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DECEMBER 2019

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DECEMBER 2019

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Lasting joy from meaningful holiday giving

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Celebrate the Season

THE END OF THE YEAR IS ALWAYS

ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING—and

anticipated—times of year. Tables were

surrounded by loved ones, both family and

friends, sharing beautiful meals prepared

with heart, as Thanksgiving took to the

stage. Now, as December has arrived, there

are the holidays of Christmas, Hanukkah

and Kwanzaa that all look forward to.

Celebrations of our cultures and beliefs,

passed down from generation to generation,

are truly fulfilling in themselves. It is

important to not focus on the secular aspect

of these holidays but the meaning behind

each and their importance to you and your

family.

In this issue, we offer ideas of how you can

focus on giving rather than receiving, and

the joy that true selflessness can bring to

both young and old alike. From assisting

your neighbor with their outdoor holiday

decorating or simply purchasing that cup of

coffee for a stranger, your act is sure to leave

a smile on their face. If you’re struggling on

finding the perfect gift for your child, we’ve

compiled a list of wonderful experiences you

can gift them. From music lessons to theater

tickets, a weekend getaway and more, give

a gift that will allow for memories to be

made and the soul left fulfilled. You will

also find some wonderful activities taking

place around the community, filled with the

season’s spirit. Attending one of these family

friendly events is a great way to spend time

together during the holidays. And if you’re

in search for that perfect Christmas tree, it’s

time to get out to that local tree farm or lot!

As this time of year can be joyful, albeit

stressful, our travel story takes you to warm

and sunny Arizona—the perfect retreat

from the cold and to recoup from all the

holiday excitement.

Happy Holidays to all of you from our

Living Local family. May blessings abound

not only this season but always.

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winter wonderland outdoors, it’s more joyful

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LIFE & COMMUNITY

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT AREA RUG

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While many of us have made the switch to hard-surface

flooring, or perhaps would like to, bare floors can

seem hard and uninviting—especially in the winter

months. One easy way to add comfort and style

underfoot is with an area rug. Some of the most common concerns

with area rugs include sizing and fiber content.

Area rugs come in a variety of sizes, but most commonly, these sizes

are (in feet) 2x3, 3x5, 5x7, 8x10 and 9x12. Different manufacturers

have different size variations, depending on their looms, but these

are typical sizes found throughout the industry—even in handloomed

rugs.

Determining the size of your area rug is relatively easy, if you know

how to approach it. In a living room, I like to have the area rug

extend 6 to 10 inches behind the front legs of the sofa or chairs.

This not only helps anchor the room and create a defined seating

area, it also helps keep the furniture from skidding across the floor

by adding some friction under heavier pieces. In a bedroom, I like

to have the area rug centered widthwise and then extend at least

halfway under the length of the bed, so that your feet have a cozy

place to land on those cold mornings.

I’m not a huge fan of hallway runners, as they have a tendency to

wander and bunch underfoot without any furniture pieces to weigh

them down. However, I do like entry mats and highly recommend

them to keep exterior dirt and dust from finding its way further

indoors. The entry mat should be large enough to accommodate the

width of your front door and extend to within 6 inches of the entry

walls on either side.

As far as materials go, area rugs are commonly made from wool, silk

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One easy way to add comfort and style

underfoot is with an area rug.

and cotton for natural fibers, and olefin, polyester, nylon and Smartstrand

for synthetics. Wool area rugs are durable and naturally flame retardant,

and are often of the highest quality. They can be machine or hand woven

and come in a variety of styles and textures. With the quality, however,

comes a higher price tag. Silk area rugs are less common, though silk

can be blended with other fibers—chiefly wool—to create a rich, varied

texture. As you might expect, silk is definitely not the workhorse like

wool or synthetics but better suited to less trafficked areas. Cotton is a

lighter, less durable fiber than wool as well but far more affordable than

wool or silk. Cotton matting is popular for kitchens and bathrooms, or

any place that might require machine washability.

Regarding synthetic area rugs, these are usually far less expensive than

their natural fiber counterparts and therefore more readily available

in the American market. Polyester is a shorter-staple fiber (think faux

wool) and is known for its softness and colorfastness. Nylon is a longerstaple

synthetic that is known for durability, which is great in high-traffic

areas. Olefin is a less expensive material and is typically what berber

carpeting is made of. Smartstrand is a newer synthetic, made popular for

its stain-blocking ability and softness. Karastan, for example, is a wellknown

carpet and area rug brand that has adopted Smartstrand in the

manufacture of many of its area rugs.

If you’re looking for a new area rug or two, it is extremely helpful to be

able to see and feel them in person before purchasing. Though online

shopping is easy and convenient, online returns are not, and it is very

difficult to tell the quality of your area rug from a picture. With that in

mind, many stores have swatches available for color matching at home.

And some will even allow you to take the area rug home and see how it

looks in the space before purchase.

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TEACHER OF THE MONTH

By Colin Anderson

Jennifer

Smith

Third grade teacher,

Washington Elementary

Though she’s already in her 20th year

as an educator, Jennifer Smith is

still enjoying each and every day in

the classroom. “I can’t believe that

much time has passed already, but I guess

the old saying is true: ‘Time flies when you’re

having fun!’” she said.

Jennifer is a third grade teacher at Washington

Elementary. A Sandpoint

resident, she attended

the University of Idaho

and upon graduation

got a job teaching special

education in Virginia.

When she and her

husband started looking

for a more permanent

place to call home,

Sandpoint just made

sense. “We had both

grown up here and had

missed the community,

recreation and our

families while we were

back east. We’ve never

regretted our decision

to come home,” said

Jennifer.

Jennifer made the switch to teaching third

grade about 15 years ago. It allows her to teach

all subjects to her students and says she enjoys

seeing their smiles and energy each school

day. She says teaching is the best profession

in the world as it’s a career that combines all

that she loves into one package. “First and

foremost, I get the opportunity to work with

an entire class filled with the most incredible

"BEING ABLE

TO GUIDE AND

FACILITATE THEIR

LEARNING JOURNEYS

AND TO SEE THEIR

GROWTH IS THE

MOST REWARDING

EXPERIENCE."

students every single year. Being able to guide

and facilitate their learning journeys and

to see their growth is the most rewarding

experience,” she said.

With 20 years’ experience, Jennifer has

plenty of fond memories, but it’s the daily

interactions, the uniqueness of each day,

and living and working in the community

she calls home that she

treasures most. “Every

day I get to see current

and past students and

their families and

be reminded of the

connections we have

to each other. I love

that bond and how it

lets us both know that

no matter how much

time passes we are still

connected through our

shared experiences in

the classroom.”

Whether solving math

problems, advancing

reading skills, being

physically active,

making friends or

resolving disagreements, Jennifer looks to

instill a continual theme throughout her daily

lessons. “I always try to teach my students that

any endeavor should always reflect our time,

effort and pride. I think it is so important

for students to realize the internal sense of

satisfaction they get from putting forth their

best work and developing that habit at an

early age.”

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DOG

BARKING

By

When you’ve heard

enough!

Dr. Dawn Mehra, North Idaho

Animal Hospital

Dogs use their voices around me every day. They whine, growl,

howl—and yes, bark—in the examination room, hospital

treatment area, in the boarding wards, and my neighborhood!

As a trained veterinarian and wildlife biologist, I know that

dogs use barking to communicate amongst themselves and to their

pet parents. Problems occur when the barking becomes excessive and

repetitive. This behavior creates a nuisance for the families and their

surrounding neighbors. I am not alone in feeling my blood pressure soar

when one of my patients, or my own dog, barks and barks. We cannot

forget, however, that persistent “shouting” signals that something may

not be right.

If your pooch barks excessively, the first step is to figure out the cause

so you can efficiently address the problem. Just as we use our voice for

different things (gift of gab), the reasons that dogs bark are numerous.

I list several below and offer some general tips to dissuade the triggers.

Redirecting your dog takes creativity, practice, consistency and patience!

It won't happen overnight, but with time and effort, things can improve.

Territorial/Fear/Alarm: Visitors, human or other, approaching their

“space” can trigger an unduly response from your pet in an effort to

protect/alert. Consider changing the environment to help limit what he/

she sees and hears. Create visual and auditory barriers outside or keep

pets inside. Place treats in the hands of an approaching outsider to help

your canine relax and associate the “stranger” as something good and

that there’s no need to protect.

Boredom: Dogs are pack animals. Left alone for long periods, whether

in the house or in the yard, they become bored or sad and often will bark

because they are unhappy. Exercise and enrichment are key to solving

this case. Spend an hour in the morning and evening walking, playing or

running your pets. Offer treat-filled puzzles and chewy toys to play with

while you're missing.

Anxiety: Besides non-stop barking, separation anxiety can also be

associated with destructiveness, pacing, inappropriate elimination

and depression. These pups suffer greatly when left alone. Please seek

veterinary care for this type of problem; a combination of behavioral

therapy and medication will help.

Attention Seeking: Dogs bark to greet, express excitement, to alert you

when they need to go outside, as well as for many other reasons. Try and

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A tired dog is

a quiet dog.

Exercise and

enrichment

are key!

We love our pets!

modify your response to barking for attention

by rewarding good behavior and ignoring bad

behavior.

Senility: Older pets can become disoriented and

confused, and dementia can set in. Considered

neurologic (brain) disease. Veterinarians

should be consulted for treatment options.

Training Tips to decrease barking:

• A tired dog is a quiet dog. Exercise and

enrichment are key! Ask for help if you don't

have time to walk, run or play ball daily.

Organize a dog walker or dog minder, or

schedule playdates with neighborhood canines.

You may even want to consider doggie daycare.

• Use a quiet voice to redirect. Say “Quiet,”

and use a hand signal. A loud shout “Shut up!”

stimulates dogs to bark more—likely because

they think you're joining in. So frustrating.

• Positive reinforcement ideas and techniques

can be obtained from professional trainers and

veterinary behaviorists,

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The more compassion you can muster

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you will achieve a positive training outcome.

You will also strengthen the bond between

you and your pooch. Good luck! And check

in with your veterinarian for more advice and

treatment suggestions.

