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February 2020 Coeur d'Alene Living Local

FEBRUARY 2020

LIVING LOCAL

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FEBRUARY 2020

Volume 10 Number 2

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DESTINATION WEDDINGS

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biggest questions the newly engaged couple

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wed. February marks our annual wedding

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the knot, we’ve compiled some great choices

that are sure to wow the happy couple and

their guests.

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Tesh Inc.: Providing empowerment through

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Camaraderie in the Woods: Snowmobiling

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WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE REMODELING: PART II

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It seems like everyone is building, remodeling or sprucing up

their homes this year. This is evident in both the lack of available

contractors and subcontractors, but also in 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, 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 is no, ask if they have a suggestion

for someone who can do 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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Have a clear set of expectations and needs

lined out before you start your project.

part of the reason I suggest that the fabricator provide the sink. If they

provided it, then it is their mistake, and they will resolve the issue at no

additional charge to you.

prepared! Doors—both interior and exterior—are similar in scope and

potential issues. Ask questions, and make sure you are working with a

professional!

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

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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.

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To answer this question, you may want to

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• Someone turning age 65 today has an almost

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• The average cost for a private room in a

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Clearly, these numbers are worth thinking

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• Self-insure - You could “self-insure” against

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However, as the above numbers suggest, you’d

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TEACHER OF THE MONTH

By Abigail Thorpe

COUNTRY GIRL

Tim

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Music Teacher

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The Home of the Timberwolves has

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Sandford began his teaching

career 35 years ago and serves as the music

teacher for band, orchestra, stomp, pep band,

marching band, music appreciation and

guitar. A Coeur d’Alene

local, he graduated from

Coeur d’Alene High

School in 1981, when

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his high school band

director to become

a high school music

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In 2004, Lake City High STUDENTS TO GROW IN

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It is a moment in his teaching career that

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Heritage Festival of Seattle and is recognized

for its award-winning arts department.

For Sandford, the most rewarding part of

teaching is the relationships that are formed.

He commits to helping

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their personal best,

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students.

The music program

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On December 20, 2019, President Trump

signed the Setting Every Community

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(SECURE Act). The SECURE Act, which became

effective January 1, 2020, is the most impactful

retirement legislation of the past decade.

The good, the bad, and the ugly

The SECURE Act makes several positive

changes: It increases the required beginning

date (RBD) for required minimum distributions

(RMDs) from your individual retirement

accounts from 70 ½ to 72 years of age, and it

eliminates the age restriction for contributions

to qualified retirement accounts.

The most significant change will affect the

beneficiaries of your retirement accounts:

The SECURE Act will require designated

beneficiaries to withdraw the entire balance of

an inherited retirement account within 10 years

of the account owner’s death.

Under the old law, designated beneficiaries

of inherited retirement accounts could take

distributions over their own life expectancy,

significantly growing the amount of money

in the account. Under the new SECURE Act,

the shorter 10-year timeframe for taking

distributions will result in the acceleration

of income tax due, possibly bumping your

beneficiaries into a higher income tax bracket

causing them to receive less than you initially

anticipated.

What should you do?

In order to protect your hard-earned retirement

accounts and the ones you love, it is important

to take action now. In addition to the tax

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considerations stemming from the SECURE

Act, you might be concerned with protecting

a beneficiary’s inheritance from their own

creditors, future lawsuits and a divorcing spouse.

Depending on the value of your retirement

account, you may have allocated the distribution

of your accounts in a revocable living trust (RLT)

or created a standalone retirement trust (SRT) to

handle your retirement accounts at your death.

Consider additional trusts. If you have not done

so already, it may be beneficial for you to create

a trust to handle your retirement accounts at

your death. A trust is a great tool to address

the potential downfalls to the new mandatory

10-year withdrawal rule under the SECURE

Act and provide continued protection of a

beneficiary’s inheritance.

Review intended beneficiaries. With the changes

to the laws surrounding retirement accounts,

now is a great time to review and confirm your

retirement account information. Whichever

estate planning strategy is appropriate for you,

it is important that your beneficiary designation

forms are filled out correctly and include a trust

or individuals as your primary beneficiary, as

well as contingent beneficiaries.

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L E T

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R U N N

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ANNUAL FUNDRAISER A FAMILY FUN EVENT

By Colin Anderson | Photos by Heather Harmon

You get an extra day of February this year, so why not get a little

extra exercise while at the same time help out a local sports

team. The annual Leprechaun Scurry is being held Saturday,

February 29, at Lake City High School. For many area runners, the

Leprechaun Scurry is a fun way to kick off the upcoming race season

and a good test of how they’ve kept up with their fitness during winter.

Registration for the event is now open. You can sign up online by

visiting RunSignup.com/Race/ID/CoeurdAlene/LeprechaunScurry

or you can grab a paper registration at Lake City High School. The

Scurry includes a 5k run or a 1-mile walk. The cost of the event is $20

for the 5k and $10 for the 1-mile walk/run. An added benefit is that all

proceeds from the race will directly benefit the Lake City cross-country

team. Race funds help with the team’s transportation costs, uniforms,

coaching and more.

While designed as a fun run, the event is timed, and there will be

awards given for overall winners and winners in each age bracket.

These are broken down into multiple categories from male to female

and 7 and younger to 60 and older. There will be food and drink at

the post race gathering as well as additional raffle prizes for those in

attendance. Race results will be posted on the school’s website as well

as at Fleet Feet in Downtown Coeur d’Alene.

The two-loop relatively flat course begins and ends at Lake City High

School. The event goes on no matter the weather, so be prepared for

anything. If you are interested in sponsoring the race or would like to

volunteer, you can email LeprechaunScurry@gmail.com for additional

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Providing Empowerment Through

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TESH INC. HAS IMPACTED THE LIVES OF INDIVIDUALS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

BY TAYLOR SHILLAM | PHOTOS COURTESY OF TESH INC.

Driven by the purpose of providing children, teens and adults with

disabilities with greater skills, choice and opportunity, Tesh Inc.

is a private nonprofit organization that has impacted the Coeur

d’Alene community for decades. Contributing to the self-sufficiency,

employability and community involvement of over 8,000 individuals

with disabilities since 1976, Tesh continues to provide innovative services

in the areas of child development, independent living, adult employment

and skills training.

With the goal of fostering a strong sense of self-esteem, the after-school

program celebrates the unique abilities of each child. The program

supports children at a crucial point in their self-growth and aids

the development of life skills necessary to instill an optimum level of

independence and overall success. The program provides a one-onone

learning opportunity for each child in a positive atmosphere and is

administered both on location at Tesh and in the community to qualified

children of ages 4 to 18.

