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Located on the estuary of the Pack River, this

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custom homes and amazing mountain views.

With water and sewer hookups included, this is

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prissne Lake Pend O'Reille. Abundant wildlife

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Once in a while a very special property becomes available. This one has been owned by the same family since 1902,

and 116 years later it's being offered for sale. This estate parcel is guaranteed to take your breath away. With 407 acres

of gently sloped terrain into over 3000 front feet of Lake Pend Oreille, your mind can only imagine what could be done

on this stunning property. There are currently about 14 leased homes on the estate with year to year leases, which can

be terminated at their completion after the property closes. All roads on this parcel near the shoreline can be moved as

they are private and controlled by this parcel. North Camp Bay Road on the northern shore of Camp Bay can be

completely vacated at Buyers discretion. With this much land and valuable beachfront, development into eight 50 acre

waterfront estates or higher density PUD's (Planned Unit Developments) are possible. Borders over 1300 acres of public

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FOR SALE!

Pend Oreille River Waterfront Home on 10.5 Acres

Listing # 20191500 | 10.5 ACRES | $995,000

This waterfront Riverbend Timber frame cathedral home was built in compliance with IBC (International Building Code)

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Listing # 20183869 | $535,000 | Condo

Listing # 20192887 | $680,000 | Acres 21.44

1600 Westwood Ct #101, Sandpoint, Idaho - Ground floor in-town

waterfront condo with unbelievable lake and mountain views!

Move-in ready 3-bedroom 2-bathroom 1500+ square foot one level

unit was remodeled in 2007 and boasts walk-out access to the lake.

Amenities include marina with boat slip, swimming pool, tennis

courts, dock, and floating swim platform all just steps from your door.

Common grass area is perfect for entertaining family and friends.

34 Sky Ranch Drive, Sandpoint - Don't miss this opportunity for a

great 3 bedroom 2 bath ranch style single level home with 21.44

acres on the beautiful Olmstead Sky Ranch Airpark (ID25). Located

approximately 4 miles North of the City of Sandpoint, Idaho, and near the

base of Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort, this property is an aviators dream!

The custom home has great views overlooking the large grass area and

community grounds at the South end of the runway.

Listing # 20190906 | $899,000 | 72.72 Acres

Listing # 20191514 | $375,000 | 9.92 Acres

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Honor Flight: National memorials and

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Give Thanks

IT’S THE TIME OF YEAR OF

REFLECTION, when we take a moment to

acknowledge the many blessings that have

been bestowed upon us—our family and

friends, our health, a stable job, a place to call

home, warm food on the kitchen table. We

are truly fortunate to have the opportunity to

live in a country where we are free to pursue

our dreams and live a life of happiness.

While enjoying the comforts that many of us

take for granted, it is important to remember

those men and women who sacrificed so

much to keep our country a land of the free.

On November 11, we set aside a day to honor

those who have served their county for the

betterment of all of its citizens—though we

should all do our part to honor them, and

thank them, any opportunity we get, no

matter the time of year.

November is also the month of Thanksgiving.

Households across the country will observe

the day with loved ones over a beautiful meal

prepared with love—and maybe a little stress.

Take these moments to appreciate what you

have rather than what you wish you had.

You will quickly realize how full your life

already is. And if you’re looking for a little

Thanksgiving getaway, our travel article will

take you to the rain forests of the Olympic

National Park.

And we can’t forget that following

Thanksgiving comes Small Business Saturday.

Remember that supporting local businesses

helps to support your fellow neighbor, as well

as your community as a whole.

A heartfelt thank you to our veterans, and

blessings this Thanksgiving season.

In this issue, you can read about Honor

Flight Puget Sound and Inland Northwest.

Its mission is to bring local war veterans to

Washington, D.C. to visit memorials that are

dedicated to their service and sacrifice—at no

cost to them. Our feature story focuses on the

USS Ralph Johnson, the Navy ship named in

honor of Medal of Honor recipient Marine

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to as we gather with family and friends to

celebrate all we are thankful for.

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ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life

LIFE & COMMUNITY

Festivities Abound at Kinderhaven’s

Annual Event: Festival of Trees returns for

its 20th year

BUSINESS IN THE

SPOTLIGHT

Northland Communications: Leading the

way in superior communications services

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A Passion to Serve Those in Need: Priest

River Ministries continues its loving mission

IN FOCUS

‘So Very Grateful': Land donation, vets

home project comes together

LIVING LOCAL

Tucker Taylor Remembered: Young man

touched many lives

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Tips and informational articles about living

a healthy, active lifestyle

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SPOTLIGHT

The Blue Lizard Native American Gallery:

Going beyond tradition

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USS Ralph Johnson: Navy ship named

after Marine Medal of Honor recipient

TRAVEL & LEISURE

The Perfect Thanksgiving Getaway:

The rain forests of the Olympic National

Park

FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot

spots around town and local recipes

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Calendar of great local events, music,

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A MORE NATURAL, ECLECTIC

Thanksgiving Table

BY NIKKI LUTTMANN, SEVEN BEE INTERIORS

FOR SANDPOINT FURNITURE, CARPET ONE AND SELKIRK GLASS AND CABINETS

Let’s talk turkey. For many of us, there’s nothing so heartwarming

as gathering our friends and family around

the Thanksgiving table. Usually the Luttmann clan

spends Thanksgiving in Boise, gathered around my

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 many

people favoring a simple slab design with no moving parts for

crumbs to get caught in.

I would hope that people are veering away from celebrating

with things and are focused more on celebrating with each

other. But, given the rampant use of cell phones and technology

even on Thanksgiving, I’m not so sure. That said, the overall

shift toward simplicity and slow living is a healthy one, in my

opinion.

While many of us do love to see pretty, sparkly glasses and

candles sprinkled around the holiday table, the realization has

set in that it’s the people who make the event special—not

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Fall is the time to create a warm and inviting space for

your family. What a blessing it is to gather for a meal

and conversation with friends and loved ones. Now is

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It’s all about enjoying the

pieces we have.

the décor. The focus now is on natural wood

elements, handmade ceramics and simple linens.

These simple surroundings allow our guests

to shine and create an atmosphere of simple

abundance.

This approach is cost-effective as well. Pieces

purchased are expected to be multi-functional

and hard-wearing. Glasses can serve wine, beer

or apple juice and must be dishwasher safe.

Place-settings can be mis-matched and collected

over time. Dining furniture is tending toward

the more eclectic side, as well, with mis-matched

chairs and a sturdy table taking center stage.

My grandmothers both had sideboards stacked

with pretty, seldom-used dishes. One collected

chinoiserie and the other colorful glassware.

I always loved looking at these pieces but was

never allowed to touch them. Now, people

want to use their collections, not just look at

them. I have a friend who regularly runs his

grandmother’s antique ironstone through the

dishwasher, making every meal feel like a special

occasion.

It’s all about enjoying the pieces we have and

allowing the real personalities to shine through

at our dinner table. The idea is fun, natural and a

little bit funky, kind of like our dinner guests—or

maybe just the cooking!

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leave. But if you still pay some bills the oldfashioned

way, with checks and envelopes,

look for these bills in your forwarded mail.

• Track your investments. You can probably

track the progress of your investments

online, and it’s a good idea to do so, just as

you would at your permanent address. Even

if you’re only gone for a couple of months, you

may need to make some investment moves,

so stay on top of your accounts and contact

your investment professional as needed. As

always, though, don’t overreact to sudden

market swings—ideally, you’ve got longterm

strategies in place that can serve your

needs in most investment environments.

The life of a snowbird can be a pleasant

one, so take the necessary steps before you

leave—and enjoy your days in the sun.

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TEACHER OF THE MONTH

By Colin Anderson

Jacob

Stark

Intro To Trade & Welding

Teacher / Head Wrestling Coach,

Sandpoint High School

When we think of teachers, we

usually think about math,

English, history and social

studies. While these subjects

are vital to any successful education, there

are many other educators teaching subjects

that help put students on a path to a career or

lifelong hobby.

Jacob Stark is one such

educator. Now in his

16th year, Jason teaches

intro to trades to ninth

through 12th graders

at Sandpoint High

School. Here students

learn the basics of

construction to see if

building and designing

might be in their

future. Jason is also

head of welding classes

where his students

learn the finer points

of this unique skill.

Students who complete

the welding course can

also earn credits that

transfer to the program

at North Idaho College.

Those with welding skills can end up in wideranging

careers like engineering, fabrication,

auto body and art.

“I enjoy teaching and coaching because it gives

me an opportunity to give back to students

and the community, as I was given the same

“I ENJOY TEACHING

AND COACHING

BECAUSE IT GIVES

ME AN OPPORTUNITY

TO GIVE BACK TO

STUDENTS AND THE

COMMUNITY, AS

I WAS GIVEN THE

SAME OPPORTUNITY

GROWING UP IN NORTH

IDAHO.”

opportunity growing up in North Idaho,” said

Jason. “I like helping students become the best

version of themselves and building problemsolving

skills and character.”

