Friday, September 30, 2011

No Building, Mechanical, or Plumbing Inspections October 7th

On Friday, October 7, 2011, there will be no building, mechanical, or plumbing inspections performed in the City of Coeur d’Alene jurisdiction due to required training for staff.

The Building Services Department requests that contractors and homeowners please arrange inspections around this staff training day. For more information, please contact Linda Wilson at 769-2396.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

‘Mockingbird’ First in New Film Series

A new movie series at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is designed for patrons who love classic books and classic movies.
“Moving Books,” a film series sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation, will feature movies made from books.
The first film in the series, to be screened Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m., is the Academy Award-winning “To Kill a Mockingbird.” This 1962 film from Universal Pictures stars Gregory Peck and includes one of the first film roles for Robert Duvall. It is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Harper Lee.
A $5 donation is suggested. Free popcorn is provided. Proceeds will be used to enhance the library’s DVD collection.
“Moving Books” will be screened the first Thursday of each month through May on the big screen in the Community Room at the library, 702 E. Front Ave.
Coming attractions are: Nov. 3 – “Jane Eyre;” Dec. 1 – “Polar Express;” Jan. 5 – “Sophie’s Choice;” Feb. 2 – “All the King’s Men;” March 1 – “The Lincoln Lawyer;” April 5 – “Tangled;” May 3 – “Charlie Wilson’s War.”

Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208-769-2315. For more library information visit cdalibrary.org. The library is a department of the City of Coeur d’Alene and a member of the Cooperative Information Network, cinlibraries.org. Library Director, Bette Ammon. Library hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m./Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. For regular updates follow the library on Facebook and Twitter.

City Park Hosts Tree Climbing Competition October 2nd

Sunday, October 2nd, at Coeur d’Alene’s City Park, the public will have the opportunity to see some aerial ballet as the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture holds a Tree Climbing Championship. Approximately thirty contestants from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia will be competing.

The tree climbing competition simulates working conditions of arborists in the field. On an average work day, climbing arborists work aloft in the trees using ropes and harnesses to safely perform skillful tasks to care for and maintain trees. Male and female competitors will perform five different events during the preliminary round of the competition that demonstrate the difficulty of the tasks and the need for safety. Each event tests a competitor's ability to professionally and safely maneuver in a tree to care for it with minimal impact to the health of the tree.

Events include: belayed speed climb, throwline, secured footlock, work climb, and aerial rescue. The winners of these climbs will qualify to compete in the Master’s Challenge climb as the last event of the day. The competition begins at 9:00 a.m. The Master’s Challenge will begin mid-afternoon. Winners of this regional competition will qualify for national and international competitions.

The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) is a nonprofit member-based organization supporting tree care research and education around the world. ISA also manages the consumer education web site, www.treesaregood.org and administers the only internationally-recognized certification program in the industry. For more information on ISA, Certified Arborists, and the International Tree Climbing Championship, visit www.isa-arbor.com.

City Park is the site of some of the city’s largest public trees. The public is invited to come to City Park to watch some of the most agile tree climbers in the Northwest contend in this exciting competition. For more information, contact Karen Haskew, Urban Forester, 208/769-2266.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Classic Aprons Focus of Library Program

It’s a classic cover-up.
“Aprons: Memories From the Past,” is offered at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m.
Presenter Bobbe Schaefer has been an interpretive naturalist, a librarian, a folk art historian and now a designer and creator of aprons. She has a large collection of apron patterns and more than 300 aprons from the past. She is listed as a speaker with ElderAudience and as a Women's History Performer with the National Women's History Project. She's also a member of the American Sewing Guild.
The program will include a slideshow and an exhibit of aprons from Schaefer’s collection.
The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208-769-2315. For more library information visit cdalibrary.org. The library is a department of the City of Coeur d’Alene and a member of the Cooperative Information Network, cinlibraries.org. Library Director, Bette Ammon. Library hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m./Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. For regular updates follow the library on Facebook and Twitter.

