other questions asked were: if they had police turtles
for which the answer was no; if they eat donuts at work for which the answer was that stereotype came about because police on the night shift only had one option-to buy donuts when they were hungry because only the donut shops were open at that time; the number of canines the force had, answer was 2 with the first canine coming to the department in 1993; had they ever tased someone; if a robber runs, what would you do and others. A student asked if any Caldwell Officers died while on duty to which Chief Wyant answered that there were 2, and on the national level there have been 130. Captain Devin Riley told the students that he was very impressed with how respectful everyone was taking their turns speaking and by the way they said their pledge to the flag. He ended the question period saying, “Listen to your parents and teachers so you can grow up to be awesome like Chief Wyant!” After his closing remarks, the students passed out the “Police Survival Kits” they put together 14 years Experience!
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CPD Officers and CPD Administrative Staff that attended the appreciation day with the children in Mr. Josh Hackenberg’s 4th grade class of 29 students at Washington Elementary.
for the officers. Included in the kit were the following: Life Savers-to remind you of the many times you have been one; Starburst--for the burst of energy that you need; Hershey Kisses--to show our love for you; Gum--to help everyone stick together; Tootsie Roll--so you can roll with the punches; Peppermint Patti--to help you
keep your cool; Snickers--to help you keep your humor; Smarties-to remind you how smart you are. Included was a note at the bottom that said, “Thank you for all you do in keeping us safe.” Directly following that, the students received stickers and asked officers for their autographs. It was a great morning for
4 Common Skiing Injuries...and how to avoid them
Skiing — it’s one of those winter sports that people either love, or they’re terrified of it. For those who love it, skiing is a great way to stay in shape when jogging, swimming, baseball and other warm-weather sports are less of an option. But, as with any other sport, hitting the slopes comes with a chance of injury. Here are four of the most common ski injuries and what you can do to prevent them: Leg Fractures and Sprains The most common leg injuries from skiing are sprains, followed by fractures, according to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Leading causes of fractured shin and thighbones include falls and collisions. And fractures are generally more common in older skiers because their bones are more brittle, says the ACSM. Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Damage Your MCL connects your shinbone to your thighbone. MCL injuries are the most common skiing knee injuries, says the ACSM. You can damage your MCL if you twist while falling. You can also stress this ligament if you stay in a bent-knee position for unusually long periods of time. The good news is that almost all MCL sprains can be treated simply by wearing a brace that limits your use of the ligament until it is healed. Then you can get back to the slopes. Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Damage The ACL, located in the middle of the knee, stops your shin bone from sliding in front of your thigh bone. A torn or ruptured ACL is a more painful and complicated skiing injury. The ACSM says this particular injury can happen if you fall backward while your lower leg continues in a forward motion. ACL
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injuries generally require surgery to repair the tear. And recovery involves rehabilitation to make sure the tear heals correctly. With time and rehab, you may be able to ski again in the future. Hand Fractures and Sprains Believe it or not, the thumb is an especially vulnerable joint. In fact, thumb ligament injuries are the second most common skiing injuries, surpassed only by MCL injuries in the knee. Most people injure their thumbs when they fall while still holding the ski pole. When they fall, their thumb is pulled painfully forward to the point of injury. How can you prevent skiing-related orthopedic injuries? If you’re new to skiing — or haven’t been on the slopes for a while — taking skiing lessons is a great way to learn the proper techniques to reduce your risk of injury. Wearing and using the right equipment is important, too. Look for gear that fits you properly and is sold by a certified ski shop. Here are five more ways to reduce your risk of orthopedic injury while skiing: take rest breaks; know your physical limits; stay hydrated; stay on course and follow safety warnings (source: Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention). And listen to your gut. Don’t try moves that you’re not totally comfortable with. Protecting yourself from injuries is the best way to make sure you can ski as much as you want this season. John Q. Smith, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon affiliated with West Valley Medical Center. He has been practicing in the Caldwell community for more than 14 years.
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Bit by bit, the Sundowner Motel went down during the month of November. Now the Creek is wide open to begin the next phase in our downtown beautification plan. A park is planned to be extended into this area with a tunnel to go under South 10th to extend the pretty park area from across the street. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together!
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Caldwell High School Student, Tatiana Velasco studies in France!
Tatiana (far right) and two of the friends she made while in the program.
