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March 2014 Newsletter

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Business Spotlight for March 2014

The owners of Blane Robbins Electric, Inc. are Blane and Suzanne Robbins.

Blane and Suzanne met in Salmon, Idaho in 1976 and were married in 1977. They have 6 children and currently have 15 grandchildren. They purchased Suzanne’s family homestead in Groveland in 1989, where we currently reside. We have raised our children here and all but one still resides here.

Blane began his apprenticeship in Salmon, Idaho in 1979, working for Baldree Electric, Inc., (owner Joe Baldree). He received his Journeyman’s license in December of 1983. In December of 1991 Blane received his Electrical Contractor’s license, (C-12881).  In January of 2006 he applied and received a Public Works License for Blane Robbins Electric, Inc., (PWC-C-16734). In 2009 he received his Master’s Electrician License for Idaho, (04297), and Utah, 7192400-5502.

We have owned and operated Blane Robbins Electric since1993. We started out small with 2 employees and grew to 19 during the boom in the early 2000’s. We currently have four full time employees.

Blane loves the trade and has enjoyed training and working with so many men over the years.   He enjoys the associations with the many people of our community along with others up and down the valley.  In 2010 Blane was asked to be over the electrical on the Extreme Home Makeover in Pocatello, ID. We have been a proud supporter of local school sports programs.

Blane Robbins Electric does commercial, residential, service work, and some industrial.  We cover most of Southeast Idaho from Malad to Island Park and Victor, Driggs area.

Blane’s experience started in Salmon where he worked on the remodel of the Steele Memorial Hospital, several jobs for the BLM and Forest Service, worked on remodels and repairs for the Challis and Salmon School Districts. He also participated in the wiring of Church Houses in Salmon and Challis areas.

Before starting Blane Robbins Electric, I worked on several restaurants in Southeast Idaho, the Navy gymnasium, several offices, and the Paramount off Channing in Idaho Falls.  I also participated in some of the street lighting on 17th street in Idaho Falls.

Blane has enjoyed doing the electrical work for the East Idaho State Fair as Blane Robbins Electric, Inc. over the past 15 or so years and the 18 prior years under Baldree Electric.

We currently do all the maintenance work for Gables Assisted Living Centers in Blackfoot, Pocatello and Shelley.

We currently do all the maintenance work for General Mills in Blackfoot, Rockford and some in Pocatello.

Blane Robbins Electric has also wired over 10,000 homes in Southeast Idaho and and over a hundred 4 plexes up and down the valley.

Over the past 21 years we have worked on many, many projects. Just a few of them include:
Engineering and wiring the Spudnik building phase one on Pioneer Road in Blackfoot, Idaho
Aaron’s Furniture
Westmark Credit Union in Idaho Falls (Helped)
All the buildings for Mill Creek Metals in Moreland and Osgood
The Willows Assisted Living Center in Blackfoot and American Falls
Gables Assisted Living Center in Blackfoot
Standard Plumbing in Pocatello
Remodels at the Fort Hall Casino and upgrading some lighting to LED
Several strip malls and office buildings in Rexburg and Rigby
Paul Mitchell Beauty School in Rexburg
Several Horse Arenas

We have loved being in Blackfoot, Idaho.  We thank the community for the support that we have received since we began our business here. Thank you.




President Vern Murray

We are off to a great start! The Greater Blackfoot Area Chamber of Commerce had a respectable attendance at the annual Chamber Days at the Legislature in January and we’ve kept up the momentum with our Legislative Breakfasts that were held Thursday mornings in February.

If you haven’t stopped into one of these fun and informative video chat sessions with our legislators, you should give it a try. You will enjoy the awesome breakfast menu at Tommy Vaughn’s and the good company gathered around the tables. There will be one more breakfast on March 6 so there is still time to participate.

I hope you will put March 12 on your schedule because we have a wonderful motivational speaker for our Chamber Luncheon speaker. Her name is Jane Freund. She is the author of several books. Alliance Title is the lunch sponsor. The lunch will be held at the Elks Lodge. I know you will enjoy hearing an entertaining speaker and meeting up with friends!

That evening there will be a Business After Hours at SEICAA from 5-7 p.m. SIECAA will show off the generator up for raffle by Bingham Co-op. Tickets for the raffle will be available for purchase, too. Bingham Co-op’s Harvest for Hunger campaign benefits SEICAA and their programs. I invite you all to come out and support this important cause!

Coming up fast is the Easter Egg Hunt on April 19. This terrific event attracts more than 1,500 moms, dads, kids and other grandparents. Mix that crowd with brightly colored eggs, an 8-foot tall rabbit and a little bit of craziness and you have a real community party! Let’s say “Hello” to Spring together at Jensen’s Grove!

I look forward to meeting up with all of you at these fun events! See you there!



Tish Dahmen

Tish Dahmen

Membership is Top Priority

Chambers of Commerce are not all the same. Some are big. Some are small. Some have large paid staffs. Some operate solely with volunteers. Even chamber events and programs vary chamber to chamber. The one thing that all chambers have in common and hold as a top priority is their membership.

Like all other chambers, the Greater Blackfoot Area Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization. Annual member dues are the source of funding for Chamber operations and programs. This is why Chamber staff and the Board of Directors is committed to its members and work hard to provide value for those membership dollars.

One step the Board of Directors took last fall toward this objective was to revive its then dormant Membership Committee. This committee oversees membership activity, evaluates programing and proposes changes where necessary.

The Membership Committee has been charged with the task of individually meeting with the entire Chamber roster. Each committee member receives a short list of businesses to make contact with each month. These visits can be done one-on-one or by phone. The goal is to build relationships. In the process, we expect to discover new ways the Chamber can serve its members and shore up existing programs.

Serving on the Membership Committee are Dawn Larsen, Julie Percy, Michelle Reay, and Andrea Jeffery. Adjunct members are Echo Marshall, Vern Murray and Buzz Pfieffer.

The Board of Directors regularly reviews Chamber programs and events to insure members are getting the “best bang for their buck.” The Membership Committee is an important component in fulfilling this pledge to our members.

Since board members are businessmen and women themselves who are elected by their peers, they are wholly invested in overseeing an efficiently run operation. They want the Chamber to offer its members quality programs, events, and marketing and networking opportunities that benefit its members and members’ businesses. Simply put, this is the reason we are a Chamber.



The Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce will once again be hosting the community Easter Egg hunt next month. The hunt will be held on Saturday April 19th near the shelter at Jensen Grove Park.

For a time and a list of activities please contact the Chamber office 208-785-0510

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How To Be A Good Mentor
By: Jesica Smith

Mentoring an individual who is new to business can be a challenging and rewarding experience.

By becoming a mentor you not only progress your mentee’s personal and professional development but you progress yours as well. Before you can become a good mentor you need to have the key skills listed below.

“Patience is a virtue.” William Langland was spot on when he coined this phrase in “Piers Plowman.” To fully comprehend the issues that are plaguing your mentee you need to understand their business. One of the most important abilities to have as a mentor is the ability to listen.  Set regular meetings and focus on your mentee’s needs, issues and goals.

Provide Guidance
Quick fixes are not the answer. If you give your mentee immediate answers to a problem they may not retain that knowledge for future issues. Teach your mentee how to understand an issue and how to approach it.

Honesty is vital to the mentoring process.  Some business owners are often the last people to see problems and issues facing a business. If you see an issue or problem do not tip toe around the subject. Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind. If you avoid difficult and sensitive issues your mentee will not be able to grow and the issues will not be resolved.

Stay Positive
It is vital to remain positive when you have to deliver tough and difficult messages to your mentee. When businesses are struggling there are usually common sense reasons to why there are problems. You should always accentuate the positive and offer practical solutions for problematic situations.

In conclusion, to keep your mentoring relationships on track, set regular meetings, be honest and open, don’t look for quick fixes and stay positive.

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Renewing Chamber Members for January and February

B Bar B Leather
Bank of Commerce
Basic American Foods
Bingham County Senior Citizens
Bingham Memorial Hospital
Blackfoot Medical Center
Blaser & Olesen
C-A-L Stores
Blackfoot Elk’s Lodge
Davita Snake River Dialysis Center
Department of Labor
First American Title
Harper-Leavitt Engineering
Idaho Power
Intermountain Gas
Java Express & Juice Jungle
Jerry Smith Offices
Blackfoot School District #55
Key Bank
Les Schwab Tires
Mickelsen Construction
S & G Electric Motor
Snake River School District
State Hospital South
20th Century Ford
The Morning News
U.S. Bank
West Mark Credit Union
Winger’s Road House Grill
Facial & Oral Surgery Association
Jensen’s PC Repair
Krehbiel’s Barn
Dennis N. Marshall, OD
E. M. Tanner & Sons
Broadway Graphics, LLC
Alliance Title
Bingham Co-op
Clark Radio Electronics
Conquest Insurance
Davis Electric
Idaho Central Credit Union
Idaho State Journal
Simpson Dental Offices
Spudnik Equipment
Pocatello Regional Airport
Downtown Bread Company
RE/MAX Preferred Properties
Development Workshop, Inc.




Back by popular demand is one of the most successful Relay for Life events Bingham County does to raise money for the American Cancer Society! It’s BINGHAM’S GOT TALENT!  The Angels Among Us relay team is sponsoring the 5th annual talent show. It will be held Saturday April 26th at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center at 7:00 p.m. The admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids, at the door. Karole Honas, Channel 8 news anchor, will emcee the event.

The event is open to anyone of any age doing talent of any kind, and is not limited to Bingham County residents. Registration forms are available at Tweedy’s Music on Judicial Street, Jason Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, and online at www.jasonleemumc.org. There is a $25 entry fee to be paid when registering. The registration deadline is April 18th at noon.

Acts are limited to 5 minutes.  Judges will choose a 1st place winner in each of 2 categories: under 16 years of age and 16 and older. The winners will receive $100 and a trophy. The audience will also have an opportunity to choose their favorite talent act by filling their favorite contestant’s box with money. $1 per vote–unlimited votes. The person whose box contains the most money at the end of the night will be given the People’s Choice Award and receive $50 and a trophy. There will also be drawings for door prizes.

Kicking off the evening again this year will be South East Idaho’s well known singer, songwriter, and recording artist, LYLE ALBERTSON and his STRAIT COUNTRY BAND. Lyle’s classic country music and his CDs are well received as he plays throughout South East Idaho and the surrounding states. They are not competing, of course, but just setting the stage for the great talent acts that will follow.

If you are interested in making a donation toward the expenses of this event and getting your name on the program, you may do so by contacting the team captain, Dick Kaiser, at 313-5373. All proceeds raised go to the American Cancer Society.

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The BPAC Presents Spring Concerts

There is no better way to celebrate spring’s arrival than to attend a concert at the BPAC!  The BPAC has a wide array of programming scheduled for March.  Whether it is community, school, or professional concerts, there is always something to please all ages and tastes. The heat will be on and you will always be greeted with a warm smile, a friendly handshake, and great entertainment.  Tickets for all the concerts are available at blackfootpac.com, BPAC 208-317-5508, or Tweedy’s Music.

BYU Synthesis, the award-winning instrumental jazz ensemble hailing from Brigham Young University, will headline the Intermountain Jazz Festival on March 8. Synthesis will combine swing, blues, jazz, and Latin styles into a feast of jazz entertainment you won’t forget!  The group plays throughout the world as a peer to professional artists. They travel the world presenting popular and original music with new, innovative, swinging beats. Along with their original music, they play timeless numbers from jazz legends like Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and Louis Armstrong. During the day a high school jazz festival will be held.  Nine area bands will be participating in the festival as they perform, are adjudicated, and attend clinics.  The public is invited, free of charge, to listen to these bands scheduled throughout the day.

The beloved musical “The Wizard of OZ” will be presented by Blackfoot High School on March 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, and 21 at 7:00 pm. Filled with incredible local talent, this show is one to which you will want to bring the whole family. Plan now to experience the magic of live theater with our own talented Blackfoot High School students.

