Monday, December 24, 2012

"Lest we forget"

Lest we not forget, He is still the reason for the season. Always will be.
Singing about a man who was a baby, who became a boy, who became a man.
Born in an obscure village. A Child of a peasant woman, He actually grew up in another village where He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty. And for three years He was an itinerant preacher.
  • He never owned a home,
  • never wrote a book.
  • He never held an office.
  • He never really had a family of his own.
  • Never went to college,
  • Never set foot in a big city.
  • He never traveled 200 miles from the place He was born.
  • He never did one of the things that usually accompanies greatness.
  • He had no credentials but Himself.

While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against Him. His friends ran away. Even one of His best friends denied him.
  • He was turned over to His enemies.
  • He went through the mockery of a trial.
  • He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves.

While He was dying, His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on this earth and that was His coat. And when He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.
Nineteen long centuries have come and gone.
Today, He is still the centerpiece of the human race, and leader of the column of progress. I’m far within the mark when I say that:
  • all of the armies that were ever marched,
  • all of the navies that were ever built,
  • all of the parliaments that ever sat, and
  • all of the kings that ever reigned,
all put together, have not affected the lives on this earth as powerfully as has that ONE SOLITARY LIFE.
Good news is, He’s alive and all is well.
The above is adapted from an essay written by Dr. James Allan Francis

Merry Christmas to All. May God's smile shine down upon you!
Norma Jean, Dean, Elizabeth, Josh, Lucas, and Richard too.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Ramblings while working in the kitchen

Today I have determined that it is dangerous for me to be home cooking. I find myself thinking and that process can find my thoughts wandering all over the place and then back. Guess that is why I cooked for so many years with Dean and my boys back in Colorado. I was in the kitchen until the owner very generously allowed me to go on the floor as manager. Why did I earn that honor? Because I could correctly pronounce the word “forte”. Big Bob was the first of several Bob’s in life my life, and that takes me back to my first marriage a place I do not want to go.

I make a really decent apple pie, actually any pie I make could be deemed decent, as well as my cheesecakes, my all-time favorite cheesecake is pumpkin swirl. See there I go off into my thoughts. While making my very small apple pie, if I make a whole apple pie Dean and I will consume and regret. I was thinking about this really awesome place I had lunch the other day, which brought me to my review of The Bay CafĂ© and then back to why Hay j’s was beyond belief.

My father was a chef through his college years, he also ran a catering business. It has been said my mother wanted out of the business and I was created. Never did ask her to verify this. But my older sister loves to bring this up frequently.  Both of my parents believed that we children needed to experience what was of value to them so, I have basically eaten in some of the finest restaurants in the world. Quite possibly this experience could be why I have spent so many years in the hospitality business, customer service is my passion. A concept one former boss could not grasp.

Back to Hay J’s, this little place can be found at the Conoco Station in Liberty Lake near the Pepper Tree Inn.  On the side of the Conoco station is a small door, the windows are covered and looking at the place you just know this is going to be a dive. After walking through the entrance, one quickly realizes that appearances are very deceiving. Hay J’s is anything but a dive.  The food was incredible, the service superb and the atmosphere slow and leisurely.  No pushing to order even though the place was filling up fast, take your time, relax, and enjoy your meal.

So this is a little glimpse into my mind while I am cooking. I drive Dean nuts because I will start one project, think about something else that needs done but that is just plain me!
Norma Jean

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thanksgiving LOU Dinner

Please Join Us!!!
The Bayview Community Center LOU Program is sponsoring
featuring Roast Turkey and all the trimmings
Thursday November 22nd at 2pm

We ask that you RSVP by the 18th so that we can insure everyone is served.

The meal is free. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Please call or email Jackie at 683-1680, or
with your reservations and if you would like to help!

Norma Jean for Jackie

Monday, November 12, 2012

Letter from the Wilcox Family!

Recently the Chamber received a letter that will be posted in the Bylines per the request of the Wilcox Family. I am posting this letter on my blogspot because I feel everyone needs to see and know that everyone's efforts were greatly appreciated!

"November 5, 2012,
Dear Bayview Bylines,

        Greetings! We wish to express to everyone in this amazing Bayview Community our utmost appreciation for all of your thoughts, prayers, cards, and calls about our father, Skip Wilcox. The caring you have for our father is truly special, it means a lot to us and tons to him. We can never thank you enough for all you have done and continue to do. (Not to forget the food – oh my what wonderful food you have shared.) Bless each of you.

                                    With our deepest appreciation

                                    Thank you.

