They did it again.

Paul and Suzanne Sotin won the all-around logger and loggerette titles for Paul Bunyan Days 2017.

This is the fifth year Mr. Sotin has won the title and the fourth year his wife has won the honor.

Sara and Paul Sotin were the 2017 Logger and Loggerette during the logging events Sept. 4. The husband-and-wife pair placed highest in a number of events, all while helping to run the games for others.

Sara and Paul Sotin were the 2017 Logger and Loggerette during the logging events Sept. 4. The husband-and-wife pair placed highest in a number of events, all while helping to run the games for others.

In addition to the all-around titles, the couple individually claimed several first place finishes in the logging competition, including a first place finish together in the Jack and Jill Race. Cody Crane and Hannah Herzog were second and Cameron Tweedy and Courtney Hurt were third.

Individually, in the pole climb, Mr. Sotin was first with Ben Sotin second. The brothers teamed up take first in the men’s crosscut with Devin Vint and Cody Crane taking second and Cody Crane and Dustin Herzog taking third. Paul was first in the men’s axe throw with Matt Nitcy second and Geri Nielsen third. Paul also earned a first place finih in men’s choker setting. Ben was second and Devin Vint was third.

Ben beat his brother in the vertical axe chop with Kevin Germeaux taking second and Paul earning third. Finally, in the men’s power saw, Cody Crane was first, Gerri Nielse was second and Earl Andersen was third.

For the women’s power saw, Tami Holdahl was first; Hannah Herzog, second; and Suzanne Sotin was third. Mrs. Sotin and Shelby Holder took first in the women’s crosscut. For the axe throw, Hannah was first; Suzanne, second; and Courtney Hurt, third. The results were identical in the women’s choker setting: Hannah, first; Suzanne, second; and Courtney, third.

Final logging results, placings for the teen’s crosscut, were Amanda Wine and Trysten Lockridge were first; Janna Oelke and Jenna Holder were second; and Dolton Ustick and Cameron Cox were third.

Other results were as follows:

Demolition Derby: Overall, JB O’Neil, first, Chris O’Neil, second, Preston O’Neil, third.

Tug of War: First, Danger Zone (Josh Trull, Joe, Shantell Ravey, Tim, Luke, Joe, Damian Dittman, Scotty); Second, Balls of Fury (Blake Lyons, Tray Johnson, Darrick Short, Kasey Nelson, Hale Murrell, Nick Hill, Kevin Moss, Christina Nelson); Third, Merica (Trysten Lockridge, Kolby Moore, Jesse Miller, Will Clark, Joe Rosen, Josh McGregor, Kevin Geramaux, Amanda Wine, Mack Reeves, Toby Young).

Maggie Chatigny and Colby Adams compete for first place finish.

Maggie Chatigny and Colby Adams compete for first place finish.

Adult/ Teen Pool Events: Adult Tightrope, first James Morton, second Derek Barden, third Tanner Fields; Adult Canoe Joust, first Wade Toland/ Tanner Fields, second Derek Barden/ Tawnya Hickey, third James Smith/ Preston Brown; adult log burling, first Derek Barden, second Tawnya Hickey, third Craig Briggs; Teen Tightrope, first Jake Taylor, second Kiauna Hickey, third Kaytlynn Thompson; Teen Canoe Joust, first Kaylee Nelson/ Riley Nelson, second Kiauna Hickey/ Allison Hickey, third Emma Thompson/ James Lee; Teen Log Burling, first Kaylee Nelson, second James Lee, third Riley Nelson.

Kids Pool Events: Tube Race, 6-7 years old, first Joey Barta, second Carson Solom, third Richard Vandever; 8-9 years old, first Meijah Yearout, second Brock Barta, third Jack Barta; 10-12 years old, first Caleb Monrray, second Vincent Flores, third Quentin Astraukas; Captain Kid Raft Race, first Vincent Flores/ Wayne Hodgson, second Ayden Silfvast/ Sara Silfvast, third Kody Watkins/ Hailey Tefft.

Reed Brebner and Joey Barta race in inner tubes Sept. 3.

Reed Brebner and Joey Barta race in inner tubes Sept. 3.

