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Taking Stock of Your Kitchen
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With the holidays in full swing, our attention
at home naturally turns to the kitchen. The
center of our homes, the kitchen is often
the busiest room in the house. So it’s only
natural that if we look to make any home improvements this
time of year, our first thought is that our kitchens could use
a little “sprucing up.”
So many people are redoing their countertops these days.
Granite and even quartz countertops are growing more
affordable, and their durability can’t be beat. However, I
often caution people against adding new countertops if their
cabinetry is in sad shape, as eventually the cabinets will
have to be replaced as well, and it just does not make sense
to spend the money on counters if their cabinetry will not
last for at least another 10 years. If this is the case with your
kitchen, then my advice is to wait, do it properly and save
for both new cabinets and countertops. You will not regret
spending the extra money to have a whole new kitchen, even
if it means a year or two longer with the old one!
However, if the cabinetry is solid and still functions properly
(i.e. doors and drawers open and close nicely and the overall
layout is acceptable), then a countertop upgrade is merited.
If the cabinets still function and are solid but appear worn
or dirty, then sometimes it can be a good idea to have them
painted or refinished. However, if they are in good shape
and clean but just “dated,” often just the addition of pretty
hardware is all that’s needed to bring the cabinetry up to our
Another upgrade option might include cabinets and
laminate countertops that are still in relatively good shape
but a worn, water-stained wood backsplash that we find in
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Flooring works especially hard in a kitchen, taking a
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just right for you and your loved ones this holiday season.
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Bringing together different generations during the holidays
(BPT) - DURING THE HOLIDAYS, FRIENDS AND FAMILIES
GATHER TO CELEBRATE AND SPEND TIME TOGETHER. This
is a wonderful opportunity to create meaningful connections between
people of different ages. However, it’s not uncommon to struggle with
how exactly to do this when those of different generations, political and
cultural beliefs, and religious backgrounds often seem worlds apart.
If you’re looking for thoughtful ways to connect all generations of your
family, from the youngest to the oldest, and bypass divisive topics, these
smart ideas will inspire.
Passing Down Trades and Traditions
Older generations have wisdom, experience and many traditions to share
with those willing to learn. Talk with loved ones about their favorite
traditions and then ask which ones they can teach to the family. You
might be surprised what older generations cherish as traditions.
For example, consider organizing a time for everyone to bake a time -
-honored recipe together. Perhaps it’s learning a holiday tradition that
provides a cultural experience that younger generations have never done.
Keeping an open mind and trying something new together is guaranteed
to be a bonding experience.
Storytelling and Archiving
One of the most meaningful ways people of different generations can
connect is through sharing stories. Sometimes you just need a little
help getting the conversation started. That’s why Atria Senior Living,
inspired by its residents, created Atria StoryWise, a curated collection of
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memories and fuel conversation.
You can spur conversation with loved ones in a similar manner with the
Atria StoryWise companion app, available free to everyone. Instantly
access intriguing topics to encourage meaningful conversation, plus the
app allows you to record, share and keep the stories—and voices—of
family and friends forever. Learn more at AtriaStoryWise.com.
Flip Through Photo Albums and Scrapbooks
There’s nothing like a nostalgic image to get people talking. Whether it’s a
photo featuring childhood friends, a school portrait or wedding images, a
picture is truly worth a thousand words. Dig out those old photo albums
and flip through them with the entire family.
Another worthwhile activity that brings generations together is making
a scrapbook. You can use old images or focus on recent pictures, but
collaborating on a craft is time well spent. If you prefer, use a digital
scrapbook program to organize photos. Whatever path you choose, take
notes of who is in the image and any fun stories that go along with them.
This is what turns a typical photo album into a cherished keepsake.
Use these ideas to transform your next holiday into one filled with
memories. You’ll inspire new connections between family members as
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CREATE MAGIC DURING
THE SEASON OF GIVING
DAILY ACTIVITIES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
By Deborah Olive
WHAT’S YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON THE HOLIDAYS? Are they
magical or overwhelming? Do you look forward to participating or
are they emotionally draining? You may experience any or all of these
perspectives—depending on the day.
When I was a kid, the holiday season was magical. The adults in my
life intended to make them special—and they did. Today, it’s not up to
someone else to create the magic. Instead, I realize that my perspective
shapes my experience of the holidays. As an adult, and a business owner,
I have an opportunity to create a bit of magic for others. Of course, that’s
my perspective and my intention. What’s yours?
This is a season of giving.
Though it may seem counterintuitive, the businesses that give more
value than they receive are the businesses that thrive. For example, an
accountant who prepares taxes for $1,000 and saves their client $5,000
gives more than they receive. The client is pleased with the value delivered
by their accountant and tells others. Word of mouth, Facebook and Yelp
reviews are powerful tools in growing a thriving business.
How do you give more than you receive? It’s not always financial. In fact,
many times it’s not. It’s how your client feels after interacting with you.
Have you added a little magic in their day? Do your clients or customers
feel welcome? Have you eased their pain? Solved a problem? Are your
interactions personal? In a world that’s busier every year than the last,
a personal touch can be powerful—for both of you. What value do you
deliver? Do you provide more than expected?
When you set the intention to give and you see the world from the
perspective of a giver, you become one of the people who creates a bit of
magic. Here are a few ideas that you can work into your daily activities
that won’t break the budget—but they do create a little magic:
1. Smile. When you share a genuine smile and intentionally want
someone to feel welcome, you can make their day.
2. Intentionally create an experience. I recently attended an open house
filled with conversation, laughter, hot beverages, prizes and opportunities
to admire the wares of the business owner. It was a “win” for everyone.
3. Select your favorite charity and give back.
4. Offer an unexpected compliment and start a conversation.
5. Give a gift personalized to your recipient. For example, give a gift with
“their” logo on it, rather than yours.
6. Give a note of appreciation, sharing specifically what you appreciate
about that person.
7. Provide the gift of patience. In the hustle and bustle of the season,
giving someone the time they need can be more welcome than you know.
8. Provide a drawing for a grab bag or a gift to a charity on someone’s
9. Extend an invitation to a special event or meet someone there.
10. Tap your creativity.
Your perspective and how you walk through the world makes all the
difference in what you create during this giving season. You decide.
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An Event Worth Making A
BY JILLIAN CHANDLER
The seventh annual Traditions of Christmas
once again makes its way to the Salvation
Army Kroc Center in Coeur d’Alene. This
Radio City Music Hall-style show runs
December 7 through 23 and is sure to inspire the
hearts of audience members both young and old.
During the performance, the audience will be
treated to beautiful Dickens vocalists, a heartfelt
military tribute, kick-line dancers, Santa and his
elves and so much more. “The audience doesn’t have
time to get bored or restless, as there is so much to
take in,” says Laura Little, producer and artistic
“It feels a bit like the Radio City Music Hall’s
Christmas performance,” she says. “It’s grand and
colorful, and there are moments that will make you
laugh and moments that will touch your heart.” The
show’s cast features 70 people and 400 costumes! “It
really is a spectacular!” Laura adds.
What really sets Traditions of Christmas apart from
other Christmas theatrical performances is its pace,
variety and educational aspect. In addition to the
dancing and singing fanfare, they talk and sing
about different ways people celebrate Christmas
internationally and other historical facts about
2018 marks the shows seventh year, and it has been
woven into families’ Christmas celebratory schedule
as Laura had hoped from the show’s debut. “I think
they enjoy the fact that while we keep some of the
key elements the same, we change out other scenes
so they don’t see the exact same show year after
year,” she says. “I have had the pleasure of hearing
stories from families about how they go home after
the show and discuss their favorite scenes or how
they want to audition in years to come. As a matter
of fact, we have many families that have auditioned
together and being in the show has become a
tradition within itself.”
For show dates and times and to purchase tickets,
“It brings me great joy to have found a way to help
fill so many people with the Christmas spirit,” says
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The holiday season means many things to
many people, but the true spirit of the
season is the generosity and kindness
shared among family, friends and even
strangers. There is a constant need for those who are
less fortunate, and December is a time where you
can really make an impact in your community. You
don’t have to be a huge financial donor to make a
difference, as there are so many ways you can help
improve the lives with simple acts of kindness, an
extra purchase or a few hours of your time.
KROC Ring the Bell Campaign
The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign is in
full swing, and you’ve likely heard the bells going in
and out for groceries and at other retailers. Grab the
loose change from your car and drop it in the bucket
as you pass by. The Salvation Army Kroc Center
relies on the money raised in the Red Kettles—in
coins, dollars and credit card gifts—to help our
neighbors in need in Kootenai County at Christmas
and throughout the year. Bell ringers are also always
needed. You can sign up for a two-hour shift by
visiting KrocCdA.org. Donations are accepted
through Christmas Eve.
Many of us prefer to do our shopping online,
especially if you are sending packages to loved
ones spread out across the country. Now, even your
Amazon purchases can help impact local nonprofits
through the Amazon Smiles program. Simply log
in to your account or create a new one at Smile.
Amazon.com, and 0.5 percent of your eligible
purchase can be directed to a nonprofit of your
choice. Click the “Supporting” link under the search
bar and look up a nonprofit of your choice by name
or location. To date, the program has generated
more than $105 million in donations.
CASA Kidz Closet
The CASA Kidz Closet is a place for CASA advocates
and foster families to go to receive necessary support
and supplies for children in the program. During
December, the Kidz Closet is in need of Christmas
toys for children ages 3 and older. Gifts are presented
to children in the program so they can share in the
happiness of the season. Additional items are always
in demand and include stuffed animals, baby clothes
and diapers, toiletries, books, school supplies and
warm winter clothes.
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Goodwill’s Holiday Décor Event
Hospice of North Idaho Tree Lighting Ceremony
You’ve got your tree and are always on the search for new and unique
decorations. Stop by your local Goodwill donation center and you might
be surprised to find a very impressive collection of decorations. Staff at
each location decorates trees inside the store, highlighting the unique
new and used items that come through the door. If you are helping
decorate a tree for an auction event, this is a great place to start. You
purchase helps fund programs that include rapid re-housing, veterans’
support, job training and more. Eighty-five cents of each dollar spent at
Goodwill goes into these local programs.
