Around Midvale by Elsie Coburn

Will March come in like a lion or a lamb? That is the question! With the river and local streams staying safely within their banks, folks are still nervously watching the weather forecasts. A bit of snow fell overnight on Sunday and on Monday bright sunshine flooded the Middle Valley!
 
No fooling…Midvale is having an April Fools Party on April 1st. Please join us at the Midvale Merc Building, 48 Bridge Street in Midvale for a fun evening, starting at 7 PM with wonderful appetizers and cold drinks. Beer, wine, and non-alcohol beverages will be available for sale.
 
A little later in the evening we will have a lively auction of many great items, donated by local businesses and individuals. This will be followed by a time of great music provided by our own Lois Sutton. We encourage you to stay, visit with your neighbors and even dance your cares away.
 
This event is sponsored by the Midvale Community Partners, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to bring improvements to Midvale. Our current goal is to make city park improvements, including a splash pad and new, much needed, playground equipment. Proceeds from the auction and your donations will go towards these goals.
 
If you would like to donate a tax-deductible auction item, please contact Elsa Freeman at 208 473-6292.
Mark your calendars…… We hope to see you all there.
 
A note from Elsa… Our local chickens are happy and cooperating again after a long, hard winter. The Midvale Merc is getting in lots of wonderful, fresh farm eggs
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Midvale School News… On Tuesday, March 7, junior high boys and girls basketball games versus Council will be in Cambridge at 4:30. Then on March 9, the same teams will be in Cascade for games beginning at 4:30.

The Midvale School BPA (Business Professionals of America) students will be in competition March 9-11, location and time not available.

March 9 is the end of the third quarter!

Elizabeth Allison has been sidelined for the past week since she tore her ACL (knee tendon) during the basketball game in Cascade. Dylan Hart called Elizabeth’s mom, Rachel, to let her know. Tom and Marva Vogel also called her and then brought Elizabeth back to their house and her dad Rusty picked her up there. Dr. Foote, an orthopedic surgeon in Fruitland/Ontario performed the surgery. This Monday Allison was back in school but Mom said she was really tired when she got home. Rachel sends a thank you to everyone who helped out, and recommends the surgeon to anyone else who might have need of his services.

Midvale Revitalization Meeting was held on February 21. Chairman Kevin Hooper opened the meeting and turned it over to Jim Birdsall and Dick Gardner from the “Bootstrap Solutions” consulting group that is working with the City of Midvale and Midvale Partners to help develop a strategic plan for the community. 
They had compiled a rough draft of the strategic plan drawn up from the first seven meetings and there was discussion about a number of of ways to get the word out about our community, to foster awareness of local businesses and the importance of shopping locally and selling local products, improving the appearance of downtown Midvale, developing more housing, and much, much more.

The group voted on the top three issues to be the main focus. #1…Effective infrastructure capacity, #2…to create a one page brochure about Midvale, and #3… to work with Washington County concerning zoning changes.

You are all encouraged to attend the next Revitalization meeting in the Midvale Mercantile on Tuesday, March 14 at 6:00 pm.
 
Patty Fuchs has not been able to get out since the first snow fall. She asked that we send a huge THANK YOU to Jay Langer. “Jay brought in his grader and cleared out my driveway so I can get out and use my car to go for groceries. And he wouldn’t let me pay him even a penny!” Patty is also thankful for Melissa Stiff who continues to help her a lot. 
We mentioned earlier that Patty’s husband Calvin passed away recently. And now Patty reports that Calvin’s daughter, Shannon Fuchs of Longview, Washington, also passed away two weeks ago. Another great loss for Patty, especially since Shannon had been making phone calls to her every week and Patty loved her very much! Please keep Patty in your prayers folks!

Leave ’em Laughing…  Jack Coburn says.” We’ve had a lot of heavy snow this winter and a lot of fences are going to need a lot of repair. And, as the Old Farmer says, “Your fences need to be horse high, pig-tight and bull-strong!”

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