Caldwell High School senior Tatiana Velasco had an amazing exchange experience abroad in Rennes, France this summer with 19 other girls from other parts of the country. She applied for and received a scholarship of $5,900.00 to study abroad through the CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange). CFEO (Caldwell Foundation for Education Opportunity) awarded her another $500 towards her abroad study. She found out about the abroad study opportunity through her friend, Armando, who also received a scholarship to study in Spain. She wanted to experience learning a language first-hand and to learn about the different traditions and forms of community in France. She hoped to come back with a deeper understanding of her own culture and gain a new perspective on how she viewed things in our country. She left on July 8th and spent 4 weeks in Rennes, France during which she studied language and culture, returning home on August 8th. During her stay, she lived with a retired nurse who was her “host mom.” While there,
she met two amazing girls, one from Nebraska and the turn their heads when my friend, who wore her hijab, other from New Jersey. walked by. They kind of seemed awkward and uneasy by Once she arrived to her new home, her host mom her presence, and in my opinion, it was the saddest thing showed her the way to school if she chose to walk there and to encounter. It just made me realize how big of a problem also how to take the bus. She had classes in the mornings it really is, everywhere.” and after lunch. She also attended community activities “The trip definitely changed my perspective on life and went on excursions. in the way that I think. I have become much more openHer experience was much more than she expected. minded and really learned that I have to take care of myself She really connected with her host mom, and described it physically and mentally in order for me to perform well.” like hanging out with the grandma she never had. Tatiana “I have had a preset mind to study medicine in my was in France when the attack in Nice occurred. She said future, so while this didn’t change, I now think that I she came away from the experience seeing the problem will look into more abroad study opportunities after high with terrorism first-hand and what it was like to live with school, and I would like to further my studies in the French it. Overall her experience made her much more aware of language and possibly take on another language.” herself and she was surprised to find that her ability to Tatiana is in her 3rd year in the TRIO Upward Bound connect with the people and the place was much deeper program at Caldwell High School. The program includes than she expected. students whose neither parent went beyond a high Through this experience she said that she has a better school education. The program promotes and provides understanding of what values are truly the most important opportunities to those students to encourage education to her and she learned what type of an environment she beyond high school. wished for in her future. She also learned that she could pursue her dream, no matter how far away it took her from her family, and that she would have their support. Before she went on this trip, she said, “I had 5K Run/Walk around and through Whittenberger Park ideas about how I thought the French people were going to treat me, but I came to find after Saturday, December 17, 2016 10:00 A.M. multiple times of getting lost and such that they were overall a super sweet and friendly people. $25 Early Sign-up through December 6th However, I also became aware that prejudice ($35 thereafter, through race morning) does exist within some French people.” “I guess I had never really thought about Event Location: Centennial Way and Chiprejudice in other countries until I went to this cago Street, just off I-84, exit 27 in Caldwell. one. I noticed how some people would sort of
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When he opened his mail and saw a check for $3,700, one Treasure Valley man thought he was about to make extra cash just in time for the holiday season. The letter explained he’d been selected to be a “secret shopper” and he just needed to purchase gift cards at a nearby major store and complete a survey. The plan sounded easy enough! He took the check to the bank and followed instructions to purchase gift cards and send wire transfers equating to about $3,000. A few weeks later, the bank called: that original check had insufficient funds, and now, he was on the hook for the money. Yikes! Better Business Bureau calls this the “Secret Shopper” scam, and while it occurs yearround, we see the frequency increase around the holiday season. If you get a check in the mail or see a solicitation advertising “secret shopper” or “mystery shopper” positions, keep a few tips in mind from BBB: • Some positions are more likely to be scams: Always be wary of secret shopper positions or any
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Executive Movement at the YMCA!
by Leora Summers
Claudia Suastegui & Erik Bullock
We have certainly seen movement in the top positions of our Caldwell YMCA since its inception. When it first opened 11 years ago in October of 2005, Scott Curtis became its first Executive Director. Then in 2013, Scott Curtis was promoted to senior vice president of the Treasure Valley YMCA in Boise with Dave Morris replacing him at our Caldwell Y in August of 2013. In June of 2015, Erik Bullock replaced Morris when Morris moved into a new leadership position as the Executive Director of Membership for the organization. Bullock felt that he had “come home” after taking this position with the Y where he had great experiences with the organization in the past. Recently Erik has acquired a new Y title as Executive Director, Caldwell Branch and Y Camp @ Horsethief Reservoir. This additional duty with the Y Camp seems to fit in well with his past history. His experience with the YMCA began with the Boise Y, as a camp counselor. After graduating, he worked with youth in Kuna as a summer camp and after school site coordinator and later moved to Georgia as a senior program director, overseeing a camp facility there. This new title seems to be a good fit for both him, the Treasure Valley YMCA and the Y’s Camp Horsethief. Since his new title change and obligations, Claudia Suastegui has stepped into the role of Associate Branch Director to be able to give Erik support with his duties at the Caldwell Y to maintain the quality of programs already established there allowing him to attend to his additional duties at Camp Horsethief. Claudia will oversee operations of the facility as well as staff development, member experience, and program enhancements. This change is a win-win for Caldwell. The Y Camp team will now work out of the Caldwell branch during the off season and provide new opportunities for local youth, build relationships with families, and exposure of a resident camp experience. Dave Morris has recently been moved into the Executive Director position at the downtown YMCA. Yes, there is a lot of movement in the Treasure Valley YMCA, but as organizations change and evolve, progress is made.
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PUBLIC SAFETY-Winter Travel by Ted Brumet, Public Safety and Prevention Specialist
The Holiday Season is upon us. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or even Kwanzaa, most people will be traveling during the holiday season, or you might have guests coming in. Considering that a number of people may be traveling and may be faced with unpredictable weather, I thought it might be a good idea to cover some basic traveling safety tips. Plan Ahead: I am notorious for breaking this rule, even though we have made the same trip every year. So besides knowing where you are going, and how you are going to get there, take some time to check for road construction, road conditions, and expected weather conditions. I failed to do this once and as a result, I ended up paying more money for snow chains, because I failed to pack the ones I already had. Don’t post news that you are out of town: The majority of people reading this, have social media of one type or another. If you haven’t changed your security settings for each site, then your profile is probably public. That means potential criminals can see when you are out of town, just by the information you post. Have someone watch your house: Potential criminals can tell if someone is home by looking for tell-tell signs. Such as newspapers not being picked up; mailbox is full; even that there are never any lights on in the house. There are a few things you can do here. You can ask your local post office to hold your mail for the days you are gone. Call the
newspaper and ask them to stop delivery until you get back. Use an automated timer to turn your lights on and off randomly. I have found that it is usually easier, just to ask someone you trust to check on your house daily. Be sure to give them the key if you choose this option. Be sure to pack blankets and a warning kit: Anything can happen on the road. Although I had forgotten the tire chains, I did remember to pack a warning kit. Included in most of these kits are warning triangles, a flashlight, and some basic tools. If I had not packed that kit, I’m pretty sure I would have ended up spending more money for something I already have. The blankets are in case you have car problems that keep the vehicle from running. Use these to keep you and your passengers warm until help arrives. Some even suggest packing food and water for the same scenario. Be sure to service your car before you leave: Sometimes a potentially bad event can be avoided by performing basic vehicle maintenance. At a minimum, I check the antifreeze, change the oil, and check the wear on my tires. There are a few businesses that will be willing to help make sure your car is road trip ready. Until next year I wish each and every one of you a safe and joyous Holiday Season.
The Pest Guy–Don’t let the bed bugs bite!
