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COVER: Boys and Girls Club provides ‘vital’ service Without the Boys and Girls Club, some Meridian students would go home to an empty house after school. The club provides a safe environment, help with homework, meals and mentorship at a low cost. But it needs your help.

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SCHOOLS With the rise in technology, some parents fear their child is spending too much time in front of screens. But here’s how a local teacher is using new devices to boost student engagement and interaction.

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The Mountain View girls basketball team knocked off Centennial to earn a repeat trip to state and another shot at a district title.

Joe Watson, 86 of Meridian, visits local senior centers to a share a message of hope and health that he’s learned over a lifetime of service.

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really enjoyed sitting down with Joe Watson this week and learning about his life. This 86-year-old Meridian resident has quite the resume — he’s the first mayor of Star, has broken records at the Idaho Senior Games and served in World War II and the Korean War, to name a few things. See page 8 to learn more. What stuck out to me was the way Joe lets day-to-day conversations teach him bigger life lessons. One lesson came from his young son years ago. Joe was constantly traveling for work in those days, making good money to support his family. At the dinner table, his son said, “Daddy, we hardly see you.” That stopped Joe in his tracks. “Until then, I thought I was being the greatest provider, … but I wasn’t providing what they really wanted or needed,” he said. That’s what sparked the family’s move to Star, where Joe taught fourth grade and sixth grade for 24 years. Teaching was not the profession he’d set out to do —

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Senior citizens and low-income taxpayers of any age can find free help to prepare their income tax returns at tax preparation sites throughout Idaho. Those who are submitting a state return only to get a grocery credit refund can also get help there, as well as those filing a federal return only to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit. Most locations offer electronic filing for faster refunds, and some offer help in Spanish. The Tax Commission recommends that people check its website, tax.idaho. gov, the day they want to visit one of the sites because the free tax help listing can change daily. Those who don’t have Internet access can find a site by calling the Idaho CareLine at 2-1-1 or (800) 926-2588 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., or AARP’s automated system at (888) 227-7669. Taxpayers can also get help by calling the Tax Commission at 334-7660 in the Boise area or toll free at (800) 972-7660. The help sites are sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the American Association for Retired Persons (AARP) Foundation.

Feb. 5-11 Meridian Police made the following arrests or issued charges: 1 domestic battery 1 commercial burglary 4 petit thefts 1 resisting and obstructing police officers 3 possession of drug paraphernalia 8 warrants 1 grand theft by possession 1 unlawful possession of fireworks 1 possession of marijuana 3 driving under the influence 1 open alcohol container 1 vehicle accident 1 driving without privileges 2 injury to child 1 possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver

he thought he’d try it out for a year or so. He ended up loving it and creating lifelong memories with the students. “I can’t tell you how many people have come to me as adults, bringing their children to me, … and telling me something they had learned in my class,” Joe said. “It wasn’t book stuff. It was about life, and that to me is very important.” Joe taught me something about cherishing the past, but not letting it own you. He holds dear the memories of his first wife, his children and his grandchildren who have tragically died. Throughout the grief and pain, Joe learned how to be grateful for the time he spent with these loved ones. “I’ve had hardships in my life. … But you have to by Holly Beech hbeech@mymeridianpress.com make a choice, ‘How do I handle this?’” he said. That question — “How will I handle this?” — is one © 2014 MERIDIAN PRESS we all have to face. I’m thankful for Joe’s example of how to answer it.

3 residential burglary 2 injury traffic accidents 1 leaving the scene of an accident 1 possession of marijuana 2 grand thefts 6 domestic batteries 1 possession of drug paraphernalia 1 petit theft 1 medical assist 2 vehicle burglaries 1 vandalism 3 trespassing 1 attempted burglary 2 trespass of privacy 1 stalking 1 burglary

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GARDEN CITY — Quick thinking on the part of a fisherman and a passerby resulted in the rescue of a 12-year-old boy Monday. Garden City Police, Ada County paramedics and Boise City Fire responded to the Riverside Pond located at Riverside and Glenwood for a boy who fell through the ice at about 4:50 p.m., When officers arrived, they discovered a 12-year-old boy had been walking on the ice when it broke through, causing him to fall into the frigid water. The boy was about 20 feet from shore when the ice gave way. A fisherman who saw what happened ran to his vehicle and grabbed a power cord to throw to the boy. The fisherman and another passerby worked together to pull him from the water. “Other than being cold, the young man appeared unharmed and was released to his mother at the scene,” the Garden City Police Department said in a press release. Garden City Police urge people to stay off of the ice on all ponds. With ever-changing weather temperatures, the ice isn’t safe to walk or play on.

