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Page 6 Indian Valley & Mesa News Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Otter and Oth(:rs Enjoy Spring Day Despite the weather that was changing every five minutes as I made calls on Monday, many of our valley residents were out and about taking full advantage of the moments spring did show her gentle side this past week. First, don't forget the monthly potluck to be held on Saturday evening at the fire hall at 6:30 p.m. Bring your special dish and place setting, and come enjoy a wonderful time with your neighbors. The Indian Valley Improvement League met on Wednesday at Lakey's Cafe with about eight in attendance. Lynn Johnson was their special guest, and they enjoyed her being with them. They discussed memorial donations and scholarships. Pat and Martha Ball were happy to receive the news that Pat's brother, Jim Bail, is doing better, and they truly appreciate the prayers given and yet to be received for the family's behalf. Martha was also very happy to discover the beautiful yellow crocuses that are starting to bloom in her yard. Larry Boehm and Bev Galloway enjoyed going to watch the donkey basketball games in Cambridge on Tuesday evening. They always have a blast watching the kids and enjoy being able to support the schools. Wednesday evening, they went to the fire hall to play pinochle and enjoy the friendship of their neighbors while there. They also went to Council during the week to visit with friends, Rusty and Judy Vanderpool and Jewel Woods, and had Jackie Dowdy is heal. a real nice visit. On the another finding beautiful Judy Green was out home front, they have spring flowers, as she and about again. Tom been enjoying watching discovered some "grass reported she was on Channel Four and all the widows" growing wild as her way to daughter, special programs being she and Don were out Cinamon's, in Caldwell shown during the fund working around their on Monday to spend raising season. They shed. the night. One of the especially enjoy watching Wanda Morgnson is granddaughters was the Celtic Dancers and really thinking spring performing that evening look forward to more is finally here as their in a school musical shows, pond is thawed out program ,and grandma Wanna Belle Coriell enough that they can let wasn't about to miss itl enjoyed having Jess and the geese out to enjoy Mary Rininger and Da,11as James stop in to the, water. She and granddaughter, Jenny, see her on Sunday. They Tony enjoy watching the enjoyed a trip to Riggins were in the valley making wildlife that inhabit and on Saturday. As outgoing a delivery to some friends visit the pond. Sunday, queen, Jenny was there and visiting with others, they watched a little to pass on her crown Jill Doughton is very otter catch himself a to the incoming queen. happy to report that fish and then sit up on She also had presents little "Katy Pooch" is the old raft to enjoy his to present to the new doing much better this bountiful meal in the royalty, which were week thanks to "Dr. warm sunshine. But, delightful hats made Bruce" in Council. Jack soon the meal was over by Mesa's own, Judy is one that has been and he was off to seek Congrove. Mary said taking advantage of the other adventures, everyone was impressed weather by going out and Jim Shaw is feeling a with the cute hats and digging up sagebrush bit better after his dance they were a perfect touch every chance he gets in on the ice, but admits he for the new royalty. It's preparation of making is still resting his knee great we that we have so a fire break before and appreciates the good many talented people in summertime, thoughts helping him to our valley to draw our The Adams County Record By Lynn Leatherman 739-5756 resources from. Both Mary and Jenny enjoyed the beautiful sunshine that the day presented to them. Roy and I enjoyed having our granddaughter; Jordan Paradis come and stay with us over the weekend. While Papa had to work, Jordan talked Grandma into taking her out to get her hair cut. Grandma tried waiting for an answer from her parents to OK the haircut, but gave in and let her get it bobbed as she wanted. Fortunately, the answer "OK" was texted back as the first six inches of her hair hit the floorI Well, that's it for another week. I hope everyone has a wonderful week and can get adjusted to the daylight saving time soon. Take care. Community_ Spotlight Charles Pfenrtinger: a Happy Birthday Celebration by Deb Wilson Today Charles Pfennlnger celebrates 65 years of living life fully, and skillfully honing his wit. With his dry humor and his inextinguishable pot shots, he helped us accident proof our houses and warned us of fire dangers with his column, The Hot Seat, in the Adams County Record for 12 years. He always used real life incidents from his fire and ambulance runs. "Anything that happened I took the funny side of it," he said. Life in Council with his wife Julia got bigger recently. Their son Russell and his family just moved home with them. Their grandkids Roper, age 4 and Dustie, 2, love hanging out with them. "My house has a revolving door," he laughed. A cabled radio hangs over his shoulder constantly, emitting electronic tones and updates on area emergencies. Charles explained how the different radio towers send unique signals. He's listened to them here since 1995. Although born in Indiana, he spent a few childhood years here when his dad taught school before moving to Dubois, Idaho. The Pfenninger family had originally immigrated from the Swiss German border in the 1890's. His mom had been a foster daughter of the late Indiana Congressman Ralph Harvey. In the Navy Reserve for 30 years, his Dad then worked as a civilian in purchasing for the Air Force, and was gone most of the time. Charles' little brother Mike finished first grade the year Charles graduated from high school. At age 1 I, Charles visited his foster grandfather, Congressman Ralph Harvey. "I guess I was the first grandchild and entitled to spoiling," Charles recalled. His