During the holiday season, many of us travel to the ancestral abode to spend time with family. Many of us also realize that the ole’ homestead isn’t as big as it used to seem, and sleeping on the bottom bunk with cousin Eddy on top isn’t as fun as it once was. Inevitably, a hotel becomes the best option to maintain familial bliss. Actually, who are we kidding-it’s mostly about our own sanity! While a hotel enables you to sleep more soundly, you may want to take a few precautions to avoid an even worse problem than cousin Eddy’s snoring: Bed bugs! Bed bugs have been living in close proximity to humans for a long time. In the early 1990s, bed bugs were found at an Egyptian
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archeological site that went back 3,500 years. Fast forward to the 1950s. A pesticide called DDT, together with modern vacuums, washing machines, and driers, made serious inroads on bed bug populations, almost to the point of eradication in the U.S. Shortly thereafter, DDT was banned, and bed bug populations have been slowly climbing ever since. The Boise area has not been untouched. Ten years ago, I would’ve laughed out loud (literally LOL’d, maybe even ROTFL’d) if you would have told me that there was a bed bug infestation in the Treasure Valley. But now I see bed bugs on a weekly basis. So, when you check into that hotel, take a quick look around (quick tip–use a flashlight; your phone’s flashlight works great). Here is what you should be looking for: Adult bed bugs are reddish brown and are 1/5 inch long and about 1/8 inch wide. During the day, the adults typically stay out of sight and are therefore difficult to find. However, you can still
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detect bed bugs by the spots of fecal matter or dried blood they leave on mattresses, etc. Start with the bed. Remove the sheet and take a look at the tufts, folds, and seams of the mattress and box spring. Inspect the bed frame for any signs. Next, inspect the headboard, the wall behind the headboard, behind pictures, the luggage rack, and the seams of any upholstered furniture. All this should take you no longer than 5 minutes. If you find anything, report it immediately to the hotel staff, and ask for another room. If you don’t find anything, start to take it easy. Begin relaxing by going early to the pool with your kids, and then staying there for 6 straight hours while you listen to earsplitting screams of joy whilst you sweat profusely from the humidity of the pool room. Aren’t vacations fun?
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Winter Wonderland is Delightful with 800,000 Lights!
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Santa and Mrs. Claus with John Parker (behind) and Hailey and Charley Davis.
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With over 800,000 lights on November 18th, Caldwell’s Winter Wonderland event drew people from all over the valley to enjoy the festivities of the night. Santa listened to their children’s wishes; the newly formed Salvation Army School of Arts groups sang, danced and played in a band; Clyde the Camel greeted spectators; the Treasure Valley Jazz Band played, and the Encore Choral Group sang. The Train Depot was open with various displays and cookies were offered to all. Vendors were available for the crowd providing dinner, snacks and beverages during the event. The crowd was wowwed when the switch was flipped to light up the Creek. A new penguin iceberg feature graced the Creek this year and the dragon really breathed fire! The lights will continue through January 15th, so make it a point to go downtown at night to enjoy them. The city street department worked hard for a couple of months to create this awesome sight for all to enjoy. Go down several times and bring your friends as they will not see anything quite as special as this light display during this holiday season. People are seen walking around the Creek every night now enjoying the lights and the best thing about it, is that it doesn’t cost a thing! Thanks to all who worked on the Winter Wonderland Committee to make this possible: Debbie Geyer, Angie Point, Eric Boyum, Ken Wien, Kresta Smout, Carol Teats, Mike Pollard, Gordon Reed and Susan Miller! Also special thanks to Caldwell’s Street Department. Good Job people! You make Caldwell proud! P.S. Boise’s Winter Garden aglow at the Botanical Garden, though also beautiful, has only about 300,000 lights to our 800,000+ and costs you! They don’t have anything over on Caldwell!
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“Not important...but possibly of interest”
I was a freshman in high school when I acquired a 1936 Ford with 36,000 miles on the odometer. But 36,000 miles on a ’36 Ford was probably the equivalent of 200,000 miles on a modern car. They don’t build cars like they used to and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The Ford had a hole in the engine intake manifold. I went to a wrecking yard and found a manifold without a hole. Since I knew very little about automobiles, I invited Earl and Jerry, classmates who did have some knowledge, over to my parents’ place to lend
a hand. Mom and Dad weren’t home that particular Saturday. Replacing the old manifold wasn’t too difficult. But then we discovered the replacement manifold was a little taller than the original so the tube used to attach the fuel line to the carburetor was too short. But Earl had a solution. He got an empty metal three-pound Folgers coffee can and bent the top edge so it had a pouring spout. Then he put some gasoline in the can and told me to crank the engine and pump the gas pedal. As the engine turned over, Earl poured gas into the carburetor throat. Voila! The engine roared to life and kept running as long as Earl kept pouring. Then ole Earl had an epiphany. The Ford’s driver seat had been
removed, so I turned a five-gallon bucket upside down and sat on it behind the steering wheel. The hood was off the car, so Earl straddled the engine facing backwards with his rear end resting on the top of the radiator. I don’t remember if Jerry was in the car or had an attack of common sense and stayed behind. With Earl pouring and me steering and pushing the gas pedal, we pulled the Ford out onto Highway 69 and headed north toward Meridian. We only made it as far as Hedberg’s Corner, about a mile from my parents’ place, before Earl indicated we were getting low on fuel. So we headed home. At one point we hit 60 miles per hour. That may still stand as some sort of speed record for a car fueled
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by someone facing backwards straddling an engine and pouring gas down a carburetor. I do remember an adult driver of a car heading the opposite direction had a really strange look on his face as we flashed past. I never did get the necessary piece of tubing to properly connect the fuel line. Shortly after the test drive, I concluded building a hot rod was more work than I wanted to do and sold the Ford for $250. I saw Jerry a while back. He’s been all over the world in the past half century and had some pretty exciting experiences. But he said one of his most vivid memories is of that ’36 Ford fueled by Earl and a Folgers coffee can full of gas.
