Boise Mayor Dave Bieter announced the names of 38 Boise residents and businesses who were celebrated during the Good Neighbors recognition ceremony on Sept. 22 at the Boise Depot.
Boise Celebrates Good Neighbors, started in 2011, was designed to bring neighbors together and honor individuals who have made significant local contributions. Nominated by their own neighbors for a variety of reasons, nominees were 35 individuals, one organization and two businesses.
Rena Alexander, nominated by Ann Cochrane: Many times when tragedy strikes, people are there for a while and then in time move on. Not Rena. She settled into a friendship with me for the long haul.
Cathy Ammirate, nominated by Tasha Souza: Within weeks of moving to Boise, we experienced a large neighborhood fire in our yard and an unrelated severe injury to my son’s leg and Cathy helped us tremendously in both instances as well as many others.
The Ayers family, nominated by Laura Stegner: The Ayers family is always willing to help out. When my husband lived on the East Coast for two years, they willingly watched our dogs, mowed the lawn and generally helped with anything whenever I traveled to spend time with my hubby.
Sepp Braun, nominated by Brian Powell: Sepp and his family have been my neighbors for years and I’m sure my quirky attitude has left them pondering a time or two. That does not change the fact that if I have ever needed help with anything from a silly question to replacing a toilet or even digging holes, he typically drops whatever it is he is doing to come give me a hand.
Leroy Cramer, nominated by Bob McFarland : At age 88, Leroy is the most amazing neighbor I have ever had. He is kind, caring, and thoughtful; taking care of trash cans, mail, and papers when neighbors are on vacation.
Quentin Crockett, nominated by Rod and Lisa McIntosh: While Quentin is a retired person he often takes out our garbage cans and brings them back in and watches our house while we are on vacation.
Nancy Day, nominated by Jasmine Knowlton: Nancy is an all-around good human being. She is always there when you need her and she can brighten up any day with her warm smile.
Lisa Dinwiddie, nominated by Carol McKinney: I recently went through a divorce and have had to make many changes in my life. Although I do not have any family here in Idaho, Lisa and her family became family to me and looked out for me in the months to come.
Lou Englehardt, nominated by Connie Norris: Lou is the tireless cheerleader of our neighborhood, assembling local histories before they disappear forever. Lou is committed to bringing people together.
Joanie Fauci, nominated by Lani Gallimore: For many years, Joanie Fauci has been an exemplary neighbor in every way imaginable: holding various offices in our Neighborhood Association and performing her duties in a professional, courteous, efficient manner.
Mary Alice Glen, nominated by Roy Glen and Susan Cornett: Mary Alice is concerned about our natural preserves and pursues ways to support the Open Space Campaign and protect the natural beauty of the city and foothills.
Ariela Gruszka, nominated by Danette Phelan: Ariela always has a big smile, a helping hand, and sometimes even a wonderful homemade dish to share. No matter how busy she is, she will always be there when you need her.
Julia Gulbransen, nominated by Julie Scarborough : Julia has been on our neighborhood social committee for years and helps sponsor all our neighborhood events on the holidays and for National Night Out.
Paula Hull, nominated by Jarice Halsted: Paula worked incredibly hard on a neighbor’s yard. She and another neighbor spent about two months going through sheds, the carport and making lots of trips to the dump and recycling center.
Gordon Halsted, nominated by Paula Hull: When Gordon’s neighbor had to move, the neighbor’s wife and kids had to deal with the removal of belongings from the home and moving expenses. Gordon helped them make numerous trips to recycling center to make money for the move.
Bob Hay, nominated by Jamie Soloaga O’Mahony : Bob Hay is a wonderful person and an excellent neighbor who spends countless hours volunteering his time to help the people in our neighborhood when they need it most. He is our go-to-person to solve complex issues that crop up with regards to our neighbors or aging townhouses.
Sally Jackson, nominated by Angie Fuller: Sally’s friendly, caring, and generous personality always make people feel welcome at her home. It’s common for her phone to ring with a neighbor calling to ask if they can come over for a cup of coffee. She truly enjoys relaxing together and sharing stories, concerns, and laughs.
Winn and Jan Johnson, nominated by Suzanne and Hawk Stone: We just moved to the Collister neighborhood a few years ago and Winn and his wife Jan Johnson were the first to welcome us and help us learn more about our 105-year-old home. Winn is a delight for children in the neighborhood, and every Easter their home is the site for a great neighborhood egg hunt and picnic.
Lorraine Kerr, nominated by Anna McHargue: There is no better neighbor than Lorraine Kerr. She is known around Southeast Boise as the person who will help you, who will offer support of any kind, who will open her home to strangers, and who will protect your kids.
