Sherrild Mills, 65, had a four-year illness but kept an upbeat attitude until his death Sept. 7. He was a Christian and told his grandchildren that death was the ultimate healing because there would be no more sickness or sorrow. Up until the end he cared more about others than himself, according to Angie, his wife of 48 years. Angie and Sherrild were married in Coeur d'Alene in 1957 at the First Christian Church at Fourth and Garden.
The North Idaho Unitarian Universalist Church will feature a discussion led by Janice McAllister, Sunday at 10:30 a.m. titled "Anger – a Global Epidemic. Is There a Cure?" at the Harding Family Center, 15th and Wallace. McAllister addressed the church last spring with the Venerable Lama Panchen Ortul Rinpoche, a Buddhist monk. The discussion will attempt to look beyond the never-ending spiral of cause and effect and examine what may well be the only real solution to a situation that often appears to be out of control.
The first recipient of the Outstanding School Employee of the Month award this school year is Cheri Mitton, a seventh-grade English teacher at the brand new River City Middle School. Mitton was honored at an all-school assembly Oct. 1. Chaston Bear, an eighth-grade life-skills student at Post Falls Middle School, nominated Mitton. She was his English teacher last year at Post Falls Middle School, but she made the move to the new school and Chaston didn't. They have maintained a special relationship however, communicating daily by e-mail.
Post Falls glass artist Louise Telford's need to be creative has taken her to the pinnacle of her career. She has dabbled in art most of her life, mostly in spinning and weaving, but found her niche with glass art. "When I discovered glass, I found the joy of my life," Telford says. "I have to create. If I don't make something every day I get irritable. Glass is such a magical material to work with." Telford will receive well-deserved recognition when her "Composition in Black and White" is featured in the silent auction of the 2004 Pilchuk Glass auction Oct. 15 at the Westin Hotel in Seattle.
The North Idaho Unitarian Universalist Church will feature a presentation by Anne Selcoe, a lifelong UU member, titled "Hanging on by your Toes," Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the Harding Family Center, 15th and Wallace. She will discuss how people seem to find themselves walking on a tightrope, either literally or metaphorically. Selcoe grew up in Montclair, N.J., and has been active in congregations in San Diego, New Jersey and New York. She has a bachelor's degree in drama from University of California San Diego and a Master of Divinity degree from New York Theological Seminary.
Coeur d'Alene's summer love affair with its visiting moose came to the best possible end Saturday night as the EXCEL Foundation, a nonprofit organization, earned approximately $366,500 in the gala auction that capped off the "No Moose Left Behind" public art project. Throughout the summer, 26 life-size or "majestic moose" and 39 tabletop moose, or "machetes," have graced Coeur d'Alene. The moose were created by a variety of artists to be auctioned off to benefit EXCEL (Extras to Create Excellence in Learning), which supports educational innovation above and beyond what school funding can provide.
Post Falls Middle School has received a grant of approximately $100,000 for comprehensive school reform. Principal Donald Boyk said it took almost six years to get the grant written. Post Falls Middle School is one of only six public schools to receive this type of federal grant. "We feel really blessed," Boyk said. "When you apply for this, 80 percent of the time you have to resubmit it. We were accepted on the first try. We submitted a positive grant, and that was obviously evident."
Bob Eagan "really filled a room when he came in," says his wife, Dorothy Dahlgren. She thought he was a little "strange" when she first met him. His larger-than-life personality brought joy to many people in Coeur d'Alene. Bob died of a heart attack Sept. 8. He was 54. He was in great spirits that day, Dorothy says, and had just finished a short walk on his beloved Tubbs Hill.
Crossroads Baptist Church in Rose Lake will hold revival services with evangelist Scott Hanberry Sunday through Wednesday. Sunday's service will meet at 6 p.m.; Monday through Wednesday services will be at 7 p.m. The church is on Highway 3 in Rose Lake. For more information, call 667-6198.
The North Idaho Unitarian Universalist Church will feature retired University of Idaho philosophy professor Nick Gier in a presentation titled "A Confucian Aesthetics of Virtue," Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the Harding Family Center, 15th and Wallace. Confucius was an expert at playing the zither, and it is said that he set the entire "Book of Odes" to music. He claimed to be able to read the character of any composer by hearing his music. Confucius believed that a good person was also a beautiful person, and Gier will demonstrate how Confucius fused ethics and aesthetics.
The Lake City Playhouse finds itself on firmer financial footing with a new major patron, a new management team and a new season that kicked off Friday with the production of "Harvey." The Winifred Gregory Endowment Fund is sponsoring the small community theater's entire 2004-05 season, which is under the direction of managing director Noel Barbuto, technical director Todd Jasmin and artistic director Tracey Benson. The endowment, named after Winifred Gregory, a well-known Coeur d'Alene resident who was an accomplished singer, is the nonprofit theater's first major benefactor, Benson said.
Community United Methodist Church, 1470 W. Hanley Ave., will begin its new Sunday schedule this weekend, beginning with the 8:30 a.m. contemporary worship and the 11 a.m. traditional worship. In between services there is now a 'Tween Time that offers classes and Bible studies for adults, choir practice, Kid Community for ages 4 through fifth grade and United Methodist Christian Youth Sunday Shine for youths in grades 6-12. Adults can choose from several different studies, "Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God," and "The Five Love Languages," by Dr. Gary Chapman. Women can also choose a class based on the book "The 10 Smartest Decisions a Woman Can Make After 40," by Tina Tessina. "The Five Love Languages of Children," and "The God of Continuing Creation" will be offered beginning Sept. 19.
