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BLANCHARD PROUDLY ANNOUNCES Blanchard Daze
2010 GRAND MARSHAL MAE CANNON!
One of the most valuable assets a community can have is
it’s people. A community is only as good as those who
live within it. As the saying goes, “It’s what’s
inside that counts” and the community of Blanchard is a
testament to that statement. Extraordinary people,
like Mae Cannon are at the heart of making Blanchard a
great place to live.
Mae’s “never give up” attitude and positive outlook is
the reason that she was chosen as the grand marshal for
the 2010 Blanchard Daze Celebration scheduled for August
13th and 14th. This year’s theme, “Blanchard Daze,
Country Style” is a fitting tribute to her good ‘ol
fashion country beliefs and lifestyle. Mae’s “country
style” is reflected in her contentment for simple
country things and gentle ways.
Mae Evalee Miller was born in Priest River, Idaho and
was raised on a family farm purchased a month before her
birth in 1938. She was the fourth of five siblings,
having two sisters and two brothers. Mae and her
siblings grew up in a religious atmosphere, attending
church regularly and raised by a mother who believed
strongly in the power of prayer and love. Music was also
an important part of their upbringing. The family sang
in talent shows and carried the harmony for their church
in Priest River. As a young girl Mae had an interest in
singing, girl scouts, and, of course, boys.
Mae was married twice and had three children, Dawn, Jan
and Ted with her first husband, Cliff. She married Jack
Cannon in 1965 and acquired his two daughters, Becky and
Vicky. Jack and Mae enjoyed a wonderful marriage for 41
years. They settled in Coeur d’Alene soon after they
married and opened J and M Auto Body Shop which they
owned and operated for 32 years.
In addition to hard work, Jack shared Mae’s passion for
music. He was a great harmonica and steel guitar player.
He taught Mae to play the guitar and together they
started the Cannon Family Band and played at the Ivalee
Dance Hall for 7 years. After the children were grown,
Mae and Jack started, “Juanita and Friends”, a band that
continued for over 20 years. They entertained at many
community functions and volunteered their musical
services at senior centers and charity events. Mae and
Jack were active in Campfire Girls for several years.
Jack built a float that was used for many years in
9th, 2010 ->
CRIME STOPPERS MEETING - STANDING ROOM ONLY
County Sheriff Deputy James Cotter and Deputy Michael
Miracle discussed ways to protect yourself and property
against crime. They also talked about the recent
burglaries in the Blanchard area. There is an on-going
investigation and they do have suspects but declined to
discuss details of the cases for obvious reasons. There
are discrepancies in the number of burglaries as
reported by the deputies, the sheriff’s department and
the count that Blanchard compiled. All of the
burglaries may not have been reported so they would not
be in the Sheriff’s computer data base. (A list of
occurrences was given to the deputies after the meeting
that indicated a higher number than was talked about
during the meeting. Three days after the meeting another
burglary took place in the Blanchard area)
DRAWING & PAINTING FROM
A LIVE MODEL at the Blanchard Community Center
When: February 20th 2010 (model in vintage Hollywood
robe). Also March 6th (we will have a belly dancer in
costume), April 17 (we will have a yoga instructor doing
yoga poses), May 15th (we will have a very pregnant
young woman), and June 19th. All sessions are from 10 AM
to 4 PM.
Where: The Blanchard Community Center, 685 Rusho Lane,
Blanchard Idaho. Call 208 437 4072 for directions, if
you don't already know how to get there.
How much: $10.00 for 4 hours of drawing and/or painting.
This money pays for the Center use and for the hard
Who: a bunch of
well meaning people who want to keep the arts alive for
those who choose to come. We offer some instruction for
those who want it, but join us for the fun and the
opportunity to work with artists of different levels who
are using different materials.
You will need to bring a lunch. We usually have coffee
made. You need to bring your own materials. And if you
are coming for the first time you will want to arrive
early to meet everyone and find out what we are about.
Our Center is a large space and has a good cleanup area.
