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Inside Fourth of July Celebration p. 4

Local Military Hero Shares His Story p. 8

Visit the Tetons p. 7 Get Your Kids Excited for Summer Reading p. 12 Making a Difference: Giving the Gift of Play p. 14-15

From the Editor:

I love this time of year. Not only because of the warm weather and plethora of local events but also because it’s a great time to reflect on the things we have, and to remember the men and women who have fought diligently to protect the things we cherish. I love my country, and the freedom I have to do the things that bring me joy. I haven’t always taken the time to really appreciate the things I have. I think it’s safe to say that everyone has had one or two of those moments before. Luckily for us, there’s a holiday coming up that will help us remember. Independence Day is a great time to spend time with family, turn on the grill and enjoy beautiful fireworks. But let’s not forget the real reason why we celebrate this patriotic holiday. Remember the history, thank your local veterans and honor the soldiers that have made the ultimate sacrifice. This will make for a more enjoyable and meaningful holiday for your family.


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What’s INSIDE Featured Stories: PUBLISHER/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Emily Buckley MANAGING EDITOR Schae Richards COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Jessica Hochstrasser CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Shelley Allen Thomas Baker, DDS Emily Buckley Melanie Christensen Sherelle Christensen Jordyn Haroldsen Sgt. Bryan Lovell Schae Richards Southeastern Idaho Public Health Margaret Wimborne

The Fourth of July in Southeast Idaho — p. 4 Preparing for Summer Travel — p. 5 Top Summer Events in Southeast Idaho — p. 7 Visit the Tetons — p. 7 Fit to Serve: Local Military Hero Shares His Story — p. 8 Get Your Kids Excited for Summer Reading — p. 12

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In Every Issue: Making a Difference: Giving the Gift of Play — p. 14 Healthy Families: Safe Food Preparation for Picnics and Barbecues — p. 6 Why Choose a Pediatric Dentist? — p. 13 Education: Something Really Special is Happening in Our School District — p. 10 Utilize Local Library Resources for Summer Reading — p. 11 Around the Table: From the Farmer’s Wife: Rhubarb Raspberry Pudding Cake — p. 15


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the fourth of july in Southeast Idaho Melanie Christensen, contributing writer

Independence Day stands out in July as the pivotal celebration of summer, of community and of freedom. It’s a day you can shamelessly stuff yourself with grilled hot dogs, kettle corn, expensive fireworks and frilly red, white and blue skirts. Listed from earliest in the morning to latest in the evening, here are a handful of activities you can add to your family’s Fourth of July celebration. 1. Eat lots of breakfast. Waking up early for parades and 5k races is no reason to skip breakfast. For a small fee that will help a charity, you can find a delicious community breakfast in most cities. Pick up breakfast from the Rotary Club in Ashton or from Search & Rescue in Malad. If holidays are your excuse to cheat on your diet, go to both. 2. Go to a parade. Nothing brings a community together quite like a parade. Pull your kids out of bed early and go see the one of the parades in Southeast Idaho.

There’s one in Blackfoot, Pocatello, Rexburg, Malad and Soda Springs. Don’t forget to bring a bag for collecting candy! 3. Browse local vendors. Artists, business representatives, farmers and lemonade craftsmen alike gather on Independence Day to sell their wares. There are vendor fairs in Ashton, Blackfoot, Idaho Falls and more. Find one near you so you can buy some yummy treats and support community arts. 4. Get active. Join an organized 5K or fun run in Malad, Rexburg, Soda Springs or elsewhere. Swim for free in the Blackfoot swimming pool, or take your fishing poles to Jensen Grove for free fishing day the week of July 4. Join a basketball tournament or a volleyball tournament in Pocatello. 5. Go to a community celebration. Every city has a unique way of celebrating freedom. Go to a carnival in Soda Springs. Watch a

MELALEUCA FREEDOM CELEBRATION Tony Lima, marketing director Melaleuca Spectators will be delighted to watch the 25th Annual Melaleuca Freedom Celebration pack more than 17,500 shells into a 31-minute spectacular production. As measured by the number of shells fired into the night sky,

