June 2020 Gig Harbor Living Local

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June 2020 Gig Harbor Living Local

JUNE 2020

LIVING LOCAL

INSIDER

TIPS & TRICKS

pg.30

Fresh is Best

Local markets provide healthy food

BUILDING YOUR

DREAM HOME

stretch your legs

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JUNE 2020

Volume 7 Number 6

inside

The Perfect Location

How to choose where to build your home

Who Should You Hire?

Selecting your home building team

Building Trends 101

The 2020 look: bold, open and inviting

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WE'RE READY FOR THE DAYS TO GET HOTTER AND THE

NIGHTS TO GET LONGER.

Welcome, June.

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PHOTO BY SAMANTHA ELISE TILLMAN


PUBLISHER’S

Note

TO NEW BEGINNINGS

L

ife as we’ve known it

is slowly beginning to

make its return, with

much excitement, as well

as attentiveness. We at Gig Harbor Living

Local are proud to be part of this wonderful

community and over the past several weeks

have witnessed firsthand how truly strong

and committed its people are to the place

they call home.

Over the past few months, our community

has come together more than ever before

to keep our community, its businesses and

schools running—though in ways we could

have never imagined. June marks the official

beginning to summer, with schools officially

out (no more remote learning), and more

time to get out and spend time with friends

and family, as well as support our local

businesses—many who need our patronage

more than ever.

In the pages of this month’s issue of Gig

Harbor Living Local, you will once again

be treated to stories that are sure to inspire

and remind you of all the positivity that

surrounds us, even during difficult times.

Read how Gig Harbor Downtown

Waterfront Alliance is dedicated to

continuing its mission of bringing together

the community by encouraging economic

vitality, especially during these trying times

for our local businesses. You’ll be inspired

by the difference a meal can make, as the

Greater Gig Harbor Foundation and Gig

Harbor Senior Center have partnered with

BBQ2U and YMCA Camp Seymour to

bring meals to area seniors through their

Shelter-in-Place Meal program. Gig Harbor

is truly a special place to call home.

Stay strong, stay positive. Here’s to summer

and new beginnings.

Steve Russo

Executive Director | steve@like-media.com

ABOUT THE COVER

SUMMER MAKES ITS RETURN LATER

THIS MONTH, and as businesses slowly

begin to open back up, area residents are

eager to get back out and support their local

community. A Gig Harbor summer wouldn’t

quite be the same without taking a ride on the

charming red Trolley, which we all hope to

see running again soon. This month's cover

photo is by Samantha Elise Tillmann.

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Contents

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GET FEATURED

Join us on Instagram @GigHarborLiving

for a chance to get your photos, recipes,

ideas and much more featured

ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life

LIFE & COMMUNITY

Free Delicious Meals Delivered to Your

Door: Community comes together for our

seniors

16 IN FOCUS

36 FEATURE STORY

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GOOD NEWS

30

Fresh healthy is foods Best: Local markets provide

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE 52

BUSINESS IN THE 34

Tips and informational articles about living

a healthy, active lifestyle

SPOTLIGHT

Sharon’s Resale Boutique: Items from the

best closets to yours

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Local Businesses Ready and Able:

Community support unwavering during

pandemic

LIVING LOCAL

BUSINESS IN THE

SPOTLIGHT

Go Sandpoint Vacation Rentals: Making

dream vacations a reality

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Beach Etiquette: How to enjoy the sun and

respect your neighbors

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Fever for Adventure: Couple trades

the icy waters in Alaska for a canoe in

humid Alabama

TRAVEL & LEISURE

Road Trip Part 2: British Columbia’s

Kootenai Rockies and the International

Selkirk Loop

FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot

spots around town and local recipes

COMMUNITY

HAPPENINGS

Celebrating Gig Harbor's 2020 high

school graduates

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SHOP

SHOP

SIP

SIP

STROLL

Enjoy your Uptown Life!

Take a break from the ordinary, the expected.

Treat yourself to the easygoing Uptown style.

AT&T • Ben & Jerry’s • Blazing Onion Burger Co. • Frankie Boutique

Blue Agave Mexican Grill • Brittain & Co. • Chico’s • J. Jill

Cutters Point Coffee • Eye Candy Optical • Bloom Denim

Galaxy Theatres & IMAX • Green.House Restaurant

Gertie and the Giant Octopus Bistro & Wine Bar • Loft

HomeGoods • Jasmine’s Spa & Nails • Jos. A Bank • Talbots

Kitsap Credit Union • Lele Thai Vietnamese Cuisine • Massage Envy

Marshalls • Panera Bread • Pearl Tea • Pizzeria Fondi

Silver Soleil Tan Studio • Soma • Sports Clips Haircuts

Teaching Toys, Too • Studio Six: The Salon & Spa • The Garden Room

van der Veen Jewelers • Sugaring NYC • 9Round

DINE

DINE

DINE

Monday Open 7 Days to Saturday A Week! 10am to 8pm, Sunday 11am to 6pm

Hwy 16, Exit 10 - Olympic Drive to to 4701 4701 Pt, Pt, Fosdick Fosdick Drive Drive

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UPTOWN GIFT CARDS NOW AVAILABLE

More than 35 Shopping, Dining & Entertainment Options

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DISCOVER A Safe Place to Shop!

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DISCOVER

Over 30 stores


Home Improvement Projects

PREPARING OUR HOMES FOR THE WARM WEATHER

BY NIKKI LUTTMANN, INTERIOR DESIGNER

Well, summer is officially here, and this year the warm weather

is especially welcome. Many of us have spent far more

time inside our homes recently than in months and even

years past due to COVID-19. These past few months have

taught me so much about my home and my family, and even myself.

For example, I make a great art teacher but a rotten third-grade math

teacher! This month I’d like to focus on preparing our homes for the

warm weather and helping to boost the local economy while we’re at it.

Something that can be overlooked in any home is the addition of fresh

air and sunshine. Your home could be picture-perfect, but without

fresh air and sunlight, it can feel stagnant. One way to add fresh air

without inviting in the mosquito family from next door is to update or

add screens to your home. Look into an “invisible” screen product that

retracts and can be added to virtually any door. While you’re at it, look

into replacing windowpanes that have cracked or fogged, which happens

when a window loses its seal, and can really detract from your view.

Adding window coverings can also be an asset in the warmer months.

There are so many to choose from, from solar shades to insulated

double-walled cellular shades that can keep heat out and cool air in.

Proper window coverings also protect your flooring and furniture from

harmful UV rays and keep your home finishes looking newer longer.

I’m a big fan of wood blinds for a classic look, and shutters are definitely

making a comeback in the home trends department. Any of these options

can update the look of your home but also add to your quality of life by

reducing glare, making air conditioning more efficient and blocking out

our early morning northern sun until we are good and ready to wake up!

Summer is also a great time to have your flooring replaced, as your

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Outdoor living spaces are all the rage

on sites like Houzz and Pinterest.

outdoor spaces can be utilized to store furniture and other

belongings while they have the old flooring going out and new

flooring going in. Also, you can keep your windows and doors

open for fresh air while they are doing the installation, which

helps get rid of any contaminants or volatile organic compounds

that might linger when doing flooring installs.

Painting the outside of your home is another popular summertime

home improvement project. Good weather is always a boon for

painters, who will fully utilize the upcoming sunny days to get

their projects finished on schedule. If you are considering having

your home painted this summer, it’s a good idea to speak to a

painter as soon as possible to ensure you get a spot on their list.

Outdoor living spaces are all the rage on sites like Houzz and

Pinterest—and for good reason! They can really add value to your

home and even give you more usable space. In general, we are

still spending more time in our homes, and adding an outdoor

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living area can really help boost morale during this time. Pergolas

and patios are great, but think about adding some fun elements

as well. Fire pits, built-in grills and even pizza ovens are great

additions to any home, and many can be done safely, even on a

budget.

Outdoor lighting is also a fun way to spruce up your space.

Adding new exterior lighting can work wonders in updating your

exterior, and the addition of twinkle lights, path lighting or café

lights can add ambiance and character to an otherwise bland

space. Some of these can be easy DIY projects, but adding new

outlets or other larger installs are usually only a phone call away

with a good electrician!

I hope this list gives you a few ideas for the upcoming summer

months! Have fun, stay healthy and enjoy our beautiful Pacific

Northwest summer!

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EXCEEDING

EXPECTATIONS

Gig Harbor Cabinets is focused

on providing high-quality

products and customer

satisfaction. We will do

everything we can to exceed

your expectations.

» All plywood boxes

» Soft-close doors and

drawers with dovetail

drawer boxes on all styles

» Wide variety of styles

» DeWils

» J&K Cabinetry

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gigharborcabinets@gmail.com

www.gigharborcabinets.com

8803 State Route 16

Gig Harbor, WA 98332

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Patience and Adaptation

GETTING DIVORCED WHEN IT SEEMS LIKE YOU CAN’T

By Felicia Soleil, Attorney and Mediator

is not passive. On the contrary, it is

concentrated strength.”

“Patience

This quote, attributed to martial arts great Bruce

Lee, could not be more timely in this age of work-from-home

and stay-at-home orders while trying to navigate our personal

relationships within our homes. As I write this column in mid-

April for June publication, it appears we may be in for continued

limitations requiring greater patience than we thought we were

capable of.

When otherwise happy and healthy relationships are being tested

by such continued close proximity to our housemates, what can

you do if your intimate partnership was already fraying at the edges

before this pandemic began? Or more disconcerting, what if you

had already made the decision to separate and then your plans

were sidelined almost overnight by government mandates to work

from home (or lose work all together) and stay at home?

Here is the answer: Adapt to receiving needed professional services

through technology. If done right, it should still feel compassionate,

empathetic, informative and personal.

Just as I have been forced to learn to adapt, offering my divorce

mediation and legal services through “working from home,” you

can adapt to how you receive those services. It takes patience, and

internal strength, to learn something new and get outside of your

comfort zone, especially when marital discord and conflict exist.

But having the willingness to explore new options for receiving

crucial dispute resolution services and professional support can

allow your separation and divorce to be accomplished in a low

impact and less costly manner rather than allowing your situation

to escalate while doing nothing.

