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.)