                                    Skips daughters,

                                    Jenny, Julie, Jill, and Joanna"
Norma Jean

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

My BAD! BAB's Christmas Bazaar

Please, please support this wonderful event. BAB's is one of the best organizations I know of and they deserve our support.

BAB Women’s Club Annual Christmas Bazaar and Craft Fair


Once again we are approaching the Holiday Season and once again BAB’s is having its Annual Christmas Bazaar.  Mark Saturday, December 1st, on your calendar and join us at the Bayview Community Center. We offer lunch at a nominal fee from 11:00am-5:00pm consisting of an excellent selection of homemade soups with salad and a roll – refills unlimited – but save room for some of our delectable Bake Sale items!  Take some home – give them as gifts.  Visit the crafts table for some fun gifts and be sure to buy a raffle ticket ($1 ea or 6/$5) for this year’s beautiful King size quilt entitled ‘Water Lilies’.  We are also raffling off a variety of Theme Baskets again this year. They are always so innovative and you could be a winner!

Last year’s Craft Fair with local vendors was a success prompting us to include them again this year.  Be sure to visit them on the lower level also.

Being a charitable organization, the Christmas Bazaar is one of BAB’s major fund raising events of the year.  All BAB monies are donated to various local programs and institutions such as 4H, the Athol Food Bank, our NIC Scholarship program, the Athol Elementary Library, Girls State and more. We rely on your generosity to continue with these programs.  It’s a wonderful way to start off the Holiday Season.  Hope to see you there!
Norma Jean

Sunday, November 4, 2012


Yesterday November 3, 2012 I stopped by to see Skip. I was introduced to his very lovely daughter, Jenny, who is taking care of him.

Skip can have visitors but we need to adhere to his rest requirements.
Skip looked great and is healing well. He expressed that he was so very happy to be back at home again with his view of the Lake. He also stated how much he appreciated every one's support. Seems we in Bayview cherish our residents, especially Skip.

As a reminder Jamie included this with her email to me "Our Community Rock Star is back! I am sure everyone will want to see him and I just encourage folks to keep the visits somewhat short to begin with and be very cautious about spreading any colds and such to Skip. If you are feeling under the weather in the least bit, please wait until you are completely well to go see him as he does not need any other health issues to deal with at this time in his recovery." (Jamie Berube)

I am grateful that I was included in the messages posted to the community.

Skip my hat is off to you!

Norma Jean and Dean

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Continuing Saga of Our Rock Star, Skip Wilcox

Here is the latest update concerning Skip. This message is from Jamie so is accurate. She wants to make sure that everyone understands Skip at this time cannot have visitors. He may be our very own "Rock Star" but this much loved man needs to be able to recover and get back to Bayview,

October 26, 2012

Skip is no longer in CCICU and has moved to the Rehab Unit at the hospital. All tubes are out and he is eating soft foods. He has lost a lot of weight, but is trying to put it back on. His therapy is intense and makes him very tired as he does it three times per day to include riding a bike. His heart is doing GREAT! After being in bed since the last week of September and not being able to eat for 5 weeks, I am sure you all can understand how important his therapy is at this time. It is all about putting on weight and getting his physical strength back. His mind is as sharp as ever and so is his sense of humor.

Per his doctor's orders, he still cannot have visitors even though he is out of Critical Care. Family is only allowed to see him after 5:30 in the evening at this time. It may be possible that he will be able to start having visitors on Saturday, November 3rd; however the family will keep us posted and I am told that nursing staff will monitor how many can visit and when. There will also be a sign on the door stating "Do not disturb if sleeping." Visits will be very short to begin with and only allowed on Saturday and Sundays so his therapy is not compromised. The cards and letters are very important to him, so please keep them coming as well as your thoughts and prayers. The addresses is still the same as below but indicate "REHAB UNIT so he will get them in a timely manner.

Donald "Skip" Wilcox
C/O Kootenai Medical Center - Rehab Unit
2003 Kootenai Health Way
Coeur D'Alene, ID 83814

October 203,02012

Alex and I had the opportunity to speak with Skip on the phone Sunday morning. He sounded good considering how sore his throat has been. He has a voice kind of like Rod Stewart right now. After all he has been through, he is a Rock Star in my honest opinion. He wanted me to let everyone know that he "hopes to be back in the neighborhood very soon" and wanted to "thank everyone for all the cards and letters." Keep them coming as it really helps the healing process and he is decorating the walls in his room with them. He also wanted to "thank everyone for taking care of his house and boat." He appreciates all that has been done on his behalf. According to one of his daughters, he is walking around the nurses station on the CCICU. The family has still requested no visitors at this time, but will keep me informed as to when that will be possible.

