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February 2020 Bonners Ferry Living Local

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LIVING LOCAL

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long with the many

gatherings and all the gift

giving among families and

friends, the holidays are

also a popular time for

those surprise—or possibly

expected—wedding proposals to occur.

For those who said “yes” over the Christmas

season, you’ve most certainly already started

to think about the big day, and one of the

biggest questions the newly engaged couple

may be asking themselves is the location to

wed. February marks our annual wedding

edition of Living Local, and as many couples

are opting for that destination wedding to tie

the knot, we’ve compiled some great choices

that are sure to wow the happy couple and

their guests.

Many couples have been together for years

before they make the leap into marriage, so

as a guest attending the wedding, what do

you gift the couple who has already begun

building a life together and who seems to

already have everything? Well … we’ve

got you covered, with some one-of-a-kind

gift ideas that will be sure to amaze the

newlyweds.

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LIVING LOCAL

For those who don’t have nuptials on their

minds but rather a winter getaway, this

month’s travel story takes our readers to

Whistler, British Columbia, home to one of

the largest ski resorts in North America.

If travel plans are not in your future but

still looking for something to get you out of

the house and your mind off the cold, you

can check out some great events happening

close to home in our arts & entertainment

section—and more events can be found

online in our online calendar.

And of course, we can’t forget that February

14 marks Valentine’s Day, and you’ll find a

sweet recipe you can make at home that’s

perfect for the occasion.

Thanks to 2020 being a leap year, be sure

to take the time to enjoy the extra day this

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Austin and Kendra Hittle are the beautiful couple

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ESSENTIALS

What to expect when you’re

remodeling: Part II

GOOD NEWS

Fundraising for a healthy county

through quality equipment and

services

LIFE & COMMUNITY

The Hospital Auxiliary at BCH

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

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A luxury stay in Whistler, British Columbia

FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot

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the rising prices of labor and goods sparked from high

demand. That’s why it is very important to have a clear set of

expectations and needs lined out before you start your project,

as remodeling can be a slippery slope. I’d hate to see anyone get

into the middle of a major remodel, only to find themselves

stuck and unable to complete the job because they cannot find

subcontractors who have the availability time-wise to finish it!

Last month I started a list of common home remodeling

projects including whole house painting, kitchen remodeling,

new flooring and bathroom tile projects. This month I thought

I’d continue the list of common projects and what to expect

with each. The aim is to help readers determine what to expect

for each.

New countertops. Though this would likely be included in

kitchen remodeling, this is by far one of the most common

projects people undertake as it has such a huge perceived

impact on the value of our homes. For any of the myriad options

out there, the process starts with selecting a material and color,

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finding a supplier that deals with your specific material and

offers a variety of options, and discussing with a salesperson the

merits of each. From there, a measure will be performed and

then a template created. For the templating process, they will

be looking at your existing cabinet structure and determining

the best fit, location for seams, etc. Additionally, decisions will

have to be made regarding sinks, faucets, backsplash material

and height, and more.

Oftentimes, the fabricator can provide the sink from a

selection of options, which usually proves easiest for the

homeowner, unless they want a more specialty sink. As well, it

must be determined if the fabricator will be removing the old

countertops—some will (for a fee), some will not. If the answer

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that work for you, unless you’d like to do it yourself. After the

template, material will be cut off-site by the fabricator then

brought to your home on installation day. Sometimes, there

are issues—a measurement was missed, the sink doesn’t fit, etc.

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YOUR RENTAL HOME IS BEAUTIFUL

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Imagine with me for a moment. Let’s

climb into a time machine and travel

exactly one year from now. In that future,

looking back on today, what would you

love to have created? What does your life

look like? What does it feel like? Focus in

on this vision until it’s crystal clear in your

mind. Do you love it? Because you have the

ability to create that, even if, right now, it feels

impossible.

failure shows up early and often, and has a

potentially paralyzing effect on us—unless we

shift our thinking. When we give up on the

need to “know how,” and we fall in love with

the results of our vision fulfilled, the fear of

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Have a clear set of expectations and needs

lined out before you start your project.

New windows and/or doors. This is a fairly

large remodeling project, and I definitely

recommend working with a specialist to

accomplish these for you. Windows, as long

as they are being replaced in the exact same

sizes as existing, are typically a fairly easy

switch. However, with any remodeling project,

keep in mind that there are often unforeseen

difficulties. Headers may be incorrect, or

windows may have been installed wrong the

first time around. Trim, both interior and

exterior, may be damaged or removed in the

process, paint and drywall damaged. Window

coverings will, of course, have to be removed

and may not quite fit correctly when new

windows are installed, depending on the type

of window and treatment you are replacing.

Though replacing old windows is one of the

most rewarding projects you can undertake

for the insulation integrity of your home, it can

be quite a process. Be prepared! Doors—both

interior and exterior—are similar in scope and

potential issues. Ask questions, and make sure

you are working with a professional!

Lighting. This is one of the easiest switches

for your home. Changing out light fixtures is

usually quick, painless and very rewarding!

There are so many options available now

that shopping for lighting can be almost

overwhelming, but in this case, the internet

is your friend. You can search fixtures by

finish, style, glass or any other option you can

think of, and ordering them online is fairly

easy. The one caveat that I will insist on is

using a professional electrician for installing

them—one who knows the codes and will not

jeopardize your safety by installing something

incorrectly.

Well, that’s my list! Happy remodeling and

remember, if in doubt, ask a professional for

help or advice.

It’s not about the plan

Most of us have been taught that an important

step in achieving anything is planning every

detail of how we’re going to get it done. When

we approach creating something new with

that mindset, sooner or later we crash into

a big roadblock, and we don’t know how to

push through. We hit a big wall, because we’re

trying to forecast the future by focusing on the

past.

Focusing on the familiar is a trap

Creating a new reality begins with a shift in

mindset. When we’re focused on completing

the incremental steps to complete our plan,

we’re committed to the familiar: what we

already have, what we already know, and who

we already are. That’s a recipe for regression,

because, as Maslow says, “We’re either stepping

forward into growth or backward into safety.”

The familiar may feel safe, when we’re actually

settling for less, becoming less of who we are

meant to be, missing opportunities to grow, to

take risks, and fail forward.

Fail first, fail fast, fail often

When we enter the unfamiliar, when we

move forward without “knowing how,”

That enthusiasm creates a ripple effect of

proactive action and positive questions.

Instead of asking “What’s wrong with me?” or

“How long with this take?” we begin to ask:

“How far am I willing to go?” “What do I need

to learn?” “Who do I need to meet to help

me?” and “What next steps are in harmony

with my vision?” That creative energy propels

us forward.

Living in harmony with our vision

When we try to build something new using

what we already have, elevating the plan over

the vision, we hit a wall of ignorance and

settle for something less than our vision. Les

Brown says it best: “Most people fail in life,

not because they aim too high and miss, but

because they aim to low and hit.”

When we suspend the need to know how,

when we fall in love with our vision and make

choices that are in harmony with that vision,

that’s when we connect with the wisdom,

knowledge, relationships and resources we

need to create an “impossible” future.

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Fry Healthcare Foundation

By Hannah Sucsy Willis and

Lauren Kuczka, Marketing

Director at BCH

THE MAJORITY OF

DONATIONS COME

THROUGH TWO

MAIN ANNUAL

EVENTS: THE GOLF

TOURNAMENT

AND THE FESTIVAL

OF HEARTS GALA.

