OPINION — THORESON: Random musings from far and near

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When Deadline Tuesday for Main Street collides with Travel Tuesday returning from a wonderful vacation to Amsterdam, I file the column from an unfamiliar time zone. Holiday subtitle: tuning out the noise of the world and day-to-day life. Choosing not to read newspapers, watch TV, no emailing or thoughts of anything other than enjoying the moment and being present with my daughter in a beautiful European city. Life is an adventure!

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Who knew that Goat Ambassadors were a thing? I didn’t until my friend Jamé Davis became one. Jamé loves goats and loves to hike, so it was destined that when she and her hiking partner Theresa MacLennan learned about the Friends of Scotchman Peak’s Ambassador program they’d sign up as volunteers.

Scotchman Peak’s elevation is 7,006 feet, so it’s not a hike for sissies. It’s also home to North American mountain goats, which are not really goats at all but members of the antelope family.

The Trail No. 65 ambassador program, near Clark Fork, runs June through early October and the volunteers provide education with the goal of keeping goats and hikers safe.

If you’re interested in volunteering in 2019, go to www.scotchmanpeak.org.

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When Stephanie Peugh and Cody Herman exchanged wedding vows last month they were surrounded by family and friends as are most couples on their big day. But a little extra inspiration was right there, too. Three sets of their grandparents, with a combined total of 160 years of marriage, were in attendance; Frank and Jeannie Peugh, Dick and Deen Campbell and Gary and Anne Atchison.

Congratulations to all!

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This week’s things to do highlights:

Tonight the Kootenai County Fire and Rescue open house 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the new Joe Doellefeld Training Center, 5271 E. Seltice Way. Ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m.

On Friday, the Hauser Lions Club presents their annual Scholarship Fundraiser for local high school seniors. From 5 to 8 p.m. at D-Mac’s at the Lake (former Rainbow Inn), chili dinner includes a handpainted bowl to keep for $15.

The Post Falls Lions Haunted House is open Fridays and Saturdays from 7 to 11 p.m., 402 E. Fourth Avenue.

Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchastra’s 40th Season Debut Concert, Nineteenth Century Granduer with director, Maestro Jan Pellant. Friday, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m., Kroc Center.

Run for the Angels and Family Fun Day on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at McEuen Park. To benefit the Inland NW SIDS Foundation. 208-557-4371.

Fifth Annual Burgers & Brews to benefit the North Idaho Chapter of the Combat Veteran’s Motorcycle Association at North Idaho Cider. Proceeds to provide complete Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and gifts to local veterans and their families in North Idaho. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On Monday the Mentor Artists Playwright Project at the Kroc Center from 6 to 8 p.m. Free event features film, television, and stage actors reading ten short plays written by youth from the Coeur d’Alene Reservation.

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Happy birthday today to Andy Stidham, Dave Bobbitt, Dave Priano, Madison Morrow, Darcy Johnson, Shylo Deubner, Meilee Anderson and Jeff McLean. Tomorrow Ozrik Hutchison, Mary Wolfinger, Jada Olson, Jim Wilund, Michael Hillman, Barbara Lovett, Teri Grubbs, Valerie Queen, Ami Manning, John Beebe, Mike Bryan, Tommy Lynn and Nicole Sobelman put on their party hats. On Friday Jan Lindquist, Pat Riley, Amber Butler, Margie Basaraba, Jonalyn Clayton, Debbie McEnespy, David Kamka, Joe Eatherton, Steve Staaben and Tim Turrell will have their cake and eat it, too. An Oct. 6 birthday shout-out to Ellen Travolta, Gary Marian, Brooke Miller, Rochelle Seher, Katrina Slater, Kyle Messier, Kate Bennett and Ricky Blaski. On Sunday Nancy Harlocker, Midge Smock, Vicki Gehring, Mark Michalak and Erin Paisley blow out their birthday candles. Mr. Wonderful aka Pat McGaughey, Dale Bennett, Craig Hampton, Suzanne DeTar, Laurie Rumore, Joel Elgee, Barbara Baltzell, Chris Nicastro, Josh Hissong and Jeff Hill toast the anniversary of their birth on Monday. On Tuesday Randy Wells, Kathy Epstein, Greg Luraski, Lyn Harris and Ron Deering take another trip around the sun.

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Kerri Rankin Thoreson is a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and the former publisher of the Post Falls Tribune. Main Street appears every Wednesday in The Press and Kerri can be contacted on Facebook or via email mainstreet@cdapress.com. Follow her on Twitter @kerrithoreson.

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