April 2020 Bonner's Ferry Living Local

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April 2020 Bonner's Ferry Living Local

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all struggling with uncertainty and worry.

Many of us either own, run or work for

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of ways. Many of us donate time, money

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as this pandemic subsides. Keep in mind,

it is the love and compassion that we share

that makes those in the community proud

to call Bonners Ferry home.

As we enter a new season of spring with

warmer weather on its way, we are still

promised that the sun will continue to shine

down on our faces, the joyful giggles and

laughter from children playing outside will

continue to echo throughout the streets

and that April will be a time of renewal and

hope as we look forward to spending time

with our families celebrating Easter and the

resurrection of our Lord. This, my friends,

more than ever, makes this a special time of

renewal and hope for us all.

Be conscious of your actions to ensure the

best protection for all, stay positive and keep

the faith alive. It is the love and compassion

that we share for the common man that

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Contents

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ESSENTIALS

What’s The Best Choice?

Decoding interior paint finish options

10 IN FOCUS

22 HOME

CHAFE 150 Gran Fondo: Riding to

support child literacy

What You Should Know When

Relocating: Don’t wait to plan ahead

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GOOD NEWS

Hope House: Transforming lives in

Boundary County

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Tavern at the Lodge at Dodge Peak

Lodge: A memorable experience awaits

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TRAVEL & LEISURE

San Antonio, Texas: A blend of cultures

makes for an interesting destination

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LIFE & COMMUNITY

Easter Traditions: Celebrate new life

and make new memories

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FEATURE STORY

Wrestling: A Story of Hope and

Peace

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FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot

spots around town and local recipes

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ATHLETE OF THE

MONTH

Junior: Evan Barajas

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Renewal: Springs marks a time for

reflection, reawakening and a fresh

start!

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APRIL CALENDAR

Events you can celebrate in the comfort

of your own home

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What’s The Best Choice?

DECODING INTERIOR PAINT FINISH OPTIONS

BY NIKKI LUTTMANN, SEVEN BEE INTERIORS

FOR SANDPOINT FURNITURE, CARPET ONE AND SELKIRK GLASS AND CABINETS

Paints today come in a whole range of colors and

finishes. While choosing a color can be difficult and

even agonizing, choosing the correct finish for your

application shouldn’t be.

The rule of thumb used to be gloss for trim, satin for living

spaces and semi-gloss for bathrooms and kitchens. Please don’t

do this! The new paint finishes are mainly water-based acrylics

and have been developed to be very, very durable, even in lowluster

finishes.

While high-gloss paint can certainly be used for trim, it can also

be used for a wide variety of techniques, including “lacquering,”

which entails layering a rich-pigmented oil-based paint to

achieve a glossy, polished, jewel-like finish. While this sounds

impressive, it is certainly not for everyone, and something that

high gloss accomplishes very well is highlighting every little

flaw in the drywall or woodwork. This technique is best left

to professional painters and requires perfect smooth-finish

drywall and doors without dings of any kind. Glossy paint is

very unforgiving, and I seldom recommend it, even for trim

work.

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Instead, I recommend a semi-gloss or even satin finish for trim

and millwork. The smooth finishes of these paints do a great job

of repelling dust and grime and can be easily wiped down, but

they are not so glossy as to call attention to little flaws or nicks

that most of us have lived with on our doors or baseboards.

As far as using satin or semi-gloss on bathroom and kitchen

walls, don’t do it. These finishes can look cheap and are hard to

touch up. It is far better to use a more matte paint that touches

up easily than to use something with a high sheen to it. The

thought is that the glossier the paint, the more waterproof it is,

but this is no longer the case. Any paint you use today is going

to have a level of water protection, as most are synthetic latex

paints, otherwise known as acrylic. In essence, we are coating

our walls in thin layers of plastic. Now, does shinier plastic

protect better from moisture than matte plastic? Not really.

Does that mean you should go with the flattest of the flat paints?

Something with no sheen at all? I wouldn’t recommend going

that direction, either. Flat paints can show imperfections in

another way—their light-absorbing surfaces show any change

in color or texture. In addition, they are particularly susceptible

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My recommendation when choosing paint is

to stay away from the extremes. For walls and

ceilings, choose a matte paint, something with

a light sheen that is still washable. This will be

your most flattering—and most forgiving—

surface. It bounces just enough light around to

be beautiful, while still being durable enough

for most interiors. These finishes can be called

matte, eggshell or sometimes velvet, depending

on the brand. Ask the paint specialist for the

finish they would consider their “washable

matte.” They will know how to help you.

For trim and millwork, choose a satin or semigloss

finish. This will be easier to care for and

look good in the long term. It also contrasts

nicely with a more matte wall paint.

Always keep a bit of each paint on hand for

touch-ups (I like to keep mine in labeled

mason jars under the sink), and don’t be afraid

to wipe down your trim regularly with a mild

abrasive-free cleaner. Usually a little dish soap

and water will do the trick. This will keep your

new coat of paint looking great well into the

future.

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Buyers and sellers are on opposite sides of the

fence when it comes to home sales. What the

seller wants is to sell their home for top dollar.

The buyer, on the other hand, generally wants

to steal the property. In the end, however, they

both have the same goal—a successful sale.

Both sides stand to benefit substantially from

hiring a real estate agent.

The Money Issue

If you’re contemplating going “FSBO” (for

sale by owner) when listing your home to

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that multiple studies indicate that FSBOs get,

on average, 30 percent less than those listed

with an agent. With an average 6 percent

commission on residential sales, there’s plenty

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Also, there’s a good chance your buyer will be

represented by an agent, so you will have to pay

a commission regardless. If you are a buyer,

why wouldn’t you use an agent? The seller, after

all, pays the commission, not you.

Legal Documents and Attention to Detail

There are multiple documents involved in

a real estate deal, and you should have a

thorough understanding of what you’re getting

into. There are purchase and sale agreements,

counter offers, addendums, inspection

contingencies, as well as federal, state and

local document requirements, just to name a

few. Agents are familiar with the terminology,

deadlines and requirements. A mistake or

omission in these documents could cost you

as much as the commission you were trying to

avoid paying, or even more.

Privacy and Confidentiality

Agents are legally obligated to abide by

what’s known as a “fiduciary” responsibility

to their clients. This means they are legally

obligated to put their client’s best interests

first. This duty imparts a very high standard

of confidentiality. In a FSBO, neither party is

under any legal obligation to keep personal,

financial information confidential. Your agent

will also know whether the information being

requested of you is reasonable or required.

Negotiating

Agents are trained to negotiate well and

know what normally works. Perhaps most

importantly, they have no emotional stake in

the outcome that could cloud their thinking.

Agents are familiar with what can be expected

in making deals and could potentially save you

thousands in knowing what isn’t necessary.