Parade: Overall, Tekoa’s Slippery Gulch Float; Cars, first Steve Addington, second Ben Sergent, third Russell Lewis; Political, first Re-elect Dan Foreman, second Caroline Nilsson Troy; Marching, first Blazen Divas, second St. Maries High School cheerleaders, third veterans of Benewah County; Kids, first Gayla Tweedy, second Cat in the Hat; Clubs and Organizations, first Red Barn, second St. Maries Shrine Club, third Search and Rescue; Logging, first Heavy Haul Mike Minier and sons, second Kenneth Becktel Trucking, third Hansen Logging; Horses, first Warrior for the King, second Idaho State Saddle Club Royalty Eliya, Baylie and Bostyn Kelly, third Ethel Callaway and Nicole McKay; Commercial, first Golden Boys Ice Cream, second 10th Street Lumber, third Brickwall Beauty Bar; Floats, first Tekoa Slippery Gulch Float, second St. Maries High School ASB, third St. Maries High School volleyball; Machinery, first Fernwood Fire Department; Miscellaneous, first Potlatch Fire and Rescue, second Dragon Snow, third St. Maries Ambulance.

Shelby Holder

Shelby Holder

Pet and Doll Parade: first, Sydney Jones, Rocky Jones, Addison Barbour, second Hope Friede, third Paislie Welling.

The largest celebration in St. Maries returns this weekend.

Paul Bunyan Days is Friday, Sept. 1, to Monday, Sept. 4. Dale Hill, president of the PBD committee, said guests can expect only minimal changes for the 49th annual event.

“One of the main messages we are trying to get out is no stakes in the field to hold down blankets and tarps for the firework show,” Mr. Hill said. “Volunteers put a lot of work into the field, which is irrigated and we don’t want anybody to come in and ruin it.”

During the fireworks show, members of the crowd will not be allowed to use stakes to hold blankets or tarps. Dale Hill said volunteers put a lot of time into making improvements at the field incluidng an irrigation system and they do not want it to get ruined.

During the fireworks show, members of the crowd will not be allowed to use stakes to hold blankets or tarps. Dale Hill said volunteers put a lot of time into making improvements at the field incluidng an irrigation system and they do not want it to get ruined.

Instead of stakes, the committee is asking individuals to used canned food items or canned dog or cat food to hold down their tarps and blankets.

“After the show they can leave it on the field and we will go pick up the canned items and whatever the food is will determine whether it goes to Hope’s Haven or the food bank,” Mr. Hill said.

Outside of the fireworks show, Mr. Hill said residents and guests can expect familiar activities and competitions. Mr. Hill said this will be the third year for the demolition derby, which has become “one of our biggest money makers for Paul Bunyan Days.”

“We’re beefing it up,” he said. “We are working with a group from Smelterville and with the fair board. There will be a beer garden down there as well and Kiwanis will do the food.”

Mr. Hill said the demolition derby as well as other events throughout the weekend could always use more participants.

“Come down and enjoy and get involved,” Mr. Hill said. “We need more participation especially in the water events. Every event is free to enter, except the demolition. The water and logging events pay out cash and you don’t have to pay to participate.”

In addition to competitors, Mr. Hill said the PBD committee always has room for more volunteers.

“We are down members this year and like everybody else could use more,” he said.

The celebration begins Friday with the carnival, community booths, information booth and Blue Ox opening at noon. Bingo will be held and the pet and doll parade for area children ages 3 to 12 is at 5 p.m. Check-in at the Grub Box.

Saturday’s activities include the Karen Ebert Memorial 5K, Junior Olympics, bingo, helicopter rides, water events, the Crash for Cash Demolition Derby, tug-of-war, Rose’s fireworks show and more. Music will be offered at the community amphitheater throughout the weekend.

A community breakfast will be served Sunday at the Eagles Lodge by the Benewah County Humane Society. Children’s pool events will take place and the quilt show opens. The Paul Bunyan Days auction is also Sunday and the main fireworks show will light up the skies.

The parade is Monday with logging events to follow in the afternoon. Ed and Claudia Spooner will lead the parade as this year’s grand marshal. Children’s events for 2 to 5 year olds will also be offered.

Throughout the weekend, the information booth will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily in city park. Paul Bunyan apparel, hats, memorabilia and more will be available for sale.