Through early and smart professional intervention, you can avoid

your situation erupting to the point of making huge financial

and parenting mistakes from which it may take much longer to

recover under our current circumstances. (Not to mention, would

you rather be problem-solving in a virtual mediation session from

the comfort of your own home or participating in a court hearing

within a virtual courtroom?)

What has this to do with patience? Well, everything! I must admit,

being a middle-aged, tech-averse divorce professional in a career

where in-person human interaction is vital (for me as much

as for the clients), the thought of only seeing clients through a

video conferencing portal was less than ideal. I had to dig deep

to overcome my own resistance to putting technology to use in a

field where relationships are key. I then had to learn how it worked

and do so competently so as not to negatively impact my clients’

experience.

Interestingly, existing clients who already had familiarity with

video conferencing saw it as a good alternative to not losing the

continuity or momentum of their case. (In other words, their

learning curve was much less steep than mine!) However, clients

who have either been unfamiliar with or uncomfortable with

using electronic alternatives, or who simply still prefer in-person

meetings, continued to reschedule their sessions until we can be

together in the same room.

My message is this: The new unfamiliarity of virtually every aspect

of our lives, from how we go to work (if we go to work), how we

meet our basic needs (face masks at grocery stores), creating our

own entertainment (and home-cooked meals) and maintaining

social connections (real phone calls) must also extend to how we

utilize professional services in a way that is “good enough” when

the ideal is not available. We are already getting used to this with

TeleHealth virtual medical appointments, “no contact” home

repair service providers, and curbside pickup from retail outlets

and restaurants. Ideal? No. Good enough? Definitely.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Patience and fortitude conquer all

things.” Indeed. However, when patience wears thin, I encourage

you to have the fortitude to explore ways to obtain professional

guidance with potential marital and family transitions when

meeting in person may not be an option.

Felicia Soleil is a divorce mediator and family law attorney located

in Gig Harbor. She helps her clients in achieving resolutions that

foster both a compassionate ending to their union and a healthy

new beginning for them and their families so they can focus on

moving on, rather than simply moving out. Felicia can be reached

at 253.853.6940. All consultations are strictly confidential. Video

conferencing is welcome.

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Changing the Face

of Family Law

For almost 30 years, Felicia Soleil has helped

families in Gig Harbor and Pierce County transition

through divorce with an emphasis on reducing and

alternative to dissolving a marriage. Considering

divorce or separation? Felicia focuses on helping

people move on, not simply move out.

Divorce

Mediation &

Collaborative

Law

Legal support,

education &

case management,

from simple

to complex:

• Legal

separation

and divorce

• Parenting plans

• Child support


Prenuptial

Prenuptial

agreements

Agreements

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WHERE OUR FOCUS GOES,

OUR ENERGY FLOWS

Whatever the circumstances, what we think and who we

choose to be makes all the difference

By Trish Buzzone, Thinking Partner, Executive Director, The John Maxwell Team

Sometime in March, life as we know it

went off the rails. As the number of

coronavirus cases grew, businesses

closed, and others struggled to keep

their doors open. Parks, restaurants and

theaters closed. Weeks passed, and for many of

us, the walls felt like they were closing in.

Each day, I made it a point to check in with

family and friends who were, like me, looking

for ways to adjust to the “new normal.” One

of those friends confessed the transition had

been a challenge. Adam works mainly out of

his house. His wife is a schoolteacher, now also

working from home. They have two boys still

at home and one in the military. Safe-at-Home

orders meant pretty much everything around

them was closed, and they were immersed in

learning new technology, testing new routines

and adjusting expectations.

My friend said, even in all the struggle, they

were able to create moments of joy. I asked him

to share one:

“Our wedding anniversary was coming up, 22

years together, and I was sick. The week before,

I’d developed some congestion and a cough.

No fever, fortunately, but one of those deep,

nasty coughs that keeps you up at night.

“For 22 years, our anniversary always meant

an adventure. Hiking, sailing, enjoying a

beachside B&B, learning and exploring

together. … Not this year. Even if I wasn’t sick,

the world was wearing a big Out of Order sign.

“By Thursday, I was on my third day of very

little sleep. My bride took one look at me and

told me to stay in bed. I rolled over, closed my

eyes, and woke up Friday morning. All day, the

house was full of whispers. Mom and the boys

were planning something as I tried to knock

the rust off my brain and get caught up on

work.

“Anniversary morning arrived. We sipped

coffee on the porch swing and watched the

river behind our house. It wasn’t a mountain

cabin or a tropical island, but we were together.

Looming deadlines meant I had to get back to

work. Lesson planning meant so did she.

“That evening, she knocked on my office door,

asked me to come with her down to the dock.

The boys were in their room, peeking around

the door, giggling. Something was definitely

up. Out on the dock, they had strung Christmas

lights from piling to piling. Candles flickered

on a table set for two. Platters held all our

favorite picnic foods. A wine bottle sweated in

the warm evening. Soft music played.

“I sat down across from her, soaking up the

moment. It felt like we were together at a

riverside Italian bistro, the only people in the

world. She poured the wine, and we toasted 22

years. We set our glasses down, both smiling,

maybe for the first time that week. I know it

was the happiest I’d been since the first time I

heard the words ‘COVID-19.’

“As the sun melted behind the horizon, we ate

and talked and laughed until it was too dark to

see. Coronavirus may have stolen our annual

adventure, but maybe creating moments of

joy when the world feels like it’s falling apart is

adventure enough.”

Hearing this, I was inspired by Adam’s

unwavering life stance, the way his family

honors traditions, embraces challenges and

loves each other through these uncertain

times. Where their focus goes, their energy

flows, and that is true for all of us.

You can connect with Trish Buzzone at

TrishBuzzone.com, Linkedin.com/in/

trishbuzzone or Facebook.com/trishbuzzone.

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TEACHERS OF THE YEAR

By Colin Anderson

Thank You

to Our

Teachers

Dads

and G rads

The 2019-2020 school year will go

down as one of the more unique

and challenging for everyone

involved. Our school teachers were

presented with obstacles not seen before,

but instead of wilting under uncertainty, we

heard hundreds of stories of our educators

stepping up for their students. They’ve held

classes through Zoom and touched base with

students after hours to help them with their

learning. They’ve left inspiring messages

on reader boards and the sides of schools,

showing kids who pass by just how much they

are missed. Elementary teachers have formed

fun car parades and driven past homes to give

little kids a smile, and high school educators

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With all the uncertainties that present themselves

during the coronavirus pandemic, no one should

have to add the worry of being food insecure. To help

keep everyone safe and well fed, there’s a program

that is preparing meals and delivering them to seniors' doorsteps! And

... these meals and the delivery service are all free of charge.

“This program was truly inspired by the community,” says Ariel

Gustanski, director of marketing and business management for the

Greater Gig Harbor Foundation. “Lucy Rau, of BBQ2U, came to us

with the original idea, and we expanded upon it after a few weeks of

other community organizations coming to us wanting to help in one

way or another—this led to the named Shelter-in-Place Meals (SIP’M)

Program!”

The Greater Gig Harbor Foundation and Gig Harbor Senior Center,

together with BBQ2U and YMCA Camp Seymour and other

community supporters, have been coming together to help bring these

Shelter-in-Place Meals to Gig Harbor community seniors.

Delivery of the meals officially kicked off April 10, with fresh, delicious

meals distributed to nearly 100 seniors each Friday since. Thanks to

the help of the many volunteers, meals are delivered between the hours

of 1 and 3:30pm—completely free of charge to its recipients.

Each week BBQ2U provides chili and cornbread for their menu

offering, and YMCA Camp Seymour has a weekly menu item (past

weeks have included steak taco salad, chicken alfredo, baked ziti, club

sandwich and chef salad). Each week seniors place their order for

which meal they would like to receive.

“While this is an amazing program that provides nutritious meals

to our community seniors, which is extremely important especially

during a time like this, more importantly, it provides recipients a

moment of joy each week when they receive their meals from delivery

volunteers. The smiles and gratitude are the most rewarding aspect of

the program,” affirms Ariel.

If you are a senior, 55 or older, or know of a senior who could benefit

from this service, you can reach out to hhenson@gigharborfoundation.

org or call 253.514.6338 ext. 107 by 4pm each Wednesday to be included

in the Friday delivery route.

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FRESH IS BEST

LOCAL MARKETS PROVIDE HEALTHY FOODS

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By Colin Anderson

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Harbor Waterfront Alliance

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A

stroll through a local farmers’ market or

produce stand can drum up all kinds of

feelings. The smells of fresh herbs and the

vibrant colors of vegetables just recently

picked will make plenty of people smile. As our daily

habits continue to shift, the farmers’ market is a place

where one can gain a sense of normalcy. Like everything

else, they might look a little different, but you can still

get all the same farm fresh items and support your local

community by stopping by one of the many regional

markets. Small farmers are a vital part of a local

economy, and let’s face it; the produce just tastes better

when it’s fresh and grown right within your region. A

stroll amongst the stalls on a warm summer evening

is tough to beat. Take time to schedule a trip to one of

these local weekly markets, where you’ll find the freshest

foods for your table, and a stress-free evening out.

Waterfront Farmers’ Market, Skansie Brothers Park

Thursdays, June 18 through mid-September, 1 to

7pm

This always vibrant market is popular not just with the

walk-up crowd but with those who’ve spent the day on

the water. Conveniently located in Gig Harbor’s favorite

downtown park, boaters, kayakers and SUPers can pull

right up to the dock, do their shopping and paddle

away. The Gig Harbor Waterfront Alliance organizes

this weekly market with a goal to deliver fresh, local,

sustainable food and food products in an atmosphere

that promotes community and economic vitality while

supporting our region’s farmers and producers. You’ll

find a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, specialty

products, as well as resources for healthy eating habits,

and wellness education. Originally scheduled to open

June 4, the date has been pushed back to June 18. For

the latest information, visit WaterfrontFarmersMarket.

org.