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GARDEN CITY — A mountain lion was killed by law enforcement along the Boise River Greenbelt in the Riverside subdivision Feb. 6. According to Idaho Fish and Game, an eyewitness reported to Garden City Police that a mountain lion had bolted from under his front porch and exited his property. Together with Garden City Police, Fish and Game and a volunteer houndsman responded to the scene and began tracking the animal through backyards and common areas within the subdivision. The lion was tracked to an island in the Boise River where it ran along the greenbelt path. Upon reaching the head of the island, it was only a few feet from re-entering the neighborhood when it was shot and killed by officers.

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Boys and Girls Club provides ‘vital’ service

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Front page: Shaena Ellison, 8, plays pool at the Boys and Girls Club in Meridian.

about the club Boys and Girls Clubs of Ada County has Garden City and Meridian locations and a Kuna summer program. The organization serves more than 4,000 Treasure Valley youth each year.

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THE CLUBHOUSE $10: annual fee $25: summer program fee 1st grade - 18 years old: age of members 220 children: typical daily attendance 300: typical daily attendance in the summer 80 percent of students live in low-income households 11,000 square feet: size of facility 14,000 square feet: proposed gym expansion $2 million: estimated cost of expansion $1.7 million: annual Ada County Clubs budget

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aughter and chatter echoed off the walls at the Meridian Boys and Girls Club Tuesday as more than 200 kids piled in after school. They flocked to the foosball and pool tables or sat on the floor to play with toys and read books. It was definitely noisy, one fifth-grader said, but a different type of noise than what floods her home. “At home, there’s a lot of arguing,” she said, “and (this) gives me a break.” The Club is critical for students, most of whom live in low-income households, Boys and Girls Clubs of Ada County Executive Director Colleen Braga said. “If our Club wasn’t around, I don’t know where these kids would be,” she said. But the building isn’t big Adam Eschbach/MP enough to take in all the students Bryan Aguirre, 8, is carried away by his friend Sebastian Angelastro, 11, at the Boys and Girls Club in Meridian. Boys and Girls Clubs who apply. In the summer, the of Ada County Executive Director Colleen Braga says the club is critical for students, most of whom live in low-income households. waiting list grows to 100 names. “We don’t want to turn any kids away, because we don’t know what circumstance they’re in,” Braga said. “... It’s really HOW CAN YOU HELP? tough.” n Donate financially. The Club relies on community support. The Club is looking to the community to help raise money for a n Donate art supplies. new gym at the Meridian facility, which would more than double “We have like 220 kids at least a day, so we go through construction paper, its space. scissors and coloring crayons. Things like that are really nice to have on hand,” “We really need more space, not by Holly Beech Meridian Clubhouse Director Robyn Ure said. only to serve kids, but to give them n Donate your time. hbeech@mymeridianpress.com more sports options,” Braga said. “... © 2014 MERIDIAN PRESS Volunteers read to students and help them with their homework. One parent We’ve been planning this gym project teaches guitar lessons, and another volunteer teaches high school students for a while. We were waiting for the about aviation. The Meridian location could use a volunteer with advanced math economy to show sustained improvement, and we feel that now skills to help high school students with homework. is the time.” Mayor Tammy de Weerd said the city — also in need of more gym space for its sports leagues — will explore ways to partner with the Club in this expansion.

Treasure Valley YMCA is planning to build a new facility in south Meridian. Based on a professional market survey, south Meridian showed a high demand for a large recreational facility. “We were actually surprised by how overwhelming the data was,” said Scott Curtis, a senior vice president at the Treasure Valley Y. The project would cost an estimated $15 million to $20 million. The next step, Curtis said, is identifying community partners and raising money. Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd has also identified this as a project the city will stand behind. “We’re working closely with the city, and we have been very excited to hear about the support they’re providing,” Curtis said.