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At the turn of the last century in an unnamed Old World European country, Pavla is born, the result of years of trying and a bit of help from the local medicine woman, to aging parents. As a little person, she doesn’t fit in to the small village where differences are shunned and her parents worry both for her future and their own social standing. They feel as if her dwarfism was their punishment for partaking of gypsy tonics to conceive her in the first place; a karmic payback from Mother Nature. This is the premise of Little Nothing, but don’t expect a narrative about a young lady learning to be strong and finding her way in her isolated village. Instead, Silver takes the reader down a path of magical realism that harkens back to the fairy tales of old. With circuses and wolves, charming clock towers and ancient hospitals, the book quickly takes on a mythical aura, drawing readers into a story of pain and loss, rebirth and renewal. Silver winds a web of story that one can’t help put be caught up in, never sure what to expect from Pavla’s future transformations. “She believes her parents do not love her less, only that before, she had a child’s notion of love that did not include the small treacheries of delusion and fear and shame.” ― Marisa Silver, Little Nothing
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Make Me Burn, Isle of the Forgotten #1 by Tiffany Roberts Tiffany Roberts is the pseudonym for Tiffany and Robert Freund, a husband and wife writing duo. Tiffany was born and bred in Idaho, and Robert was a native of New York City before moving across the country to be with her. The two have always shared a passion for reading and writing, and it is their dream to combine their mighty powers to create the sorts of books they want to read. They live in southwestern Idaho with their three children, where they are now actively pursuing their dream. Make Me Burn, Isle of the Forgotten #1, ‘Tiffany Roberts’ debut novel, is a paranormal romance. Demon Morthanion is stripped of his magic and exiled to the Isle of the Forgotten by the mage council. On the isle, he finds the love of his life and sets about courting her. The characters develop thoughout the book, gaining a surprising depth for the genre. The plot is classic, but contains several interesting twists that will enchant most romance readers. Over all, this is an excellent debut novel. I will be recommending this young author duo to customers who enjoy romance novels and am looking forward to following their career.
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Donnalee’s journey to Hope House – a place of grace!
Donnalee Velvick-Lowry is kind of an amazing unsung hero in my eyes. As a young child, having been abandoned, neglected and a victim of abuse herself, she made a promise that someday she would make a place for children like herself to be loved and cared for. At age 11, her life turned around when she was lured with the promise of new friends, cookies and Kool-Aid into attending Vacation Bible School. There she found hope and joy by discovering a heavenly Father who loved her. She then knew she could be successful. Forty-three years ago when she was a young wife and mother living in Caldwell, she saw a car slow down on the freeway and drop a baby out of the window on the roadside followed by a woman and her toddler getting out of the car with nowhere to go. She picked them up and took them to
her home to clean up and then to the Caldwell Police Department, where between the officers/ Salvation Army and Health and Welfare, bus tickets were secured to send the family back to Texas. That was the beginning of Donnalee’s journey in founding Hope House. Before actually having a separate place specifically designated for the cause of taking care of abandoned children, Donnalee had 150 kids foster through her home in 18 months. She established the first Hope House in Caldwell. It was later moved to a place on Lone Star Road in Nampa and about 15 years ago, it was relocated to a wonderful place in Marsing on the Snake River where the old Job Corp used to be. Hope House is a place for children whose parents became hopeless in being able to care for or help their adopted children
with their emotional or behavioral needs who were unable to bond with their families. It has 44 beds for kids ages 5-17 years old. Young people between the ages of 18-21 may continue to live there while they continue their education, but they must commit to 10 hours a week of work there to stay, as a way to say thank you. They stay in separate quarters from the younger children. Currently the population is about 2/3rds girls and 1/3rd boys. There is a school on campus, Hope Christian Academy, and the kids also have the opportunities to participate in sports and many other family-style activities. The home and school has about 23 full and part-time staff and volunteers. These staffers work 54 hours a week and get free housing and are paid very little with very little thanks from the kids they serve. It also has state-certified teachers,
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licensed professional counselors, sports coaches, and volunteer grandparents. Hope House is a place where kids have the opportunity to develop trust with experienced people they can depend on and hopefully, through being loved, learn to love again. These kids have many challenges to overcome and this is a place where they have a chance to do that. Currently Hope House is in need of a cook and a maintenance person. The pay is 27 cents an hour and room and board and you get one and a half days off a week. This is definitely a labor of love for anyone interested. Hope House is also looking for a donation of a narrow pallet jack and a forklift that is newer than a 1960 model. If you or someone you know of can donate either of these
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by Leora Summers, Editor
During the November 7th City Council meeting, Mayor Garret Nancolas read a proclamation declaring November 17th to be Chad Register Day World Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day during November’s Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Police Officer Chad Register passed away from the disease on June 24th of this year. Fellow officers, Chad’s wife Diana, her mother Pat Friar and Chad’s daughter Kaitlyn Register were present during the presentation of the proclamation. Diana Register received the Front Row L to R: Mayor Garret Nancolas, Diana Register (Chad’s wife), and Kaitlyn Register (Chad’s daughter). Back Row L to R: Officer Ben Heinrich, proclamation telling the Corporal Adam Matthews, Officer Eric Phillips attendees, “I am very (far back), Officer Chad Ivie, and Officer Jared Hoeksema. honored that the city of Caldwell made this proclamation in the name of Chad. Anything that brings awareness to this is a good thing.” She told the group that Chad was funny and quick-witted and was very dedicated to his team, and while ill, worked up until May 26th before passing away on June 24th. He had powered through a good part of his illness, not wanting to leave his team short. Following the proclamation, Diana and Kaitlyn were interviewed by Channel 2. Kaitlyn told the interviewer, “It is really awesome how everyone has come together to make this happen.” Diana said that her family was honored that the city has made a day honoring Chad’s memory. She said, “I don’t think Chad knew the impact he made. He always did what he thought was right and I am honored that the city has done what they thought was right.”
by Leora Summers, Editor
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Ribbon Cutting introduces WVMC $2 million MRI suite
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NEW CHAMBER MEMBER by Leora Summers, Editor
Rick Weight (left), of Impact Radio Group and KOOL 101.5 FM Oldies radio, was welcomed as a new member to the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce and presented with a plaque by Chamber Director of the Board, Warren Kouba (right), during the November luncheon at the College of Idaho.