Other outstanding spring concerts include singer-songwriter Karla Bonoff on April 8, Blackfoot’s Distinguished Young Women on April 19, Bingham’s Got Talent on April 26, and “In My Life,” a musical tribute to the Beatles on May 31.

For more information about these concerts and other scheduled events, visit the BPAC’s website at blackfootpac.com.

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A Scheduled Approach to Good Health

A focus on prevention is essential when it comes to lasting good health. That means being proactive rather than reactive. If you’re healthy today and want to stay that way, it’s best to take preventive measures now. Don’t let things go, and try to fix problems that creep up on you.

Here’s a game plan for staying on the healthy side:

•Schedule a physical or annual checkup with your doctor.
•Visit the optometrist and get tested for glaucoma, macular degeneration and other ocular maladies.
•Talk to your doctor if you have any symptoms or changes in your breasts or if breast cancer runs in your family.
•Consider a bone density test.
•Visit your dermatologist for a routine skin cancer check.
•Purchase new athletic equipment.
Every 6 Months
•Have a dental exam twice yearly and have dental X-Rays annually. Replace your toothbrush every 3 months.
•Clean out your pantry of unhealthy/expired foods.
•Change your air filters every 3-6 months.
•Check your blood pressure.
•Manage your weight and keep track of any significant gains or losses to report to your doctor.
•Plan your meals to ensure you’re getting enough fresh fruits and vegetables.
•Evaluate your stress level and make time to relax.
•Make time for exercise—both cardio and resistance training. Just 30 minutes per day will yield results.
•Floss and brush your teeth on a regular schedule.
•Give your body the nutrition it needs with Reliv. Reliv’s premier nutritional solutions provide optimal amounts of key nutrients.

Looking at the statistics on preventable disease and obesity-related illness paints a grim picture. Far too many people don’t think or worry about what they put into their bodies or how much they exercise until a problem develops.

We lead busy lives and our on-the-go meals often fail to meet our nutritional needs. The good news: you can fill in these gaps with Reliv. Reliv goes beyond the minimum daily requirements to follow the standard of optimal nutrition, developed by researchers who have shown that higher levels of key nutrients are essential to good health and well-being. Best of all, we considered bioavailability when formulating our products to ensure that your body can absorb these nutrients.

Take the preventive approach to your health and give your body the optimal nutrition it needs to stay healthy. Make Reliv a part of your everyday plan for good health. For more information, contact Dee Ann Lucks, 208-521-1981 or https://untilthewholeworldhears.reliv.com

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Your heart pumps approximately 2,000 gallons of blood throughout the body every day. As the hardest-working muscle in your body and the circulatory system’s main control center, your heart requires a significant amount of energy to function properly. That energy is made available with the help of a nutrient called coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which also plays a role in supporting blood vessel health. CoQ10 is produced naturally by the body and is present in all cells. Dietary intake helps maintain CoQ10 levels; however, the amount of CoQ10 consumed from foods is typically less than 10 mg a day. More important, factors such as poor diet, aging, and daily exposure to free radicals may increase the need for this crucial nutrient.

Did you know?
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CoQ10 has been shown to:
• Support energy production in the heart*
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CoQ10 is vital to the trillions of cells in the body that must make their own energy to survive. To make energy, cells burn sugars and fats that come from the foods we eat. These nutrients are broken down and carried through an energy-producing pathway that requires CoQ10.

Resveratrol is a phytonutrient found in red wine, red-grape skins, and purple grape juice. Like CoQ10, resveratrol plays a role in heart and blood vessel health. In laboratory studies, resveratrol has been shown to help reduce the oxidation of LDL and to promote blood vessel relaxation.

Dietary intake helps maintain CoQ10 levels. However, the amount of CoQ10 consumed from foods is typically less than 10 mg a day. Supplementation is beneficial; to get the same 100mg of CoQ10 in CoQHeart, you would have to eat 6 ¼ pounds of beef or 100 cups of broccoli.

Helping people lead healthier lives & make money!

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December 2012 Newsletter

President’s Message

Well, this message is bitter-sweet to write, because it is my last message as President of the Chamber. Being President was a huge honor for me. The mechanics of the Chamber are run by Tish, Jesica and Norma, so it wasn’t like I had to do anything monumental, but the position does involve you in most of the decision making.
Our next big event will be the President’s Lunch in January. We will recognize some of the great people that made this year possible. We have the award for “Best Foot Forward” at the President’s lunch, but last year we also added, Member of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year. That is a good lunch for door prizes, too. Everyone seems to step up the prizes for the President’s Lunch.
Now that Thanksgiving is in the books, it is time to move on to Christmas. It seems like Christmas items are showing up in the stores earlier and earlier every year. I like the real meaning of Christmas, but it gets lost in all of the commercialization. The community will be able to experience the “Live Nativity” coming up this December at Jensen’s Grove. Since it takes a lot to put it on, and volunteers have gotten burned out, we haven’t had it for a couple of years. It is too bad because it is really a great experience and a lot of the community gets involved.
If you are a Chamber Member please try and make it to the Luncheon in December. Dean and Kathie Andrus from doTERRA Essential Oils will be sponsoring the lunch, but Tish is going to take a few minutes and highlight some of the benefits, and ways to use the Chamber to get the most out of your membership. Lets call it a refresher course.
The Idaho Potato Museum is going to host the After Hours on the 19th of December. The Museum and Gift Shop is a great place to buy Christmas gifts for relatives out of state.
Have a great “Holiday Season”, and the best to you and yours.

Director’s Message

“Tis the season to be jolly …” and we are certainly primed and ready to make the best of Christmas and New Year’s!

Santa Claus is in residence at the UPRR caboose that is located in our south parking lot. He visits with area children every Wednesday evening from 4-7 p.m. We are lucky to have Santa – he is sort of a “friend of a friend.” Santa has a connection with the firefighters at the Blackfoot Fire Department. I’m not sure how they became acquainted but I think it had something to do with a chimney fire …?

Chamber staff has decked our halls which we share with the Idaho Potato Museum and there is a general feeling of “good will to men” everywhere. This goodwill will be extended to all Chamber members who attend the Dec. 12 luncheon. The Chamber will be donating plenty of gifts to keep our holiday spirits up, up, up! Dean Andrus is the lunch sponsor.

Don’t forget to include a Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce Gift Certificate in your Santa sacks! These certificates can be purchased in any amount and make wonderful stocking stuffers. Better yet, the money is circulated at local businesses which keeps our local economy thriving!

The Chamber will receive one of its Christmas presents early this year. According to Lytle Signs, the digital marquee we’ve been hoping for all year will be installed this month. The digital sign would not have happened without the generous support from Bingham Memorial Hospital, the Idaho Transportation Department and the City of Blackfoot. The new digital sign will mean more exposure for Chamber businesses! Have we been good this year or what!

If you are not feeling the “ho, ho, ho!” yet, there are plenty of local events that will put a little jingle in your step. There are community projects to contribute to like the Community Dinner Table and the Children’s Community Christmas Project. If you want to immerse yourself in traditional Christmas activities attend the Bingham County Historical Society’s Christmas Extravaganza that winds up this Saturday. View the Community Christmas tree, eat a cookie, listen to carolers, and take a wagon ride up and down Shilling Street.

Other holiday events include Saturday’s Winter Walk. Check out all the fun Christmas-y merchandise. You’ll find unique gifts for the people on your “nice” list. After the Walk, swing by the Lutheran Church for their annual cookie sale. Nothing says Christmas like a homemade cookie!

As for parties – the Idaho Potato Museum will host their annual After Hours on Dec. 19 from 5-7 p.m. There will be food, music and a visit from someone special. I don’t want to give away the secret but his initials are S. C.!

The holiday season wraps up at the American Legion for the annual New Year’s Eve Dance. Don’t sit home this year watching the countdown on your TV. Come to the dance, wear a funny party hat and welcome 2013 in with style!

I hope to see you all there! Happy Holidays everyone!


All of us here at Tommy Vaughns would like to say thank you to the chamber for allowing us to be the Business Spotlight of December. Tommy Vaughns is asports themed bar and grill restaurant. We serve a variety of food including steaks, seafood, pasta, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and a variety of appetizers. We have a full bar including draft beer and a variety of wines. I think one of our best attributes would be our atmosphere. We have 18 HD televisions throughout the restaurant for all your sporting needs. We run daily drink specials including a 1/2 off drafts happy hour from 2-6 p.m. Monday thru Friday.
We just had our 1 year anniversary at Tommy Vaughns. It was a wonderful birthday. We had a band come in and play music for our customers and we all had a really good time. In the past year we have done a variety of different things to our menu and our establishment. Every month we introduce a few new items to our menu. We want to continue to try new things and bring more to our customers. We added an awning to our patio out back. It overlooks Jensens Grove and is a perfect place for lunch or dinner, when the weather permits of course.
We have a banquet room that is separated from the rest of the restaurant. It is a great place for meetings or dinner parties. The room fits 48 people and has an HD television for any presentation that you may have. We can serve anything on our menu in our banquet room. It is getting close to Christmas so call us today for your holiday needs.
We also have begun offsite catering. We have a variety of menu items that we can serve including Prime Rib, Chicken Cordon Bleu, and Pulled Pork. We can also cater sandwiches, soup, and salads for functions that are more casual. Contact us at 785-6400 to reserve our banquet room or schedule a catering event.
The past year has been a great experience. We all here appreciate the entire community. We also appreciate the chamber and everything they do for the community. Everyone has been nothing but genuine to us and we look forward to continuing serving you.


The 9th Annual Bingham County Career Exploration Fair is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2012 at Snake River High School, 922 W. Hwy 39, Blackfoot, from 9:00AM to 2:00PM in the gymnasium.  The Planning Committee would like to invite businesses to participate in this worthwhile event.  Being part of the career fair, you will be giving students the opportunity to learn about your business and your hiring practices.  Educational institutions will also be in attendance.  Once the students find out about the employment opportunities in our area, they can then approach the colleges/universities that provide the training required, if necessary.  This will also allow the students to explore job availability in our local area and hope they choose to stay here or return once they obtain their education.  A registration form and additional information may be obtained on the website:  http://www.binghamcountycareerfair.com/  or on Facebook

 The Career Fair Committee will award at least 2 scholarships to selected seniors who attend the fair and meet the qualifications by attending the career fair , writing an essay and providing 2 letters of recommendation.. Applications will be available and can be picked up at the career fair or you can print them out online on the career fair’s website.

Besides participating the day of career fair, your donations of prizes for the students, and/or contributing a monetary donation to be applied towards the scholarship fund would be greatly appreciated. For additional information, you can send a message to:  4bcareerexplorationfair@gmail.com or text:  208-243-8045.  You can also follow us on Facebook by pressing “Like” to Bingham County Career Exploration Fair.

We hope your business takes this great opportunity to participate and help guide the workforce of the future in developing and pursuing their career paths.

BPAC Rings in the Holidays

The Blackfoot Performing Arts Center will be alive with the sounds of Christmas throughout the month of December. Many Blackfoot School District programs are scheduled during the month as well as several community events. For more information about the concerts, look online at blackfootpac.com or call the BPAC at 208-317-5508.

  • December 7 – Charity Concert for the Needy – 7:30 pm      ($7.00 each)
  • December 10 – Stalker Elementary Program – 7:00 pm
  • December 14, 15, 17 – “The Nutcracker” by Paunie’s      School of Dance 7:00 pm (free)
  • December 19 – BHS Band & Choir Concert – 7:00 pm      (free)



Community Dinner Table, Inc. (CDT – a non-profit organization) is in its 5th year of operation serving the citizens of Blackfoot and Bingham County.  We strive to reduce hunger in our community, and we take on projects that help us accomplish that mission.  While CDT’s visibility started with our famous (1) Tuesday night dinners at the Methodist church (with more than 26,000 meals provided to date), we have undertaken several other projects which are noteworthy – 2) the Blackfoot Mobile Pantry – where once a month 8K to 10K pounds of food are distributed to 150 to 200 families; 3) the Blackfoot Community Garden – where folks we feed can learn to grow their own food; and, 4) the Christmas Basket Project –where we work in tandem with the Idaho FoodBank and both local private and business donors, distributing more than 350 Christmas boxes with enough food to feed a family of 4 -twice. The baskets include food staples, bakery items, canned food, vegetables and either a turkey or ham.  Financially, we return more than $21,000 into our local business community as a result of just the Christmas Basket project.  This one effort represents 2,800 meals – in round figures.  Valued at $7.50 each, the monies left over in each family allow them to purchase other things within our community.  CDT is a leader in the movement to control our own community services projects.  And, CDT is a great place to direct your holiday donations. They would be gratefully accepted!  Happy Holidays!  For more information or to donate please contact Ronda at 557-8232



There are many gifts you can purchase for the holidays, but the one gift that keeps on giving is your HEALTH. This year at GOLD’S GYM BLACKFOOT we would like to help you give the gift of health to the ENTIRE FAMILY. We have put together special gift baskets to give to that special person on your list. What better way to show you care than to give them a healthier life? We have membership as well as membership and personal training packages avialable.