Peninsula Marketplace, 5503 Wollochet Drive NW

Saturdays, June 6 through TB D, 9am to 3pm

The Peninsula Marketplace is a vendor plaza which

hosts 40-plus local vendors and is an outlet for crafters,

artists, farmers and food processors to sell their wares

directly to the community. The market focuses on

offering a variety of options, not limited to: plants and

flowers, meats and seafood, fruits and vegetables, metal

works, sculptures and handmade crafts. While initially

offering curbside pickup, the market is anticipated to

be open to the public in early June. Check the market’s

Facebook page or visit Peninsula-Marketplace.com for

the latest opening hours and regulations.

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YOU’LL NOT ONLY TASTE THE

DIFFERENCE BUT ALSO KNOW YOU

ARE HELPING OUT YOUR LOCAL

BUSINESSES.

Patterson’s Farm Market, 3817 55th Street Court NW

Seven days a week

A family run business since the late 1970s, the bright colors and fresh

options change throughout the season dependent upon what is fresh

and local. Decorate your home with the wide selection of annuals and

perennials, and treat yourself to the freshest berries, apples and locally

grown vegetables. All produce is pesticide free and comes from small

farmers. Come fall, locals love picking out the perfect pumpkin here,

and it’s also a wonderful place to grab a unique holiday wreath or fresh

garland. Patterson’s is open seven days a week throughout the summer.

Local Boys, Purdy Drive and Highway 302

Seven days a week

This father/son team has been operating since the early 2000s and has

created a one-stop shop for all your fresh, locally sourced ingredients,

snacks, meats and produce. Washington apples, homemade preserves

and syrups, and Northwest honey will hit your sweet tooth. Locally

made chips and salsa, kettlekorn and berries make for a great snack, and

regionally sourced seafood and steaks make for a fine dinner. Beer and

wine is also available. You can shop in person or place your order online

ahead of time and pick it up curbside.

Point Ruston Farmers’ Market, Grand Plaza

Sundays, June through September, 10am to 3pm

If you are looking for a leisurely Sunday morning, consider a trip over

the bridge and a stop by The Point Ruston Farmers’ Market. One of three

markets operated by Tacoma Farmers’ Market, the Point Ruston location

is the perfect stop after a morning wandering the miles of paved trails

alongside Commencement Bay. There are many vendors in the open-air

market, offering the freshest produce, crafts, premade foods and other

unique items. The market also offers an Apple-a-Day program where

each child 3 through 16 years old receives a $1 Apple-a-Day market token

to buy a fruit or veggie of their choice. The program helps create lifelong

healthy eaters.

Fresh foods make all the difference in your home-cooked meals. You’ll

not only taste the difference but also know you are helping out your local

businesses, which in turn keeps money flowing in your local economy.

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Items from

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Gig Harbor boutique invites you to

shop and consign

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

SHARON’S RESALE BOUTIQUE

7620 Pioneer Way

Gig Harbor, Washington 98335

253.851.3550

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Many people don't realize that Sharon’s

is a resale boutique because of the

quality of the items they sell, only

accepting items in like-new condition,

many of which still have tags on them!

You can’t help but notice the bright green house on Pioneer Way in

Downtown Gig Harbor. Built in 1928, and still displaying its original

interior, locals and visitors alike are drawn to its charm. The resident

cat Romeo greets shoppers and consignors as they enter Sharon’s Resale

Boutique, a Gig Harbor staple for more than two decades.

August 1 will mark the 23rd anniversary of the boutique, which has remained at

the same location, 7620 Pioneer Way, since first opening its doors.

Gig Harbor resident and owner of Sharon’s Resale Boutique, Sharon Kresse, had

been working as an engineer for a cable company for 17 years when the opportunity

presented itself to purchase the business in 1997. As Sharon says, when the store

became available, “it was the perfect time for a change.”

Since day one, Sharon has been providing women in the community a wonderful

place to not only shop but to also consign their gently used items. Sharon’s is a

resale boutique offering new and pre-loved clothing and accessories for women

and teens below retail value. You will find all sizes and something for any

occasion—from casual date night to prom or that black-tie event. Customers will

also find designer handbags including Dooney, Coach and Louis Vuitton, among

many other labels. And don’t forget the new Seahawks gear, home décor and gifts!

As Sharon adds, “Items from the best closets to yours.”

She adds that many people don't realize that Sharon’s is a resale boutique because

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of the quality of the items they sell, only accepting items in like-new

condition, many of which still have tags on them!

“You have money in your closet,” Sharon says. “As a consignor, you receive

40 percent of the sale price, which you can use as store credit or receive

a check. We take items in season, cleaned, pressed and on hangers. We

realize everyone has a busy life, so no appointment is necessary unless

you've done a major closet cleaning.”

Sharon finds great joy in owning her business, and the rewards are

endless. “I have grown old with my customers and consignors,” she

smiles. “One of my first consignors came in with her little girl; that little

girl grew up and worked with me during high school and college. She is

now married and has a little boy. Many have grown to be great family

friends and stop in just to chat.”

At Sharon’s, they pride themselves in providing the very best in customer

service whether you are a consignor or enjoying retail therapy. “I'm

here because of my customers who enjoy shopping on a budget and the

consignors who want to recycle,” affirms Sharon. “I would not be here

without them.”

Sharon was born and raised in North Dakota as a farmer's daughter, and

the military brought her to Washington state in the early ‘70s. She lived

in Lakewood until 2002, when she moved to Gig Harbor. “I'm blessed to

live in the heart of Downtown Gig Harbor,” says Sharon. “I enjoy all the

community events and that the businesses want to work together to make

you and them better.”

She adds that the Downtown Waterfront Alliance is always available to

help by hosting events such as Girls Night Out , Sip & Stroll, Halloween

in the Harbor and many more.

When not in the shop, Sharon has volunteered as one of the downtown

basket waterers and currently volunteers with Empty Bowls, sits on

the committee for Girls Night Out and also heads the Judson Street

Experience. In addition, Sharon gives back through clothing donations

to Purdy Prison. “Last year we dressed 648 women leaving the facility,”

she says. “I am happy to help wherever I can.”

Sharon’s Resale Boutique is also a Little Free Library stop: Take a book,

leave a book.

As summer makes its debut later this month, now’s the time to clear

out that closet and consign, and shop for something new—and Sharon’s

Resale Boutique is just the place to do both! Visit Sharon's Resale

Boutique on Facebook and Instagram.

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After a spring at home, people are

ready to stretch their legs, enjoy

the warm summer rays and begin

to find a sense of normalcy after

day-to-day life was turned upside down.

Something as simple as sitting down in a

restaurant or shopping at your favorite local

retailer will bring great comfort to families

and individuals. While life changed and we

are unsure of just how different it will be for

certain, one thing that hasn’t changed is the

community spirit surrounding Gig Harbor

and especially its downtown core. “Small,

independent businesses are the foundation

of every community,” explained Gig Harbor

Waterfront Alliance Executive Director Mary

DesMarais. The mission of the Alliance is to

bring together community by encouraging

economic vitality while preserving the historic

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character of Gig Harbor. Like every other

family, business or organization, Mary and

her staff had to pivot and find new ways in

which to continue to promote local businesses

despite the restrictions put into place. She

admits at first the shock, fear and worry came

pouring in, but as more information became

available, the Alliance was able to provide

more answers to the region’s small-business

owners.

“We have been learning together, and we

have tried to keep the businesses informed

as information and regulations come out of

the governor’s office. Answers are starting

to appear, albeit sometimes vague, leaving

businesses wondering what they can do and

when,” said Mary.

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Well-run businesses are adaptable, and many

of the waterfront businesses in Gig Harbor

are doing just that. Restaurants that were

previously not doing takeout or delivery

changed their models. Local diners could still

get their favorite entrees and at least some

wait staff was able to maintain employment.

“Many businesses are walking boldly into

survival mode, creating new and clever

ways to run their business,” said Mary. Some

retailers are creating a very strong social

media presence and pivoting their business

model to adapt to noncontact retail. “We are

also seeing relationships among businesses

being strengthened—neighbors helping

neighbors.”

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GIG HARBOR

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COMMUNITY SUPPORT UNWAVERING DURING PANDEMIC

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Photos by Samantha Elise Tillman

restrictions. After the initial shock, many

residents contacted organizations like the

Gig Harbor Waterfront Alliance to see

what they could do to help struggling local

businesses. With the combined effort of all

three Gig Harbor rotary clubs, restaurants

that are serving takeout were identified, and

members and their families were encouraged

to place an order. A different local restaurant is

highlighted each week—and the results speak

for themselves. “When Anthony’s was the

designated restaurant, they had 119 dinners

ordered!” Mary said.

There are also countless stories of individuals

stepping up. Larger tips to servers, stimulus

check donations to local community

organizations in need, sewing groups coming

together to make masks for essential workers,

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and even children writing inspiring messages

on sidewalks. Gig Harbor local Wendy O’Neil

raised $15,000, which she distributed to small

locally owned businesses. Michelle Brenner has

been spending her days making her favorite

lasagna, freezing it, and leaving it outside her

front door for anyone to come and take away

at no charge.

Despite the outpouring of support from the

community, many businesses are struggling,

having been put in a very difficult financial

situation. Rules for the government’s forgivable

loan program are often changing and

confusing, and small businesses across the

country have reported trouble getting access

to the funds. This is just one of the areas that

the Downtown Waterfront Alliance is helping

its members. The Alliance has been in direct

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communication with many businesses, giving

them updated resources on loans and grant

money, and also creating an online business

resource series in reopening strategies and

messaging.

Social media can be a place of negativity, but

it is also a powerful tool for information. The

Alliance’s ‘Where on the Waterfront’ campaign

keeps businesses on the forefront of people’s

minds and also provides information on which

businesses are open for takeout or limitedseated

dining, and which retailers are offering

delivery, curbside or open-door shopping

experiences.

“In this pandemic, we are seeing a

strengthening bond between our downtown

and the community. It is evident that our


esidents are supporting these businesses as best they can and recognize

the businesses are the backbone of the community,” said Mary.