THE IMPACT Students’ lives often change when they’re given a chance to serve, to be a leader and to belong to something, Meridian Boys and Girls Club Unit Director Robyn Ure said. “We have seen kids who have really been on the fence, and just by them having this positive recognition and feeling like they belong to a group and they have this knit of friends, it makes a world of difference,” Ure said. “We have seen so many kids just completely turn around.” Students age fifth grade and up have opportunities to join a leadership team and serve in monthly community projects. High school students get to plan their own projects, which have included making blankets for hospital patients and growing produce for the Idaho Foodbank. The Club’s staff serves as mentors for all the students, giving them tools against bullying, drug use and sexual pressure. Sexting and promiscuity are prevalent issues, Ure said, as students seek out attention. “We try to provide positive programs here so they’re getting attention in other ways,” she said. The impact reaches parents, too. “We get a lot of feedback from the parents, just how much they appreciate what we do for their family in being here … and how vital we are to their life,” Ure said.

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Parker is an Irish Setter/Shepherd male. He is 1-2 years old, is up-to-date on shots and is not neutered. He knows the “sit” and “down” commands, walks well on a leash and will sit by your side when you stop. Parker is a gentle giant, a peoplepleaser with good attention. He’s inquisitive, enjoys toys and works for treats. Parker will do best in an active home with plenty of things to do and time to hang out close to his pack. He’d probably do best with children ages 10 and up. Feel free to come to the Rescue and meet Parker at 191 N. Linder Road, Meridian, or find him online at meridianvalleyhumanesociety.org.

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Fourth-grader Angelyn Wade is putting on a fundraiser at Siena Elementary in Meridian to raise money for a fellow student in need. Nine-year-old Hannah Rodgers suffers from a neurodegenerative condition called Batten disease, according to Angelyn’s mom, Nikki Wade. The disease has taken away Hannah’s sight and is making it increasingly difficult for her to share a room with her sister. Angelyn’s school rally, “Jumping for Dollars,” will raise money for the Rodgers family to remodel their home and add another bedroom. On Wednesday, Feb. 26, students will take a break from class to jump rope for 15 minutes. To participate, students must find sponsors to donate any amount to the Rodgers family, via cash, checks made payable to Hannah’s mom, Trina Rodgers, or gift cards to a home improvement store. To contribute to this cause, email Angelyn and her parents at angelynwadeid@gmail.com. Visit facebook.com/AngelynsMissionKidsCanHelp to learn more about Angelyn’s quest to make a positive impact in her community.

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Center for their weekly dance. The dance is open to all members of the community. Admission is $5 and it is asked that you bring a finger food to share. In spirit of Valentine’s Day, the first 50 women that come will receive a carnation. Call 459-0132 for more information. HOMEDALE — Austrian Settlement 100th anniversary, 6 p.m. Feb. 14, Homedale Fairgrounds, The Armory, 3rd St. The 100th anniversary is a celebration for the descendants of the first seven Slovenian families to reach Homedale in 1914. The community of Homedale welcomed the settlers and helped them through the difficult times. Descendants are invited to a potluck dinner.

NAMPA — Valentine’s Dance, 7-9 p.m., Mission Aviation Fellowship, 112 N. Pilatus Lane. Bring your whole family to a Valentine’s Dance with dessert and dancing. There will be door prizes for a select few. Admission is free. BOISE — Romancing the Pen, noon-9 p.m., Old Idaho Penitentiary, 2445 Old Penitentiary Road. The Old Idaho Penitentiary will host a AVTCs Day – event Overview Valentine’ that will feature stories of what inmates did for love. The stories feature In-network with insurance AVTC – Overview material that may not be suitable for younger Saturday Cost-effective In-network insurance children. Guided tours with of theassessment, Penitentiary are at 1 visit 6Cost-effective p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. andassessment, 7:30 p.m. and there 1 BOISE visit— Sisters ync. Speakeasy Birthday Party, 7-10 p.m. at the Beside Bardenay, 612 is limited space. It is recommended that visitors dress warm and bring a flashlight. Admission is $5 Grove St. Come celebrate the Sisters ync. 6th birthday party with a 21-and-over 1920s themed and $3/children over 12 at the door. party complete with raffles, silent auction, casino CALDWELL — Caldwell Senior Center games and appetizers. It is $25/person or $45/ Dance, 6-9 p.m. Caldwell Senior Center, 1009 Everett St. Join the residents of the Caldwell Senior couple. For more information, visit sistersync.com.

