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Adams Targets Parade Gun Ban

Playing off the momentum of the Idaho State Legislature, Coeur d'Alene City Councilman Steve Adams wants to eliminate a local weapons ordinance. The ordinance he wants to eliminate bans weapons at parades and festivals within the city limits of Coeur d'Alene. "It was brought to my attention a while back," Adams said Monday. "I thought 'why not continue this momentum to bolster the Second Amendment and eliminate this ordinance?'" Adams was referring to the Legislature's recent passage of a law that would allow citizens with enhanced concealed weapons permits to carry guns on Idaho's college campuses. On Monday, Adams took the issue to the city's General Services Committee/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you think the city of Coeur d'Alene should lift its ban on guns at parades and festivals?

Newtown marches on

Months after the horrific school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, the community will march on – stronger than ever.

The annual parade marking the end of summer will take place – continuing a decades-old tradition.

Follow the year-long journey of healing in a community that chooses love.

(S-R archives photo)

Fairfield Flag Day

Classic cars, marching bands and floats make their way along East Main Street during the annual Flag Day parade in Fairfield on June 12, 2010. SR photo/Colin Mulvany

For the 101st time, the small town of Fairfield will host a Flag Day celebration this weekend. The community made a big to-do last year for the 100th celebration, but things are a bit more toned down this year. Things start at 7 a.m. Saturday with late registration for the Flag Flyin' Fun Run in the Lower Park (the run starts at 8) and the fireman's breakfast in the Community Center on Main (which continues until 9:30 a.m.)

The kids parade down Main Street starts at 10:30 a.m. and the grand parade will follow at 11 a.m. Lunch will be available in the Community Center after the parade. Parents can bring the kids to Thiel Park where there will be music, a bouncing castle, food, vendors and crafts all day. Adults can visit the beer garden that will open at 11:30 a.m. and keep serving up the suds until dark.

It sounds like there will be something for everyone on Saturday. Fairfield is easy to find. Just head south on Highway 27 until you hit Fairfield. The challange will probably be in finding a place to park.

Make it the biggest parade, ever

The South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association is gearing up for the annual parade and street fair on July 16 - with the parade starting around 10:30 a.m.
Parade floats and participants big and small may gather in the parking lot at Grant Elementary School, begining at 9 a.m. It's $5 to be in the parade and fees are collected that morning.
As something new, Perry Street will be closed to traffic all day between Ninth and 11th Avenues, so craft and food vendors will be set up in the actual street.
The fair and parade committe is looking to fill 88 vendor spots with everything from arts and crafts, to food and informational booths. So far, 15 have signed up. 

(The photo is from last year's parade)

Hillyard parade fees went up

The fee to be in the Hillyard Parade this year is $20 - that's up from $5 last year. This spurred some discussion this morning, mostly focusing on what to do for children who can't afford to pay $20 to be in the neighborhood parade.
One suggestion is for merchants to pay part of the parade fee for low-income families; another suggestion is to simply not charge kids on bikes and with waggons.
The festival committee decided to raise entry fees because this is the centennial parade and the festival is expected to draw a much larger crowd (and parade) than other years.
Costs associated with porta potties and insurance are higher this year, too.
The Festival Committee has yet to make the final decision on the parade fees.

South Perry neighborhood meeting tonight

The South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association meets tonight at the Perry Street Cafe at 6 p.m. Here's a great opportunity to get involved in your neighborhood's dealings - big and small.
On the agenda tonight is the election of a secretary and updates about all the summer events, from the street fair and parade to the community garden and the farmers market.
The farmers market is moving back outdoors in The Shop parking lot on May 19 - hours will be from 3-7 p.m. and the first two weeks will be gardening themed, so bring your questions for master gardeners and other advisors.
The photo is from last year's outdoor market.

Giants Owner Neukom Celebrates

San Francisco Giants owner Bill Neukom celebrates while riding in a car during a baseball World Series parade in downtown San Francisco Wednesday. The Giants defeated the Texas Rangers in five games for their first championship since the team moved west from New York 52 years ago. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Question: This photo epitomizes absolute joy. Can you tell of a time when you felt like Neukom did as he rode the parade route Wednesday to celebrate the Giants’ World Series win?

Donation goes to summer program

Proceeds from this year’s South Perry Fair and Parade were designated to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center and to Grant Elementary School’s PAWS program. Thursday morning, excutive director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center Freda Gandy stopped by to share what the money is going to.
“The $1,000 donation is going toward our summer program,” Gandy said. “It will go to scholarships and probably pay for five spots.” The 10-week summer program is very popular, and it features a combination academics and summer fun like swimming and field trips.
“We had 55 kids in the program this summer,” said Gandy. It’s the first year the Martin Luther King Jr. Center has been the beneficiary of the proceeds from the South Perry Fair and Parade.
Gandy said the Martin Luther King Jr. Center is always looking for volunteers, either to work with teachers following class plans or to come in and share a skill or a hobby with the kids.
“And we are selling tickets for our big fundraiser on November 10,” she added. The fundraising luncheon is at The Davenport Hotel, starting at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance by calling (509) 455-8722.