According to Ed McMahon, chair of the National Main Street Center

Board of Directors: “Downtown is important because it’s the heart and

soul of any community. If you don’t have a healthy downtown, you simply

don’t have a healthy town.”

In communities like Gig Harbor, small locally owned businesses are the

lifeblood that give the town its character and make it a desirable place to

live. Shops and restaurants employ local residents who in turn spend their

paychecks at other local businesses. Taxes businesses pay go to funding

parks and services, historical preservation and green space. Local business

owners are much more likely to make donations of goods, services or

cash to local schools and organizations, which have a direct impact on the

youth of the community and the most vulnerable.

No one knows exactly what the country will look like weeks, months and

even years down the road. Many are anxious to resume life as they once

knew it while others including vulnerable populations might have their

day-to-day lives changed forever. No matter your situation, everyone can

find a way to help keep local Gig Harbor businesses going, which in turn

helps keep the community unique, vibrant and beautiful. If you can’t yet

visit your favorite store or restaurant, or don’t feel comfortable resuming

normal activities, there are many ways you can continue to show your

support.

• Shop online with curbside pickup.

• Purchase gift certificates.

• Order takeout.

• Send them a note of encouragement.

• Tag them online; do an online review.

• Get ready to go shopping and eating at your favorite restaurant as we

move into the next phase.

Summer is an incredible time along Harborview Drive, the marinas and

Skansie Brothers Park. Businesses are ready to welcome you back and

provide a sense of normal in a time that’s anything but. Whether it’s a bite

to eat, growler of local beer, handmade gift or paddleboard rental, each

dollar spent in the community helps keep the community great. Buy local

and keep Gig Harbor wonderful tomorrow and each day forward.

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STRETCH YOUR LEGS

Local courses offer up a fun round

BY COLIN ANDERSON

Golf is a great way to let off a little steam, challenge your mind and

socialize responsibly. Luckily for Gig Harbor residents, there are

several great courses just a short drive from home. Each has its

own unique style and setting, and a bad round on the links sure

beats a bad day at the office!

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From fine dining, to sunny

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Choose from a range of

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Built in 1978, Madrona Links has long been a local favorite. Its tree-lined fairways

and silky-smooth greens create a fun and welcoming place to golfers of

all levels. With a membership of more than 750, many in the community make

this their golfing home. Madrona offers some of the most affordable rates in

the region, especially twilight golf, which is just $20 when you book a tee time

after 4pm. Food and drinks are available on-site at Hacker’s Bar and Grill.

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Gig Harbor Golf Club

If you want to get in a quick 9 over lunch or on a Sunday morning, look no

further than the Gig Harbor Golf Club. Approaching 60 years in business, this

course is perfectly suited for the casual golfer and those looking to hone their

skills. Director of Golf Instruction Troy Kelly brings years of knowledge as a

10-year PGA competitor and especially loves working with kids to develop

the next generation of avid golfers. This is a membership-based course; however,

there are several levels of membership to fit each individual or family.

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Canterwood Golf & Country Club

Another membership course that offers more than just golf is Canterwood

Golf & Country Club. Here you will find a championship-style 18-hole course

with five sets of tees. A full-service clubhouse, tennis courts, pool, exercise facilities

and dining make this a place for friends and families to enjoy all day

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Chambers Bay Golf Course

Probably the most well-known public course in Washington thanks to its hosting

of the 2015 U.S. Open, Chambers Bay is an incredible links experience not

easily found in this part of the country. Club members, Pierce County residents

and Washington state residents are given discounted rates, so be sure to mention

your status when booking a tee time. This is your chance to play a Robert

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BEACH ETIQUETTE

HOW TO ENJOY THE SUN WHILE RESPECTING

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Warm weather is setting in, and many beaches and parks

are beginning to lift restrictions in the Gig Harbor area.

But just because the beach is open doesn’t mean you

should treat it as your own personal space. From social

distancing to packing out your trash, it’s key to consider other’s safety

and enjoyment as well as your own.

“We are all excited to enjoy the nice weather at our parks and beaches.

But this can also be a hard time to decide where to visit safely, what’s open

or closed, what to bring and how to recreate safely,” says Chuck Cuzzetto

from the Peninsula Metropolitan Park District. “We recommend packing

hand-sanitizer, stepping off the trail to allow passing and, most of all,

following safe physical distancing practices when visiting a park.”

PenMet Parks wants to provide the community with healthy, fun

outdoors spaces to recreate, but they also want to help keep families

and individuals safe and healthy. To that end, they are working on a

phased approach to reopening facilities and amenities. Beach location

access opened on May 5, but the parks district encourages people to still

not gather in groups, not park on roadways, and to respect the space of

others in the area.

If you pack trash and belongings in, pack them back out—enjoying a

public beach goes along with keeping it clean. “Go before you go,” says

Cuzzotto. Use the restroom prior to your visit, as many public restrooms

may be closed. Also, “allow others to spend time by limiting your time,”

he adds. If a parking lot is full, it’s a good indication the park is full. Wait

your turn, and don’t just park on the roadway.

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It’s key to consider other’s safety and

enjoyment as well as your own.

COVID aside, there are some other basic etiquette rules you should

brush up on before hitting the beach. Don’t blare your music in public.

You may love your “Summer 2020” playlist, but others on the beach may

not agree. Pack your headphones if you must have the tunes, or turn it

down so the noise pollution doesn’t spread to your neighbors.

Sand in the eye is no one’s idea of a fun beach day, so take a look around

before you shake your towel, and pay attention to which way the wind is

blowing. On that note, should you decide to start up a frisbee, football

or volleyball game, don’t do it right next to the person enjoying a sunfilled

snooze. Look for a big open area where you won’t hurt people or

accidentally interrupt their picnic with a ball to the lemonade pitcher.

Many of us like to relax with a good cold one in hand, but most public

spaces prohibit alcohol. Leave the booze at home and opt for a hydrating

bottle of water instead. Your body will thank you later.

On a health note, consider leaving the cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other

smoking devices at home. If you must take a smoke break, go to a private

area where you are allowed to smoke. Many people are significantly

affected by cigarette and other smoke, and smells carry easily on a beach,

even if you’re several feet away from the next blanket.

Everyone enjoys watching the birds that dot the sand and duck in and

out of the clear blue water. Seagulls are synonymous with the beach—

they’re also always on the hunt for food. It can be fun to toss them a chip,

but it’s best to avoid feeding the birds. Not only will you attract every

bird in sight, wild birds aren’t meant to eat our food, and it can have

harmful effects on their diet.

While we’re on the topic, consider before bringing your dog to the beach.

Is the beach or park dog friendly? Some are not, and it’s against the rules

to bring your dog. If the space is dog friendly, make sure to bring doggy

bags in case your furry friend did not go before going.

Keep it on a leash if off leash is not allowed, but regardless, make sure

your pup is well-behaved and under control at all times. Hank may be the

friendliest guy alive, but many people will still get scared if an unknown

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dog runs up and jumps on them. Finally, make sure to

bring water and provide shade for your dog just like

you would for yourself. Sun can be just as draining and

exhausting for pets as it is for humans.

While beaches have just recently opened up, many

trails and dog parks have remained open during the

“Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. Playgrounds, sports

courts and ball fields remain closed, as these spaces

are naturally high touch. “PenMet Parks is asking the

public to honor closures as part of the community’s

collective response and individual responsibility to

keep everyone safe,” says Cuzzetto.

“Our friends at Harbor WildWatch have some great

online programs that include virtual tours of our beach

locations and some wetlands,” he adds. “We also have

great social media resources, so be sure to follow us

@penmetparks; we always love seeing our visitors’

photos!”

So get outside and enjoy the sun, but be respectful

while you do! Gig Harbor offers so many wonderful

opportunities for everyone to enjoy its spectacular

natural resources, but it’s our responsibility to keep it

clean and welcoming for all.

“Our friends at Harbor

WildWatch have some great

online programs that include

virtual tours of our beach

locations and some wetlands.”

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Go Sandpoint is a full-service vacation

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business for 11 years, helping visitors

make their vacation to Sandpoint one

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Since being named the Most Beautiful Small Town in America

by USA Today over a decade ago, Sandpoint, Idaho, has been

discovered by countless people throughout the country as they

come to witness the beauty of the mountains and lake firsthand.

While there are many lodging options when it comes to visiting North

Idaho, the trend has changed dramatically with more people than ever now

seeking a home vacation rental. That’s where Go Sandpoint (GoSandpoint.

com) Vacation Rentals can assist not only visitors seeking to rent a home

but also homeowners who wish to rent out their homes.

“We are seeing more and more visitors from not just the Pacific Northwest

but from across the country, many of which are families,” says Go

Sandpoint owner Steve Russo. “People are realizing that it makes much

more sense to rent a home where they can spread out, prepare their meals

and relax.”

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world of vacation rentals, ensuring a simple and straightforward process

and making sure all the clients’ needs are met.

With homes available for rent from the shores of Lake Pend Oreille to

Schweitzer Mountain Resort and beyond, Go Sandpoint has something

for everyone.

They are the preferred booking agent for the exclusive development and

golf course at The Idaho Club, where beautiful homes are nestled along

the fairways of the Jack Nicklaus designed course. Here, with choices of

three-, four-, five- and six-bedroom homes, guests can enjoy living life

to the fullest, whether they are golfing, hiking, recreating on the water

during the warmer months, or just need a beautiful setting to unplug

and relax.

Their rentals at Schweitzer Mountain Resort offer year-round

breathtaking views with an array of things to do from skiing, boarding

and tubing in the winter to hiking, mountain biking and more in the

summer.

“We also offer homes on Gold Mountain and on the shores of the Pend

Oreille River just past Dover,” says Russo.

It’s true that if you live in Sandpoint, you are guaranteed to have many

visitors no matter what time of year it may be. Instead of displacing the

kids from their rooms to the couch to make room for guests, renting a

vacation home is the perfect answer.

“Whether it is people coming for weddings, family reunions or just

looking to get away, our homes have been the perfect solution when it

comes to lodging,” says Russo.

With an in-house maintenance staff on call 24 hours a day as well as a

housekeeping service, it is nice to know that all your needs are being met.