Chukars baseball game in Idaho Falls, attend a rodeo in Blackfoot, or see a car show in Ashton. There are too many activities to list. How does your city celebrate the holiday? 6. Listen to music. In addition to listening to free music that’s often sponsored at vendor fairs, many cities, like Soda Springs, Malad and Driggs, put concerts together. 7. Watch fireworks. There’s no better reason to be out past bedtime than watching fireworks, and most cities have free shows to end their Independence Day celebrations. Lay out a blanket in Ashton, Blackfoot, Driggs, Idaho Falls, Lava Hot Springs, Malad, Pocatello, Rigby or Soda Springs to watch a show with friends and neighbors. If you don’t want to fight the crowds, light fireworks at home, go on a walk around the neighborhood to watch other people’s fireworks, or simply sit on your rooftop, turn on some patriotic music and watch the sky light up.

this show is one of America’s biggest firework displays for pure pyrotechnic firepower.

unobstructed viewing angles and comfortably accommodate large groups of people.

This year, firing over the banks of the beautiful Snake River, the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration is relocated to Snake River Landing. The new site has been specially prepared and landscaped by Snake River Landing staff to safely hold highflying fireworks, provide

Because of the new venue’s open topography, Melaleuca can provide viewers with a fireworks show that is much higher and have much more variety and special effects than its previous shows. Viewers will enjoy a “widescreen” fireworks display that spans a larger canvas of the night sky, and

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Preparing for Summer Travel Everyone in our area has been gearing up for several significant events this summer, the largest ones being the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration on the Fourth of July, in a new location at Snake River Landing, the Blue Angels Air Show at the Idaho Falls Regional Airport July 22 and 23 and the Solar Eclipse in various places all throughout Eastern Idaho on Aug. 21. These events, along with the usual outdoor activities and construction season, could look somewhat different than what you may be used to and result in unforeseen obstacles. Whether you are planning on attending these events, planning your own events or just staying home, it doesn’t hurt to think about and plan ahead for the things you need. 1. Be prepared for road construction. Keep in mind that several major construction projects on the I-15 corridor have just started resulting in new traffic patterns and potential delays. While construction crews and the Idaho Transportation Department are planning around these events as best they can to keep a minimum delay in traffic flow, we ask that motorists be patient and cautious around these construction zones. Safe driving is very important any time you are in a construction zone and while traffic flow is handled as efficiently as possible, unsafe drivers who cause a crash interrupt that flow even more and put people in danger. Be patient, slow down and always wear your

they will see a variety of special effects and components that only the largest firework shells create, most of which have never been seen in Idaho. “Melaleuca created this experience to pay tribute to our country’s veterans, soldiers and their families, all of whom have sacrificed for the freedoms of this great nation,” Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot said. “This experience recognizes

seatbelts. Don’t hesitate to check road conditions and construction status before you travel; it may save you time and headache. 2. Be prepared for long waits in potential traffic delays. Even though predictions say there will be a largerthan-normal amount of traffic in the area, it’s even more difficult to predict exact problem areas that could cause delays. Take time to make sure you have sufficient supplies such as extra food, water, first aid or anything else you may need to take care of yourself and your passengers. Weather conditions vary in Idaho and can quickly change between extreme heat, rain, thunder storm and wind, so be prepared with proper clothing if you end up outside the shelter of your vehicle. Before you travel, make sure your vehicle is mechanically safe, your tires are in good condition and you have plenty of fuel.

The company hopes the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration will cause viewers to ponder what it means to be an American. “We take our freedoms for granted when, in reality, they came at a horrible price,” VanderSloot said. “This show is about taking 31 minutes to pay

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pet food, medical items or anything else you may need. 4. Be prepared for the little things. It’s very easy in the days ahead of summer to think about where you want to go and what you want to participate in, but to forget about the little things that could affect you along the way. There are many local websites, links, social media pages and phone applications that are useful in planning how to get where you are going safely and how to best enjoy yourself. Seek them out and take advantage of the information they have to offer so you can optimize your summer fun.