Dr. Dawn Mehra, North Idaho Animal Hospital,

320 South Ella Street, Sandpoint, Idaho 83864.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE

Mountainside

Schweitzer ready to ring in the New Year

By Colin Anderson

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During the holiday break, Schweitzer sees

a boost in both local and out-of-state

visitors who take a few days off from

work or school to enjoy the mountain.

There are many events going

on during this time, all

culminating in the annual

New Year’s Eve celebration.

For those under the age of

21, you can gather around

the giant clock tower in

the middle of the village

as the clock ticks down to

midnight. Those looking to

end 2019 with a bang will

want to get tickets to the

celebration going on at the

Lakeview Lodge.

After a day on the slopes,

you’ll have plenty of time

to recover, wash up and get

ready for an unforgettable

night. The entire upper floor

of the Lakeshore Lodge is

reserved for the evening with the doors opening at

8pm. Those 21 and older are welcome to attend, and

your ticket gets you admission, drink specials, free

FOR THOSE UNDER THE

AGE OF 21, YOU CAN

GATHER AROUND THE

GIANT CLOCK TOWER

IN THE MIDDLE OF

THE VILLAGE AS THE

CLOCK TICKS DOWN TO

MIDNIGHT.

late-night snacks, party favors and a special midnight

toast with 10 Barrel canned cocktails. The Rub will

be performing live starting at 9pm, so be sure to get

there early.

Lodging fills up quickly, so

act fast if you are looking

to stay on the mountain.

If rooms are unavailable,

Schweitzer is partnering

with the Hotel Ruby on

Highway 95 to help keep

revelers safe. The SPOT bus

can pick up guests at the

Ruby right across the street

from the hotel. The shuttle

returns at 1am, makes a

stop at the Schweitzer Park

and Ride at the base of the

mountain and continues on

to the front door of Hotel

Ruby.

Tickets are available for

purchase at Schweitzer.com.

There is also a VIP package available that includes

reserved seating, private bar and bartender, two free

drinks, additional food, and champagne delivery at

midnight. Happy New Year!

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Facilitating

Healing

Inspired couple provides holistic approach

By Jillian Chandler

Photos by Brad Frerkson

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THIS WORLD.”

Following many personal and professional experiences with the

shortcomings of the Western medical system, Jeff Pufnock and Jessica

Youngs began their studies in Classical Chinese medicine. They both

individually came to study Chinese medicine with a vision of learning

a system of care that fully addressed healing the whole person. Jeff ’s previous

career as a Ph.D. cancer immunologist brought him to the realization that he

wanted to approach healing from a different perspective and foster deeper

personal connections with patients, while Jessica initially experienced

acupuncture’s profound healing potential following treatment for a shoulder

injury.

Jeff and Jessica are excited to bring their holistic practice of Chinese medicine

to the Sandpoint community as Embodied Virtue: Acupuncture & Herbal

Medicine. They offer the modalities of acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping,

moxibustion, Asian bodywork, craniosacral therapy, diet and lifestyle therapy,

and women’s health, and together they are ready to help facilitate healing for

those seeking a complementary approach.

“We are very fortunate to have extensive mentorship training in prescribing

custom Chinese herbal formulas,” says Jeff. “To provide this service to our

patients in Sandpoint, we have compiled an herbal medicinary featuring

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over 120 raw Chinese herbs. This service enables us to maintain our

commitments to sustainability and minimizing plastic waste by providing

the formulas to our patients in reusable glass jars.”

The care possible with Chinese medicine is comprehensive. “It is often

assumed that acupuncture is only effective for pain management,” adds

Jeff. “However, Chinese medicine is a time-tested empirical system of

medicine that can be effective in treating the full spectrum of disease and

illness and works by treating the root cause for each individual.”

The intention of the clinic design was to create a space that can also

be opened to the community for special intimate events, according

to Jessica. “We envision these gatherings as an opportunity to sample

our Chinese tea collection, relax in community and learn more about

Chinese medicine,” she says.

Through the creation of Embodied Virtue, both Jessica and Jeff

demonstrate their dedication and commitment to holistic medicine. “We

both bring our own unique attributes, skills and embodiment of Chinese

medicine that supports our collaboration,” says Jeff. “This business

venture is the outward manifestation of our partnership and represents

the caring and intentionality we both bring to this world.”

When it comes to what the pair finds most rewarding about the work they

do, it is being able to witness their patients’ personal healing journeys

and relief from chronic conditions that were unable to be addressed by

other medical treatments.

Jeff and Jessica are excited to be part of the Sandpoint community,

which they joined this past summer. The couple discovered the beauty

of Sandpoint in the summer of 2018 during an “exploratory road trip”

with the purpose of finding a small, vibrant mountain community to

relocate to from the intensity of Portland. “Upon arriving in Sandpoint,

we were amazed, even though the lake was surrounded by smoke. We

immediately changed our plans to stay a few more days,” says Jeff. “From

then on the dream of moving to Sandpoint began to take shape.”

They continued to visit the area throughout the following year and were

delighted to finally see the mountains in person during their winter visit.

Sandpoint was our dream destination,” smiles Jessica, “and we feel so

blessed to have such an amazing community to contribute to and to be

a part of.”

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A 50-Year Christmas Tradition

DECEMBER BABIES RETURN HOME FROM BGH IN HAND-KNIT STOCKINGS

By Taylor Shillam

Photos Courtesy of Bonner

General Health

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Imagine the impact of a holiday tradition

that begins on your birthdate and carries on

through family generations to follow.

A priceless Christmas tradition began more

than 50 years ago at Bonner General Health

and continues to touch the lives of Sandpoint

community members. During the month of

December, all newborn babies at BGH receive

a hand-knitted hat and a red flannel stocking—a

stocking large enough that it can easily provide a

warm ride home for a newborn baby.

BGH Auxiliary volunteers eagerly continue the

tradition this December, creating stockings and

hats that will be hand-cut, sewn and donated.

Each red and white hat is provided by individual

knitters and local knitting groups contributing to

the holiday tradition.

“Parents of newborns from past Christmases

have said they still use their stockings each year

at Christmas because it has been their family

tradition to hang them up with those of other

family members who received them throughout

the years,” reported Margo Johnson, Council

chairman for BGH.

Nurse Jody Martin, a longtime employee of BGH,

had a baby at the hospital in December of 1977.

In her time at BGH, Jody has assisted in the

delivery of thousands of local babies, allowing her

to experience the heartfelt impact of the tradition

from both perspectives.

The BGH stockings have become part of a family

history for generations of Sandpoint locals. Many

have kept the stockings they received as newborns

and have continued to include them in their

holiday celebrations as their family grows.

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In addition to the stocking, each newborn also returns home from

BGH with a goodie bag. Volunteers fill each bag with donations from

the community. Items included in the bag are often baby’s first book,

magazines, booties, blankets and additional colored hats. These bags

are provided to Bonner General Health newborns throughout the

entire calendar year.

The BGH Volunteer Council members assist in many areas of the hospital,

taking pride in the provision of the special touches that will make a

difference in patients’ lives. They have provided a variety of services to

the hospital, from sewing and flower care to food service and reception.

Known to enthusiastically support events, they host several throughout

the year, including the Christmas “Parade of Trees.”

The volunteers’ impact was perhaps first noted with the opening of

Sandpoint’s very first hospital gift shop, which has been noted one of

the volunteers’ most exciting contributions. At the time of its opening,

Auxiliary volunteers staffed the gift shop seven days a week, selling gift

merchandise, cards and gift-wrapping services. Proceeds from the gift

shop were put toward the funding of hospital equipment to improve

each patient’s experience. The shop is now open Monday through Friday,

providing the community an opportunity to find unique gifts while

giving back to a respectable cause.

The late, admired Sandpoint resident Hazel Hall stated in a speech about

the volunteers, “I’m always amazed at the energy of light given so freely

in our little town of Sandpoint. One of the organized clusters of light that

shines brightest is the Bonner General Hospital Auxiliary.” This sums up

a common reflection on the Volunteer Council: a group that gives and

seeks to bring light to those around them.

Each December baby is guaranteed to leave Bonner General Health with

warm wishes and their first holiday gifts from a group dedicated to their

purpose of positively impacting patients’ lives. The spirit of the holiday

season thrives at BGH with the holiday memories thoughtfully created

by Auxiliary volunteers.

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NORTH IDAHO

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DISCUSSION

THRIVING PROGRAM LEAD BY STUDENTS

BY COLIN ANDERSON

As children grow they become more

independent. For parents this is both

rewarding and challenging. When

they hit late elementary school or early middle

school, getting kids to open up, even about

something as simple as how their day went, can

be difficult. It is a time of great change in bodies

and social structure, which can lead to feelings

of jealousy and anger, loss of self-worth or

being bullied. Children who bury these feelings

can fall into drug and alcohol abuse as coping

methods, and in the saddest of cases even

take their own lives. A unique program in the

Lake Pend Oreille School District is bringing

awareness to kids about how to cope with these

feelings while putting them in charge of leading

the discussion.

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January will mark the third year of the CAST

program being implemented in the district.

CAST stands for Coping and Support Training

and is a nationally recognized program aimed

at improving moods of youth, decreasing drug

and alcohol usage, and improving classroom

skills and success. It came to the attention of

Bonner General Health when three local teens

committed suicide in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

“Two therapists approached the hospital, did the

research and found this curriculum,” recalled

Community Development Manager Erin

Binnall. “We really wanted to be at the forefront

of health disparities, and with the agreement of

our CEO we decided we could use this program

to really make a difference in the community.”