Keep up the thoughts and prayers along with the cards and letters. I will inform everyone when he is off the CCICU so any mail can get to him quickly.

Jamie Berube

Norma Jean

Friday, October 12, 2012

Skip Wilcox

The continued progress for Skip's recovery ....

"Skip is off the ventilator. He needed to be sedated again to take fluid off his lungs and he is sleeping. He was able to say a couple of words and his throat is very sore. Please say some prayers that he will stay off the vent and continue his journey to recovery as the next 24 hours will be very important for him to stay off the ventilator. He is still in the Critical Care ICU and will be there for approximately 10 days. Still no visitors but keep the cards coming."

Information provided from a friend of mine.

Norma Jean

Friday, October 5, 2012

Update on Skip's Condition.

"Hello All:
Just got a call with a slight update on Skip's condition. Skip was taken to surgery this week and a pacemaker was put in to regulate his heart. He is still not awake and has an infection. He will be taken off all medications except for the antibiotics fighting the infection in his body. Kidneys are "par" according to the family, so I am hoping that means "okay and functioning at par" considering all Skip has been through. By taking him off all pain medications the hope is he will start to wake up. According to one of my nurses here at work, it can take up to 3 or 4 days for someone to wake up from a medical induced coma and for the medications to run through the body. Please keep up thoughts and prayers and of course cards. He will enjoy seeing all the support when he wakes up. I am once again reminding everyone that the family will let folks know when Skip is stable enough to have visitors. Below is the mailing address for the hospital:"

Donald "Skip" Wilcox
C/O Kootenai Medical Center
2003 Kootenai Health Way
Coeur D'Alene, ID 83814

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Bayview Community Council Food Drive

On October 6th 2012 members of the Council will be knocking on your door...

Bayview Ccommunity Council

Saturday, October 6th -
10:00a.m. - 2:00pm

Council Members will be coming

door to door for collections.
If you are not at home that morning, you
may leave them on your porch with a
note. They will be picked up &
delivered to the Athol Food Bank.
Monetary donations are always
accepted & appreciated as well.
Any questions, please call
Sally/3-3590 or Marlys/3-3295.
Thank you for your continued support!


"Pay It Forward" dinner

Dean, Josh, and I joined many folks at The American Legion for last Saturday dinner.
I enjoyed as did Dean seeing many friends that I have not seen in awhile. We enjoyed the companioship of the evening.

I recieved an update from Donaa Lopez on the what was collected. I am happy to report we recieved cash donations of $457.00, many cash donations from local businesses and approxiametly 350 pounds of food items. All donations have been taken to the ABC Food Bank, to Charlottes delight!

What a splendid response!

Norma Jean

Skip Wilcox

To All, Skip is currently in Kootenai Medical Center recovering from his surgery.
I am posting verbatium from an email I recieved on Skip's recovery;

"Received an update last night and Skip is still holding his own. He will stay in the medically induced coma for another few days. He is off of most medical machines except for the ventilator and that is to help keep the chance of an occurrence for pneumonia down to a minimum. Family reported that they are able to see him a few minutes at a time and when they talk to him, he will squeeze their hand. All good signs. According to my report last night the doctor and the family are pleased with the baby steps.
Please remember that the family has requested no visitors at this time and they will let folks know when it would be appropriate for Skip to see people. Again, If people want to send cards, please send as follows. If someone is in the area of the hospital and want to drop a card, they need to take it to the information desk on the first floor and not go to the unit where Skip is recovering.
Donald "Skip" Wilcox
C/O Kootenai Medical Center
2003 Kootenai Health Way
Coeur D'Alene, ID 83814"

Also verbatium is a posting I received via email from a friend,

"Skip had 2 valves replaced, double bypass and 2 aneurisms repaired."

Get well cards to Skip have been available at the Merchantile check-out counter.

My prayers are with Skip. I have grown accustomed to seeing him out and about. In other words we all miss him.

Regarding Hobart Jenkins and Claire Cosgrove, their decision to move to an assisted living apartment was a private decision. I wish both of them well.

Norma Jean

Friday, September 21, 2012

Pay It Forward Dinner

             September 29, 2012 The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 149 will be hosting the annual “Pay It Forward” dinner. The meal starts at 6:00 pm and the cost of the meal is donations to the ABC Food Bank. Bring canned goods or cash donations for an excellent meal. The traditional fare is ham, scalloped potatoes, corn, salads, and desserts.