Tesh is nationally certified by the international Commission on

Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. The mission of CARF is to

promote the quality, value and optimal outcomes of services through a

consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services

centered on enhancing the lives of those served. CARF accreditation

indicates a service provider’s commitment to continual improvement,

encouraging feedback and a dedication to serving the community.

The organization focuses its services on individuals in three program

categories: Child Development, Independent Living and Employment.

Their well-trained staff is ready and available to work with parents,

guardians, caregivers, teachers, school systems and other important

members of an eligible individual’s life.

Their Child Development programs provide support for children with

developmental disabilities throughout the calendar year with their

after-school program, summer camp, and habilitation intervention and

support services.

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Students can continue to stay engaged after the school year with Tesh Inc.’s

summer Camp Independence. With registration now open, the camp

provides a one-on-one setting with coordinated community activities to

provide enjoyment and empowerment in the summer months. Group

activities directed by a life skills coach are also included.

Tesh’s individualized habilitation intervention and support services

encourage the development of positive behavior and skills. Through

positive reinforcement, education and nationally recognized behavior

replacement methods, they focus on encouragement for children with

developmental disabilities who have demonstrated particular behavioral

needs in verbal communication, social interaction, leisure and play skills.

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or in educational settings throughout the Kootenai County community,

including Coeur d’ Alene, Post Falls and Rathdrum school districts. The

administering staff are professionals certified by the Idaho Department

of Health and Welfare, specifically trained in habilitation intervention.

Each professional service provider has hours of experience working with

children with developmental disabilities, up to at least 1,000 hours for

habilitative intervention staff.

Tesh Inc. aids the transition from high school to employment with the

one-year Project SEARCH program, an excellent transition opportunity

for students who have met all academic requirements for graduation.

Located at Kootenai Health, the program combines classroom instruction

with an unpaid internship running the length of a single school year.

Participants receive instruction on independent living and employability

while working with a mentor to ensure their ability to maintain

employment within the community. Internships rotate through three

departments, and participants are consistently engaged in development

activities.

For adults 18 and older, Tesh Inc. provides independent living and

employment programs to assist participants to become active members

of their community. Class options included in the programs include

budgeting, safety skills, meal preparation, task completion and getting

along with others.

Individuals are aided by certified job coaches who use proven

intervention techniques to help develop necessary interpersonal skills

and employment-based abilities. Participants are given direct, handson

assistance, immediate feedback and continued follow-up from

their designated support coach to best prepare them for work in the

community.

Recent high school graduates participate in the Summer Work Program.

Their grant with the Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation gives

them the opportunity to provide job coaching and five weeks of paid

work experience with a local business. Through experiences such as

conducting inventory, packaging and shipping, or filling online orders,

each student gains valuable skills and experience. At participation rates

of about 40 students per summer, Tesh looks forward to aiding more

students in finding work opportunities in the summer of 2020.

For adults, Tesh offers job placement services through Ability Works,

a subsidiary allowing highly qualified staff to match the needs of local

businesses with a client’s skill sets. This provides the business with costeffective

labor solutions, relief for their employment needs, and filling

open positions with a qualified individual. Some individuals who

complete the training have been employed by Tesh Inc. itself.

Additional employment services provided by Tesh Inc. include benefits

counseling, access to an employment network approved and recognized

by the Social Security Administration, pre-employment transition

services and life skills training.

There are numerous opportunities to support the initiatives behind Tesh

Inc. They hold three major fundraising events throughout the calendar

year: The Hangover Handicap Fun Run on New Year’s Day, an auction

event in March, and an October luncheon in which they share their

mission with the community.

This year’s auction event is fast approaching—save the date for Tesh:

Home on the Range, taking place at the Best Western Plus Coeur d’Alene

Inn on March 7 at 5pm. With a promise of food, games and both live and

silent auctions, the event is one the organization looks forward to each

year. To match the theme, jeans and boots are the recommended attire.

To learn more about the available ways to donate and contribute to the

cause behind Tesh Inc., visit their website at TeshInc.com.

Tesh Inc. believes in a community of cohesiveness, inclusion and

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As technology and techniques advance, Nancy is engaged in ongoing

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clients. She invests hundreds of hours, keeping current in all techniques

while expanding her knowledge in the latest equipment and products.

Signature Aesthetics has two locations to better help their clients—in the

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NORTH IDAHO

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SNOWMOBILING AN INCLUSIVE SPORT

BY COLIN ANDERSON | PHOTOS COURTESY OF JACOB HINRICHS

It’s no secret that Northwest people are

typically outdoor people. Our cities and

towns are set in and around nature, and

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

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is something you want to do,” said Clayton

Meserve, president of the Sandpoint Winter

Riders Snowmobile Club. Clayton is also a 15-

year rider who still 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 some amazing sights,” he

said.

The Sandpoint Winter Riders are always on the

lookout for new members, and skill level is never

a requirement. Even if you’ve never been on a

snow machine before, you are welcome to pick

members’ brains, and it’s likely someone will

even be able to give you some basic instruction.

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

take you out for a ride so you can experience it

before investing a lot of money,” said Clayton.

This is a huge advantage, as daily snowmobile

rentals can run in the hundreds of dollars, and

getting set up with your first machine is also a

rather large investment. Just like dirt bikes and

four-wheelers, technology in snowmobiling

continues to improve year in, year out.

Snowmobiles can be designed for the comforts

of riding groomed flat trails or stripped down

while bulked up to tackle the deep snow and

big bumps of backcountry riding. A new Ski-

Doo or Polaris model typically starts in the

$6,000 to $8,000 range before upgrades and

customizing high-end units can get you north

of $15,000. Still, there will always be used

equipment, which can be purchased for much

less, and groups like Sandpoint Winter Riders

or Boundary 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

to this thrilling sport, but risks can be mitigated

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 get-together 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 friends and the adrenaline that you get from riding off trail,” said

Jacob. “When I snowmobile, it is what I consider to be a stress-free time.”

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Early morning training sessions, long

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For junior Drew Roberts, it’s all worth it.

Just 17 years old, Drew

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he does he uses the loss as motivation the next

time around. “Losing would be the biggest

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improving so it doesn’t happen again,” he said.

Drew enjoys wrestling because of how tough

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It would be easy for Drew to rest on what

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Drew knows that to reach his goals he will

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For Lake City High School senior

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“One life lesson I have learned is that you can’t

control a lot of things in life, but one thing

you can control is how you act. If a ref makes

a call you don’t agree with, you can either get

mad about it and let that affect you, or you can

shake it off and do better the next play,” she

said.

Madison is enrolled in the dual credit program

at North Idaho College, so she will graduate

high school with an associate degree in hand.

She’s also looking forward to

competing once again in the

State Business Professionals

of America (BPA) gathering.

