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Page 8 Wednesday, June 27, 2012 The Adams County Record Community Spotlight "j Williams Gets It Done By Deb Wilson Next Wednesday, July a really good growing 4th, culminates Holly up" she confessed. She Williams' months of was born in Durango, preparation into one giant celebration in Council. As event coordinator for the Chamber of Commerce, she's organizing, activities and volunteers for the World Famous Porcupine Race, parade entries, vendors, the petting zoo, logging contests, lawn mower races, children's balance houses, and firework field setup. She's also coordinating with all the other group events and shows. It will be an awesome day and an unbelievably huge amount of work, and she maintains total optimism about the whole affair. Her deep voice resonates with confidence and clarity. She may not be tall, but her bold energy and respectful authority capture attention. She's blessed with a unique ability to motivate people, who may not like each other, to work together. "There are a lot of different kinds of people in town;' she said. "I enjoy the people and love the kids. Most of all I never forget we're setting an example for these kids" Holly attributes her bring-it-on confidence and strength of commitment to her loving family, supportive mentors, and a lifetime filled with animal care and sports. '!I had Colorado, the youngest of three girls. Her active outdoorsman dad, Richard Thompson, worked for the Forest Service for 2i years. Holly's morn, Nancy Thompson, hailed originally from the east coast, where her grandfather, Edward Jackson, played football for Yale University, and later punched his way into professional boxing. The family transferred to McCall when Holly was 5. An avid skier and a Brundage ski patrol volunteer, her dad made sure the children learned how to charge down a hill. Holly skied for the Mighty Mites. Her active childhood thrived, with motorcycling, horseback riding and school sports. Holly appreciated her stay-at-home mom, but even more she relished her mom's leadership in 4H. Her 4H horse group took overnight camping trips, induding one where a fellow camper spent a miserable night isolated from the campsite after a skunk sprayed him dead on. They sponsored small shows and gymkhanas. She grew up with Spanish horses from the Cayuse Researcher Ranch in Wyoming. Holly rode fearlessly through the mountains, even riding into downtown McCall for visits to the old Shaver's grocery store. In her freshman year of high school her family transferred to Orofino, where Holly graduated, She ran track, and her mom still beams with pride when she describes Holly's agility and boldness on the basketball court. She played trumpet in a band so talented that it was invited to play in the National Stage Band Festival of the Year inyour eyes, and just hear Vienna, Austria, although the breeze through the they didn't get to go. trees," she remembered After high school, she thinking after she moved completed farrier school here from the busy city in Emmett and started of Boise. After working at her own business. A later Western Timber, a serious move to Boise led her into injury slowed her down different occupations, and but didn't stop her. She's a difficult and sometimes led 4H here, helps her dangerous 13 year parents with ranch work and gardening, trainsher horse Magic, rides horses for her friends, and now coordinates events for the Council Chamber of Commerce. Most of all, she gives her daughters Sydney, 10, and Amy Grace, almost 8, all of the love and fun she can muster. Already the girls keep marriage which she hadup with Holly racing to end. Sadly she lost her through the winter powder, first child, a premature son, stillborn during that time. "But I have two beautiful girls from it, and with that I am truly blessed7 she :said. Meantime her parents and their love of hiking and horses warms Holly's heart. When talking about positive influences in her life, Holly fondly claims Sid and Grace Knight as her had moved to Council, "adopted" grandparents, and visiting them in who shared horse ranching 2004 turned into a happy and fishing with her permanent home for herfamily in McCall and and her children. "Where Orofino. She named her else can you go and close children after them. She also honors Lyn Clark, a woman she worked for as a youngster, who mentored her. Even though widowed with three children, Lyn, a pony rancher and pilot, received the first female flying certificate from the Forest Service, headed the civil air patrol and logged over 14,000 flying hours. "She was one tough lady" Holly reminisced. Now Holly watches her own children benefit from the warmth of visits with families like Joy and Dave Rittersbacher and their delightful menagerie. The adults in her life gave Holly love and an outlook of optimism and confidence. Her 4H training helped her learn how to stand up and speak, keep a calm head, and do what needs to be done. Caring for the family's menagerie of farm animals taught her responsibility. "I've learned not to sweat the small stuff," she said, "and when you look at it closely, it's all small stufE.' As for the future, first she wants everyone to come to Council and enjoy a good time. She'd like to see a bowling alley open up in the community, so all age groups could have fun. About the 4th of July she wants to say, "Thanks for everyone who is helping, and for all of the folks who are coming to participate. Let's all have a good time:' Bear Facts eln By Tina Warner- 258-4471 Dan and Sauni McGahey enjoyed com- pany last week when Gail Routon from Weiser, and grandchildren Emily and Collin from Boise, spent a few days with them. Doug and Emily Smith enjoyed a fishing trip to Snake River. They spent Sue Warner, Lois Jones and Susan Foster attended Oregon Grand Chapter of Eastern Star in Pendleton, Oregon on Sunday and Monday. Sharon Lee and Tina Warner met Deb Davis for lunch at Shore Lodge in McCall Thursday. After a visiting. Deb accompa- Roy and Connie Mocal y, nied her husband, Dennis and given by Connie and Edwards, back to their her daughters, for Sarah home in Boise that eve- Stewart on Saturday. Sarah ning. Dennis spent the day is Connie's granddaughter. with the dog he is teaching There were many there to to be used by the blind, enjoy the party, the beau- Both Deb and Dennis are tiful view and the food. learning as well as the dog, Attending from Bear were they told us. Nan Rankin and her guest, That evening most of Bear they declined. However gathered at Sam Warnerthey enjoyed a trip up and Sarah's home at Bear Smith Mt. and are enjoy- for a picnic on their lawn ing their Visit with Nan. and a taste of Sam's cook- ing. Nan Rankin and Lowell Tietje are enjoying a visit from Roy and Gus Kilss from Virginia. Gus is Nan's Ken and Shirley Pecora of Boise and Bear are at their home here for a while. For the weekend it seems Bear is the place to several days at their camp great lunch they did some A wedding shower Gus Kilss, Sharon Lee, sister and has never been be. Starting on Thursday here. shopping and lots more was held at the home of Sue and Tina Warner, and west before, so they have evening cars, trailers, apparently most of the visited friends and tam- camping gear and many, women from Council. It ily in Wyoming as well many motorcycles came was a beautiful setting, and as here in Idaho: We sug- by and stayed until Sunday. 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