Time and Support

Real estate agents wear a lot of different hats,

and there is a lot of work that goes into earning a

commission. Many hours are spent researching

comps and creating market analyses to make

sure you’re getting the best deal. There are

countless hours on the road, driving around

and checking out listings. If you are selling,

agents spend their own money on professional

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Buying or selling a home is the biggest

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Hope House

TRANSFORMING LIVES IN BOUNDARY COUNTY

By Abigail Thorpe

HOPE HOUSE

SERVES MORE

THAN 300

FAMILIES IN

BOUNDARY

COUNTY.

day a mom walked over with her

toddler in only a diaper. The mom

slipped a dress over her head and the

“One

little girl just looked at herself in the

mirror and started twirling and squealing with delight,”

recalls Aimee Christopherson, the volunteer director

for Hope House. It’s moments like these that remind us

that a helping hand can transform a person’s life.

Hope House started in Boundary County doing private

deliveries to schools and anonymous doorstep drops

with items families and individual students needed to

live. After a large clothing donation, the organization

moved into a local church. “I knew that having

something like this in a church would be an obstacle

for many who have been hurt by churches over the

years,” says Aimee. “I also knew that Hope House was

intended to be a collaborative community ministry, so

I began looking for a community space.”

She found one above Community Action, but the

stairs and limited parking proved difficult, and when

Community Action moved, Hope House closed down

for several years and went back to serving children

through school deliveries. It was then that they became

drawn to Moyie Springs, and in particular, the trailer

parks where Hope House now resides. During the time

they had been making deliveries to schools, they had

noticed many of the children in need were from this

area.

One winter, Aimee’s church sponsored soup kitchens

in several of the empty trailers, where they handed out

hygiene products from Hope House. The following

summer, Hope House sponsored a free barbecue to

hand out school supplies.

“As I walked through the neighborhood to hand out

flyers, I noticed how many places did not have doors,”

remembers Aimee. “I saw kids sitting in a car on blocks

while shouting could be heard coming from inside

their trailer. I stepped up onto dilapidated porches that

were clearly unsafe. At the barbecue, a few adults came

to get food, but mostly we served kids; kids walking

over for food, kids going back to get their siblings,

friends and more kids. They piled their plates high, and

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then again, and then again, hungry kids.”

The owner of the trailer park offered for Hope

House to make their home right there—and they

did. It took time for people to feel comfortable

stopping by, but slowly it grew, and Hope House

is deeply involved with the community now.

“The neighbor kids come often now to try on

clothes, to find a gift for a loved one’s birthday.

We love that people can just walk there, and we

love the community we get to be a part of,” says

Aimee.

Hope House serves more than 300 families in

Boundary County, providing basic hygiene

products like toilet paper, soap, shampoo,

toothbrushes/toothpaste, laundry detergent

and dish soap, as well as clothing, and a

small food box once a month. Some families

use Hope House from time to time as they

experience unplanned expenses or prohibitive

housing costs. “Many of our clients are seniors,

on disability or working hourly wage jobs

with no benefits. It is hard for people to have

enough to cover basic needs when they have a

large portion of their income going to rent and

utilities,” says Aimee.

She has noticed over the years that paying for

basic necessities—like laundry when you don’t

have access to a washer and dryer—is a huge

expense for those with limited resources. Hope

House allows people to do two loads of laundry

per month at their facilities and offers their

shower for people without access to running or

hot water. “We have had people use our shower

as well as our tub to bathe their kids when they

don’t have other options, either because they

live without access to these resources or they

have had their utilities turned off,” says Aimee .

“During the 10 years we have been serving

Boundary County, one of the biggest obstacles

we see is people getting access to safe, affordable

housing,” according to Aimee. “We serve hardworking

individuals and families whose housing

costs prevent them from getting the traction

they need to no longer need our support.”

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Hope House is open Tuesdays from 12:30 to

4pm and Saturdays from 1:30 to 4pm and is

entirely volunteer run. One of their biggest

challenges is keeping up with the donations,

as they do not have the space or resources to

adequately sort and clean unwashed donated

clothing.

One way the community can help is donating

clean clothing in small bags or boxes that are

easy to sort and store. “Hope House is thankful

for the food, hygiene, financial and clothing

donations that come in and help us serve our

community,” says Aimee.

If you are interested in making a donation to

Hope House or volunteering, please call Aimee

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EASTER

TRADITIONS

Celebrate new life and make

new memories

By Hannah Sucsy Willis | Photo By David Sucsy

Whether you are 6 years old on a quest for candy, or 60 years

old and love a family dinner around a formal table, Easter

for many is synonymous with hope, renewal and rebirth.

Whether it is passing down

holiday traditions to your grandchildren or

setting aside traditions in favor of simplifying,

many of us look forward to a celebration of

some kind. Wake up early! Hide the eggs! Bake

the ham!

My own favorite Easter memories involve

waking before dawn to dress in something frilly

and pink, only to cover up in layers of blankets

because a sunrise service is unrespecting of bare

legs and new white Sunday sandals. “Up from the

grave He arose!” we would sing, huddled around

a hymnal while trying to keep the blanket close.

Almost 30 years later and I am still singing the

same resurrection songs, now with my own kids

(although to be honest, my excitement over

sunrise services has waned significantly).

This Easter, make time to make memories with

your family. Attend one of the many church

services together, have an Easter bonfire instead

This Easter,

make time

to make

memories

with your

family.

of a formal meal, go out in search of signs of new life in the woods.

Several churches have a special Resurrection service in addition to their

standard schedule. “Sunrise” services on April 12: First Baptist Church,

7am at Pine Island, followed by breakfast at the

church at 9:30am; Providence Bible Presbyterian

Church, 8am.

Also, several groups around the county are

hosting egg hunts for kids. On Saturday, April

11, you won’t want to miss the fun at Curley

Creek Community Hall at 10am; 4H Kooteneers

at Mt. Hall School (and book fair) at 10am; and

Rotary Club at Boundary County Fairgrounds at

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Living from

the Land

BOUNDARY COUNTY FARMERS,

HOMESTEADERS AND GARDENERS ARE

SPREADING THE WEALTH

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

Self-sustainability is a big part of life for many in Boundary

County. Whether it’s a lifestyle of living off the earth or a

commitment to providing local, wholesome produce, these

farmers, gardeners, canners and homesteaders are eager to

share their knowledge and passion for eating local with the community

around them.

Julie and Edward Newcomb of Cloud Eleven Mountain Farm in Moyie

Springs, Idaho, began planting in 2016. What started out as a garden

grew into a farm, and in 2018 they opened their booth at the Bonners

Ferry Farmers Market and have continued to expand ever since, recently

becoming Certified Naturally Grown. “Our goal is to provide honest,

wholesome, fresh-picked and beautiful quality food for our community

at an honest price, and on which we can maintain a sustainable living

income,” explain the Newcombs.

Master Gardener and Master Food Advisor Shirley Anderson came to

Boundary County in 1974. She uses her education and training in gardening

and food safety to give back to the local community by sharing her passion

for gardening and food preparation. She cans, freezes, dries and stores

produce from her large personal garden, and offers classes and assistance

with local community gardens. “We have educators and volunteers here in

our community that are willing to share a wealth of knowledge,” she says.

