Saturday, June 29, 2013

Whack a Mack!!!

Whack a Mac And

Take a Kid Fishing

       The Lake Pend Oreille Idaho club is sponsoring a derby on the lake from July 19 to July 21. 
Adults and youths over 14 can register by boat and by individual. The entry fee for Adults is $20.00. 
The entry fee for a boat is $25.00. There will be cash pay outs of $600.00 first place, $300.00 second place, and $100.00 for third place in both adult divisions.
      Youth categories will consist of any fish that is caught from LPO that can be legally kept by an angle.A prize will be awarded to each youth who catches the largest of any species. Youth entries are free but they must pre-register. Tickets are available at

Mac Donald’s Hudson Bay and The Captains Wheel in Bayview For more info go to LPOIC.ORG

Sunday, June 16, 2013

The man and the rock

Several years I was told a story about a man who had a large rock in his backyard. He did not want the rock where it was. He was told repeatedly that the rock was just too big to remove. Well not being satisfied with the answer the man decided he would take matters into his own hands, year after year, he beat the rock with a hammer. Eventually the rock disintegrated and the man was very happy because he had proved everyone wrong.

That man is chipping away and chipping away at the Bayview Community and the Bayview Chamber of Commerce. Sometimes if you chip away long enough you get what you want.
Have a blessed day!

Norma Jean

To Steve and Deb

I started this blog in answer to some frustrations I personally had and a willingness on my part to express my feelings and thoughts. Somewhere along the line I lost touch with what I like to do most. I find at the end of the day there are not enough hours left to do all that I want to accomplish. Frankly by the time I finished my MBA my brain seemed to fried. I also discovered that I was comparing my writing to others, finding my writing lacking. I am pretty sure and positive that I do not write as well as others but feel the need to start expressing myself again.

My blog seems to have become a place where we have notices and such about the community. While I enjoy this aspect of my blog, I have lost something in the transition, me.

Dean and I recently had the pleasure of being with family in Virginia to celebrate our youngest grandson’s graduation. It was a glorious event for both of us. I was there the day Jake first came into the world, I was also there the time we almost lost Jake to an asthma attack. I decided this probably was a significant enough event for us to attend.

During the week I came to appreciate my son-in-law Steve more than ever. He has always been a welcome addition to the family. I see now, that he has matured and grown just as his son Jake has. Jake of course, accomplished what he has because of Steve, who while not Jake’s biological father, has taken the task of fatherhood,  guiding Jake to young adulthood.

We lived in Savannah Georgia for two years. I had a very close and dear friend and her husband who shared  frogmore stew, oyster roasts, Thanksgiving BBQ’s, frogs in the pool, laughter, children, Christmas and burned pralines. Deb also shared a common bound with me that has lasted through many years. Determined Deb decided to find us while she was in Colorado Springs one year, traveling to Cripple Creek only to discover we had moved to North Idaho. The week spent in Virginia granted me the wish of seeing Deb and Dana once again. All of us have changed but as has been said before the years did not seem like years but only yesterday. Deb and I talked as friends do, again there did not seem enough time to say all that we needed or what we  wanted to say. But as usual, Deb pushed me as she frequently does. So here I am writing this post for all to see.

I am so very blessed in so many ways, life tangles us in its web and we forget that we need to live not simply exist.
Norma Jean

Thank you from Jamie

I would like to personally thank the community of Bayview on behalf of Skip's family for all that was done to celebrate Skip on Friday evening, May 31st and on Saturday, June 1st. 

On Friday evening, after a windy day, the waters calmed and there were approximately 18 boats that participated in the ceremonial boat ride down to Button Hook and over to Echo Bay.  As the "Peaceful Warrior" left MacDonald's, there was a large grouping of clouds that formed the letter "S" in the sky above.  At Button Hook, an eagle flew above Skip's boat and nestled in the trees watching the parade.  At Echo Bay, goats were visible on the cliffs.  Boats shut down to pause at Echo Bay and "Sweet Silver Dreams" with Dave Braunberger at the helm, played “Taps”.  Deanna Henderson and Dietmar Kruger sang "Amazing Grace" and some joined in song.  The sound in the bay was incredible.  According to Wendy Costello, there were also folks from the community on the shoreline around Cape Horn watching us all and one couple let some balloons go into the air.  It could not have been a more perfect evening.  Thanks to all who participated and thanks to Kevin Elmore for driving the “Peaceful Warrior”.

Saturday, June 1st was just as beautiful.  Thanks to Chuck Murray and Paul Stanton for raising the flag.  Everyone said the Pledge of Allegiance and thanks to Judy Gullidge for singing “The Star Spangled Banner”.  Family addressed those in attendance and a wonderful and very emotional video followed.  Others spoke of memories of Skip.  Thanks to all who brought a snack to share as the amount was perfect with not much left over.  Thanks to Chuck Murray and Dennis Damon for lowering the flag and Alexis Berube for playing “Taps” on her trumpet for Skip as the flag was lowered and the ceremony came to a close.  Thanks to Tom Lloyd for running the sound and video system.  Thanks to Jackie Lloyd and her assistant for cleaning up the Center. I am sorry that I did not catch her name.

I am sure there are many more of you that helped with setting up chairs and tables as well as taking them down, which was much appreciated.  Thanks to those that made sure the snack table was stocked as needed.  Thanks to those that donated to the food bank with either a financial contribution or by bringing a food item that was taken to the Athol, Bayview, Careywood Food Bank.  I sincerely apologize if I missed someone, but just know that all of the efforts by so many were very greatly appreciated and it was a great tribute to Skip.

God Bless and Hugs to All.

Jamie Berube 

Handwritten note from Jenny West - Skip Wilcox

Dear Bayview Community Center and All the wonderful people of Bayview -

      Thank you just doesn't seem enough. All you did for Dad's memorial, all that came to say goodbye, was overwhelming. You were such a very important part of his life. Thank you!

God bless you all. -

Skip's daughters