Lewiston Link, April 2012


Lewiston Link, April 2012
City of Lewiston
Volume 2, Issue 3
April 2012
Your best source for what’s “happenin” in the city
in the midst of a fire! Dan told me that
claustrophobia has eliminated prospective firemen.
Dan Gludt, Greg Fry, Brad Covington, Dave Bobeck, John Ockwell, Kevin Kalbfleisch
It didn’t take long before two things
about Fire Station 1 became apparent.
First, an obvious pride and love for the
job was displayed in each crew member. Second was the lack of a pole to
slide down or dance around. Too many
accidents occurred due to hurry; mostly ankle injuries, but every now and
then someone missed the pole altogether.
Within my first hour, the alarm went
off. Everyone moved with efficiency.
“We’re like a football team,” Captain
Greg Fry said. “Everyone has their
specific duties to fulfill.” As Eric M.
Olson prepped for the call, Engineer
Dan Gludt carefully maneuvered the
truck through the Lewiston streets,
using caution at the intersections. He
explained that in town they’re allowed
to go only ten miles over the speed
limit. We arrived at the scene where I
was greeted enthusiastically by some
students from my school librarian
days. I was feeling great about the reunion until the “sticker man” showed
up and I was quickly abandoned for
firefighter stickers!
Captain Fry showed me the thermal
scanner which displays hot spots not
seen by the naked eye. It also enables
firefighters to see where people are in a
smoke-filled room. As I followed him
through the home I was amazed at the
material possessions that filled every
nook. Mattresses cluttered the floor,
requiring careful steps. Greg explained that a messy home creates hazardous obstacles that ignite quickly.
Valuable time is lost and lives endangered as firefighters must crawl to maneuver through the chaos. Filth from
garbage, dirty dishes, and fecal matter
heighten the risk.
Each firefighter wears about 50 lbs. of
cumbersome but necessary equipment.
Once back at the station, Dan helped
me dress in the turnouts. I battled
claustrophobia as I slid the mask over
my face. This was heightened when he
cut the oxygen off; I wanted to rip off
the confining mask – a deadly mistake
The turnouts can be scary for children.
The bulky monster-like appearance is
exacerbated by the Darth Vader noises
generated by breathing through the
mask. To alleviate some of those fears,
a fire safety program is implemented in
the schools where children can see the
uniform firsthand. Fire extinguisher
classes are offered to local businesses
and CPR is taught to all high school
Training is ongoing for those within the
fire department. Study and tests are a
regular regiment for those wanting to
move up in rank. Physical test requirements must be met when first signing
on. Most staff stay fit in order to meet
the strenuous physical demands and to
avoid injury. A weight room is available and in frequent use.
(Continued on Page 2)
Just a reminder…If you have
an employee or coworker who
has gone above and beyond
their regular duties, please submit a nomination for a quarterly performance award to the
Human Resources Division.
Fire Station 1 Cont.:
A 56-hour workweek is the norm with
the shift beginning at 8am one day and
ending 24 hours later. 8-5 is a regular
workday with training, reports, and
computer work between calls.
Walkthroughs of various buildings with
discussions of possible scenarios mentally prepares the crew and acquaints
them with the structures. After 5pm
they may relax but must stay on-call at
the station. They can be seen at the grocery store buying food for dinner, which
is purchased out of pocket. I partook of
their “gut-bomb” dinner: a spicy
chilidog! I say with pride that I was
deemed worthy of the firefighters when
I added Tabasco to mine and ate it with
no problem.
Living in close proximity and working
under duress, they quickly learn one
another’s strengths and weaknesses
which cannot be easily hidden. Firefighters are known for ego; therefore,
clashes occur. Bluntness that is needed
in the firehouse is not well-received outside those four walls. Several admitted
to being viewed as rude and getting into
trouble in social situations. They also
confessed that at the end of the workweek they can get irritable. Sleep, done
in a state of readiness, is rarely restful. I
slept over in the “puppy den” to experience this. The “Ride-Along Curse”
brought about a slow night, but each
time the radio sounded I found myself
wide awake, feeling like I had just been
hollered at. The next night had continual calls, allowing that crew only 45
minutes of sleep.
With it now acceptable to call 9-1-1, calls
have increased to a daily average of ten
(over 7,000 annually for a crew of 15).
With Americans more unfit than ever,
accidents and health issues are common.
Extra manpower is necessary. The gurney limit used to be 350 lbs. with only
one person exceeding that limit per
month. Now it’s 650lbs and these patients are seen on a regular basis. This
creates more on-the-job injuries for rescuers, especially when under-manned.
