Dec 30, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times

Dec 30, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

Firewood Season is Closed
December 31 New Year’s Eve at the Yellow Pine Tavern
~ 2019 Events ~
May 25, 2019 ATV-UTV Scavenger Hunt Memorial Day Weekend
Jul 13, 2019 Ride to Big Creek
Sep 14, 2019 Ride to Cinnabar

(details below)

Village News:

Downgrade of Enhanced or E911 linesVCoLogo

Valley County Board of County Commissioners
219 N. Main Street, Cascade, Idaho
(208) 382-7100

To Property Owners of Warm Lake and Yellow Pine
Greetings Citizens,

In the continual effort to maintain fiduciary responsibility we have looked at the high cost of the E911 lines to the above areas. Valley County upgraded to the Enhanced 911 system in 2009. That upgrade required additional phone lines and Valley County has been paying in excess of $25,400 a year for these enhanced lines. Enhanced of E911 lines can give a location of the 911 call when it comes into the Valley County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center. A location will only come up when the call comes in on a non-cell call. While this information can be very helpful, we have only received 39 calls from the above areas in the last 3 years. 25 of these calls were from the Yellow Pine Fire Department and the enhanced system was not needed to locate the incident. The Enhanced System was only used in 2 of the remaining 14 calls. With reverting to the previous system, we will still maintain Caller ID which will assist in determining the location. Another factor in this decision is the ever increasing cost of maintenance and upgrade to the system. When the E911 lines are removed you will still dial 911 for emergencies. The only difference will be the location not appearing with the incoming call. Every land line phone and cell phone registered in these areas is paying $1.25 a month to support the costs of these services. Given the low number of phones in these areas, we are deficit spending every month to pay for the service. Another factor is the large amount of seasonal homes in the area which reduces the revenue when they are deactivated for the winter. Reducing to the standard 911 lines which are currently active as well will save over $25,000 a year. When we return Yellow Pine and Warm Lake back to the standard 911 lines, we will be using the original system before the upgrades.

If the Warm Lake and Yellow Pine area ever experiences a large population growth, we can look at adding this feature back. Right now we are expending more money than we are bringing in to this fund and these changes must be made. We want to be clear; you will still dial 911 to reach emergency services. Nothing will change on your end of this process.

Please contact your Board of County Commissioner’s if you have any questions.

Gordon Cruickshank
Bill Willey
Elting Hasbrouck
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Christmas Day in Yellow Pine

Christmas Dinner pot-luck at the Yellow Pine Tavern, Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at 3pm.

“No one went away hungry.”


Santa’s Helpers Gift Bags, Yellow Pine Tavern.
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Wreck on the EFSF road

The county plow truck was involved in an accident on the (EFSF) East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River Road this last Sunday (Dec 23) while pushing rocks off the road. Apparently a visitor coming into YP for the holiday slid into the County truck. Both vehicles were disabled, no injuries reported.
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Lower Johnson Creek Plowing

Note: when traveling to the dump, please use the river side of the road for wheeled vehicles so the hill side can be for snowmobilers. Turnouts will be plowed.

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Come Spring…

“To Yellow Pine residents. I will be making several trips next spring and summer hauling out metal, appliances, etc. . If you need anything hauled away please get on the list. Vehicles require a title. I will be hauling gravel back if anyone is interested.”

Contact Mike Amos
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Yellow Pine US Mail

We are on 3-day a week mail delivery from Cascade. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Be sure to buy your holiday stamps here.
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Report Thursday (Dec 20) the road to the dump is icy, 3 of the 4 dumpsters were full.

Report (Dec 15) that folks were once again dumping boxes and furniture outside of the transfer station. Please remind friends and neighbors about the rules.

Please do not abuse our Transfer Station or we may lose it. Household trash must be placed in the bins, flattened cardboard boxes can also go into the bins. Do not stack trash in front of the doors. Woody yard debris only for the burn pile. No furniture, appliances, tires or construction debris allowed, those items must be hauled out to the Donnelly station by you.

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Ice Hole Campground Closed

The Campground has been temporarily closed to provide for public safety during reconstruction. This order will be in effect from September 27, 2018 through July 2, 2019, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor. (0402-04-80)
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It should be safe to put bird feeders back out, bears are hibernating (according to Jon Hunter our F&G CO.) However, foxes are coming around and they do like bird seed.

Please remember to keep trash secured, it will draw foxes, coyotes and loose dogs.

Local Events:

New Year’s Eve

The Yellow Pine Tavern will be open for New Year’s Eve.
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2019 Yellow Pine Escapades

The 2019 schedule for the Yellow Pine Escapades has been updated on the website!

