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COVER STORY: City highlighted as excellent place to live Meridian has received national recognition in recent years as being a great place to live, notably for families and young people. “This is definitely where we want to raise our kids,” Meridian mother of seven Kodi Sivey said. She explains why in this week’s cover story.

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Meridian 10U, 12U baseball teams are ready to play in the Cal Ripken World Series.

Walk into a grocery store and you’re likely to find several craft beer options. That wasn’t the case four years ago when Brewforia was founded. How has the growing craft beer trend impacted Brewforia?

Meridian’s Angelyn Wade, 9, is serious about helping others. She has donated birthday money and cut her hair for a fundraiser. Her most recent project is an Aug. 17 carnival to raise money for a boy with cancer.

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he other day I was playing volleyball at Ann Morrison Park, and as I was leaving I noticed a group of rafters who had been sitting in the parking lot since I got there. Stranded after floating the river I guessed, predicting what came next. “Are you headed up to Barber Park?” a young woman, about age 20, asked. “No, I’m heading back to Nampa,” I said. A memory from two years ago popped into my head. I was stranded just like they were. My friends and I had just got done floating the river. We had no shoes, no money and no phones, and my friend’s car keys were back in my car at Barber Park. “But I’ve been in this situation before,” I told the floaters. “I’d be happy to give you a ride.” They sighed a sigh of relief — I remember that same feeling when a dad and two teenage girls agreed to give me a ride two years ago. It was the fi rst time I’d ever hitchhiked (and the last, so far). I remember sitting there awkwardly in the passenger seat, trying to get the seatbelt strap to cover up as much of my swimsuit-clad body as possible. The dad and I made small talk while the teenage girls

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National website Thebestcolleges.org selected the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center as one of the top 10 branch campuses in the nation for 2013, according to an ISU release. The site highlighted ISU-Meridian’s Annual Health Science Experience Night, free Community Health Screenings and it’s affi liation with The CORE. Read more at mymeridianpress.com.

July 31-Aug. 6 1 no-contact order violation 3 domestic batteries 1 welfare check 1 noise disturbance 2 commercial burglaries 3 disturbances 3 vandalism offenses 2 petit thefts 2 residential burglaries 2 unlawful entries 1 fraudulent use of personal information 3 medical assists 2 vehicle burglaries 1 possession of marijuana 1 possession of drugs 1 resisting and obstructing an officer 1 alcohol violations 1 juvenile beyond control 1 reckless driving 1 injury to child 1 disturbing the peace 1 possession of drug paraphernalia 1 domestic verbal 1 found property

Police also took calls, investigated or assisted: 1 grand theft 7 batteries

This week at mymeridianpress.com:  Idaho gas prices reach highest peak so far this year  Touchmark residents celebrate National Morning Out

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Meridian Road between Fairview and Pine avenues, road closure through Oct. 14 for road rebuilding and sewer, water main installation.  Eighth Street Northwest between Cherry Lane and Pine Avenue, road closure through Aug. 23 for sewer main installation or repair.  Meridian Road between Franklin Road and Pine Avenue, road closure through Oct. 14 for road rebuilding and sewer, water main installation.  Fairview Avenue and Cherry Lane between Barbara Drive and Crestmont Drive, lane restriction through Sept. 23 for road rebuilding.  First Street Northwest between Cherry Lane and Elm Street, road closure through Sept. 11 for asphalt work.  Franklin Road between Linder and Ten Mile roads, mobile lane restriction with flagging through Sept. 30 for road rebuilding and sewer installation or repair.  Meridian Road between Fairview Avenue and James Court Drive, lane restriction with flagging and pedestrian restrictions through Sept. 15 for road rebuilding.  Linder Road between Almadean Drive and Sandy Court, lane restriction Monday through Aug. 31 for utility work.  Meridian Road and Ustick Road at the intersection, lane restriction through Sunday for asphalt work.  Victory Road, eastbound only, at Locust Grove Road to Meridian Road, road closure Monday through Oct. 26 for road construction and utility work.