To view the beautiful homes or learn more about Sandpoint, visit

GoSandpoint.com. Experience all that Sandpoint has to offer and make

your trip even more memorable by staying at one of Go Sandpoint’s

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THE LIQUID GOLD FACIAL

An all-natural approach to aging gracefully

By Bri Williams, RN, BSN

Have you heard of the Vampire Facial, also known as platelet-rich

plasma therapy (PRP)? It is all the rage amongst celebrities, and

that’s because it is a facial treatment that delivers astounding

results, stops aging in its tracks and is all natural.

Think of PRP as a treatment in self-healing. A small amount of your blood

is drawn from your arm and spun down in a centrifuge. This separates your

plasma from your whole blood, and this plasma is rich in platelets (the cells

that heal tissue and grow new cells). Hence the name, platelet-rich plasma

therapy (PRP).

The PRP is then injected into specific areas of the face to regenerate collagen,

smooth and tighten skin, soften wrinkles, brighten your skin’s tone and

enhance elasticity. It can specifically soften dark hollows around the eyes,

plump drawn cheeks, soften lines and pores, and give your skin tone,

tightness and improved texture. After injecting the PRP into specific areas

of the face, the entire face is microneedled (a minimally invasive procedure

that creates thousands of microscopic needle pricks on the surface of the

face). The remaining PRP is then rubbed on the face, and it travels down the

channels that are created during microneedling to reach the dermis of the

skin and continue to rejuvenate.

For years, PRP has been used for reconstructive surgery, in orthopedic

medicine and in dentistry, but its benefits are now being utilized in aesthetics

to slow the effects of aging on skin. Below are some most frequently asked

questions.

How much does platelet-rich plasma therapy cost? A platelet-rich plasma

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We all know the importance of drinking plenty of water.

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How long will my appointment take? A

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Is there any downtime or recovery after this

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Most clients return to their normal activities on

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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY’S ROLE IN SLEEP

for Optimal Function

PART IV

By Mariel C. Kraus, OTR/L

As the days get longer, we are exposed to more light and are

more likely to wake up earlier and go to sleep later. For many

of us living in the gray Pacific Northwest, this is our happy

time! We have more daylight for gardening and outdoor

recreation after working a full day, and the extra vitamin D puts us in

a better mood. However, if we get less than five to seven hours of sleep

on a regular basis, we can age faster, increase our health risks for heart

disease, heart failure, hypertension and diabetes, to name the top few.

Sleep-deprived people complain of poor energy and brain fog, and

inability to perform well at school or work. Brain studies show that

lack of sleep can also increase our risk for dementia and increased

dependence on others for self-care.

Lack of sleep is also a major cause of automobile accidents, and a

December 2016 study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic and Safety

found that “drivers who usually sleep for less than five hours daily,

drivers who have slept for less than seven hours in the past 24 hours,

and drivers who have slept for one or more hours less than their usual

amount of sleep in the past 24 hours have significantly elevated crash

rates. The U.S. government estimates sleep deprivation is similar to

driving with a blood alcohol concentration equal to or slightly above the

legal limit for alcohol in the U.S.”

A comprehensive occupational therapy (OT) evaluation will optimally

consider the client’s sleep habit as an area of function because sleep

deprivation affects all aspects of life and can be a serious safety concern.

In some cases, symptoms can be attributed to Irlen Syndrome—a light

sensitivity disorder affecting 15 percent of the population. The OT’s

role is to identify the risk factors, address the secondary conditions that

diminish sleep quality, then develop a plan to mitigate each problem for

whole-person rehabilitation.

Patients can benefit from OT to help them learn sleep hygiene because

this is as important as gut health and exercises are for optimal cognitive

and neurologic rehabilitation. OT teaches pain and fatigue management;

establishing predictable routines, including regular times for waking

and sleeping; addressing performance deficits or barriers to activities of

daily living specific to their expected level of functioning, whether it be

as basic as toileting independently or being able to perform their job

without pain by body mechanics training and ergonomic assessments.

Prevention and intervention strategies to address individual, family

and population-based sleep needs lie within the scope of practice for

occupational therapy and represent another way in which the profession

approaches clients from a holistic perspective to help them live life to

its fullest. If you or someone you know is suffering the effects of sleep

deprivation such as brain fog, fatigue, poor memory and job or school

performance, a referral to an OT who has several assessment tools and

skills can be a lifesaver and a game changer!

For more information about Irlen Syndrome and how OT can provide the

most comprehensive treatment plan that includes Irlen therapeutic filters,

go to IntegrativeBody.net.

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GET THE FAT OFF AND KEEP IT OFF

A LOOK AT WELL-STUDIED STRATEGIES TO MAINTAINING

HEALTHY BODY WEIGHT

BY SCOTT PORTER

One factor that increases our risk

of getting sick or ending up in

the hospital from COVID-19 is

being overweight. Our body is

amazingly adept at storing energy; this can

lead to excess. It’s an important time for each

of us to consider how many extra calories we

carry around.

Getting rid of excess weight is not easy, as

patterns are often hard to shift. Adjustments

require changes to our lifestyle and diet that

will likely cause us to feel uncomfortable. Our

body just feels different when it is reusing

stored calories.

Anything we eat over what our body needs to

operate, whether it be carrots or butter, will

get converted and stored as fat. This leads to

weight gain. Fat stored in muscles or fat cells

is a good source of energy, but it takes time to

convert back and only happens when we run

at a calorie deficit.

Reducing weight requires a sustained lower

intake of calories than our body requires to

give time for these fat stores to be accessed.

There is no one way to get rid of weight. The

common factor though is changing the habits

that put it on in the first place.

My favorite solution for quick adjustments

is intermittent fasting. Whether skipping a

meal or not eating for one full day, this has the

immediate effect of burning stored calories

and reducing weight.

Reduce foods that increase blood sugar levels.

This includes things made from flour and

sugar. Processed foods digest quickly and

are high sources of calories that your body

typically cannot fully use and will tend to

store.

I’m a big fan of tracking. Writing down

what I eat helps me pay attention to where

my calories are coming from. This kind of

mindfulness can be applied to how fast I eat,

how many times I chew each bite and the

environment in which I’m eating. Being aware

leads to better choices.

I used to think getting the right start to the

day meant eating foods often thought of

as breakfast, like cereal, potatoes, milk and

breads. Not only do these raise blood sugar

and get stored faster, they also cause me to feel

hungry later. So I’ve switched to more protein

at breakfast and encourage the same.

Maintaining a good gut microbial balance

is also key. Including daily fiber helps feed

beneficial bacteria, as well as taking an

effective probiotic. Out of all the supplements

out there, I think probiotics are the most

important.

Quality sleeping habits and a positive attitude

can’t be over stressed. If you don’t sleep well

your body won’t metabolize foods as effectively.

And make sure to keep your cortisol levels

balanced as high stress hormones are a signal

to store calories as fat.

These changes alone can lead to visible weight

loss. Healthy body weight can lower your risks

of complications if you get COVID-19. These

changes can also increase your level of energy,

mental focus and clarity, lower inflammation

and reduce the risks of chronic diseases.

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MUSIC AND MEMORY

OFFERING A VARIETY OF BENEFITS AT EACH STAGE OF ALZHEIMER’S

BY ROBINA GAINES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, OLYMPIC ALZHEIMER’S RESIDENCE

According to the Alzheimer’s

Association, the number

of Americans living with

Alzheimer's disease is growing—

and growing fast. An estimated 5.7 million

Americans of all ages have Alzheimer's.

Because the disease currently has no cure,

researchers are continually looking for ways

to improve the quality of life for those living

with the disease.

Studies have shown that music therapy can

improve focus, communication, and may

lower the dependence on psychiatric drugs

for people affected by Alzheimer’s and other

related forms of dementia.

Music therapy offers a variety of benefits at

each stage of the disease. This is especially

true in the later stages of Alzheimer’s, when

your loved ones may disconnect from events

happening around them and experience an

inability to communicate and connect with

others. A visible change often takes place

when Alzheimer’s patients hear music. Upon

hearing music, they might take a renewed

interest in their surroundings and may sing,

dance or clap their hands. This is because

responses to rhythm bypass the typical

response pattern process in the brain and

instead responds to music more directly

through movement.

In addition, memories of music are often

preserved in those living with the disease

because key brain areas linked to musical

memory are relatively undamaged.

Researchers believe music stimulates many

parts of the brain at the same time, such as

those areas affecting language, mood and

movement, along with the sense of hearing,

sight, sound and touch.

The effect a song will have on someone

can often be determined by a person’s past

emotional experience with that song. If

the song reminds them of breaking up

with an old boyfriend or girlfriend, their

response could be less positive than to a

song associated with happier memories.

Alzheimer’s patients might show distress in

such a situation by acting agitated, tense or

making grimacing facial expressions. Music

popular when a person was between the

ages of 18 and 25 often promotes the most

positive response.

Depending on the type of music, music

therapy may help accomplish a variety of

things. Stimulating music with a quick

tempo can sometimes motivate patients to

move their body or stay awake. Sedating

music might prove more soothing. This

type of music works well for those who

feel agitated or overwhelmed by their

environment. In later stages, the disease also

causes individuals to stop showing affection

to others, but through dance they may move

closer to others or even make affectionate

gestures.

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Fever for

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Idaho residents Julie Kirk and Joshua Freedman have changed their plans for this summer. The scenery will be equally spectacular, the weather a

bit warmer, but an entirely new challenge.

News that the COVID-19 pandemic had forced the sponsors of the Yukon 1000 across the Canadian wilderness to cancel this year’s event, which

compelled the couple to seek out another challenge.

So, instead of making their way across the Great North this summer, Joshua and Julie will be paddling their way through some of the most picturesque

wilderness waterways of the Deep South as participants in the Great Alabama 650. The course is a world apart from the Canadian Yukon wilderness.

Over the past eight years the Idaho couple had been regular participants in the Yukon River Quest, a twisting challenge through virtually untouched

wilderness in the vast open terrain in Canada. They have placed as high as first place in their division.

