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We don’t get much in the way of time where summer is concerned, but we certainly make up for it by cramming as much into the season as possible.

On the business side of things, we were lucky enough to be joined by one of our favorite local authors, Travis Griffith, for a book signing in conjunction with our town’s inaugural running of the St. Joe River Marathon June 12, 2011. Travis wrote Your Father Forever, and not only is it an excellent book to have on the shelf for story time … he’s simply one heck of a nice guy.

Everyone should do themselves a favor and rush out to buy his book; it makes an excellent gift for your father, brother, son or yourself. You’ll be glad you did. We even have a few copies still available.

One of my favorite things about being a small business owner is having the flexibility of being able to donate to worthy causes. We piggy-backed on the success of the St. Joe River Marathon, and opened especially for race day and donated a portion of that day’s sales to the St. Maries Foundation for Education. The group is a non-profit organization that works to raise money to support the local school district. Anytime a group is formed with the sole purpose of helping children in one form or another, it’s a cause worth supporting. And we were honored to have been able to.

The Paperhouse spearheaded our annual school supply donation drive, and along with 34 local businesses, charitable groups and individuals, donated more than $2700.00 worth of school supplies to area students who would otherwise go without. This is the fourth year we have tackled this project, and the truth is, the need has gotten greater each year.

This wouldn’t have been possible without the support and generosity of the St. Maries businesses, local charitable groups and the giving individuals that make up our wonderful community. Remember this the next time you consider shopping out of town; please support the businesses and organizations that support our kids and our community.

Many thanks to …

Sue McDowell, the Catholic Ladies, Friends of the St. Maries Public Library, Kiwanis of St. Maries, Fast Eddie’s, Pendell Oil, St. Maries Gazette Record, Eimers Insurance, Big Boys Toys, Big River Designs, The Community Geek, Les Schwab, Bob Sharret, The Pines Motel, St. Maries Saw & Cycle, St. Maries Realty, Dundas Specialties, Dr. Keith Nance, DDS, St. Joe Oil, Casa De Oro, Meadow Storage, St. Joe Bookkeeping and Tax Service, Harvest Foods, Four Seasons Realty, Jim & Karen Robinson, Center Court, Premiere Financial Services, Bonnie Burrows, Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union, Wayne & Linda Foxworth, Christensen & Doman, PEO and Dave Barker

Over at The PaperHOME, we managed to squeeze out every last drop of summer as well, complete with amazing family bike rides, baseball games, boat trips and long, luxurious days simply spent outside in our yard.

One of my favorite days was in late July. Alex had a rare Saturday off, so we planned a fun outing to Harrison, Idaho. I ran the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes from Chatcolete Lake to Harrison (about a seven-mile trek). Alex and the kids were going to meet me in Harrison for ice cream.

A couple quick stops along the trail captures the beautiful scenery.

Okay, okay … so I stopped A LOT during my run. But the beauty truly is breathtaking.


The boys – along with their cousins – also got to venture out for a couple boat trips, a very new and exciting adventure for them.

And, perhaps some of my favorite memories made this summer, time spent simply sitting in the grass, watching the kids play in the yard …

We sincerely hope you all had a very happy summer.

You know when it’s over when you go to the grocery store and see the Halloween candy already on display ….