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Good Guys Sprouting In Lake City

D.F. Oliveria The Spokesman-Rev

Seems like only yesterday Seth Lincoln was canned by the Holiday Inn for refusing to sign a bajillion-page employee contract. Well, Seth’s now busing tables for Tomato Bros. And he’s doing just fine. On May 23, he found a $100 bill on the restaurant’s floor and turned it in to the manager. It was dropped by a distracted San Francisco woman who made an emergency trip to Coeur d’Alene to see her ailing father. Now on the mend, papa praised Seth: “His honesty and integrity brought a little bright spot to an otherwise upsetting emergency trip.” Attaboy, Seth.

Attaboys II & III: Two other Good Samaritans brightened Wally Goodsen’s day recently. The Mullan man dropped a load of building supplies near the Silverlake Mall when his pickup tailgate popped open. And voila. Two young men appeared suddenly and helped Wally reload. Afterward, they wouldn’t accept money. In fact, they thanked Wally for the warmup. They were on their way to a gym. Wally regrets that he didn’t get their names. So do I.

Let ‘em eat cake: Hmmmm. Apparently, Nancy Sue Wallace takes her status as a part-time councilwoman seriously. When asked to attend a Tubbs Hill Committee meeting last week, she responded, “I don’t do committees in the summer. Wait till September.” Do you suppose that’ll be her 1997 campaign slogan? … I never write “salutatorian” without looking up the spelling. The headline writer for last Wednesday’s Bonner County Bee shouldn’t either. … Post Falls High graduates saw red last week, but they were supposed to see white, too. Each grad was to get a white or a red rose. But the florist goofed and sent only red ones. Oh well, a rose is a rose.

This isn’t a rose: Glenda York won’t wear perfume Saturday as she marries Chuck Ulery - inside a cage with an African lion and a tiger serving as best cats. Different strokes for different folks. Apparently, lions react badly to strong smells by remarking their territory with, ah (how do I put this delicately), body fluids. Kodiak, the king of beasts at the Rathdrum couple’s wildlife shelter, can hit a moving target 12 feet away. Be careful if you plan to see Tarzan and Jane exchange vows.

Off key: Ex-CdA mayor Ray Stone was regaling a Coeur d’Alene High history class with tales about local politics when the mood abruptly changed. During Q&A, a youth asked: What things bothered you most about being mayor? Without hesitating, hizzoner said soberly, Aryans and The Spokesman-Review. (And I thought Uncle Ray and I made such beautiful music together.) … U.S. Sen. Dirk “GQ” Kempthorne isn’t thrilled about being mentioned as a possible running mate for Bob Dole. He told Our Woman In Boise: “I’m not sure anybody would want to become, for the next four years, the prime material for the late-night entertainment hosts.”

Huckleberries: Okay, which is it? The headline says Capone’s Sports Pub is going to triple its space, but the story reports the CdA bar is going to double the space. Either way, the first issue of the new Independent Business Record was worthwhile. I’m looking forward to the next one. … A courthouse mole notes that Interstate Concrete applied for its controversial gravel-pit permit under the name, CPM Development. What’s that? asked he mischievously. Compton, Panabaker and Macdonald… The U.S. Chamber of Commerce sure appreciates Sen. Larry Craig’s support for American business. In fact, the chamber gave him its Spirit of Enterprise Award and lauded him in a news release - as Sen. Paul Craig. … I don’t agree with those monkey’s uncles driving cars with fish symbols that include legs and the name “Darwin” in the middle. But the symbols are clever.

Parting shot: Yes, that was CdA schools Trustee Vern Newby washing cars at Ramsey School on election day. But before you cry, “foul,” let him explain. Vern wasn’t soliciting votes (wink, wink). He was helping his wife supervise 10 youngsters, washing the cars of teachers who ran in Bloomsday. Next time, though, he should pick another day or wash them elsewhere.

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