Wednesday, October 27, 2010

5th & Sherman Signal is Working

Signal is Flashing to Allow Efficient Traffic Flow

The signal at 5th Street and Sherman Avenue has been intentionally put on flash to help make the intersection more efficient. The signal is over 20 years old and is not traffic-actuated, therefore it must run on a predetermined time which does not respond to actual traffic volumes or movement.

Because of this, vehicles moving east and west tend to sit at a red light when there is no cross traffic, which is both frustrating and inefficient. Using a flashing yellow signal where 5th intersects Sherman Avenue, and a flashing red where Sherman intersects 5th Street, will allow cross traffic to proceed when there is a sufficient gap and not have to wait for a “green light.”

“We expect that this will be a better mode of operation and will leave the signal in flashing mode for the foreseeable future,” said City Engineer Gordon Dobler. “We are currently evaluating the benefit of replacing the signal with a two-way stop.”

For more information, please call 769-2216.

Crime Stoppers - Cash Reward




Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is offering a cash reward for three separate cases of graffiti in the City of Coeur d’Alene. The three cases do not appear to be related so Crime Stoppers is relying on citizens to come forward with information on each one of these cases.

On October 14th 2010 at 2:36am three males spray painted the back door area of Pita Pit located at 320 E. Sherman Ave. A surveillance camera captured images of the three suspects. Those photos are attached to this release.

Sometime between October 20th and October 21st unknown suspects spray painted the brick walls and basalt columns at the Fallen Heroes Plaza located in Cherry Hill Park.

Sometime between October 14th and October 21st the water tower located on Tubbs Hill was spray painted in large bold letters.

Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest at 667-2111, toll free at 888-667-2111. Callers are asked to use a code name or number and do not have to use their own name to be eligible for a reward.

Halloween Safety

Halloween is almost here! The Cœur d’Alene Police Department is promoting Halloween safety in our community. The following are basic safety tips provided by The Inland Automobile Association (AAA) and The National Confectioners Association. These tips show youngsters and parents how to practice safe trick-or-treating and enjoy the Halloween observance.

• Wear light colored clothing; even better, wear something that is retro-reflective. Keep the clothing short enough to prevent tripping.
• Make sure children can see well through face masks, Avoid wearing masks which can block vision, or use makeup.
• Trick-or-treat during the daylight. If you must trick-or-treat at night, carry a flashlight. Adults should always accompany young children.
• Stay within the neighborhood and only visit homes you know or attend community-sponsored events.
• Travel with a parent, older sibling, or a group of children.
• Watch for traffic. Cross streets carefully, at corners, never in the middle of the block, especially between parked vehicles.
• Only give and accept wrapped or packaged candy. Never eat candy before an adult has had a chance to inspect it.
• Keep costumed children away from pets. The pet may not recognize the child and become frightened.
• Avoid hard plastic or wood props such as daggers or swords. Substitute with foam rubber, which is soft and flexible.
• Motorists need to slow down. Try driving five miles–per-hour slower than the posted speed limit. Be extra alert to children crossing the street.
• Turn your headlights on. Even in daylight, headlights will make your vehicle more visible.

The community is reminded posted speed limits will be strictly enforced. Safety is a major concern during Halloween, as youngsters share streets with vehicles while trick-or-treating. Drivers are asked to be mindful of the many children out in the community during the evening. Parents can access the police department website at www.cdapolice.com and research the sex offender data base in order to make informed decisions about where your child will trick or treat.

From: Sergeant Christie Wood, Public Information Officer, Coeur d’Alene Police Department

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Specialized Needs Recreation Presents 6th Annual Prom Night, November 6th

On Saturday, November 6th, Specialized Needs Recreation (SNR) will hold its 6th Annual Prom Night at Prairie View Elementary in Post Falls (2478 East Poleline) from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. This year’s theme is “An Enchanted Evening.” Come and join us, we will have a DJ playing your favorite hits, some great snacks, and lots of fun!

There will be a $10.00 entry fee per person. Pictures will be taken by Maximum Exposure Photography. If you choose to get your pictures taken with your date or friends, the cost will be an additional $10.00.

Ladies, if you need help with your hair, nails, or make-up, there will be beauticians volunteering their time from Kristi and Charli’s nail salon to help you look your best for the event. This is a free service before the prom begins, at Prairie View Elementary, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. You must sign up for this in advance. If you are interested, please call Angie at 755-6781.

