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Women are seeking more American Mothers

Sadie Brooten and Ada May Foster are inviting all mothers in North Idaho and Eastern Washington to become involved in the Washington and Idaho Association of American Mothers Inc. at the first combined state convention June 11 at the Red Lion Templin's Hotel in Post Falls. The precept of AMI is a simple one: "To strengthen the moral and spiritual foundations of the family and the home." The organization's first Mother of the Year Award was presented in 1933 by Sara Delano Roosevelt, the mother of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and also the organization's first honorary chairwoman. Since then, a National Mother of the Year has been named annually from among the state Mothers of the Year.
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Local dancer to compete in talent championships

Home-schooled sophomore Alisha Harrold, 16, was inspired by the prima ballerinas she saw move gracefully across the stage as a young girl. Dancing since the age of 10, Alisha has a chance to show her poise and grace to more than 100 talent scouts this August at the World Championship of the Performing Arts in Hollywood. This is the ninth year of the championships. Alisha has been training for the past three years at Expressions School of Dance, and prior to that at Suzie's Tap, Jazz, Etc. in Rathdrum. Her mother, Nalini Harrold said that her daughter has been dancing around the house constantly since she was little. Alisha prefers ballet and lyrical dance, a mix between ballet and jazz dance, but she is also working on hip-hop dance and jazz. She spends eight hours a week at the dance studio.
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CHS teacher retiring

District 4B state Rep. George Sayler, a teacher at Coeur d'Alene High School since 1974, said that he'll miss the interaction with his students the most. After teaching at the high school for one-third of the school's history, Sayler is hanging up his teaching hat to devote more time to his legislative duties. Sayler has taught 11th- and 12th-grade history, government and economics at CHS. This school year he has devoted his time to teaching senior government. He said he enjoys getting the students to think about things, to stretch their minds.

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Big Band Bash to benefit new library

The Coeur d'Alene Public Library Foundation's second annual Big Band Bash, a dance and fund-raiser to benefit the new library, will be next Saturday from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge, 209 Sherman Ave. The music and dancing begin at 7 p.m., featuring the Coeur d'Alene Big Band with Ruth Pratt, library foundation executive director, on vocals. Pratt has been singing with the 18-piece band, conducted by Jim Barnett, at engagements over the past year and a half. The group performs swing and big band tunes, and plays once a month on Sundays at the Eagles from September to April.
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Take a walk, enjoy art at same time

A sure sign of spring in Coeur d'Alene is the return of the downtown Art Walks that bring art lovers and the art community together every second Friday. The season's first Art Walk on April 8 brought out a great crowd, thanks to the beautiful weather, and this Friday's Art Walk should be even better. This month, Angel Gallery of Fine Art and Antiques is celebrating its first anniversary at its new location at 423 Sherman Ave. The gallery not only has fine art, but owners and sisters Deborah Rathbun and Patricia Kovatch have a wide variety of antiques, gifts and jewelry to choose from.
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Early ESFD commissioner stepping down

It started in 1993 with a group of concerned property owners on the east side of Lake Coeur d'Alene recognizing the need for fire protection. Basil Mercer, 78, was there from the beginning as a charter member and original commissioner of the East Side Fire District. Mercer is retiring from his unpaid volunteer position after 12 years. The firefighters, commissioners and all those who appreciate what he has done will honor Mercer Sunday with a farewell banquet.
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Education spans generations

Victor Larsen has every reason to be proud of his daughter Jessica Bane-Larsen. Bane-Larsen, 25, will graduate May 1 from Lewis-Clark State College's Coeur d'Alene campus with her bachelor of science degree in business administration.
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Josephine Randle a wonderful mother, wife

Josephine Randle was the only mother Joan Best knew. Abandoned by her biological mother at age 2, it wasn't until Joan was 11 that she finally got a real mom when her father wed the diminutive 23-year-old "Little Jo." Despite the closeness in their ages, Randle was by all accounts a wonderful mother to Best, and a wonderful wife to her father. She died April 3 at Pinewood Care Center at the age of 84.
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CHS junior chosen for participation in Princeton program

