‘Awesome is Possible’ actor steals the show

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In 2030, Joshua Bradshaw will be 25 years old. It would be fun for the CDA 2030 team to follow up with the eighth-grader, who made his debut in a promotional video for the organization. Tuesday morning at the Coeur d’Alene Chamber’s UpBeat Breakfast, CDA 2030 chairman Ryan Nipp spoke about the organization and the status of the visioning process. The “Awesome is Possible!” video was shown to the crowd of 200+ and was a huge hit.

Josh is a student who enjoys acting and building things. He’s appeared in 10 shows with CYT community theater and, not surprisingly, his favorite class is Improv.

Josh, in suit and tie, was filmed behind a podium and throughout the community showing some of the CDA 2030 projects. He nailed it! So much so that Ryan bemoaned having to conclude his remarks after the audience had been so enthralled with Josh’s performance.

CDA 2030 project manager Nicole Kahler invites everyone to see the video on the CDA 2030 Facebook page. PS, Josh, you’re pretty awesome, too!

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A, B, C, D ... M? Leslie Stockdale sent a message with a tongue-in-cheek plea for an explanation as to why the sections of the newspaper are in alphabetical order until skipping over eight letters in the alphabet to an M Section. That section is the business section on Sundays. Leslie says she can’t believe she’s the only OCD subscriber who prefers to read the sections in order. The M Section has her stressed out.

In the interest of de-stressing loyal readers I posed the question to Managing Editor Mike Patrick who handed off to Hagadone Communications’ Regional Production Director Bill Izzard.

Says Bill, “Previously it was AA or ‘Double A’ as we called it internally. This was an issue when we implemented a new business system a year and a half ago, it would not handle two A’s. So frankly, we picked M. It was far enough down the alphabet to not interfere with other sections and special projects.”

The saga of the mysterious M Section is only slightly more compelling than Geraldo’s “Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults.”

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It’s impossible not to be moved by the wonderful spirit of giving and generosity for 100 local youngsters and their families during the annual Holidays and Heroes event. Often at the holidays, we all get so busy and frazzled it’s easy to lose sight of the important things. This is the 10th year Bert and I have participated with the Post Falls Police Department to be secret shoppers and it is absolutely a true gift to us.

On Sunday we shopped for a young boy while he shopped for his family with Officer Mike Allen. All of the children with their assigned men and women in uniform shopped for their families, while the secret shoppers covertly shadowed with a list of sizes and wishes from the child. You could hear the excitement of the children as they selected a gift for their mom and dad, brothers and sisters. To be able to give a gift is a magical thing in and of itself.

Thanks to all of the law enforcement and first responders and their families who donate their day off to make a very special memory for the children and to the generous donors who make it possible. Most of these children have so little but the memory of the day and all of the people, especially the heroes in uniform, who showed them kindness and a most special adventure will last far beyond the Christmas season.

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It’s just not Christmas for me without multiple viewings of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” I’ve watched it since I was a little girl and never fail to be brought to tears by Harry Bailey’s toast, “to my big brother George, the richest man in town!” So many profound messages and quotes in the movie: “What is it you want, Mary? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down,” “Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings,” “No man is a failure who has friends.”

Trivia: There’s a sign on the wall of George Bailey’s office at the Building and Loan that reads, “All that you can take with you is that which you’ve given away.”

’Tis the season.

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Things to Do Highlights:

• Get your bells on for the 13th Annual Fleet Feet Jingle Bell Run Thursday at 5:30 p.m. This festive informal romp around town to see the holiday lights and spread good cheer will be a walk/run of a mile or so. Hot cider and cookies at Fleet Feet, 511 E. Sherman Ave., after the run.

• On Thursday, Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre presents “It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Play” at the Jacklin Arts Center at 7:30 p.m., the show runs nightly through Sunday’s 2 p.m. matinee. 208-660-2958.

• The Post Falls High School Drama Department presents “A Christmas Carol” on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. and on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

• The Coeur d’Alene Tribe holds its annual Winter Blessing on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort. Free cultural event with dancing, drumming, storytelling and charity gifting. Fry bread and huckleberry jam!

• On Saturday at 9 a.m., Manuel Schneidmiller American Legion Post 154 will host a brief ceremony with the combined honor guard of Post 154 and 143 at Pinegrove Cemetery on Highway 53 in Rathdrum to place wreaths on veterans’ gravesites. This is part of National Wreaths Across America Day. The public is invited to come and assist with wreath placement, families welcome.

• The Sons of Norway host a traditional Jul Party on Saturday at 11 a.m. Public and children welcome. 2544 E. Ferry Landing in Post Falls. Adults $10, children free. 208-773-2583.

• First Presbyterian Church of Coeur d’Alene presents “The Heart of Christmas Cantata” community celebration on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Schuler Performing Arts Center at North Idaho College. The event is free and open to the public. The Cantata is a Christmas storytelling extravaganza with a community choir, community orchestra, and handbells.

• The Lake City Harmonizers are featured in Sunday’s “An A Capella Christmas” at the Lake City Center, 3 to 5 p.m. Tickets, 208-699-0220.

• The Coeur d’Alene Big Band holds a holiday tea dance on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Coeur d’Alene Eagles Club on Sherman Avenue.

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Happy Birthday today to Catherine Jacobson, Jim Freeman, Austin Lee, Kim Buer and Denise Higgs and on Thursday to Kyle Siegert (50!), Jeannette Conroy, Eve Knudtsen, Sybil McCormack, Angie Hatch, Sandy Clemons, Amber Briles, John Medlock, Vicki Peoples, Karen Kastning, Tammy VanBrunt and James Forster. On Friday, Nellie Armstrong, Kerri Wilfong, Susan Schneidmiller, Cat Troy, Jann Kinnard, Brenda Young, Janelle Stimson, Anne Marie Toothaker, Travis Gardner and Austin Wuest are celebrating.

Happy Saturday birthdays to Marci Clark, Pam Pereira, Mimi Eismann, Lori Dawson, Harmony Taylor, Dot Neirinckx and Tim Kastning. On Sunday Holly Kincaid, Lori Stanea, Dick Halliday and Cheyenne Peugh take another trip around the sun.

Opening birthday gifts on Dec. 18 are Randy Shaver, Tami Banker, Catherine Witham, Kris Wold, Krista Vandermark, Mike McDowell and our grandson Jared Gonzalez. On Tuesday Mary Williams, Celeste Mitten, Terry Cooper, Carol Prosser, Rene Darby, Ray Potter, Judy Cronin and Rick Monroe (60!) will start another year.

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“When it seems that we have lost our way... we find ourselves again on Christmas Day. If you just believe.”

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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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