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Page 6 Indian Valley & Mesa News Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Mourning the Loss of a Frienci Sadly, I just received word that Ron Hornyak passed from this world peacefully on Monday afternoon. Connie says that there will be services announced and held later this spring. I know they both appreciated all the prayers sent their way over the past two weeks as they both were feeling poorly. Ron, you will be remembered and missed throughout Mesa and the valley for many years to come. Continued prayers for strength are being sent for Connie and her family. We love you all very much. Tom Green celebrated his 75th birthday with family on Monday. Judy made his favorite dinner of steak, potatoes and corn on the cob, and carrot cake for dessert. On Saturday, they celebrated daughter, Janel's 40th birthday by going out for Chinese food and Judy making her a special lemon meringue pie. Happy Birthday to both Tom and Janel. Laurie Bankhead is back from her special day in the cold. Once again, she and co=worker's from St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario formed a team called "Pimentel's Polar Bears" and participated in the Make A Wish Great Polar Bear Challenge at Lucky Peak Reservoir on January I. This was her second time participating and found the experience as exhilarating as last time. Her team's achieved their goal to raise $2,500.00 and they placed 2nd. Compared to last year, Laurie said it was a balmy 38 degrees and Community Spotlight the sun welcomed them to the beach. This was compared to last year when it was 2 degrees, with a wind chill factor of-8 degreesl Great job, Laurie and team. Jackie Dowdy, Della Haberle and Mary Rininger made a "Dixie Hen" run to Lakey's Caf6 for lunch this week, having a wonderful time together. Tony and Wanda Morgensen visited friends John and Signa Hutchinson in Weiser on Thursday. Larry Boehm and Bev Galloway watched Bev's grandsons, Andrew and Micah Galloway, play basketball in Fruitland and Payette on Tuesday. Bey also kept a doctor appointment in Ontario. Wednesday, they attended Larry's Smoke Jumper's Unit monthly breakfast in McCall. At home, Larry is busy working on finishing his cellar. Sunday, they went for another great dinner at the Indian Valley Trap Club. Monday, they were headed back down to Payette to watch Andrew play more basketball. Bill and Ruth Reeder were back at the Boise airport on Monday, but this time picking up Yvette Hensley and children to take back to Cambridge. Grandson, Tony is driving back. At the end of the week they went shopping in Ontario and had lunch with Louis and Shirley Vandrell. Sunday, they entertained Dave, Becca and Ethan Crosby and Lynn Johnson for dinner. Jim and Patty Shaw made a trip to Ontario for a doctor appointment for Patty on Thursday, Afterward, they enjoyed a wonderful lunch at the Shanghai Restaurant. Mary Rininger enjoyed a very nice visit from Doris Baker on Monday afternoon. The Adams County Record By Lynn Leatherman 739-5756 Craig and Ardis Boll Roy and I finally enjoyed watching the received word early basketball games in Sunday morning that Cambridge on Friday our tenth grandchild and Saturday. They had finally arrived. received word that 'Little Rosalynn Marie brother in law, Harv Bruce, weighed in Ot Stetzel, had been 7 Ibs. 2 oz. and was injured, so Ardis went 20 inches. Grandma to Emmett to help her cried when they said sister, Risa, while he her name as I had beell was in the hospital, pushing for the Lyn',n Challis earned the part to be added to the employee of the month Rose Marie for the last award at The Best nine monthsl They had Western in Moscow, kept it a secret to dri,e receiving a bonus and me crazyl Rosalynn is her picture in the perfect and joins her big newsletter. Meagan is brother, Fox, at home in returning to school and Colby, WI. happy she has finished Don't forget the a research project for potluck at the fire hall a physician she hopes on Saturday evening at to shadow this summer. 6:30 p.m. Bring yotir Hayden arrived back in favorite comfort food Moscow safely and is and place setting, arid excited about a forestry join your neighbors for class he is taking this a fun evening. semester. I wish you all a Ron and Janet Meyer wonderful and safe spent the weekend in week. My old bones say Boise visiting with a storm is pending near, Janet's mother, Libby so hopefully one will Squires and barking a arrive with a little bit of bit at little Max. moisture soon. Dawn Holmes -- Going th(,. Extra Mile By Deb Wilson "I would have been lost in high school without FFA," teacher Dawn Holmes started as she talked about her life. Now in her la th yeay at Council High School, Dawn prepares a new generation to find their place in the world. It's impossible to talk about Dawn without talking about teaching. Her courses include biology, earth science, life science for 7 th graders, agriculture 1, floral design and greenhouse management, and welding. But her life is more than just her courses. She maintains a commitment to helping students find happiness and success. Her voice can be quiet but her classes are active and hands on. Students learn science, problem solving, agricultural production, reforestation and recordkeeping. They gain responsibility and management skills. She'll pop pictures at every class event, saving scrapbooks of students' special memories. "I hope the students still see some awe and wonder in the world, that each creature matters. I want them to understand that we can use our resources wisely and enjoy what we have for now and tomorrow," she affirms. She tries to be a good role model for them on what work looks like, and how to keep going in spite of problems that arise. She stressed the importance of extracurricular activities like FFA which provide opportunities for students to compete and travel, and learn competency and leadership skills. New popularity has bolstered the Council FFA membership to 15. She saw how much the boys missed shop, and took on teaching a welding class this year after the shop levy failed. The students scrunch in the small lean-to next