Monday, July 28, 2014

Firework Process

Helping just one day for the Fireworks set up was a real eye opener for both Dean and myself. We truly enjoyed being part of the team that makes the display actually happen. Many people in Bayview do recognize the amount of volunteer time that goes into the 20 minute display that everyone loves to watch and photograph.

Unfortunately Dean and I had prior commitments so we could help the other two days that are part of the display. There were 18 folks who worked the first day to load the tubes for the shells. Each tube had to bb unloaded, scraped to remove tags from previous displays, “boxes” put together, sand hauled to the boxes, the tubes placed in the correct order for synchronizing of the shells, and then the remainder of the sand hauled to fill the boxes. The second day would be loading the shells and setting up for the display, the last day is a reversal process.

Dennis, Sue and Kevin are the primary volunteers. Dennis told me he has been doing  this for close to 12 years.
People that need to hear thank you:
Loading the barge:
Rick and Donna Haynes
Norma Jean and Dean Knowles
Sue and Dennis Damon
Mark Duclos
Kevin Elmore
Sheriff's Deputy and workers.

Saturday, placing shells and 
wiring the tubes:
Jim Berube
Mark Duclos
Kevin Elmore
Mick Nereavy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Trevor Savage                                      
Unloading the Barge:
Bob Prince
Sue and Dennis Damon
Kevin Elmore
Sheriff's Deputy and workers
Next year when you and your guest rest your chin on your folded hands and exclaim with "ooo and aw" remember the folks that volunteered to put together the show that delights so very many folks.
I am honored to continue the tradition that started many years ago by folks who wanted their families to have a "good ole fashioned 4th of July" celebration.
Bayview is known to have the best, most consistent fireworks display in the Inland Northwest. This could not happen without ALL of the people who took the time to share part of their lives to keep this tradition going!


Boat For Sale

Fred Huson built this boat in 1997, the "Dottie J" has been donated to the
Bayview Community Center, proceeds from the sale are donated to the Center! Any questions call 208-683-2389

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Annual Center BBQ

Jackie and the crew are going to be working hard to prepare another outstanding BBQ on August 9th 2014 at the Community Center. Please come for a delicious meal and excellent companionship.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Post Bayview Daze

I suppose some may be wondering where the heck Norma Jean disappeared to after Bayview Daze ‘cause she has not been very active on her BlogSpot or there may be some who really don’t care. My computer told me that it had had enough and it was time for us to part ways. I finally got the new computer and now I am slogging my way through some items that are not quite the same as the old one.

I did the research, looked at laptops, all-in-ones, and desktops. Finally decided with guidance that the desktop is my best option because I use my computer for many activities. I still have my smart phone which I use while traveling so I don’t need a laptop, and all-in-ones are not suited to the type of work I do at home, and I already have a Kindle for my reading needs. My keyboard is wireless, my mouse is wireless, so we eliminated some of those pesky wires that get dusty and in the way. Now it is matter of getting used to the “chicklet” keyboard and making sure I can locate my files.

In days past if your computer crashed that was the end of all your files. Now days, your old files can be saved and put on the new computer. What a blessing!

Bayview Daze was a rousing success at least from my perspective. The Parade went more smoothly. We actually had someone to sing the National Anthem. The morning was over-cast, the sun not shining until the Parade started. I am continually amazed at how one small town can come together and have on glorious fun-filled day!

If you access facebook there are some fantastic pictures that have been posted. Ben McLachlan took some great candid shots with the local flavor! Josh Martinez, a professional photographer,  from CDA took one of the best photos I have ever seen of the fireworks and was posted by Dennis Damon.

Here is my all-time favorite. Ben took this excellent picture. We are blessed to have Ben McLachlan in our community.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Thank you Dennis and Sue Damon

This past Saturday Dean and I had the privilege of helping Dennis and Sue Damon along with Kevin Elwood and Mark from Fish & Game do the preliminary set-up for the Fireworks! By preliminary that means there are two other days necessary to complete  the Firework display.