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Initially the Bonner General Health Foundation

sponsored nine volunteers who work with youth

in Bonner County to receive the training. That

number continues to rise as does the number

of kids in the after-school program, which was

less than 10 initially but now closer to 40 each

year. Kids taking part in the program might

be exhibiting destructive behaviors, anger,

substance abuse or suicidal thoughts. Through

12 one-hour classes, they can sit in an open

discussion with peers facing the same feelings

they are, learn from each other and work toward

alleviating the cause of the issues. Each class

takes on a different topic each week:

1. The CAST Curriculum

2. Welcome & Orientation

3. Group Support & Self-Esteem


4. Setting & Monitoring Goals

5. Building Self-Esteem, Beating the Blues

6. Decision Making - Taking STEPS

7. Anger Management #1

8. Anger Management #2

9. Drug Use Control

10. School Smarts

11. Preventing Slips & Relapses

12. Recognizing Progress & Staying on Track

13. Celebrating Graduation

The program saw great success, and the idea

was born to test out a pilot program with a

sixth grade class in which the entire class would

participate. Ann Dickinson’s class at Washington

Elementary was chosen for the program, and

her 17 students followed the curriculum once

per week for 12 weeks. Ann noted that many of

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the kids were not friends before the program,

and some only had connections to each other

through school.

“About the third meeting, I noticed students

were opening up and revealing personal stories

and thoughts on topics being covered. They

were open with their weaknesses and strengths.

I believe this is largely due to the safe, supportive

environment created through the discussions

and norms agreed upon by the group,” said Ann.

What makes CAST among the more unique

programs is that while the curriculum is the

same across all ages, students are always the ones

who initiate the conversation, and discussions

are lead by multiple kids. It’s here in which

Ann says she began to see kids supporting and

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respecting each other better than she had with

any other program she’d been a part of.

“Due to the vulnerable and personal sharing, the

students created bonds with each other, and this

led to a support group for each student. When

problems arose, others in the group helped

remind each other of the steps they learned

to solve problems and worked through issues

together,” she said.

Skills learned in CAST lead to real situations

happening in sixth grade. Ann’s class worked

through a cyber bullying incident, dealt with

feelings from the death of a parent, worked

through issues with friends and family, and

learned how to get out of bad situations such as

those associated with peer pressure.


By the end of the program, students had come together and created new

friendships. Students who seldom spoke were contributing to conversations

and sharing about themselves. Every student knew they had a support

network of peers and adults who are ready to help them whenever they

need it. “Every student gained empathy for others and understood that

their actions have direct and indirect impacts on others,” said Ann.

Today the program is being implemented across all sixth grade classes in

the district with 90 percent of the district’s elementary school counselors

having gone through the CAST training and certification. As a facilitator

herself, Erin is ecstatic to see the amount of growth and acceptance

of the program in just three short years. She believes it’s the honesty of

the students’ responses, safe space and having no wrong answers in a

discussion that have led to so much success. “Problem free isn’t the goal

here, just encouraging them to create healthy habits and solid decisionmaking

skills,” said Erin.

Since expanding, other sixth grade teachers have seen the program affect

their class similarly to Ann’s. Farmin Stidwell teacher Renee Nigon shared

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that she witnessed her students let their guard down a little more each

week during the classes. “The benefits that I saw as a teacher was that the

program made students examine their triggers, had them talk about it and

then, most importantly, gave them skills to work through the triggers or a

situation that triggers them,” she said.

Renee also feels that having topics that are easily relatable to her sixth

grade students is key to the program’s success. “The topics of the program

directly relate to the students and what they will be experiencing—being

pressured to make poor decisions, drugs and alcohol, and how they will

deal with it.”

Back in Ann’s class, several students cited CAST as a highlight of their

sixth grade year and stated they now have better problem-solving skills to

prepare them for middle school. “I do not know that I will fully witness the

impact of CAST as this group moves through life, but I can say that this

was the best program I have been a part of for teaching the life skills kids

will need to have successful school and life experiences,” said Ann.

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85 Years and

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HERE JUST ABOUT EVERY NIGHT OF THE WEEK.

With new restaurants and bars opening up all the time,

competition for customers is always a challenge. That

is, of course, unless you are an icon of North Idaho. The

219 Lounge in Sandpoint just celebrated its 85th birthday,

and it’s been found at the same First Avenue location each of those

memorable years. Locals and visitors continue to visit nightly because of

the atmosphere and unique experience you get once you walk through

the doors.

“The character of the bar has changed multiple times over its 85-year

history,” says Mel Dick, who along with his wife Claudia own the “Niner,”

as it has come to be known. “In the early 1950s it was a Las Vegas-style

lounge complete with one-arm bandit gaming machines.”

Today, history surrounds you as you walk inside with historic photos and

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emnants of a fire that nearly burned the building to the ground. Recently

awarded the top music venue in Sandpoint by Sandpoint Living Local

magazine, you’ll find entertainment here just about every night of the

week. There’s karaoke every Tuesday from 9pm to midnight; live music

every Wednesday evening along with half-priced classic cocktails and

bottles of wine; and local and regional musicians perform each Friday

and Saturday night throughout the year.

Also on the entertainment schedule is live comedy. “Nationally known

comedians like our venue as it is small and has a ‘comedy club’ feel,” says

Mel. “Many of our headlining comedians have had their own specials on

Comedy Central and Showtime and/or have appeared on national TV

networks, acted in numerous movies or TV sitcoms.”

For Mel and his staff, it’s all about showing customers a great time. They

see everything from the recently turned 21 crowd to adults in their 70s

enjoying the scene and dancing away to the music. “Our customers love

our live music. We are the place they come to have fun, relax and listen

to music ranging from classic rock 'n roll to blues, jazz, Americana, indie

rock and more,” says Mel.

The 219 has scoured the Northwest beer scene and now boasts what

they believe to be the best craft beer selection in town. Their bartenders

are also well-known for their commitments to perfectly done classic

cocktails.

Whether you are a local looking for a fun and smoke-free place to meet

up with friends or a visitor coming to check out Sandpoint for the first

time, stop by The 219 Lounge. Be sure and ask for Mel; if he’s around he

would love to show you the historic nature of this Sandpoint icon.

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parents if I could,” she said. “My love for the

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Hannah was a four-year varsity athlete, two

of those years getting second in the State

Tournament and this year winning the

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talented soccer player, but that’s only part

of the reason she is successful. She’s also

really dedicated, as she plays year-round,

is constantly striving to improve and

holds herself to a very high standard.” This

dedication is seen in all aspects of her life.

Hannah plans to continue her lifelong passion

of playing soccer as she attends the University

of Providence in Great Falls next year to

study biology. Her career goal is to become a

physical therapist in order to help athletes get

back to being their best. Her career interest

stems from an almost season-ending injury

her junior year, when she tore her MCL,

which lead her to rehabilitate in physical

therapy. “If it wasn’t for my PT pushing me

to recover, I wouldn’t have made the amazing

recovery and come back at the end of the

season to play at State last year.” Hannah said

that is what motivates her to want to provide

the same support and motivation for other

athletes.

As many athletes, Hannah is appreciative

for the competition aspect of soccer. “I love

being able to work hard every day to improve

myself and my teammates. To see our hard

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at the college level. “I’m not sure where I will go

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Unfortunately, due to getting sick, Hayden

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Hayden’s good student status and his

fascination for computers leads him to want

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FROM GLOBAL

TO LOCAL

STUDENTS AIM TO SOLVE COMMUNITY PROBLEMS

BY DAN THOMPSON

In a quest to teach graphic design to elementary students, Ann

Dickinson stumbled into a program that has slowly taken over her

classrooms in the six years since.

Now there is evidence of it across Sandpoint, too—but Dickinson isn’t

the one steering the change. Her students are the ones doing that.

“The adults don’t drive the project, kids do,” Dickinson said.

Dickinson teaches health at Sandpoint Middle School, but before that she

taught at Washington Elementary. That was where she first heard about

Design For Change: a K-12 program that can be adapted to just about any

educational setting.

The program uses the tagline “Young People Changing the World,” and

the idea is that Design For Change “equips young people to transform

empathy into social action” using four steps: feel, imagine, do and share.

“What makes this program so powerful is, with any adult and a group

of kids, you can do this program,” Dickinson said. “It’s meant to fit any

situation.”

Previous groups of students she advised went on to make global

connections, specifically one group of sixth graders, teachers, parents

and administrators who traveled to Spain for the Design For Change

global summit in 2017.

“I can tell you, that whole experience was one of the most impactful

experiences of my life. Just to see what other kids were doing around the

world was amazing,” Dickinson said. “Everybody came back changed.”

That year, Dickinson’s sixth graders were chosen as the United States’

ambassador group due to their work with a suicide prevention program.

“We’d had this rash of teen suicides, and they took it on,” Dickinson said.

“What they did was pretty amazing, and their level of understanding and

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THE IMPORTANCE OF THE AED

PROJECT CAME TO LIGHT WHEN A

STUDENT AT A DISTRICT SCHOOL

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Design For Change, which has a presence in more than 50 countries

worldwide, pushes students to design local solutions that align with

United Nations Global Goals, using the Design For Change framework.

That framework asks students first to feel the problem: What are the

challenges in the community? They practice interviewing and researching

skills during this phase. Then they are asked to imagine: What might

solve or address this issue in the community?

In the third phase, they are asked to “do”: They develop and implement

a plan that results in lasting change in the community. And finally, they

share their work locally and, if possible, globally.

For their visit to the Global Summit, Sandpoint students created a video

that explained how they used the four-step process. In the “Feel” stage,

they met with principals, teachers, kids and experts from the community

to better understand the situation. In a span of a little more than two

years, eight teenagers in the community had committed suicide.

As they imagined possibilities, they did team building activities of

their own and brainstormed solutions. They then taught other students

about resilience, something they had identified as important in suicide

prevention. They conducted assemblies and two Random Acts of

Kindness challenges. Finally, they shared what they learned and did with

their parents, teachers and community members during a presentation

of their work.

This year the Design For Change Sandpoint board had hoped to send

representatives from multiple DFC teams in town to the I CAN Children’s

Global Summit in Rome at the end of November. For example, second

graders at Washington Elementary created a “Stop School Food Waste”

project to align with UN Goal No. 12 of “Responsible Consumption

and Production.” Another group at the school focused on minimizing

consumption of plastics in the community. But for various reasons they

weren’t able to make the trip work out.

“It was really unfortunate,” Dickinson said, “but one thing I really want to

emphasize is we don’t do this for trips. This is for our community.”

Countries participating in November’s Global Summit included five

from South America, eight from Africa, 18 from Asia, 13 from Europe,

plus the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and the United States.