to the condemned shop class, which can't be used unless the falling ceiling can be repaired. She expresses sincere thanks for skilled parents who've offered help in welding techniques. Her grant writing helped to provide the school greenhouses and a youth summer program planting native flora in forest restoration areas. It takes intensive preparation for each day's classes. At school nearly 10 hours a day, she often spends her evening hours planning the next school day's activities. Where does she get her support? "I work with really great, dedicated teachers," she said, and she loves creating learning activities with them for her students. Her family is close knit too, even though her kids have gone away to college. She misses her friend and mentor, Sue Poland, who taught agricultural courses in Cambridge until her move to Nevada. Dawn credits her own high school FFA involvement with helping her find her path in life, despite her huge graduating class in Meridian. She Her brother, Jack, remembers how her teaches agriculture agriculture teachers courses in Meridian cared enough to inspire while his family and her her interest and bring parents grow sheep and out her potential, hay on the family farm. "I grew up feeling safe She and her husband and anchored in my Joe Holmes, run a community. I wish all ranch in Indian Valley. of my own students had She described a chance to feel that Joe as a "county way," Dawn shared. Both her parents grew up on dairy farms, and took responsibility seriously. Dawn was born in Germany during dad's army service. Returning to the states, mom taught school, and dad worked for Idaho Power for 42 years. Dawn explained how her dad taught her about work ethics. He would stick his hand in a bucket of water, and ask her to pay close attention when he removed it and the water rushed back into its place. "See how quickly the water fills back in when I pull my hand out? That's how fast you can be replaced if you don't do your job right," he warned. Dawn took him seriously, and makes every minute of her workday count. Her family connections stay strong. commissioner, rancher and peacemaker." She says his ability to stay focused on what's important helps others around him stay centered and complete their goals. She also appreciates his great memory for detail. She and Joe passed their strong work ethic to their children RJ and Lily, who graduated from Council High School. "We are horribly proud of them," she said, both for their accomplishments and for their dedication to their future. RJ acquired his commercial driving license (COL) after high school, and now studies agricultural systems management at the University of Idaho. His COL works well for his part time job at a ranch owner's trucking business. A freshman studying agribusiness at the University of Idaho, Lily works hard for Lea Schwab, changing tires in a physically demanding job with a large corporate employer. The former president of her FFA chapter, Lily also played basketball and ran quality track and field. Both Lily and RJ talk about coming back to the family ranch after college and helping it grow. Watching her children grow into special adults makes her years of commitment count. In her rare spare time she hangs out with her two Shetland sheepdogs, Mackenzie and Ouzo. She works at her own gardening, but has been stumbling through a challenging bout of vole damage. "By the time I went through all of the treatments to stop them I would have been better off Just buying the beans at the store," she laughed. Dawn started teaching during the economic growth of the Council mill and the hospital, and then watched it all unfold. Looking back, she remembers constantly thinking, "What can we do to keep it from unraveling. How can we turn it around?" She's never given up trying. She recognizes the importance of small business owners. "They provide a lot of anchor for the parents to keep working while they raise their families here," she said. She sees her students working hard to figure out how to stay here, and how to get the training th.at will help them succeel. She understands that high school may not be all about college preparation. "It's sad that we can't use the shop," she said. She realizes the difficulty of the choices everyone will have to make about reduced school budgets. "It's way beyond Just welding," she explained. We're changing into a service economy. People have to decide what skills are important enough for the' kld' to New state regulations trim school budgets even further, and Idaho Digital Learning Academy (IDLA) requirements demand online classes. More state funding will go to the schools which produce the distance learning IDLA classes; less will go to the schools on the receiving end. Teachers have to learn how to use and teach the new technology. She hopes the community will take the chance to help plan the school's direction for the next 20 years. She doesn't want to be discouraged, and she doesn't want parents to feel discouraged. She wants to know what they think. "What do we need for Council? What do we want the students to have when they graduate, that will help them be a success," she wonders.. As she wrapped up her interview she paused thoughtfully. "What we have here in this small area is really special. I want the kids to be proud of what is here and is uniquely theirs. I want us all to engage in how we help the kids do that." Bear Facts Not much snow.., yet! by Gaye Carter Butch and Leila's son, Shawn Hale, is visiting from Bremerton, Washington for the week. Butch drove to Boise to pick him up from the airport and will take him back on Wednesday. Jamie, Jim and Wanda Couch were in Cuprum for the weekend I I i i Rowland Auction Service L .--J t 'F T-- COTTTONWOOD, IDAHO (208) 962-3284 Sales are Fridays at i0030 PM. Dennis Rowland - Owner Ce 208-983.7400 Brent Rowland. Rep. Cell: 208451-4415 working on the inside of their cabin. New paint, woodwork, finishing cabinets and making benches and closets are making it very nice. Dawn and Roger were up visiting with Dan Robbins were up for the and Sauni McGahey. weekend. 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