Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Stan Richardson and Chauncey

Update on Stan Richardson:

We had a quick conversation with Vicky as she was walking from the post office, gotta love small towns!

Stan is doing well, still in the hospital but he came out of his 9.5 hour surgery with flying colors. If you want to send cards or letters to Stan his home address is: PO Box 366, Bayview, ID 83803. Stan would love hearing from you all.


I had a brief visit with Chauncey last Wednesday. He is to Mill River Seniors, 3505 N Sunapee Loop, Coeur d’ Alene, ID 83814. The Centers phone number is 446-8337. I am sure that he would for us to keep in touch with him.
Treasuring our elderly or our dear friends is very important to them as well as for us!
Norma Jean

Stan is home. At this time I do not have further information, since Dean is a lousy secretary.

Chauncey is moved and in Coeur d' Alene now.

Just, just for the fun of it!

Every year the Bayview Chamber of Commerce sponsors a Christmas for the young and young of heart at the Bayview Community Center. This year was no different and it seems all those who attend enjoyed an evening of Christmas carols plus a visit with Santa before he embarked on his long journey. Three of his helpers, Judy, Jenny, and Ted, started the evening with carols. All gathered around the outside Christmas tree while waiting for Santa to arrive, the lighting of the festive tree created a collective exclamation of joy from those present.              

                                                                      Courtesy of Mike Maxson

                Santa does not always need a chimney to come to visit, so he arrived with ease to spend the evening talking to the children gathered for the occasion. Listening carefully, Santa made note of Christmas wishes, to include requests from those who are young at heart! A wish for new Mercedes was on one of these ladies Christmas list                                           

         All of the children received a small gift from Santa, the children taking delight in Santa’s presence on this night before Christmas.


            So this is the tale of Christmas at the Center, another successful event! Many thanks to the absolutely awesome volunteers who helped make this a success: Santa of course, Marsha, Ken and Marilyn, Jamie, Jim, and Alex, Dennis and Sue, Judy and Dave, Ted and Bev, Jenny and Bob, Tom and Jackie, Chauncey, and many others. We all enjoyed the cookies, coffee, and cocoa!

“Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus,Right down Santa Claus lane!”

Pictures were taken by Tom Lloyd, please contact Norma Jean @ 683-1980 or if you would like a copy of your child pictures.
Merry Christmas to All,

Norma Jean

Monday, December 16, 2013

Well ...

Changing the look of the BlogSpot did not work. No one recognized the new look!

Norma Jean

Thursday, December 12, 2013

New Look and LOU

Thought I would try this new template, let me know how you like it!!!

A word from Jackie concerning LOU!

Hi all, next week, the 18th is the last LOU of the year.  We will reconvene on Jan 8th.  Our menu is Roast Beef (already purchased), mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and garden salad.  It is also the last time Chauncey will attend since he is moving into an assisted living center in CDA.  So I need help as usual with:
Mashed potatoes (3 10lb batches)
In the kitchen I will need help with salad prep, gravy making, set-up
Also jello salads seems to hit the spot if anyone is so moved.  
Please let me know what you can do if you can do anything.
This past week was our smallest attendance so far.  34in house, 10 take homes.  Thank you so much Dennis and Don for your wonderful well as all of our bakers.  I think things were very festive even with the small crowd.  Really enjoying this year.  Thanks again.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Passing On