Jason is also the head wrestling coach at

the high school, a position he’s held the last

three years. Here he pushes his students to

not only be successful on the mat but in the

classroom as well. As

a coach, Jason gets

to work individually

with kids from various

backgrounds and is

especially proud of one

of his recent graduates.

“One of my most

memorable moments

was seeing one of my

wrestlers, who came

from a less privileged

life, graduate high

school. He made it

and succeeded in life

and became a Marine,”

he said.

Jason knows that each

of his students has

different skill sets, and

no matter if they are in the classroom, training

in the gym or competing at the highest level,

there’s always one lesson he wants them to

remember: “My advice to my students would

be never give up. Hard work and perseverance

will overcome talent, and this will take you

where you want to go in life!”

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THE COMMONSENSE

DOG

Perfect practice

makes perfect

By Stephanie Vichinsky, Owner and Head

Trainer of United K9

My job title is technically “dog trainer,” but I really consider

myself a teacher, not only for dogs but for people as well,

and one of the qualities of a good teacher (in my opinion)

is an unending willingness to learn. Dog training, despite

many stereotypes, is a very complex and skilled career. It takes many

years of dedication, study, effort, consistency and an intense desire to be

better in order to get better. People wouldn’t guess this about me, but I

have my employees film my training sessions several times a day. I don’t

use the footage for anything other than to study my techniques at the end

of the day. I consistently watch my own work to see where I can improve.

It will always be this way, regardless of how good I become.

Part of my job as a teacher is to teach my staff this highly skilled profession

and hold them to this standard. When dealing with new trainers, it is

critical that I point out their mistakes consistently (there are many) and

help them create new habits. There are always tempting shortcuts with

any new skill, but those shortcuts hinder us in the long run.

One of my newest trainers has been studying a specific skill we use for all

dogs—but especially fearful dogs. It is very intricate and requires a great

deal of time to master. When I noticed my young trainer struggling, I

pointed it out, and my trainer, being the ultra ambitious type that she is,

instantly set out to do more practice. She said, “Practice makes perfect.”

But this old saying is very incomplete.

Many people practice poor techniques and never get any better. This

applies to many things in life. Some people have been practicing a skill

incorrectly for 20 or 30 or 40 years, and it shows. Someone who has been

practicing the correct techniques for 10 years will be significantly better

in a shorter period of time. The saying should be, “Perfect practice makes

perfect.”

If you are struggling with your dog, don’t stop seeking knowledge. No

one knows it all, even the best of the best. If you’re stuck in a rut, try

something new. Do your research. Ask questions. Ask for critiques. Don’t

settle for mediocre. Open yourself up for criticism even if it stings your

ego, because it is only at that point that you can start practicing the right

way. When we become better for our dogs, they become better for us.

Happy training!

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2019 marks the 20th year that Festival

of Trees has been part of the Sandpoint

community. The three-day affair

includes Family Night, a Holiday

Luncheon and the Grand Gala, with all events

held at Bonner County Fairgrounds.

Family Night is a favorite amongst the

community, according to Jennifer Plummer,

Kinderhaven’s executive director. The free

all-ages event welcomes families by opening

the doors from 4 to 6pm on December 5 so

everyone can view the trees, visit with Santa,

enjoy cookies and cocoa, and chat with the

Kinderhaven board and ambassadors. “It’s our

little way of saying ‘Thank you’ to a community

who has shown us such love and support for so

many years!” she says.

The Holiday Luncheon, held 11:30am to

1:30pm on December 6, consists of a silent

auction, lunch and viewing of the trees. Tickets

are $50, with table sponsorships available for

$650 for a table of eight.

and a no-host bar. A wonderful dinner catered

by Ivano's Ristorante and live auction of the

trees and packages will follow. Tickets to the

Gala are $85, with sponsorships available for

$1,400 for a table of eight. All tickets can be

purchased online at KinderhavenSandpoint.

com.

Jennifer credits the continued success of this

event to the local people, businesses, other

nonprofits and schools who support their cause

every year through their beautifully decorated

trees, baskets and wreaths that are donated and

auctioned off. In addition, if it wasn’t for the

community support through their attendance,

along with those who volunteer their time and

give so much love and loyalty to our local kids

in crisis, none of this would be possible.

“Kinderhaven is the only home of its kind

in North Idaho, and it is only because of our

community that we can provide a safe haven

for children to heal from the tragedy of abuse

and neglect,” Jennifer says.

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know that your support is what keeps the doors

open to Sandpoint’s children year-round.

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By Jillian Chandler

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“OUR VISION IS TO BE THE

RECOGNIZED COMMUNICATIONS

LEADER IN OUR COMMUNITIES BY

PROVIDING SUPERIOR SERVICES

THAT ARE RELIABLE AND TAILORED

TO THE CUSTOMER.”

Founded in 1981, Northland Communications has been providing

area residents a variety of communications services for more than 38

years! With a mission to provide advanced integrated communication

networks that offer a broad selection of first-class services, Northland

Communications enables the communities they serve to be competitive with

the larger urban areas. And thanks to an acquisition by GTCR in October

2018, Northland Communications secured more than $50 million to upgrade

their infrastructure, including the ability to bring 1G residential internet

service to the Sandpoint area.

The world today is driven by the internet, and everyone from business

customers to residential customers desire, and require, faster speeds and more

reliable connections to the internet. This inspires Bala Bishop, regional sales

manager for Northland Communications, and his team to work hard each

and every day serving their customers and connecting them to the internet

with their cutting-edge technology. “It is exciting and inspiring to work in this

ever-changing and evolving industry,” he says.

“Our vision is to be the recognized communications leader in our communities

by providing superior services that are reliable and tailored to the customer.”

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The company provides crisp digital television with true high definition,

blazing fast high-speed internet and unmatched digital phone services.

Supported by a cutting-edge network control center, they work diligently

to provide superior technical support and local customer care 24 hours

a day, 365 days a year.

“We maintain local customer service offices staffed with well-trained

employees in an effort to provide convenient, personal service, staying

in touch with customer needs in a world of ever-growing technical

complexities,” affirms Bala. “We constantly strive to deliver operational

excellence.”

Built on a team comprised of superior customer sales representatives and

highly trained field service technicians, these individuals are friendly,

knowledgeable, and dedicated to delivering five-star service to their

customers and community. “These Individuals, in conjunction with our

CEO Phil Spencer’s vision for our company and his hands-on approach,

is the leading light of our success,” Bala says.

Northland Communications continually invests in their networks,

implementing advanced technology to provide a broad selection of

world-class communications services to the areas they serve. “We

diligently cooperate with schools, local government, businesses and

other institutions to interconnect and develop an infrastructure which

ensures the growth and well-being of the community,” states Bala. “Our

employees actively participate in local organizations which promote

growth and development of the community.”

Northland supports a wide variety of community nonprofits: They

are sponsors of the Chafe 150 and actively volunteer in this annual

event; internet provider for the Osprey Cam of Sandpoint; involved in

the Rotary Club of Sandpoint and the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of

Commerce; and actively support Food for our Children and a multitude

of other community events and partnerships.

When it comes to what Bala finds most fulfilling about being a part of the

Northwest Communications team, he says, “It is incredibly rewarding

to watch our customers’ eyes light up when they have a new connection

installed or when we upgrade our customers to our newly launched 1

Gig speeds. Serving our customers with our crystal-clear phone services

and high-speed internet creates such a positive impact that is incredibly

rewarding.”

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A Passion to Serve Those in Need

PRIEST RIVER MINISTRIES CONTINUES ITS LOVING MISSION

By Jillian Chandler

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has done so many amazing things for

us.”

“God

It is inspiring to witness the incredible

people in the community who give of

themselves selflessly to impact others in a positive way;

devoting countless hours to help improve the lives of those

in our community. And one such organization that works

toward its mission every hour of every day is Priest River

Ministries - Advocates for Women—which strives to do

all it can for the betterment of women who have endured,

and are continuing to be affected, by physical and sexual

abuse and violence.

Serving victims from Bonner, Boundary and the northern

part of Kootenai counties, Priest River Ministries

continues to be a blessing for those women and children

in need throughout these communities for more than 17

years.

“It is an amazing miracle to see God work in this ministry

that started in 2002 as a bible study for women who had

or were experiencing domestic or sexual violence,” says

Rhonda Encinas, executive director. “Now we shelter over

150 women and children and their pets per year.”

The only community domestic and sexual violence

organization in Bonner County, Priest River Ministries

receives no assistance from the county, state or

government to run their shelter program. Rhonda and her

team are dependent on the support of foundational grants,

businesses, churches, corporations and individuals. She

adds that their greatest need is more volunteers in all three

offices to accomplish their mission, as there continues to

be so much need, and it continues to increase, everywhere.

