July 2020 Bonners Ferry Living Local

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ife has been unpredictable,

and at times frightening,

frustrating

and

heartbreaking, during

recent weeks—for us all.

With new “normals” put

in place to battle COVID-19 and keep

our communities safe, and the addition of

protests that began in late May, our world

has been turned upside down. But at the

end of the day, as we ponder the lives we’ve

been able to build here in the United States,

we can’t take for granted all of the freedoms

that come with our great country. Through

all the hardships, we are able to raise our

voices and demand to be heard. Through

our voices, we are able to lift others up

while they may be silenced. We live in a

country like no other and are proud of the

communities in which we live. Despite the

difficulties, we always come out stronger,

and more united, than before.

On July 4, friends and families will once

again gather to commemorate America’s

independence. Though celebrations may

be a bit different this year, and smaller,

people will still come together to celebrate

our great country—the place we all call

home. If we continue to love our fellow man

and want for them the same freedoms and

opportunities we desire for ourselves and

our own children, our communities, states

and nation will only become that much

more united.

Take this time to reflect on all the blessings

you and your loved ones have been bestowed,

and focus on what we, as individuals and

whole communities, can do to support each

other. Our strong, hardworking families and

communities are the backbone of this great

nation.

I ask you to take a moment to recognize

the great privilege we have as Americans,

and the great work we have done and will

continue to do, in building this place we call

home.

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ABOUT THE COVER

THIS MONTH, FAMILIES ACROSS THE U.S.

WILL CELEBRATE OUR INDEPENDENCE. No

matter how you choose to celebrate the Fourth of

July, remember what it represents, and take a moment

to reflect on how fortunate we are to live in a place

where freedom reigns, and all have the right to life,

liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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Contents

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ESSENTIALS

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From Victory Gardens to Garage

Greatness: 5 big jobs to tackle for summer

IN FOCUS

Back into the Wild: Area nonprofit

cares for injured, orphaned wildlife

24

COMMUNITY HEROES

People making a difference in our

hometown

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GOOD NEWS

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An Old-Fashioned Norman Rockwell

Fourth of July: Bonners Ferry looks to next

year to continue the small-town tradition

BUSINESS IN THE 28

SPOTLIGHT

Old West Texas BBQ/Steakhouse: True

Texas barbecue awaits!

TRAVEL & LEISURE

Mountain, City, Sea: Enjoy all three in

one destination

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LIFE & COMMUNITY

Kootenai River Days: Preparations

underway for another great event

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FEATURE STORY

Pyrotechnics: Fourth of July’s

bright moment

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FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot

spots around town and local recipes

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ATHLETES

Youth Soccer Registration: Season begins

end of July

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Outdoor Living: Eating well

through summer

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COMMUNITY

EVENTS

Check out what's going on this month

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From Victory Gardens to Garage Greatness

5 BIG JOBS TO TACKLE FOR SUMMER

(BPT) - SUMMER IS HERE, AND THAT MEANS IT'S TIME TO

TACKLE THE BIG OUTDOOR TASKS.

The importance of getting work done is especially true in this season

of social isolation, when Americans are enjoying their homes' outdoor

spaces more than ever. Outdoor work may require some extra sweat and

elbow grease, but these big jobs are a welcome break right now, keeping

people busy and outside—and helping them truly appreciate their well -

-tended green spaces.

For many, outdoor work is a satisfying endeavor, allowing homeowners

to take pride in their home and yard, along with the work they put into

it, which shows in what people are searching for, posting and sharing

online. For example, Pinterest Insights saw an increase of 89 percent in

backyard renovation ideas on their website, along with a whopping jump

of 658 percent in DIY small patio ideas on a budget, and an impressive

528 percent increase in budget garden inspiration ideas.

Ready to get started on your summer to- do list? Consider adding these

big but worthwhile tasks to your roster.

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Start a "victory garden"

Given all the questions brought about by COVID-19, many Americans

are re igniting the WWII practice of growing their own fruits, vegetables

and herbs to give themselves more control over their food supplies.

Many produce varieties are easy to grow, and cultivating them at

home can ward off unnecessary shopping excursions. "Americans are

turning to gardens for food access, food security, food safety and food

affordability," confirms gardening exec Jim Feinson on GardenResearch.

com.

Beef up your landscaping

Look over your landscaping layout and determine which parts need

trimming, filling in, fertilizing or replacing. If you're in doubt, many

garden centers can draw up plans demonstrating changes or additions

that might look more eye -catching. Before getting started, invest in

easy- to-use equipment that will make the heavy-duty labor less grueling.