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Ambassador Design For Change teams from the United States are

addressing a variety of issues: elderly isolation, stress and anxiety

associated with school, the plight of bees, sexual assault awareness, gun

violence, and food insecurity.

Currently the Design For Change club at Sandpoint Middle School is

trying to stock every school in the district with automated external

defibrillators, Dickinson said.

“I love it. I think it’s absolutely awesome,” Sandpoint Middle School

principal Casey McLaughlin said of the program. “It’s super powerful,

and what we’re already seeing is kids are applying it.”

Earlier in November students brought in an AED as an example

and have contacted several people in town to raise awareness—and

hopefully funds. Already people have called and are willing to donate

money, McLaughlin said.

Their goal is to eventually get AEDs in public places across the

community and, eventually, statewide, Dickinson said.

The importance of the AED project came to light when a student at a

district school collapsed on the playground. While the boy was OK,

it drew attention to the fact that there are defibrillators at very few

schools in the district.

After the incident, one of the four phone calls the child’s parents made

was to Dickinson.

“This (Design For Change) group of kids have been phenomenal with

their passion to bring life-saving devices into their schools and keep

their classmates safe from future incidents that might be similar, but

potentially much worse, than what we experienced,” Dana Albanese

Bowen wrote in an email, referring to the incident with her child.

The Design For Change program endures at Washington Elementary,

Dickinson said, and she has hosted trainings on how to implement it in

other community groups and churches. There is interest in establishing

a Design For Change club at the high school, possibly as an elective.

From an educational standpoint, Dickinson said she likes to utilize

Design For Change as a framework because it’s not so much a

curriculum as it is a way of approaching a subject from a problemsolving

perspective.

Students are practicing all sorts of academic skills, nestled into

whatever project they are pursuing. They are reading, writing and,

especially, speaking, she said.

“Every year I’ll hit reading, research, presentations. Those standards

will be covered in depth,” she said. “The kids become such great

speakers every year. … When they speak to an audience, when they

see the work they do, it speaks for itself.”

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The authentic purpose behind their work is

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SLOPE SAFETY

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Skiing and snowboarding are popular winter pastimes for those of us

who live in North Idaho. As with most sports, they both come with

the potential for injury. Following some simple guidelines can decrease

your chance for injury, leading to a much more enjoyable—and safe—

winter ski season!

If you sustain an injury while skiing and snowboarding, it will most likely

involve your knee. Knee injuries make up 30 percent of all skiing/snowboarding

injuries. They are closely followed by shoulder, wrist and closed head injuries

(i.e. concussions). Knee injuries are also more common among beginning and

intermediate skiers than advanced and elite level skiers.

Although the majority of skiers and snowboarders try to stay safe, unexpected

injuries still occur with improper preparation, varied snow conditions or poor

judgment. There are some practical steps you can take to decrease your risk of

getting hurt this season:

Get in shape: Pre-season training should focus on overall body fitness, balance,

coordination and agility combined with a careful warm-up before venturing

back onto the slopes. A good program should include both cardiovascular

and strength training. Many of these injuries can be avoided with the proper

strengthening in key muscle groups of your legs, hips and core.

Select quality equipment: Improperly fitted or misadjusted gear can cause

injury. Seek out expert advice when purchasing and fitting boots, bindings and

skis. Dress in layers and make sure outerwear is functional for the weather.

Fabric should be not only water repellent but slide resistant. Wearing a helmet

significantly reduces your risk of head injury.

Improve your technique: Learning proper technique whether skiing or

snowboarding will improve your body mechanics and lead to less injury

risk. Injuries are most common in beginner and intermediate level skiers/

snowboarders. Taking lessons will help speed up that process.

Warm up: Research studies have shown that cold muscles are more prone to

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HYPERPIGMENTATION

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Sunspots, age spots, liver spots, ruddy

complexion, pregnancy mask; all are

terms used to describe any darkening

of the skin. It can appear on any part of

the body but is most common on the face and hands.

Hyperpigmentation and melasma are two conditions

with this characterization. They are similar in look yet

can be caused by different conditions, one even being

a symptom of the other. Let’s break them down and

learn the ways to decrease and even eliminate their

effects.

Hyperpigmentation is when the body is triggered to

produce more melanin, thus causing the skin pigment

to darken. It can be caused by prolonged sun exposure,

skin injuries, acne scars, inflammation and some skincare

products or medications. Darker skin tones are

more prone to hyperpigmentation. It is harmless, yet

annoying to most people, even causing insecurities

about one's appearance. Some aesthetic treatments—

chemical peels, laser treatments, microneedling and

even some facials—can lead to hyperpigmentation

if the skin is not properly accessed. Your skin-care

provider will talk to you about your skin type and

ethnic background to determine what treatments are

right for you.

This leads us to melasma. More commonly called

the pregnancy mask, it is defined as brown patches,

larger than those caused by sun damage, typically on

the cheeks, forehead, nose, upper lip and chin. It is

believed to be caused by hormonal changes and sun

exposure. It is more common in women and appears

for many during pregnancy and when starting a

new form of birth control. Hyperpigmentation is a

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EMERGENCY VS. IMMEDIATE

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It is important to choose the right level of care. The Emergency Department

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• A major burn

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• Severe head injury

• Coughing or vomiting blood

• Severe pain in your chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure

• Pregnancy complications if you are more than 20 weeks along, including

contractions/labor with bleeding, leaking fluid or decreased fetal

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Children should be brought to the Emergency Department if they are

experiencing any of the following symptoms:

• Head injury

• Significant bone or soft tissue injuries

• High, persistent fever (38.5°C or 100.4°F)

• Persistent vomiting and/or diarrhea

• Significant lack of fluid intake (especially in a younger child)

• Significant changes in the child's activity level

Call 911 if moving the injured or ill person will worsen their condition,

if medical attention is needed sooner than the time it takes to get the

Emergency Department or if you are not able to safely transport the person

to the Emergency Department. If possible, bring a list of medications and/

or allergies for the patient. This can help the medical staff at the Emergency

Department provide the best possible care.

Immediate Care clinics can treat non-emergency conditions that require

same-day medical attention. Go to an Immediate or Urgent Care Clinic to

treat:

• Broken bones, when the bone is not protruding from the skin

• Cuts or lacerations requiring stitches

• Minor traumas, such as a sprain

• Fever without rash

• Ear pain

• Sore throat

• Urinary tract infection

• Influenza

• Sinus infections

Bonner General Health's Immediate Care Clinic provides the following onsite

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• Blood draws

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• IV hydration and antibiotic therapy

• Occupational health services such as drug screens/BAT

• Sports physicals

• Strep and flu screening

• Suture removal

• X-rays

The Emergency Department at Bonner General Health is open 24 hours

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STOP!

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By Ryan Egan, Owner of

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Movement Specialist

UNFORTUNATELY,

FAD DIETS, FITNESS

TRENDS AND

NOVELTY WIN OUT

WHERE BIOLOGY

SHOULD REIGN

SUPREME.

The fitness world can be incredibly

confusing, and it's understandable.

Before we get into the discussion

of context, intent and ultimately

prerequisites, I’ll clarify my honest position

about how most people have no business doing

the things they are doing to their body to get in

shape. I say this lovingly, and objectively, from

the first-hand experience of the thousands of

assessments I have personally completed.

Last month, I quickly enumerated three areas

that are common to most fitness endeavors:

weight lifting, high intensity interval training

and yoga, which are common fitness pursuits

that have shown to actually create problems

and cause injuries.

Health is not rocket science but is still very

much science. Unfortunately, fad diets, fitness

trends and novelty win out where biology

should reign supreme. You are a wildly

complex biological organism; to ignore the

basic scientific tenets required to make your

organism healthy, fit and sexy is stupid—not

to mention makes you very unsuccessful,

ultimately killing all motivation and hope, and

imprisons you in a body you know deep down

can be better.

The CDC showed that one out of two people

hurt themselves exercising, and based on the

surgical rates, your weightlifting is accelerating

arthritis.

After all, getting injured exercising, then

going to the physical therapist to get exercises

to heal your exercise injury, is the definition

of insanity; let alone getting a knee replaced

because you wore it out “gettin’ in shape bruh.”

Here are a few reasons why you should reevaluate

the weights you are lifting:

First, it’s likely you lack the requisite joint

range of motion needed to load your body

in positions that the joints involved should

move. You need to assess whether you have the

joint range of motion prerequisites before you

introduce the challenge of load.

Secondly, it’s vital to know why you’re doing

the exercise you’re doing. Furthermore, intent

and context are crucial to knowing how to load

a specific joint, or movement, before assuming

that it’s good for you. A peanut to a person who

has a peanut allergy is deadly, and knowing

whether or not the exercise you have chosen is

good, or bad, for you could make or break you.

Lastly, body control. I find it odd that people

who can’t touch their toes think doing deadlifts

is good for them, or putting an abnormal

amount of weight on their backs for squats,

when they can’t even squat down to look

under the sink, will end up positively. It’s

vital you understand the fundamental skill

components to elicit the benefits of what you

are doing to create the adaptations you seek.

Even running has fairly tame prerequisites, yet

seven out of 10 people get hurt trying to get

into shape running, simply because they lack

the basic fundamentals key to joyful, injuryfree

running. After all, you don’t run to get in

shape, you have to be in shape to run.

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MAYBE IT’S NOT

JUST THE GLUTEN

OTHER FACTORS MAY BE TO BLAME

BY SCOTT PORTER, SANDPOINT SUPER DRUG

A

diet that excludes the protein gluten has become quite

popular of late. Going gluten free certainly seems to have its

health benefits. Yet, these benefits may not be just a result of

eliminating this specific protein. Other things may be at play.

Gluten is found in different whole food grains including wheat,

rye and barley. Grains are the seeds of grasses. Many prepared and processed

foods also contain this sticky protein, especially things made from wheat

flour. This could include pasta, bread, crackers, cereal, tortillas, hotdogs and

even beer.