Otter taps lobbyist as 2014 campaign manager

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— Gov. Butch Otter has reached into the top ranks of the state’s leading big business and industry lobbying group for the person he wants to run his bid for a third term as Idaho’s chief executive. The Republican announced Tuesday that he’s named veteran political organizer Jayson Ronk as his 2014 campaign manager. While Otter has yet to formally announce his campaign plans, he’s been raising money and telling supporters he intends to seek a third term.

States respond to concealed weapons permits

BLACKFOOT (AP) — The Idaho Attorney General’s office says other

states’ responses to Idaho’s newly enhanced concealed weapons permit have been mixed. Last year only 11 states honored Idaho’s concealed weapons permits within their own borders because of the minimal training standards required of Idaho permit holders. In an effort to convince more states to grant reciprocity, lawmakers earlier this year created an enhanced version of the permit and asked Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden to reach out to every state to see which would extend reciprocity.

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Police made the following arrests or issued charges: 5 possession of drug paraphernalia 1 fraud 2 juvenile warrants 1 disturbance 1 vandalism 2 petit thefts 1 possession of drugs with intent to deliver 2 driving under the influence 1 battery 1 unlawful entry 1 vandalism 3 domestic battery 7 warrants 1 injury to child 1 excessive driving under the influence 1 minor consumption of alcohol 1 curfew violation 1 false imprisonment 1 minor possession of alcohol 1 minor possession of marijuana

seemingly sulked in the back. We talked about all the cool things to do in Boise and about his commute from Boise to Nampa for work. “Where do you work?” I asked. by Holly Beech “Idaho Press-Tribune,” he said. hbeech@mymeridianpress.com “No kidding! Me too,” I said, © 2013 MERIDIAN PRESS feeling a little more at ease about being in a stranger’s car. We laughed about the irony of the situation and chatted a little more about work before he dropped me off. “Thanks so much for the ride,” I said. “Not a problem,” he said. “It’s my policy to always help out, because someday I’ll be the one who needs it.” I thought about his policy that day when the marooned rafters asked for a ride, and it was easy to say yes. It didn’t seem like an inconvenience or annoyance because I could remember how good it felt when someone happily helped me when I was in need. Unfortunately, the guy I gave a ride to doesn’t work at the Idaho Press-Tribune. Maybe next time.

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Three people arrested in connection with car fires

SYDNEY ELLIOTT CORRECTION An article on page 9 of the Aug. 2 Meridian Press had the incorrect spelling of Sydney Elliott.

BOISE — Three suspects have been arrested and charged with multiple

counts of arson after a series of car fires in Boise early Monday morning. Boise Police said Dominic J. Tawney, 19, and Rodney S. Vancleave, 19, both of Boise, were each booked into the Ada County Jail and charged with four counts of felony arson and two counts of felony attempted arson. A third juvenile male suspect will also face similar charges through the juvenile justice system. Fires were reported near West Northview Street and North Liberty Street, on Harrison Boulevard, on the 1100 block of North 9th Street and on the 1200 block of Hale Street.

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Meridian recognized as great place to live

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Front page: Graclyn Byington, 3, enjoys a snow cone at the Summer Reading Carnival at the Cherry Lane Library July 31.

what you’re saying online Q: “What are the pros and cons of raising kids in Meridian?”  “I think the teachers are good. The school facilities are great. Lots of neighborhood parks and pools, which helps eliminate over crowding. I believe the police department and the officers are pro-active, which helps deter crime. I think budget planning is very well done and the city does a good job to anticipate growth and not run into huge funding issues. There aren’t as many rentals in neighborhoods as other cities, which improves curb appeal because owners tend to take better care of their properties. Cons are the roads have not caught up with the traffic and growth. I.e. Ustick between Ten Mile and Eagle Road.” — Matt Reimer  “It has been great so far for my boys. School has been very positive.” — Robin Dickinson Cozakos  “I have been raising my children in Meridian for 11 years and I love the small town feel. There is a great sense of community. I do feel, though, that Meridian lacks diversity.” — Kodi Kezar Sivey Q (previously asked): “Did you move to Meridian within the past 10 years? If so, why?”  “Came from California for a much better place to raise the kids. Have never regretted the move.” — Jean Marion  “I moved here to raise my children. I loved the small town feel it had a little over 10 years ago... Now it is growing and it saddens me. I miss all the farmhouses and land.” — Sunshine Laney  “My husband retired from the military and we needed a long-term home. We looked into lots of places, but … we heard this ‘was a great place to raise a family.’ And man, is it!” — Roberta Ricci Garvin