The national average for crew members
at a fire is 15; Lewiston usually has
around six to ten, and only when everyone is in service, fifteen. “We’re not
trying to be selfish in asking for more
staff,” Captain Fry said. “We just want
to be able to meet the needs that arise.
Many times we must scramble to keep
someone available.” A call may be five
minutes away from a particular station,
but without anyone on-hand, time is
increased with travel from another station. Many times the fire truck is onscene with the ambulance, creating issues with some valley residents, however situations often have more than meets
the eye; gas leaks, possible fires, and
help lifting/moving patients. Costly
equipment that would increase efficiency is another sore subject with taxpayers. Greg commented, “People don’t
want to pay the taxes to support the
emergency services but are very glad to
see the help arrive when in need.” Crew
members must put aside public perception and hold onto keeping compassion
and professionalism key. When asked if
they were ever tempted to delay help to
open critics or lose compassion for drug
seekers, David Bobeck answered,
“Everyone is treated the same.”
April 2012
Our fire department also provides ambulance services which help generate
around $1.5 million annually. Although
it creates more work for the crew, they
feel it is a good public service. There’s
no fee for calls involving no transport; a
private service would still charge for
responding. My second ride-along involved transport from the hospital to a
waiting MedStar airplane. Riding backwards in the ambulance was reminiscent of station wagon days and created
disorientation. Ambulance drivers must
maneuvere the streets carefully since the
back area is much more sensitive to jostling and swaying.
I asked how they stay sane when exposed to so much need. Debriefing and
humor help alleviate strong emotions.
The hardest calls involve children, especially when the same age as the crew’s
kids. Several SIDS calls had Cody Anderson checking on his toddler numerous times during the nights. Hobbies
serve as great diversions. Greg competes in Motocross and has only six
more competitions to complete successfully in order to become national champion. Battalion Chief Kevin Kalbfleisch
prepares for the Seattle Stair Climb,
climbing 69 flights of stairs in full gear, a
firefighter competition in which several
locals participate. Everyone is involved
in a local charity, helping with community events such as Jackson Baldwin, the
Boys & Girls Club fundraiser dinner,
and Habitat for Humanity. In spite of
the many drawbacks, none would give
up their career. Part of the fun is never
knowing what you’ll see. It’s also rewarding to know you’re doing good for
your fellow man.
— Edwina Norton
The City of Lewiston Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, May 19th, at Bryden Canyon Golf Course. The
tournament begins at 8:00 a.m. and we encourage all participants to be at the course by 7:45 a.m. for check in and
registration. It will be a scramble format with four-person teams. The price is $41.00, which includes 18 holes of golf, half a
cart and lunch. There will be prizes for the winning teams, long drives and closest to the pin; also
drawings for additional prizes at the end of the tournament. Come have fun and enjoy a day of golf. To register,
contact Steve Campbell at 746-5585, ext. 292, or e-mail [email protected]. Please remember...no outside
alcohol is allowed on the course.
April 2012
Mike Horne—Library Circulation Desk
1. What’s the best part of your
I guess it’s being an everyday superhero for the city. I have the “Hey, can
you help me use the computer?’,
“Where is the mustard book?” which
ended up being Green Eggs and Ham,
“Do you have tax forms?”, etc. These
may not save a physical life but they
inspire imagination and education.
2. If you could be someone else
for a day, who would you be and why?
Tough one! It’s a tie: either a toddler or a woman. It would be
neat to see everything through the eyes of a toddler and see
that wonder they have again. I’m a man but I can change if I
have to. Sometimes being a man who has worked with a lot of
women, I don’t know if I always bridge the communication
divide. It would be nice to see it from the other side. The perfect woman to choose would be “Edweena” Norton because I
can’t think of one bad thought she could possibly have about
3. Where did you go to school? What was your favorite scholastic subject?
I went to Grantham Elementary where I loved Science. Mr.
Haven’s Young Astronauts rocked! I loved choir and Home
Ec (there was only one other guy besides me in class) at Lincoln Middle School. At Clarkston High I enjoyed History for
no particular reason.
4. Tell us something that most people don’t know
about you.
Most people don’t know that I starred as William Clark in
1989 at LCSC for a Washington State Centennial Celebration—at least I hope that’s why I was wearing a leather jacket
and a coon skin cap in front of all those people.
