The Hero in Everyone of Us
    In keeping with the Ola Library summer reading theme "Every Hero has a Story" and the sub-theme, "The Hero in Every One of Us",  participants agreed that instead of receiving t-shirts for achieving reading goals, they would give the money spent on shirts to a worthy cause.  The Food and Clothing  Pantry in Sweet was their choice.
    Pictured in the back row receiving a check from librarian, MaryLee Blackford, are Wilma Gorley,  in charge of clothing donations and Bette and Bill Willhite, in charge of food donations.  Participants in the front row are Hannah Poole, Abby Foruria, Cody Poole, Travis Poole, Allie Foruria, and Ulysses Chavez.  Not present were Kaitlyn May and Justin Poole. 
    Volunteers who helped with summer reading, parents involved in the Read-to-Me category, and teacher, Amy Davis ( Partnership with Schools) also agreed to give money to the Bank instead of receiving shirts.  Pictured are Judie McCaulou and Barbara Lange.  Not present were Linda Rau, parents, Amanda Poole and Shannon Foruria, and teacher, Amy Davis.


Ola School students who received certificates of appreciation for returning books on time in a bag during the summer reading program included the following.  Travis Poole, Abby Foruria, Allie Foruria, Cody Poole, Ulysses Chavez, and Hannah Poole.  Not present were Kaitlyn May, and Justin Poole,  Parents receiving certificates and not present were Shannon Foruria and Amanda Poole.


Every Hero Has a Story is the theme for this year’s Ola Library summer reading program.  Three parents have signed up in theRead-To-Me in which parents read to their pre-school and kindergarten children.  Twelve children have signed up in theIndependent Reader’s category.
In our first session we named heroes that we know and categorized them into super heroes, service people (firemen, soldiers, nurses, teachers, presidents, etc.), animals and ordinary people.  Then we named characteristics that heroes have that qualify them as heroes. 
The children were asked to think of people they know who have many of those characteristics, choose one, bring a picture of that person, and write in a short account his/her characteristics and why that person deserves to be called a hero.

We plan to post each week on the Ola Community News Letter 2 or 3 of our choices as Heroes of the Week.


Jason Poole, Hero of the Week
    Daddy is a strong, brave, compassionate member of the Sheriff's Posse.  Daddy went on a rescue and found an 8 year old boy that was lost in the woods.
Cody Poole

Jason May, Hero of the Week
    My dad is funny, nice, addicted to family history, ambitious, a fun dad and is the best dad anyone could ask for.
    Sometimes he's grumpy and over the top, but he's still a good dad.

Ryder McClure, Hero of the Week
    Ryder is brave and strong and keeps going despite challenges.
    Ryder was born with a genetic disease called Pompe.  He gets infusions every two weeks.
    I think he is brave and strong for that.
Travis Poole

Bubba McClure, Hero of the Week
    Bubba is brave, strong, a strong leader, smart, moral, and honest. 
    Bubba is very eager to go to work and help save lives. Every time Bubba goes to work, he puts his life on the line.
    That's how Bubba McClure is my hero.
Justin Poole