FUNDRAISING FOR A HEALTHY COUNTY THROUGH QUALITY

EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES

The new year is a time when we reflect on the

past year and express gratitude for support

received. The Fry Healthcare Foundation

Board of Directors is grateful to be able

to provide Boundary Community Hospital (BCH)

with the medical equipment and health-care services

that are needed in our community. In 2019, they

purchased the last four telemetric heart monitors

for Emergency, Surgery and Acute Care, a new

Blood Bank refrigerator and upgraded refrigerators

for the Clinical Medical Laboratory. In September,

the Board was able to fund the down payment on

new 3D Mammography equipment to make this

important cancer screening available to Boundary

County women. And in January, the Extended Care

Facility received a new lift to assist with patient care.

This is all possible through the generous donations of

our community members.

Fry Healthcare Foundation is dedicated to ensuring

that Boundary Community Hospital obtains the

equipment needed to support the health of our

community. Memorial donations and other gifts are

donated directly to BCH throughout the year, but

the majority of donations come through two main

annual events: the Golf Tournament and the Festival

of Hearts Gala.

This year’s gala is right around the corner, and the Fry

Healthcare Foundation is excited as ever to see what

becomes possible as a result of generous donations.

Proceeds from the Festival of Hearts have funded

more than $100,000 in equipment for Boundary

Community Hospital since the first gala in 2017!

A four-course dinner is served at the gala, followed

by The Dessert Dash and a live auction. The Dessert

Dash is always the highlight of the evening, and last

year it was a rousing success, raising $8,409. The

Tower of Chocolate Cake donated by Kootenai River

Inn went for $2,000, and two other desserts were over

$1,000 each. “Tables pool their resources to be able to

pick first from the 15 spectacular desserts,” explained

Teresa Rae, the treasurer and chair of the Festival of

Hearts Committee. “It is a fun way for everyone at

the event to participate and share the desserts, with

many take-home boxes providing an extra amount

to share. A special thank you to the restaurants

and individuals who create the beautiful and

delicious dessert array.”

Even though the Festival of Hearts Gala is a

wonderful way for the community to show

their generosity, it only happens once a year.

The Fry Healthcare Foundation recently

started a new year-round program called Gift

of Thanks. Sometimes patients ask BCH staff

members if there is a way to honor a special

caregiver or say thank you for exceptional care.

If you would like to honor a nurse, physician

or any employee, Fry Healthcare Foundation

(FHF) accepts Gift of Thanks contributions.

When a patient or family member provides a

Gift of Thanks, the FHF board will notify and

recognize the caregiver. Your gift helps BCH

acknowledge outstanding care and continue to

grow to meet the needs of our community.

FHF also occasionally has the honor of

receiving large grants to help maintain quality

care standards. The Idaho State Elks and

Sandpoint Elks Lodge #1376 will be partnering

with FHF in 2020 to purchase a new Hausman

Ambulation System. This replaces the

30-year-old parallel bars in the Rehabilitation

Services gym through an Idaho Elks Rehab

Grant. According to Petra Timmermans, PT,

Rehabilitation Services manager at BCH, “The

largest population growth in our community

consists of retirees and baby boomers, with

an increasing need for pre- and post-surgical

treatment of joints, especially knees and hips.

In the past year, BCH has started total knee and

total hip replacement surgeries at our facility.

Our physical therapists like to be able to work

on ambulation as early as possible to first ensure

patient’s safe return home, then continue to

work on regaining strength and function once

they come in as an outpatient. In addition to

the newly added surgeries, around 25 percent

of our patients have walking difficulties due

to lower extremity joint pain. We appreciate

the support provided by the Idaho State Elks

in helping our patients regain their mobility as

fast and efficiently as possible.”

Whatever the method, whether through a

one-night gala or ongoing program, whether a

large grant or small individual donation for the

auction, Fry Healthcare Foundation’s mission

is to serve the ongoing needs of Boundary

Community Hospital and Extended Care

Facility. Fundraising efforts directly impact the

health of our community through necessary

purchases that allow the hospital to maintain

the highest standards of health care and stateof-the-art

equipment. The BCH Board of

Trustees and Board of Directors work handin-hand

to find ways to meet the health-care

needs for our rural area.

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means the same thing: Valentine’s Day is just

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This year, for the 27th year in a row, the

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Now imagine how many different pieces of equipment it takes to run a

hospital. In a world where more and more tools require some sort of digital

technology to function, those tools must be updated and replaced to be

able to deliver the highest quality of care. Enter the Boundary County

Hospital Auxiliary—a group that was started in 1953 to help the hospital

maintain a continually updated quality of care in our community.

For almost seven decades, the auxiliary has been dedicated to serving our

community by purchasing many necessary pieces of hospital equipment.

While the names on the membership list have changed many times over

the years, the goal has remained the same. The auxiliary faithfully meets

at Chic-N-Chop each month (September through May) for a luncheon

business meeting. They regularly plan impressive fundraisers that continue

to achieve their goal, which is to purchase “many important pieces of

equipment that help the members of our community when they experience

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the Spring Raffle benefit the hospital by raising significant funds, and the

raffles are also fun events that include many winners. For both raffles,

10 to 20 local businesses donate gift certificates, services or goods which

are awarded to individual raffle winners. With these fundraisers, there

is also usually a grand prize winner. For example, a couple years ago the

Spring Raffle grand prize was a patio furniture set, and additional winners

received gift certificates to Shopko, Moose Valley Farms, The Dressing

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desserts are baked by individuals, donated by local businesses and sold by

volunteers. In the past, between 50 and 100 pies have been donated each

year, usually resulting in over $1,000 raised for hospital equipment. Pies,

cakes and other desserts are available by the slice or by the pie, with sugarfree

and gluten-free options most likely available. Many thanks go to those

who purchase as well as those who donate pies! Without the support of

the community, these auxiliary fundraisers would not be the successes that

they are.

This year's famous Pie Sale will take place on Monday, March 16, 9am

to noon, at the Seniors Hospitality Center. For those who would like to

contribute baked goods for the sale, you can drop off your donations at the

Senior Center between 8 and 9am the day of the sale. In addition to the

traditional pie selection, cheesecake, layer cake and other baked goods are

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with people you may not get along with or see

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This is a lesson Matt can definitely take with

him once his sports career and senior year

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It’s no secret that Northwest people are

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our woods, trails and the backcountry is often

just a short drive from our front door. After fall

sports season and hunting season come to a

close, outdoor enthusiasts start doing the “pray

for snow” dance. While some of the population

could go without snow, a large section also sees

a cold winter without snow as a worthless winter.

Skis and snowboards get waxed, snowshoes and

winter coats, gloves, jackets and pants all come

out from their summer hibernation. It’s also the

time when another passionate group of people

gets ramped up for their favorite season of the

year—snowmobile season.

“The adventure of the ride has to be my favorite

thing about snowmobiling,” said Jacob Hinrichs,

current president of the Boundary Backcountry

Association. “Every ride is different, from the

people you ride with, the terrain and the snow

as well.”

With 15 years of riding under his belt, Jacob is

an accomplished rider, able to navigate not just

designated trails but backcountry mountain faces

and other challenging locations. He leads a group

of year-round backcountry enthusiasts whose

goal is to promote the enjoyment of outdoor

recreation through responsible access to public

land.

“Snowmobilers are a very passionate group of

people,” said Jacob. “We love the outdoors and are

very dedicated to keeping our lands beautiful and

open for our next generation of outdoor users.”

A few of the long-term goals of the group are

to unite all types of recreational users, both

motorized and non-motorized. They also want

to promote, conserve and maintain existing

access routes, make improvements, and make

aware the economic impact that snowmobilers

have on local communities.

