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DECODING INTERIOR PAINT FINISH OPTIONS
BY NIKKI LUTTMANN, INTERIOR DESIGNER
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 low-luster 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.
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
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particularly susceptible to fingerprints, grease,
or cracks of any kind.
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
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By Trish Buzzone
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Recently, a friend shared with me how an unexpected question
helped him move from intention to action. After role shifts in his
career and at home, he’s been struggling to, as he put it, “regain
control of my schedule.” He’s in a career defined by deadlines, so scheduling
and planning are ingrained habits. Sometimes, he says, “so ingrained they
get in the way.
“I’ve been trying to find time to get back in shape. I have a home gym, a
basketball hoop in my driveway, and I worked out regularly for years before
life changed a year ago. I want to get back into my routine, thing is, I only
know one way to do it: Plan, set a schedule, specific exercises, track my
results. I’ve been focused on getting everything else done, so there was no
time for all that. I wanted to get started, I thought about it every day. I just
didn’t do it, until a couple months ago.”
“What changed?” I asked.
He smiled, shook his head and said, “Someone reminded me I have a dog.”
“I was talking about all this with a friend who owns a gym. I expected her
to give me a lecture about prioritizing my physical health, invite me to her
gym. Nope. She just grinned at me and asked, ‘Do you have dogs?’ I said
I did—she knew I did—so I waited for the other shoe to drop. It did. She
added, ‘Take your dog for a walk every day. Set an alarm if you have to. Just
get up from your desk, put the leash on the dog, and get outside. He’ll love
it, and you will too.’
“How does this help me plan my workout routine?” my friend asked the
“It won’t,” the trainer said. “You don’t need a detailed plan to start exercising
again. You want one, because plans are comfortable for you. You feel all this
pressure to get everything done, to figure it all out with all these changes
in your routine, and you won’t give yourself permission to introduce
something different that might break up the flow. The work will be there
when you get back, and, I promise, 15 minutes won’t kill any deadlines.”
My friend thought about what she said all the way home, where his dogs
greeted him at the door. He started to walk past them—thinking about
deadlines—and then, he stopped. “Fifteen minutes,” he thought. “I’ve got
that.” So, he tossed his sport coat across the stair rail, changed his shoes and
took his furry pals for a walk.
“That was a month ago,” my friend said, “and you know what? Two weeks
in, on the way back from the walk, I opened the garage door and saw my
weight bench, all dusty and ignored. ‘Just 15 minutes,’ I thought, and I got
in a few quick sets.”
He laughed, “‘Walk the dog,’ she said. I thought she was patronizing me.
When I chose to listen, I realized she was helping me see past my selfimposed
limitations. Now my pants, and my perspective, both fit a lot
TEACHER OF THE MONTH
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Is your business the leader of
Coeur d’Alene High School
English Teacher and Assistant
would not say there was any one thing
that inspired me to get into teaching
but a culmination of life experiences,”
says Jacob Graham, a 10th grade English
teacher for Coeur d’Alene High School and the
assistant coach for the Vikings wrestling team.
The oldest of three boys, he taught his younger
brothers how to do things like tie their shoes,
deal with bullies, ride bikes and TP houses. His
grandmother was a teacher, and Jacob took
her advice and started tutoring his classmates
while in sixth grade.
Later in high school, he
coached 4- to 7-year-olds
Jacob’s own mother went
on to be a teacher while
raising him. “There
were many afternoons
I spent playing with
Pokémon cards in college
classrooms while my
mother obtained her
degree,” he recalls. “I
guess all of those different
experiences made the
decision to become a
teacher an easy one.”
In his four years of
have gone on to be hired by companies they
completed their Senior Project job shadow
hours with, have come back from college to tell
him their English classes are easier because of
how he taught them to read critically and write
fluently, and have placed at the Idaho State
“Whether it happens in the classroom or on a
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wrestling mat, the most rewarding part about
being a teacher is seeing those you teach find
success,” he says. “I take great pride in my
students and athletes being highly successful.”
Jacob did his student teaching at Moscow
Middle School where he coached their
wrestling team, before moving on to Lakes
Middle School and finally Coeur d’Alene High
School. In a recent wrestling tournament,
more than 100 students he had taught from
the schools were together
in the same building,
he went he got a hello,
and students asking each
other how they knew
him—it was a particularly
Jacob invented a saying
in college that he now
shares with his students:
“A cute face will get you
far, but big arms will get
“In many ways it sounds
like a silly quote from
a meathead wrestling
coach,” he says, “but
it translates to a much
larger idea: If you are
willing to work harder than those around you,
your opportunities for success are endless. You
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As the coronavirus fills our news
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and as governments, hospitals and
municipalities grapple with how
to address the growing crisis, it has become
increasingly clear that, for the immediate
future, our customary ways of life have been
One significant change is that we are experiencing
less social interaction, and we’re making fewer
trips outside of our homes or offices. Many of
us may find ourselves in a situation where we
or our loved ones are required to quarantine or
The significant impact of COVID-19 has
undoubtedly left many of us wondering, “What
could happen to me, and how could this affect
my family and loved ones?” “What if I become
seriously ill, or worse?” The stark reality is that it
appears many of us will be personally impacted
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Everyone should have an estate plan, especially
Whether you are young or old, married or
single, high health risk or low risk, you should
have an estate plan. This has long been true, even
before the rise of COVID-19. But it’s especially
A properly constructed estate plan should be
centered around a will or trust that identifies
your heirs and facilitates an easy administration
of your estate. It is an immense benefit to those
you leave behind to have memorialized these
important decisions and to have created a
mechanism for your wishes to be carried out
without great expense or conflict.
Equally important are the elements of an estate
plan that deal with your potential incapacity. If
you end up in the hospital or quarantined, you
may not have the ability to manage your affairs,
which is why it is critical to have prepared
financial and medical powers of attorney in
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individual to make decisions for you and act on
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possible to meet with an estate planning attorney
face to face using your computer or smartphone.
Quite fortuitously, the State of Idaho passed a
law in January of this year authorizing the use
of virtual notary services via videoconferencing,
meaning you can have your documents
witnessed and notarized without ever having to
step out of your living room.
