Archive - Sep 18, 2010 - Latest News
BLACKFOOT â€“ The first ever Buddy Walk in Blackfoot was a huge success with hundreds showing up to give their support for people with Down Syndrome and their families.
The teams walked the greenbelt and played games. The South Eastern Idaho Down Syndrome Organization has been very small in size, however today's event raise over $7,000 and exceeded all expectations.
The goals of the organization is to help make people aware of individuals with Down Syndrome and recruit people to the group.
BLACKFOOT - Pride and pain. Applause and tears. All were present Saturday as the community lined the streets from the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds to Jensen Grove.
The city send-off for members of the 116th Brigade started with a parade. Followed by a presentation to Mayor Mike Virtue. The community then enjoyed a free barbecue while they mingled with the soldiers.
The troops will fly-out of the area September 21.
BLACKFOOT â€” Approximately 250 people worked moving corn from the field to freezer bags Saturday morning.
Members of three faith groups â€” the Blackfoot South and West stakes from the LDS Church, Emanuel Lutheran and Jason Lee Memorial United Methodist churches â€” prepared corn for use at the Community Dinner Table later this year.
"The Community Dinner Table is such a fantastic idea," said Craig Atwood, who trimmed corn from the cob at the Methodist church. "They need all the help they can get."
FIRTH â€” Constitution Day was Friday. To remember this event, elementary students dressed in a sea of red, white and blue at A. W. Johnson Elementary in Firth.
"The Constitution is the highest law of the country," kindergartner Aiden Clayson said.
The Constitution was taught to each class, grades kindergarten through fourth, throughout the week. Kindergarten teacher and counselor Mary Harshbarger taught these classes.
At the Firth Middle School, students participated in a poster contest. The winners were Allie Gibson, Hannah Esplin, Victor Burkhart and Savannah Brewington.
RIVERSIDE â€” After raising six children of their own, Rudy and Veronica deWit were faced with an empty house.
"I saw Wednesday's Child and wanted to adopt," Veronica said of their initial journey into the world of foster care.
That was five years ago. Although Rudy wasn't too keen on the idea of adoption or foster care at first, he eventually warmed to the idea.
"We've fostered 11 kids since then," Rudy said as he sat at the kitchen table earlier this week. He noted how easy it is for anyone who have ever considered providing such a service to begin the process.