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It’s the time of year when I look out the frosty window
and start daydreaming about spring. Like many of you,
I’m sure, my husband and I have lots of plans for home
improvement once the weather finally improves. And,
also like many of you, painting is one of the first things on
Of all the things we can do for our homes, often the least
expensive and the most rewarding is adding a coat of fresh
paint. However, choosing a new color can be daunting, to say
the least. For the last few years, it seems, we have been stuck
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• Consider the other finishes in your home. Cabinetry,
flooring, carpet and even furniture can all affect the look of
the finished product. If you have primarily one hue for your
flooring, cabinetry and trim, opt for a little contrast with your
paint color. For example, a rich cherry wood trim calls for
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Special Education, Kootenai
When Summer Tigert started
teaching nine years ago,
she created three rules for
her classroom—rules, she
says, sum up the aspirations she has for her
students. Respect yourself. Respect others.
Always do your best. Those rules have helped
her students succeed and thrive.
Summer is a special education teacher at
Kootenai Elementary and teaches students in
kindergarten through third grade. While she
spends much of her time teaching reading,
writing and math, she also teaches social,
emotional and behavior groups that support
students’ needs in those areas.
Summer shares that what she finds most
rewarding about being a teacher is working
with students and being a problem solver. “I
think that is something that caught my eye
and drew me into special education. There are
all of these amazing students who are bright
and capable but have a few kinks in their
ability to learn in one area or another. I love
figuring out ways to help things ‘click,’” she
One experience that stands out from her years
of teaching occurred when she was teaching
at the high school level several years ago.
“I had a student send me a text message on
Mother’s Day, and she said that I was one of
the only people in her life who had shown her
what a mother’s love looks like,” said Summer.
“She went on to explain that I was one of the
only people in her life that actually believed
in her—not just saying, ‘I believe you can do
it’—but she said that she could feel my belief
in her. She said for the first time in her life,
she actually believed in herself and believed
that she had a bright future. That was, by far,
one of my most memorable and impactful
experiences I’ve had as a teacher.”
Ultimately, Summer said her goal is for all of
her students to learn to respect themselves
and make choices that will allow them to
work through their challenges.
“We have to be willing to let our guards
down and be open to trying new things. We
respect each other as we work through our
trouble spots, and we celebrate each time
someone makes a breakthrough. It’s not
about comparing yourself to another person;
it’s acknowledging your own challenges and
then using every tool and effort to improve,
both as an individual and as a group. Lastly,
my students know I always, 100 percent of
the time, expect them to do their best. I really
hold them to this, and they know that I will
never be mad if they get the wrong answer,
but if they don’t give it their all, there’s no
more fun and games.”
Summer says one of her favorite quotes is,
“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t
work hard.” It is something which she exhibits
every day in her own work and a value her
students have come to honor as well.
“I am very proud to say that my students work
hard. We all work hard, together. Most days
we are all completely exhausted by 2:40, but
we all leave feeling proud of our efforts and
believing that we are moving in the right
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By Stephanie Vichinsky, Owner and Head
Trainer of United K9
feel like the most common issue dog owners struggle with is
reactivity. People seem to tolerate the jumping and barking because
they understand that the behaviors aren’t dangerous, but when it
comes to reactivity, they get nervous about the vicious-looking
behavior. So, let’s dissect it together so we can better understand the
viewpoint of the dog.
What is reactivity? Reactivity is an aggressive-looking reaction that is
typically brought on by some type of barrier. The kennel or crate can be
a barrier. Dogs may become reactive toward people or dogs walking by,
maybe even the broom or vacuum. The house can be a barrier. A dog
may become reactive toward people, dogs, kids, skateboards, squirrels,
etc. that might be passing by the house. The car can be a barrier. The dog
may become reactive to passing cars, motorcycles, people, or other dogs.
Fences can be a barrier. Dogs may become reactive to anything on the
other side. And believe it or not, the most common barrier is the leash.
Is reactivity different from aggression? Most of the time, yes. Reactivity is
usually brought on by the stress of a barrier. An example would be a dog
that acts ferocious toward other dogs when on leash but loves to play in
the dog park. Can a reactive dog also be aggressive? Yes. It is important to
consult a professional before attempting to diagnose your dog.
Why do dogs become reactive, especially if they weren’t that way before?
There are a few different reasons that dogs develop reactivity. The first
is typically fear. When dogs undergo stress, they usually tow the line
between fight or flight. A fearful, anxious or insecure dog would ideally
like to choose flight because that is in their nature, but when barriers
are involved, flight isn’t always an option. A nervous dog on leash might
develop reactivity because they cannot escape. Since they can’t flee and
their requests for space aren’t being heard, they puff up as big as they can
in an attempt to make the stressor go away. They might also do the same
thing in the home, the crate or the car. Teaching our dogs that they have
other options usually relieves this behavior.
Dogs can also become reactive out of frustration. If your dog is very
impulsive and loves greeting people or playing with dogs, a barrier of the
house, car or leash becomes an obstacle, and that obstacle irritates the
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dog. Over time their frustration starts to look
very yucky. Teaching the dog impulse control
and calmness relieves this behavior.
Dogs can also become reactive behind a barrier
because the barrier empowers them. It gives
them anonymity. It is easy to bark loud and
proud from behind a window but not so much
when they are face to face with the stressor.
Interrupting the reactive dog consistently
should relieve this behavior.
Sometimes it is easy to say that our dogs are
barking or acting reactive for no reason, but
there is always a reason. Our dogs are talking.
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Always consult a professional when dealing
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CASA Advocate training begins March 11
By Patty Hutchens
North Idaho Court Appointed Special Advocate’s (CASA)
mission is one that takes many dedicated volunteers to
fulfill. But in doing so, those giving of their time and
compassion come away as fulfilled as those children
They have lost some volunteers due to attrition, but the number of
children in need of services has also increased. To that end, North
Idaho CASA will hold training for new volunteers beginning March
11 and going through April 29. The training will take place at the
Sandpoint Library each Monday from 9am to 1pm.
Children who experience neglect and abuse often suffer in silence.
When the abuse does come to light, the children find themselves
attending court hearings and
many times living in foster homes
and attending new schools. It’s a
traumatic time—and often very lonely.
Fortunately, there are specially trained
advocates who look out for the child’s
best interest and help the child both
in and out of the court setting. With
a court-appointed special advocate by
their side, those children, once silenced, are given a voice and able to
transform their lives.
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Jan Rust said she likes to meet with those interested in person prior
to the training to answer any questions they may have and to make
sure it is a right fit for them. “It’s an
orientation to familiarize the potential
volunteer with what we do,” said Jan. “It
does not mean they have to commit.”
Once training is complete, volunteers
will take on one case and are supported
by the supervisor and a mentor. As
time progresses, most CASAs take two
cases at a time, requiring about two to three volunteer hours each
week. It’s a little time to give to make a world of difference for a child.
Currently Bonner and Boundary counties have 28 CASAs
volunteering for the benefit of abused and neglected children. While
that may seem like a lot, the need is much greater. “We would love to
have at least 10 more advocates,” said Jan Rust, advocate trainer for
North Idaho CASA.
If you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer, call Jan, who
is located in Sandpoint, at 509.879.1793 or email her at janisrust@
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Forty-One South: Cassandra Cayson, Owner
IMMEDIATELY WALKING THROUGH
THE DOORS, the sound and scent of a
roaring fireplace triggers your senses. Then
your eyes delight on the scenery as you dine
right over the Pend Oreille River. Taste buds
run rampant as you devour through the menu.
That’s the impression of Forty-One South, a
premier fine-dining restaurant just a few miles
“south” of Sandpoint.
Let’s meet Cassandra Cayson, a lovely
“30-something” that took ownership of the
restaurant during the height of the recession
at age 26. She and her family had frequently
visited Sandpoint and made several stops
to the restaurant (formerly known as Swans
Landing) getting to know the staff. While
managing a robust restaurant in New York
City, she gets a call to see if she has interest in
buying the business, and the story begins!
Born and raised in California, a graduate of
USC with a degree in business administration,
Cayson soon discovered she inherited a
rigorous work ethic from her father. That trait
was needed as Cayson tends to work more
hours than are listed in a week. The jaunt
from NYC over to Sandpoint was “the perfect
time” as she was looking to make a transition
away from the big city life. “I could see the
opportunity,” she says, and, as a 26-year-old,
she goes on to state that she was young enough
to put in the effort and if it doesn’t work …
Well, let’s just fast forward and say it worked.
The recipe for success is as follows:
Location. Close enough to Downtown
Sandpoint, but the short drive over the Long
Bridge makes it feel like a quick getaway.
Staff. Cayson humbly states how grateful she
is to have a staff that feels like family. Deep
credentials as management has over 75 years
of combined hospitality experience. She
prides herself on being available to staff as
a pure listener, investing into their souls as a
person and not necessarily as a boss. “I don’t
want them dreading to come to work. Core to
maintaining the staff is to let them know they
are valued and, in respect, they really want to
Quality. Cayson and her staff have built a
reputation embedding quality throughout the
dining experience. Cayson takes the lead in
staffing, ordering and vision but says she “stays
out of the kitchen” as she yields to her superior
chef/cooks. To Cayson’s credit, she empowers
the staff to be the face of the business. “If you
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dine here consistently, it’s because you love,
let’s say, Lori your server. It has nothing to do
with me being the owner.”