                As a member of the Auxiliary one year we were searching for ways to bring more donations into the ABC Food Bank located in Athol. I suggested doing a “Pay It Forward” dinner. We collected donations from local merchants for the ham dinner that has become the traditional meal. Each Fall the Auxiliary comes together to provide this function. I moved and volunteer my time where I live. The ladies have carried this tradition forward.

                Back in 1979 I was a lonely military wife who shared laundry day with the neighbor who lived downstairs. Ellie was German and probably the most un-friendly person I had ever met, or so I thought. Finally after about six months of no conversation while sharing the laundry facilities I had had enough. I introduced myself to Ellie. It turned out the custom in Germany requires the  younger person to introduce themselves first. Talk about being young and dumb. Through the years I relished the friendship that was fostered with those first words.

                Ellie and her family, she had five children, had to leave the day after Christmas for the United States. They had stayed in their quarters, using the minimal of household goods. She had a fully decorated Christmas tree for her children to enjoy. Ellie gave me her key as the family was leaving and requested that I turn the key over to the cleaning crew. She wanted me to have everything they were leaving behind. I told her I could never pay her back and that was when I learned about “Pay It Forward”. Ellie taught me to carry on her tradition with other young soldiers wives.

                I later found out that Ellie had suffered a massive hemorrhage and passed away. Her gift to me lives on my heart. Years later in 2000, a movie was produced with the name of “Pay It Forward”. What a fitting tribute to a lady who gave me so much!

                Please join the Auxiliary Saturday September 29, 2012 at the American Legion Post 147, 5525 E Highway 54 in Athol at 6:00pm and pay a favor forward by donating canned goods for the ABC Food Bank.

Norma Jean and Dean

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Oktober Fish

                Celebrating outdoor activities and the Fall fishing season, Ralph’s Coffee House is sponsoring the Lake Pend Oreille South Enders Derby October 6th and 7th. Included in the sponsorship of the event are the Captain’s Wheel, Southwest Fuel and Chad Cadnum Construction. This is a yearly event for fisherman on Lake Pend Oreille.

                The derby will have a kick-off event on Friday October 5th starting 6:30 pm at The Captain’s Wheel located in Bayview, ID., 16908 Pier Rd, Bayview ID.  The starting event will be an auction and free dinner for ticket holders. Tickets are available at Ralph’s Coffee House 16716 Alma Court, Bayview ID 208-683-2218. Folks are invited to bring an item for the Auction that Ralph will be running. Food for the buffet will have a German influence with brats, starting about 7:00 pm.

                The original derby occurred way back in 1948 with the intention of bringing commerce to Bayview. The Derby was again started in 1960 by The Bayview Chamber of Commerce, the derby ran for several years but was dis-continued, finally the Derby was given a new life coming back to Bayview in 2005. 
                Prizes will be the coveted Golden Trout Traveling Trophy. A special Mackinaw Division with a $2,000.00 prize is sponsored by Idaho Fish and Game this year. Other Divisions include the Kamloops Rainbow with awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd largest by weight. All fish will be weighed at The Captain’s Wheel for consistency and fairness. Other divisions include 1st and 2nd place largest by weight as well as 1st and 2nd place for aggregate weight; this means 2 day combined weights. Winners will be announced on Sunday October 7th at 4:00 pm at The Captain’s Wheel.

                All fishing sportspersons need to be aware of “Know your Bull trout”. Special cards for identification purposes will be available at Ralph’s.
Norma Jean

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

So sorry

I have been remiss with my blog spot. Lots going on in my life.
Both Dean and Josh made the long trip safely home from Orlando FL! The boys stopped along the way in Oklahoma and Colorado to visit with family and friends.

All three great children have been met now, here's hoping we can get these children here to visit soon.
My brother is doing well, D & J visited Waldo Canyon or what is left of it, our old house in Colorado Springs, and the Broadmoor.

The boys also met with our friend,Chris Konczak for a delightful lunch at Joe's Crab Shack. Chris is the son of one of my "Bob's". Big Bob owned the Casino where we worked in Cripple Creek for so many years.

The last two days of their trip were the hardest because the boys wanted to be home. Thanks to facebook I was able to keep fairly decent track of their travels.

Norma Jean

C.A.R.E. Court

The Idaho Supreme Court Hearing (regarding Farragut Shooting Range) will be heard
in the Coeur D'Alene Courthouse (old building) in Courtroom 1 at 10:00
0 am on
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
. This is open to the public and we hope to
see you there. The Idaho Supreme Court Press Release is stated below for
your information regarding this appeal.