If you need a tuxedo, “Touchdown Tuxedos” in Post Falls is offering a great deal to SNR participants attending the prom. Just let them know you are going to the SNR Prom and get your tux for only $39.95. The cost includes everything (shoes too!), whatever style you choose. “Touchdown Tuxedos” also has brand new ladies dresses for as little as $20.00.

If you have any questions about the prom, want to volunteer, or would like more information about SNR’s programs, please call Angie Goucher at 755-6781.

Specialized Needs Recreation is a non-profit organization that provides recreational opportunities for youth and adults who have disabilities (www.snr.bz).

Check Out What's Happening at the Library!

Here's a video update of activities at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library produced by Jeff Crowe for CDA-TV. Cable Channel 19 provides live and recorded coverage of public meetings and other information of interest to the citizens of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. For more about the library visit cdalibrary.org.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

City of Coeur d’Alene Leaf Pick-Up Begins November 8th

Monday, November 8th, marks the start of the city’s annual leaf pick-up program. Because leaves can plug catch basins and storm drains, please be sure to keep leaves on your property until Monday, November 1st. Please rake your leaves and pine needles about one foot away from the gutter line to allow for water drainage. City crews and equipment are limited, thus your help is needed. Leaves will be picked up only once. Please do not put leaves in the street after city crews have completed your area, and do not include bagged leaves, branches, rubble, or refuse.

Due to weather conditions, equipment malfunctions, and unforeseen circumstances, city crews are unable provide a precise schedule of where leaf pick-up will take place. Pick-up will start south of Sherman Avenue and move north. Completion is expected by Wednesday, November 24th.

Leaf-Fest 2010 Tips


Do:
•Have your leaves out by November 1st – but not much earlier.
•Please move cars off of the street if at all possible during leaf pick-up.
•Keep the leaves about one foot off the curb line to facilitate stormwater flow.
•Be alert for leaf pick-up equipment traveling through your neighborhood.
•Keep a safe distance away from leaf pick-up heavy equipment.
•Recognize that we have a tough job to do in a very short window between when the leaves fall and when the snow flies.
•Understand that city and private trucks are exempted from tarping loads during the leaf pick-up period. Sweepers will follow city trucks to collect remaining/excess leaves.

Don’t:
•Bag the leaves.
•Mix branches, rubble or other refuse in with the leaves.
•Miss the deadline… we only have time for one pass!

If you have questions or need additional information, check the website streets.cdaid.org or call the Street Maintenance Information Line at 769-2233.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

3rd Street to be Closed from Sherman to Lakeside, October 20th

On Wednesday, October 20th, from 5:00 a.m. until approximately 1:00 p.m., 3rd Street will be closed from Sherman Avenue to Lakeside Avenue so that Street Maintenance Department crews may locate a stormwater line. For more information, please contact Jim Wuest at 769-2265.

ABSENTEE VOTING AVAILABLE AT CITY HALL

Absentee voting is now available at City Hall located at 710 E. Mullan Avenue. Anyone who resides in any Kootenai County voting district (except Hauser Lake residents) may vote absentee at City Hall. Hauser Lake residents may absentee vote at Post Falls City Hall, Rathdrum City Hall, or at the County Elections office.

Absentee voting will be available until October 29, 2010. Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Please remember to bring your photo ID.

Monday, October 18, 2010

‘Community Canopy’ Tree Workshop Offered

What makes a pine perform, an oak operate, or a birch behave? A workshop about helping trees thrive in the landscape is scheduled for Friday, October 29th. “Trees in the Landscape 101” is designed for homeowners associations, church trustees, property managers, and any one else who hires, supervises or performs any kind of turf or landscape maintenance activities. The content is also suitable for landscape professionals who would like to know more about trees.

The three-hour workshop will cover the basics of topics such as selecting the right tree for the right place, planting trees correctly, providing adequate water, reconciling conflicts between trees and turf, proper pruning, and recognizing insect and disease problems. There will also be an emphasis on sources of reliable and knowledgeable information and assistance.

The workshop will be held at the Trailhead building at Q’emiln Park in Post Falls starting at 9:00 a.m. A $5 per person registration fee helps cover workshop costs. Besides instruction, attendees will receive related educational materials, snacks, and a chance to win door prizes. Pre-registration is encouraged since there is limited room. A workshop brochure and registration form is available on-line at www.communitycanopy.com, from the city forester of any of the Community Canopy cities, or call Katie at 208/415-0415.