5. What was one of your most embarrassing moments?
I don’t embarrass easily and am sure library staff can find
photo evidence of this. I grew up with the coolest mom. She
was a hippy and so she had no qualms about walking into
places like a fire department, hospital, house for sale and getting us a field trip. She also made games out of mundane activities. She grew out of being cool when I became a teenager.
I realized this when she gave me a ride to Lincoln Middle
School and got out of the car to wave goodbye to me in her blue
cookie monster bathrobe and hair curlers.
6. What was the last book you read (by yourself)?
It was either “The Reapers are the Angels” by Joshua Gaylord,
“Battle Royale” by Koushun Takami, or “Daniel” by Daniel.
7. What show on TV do you DVR or NEVER miss?
Easy! “Burn Notice” and “Man Woman Wild”. They both
are educational and one teaches about trust in marriage.
Dawn Ristau—Safe Routes 2 School Coordinator
1. What’s the best part of
your job?
Working with the kids and
teaching them to think in
healthier and safer ways.
2. If you could be someone else for a day, who
would you be and why?
Willy Wonka.
3. Where did you go to school? What was your favorite scholastic subject?
I graduated high school from Lewiston. I don’t remember
liking any subject really but I really enjoyed DECA.
4. Tell us something that most people don’t know
about you.
I was a stay-at-home mom for 10 years and before that I directed airplanes.
5. What was one of your most embarrassing moments?
Ahhh, every day is an embarrassing moment for me—I find
my foot in my mouth more often than I would like!
6. What was the last book you read (by yourself)?
It takes me a long time to actually read a book, so I listen to
books on trips and the last book I listened to was called,
“Kisses from Katie.”
7. What show on TV do you DVR or NEVER miss?
Grey’s Anatomy!
Attend the 6th Annual Hog n’Grog Pig
Roast for Huntington’s Disease. Tickets
are $20.00 each and
worth every penny!
Contact Sherri Kole at
208-790-8801 for
more information!
April 2012
By Tim Johnson
You may or may not be able to identify this bird — and I am not talking
about Jeff Parsley.
Roger has put in for a controlledhunt tag hunt for over 20 years, starting when he was 11 years old. He
was very lucky to be drawn for both
elk and deer last year and was quite
successful. After harvesting a nice
bull, and with 13 days left to hunt
mule deer, he was not in a hurry to
get back up and get his buck.
As we all know, life gets in the way
sometimes, so it was the last day of
the season when he and his friend,
James Hasenoehrl, set out at daylight
to Captain John’s Drainage. They
saw several nice 4 points, but were
When Jeff first spotted this bird at
some distance, he mistook it for a
Seagull. He spotted it in the fall of
the year and when he realized what
it was, the bird made itself unable to
harvest. He spoke with the property
owner Ralph Schwartz, and they
talked about how great he would
look mounted.
The next year Ralph called Jeff to tell
him the bird was back on the property. Jeff hot-footed it up to the place
located between Culdesac and Reubens, and found the bird where
Ralph said it should be. Jeff was able
to make a good hunt and harvested
He must’ve been able to identify the
pheasant as a male by the red around
the eye. I am not sure every bird
hunter who may have seen him would
know they could bag this bird. Jeff
took the bird to a Wildlife Biologist
who told him that only 1 in 1,000,000
are ever able to survive to be one year
old since they cannot camouflage thus
making them subject to prey. He said
that this two-year-old bird was, at the
best odds, 1 in 2,000,000!
looking for a nicer one. After several
hours and many miles, a buck was
seen and ranged at 800 yards. Time
was slipping away; it was 1:00 p.m.
when the two hunters reached a
good vantage point 386 yards away.
One shot was fired from a 300 Winchester Magnum and the buck
moved off slightly out of sight. After
one more drainage crossing and a
short fair chase, one more shot harvested this nice buck. The buck was
boned out and the head mounted on
the backpacks. The buck dried
measures 24”.
back to the truck. I would venture to
guess from the smile on his face
when he told me the story, he would
do it again this year if he is drawn
Jeff is very proud of the mount and
will be more than happy to tell you
about it.
It took a great deal of work and a
long trip (8 miles and 9 hours) to get
Baby Boomers having Grandbabies
Congratulations to the following grandparents! Some will
be first-timers while others are old pros (not picking on
anyone’s age). It was suggested we have the best looking
grandchild contest, but in the spirit of diplomacy we will
declare them all winners! A grandparent-grandbaby lookalike contest was also suggested but some felt those
grandpas with facial hair would be at a disadvantage
(hopefully). Be sure to ask the following to see pictures of
their new additions. They will be very proud to share
photos and stories with you.