Chuck Murray and Jeanne Holder

Docket No. 39297

Appeal from the District Court of the First Judicial District, State of
Kootenai County. Hon. John T. Mitchell, District Judge.
Honorable Lawrence G. Wasden, Idaho Attorney General, Boise, for appellants.
Scott W. Reed, Coeur d'Alene, and Harvey Richman, Athol, for respondents
This appeal comes to the Idaho Supreme Court after protracted litigation
regarding the
Farragut Shooting Range in Bayview. The Citizens Against Range Expansion
(CARE), composed
of individuals who reside near the range, sued the Idaho Department of Fish
and Game (IDFG) in
2005. Based on safety and noise concerns, CARE sought to enjoin IDFG's use
and expansion of
the range. The district court granted injunctive relief and closed the
range. It then set safety
requirements for reopening the range for up to 500 shooters per year, and
safety and noise
requirements for reopening it for more than 500 shooters. In 2010, after
making modifications to
the range, IDFG filed a Motion for Partial Lifting of Injunction.

Citizens Against Range Expansion v. Fish and Game Department, S.Ct. 39297
Page 2
The district court denied the motion after determining that IDFG had not met
requirements for lifting the injunction for up to 500 shooters. The court
found that the terms of the
injunction order were not met because bullets could escape downrange via
ricochet. Further, the
district court determined that the Idaho Outdoor Sport Shooting Act, which
was enacted by the
Idaho Legislature in 2008, was an unconstitutional special law and violation
of judicial power.
Because the noise standards adopted by the Act were unconstitutional, the
court concluded that
IDFG had not yet complied with the noise requirements for lifting the
injunction for more than 500
shooters. IDFG appealed this decision to the Supreme Court.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Oh My Gosh

We have all experienced this but the changing of the seasons always takes me by surprise. There is that moment when you look at the sky and know that the season is changing.
My first indication was a gander at my neighbor's aspen trees, my favorite tree, and noticing leaves turning yellow. My other cause for introspect is the color of the sky, this morning the sky held that robin's egg blue hue and I knew fall was around the corner....

It would seem that I am in the fall of my life and quickly getting near my winter. What have I accomplished, not sure other than having an interesting life that I have been blessed to share with my husband and children.

The kids are worried about us but I know that we still have a few good years left. The best thing that ever happened to me was leaving Scenic Bay Marina and the other was volunteering for The Chamber.

I treasure my life here in Bayview but still have some "bucket list" goals to complete.

Take a long trip to Alaska via an RV
Be nearer my great grand children
Fly to the moon
See my Shaklee become a viable  business
Thoroughly enjoy the years that I have left with volunteer work and enjoyment of my home
Keep moving forward in the Spirit of the Lord.

What are your goals?

Norma Jean

Saturday, September 1, 2012

This n That and a Little of Everything in Between

I have been rather neglectful of my blog.
We are getting Dean ready for his trip to Orlando Fla and the subsequent drive back with Josh and his belongings. Josh is wanting a new beginning, we are hoping this will be his chance. Josh is staying with us while he gets established in the area. We all feel this is a step in the right direction. My children seem to feel that we are ancient and need a relative nearby, hmm.

I enjoyed the yard sale this morning. Picked up some odds and ends for our house. Dean kind of grumbles because we are trying to get rid of "stuff" not bring more home! The yard sale lasts all week-end long. There is a really nice leather couch there for sale, clothing, bedding, dish ware, a nice drop leaf table, and an old school desk. Go look what else do you have to do this weekend other than go to the Labor Day Breakfast at the Community Center on September 3rd?

The Breakfast will start at 8:30 am but I have a felling folks will arrive sooner. The drawing for the last 50/50 Raffle will be at the Breakfast. All proceeds from the raffle and the breakfast goes to the General Fund for the Chamber.

Speaking of this, I need to apologize to all. I had no intention of misrepresenting information. I am guilty of being over-exuberant with our fund raising projects. I was on a get funds for the fireworks for 2013 kick, lost control of myself and posted wrong information. We are at 70% of our needs for the Fireworks. All of us love to watch the show but the Chamber cannot keep putting on the show if we do not get donations. It is that simple. Do you want the Firework Display to continue? If so please help us so you, your guests, your family, and your business can enjoy this important celebration!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Upcoming Events!