The “Trees in the Landscape 101” workshop is sponsored by Community Canopy, a tree care education partnership working toward sustainable community forests. Community Canopy members include the cities of Coeur d’Alene, Hayden, Post Falls, and Spokane, as well as the Spokane County Conservation District, the Washington State University Extension, and the University of Idaho Extension.

For further information, please contact Karen Haskew, Urban Forester, City of Coeur d’Alene, at 208/769-2266.

Preventing Frozen Pipes 101

When it gets cold, the city starts to get calls about frozen pipes. Most often the freeze-up occurs on the customer’s side of the meter due to exposed pipes. This is the customer's responsibility. If you have a freeze-up and want to verify where it has occurred, please call the Water Department.

Customers can reduce their chances of having their pipes freeze by taking a few steps as outlined below:

•Make sure you have disconnected all outside garden hoses.

•Check your foundation or crawl space vents – if they aren’t covered, or the vents aren’t closed for the winter, they should be, and they can be insulated.

•Along with foundation vents, check for any other openings that might cause wind to blow into your crawl space. A frosty draft quickly primes a pipe to freeze.

•Exposed pipes freeze first. If you have a crawl space, make sure these pipes are covered with appropriate insulating material and possibly heat tape.

•On very cold nights, you might want to open the doors on any cabinets installed near an exterior wall. Opening cabinet doors allows warmer, room-temperature air to circulate which helps prevent freezing.

•Be prepared – know where your water shut-off is located in the house or apartment.

If a freeze-up occurs and if the structure is a trailer or a home with a crawl space, go into the crawl space and check the pipe bringing water into the structure. This is most commonly the problem. DO NOT THAW WITH AN OPEN FLAME! The best way to thaw the pipe is to use a hair dryer, although it can also be done with a portable or area heater that does not use an open flame. Any electric devices used to thaw frozen pipes should be placed in such a way so that they do not get wet should the pipe begin leaking water once the ice is thawed.

You can prevent a recurrence by making sure the pipe is covered with insulation (heat tape is best) and ensuring that the vents and openings are closed. The second most common cause of a freeze-up is an outside faucet where a hose has been left in place. You can use the same methods as above to thaw it out.

It is not recommended that people leave water running. While this can be an effective way to prevent freeze-ups, people often run too much of a stream of water and end up with very high utility bills. Utility billing will not adjust bills for customers who choose to do this.

When thawing a frozen pipe, it is a good idea for the customer to know how to turn off the water. Most houses have a master shut off. If ice has split a pipe, the water won't run until it has been thawed out.

Water pipes usually aren’t high maintenance household items until they freeze and burst. With a little preventative care now, you can avoid frozen pipes.

If you have any questions about preventing freeze ups, call the Water Department at 769-2210.

Friday, October 15, 2010

ReTool Box to Begin Second Series

The second series of ReTool Box help sessions – a program to teach basic computer skills – is about to begin at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
The library and North Idaho College are part of a partnership to provide area residents the basic computer skills they may need to look for work on the Internet, fill out applications online or set up a free e-mail account.
The next free help session will be Thursday, Oct. 21, 6:30-8 p.m., and will cover using a mouse, keyboard, opening a program, and using computer menus.
All session will be held in the Community Room at the library, 702 E. Front Ave.
The ReTool Box program uses a laptop lab made possible through a major grant from the Women’s Gift Alliance with additional from the Idaho Community Foundation and Waste Management of Idaho.
Instruction will be provided by trained community volunteers and through NIC’s Adult Basic Education program.
Up to 19 people can participate in each help session. People can attend as many as they want and repeat sessions if they feel the need – all for free.
Additional sessions will include:
Saturday, Oct. 23, 12:30-2 p.m.: Getting online, searching the Internet, and cyber safety.
Thursday, Oct. 28, 2-2:30 p.m.: Setting up a free account and using e-mail.
Saturday, Oct. 30, 12:30-2 p.m.: Job searches on the Internet and filling out online applications.
Basic sessions will be repeated throughout the year. And as the need arises, special programs will be scheduled.
For more information or to register for a ReTool Box Help Session, call 208/769-2380. Participants who need ADA accommodations to participate in library programs are asked to contact the library staff prior to activities by calling 208/769-2315. More news and information about the library is available online at cdalibrary.org