And that’s a wrap

There was an informal gathering at the Perry Street Cafe Monday evening of all the people who helped make this year’s fair and parade a success. The Cafe generously fed everyone and ideas flew left and right around the table. Most importantly: the fair and parade made a profit, which will be donated to two charities in the neighborhood - the final amounts will be announced on Tuesday, at the South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association meeting.

Among the many ideas was to have the parade go around twice (it’s short…) - starting the music earlier, right after the parade - getting a banner to hang across the street - the location of the stage - the need for MORE volunteers to help move tables and chairs - and complete closure of the street for the afternoon.

So here’s your chance: what would you like to see next year at the South Perry Fair and Parade?

A good day to be a kid in Grant Park

There are all sorts of childrens’ activities this afternoon in Grant Park: pony rides, a bouncing castle, goats and chickens to pet - and story time is being put on by the Spokane Libraries.

Parade is over - let the rest of the fun begin

Now that the parade has passed through the neighborhood, the fair in Grant Park is going full speed. There were 54 vendors this morning - and then the ice cream truck showed up, so now there’s 55, making it the biggest fair in the 11 year history of the fair and parade.

There are lots of deals to be found on Perry, too: the Buddhist Temple is having a huge yard sale with clothes and kitchen gear. Down the street, The Windfall is having a bag sale: all the second hand clothing you can fit in a grocery bag for $5. The new shop in the little white house next to Lorien’s - Veda Lux - is celebrating its grand opening today, featuring lots of handmade jewelry and vintage clothing.

And the 11th annual parade went off without a hitch

It may be short but it sure doesn’t lack in energy: the South Perry Parade is just over and the street is open again. Between firetrucks and politicians, little kids on decorated bikes and a few classic cars was grand marshal Wille Earthman - or Mother Earthman as neigbors call her - who has lived a great part of her life just off South Perry Street and just turned 102 years old. The bright red Mustang convertible Earthman was riding in stopped at the intersection of 10th Avenue and Perry, so the crowd could sing her ‘Happy Birthday.’

Fancy rides lining up

I spotted this beauty lining up for the parade. And a traffic note: the police department is closing off South Perry Street for the next hour. Barricades are going up right now from Eighth Avenue to 12th Avenue.

It’s a busy morning in the neighborhood

The vendors are setting up in the park, people are crowding in for coffee and breakfast, the merchants all have specials and down in the Hi-Co parking lot the parade is getting ready.

The big question of the morning is: where are you? The parade starts at 10 a.m. - it’s short, it’s small, it’s funky, you don’t want to miss it - and the live music and fair runs all day through 8 p.m.

See you soon.

Early morning on South Perry

So, quite a few of the South Perry merchants got up early this morning to join KXLY’s Mark Peterson, who’s doing his morning show from the Perry Street Cafe. Cafe owner Geoff White got up extra early - the cafe is now officially open - and everyone here is getting excited about the fair and parade on Saturday. The blog will be here until 10 a.m. - come in and say hello.

Time to give a helping hand

There are plenty of last minute details that need to be organized and taken care of before Saturday’s South Perry Fair and Parade can go off without a hitch.

Volunteers are needed to help pick up and transport tables and chairs on Friday at 5 p.m. Meet at the Perry Street Cafe. Chairs and tables need to go back on Sunday.

Friday morning at 10 a.m. volunteers are meeting in Grant Park to designate space for vendors and booths. And Saturday morning there are barricades to be hauled and parade participants to be lined up - if you can help, stop by the Perry Street Cafe and talk to Geoff.

As of Monday evening, 17 jewelry, arts and crafts vendors had signed up for the fair, along with 14 non-profit organizations and five political candidates.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday and is expected to close down Perry Street, through the business district for about an hour.

Last Fair and Parade planning meeting tonight

On Saturday July 17 South Perry will be bustling with people, music, parade floats and vendors during The South Perry Parade and Fair. The last planning meeting is tonight, at the Perry Street Cafe at 5:30 p.m. - volunteers are still needed - just drop in. The blog will try to make it, too. Look for a Fair and Parade update later tonight.

Fair and Parade schedule is ready

The South Perry Parade and Fair opens on Saturday July 17 with perhaps the area’s smallest and most quirky community parade at 10 a.m. The parade runs between 8th and 12th Avenues on South Perry and it’s not too late to sign up. Willie Earthman is the grand marshal of the parade.

The Street Fair runs all day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the business district and in Grant Park. There will be free bike tuneups by Pedals2People at The Shop all day and live music in the park and at The Shop.

Get the Saturday band schedule here.

A portion of proceeds from the Fair and Parade goes to The Martin Luther King Jr. Family Center, Grant Elementary School’s Parent and Teacher Organization (PAWS) and the South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association.

The next planning meeting is on Monday, July 12 at 5:30 at the Perry Street Cafe - everyone is welcome.

The Fair and Parade still needs volunteers and vendors are welcome to sign up by contacting Heidi at (509) 536-5516 or e-mail: sirhhash@comcast.net


Vendors and parade floats needed

The South Perry Street Fair and Parade is on July 17 - with the parade starting at 10 a.m. Vendors are still needed for the fair, and organizers would like for more funky parade participants to show up.