Expect new escapades this coming year, including an ATV-UTV Photo Scavenger Hunt; two (yes, two) ATV-UTV rides, a golf tournament, and even a community yard sale. Other events will be added to the calendar as plans are finalized.

Join us for a great season of fun! The starting point for fun in Yellow Pine! The website includes information on the events hosted by the Yellow Pine Community Hall as well as the other “goings-on” in the village. Food, lodging and fuel are available in Yellow Pine.


Local Groups:


link to: 2018 September Water Department Update.docx
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VYPA News:

VYPA Meeting Dates 2019

June 18th; July 20th; August 10th; September 14th. Note that the July 20th meeting is not on the second Saturday due to a conflict with a planned ATV rally involving many residents and visitors.
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YPFD News:

The next meeting to be May 18th, 2019 at the Community Hall

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Updates:

Fire Department Training on Sundays at 11am will resume in the Spring.

The YPFD has 2 Size Chimney Brushes with extension rods that were donated for use around YP. If you would like to borrow one, please contact Cecil or Jeff and we’ll get them for you. The YPFD also has loanable mitigation tools, (Weed-Whacker, Hedge Trimmer, backpack blower and 16’ pole saw). If you would like to borrow one or all, please contact Cecil or Jeff and we’ll get them for you.

It’s also time to check the Smoke Alarm batteries and Fire Extinguishers. Please test the alarm and replace Smoke Alarm Batteries every year, if you have the replaceable battery type. Fire Extinguishers should be checked as well and should be easily seen and reachable. A good location for the Fire Extinguishers would be the kitchen and near the wood stove and/or fireplace. The needle should be in the green.

If you need a Smoke Detector or Fire Extinguisher for your YP residence please contact Jeff F.

Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for winter
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The Corner (208) 633-3325

Closed for winter
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Winter Hours at the Tavern: 9am-2pm and 4-8pm Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat and 9am-2pm Sun. Or call 208 633-2233 the phone rings into the house.
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC

Link to FB page:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed (208) 382-4430 – 50# bag of Polar Ice Melt available for $7.99. Breaks the Ice Barrier. Quick Melting action, even in heavy snow.
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

Elkhorn Heating & Cooling
(208) 906-4067 Middleton, Idaho, Will service Yellow Pine

B&T Safety Solutions LLC
Cleaning chimneys and stoves
307-258-8951 – We’re moving from Idaho City to Donnelly in a few months and service all over Idaho, including Yellow Pine.
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Local Observations:

Monday (Dec 24) snowed most of the night, turned to rain by 10am (31 degrees), and by 11am breaks in the clouds. We have 2″ new snow and average 7″ snow on the ground. Two jays and a pair (M/F) northern flickers visiting this morning. Breaks in the clouds and filtered sunlight mid-day, warmed up and dripping, high of 38 degrees. Mostly cloudy by sundown and quiet (except the “elk repellent”.) Cloudy cold night.

Tuesday (Dec 25) overnight low of 17 degrees, overcast (top of VanMeter socked in) and estimate 7″ of snow on the ground. Male northern flicker visiting at lunch time. Breaks in the clouds and breezy mid-afternoon, icicles dripped for a short time, high of 34 degrees. Mostly clear evening, temperature dropping. Single digits and cloudy after midnight.

Wednesday (Dec 26) overnight low of 1 degree, mostly cloudy this morning and nippy, snow is really squeaky, measured 6.5″ of old crusty snow on the ground. Raven calling from the east after lunch time. Gray cloudy cold day, below freezing, no drips, high of 26 degrees. Quiet afternoon, a little bit of traffic. Cloudy and rather cold at dusk.

Thursday (Dec 27) probably snowed lightly most of the night, 2″ new snow and about 8″ total snow on the ground, 23F at 1030am, occasional flakes falling. Heard jays and a raven calling and perhaps geese? Female hairy woodpecker stopped by for lunch. A few cow elk sighted just south of the village. Cold and flaking a little snow all morning and into the afternoon, barely a trace, high of 29 degrees. Cloudy at dark. A little more traffic than usual.

Friday (Dec 28) overnight low of 14 degrees, mostly clear this morning, estimate 8″ of snow on the ground. Strong sun started icicles dripping while the temperature was below freezing. Sleek pine squirrel visited for lunch. High thin clouds by early afternoon and filtered sunshine, high of 29 degrees. Temperature dropping with the sun, and in the teens by dark. Snowed during the night/early morning.

