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June 17th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â Six years ago Jason Bullock had one of those moments he calls âgut check timeâ. As a young father Bullock was diagnosed with testicular cancer.
The disease was not new to his family. Family members on his and his wife Dawnetteâs side have battled the disease.
âWhen the urologist said âitâs cancerâ it hits hard,â said Bullock. âIt is a gut check kind of thing and I had to face how I was going to react. I was just going to live. Your mental process is a big part of how you recover and live life after.â
BLACKFOOT â L. Dewayne Young commissioned an original oil painting by local artist Ken Spencer that will be presented to the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center at an open house on June 25 from 2-5 p.m. The public is invited to come and view the painting and meet the artist and donor. The painting will hang in the BPAC as a memorial gift to honor the late Donald E. Silvius, M.D.
BLACKFOOT â From the moment the booming voice of Ringmaster Brad Lee announced, âladies and gentlemen, boys and girlsâ the crowd of over 750 sat on the edge of their seats for the 75th anniversary matinee show of the Carson and Barnes Circus.
There were the usual assortment of circus acts, from the opening parade saluting the United States with red, white and blue-clad performers, to the various animal acts, the enthusiastic and energetic crowd showed their approval with clapping and cheering.
BLACKFOOT â The top fund-raising team in Blackfoot for Relay for Life is the team from the Jason Lee Memorial United Methodist Church called âAngels Among Us.â Since January, the team has raised $10,841.43.
âAngels Among Usâ ranks third in the southern Idaho-eastern Oregon region. The region stretches from Rexburg to Boise and then into eastern Oregon.
ââAngels Among Usâ is actually two full teams,â said âAngels Among Usâ chairman Tom Drysdale. Each team is made up of 20 people so 40 people participate on these teams.
BLACKFOOT â The Relay for Life survivor dinner was attended by at least 64 cancer survivors Tuesday evening at the Needlecraft building on the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds.
Add family members and the number of people who enjoyed the dinner totaled about 140.
âThatâs more than double the number of people who attended last yearâs dinner,â said dinner organizer Dawn Larsen.
The dinner was sponsored by On the Spot Cleaning and Restoration and Premier Insurance.
The survival stories were as varied as the survivors.
BLACKFOOT â The Relay for Life Survivor Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. this evening in the Arts and Crafts building at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds in Blackfoot. Parking is in the carnival area to the west.
The dinner is not in the Senior Citizen Center.
This yearâs speaker is cancer survivor Oleva Blessinger from Riverside.
âMy hope is one day they will find a cure for cancers,â she said.
BLACKFOOT âÂ Things are a little wild at the Blackfoot Public Library right now. Librarians are dressed like sheriffs and young readers are being deputized.
Registration for the summer reading program opened Monday and librarian Lisa Harral said "we are breaking all records for first day registration. The phones are ringing off the hook, there are tons of people coming in. It is just great."
The theme this summer is "Saddle Up and Read". The library is offering adventure days, activity stations and you will find local faces on wanted posters throughout the summer.
By MELANIE MOORE
BLACKFOOT â The Blackfoot Ladies Golf Association is sponsoring a Relay for Life Golf Tournament Wednesday to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
The tournament will begin at 6 p.m. at the Blackfoot City Golf Course. The cost is $100 per four-person team, which includes green fees and dinner. Cart rental is a separate cost.
Teams are encouraged to register in advance and space is limited to the first 18 teams. To register call the Blackfoot CIty Golf Course at 785-9960.
All proceeds will go towards Relay for Life.
THOMAS â The Twin Butte Lions Club have scheduled its summer barbecue from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, at Rockford Park.
âThe more people come, the more money we have to help the school,â said Lions Club member Glenna Hale.
Mick Parris, Hale and the Lions Club wants to help schools and teachers in the Snake River School District. They encouraged teachers to write grants.
âContact us for guidelines for grants,â Hale said.
The Lions Club has given a grant to the marching band to cover the cost of cleaning their uniforms. Field trips were also suggested.
BLACKFOOT â After the birth of his son, David Taylor of Blackfoot was looking for an additional revenue stream.
"I decided to do it when I saw some dog waste in the yard," he said of DooDooKing, his waste management company now seeking clients. "It's a health issue as much as anything.
"A lot of people don't have time or don't want to do it," he said of that onerous job of cleaning up after Fido and his friends.