October is Food for Fines Month at Area Libraries

The Community Library Network and the Coeur d’Alene Public Library are out to restock food bank pantries throughout the area. And they are asking for help.
Beginning Oct. 1 patrons can use donations of nonperishable food to pay for overdue fines on their library cards. Food for Fines cannot be used in lieu of payment for damaged or lost items, however.
Libraries participating in the October food drive include Coeur d’Alene Public Library and Athol, Harrison, Hayden, Pinehurst, Post Falls, Rathdrum, Spirit Lake and the Bookmobile in the Community Library Network. Food for Fines rules vary. Check with participating libraries.
“It’s not about the fines,” says Anne Abrams, Community Library Network administrator, “it’s about getting as much food as possible to the food banks. Those food banks are located in our libraries’ service areas.”
Coeur d’Alene Library Director Bette Ammon welcomed the partnership with the Library Network and added, “A big part of our motivation is to also bring people back into the libraries even if they have accumulated overdue fines to the point it has restricted their library use.”
Patrons without fines are also welcome to donate. Items collected will be distributed food banks and animal shelters in the communities where the food is collected.
For more information, contact the Coeur d’Alene Public Library at 208-769-2315, www.cdalibrary.org or the Community Library Network at 773-1506, www.communitylibrary.net.

CdA High School Receives Landscape of Excellence Award

Coeur d’Alene High School (CHS) was presented a Landscape of Excellence award by Community Canopy, a tree care education program, in recognition of the outstanding use and care of trees on the school grounds. The Landscape of Excellence award was presented at the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission meeting on September 26th. Bryan Martin, Director of Maintenance and Facilities, and Dan Robertson, Grounds Supervisor, along with a staff of six grounds maintenance workers, were recognized for their contributions.

This is the second Landscape of Excellence Award presented by Community Canopy, a program that highlights businesses and organizations which are doing things positive things with trees in the landscape. Several nominated landscapes were reviewed by members of the city’s Urban Forestry Committee to determine the 2011 award winner. The positive practices cited for CHS include having a variety of tree species, the retention of large native ponderosa pine trees, providing safety zones around trees to prevent damage from turf care equipment, the use of shade trees in parking lots, use of proper planting practices, and proper pruning.

Community Canopy is a tree care partnership of the cities of Coeur d'Alene, Hayden, Post Falls, Spokane, and the Spokane County Conservation District with the assistance of the University of Idaho Extension and Washington State University Extension. Community Canopy members work together toward the goal of healthy and sustainable community forests that provide maximum environmental and visual benefits. Community Canopy also provides publications, exhibits, workshops, and in-the-field training.

To make a nomination for a Landscape of Excellence Award, contact Community Canopy through their web site at www.communitycanopy.org. For more information, contact Urban Forester Karen Haskew at 769-2266.

Monday, September 26, 2011

CALL FOR QUESTIONS FOR CANDIDATES FORUM

This year's Candidates Forum, to be televised live on CDA TV Channel 19, is scheduled for October 20, 2011. This year the cities of Hayden, Rathdrum, and Coeur d'Alene will have a forum for the City Council positions that have more than one candidate vying for election. The City of Hayden Lake has also been invited to do a forum on their Mayor's race. The City of Hayden will not have a forum for their Mayor's race as Mayor McIntire has a previous engagement that night and is unable to attend.

As in the past, the Coeur d'Alene candidates will be asked questions submitted by the public. If you have a question for the candidates, please visit the city's website at http://www.cdaid.org/ to submit your question. This year, School District 271 high school students will also participate in the forum and will be submitting their own questions as part of their government class.

After the live airing of the Candidates Forum on cable CDA TV Channel 19, the program will be reran on CDA TV as well as streamed to the City's website for those who do not have cable television.

Education Corridor Project is 2011 Grow Smart Winner

The Education Corridor Project was recently announced as the recipient of the 2011 Idaho Grow Smart Award. The project received the Grow Smart award in “Redevelopment,” the category which recognizes revitalization efforts. The Grow Smart Award is presented by Idaho Smart Growth, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 2001. It supports communities, builders, planners, architects, organizations, and developers for incorporating smart growth principles.

The education corridor project has already begun to transform the former Stimson Lumber Company’s DeArmond Mill site, the 17-acre parcel located on the east bank of the Spokane River. The over 45-acre NIC campus lies immediately south of the mill. The University of Idaho and Lewis-Clark State College lie to the north.