3. Be prepared ahead of time for your needs. Retail areas around these large events are stocking up for an influx of customers on top of the community regulars as best they can. If you wait until the last minute to get that gallon of milk or hamburger buns, you could find yourself waiting in longer-thannormal lines. Taking the time to shop ahead of the crowd will be the best way to ensure your needs are met. We not only recommend that for food and groceries, but also for prescriptions,

those who gave us a free country.”


tribute to all of the courageous men and women who paid that price.” Melaleuca encourages people to listen to the patriotic program that will be broadcast on KLCE Classy 97.3 FM in concert with the pyrotechnics. VanderSloot said, “The meaning of this show encourages us to never forget those who created what we have and to take pride in being Americans.”


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PICNICS AND BARBECUES Courtesy of Southeastern Idaho Public Health

To decrease the risk of foodborne illnesses during the upcoming summer months, Southeastern Idaho Public Health would like to remind the public to take the following precautions when enjoying a picnic or barbeque with family and friends: COOK: Cook meat, poultry and hot dogs thoroughly. Using a thermometer to measure the internal temperature of meat is a good way to be sure that it is cooked sufficiently to kill bacteria. For example, ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.  SEPARATE: Don’t cross-contaminate one food with another. Avoid crosscontaminating foods by washing hands, utensils and cutting boards after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry, and before they touch another food. Put cooked meat on a clean platter, rather than back on one that held the raw meat.  CHILL: Keep foods 40 degrees F or below by using and insulated cooler with plenty of ice or freezer packs around and on top of the food. Do not let food sit out for more than an hour on a hot day. Bacteria can multiply quickly on food left out in warm weather.  Store leftovers in a cooler with plenty of ice or frozen packs. CLEAN: Wash produce. Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables in running water to remove visible dirt and grime. Remove and discard the outermost leaves of a head of lettuce or cabbage. Because bacteria can grow well on the cut surface of fruit or vegetable, be careful not to

contaminate these foods while slicing them up on the cutting board, and avoid leaving cut produce out in warm weather for more than an hour. WASH: Wash your hands often. To prevent illness, wash hands with soap and water before and after preparing food, especially raw meats. If there isn’t running water at a campsite or picnic area, set up a makeshift hand-washing station using a water container with a spigot and wash with hand soap. REPORT: Report suspected foodborne illnesses to your local health department. The local public

health department is an important part of the food safety system. Often calls from concerned citizens are how outbreaks are first detected. If a public health official contacts you to find out more about an illness you had, your cooperation is important. In public health investigations, it can be as important to talk to healthy people as to ill people. Your cooperation may be needed even if you are not ill.  For additional information on food preparation and staying safe, contact Tracy McCulloch, MHE, at Southeastern Idaho Public Health at (208) 239-5250 or visit or

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Top Summer Events in Southeast Idaho Jordyn Haroldsen, contributing writer Summer is a wonderful time to live in Southeast Idaho. Between the warm weather and the great outdoors, it seems there is always something to do. We’ve rounded up just a few of the many things to do this summer to keep you and your family entertained. 1. Local Famer’s Markets: Idaho Falls has a farmer’s market that goes from April until the end of October. Stop by the Greenbelt, near Key Bank, any Saturday until Oct. 29 to experience fresh produce, plants, all kinds of foods, crafts, and music. Pocatello, Rigby and Rexburg have their own farmer’s markets throughout the summer. 2. Celebrate Blackfoot: Stop by Jensen’s Grove in Blackfoot from June 30 to July 1 for some baked potatoes. Stay for the car show, vendors, races and fireworks. They’ll also have a children’s carnival, so bring your little ones for some fun! 3. Melaleuca Firework Show: Idaho Falls is famous for its firework show, and this year is no exception. The location of the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration has been moved to Snake River Landing to allow a bigger display for the 25th-anniversary show. Set your alarms early that morning to get a good spot for the Idaho Falls parade. You won’t be disappointed! 4. Idaho International Summerfest: Mark your calendars for July 10-15 and take a trip to Rexburg for their annual Summerfest. Each summer, hundreds of performers from all over the world travel to Rexburg. The weeklong event features dance and music performances, as well as a humanitarian project and a street festival for the community. Tickets for the performances are available online. 5. Blue Angels Air Show: The Blue Angels Air Show will be flying into the Idaho Falls airport July 22-23. Each show starts at noon, but the gates open in the morning so people can come to check out displays, vendors, and merchandise. After the operating costs, all proceeds of the show are donated to local non-profit organizations. You can buy tickets online, or at the gate. 6. Eastern Idaho State Fair: Prepare your stomach for some good food and fun rides from Sept. 1-9 at the Eastern Idaho State Fair in Blackfoot. There’s something for everyone, with food, games, carnival rides, concerts and home and livestock exhibits. Don’t forget to try the famous “Tiger Ear” scones! 7. Spud Day: You’d be surprised by how much fun a day devoted to potatoes can be. Come celebrate Spud Day in Shelley on the third Saturday in September. Start the day off with a parade and then come get a free baked potato for lunch. Stick around for the potato picking contest and don’t miss the “Spud Tug” to see who ends up in the pit of mashed potatoes.