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COMMUNITY SUPPORT SHINES THROUGH
ANNUAL SPRING BENEFIT POSTPONED UNTIL JUNE 5
By Jillian Chandler
It takes a village to raise a child—and to ensure the doors of the
Children’s Village continue to remain open. The Coeur d’Alene
community continues to be unwavering in its support and generosity
to this important and necessary organization, which can be seen yearround.
2020 is the 30th year of services provided at the Children’s Village. Held
at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, the Spring Benefit is their annual fundraiser
and is crucial to impacting the Children’s Village annual operating
budget. The event will be a celebration of the community’s dedication to
being the village for these local children.
With the strong recommendation to avoid large crowds due to COVID-19,
this year’s Spring Benefit “Our 30th Year,” which was scheduled for April
18, has been postponed and is now scheduled to take place Friday, June 5.
A wonderful evening of friends and fellowship kicks off with the silent
auction, live entertainment and cocktail hour from 5 to 6:30pm. A
program, seated dinner, live auction and paddle raise will follow.
The Children’s Village team is truly grateful to the Coeur d’Alene Resort
for accommodating their needs and providing an ideal alternate date to
hold this much-anticipated yearly fundraiser. On the Children’s Village
Facebook page, a post from their CEO, Mark Wilson, states: “The support
of this community continues to keep our doors open, and we remain
incredibly grateful for your generosity each year and hope you’ll join us
on our newly rescheduled event date.”
Though the event was previously sold out, due to the date change, more
space is available for a few additional tables. Please contact Vanessa Moos
to inquire about remaining tickets at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Even if you are unable to attend this year’s Spring Benefit, every donation,
no matter how big or small, directly impacts these children’s lives. To
find out more about the Children’s Village, the work they do and how
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TEAM HOYT FINDS A HOME IN COEUR D’ALENE
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With the mantra, “Yes, you can,” Team Hoyt began with
a father-and-son team whose incredible achievements
fought the odds and took a stand for universal inclusion
and possibility. After a history of finding strength
in uncertainty, theirs is to empower anyone with a disability to enjoy
physical exercise and the outdoors.
Officially, team Hoyt is a 501(c)(3) corporation created in the honor of
the famed running and triathlon duo Dick Hoyt and his son Rick.
The organization’s social media pages state, “No matter your disability,
no matter your age, we’re here to get out and enjoy the beautiful Idaho
outdoors. Together.” Their mission, based on the duo’s unwavering “Yes,
you can!” motto, has found its home in Coeur d’Alene.
Team Hoyt values the outdoors, making new friends and inclusion for
all—and for that, the active North Idaho community couldn’t be a better
The organization makes it all possible by helping to provide the required
gear for participants and assembling running volunteers to stay with
participants until the finish line.
According to the story described by Team Hoyt Coeur d’Alene, Team
Hoyt originated with Rick and Dick Hoyt, who are now widely known
for their participation in the Boston Marathon and countless Ironman
competitions. The challenges they have overcome together began
decades ago, beginning from Rick’s date of birth.
When Rick Hoyt was born in 1962, his umbilical cord was wrapped
around his neck, restricting the oxygen supply to his brain.
Following a diagnosis as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy, Dick
and Judy brought their son home, despite doctors’ recommendations to
institutionalize him. The Hoyts saw their son’s potential and readiness to
interact with the world and committed to give him a normal upbringing.
In 1972, they rallied their community to raise $5,000 in donations
through fundraising events such as bake sales and dinner parties, saving
up to pay engineers at Tuft University to build a unique interactive
computer for Rick. The computer would allow Rick to communicate
through messages typed on an alphabet pad connected to the pad on his
The beginning of their passion for races originated a few years later, in
1977. At Rick’s request, Dick pushed his son through an entire 5-mile run
that would benefit a high school lacrosse team player who had recently
been paralyzed. Despite Dick never having been a runner before, the
pair finished next-to-last (not last) and was declared Team Hoyt going
forward. Rick told his father that day that running made him feel like he
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Something immensely special happened that day, and there has been no
stopping the pair since.
As a perfect example of the truth behind their mission statement (“Yes,
you can!”), the pair behind Team Hoyt has finished countless distance
races, including 255 triathlons (six being Ironman distance and seven
being Half Ironman distance), 22 duathlons, 72 marathons (32 being
the Boston Marathon), 95 half marathons, 35 Falmouth 7.1-milers, and
several more distance races.
With the gorgeous scenery and active community that Coeur d’Alene
residents are lucky to call home, this location is a beautiful one for an
outdoor fitness-based organization to thrive.
In the 2020 season, team Hoyt was set to participate in the Hauser Lake
Icebreaker Run on April 5, the Downtown Coeur d’Alene Spring Dash
on April 18, The Donut Dash Fun Run on May 16 and the Coeur d’Alene
Marathon, among several more events scheduled into the summer.
Of course, in light of the pandemic we face today, changes have had to be
made. Due to safety recommendations set in place during the COVID-19
outbreak, the 2020 event schedule remains uncertain for Team Hoyt.
As of late March, the Hauser Lake Icebreaker Run has been cancelled for
this year. The Spring Dash has been converted to a virtual race which
can be completed anywhere—on your favorite running route, track, or
at home on the treadmill. Your time can still be submitted online to be
listed in the event results, and participants are eligible to receive a race
bib and shirt.
Negative Split is currently working to put emergency planning in place
for the Coeur d’Alene Marathon, half marathon and 10k scheduled for
May 24 in McEuen Park.
While the 2020 event schedule is, like many things are at this time, subject
to change, the Coeur d’Alene community is encouraged to stay connected
and supportive of Team Hoyt.
Follow along with Team Hoyt Coeur d’Alene on Facebook as they
continue to post schedule updates and opportunities to join virtual
events, such as story times with branches of Team Hoyt from around the
country. Staying in contact with fellow team members during this time
will only contribute to a stronger, happier reunion in the future.
Team Hoyt immensely values and recognizes support they continue
to receive from the community. Community donations have made it
possible for the organization to pay race entry fees, purchase running
chairs, provide gear to participants and hold strong in times of need.