The Fort Grounds neighborhood, immediately south of the corridor site and east of the NIC campus, is currently affected by construction on the education corridor infrastructure project. Neighborhood residents were actively involved in various stages of project planning.

“The Grow Smart Award is consistent with the whole premise of the education corridor – it’s great that the project has been recognized,” said Councilman John Bruning, a resident of the Fort Grounds neighborhood. Bruning explained that community and stakeholder collaboration created a plan that essentially took an old brownfield – the abandoned Stimson Lumber Mill – and is turning it into opportunities. “The education corridor is going to be a huge benefit for citizens, both in attracting jobs and people,” said Bruning. “It’s going to mean educational and occupational opportunities for our local kids and for generations to come.”

Fort Grounds residents have told their councilman that they are pretty happy with how the construction has gone so far. “Two things they insisted upon during the planning process were additional parking and a secondary access to the neighborhood,” said Bruning, “and the planners listened.” Three roundabouts for ease in traffic flow, new parking, and an additional entrance/exit at Hubbard and Northwest Boulevard have met all the original requests.

For information about the Grow Smart awards, go to: www.idahobusinessreview.com. For more information about Idaho Smart Growth, go to www.idahosmartgrowth.org. Members of the Grow Smart award selection team include architects, planners, developers, realtors, and professional administrators who work with municipalities.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Traffic Alert – Utility Work at Hanley & Government Way Starts

Beginning Monday morning, September 26th, city Stormwater Utility crews will begin maintenance work at the corner of Hanley Avenue and Government Way. Drivers are encouraged to avoid this area all day Monday and on Tuesday morning. Traffic control will be in place, but motorists should expect delays. For more information, please call 208-769-2265.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Eastwood Receives IRPA’s Highest Award

The Idaho Recreation and Parks Association (IRPA) awarded Parks Director Doug Eastwood the Dr. Leon Green Fellowship Award – the highest honor given by the association – at an awards ceremony held September 20th. The ceremony took place during their annual meeting, which was held in Boise, Idaho, September 18-21, 2011.

The Dr. Leon Green Fellowship Award recognizes outstanding contributions made to the parks and recreation profession. It is based on longstanding and dedicated service to the IRPA as both as a member and in various leadership positions.

In reference to Eastwood’s accomplishment, Mayor Sandi Bloem said, “What Doug has done to expand and enhance the city’s parklands for the enjoyment of the residents of the City of Coeur d’Alene is remarkable.” She said that the contributions he has made both to the city and the entire state through his membership in the IRPA are admirable. “I am extremely proud of our Parks Director for receiving this honor.”

Eastwood has spent this past year serving as the president elect of the IRPA, and will now serve as president of the association for two years. He will serve a final one-year term as past president.

For more information, please contact 769-2204.

CdA Arts Commission Seeks Artists for Education Corridor

The City of Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission is seeking artists for three (3) vehicular round-a-bouts in the “Education Corridor,” which is the new entrance into the historic Fort Grounds neighborhood, including North Idaho College and the satellite campuses of the University of Idaho and Lewis-Clark State College, and the Wastewater Treatment Plant. It is anticipated that the public art will embody the area’s diverse and rich history, the vibrant present, and the bright future.


Public art can be a change agent for the community. It creates and establishes neighborhood and community identity and also enhances the visual landscape and character of the city. It turns ordinary spaces into community landmarks and promotes community dialogue and, most important, it’s accessible to everyone.

Information packets are available at City Hall, 710 E. Mullan Avenue, or online at http://www.cdaid.org/. Artist proposals are due by 5:00 p.m., November 24, 2011. Artists with questions are encouraged to contact Steve Anthony, Arts Commission Liaison, at stevea@cdaid.org.

2nd Annual Environmental Open House Held September 27th

On Tuesday, September 27th, from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., in the Library Community Room, please join your local agencies as they demonstrate how they are working to preserve and improve our environment. They will share what they are doing to be environmentally responsible, offer citizens information, and seek public comments and suggestions.

Among the topics to be presented are: Stormwater Management, Single Stream Recycling, Water Conservation, Xeriscaping, River Water Quality, Aquifer Protection, and Hazardous Waste Disposal.

Joining Coeur d’Alene city departments are the Community Action Partnership, Idaho Transportation Department, Kootenai County Solid Waste, Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Lakes Highway District, Panhandle Area Council, Post Falls Public Works, Waste Management, and Stormwater Erosion Education Program (SEEP).