NEW this year will be a gift basket for youth ages 5-15. This basket includes membership to our “KIDS FIT CLUB” This membership includes special youth fitness classes to be held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Child obesity is on the rise, and physical education is extremely limited in the schools. Children need to learn to love fitness from a young age. We will have a special youth certified instructor who will teach your children that FITNESS IS FUN!

We look forward to seeing you and your family working together for a healthier life here at Gold’s Gym!



Idaho Potato Museum


130 NW Main, PO Box 801


The Idaho Potato Museum would like to individuals, passed on or living, who have made a significant contribution to the successful potato industry.

These nominees may include those individuals involved in planting, harvesting, processing, marketing or enhancing this industry in any way.


Nominations should be submitted in a clear and concise manner and typewritten if possible.  Please include the name and address of the nominee.  Outline in detail why you feel this person should be considered for this award.  Whether the nomination is being submitted by a group or by an individual, please provide a name, address, and telephone number of a person to contact.


It is the museum’s hope to plan this event for February 2013. In order to make that happen, your help is needed. Please nominate your friends, family or co-workers for this fun and prestigious award. Each award winner will be honored with a gift from the Idaho Potato Museum as well as have their name posted inside the museum as an award winner.



Commercial Energy Efficiency Makes Good Business Sense

Would you like to improve your bottom line by investing in energy efficiency? If so, you’re not alone. Eighty-five percent of companies agree that reducing electricity costs is essential to staying competitive (Deloitte resources 2012 Study, Insights into Corporate Energy Management Trends). Idaho Power’s Easy Upgrades program not only provides energy efficiency incentives, but expertise to help businesses determine how to get the most out of their upgrades. Areas where you can reduce your bottom line (or lower your facility operating costs) and earn an incentive in the process vary from replacing outdated T-12 light fixtures with more efficient and better quality T-8 fixtures to installing variable speed drives.. Below is a sample of incentives available for eligible replacement projects:

  • · Energy efficient lighting
  • · Commercial kitchen equipment
  • · Efficient air conditioning units
  • · Energy efficient HVAC controls

Stay Warm This Winter And Save Energy!

As winter approaches and we start preparing by chopping wood and canning the last tomatoes from the garden, we shouldn’t forget to prepare our home for the cold months ahead too.

Idaho Power has great energy efficiency programs to keep you comfortable this winter while saving energy!

  • · Electrically heated homes can benefit from our Home Improvement Program with incentives for adding insulation.
  • · With See ya later, refrigerator® we can remove your secondary refrigerator or freezer, pay you $30 and help you lower your energy use! Is there a better deal out there?
  • · Switch to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and save money, energy and time! CFLs come in a variety of wattages, colors and applications including bulbs for three-way and dimmable. Try placing them in your outdoor lighting fixtures this fall so you won’t have to change any outdoor bulbs in winter conditions.

For more information and specific requirements on these programs, and others, please go to: www.idahopower.com/EnergyEfficiency Or contact any one of our customer service representatives at Idaho Power’s Pocatello Office, 208-236-7719.



Perfect Day Wedding & Prom


How much do you need to spend when renting a tuxedo, whether for the prom or for a wedding?

Have you ever seen a guy in a tuxedo look bad, whether it cost $50 or $100? Not likely, most guys clean up pretty good. Usually the biggest challenge is getting them to wear one.

There are very few manufactures of tuxedos, and most of the material is the same. Sometimes the collars are a little different but most have satin lapels, buttons and the stripe on the pant. Raffinati, After Six, Ralph Lauren and Jean Yves are some of the most popular manufactures.

What can change the appearance and keep the price more reasonable is the colored vest or cummerbund and a tie to match. There are many colors to pick from so go with a reasonably priced tuxedo and dress it up with the color in the vest and tie. Also prom is where it is popular to match the color of the girls dress.
You can still have fun and not break the bank doing it!


You Are What You Eat: Nutritional Epigenetics

Remember high school anatomy class, where you learned that DNA and cells make up our bodies? You may not have learned about the epigenome back then, but scientists have been studying it for decades.

The genome is your body’s complete set of DNA and genes. The epigenome is made up of the DNA packaging material called histones and chemicals that tell the genome what to do. These chemicals can turn different genes on or off to create different types of cells. For example, the epigenome tells your skin cells to behave like skin cells, liver cells like liver cells, and so on.

Epigenome and Disease

The chemical compounds that comprise and affect the epigenome come from natural sources such as food, or man-made sources such as medicines.

Research shows that changes in the epigenome can trigger diseases such as heart disease, autoimmune diseases and diabetes.

Nutrition’s Effect on DNA

The effect of nutrition on cellular health is nothing new. For years, scientists have studied the way certain nutrients can affect DNA.

Our food provides nutrients necessary for methylation of DNA, an essential biochemical process that affects the expression of genes. DNA methylation can be improved or inhibited by our nutritional intake. For example, choline — a micronutrient found in cauliflower — can improve fetal brain development by improving DNA methylation.

The release of genes that cause inflammation can also be affected by nutrition. For example, resveratrol — a micronutrient found in grapes — can reduce symptoms of colitis by reducing the effect of inflammatory genes.

Lunasin: The Future of Nutritional Genomics

One of the most exciting discoveries in nutritional genomics is a soy peptide called lunasin. Changes in the epigenome can cause serious diseases. Lunasin attaches to the histones and helps the epigenome function properly, so that these changes do not occur in the cells.

Lunasin nourishes – provides the nutritional fuel to promote optimal expression of genes required for normal cell function.

Lunasin protects – reduces inflammation and cell damage caused by free radicals and other environmental hazards. Provides protection in two ways:

1. Prevention. Activates the expression of genes that help reduce cell damage and prevents the expression of genes that can cause cell damage.

2. Maintenance. Helps remove damaged cells from the body that may cause chronic health problems.

A Note From Dr. Carl Hastings

Are you ready to take advantage of the next big nutrition innovation?

In more than 40 years as a nutrition scientist, I’ve studied hundreds of micronutrients with incredible effects on human health. But lunasin is the most exciting nutritional discovery of them all.

Dozens of clinical studies have already documented lunasin’s positive effects on the epigenome. And many more clinical studies are in the works.

Lunasin is truly on the cutting edge of nutritional science — and Reliv is leading the way.

Reliv has harnessed the power of lunasin in LunaRich™ soy powder. LunaRich contains five to ten times more lunasin than ordinary soy powder, and it’s available only from Reliv.

To your health,

Dee Ann Lucks, Until The Whole World Hears LLC




The Senior Center located at 20 East Pacific Street in Blackfoot is now offering Delivery of lunch right to your office.  You can stop by the center and pick up a menu for the month or call us and we can fax it to you.  To place your order, please call 785-4714 by 10:00 am.  Delivery is between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm.  All meals are prepared fresh daily.

The center also offers a complete line of homemade goodies and breads.

We are open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.  In addition to serving a hot lunch each day at noon, there is a wide range of fun activities throughout the day.  All members of the community are invited to come in for lunch but for those of you who can’t make it in to see us, remember to call and we will bring your lunch to you.


Pamela Beus, Executive Director



Transform Yourself in 2013

More than half Americans say they are trying to drop some weight. If you go with the flow in America today you will end up overweight or obese.  Obesity takes a huge toll on people’s health, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, liver problems, degerative joint disease, and even cancer.

Your weight is a matter of life or death.  1 out of 2 obese people will die prematurely due to complications associated with their weight. The culprit behind the epidemic is that “we are eating significantly more calories now” than 30 years ago. Many Americans are eating high-fat, high calorie diets, and they are not moving nearly as much as they should.

Why diets set you up to fail: on most diets you lose fat and muscle. When you lose muscle, your metabolism drops, and you lose your ability to burn fat. When you go off your diet you gain weight back faster.

Shaklee’s science behind Cinch Inch Loss plan is formulated to help you break the vicious diet cycle.  Cinch contains clinically tested Leucine formula which helps you burn the fat you don’t need and lose the inches you don’t want. Leucine helps the body retain and build lean muscles.  Cinch comes with a 100% guarantee!

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Tip O’ the Hat

By: Jesica Smith, Executive Assistant

Our hats go off to all of the non-profit organizations who are working hard to make this holiday season bright for our community.  We appreciate all that they do for our community. Please join us in thanking the following organizations:

Community Dinner Table, SEICAA, Christmas Tree Fantasy, Bingham County Historical Society, American Legion, Children’s Community Christmas Projects, Modern Woodmen Service Project, Toys for Tots. We know that there are other organizations out there that contribute to the holiday season but the ones we have mentioned are the ones that have been brought to our attention.

Tip of the hat to our local firefighters who bravely escort Santa Claus around our community for his annual visit.

We would also like to thank Santa Claus for his planned visit to the Idaho Potato Museum, during their After Hours on the December 19th.

If you know of a business or individual who have gone above and beyond to help out in any way shape or form please let us know by emailing the Chamber office at chamber@blackfootchamber.org or call 785-0510.



Making the Chamber Work for You

There are several reasons why business owners and managers join Chambers of Commerce. Topping the list are “giving back to the community” and “business to business networking.” The Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce not only fulfills these expectations with its annual events and monthly lunches but exceeds these mandates by providing low cost and no cost marketing options to its members.

Marketing is essential to the survival of every business. It’s simple, if you aren’t letting your customer know you’re out there, how are they going to find you? Or if you aren’t the only business doing “that thing you do,” how does your visibility compare with your competitor?

So how can the Chamber help you? The Chamber offers 11 effective promotion tools to market your business to other Chamber members and three very visible tools to market your business message to the greater Blackfoot community. Here they are:

Monthly Newsletter: Members can put an article in the monthly newsletter AT NO COST – the only requirement is that the article must be 250 words or less. The newsletter is inserted into the Morning News and distributed to their subscription list (approximately 8,000 households and mailed directly to Chamber businesses (approximately 250 members).

Newsletter Inserts: Here is a real bonus – you can insert a letter -sized flyer into the monthly newsletter that is mailed out to 250 Chamber members (see above). You can use the front and back of the flyer so you have loads of space to relay your message. Use color paper or bright colors in your graphics to make your ad eye catching! Get this – the cost is only $25!

Monday E-Newsletter: Members can put a short paragraph in the weekly email newsletter AT NO COST that goes out on Mondays. This newsletter is designed to be a quick read for members so they as they plan their week out they have up-to-date information on upcoming events.

Marquees: The Chamber has two marquees, one located on Highway 91 just outside the Idaho Potato Museum and the other one located at the corner of Parkway Dr. and Bergener Blvd. by Zions Bank. Both of these locations are in high traffic areas. For $40 per side, your message will stay up in front of the Blackfoot driving community for seven days. Marquee messages are great as branding and name recognition tools.

Trade Tables: For $25 you can showcase your business with a trade table at our monthly general membership meetings. Here you can speak one-on-one with other Chamber members and back up that conversation with tactical information about your business.

After Hours: Put your business on display by inviting fellow Chamber members to an After Hours. Take advantage of these open houses by making a presentation about your business and giving tours of your business or facility. Serve food and give away door prizes to increase the number of attendees. The Chamber sends out postcard invitations and advertises it in the Morning News. Cost of an After Hours is $250.