Forest Graham of Gaia Gardens started using garlic medicinally years ago

and became a self-proclaimed garlic farmer for life. He and his family grow

several varieties of garlic renowned for their culinary or medicinal values

and operate a worm farm to help fertilize the fields, among many other

projects. For him, self-sustainability is a way of life.

Bonners Ferry local and permaculturist Casimir Holeski found his passion

in exploring the many varieties and histories of the local fruit and nut

trees in Boundary County. He owns a permaculture-inspired nursery and

founded Boundary County Orchard Restoration Project. He and his family

work to be as self-sufficient as possible and love to share their knowledge

and passion with the community, hoping to inspire people to become selfsufficient

themselves.

Jordan Dyck of Homestead Produce also serves as the current president

of the Farmers Market Board in Bonners Ferry. He and his family started

farming part time in 2012, and he now works full time on the farm, selling

to farmers markets, grocery stores and restaurants.

Josh and Carolyn Thomas of the Homesteading Family and their nine

children utilize their 40 acres to grow and raise the majority of the food

they consume—from fruit and veggies to meat and dairy. They approach

their growing sustainably, working to preserve and pass the land down to

future generations, with a goal to build up healthy growing and lifestyle

systems.

Toby and Jamie Schnuerle garden, preserve and can extensively as a family,

working to eat and live as locally and self-sustainably as possible.

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Each month, we’ll feature a local Bonners Ferry individual or family

making a difference in growing, self-sustainability, and keeping food local.

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mat realized. While the competitive wrestling

season is relatively short, the training for

Evan never stops. He has competed on the

varsity team each of his first three years in

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Hard for Education” is what

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exactly what around 500 cyclists do

every year around the mountains and valleys of

beautiful Sandpoint. This year marks the 13th

annual event, presented by Gary and Julie French,

and organized by the Rotary Club of Sandpoint.

The gran fondo was originally started by the

Panhandle Alliance for Education to support a

program called Ready! for Kindergarten, which

equipped parents to serve as the first teachers

in helping prepare their children for school.

Rotary Club of Sandpoint took over the ride

eight years ago, continuing its mission to support

education and youth in the local community.

This year, funds will go to support the Lake Pend

Oreille School District After School Reading

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education programs.

“Last year was a breakout year for us, with over

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500 riders and over 100 sponsors,” says Melvin

Dick, a member of Sandpoint Rotary who helps

coordinate and sponsor the CHAFE 150 every

year. “We sponsor the ride because we believe in

good education,” he says.

The ride has raised more than $320,000 for the

cause since Rotary took over; more than $500,000

since its beginning. “Last year we donated

$60,000 to the schools,” says Dick. “We also put

another $15,000 into scholarships and youth

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The fundraiser has made a big difference in many

kids’ and families’ lives, with many of the riders

having firsthand experience of the benefits. “All

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CHAFE 150 since its inception.

“If children cannot read proficiently by the end of

third grade, they face daunting hurdles to success

in school and beyond,” adds Andra Murray, the

director of Teaching and Learning at the Lake

Pend Oreille School District. “CHAFE makes a

huge difference by providing up-to-date reading

materials for our students as well as additional

training for LPOSD staff.”

Riders from all over the country come out to

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scenic routes through the Selle Valley and around

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longest bicycle ride of their life!”

All of the routes—including the family fun

ride—culminate in an after party at City Beach,

including a dinner and beer and wine garden.

“The after-ride party is open to the whole

community,” says Dick. “We would like to have

everyone come down and welcome the riders,

their families, their kids, and have a great time.”

Registration for the June 20 CHAFE 150 is still

open, it is $75 for the 150-, 100- and 80-mile

routes, $50 for the 40- and 25-mile routes. For

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series of prizes, ranging from free registration to

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fun ride is free to kids 5 and younger and any

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“Volunteering at a CHAFE rest stop was one of

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Dirk and Kim Van Der Kolk have called North Idaho

home for more than two decades, during which time

they were the proud owners of two restaurants in the

Coeur d’Alene/Hayden area, as well as a certified home

for the elderly. When Kim’s mother became ill two years ago, the

couple decided to sell everything and move to Florida to care for her.

Unfortunately, Kim’s mother passed away soon after. After a bit of

persuading, her father, known to many as Grandpa Joe, agreed to

move back with Kim and her husband to the beautiful Northwest—

Bonners Ferry to be exact.

Following their move back to the Idaho panhandle, a new endeavor

would soon follow. In December of 2019, Dirk and Kim opened

Tavern at the Lodge at Dodge Peak Lodge to eager diners seeking new

flavors, and just this February, their purchase of the whole Dodge

Peak Lodge property was finalized. Their dream of being back in

Idaho and once again owning their own business has been realized,

and with much anticipation and excitement for the Van Der Kolks as

well as the Bonners Ferry community as a whole.

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Dirk brings more than 30 years of restaurant and cooking experience

to the table at the Tavern at the Lodge in Bonners Ferry—including

cooking at a variety of restaurants all over Europe! “Really, his

passion is what prompted us to open this restaurant,” says Kim, “and

hospitality has always run in my blood. This is a perfect combo for

us!”

Guests will find a delicious array of starters, salads and soups,

already proving to be favorites among patrons as well. From stuffed

mushrooms and escargot to frog legs and Spanish shrimp, your taste

buds are sure to dance! And don’t forget about their house, madefrom

scratch French onion and lobster bisque soups.

“I think we are unique first and foremost because of our outstanding

chef, Dirk Van Der Kolk,” affirms Kim. “In addition, our menu is

quite diverse with many European favorites such as wiener schnitzel,

Hungarian goulash, linguini with clams, cioppino, sausage plate

with sauerkraut, along with amazing filet mignon with freshly made

béarnaise sauce, and grilled ribeye.”

Dirk and Kim are truly grateful for all of the encouragement

and positivity they have received from the community in their

new endeavor. “Just all the support we have been shown and the

willingness to help in any way to have us succeed,” smiles Kim.

“We are big on family and friends who have become like family and

have always had their support. The community of Bonners Ferry has

welcomed us with open arms,” says Kim. Their goal at Tavern at the

Lodge is to make their customers happy and have them “leaving with

a memorable experience.”

The Van Der Kolks are excited to be a part of the Bonners Ferry

community which has so graciously accepted them, and their

business. They invite you to dine with them for dinner Thursday

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WRESTLING:

A STORY OF HOPE

AND PEACE

Bonners Ferry natives Larry

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mission to serve

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

It was the late 1970s. Larry Steckman was a wrestler for Bonners

Ferry High School, and his to-be wife, Shelly Barton, was a

wrestling cheerleader at the same school. Seventy miles away,

family friend Conrad Garner was wrestling for rival Lakeland

High School in Rathdrum, Idaho. It was the beginning of a

lifelong love of wrestling for both men—and also the seed for something

bigger. Larry, Shelly and Conrad would all go on to use wrestling as

a means to create positive change in communities, both locally and

internationally: Garner as the wrestling coach for Bonners Ferry High

School, the Steckmans working with the US Wrestling Foundation’s

Wrestling for Peace, and beyond.