Julie and Joshua had hoped to enhance the challenge this year by doubling their miles on the river when they applied to compete in the elite Yukon

1000, a course that follows the route of early pioneers in what has been billed as the longest boat race in the world.

The disappointing news of the COVID lockdown, however, did not deter them. Joshua quickly found another challenge they could answer. His

solution was the Great Alabama 650, a test of strength, endurance and mental fortitude that takes river paddlers on what sponsors describe as “an epic

adventure along the core section of the Alabama Scenic River Trail.”

“It may be less miles,” said Joshua, “but it is definitely more of a challenge. Both physically and emotionally.”

He was thrilled with the new challenge, proclaiming he did not want to “flush all those hours of training down the toilet.” He added the Alabama

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course has the potential to be more challenging because the Yukon

River flows at a consistent 9 to 13 miles per hour. The river course

in Alabama has multiple stretches of still water that will require

human propulsion.

Racers in Alabama will also be forced to exit the river for nine

portages to get around nine dams on this year’s course. Julie has

been designated as the coxswain for the race to allow Joshua to

concentrate on navigation.

“We were already seven months into our training for the Yukon

when they pulled the plug,” said Joshua. He admitted that Julie is a

“much better technical paddler,” but Julie said her partner’s training

for Ironman competitions will be beneficial during the more

grueling portions of the race.

According to Race Director Greg Wingo, the race in Alabama this

September presents a unique challenge for both competitors and

organizers. Greg is an ultra-runner who co-founded a trail running

group in his native Birmington.

“When it comes to a paddle race, and specifically with our race

where we have several different bodies of water, the logistics behind

that are quite a bit more complicated,” he explained. “On top of that,

there is a level of navigating and orienteering that’s involved for the

paddlers that’s not quite as common in most running races.”

Only three teams out of the 20 that began last year’s inaugural race

made it to the finish line, he said.

Dedicated training

The change in venue has not changed Joshua and Julie’s year-round

zeal for their daily regimen of vigorous training. In addition to time

on the river every morning near their home north of Bonners Ferry

in North Idaho, Joshua continues to chop wood, work out at the

gym and hone the navigational skills he first learned during his

time as a SEAL in the Navy.

Meanwhile, Julie does aerobics to build up her stamina when she

is not behind the counter of Mountain Mike’s, a local health food

store.

“We are both knocking on the door of 60, so our workouts now

include more yoga in addition to aerobics,” said Julie.

Joshua said they will begin to scale back from their twice-a-day

routine as they get closer to the actual start date of the race.

“We’re also taking more supplements to help boost our endurance

levels,” he said with a quiet laugh.

Julie is concerned that the drastic changes in temperature and

humidity in Alabama in the heat of summer may pose more of a

challenge than the actual river.

“Obviously, the Yukon is a much colder environment than Alabama,

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and so we'll be doing a lot of training during the heat of the day

this summer (in Idaho),” Josh said when asked about the changes in

preparation for the new challenge.

“The only element we will really need to work on that is different is

heat tolerance.”

They explained the actual workouts are “not really much different”

than their annual preparation for the Yukon. Julie said their time

in kayaks on the river is primarily focused on strengthening the

teamwork and the methods the couple has developed as tandem

paddlers over the years.

Racers can never take any situation on the river for granted,

said Joshua. He said participants have reported experiencing

hallucinations along either course. That can be especially dangerous

for teams hundreds of miles from civilization in Canada.

Based on his research from across the country, Josh anticipates even

more perils in the Alabama waterway. Instead of an occasional bear

foraging for salmon, the southern waters will have dangers with

large teeth lurking below the surface of the water and ominous

predators in the branches of trees along the bank.

As of now, the Great Alabama 650 is scheduled to start on September

16 on Weiss Lake in the northeast corner of the state and end at Fort

Morgan on the shores of Mobile Bay. Rules of the race dictate that

the race must be completed within 10 days.

A total of $22,500 in prize money will be divided among finishers

in three separate categories: male, female and two-person teams.

The river course stretches from the white water at the headwaters to

the ambling river delta. Greg cautions racers that “the race can pose

a challenge to even the most experienced paddler.”

Racers, he said, who sign up for the solo division must have at least

one “crewperson” to assist throughout the race to provide help

along the journey. The race director is also grateful for the “trail

angels,” people who live along the water who will be available to

assist racers, offering snacks or a place for a hot shower.

“All along the trail, there are people that live close by and love this

waterway and love to help out paddlers,” Greg said. “We’ve created

a network of these angels to help out paddlers with pretty much

anything on their route—acts of kindness that have been in place

for decades. Now we’ll be utilizing them for this race.”

The angels and a host of other volunteers will be a major force in

keeping the race running properly. Many of the volunteers will be

stationed at portages along the course. Racers will be met on the

shoreline, where they will be required to get out of their boat and

take a compulsory break.

Most of these stations are at sites of dams and other places that will

need to be bypassed on foot.

“Volunteers are absolutely critical for this race,” Greg said. “The

primary responsibility of the volunteers at the portages will be to

make sure racers get their mandatory time out of the water and to

check on them.”

He said as the race proceeds and competitors spread out, more

volunteers are needed to staff the stations, some hundreds of miles

apart.

“At the beginning of the race this isn’t a huge deal because the racers

are still close together, but as the days go by the racers spread out,

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ased on their ability, pretty far, so we’ll need to

man multiple portages over a couple of hundred

miles, staffing them 24 hours a day,” Greg said.

Joshua and Julie will travel to Alabama with

their own set of “trail angels.”

“My son, Ian, has been with us for five years in

a row for the Yukon River Quest. He is planning

on going with us to the Great Alabama 650 this

year too,” said Julie. “He could not make it last

year. “

Wayne and Wanda Wilkerson were on hand

to support their friends at the first mandatory

layover last year. They helped pull Joshua and

Julie out of their boat, fed them both and put

them to beds to sleep before the start of the

next day.

“While we are sleeping, they clean out our

boat, restock it with food and water, dry

everything they can (pfds, spray skirts,

jackets). They helped inspect our gear and

boat with the race officials, and then they are

there at the end to help us out of the boat and

take care of us and our gear.”

Julie said her brother David and his wife

Amy and her sister Tammy and her husband

Scott helped pay the registration fee for the

postponed race in the Yukon.

Donations of waterproof hats, gloves and socks

from Sealskinz USA have helped Joshua and

Julie prepare for the river race in Alabama.

The change in venue

has not changed

Joshua and Julie's

year-round zeal

for their daily

regimen of vigorous

training.

“Nite Ize provided us with some waterproof

bags and Peak Refuel is giving us our freezedried

meals,” Julie added. “We are also especially

grateful to our customers at Mountain Mike's

for their loyalty to help us reach our goal.”

Julie and Joshua have one ultimate goal that

guides them on their outdoor adventures. That

is the challenge to finish the race and be able to

plan for next year’s test of endurance.

“We work well together, but this will not be a

walk in the park,” said Joshua with a straight

face. “This is an entirely new challenge. Its’ all

new to us.”

“We always try to find the silver lining,” Julie

concluded. “The cancelation of the Yukon

race may have been a blessing in disguise.”

Dan Aznoff is a freelance writer based in

Mukilteo, Washington, dedicated to preserving

the stories of past generations. He was a

finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and has received

acclamation for his work regarding sustainable

energy. Aznoff is the author of three books

that document colorful periods of history in

the state of Washington. He can be reached at

directly da@dajournalist.com.

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How to choose where to build

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Builders in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. This is because unforeseen

expenses and issues from site development can dramatically affect

budget and timeline.

“The unforeseen budgetary impact that site development can have ... will take a big bite out

of your construction budget, and if you don't have adequate reserves, it could sink you right

out of the gate,” says Johnson. “I advise that buyers meet both their builder and excavator

at different times to get their perspectives on the challenges and costs to develop their lot.”

Many builders will offer free site visits to help you prepare for the unexpected, so you know

exactly what you’re getting into from the start. It’s a good idea to have an excavator and

builder take a look at your site before you settle on it, but here are some key things to

consider as you search for the perfect build location.

Acreage Needs

First off, consider what type of property you’re looking for and how much you need (or

want). Do you have pets and require a large pasture space? Do you want to garden or farm?

Do you want access to water?

Consider how close you want to be to your neighbors, and who those neighbors might be.

Do you want lots of space to keep your home isolated, or do you want the interaction and

neighborhood camaraderie that comes with building on a small lot in a neighborhood?

Access

It’s essential to know if you have access to your build location. “Not just the obvious questions

about ‘where am I gonna place my house’ or ‘doze my driveway;’ but what type of seasonal

access do I have to the lot, not just through the lot,” says Johnson.

Consider road restrictions on the nearest highways, weight and height limitations on

access roads, and difficult road conditions like switchbacks that make it difficult to get large

deliveries. Also, make sure you know what access is like in all seasons—will you need to do

additional maintenance in winter to have access to your home? Finally, says Johnson, it’s

vital to know you have deeded easement access to the lot. It’s legal to buy and sell landlocked

land in Idaho—which would require a helicopter to access.

Proximity to Attractions and Services

How close do you want to be to town or the city? It may seem nice to be out in the country,

but consider your daily habits and where you enjoy spending the most time. If you are a

person who enjoys going to town multiple times a day, living an hour outside of it might

prove more difficult than you think, particularly in winter. Do you want to be able to bike

to local shops? Or will the noise and lack of space living in a town or city bother you? Here’s

where you consider amenities. Do you want a gated or private community with amenities

and services, or will the rules and regulations that come with them be an issue?

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Consider what utilities are available and where they are coming from

before finalizing a build site. Septic/sewer should be your first concern,

says Johnson, then water. “Well drilling may require some additional

capital to re-drill if you don't produce adequate water from a well,” he

adds. “If there is a water or sewer system available, that's great, but be

aware there are usually connection fees assessed by the provider that

is a different fee than the actual connection made by the excavator.

Determine those costs up front.” Finally, determine where power or gas

is coming from, and the path it will need to take to reach your home site.

