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Page 6 Indian Valley & Mesa News Wednesday, February 22, 2012 Green Fire aJ00d Lug Nuts Sandy Coates is back from a wonderful two- week trip to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. Daughter, Leannda is working there, and the two had a wonderful time visiting. They enjoyed touring the island and island hopping to the British Virgin Islands of Tortola, ferrying to Gorda, BVI for the night. They walked to the Bathes National Parks and climbed on the rock formations around the beach. They did quite a bit of snorkeling and enjoyed going sailing. Leannda swam with the dolphins and they both snorkeled with the turtles. Sandy loved Leannda's condo, which is on a bluff overlooking the ocean, so she could sit out and enjoy the ocean waves, watch the ships and bask in the 85 degree weather. Despite having a wonderful trip, i Sandy said she is truly glad to be back in Idaho and back to the peacefulness of Indian Valley. Larry Boehm enjoyed a refreshing trip up the mountain to visit his son, Dean Boehm on Monday. Accompanying him on the snowmobile trip was friend, Steve Hussey. Tuesday, Larry and Bev Galloway attended a tournament basketball game for grandson, Andrew Galloway, where they enjoyed watching Andrew's team of Payette High School win over Weiser. Wednesday evening, they went to the Indian Valley Fire Hall to play pinochle with friends and neighbors. Thursday, the couple attended the "Cup of Soup" dinner held at the Nazarene Church in Council to benefit The Rose Advocates. Bev said the soups were delicious Communi _ty Spotlight and will really treasure get the lug nuts off, and the beautiful hand made then had trouble with the bowls they received as jack. But, Tim Toomey part of the dinner. Friday, persevered and finally they attended another the jack worked and the game for Andrew, but tire was changed. It is despite hanging onto very nice having friends. their seats for a nail- A giggle for me as I biting game, Payette lost came across something by two points. Saturday, saying it was Wanda they attended ''he Green Morgensen's birthday on Fire" film shown at the Monday! I happily sang Indian Valley Community her "Happy Birthday" Hall. They found it most only to be reminded her interesting, birthday was actually Wanna Belle Corlell back in January! and fellow lodge Ooops! But, I still send members, Phyllis Widner my wonderful friend and Don and Lola Ader a year full of beautiful attended a Rebekah wishes and dreams Lodge meeting in Payette come true. Wanda and this past week. They Tony did enjoy having enjoyed a nice Chinese daughter, Marcia and luncheon first. Wanna grandson, Jesse come Belle was glad to get up from Payette on home from her journey Sunday. Also visiting though. She had a was grandson, Victor and tire blow out and after great granddaughters, having trouble getting Samantha and Nicole the lug nuts off, she from Boise. was glad to see friends, Bill and Ruth Reeder Tim Toomey and Skip enjoyed a shoppingtrip to Barnett come along. Ontario and lunch with They finally managed to daughter Shirley Vandrell The Adams County Record By Lynn Leatherman 739-5756 and her husband, Louis, on Tuesday. They had Tony and Yvette Hensley and children out for the day on Wednesday, along with daughter, Lynn Johnson. Dave, Becca and Ethan Crosby and Lynn came for dinner on Sunday. Jim and Patty Shaw enjoyed the screening of "Green Fire" on Saturday afternoon. That evening, they attended the potluck at the fire hall. Patty greatly enjoyed the hamburger soup and a garlic soup made by Sandy Coates. Dave and Cathy Veselka enjoyed having daughters, Sarah and Julie home for the weekend. Sarah left for home in Pocatello on Sunday afternoon and Julie back to Nampa on Monday. Connie Hornyak and Tammy Evans enjoyed spending Valentine's Day visiting with the ladies at the Salubria Center in Cambridge. They were talked into staying for dinner and enjoyed watching a program afterward. Tammy took a trip to Ogden, UT over the weekend to visit family. Judy Green enjoyed a week of crafting with daughter, Janel's friend, Paula. She also enjoyed getting out walking every day and making her famous polish cabbage rolls for a share dinner. Ron and Janet Meyer enjoyed attending the Indian Valley Soup, Chocolate and Bread potluck on Saturday evening. Janet said the event was well attended and it was so nice to catch up on visiting with their neighbors. I wish you all a wonderful week. Enjoy the sunshine when it peeks through, and be careful when the rain and snow come through the clouds. The Thrifty St00oppe: Council's Win Win WinWin Icon of Community Support by Deb Wilson Serena McAlvain says she doesn't like interviews, but she's happy to talk about The Thrifty Shoppe. Since 2004, the downtown second hand store has supplied great bargains and over $70,000 for health and safety grants and student scholarships. From the beginning, the shop has maintained a win-win-win-win arrangement with the area. Donators find a home for their excess usable goods; ; :linizations students receive much needed revenues; volunteers enjoy good work and good company; and shoppers go home with that "got a good bargain" grin. Serena avoids taking credit, but she instigated the collaborative drive that sponsored the store's non-profit foundation board, the Adams County Health Care Foundation Inc. (ACHCF) eight years ago. Serena and her husband Doug, a successful contractor, bought property in Fruitvale in 1969, came to Council briefly, and then moved to Boise for their business where they raised their four children. Doug likes hunting in this area. "This had always been our retirement dream," she shared. They retumed to stay in 1998. Their generous community commitment began in Boise when they remodeled the battered women's shelter for the Women's and Children's Alliance there. When they arrived in Council, Serena jumped in to help. She also volunteers at the Food Pantry. Cindy Jordan, Pete Johnston and others had Bear Facts established the original ACHCF foundation to solicit community donations for hospital expenses. When the hospital closed, Serena took on the task of keeping the non-profit foundation and the community service it could provide functioning. She and Betty Ward, Cheryl Clayton, Ann Brown, and Sandy Coates started the new ACHCF board find a way. "We thought we'd be having bake sales every weekend," she laughed. Then Elaine Whitney from Buckshot Mary's saved them by asking, "Why don't you start a thrift store?" Serena combed the Boise yard Part time and her friends' generous hearts until she achieved a small store's worth of merchandise. Elaine gave her the shop racks. On June 5, 2004 they opened the original door of The Thrifty Shoppe at 203 Illinois Avenue. Store volunteers and community donations have made it a success. "Every day is an event there. I'm amazed at the quality of the items donated," said Serena. 