June 16th, 2011
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.
Pedro Pelayo, Jr. 23, of Blackfoot passed away at his home, Monday, June 13, 2011.
He was born June 12, 1988 in Blackfoot, Idaho to Pedro Pelayo, Sr. and Bertha Alicia Moreno.
Pedro attended Blackfoot Schools and graduated from Blackfoot High School in 2006.Â He participated all four high school years on the soccer team.
On October 28, 2006, he married Angela Patricia Luna in Blackfoot, Idaho.
He joined the Marines and served from 2006-2008.
He was a parishioner of the Catholic Church.
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.
Edith LaVerne Rainey Hall, 87, of Blackfoot, passed away Saturday, June 11, 2011, at Bingham Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Blackfoot.
Edith was born Sept. 1, 1923 in Annis, Idaho, to Roy Sylvanus Rainey and Ida Sophia DeRoche Rainey. At the age of 6 her family moved to the Teton Basin homestead of Cummer and Martha Leanora Hall. The Halls then moved to the Raineyâs property in Annis and later became Edithâs in-laws.
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.
POCATELLO â Lorraine O. Mecham, 84, a lifelong resident of Pocatello, passed away on June 7, 2011, at Portneuf Medical Center after suffering a short illness.
Lorraine was born on March 22, 1927, to Albert Barnard and Elizabeth Herbst Olson in Groveland. She attended school first through eighth grades at Groveland and then graduated from Blackfoot High School.
After graduation, she and Marge Denney went to Pocatello and landed jobs from Mountain Bell, later being transferred back to Blackfoot.
Polly (Lankford) Heaney, 87, a long-time resident of Aberdeen, passed away on June 7, 2011.
She was born March 29, 1924 to William and Mariah (Whitaker) Lankford in Somerset, Kent. Three months before Polly was born, a tornado demolished their home. The family lived with relatives until they relocated to Indianapolis, Ind., where her father helped build the âBrickyard,â home of the Indy 500.
After 3 Âœ years they moved to Fort Collins, Colo., where Polly attended a one-room schoolhouse for a year.
July 25, 1918 â June 7, 2011
Jean Mary VanSice was born in Helena, Mont. She attended Helena High School, then Montana State University in Bozeman, graduating in 1939.
She married Eugene F. Berry, also of Helena, in 1940. They had six children, spending 28 years in Blackfoot.
Jean was active at various times in League of Women Voters, PEO, Eastern Star, and was a member of DAR. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
Following her husbandâs death in 1990, she lived in Boise; Coeur d âAlene; and Oregon City, Ore. She died at age 92.