The biggest goal, however, is to encourage more

riders to take up the sport, camaraderie amongst

current snowmobilers and overall enjoyment

of this unique outdoor activity. A group sport,

there are clubs to be found all across the state

where “sled heads” can get together, swap stories,

schedule rides and discuss snow conditions.

“My advice would be to go to a local club meeting,

talk to the members and decide if it is something

you want to do,” said Clayton Meserve, president

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loves the beauty and thrill each new season

brings. “Snowmobiling is a great winter activity.

You are able to get out in the mountains and see

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The Sandpoint Winter Riders are always on the

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members’ brains, and it’s likely someone will

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“If it is possible, we can find a snowmobile and

take you out for a ride so you can experience it

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This is a huge advantage, as daily snowmobile

rentals can run in the hundreds of dollars, and

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Still, there will always be used equipment, which

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Backcountry Association are good places to find

your first ride.

Whether you have your own, are renting or

borrowing, this tight-knit group of outdoor

enthusiasts is often ready to get you up and riding

in a safe and responsible manner. “I personally

take my time to help new people to the sport

learn how to properly ride a snowmobile. This

year I am doing a small riding class to help out

anyone that wants to learn how to be a better

rider,” said Jacob.

With the tragedy of the avalanche on Silver

Mountain fresh in the minds of local skiers,

snowboarders and riders, safety is also of the

utmost importance to new riders, whether

they plan on trail riding or backcountry. The

danger and inherent risk is what draws many

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by having the proper knowledge and safety

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Jacob recommends that anyone just getting into

snowmobiling get the correct gear, clothing,

avalanche pack, emergency beacon and shovel.

“Most important is to then learn how to use

these tools correctly and proficiently,” he said.

“I recommend, at the minimum, to take an

avalanche awareness class. There are also more

educational classes that can be taken on avalanche

safety such as a Level I and also Level II classes.”

It’s for this reason that snowmobilers are

encouraged to never ride alone—a mantra

that most follow. Avalanches are just one of the

major issues that could come up. Injury caused

by accident or machine failure would leave an

individual stranded and, in many cases, with no

easy way back to safety. Group riding not only

ensures a safer experience but helps strengthen

bonds between riders. “It’s a fun sport, a great

way to break up the winter and get together with

friends,” said Clayton.

As far as some of their favorite places to ride,

North Idaho tops the list for both Jacob and

Clayton. There are also several day trips or easy

overnighters.

“Western Montana also has amazing places to

ride as well. I also enjoy riding Salmo Pass, and

Castlegar, Canada,” said Jacob.

“I do most of my riding in this area because it’s

close and fun. Other people ride in Montana,

McCall, and a few head up into Canada,” said

Clayton.

While we are past the halfway point of the season,

it’s not too late to try out the sport or get more

information from the experts. Outfitters are

eager to rent, and clubs continue to have monthly

meetings. Sandpoint Winter Riders meets the first

Wednesday of the month throughout the winter

and is also holding a Sled Scramble family gettogether

day on February 22. At the conclusion of

the ride, there will be dinner and prizes. “We have

all different levels of riders in the club and are

willing to help new riders learn about the sport,”

said Clayton. You can find more information on

the club’s Facebook page.

The bottom line for every level of rider is to enjoy

the wild outdoors, public spaces and thrill of the

ride. “I enjoy the time spent outdoors with good

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Bonners Ferry native Jamie Fulton was looking to start a business that

would allow her to spend more time with her family. As someone

who has always had a passion for crafting and the arts, Jamie’s

wish was soon to be answered. She happened to spot an ad with a

leatherwork shop for sale, and Jamie decided to purchase its machines and

tools. “My dad always liked leatherwork,” Jamie says. “I also have large horses,

and I never could get tack that fit them well, so I first thought I could craft

horse tack and pack equipment.”

This was an exciting step for both Jamie and her father, and together they

made a few trips south and loaded up everything Jamie had purchased.

The two spoke of getting it all set up, and the plan was for Jamie’s dad to

help her with her new business venture a few days a week once he retired.

Unfortunately, her father passed before they could fully set up shop. “Now my

workshop is in the basement of my house, where I can be with my kids,” says

Jamie. “I get some help from time to time from my kids and husband, and a

few friends.”

Wildwood Leatherworks was born just a few short years ago, in 2017. Jamie

started experimenting with small personal goods, making purses, belts

and earrings for family members. Soon after, she says, “I found I loved

handcrafting leather and bringing its beauty to life with tote bags, and I

kind of veered off from my original plan.”

The business quickly evolved and now encompasses everything from

their popular leather journals along with a variety of clutches and wallets

to embroidered logos on hats and apparel, coasters and cutting boards,

and more—including custom pieces! All items are made by hand, and the

leather is hand-sewn.

In the beginning, Jamie would hand burn all the artwork onto her leather

products, but this was extremely time consuming and not cost effective.

So, she made the decision to purchase a laser engraver machine to put

the artwork onto the leather. “With the engraver, I can do so much more

detailed work and can apply business logos or photos right onto the

leather,” states Jamie. “I started making leather patches that go onto hats

and beanies, and have been pretty busy doing business logos and sewing

onto hats.”

With the laser machine, Jamie is now able to offer custom engraved cutting

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boards, (with Grandma’s recipes, monograms and more), slate, cork and

wood coasters. “I love to do custom requested pieces,” smiles Jamie. “I

keep expanding my offerings on ideas I get or requests from others.”

Jamie’s daughter Ally is following in her mother’s footsteps, helping her

with design ideas, photos and social media.

In addition to the love and encouragement she has received from her

family, Jamie has also found support in the local community and says she

could not have accomplished what she has without their help. You can

find Wildwood Leatherworks items for sale at Under the Sun, SugarPlum

Floral and Clover & Co.

“I make everything by hand from start to finish, with loads of time and

love involved in each piece I craft. Everything ends up unique,” says Jamie.

“I have a huge variety of leather sides I use, so everything is special.”

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Shae has been a regular at the Spokane Shriners Hospital since

she was a baby. It started with a one-week stint when she was 1

year old to address the scoliosis that was apparent in her spine.

From then on, it was check-up appointments every six to 12

months—up until this visit, which could be as long as three

months and a week.

“I planned it to the day,” said Shae, now 14 years old. “It depends how

fast my body stretches.”

The top and bottom of her spine are straight, but there is a significant

curve in the middle. Shae started her most recent stint at Shriners in

early January as a 4-foot-9 (and a half) teenager. But thanks to the halo

that’s been slowly stretching her back, she is now closer to 4-foot-11.

The doctors’ goal for her is to “grow” 3 to 6 inches, the process of her

spine straightening out to the point that the impending surgery will be

most effective. But for now, she is waiting it out, a metal halo screwed to

her head, moving around, on this snowy January day, in a wheelchair.

Yet through it all, Shae’s spirits have remained high. She, and her parents

Debi and Steve, see that the end is about as near as the spring thaw.

“I feel like sometimes people let things get to them, to their head, and it

doesn’t [for me],” Shae said. “My life could be so much worse.”

And her time at Shiners, she said, has been really great.

“So fun. It’s like a fancy hotel,” she said in a room off from the main

recreation room, which is replete with tables for football, billiards and

puzzles, among other diversions. “All the nurses are so nice, everyone’s

sweet. The first week, you know everyone, and everyone knows you.

“It’s like a home and family away from your actual family.”

Shriners started in Spokane as a mobile unit in 1924 and has grown into

a state-of-the-art hospital that treats thousands of children from babies

to 18-year-olds each year. With the nearest site to the west in Portland,

and the nearest to the east in Minnesota, Shriners Hospital for Children

in Spokane has a large region of coverage, spanning four states as well

as parts of Canada.