The organization appreciates both corporate sponsorships and individual
donations. You can donate and learn more about the Coeur d’Alene
branch of Team Hoyt by visiting TeamHoytCdA.com. Continue to stay
in touch with them on social media as we collectively strive to maintain
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For nearly a decade, Brenda Burk has been serving the Inland
Northwest, dedicating her time to bringing her clients real estate
dreams to reality. For those buying, selling or looking to relocate,
Brenda and her team are ready to serve you!
At Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty, she is joined by her experienced
buyer’s agents: her son Bobby Durand; long-time friend Tammy Casto;
and their most recent addition, Lisa Dillon, the team’s Spokane specialist.
The team also includes Jamie Akers, general manager.
“I believe because of our overall love for the area, the fact that we live
here and exude pride in the local nature and culture, our clients feel this
and get enthused about moving here and starting fresh,” smiles Brenda.
From a young age, Brenda was drawn to homes and architecture. While
growing up in the ‘80s, she recalls her friends flipping through the pages
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Homes and Gardens!
Before pursuing real estate, Brenda launched her own business, growing
it to have an international presence. In 2006, she sold her company to a
Fortune 500 firm, giving her a unique approach to real estate. “We are
very heavy into systems, game plans, goal setting and developing a clear
path to achieve success and adapting to the market,” says Brenda. “My
belief is if you’re not changing, you’re not pushing your comfort zone, and
you and your business are not growing.”
Having lived abroad in France and Mexico (she started selling real estate
in Cabo San Lucas in 2008), as well as traveling extensively throughout
the world, gives Brenda an edge to knowing just what makes living in the
Inland Northwest extra special. “I can relate and empathize with the big
move and hopefully try to make the decision to move to our area more
comfortable and even exciting! To be a part of this special gem, it’s unlike
any other place on earth.”
She enjoys being able to interact with her clients and hearing their stories,
from what brought them here, why they are thinking of moving here,
their lives both personal and professional, and just discovering who they
are. “It is fascinating. And then to try to match them to a property is like
matchmaking. It is fun and so rewarding when we help them find just the
perfect property for them.”
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says, “The day a new owner finds the perfect property, we are able to get
that house for them, and I can call them with a word of congratulations.
The cherry on top is when we hand over the keys. The look on their
face, the excitement, the pride of ownership is priceless, and I’m blessed
with being able to share that experience. It never gets old and is always
Brenda feels so fortunate to be able to call Coeur d’Alene home and is
grateful to be a part of the local business community—and the Coeur
d’Alene community as a whole. “The small-town feel that’s found here,
you just do not see or feel that everywhere,” she affirms. “There is a true
sense of community in both personal and business relationships.”
Brenda is extensively involved in the Women’s Council of Realtors and is a
big supporter of the Idaho Youth Ranch. The team also proudly supports
the local Food Bank. “We plan to organize a food drive for all of us who
overbought during this unsettling time in the world, and it should be a
windfall for the food banks when this is all over,” she says.
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Hard for Education” is what
CHAFE stands for, and that’s
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
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 and Literacy Program, and
other youth and education programs.
“Last year was a breakout year for us, with over
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 leadership training and books for
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 three of my kids are products
of the local school district and now I have
grandkids. Early literacy is, in my opinion, the
key to success,” says Kim Woodruff, the director
of Parks and Rec for the City of Sandpoint,
and a participant in the CHAFE 150 since its
“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.”
CHAFE 150 GRAN FONDO
RIDING TO SUPPORT CHILD LITERACY
BY ABIGAIL THORPE
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Riders from all over the country come out to
participate in the CHAFE 150, with 60 percent
coming from outside Sandpoint. Several years
ago, the ride was named a top 10 scenic ride in
the country, and Bicycling Magazine names it
the number three charity ride in the country.
The ride offers 150-, 100-, 80-, 40- and 25-
mile scenic routes through the Selle Valley and
around the Cabinet Mountains, plus a family
fun ride, and provides six fully stocked rest
stops along the way, all manned by community
organizations who compete to win the traveling
trophy for the best rest stop, as picked by the
“The scenic course, top-notch organization and
awesome volunteers are what make the event,”
says Woodruff. “I always start thinking about
the cold beer waiting at the finish about halfway
down the Bull River road—always. Seems like
the hills east of Clark Fork get steeper every
year. I’m a lone wolf and don’t hook up with
other riders so that I can crank hair-band rock
and only pay attention to the white line.”
Each year the ride brings in about $200,000 to
the local economy of Sandpoint from people
visiting, staying and eating at local businesses.
The CHAFE has been a driving force in
bringing the community together every June
over a great cause and survives on the back
of its incredible volunteer team and sponsors.
From the race organization to the rest stops and
day-of work, volunteers handle it all.
This will be Steve Sanchez’s 11th year
volunteering for the event. He provides
motorcycle support on the route and is trained
in Wilderness and Remote First Aid, CPR and
bicycle repair. “I love helping bicyclists on
the CHAFE have a wonderful and safe riding
experience on some of the most beautiful
roads in the area,” says Sanchez. “I love being
there for them to give some motivation if they
are struggling up a steep hill, provide an extra
bottle of water on a hot day, or change a flat tire
so a rider can rest a few minutes.”
Woodruff remembers one year when he was
given official clearance to ride the 150-mile
route a day early so he wouldn’t miss hearing
his daughter speak at her graduation, which
was the day of the gran fondo. The founder of
the ride, Brad Williams, also known as the “father” of CHAFE, was out
marking the course and delivered Woodruff an ice cream along the way.
No matter the weather, riders come out and volunteers join to cheer
them on. “At the pre-ride breakfast at Trinity, we have seen everything
from wind and driving rain to beautiful sunny skies,” recalls Sanchez.
“Regardless of the weather forecast, I love seeing the excitement on the
faces of the riders fueling up for, what may be, the longest bicycle ride of
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 youth
(16 and younger), registration fees are $50 for the 150-, 100- and 80-mile
routes, $20 for the 40- and 25-mile routes. In addition to the registration,
all adult riders are required to raise a minimum of $50 for the ride cause
($25 for youth). For those who raise more, there are a series of prizes,
ranging from free registration to a free bike if you raise $4,000 or more.