Postcards Tell Women’s Homesteading Stories

Poet and author Philip Burgess will tell a story of Western settlement in his presentation “Penny Post Cards – Homesteading Women,” Thursday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.
Burgess, through poems and old post cards, tells the story of six young Norwegian sisters moving from a small rural community in northern Minnesota around 1910 into the greater world. The primary focus of the story is on two of the sisters, Burgess’s grandmother, Anna Lee, and his great-aunt Dikka Lee, both of whom homesteaded in eastern Montana.
The Missoula, Mont., writers discovered nearly 300 post cards that had been sent, mostly by Minnesotan sisters and cousins, to Anna and Dikka Lee as they prepared for and made their move to Montana. The women apparently used these post cards as a kind of latter-day e-mail, and the cards are a litany of disasters, illnesses, hard work, and social chatter.
This program is made possible by a grant from the Friends of the Library.Anyone who needs accommodation to participate in a library program is asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208/769-2315. More news and information about the library is available online at cdalibrary.org.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Classical Guitarist Returns to Cd’A Library

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library will host a return engagement by classical guitarist Peter Fletcher in a free concert Friday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room on the Parkside Level, 702 E. Front Ave.
Peter Fletcher
Fletcher’s appearance is made possible through a grant from the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. Donations in support of cultural activities at the library will be accepted.
Fletcher began guitar study at the age of 7 under classical guitar instructor, John Sutherland. In December, 1983, he made his formal debut at the age of 15 under the auspices of The Brasstown Concert Association in North Carolina.
In demand as a performer in cultural venues throughout the country, Fletcher has been invited to give recitals at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY; Cincinnati’s Memorial Hall; St. Philip Cathedral in Atlanta; Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina; the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover, DE, and many others.
He made his New York Debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in February 2007 returned in 2008 and 2009, and in March of 2010 played the venue to a completely sold out audience.
He previously performed at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library on May 3, 2008.
Fletcher’s many radio and television appearances have included Storyline on the Turner Broadcasting System (TBS); Fox-affiliate WAGA-TV’s “Good Day Atlanta”; NBC Lima News WLIO in Ohio; KCSC in Oklahoma City and Long Island’s Public Radio WLIU 88.3 FM.
His three recordings, “The Art of Classical Guitar,” “A Peter Fletcher Recital,” and “Federico Mompou: Guitar Works” (Centaur Records CRC 2588), have received critical acclaim.. His current release, “Peter Fletcher Plays Baroque Music for Guitar” was released last October on the Tower Hill Recordings label.
More information about the artist is available at www.peterfletcher.com.
Anyone who needs accommodation to participate in a library program is asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208/769-2315. News about the library and other city departments is also available on the City of Coeur d’Alene news blog: cdacity.blogspot.com.

It's All Happening at the Cd'A Public Library

Activities for all ages are available this month at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. Here's a video update of library programs produced by Jeff Crowe for CDA-TV. Cable Channel 19 provides live and recorded coverage of public meetings and other information of interest to the citizens of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. For more information about the library visit cdalibrary.org or call 208/769-2315.
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

City of Coeur d’Alene Leaf Fest Begins Nov. 8th

Monday, November 08, 2010 marks the start of the CITY OF COEUR D ALENE annual leaf pick-up program. Please be sure to keep leaves on your property until Monday, November 1st. Please rake your leaves and pine needles about one foot away from the gutter/curb line to allow for water drainage. City crews and equipment are limited, so we need your help. Leaves will be picked up only once. Please do not put leaves in the street after city crews have completed your area, and do not include bagged leaves, branches, rubble, or refuse.

Due to weather conditions, equipment malfunctions, and unforeseen circumstances, city crews are unable provide a precise schedule of where leaf pick-up will take place. Pick-up will start south of Sherman Avenue and move north. Completion is expected by Wednesday, November 24, 2010.

Leaf-fest 2010 Tips

Do:

· Have your leaves out by November 1st – but not much earlier.

· Please move cars off of the street if at all possible during leaf pick-up.

· Keep the leaves about one foot off the curb line to facilitate stormwater flow.

· Be alert for leaf pick-up equipment traveling through your neighborhood.

· Keep a safe distance away from leaf pick-up heavy equipment.

