by M. Dan Hammond
A.F. Council President
This is the week of American Falls Day, with events culminating Saturday, Aug. 6. The theme this year is “Small Town Super Heroes” and I think we have lots of really super heroes in American Falls.
Super heroes work for the city and county. Super heroes own and operate all of our American Falls businesses. Our police officers and sheriff’s officers are super heroes. Our super heroes are actually found everywhere, in every walk of life and in every endeavor. They are too numerous to mention by name, but come to American Falls Day and honor them.
The weather should be generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. A stray shower of thunderstorm is possible. High 89F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph. In other words a typical American Falls forecast.
I’m sure you’ll all enjoy the parade and the food booths in the park afterward. Please come and celebrate with your friends and neighbors. American Falls Day is a great tradition where we can get together and relax for a few hours and take the opportunity to tell a “Super Hero” thank you.
You will also note the American Falls street dance is returning, thanks to efforts by Jakob Kendall and Katrina Evans. Jakob and Katrina appeared before the city council and made the request. They have raised the money for the band Coldwater (formerly known as Anaconda), have agreed to abide by all the rules set forth and are stressing that it is a family-oriented dance. They have also indicated that anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult and that no alcohol will be available. Thank you, Jakob; I know it will be a success, because you put so much time and effort into the preparations. You are a great example of a small town super hero.
The annual Power County Fair began Monday, Aug. 1, and culminates with the annual 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale on Friday, Aug. 5. Come to the fairgrounds on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and help these young people realize their dreams when they sell their animals. There are lots of activities during the week at the fairgrounds and you all need to be there to support these activities. See The Power County Press for details.
Don’t forget the Pink Ladies Quilt and Gift Basket Raffle. These ladies work hard to make these lovely quilts and your bedroom really needs one. Raffle tickets can be bought from any Pink Lady and the drawing will take place on A.F. Day at the Pink Lady booth in the park. This is still another example of some of our super heroes.
On Sunday, July 24, the city street department completed the street sealing project. A big thank you to all those who helped by keeping their cars off the streets during the work. The work was done on Sunday to minimize the problems a job like this creates. Kudos to Daren Dahlke and anyone else that made the decision to only chip seal the usable lanes of traffic. That savings allowed us to “seal” more area than we originally planned. Further, when the chips were sealed it went from curb to curb and after the lines were repainted it looks really good. Thank you again for a job well done.
I would also like to wish Karl Kozain good luck as he moves to Pocatello. He is one of the hardest workers I know and we’ll miss him greatly. Good Luck Karl.
In another bit of awful news, we have learned that Jeremy Peirsol will be leaving us sometime after the first of the year. Jeremy’s wife has been transferred to a job in Boise.
This is bad news for American Falls because Jeremy is really good at what he does and he does a lot. He is a great grant writer, has a work ethic second to none and is involved in almost every facet of work that we do in American Falls. We will miss Jeremy terribly. Both Karl and Jeremy are excellent examples of Small Town Super Heroes.
Speaking of Small Town Super Heroes, Mayor Marc Beitia will be back next week.
Until then …
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