Archive - Dec 25, 2012
Angela Mack is on a quest.
Being diagnosed a year ago with severe primary pulmonary arterial hypertension has given her the drive and motivation to tell the world about the disease that has severely altered her life as a young single mother.
Mack moved to Idaho 6 years ago to start life over after a divorce in another state.
Six months before graduating from Blackfoot High School in May 2012, Cheyenne Oleson joined the Idaho National Guard.
â€śI wanted to be part of something bigger than myself,â€ť she said.
Oleson is an E2, private second class, and is an unit supply specialist.
Her job is to keep track of all inventory and all suppliesâ€”incoming and outgoing. She has a bead on everything from fruit to nuts, or more accurately, everything from socks to tanks and a whole lot more in between.
Julian Andriesen is a foreign exchange student from Germany. He celebrated his 17th birthday on Sunday, Dec. 23.
He hales from Wuppertal in the western part of Germany. He has one sister, Celina, who is 15. His parents are Andre and Elke.
The Advent season begins on Dec. 1.
"In our family, my mom makes our Advent calendar," Julian said. "Since there are four in my family, we each make six small presents for the calendar so we have a small present for each day of the Advent season.
Sven Poensgen, a foreign exchange student from Germany, loves the color green
â€śAlmost everyone at Blackfoot High School knew him the first week he was here because he always wears green jeans,â€ť said his host mom, Marcy Curr. â€śItâ€™s a good thing he attends a high school whose color is green."
Curr is the debate coach at BHS.
Sven's hometown isÂ Ratingen-Lintor, Germany,Â which is northeast of Duesseldorf in western Germany.
His mother and stepfather are Birgit and Knut. His father and stepmother are Dirk and Elena. His grandmother is Helga and his aunt is Kerstin.
Lois Larson, age 95, is taking a â€śleave of absenceâ€ť from her volunteer work at the Bingham Memorial Hospital Gift Shop. She has worked there for 17 years.
Â â€śItâ€™s nice to work in the gift shop,â€ť Larson said. â€śYou get to visit with people. They tell you about their visit in the hospital.â€ť
Â â€śIâ€™m still available when needed,â€ť she added.
Her decision to take a leave of absence is because of a bad knee.
Larson lives in Firth. Family members drive her to Blackfoot for her shift.
â€śIâ€™m thankful for what Iâ€™ve got; Iâ€™m thankful for my family and that I can take care of myself,â€ť she said.