Saturday May 29 – Seed & Plant Exchange, 10 am to 12 noon, at the Grange
Thursday May 27 – Gardening Class: Garden Soil Care, 5:30 to 7 pm, hosted by Hailey Public Library
Saturday June 12 – Seed & Plant Exchange, 10 am to 12 noon, McKercher Park, along HWY 75, along ArborFest and Wood River Farmers Market
Thursday June 17 – Grange Business Meeting, at the Grange Hall, (7:00 pm )
Thursday September 16 – Grange Business Meeting, at the Grange Hall, time TBA
The big Rocky Mountain Douglass fir that stands next to The Grange has recently been named the first Heritage Tree in Hailey. Estimated to be 65 years old and 55-feet tall, the native, drought-tolerant tree is a beautiful symbol for The Grange and all it quietly does to make our community stronger.
The Hailey Tree Committee approved its first Heritage Tree nomination for the City of Hailey in February 2021. The Douglas Fir was probably planted by Rupert House who was a member of the Grange for many years. House is believed to have dug a small tree from his property in East Fork and transplanted it to the Grange. House was one of the community’s beloved old-timers, a miner who moved to the Wood River Valley in 1936 to work the Triumph Mine. He and his wife Bonnie raised their family on a simple farm in East Fork. House served as a Blaine County Commissioner for 16 years from 1980 to 1996, and continued to be active in community organizations until his death in 2008 at the venerable age of 92.
The Rocky Mountain Douglas fir is a common and valuable tree in the Wood River Valley. The hardy evergreen conifer is native to the interior mountainous regions of the Northwest. It is frost and drought tolerant.
SCOLARSHIPS AWARDED BY THE GRANGE
2020-2021 – Carey High School Senior: Sailor Ward
2019-2020 – Wood River High School Senior: Jennyfer Zavala
2018-2019 – Carey High School senior Chantele Nicole Styhl has been awarded $750.
2017-2018 – Wood River High School senior Analicia Koeplin has been warded $750.
2016-2017 – Carey High School senior Madison Lori Virgil has been awarded $750.
2015-2016 – Carey High School seniors Emily Squires and Kelsey Barker have been awarded $500 each.
2014-2015 – Wood River High School senior Ciceley Peavy who has been awarded $1,000.
The Chamber’s Business After Hours (BAH)
The BAH at the Grange on February 22, 2018, was a great community building event! Four of our members have been crowned by the Heritage Court: Grace Eakin, Joan Davies, Marsha Riemann and Mary Ann Knight. They are unstoppable, continuing to give themselves to the community. They were definitely the Queens of the event!
2017 Community Service Award
The Grange honored its own Teresa Bosch with a community service award for her lifetime dedication to serving the community as a volunteer at numerous events and for numerous organizations.
On the photo, Teresa Bosch receives the 2017 Community Service Award from Grange Master Keri York
2016 Hailey Fourth of July Parade – The Grange Float won second prize!
KMVT Desiree Fawn produced this interview on March 18, 2016. Click on the image to view.
The Grange Honors Fire Chief Craig Aberback
Hailey Fire Chief, Craig Aberback, nominated by the Upper Big Wood River Grange, received the first place honor of Fireman of the Year, at the Idaho State Grange Convention in November 2015. We are honored to have Craig serving our community.
Craig has an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science and Bachelors and Master’s Degrees in Management. Craig has taken numerous classes at The National Fire Academy in Emmetsburg, MD. He was hired as the Director of Emergency Services at Edison State College in Ft Myers, FL. There he was charged with starting a State recognized Fire Training Academy, overseeing the colleges EMT, Paramedic and Fire Training programs and associated degrees.
Since moving to Hailey in October 2013 he is on the Board of Directors for The Senior Connection, he is a member of Hailey Rotary, chair of Do the Right Thing and employed as Hailey Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chief of Wood River Fire and Rescue. He has also been an active with American Red Cross and participating with Relay for Life.
Chief Aberbach serves on the Counties Local Emergency Planning Committee, the County TAC Committee, is very active working with the Blaine County School District in helping with their emergency plans and also serves as the City of Hailey Emergency Manager.
Chief Aberbach working with the Hailey Fire Department partnered with the Hailey Police Department and the Blaine County School District in starting the first “Do The Right Thing Program” in the State of ID. The program recognizes K-12th graders for doing something exceptional. Encouraging positive behavior and building better relations with students and the Police and Fire Departments.
In addition, working with Fire Department Staff they started the only Fire Explorer program in the County where both High School Juniors and seniors get to learn the responsibilities and skills of a firefighter. The program also focuses on instilling leadership and responsibility. The seniors are also able to enter the local Fire Academy and at the completion are eligible to take a State test enabling them to be a certified at a Firefighter I.
Fire Chief Aberbach proposed to the local Blaine County Fire Chiefs to better organize and work more collectively. With that, he was nominated and is presently serving as the Chairman of the Blaine County Fire Chiefs Association. Through the Chiefs Association, Chief Aberbach organized joint committees for issues like Standard Operating Guidelines and Standardized equipment purchasing both would allow for better interoperability and safety for the local fire firefighters and departments.
Chief Aberbach serves on the Counties Local Emergency Planning Committee, the County TAC Committee, is very active working with the Blaine County School District in helping with their emergency plans and also serves as the City of Hailey Emergency Manager. In January of this year, the Hailey, Wood River and Bellevue fire departments all started training together. This was made possible by better communications through the office of the local fire chiefs. One of Chief Aberbach biggest accomplishments since moving here is working with the administration of the Wood River Fire Rescue Department (WRFR). Beginning May 2015 the WRFR and the City of Hailey entered into a contract for service where Chief Aberbach would also serve as the Assistant Chief of the WRFR department. This contract for service allows both departments the ability to better communicate work more effectively and is more financially responsible to both organizations thus in turn saving taxpayers money with an improved level of service. This is also a step in moving towards the opportunity to expanding the collective operations between the two departments.
There are many projects that Fire Chief Aberbach has worked on that have had a major impact on the emergency response in our community but also on educating and collaborating with other organizations in our community. Do the Right Thing is a program that has a positive effect on so many of the youth in our community. The efforts to collaborate with the Blaine County School District, Hailey Police Department, many local businesses that have provided support through rewards to the students nominated, and the citizens of the valley, approximately 20,000 people to recognize and nominate students from preschool age through high school demonstrates the magnitude of cooperation and energy of our entire valley consisting of 4 cities. The program is a national program originally started in Florida and the first in Idaho. Many local foundations have donated funds to help sponsor the event. The Do the Right Thing has a board of 9 local community leaders that collaborate and give direction to the program. The most difficult hurdle for the program has been to raise awareness of the program and encouraging people to nominate students that make good choices to help within their community. Last year was it’s first year. The overall recipient was a junior at Wood River high School. He was chosen for his involvement to referee the Hispanic league of students and children soccer organization. The other adult Caucasian referee made a call that upset one team’s parents and a large riot of activity broke out. The student stepped in and calmed the adults and explained why the call was made and helped to educate the majority of Hispanic parents of the call according to the USA Soccer Association rules.
Click on the image or this link to view a video of our contra-dancers in the Hailey Fourth of July Parade.