Saturday (Dec 29) received 1″ of new snow overnight, about 8.5″ of snow on the ground and overcast this morning, 24F at 1030am. Heard ravens calling as they flew over the village – headed west. Female flicker stopped by for lunch (she likes millet) then 3 jays showed up. Overcast and below freezing by mid-afternoon, high of 34 degrees. Elk tracks in the neighbor’s yard. Scarlet clouds after sunset. Snowmobiler racing up and down main street at dusk. Overcast at dark. Breezy and light snow falling after midnight. Snowed all night.

Sunday (Dec 30) received 1.5″ of new snow overnight, 10″ total snow on the ground, broken clouds at observation time and 29 degrees. Female hairy woodpecker and stellar jay visiting. Light snow on and off until noon, then steady snow stacking up at 1230pm, socked in to the valley floor. Pair of flickers and red-breasted nuthatches visiting early afternoon. By 3pm we had about 2″ of new snow since this morning, high of 32 degrees. Cloudy and lightly snowing at dark.


Tom Richter 1954 – 2018

Memorial service for Tom Richter will be at Flahiff Funeral Chapel (624 Cleveland Blvd, Caldwell, ID) on January 11th at 2 PM.

We look forward to seeing everyone who can make it.

Tips & Advice:

Be Ember Aware! Tip Series

“Used with permission from University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the Living With Fire program.”

Be Ember Aware Tip #11 – Will Your Home Survive When the Embers Arrive?

The most common reason homes burn during wildfire are because windblown embers become lodged in something easily ignited on or near your home.

In Summary

* Replace wood shake or shingle roofs with fire resistant types.
* Keep rain gutters and roofs free of pine needles, leaves and other debris.
* Move your wood pile at least 30 feet away from the house.
* Remove pine needles and other plant debris from between deck boards and from the surface and enclose the undersides of the deck, making sure to provide adequate ventilation when you enclose.
* Cover vents with 1/8-inch wire mesh or install ember resistant vents.
* Create a noncombustible, or low combustible, area within five feet of the house.
* Avoid planting evergreen shrubs adjacent to the house, and particularly not in front or below vent openings or in front of windows.
* Do not use wood, bark or rubber mulches near homes, especially houses that have wood, vinyl or other plastic siding.
* A fuel break around your neighborhood is not enough.
* Replace single-pane windows with at least double-paned types.
* Cover open ended barrel roof tiles.
* Remove dead vegetation from around the home.
* Assume extreme fire conditions when assessing your home’s vulnerabilities to ember attack.

During wildfires, your home may be exposed to thousands of embers that rain down on your home. Take action now to reduce the ember threat.

[h/t Fire Chief Jeff]

Idaho News:

Dozens of Santas hit the slopes

by CBS 2 News Staff Tuesday, December 25th 2018

Donnelly Idaho — Dozens of riders dressed as Santa Claus hit the slopes at tamarack today.

It was at the annual Santa ski day at the resort.

Today, the lift tickets were free for everyone who arrived at the resort dressed as old Saint Nick

They’re celebrating the consistent snowfall they’ve recently received.

In the last 48 hours the mountain has seen 7 new inches.

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El Niño may bring lump of coal for skiers

NOAA updates outlook for winter precipitation

Peter Jensen Dec 26, 2018 IME

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s updated forecast for precipitation and temperatures in the winter months of 2019 may portend bad news for skiers and snowboarders in central Idaho.

NOAA issued its most recent forecast last week, and it predicts a strong chance of above-normal temperatures in the Pacific Northwest in January, February and March, and lower-than-normal precipitation. The strongest chances are in western Washington and western Oregon, but elevated chances extend into central Idaho as well.

The forecasts are probabilistic and do not preclude the possibility of large storms moving through the northern Rocky Mountains and dropping a significant amount of snow.

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McCall, other Long Valley cities using recruiting to promote year-round economy

by Deni Hawkins Monday, December 24th 2018

McCall, Idaho (CBS 2) — Cities like McCall, Idaho are often labeled as seasonal mountain towns — towns known for having a tempo that changes with the seasons. McCall and its neighboring towns in the West Central Mountains like Cascade, Donnelly and New Meadows tend to swell in size during the summer and winter months, and then return to a slower pace in the ‘shoulder’ seasons.

But located some 100 miles from Boise, these cities have a need for a full-time workforce beyond the summer and holiday months. One group is working to straighten out what it calls misconceptions about the seasonality of this area, in order to promote a healthy, year-round economy.

Valley County boasts some 3,700 square miles of land, and is home to more than 10,600 people. The city of McCall’s population was listed at just over 3,350 people in 2017, according to the most recent U.S. Census estimates.