· Recognize that we have a tough job to do in a very short window between when the leaves fall and when the snow flies.

· Understand that city and private trucks are exempted from tarping loads during the leaf pick-up period. Sweepers will follow city trucks to collect remaining/excess leaves.

Don’t:

· Bag the leaves.

· Mix branches, rubble or other refuse in with the leaves.

· Miss the deadline… we only have time for one pass!

If you have questions or need additional information please check the website streets.cdaid.org or call the Street Maintenance Information line 769-2233.

Monday, October 11, 2010

‘Tea & Tunes’ Returns to Library Oct. 14

One of the Coeur d'Alene Public Library's most popular programs ever has a return engagement this month. “Tea & Tunes,” featuring music from the “Great American Songbook,” will be on stage in the Community Room, 702 E. Front Ave., Thursday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m.
This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library and features “Ruth & Friends,” with Ruth Pratt on vocals, Ray “Doc” Clemons on piano, and Eric Haakenson on bass as well as special appearances and sing-alongs.
Refreshments will be provided.
Anyone organizing a group to attend this event — from retirement communities, for example — is asked to contact David Townsend, Communications Coordinator, at 208/769-2315 Ext. 426 or by e-mail at dtownsend@cdalibrary.org with the numbers attending and for parking information.Anyone who needs accommodation to participate in a library program is asked to contact the staff prior to the activity. More news and information about the library is available online at cdalibrary.org.

Fall Reading Now Includes Game Cafe'

It's fun in a traditional mode. Youth Services at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library are introducing Game Cafe this week. Here's a video update of library activities produced by Jeff Crowe for CDA-TV. Cable Channel 19 offers live and recorded coverage of public meetings and other information of interest to the citizens of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Fore more about the library visit cdalibrary.org.

Coeur d’Alene – A City of Service

Current Volunteers Have Served Over 750 Years

Since 2000, Student Representatives and Alternates have been selected to serve on city boards, commissions, and committees. Each September, a reception is held in their honor. Mayor Bloem welcomes the new students and introduces them to members of the committees on which they’ll serve. She lets them know that their voices are heard and that they do make a difference.

This past September, Mayor Bloem also welcomed many familiar faces to the reception. She saw Brad Jordan (Planning Commission Chair), Iris Siegler (Childcare Commission Chair and Arts Commission member), Fred Ogram (Arts Commission member), Anneke Connaway (Urban Forestry Chair), and John Bruning (Councilman, liaison to Parks & Rec Commission, Ped/Bike Committee, and former Chair of Planning Commission). In one, quick glance, Mayor Bloem estimated that they had about 100 years of service between them.

As a follow up to that estimate, Executive Assistant Amy Ferguson got a closer look at the city’s volunteers. She took a “service snapshot” – a point-in-time measure of the total years of service of each of the currently-serving members, on every one of the city’s boards, commissions, and committees. As of October 2010 (and rounding up to one year if service was six months or more), the sum of members’ service totaled over 750 years – 771 years to be exact.

The volunteers who serve on the city’s boards, commissions, and committees drive much of what gets accomplished in the City of Coeur d’Alene. In partnership with staff liaisons, public and private partners, and the city’s urban renewal agency, the City of Coeur d’Alene and its volunteers oversee the policies, planning, and development of much of the city.

Many current city council members once volunteered on a key city commission – the Planning Commission. Mayor Sandi Bloem served on the Planning Commission for four years. Councilman Woody McEvers served on it for five. And Councilman John Bruning served on the Planning Commission for 25 years; 20 as its chair. He’s about to start the fourth year of his first term as councilman.

“The years I spent on the Planning Commission were invaluable in learning how a city works and operates,” said Councilman Bruning. “It’s a very complex business running a city, and there’s no better place to learn than by volunteering on a city board, commission, or committee.”

As for his many years of service – approaching 30 now – Bruning said, “I think it’s important that people give back to their community, especially a community that gives them so much.”

Friday, October 8, 2010

Anthony Receives Outstanding Individual Achievement Award at IRPA Annual Conference

Coeur d’Alene Recreation Director Steve Anthony received the Outstanding Individual Achievement Award from the Idaho Recreation and Parks Association (IRPA). Their annual meeting was held at the Tri-State Recreation, Parks and Trails Conference, West Yellowstone, Montana, October 6-9, 2010.

