'Gleeful' adventure for Anna

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Fun news for my BFF with word that the hit television show "Glee" has cast Coeur d'Alene's own Patty Duke as well as Meredith Baxter to appear in the upcoming Season 4 finale. Baxter and Duke reportedly will return for Glee's fifth season. Glee airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.

I love that Anna, who won an Oscar as a teenager half a century ago, in her 60s is still making her mark. It's a testament to her talent and tenacity that she's earning a living in an industry that places a premium on youth. Rock on Anna Pearce!

Good luck to Aaron Paul, who heads to the National American Legion High School Oratorical Competition in Indianapolis this week. The Post Falls teen is representing Idaho via Post 143. I'm sure he's received some good advice from his brother, Sam Paul, who represented Idaho at the contest a few years back.

The state 5A champion Post Falls High School girls basketball team will be presented with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy at an assembly today at 2 p.m. at the high school. The Army National Guard is the presenting partner of the MaxPreps Tour of Champions, which is in its sixth year of recognizing some of the best girls basketball teams throughout the country. Post Falls (24-1), which finished No. 36 in the final MaxPreps rankings, is one of 10 teams to be honored.

This is such a great group of young woman, many of whom are scholar athletes as well. Kudos!

Last weekend in Los Angeles, Kathy Hlebichuk received the Founders Award during leadership training for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. There were 300 volunteers from across the country at the conference. The Founders Award is presented in recognition for the best overall effort in advancing the mission of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Having known Kathy for over two decades and witnessed how losing her sister, Barb to the disease 13 years ago spurred Kathy to turn tragedy into something positive, this is a well-deserved award and such a fitting way to honor her sister's life.

The Rathdrum Lions are holding an auction on Saturday to benefit the Lakeland backpack program. Starts at 10 a.m., with preview at 9:30 a.m., at their clubhouse on Highway 53 and Meyer Road. Lunch available, too. Contact: Larry, 659-8049.

Huge loss for the community with the much-too-soon passing of Jim Elder. Class act and a life well-lived.

Happy Birthday today to Pat Krug, Jaime Deacon, Andre Ney, Betty Stone, Blythe Templin, Jonna Harris-Bowman, Sheila McDaniel, Curtis Ormesher and Peggy Fairfield. Tomorrow Anna Goodwin, Chris Mueller, Pat Stroud, Rebecca Priano, Ryan Edmonds, John Cross, Branson McAlister and Lisa Johnson mark their special day. Angie Hannon, Rick Seymour, Petrina Spellman, Carolyn Beard, Rich Piazza, Joe Bodman, Rick Gonzalez, Charlie Staples and Gerlinde Hamilton will enjoy a slice of birthday cake on Friday and Saturday celebrants are my mother Alice Rankin, Jerome Pollos, Bill Hilbish, Sarah Gondo, Marcia Jimenez, Laura Warner and John M. Smith. Gunnar Amos, Brent Hostetler, Sandy Goedde, Ali Taylor and Janet Johnson have April 21 birthdays. Starting the week with birthdays on Monday are Janna Robnett, Ron Strobel, Jeannette Peacock, Mark Nelke, Jim Barrett, Curtis Gregory, Dave Nordby, George Greenfield and Corey Beaver and taking another trip around the sun on Tuesday are Shelly Enderud, Troy Speziale, Malika Mills, Kevin Bennett, Charolette Brown, Tracey Singer, Rollie Mort, Don Kline, Kathleen Schmidt and Tracy Williams.

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 2013 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 or via email mainstreet@cdapress.com.

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