Nadine’s Mexican Kitchen Children’s Village Fundraiser
This Rathdrum favorite will be serving breakfast on December 15 with
100 percent of the proceeds going to buy Christmas gifts for the kids
who live at the Children’s Village. Gifts will be wrapped, and the kids
will come out the following Saturday to open them. Tickets are $25 per
person and include a mimosa or a glass of fresh juice. Breakfast will also
include fresh fruit gazpacho. Tickets can be purchased at the restaurant
during business hours.
Menu items include: pork or grilled veggie verde hash; huevos divorciado
with pork, chorizo or grilled vegetables; machaca; horchata french toast;
huevos rancheros with pork, chorizo or grilled veggies.
Gather your family for an evening of music and calm reflection in
remembrance of those we grieve this holiday season. Hospice of North
Idaho will be holding a tree lighting ceremony on Wednesday, December
12, at its Prairie Avenue location. Each household will receive a special
keepsake ornament for their tree. Enjoy refreshments after the ceremony
at the Hospice Community Building. All are welcome to this communityoriented
ceremony. The lighting runs from 5:30 to 7pm, and there will be
a similar event in Kellogg the following evening.
Serve a Senior a Hot Meal
The Lake City Center serves hundreds of seniors each month inside their
building, but many in our area are homebound and are unable to make
the trip in. The Center operates the local Meals on Wheels food delivery
program and is always in need of additional volunteers. The homedelivered
meals program services Coeur d’Alene, Hayden and Dalton
Gardens Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Right now the center is serving
an average of 110 clients each month. If you have an extra hour or two
in your week, help bring a hot meal and share a nice conversation with
a local senior.
Whether it’s a small gift, your spare change, an online purchase or a bit of
your time, your small act combined with others in your community can
go a long ways toward making the holidays brighter for those in need.
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Six Decades of Service
Local nonprofit changing
lives in our community
BY JILLIAN CHANDLER
UNITED WAY OF NORTH IDAHO
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COEUR D’ALENE, IDAHO 83814
WHEN IT COMES TO THE LONGEVITY
OF UNITED WAY NORTH IDAHO, MARK
ATTRIBUTES ITS SUCCESS TO THE NORTH IDAHO
COMMUNITY, INDIVIDUALS AT ALL LEVELS,
WHO HAVE JOINED TO LIVE UNITED WHETHER
BY GIVING TO THE CAMPAIGN, VOLUNTEERING
THEIR TIME OR ADVOCATING FOR IMPORTANT
With a mission to create a world in which all individuals and
families can achieve their full potential through education,
financial stability and healthy lives, United Way of North
Idaho is continuing to lead the way in engaging community
leaders in charitable giving campaigns to help advance the common good of
our local communities.
Established in 1957 as the United Crusade organization so that more
funds would remain here in North Idaho, United Way of North Idaho is a
501c3 nonprofit organization which invests in direct services and systems
to strengthen the community, collaborating with community partners and
connecting volunteers with their passions.
“Many people are familiar with the United Way model of providing
opportunities to invest in local nonprofits through workplace contributions.
But we do much more than that, too!” says Mark Tucker, executive director.
“In order to be good stewards of community donations and make progress
toward goals that improve our citizens’ quality of life, we must first understand
the unique needs of our area. We engage citizen volunteers, partner agencies,
research and community conversations to continually keep a pulse on what
the most pressing issues are for North Idahoans.”
According to Keri Stark, director of community impact, volunteer councils
of approximately 30 people with expertise in education, financial stability or
health guide their grant investments, which are made in local not-for-profit
agencies and schools through the Community Care Fund—pooled funds
created through workplace contributions and corporate matches
“We have developed and are currently implementing a data reporting
framework that includes a limited, core set of indicators that measures
and proactively conveys United Way’s aggregate impact,” she says. “This
will show the shared return on investment to companies and donors, and
provide meaningful data that illustrates the difference that we are making in
education, financial stability and health.”
The United Way’s ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed)
project is a grassroots movement that seeks to redefine financial hardship
by providing comprehensive, unbiased data to help inform policy solutions.
The term ALICE was coined to shed light on those essential workers often
overlooked by other economic indicators and policy discussions.
The local Community ALICE Task Force focuses on a range of system changes
that both support ALICE in the short term and become more financially
secure in the long term. Subgroups are currently working on solutions in
childcare, financial education and housing/transportation. (Details can be
found online by visiting UnitedWayofNorthIdaho.org/ALICE.)
“The most rewarding thing is recognizing and appreciating the connections
among people in our community,” Keri says. “The thing that the ALICE
report has shown is there isn’t ‘us and them’—it’s just us. We all have a stake
in a healthy community. The organizational model of United Way is a good
model—it works with all sectors to build strong communities.”
When it comes to the longevity of United Way North Idaho, Mark attributes
its success to the North Idaho community, individuals at all levels, who have
joined to live united whether by giving to the campaign, volunteering their
time or advocating for important causes.
“We encourage volunteerism and network with businesses, community
organizations and individuals to connect people with their volunteer
passions,” he says. At United Way, they can connect you or your group with a
great volunteer project, out at an agency site, on location at your business or
even remotely. Call them to learn more!
Looking forward, successful convergence
of information technology (IT) and
operational technology (OT) will be a
driving force behind business-growth
initiatives. Through the integration of these
two disciplines, companies can utilize real data
to drive efficiencies and productivity that will
accelerate product-to-market times and boost
demand while reducing costs and risks. It also
creates opportunities for economic growth that
While operational technology brings value to
the manufacturing industry through sensors and
devices, information technology supports the
software used to process the required information
to manufacture products and run the business.
Overcoming challenges posed by the traditionally
competing priorities of the two groups is crucial
to successful convergence; these include merging
strategies, governance and protocol, as well as
security and data.
Two Inland Northwest companies are leading the
charge with significant examples of how IT/OT
convergence creates competitive advantages and
For Litehouse, a longtime food and beverage
manufacturer, necessity was the mother of
invention. In order to meet customer demands
and increase sales positioning, the company
needed to improve the quality and accuracy of
package labeling by utilizing data and reducing
manual processes. Other contributing factors
included numerous variations in labeling
requirements for individual customers as well as
bridging the skills gap at their five manufacturing
plants in Idaho, Michigan and Utah.
In the previous methods, workers did not have
access to a single source of data and had to
rely on manual processes. For shipping-box
labeling, customer-specific information was
manually punched into a kiosk at the end of the
production line and labels were spray coded onto
each box. Pillow prints required changing out
plates on a system similar to an old-style letter
press for proper embossing. This was both time
consuming and prone to errors that ultimately
drove up costs and limited product distribution.
THE KEY TO
TECHNOLOGY PROS ASSOCIATION
AND IT/OT CONVERGENCE
BY JULIE BERRETH,
TURNBUCKLE STRATEGY & DESIGN
PHOTOS COURTESY OF LITEHOUSE , INC.
Solutions proposed by printing-equipment
manufacturers were costly and inefficient,
requiring the creation and maintenance of a
combined 900-plus label images and templates,
as well as the purchase of additional equipment
and software licenses.
According to Derek Christensen, senior
director of information technology, the
company decided to assemble an in-house IT/
OT team to define the project’s requirements.
Through this collaboration, the team found
they were able to build and deploy an affordable
print-and-apply labeling system for two forms
of packaging by combining capabilities of
existing IT and OT systems. Christensen
says this plan was also scalable and highly
maintainable, taking only five months to fully
The new system utilizes Litehouse’s ERP
program to pull customer-specific job data to
generate labels that pass through centralized
security firewalls as they are sent to the plant
printers. Production workers now have the
flexibility to edit labels before packaging is
complete to ensure accuracy.
The implementation of this print-and-apply
label system through IT/OT convergence has
resulted in overwhelming benefits, not just
for Litehouse’s business operations but for
employees as well, according to Christensen.
With the means to automatically print labels
directly on the production line, operator setup
times have decreased from 10 minutes to
10 seconds for every job run. This new smartmanufacturing
environment has expanded the
company’s sales positioning by giving them
the ability to meet the demands of existing
customers and gain new ones more effectively.
Immediate cost savings included tens of
thousands of dollars in equipment purchases
and a 50-percent reduction in software-license
fees. Most importantly, the new system created
consistency and accuracy that increased
Litehouse’s credibility, thereby generating
greater product demand by demonstrating their
ability to meet exact customer requirements
for how the product arrives.
Litehouse’s leadership was instrumental in fostering an inclusive
environment of open communication that bridged the relationships
between IT and OT. Short-term benefits were presented to all
stakeholders early in the process to inspire the group. Conscientious
management of the team and their tasks resulted in an innovative
solution that would positively impact the entire business going
Hecla Mining Company
Hecla Mining Company’s IT/OT convergence was motivated by their
commitment to improving safety while creating efficiencies and
reducing costs to stay competitive. Hecla needed the ability to perform
mining tasks remotely to enhance the well-being of their workers while
increasing productivity. Controlling equipment and related maintenance
costs were also vital to achieving business objectives.
Brock Tenney, IT operations supervisor, says the convergence team
worked together, pulling from their areas of expertise to identify off-theshelf
components that were robust enough to handle industrial equipment
operations and suitable to the harsh underground environment. Their
solution required almost no intervention from IT for deployment, and
most importantly, allowed for local decisions underground.
Battery-powered distribution points were daisy-chained from Hecla’s
existing network with powered fiber cabling throughout the mines to
relay data and pull power from their main distribution points. Wireless
access points using Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology minimized the
number of cables that had to be strung.
Hecla can now perform autonomous and tele-remote mining, as well as
execute network-based remote blasting from within offices on the surface.
Personnel, along with environmental conditions, such as temperature
and gas levels, are monitored in real time, optimizing safety and reducing
risks. Equipment is tracked and scheduled for routine maintenance based
on actual data to decrease costs and create efficiencies.
Tenney, who led the convergence team, believes leadership must be
willing to be bold, try new solutions and demonstrate how they can
improve work processes to create a global benefit. He says curious people
ask questions that can be a catalyst for change. Underground-worker
concerns about the level of monitoring were quickly alleviated once they
were able to use the tools and see the benefits for themselves. In fact,
former employees who stay in touch with Tenney have expressed that
without these types of tools and technology at their new jobs, they are less
productive and feel less empowered. He also credits the project’s success
to setting and managing expectations, along with open communication
that promotes an environment of contribution and collaboration to make
better products and improve lives.
With attrition trends widening the skills gap, businesses must turn
to technology and automated processes to grow effectively. IT/OT
initiatives, by design, will create new roles that help businesses attract
employees, as well as advance and retain current staffing, while driving
innovation that encourages economic progress.