“Our volunteers are the backbone to this organization’s

success, receiving little recognition,” attests Rhonda. “But

they provide immeasurable kindness as they live out their

service to God at Priest River Ministries - Advocates for

Women.”

At its inception, Priest River Ministries was made up of

just six members and acted as a support group for women

who were victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

As the ministry for women and children grew stronger,

the team at Priest River Ministries determined that the

need was so great for these women and children that

they turned their attention to doing all they could to try

and find ways to help them. “We shifted a majority of the

things we did to help these women and children who were

suffering,” declares Rhonda.

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“Domestic violence happens to one in three women, so everyone knows

somebody who has experienced this—or is that somebody,” Rhonda says.

“Through Priest River Ministries, we’re encouraging these women and

giving them their self-respect back. We’re helping them to make good,

healthy decisions for themselves and their children—a happy life free of

violence. To not be afraid every day. That makes healthy communities,

healthier schools, healthier places to work at.”

Priest River Ministries received their nonprofit 501(c)(3) status in 2006

and opened their first shelter, Ruth’s House, more than a decade ago in

2008. Once Ruth’s House was established, Lydia’s Place was born. “There

were so many women leaving situations with nothing,” says Rhonda.

“That’s what instigated Lydia’s.” Here, those in need will find clothing,

bedding, blankets, linens, towels, children’s furniture (from baby baths

and beds to walkers), and more. And people come in for those things on

almost a daily basis, according to Rhonda. For those who are unaware,

Lydia’s is open to the general public as well.

Over the years Priest Rivers Ministries has grown and expanded. Today

they have three shelters—Ruth’s House, Esther’s House and Rebekah’s

Room, which offers long-term shelter for those who need a place to stay

longer than just an emergency situation. In addition, they have office

locations in Priest River, Sandpoint and Spirit Lake, along with clothing

“closets” that are open to the general public and free of charge.

“When mothers are struggling to buy clothes, diapers and formula for

their children, being able to supply these things every month for them,

free of charge, is truly rewarding,” says Rhonda.

“Being able to do that is important. When we can reduce that stress, we

can reduce violence. Between Priest River, Spirit Lake and Sandpoint,

just in our clothing supply, just those in crisis, we see over 450 people

a month,” states Rhonda. “And we never charge for anything; our

counseling, childcare, all the supplies we give out.”

Rhonda is excited to announce that Priest River Ministries recently

moved their Sandpoint Office to a much larger facility at 502 North

Second Street downtown! You will find them on the first (bottom) floor

of the Life Choices Pregnancy Center. Now with three office spaces, this is

where the community can also find their free clothing and supply room.

“We are thrilled to be working alongside this amazing nonprofit, as many

of our clients intersect,” smiles Rhonda. In addition, they have opened

Tabitha's Closet where they provide children's clothing sizes 12 months

and up, as well as free household and personal supplies. The office

and closet are open Monday through Wednesday, noon to 4pm, to the

general public, while counseling and paralegal assistance is available by

appointment.

Priest River Ministries - Advocates for Women is helping to save lives

and aid in a brighter, safer future for women and their children. If you are

looking to volunteer or make a donation to Priest River Ministries here

in Sandpoint, Rhonda invites you to stop by their new office. For those

who are seeking assistance or know someone who is in an unhealthy and

unsafe situation, please don’t hesitate to call 208.448.2800.

“We want to try and help prevent these situations as much as we can,”

affirms Rhonda. “The more people who engage, the more people who

volunteer, the more we can stop these assaults.”

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NORTH IDAHO

IN FOCUS

‘SO VERY

GRATEFUL’

LAND DONATION, VETS HOME PROJECT

COMES TOGETHER

BY DAN THOMPSON

On a business trip 20 years ago, Len

Crosby visited Coeur d’Alene and knew

almost immediately that it was the place

he wanted to retire.

He and his wife did just that, and it wasn’t long

before Crosby, a Vietnam War veteran, got

involved in local veterans’ organizations. And it

wasn’t long after that that Crosby got involved

with discussions about the need for a veterans’

retirement home in North Idaho.

That was about 15 years ago, he said. But the end

of the project is in sight: Next spring, construction

on Idaho’s fourth veterans’ home will begin in

Post Falls, with the aim of opening in either 2021

or 2022.

The 7.3-acre plot of land was donated by the

Jacklin Land Company, a spot valued around

$1.1 million. It was a crucial donation, because

without it, the project could not have gone

forward, Crosby said.

It was important to the family to be able to do

something for the area’s veterans, said Don

Jacklin, brother of Doyle and Duane (Tag’s

father), whose grandfather, Ben, started Jacklin

Seed Co. in 1936.

“It just seemed ready to happen, something we

could do in a big way,” Don said. “We knew that

the land had tremendous value and the area had

tremendous demand for veterans. We knew

going in it would take a long time.”

“The closest veterans’ home was in Lewiston,”

Crosby said. “Six months out of the year, that’s a

tough drive with the snow and the ice.”

Crosby said he got involved because they needed

someone to do demographic analysis, and his

work on it found there was certainly a need:

About 19,000 veterans lived in Idaho’s five

northern counties.

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Compared to existing facilities in Boise, Pocatello

and Lewiston, this one will be slightly smaller:

It will have 64 bedrooms as well as the typical

amenities of a retirement home. Idaho residents

who are veterans will be able to apply, and it will

operate just like other retirement homes, said

Tag Jacklin, property manager for Riverbend

Commerce Park, part of the Jacklin Land

Company.

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But “everything just fit,” he said. National grants

from Veterans Affairs came through for 65

percent of the project cost. The state was able to

match its portion of the funding—the other 35

percent—through its Idaho Veterans Recognition

Fund, and, in the end, some other projects ahead

of the Post Falls one on the national list didn’t

have all of their pieces in place when their name

was called.


“We were in the right spot at the right time with

the right information,” Crosby said.

Crosby highlighted the support of various people

and organizations in getting the $50 million

project going and maintaining its momentum:

local politicians, including the mayors of Post

Falls, Coeur d’Alene and other cities; local

state legislators; and various members of the

community who attended meetings and showed

Crosby that the project really did have grassroots

support.

“A lot of veterans wrote a lot of letters to state

senators and representatives,” Crosby said.

Crosby remembers the first meeting they

called to present the results of the demographic

study. There were about 100 people at the local

American Legion post for it, he said, and they

were all eager for the home to be built. For them,

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the need was immediate, and going across the

border to Washington wasn’t a great option, he

said.

There is a veterans’ home in Spokane, but the

homes are tied to their states, meaning only

Washington residents could apply to live there. It

also had a long waiting list, Crosby said.

The need for a home in North Idaho is only going

to grow, said Tracy Schaner, the deputy chief

administrator for the Idaho Division of Veterans

Services.

“When the new census comes out, I think it’ll be

much higher” than 18,000 veterans, Schaner said.

“Our goal is to make sure that families can visit

their loved ones.”

The location in Post Falls is, then, quite ideal for

just that reason, Don said. Located within a few

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miles of the Washington border, on the west side

of Post Falls, the site is right next to the freeway

and thus a short drive from the Spokane airport.

The Centennial Trail is a quarter of a mile away. A

hospital is less than 2 miles, and there is a Cabela’s

as well as various hotels not far away.

“Everything is perfectly located,” Don said.

Each unit in the facility will have its own

bathroom and then shared spaces for dining

and recreation. A central garden area will allow

for window views—either of the garden or out

the other sides of the building—for every unit.

There will also be other amenities on-site that

can be accessed by non-residents as well, such as

a general store and a sports bar.

This will be the newest of the state’s veterans’

homes. Lewiston, the next newest, is 25 years old.

Boise’s is the oldest, going on 55 years. The other


facilities are all able to house more veterans: Pocatello and Lewiston each

have 66 beds, while Boise’s has 36 individual units as well as 122 beds that are

part of a skilled nursing care unit.

“The care that we can provide through the state and the VA partnering

together, and having our veterans be in a community, it’s not that we’re

creating a home-like environment—we’re creating a true home for our

veterans,” Schaner said. “There’s something to be said having your comrades

(with you) and being a part of all that.”

Not every resident will be a permanent one, Tag said. The idea is that some

space will be used by veterans recovering from surgeries whose stays might

last just a couple months.

It will also rely on a number of volunteers, just like the rest of the facilities,

said Tom Stoeser, CEO for Riverbank Commerce Park.

This isn’t the first time the Jacklins have donated land. They have done so at

area universities such as North Idaho College, Washington State University

and the University of Idaho, including land for a Post Falls research campus.

The Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center was renamed as such to honor Susan

and Duane Jacklin, who, according to its website, “were so instrumental in

spearheading the restoration project.” Duane died in 2017.