On November 18th, the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce joined the West Valley Medical Center leadership staff for a ribbon cutting in celebration of the hospital’s new state-of-the-art MRI suite. Construction began in March of 2016, renovating the existing 700 square feet and adding 1,200 square feet, to create this PDC Caring MR Suite. It was completed this September through the partnership of Babcock Design Group; Engineered Structures Inc. who served as contractor on the $2 million project. Patients can personalize their MRI environment by choosing video, lighting and sound features to enhance their experience during their procedure, reducing their anxiety. The MRI tube is wider and shorter and the table surface has different cushion densities designed to alleviate pressure points with an option to enter “feet-first,” reducing that sometimes claustrophobic experience that comes from entering the MRI tunnel head first. This advanced imaging equipment is designed to maximize patient comfort while offering physicians uncompromised diagnostic capabilities. The PDC Caring MR Suite at West Valley is the only one of its kind in the state of Idaho.
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by Leora Summers
From L to R: Barbara Jo Goodrow (Chamber), Jennifer Opsut (WVMC Chief Operating Officer), Jennifer Wagenaar (Chief Nursing Officer), Carrie Johnson (MRI Technologist), Angela Herrera (Imaging Technologist), Patrick Bridges (Executive Director of Cardiovascular and Imaging Services), Vernal Reese (Chamber) Back Row L to R: Andrea Phillips (Radiology Assistant), Betsy Hunsicker (WVMC Chief Executive Officer)
The new PDC Caring MR Suite ® at West Valley Medical Center allows the patient to enhance their MRI environment with personalized video, lighting and sound.
West Valley receives fifth consecutive ‘A’ in biannual safety review Caldwell hospital continues record of top honors from The Leapfrog Group
by Leora Summers, Editor
CALDWELL — West Valley Medical Center has received its fifth consecutive “A” grade in the biannual Hospital Safety Score published by The Leapfrog Group. The designation recognizes exceptional performance in consistently meeting evidencebased patient safety guidelines. The “A” grade for fall 2016 is a continuation of West Valley’s record of top honors from The Leapfrog Group. Since its first Hospital Safety Score review in 2012, the hospital has received eight “A” grades — the most of any facility in Idaho. “We have so many things to be proud of at West Valley and our continued achievement of
the Hospital Safety ‘A’ grade is one of them,” West Valley CEO Betsy Hunsicker said. “I congratulate our physicians and staff on this testament to their teamwork, dedication and clinical excellence.” Several initiatives contribute to the high level of patient safety at West Valley Medical Center, including a multidisciplinary safety committee and participation in a Joint Commission project to reduce surgical-site infections. Additionally, investment in technology like the HUGS infant security and computerized medication management systems further ensures safety.
To see West Valley’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www. hospitalsafetyscore.org. This site also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to educate themselves and their families. Calculated in collaboration with The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score compiles 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data into a single “grade.” That score represents any hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections and injuries as well as medical and medication errors.
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Nickels and Dimes–Creating a Holiday Budget
As the traditional giving season approaches, there is one important item to add to your to do list: Create a holiday budget. Before the gift shopping and wrapping begins, take control of your wallet through financial preparation. Remember, you can avoid the credit card crunch and the dangerous pitfall of borrowing against your company’s retirement savings plan or IRAs. Here’s how to establish a holiday wish list and spending budget: • Start by determining the total amount of money that you want to budget for gifts. Carefully evaluate how much money your budget will allow for holiday spending. Be
honest and be realistic. The idea is not to spend more than you plan for during the holiday season. • Next, make a list of people that you will be buying gifts for this year. • Write down ideas for each person on the gift buying list. Set an amount that you will spend for each person on the list, than estimate the cost of each gift idea. Create an alternative gift idea for each person if your first idea is too expensive. • After making the purchase, write down the exact cost of the gift, totaling your expenditures. Be sure to include the price of gift wrap and cards. • Prioritize your holiday wish list and consider your plans in light of your budget. You may have to choose between gift-giving, entertaining, or travel. Families can decide together how much to spend for the holidays, including
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gifts, decorations, and food. • Take a radical step to hide your credit cards. For example, put your credit cards in the freezer. • Don’t forget inexpensive gifts, such as themed baskets. An Italian gift basket can include a colander, spiral pasta, gourmet spaghetti sauce, a pasta spoon, and garlic bulbs. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, or even the Winter Solstice, you can make a commitment to sharing holiday presents with family and friends, attending your place of worship, and giving to your favorite charity, without worrying about credit card bills or repayment of bank or 401(k) loans. Eric Boyum is a registered investment advisor with LPL and a member of FINRA/SIPC.
D. L. Evans Opens Doors with Community Contribution photos and story by Leora Summers, Editor
Kelli Jenkins received a check for Destination Caldwell’s downtown efforts from Jim Thomssen, D. L. Evans Branch Manager, just prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting for new D.L. Evans building, 919 Blaine Street.
Front Row L to R: Troy Hooper (Chamber), Lisa Anzaldua (Chamber), John V. Evans Jr. (President & CEO), Martha Gilgen (Board Secretary), Jim Thomssen (VP Caldwell Branch Manager with scissors), Brad Burbank (Chamber), Iliana Ayala (Chamber), and Amanda Scott (Chamber). Back Row L to R: Don S. Evans III (VP), Scott Horsley (Exec VP), Gavin Gee (Director of Finance – State of Idaho), U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, Jerry Smith (Senior -VP/ Area Manager), Don S. Evans Jr. (Chairman of Board of Directors), J. V. Evans III (Exec VP), Vernal Reece (Chamber), Scott McIntosh (Chamber). D. L. Evans Bank held a grand opening to show off their new building on the corner of Blaine Street and South 10th. Dignitaries from the city, county, and state including U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, Commissioner Tom Dale, Commissioner-Elect Pam White, City Economic Director Steve Fultz, Planning & Zoning Director Brian Billingsley and others were present to congratulate them. Mayor Garret Nancolas thanked D. L. Evans executives for building this beautiful new building that graces the entrance into our community. Gavin Lee, the Director of Finance for the State of Idaho, told the group gathered that D. L. Evans is the largest Idaho-based bank in our state,
that it is well capitalized and a very sound bank. D. L. Evans Bank has been in business in our state for 112 years. This Caldwell Branch is the 26th branch of this bank which now has 28 branches. John V. Evans III told the group that they told branch manager Jim Thomssen, that when his branch had $20 million in total footings with loans and deposits, that they would build a new bank for him, and Jim did not disappoint! Thomssen credits his success with having hired an excellent staff. So the little hole in the wall temporary bank across the street by the tobacco shop now has a beautiful new home across the street on Indian Creek. The highlight of the event
was when Branch Manager Jim Thomssen presented Destination Caldwell Chairwoman Kelli Jenkins with a check for $10,000 for the Indian Creek Plaza project kicking off the beginning of the official fundraising step to help make it a reality. D. L. Evans Bank was pleased to be able to do that. Well done!
