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April 15th, 2012
BLACKFOOT â€” What a great way to spend an evening â€” by attending the third annual Binghamâ€™s Got Talent.Â
Donations for this event totaled $2,770 â€” all of which benefits the American Cancer Society.
Twenty-two acts performed Saturday evening. These actsÂ included dancers, singers, pianists, a fiddler, cellist and bands.
â€śThis is the largest fund raiser we have,â€ť said Elizabeth Fields, one of the organizers. â€śI think we have the cream of the crop performing here tonight.â€ť
The winner of the Under 14 Age Division was 10-year-old pianist Mandi Xu.Â She won $100 and a trophy.
Micha Wixom, owner of Shutter Girl Photography, and Harmony Jones, owner of the Photography Boutique, are up-and-coming masters of their craft. Wixom and Jones recently returned from a four-day convention hosted by Professional Photographers of Idaho (PPof I). It is a non-profit organization geared to expanding and perfecting the talents of professional photographers in Idaho.
During the early hours of the morning, wagonmasters Lenna and Bruce Dawkins begin harnessing their horses.The warm breath of the animals billows out, cutting through the cold air. The mules and horses neigh, showing their anticipation of the journey.
The party of 10â€” five teams â€” will be hauling wagons for a five-night, six-day journey through Goodall's Cutoff to the old post known as Frenchman's Cabin at the bottom of the Butte.
The Dawkins, husband and wife, have gone on several treks prior to this. This is the first that they have organized themselves.
BLACKFOOT- The 3rd annual talent show, Bingham's Got Talent, will be hosted at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center (BPAC) Saturday night, April 14th at 7 p.m. The talent show was organized by Angels Among Us, the Relay for Life team from the Jason Lee Memorial United Methodist Church.
Stacy Hastriter is the chairman for Bingham's Got Talent. Tom Drysdale is the chairman of the Angels Among Us relay team.
This year there are 22 entries. All spectacular in differing ways. Landon Delaney, 13-years-old, will be playing the cello and Alyssa Delaney, his sister, will be playing the fiddle.
BLACKFOOT â€” Stepping into the Bingham County Historical Societies (BCHS) new location is like stepping into a time machine. Black and white photos line the walls and shelves. Unknown faces from the past stare blankly shouting out stories of their history. People enjoying a day at the Eastern Idaho State fair, an old drugstore with various commodities stacked floor to ceiling, an ice cream parlor- all part of Bingham County's rich history.
Stephanie Palmer, a young mother of two, had her life turned upside down when she suddenly became paralyzed. Palmer is now reaching out to the community after she entered a national contest to win a wheelchair-accessible vehicle.
Nineteen candidates for five county and state officers introduced themselves to the members of the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.
They are running for sheriff, the state House of Representatives, county prosecutor and two county commission seats.
Each had two minutes to briefly explain their reason for seeking their office. All are Republicans whose numbers will be winnowed in the primary election on May 15.
Registration for Cattle Kids is open. Contact the Extension office in Blackfoot at 785-8060 to sign up.
"Cattle Kids gives city kids an opportunity to raise cattle," said organizer Neil Anderson. "Kids have an opportunity to be in the cattle business.
"The program builds character and helps develop responsibility," said Anderson. "They make money in the process.
Cattle Kids is for kids ages 8 through 15, inclusive. This is the fourth year for this program.
BLACKFOOT â€”The smell of fresh paint and the sound of hammers accost the senses when you are undergoing a remodel.
Bright red, purple and green walls replace the once stark white canvases. A large stage has been placed for the instructors to show their Zumba moves to their class. Lacy Grover, owner of Legacy Dance Studio, is thrilled to be back from maternity leave to re-join her clients for the Zumba classes.
Grover said she feels that Zumba had become such an important part of what they are doing that they wanted to design the remodel specifically for those classes.
Eight years ago, when her daughter Abbi was in kindergarten at Rockford Elementary, Emily Perkes and her husband Alma volunteered to be involved in PTA.
Now Perkes is president-elect of the Idaho PTA, learning her duties from current state president Jana Lee Hatch of Blackfoot.
Later this month Perkes will travel to Washington, D.C., where she will be Idaho's representative for Parenting magazine's third annual Mom Congress on Education and Learning Conference.