Inland Northwest Technology Pros Association is making a difference in the
IT industry by enabling competitive advantages that act as a cornerstone of
economic development in the community. Learn more about how you can
get involved at INWTechPros.io.
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senior at Coeur d’Alene High
School, Karter Rasmussen began
to swim competitively when
he was 8 years old and living in
Germany where his father was stationed in
the U.S. Army. His natural talent was quickly
discovered and, through a great deal of hard
work, Karter was soon traveling around
Europe to various meets and placing well in
“I really started to enjoy the exhilaration,”
said Karter. He recently experienced that
again when he placed first in the 100-yard
breaststroke and third in the 200-yard
individual medley at the Idaho High School
State Championship Meet in Boise.
“I originally hadn’t planned to compete in
the breaststroke because freestyle has been
my best stroke for the past few years, but I
wanted to switch it up a bit,” said Karter, who
is also a member of Coeur d’Alene Area Swim
Team with whom he swims year round.
“One of my accomplishments during the
club swim season is qualifying for Senior
Sectionals in Seattle for the past three years.
This is a very large and fast meet with some
difficult qualifying times,” he said.
Still undecided as to where he will attend
college, Karter says he is considering
becoming a mechanical engineer or possibly
While training can be grueling at times,
Karter said he really enjoys the competition.
“There’s no better feeling than when I touch
the wall, look at the board and see either
first place or the time I was aiming for,” said
Karter. “With swimming, I like how I know
exactly what I’m training for. It’s not like a
football game where other people determine
the win or loss. If I work hard and do my
best, then the end result was based solely on
whether I achieved what I was working for
during all my training.”
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Hard work and dedication have
led Lake City High School
senior Toriana Wilson to be
ranked fourth in her class of
374 seniors and maintain a 4.287 GPA. Her
course load is nothing less than challenging
with honors, advanced placement and dualcredit
courses. In addition to a challenging
academic schedule, Toriana has been a
member of the Lake City High School
varsity swim team for the past four years,
serving as captain this year.
“This year our LCHS women’s team won
the Idaho Fall Sports Academic State
Championship with an average GPA of 3.9,”
said Toriana of her team’s accomplishment.
Toriana is also a senior squad member of
the local year-round club Coeur d’Alene
Area Swim Team where she serves as cocaptain.
She describes herself as a people person who
especially enjoys working with children. “I
also have a passion for math and science, so
a degree in nursing seems to be my calling,”
said Toriana, adding that she hopes to
solidify a specialty study such as oncology,
pediatric or neonatal nursing but is yet
undecided as to what college she will attend.
“I am also very interested in exploring
travel-abroad experiences in college and
may also pursue similar opportunities in
the first few years of my career as a nurse.”
Toriana experienced an injury her freshman
year that set her back when it came to
swimming. She shares that the biggest
challenge was learning how to heal herself
mentally following her injury.
“Fixing your body is mechanical—it’s easier.
It’s external. But fixing your mentality is
exhausting and difficult. There’s a formula
of patience and determination and self-love
that is used to heal people’s broken minds,”
Toriana is grateful for the experiences and
life lessons that swimming has taught her.
The most important one, she said, is how
much one’s attitude can influence another
person, something she learned in her role
as a team captain.
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A BLESSING TO THE
LOCALS MAKING A POSITIVE IMPACT YEAR
BY JILLIAN CHANDLER
We all know that we are truly blessed to call Coeur
d’Alene our home. Not just because of its natural beauty
but because of the community in which we live. It is a
community made up of the young, the young at heart
and everyone in between. We are from all walks of life, financial status,
retirees and those with aspirations yet to be fulfilled. The hospitality,
kindness and generosity of those who live here can be seen not only this
holiday season but throughout the year.
We all have busy lives, and many of us can find it difficult to find time
outside of work and family life to dedicate time to things we enjoy. But
there are people who are not just taking time for themselves—they are
dedicating their time to numerous causes and organizations to make a
positive difference in our local community.
“I grew up in a home that taught me to give back,” says Tabitha Wiltse.
“I love that I have the ability to give my time and talent to different
organizations. I am fulfilled by connecting and helping others.”
Originally from Harrison, Idaho, the 32-year-old had moved around
until her path brought her back to the Coeur d’Alene area five years ago.
The executive director for the North Idaho Trail Foundation and PR
consultant, Tabitha firmly believes in the importance of giving back to
her local community. You will find her spending time at the Children’s
Village working as a gift coordinator, in donor relations and fundraising.
As the BikeCDA Board president, she does much of the outreach. She
also does fundraising for the Kootenai County Police and Fire Memorial
Foundation and is involved with creating nonprofit nights at Cosmic
During the holiday season, she says, BikeCDA has teamed up with
community members to raise money for bike lights for kids riding their
bikes during the winter months. Children’s Village is helping connect
past residents needing things for the holidays and community members
who have left the Children’s Village.
“I have never felt more fulfilled than when I am connecting people
together in our community,” Tabitha says. “I love seeing nonprofits,
organizations and even businesses succeed. Knowing I had a small part
in that is the best.”
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“I grew up in a home that taught me to give back.”
Thirty-five-year-old Shane Greenfield, a realtor at Coldwell Banker
Schneidmiller Realty, moved to Coeur d’Alene when he was just 5 and
has called Coeur d’Alene home ever since. A graduate of the 2016 CDA
Leadership class, Shane currently sits on the committee. He is also a
member of The Coeur Group, a young men’s entrepreneurial organization
developed for service projects in the Coeur d’Alene area, in which he
helps with social media, their Locker Program and is a representative to
Make A Wish.
When it comes to what he enjoys most about being part of the local
community, he says it’s the people. “Our area has changed so much in
the past 15 years, and it has brought all sorts of ideas. Beyond that, the
community is the most giving you will find. Whether it be The Coeur
Group’s Locker Program, Children’s Village or another fantastic charity,
people always want to help, and we always have a good time doing it.”
The Coeur Group became involved with Make A Wish, as they didn’t
have many North Idaho representatives, according to Shane, and are
currently helping two children and look forward to continuing to help
children in our area. “One of my favorite events of the year to work at
is the North Idaho Youth Ranches Wine, Women and Shoes. It is a blast
benefiting a fantastic local charity,” he says.
During this holiday season, The Coeur Group joined Community Action
Partnership in handing out meals to those in need. They are also helping
with the Salvation Army’s bell ringing and Books for Tots.
Shane firmly believes that being active in your local community inspires
change. “We can’t affect change unless we contribute. Helping others
should be a priority. I believe the better your community is, the better you
are, as we all benefit from a healthy community,” he says. “We get so tied
up in our own lives that we forget how fortunate we are. It’s nice to be able
to go to bed and know you did something that made someone else’s day.”
Another local who encourages community involvement is Matthew
Higgins. Originally from Montana, Matthew came to Coeur d’Alene to
attend North Idaho College, and as he says, “I made every effort possible
to stay and make this my home.”
A private banker at Idaho Trust Bank, the 38-year-old is a board member
with The Coeur Group. When asked what drew him to become involved
with TCG, he says, “I only wanted to play my part in a community that
I very much care for, and the people here. I wanted to grow, learn and
develop as much as I could also, and this has drastically helped.”
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The Coeur Locker Program, supported
by The Coeur Group and Matt Anderson
at Tapley Cabinets, builds and supports
lockers in the area schools for children who
are in need of clothing, school supplies and
additional necessities. The Coeur Group
builds and installs these lockers and donates
$2,000 for an initial grant to purchase items.
These items are then placed in the locker for
those kids in need.
“We have done a great job with our Coeur
Locker Program, building and installing
lockers in every school in the 271 district,
and we are also branching out of this district
to Post Falls and north,” says Matthew.
Brian Babb, 35, is another young individual
who is helping make a difference in local
communities. Born and raised in Coeur
d’Alene, he attended Ramsey Elementary,
Lakes Middle School, Lake City High School
and Gonzaga University. Owner and financial
advisor at White Pine Wealth Management,
he serves on the Board of Director for The
Coeur Group as well as the local Alumni
“The perspective gained by working with
those less fortunate makes me a better person
and parent. And it’s fun!” he says. “Some of
the most memorable projects I’ve worked
on have included organizing military care
packages, weekend construction projects in
local schools and distributing Thanksgiving
dinners to families in need.”
Brian also works with Idaho Make A Wish
as a wish granter helping match eligible
kids with their one true wish. “Helping
put a smile on a kid’s face that is fighting a
critical illness is a joyful experience,” he says.
Brian and his wife Jodi also host an annual
fundraiser, Grown Up Prom, where attendees
dress up like proms of the past for dancing
and merriment. Donated items are raffled off
with all money raised going directly to local
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He encourages those in the community,
especially those with kids and grandkids,
to reach out to their teacher, counselor or
principal. “They are always in touch with
the needs of their school and their local
neighborhood,” says Brian. “And it often only
takes a small commitment to make a tangible
We as a community are blessed to have these
individuals among us. If you are inspired to get
involved in your local community and looking
to give back this holiday season, follow Tabitha’s
lead. “Find something you are passionate about
and do it. Find something that you get excited
about and give.”
Shane concludes, “Find what you’re good at
and figure out how your puzzle piece fits.”
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entitled “Endlessly Rewinding” in
the gallery from November 13, 2018, through
February 1, 2019. She will hold a slide lecture
Wednesday, January 23, from 4 to 5m in Boswell
Hall Room 146.
Vogt began teaching at NIC in 1980, continuing
until her retirement in 2014, for a grand total of
34 years. She guided the art department through
this time, received the faculty achievement award,
served on committees across campus, served as
both division chair and assistant division chair,
and participated actively in arts organizations and
schools in the community. She started the gallery
at North Idaho College in 1985, originally titled
the Union Gallery and located in the full lower
floor of the Edminster Student Union Building
until 1996 when the building’s remodel resulted
in moving to the Boswell Corner Gallery in 1997.
She directed the gallery until she retired in 2014.
Vogt is a visual artist whose work is a fusion
of imagination, memory, observation and
glimpses of reality. Her work is often shaped
and influenced by autobiographical details.
Childhood recollections and observations have
extended her internal and external conversations
and provided a rich visual inheritance for the
formulation of her images.