Its doctors treat conditions of various sorts, from same-day fractures

and sports injuries to longer-term treatments such as Shae’s.

Shae’s stay is made easier because she completes school online—

something she has done since fifth grade—and is able to complete work

at her own pace from the hospital. Her parents and older siblings visit

frequently and are able to stay in the same room as her if they wish to.

It’s that flexibility and personal care that Debi has enjoyed so much, and

the ability to be at the hospital for such a long stay is, Debi said, in Shae’s

best interest. Wearing the halo to stretch out Shae’s spine will make the

surgery to insert metal rods into her back more effective, and they don’t

need to rush it; they just need to wait until Shae’s spine has straightened

out as much as it is going to.

“[The doctor said] it’ll take a commitment, but it really reduces a lot of

risk,” Debi said. “We’ve known this was coming … this is just the best

place to be.”

Shae and Debi were mostly alone on this Friday afternoon, as the

hospital tries to line up most of its surgeries early in the week so that

patients can recover at home, said Kristin Monasmith, director of

marketing and communications for Shriners Spokane.

The hospital’s relatively smaller size allows its doctors to provide a

higher level of care, Monasmith said, and that the “family centered

wrap-around” is a hallmark of their system. Staff want their patients to

be as independent as possible and to keep active when they can.

Shae’s condition worsened—or rather, became more painful—over the

last year or two. Sitting for long periods of time became painful. Even

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making it through a movie was difficult, she said.

They told their doctor at Shriners, who advised them

that this long-term visit would be wise. Shae, Debi and

Steve live in Medical Lake, Washington, and they have

grown accustomed to the drive.

“It takes 18 minutes, door-to-door,” Shae said. “I’ve

timed it.”

The surgery, though, should be the final step for her.

While the metal rods, once in place, will limit her

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Brenda and 12-year-old daughter Carsyn came

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it just wasn’t healing right.

Carsyn was playing basketball and, as Brenda

described it, “the whole front of her foot rolled over.”

Her coach told Brenda that it didn’t look good.

When they consulted various doctors, they “got all

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Carsyn had hurt her tendon. Maybe it was a strain, or

perhaps her growth plate had been damaged. She was

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really find an answer or if her daughter’s foot would

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“This problem is just going to continue to happen.”

It wasn’t until that summer Carsyn’s parents took her to

Shriners, largely because Brenda said they didn’t realize the

hospital handled sports injuries such as Carsyn’s.

From their entrance into the lobby, though, Brenda said she

and Carsyn felt comfortable. And when she met with the

doctors, she felt like they were finally getting the right answers.

Shriners sees children not just as small adults, Monasmith

said, but as very different people because they are still growing.

They are also more than a long-term care facility, and they

take care of fractures and other surprise injuries that come up,

especially for young athletes.

Brenda said the way Carsyn’s doctor interacted stood out in

their experiences and that the doctor was good at explaining

the injury in a way her daughter could understand without

scaring her.

The doctors took an X-ray and noticed that Carsyn’s foot

had been broken for a while, specifically that a part of it had

broken away from the rest of the bone.

“They knew right away what the problem was,” Brenda said.

“They did the least invasive process to see if the bone would

reattach itself.”

The tendon, Brenda said, had wrapped itself around the

broken piece of bone, which is what was causing the pain and

swelling. A few weeks later, after seeing how the foot reacted,

the doctors ultimately suggested surgery.

Carsyn came in for the surgery on October 31 dressed as a

jester. The other kids there, Brenda said, were dressed up, too.

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“[The doctors] came in and talked to her about what was

gonna happen. They didn’t just slap something on and scare

her,” Brenda said. “Because of that experience, she won’t be

afraid to go into surgery. … Something cutting skin isn’t very

pleasing. It doesn’t sound like a bubble bath.”

The surgery went well. So well, in fact, that Brenda remembers

the doctor storming into the waiting room with a smile on his

face, expressing joy as if he were operating on his own child.

The doctor told them in detail how the surgery had gone

and reported that Carsyn’s recovery would be shorter than

expected: just four weeks in a boot. On December 3, Brenda

said, Carsyn was back on the basketball court.

“They’re just so excellent. They go way over the top to make

sure you’re comfortable and welcome, and that we’re part of

it,” Brenda said. “They know kids, and they listen.”

That is something Shriners takes particular pride in doing,

Monasmith said, and the hospital wants care to be coordinated

and seamless while giving families confidence and comfort

about the situation.

Shriners treats all sorts of conditions, from sports injuries

like Carsyn’s to spinal deformities like Shae’s. Shriners also

provides services regardless of a patient’s family’s ability to

pay. If a child is covered by private insurance or a state-funded

plan, the hospital will bill accordingly, but such insurance or

plans are not required to receive care. Financial donors help

fill that gap.

In addition to medical services and care,

Shriners has a multi-million dollar research

program, with specific focuses on orthopedics,

burn care, cleft lip and palate, and spinal cord

injuries, according to its website, investing $38

million last year. In 2018, at its 22 locations

nationwide, it treated nearly 150,000 children.

Shae knew that her visit to Shriners was only a

matter of time. But as the pain grew, her family

and her doctors found that this timing was

right.

“We’ve known this was coming,” Shae’s mom,

Debi, said.

During her first weekend at Shriners, her

family came and spent Sunday with her. Shae

has three older siblings and they visit as often

as they can, she said.

But her cat Bailey and her two guinea pigs,

Archie and Elliot, couldn’t visit, so her dad

is in charge of taking care of them. Debi said

she made sure he knew which guinea pig was

which.

The halo around her head makes sleeping

“They’re just

so excellent.

They go way

over the

top to make

sure you’re

comfortable

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and

welcome."

difficult, but with a neck pillow she can

generally find a way to get comfortable. “The

halo, it feels like when you hit your head and

you have a really bad headache, and it won’t go

away,” Shae said, “and then you get used to it.”

On this day, Shae was able to go without taking

any medicine to manage the pain of having the

halo attached to her head, Debi said.

Shae said she is hoping that after surgery—and

about a year of recovery—she will be able to do

some swimming and diving again. Maybe too

some gymnastics, the sport she loved when she

was younger.

“Right now I feel ehhh,” Shae said, shaking

her head, “because I don’t like being in [the

halo], because I can feel it stretching my back

out, but also good at the same time because it’s

stretching out my back and then it relieves all

the pressure.”

Pressure and pain, she is confident, will all be

gone in just a little bit longer, when the halo is

gone, the rods are in her back, and her body is

finally recovered, with as straight a spine as she

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has made various efforts to improve cardiac care and

outcomes for those presenting with heart-related

problems.

On July 10, 2019, Boundary Community Hospital

received designation from the Idaho Time Sensitive

Emergency Registry as a Level II STEMI facility.

This means that anyone seeking treatment due to

cardiac issues from either Boundary Community

Hospital (BCH) or Boundary Ambulance can

expect to receive the best of care as defined by the

Idaho State Registry guidelines. Two years of cardiac

patient data were reviewed by state surveyors to

ensure compliance with the designation.

When patients present to the hospital with chest

pain, they must be quickly triaged. This begins

with our Health Unit coordinator, who is usually

the first person on the hospital team that you will

meet. When you state that you are having chest

pain, they will quickly alert the registered nurse in

the Emergency Department, and you will be taken

into a room. Once your care begins, the guideline

timer begins. Ultimately within the first 10 minutes

of arrival into the treatment room, an EKG will

be performed. This is the first diagnostic tool that

is used for cardiac care. Blood will be drawn for

laboratory testing, you will be placed on a cardiac

monitor and vital signs taken. You may be given

baby aspirin to quickly chew.