Coeur d'Alene High School junior Haley Cohen learned last month that she has been selected to attend the 2005 session of the Junior Statesman Summer School at Princeton University, in Princeton, N.J. The only thing stopping this bright young lady is that, after receiving a $600 scholarship from the program, she still needs another $3,000 for tuition plus money for travel expenses and food. The program will be held June 26 through July 21. Only 250 students from the entire country are selected to participate in this school, where they study government, politics and political communication. The students will also participate in nightly debates of controversial public policy and meet with high-level members of government, business and the media.
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His book will make you think

Max Tuggle describes himself as a spiritual man who believes that nature is a part of everything. Searching for answers to the whys of life and death, Tuggle, 57, has written his first book, "Time of the End." "We're a part of nature, and nature's a part of us," Tuggle said. "The Earth is going through major changes right now – politically, economically, geographically, spiritually – everything, and we're part of it. It's very subtle, and because it's so subtle, we don't recognize it."
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Annual handbell performance to benefit victims of tsunami

The ninth annual Spring Ring on April 17 at Christ the King Lutheran Church will feature 10 handbell choirs in a performance to raise money for victims of the south Asia tsunami. The collection of free-will offerings will benefit the victims by way of Northwest Medical Team, a Christian, nonprofit, nonpolitical humanitarian organization based in Portland.
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Scott Hague had great faith, touched many lives

Scott Hague touched the lives of many people in his 40-year life. More than 1,000 people attended his funeral service on March 5 at St. Pius Catholic Church. There are more than 100 postings expressing warm thoughts and memories of Scott on the Yates Funeral Home Web site. Scott died March 1 after an 11-month battle with melanoma. He leaves behind his wife Brandi, and three children, Mathew, 17, Breanna, 14, and Mikinzie, 7. By all accounts he was a wonderful father to his children.
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Bear sculpture sale to benefit library

Although the bond issue to add $3 million in public funding toward a new Coeur d'Alene Public Library passed on Feb. 1, the Coeur d'Alene Library Foundation is still raising money toward fulfilling the goal of a state-of-the-art public library. Local artist Terry Lee is doing his part to help with his creation of a bronze bear sculpture called "Bear Tales." Only 100 of the sculptures will be made, selling at $2,000 each, with all proceeds benefiting the library foundation.
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Classic musical

Director Noel Barbuto took on a daunting task when he decided to bring the 35-year-old rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" to the Lake City Playhouse. The musical, with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, tells the story of the final days of Jesus' life, as told through Judas' eyes. The production, which debuted in the late 1960s, can be performed with great spectacle, but the Playhouse doesn't have the luxury of a huge stage with all the bells and whistles of a larger theater. At a nearly-square 27-feet-by-26-feet, the Playhouse's stage is atypical, so Barbuto had to get creative.
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Retreat based on ‘The Red Tent’

Sister Mary Ann Figlino (Sister of St. Joseph Carondelet) will lead a retreat Friday and next Saturday at St. Pius X Catholic Church, sponsored by Wisdomworks, a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization providing resources through workshops, retreats and seminars for spiritual integration. Figlino, who holds master's degrees in early childhood education and Scripture, was a primary school teacher for 21 years. She worked as a chaplain for a Denver hospital before becoming a parish minister. She currently ministers at the Empowerment Program in Denver, where she worked with women who are ex-felons.
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Timberlake’s Sorahan honored

After opening the doors to the school just four weeks ago, Timberlake Junior High head custodian Tim Sorahan has been honored as February's Outstanding School Employee of the Month. Sorahan was nominated by seventh-grader Brett Trumbich, who wrote that "Tim is the best janitor I have ever met and my best friend. He has always been there and has always cheered me up." Brett declined to read his essay out loud to the assembly, but as soon as the honoree was revealed, the students erupted into a thunderous applause. Brett said that Sorahan has made him feel welcome at the new school, and even explained in his essay that Sorahan gave all the students a tour of the junior high and explained how everything worked, from the computer connections to the lights, water and heaters.
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NIUU features guest speaker Sunday