Just a few years after taking over the restaurant,
Cayson opened Shoga, a sushi bar that opened
in 2012. The visionary owner thought the
diversity would create additional synergy
between the two menus, and she was spot on,
Shoga has gone on to be a solid sister restaurant
of the Forty-One anchor. And if that was not
enough, Cayson is pushing forward with a
solid catering business for various events
throughout the year.
For the first time since tackling the business,
Cayson claims to finally be enjoying some
time away from the business, taking in all that
Sandpoint has to offer. “Trying to find work/
life balance is a challenge!” One of her favorite
things—of course—is dining at other area
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better and giving them the freedom to live life and enjoy the benefits of this incredible
Will, the owner of his namesake business Will Crook CPA here in Sandpoint, has been
in public practice since 2003, beginning in western North Carolina. He relocated to
Sandpoint in 2015, serving a prominent local manufacturer as their controller. After two
wonderful years, Will’s heart brought him back to what he loves—passionately serving
clients as a CPA, opening his office in the Powerhouse building in Downtown Sandpoint
in the spring of 2018.
“What’s not to love about bean counting?” Will replies when asked about what inspired
him to get into the field, adding, “Accounting, and tax by extension, is simply a way of
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Additionally, they will be rolling out an innovative new service to manage and
organize the financial responsibilities of families with aging parents.
“Happy to Help” is the motto at their office, and they believe that is the reason
they have always succeeded. “We truly are happy to help,” says Will. “We still
have many of our clients from western North Carolina. Why did they stick
with us after our move to Sandpoint and a two-year break? Simple—we take
great care of them using awesome tools and applications that make it irrelevant
where we are physically located.”
According to Will, every business has its own unique vibe and character, and
public accountants are no different. “We know that to survive, every firm must
do a great job for their clients,” he says. “It all works when the CPA really ‘clicks’
with their clients. There are some really outstanding firms here in Sandpoint,
each with our own individuality.”
Will Crook CPA advocates for their clients, pushing them to adopt new
technologies to better serve the company and their customers. And as Will
says, “Our clients love doing business with an accounting firm that truly is
‘happy to help.’”
Long before he made the decision to become a CPA and serve the community
directly, Will proudly served his country as a lieutenant (Surface Warfare) in
the United States Navy, later promoted to lieutenant commander while serving
in the reserves. His active duty was spent aboard the USS Downes (FF-1070),
an anti-submarine frigate home ported in San Diego, California.
Today, in addition to his accounting practice, Will serves on the board of three
local not-for-profits and is a happy member of the Sandpoint Chamber of
“With each day, we love this special little place and the people who call it home
more and more,” says Will, who is also a pilot, boater and skier. “Where else
can you find the majesty that’s right here in North Idaho?”
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GROUP LOOKING TO EXPAND IN SANDPOINT
By Colin Anderson
Photos Courtesy of Veterans
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For years Americans were great at helping treat
the physical wounds of those returning from
battles overseas in service to their country,
but up until recently, the mental healing
process didn’t receive the same amount of attention.
Doctors, therapists and fellow servicemen and women
took notice of skyrocketing suicide statistics amongst
veterans and are taking action. Groups across the
country are forming to bring vets together to help them
adjust to life as a civilian; speak with others who might
be struggling as well; and provide continued meaningful
service to their country and their neighbors.
Veterans Community Response (VCR) is a nonprofit
organization composed of firefighters, veterans and
therapists working diligently to support combat
veterans in their postwar readjustment process.
Located in Spokane, the group draws in veterans from
all over the region.
“Our programs center on the intention of helping
combat veterans develop the skills to navigate their
post-war challenges to achieve productive and
satisfying lives after serving our country,” said President
and Co-Founder Darren Coldiron.
VCR recently held a one-day retreat for board
members at Talus Rock in Sandpoint as a way for the
leadership team to build the visions for the year and
give the volunteer board a chance to connect and clear
their head. The retreat included yoga, campfire chats,
and a Native American sweat lodge—not treatments
you might typically associate with those that have
experienced heavy combat.
“When we first did the board retreat is was very work
focused,” said Co-Founder and Vice President Dante
Rumore. “We realized we are all volunteers, engaged in
service to others, and if we didn’t give ourselves some
time it could become a drain.”
Veterans Community Response hosts multi-day retreats
for all eras of combat veterans readjusting to life after
service. Retreat activities range from challenge courses,
kayaking, yoga and whitewater rafting to Native-
American sweat ceremonies, archery, fishing and trap
shooting. Throughout the retreats, participants work
with counselors and Native-American elders, and their
fellow combat vets share effective tools to reintegrate
and to rebuild trust, confidence and camaraderie. Each
evening, participants gather around the fire to explore
common experiences and postwar challenges and to
share effective tools to aid in readjustment.
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There are several one-day retreats and four multi-day retreats scheduled
this year. Group size varies, and this season includes a women’s retreat
and a Vietnam veteran’s retreat. VCR also schedules several ski days for
vets who enjoy hitting the slopes and bonding together. Being outdoors
is key to almost all of the projects the group does.
“It’s creative and therapeutic events in the wilderness that are activities
and team building based, and North Idaho and the surrounding areas
provide great resources for us,” said Rumore.
While the group is based out of Spokane, Rumore, a therapist at the
Spokane vet clinic, is a Sandpoint resident and is looking to expand
the group to include more local programs and activities for Sandpoint
“With the people we’ve already connected with here (in Sandpoint), it’s
been a very positive connection, and many are just waiting for us to get
the infrastructure in place to begin building our team in Sandpoint,” he
One of the visions is to have Sandpoint veterans create a local community
responder team. VCR’s current team works locally in forest health and
community service like helping remove slash and create defensible space
for homeowners. They also have a contract with the Washington DNR to
reduce wildfire fuels. Team members go through chainsaw certification
and help the DNR with projects throughout the summer. The team’s All
Hands and Hearts connection deploys members locally to help clean
up after storms, fires or other major events, and also sends members
to disaster areas around the Pacific Northwest as well as Florida, North
Carolina, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and even Sri Lanka. VCR is
hoping team expansions in North Idaho and Western Montana will help
them make an even greater impact.
“We want cohesive teams that are excited to work together to respond
locally, nationally and internationally,” said Coldiron.
As veterans themselves, Coldiron and Rumore know that being able
to share their experiences with other vets new to the group is great for
building initial trust in their unique healing and team-building processes.
“We help meet the needs that are not met through government services
and other nonprofit programs,” said Rumore.
Veterans Community Response is working to build more programs that
will help combat veterans embrace life after military service. The group
envisions a center where they can help veterans turn dreams into reality;
with metal and wood shops, spaces for martial arts, yoga, fitness and
nutrition classes, access to alternative medical providers (acupuncture,
functional medicine, massage, meditation, etc.), and a healthy place for
veterans to gather for support.
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we can create a safe and structured environment that will promote the
healing process for all we serve,” said Coldiron.
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who have served in combat, you can reach VCR through VetComRes.org
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You never know when the snow will
actually stop falling in this part of
the country, but for skiers and riders,
sadly, the season must eventually
come to an end. While there should still be plenty
of great days here in March, it’s never too early to
start planning the inevitable meltdown. Diehards
are prepping their spring-condition skis and
boards—the ones you don’t mind getting dinged
by a suddenly exposed rock or fallen tree limb.
While conditions might tend to deteriorate, that
doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of fun to be
All of our area mountains enjoy celebrating
another successful season by throwing family
friendly end-of-the-season bashes. Costumes,
contests, food and drink are all present, and
those who attend will find the last few days are
more about camaraderie amongst fellow outdoor
enthusiasts than searching for those last few
secret stashes of powder on the mountain. Any
day now, it might start looking like spring, but
don’t forget there is still snow to be found and
plenty of fun to be had on the mountain.
March 30 - Spring Carnival
Kick off your spring break with a toboggan relay,
pond skim, barbecue and outdoor party! Enjoy
outdoor music and a barbecue starting at 11am
on the Mountain House patio.
The Toboggan Relay is free to enter and will be
held in front of the Mountain House. Teams of
four race head to head in single-elimination
rounds with one person towing another person
in the toboggan to the hand-off point, where
both people change out with the other half of
their team. The team that crosses the finish line
first wins a $100 gift card. Costumes are highly
The Pond Skim is free to enter and is held right
next to the Mountain House, at the top of the
bunny hill. There is a $50 gift card prize for the
best male costume and best female costume, and
$100 gift card for best crossing. Competitors have
45 minutes to put in their best crossing. Don’t
forget your helmet.
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PHOTOS COURTESY SILVER MOUNTAIN,
SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN RESORT
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April 20 - Leadman Triathlon
The Annual Leadman at Silver Mountain
Resort is an exciting individual or team
competition for those who prefer a rowdy
adventure course and might be a bit softer than
the traditional Ironman athlete!
The race begins at Kellogg Peak on Silver
Mountain when the gun is fired! Competitors
run about 200 feet to click into their gear for an
approximate 1 mile ski/board to the mountain
bike transition point. At that stage, competitors
find their riding gear and mountain bikes and
brave a mostly downhill dirt course to the city
of Kellogg where the run initiates. After the 7-
to 11-mile bike ride, the runners take off for a
4- to 5-mile run to the finish line at Gondola
Village at Silver Mountain Resort. The fastest
times are under 50 minutes, and the last racers
cross the finish line in about two hours. Onehundred
percent of the net event proceeds
benefit community projects sponsored by the
Kellogg Rotary Club.