In the fall she plans on

enrolling at Boise State,

where she won’t be playing

at the collegiate level but

plans on continuing to stay

active through intramural sports. As someone

who enjoys math and numbers, she plans on

studying accounting and is considering law

school sometime in the future as well.

Looking back, Madison is very thankful for all

that athletics has provided her. “I enjoy sports

a lot because being part of a team is a very fun

experience. My teammates have always been

fun to play with, and I’ve made some of my

best friends from the teams I have been on.”

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If you haven’t yet visited the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, you might

not consider a visit to the library to be an occasion. You may associate

library visits with the standard image of dusty textbooks, a quiet

atmosphere—and perhaps not much more.

On the other hand, if you have stepped through the doors of Coeur

d’Alene’s impressive two-story downtown public library, odds are you’ve

found yourself immediately immersed in much more than searching for

books. With your first step into the building, you take in its high ceilings,

spacious aisles and the appearance of never-ending nooks and hallways,

and it becomes clear that a lot more than reading happens in the building.

The library prides itself on being a core component of the local Coeur

d’Alene community. According to a statement of the library’s history

compiled by its dedicated staff, the Coeur d’Alene Public Library exists

because of community support. It was born out of a need recognized by a

local club and built from contributions of the citizens of the city.

The first Coeur d’Alene Public Library opened its doors in 1905, in

the store of E.B. Keller and Company, located two doors east of the

intersection of Fourth Street and Sherman Avenue. The store owners

donated three shelves, and the library had limited hours of operation:

from 2 to 4pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

In its current location on Front Avenue, which opened to the public in

2007, the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is now open seven days a week.

The library is a fully integrated partner of the Cooperative Information

Network. CIN patrons can access their accounts online to place holds

on items and to request materials be delivered to their home library

from other CIN libraries. The consortium of North Idaho and Eastern

Washington libraries shares an impressive catalog of nearly 500,000

items.

Now boasting significantly more than three shelves, the Coeur d’Alene

Public Library has two floors, an ever-growing list of available resources,

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THE LIBRARY PRIDES ITSELF ON BEING A

CORE COMPONENT OF THE LOCAL

COEUR D’ALENE COMMUNITY.

and a beautiful space where events and community gatherings occur on

just about every day of the week.

With a glance at the library’s monthly calendar of events, you’ll catch

a glimpse of event titles like LEGO Club, Learn Japanese, Teen D&D

and Saturday with the Symphony, where children were able to get up

close and personal with musicians from the Coeur d’Alene Symphony

Orchestra. With the calendar’s happenings color-coded by age, you

can tell right away that the library is a place that people of all ages can

genuinely enjoy.

Youths and teenagers alike gather at the library throughout each day of

the week, not only to read and study but for experiences like themed

storytime sessions, club meetings and teen movie nights.

The thought and care the library takes to make each experience special

is immediately clear. They host themed events like Pajama Week and

Forest Friends Story Time, encouraging young children to connect to

the natural world.

No age group is excluded from the library’s event calendar. Adults can

participate in seminars sponsored by community partners, such as a free

Homebuying 101 workshop with STCU, where home ownership tips

and a free meal are provided.

Some events even extend into the downtown community, such as the

Literary Trivia Night, which held its first round January 21 at the Crown

and Thistle. The trivia competition is based in teams of four, with the

opportunity to win prizes and enjoy food and beverages. The Crown and

Thistle donated back a percentage of food and beverage purchases from

the evening to the Library Foundation.

Musicians can find each other at the library at the North Roots Music

Jam, a circle-style jam session that features folk, Celtic and Scandinavianstyle

music. Held in the library’s Community Room on the last Tuesday

of each month, the jam sessions are open to participants and listeners

alike. Participants bring their own instruments and music to share and

are free to provide music suggestions for others to lead.

In addition to their unique events, the library provides an extensive

list of resources to the community that allow reading, information and

technology to be increasingly accessible.

With your library account, you can easily access and download ebooks

for two weeks at a time. For those who prefer to travel lighter, the

downloads provide the benefit of a good read without the need to carry

around any extra bulk.

Members are welcome to use the provided computer services like

internet access on 40 filtered internet workstations equipped with highspeed

internet and Microsoft Office programs, along with printing,

scanning and research tools. Additional unique services provided by the

library include free 3D printing, access to public meeting spaces and the

ability to “Book a Librarian” to get your technical questions answered in

a one-on-one session.

The library provides a modern, convenient way to access books, movies

and shows through their entertainment rentals. Patrons can check out a

Kindle or a Roku streaming product loaded with movies, Netflix, Disney

Plus and Hulu. Library patrons can even take home a wireless hotspot

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for the ability to access the internet from anywhere

that T-Mobile provides service: at home, at work,

even on the road.

Those who set a New Year’s resolution to dive into

more reading with the start of the new year can

reach their goal with the adult Reading Challenge

that runs through May 31.

The goal of the challenge is to motivate readers

to break out of their usual reading routine; to

explore different genres and read 10 “new-to-you”

books in the new year. Audiobooks and ebooks

are included! Readers can track their efforts on

the back of a 2020 Reading Challenge bookmark

provided by the library. They can then return their

completed bookmarks for a finisher button and an

entrance into the prize drawing.

Teens can contribute to their own New Year’s

reading goals with Winter Reading Bingo. Now

through February 29, teens can participate in

the Bingo game with cards provided by the

library. They can win books along the way, and

a completed Bingo card grants them entry into a

raffle drawing for a Kindle Tablet.

At any time throughout the year, visitors can join

the Pageturners Book Club, a volunteer-run adult

program that meets on the fourth Wednesday of

every month in the library’s Community Room.

Its intention is to provide the setting for scholarly

discussions on the appointed book of the month,

which is selected by a book club committee and

is drawn from a wide variety of both fiction and

nonfiction.

Beyond its clubs and services, the Coeur d’Alene

Public Library has further extended its reach

to become even more accessible, with a branch

library at Lake City High School. The branch

stays open for students after school hours and

includes many of the same features as its home

base, including electronic rentals and the ability

for students to pick up books on hold. The library

hopes to open an additional branch in the new

Northwest Expedition Academy, set to open in

September.

Opportunities to dive into new corners of

literature and share the joy of reading with others

are in no shortage for patrons of the Coeur d’Alene

Public Library—they certainly make sure of that.

The library has two organized support groups who

gratefully accept donations from the community to

be contributed to various projects and programs.

To donate to the Coeur d’Alene Public Library,

sign up to volunteer or access a full list of services

and events, visit their website at CdALibrary.org.

It can be easy to fall into some of the stereotypes

associated with libraries, but a visit to the Coeur

d’Alene Public Library and they all fall away. When

you’re welcomed with community, opportunities

to learn and the resources to grow, “library” takes

on a whole new definition.