Ribbon Cuttings: Designed to welcome new businesses into the community and to bring attention to new upgrades and changes in an existing business. Ribbon cuttings are covered by the Morning News and are FREE to Chamber members.

Luncheon Sponsor: Businesses can host a Chamber luncheon for $75. As the luncheon host, you are given 15 minutes to make a presentation about your business or event. Chamber lunches are held the second Wednesday of every month with 40 to 60 Chamber members attending.

Door Prizes: Boost your business’ visibility at the monthly luncheons by submitting a product or logoed items from your business as a door prize to be given away at the monthly Chamber lunches. Your donation not only builds name recognition among your peers but it brings great entertainment value to the luncheons.

Gift Certificate Program: Support local merchants by joining the Chamber’s Gift Certificate program for $30. Chamber Gift Certificates helps the Bingham County economy by keeping money circulating locally. These make the best gifts as the recipients can choose where they want to spend it!

Event Sponsorships: Brand your business at one of the many Chamber events. You and your company will receive VIP treatment at the event and will be part of all event advertising. Cost varies depending upon the event.

To take advantage of any of these low cost marketing programs, contact Tish Dahmen or Jesica Smith at the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce at 785-0510 or email them at chamber@blackfootchamber.org. To learn more about the Chamber go to www.blackfootchamber.org .


Renewing Members


Fairchild Construction

T-Shirt Shoppe

American Legion Stewart Hoover Post 23

Bingham County Commissioners

Pendleton Flour Mills, LLC



Did you know that over $10,000 in Blackfoot Chamber gift certificates have been sold since the program started? That means over $10,000 has stayed in the community and helped local businesses.

Chamber Gift Certificates are a great way to support your community while giving the gift everyone loves to receive! This program helps customers shop local and keeps dollars in our community. Chamber Gift Certificates are great for holiday, graduation and anniversary gifts and are ideal for employee bonuses.

Whether they are spent on gas and groceries or restaurants and jewelry, Chamber Gift Certificates are an easy way to support Bingham County and our local businesses. They can be purchased in any denomination and are the perfect fit for that hard to shop for friend or an extra special employee bonus.





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November Chamber Update

Shirley Brumfield

President’s Message

First, I would like to take a moment to talk about how much all of us are going to miss Butch Hulse.  Butch was a good friend to the Chamber and the City ofBlackfoot.  He was always available to answer questions or help out with any project we had going on.  I certainly did not talk to Butch everyday, but I knew I could if I needed to.  Butch is one of the reasons that I am involved with the Chamber now.  I joined the Chamber when I bought my business several years ago thinking that would give me the exposure I needed.  After several months I wasn’t seeing growth in my business that I could attribute to the Chamber.  I told the Chamber office I wanted to drop my membership.  Butch was on my doorstep the next day reminding me of all the ways I could use the Chamber to my advantage.  I started putting articles in the monthly newsletter, attended the luncheons where I could make announcements about my business, and I used the Chamber to be visible.  I will always be grateful to Butch for reaching out to me and helping me with my  business.  We will all miss you very much, Butch.

Every year the Idaho State Journal,  Farm Bureau, and bothPocatelloand Blackfoot Chambers of Commerce sponsor the Business & Achievement Awards inPocatello.  The 5 people we had from out area were Susan Mann, Leonard Martin, Kathy Tauscher, Alonzo Cody, and Tamara  Dance.  Congratulations to all of you for being nominated.  That is an honor in itself.   Susan Mann won the “Hall of Fame” award for all of her accomplishments towards the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.  In fact after retiring fromBlackfootHigh Schoolas the Choral Director she went full time as the Programming Director of  BPAC.  Thanks to Susan’s hard work we have a wonderful facility to hold concerts, school plays and even political forums.  Congratulations Susan.

Well, the Holiday Season is almost here.  It is the time of year where people in Blackfoot have a joyful heart.  We are lucky to live in a community such as this.    Friends and family are very important.   Happy Thanksgiving!!




Tish Dahmen

Director’s Message

Whoosh!  October flew by just like a Halloween witch on her broomstick. I swear my head is whirling (think Linda Blair but not as gruesome). Okay, enough of the Halloween references, on to business.

Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce members had to hustle to keep up the pace this month because “this joint is jumping.” We started the month with our Officer Appreciation Luncheon. Our business community came out to support our peace officers in big numbers. We had three ribbon cuttings, an After Hours, four new businesses joined up, we co-sponsored the Business & Achievement Awards with the Idaho State Journal, Farm Bureau and the Pocatello Chamber of Commerce, and we launched a new event. Not to mention all the other activities we attended but didn’t initiate such as BEDC’s Symposium and BPAC’s Cherish the Ladies. Lastly but most immediately, we are in the middle of the Chamber’s 2013 election process.

Here’s a quick overview for those of you who weren’t able to make it to all or some of these events:

We were very pleased to be able to assist in the ribbon cuttings for Wingers, Barnes Physical Therapy and Stinkin’ Cute Scrapbook Shop. The ribbon cuttings were covered by the Morning News. Wingers has expanded their menu; Trevor Barnes opened his physical therapy office inside Gold’s Gym; Stinkin’ Cute Scrapbook Shop used to have a small presence in the M&H Office Supply store – now Dawn Moldenhauer’s vision for her scrapbook store is wall-to-wall.

New to the Chamber this month is Anne C. Taylor, who opened her law office on North Meridian; Doug Stoddard and his wife Susan, who provide services to businesses through their company, D&S Services; Idaho Falls Magazine whose representative will be Chris Sheetz of Shelley; and Stinkin’ Cute Scrapbook Shop, owner Dawn Moldenhauer. We are excited to welcome these businesses into the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce.

The Bingham County Senior Citizen held an After Hours on Oct. 24. Director Pam Beus gave an illuminating tour and offered comforting chicken noodle soup. The cinnamon stacks were delicious. At the After Hours we learned that the center delivers hot lunches to business that order before 10 a.m., they cater and anyone is welcome to join the seniors for lunch at the center Monday through Friday. The center also sells bakery products like breads, cakes and cookies.

The Chamber is now in the middle of its election process for three open seats on its board of directors. Stepping down are Derek Preece of On the Spot Cleaning & Restoration, Laura Gramirez of the Community Council of Idaho; and Davin Garlick of Van Orden, Lund & Cannon.  Ballots were mailed out Oct. 25. Members can fax, email, phone or write in their votes to the Chamber. We will announce the three new directors at the general membership luncheon on Nov. 14. The luncheon will be held at Krehbiel’s Barn.

The Chamber launched a new event this month. It was called Spooks & Stories – a free evening of ghost storytelling. Our partners were outstanding. The event was easy to execute and a lot of fun to attend. Sadly, the weather didn’t cooperate and we were snowed out. But next year, if we do it again, we’ll hold it earlier in the month. Thanks to Hawker Funeral Home, the Blackfoot Public Library and Vickie Mendenhall, Kesler’s Market, Blackfoot Chevron and Ginette Manwaring for all their help.

So October is over but now the big holiday season is upon us. I don’t anticipate the pace will slow – more likely it will just speed up with all of the end-of-year work to tidy up, the Best Foot Forward Award and the lineup of holiday festivities. So hang on to your hats, this is going to be another busy season!




Trent Cichos, owner of the Blackfoot McDonalds, began his career as part owner with his father, Donald Cichos of  Rexburg.  Together, they purchased the Ammon McDonalds, and remained partners until his father’s passing. At that time, he became full owner of both stores. Trent has since purchased the Blackfoot, Broadway, and Ammon WalMart McDonalds. Most recently, he purchased the 17th Street and Northgate locations in Idaho Falls. Also in December of 2012, he will be opening a new location inside the new Love’s Truck Stop at Exit 113 near Idaho Falls.

The Blackfoot McDonalds employs approximately 65 full-time and part-time employees, some of which have been in this restaurant for over 15 years. This is a 24-hour location offering breakfast daily at 4am. We continue to offer the classic McDonald’s menu with new products introduced on a regular basis. McDonalds is currently emphasizing healthy choices with menu options under 400 calories. We also feature a full line of McCafe hot and cold beverages (real fruit smoothies and/or a hot mocha) to warm you during winter or cool you off during our hot summer days.

Dilcia Avila (General Manager), along with the rest of the management team believes in building a strong community. They continue to show support with incentives to elementary schools, like our McTeacher Nights, which allows schools to receive a cash donation by McDonalds based on total sales of their event. They also show support by donating to local athletic teams, PTO’s, reading programs, the Blackfoot Fair, Shop with a Cop, and other community events or activities.

We appreciate the opportunity to serve those in our community. We look forward to many more years of success, thanks to the wonderful people of our area.



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By: Jesica Smith, Executive Assistant


Once a month, the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce is going to start recognizing Business Owners and individuals who have gone above and beyond to help out our local community in any way shape or form.

This month, our hats are off to the following businesses for all of their in kind donations of services. Thank you for going above and beyond!

On the Spot Cleaning & Restoration, for their volunteer service to the Chamber and the Idaho Potato Museum. On the Spot cleaned and restored carpets in the Idaho Potato Museum, including the Chamber offices.

Mr. Mower for taking time out to sharpen the chamber’s Ribbon Cutting scissors.

Gisin Landscaping for being the groundskeepers for the Idaho Potato Museum and Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce.

David Tanner from E.M. Tanner and Sons for cleaning up at the Idaho Potato Museum and fixing some equipment.

If you know of a business or individual who have gone above and beyond to help out  in any way shape or form please let us know by emailing the Chamber office at chamber@blackfootchamber.org or call 785-0510.



Closing the Hunger Gap

Did you know that one in six Americans does not have access to enough food??

Alliance Title Blackfoot Associates are teaming up with Southeast Idaho Community Action Agency (SEICAA) to close the hunger gap.  Alliance Title will be taking donations for non-perishable items and or cash at their office located at 246 W. Pacific, Blackfoot, Monday through Friday, 8:00-5:00,  from now until November 30th.

 Also, for  every completed residential or commercial real estate transaction closed by Alliance Title’s Blackfoot branch during the month of November, Alliance Title will make a $25 donation to SEICAA. 


Bingham County Historical Society News


I am very pleased to announce that The Bingham County Historical Society (BCHS) received a $2050 grant from the Idaho State Historical Society for a Pictures Preservation Project.  The BCHS Gallery, at 3 NW Main, has a large collection of photographs, some of which are over 100 years old.  These old and rare photos are in need of protection and preservation in order to make them available for generations to come.  The mission of BCHS is to preserve historical objects, documents, photographs and other items of Bingham County and Eastern Idaho, and to disseminate historical information and facts to the community.  The grant will be used to purchase acid free envelopes and other materials for the safekeeping of the historic pictures and negatives.


This is the second grant BCHS has received this year.  In March, the Idaho Humanities Council bestowed a grant for $2000 to preserve photos for display.  In the near future, the Society will also implement preservation processes at the Bingham County Historical Museum, which in now under the auspices of BCHS.  As a non-profit organization run solely by volunteers, BCHS needs more help with the preservation projects.   If anyone is interested in assisting, please contact me at 785-1402.  You may also call the Gallery at 785-9906.


The Gallery is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12 noon to 5 p.m.  The public is invited to stop by to browse through the photographic collection and other Bingham County historical information housed inside.


The community is also invited our annual dinner to enjoy an evening of food, entertainment, and historical conversation!  The get-together will take place on Wednesday, November 7 at 6:30 pm at the Senior Citizen Center, 20 E Pacific.  Please bring your appetite and a salad or dessert to share.  Memberships for 2013 will be available for purchase at the dinner that night.  Entertainment will be provided by the Snake River High School Chamber Singers.

This is an exciting time to be a part of the Historical Society!


Janet Alvarez, President

Bingham County Historical Society



Bingham Family Vision is happy to be a part of the Blackfoot Community. We purchased the practice from Dr. Leon Peterson one year ago. Dr. Peterson sees patients on three Thursdays a month. Dr. Brock Wren sees patients to the remaining days of the week. Dr. Wren is a Blackfoot native. He is the son of Lee Wren and Mitch and Kelly Mansanarez. He graduated from Blackfoot High School as well as Idaho State University before continuing his education at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. He completed his Doctorate of Optometry in 2007.