April 6 & 7 - Schpring Finale
With the biggest village around, you’ll always
find something going on at Schweitzer—
including their awesome end-of-the-year
party. Details are still being finalized, but
expect the Pond Skimming event to be back as
well as the Cardboard Box Derby. Live music
will be going on, and The Big LeBREWski
beer fest will feature unique brews to sip on for
those 21 and up.
April 14 - Hawaiian Luau
Parrot heads will love the constant Jimmy
Buffett background music at the lodge in this
family friendly party. Bartenders will even
have an outdoor Snow Bar serving classics
and island cocktails. Kids always have a great
time at the Coco Nut Bowling Contest, which
gets going at 2pm. The height of fun and entertainment is undoubtedly
the Cardboard Box Derby. Couples, individuals and families parade
down the hill in their own homemade cardboard box car. If you want
to participate, sign up in advance. Remember, only cardboard and duct
tape can be used in construction. Prizes will be handed out in several
April 21 - Easter Egg Hunt
In an always competitive yet fun event, 50 Easter eggs will be placed around
the mountain. Most will have candy in them while some will have a special
announcement indicating you won an additional prize, which you can then
claim at 3pm on the back deck. One lucky winner will get a season pass
provided that egg is indeed found. Other winners will get lift ticket vouchers
for next winter or a Trail Pass for the Hiawatha for this summer. Others
could win a T-Shirt or other fun prizes.
April 21 - Pond Skimming Competition
Come and attempt to skip, surf and glide across the chilly pond. Icy Dips
await those who do not possess the skill to navigate the water to safety. Bring
a towel and change of clothes just in case! Beach music will be blasting all
day, and everyone on the mountain is encouraged to put on their best island
wear. Those with a Hawaiian shirt get a free lei or party beads.
March 24 – Free Ski Day
As the season winds down at Mount Spokane, the mountain is teaming up
with KREM 2’s Tom Sherry for a ski-for-free day benefiting the Mead Food
Bank. All you have to do is bring eight cans of food to the ticket window,
and you’ll be given a free ticket Sunday, March 24. Protein and fruits are
most in need.
March 30 - Hawaiian Days
The final week of March you’ll find the lodge at Mount Spokane decorated
up like an island paradise. The culmination of the week is the annual pond
skimming competition on Saturday, March 30. Enjoy food and drink
specials, as well as costume contests, live music and prizes. Pull up a seat
and watch as brave skiers and riders try not to get soaked. Additional details
can be found at MtSpokane.com.
March 23 - Hawaiian Dayz
Another beach-themed party will be held on Saturday, March 23, at 49°
North. A special barbecue menu will be available, and you can watch or
participate in the annual Slush Cup events. Costume contests, season pass
specials and prize raffles are up for grabs as well, so dress the part!
March 30 - Oyster Feed
We all know some of the best oysters come from the Washington Coast,
but you don’t have to head all the way over to enjoy these tasty bites. The
mountain’s annual all-you-can-eat Oyster Feed is a seafood lover’s delight
with a whopping 1,000 pounds of delicious Blau oysters shipped fresh from
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Senior Sloan Woodward has run track
and cross country since he was in
seventh grade and currently serves as
the captain for both teams. His ability
to lead and inspire has had a significant
impact on his teammates.
“Sloan is an exceptional leader and captain
with an incredible work ethic. He is constantly
doing what it takes to be better and to lead his
teammates to be better also,” said his coach,
Matt Brass. “He is an inspiring leader, helping
to make one of the most successful boys’
teams we have ever had.”
Sloan also excels in the classroom where he
has an unweighted GPA of 4.0 and is ranked
sixth in his class.
In the fall, Sloan plans to attend either
the University of Oregon or California
Polytechnic State University to study
“I have a natural aptitude for math and
science, but I’m also very drawn to professions
that allow for creative expression,” explained
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blend of those two areas. However, while
studying in college, I also plan on exploring
the possibility of becoming a music producer,
because I spend a lot of my time listening
to music, and I’ve wanted to make my own
throughout high school.”
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at the collegiate level, he said what he
has enjoyed about track is the feeling of
having “more guts to push harder than my
competitors.” As for cross country, it is being
part of the family that they create every
year and making close friendships with his
teammates that he has enjoyed most.
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As a captain of both the girls’ cross
country and track teams this year,
senior Chloe Braedt has certainly
“Last season I nearly broke 20 minutes in
the 5k race, which is a new personal record
for me,” said Chloe, who has also won a
prestigious award for her achievements in the
Academic Decathlon and is involved in the
National Honors Society in addition to being
ranked one of the top in her class. And that
dedication has not gone unnoticed.
“Chloe has made great improvements each
year and is devoted to her team. Positivity
and hard work are her trademarks as well as
a commitment to her training in and out of
season and connecting with her teammates,”
said her coach, Angie Brass. “She is a fantastic
mentor to our new and younger runners.”
In the fall, Chloe will attend Lewis and Clark
College in Portland, where she will focus her
studies on sustainability and political science
with a goal of one day doing what she can
to protect and conserve our resources in a
sustainable way through legislation. As she
goes forward in her career, Chloe believes that
her involvement with track and cross country
have given her the qualities it takes to succeed
the best leader I can be for my team has been
difficult sometimes. But ultimately, these
challenges have shaped and transformed me
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individual,” said Chloe.
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country and says it is the personal relationships
she has developed with her teammates that she
has enjoyed the most. And as she begins her
next chapter in life, she will always remember
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If you live in Sandpoint, it’s hard to pick just one thing you love about
it. Is it the scenery? The friendliness of the people? The abundance of
year-round outdoor activities? If you are like most, the reasons are
plenty. And one thing I am certain we can all agree upon is that our
hardworking friends and neighbors who have chosen to call this place
home have given their hearts and souls into making sure that Sandpoint
has the “finest” of all that life has to offer; that is definitely something to
At Sandpoint Living Local, each month we love to share the stories of our
friends and neighbors who are making a difference in the lives around
them. We are also humbled by the support the community provides us
through reading our stories and choosing our publication and online
platforms to market and brand their businesses. It was out of this love of
community and desire to celebrate it that Sandpoint Living Local began
the Sandpoint’s Finest event last year. We have a passion when it comes to
connecting our community and want to acknowledge those who help to
make this a wonderful place to live and visit. And what a better place to
do it than at a social gathering that brings us all together!
This year, the Second Annual Sandpoint’s Finest event will take place
on Friday, March 29 at The Hive in Downtown Sandpoint. With food,
drinks, music, dancing, fun and laughter, we will recognize those
people, businesses and organizations that the community has voted as
Sandpoint’s Finest for this past year.
For the past few weeks, people have been voting online for whom they
believe to be “Sandpoint’s Finest” in a multitude of categories including
Sandpoint’s finest burger, cup of coffee, family owned business, creative
business, person of the year, finest organization with a cause and much,
much more. The voting was recently narrowed down to those who have
received the top three votes in each category. The winners of each of the
30 categories will be announced at the March 29 event.
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Northwest - Lisa Davies, Realtor; our Silver Sponsors StyleBar Beauty
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This red-carpet event will begin at 6pm with a cocktail hour complete
with appetizers, followed by the awards and then entertainment from The
Miah Kohal Band, known and loved by many! And it doesn’t stop there.
The festivities will continue with an after party at The 219 Lounge.
The inaugural event last year saw many in our community come together.
One of those in attendance was Scott Porter, owner of Sandpoint Super
Drug, who won the Finest for Customer Service in our community.
“The greatest compliment I could ever receive in the retail setting is
best customer service because without customer service we are nothing.
Both myself and my staff pride ourselves on great customer service,”
said Porter. “It was a great honor receiving this award, and [Sandpoint
Living Local] put together a first-class event showcasing all the winners
of Sandpoint's Finest. Job well done!”
While we set aside this time each year to recognize Sandpoint’s Finest,
these past several weeks have revealed to many just how important each
and every person and business is to the success of our town.
It was with heartbreak that we watched the buildings at First Avenue
and Bridge Street burn during the early hours of February 11. Business
owners who have given their hearts and souls to growing incredible
businesses for our community to enjoy were left helpless as the force of
nature took over.
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businesses, including Starbucks and City
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was planned to benefit those who suddenly
found themselves without work. Other
businesses opened space to those who lost
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Eichardt's Pub and Grill started a
GoFundMe for the downtown businesses
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NEW HABITS ARE HARD!
Change takes time
By Kenny Markwardt, CSCS, Owner, CrossFit Sandpoint
IT’S BEEN THREE MONTHS SINCE MY WIFE REARRANGED OUR
Plates, bowls, forks, knives, napkins, instruments, etc.—all in new homes. It’s
like a bizarre Easter egg hunt every time I try and find something.
So what? Just grab the stuff out of the new drawers and move on, right?
I’m trying. Believe me. It’s not fun to make extra laps around the island while
your food is doing its best to set itself on fire, especially when your 4-year-old
comments on how amusing you look every time you reach in the placemat
drawer when you’re actually just looking for a fork.
“Daddy, that’s not where the forks are! You’re silly!”
Unfortunately, old habits are hard to break.