V I S I T T H E T E TO N S Emily Buckley, editor in chief

In our part of the country, there is no need to step foot on an airplane or travel too far to find relaxation and unmatched beauty. In less than three hours you can make your way to Grand Teton National Park. Few landscapes in the world are as striking as those of the Tetons. Our family has made a tradition of visiting this majestic corner of the earth. Here are a few of our favorite stops: Where to stay: Imagine looking out your window to wide open Willow Flats surrounded by a blue mountain lake with moose, elk and bison wandering close by. Then rising above this scene is one of the most photographed mountain ranges in the world — the Grand Teton Range. All of it so close, you feel like you can touch it. This is the thrill you can expect from the historical Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park. What to see: You can see the amazing Grand Tetons from every angle of the park, but make sure you wake up early to avoid missing some of the wonder. Even before the sun creeps over the hills, the Tetons are painted in color. Take the 42-mile scenic drive around the loop of the park. If you are lucky you may see some big-game animals, which are most active in the early hours. What to do: Before you start your driving tour, stop at the visitors center to get information about the Park and collect a kit for your children to become “Junior Rangers.” Hobby or trade photographers will

want to stop at Oxbow Bend to capture an iconic photo of the Snake River with Mount Moran’s reflection. Signal Mountain is a popular area where you can camp, picnic or hike to the summit (7,593 feet). Taggart Lake Trail is the perfect family hike, since the Lake is only 1.6 miles from the trailhead. The trail goes through beautiful groves of aspens, mountain streams and open fields, and it is not steep at all. You can’t visit Grand Teton National Park without visiting Jenny Lake, which is home to the Park’s most popular hike. This acclaimed hike takes you to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point (our family even saw a family of bears on this hike two years ago!). Jenny Lake is great for fishing, canoeing or boating, and the Park offers a boat shuttle to transport visitors across the Lake and back. This is a popular choice for families because it is both fun and shaves two miles off the four-mile round-trip hike, if you ride the boat one way. Colter Bay Village is another place to find active fun. Visitors can rent canoes or kayaks, swim, fish, windsurf, water ski, horseback ride or take scenic boat tours or fishing trips. There is plenty to “do” in Grand Teton National Park. It is the perfect place to get away from the business of life and reconnect with nature and your family. For more drivable summer travel ideas, visit southeastidahofamily


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FIT TO SERVE: Local Military Hero Shares His Story Schae Richards, managing editor