The Outstanding Individual Achievement Award is a prestigious honor, presented to those making extraordinary contributions to the general field of parks or recreation. Such contributions might include work on a committee, through educational measures, such as affecting the curriculum, through the development of equipment and design, or through grants of land, money, or other gifts which affect the total field.

Anthony is recognized for his work on the city’s Arts Commission. As staff liaison to the commission, he has helped make the public arts program the envy of cities across the state. Currently, 43 different art works in 22 different locations enhance the city’s parks system and right-of-ways. Themes vary from northwest adventure, history and place-specific regional amenities to thought-provoking combinations of abstract symbols, meaning, and utility.

“We congratulate Steve on this well-deserved award,” said Mayor Sandi Bloem.

Eastwood is President-Elect of Idaho Parks and Recreation Associationof

Coeur d’Alene Parks Director Doug Eastwood was chosen as the President-Elect of the Idaho Recreation and Parks Association (IRPA). Their annual meeting was held at the Tri-State Recreation, Parks and Trails Conference, West Yellowstone, Montana, October 6-9, 2010.

The president elect spends one year in this position before becoming president of the association for two years, and then serves a final one-year term as past president.
As president elect, Eastwood will attend all board meetings, become acquainted with the duties of the president, and become familiar with all other aspects of IRPA procedures.

“Coeur d’Alene is becoming known as a ‘City of Parks’ and we owe that recognition to Doug Eastwood,” Mayor Sandi Bloem said. “ His selection as President Elect is due in part to his many years of dedication to creating and improving public spaces,” she added.

Cd’A Library’s Friends Win ILA Recognition

The library staff and the Board of Trustees know how much the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library do to improve the services that patrons use. The organization’s contribution has now been recognized by the Idaho Library Association (ILA).
At the ILA’s annual conference at Templin’s Red Lion Hotel in Post Falls Thursday the Coeur d’Alene Friends received the “Friend of the Year” Award.
The Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library formed in 1976 to raise funds in support of programs, to buy materials for the collection, and to purchase furnishings and equipment not included in the city budget.
In addition, the Friends gave nearly a quarter of a million dollars in support of the building fund for the new library building on Front Avenue.
Known for their used book sales at the old library and at various sites over the years, the Friends established a permanent store in the lobby of the new facility – Second Story Books – which they continue to operate entirely with volunteers. Books and other items sold in the store are primarily donations.
In her nomination letter Kathleen Sayler, Chair of the Library Board of Trustees, noted, “Every Friends group is loved for their focused dedication and love for their respective libraries, but it seems the ramping up of membership to expand services in our new library has been extraordinary. The fact that this organization has served continuously for more than 35 years with that dedication is even more reason to recognize this group.”
Library Director Bette Ammon wrote: “Volunteering thousands and thousands of hours over the years, the Friends have participated in legislative activities and raised funds. Over the years they’ve voted to pay for shelving, puppet shows, books, building repairs, stamp clubs and more. They’ve supported the library’s unique Writers Competition for over 20 years by supplying prizes, refreshments, and judges.”
“We truly couldn’t get by without our Friends,” she added.
David Townsend, Communications Coordinator for the library said that Friends do more than just raise funds.
“The Friends are not content, however, to simply give money,” he said. “During each of the above mentioned history programs and at each book club discussion the Friends have provided refreshments and volunteers to serve them. More often than not Friends volunteers can also be found stacking chairs long after the audience has gone home. Prior to programs they provide support to our publicity efforts through word-of-mouth and by helping to distribute flyers.
“The Friends give their money, their time, and, just as important, their daily encouragement to the library staff.”

More news and information about is available online at cdalibrary.org.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Candidates’ Forum is October 13th

The city’s CdA TV Committee will tape the League of Women Voters Candidates’ Forum, which will be held Wednesday, October 13th, at 6:30 p.m., at the Library Community Room. All 13 candidates have indicated that they will attend.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Fall Reading Programs Under Way at Library

Fall Reading programs at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library provide an great family outing and after-school activities. Here isa video update about activities at the library produced by Jeff Crowe for CDA-TV. Cable Channel 19 provides live and recorded coverage of public meetings and other information of interest to the citizens of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. More information about the library is available at cdalibrary.org.
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Library Adds Game Café to Program Menu