Duane, Don and Doyle are all Navy veterans. Duane was in communications

and security in Maryland, Doyle was a ship officer, and Don was an air

traffic controller.

“To us it was very, very important,” Don said of this project. “It’s something

that we really, earnestly did want to do. … It’s a really big deal for the family.”

For Schaner, the need for the project was obvious and high. But without the

land, it just was not going to happen.

“We wouldn’t be able to proceed without the land donation,” Schaner said.

“We are so very grateful.”

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Going Beyond

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Local Native American gallery offers

handcrafted jewelry, art, décor and more

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The Native American culture is one to be celebrated, and right

here in Sandpoint, the community and visitors alike are invited

to step into The Blue Lizard Native American Gallery, where

their cultural heritage shines through the exceptional art and

jewelry on display.

When you step into The Blue Lizard Native American Gallery on Cedar

Street, you will find a wide variety of both traditional and non-traditional

hand-crafted pieces of Native American jewelry, art and artifacts. Owned

by husband-and-wife Roger Disbrow and Shaun Mathis, they personally

hand select all the pieces that are sold in the gallery, visiting the Navajo,

Zuni and Pueblo reservations each year to find the best the Native

American craftspeople have to offer.

“We work with many Native American artists throughout the United

States and pride ourselves on offering high-quality merchandise with

competitive prices,” affirms Shaun.

The gallery first opened in June 2007 in the Cedar Street Bridge. Two

years later, Roger and Shaun would relocate the business to 1st Avenue.

But after the building that housed The Blue Lizard was condemned by

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the City of Sandpoint in August of 2018, they were forced to close the

following month. Thanks to the couple’s dedication and passion for

sharing the Native American heritage and culture with the Sandpoint

community, they reopened May of this year at 100 B Cedar Street.

The inspiration behind the gallery started many years ago in Michigan,

when Roger’s aunt and uncle started selling Native American goods in

the 1980s. Roger would work in the store after school and during the

summers, learning the business from the ground up.

Today, Roger is a member in good standing with the Canadian Painted

Feather Woodland Métis Tribe (whose people originated in the 1700s

when French and Scottish fur traders married Aboriginal women, such

as the Cree and Anishinaabe (Ojibwe)). “Their descendants formed

a distinct culture, collective consciousness and nationhood in the

Northwest,” according to Roger.

He and Shaun would meet later in life in Atlanta, Georgia, sharing with

her his passion to the Native American culture and she her love of North

Idaho. Born and raised in Hayden Lake, Shaun spent many summers on

Lake Pend Oreille at the Sam Owens campground. “I brought him to the

Sandpoint area when visiting family for the holidays, and he knew this

would be a terrific place not only to retire but also become part of the

community,” Shaun smiles.

Currently the pair work in Olympia, Washington, but have plans to

relocate to Sandpoint once they retire from their “day jobs” in just a few

years.

“We are very thankful to be in Sandpoint with such a supportive

community,” says Shaun. “Additionally, we have been blessed with an

amazing and knowledgeable gallery manager, Jackey Doty, who is the

heart and soul of The Blue Lizard. And Teresa Waldon, our other staff

member, is outstanding.”

When it comes to what Shaun and Roger find most rewarding about their

business and the work they do, according to Roger, it is “working with the

Native Americans to promote and preserve their cultural heritage and

bringing their incredible works of art to the Sandpoint area.”

They invite you to stop by the gallery 10am to 6pm Monday through

Saturday and 11am to 5pm Sunday.

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on the volleyball court and in the

classroom. Since beginning volleyball

in third grade, each season brings more

and more joy and passion to Jenny. She has

been a three-year starter for the SHS Varsity

Bulldogs and is senior team captain. Her

success not only lies on the volleyball court

but also the tennis court, as she is a successful

tennis player as well. She has received Rookie

of the Year, Sandpoint Tennis Association

Player of the Year, Girls Singles Player of the

Year, Inland Empire League Player of the Year

and holds a nomination for the North Idaho

Hall of Fame. Jenny says the biggest life lesson

is this: “The only thing you can truly control

is your attitude, effort and communication.”

And she does that beautifully.

Academics are also one of Jenny’s strong suits.

She is a High Honors student, nominated

as Elks Student of the Month, and is the

treasurer of the National Honor Society. She

is also a member of the SHS symphonic band

playing the flute.

Jenny plans to attend a liberal arts college in

order to experience a broad range of academic

pursuits. “Although sports have a tremendous

effect on my life, I plan to choose a college

based on their rigorous academic programs

rather than their athletic programs.” She

does, however, hope to play both tennis and

volleyball at the collegiate level, but her main

focus will be to eventually start her own

charity foundation in order to “see a positive

change in the world,” and she wants to be a

part of that change.

Karen Alsager, SHS varsity volleyball coach

says, “Jenny is the exact player you want on

your team. She is the kind of athlete you

want to clone and will lead a team with her

integrity and work ethic. She is the real deal!”

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TUCKER TAYLOR

REMEMBERED

YOUNG MAN TOUCHED MANY LIVES

BY PATTY HUTCHENS

PHOTOS COURTESY OF PATTY HUTCHENS, GREG AND LAUREL TAYLOR

Thousands of students have passed through the doors of the

Sandpoint High School Field House over the course of the last

26 years, but how many really know the story behind it? The

passion and dedication of the community who mourned the

loss of a young 17-year-old student and cultivated a way to ensure this

young man’s memory lived on?

The Tucker Taylor Field House is named in honor of the son of Greg and

Laurel Taylor. Tucker passed away on January 2, 1993, after a tragic skiing

accident at Schweitzer Mountain. He was the oldest of the Taylors’ three

sons and was loved by all who knew him.

When they first arrived in Sandpoint from Oregon in 1987, Tucker had

never skied. “He took lessons and, when he felt confident, he was off

skiing and made his short, lifelong friends,” said Laurel.

She recalls her son as the kind of person who was always there for his

friends. “He had a kind heart and was a great listener. He had a huge,

great laugh and a never-ending smile. He was a teenager but was always

respectful to adults, including us, his mom and dad. He was the kid that

put his goals on his wall so he could see them first thing in the morning.”

Greg and Laurel’s other sons were also very athletic. Brett, their middle

child, played soccer, baseball and football. Chad, the youngest Taylor, also

played soccer and football and was on the Bulldog’s State Championship

football team.

But Tucker, he was all football.

“I can say with certainty that Tucker was one of the most dedicated

athletes we had on the Sandpoint Bulldog football team at the time,”

recalls his close friend and teammate Zach Libby. “While we didn't have

the biggest or toughest players, we had a core set of dedicated players that

continually pushed each other. Among this set of players, Tucker was by

far the most dedicated.”

And it wasn’t just the players who respected him. The coaches did too.

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“HE WAS THE KIND OF KID WHO MADE

YOU WANT TO COACH. HE PLAYED

FOOTBALL FOR THE RIGHT REASONS

AND ALWAYS LOOKED FOR WAYS TO

HELP OTHERS.”

“He was the kind of kid who made you want to coach,” said assistant

football coach John Knowles in an interview shortly after Tucker’s death.

“He played football for the right reasons and always looked for ways to

help others.”

When Tucker passed away, he left a void in the hearts of many. Knowing

his passion for football, it made perfect sense to do something related to

the sport in Tucker’s memory.

“Building the field house and adjoining fields had been talked about by

the Bulldog Bench athletic boosters club for some time and was actually

called Project 92,” said Tucker’s dad, Greg. “Shortly after Tucker passed

away, I decided that I would make this project happen, first by taking the

area between the Sandpoint Middle School and the high school track and

developing that area into a football field.”

The area was originally a dump site which had been covered and then

overgrown, becoming basically a pasture. With donations of fill material

and equipment from Larry Peak and his father in addition to equipment

used from Greg’s farming operation, they began the work on the

approximately 100,000-square-foot area.

“Greg would work there every night. He did all the site work with the

help of a few friends, Rich Neher being one of them,” said Laurel. “Greg

hauled truck load after truck load of dirt.”

By late August 1993 the field was ready for sod. “On August 26, 1993,

several of Tucker’s friends, brothers Brett and Chad, and Laurel and I

laid the first pieces of sod. This would have been Tucker’s 18th birthday,”

said Greg.

A few days later several hundred people showed up, and in four hours the

laying of sod was complete. “I remember setting sprinklers that evening

and just sitting there and thinking how Tucker would have been proud of

what we had accomplished,” said Greg.

It was their own "field of dreams,” and the whole community turned out

to help. “Our town is incredible, and we will never forget their support,”

said Laurel gratefully.

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But they weren’t through.