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s a parent, Kodi Sivey says she has three top priorities in finding a place to live: strong community, excellent schools and a safe environment. That’s why 11 years ago, Sivey and her husband, Aaron, moved to Meridian — which meets all three standards, she said — to raise their seven kids. “We really liked the Northend (in Boise), … but this is definitely where we want to raise our kids,” she said, praising Meridian’s tight-knit community, great K-12 schools and an environment that feels so safe Sivey admits she’s guilty of leaving doors unlocked sometimes. In recent years Meridian has gained national attention as being a great place to live. Recognition includes:  Named “100 Best ComMeridian has munities for Young People” by received multiple America’s Promise Alliance national awards five times, most recently in for being a top 2012. Recognized cities have community for five things in common: caring families. adults, a safe environment, a healthy start for kids, an effecMP file art tive education system and opportunities to help others.  Named “Top 100 Places to Live in the U.S.” by CNNMoney in 2012. Meridian, which ranked 69th, was the only Idaho city on the list. Criteria for top places include strong job opportunities, great schools, low crime, quality health care and plenty of things to do.  Named “Ten Best Towns for Families” by Family Circle Magazine in 2010. Meridian’s Promise — a coalition of local businesses, nonprofits, schools, churches and sponsors that guides year-round volunteer opby Holly Beech portunities for kids — is one hbeech@mymeridianpress.com factor that helped Meridian © 2013 MERIDIAN PRESS make this list. Meridian’s Promise hasn’t hosted an event since June of 2012 because board members retired, city spokeswoman Natalie Podgorski said. The city is searching for new board members and hopes to revive the program soon, she said.

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“We partner with (the youth),” he said. “... We’ve done a really good job of putting them in a safe environment where their voices are heard.”

Although teens have plenty of opportunities to play sports, Sivey said there seem to be more events for younger kids than for teens in Parks match city growth Meridian. Meridian’s park space has increased sevenfold in the past 15 “I would definitely say that the teenage age group is more difyears. The city has 19 parks covering 240 acres and 13.5 miles of ficult to program for,” Meridian Parks and Recreation coordinator pathways. Colin Moss said. “The parks are pristine and they’re up to date and they’re But Sivey said her older kids have enjoyed the pilot program of maintained extremely well,” Corder said. Meridian’s Teen Movie Night — which has one more showing at SetExcellent parks and a strong school district are two matlers Park this year. jor factors that drew Corder and his wife to Meridian from More and more teens are also getting involved in the Mayor’s California, he said. Youth Advisory Council (MYAC), giving them opportunities to plan events, run awareness campaigns and interact with local leadFrom movie nights to lacrosse tournaments to art festivals, ers. About 55 kids are now involved. parks provide a gathering place for a variety of events. Parents, business leaders and city officials are extremely supportive, MYAC adviser and city liaison Ken Corder said. Please see Live, page 16

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PET OF THE WEEK Boxwood is a 2-year-old neutered male American Bulldog. It appears that Boxwood is friendly with other dogs but needs to go to a kitty-free home. He walks fairly well on a leash and appears to be house trained. He will thrive in a home where he is involved in activities and is mentally stimulated. His adoption fee is $23.50. If Boxwood isn’t for you, check out other available dogs at meridianhumanesociety.org. Submitted by Meridian Humane Society

GOING PLACES

Home Federal Bank announced Stacy Buell has joined the bank as manager of the new Business Loan Center. Buell will operate out of the bank’s Nampa headquarters and is responsible for strategic leadership and oversight of all Business Loan Center operations.  Nampa’s Mission Aviation Fellowship has added five new staff members. Crystal Sinclair was hired as marketing and events coordinator in MAF’s development department. Clayton Borah is MAF’s new graphic designer. Chris Burgess is MAF’s new editorial and content manager. Marilyn Gorenflo joined MAF’s Ministry Partnership department as a coach. Chelsie Kaschmitter is the marketing and communications coordinator in the Learning Technologies department.  The Idaho Technology Council announced the appointment of Pamela Prather-Sherman as business development specialist. This is a new position that will focus on growing membership, communicating member value and providing a strong touch point for current and prospective members.  Randy Hikida has joined Zions Bank as a senior vice president and 

