Elementary education students from Cherie Major's University of Idaho class teamed with Post Falls Middle School seventh-graders for a lesson in economics and humanity on Sept. 6. Donna Pettoello's social studies classes and the college students created colorful bookmarks, which will be sold for $1 to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina. The project was also an experiment to see which worked better – assembly-line work or individual effort. The students were given background on assembly lines, discussing Henry Ford and Eli Whitney. The educators were also teaching the students quality control and discussing issues regarding children working in sweatshops. Pettoello said that her students talked about how fortunate they are compared to other kids, especially in light of the disaster, with one even remarking "We're spoiled."
The Opera Plus Production of Italian composer Gioachino Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" opens tonight and promises to be a memorable show. Written in 1816, "The Barber of Seville" is a comedy, starring a cast of bright young talent from across the United States. The story is about Count Almaviva, who has fallen in love with the beautiful commoner Rosina. Rosina lives under the watchful eye of her guardian, Don Bartolo, who also is in love with her. Figaro, the count's quick-witted former servant, has access to Bartolo's house, as he is his barber. Bartolo is joined by his accomplice, Don Basilio, in his endeavors to make Rosina his own. Hilarity ensues as they try to win Rosina's hand.
Winton Elementary School is 80 years old this year, and to celebrate, during the school's open house on Sept. 22, alumni were invited to attend along with the current students and their families. Bill Fout was born in 1923 and attended Winton from 1929-1934. He said they called him "Billy" in his youth. He met his wife, Margaret Fout, who attended Bryan Elementary, in high school at Coeur d'Alene High, and they were married in 1943.
If you come home one day from work or wake up to find your yard full of pink plastic flamingos, then you've been "flocked" by the Lake City High School varsity cheerleaders. Coaching assistant Lynne Richmond came up with the idea after hearing about other squads back East flocking folks to raise money. You pay the LCHS team $30, and they will flock whomever you choose to amuse or annoy. In turn, the flockee must flock someone else to get rid of the 12-20 lawn ornaments adorning their yard, unless of course they enjoy having them there.
Armed with a bachelor's degree in bilingual education from Boise State University, Jamie McGinnis, 22, set off to find a job teaching in Coeur d'Alene. She applied with the Coeur d'Alene School District but wasn't having much luck. Then this young entrepreneur had an idea. She heard about the opportunity to open a kindergarten inside the Stepping Stones Learning Center at 602 Garden Ave. The space in the old building needed work, but she pushed up her sleeves, cleaning, recarpeting and sprucing it up within a month to open kindergarten con Carino, a bilingual kindergarten, where 4- and 5-year-olds are learning Spanish in addition to the regular curriculum. Con Carino literally translates as "with affection, love, fondness, care and tenderness."
The two fourth-grade classes at Bryan Elementary School are planning to go to Boise sometime after Christmas, while the Legislature is still in session. Fourth-grade curriculum includes Idaho history and government, and the trip is designed to complement their studies. Teachers Michelle Faucher-Sharples and Nicole Symons, along with librarian Jennifer Lavigne, plan to accompany the 60 Bryan students on their educational journey.
A computer- assisted teaching program named after a Greek philosopher appears to help some students improve their ISAT scores. The program, called Plato, is designed for students from kindergarten through college and covers the subjects of math, reading and language.
Buying a computer doesn't have to be an intimidating experience, thanks to the three patient "computer guys" at Northerspeed. Ty Brown, 24, Ben Danforth, 23, and Russ Baker, 22, have created a place for those not-so-computer literate folks to go to get expert advice, repair and even quasi-counseling about the machines with which many of us have a love/hate relationship.
Numerica Credit Union's "Outstanding School Employee of the Month," program has been renamed the "First Class School Champion Award," and school officials are once again accepting nominations. Once a month, a committee chooses the best essay written by a student about a school employee, not necessarily their teacher, who has made an impact in their life. The winning employee is recognized at a surprise assembly at the school. The student who writes the winning essay is recognized as well.
American women spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year trying to get rid of cellulite – that orange-peel look to skin that creeps in primarily on the thighs and buttocks. "People use honey, people use dried fruit, all sorts of stuff," says certified massage therapist Matt Thurley, who has been a massage therapist for 12 years. "What happens with these treatments, gels and body stockings, massage treatments with machinery … cost a fortune," he says Thurley believes cellulite can be reduced through simple – and much less expensive – massage therapy.
Motivated by a desire to beautify the city of Coeur d'Alene and to promote a higher quality of public art, muralist Robert McNeill is currently transforming the outside west wall of the Mosgrove Gallery at 211 E. Coeur d'Alene Ave. into an impressive piece of art. The mural depicts a scene that references the city without being too literal. Native Americans and animals sacred to the Coeur d'Alene Tribe – horses, ravens, wolves, salmon and cranes – flow across the 100-foot by 15-foot canvas. McNeill began work on the mural July 7 and expects to complete it by the first week of September. His daily work on his creation begins at 6 a.m., and he quits around noon, when the heat and glare make it difficult to paint.