Dan Marsh; Barb Clark (2); Rob Brown; Dave Lewis; Steve
April 2012
Officer josh larson honored
Each post of the American Legion awards an Outstanding
Law Enforcement Officer annually. The award has been a
long serving presentation by the American Legion in appreciation and recognition of local law enforcement. This
year Officer Joshua Larson was nominated and will be
receiving this award from American Legion Post #13.
Chief of Police, Steve Orr said, “Officer Joshua Larson is
very deserving of this recognition. Joshua is an excellent
representative of LPD and the law enforcement profession.”
Officer Larson has been with the Lewiston Police Department
for over four years, of which the last three he has been a dedicated member of the STEP (Selective Traffic Enforcement
Program) team in their efforts of saving lives and reducing
injuries. Officer Larson learned quickly that there was more
than enforcement to reducing our vehicle crash rate and increasing seatbelt compliance. He became involved with
young drivers by assisting in driver’s education and student
talks at the Lewiston High.
Officer Larson is a pleasure to work with and comes to work
every day with a positive attitude, which speaks volumes for
his professionalism when you consider that most of his workrelated contacts involve an enforcement action being taken.
He directs our radar trailer program. This project can be timeconsuming with scheduling locations and maintenance. He
also manages the radar and lidars used for speed enforcement. It is important to keep well documented records for
court purposes. He is active in highway safety mobilizations
Sgt. Ted Piche’; Officer Matthew Breese; Officer Joshua Larson
within our agency and partners up with other law enforcement agencies in a One Team enforcement effort. Officer Larson provides training for school crossing guards and assists
with bicycle rodeos at the elementary schools.
Officer Larson has been selected by the Officer Candidate
School of the U.S. Army and reported for duty in May. He
resigned from the Lewiston Police Department on April 6th .
Chief Steve Orr commented, “Joshua has embodied our organization’s core values of Leadership – Pride – Duty.
Joshua will be greatly missed by the LPD family, but I am
confident that he will be an outstanding Army officer and
we wish him continued success throughout the future.”
With the current unrest in the world today I commend Officer
Larson for his dedication and commitment.
This year’s fair will be held on Thursday, May 3rd at the
Lewiston Community Center (1424 Main Street) from
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a free event for all city and
county employees and their families. Don’t miss out on all
of the activities involving over 30 local health-oriented
organizations! Health checks, prescription drug drop off,
healthy food samples, raffles and more. For more
information, contact Dave Six at 743-7461, or Charla Hall
at 799-3090.
The Weight Loss Challenge is halfway done! 32 of the
34 teams are still in the challenge with 380 pounds
lost. There are three weigh-ins left. The top 10 teams
are all within 5% from each other, so don’t give up!
— Ted Piche
Salsa challenge ii
Last year’s Salsa Challenge was such a great
success that we had people asking for more! If
you have a great salsa recipe, come and show
off your skills (not dancing) at the Annual
Health Fair on May 3rd! Participants and vendors of the fair will be the judges. The winner
will receive a great prize and be crowned the
Supreme Salsa Being! Last year’s winner, Darlene Burke, will not be a participant, but will be
a tie breaker judge if needed! Please call Shannon
[email protected] if you are interested
in participating.
Spring trivia
Welcome to fatherhood!
Madeline Eileen Stubbers was born on Jan.
1, 2012. She is the first child for Asst. City
Engineer Shawn Stubbers and his wife,
Johanna. Shawn looks a little tired some
mornings but can oftentimes be heard saying he highly recommends this “being-a
parent-thing”. Maddie is one lucky girl!
People would be hard pressed to find a
child more loved. All of us in Engineering
are so excited to watch her grow! Congratulations Shawn and Johanna—she is precious!
— Jill Tolman
A Lesson Learned Along the Way…
There are few
times in the
course of our
careers as service providers
reminding us that
what we do isn’t just a job; sometimes what we do has a profound
effect on the people we serve.
For some, the perception of providing public transportation is simply to
get a person from Point A to Point B.
Many years ago early in my career, I
was given a lesson about what our
service really means to those who
depend on us the most.
Alice was a wife, mother, and grandmother to a beautiful 2 year old
granddaughter. She was a frequent
rider of the public transportation
bus, riding the service three times
per week to the local dialysis unit.
As the years went by, the driver noticed changes in Alice’s health. Her
husband built a ramp going into the
house so that she could get around
on her 3-wheeled scooter that she
now depended on to get to her appointments.