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Summer is here, and that to-do list

won't take care of itself.

fact, it can capably pull up to 1,400 pounds of

supplies.

Revamp your deck

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seating.

Tackle your gutters

Does it just need a good power washing, or is

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mud, dirt and debris on your deck, siding, fence,

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Get your garage in gear

Reclaim your space by getting rid of junk you

don't need, power washing your floors and

establishing dedicated space for the tools and

equipment you regularly use. New cabinets, bins,

racks, shelves or pegboard panels can go a long

way toward keeping everything handy and easy

to find. You may even want to create a mancave

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It can be a hefty job, but built-up debris must be

cleaned out at least twice annually to avoid wet

basements, interior leaks, mold growth, rodent

infestations and/or displacement of the gutters

themselves. Use a sturdy ladder to safely access

the edges of your roof, then use a trowel or gutter

scoop to remove refuse. Flush out the system

using a power washer or a garden hose with a

spray attachment. Check for cracks, rust or paint

damage and missing attachments, ensure all

sections are sloped enough to drain stormwater

and replace any sections that can't be repaired.

Summer is here, and that to-do list won't take

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Real Estate Focus

SHOULD YOU STILL SELL YOUR HOME IN 2020?

Submitted by Laura Kimball, Realtor - Coldwell Banker Resort Realty

Successful Greenhouse, nursery & landscape

business plus home for sale!

Were you thinking of selling your

home before COVID-19 reared

its ugly head and hit the world

like a ton of bricks? Are you still

considering the options and trying to weigh the

pros and cons? Rest assured; you’re not alone.

The answer really depends on your current,

unique situation, motivation and goals.

One of the biggest pros are the historically

low mortgage interest rates we are seeing.

Before the first COVID-19 cases appeared in

the U.S., economists predicted that mortgage

rates would remain low, on average under 4

percent, for the majority of 2020. Unlike the

stock market that can go up 1,000 points one

day and fall 2,000 the next, the housing market

is generally more stable and takes longer to

show change. Even if the economy makes a

rapid recovery after stay-at-home orders are

lifted across the nation, the expectation is that

interest rates will remain low. That is good news

if you are looking to finance a home purchase

or need interested buyers to be able to obtain

an affordable mortgage.

Home prices are, perhaps temporarily, on

the rise! A severe supply shortage has pushed

home prices up for the time being. According

to Realtor.com, the number of homes for sale

declined 15.7 percent in March 2020 compared

to March 2019. Despite the national decline,

the national median listing price increased 3.8

percent. According to Home Light’s flash poll

of top agents across the country, 75 percent of

the agents report that home prices are holding

steady in their market. This is a unique,

although potentially fleeting, window of

opportunity for sellers! Some experts, however,

suggest the economic future of the U.S. looks

questionable; if you wait to list, you risk your

home value declining as the market buckles

under pressure from a recession.

Personal health, government regulations,

shutdown and quarantine protocols, public

safety and related topics are all at the forefront

of peoples’ minds. These are all reason number

one why people might be looking to make

a move. Chances are many people will want

to abandon crowded cities in favor of more

urban areas. In the event of another outbreak,

the appeal of large cities may diminish given

their high cost of living and potential underpreparedness.

In the instance of quarantine,

many will prefer an area they can still enjoy

outdoor space and nature. As Silicon Valley

venture capitalist Balaji Srinivasan advised,

“Sell city, buy country.” We are in one of the

unique corners of the world that still has what

others now realize they want; room to stretch

out and the freedom to do so. As much as

many of us want our corner of the world to stay

private, the reality is that people are coming

in. You can either be a positive participant or

a disgruntled bystander, but the result will be

the same. On that note, I believe that these are

people who want the same things we want and

are not interested in making our little corner

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AN OLD-FASHIONED NORMAN ROCKWELL

FOURTH OF JULY

Bonners Ferry looks to next year to continue the small-town tradition

By Abigail Thorpe

“THE PEOPLE

IN BOUNDARY

COUNTY ARE

SOME OF THE

MOST GENEROUS

PEOPLE ON THE

PLANET, AND

THAT'S BOTH

WITH MONEY

AND TIME.”

Bonners Ferry has a long history of

gathering the community on the Fourth

of July to celebrate our independence

the small-town way, and it put forward

their best effort this year despite the challenges

that COVID-19 threw its way, but unfortunately

we will have to wait until next year for the usual

festivities to return.

“It's a small town, all-American kind of Norman

Rockwell July Fourth,” says Gary Leanord, who

spearheaded the efforts to continue the fireworks

show and family celebrations, despite the city and

county pulling their usual support of the event due

to COVID-19 concerns.