At Bingham Family Vision, we perform routine vision examinations, along with medical services for dry eye, red eyes, glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and work related injuries. We also service contact lenses and glasses. We offer high definition progressive lenses as well as high quality lenses for every vision need you may have. We carry a wide selection of frames to meet everyone’s fashion needs and provide outstanding service.

We are open Monday thru Wednesday from 8:30am to 5:00 pm. We are open late on Thursdays until 7:00 pm, Fridays from 8:30 am to 4:00pm and on the first Saturday of each month from 8:30am to 12:00pm. We are locally owned and operated and not affiliated with Bingham Memorial Hospital.




Bingham Memorial Hospital Presents $356,628.33 Check to

Bingham County Commissioners

 Bingham Memorial Hospital last month presented Bingham County Commissioners with a check in the amount of $356,628.33, the latest payment made as a result of an agreement signed in 2007 when the hospital converted from a county owned and operated facility to a non-profit, 501(c)3 private entity. The payment amount includes the annual lease payment for the liquid asset transfer, reimbursement for indigent care provided by the county to area residents and a percentage of excess revenues over expenses as dictated by the agreement.

The Bingham Memorial board of directors chairman, Lee Kniffin, said, “We’re pleased to provide this payment to the County Commissioners to further benefit residents of Bingham County. We are proud of the work that we do at Bingham Memorial, our commitment to provide world-class patient care, and of the positive impact the hospital has on the local community, including the employment of more than 650 area residents. We look forward to the coming years as Bingham Memorial continues to bring state-of-the-art care to the residents of Southeast Idaho.”

In aggregate, Bingham Memorial Hospital has paid out more than $1.5 million over the course of five years to the benefit of Bingham County residents.

“This is the latest example of how Bingham Memorial is positively impacting the community we serve,” said Louis Kraml, Administrator of Bingham Memorial Hospital. “We work hard to provide an environment where our patients can be assured they are receiving the best care available. We do this by recruiting the finest, most talented doctors in their fields, creating a hospital atmosphere that is nurturing for our guests, and putting together community outreach programs that benefit our residents. We’re pleased to present this check to Bingham County.”


Don’t Be Spooked by Halloween Sweet

It’s that time of the year again! Salty treats, sugary sweets and fattening eats are the main course for Halloween. But these foods can be terrifying to your healthy diet. Doesn’t that give you the spooks?

Even scarier is that childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years, increasing by 20% in children aged 6-11. Type II Diabetes has been on the rise since the early 2000s and shows no signs of slowing. So take control of your kids’ diet and ensure they’re making healthy decisions this Halloween.

To get you started on the right foot, we’ve got a few healthy snack ideas that will keep the sugar goblins at bay.

For a healthier snack, try these yummy apple bites:

Apple Bites (adapted from Spoonful)


  • Apples
  • Almonds

Instructions: Just quarter and core an apple, cut a wedge from the skin side of each quarter, then press slivered almonds in place for teeth. Try sprinkling a bit of GlucAffect® on the apples for a sweet cinnamon taste!

Kick It Up This Fall

For an extra healthy kick to your fall recipes, try replacing cinnamon with GlucAffect and sugar with Relivables® All-Natural Sweetener! GlucAffect has been clinically shown to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels and promote weight loss. Relivables All-Natural Sweetener contains zero calories and a full gram of fiber in every serving — and it’s every bit as sweet as sugar. So scare off those fattening ingredients and treat yourself to some healthy Halloween alternatives!

To your health, Until The Whole World Hears LLC

Dee Ann Lucks, 208-521-1981

URL: https://untilthewholeworldhears.reliv.com/



Gearing Up for the Sneezy Season

Everything about autumn is so beautiful… until the sniffles set in. As soon as temperatures being to drop around the country, families are forced to kick their illness prevention measures into high gear as cold season quickly creeps over the horizon. Schools, shopping centers, and even home surfaces become breeding grounds for disease causing germs, making proper preparation an absolute must when it comes to keeping your family healthy.

Before the chilly blanket of fall completely descends on your area, take the following measures to make sure your family stays healthy through the season.

Clean “touch” surfaces. This one goes without saying, but many families still ignore the chore. Use Shaklee Basic H, a naturally-derived cleanser to sanitize all of the surfaces in your home that are often touched. In addition to counter tops and bathroom surfaces, make sure you hit doorknobs, cabinet and refrigerator handles, computer keyboards, phones, TV remotes and any other item that sees a lot of hands.

Teach the whole family how to properly wash hands. Excessive hand sanitizing can actually impact your body’s ability to combat harmful pathogens, so proper hand washing techniques are necessary for continued health. Equip your home with a safe hand washing solution use Shaklee’s hand wash concentrate and teach your family to keep their hands under warm water for at least thirty seconds after lathering. Healthy, effective hand washing will have a tremendously positive affect on you and your family’s ability to avoid illness.

Supplement your system. You can do everything in your power to keep the home front safe, but you can’t always control the circumstances in outside the house. That’s why arming your family with a healthy,
immune boosting supplement : order Shaklee’s Defend & Resist
Complex is so important through the cold season. By giving your body an extra boost, you’ll be much more capable of skipping the sickness and enjoying autumn.
For more information: Diane Smith….208.317.3371/ or http ://dianesmith.myshaklee.com



Toys for Tots Fundraiser!  For every 5 Shape- O Toys donated to Toys for Tots, your consultant will donate one more!  $22 includes tax and shipping.  These will be donated to your local Toys For Tots drive! Checks, cash, Visa, Master Card or Discover!

Make you check out to:

Katie or Brandi Hoffman

Tupperware Consultant/Manager


call us today to order

785-2775 or 406-1143




New Members

Stinkin’ Cute Scrapbook Shop

Idaho Falls Magazine

Anne Taylor Law PLLC


Officer Appreciation Luncheon

Report on October 10 General Membership Luncheon

Of the many annual events held by the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce, the Officer Appreciation Luncheon is one of the most gratifying. Held in October, the luncheon honors officers from local law enforcement and fire protection. This year, we added the Idaho Army National Guard to our list of honorees.

Three officers each from the Blackfoot Fire Department, Blackfoot Police Department and the Bingham County Sheriff’s Office are chosen by their superiors to receive the appreciation award from the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce. The Idaho Army National Guard submitted one person to receive the award.

Chamber members, relatives of the honorees, co-workers and well-wishers filled Krehbiel’s Barn where the event was held to nearly overflowing – until the fire department responded to a call which slightly depleted our numbers.

Receiving Officer Appreciation Awards were: Cpl. Wes Wheatly, Det. Paul Hardwick and Sgt. Shawn Hunter from the Blackfoot Police Department; Tony Catt, Justin Dial and Doug Anthony from the Blackfoot Fire Department; Deputy Mandy Hardin, Cpt. Mark Crowley and Cpt. Robert Sobieski from the Bingham County Sheriff’s Office; and 1Lt. Annie Gardner of the Idaho Army National Guard.

This year, the Chamber collaborated with Bob Hudson of the Morning News to publicize the event. Bob took the information and photos that were given to the Chamber by the participating departments and turned created an excellent tribute to the honorees. Jesica Smith, Chamber executive assistant, created an attractive program for the event that included photos of each honoree.

The Chamber of Commerce would not have been able to put on such a great event without the contributions of its members. Sponsoring the luncheon was the Morning News. Sponsoring the honorees were: Alliance Title, Perfect Day Alterations, ISU Federal Credit Union, First American Title, KARRS, Zions Bank, Carrie Hasselbring, Teton Stage Lines, Pocatello Regional Airport, Bingham Memorial Hospital, Idaho Power, Blackfoot City Corporation and Sam’s Club. Contributing to the gift baskets for the honorees were the Idaho Potato Museum, Sam’s Club, Jesica Smith, Altius, the Morning News, Rupes Restaurant, Snake River A&W Restaurant, Tupperware, Shaklee, and Gold’s Gym.

The Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce was privileged to acknowledge the accomplishments of the fine men and women of our police, sheriff and fire departments and the Guard. The award ceremony is a small gesture compared to the work these men and women do on our behalf. They will tell you that what they do is “just part of the job” but after listening to their superiors’ recommendations, we know these are no ordinary men and women. We are lucky to have them in our community.

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October Chamber Update

Shirley Brumfield

President’s Message

As I look at the calendar, and how fast we are advancing the pages, it makes me think about all of the activities and events the Chamber has been involved in. We have had the same events for several years now. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but maybe we need to expand our horizons as an organization. You might say that is a vision, but making it happen is another thing.

We have a great organization with over 275 members. All members are not actively involved physically with different events, but they are gracious enough to donate monetarily, and it definitely makes a difference.

There are many way to get involved with Chamber, and the monthly luncheons are one. Depending on the month and the sponsors for the lunch we consistently have 50-80 attendees, which is great. We are at a disadvantage not to be able to have a meeting and a meal at the same facility, but the Sho-Ban Casino has been very good to accommodate the food part, and Krehbiel’s Barn Event Center has been a good facility to meet in

If you think you might be interested in joining the Chamber, we can let you know everything the Chamber can do for you and your business. There are several ways to benefit from your membership. Unfortunately some of the services the Chamber offers to its members are not used to its fullest extent. Even if you are an existing member, let us give you a refresher on how we can help your business.

I want to remind everyone about the October Luncheon. It is our Officer Appreciations & Awareness Program. We acknowledge our Police Officers, Firefighters & Sheriff’s Department people. This is a special lunch and everyone really enjoys it. If you would like to sponsor one of these department people let the Chamber office know.

In closing, a reminder  of the Community Dinner Table starting up again for the winter on Oct. 30th. This is great service to our community to get involved in.


Tish Dahmen

Director’s Message

Cornucopia. That’s a word I haven’t thought of in a long time. I remember learning to spell it in the fourth grade. Images of brown turkeys with green, red and yellow tail feathers created from 10-year-olds’ handprints are indelibly connected with the word – even though my mind ought to bring forth some type of horn-shaped basket filled with fruit and grain.

Though the word is associated with Thanksgiving — thus the hand turkeys – it is also associated with a goodly harvest. Its definition is “abundance, an inexhaustible supply,” as per Merriam-Webster Online.

On Saturday, I stood in a farmer’s field, impressed at the rows of beets, squash, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, onions, corn, and so much more that grew there.

As I viewed this field of plenty, I was lucky enough to be brought to a sense of how immense is the “cornucopia” calledBinghamCounty.

I believe everyBinghamCountyresident, from age 6 to 96, knows that this county produces more potatoes than any other county in theUnited States. Yet this is only a portion of the county’s harvest. There are other commercial crops such as sugar beets, grain and hay. Then there are the small farms, the backyard gardens and the community garden. And although we know this, I think it is easy to forget the significance of it.

There are millions and millions of people who will never, ever pick an apple from a tree or pull a carrot from the ground or be gifted with a zillion zucchinis from a neighbor’s garden. The closest they will ever get to this “cornucopia” is to shop at a farmers’ market.

Think on this – cities likeNew York City,Paris,LondonandTokyohave populations that exceed 8 million people each.Parishas more than 12 million. Wonderfully, potatoes grown inBinghamCountywill be served to them in one form or another – whether fresh, frozen or dehydrated.

Because theChamber’s office is located in theIdahoPotatoMuseum, we have the good fortune to meet people from all over the world. And many of the visitors who pass through here are fascinated with our agricultural community. They want to see the potatoes being harvested. They desire to experience or simply get a glimpse of the kind of life we take for granted.

Working a farm, on whatever scale, is not a picnic. The work is hard. The risks are high. That is just all the more reason to recognize the people who put food on our table. Who keep land in production so we, who don’t farm, benefit from the open space. These are the people who fill our cornucopias with plenty. God bless our farmers and those who work in our local agriculture industry.