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Whittenberger Park has gone to the dogs!
on the left (for the dog park) and on the right (as protection from the canal). However, it is open at both ends and is a public right-of-way frequented by walkers, runners and bicyclists. It is important to protect your dog and, at the same time, prevent interference with others not using the dog park. The dog park concept started about five years ago when the City Council formed a joint City/Citizen Committee to study interest in and feasibility of a dog park in Caldwell; to establish criteria for such a park, evaluate available City property meeting the established criteria; and, provide the Council with a recommended location and estimated phased cost of such a project. The present site was recommended to, and adopted by, the City Council in 2015. Initial “seed” money provided by the City to permit opening the park by the end of 2016. On October 18th of this year the City turned day-to-day oversight of the park to the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Caldwell Dog Park, Inc. The Board of Directors is comprised Gene Buddy, Gunderson’s of four members of the former City/Citizens Committee. Friends German Shorthair, of the Caldwell Dog Park received approval from the Idaho loves the dog park! Secretary of State as a non-profit corporation under the laws of the State of Idaho on September 28, 2016. Currently, the Board is pursuing IRS tax-exempt status as a stand-alone 501(C) (3) public foundation. We realize much work yet remains to be done: hopes are that potable water will be available in all three areas by early summer, we are also looking at installing benches, obtaining additional sanitary stations, and planting additional trees in areas not now shaded, also being discussed is a roofed shelter in each area. Donations are appreciated and Tax deduction arrangements can be made by contacting Board member Gene Gunderson, 455-7778. Thanks to the following members of the Dog Park committee for their dedication and commitment to this project: Theresa Hardin, Julie Warwick, Gina Lujack, Tom Marmon, Rena McKean, Gene Gunderson, Kellie Warwick, Dr. Brett Bauscher, Cindy Ambriz, Mike Pollard, Brian Billingsley, Dave Marston, Vinton Howell, and Robb MacDonald.
by Gene Gunderson
The City of Caldwell has a new park venue that has already gone to the dogs! I’m speaking of the new Caldwell dog park of course. The City’s new Centennial Dog Park, a four-and-a-half acre fenced section of Whittenberger Park, had its opening for dogs and their owners on Saturday, October 1st. The operating hours are sunrise to sunset, seven days a week. The Park’s parking lot is at the intersection of Chicago and Centennial Way. Just turn left at Chicago on your way out to I-84 on Centennial (or right if you’re coming into Caldwell from the Interstate) and an immediate right into the paved parking lot. The dog park is a short walk from the far end of the parking lot down the asphalt pathway that boarders the irrigation canal. The park has three fenced sections to the left of the pathway. The first gated section gives access to the small dog area (30 pounds or less) on the left and a large dog area on the right. All P.O. Box 922 gates are “push to open” and self-closing. There 217 S. 9th Avenue is a second large dog area gate a bit farther down Caldwell, Idaho 83606 the pathway. Each area has its own sanitary station with plastic bags and a waste disposal bin. Editorial Rules for the dog park are posted at each Leora Summers entry gate. These rules are patterned from 208-880-8426 or email recommendations from the National Association of Dog Parks and are similar to those of other editor@ dog parks in the Valley. caldwellperspective.com It’s important to note that per Caldwell City Ordinance, all dogs must be “on leash” until Advertising inside the fenced dog park. Inside the park they can be “off leash”, but must remain under the Chantele Hensel control of the owner at all times. Please note 208-899-6374 or email that the asphalt pathway is not an “off leash” chantele.hensel@ area, though it may appear to be due to fencing
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I’m back from my Italian journey of meeting family, going on pilgrimages, eating Italian foods and drinking coffees. My plan was to see all the tourist sites and the landscapes. What I found would take me several large articles or a book to share all that I saw and did. I now know why they have to drive small cars. The roads are tiny and the turns are tight. I toured many medieval towns and found that even though they didn’t have a lot of personal garden space, they found ways to have something green and colorful or productive around. I traveled by bus and train a lot, so I got to see into a lot of backyards. And in most every yard was a garden of vegetables or a vineyard or a small orchard 2014 © ML Hensel Publishing of fruit or olive trees depending on the region I was in. I visited 8 or 9 regions and they call them regions for a reason. Each region was known for something and they didn’t let the other regions benefit from their success, whether it was wine or cheese or balsamic vinegar or even anchovies. Each region had something special. My family is from the northern Italy area of Trento. Tasting Room Hours
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Malgalo sits at about 2700 ft. elevation in the Dolomite mountain range, about 60 miles or so from the Austrian border. My great grandfather was born in Malgalo and I got to see his birth place. My great grandmother was from Revo which is 10 miles to the west. They did not know each other in Italy. No, they met and were married in Wyoming. I would not make a good living trying to mow lawns there in any part of Italy because there was hardly any lawns there. In the Trento region, I was told that if there was ground to grow anything, they would plant an apple tree. And good heavens, their training methods were unique and very productive. In fact, I’ve got a patch of ground that I think I’m going to try to grow something on it the way they did it for their apples. I saw some big beautiful apples on the trees there. So I found most of their landscape was used for food, though I did see several areas that were left for serenity and pleasure. Now back to reality. I hope you’ve all taken your lawns down by now to a short winter height. It’s not too late to do so, but if you haven’t, you should fall fertilize ASAP. Most perennials have died back to be able to be cleaned out now, but you should mark the empty spots they leave so you can identify the spot to replant there in the spring. Make your vegetable garden clean of debris so bugs can’t winter over and cause you problems next year. Until next year, Merry Christmas! Pat
Christmas–The Meaning is simple-LOVE! Christmas in the past just never seemed enough: Not enough cards, not enough presents, not enough time for all this stuff; when really I was surrounded by friends and family, plenty of food, plenty of drink, lights and ornaments on the tree. Over the years I have come to realize I have food, clothes, warmth and a roof up above. Guess I’d forgotten all along, the meaning is simple: Love. It’s unfortunate that for some, this is not a reality. There are those not blessed to have homes
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with all the holiday tinsel, good food, and warm clothes, much less love. Abuse has ravaged their lives. Every day, one in four individuals will be the subject of abuse, whether physical, mental, emotional, or financial. Most reading this cannot even begin to comprehend a life like this. The question in our minds is “why don’t they just leave?” Seems logical enough, right? Society’s unrealistic expectations toward survivors, often heard in messages such as “just get over it” and “move on with your life” are overly simplistic and seriously