As Larry and Conrad competed in North Idaho, wrestler Dan Russell was

in Southern Idaho working for another state wrestling championship.

He would go on to be a world-class wrestler and coach, dear friend of

Larry and Shelly, and a driving force behind their ultimate life work

and vision.

“We are so very proud of the work of men like Conrad Garner and

Dan Russell in helping to shape the minds of the future leaders of our

communities and world,” says Larry. “I never knew then that God

would use wrestling and these relationships to give me a vision for

sharing the love God has shown so generously to me.

“This story is really about relationships, faith, hope and love,” shares

Larry. In the early 2000s, he and Shelly met Dan, who was living with

his wife Joy and kids in Battleground, Washington. The two connected

over their shared love of wrestling, and their desire to utilize the sport

as a vehicle for spreading the message of love throughout the world.

Larry and Shelly purchased a fuel testing laboratory called FOI

Laboratories, which tests fuel for various reasons, and serves ASTM,

EPA, Amazon, airports, various municipalities, hospitals and the

military. Their hope was to use the profits from the company to help

fund philanthropic and faith-sharing efforts in developing countries—a

dream that would be realized beyond their expectations.

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Soon after, the couple founded a project called Hope for Her in

conjunction with a Ugandan NGO called Hope for Restoration

Initiative founded by Robert and Pam Kiggundu. The mission of Hope

for Her was to help sexually exploited and abused women in Uganda

gain employment manufacturing reusable sanitary pads in a safe

workplace, provide free sanitary pads to those in need, and promote

environmentally friendly manufacturing and sanitary practices.

“Many young women (high school age and younger) prostitute

themselves for the price of a pad,” explains Larry. “While our work was

very under the radar, something very special was happening. You could

tangibly feel the tremendous love coming from the women and girls

receiving the pads.”

“In the beginning, it wasn't easy,” he remembers. “There wasn't enough

material or pads or money—in fact, we sometimes still don't have

enough due to the overwhelming need.” Larry was discussing the

challenges of the sanitary pad design as well as quality control with new

friend and supporter Dan, when Dan provided a solution: an awardwinning

retired nurse who was an avid seamstress and was struggling

with feeling needed after retirement. She helped them design a

stitching pattern, pad design and production method that would result

in the current production of almost 8,000 pads a month. The nonprofit

now distributes in Ugandan high schools, Entebbe, and on the various

islands on Lake Victoria.

During this time, Dan was serving as a coach and ambassador with USA

Wrestling. The Steckmans were still passionate about using wrestling to

share a message of love and giving, and partnered with Dan to find a

way to serve. “We spent many hours discussing how to utilize wrestling


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as a vehicle in our message of love,” recalls Larry.

“One of our next steps in faith was a chaplain

program to serve alongside the world of Olympic

and world-class wrestlers traveling with the team.”

This program would serve as the beginning of Dan

and Joy Russell’s vision for Wrestling for Peace—a

nonprofit organization with the US Wrestling

Foundation that provides support to various

communities throughout the world through

leadership development, sports diplomacy,

medical aid, emergency response, prefabricated

buildings, outreach, and wrestling gear and

equipment donations. “These seeds of faith

continue to grow deep and produce fruit today,”

says Larry.

Wrestling for Peace is built on the foundation that

wrestling is a universal struggle in that everyone

is dealing with some trial. The program “embraces

this universal struggle to help communities in

need.” Ambassadors for the program use wrestling

as a sport to help transcend borders and cultures

in an effort to bring humanitarian aid to those

most in need.

Dan and Larry traveled together to Algeria and

the Sahara Desert as ambassadors in the beginning

stages of Wrestling for Peace. While spreading

the message of love and providing medicine

to the Sahrawi Tribe—a four-decade refugee

community—they met Austin Landes, founder

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became a medicine partner of Wrestling for Peace

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our work, and I currently serve on their Board of

Directors,” says Larry.

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utilizing their networking skills and abilities to

help others. They focus on providing medicine,

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the Steckmans, Hope for Her and Wrestling for Peace,

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the pads ... when can we go?” recalls Larry. “Now it's

one thing to do some traveling and field work with

a school or the Red Cross; it's another thing entirely

to be vetted by a government's First Lady. ... There

was absolutely no reason for me—a rough around the

edges guy—to be discussing pads with the First Lady

of Zambia, but I did it and we are very close friends

to this day. The pad project touched her heart in a

very special way.”

This meeting with the First Lady of Zambia marked

the beginning of incredible opportunity and impact

for Make it Rain, Hope for Restoration Initiative

and Wrestling for Peace. Last season, Hope for Her

delivered 1,000 sanitary pads and through the First

Lady’s Foundation created educational training

for girls in the school system to manufacture and

produce sanitary pads. In partnership with each

other, the nonprofits were able to deliver medicine

that impacted over 60,000 men, women and children,

says Larry, and they have developed and approved

designs for medical outpost clinics in rural areas

in partnership with Virginia Tech and AutoDesk.

These outposts will provide access to much needed

medicine and hygienic medical aid in regions that

currently suffer from a lack of resources.

“It’s no secret that wrestling builds toughness,” write

Austin and Julie Landes in a recent Wrestling for

Peace update of their work. “Some of the toughest

people we’ve met live in remote areas of the world,

battling harsh climates, debilitating disease, intense

conditions, limited job opportunities and desperately

lacking resources. Our hope is that through these

initiatives and those of the USA Wrestling for

Peace Program, we can increase the amount of

lives impacted. Wrestlers are made for overcoming

obstacles and life’s toughest challenges, and we’re

looking forward to our continued efforts together.”

The Steckmans have seen many doors open as they

continue to follow their calling and passion for

reaching those in need. The First Lady of Zambia

is not the only influential figure in Africa to show

interest in the work the Steckmans, Landes and

Russells are doing. “We have invitations this year to

meet two other first ladies and possibly a king and

a prince,” shares Larry. “Again, God’s favor in play.”

Despite their many travels, Larry and Shelly choose

to make the Pacific Northwest their home base, and

although they now live in Vancouver, Washington,


they are still very connected to their

hometown of Bonners Ferry, Idaho.

“We find great pleasure in hearing

the many stories of love that come

from our hometown, stories like

Conrad's and Dan's,” says Larry.

Dan, Conrad and Larry still support

and encourage the wrestling

program back in Idaho, and in

particular Bonners Ferry, sharing

a passion for the common bond

they share, the sport that has taken

them from wrestling on the mats, to

fighting for peace and prosperity for

those in need.

“We love finding ways to give back

to our community however we can,”

says Larry. “There are many great

unselfish relationship stories that

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the residents of Bonners Ferry are

constantly making anew. You don’t

have to look very hard to find what

the hard-working people of Bonners

Ferry are involved in.”

Larry and Shelly still look to North

Idaho and Bonners Ferry’s spirit of

giving and community as an early

formative part of their desire to

extend their message of peace and

love beyond the borders of the U.S.