Bette Donovan, who died last month at 80, lived a quiet life for the last 25 years, with her husband, Robert, in Hayden Lake. Their life before that is another story, filled with hard work, celebrity clientele and national acclaim for their incredible stained-glass creations. In the '70s, Donovan Stained Glass Studio Inc. was the largest company of its kind in the United States. Bette and Robert met in Oakland, Calif., in 1948. They were both working in a drive-in restaurant, Andy's restaurant, at 19th and Harrison in Oakland. Robert was a soda-pop man who also worked the register, and Bette was a car-hop. Both of their families had moved to Oakland during the Depression looking for better opportunity. Bette lost her mother when she was very young and was in an orphanage for a time before the move to California.
After a year of living in a construction zone, shifting back and forth in the building to accommodate workers, using portable buildings, all the while conducting classes, students at the alternative high school Project CDA are finally seeing the finished product, new and state-of-the-art. "This was quite a process," said Principal Julie Green. "What absolutely surfaced, particularly from the kids, was that the commons — the kid area — would be at the heart of the school. Of course, the kids are the heart of the school."
The United Methodist Women's group at Community United Methodist Church, 1470 W. Hanley, will begin its monthly meetings Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. There are four different UMW meetings each month that meet at the church or in private homes in the afternoon. A new group will begin on the third Monday of each month starting at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at the church to accommodate daytime workers. The group supports many local community needs and projects as well as missionaries, orphanages and disaster relief effort worldwide. Women of all ages are encouraged to come and enjoy a time of fellowship. For additional information on any of the UMW meetings, call the church office at 765-8800.
Community United Methodist Church, 1470 W. Hanley Ave., will begin a 30-week study called "Christian Believer – Knowing God with Heart and Mind." The class will be taught by Jan Brackett. Christian Believer concentrates on the classical doctrines of the Christian faith, those that emerged in early Christianity as it struggled to understand its scripture and its experience of Jesus. These basic Christian beliefs distinguish Christians from other people and Christianity from other faiths.
Jim Ashurst is the new pastor at New Beginnings Baptist Church, 16138 N. Westwood in Rathdrum. Jim and his wife Cheryl came from Northport, Wash., where he was pastor at Northport First Baptist Church. Since he has been on board, the congregation sent 12 members to Eagle Springs Baptist Church in New Mexico to deliver two tons of blankets and clothes to the needy.
The First Presbyterian Church, 521 Lakeside, is once again holding its Community Children's Clothing Giveaway today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church. Get everything you need for school including winter coats, backpacks, lunch boxes, shoes and clothing in sizes from infant through high school.
The kids are all right when they're in the capable hands of veteran school bus driver Jill Hill. Hill placed seventh out of 100 competitors in the International School Bus Safety Competition in Minneapolis, July 10 and 11. Hill moved up 12 places from her 19th-place finish at last year's competition in New York City.
• The sixth annual HOPE Crusade will take place at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds at 7 p.m. Friday. Performers include singer-songwriter Dennis Agajanian from Southern California, who performs fast-picking bluegrass and upbeat country music. Agajanian has played at Billy Graham crusades and missions, USO tours, Franklin Graham festivals, and the Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie. The North Country Chapel Praise Band will perform, as will the group Lindale, more geared to the youthful ear. The HOPE Crusade is a cooperative effort among several local churches. The special speaker will be Pastor Ken Ortiz of Calvary Chapel of Spokane. Admission is free, as is parking. Concessions will be available for food and beverages.
Coeur d'Alene lost a beloved husband, father, steamboat captain and native son July 3 when Hap Murphy, 92, died at home after a very brief battle with cancer. According to his daughter, Kathi Poitevin, he was the youngest man ever to pass the tests to be a steamboat captain, starting his career on Lake Coeur d'Alene in his late teens. Following in the footsteps of his father, Loren Murphy, Hap was the last living tugboat captain who ran a steam engine in this area.
The Center of Light, 618 E. Wallace Ave., will host its second annual talent show and fund-raiser Sunday at 7 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children and seniors. The Center also will have a musical healing meditation on Wednesday at 7 p.m. It will feature music from the State of Change musicians. Call 667-0462 for more information or for talent show tickets.
Community United Methodist Church, 1470 W. Hanley Ave., invites everyone to one combined worship service Sunday at 10:30 a.m., followed by a picnic at noon. Outdoor activities such as lawn games, softball and volleyball have been planned, or you can just visit with your neighbors. Utensils, condiments, coffee, and ice cream with toppings will be provided. Bring something to put on the grill and maybe some chips or veggies.
Gliding across the room in her best runway walk, 14-year-old Katrina Cook of Athol is poised and confident in her five-foot, seven-inch frame. Katrina is one of 76 candidates who attended the Barbizon Modeling and Acting School in Spokane last October through April. More than 1,000 interviewees tried out for the Barbizon school. Out of that class, 22 candidates from the Pacific Northwest have been selected to attend the International Model and Talent Association convention in Los Angeles in January.