Our arts program is 3 years old now and we are offering
more and more sessions, workshops and classes every
Thank you and please feel free to call me at the number
above if you are interested in any one of our offerings.
Also if you plan to attend please let me know in
advance. Clancie Pleasants
February 4th, 2010
Heritage Makers Comes to Blanchard
Storybooking will be demonstrated and made available to
all for free
Alicia Burgett, Personal Publishing
Consultant for Heritage Makers, will be available at the
Blanchard Community Center, 685 Rusho Road, on Thursday,
February 11, at 7 PM to discuss and demonstrate the
value of “storybooking” for all ages.
"Through the power of Story,
our influence can outlive us."...Dr. Sharon Murdoch
Makers’ unique concept of storybooking continues to grab
attention from people everywhere. The company and its
consultants teach others how to preserve their heritage
through its all-inclusive website. The online program
allows clients to personally design books, cards,
calendars, gallery-wrapped canvases, and more that
highlight their families and friends.
Heritage Makers’ goal is to
build lasting legacies of family heritage by creating,
celebrating, and perpetuating family heroes, traditions,
values, memories, and commitments. Through the power of
story, each individual can strengthen the home and
family and boost children’s confidence.
world where the importance of values is decreasing,
Heritage Makers strives to encourage family unity by
providing heritage-enriching products. Heritage is the
strength of family and the source of individual worth,
which in turn are the foundation of society and the
basis for hope for a better world. This is the Vision
of Heritage Makers.
demonstration of the online Studio as well as the use of
the Kodak high-speed scanner (for preserving old photos)
will be included in the program. Contact the Blanchard
Community Center at 208 437-1037 for more information on
this free program. Everyone is welcome to attend!
The Blanchard Community Center recycles used printer ink
cartridges as well as gently used clothing.
Additionally, we seek garage sale and auction items for
our fund raising events throughout the entire year.
Please help by donating today!
Call Barb at (208) 437-4480 or Center at (208) 437-1037
The Food Bank/Thrift Store in Oldtown is in need of a
new location immediately!
They have no place to go
and they serve a community in need. If you know of a new
home for them, or if you have something to offer, please
call 437-0143 as soon as possible. They are located in
Oldtown, even though they have a Priest River address. I
know there is a solution out there, we just have to find
it and make the connection. Thanks for your help, Chris
Their mailing address is: West Bonner Food Bank PO Box
1088 Priest River, Idaho 83856
BLANCHARD BUS SERVICE?
There is a discussion (just beginning) about offering
bus service to Blanchard. It is already being offered in
Athol, so this would be a continuation of that line.
Before the discussion can proceed, we need to have the
following survey filled out by as many people as
possible. You can send your response to me or to
Michelle Porter at
firstname.lastname@example.org . All responses will be
kept 100% confidential. If you have questions, or want
to fill out and send in a hard copy of this survey, call
Michelle at 208 561-1123. Thanks for your help!
For the town of Blanchard-
1. Are you in need of transportation?
Do people give you rides places or do you have your own
2. Check one: Is your personal income
$12,000 or less a year?
$15,000. or less a year?
$24,000 or less a year?
$25,000 or more a year?
3. Would you like to ride a bus coming through town with
a set schedule?
Would you prefer to take a taxi?
Would you prefer a carpool?
4. If you take transportation often what city do you go
to most often?
5. If you could only afford to take transportation once
a week, what city/destination would you go to most
6. Do you use a wheelchair or do you know someone who
uses a wheelchair?
7. If a ride share program were to be available in your
town, would you be available to volunteer your time to
help organize or maintain the program?
8. If you could receive a voucher (credit towards
reimbursing the driver or provider for your ride) worth
$45.00 a week/ $180.00 a month to use to give a taxi,
bus, or friend, would you prefer to (please circle the
option you would prefer most)
* give that money to a taxi that comes to your town?
* A friend?
* A bus that has a fixed route through your town?
9. If you received a gas voucher, please explain how
would it be helpful to you.
If no, please explain why it would not be helpful to