My morning routine goes like this:
• First alarm goes off at 4:50am. I turn on the coffeemaker and hit snooze so I
can get back in bed for 15 more minutes of bedded bliss. My second, for real
this time, alarm goes off at 5:05.
• I get out of bed, turn off the alarm and get dressed.
• I pour myself a cup of coffee and heat up a pan.
• I put on some turkey bacon (or regular bacon if I’m in a “live a little” season),
add some eggs and, four minutes later, I have my breakfast ready.
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• For the last two years, at this point, I would
walk over to the silverware drawer and grab a
fork and knife; however, that is now where the
placemats live. So that means I walk halfway
across the kitchen to find that I’ve gone to the
wrong drawer (again). I then curse my mistake
and walk back to the new place where the
silverware now lives.
It’s literally been three months of this little
routine, and I’m pretty excited if I can remember
before I actually reach in the wrong drawer now.
Did my loving mom drop me on my head a lot
when I was a baby? She won’t answer me directly
about this, so the jury is still out. But I don’t
believe that has anything to do with this little
conundrum of mine.
It merely speaks to the power of habits, routine
and how difficult it is to change, especially in
times of lowered cognitive function (high stress,
low sleep, fatigue, etc.).
Think about your own life. How many things
do you just do without thinking? Have you ever
tried to change those things? Were you able to
make those changes long term or was it more
of a vacation from your normal habits until you
went back to what you were used to?
If you went back to being you after a period of
time, you’d be quite normal. Change is hard.
This is especially true when you don’t sleep or
are stressed out. During these times, your brain
has limited resources to make actual decisions,
so it just operates on autopilot. Studies have
shown that you essentially have a set amount of
capacity for decision-making. When the going
gets tough, that capacity gets maxed out and you
are forced to revert to old habits.
So we’ve established that it’s difficult to
reprogram your norms. Now what? Just don’t
Nope, instead of giving up, just realize that it’s
a process. Understand that you can’t just read a
self-help book, do what it says tomorrow and be
a new person. It takes time to rewire everything
and lay the groundwork for your new habits.
Instead, take the main points of where you
want to be and celebrate every time you make
a decision that goes against the routine you’re
trying to reset. If you normally skip the gym
when your day gets hectic, celebrate going to
the gym on those kinds of days. You might not
have your best training session ever, but you’re
starting a new habit, not going for perfection.
Over time, you’ll stop reaching into the wrong
drawer. You’ll stop yourself halfway there
and say, “Nope, that’s not what I want to do.”
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Chemical peels are a great way to start fresh
with your skin. They exfoliate dead skin
cells off the surface of your skin, stimulating
cell turnover and improving a wide range
of skin imperfections. Everything from acne, scarring,
hyperpigmentation (brown/age spots, sun damage), fine
lines and wrinkles can be improved with chemical peels.
This once popular skin-care treatment has taken a back
seat to newer treatments in recent years, but it is one of the
simplest in-office treatments you can do and delivers results
that will get you noticed. Below we answer some of your
most commonly asked questions and explain why we love
a good peel.
How do chemical peels work?
Our body naturally exfoliates old skin cells on the surface of
our skin, exposing new cells. A chemical peel speeds up this
process by breaking down the bonds between skin cells on
the top layer of your skin. As old cells are removed and new
cells generated, skin imperfections are improved.
Are there different kinds of peels?
Yes, there are many kinds of peels available, and they range
in potency and strength based on the ingredients used.
Some common ingredients include glycolic acids (alphahydroxy
acid), salicylic acid and lactic acid. Talk with your
aesthetic provider to discuss which type of peel would be
best for you. Salicylic acid peels tend to be great for clients
struggling with acne, while lactic acid peels are great for
brightening. Glycolic peels are a great option for someone
with sensitive skin.
Can a chemical peel be used on other areas of the body?
While treating the face is the most common, peels can be
With some peels there is no
discomfort at all. The gentlest peels
may not cause any actual peeling
of the skin, just a tightening and
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used on other areas as well. The neck, chest and
back are often areas of concern due to acne,
thinning/fine lines and hyperpigmentation (sun
How much does a chemical peel cost?
The cost of chemical peels varies depending on
the type of peel you are receiving, the practice
in which you are having your treatment and
the experience/credentials of your provider. On
average, a chemical peel cost between $100 and
How long will my results last?
A chemical peel will give you an instant radiance
and dewy look for up to a week with long-term
results of improved texture and coloring, and a
decrease in fine lines and wrinkles. Peels can be
repeated every four to six weeks, and a series of
three peels is often recommended for optimal
results, with a follow-up peel once a year for
Do chemical peels hurt?
With most chemical peels, clients experience
mild tingling, stinging and heat as the molecules
activate the top layers of the skin. This generally
lasts approximately two minutes and is relieved
with a cool fan. As the peeling process begins
(generally on day three), you may experience
some itching that is relieved with over-thecounter
With some peels there is no discomfort at all. The
gentlest peels may not cause any actual peeling of
the skin, just a tightening and brightening.
Is there any downtime after a peel?
Most chemical peels do cause the treated area
to peel between days three and five. The severity
can range from dryness/sloughing to large sheets
of peeling skin. Schedule your peel at least two
weeks before a large event or vacation to ensure
If you are considering a chemical peel, it is
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By Marilyn Cupery, RRT, Cardiopulmonary Clinical Supervisor
Bonner General Health’s Cardiopulmonary Department provides
diagnostic and therapeutic services to people with lung and/or
heart disorders. These services, also known as respiratory therapy,
are available on an inpatient or outpatient basis.
Our licensed, credentialed respiratory therapists work with patients of all
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a day, seven days a week. Our therapists work with a full range of patients
from newborn infants to those reaching the end of their lives. We care for
those with chronic lung diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema and
lung cancer, and acute conditions such as pneumonia and traumatic lung
injury. We also teach patients postoperative breathing exercises and smoking
Our cardiopulmonary staff is certified in Basic Life Support, Advanced
Cardiovascular Life Support and Neonatal Resuscitation, and they earn
continuing education units throughout the year.
The respiratory therapists at BGH are very motivated to enhance their
education and training and enhance the quality of their patient care. There
are six respiratory therapists (RTs) on staff, and they have been increasing
their knowledge base through programs offered by the American Association
for Respiratory Care and other organizations. Collectively, we have 189 years
of experience in the field of respiratory therapy!
Over the past three years, three RTs have completed extensive online
programs to enhance their practice. In 2016, John O’Brien, registered
respiratory therapist (RRT), completed a course in adult critical care through
the AARC, which focuses on caring for critically ill patients in the ICU and
Emergency Department. In 2017, Laura Jones, RRT, finished the same course.
In 2018, Janet Edwards, certified respiratory therapist, completed a course
in pulmonary rehabilitation, making her a specialist in this area in order to
benefit the population of patients in our area who suffer from chronic lung
disease such as asthma and COPD.
Ron Dahl, RRT, is a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s
Medical Reserve Corp and has been for many years. He is one of only two
respiratory therapists in North Idaho who volunteers for training in disaster
response for this organization and is ready to respond if called. He is about
to embark on a training program through Kettering University to further his
critical-care education by taking an adult critical care course in order to add
to his master’s degree in safety, security and emergency management.
Corey (Shawn) Clum, RRT, just obtained his certification to be a facilitator
for the BGH branch of the American Lung Association’s Better Breather’s
Club. He will be sharing in facilitating the monthly meetings with Marilyn
Cupery, RRT, and clinical supervisor for the Cardiopulmonary Department.
Nickey Bye, RRT, obtained her national certification for EMT (emergency
medical technician) last year, as she and her husband are employed at a
fire department in Northern Washington, and they operate the ambulance
service in that area.
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By Amanda Thome, PT, DPT
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CAN LEARN IF YOU
DO HAVE BPPV OR
ANOTHER CAUSE OF
Have you ever felt like the room is
spinning or moving (vertigo)? Perhaps
you rolled over in bed, looked up or
bent over and felt sudden spinning.
Some people feel their vision is unstable or
bouncing (oscillopsia) or feel off balance when in
grocery stores or busy environments.
Those are only some of the symptoms people with a
vestibular disorder report. Depending on the cause,
symptoms can last seconds or be constant. They can
resolve in days or not at all.
To understand why some people get these
complaints, let’s talk about what the vestibular
system is. It is a sensory system essential to normal
movement and equilibrium. We will focus on the
semicircular canals, ampullae and otolith organs.
There are three semicircular canals inside our
inner ears. These bone-encased canals house fluid
and have dilated ends (ampulla) with hair cells. In
a healthy system, when you move your head one
direction, the hair cells deflect and excite a canal
in one ear and simultaneously inhibit a canal in
the opposite ear. This sends a message to the brain
informing of angular accelerations of our head.
Between the semicircular canals and our cochlea
are the otolith organs (utricle and saccule). They
are responsible for sensing gravity and position
in space. These organs contain calcium carbonate
crystals called otoconia that sit on top of hair
cells. Otoconia weigh more than the membrane
surrounding them, thus they are gravity dependent.
They send information to your brain, such as where
your head is in relation to gravity, and detect linear
accelerations of your head-such as when you jump,
go down stairs or ride in a car.
As we age, otoconia tend to decay and become more
porous. Additionally, healthy crystals are linked
by filaments, however, age thins these filaments.