grandmother toured him all over Washington, DC, and he never forgot the grandeur and the pride he felt standing on the floor of Congress or meeting with the Speaker of the House. H e volunteered for the Navy right out of high school, and worked in submarine sonar the first ten years. Silently lurking underwater for up to 3 months at a time, he lived on subs tracking transmissions Charles a n d investigating ships. It was the height of the Cold War and the Vietnam Conflict. Crawling through and learning every inch of the ship, on duty up to 28 hours for every 4 in the rack (bunk), sub life was harsh. On one three-month tour he lost 30 pounds. The second I0 Navy years he went topside, now on surface ships chasing submarines. He had the proverbial chance to see the camaraderie on board world. He cruised ship. Quarters were too from the Artic Ocean, close for anything else. to the coasts of Italy, Word games flourished Cuba, Spain, England, to pass the time, and Scotland, the Virgin Charles began to Islands, and Puerto Rico. sharpen his wit. Unfortunately he got After the service seasick on the surface, he'd gone to work in His family life suffered. Connecticut, but the Both his children were call to go west brought born when he was away. him back to Dubois Charles reported divorced. He found a job staying in the Navy "20 supervising the painters years, 6 months, 23 for a potato company. days, and 14 hours, not One of the painters that I counted." During was local girl named his tour he had entered Julia who needed a ride ili . i and wife Julia with granddaughter, Dustie, and grandson Roper. quickly that his survival depended upon quick wit and sharpened quips. Then Charles took the potentially fatal step one day of poking fun at Julia's mother. A heavy silence froze the entire family; everyone wondering who should duck first. Finally...mom laughed. Charles became the only mom teaser who ever walked away intact. Getting engaged was a mutual decision, but a year after picking out the rings Julia had to put her foot down for a "Now or never" wedding. They took a whirlwind tour all over Idaho, and the next words out of Charles' mouth were, "Oh we're moving to Council? I'm glad you told me." Julia's two boys, Russell, 14 and Lester 13, had some adjustments the NESEP program, to and from work. Her gaining a college degree friendship pulled Charles in Computer Science, out of his shell. His and reaching the rank kindness and support of Lieutenant before helped her rebuild from retiring, a painful divorce. Good memories also He and Julia shared linger from that time; the a common heritage, sound of whales singing, growing up in the dolphins calling, and small town of Dubois. shrimp bristling against The yotlngest of 7 each other. "Shrimp children, Julia had a sound like frying huge vocal family, quite bacon under water," he the challenge for a recalled, shy, sensitive man like There was always Charles. Julia's family an accepted state of cured him. He learned to make, but the family integrated into the community immediately. Julia went to work for the nursing home. It was 1995, and three days after they arrived, the Council saw mill blazed. Charles joined the volunteer fire department immediately. He brought a repertoire of Navy fire training and a family tradition of public service. He later became an ambulance driver for the EMS as well. Charles remembers scary fires, like the building across from the Shell station with reloading equipment and shells. He still hears the banshee screams of propane tanks venting, shooting blue flame Into the air. He sees the thick black smoke pouring out of the windows above the 7 Devils Cafd. At a fire on North Hornet, a sudden pain gripped his chest. It went away a while but then redoubled its pressure. Finally convinced to see the doctor, he landed in the hospital a week later with a triple bypass and 2 stints. "Just the dumb luck of heredity," he said. Now they only let him work the engine and run the pump. "There just aren't enough fireflghters or EMT's," he sighed. "And we're all getting older." He encourages younger folks to Join the Fire Department and EMS. He expressed hope for the high school fire fighter cadet program. Two former cadets have already joined the department. He might be getting older, but Julia won't let him veg on the couch. He educates students about history through coin study, and his own extensive coin collection. All the neighborhood children come by to say hello, and collect their neon necklaces on Halloween. Then there are visits to family as far away as Maryland. Maybe he'll even learn to cook. But then, who will set off his smoke alarm to test it? Bear Facts Still Snow at Bear by Tina Warner Sue Warner took part Spring is coming! I in the State Bowling know because Joe and Contest in Idaho Falls. Cindy Jordan drove up She was there Friday to check on their ranch, until Sunday and Thursday. They admired returned home Sunday the snow but didn't late. try to make it to their Ben Warner drove up house. They returned to from Payette and left their home in Boise that Oscar and Eva with afternoon, their grandfather, Joe, Rowland Auction Service COTTTONWOOD, IDAHO (208) 962-3284 Sales are Fridays at 12:30 PM. Dennis Rowland. Owner Cell: 208.983.7400 Brent Rowland. Rep. Cell: 208-451-4415 for the weekend. He met Sam Warner and Sarah Stewart, and they attended the famous Crab Feed in Halfway, returning home Sunday in time to have lunch with their Grandmother, Tina. Jack McGahey drove up from Boise to leave by Tina Warner 258-4471 his daughter, Emily, he sounded like the old and the afternoon of with her grandparents, Frank, and nice to have visiting. Dan and Sauni. Emily him back. The snow must be will enjoy the break from Gaye Carter good on Smith Mt. for her Year 'Round school, entertained Kathy several rigs, hauling and she doesn't return Hogan of Cuprum, Tiyla snowmobiles, etc. made to Boise until the First Warner of Bear and the trip Saturday. 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