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BLACKFOOT â€” As she sat at a table at St. Bernard Catholic Church's parish hall on Saturday, Gerry Mathias signed and sold a few copies of her newly published children's book, "Cookies for Frankie."
"This has been a three-year process," Mathias said of publication of her book. She said she decided to publish it after entering it in an Idaho Writer's League contest and earning second place.
"I decided maybe this was worth it," she said. She noted it is the true story of how a set of cookie cutters which have been in her family for nearly a century came to be made.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â Organizers and volunteers for the Community Dinner Table and Idaho Foodbank gathered at the Needlecraft Building at the Eastern Idaho Fairgrounds Monday morning preparing Christmas boxes to be distributed today.
Distribution will begin at 10 a.m.; numbers for your place in line will be available beginning at 7 a.m. All recipients must be in line by 9:30 a.m. Boxes will include a frozen turkey or whole chicken and a variety of canned, dried and fresh food including eggs, bread, milk and fresh fruit.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â Rockets were launching, balloons were bursting and imaginationsÂ soaring last week as students at Idaho Science and Technology Charter School learned alongside teacher Chad Majeske and INL professionals.
Getting students to like math and science is important to Majeske. He says studies indicate it is in middle school that students decide if they like math and science.
"It's not about whether or not they are good at math and science," said Majeske. "If we can just get them to like it, then when it gets hard they will stick with it."
BLACKFOOT â€“Â Itâ€™s official â€“â€“ 33-year-old Josh Sorensen is an Iron Man. He completed the Arizona Iron Man in November with a time of 11 hours and 11 minutes.
Sorensenâ€™s road to Iron Man was quite unintentional. Five years ago Sorensen, who is an eighth grade social studies teacher at Snake River Junior High, sat bored along the edge of the Blackfoot Swimming Pool supervising students while they swam every Monday as part of an after-school program. One day, he decided to use the time and began swimming laps himself.
BLACKFOOT â€” As the sun sets in the west each night, Scott Wood flips on a switch and a beautiful Christmas display lights up.
And, if you tune to 100.1 FM while you're near his parents' house at 544 Airport Road, you will be able to witness a synchronized performance.
"We do it because it's fun," Wood said of the display at Don and Sherry Wood's home. "It's our family hobby, something we do as a family.
"We do it mostly for the boys at Christmas," Wood continued.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â The sounds and joy of the season will fill the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center tonight at the Blackfoot High School Christmas concert. This year's concert plan to offer more than customary, beautiful holiday music from the bands and choirs.
Band Director Jan Eddington is particularly excited about a piece that will be played by the Symphonic Band. The challenging piece by Ralph Vaughan Williams will feature guest harpist Leslie Mielke and flutist Robert Cannon, a senior at BHS.
BLACKFOOT â€” Schools in the Blackfoot School District will have a three-hour early release Monday in lieu of the regular one-hour early release. The family of Dane Petersen requested the early release to allow bus drivers who worked with Dane to attend his funeral. Dane's father, Chad, also works at Miles Bus Co.
The early release will also make it possible for Daneâ€™s classmates and staff members who work with Marsha Petersen, who teaches at Groveland Elementary, or who had Dane as a student, the opportunity to attend the funeral.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â The "Ceremony of Candles", a Christmas and Advent Cantata will be presented by the Jason Lee Memorial United Methodist choir Sunday at 7 p.m.
Randi Lemieux has directed the choir for over 30 years. Lemieux, who has a minor in music and choral directing, says she enjoys the presentation every year.
BLACKFOOT â€” When Hero Shiosaki, a former commander of Blackfoot's Veterans of Foreign Wars post, saw Holly Kartchner teach at Blackfoot High School, he knew she was someone special.
"She amazed me with the way she taught," Shiosaki said. He noted that when a student answered a question incorrectly, Kartchner repeated it, then gave the correct answer in a non-threatening way.
"The students learned something that day," Shiosaki said. "I saw that she's getting through to all those kids.
"She's a dedicated person who wants her kids to learn something," he added.
BLACKFOOT â€” Boy Scout
Troop 201 from Riverside
delivered 11 bikes to Toys for
Tots. This project is sponsored
by the Marine Corps Reserve.
â€śWe wanted to give back
to the less fortunate,â€ť said
scout Caden White. â€śWe are
thankful for what we have; we
just wanted to make someone
The scouts also donated
two bikes to the Bingham
People living in the
Riverside contributed the
bikes, said scoutmaster Steve
Fullmer. The scouts put them
Seven scouts and five leaders
worked for four weeks
preparing the bikes.
The scouts who worked