Coeur d'Alene's young people have a direct line to City Hall, thanks to the city's new Youth Advisory Council. The 10-member group is brainstorming ways to get young people more involved in the community.
Dan Hibbard, local musician, vocalist and native son of Coeur d'Alene, died Dec. 13 at age 55, but the music he enjoyed and the entertainment he provided lives on in his friends and his recordings. His mother, Roberta Hibbard, recalls that he started humming tunes before he could talk. The family was very musical, and a 5-year-old Dan made his first $5 singing at the Coeur d'Alene Hotel in Spokane in 1954 with his grandfather. Roberta said that her dad gave Dan the money and a note written on a piece of cardboard that read, "Danny made his first $5 singing at the Cd'A Hotel."
Real Life Ministries, 1866 N. Cecil, in Post Falls, is once again offering the PRISM Weight Loss Program. PRISM is more than a diet; it calls for a complete lifestyle change. The program is built on biblical principles and addresses the whole person; body, mind and spirit. The principles presented are designed to provide you with the best possible opportunity to complete your weight-loss.
World traveler and professional clown Jeanne MacConnell, also known as "Gigi," has added a couple of new pins on the world map in her home. In November, she was able to travel to Moscow, Russia, for one week and then to St. Petersburg for another week with doctor, clown and social activist Patch Adams.
A true craftsman is a dying breed, but Coeur d'Alene is fortunate to have Cheryl Burchell. The goldsmith owns her own small manufacturing company and showroom, Cheryl Burchell Goldsmiths. A jeweler for more than 29 years, Burchell offers custom-made pieces.
New Life Church, 6068 W. Hayden Ave., will begin Alpha, a 10-week course offering a basic introduction to Christianity, beginning Tuesday. Meetings are from 6 to 8:45 p.m. and include a free meal. The course is open to teens and adults. Child care is available for kids up to kindergarten age. The series is presented on video with Nicky Gumbel, an Anglican pastor from London. The course includes a manual. The study is free, but an offering will be accepted.
Lucas and Jake Bryan, 17 and 15 respectively, already have a great start for their resumes. The two Coeur d'Alene brothers received their Eagle Scout designation Nov. 27 in a ceremony at Lutheran Church of the Master. They followed their two older brothers, Noah, 27, and Ben, 25, into the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank one can achieve in Scouting, and their big brothers attended the ceremony. "It meant a lot coming from their older brothers," said Ann Bryan, the boys' mother. Noah is project manager for a software company in Seattle, and Ben is a mortgage broker in California. Ann Bryan said that she started her two older sons in Scouting because she thought it would be a fun activity for her sons. She was always a leader when the boys were Cub Scouts.
Five athletes from Idaho have qualified for the Special Olympics World Winter Games Feb. 26 through March 5 in Nagano, Japan, and two of them live within a mile of each other in the Rathdrum area. This will be 21-year-old Brandon Burtis' second trip to world games. In 2003 he competed in the summer games in Dublin, Ireland, in road-biking events. He received a bronze medal in the 15K race, and fourth place in the 10K road race.
Lakeland High School recognized 147 students who excelled academically with grade-point averages of 3.3 or above at the first quarter Renaissance Assembly. In its third year at Lakeland High, the program recognizes students who achieve good grades and keep academics in the forefront. The students were treated to pizza, Renaissance T-shirts and Renaissance cards good for discounts or free items from area businesses. During Renaissance days, held once a month, eligible students receive special treats and a chance to win prizes donated by businesses in the community and surrounding areas.
The aroma of a traditional home-cooked feast wafted through the doors of New Vision Alternative School in Post Falls on the last day of school before Christmas holiday break. In keeping with a 15-year-old tradition, which is how long New Vision has been in operation, a full Christmas dinner was served for its 69 students and their guests, faculty and friends. Sherie Patano is the principal at New Vision. This is her first year at the alternative school. Previously she was the assistant principal at Post Falls Middle School, and before that she was at Post Falls High School for 20 years.
River City Middle School history and video production teacher Ryan Wood has just penned his first book titled, "Growing Up Pinecreek," based on his own childhood experiences. Wood grew up along Pine Creek south of Pinehurst in the Silver Valley, and he thinks the book will appeal to anyone who grew up in any rural part of the country.
Hayden Lake Evangelical Friends Church, at 251 W. Miles Ave., held its first worship service in the new sanctuary last Sunday with Pastor Bob Schneiter who brought the message "You Praise Him." The $1 million addition was completed debt-free and consists of nearly 17,000 square feet of space with seating for 700 people.
After 19 years as a school psychologist, Rosanna Robbins, a petite, soft-spoken woman, has had the ultimate recognition. While at the fall conference for the Idaho School Psychology Association in October, Robbins was named the Idaho School Psychologist of the Year for the 2004-05 school year. With only two psychologists in the Post Falls School District, Robbins serves Post Falls High School, Post Falls Middle School, the new River City Middle School, New Vision alternative school and Seltice Elementary. The other District 273 psychologist takes care of all the other elementary schools.