The Corner Gallery is open Monday through
Thursday from 10am to 4pm and Friday 10am
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Do Your Homework
Know what your fitness or nutrition coach’s credentials really mean
By Kenny Markwardt, CSCS
YOU MAY HAVE READ MY RECENT ARTICLE REGARDING THE
IMPORTANCE OF FINDING A COACH to help you achieve your fitness
and nutrition goals. But did you know that the fitness and nutrition industry
is one of the worst when it comes to qualifications?
Literally, in less than a few hours, you could look up and find an online
certification, skim through their material, pass their online test and call
yourself a trainer. You could buy insurance and hang up the sign on your
personal training studio by this afternoon.
Compare that to our brothers and sisters in body mechanics and physical
training. Physical therapists require three years of specialized school in
addition to their initial college degree. Chiropractors are similar.
You may be thinking to yourself, “Yeah, but those are medical professionals,
trainers are just trainers.”
Right, and that mindset and situation is exactly how we’ve gotten to the place
we are in. Trusting that a trainer or coach knows what they are doing has
gotten a whole lot of people hurt. An exercise professional should lie on the
continuum of health and wellness professionals, not be an outlier.
Where an orthopedic surgeon makes repairs to the body via surgery and
manually returning things back to the way they should be, a physical therapist
establishes corrective movements and manual therapy externally to restore
proper range of motion and pain-free function to those joints. A qualified
exercise professional should continue that path and strengthen those parts,
allowing them to be used optimally and prevent further injury.
Outside the context of rehabilitation, this continuum still exists, but the
starting point differs. In my field, we should be evaluating “healthy” people
to make sure they are in fact moving in ways that will provide them the best
vehicle for success long term, fixing the things that fall within our scope of
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practice, like limited range of motion, strength
imbalances and glaring weaknesses, then leading a
person down the path toward their best physical version
Unfortunately the state of affairs and regulation within
fitness and nutrition does not allow for the professional
coach to be differentiated from the trainer. The online
trained coach is seen on the same plane as the pro
who has been through schooling and has legitimate
How are you as the consumer supposed to navigate
that landscape to ensure you don’t end up in the wrong
hands? You just need to do your homework.
If you are interested in hiring a fitness or nutrition
coach, you should:
• Interview them, ask them questions. You’ll get a feel.
• Do your research on their credentials. Just look up the
letters or credentials they have listed on their website.
• Do your research on their experience. You don’t want
to be their crash-test dummy. Make sure they’ve done
• Ask around. Reputations can tell you a lot.
*A quick note on credentials, certifications, seminars,
etc. There are a ton of fantastic weekend certifications
out there. That’s somewhat the nature of this industry.
These just require an objective eye. Understand that
there are two sides to that story. One side is that they
spent about 16 hours learning something that they
may or may not use as a tool. That’s good. The other
side is that it was really only 16 hours and that one of
those should really just be one of their tools. I tend to be
skeptical of the one-trick ponies, where they’ve only got
a series of certifications from one body. It’s important to
be well rounded and know other approaches to fitness.
On a similar note, another way to look at this industry is
as a self-guided post-graduate program. Someone who
has taken a class on Shakespeare does not mean they
are qualified to instruct you on how to be a playwright.
However, if someone took the initiative to say, “Hey,
there really isn’t an established way to do that, so I’m
going to do it on my own by taking as many courses and
reading as many books as I can,” that’d be someone you
might look to, respect and value their opinion.
The takeaway from all of this is to understand that not
all fitness and nutrition coaches are equal, that it’s up to
you do to your homework, and that it’s time to demand
more from the people in this industry.
Fitness Challenges Equal
IT’S ALL IN THE APPROACH
BY JENNIFER WIGGLESWORTH, BARREU, COEUR D’ALENE
If fitness challenges create lifelong changes,
why do we find the same people joining
these challenges time after time? When
thinking of a fitness challenge, most believe
it to be a competitive drive of will against
other competitors. The reality, however, is it’s a
competition within themselves. When joining a
fitness challenge, one typically sacrifices certain
food cravings, favorite treats and possibly even
social situations to stay “on top.” Workouts
tend to be “brutal,” maintaining the mindset
that whatever needs to be done can be done to
get to the ultimate goal. But then, what? With
the challenge complete, one may have gained
achievements of strength, possibly weight loss,
but what has been given up in the process? And,
more importantly, are these changes sustainable
Think of today’s “yo-yo” dieting—a most
popular cliché that is pertaining to a society
of people continuing to entertain one diet or
fitness challenge after another, only to achieve
short-term results. Quick weight loss is great, at
first. Building muscle is great, if it’s sustainable.
Eating better is great, if it makes sense with
your lifestyle. Of course, the error in all of these
lies in the fact that the body is ultimately not
changing long term. Instead of challenging our
bodies to truly change, one changes for a time to
go back to where they started. Every time one
begins a new challenge, thoughts of that one
being the life changer occurs. More often than
not, whether it is two weeks, two months or two
years, one usually diverts back to right where
they were. Whether weight loss, muscle gain,
mental awareness or a number of other goals are
present, lifelong change can only occur with a
shift in approach.
How does one begin to shift their approach
when society’s pressure dictates quick fixes?
In order to re-focus one’s attention on long
term, one must retrain the brain to think long
term. Although seemingly unnatural initially,
developing new skills and “listening” to the
body will provide the future gains one desires.
Rather than opting for a quick fitness and/or
weight challenge that promises quick results,
focus on ways to change things simply and
slowly. For example, instead of working out
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fit into your current life schedule? Is it practical
to achieve ultimate goals within an eight-week
time frame? If not, rethink it. Maybe work out
once a day, three to five days a week, over the
course of a year, on a health-focused eating plan,
instead. There are a multitude of options. The
point lies within shifting the mindset to think
long term and setting goals that make sense with
one’s personal lifestyle.
Fitness challenges can create lifelong changes.
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BY HOLLY A. CARLING, O.M.D., L.AC., PH.D
The holidays always bring with it an abundance of sugar
and cravings that can be out of control. Stress during
this time of year worsens all cravings—cravings for
sugar, tobacco, drugs, alcohol and others.
So, what can we do to reduce our cravings for sugar and other
addictive substances, especially this time of year? Try to get a
handle on why you grab for sugar or other addictive substances
in the first place.
One reason many eat sugar is because they are dehydrated. Sugar
is moistening, and we tend to confuse the need for moisture for
the craving for sugar. Drinking a large glass of water instead will
curb many cravings.
Eating good, wholesome foods leads to satiation. The brain is
satisfied that it has enough nutrients that it no longer craves
other things. A nutrient-rich diet can turn off the hunger signals
because the brain is happy.
If you have to have something, choose a healthier version. Most
desires for sugar are satisfied with a piece of fruit or a date or a
healthier version of a cookie. Be careful with the latter. It’s still
sugar and still has health-damaging effects.
Avoid artificial sweeteners. Most people believe because they
are low on a glycemic scale that you can eat whatever you want.
Not so. Some artificial sweeteners are 200 times the sweetness of
sugar. When that message is relayed to the brain from the tongue,
the brain thinks so much more sugar is coming than actually
does, and the response is generally the opposite of what we were
hoping for. They tend to make blood sugar more unstable and do
nothing to cut sugar cravings.
Educate yourself. Understanding what sugar or other addictive
substances do to the body sometimes helps. For every one time
you decide to choose health over satisfying a small piece of meat
in your mouth (your tongue), it counts.
When you understand that sugar suppresses the immune
system, that it has been linked to mental disorders such as
anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, OCD, bipolar and others;
that it erodes the enamel on your teeth; that it contributes to
cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer and other devastating
diseases, it helps.
One of the best ways to control cravings is through acupuncture.
Acupuncturists use specific points on the body and on the ear
that help suppress cravings. Much research has been done on
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What’s great about acupuncture and its effectiveness in controlling
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“I knew it was something I wanted to do,” she
said. “I wanted to help people.”
BY MARC STEWART, HERITAGE HEALTH
Penny Smith never planned on becoming
homeless, it just happened. About 12
years ago, her marriage disintegrated,
and she found herself living on the
streets with her three young children. With her
life on the skids, she was scared and ill-prepared
to join the workforce.
“I was a stay-at-home mom and I had done a
few fast food-type jobs, but that was it,” said
Smith. “I knew I wanted something more for
myself and my kids.”
In those dark moments, Penny found an inner
strength to improve her life. The North Idaho
native was drawn to the medical field, primarily
because she had always been intrigued by
caregivers for her family members.
“I knew it was something I wanted to do,” she
said. “I wanted to help people.”
She initially started working in home health
care, providing care for the elderly, but she
wanted to be able to do more. Determined, she
went back to school to get the necessary skills
to achieve her goals. Today, Penny is a medical
assistant with Heritage Health. She started with
Heritage Health four years ago as a volunteer
and then was hired on full time.
Penny is empathetic toward people struggling
to make ends meet. She knows what it’s like to
be poor and struggling to put food on the table
or worrying about affording medical care for
“I have been where many of my patients are
right now,” she said. “I know how hard it can be.
Being homeless with three children taught me a
lot about who I wanted to be.”
Heritage Health delivers medical, dental and
behavioral health care to about 30,000 patients
across North Idaho. The federally qualified
health center is able to help low-income
individuals access affordable care.
“Penny is one of our stars,” said CEO Mike
Baker. “She truly brings her best self every day
to ensure our patients are treated with dignity
Penny plans on continuing her education and
hopes to be a registered nurse in the future.
“I am hooked on this profession,” she said.
“Making people feel better is an amazing feeling.
I love seeing patients every day.”
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medical history into the computer, ordering
prescriptions and making patients feel at ease.
She also assists providers as needed.
“I’ve always been a caregiver,” she said. “I want
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Penny is known for her outgoing personality,
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Coping with multiple sclerosis
has reflected the rest of my life
BY DAN AZNOFF
My first impulse was to slug the doctor.
Not because he had just diagnosed me with the chronic
disease known as multiple sclerosis. It was his bedside
manner and an apparent lack of compassion.
My neurologist was probably being practical when he suggested that
my wife and I stop on our way home to buy a cane and insisted that we
purchase as much life insurance as possible “while I still could.”
This could not be happening to me. Not now. I had just started to live my
dream. Susan and I had two beautiful children. We had just completed
the construction of the home of our dreams nestled in the woods.
I can remember carrying my infant son down the stairs and holding
the rail to steady myself from what I assumed was pure exhaustion.