Memorial for Jack Soppit:
Please join Charlene Soppit and her family in a Memorial and potluck luncheon for Jack, who passed away on Tuesday the 14th. The Memorial will be held on Sunday August 26th at 2pm, Bayview Community Center.

Community Center BBQ!
Saturday August 25, 2012
6:00 pm to 8:00pm
Menu includes BBQed pork and Chicken
Norma Jean's Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies
and other gastronomical delights to please your palate!
Great cooks and outstanding companionship
$9.00 Adults
$4.50 Children

Chamber Pancake Breakfast
and drawing for last 50/50 raffle 2012 $1,000.00 prize.
September 3rd, Labor Day
8:30 am - 10:30am
Join the last hurray for Summer

Flower Power Fund Raiser
Go to the Flower Power website for the Chamber and order Fall bulbs
The Chamber receives 50% and you receive bulbs for fall planting.

Norma Jean

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Jack Soppit

I learned this morning while I was checking facebook that Jack Soppit left us last night.

Nan was working the Liquor this afternoon, so I poked my head in to let her know that she was in my thoughts and heart. Jack’s last words to Charlene were that he loved her! May he rest in peace and as Nan stated Jack will be having a huge Moose Drool while sitting on his candy apple red scooter.

Rest in peace Jack.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

My Perspective

Athol Daze:

Dean and I spent the morning wandering around the main part of Athol, taking in the sights and activities centered around the celebration, Athol Daze. When we first moved to North (by gosh) Idaho we resided in Athol. I worked in several locations, Dean used his talents at The Rib Ranch, eventually I joined him there too. With our work experiences we came to know several of the local. So we were delighted to see many folks who have become our friends.

Everyone loves a parade and Athol is no different! Our local Color Guard leads the way for the rest of the parade. I am always proud to see these volunteers proudly march down the road carrying our Nations flag. Local American Legion Post 149 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 149 support many of the local summer events throughout our area. I am thanking those dedicated guardians of our American traditions today.

As I was looking at the events for the day I noticed that David Harms was selected as citizen of the year. I was delighted that he received this honor. David is a unique personality who gives freely of his time to help others in the community. Dean and I have known him for many years. So my hat is off in honor of the dedicated person!

Athol Daze is all about the children of the community. There games and events centered around children activity. One event "money in the straw attracted attention. A huge tarp was laid out on the ground with straw scattered over the tarp. Folks started gathering around the tarp as soon as the straw was scattered. Coins were scattered through the straw and then the children were let loose. The coins were used for the various games designed for the children.

I want to honor this young lady, her horse, and her young companion. She was so composed and a delight to chat with with after the parade!

Dean and I thoroughly enjoyed our morning in Athol! Perfect day and great companions. My hat is off to Athol!

Norma Jean

Monday, August 6, 2012

Lost Photo Card

While doing his daily duty of walking the dogs Dean found a camera card laying on the side of Perimeter. This card has about 800 pictures on it. The cover for the card has the name Darcy written in white lettering. Some of the pictures are family photos, several of a baseball game, motorcycles, tools, and a young boys birthday party two years in a row.

Does anybody recognize this young lady?
Call Dean and Norma Jean at 208-683-1980 if you know who these pictures may belong to.

Norma Jean

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Neighborhood Watch

While editing the Bylines for the next publication I read this article written by Jackie Lloyd. Recently I had a conversation with two friends about this subject. We are a small town and as Jackie states we need to "arm" ourselves with information and report suspicious activity to authorities.

     "July 2nd began as a normal day, the Center extension line was ringing off the hook with questions about the parade and fireworks display. The usual call always beginning with “Is this Bayview?”  Near 9am another call came in, however, the caller wanted to know who to call to report drug activities in their neighborhood.  In the few years that I have been Center manager, I have never received a call of this nature, was not prepared for the question. My response was the pat “you need to call the Sheriff”.  I really was rattled. 
     This obviously concerned Bayviewite was not at all satisfied with my answer and our following interchange was tense at best.  It was really obvious that this individual was not only upset, but probably frustrated and afraid.  Unfortunately, I was remiss in getting more thorough information.
     I did try calling the Sheriff myself to report what transpired and give them what information I had, but they were of little help and referred me to the Violent Crimes Unit run by the FBI.  They in turn referred me back to the local authorities.  I even called a local COPPS person who also referred me back to the Sheriff.  I began to see why this person was so upset.   
     I did contact an individual that lived in the target area and gave him the information.  Since there is a neighborhood watch program there, he was able to talk with the more immediate neighbors and learned that this house has been of concern to them as well.  However, for whatever reason, they were not reporting the ongoing activities to the authorities.  My friend did remind them that the Sheriff’s office would do nothing unless reports were filed.  He further made it clear to these folks that it was their responsibility to call in reports when suspicious activities were noticed. 
     So, I must first apologize to the caller for not being more directly responsive to their concern.  Second, let you know that this house is on the radar, and is known to the authorities.  However, since we are an unincorporated town it is important to know that everyone must be vigilant and proactive in protecting our neighborhoods.  We should form neighborhood watch programs where there is none, and report all suspicious activities to our Sheriff’s Department. As if to exemplify the need, there has been a more recent attack. Namely, a vicious and lewd sign was left on the Buttonhook Board.  We do not want to become a bunch of vigilantes but we must arm ourselves with good information of “what to do” and “who to call”.  And please, by all means make reports to the Sheriff, keep logs on the incidents and get your neighbors to do the same." (Jackie Lloyd)