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Carol Lee Anderson, 80, of W. Craig Harris, 63, of Caldwell, Kaye L. Rogers, 68, of Nampa, Meridian, died August 3, 2013, Arrangements are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home.

died August 4, 2013. Cremation is by died August 6, 2013. Services are Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. 459- pending Nampa Funeral Home, 3629 Yraguen Chapel. 443-8171

Alfred Eugene “Al” Boyer, Harold Lester, 94, of Nampa, McKay M. Roundy, 12 , of 56, of formerly of Caldwell, died August 3, 2013. Services are pending Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel. 442-8171

died August 06, 2013. The family has placed their trust in Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel, Nampa for their final arrangements. 208-466-3545

Meridian, died August 1, 2013. Services are under the direction and care of Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel, Nampa. 466-3545

Dann Geiger, 51, of Boise, died RoseMary (Fuller) Lowe, Richard “Dick” Tomczik, August 5, 2013. Arrangements are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian. 888-5833

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77, of Meridian, died August 1, 2013. Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian. 8885833

66, of Meridian, died August 3, 2013. Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian. 8885833

93, of Richard Villi, 70, of Meridian, Nampa, died August 3, 2013. The fam- died August 6, 2013. Services are unily has placed their trust in Alsip & Per- der the direction of Accent Funeral sons Funeral Chapel, Nampa for their Home, Meridian. 888-5833 final arrangements. 208-466-3545 Thomas R. Young Jr., 90, of James Rabdau, 79, of Boise, Boise, died August 2, 2013. Services died August 1, 2013. Services are are under the direction of Accent Fuunder the direction of Accent Funeral neral Home, Meridian. 888-5833 Home, Meridian. 888-5833

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THINGS TO DO Today BOISE — Bars & Ballads will mark the The Old Idaho Penitentiary’s last Second Friday event of the summer. From 6 to 10 p.m., guests can bring their own picnic dinner (no glass or alcohol), lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy music performed by the local band Mission 66 in the Old Pen courtyard, 2445 Old Penitentiary Road. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children at the door. BOISE — The “Essential Idaho: 150 Things that Make the Gem State Unique” will be on display now through Dec. 31 the Idaho Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the creation of Idaho Territory. The exhibit features rare artifacts, hands-on learning stations, and compelling stories about our fascinating state, from territorial times to the present. Museum admission: $3-5 general admission, free for ISHS & Friends members. BOISE — Movies in the Garden is every other Friday at the Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 East Old Penitentiary Road, starting at dusk. General admission: $5, Garden members, $3, ages 5-12: $3.

Saturday MERIDIAN — Jazz pianist and ensemble Kevin Kirk and Onomatopoeia will perform a free, full-length concert at 7 p.m. in Meridian City Hall’s shady outdoor plaza (33 E. Broadway Ave.). Bring your own picnic items, beverages, folding

chairs and blankets. A limited amount of built-in seating is also available. MERIDIAN — Teen Movie Night, the last of three this summer, will feature “The Avengers” at dusk at Settlers Park, 3245 North Meridian Road. NAMPA — The 27th annual Nampa Festival of the Arts is a free, two-day community event that features live music and more than 175 artisans at Lakeview Park, 1227 E. Orson F. Persons Court, Nampa. Runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday NAMPA — The 27th annual Nampa Festival of the Arts is a free, two-day community event that features live music and more than 175 artisans at Lakeview Park, 1227 E. Orson F. Persons Court, Nampa, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday MERIDIAN — Broadview University is hosting a Back-to-School Block Party from 4 to 7 p.m., 2750 E. Gala Court, to help get people excited about attending college as part of Idaho’s Go On Initiative. Local organizations will offer free activities, coupons, giveaways and games. CALDWELL — The Caldwell Night Rodeo begins and runs through Aug. 17 at the rodeo grounds, 2301 Blaine Street. The day starts with the Buckaroo breakfast from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for $6. Tuesday is Family Night, with Junior Rodeo kicking off events at 6:30 p.m.  More things to do at mymeridianpress.com