Leonard stayed firm in his mission to bring

the community together to celebrate America’s

freedom, but despite his determination, reached

out to Bonners Ferry Living Local at press time

to inform us, and to let our readers know, that

the event would not be going forward as they

had planned. Particularly after months of social

distancing and staying home, people were excited

for an opportunity to come together, laugh and

celebrate. This year’s event may be canceled, but

families and individuals can still celebrate our

country’s independence with those closest to us,

until we can once again gather as a town.

For years the July 4th celebrations have taken

place at the local Boundary County Fairgrounds.

A town parade usually starts the celebrations off,

composed of Bonners Ferry locals. Typically 300

to 400 people attend the parade every year, and

anyone is invited to show up and participate. “It's

a small-town parade, it's the coolest type of parade

you can imagine,” says Leonard.

Kids eagerly look forward all year to the Family

Fun Night that follows the traditional opening

ceremonies, when Leonard’s son brings out

Adison’s Potato Gun of Fun. Live music,

concessions and good old-fashioned fun have

always been a marker of the Bonners Ferry Fourth

of July. The highlight of the event is always the

fireworks show, which has been a tradition for

many years and will be much missed this year.

Leonard first attended a Bonners Ferry fireworks

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show in 2010, when Skip O’Fallon was at the

helm of the celebrations. One thousand to 1,500

people got together as they set off fireworks by

hand for the community to enjoy. O’Fallon

retired, and the following year Bonners Ferry

didn’t have a fireworks show. On his way home

from watching fireworks in Troy, Leonard told

his wife, “That's not going to happen in Bonners

Ferry again. As long as I'm involved we're going

to have a fireworks show.” Ever since, Bonners

has been celebrating the Fourth of July in its

hometown tradition—with the exception of

2020. “I don't do it for recognition, it's a way

I can give something that everyone loves,” says

Leonard.

The event is entirely run by volunteers

and funded by community members and

businesses. “The people in Boundary County

are some of the most generous people on the

planet, and that's both with money and time,”

says Leonard, who’s been heading up the event

since 2012. They raise about $6,500 to $7,500

dollars each year, which goes to pay for the

fireworks, music and any other needs.

Since 2012, he’s been able to add a modular

electronic system to fire the charges off. Before,

they had mortar tubes buried in sand in the back

of trailers, and each one had to be loaded and

fired off by hand—it was very dangerous, says

Leonard. Now the show is more professional

and less dangerous for the volunteers involved.

Allan Hamilton heads up the fireworks display

every year. “He's like a maestro, he's been doing

it for 25 years now,” remarks Leonard.

July 4th has always been a family event in

Bonners Ferry, as people come together to make

it a wonderful town experience. Leonard does

fundraising with businesses and individuals

locally every year to cover the costs of the

event, but this year he didn’t actively fundraise

due to businesses being closed and already

facing financial difficulties due to COVID-19.

“I couldn’t find it in my heart to go out and ask

businesses,” he says.

“I'm really blessed to be here and be part of

the community,” says Leonard. “People here

are giving, they're caring, they want to make a

great event. The people here, they're the ones

who make it.”

Much around us may be different this year,

but Independence Day will continue to be

honored and celebrated in Bonners Ferry—a

time for family and friends to come together

and celebrate family, freedom and our

beautiful North Idaho community, however

that may look for each family and individual.

Take the opportunity to gather those nearest

you and explore new ways to celebrate our

independence, until we gather again next year.

Happy Fourth of July Bonners Ferry!

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KOOTENAI

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Preparations underway for another

great event

By Colin Anderson

Despite concerns that Kootenai River Days might be canceled,

the Bonners Ferry Chamber received word in early June

that the event can go on. Since then, organizers have been

working hard to line up a

schedule and make sure it’s another safe,

fun and unforgettable community event.

Any chamber member who would like to

have a booth at this year’s event is welcome

to do so; just be sure to contact the chamber

in order to reserve one. Non-members can

also sign up for a booth at a cost of just

$25. Businesses that would like to sponsor

the events are currently being sought, and

you can find out more about sponsorship

opportunities at BonnersFerrychamber.

org. Events and a more detailed schedule

will be available on Facebook. Here are

some highlights at the time of print:

Wednesday, July 22: You can enjoy a free

movie, “Moana,” though location and time

have yet to be confirmed.

Thursday, July 23: It’s time to stroll about

Bonners Ferry and get sipping, as the

Wine Walk returns starting at 5:30pm.

Organizers have

been working hard

to line up a schedule

and make sure it’s

another safe, fun

and unforgettable

community event.