All of these effects can lead to otoconia becoming
The most common cause of a peripheral vestibular
disorder is called BPPV (benign paroxysmal
positional vertigo). Common triggers are
transitional movements, tipping your head back,
bending down, turning over in bed, etc.
The most common explanation for BPPV is called
canalithiasis. Here, crystals that were supposed to be
in the utricle and saccule broke off and floated into
the semicircular canals (which were supposed to be
crystal free). When the person changes positions,
these crystals move and send misinformation to
the brain causing the spinning feeling and, at times,
jerking eye movements called nystagmus. This type
of vertigo usually lasts for around 20 seconds after
the provoking movement.
With the appropriate assessment by a health-care
provider you can learn if you do have BPPV or
another cause of your dizziness/vestibular disorder.
BPPV is by far the most common peripheral
disorder (10 percent of the geriatric population
will experience it). The good news is BPPV can be
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When we are not feeling well, the first thing we often
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and treatment plan that can be implemented to get us
back on the path to health.
This process works quite well at resolving the symptoms that make us
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Starting by addressing symptoms is an important step to feeling better.
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factors that lead to injury or disease.
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This includes not getting enough sleep, being dehydrated and hungry,
being too cold and not taking rest breaks. Also skiing aggressively
early in the season before adequately strengthening and lengthening
muscles could be a factor.
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digestive issues that led to your bones being more brittle and prone
If we keep up this inquiry and look more deeply, we would have to
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how the body detoxifies itself. In this case, how much animal protein
you eat would play a role in the B vitamins you absorb that your liver
uses to detoxify.
Having methylation gene variations that won’t allow normal
breakdown of the folic acid form of vitamin B9 or other forms of
B12 could affect brain fog and memory. Your liver wouldn’t be able
to keep up breaking down the flame-retardant chemicals off-gassing
from the brand-new car you just bought and drove up the mountain.
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them last week, and weren’t thinking straight. You also might not
have quite recovered from breathing the mold coming out of the airconditioning
system in the old car you were driving all winter.
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Peace Corps volunteers recall
BY COLIN ANDERSON
PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE PEACE CORPS
AND ANDREW HINDERLIE
Upon graduating high school we all face the same challenging
question: What do I want to do with my life? One path
is to continue your education at a traditional four-year
university, community college or technical school. Many
enter the workforce in a wide range of jobs or family owned business.
Still others feel the need to serve their country through military
service. And a few simply set out to explore the world while they aren’t
tied down to a career, marriage or family. In 1961, another opportunity
arose for young people across the country.
Then presidential candidate John F. Kennedy wrapped up a day of
campaigning and arrived on the campus of the University of Michigan
at 2am. Though the press corps had all retired, 10,000 students were
still assembled, waiting to hear from the candidate. From the steps
of the Student Union Building, Kennedy issued a challenge to the
assembled crowd; a challenge that would bring about a new path of
service to the country once he was elected to the White House.
"How many of you who are going to be doctors are willing to spend
your days in Ghana? Technicians or engineers, how many of you are
willing to work in the Foreign Service and spend your lives traveling
around the world? On your willingness to do that, not merely to
serve one year or two years in the service, but on your willingness to
contribute part of your life to this country, I think will depend (upon)
the answer to the question of whether a free society can compete. I
think it can! And I think Americans are willing to contribute. But the
effort must be far greater than we have ever made in the past.”
In March of 1961, President Kennedy created the Peace Corps, and
in the 58 years since, nearly a quarter of a million Americans have
answered his challenge to serve their country by utilizing their skills in
the developing world.
Northwest resident Wayne Nishek was among the first batch to answer
the president’s challenge. Wayne grew up on a farm but always wanted
to see the world. He studied abroad in England in the late 1950s and
was able to experience a different culture for the first time. He also
recalls seeing the devastation from World War II still present in the
likes of crumbled buildings and deep holes in the landscape where
bombs had dropped.
“I wouldn’t say I was draft dodging, but I didn’t want to go to Vietnam
like my three older brothers, but I still wanted to see the world and
help people,” recalled Wayne, now 78.
Wayne was at a farming conference in Denver when he first heard of
the Peace Corps, and it didn’t take much selling for him to sign up.
Wayne and his girlfriend signed up to be part of the first team of Peace
Corp volunteers to enter southern Bolivia, but first a whole lot of life
needed to happen.
“We decided to get married before we left, so we scrambled and made
it happen. We took a three-day honeymoon and then got on a plane to
Miami to begin our training,” said Wayne.
Their stay in Miami was short lived however, as the night they arrived
coincided with the Bay of Pigs Invasion that set the region under
immense tension. The newlyweds were instead flown to Vermont for
months of training that included the Spanish language and militarystyle
“I remember them taking us out in a raft with our hands tied behind
our back and pushing us out into the water,” said Wayne.
Of the original 60 or so signups only about half made it through the
training. After several months of training they were on their way to
Bolivia. Once on the ground, Wayne used his farming background to
help with a local rice co-op which was dealing with constantly brokendown
machinery. He showed the Bolivians the mechanics of how an
engine works on a combine and what was needed to maintain it. He
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created manuals written entirely in Spanish and was
able to help vastly improve their harvesting skills.
Once that project was running smoothly, he moved
into helping out with local 4-H style programs where
he helped the locals breed healthier animals such as
hogs and chickens. What seemed like a few simple
skills he had learned through his own upbringing
ultimately changed and improved the lives of
countless people in the region.
“People say they don’t have anything to offer, but
there are a lot of skills that translate in developing
countries. A lot need help with simple mechanics,
reading, bookkeeping and just developing plans,” he
Wayne’s two years in Bolivia would evolve into a
lifetime of service. He would spend 19 years in Africa
building homes and schools in far remote villages
and teaching locals how to create and patch clay
stoves. He would eventually run the first Peace Corps
training camp in India, where he would send new
recruits out to a remote village for a week to teach
them how to get by with very little.
“They learned a lot about culture, surviving with
almost nothing, and came back wanting to focus on
learning the language,” he said.
Of all the impact he made, it was one of the smallest
things that might have gone the furthest. Back in
Bolivia, the humidity and heat always attracted flies,
and no one was using a screen door. Wayne showed
them how to build a screen and, using old rubber
bike tires, create a swinging screen door for a few of
the homes. When he visited 15 years later it was still
the talk of the town.
As he looks back at his experience, he shares
that he was only just trying to make some sort of
contribution to the world but instead did so much to
impact a community and make it a healthier place to
live. It is something of which he is proud.
Like Wayne, Pastor Andrew Hinderlie had studied
abroad with his experience coming in Thailand.
After graduating college in the Midwest in 1978,
he thought he might go back to Asia and possibly
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a lot of times the
locals would ask
why they didn’t
have the same
democracy in their
teach—until he met up with an on-campus
Peace Corps recruiter.
“After a lot of thought, I decided to do it,” said
With not a lot of building or farming
background, the Peace Corps decided Andrew’s
best fit was in planning and logistics. He went
through language training and was taught
survival skills as well (now a less intense version
than Wayne’s). He was sent to the Togolese
Republic, also known as Togo, in Africa to help
oversee logistics and financial planning projects
for the local government.
“We always worked as a team, and I didn’t
always want to push hard, but I learned I often
had to push people to really get stuff done.”
Andrew would facilitate many projects
across Africa, but some of his most impactful
messaging came through simple conversations.
While he was learning about different cultures,
Andrew was also sharing with locals the ideals
of American Democracy.
“This would spur discussions about our system,
and a lot of times the locals would ask why they
didn’t have the same freedoms and democracy
in their country,” he recalled.
Wayne recalls spending time in Muslim villages
as well and being treated with the same respects
as the locals.
“I would leave my shoes and all of my stuff
on the beach when I went for a walk. When I
came back an hour later my stuff was always
still there. Where in America do you think that
could happen?” asked Wayne.
While both men specialized in different areas,
traveled to different lands and had different
experiences, both Wayne and Andrew came
back with a similar understanding of the world
“We would supply the expertise for the local
masons, carpenters, architects, planners and
problem solve with design teams,” he said.
Andrew’s team built schools, outbuildings
and large dry-storage buildings for grains. A
self-described “Minnesota nice guy,” Andrew
admits to being hesitant in some of his early
decision-making as to not offend locals but
learned how to be a confident leader by running
Andrew’s commitment to his faith is evidenced
from his position of pastor at a Lutheran
church, but he was never afraid to explore
his beliefs and how they differ from those in
other nations and religions. He went to all the
different churches he could find and learned
from practicing Buddhists as well.
“I don’t see God as just in my denomination but
in all places. I see God as a God that loves this
Wayne still speaks monthly with a few of
the folks from his original volunteer group;
relationships that have stood more than 50
years. When Andrew returned home he quickly
got involved with the international community,
hosting students and having welcome parties in
his parents’ home.
“Once you come into my home, you are always
welcome,” he said.
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In Togo, Andrew was welcomed with a smile
and, despite cultural difference, he maintains
many were very similar to the Americans he
grew up with. Strangers would open up their
homes to serve him a meal and would often
even put him up for the night, a courtesy
Andrew utilizes in his own home today.
Wayne recalls dining with families as well
and the common theme of respect and
understanding that can be shared over a meal.
“Almost every country has unique things in
their culture, but if you treat human beings like
human beings, eat food and share drink with
each other, you’ll be accepted into a family.”
