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One-night event seemed to work for most BY MARIA PREKEGES


ity of Hailey officials are feeling good about the Holiday Square event that was held this Christmas season on a single night. According to city officials, this year the event was condensed into one night, Dec. 11, 2015, because holding the event on multiple nights, as was done for several years, led to low turnout. The event was also held in conjunction with the “Santa Stroll,” which took place during the day and into the evening. “We thought the event went very well combining it into one night,” said Lisa Horowitz, community development director for the City of Hailey. It was a good way to go for us and the Chamber. We thought the music worked really well. We liked having the raffles on the half hour. We liked the carolers and all the vendors and the food. “It gives us a way to be together as a community and also to celebrate our downtown and support the businesses.” Looking toward next year, Horowitz commented on what might be changed: “We have some ideas and we’re going to bring those to the council in March. The Chamber is going to poll their membership with a couple of ideas, as well.” City Administrator Heather Dawson said holding the Holiday Square in conjunction with the annual Christmas tree lighting also seemed to work well. “The tree lighting draws so many people, and those with children visit Santa,” Dawson said. “Over the past three years, we’ve noticed that Holiday Square activities on days other than the tree lighting draw a smaller crowd of people interested in the carolers and the Chamber’s raffle drawing. The goal of the Holiday Square is to facilitate a lively presence in Hailey’s wonderfully lit downtown.” Hailey Chamber of Commerce representative

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The Holiday Square in Hailey for the Christmas holidays was held on Carbonate Street just west of its intersection with Main Street.

Jeff Bacon noted that the turnout was good, even though it “was a bit cold.” “It’s always fun to see the community come out for these types of events,” Bacon said. “Everyone was in good spirits and festive. I love all the lights up and down Main Street in Hailey. What a great holiday tradition.” The event was held on Carbonate Street near the Sturtos Hailey sports shop. “Everybody was great about it,” said Sturtos owner Jeff Davis. “I was definitely happy with the location. It’s been in about six different areas the past few years.” Davis also talked about what could be done to improve the night: “I think one thing is adding lighting, especially with the vendors. It got dark so fast that maybe we could start a little earlier next year and make it an all-day event, or add more lights. It was a great turnout, though, and business was steady all night.” tws


Beahen-Lipman brings wealth of experience to new job Sun Valley Board of Realtors Community Foundation Holiday Basket Program. In addition to her he Connection, a resource center in the Wood community service, she has been known to swing a River Valley for older adults, has appointed softball bat and pick up a hockey stick. Teresa Beahen-Lipman as its new executive Beahen-Lipman said her favorite activity is time director. Beahen-Lipman, who has lived in the Wood with her family. She has an 11-year-old daughter, River Valley since 2004, is former CEO/executive Lizzie, who is in the fifth-grade dual immersion director of the Wood River Community YMCA. program at Hemingway Elementary School, and an She has also worked with the Sun Valley Summer 8-year old son, Winston, in third grade at HemingSymphony, Paul Kenny & Matt Bogue Commercial way. Real Estate and most recently as a development conBeahen-Lipman said everyone in her family skis sultant with several small nonprofit organizations to regularly on Bald Mountain and on the Nordic trails, assist them with fundraising. She is marthough Lizzie, inspired by Kaitlyn Farried to David Lipman, CFO for Clearwarington, is a snowboarder. ter Landscaping, Inc. Beahen-Lipman was born, raised and “I look forward to working with the educated in Minneapolis, Minn., and has other community organizations that are a master’s degree in strategic managealready partnering with The Connection, ment from the University of Minnesota. such as Hospice [of the Wood River ValShe said she is still “learning the lay of ley], AARP, 5B Pedicure Hearts & Soles the land” with the Senior Connection, and Foot Care Clinic and The Hunger Coalishe noted that the Wood River Valley is tion,” Beahen-Lipman said. “extremely fortunate” to have the facili“Congratulations to Teresa,” said Mities and access to care for seniors that it chael Beck, acting board chair for The does. Among her goals in the new position Teresa Connection. “The board is very pleased are to expand the community’s awareness Beahen-Lipman and excited to have Teresa as our execuof senior citizens as an asset and, thereby, tive director. We look forward to working to engage the community as a whole in the with her to make the Connection an unbelives of its senior citizens and in the works lievable community asset.” of the Senior Connection. Beahen-Lipman moved to Idaho 12 years ago afFor more than 30 years The Connection has been ter 29 years as CEO/executive director with YMCA a resource center for local older adults. Their weborganizations in Minnesota and Colorado. site http://blainecountyseniors.com/ states: “The An active Rotarian for 25 years, she is on the Connection offers a variety of services including board of the Ketchum-Sun Valley Rotary Club and trips, in-home care, Alzheimer’s and disabled adult has served as Great Wagon Days Duck Race co- day programs, adventure, exercise, educational prochair. She was a founding member of The Little grams, creative classes, forums, an old-fashioned Black Dress Club women’s giving circle and is on ice cream parlor, gift shop, and an opportunity for the Environmental Resource Center board of direc- all people to ‘age in place’ in our community.” tors. In 2015, she was volunteer coordinator for the tws BY DICK DORWORTH


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