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IceWorld hockey, by the numbers 6-8 free hockey clinics a year 600: approximate number of children involved in a youth hockey league last year 600: approximate number of adults involved in a hockey league last year 2 all-girl teams available, ages 10U (“and under”) and 8U 3-17: age range for youth leagues 18 and older: age range for adult leagues 30 practices, 14 games in youth leagues 0 practices, 20 games in adult leagues 3 on 3: summer league game setup 5 on 5: fall/winter league game setup $400: youth league fee, plus $40 USA Hockey registration fee. Scholarships, fundraisers and gear rentals available. $4,100 for small team, $5,500 for large team, $400 as individual: adult league fee

check it out WHAT: “Break the Ice” event with free public skating, information about hockey leagues and gear swap. WHEN: 1- 4:30 p.m., Aug. 24, with hockey demonstration from 1-1:15 p.m.

connect Idaho IceWorld, 7072 S. Eisenman Road, Boise  Hockey league director Anna Schimelpfenig: 608-7718  idahoiceworld.com/activities/ hockey 

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Hockey leagues reach out to potential players

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bout 1,200 people participate in Idaho IceWorld’s hockey leagues every year, but the sport is still one of the Valley’s less popular activities. “It’s been steadily growing, not as much as we’d like,” IceWorld’s hockey league director Anna Schimelpfenig said. “Boise has so much to offer as far as outdoor recreation that a lot of people don’t really think of hockey, even though we border Canada — that’s kind of surprising.” But Schimelpfenig, who’s been playing hockey since she was 3 years old and recently founded IceWorld’s only all-girl hockey teams, said the sport has a lot to offer. “I love the team atmosphere, it’s just a really fun by Holly Beech sport, it’s hbeech@mymeridianpress.com a l w a y s © 2013 MERIDIAN PRESS challenging,” she said. “Hockey’s a great opportunity for kids to get together and participate in athletics.” All the coaches are volunteers, working to help children grow character, not just their hockey skills, Schimelpfenig said. Classes are offered to children and adults of any skill level to improve their game. League organizers have boosted community outreach and the number of free hockey clinics, so Schimelpfenig hopes more players join this fall. But some people take a look at the league’s prices and say no thanks. Children’s leagues are $440, and adult leagues range from $400 for an individual to $5,500 for a large team. But don’t let the price tag scare you away, Schimelpfenig said, because scholarships and fundraisers — including selling Idaho Steelheads tickets — are available to help kids pay for part or all of the fee. “(We) try to make it more affordable for kids to get involved,” she said.

Ice hockey is a small but growing sport in the Treasure Valley. IceWorld offers opportunities for adults and children to play in leagues and improve their game. Photos by Kyle Kester for the Meridian Press

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It’s setting up to be a busy week for those involved with the Meridian Youth Baseball and Softball Program. The Meridian 12U 70inch basepath Cal Ripken team won the Pacific Northwest Regional championship last Friday, beating Willamette Valley, Ore., 2-1, to advance to the World Series, where Meridian will play its first game on Sunday in Aberdeen, Md. “It’s something we dreamed about and set plans for,” Meridian coach Marc Smith said. “We put a lot of effort in to achieve it. But even so, there’s a lot of teams that didn’t make it, so we feel fortunate to represent the Northwest at the Cal Ripken World Series.” The 12U team is the second team from the Meridian Youth Baseball and Softball Program to make the World Series in its age group this year. The Meridian 10U All-Stars have also qualified for the World Series, and will play its first game on Sunday in Ocala, Fla., against the Middle Atlantic Regional champions from Bear, Del. “We have a very competitive league,” Smith said about the program’s success. “It’s well run, there’s a lot of good coaches, with a lot of baseball experience. We have quite a few high school coaches’ kids in the league, so we can draw from their experiences.” Both teams have been collecting donations to send family members of the players to the respective sights. Smith says that Cal Ripken pays for the players transportation fees, as well as a few other expenses, but not lodging costs. No families in the Meridian Youth Baseball and

