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Edit: Fire Up The Grill, Eagles

A two decades-old tradition came crashing down like a loose grill lid recently when the Coeur d'Alene Eagles vacated the walkway in front of their Sherman Avenue club and moved their Thirsty Thursday cookout inside. For 20 years, the Eagles have barbecued hot dogs and burgers for passersby, including non-Eagles, charging customers for food and drink and a relaxing atmosphere. The more income the Eagles make, the more charitable good they do - and they do a heck of a lot. Because of Thirsty Thursdays, The Press has learned, that's typically the biggest revenue day of the week for the organization. Unfortunately, one or more businesses in the vicinity complained to the Downtown Association about smoke generated by the barbecue for those two or three hours each Thursday/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Would you like to see the Eagles continue with their Thirsty Thursday fund-raising barbecues?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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