Monday, December 27, 2010


Thankfully or maybe not so thankfully I have been able to keep up with the latest information concerning the horrific event of the past week.

The news stunned both my husband and me. I will do whatever I can to help the community effort to assist the involved families, that includes many prayers for Yvonne, Mike, Jedidiah, and Christine.

Cragun is a product of his own demons, demons that none of us fully understood. Could this tragedy have been prevented, truthfully only One person knows for sure. I believe however, we as a society have created so many laws and regulations we have tied the hands of those that are here to serve us and protect us, making them impotent. This tragedy never should have happened.

I have also been reading many of the comments that have been posted to articles in the Bonner Bee and Spokesman Review. We have become a society that uses verbage to attack those less fortunate than us. I am stunned by the comments posted in both newspapers. This incident is a tragedy that cannot be fully expressed or understood by simple words. I know many fine people who live in Bayview and Athol, many who care and support me and my husband. It is a shame to categorize the recent event as the product of North Idaho.

We are proud of our community and the people who comprise the Bayview-Athol area.

Norma Jean

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Update

I probably need to use spell-check!

We are in the Washington DC area, not Ashington. How embarrassing.

Santa arrived and all enjoyed Christmas. A couple of hits on the presents and a couple that need to be exchanged.

The highlight of course are the cinnamon rolls that I make for Christmas morning and the phone being passed around to all of the family members as we all say hello and Merry Christmas to those located in other parts of the country.


I look outside today at the gray sky while we wait for a winter storm to hit here in the Ashington DC area. I am fine with snow as long as I can leave the area on Tuesday as planned!

Being with my family again is a blessing. Cooking for the teen-age boys and my son-in-law is healing. A whole batch of chocolate chip cookies disappeared in one evening. I guess that is what happens when one has three teen-age boys around.

I want to wish everyone a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.

My thoughts and prayers go to all those who were affected by the recent tragedy in Bayview. Linda and Dave take care of your daughter, the same thoughts go to Michael Heath and his recent loss. To Yvonne and Jedidiah, I also send my thoughts and prayers. To Katie and Eva too.

Merry Christmas to all, oops Santa just arrived! Got to go.

Norma Jean

Friday, December 17, 2010

... and now for the rest of the story

… and now the rest of the story.

As is known I decided to run for an office with The Bayview Chamber of Commerce. I felt that I could give something back to the community that has been so very kind to me. At the time I made my decision I was still employed at a local marina.

I had a dear friend call me about a month ago. The conversation started with a question “have you been downtown (Bayview) lately? It is like an atom bomb went off in town.’ This is very true. Bayview is deader than I remember it being for the past 5 years. Part of the problem is the economy, part of the problem I feel is the attitude of the few who represent a local organization.

I made several comments to The Chamber of Commerce concerning being well a Chamber of Commerce. I asked what is the Chamber doing to assist local businesses is successful and what the Chamber is doing to encourage job growth. The job question was thrown back in my lap and at the time I thought this quest would be more difficult than it probably is. Score one for those in the committee that seems to somehow have taken over the Chamber.

The answer really is very simple. My daughter calls it “leave no one behind.” Being military families certain beliefs are held dear. Elizabeth and I were discussing Mr. Umbrella Tree, a plant that has been with this family since 1979. Being in the military one learns to hold on to things that are not replaceable. Mr. Umbrella could replaceable but you see he is now part of the family. One needs to hold dear those that are close to you and your family. The businesses of Bayview, like Mr. Umbrella need nourishment and caring in order to grow. To create jobs in the community we need to support the businesses that exist, no matter who owns the business.

I have heard that there are those in the community who are boycotting The Bay Café because a certain business owner owns the business. Huh! You as a community are not hurting that business owner but instead are hurting someone I hold near and dear to my heart. You are also hurting me by being petty.

The meeting on the 14th of December had many people show up. Many memberships that I suspect were not paid all year were taken care of before the meeting started. Seems to me that there is something inherently wrong with this action but then I have witnessed many events within the Chamber that did not follow the Chamber By-Laws, Standing Rules, or for that matter Robert’s Rules of Order. I surely intended to uphold the Chamber Charter, the By-Laws, and the Standing Rules if I were elected.
At the last moment a slate of nominees were presented to the Chamber and the Board, all were somehow or another involved with the Committee that has managed to take control of the Chamber. Rather than choosing new blood to the Chamber the controlling committee managed to get their people elected.

So here we go, another two years of the Bayview Chamber of Commerce being run by the DAC. How do I know this? It is not supposition on my part. An email sent to the members of the DAC ended up in my hands. The subject for the email was:
DAC Rules!
DAC-3 Opponents-0

Go to click on the tab for Chamber of Commerce, click on the Charter for the DAC and look at the logo. This logo still amazes me, right there is the emblem for the DAC.

After DAC’s power play at the recent Chamber election and managing to “take over” three offices, again the identity of the Chamber is lost to the DAC. What will be the next move? The DAC’s Chamber of Commerce?

I will sign off for now, maybe I will get some hits on my blog.

Norma Jean

Christmas 2010

December 17, 2010
We, my husband and me, are getting ready for a trip to the East Coast to spend Christmas with my daughter, her wonderful husband, and several of my grandchildren. The original plan entailed having all of our children in the same spot for this special holiday. It would appear that is not possible this year.
Our youngest son in Colorado has a new love in his life and as it should be they are planning to spend the holiday together. Our middle-middle son is trying to de-tangle his family from the mortgage crisis in Orlando. Just like many others in this country and around the world my family is affected by the recession.
I was raised in Maryland, my brother graduated from the Naval Academy. The battlefields of the Civil War were frequented by my family; Antietam and Gettysburg come to mind. With luck I may be able to visit the areas of my youth. Probably as has been the case before I will not recognize a thing.

Norma jean

Thursday, December 16, 2010

... and now for the rest of the story

I just went through the process of running for a position with the Bayview Chamber of Commerce. What a hoot that was, slam dunk, and the DAC controls the board.

Huh! Amazing but there is more to the story and the rest will have to wait. Until tomorrow George.