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A HIGHER CALLING

WAR IN IRAQ SPARKS NIC STUDENT’S JOURNEY | BY MAUREEN DOLAN

Ayad and Brittany Saleh stop for a photo while visiting a refugee camp in

Iraq. The couple were not yet married, and Brittany, a nurse from Coeur

d’Alene who works at Kootenai Health, was on a mission helping in the

intensive care unit of an emergency field hospital outside Mosul.

Ayad Saleh, a Mosul native who worked with an

American relief organization during his country’s war

with ISIS, poses in Iraq with two Iraqi police trainees.

With ISIS insurgents moving closer and closer to their

home in Mosul, Ayad Saleh and his family left their

house and joined thousands of their neighbors heading

for safety outside the city.

It was 2014, and the Iraqi Army was about to be defeated at Mosul. The

city was about to fall to ISIS.

“I was walking and walking and walking, and I looked behind me, and

I saw the people, and I saw the city, and the bullets, and the explosions,”

said Saleh, now 23 and a Coeur d’Alene resident studying at North Idaho

College to earn his GED.

What he saw that night was also a call to action for Saleh, prompting

him to pray.

“I said, ‘God, please just be with those people, and I’m sure there’s going

to be a war, so please send me to those people to help them with whatever

I can,’” Saleh said. “… I want to be part of the liberation that’s going to

happen in this area.”

After escaping Mosul and resettling in Erbil, a city about 50 miles east in

Iraq’s Kurdistan province, Saleh found that because of the war with ISIS,

he was unable to complete high school and earn his diploma.

“I tried to go to school, but it was not very good,” Saleh said. “There were

no teachers and no materials, so I quit school and went to work with

Samaritan’s Purse.”

An evangelical Christian relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse helps

meet the needs of people around the world who are victims of war,

famine, natural disasters and disease.

While working for the nonprofit, Saleh met the woman he would marry,

Brittany, a nurse who lived in Coeur d’Alene and worked at Kootenai

Health. She was also doing work for Samaritan’s Purse in a field hospital

where Saleh worked in security. The couple became engaged and married

in the spring of 2019, after Saleh moved to the U.S.

Today, Saleh is attending classes at NIC’s Adult Education Center, striving

to earn his GED so he can work for the U.S. military.

Laura Umthun, director of the Adult Education Center at NIC, said Saleh

has faced obstacles and barriers in his life that most people in the U.S.

will never experience.

“With earnest perseverance and discipline, Ayad is now studying to pass

the difficult GED battery of tests,” Umthun said. “This will give him the

opportunity to live out his future vision he had for himself as he fled

Mosul with this family, to help and protect people from all walks of life.”

Saleh hopes to have his general equivalency diploma by February.

He recalled returning to Mosul for a visit while working at the field

hospital and taking a walk along the city streets.

People recognized him as “the security guy who worked at the American

hospital.” They hugged him, and one man thanked him for helping save

his son’s life.

“Then I realized that God really responded to my prayer,” Saleh said.

“And I did what I really wanted to do.”

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As we age, health maintenance concerns become more prominent

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Since 1946, the World Health Organization (WHO) has defined health as “a

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between disease and well-being, recently termed in the scientific literature

as suboptimal health status (SHS). Suboptimal health is characterized as

the self-perception of health complaints, general weakness and low energy

within a three-month period. This health state is unfortunately common to

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Western medicine typically does not address this “in-between” stage of

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However, treating health imbalances before they manifested into physical

form has been the main tenet of Chinese medicine for over 2000 years.

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Overwhelmed by your routine

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THE EVOLUTION OF FUNCTIONAL

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APPROACHES INTO HEALTH CARE

BY SCOTT PORTER

treating a symptom with its opposite. The term has never been

fully accepted, as conventional medicine incorporates additional

practices.

Conventional medicine was typically viewed as a system comprised

of licensed medical doctors, and other practitioners, who perform

investigative testing, diagnose diseases, create treatment plans,

perform procedures such as surgery or radiation, and manage

prescriptive medications.

A key requirement to being recognized as part of this establishment

became state licensure and formal certification by a national medical

board. Some practitioners who were once considered alternative

are now given licenses to work with patients and can even accept

insurance payments. This includes osteopaths, chiropractors and

midwives.

Today a health-care provider could be a doctor or nurse practitioner,

a dentist, clinical psychologist, optometrist, clinical social worker or

anyone else that is authorized by the State to practice. In some states

this now includes oriental medicine, acupuncture and homeopathy.

Idaho just last year officially recognized naturopaths as licensed

practitioners.

Besides incorporating practices that were once considered

alternative, aspects of Western medicine evolved in philosophy

and have become more holistic in general. Instead of only treating

disease using conventional procedures and drugs, some practitioners

in mainstream medicine began referring to other modalities such

as natural remedies, mind-body therapies, homeopathy, and body

movement or manipulation.

A style of medicine called “integrative” began gathering momentum

in the 1990s to incorporate these modalities. Andrew Weil is one of

its more recognized proponents. It was founded on integrating the

best of conventional medicine and the best of alternative medicine.

Today, the American Board of Physician Specialties offers legitimate

certification for a specialty in integrative medicine right along with

surgery, dermatology and internal medicine.

Embracing the philosophies of integrative medicine, some

practitioners wanted to emphasize the science behind identifying

underlying causes of disease while still treating the individual as a

whole rather than treating the disease. Thus, the style of “functional”

medicine arose.

We’ve evolved a long way since the 1970s when the term “alternative”

started becoming popularized to describe some forms of medicine.

Today we can find terms such as integrative and functional to

describe evolving styles of health care.

Instead of solely adapting to the word alternative, those who were not comfortable

with the notion of being against other forms of medicine started using the term

“complementary.” But this did not fit within the entire industry, and soon the

terms merged into “complementary and alternative” medicine.

Because the Eastern styles of Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine of

India were considered unconventional or alternative, the term “Western” arose

to describe the more modern health-care system that had become mainstream.

Other terms arose like “conventional” and “allopathic.”

The term allopathic was coined in the 1800s by a German physician named

Samuel Hahnemann. He thought it described well the practice at the time of

Founded in concept by Jeffrey Bland and popularized by Mark

Hyman, functional medicine is less about integrating other

modalities and more about looking at epigenetic, environmental,

dietary and biochemical influences on chronic disease. Practitioners

ask why this person is ill at this time and what are the root causes of

this disease.

Treatment plans arising from a functional or integrative approach

to medicine will incorporate conventional therapies, procedures

and drugs as well as recommendations for modifications in diet,

nutrition, environment, lifestyle, thinking, movement and sleep.