New participants to the Environmental Open House are the Post Falls Highway District, University of Idaho, Aquifer Protection District, and Kootenai County Utilities Council (ONE-CALL-811).

For more information, please contact Kim Harrington at 769-2214.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Library to Celebrate Readers’ Rights

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library will celebrate its patrons’ right to read with exhibits and programs during Banned Books Week that will include a presentation by Spokane author Chris Crutcher.
The library continues to accept entries in its Design-A-Cover Contest for children and teens. Entry forms are available in the Seagraves Children’s Library, 702 E. Front Ave. Entries to date, depicting the covers of books that have been challenged in the past, are now on display in the Parkside Gallery on the lower level of the library.
Entries in the contest will be entered a drawing for Banned Books Week prizes.
On Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m., the library will conduct a Banned Books Readout with library volunteers and community leaders reading from challenged books. A discussion of readers’ rights will follow.
Crutcher, whose books have been challenged in various settings, will meet with teens in the Community Room at 4 p.m. A pizza snack will be provided. At 5:30 p.m. Crutcher will present a program for all ages sponsored by the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
Crutcher, 64, is the author of 13 books – 10 novels, two short story collections and an autobiography. Prior to his work as an author, he taught school in Washington and California and acted as director of an Oakland alternative school for nearly a decade. That academic history coupled with 25 years as a child and family therapist specializing in abuse and neglect has infused his literary work with realism and emotional heft.
His signature blend of tragedy and comedy has made him a favorite with teen and adult readers. He is also one of the most frequently banned authors in North America – a fact he considers an accomplishment, rather than a drawback.
A popular “Voices from the Middle” columnist for several years, Crutcher has been awarded the National Council of Teachers of English’s National Intellectual Freedom Award, the ALAN Award, the American Library Association’s Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, the Catholic Library Association’s St. Katharine Drexel Award and “Writer” magazine’s Writers Who Make a Difference Award.
Selected works by Crutcher include “Running Loose,” 1983; “Stotan!,” 1986; “The Crazy Horse Electric Game,” 1987; “Chinese Handcuffs,” 1989; “Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories,” 1991; “The Deep End,” 1991; “Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes,” 1993; “Ironman,” 1995; “Whale Talk,” 2001; “King of the Mild Frontier,” 2003; “The Sledding Hill,” 2005, and “Deadline,” 2007.

Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208-769-2315. For more library information visit cdalibrary.org. The library is a department of the City of Coeur d’Alene and a member of the Cooperative Information Network, cinlibraries.org. Library Director, Bette Ammon. Library hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m./Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. For regular updates follow the library on Facebook and Twitter.

Birthday Party Sunday for Mudgy & Millie

The third annual Birthday Party for Mudgy and Millie will be celebrated Sunday, Sept. 25, 2 p.m., in the Community Room at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
“Mudgy & Millie” author Susan Nipp and sculptor Terry Lee will be there to sign copies of the book. The celebration will also feature a group reading and singing, an appearance by Mudgy and Millie, photo opportunities, and, of course, birthday cake.
Kids who already have a copy of the book can get a special birthday stamp. Copies of the book as well as “Mudgy & Millie” plush toys are available to buy. Proceeds benefit the library.
Nipp, who is also known for her work on the Wee Sing books and music series, created “Mudgy & Millie” along with illustrator Charles Reasoner. The book tells the story of a moose and mouse playing hide and seek among the landmarks of Coeur d’Alene. Royalties for the book have been assigned to the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation.
In cooperation with the City of Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission and the Parks Department, the Mudgy Trail was also created. The trail features the five lifesize bronze statues created for the project by Lee.
The first Mudgy & Millie Day was celebrated on Sept. 13, 2008.

Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208-769-2315. For more library information visit cdalibrary.org. The library is a department of the City of Coeur d’Alene and a member of the Cooperative Information Network, cinlibraries.org. Library Director, Bette Ammon. Library hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m./Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. For regular updates follow the library on Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

City’s Arts Commission Announces Winners of 16th Annual Mayor's Awards in the Arts

The City of Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission announces the following winners of the 16th Annual Mayor’s Awards in the Arts:


EXCELLENCE IN THE ARTS: Michael Horswill

SUPPORT OF THE ARTS: Roberta Larsen

EDUCATION IN THE ARTS: David Groth

SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Mike & Kim Normand

“Excellence in the Arts,” recognizes artists who have made a significant contribution to the awareness of the arts in Coeur d’Alene. They are evaluated on their community participation, previous recognition received, and the quality and originality of their work. “Support of the Arts,” recognizes individuals or organizations based on the length of their commitment to the arts, the type of support they give (financial, volunteer services, etc.), and their overall involvement in the support of art in Coeur d’Alene. “Arts in Education,” recognizes individuals or organizations for their efforts to strengthen public arts education in the geographic region of School District 271. The award is given based on years of commitment to and advocacy for arts education. This year, Mayor Bloem will also be presenting a “Special Recognition” award to Mike and Kim Normand for their work on the Shared Harvest Community Garden at 10th & Foster.

Mayor Sandi Bloem will present the awards on Monday, October 10, 2011, 6 p.m., at The Coeur d’Alene Resort. This event is open to the public, and anyone interested in attending to support the winners is invited.

“It is a privilege to recognize the individuals and organizations in our community that make art accessible to everyone,” Mayor Bloem said.

The Mayor’s Awards in the Arts are presented by the Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission and the City of Coeur d’Alene to recognize and encourage excellence in the arts and to stimulate and support awareness of the arts throughout the city.

For more information, contact Steve Anthony, Arts Commission Liaison, at 769-2249.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Streets Department Promotes an Environment of Safety

By Tim Martin, Street Superintendent

Our mission statement for the Coeur d’Alene Street Department reads: “To Support the City’s Mission By Providing Citizens With Safe, Unrestricted Street Surfaces and Control Devices All Year Around and Providing Departments with Cost Effective Vehicle Maintenance Services.” The topic of safety is on our minds all the time. Our department works in and around traffic in many dangerous situations. By controlling our situations with short meetings before we leave the shop, it allows for everyone to participate and most potential problems have already been handled before we ever get to the job site.

This time of year is our annual LEAF-FEST and many have said this it like a “Ballet in Motion,” but we would tell you that this is a very stressful period as we need to pick up approximately 1,700 tons of leaves in a short window of time. Safety is our utmost concern as there is the possibility for an accident at every corner. Many times we barely catch our breath and winter is knocking on the door. Each season brings its own set of safety challenges.

The Idaho State Police conducted two classes on driving safety which prompted many city employees to think about their driving habits, how to drive more defensively, and the risks that can be encountered on the roadways. Improperly-secured material or equipment can have devastating effects.

The more recent training, Supervisor Training Accident Reduction Techniques (START) was equally helpful because it, too, created awareness about accident prevention such as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and better lighting for equipment. The Street Department is continuing to promote safety awareness and we will be keeping the topic on our agendas.

Like any training, it takes a cultural shift and “buy-in” from the team leaders. The culture here in Streets is whenever an employee encounters an accident or potential accident, he/she fills out the incident report and submits it to their immediate supervisor. This can involve personal injury, property damage, and/or vehicle/equipment damage.

Operators and mechanics will tell you that a part of their job they enjoy the most is the flexibility in their workplace. Supervisors are encouraged to make this happen. It keeps minds sharp and we believe safety stays in the forefront that way.
Through the risk management team, the city has provided some great safety courses over the past year. Safety in the workplace is something each employee is encouraged to be thinking about and to report any concerns or unsafe conditions to their immediate supervisor.

The employees talk about safety issues at their staff meetings and safety is a discussion point at our weekly all-crew meetings. All supervisors are encouraged to and readily work alongside crews. They are to provide the necessary tools and equipment to do the job. Being well aware of our surroundings is what makes the Street Department successful.

With the changing of the seasons and special events coming to the Lake City, we receive large volumes of visitors that come to enjoy things that we often take for granted. Our work zones need to reflect the importance we place on safety for ourselves as well as the motoring traffic. We believe that, to create a culture that promotes the values of Trust, Respect, Dedication, Accountability, and Professionalism, we must provide an environment that is SAFE and Enjoyable.