“The Pacific Northwest and beyond

have amazing stories of service

and love,” adds Larry. “If you peel

back the love, you will more than

likely find a wrestler's heart beating

somewhere in the fight.”


RENEWAL

Spring is a time for reflection,

reawakening and a fresh start!

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RE·NEW·AL: AN INSTANCE OF RESUMING AN

ACTIVITY OR STATE AFTER AN INTERRUPTION;

THE REPLACING OR REPAIR OF SOMETHING THAT

IS WORN OUT, RUN-DOWN OR BROKEN.

Many in North Idaho have commented that this past

winter has been a particularly dark one. As winter

retreats and light returns to our world, one can’t help

but think that spring is on its way. Spring is a time

for renewal, growth and expansion; we feel it in the

air. Even though, technically, we can do this at any

time during the year (New Year’s Eve for example), it

feels just right to do it as we renew the soil and plant

the new season’s gardens. We seem to have that extra

energy and focus to bring out our creative gifts and

reach new levels of achievement, wellness, happiness

and success.

Spring is truly a time to reflect within ourselves,

reawaken our spirit and get a fresh start.

Here are a few ways to celebrate this season and

renew:

Shine some sunshine on yourself. Spring is a natural

time to take a deep breath and engage in overdue

self-care and self-compassion. This may mean reprioritizing

what events land on your calendar and

rebalancing those schedules that have gotten a little

out of hand, so we can take better care of ourselves

and those important in our lives.

Find what renews you and keep doing it! For

me, putting my hands in the soil and watching my

seedlings grow reminds me of the more important

things in my life. If you are having trouble doing this,

ask yourself the question: “If tomorrow was the last

day of my life, how would I choose to live it?” If that

answer doesn’t match up with the life you’re living

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failure or disappointing ourselves and/or

our friends later on. But in minimizing our

intent, our goals and even our dreams, we

rob ourselves of an important opportunity. It

is important to reflect on our lives. What are

we most proud of? “How many lives have I

changed for the better?”

Re-energize your health and nutrition

goals. We’ve all been told to eat right,

exercise more and watch our weight—not so

easy in the winter. But now that the sun is

out more, take advantage. Get out and walk.

Do your chores with a smile and some extra

enthusiasm. Play with your kids, grandkids

and your pets.

Regardless, spring’s unique energy offers us

a chance to reflect and renew ourselves or

even reinvent our passion for growth and

recognizing the beauty that surrounds us

every day; a beautiful sunrise, the return of

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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW WHEN

relocating

DON’T WAIT TO PLAN AHEAD

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

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Facing the prospect of a new town, a new house and a new job

is daunting in itself without the added pressure of how you’re

going to go about the move and all the details involved. If you’re

moving interstate, the stakes go up. The decision to move a few

thousand miles away is much different than skipping to the next town

over—though both will require a lot of preparation and work before,

during and after the move. Here are some key things to keep in mind

when relocating.

Before

Considering a new move is exciting, it can also be overwhelming. Should

you make the move? Is the job worth it? These and other questions are all

common when facing the looming question of whether to relocate. Here

are some ways you can help cut through the fog.

Research. Before you make the commitment to move somewhere, do your

homework. There are lots of things to consider besides the cuteness or

“curb appeal” of a city. If you’re used to using public transportation, make

sure you look at how that city or town compares. Are there alternative

options that work for you?

Look at the city stats, like crime, housing costs, schools and taxes. How

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does the cost of living compare to your current residence? If travel

is important to you, check to make sure you have easy access to an

international airport—or at least don’t mind the extra drive.

Finally, consider what the city or town has to offer as far as culture goes. If

restaurants, nightlife and the arts are important to you, chances are you’ll

get pretty stir crazy in a small town with limited options. Conversely, if

the outdoors are central to your lifestyle, make sure there are plenty of

outlets for your adventurous side.

Visit. Doing your research is vital, but it’s also important to visit a place

before you move—even if you’ve been there before. You’ll notice new

things when you visit with the mindset of moving there. In the long term,

the cost of a visit will pay off.

Consider the long term. Is this a stopping point, or are you looking to

stay? If there’s a possibility that this will be your long-term home, make

sure you take a look down the road. Is the town growing? Is it moving in

a direction you like? If the area is growing fast, will you be able to keep

up with the market? Moving to a popular new hot spot is great, but if

you’re going to be outpriced down the road when you look to buy a new

(or larger) home, it might not be worth it. Can you see yourself raising a

family here? Are the schools/childcare/job market good?


SO YOU’VE MADE

the decision to move.

NOW WHAT?

Job talk. If you’re moving somewhere for a job, do some simple

comparisons, and make sure you know what you’re getting into.

Sometimes a great job can be worth moving to a less favorable place,

but you should know beforehand what you’re willing to give up, and for

what return.

Make sure you get to know your potential new job, company and team

so you can set realistic expectations. How does your salary compare to

the job you’re leaving when taking into consideration any changes in cost

of living?

During

OK, so you’ve made the decision to move, now what? The decision may

be off your back, but the heavy lifting is just ahead. Here’s how to get

started.

Budget. Even if you’re not in the practice of keeping a budget, this is one

time you’ll want to make an exception. Moving is expensive, and you

don’t want to get caught with a hefty bill you’re not prepared for, or even

worse, no available funds for necessities.

According to the American Moving and Storage Association, the

average cost of an interstate move is $4,300, and an intrastate move is

$2,300. First thing, see if your new company will provide any relocation

assistance or bonus. It doesn’t hurt to ask, and you can save yourself a

bundle of money.

Add everything into your budget. Are you paying movers, or moving

yourself? Will you need to rent a truck? What will it cost to move into

your new home? Travel expenses? Food? You get the picture. Just keep

in mind, the first month you move into a new place, expenses are usually

40 to 60 percent higher than normal—after all, you’ll need to replace

that cleaner you threw out and the hangers and laundry basket you left

behind last minute, not to mention restock your pantry.

Plan. Get a reputable realtor to help you find a home or apartment for

rent or to buy. He or she will have a better understanding of the area and

will be able to guide you through the process. If you don’t know the area

well, consider renting for six months or more before buying a home.

Don’t wait until after you move to line up the internet and electric, as

you’ll have plenty else to do. Make sure your utilities are canceled or

transferred out of your name in your old residence, and get everything

set up to start in your new home the day, or day before, you move in.

Forward your mail in advance so you don’t miss receiving important

bills.

Finally, make a list! Keep track of everything you need to do, and make

lists for everything. It’ll make your move far less stressful.

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What you should know when

REMODELING

TIPS FOR A SMOOTH PROCESS, START TO FINISH

By Abigail Thorpe

The arrival of spring has us Marie Kondoing our closets and

deep cleaning our kitchens, but being able to see the back of

our closet or how aged that grout really is has us thinking about

more than decluttering. Warm weather means it’s time for those

updates you put off last year—or just a fun excuse to finally add some

personal touches to the spaces you spend the most time in. Whether it’s

to update an existing home, remodel a new purchase that needs some

updates or prepare a home for resale, remodeling some part of our space

is something most homeowners have had to face at one time or another.