As we rang in a new year, the phone
in dispatch rang; it was Alice asking
April 2012
us to cancel all of her rides to dialysis. I was speechless as I knew what
this meant in the long run. And ten
days later, Alice passed away. She
was in her mid 50’s.
The afternoon of the funeral, Alice’s
daughter visited our offices. I’ll never forget seeing her enter the office
with her arms bearing gifts.
Alice had taken time before she
passed to write a personal note to
our staff. She wanted us to know
that she became very tired and had
made the decision, along with her
family, to stop dialysis. She wanted
us to know how much it meant to
her to be able to rely on our service,
knowing she would get to her appointments in a safe and timely manner. But, most of all, she didn’t want
us to be sad and wanted to share
what she felt was the best things in
life; Marion Berry Bars and Pepsi!
The lesson I learned from Alice has
stayed with me through my career. I
know that when I forget the value of
what it is we do, all I have to do is
think of her.
— Darlene Burke
Did you hear the
Energizer Bunny was
He was charged with
How many flowers must a bee
collect pollen from to make a one
pound honey comb?
a. 2,000
b. 2,000,000
c. 5,000,000
2. What is April’s birthstone?
a. Diamond
b. Ruby
c. Emerald
3. Which of the following did NOT
happen in April?
a. Abraham Lincoln’s assassination
b. Sinking of the Titanic
c. First man on the moon
4. What does April mean?
a. To start
b. To give
c. To open
5. Which of the following is the
flower for the month of April?
a. Daffodil
b. Sweet Pea
c. Larkspur
6. Which of the following is NOT a
horoscope sign for April birthdays?
a. Aries
b. Pisces
c. Taurus
7. In which month does Spring
begin in Australia?
a. March
b. June
c. September
8. Which holiday does NOT occur
in Spring?
a. St. Patrick’s Day
b. Father’s Day
c. Easter
9. What is the first day of Spring
a. Spring solstice
b. Vernal equinox
c. Easter solstice
10. Which season of the year is
Spring considered to be?
a. First
b. Second
c. Fourth
April 2012
Do we even need to ask what’s up in Information Systems?
Never a dull moment in IS, and we
are as busy as ever! Beyond the
‘normal’ issues and updates, we
have completed some big projects
and are pushing forward on several
In January the finishing touches
were put in place on the city email
server upgrade. This upgrade accomplished several important improvements with the most visible
being the interface change for the
web based email client (https://
and the increased storage capacity.
Prior to the upgrade we were running at 90-95% of storage capacity,
and many users were experiencing
“out of space” errors.
On the forefront in April-June is the
rollout of Office 2010. This upgrade
has been a long time in the making.
Dave Lewis has worked with a consultant to streamline the installation
process. It is now feasible for one or
two team members to install this update for an entire department in just
a couple of hours. Good work,
Dave! Terry is leading the way in
training, starting with a core group
of users from each department. Office 2010 looks extremely different
then the version we are now running. Even basic functions such as
print and save look much different.
Once the core department users are
trained, we look for them to lead the
way for training other users in each
department. This core group will be
the first point of contact for Officerelated questions. With any luck,
you will have some training and see
Office 2010 on a desktop near you
very soon.
Much more hidden, but extremely
important, is the core network upgrade. Clint has the first phase of the
new core network installed and in
Citizen’s police academy
Tuesday, March 27th marked my
graduation from the 19th Annual Citizen Police Academy. This was an
-week program where 25 people voluntarily give up their Tuesday evenings to learn about the inner workings of Lewiston Police Department.
This year, I was one of the lucky applicants to get a spot. We learned
about all the different aspects of LPD
including the different divisions,
programs and specialized units. You
get to meet a lot of different officers
and get to know what they do. Even
the Chief himself came and made a
few special appearances! I did a ride
-along and got to see K-9 Lucy in
action! I highly recommend that
every City employee take the time to
do this program – you won’t believe
how much LPD does for this community. Thank you, LPD for taking
the time to put on this great program and for everything you do!
The classes start in mid to late January every year. Anyone interested is
encouraged to apply when they
begin advertising around Thanksgiving.
— Shannon Grow
Newly hired Assistant City Attorney Mary Gigray-Shanahan
is moving here from Sandpoint and is in need of a place to
rent ASAP. She has a husband and two wonderfully wellbehaved yellow labs. Please contact HR if you can help!
testing. This is a huge step forward
and a requirement for the city data
network to correctly support upcoming technology needs.
