June 15th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â The top fund-raising team in Blackfoot for Relay for Life is the team from the Jason Lee Memorial United Methodist Church called âAngels Among Us.â Since January, the team has raised $10,841.43.
âAngels Among Usâ ranks third in the southern Idaho-eastern Oregon region. The region stretches from Rexburg to Boise and then into eastern Oregon.
ââAngels Among Usâ is actually two full teams,â said âAngels Among Usâ chairman Tom Drysdale. Each team is made up of 20 people so 40 people participate on these teams.
BLACKFOOT â The Relay for Life survivor dinner was attended by at least 64 cancer survivors Tuesday evening at the Needlecraft building on the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds.
Add family members and the number of people who enjoyed the dinner totaled about 140.
âThatâs more than double the number of people who attended last yearâs dinner,â said dinner organizer Dawn Larsen.
The dinner was sponsored by On the Spot Cleaning and Restoration and Premier Insurance.
The survival stories were as varied as the survivors.
Edith LaVerne Rainey Hall, 87, of Blackfoot, passed away Saturday, June 11, 2011, at Bingham Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Blackfoot.
Edith was born Sept. 1, 1923 in Annis, Idaho, to Roy Sylvanus Rainey and Ida Sophia DeRoche Rainey. At the age of 6 her family moved to the Teton Basin homestead of Cummer and Martha Leanora Hall. The Halls then moved to the Raineyâs property in Annis and later became Edithâs in-laws.
BLACKFOOT â The Relay for Life Survivor Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. this evening in the Arts and Crafts building at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds in Blackfoot. Parking is in the carnival area to the west.
The dinner is not in the Senior Citizen Center.
This yearâs speaker is cancer survivor Oleva Blessinger from Riverside.
âMy hope is one day they will find a cure for cancers,â she said.
BLACKFOOT âÂ Things are a little wild at the Blackfoot Public Library right now. Librarians are dressed like sheriffs and young readers are being deputized.
Registration for the summer reading program opened Monday and librarian Lisa Harral said "we are breaking all records for first day registration. The phones are ringing off the hook, there are tons of people coming in. It is just great."
The theme this summer is "Saddle Up and Read". The library is offering adventure days, activity stations and you will find local faces on wanted posters throughout the summer.
POCATELLO â Lorraine O. Mecham, 84, a lifelong resident of Pocatello, passed away on June 7, 2011, at Portneuf Medical Center after suffering a short illness.
Lorraine was born on March 22, 1927, to Albert Barnard and Elizabeth Herbst Olson in Groveland. She attended school first through eighth grades at Groveland and then graduated from Blackfoot High School.
After graduation, she and Marge Denney went to Pocatello and landed jobs from Mountain Bell, later being transferred back to Blackfoot.
Polly (Lankford) Heaney, 87, a long-time resident of Aberdeen, passed away on June 7, 2011.
She was born March 29, 1924 to William and Mariah (Whitaker) Lankford in Somerset, Kent. Three months before Polly was born, a tornado demolished their home. The family lived with relatives until they relocated to Indianapolis, Ind., where her father helped build the âBrickyard,â home of the Indy 500.
After 3 Âœ years they moved to Fort Collins, Colo., where Polly attended a one-room schoolhouse for a year.
July 25, 1918 â June 7, 2011
Jean Mary VanSice was born in Helena, Mont. She attended Helena High School, then Montana State University in Bozeman, graduating in 1939.
She married Eugene F. Berry, also of Helena, in 1940. They had six children, spending 28 years in Blackfoot.
Jean was active at various times in League of Women Voters, PEO, Eastern Star, and was a member of DAR. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
Following her husbandâs death in 1990, she lived in Boise; Coeur d âAlene; and Oregon City, Ore. She died at age 92.
By MELANIE MOORE
BLACKFOOT â The Blackfoot Ladies Golf Association is sponsoring a Relay for Life Golf Tournament Wednesday to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
The tournament will begin at 6 p.m. at the Blackfoot City Golf Course. The cost is $100 per four-person team, which includes green fees and dinner. Cart rental is a separate cost.
Teams are encouraged to register in advance and space is limited to the first 18 teams. To register call the Blackfoot CIty Golf Course at 785-9960.
All proceeds will go towards Relay for Life.
THOMAS â The Twin Butte Lions Club have scheduled its summer barbecue from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, at Rockford Park.
âThe more people come, the more money we have to help the school,â said Lions Club member Glenna Hale.
Mick Parris, Hale and the Lions Club wants to help schools and teachers in the Snake River School District. They encouraged teachers to write grants.
âContact us for guidelines for grants,â Hale said.
The Lions Club has given a grant to the marching band to cover the cost of cleaning their uniforms. Field trips were also suggested.