Geographic Features

The setting of your home matters on an aesthetic level, but beyond the

visual setting it is important to consider how geographic factors may

affect your building costs—such as rock, clay or sand. “This is where an

experienced excavator can be most valuable to you,” says Johnson.

“Rock will crush your dreams faster than a Steamroller over a Coke can,

unless you've got seriously robust budgets,” he adds. Keep in mind it’s not

just removing rock for the house pad, but for the driveways and utilities

as well—a project that can easily add up to six figures, says Johnson.

Clay and sand present different challenges in terms of the septic system

and house drainage, and foundation and roads. “Clay can be overcome,

but again, you better be planning for it early,” cautions Johnson. “The cost

to import rock or the use of Heli Pile anchors can cure your sandy site

issues ... but at a substantial cost.”

Finally, consider stormwater control. Building authorities require home

builders to manage the storm water, and the process of planning for it

can delay your timeline, particularly if civil engineers need to inspect and

design management measures, adds Johnson.

Home Orientation

The most commonly considered item, but what you should actually ask

yourself near the end, is what you want the placement of your home to

be. “Of course your home's views are easy for anyone to determine and

have the most long-term benefit of site development, but a few items

not considered by those moving here from southern states are winter

time sun and shady areas,” says Johnson. Make sure you have access

to the southern horizon to help with the grey that settles in winter,

and consider where snow piles may hang on into late spring

and potentially cause issues for gardening or

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Building a home can place you into a completely new role: manager, designer, even contractor, depending on

the time and interest you have in taking these on.

Whether you have building experience or are starting from ground zero, one factor is for certain: You can’t

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Choosing a team that you trust with your dream home can be a daunting task. How do you know who to

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charge a flat fee or a percentage of

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“Green building and living are becoming more mainstream and therefore

more achievable. And hopefully with more mainstream culture, increased

demand will decrease costs and allow for healthier choices in local stores

and more affordability,” she adds.

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3

Out with White, In with Color

White kitchens have been the trend for many years now, but homeowners

and designers aren’t afraid to break into some color and texture. Blues,

greys and natural wood have become popular alternatives to white in the

kitchen.

Taking their cue from the kitchen, other spaces in the home are starting to

see bolder, richer colors, or soft, natural hues. Gone is the grey on grey on

grey tones we saw so much of in past years. People want their home to feel

relaxing, warm, inviting and peaceful—with a touch of individual flare.

Quartz and Wood

4

Easy maintenance and natural finishes are today’s must haves. Quartz has

quickly become one of the most popular countertop choices because of its

durability and easy maintenance, unlike its popular predecessor granite.

A popular design choice continues the quartz as a backsplash in place of

tile—it maintains continuity and makes for easy cleaning.

Natural wood is making a grand comeback to add texture to kitchens and

living spaces. You’ll find it used on range hoods, as accent cabinets in the

kitchen to brighten an otherwise white space, or on the center island. It

brings warmth to the space and makes it feel more natural and timeless.

5

Bath Updates

Bathrooms are not just spots we shower and take care of business. Modern

baths incorporate more of a day spa, livability element—they’re spaces

we want to spend time and relax in. Bathroom seating—either built in or

portable—is becoming popular as a space to take off shoes, sit and relax,

or stack clothing and towels. To increase visual space and remove noise,

more and more people are opting for double floating vanities.

Small details and visual impact are more important than ever. Tiling over

the tub apron has become a popular way of elevating bathroom design,

making the tub look like more of a built-in feature if a free-standing tub is

not an option or preference.

Multifunctional

6

The king of 2020 design? Multifunctionality. People want their spaces

to serve a purpose (often several) and be functional, comfortable and

beautiful. Particularly for smaller homes, key spaces or storage areas need

to serve multiple functions at the same time.

A prime example is the kitchen island. It’s becoming more popular (and

practical) to use for more than just storage and seating. Almost a third of

renovating homeowners will add a microwave to the center island, and

adding a sink with a garbage disposal or a cooktop is becoming more

popular as well. After all, many people would rather face out and talk to

family or friends while cooking than stare at a backsplash.

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ROAD TRIP PART 2

British Columbia’s Kootenai Rockies and the

International Selkirk Loop

Story and Photos By Marguerite Cleveland

Last month our road trip ended in Christina Lake at the lovely Sunflower Inn B&B. The next destination is Rossland and continues

with a few days in the Kootenay Rockies before connecting with the International Selkirk Loop, the only multi-national scenic

drive in North America. Even doing just a portion of this 280-mile scenic drive is worth it. Gorgeous lakes and rivers with crystalclear

water surrounded by towering mountains makes for a beautiful drive. There are also cute little towns and the world’s longest

free ferry crossing.

Day 4: Rossland, British Columbia

It is just a 60-mile drive from Christina Lake to Rossland, British Columbia, so enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the Sunflower before starting

your day. Once you arrive, grab a coffee or other beverage from one of the downtown coffee shops and explore the town. Historic photos

sized like a mural line the main street. You can stand by an historic monument and have the same view as one of the photos taken in 1913.

There are a variety of shops and galleries worth taking a peek at.

The Rossland Museum is located on the site of the historic Le Roi Gold Mines. There are 5 acres to explore with mining exhibits located on

the grounds. The museum also serves as Rossland’s official visitors' center.

Next head out to the Red Mountain Resort. Plan to do a mountain hike. The Josie Hotel has a jazzy, modern vibe. On-site is the Velvet

Restaurant and Lounge, which is kicking out some rather good chow. Executive Chef Marc-Andre Choquette is an Iron Chef alum and the

menu is heavy on seasonal, hearty food. For an appetizer that should be called dessert, try the candied bacon. It lives up to the hype. Dine

inside with views of the mountain or out on the deck. A great way to spend the afternoon.

Enjoy the scenic drive into Nelson, which is your stop for the night. The Adventure Hotel is a fun place to stay and is geared to those who love

the outdoors. It has a bright, modern interior and is centrally located to all there is to see and do in Nelson. After checking in, take a walk

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PERCHED ON THE BANKS OF A BEAUTIFUL

LAKE, THE HISTORIC TOWN IS WELL WORTH

THE DETOUR WITH BREATHTAKING VIEWS

EVERYWHERE YOU WALK.

to Baker Street to partake of the restaurants, many with sidewalk seating.

Cantina del Centro is immensely popular with the locals. Fresh Latin

American cuisine is served up with 70 varieties of Tequila and Mezcal, as

well as beautifully crafted cocktails. The street tacos are memorable with

a variety of choices. Choose two or three to make a meal.

Day 5: Nelson

Get an early start today so you have time for breakfast and kayaking

before checkout time at the hotel. Oso Negro is a great place to start your

day. This indoor art gallery and breakfast stop serves up more than 20

different blends of coffee to enjoy with seasonal breakfast options. Eat

among the works of talented local artists or outside in the garden.

The Prestige Lakeside Resort is located on the banks of the west arm of

Kootenay Lake and offers boat rentals from their dock, which is home to

Nelson Paddleboard and Kayak. Rent your watercraft of choice and head

out on the lake. Morning hours often have no wind, and the scenery has

mountains that come almost to the edge of the lake. Very tranquil.

After a quick stop at the Adventure Hotel to freshen up and check out,

head into town to visit Touchstones Nelson Museum of Arts and History

to learn about the town and surrounding areas. A popular hike in the

area is to Pulpit Rock for its spectacular views of Nelson Kootenay Lake.

Highly recommended by locals is the little town of Kaslo. It is just north

of Ainsworth Hot Springs, your stop for the night, so you will have to

double back—but so worth it. The scenic drive along Highway 31 is truly

impressive. It is hard to imagine how the road was even built when the

mountains run right to the lake. Kaslo is a quaint town that is like a step

back in time. Perched on the banks of a beautiful lake, the historic town

is well worth the detour with breathtaking views everywhere you walk,

cute shops and many choices to grab a meal.

Head back to Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort for the night. The hot springs

get crowded, so plan to go in the morning when it is only open for hotel

guests. Located near the hotel is the JB Fletcher Store, a museum and

local artisan shop. Worth the trek down the hill. The Ktunaxa Grill, the

on-site restaurant, has great service, and the indigenous-inspired menu is

constructed of fresh, local ingredients. Reservations are a must.

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The Speci f ics

WHERE TO STAY

The Adventure Hotel - AdventureHotel.ca

Ainsworth Hot Springs - AinsworthHotSprings.com

Best Western Plus Kootenai River Inn Casino & Spa

KootenaiRiverInn.com

WHERE TO EAT

The Velvet Restaurant and Lounge - JosieHotel.com

Cantina del Centro - CantinadelCentro.com

Ktunaxa Restaurant

AinsworthHotSprings.com/dining

WHAT TO DO

Rossland Museum - RosslandMuseum.ca

Nelson Paddleboard and Kayak

NelsonPaddleboardAndKayak.com

Kaslo - VisitKaslo.com

International Selkirk Loop - SelkirkLoop.org

Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge

FWS.gov/refuge/kootenai

Day 6: Bonners Ferry, Idaho

First thing in the morning, visit the

Ainsworth Hot Springs. It is so nice without

all the crowds. The complex includes a pool

fed by the spring, a cold plunge pool fed by

Munn Creek and a dimly lit cave. It is not for

the faint of heart as it is like a dark tunnel.

Have breakfast at the hotel before checking

out.

Head to Balfour to catch the Kootenay Lake

Ferry to Kootenay Bay. You are now on the

International Selkirk Loop. There are no

reservations, so check the times and arrive

early for the 35-minute ferry crossing. This is

the longest free ferry in the world—and one

of the most scenic. While you wait there are

plenty of shops, restaurants and a bakery at

the ferry landing.

Once you arrive in Kootenay Bay, follow Highway 3A south to Bonners

Ferry, Idaho. Along the way enjoy the eastern shore of Kootenay Lake.

Stop at Crawford Bay, a unique community of artisans’ studios. As you

continue south there are small towns, shops and beaches for photo ops.

Before crossing the border make a detour in Creston to visit two wineries,

Skimmerhorn Winery and Vineyard and the Baillie-Grohman Winery,

that are thriving in the microclimate of the area.