Friday, September 16, 2011

“Camp All-Stars” Receives $4,200 Grant from Inland Northwest Community Foundation

The Specialized Needs Recreation Program (SNR) has been awarded a grant for $4,200.00 from the Inland Northwest Community Foundation (INCF) through the Florence Wasmer Fund for Children and Families. This grant will support SNR’s Camp All-Stars program.

The INCF has awarded more than $37 million in grants and scholarships throughout the 20-county region since 1974. Their mission is to foster vibrant and sustainable communities in the Inland Northwest. They accomplish this by awarding grants to nonprofit organizations in order to provide critical human services, enrich education, arts and culture, promote economic and community development, and to support the environment. They work with individuals, families, and businesses to provide charitable benefits through 305 funds they manage with assets of $67 million (as of March 2011).

Specialized Needs Recreation is a non-profit organization providing recreational opportunities for youth and adults who have disabilities. SNR’s Camp All-Stars program provides day camps from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. during spring, winter, and summer breaks, and school days off. The camp is typically filled with six (6) hours of meaningful and memorable activities such as community outings, crafts, and games. The day camp is provided for youth ages 4-21. For further information about SNR, please contact Angie Goucher at 755-6781, or visit our website at www.snr.bz.

SNR would like to thank the INCF-Florence Wasmer Fund for Children and Families for their very generous contribution and on-going support.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

David Thompson Film at Library Sept. 17

Two free screenings of “Shadows of David Thompson,” a film by George Sibley, will be shown at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.
Thompson, a fur trader, surveyor, and mapmaker, was one of the first Europeans to explore many of the regions in the Pacific Northwest.
Sibley, whose film, “Ordeal by Fire,” was shown at the library in 2010, has been a filmmaker for more than 40 years, mostly making educational films and documentaries. Based in Florida, he is fond of telling lesser-known stories of American history to wider audiences.
In 2001 he started Gale Force Films to help increase the use of video programs by nonprofit groups.
In 2009 “Shadows of David Thompson” was widely shown in cities across Canada and the U.S. as part of the 200th anniversary of Thompson’s most important explorations. Since Thompson established the first European posts in what is now Idaho and western Montana, several Historical Societies and museums in North Idaho were among those who showed the film. Montana Public Television also aired the program.

Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208-769-2315. For more library information visit cdalibrary.org. The library is a department of the City of Coeur d’Alene and a member of the Cooperative Information Network, cinlibraries.org. Library Director, Bette Ammon. Library hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m./Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. For regular updates follow the library on Facebook and Twitter.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Volunteer Extraordinaire, Wally Connally Celebrates 90th

If we are lucky in life, we get a chance to meet people who embrace what it means to serve their country, their community, and who have made the kind of personal sacrifices that are captured in history books. The men and women of the Coeur d’Alene Police Department (CDAPD) have had the opportunity to work with such an individual – Wallace J. “Wally” Connally.

On September 19th, Wally will celebrate his 90th birthday and we would like to honor him for his years of service. Wally has been a volunteer at the CDAPD since 1993. He arrived one day in June and in typical Connally fashion, asked if he could be of any help to us. He was promptly put to work in the Detective Division, telephoning victims of property crimes.

He continued this type of volunteer work until 2006, when he agreed to take on a new assignment as Volunteer Coordinator where he would be responsible for supervising other volunteers. He helped recruit, retain, and reward police volunteers. Today we have forty-two citizen volunteers working at the CDAPD due to his leadership.

As he celebrates his 90th birthday, we want to recognize his other contributions. Wally is a retired U.S. Army Major, having served with the 75th Infantry Division during the “Battle of the Bulge.” He is, as Tom Brokaw described, a member of “The Greatest Generation.” In Wally’s own words:

My Division landed in Wales in November of 1944. We crossed the English Channel and landed in France. We continued into Belgium and the Ardennes Forest. On December 10, 1944, we were attacked by German Panzer Forces and the “Battle of the Bulge” began. I suffered a severe concussion by flying over one of our jeeps as a result of enemy artillery fire and was sent to the field hospital.

I was given the opportunity to be sent back to Paris, but I returned to my Unit Company 289th Infantry Regiment 75th Infantry Division. I remained with my Unit through three major battles until January 1945. As a result of frozen feet and other injuries, I was carried off the front lines and taken to various field hospitals until I was transported to a hospital in Oxford, England where I remained until May of 1945. I was decorated with the European Theatre of Operation medal, three Battle Stars, the Bronze Star, and a Purple Heart.