Softball program, Smith says, have players on both World Series-bound teams. To help fund the trip, the 12U team is collecting donations from wherever they can find them. With the team clinching the trip last Friday, and leaving for Maryland on Wednesday, it left five days for them to plan the trip. Smith says the goal was to raise $30,000. As of Monday night, the coach estimated they had raised somewhere between $3,000-$4,000. Donations have even come from outside of the Treasure Valley, as family and friends of players have stepped up and helped with the cause. Smith said a $1,000 donation was received from PEAK Resources, a technology solutions company out of Denver, which is run by his sisterin-law’s fiance. One player, who recently moved to Meridian from Moscow, received a donation from one of his former coaches up north. “Any association we can find, we’re reaching out and asking to help,” Smith said on Monday. “We have got a decent response. We still have a long way to go, though.” The 10U team has had a little more time to raise money, but that doesn’t mean it has been easy. The team has organized fundraisers, like one held at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Meridian on Tuesday. The restaurant is donating 20 percent of the night’s revenue to the 10U team. The 10U team was also recognized at a Boise Hawks game last week as a way to raise awareness of their efforts. “Having 10 days to organize this, I can’t describe how crazy it’s been,” 10U coach Scott Whiles said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity and we’re not going to miss it.”

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Rocky Mountain’s Devyn Christian scores during a game against Idaho Falls in the American Legion state championship Sunday at Rock Mountain High School.

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Despite being a team notorious for doing all of the little things right, Rocky Mountain lost an opportunity to become American Legion AA state champions because of a flurry of errors and miscues. The Idaho Falls Bandits won the state championship with two wins in elimination games at Rocky Mountain High, 7-3 and 7-5, even though both games were led mostly by the Avalanche. Rocky Mountain was the victor of the winner’s bracket after defeating each opponent on the way to the championship games. With wins over Twin Falls, Nampa, and the Boise Seminoles, Rocky Mountain entered Sunday’s slate of games as the only undefeated team remaining in the tournament. The Avalanche led Idaho Falls 5-0 through the first four innings of the final game, but surrendered five runs over the next three innings to force extra innings. Josh Gasser, who will play college ball at the College of Southern Idaho next spring, dominated Bandit hitters through the first four innings and only allowed four earned runs, but a costly missed ground ball allowed two Idaho Falls base runners to score. In the top of the 10th inning, Idaho Falls back-up catcher John Hyland slugged home the two goahead runs. Rocky Mountain failed to reach base in the bottom half of the inning. Jackson Cluff went 3-for-8 at the plate in two games, and is one of Rocky Mountain’s bright returning

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Career expert in collision repair stays true to his roots www.kadels.com leadership training. Ross went on to earn a degree in marketing from Boise State University. “I developed a real passion for working with customers and providing a service that a customer can rely on,” he said. “After graduation I found the collision repair industry was a terrific mix of all the things I enjoy.”

Jerry Ross

For Jerry Ross, a company promotion was more than a move up the ladder of success; it meant coming home. Ross, regional manager for Kadel’s Auto Body, was raised in Meridian. After working in the Portland, Ore., market as shop manager for the business since 2000, he returned to the Treasure Valley last month to take on his new role. “Growing up, I was always a hands-on individual, learning how to work on my own vehicles and solve problems,” Ross said. He attended Meridian High School and was active in the FFA, learning mechanical operations, welding, painting and

In 1996 Ross went right to work for the Kadel’s brand as an estimator at Idaho Collision Repair. Four years later he was packing up for a promotion in Portland.

One of the things Ross likes best about his job is the challenge of a constantly changing automative industry because there’s always something to learn with advanced systems and designs. And for Ross, it’s helping customers that continues to spur him on, by educating customers throughout the process of collision repair and working with their insurance companions.

Ross made his recent return to the valley with wife Jenen and two young children, Connor and Lauralei. In his new role as regional manager, Ross supervises the day-to-day operations of both Kadel’s Steelhead Collision (Meridian) and Idaho Collision Repair (Garden City). Being back in Idaho affords Ross the opportunity to spend more time enjoying the outdoors with his father. They like camping, fishing, hunting and exploring on their Harleys.