A STEMI (ST elevation myocardial infarction) is the

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catheterization lab (the closest facility is

Kootenai Health) within 90 minutes of

the diagnosis. Cardiac catheterization

may have the ability to re-open the

blocked cardiac artery. In the course of

the state survey, Boundary Community

Hospital’s Emergency team was found

to meet and/or exceed all of these

parameters.

Quick intervention is vital in any type

of cardiac emergency. It is extremely

important that care is initiated as

soon as possible. Call 911, which

will dispatch Boundary Ambulance

with their life-saving equipment

and highly trained paramedics. In

addition, all Boundary County Sheriff 's

Department patrol vehicles have been

equipped with Automated External

Defibrillators (AED). When a 911 chest

pain is dispatched, the Hospital TSE

Emergency team is alerted so they can

begin preparation.

Boundary Community Hospital is

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Center designation and will continue to

strive to provide excellent care for our

community. Together, we can save lives.

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DESTINATION

ALL THE PLACES TO SAY “I DO”

By Abigail Thorpe

weddings

Las Vegas, Nevada

No shocker, the Marriage Capital of the World is also the most popular

destination wedding location in the U.S. Dozens of some of the world’s

most glamorous hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and theaters within

walking distance of each other make this an adult’s dream playground.

And if the neon lights and glitzy casinos aren’t your idea of an ideal

wedding locale, there are many beautiful (and peaceful) locations within

an easy drive of the strip, so you can have the best of both worlds.

When to go: Spring or early December, avoid holiday weekends and

summer.

Napa and Sonoma Valley, California

Love is in the air this month, and so what better time

to start dreaming up the ideal wedding—or should we

say vacation? A quarter of all U.S. weddings are now

destination weddings, and there’s a reason this trend is on

the rise. Whether it’s to escape the cold (or the heat), provide

a more central location for far flung family and friends,

or simply do something different, destination weddings

let a couple spend more on the experience and less on the

production.

The majority of destination weddings take place in the U.S.,

and from tropics to desert, mountains to coast, there are

options for the most nature-loving and city-seeking, and

all those in between. Here are some top picks for wedding

destinations—whatever the time of year you choose to say, “I

do.”

Cozumel, Mexico

Situated on the Yucatan Peninsula in the Caribbean, this little

island is a literal paradise. With one of the largest coral reef

systems in the world and various nature reserves like the

Chankanaab National Park, there is lots of natural beauty

to explore and tropical beaches to relax on. For those who

need a break from nature, charming and colorful downtown

San Miguel is a vacationer’s dream. If you’re into cutting

the thought and work out of it, several all-inclusive resorts

on the island ensure you don’t have to worry about much of

anything—except making your return flight.

When to go: December through February is the best time to

visit to miss the high temps and the storms, but beware, this

is also high season.

A wedding week filled with some of the best wine and food in the

world—who could ask for more? Add in some breathtaking scenic drives,

charming vineyards and boutique accommodations, and you won’t need

to bring much to make it one romantic wedding.

When to go: Summer and October

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Maui, Hawaii

There’s a reason the island is such a popular wedding destination—

waterfalls, rainbows, pristine beaches and some of the best surfing

around make Maui the ideal spot to escape for a bit. Grab some sun

on the world-famous beaches while the more adventurous tackle

snorkeling, surfing or golf, and it doesn’t get much better than a

fresh seafood wedding dinner. And to top it off? Maui’s pleasant in

every season.

When to go: Anytime

Park City, Utah

If your dream wedding includes snow, you can’t find a much more

charming place than Park City. With four world-class ski resorts

and a cute mining-town-turned-upscale-resort destination, you

and your guests don’t have to go far to find everything you need

for the dream weekend away. The town is just as cute in summer,

when hiking and biking replace winter play. And with Salt Lake

City airport just 40 minutes away, getting there is stress-free, even

in winter.

When to go: December through April, June through September.

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Florida Keys, Florida

White sand beaches, a vibrant nightlife, diverse shopping and dining

and southern charm make the Keys an ideal wedding destination.

From Key Largo to Key West, there’s plenty to keep you occupied,

whether it’s exploring the various underwater sea life or strolling

through the charming city streets with their colorful southern homes.

When to go: December through April to miss the summer heat, but

this is also high season. May and June can be nice as well, just skip

the spring break crowd.

Mackinac Island, Michigan

Situated between the upper and lower peninsulas in Michigan, this

national historic landmark is chock full of charm. The island is car

free, but bicycles and horse-drawn carriage make for a much more

romantic destination. The architecture spans three centuries, giving

you plenty of options when it comes to classic Victorian mansions or

Colonial revival-style for accommodations.

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When to go: May and October are the prettiest months without all of

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Palm Springs, California

If a winter wedding without the coat sounds refreshing, Palm Springs is

the destination. The city exudes relaxation with its golf courses, stylish

hotels, spas and shopping. Everything seems to move slower, while the

sun colors the city’s exquisite mid-century architecture a pale pink. It’s

like a refreshing trip to the ‘50s and ‘60s.

When to go: January through April

Newport, Rhode Island

In true New England style, Newport offers a high-class taste of the

Atlantic. Huge mansions built by turn-of-the-century tycoons from New

York and Boston provide scenic locations for a wedding, while shopping,

dining and sailing provide plenty of activity for the out-of-towner.

When to visit: Summer or shoulder season. The Newport Jazz Festival in

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Washington winery tours

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A TASTY SIP THROUGH THE COLUMBIA VALLEY

BY ABIGAIL THORPE | PHOTO COURTESY OF ARBOR CREST WINERY

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Cabernet sauvignons, merlots,

chardonnays, rieslings and syrahs top

the list, providing a sipping option

for everyone.

owned and operated. Their mission? “Grow grapes that capture the essence

of our place, and release wines of utmost character and purpose that reward

the drinker every time a cork is pulled.” Diurnal temperature shifts and welldraining

soil make for complex, deep reds like their Estate-grown Cabernet

Sauvignon and Red Bordeaux Blend Reserve. $15 per person tasting fee

(waived with bottle purchase). Open daily noon to 5pm. 509.588.6716.

KionaWine.com.

Napa Valley may get the usual nod when it comes to

winemaking, but in recent years Washington wines are

having a moment. No longer labeled the land of rieslings

and value wines (though it still puts out some delightful

rieslings), Washington and Columbia Valley in particular is at the top of

its game when it comes to wine growing and making.

Over the past decade, wineries in the area have tripled, with the

Columbia Valley AVA—which includes well-known growing regions

of Walla Walla, Horse Heaven Hills, Yakima Valley, Wahluke Slope and

Rattlesnake Hills—covering over 11 million acres. The area’s warm,

dry temperatures, well-draining soil and cooler nights in the higher

elevations make for wines that are lush, fruit-forward and consistent.

Cabernet sauvignons, merlots, chardonnays, rieslings and syrahs top the

list, providing a sipping option for everyone. The days may be cold, but

the tasting rooms are warm and inviting at these top wineries, and most

are within an easy day’s drive.

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GRAMERCY CELLARS

Manhattan-based master sommelier Greg Harrington tasted Washington

wines—and never looked back. A move, vineyard and tasting room

later, Gramercy Cellars (getting its name and label from Manhattan's

Gramercy Park) in Walla Walla is turning out world-class reds with oldworld

style and new-world kick. Specializing in Rhone and Bordeaux

blends, the winery utilizes minimalist winemaking techniques and keeps

it small—only producing 8,000 cases each year. Try their Columbia

Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. $15 per person tasting fee (waived with bottle

purchase). Open Tuesday through Friday by appointment, Saturday 11am

to 5pm. 509.876.2427. GramercyCellars.com.