While constructing the field house had been a goal of Bulldog Bench,

the funds had not yet been raised. Greg and Laurel had set up a

Tucker Taylor Memorial Fund to which they had contributed, among

other things, Tucker’s college funds. “Donations had come in from

throughout the community, plus I had talked to many people that I

had done business with over the years and had received substantial

donations or commitments to help construct the field house,” said

Greg.

With the help of John Knowles, Greg got to work. With volunteers,

including Bruce Sletager, who did the painting; Gail Lyster, who

produced the tile Bulldog on the front of the building; and John Akins

and a masonry crew from Spokane, who laid the bricks in the entryway

which lists the names of donors, the project was complete.

That was November of 1996, nearly four years after Tucker’s passing,

and although some additional interior work was completed over the

next few years, the building was ready to be used by hundreds of

students on a daily basis.

The Tucker Taylor Field House has been home to thousands of athletes

and has become a place where they create a bond and push and

encourage one another to do their best. Reflecting, Zach said his friend

Tucker had a level of introspection and drive that he always admired.

“I love how that is now reflected ideals of the field house,” said Zach of

the lasting legacy to his friend.

One of Ryan Knowles’ first acts as coach in the fall of 2018 was to

initiate a complete overhaul of the Tucker Taylor Field House. From

fresh paint to brand new equipment, it is a beautiful tribute to the

memory of a young man who touched this community, including

Coach Knowles.

Ryan shares that it was thanks to a donation from the Bulldog Bench

and a grant from Panhandle Alliance for Education that made the

transformation possible. In addition, the cost of shipping the new

equipment was covered by Litehouse, Inc., who used one of its trucks

to transport it all from the Midwest.

When all was said and done, the newly renovated Tucker Taylor Field

House was revealed in February at an open house, and Coach Knowles

wanted to be sure that the Taylor family was recognized.

“We were at the open house. Ryan is such a good man and coach,”

said Laurel. “He brought me a No. 41 football jersey and said he is not

going to use that number for games. Ryan was just a little guy when he

knew Tucker.”

Knowles is thrilled to have such an amazing place for athletes and

physical education students to train and is proud of the transformation

of the place that holds Tucker’s name.

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So next time you walk into the Tucker Taylor

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practice or class, remember the young man

who touched so many lives.

“He is missed by so many,” said Laurel. “He is

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As for Greg, he knows his son is smiling upon

those SHS athletes.

“As I now look at the building and adjoining

field and see what Ryan Knowles has done to

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I can see the twinkle in Tucker’s eyes and

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WINTER SLIPS AND FALLS PREVENTION

10 tips to start now!

By Mindy Murray, OTR/L, Owner, Kauai Therapy & Wellness

Most of us have heard the news by now that the 2020 Old

Farmer’s Almanac winter weather forecast/prediction for

Northern Idaho is that we will be experiencing “A Parade of

Storms.” With the arrival of winter weather, we start seeing

numerous people of all ages come into our physical therapy clinic due to falls

resulting in painful injuries such as sprains, breaks and fractures. They fall

from not being as active during the winter months due to slipping on ice and

snow, sometimes taking all the precautions in the world but in a blink of an eye

they are on the ground. We want to stress the importance to our community

of being careful this winter, and try to avoid these falls during this inclement

weather by applying a few tips listed below. Be safe everyone!

Things you can do to limit falls:

1. Wear snow and ice-appropriate footwear with good traction (add spikes for

more traction).

2. Walk on marked paths and avoid shortcuts, and don’t walk between parked

cars. Remember that grassy slopes can be as slippery as snowy steps.

3. Walk with deliberate steps by focusing on your footing and taking short,

slow and flat-footed steps.

4. Avoid uneven surfaces if possible. Avoid steps or curbs with ice on them.

5. Be careful getting out of your car. Plant both feet firmly on the ground before

moving. Steady yourself on the door frame until you have your balance.

6. Address vision problems. We make sure to get our car and tires checked out

before winter sets in, but we also need to make sure our eyes are addressed with

any vision problems or updated prescription.

7. Keep one hand free while carrying loads, i.e. transporting groceries.

8. Try not to rush; give yourself extra time for errands and work.

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9. If you have a walker or cane, use it! (Don’t risk

it when it is snowy and/or icy.)

10. Stay active. Maintaining physical activity is

critical in helping to prevent falls. Balance may

be improved with exercises that strengthens the

ankle, knee and hip muscles, and with exercises

that improve the function of the vestibular

(balance) system. Thus, it is important to remain

active, and it is never too late to start a safe

exercise program.

Things a physical or occupational therapist can

do now to limit falls:

A therapist’s job is to analyze the body and come

up with treatment plans for patients to do at home

that will help them manage pain and weakness all

while staying safer. This can be done by devising

a personalized home exercise program. These

exercises focus on increasing strength, improving

balance, safety and building endurance, so that

not only may a patient feel less pain, but reinjury

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CONSIDERING

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By Bri Williams, RN, BSN, Refined Aesthetics

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I

f you are considering plastic surgery,

there are several things to think about.

This is a decision you will live with for

the rest of your life, and it is important

that you select a surgeon who can deliver the

results you are after in the safest way possible.

Things to consider:

How do I select a surgeon?

Your surgeon needs to be a cosmetic or plastic

surgeon who is board certified by the American

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is recognized by the American Board of Medical

Specialties and ensures that they are held to the

highest standards of education, training, safety and

ethics. A cosmetic surgeon may also be certified

by other specialty boards, but it is important

they also have American Board of Plastic Surgery

certification.

During your consultation your surgeon will show

you before and after pictures of their work (if

they don’t, that is a red flag). This will give you

an opportunity to see their work and what you

can expect for your own results. Look for before

pictures that are most like you and ask if you can

expect similar results. Knowing what to expect for

results can help you to determine if it is “worth

it.” Your surgeon should help you to set realistic

expectations.

Another thing to consider when selecting

your surgeon is their bedside manner. Are you

comfortable asking questions, or do you feel rushed

or brushed off? Have they reviewed other noninvasive

options that could help you achieve the

result you are after, or is surgery the only option?

Are they upfront about the risks and potential

side effects? You need to be able to have open and

honest communication with your surgeon.

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It is wise to set up several consultations with

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to your surgery should you select them.

Recovery and downtime?

You will want to ensure that you can set aside

enough time from your regular life to recover.

Time off work, or a break from household

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During your consult ask about follow-up care,

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Will my insurance cover my surgery?

Most plastic surgeries are considered elective

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HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE

LIVING LIFE AS FULLY AS POSSIBLE

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Bonner General Health Community Hospice provides hospice

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assisting and maximize the quality of life for those receiving care.

Hospice and palliative care are obtainable to people of all ages with

any serious or life-limiting illness. They combine the highest level of quality

medical care with emotional and spiritual support for patients and family

caregivers.

Bonner General Health Community Hospice’s medical director, along with a

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physical, emotional, spiritual services and support for the hospice client and

their families when a cure is not possible.

Hospice care is completely covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private

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Palliative care brings the same integrative team care as Hospice to people

early on in the course of a severe illness. It can be provided along with other

treatments they may still be receiving from their doctor.

Bonner General Health Community Hospice was established in 1985 as an

all-volunteer organization and in 1991 became a Medicare-certified hospice

provider when it joined Bonner General Health. Today it is still the only

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Here are some of the kind words families shared of their experiences with

Bonner General Health Community Hospice:

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You saved our spirits and comforted our aching hearts. May blessings beyond

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going forward.”

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THE POOL ALLOWS

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Up to 90 percent of pregnant women

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during their pregnancy, with many

experiencing additional aches and

pains not related to their low back. This can in

part be due to the many physiological changes that

occur during pregnancy. The big question is: What

helps ease the pain?

Today I want to talk about how warm water

aquatic therapy may be the relief pregnant women

are looking for. There are many principles of water

that are perfect for helping ease the aches and pains

and address the muscle imbalances experienced

during this exciting time. For instance, buoyancy

of water will allow the expectant mother to

experience ease of movement, offloading of their

body weight and decreased strain on their weightbearing

joints, which they can’t achieve on land.

It also serves to lessen the neural loading on the

spine, encouraging these women to move when

they otherwise wouldn’t want or be able to.

The warm water pool allows for a thermal shift,

which triggers relaxation and allows women a

break from the pain. Thermal shifting will lessen

stress and anxiety in addition to allowing muscle

relaxation. Pregnant women find the pool to

be more comfortable for them, having manual

therapy treatments done on them while floating

versus lying on a traditional therapy table. This

allows the therapists more access to the muscles,

which are often imbalanced and needing manual

therapy interventions.

Another benefit of aquatic therapy relates to

hydrostatic pressure to help lessen the swelling

these women often experience. When in water

at collarbone depth, there is nearly 90mmHg

pressure at our feet. This pressure from the water

helps assist edema to move from the low point into

the system to be cleared. The hydrostatic pressure

will also pull blood to the central cavity, which

actually makes it easier for our heart to work and

in turn means our pregnant clients’ heart rates

won’t rise so high in the pool during exercise

compared to when on land.