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Hook, Line & Sinker
Here we are, the last month of the year. Your fishing options are dwindling with each passing day as the temperature begins to drop and stay below the freezing mark. You really will have two options for fishing in December: Ice fishing on our local lakes and ponds or big river fishing (Snake, Clearwater, Salmon, Payette and to a certain degree Boise rivers). Your choice of fish will be drastically dwindled down as well. While I am not stating that you cannot or will not catch a bass, crappie or catfish, but that it will become increasingly more difficult to do so. As waters become colder, fish will move around more so and being in the right place at the right time becomes key. Most of the food for trout has moved to the bottom of the lake and food across all bodies of water will become increasingly scarce. Salmon eggs which will produce a scent are a popular pick for those ice fishing as does Powerbait. Powerbait is an interesting choice as it will bleed off an oil to attract fish towards it. Perch and trout will be your main targets when ice fishing in our local lakes and ponds. In the early portion of the month of December, do not forget to check the ice for safety. Check last month’s article for ways to do that. If you want a thrill, get your fly rod and head out to the Salmon or upper Snake River for some Steelhead fishing. Make sure your waders are in good working order as the rivers will be extremely cold. Using a bright colored streamer, find a current and pull that
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streamer up the current. If you hook a Steelhead, be ready for a fight. Some of the biggest Steelhead I have ever witnessed being caught have been done this way. If you want to try your luck at something else in the river, do so in deeper water. The shoreline is too cold to hold food and offers little to no protection against the elements. Fish with something you can bounce off the rocks or something bright colored that you can pull against the current. Have patience when fishing this way as you will likely need multiple chances through an area before luring out catch. The biggest thing to remember during the winter months is safety. Hypothermia is a very dangerous thing. If you become wet from the water or from sweat, get to some place warm as quickly as possible. While you may feel fine after removing the wet article of clothing, your body temperature can quickly drop causing hypothermia and frost bite can occur to any wet portions of your body. As always, have fun and don’t forget to wet that line!
Alan Greenway caught his limit of Silver Salmon (Coho) at Owyhee Reservoir.
Wendell Bottoms caught this 3-1/2 lb. small mouth bass on November 8th near the Walters Ferry Bridge in the Snake River on a Green Pumpkin Tube.
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He said it wasn’t that big, but it looks pretty nice to me. submitted photo
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& Happy New Year!
TUESDAY & FRIDAY POKER NIGHT 7 PM Texas Hold’em There was such a clatter of noise outside my house one midNovember day that I just had to go out to see what it was. To my surprise, it was caused by an invasion of Starlings. They were in the trees across from my house making all kinds of noise. I thought it was a sequel to Hitchcock’s movie, “The Birds!” It made me think of my dearly departed mother-in-law, Betty Summers. She would have run screaming down the street in sheer terror. But that is another story for another time. They left to terrorize another neighborhood later that afternoon as they all disappeared as quickly as they appeared.
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Caldwell’s Early “Light Rail” System (Part 1)
December 2016 by Madeline Buckendorf (with assistance from Chuck Randolph & Jan Boles)
Snowbound Streetcar (far left): c. 1912, courtesy of the Robert E. Smylie Archives, C of I
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Did you know that Caldwell had an early version of a “light rail service” over 100 years ago? In 1912, electrified streetcars made a “loop” on tracks running from Boise to Caldwell and back. Leaders in both towns recognized the wisdom and profit of connecting to each other with a quick and affordable mode of transportation. Local investors had seen successful development of electric streetcars systems in major U.S. cities. Streetcar service in downtown Boise began as early as 1891 and it soon spread to new suburbs, such as Collister and Pierce Park. The streetcar operation in Boise developed into the “Boise and Interurban Railroad Company.” The company expanded its line west on present-day State Street to Eagle, Star, Middleton, and reached Caldwell by 1907. They soon had competition--The Boise Valley Railway Company, started by Doctor H.P. Ustick. Its line extended along the south side of the Boise River to the small village of Ustick and eventually to Meridian. These two companies consolidated and became the Idaho Traction Company by 1912. The valley-wide streetcar “loop,” a portion of which ran from Nampa along present-day Caldwell Boulevard, was completed to downtown Caldwell in December 1912. Caldwell city leaders and businessmen celebrated the first excursion on “The Loop” in a big way. The Caldwell Tribune reported on these festivities: “About 60 citizens joined the excursion and when the city of Nampa was reached, a big parade, headed by a great banner calling attention to ‘Caldwell, the Interurban Center,’ marched up and down and the streets, paying a brief visit to the brewery.” The party continued on to Meridian, and then to the streets of Boise: “Upon arriving at the Capital city, the boys formed in parade once more, headed by the big Caldwell banner, and accompanied by a perfect bedlam of horns, whistles, cymbals and drums….” They specifically marched by the office of the Statesman newspaper, which had belittled Caldwell and Canyon County in several editorials over the years. The excursion returned to Caldwell on the 10 p.m. streetcar, celebrating loudly all the way back. Farmers made use of streetcar lines to transport dairy, poultry, and produce to local markets. Some rural families used the Interurban system to carry students to high schools and sporting events adjacent to the tracks. Young scholars from Boise City and the surrounding area commuted to the College of Idaho’s campus on Cleveland Boulevard. Others planned sightseeing tours on the weekends along the route, stopping often at Caldwell’s Curtis Park for a picnic. On a good day, “looping the loop” could be completed in less than two hours. By the mid-1920s, new and affordable transportation technology spelled the end for electric railroad lines in the Boise Valley. Mass production made the automobile available to more people, and trucks took over the business of hauling freight. The financially struggling Idaho Traction Company ended electric rail service on the valley “Loop” in 1928. Motorized buses began to provide public transportation both locally and interstate. In 2010, streetcar rails buried under the pavement were finally removed from Cleveland Boulevard. There are still are three buildings or structures related to the Interurban streetcar line that remain in Caldwell: “The Hat” railway shelter on Cleveland Boulevard in front of the C of I campus, a streetcar storage shed on S. 5th Ave. near Blaine Street, and the former Idaho Railway Light & Power building presently housing the U of I Extension offices by Johnny on the Spot on the corner of 5th and Main streets. Who knows—perhaps a modern light rail system will once again serve Caldwell and the Boise Valley in the future.