Cross the border into Idaho and head to Bonners Ferry for the night. The

Best Western Plus Kootenai River Inn Casino & Spa is in a great location

next to the river and has a pedestrian tunnel to access the downtown area.

There are restaurants on-site, or head through the tunnel to access the

visitors’ center and local downtown eating establishments.

Day 7: Last Day

In the morning, head 6 miles east to the Kootenai National Wildlife

Refuge. There is a visitors’ center with a hike nearby to a waterfall.

Additional hikes are available as well as a 4.5-mile auto tour. There is

a good chance you will see moose, elk, deer, or rarer a bear. Birds are

abundant including bald eagles and migratory waterfowl. After spending

time in the refuge continue to explore the U.S. side of the International

Selkirk Loop or head home. You are about a six-hour drive to Seattle,

Washington, which is a major airline hub.

An unforgettable family road trip adventure awaits. It’s time to start

planning.

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GORGEOUS LAKES AND RIVERS WITH CRYSTAL-

CLEAR WATER SURROUNDED BY TOWERING

MOUNTAINS MAKES FOR A BEAUTIFUL DRIVE.

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BLACKBERRY AND

CHEDDAR CAPRESE

WITH FRESH BASIL

Recipe & Photo Courtesy of

Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP NHC

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup balsamic vinegar

8 oz. white cheddar cheese

24 basil leaves

24 fresh blackberries

METHOD:

TO PREPARE THE GLAZE:

• In a small saucepan over medium-high heat,

bring vinegar to a boil.

• Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer

for an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until

vinegar has reduced to 1/4 cup.

• Remove from heat and as it cools it will

continue to thicken.

Glaze may be refrigerated in a glass jar with a

fitted lid for up to 1 month.

SKEWERS:

• Slice cheddar cheese into 24 even squares.

• Using toothpicks, layer the ingredients with the

cheddar cheese, a folded basil leaf and follow

with a blackberry.

• Line a serving dish with the skewers and drizzle

with balsamic glaze right before serving.

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Occasions

Coffee and Crepes

INDULGE YOUR

Tastebuds

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Salads & Soups, Forza Coffee. Gift Cards Available!

Be sure to also check out Clay & Cloth Designs!

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BBQ2U

There’s nothing like a plate of pure Southern comfort.

BBQ2U brings all the smoky flavors of Texas-style barbecue

right here to our backyard. Patrons are treated just like

family and will enjoy the unique dining atmosphere. Open

seven days a week from 11am to 8pm.

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253.313.5656 | TexasBBQ2U.com

MARKETPLACE GRILLE

American cuisine with a Caribbean flair. The best fish and

chips and clam chowder in Gig Harbor! Located next to

Anthony’s Restaurant, they offer an expansive view of the

harbor. Family owned and operated. Beer and wine, take-out

menu available. Monday through Thursday 11am to 8pm,

Friday and Saturday 11am to 9pm, Sunday 11am to 8pm.

8825 N. Harborview Dr., Unit C | Gig Harbor

253.858.3487

MOCTEZUMA’S

Voted best Mexican Restaurant in South Sound Magazine

for 2015! Since 1978, Moctezuma’s has been the favorite of

those seeking authentic Mexican food and award-winning

Margaritas. Go visit their Gig Harbor location and enjoy

their Tequila Bar for daily happy hour specials and an array

of delicious appetizers.

4628 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW | Gig Harbor

253.851.8464 | Moctezumas.com

Congratulations

Peninsula High

&

Gig Harbor High

GERTIE AND THE

GIANT OCTOPUS

At Gertie and the Giant Octopus, located in the Uptown

Mall next to the Galaxy Theater, patrons will be treated to

a warm and inviting staff complemented by a delicious yet

affordable dinner menu, taking its inspiration from French,

Italian and Spanish cuisine. Each dish is thoughtfully

prepared and meant to share. They invite you to dine with

them Tuesday through Saturday 4 to 9pm.

4747 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Suite 600 | Gig Harbor

253.649.0921 | GertieAndTheGiantOctopus.com

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Whether it's a hot lunch or dinner you're looking for, look

no further than Pho Ever Wok, where their traditional

Vietnamese pho is always sure to satisfy. Whether you

like your soup mild or spicy, they'll prepare it just the way

you like it, and vegan and vegetarian options are available

as well. Even better, the prices can't be beat, and there's

plenty of parking. Also available for takeout. Open Monday

through Saturday 10:30am to 9pm.

4819 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW | Gig Harbor

253.858.8399

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GRAND NUTRITION

Grand Nutrition says goodbye to bland and hello

to delicious, serving up food that feels as good as it

tastes. Customer favorites include smoothies, acai

bowls and oatein. Grand Nutrition also offers meal

planning and nutrition coaching. Open Monday

through Friday 8am to 6pm, and Saturday from 9am

to 3pm.

5247 Olympic Drive, Suite A | Gig Harbor

253.649.5123 | GrandNutritionCo.com

OCCASIONS COFFEE

& CREPES

Gig Harbor’s home for coffee and crepes! Located in

the heart of Gig Harbor at the Franciscan Medical

Building, Occasions Coffee and Crepes offers

premium, hand-crafted espresso drinks, smoothies,

fresh salads, hot paninis, fresh made deli sandwiches,

soups and of course made-to-order crepes!

4700 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW #109 | Gig Harbor

253.851.2576

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PORTO CUCINA HARBOR

KITCHEN & BAR

Porto Cucina serves up familiar classic Italian dishes like

Eggplant Parmesan, as well as newer ones like Salmon

and Sweet Potato Risotto. The restaurant offers a little

something for everyone with a range of vegetarian, glutenfree

and dairy-free options. In the bar you will find a great

selection from local breweries, wineries and distilleries.

Open Sunday through Thursday 11am to 9pm, Friday and

Saturday 11am to 10pm.

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LELE'S RESTAURANT

When Grandma is the head cook, you know the food will

be authentic, delicious and made with heart. Every day they

work to create a traditional taste of their homeland for their

guests, serving each bite of Southeast Asia with a story of

culture, authenticity and survival. Lele’s is open daily from

11am to 9pm.

4747 Point Fosdick Drive NW, Suite 200 | Gig Harbor

253.514.6382 | LeleGigHarbor.com

MS. SAIGON

VIETNAMESE CUISINE

Ms. Saigon provides Vietnamese cuisine accessible to

everyone, with a menu that includes grain-free, vegetarian

and vegan options. Celebrating their grand opening back in

April of 2019, Ms. Saigon is a new and welcome addition to

the Gig Harbor dining scene. Open daily 11am to 9pm.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

Congrats,

Class of 2020!

What's happening

in June!

JUNE 2020

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Celebrate Life

at Every Age

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Our award-winning Expressions memory care program is designed

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CELEBRATING

OUR

SENIORS

GRADUATION 2020

By Jillian Chandler

As school campuses remained closed for the rest of the school

year, this year's senior class has seen its share of heartache during

their final weeks of high school, but there are high hopes that one

dream will not be shattered—the opportunity to walk and receive their

diplomas with their families and close friends watching.

“Graduation, as well as other spring milestones, is a well-earned rite

of passage that every student should experience to celebrate their

13 years of education,” says Deborah Krishnadasan, president of the

Peninsula School District School Board and chair of the graduation

committee. “Walking off the graduation stage with diploma in hand

marks their first step into the world of opportunities that await them.”

A Graduate Car Parade is set to take place June 13 at Tacoma Narrows

Airport and include students from both Peninsula High School (10am)

and Gig Harbor High School (1pm). The day marks the original date

graduation ceremonies were to take place. Parents and guests are

invited to line the parade route in their vehicles and cheer on the

graduates as they drive by in decorated vehicles. All participants and

onlookers must remain in their vehicles before, during and after the

parade. (Rides will be arranged for students if needed.)

“The District is especially thankful to Derek Young and Bruce

Dammeier for requesting the use of the airport and getting approval

from the FAA,” according to Krishnadasan.

Graduation ceremonies for both Peninsula and Gig Harbor high

schools have been scheduled for July 25 at Roy Anderson Field but

can only happen if Washington is in Phase 4 of the state’s “Safe Start”

plan. (Find details and safety guidelines for these ceremonies on the

following page.)

When asked what she hopes the class of 2020 takes with them as

they say their official farewell to high school, Krishnadasan says

this: “The knowledge that they handled this situation with grace and

patience beyond their years and that they are most resilient. Born in

the aftermath of 9/11 and graduating during a global pandemic, these

young adults have the tenacity to reach all of their dreams and desires,

despite any barrier life may bring.”

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FLAG DAY

Pennsylvania was the first state to establish Flag Day as a legal

holiday back in 1937. Today Flag Day is observed nationwide,

though not as a legal holiday. Flag Day is celebrated on June 14

each year to honor the United States flag and to commemorate

its adoption of stars and stripes as the official flag of the United

States. You can help celebrate by displaying your flag in front of

your home or business. June 14 is also the day that the United

States Army celebrates its birthday, with 2020 marking 245 years

since the U.S. Army as we know it today was founded.

FATHER'S DAY

Though your traditional Father's Day plans may have been

deterred because of current protocols, we are fortunate that Gig

Harbor is home to so many adventures! Now that businesses are

beginning to open back up, make reservations to treat Dad to a

meal at a local restaurant of his choice or purchase a gift certificate

to one of his favorite local stores or shops to pick out a gift of his

liking! And as the great outdoors abound, you can always opt to

get in a weekend fishing or camping trip. It's not so much how you

spend Father's Day, but who you spend it with. Help make this a

Father's Day Dad will remember for years to come.

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It's the day they've been working toward for the past 13 years—high

school graduation. And on July 25, Gig Harbor and Peninsula high

school seniors will walk the stage to receive their diploma (8:30

and 11am respectively). The district is working to ensure safety is

at the forefront. Seniors will sit 6 feet apart on the turf field at the

Peninsula High School Roy Anderson Field, face the grandstand

and proceed in and out of the ceremony at safe distances. Given the

size of PHS and GHHS graduating classes, there will not be enough

room for students to have guests attend the ceremony. Instead, the

ceremony will be live streamed for all to watch safely from home.

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