Millcreek Metals

Millcreek MetalsWhen Steve and Kittie Peterson and their son Lex decided to go in to the scrap business they had no idea what it would look like in 8 years.  They started with one semi and a few pieces of equipment, working long hours and doing most everything themselves.  Eight years later they still work long hours but they can’t do everything themselves. Today they have 3 locations, 10 semis, numerous pieces of equipment and over 60 employees.  It is still a family operation. All four sons work for Mill Creek.  Trevor manages the Osgood yard and Hans and Cooper work with him there.  Mill Creek has taught the whole family a lot of valuable lessons. Working in a family business has its challenges but they are far outweighed by the blessings that come from working together.

The main office is in Moreland but they opened up a location on Bassett Road in Osgood, Idaho in 2010 and an office in Riverton, Wyoming in 2011.  All three locations have certified scales that are big enough to handle semis.  Customers can haul their metal in to the yards or they can come pick it up for you.  They also have a bin service and currently have bins placed around Southeast Idaho in 300 locations.

Mill Creek buys and recycles all types of metal including farm machinery, junk cars, appliances, copper, brass and aluminum. They also recycle cardboard and some plastic. So far this year they have shipped 20,000 ton of metal, 520 ton of cardboard, 40 ton of plastic, and 44 ton of newspaper. This is all material that could have ended up in our landfills.

Salvage and scrap yards have traditionally not had the best reputation for honest, professional service.  Mill Creek is trying hard to change that perception. They are a member of the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce and are registered with the Better Business Bureau. They work closely with law enforcement and keep good records that can be of help to the police to try to keep the criminal element out of the business.

Mill Creek has the contract for the running of the Bingham County Transfer Station.  Through that contract they have been able to recycle tons of material from the waste stream.  The county is able to save the money that would have been spent to haul and dispose of those recycled materials.

Mill Creek also has a used car part business located in their Moreland yard.  They have 6 employees dedicated to servicing that part of the business.  There are over 500 cars located in the yard and they have a computer system that can find parts from other locations if needed.

The Peterson’s are proud to be a part of the Chamber of Commerce.  They have been able to hire new employees at a time when the economy was struggling and are grateful to have been able to do that. They feel very blessed to live and work in such a great community and are thankful for all their good neighbors, employees and customers.


Scott Axline, Attorney


Scott Axline

Attorney at Law

491 N Oak




Scott was born inAlbuquerque,New Mexicoand raised inIdaho Falls,Idaho. He received his B.A. Degree in English Literature fromIdahoStateUniversityin 1981 and his Juris Doctorate Degree from theUniversityofIdahoin 1984. He is licensed to practice in the State and Federal Courts of Idaho and is Licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of theUnited States.

He was the Law Clerk for the Honorable Arnold T. Beebe from June 1984 until November 1986. In November of 1986 he started his own solo law practice, which he continues to this day. He has been the Public Defender of Bingham,Butte, andCasterCounties, serving the last two approximately 10 years, and has represented the members of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe in State Court criminal matters. His primary areas of practice are Criminal Law, Domestic Law, Personal Injury Law, Business Law, and Probate Law. He acted as a Civil Mediator during Settlement Week inBinghamCountyfor many years at the request of the Honorable James C. Herndon. He is a member of the Eagle Rock Chapter of the American Inns of Court inIdaho Falls,Idaho.

He served for many years on the Idaho Supreme Court’s Criminal Rules Committee. He is the past President of the Seventh Judicial District Bar of Association, is a member of the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association and the Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is certified as a Civil Mediator and a Child Custody Mediator by the Idaho Supreme Court. In September of 2010 he became a Certified Instructor in D.U.I Detection and Standardize Field Sobriety Testing.

He is a member of the Blackfoot Elks Lodge and was Chairman of the Demolition Derby for the Elks for 18 years. He is a judge for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Oratorical contest each year. He volunteers as the Co-Chair of theCitizensLawAcademyfor the Seventh Judicial Bar Association every year and also volunteers to represent CASA in Court proceedings throughout the Seventh District. He is a member of the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce. He is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Blackfoot Community Player and has appeared in numerous productions at the Historic Nuart Theater in Blackfoot. He is married to his lovely wife, Jackie, and has four wonderful children and six fantastic grandchildren.



Southeastern Idaho Public Health Offers Flu Vaccinations

Southeastern IdahoPublic Health is offering flu vaccinations at their facility, in Blackfoot, on326 Poplar Street.  Medicare, Medicaid, and some insurance can be billed as long as participants bring their insurance card. To schedule an appointment and pricing, please call 785-2160.

Influenza, a contagious disease that is caused by the influenza virus, attacks the respiratory tract in humans.  The flu is different from a cold in that it comes on suddenly and may include these symptoms: fever, headache, extreme tiredness, and dry cough, sore throat, and body aches.  Flu symptoms typically start 1-4 days after the virus enters the body and last anywhere between one to two weeks.  Adults can pass the flu virus to others for 3-7 days after symptoms start, and children can pass the virus for longer than 7 days. While most people who get the flu will recover in 1 to 2 weeks, some will suffer from complications.  Each year thousands of people die, and many more are hospitalized in theU.S.from influenza.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) now recommends vaccination for all persons 6 months of age and older.   Certain groups are at a higher risk for influenza complications, including children 6 months through 4 years, those over 50 years of age, pregnant women, healthcare personnel, and people with certain health conditions, such as heart, lung or kidney disease, or weakened immune systems.  It is also important for household contacts and child care providers of children under 5 years of age, especially young infants, to be vaccinated.  These groups should make influenza vaccination a priority.

For more information, contact the Bingham County Office at 785-2160 or visit us at www.siphidaho.org.



Closing the Hunger Gap

Did you know that one in six Americans does not have access to enough food??

Alliance Title Blackfoot Associates are teaming up with Southeast Idaho Community Action Agency (SEICAA) to close the hunger gap.  Alliance Title will be taking donations for non-perishable items and or cash at their office located at 246 W. Pacific, Blackfoot, Monday through Friday, 8:00-5:00,  from now until November 30th.

Also, for  every completed residential or commercial real estate transaction closed by Alliance Title’s Blackfoot branch during the month of November, Alliance Title will make a $25 donation to SEICAA. 

Are you at a Healthy Weight?  What to lose weight?  Try Shaklee’s Cinch Inch Loss Plan!

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In a Cinch study, participants lost an average of 15 pounds in 12 weeks! While other diet products boast that weight lost was 78% from fat (which means that the other 22% lost was muscle mass) the Cinch participants lost 100% of their weight from fat! There was absolutely NO muscle mass loss with Cinch!

For more information. Contact: DianeLSmith Shaklee Independent  distributor  208-317-3371




The Senior Center located at 20 east pacific street in Blackfoot is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  We offer a nutritious lunch at noon 5 days per week.  The Center is not just for seniors, everyone in the community is invited to come in for lunch.  We also offer to go meals, if you would like to call and place an order by 11:00 am the number is 785-4714.    Our center currently serves “Meals on Wheels” to approximately 80 residents each day.  We offer activities such as bingo, pinochle, bridge, and exercise classes.  Stop by the center for a complete calendar of meals for the month and dates and times of activities.

We have a wonderful facility, and it is available for rent for receptions, birthdays, reunions etc.  On the 20th of September we were excited to have the 75th high school reunion of the Blackfoot class of 1937.  Our kitchen staff is available to cater your event; prices vary depending on the menu.

We recently opened up a food pantry for the Bingham County residents.  It is open on Fridays from 1pm to 3pm.  We are fortunate to have been in a position to open the pantry to assist anyone in the community that finds themselves in need of food.

Submitted By: Pam Beus, Executive Director



Business and Achievement Awards: FiveBinghamCounty business people have been nominated for a Business and Achievement Award. They are: Kathy Tauscher of Kathy & Company, Susan H. Mann of the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center,Leonard Martin of the Blackfoot Morning News, Tamara Trahant Dance of Dance Designs Inc and Alonzo Coby of Coby Design.

Sponsored by theIdaho State Journal, Farm Bureau, the Pocatello Chamber of Commerce and the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce, the annual award is given to outstanding businessmen and women, educators and community volunteers.

This year, the ceremony will be held Oct. 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Clarion Inn inPocatello. This will be the first time the awards ceremony has been held as a dinner function.

The Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce will begin selling tickets for the event on Sept. 27. Only cash and checks will be accepted. Credit card purchases for can be made by calling the Idaho State Journalat 208-232-4161. The cost of the event is $25 per ticket which includes dinner.

For more information, contact Tish Dahmen at the chamber at 785-0510.



The beginning of a new school year is here. Your children’s health is the biggest key to making this school year successful for the whole family.

Rise and Shine
Establish a morning routine. Determine how long each task in the morning takes for your family and add some extra time for mishaps. The best thing for you to do is tell your children how their morning will run and then set an example.

Breakfast is an essential meal of the day a great opportunity to fit in some extra family moments.
Bathroom Break
Remind children to wash their hands often. Since hand washing is the first line of defense against germs.

  1. Use warm water.
  2. Lather hands up for about 20 seconds – about the amount of time it takes to sing the .
  3. Dry with a clean towel every time.

Children over age six need at least an hour of physical activity each day. Common recess activities such as hopscotch and jump rope are a wonderful way to get their heart rate up. Have another recess when they get home from school.
Lunch Time
Although school lunch programs are starting to develop healthier menus, the best way to know that your child is getting the right nutrition is to send it with them from home.

  • Instead of chips & cookies send baggies full of bite-sized .
  • Liven up a boring PB&J by putting it on a whole grain waffle instead of white bread.
  • Make lunch fun by putting a salad in a plastic container with dressing they can pour in and shake together.
    School-aged children need 10-11 hours of sleep every night. Lack of sleep can weaken the immune system, making children more susceptible to viruses lingering around the classroom.
  • Shake It Up
    Another way to provide your children with nutrition is to make them a shake with Reliv Now® for Kids withLunaRich™ soy powder for optimal cellular health. Even the pickiest eaters will get the nutrients they need to develop properly.

Want your children healthier? Contact Dee Ann at 208-521-1981.

Enjoy a healthier, more active lifestyle with Reliv.


Mickelsen Construction, Inc. has been incorporated since 1999 and operates two gravel pits and two asphalt hot plants in Southeast Idaho located in Blackfoot andPocatello.  In addition to gravel and asphalt sales we provide a variety of other services;  i.e., asphalt paving, excavation, grading, water and sewer line installation, portable crushing and heavy equipment hauling.  We also do sanding and snow removal during the winter months. We have completed numerous projects in the area for various State and Federal agencies, Commercial entities and private individuals.   Mickelsen Construction, Inc. employs an average of 45 employees consisting of management personnel, office staff, equipment operators, mechanics, truck drivers and laborers.  We appreciate the support of our community and the opportunity to hire qualified, skilled individuals from this area.


Hometown Hero LLC. The Hero card was developed to help charities but over time it grew into much more. Hometown Hero is the mission to help America’s economy, by helping small businesses, charities and the consumer. The Hero card is a way for merchants to promote themselves to customers, through social media, local and in several cities and states, a way for charities to raise funds and a way to help the economy of every town it is established in. We have benefits good for small business, like our partnership with First Data, the largest credit card processor in the US. When last in Blackfoot, I went by the courthouse to handle some property issues. I noticed the 3% charge the county is adding for the use of credit cards. We can greatly reduce that fee and this puts money back into the hands of the business owners. This is how to increase our economy, helping investors, the business owners. We need your support to make this work. It is a proven program. Promoting Blackfoot, saving everyone money in 83 cities. This is what we do. Call us or go online to become a new merchant. The Hero is also hiring everywhere; Helping America is a great job and a wonderful thing to be a part of. Plus the pay is great!  http:www.herocardonline.com or 830-895-0071



The Wild Adventure Corn Maze, now located just off Exit 98 in Blackfoot, is officially open for the 2012 season.
“This is our first year moving the maze into Blackfoot,” said Johnson. “The community has been amazing. We’ve had beautiful weather and opening week was great.”
The maze, which celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Idaho Potato Commission, has over six miles of mazes for you to explore. The maze is split into three different maze with one for everyone from beginner to adventurous.
“We wanted to offer something for everyone at the maze,” said Johnson. “We have added some great events plus concessions, slides for the kids, bucket train rides, bounce houses, a pumpkin patch, and the corn cannon –which is really popular. We hope people come out and have a great time.”
Rooty Bear from the Blackfoot A&W makes surprise appearances at the maze to shake hands and give out free coupons. Idaho Central Credit Union, a major sponsor, will be one site for special events with their money machine. Other major sponsors, Teton Stage Lines and Nonpareil have pitched in to make the inaugural year exceptional. A wide variety of additional sponsors are offering special offers that every person who visits the maze will receive.
The maze is open Monday – Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 10 p.m. There are special rates for A&W Family Night and youth groups on Tuesday. For more information on special ticket pricing for your business contact Richard Johnson at 705-7705. Follow Wild Adventure Corn Maze for daily updates and specials. Visit www.wildadventurecornmaze.com for more information.