Get involved with your neighborhood. Protect our small little town. We do not have to "put up" with illegal activity.

Norma Jean

Saturday, July 28, 2012


I have been remiss in not thanking Olivia Ward for help during the July 4th Pancanke Breakfast. I am amazed that we had several folks from the younger generation who helped with this function and who have helped on other functions. These young people will be the ones who continue the spirit of helping others!

Jay and Tom
Leah, NJ Dennis, Ken and Olivia

Friday, July 27, 2012

Pancake Breakfast August 4th

Pancake Breakfast
Community Center
Saturday 8/4

Volunteerism is the heart of the Bayview Community

Photo by Elizabeth Mapes July 4th Breakfast

Friday, July 20, 2012

Just Where Are the Sirens Going?

Just Where Are the Sirens Going?

After the torrential down pour today (I left my car windows open at work) and the thunder/lightening, hydroplaning on the freeway, we settled down to a comforting meal this evening this evening that of course Dean had cooked! Love my personal chef in so many ways. Pretty soon we heard sirens that seemed to be going all over Bayview.

Turns out a party barge was beached near the cement factory on the other side of the Lake. The Sheriffs department responded, as well as the Fire Department and the Navy as well. All occupants of the barge were brought back safely to Bayview. The barge apparently was taking on water but experts believe that the water was from the waves going over the bow of the boat.

All’s well that ends well
Tomorrow come up to the Ice Cream Social held at the Community Center:

Ice Cream Social, Saturday 7/21

Strawberry Shortcakes
Sundaes/Banana Splits
Rootbeer Floats

Profits to benefit the Bayview Community Center

Norma Jean

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Celebration of Cindy Murray's Life

As an update, the celebration of Cindy's life will be on July 16th at the Bayview Community Center at 2:00 pm.

Chuck Murray requested that instead of flowers could donations please be made to
Hospice of North Idaho
9493 N Government Way
Hayden, ID 83835

Donations for the Hospice can also be left at the Celebration on the 16th.

Norma Jean

Friday, July 13, 2012

Cindy Murray

I received word last night that Cindy Murray left us.
I did not get much of a chance to know this beautiful person. I do know she will be missed. The few times that I spoke with her she radiated with a special light.

A memorial service will be held at the Bayview Community Center on the 16th of July. At this time I do not have the time but will post the time as soon as I get the information.

Cindy rest in peace.

Norma Jean

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Winner of 50/50

And the winner for the 50/50 raffle is Theresa and Steve Lamp! They have a boat located at Bitter End Marina. Congratulations.

Are there any folks who are willing to participate in a second 50/50 raffle this summer? Please let the Chamber know.

Norma Jean

Monday, July 9, 2012

Bayview Daze Parade

Thanks for a little help from my friends I survived the Parade. Learned a great deal, so glad I had my children here to help!

The winners for the Parade are:

Most Patriotic
Disabled American Veteran's


1st Place Bayview Mercantile
2nd Place Ralph's Coffee Cafe
3rd Place Bitter End Marina


1st Place Friends of Farragut
2nd Place Lake Pend Oreille Yacht Club
3rd Place Timberlake Fire Protection District

1st Place Kazoos
2nd Place Kids of America - Ben Couper
3rd Place 4 Generation Bennett Family


1st Place Military Officers Assn. of America
2nd Place Cooties
3rd Place General George Patton's Command Car

1st Place Farragut Base Submarine Vets
2nd Place Lonesome Pine Ranch
3rd Place Wooden Boats- BK Wick


1st Place Smith Mobile - Michelle Smith
2nd Place Longmeadow Farm Family - Trish King
3rd Place PDIA from Athol
Just so everyone knows I am the Member at Large for the Chamber as well as THE former manager for Scenic Bay Marina! (If you dare read Herb's blogspot, I can't resist.)
All of the Parade pictures went home with my daughter, however she is making a disk for me so I can share her perspective.
Norma Jean

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Red, White, and Blue Pancake Feast July4th

Today's event was a rousing success!