Do you ever wonder if all the recreational opportunities for kids involve staring at a screen? Coeur d’Alene Public Library Youth Services are introducing a program with an old-time twist – board games. Game Café will debut in the Seagraves Children’s Library, 702 E. Front Ave., on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 4-5:30 p.m.
Games such as Bingo, Checkers, Chess, Parcheesi, Scrabble and Sorry will be available. Door prizes and snow cones will also be provided for this free activity Intended for ages 9-13.
And for real old-fashioned fun, Youth Services have brought back the Ocarina Club, Fridays at 4 p.m. Participants learn about this ancient musical instrument, and how to play it. No knowledge of music is necessary. Space is limited for this activity. Call or visit the library for registration information. Anyone who needs accommodation to participate in a library program is asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208/769-2315. More news and information about the library is available online at cdalibrary.org.

It’s New. It’s Blue. It’s Knocking.

Open the Door to 64…

…gallons, that is. The City of Coeur d’Alene’s recycling service is expanding. Starting in mid October, residents will be able to recycle more items and they will all go into one, new, blue, 64-gallon cart, which holds five times as much as the current recycling bin.

Once the new recycling program begins, the 64-gallon recycling cart is the only container Coeur d’Alene/Waste Management customers will have to use. Until that time, please continue to use your current recycling bin. If you don’t want to keep the bin for other uses, put it upside down at the curb next to your recycling cart, and it will be collected for recycling.

The blue, 64-gallon recycling cart ushers in a new program: single-stream recycling. This means that more recyclables are accepted now, including a wider variety of paper products – cereal boxes, junk mail, and office paper. Even plastic containers will now be accepted, including beverage containers, dairy tubs, plant containers, laundry detergent bottles, and plastic cups, plates and trays.

This is thanks to a partnership between the City of Coeur d’Alene, Kootenai County, and Waste Management. With single-stream recycling, just about everything can be tossed into the 64-gallon recycling carts, doubling both the amount and types of items that can be recycled (the only things that can’t be recycled at the curb are glass and plastic bags).

Your new recycling carts will be emptied every other week. Garbage will still be collected weekly. When your cart arrives, a collection calendar and detailed guidelines will come with it to help you keep track of your recycling week and all the items that can now be recycled.

“This is a program that will provide great benefit to the citizens of Coeur d’Alene – less waste in the landfill and more products being recycled is a winner for our wallets and our environment,” said Councilman Mike Kennedy. “I hope we see a massive increase in participation because it’s easy, it’s convenient, and it’s the right thing to do.”

For more information about the single-stream recycling program, please call Waste Management at 765-4968 or visit the website at www.wmnorthwest.com/coeurdalene.

“Name the Winter Storm” Contest Celebrates 11 Years

Bryan Elementary Hosts Open House October 6th

On Wednesday, October 6th, at 1:00 p.m., Bryan Elementary School 4th graders will help the Coeur d’Alene Street Maintenance Department celebrates the 11th year of “Name the Winter Storm” contest.

Since the winter of 2000, the department has been asking elementary school students to pick a theme for naming winter storms. As an historical note, that first year, the winter storms were named (in alphabetical order) with the names from the Harry Potter books series (e.g., Albus, Bludgers, Cho Chang, Draco, etc.). Jordan Shagina submitted the winning names in 2000 and was awarded a street sign with her name on it. This year, themes for the next three winters have been chosen and the winners are: 2010- 2011, Logan Nosworthy, “Ski Runs;” 2011- 2012, Erika Skindlov, “Berries of Idaho;” 2012- 2013, Sarah Cobetto, “Bird Names.” As in 2000, each student will be awarded a street sign with his or her name.

When the Street Maintenance team visits Bryan Elementary School at 802 Harrison, they’ll be there to give the children “seat time” on the equipment as well as answer any questions. For more information, please call Street Superintendent Tim Martin at 769-2234.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Harrison Avenue & 15th Street Signal Installation Begins

Intersection Closures Start October 4th, May Last One Week

The 15th Street and Harrison Avenue Signalization Project starts its final phase this Monday, October 4th.

The intersection will be closed during the day only to install the signal equipment. A recent traffic accident damaged the pole base on the northwest corner and it will need to be removed and replaced, causing some delay to the project. The repair and equipment installation should be complete by October 8th. By October 15th, the new traffic signal should be operational.

For more information, please call Chris Bates at 769-2228 or Dennis Grant at 769-2398.