Mining News:

Forest Service taking comments on Idaho open-pit mine plan

By Keith Ridler – 12/26/18 AP

Boise, Idaho — The U.S. Forest Service is taking comments and holding a public meeting on proposed exploratory drilling for an open-pit molybdenum mine being considered in Boise National Forest in Idaho.

The meeting comes two years after a federal judge rejected a previous Forest Service environmental assessment as lacking information about a rare plant called Sacajawea’s bitterroot.

The judge ruled in a lawsuit brought by environmental groups that the Forest Service didn’t adequately consider the exploratory drilling’s impact on the plant because officials hadn’t taken into account a 2014 wildfire that tore through the area.

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Sacajawea’s bitterroot (Lewisia sacajaweana)

By Edna Ray-Vizgirda

A species new to science, Sacajawea’s bitterroot (Lewisia sacajaweana), is the first plant species to be named in honor of Sacajawea.

An Idaho native, this rare and beautiful plant occurs nowhere else in the world but central Idaho. Just over two dozen populations of Sacajawea’s bitterroot are known to exist, roughly three-fourths of them on the Boise National Forest. Scattered populations also occur on the Payette, Sawtooth, and Salmon-Challis National Forests.

A high country resident, Sacajawea’s bitterroot can be found in montane and subalpine habitats ranging from 5,000 to 9,500 feet. The plant is dormant most of the year, like its relative, the common bitterroot, Lewisia rediviva (Montana’s state flower). Shortly after snowmelt, a rosette of succulent leaves emerges, followed by showy white flowers that hug the ground. After flowering, all aboveground signs of the plant disappear, with the tuberous carrot-like root hidden just below the surface.


Public Lands:

Public access to Boise Ridge Road

By Natasha Williams Dec 23, 2018 KIVI TV

The Idaho State ATV Association has announced it has secured public access to Boise Ridge Road near Bogus Basin.

The agreement with DF Development allows access to off-highway vehicles (like ATV’s, UTV’s and motorcycles) during non-snow seasons, and requires riders to stay on the designated road. Access will begin in Spring of 2019.

The association also secured access across a DF Development property on the south and east sides of Herrick Reservoir near Cascade. The Idaho State Snowmobile Association has also secured public snowmobiling access to groomed routes, crossing DF Development property in Adams and Valley counties, in the New Meadows Area.

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Wilks brothers to allow use of roads near Cascade, NM

Agreement will reopen routes to backcountry, snowmobile trails

By Tom Grote for The Star-News December 27, 2018

Snowmobile routes in the New Meadows area and summer access to backcountry areas near Cascade will be reopened under new agreements signed with the owner of private lands in the area.

The deals were struck with DF Development, the Texas company that purchased 172,000 acres of private land in west-central Idaho in 2016.

“This is a wonderful Christmas gift to all recreationists,” Valley County Parks and Recreation Director Larry Laxson said.

The Idaho State Snowmobile Association secured snowmobile access to groomed routes crossing DF Development property in Adams and Valley counties in the New Meadows area, a news release said.

The historical groomed routes provide snowmobile access from Idaho 55 near New Meadows to winter play areas in the East Fork Weiser River drainage.

Access will be only during the winter and users must stay on groomed trails, according to the agreement. The trails have been groomed and are open, the release said.

A separate agreement between DF Development and the Idaho State ATV Association will open summer access of a road on DF Development property on the south and east sides of Herrick Reservoir near Cascade.

The road provides access to Forest Road 417 and the East Mountain area. The popular route serves as a starting point for off-road enthusiasts to enter the forested backcountry east of Cascade, the news release said.

The access, which will begin April 1, is only for warm-weather months. Users must stay on the designated road and stay off side roads and private land.


Letter to Share:

Kids Releasing pheasants

Dec. 25, 2018


Wow, thanks Amber. Can’t ask for anything better. I know of 5 roosters harvested Saturday. This is what we do. We teach the kids how to handle the birds. Release them and get them involved. The kids and their mentors came in when we started to band and release the roosters. We had 50 roosters and every kid got to handle at least one. We had 2-3 folks with camera’s and videos. Nice sonny cool day December 22nd. Last turn out for the year. The birds are the very best, thanks to Little Canyon Shooting Preserve and Idaho Fish and Game. When we all work together we can do and make things better. This is what the Gamebird Foundation is for. God Bless and have a great New Year.

Jim Hagedorn
Executive Director
The Gamebird Foundation

Critter News:

Pet talk – Dystocia

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Dec 28, 2018 IME

Dystocia is the inability to initiate the act of labor or delivery of pups at the end of a pregnancy. Dog breeds at increased risk of dystocia include all “miniature” dogs, and dogs with wide heads such as bulldogs, Pekingese and chihuahuas.