They all have day jobs and families, but their love of the Lord and their musical vision brings the members of Shepherd's Heart together to do what they do best. The six-piece Christian contemporary band has just released "Shipwrecked," their first CD since 1998. All of the members of Shepherd's Heart live in Coeur d'Alene, but not all attend the same church. The CD liner notes explain the concept of "Shipwrecked" – that "reality is that we are all spiritually shipwrecked in our sin. But God has provided our only way of rescue, through his Son, Jesus Christ."
Tucked away in a cottage on East Sherman Avenue is a small but colorful art gallery, appropriately called The Cottage Gallery. Art is displayed in a fenced-in courtyard in front when the weather permits, and a side deck holds more treasures, including folk-art painted furniture by local artist Gene Keevy. Adina Walsh, 60, opened the gallery Memorial Day weekend of 2004. Walsh was born and raised in Spokane and has lived in Coeur d'Alene four years. Not only is this her first art gallery, it is her first business venture. She purchased the cottage six months before the opening.
Born to be wild? Maybe not wild, but these ladies are definitely into adventure. These are the lady dirt bikers, who are wild about a sport usually associated with men. Unlike motocross, where the dirt bikers go around and around on a track, the ladies and gentlemen of PANTRA (Panhandle Trail Riders Association) are cross-country riders. In two weeks, Aug. 20, the first organized "Ladies Ride at Canfield" will take place. The event will begin at 8 a.m. at the Nettleton Gulch parking lot. Tia Flynn, who is organizing the event with Lori Jordan, said it will be a 25-mile ride and should take a couple of hours. There is no need to register in advance, and there is no fee. Just show up if you're a beginner or better.
Local composer/pianist Brian Crain has just recorded his 12th CD, but this time with a marked difference. His previous CDs were just Crain and his piano. In "Spring Symphonies," he is backed by the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra.
With the new school term only 5 1/2 weeks away, Big Brothers Big Sisters is in need of adult mentors for children. "We need an adult for every child," said Brusan Wells, development director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest. "For everyone that is matched, there's one waiting in line."
Ada Hanson was a dedicated early schoolteacher in Idaho, 19 years in Coeur d'Alene and 39 years total in the state. Hanson was only 18 when she received her degree from Lewiston Normal School, now Lewis-Clark State College, and began teaching in a one-room school on Bear Ridge near Kendrick, Idaho, close to her birthplace.
A Scottish tradition returns to its Coeur d'Alene roots next Saturday when members of the St. Andrew's Society of Spokane gather in City Park to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a picnic and Highland games. "This is where it began," said Donna Graham, Spokane Highland Games publicity chairwoman. "Because it is the 50th anniversary (of the St. Andrew's Society), we decided to take it back to its roots and invite all the old-timers. We expect quite a crowd."
Selling Chevrolet automobiles has been a Knudtsen family affair since 1939. June 12 of that year Clifford Knudtsen opened Knudtsen Chevrolet at the corner of Fourth and Coeur d'Alene streets before moving north on Fourth in April 1966. Now, in their new location off Interstate 90 in Post Falls for the past two-and-a-half years, Wayne Knudtsen, 77, Clifford's son, is passing the torch to his daughter, Eve Knudtsen.
Danielle Ator of Coeur d'Alene, 21, and John Lacy, 22, Post Falls, don't look like rocket scientists, but these two mechanical engineering majors at the University of Idaho have been awarded summer internships with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. The students left recently and are scheduled to return Aug. 20. They will receive a $5,000 stipend, room, board and travel expenses. This is Ator's second summer with the program. She will be a senior next year at UI. A 2002 graduate of Lakeside High School in Plummer, Ator was the valedictorian of her class. Her family moved to Coeur d'Alene in 2003. She never considered going to college anywhere other than UI.
Kootenai County music lovers have four venues in Coeur d'Alene, Rathdrum and Hayden this summer to kick back at free concerts, thanks to Chris Guggemos and his Handshake Productions, host of the free summer concert series since 1992. And a new concert series started by a group of volunteers kicks off later this month in Post Falls' Q'emiln Park. Guggemos' shows are "G-rated," family-oriented events mostly featuring bands from Coeur d'Alene, Spokane and Sandpoint.
The 33 acres surrounding and including the popular Cherry Hill sledding hill is going through an exciting transformation. The city of Coeur d'Alene purchased the property in 1999, and soon it will be the home of an improved sledding hill, BMX bike racing track just north of the sledding area, six tennis courts, a full-size basketball court with baskets on each end, year-round unisex toilets with electricity and, eventually, the 9/11 Cherry Hill Memorial Park. There will be two entrances to the park, one off 15th Street, another off Hazel Street. A two-tier parking lot will accommodate up to 200 cars. The upper parking lot serves the BMX track.
Lakeland High School senior Lance Carr believes he has the right stuff for the Marine Corps. Carr, 18, is also looking long-term to officer's training or school. He leaves June 20 for Camp Pendleton in San Diego for boot camp, which will be his first trip to California. "I know it will be tough, but the reason I picked the Marines is because I knew it'd be a challenge," he said.
William Gradeless, 18, a senior at the alternative school, Project CDA, doesn't believe in handouts. His strength of character will serve him well, as he plans to enter the United States Air Force. "I'm more of an independent person, I don't like to get handouts from anybody, so I wanted to do something for myself and be able to actually work for my own college," Gradeless said. "I'm mostly thinking about college and careers that I can take when I get out of the Air Force."