Due to continued evolution, it’s hard to find the boundaries between

integrative and functional medicine. Driven by consumer acceptance

and demand, many conventional medicine practitioners have also

incorporated much of what these schools of thought advocate,

contributing to a more encompassing approach to medicine—

regardless of what you call it.

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

Center for Functional Nutrition at Sandpoint Super Drug.

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What seemed like months of having the flu

dragged her down. Then came the migraine

headaches. She also had some blood in her

stool. As her provider worked to discover what

was wrong, LeAyn underwent tests and visited

various specialists.

The North Idaho woman in her late 40s was

asked to give a stool sample. Then a colonoscopy

was ordered—much to her shock, she had colon

cancer.

“It’s been an emotional rollercoaster for me,”

says LeAyn. “I was stunned when I was told I

was going to be taking chemo and or radiation

and maybe miss out on my grandbabies.

“I had surgery in September, and they got it all.

My biggest fear was going to have a colostomy

bag for the rest of life. I didn’t want that.”

It’s essential for men and women to get colon

screenings, says Melissa Burns-Price, PA-C,

with Heritage Health.

“Screening for colon cancer can detect

precancerous lesions before they turn into

cancer,” says Burns-Price. “If cancer is

detected early, treatments are more likely to

result in complete resolution. In LeAyn’s case,

a colonoscopy detected a localized tumor

that required only local colon resection for

treatment. Because it was caught early, she did

not need to undergo chemotherapy or radiation

treatment.”

According to the American Cancer Society,

colorectal cancer kills more than 50,000 people

annually. Many of those deaths could have been

prevented with early screening.

“Have it done,” says LeAyn. “It could save your

life. It’s slow-growing cancer, and the faster they

can catch it, the faster they can get rid of it.”

Patients without a personal or family history of

colon cancer or colon polyps are at average risk

for colon cancer, and screening should begin at

age 50. Patients with first-degree relatives who

had colon cancer or polyps are at increased risk

and should be screened more frequently, usually

starting 10 years before the family member’s age

at diagnosis.

The FIT test can be performed in the comfort

of the home and returned to the physician’s

office for processing. Cologuard is another noninvasive

test that can be performed at home.

While the FIT test must be performed annually,

Cologuard can be completed every three years

if the test is negative. If either test is positive,

a colonoscopy would need to be performed to

confirm or exclude a diagnosis of colon cancer.

“While colonoscopy remains the gold standard

for colon cancer screening, tests such as

Cologuard and fecal occult blood testing are

good initial options for individuals with average

risk,” says Burns-Price. “If a colonoscopy is

negative, the test can be repeated once every 10

years. If precancers or colon polyps are found, a

colonoscopy should be repeated every three to

five years.”

LeAyn knows she has to be vigilant and get

tested regularly for the rest of her life.

“Don’t be afraid to get the testing done,” says

LeAyn. “Most people don’t want to go through

the procedure. It’s not as bad as you think; it’s

like taking a nap. It can save your life.”

Ask your health-care provider about your risk

for colon cancer and what screening test is

best for you. To schedule an appointment, call

208.620.5250.

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“THE BEST PLACE

TO BE”

Shriners patients praise experience

at Spokane hospital

BY DAN THOMPSON

PHOTOS COURTESY OF SHRINERS

HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN

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

some, the idea is that she won’t have to be in for a long

stay at Shriners again.

Brenda and 12-year-old daughter Carsyn came

to Shriners last summer under much different

circumstances. Carsyn, a soccer and basketball player,

suffered a foot injury a year ago, in January 2019, and

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

these different answers,” Brenda said. Some thought

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

perhaps her growth plate had been damaged. She was

in a cast six days a week and would take it off to play,

managing the pain, Brenda said.

“She was six days in the boot and one day out of

the boot, just because [we thought] it was a strain,”

Brenda said.

But her foot kept swelling up, and Carsyn told her

mom, “I promise, there’s something really wrong with

my foot.”

By that point, Brenda was feeling pretty down about

the whole situation and wondered if they would ever

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

ever fully heal.

“You feel a little bit hopeless,” said Brenda, who herself

is an athlete and also suffers from multiple sclerosis.

“They

know kids,

and they

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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.”

PHOTO BY DAN THOMPSON

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.

“[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.

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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

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

has ever had.

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DESTINATION

weddings

ALL THE PLACES TO SAY “I DO”

By Abigail Thorpe

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.

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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

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.

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

the summer crowds.

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.

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

August is a nice attraction but makes for a busy weekend.

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Washington winery tours

A TASTY SIP THROUGH THE COLUMBIA VALLEY

BY ABIGAIL THORPE | PHOTO COURTESY OF ARBOR CREST WINERY

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 TO PLEASE

BY TAYLOR SHILLAM

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.

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

newlyweds in your life.

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 hands-on 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 Sonoma

IPA Craft Beer Kit ($49.99) and 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 savors their craft

brews, provide something that the nearest

brewery can’t: a recipe uniquely their own.

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 well-kept 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.

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FOR THE COUPLE WITH A GREEN-

THUMB MINDSET BUT A LOW-

MAINTENANCE LIFESTYLE, consider

this membership. Sometimes you have the

best intentions to keep a plant alive, but

other priorities arise. Life gets in the way.

But should people who fall in this category

be rendered unable to brighten their home

with greenery? This is where the hardto-kill

plant club comes in. The monthly

subscription is “designed as a program to

put your plant-related anxieties at ease.”

They start you off with a hard-to-kill plant

(low maintenance), then slowly introduces

you to more exotic species with enhanced

instructions on their care. Starting at $25

per month, the memberships are highly

customizable, include non-toxic plants and

hand-painted terra cotta pot, and offer a noobligation

way to ease into the capability of

keeping another being alive. Now there’s a

habit some newlyweds could benefit from.

Full details on memberships can be found

at HeyHorti.com.

FOR THE THRILL SEEKERS, give them an

exciting experience they can do together,

such as skydiving. There aren’t many gifts

more valuable than the impactful memory

of a shared experience. For the couple

who seems up for anything and are always

pushing their limits, skydiving together is

likely on their to-do list—and what better

way to help them jump into married life?

With deals on Groupon and specialty

skydiving locations popping up more

frequently, it’s easier than you think to give

the gift of some time in the sky.

FOR THE MOVIE BUFFS, consider a

projector to take those “We’re just staying in

with a movie” nights to the next level. Perfect

for the couple who thrives on Oscar nods,

Rotten Tomatoes scores and Sundance film

releases, you can treat them to a movie night

in that will have the same feel of a theater

experience. A projector doesn’t have to break

the bank, with affordable options available

from Walmart, Amazon, Kohl’s and more,

but it can contribute to incredible memories

and a way to evolve their shared passion for

movies. Activities from cozy winter nights

in to outdoor movies on warm summer

evenings all become possible—and more

fun—when you own a projector.