“Right now the big push is to get more vendors for the fair,” said organizer Marshall Powell, who stopped by The Shop this morning. “We are looking for artists and crafters, small businesses. We just need them to call us.” That number is (509) 536-5516

The music lineup is begining to come together, Powell said. The band Hay is For Horses is playing at 4 p.m. followed by LaChacha at 6 p.m. - both at the band shell in Grant Park.

The next fair and parade planning meeting is on Tuesday 6/29 at 5:30 p.m. at the Perry Street Cafe.

Post Falls Loves A Parade

Kerri Thoreson (More Main Street & OnLocation North Idaho) estimates tens of thousands of spectators turned out for her community’s annual Fourth of July Parade. Here, Citizen of the Year Jackie McAvoy waves at the crowd in a vehicle driven by Parade Committee volunteer Pam Houser/Post Falls Chamber President & CEO. You can see more parade photos by Kerri & Megan Ownby here. Also: You can read Kerri’s Main Street column this week here.

Factoid: When Mrs. O, Junior & I moved from Lewiston for my job with the SR, we lived in a rental off Poleline in Post Falls, near the current site of Post Falls High.

It’s your parade - you could be in it

The nice people who are putting on the 11th annual South Perry Street Fair and Parade on July 17 and 18, could use a hand. Bands, classic cars, kids on decorated bikes or waggons, dancers and singers are all invited to participate in the parade. The parade begins at 10 a.m. on July 17. So come on, dress up your doggie and join in the fun.

Community groups from all over Spokane are also invited to put up their booths and tables at the neighborhood fair, which runs all day on July 17.

Anyone interested in participating should contact Heidi at (509) 536-5516 or go to www.eflc.org and download forms for parade entries, vendors and community booths.

Parade Grand Marshall named

Willie Ann Earthman is this year’s Grand Marshall for the South Perry Parade. Volunteer Mari Haworth said she’s working to line up a classic car for Earthman to ride in - she’s one classy lady and she certainly deserves it.

Earthman celebrated her 100th birthday on July 13, 2008, and she’s still going strong. She enjoys helping “the elderly” and she’s been an usher at Bethel AME Church for more than 25 years.

I was fortunate to meet Earthman and write a profile about her and her amazing life back when she was just 99.

One thing I remember from the interview is that she makes her own herbal tinctures and even though she’s never had a drink in her life, one tincture for arthritis includes whiskey. “And don’t you buy no cheap whiskey now,” she said.

She grew up in Mississippi where at one point she ran a sawmill. In Spokane she was a cook and a housekeeper for many families.

Earthman left quite an impression on me and it totally made my day that she was chosen as this year’s Grand Marshall.

The parade takes place on Saturday July 17, starting at 10 a.m.



Ducks on Parade

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Okay, this video is adorable. Last year, a guy in downtown Spokane, who works at Sterling Savings Bank, saved a group of baby ducks after they nested in the concrete awning above the bank. He caught them as they jumped, and led them to the river, with Mama Duck close behind. This year, he did it again. This video by Jesse Tinsley is adorable.

The story of this went viral last year, so the Spokesman put up a webcam above the awning, because Mama Duck used the same awning this year. For about a week, you could watch the ducks online.

Have you seen the ducks? Did you ever look at the duck cam? Were you at the parade yesterday?

Is the U.S. Supporting Foreign Dictators?

   Today’s PARADE magazine released their annual article, “The World’s 10 Worst Dictators” (click on dictator to learn more). The descriptions of suffering and oppression were disgusting, but that isn’t what truly enraged me about the article. Below the dictator’s name and description of their rule is a small blurb titled “U.S. link.”  In some cases the “U.S. link” explains how the U.S. has shut down trading, etc. to the countries until they stop violating human rights.  In many cases, however, the “U.S. link” describes how America continues to do business with the world’s worst dictators, simply ignoring the fact that our money will continue to support their reign.

   In fact, the United States is importing millions (sometimes billions) of dollars worth of goods from 6 of the 10 dictatorships listed in PARADE’s article.  Robert Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980, but in the past year he has gone from #6 on the dictators list to #1.  According to PARADE, over 3,800 people have died of cholera since August, unemployment has risen to 85%, and inflation makes U.S. gas prices seem like a joke ($50 billion is enough to buy 2 loaves of bread).  Despite this, American imports from Zimbabwe have actually risen in the past two years.  The horrors of Darfur are slowly being released in the media, and the International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Sudan’s leader, Omar al-Bashir (#2).  Despite the fact that both Bush and Obama have spoken out against al-Bashir, last year U.S. trade with Sudan increased to $148 million. Similarly, the rulers of Saudi Arabia (#5), China (#6), Turkmenistan (#9), and Libya (#10) are known to rule with an iron fist similar to that of Nazi Germany or the Taliban.  Yet the U.S. imports billions of dollars worth of goods from them each year.


Is the U.S. guilty of sponsoring dictatorship? We need goods such as oil, but is the rape, murder, and imprisonment of millions of people worth it?