There were extra thousands of people in Coeur d’Alene during Arton the Green/Street Fair/Taste of the Coeur d’Alenes this pastweekend so it might not have been noticed that there were a trio ofluminaries in our midst. Arriving via private jet on Saturdaymorning at the Coeur d’Alene Airport were Ryan Seacrest, hisfiancee Julianne Hough and brother-in-law-to-be Derek Hough. Itwasn’t a star-studded event that brought them to the Lake City …it was a traditional family holiday at the lake. Ryan was meetingJulianne’s grandparents, Bob and Colleen Hough, for the first timeand by all accounts things went swimmingly. The extended familyfrolicked at their houseboat on Blue Creek Bay … watersking andtubing, with everyone, including Ryan, taking turns on the ropeswing. There was a visit to Hudson’s Hamburgers and an evening atWolf Lodge Steakhouse to celebrate the senior Houghs’ 61st weddinganniversary coming on August 12. Ryan and Julianne flew back to L.A. on Sunday, he for his radioshow and she off to Florida to continue the final weeks of filmingRock of Ages. The movie will be released in 2012 and featuresJulianne as the female lead in a cast that includes Tom Cruise,Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin.On Monday Derek joined his dad,Bruce Hough (CHS Class of ’72), and grandfather, Bob for a round ofgolf at The Coeur d’Alene Resort course, although I never did getthe real story of who won. After golf, Derek made a dream come truefor Roxie Lord. She’s a friend of his grandparents and a ballroomdancing aficionado. Derek spun her around the makeshift living roomdance floor, twirling and dipping. It was so fun to watch the easeof the moves we’ve all come to know from his Dancing with the Starschampionship style. He’s a genuinely engaging and down-to-earthyoung man just enjoying a break from show biz to spend time withhis family in our beautiful community. ***Congratulations Coeur d’Alene Crush U14 coaches Julie Stark,Brian Burke and Travis Smith and players Jadyn Behm, Olyvia Owens,Kylie Rassmussen, Analisa Raynor, Abby Howard, Bryce Catt, BreanaBurke, Kylie Smith, Mariah Montee and JaeCie Wilson.So how incredible is this team of middle school softballplayers? They placed in the top three in every tournament, wonState, Regionals and took second in the National Championships. DidI mention they were middle schoolers? And in one of those smallworld notes, the team was enjoying a weekend on the lake at BlueCreek Bay and got a kick out of seeing Julianne, Ryan and Derekskiing and tubing.***The Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force arrived intown last week with a roar. The two warbird bombers have been onpublic display at the Coeur d’Alene Airport since last Thursday andon Friday morning I was thrilled to take a ride over Coeur d’Alenein the B-25 “Maid in the Shade.” The cockpit crew for my flight:Spike McLane, Dave Baker and Bob Taylor, all veterans and allvolunteers with the traveling museum.The B-17 “Sentimental Journey” provided just that for localWorld War II veterans and for the families of those of the GreatestGeneration. Diana Witherspoon visited the planes on Saturday withCenedra, Lakaylee, Nevaeh and Michael, wanting the children to geta sense of their great-grandmother’s history. Edith Burt Uhl workedfor Boeing in the early 1940s as a rivet bucker in the wingfarings. Diana described her mom as petite but still was amazed tovisualize her crawling around inside the wings of the plane.BrookeLarsen Miller’s grandfather, Col. Fredrick O’Neill flew a B-17 inWWII as did Erin Buckel’s grandfather. So many stories and so manymemories. Such bravery. Until 6 p.m. today is your last chance tosee the planes.***Raydeane and Jonathan Owens of Heart of the City Churchprovided a special lesson for the 6- to 11-year-olds in theirchurch on Sunday. They talked to the children about Sgt. JasonRzepa, the local soldier wounded in Baghdad last month. The classwrote get well letters to mail off to Texas. They prayed for Sgt.Rzepa’s continued healing from his injuries. Raydeane shared withme that the Sunday School lesson that day was on forgiveness …”they prayed that Jason would be able to forgive the soldiers ofIraq for planting the roadside bomb and taking the life of hisfriends.”One of those moments that remind us of the purity of littlechildren.***My love/hate relationship with August continues. Summer is soshort and the list of places to go and things to do is so long.***Happy Birthday today to Caryl Johnston and John Hammon. TomorrowAnn Seddon and Edith Uhl are the birthday girls. Friday JoePaisley, Jennifer Pitts, Ed Collins, Claudia Hurt, Roger Satefieland Nevaeh Witherspoon will blow out the birthday candles. TeryGarras, Michelle Coppess, Mike O’Brien, Donna Flom and BryanDeKeles celebrate their birthdays on Saturday. Best wishes for ahappy birthday on Sunday to Gene Mann, Marla Lewis, Peter Falettoand George Boifeuillet. Next week starts with birthday celebrationsfor Wayne Longo, Rick Currie and Ann Couser on Monday and SusanSelle, Kim Brown, Brandia Young, Jennifer Ross, Brian Kirk, CindyWagner, Sarah McCool, Andrea Fulks and Paul Sullivan onTuesday.