Finding a wedding gift that will be enjoyed

and appreciated can be very difficult. It’s

even harder when the married couple-tobe

already seems to have everything they

could want or need. By targeting their unique

interests, hobbies and values, you can narrow

down your search to a few wedding gift

options that make a lasting impact in the

memories they create.

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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

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THE EPIC VIEWS FROM THE SEA

TO SKY HIGHWAY LEADING TO

WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, ARE

SOME OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD.

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

WhistlerBlackcomb.com

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,

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.

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Your local Dining Guide

PRESENTED BY

www.NorthwestSizzle.com

RECIPES LOCAL FLAVOR SPOTLIGHTS

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CHOCOLATE

ALMOND CAKE

Recipe and Photo Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP

Have your cake and eat it too with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day without

missing out on sweet bold chocolate flavor.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Servings: 16 servings

This recipe is grain free, sugar free and keto friendly.

INGREDIENTS:

Cake:

2 1/4 cups almond flour

2/3 cup Dutch cocoa

1/4 cup coconut flour

1/4 cup unflavored whey protein powder

1 tbsp. instant coffee

1 tbsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. Himalayan pink salt

1 cup butter softened

1 cup Erythritol granular sweetener

5 large eggs, room temperature

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. almond extract

1/2 cup whipping cream

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup Disaronno liquor

Butter Glaze:

5 tbsp. butter

2 tbsp. Erythritol confectioners’ sweetener

2 tbsp. Disaronno liquor

1 tsp. almond extract

Garnish:

3/4 cup toasted almonds

1 tbsp. Erythritol confectioner’s sweetener

METHOD:

• Preheat oven to 325˚ F. Grease a Bundt cake pan well with butter and then

dust with a few tablespoons of almond flour.

• In a small sauté pan, toast almonds over medium heat until golden. Remove

from heat and set aside.

• In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, cocoa, coconut flour, whey

protein, instant coffee, baking powder and salt. Break up any clumps.

• In a large bowl, beat the butter and the sweetener together until light and

creamy. Beat in the eggs one at a time and vanilla and almond extract. Beat

in the almond flour mixture and then beat in the whipping cream, water and

liquor until well combined.

• Transfer the batter to the prepared baking pan and smooth the top. Bake 50 to

60 minutes until the cake is firm to the touch. A toothpick inserted in the center

should come out clean.

• For the butter glaze: In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and

sweetener. Whisk until well combined and sweetener has dissolved. Remove

from heat. Whisk in liquor almond extract

• While the cake is still warm and in the pan, poke holes all over with a skewer.

Pour the glaze over and let cool completely in the pan.

• Gently loosen the sides with a knife or thin rubber spatula, and then flip out

onto a serving platter. Top cake with toasted slivered almonds and dust with

powdered sweetener.

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Waterfront Views

Live Music

An Experience

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

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SWEET LOU’S RESTAURANT

AND TAP HOUSE

American fare with a twist. Ribs (pork or bison) smoked in house. Unique

burger menu featuring burgers made from ground top sirloin, topped with

pulled pork, hand-battered onion rings or jalapenos. 32 beers on tap to

enjoy while watching the game on one of their 24, 4K TVs.

601 E. Front St. Ste. 101 | Coeur d’Alene

208.667.1170 | SweetLousIdaho.com

f SweetLousCDA

Browse, Eat, Relax, Enjoy

A shopping and culinary experience awaits

By Jillian Chandler

Photos by Owen Aird

The Culinary Stone has been serving the Coeur d’Alene

community for six years now, and exciting things are

happening!

Be sure to stop by their neighborhood boutique deli for

artisan deli meats and cheeses. They invite you to take

a seat and enjoy great food. Try their delicious gourmet

sandwiches, salads and homemade soups, all made to order!

CALYPSOS COFFEE

At Calypsos you’ll find a combination of amazing coffee, which they roast

on site, ice cream, fantastic food and live music on a regular basis. They

display artwork from local artists, offer free Wi-Fi, have a play area for the

kids and also offer a Smart Room for meeting rentals!

116 E. Lakeside Ave. | Coeur d’Alene

208.665.0591 | CalypsosCoffee.com

If you are looking for that perfect charcuterie or veggie

platter for a party or special event that is not only tasty but

a work of art, The Culinary Stone is read to make it happen.

Just call or stop in. And don’t forget about their café featuring

artisan breads, European pastries and cakes.

Each week, area chefs invite you to pull up a seat at one of

The Culinary Stone’s cooking classes, where you will learn

to create new delicious meals that you can share with others,

all while engaging with new friends. They also host weekly

wine tastings, so you can explore new wines to pair with your

meals at home.

The Deli is open 10:30am to 6pm Monday through Saturday,

10:30am to 5pm Sunday; while The Cafe is open 7:30am to

5:30pm Monday through Saturday, 10:30am to 5pm Sunday.

Enjoy an experience you won’t find anywhere else … at The

Culinary Stone. And ... be sure to stop by to find that perfect

gift for your valentine.

Culinary Stone

2129 Main Street | Coeur d’Alene

208.277.4116 | CulinaryStone.com

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MAX AT MIRABEAU

Join MAX at Mirabeau for an unforgettable experience. You’ll be treated

to eclectic cuisine, an award-winning menu with more than 100 items, a

wine list boasting more than 500 labels and 75 eclectic cocktails—a perfect

match for everything on the menu. Enjoy two happy hours daily, a-la-carte

brunch featuring multiple benedicts, mimosas and the area’s best Bloody

Mary Bar—starting at only $5.90 per person! There’s live music on Friday

and Saturday evenings, and late-night dining with a full menu is offered

until close. Open daily at 6am.

1100 N. Sullivan Rd. | Spokane Valley

509.922.6252 | MAXatMirabeau.com


FILL YOUR FREEZER TODAY!

Learn more about our packages and specials by visiting our website or speaking with a specialist.

WHOLE, HALVES AND QUARTER CUTS OF YOUR FAVORITE BEEF AND PORK OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE TODAY!

Stop in for all of your home cooking essentials from Wood Chips for Home Smokers,

Select Sauces, Rubs and everything in between! Large selection of American-Made

Smokers, Grills and Locally Made Fire Pits.

Tim’s Special Cut Meats, Inc

.

Come see us at our NEW LOCATION!

525 N. Graffiti St. • Post Falls, ID 83854 • 208.772.3327

YOUR OLD-FASHION BUTCHER SHOP...