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ast fiscal year, Ada County dispatch received almost 123,000 emergency calls. The jail housed about 800 inmates each day. The crime rate increased — though it was lower than it had been in 2009. These statistics and more are highlighted in the compiled by Holly Beech hbeech@mymeridianpress.com Ada County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) fiscal year 2013 re© 2014 MERIDIAN PRESS port. Find the full report at mymeridianpress.com.

SERVICES In FY2013, percent change from FY2011: n Ada County population: 406,850, up 2.75 percent n 911 calls: 122,668, up 3.17 percent n Jail average daily population: 787, down 11.77 percent n Population in ACSO police jurisdiction: 104,720, up 2.65 percent n Citizen calls for service in ACSO jurisdiction: 21,407, up 6.64 percent

CRIME CRIME RATE Number of crimes per 1,000 residents, by fiscal year: 2013: 28.6 2011: 26.8 2009: 30.5 CLEARANCE RATE Percentage of crimes solved, by calendar year: 2012: 57 percent 2010: 61 percent 2008: 55 percent 2012 statewide clearance rate: 46 percent

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Ada County Sheriff’s Office members took the REVA — the SWAT team’s armored vehicle — to local neighborhoods for National Night Out Aug. 6.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS Helped rescue 16-year-old Hannah Anderson from the Idaho wilderness in August. Anderson had been abducted from her San Diego home. n Ada County Metro SWAT provided emergency preparedness training for the Ada County courthouse and local schools. n Expanded video conferencing capabilities in court hearings. n Established a team of patrol deputies to conduct compliance checks in community supervision programs such as misdemeanor probation and pretrial release. n

GOALS THE FOLLOWING TARGETS WERE REACHED OR EXCEEDED: Goal: answer 90 percent of 911 calls in 10 seconds Actual percentage: 94 percent Goal: lower or maintain the percent of inmates rearrested within one year of release Actual percent: 39 percent, lower than last year’s 42 percent Goal: keep the average customer wait time for a driver’s license at or below 10 minutes Actual wait time: 6 minutes THE FOLLOWING TARGETS WERE NOT REACHED: Goal: respond to critical emergencies in under 5 minutes Actual average response time: 5 minutes, 27 seconds Goal: fewer traffic crashes than last year (789 crashes) Actual number of crashes: 956 Goal: inmate-on-inmate physical violence incident rate lower than 2.5 incidents per 10,000 inmate days Actual incident rate: 3.1

Fees: $4.3 million, up 15 percent Contracts: $7.5 million, down 14 percent n County property taxes: $41.4 million, up 13 percent Total: $55.8 million, up 8 percent *includes sales revenue, reimbursements, fines and forfeitures n

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$55.8 million 8 percent higher than FY2012 budget FY 2013 REVENUE, COMPARED TO FY2012 Charge for services: $309,436, up 1 percent n Grants: $385,053, down 4 percent n Non-business licenses: $912,792, up 4 percent n Miscellaneous*: $1.02 million, up 16 percent n

Facebook: facebook.com/adacountysheriff Twitter: @AdaCoSheriff Website: adasheriff.org Phone: 577-3000 Last year marked Sheriff Gary Raney’s 30th year with the Ada County Sheriff’s Office. He worked in the jail, patrol and investigations before being sworn in as sheriff in 2005.