The pool allows them relief from many of the aches

and pains they experience during their pregnancy

and allows the therapists the ability to address their

postural changes, which often include: developing

a forward head with eyes cast downward; the

shoulders and chest slouch, constricting the

ribcage; and they develop a rounded thoracic

spine—all of which inhibit digestion and can

contribute to the feelings of heartburn that many

experience.

During pregnancy, the low back hollows out as

the pelvis tilts forward, causing increased strain

to the lower back and abdominals, increasing

pressure on the bladder. These muscle imbalances

and muscle tensions can be addressed in the pool

environment where pain and ease of movement is

improved compared to traditional land therapy.

Talk to your doctor today about how warm water

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WHAT DOES GRASS FED

REALLY MEAN?

SORTING THROUGH THE CONFUSION

REGARDING PASTURE-RAISED MEATS

BY SCOTT PORTER, SANDPOINT SUPER DRUG

There is an old adage that says, “You are what you eat.” I

think this is true in many ways. But I also have come to

realize you are also what your food eats. This applies to

vegetables and fruit just as equally as to meat, poultry and

fish.

When it comes to protein options, there is a rising awareness of grassfed

meats. The USDA, American Grassfed Association and Food

Alliance all define “grass fed” as animals that are fed only grass and

forage while pastured from weaning until harvest. Drinking mother’s

milk is allowed. This definition applies to beef, bison, goats, sheep and

lamb.

This seems pretty straight forward for us as consumers, but surprisingly

it is not. Especially since the USDA no longer verifies such claims. Some

commercial markets now go as far as putting the phrase “grass fed” on

their labels, even though their meat does not meet these standards.

What happens is that all cattle eat grass the first seven to nine months

of their life. It’s only during the last four to six months that most are

moved to feed yards for a different kind of diet. Because they were

pastured on grass early on in their life, a business may stretch the

definition and include “grass fed” on a product label even if the cattle

were later grain fed. It would be more appropriate to call this “grass

started."

These cattle will have received a diet of grain (such as corn, wheat

and soybean meal), roughage (such as hay, grass and fiber) and local

renewable feed sources (such as the tops of sugar beet plants, potato

peelings or even citrus pulp). This is what cattle moved to feed yards

eat to get fat.

The process of feeding grains to cattle is called “finishing.” The food

they eat is carefully balanced to maximize growth. They grow quickly,

doubling in size in just a few months. Otherwise it takes about another

year to fatten up eating only grass.

The market for grass-fed meat has been soaring over the past several

years. Consumers are recognizing that animals raised on a life-long

grass diet offers a different nutritional makeup than ones that are

fattened on grains and other feed.

Beef in general is nutritious and contains many valuable nutrients such

as high-quality protein, B vitamins, selenium, zinc and creatine. It’s the

differences in the nutritional profile though that is making grass-fed

meat so popular.

Studies show that the nutrients in beef can vary depending on what the

cows eat. Generally, grass-fed beef has less monounsaturated fat than

those fattened in the feed yard and about the same amount of omega-6

fatty acids.

As cattle eat grasses and forage that are native, they are able to

accumulate omega-3 essential fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid, and

antioxidants like beta-carotene and vitamin E. When they do this their

entire life, they can have up to five times more omega-3s and about

twice as much conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) than those fed grains and

other food. Both vitamin A and E are also much higher.

When buying a product that has the words “grass fed” on the label,

you should expect this to be from cattle pasture raised without grains

their entire lives. Grain-finished cattle have been fed a different diet

and would not have the same nutritional profile. By definition, “grass

fed” and “grain finished” are incompatible terms and do not belong on

the same package label.

Scott Porter, a functional medicine pharmacist, is the director of the

Center for Functional Nutrition at Sandpoint Super Drug

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USS RALPH

JOHNSON

Navy ship named after Marine

Medal of Honor recipient

BY DAN AZNOFF

U.S. NAVY OFFICIAL PHOTOS

The image of Private First Class 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 black-and-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 high standard.”

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 selfless actions.

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.

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.”

“Suddenly, a hand grenade landed in the three-man fighting hole

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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 instantly.

“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.”

Newest ship

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

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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

Burke-class 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 antiaircraft,

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 NavyTechnology.com.

Personal ties

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

Johnson was

killed in 1968

while on patrol

as part of a 15-man

reconnaissance

squad at an

observation

post deep behind

enemy lines.

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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 of July.

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.

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 told Living Local. “It

is literally the least we can do to thank these

young men and women for their dedication

and sacrifice.

“What sailor would not like being the center

of attention for one night?”

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

welcoming.”

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 off duty. She laughed at the reaction of one

neighbor last summer when she returned to

her apartment dressed in her Navy fatigues.

She said the neighbor greeted her with a huge

smile and an anxious series of questions.

“I felt like an honored guest in my own

apartment complex.”

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.”

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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 multimillion-dollar

vessel.

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,

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.

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 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.”

Dan Aznoff is a freelance writer who lives in

Mukilteo, Washington, dedicated to preserving

the stories of past generations. Aznoff was

a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his indepth

coverage of the toxic waste crisis in

California. He can be contacted directly at

da@dajournalist.com.

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Veterans Find Closure &

Compassion

HONOR FLIGHT: NATIONAL MEMORIALS AND COMRADERY PROVIDE A

CURE TO HEAL OLD WOUNDS

BY DAN AZNOFF | PHOTOS COURTESY OF PUGET SOUND HONOR FLIGHT

She described the chance meeting 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 Washington, D.C.

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 personnel.

“That number quickly doubled,” she said proudly.

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 their lives.”

According to Rouleau, Alaska has one “beautiful airplane”

dedicated to the program that is painted to honor “those who

served.” The flight crew wear 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 firstcome,

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

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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 Washington.

“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

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change his mind,” said Gussie. “Told him it would take 10

times as long as the drive from our home in Puyallup to Reno.

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school marching bands and a “parade-like”

atmosphere.

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 Vietnam.

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 for saving her

father from a Nazi Concentration Camp. He

said Koreans often greet passengers from the

Honor Flight with flowers and a deep bow.

“Being part of the emotional display made

that day one of the most emotional days of my

life,” said Lamanna. “Second only to my own

wedding day and the birth of my children.”

For more information on the Honor Flight

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LOCAL

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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.

New Jobs

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

and ideas.

Community Investment

Just opening the doors to a new business has a major

impact on communities. The storefront needs to be

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Small and mid-sized businesses are the backbone of just about

every community across the country.

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 smallbusiness

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 wellregarded

communities can see their property values increase when

local businesses are thriving.

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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

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make near the trek, often being created onsite

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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

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local community.

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 hardearned

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

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A COMMUNITY OF

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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 Sandpoint. These are just a handful of the remarkable business owners we are fortunate enough

to have right here in our community.

TRINITY AT CITY BEACH

Located at City Beach on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, Trinity at City

Beach has been serving customers since 2009, and owners Justin and Shanavee

Dick enjoy being a part of the community and being able to make an impact

personally. “The opportunities to effect community change are abundant,”

says Justin.

The couple donates in various ways, such as monetarily, in-kind donations,

volunteer hours and working with many of the area nonprofits.

“Our community needs all of the help it can get, as we cannot always rely on

the city, state and federal government to take care of our community needs

as a whole,” affirms Justin. “We must have our businesses and community

individuals that reside in Sandpoint help further the causes that are important

to the Sandpoint community fabric as well as the future of our community.”

BURL WOOD DREAMS

Opened in July of 2017 by husband-and-wife Corey and Kimberly Obenauer,

the couple prides themselves on being a part of the business community and

Sandpoint as a whole.

“There are a lot of good people in this town,” affirms Corey. “I love the beauty

of this small, quaint, beautiful little town, the lake, the surrounding area, the

heritage. Sandpoint has a lot of history. … It’s just one of the last best places

to me!”

On any given morning, starting at 6:30am, you will find Corey sweeping the

curbs and sidewalks downtown—16 to 20 blocks of them! He encourages

others to take pride in the area as well.

“We give back to all six groups of the veterans here,” says Corey. “We also

donate to schools for trips, dance programs, and do everything we can to

enhance the community. I think that’s what people should do.”

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Corey is truly grateful for the life he has been given. “I get to have my store,

my family (wife Kimberly and boys Zephania and Aidan) and the freedoms we

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Sandpoint Furniture has been serving the community since 1945. “We strive to

support the many events, organizations and volunteer-based causes that enhance

the experience of living in such a caring community,” affirms Clint Gunter, second

generation owner along with Nathan Jeffres, Roass Granier, Carmin Sheffler-

Snyder, John Darling and Eric Jeffres. “Without a healthy environment of financial

support and volunteer efforts for our friends and neighbors, we would not be

afforded such a beautiful area we call home.”