The impact the Peace Corps has on its
volunteers like Andrew and Wayne is felt long
after they’ve left. Spreading the democratic
ideals of the United States has inspired people
in developing countries to fight for additional
freedoms and take political office. Many come
The impact the
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struggle often isn’t paying bills but finding
enough food and clean water for their family.
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Tips for growing your own vegetable garden
BY ANDREA JOHNSON
Growing your own vegetables can be an amazing experience, and it doesn't have to be difficult or complicated. Knowing
when to start planting, how often to water and the basics of seasonal planting can keep you in fresh veggies year round.
Nothing tastes fresher than a tomato or snap pea eaten right off the vine. Children who would never eat vegetables on
their plate will happily pluck them out of a home vegetable garden and pop them in their mouths raw.
Growing vegetables at home is also a great way to teach kids where food comes from. Keep them by your side weeding and mulching,
and they will learn about plants, animals, ecology and more.
The following information provides lots of good tips for beginners in the Pacific Northwest, so dive in and have fun!
Preparing the Soil
The most important step in vegetable gardening comes before a single seed is planted. Preparing your soil for vegetable planting is one
of the most important tips for beginners. It all starts with determining what kind of soil you have.
Basically soil comes in three forms: clay, sandy and loam. Take a handful of wet soil and squeeze. If the soil falls apart as soon as you
open your hand, you have sandy soil. If it stays together but falls apart when you poke it, you have fertile loam. If the soil stays together
even after you poke it, you have clay soil.
Fertile loam is the best soil for growing vegetables. If that's what you have, you've lucked out. Simply work about
an inch of compost or composted manure about six inches down and remove all weeds and clumps of grass.
Sandy soil drains well but doesn't hold water well enough to support plants. Cover your garden patch
with two or more inches of compost and work it in thoroughly. Don't skimp or rush through this step
as your seeds will not germinate well.
Clay soil does not mix well with compost and won't support your vegetables. You can dig down
three or more inches and replace the soil with good fertile
loam and compost or build a raised bed out of lumber or
Next, knowing when to start planting will get your garden off
to a strong start.
Choose Your Vegetables
Now comes the fun part: choosing your plants. Most
vegetables will grow well in properly prepared and watered
soil, but some are easier to grow than others.
The Pacific Northwest has a shorter growing season than
most parts of the country, so choosing plants that mature
quickly and knowing when to plant will help ensure your first
vegetable garden is a success.
Some favorite easy-to-grow vegetables are radishes, lettuce,
spinach, beans, beets, snap peas, onions, scallions and
Cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts take a bit
longer but like cooler weather. Brussels sprouts can even be
harvested in the snow.
Tomatoes are difficult to grow from seed, so unless you are an
experienced vegetable gardener, start with live plants from a
Look for tomato varieties with initials after the name, such
as HR or IR. HR means the tomato is highly resistant to
pathogens; IR means the variety has intermediate resistance.
Choose several highly resistant patio tomatoes for an easy
Winter squash and pumpkins take a long time to mature and
sprawl to cover a wide area. Summer squash is easy to grow
and matures quickly but is also prone to sprawl.
When to Plant
On the back of your seed packets you will find a chart that
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In general, plant your peas first, in early March. In late March
to early April, plant your beets, carrots, scallions and onions.
Late April and early May is the time to plug in your carrots
and cauliflower. In early May, plant summer squash, lettuces,
beans and herbs. Cucumbers, corn and nursery plants should
be planted in early June.
This kind of seasonal planting helps to ensure you have a
steady stream of veggies to harvest. Replant short-growing
plants like radishes and lettuce often to keep them coming.
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comes before a single seed is planted.
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If you have prepared your soil well, deciding when to water is easy. Stick a finger into the soil to the depth of about an inch.
The soil should feel moist but not soggy. If it feels dry, it's time to water.
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advantage of discouraging mildew or mold on the leaves of tomatoes, squash and cucumbers.
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If you are looking to make improvements on your current home or building a new home is in your future, it is imperative that you start of by hiring
an experienced and reliable contractor who will be there from start to finish, bringing your dream to reality.
“Hiring a competent general contractor will save you from the headaches of construction and give you a great experience and a well-built home,” says
Robert Carey, a retired general building contractor. “Securing some knowledge prior to starting your improvement project can give you an edge and prevent
any frayed nerves or worse.”
These six steps will aid in helping you determine the best man, or woman, for the job.
1 . K N O W W H A T
Y O U W A N T
Before you even start researching contractors for your project, it is
important that you, the client, know exactly what you want the end
result to be. Spend some time thinking through exactly what you
hope to accomplish; everything from look, style, amenities, etc. This
is where a design consultant or design-build firm can be of service to
help you put down in writing the desired end result.
2 . D O Y O U R
R E S E A R C H
After narrowing down your search from the dozens, if not hundreds, of
contractors in your area to just a handful or so, it is important to check
credentials to ensure the contractors you’re reaching out to are licensed and
registered, have insurance and are accredited by the Better Business Bureau.
Knowing you are hiring someone you can trust will ensure the project will
go as smoothly as possible.
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3 . G E T B I D S
It is advised to get a minimum of three bids, as this allows the client a
clearer idea of the various contractors and what they have to offer. And
don’t let cost deter you. Though someone may bid the project lower than
the rest, this could result in marginal work and disappointment. It is often
recommended to immediately throw out the lowest bid on your project,
as this could be a sign that the contractor is cutting corners, desperate for
work or may end up costing you more than you had anticipated.
4 . T R U S T Y O U R
I N S T I N C T S
You and your family will be spending a lot of time with the contractor
and his crew over the duration of the project. After you’ve done your
due diligence researching a number of contractors, looking to not only
their positive ratings, qualifications and experience, taking into account
their bids, now is the time to look past all that and ask yourself, “Am I
comfortable with this person?” From their background to personality,
communication skills (is everyone clear about the project and on the
same page?) and beyond, the more at ease your contractor makes you
feel, the greater chance for a successful outcome to your project.
5 . S C O P E O F
W O R K P R O P O S A L
For larger projects, contractors are likely to prepare a "scope of work
proposal." There is usually a fee for this, paid up front (then applied toward
the project cost once the client accepts the bid). The document includes
deliverables (the services the contractor will be responsible for), timeline
(the expected duration of the project), tasks and milestones (to monitor
the progress of the project to stay on schedule) and reports (a formal record
of the project at hand). Agreed-upon contracts are extremely important to
protect not only the client but contractor as well.
6 . S E T U P A
P A Y M E N T P L A N /
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It’s not just how much you will be paying that is important but how you
plan to pay the contractor. It is recommended to pay the contractor no
more than 30 percent up front. From there, make payment arrangements
periodically as the contractor completes portions of the project—three
separate payments is acceptable. The remaining 10 percent should not be
paid until the completion of the project to guarantee it gets done right and
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like a Local
Spring is the best time to visit
BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND
Discover 300 years of history, culture and food on a visit to New Orleans—one of the oldest cities in
the United States. When people think of New Orleans, thoughts turn to Mardi Gras and the crazy
party that is Bourbon Street, but there is so much more to this city than the French Quarter, and I
am going to share tips on visiting like a local. It may surprise you to know that many of the iconic
tourist destinations are also favorites of local Louisianans.
Where to Stay
If you have your heart set on the French Quarter by all means stay there, but you will pay a lot more with many
hotels having parking fees of up to $50 a night. I like to stay in Metairie, which is a short drive from the New
Orleans airport and about a 10-minute drive to the French Quarter. It is New Orleans’ first suburb and has
many family friendly hotels. The Courtyard Marriott Metairie has a very friendly staff that makes you feel at
home. The nice thing about this area is that it is quiet at night, and it is very easy to schedule an Uber if you
wish to go out in the French Quarter.
Things You Must See and Do
Louisianans were foodies before it was a thing. A whole day can revolve around food and drink from beignets
and café au lait in the morning, po’boys or a muffuletta for lunch, a gourmet meal at one of the iconic restaurants
and a flaming hurricane or other cocktail to finish off the night. You might even be able to fit in a bit of
sightseeing in between. Here are the must sees and eats.
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LOUISIANANS WERE FOODIES BEFORE IT WAS A
THING. A WHOLE DAY CAN REVOLVE AROUND FOOD
AND DRINK FROM BEIGNETS AND CAFÉ AU LAIT IN
THE MORNING, PO’BOYS OR A MUFFULETTA FOR
LUNCH, A GOURMET MEAL AT ONE OF THE ICONIC
RESTAURANTS AND A FLAMING HURRICANE OR
OTHER COCKTAIL TO FINISH OFF THE NIGHT.
1. Beignets and Coffee in the French Quarter. There are other places
to enjoy this treat, but the Café Du Monde in the French Quarter is
the original. Established in 1862, this local treasure is open 24 hours
a day. My family always plans a visit whenever we are in town, and on
my last visit, I ran into my cousin. What makes this place so special? It
never changes. The menu has consistently stayed the same serving only
Beignets—a light, puffy square French doughnut lavishly dredged in
powdered sugar—and various beverages. The café’ au lait is coffee and
chicory with hot milk and complements the sweetness of the Beignets.
Insider Tip: The café is insanely popular with crowds queued up down
the street waiting for a table. You seat yourself and it is cash only. For the
best experience, get up early. You will be able to easily find parking and a
table no later than 7am. The French Quarter can smell a little ripe in the
morning after the partying crowd has turned in, but the delicious smell
of beignets cooking cleanses the air.
2. The French Quarter. The Café Du Monde is located in the French
Market, which is filled with shops perfect for souvenirs. Make sure to pick
up some Aunt Sally’s Pralines. Slightly down the street from the French
Market is Jackson Square, and it is the No. 1 destination for visitors to
New Orleans. This lovely landscaped square with a prominent statue of
Andrew Jackson, Hero of the Battle of New Orleans, serves as an open-air
artist colony. For more than 50 years, artists have presented their work
on the wrought iron fence surrounding the square. Watch for the local
street performers and listen to some great jazz right on the sidewalks.
You can spend a whole day in this area. Make sure to visit the St. Louis
Cathedral as well as the Cabildo and Presbytère state museums. Once
you are done exploring, hop on one of the carriages that line up in front
of the square and take a tour of the French Quarter. What is unique about
these carriage tours are they are pulled by mules that are more adapted to
the extreme temperatures of the city.
3. Have a Sandwich. New Orleans has raised the lowly sandwich into
a whole new level of deliciousness. Some vocab you need to know: A
po’boy is what a sandwich is called and the favorites are shrimp, oyster
or roast beef. You will be asked if you want it dressed. This means with
lettuce, tomato and mayo or plain. A muffuletta is made on a whole
round loaf of bread hollowed out and filed with deli-fresh sliced meats
and cheeses and Italian olive salad. For muffulettas you need to go to
Central Grocery, where this hearty sandwich was invented in 1906 by
Salvatore Lupo. For a good po’boy ask the locals; there are shacks and
bars around the city that specialize in po’boys, and usually the least
appealing looking of places have the best po’boys. On my recent visit,
a local recommended Bear’s Poboys at Gennaro’s, which is located right
next to the interstate and collocated with a bar. On a busy Saturday, it was
a constant rush of people dining in or picking up huge bags of po’boys
to go. Bear’s specializes in slow-roasted beef po’boys, but we tried the
shrimp and the oyster versions. They were so good. Ours were served
dressed on a type of roll I’ve only had in Louisiana. It is soft but super
sturdy and holds up to the sauces without falling apart.
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WHERE TO STAY
Courtyard Marriott Metairie - Marriott.com
WHERE TO EAT
Antoine’s - Antoines.com
The Commander’s Palace - CommandersPalace.com
Bear’s Poboys - BearsPoboys.com
Café Du Monde - CafeDuMonde.com
THING TO DO
The French Market - FrenchMarket.org
The French Quarter - FrenchQuarter.com
St, Louis Cathedral - StLouisCathedral.org
New Orleans City Park - NewOrleansCityPark.com
Frenchmen Street - FrenchmenStreetLive.com
4. City Park. This 1,300-acre green space is one of the oldest parks in
the United States, drawing millions of people each year to visit. There
are trails surrounded by oak trees dripping with Spanish moss and many
themed gardens to include two sculpture gardens and the New Orleans
Botanical Garden. This is the site of the New Orleans Museum of Art,
Storyland (which is a themed playground with 25 giant sculptures from
your favorite fairy tales), an amusement park with a historic carousel and
an 18-hole golf course and a mini golf course. There really is something
for everyone, and the grounds are just stunning. Insider Tip: There is a
24-hour café called Morning Call that has been in the park for more than
5. Eat at an Iconic Restaurant. Antoine’s and the Commander’s Palace
are the Grand Dames of New Orleans dining. According to Teyonda
Hamilton, a long-time New Orleans resident and assistant manager at
the Metairie Courtyard Marriott who is a wealth of knowledge when it
comes to the city, “The iconic restaurants really live up to the hype. Like
most New Orleans’ families, we cook, and so when we go out to eat it
needs to be not like what we cook at home. My family goes to Antoine’s or
the Commander’s Palace for special occasions,” she said. Both restaurants
have been around for over 100 years. Famed chefs Emeril Lagasse and
Paul Prudhomme are alumni of the Commander’s Palace. Antoine’s is the
oldest restaurant in the country and still run by members of the original
family. This is where Oysters Rockefeller was created, and the recipe is a
closely guarded secret.
6. Frenchmen Street. Located just east of the French Quarter, this is
where the locals go to enjoy a night on the town and is the heart of live
music in New Orleans. Enjoy lower prices than Bourbon Street on drinks
and food as well as just about any type of live music. There are over 20
bars, restaurants and other venues all within a two-block area. You can
experience live music seven days a week all year long. Each has its own
unique experience such as the dive Igor’s Checkpoint Charlie, which is a
bar, a restaurant and a laundromat.
The food, the people, the history and the culture of New Orleans all
come together to create an unforgettable experience. Whether you plan
a weekend getaway or an extended vacation, you will never run out
of things to see, do and eat. If you love the cuisine, pick up a copy of
“River Roads Recipes” cookbook, with its great collection of Louisiana
food that has stood the test of time and makes a useful souvenir. For
more information on the city, make sure to visit the official New Orleans
tourism site at NewOrleans.com
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RECIPES LOCAL FLAVOR SPOTLIGHTS
Trinity at City Beach
Sandpoint’s premier waterfront dining offers an
extensive menu of American cuisine with an
impressive wine list. Featuring a full-service bar
and beautiful view of Lake Pend Oreille. Serving
breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week,
Trinity at City Beach is ready to become your
new favorite restaurant.
56 Bridge St. | Sandpoint
Restaurant & Bar -
Sweet Lou’s Restaurant and Bar proudly offers
something for everyone, with specialties
including chicken fried steak, smoked prime
rib, bison ribs and grilled PB&J and bacon
sandwiches. All menu items are reasonably
priced, fresh and made to order. Full bar.
477272 Hwy 95 | Ponderay
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. The bar
and restaurant menu changes with the season
offering a variety of delicious food year round.
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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!
Shoga Sushi sits on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille
and offers breathtaking views of the mountains
and water with sunsets that beautifully color the
sky. Owner Cassandra Cayson and her staff pride
themselves on building relationships with the locals
and tourists alike, focusing on accommodating each
guest’s tastes and preferences.
Sagle - 41 Lakeshore Dr.
Fresh & unique, Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant
in Downtown Sandpoint has been a favorite of
many for over 25 years. Whether it’s Margarita
Monday, Taco Tuesday or Magic Wednesday, there
is something for everyone here, and its newlyexpanded
menu has brought even more choices
to diners. If you are looking for family fun, a date
night or even a place to host a party in their private
dining room, Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant will
keep you coming back for more!
314 North Second Avenue, Sandpoint, Idaho
Authentic Mexican cuisine prepared fresh daily. Fiesta Bonita’s
menu is full of many unique and authentic recipes. They have
a full bar at their Ponderay location and outdoor seating. Open
daily at 11am. Bring the family or make it a date night. There is
something for everyone at Fiesta Bonita!
700 Kootenai Cutoff Rd. | Ponderay
202 N Second Ave. | Sandpoint
CEDAR STREET BISTRO
Experience tasty food and great coffee in a truly unique setting.
Exceptional coffee drinks and delectable pastries, handcrafted
Gelato (Italian ice cream), grilled gourmet sandwiches and
wraps, stone-baked pizzas, dessert and savory crepes, fresh
salads and homemade soups. Something for everyone from
7am - 5pm daily.
334 N. First Ave. | Sandpoint
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CITY BEACH ORGANICS
City Beach Organics offers top-notch, made-fromscratch
organic food and drinks in a recently renovated
downtown location. They serve homemade soups daily!
Conveniently located, they can also make your order to go!
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Full service bar with
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Enjoy farm-fresh, seasonally inspired food. Brunch is served
daily and menu items include fresh apple doughnuts, chicken
and waffles and more! Dinner items include fresh meatloaf and
smoked steelhead trout. Silo bar open daily at 11am. Learn
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477227 Highway 95 N. | Ponderay
POWDER HOUND PIZZA
What could be better when looking to take a break from
your day at Schweitzer Mountain? Powder Hound Pizza
offers something for everyone including salads, sandwiches,
appetizers, and of course amazing specialty pizza. They also
have a variety of cold beers on tap to quench your thirst.
Powder Hound Pizza at Schweitzer Mountain is open during
the winter season and during summer festivals at the mountain.
Stop by and see for yourself why Powder Hound Pizza has been
awarded "Sandpoint's Finest!"
Located at the Lazier Center at Schweitzer Mountain
Resort. 208.255.5645. www.powderhoundpizza.com
Northern Country Cuisine,
featuring house smoked
barbecue, smoked chicken and
farm to table comfort foods.
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March 23rd at 6pm
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BUTTERNUT CHICKEN POT
PIE WITH SAGE BISCUITS
Recipe & Photo Courtesy of Marina Gunn
1 tbsp. olive oil
4-5 chicken thighs
1 head of celery
8 medium carrots
1 yellow onion
16 oz. butternut squash soup*
1 tsp. salt
1 cup arugula
FOR THE BISCUITS:
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. kosher salt or pink
14 tbsp. unsalted butter,
cold and cubed
1/4 cup whole milk
3/4 oz. chopped sage (1
clamshell at grocery)
1 large egg
• Turn to medium heat and add olive oil to cover the bottom
of a large pot. Add chicken thighs and sauté for 5 minutes,
flip and continue for an additional 5 minutes. Remove the
chicken from the pot, shred with a fork and set aside.