The North Idaho Unitarian Universalist Church will feature Diana K. Serquina of the UU Church in Spokane, speaking Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the Harding Family Center, 15th and Wallace. The service is titled "Small Steps: Living Our Principles in Everyday Ways." Serquina has been a nearly lifelong member of the Unitarian Universalist Church since joining the Second Unitarian Church in Omaha during her childhood. She is a freelance writer and has written many articles on topics including religion and family.
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Lake City HS staging ‘Seussical the Musical’

"Seussical the Musical," performed by The Lake City High School theater group, Troupe de Wolf, opens next weekend at the high school. The production is based on 14 stories by Dr. Seuss, and was written for Broadway by Linda Aherns and Steven Flaherty. For the fifth year in a row, New York actor/director Blair Bybee is directing and choreographing the LCHS show. "Blair inspires the kids to be the best they can be," said Sandy Seaton, LCHS theater instructor. "He's worth every penny. The kids come to an understanding of what it means to work in a professional company because he demands that of them." Proceeds from the ticket sales pay for Bybee's expenses.
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Open house today at new Baha’i Center

The Baha'is of Coeur d'Alene invite the community to an open house today in their new Baha'i Center at 2705 N. Howard St., off of Appleway. The open house is from 2 to 5 p.m. There will be a door prize each hour and refreshments. For more information, call George Mark at 664-5410.
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Ramsey teacher honored

Ramsey Elementary School second-grader Brandon Coll nominated his teacher, Amy Hamilton, for the Outstanding School Employee of the Month for January because "she makes me feel smart and special." In his heartfelt essay, Brandon wrote, "She does more than just teach me how to read, write and learn math. She always patiently works to help me when I have a hard time. Mrs. Hamilton is always happy and nice to everyone, and this is why I nominate her."
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Adult classes offered at Church of the Master

Lutheran Church of the Master, 4800 Ramsey Road, is offering several new adult classes during the Sunday school hour, 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. "Spiritual Gifts," in Schmidt Hall, will help you to use your talents and gifts to serve God and others. Pastor Wandrey will lead this discussion for seven Sundays in February and March.
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Students raise funds to help victims of tsunami

Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students at Winton Elementary gave their time, their hearts and their imagination in order to help the victims of the Dec. 26 tsunami in South Asia. The students raised more than $1,200, with part of the money going to the Red Cross and the balance to UNICEF. On Monday, Mary Jo Welch's fifth-grade class presented a check for $843.65 to Debbie Lohrey, the director of the Coeur d'Alene Red Cross. The class raised the money by having a coin drive. Lohrey told the students that 90 percent of the money will go to a relief fund for food, clothing and shelter for the victims.
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Imagination Express comes to Borah

The Imagination Express, a program designed to integrate art, music and physical education, came rolling into the Borah Elementary School gymnasium on Wednesday. This creative program started at Borah in 1997 with the help of an EXCEL Foundation grant. Former Borah music teacher Jean TerHark, physical education teacher Marla Nixon and art teacher Jane Morgan started the program. Liz Larson, the new music teacher, took over for TerHark.
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Unitarian Universalist features guest speaker

The North Idaho Unitarian Universalist Church will feature Doug Huigen, a member of the Spokane Unitarian Universalist Church, speaking on the downside of fundamentalism in any religion. "Father Abraham, Look What You Started," will be presented Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the Harding Family Center, 15th and Wallace.
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Birthday party, potluck planned at First Baptist

The American Baptist Women's Ministries holds its annual ABWM Sunday and all-church birthday party at 10:45 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Coeur d'Alene. The women of the church are in charge of the morning service, and will reflect on women's roles in Christianity. They will study Mary and Martha and the choices that Christ gave them to follow his discipleship. The birthday party/potluck will begin at 12:15 p.m., along with a talent show by members of the church.