Sweet Lou’s Restaurant & Bar

Hwy 95 N Ponderay | 208.263.1381

Come hungry, Stay late, Eat well!

www.sweetlousidaho.com

Sweet Lou’s Restaurant & TAP HOUSE

601 Front Ave. 208.667.1170 | DOWNTOWN Cda

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THE PORCH PUBLIC HOUSE

A beautiful golf-course view without the cost of joining the

country club. They offer a full menu of sandwiches, salads,

soups and specialties prepared from scratch without the

high price of fine dining, and the region’s finest cocktails,

microbrews and wines to accompany your meal. Feel at home

in the comfortable pub-style dining room or the fantastic

outdoor dining area. Open daily at 11am year round. Photo by

Lauren Denos, Adventure Bound Media.

1658 E. Miles Ave. | Hayden

208.772.7111 | WeDontHaveOne.com

MOON TIME

Serving some of the best food around in a comfortable pub-style

atmosphere. The menu offers soups, sandwiches, pastas, salads

and other specialties prepared from scratch daily, along with a

fantastic selection of micro-brewed beers and fine wines by the

glass and bottle. Open daily at 11am, the kitchen is open late

every night. Be sure to stop in Thursday night for live music

featuring national and local artists. For more information

including photos, menu, specials and directions, make sure to

visit their website.

1602 Sherman Ave. | Coeur d’Alene

208.667.2331 | WeDontHaveOne.com

FISHERMAN’S MARKET

DELICIOUS FOOD & FUN COCKTAILS

41 Lakeshore Drive, Sagle, ID

Next to the Lodge at Sandpoint

A local favorite for an array of reasons, including the friendly

staff, unbeatable atmosphere and phenomenal food. Voted best

seafood in Coeur d’Alene 2012, 2013 and 2014. Their menu includes

salads, fishwiches, taste of baja, fish and chips, smoked

fish, fresh sushi bar and fresh fish market with live shell fish

and lobster.

215 W. Kathleen | Coeur d’Alene

208.664.4800 | FishermansMarketCdA.com

315 MARTINIS AND TAPAS

At 315, guests will be treated to a full dinner menu and tapas

using fresh and seasonal food, more than 50 hand-crafted

martinis using the best natural ingredients, great wine, beer

and a variety of non-alcoholic beverages. Guests can choose

to dine in the large dining room, comfortable lounge, at the

bar our outdoors on their expansive patio. 315 offers nightly

specials and food and drink pairings weekly, and live music

on Tuesday night! The Greenbriar Inn also offers getaway and

elopement packages. Open Tuesday - Saturday 3:15pm - close.

315 Wallace Ave. | Coeur d’Alene

208.667.9660 | 315MartinisandTapas.com

FORTY-ONE SOUTH

OPEN 7 NIGHTS A WEEK

208.265.2000

41SouthSandpoint.com

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. A variety of delicious food year-round.

Reservations recommended.

41 Lakeshore Dr. | Sagle

208.265.2000 | 41SouthSandpoint.com

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SHOGA SUSHI BAR

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! Beautiful waterfront dining

with spectacular sunset views. Professional and courteous

service. On Wedsnday nights it’s buy one Sushi Roll get one

half off! Enjoy a delicious meal while taking in the beautiful

waterfront and spectacular sunset views.

41 Lakeshore Dr. | Sagle

208.265.2001 | ShogaSushi.com

Shopping. Dining. Take-Out.

MOONDOLLARS BISTRO

Moondollars Bistro is known for their burgers,

accompanied by scratch-made bread and soups. They

uses only fresh ingredients, which are the backbone

of this customer favorite. With a comfortable, friendly

atmosphere, awesome food, great service, huge patio

and full bar there is always something to keep customers

coming back for more.

609 N. Syringa St. | Post Falls | 208.777.7040

5416 W. Village Blvd. | Rathdrum

208.687.5396 | MoondollarsBistro.com

ANGELO’S RISTORANTE

“There is no substitution for quality. Our food is organic

and prepared from scratch.” Authentic Italian cuisine.

Guaranteed best steaks in town. Catering and private

cooking classes available with Chef Angelo. DINNER FOR

2 & A BOTTLE OF WINE $65. Choose from 15 Entrees

and 10 Bottles of Wine. Open 7 days a week from 4 to 10pm.

846 N. Fourth St. | Coeur d’Alene

208.765.2850 | AngelosRistorante.net

JUNIOR’S BBQ

Enjoy North Idaho’s best barbecue at Junior’s, where guests

are treated to bold backyard flavor. Whether you dine in,

take out or need catering, you will not be disappointed,

and ordering is simple. Choose a sandwich, taco or salad.

Next choose your meat, then your choice of fixin’s, from

Granny’s baked beans, Mamma’s mashed taters, smothered

green beans, coleslaw or pig tail fries. Top it all off with

Hillbilly Habanero or Junior’s Original sauce.

85 W. Prairie Shopping Ctr. | Hayden

JuniorsBarbecue.com

TIM’S SPECIAL CUT MEATS

Tim’s Special Cut Meats is your perfect, old-fashioned

butcher shop. The friendly staff is ready to help you pick out

the perfect cut. Tim’s carries only the finest natural meats

and also handles custom orders, with an extensive line

of house-made products from pickled garlic to specialty

sauces, marinades, rubs and salsas. Mobile butchering and

wild game processing are also available.

525 N. Graffiti St. | Post Falls

208.772.3327 | fTimsSpecialCutMeats

TimsSpecialCutMeats.com

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Let us help you

escape the cold!

Be a chef at home or dine with us!

• Fresh Fish Market and Sushi Bar

• Smoked Fish

• 12 different kinds of fish and chips

208.664.4800

Mon-Sat 11am-8pm

215 W. Kathleen, Coeur d’Alene

Locally Owned & Operated

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coeur d’alene

ENTERTAINMENT

Check out what is going

on in Coeur d’Alene this

February!

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&

Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 7pm - 10pm

The Greyhound Park & Event Center

$45 per person

Over 85 Wineries, Microbreweries and Restaurants.

Wine, Microbrew, Hard Ciders, Hot & Cold Appetizers & Desserts.

Silent Auction | Live Entertainment | Wine Tree Raffle

Tickets include all food, wine, beer, cider

and complimentary wine glass or beer stein.

MUST BE 21 YEARS OLD TO ATTEND.

Tickets available online at www.pfefwsd.org

& these Post Falls locations:

Columbia Bank

Mt. West Bank

Yokes

Super 1 Foods

Post Fall Brewing

Post Falls School Dist. Office

Post Falls Chamber Office

Selkrik Abbey Brewing

Washington Trust Bank

For more information, call Val Wilcox 208.691.4675

THANK YOU TO OUR MAJOR SPONSORS

8 CONCERTS FOR $299

*!

THE FESTIVAL AT SANDPOINT

AUGUST 6 - 16, 2020

LINEUP ANNOUNCED APRIL 1ST!