I needed two hands to grasp the container as I poured milk into his
bottle. But it was the trip back up the stairs (pun intended) that worried
me most. I remember literally crawling up the stairs to keep my infant
son and his bottle above the carpet.
After Joshua was fed and safely tucked back into bed, I found my way
back under the covers. It was not cold, but my body shivered as if I were
standing outside naked in a snowstorm.
After I reluctantly admitted that something was wrong, Susan (as she
has done a million times since) jumped into action. In a time before
the Internet, she spent Sunday researching doctors and gathered
information to cope with my unknown ailment.
By the time we got home from the doctor on that Monday morning, she
had a dietary regiment that eliminated processed foods, reduced carbs
and practically eliminated all sugar. Susan also ended my “pity party”
by urging me take an active role in protecting my health for the sake of
Multiple sclerosis is a disease that attacks the central nervous system
by blocking messages from the brain to every part of your body. It can
cause vision problems, muscle weakness, issues with coordination,
numbness and lapses with memory.
However, I seemed to be an exception to the rule. The vast majority of
individuals diagnosed with MS are women. Most of these women spend
their youth in areas in higher longitudes, like the Pacific Northwest, the
upper Midwest or Scandinavian countries. My wife and I both grew up
in Southern California. We did not move to Washington until I was 25.
Our son was born when I was 30.
Doctors diagnosed me with the relapsing/remitting form of MS, which
meant my body would suffer exacerbations and (theoretically) get
back about 80 percent of the senses and capabilities that had been lost,
presumably over two or three weeks. When my symptoms subsided
after my first episode, I was left with zero balance and had lost my
ability to type. The senses that disappeared came back very slowly.
My writing for the past 30-plus years has been done with two-finger,
hunt-and-peck. The running joke has been that I have the ability to type
at 24 words per minute, per finger.
The one thing that was clear from the start is that MS impacts each
person differently. For me, my left side was left completely numb, and
my slurred speech made many people presume I had imbibed in too
Reality struck over the next few years after I was convinced to sell my
beloved bicycle and abandon my routine of playing tennis three to four
times per week. I had made my way through college playing competitive
tennis, so it was a major blow when I finally agreed to sell my rackets
at a garage sale. (I did keep my first racket. There is only so much one
person can be asked to sacrifice.)
At first, I tried to hide my physical limitations
from employers and colleagues. But I have
since learned to accept my situation as the new
normal. Friends accept the fact that I may not
be able to join them on aggressive treks, but I
can still enjoy a relaxed stroll.
We love to play games in our house, so I have
been relieved of my turn to shuffle a deck of
cards or pick up small tokens from a smooth
Over the first several years, my exacerbations
hit me every four years like clockwork. Usually
during times of high stress, like when I started
a new job, when relatives flew in to celebrate
my son’s Bar Mitzvah and when my wife
surprised me by flying in my buddies from
college to celebrate my 40th birthday.
Gratefully, multiple sclerosis has been on the
cutting edge of medical research. I was selected
by lottery to receive the first medication
available. However, my insurance company was
hesitant to cover the cost of the first medication
that promised to reduce the frequency and
severity of exacerbations. It took my doctor to
get on the phone with the insurance company
to explain they could choose between covering
the cost of the injections or be forced to pay
for repeated expensive trips to the emergency
I am still not sure how my lovely wife
maintained her demeanor a few years later
when a representative from the insurance
company made the decision to no longer cover
the $6,500 monthly cost of my medication
because I had not had an episode. Calmly and
logically, she explained to the paper-pusher
that the medication could be responsible for
the lack of relapses.
My coverage was renewed.
Over the years, my doctors have prescribed
three separate injectable medications for me.
I’ve been on Copaxone since 1999 after a major
exacerbation left me unable to walk. Despite
the temporary disability, I refused to buy a
me. Not now. I
had just started
to live my
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I was selected by
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cane. But I did use an old baseball bat to help
me get around the house.
Truth is, I am luckier than most. Unlike most MS
sufferers, I am still able to drive. I am not able
to work 40 hours every week, but I am still able
to maintain a major portion of my professional
duties and my domestic responsibilities. That
is probably because I work at my computer at
home and not in a factory or on a construction
site. When driving, I always carry a small card
in my wallet next to my driver’s license that
explains to law enforcement officers that my
erratic driving may have been caused by a
chronic brain disorder. Thank goodness I have
never been forced to pull out my “Get out of jail
free” card because I cannot walk a straight line
even on my best days.
Thanks mostly to my wife’s ability to cover
the major portion of our income and secure
health care through her employer, finances
have never been a major concern. Susan made
certain our health care was covered last year
when she created her own consulting firm. We
are not looking forward to dealing with the
bureaucracy when it comes time to transition
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis
Society, there are 2.3 million people worldwide
who suffer with MS. Research has been unable
to determine any cause for the disease, and
there are no cures. Medical advancements in
the last few years have helped patients cope with
symptoms, but there has been little progress
toward reversing the loss of myelin around the
nerves that transmit messages from the brain.
Many people have symptoms that are not
identified as MS for many years. In fact, until
the widespread acceptance of MRI imaging,
the method for diagnosing the condition was
the elimination of other conditions through a
series of brutal tests.
For myself, I can think back to a time in
college when I was even clumsier than normal,
dropping my books, stumbling and forgetting
important dates. Doctors hospitalized me at the
age of 19 for a spinal tap to determine the cause
of my awkward lack of balance. The diagnosis
at that point was a pinched nerve. But those
warning signs were quickly forgotten in a few
weeks when I appeared to find my equilibrium.
Many people are quick to dismiss some of the
early warning signs, like the feeling of pins and
needles in your feet similar to when your legs
are crossed too long or being tired all the time.
Naps are a good thing, and I’ve learned to listen
to my body and enjoy losing my eyes in the
afternoon. But that is not by choice.
Issues with speech and swallowing are also
common symptoms that people do not suspect
as being a symptom for something more
serious. For me, damaged portions of my brain
have caused slurred speech. Ironically, my
degree is in broadcast journalism. I would have
been on disability 20 years ago if my career had
taken me into radio or television.
A speech therapist taught me to slow my speech
to help me enunciate. She also taught me to
speak louder to help me articulate. But that
did not work because people thought I was just
yelling all the time.
Pain is a common complaint of people with
MS. One lady I knew through a support group
actually thought of having her legs amputated
to eliminate the constant pain. Thankfully she
did not follow through with her plans.
I was never much of drinker, but one cocktail
is now more than enough for me to pass the
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calculate the proper amount needed for a tip.
Many of my fellow patients have utilized
prescriptions from their doctor to return to
the altered state of mind they enjoyed during
the ‘60s. Now that cannabis is legal, the thrill is
gone but high times remain the norm.
My wife has always accused me of not being
able to multitask, but I honestly cannot say
if that is a result of MS or just not being very
detail oriented. Lists have become an important
part of my daily life, from a Honey-do list for
chores around the house to simple trips to the
There was a time that I would stand up
on tables to voice my opposition to social
injustice. Now I cannot trust myself to stand on
the table or climb a ladder. My loss of memory
is something else that can be blamed on either
age or MS. Or both.
There have been numerous times when my
daughter will blame my MS for my lack of
control over my emotions. I’ve tried to explain
to her that I am just a mean old man.
Anybody who knew me before I was diagnosed
has not been surprised when I have tried to
make light of the bleak prospects for my future.
For example, I take great pride in the fact that I
do not get seasick anymore. When I am aboard
a boat filled with people turning green at the
gills, I simply welcome them to the world that
In one way I am
thankful to MS. My
wife and I made the
decision to travel
while I am still able to
get around without a
wheelchair. That has
been a blessing.
I live in every day. After my initial diagnosis,
I realized that I could reach into a boiling
pot of water to drain pasta without any pain.
However, I forgot to realize that my skin would
still turn red and form blisters.
When the director of the Washington Chapter
of the national Multiple Sclerosis Society
approached me and a friend about establishing
monthly meetings for a self-help group, I was
reluctant to participate until we agreed to
name our little group the No Whiners. We now
meet once a month at a local hospital to hear
speakers who help us enhance the quality of
In one way I am thankful to MS. My wife and I
made the decision to travel while I am still able
to get around without a wheelchair. That has
been a blessing.
When my doctor explained that a majority of
my sensory losses would occur in the first five
years after my diagnosis, I went out that day
and purchased a sports car with a five-speed
transmission. That was an expensive mistake.
When it came time to buy a new house when
the kids were in high school, Susan and I limited
our search to homes with a master bedroom on
the main floor. Since then we have moved to a
home filled with stairs and grandkids.
Modern medicine has limited the progression
of my disease and healthy habits have given
increased my chance to lead a long (and
somewhat normal) life.
More importantly, I have been surrounded
by an incredible support system, beginning
with the self-help group organized by the
National MS Society, understanding friends,
compassionate children and a loving wife who
never fails to amaze me. And I never did buy
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holiday cheer take over. This is my favorite time of year as a chef and as a house dad. This
is the time for holiday entertaining. Holiday entertaining can be a chaotic and stressful time,
but it does not have to be. I have come up with seven holiday tips to guide you through
your holiday entertaining.
• Keep It Simple, Go Nuts
Most modern grocery stores have amazing bulk food sections. Visit these bulk
food aisles to gather various roasted nuts. Mix your holiday bounty and place
into a decorative bowl accompanied with a few nut crackers. Stand back
and watched your friends and family gather ‘round, cracking and enjoying
roasted nuts and talking about this holiday season. This has become a
wonderful tradition at my house that is easy and inexpensive.
• Mulled Wine
I like to keep this holiday libation on the kitchen counter in a crockpot
on a low setting just enough to fill the house with holiday “spirit.” As
guests come over, they are greeted with a little holiday goodness! Here is
an easy recipe that will kick off all of your holiday soirées.
“This is the time for
Holiday entertaining can be a
chaotic and stressful
time, but it does not
have to be.
4 cups apple cider
1 bottle of red wine
1/4 cup honey
2 Mexican cinnamon sticks
The juice and zest of one orange
3 star anise
Place all into a stainless steel or non-reactive
pot and bring to just before a boil. Turn down
to warm and watch the magic begin.
• Holiday-Themed Movies
There is no shortage of great holiday movies out
there. I gathered my favorites and put them on an
external hard drive so that I can have them play on a
loop. You can stream them to your TV from a laptop.
My top picks are A Christmas Story, Home Alone, Elf,
Christmas Vacation and … It’s a Wonderful Life.
