April 7th, 2011
REXBURG â€” VaLayne Weeks, 57, of Rexburg, passed into our Fatherâ€™s loving arms on April 5, 2011, at Madison Memorial Hospital.
She was born June 2, 1953 in Pocatello to Don and Elaine Mangum.
A beloved wife, mother of 11, grammie of 23, sister, daughter and friend, she was a â€śgroupieâ€ť and loved spending time with everyone in her large family! She loved life and was a very positive and happy person. She had a heart of Gold and shared it with everyone she met.
FIRTH â€” Students across the state of Idaho will meet today through Saturday to compete in STAR (Students Taking Action for Recognition) as part of the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) state competition.
From Firth High School, 12 FCCLA members will compete in nine STAR event areas. Stephanie Lathrop is a candidate for state office.
Firth FCCLA advisor Janice Anthony has taken teams to state competition for 22 years.
"What I like about STAR events is the growth I see in the students," Anthony said. "This competition challenges them; it makes them grow.
BLACKFOOT â€” The second annual Bingham's Got Talent will be Friday, May 6 at 7 p.m. at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center. Admission will be $3 at the door.
The date and time were incorrectly printed in Wednesday's Chamber Update inserted into the Morning News.
Bingham's Got Talent is a fundraiser by the Angels Among Us Relay for Life team. All proceeds from the event will go to the American Cancer Society.
BLACKFOOT â€” Water will begin filling the lake at Jensen Grove this weekend and city officials are hoping improvements at the park will attract more people to the area.
Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue said they have waited to fill the lake until additional dock anchors were installed and a retaining wall to secure the shoreline near the amphitheater was complete. The new docks, to be located between the boat ramp and the amphitheater, will be installed this week. The retaining wall was finished in March.
Edward Allen Harrison, 89, of Aberdeen passed away Monday, April 4, 2011, at Bingham Memorial Hospital and Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center in Blackfoot.Â
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, 2011, at the Aberdeen LDS Church.
Family will meet with friends from 10-10:45 a.m. prior to services at the church.
Arrangements are under the care of Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot.
Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BLACKFOOT â€” Those applying for a garden plot in the Blackfoot Community Garden will be required to attend a registration meeting Saturday.
The meeting will be at 10 a.m. at Jason Lee Memorial United Methodist Church at 168 S. University. Garden plots vary in size from 4 feet by 4 feet raised beds up to ground plots as large as 20 feet by 20 feet. A $30 garden membership fee is required.
For more information or to obtain a registration packet, call Garden Coordinator Jon Lyksett at 785-8915 or visit blackfootgarden.blogspot.com.
BLACKFOOT â€” One thing that impresses those who meet Leah Rigby for the first time is her enthusiasm.
"We interviewed a number of very qualified people," said Derek Preece, president of the Greater Blackfoot Area Chamber of Commerce in announcing Rigby's selection as executive director. "She's the one who stood out with the enthusiasm and spark we're looking for."
Rigby replaces Rebecca Price as executive director of the Chamber of Commerce and the Idaho Potato Museum.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot City Council unanimously passed a use agreement to be implemented between the city and sports leagues or other groups using city parks and fields. Approval came during the regular meeting Tuesday night.
Mayor Mike Virtue said the use agreement was drafted to ensure each party's responsibilities regarding the use and maintenance of the parks and fields.
"It's important we keep them in good condition and we use them appropriately," Virtue said.
Leon M. Esplin, 78, of Basalt, passed away at home on April 3, 2011.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, April 8, 2011, at the Firth Stake Center (823 North 675 East) in Basalt. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Nalder Funeral Home (110 West Oak) in Shelley and Friday from 10-10:45 a.m. before the services at the church.Â
Interment will be in the Shelley Hillcrest Cemetery.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.nalderfuneralhome.com.
POCATELLO â€“ Harry N. Lewis, 87, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 3, 2011, at his home surrounded by loving family members.
Funeral services for Harry will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 9, 2011, at Wilks Funeral Home, 211 W. Chubbuck Road. A viewing will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 8, 2011, and for one hour prior to the services at the funeral home on Saturday. The interment will follow the services at Restlawn Memorial Gardens with military honors provided by the Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard.
Condolences for the Lewis family may be sent online at www.wilksfuneralhome.com.