Heartwarming Story… Many of you probably heard about the Facebook request from Sarah Carlin, who asked for a headstone for her daughter who died 10 years ago at 5 ½ years of age and is buried at Dry Creek Cemetery in Boise with only a small marker. You also heard that Dori Healey set out to raise the needed funds. What you might not know is that Dori is the daughter of Jay and Deb Langer of Midvale. She began her mission on Monday, Dec. 4, and in 24 hours raised $1,000 to go toward paying for the headstone! Sarah Carlin calls her “My Christmas Angel!”  The headstone cost around $500 and a portion of the remainder will go to Carlin and her family as a Christmas gift. The rest will go to the Boise School District to pay overdue lunch balances.
 
Memories from Jack and Elsie… This story brought your reporter close to tears as we have a similar account. Forty-some years ago, we buried our tiny, three-day-old premature son, Carl  
Byron, in the same cemetery and an anonymous donor paid for his headstone! Our prayers go out for Sarah Carlin and prayers of thanks for Dori Healy’s gift.
 
Albert and Marie DeKinikker received word of the birth of their first great-great-grandchild, Raylynn, on Dec. 6, weighing in at 7lbs. 2 oz. The baby’s mom, Rayanna Latasha Madera Keeton, was Albert and Marie’s first great grandchild, born on Dec.17th on her mom Billy Jo's  birthday. They live in  Dobbins, CA.
 
Dean Jessup fractured a wrist Wednesday at 1:00 a.m. and is wearing a sling and experiencing pain, but no cast and no surgery will be necessary. Ethel says that their grandson Jared, who lives with them, has added “caregiver” onto his list of other good deeds.
 
Midvale Food Drive Reminder… Baskets for a local food drive may be found in local churches and businesses. For more info, or to suggest others in need, please call Norma Rose at 208-550-1075 or Shannon Williams at 208-566-2438.  
 
Midvale Library Story Hour… is scheduled for Thursday, December 21. Hope to see all you kids and parents there for a fun time!
 
Midvale School Happenings… Dec. 14; Girls’ Basketball vs. New Meadows in Cambridge at 6:00 pm.  On that same day, the boys team will play at Liberty Charter at 6:00 pm;  On Dec. 15; Girls basketball in Council at 6:00 pm; On Dec. 18…Midvale School Board meeting at 7:00 pm, Dec. 19…Girls and boys basketball versus Horseshoe Bend in Midvale at 4:30; Dec. 19…end of first semester and last day of school until January 3; Dec. 20..boys’ basketball in McCall at 6:00 pm; Fri. Dec. 22...girls and boys Basketball versus Pine Eagle in Cambridge at 4:30.
 
The School Christmas Program, held on Monday evening, began with piano solos by Lois Suttons’ students, and then moved to the stage decorated as “Candy Cane Lane.”  The program included Christmas music offered by the band under the direction of Mr. Steve Besel, including “White Christmas” and “Angels We Have Heard on High,” and a three minute rendition from the “Nutcracker Suite.”  Third-grader Lola Warren sweetly sang “Mary Did You Know?” and received a huge ovation!
 
The band played “Brazilian Sleigh Bells,” which Mr. Besel said was “Way over what they are supposed to be capable of!” The entire group presented a fun drama around the theme, “What are the best colors for Christmas decorating, green or red or white?”  Mrs. Santa Clause came in to solve the question by saying “All three colors are needed!”   
 
And of course the evening ended with an appearance by the “real Santa” handing out treats to all the eager children in the auditorium!
 
Leave ‘em Laughin’… Thanks go to Suzanne Ash for again providing our ending story! “The kids were talking about the School Christmas program that night and I reminded them that Santa would be there.”  Then Lexi asked, “Is it the real Santa? Because last year it wasn’t the real Santa.” Suzanne explained that sometimes Santa can’t make it and has someone else fill- in.   Lexi came up with the answer, “Maybe he was sick,” to which Luca added, “Maybe he has pink-eye.”