The family fun ride is free to kids 5 and younger and any accompanying
adults, and $5 for kids 6 and over.
Without its sponsors, the CHAFE 150 and its fundraising for the local
community would not be possible. This year’s presenting sponsor is
Gary and Julie French, with platinum sponsors including Like Media,
Litehouse Foods, RE/Max, Timberline Helicopters and Ting. Gold level
sponsors include 219 Lounge, Pend Oreille Mechanical, KPND, WSS
CPAs and Consultants, Trinity at City Beach, Bonner General Health,
Greasy Fingers, Bonner County Daily Bee, Elana Westphal, Kochava,
7BTV, Washington Trust, Sandpoint Living Local, Jason Duchow
Photography, Clearwater Gear, Parker Subaru, and Angela and Tim
Cochran. Opportunities to sponsor the event are still available, and every
contribution goes to making the CHAFE 150 the incredible ride and
community event that it is.
“Volunteering at a CHAFE rest stop was one of the highlights of my year,”
says Murray. “Riders from near and far participate in support of such an
important cause—literacy. Thank you to the riders, sponsors, Rotary and
all of our community members who make this event possible!”
To register, sponsor or volunteer, visit CHAFE150.org.
The organizers of the CHAFE 150 are monitoring the COVID-19
situation. They are hopeful that the ride will continue as planned.
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Sandpoint Rotary presents the 13th Annual CHAFE 150 Gran Fondo,
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grand loop around the Cabinet Mountains through gorgeous lake and
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party on the shores of beautiful Lake Pend Oreille in Sandpoint. Ride
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Coeur d’Alene’s Madison Symons stands
out in many ways. At 6-feet tall, she’s
easy to spot on the basketball and
volleyball courts. Her play during her freshman
season was also something that caught the eye
of many around the league. We asked Madison
about her early accomplishments and some
of her goals as she continues her high school
Q. What are some of the accomplishments
you are most proud of?
A. I was honored to be awarded Co-Player of
the Year for high school basketball alongside
Brooklyn Rewers. I play AAU volleyball
for Renovators Volleyball Club and AAU
IN HER WORDS ...
basketball for the Northwest Blazers. I have
been blessed with an amazing AAU basketball
team where we won the West Coast National
Championship twice. I am proud to say that
I currently have a 4.313 (GPA) in school
because of the great learning environment I
Q. What is your plan for college/school in
the future? Do you plan to play sports in
A. I plan to attend a college where I can have
the opportunity to pursue my love of sports. I
am working to go to a four-year college to do
this, and hopefully play high level sports.
Q. What are some of your career interests
A. I want to get into the medical field for
my future after sports. My plan currently
is to be an OBGYN because I really enjoy
“My coaches have helped me realize that the biggest opponent to my success is me—and only
me. If I am not rooting for myself, no one else will.”
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people, and the thought of helping them
build a healthy family fills me with joy.
Although I would love to do this job, if I
was blessed with the opportunity to play
professionally somewhere, either here or
overseas, that would be a dream.
Q. What is it about basketball that you
enjoy the most?
A. The part about basketball that I enjoy
the most is the competition part of the
game. I love to win and I will not settle
for anything less, which helps me get
my drive in and out of practice. Losing
is not in my blood, so I have learned to
put the competitiveness into pushing
myself harder in practice. The basketball
court is where I can be myself, and the
real me shines through because my
competitiveness isn’t out of place. I love
competitions and although it is not
always a positive, I find a way to make
everything in my life the most important
competition; whether it is from family
card games to winning a championship,
it is what I love to do.
Q. What is one life lesson you have
learned from a coach or through your
involvement in sports?
A. Something that I have struggled with
in my career is knowing when to criticize
myself and knowing when to be proud of
what I have accomplished. My coaches
have helped me realize that the biggest
opponent to my success is me—and only
me. If I am not rooting for myself, nobody
else will. Understanding this concept has
been hard for me, but all of my amazing
coaches, trainers and parents have helped
me through the process. They have also
taught me many life lessons on leadership,
how to be a positive leader and help each
individual with their needs, hard-work,
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THE BUDDING WELLNESS INDUSTRY IN COEUR D’ALENE
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There’s nothing quite like that first breath of spring to inspire you
to make a few positive lifestyle changes for your personal health
and well-being. It’s the perfect time for a fresh start, right? The
cold is easing up, the occasional snippet of blue sky is peeking around
the corner of the clouds, and it’s becoming more pleasant to spend time
However, this is also the time of year when many of us find our New
Year’s resolutions slipping away into the ether, so it can be hard to find
the motivation to step out and try something new. But what if the perfect
opportunity for you to kickstart a more health-conscious journey was
waiting in a new business right across the street?
It’s no secret that Coeur d’Alene is rapidly changing and expanding.
As a long-time resident of Coeur d’Alene who recently returned from
a few years abroad, the first things I noticed upon my return were the
sprawling new housing developments, modern businesses and roads
that are continually popping up all over the place. When I looked a little
deeper, however, I was pleased to discover a more exciting, yet subtle,
change: a budding wellness industry.
The health and wellness industry is comprised of any and all activities
that promote mental and physical well-being: think yoga and meditation,
nutrition and healthy eating, self-care retreats and relaxation spas, and
exercise and workout centers. I’ve been noticing a wonderful boom of all
sorts of wellness-related businesses in our beautiful lakeside town. Some
of these have all been a part of Coeur d’Alene in some way or another for
the past few decades, but not to the degree that I’ve noticed in the last
This is an exciting change! I think it’s high time we North Idahoans
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Michelle and Kyle Cooper are the proud owners of CDA Power Yoga
in the Riverstone development. Originally from Oregon, they found
their piece of paradise in Coeur d’Alene and saw it as the perfect place
to start a powerful community to “serve the people of North Idaho in a
way that would provide a space for health, wellness, healing, growth and
Michelle’s enthusiasm was tangible when I asked her to share her story
and the motivation behind CDA Power Yoga. “[My husband Kyle and
I] know, through experience, the positive impact yoga can have and
believe, wholeheartedly, that the work people do on their mat, both
physically and mentally, can cultivate a life of strength, possibility and
Classes run throughout the week, several times a day, so if you are
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stop in, say hello to Michelle and Kyle, and get ready to roll out your mat.
