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April 7th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€” An increase in the need for emergency food boxes has severely depleted the supply of dry foods in the food bank at the Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency in Blackfoot.
Bingham County Program Coordinator Bobette Jackson said they are in dire need of dry foods such as cereals, pastas, rice, beans, pancake or muffin mix and items such as Hamburger Helper, ramen noodles and macaroni and cheese. They will also accept cash donations to purchase food.
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.
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.
Yukiko Matsuura (left) and June Cannon display thousands of origami cranes made by residents of a senior assisted living center in Shizuoka, Japan, where Cannon's parents live. "They want to be part of this relief effort," Cannon said.
Folding origami cranes is an ancient Japanese tradition and symbolizes healing prayers. One thousand cranes are folded for the wish of the maker, Cannon said. Mr. Yoshioka from Japan folded 2,000 cranes and donated them for this evening's relief concert for Japan.
FIRTH â€” A barn burned to the ground Monday afternoon near Firth.
Firemen with the Shelley-Firth Fire Department were able to contain the fire at 537 E. 700 N.
"With the wind blowing, we were able to stop the fire from spreading to other structures that were nearby," said Firth Fire Chief Bruce Anthony.
The fire was contained to just the yard near Steve Holzclaw's home.
What burned was an open barn where cattle were fed.
"It was not used at the present time," Anthony said.
Two pumpers, one tanker and three brush fire trucks responded to the fire.
SHELLEY â€” Shaun Messick had plenty of time to think about 10 years ago.
His daughter Kylee was battling leukemia at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City and he and his wife were traveling there from their Bingham County home on a regular basis.
"This is a story that popped into my head as I drove back and forth from Salt Lake City," said Messick of his book, "Worlds Without End: The Mission."
The science fiction book is the first in a series of four Messick plans to write over the next few years.