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SCHOOLS check it out Brian Fischer’s fourth-grade class at Eagle Hills Elementary will host an open house to showcase the projects they’ve completed using technology, such as making iMovies to tell history lessons. WHEN: 5:30-7 p.m., Feb. 18 WHERE: Eagle Hills Elementary, Room 16, 650 Ranch Drive, Eagle

POTENTIAL CONCERNS WITH TECH IN CLASSROOM Concern: Students need more face-to-face time with their teacher, not more screen time. Teacher Brian Fischer’s response: Using technology has allowed him to be more interactive with the students on an individual level. “Since they’re working on student-centered projects (using technology), it frees up time so I can do those individual needs with kids. Whereas if I’m teaching the whole class in front of the classroom, I can’t pull kids and work on these different things.” The class spends about an hour to two hours a day using tablets and computers in small groups. n Concern: Technology is too expensive and might break. Fischer: The class applied for and won grants from Code.org and DonorsChoose.org to pay for some of the devices in their classroom that were not funded by the district. Because the students helped write the grant applications and complete projects necessary to receive a grant, they feel more ownership in taking care of the devices. The potential for a tablet or laptop to break is a concern, he said, but the students are careful with them. n

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Eagle Hills Elementary fourth-graders Harmon Keep, left, and Nate Palfreyman, right, work together on the Edmodo program on an iPad Mini Tuesday morning in Brian Fischer’s fourth-grade classroom at the Eagle school.

Teacher praises technology’s impact in classroom by Holly Beech

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hen Brian Fischer started out as a teacher 13 years ago, he had one desktop computer in his classroom. Now, his fourth-graders at Eagle Hills Elementary have at their fingertips laptops, tablets, desktops, a touch-screen whiteboard and small keypads at each desk. “We’re using the technology to teach English, language arts, teach math,” Fischer said. “I find that sometimes they are so en-

gaged in the technology they don’t actually realize that they are learning all of this stuff. It’s like a fun activity for them.” When they’re at home, students and Fischer can talk about homework and projects on a web program called Edmodo. “It’s kind of just like our little online community,” Fischer said. “... It looks exactly like Facebook, so I think that’s part of the reason they like doing it.”

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SPORTS GIRLS BASKETBALL STANDINGS 5A Southern Idaho Conference (4 teams to state) Conf Overall W L W L Rocky Mountain 18 0 22 1 Centennial 15 3 18 5 Mountain View 13 5 16 5 Boise 12 6 16 6 Capital 10 8 14 9 Borah 6 12 7 15 Eagle 5 13 8 15 Vallivue 5 13 5 17 Meridian 4 14 4 16 Timberline 2 16 3 17 2A Western Idaho Conference (2.5 teams to state) Conf Overall W L W L New Plymouth 10 2 17 4 Melba 8 4 13 9 Marsing 8 4 12 11 Cole Valley Christian 8 4 13 9 McCall-Donnelly 4 8 8 12 Nampa Christian 4 8 8 15 North Star Charter 0 12 2 18 STATE MEDIA POLL Final poll Voted on and records as of Feb. 5 Class 5A Team (1st-place votes) W-L Pts Pvs 1. Rocky Mountain (6) 20-0 42 1 2. Coeur d’Alene (3) 18-2 39 2 3. Lewiston 18-2 23 3 t-4. Centennial 17-3 13 4 t-4. Hillcrest 18-2 13 5 Others receiving votes: Mountain View 2, Highland 1. Class 2A Team (1st-place votes) W-L 1. Ririe (9) 19-2 2. Grangeville 15-4 3. Firth 15-5 4. New Plymouth 16-4 5. Soda Springs 15-6 Others receiving votes: North Valley 4.

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Mountain View back in district final Mavericks avenge two earlier losses to Centennial to secure a state tournament berth by Michael Lycklama

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his time, Mountain View held on to a late lead. This time, Mountain View protected the ball. This time, the Mavericks celebrated after the final buzzer. The Mountain View High girls basketball team avenged two earlier losses to district rival Centennial on Feb. 7 with a 50-47 win in the 5A District III semifinals at Capital High, punching its second straight ticket to the state tournament and its fourth in the past five years. The win also lifted Mountain View (16-5) back into the district final against Boise at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at Capital. But for sophomore point guard Destiny Slocum, the win meant even more. It erased a season of looking up in the conference standings to ranked teams such as No. 4 Centennial (18-4) and No. 1 Rocky Mountain. Unranked Mountain View went 0-4 against those two teams in the regular season. “It’s not even the fact that we’re going to state,” Slocum said. “I know how good of a team that we are. During the season, we were trying to find ourselves. Here, we found ourselves. Going back to the

