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Wednesday 07/29/2015
Singing the swan song of summer
Updated: July 29, 2015 - 12:07 am

For as far back as I can remember (decades!), the first weekend of August with Art on the Green, Taste of Coeur d'Alenes and the downtown street fair has signaled the home stretch of summer. Back-to-school shopping began in earnest at the sidewalk sales and there was a sense of urgency to soak up the sunshine while we could.

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Wednesday 07/22/2015
Boys of summer living the dream
Updated: July 22, 2015 - 12:44 am

Kudos to the boys of summer who arrived in Nogales, Ariz., on Sunday for the Western Regionals. The Hayden Little League 13U are Idaho State Champions and living every young boy’s dream. Players are Seth Hanson, Grayson Gregory, Colbey Nosworthy, Jacob Lallatin, Ryan Rios, Riley Smith, Thomas Kladar, Wiley Luckett, Derek Walker, Michael Wilkins and Zach Nunemacher, coached by Aaron Hanson and Mike Nunemacher with manager Cary Smith. On Monday the team participated in a parade of states through town before opening ceremonies of the tournament, which began yesterday. Follow their journey on Facebook, HLL 13U Idaho State Champs.

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Wednesday 07/15/2015
Renewing friendships at class reunions
Posted: July 15, 2015

It's that time of year when classmates reunite to mark the decades since graduation. I encourage everyone to attend yours, especially those of you who still live in the area.

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Wednesday 07/08/2015
Hot (and cool) fun in the summer
Updated: July 08, 2015 - 12:35 am

I enjoyed time in the announcer's skybox for the Fourth of July parade, except for being nearly overcome by the heat midway through. It was a wonderfully All-American and perfectly Coeur d'Alene celebration of our country's Independence Day. With the riderless horse honoring fallen Coeur d'Alene police officer Greg Moore, veterans of many eras being celebrated and hundreds of participants enduring the scorching sun to delight the diehard spectators along the mile-long route, it was a good day.

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Wednesday 07/01/2015
Traditions provide a slice of Americana
Posted: July 01, 2015

Once again I'll be heading into the skybox between Second and Third Street in front of The Resort Plaza Shoppes on Sherman Avenue for the best view of the Fourth of July American Heroes Parade - the announcer's booth!

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Wednesday 06/24/2015
A quarter-century in service to all
Posted: June 24, 2015

From an official USAF biography ... Master Sgt. John M. Mason is a traditional first sergeant for the 141st Medical Group at Fairchild AFB. In this position, he is part of a leadership triad that consists of the commander and the chief of the medical squadron. He represents the enlisted force to the commander and ensures the enlisted force understands and adheres to the commander's policies and goals. He is responsive to the needs of the airmen and their families in his unit. The first sergeant serves as an adviser to the commander on personnel, programs, discipline, recognition and training.

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Wednesday 06/17/2015
Doing the right thing is a good thing
Posted: June 17, 2015

On Monday evening Zachary Endreson, 11 and Michael Williams, 9, of Post Falls were playing outside when they found a wallet on the sidewalk. The wallet contained an Idaho ID card, Social Security card, credit cards and nearly $800 in cash. The boys ran home and gave it to Zachary's father. And here's where the story brings a smile ... he told the pair that the right thing to do was to call the police and turn it in so it could be returned to the man who lost it - and it was.

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Wednesday 06/10/2015
Roadshow was quite a show
Posted: June 10, 2015

A good time was had by all who were lucky enough to have tickets to the Antiques Roadshow in Spokane last weekend. This was a well-oiled machine, moving a thousand or so people and their treasures through lines for specific categories of appraisers. The people-watching was great and seeing some unique and off-the-wall items that people were bringing in was a bonus.

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Wednesday 06/03/2015
The best days of life ahead for grads
Posted: June 03, 2015

It's graduation week for high schools in Kootenai County and hundreds of young people are launching into adulthood. Commencement speeches will inspire and provoke thought.

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Wednesday 05/27/2015
Senior pranks get creative in 2015
Posted: May 27, 2015

A Craigslist real estate for sale ad has provided entertainment as it made the social media rounds over the weekend.

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Wednesday 05/20/2015
On the road with old stuff
Updated: May 20, 2015 - 12:55 am

Last winter I read that my husband's favorite program, "Antiques Roadshow," would be in Spokane on June 6, the day before his birthday.

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Wednesday 05/13/2015
Thank you and welcome home Vietnam vets
Posted: May 13, 2015

Vietnam became real to me on an April morning in 1968.

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Wednesday 05/06/2015
Dedication to protect and serve humbles
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 1:08 am

Sgt. Greg Moore has put on the uniform of the Coeur d'Alene Police Department for 16 years. He's a husband and a father who, like all of those who make a career of public safety, protects and serves his community.

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Wednesday 04/29/2015
Real life lessons and blessings
Posted: April 29, 2015

Readers of this column and friends and family know that my all-time favorite movie is "It's a Wonderful Life."