We worked 4 hours and more to set-up the barge to set-up for the shells that will be placed at a later date. It was a great deal of work. This has probably been said before but I am not sure all those who enjoy the Fireworks understand the amount of time and effort that goes into the Display. Take 18 people times that by 5 hours work and then times that by three and you will have a concept of how much work goes into this yearly function. This does not include the pre work of coordinating the shells, producing the paperwork for the shell coordination and the time Kevin gives during the Firework Display.

When you see Kevin, or Mark, or Sue, or Dennis be sure to thank them. They are the backbone of getting this function going.

We also are very lucky and blessed to be provided with a work detail from Kootenai County Sheriffs Department to help load the shell tubes and the sand. Without them this task would be difficult if not impossible for us older folks to complete.

Dennis, Sue, Kevin, Mark, Donna, thank you!

Norma Jean and Dean
                                                                                                    Norma Jean 2012 Fireworks

The time seems to be flying lately, The Merc is open, Mario’s seems to be doing very well with his business. We have more people in town and finally I think we are about to get sunshine!

Information is flying around Bayview about our upcoming events. 

I am also including information for the Boat Parade which will occur about 9:30ish. Tom Lloyd will be the Parade leader here is the information Tom provided concerning the Boat Parade. In memory of Skip Wilcox let’s make this a grand Boat Parade. Unfortunately I will not be able to see the Boats!

Yup! There will be a boat parade in the Scenic Bay harbor just prior to the fireworks display. Boats will rendezvous on the north side of the bay just west of the slide behind the Lloyd’s green 21’ Custom Weld aluminum boat with the tan canvas top at dusk. The boats will parade along the shore toward the west passing the marinas close aboard on starboard. Please join us. And please decorate your boat and make it awesome.

Norma Jean

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Bayview Daze Parade Route and other information!

Bayview Daze Again!

Bayview Daze is fast approaching and this looks to be as good a year as previous years.  I had a person at the Nickel’s Worth tell me that the Bayview Daze Fireworks have been voted consistently the best in area for years. Not sure who does the judging but I do know we give an excellent show. Of course the Fireworks are the Grand Finale for the day.

This year Bayview Daze will be on Saturday July 5th. The day starts with our world famous Parade (well maybe not world famous) but it is an event that everyone enjoys and we are not real picky about who participates in the Parade. Last year I had so much fun I changed my name from Norma Jean to Marilyn for the day.

The Parade entrants will be directed to 3rd St, head west, turn north on Spruce and then east on 4th St.  

The Parade will start at 11:00 am. All entrants will receive an application for the Parade and a number
when they enter on 3rd St. The number received needs to be placed on the left hand side of the vehicle, we want the judges to know who you are!

During the rest of July 5th visitors will be able to enjoy the Street Fair which is hosted by Scenic Bay Marina. The Street Fair actually gears up on July 4th and ends on July 6th.

Don’t forget to visit the local businesses for something to eat and drink. Ralph Internet CafĂ©’, Mario’s Mexican Restaurant, The Captain’s Wheel, Chris’ Patio,  JD’s Bar, and the newly opened Bayview Mercantile.

The Lighted Boat Parade will start about 9:00  pm ish or at Dusk. Tom Lloyd is leading the boat Parade this year. The Lighted Boat Parade will start at The Bitter End Marina. Angela at The Bitter End will have applications for the Boat Parade.

And at Dark the event that everyone comes for, the Fireworks. We look forward to seeing you all again! Please help us keep the Fireworks going, we always need donations.

If you are so inclined we could use help with the Parade, please call Marsha at 208-683-3276.

On another note if you run into Marsha Ritzheimer please take the time to thank her for all of the work she has done getting the Parade going. As some know it is a lot of time consuming paperwork as well as legwork. The past couple of years we have a couple of monkey wrenches thrown into the works.

Marsha has been an incredible addition to the Chamber. But then so has Ken Saunders, Chuck Murray, and Lesley Diener! The Chamber has a great Board and some pretty fantastic members.