district championship game, especially after what happened (last year) with Capital, it’s our time to prove ourselves.” Mountain View lost last year’s district title game to Capital. On Feb. 7, the Mavericks broke a 21-21 halftime tie with a 10-2 run to start the third quarter. They held that lead the rest of the way, but not without a few tense moments. Centennial pulled within two with 1:32 left and again with 35 seconds on a pair of Tori Williams buckets. Centennial could never get any closer though. “We took care of the ball at the end of the game. Bottom line,” Mountain View coach Connie Skogrand said. “In the past, we didn’t. We’ve been ahead, and we just didn’t take care of the ball.” Slocum made sure of that. After Centennial cut it to two the first time, she dropped a deft bounce pass to spring Renee Routhier for a fastbreak layup. Slocum finished with 23 points, six assists and four steals, all game highs. “I have total confidence in her,” Skogrand said. “She can take of the ball. She can drive. She understands the game. She is like a coach on the floor.” Freshman guard Tori Williams topped Centennial with 19 points despite battling foul trouble, and sophomore forward Dominique Williams added 18, including 10 straight in the fourth quarter to give the Patriots a chance.

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Mountain View’s Renee Routhier (33) rises for a shot Feb. 7 during a 5A District III semifinal against Centennial at Capital High. Mountain View won 50-47 to secure a trip to state.

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LOCAL NEWS Joe Watson, 86 of Meridian, visits local senior centers to spread a message of health and fitness. He spoke to a group of people at the Nampa Senior Center Feb. 6, seen here with Bob Beeson (center) and Mary Kimbrough. Watson’s positive outlook on life stems from his experiences as a father, husband, military member, teacher, mayor, athlete and gym manager. Holly Beech/MP

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t age 86, Joe Watson can be found running, swimming, lifting weights and sharing the message of health to other senior citizens. To Watson — a former gym manager, wrestler, boxer and coach — health is about more than muscle mass, heart rate and nutrition. Health, he said, starts with your frame of mind. “We are the ones who determine what kind of a life we’ll have, and it’s a matter of attitude,” he told a group of people during a visit to the Nampa Senior Center last week. That doesn’t mean you won’t have struggles, he continued. Over the course of his life, Watson has mourned the death of his first wife, three of his seven children, a son-in-law and two grandsons. What allows him to carry on, he said, is his gratitude for the time they had together and the love they shared. Watson, a World War II Marine Corps veteran and Korean War Army veteran, by Holly Beech hbeech@mymeridianpress.com was raised in Illinois, but has lived in the Meridian area for more than 50 years. He © 2014 MERIDIAN PRESS taught at Star Elementary from 1963 to 1987 and, starting in 1997, was the first mayor of Star. At age 80, he retired from his position as manager of Caldwell’s Idaho Athletic Club. Watson approaches each task as a chance to serve, which makes him happy, he said. He learned this lesson through one of the darkest periods of his life, when his first wife died of an aneurism. A short

ABOUT JOE WATSON Promotes physical fitness at local senior centers n World War II and Korean War veteran n Taught at Star Elementary for 24 years n First mayor of Star n Competes in the Idaho Senior Games and holds records in swimming n Former Idaho Athletic Club manager “(Joe) is a very remarkable man. … He loves fitness and he loves people,” Idaho Athletic Club President John Wardle said. Joe’s example, Wardle said, shows people in their 70s and 80s that they can still be physically active. n

time after her death, Watson visited a heartbroken friend whose wife had left him. Watson told him, “I don’t care if it’s 1 in the morning, if you wake up and you’re having a bad time, phone me.” The man took him up on that offer twice. “I was thankful that he did,” Watson said. “… That taught me that in serving others — and everything that I’ve done, really, I’ve considered like serving others — leads to total happiness, if we let it.” As a teacher and as a businessman, Watson taught others to see the good in themselves and in other people. For example, he would call his students’ parents once a month to share with them something good their child had done. “It was always to tell them something of a positive nature. You know, ‘I was so proud of John because I saw him help a boy out who needed help,’” Watson said. “… This always got back to the kids, and there was a feeling — and I had learned this in buying businesses, which I had been doing — of togetherness, of working toward something.” Physical fitness is part of the bigger picture of living a positive life, Watson said. “I think that working out can easily help your attitude — and that’s not just about yourself. I’d hate to think that,” he said. “It’s about the world and people. It’s a pleasure to be in the world, and I have a firm belief in people.”