The Wellness Bar
The Wellness Bar has been a part of the Hayden, Post Falls and Coeur
d’Alene communities for several years now, but this health-minded eatery
is constantly expanding their offerings and gaining a larger following as
more and more people tune in to a wholesome approach to nutrition.
Offering everything from freshly pressed juices to Hawaiian-style acai
bowls to protein waffles, they’re sure to have something to delight even
the pickiest of eaters.
I personally adore a hearty smoothie bowl and was not disappointed
when a friend and I decided to split the Big Kahuna. Layered with
crunchy granola, fresh fruits, seeds, coconut flakes and almond butter,
it was a satisfying lunch that left our bellies comfortable and our energy
levels up. There aren’t many juice bars in Coeur d’Alene, so along with
being a bit of a novelty, this one also happens to taste top-notch!
Over on Fourth Street, Pilgrim’s Market has recently become quite a
large haven for the health-conscious grocery shopper. Joe Hamilton
and his wife purchased the store more than 20 years ago, starting out
with just one employee (today they have 90). Joe fondly recalls how, at
the beginning, the “produce selection was limited to 25-pound bags of
carrots for one or two customers who liked juicing and a couple of heads
of lettuce. Today our produce department is a large and vibrant section
of the store that we take great pride in.”
If you haven’t had a chance to meander the many aisles of Pilgrim’s
Market, your senses are definitely missing out! The 25,000-square-foot
store offers everything from gourmet cheeses to bulk foods, local beer
and wine, meat and deli departments, vegan and vegetarian options
galore, kombucha on tap, supplements and organic beauty products,
an innovative wellness center, and even a large event center. Joe and
his stellar team ensure that your experience in-store is about so much
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more than just stocking the pantry. They’re on hand
to answer any questions you might have, direct you
to a new product that fits exactly what you’re looking
for, or simply serve as a support system on your health
When I saw Cosmic Cowboy’s tagline, “Honest Food
for Good People,” I was intrigued and inspired to
wander into this quirky restaurant. I’m quite happy I
Owner Steven Eller tells me that he opened the
restaurant in 2017 “to fill a void in the market, namely,
a ‘clean eating’ restaurant where vegetables are featured
as prominently as the proteins.” Cosmic Cowboy
offers scratch-made, award-winning food that can fit
literally any dietary need. With an emphasis on fresh,
healthy ingredients and the ability to personalize
your order, it’s the perfect spot to visit for a quick and
nutritious lunch or dinner.
Coeur d’Alene Healing Arts
Coeur d’Alene Healing Arts is a comprehensive,
person-centered health-care facility located
near Downtown Coeur d’Alene. With a focus on
compassionate listening and personalized care, clinic
director Dr. Hunter Peterson and associate physician
Dr. Mia Grothman are working with patients to
encourage a more holistic approach to health.
Naturopathic medicine is traditionally more focused
on the dynamic relationship between a person’s
mental, physical, biochemical and spiritual state of
well-being. By working to alleviate stress and illness
through natural means, Drs. Peterson and Grothman
encourage patients to be active and educated
participants in their own health care. Instead of simply
treating the symptoms, naturopathy encourages you
to find the root of your illness or pain and alleviate it
from the source.
Coeur d’Alene Healing Arts is accepting new patients,
so if you are looking to start a new health-care journey
because a more “standard” approach to health care
hasn’t been working for you, give them a ring!
The beauty is that this is just a tiny sample of what
Coeur d’Alene has to offer the health-conscious
consumer, so get out there for yourself and sample the
vibrant flavor of wellness that our community is taking
on. It’s never been easier to try something you’ve
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Jamie Richardson’s life these days is a reflection of her definition of
“It’s taking the risk when you see the opportunity to build a better
life for yourself and your family,” said Richardson, 31, of Coeur d’Alene.
A wife and the mother of two toddlers, Richardson stepped out of
her comfort zone and enrolled last year in the Business Management
program at North Idaho College. She is working toward earning an
associate degree, an effort that is part of a bigger entrepreneurial vision
for Richardson and her husband, Harold.
The couple plans to open Tactical Detail, a mobile automotive detailing
business. Harold operated a similar enterprise in the past and longs to be
self-employed again, she said.
“We thought it would be ideal for us to build it together, so he could find
some happiness and I could find a purpose,” Richardson said.
She came to NIC after attending college several times but never earning
“I took breaks because my life changed,” Richardson said.
One of those breaks included a stint in the U.S. Army National Guard.
That experience took her to Afghanistan for a nine-month deployment
in 2012 and 2013.
“I was a military police combat support. We helped train local police, and
we did security,” she said.
When not serving her country, Richardson had worked in business
environments over the years but knew she required other specialized
business knowledge if she and Harold were going to make their dream of
being their own boss a reality.
“I need specifics on how to build a business and the best way to operate a
business to be successful,” Richardson said.
She looked into the NIC program and liked what she saw.
“I found they had the things I wanted to learn,” Richardson said.
The Business Management A.A.S. degree at NIC is geared toward
business leadership and management. General business courses cover
basic principles and practices. Students explore the organization of
business environments, the different facets of business operations and
how they function interdependently.
There are also several basic technical certificates—Business Core,
Entrepreneurship, Human Resources and Supervision—embedded in
the Business Management A.A.S. degree program.
“Combined with the general education requirements for an A.A.S.
degree, a student is well-prepared to manage a small business or launch
a business of their own,” said Sue Shibley, an NIC professor and division
chair of business and professional programs at the college.
Richardson said her entrepreneurship classes are positioning her well to
handle the administrative side of things—paperwork and finances—in
the new family business.
Through her coursework and interaction with instructors at NIC,
Richardson said she can create a business plan and get valuable feedback
about it from experts.
“Being here and knowing what I’m going to do with what I’m learning,
and having that real-world application, it’s a huge benefit,” she said.
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By Jeff Pufnock L.Ac. Ph.D. and Jessica Youngs L.Ac.
We touched upon the principles of Winter Seasonal Living in our
December 2019 article. Now we find ourselves in the midst of
spring, as the natural world is reborn from the dormancy of
winter. In this season, we utilize the nourishment instilled within during
the deep rest of winter to support the emerging creative energy of spring.