KIONA VINEYARDS

Located in the Red Mountain region of Columbia Valley, Kiona’s

panoramic views from the tasting room overlooking the vineyard

almost rival the wines—almost. Started in 1975 by Jim Holmes and

John Williams before Red Mountain became known as a premier grape

growing region, the vineyard is in its third generation and still family

SEVEN HILLS

Founder Casey McClellan planted the first grapes with his father in 1982,

one of the first vineyards in the now famous wine region of Walla Walla.

They operate the only existing historic winemaking facility in downtown

Walla Walla. Stop by for a tasting in the old woodworking mill, and enjoy a

rare education into the winemaking process and the growing history of the

region. While you’re there, make sure to try the 2014 Seven Hills Merlot—

it’s still made from the original vines planted in 1982. $10 to $55 per person

depending on experience (Food & Wine experience available). Open daily

10am to 5pm. 877.777.7870. SevenHillsWinery.com.

LONG SHADOWS

Founded in 2003 by Allen Shoup, Long Shadows is a unique collaboration

tasting room in Walla Walla that features seven limited production wines

crafted by seven winemaking masters from around the world. Each vintner

has access to Washington grapes, with the winery outfitted to each one’s exact

cellar specifications and needs. The result is renowned wines that frequently

sell out quickly. The tasting room was named one of the U.S.’s 10 Best Winery

Tasting Rooms by USA Today Readers’ Choice Awards and is still a fairly

well-kept secret, although it’s gaining acclaim and attention. Stop by the

tasting room to make sure you get a taste while they last. Sit- down tastings

by appointment 11am to 5pm daily. Starting at $20 per person. 509.526.0905.

LongShadows.com.

CAVE B ESTATE

Talk about a tasting room with a view—located in Quincy in the Ancient

Lakes region, Cave B boasts panoramic views of the gorge cliffs. The estate

is also home to the much-loved Music in the Gorge and provides a full

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weekend experience with its Inn & Spa and Tendrils Restaurant.

The estate started as Champs de Brionne winery in 1984; Cave

B is the second, smaller premium winery opened in 2000. Try

the acclaimed Cuvee du Soleil, and stop by the restaurant for a

little repast before your drive home. Open Friday and Saturday

11am to 6pm, Sunday and Monday 11am to 5pm. 509.785.3500.

CaveB.com.

ARBOR CREST

The historic Cliff House Estate is worth a trip in itself. Situated

450 feet above the Spokane River Valley, it was built by inventor

Royal N. Riblet in 1924 and boasts some beautiful grounds. Enjoy

some Arbor Crest wines in the old house or wander the grounds

in one of their guided tours and tastings. Opened by Harold and

Marcia Mielke as Washington’s 29th winery, it boasts a broad

selection of wines made with grapes sourced throughout the

Columbia Valley. Open Monday through Saturday noon to 8pm,

Sunday noon to 5pm. 509.927.9463. ArborCrest.com.


BARNARD GRIFFIN

Rob Griffin and wife Deborah Barnard started the winery in

1983 with a truckload of borrowed fruit and a rented cellar.

Now their production facility in Richland boasts some of

Washington’s premier wines sourced from their vineyards

throughout the state. The estate features a Wine Bar & Eatery

in addition to the production facility, and Deborah houses

her fused-glass db Studio & Gallery there as well, with classes

available to visitors. Sip on a glass of their cabernet while you

wander the estate. $10 per person tasting fee (waived with

bottle purchase). Open daily 10am to 5pm. 509.627.0266.

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For the Couple

Who Has It All!

UNIQUE WEDDING GIFT IDEAS SURE

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What do you give the couple who already has everything?

We’ve all had those friends: the couple who seems to have it all

together, who seem to want for nothing. When their wedding day

approaches, you draw a blank on what you could possibly give

them that they don’t already have.

This is when you get creative. You dive deeper, targeting their

shared hobbies, passions and higher-value items like new

experiences and discoveries.

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Featured Event:

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returning for the second year. Don’t miss this year’s collection of

family-friendly short films that showcase the passion, lifestyle,

and culture of fly-fishing. Raffle items include an Echo fly rod and

guided fly-fishing trip. Tickets $12/advance on sale now at our

outlets and online.

Start with these three unique gift ideas for the hard-to-shop-for

newlyweds in your life.

SAT FEBRUARY 15:

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BlueStreak Doors and Cafe open at 6pm. Show begins at 7pm.

Delivering the “high lonesome” sounds of traditional bluegrass

harmony. Tickets $12/advance, $15/door, students $5. On sale

now at our outlets and online.

Missoula Children’s Theatre Auditions

at the Becker Auditorium 4pm

Missoula Children’s Theatre

“The Emperor’s New Clothes” 7pm

Performers Circle, doors and the Pearl Cafe

open at 6pm, fun starts at 7pm. Free!

FOR A COUPLE WHO LOVES THEIR

KITCHEN, give the gift of a personalized

recipe collection or recipe book. Have

your longtime friends been lusting after

your grandma’s banana bread recipe?

Does a member of the happy couple have

special diet requirements that need to be

carefully adhered to? Or maybe they’re

simply a couple of foodies whose love

language is food and who get pure joy

out of preparing and sharing it. There are

endless situations in which a thoughtful

recipe collection would come in handy

for a newly married couple. Whether

it’s a collection comprised of wellkept

family recipes, or a well-reviewed

cookbook—consider Sarah Copeland’s

“The Newlywed Cookbook,” featuring

ideas for everything from spontaneous

picnics to pre-planned dinner parties, or

“Two in the Kitchen,” written by foodie

couple Christie Dufault and Jordan

Mackay—a couple who loves to cook

and dine can always be inspired by fresh

ideas.

FOR THE MUSIC EXPERTS, enhance their

listening experience with a record player. You know

the couple: They frequent concerts together and

most likely met at a music festival. They’re always

ready to “wow” you with their knowledge of both

obscure indie bands and the evolution of rock music.

You know they would take a deep dive into a record

store and could spend hours there like a bookworm

in a library. Why not give them that experience, and

make it even more special, by gifting them their first

record player? With the variety of players available

now, your choices range from very simple to very

advanced. The price point and extra features are up

to you, but the enhanced experience is the same.

Something about picking up a record, enjoying its

cover, feeling a mix of nostalgia and excitement as it

starts to play just can’t be compared to your average

streaming experience. Your music-loving couple

would have to agree.

FOR THE SOCIAL DRINKERS

WHO REGULARLY ENJOY THEIR

LIBATIONS, spark their interest with

a gift that allows them a more handson

approach to their hobby. A home

brewing kit brings some experimental

fun into the home, producing

homemade beers that can be enjoyed

on a night in or brought to a party as a

gift that keeps on giving. Home brewing

kits are available in a variety of sizes and

price ranges, including the Williams

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the Brew Share Enjoy Homebrew Starter

Kit ($99.98), which gives you everything

you need for two cases of your beer style

of choice. For the couple that thoroughly

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something that the nearest brewery

can’t: a recipe uniquely their own.

