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The Cancer Connection Idaho announces 2015 Write from the Heart teen writing contest

The Cancer Connection Idaho announces 2015 Write from the Heart teen writing contest

The Cancer Connection Idaho has announced their 2015 Write from the Heart teen writing contest.

Now in its second year, Write from the Heart seeks to provide a therapeutic outlet for teens to tell their unique stories of how cancer has impacted their lives, either through a personal diagnosis or that of a family member or friend. The contest is open to Idaho teens ages 13-19 and will be judged by local Idaho celebrities, including musician, Bill Coffey, and Idaho artists, Carl Rowe and Amy Westover.

$8,000 in prize money will be awarded to a total of twelve winners in both Survivor and Friends/Family categories.

Essays must be received by March 20, 2015. The finalists will be announced on April 20th, and an awards ceremony brunch will take place at 11:00 a.m. at the Owyhee in Boise.

1st Place winners will receive the Susan Sherlock award of $1,000. 2nd place winners will be awarded $600, and 3rd place winners will be awarded a prize of $400.

 

First, second and third place cash prizes will be awarded in four categories:

Lookout Pass Winter Carnival to take place Jan. 18

Lookout Pass Winter Carnival to take place Jan. 18

Lookout Pass will hold its Winter Carnival on Sunday, January 18th.

Events at the Winter Carnival will include face painting, temporary tattoos, a snowman contest, an egg and three legged race, volleyball, and the Wife Carry contest.

The Wife Carry will kick off at 1:00 p.m. PST on the uphill side of the lodge. The husband and wife teams will be divided into categories, and the teams will sprint 100 feet in single elimination heats. The contest will include a $100 cash prize, and there will be free swag for the participants.

Spokane County SCRAPS provides tips for keeping your pet safe from holiday hazards

Spokane County SCRAPS provides tips for keeping your pet safe from holiday hazards

Spokane County SCRAPS wants to warn pet owners of the hazards the holidays can bring to your four legged friends.


 

"Things that make the holidays a great time of year - cookies, presents, and a house full of company - can actually be hazards to our four-legged friends," said Nancy Hill, Regional Director of SCRAPS. "We advise pet owners to take a minute to make sure their house is pet friendly."


 

According to SCRAPS, here are a few holiday items that can be particularly harmful to pets:


 

  • Holiday Lighting and Candles

SCRAPS said these are especially dangerous to pets that like to chew. Electrical shock can occur when a pet chomps down on an electrical cord, causing tongue lacerations and possible death. SCRAPS suggests using LED candles instead of actual flames and place them into hard-to-reach places so that pets can not access them.


 

  • Gift Wrap Ribbon

The Christmas Light House will brighten N. Idaho Dec. 15-22

The Christmas Light House will brighten N. Idaho Dec. 15-22

 

People in Hayden, Idaho can enjoy some Christmas cheer by visiting The Christmas Light House, located on 1473 W. Cardinal Ave., now through December 22. The free event promises Christmas lights, carolers, treats, and pictures with Santa each night.

 

According to event coordinator, Jeremy Morris, decorations have been going up on this house since September. Morris also said a live camel, named Dolly, will be present this at the event Thursday through Saturday.

 

Additionally, each night at the 7:45 p.m., candles and Christmas song books will be distributed for community-wide candlelight caroling.

 

The event will run each night from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Visitors are asked to park their vehicles at North Star Baptist Church parking lot at 8415 Ramsey Rd. Hayden, Idaho 83835

 

4-year-old Idaho boy writes heartwarming letter to the Grinch

4-year-old Idaho boy writes heartwarming letter to the Grinch

Four-year-old Jacob was enjoying the Journey to the North Pole Holiday Lake Cruise in Coeur d'Alene Monday night with his family, that is, until the Grinch showed up.

According to Jacob's mother, Jodi Mogavero, Jacob is one of Santa's biggest fans.

“Every time Jacob sees Santa, he jumps up and yells, 'Santa, it's me, Jacob!',” Mogavero said.

Being the Santa supporter he is, Jacob became angry at the Grinch's naughty antics toward St. Nicholas during the cruise. In fact, the Grinch got him so worked up, he decided to write a letter to Santa right then and there. In his letter, Jacob told Santa that he should beat up the Grinch... and that he wanted a dancing Olaf toy for Christmas.

Mogavero said she helped Jacob put the letter in Santa's mailbox, and the family went on their way.

A bed for AJ

A bed for AJ

After two years of mostly sleeping in his wheelchair, Anthony “AJ” Cada, a 21-year-old Rathdrum resident, is just $1,350 away from a new bed. However, the remaining balance must be met by Friday, November 23.

Cada suffered a spinal cord injury in a diving accident in Lake Coeur d'Alene in 2011. It left him paralyzed from the chest down.

The adjustable bed Cada hopes to get was recommended by his doctor. While a non-paralyzed person is able to move around during their hours of sleep, people with paralysis are unable to make these adjustments. Staying in one position for hours at a time can lead to complications like pressure sores. This new bed will provide Cada with the appropriate comfort and flexibility he needs to make adjustments for himself.

Idaho food banks in need of milk

Idaho food banks in need of milk

Idaho's food pantries have a crucial need for more milk, and the Great American Milk Drive wants to make it easy to donate a gallon with the click of a mouse.

October is Idaho Hunger and Food Security Awareness Month, and United Dairymen of Idaho is encouraging people across the state to participate by making a $5 contribution for milk to their local food bank.

You can visit www.MilkLife.com/give and enter your zip code to ensure milk is delivered from the farm to a food bank in your community. You can also test “MILK” from your cell phone to 84465 to add a $5 donation to your phone bill.

According to Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, milk is one of the most requested by food bank clients, yet there is a nationwide shortage because it is rarely donated.