This can be a real problem for those who have celiac disease or are intolerant

to gluten. Actual diagnosed celiac disease is pretty uncommon, though some

think it is underreported. This is where the body initiates an immune response

to the gluten proteins, and this causes inflammation in the small intestine.

The short-term result of eating gluten if you have celiac disease can be

diarrhea, bloating, cramping, even irritability. Long term, the intestinal

wall could eventually get damaged, malnutrition can occur, and other

complications may arise.

The surprising thing is that gluten is found in many non-food items such as

shampoo, lipstick, lotions and sunscreen. Some individuals will avoid these

products when avoiding gluten. But research is showing it is only the eating

of gluten that leads to the autoimmune responses typical of celiac disease.

Don’t worry about licking stamps or envelopes. According to the reports,

these use corn starch, not wheat. But eating out can be a complete challenge

due to cross contamination on food preparation and cooking surfaces,

flavorings and all the yummy sauces. The favored remedy for many is to stay

at home and make it yourself.

The only known and effective treatment for celiac disease is to avoid gluten,

even in trace amounts. An interesting situation is arising though with

individuals who have avoided gluten and feel better, even though they don’t

have celiac disease.

When we avoid gluten, this means we are avoiding other substances as well.

Consider what else happens when grass is grown, harvested, stored, processed

and made into food. If we feel better when we stop eating grains and conclude

we must be gluten sensitive, we may actually be affected by something else.

Some studies are showing that a carbohydrate called fructan is a trigger for

many of the symptoms we attribute to gluten. Others think it may be the

chemical glyphosate that’s part of herbicide treatment and ends up in the

grains.

But it could also be mold and the associated mycotoxins that grow on grain

in the field before harvesting or after it is placed into storage. Keeping fungus

out of our grains is an important industry concern, and rightfully so.

Another contributor could be the additives that are put into baked products,

even gluten-free foods. This includes calcium propionate and other

preservatives, as well as the varied sweeteners. Perhaps the oils, added to

baked and fried foods that break down into toxic byproducts at the high

temperatures of cooking, could be a contributor.

Particle size alone can also be a factor. Flour is finely ground up grain,

and as a result the surface area is enhanced, and nutrient bioavailability is

greater. This can overfeed particular gut bacteria, leading to an imbalance

of microorganisms in the gut. Mounting evidence is showing that our gut

microbiome makeup is responsible for regulating a balance between health

and disease.

There are definitely real disorders related to the gluten protein. These are not

to be ignored. But there are other considerations that are just as important, if

not even more so. For many, eating gluten free makes a tremendous difference

in overall health. Let’s just remember that gluten is just one of many substances

excluded when eating gluten free.

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RIDING

SHOTGUN

Tacoma man had front-row

seat on first Successful crosscountry

automobile trip

BY DAN AZNOFF

The concept of driving across the country today is no small

undertaking. It can take weeks of planning, stacks of road

maps and an unquenchable thirst for the road.

The first passage by automobile more than a century ago—

in 1903 to be exact—was a challenge to both the vehicle and the brave

individuals who tested the limits to travel from sea to shining sea.

A bicycle racer who made his home in Tacoma, Washington, was half

of the duo to successfully make the first journey by motorcar across the

country more than 115 years ago. His name and the vehicle he and his

partner drove have been featured in documentaries and honored with a

display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in

Washington, D.C.

But Sewall K. Crocker is almost unheard of in his adopted hometown.

Crocker was born in 1883 in Walla Walla, Washington, and lived in

Tacoma until he was invited to join doctor and businessman Horatio

N. Jackson on the historic drive starting from San Francisco on a

transcontinental trek across the continent to New York.

The 29-year-old self-taught mechanic first met Jackson when the doctor

approached him with hopes of receiving instructions on how to drive a

horseless carriage. The cross-country quest was the result of a $50 wager

($1,200 today’s dollars) the doctor accepted after a lively conversation

with fellow members of the San Francisco Gentlemen’s Club. Jackson

accepted the challenge to traverse the expanse of America by automobile,

in part, to prove the automobile was “more than just a mere toy.”

The drive was only part of the challenge. The 31-year-old doctor was an

auto enthusiast who did not know how to drive and did not even own an

automobile. Without any mechanical experience of his own, Jackson was

convinced to hire Crocker to serve as his travel companion, mechanic

and relief driver.

The doctor invested $8,000 of his own money in the venture, the

equivalent of more than $200,000 in today’s dollars.

The daring duo left the shores of the California coast on May 23, 1903,

in Jackson's Winton, loaded down with coats, rubber protective clothing,

sleeping bags, blankets, canteens, an axe, a shovel, a telescope, tools,

spare parts, cans for extra gasoline, a Kodak camera, a rifle, a shotgun

and a pair of pistols.

COURTESY OF DIVISION OF WORK AND INDUSTRY, NATIONAL

MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

At the last minute, they wisely decided to stow a block and tackle in the

vehicle to use in the eventuality they had to pull the automobile out of

ruts and muddy spots along the way.

What they did not have with them were any maps to help chart a proper

route.

Without any published material to study and without any qualified

individuals to provide personal recommendations to help Jackson

and Crocker determine an actual route across the vast continent, the

mechanic advised his partner against following a southern route for fear

the pair may become stranded or lost in the desert.

Jackson agreed to follow dirt roads and wagon trails that paralleled trails,

rivers, mountain passes and crossed alkali flats on a course that roughly

followed the route forged by the Southern Pacific Railroad.

The two drivers planned to pass through the Sacramento Valley and

followed the Oregon Trail to avoid the highest passes through the Rocky

Mountains. Crocker was primarily responsible for making the necessary

repairs of the vehicle during the trip, which broke down frequently,

especially on the harsh, unpaved roads of the West.

The Drive

The pair quickly became national celebrities as news of their quest made

the pages of newspapers across the country.

The trip got off to an ominous start when the Vermont, the name given

to the Winton by Jackson in honor of the state where he was born, blew a

tire only 15 miles after they had off loaded from a ferry that carried them

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COURTESY OF DIVISION OF WORK AND INDUSTRY,

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY,

SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT, SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

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and their vehicle on the first leg of the journey across

the San Francisco Bay to Oakland. Crocker replaced

the tire with the only spare they brought along. That

one spare was reportedly the only tire they could find

in the entire city of San Francisco.

The second night out Crocker stopped in Sacramento

to remove the side lanterns after both men agreed they

were too dim. The lamps were replaced with a single

spotlight mounted on the front of the vehicle. It was

at that point of the trip that a pair of bicyclists offered

Jackson road maps. The maps were crude, but Jackson

and Crocker decided the basic maps were better than

making the drive without any sort of written plan.

COURTESY OF DIVISION OF WORK AND INDUSTRY, NATIONAL

MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

Unable to find a new tire for the Winton, the pair

decided to purchase some used bicycle inner tubes

in case of an emergency before they left Sacramento.

Noise from the road and the engine were apparently so

loud that neither Crocker nor Jackson noticed that all

of their cooking gear had been tossed from the Winton

at some point along one of the bumpy roads.

The pair entertained the locals in the California town

of Alturas with free rides in what was described as a

carnival atmosphere while Jackson and Crocker waited

for three days for replacement tires. They made the

seemingly misguided decision to go ahead without

the spare parts when the shipment did not arrive as

scheduled.

Somewhere near Caldwell in rural Idaho, Jackson

fulfilled his desire to have a dog join them for the ride.

Various stories reported that that pit bull named Bud

was either stolen or purchased for the sum of $15.

Jackson wrote to his wife that he had wanted a dog

since he had left Sacramento.

The round expression of the small dog became the face

of the well-publicized adventure. Bud’s face appeared

on magazine covers from coast to coast.

In early June, the men were forced to ask a cowboy to

tow the car after a fuel leak had drained their gas tank.

COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF

AMERICAN HISTORY, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

The pair quickly

became national

celebrities as news

of their quest

made the pages of

newspapers across

the country.

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COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF

AMERICAN HISTORY, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

Crocker was forced to rent a bicycle (which had its own flat tire) while

they waited for replacement parts and peddled 25 miles to purchase four

gallons of gasoline for the “outrageous” price of $20.

At one point of the trip, the crew of the Vermont ran out of supplies and

went 36 hours without food. They were rescued by a farmer who fed them

stew while Crocker convinced the generous man to give them the wheel

bearings out of his mowing machine for an emergency repair.

The good news is that newspapers across the country had made the

motorists into national celebrities. Local newspaper reporters greeted

them at virtually every stop.

Sometime in mid-June, Jackson’s coat, along with every penny of their

cash, fell off the Winton. Jackson was forced to wire his wife to send them

more money.

The pair followed the sage advice of locals in Mountain Home, Idaho,

to avoid a stretch of the Oregon Trail and changed course through the

Sawtooth Mountains. In Hailey, Idaho, Jackson agreed to wire the Winton

Company for more spare parts.

The list of lost items continued to grow. While using the block and tackle

to cross a river, Jackson lost the new money his wife had wired to him

as well as his glasses. It was at that point that a greedy landowner forced

them to pay $4 ($105 now) to cross, as Jackson described the acreage as

“bad, rocky, mountain road.”

Crocker’s ingenuity came in handy when he used rope to wrap around

the wheels when they suffered another flat tire.

The trip became much easier beginning on July 12 when they reached

stretches of paved roads beginning in Omaha, Nebraska. The only

recorded mishap from that point of the trip reportedly took place just

outside Buffalo, New York, when the Vermont hit a “hidden obstacle” in

the road and threw Jackson, Crocker and Bud out of the moving vehicle.

The trio arrived in New York on July 26, crossing the country in a

respectable 63 days, 12 hours and 30 minutes to claim the title of the first

automobile to go coast-to-coast. The Vermont had consumed 800 gallons

of gasoline along the way.

Following the hero’s welcome at the end of their adventure, Jackson joined

his wife for the drive home while Crocker headed West. Newspapers

reported that the Vermont broke down again shortly after Jackson was on

the road without a mechanic and that the car’s drive chain snapped at the

threshold of his own garage.

The drive chain was one of the few parts that had not been changed over

the two-month drive across the country.

More importantly, Jackson scoffed at the reality that he was never able to

collect his $50 wager.

