Weekly Speakers on October 12th & October 19th Excel At Telling Their Stories
On October 12th, Joan Poppino gave an excellent presentation on Boundary County's Master Gardener Program. The program has the second largest number of volunteers among the County's extension programs, 4-H having the most. To become a Master Gardener, the participant is required to spend 30 hours in the classroom and 30 hours of on-the-job training taught by local instructors with gardening expertise as well as personnel from the University of Idaho.

All Master Gardeners are expected to respond to gardening questions and demonstrations within the County. As such, Joan outlined various aspects of the course work, including information about botany, plant propagation, soils and fertilizers, pesticides management, pests and animal control techniques, and plant diseases.

On October 19th, Craig Johnson, CEO of Boundary Community Hospital (BCH), addressed the issue of HJR 4, a constitutional amendment appearing on the November 2, 2010 ballot. House Joint Resolution 4 "HJR 4" asks voters to restore the ability of public hospitals to fund improvements and expansions as long as no additional tax dollars are used to pay for the improvements. Craig reported that HJR 4 will give this financing tool back to public hospitals without increasing taxes or obligating taxpayers, hospital districts, counties, public entities or the state.

HJR 4 restores the flexibility of public hospitals, like BCH, to respond to unique community health care needs so patients can access the care they need without having to leave the Bonners Ferry community.

Carol Graham will be our guest speaker on Tuesday, October 26th and will be speaking on the Selkirk Loop, rated by many travel experts as one of the best trips of this kind in the United States.