Blackfoot Chevron has all theBoiseStategiveaways going again. Come in and get the details. We are also doing a raffle for a beautifulBoiseStatequilt made by someone in our community, for our friend Cyndi Gavin. She had to have heart surgery and does not have insurance. $2.00 a ticket/ 6 for $10.00 and 12 for $20.00. Also it is time for soup!!! XII Stones has soup going! New items coming to the menu soon, we think you will like them =) Call in orders welcome @ 785-3730.


Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce September General Membership Meeting

Mark Gabrylczyk, superintendent of theSnake RiverSchool District, extended an invitation to the Blackfoot business community to join a conversation with him and other local educators about new opportunities in education for our children.

Gabrylczyk spoke to members of the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce at their monthly general membership meeting held Sept. 12 at Krehbiel’s Barn, 305 S. Broadway.

He said currently education is driven by a “factory model” that was developed in the 19th century to meet the needs of the industrial age. Today’s global, high tech society and workforce demands a “global model” for education. This new model is outcome based and research driven. It includes active learning in global classrooms, said Gabrylczyk.

Gabrylczyk said education needs to meet the requirements of the new specialized workforce. “We need something different in our education. We need to offer our students a different kind of training.”

He gave the example of internet companies that can’t find employees with the right skill sets to fill their job openings. He said there is a disconnect between skills demanded in today’s jobs and training students now receive.

Gabrylczyk said theSnake RiverSchool Districtwants to develop a strategic plan to meet these new educational challenges. He said he hopes local community and business leaders will want to contribute to the planning process.



Blackfoot Performing Arts Center welcomes Cherish the Ladies, an international Celtic music sensation! Cherish the Ladies leads out BPAC’s 2012-13 season with their distinct instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing.

According to Susan H. Mann, programming director for BPAC, Cherish the Ladies is one of the most engaging ensembles in the history of Irish music and is literally the most successful and sought-after Irish-American group in Celtic music.

Cherish the Ladies will perform Saturday, Oct. 20. Curtain opens at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling 208-317-5508. Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce members receive a discount by mentioning this news article – just say, “Chamber discount, please!”



Bingham Economic Development Symposium

Congressman Mike  Simpson will be the featured speaker at the annual Bingham Economic Development Symposium scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meeting will be held at theMeridianCenter, located at310 N. Meridian Street, Ste. C, in Blackfoot.

Lunch will be provided with this event. Cost of the symposium is $25. Seating is limited.

Please contact Roger Chase at 223-2620, Leah Rigby at 680-8364 or Butch Hulseat 709-6958 for more information.



The past few months have been very busy for the BCHS.  A yard sale was held with the Blackfoot Pride days, where coupons were given out for spay/neuter of your animals.  These could be redeemed at any of our vets in Blackfoot. The yard sale was very successful.  Our August meeting was held at the Whitings home in Blackfoot and we had a great bar-b-que.  Lots of subjects for future fundraisers were discussed.

The really big news is:  There have been numerous transports going out of the Blackfoot Animal Shelter the past months.  These transports continue as we read this update…..thus enabling fewer animals to be euthanized at the shelter.  This is a huge bonus for Blackfoot as it provides a steady flow of animals abandoned here to be given a second chance at no-kill facilities not in our area.  Along with the foster home network in our own community, animals are transported to the Salmon area, theMontanaarea, theUtaharea and the northIdahofacilities.  On August 23, 11 dogs were flown out of the area by air transport.  These went toMontanaand provided a second chance for them to find better homes. The week of September 17-21, 21 dogs were taken from the shelter and either transported or fostered or adopted.  The shelter is still full.

As we continue into September, fair days arrived and the hustle and bustle of people was overwhelming.  Along with this – come days and days of animals being taken into the Blackfoot Animal Shelter.  So…in addition to fostering lots of these great four-leggeds; adopting more out of the shelter; our wonderful rescue organizations have come through and helped obtain homes for all we could transport.  We are ever so grateful for all the help we have received from the world in general.

This brings up a question…if you are going on vacation; taking the kids to college; or just plain want to do a good thing for your community – please consider transporting?  Give a deserving animal a second chance and get him or her out of this Shelter by taking to a no-kill facility in the area where you may be traveling to.  Contact the BCHS at 680-3881 for more information on how you can make this happen.  It is very rewarding.  You will feel so good about yourself and the grateful animal you will be saving will love you forever.

We continue to work tirelessly to make this community a better place for the pets and their people. Please support your BINGHAM COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY.



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September Chamber Update

Shirley Brumfield

       Presidents Message

By the time you read this article in the September newsletter, I will have already consumed more food than should be allowed at the Eastern Idaho State Fair.  The very first thing  I have is an Indian Taco.  That is pretty much a tradition.   I am usually pretty good at trying new food at the fair, but 1 fried twinkie, and 1 deep fried oreo is all I could handle of those.  My repeat favorites are the Hansen Hoagies, scone nuggets, potato ice cream, a piece of the good pie from the Lutheran booth, and the carmelapples.  Those are just a few, because I am defiantly a fair food junkie.  I am there every day so by the 8th day I am looking for the one thing to eat that I have not  had.

My love for the Eastern Idaho State Fair is not limited to the food of course.  I enjoy it all.  Everything from the way the cowgirls & cowboys walk around with their spurs & chaps to the cranky, tired dirty kids with their plastic swords getting in everyone’s way.  Brandon and his team have done a great job getting great entertainment this year.  There is a lot to do and see for very little money, once you get in the gate.  I hope I see you there this year, I know I will be.  Make sure to say ”hey”.

The Chamber had their Annual Golf Tournament on the 23 of Aug.    My hats off to our local business’s.  They did such a great job of donating the best prizes we’ve ever had.   The weather was great and Mike and his team fed us lunch and treated us great like they always do.  Thanks you everyone for supporting this event ever every year.  It is a great tradition.

September is I Love I.S.U. month.  If you would like to be involved, call the Chamber to volunteer.  It is a great cause, and all of the money that is collected by donation, stays in BinghamCountyfor the Scholarship Fund.   September 12th is the date for making phone calls.   Stop by between 9 &noon at the I.S.U. Outreach building next to the Blackfoot Clinic.

Remember things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.


Executive Director’s Message

Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce Officer Appreciation Luncheon October 10 & Idaho State Journal Business Awards October 17

Every so often someone will get a pat on the back for a job well done. Sometimes this token of appreciation is enough but most of the time it just doesn’t cover the effort put into the job.

More often than not, people rise early, go to work each day and do a damn fine job without sufficient pay or sufficient recognition. They had a job to do so they did it – no thanks needed.

These people change our world. They make our country, our communities and our lives safer, more comfortable, better. They make it possible for us to realize our dreams.

In October, there are two events coming up that will give us the chance to say, “Thanks.”

The first award event can never be done often enough. It is the chamber’s Officer Appreciation Luncheon held October 10. At this luncheon, the members of the Greater Blackfoot AreaChamber of Commerce and the community celebrate our law enforcement and military personnel.

Although the luncheon is short, the gesture is heartfelt. The people ofBinghamCountywish to show their gratitude for the men and women who protect our freedoms and keep us safe. Not a day goes by that they don’t risk their lives so we can sleep soundly in out beds at night.

Please join us at noon at Kriehbel’sBarn & EventCenterto honor the Bingham County Sheriff’s Office, the Blackfoot Police Department and the Army National Guard. Cost of lunch is $10.

The second is the annual Business and Achievement Awards sponsored by the Idaho State Journal, the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce, the Pocatello Chamber of Commerce and Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance. It will be held on October 17 in Pocatello. Last year, the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce had three tables. We showed up in force to support Blackfoot High School’s Holly Kartchner, aU.S. government and law teacher.

With all the talent in our community, we should be able to dominate the award ceremony – we simply must stop sitting on our hands and send in our nominations. Nominating forms and categories or listed on the chamber’s website at blackfootchamber.org.

Nominations have to be in by September 14. There are only two rules to keep in mind: Nominations by the same person cannot be made two years in a row and self nominations are not accepted. 

Every business owner should nominate a fellow businessman or woman.

Please plan to attend both events because it is not every day we have the opportunity to recognize the contributions these quiet heroes make to our community. I’ll see you there.




SouthEastern Idaho Community Action Agency (SEICAA) Bingham County office is planning for their annual “Stone Soup Fundraiser.”   For the last 9 years this fundraiser has become very important by raising money for the low-income population in Bingham County.  The funds that are raised are used for a variety of emergency situations, like helping elderly/disabled people on a fixed income with a utility bill that has gotten out of control and to high for them to pay off at once, or a single parent that is facing eviction unless they pay their rent in three days.  The Stone Soup Fundraiser helps prevent homelessness, hunger, and utility termination, as well as other unfortunate situations.  SEICAA is also responsible for the Blackfoot Food Bank, assisting over 90 households a month with emergency food to keep people from going hungry.  These are many issues facing our community and the Bingham County SEICAA office deals with them daily.

For many years Stone Soup has been fun for the community members that have attended.  The “Best Soup” contest every year has gotten more and more competitive, each community member that attends is able to taste all the donated soups and vote for their favorite flavor.  At the end of the night the winner is announced and it’s always a very close contest.  We also have excellent “entertainment” that keeps the crowd laughing, singing and even dancing.  And the deals you can get at the “silent auction” are unbeatable and go for a good cause.  The FREE “children’s carnival” provides fun things for the children to do and great prizes for them to win.

We have set the date this year for October 9th at the Mountain View Middle School from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. It’s a fun night for the whole family whether you are interested in buying tickets to attend, volunteering your time and creativity to participate with the different activities or think you have a “Special Soup” you would like to make, donate and serve that you know will win the “Best Soup” contest!!!  Please contact Bobette or Ofelia at the SEICAA office 785-1583 for more information.


Cedar Hills Gun Club

The Cedar Hills Gun Clubis a private rifle; pistol and shotgun club located North of Blackfoot in the Rose area.  Complete information can be found on our web site at Cedarhillsgunclub.com.  The club has a wide variety of facilities to fit almost all types of shooters.  To begin with we have two rifle ranges.  The “lower” range pictured in the attached photo has target stands at 25, 50, 100 and 200 yards and a gong at about 340 yards.  As you can see from the photo, the shooting area is covered to protect the shooters from the elements and has strong benches to provide a good rest.

The upper range also has a cover for the shooters and has targets at 200, 300, 385 and 500 meters.  There is also a gong at 1,000 yards that some shooters claim to be able to hit with regularity.  I have never argued with them as they tend to be armed.  The club hosts a black powder cartridge match on the 3rd Saturday of the month from March to November.  This monthly event draws shooters from several states.

Besides the two rifle ranges, there is an outdoor silhouette range for .22 caliber rim fire firearms with silhouettes at 25, 50, 75 and 100 yards.  In poor weather there is an indoor .22 rim fire range that includes a heater.  Next to the .22 range is a pistol range that has target stands and silhouettes to shoot.  The second pictures shows the 5-stand and pistol range.

For shotgun shooters we provide a trap house, 5-stand range and a sporting clays course.  These three courses give the shooter the opportunity to shoot a variety of targets in both singles and doubles.  We open these ranges to the public every Thursday night from May through September.  We track scores and post them on the web site.  We have started a club championship every fall where we give out prizes and awards.  We also open the ranges for scouts and other youth and adult groups on request.

