Mike Krage Joins Idaho Potato Commission

Produce veteran Mike Krage recently joined the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) as the new Retail Promotion Director for the Northeast and Midwest.

Krage, based in Champaign, Illinois, will utilize category management, promotions and other marketing support tools to assist category managers and buyers in the Northeast and Midwest in boosting category profitability.

“I‘ve worked closely with IPC as a retailer over the last 20 years, and I’ve always valued their insights about what’s going on within that category,” Krage said. “I’m a big fan of using data, and IPC has some outstanding category data available by retailer and by region. I’m looking forward to sharing how category data can really help drive good decisions for assortment, pricing, promotion and merchandising.”

Krage brings more than 30 years of retail and wholesale produce industry experience to the role. His former positions have been with companies such as Supervalu/UNFI, Winn-Dixie, and Albertsons.

Schick-Ostolasa Farmstead to Hold Tours

Education will be at the forefront when it comes to touring the Schick-Ostolasa Farmstead. 

From 12:30-4:30 p.m. every Saturday through September 28, the Dry Creek Historical Society will have docents on hand for tours and questions. 

The Schick-Ostolasa Farmstead, comprised of seven historic farm buildings at 5006 W. Farm Court in Boise, offers a look at 1860s rural life in Idaho. The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006, and features a farmhouse, a detached kitchen and wellhouse, a root cellar, a wood shed, a saddle shed, a granary and a horse barn.

You can find more information about the tours and the property at drycreekhistory.org.

Boise Group TRHibe Debuts New Country Music Single

The Boise-native sibling group The Runaway Hamsters, also known as TRHibe, debuted its new country single in April.

“Water,” off the group’s EP “Brothers and Sisters,” also debuted its visual lyric video on the Double D Ranch website. Double D Ranch is a western attire retailer that previously featured TRHibe in its Spring catalog.   

TRHibe, consisting of siblings Isabella, Abby, Gabby and Riley (the latter three are triplets), have performed across the country, including venues like the Boise State Dance Marathon, the Idaho Horse Expo, and the CMA Music Festival. 

Boise Police Department Forms Community Diversity Outreach Panel

The Boise Police Department (BPD) expanded its Chief’s Community Advisory Panel this year with the creation of the Community Diversity Outreach Panel. Both panels serve as a resource for the BPD’s Chief for strategy formation, community policing concepts development, improvement of public services improvement and building public trust. 

The panel’s four members meet monthly with Chief William Bones and other BPD leaders.

“We want our police department to be a reflection of the community we serve,” Bones said. “Through additional input and partnerships, we hope to expand the public safety services we provide to the people of Boise.”

Panel participants include Leta Harris Neustaedter, Liz Mummey, Peter Vasquez and Reshma Kamal.

Boise Philharmonic Musicians Join American Federation of Musicians

The Boise Phil Orchestra Committee (the peer-elected bargaining unit for the orchestra) told the board and management in April the musicians have chosen to affiliate with the American Federation of Musicians (AFM).

Numerous meetings since this decision was announced have determined how all parties will commit to the vision set in 2018: To be an orchestra of extraordinary quality, recognized as a defining, bold, and relentless contributor to the arts in the communities we serve. The groups have all decided to stay true to this vision, as the meetings demonstrated everyone involved had a shared devotion to seeing the Boise Philharmonic grow and flourish. 

The Boise Philharmonic will celebrate its 60th Anniversary Season in 2019-20.