Friday, July 24: Crazy Days kicks off its three days of fun. Also check out

the Rod Benders Car Show. The Bonners Ferry High School cheerleading

squad has been hard at work and will perform its routine downtown at

Crazy Days. This is followed up by an ice

cream social and some of the usual Crazy

Days merriment.

Saturday, July 25: Crazy Days continues

with a street fair (and a bounce house and

face painters from 6 to 9pm). Don’t miss

your chance to register for the Birdies for

our Brothers golf scramble held at Mirror

Lake Golf Course. Keep practicing your

bean bag tossing so you can make a

statement in the Cornhole Tournament,

with various brackets available and prizes

awarded to the winners. This is also the

day of the All Class Reunion, which

includes food, drink and live music.

Don’t miss the street dance and DJ!

Events and activities are subject to

change. Please check with the Bonners

Ferry Chamber or via Facebook for all

the latest details.

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GIVING LOCALS

ACCESS TO “FRESH”

HOMESTEAD PRODUCE OPENS

NEW FARM STAND

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

Jordan Dyck worked as a mechanic for 15 years before he took on

the role of farmer. He and his wife started Homestead Produce

on their old family farm in 2012. What started as a part-time

passion project is now a full-time farm that Jordan and his wife

run, producing a range of produce from lettuce and tomatoes to

sweet corn, strawberries, cucumbers, eggs, and because he enjoys a

challenge—sweet potatoes.

The farm grew out of Jordan’s interest in growing and the science behind

it, as well as his desire to provide their family and community with

fresh produce. “We grow with entirely organic practices,” he says. The

majority of the seed they use is organic, and they focus heavily on the

health of the soil. “Soil health is where it all starts,” says Jordan. “You can

fix a lot of problems by having healthy soil.”

Homestead Produce got its start taking goods to the farmers’ market,

something they are still very involved in. Jordan serves as the chair of

the Bonners Ferry Farmers’ Market—it’s his way of giving back to the

market and the community.

This year the couple opened a

stand on the farm to provide even

better access to fresh veggies and

produce, open Monday through

Friday from 8am to 6pm. “Being

a farm and being out of the traffic,

I'm hoping that families find it a

place where they can come and

get produce,” says Jordan. Often

it is the families who don’t make

it out to the farmers’ market,

and Homestead wants to offer an

alternative for accessing farmfresh

produce and help open it up

to the community.

Boundary County is no stranger

to gardening and agriculture.

“There are a lot of people that

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fresh, organic and sustainable.

“When you go to the farm you can talk to the farmer and you can know

where it came from, when it was harvested,” he says. “It's always fresh.”

There are others who value knowing their farmers from a pesticide,

herbicide and spray standpoint, he adds. His customers know what

they’re buying is organic, and they know they can go directly to him, the

farmer, to find out about how their food is grown.

From an ecological and sustainable standpoint, it makes sense to buy

local, says Jordan. You cut way back on the fossil fuels, packaging and

everything else that goes into transporting produce from a distance.

There's a lot of waste created there, and shopping locally helps avoid

that—in addition to guaranteeing fresh produce that at the most was

picked 48 hours ago.

Homestead Produce sells to local restaurants and markets in Bonners

Ferry in an effort to get fresh and locally sourced produce to the

community and help cut down on waste. It’s why he wakes up every

morning to do what he does, and it’s local farmers like Jordan who make

Boundary County the beautiful, healthy and sustainable place to live

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YOUTH SOCCER

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Season begins end of July

BY COLIN ANDERSON

Youth sports are back in Bonners

Ferry. The crack of the bat can

be heard at T-ball practices and

games, and very soon the soccer

players will have a chance to practice, play

and compete again. Registration is currently

open for youth soccer. Boys and girls ages 4

through 13 are welcome to sign up and must

do so before the Saturday, July 11, deadline.

The cost is $25 per child. The season kicks

off on July 28 and runs through September

10. Games and practices are held Tuesdays

and Thursdays at either 5:30 or 6pm.

Signups are available online at

BoundaryCountyParksandRecreation.

sportsites.com/player. Paper registration

forms are available outside of the parks

office, or they can be printed off online at

BoundaryCountyID.org. There is a drop box

at the Parks and Recreation office located at

the fairgrounds that the paper registration

forms can be turned in at. Also, anyone

wanting to volunteer to coach should

fill out a paper registration form and the

registration fee for their child will be waived.