With any home improvement project, it can be daunting to know where

to start, what to focus on and when to call in the professionals. Here are

some tips to keep you on track and help make the process a bit smoother.

Budget. Naturally budget is a main concern when it comes to remodeling

your home. Under budget or set your expectations too high, and you can

end up with a half-finished project and no money left. Ask any contractor,

and they’ll tell you a project always costs more than you expect and takes

longer to finish. Plan on spending more than you expect, and you won’t

be caught unawares mid project. Carefully allocate money to each stage

of the project, and never start a remodel before creating the budget. This

way you can plan the stages of the process, starting with what’s most

important to you, and working on each stage of the project as you’re

financially able.

Set expectations/go in stages. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither

will your dream home be. Start with a space that you spend the most time

in, that is the most important to you to update, and prepare the work

in stages from there. If you have the budget, it may be cost effective to

schedule multiple things at once, so you’re not having subs return, but

make sure you can complete the project if you start it.

“Kitchen upgrades will make a difference in your lifestyle, as this is

usually the room where folks spend more time,” advises Jackie Suarez,

a real estate agent with Century 21 in Sandpoint, Idaho. “More efficient

HVAC and water heater upgrades should save you money over time.”

Professional or DIY? You might be the king or queen of DIY, but there

are certain things you just shouldn’t touch. “For buyers, the first thing

to remember is to have the home inspected by a professional inspector

or trusted contractor during the inspection contingency period,” says

Suarez. “This will usually identify any hidden costs or surprises.”

A priority is making sure a home is structurally sound—something a

contractor or inspector can help with. Outside of the structural, electrical,

plumbing and any heating or air conditioning updates require a licensed

professional and inspection, so don’t try to tackle these on your own.

Some demolition, countertop removal, painting, etc. can be self done,

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but when it comes to key updates or something you don’t feel

comfortable with, it’s always best to consult a professional.

Keep resale front of mind. “Making a home ‘market-ready’ is

very important. It gives the seller an advantage over other homes

that buyers may perceive as requiring more of their time and

resources than they are willing to spend,” suggests Suarez.

If you’re planning on selling the home in the future, make sure

major updates focus on areas of the home that buyers notice first.

“It’s no question that the kitchen often sells the house,” says Brooke

Stebbins, project coordinator for Monarch Marble & Granite.

“People spend a lot of time in their kitchens, and it’s most often

the focal point of family gatherings. An inviting kitchen is a sound

investment in resale value as well as quality of life, in addition

to catching prospective buyers’ eyes. It is a lot easier to tackle a

bathroom remodel, so a buyer may be more willing to overlook

an outdated master suite, for instance, if they love the kitchen.”

Be careful making updates that are very specific to your personal

style if you are looking to sell. Stick with updates that are fairly

neutral and on trend. Quartz and granite are popular options

for countertops, advises Stebbins, as both are durable and fairly

versatile. “Consider hard-surface flooring instead of wall-to-wall

carpet, as area rugs are easier to replace,” adds Suarez.

Make your money count. Key updates can make a major

difference, without requiring extensive work. “Replacing your

countertops can have an amazing transforming effect on the space,

it may not even feel like the same room when you’re done,” says

Stebbins. While the countertops are most obvious in the kitchen,

this goes for the bathrooms as well. New vanity tops can update a

bathroom without the need to replace the vanity.

“Paint is typically the highest return for the investment, as it

makes an immediate impression, followed by updates in cabinet

hardware and light fixtures, bath mirrors, and if possible, flooring

and countertops,” advises Suarez.

Personal touches. If you are planning to resell and still want to

add personal touches to your space, paint, hardware and light

fixtures are easy to replace, so feel free to add some style-specific

flair. “Most of all, get good professional advice, enjoy the process

and make it your own,” says Suarez.

Curb appeal. Interior is important, but it’s important to consider

how your home looks from the street, particularly for resale.

“Remember exterior paint, yard maintenance and sprucing up

plantings will entice buyers to come through the front door,” says

Suarez.

Just remember, prioritize what is most central to your lifestyle or

the resale of the home, budget out accordingly and stay flexible!

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CHOOSING THE

Right Realtor

Three tips to help you find your match in a real estate agent

By Taylor Shillam

Choosing the right partner is about trust, communication

and moving forward toward the same goal. Finding your

match in a real estate agent is very similar.

Buying or selling a home is a major commitment and

important milestone—most of us can’t do it alone. Finding

the right realtor to help you along the way will likely

make or break your entire experience. While the process is

personal and every situation is unique, there are steps you

can take to ensure you make the most informed decision.

Here are three tips to start with:

DO YOUR RESEARCH, AND

DON’T UNDERESTIMATE

REFERRALS.

Find out which real estate agents or

teams are active in the area you want

to buy a home in. Pay attention to

local marketing efforts, signage, and

agencies actively represented in the

area, and check sites like Realtor.

com and Zillow, which allow buyers

to see which agents have been active

most recently. A professional who has

sold in the area recently will have the

most familiarity of the local housing

market, inventory and neighborhood

details such as nearby schools, traffic

concerns and any neighborhood

issues. Previous buyers can be one

of the most important assets to your

search for an agent. You can start by

asking the people you trust: family,

friends and coworkers.

DEFINE WHAT A “GOOD” REAL

ESTATE AGENT MEANS TO YOU.

The most important qualities of an effective

real estate agent can differ according to who

you ask; it’s important to define these standards

for yourself. A few qualities are generally

non-negotiable: professionalism, current

licensure in the state, market knowledge.

Agents who have been in the market for

a while have had time to build upon their

professional networks and are more likely to

have inside knowledge on what will be hitting

the market soon. Regardless of experience,

many great agents are willing to negotiate,

strategize, effectively use their resources and

take initiative. Decide what you need most

from your agent, and look for someone whose

communication style, community presence

and level of professionalism can best match

your expectations.

ASK THE RIGHT

QUESTIONS.

Just as you wouldn’t allow yourself

to settle on just any new home,

you likely wouldn’t want to settle

for the first realtor you meet. After

deciding on the qualities you’re

seeking, it’s perfectly warranted

to take a deeper look and get full

details on prospective agents

before you commit to working with

them. According to research by

Zillow, 61 percent of seekers only

contact one agent—but by talking

with multiple and asking the right

questions, you’ll be able to find one

who is genuinely the right fit. Take

each meeting as a job interview,

choosing a set of questions to ask

each realtor to effectively compare

answers and decide on the right fit.

The questions should be unique to

your individual situation.

Buying or selling a home is an exciting milestone that can be exponentially

enhanced with the help of the right real estate professional. Investing the time

in finding your ideal match in an agent can reduce major stress on both you

and your wallet. Find someone who you can trust to help reach your goals

and prioritize your needs—and don’t forget to enjoy the process.