Finding a wedding gift that will be

enjoyed and appreciated can be very

difficult. It’s even harder when the

married couple-to-be already seems

to have everything they could want or

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STEP UP YOUR WINTER

SKI VACATION

A luxury stay in Whistler, British Columbia

By Marguerite Cleveland

Nothing gets you more in vacation mode than a stunning scenic drive to your destination. The epic views

from the Sea to Sky Highway leading to Whistler, British Columbia, are some of the best in the world. After

this drive, you arrive in Whistler Village, which is reminiscent of a European ski town, but this one has an

Old-World charm with all the modern conveniences.

Where to Stay

There are two Pan Pacific hotels in the Whistler Village, and both are luxurious experiences with all-suite accommodations

that include a full kitchen. For the best location in Whistler, you’ll want to choose the Pan Pacific Mountainside Hotel,

just steps away from both the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain gondolas. Enjoy spectacular views from the outdoor

deck with a heated pool and two whirlpools. The Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre is further from the slopes but offers

a slope-side ski valet and storage. Your daily rate also includes a complimentary daily breakfast buffet. Also enjoy an

outdoor lap pool and whirlpools. Both hotels provide a luxury experience with a helpful, friendly staff.

Where to Eat

The Whistler dining experience offers something for everyone with a wide variety of restaurants.

For an extravagant experience that is fun and not stuffy, try the Bearfoot Bistro. Start with a pre-dinner activity first. Don

a Canada Goose arctic expedition parka and sip vodkas while learning about this alcohol with a visit to the Ketel One Ice

Room with its sub-zero temperatures. The extreme temperature of -25 degrees takes the burn away when tasting from

the more than 50 vodka choices. If you want a more active experience,

try champagne sabering. The founder of the restaurant, Andre Saint-

Jacques, holds the Guinness World Record for champagne sabering 21

bottles in one minute. This fun lesson takes place in the underground

wine cellar with 20,000 bottles of world-class wines. Next enjoy dinner

in the dining room, which sources ingredients from local farmers and

around the world to create an eclectic menu sure to please even the most

discerning foodie. For a special treat, book the Chef ’s Table and interact

with Executive Chef Melissa Craig as she prepares a five-course tasting

menu for your group.

For a fun après ski experience with a great location (right in your hotel),

head to the Dubh Linn Gate Pub, which has been a Whistler favorite

since 1997 when it was designed, crafted and transported from Ireland to

Whistler. It has a covered outdoor patio with outdoor heating and a fire

feature with great views of the mountainside. Combine that with good

hearty food and nightly live music for a great way to end your day. The

food here is really good, with everything from juicy burgers and crispy

fries to bangers and mash (sausage and mashed potatoes smothered in

gravy). After a day of skiing, you’ll have earned the calories. The wait

staff is fun and very knowledgeable about the menu and can make

recommendations if you are unsure what to order.

What to Do

Whistler really shines in the winter with so many exhilarating outdoor

activities—and interesting indoor activities when you want to get out of

the cold. Tourism Whistler is the official destination website where you

can research activities and book most right from the website.

Vallea Lumina is an amazing nighttime activity that pairs nature with

modern technology. The journey begins with a bus ride from Whistler

Village. The magic begins as you leave the lights of Whistler and begin a

dark ride toward Pemberton. The website for Vallea Lumina is very vague

on photos and what you will experience, which is a good thing as it creates

a special experience where you aren’t sure what you will encounter. The

bus will take you to a camp with a snack bar, firepits with roaring fires,

and restrooms. From here you will depart on a 1-kilometer hike on a

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The Speci f ics

INFORMATION

Tourism Whistler - Whistler.com

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort

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convenience right around the corner

THREE MILE CORNER

WHERE TO STAY

Pan Pacific Mountainside - PanPacific.com

Pan Pacific Whistler Village - PanPacific.com

WHERE TO EAT

The Bearfoot Bistro - BearfootBistro.com

The Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub and Patio

Whistler.DubhLinnGate.com

WHAT TO DO

Vallea Lumina - ValleaLumina.com

Ski with an Olympian - WhistlerBlackcomb.com

Heliskiing - WhistlerBlackcomb.com

Scandinave Spa - Scandinave.com/Whistler/en

mostly level and flat trail through an oldgrowth

forest. The basic storyline is you are

following the traces of two hikers paired

with legends of the indigenous people. The

experience combines lighting, music and

other special effects for a captivating walk

in which guests of all ages will be enthralled.

This is a must-try activity. Make sure to dress

warmly and be prepared to walk in the snow.

Whistler is known for its skiing, and there

are some luxury experiences that go above

and beyond the average experience. Did you

know you can book an Olympian to ski or

snowboard with? Spend a day one-on-one or

with a group of up to four for one price and

learn your Olympian’s techniques and listen

to their stories. Select the person of your

choice from the Whistler Blackcomb website.

Step your game up even more by booking a

gold medalist for an additional fee. Strong intermediate or above skill

level skiers can book a Heli-skiing tour for the best in backcountry alpine

skiing or snowboarding. The tour takes you up the mountain, includes

lunch, avalanche safety equipment, an experienced guide, and some tours

include video and photos of your experience. Epic!

After all the outdoor activity, you may find yourself a little achy.

The Scandinave Spa Whistler is just the answer. Enjoy a traditional

Scandinavian bath experience paired with a massage, and you will be

fully relaxed. The whole concept is built around hydrotherapy, which

consists of a cycle of hot-cold-relax, providing therapeutic results. The

outdoor baths are beautifully scenic in the winter, and there is no talking

for a truly peaceful experience. Make sure to allow plenty of time for your

experience. The spa provides two towels; use one for the baths and keep

the other in your provided locker for later. Bring flip flops or water shoes,

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and spring for the bathrobe rental. You will be glad you have it. The spa

is very popular at peak season, so go in the morning right when it opens

when there aren’t as many people.

Make sure to allow time on your trip to spend in Whistler Village. There

are a variety of luxury shopping experiences in the village and many

places where you can purchase local artisan products. Check out the

Made in Whistler Market held in the Westin Resort & Spa, open every

Sunday through March from noon to 5pm. Offerings include handcrafted

pottery, fine art, jewelry, and many others. The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural

Centre has a beautiful gallery and gift shop where you can purchase items

that are inspired by the Squamish and Lil’wat cultures.

Whistler is enjoying recent snowfall, which makes for terrific skiing

conditions. Plan a visit and see why this resort is considered one of the

top places to ski in North America.

STORE

A full-service store with

something for everyone

STORE HOURS:

Mon-Sat 5am-9:30pm

Sun 6am-9:30pm

STATION

24hr full-service gas station

and truck stop

GAS | DIESEL | PROPANE

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Come enjoy great food and

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NOT YOUR GRANDMA’S

CHOCOLATE CAKE

Recipe & Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Lynn Gertrude Brown

Yield: Two 8-inch-round Cake Pans

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups granulated sugar

2 eggs

¾ cup cocoa powder (specialty dark if available)

1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

¼ tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. baking soda

1 cup hot coffee

2 tbsp. Amaretto or other favorite liquor

1 tbsp. Vanilla

1 cup sour cream

½ cup vegetable oil

METHOD:

• Preheat your oven to 325°F. This would also be the perfect time to

brew yourself a pot of coffee. Just remember to save a cup for the

recipe!

• In a large bowl with a hand mixer, or the bowl of your stand mixer

with paddle attachment, combine sugar and eggs. Beat mixture on

medium speed until light and fluffy.

• In a separate bowl, sift together cocoa powder, flour, salt, baking

powder and baking soda. Slowly add dry ingredients to your egg

mixture. Mix on low speed until smooth.

• Add hot coffee, liquor and vanilla to the batter; be sure to scrape the

sides of the bowl well, then mix on low speed until well combined.

