Way to go,Idaho: Treasure Valley benefactors

December 6, 2013 

It is time once again to stop and smell the roses of community and individual efforts that make Idaho and the Treasure Valley a better place. Our favorite way to do this is in an installment of Way To Go, Idaho.

Topping the list this time is the selfless work of Roger Kuhse, the 72-year-old Boise County man who has spent countless hours collecting soda cans so he can turn them into cash and then donate the money to support Idaho City schools.

We chuckle in regard to the adage “no good deed goes unpunished” when we consider that Kuhse, who occasionally is observed crawling among garbage to retrieve cans, has been admonished by the clueless to “get a job.”

To the contrary. Not only has his great deed produced $12,000 for the school system, it has motivated others to donate money and consider ways in which they can follow Kuhse’s example.

If you would like to read more about Kuhse, check out the Statesman profile of him, which ran Sunday. If you want to supply recyclable aluminum cans for this effort, there are a number of receptacles between here and Boise County. God’s speed, Roger Kuhse, and our best to the Cans For Kids efforts.

FORE!

We wish we were a little birdie, or even a bogey, the day Boise Mayor Dave Bieter got the call that someone wanted to donate a golf course to the city.

A mix of delight and skepticism must be deployed whenever a city looks a gift horse in the mouth.

But, as it turns out, the gift of Quail Hollow Golf Course was quite a bit more than a bird in the bush — it has proven to be an extremely generous gift from Dave Hendrickson, who simply wanted to see the land preserved for golfers or as open space.

Boise doubles its number of municipal golf courses and the Treasure Valley is once again enriched by generational generosity that shows no sign of letting up.

Kudos to Hendrickson, who, like Kuhse, avoids the limelight in favor of basking in the glow of community.

BETTER TO GIVE THAN TO . . .

Though our snail mail and email boxes inform us of much of the generosity going on in Idaho — seasonal and otherwise — we can’t know about every miracle on 34th St., State Street or along Black Cat Road. But we’d like to know, so tell us in a Letter to the Editor or guest opinion piece about the good deeds of your good neighbors. They can be tied to the holidays or just regular expressions of community contributions.

At the risk of overlooking others, here are some examples:

The 21st annual Shop With A Cop is happening Saturday from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. in Nampa. Because of donations from the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, Kmart, the Knights of Columbus (Nampa Chapter), Hopkins Nursery and private individuals, law enforcement from Canyon and Owyhee County will escort and accompany area kids on a shopping spree.

Zions Bank has awarded two Treasure Valley entrepreneurs with $3,000 Smart Women Grants. The recipients are Lori Fascilla of Giraffe Laugh Early Learning Centers and Alicia Vanderschuere of rosieMADE.

The Idaho Stampede Community Foundation donated $3,300 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County to refurbish a gym floor.

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