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Bayview On New Year’s Day

At Bayview, Herb snapped this photo & reports: “This was taken around noon New Year's Day. There was so much steam coming off the lake that we got a couple of hours of lake effect snow, which set the existng snow to sparkling like a field of jewels.”

Kerri’s Looking For Polar Bears

On her Facebook page, Kerri Thoreson is looking for “a little help” from her friends. Seems she’s trying to determine which local polar bear has been jumping into Lake Coeur d’Alene on New Year’s Day the longest. Hey, don’t look at me. The closest I ever came to the polar bear plunge was 17 to 20 years ago when I covered the event as a reporter for The Spokesman-Review. I know a couple of you have taken the plunge, and lived to tell about it.

Question: Have any of you taken more than one polar bear plunge?

Tito Macaroni’s Closing Jan. 1

In the comments section, Lynne writes: “Does anyone happen to have a spy in the kitchen at Tito Macaroni’s? I must have the recipe for their romano crusted chicken salad and the dressing before Tito’s is gone forever (sob).” And Angela, on the Tito Macaroni’s Facebook site agrees, stating: “Share the Romano Crusted Chicken salad recipe. I could live on that salad. I don’t even think it’s on the menu anymore, but they still made it for me.” Meanwhile, Tito’s Facebook page offers this announcement re: pulling the plug: “Come by Tito’s in the month of December and get your fix on great pasta, pizza, and wine! We’d love to see everyone and say goodbye before we close January 1st.” I must confess that I’ve never eaten at Tito’s. How about you? (BTW, OrangeTV reports in comments section that Shore Lounge is moving into Tito’s space.)

Question: Are you going to miss Tito Macaroni’s when it closes in downtown Coeur d’Alene? And/or: Anyone know why HagaCorp is pulling plug on Tito’s?

Billy Collins Makes Poetry Enjoyable

I’ve forced myself to enjoy poetry since I read a feature story on Walt Whitman in a National Geographics while working out on an exercise bike some years ago. The writer suggested reading poetry out loud, if you had trouble understanding or enjoying the form. I did that with “Leaves of Grass” and later Emily Dickinson’s poetry. However, it wasn’t until I read Billy Collins’s work that I got the hang of poetry. Last week, I checked out Collins’s “Ballistics” from the Coeur d’Alene Library. Before scanning the book for me, the librarian mentioned that Collins was also her favorite, and that a poem about “Canada” had particularly spoken to her. “More people would enjoy poetry, if they read Billy Collins,” she said. I agree. I (heart) Collins’s insightful poem, “New Year’s Day.” (You can hear & see Billy Collins reading his poetry here)

Question: Who is your favorite poet?

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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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