I was sent to Officer Candidate School in France and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant Infantry. I spent a short time in Germany with the Occupation Forces that brought troops back to the U.S. I had 90 days of R&R and then returned to Europe with more Occupation Forces troops to Germany. Eventually, I was stationed in Paris for 2½ years. I was decorated in Paris with the French Liberation Medal by the President of France. I remained on active duty serving at Fort Lewis, Camp Cooke, and Camp Irwin. During the Korean War, I was sent to Korea but when I arrived in Tokyo, I was re-assigned to the 8th Army in Yokohama.

I later left active duty and worked with the County of Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and Superior Court. I retired from the Army with a combined Active Duty and Reserve time of 26 years. I also retired from the County of Los Angeles with 25 years of service.


Please join us in wishing our dear friend, Wally, a very happy 90th birthday, and thank him for his many years of military, law enforcement, and volunteer service. You can email birthday greetings to him at wconnally@cdaid.org.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Traffic Warning – Ramp Closure onto HWY 95 South

Starting Tuesday morning, September 13th, Idaho Department Transportation crews will begin paving the northwest ramp onto Highway 95 south. The ramp will be closed from 9:00 a.m. until approximately 2:00 p.m.

Motorists are advised to travel alternate routes.

For more information, please call 772-1200.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Wastewater Department Invites Community to Open House

The City of Coeur d’Alene Wastewater Utility Department invites you to an open house on Thursday, September 8th from 1:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Please join the celebration at the new administration/laboratory building at 765 W. Hubbard Avenue. Refreshments will be served. Short tours will also be conducted.

Parking can be found in North Idaho College’s overflow parking lot at the old lumber mill log storage lot just off Northwest Boulevard. Because of potential construction at Northwest Boulevard and Hubbard Avenue, it is advised that visitors travel to the traffic light at Government Way and Mullan. Instead of turning into the main entrance to NIC, bear to the right and turn left on River Avenue. Turn right on Military Drive and follow the signs to the overflow parking lot. Proceed to the north end of the lot and you will see the new two-story administration/lab building.

For more information, please contact Wastewater Superintendent Sid Fredrickson at 769- 2277.

Library's Book Club is Member-Driven

Approaching the end of its second year, the Pageturners Library Book Club is organized and conducted by its members rather than by the staff at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. But every time it meets, the club adds to the resources the library can offer its patrons.

Educator and Library Trustee Katie Sayler was among those who organized the group in 2009. The project has been funded by the Friends of the Library, but the book club is exploring other funding sources.

A committee of the book club selects the books that will be read and discussed when the group meets the last Wednesday of each month at 10:15 a.m. in the library’s Community Room (the group doesn’t meet in December.)

Discussion materials and presentations are by volunteers– either members of the club or qualified presenters from the community. The discussions are open to any adult reader and there is no charge to participate.

Twenty copies of the book to be discussed are purchased and made available for check-out at the library’s Research and Information Desk. After the books have been discussed, the library staff bundles them in kits along with discussion materials and they are made available for other book clubs to use.
The most recent discussion, Aug. 31, was of “Salt,” a nonfiction work by Mark Kurlansky with a discussion led by John McTear.

The September selection is “Tried By War,” by James McPherson. George Sayler will lead that discussion on Sept. 28. McPherson will be the speaker for the Idaho Humanities Council’s Eighth Annual Distinguished Humanities Lecture and Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Coeur d’Alene Resort.

The October book will be the classic “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee with the discussion led by Katie Sayler on Oct. 26.

Previous titles available as Book Club Kits are: “Worst Hard Times,” by Timothy Egean; “Change of Heart,” by Jodi Picoult; “Montana 1948,” by Larry Watson; “Sailing Around the Room,” by Billy Collins; “The Annotated Alice: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass,” by Lewis Carroll; “The Treasure Called Tubbs Hill,” by Scott W. Reed; “The Big Burn,” by Jeanette Ingold; “Home,” by Marilynne Robinson; “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” by Lisa See; “Big Trouble,” by Anthony J. Lukas; “War Dances,” by Sherman Alexie; “The View From the Castle,” by Alice Munro; “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” by Garth Stein; “The Things They Carried,” by Tim O’Brien; “Four Seasons in Rome,” by Antony Doerr; “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” by Jamie Ford; “Dracula,” by Bram Stoker; and “Beautiful Country,” by Robert Wrigley.