• White Elephant Gift Exchange
Most of us have experienced this phenomenon at work.
But trying it at home is more fun than a bag full of
ferrets. Invite your friends and family to join you in
your freshly holiday-decorated abode for a new
comedy-packed tradition. A fun touch is to add
in a ridiculous gift that can be passed on year
after year. You can also give awards for best
Be the Hostest with
the mostest... from
gift, worst gift, funniest gift, etc. A good friend of mine wanted to win the
worst gift category so he gave a card that read, “Your gift is a classic car.” The
recipient was awarded with an old junker that they had to figure out what
to do with. Funny?
• Be Cheesy
A great way to impress holiday guests is with a cheese platter. This
is an easy way to “wow” your friends with little effort. Grab four to
five types of cheese. Cut some into cubes, slice some and crumble
some. Arrange them on a tray and place strands of grapes for
garnish. On a separate tray, arrange various crackers to pair with.
Don’t be afraid to throw that weird holiday red almond cheese ball
in the mix as a centerpiece.
Why slave away in the kitchen this year? Let your guests know
of the masterpiece that you are going to create and then allow
them to create everything that will go with it. So that you don’t
end up with 12 types of artichoke dip, make a list of items that you
would like your guests to bring. You can create a group email and
check items off as your guests accept each challenge. As an added
bonus to your genius, you will have a week’s worth
of awesome leftovers!
• Be Entertained
All right, all right, you have been the host of many
holiday get-togethers. It just might be time for you
to be holiday entertained. It’s time that you finally
accept that offer to go to the neighbor’s or a coworker’s
house or … a family member’s house for
the holidays. Make your favorite dish, show up and
just have a nice time. As a chef, I am going to take
this advice, let someone else drive the bus and have
a great holiday season. I will see
you at your house!
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Unique gift ideas that last a lifetime
and don’t break the budget
By Patty Hutchens
The Christmas season is a joyful time full of family, fun and
joy. But the reality is, that for many, it also brings with it a
great deal of stress. “How will I afford to buy all these gifts for
the people on my list?” It makes one dread what is supposed
to the season of hope. So why not try something new this year? Instead
of watching your credit card balance increase over the holiday season,
why not think of creative ways to provide a gift to someone on your
list that does not cost much—or possibly nothing at all. Purchase just a
small gift that also provides an opportunity to spend valuable time with
one another. Shared experiences are something that will last a lifetime,
unlike toys that will soon be forgotten, or even broken.
As adults, how often do we find ourselves “spring cleaning” no matter
what time of year. We get tired of the clutter and seek to rid ourselves of
the abundance of things we have in the hope that it will help not only
our physical environment but also our emotional well-being. “Cleaning
house” externally can help calm us internally.
So, the gift of spending time with someone or providing an experience
to them makes sense when it comes to gift giving to the adults in our
lives. But it is not just adults who benefit from time spent together;
shared experiences are important for children, too, as it helps contribute
to their psychological development. Those children who spend time
sharing experiences with others have been found to have a stronger
sense of identity, higher rates of academic success and a greater sense
of security. Grandparents and grandchildren who spend time together
also can learn a great deal from one another’s generation.
Here are a few suggestions for
those who may be on your list
Homemade gift certificates
can be a wonderful way
to tailor a gift for that special
person in your life, whether it is a child
or an adult. Make a gift certificate to take
that person to their favorite restaurant
for some special one-on-one time.
This way, the recipient can
choose the place and you get
the opportunity to share time
with that special person.
Spending time as a family is
something that is increasingly difficult
in this day and age. Both parents often work
outside the home and kids’ schedules are packed
with extra-curricular activities and homework.
So, consider giving gifts to your children that can help
facilitate a family game night. Buy one game for each child
this Christmas and increase your game collection. Then, set
aside one night each week to gather as a family and spend time
interacting with one another and trying out the new games!
Do your children enjoy working with their hands and creating new things? A
“craft bucket” full of supplies is a wonderful gift for them (and you!) to explore
their creative side. Fill a bucket with scissors, paper, glue, painting kits and more to
inspire them. If you are particularly crafty, take the time to teach your child your
For seniors on a fixed income, it may be especially difficult to make ends meet over
the holidays. After all, often times they have the largest list of all with children and
grandchildren to buy for. Instead of purchasing gifts, why not offer your children the
gift of babysitting your grandchildren so your child can enjoy some time with their
spouse. And you get to spend that cherished time with your grandchildren as well!
Dads. They are frequently much more difficult to buy for, especially when it comes to
gifts of experience. Does your dad or husband enjoy a particular hobby? Home beer
brewing has become increasingly popular over the last several years, and more and
more men (and women) are creating their own concoctions at home. It’s something
people can do together, and both can learn a new hobby as well. Visit a local home
brew store to investigate what supplies and ingredients are necessary.
Does your dad enjoy outdoor activities? Plan a spring or summer camping trip for
entire family (as the best camp sites must be reserved months, if not a year, in
“Homemade gift certificates
can be a wonderful way
to tailor a gift for that
special person in your life,
whether it is a child or
advance) and let him know he’ll be enjoying the
outdoors again soon enough. Even better, his
Christmas gift will carry over into the new
year, and he’ll cherish the opportunity
to spend time with his family creating
Moms are typically much easier
to shop for when it comes to
giving the gift of an experience.
Pampering gifts are especially
popular, whether it is a
massage, pedicure or simply
time alone to soak in a hot
bath while Dad takes the
kids out for a movie or sweet
For a man seeking to give
the gift of an experience to
his wife, simply planning
a date night and making
all the arrangements,
including the babysitter,
will go a long way. Women
often are the ones who
schedule and plan all the
family’s activities, so this
will truly be one you want to
repeat for special occasions!
Whatever you choose to
purchase or create for those
on your “nice” list this year, it is
important to remember the true
meaning of Christmas and to carry
the spirit of Christmas in your heart
all year long!
this Holiday season.
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the Holiday Season
Coeur d’Alene Style
The holidays are a magical time of year, and Coeur d’Alene, and the
surrounding area, is bringing unique opportunities for local families to
get out and enjoy the Christmas season with some wonderful community
activities. Mark your calendars for these events you won’t want to miss!
Journey to the North Pole Cruises
Kids 5 and younger ride free on this magical Journey to see 1.5 million
lights, with a visit to the North Pole to meet Santa and his Elves, The
Grinch, Rudolph, the Giant Animated Christmas Tree … and much more!
Children are amazed to find out that Santa pulls out his “nice” list and
calls each one out by name! The North Pole also has dancing elves and
prancing reindeer. The 40-minute Journey to the North Pole cruise departs
every night from the day after Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Please call
208.765.4000 for cruise times. CdAResort.com
2018 Winterfest Community Celebration
Kick off the holiday season with your family and community friends at Post Falls Parks
and Recreation’s winter festival of fun. Held Friday, December 7, 6 to 8pm, the City
Hall Campus will be bustling with holiday festivities for all ages. The evening festivities
will begin by sending out holiday magic to light up the community tree. Those in
attendance will enjoy the sounds of caroling choirs, warming up by the outdoor
campfires while sipping hot cider and roasting a marshmallow or relishing in a treat
from Mrs. Claus’ kitchen. There will be crafts to keep the little ones occupied. Santa
will be in his workshop throughout the evening excited for his annual visit with all of
his friends. All are asked to bring non-perishable food items, unwrapped new toys,
blankets and gently used coats as a donation for the local food bank’s holiday needs.
Traditions of Christmas
In tune with the Christmas Season, Laura Little Productions once again presents
Traditions of Christmas at the Salvation Army Kroc Center. Performances take place
December 7 through 23 and feature a grand, colorful Radio City Music Hall-style
show has been entertaining audiences of all ages for the past six years, and 2018 will
be no exception. Traditions of Christmas features 70 cast members and 400 costumes!
There are moments that will have you laughing and others that are sure to be heartfelt.
For many, the military tribute is their favorite part of the show, but others adore the
live nativity scene or comedic pieces. If you haven’t yet, make 2018 the beginning of a
new tradition by attending Traditions of Christmas at the Kroc. KrocCdA.org
Christmas for Kids
Saturday, December 15, join The Vine Church, 9407 North Government
Way in Hayden, 10am to noon for their Christmas for Kids event. Families
with children 3 to 12 years old are invited to attend this morning of holiday
cheer. It’s a fun day of Christmas activities, crafts, songs, creative learning
activities, cookie decorating, Christmas video, the Christmas story and
a special birthday party for Jesus! There is no cost, but space is limited.
Those wanting to attend can pre-register online at TheVineIdaho.org/
events or by calling 208.449.2080. Everyone is welcome!
Downtown Live Neigh-tivity
& Santa Visit
Once again, the Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association is partnering
with First Presbyterian and Trinity Lutheran to recreate the Nativity in
Downtown Coeur d’Alene with their Live Neigh-tivity. Join them Saturday,
December 8, 1 to 6pm, at Sherman Park Square, where the young and
young at heart will find enjoyment with the live animal petting stable
(featuring a camel, donkey, cow, goats, sheep and handlers dressed in
Nativity attire). Carolers, hot cocoa and coffee, gifts and manger scene
photo booth round out the event. And of course, Santa will make his way
on the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department’s vintage fire truck, all lit up with
Christmas lights just for the occasion. He’ll be taking children’s Christmas
requests 4 to 6pm. During the event, canned food donations will be greatly
14th Annual Jingle Bell Run
Join Fleet Feet and the community by hitting the streets and sidewalks
of Downtown Coeur d’Alene for the 14th Annual Jingle Bell Run!
Held Thursday, December 20, 5:30 to 7pm, be sure to don your most
festive attire adorned with ringing bells. During this free run (or walk),
participants will have the chance to spread good cheer to onlookers while
taking in the glittering displays of holiday lights throughout downtown.
Along the way, the Jingle Bell runners will make a stop at the Coeur d’Alene
Press, where they’ll drop off donations for the paper’s Christmas For All
campaign. Everyone will then head to Fleet Feet for cocoa and cookies and
a costume contest for the best-decorated individuals!
fa la la la la
Quiet Season on
The perfect antidote to all the holiday
STORY AND PHOTOS BY
You know you have stumbled upon a hidden gem when the guests, finding out you are
a travel writer, ask you not to write about the location because they don’t want anyone
else to discover this special experience. So shhh, don’t tell anyone about the Smuggler’s
Villa Resort on Orcas Island; it will be our secret. You will want to visit sooner rather
than later as rumors abound on the island about Oprah’s recent extensive real estate purchases on
Mike Stolmeier has managed the property for almost 30 years and is also an owner. The resort has
individually owned townhouses that are offered as vacation rentals. “We get a lot of regulars. I am
now seeing kids who I watched take their first steps now bringing their own kids here. This is a
place of firsts—first step, first time swimming or making s’mores. That’s what makes my day here,”
he said. “We say we like kids and tolerate adults.” The resort is very family friendly.