They support the many fundraising efforts hosted at the Events Center, the Bonner

County Fair and 4-H programs, Community Cancer Services, youth sports, grad

nights, and the wonderful folks who take care of our local children at Kinderhaven.

“With that said, the real heroes are the volunteers in our community who provide

the energy and leadership that render such a positive impact,” says Clint. “We are

proud of our longstanding heritage in the greater Sandpoint area and appreciate

the other local businesses who also give so much back to the place where we live,

work and play.”

SWEET LOU’S

Sweet Lou’s owners, Chad and Meggie Foust, are proud to live and contribute

to a community where the small, hometown neighborly approach still exists.

“Every day we see customers and neighbors helping each other,” smiles Meggie.

The Fousts focus their attention on giving back to areas that are important to

them and that have affected them personally: public schools, youth sports,

animal welfare, cancer organizations and veteran services. For the past eight

years, Sweet Lou’s has provided a free steak dinner to all veterans on Veterans

Day, estimating that they have served more than 2,500 free lunch/dinners to

our local heroes over the years.

“The concept of giving back to a community is simple,” affirms Meggie. “You

get back what you put into it. It's up to everyone to work together to improve

and enhance our area's offerings. If you can't give back financially, your time is

just as valuable. There are numerous organizations to support—find one that

impacts you and make a difference.”

219 LOUNGE

Just last month, 219 Lounge celebrated its 85th anniversary! “We love being part

of the overall Sandpoint community and the support the entire community gives

to our local businesses and the many worthwhile causes in the community,” says

Mel Dick, owner. “In times of need, everyone pulls together to support others.”

The team at 219 hosts fundraising events, donates time and support to various

community organizations, participating on the boards of nonprofit organizations

and helping organize community-wide events: from Angels Over Sandpoint, 24

Hours for Hank, CHAFE 150, Kaniksu Land Trust (Pine Street Woods) Friends

of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness to Panhandle Alliance for Education, Panhandle

Animal Shelter, Bonner General Hospital Foundation and the Sandpoint and

Ponderay Rotary Clubs, among many other worthwhile community causes and

organizations.

“Community involvement is so important,” affirms Mel. “It allows everyone to

enjoy everything Sandpoint has to offer. It creates a ‘sense of pride’ in our local

community, and it is what makes Sandpoint such a great community.”

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Trust. Relationships. Dependability. These are all principles upon which Jamie

Emmer has based his business since it first opened in May of 1990 in Hope. With

a generous heart and an appreciation of his community, Jamie continues to give

much of his time and talent back to the place he calls home. He is involved in

Cedar Hills Church as a trustee, elder and care pastor; established a volunteer

project 14 years ago at a school for at-risk teenage girls near Heron, Montana;

and serves on the boards at the Hope Christian Counseling Center, Schweitzer

Chapel, and the Filling Station in Clark Fork. And his generosity does not stop

there. A percentage of the profits from Lumber Marketing Services also go

toward relief organizations both locally and internationally. In addition, for the

past 19 years, Jamie has been a volunteer race coach for the Independence Race

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The Perfect

Thanksgiving Getaway

The Rain Forests of the Olympic National Park

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

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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

Thanksgiving dinner.

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 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.

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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

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Ask a ranger for recommended hikes with pets.

When you start your auto tour, take a brief stop

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Spruce Tree. This 1,000-year-old giant is one

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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

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end up back at the Lake Quinault Lodge once

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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

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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

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RECIPES LOCAL FLAVOR SPOTLIGHTS

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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

208.255.7558

TrinityAtCityBeach.com

Sweet Lou’s

Restaurant & Bar -

Ponderay Location

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

208.263.1381

SweetLousIdaho.com

Forty-One South

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.

Reservations recommended.

41 Lakeshore Dr. | Sagle

208.265.2000

41SouthSandpoint.com

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Shoga Sushi

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.

41 Lakeshore Dr. | Sagle

208.265.2001

shogasushi.com

Jalapenos Mexican

Restaurant

Fresh and 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 newly

expanded 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 N. Second Ave. | Sandpoint

208.263.2995

SandpointJalapenos.com

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FIESTA BONITA

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

208.263.6174

202 N. Second Ave. | Sandpoint

208.265.4149

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 to 5pm daily.

334 N. First Ave. | Sandpoint

208.265.4396 | CedarStBistro.com

Full-service bar with

CITY BEACH ORGANICS

craft cocktails

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!

Open Sunday 9am to 6pm, and Monday through Friday 7am to

7pm; closed Saturday.

117 N. First St. | Sandpoint

208.265.9919

FARMHOUSE KITCHEN

& SILO BAR

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.

477227 Highway 95 N. | Ponderay

208.255.2603

FarmhouseKitchenAndSiloBar.com

Northern Country Cuisine

featuring house-smoked

barbecue, smoked chicken and

farm-to-table comfort foods.

Every Thursday | 6pm

Trivia! Guests can win a free draft beer, glass of

wine, appetizer, dinner entree or some swag.

MILLER’S COUNTRY STORE

They now have homemade pies on Thursday! Come experience

the sensational smells of fresh baking bread, cinnamon rolls,

pies and pastries. Pick up a deli sandwich on their homemade

bread and hot bowl of soup with a fresh baked roll or cornbread.

Open Monday through Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm.

1326 Baldy Mtn. Rd. | Sandpoint

208.263.9446

MillersCountryStoreSandpoint.com

208-255-2603

477227 Highway 95 N.

Ponderay, ID 83852

Conveniently located next to

Hotel Ruby in Ponderay

HotelRubyPonderay.com

Part of the Eat Good Group family of

restaurants

EatGoodGroup.com

FarmHouseKitchenAndSiloBar.com

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CHAI APPLE CIDER

POPSICLES

Recipe & Photo Courtesy of Marina Gunn

MarinaGunn.com | @marinagunn

Serves: 12

INGREDIENTS:

8 cups apple cider

1-inch peeled ginger

3 cinnamon sticks

14-16 whole cloves

12 cardamom pods or 1 tsp. ground cardamom

8 peppercorns

1 tsp. vanilla extract

METHOD:

• Add all ingredients to a large pot. Bring to boil then

simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.

• Remove from heat and once cooled (1 hour) add to a

popsicle mold of your choice! (I used this mold, but you

can get innovative and pour into paper cups and place in

bamboo popsicle sticks, too.)

• Share them, eat them and enjoy!

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Delicious Food & Fun Cocktails

Take-out Available

Open 4:30PM – 9:00PM 7 Days a week

41 Lakeshore Drive, Sagle, ID

NEXT TO THE LODGE AT SANDPOINT

208. 265. 2000

41SouthSandpoint.com

Bonner General Health Community Hospice

offers bereavement support groups to members of our

community at no charge.

We offer an 8-week Coping with Grief class, an Adult Grief

Support Group, a support group for Parent’s Grieving the Loss

of a Child, and an Annual Kids Grief Camp.

Please visit BonnerGeneral.org/bereavement-counseling

for more information or call 208-265-1179.

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NOW TAKING

THANKSGIVING ORDERS!

Homemade Pies, Smoked Turkeys, Butterhorn Rolls,

Stuffing & Sweet Potato Casserole

www.MillersCountryStoreSandpoint.com

Monday-Friday | 8:30am-5:30pm

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NOVEMBER 2019

sandpoint

ENTERTAINMENT

Check out what is going

on in Sandpoint this

month!

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ENTERTAINMENT

NOV

16 &17

The Holiday Spirit is Alive!

Christmas Fair returns to Sandpoint

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

PHOTO BY DAVAN GILMORE

FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS NOW, the Bonner County Fairgrounds has hosted the

annual Christmas Fair, offering the community an incredible opportunity to shop

unique handmade items while having a little holiday fun. Mark your calendars to

attend the 2019 event, which takes place from 9am to 4pm Saturday, November 16,

and 10am to 3pm Sunday, November 17.

With nearly 100 vendors, shoppers will be delighted as they shop for handmade signs

and art, home décor, hats and ornaments, children’s wooden toys and dolls, books,

puzzles and stuffed animals, hand-painted glass and refurbished items, unique

custom jewelry and so much more! In addition, vendors will be on-site providing

delicious foods like mini donuts, sandwiches, kettle corn and coffee.

“It is such a fun event to see the community celebrate the incredible talent by our

local artisans and creative vendors,” says Shelli Cowell, Bonner County Fair office

manager. “My favorite part is seeing these local vendors succeed and sell their

handcrafted wares, and for the connection to happen with customers finding that

super special, unique gift that they won't find anywhere else!”

Santa Claus will be making an appearance from noon to 2pm both days, so make sure

the kids come prepared with their Christmas lists for St. Nick! In addition, the “Santa’s

Workshop” kids’ craft area will be open throughout the two-day fair and is free for all

children to enjoy.