For more information about the Pageturners Book Club, contact the library at 208-769-2315 or by e-mail at info@cdalibrary.org. Discussion materials can be seen at the Pageturners link on the library website: www.cdalibrary.org.

Friday, September 2, 2011

ReTool Sessions, Computer Workshops Offered

ReTool Box, computer literacy help sessions, return to the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front. Ave., in September.
Sessions are designed to assist individuals who have no previous experience with computers and who want to learn to improve job or communication skills.
The free sessions are led by volunteers from the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation and North Idaho College. To reserve a spot contact the foundation at 208-769-2380.
September sessions will meet at 12:30 p.m. in the Community Room and include:
► Sept. 13: Basic Computer Operations 1
► Sept. 15: Basic Computer Operations 2
► Sept. 20: Online Searches/Applications
► Sept. 22: Resumes/Saving Documents
ReTool Box sessions are taught using the library’s portable laptop lap purchased through a major grant from the Women’s Gift Alliance with additional support from the Idaho Community Foundation and Waste Management of Idaho.
For computer users with more experience free computer workshops – separate from the ReTool Box sessions – will be taught by Information Technology Coordinator Christopher Brannon.
► Basic Excel – Microsoft spreadsheet software will be taught at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 19.
► Intermediate Excel – will be offered Sept. 26 at 5;30 p.m.
Workshops are offered in the library’s Gozzer Room on a first-come basis to up to nine participants. No registration is required. Participants should plan to arrive 15 minutes before session begin. Typing skills and previous experience with computers are recommended

Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208-769-2315. For more library information visit cdalibrary.org. The library is a department of the City of Coeur d’Alene and a member of the Cooperative Information Network, cinlibraries.org. Library Director, Bette Ammon. Library hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m./Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. For regular updates follow the library on Facebook and Twitter.

Slideshow Looks at Alaska’s Inside Passage

“Inside Passage to Alaska,” a slideshow travelogue by Roy Caples will be shown at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m.
This all-digital slideshow highlights seven towns on Alaska's Inside Passage, including two – Petersburg and Wrangell – that are off the beaten path and not served by large cruise lines. Featured will be the 50th anniversary of the Little Norway Festival in Petersburg and Wyatt Earp's 1897 visit to Wrangell.
Photos of Sitka show the Russian legacy of the town that was once called “The Paris of the Pacific,” while Skagway’s pictures include some gold rush history.
Caples grew up in a photographic environment, his parents ran four camera stores. He taught high school for 24 years because, “I liked it and summers were open for travel and photography.” He ran a business for eight years doing free lance wedding photography and has traveled extensively in Alaska by car and the Alaska Marine Highway System, sometimes staying there for three to five months making pictures.
This program is presented as part of the library’s Novel Destinations series looking at the world’s unique places and is sponsored by the Library Foundation. Anyone with a travelogue to share is asked to contact David Townsend at dtownsend@cdalibrary.org.


Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208-769-2315. For more library information visit cdalibrary.org . The library is a department of the City of Coeur d’Alene and a member of the Cooperative Information Network, cinlibraries.org. Library Director, Bette Ammon. Library hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m./Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. For regular updates follow the library on Facebook and Twitter.

Shared Harvest Program at Cd’A Library

Kim Normand, president and founder of the Shared Harvest Community Garden in Coeur d’Alene – the first of its kind – will discuss the project during a program Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m., at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.
Normand will talk about what has been accomplished in the last three years and also the Community Roots partnership with the Kootenai Environmental Alliance that delivers fresh food to 17 food-assistance facilities.
This program is presented in conjunction with the library’s new blog – “Living at the Library” – that can be accessed through the library website, cdalibrary.org.

Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208-769-2315. For more library information visit cdalibrary.org. The library is a department of the City of Coeur d’Alene and a member of the Cooperative Information Network, cinlibraries.org. Library Director, Bette Ammon. Library hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m./Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. For regular updates follow the library on Facebook and Twitter.