“We don’t just fix a person’s car,” Ross said. “We try to help fix the unfortunate situation of having been involved in an accident.” — Joy Alger

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Parenting difficult teens requires delicate balances in your words

Successful parenting balances the setting of limits with flexibility, honesty with discretion, and compassion with accountability. Parents often make the mistake of “choosing their battles” by overlooking problems or trying to avoid tensions around their teen in order to avert argumentativeness, moodiness or tantrums. One of the most important things parents can teach their teens is that treating the parent-child relationship as if it is the same as one among peers is inappropriate and unacceptable. For teens to be taught this serves as a foundation for future relationships with other adults including teachers, coaches, officials and eventually employers. This will also nurture dignity that comes from accepting a subordinate role without feeling as if it is an insult to self-worth or autonomy. Many parents bring their teens in for counseling because of a bad attitude or poor behavior choices, expecting their child to be the

one making changes. They are surprised to find out it is only when they change their parenting techniques that the adolescent begins to think and behave in new and different ways. This is not to say that teen troubles are from bad parenting. However, a child who uses emotional reactivity as a way to intimidate a parent is a tougher teen to raise. It is often natural for parents to try a softer approach and end up realizing that the tactic does not work. Relationship differences are not resolved by avoiding conflict. The parent-child relationship is no different. So what does work? Many teen defiant behaviors are a desire for a voice, rights and freedom of choice. The key is that these freedoms need to be balanced with accountability. When the emotional eruptions of teens begin to disturb their own plans more than

As summer gradually begins to wind down and students begin to contemplate their return to the classroom, there are still plenty of ways families can enjoy the final weeks of summer and sunshine in Meridian. If you haven’t already, come join us for CableONE Movie Night. Every Friday night through the end of August, free outdoor movies will be shown at dusk at Settlers Park. Grab the entire family, some blankets and food and come out and enjoy this great Meridian tradition on our 30-foot inflatable screen. Our Concert on Broadway series will wrap up another successful season with Kevin Kirk and Onomatopoeia. This popular local ensemble will be offering a free jazz concert in Meridian City Hall’s breezy outdoor plaza at 7 p.m. Saturday. We are so thankful for the Meridian Arts Commission for all the hard work they do to bring this wonderful activity to our community. While you and your family still have a few days off together, go out and spend some time exploring Meridian’s parks. You could play tennis, soccer, horseshoes or bocce ball, or maybe

those of the parents, the teens will curtail those eruptions. Successful parents are confident in their parenting without being authoritative or severe, are clear and consistent with expectations and always treat their children with respect, no matter how angry, disappointed or frustrated they become. Successful parents maintain a sense of humor, are emotionally accessible and affectionate, have an ability to prioritize problems, stand their ground on points that matter and never patronize, demean or punish unfairly. Letting your children know they are responsible for their reactions and behavior while remaining committed to their welfare and working things out can usually remedy even the most resistant teens.

Lynn Bohecker is a doctoral graduate assistant in ISU-Meridian’s counseling program.

you’d rather cool off at our splash pad or try your hand at fishing in one of our ponds. With 20 unique parks in our community, there is a nearly endless combination of amenities, activities and unique atmospheres for everyone to enjoy. One of the best things about Meridian is the fun doesn’t have to end when students return to school. On Sept. 14, families are invited to join us in Settlers Park as we celebrate Meridian’s 4th Annual Community Block Party. This popular all-day outdoor festival will feature live music, games, special exhibits, lots of fun activities for the kids and more. Be sure to mark your calendars! These are just some of the great things taking place in our parks as we close out the summer and head into fall. To learn more about the events taking place in our community, be sure to check out our This Week in Meridian videos or the community calendar on our website at www. meridiancity.org. Liking us on Facebook is also an excellent way to stay in touch and see all of the fun things to do in our community this fall.  Tammy de Weerd is mayor of Meridian.