The Munis ERP implementation is
going strong and consuming a tremendous amount of staff time, particularly in IS, finance, purchasing,
and HR. In April and May we start
core user training. This is our transition from analysis and setup to using
the product in a similar manner as
we will in go-live. The core users
will be trained first, then in June they
will begin training other staff in
preparation for the July go-live of
finance, payroll, cashiering and receivables. Other Munis modules
such as Permitting and Utility Billing
are in the next phase of the plan, but
no go live dates have yet been scheduled.
— Dominic Ponozzo
FREE: Lots of irises and
daylilies for free. Contact
Carol Valliant at 746-3671,
ext. 225, to arrange a time
to come and help dig them.
FOR SALE: Electric hospital bed,
new rolling walker and good condition wheelchair. Contact Doug
Gregg at 746-6332 or 208-553-5779.
2001 dark blue automatic Chevy S10 4-cylinder; 64k miles—Extended
cab with 3rd door;
remote start and
Lo-jack; good condition—$4,000—Sarah at 509-2953885
Green lift chair, infinite positions,
barely used. Paid $1,800 and asking
$800. Excellent condition—Sarah at
Distinguished Service: Fire Inspector Steven Gregor
and Engineer Nick Stevens
 Thomas Tomberg Medal: Engineer Kevin McKeirnan
 Medal of Honor: Captain Phil Ashe
 2011 Firefighter of the Year: Battalion Chief Kevin
 2011 Reserve Firefighter of the Year: Reserve Firefighter Kyle Graves
Firefighter Brian Sifers, Firefighter Gavin Triplett and Reserve Firefighter Kyle Graves successfully completed their
paramedic certification.
News from your lfd...
Many times we are called for injury, illness, loss of life or
property. It is always a pleasure to be part of new life and
the happiness that it brings. We have one team to be recognized for a filed delivery of a baby in the back of the
ambulance. On February 20, 2011 Richie Lucas and Kirby
Ockwell responded to Valley Foods in Lapwai where the
patient was found on the passenger side of a vehicle, the
baby was delivered in the back of the ambulance. Congratulations to Richie and Kirby for being the inaugural
members of the Stork Club!
April 2012
LFD Awards Ceremony on February 15
Citizen Certificates of Appreciation: Marcia Banta,
Walt Squires, Ronda and Randy Knight
Stork Award: Firefighter Richie Lucas and Reserve
Firefighter Kirby Ockwell
Fire Chief’s Commendation: Julian Sorrell IV and Administrative Secretary Stephanie Rudy
Unit Valor Medal: Captain Rex Browne and Firefighter Gavin Triplett
Firefighters are not the only ones providing rescue. Inspectors Steve Gregor and Julian Sorrell rescued a barn
owl from a chimney at 632 Airway.
— Stephanie Rudy
Disposal of prescription drugs
City/County Health Fair: May 3, 2012—
10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.—Community Center
Golf Tournament: May 19, 2012—8:00
a.m.—Bryden Canyon Golf Course
City Barbecue: June 14, 2012—11:00 a.m.—
1:00 p.m.—Fire Station 1
Summer Barbecue/Softball Tournament:
August 11, 2012—4 p.m. to ? - Sunset Park
As of March 21, 2012 the Lewiston
Police Department is now accepting unused prescription drugs for
disposal. The investigations section placed a prescription drug
turn in box in the lobby of the police department for use by the
The following items will be accepted: unfilled prescription slips,
prescriptions drugs, patches, ointments, samples, and medication
for pets.
The idea behind the prescription
drug turn in box is to allow for the
safe disposal of unused medications. Proper disposal keeps medications from contaminating our
waterways (flushing them down
the toilet) and more importantly
out of the hands of our youth and
others who might steal them from
a loved one’s medicine cabinet.
The drugs collected will be destroyed periodically by taking
them to the incinerator in Spokane, Washington. This is the procedure used by the Idaho State
Police and Idaho Board of Pharmacy.
The following items ARE NOT
ACCEPTED: syringes, liquids, biohazards, and inhalers.
If you have any questions contact
Det. Brian Birdsell at the Lewiston
Police Department.
Answers to Spring Trivia on Page 6…
First man on moon
To open
Sweet Pea
St. Patrick’s Day
Vernal Equinox
Second, since
winter begins in
April 2012
Kids 17 and under ride FREE this summer starting
World Series Week (May 21st) through August on
the Lewiston Transit System and the Asotin Co.