To experience the vitality of spring in a healthy way, there must be a clear
pathway inside ourselves for it to follow. These concepts of seasonal living
may initially feel esoteric or foreign, however, the desire to create clarity
in the spring is well known in the tradition of ‘Spring Cleaning.’ Chinese
medicine provides us the additional wisdom that ‘Spring Cleaning’ must
occur not only within our garages but also within ourselves.
In our physical bodies, we can embrace this upward momentum by
increasing our physical activity levels to rejuvenate our metabolism and
shed the physical remnants of winter. These activities are best done outside,
witnessing the emergence of spring in all its natural wonder. Stretching is
also very beneficial at this time of year to enliven, open up and create more
space in the physical body.
The simplest dietary guideline to implement in the spring is to abstain
from overeating. It is essential during this season to eliminate foods that
are heavy and difficult for the body to detoxify. Instead, focus on eating
plenty of lightly cooked seasonal vegetables and fresh herbs.
Spring is an opportunity to clear our minds and emotions by letting go
of past anger, frustration and resentment. In Chinese medicine these
It is recommended to get at least 150 minutes of moderateintensity
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BEING OPEN AND
emotions are known to not only restrict the freedom
of our minds but to also inhibit the health of our
physical bodies. We can reclaim our well-being
in the present and future by continuously moving
toward acceptance and forgiveness of the past.
Utilizing the clarity that has been cultivated in
both body and mind, the expansive spring energy
can then be harnessed to move forward in pursuit
of our dreams and aspirations. This is a time for
vision, planning and engaging in daily activities
with determination and creativity. Embrace
spontaneity and new avenues to express yourself.
Most importantly, do not rush to immediately fill all
the space you have created in your life. As we move
toward the full manifestation of summer, keep these
spaces open so they can be filled with something
amazing yet to blossom.
Tips for Vibrant Spring Living:
• Go on a walk, hike or bike ride and engage with the
emergence of spring in nature around you.
• Eliminate fatty, fried, processed foods, foods with
artificial ingredients, preservatives and flavorings,
white sugar, alcohol and caffeine.
• Eat until you are 80 percent full. Prepare seasonal
fresh vegetables with light cooking methods such
as steaming, quick boiling, quick sautéing and stirfrying.
• Release old anger, frustration and resentment.
Apologize to anyone who needs an apology from
you. Embrace all life with compassion, acceptance
• Envision your future and clear a path for the
manifestation of your dreams.
THE BIOME AND VIROME WITHIN
SUPPORTING A SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP WITH THE
BACTERIA AND VIRUSES THAT INHABIT OUR BODY
BY SCOTT PORTER
Getting exposed to viruses and bacteria
is a certainty. This happens from the
moment we are born, some think
even before, and continues with every
breath we take. It is not just a part of life, it’s actually
a component of what makes life possible.
Microorganisms help break down our food, build
some of the nutrients we need, support our immune
system, and work with us to fight off infections and
diseases. A lot of viruses and bacteria are essential
microbes to human health.
We are host to 300 to 1,000 different kinds of
bacteria, perhaps totaling upward of 20 trillion.
There are so many in our “biome” they may actually
outnumber our own cells.
The human “virome” is the total collection of
viruses in our body. This changes with season, age,
and even prior or current exposures. These viruses
may outnumber bacteria by a factor of 10 to 1.
Some viruses, like phages, will destroy bacteria,
and others will kill off more harmful viruses. There
are some that can arm our natural killer cells that
are capable of killing tumor cells. Other viruses
may infect bacteria and help regulate our digestion
by altering their DNA.
Our immune system is continually stimulated at
a low level by viruses throughout our body. This
helps us fight off other infections. The immunity
we developed from prior exposure to one virus
can also allow us to fend off an exposure to a new
An inactive herpes virus will help our body identify
cancer cells and other cells infected with viruses.
This allows us to target the cells to destroy without
getting carried away and damaging our healthy
Our DNA has been permanently affected by viruses
long ago, so much so that we find traces of these
critters when sequencing our genome. It’s possible
that these viruses may have given rise to important
aspects of our lives, such as both the placenta
and opposable thumbs due to the mutations they
The body is pretty amazing at supporting a
symbiotic relationship with these beneficial
microorganisms, and keeping in check the
pathogenic ones that cause us problems if they get
out of hand—most of the time.
Our responsibility is to take care of our microbiome
and virome in such a way that it thrives, and to
support our body’s natural immune system so
when it is needed it’s available and doesn’t get
I do this by sleeping well, staying active, eating
a nutrient-dense whole-food diet and drinking
more water than I would think is possible. And
I stay on top of the core nutrients most of us
are typically deficient in—probiotics, vitamin
D and K, magnesium, B vitamins, some trace
minerals, omega 3s and enzymes. I can’t stress the
importance of this enough. Then, at times, I add in
other effective immune boosters.
When I know additional exposure to extreme
pathogens is at hand, I want to have the greatest
confidence that I have done my best to prepare.
I’d rather my body get rid of small numbers of
these microbes before they multiply and cause
prolonged inflammation or, even worse, set off an
uncontrolled self-destructive immune response.
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What is blue light, and why is it bad? Blue light is a color
in the visible light spectrum. It has one of the shortest
wavelengths in the light spectrum, resulting in the
highest amount of energy. In its natural form, blue light
comes from the sun and helps regulate the body’s circadian rhythm—
the natural sleep and wake cycles. It also boosts alertness, heightens
reaction times, elevates moods and promotes an overall feeling of wellbeing.
Blue light in its artificial form comes from digital screens (TVs,
computers, laptops, smartphones and tablets), electronic devices, and
fluorescent and LED lighting. Prolonged exposure to blue light in this
form causes eye strain, headaches, physical and mental fatigue.
Over time, exposure to the blue end of the light spectrum can cause
long-term damage to your eyes and to your skin. The natural filters in
our eyes are not capable of providing enough protection against blue
light rays in any form. Prolonged exposure to blue light may cause
retinal damage and contribute to age-related macular degeneration—
and in some cases, vision loss.