The Parks and Recreation Department

is always appreciative of sponsors

and volunteers to help make its youth

sports programs fun and positive for its

participants. While volunteer coaches are

vital, the program is also in need of volunteer

officials to help out at games. Community

members can help with various fundraisers

and businesses can donate funds to help

sponsor a team of their choice. Whether the

donation is monetary or time, it goes a long

way toward making the program a success.

Feel free to contact Youth Sports Director

Sarah Skinner at 208.304.3603 for additional

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The early June roster of animals in

recovery at the American Heritage

Wildlife Foundation represents

a wide swath of the North Idaho

branch of the animal kingdom.

There are orphaned pine squirrel babies, as well

as a young flying squirrel. One batch of orphan

skunks was already in, with another expected

the next day. A young magpie with neurological

issues had already been there for more than a

month. A wild turkey and a blue grouse were

also in the recovery process.

The AHWF sees about 100 different animals

a year, founder Kathleen St. Clair-McGee

estimated, so multiplied by the nearly 20 years

she has been at the Clark Fork facility, she has

seen quite the variety of animals.

“It’s incredible. We’ll have little animals come

in and you’re working on them desperately. You

only meet them a half a day and they might die

on you,” she said. “It’s always a challenge. It’s

always tricky.”

But the reward of sending off a rehabilitated

animal into the wild again—something St.

Clair-McGee estimates the organization does

about 60 percent of the time—is worth the

heartache.

“Probably the greatest reward is when you do

have that animal and on the day of release you

say, ‘OK, here you go, you’re back where you

should be,’” she said.

The AHWF’s stated mission is to work toward

the preservation of all wildlife through

rehabilitation and community education. A

nonprofit started in 2001, the organization

has no paid staff and relies on volunteers, who

provide between 3,000 and 4,000 combined

hours each year, St. Clair-McGee said. They

are working to create the first Inland Pacific

Northwest nature center.

There are only a few species, like deer, elk and

moose, that the AHWF cannot accept. But

raccoons, skunks, squirrels, waterfowl, ducks,

geese—volunteers will attempt to rehabilitate

all of them if brought in. Some rehabilitations

or recoveries take only a couple weeks. Others

take much longer, like raccoon orphans, who

usually spend three, four or even five months

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Sometimes people will bring in orphans after

seeing an adult animal killed by a car and then

later locating the orphaned young. Other times,

people bring in animals who have been injured,

either by them or someone else.

“Rehabilitation is important because if you look

at the animal cases brought in, the majority are

not from nature-caused incidents. They are

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She has been with the AHWF since the

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The care provided at the AHWF is very different

from what might be done at an animal humane

society, where part of the goal is to include the

human factor. At the AHWF, volunteers try to

do the opposite.

“We don’t talk when we’re in the animal room,”

she said. “We put up towels or wear masks so

they don’t directly see this is a human that’s

feeding me. We wear gloves. We do everything

we can think of to remove that human barrier.

… The highest praise that can happen on a wild

animal on release is you go in there and try to

catch them and they come at you or try to avoid

you. (If they do that) you’ve done your job.”

One of St. Clair-McGee’s favorite rescue stories

involves an osprey that was “in pretty rough

shape” when it was brought in. The AHWF

lacks adequate staffing to go out into the field

and pick up injured animals, relying instead

on people to bring them in. Staff will coach

them over the phone, but animals in their care

often require feedings every 30, 20 or even 10

minutes, St. Clair-McGee said, so they cannot

dash away.

Found late one August, the osprey was about

two months old when it was brought in: weak,

underweight and dehydrated. Normally osprey

don’t leave the nest for two months, and once

on the ground, as this one was, they’ll starve, St.

Clair-McGee said, “unless they have the spirit

to figure it out.”

The bird spent two weeks in rehabilitation,

gaining strength. Upon release, volunteers

pitched her up into the air and she took off. It

was the sort of success story that sticks with St.

Clair-McGee—she has taken in other osprey in

similar predicaments that don’t survive.

“It’s always taxing. Sometimes it’s 16-hour

days,” she said. “It’s not for the faint of heart,

but that’s why we love our volunteers, and that’s

why we strongly encourage people when they

do find animals to follow the right steps.”

Some traumatic injuries the AHWF cannot

handle, and in those cases volunteers will refer

people to veterinarians. But many people do

bring in animals, and some are willing to drive

hours, St. Clair-McGee said.

“When I get people who are kind hearted and

compassionate, I can’t say thank you enough,”

she said. “It’s really uplifting.”

The cost of rehabilitating animals will vary,

depending on their length of stay and the cost

of food. Owls, for example, can require $5 of

food per day. Others are more, St. Clair-McGee

said. The organization offers various levels of

donation and sometimes holds raffles to raise

more money.