This year marks the 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Competition to benefit the

Bonner Community Food Bank. All participants are required to bring a canned food

HIGHLIGHT EVENT

item. For those looking to take part in the fun, additional details can be found

online at the Bonner County Fair website.

Last year, more than 3,000 people attended the Christmas Fair, and according

to Shelli, they’re expecting even more this year!

“Put on a pair of cozy winter boots, enjoy a warm latte from our coffee vendor,

and savor the festive fun of shopping at this year's Christmas Fair!” smiles

Shelli.

Find out more about this year’s festivities at BonnerCountyFair.com.

NOV

02

A Night to Remember

NOV

24

Fall Serenade Concert & Fundraiser

Benefiting Community Cancer Services, this year's A Night to Remember will take place

Saturday, November 2, 5 to 10:30pm, at The Heartwood Center. An elegant evening of

wine tasting, three-course dinner catered by Tango Cafe, live and silent auctions, music,

funny photo booth and more, enjoy a wonderful evening among fellow community

members while raising funds to benefit Community Cancer Services. Tickets are $95 per

person or $1,500 for a sponsor table for eight people. Visit CommunityCancerServices.

com to purchase tickets.

Join the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint Sunday, November 24, for their annual Fall

Serenade Concert. Held at the Heartwood Center 5 to 7pm, proceeds from the concert

will go to benefit all MCS Scholarship Programs, including tuition assistance, Music

Matters! after-school outreach and Honors Programs. The concert will feature works by

the great masters, performed by Music Conservatory artist instructors. Join them for an

appetizer and wine reception after the concert, included in the ticket price. In addition,

there will be a no-host wine bar. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for MCS students and

faculty. SandpointMusicConservatory.org

UPCOMING EVENTS IN DECEMBER ...

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5-7

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FESTIVAL OF

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6 BRENDAN KELTY TRIO

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8 TRUCK MILLS AND

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6PM - 9PM

9 P B & JAM

9PM - 12AM

13 TRUCK MILLS AND

MIKE THOMPSON 6PM - 9PM

15

16

NIGHTS OF NEON

9PM - 12AM

MUDSLIDE CHARLIE

9PM - 12AM

20 TRUCK MILLS AND CARL REY

6PM - 9PM

22 THE MIAH KOHAL BAND

9PM - 12AM

23 DIMESTORE PROPHETS.

9PM - 12AM

27 TRUCK MILLS AND

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

/ November

02

NOVEMBER

THE FORREST HARVEST BAZAAR

02

10:00am to 2:00pm

Forrest Bird Charter School

Find the event on Facebook for additional details

16

NIWL NORTH IDAHO PANHANDLE

CHAMPIONSHIPS

NOVEMBER 16

7:00am to 3:00pm

Sandpoint High School

208.263.3034

03

NOVEMBER

FLAMENCO PACIFICO: FOLKLORIC

SPANISH MUSIC & DANCE

03

7:00 to 9:00pm

The Heartwood Center

ArtInSandpoint.org

16

ANGELS OVER SANDPOINT

CELEBRITY ROAST

NOVEMBER 16

8:00 to 11:00pm

Panida Theater

Purchase tickets at Panida.org

09

NOVEMBER

SARS SANDPOINT SKI SWAP

09

9:00am to 2:00pm

Bonner County Fairgrounds

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NOVEMBER

SANDPOINT WOMEN'S COLLECTIVE

21

6:00 to 9:00pm

Cedar Street Bridge, Suite 212

Contact Jo at 208.597.3937 for more information

09

NOVEMBER

SANDPOINT HOLIDAY MARKET

09

10:00am to 2:00pm

Bonner Mall

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SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN RESORT

OPENING DAY

NOVEMBER 29

All day

Schweitzer Mountain Resort

Schweitzer.com

DON’T

MISS!

09

NOVEMBER

LITTLE BLACK DRESS

09

5:00 to 8:00pm

Ponderay Event Center

BonnerHomelessTransitions.org

DON’T

MISS!

30

NOVEMBER

SHOOK TWINS "GIVING THANKS"

30

7:30 to 10:00pm

The Panida Theater

Panida.org

UPCOMING EVENTS IN DECEMBER ...

14

2019 JACK FROST FEST

18

EUGENE BALLET'S

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Northwest Auto Body will donate $50.00

to the Bonner County Food Bank for any

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Chamber Events • Community Calendars • Visitor Guide • Relocation Info • Volunteer Opportunities

The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, membership-driven organization

composed of approximately 450 business enterprises, civic organizations, and individuals. The

Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce provides the first impression to many visitors, new

residents, and businesses seeking to relocate here.

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Auto • Home • Business

Grizzly Glass Centers offers more than 30 years of experience, with the best

reputation, and provides only top-quality services. Expert auto glass services with top

qualified and certified technicians on staff, we use only professional grade products and

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L O C A L E X P E R T

WORLD - CLASS REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL

208-290-5888

Jackie@JackieSuarez.com

www.JackieSuarez.com

Privacy and Views! 5-bedroom, 2.5 bath beauty on acreage with open floor plan, oak floors, huge master suite with balcony, covered porch

& lovely landscaping with pond. Separate guest home, large 3-car garage, and separate storage/mechanic building conveniently located between

Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry. $529,000

Come live the Dover lifestyle without the

planned development restriccons! This

well-built beauty, taken down to the foundaaon

and remodeled in 2014, boasts a

large, open floor plan, main floor bedroom

with aaached bath, second floor loo bedroom.

Gardens and fenced yard. $397,000

Absolutely Idaho - here's your mountain retreat

site! 5 acres with filtered views of Lake

Pend O'Reille that can be drasscally improved

with thinning. Come experience this

peaceful, private locaaon 17 miles to Sandpoint

away from the noise of everyday life.

$59,000

Recently updated and well-maintained 3

bedroom, 2 bath modular home with large

detached garage/shop in the heart of Sandpoint.

Convenient to schools, parks, library

and services, this single-level home is real

property, sited on a corner lot with

low-maintenance yard. $239,000

LOT 5 - $40,000 LOT 13 - $50,000 Lot 14 - $40,000

Bear Claw Subdivision. Here's your opportunity to own a private, nicely treed building lot in a quiet,

natural seeng east of Clark Fork, Idaho - a sportsman's paradise with the Clark Fork River that feeds

the great Pend O'Reille Lake, all there for your enjoyment. Hike or hunt out your back door with US

Forest Service property directly adjacent to the subdivision.

Upscale 3-bedroom, 3-bath beauty with big kitchen,

living and family rooms, main floor bedroom

& bath, large 2nd floor master suite and more

with a 3-car garage on a treed, private 1-acre lot

in Sagle, just minutes to town. $400,000

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L O C A L E X P E R T

WORLD - CLASS REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL

208-290-5888

Jackie@JackieSuarez.com

www.JackieSuarez.com

Come live the country lifestyle on 20 gorgeous acres adjacent to

Forest Service with year-round Crystal Creek, a pond, barn, and amazing

views that span the valley. The 4-bedroom, 3-bath home includes

wood burning stove, propane heater, old-fashioned cook stove, propane

on-demand hot water and main floor master bedroom with adjacent

covered porch. $460,000

2.2 ACRE building lot in an area of fine homes with gorgeous mountain

views, filtered water views and lots of sunny exposure, approximately

15 minutes' drive to Sandpoint or Priest River. Wetlands exist

on most of the property, building permit for a 2000 square foot home

has been issued by Bonner County. Property directly north is plaaed

as a street, providing access to approved building site. Builders, inquire

about owner financing on this lot!. $79,500

Extremely well-kept manufactured home on a

9,584 sq corner lot zoned mull-use residen-

-al. Builders/developers - potennal here for

mull-family use. Exissng home has an aaached

garage, addiional storage building, large

fenced yard with RV/carport and wide gate,

trees and gardens all in a convenient, central

Sandpoint locaaon. $155,000

4.96 acres with lovely sunny exposure & gorgeous

long-range views, conveniently located

between Sandpoint and Coeur d'Alene. Perch

your home on this level building site and enjoy

the southerly views all the way to Mount Spokane

in this peaceful, private seeng. Electricity

is to the property and seppc is installed for a

3-bedroom, 2-bath home.. $81,000

Acreage opportunity, outside city limits! 28.13

acres, Bonner County Suburban zoning, less

than 4 miles to Sandpoint City limits bordered

on the north and east boundaries by county-maintained

Woolsey Road. Gorgeous mountain

views abound. Property currently assessed

for agricultural use, taxed at $323/year (2018).

$425,000

Jackie Suarez, Associate Broker

Since 2000, Jackie has helped buyers and sellers

navigate the ever-changing North Idaho real estate market.

Consistent communication, effective marketing, negotiating

and networking skills translate to smooth transitions for her

clients.

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