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Wednesday 04/22/2015
Flag mural to honor veterans
Posted: April 22, 2015

It's a road trip with a purpose and New York artist Scott Lobaido is on a mission.

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Wednesday 04/15/2015
Young newspaper reader off to great start
Posted: April 15, 2015

Frederick Post kindergartner Chloe Hudson turned 6 on Monday but missed making the Main Street birthday list in last week's newspaper.

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Wednesday 04/08/2015
Thankful for chance to reach goals
Posted: April 08, 2015

In the 1980s, I learned a valuable lesson about stating a goal out loud, ideally to people who can help you achieve the goal.

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Wednesday 04/01/2015
April showers of foolishness abound
Posted: April 01, 2015

In decades of columnizing, I'm quite sure that Main Street's publication day has fallen on April 1 before today. I've never written a faux column and I've never been a fan of practical jokes, although I don't begrudge others who go all-in to celebrate the spirit of the day. (Yes, Mr. P, I'm talking about you!)

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Wednesday 03/25/2015
Quiet good deeds don't just happen
Posted: March 25, 2015

In our communities, there are countless things that occur that most people never give thought to the how and why or the who.

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Wednesday 03/18/2015
New normal, new road to travel
Updated: March 18, 2015 - 12:52 am

When former Post Falls Chief of Police and County Clerk Cliff Hayes passed away unexpectedly in December 2013, it was a huge loss to the community.

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Wednesday 03/11/2015
Local love stories featured in 'War Bonds'
Posted: March 11, 2015

My friend and fellow newspaper columnist, Cindy Hval, has written a love story to The Greatest Generation that's a must read for all generations.

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Wednesday 03/04/2015
Wrestlers fulfill dream for former coach
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 12:38 am

In Post Falls we've been fortunate to hold a welcome home caravan for teams returning with state championships in a number of sports - but until Sunday, never for wrestling.

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Wednesday 02/25/2015
Art in unexpected places is a joy to see
Posted: February 25, 2015

At the Fort Ground Grill on Saturday, I was enjoying some of the kitschy decor in the historic Coeur d'Alene tavern. One artistic display was exceptional, featuring books and their pages all along one wall. With origami-like folds giving three-dimensional "life" to the written words, it really moved me.

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Wednesday 02/18/2015
Fifty shades of green for abuse victims
Posted: February 18, 2015

There's been much debate over the book series and just-released major motion picture, "Fifty Shades of Grey," among women in particular. I've not read the books and have no intention of watching the movie because there are simply more compelling books and movies on my list of things to read and see when I find precious time to do either.

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Wednesday 02/11/2015
Leap of faith to live the dream
Posted: February 11, 2015

In the spring of 2012 I was at the Reverse Job Fair, where Post Falls High School seniors prepare displays of their career choice and professionals from the business community walk through and interview each student. Most are very traditional careers: Physical therapy, diesel mechanics, computer technology, etc.

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Wednesday 02/04/2015
Bucket list item checked off in Phoenix
Posted: February 04, 2015

At 83, Norm Soward still has a few items on his bucket list. As a longtime former Seahawks season ticket holder, seeing his team play in a Super Bowl was definitely on the list. The same day Seattle won the NFC Championship over the Packers, Norm's daughter, Leslie Damiano, called to get tickets for her dad; husband, Phil; and family friend, Rod Eldevik. Plans were made for attending a first Super Bowl game for them all.

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Wednesday 01/28/2015
Mayor serves her city well
Posted: January 28, 2015

Looking for a local hero? Look no further than Athol Mayor Darla Kuhman.

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Wednesday 01/21/2015
So, how 'bout those Seahawks!
Posted: January 21, 2015

So you may have heard or hopefully seen one of the most incredible finishes ever in a football game on Sunday. Quite a few local folks had the good fortune of being there in Seattle for all of the action.

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Wednesday 01/14/2015
Firsthand view of historic attack
Posted: January 14, 2015

I've talked to and interviewed hundreds of people for decades' worth of columns, but this week was a first for sure.

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Wednesday 01/07/2015
Seeing blue in the River City
Posted: January 07, 2015

Blue light special at Kmart? Runway landing strip? Supporting law enforcement?

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Wednesday 12/31/2014
No photos allowed policy a surprise
Posted: December 31, 2014

About a week before Christmas, I was in the grocery store and came across a product I'd been discussing with my daughter, Melani.

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Wednesday 12/24/2014
A Christmas Eve journey
Updated: December 24, 2014 - 12:38 am

Author's note: This story first appeared in The Press on Dec. 21, 2005, when this "daddy's girl" was newly grieving the loss of mine. For anyone facing their first Christmas without a parent or loved one, it's my wish for them and all Main Street readers that the spirit of Christmas surround you with love and light.