“That’s where the community support comes

in, and we’ve been so very blessed to have the

money we need each year,” she said.

St. Clair-McGee said she is excited, too, that

Mya Jinright, a raptor rehabilitator, has joined

the AHWF ranks of volunteers. Jinright works

at the VCA North Idaho Animal Hospital in

Sandpoint, and St. Clair-McGee said her help

will allow them to better care for hawks and

owls who are in critical condition.

And so the work continues. St. Clair-McGee

was preparing to return a gray squirrel to Post

Falls, where three weeks earlier it had fallen and

suffered a head trauma. The squirrel has been

getting its coordination back, she said.

“That’s the best part, the release,” she said. “It

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The community has been eagerly awaiting, and the time has finally

come, as the area’s newest restaurant, Old West Texas BBQ/Steakhouse

at The Hemlocks, has opened its doors! This one-of-a-kind culinary

establishment features a menu inspired by simple and honest cooking

using fresh and sustainable ingredients—taking guests on a unique culinary

journey.

Having been in the restaurant and catering business for more than three

decades, restaurateur and businessman Johnney Walker, joined by his son Colt

Walker, purchased The Hemlocks RV Park, which formerly housed Generations

restaurant, this past April. Over the past few months, they’ve been dedicating

every minute and every ounce of energy to upgrading the resort by updating the

lodge for a more rustic feel, adding a new outdoor seating pavilion and venue for

local and national music, and converting the restaurant into The Old West Texas

BBQ/Steakhouse (which was originally started in Texas in 2000). They are excited

to finally be able to share their newest venture with the community.

Old West Texas BBQ/Steakhouse you will be treated to barbecue that is slow

smoked from 10 to 14 hours using Texas mesquite, hickory and red oak from

Texas. As Johnney says, “This method imparts a taste and tenderness usually found

in the tried and true barbecue joints that are well known for their barbecue—and

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we’ve brought it right here to North Idaho.”

Johnney started in business right out of high school, having started and

founded many businesses across the country—from Texas to Washington

state, Montana to Las Vegas. In 2013, he and his family moved to Hope,

Idaho, from their ranch in Texas. They quickly fell in love with the area

and people here in North Idaho. Four years later he relocated to Las Vegas

and started World Trade Inc., a Real Estate investment business investing

in properties in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

“There are many aspects that are very rewarding to me with business in

general … from developing a concept from the ground up to creating a

successful business that fills a niche in a given market,” he affirms.

This authentic Texas barbecue joint offers diners a variety of savory

mesquite and hickory-fired meats. Guests can grab a tray to enjoy lunch

indoors or out on the new pavilion, or come to enjoy their full-service

steakhouse menu for dinner. From brisket and ribs to chicken and sausage,

choose from barbecue plates served with jalapeño cheese bread and two

sides (Austin baked beans, coleslaw, jalapeño pinto beans, jambalaya

texana, potato salad, Western-style green beans) or baked potato, or a

variety of barbecue sandwiches served on a homemade bun. Your dining

experience won’t be complete without one of their homemade desserts

like banana pudding, cobbler of the day (blackberry, peach, apple), and

pie and cake of the day.

For Johnney, he firmly believes in hard work and the willingness to do

whatever it takes to be successful, and he is grateful to the customers and

people he meets who acknowledge the hard work that it takes.

The Walkers are proud to call Bonners Ferry home and appreciate the

small-town feel and being a part of this community. They look forward to

continuing their involvement supporting the local FFA and 4-H clubs, in

which they mentor local youth, “the new generation of the future,” with

advice and support.

Johnney and Colt invite you to stop on by and try this new brand of

dining. Take a seat Tuesday through Saturday from 11am until sold out

to experience their Old West Texas barbecue service, or stop in Friday

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PYROTECHNICS:

Fourth of July’s Bright Moment

BEHIND THE SCENES OF AMERICA’S FAVORITE

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Every year as Independence Day approaches, we anxiously await the festivities: parades, barbeques, three-legged races and an abundance

of watermelon. But the moment that has always captured American’s focus are the fireworks. Every year we wait for the moment the first

explosion hits the night sky. It’s become synonymous with freedom, and the main attraction of every Fourth of July event.

Part of the magic is perhaps that we can’t see the process taking place—the brightly lit sky and colorful patterns feel almost magical. But

behind the scenes there is a whole lot of work and planning that makes the show possible, and decades of science that date back to ancient China.