Military life isn’t easy on families. There can be exciting moments of adventure and anticipation, but there’s also hard moments every family experiences. It can be hard to be away from home for long periods of time, and on the flipside, it can be hard to raise a family without your spouse there every day. Some families may ask themselves if it’s worth the amount of sacrifice and dedication it takes to serve their country. To Mark and April Sutton, of Idaho Falls, it’s worth everything to secure the freedom their family enjoys every day. Cpt. Mark Sutton of the 1st of the 148th Field Artillery Regiment has been serving in the United States Armed Forces for more than 25 years, has been a captain for five years and is also acting as a fire support officer. Mark has served in several different positions and has worn many different hats

throughout his service. He has served as an enlisted man, from private to staff sergeant, and now serves as a commissioned officer. “It’s an honor to serve,” Mark said. “It’s a duty that we add to the efforts of our founding fathers. I have enjoyed serving in all of the different capacities.” During his service, Mark has been deployed twice — both times to Iraq. While some days in Iraq were difficult, Mark said there were other days that were not so difficult. This opened his eyes to a whole new world. “Iraq is actually pretty beautiful and many of the people have good in them,” Mark said. “If you look into their eyes you can learn from them.” Mark said these kinds of experiences touched his heart. The first time Mark was deployed to Iraq he and April were newly married, which April says didn’t affect their

Southeast Idaho Family Magazine | Summer 2017 relationship too much because she was working full time and there were no children at home. It wasn’t until a few years later when it was really hard for Mark and his family. “The second time I was deployed we had our two oldest daughters and another one on the way,” Mark said. “I missed that birth and didn’t meet our new daughter until she was almost eight months old. It was extremely hard for me to leave my family then.” Mark said while he has made plenty of sacrifices for both his country and his family, he said April and his children have made the most sacrifices. “It’s my wife and daughters that really suffer when I’m gone,” Mark said. “It can be a scary thing to be in the war zone, but they have always supported me.” April has stood beside Mark from the very beginning, and said even though having him be away from home can be hard, his service is important to her and their family. “You have to have the right mentality,” April said.


“The biggest thing is serving our country, and the best thing I can do as his wife is support him.” Not only is Mark a dedicated serviceman and local hero, but he is also a wonderful father to his four little girls and infant son. When he’s home between trainings and from other things that keep him away, he spends every moment he can with his family and makes those moments count. “Whenever he comes home, the girls run to him with arms wide open,” April said. “He takes them on dates even if it’s just to the hardware store.” When Mark is home in Idaho Falls, he also works as a project manager for Wind River Construction, the company building the new event center at Snake River Landing where the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration will take place this year. Mark stays busy with work and military responsibilities, but when it comes down to it, Mark said his family is what matters most, and he serves to protect them and the country he loves.


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Something Really Special is Happening

IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT Shelley Allen, community relations Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25

Earlier this year, we celebrated our students’ success, the Idaho Standards Achievement Test. As test results trickled in, it became apparent that something special was going on in our district. Even the State Department of Education noticed. Nancy Thomas Price of the State Department of Education wrote, “I hope you are celebrating the improvements reflected on the state summative assessment! Not only did you percent proficient go up in every grade level, but you were above state averages in every grade level and more than double the average state improvement in average improvement per grade. I am yet to find another district that met that criteria … congratulations. Well thought out improvements, strong leadership sure do make a difference.” This was accomplished through various improvement strategies, the first of which was to develop and support highly effective classroom teachers and administrators. In addition, district teachers have developed instructional units aligned to state standards so instruction and learning is consistent throughout the district. Finally, the district focused on the integration of technology to enhance and enrich learning experiences and offer multiple opportunities for students to receive a well-rounded education.

High level of technology integration Our school district uses interactive whiteboards, e-readers, iPads, laptops, Chromebooks and coding robots, along with various media and instructional software, to bring

multiple means of instruction into the classroom. The use of technology for instruction and learning supports high student engagement and achievement.

Advanced opportunities In addition to quality teachers and a well-planned and enriched instructional environment; our district offers many extracurricular and dual enrollment courses, and career exploration and industry certification opportunities. The Advanced Opportunities Program, funded through the State, allows students to take college-level courses or obtain career-centered certifications with the cost of college credits paid by the State. Through this program, every student in Idaho grades 7-12 has an account for up to $4,125 with the State Department of Education. These funds can be used for Dual Enrollment Courses, Advanced Placement Exams and Industry Certifications. With advanced planning, students could graduate from high school with their college general education courses completed or with an Industry Certification and ready to enter the workforce. It is, however, vitally

important for students and their parents to learn about this program. For more information contact the career advisor at your child’s school. Information is also available online at

Idaho Teacher of the Year In addition to celebrating our students’ academic success, we also celebrated Mary Spiker who was named the Idaho Teacher of the Year. According to Mrs. Spiker, teaching is the greatest profession, not only because it is the profession that is the beginning of every other profession, but also because teaching provides a platform to make a profound difference in the lives of children every day. She believes that teaching is about building relationships. As Idaho’s Teacher of the Year, Mary has testified before the Idaho Legislature, attended training with the other State Teachers of the Year and met with members of the United States Congress and President of the United States. Mrs. Spiker is but one example of the highly qualified and high-performing teachers in our district.

