RideOut Technologies Builds Comfortable Bicycle Seats

Located in Boise, RideOutTech.com builds and sells truly comfortable bike seats.

Jeri Rutherford, the creator of RideOut, says she’s a lifetime bike rider and an atypical inventor. She designed the seats after she turned 40.

“Although a lifetime rider, it seemed I couldn’t go over 5 miles without hurting so bad I had to stop,” she says. “However, I wasn’t willing to give up my favorite activity, so I built a more comfortable bike saddle.”

Now RideOut sells several different kinds of products, including seats, saddles, touring bags and bike grips. Its products range from $45 to $107 on its website.

Zeppole Baking Company Welcomes New Director of Bakery Operations

Ron Rupocinski has joined Zeppole Baking Company as director of bakery operations, a new position created due to the company’s expanding product line and growing wholesale clients, according to Charles Alpers, who owns Zeppole with his wife, Alison. Ron brings more than 30 years of experience in bakery and menu development to the company, specializing in creating new and marketable products. He was corporate chef with Krispy Kreme for 15 years and has owned a café/bakery in California.

Cornerstone Healthcare Adds New Service Center

Cornerstone Healthcare Inc., an Idaho-based holding company whose affiliates provide home health, hospice and home care services across the U.S., has announced the opening of a new service center office at 1675 E. Riverside Drive in Eagle.
“Since the Cornerstone Service Center opened with one room off Old State Street in Eagle, we have gratefully called the Treasure Valley home,” says Vice President John Gochnour. “At its heart, the Service Center is about people. The growth and success the Service Center has experienced over the years is directly attributable to the talented, dedicated resources who work here in Eagle and remotely to support our home health, hospice and home care agencies.”
The new center will be the home for more than 55 professional resources, a term Cornerstone uses to describe the legal, finance, accounting, human resources, information technology, accounts receivable and clinical experts who support Cornerstone’s 46 agencies located across Idaho and 10 other states. Across the country, Cornerstone’s affiliates employ more than 2,350 nurses, CNAs, therapists, social workers, chaplains, physicians, caregivers and professional resources, including 350 in Idaho.

Governor Selects Several Boiseans for Awards in the Arts

Gov. Butch Otter and first lady Lori Otter have selected the recipients of the 2018 Governor’s Awards in the Arts, and several Boiseans are recipients of the award. The biennial awards, established in 1970 by the Idaho Commission on the Arts, bring recognition to Idaho’s exceptional artists, arts organizations, and arts supporters. Nominations are solicited from the public, reviewed by commissioners and then presented to the governor for his independent decision. Silver award medallions, designed by Idaho artist Elizabeth Wolf, will be presented to the recipients by the Otters in November.

Local recipients include:

Excellence in the Arts
Diane Raptosh, writer and educator, Boise

Support of the Arts
Surel’s Place, arts organization, Garden City

Special Commendations
Boise Music Week, arts organization, Boise

Boise State Program Awarded Grant for AmeriCorps Work

Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, has received a $1.1 million grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to fund Idaho AmeriCorps programs in 2018-2019, including a grant for Boise State University. The grants will support the service of 155 AmeriCorps members statewide. AmeriCorps members give a year of intensive service on a full-time or part-time basis. Boise State University Service-Learning Program was awarded a $50,747 grant to fund 15 AmeriCorps members who will provide literacy tutoring in the Boise School District and throughout the Treasure Valley.

Girl Scouts Council Receives $10,000 for Visions Program

Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council has received $10,000 from First Interstate Bank, Greater Boise Rotary Foundation and Mountain West Bank for the council’s in-school “Visions” mentoring program for low-income, at-risk girls. During the 2017-18 school year, Visions served 325 girls in 25 schools throughout the Treasure Valley.
Visions is a free in-school program that helps fourth-  through sixth-grade girls develop competence in a variety of life-coping skills including healthy decision-making, problem-solving, conflict resolution and personal safety. Since the start of the Visions program in 2001, more than 3,300 girls in the Treasure Valley have successfully completed the program thanks to support from local foundations and businesses.
Visions is led by trained volunteers and school counselors who serve as positive mentors during the program’s 8-week sessions. The program is currently seeking mentors for the 2018-19 school year.

Plant Your Roots at Dry Creek Ranch

Five minutes north of downtown Eagle, just south of Shadow Valley Golf Course, Dry Creek Ranch has been long in the making. Planned in 2005 but unfeasible due to economic barriers, Dry Creek Ranch has changed hands and been dramatically re-envisioned. As Ada County’s newest planned community, Dry Creek Ranch incorporates its agrarian setting to create a wholesome neighborhood that Idahoans are proud to call home. Nestled in a rural setting, its defining features include large lots, miles of trails, vast open space, equestrian opportunity and a farm-to-table community.  

Bringing the finest craftsmanship to the table, Boise Hunter Homes has teamed up with seven other local builders, building on lots up to 1 acre. With the first residents arriving in winter 2018 and half of Phase 1 homes already sold, now is the time to discover why Dry Creek Ranch is the next and last place your family will call home. 

Trailing of the Sheep Festival

Celebrating its 22nd year, October 10th–14th in picturesque Wood River Valley with five days of nonstop activities in – history, folk and traditional arts, a Sheep Folklife Fair, Wool Festival, music, dance, storytelling, Sheepdog Trials and, the Big Sheep Parade of 1,500 sheep. Dancing, singing, music and food honoring the tradition of welcoming family home from a long summer of grazing in the mountains.  This Festival honors the colorful history, heritage and cultures of Idaho and the West. www.trailingofthesheep.org