Historians believe fireworks’ precursors date back to the second century B.C., when the Chinese would throw bamboo stalks into the fire to produce a

loud pop and explosion, thought to ward off evil spirits. Somewhere around 600 to 900 A.D., Chinese alchemists mixed potassium nitrate, sulfur and

charcoal to produce the original “gunpowder.” They would then pack this powder into hollowed out bamboo stalks—which would later become stiff

paper tubes—and light them on fire, forming the very first man-made fireworks.

It wasn’t until the 13th century that gunpowder started making its way into Europe and Arabia. It was quickly adopted for military purposes, but also

gained a popular use in fireworks used to celebrate military victories and mark celebrations and ceremonies. In medieval England, the first skilled

fireworks professionals were known as “firemasters,” and their assistants were “green men,” aptly named because of their caps made of leaves to protect

their heads from the sparks.

Italians in the 1830s were the first to incorporate trace amounts of metals and other additives to the powder to produce the colorful, vibrant modern

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fireworks that we know today. Fireworks came with the first

colonists to the Americas and were a popular part of colonial life.

The day before the Declaration of Independence was adopted by

the Continental Congress, John Adams memorably predicted in

a letter to his wife the significant role fireworks would hold in

celebrating the independence of the United States.

“The day will be most memorable in the history of America,” he

wrote. “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding

generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be

solemnized with pomp and parade … bonfires and illuminations

[fireworks] … from one end of this continent to the other, from

this time forward forevermore.”

And so it would be—since its inception, the United States has

used fireworks to mark its independence, with shows taking place

in large cities and small towns alike throughout the country.

But our beloved fireworks displays don’t just happen every year.

In fact, planning for them often starts the previous year, says

Heather Gobet, president of Western Display Fireworks out

of Oregon. “There's so much that goes into one of these,” adds

Gobet. Fireworks for the shows need to be ordered over a year in

advance, and there are a lot of permits, paperwork and state and

national laws that have to be taken into consideration.

The process of planning a fireworks show begins with a

preliminary evaluation of the site through Google Earth.

There has to be adequate room for a display, and the space will

determine the size and types of fireworks that can be used. “If

you're using smaller caliber multi-shot boxes, you may only need

100, 150 feet,” says Gobet. But the large shells require 1,000 feet

in every direction.

“There's kind of two major components of designing a fireworks

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open around the launch site.” After evaluating the site on Google

Earth, Gobet’s team will talk to the sponsors about their goals for

the show, their budget, and the context of the event the fireworks

are being used for.

This initial conversation sets the stage for early planning of the

show, and at this point, the pyrotechnics company will go out to

the site in person to understand the logistics of the launch area.

Once the show is designed and a contract put together, it gets sent

off to the customer for approval. “There may be some back and

forth,” says Rich Vaughan, district manager and show designer in

Spokane, Washington, for Pyro Spectaculars.

Once it is approved, permits are filed and the process begins.

“I take the show design itself, and depending on the size of the

show, I do the choreography and how the show will be laid out,

COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF

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since its inception, the United

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how it will be fired. We make sure we have a good crew that is

experienced,” adds Vaughan.The majority of Western Display

Fireworks’ crews for the Fourth of July shows are between six and

12 people, says Gobet, and shows start out at $15,000 to $20,000

at a minimum and go up from there. The process of getting

permits and approval is fairly laborious, and there are different

laws in each state pyrotechnics companies have to know and

work with. “We have so many entities that we have to answer to,”

says Vaughan.

Once the permit is received from the fire department, the physical

planning for the event starts. “On Lake Coeur d’Alene [in Coeur

d’Alene, Idaho] we have to sign up barges and tug boots, file a

marine permit to be on the lake,” explains Vaughan. “When I

design the show, all the paperwork goes to California, they pack

the shows and then they ship them up, and we have a storage

facility where everything goes.” Setup for the show usually starts

the day before, but often the fireworks arrive the day of the show,

since you have to have 24-hour security and house the fireworks a

certain distance from any inhabited building, says Gobet.

Equipment like forklifts and cranes will often be used to move the

fireworks and mortars around on site. “For every single firework

that goes up in the air you need a tube to launch it,” she adds.

If you have an electric or computer firing system that actually

launches the fireworks, then you need a preprogrammed script.

While small shows can still be hand fired, the majority are fired

electrically. Anything on the water is electrically fired. “We can

shoot in just about any weather,” says Vaughan. “What will shut

us down is wind. The wind is really bad.” In addition to wind,

dangerous fire conditions can also halt a fireworks show. But the

rain—and even snow or below zero temps—isn’t enough to stop

the show.

The second component of designing a fireworks show is

presentation, says Gobet. Multiple zones, water features, themes,

color combinations and the type of event all play a part in

determining the design of the show. “One of the things we pride

ourselves on is the artistic value of what we do,” says Vaughan.