 I started writing this last weekend but as usual time ran out ...
" I have enjoyed my blogspot so, but sometimes I forget and let life get in the way. As I have stated previously, I am not a prolific writer nor am I a journalist nor do I want to be a journalist. I simply like to write what is on my mind, kind of like writing about the Grinch who stole Christmas. Gosh what is on the TV right now?
Lately, I quite frankly have been touchier and grouchier as well. Sometimes I think that I am handling my sisters impending death well but all of sudden I start crying for no particular reason. This has had me somewhat bewildered.
You see I got a call in October from my niece in Kentucky telling me my sister had fallen, not sure whether it was a stroke, heart attack, or seizure. The hospital quickly discovered that she had lung cancer that had spread into brain. My sister always has been rather stubborn. As we in the family talk it seems that this sudden collapse has been going for a long time, meaning years. It does no good to try and figure out exactly when the problem started the fact is she is going to die soon."
My sister passed away last night or actually early this morning. We as a family have survived the gamut of emotions since the diagnosis, anger, frustration, fatigue, hope, and resignation.
My niece has been soldiering on taking on the huge task of caring for her mother. I went out to Kentucky and helped get the move started, plus setting my sister up in my nieces home so she would not be left alone. Frustrations were caused by the sheer enormity of what had to be done, as well as, the frustration of the moving task itself. My sister had lots of antiques and lots of other stuff as well. Hope was part of the plan, the hope that she could indeed lick this awful monster. Fatigue for Meagan simply because of the continuous care needed everyday and fighting the realization her mother was probably not going to survive. Anger at Dr.'s who offered the hope of surviving longer if she took the radiation treatments, which did not happen.
There is a lesson here and I think Meagan taught us all one, take time out of your lives to show those you love you care.
Somewhere during this missive my mother is nodding her head and I'll bet anything Skip is there too.
"Weep not for me though I am gone;
into that gentle night.
Grieve if you will but not for long,
upon my soul's sweet flight.
I am at peace,
my soul's at rest.
There is no need for tears.
For with your love I was blessed;
for all those many years.
There is no pain,
I suffer not,
The fear now all is gone.
Put now these things out of your thoughts.
In your memory I live on.
Remember not my fight for breath;
remember not the strife.
Please do not dwell upon my death,
but celebrate my life."
-- Constance Jenkins
Just this past weekend again I looked at the diamond bright glints in the recent ice crystals trying to figure out how to capture that which has captivated me for so long
"Do not stand at my grave and weep, 
I am not there - I do not sleep. 
I am the thousand winds that blow, 
I am the diamond glints in snow, 
I am the sunlight on ripened grain, 
I am the gentle autumn rain. 
As you awake with morning's hush 
I am the swift-up-flinging rush 
Of quiet birds in circling flight. 
Do not stand at my grave and cry, 
I am not there - I did not die."


12 10 2013 Chamber Agenda, just for the Halibut again.

Bayview Chamber of Commerce
December 10, 2013

1)      Opening

a)      Call to order at 7:00pm
b)      Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
c)      Welcome members and guests
d)     Approval  of agenda
e)      Approval of previous minutes
2)   Elections
Nomination Committee- Sheryl Puckett/Ted Bare
3)      Announcements and Correspondence:
a)      Cookies please for the Christmas Party
b)      Announcement to Recognize Business

4)      Reports
a)      Treasure (separate handout)
b)      Sheriffs latest report can be found on the Bayview Chambers of Commerce Web site,
c)      Current standing committees

1.      DAC-Tom Lloyd
2.      Fisheries Report & Bylaws and Standing Rules-Tom Lloyd
3.      Citizens Emergency Response Group & No Wake Zone – Chuck Waller
4.      Bayview Park and Farragut Communications-Chuck Murray
5)    Business
 Old business
a)      Budget Approval 
New business
a)      No new business.
6)      Chamber activities

a)      Announcement for winner of Christmas Light contest on 12/14/2013 @ Chamber Christmas Party
b)      Chamber Christmas Party 12/14/2013 at the Community Center starting 5:30 pm.
Cookies and Cocoa with Santa and music by Judy Gullidge. Pictures with Santa as well!


Have a safe and Merry Christmas and an excellent New Year!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Annual Chamber Christmas Party with Santa!

LOU 12 11 2013

The menu for needed to be adjusted and we did not have time to make the adjustment in the Bylines.

Jackie has some appointments that created the need for a different menu:

The menu for December 11th will be Chili and Hot Dogs.