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AMERICAN HISTORY, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

The Man

Despite his acclaim as a national celebrity,

Crocker returned home to Tacoma in relative

obscurity. There were no parades, no newspaper

reporters or magazine photographers lined up

at his door like Jackson had when he returned

to New England.

Following the adventure, Crocker attempted to

capitalize on his newfound fame by launching

a search for sponsors for an around-the-world

auto tour. With his fame and his health failing,

Crocker finally settled down in Tacoma where

he died just two weeks after he turned 30 years

old. Newspapers at the time reported that the

once famous mechanic died of depression after

suffering a nervous breakdown.

Not only was he not honored by the residents

of Tacoma, he died without any family or

many friends at his bedside. The people in his

hometown quickly turned their attention to the

latest news of the day.

More than a century later, his name has not

been used for the name of a street or any

public venue associated with his pioneering

achievements. To some people, like former

The trio arrived in

New York on July 26,

crossing the country

in a respectable 63 days,

12 hours and 30 minutes

to claim the title of the

first automobile to go

coast-to-coast.

Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma, that is a fact that

still needs to be corrected.

A film by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns

was produced to mark the 100th anniversary of

the historic crossing during the time Baarsma

served as mayor. In addition to his duties as

mayor, Baarsma had hoped he could use his

elected position to raise the image of the city’s

forgotten luminary.

“He was lost in the pages of history,” Baarsma

reflected when contacted for this article.

“Renaming a street in his honor on his birthday

(April 7) would be a fitting and proper way to

recognize his remarkable accomplishment.”

One possibility, he said, was the small road

from I-5 that leads to the LeMay - America's

Car Museum. The former mayor said Crocker

would be a more appropriate name than its

present name, East D Street. Mike Bush, the

newest spokesperson for the auto collection,

was confident that Renee Crist, the curator of

the museum, would support the name change.

“It is amazing to me that we have nothing in the

Museum that recognizes Crocker as a resident

of Tacoma,” said Bush. “In fact, I am not even

sure we have a Winton in our collection. You’d

think we would have something that honors the

triumph of a local citizen who contributed to

automotive history.”

Dan Aznoff is a freelance writer based in

Mukilteo, Washington, dedicated to preserving

the stories of our generation. He was a finalist

for a Pulitzer Prize and has received acclamation

for his work regarding sustainable energy. He is

the author of three books that document colorful

periods of history in Washington. He can be

reached at directly da@dajournalist.com.

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TO GIVE INSTEAD OF

LASTING JOY FROM MEANINGFUL HOLIDAY GIVING

BY HANNAH SUCSY WILLIS

“We make a living by what

we get, but we make a

life by what we give.” -

Winston Churchill

As we approach the holiday season, the

opportunities for giving are all around us.

We have charities getting our attention, food

drives, fundraisers and more. But how do we

prioritize? We know that “to give is better

than to receive,” but how do we know what

to give?

Give the gift of time

To many of our closest friends and family

members, our own time is much more

meaningful than anything a stocking or a

box under the tree could contain. We can

share our time with our kids by building a

snowman together or driving around looking

at Christmas lights. Consider the things

you find yourself saying, such as “This year,

we have to …,” and ask your kids if they are

looking forward to the same things. Giving

the gift of time will probably mean a sacrifice

of some of our own preferences, but that is

probably one of the things that will make

it the most meaningful to the recipient.

Because honestly, what kid looks forward to

being dragged to the mall only to stand still

forever and then sit on a stranger’s lap while

manufacturing a fake smile?

Well-spent family togetherness

Spending time with family is likely the thing

that is most long-lived, long-lasting, but it’s

not always easy to accomplish a peaceful gettogether.

Often, the stress of the details of

keeping traditions alive can leave everyone

feeling drained. Make a point of practicing

some of these suggestions as a familyas well

as turning the focus outward. Take the time

to work together volunteering in any number

of ways. Many food banks need volunteers to

sort donations, stock shelves, load food to be

delivered and distribute these goods.

Take the time to sing some unsung heroes

Instead of buying your kids’ teachers a candle

or mug, take a moment to write a heartfelt

note expressing your appreciation. This is

one of those things that it is easy to claim we

don’t have time to do, yet we would easily

spend a minimum of 10 minutes, if not more,

shopping for a gift. And honestly, if you were

the one devoting your time to a classroom

full of demanding students, knowing that

you were making a difference in even one

of their lives would be an unforgettable gift

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to receive. This could be applied to your pastor, coworkers, boss or

employees, family members and friends. Think about ways your life is

better with them in it—and tell them. List things you appreciate about

their personalities and point out the things they do that help make the

world a better place.

Lend a hand to help a neighbor

Of course, shoveling snow for neighbors is an obvious way to help

out physically, but what about some less obvious ways to lend a

hand? We might only think to assist the elderly or those with physical

limitations, but there are all kinds of opportunities that surround us

each day. Maybe you aren’t into inflatable Santas, and you don’t set up

mechanical reindeer or a sleigh in your yard every year. Or perhaps

you don’t have the means to line every roofline of your house with

icicle lights, especially once the electric bill is factored in, but you love

that the neighbors do so much to brighten up the neighborhood. Why

not offer to help set it up and/or break it down with them?

Perform random acts of kindness

There are a variety of ways to show kindness to others, and really, there

is no wrong way. You could do just about anything for it to be a random

act of kindness! One way that is a lot of fun is to choose someone in

a store (randomly!), follow them to the checkout, and then tell them

that you would like to pay for their purchases. An alternative to this is

buying things and handing them out to strangers. Either way, kids love

a good surprise and generally have so much fun getting to participate

in random acts of kindness. The possibilities are endless, ranging from

covering someone’s baggage cart at the airport to paying for someone’s

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coffee at the drive through or meal at a restaurant, even covering the cost

for someone’s cart full of gifts in a department store. The sky’s the limit!

Operation vicarious kindness

Studies reveal that the pleasure centers in the brain show more activity

when giving a gift than when receiving a gift. So, if I want to make

someone happy, why not give the gift of gift-giving? Again, it could

be someone random, and you could do this with your kids: Give cash

to the person with the instruction to spend it on someone other than

themselves, and then talk about how it went. This could potentially have

a profound impact on the way they understand their ability to make

someone happy.

Recreating memories

Think of someone in your life who has told the same story over and over,

from when they were a child, newly married, or some other past era.

Do they have a fond memory of helping their mother bake a particular

Christmas Eve meal or dessert? Ask other relatives until you find the

exact recipe, then collect ingredients and incorporate as many details as

you can into recreating the experience for them. Did your dad take your

mom to the Nutcracker every year but recently passed away? Team up

with your siblings to all take your mom to the Nutcracker together this

year, to keep the tradition alive.

At the end of it all, we should also remember to be thankful. Saying

“thank you” is usually automatic when we receive something, but we

should also be grateful for the joy that we get when we give.

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THINGS COME IN

GIVE THE GIFT OF EXPERIENCES THIS YEAR

BOXES

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

The holidays are a time of sharing and giving; a time of joy and

happiness. While shopping for that perfect gift for a loved one,

you are already anticipating the excitement of its recipient as

they untie the ribbon and tear the wrapping paper to uncover a box

holding that treasure you picked out just for them! But what if this year

was different. What if, rather than a tangible present that over time will

break, be outgrown or forgotten about, you try something new?

Now is the time to give the gift of experience.

Today, children of all ages tend to want the next biggest and greatest

thing. And with technology ever evolving, it is nearly impossible—and

expensive—to keep up with what’s trending right here and now. Rather

than purchasing that new game or entirely new game system, why not

invest in something that can never be replaced or forgotten? If your

child is one who is interested in gaming and technology, have you ever

thought about signing them up for a workshop where they can learn

coding, and in turn, create their own games? Not only is it educational,

but these workshops are sure to engage your child and have them eagerly

awaiting the next session.

If your child wants the newest cell phone because of its camera qualities,

why not purchase them a “real” camera and enroll them in a photography

course? Photography is a wonderful hobby for any age, and who knows?

It could be the beginning to a future career.

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Do you find your child to be the center of attention,

always singing, dancing and performing for anyone

who will pay attention to them? Help nurture their

interest by enrolling them in voice, dance or acting

lessons—or maybe all three! Before you know it,

they could be auditioning for a role in a local theater

performance or choir group! Purchasing tickets to one

of the upcoming productions put on by one of the local

children’s theater is another great way to provide an

experience for your child that you can share together.

You can make an entire afternoon or evening of it by

enjoying lunch or dinner prior to the show, or a special

after-show dessert!

If you find you have a young one who enjoys music, now

may be the ideal time to explore different instruments

and private music instruction. This will allow them

to learn a valuable skill while also instilling a creative

outlet. And, children who learn to play an instrument

tend to do better in their academics as well.

Find yourself constantly running out of drawing paper,

markers, paint, tape, glue and all other art-related

materials thanks to your kiddo’s insatiable desire to

create? You may have an artist in the making in your

home! An introduction to art class could make for a

wonderful gift, as they take their creativity to paper

while also learning the proper techniques. You could

also register to attend a paint night with your child and

create works of art side by side while making memories

as well.

Another idea would be to head to an area museum

or art gallery and watch as your child takes in the art

that surround him or her. You may be amazed by the

questions they have or the art that most attracts and

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CHOOSE A

LOCATION THAT

IS JUST A SHORT

DRIVE A W A Y

WHERE YOU CAN

DISCONNECT FROM

WORK, SCHOOL

AND TECHNOLOGY

AND SPEND TIME

TOGETHER A S

A FAMILY.

inspires them. You may learn a little something about yourself as well.

Some of the greatest memories can be made when sharing a meal. If you

have a child who enjoys trying new foods, seek out a local cooking class!

Afterward, head to the market to buy the ingredients and allow your child

to help prepare the meal at home for the entire family to enjoy together! You

can also plan a special date night with your child and let them choose a new

restaurant to try.

Does your child take a special interest in animals? Surprise them with a family

trip to the nearest zoo or aquarium, where they can see these creatures up close and

perhaps discover something new.