UP & DOWN to the staff at the Meridian Press for its recent inquiry on the best places in Meridian to eat. Our family discovered several places that we are going to try. Great way to promote our local establishments. to those non-responsible dog owners in Cedar Springs who “walk” their pets off leash and their darling pets use our well-landscaped yard for their bathroom (very near our house). Every day we are picking up at least one pile. Use your own yard for your pet deposits please, or leash your dog on your walks.

Up to the clerks at City Hall who are very helpful and informative. I’m trying to get my business going, and they offered a lot of information and were patient with me. to all of the annual events you identified as your favorites: 

End of road construction season.

Outdoor movie night at Settlers Park!

The free summertime outdoor concerts at Meridian City Hall! In fact, there’s one this Saturday night at 7 p.m. by jazz pianist/ensemble Kevin Kirk & Onomatopoeia.

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Beer Fest

The Dairy Days parade.

Salmon BBQ

Lighting of the Christmas tree in Generations Plaza.

First day of school!

Chili Feed and Dairy Days

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Races and fireworks on the Fourth of July and the end of road construction.

Send your thumbs up or thumbs down to news@ mymeridianpress.com. You can also tell us what you think about the goings on in Meridian by “liking” the Meridian Press page on Facebook and posting comments. We will publish some of those comments in future editions. 

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Con: Meridian ‘lacks diversity’ According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Meridian’s population is 92 percent white. Sivey said she would like to see more local events to celebrate and raise awareness about religious and cultural diversity. “As a parent, to me that’s important for my kids to understand that there is more,”

Sivey said. The city doesn’t plan these types of event, Moss said, but is open to hosting them. Other than that, Sivey has no complaints about raising her family in Meridian. “I think that’s why Meridian has been recognized the way that it has, because there really aren’t a lot of cons and it truly is a great, great place to live,” she said. Submitted photo

The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council connects with government leaders like Mayor Tammy de Weerd and business leaders as well as planning events and raising funds and awareness in Meridian.

Community Teen Movie Night. Final showing of the summer is “The Avengers,” Aug. 10 at dusk at Settlers Park. n Meridian Police Activities League sports teams for youth. See meridianpal.org/Sports. n Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council — high school members plan events, raise funds and awareness and connect with government and business leaders. See facebook.com/MeridianMYAC. n Parks and Rec Activity Guide: meridiancity.org/ activityguide. Meridian has 19 city parks and a downtown community center for classes at 201 E. Idaho Ave. n New Meridian Winter Lights parade this year with Christmas tree lighting, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. downtown. n 4th Annual Meridian Community Block Party, Sept. 14 at Settlers Park. Free barbecue, games and activities. n

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Schools Joint School District No. 2 graduation rates: n 90.7 percent in 2012-13. Statewide: 90.8 percent n 92.4 percent in 2011-12 Percent of students who are advanced/proficient in: n Language: 78.9 percent. Target: 77 percent. Statewide: 77.1 percent. n Math: 82.7 percent. Target: 84 percent. Statewide: 82.1 percent. n Reading: 91.2 percent. Target: 86 percent. Statewide: 90 percent. Of Meridian’s approximately 27,000 students, 8,000 students attend a school of choice, which offer specific

focuses in subjects like medicine, art, engineering and technology. Other programs allow students to get a head start with college credits and in professions like construction, pharmaceuticals and more. See meridianschools.org for more information.

Crime The Boise-Nampa metro area is No. 11 on Farmers Insurance Group’s top 20 most secure large metropolitan areas for 2012. Meridian Police Department 2012 Crime Report: n 77,270: population n 3,186 offenses, up 8.6 percent from 2011 n 2,342 arrests, down 3.2 percent from 2011

Meridian family life 25,260 families (2007-2011) n 19,796 have kids under age 18 n 16,374 married-couple families n 8,856 of married couples have kids under age 18 n 1,185 male householder, no wife present n 752 of single-dad homes (kids under age 18) n 2,237 female householder, no husband present n 1,539 single-mom homes (kids under age 18) n 2,165 people living with non-relatives, including 983 unmarried partners Sources: Census Bureau, 2007-2011; Idaho State Police; Idaho State Department of Education; Joint School District No. 2.

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Meridian Press 2013-08-09  

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