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!