                           Again I say thanks to all that helped make the event a triumph!
Jackie and Tom Lloyd

                                                              Sue and Dennis Damon

                                                            Marilyn and Paul Stanton

                                                                      Leah and Jay

                                                                 Cindy and George

                                                                    Ken Saunders

                                                                     Skip Wilcox

                                                            Judy and Bruce Robinson

                                                                     Alex Berube

                                                                    Ellie Ronstadt

Elizabeth Mapes

                                                                    Lucas Knowles

This simply proved that Bayview Community is an unbelievable group of people. Dean and I are blessed to be living here. May God shine His light upon you all.

                                           Oh darn and I almost forgot Dean Knowles!

All three of our children will be helping with the Parade this year as well as my grand-daughter Tess!

Norma Jean

(Looky here I spelled everything correctly and got the dates right too! Amazing what spell-check and proof reading can do.)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Colorado Springs

Well this is mind boggling to me. Used to live in Colorado Springs. This is a picture of the Waldo Canyon fire. So as we are having difficulties in Bayview, things could be a lot worse.
I am really grateful for what I have and who I have in my life.

This fire is threatnening the Gardens of Gods Park, the United States Air Force Academy is being evacuated, and several members of my family live in this area.  Dean and I spent 1979 to 1982 living at Ft. Carson, we left for five years and were finally re-stationed again at Ft. Casrson in 1987. We lived in the Springs until 1993. In '93 we moved to Cripple Creek, living in the area until 2003. Cripple Creek was located on the other side of Pikes Peak. Pikes Peak inspired the song "America the Beautiful". My heart goes out to these people.

Norma Jean   

Saturday, June 23, 2012

                 Here is the scoop on the Events for July7th 2012 Bayview Daze Celebration!

See you there. This year I will be having help from ALL three of my children, as well as my grand-daughter Tess.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A Chair

Why is there so much discussion about needing a seat for a person who has a disability?

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Upcoming Events

Saturday June 16th at 8:30 am the Bayview Community Center is hosting a delicious Breakfast.
Wednesday July 4th at 8:30 am the Chamber is hosting a fund raiser to help with the Firework Fund.
(Please support your local organizations)
Wednesday July 27th the Center is sponsoring a Pre-Olympics Breakfast.

Contrary to what was recently posted on another blogspot asking for an article concerning the "free lunches and breakfast fund raisers killing business in Bayview."

The various organizations doing fund raising are not trying to kill local businesses, in fact at least one business provided food for the free luncheon. The goal is not to hurt any business but the fact is our organizations do need help to continue to provide services and entertainment, such as the Fireworks.

Norma Jean

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Boileau's Shores

If you want an honest deal, call the Merch at 683-2216 or 683-9301. Slips are available and waiting for you. Voted best Marina in downtown Bayview, right along with McDonald's Hudson Bay and Bitter End Marina.


Just Sayin'!

"You don't even know what the easement is for." (Pesky Poster)
As I previously stated in my blog, no one is against JD's INC getting a liquor license, what we all objected to was the way JD's was going about the "process".  The Chamber did not stop this from happening. Quit blaming others for what you neglected to do yourself, follow your own "processes" and pay for the liqour license on time.
This signage is childish and immature.

By the way we at the Chamber have applications if anyone wants to join!

Norma Jean

Just completed a trip to the Merch, thought I would share that there is poster for a liquor license for sale.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Pancakes Tomorrow 5 28 2012

After the flag raising to honor those who have served our country, the annual Pancake Breakfast will be served at the Community Center. The flag raising is at 8:15am and the pancake feed starts promtly at 8:30 am.

Please support this annual function, bring your families and enjoy a great meal.
All proceeds go to the General Fund.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Norma Jean


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Memorial Day Breakfast

Pancake Breakfast

Huckleberry or BlueBerry Pancakes

(all you can eat)

2 Sausages

($1 each additional sausage)

OJ and Coffee

Memorial Day May 28th


Bayview Community Center

Memorial Flag Raising  and Pledge


All proceeds to benefit the

Bayview Chamber General Fund