• Mix sour cream into batter until fully incorporated, followed by the

vegetable oil. Mix both on low to medium speed. Set aside while you

prepare the cake pans.

• Using melted butter or vegetable pan spray, coat two 8-inch-round

cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper. This will help

the cakes pop out of the pan after baking and cooling.

• Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. Place in oven

and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the

middle comes out clean.

• Transfer to cooling racks and let cool 10 minutes, then run a knife

around the edge of the pans and turn the cakes upside-down onto the

racks, and carefully remove the pans to cool completely. Remove the

parchment paper at this time.

RECIPES LOCAL FLAVOR SPOTLIGHTS

TO SERVE:

• You can now choose your favorite frosting recipe to smear all over this

decadent chocolate cake, or even simply top with whipped cream and

fresh berries! The frosting featured in the photo is an old-fashioned

“cooked” buttercream with fresh berries to complement the rich dark

chocolate flavor. I hope you satisfy your sweet tooth with this next

level treat, or impress that special someone this Valentine’s Day!

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GENERATIONS AT THE

HEMLOCKS

Come out to Generations at the Hemlocks' newly renovated

restaurant where you'll enjoy fine dining with the best service

in a beautiful setting. Their diversified menu features locally

grown produce, meats and wild game, as well as fresh herbs

harvested from their own garden. Open for dinner Friday

and Saturday 4 to 9pm, reservations recommended, walk-ins

welcome.

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PIZZA FACTORY

If you're looking for delicious and fresh pizza in Bonners

Ferry, look no further. At Pizza Factory, they proudly serve

up delicious calzones, tasty pasta and, of course, pipinghot

pizzas, using only the freshest ingredients around.

Sit down, grab a slice (or two, or three) and dig in! Open

Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-

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Serving Bonners Ferry customers the best in Asian-fusion

cuisine, you'll find their dishes prepared with only the freshest

ingredients! From Yakisoba with choice chicken, beef sirloin,

shrimp or vegetables, pho made daily using roasted bones and

homemade stock to a variety of teriyaki rice bowls and more,

guests will find a delicious variety of choices. Take out/limited

dine in Monday through Friday, 11am to 7pm.

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CHIC-N-CHOP

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At this Bonners Ferry diner, you’ll be treated to wonderful

service and an inviting, homey atmosphere where the staff

treats you like family. Known for their large portion sizes and

customer favorites like the broasted chicken, omelets, pies and

more, they’re open Tuesday through Saturday 4:30am to 8pm

and Sunday 6am to 2pm.

6421 Main St.| Bonners Ferry

208.267.2431

BOCO Backacks | Food for Kids

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FEIST CREEK RESTAURANT

For more information, contact Shirley

208.255.9847 or BoCo Backpacks

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At Feist Creek Restaurant, the delicious smells and warm

atmosphere make you feel right at home. Serving lunch and

dinner, customer favorites range from their smoked prime rib

and 25 oz. rib-eye steak to catfish and hushpuppies, homemade

fish and chips, burgers, sandwiches and more. Full bar,

pool table, outdoor seating, fish pond and their own private

waterfall make this a destination spot to remember. During the

winter months, you can find them open Wednesday through

Monday, noon to 9pm.

2673 Moyie River Road | Bonners Ferry

208.267.8649

Facebook.com/FeistCreekRestaurant

6425 South Main Street

Bonners Ferry, Idaho

208.267.4000

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BADGER'S DEN CAFE AND

LATTE

At Badger's Den Cafe and Latte, you'll be greeted with fast,

friendly service with a smile. On the menu you'll find hearty

and delicious breakfast and lunch items, a variety of specialty

coffee drinks, smoothies and more! In a hurry? There's a driveup

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Bonners Ferry

ENTERTAINMENT

CALLING ALL

CLOSET

MUSICIANS

February

6 & 28

YOU CAN'T FOOL ME. I KNOW YOU’VE HAD A GUITAR FOR 15 YEARS.

YOU WERE MOTIVATED AT FIRST, and you would practice almost every

day. Then the job got busy, the babies came, or the other hobbies took

over. When you started playing, you envisioned how it would bring

you together with other musicians or be just the thing at a campfire.

After a month or year of practicing, you weren’t as good as you hoped

you would be, and you sort of gave up. But still, every now and then,

you dust off the guitar case and tune up the strings, learn the chords

to a new song and commit to regular practice for a few weeks before

the motivation wanes once again.

For the next few months, go to The Pearl Theater the last Friday of

each month for Performer’s Circle. Don’t even take your guitar the

first month or two. Sit outside the circle, with the others who are only

there to observe, and enjoy a glass of wine while you listen. Enjoy

the range of talent, the range of ages and range of instruments.

Appreciate the different genres that some like to play on their own,

while some ask others to play along.

The Pearl Theater is a place to flourish

By Hannah Sucsy Willis

Then on the first Thursday of the month, go to Open Mic. After a

couple times going to both events, you will realize that it is not so

unreasonable to share in the circle or on the stage. You will realize

that others at a similar level to you get up on the stage confidently,

and even seem to enjoy it. You will be blessed to hear what they have

spent time practicing. At first it will remind you to pull out your guitar

a little more frequently, but before long you will realize that you

brought your guitar to Performer’s Circle automatically because you

can't wait to show what you've been working on.

Open Mic is the first Thursday of the month, and Performer's Circle is

the last Friday of the month. For both events, doors open at 6pm, and

music starts at 7pm.

Check out what is going

on in Bonners Ferry in

February!

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INTERNATIONAL FLY FISHING FILM FESTIVAL

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7 to 10pm

The Pearl Theater

Patagonia presents the International Fly Fishing Film Festival at The

Pearl Theater Friday, February 7, and consists of short and featurelength

films produced by professional filmmakers from all corners of

the globe, showcasing the passion, lifestyle and culture of fly fishing.

This is a must-see experience. Tickets are $12 in advance and available

at Far North Outfitters, The Logo Shop, Bonners Books, Mountain

Mike's and online at ThePearlTheater.org. They can also be purchased

at the door, if still available, for $15. Doors and cafe open at 6pm with

the show starting at 7pm. The evening also includes door prizes and

raffle items. For additional information about the event, call The Pearl

at 208.610.2846.

GUN & HORN SHOW 2020

07-09

12 to 6pm | 9am to 6pm | 9am to 2pm

Boundary County Fairgrounds

The Kootenai Valley Sportsman Association once again presents

the annual Gun and Horn Show. The 2020 event takes place Friday

through Sunday, February 7 through 9, at the Boundary County

Fairgrounds, and features horn contest, raffles, and vendor booths

where you can buy, sell or trade. Doors will be open noon to 6pm

Friday, 9am to 6pm Saturday, and 9am to 2pm Sunday. General

admission is just $5 (free for children 11 and younger) or free with

your $20 Kootenai Valley Sportsman Association membership. To find

out more, visit KVSportsman.com, or contact Earl at 208.691.5736 or

EIrving@outdrs.net.

FESTIVAL OF HEARTS GALA

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6 to 9pm

Kootenai River Inn

Held at the Kootenai River Inn, Fry Healthcare’s annual Festival of

Hearts Gala aims to raise funds for 3D Mammogram equipment

for Boundary Community Hospital. The gala features a four-course

dinner with wine, dessert dash and live auction. In addition to

participating in funding the 3D Mammogram equipment by attending

the event, the community has the opportunity to help purchase other

necessary technology. This year, donors participating in Fund-an-

Item will be supporting the purchase of the BiPap Ventilator System

for Cardiopulmonary and Emergency use. For more information, call

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