Quiet season is a special time in the San Juan Islands, and Orcas Island is a perfect location to
unwind before or during the holiday season. “Guest coming here love there are no malls. Families
will visit to do holiday baking and spend time enjoying each other’s company,” said Stolmeier. “One
of the popular things we do each night is our fire pit. Typically there are three shifts which begin at
sunset. The first is parents with younger children, followed by families with older kids, and then you
will get adults sitting around the fire until 1 or 2 in the morning.”
YOU KNOW YOU HAVE STUMBLED UPON A
HIDDEN GEM WHEN THE GUESTS, FINDING
OUT YOU ARE A TRAVEL WRITER, ASK YOU
NOT TO WRITE ABOUT THE LOCATION
BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT ANYONE ELSE
TO DISCOVER THIS SPECIAL EXPERIENCE.
Located on the North Shore of the island, the pebble beach affords
breathtaking views of the San Juan Islands, Mount Baker and lovely
sunsets. The outdoor swimming pool is unheated but open year round.
Many guests try a European spa experience by jumping in the icy water
and then getting into the hot tub or sauna. Kids will love the menagerie
of animals from parrots and guinea pigs to aquariums. Cuddles, a super
friendly bird, greets everyone with a hello when they pass by her cage.
The resort also has a marina and kayaking, and fishing charters or whale
watching tours are available adjacent to the villas.
As the quiet season slips on to Orcas Island, the summer crowds fade
away and some businesses close. Make sure to visit the Orcas Island
Chamber of Commerce website (see The Specifics). Each week they post
a “Blast” which gives you a schedule for all the activities taking place
on the island, and they also have a listing of what is open. A must see
during your visit is the little town of Eastsound with its quaint shops and
restaurants. You can walk from Smuggler’s but it is about a mile or so.
This time of year it is easy to find parking in town. Stop at Brown Bear
Baking for good coffee, fresh pastries and hot-out-of-the-hearth bread—
all baked daily. The baking kitchen is open so you can watch the masters
at work. With a very friendly staff, you will find yourself a regular during
your stay on the island.
Plan to spend a day on the other side of the island. Moran State Park
with its pristine lakes and lush forests is the jewel of Orcas Island. It is
much larger than you would expect and is actually the fourth largest
state park in Washington. Drive up to the top of Mount Constitution,
which rises nearly a half mile above Orcas Island, or plan to park and
hike up. There are a couple of options for shorter or longer hikes. At
the top of the mountain is a watch tower, constructed by the Civilian
Conservation Corps in the 1930s. From the top of the tower is the best
view of the San Juan Islands. Locals call it one of the top water views in
the world. Although that is not verifiable, it is pretty incredible. On a
clear day you can see Mount Baker and Mount Rainier and all the way
After spending time in the park you are sure to have worked up an
appetite. The Rosario Resort is not far away and is a beautiful location
to enjoy a late lunch at the Mansion Restaurant. (Note this time of year
lunch is only Friday through Sunday.) The restaurant is in the historic
Moran Mansion in what was once the veranda overlooking Cascade
Bay. The hotel also has a free museum with information about the
historic mansion and the Moran family. A former mayor of Seattle and
a shipbuilder, Robert Moran donated much of the land, which became
Moran State Park, to the State of Washington.
The Speci f ics
For peace of mind, make a ferry reservation and
note that you will need to make a westbound and
eastbound reservation. Make sure to arrive 30
minutes prior to departure or you will lose your
Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce -
Visit the San Juan Islands - VisitSanJuans.com
WHERE TO STAY
Smuggler’s Villa Resort - Smugglers.com
WHERE TO EAT
The Brown Bear Baking Company -
Boat House Ciderworks - BHCider.com
THINGS TO DO
Outer Island Excursions - OuterIslandX.com
The Rosario Resort - RosarioResort.com
Moran State Park - MoranStatePark.com
Quiet season is a special time in the
San Juan Islands.
If you are lucky enough to visit on a Saturday, you can experience the
unique performance by musician Christopher Peacock. He regales the
audience with tales of the mansion’s history interspersed with musical
interludes on the 1900 Steinway Grand Piano and the 1914 Aeolian organ
with 1972 pipes and a slide show of historic photos. The grand finale is
the original silent film version of “The Phantom of the Opera” featuring
Lon Chaney in the title role. The silent movie is accompanied by Peacock
on the organ. It is mesmerizing. The presentation is free and takes place
at 4pm on Saturdays.
The San Juan Islands Scenic Byway has a portion on Orcas Island. This is
a great way to explore and points out all the highlights of the island. The
self-guided drive begins at the Orcas Island ferry landing in the cute little
Orcas Village. There is an eclectic market with upscale groceries, a few
shops and Boathouse Ciderworks. It will take two to three hours to drive
around the island. The byway will take you through small hamlets and
scenic bays. The views really open up this time of year after the fall foliage
is gone. Deer Harbor has a nice public sandy beach which is worth a visit.
For more information on the byway, check out the Visit San Juan Islands
website (See The Specifics).
Orcas Island really shines in the quiet season where one can relax and
unwind without the crowds of the summer. Winter weather is very mild
with average temperatures of 46 to 48 degrees Fahrenheit and a lot less
rain than the mainland—in December you are likely to see a sunny day
during your visit! After touring the island, enjoy some downtime at the
Smuggler’s Villa Resort. Disconnect from technology and reconnect with
your family or friends. Stroll the quiet beach or take a private charter
with Outer Island Excursions located on site. You can schedule a fishing
charter or go see some of the lighthouses from the water. Bundle up,
throw some steaks on the grill and enjoy the views from your deck.
Coeur d’Alene Living Local
Dining Guide 2018
Local Eats, Entertainment and Lifestyle Magazine
RECIPE AND PHOTO COURTESY OF
MARINA GUNN AND THE CULINARY
• 1 Box of crackers
• 4 oz. goat cheese
• 3 oz. pomegranate seeds
• 1 tsp. honey
• Roll the goat cheese gently in
your hands to form a ball. Set
• Using a small bowl or curved
plate, add 1 tsp. of honey and
3 oz. pomegranate seeds. Mix
together and carefully add the
goat cheese ball on top, gently
rolling it in the seeds until the
ball is covered.
• Add crackers onto a small
platter and then add the dip in
a small dish to the side.
• Serve your Honeyed
Pomegranate Goat Cheese
Dip for the perfect holiday
gathering and enjoy!
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Radicci Italian Bistro
By Jillian Chandler
A Taste of Italy in Hayden
If you haven’t made your way to Hayden lately, it’s time. Opened March 2018,
Radicci is a family owned Italian bistro dishing up authentic scratch-made
pastas, pizzas, sandwiches, soups, salads and more using delicious family recipes
with a modern twist. Radicci prides itself on their ability to accommodate
vegetarian and gluten-free diners as well with nearly all menu selections. Soups
and sauces, such as the marinara, are made fresh, and their pizzas are made with
a sourdough crust.
Chef Dan Morey is not new to the culinary world. A Corden Bleu - Pasadena
graduate, he was the food service manager at Alpine Camp & Conference
Center for more than 10 years, worked with CEC Walter Rippey, co-owner of
Lake Arrowhead Sports Grille, and worked at US Foods for four years.
“Any talents that I have come from God, and I use what he has given me to
glorify him,” says Dan.
Since opening, Radicci has been impressing guests one meal at a time. Located
in the former Daanen’s Delicatessen, patrons are treated to simple food with
Chef Dan’s own twists. Items are served family style, and they also offer small
portions. You can expect quality and consistency with every dish.
If you are looking to find a true taste of Italy in your own back yard, you will
find it at Radicci. Stop in Sunday through Thursday, 3 to 9pm, and Friday and
Saturday, 3 to 10pm. Buon Appetito!
8049 N. Wayne Dr. | Hayden
SWEET LOU’S RESTAURANT
AND TAP HOUSE
American fare with a twist. Ribs (pork or bison) smoked in
house. Unique burger menu featuring burgers made from
ground top sirloin, topped with pulled pork, hand-battered
onion rings or jalapenos. 32 beers on tap to enjoy while
watching the game on one of their 24, 4K TVs.
601 E. Front St. Ste. 101 | Coeur d’Alene
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At Calypsos you’ll find a combination of amazing coffee,
which they roast on site, ice cream, fantastic food and live
music on a regular basis. They display artwork from local
artists, offer free Wi-Fi, have a play area for the kids and
also offer a Smart Room for meeting rentals!
116 E. Lakeside Ave. | Coeur d’Alene
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MAX AT MIRABEAU
Join MAX at Mirabeau this holiday season for
an unforgettable experience. You’ll be treated to
eclectic cuisine, an award-winning menu with more
than 100 items, a wine list boasting more than 500
labels and 75 eclectic cocktails—a perfect match for
everything on the menu. Enjoy two happy hours
daily, a-la-carte brunch featuring multiple benedicts,
mimosas and the area’s best Bloody Mary Bar—
starting at only $5.90 per person! There’s live music
on Friday and Saturday evenings, and late-night
dining with a full menu is offered until close. Open
daily at 6am. Photo by Keith Boe.
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THE PORCH PUBLIC HOUSE
A beautiful golf-course view without the cost of joining the
country club. They offer a full menu of sandwiches, salads,
soups and specialties prepared from scratch without the
high price of fine dining, and the region’s finest cocktails,
microbrews and wines to accompany your meal. Feel at home
in the comfortable pub-style dining room or the fantastic
outdoor dining area. Open daily at 11am year round. Photo
by Lauren Denos, Adventure Bound Media.
1658 E. Miles Ave. | Hayden
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Serving some of the best food around in a comfortable pubstyle
atmosphere. The menu offers soups, sandwiches, pastas,
salads and other specialties prepared from scratch daily, along
with a fantastic selection of micro-brewed beers and fine
wines by the glass and bottle. Open daily at 11am, the kitchen
is open late every night. Be sure to stop in Thursday night
for live music featuring national and local artists. For more
information including photos, menu, specials and directions,
make sure to visit their website. Photo by Lauren Denos,
Adventure Bound Media.