While blue light in small amounts can help elevate your mood,
increase alertness and regulate sleep patterns, chronic exposure to
blue light, specifically at night, can have the opposite effect, lowering
the production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep, by
disrupting the circadian rhythm and negatively affecting your mood.
It is common knowledge: UV light can cause damage to the skin.
Because of its shorter wavelength, blue light penetrates deeper than UV
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discoloration, inflammation and weakening of the skin’s surface, which
causes collagen and elastin to break down, resulting in fine lines,
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BY MARC STEWART, HERITAGE HEALTH
Al Mahoney’s life could be a novel someday.
His story is one of youthful exuberance, longterm
homelessness, drunken violence, near death
experiences and ultimately redemption. By his
own account, he’s lucky to be alive.
“Al is an exception to the rule,” says Two Feathers,
a community outreach worker with Heritage
Health. “At first, it was how many days can you
be sober, then weeks and then months. We made
sure to contact and support him on a daily basis.
As time went by, he didn’t need as much from us.
Then we started helping him with his life skills.”
For nearly 40 years alcohol dominated this man’s
life. Eventually he decided to confront alcoholism
and start a new life of sobriety.
“The credit goes to Two Feathers and TJ Byrne,”
says Al. “They saved my life. All of the people at
Heritage Health really care.”
Heritage Health’s Street Medicine program looked
after Al. Two Feathers and Byrne, a physician
assistant, helped him stop drinking, making sure
his medical and emotional needs were being met
on a daily basis.
The details of Al’s life are still a little foggy. The
56-year-old Coeur d’Alene man has been battling
alcoholism with repeated stints in rehabilitation
centers across the country. None of his recovery
efforts or treatments worked for the fiercely
He was shot in the head, but he doesn’t remember
He points to a metal rod in his leg which had to be
inserted after a car ran him over. He has been to
prison too. He spent 27 months in an Iowa prison
after clobbering a college student over the head
with a chair during a poker game.
He’s been arrested countless times.
The common denominator in those situations has
always been alcohol.
“At first, I was young and adventurous,” he says.
“I just grew tired of my life. I wanted something
better for myself.”
Heritage Health provided the resources to ensure
he could achieve his goals—even if that meant
giving him a ride to see a counselor or just helping
him with day-to-day struggles.
“Heritage Health was there for me,” says Al. “They
went beyond just doing their jobs. They saved my
life. I am so much better off today than I was.”
Despite having long-term health issues, Al is
optimistic about the future. He’s working as a
janitor at a local business. He is also off the streets.
“Things are going great,” says Al. “I feel great. I am
moving into a new apartment. It’s been six months
since I have had a drink. That has been hard. It’s a
fight for sure, but I know I can do it.”
“Once I got out of rehab in Florida, and within
hours I was drinking again,” he says. “I couldn’t
Al is a survivor.
Wrestling: A Story of
Hope and Peace
NORTH IDAHO NATIVES LARRY
AND SHELLY STECKMAN ON A
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
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 award-winning 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 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
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,
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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
of the nonprofit Make it Rain, who ultimately became a
medicine partner of Wrestling for Peace and partners with
Hope for Her. “We have merged our work, and I currently
serve on their Board of Directors,” says Larry.
Make it Rain is an organization consisting of a collection of
individuals whose sole focus is utilizing their networking
skills and abilities to help others. They focus on providing
medicine, medical clinics and other aid initiatives to
regions in the Sahrawi Democratic Republic, Uganda,
Zambia and Mexico. It was the perfect pairing for the
Steckmans, Hope for Her and Wrestling for Peace, and a
great way to unite efforts and connections in a desire to
serve the underserved.
The Steckmans continued their work with Hope for Her
and Hope for Restoration Initiative, partnering with Make
it Rain, while also working as ambassadors for Wrestling
for Peace. All shared the same mission of providing hope,
love and aid to communities in need. “The next act of faith
was to let go and let God be in charge,” says Larry. The
support they needed would come in a major way not long
“I don’t remember the day, but Austin called me and said,
‘The First Lady of Zambia wants to talk about 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
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“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
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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
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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
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,”
Peace is built on
is a universal
is dealing with
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 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.”
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IS RELOCATION IN YOUR
DON’T WAIT TO PLAN AHEAD
BY ABIGAIL THORPE
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
With the right preparations, your relocation to your new home will be
that much more rewarding.
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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
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.
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ut 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.
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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
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.
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resale of the home, budget out accordingly and stay flexible! Everything
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Six 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 six tips
to start with:
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.
SEEK OUT GOOD
When it comes down to your final decisions,
even an agent with glowing reviews and top
referrals still may be the wrong fit if your
personalities don’t mesh. Just as important
as the cold hard facts behind an agent’s
qualifications are the way they make you feel
and your ability to communicate with them
openly. This partnership is the foundation
of your home buying or selling experience,
so it’s critical to choose someone who you
feel is honest, can support you in getting
what you need and who you’ll be excited to
work with. You’ll be spending a lot of time
together throughout the process, so trust
your gut in choosing the agent you want to
spend that time with.
ASK THE RIGHT
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.
DO YOUR RESEARCH.
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.
KNOW THE TERMINOLOGY.
As you begin your search, you’ll come across
professionals with titles like associate, agent,
independent broker or Realtor. While all are
licensed to sell real estate, there are a few
nuances to note. A real estate agent must
complete hours of coursework (varying by
state) and pass a written licensure exam that
qualifies them to work with buyers, sellers
and renters. A real estate broker has passed
an additional exam, has generally more indepth
training and business education, and
is held to a higher standard of knowledge.
Brokers can sell independently or choose to
work with a firm. As for Realtors, to hold
that title, an agent must become a member
of the National Association of Realtors
and is held to the association’s standards
of conduct and code of ethics. There are
certainly similarities and overlap between
the terms, but it’s important to know the
qualifications of the agents you come across
as you begin your search.
Previous buyers can be one of the most
important assets to your search for an
agent. Start by asking the people you
trust: family, friends and coworkers.