With the busyness of everyday life, from school and work to extracurricular activities,

a weekend getaway might just be the answer. Choose a location that is just a short drive

away where you can disconnect from work, school and technology and spend time together

as a family. Whether you choose to rent a home or stay in a hotel, plan to spend a couple

days exploring, engaging, laughing and creating memories that won’t soon be forgotten.

There is much more to the holiday season than material items. It’s the spirit of giving and the

joy in spending quality time with those you hold most dear. This year, plan to give the gift of

experience—the gift to last a lifetime.

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PICKING

THE

Perfect

TREE

1.

SCOTCH PINE

If vacuuming needles is your least

favorite part about having a tree in

the home, consider a Scotch or Scots

Pine. This common Christmas tree

holds its needles longer than most

and is also sturdy enough for heavy

ornaments and long light strings.

Longer needles make hanging

ornaments easier. This type of tree

does not give off a strong smell

when compared to most fir trees. Its

color is typically a very bright green,

and they are very full so the main

trunk will hardly be visible once

fully decorated. Scotch Pines are

also on the more affordable end of

the spectrum.

WHICH VARIETY IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

BY COLIN ANDERSON

The focal point of just about any indoor

holiday decorating is the Christmas

tree. Most are put up shortly after

Thanksgiving and don’t come down

until right around New Year’s Day. They

can be pint sized for apartments or

grand spectacles in homes with vaulted

ceilings. How you decorate says a lot

about your family, and there is truly no

wrong way to do it. When picking out

the perfect tree there is more that goes

into it than how it looks on the lot. Take

into consideration the differences in

some of the most popular styles when it’s

time to settle on your family’s tree.

2.N OBLE

FIR

Most consider the Noble Fir the

best all-around Christmas tree. This

tree grows especially well in the

Northwest and can reach heights

of over 200 feet (if you have a

really really big house). The Noble

Fir branches tend to rise upward

and are sturdy, again allowing for

heavier ornaments without creating

too much of a sagging look. Evenly

spaced branches and short needles

allow for the decorations to really

stand out. This tree grows very

symmetrical and, when given

enough water, will hold needles well

through the entire holiday season.

Its fresh cut smell is not offensive

and will last for many weeks. Noble

Firs are also popular choices in

making wreaths and garland due to

their strength.

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3.

GRAND FIR

The Grand Fir has a few

differences from its relatives,

mostly within the needle

coloring—which tends to be

more yellow-green instead of

blue-green but also very shiny.

Grand Firs tend to run thicker

than Noble Firs, but they also

give off an even stronger smell

for longer than some of its

counterparts. Hanging heavy

objects is also usually not

a problem, and trunks also

tend to be very straight in this

classic Christmas tree.

Many will scoff at this, myself

included, but artificial trees

have come a long way since

their inception. They are

made to mimic all the popular

varieties of trees, and if you

invest in a quality product,

many look exactly like the

real thing—from a distance.

People use artificial if their

tree is styled to match a room

while others simply enjoy the

convenience of easy setup

and takedown. Those with

sensitivity to smell or who are

unfortunately allergic to certain

trees can also enjoy the holiday

spirit this way.

5.ARTIFICIAL

4.

DOUGLAS FIR

If allowed to grow, Douglas Firs

can reach heights of over 300

feet! They grow well in many

climates, making them one of the

most common varieties across the

nation. The shape of a Douglas is

unique in that it is typically more

uniform and can even take up the

appearance of a pyramid. It gives

off one of the strongest, albeit

pleasant, scents of any tree, so

if you enjoy that fresh cut smell

throughout the holiday, this is

likely your best bet.

6.

SHOP LOCAL

You can get your tree from a

number of places including

big box stores. While there

is convenience in this, we

encourage you to support local.

Search for a local scout group

or organization selling trees as

a fundraiser, or stop by some of

our favorite local spots and grab

a tree raised and cared for by a

community member.

Rusty Gate Tree Farm

12000 East O'Gara Road

Harrison, Idaho

RustyGateTreeFarm.com

Land of Christmas

579 Upland Drive

Sandpoint, Idaho

LandofChristmas.com

Johnson’s Christmas Trees

330 Geenen Road

Cocolalla, Idaho

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EXPLORE THE FOODIE TRAIL

A warm-weather winter getaway that’s family friendly

Story & Photos By Marguerite Cleveland

Phoenix and Mesa are the perfect holiday location for a winter getaway. Mild temperatures and resort

hotels that are destinations in themselves and a short flight via Alaska Airlines (so you can utilize the

free bag check for a case of Arizona wine) make this an easy trip to enjoy. This is foodie heaven with

an up-and-coming wine region, farm-to-table restaurants, year-round fresh produce and agritourism

attractions.

Where To Stay

The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort is a desert oasis with a 4-acre waterpark that makes it a great choice for

families. Room options are all suites, which gives families more room to spread out. Casitas with one or two

bedrooms are also an option. There is a kids’ camp, giving parents with younger ones a childcare option. They

have dinner sessions so you can have a date night on your vacation. Amenities abound with a full-service spa and

multiple dining options.

For more economical options, consider lodgings in Mesa like the Residence Inn by Marriott, which has larger

accommodations with kitchens—a great way to save money while traveling. A substantial breakfast is offered each

morning and included in the room rate. If money is no object, you can step it up to the super luxurious AAA Five

Diamond Phoenician Resort, which has a three-story spa. The resort began an extensive renovation in 2016 that

was recently completed. It is lovely with a fresh, contemporary vibe throughout the resort.

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THE FOODIE SCENE IN MESA AND PHOENIX

HAS REALLY EVOLVED WITH LOCAL

RESTAURANTS SERVING FARM-TO-TABLE

FOOD INSPIRED BY THE VIBRANT CULTURAL

DIVERSITY IN THE AREA.

Where To Eat

The foodie scene in Mesa and Phoenix has really evolved with local

restaurants serving farm-to-table food inspired by the vibrant cultural

diversity in the area. The Bario Café is s smaller restaurant, so be sure

to make a reservation. Chef Silvana Salicido is a five-time James Beardaward

nominee. Her food is authentic traditional Mexican food and

utilizes local producers as much as possible. It is subtle little things

like adding pomegranate seeds to a fresh simple guacamole made from

avocados left in big chunks, tomatoes, red onions, a hint of cilantro

and lime that turns this dish into something special. Chiles En Nogada

is a roasted stuffed poblano pepper filled with chicken, apple, pear,

dried apricots and pecans covered with a delicate almond cream sauce

garnished with cilantro, pomegranate seeds and queso fresco. It is an

unusual dish packed with flavors that just meld together. Perfection.

On the other end of the spectrum is Jalapeno Bucks, a dive joint built in

old shipping containers nestled in the midst of an orange grove. Don’t

wear good clothes because you are here to try the ooey, gooey, extremely

messy peanut butter and jelly brisket sandwich. OMG! So good. Words

can’t describe how something that sounds so strange can be so delicious!

Don’t miss the excellent salsas concocted by Buck. It’s how he started and

earned the nickname Jalapeno. Pick the size salsas that you want and

order a bag of chips, served in a paper bag. The medium was grocery-bag

sized! The mango salsa is a favorite and has a sweet and slightly spicy

taste the goes well with the freshly made tortilla chips.

What To Do

The Fresh Foodie Trail is a great way to spend a day or two traveling

to urban and rural destinations for those who love food. There are 11

stops on this culinary journey, and each will give you an insight into how

food is produced. Visit everything from a vertical urban farm at True

Garden to the Hayden Flour Mills at Sossaman Farms. The Windmill

Winery is one of the furthest stops and is in the town of Florence. The

drive gets you out in the Sonoran Desert with lots of old growth Saguaro

Cacti. The farm is beautifully landscaped with a lovely wine tasting room.

After the drive through the desert, it feels like an oasis. Most grapes are

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The Speci f ics

WHERE TO STAY

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

SquawPeakHilton.com

The Residence Inn Mesa

Marriott.com/Mesa

WHERE TO EAT

The Bario Café

BarioCafe.com

Jalapeno Bucks

JalapenoBucks.com

WHAT TO DO

Fresh Foodie Trail

VisitMesa.com

The Phoenician Spa

Phoenician.com

Desert Botanical Garden

DBG.org

Musical Instrument Museum

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sourced from Wilcox, Arizona, but owner

Harold Christ can grow Barbera grapes on

his farm. Arizona currently has two AVAs,

and the quality of the wine is very good.

A case of Barbera can fly free if you fly on

Alaska Airlines.

The Desert Botanical Garden has more than

50,000 desert plants on five thematic trails.

The plants come from deserts all over the

world, and the unique displays are so lovely.

Plan your day to arrive when the gardens

open so you can enjoy strolling before

the heat of the day. For great views of the

mountains, the gardens and Phoenix, you’ll

want to hike to the top of the Sonoran Desert

Nature Loop Trail. There are two shops, one

a garden shop and the other a gift shop, that

are worth a visit. A grow-your-own cactus in

a box makes a perfect souvenir or gift.

The Musical Instrument Museum is an

unexpected treasure. Rather than just statically display the more than

6,800 musical instruments that come from all over the world, the

museum uses state-of-the-art audio and visual technologies to enhance

the experience. Each visitor is given a headset with an audio tour; as you

step up to each display you begin to hear a musician performing with

the instrument and can observe the video as well—a truly immersive

experience with incredible performances. Visit the Experience Gallery

for a hands-on opportunity to play instruments from around the world.

Music buffs will love the Artist Gallery with icons such as Elvis Presley,

Johnny Cash, John Lennon and more modern artists such as Maroon 5.

A spa day at the Phoenician is a luxurious experience that will have you

relaxed for days. Treatments are available for both men and women in the

new three-story building which is home to the spa. Soothing music and

soft lighting helps set the mood before your treatment. Arrive at least 45

minutes before your appointment so you can indulge in the Personal Spa

Ritual, a 30-minute hot-and-cold contrast hydrotherapy which improves

the benefits of your treatment. There's no need to rush after your spa

treatment, as you'll want to take advantage of all the amenities such as an

adult-only pool deck, where you can enjoy an alfresco lunch.