To complete our facilities we have a large club house that has restrooms and a complete kitchen.  Members and non members can reserve any of the facilities for meetings or parties.  We have over 400 hundred members but the range seems to handle the pressure very well.  We sponsor a “free sight in day” on the last Saturday of September and invite the public to come out and shoot their guns.  This year we are also going to hold a Shotgun Club Championship on that day and the public will be invited.

The public is invited to apply for membership by reading the bylaws and filling out an application.  New memberships are considered at the monthly club meeting on the first Wednesday of each month.  Please call for membership costs. NRA members receive a discount.  The membership includes Mom and Dad and all of the children in the family under 18.  For more info please contact our web site.


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Bingham Memorial is proud to welcome Heather Pugmire, M.D. to the medical staff as part of the Bingham Memorial Women’s Center.

Dr. Pugmire received her undergraduate degree in exercise science from Brigham Young University. She graduated from the Creighton University School of Medicine inOmaha,Nebraska, then completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology fromCreightonUniversityas well.

Since she was in high school, Dr. Pugmire has had a desire to serve people through the science of medicine. “In high school I read an article about a surgeon who went to Africa and fixed thousands of children’s clef palates,” she says. “I thought that developing a skill that can so profoundly affect the happiness and well being of others is something I would like to pursue.”

Dr. Pugmire is a member of the American Medical Association and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. From early on, she knew OB/GYN was a field she would enjoy. “I always thought delivering babies would be so great,” says Dr. Pugmire. “But I never realized how much I would enjoy the other areas of this specialty, especially surgery. Working with your hands to fix something is very rewarding.”

In addition to helping women through pregnancy, labor and delivery, Dr. Pugmire enjoys helping women with issues such as menstrual irregularities and urinary incontinence.

“My philosophy is that a doctor is a type of teacher,” she says. “I try to help women understand their bodies, disease processes, the risks and benefits of therapies to help them figure out the best way to get and stay healthy.”‘



A Special Offer for Chamber Members, At No Cost to You!

Discover why over 50 million people are Costco members

Costco Wholesale, the originator of the warehouse club concept, would like to introduce you to warehouse club savings at a free On-site Reception, including refreshments, at no cost to you!

At the on-site reception, you can get information about Costco and sign up for membership on the spot.  A Gold Star Membership (call for pricing) includes a free household card and the Executive Membership is (call for pricing) includes a free household card as well.

With a Gold Star Membership you can enjoy great savings on thousands of high-end, name brand products and services at over 500 warehouse locations worldwide.

Costco is the only warehouse that offers two ways to reward you – Executive Members get an annual 2% Reward on most Costco purchases and members can earn up to 3% back with the exclusive Costco TrueEarnings American Express.  Members may participate in both programs to save even more.


At Costco we’re committed to providing the highest quality items at the

 lowest possible prices with a 100% satisfaction guarantee on every membership.  We also guarantee your satisfaction on every product we sell with a full refund. (Certain product specific limitations apply.)

Your employees will not only appreciate the great savings, they will also remember that being a part of your organization is what made it all possible.

We’d love to include you as we visit our business neighbors this fall.  If you are interested please contact Ashley at 238.4058.



Fall is in the air and time to rethink our fitness routines.  Summer seems to have come and gone too quickly and it is time to send the kids back to school.  Fitness has become an interesting aspect with today’s youth.  It seems that the only physical activity some children get is “finger exercise”.  Physical fitness is limited in the schools and electronics are prevalent in the homes.  It has been shown that children learn better and test scores improve with physical fitness.   Obesity has gone from being only and adult disease to that of children.  We as parents are greatly responsible for this disease in children because we are the ones who control what is purchased both to eat and to play.  Remember when pizza was a “special occasion”?  At Gold’s Gym, we are concerned about the youth of our community. Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders.    We will be offering a youth “after school” program beginning this fall.  Watch for flyers coming home with your children, or call the gym for details.  Obesity is a choice, both in adults and children.  It’s all about choice.  Make your health a priority!



We here at theEFTWellnessCenterwould like to extend our gratitude and profound thanks to the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce for accepting us in and treating us like family.  The community here as welcomed us with opened arms and we are grateful.  Our goal here at theEFTWellnessCenteris to help our community in being the best they can be without negative emotions holding them back.  Emotional Freedom Technique is your go to way to heal emotional and physical pain without harmful medications.  When all else fails, EFT prevails.  We offer FREE consultations and FREE services to all veterans and our next FREE Seminar is September 22nd at 11am so come on by and giveEFTWellnessCentera try!!!


Whether you are buying, selling, building or renting using the right professionals makes all the difference. Fairchild Constructionand Heartland Real Estate are a “1” stop shop for all your Real Estate Needs.  Give us a call today at 785-6685 or 785-6643



Tickets Now onSalefor BPAC Concert Season

 Tickets are now on sale for the 2012-2013 Concert Series season.  The BPAC’s concert season will include five concerts featuring jazz, big band music, Celtic music and dance, and family comedy.  The five concerts are being offered in packages and can be ordered by calling the BPAC or mailing an order form to BPAC, 870 South Fisher, Blackfoot, ID 83221.  Individual tickets will go on sale September 17 and will be available to purchase online at blackfootpac.com, Tweedy’s Music, or by calling the BPAC.  For more information or to receive a 2012 Concert Season brochure, call the BPAC at 208-317-5508.

 The concert season will open with a bang when Cherish the Ladies,straight fromIreland, take the stage on October 20.

This powerhouse group combines all the facets of Irish traditional music, dancing, and culture.

On Nov. 10, Dick Hardwick and Mrs. Hughes this dynamic duo will have the audience rolling in the aisles and promises to be an all-American show that will be truly unforgettable.

Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, will be celebrated with Tim Behrens as he stars in the nationally-acclaimed show “McManus in Love.”  Behrens will portray the many hilarious characters made famous by nationally renownedIdaho humorist, Patrick F. McManus.

The popular Intermountain Jazz Festival returns on March 9 featuring Canadian virtuoso Michael Kaeshammer.  Kaeshammer has been calledCanada’s triple-threat combo of piano virtuosity, vocal ability, and charisma.

The BPAC Concert Season will close on April 12 with the timeless big band The Tommy Dorsey OrchestraThe band’s reputation is built upon its popularity with big band audiences throughout the world.  An added highlight of the concert will be soloist Bryan Anthony, who has also toured with the big bands of Glenn Miller and Nelson Miller.




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Celebration Invitation from United Way

Have you ever wanted to change the world?  Start here.

United Way has a long, rich history of making positive change in the community.  This year we are celebrating the global organization’s 125th anniversary.  It all started from humble beginnings when a small group of community-minded individuals in Denver came together to address the immediate needs of their friends and neighbors.  Let’s celebrate how our community is working together today to create opportunities for a better life for all now – and for tomorrow.

We want to recognize how our community is able to work together to provide resources and serve nearly 78,000 people in our seven county region.

Join us for breakfast at the brand new Shoshone-Bannock Hotel on Thursday, September 20th at 7:30 a.m. and hear about how your community investment is working today for an even better tomorrow.  Meet our Campaign Chair.  Be challenged and inspired to find your own role.  Thanks to all our corporate and event sponsors.  Contact the United Wayat 232-1389 or www.unitedwaysei.org.



There seems to be some misconception about the SeniorCenterlocated at 20 E. Pacific in Blackfoot. We offer services for ALL the citizens of BinghamCountyregardless of age. The Senior Center is open 8-4 Monday thru Friday. We offer nutritious lunches daily at noon everyone is invited!  Examples of what is on our menu,   September 19th Lasagna, Salad, Bread and Dessert.  September 25th Lemon Chicken, Rice, Salad, Fruit and Dessert. We offer Meals “to go”.

We offer actives such as Bingo on   Mondays and Thursdays at 1pm.  Fit and Fall Proof classes at 9:30am   on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Various cards games are played throughout the week. We also offer different trips and tours. Remember you don’t have to be a senior to attend any of our activities.

We have transportation available for the citizens ofBinghamCounty. Need to go to the Doctor, get your hair done, or go to Walmart to get a few things? Call us at the Center 785-4714.

The Community Food Pantry is open Fridays from 1-3pm.There is no charge for the food, but we request donations to help us cover the delivery charges we pay to have the food delivered to the facility.

The Sunset Manor, located across the street from the center is not an assisted living facility it is a low income independent-living apartment complex. They are comfortable one bedroom apartments, for residents 60 or older.

For more information on any of these activities Please call the Center at 7



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Historical Society to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage


The Bingham County Historical Society (BCHS) is hosting an exciting event on Wednesday, September 12, from 6pm to 8pm at the BCHS Gallery, 3 NW Main St.  Hispanic contributions to Bingham County and to Idaho will be showcased at a Hispanic Heritage Celebration Open House.


Hispanics have made a significant contribution to this region, especially in the area of agriculture.  Many individuals are unaware that Hispanics have been here for over 100 years!   Their stories and photographs will be shared at the Open House.  A program at 6:30 will highlight historical events.

Event is free and open to the public.  BCHS invites the entire community to join the celebration! Refreshments will be served.

For more information, please contact Amando Alvarez at 208-785-1402.



“Idaho Central Credit Union loves its members! To show our appreciation we are hosting a Member Appreciation Day at our Blackfoot branch on Friday, September 7.  Stop by between 11am and 4pm for a free hot dog and a chance to get in the Money Machine! Join Idaho Central Credit Union or refer a friend to join and receive 20 seconds in the famous Idaho Central Money Machine. So come party with us at our Blackfoot branch located at 498 North Meridian. Come hungry!

Idaho Central Credit Union is the premier credit union in Idaho and ranks as one of the top performing credit unions in the nation, according to Raddon Financial. With more than $1.1 billion in assets, 19 full-service locations across Idaho, and over 119,000 members, its mission is to help members achieve financial success. Throughout its 72-year history, Idaho Central has focused on local, personalized service and helping communities prosper through employee volunteer initiatives. Idaho Central is federally insured. For more information visit iccu.com.”


With a selfless sacrifice of time, and a true commitment to children, foster grandparent volunteers are making a HUGE impact in southeastIdaho!

A total number of 60,963 volunteer hours were donated in 2011.  Volunteers in the Blackfoot area alone are responsible for 9,036 of those hours.  These particular grandparents serve at 10 volunteer stations including:  Moreland Elementary, Groveland Elementary, Blackfoot Head Start, Shoshone-Bannock Head Start,IrvingKindergartenCenter, Ridgecrest Elementary, Stalker Elementary, Stoddard Elementary, Fort Hall Elementary andState Hospital South.

Our volunteers are affectionately called “foster grandparents”.  These grandparents are truly committed, serving between 15 and 30 hours each week.  They work either one-on-one or with small groups of children, assisting with the development of reading skills and tutoring in spelling and math, as well as other subjects.  Even more importantly, they serve as positive adult role models.  Grandparents “model” healthy self-esteem, accountability and proper social skills.

Qualifications of a foster grandma or grandpa include patience, dependability and a love of learning and children.  A grandparent must also be 55 (or better) and pass a background check.

Volunteering has many of its own rewards.  The majority of our grandparents qualify for a monthly stipend which is non-taxable and does not affect social security benefits or financial assistance programs.  Travel reimbursement and in-service training are provided.  Volunteers form friendships with other volunteers.  Nothing compares to the gratitude and love of a child or adolescent in need!

Please contact Lori or Jean for more information: 785-8454, 785-8452 or e-mail lori@fgpsei.com.




Rupe’s Burgers

Cannon Builders Inc

Teton Stage Lines

IdahoAgCredit, FLCA

Short Stop

Herrick Floor Covering

Deaton & Company

Gables of Blackfoot

Burger King

IdahoCorrectional Industries


Snake RiverSinclair/ A&W

Grove City Gardens




Children’s Supportive Services, Inc.




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Jenny Oaks Baker Concert

Grammy nominated and professional violinist Jenny Oaks Baker will be coming to Snake River High School on Saturday November, 3rd. Tickets $10 a seat. Call: #684-9684 for tickets now!

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