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UTILIZE LOCAL LIBRARY RESOURCES FOR SUMMER READING Margaret Wimborne, director of communications and community engagement Idaho Falls School District 91

School may be out, but summer is still a great time to read. Reading is a critical way to help children grow their literacy skills and help ensure they don’t lose what they’ve learned during the school year. Whether you have a child just starting kindergarten or a teenager heading to high school, there are lots of ways to make reading fun during the summer. Many elementary school libraries in Idaho Falls School District 91 are open with limited hours this summer. Some of the school libraries are partnering with the Idaho Falls Public Library to offer summer reading programs complete with contests and prizes. Others offer times for children to check out books or spend time with friends. “For kids, summer is all about freedom! Freedom from a rigid schedule and freedom from teacher-assigned books. Neighborhood school libraries give children the opportunity to select their own books from hundreds of choices,” said Gail Rochelle, District 91’s director of student achievement.

“Having school libraries open in the summer also provides a family activity or a chance for older students to exert their independence by walking or biking to the library on their own. Who wouldn’t want to escape to an airconditioned library during the heat of summer? Even if you have to take your younger sister, at least it is a place where she has to be quiet,” she said. While stopping by your neighborhood school library may be a good way to encourage your child to read over the next few months, don’t overlook the fun summer reading programs offered by the Idaho Falls Public Library. The library has an array of summer reading programs. Elementary school students can earn prizes by keeping reading journals, and also soak in reading time or sign up for activities. There are also reading programs designed especially for teens and young adult readers. If you can’t convince your teen to accompany you to the library, consider asking them to use their reading and literacy skills to do research for an upcoming family vacation. If you’re taking a road trip, ask them to research routes or study up on possible stops along the way. If you’re flying, encourage them to read about the area you’re visiting and assign them the job of tour guide when you arrive. If you’re going to a family reunion, encourage them to interview their grandmother and write a family history. The upcoming eclipse may be another way to entice your children to read over the summer months. There are wonderful science books that explain how an eclipse occurs, as well as stories detailing myths and superstitions about eclipses. Science books are also a good way to encourage beginning readers to learn more about the world around them. Help your kids find books about the things they’re most interested in, whether that’s dinosaurs, animals, bugs or stars. Talk to them about what they’re reading and help them connect what they’re learning to the world around them by planning a visit to a zoo, a forest or a planetarium. Even though it may be hard to coax your child in at night or maintain a schedule, try to find time to read together at night, if not every night, then a couple times a week. Research shows that reading aloud to children can produce a lifetime of benefits. Plus, it’s a nice way to reconnect as a family at the end of the day.


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G E T YO U R KIDS excited FOR SU M MER READI N G Melanie Christensen, contributing writer

Around this time of year, articles and news stories start appearing about the “summer slide,” forebodingly proclaiming that children who don’t read during the three months that school is out of session face a serious loss in learning. When you hear this information, you may wonder how to help your children take an interest in summer reading, especially if you had to wrestle them just to read for school assignments. Kim Bryant, the children’s library supervisor at Idaho Falls Public Library, is passionate about teaching kids to love reading. She shared a few tips for making your children eager to read this summer.

Explain the benefits of reading. Many children are driven to be successful and will take a stronger interest in reading if they know it will help them get ahead. Kim said, “I actually find that when I talk to the kids and tell them that if they read over the summer they will be ahead two grade levels, they’re usually very responsive to that.” Kids can also recognize that if they don’t read during the summer, they will be behind. Kim uses an analogy to help kids understand. “If you took three months off from sports, wouldn’t your athletic skills go down?” she said. “Well, it’s the same with reading. You don’t want your reading muscles to get flabby… If you don’t want to have a flabby brain, you need to read over the summer.”

