Football season fleeting for sophomore

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Post Falls High School sophomore Eli Gondo spent 10 months waiting for football season to start; two summer months waking up at 6:30 a.m. to ride his bike from his Prairie Avenue home to football workouts; two weeks of two-a-days; and 10 seconds of actual play time that led to a season-ending injury.

Last week Eli, who plays running back and linebacker for the Trojan JV team, broke his elbow in the very first play of the very first game. He had surgery on Monday and is looking at 10-12 weeks of recovery time.

His mother, Sarah Gondo, reports Eli’s in good spirits and since "Madden 18" came out the same day as the injury at least her son can play Xbox football.

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Sue Myers traveled to her daughter and son-in-law’s home in The Woodlands (20 miles north of Houston), Texas last Thursday for a visit. Among the plans for the week was attending the Coldplay concert in Houston on Friday. Hurricane Harvey had other plans.

The epic storm that’s wreaked havoc and brought unbelievable destruction has so far spared Aimee and Grant Cox’s home from flooding — but the water is high just blocks from their home and they’ve been without power intermittently. They’ve seen firsthand the heroic helpers and have been able to provide some assistance to their community as well.

Tuesday’s flight home out of Houston for Sue was canceled and she’s hoping to fly out on Thursday. On Tuesday she said all things considered, she’s glad she was there with her daughter because she would have been here in Coeur d’Alene worrying.

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With my new role as executive director of Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre beginning the first of the month, August has been a bit of a blur. The final show of the summer season, "Million Dollar Quartet," played to full houses for the past three weeks and I was at all of the performances. Who else gets to spend that much time with Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Elvis in the course of the work day?

Henry McNulty, who played Jerry Lee Lewis, shared a fun story about an older woman who was with the crowd outside the stage door after a performance. She asked him if he was wearing a wig. He said, yes he was. She leaned in and with a smile whispered: “Me, too!”

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This time of year we seem to be evenly divided into two camps; those eagerly looking forward to cool, crisp evenings, the changing colors of the foliage and a fire in the fireplace and those who cling tightly to the beach towels, sunscreen, toes-in-the-sand, aroma of fresh-cut lawns lifestyle of summer. As we head into Labor Day, count me among the latter.

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Highlights: Tonight, Live after 5 at McEuen Park with Milonga, a nine-piece Latin percussion band.

Thursday final Bands on Boats Cruise with The Rub, 7-10 p.m., www.cdacruises.com; Hayden Lake Cruises final Beer Thursday cruise from Hayden Lake Marina. 6-8 p.m., 762-0181 for info.

Labor Day in the Park, Sunday (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Monday (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) in Spirit Lake. Car and motorcycle show and vendors. Free admission.

Safe Passage Violence Prevention Center two dates for a free lunch to learn about the services provided in our communities, Sept. 5 and Sept. 21. 664-9303 for reservations.

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Wish a happy birthday today to Cyndie Lempesis, Bryan Williams, Luke Sommer, Carrie Kralicek, Jarin Bressler, Bjorn Handeen, and Stefany Mealey.

On the last day of August, Ron Nilson, Jill Delavan (60!), Patti Shea, Gen Twete, Craig Wilcox, Andrew Houser, Jamie Ostbert, Dan Poole, Donna Euler, Mike Gerber, Nicole Stark and Rondi Renaldo celebrate.

On the first day of September, Kathy McKahn is celebrating along with Terry Lee, David Mills, Kim Routh, Sharon Latimer, Missy Hansen (40!), Paul Ebert and Travis Best.

Doug Wheeler, Tammy Kelly, Bonnie Miller, John Parmann (70!), Kelley Inman, Stephanie Foster, Kelley Taylor, Dale Borley and Debbie Pohlmeier take another trip around the sun on Saturday.

On Sept. 3 Duane Hagadone, Willi Buerge, Lesli Linde, Emily Davis, Kris McIlvenna, Jim Hamby (40!), Robin Merrifield, Patty Jacobs, Jeremy Moser, David Armstrong, Jeff Tyler and Taylor Valente will put on their party hats!

Labor Day birthdays will be marked by Paulette Fabian, Maggie DeTar, Steve Yost and Rich Dickman.

Tuesday celebrants are Ken Bookamer, Bobby Olson and Dave Pulis.

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Kerri Rankin Thoreson is a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and the former publisher of the Post Falls Tribune. Main Street appears every Wednesday in The Press and Kerri can be contacted on Facebook or via email mainstreet@cdapress.com. Follow her on Twitter @kerrithoreson.

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