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First time, top finish

Cory Flesher, featured in the July 5 article “A year later: Ironman start is weeks away”, finished Coeur d’ Alene’s full Ironman race Aug. 27 with a time of 12:28:14.

Flesher came in 183rd overall of the 840 athletes entered, and 145th out of the 592 men in the race.

Flesher said although it was hands down the hardest thing he’d ever done, he plans to do another full-distance Ironman in the distant future.

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“It was an incredible experience from all the training to crossing the finish line,” he said. “I had a great support crew cheering me on the whole way, which helped me through some of the tough times.”

He added that after biking 112 miles, the marathon was the most difficult portion of the three-part race comprised of swimming, biking and finally running a full marathon.

Flesher’s goal, after finishing, was to come in between the 12 and 13-hour mark, which he did nearly precisely with his time.

“I was very happy with my time,” he said. “My nutrition plan went very well, and I paced the bike right so I could still run a somewhat respectable marathon at the end.”

Open house celebrations at area libraries continue this week as the Benewah County Free Library District commemorates its 50-year anniversary.

This week there is an open house at the St. Maries Public Library. It is from 2 to 6 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 10, at the St. Maries Public Library. The final two will be held at the Plummer Public Library from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, and the Tri-Community Library, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19.

New events - and a new schedule - are coming to St. Maries Public Library, head librarian Pinky Humphrey said. The library will host a number of activities for residents of all ages in the coming months, including a basic computer class, lego club and more.

New events – and a new schedule – are coming to St. Maries Public Library, head librarian Pinky Humphrey said. The library will host a number of activities for residents of all ages in the coming months, including a basic computer class, lego club and more.

There will be cake and refreshments at the open house as well as newspaper articles depicting the district’s history. Those who attend can expect prizes and drawings with a set of donated books from the Gazette Record at each of the events. There is also a Kindle and other prizes up for grabs.

Residents can call their local library for more information. Reach the St. Maries Library at 245-3732. The Tri-Community Library may be reached at 245-4883. Call 686-1812 for the Plummer Public Library.

Residents will have two chances to interact with aviation history this week at the St. Maries Airport.

The eighth annual Fly-in Breakfast will be this Saturday, July 15, at the airfield. Residents of Benewah County and pilots from around the country will come together for a home-cooked meal and a day to admire iconic aircraft.

Carol Koelbel has helped organize the breakfast since she and her husband, John Koelbel, first began it in 2009. They served 55 people at the first event, cooking sourdough pancakes on their own small griddle.

At last year’s breakfast, she estimates they served more than 300 people, and hosted dozens of planes from across the western United States.

“It’s all to promote aviation,” she said. “There are so many young people who aren’t knowledgeable about these classic planes. It’s a great hobby.”

She also said the proceeds from the breakfast help pay for maintenance and renovations to the St. Maries airport. Past improvements paid for by the breakfast include repairs to the county’s hangar at the field, purchasing new tie-down ropes for planes. Most recently, funds helped the airport purchase a plaque for the field’s feature installation, a decommissioned F-100 “Super Saber” jet fighter.

“We try to keep our little airport in good condition, and I’d like to keep it that way,” Ms. Koelbel said.

While the breakfast doesn’t start until Saturday, residents will have an early chance to admire classic airplanes Thursday, July 13. The Puget Sound Antique Airplane Club, a group of aviators from across the northwest, will make a stopover in St. Maries as part of a tour around northwestern states. Almost fifty iconic aircraft, including military trainers, classic cargo planes and more, will stop at the airport to mingle with residents – and allow them a first-hand look at their historic machines.

“They encourage people, especially children, to come look at and even touch the airplanes,” Ms. Koelbel said. “That’s not usually encouraged anywhere else, so it’s a great experience for them.”

The Puget Sound Antique Airplane Club will fly into St. Maries starting at 11 a.m. July 13 with new planes arriving every few minutes before departing at 2 p.m. The public is invited to come out and meet with pilots. There is no cost.

The Fly-in Breakfast will be Saturday, July 15, from 8-11 a.m. Breakfast will include blueberry pancakes, eggs, sausage, ham, coffee and juice. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger.

For more information on either event, call Carol Koelbel at (208) 245-2914.

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