Ingrid Lundgren, nominated by Emily Koleno: Ingrid is a warm, welcoming person and a delight to have as a neighbor! She and her kids delivered a sweet gift when our daughter was born and is quick to wave and smile when we drive by on our way home.
Mac and Marley MacDonald, nominated by Jacob and Ilona Barrientos: When we moved to Idaho ten years ago, the MacDonalds were the first to welcome us to the neighborhood. At the time, we did not have a lawn mower; Mac had an extra one so he gave it to us!
Tom and Mary Jane Markland, nominated by Patricia Rodriguez: Need a little help with a job in The Meadows? Tom Markland is your go-to guy. Not for your everyday handyman projects, but rather for trees, shrubs, grounds, sprinklers and wells. He knows the area and its problems and how to fix them.
Marianne McIntosh and Mike Reuling, nominated by Alex Davis: Our family was nervous about moving into a new neighborhood. On our first day outside, Marianne literally YOO-HOO’d at my daughters and me through a hole in the fence. “HI, HONEY! ARE YOU OVER THERE? I’M MARIANNE, YOUR NEW NEIGHBOR. I’VE BEEN HOPING YOU WOULD MOVE IN!”
John and Margaret Mortimer, nominated by Trent Hill: Margaret organizes and spearheads our annual block party; a staple of our neighborhood for 10 years now. John is like the neighborhood “big” kid. He routinely invites people in to play ping pong (and even lets me win).
Roy and Jimmie Napper, nominated by Renee Chariton: I am nominating Roy and Jimmie Napper because well, they rock! We have been blown away by their willingness to help their neighbors in just about every capacity.
Danette Phelan, nominated by Ariela Gruszka: Danette moved to our small cul-de-sac about 2 years ago. Since then she managed to create a wonderful sense of community and providing life sharing experiences with all the neighbors around her house.
Randy and Eva Pursifull, nominated by Laura Baldassarre: We can always count on Randy and Eva to watch or feed our animals when we are out of town. They are hospitable and constantly invite us over to join in their family events.
Amy Reding, nominated by Amber Beierle: Amy checked on our cat, dogs and home when our son was in the NICU. She comforted us by checking in and ensuring their safety so we could focus on our son’s health.
Ann Ritter, nominated by Debbie Knutsen: As a resident of the West Bench for more than 15 years, Ann has volunteered for many leadership positions which favorably impact her neighborhood. She served on her HOA Board for 10 years as Treasurer as well as being the Neighborhood Watch chairperson for 8 years, and planning the annual National Night Out. =
Bryan Lee Mckee Roesberry, nominated by Andy Brunelle: I have never met Bryan in person but I know him through the Facebook group ”Boise & The Treasure Valley History” that he started. The group now has grown quickly to more than 4,000 members and people are actively sharing memories and old photos about Boise and the Treasure Valley.
Helen Sheirbon, nominated by Elliot Werk : Helen has always stepped up for the neighborhood! She started a running club for young girls to enhance self-esteem and served as president of the Borah Neighborhood Association despite a very demanding job with HP.
Joel Stinton, nominated by Jamie Viens: Mr. Stinton was a major donor for the Treasure Valley Judo Club raffle this year. He supported our children’s team by generously donating several yearlong memberships to Planet Fitness.
Jane and Bill Teske, nominated by Nina Dutton : Jane and Bill have been wonderful all around neighbors to everyone in the lower Highlands neighborhood. Jane always offers kind words, warm hellos and good conversation to the school-goers and families that pass by her house on the way to the elementary school.
Mark and Betty Tweedie, nominated by Steve and Lois Flake: They are great neighbors and are always willing to help with anything, even spraying weeds and mowing the lawn of an empty rental house.
Kathy Ann Young, nominated by Elle Sheedy Real Estate: Kathy Young and I for the last 7 years have read our Bible together on Wednesday’s here in the East End. Two years ago our learning was put to the test. I went through a series of terrible crises, which included the life threatening illnesses of two family members. Kathy, heartbroken over the unrelenting struggles that were pummeling and threatening to destroy my life, made it a point to not give up on me or our family pets.
Edward’s Greenhouse, nominated by Suzanne Stone:We live in the Collister neighborhood and regularly visit Edward’s Greenhouse for landscaping and vegetable garden supplies and gardening advice.
Reggie’s Veggie’s, nominated by Ann Ritter: Reggie’s Veggie’s has been a fixture at the corner of Milwaukee and Ustick roads on the West Bench for twenty… YES 20, years.
Idaho High School Athletic Association nominated by Ann Ritter: The association represents over 160 junior and senior high schools. The upkeep of their facility set a standard for other home and business owners in the area.