It was a bone-chilling 30 degrees the night of Nov. 19 and frost was clinging like glue to the football field at Coeur d'Alene High School. The football team wasn't there, though. Instead, about 20 students were there participating in the sixth annual Dare to Bear the Cold. As part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, the students volunteer to sleep out in the cold all night to experience what it would be like to be homeless. They construct cardboard shelters, and bring their sleeping bags, blankets and several layers of clothing.
Community United Methodist Church, 1470 W. Hanley Ave., begins its Christmas season series this Sunday. For the next four weeks, Sunday worship services will focus on ways to prepare for the real "Reason for the Season." Each Sunday will have special themes of hope, peace, joy and love. On Dec. 19, a musical cantata, "A Christmas Carol in Bethlehem," based on Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," will be performed with adult and children's choirs, orchestra and drama.
Just one hour a week with an adult mentor can make a huge difference in a child's life, according to David Hunt, a counselor at Borah Elementary School. Hunt is on the board of directors of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of North Idaho, and played an integral role in bringing to Borah "Bigs in School," the school-based program of BBBSNI. Four years ago, Hunt and Joel Palmer, the former principal at Borah, wrote a grant to pay for bringing the program to the school. The grant funded a volunteer from AmeriCorps, called a Volunteer in Service to America. Ruth Rahimi, the current AmeriCorps VISTA, is in charge of the school program.
The House of Worship has found a permanent home in Post Falls at 3960 W. Fifth. The church has been in existence for two years and had been meeting at the Post Falls Senior Center. The church is a Foursquare denomination, similar to Assembly of God churches. Services are at 10 a.m. Sunday, and there are smaller family groups throughout the week. Children's church is also at 10 a.m. Sunday.
Trinity Lutheran Church, Fifth and Reed, will hold its annual Holiday Fest today from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. There will be handcrafted gifts, a large assortment of hand-tied quilts, afghans, baked goods, a white elephant and several raffle items.
The presentation for the Outstanding School Employee of the Month for October had a different twist, when sixth-grade teacher Mary Ruch, from Woodland Middle School, received her honor on Woodland One TV. Directed by eighth-grader Cody Saffeels, the morning show is broadcast live to all the classrooms from a sophisticated broadcast studio in the school. Every morning except Wednesday, Woodland One brings all the breaking school news to the students. Ruch, a veteran teacher of 29 years, said this was her first teaching award. She was nominated by sixth-grader Ashley Anderson, who is in her homeroom class.
The Rathdrum United Methodist Church will hold its fall bazaar today from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the church, 15468 McCartney St., behind Granny's Pantry. Crafts and baked goods will be available. A spaghetti lunch will be served from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Lunch is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Women's conference scheduled
Elementary education majors from Cheryl Cunnington's math for elementary school Teachers class at North Idaho College had a chance to try out their teaching skills and help out Skyway Elementary students with their math skills, at Family Math Night on Oct. 27. There were 13 different activities available for the Skyway third- through fifth-graders to participate in, spread throughout the school.
The staff at the Coeur d'Alene Bridge Academy is preparing the school's 80 seniors for life after spring graduation with what they are calling their Senior Summit. Like the senior projects required at large public high schools, which often involve job-shadowing with a professional, Bridge Academy's summit has a job-shadowing component. But the summit also involves seniors in community volunteer work and the real-life experiences of living on a budget, paying rent and applying for a job. Each Bridge Academy senior is required to take part in a community project, whether it be walking dogs for the Humane Society, planting tulips for Idaho Drug-Free Youth or helping with the coats-for-kids drive at the Harding Family Center. The students must volunteer for a minimum of eight hours.
The North Idaho Unitarian Universalist Church will feature a discussion led by Dr. Justin StormoGipson Sunday titled "Clean Elections, Clean Money," at 10:30 a.m. in the Harding Family Center, 15th and Wallace. StormoGipson will address how corporate influence on legislative decision-making affects all of the issues important to Idaho citizens. He will discuss how full public campaign financing helps level the playing field so that votes count more than money.
Four talented actors from Chicago's award-winning Imagination Theater brought their show, "Ease the Tease," to several Coeur d'Alene elementary schools last week, performing 15 shows in just four days. "Ease the Tease" teaches children how to deal with hurtful teasing and how to recognize the difference between hurtful and fun teasing. The Kootenai-Benewah Medical Alliance, a local organization of physician spouses, brought the performers to town. KBMA teams with the American Medical Association Alliance to identify and address public health issues in our area. This year they are devoting their efforts toward SAVE, Stop America's Violence Everywhere, and that includes schools.
The Hayden Friends Church, Highway 95 and Miles Avenue, holds its annual children's clothing sale Saturday from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. There will be savings on clothing, shoes, furniture, toys and maternity clothes. The event is sponsored by Mothers of Preschoolers. Call Marty McCormick at 665-7088 or Amy Ford at 667-2796 if you have questions. Healing meditation at Center of Light