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Archive - Sep 20, 2012

Jensen Grove gets first of new lights

September 20, 2012

Things are looking brighter for those who enjoy walking the greenbelt in Blackfoot in the evening hours as city workers installed the first of a series of lights along the pathway Thursday morning.
Mayor Mike Virtue said one 15-foot solar-powered Bollard light was installed near the boat docks and, if it works like it is supposed to, bids will be put out to purchase up to 40 lights to be installed along the greenbelt.

United Way Southeast Idaho kicks off 2012 campaign

September 20, 2012

Virginia Kelly of Pocatello is a former teacher who supported United Way during her career.
"I retired in 2000 but continued to support United Way," Kelly said during the organization's kickoff event at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel on Wednesday. She was one of several volunteers who participated in the kickoff breakfast.
During his keynote address, Gene Withers, the campaign chairman, said, "volunteers do so much for the area we live in. If you want to change the world, live unitedly."

BHS Class of '37 has 75-year reunion

September 20, 2012

The few remaining members of Blackfoot High School Class of 1937 met Wednesday afternoon for their 75th year class reunion.
Bonnie Gene Thyberg Pratt organized the luncheon at the Blackfoot Senior Center. A book of memories and photos was available for easy reminiscing and a brightly colored banner loudly proclaimed "Happy 75th Reunion".
The classmates eagerly greeted each other and began discussing the era long passed. The group was one of the first classes in the new high school, now the Blackfoot Sixth Grade Center.

Pete Lipovac to be interim superintendent at Fort Hall

September 20, 2012

FORT HALL—Blackfoot School District trustee Peter Lipovac will serve as the interim superintendent for Shoshone-Bannock Jr./Sr. High School until a new superintendent is selected, according to Randy'L Teton, public affairs manager for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. The position has been vacated by Francine Hall; however, no information is being released at this time as to why Hall is no longer the superintendent.

Kent W. Phelps, 76

September 20, 2012

Kent W. Phelps, 76, Blackfoot, passed Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 in Pocatello, surrounded by family after a battle with an illness.
He was born on Aug. 30, 1936, in Montpelier to Justin Walter Phelps and Opal Lucille Oakey. Kent met his true love, Nancy Ann Olsen, through a penpal courtship through a military serviceman’s newsletter and they were married on Aug. 3, 1957. They had recently celebrated 55 years together.

Snake River works to define direction

September 20, 2012

Snake River trustees took care of business Wednesday evening.
The highlight of the meeting was the comparison of the ranking of schools in the Snake River School District to other schools in Southeastern Idaho. The years that were compared were 2009-2010, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012.
Each year, Snake River schools have ranked lower on each list. It doesn't matter the school—high school, junior high, middle school or elementary.

Community garden reaps a good harvest

September 20, 2012

With the help of Mother Nature and lots of tender loving care from the gardeners, it has been an excellent growing season for Blackfoot's Community Garden. Gardeners are enjoying a bountiful harvest of home grown fruits, vegetables and herbs with plenty of pumpkins still to come this fall.
Garden coordinator Jon Lyksett said the Community Garden was formed two years ago as a recreational avenue for those who don't have space to plant and tend a garden and an opportunity to help those who need to feed their families become self-reliant by learning to plant and grow a garden.

Stalker teacher loves her job

September 20, 2012

BLACKFOOT — Virginia Townsend has a few secrets.
The Stalker Elementary first grade teacher's 'bet you didn't know' is, "few people know I was born in the back seat of a taxi."
They probably don't know she comes from a family of nine siblings who were born all over the Western United States.
With that kind of a start in life, it's not a surprise that she likes to travel.
"My goal is to visit all the United States," she said. "I only have six more to go (last time I counted)."

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