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Lots to love about the merry month of May

by KERRI THORESON/Main Street
| May 12, 2021 1:00 AM

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of emceeing the annual 3Cs fashion show and dinner at The Coeur d’Alene Resort, and what a pleasure it was.

The 3Cs have donated more than $2 million to local nonprofits since their inception and this event is their main annual fundraiser. Last year it was canceled so it was wonderful to see the incredible support by sponsors and businesses who donated to over 100 silent auction items, and more than 350 people in person celebrating the occasion.

Here’s to similar success for all of the organizations rebounding after the challenges of 2020!

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Another “yay life is getting back to normal” shout-out to the senior prom royalty of Coeur d’Alene High School: King Chris Swider and Queen Sarah Wilkey and their court, Jackson Kohal, Harry Blackstone, Brynn Adamson and Amanda Thompson.

Timberlake High School: Queen Megan Hatrock and King Jacob Hessing and their court Jeana Craven, Aubrey Mendenhall, Lacey Peterson, Alexandra Peightal, Colten Bernal, Johann Inauen, Nicholas Potts and Dylan Royce. The junior class Prince and Princess are Kale Paslay and Reese Yerian.

Congratulations to all!

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It’s my birthday month and yes, I celebrate all month long! Every year my husband takes on a project for my present. This year I said I’d love to have our nearly four-decades-old patio deck refurbished. After he returned from the lumber yard he said it might have been cheaper to buy me a huge diamond ring.

The price of lumber has risen nearly 400% over 2020 prices. I might need a new wardrobe to go with my new expensive patio.


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On Tuesday, May 18, we’re voting in person, unless you chose to vote absentee or in advance. I love my polling place in Precinct 24 where I’ve been voting for over three decades. The poll workers are always a treat.

As I put my ballot in the locked box, the worker saying out loud, “Kerri Thoreson has voted,” makes me wax patriotic, always proud to wear the I VOTED! sticker as part of the ritual.

Good people with the determination and courage to place their name on the ballot always inspires. Vote!


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For the past month as the weather warms up there are a lot of motorcyclists sharing the road with cars and trucks. As the wife of a longtime Harley rider I can assure you cyclists know they’re at a disadvantage in a motorcycle vs. anything else collision. For all motorists it’s especially important not to be distracted while driving, share the road and pay attention. Someone’s life depends upon it!


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Happy Birthday today to Mary Rawlsky, Allison Cook, Lynette Walsh (70!), Bob Hoskins, Jason Penzkover, Craig Ziegler, Olivia Jacobsen, Wyatt Dickinson and Jon Brewer. Tomorrow Kathy Hlebichuk, Butch Marks, Steve Pollard, Tim Cushman, Judy Brooks, Charlie Morris and PJ Christo do a birthday jig.

Sharing my May 14 birthday are Williene Gagnon, Stephanie Davenport, KJ Brant, Jaime Cornwell, 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, Katie Bane, Mitch Bevacqua, Chrissy Johnson and Averie Barnes. On Saturday Suzanna Spencer, Al Harrison, Lorri Gum, Patricia Braddock, Jack Wheir and Barbara Welch take another trip around the sun.

Sunday birthdays will be celebrated by Wednesday Walton, Diane Wahl, Kari Malkovich, Cindy Barnes, Natalie Fritz and Michelle Richter. Bryan Myers, Jared Janke, Brad Finney, Shawntel Shofner, Brad Enders and Christine Brannon blow out the candles on Monday. Wish a happy May 18 birthday to Vicki Isakson, Jeanne Helstrom, Amy Corbett, Larry Carstensen, Tom Ball, Corky Chadderdon, Richard Alderman, Shaun Johnson and Tina Haskin (60!).

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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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