'l-he store has taken on a life of its own." The store has provided more than good bargains. When fires burned out people's houses, the staff brought victims in behind closed doors and said, "Get what you need." At Tina is Back! It is great to be home after a month in Arizona, although I enjoyed my sister and her crew a great deal. I walked 2 1/2 miles every morning with my nephew, which was good for me. Enjoyed a couple of visits to the Community Meeting building where we saw some interesting ways to finish a quilt. Made a day-long trip shopping in Algodones, Mexico became a bit more exciting when we got back to the States and my niece discovered she didn't have her donators' requests, warm time gifts to help with maintenance experience weather wear has been disability ramps and to the job. Additionally, generously shared with safety features, he had helped organize Rose Advocates, Kozy Currently nine the 88,000 square foot Kids, the Food Pantry and members compose the annual Catlin Gabel families in need. ACHCF board, including School Rummage Sale Visitors to the store Serena, Cheryl Clayton, in Portland, Oregon learn how the sales Janet Myer, Barbara for several years. His provide 2-3 student Huey, Charlie Hendrix, wife Darlene and both scholarships for students Barbara Harvey, Sandra their daughters donate going into the medical Coates, Hazel Bateman, numerous hours to' the field every year, and and Rocky Spady. They've store. Thrifty Shoppe manager, Rocky Spady. grants for life saving community organizations. By-laws state that grant recipients must be county supported non-profit health and service providers. Board members decide the award winners at their March meeting. Grateful recipients include the Council, Bear, Indian Valley and New Meadows Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services and Adams County Search and Rescue. The Council Valley Free Library, Parks and Recreation, Council Senior Center and Community Garden have all received one all spent considerable time volunteering at the store. Keeping enough volunteers to dust, clean and man the front store; wash, dry, mend and hang clothing and materials; stock, clean, repair and price merchandise is no small task. Somehow, amazingly it all gets done. The store remains clean, fresh, organized and affordable five days a week, 5-6 hours a day. Last year the board hired a part time store manager. Volunteer Rocky Spady, a veteran and a resourceful jack of all trades, brought years of Every morning Rocky parks at the back dock to survey the latest old Levis go to the high school textile classes for recycling. Items needing complex repair head for the Deseret Industries vocational rehabilitation facility or the Salvation Army in Boise. Serena and Rocky recalled their most unusual donation to be an African fertility statue. A few days ago Rocky displayed an even more unusual large expanding rake-like tool hanging on a rope. Fortunately he found a d on a* i o n s .... box exp .laining that it was ,M,o n d a y ,an,,old NeumanChinmey he found a desk, a few couches, huge golden curtain rods, boxes of kitchen gadgets, lamps and clothing bags. "A few days last summer the dock was so full I barely squeezed through the door," he said. "I just my way from the Cleaner manufactured in Colby, Wisconsin. Charlie Hendrix, ACHCF board vice president, began volunteering years ago. She realized the store's value for the community the In'st time she visited it with her sister. A retired management assistant for Idaho Real Estate, she saw an opportunity to give time where she couldn't give money. "We have customers who can't afford to shop anywhere else, and the store gets so many door out until I couldn't get anything else in the store." Inside the door sits a tiny office, followed by a long, narrow work area for cleaning, sorting, evaluation and pricing. A myriad of hand tools hang in Rocky's small repair area. His large hand-built table now provides well- lit folding and organizing space. The washer, dryer and dishwasher run busily depending on volunteer availability, although most donations come in freshly laundered and folded. A ,box of clothing that needs mending waits for Dee Groves' nimble Fingers. Bags of compliments," she said. "How could anyone not want to volunteer here?" Charlie and Rocky stressed the urgent need for more volunteers, even if they can only give two hours a week. Volunteers working 4 hours a day get a half price discount on anything in the store that day. High school students earn community service hours. "Just come by and talk to us," encouraged Rocky. "There's plenty to do even for folks who can't handle the public." "Most of all," he continued, "I want to give a big hurrah and thank you to the community." by Tina Warner 258-4471 Passport with her. They checked on last year's visitors and let her go, but she has a lot more white hair than before. I talked to Kathy Hogan in Cuprum and, except for terrible roads, everyone seems to be doing well, and I will check in with Kathy before next week. Sauni and Dan McGahey enjoyed a visit from Gail Roston from Weiser last week. Sauni is having a bad time with her back and is scheduled for surgery soon, and Gail helped with some of the work Sauni had trouble with. Bert, Ronnle and Colton Davis were visitors of Tina Warner to welcome her home one day last week. Ben Warner with children Charles Oscar and Eva spent a few days with his parents this weekend. Sue Warner met with several members of the Order of Eastern Star for a three-day trip to Idaho Falls. She returned Sunday evening. VRS AUTO GLASS VALLEY REPAIRS & SERVICES Windshield Repairs & Replacements "We will come to you" Most Comprehensive Insurance pays 100% of Chip Repair Brian & Cyndi Dunham Bauer -Indian Valley, Idaho (208) 256-4315 Rowland Auction Service COTTTONWOOD, IDAHO (208) 962-3284 Sales are Fridays at 12:30 PM. 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