Goose gone, but sweet name sticks

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COEUR d’ALENE — Boardwalk Betty (thanks, Judy and Dennie Rivette).

Lucy Goosey (Marcy Desmond).

Bridge-it (by Ken and Joyce Abernathy, and Peggy Esterly), Mama Bridget (Teresa Brown-Douglas) and Bridgitte Boardot (Ryan Bronson).

Lady Gaggle or June Flockheart (John Austin).

These were some of the clever names submitted by Press readers, who flocked to the newspaper’s call to name the mama goose who took up residence at the bridge on the famous Coeur d’Alene Resort boardwalk surrounding The Resort marina.

Glenn Jacklin made us smile when, after suggesting mama goose and her hubby be dubbed Gayle and Gordon Goose, he wrote: “In the fun facts in the paper, it indicates that geese fly in a V formation to minimize wind resistance and to conserve energy. However, if you watch the flight pattern of geese you will always see that one side is longer than the other. Do you know why this is?

“Because there are more geese on that side.”

Miss Hissy, suggested Mike Duff, who had walked past the protective goose a couple times recently and was rewarded with hisses.

The list went on.

Alas, the goose who was quickly becoming beloved has vanished. Rather than cancel the naming contest and the gift certificate for two to Gooey’s in Dockside Restaurant, a panel of newsroom judges has awarded the top prize to Claudia Davis.

Claudia named the goose Marina, and that’s what we’ll call her when she comes home.

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