FESTIVALATSANDPOINT.COM • 208.265.4554

* PLUS TAX & CITY PARKS FEE

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HEARTS

FOR

HOMES

Annual Habitat for Humanity

Sweethearts Ball

By Abigail Thorpe

FEBRUARY

14

THIS VALENTINE’S DAY, HABITAT FOR HUMANITY IS INVITING PEOPLE

TO “OPEN THEIR HEARTS FOR HOMES” AT THE 11TH ANNUAL

SWEETHEARTS BALL SUPPORTING THE NORTH IDAHO HABITAT FOR

HUMANITY. “This is our biggest fundraiser for the year for Habitat for

Humanity,” says Rebekah Paragamian, event coordinator for Habitat

for Humanity of North Idaho.

Sweethearts come in many forms—significant others, friends,

family—and all are welcome to the night of festivities which includes

a delicious surf and turf buffet dinner and entertainment. The event

kicks off at 5pm and offers a full Valentine’s Day experience so you

can come and enjoy without the hassle, including free giveaways, a

silent and live auction, and his and hers pop-up boutiques to find the

perfect gift together. Even the fresh rose centerpieces will be available

for purchase to take home at the end of the event, and a live DJ from

9pm to midnight is the perfect excuse to get on the dance floor.

Most importantly, all funds raised go to support the local Habitat for

Humanity, providing homes for those without throughout the Coeur

d’Alene area. “Every year we raise more funds,” says Paragamian.

“The more funds we raise the more families we are able to help.” This

year the local nonprofit has changed from building individual family

homes to multiplexes. “Instead of helping one or two families as we

have in the past, we’ll be helping 12 families,” adds Paragamian. “It

greatly affects their lives and their children’s lives.”

The event, held at Best Western Plus Coeur d’Alene Inn, offers a fun

night of good food, entertainment and a chance to contribute to

a wonderful cause. “My favorite part has been seeing the growth of

the event, which is also hand in hand with the growth of Habitat for

Humanity,” says Paragamian. “I love the excitement, I love seeing the

people that come back every year, and I also love the new people that

come and the zeal they have for Habitat for Humanity.”

Tickets are $60 per person and include an all-you-can-eat surf and turf

buffet. Purchase in advance online (search 11th Annual Sweethearts

Ball on Facebook, where you will find ticket link) or in person at the

corporate office.

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THE CHOCOLATE AFFAIR

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5 to 8pm

The Resort Plaza Shops

HOTTEST HAPPENINGS

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February

Hosted by the Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association, don’t miss

Coeur d’Alene’s premier chocolate tasting event and competition

set for Friday, February 7. From 5 to 8pm, grab your valentine or

friends for an evening out and sample delicious chocolate treats at

more than a dozen locations with the option of the perfect wine

pairings. Tickets can only be purchased online at EventBrite.com

(no tickets will be sold at the door the day of the event). Tickets

are $15 for chocolate tastings only (at every location) or $25 for

chocolate tastings (at every location) plus seven wine tastings. Pick

up your wristband at the Plaza Shops downtown and get sampling.

3RD ANNUAL COEUR D’ALENE FOOD

& WINE FESTIVAL

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Event Times Vary

Coeur d’Alene Resort

The third annual Coeur d’Alene Food and Wine Festival is set for

February 7 through 9. Held at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, this is an

event that food and wine lovers will not want to miss, offering three

indulgent days of wine tasting seminars, intimate luncheons with

hand-selected wine pairings, unforgettable award-winning chef

dinners and much more. Exquisite wines from the best of Walla

Walla Valley and other Pacific Northwest wineries coupled with

delicious foods are sure to warm you up in the midst of winter. For

additional details and to purchase tickets to the various events, visit

CdAResort.com.

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5:30 to 10pm

A benefit for the Coeur d’Alene Arts and Culture Alliance, Mardi

Gras Krewe d’Alene brings New Orleans to the heart of Downtown

Coeur d’Alene each February. 2020 festivities take place Saturday,

February 29, from 5:30 to 10pm. The ballroom at the Coeur d’Alene

Eagles will be transformed into the French Quarter, where attendees

will have the opportunity to sample delicious Southern-inspired

fare prepared by local favorite chefs while enjoying a variety of

entertainment. Tickets are $40 per person (must be 21 or older to

attend) and can be purchased online. Visit ArtsAndCultureCdA.

org/mardigras for additional details and to purchase tickets.

SUBMIT YOUR EVENTS ONLINE!

Want your event to appear on the largest event site in the

Northwest? Submit your events to us online at

Events.DirectoryNorthwest.com 24/7, 365 days a year!

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Collars

Toys

Treats

Gifts

Clothes

Pillows

LIKE “KYMS” ON FACEBOOK FOR

COMMUNITY EVENTS & MORE!

A fun, unique and original dog shop.

It is for all dog lovers!

210 E. Sherman Ave., Ste. 143 | Coeur d’Alene

Resort Plaza Shops • 208.664.0414

www.thelabradorstoreandmore.com

Creative Soul Collective

· Workshops

· Classes

· Group & Private Sessions

For schedules & details:

Alison Henslee | Artist & Creative Coach

208.610.8806 | aghenslee@gmail.com

Bonners Ferry | Sandpoint | Coeur d’Alene

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Thank you for another

amazing year in 2019!

I am very grateful for the opportunity to help you!

208.691.1502 • joshadamsgroup.com

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$595,000 | MLS # 19-8639

Your Private Lake Retreat or next Vacation Rental

opportunity awaits at Eagle’s Nest. Enjoy endless

sunsets and direct views of the CDA Resort from

this home that overlooks Echo Bay and is located

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boat from beautiful downtown Coeur d’Alene.

Recreation abounds by either hiking the nearby

trails or fishing in one of the deepest bays on

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Gozzer Ranch, named the 28th best golf course

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$322,500 | MLS # 19-12011

VRBO Rental!! What a great way to supplement

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in a highly desired area. On a private, paved

road with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and a 24x36

shop this is a rare find. Enjoy a spacious master

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$150,000 | MLS # 19-11529

RARE level vacant lot located in Downtown CDA!

Close to the Garden District & schools with easy

freeway access, this lot is ready or keep for future

investment. City water & sewer available.

$225,000 | MLS # 19-5305

The perfect location in Ravenwood Estates, close

to town with a country feel. With 6.25 acres, this

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utilities available at the property line, mature

trees, and gorgeous views.

$219,000 | MLS # 19-3812

Beautiful 40 wooded acres, with easy access off

Hwy 2 and only minutes from services and an

easy 20 min drive into Spokane. Land features

two serene, private and cleared settings to build

your custom home with plenty of room for an

Equestrian setup. Wildlife abounds along with an

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two wells that may still be functioning. A rare find!

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