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Wednesday 12/17/2014
Season of giving and receiving
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 1:13 am

This time of year we hear so many heartbreaking stories of people in need. We also hear heartwarming stories of so many people and organizations who go the extra mile to bring Christmas joy to others. It's one of the things I love most about our communities.

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Wednesday 12/10/2014
The spirit of Christmas in uniform
Updated: December 10, 2014 - 1:48 am

Another inspiring Holidays and Heroes was held Sunday, with public safety professionals and first responders from throughout the county. It has truly been a blessing to me and Bert to volunteer with the program for the past several years. Uniformed officers, all on their own time, volunteer to be paired with a child who otherwise may not have much of a Christmas and certainly not many of the necessities of life.

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Wednesday 12/03/2014
Nothing says Christmas like Elf on the Shelf
Updated: December 03, 2014 - 2:22 am

Elf on the Shelf is a holiday tradition for many families. The elf magically appears in different places around the house each day of the Christmas season. The cleverness factor of the different poses and places is amusing.

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Wednesday 11/26/2014
First selfie to celebrate a century
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 2:59 am

I've been fortunate to know and interview a number of centenarians through the years and it's always fascinating to hear personal frames of reference that are like reading a history book. Hazel Fox hit the century mark on Saturday and I stopped by her celebration at Garden Plaza. She's a delight and was thoroughly enjoying the company of five generations of her family and friends, old and new.

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Wednesday 11/19/2014
The road most traveled
Updated: November 19, 2014 - 12:38 am

In one of those random round robin conversations the topic of how many states people have visited came up. I've been to 32 of these United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, with the biggest gap on the remaining states being those in the Northeast.

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Wednesday 11/12/2014
Giving new meaning to girl power
Updated: November 12, 2014 - 12:41 am

Giving new meaning to girl power

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Wednesday 11/05/2014
Time for elected leaders to lead
Posted: November 05, 2014

Wednesday morning quarterbacking in the wake of the election now begins in earnest.

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Wednesday 10/29/2014
A very interesting life ends too soon
Posted: October 29, 2014

On Friday, Patrick Jacobs suffered a massive heart attack, and on Sunday he passed away, surrounded by those who loved him most and best. Patrick was beyond three-dimensional; it takes four dimensions at the least to contain his many passions.

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Wednesday 10/22/2014
Family's business is serving community
Posted: October 22, 2014

For 82 years and four generations, there's been a member of the Capaul family in fire service. George Capaul started with Kootenai Rural Fire in 1932 and his son Ray joined the Coeur d'Alene Fire Department in 1956.

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Wednesday 10/15/2014
Life is good on the golf course
Updated: October 15, 2014 - 2:02 am

Hayden Lake resident Fred Smothermon has lived through a lot in his 79 years, including three knee replacements, six back fusions and a quadruple bypass - with a few arterial stents thrown in for good measure.

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Wednesday 10/08/2014
A song from my father
Updated: October 08, 2014 - 12:50 am

Anniversaries of life-changing moments in time can be painful, and this year Oct. 12 will mark a decade since my much-loved father died.

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Wednesday 10/01/2014
Business of building a community
Updated: October 01, 2014 - 12:39 am

On Saturday night, the celebration of the past half-century of business was a real walk down Memory Lane for the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce: a glimpse at who we were before I-90 ... 25,000 people ago.

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Wednesday 09/24/2014
The friend I never met
Updated: September 24, 2014 - 1:04 am

My column last week, "Man on the Corner" brought an outpouring of response.

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Wednesday 09/17/2014
The man on the corner
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 12:30 am

For the past few years on spring, summer and early autumn days, I had noticed an elderly man sitting in a folding chair on his front lawn, not on the porch or front step, but out on the lawn near the sidewalk.

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
Local business and family growing
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 12:52 am

Entrepreneurs come in all sizes and shapes, and Coeur d'Alene native and business owner Jamie McGinnis Green looks a lot like a mother of three just weeks away from giving birth to No. 4.

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Wednesday 09/03/2014
End of an era at Silver Beach
Updated: September 03, 2014 - 10:51 am

On Sunday morning we read in Nils Rosdahl's Press business column that the Beachouse Restaurant at Silver Beach would close for good that evening, the building slated for demolition.

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Wednesday 08/27/2014
Strobel represents for real men at the fair
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 12:28 am

The culinary building is a feast for the eyes during the North Idaho Fair, with so many breads, cakes, pies and confections.

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Wednesday 08/20/2014
A salute to friendship, and love enduring
Updated: August 20, 2014 - 12:26 am

For 40 years, the boys of summer - aka the Birthday Boys, Art Flagan, Warren Bakes and Ed Hatter - have celebrated their August birthdays together and this year is no exception. The trio was once a quartet and will be missing a great friend: Bill Stamps, who passed away in July last year. A trip to Walla Walla with their lovely brides is on tap this year. Here's to enduring friendships and happy birthdays!

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