Enjoy a meal and companionship. LOU is an opportunity to meet your neighbors and just enjoy yourself.


Norma Jean

Monday, December 2, 2013

Leave it to Me!

Seems that this month I made a major error in the Bylines....
Below is the corrected ad for Connie Stone who is celebrating her 10th year of doing business. Call her check out her special for the month of December.

Norma Jean

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Just for the Halibut-Chamber Agenda 11 12 2013


Bayview Chamber of Commerce

November 12, 2013

1)      Opening

a)      Call to order at 7:00pm

b)      Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

c)      Welcome members and guests

d)     Approval and consent of agenda

e)      Approve Minutes of previous meeting


2)      Announcements and Correspondence:

a)      Christmas- Cookies and Cocoa with Santa-need cookies please

1.      Event will be 12/14/2013 At Community Center 5:30 pm

2.      Judy Gullidge will provide music. Anyone would like to join call Judy

@ 683-0914.

b)      Outside Christmas tree lights will be turned on during Santa event

c)      The Chamber will sponsor the Christmas light contest again this year.

3)      Reports

a)      Treasure (separate handout)

b)      2014 Budget

c)      Sheriffs latest report can be found on the Bayview Chambers of Commerce Web site,

d)     Current standing committees

1.      DAC-Tom Lloyd

2.      Fisheries Report & Bylaws and Standing Rules-Tom Lloyd

3.      Citizens Emergency Response Group & No Wake Zone – Chuck Waller

4.      Bayview Park and Farragut Communications-Chuck Murray

5.      Nomination Committee- Sheryl Puckett/Ted Bare

4)    Business

i)        Old business

(a)    Vote to approve amendments to Standing Rules as presented

1.      Prorate Business Dues for first year membership

2.      Add Board Duty to select Business or Individual of the Year.

ii)      New business

(a)    Possible young adult support

5)      Chamber activities

(a)    Christmas party for children

(b)   Tree lighting

(c)    Judge town Christmas Lights


Wednesday, November 6, 2013


The first LOU was held today. After a busy morning in CDA with no success in getting my new glasses fixed, which is another story, I had the pleasure of again meeting with old friends and new for lunch at the Community Center. The meal as usual, was excellent, complimented with many delicious desserts made by our local kitchens.

LOU will of course meet again next Wednesday and carry through until spring. The next month’s menu are:  Nov 13th chicken enchiladas; Nov. 20th RIBS; Nov. 27th, Traditional Thanksgiving Day Dinner.

If you know of a person who is a shut-in and needs a lunch please let Jackie Lloyd know, 683-1680. Arrangements can be made to deliver a lunch to those who cannot leave their home.

Movie night is back at The Community Center and very successful, bring a comfortable chair and enjoy a free evening of entertainment. The next movie will be featured on the 15th, “Water for the Elephant.”

I have been suspiciously absent from my blogspot of late. I had planned on a scathing article about respect but decided this would not be worth the effort and certainly not the direction I choose to go.

My sister was recently diagnosed with fast moving small cell cancer. The cancer is in her lungs and has traveled to her brain. She had a seizure one evening, her daughter discovered that my sister had spent the night on the floor. I took a hasty trip to Kentucky to help my niece move my sister to her home, since she can no longer be alone.

I have nothing really profound to write about but do find myself at times being overwhelmed. Quite possibly my own mortality staring me in the face! Seems my father’s family all have had some sort of cancer related death exacerbated with the over consumption of alcohol. My mother’s side of the family succumbed to either alcoholism or heart disease. Mom started smoking when she started the change of life but lived until she was 87.

After spending time in Kentucky I once again returned home knowing full well that I am truly blessed. Sounds mushy and gushy but we have three great children. My husband is the best and I live in a beautiful area that is mostly populated by wonderful people with a couple of folks who live in Bayview and I am not sure why because they are either always angry or frustrated. With that having been said I am including a picture that I found on facebook for “Grinch Kabobs”.

Tis the season to be jolly!
Norma Jean