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A local favorite for an array of reasons, including the friendly
staff, unbeatable atmosphere and phenomenal food. Voted
best seafood in Coeur d’Alene 2012, 2013 and 2014. Their
menu includes salads, fishwiches, taste of baja, fish and chips,
smoked fish, fresh sushi bar and fresh fish market with live
shell fish and lobster.
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NATE’S NEW YORK PIZZA
Authentic New York-style Pizzeria in Post Falls. They serve
up the biggest pies in town including the famous 36” pizza
challenge. Stop by on Wednesdays for an 18” pepperoni pizza
for just $17 and select bottled beers are only $1.50! Don’t
forget to try some of the best hot wings and stromboli in town.
Stay and enjoy a beverage of choice or call ahead and take
your pizza to go.
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Open Wed-Sun Nights
A beautiful waterfront, fine-dining restaurant in a romantic
lodge setting overlooking Lake Pend Oreille. Whether it is
summer on the patio or cozying up to the fireplace in the
winter, Forty-One South’s spectacular sunsets, innovative
cuisine, full bar and extensive wine list are sure to make it a
memorable night out. A variety of delicious food year round.
41 Lakeshore Dr. | Sagle
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SHOGA SUSHI BAR
Delicious sushi and Japanese cuisine sure to delight
anyone’s palate. Offering a wide variety of traditional
and specialty rolls as well as salads, sweet and sour pork,
grilled salmon and more! Beautiful waterfront dining
with spectacular sunset views. Professional and courteous
service. Enjoy a delicious meal while taking in the
beautiful waterfront and spectacular sunset views.
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Shopping. Dining. Take-Out.
Moondollars Bistro is known for their burgers,
accompanied by scratch-made bread and soups. They
uses only fresh ingredients, which are the backbone
of this customer favorite. With a comfortable, friendly
atmosphere, awesome food, great service, huge patio
and full bar there is always something to keep customers
coming back for more.
609 N. Syringa St. | Post Falls | 208.777.7040
5416 W. Village Blvd. | Rathdrum
208.687.5396 | MoondollarsBistro.com
“There is no substitution for quality. Our food is organic
and prepared from scratch.” Authentic Italian cuisine.
Guaranteed best steaks in town. Catering and private
cooking classes available with Chef Angelo. DINNER
FOR 2 & A BOTTLE OF WINE $65. Choose from 15
Entrees and 10 Bottles of Wine. Open 7 days a week from
846 N. Fourth St. | Coeur d’Alene
208.765.2850 | AngelosRistorante.net
Enjoy North Idaho’s best barbecue at Junior’s, where
guests are treated to big and bold backyard flavor.
Whether you dine in, take out or need catering, you will
not be disappointed, and ordering is simple. Choose a
sandwich, taco or salad. Next choose your meat, then
your choice of fixin’s, from Granny’s baked beans,
Mamma’s mashed taters, smothered green beans, coleslaw
or pig tail fries. Top it all off with Hillbilly Habanero or
Junior’s Original sauce.
85 W. Prairie Shopping Ctr. | Hayden
TIM’S SPECIAL CUT MEATS
Tim’s Special Cut Meats is your perfect, old-fashioned
butcher shop. The friendly staff is ready to help you pick
out the perfect cut. Tim’s carries only the finest natural
meats and also handles custom orders, with an extensive
line of house-made products from pickled garlic to
specialty sauces, marinades, rubs and salsas. Mobile
butchering and wild game processing are also available.
525 N. Graffiti St. | Post Falls
208.772.3327 | fTimsSpecialCutMeats
Be a chef at home or dine with us!
• Fresh Fish Market and Sushi Bar
• Smoked Fish
• 12 different kinds of fish and chips
215 W. Kathleen, Coeur d’Alene
Locally Owned & Operated
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WHAT’S GOING ON
IN COEUR D’ALENE?
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Run in the New Year
Tesh Fundraiser always a blast
BY COLIN ANDERSON | PHOTOS COURTESY OF TESH
STAYING UP PAST THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT on New Year’s Eve can make it
difficult to rise early in the morning, but if you can peel open your eyes and get
yourself together by mid-morning, you can start your 2019 off with a fun-filled
Tesh’s 42nd annual Hangover Handicap fun run will take place at 9:30am on New
Year’s Day. Around 300 runners gather at Michael D’s Eatery, bundled up against
the cold and ready for a good time for a good cause.
“Tesh provides life skills and employment training to youth and adults,” said CEO
Frances Huffman. “The fees assist us in filling in the gap between our governmentfunded
activities and the cost of providing the service.”
That fee is simply a $15 run registration cost in which the proceeds go to the many
programs that Tesh provides for its clients and the community.
You can register online by clicking on the Handicap Hangover banner at TeshInc.
com. You can also call in your registration (208.765.5105), drop by the office at
3327 West Industrial Loop in Coeur d’Alene or sign up the morning of the run.
T-shirts and beanie hats will be for sale, and there will be music blasting before the
run to help get you pumped up.
The course is 5 miles in length—a 2.5-mile out and back on the Centennial Trail
alongside beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene.
Runners are encouraged to dress for the weather, and many come in costume to
this non-competitive fun run. If you aren’t feeling like an early morning run, in-kind
donations are also accepted, and volunteers are also needed at the registration
desk from 8am to 9:30am. For additional information, visit TeshInc.com.
Northwest BachFest Winter
Presented by Northwest Bach Festival, the Winter Classics
concert will take place Friday, December 7, 7 to 8:30pm,
at the Hagadone Event Center. The evening will include
piano quartets by Brahms and Schumann performed by
Ben Breen, violin; Martin Sher, viola; Zuill Bailey; cello;
and Awadagin Pratt. Tickets can be purchased online at
Traditions of Christmas 2018
The seventh annual Traditions comes to the Salvation Army
Kroc Center December 7 through 23. This Radio City Music Hallstyle
show will inspire the hearts of audience members both
young and old. Tickets are $24 for adults, $27 for senior (age
62 and older) and military, $21 for children 12 and younger and
can be purchased at the Box Office at The Salvation Army Kroc
Center, by calling 208.763.0681 or online at KrocCdA.org/tickets.
Breakfast with Santa
Join the Boys & Girls Club for Breakfast with Santa. Back
by popular demand, everyone is welcome to attend.
Enjoy breakfast, raffles, Santa pictures and write letters.
All of the proceeds will go to benefit the Boys & Girls
Club’s Christmas For Kids program. Cost is just $5 for
adults, $3 for kids and $5 to get your picture taken with
gool ol’ St. Nick. NorthIdahoBGC.org
Upcoming Events in January
JAZZ AT THE JACC
Holiday Sing-Along with
Mudgy and Santa
Held at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library downtown,
join in the fun Saturday, December 8 starting at
11am. Mudgy and Millie author and Wee Sing cocreator
Susan Nipp will lead songs with children,
joined by Mudgy, Millie and Santa. Be sure to bring
your cameras, as there will be photo opportunities
with Santa, Mudgy and Millie! For more information,
Live Neigh-tivity & Santa
Saturday, December 8, 1 to 6pm, head to Sherman
Park Square in Downtown Coeur d’Alene for the
annual Live Neigh-tivity, where kids of all ages will
enjoy a live animal petting stable, carolers, hot
cocoa and coffee, gifts, manger scene photo booth
and a visit from Santa (4 to 6pm). Canned food
donations will be accepted during the event.
Sounds of Christmas
Hosted by the North Idaho College Music
Department, join them for the annual Sounds of
Christmas Concert at NIC’s Schuler Performing Arts
Center. There will be two performances: Saturday,
December 8 at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 9 at
2pm. Featuring the NIC Cardinal Chorale, Chamber
Singers and NIC Wind Symphony, the concert is
free for all to attend. And Santa is expected to
make an appearance. 208.769.3300
The Holiday Market
Support local while getting some of your Christmas
shopping done! Held at the Coeur d’Alene Resort’s
Convention Center 10am to 4pm, The Holiday
Market is a community gathering of Inland
Northwest artists, jewelers, bakers and crafters.
Enjoy shopping, food samples and holiday music.
Holiday Pajama Jam
Join Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center in Post Falls
for a first ever Holiday Pajama Jam! Open to kids
ages 6 through 15 and their parent, dress in your
favorite onesies, Christmas pajamas or anything
festive and comfy to boogie in. There will be kidfriendly
tunes and dancing, holiday treats and
some optional activities. Space is limited so get
your tickets now! Ticket prices are $15 for the
first parent/child couple, $6 for each additional
kiddo, and $10 to add additional parents.
Hospice of North Idaho Tree
All are welcome to attend Hospice of North Idaho’s
Tree Lighting Ceremony: A Remembrance of Loved
Ones. Held 5:30 to 6:30pm, this is an evening of
music and calm reflection in remembrance of those
we grieve this holiday season. Each household
will receive a special keepsake ornament. There
will be refreshments after the ceremony. For more
information, call 208.772.7994.
Christmas for Kids
All are welcome to join The Vine Church in Hayden
10am to noon for their annual Christmas for Kids
event. Families with children 3 to 12 years old are
invited to attend this morning of holiday cheer filled
with Christmas activities, crafts, songs, creative
learning activities, cookie decorating, Christmas
video, the Christmas story and a special birthday party
for Jesus! And the event is free! Pre-register online at
TheVineIdaho.org/events or by calling 208.449.2080.
Holiday Art Reception
The Art Spirit Gallery unveiled its 20th annual
holiday exhibition featuring small artworks by over
30 local and regional artists on November 16. But
you’re in luck! A second reception will be held in
conjunction with ArtWalk Friday, December 14, 5 to
8pm. New work will continue to rotate through the
holiday season. Everyone is welcome. Meet the
artists and enjoy the holiday cheer. The show runs
through January 5, 2019. TheArtSpiritGallery.com
NYE: A Diamond Soiree
Join the Coeur d’Alene Resort for their New Year’s
Party: A Diamond Soiree! The evening features a
gourmet dinner buffet with a live pianist, aerial
performers, live music from The Sara Brown Band,
a best-dressed contest, DJ Epic Vibes, dancing and a
hosted champagne toast at midnight with fireworks.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 855.813.8796 or
online at CdAResort.com.
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