Let them read whatever they want. When reading material is assigned,

children tend to view it as a chore. Let children choose what to read — regardless of its skill level or subject matter — during the summer months so they can find the joy of getting lost in a book. “I tell kids to read Garfield comic strips all summer long,” Kim said. “What’s important is that they read.”

Help them set individual goals. To help your children become avid readers, help them set and reach goals for daily and weekly reading. The goal could be in minutes, pages or chapters. Kim said there’s no onesize-fits-all goal. “I had a nephew who was super distracted because he had a minute limit,” she said. “So they changed it and he had to read two chapters so he wasn’t so distracted by the time limit.”

Don’t punish; incentivize. Though it may be tempting to threaten to take away video games if kids don’t read, Kim recommends

avoiding punishing children for not reading because it makes them view reading in a negative way. “I never want parents to make it a punishment,” she said. “I’d rather them say, ‘If you finish your reading you’ll get a reward.’” Offer to take them to the park or make them a treat. Ask your children what would motivate them to keep reading and create a plan for summer fun.

Sign them up for a summer reading program. Summer reading programs provide great incentive for kids to read, Kim said. Almost every public library and some schools offer programs that motive kids with coupons from local businesses, free books and even larger prizes like iPods and bikes. Plus, a visit to your local library every week gives kids an opportunity to sift through books and find something they like. Like Kim said, it doesn’t matter what kids choose to read or why; what’s important is that they do.

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Why Choose a Pediatric Dentist? Thomas Baker, DMD Baker Pediatric Dentistry

Parents often spend time looking for a pediatric doctor, learning what to expect during their child’s first year, and how to potty train their child. They receive pamphlets in the mail about formula, diapers and the importance of routine health checks. But what about checking up on the health of your child’s teeth? 

your child? Did you know a pediatric dentist goes to two additional years of school? Pediatric Dentists learn how to work with children and the different challenges they might have when it comes to the health of their mouth. They learn techniques to help children feel comfortable, help manage their anxiety and teach them about how to care for their teeth.

the day we all want what’s best for our child; to make sure they grow up happy and healthy. As parents, we stress about providing a good education, making sure they go to sleep with food in their bellies and giving them a roof over their head. Deciding on a pediatric dentist shouldn’t be something you stress about.

If you are like most parents, you just figure you will take your child to your family dentist, after all, they are dentists. But is this the best choice for

As a pediatric dentist and a father, I understand how overwhelming parenthood can be. At the end of

Whether you are a new parent and have questions about what to expect when your baby is teething, or you have a child with special needs, you can be confident in knowing a pediatric dentist is specialized in providing the best care for your child. My father, Dr. Gregg Baker, was a pediatric dentist. Watching him care for people in our community and make a difference in their lives left a lasting impression on me. I knew I wanted to follow in his footsteps. I learned that passion is what fuels a pediatric dentist to take on the responsibility of helping your children feel comfortable, and help them begin a long and healthy relationship with their teeth. I have found my path in life each time I see a smiling face greet me in the chair, then a larger and happier smile wave goodbye when we are done. Many people have questions about pediatric dentistry and how it differs from general dentistry. Pediatric dentistry is a specialty practice without the extra cost usually entailed with a specialist. The only extras you will notice are in the extra care provided to your child, the extra attention you receive as their parent and the comfort you and your child will feel when you visit your pediatric dentist’s office.