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PLUGGED IN City, community partners work together on five priority focus areas Recently I delivered the annual State of the City address, where we celebrated our past year’s accomplishments, identified the challenges we face, highlighted a couple of our plans for the year ahead and thanked those who have been part of our successes. Looking back over this last year, it is amazing to see what we have been able to accomplish as a community, thanks in large part to our employees, businesses, youth leaders, educators and community partners. During my speech I continued the conversation about our five priority focus areas we are working on with our community partners in order to build Meridian together. These focus areas include being a safe community, creating familywage jobs, having places to go, improving our transportation network, and ensuring you have a responsive government. Whether our fire department is working to improve its response times or the Public Works Department is working with the Ada County Highway District to enhance our water and sewer infrastructure and roads in our downtown with the completion of the Meridian Split Corridor project, we are working with our partner agencies who care about this community and the services we provide. We continue to work with our business and regional partners in growing and attracting family-wage jobs, bringing prosperity for our citizens, our community and the broader region. In fact, in 2013 we saw more than 1,400 jobs created in Meridian. As a vibrant, self-sustaining community, we must encourage and continue to support investment and job creation, strategically attract appropriate businesses and support existing business by providing a positive environment to operate within. By building this environment where our businesses thrive and in which new businesses are attracted, we can identify and grow the future “Scentsys” of our world. In the coming year I’d like to build upon our successes, which means continuing to ensure Meridian remains the safest community in Idaho. But we cannot rest there. We must focus efforts on “building our children” who hold the future in their hands. For example, we can work with the Boys & Girls Club in Meridian to expand so they can accommodate our kids who want a safe place after school and can have caring adults to spend time with. This is just a glimpse of a few of the items I touched on this week. We have an amazing story to tell, and I encourage you to visit the city’s website at www.meridiancity.org in order to watch the complete State of the City. n

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Take charge of your health at free Community Health Screenings

It is a new year and time to take control of your health. Each semester, the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center and our community partners offer three free Community Health Screening events in Ada County. The next two are March 6 at First Presbyterian Church in Boise and April 10 at the Boys & Girls Club in Garden City. Both events run from 4 to 7 p.m. These events are more than a typical “health fair” where you might spend a few minutes gathering general information. Our screening events are comprehensive and can take up to two hours. Services include: n Blood pressure checks and medication reviews n Dental evaluations n Flu shots when available n Depression and alcohol screenings n On-site testing for blood sugar levels, cholesterol, HIV and hepatitis C n Hearing and eye screenings n Nutrition assessments and recommendations n Preventive health education A priority is to connect participants who have urgent medical needs to health care they can afford. At the end of the screening

process, we are able to make appointments at clinics for participants who require follow-up care. Student clinicians also benefit from this experience. ISU-Meridian houses more health science disciplines under one roof than any other university in the state, with doctoral, masters, intern and postgraduate programs. At CHS events, students have the unique opportunity to work with health science students and faculty outside of their own departments. As the number of patients seeking health care expands, it is crucial that health care providers understand how to work together to provide efficient, quality care to patients. Students are learning this important lesson not only through their course work at ISU, but also by teaming up to provide screening services at CHS events. As a third-year student pharmacist, I intern with Kristin Moore, a student in the Master of Public Health Program, and faculty codirectors Glenda Carr, a clinical

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pharmacist, and Rick Tivis, a health research professor. Together we apply for grants, advertise, organize the events, obtain appointments from community partners and coordinate supplies. I know that through CHS events, I am collaborating with a great team to promote a healthier Idaho, and that this will make me a better health-care provider. CHS events benefit everyone, from participants to the next generation of health professionals. We can’t wait to help jump-start your health! If you have any questions, contact us at healthyu@isu.edu.

