June 2nd, 2011
BLACKFOOT â Thousands of ping pong balls will drop from an airplane Saturdayâmany marked for prizesâto raise money for Bingham County Relay for Life.
At 4:30 p.m. Saturday, 3,500 balls will drop from an airplane flying over the Blackfoot High School football field. Gates will open at 4 p.m. and admission is a minimum $2 donation per person. All proceeds benefit Relay for Life.
The event is organized by the Idaho Central Credit Union Relay for Life team.
"We were trying to come up with a unique fundraiser," Team Captain Jessie Hopkins said. "I thought it sounded really fun."
ABERDEEN â Fifty-six Aberdeen graduates are on their way as they celebrated their graduation from high school Thursday evening.
Valedictorian Taetem Simms asked her classmates, "What do you want to be?
"We are graduating from high school and have earned the right to follow our dreams," she said. "You must have the courage to follow your dream and work for it.
"Trust in your abilities, your friends, your family and trust in God," Simms said. "Be proud of your decisions and your accomplishments."
Ida L. âKellyâ Plevick, 73, of Blackfoot, passed away Monday, May 30, 2011, at
Bingham Memorial Extended Care in Blackfoot.Â
Kelly was born Oct. 3, 1937, in New Bedford, Mass., to John Kelly and Stella L. Souza.Â She moved to the Blackfoot area in 1990 and has lived here ever since.
Kelly is survived by her daughters, Laura (John) Boodry of Blackfoot, Tamra McHale of Pennsylvania and Debbie (Gabe) Young of California; son Jeffrey Lizee of Boise; brothers, Thomas and Johnny; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
BLACKFOOT â Preparations for possible flooding was the agenda item for representatives of four irrigation companies as they met with the Bingham County commissioners on Tuesday.
"Most of the canals are in better shape than we were in 1997," said C. Paul Robertson of the Parsons Ditch Company. "In '97, that was a nervous two weeks."
The last major flood came through this part of the state most recently in 1997.
The Parsons Ditch Company is the last irrigation canal in Bingham County, just before American Falls.
The Morning News â Leslie Mielke
Four-year olds Ben Evans and Gabe Hooste dig into spaghetti dinners at the fundraiser at A. W. Johnson Elementary in Firth Wednesday evening. "We've had a huge turnout," said organizer Laurie Nielson. Funds raised from the dinner, donated items and raffle totaled $3,060. Proceeds will be used for paper, ink and curricula for students and teachers in the Firth School District.
BLACKFOOT â Tom Harrington has spent 39 years as a teacher and administrator, and this year he has finally decided to retire.
Harrington has worked in the Blackfoot School District for 22 years as an administrator. He was an assistant principal at Blackfoot High School from 1989-1991. He was then assigned to Mountain View Middle School for three years. He was transferred back to BHS in 1991, where he has remained since.
"I found my niche," Harrington said. "I like to work with kids and it's been a perfect fit."
The Morning NewsâMelanie Moore
William Frew, 81, passed away Sunday, May 29, 2011 at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.
He was born December 18, 1929 in Roberts, Idaho to Stanley W. and Lilly Jardine Frew.Â Bill was raised in the Roberts area where he received his education, graduating from Roberts High School in 1947. He enlisted in the United States Army and served his country with honor.
On January 5, 1969 he married Nevada Hawley in Reno, Nevada.Â They made their home in Howe, Idaho where Bill ranched and farmed most of his working life.Â
Jack Edwin Merritt, 77, longtime businessman and resident of Blackfoot passed away Thursday, May 26, 2011 at his home.Â He was under the care of his dedicated and loving wife and the staff of Blackfoot Home Health and Hospice.
Born January 5, 1934 in Afton, Wyoming the third of eight children to Paul Merritt and LaFawn Skinner Merritt. After graduating from Rigby High School, he enlisted in the Army and served in Newfoundland during the Korean War.
He married BernaDine Hawker on Friday, July 13, 1956 in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
Ida L. Plevick, 66, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Monday, May 30, 2011 at Bingham Memorial Extended Care in Blackfoot.
Funeral services are pending and will be announced by Hawker Funeral Home.