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Music, cars, food and games put Athol Daze among finest of fairs

Sunshine bathed the parade route as the city of Athol celebrated its 101st birthday. As always, a large gathering of spectators lined the parade route where a myriad of entries proudly marched past. A pickup band consisting of members of the Timberlake/Northern Lakes/BLM firefighting units marched to a first-place prize in the band category. Close in second place was the always popular Albeni Falls Pipe and Drum Corps.

Donations cover bills for poisoned dog

The Athol woman whose dog died of a suspected poisoning said her veterinary bills have been covered by generous people throughout the Inland Northwest. “As far as I’m concerned, I have been made whole,” said Kathleen Callahan, whose dog, Paddee, died April 27. “I’ve paid everybody back that I owed money. I’ve sent everybody a picture of Paddee and a nice note.”

At 100 years old, Athol sticks to a slower pace – and it works

To some folks, Athol is known for its funny name and as a stoplight one must endure whilst traveling between Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint. Personally, it has a place in my heart for hosting the wonderful Country Boy Cafe, home of the most incredible chicken fried steak, and biscuits and gravy in the Idaho Panhandle.

Athol Daze parade, fair celebrate town spirit

Dawn broke with a huge change in temperature as the city of Athol lined up for the Athol Daze parade on Aug. 8. Celebrating 100 years of incorporation, this lumber milling town has seen good times and bad, but these days prefers to stay apart from the growth that has overtaken much of the area. After highs reaching almost 100 degrees the week before, the 10 a.m. parade started out at about 50 degrees, but that didn’t stop anyone from participating in the extravaganza. More than 50 parade entries were logged in, as well as a few latecomers that didn’t register.

Athol’s mayor says size, pace of 100-year-old town suit him fine

The celebration is over, but today is Athol’s birthday. The North Idaho town marked its centennial over the weekend at the annual Athol Daze. Named for a Scottish duke and incorporated Aug. 10, 1909, the town initially grew up around a railroad depot and lumber mill at the southern end of Lake Pend Oreille, then boomed during World War II thanks to the formation of the Farragut Naval Station. It’s a lot smaller now, with some 684 residents, according to Census estimates for 2008. That’s the way Mayor Lanny Spurlock likes it. Spurlock, 71, is in his fourth term as mayor. Here is an edited version of an interview with Spurlock last week. Q.Where are you from originally?

Senior volunteers help out at Athol Elementary

Stereotyping would have the elderly sitting in rockers, legs covered with an afghan. That may or may not have been true in past years. With better health care and diets, people are not only living longer, but staying active at a later age, too. The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is a part of a larger group. The parent organization is the National Senior Service Corps, a federally-funded organization. People over the age of 55 volunteer for a number of activities through RSVP, in schools, law enforcement, gardening skills training and community health organizations.

Car strikes pregnant woman; husband jailed

A fight over income tax returns ended in an Athol man backing his car into his pregnant wife today, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department. Jerry Booker, 25, was jailed on an aggravated battery charge after deputies say he knocked his estranged wife, Kimberly Booker, 24, who is eight months pregnant, to the ground with his car in the parking lot of Wells Fargo bank, 204 W. Hayden Avenue in Hayden. The couple had been arguing about taxes when Jerry Booker tried to drive away and Kimberly Booker stood behind his car and tried to call police, a news release said. Jerry Booker's past criminal charges include accessory to a felony, two probation violations, grand theft and three counts of forgery, according to the sheriff's department.

Athol has a pretty exotic menagerie

Athol is famous for more than its name. People in this area seem to raise rather exotic animals. We have the Zebra Lady in the Silver Meadows area, and just down the street resides Jeannene Christ and too many strange animals to count. There are a number of pygmy goats, horses, dogs and camels.

Anniversary likely lifesaver for Saddle Up owner

Christmas is a time of good cheer, a time of renewal, a time when families get together for worship or tradition or both. Bad news isn’t particularly appropriate for the season, but bad news there is, and like all unfortunate stories, there is usually a silver lining. Recently, the Saddle Up Grill burned. Owned by Howie and Suz White, the Athol restaurant proudly put out smoked prime rib and other delectables. The ultimate smoke occurred on Dec. 17 at about 4 a.m. Apparently started from a portable heater in the seating area, it spread rapidly. Fortunately, the Timberlake Fire District main station is only a few blocks away and they responded quickly, limiting the damage and saving the kitchen.