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for the State of the City event, well-attended despite the weather. Encouraging message, great food, good company. to the new football academy for youths, Evolution Football Academy, June 2014! to the hard-working road crews who were busy plowing our roads last week. for the staff at Settler’s Park shoveling the walkways around the park. Thanks so much. n

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BOISE — Two Ballet Idaho choreographers have put together a three-piece ballet that features “Raymonda’s Wedding,”“Scheherazade” and “Tchaikovsky BOISE — Centennial High School will host “Mary PopWaltzes.” The ballets will be performed pins” at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Saturday and Feb. 20-22 at the 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the MorCentennial Performing Arts Center, 12400 W. McMillan rison Center, 2201 W. Cesar Chavez Lane. Road. The ballets feature Russian muThe school is one of only four in the country that received sic. In “Raymonda’s Wedding,” nine the rights to perform “Mary Poppins.”The production will couples dressed in red will perform. feature students from three different Joint School District In“Tchaikovsky Waltzes,” some of Pyotr No. 2 high schools. Cast principals got special instruction Ilyich Tchaikovsky lesser known waltzes from “Flying by Foy” representawill be featured. tives Jan. 4-6 and will “fly” above “Scheherazade” the audience to help bring the features an story of the magical nanny to life. abundant “It is an honor for the Meridian amount of white School District to be chosen to silk to portray its present ‘Mary Poppins,’ and I hope story. that the Treasure Valley will take Tickets are advantage of this opportunity,” $38-$58, Sterling Blackwell, director and available at CHS Theater Arts instructor, said. 426-1110 Tickets are $10, $7/students or boisestaand seniors, available at seatytetickets.com. ourself.biz.

Centennial High School one of four schools chosen to perform “Mary Poppins”

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SCHOOLS Technology Continued from page 6

INTERACTION STILL A PRIORITY Fischer’s class is hosting an open house Tuesday to show parents and community members how they integrate technology into their projects. Parents have been overwhelmingly supportive of students’ use of technology, Fischer said, but some people might have misunderstandings about it. “I think the public has sometimes the image that it’s just kids sitting at computers,” Fischer said. “... I really focus on the collaboration of it. It’s not sitting there just doing an iPad app or looking at a website. It’s taking information and creating something.” For an hour or two each day, the class breaks up into groups of four of five, each working on separate devices for a few minutes before rotating stations. This setup allows Fischer to spend more time with each student individually, he said. “It frees up time so I can do those individual needs Greg Kreller/MP with kids, whereas if I’m teaching the whole class in front of the classroom, I can’t pull kids and work on these differ- Eagle Hills Elementary fourth-grader Kayleigh Tuttle creates her own decimal quiz for her classmates using an interactive whiteboard and ent things,” Fischer said. the Edmodo learning program Tuesday morning in Brian Fischer’s fourth-grade classroom at the Eagle school.

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT IS UP Fischer went in front of the school board last month to talk about his classroom’s success with technology. “With tech, virtually every student is engaged,” Joint School District No. 2 Superintendent Linda Clark said at the meeting. “... That is what I have just been blown away by.” Many of Fischer’s students agree that learning with technology is more fun than learning without it. On an iPad Mini, student Alexis Heichmann pulled up a video presentation she had made about the Lewis and Clark expedition. Her recorded voice in the video talks about the journey while pictures and words flow across the screen. “It encourages me to come to school because it’s really easy and fun to learn using something you use every day,” said student Alexis Heichmann, who has access to a tablet and iPod at home. For other students, being at school is their only opportunity to explore tablets or computer programs, Fischer said. “I find that kids this age pick up the devices and aren’t afraid to try them, even if they don’t have them at home,” he said. “... It’s a great opportunity for them that they

wouldn’t have at home.”

LEARNING FOR THE FUTURE It’s hard to predict how quickly technology will change in the future or what shape it will take. “I’ve even seen a big difference since I was in first grade,” fourth-grader Anne Miller said. In first grade, her teacher used a projector with clear sheets, she said. Now at the front of the class is an interactive Promethean board that can serve as a touchscreen whiteboard or a screen for videos. Fischer’s students are learning how to adapt to changing technology, he said. “I don’t know what they’ll have in 10 years,” he said, “because 13 years ago as a teacher, I had one desktop, and now they have all this.” As Fischer integrates technology into his classroom, he and the students are learning what works and what doesn’t, he said. “It’s kind of a learning process for me, also,” Fischer said. “We’ll try things, and then sometimes they fail, which is part of me modeling that I’m a learner, also.”

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