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AIC Highlights Noteworthy People

Monday, October 1, 2018  
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
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Check out noteworthy things being done and honors received by people in Idaho cities around the state.


On October 1, the City of Coeur d’Alene dedicated a new piece of public art, “Undercurrent,” located next to Riverstone Pond. “Undercurrent,” created by artist Kenneth Spiering and commissioned by the Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission, depicts undulating ribbons of stainless steel suggesting the surface of a flowing river, with three large, fully dimensional fish shapes below, and a riverbed of mortared river stones.


Renovations at the Idaho Falls Civic Center for the Performing Arts, currently in Phase I of the process, recently received an additional $257,000 gift from the William J. and Shirley A. Maeck Family Foundation, which will allow the purchase and installation of a new gala mechanical orchestra lift for the facility to replace the antiquated manual lift now in use. Though replacement of the lift was identified as a need during the renovations, budgetary constraints prevented the lift from being included in the original renovations. “Bill and Shirley always loved the symphony, and the lift is something that they envisioned could be a real benefit to the Facility,” said City of Idaho Falls Municipal Services Director Pam Alexander. “The generosity of the Maeck Foundation to make this possible is just a wonderful example of their continuing commitment to helping bring the arts that Bill and Shirley loved so much to our entire community.”


Beginning in the fall, Moscow Mayor Bill Lambert will convene the first Moscow Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MYAC).  MYAC will provide youth an opportunity to increase their knowledge of civic education through practical hands-on experience. Mayor Lambert believes that ensuring the success of the community in the future means investing in our youth today.  As such, the MYAC will strive to involve youth in local government through participation on local boards and committees, increase youth voice and communication in the City of Moscow’s future direction and volunteerism among youth and adults in civic affairs, and enhance civic education through leadership training. MYAC members are selected through a competitive application process. An ideal MYAC membership will be composed of a diverse group of young people that represent all youth in Moscow. Twenty MYAC members will be appointed as voting members from 11th -12th grades.  In addition, a general membership of the MYAC will welcome 9th- 12th graders who desire to be general non-voting members. These non-voting members will able take part in MYAC activities and learn the role of a Council member as well as gain experience in how to be involved in local government and civic affairs.


On September 21 the City of Pocatello held the first ever PARK(ing) Day in the Gate City. The effort featured participating groups reinventing parking spaces as parklets in front of their establishments, and during that time, residents got a chance to view the temporary installations.  “Parklets take small spaces, often just a few parking spots wide, and create a place to meet with friends and add fun energy to an area,” said Maggie Clark, Project Manager with the City. “Using parklets, we can reimagine the possibilities of the urban landscape in Pocatello.”


The City of Pocatello’s Lead Safe & Healthy Homes program is earning national recognition. Recently, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) shined the spotlight on Healthy Homer, the effort’s mascot, and the program’s first home to be certified as lead safe. “Healthy Homer is a unique way to promote our program and help educate people on the hazards of lead based paint,” said Adam Lane, CDBG Program Manager. “We are talking about an issue that a lot of people never think about.” “We’re thrilled to be earning praise from HUD,” said Janae Mitchell, Lead Grant Administrator. “Your home should be your safe haven and free of all hazards. Through the Lead Safe & Healthy Homes program, we are making that possible.” The Lead Safe & Healthy Homes program is funded by a $1.5 million Lead Paint Hazard Reduction grant from HUD and will support certifying at least 82 homes as lead-safe in Pocatello.


The Janice Seagraves Family Foundation donated “Rolling Waters” Kaleidoscope to the City of Twin Falls. The giant kaleidoscope is an interactive piece of art that is designed to invite the public to pause and appreciate their surroundings. Artists Eddie and Mary Elizabeth Phillips also crafted it to “add a touch of whimsy to the community.” The steel and glass kaleidoscope is made mostly from recycled materials.


If someone in your community has done something noteworthy or received an honor that you feel should be highlighted in the People section of the newsletter, send the information to GayDawn by e-mail or fax 344-8677.

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