Friday, June 10, 2011


Foundation hires new fundraiser

St. Luke's Wood River Foundation has hired a new annual giving officer. Leigh Barer, formerly with The Advocates.

Barer will work on the foundation's annual giving efforts and e-communications, such as the website.

"She has a depth of experience in public relations and communications, as well as fundraising," said Executive Director Megan Thomas. "She's a good fit."

The foundation works to promote philanthropic support of St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center.

Barer replaces Heather Kimmel, who accepted a position as vice president and chief fund development officer for the Treasure Valley Family YMCA in Boise.

Free lunch? Yes, there is

The Hunger Coalition is again teaming up with the Blaine County School District to sponsor The Lunch Connection, offering free hot meals to kids during the summer.

From June 13 to Aug. 19, free hot lunch for children up to age 18 will be available weekdays from 11 a.m. to noon. Hot breakfasts will be served from 7:30-8:30 a.m. weekdays from July 18 to Aug. 12. All meals are served at Woodside Elementary School, on Woodside Boulevard between Berry Creek and Cherry Creek roads at the southern end of Woodside.

Volunteers from the Environmental Resource Center will offer fun activities with Wild Lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 14 through July 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. On July 12 and 14, the Bellevue Public Library will host a special Story Time for all ages.

Adults accompanying their children to The Lunch Connection can purchase a meal for themselves for $3.25.

Woodside Elementary School can be reached on Mountain Rides with a northbound stop at Berry Creek Road and southbound at Cherry Creek Road. Call The Hunger Coalition at 788-0121 or email for more information.

Hailey to consider bag resolution

At its meeting on Monday, June 13, the Hailey City Council will consider a resolution that would discourage use of certain disposable plastic and paper bags. The resolution was drafted by Wood River High School students following presentations of an ordinance to the council on April 11 and 25. The ordinance intended to ban certain disposable plastic bags and discourage the use of certain disposal paper bags.

At the April 25 meeting, the council expressed the desire for the students to work with city staff and the business community to refine the proposed ordinance. According to a news release from the city, the students plan to work with the business community and bring the refined ordinance back to the council in August. The first meeting with businesses is scheduled for Thursday, June 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Hailey City Hall. All interested businesses are invited to attend.

For more information, call Mariel Platt at 788-9815, ext. 24, or email

Smiley Creek to consider fire budget

A public hearing to consider a proposed fiscal 2012 budget for the Smiley Creek Fire Protection District will be held Tuesday, June 14, at 6 p.m. at the Smiley Creek Fire Department, 222 Ski Doo Lane in Sawtooth City. The commissioners will accept both written and oral comments.

The fiscal year begins Oct. 1. The proposed budget is for $87,119.

Celebrate Father's Day with seniors

The Senior Connection in Hailey will honor dads at its annual prime rib Father's Day dinner on Wednesday, June 15, at 5:30 p.m. The dinner costs $20 for adults, and includes wine and beverages. For children under 12, the dinner is $10. Tickets at the door will cost $25. The popular event does sell out.

Prepayment is suggested. To prepay, call Barb at 788-3468.

Boaters, beware!

The Blaine County Sheriff's Office is warning boaters to be watchful for debris floating or partially submerged in lakes and reservoirs.

In a news release, the Sheriff's Office advised that "local rivers are running extremely high right now" and carrying trees and other debris into calmer bodies of water.

Water temperatures typically remain below 50 degrees, adding to the possibility of drowning if a boat has a collision or overturns or if someone falls into the water.

The Sheriff's Office advises boaters to wear life jackets, keep a close watch on the waters, wear appropriate clothing, footwear and a helmet and have proper safety equipment on board.

For more information, contact Sgt. Jamie Shaw or Sgt. Adam Johnson at 788-5555.

Webb gives to Papoose Club

Webb Garden Center announced this week that it raised $3,500 for the Papoose Club on Saturday, June 4. Its annual one-day event donates 20 percent of sales from all three of its retail locations to the children's fundraising organization. Webb has been conducting this event with the Papoose Club for more than 10 years.

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