The cause of dystocia can generally be classified into those caused by the mother and those caused by the fetus.

Uterine inertia is a condition in which the uterine muscles either cannot contract or becomes fatigued during labor from persistent straining against a fetus misaligned in the birth canal.

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Toxic plant killing wildlife

Deer poisoned by Japanese yew

Dec 28, 2018 by Steve Liebenthal KIVI TV

An ornamental plant called Japanese yew may be attractive, but once again this year it is killing wildlife in Idaho. At least two deer have been found dead in the gem state with the highly toxic plant in their stomachs.

“It’s very attractive and it’s green and it’s beautiful, and that’s one of the reasons people plant it,” said IDFG Deer and Elk Coordinator Daryl Meints. “But unfortunately it’s very toxic to wildlife.”

Meints says he receives reports every year about deer and elk being poisoned by the plant, and awareness about Japanese yew hit a peak during the harsh winter two years ago. Dozens of animals desperate for food died from eating the shrub, including more than fifty pronghorn antelope near Payette.

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Misdemeanors make up bulk of hunting and fishing violations

By Jonathan Hogan – 12/25/18 AP

Idaho Falls, Idaho — An Ashton man was driving along Fisherman’s Drive in Ashton on Oct. 20 when he saw a pheasant near the road. He stepped out of his car and shot the bird.

It would have been a good shot if the man hadn’t broken Fish and Game rules in the process. The bird was on private property, and the shooter was still standing on the road when he fired the shot. A witness contacted law enforcement.

“I just shot and didn’t even think,” the man told the Idaho Fish and Game officer who responded, according to an incident report. He told the officer he knew it was illegal to shoot the pheasant from the road and he “(s)houlda just took one more step.”

Fish and Game violations cover incidents of illegal or improper hunting in Idaho.

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Idaho Fish and Game sting results in one arrest

Hunting from public roads is against the law – one man in Bonner Co. found that out the hard way when he shot a decoy deer staged by Idaho Fish and Game officers.

Taylor Viydo December 28, 2018 KTVB

Idaho Fish and Game officers set up a sting operation off of a Forest Service Road near Hoodoo Mountain in Bonner County, which resulted in one person’s arrest.

Court documents indicate officers weren’t targeting a specific person, but were prepared to catch anyone breaking the law.

That particular law? People hunting and shooting deer from a public road.

In this case, officers had set up a decoy deer off the road and waited in bushes nearby. Around 6 p.m., as someone approached, an officer wrote that he started rolling his camera phone.

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Citing government shutdown, Interior blocks public comments on greater sage grouse habitat

Shutdown: Interior blocks online portal

Author: Benjamin Spillman, Reno Gazette Journal December 25, 2018

Reno, Nev. – Citing the government shutdown, the Department of the Interior is denying online access to documents outlining a proposal to change conservation rules over 83 million acres of greater sage grouse habitat in six states.

The denial comes despite the fact the planning process to implement the changes is in the midst of a 30-day period in which the public is allowed to provide feedback.

The conservation group Western Watersheds Projected noticed the denial Monday when attempting to access the documents on the department’s website.


Fish & Game News:

Eight reasons to renew your hunting and fishing licenses now for 2019

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Thursday, December 27, 2018

A 2019 resident Sportsman’s Package is as low as $124.25 and gives you almost all of Idaho’s hunting and fishing opportunities

You need a new hunting and fishing license before your first outing of 2019. You might procrastinate, and then run around looking for an open store to buy a hunting or fishing license because you’re leaving early for your first trip, or buy it right away and have peace of mind, as well as a full year of hunting and fishing.

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More F&G News Releases

Fun Critter Stuff:

Forget dogs and cats. The most pampered pets of the moment might be our backyard chickens

Backyard chickens join dogs, cats as most pampered pets

Gene Sloan, USA TODAY December 25, 2018

Giselle Raad, 11, collects eggs from “The Breakfast Club” chicken coop on her family’s property in Michigan. The coop features painted and hand-stenciled walls, art work and vintage decor including a chandelier and a painted shelf. Danielle Raad

When it came time to decorate the new Amish-built house on her 26-acre property near Lansing, Michigan, Danielle Raad went all out.

She painted the interior walls a lustrous eggshell blue, and spent hours hand-stenciling one with an intricate pattern. She lined rooms with handmade art, including her own work and that of her kids. She brought in vintage objects such as a chandelier and a painted shelf. Her mother added items covered in decoupaged roses.

Raad put her father in charge of prettying up the outside, which features barn-red siding, white picket fencing, flower boxes and a scarecrow.

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Seasonal Humor: