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the day with loved ones over a beautiful
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BUILDING UNITY AND JOY AMONG MANY
By Hannah Sucsy Willis
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“MUSIC IS THE
What does Bonners Ferry have to offer
to the members of our community as
well as draw residents of neighboring
towns? What could compel people to
drive once a week from an hour away in all directions
and appeal to an age range of 12 years old up to mid-
It is the Bonners Ferry Community Orchestra—an
organization that has been in existence for the past
45 years. And since the group is filling a demand that
surrounding communities aren't, it is expanding in
several ways. In the almost three years that Glenda
Novinger has been the director, it has grown from 17
to 36 members. What is the draw? Why not just stay
home and play your cello by yourself?
For one thing, music has the power to connect us with
others in a way that nothing else quite can. Even those of
us introverts who aren’t compelled to seek out constant
social interaction still have a need for relationships.
Tuba player Marcus Wermelinger, member of the
group for the past year, describes it in a way that can be
interpreted both literally and metaphorically: “Playing
in a group is way more fun than by myself. I can only
play one note at a time, so there is no harmony if I’m
playing by myself.”
One of the benefits of the orchestra is its multigenerational
diversity. It is a place where a retired
high school band director might be sitting next to a
beginner, or someone who is picking the instrument up
after a lengthy hiatus is next to a professional musician.
Those with more experience give tips for phrasing,
transposing, fingering and instrument positioning.
Orchestra members come from at least five neighboring
towns, which brings more diversity to the group; even
those from within Boundary County have significant
differences in their backgrounds. Students come from
backgrounds in public, charter and home school.
Even though Glenda is relatively new to this group, she
is no stranger to teaching music. She took on her first
piano students at the age of just 14, and she has been
teaching ever since. However, the position as orchestra
director is her first experience with teaching adults.
She says, “Although I have accompanied thousands
of adults as a professional pianist in a wide variety of
venues, this is my first experience conducting adults in
an orchestra. So, I am being stretched as a musician. I
appreciate the opportunity to grow in my conducting
skills while coming alongside this group of musicians
and helping them to work together as a team ... creating
beautiful music for our community to enjoy.”
In the past, the Bonners Ferry Community Orchestra
has had only two concerts each year, but in 2019
they added a third. On July 4, prior to the fireworks
display, the orchestra presented an outdoor patriotic
performance at the Boundary County Fairgrounds.
The community responded with a warm welcome, and
the orchestra has been invited back to perform again
next year for the festivities.
Every opportunity to share music with others is
important to Glenda. She is not only passionate
about the development of individual musicians and
the growth of a healthy group dynamic, but she also
believes that music is created to be shared and has
spent her life doing this in various ways.
“My mother taught me to sing, to play the piano and
to love music. She taught how to accompany others as
well. She taught me that music was not just for me to
"I appreciate the opportunity
to grow in my conducting skills
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... creating beautiful music for
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enjoy, but it was to share with others. She taught
me to cultivate my gifts by studying, practicing,
performing and teaching others to do what I
Glenda does all four of these things continually
as she develops her own personal piano skills
that she uses outside the orchestra. In addition
to the many hours she dedicates (as a volunteer)
to the orchestra, Glenda owns and runs Novinger
Music Center, where she instructs more than 65
students. She primarily teaches piano (beginner
to advanced), but she also teaches private lessons
to beginning band students in flute, clarinet, alto
sax, trumpet, trombone and percussion.
The current schedule for rehearsals and concerts
is broken up into three seasons: Fall (September
through December), Spring (February through
May) and Summer (mid-June through July 4).
Orchestra members are not required to commit
for an entire year—participation is open on a
season-by-season basis. But it is not just the
director, orchestra members and support of
community members that is needed for the
orchestra to function. An audience is also key!
Please mark your calendar and be sure to come
enjoy the gift of music with this group.
Rehearsals are currently underway for the next
performance (Winter Delight), which will be
held at Bonners Ferry High School Becker
Auditorium on December 8. This show will be
free to the public. However, the group relies on
donations for all costs, and the money collected
via donation at the door for the Winter Delight
concert will provide the resources needed to
purchase new music for the Spring 2020 Season.
Without the ongoing support of the community,
the orchestra could not exist. Even the space
to rehearse and perform has graciously been
provided by the Boundary School District, as
rehearsals are held in the middle school band
room (6:45 to 8:15pm Thursdays), and the
winter/spring concerts are held at the BFHS
If you are interested in supporting or participating
in the Bonners Ferry Community Orchestra,
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mother-in-law’s spacious fully extended dining table, enjoying
each other’s company and all of the delicious food.
For the occasion, my mother-in-law often brings out her
mother’s china and the fancy cut-glass wine goblets that are
reserved for special events. Over the years, I have thought
about these little details and how our culture has shifted, even
since my parents’ generation, to be much more casual. Gone
are the days of agonizing over china and cutlery patterns, or
learning the difference between water glasses and wine goblets.
Even extendable tables have mostly gone by the wayside, with
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While many of us do love to see pretty, sparkly glasses and
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décor. The focus now is on natural wood elements, handmade
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Not Too Soon for End-of-Year
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We’ve still got a couple of
months until 2019 draws
to a close, but it’s not too
early to make some end-ofthe-year
financial moves. In fact, it may be a
good idea to take some of these steps sooner
rather than later.
Here are a few suggestions:
• Boost your 401(k) contributions.
Like many people, you might not usually
contribute the maximum amount to your
401(k), which, in 2019 is $19,000, or $25,000
if you’re 50 or older. Ask your employer if
you can increase your 401(k) contributions
in 2019, and if you receive a bonus before
the year ends, you may be able to use that
toward your 401(k) too.
• Add to your IRA. You have until April 15,
2020, to contribute to your IRA for the 2019
tax year, but the more you can put in now
and over the next few months, the less you’ll
have to come up with in a hurry at the filing
deadline. For 2019, you can put up to $6,000
in your IRA, or $7,000 if you’re 50 or older.
• Review your portfolio. It’s always a good
idea to review your investment portfolio
at least once a year, and now is as good a
time as any. But don’t make any judgments
based solely on your results over the past 10
months. Instead, look carefully at how your
portfolio is constructed. Is it still properly
diversified, or has it become overweighted
in some areas? Does it still fit your risk
tolerance, or do you find yourself worrying
excessively about short-term price swings?
These are the types of factors that might lead
you to make some changes, possibly with
the help of a financial professional.
• Don’t forget about your RMDs. Once
you turn 70 ½, you generally need to start
taking withdrawals—the technical term
is “required minimum distributions” or
RMDs—from your traditional IRA and your
401(k) or similar plan. After the first year in
which you take these RMDs, you must take
them by the end of each year thereafter. If
you don’t withdraw at least the minimum
amount (calculated based on your age,
account balance and other factors), you
face a penalty of 50 percent of what you
should have taken out—a potential loss of
thousands of dollars. So, take your RMDs
before December 31. The financial services
provider that administers your IRA or
401(k) can help you determine the amount
you must withdraw.
• Think about next year’s opportunities.
It happens to almost all of us: A year has
passed, and we haven’t taken the actions we
had planned. So, start thinking now about
what you want to do in 2020 from a financial
standpoint. Can you afford to ratchet up
your investments in your retirement plans?
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long-term care, such as an extended nursing
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A Table for All
FREE THANKSGIVING DINNER TRADITION CONTINUES
By Colin Anderson
Thousands of people have been touched by the generosity of
Chuck Quillin and the staff of the Three Mile Café in Bonners
Ferry. Thursday, November 28, will mark 30 years since the
idea first came to him to host a free Thanksgiving dinner for
anyone who wants to share in the
celebration with him. “It’s open
to everyone, and it’s something I
really enjoy doing,” he said.
A humble man, Chuck started the
tradition because “it seemed like
a good idea at the time,” he said.
“And it still does. Many people
need it, and many people don’t have
anywhere to go on Thanksgiving.
And I get the pleasure of doing it.”
You’ll find all the traditional
Thanksgiving fare of turkey,
mashed potatoes and gravy,
stuffing, scrumptious sides and, of
course, a slice of pumpkin pie for
dessert; all served up in a warm
atmosphere where you’ll be seated
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Thanksgiving fare ... all served
up in a warm atmosphere
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to others who have come to
share in the friendship and
fellowship of the day.
next to others who have come to share in the friendship and fellowship
of the day. There are usually more volunteers than needed, but if you
would like to offer your time to help with the event, reach out to Chuck
directly at the Three Mile Café. Staff members and community members
continually volunteer their time
serving guests their meals, and
many continue to come back year
Those looking to partake in the
meal can stop by between 10am
and 1pm on Thanksgiving Day.
The doors are usually open earlier,
around 9am, in order to feed
several hundred people who are
expected each year. The bottom
line is that no one will leave
without a full belly.
“Sometimes we stay open later,
and we don’t quit if someone needs
some food,” said Chuck.
SEVERAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR
LOCALLY MADE GIFTS
BY COLIN ANDERSON
The skills and talents of our regional artisans, crafters,
metal workers and other creative types will be on display
as we head forward into the holiday season. Buying from a
community member not only allows you to give a unique,
and sometimes one-of-a-kind gift, but also helps businesses in your
own community. In the coming weeks there are several opportunities
to knock out some early holiday shopping and see some of the really
amazing pieces all made right in your own backyard.
Bonners Ferry Farmers Market’s Holiday Market
While the Farmers Market is closed for the season, the events don’t
end. Swing into Bonners Ferry Middle School on Saturday, November
23, for the annual Holiday Market. Organizer and longtime market
vendor Judy Miller says the sale is just as much about the camaraderie
as the actual selling.
“The community! Visiting as we haven't seen each other since the
market closed for the season and seeing all the pretty crafts and the
happy holiday shoppers,” she said.
Vendors will be set up in the school cafeteria from 9am to 3pm. You’ll
find a wide range of offerings. Foods like honey, winter squash and
other vegetables, flour, jams and jellies will all be on hand. Others will
be featuring handmade furniture, jewelry and photography, knits and
décor, pottery and so much more. There will be a few demonstrations
The Vintage Christmas Market
Now in its 10th year, the Vintage Christmas Market is another local
favorite stop. Doors at the Fairgrounds will open up on Friday,
November 22, from 9am to 5pm and Saturday, November 23, from
9am to 3pm. Shoppers will have around 20 booths and vendors to
meander through. Warm food and drinks from SoulShine restaurant
will help you stay fueled as you wander about. Antiques are the
showcase here with one-of-a-kind outdoor and holiday decorations,
repurposed goods, and furnishings brought back to life. Handmade
wreaths and garland are also hugely popular items.
Kootenai Valley Mennonite Church Bake Sale
At this sale, local handmade crafts and baked goods are all donated,
and 100 percent of the sale proceeds go to the Kootenai Valley
Christian School. Doors open at 8am on Saturday, November 23, and
things will wind down around 4pm. There will be fresh cider donuts
and burritos for breakfast; soup, rolls, breads, pies and even barbecue
ribs and brisket for lunch until 2pm. Get there early as the food goes
Boundary County Celebration of Craft
Kids looking to speak with the man in red himself will want to make
sure not to miss the Celebration of Craft. Santa will be making an
appearance for photos and Christmas wish lists. Sponsored by the
American Legion VFW, the event will be open from 10am to 5pm
on Friday, December 6, and 9am to 4pm on Saturday, December 7.
You’ll find a variety of vendors inside the Memorial/Event Hall at the
Boundary County Fairgrounds.
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When he entered High
Tompkins didn’t know too
much about the game of
soccer. A friend, Ben Tadlock, encouraged
him to join the team, and so he did. “It has
been a struggle, and I am still overcoming
obstacles, but it has been some of the
most fun I have had in high school,” said
the senior. That freshman year was hugely
impactful for Benjamin as he still recalls
some of the games he wasn’t even on the
“One of the most memorable moments I
have had in sports has to be my freshman
year district championship game,” recalled
Benjamin. “It was pouring rain, freezing,
and I was on the bench. It had been a close
game and was becoming more and more
intense as it came to an end. I may have
only been on the bench, but at the time I
was amazed. I barely knew how to play
soccer at the time, but watching that game
had gotten me hooked, and now I am still
Years of work and dedication to his team
landed Benjamin the role of captain for his
senior season. He enjoys working alongside
others who have become more than just
teammates. “The part I enjoy about soccer
the most is definitely the chemistry we have
on the team,” he said. “We are more than
just a bunch of guys playing soccer; we are
Benjamin is enjoying his final year in high
school and is still deciding on what pursuits
to follow upon graduation. While his
course of studies is yet to be determined,
he says he wants to definitely pursue higher
education, as well as serve in the military
in some form. Lessons learned on the field
and in the classroom will help carry him
into the next phase of his life.
“A life lesson that my coach has taught me
is that if you want to succeed then you are
going to have to put in the effort. There is
no way to slide by in life or a soccer game.
When you step on that field you give it your
all, just like when you come into life.”
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HOW YOU CAN HELP
BY HANNAH SUCSY WILLIS
PHOTOS BY SHIRLEY ANDERSON
The natural beauty that surrounds
us here in North Idaho can make
it hard to reconcile the fact that
there are kids going hungry here in
our own neighborhoods. We associate certain
images with the concept of child hunger—
cardboard houses in Mexico, crowded innercity
apartments with graffiti across the walls
and bars covering the windows. But the truth
is that there are many children in this county
who are food insecure.
Food insecurity means “the lack of a reliable
safe source of food,” and one in five children in
Idaho is in this position. Of course, numbers
and statistics don’t mean much as long as
they are theoretical—it’s easy to feel removed
from this reality. That is probably why there
are so few people involved in finding a
solution to something that has such profound
consequences in the lives of so many.
However, that number isn’t zero—there are
volunteers who are dedicated to changing this
It’s been quite a few years now since the schools
in Boundary County adopted a four-day
school-week schedule. But around the time
the schedule change was made, there was a
group of concerned community members who
realized how this would impact children who
relied on meals at school. Three days a week
without much to eat affects a child’s physical,
emotional and social development, not to
mention academic and athletic abilities. The
simple lack of food can quickly develop into
much more complex, harmful situations.
In light of these challenges facing the
children of Boundary County, this group
took action. They formed a program called
BoCo Backpacks with the goal of making
food available to students on the weekends.
Shirley Anderson, the current chairperson, was
one of the charter members. She, along with
fellow charter members Merle Dinning, Janet
Gause and Janis Tucker, poured themselves
into finding ways to make food available to
those who needed it. They knew they would
need help from the community in order to be
successful, and they were right. Shirley says
that people often ask what the program needs,
and her answer is consistently the same in 2019
as it was 15 years ago: people and money!
The mission of BoCo Backpacks is to provide
adequate nutrition to children throughout
the school year. What standard is used
to determine what qualifies as “adequate
nutrition,” and where do they obtain the food?
Food is purchased through Second Harvest,
a food bank in Spokane. Second Harvest has
put together a food kit that supplies minimum
adequate nutrition for a child, according to
research done at the University of Washington.
Since these kits are designed to be enough food
for a two-day weekend, volunteers in Bonners
Ferry re-package the kits with enough food
for three days. Every child who participates
in the program leaves school on Thursday
with enough highly nutritious, convenient
snack foods to make it through the weekend.
Examples of foods provided are milk, canned
fruit, canned ravioli, meat sticks, canned
vegetable soup, and mac and cheese.
There is no waiting list to join the program.
Boundary County School District 101 has
given BoCo Backpacks permission to send
home applications with students, and joining
is as simple as requesting to do so. Each school
year the initial request for participation is low,
but over the course of the school year that
number grows. For example, so far for the
2019-2020 school year, there are only about
80 kids receiving weekly food, but at the end
of last school year that number was closer to
150. As 80 (or even 150) is nowhere near 20
percent of the kids in Boundary County, it is
safe to assume that there are still many kids
experiencing hunger regularly right under our
noses. Because of this, it is the goal of BoCo
Backpacks to expand and to provide for more
children each week. In order to do this, two
things are needed: volunteers and funding!
Obtaining funding to increase food security in
our community is no small task. Thankfully,
there are grants available for programs like
this. The other two monetary sources are
fundraising and direct donations from local
individuals and businesses. Some of the
businesses that have donated are Boundary
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Community Hospital, Beta Sigma Phi, Eagles, Boundary Consignments,
and Idaho Forest Group (who have designated BoCo Backpacks as the
recipient of their county fair raffle). Several have been contributing to
the cause regularly for years.
As great as the need for financial support is, the need for manpower is
greater. None of these sources would be possible without volunteers to
identify, request and collect the funds. The program is kept running by a
group of seven or eight committee members, which is a tiny committee
when you consider all the working parts of an organization such as this.
These members of the community are the ones who come together to
make decisions regarding all aspects of BoCo Backpacks—everything
from planning fundraisers to working out distribution logistics.
Just as a sports team has individual athletes playing certain positions
according to their unique strengths and talents, this group also
recognizes the complementary strengths and talents of its volunteers.
For example, grant applications are time-consuming and demand an
in-depth knowledge of the process and requirements. BoCo Backpacks is
currently blessed to have Gini Woodward working as their grant writer.
Mike Woodward has dedicated one day a week to retrieving food from
Spokane and then delivering it to each of the five distribution locations
throughout the county (Naples Elementary, Valley View Elementary,
Mt. Hall Elementary, Boundary County Middle School and Head Start).
Several dozen students from the leadership classes at BCMS and BFHS
take turns with tasks such as sorting the food into kits, delivering the
food to students’ backpacks or lockers, and participating in fundraisers.
A key person at each building where food is distributed takes inventory
of food, oversees paperwork and reports back to the committee. Shirley
is the chairperson, a point person, and along with Janis runs a coloring
contest and booth at the county fair to help gain exposure for the
It is the hope of the committee as well as the hungry kids around us that
you will allow yourself to ask what you can do to be involved. Although
I have to say, if you’ve read this article, you have a pretty good idea of
what is needed from you. That’s right—your time and your monetary
contribution! What does this look like specifically?
• Donate money to help cover the costs of food.
• Join the committee (meets the third Thursday of the month at Trinity
Lutheran Church; additional willing members are always being sought
• Help run the booth at a fundraiser.
• Follow the Facebook page and share posts.
• Invite friends to attend and support fundraisers.
I’ll leave you with the details of the next fundraiser, coming up soon. The
fifth grade students throughout our school district will be decorating
and donating Christmas ornaments. These ornaments will be sold at
the Veterans’ Arts and Crafts Fair the first weekend of December at the
fairgrounds, and they will be used to decorate a tree at the Boundary
Community Hospital where they can be purchased as well. All proceeds
will benefit BoCo Backpacks.
To share your helping hand or your hard-earned cash, search BoCo
Backpacks on Facebook or contact Shirley Anderson at 208.255.9847.
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“I grew up around credit unions and saw the difference credit unions
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members’ needs first ahead of trying to make a profit from customers.”
Chris says it is truly rewarding to work with a wonderful staff team which
has grown from 16 employees in 1989 to 260 staff members 30 years later.
“We have invested heavily in building strong organizational values we
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He credits the success that P1FCU has seen for more than eight decades
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Navy ship named in honor of
Medal of Honor recipient, Marine
BY DAN AZNOFF
PHOTOS: U.S. NAVY OFFICIAL PHOTOS
The image of PFC Ralph Johnson in fatigues looms over the
mess hall below deck on the technical masterpiece of modern
warfare that bears his name. Johnson is remembered with
more than just the photo that covers an entire wall. The blackand-white
image captures the young Marine in a light-hearted moment
during his deployment in the jungles of Vietnam.
“His spirit and his strength are something the men and women on
this ship reflect on each and every day,” explained Commander Casey
Mahon, captain of the USS Ralph Johnson. “Everybody on this ship
knows the story of Ralph Johnson. We all do our best to live up to that
Johnson was killed in 1968 while on patrol as part of a 15-man
reconnaissance squad at an observation post deep behind enemy lines in
the Quan Duc Valley during the Tet Offensive.
The teenager saved the lives of two fellow Marines and helped warn the
rest of his platoon of an enemy attack by throwing himself on a live hand
grenade. The blast killed him instantly.
Johnson received the Medal of Honor posthumously for his heroic and
His commendation detailed how his prompt and heroic act not only saved
the lives of the other Marines in the observation point but prevented
the enemy from penetrating his sector of the perimeter and killing the
remaining members of his patrol.
“Suddenly, a hand grenade landed in the three-man fighting hole
occupied by PFC Johnson and two fellow Marines. Realizing the inherent
danger to his two comrades, he shouted a warning and unhesitatingly
hurled himself upon the explosive device. When the grenade exploded,
PFC Johnson absorbed the tremendous impact of the blast and was killed
“His prompt and heroic act saved the life of one Marine at the cost of his
(own) life and undoubtedly prevented the enemy from penetrating his
sector of the patrol's perimeter,” according to the report on file with the
Defense Department in Washington D.C.
“PFC Johnson's courage, the inspiring valor and selfless devotion to duty
were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the
U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.”
Johnson was killed less than two months after he arrived for his deployment
in Vietnam. He had been assigned to serve as a reconnaissance scout with
Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division.
Notes of the skirmish on Hill 146 overlooking the Quan Duc Valley
detailed how the American platoon was attacked deep in enemycontrolled
territory by hostile forces employing automatic weapons,
satchel charges and hand grenades.
The decision to honor the memory of the brave Marine was made in
February of 2012 by the Secretary of the Navy Rear Admiral Shoshana
S. Chatfield. The citation cited his “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity
at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving
as a reconnaissance scout with Company A, in action against the North
Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong forces.”
The newly commissioned Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer
USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) arrived at its homeport of Naval Station
Everett on April 27 of this year, a month after it was commissioned during
special ceremonies attended by more than 7,000 people in Johnson’s
hometown of Charleston, South Carolina.
The ship has been classified as a "restart" ship by officials with the Navy. It
features upgraded electronics and weapons systems controlled by highly
trained sailors enhanced with advanced technology. The USS Ralph
Johnson was originally scheduled to be delivered in August 2016, but
construction delays pushed the actual delivery date to late in 2017 after
completion of her mandatory sea trials.
The warship arrived at the Port of Charleston's
Columbus Street Terminal on March 19 and
commissioned on March 24.
The USS Ralph Johnson is the 64th Arleigh Burkeclass
destroyer in the U.S. fleet. The contract to build
her was awarded on September 26, 2011, to Ingalls
Shipbuilding of Pascagoula, Mississippi. The $697.6
million contract was the 30th Arleigh Burke-class
destroyer contract issued to Ingalls Shipbuilding.
The first ship built to the current design was the USS
Arleigh Burke (DDG-51), commissioned in July 1991.
The USS Ralph Johnson is capable of anti-aircraft,
anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, as well as
strike operations, according to an overview issued by
the Navy. The destroyer features several improvements
in terms of ballistic missile defense, an embarked
air wing and the inclusion of mine-detecting ability
compared to earlier versions of the vessel, according to
In an effort to build a relationship with the civilian
population, Mahon said the crew of ships assigned to
Homeport Everett have been “adopted” by local cities.
The Ralph Johnson was adopted by the city of Mill
Creek in Snohomish County, while her sister ship, the
USS Sampson, has been embraced by the neighboring
city of Lynnwood.
The adoption offers benefits to the crew of the ship as
well as to the city, according to Councilmember John
Steckler of Mill Creek. Sailors from the Ralph Johnson
were invited to take part in a series of community
activities over the summer in Mill Creek, which
included officers and crew members marching down
Main Street in the city’s annual parade on the Fourth
Fire Controlman Ross W. Woody served as grand
marshal of the parade as part of the honor for being
named Sailor of the Year on the guided missile destroyer.
The USS Ralph
Johnson is capable
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Steckler explained that he hopes residents of his city will extend
invitations to sailors to join families for the upcoming holiday season.
The councilmember plans to have one or more members of the crew
join his family for Thanksgiving.
Steckler was inspired to introduce the adoption after taking a tour of
the ship shortly after it arrived in Everett.
“It is hard for me to imagine being a young person, serving our nation,
who is thousands of miles away from friends and family during the
holidays,” Steckler said. “It is literally the least we can do to thank
these young men and women for their dedication and sacrifice."
Councilmember Mark Bond could not help thinking about his own
son as he explored the command center that controls the weapons of
war. His tour came less than a week after his own son Jordan had been
accepted to attend the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
Steckler and Bond were joined by Mill Creek Police Chief Greg Elwin
for the short trip to Seattle in July when the ship sailed south to take
part in the annual SeaFair activities.
Members of the crew have responded with smiles and tears with the
connection to civilians in neighboring communities, according to
their commanding officer.
“We really enjoy coming home to Mill Creek,” said Crewmember
Diana Martin from Bradenton, Florida. “Being from the East Coast,
I had no idea what to expect coming all the way across the country
to Washington state. The people here have been so warm and
Martin and several of her mates from the Ralph Johnson have rented
apartments in Mill Creek to have “homes on dry land” when they are
On the bridge
Ensign Casey Rezac from Gaithersberg, Maryland, spends much of
her duty on the bridge of the Ralph Johnson to prepare for the day she
hopes to take the wheel of the 513-foot vessel.
“This is life in the Navy, “she said with a broad smile. “You train and
train until your actions become second nature. Then, if you qualify,
you’re given an opportunity to put all that training into action.”
Rezac hopes to add her experience on the bridge to enhance her
application to the Naval Academy.
“Becoming an officer was not even on my radar when I enlisted. I was
literally one of those people who joined the Navy to see the world,” she
said. “But the more time I spend on the bridge helping to control this
ship that defends the peace, the more I want to learn about command
and all the responsibilities that go along with becoming an officer.”
Both sailors said they grew up around the water. Enlisting in the Navy
was a natural extension of their interests and their passion to serve.
That was not the case for their captain. Mahon was raised in an Army
family in Syracuse, New York, far from any Navy base or the ocean.
In fact, the future commander was involved with the Army ROTC on
campus when he went to college at Norwich University in Vermont.
“This is not where I envisioned myself while I was growing up in a
landlocked suburb,” said Commander Mahon. “But this is obviously
where I belong.”
Navy regulations limit officers to three commands during their
active service. The USS Ralph Johnson is his
second opportunity to serve at the helm of a
The ship, said Mahon, is filled with an array of
technology that is the best in the world. He
praised his young crew for the business-like
approach they display defending the freedoms
that this country was founded on.
Mahon said he has spent long hours in his
quarters studying the namesake of the vessel
under his command. Ralph Johnson, he said, was
a hometown hero in his tight-knit community in
Charleston, South Carolina, who was expected to
do great things when he returned from Southeast
Asia. “There were probably numerous soldiers
and Marines who made the ultimate sacrifice
while on patrol or in firefights with the enemy,”
said Mahon. “But there was obviously something
very special about this young Marine.”
The commander noted that in addition to the
sleek new destroyer stationed in Everett, there is
also an entire medical center in Virginia operated
by the federal government named in memory of
the brave Marine.
The ship is equipped with many of the Navy’s
newest weapon systems, including a Sea Wiz,
a close-in defensive weapon system capable of
detecting and destroying short-range incoming
who made the
while on patrol
or in firefights
with the enemy.
special about this
missiles and enemy aircraft that have
penetrated outer defenses.
According to one Navy veteran, the
projectiles from the Sea Wiz can be fired at
the waterline of an approaching enemy ship,
causing it to sink within minutes.
With a smile, Mahon said he has given
the Sea Wiz the nickname “Lorelai” after
the character from the television show
“Gilmore Girls.” It’s no coincidence that the
commander’s youngest child is a girl with
the same name.
“There are so many complex computer
systems on this ship that are all tied together
so they work in unison,” Mahon explained.
“The Sea Wiz is a totally separate system so
that it can work independently.
“Like the television character and like my
daughter, the Sea Wiz has a mind of its own.”
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HAVE A HEALTHY HOLIDAY
BY SHANTEL PLUID, RD, LD,
BOUNDARY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
Attending holiday events while managing
your diabetes and keeping your blood
sugars in check can seem like a daunting
task. First there's Halloween goodies
followed by a Thanksgiving feast, Christmas
candies, and then there is a New Year’s Eve/Day
celebration to end it all! All four of these events
occur within three months. Each event is celebrated
with friends, family and, of course, all varieties of
Chances are you will be hosting or attending parties
where multiple guests may have been diagnosed
with either pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes. But
there are ways to still enjoy some of the foods your
friends and family cherish without going overboard.
As a host, try to be mindful of some of the tips
below to help these individuals make better choices.
• If you are unsure of when the meal/buffet line will
start, be sure to have a small snack, like a low-fat
yogurt or piece of fruit, before leaving for a party.
This will keep your hunger in control so you won’t
run straight for the buffet. As a host, try and have
healthy options available, such as a simple veggie
tray, in case your guests do arrive hungry and are in
need of a quick snack.
• The worst thing you can do is to skip eating all day
to make up for a feast that evening. This causes your
blood sugar to drop and then spike to unsafe levels.
• If you know you’re going to a party or dinner, ask
about the menu in advance. Plan what you’ll eat,
taking note of carb and sugar counts. Eat a sensible
breakfast and lunch prior.
look and feel your best
• There’s plenty to do at holiday gatherings
besides eat. When you do sit down for the
meal, eat slowly, taking time to savor each
• Then choose to mingle in a spot farther
away from the food for the remainder of the
Aim for balance
• Can’t resist splurging on a small slice of
apple pie? Pass on the mashed potatoes or
other carbs at dinner to treat yourself to
dessert. Remember, you don’t have to be
perfect at every meal, just be conscious of
• As a host or someone who is bringing a
food item to a party, try and make small
changes to your holiday food item. Instead
of bringing your traditional macaroni and
cheese, maybe opt for a whole-wheat pasta
and veggie primavera.
• As family members and host/hostesses
make sure to avoid asking, “Should you be
eating that with your diabetes?” or “Should
you be eating that amount with your
diabetes?” What is eaten once or twice per
year is not going to completely derail your
blood sugar numbers, but make sure you
are not doing it repeatedly over the holiday
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as kismet. That was when Denise
Rouleau of Kenmore struck up
a conversation with the woman
she met waiting for her father to
return from a very special trip to
Both women had fathers coming back to the
Northwest after a memorable journey in 2012
to visit the veteran memorials in the nation’s
capital. The two-day excursion was part of the
Honor Flight program established to serve
veterans in Eastern Washington.
“We realized that there was not an Honor
Flight program to honor veterans who live
west of the Cascades,” said Rouleau. “The
program is a very small way for families and
friends to thank veterans who help defend the
freedoms we all cherish.”
The proud daughter went to work to
correct the oversight. The first Honor Flight
coordinated by Rouleau and her team of
volunteers departed from SeaTac in March of
2013. That flight carried 32 veterans as well
as 24 staff members, guardians and medical
“That number quickly doubled,” she said
The group created a partnership with
Alaska Airlines to take groups of veterans to
Washington, D.C. twice every year.
“Alaska has truly taken the concept of the
Honor Flight and made it something that
every veteran will remember for the rest of
According to Rouleau, Alaska has one
“beautiful airplane” dedicated to the program
that is painted to honor “those who served.”
The flight crew wears special uniforms
for the flight, and the pilot makes special
announcements throughout the five-hour
journey to pay tribute to his special passengers.
As of this fall, the Honor Flight program in
Western Washington has transported 1,357
vets to visit the memorials. There is a waiting
list of more than 300 veterans who are taken
on a first-come, first-served basis. Rouleau said
exceptions are made for medical priorities. The
two-day trip includes visits to the memorials
that honor fallen veterans from World War II,
Korea and Vietnam.
This fall’s flight marked the 10th anniversary of
the program that began with a few free tickets
from Southwest Airlines, according to Spokane
Police Detective Tony Lamanna. He said the
Inland Northwest Honor Flight program began
in July of 2009 with a series of fundraisers that
led to two veterans making the initial trip.
Lamanna said younger vets often serve as
guardians for the older soldiers. The passenger
list for the anniversary flight included six
veterans from World War II, 20 from Korea
and 70 soldiers who served in Vietnam.
In addition to a large contingent of family
and friends, the flights that return from
Washington are often met by high school
marching bands and a “parade-like”
The Honor Flight and meals, as well as the stay
in the hotel cost, is done completely free
of charge for the veteran. Guardians are
asked to pay their own way.
Generating funds to continue the
program is the ongoing challenge.
Rouleau makes presentations to civic
groups and senior communities on a
regular basis, she said, to raise awareness
and generate donations.
Lamanna said the program in Eastern
Washington began with a $20,000
donation followed by a gift of $70,000
in the form of a personal check and
$75,000 every year from an anonymous
source. He hopes to use the $200,000
grant from the estate of a veteran to
maintain the program.
The police detective did not serve in
the military but works to continue the
Honor Flight program as his way to
thank veterans for their service and
to apologize for the poor way veterans
were treated when they returned from
The visits to the war memorials can be an
emotional experience for the guardians
as well as the veteran, said Lamanna.
He remembers a foreign tourist who
approached a group of elderly veterans
to thank them from saving her father
from a Nazi Concentration Camp. He
said Koreans often greet passengers
from the Honor Flight with flowers and a
“Being part the emotional display made that
day was one of the most emotional days
of my life,” said Lamanna. “Second only to
my own wedding day and the birth of my
A heartfelt thank you to all our veterans.
For those interested in learning
more about Honor Flight, you can
visit PugetSoundHonorFlight.org or
CHANCE TO VISIT MEMORIALS GOT VETERAN
BACK ON A PLANE FOR FIRST TIME IN 70 YEARS
After being part of 47 missions over enemy territory during World War
II, Lawrence Meier had no reason to ever fly again. That was until he
received a last-minute invitation to join an Honor Flight for a tour of the
war memorials in Washington, D.C
The 94-year-old Meier was one of a select group of veterans who
traveled back to the nation’s capital in July for a VIP excursion to the
National Mall as part of the Honor Flight program based in Western
“Promised myself that I would never fly again after that especially hard
landing in Alaska back in ’49,” Meier remembered. “Guess the pilot did a
good job getting us down in one piece after we lost an engine. But I broke
my hand when we hit the ground.”
The Army vet said he enjoyed the trip and the friends me made on the
Honor Flight. The relationship that began with his guardian Dave on the
flight has blossomed into a friendship.
“Like his sense of humor,” said Meier. “We both asked if the plane we
were on was a Boeing 737 Max.”
Meier’s wife Gussie convinced him to fly again by explaining that a road
trip to Washington, D.C. would take two full days of driving. Meier is no
stranger to road trips. He makes frequent visits to Reno when he's not
playing craps at the Red Wing Casino near Olympia.
“Good thing it was last-minute. Didn’t give him a chance to change his
mind,” said Gussie. “Told him it would take 10 times as long as the drive
from our home in Puyallup to Reno.
“That changed his mind pretty quick.”
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SMALL BUSINESSES ARE SUPPORTING LOCAL ECONOMIES
BY COLIN ANDERSON
Much has been made about how
convenient online shopping has
become. Two-day delivery, same-day
delivery, completely free shipping—
and all of it available with the click of a button from
your couch, office or car. The food industry is also
cashing in on consumers leading busy lives with
portioned boxes of food and easy-to-follow recipes
for a quick dinner. Major grocery chains will do the
shopping for you as you buy your food online and
pick up your pre-bagged groceries curbside without
ever having to push the cart. All signs point to more
and more consumers making their purchases from
home instead of in-person. While convenience and
time saving are some of the most common reasons
for online shopping, often overlooked is the rather
large impact online purchasing can have not just on
local businesses but the entire community.
Small and mid-sized businesses are the backbone of
just about every community across the country. They
are owned and operated by friends and neighbors and
also employ friends and neighbors. Small businesses
are not beholden to shareholders whose interests
are mainly in profitability; rather they can choose to
reinvest their earnings into all sorts of areas of benefit
to the community.
By purchasing household items or gifts, or choosing
your lunch or dinner destination at a locally owned
business, you are choosing to help job growth in your
community. As small business grows, they inevitably
need more help, thus more employees are hired.
Expansion and growth can also lead to promotions
from within that include higher wages and benefits.
Employees who make more are able to spend more,
and often those funds can go right back into the
local business. While it’s never fun losing a reliable
employee, young entrepreneurs who cut their teeth at
a small business and learn how it’s run have a heads
up on starting their own business when compared to
someone working for a larger corporation or retailer.
Employees feel more invested in a small to mid-sized
community business and are more willing to bring
solutions to their employers or create new products
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Small Business Saturday is November 30, but you can also
choose to make it more than just one day each year.
Just opening the doors to a new business has a major impact on
communities. The storefront needs to be designed and constructed,
marketing and advertising experts are brought in, items are delivered
to the store or restaurant, all of which generally come from additional
local businesses. While corporations and big box stores generously
donate to large national organizations, local business owners tend to
focus on organizations and groups that directly impact their employees
and the community around them. Buying youth sports jerseys, holding a
fundraiser for an employee’s family member who has fallen ill, sponsoring
annual fairs, community theaters, and donations of goods or services to
charitable events all come from generous small-business owners. When
your dollar is spent inside a small business, it is much more likely to
stay in the local community rather than make its way to corporate
headquarters far away. Successful businesses pay local taxes which, in
turn, fund police, fire and education. A thriving downtown scene often
brings in out-of-town visitors, and well-regarded communities can see
their property values increase when local businesses are thriving.
Generally speaking, the closer to home you make a purchase the less
of an impact that purchase has on the environment. Foreign goods
are shipped by boat, plane or train and often transported several more
times via truck until they reach a warehouse or storefront. That locally
made barbecue sauce, scarf, wall art or furniture didn’t make near the
trek, often being created on-site or within a short drive of the storefront.
Restaurants that utilize locally sourced grains, meats and produce also
recognize these products are not only fresher but also
lessen their carbon footprint as well.
In 2010, American Express launched Small Business
Saturday on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The
country was coming out of one of the worst economic
recessions in history, and the effort was meant to
encourage people to continue to support struggling
small businesses by doing their holiday shopping in
person instead of online. Coming into its 10th year,
the ‘Shop Small’ movement continues to see massive
growth despite ultra convenient online shopping.
According to American Express, in 2018, U.S.
consumers reported spending a record high of an
estimated $17.8 billion at independent retailers and
restaurants on Small Business Saturday. Over the years,
Small Business Saturday spending has now reached a
reported estimate of $103 billion since the day began
in 2010—that’s $103 billion over nine days alone. The
company also reported 96 percent of consumers who
reported shopping on Small Business Saturday said
the day makes them want to ‘Shop Small’ all year long,
not just during the holiday season.
There are many ways to spend your hard-earned
dollars this holiday season. Consider taking a day
to visit some of the various local storefronts in your
community when searching for those unique gifts.
Your purchase helps create jobs, fund local services,
bring care to those in need, and improve the vitality
and feel of your community. Small Business Saturday
is November 30, but you can also choose to make it
more than just one day each year.
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A COMMUNITY OF
LOCAL BUSINESS CONTINUES TO GIVE BACK
BY JILLAN CHANDLER
We are fortunate to live in a community where generosity
abounds. And though the holidays are fast approaching,
which is a time that we see many acts of giving
throughout the area, there are local businesses who give
of themselves throughout the year to truly help make a difference right
here in Bonners Ferry. We are proud to highlight one such business that
calls Bonners Ferry home.
Coldwell Banker North Woods Realty is full-service real estate
brokerage here in Bonners Ferry for both buyers and sellers of
residential, vacant land and commercial property. Owner CJ Tuma
purchased the brokerage in 2017. CJ and the rest of the Coldwell Banker
North Woods Realty team takes pride in being part of the Bonners Ferry
community and do their part in giving back whenever they can. “I love
the people, the sense of community and our abundant palate of outdoor
offerings that this county has to offer,” says CJ. “We love sponsoring
local events from children's sports teams to adult demolition derbies
and everything in between.”
They sponsor Parks and Rec T-ball, soccer, baseball, volleyball and
basketball teams; all Badger sports activities; host a free community
barbecue twice a year; help out in times of need, whether it be pumping
a septic for someone who can’t afford it, getting wood in for a family
who needs it, or hay for a family in need; a free dinner on Veterans
Day for all vets; and so much more! “I love being able to give back to a
community who entrusts us with the amount of business that we do,”
“I believe that (giving back to our local community) shows a sense of
thanks and gratitude for being supported as much as we are as a locally
owned family business,” says CJ. “I don’t do it for any recognition; I
truly enjoy being able to help in times of need.” He adds that it’s easy for
anyone to give back and that it doesn’t require money or material items.
“Hold a door, grab someone’s cart and take it back to the store, give
someone a hand—it never hurts.”
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Rainforests of the Olympic National Forest
Story & Photos By Marguerite Cleveland
In the late fall, visitors to the Olympic Peninsula dwindle and the rains pick up again. With annual
precipitation averaging over 100 inches a year, this is one of the rainiest areas in the country. This is the
best time of the year to visit the lush Quinault and Hoh rain forests. By the end of August, they can look
brown and parched, but once the fall rains return, the verdant foliage and ferns green up into a lovely
display. So, pack your rain gear suitable for cool, wet weather; just remember water resistant is not the same as
waterproof. Plan to spend a few days exploring the Quinault Valley, the Hoh Rain Forest and the beaches of the
Olympic National Park.
Where To Stay
The Lake Quinault Lodge was built in 1926 and is the grand dame of lodging in the Olympic National Park.
It sits in the heart of the Quinault Rain Forest surrounded by Douglas fir, Western red cedar and Sitka spruce
trees. The public rooms are warm and cozy with plenty of comfy seating and a big roaring fire in the large brick
fireplace. It is a step back in time, and the staff is warm and friendly. Amenities include an indoor swimming
pool, sauna, game room, a restaurant and a gift shop. Plan your visit to take a break from technology. The lodge
has Wi-Fi, but it is spotty in the rooms. There are some pet-friendly rooms available, and the grounds just beg
to be explored with your favorite pooch in tow.
Another option for a place to stay is on the coast at the Kalaloch Lodge, which has some darling cabins set on
IT IS TRULY MAGNIFICENT WITH AREAS SO
BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE ARE STUNNED INTO
SILENCE WHILE THEY OBSERVE THE NATURAL
BEAUTY OF THE VIBRANT GREEN MOSSES
WHICH ADORN THE TREES.
a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean as well as lodge rooms. There are
no TVs, Wi-Fi or phones in the rooms or cabins, so it truly is a getaway.
The Kalaloch Lodge is located a 30-minute drive from the Lake Quinault
Lodge and a 45-minute drive from the Hoh Rain Forest, making it a
good central location to explore the area. The views of the Pacific Ocean
and the sounds of waves crashing on the shore make this the perfect
destination for storm watching.
Where To Eat
There are limited services in the Quinault area, so you may want to bring
extra snacks and drinks with you on your trip. I usually pack a snack box
with a variety of individually wrapped treats and chips, and a cooler with
drinks, charcuterie and some fruit.
The Roosevelt Dining Room in the Lake Quinault Lodge is named
after President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who signed the bill creating the
Olympic National Park. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, it
is one of the few places in the area to eat at. It is known for its panoramic
views of Lake Quinault. The restaurant hosts a Thanksgiving Day Buffet
from 11am to 7pm on Thursday, November 28. Make reservations as this
buffet is very popular with many locals who come to hike and then enjoy
The Salmon House Restaurant is just down the street from the lodge and
is known for its salmon prepared four different ways. Another popular
menu item is old-fashioned Chicken Cordon Bleu, which is cooked from
scratch. A large chicken breast is stuffed with prosciutto ham and swiss
cheese then hand breaded, deep fried and then baked for a delicious,
oozy cheese yumminess.
The Quinault Mercantile is across the street from the lodge and provides
an economical option for food. Snacks are available for sale and they
also have a food window in the rear of the store where you can order
breakfast, lunch or dinner. There are also tables to sit at. All the food is
cooked to order, so don’t expect a quick meal, but it is hot; mostly shortorder
items like burgers and food cooked on the grill.
The Speci f ics
WHERE TO STAY
Lake Quinault Lodge
WHERE TO EAT
The Roosevelt Dining Room
The Salmon House Restaurant
WHAT TO DO
Quinault Rain Forest Auto Tour
Hiking at Lake Quinault
Hoh Rain Forest
Visiting Kalaloch and Ruby Beach
What To Do
You come to the Quinault Valley area to
enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Stop
in at the Pacific Ranger District-Quinault
office, which is next door to the lodge, to
get information about hiking in the area
and taking the Quinault Rain Forest Auto
Tour. Unlike the National Park, the Olympic
National Forest is very pet friendly. Ask a
ranger for recommended hikes with pets.
When you start your auto tour, take a brief
stop before heading out just past the Rain
Forest Resort Village to visit the World’s
Largest Spruce Tree. This 1,000-year-old
giant is one of six record-breaking trees in
the Quinault Valley. The trail is just one-third
of a mile. The 31-mile tour takes you outside
of the congested area to the Quinault Rain
Forest, which is filled with towering trees, ferns and lush green moss.
Keep an eye out for waterfalls and Roosevelt Elk who call this area home.
The loop will end up back at the Lake Quinault Lodge once complete.
Hiking is the best way to experience the diverse ecosystem of the
rainforest. Right across the street from the lodge are more than 8 miles
of interconnected hiking trails which enable you to take a short hike or a
much longer one. Check with the front desk for a trail map.
If there will be a storm during your visit, head to the coast for some storm
watching. The raging Pacific with its crashing waves during a storm is a
sight to behold. The are many viewpoints from your car, or stop at the
Creekside Restaurant at the Kalaloch Lodge to enjoy lunch. Stay toasty
warm while storm watching through the panoramic windows.
On calmer days, beach walks fit the bill. Bundle up as it will be windy,
but the Pacific Coast is worth the chill. You can access 3 miles of beach
at the Kalaloch Lodge or head further north to visit the stunning Ruby
Beach with its picturesque haystacks and rocky beach. There are a variety
of beach accesses, each with its own unique charm. While on the beach
make sure you pay attention to the tides and never turn your back to the
ocean. Sneaker waves or rogue waves are unexpectedly large waves that
come up higher than the current tide and can sweep people and even
large logs into the oceans.
It is worth the time to drive to the Hoh Rain Forest and hike the worldfamous
Hall of Mosses Trail. It is truly magnificent with areas so beautiful
people are stunned into silence while they observe the natural beauty of
the vibrant green mosses which adorn the trees. The area receives 12 to 14
feet of rain a year, so make sure your rain gear is handy.
A visit to the rain forests of Olympic National Park is a great way to
disconnect from traffic, social media, work emails and all the electronic
devices that can be so stressful. Thanksgiving is a great time to reconnect
with families and unwind before the holiday season begins in earnest.
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GENERATIONS AT THE
Come out to Generations at the Hemlocks' newly renovated
restaurant where you'll enjoy fine dining with the best service
in a beautiful setting. Their diversified menu features locally
grown produce, meats and wild game, as well as fresh herbs
harvested from their own garden. Open for dinner Friday
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PHO 9B THE NOODLE JOINT
Serving Bonners Ferry customers the best in Asian-fusion
cuisine, you'll find their dishes prepared with only the freshest
ingredients! From Yakisoba with choice chicken, beef sirloin,
shrimp or vegetables, pho made daily using roasted bones and
homemade stock to a variety of teriyaki rice bowls and more,
guests will find a delicious variety of choices. Take out/limited
dine in Monday 11am to 6pm, Tuesday through Friday, 11am
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At this Bonners Ferry diner, you’ll be treated to wonderful
service and an inviting, homey atmosphere where the staff
treats you like family. Known for their large portion sizes and
customer favorites like the broasted chicken, omelets, pies and
more, they’re open Tuesday through Saturday 4:30am to 8pm
and Sunday 6am to 2pm.
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FEIST CREEK RESTAURANT
At Feist Creek Restaurant the delicious smells and warm
atmosphere make you feel right at home. Serving lunch and
dinner, customer favorites range from their smoked prime
rib and 25 oz. rib-eye steak to catfish and hushpuppies,
homemade fish and chips, burgers, sandwiches and more.
Full bar, pool table, outdoor seating, fish pond and their own
private waterfall make this a destination spot to remember.
Their summer hours are Wednesday - Monday noon - 9pm.
2673 Moyie River Road | Bonners Ferry
BADGER'S DEN CAFE AND
At Badger's Den Cafe and Latte, you'll be greeted with fast,
friendly service with a smile. On the menu you'll find hearty
and delicious breakfast and lunch items, a variety of specialty
coffee drinks, smoothies and more! In a hurry? There's a driveup
window for your convenience. A stop at this restaurant is a
must for locals and visitors alike!
6551 S. Main St. | Bonners Ferry
TWO TONES CAFE
Two Tones Cafe is a restaurant where guests will enjoy
flavors from around the world in dishes made using the
freshest ingredients. With menu options ranging from
Asian salads and nachos, to unique beef and chicken
entrees, burgers, salads and desserts, there's something for
everyone! Indoor and patio seating available. Open daily
11am to 9pm.
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authentic Mexican food, this colorful diner features dining
in, take-out services and space for larger groups. The
menu is packed full of beef, chicken, pork and vegetarian
selections, including options for smaller appetites or people
with dietary restrictions. Delicious combo meals let you
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pizzas, using only the freshest ingredients around.
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Fall Festival Fashion Show
Fundraising event for BCVS
BY JILLIAN CHANDLER
IT’S ALMOST HERE! THE COMMUNITY IS INVITED TO ATTEND THIS
year’s annual Fall Festival Fashion Show taking place Saturday,
November 2, 6 to 9pm at the Boundary County Fairgrounds. Hosted
by Boundary County Victim Services, attendees can expect a night
of laughter, familiar faces and exciting auction during this evening
fundraising event, all while creating a platform to share knowledge and
resources for victims and families of domestic violence and/or sexual
“For this event we concentrate on and emphasize togetherness,
community and laughter amongst old friends and new faces,” says
Melissa Krejci, a volunteer with BCVS. “We choose to focus on the
power of togetherness and the impact of neighbors helping neighbors
while we briefly honor the implications of domestic violence and sexual
They encourage anyone and everyone to attend, though parents are
advised to use their own discretion regarding bringing children due to
the serious topics discussed.
Last year the event raised $11,000, and proceeds were used to directly
serve victims and survivors to meet their needs. Tickets are $15 and
may be purchased at Under the Sun, The Dressing Room and Bonner
Books. You may also purchase at the door until capacity is reached.
The Dressing Room will be providing fashion items, and Under the
Sun will provide beer and wine. There will also be complimentary
appetizers, and a live auction and silent auction, as well as “Give
Someone Wings” raffle.Purchase a $5 Wings card to be eligible for
multiple drawings for a chance to win prizes throughout the evening.
Show your support and get your tickets to this year’s Fall Festival
71th Annual Harvest Sale
Hosted by Bonners Ferry FFA Chapter, the 71st annual FFA Harvest sale will be held
Friday, November 15, 5:30 to 9pm, in the Bonners Ferry High School gym. Dinner will
be served at 5:30pm, with a $5 suggested donation. In addition, they will have live and
silent auction items, and homemade candles for sale. All those attending will be treated
to a family friendly environment filled with some of the best members of the community
in attendance. Proceeds from the sale provide scholarships for FFA members to attend
leadership conferences and career development events. BonnersFerryFFA.theAET.com
Bonners Ferry Farmers Market Holiday
The weekly summer markets have come to an end, but each November the Bonners Ferry
Farmers Market invites the community to attend their annual Holiday Market and Crafts Fair!
This year’s market takes place Saturday, November 23, in the Boundary County Middle School
cafeteria. Featuring all local, handmade crafts, baked goods, holiday gifts, farm produce and
fine art, it's a great way to spend the day supporting local while getting a head start on your
holiday shopping. The community can stop in to shop and visit with their neighbors and local
vendors from 8am to 3pm. BonnersFerryFarmersMarket.org
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
FIRST FREE SATURDAY
10:00am to 4:00pm
Boundary County Historical Society & Museum
1:00 to 2:00pm
Panhandle Health Meeting Room
Contact Shantel Pluid at 208.267.3141 ext.
4235 for more information
IS A SMALL FARM IN YOUR FUTURE?
10:00am to 3:00pm
University of Idaho Extension Office,
Find out more by calling 208.267.3235
NOVEMBER 22 & 23
Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am to 3:00pm
Boundary County Fairgrounds
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
5:00 to 10:30pm
The Heartwood Center, Sandpoint
MENNONITE CRAFT & BAKE
8:00am to 4:00pm
Kootenai Valley Mennonite Church
Find out more on Facebook or by calling
STAMPING FRIENDS CLUB
6:00 to 8:00pm
MUSIC CONSERVATORY OF
SANDPOINT'S FALL SERENADE
5:00 to 8:00pm
Heartwood Center, Sandpoint
HARVEST MOON CENTERPIECE
10:00am to 12:00pm
The Creative Soul Collective
Call 208.610.8806 to register
SHOOK TWINS 'GIVE
7:30 to 9:30pm
The Panida Theater, Sandpoint
Purchase tickets at Panida.org
November 28th, 2019
1:00pm - 5:00pm
to make your reservation today.
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