PTBA buses! For more information please contact
Shannon Grow at (208) 298-1345 or by e-mail at
[email protected]. You can also visit Lewist o n
T r a n s i t ’ s
w e b s i t e
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www.cityoflewiston.org/transit for more details.
The Community Recognition Program was held on
March 13, 2012, to acknowledge the strength and vitality
brought to our community through the contributions of
citizens, board/commission members, businesses/
associations, youth and public employees. This is a
great program that honors those who “go the extra mile”
and contribute to the high quality of life we enjoy in
Lewiston. A Program entitled the Orchid Awards is also
a part of our program. The intent of the award is to honor people who, through their projects or ongoing commitments, have added to, protected, or restored the community’s historic resources. Congratulations to all of the
Community Recognition Award Recipients
Outstanding Citizens: Mike Ripley; A.L. “Butch” Alford,
This Smells Odd: When a man attempted to siphon gas
from a motor home parked on a Seattle street, he got much
more than he bargained for. Police arrived at the scene to
find a man curled up next to a motor home trying to steal
gas and had plugged his hose into the motor home’s sewage tank by mistake. The owner of the vehicle declined to
press charges, saying that it was the best laugh he ever had.
Outstanding Board or Commission Member: David Keene,
County Board of Community Guardians
Cash Machine: Two men tried to pull the front off a cash
machine by running a chain from the machine to the bumper of their truck. Instead of pulling the front panel off the
machine, though, they pulled the bumper off their truck.
Scared, they left the scene and drove home — With the
chain still attached to the machine...with their bumper still
attached to the chain...with their vehicle’s license plate still
attached to the bumper.
Outstanding Youth: Leila Ozeran
Actual newspaper headlines
Man Struck by Lightning Faces Battery Charge
Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
Drunk Gets Nine Months in Violin Case
Enraged Cow Injures Farmer with Ax
Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
Miners Refuse to Work After Death
Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
Man Minus Ear Waives Hearing
Some Pieces of Rock Hudson Sold at Auction
Include your Children when Baking Cookies
Steals Clock, Faces Time
Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half
Chef Throws His Heart into Helping Feed Needy
Red Tape Holds up New Bridge
Outstanding Employees: Dan Marsh; Sergeant John
Outstanding Business or Association: Pacific Steel & Recycling
Orchid Award Winners
Mary Minton
Mark Alexander
Steve & Melody Jenkins
Joel & Mindy Pals
Craig & Anne Marie Emerson
Carlin Dyer
Dick & Denise Connolly
Diane Leffler
Dan Marsh
Dr. Joy Rapp
Laura Von Tersch
Becky Riendeau
Lynn Moss
Dr. Dennis Ohrtman
DeAnn Scrabeck
Don Brigham
Esther Barton
Jacquelyn Haight
Safety training
Individual Department/Division safety training is
available for the months of June, July and August. If
you would like Pat Pinkham from Moreton and Company to provide you with training specific to your area,
please contact Kari at 746-3671, ext. 203, to schedule a
date and time.
8:30 a.m.—Police Training Center-2319 16th Ave.
1:30 p.m.—Community Center—1424 Main
Edited by Edwina Norton/Published by Kari Ravencroft
April 2012
Lewiston parks and recreation — summer fun
Lewiston—Alive After 5: Come visit Lewiston Parks and
Recreation at the 2012 Alive After 5 events all summer
long. We will bring our inflatable bouncy
castle for all 3-11 year olds to enjoy. Also,
Parks and Recreation Senior Nutrition will
be selling their famous cookies. All Lewiston
Alive After 5’s take place every third Wednesday of the
months May—August and are free to the public.
 Wednesday, May 16—5:00 to 8:00 p.m.—Beautiful
Downtown Lewiston
 Wednesday, June 20—5:00 to 8:00 p.m.—Beautiful
Downtown Lewiston
 Wednesday, July 18—5:00 to 8:00 p.m.—Beautiful
Downtown Lewiston
 Wednesday, August 15—5:00 to 8:00 p.m.—Beautiful
Downtown Lewiston
P1FCU Old Fashioned 4th of July and Sun
Festival: The P1FCU Old Fashioned 4th of July
is back by popular demand. Lewiston Parks
and Recreation is excited to have the 2nd Annual P1FCU Old Fashioned 4th of July. Come enjoy the Girl
Scouts children’s parade of wheels, local food vendors,
local entertainment, old fashioned fire truck rides, stage
coach rides, and children’s games and activities. The Sun
Festival, in cooperation with Lewiston Parks and Recreation and Big Country Radio, KHITS, and B973.com will
bring you a car show and show and shine. Free to the
 Wednesday, July 4—12:00 to 4:00 p.m.—Pioneer Park
Alternative Nursing Services—Movies
on the Wall: Alternative Nursing Services - Movies on the Wall is back! Lewiston Parks and Recreation, along with Julie
and Jim Pierce, will host a six-week movies series. Lewiston Parks and Recreation will continue to show movies on
our 25ft x 40ft movie screen for the entire family to enjoy.