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Caldwell Rotary News
Kids from one of the 2nd grades of the 17 schools that received chapter story books from Caldwell Rotary Club.
by Leora Summers, Editor
New Member--Captain Stephanie Bridgeo (left) with Rotary Secretary--Leora Summers (right) with new member certificate.
Caldwell Rotary Club finished delivering dictionaries to about 1,400 third graders in 18 area schools and has now begun to deliver about 1,400 chapter story books to the 2nd graders at those same schools. Rotary has a commitment to literacy and this is one way to fulfill that commitment in our own back yard. The kids are so excited on the day they receive these books to keep for their very own, and for some this is the first book they have ever owned. These books will continued to be delivered through the month of January.
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Captain Stephanie Bridgeo, a new officer at Caldwell’s Salvation Army, was inducted into Caldwell Rotary Club on November 16th. Her classification is AdministrationCharitable. She was sponsored by Leora Summers. The bell ringing competition has begun between Caldwell’s service clubs and organizations. The Salvation Army benefits the people of our community, so if you see one of our members ringing on December 10th, drop something in the bucket! Even if we don’t win the competition, the community wins as a whole, so please give during this holiday season.
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From Our Family To Yours, MERRY CHRISTMAS & A Happy New Year Mishelle Hagewood, Agent/Owner Members of the Robotics Club with Caldwell Optimist members, Front Row L to R: Ellie Orchard, Joseph Alvarez, Max Levanger, Tegan Byerly (faculty sponsor) and Connor Campbell. Back row L to R: Bob Kafka (Optimist), Rab Tinsley, Ryan Phillips, Alex Smith, Dillon Clark, Ricky Lopez, Cole Krmpotich, Marcus Mora, and Joe Shreve (Optimist).
On November 9th Caldwell Optimist Club presented a check for $945.75 to the Ridgevue High School Robotics Club in payment for their excellent help with “outside sales” for the Optimist Club’s concessions booth at the College of Idaho’s home football games during the 2016 season. In keeping with C of I’s community mindedness, and the Optimist’s desire to help facilitate positive activities of the youth in our community, the Optimists are
happy to give these students the opportunity to contribute to the greater civic service in Caldwell; and to earn much-needed funds to be able to more fully participate in their scholastic interests. Tegan Byerly, the Robotics Club’s faculty sponsor at Ridgevue High School, indicates that the funds raised by the Club will greatly enhance their ability to purchase material needed to design and build the robots they use in competitive events, as well
as helping to allow them to travel to those events. One can readily see the “trickle-down” affects from a community involved college’s football program, to a youth centered service club’s fundraising efforts in a food booth, to the positive and rewarding labor of a group of scholars with an interest in leading edge robotics. What a great community.
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The Map Rock of Idaho is not a typical rock art site. These petroglyphs represent a verifiable map of the surrounding area. The symbols, carved deeply and precisely into solid rock, all correlate with real physical locations in the local geographic area. The map was carved with visual reference points by people who lived in the Snake River Canyon of Idaho long before European settlers arrived, and we must see the area from their vantage points. The Map Rock of Idaho Decoded reads like a textbook crossed with a field guide, interspersed with the author’s struggles to finally unravel this mystery. The author guides you through a step-by-step journey of the demonstrable landmarks and archaeoastronomical elements of the map. While this theory is written to be as simple and self-evident as possible (with illustrations and 36 full color photographs), the only way to truly grasp the relationship between the symbols on the Map Rock and the actual landmarks that the symbols represent, is to physically follow the map yourself. It is meant to be experienced firsthand in the natural setting of the Map Rock, and is not intended to be easily understood from the comforts of home.
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CHS Girls’ Soccer team and Caldwell Optimist members, L to R: Bob Kafka (Optimist), Eric Garza (CHS Girls’ Soccer Coach), Gabby Corado, Syd Smith, Lita Forse, and Joe Shreve (Optimist food booth coordinator).
On November 9th, The Caldwell Optimist Club was proud to present the Caldwell High School Girls’ Soccer teams with a check for $1,255.08 for a job well done doing “outside sales” for the Club’s Caldwell Night Rodeo fund raising food booth. The “Lady Cougars” soccer teams worked all five nights at the Rodeo selling liquid refreshment from the Optimist booth into the Civvies’ and Rowdies’ stands in August of this year. The effort by the soccer teams, on behalf of the Optimist Club’s fund raising food booth, under the sanction of the Caldwell Night Rodeo, exemplifies the interest the CNR has in supporting, and keeping the proceeds from the event in the local community. CHS’s soccer Coach, Eric Garza, indicates that the funds raised by “his girls” will go a significant distance in helping to meet the ongoing expenses involved with their soccer program; and that the Optimist/ CNR opportunity is their largest fundraiser of the year.
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