January 2018 Around Town 1

Boise Fire’s Local 149 Distribute 
300 Coats to Children

Members of Boise Fire Fighter’s Local 149 distributed 300 new coats to 10 local elementary schools. BFF Local 149 raised more than $9,300 since fundraising began in May. The money was raised by producing and selling a 2018 Boise Fire Fighters Local 149 Calendar, putting on the first-ever Boise firefighter fashion show and hosting the 10th annual Boise Fire Pumpkin Patch.

Coats will be distributed to Taft, Whittier, Whitney, Jefferson, Hawthorne, Valley View, Lowell, Koelsch, Horizon, and Maple Grove elementary schools. Each school received between 20 and 50 coats based on need.

Local 149 members, Local 149 Pumpkin Patch, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, Piece Unique & Shoez, ArmgaSys Inc. and CapEd Credit Union all contributed to this year’s coat drive.

Sen. Mike Crapo Recognizes Veterans through Idaho Veterans Service Award

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo recognized 22 Idahoans, including several from the Treasure Valley, nominated by veterans’ organizations for serving our nation and military veterans through The Spirit of Freedom: Idaho Veterans Service Award.

The award, began by Crapo in 2002, is a small way to recognize and acknowledge the contributions of Idaho’s veterans and volunteers to the wider Idaho veterans’ community.

Recipients from Boise include James “Jim” E. Chally, Terry L. Meiners, Terry L. Regelin, Dennis L. Stevens, Glen and Helen Fairbourn and Steve Spickelmier. Janet Hrico of Eagle also received the award.

BSU Names Engineering Building After Former President

Boise State University named one of its main engineering buildings in honor of former Boise State President Charles P. Ruch as part of the College of Engineering’s 20th-anniversary celebration.

The Charles P. Ruch Engineering Building honors the legacy of the university’s fifth president, who played a major role in establishing the College of Engineering at Boise State.

“From his very first day on the job, Dr. Ruch focused on building support for new programs that would drive our fast-growing city and state to long-term success,” Boise State President Bob Kustra says.

Ruch became Boise State’s president in 1992. By the time he announced his retirement in 2002, more than 1,400 students were attending engineering classes at Boise State. Since the inception of the College of Engineering 20 years ago, the college has granted nearly 3,000 bachelor’s degrees, more than 1,200 master’s degrees and 29 doctoral degrees.

Historical Society Awards Grants to Idaho Organizations

The Idaho State Historical Society has awarded grants to 17 organizations located throughout the state of Idaho, including Boise’s Idaho Military Museum and Preservation Idaho. The historical society and the Community Enhancement Grants program serve the history needs of the state. The program is an important way the historical society assists groups and organizations in preserving and interpreting community history. The CEG program provides funds for programs, collections management, educational programming, public access, interpretive enhancements or heritage tourism.

“The Community Grants Program provides us with an opportunity to preserve and promote Idaho’s cultural heritage,” Janet Gallimore, executive director of the historical society, says. “We rely on partners throughout Idaho to assist us in helping to preserve Idaho’s history. These grants will provide additional funds for programs and organizations located throughout the state and will help to strengthen partner organizations.”

St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital Receives $93,000 from FitOne Events

St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital received $93,000 from the St. Luke’s FitOne 5K, 10K and Half Marathon. That donation is thanks to the 10,191 people who took part in Idaho’s largest fitness event in fall 2017. Together with the donations from the last five years, FitOne has raised $438,000 to help improve the health of Idaho’s children.

Idaho’s statistics closely mirror national childhood obesity rates, with one in three children overweight or obese. With that added weight comes an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, joint dysfunction and more.

Of the funds raised during the event, $25,000 will support the new Idaho Elks Children’s Pavilion under construction across from St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital at the corner of Avenue B and East Jefferson.

Boys & Girls Club Announces New Members of Board of Directors

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County announced the election of two new directors to its board of directors. Joining the board are Darin Driscoll and James Pegram.

Driscoll is CEO of TVR, a commercial HVACR firm specializing in design-build projects, plan spec, tenant improvements, service and maintenance of commercial and industrial buildings.

Pegram is the senior vice president of Human Resources at the J. R. Simplot Company.