You’ll have the comfort in knowing you’re
receiving honest feedback, and personal
experiences can help provide valuable
insight that research alone can’t. If you
can’t glean enough insight from those
close to you, turn to other resources. It
can be as easy as looking up the agent’s
Facebook page for online reviews. The
local chamber of commerce or real estate
association can be helpful resources to
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.
DESTINATION: SAN ANTONIO
A Blend of Cultures Makes for an
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.
Photo By Marguerite Cleveland
ENJOY ALFRESCO DINING ALONG THE
SAN ANTONIO RIVERWALK, BIKE TO
HISTORIC MISSIONS OR EXPLORE TEXAS
HILL COUNTRY IN THIS MILD SEASON.
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
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
can book a package online which includes accommodations and tickets
to the parks, and you can tailor other add-ons like animal encounters
or meals. Some of the animal encounters are surprisingly reasonable in
cost, or you can go all out and book a Beluga Whale Swim Experience.
The Speci f ics
WHERE TO STAY
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa
Hotel Gibbs - HotelGibbs.com
WHERE TO EAT
Pearl - AtPearl.com
Culinaria - CulinariaSA.org
WHAT TO DO
SeaWorld San Antonio - SeaWorld.com
Visit San Antonio - VisitSanAntonio.com
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
Go Rio Cruises - GoRioCruises.com
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lions. These guys are so funny with their
antics to capture your attention so you will
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the end of the day.
The five Spanish colonial missions of the
San Antonio Missions National Historical
Park and the Alamo are a UNESCO world
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
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.
Your local Dining Guide
RECIPES LOCAL FLAVOR SPOTLIGHTS
Recipe and Photo Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP
12 large eggs
3/4 cup Chipotle Lime mayonnaise (I like Primal Kitchen brand)
1 tbsp. brown mustard
1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tsp. smokey paprika
4 strips of cooked bacon
1 tbsp. fresh chopped chives
• In a medium saucepan over high heat, cover eggs with 1 inch of water.
Bring to a boil; remove from heat. Cover pan with a lid and let stand 12
minutes. Drain eggs; run under cold water until cool enough to handle.
• Peel and halve eggs lengthwise; remove yolks and transfer to a bowl.
Mash yolks with a fork; mix in mayonnaise, mustard and lime juice. Press
mixture through a sieve or blend in a food processor to make smooth.
Season with salt and pepper.
• Using a pastry bag fitted with desired tip (I like to use the plain tip), pipe
yolk mixture into egg whites. (You can also fill a plastic Ziploc bag with
filling and cut one corner to pipe mixture into egg whites).
• Cut bacon strips into 1-inch pieces and place one piece of bacon into the
filling of each egg. Garnish deviled eggs with chopped chives and smoked
paprika. Serve immediately or chill up to two hours covered in plastic
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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
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!
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!
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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
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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
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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
215 W. Kathleen | Coeur d’Alene
208.664.4800 | FishermansMarketCdA.com
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
or outdoors on their expansive patio. 315 offers nightly specials
and food and drink pairings weekly, and live music on Tuesday
night! Open Tuesday - Saturday 3:15pm - close.
315 Wallace Ave. | Coeur d’Alene
208.667.9660 | 315Cuisine.com
41 Lakeshore Drive | Sagle, Idaho
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.
41 Lakeshore Dr. | Sagle
208.265.2000 | 41SouthSandpoint.com
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 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
“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
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
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
Spring is Here!
Be a chef at home or dine with us!
• Fresh Fish Market and Sushi Bar
• Smoked Fish
• 12 different kinds of fish and chips
215 W. Kathleen, Coeur d’Alene
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IS IDAHO CRAFT
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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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.
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
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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$2,200,000 | MLS # 20-1927
The log cabin lifestyle awaits you at the lodge
at 122 Makridge Lane in Kingston, Idaho. Placed
right in the middle of grand forests, this is a
home for every leisurely activity and for every
conceivable guest. Whether you use it for vacation
or live in it full-time, the beauty needs to be
experienced. Climb the rock wall, play basketball,
ski mountain virtually next door, ATV riding and
all on luscious 9 acres, then relax with a sweet
nighttime elixir at the bar. Entertain your friends
and family in one of two dens, each equipped with
a fireplace. Shoot pool in the loft, or else steam
out your worries in the dry sauna. For seclusion
and peace of mind, here is Makridge Lane.
$3,500,000 | MLS # 20-670
Rimrock Ranch: an exquisite equestrian estate
on nearly 12 acres with its own private entrance
to over 658 acres of picturesque wooded Idaho
public lands. Completely fenced, miles of riding
trails to enjoy and 2 wells. Endless mountain
views, all nestled back in the pines on the flat and
fully functional property with a gated entrance
which allows you complete privacy. A true chefs
kitchen with 2 Sub-Zero refrigerators, a Wolf oven
and range, even a Miele built-in coffee station
and 2 over-sized granite islands to engage your
cooking and entertaining passions. You will enjoy
special amenities such as a home theater and a
master bedroom spa-like bathroom.
$1,080,000 | MLS # 20-1407
Perfectly situated on 10 acres with a 24x35 SHOP.
Enjoy 180 degree views of stunning Lake Coeur
d’Alene and majestic North Idaho sunsets. This
custom home is not to be missed! With views
from every room it’s easy to relax and recharge
with 3 spacious bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and a
private studio apartment above the garage. Open
floor plan with vaulted ceiling in great room,
windows that let in an abundance of natural light
and provide spectacular views, and a fireplace
with gorgeous rock surround. Large kitchen with
commercial grade stainless steel appliances, quartz
counter tops, hardwood flooring and pantry.
$290,000 | MLS # 19-5712
Stunning views from atop 5 beautifully cleared
acres waiting for you to build your dream home
on one of several building sites. Enjoy close
access to town with a developed road to the
lot. Cedar trees abound and power is available.
Power is available. Parcel is in process of lot line
$219,000 | MLS 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
artesian year round spring, power to property and
two wells that may still be functioning. A rare find!
$1,150,000 | MLS # 19-7566
Looking for some of the most amazing views
in Coeur d’Alene with privacy but minutes to
town?! This home is for you! Situated on top of
the mountain in a rare setting on nearly 10 acres,
this home provides gorgeous lake and mountain
views galore 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 suite, fireplace, central air and over 4,300
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