Bill Jeffs, Hero of the Week
             He has, in his lifetime, demonstrated many of the qualities of a hero that we discussed in our first summer reading session: courage, dedication to a cause, humility, patience, and caring.
            Bill was born in 1924.  He and his family saw the Great Depression come into being and suffered its consequences.  At age 14, he and his two brothers enlisted in the CCCs (Civil Conservation Corps), a public relief program that operated from 1933 to 1942 in the U.S. for unemployed, unmarried young men from relief families as part of the New Deal. The Corps fed them, educated them, put them to work, and paid them $30 a month.  However, it was required that $22 to $25 a month be sent to a family dependent.
 (Bill remembers there were boys as young as 12 in the group.  No boy in need was turned away.  He tells of a skinny young boy who wandered into their camp one evening.  They had finished eating, but could tell he was starving.  They had made a huge kettle of pudding and some was left in the pan.  They let him have it.  He stuck his whole head in and started licking until he cleaned the pan.  They called him Hungry from then on, and he became part of the team.)
            After he enlisted, Bill was first assigned to a cooks’ and bakers’ school in Caldwell.  From there he was sent to Alexander Flats on the Middle Fork of the Boise River where he helped cook for the other boys.  Then, to Idaho City.  He says he worked at several different positions, including the infirmary. 
The CCC workers built many roads throughout our country.  One position Bill especially remembers was drilling holes on the side of a cliff for dynamite sticks.  Because of his small size he was a likely candidate. Fitted into a harness with a rope attached, he and an air-operated jack hammer, were lowered over the edge of the cliff to the places where he was instructed to drill the holes.  
            In 1941, the U.S. declared war on Japan. Bill enlisted in the Marines and spent the next four years in the South Pacific.  He was on many of the islands where he served in defense.  In offense he served in the battles of Tarawa and Okinawa.  They are remembered as very bloody battles.  In those four years, he received only one furlough.  After the war, he made the military his career, serving two years in the National Guard and 22 years in the Army. After retiring from the Army, he worked several years for the Forest Service as maintenance director in McCall. 
            During that time Bill and Maxine bought the Ray Pratt place in High Valley and began its renovation, planning to retire there.  After retirement, they moved to High Valley and Bill, whose hero was Charles Lindbergh, learned to fly.  He purchased a wrecked J-3, and with Maxine’s help put it into flying condition.
            As a neighbor and friend, Bill has continued to exhibit the hero characteristics we discussed.  He has proven many times over his willingness to help us in times of need.  He is trustworthy and honest.  We can always count on him to do as he says he will. He puts others, his friends and neighbors, as well as strangers, ahead of himself.  Just one example: countless times he has gathered together tools and equipment at all times  to rescue some errant soul from a snowbank. 
            Bill is a man of great courage and dedication to the cause as proven in his years of service to our country  in the CCCs, then in World War II,  and finally during his decades in the U.S. Army and the Forest Service.  Yet, we never heard any of this from his mouth.  Like a true hero, he did each job, did it well, and carried on with gentleness and forbearance. 

 My dad is brave, strong, honest, helpful and nice.
  My dad is my hero because he hunts deer and elk to give me and my family food to eat and when he works he inspires me to work, too.

Dave Poole, Hero of the Week
    Grandpa was brave, strong, kind, a strong leader, and he is my hero.
    Grandpa fought in the war.  He lost his leg, but he kept going.  He is and always will be my hero.

Gary Rau, Hero of the Week
    My husband Gary is my hero.  He has been a wonderful husband and father to our two daughters.  He worked all his life to support his family.  He served his country in the United States Marine Corps, doing one tour of duty in Viet Nam.  He is spending his retirement doing "arts and crafts" specializing in Fused Glass Art.  He loves dogs and his "best friend" is a Blue Tick Coonhound named Missy.

Brandon Foruria, Hero of the Week
    I chose my dad as a hero because he protects and provides for his family.  He is also a volunteer fire fighter who risks his life to help save others.  He is a very kind father and he also works on school buses so children can make it to school safely.  He helps other family and friends when they are in need.  My dad is a hunter and supplies food for us.

    My hero is my grandpa.  My grandpa has worked hard his whole life.  He has raised beef cattle to help supply beef to others.  He has done all of this through two hip replacements, back surgery, and numerous aches and pains.  My grandpa is a very strong and generous person.  He is willing to to help anyone in need.  My grandpa also volunteers on the Ola Fire Department.  He has helped fight numerous fires over the years to help protect people and their property.  My grandpa is an amazing person.  Therefore, he is my hero.
                                        Allie Foruria
 Olie, the Big White dog is my choice of a hero, an animal hero.  Animals can be heroes, too, as Olie proved in the years he spent in Ola.
    He appeared in the summer of 2009, a stray dog.  I heard people speak of him often and read accounts of him on the Ola Community Newsletter - stories of how he joined herds of cattle, followed them to summer pasture, joined them in the winter pastures, always on guard, the herd's protector.
    I'd never seen him until the day I took this photo.  There he lay in Butch's pasture, the cattle grazing behind him.  
    Olie had many of the hero characteristics we talked about in our first summer reading session.  He was brave, and put others ahead of himself.   He was dedicated to his cause.  He was reliable, always there with his herd.  He had a purpose and was focused on that purpose.  He kept going despite challenges, as proven when he continued to stay with his herd even after he became very ill with cancer. 
    Olie deserves to be named Animal Hero of the Week.  
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