• Using the same pot on medium-low heat, add chopped
celery, carrots and yellow onion. Add more olive oil and salt
if needed, stir occasionally. Cook until the onions are slightly
transparent (7-8 minutes).
• Add the shredded chicken to the sautéed vegetables, stir and
add in the butternut squash soup. Cover, simmer on low for
20 minutes. Add and mix in arugula before removing from
• While the soup mixture is simmering, make the sage biscuits
(adapted from Molly Yeh’s recipe).
• Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the
butter using a pastry cutter or your hands, incorporating the
butter until the mixture is the consistency of oatmeal and the
butter is the size of peas.
• Mix in the milk and chopped sage until the mixture comes
together to form a dough. I usually use my hands at this point
to make sure it’s combined.
• On a floured surface, pat the dough to 3/4” thick and then cut
out round biscuits, re-rolling scraps as needed.
• Add the biscuits to top of butternut chicken and vegetables if
using an oven-safe pot. If not, transfer chicken and vegetable
mixture to an oven-safe casserole dish or pan and then top
• Brush the biscuits with the beaten egg and top with salt. Bake
on 425°F until the biscuits are golden brown, 25- 30 minutes.
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NORTHERN STARS RISING
SET FOR MARCH 29
BY PATTY HUTCHENS
We have a lot to offer here in
Sandpoint and an abundance of
local talent is no exception.
On Friday, March 29, Pend
Oreille Arts Council will present an opportunity
for you to come and enjoy local artists as they share
their talent in a variety of ways—musical, vocal,
dance and the spoken word.
Northern Stars Rising will take place at the
Heartwood Center, 615 Oak Street, with doors
opening at 6:30pm and the performance beginning
at 7pm. It is a unique opportunity for local
performing artists to showcase their talent, and it’s
something you don’t want to miss.
Auditions took place in February where it was
narrowed down to five “rising stars” who will
perform at the March 29 event.
The Pend Oreille Arts Council (POAC) exists to
facilitate quality experiences in the arts through
educational programs and presentations that
benefit the people of North Idaho. For over 40
years, POAC has been the facilitator of countless
performances, art exhibits and much more. They
are the force behind the annual Arts and Crafts
Fair that takes place each August and work yearround
with many local and regional artists.
In their effort to support the arts in Sandpoint,
POAC receives financial support through grants
from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the
National Endowment for the Arts, the Western
States Arts Federation, the Idaho Community
Foundation and the Inland Northwest Community
Foundation as well as many public and private
entities. And of course, there is always the support
from local businesses and individuals who
generously invest in the arts in the community.
Be sure to check out Northern Stars Rising on
March 29. Ticket prices are $15 for adults or $5 for
ages 18 and younger and available by contacting
Pend Oreille Arts Council or going online at
ArtInSandpoint.org where you can also check out
the abundance of wonderful events POAC has
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Umphrey's McGee in Concert
The boys are back in town! KPND and Low Country Boil
Productions present Umphrey's McGee live at The Hive
Sunday, March 10, 7pm to 1am. Part of the band's 2019 Wax
On, Wax Off Tour, this is sure to offer all in attendance an
evening of pure musical entertainment. Tickets are priced
$35 for general admission, $50 for VIP and can be purchased
online at EventBrite.com.
Terry Robb in Concert
Terry Robb is one of the top acoustic blues guitarists of
our time. His signature fingerpicking style has earned him
international acclaim from worldwide audiences, music
critics and his distinguished peers. Incorporating elements
from the Mississippi Delta music tradition, ragtime,
country, swing and free jazz, Robb has built a unique blues
sound that has made him a legend in his prolific music
career spanning more than four decades. Tickets are $12 in
advance and $15 day of show. DiLunas.com
Health Care Educational
Don't miss this year's Health Care Educational Symposium
9am to 3pm at the Kootenai River Inn in Bonners Ferry. The
community is invited to attend this free event featuring
speakers who will be presenting an array of topics. There
will also be a Q&A with a panel of experts. Visit with each
professional at their booth and be qualified for a variety
of door prizes. For more information, contact Jennifer
VanEtten at 208.457.2554.
SKI for MS
Get ready to powder with a purpose! SKI for MS heads
back to Schweitzer Mountain Saturday, March 16. Sign
up today as an individual or start a team! The $25 SKI for
MS registration includes a fun-filled day of skiing with
friends and family, amateur ski races, celebration ski down,
costume contest and après party with music, drinks and
prizes. 100 percent of registration and fundraising proceeds
are used to provide families with MS with life-changing
health and wellness education programs. Register online
St. Patrick's Day Benefit
Join the 219 Lounge 4 to 7pm for this not-to-miss event! A 24
Hours for Hank fundraiser to benefit Hank and the Cystinosis
Foundation, those in attendance will enjoy folk and Irish
tunes by Sandpoint favorite Brendan Kelty from 5 to 7pm,
Irish cocktails, green beer, complimentary Irish appetizers,
raffles, prizes and a tap takeover by Iron Horse Brewing
featuring its flagship beer Quilters Irish Death. 219.bar
Upcoming Events in April
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North Idaho CASA once again invites the community to
attend the annual Ray of Hope Luncheon. This is a chance for
community members to learn more about CASA's growing
number of volunteers and the vital role they play in the
lives of the most vulnerable children in our community. The
program begins at noon at Tango Cafe. To purchase tickets
or to be an event or table sponsor, visit NorthIdahoCASA.org.
BLACKBIRD AT THE
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THE MIAH KOHAL BAND
9PM - 12AM
JOAN ZEN BAND
9PM - 12AM
TRUCK MILLS & ANDREW BROWNE
6PM - 9PM
BROWN SALMON TRUCK
8PM - 11PM
BRENDAN KELTY TRIO
9PM - 12AM
TRUCK MILLS & ALI THOMAS
6PM - 9PM
SMITH MCKAY ALL DAY
9PM - 12AM
24 HOURS FOR HANK
ST. PATRICK’S DAY FUNDRAISER
4PM - 7PM
BRENDAN KELTY & SCOTT REID
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Sandpoint Living Local’s Finest
Join Sandpoint Living Local at The Hive for the second annual Finest Awards. In
addition to the announcement of this year’s winners, there will be drinks, appetizers,
music and dancing! The event kicks off at 6pm. Come help Sandpoint celebrate the
finest businesses and entrepreneurs of 2018! Visit SandpointLivingLocal.com to cast
your votes and to purchase tickets.
Reverend Doctor at Pend
Reverend Doctor will be spreading the good vibes at Pend
d'Oreille Winery Friday, March 22, 5 to 8pm, for his Build
It Up Tour. As a singer and guitarist, Reverend Doctor's
songwriting aims to preach and to heal through positive
messages of hope and love. Their music reflects a passion to
build community and engage audiences. Call Pend d’Oreille
Winery for additional details at 208.265.8545.
7th Annual Tour de Thrift
The annual Tour de Thrift has become an institution in
Sandpoint as thrifters from around the region gather to
crawl from local thrift store to thrift store, shopping and
collecting stamps to win great prizes. Each thrift store
donates a portion of their proceeds to the charity of their
choosing. This year's event takes place Saturday, March
23, 8am to 6pm. Find the event on Facebook for up-todate
details and information or call the Panhandle Animal
Shelter Thrift Store at 208.263.0706.
Driftwood at the Heartwood
Don't miss Driftwood, a five-piece Americana band from
upstate New York, as they perform live at The Heartwood
Center Saturday, March 23, 7 to 10pm. Driftwood's sound
owes as much a nod to '60s R&B, '70s country rock and
contemporary pop as it does to folk and traditional
Appalachian music. Tickets are priced $15 for adults, $10 for
youth and can be purchased online at BrownPaperTickets.
2,400 Feet of Schweitzer
On Saturday, March 23, Schweitzer Mountain Resort will
again host the 2,400 Feet of Schweitzer event. It’s a sunrise
giant slalom event which begins at the Sky House Lodge
at the summit and ends 2,400 vertical feet later at the
Outback Lodge at the base of Schweitzer, all in an effort
to raise funds for Cystinosis research. Entry fee includes
an all-day lift ticket, event T-shirt, breakfast at the Outback
Lodge, limited hotel discounts at the Selkirk Lodge and a
ticket to the awards dinner and silent auction on Saturday
The Fly Fishing Film Tour
The Fly Fishing Film Tour makes its way to Sandpoint's
Panida Theater Saturday, March 23. Doors open at
5:45pm and the show will begin at 7pm. Tickets are $12 in
advance and $15 at the door. All proceeds from this event
will benefit Trout Unlimited and the Pend Oreille Water
Festival, teaching Bonner County fifth graders about
water quality and fisheries for over years. Purchase tickets
online at FlyFilmTour.com.
Upcoming Events in April
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Northern Stars Rising
Pend Oreille Art Council will showcase local talent at
The Heartwood Center Friday, March 29, for Northern
Stars Rising, which celebrates the quality and diversity of
performing artists in the Sandpoint community. Several
rising stars are chosen through auditions and will perform
with their musical, vocal, dance and spoken word talents.
Doors open at 6:30pm with the show starting at 7. Tickets
are priced $15 for adults, $5 for youth 18 and younger and
can be purchased online at ArtInSandpoint.org.
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