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Acuffs a talented pair to draw to

| June 8, 2022 1:00 AM

I’ve known Heidi Acuff for quite a long time — mother, Fernan mayor, entrepreneur — Heidi’s Pancake Mix (whole wheat cottage cheese was my favorite!), Realtor, artist, a genuine Renaissance woman. I met Heidi’s son, Colby Acuff, a decade ago, when he played for a group of her women friends at their Fernan home. The polite, soft-spoken teen sang Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings so convincingly that I invited him to join me on the morning radio show I was co-hosting.

Fast forward from that early morning AM radio debut and Colby is 25 and a genuine up and comer in the country music scene. He plays guitar, drums, piano and mandolin, and is also a U of I grad, Realtor and just a really nice guy. He also happens to be an incredibly talented singer/songwriter who’s making his honky-tonk dreams come true, touring locally, regionally and nationally.

Tomorrow, June 9, is a unique opportunity to enjoy the artistry of both talented Acuffs. Heidi is the featured artist at the Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center in June and July, with a free opening art show reception at 5 p.m. At 7 p.m., Colby will be on the JACC stage for a show. Get your tickets at colbyacuff.com.

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Parade season is upon us so if you plan to enter any of the area parades now’s the time. Coeur d’Alene’s American Heroes Parade is on Monday, July 4, info at Coeur d’Alene Chamber 664-3194. Spirit Lake also parades on the Fourth, starting at 11 a.m. on Maine Street. Brad Sondahl has info, bsondahl@gmail.com. In Post Falls, the annual parade will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 9. Contact the Post Falls Chamber for an entry form at 773-5016. Rathdrum Days Parade is Saturday, July 16, at 10 a.m. on Main Street. For more information, call 208-687-2866. Hayden celebrates with a 10 a.m. July 23 community parade. For more information, call 208-209-1080.

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‘Tis also the season for those who own RVs and travel trailers to put them to use, if it will finally stop raining and gas prices come down! As an FYI, in both Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene, any vehicle (including RVs) can only remain parked on a city street for 24 hours. The bad guys tend to take note when people are loading up and getting ready to head out of town, making your home vulnerable to burglaries.

If you’re going to be on vacation, you can also contact either PD so they can make patrol officers aware that the homeowner is out of town.

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Happy Birthday today to Ted Pryor (80!), Tammy Rickard, Courtney Everson, Dustin Pilcher, Jaymie Starr, Emma Hoffman and Dave Haugen. Tomorrow Carla Allert, Dave Corbeill, Greg Washington, Paul Deckon, James Hart, Don Fisher and Darrell Hull do the birthday dance. On Friday Chelsea Hough, Jared Mans, Taylor Gonzales, Lori Kaye Gaboury (60!), Joan Crawford (70!), Tanzi Hanson and Shannon Boston will celebrate. June 11 birthday wishes to Deb Wheeler, Berkley Johnson, Kellie Palm, Eddie Bateman, Sandy Green, Gary Schneidmiller, Colin Evans, Tori Daily, Billy Anderson and Erna Rhinehart. On Sunday John Imhoff, Nicci Cushman, Vivian Worth and Kamryn Peacock (Sweet 16) mark their big day. Monday Mark Tucker, Meg Andrews, Ann Heinen, Jacklyn Holovka and Dave Siroshton celebrate. Happy Flag Day birthdays on Tuesday to Oskar Owens, Lincoln Allred (16!), Christina Hatfield, Tiffany Morrett, Shawna Virgil, Don Morgan, Chris Doyle, Lisa Odenberg, Carmen Myklebust, Brandon Bedwell, Susan Noble and Steve Bruno (80!).

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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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