Southeast Idaho Family Magazine | Summer 2017

Giving the Gift of Play Schae Richards, community editor Eight-year-old Aiden Carroll likes to do everything a typical little boy likes to do. He loves to play sports; he loves to play tag; he loves to help his dad on the farm. Nothing can stop Aiden, not even his disability. Aiden was born with a birth defect called Fibular Hemimelia, a condition when the fibula is missing from the legs. Because of this condition, Aiden had to have both legs amputated below the knee when he was just 16 months old. Aiden’s mother, Brandi Carroll, of Soda Springs, said while her son’s

disability has brought its own challenges, it doesn’t keep him from being an active little boy. “The doctors told us he would never be able to walk upstairs, jump or do all of these things,” she said. “He does it all now.” However, taking Aiden to different places around town can be challenging at times. Brandi gave a specific of example. Last summer, Aiden had knee surgery and was in a wheelchair for about two months which limited his mobility. Brandi said this change made taking Aiden places like the park much harder. “He would cry because he wanted to play with the other kids,” she said.

Southeast Idaho Family Magazine | Summer 2017 “He just had to sit and watch.” Brandi became discouraged during these moments, wishing her son could play with the other children on the playground. Fortunately, help wasn’t too far away.   Mother of five, Laura Lind, of Soda Springs, approached Brandi at the park one day, and asked about Aiden’s situation. Laura explained how she had seen Brandi before and other mothers with their children at the park who struggled to get their children to and from the different equipment, and how the community could benefit from a play area where all children of all abilities could play. Brandi loved the idea of a place where Aiden could play freely with the other kids and not be worried about his safety.  Laura started recruiting her friends and other people in the community to help raise funds for the new play area that will be called Caribou Community Playground.  This playground will be located on the northeast side of the Soda Springs City Park, and will feature rubberized flooring that is wheelchair accessible, special swings

for moms and babies, a “tot lot” and much more in one convenient location. The playground is expected to start construction May 2018.

play together and separately.”

Aiden is excited for the new playground and has even put his own personal touches on the project. “When the designer asked the community what they wanted the playground to include, Aiden said he wanted a combine tractor that he and other kids could play on, so the designer fit that into the plan,” Brandi said. Local mother and volunteer coordinator for the project, Kara Harris, said, “This playground means kids get to play together, my kids won’t have to look at those with disabilities and wonder why they can’t play. It means kids with disabilities will get to feel and know what it’s like to be a ‘normal’ kid. I am so excited to see this playground come together, and watch kids play equally.” Another mother, Danielle Stoor, said, “This playground means great and safe fun for my family. My eight year old, five year old and six month old can go


Like these other mothers, Brandi said everyone’s child can benefit from this new playground. “You might not need this playground right now, but you never know what will happen in the future,” she said. Co-general coordinator for the project, Georgia Brown agreed with Brandi and said, “No person in our community can say, for a fact, that their families will never need a playground like this. You never know when a day may come that your family will cherish a playground like this. It is something every community should have. That is why our committee has put so much time and effort into this. We literally are trying to level the playing field.” People can support this project by spreading the word to family and friends, volunteering their time to help with fundraisers and making a donation. Donations can be submitted through their website at or deposited in their account at Advantage Plus in Soda Springs.

Rhubarb Raspberry Pudding Cake Sherelle Christensen Whether you’re fixing a sweet summer treat for your family, or making the perfect treat for a summer BBQ or potluck, this delicious little cake can make the most of whatever berry or fruit you have in season. This version uses tangy rhubarb and raspberries, but you could easily substitute for another fruit. Cherries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and even peaches or apples would taste great. This delicious cake makes it’s own “pudding” around the fruit, and is best served warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

Ingredients 1 1/2 cups chopped rhubarb 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries 1 3/4 cup sugar divided 4 Tbs. butter, softened 1 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 1/2 tsp. almond extract 3/4 cup milk 1 cup all purpose flour 1 Tbs. corn starch 2/3 cup boiling water

Instructions Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Layer fruit and rhubarb in bottom of a greased 8”x8” glass baking dish. Combine 3/4 cup of sugar, butter, baking powder, salt, extracts, and milk.

Stir until smooth. Pour evenly over fruit. Combine remaining 1 cup sugar and cornstarch. Mix well, then sprinkle over batter. Bring 2/3 cup water to rolling boil and pour over entire pan (it sounds strange, but the results will be a crispy top, with a gooey pudding underneath). Place in oven and bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven, cool slightly, and top with vanilla ice cream.

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Summer 2017  
Summer 2017