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Bard of Sherman Avenue’s poems raise money for Hospice

For 14 years, the Bard of Sherman Avenue would send little rhymes to Dave Oliveria, who hosts The Spokesman-Review’s Huckleberries Online blog. Now, after his death, 200 of Tom Wobker’s …


Huckleberries: The Bard’s passing had gentle touch

Tom Wobker, the Bard of Sherman Avenue, left us on April 23, the purported 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. But his poetry will live on through this column and …


Huckleberries: Bachelor party results put Aunt Patty in a tizzy

One of the fond remembrances at the memorial service in Coeur d’Alene for the late Patty Duke (Anna Pearce) was told by nephew Mike Kennedy.


Huckleberries: Life of a newspaper reporter isn’t all that bad

So the life of a newspaper reporter is considered the worst among 200 jobs in America again? I disagree.


Huckleberries: Candidate happy with endorsement from ‘Sheriff Mack’

John Green, a “constitutional sheriff” candidate running in the Kootenai County GOP primary, is delighted to have the endorsement of erstwhile Arizona sheriff Richard Mack, founder of the Constitutional Sheriffs …


Huckleberries: Old ad captures radio legend’s former celebrity

In Coeur d’Alene, radio legend John Rook was known for his short-lived KCDA radio station that shook up the local political establishment — not for the clout he once had …


Huckleberries: A few more things about The Bard of Sherman Avenue

The Bard of Sherman Avenue took his first public bow last weekend after 14 years of anonymously penning little rhymes for Huckleberries and my former Editorial Page column, Hot Potatoes. …


Huckleberries: Quest for pop ended in Bonners Ferry showdown

Today, Dave Keyes, of Sandpoint, manages a string of newspapers for a Billings, Mont., newspaper group. But 30 years ago, he was a rookie reporter for the Bonners Ferry Herald …


Bard of Sherman Avenue takes bow for years of ‘little rhymes’

The copier in his office building sat by a window with a view, and Tom Wobker found inspiration watching the brainless birds on the other side of the glass. The …


Huckleberries: Coeur d’Alene woman searches for perfect ‘mocktail’

Eden Irgens, a Coeur d’Alene fan and communications specialist, has searched for the perfect mocktail in Lake City after eliminating alcohol from her diet and lifestyle. As part of that …


Huckleberries: Ex-mayor with Ruby Ridge role has Malheur advice

Sensible readers should agree with former Bonners Ferry Mayor Darrell Kerby, who says “Let’s hope those in authority are more concerned about life than (saving) face.”


Huckleberries: Tree City USA is getting a little bare

In the city known as tree city USA, it’s no longer safe to be a tree. A dozen or so more trees that fronted North Idaho Museum were leveled last …


Huckleberries: Longtime county clerk clear on marriage license row

Dan English has more interest than most in the stand taken by Kentucky’s Kim Davis. Davis, of course, is the county clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex …


Writer refutes ‘boring’ label given to Post Falls

Online reporter Chanse Watson of the Idaho Panhandler didn’t appreciate a website that ranked his hometown of Post Falls as the second-most boring one in Idaho. How can Post Falls …


Huckleberries: Like it or not, it’s supposed to be good for you

A rhyme about “Liver” by The Bard of Sherman Avenue triggered a discussion on Huckleberries Online last week. It read: “Packed with nutrients/so incredible,/it’s quite a shame the/stuff’s not edible.” …


Huckleberries: Paranoia over visitors adds to Idaho’s bad reputation

Remember that 1966 film comedy, “The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming”? Well, in Elk River, Idaho, it would be “The Arabs Are Coming, the Arabs Are Coming.” Seems …


Huckleberries: Unexpected budget request reminder of heartbreak

Many of you have heard of the silly mountain biker who started a Boise Foothills fire by lighting soiled toilet paper to dispose of it. Well, that started a discussion …


Huckleberries: Fire coverage has tourists steering clear of Bayview

Little Bayview can’t get any respect this summer. First, the Cape Horn fire chased residents from the Lake Pend Oreille community. Then, some quibbled about the adjective used by the …


Huckleberries: With due credit, CdA Press makes headlines

Reporters Jeff Selle and Maureen Dolan of the Coeur d’Alene Press received due credit in People magazine for breaking the Rachel Dolezal story. After revealing that the local NAACP leader …


Huckleberries: Dear ideologue councilman: I’ve got a deal for you

Unbowed, Coeur d’Alene Councilman Steve Adams didn’t retreat from criticism on Huckleberries that his ongoing votes against use of federal funding for city purchases, hires and projects are “goofy.” In …


Kroc Center success puts naysaying in its place

Few would dispute that Coeur d’Alene’s Kroc Center has been an overwhelming success since it opened six years ago. A recent study commissioned by the host Salvation Army revealed that …


Huckleberries: Editorial calls out Idaho House’s nine ‘fools’

In a recent editorial, the Twin Falls Times-News didn’t mince words in describing as “fools” the nine Republicans in the House Judiciary and Rules Committee who jeopardized Idaho’s Child Support …


Huckleberries: Near-disaster at Christmas showed me Frank Henderson’s calm

My favorite personal story about the late Frank Henderson involves a holiday invitation that he and his late first wife, Lillian, extended to my family in December 1986. Mrs. O, …


Huckleberries: Don’t forget police officers’ caring side

It’s vogue to view police officers with suspicion, such is the impact of some bad apples. But few glimpse behind the scenes at the heavy lifting required of the Men …


Huckleberries: Brit puzzled by tale of two Idaho shootings

Reporter Paul Lewis of London’s Guardian newspaper called Huckleberries last week trying to figure out two police shootings within 14 hours last July in North Idaho. He was amazed at …


Huckleberries: Coeur d’Alene’s charms win over travel writer

You can count travel writer Josh Noel as another outsider who is gobsmacked by viewtiful Coeur d’Alene. Superlatives ran wild last week when Noel wrote about the Lake City for …


Huckleberries: Hope they won’t also be wedding crashers

At traditional weddings, couples promise to stand by each other for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. Et cetera. An engaged couple received …


Huckleberries: Councilman Kennedy remembers Mr. Spock

As a kid, former Coeur d’Alene Councilman Mike Kennedy remembers visiting the Beverly Hills home of his aunt and uncle. His relatives weren’t typical. His aunt, Anna (aka Patty Duke), …


Huckleberries: Kootenai County GOP to discuss making Christianity state’s preferred religion

The Rally Righters among Kootenai County Republicans are tired of other religions in this country getting “preferential treatment.” They want the Christian religion to be preferred instead. At least in …


Huckleberries: Dike Road trees topple without our review

You may have heard that the city of Coeur d’Alene harvested more ponderosa pine from the Dike Road (Rosenberry Drive) than originally advertised. Maybe twice as much. But did you …