Positive outlook keeps 90-year-old young

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Colleen “Coke” Hough is celebrating her 90th birthday today. I recently read an article on the subject of 90 being the new 60 and in Coke’s case, I think it might be the new 40 or 50. I’ve known her and her family, including her late husband, Bob, since I was in junior high school. Coke has always had a joie de vivre, i.e.: exuberant enjoyment of life. In her ninth decade she still dances like a “Dancing with Celebrities” pro, and dons a swimsuit and looks good in it while swimming in Lake Coeur d’Alene at the family’s lake house.

It’s not been without challenges to lose your partner of over six decades and make the adjustment to assisted living; but it’s rare to see Coke without a smile. Actually, it’s often more of a mischievous grin.

This evening she will be feted by her family at the Roosevelt Inn from 5 to 7 p.m., if you’d like to celebrate this milestone birthday with her. Odds are there will be dancing!

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Going back to work on a Monday morning was a milestone for my husband. Two months since his open heart surgery, almost to the day, Bert was able to return to work at the Lakeland School District. We’ve both embraced each small step of normalcy with gratitude for the doctors, the Kootenai Health team, our family and friends and for every generous gift of meals, companionship and prayers — lots of prayers, in those frightening first days and weeks when neither of us knew what the future held.

The rehabilitation continues and Bert’s taking it slow and steady. His surgeon, Dr. Rob Burnett, cleared Bert to ride his Harley and mow the lawn later in June. Seriously? Which one of those do you think he’ll choose to do first?

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On Saturday night Ryan Chapman and Reilley Chapman were crowned king and queen, respectively, of the Lake City High School Senior Prom. They share the same last name and the same parents, Brandie and Mike Chapman. They share the same birthday, and now they share an incredibly fun twin memory of their senior year.

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Mother’s Day in 1952 fell on May 14. My mother, Alice Rankin, then 21 years old, gave birth to her second daughter that day: me! Happy Mother’s Day to all!

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Things to Do Highlights:

“Company,” presented by Lake City Playhouse, Thursday through Sunday and running through May 19. 208-676-7529

Thursday and Friday, Coeur d’Alene High School’s annual Flower Basket Sale benefits the Class of 2020 graduation night party. 10 a.m. both days at the high school’s Fourth Street parking lot.

Friday, Trailblazer Leadership Lessons from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., presented by the Post Falls, Hayden and Rathdrum chambers of commerce at the Hospice of North Idaho Community Room. 208-762-1185 or 208-773-5016.

Also on Friday, Jazz at the JACC from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 208-457-8950

Friday ArtWalk is downtown in Coeur d’Alene from 5 to 8 p.m.

Saturday is the opening of the Kootenai County Farmers Market on Prairie and U.S. 95. 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Also on Saturday is North Idaho Veterans Stand Down, a day of appreciation for veterans and their families in Christianson Gymnasium at North Idaho College, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday, Mother’s Day Concert in the Park featuring NIC Chamber Singers and Wind Symphony, 2 p.m. at the Coeur d’Alene City Park Rotary Band Shell. Free, bring chairs or blanket.

Also on Sunday, Post Falls Lions Mother’s Day Breakfast at the Post Falls Senior Center, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Moms and children under 5 are free, others $7 per person.

Mothers are treated to Sunday breakfast at American Legion Post 143 from 8 to 10:30 a.m., others $7 per person. Poleline and Syringa, Post Falls.

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Happy Birthday today to Coke Hough (90!), Olivia Backs, Chalee Atkinson, Matt Barkley, Stephie Clinton, Julie Adamchak, Tiffany Teal, Dave Walker, Lindsey Sales, Nic Riorden (21!) and Jared Raynor. Tomorrow Allan Aitken, Tara Dagastine, Carrie Holdren, Valerie Emery, Bonnie Clark, George Larsen and Carla Noonan will celebrate. On Friday Coltan and Cadan Virgil, Shelly Servick, Don Smock, Shelly Matthews, Pearl Bouchard, David Dickinson, Margie Adams, Zena Baltzell, Bonnie McDowell (89!) and Ginger Cutler mark the date of their birth. On Saturday Anne Hagman, Jason Mealer, Debra Altman, Stephanie Knox, Ginger Cutler, Ted Benson (70!), Margie Adams, Chad Todd and Sharon Culbreth put on their party hats. Mary Rawlsky, Allison Cook, Lynette Walsh, Bob Hoskins, Jason Penzkover, Craig Ziegler, Olivia Jacobsen, Wyatt Dickinson and Jon Brewer blow out the birthday candles on Mother’s Day. On Monday Kathy Hlebichuk, Butch Marks, Steve Pollard, Tim Cushman, Judy Brooks, Charlie Morris and PJ Christo take another trip around the sun. Sharing my May 14 birthday are Katie Bane, Williene Gagnon, Stephanie Davenport, KJ Brant, Jaime Cornwell, Tyler Krieg, Macy Ducoeur, Mark Hemenway, Rita Preston, Randy McKahn, Jake Hobbs, Kathy White, Liz Ricciardi, Breanne Ruff, Kimberly Westrick, Kristi Messinger, Caren Easterly, Bill Ohlfs, Linda Green, Mitch Bevacqua, Chrissy Johnson and Averie Barnes.

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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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