Package ‘enjoys’ tour of the Northwest

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Stephanie Smith’s tale of a package’s most excellent adventure is one for the record books. After placing the order her package left Phoenix on April 27, first stopping in Portland. Before it arrived on the Smith’s Hayden doorstep on May 2 it took the scenic route through five states.

“My package from Macy’s is well-traveled. After leaving Portland, it stopped in Tualatin but decided it missed Portland so back it went where it spent a couple days chillaxin before heading to Hermiston (Ore.). After a few hours it took off to Spokane which it must not have liked, spending only 39 minutes there. Off to Missoula it went, passing the USPS hub in Coeur d’Alene after just 31 minutes. It really wanted to see Montana, I guess. Missoula was only entertaining for a couple hours so off to Helena it went where it rested quickly overnight. It hadn’t spent enough time in Missoula so it traveled back for minutes? Seconds? We may never know but off it went through Idaho passing Coeur d’Alene to visit Spokane once again where it spent a good portion of the day. It took off to go back to Idaho, taking 31 short minutes, where it hung out in the truck before being transferred to the post office where it wallowed in a USPS bin for a day before my postal carrier left it by my front door.”

The irony? The package contained a Patricia Nash handbag, a brand whose designs are inspired by travel!

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Twice a year, in May and September, the Pleasantview Community Association holds a public breakfast at the historic Pleasantview School to help fund restoration projects. The school, opened in 1910, is a registered historical site in Idaho as well as on the National Historical Registry.

As always, the Cowboy Breakfast at the old Pleasantview School attracts interesting people with wonderful stories. In addition to the homemade biscuits and jams, tours of the building are one of the fun things about the breakfast, too. There’s a bell tower with a bell for the ringing, an antique wood stove and many artifacts from the days the building welcomed school children to class.

There’s a framed and yellowed calligraphy on the wall of the school titled Honor Roll. It appears to be an enlistment registry, likely of one-time Pleasantview School students during World War I, in 1917 and 1918.

Experiencing the Cowboy Breakfast and the historic school, 18724 W. Riverview Drive, is a wonderful outing for families and anyone interested in local history. The event is Saturday, 8-11 a.m., $8 per person, family pricing available.

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Mother’s Day in 1952 fell on May 14. My 21-year-old mother, Alice Rankin, gave birth to her second daughter that day ... me! Happy Mother’s Day to all!

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Vote on Tuesday, May 15. It’s not just a privilege, it’s a responsibility of citizenship.

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Things to Do Highlights:

Tonight, Donkephant, an innovative candidate forum at the Innovation Den, 6 p.m.

Friday ArtWalk, downtown Coeur d’Alene, 5-8 p.m.

High Tea for Human Rights on Saturday at the Hagadone Events Center. Noon to 3 p.m., benefits the Human Rights Institute.

Saturday, Dog d’Alene, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sixth and Sherman.

North Idaho Veterans Stand Down, day of appreciation for veterans and their families at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Post Falls Lions 45th annual Mother’s Day Breakfast at the Post Falls Senior Center, 7-11 a.m.. Moms and children younger than 5 are free, others $5 per person.

Mothers are treated to breakfast at American Legion Post 143 from 8-11 a.m., Poleline and Syringa, Post Falls.

The Coeur d’Alene Eagles are also treating mothers to breakfast from 9-11 a.m., 209 E. Sherman Avenue.

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Happy Birthday today to Allan Aitken, who’s turning 40 which is a milestone of itself but this is his first birthday as an American citizen, too! Sharing Allan’s May 9 birthday are Tara Dagastine, Carrie Holdren, Valerie Emery, Bonnie Clark, George Larsen and Carla Noonan. Tomorrow Coltan and Cadan Virgil, Shelly Servick, Don Smock, Shelly Matthews, Pearl Bouchard, David Dickinson, Margie Adams, Zena Baltzell, Bonnie McDowell (88!) and Ginger Cutler celebrate.

On Friday Anne Hagman, Jason Mealer, Debra Altman, Anthony Skarisky, Stephanie Knox, Ginger Cutler, Margie Adams, Chad Todd and Sharon Culbreth put on their party hats. Mary Rawlsky, Allison Cook, Lynette Walsh, Bob Hoskins, Jason Penzkover, Craig Ziegler, Olivia Jacobsen, Wyatt Dickinson (16!) and Jon Brewer blow out the birthday candles on Saturday.

Mother’s Day birthdays for Kathy Hlebichuk, Butch Marks, Steve Pollard, Tim Cushman, Judy Brooks, Charlie Morris and PJ Christo. Sharing my May 14 birthday are Williene Gagnon, Stephanie Davenport, KJ Torgerson, Jaime Cornwell, Tyler Krieg, Macy Ducoeur, Mark Hemenway, Rita Preston, Randy McKahn, Jake Hobbs, Kathy White, Liz Ricciardi, Breanne Ruff, Kimberly Westrick, Kristi Messinger, Caren Easterly, Bill Ohlfs, Linda Green, Katie Bane, Mitch Bevacqua, Chrissy Johnson and Averie Barnes.

On Tuesday Suzanna Spencer, Al Harrison, Lorri Gum, Patricia Braddock, Jack Wheir and Barbara Welch take another trip around the sun

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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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