The greater Phoenix and Mesa area will have you feeling relaxed and

refreshed after a nice winter break. Infusions of vitamin D from all the

sunshine will chase away your winter blues. With amenity-filled resorts,

an eclectic food and craft beverage scene, and tons of family friendly

activities, it is the perfect destination.

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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58 Bridge Street at City Beach | Sandpoint, Idaho | 208.255.7558 | TrinityAtCityBeach.com

Book your holiday party!

Starting Thursday, December 12th, and every Thursday after, we will be launching

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Order our quick to-go!

We have the Red Zone!

Margarita Monday, Taco Tuesday, Magic Wednesday!

Full Bar • Quick Take-Out • Family Friendly

OPEN AT

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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.

Come check out our new shuffleboard and

arcade games in the Silo Bar!

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

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THAI YELLOW

CURRY SOUP

Recipe Courtesy of Chef Lesa Lebeau

This is a very comforting winter soup, and a

protein such as chicken may be added!

Serves 4 - 6

INGREDIENTS:

3 tbsp. oil

1/2 cup Mae Ploy yellow curry paste

3 cloves of minced garlic

2 tbsp. grated fresh ginger

2 tbsp. minced lemongrass

4 tbsp. fish sauce

3 tbsp. sugar

2 cups cubed butternut squash

2 cups chopped carrots

2 cups cubed gold potatoes

1 large white onion, sliced

2 15-oz. cans of Mae Ploy coconut cream

3 cups stock (chicken or vegetable)

TO GARNISH:

Chopped cilantro

Toasted pumpkin seeds

Toasted coconut

METHOD:

• In large stockpot, add oil and heat on medium high. Sauté

curry paste for 5 minutes to open up spices.

• Add onion, garlic and ginger plus one cup of stock. Simmer

8 minutes.

• Add fish stock and sugar. Now add remaining stock,

vegetables and simmer 10 minutes.

• Add coconut cream and simmer soup 45 minutes.

• Garnish with cilantro, coconut and pumpkin seeds.

• Serve 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

THE STUDIO HAS EXPANDED!

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CHRISTMAS GIFT BASKETS AVAILABLE!

Pick one of ours, or build your own!

www.MillersCountryStoreSandpoint.com

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

1326 Baldy Mtn Rd, Sandpoint, Idaho | 208.263.9446

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Sandpoint, Idaho

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DECEMBER 2019

sandpoint

ENTERTAINMENT

Check out what is going

on in Sandpoint this

month!

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ENTERTAINMENT

DEC

22 & 23

Opera For The Family

Bel Canto and MCS present Hansel and Gretel

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY FOR A PERFORMANCE YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS!

Once again, Bel Canto and the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint come together to

bring opera to the Sandpoint stage with this year’s performance of Hansel and Gretel.

The children’s opera offers audiences the well-known story along with tunes many

children will recognize.

The performance is geared toward those ages 6 and older and of course adults!

“Really, it is a family event and traditionally, in Europe, the whole family goes,” says

Karin Wedemeyer, Music Conservatory of Sandpoint's executive director. The opera is

about one hour and 20 minutes long, so it’s sure to keep the little ones’ attention.

The mission of Bel Canto opera is to re-introduce opera to a younger audience

and make it an experience that they would like to be part of as a musician or in the

audience. Bel Canto opera creates its own stories under the artistic direction of Karin

Wedemeyer, with Keely Grey as the stage director/writer and John Fitzgerald as the

music director.

According to Karin, Bel Canto has done a previous edited version of Hansel and

Gretel, but this performance is the most expanded one yet.

“While the principles carry a big part of the singing, the students are the highlight

in this production as they are working with more complex repertoire,” says Karin.

“Some of the stage props have also been created by students under the stage director

Keely Grey.”

HIGHLIGHT EVENT

The opera will be held at The Heartwood Center Sunday, December 22, and

Monday, December 23. Both performances start at 3pm. The community can

purchase tickets in advance at MCS, 110 Main Street, and at the door prior

to each performance. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children and students

or $25 per family, and purchase of a ticket includes the gingerbread house

building afterward.

“The gingerbread house is especially appealing to children who, after the

opera, get to participate in building little gingerbread houses,” smiles Karin.

There will also be a small reception afterward with hot apple cider and

gingerbread cookies for all to enjoy.

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This Christmas Night

DEC

31

Angels Over Sandpoint New Year's Eve Party

Suzuki String Academy and Allegro Dance Studio are excited to offer the Sandpoint

community a collaborative holiday concert celebrating music and dance in an engaging

interactive live performance experience. This inaugural event, held at the Sandpoint

Events Center, will showcase a matinee at 2pm and an Evening Gala at 6pm. Adults

tickets to the Evening Gala include one beverage and dessert, while children's tickets

include meeting the characters and a visit to the Hot Chocolate Station where they can

create a customized holiday souvenir. Purchase tickets online at ThisChristmasNight.

ticketleap.com.

Angels Over Sandpoint invites the community (ages 21 and older) to join them as they ring

in 2020 with the jazz, funk and psychedelic soul band Collectivity at The Hive. Presented by

KPND and Dig Beats Productions, proceeds from the party benefit Angels Over Sandpoint

and their charitable good deeds in the community. With confetti cannons and a balloon drop

to top it all off, this is not a New Year's Eve show you want to miss! Tickets are $25 in advance

(BeesWaxSystems.com/thehive) and $30 at the door.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN JANUARY ...

10

RKJ QUARTET AT

EICHARDT'S PUB

12

YONDER MOUNTAIN

STRING BAND

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4

5 PROHIBITION DAY PARTY TO

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HISTORICAL MUSEUM. MUSIC BY

MIKE JOHNSON AND FRIENDS

6PM - 9PM

6 CEDAR AND BOYER 8PM - 11PM

7 LIVE COMEDY HEADLINED

BY NATE JACKSON. TICKETS

AVAILABLE AT THE 219 LOUNGE

DOORS OPEN 7PM - SHOW 8PM

14

18

TRUCK MILLS AND

TOM DUEBENDORFER

6PM -9PM

11 TRUCK MILLS AND CARL REY

6PM - 9AM

13 BRENDAN KELTY TRIO

9PM - 12AM

NAUGHTY PINE

9PM - 12AM

TRUCK MILLS AND TITO HUIZAR

6PM - 9PM

20 THE AARON GOLAY BAND

9PM - 12AM

21 WINTER SOLSTICE PARTY

FEATURING 10 BARREL-AGED

DARK BEERS ON TAP. MUSIC

BY LANEY LOU AND THE BIRD

DOGS 7PM - 10PM

27 RIGHT FRONT BURNER

9PM - 12AM

28 ZACH COOPER BAND

9PM - 12AM

31 NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH

WITH THE MIAH KOHL

BAND 9PM - 12AM

Stay & Play

Minutes from

Schweitzer!

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Ponderay, ID 83852

208.255.4500

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

/ December

06

DECEMBER

07

DECEMBER

15TH ANNUAL BACKCOUNTRY

FILM FESTIVAL

06

5:00 to 10:00pm

Panida Theater

Purchase tickets at EventBrite.com

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

07

Sandpoint Super Drug

10:00am to 2:00pm

Call 208.263.1408 for details

13

14

SCHWEITZER COMMUNITY DAY

FUNDRAISER

DECEMBER 13

All Day

Schweitzer Mountain Resort

Tickets can be purchased online at

Schweitzer.com

2019 JACK FROST FEST

DECEMBER 14

4:30pm to 11:00pm

Heartwood Center

HeartwoodSandpoint.com

10

December

A CELTIC CHRISTMAS

10

7:00 to 10:00pm

The Panida Theater

Panida.org

14

DECEMBER

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

14

DON’T

MISS!

8:00 to 11:00am

Sandpoint Community Hall

Tickets can be purchased at EventBrite.com

13

DECEMBER

LADIES SHOPPING NIGHT

13

3:00 to 8:00pm

Downtown Sandpoint

Visit SandpointOnline.com to find out more

17

PAINT & SIP WITH HOLLY WALKER

DECEMBER 17

5:30 to 8:00pm

Pend d'Oreille Winery

For reservations, call 208.265.8545 or sign up at

the tasting room

13

DECEMBER

PARTY WITH YOUR

FIREFIGHTERS FUNDRAISER

13

6:00 to 11:00pm

The Longshot

Find details on Facebook.com

DON’T

MISS!

31

DECEMBER

NEW YEAR'S EVE AT SCHWEITZER

31

8:00pm to 12:00am

Lakeview Lodge at Schweitzer

Purchase tickets at Schweitzer.com

UPCOMING EVENTS IN JANUARY ...

18 SCHWEITZER

MOUNTAIN'S NORTHERN

LIGHTS SHOW

25

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Memberships have benefits!

NURTURE YOUR NATURE

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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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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WE’LL HANDLE THE REST

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

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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 from this builder’s own home with separate guest home on acreage. Main home has 5-bedrooms, 2.5 baths, oak floors,

huge master suite with balcony & big 3-car garage. Self-sufficient single level guest home boasts open floor plan & loo. Also a storage/mechanic

building & lovely landscaping with pond conveniently located between Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry. $529,000

Come live the Dover lifestyle close to marina

and park without the restriccons! Completely

remodeled in 2014 with open floor

plan, main floor master suite, mature plantings,

fruit trees & full 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. Three lots available in a quiet, natural seeng. East of Cark 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 subdision.

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

Country lifestyle on 20 acres adjacent to Forest Service with

year-round Crystal Creek, pond & barn. 4-bedroom, 3-bath home has

main floor master suite and epic views that span the valley. $460,000

2.2 acre building lot just yards from the boat launch in an area of fine

waterfront homes. Filtered water views & sunny exposure accessed

by paved road with water, sewer and electricity. Wetlands exist on

the property, call for details. $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

Come find peace and quiet, lots of wildlife and

views that go for miles on this 20.15 acres just

south of Sandpoint, ID. Seppc installed and

electricity is to the property corner, ready for

you to complete the building vision, or buy and

hold for future plans. Elk, deer, and other

mature wildlife abound. $105,000

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.

See these and many more homes online

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