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DESTINATION: SAN ANTONIO

A Blend of Cultures Makes for an

Interesting Destination

By Marguerite Cleveland

San Antonio is blooming with spring blossoms as the winter chill dissipates. Enjoy alfresco dining along the San

Antonio Riverwalk, bike to historic missions or explore Texas Hill Country in this mild season. Viva is the city’s

bus and trolley service which has three distinct routes to take you to the most visited sites and attractions at a

very economical rate for a day pass.

Where to Stay

Make the most of your stay by splitting your visit into two sections. For the first half stay in the Texas Hill Country at the

Hyatt Regency Hill Country. This fabulous resort has so many activities and dining venues, you won’t need to leave the

grounds. Avid golfers will appreciate the onsite 18-hole course while those looking for a more relaxed experience can

Zen out at the Windflower Spa. Kids of all ages will love the landscaped lazy river that looks like you are floating down

a stone-strewn stream past waterfalls. Throw in a waterslide and a Flowrider where you can surf, and it is a complete

waterpark. The grounds are lovely with plenty of shady trees and a nature trail.

For the second half of your stay, move downtown to the historic Hotel Gibbs, which is so close to the sites you can see

the Alamo from your hotel window. The Gibbs is a charming boutique hotel located in the heart of Downtown San

Antonio with “The Alamo” just one block down and in sight of the hotel. The hotel has kept all the historic details and

is a comfortable place to stay while exploring the downtown area. It is within walking distance of all the major sights

including the Riverwalk. Rates include breakfast in the morning and a taco bar in the evening in the Taproom 1909,

which offers a nice selection of beer and wine.

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ENJOY ALFRESCO DINING ALONG THE

SAN ANTONIO RIVERWALK, BIKE TO

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Where to Eat

The question should be where not to eat, as the rich culinary heritage of

San Antonio will make it difficult to choose. In 2017, the United Nations

Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated

San Antonio a Creative City of Gastronomy. It is the second city in the

U.S. to earn this honor—and the first in Texas. It is not a surprise with the

cultural influences of Mexican, Spanish, German and French that make

for a truly unique culinary experience.

Start at Pearl, located just north of Downtown San Antonio and set on

a former brewery that was built in 1883 and continued operating until

2001. The prestigious Culinary Institute of America established its third

campus here and offers culinary instruction not only for professionals

but for food and wine lovers as well. Consider taking a class on local

cuisine. Make sure to visit the restaurant, Savor, for a truly unique

experience. Enjoy a three- or four-course gourmet meal for less than $50.

Your dinner is prepared and served by senior CIA students under the

supervision of the professional faculty. Watch these rising culinary stars

hone their craft. Pearl has a variety of shops and restaurants as well as a

food hall and weekly farmers market. Well worth a visit.

Culinaria, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit promotes locally sourced food and wine

experiences in San Antonio. Their website offers a variety of food trails

which will take you all over the area. Although not on their curated lists

of food trails, the Chef Trail is a neat way to find a great place to eat. Who

would know better than a local chef? These are the places they go when

not cooking their own food. The Taco Trail will take you to authentic

Mexican food, each stop providing a unique experience with delicious

handcrafted tacos.

What to Do

San Antonio has a rich history enmeshed in modern amenities. There are

so many things to do from exploring the remarkable Spanish Missions to

riding an electric boat along the iconic Riverwalk.

Plan to spend a day at SeaWorld and Aquatica, both located less than 1

mile from the Hyatt Regency Hill Country, an official partner hotel. You

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heritage site. Established in the 18th century

by Spanish priests, the five missions are the

largest concentration of Spanish colonial

missions in North America. An adventurous

way to explore the missions is by bike along

the River Walk’s Mission Reach, an 8-mile

recreational trail with the missions about 2 ½ miles apart. San Antonio

has a well-run bike share program with docking stations at the missions.

You can bike the whole route and at the end hop on a VIVA bus on

the Mission Route, which stops at all the missions and will bring you

back downtown at a stop in front of the Alamo. VIVA is part of the VIA

Metropolitan Transit and offers visitors an inexpensive way to tour the

area. A day pass is less than $3.

If you only have time for one, make it Mission San Jose y San Miguel

de Aguayo, which celebrates its tricentennial in 2020. It is known as the

“Queen of the Missions” and is the largest. It also has the main visitors'

center for the missions with a small museum and a movie about the

missions offered throughout the day. The grounds of Mission San Jose

are lovely, making for a nice stroll as you explore the mission.

No trip to San Antonio is complete without a visit to the famed River

Walk. The 15-mile urban waterway flows through the downtown area just

below street level. It includes downtown with attractions like the Alamo.

Further out, visit the river’s Museum Reach, where you can access the

Pearl mentioned earlier. There is shopping and restaurants and museums

all along the route. The best way to see it is by taking a Go Rio Narrated

River Cruise, which points out the highlights as well as the history of

this area. The boats are all electric, making for an eco-friendly quiet

ride. Although not the fastest way to get around, Go Rio also offers a

River Shuttle with multiple stops along the river walk and goes out to the

Museum Reach.

A visit to San Antonio offers all the possibilities of a big city while

imparting a unique historical and cultural experience like no other city

in the United States.

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MANCHEGO AND CHORIZO

EGG BAKE

Recipe & Photos Courtesy of Stephanie Lynn Gertrude Brown

Yield: 1 - 9”x13” Casserole Pan

INGREDIENTS:

2 tbsp. melted butter

2 cups hash brown potatoes, cubed or shredded

1 lb. chorizo sausage

1 cup manchego cheese, grated

1 cup asparagus, chopped

1 cup bell peppers, chopped

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

10 whole eggs

1 ½ cups whole milk

½ tsp. smoked paprika

¼ cup cilantro, chopped

METHOD:

• To get things started, preheat your oven to 350°F.

• While the oven is heating up, prepare your 9”x13” baking dish by

brushing with melted butter, and add the hash browns in an even

layer across the bottom of the dish.

• In a large sauté pan, cook the chorizo over medium-high heat

until fully cooked. Drain excess oil from the pan, and let it cool

down.

• While the chorizo is chilling in time out, go ahead and use the

same pan to sauté the bell peppers and asparagus. Less dishes is

always the way to go!

• You can now sprinkle the chorizo and veggies in an even layer

over the hash browns. Add the manchego and cilantro; just

sprinkle them liberally across all the goodies. It will all get nicely

mixed in when we add the eggs!

• Next you will need to whisk the whole eggs in a mixing bowl to

get them evenly combined, then add the milk, salt, pepper and

paprika and mix thoroughly.

• Pour the egg mixture slowly over your lovely layers in the pan

and allow to soak down between all the pieces. You can give the

pan a little jiggle to speed this process along. If some bits are

not completely covered, that’s OK, as it will add some color and

texture to the top of your egg bake.

• Bake uncovered for 45 to 50 minutes, or until golden brown and

set. You can test it by inserting a knife into the center; if it comes

out clean, it will be good to go.

• Serve immediately alongside all your other favorite brunch

treats!

Tips and tricks: You can substitute other veggies you have on

hand, like spinach, broccoli or onions. This dish can also be

prepared the night before; just cover the dish and remove from the

refrigerator 20 to 30 minutes before baking.