Bring your family, friends, blankets, chairs, inflatable beds
and enjoy a movie under the stars. And remember...they’re free!
 Friday, July 6—The Adventures of TinTin—Dusk—
Pioneer Park
 Friday, July 13—Hugo—Dusk—Pioneer Park
 Friday, July 20—Breakheart Pass—Dusk—Pioneer Park
 Friday, July 27—Muppet Treasure Island—Dusk—
Pioneer Park
 Friday, August 3—Angels in the Outfield—Dusk—
Pioneer Park
 Friday—August 10—The Lorax—Dusk—Pioneer Park
Clean-up & Total Restoration Dive and
Drive—Drive-in Movies: Lewiston Parks and
Recreation presents the Clean-up and Total Restoration Dive and Drive – Drive in Movies at
Orchards Pool. First go swimming, then follow
it with the drive-in movies. Families can pile in their cars
and drive up to the inflatable movie screen adjacent to the
pool. The radio feed will be provided by B973.com/Big
Country/KHITS radio stations. This is a can’t miss summer experience; enjoy the only drive-in movies in the L-C
Valley. The best part...it’s all free to you.
 Saturday, July 28—Up—Swimming 7:10—8:30 p.m.:
Movie—Dusk—Orchards Pool
 Saturday, August 18—Rio—Swimming 7:10—8:30 p.m.:
Movie—Dusk—Orchards Pool
NEW—Father/Son Campout: This is a brand
new event for Lewiston Parks and Recreation!
We are calling all fathers and sons to join us
for a wonderful bonding experience that will
last a lifetime. The ATK Father Son Campout will include
dinner, breakfast, hiking, games, ropes course, activities,
campfire, hiking safety, outdoor safety, fire safety, storytelling, and s’mores. This event is limited to the first 40
participants. (Participants must pre-register due to food
order.) Ages: K-6
Saturday, July 14—Sunday, July 15—10:00 a.m. –10:00
a.m.—Camp Wittman—Fee: $10 per person—Registration
deadline is Friday, June 29
Mandarin Orange Cheesecake
1 Graham Cracker Crust
2 8-oz. cream cheese—softened
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
2 tsp. orange extract
1 cup whipping cream, whipped
2 tsp. grated orange peel
2 cans mandarin orange sections, drained
Beat cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Add concentrate and extract; beat well. Fold in whipped cream, orange peel and 1 can mandarin oranges. Spread evenly
into crust. Arrange remaining can of oranges on top of
filling. Chill at least 3 hours.
Very easy and very good!
April 2012
Lewiston police dept.
On April 10, 2012, Budd Hurd was
promoted to Lieutenant.
On January 16, 2012, Jared Smith became our newest Communications
Specialist. Jared had previously
worked at Mac’s Cycle before joining
the LPD team. Jared and his wife Jessica have a 2 year old son Kaiden.
Welcome Jared!
On March 29th Lieutenant Doug Clark
retired after 28 years of service. Doug
is looking forward to relaxing and
spending time with his family.
On April 6, 2012 Joshua Larson said
good bye to his LPD family. Joshua
came to the police department in December of 2007. Joshua is following
his dream of serving in the Army. We
will really miss him and are very
proud of him for volunteering to
serve his country.
Brandon Hopple will be promoted to
Sergeant in May 2012.
Matt Breese will be promoted to Corporal in May 2012.
On February 24th, Melissa Taylor, a
Communications Specialist, left the
police department after 18 years of
service. Melissa moved a little north
to work at WHITCOM.
A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. When the
other frogs saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead. The two
frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all their might. The other frogs
kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what
the other frogs were saying and gave up. He fell down and died. The other frog continued to jump as
hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, “Did you not hear us?” The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.
Lesson: Be careful what you say. It is sometimes hard to understand that an encouraging word can
go such a long way. Anyone can speak words that tend to rob another of the spirit to continue in difficult times. Special is the individual who will take the time to encourage another.