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Customers Not Always In The Right

Connie House and Dan Hicks were visiting at the Kootenai County Retired Teachers Association luncheon last week when Connie ran out of water. So, Dan hailed a waitress who seemed confused by Connie’s request for a refill. Dan then motioned to a small table that had two pitchers of water, and the waitress hesitantly filled Connie’s glass. Later, Connie and Dan noticed with trepidation that their “waitress” was sitting at the head table next to association president Roger Young. Yep, they’d been served by Colleen Kelsy, director of the Post Falls alternative school, New Visions. I hope they left a good tip for the 1994 Idaho teacher of the year.

‘Amazing Grace’ sightems: More local actors in Patty Duke’s TV series: professional witness Jim Clark and Judge James Judd in a courtroom scene, Mandee Kaiser in revivalist Burt Reynolds’ choir, Terry Lincoln as a church trustee, and George Marler (“four times” according to the Kootenai Medical Center purchasing department). Any more? … “Amazing Grace” got two (of four) thumbs up from the Oliveria Family Rating System. Mom & Dad voted thumbs up; Junior and the Woman Cub, thumbs down. Challenged Junior, “You wouldn’t like it if it hadn’t been filmed in Coeur d’Alene.” (The kid comes by cynicism honestly.) And the Woman Cub declared: “Boring.”

Miracles of makeup: S-R North Idaho sportswriter Jim Meehan is wondering how actor Jack Nicholson covers all his liver spots for the big screen. Meehan saw Nicholson up close and personal at college basketball’s “Final Four” in Seattle. … Post Falls boosters have issued an allpoints bulletin for three big “Vote Yes for Kids” banners that disappeared after the last (failed) bond election.

Rocked rocker: CdA’s Pete Hoorelbeke doesn’t know which hurts worse, to be knocked in the head with a batted hardball or to be called a “60s rocker.” Pete and his band, Rare Earth, cut their first album in late 1969. But he likes to think of himself as a “70s rocker.” Recovering from a nasty head wound last week, Pete agonized, “Man, you’ve added 10 years to me!” …

FYI: The Kootenai County Property Owners Association will target pro-life legislators who failed to raise social issues last session. The Rankinites view them as traitors. Beware Alltus, Crow, Dorr, et al.

Huckleberries: The conservatives are coming! A classified ad in a recent issue of William F. Buckley’s National Review magazine offers Sandpoint property for sale.

Parting shot: New KVNI/KKCH manager Bruce Deming is preaching heresy. In a Brand X interview last week, he said that Spokane and CdA are one community, and that he’s targeting the Spokane market. The S-R has always known the two towns and Post Falls in between were one metropolitan area. But the HagaCorp, which owns the two stations, always has promoted an usagainst-them mentality. Remember the company line: “Shop North Idaho first”?

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