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PIZZA FACTORY

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

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

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

pizzas, using only the freshest ingredients around.

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

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

10pm. And ... they deliver!

6637 Fry St. | Bonners Ferry

208.267.7771 | PizzaFactory.com

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We Set

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PHO 9B THE NOODLE JOINT

Serving Bonners Ferry customers the best in Asian-fusion

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

ingredients! From Yakisoba with choice chicken, beef sirloin,

shrimp or vegetables, pho made daily using roasted bones and

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

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

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

6387 Kootenai Street | Bonners Ferry

208.267.2000

Facebook.com/ Pho 9B The Noodle Joint

CHIC-N-CHOP

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

service and an inviting, homey atmosphere where the staff

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

customer favorites like the broasted chicken, omelets, pies and

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

and Sunday 6am to 2pm.

6421 Main St.| Bonners Ferry

208.267.2431

FEIST CREEK RESTAURANT

At Feist Creek Restaurant, the delicious smells and warm

atmosphere make you feel right at home. Serving lunch and

dinner, customer favorites range from their smoked prime rib

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

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

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

waterfall make this a destination spot to remember. During the

winter months, you can find them open Wednesday through

Monday, noon to 9pm.

2673 Moyie River Road | Bonners Ferry

208.267.8649

Facebook.com/FeistCreekRestaurant

6425 South Main Street

Bonners Ferry, Idaho

208.267.4000

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BADGER'S DEN CAFE AND

LATTE

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

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

and delicious breakfast and lunch items, a variety of specialty

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

window for your convenience. A stop at this restaurant is a

must for locals and visitors alike!

6551 S. Main St. | Bonners Ferry

208.267.1486

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TWO TONES CAFE

Two Tones Cafe is a restaurant where guests will enjoy

flavors from around the world in dishes made using the

freshest ingredients. With menu options ranging from

Asian salads and nachos, to unique beef and chicken

entrees, burgers, salads and desserts, there's something

for everyone! Indoor and patio seating available. Open

Tuesday through Saturday 11am to 9pm.

6536 Main Street | Bonners Ferry

208.417.304

Facebook.com/ Two Tones Cafe

BONNERS FERRY PUPUSERIA

Treat yourself to an authentic Salvadoran pupuseria and

Americano comfort food downtown! Serving breakfast and

lunch, patrons can choose from a selection of pork, spinach,

cheese and bean pupusas, as well as other menu items like

steak burritos, egg-drop soup, BLT sandwich, egg scrambles

and bagels. Accompany your meal with fresh-squeezed

orange juice, smoothie, a cup of 100 percent Kona Coffee

or craft beers. Dine in 8am to 3:30pm Tuesday through

Saturday, 11am to 4pm Sunday; or text your order in.

6428 Kootenai Street | Bonners Ferry

208.255.8792

Facebook: Bonners Ferry Pupuseria LLC

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magnificent routes of 150, 100, 80, 40,

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support and a fabulous after-ride party in

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Bonners Ferry

APRIL CALENDAR

Check out what is going

on in Bonners Ferry!

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APRIL

IS IDAHO CRAFT

BEER MONTH

Grab a Pint and Support Your Local Brewers

By Abigail Thorpe

IDAHO IS UP THERE WITH THE BEST WHEN IT COMES TO CRAFT BEER,

and it’s no surprise considering the access breweries have to local

hops, barley and fresh, clean mountain water. The state ranks 11th

in the nation for craft breweries per capita, with 63 craft breweries

throughout the state.

The Idaho Panhandle is no exception to this rule—we sport a great

collection of local breweries brewing the best of what our state has

to offer, with unique local flavors like huckleberry and pine lending

a special touch to some brews. With hops and barley within a day’s

drive of every brewery, you know you’re drinking local.

April is Idaho Craft Beer Month, and breweries throughout the area

will be brewing up some fantastic options to celebrate the occasion.

The month will kick off with Pints Up Idaho day on April 2.

or grabbing some cans, crowlers or growlers to go throughout the

month. Breweries from Bonners Ferry to Coeur d’Alene showcase

some fantastic flavors and options, from IPAs and lagers, to deep

stouts and porters.

Stop by Kootenai River Brewing Co. in Bonners Ferry; Matchwood,

McDuffs, Utara, Pour Authority and Laughing Dog in Sandpoint, or one

of the many great breweries in Coeur d’Alene, such as Daft Badger,

Tricksters, Mad Bomber, The Growler Guys, Paragon and Black Lodge,

to name just a few.

Many restaurants and pubs throughout the region also feature local

beer on tap, so pair some local eats with a good pint and support our

local businesses. After all, celebrating our own North Idaho flavor is

as good an excuse as any to grab a cold one this month.

Take the opportunity to get out and support your local brewers and

celebrate all that our state brings to craft beer by stopping for a pint,

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12 APRIL

EASTER

12

APRIL CALENDAR

holidays to celebrate at home

22 APRIL

24 APRIL

This year, all of us will most likely be spending the day a bit differently than

years past. As many of us celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ

by attending church services, where the choir and church congregation fill

the building with song, this year the celebration may be at home. But don't

be discouraged. Thanks to technology, the family can still dress in their

Sunday best and gather around the TV to take in a church service of their

liking. And though larger gatherings of friends and family are discouraged,

spend the day with your close loved ones at home, with an Easter egg hunt

in the yard, followed by a meal spent together in the comfort of your own

home. Make this the most memorable Easter celebration that you and your

children will remember with fondness for years to come.

EARTH DAY

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2020 marks the 50th year that Earth Day has been celebrated across the

globe. The theme for this year's Earth Day is Climate Action. Though at this

time the community is not encouraged to participate in large gatherings,

you can still do a small part in taking care of our planet. Take a walk in

your neighborhood with the kids, and pick up any trash you come across.

Make yourselves more aware of the products you are disposing of at home,

separating the recyclable items from the trash. Work together to make a list

on what positive changes you can all make in your daily lives to positively

impact our environment. The first Earth Day is credited with launching the

modern environmental movement and is now recognized as the planet’s

largest civic event. Read more about Earth Day at EarthDay.org.

ARBOR DAY

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Many states observe Arbor Day on different dates throughout the year

based on best tree planting times in their area. In Idaho, Arbor Day is

always celebrated on the last Friday of April. J. Sterling Morton founded

Arbor Day back in 1972 with a simple idea—to set aside a special day

dedicated for tree planting. And today, that idea is more important than

ever. Trees provide the very necessities of life itself: Trees clean our air,

protect our drinking water, create healthy communities and feed the human

soul. The Arbor Day Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit conservation and

education organization, is dedicated to inspiring people to plant, nurture

and celebrate trees. Call your local nursery to find the perfect tree for your

family to plant in your yard this Arbor Day. Visit ArborDay.org for more

information.

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postponed until further notice. Please continue to check our website and Facebook page for reopening news and rescheduled event dates.

7160 Ash St., Bonners Ferry, ID | www.thepearltheater.org

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Licensed Marriage & Family Counselors

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208.265.8127

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