Golf and football ... what's not to love

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You may have noticed the giant WSU flag flying over The Coeur d'Alene Resort this past weekend. Cougar alum Jerry Jaeger is quite the booster. The second Cougar Legends Weekend included golf at The Resort course and a banquet at the Hagadone Events Center.

At Friday night dinner, another WSU alum, Gary Schneidmiller made the winning auction bid for a round of golf with retired NFL/Super Bowl quarterback Drew Bledsoe, which he passed along to four of his Coldwell Banker Realtors. Which is how Mike Ward, Mark Johnson, Kevin Bennett and Mike Green came to be playing with Drew Bledsoe and his brother, Adam on Saturday.

Using the shamble format, where the best drive is counted and then the individual players hit their own balls through the hole, Kevin Bennett was the only one of the six to make his putt on hole No. 4. The legendary quarterback pulled the ball out of the cup and tossed it to Kevin, who quipped ... "Hey, I just caught a pass from Drew Bledsoe!"

Looking forward to the Women Creating Success Conference at the Coeur d'Alene Inn on Thursday. Slated as the last speaker is a blessing or a curse. Although my good friend Heidi Rogers tells me she has to leave early for a golf commitment, that does offer inspiration. Any of my friends who bail out early will be fair game for stories to be told, embellished possibly. :)

Marilee Wallace at the Coeur d'Alene Chamber can give you more info at 414-0111.

Thursday evening is also opening night for the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theater production of "Hello Dolly" starring Ellen Travolta and Jack Bannon, with their daughter, Molly Allen also making an appearance as well Ellen's sister, Margaret. Can their little brother John Travolta be far behind?

The wet and dreary weather notwithstanding it's that time of year ... when there are so many fun and exciting events each and every weekend you just about need to roll the dice to decide where to go.

Car d'Lane starts with the cruise on Friday night and runs through Saturday in downtown Coeur d'Alene. The second Summer's Here BrewFest at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds takes place Saturday afternoon, too. On Sunday the long-awaited unveiling of Portraits of a Town will happen at 2 p.m. at Sherman Square Park. Or head up to Spirit Lake for its annual Father's Day Big Back-In lawn mower drags ... on Maine Street, of course. I'll see you around town!

The Coeur d'Alene Crush 97 ~ 14U softball team is holding a fundraiser on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Coeur d'Alene High School. The girls are raising money to join 280 teams at the national tournament in South Dakota in August. These young athletes have been working hard on and off the field this past year to reach this goal so stop by on Saturday for the yard sale, bake sale and have a hot dog and soft drink for a great cause.

I had the opportunity to talk with Kyle Johnson, the LCHS/WSU alum who's just been drafted by the Los Angeles Angels. Going on to play in MLB must have odds somewhere near winning a lottery but what is similarly remarkable is that Kyle made it through college with flying colors in four years, graduating with a degree in economics, and a business minor. Kudos!

Coeur d'Alene High School's Class of 1967 is holding its 45th class reunion Aug. 17 and 18. Contact Cindi Giovanelli Carlson at 699-7171, 659-0223 or

Loved seeing so many alumni from Coeur d'Alene High School's Class of 1962 in the audience for the graduation of the Class of 2012 on Friday night.

Happy birthday today to Meg Andrews, Ann Heinen, Jacklyn Holovka and Dave Siroshton. June 14 Flag Day birthdays are celebrated by Oskar Owens, Christina Hatfield, Don Morgan, Chris Doyle, Carmen Myklebust, Brandon Bedwell and Steve Bruno, who's turning the big 7-0! On Friday Sharon Bruno, Jody Piper, John McMurray, Bob Friske and Joe Hutchinson will blow out their birthday candles. Fellow CHS '70 classmates will join me at the big 6-0 on Saturday ... Tim Shepperd and Jay Troy, sharing a birthdate with Bill Dick, Desiree Barclift, Brenda Gabriel, Frank Bybee, Stephen Parmentier, Shelly Cunnington, Taylor Brockoff, Richard Wegner and Rebecca Morelli. On Sunday Raydeane Owens, Susan Reilly, Vicky Houle, Jesse Bishop, Leigh Cossette, Jennifer Smith and Dana Scholwinski (40!) will celebrate another trip around the sun. Jim Hammond, Sean Watson and Joey Flood will put on their party hats to start the week with Monday birthdays. On Tuesday there's quite a crowd around the birthday cake ... Jim Morrison, Jennifer Smock, Kelly Gwinn, Doug Harwood, Jerry Riggs, Mel Swatzenberg, Paul Ivie, Genia Wortman, Lauren Hoffman, Sue Shibley, Bill Cope and Twyla Cope!

Kerri Rankin Thoreson is a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and the former publisher of the Post Falls Tribune. She was voted Best Local Writer for 2012 by the readers of the North Idaho Business Journal. Main Street appears every Wednesday in The Press and Kerri is on the air Mondays and Wednesdays on 1080 ESPN AM (KVNI). Find her on Facebook!

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