There are 2,500 different types of effects you can use to put a

program together in conjunction with or without music, says

Gobet. A lot of times there are scripted shows that don’t have

music, so the fireworks are the show. If there is music involved,

fireworks can be planned and timed in conjunction with the

music. “In virtually every case that we're involved in, when

somebody's purchasing a show, they're not just purchasing a

show,” says Gobet. They’re purchasing everything involved—the

design, the planning, the presentation, the equipment and the

day of show.

“I take a look at what I have available to me, and then I try and do

color scenarios,” explains Vaughan. “When you get into really big

production shows you do what they call scenes. What you don't

want to do is shoot the same stuff over and over again, it gets

repetitive. If they have the same budget, I don't just pull up last

year's show and repeat it. Everything I do is custom designed.”

When it comes to pyrotechnics companies, the majority are

family companies that have been in the business a long time.

“The crazy thing is, virtually every major fireworks company in

the U.S. is a family business. I'm the fourth generation, my kids

work here, they're the fifth,” says Gobet.

“Almost, without exception, the fireworks production companies

are people who are born into it,” she says. The pyrotechnicians

come from all walks of life, but a large number are people who


were born into it or who have loved fireworks

since they were kids.

It’s what makes the pyrotechnics industry

special. “The family nature of this business

and the fact that some of the customers we're

dealing with go back to doing business

with my parents and grandparents,” says

Gobet. Despite—or perhaps because of—

its smaller size and family roots, Western

Display Fireworks brings professionalism and

excellence to every show they put on. “We

would go up against the biggest shows that

anyone in the country could do,” she adds.

“We made a conscious effort to not change

the geographic area where we operate or that

small-company feel. We've traveled the world

and seen the best of the best, and then we try

to apply that to what we do.”

Vaughan’s story with fireworks began in 1984

when he was a young adult. A friend of his

father’s worked in the fireworks industry.

Vaughan got roped into helping with a show,

and he was instantly hooked. “I did that show

and I told George this is the coolest thing ever;

I want to do this for a living. I was banging

on his door every time I heard there was a

fireworks show,” he laughs. He worked for free

“Almost, without

exception,

the fireworks

production

companies are

people who are

born into it.”

in the evenings after he got off from his regular

day-time job, and when George retired in 1989,

Vaughan took over the business.

Last year alone, they worked on 180 firework

shows. “You stay busy all the time,” he says.

This year fireworks companies have been hit

hard by the virus. “Everyone’s sales are down

tremendously,” says Vaughan. As many cities

and towns across the U.S. cancel or postpone

their Fourth of July and other fireworks events,

it’s been a tough time for the companies that

rely on the business. But they’re hopeful when

COVID lifts, things will rebound and be even

busier than before.

It’s not an industry for the faint of heart, but

it is one that holds a lot of passion. People

are in it for the long haul. So this time, when

those bursts of magic reign down this Fourth

of July, we can all appreciate just how much

time—and work—went into our favorite

display of independence.

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OUTDOOR

LIVING

EATING WELL THROUGH SUMMER

BY SHANTEL PLUID, RD, LD

REGISTERED DIETICIAN, BOUNDARY

COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Summer is in full swing, and that means

access to more grilled foods, delicious fruits

and savory vegetables. Picnic food does

not always necessarily mean healthy and

low calorie, but it does mean tasty! There are a few

things to steer clear of while still leaving plenty of

other appetizing options to choose from.

Before filling your plate at a barbecue, take

inventory of all the options available and prioritize

what you would like to eat. Taking the time to think

about your meal before filling your plate will give

you some time to think about portioning and how

you can balance your food groups.

Salads/Side Dishes:

• Opt for a salad with a vinaigrette or yogurt base.

Often salads with mayonnaise as the dressing can

bump calories up significantly. Potato, macaroni

and coleslaw are picnic staples and are often

loaded with mayonnaise. A German potato salad

is a wonderful alternative because the dressing is

mostly comprised of vinegar and mustard.

• Baked beans are a smart option. Beans are a great

source of fiber and protein and are quite nutritious,

as long as they're not doctored up with too many

extra calories.

• Simple raw vegetables like baby carrots, grape

tomatoes, broccoli and celery are easy to add to

your plate and can be a crunchy and satisfying side,

just be mindful of how much “veggie dip” you use!

Grill Options:

• Burgers are a lasting summertime favorite. As long

as you use lean ground beef, you can still have your

favorite food on a bun. If you are having a starchy

side such as corn, beans, potatoes or macaroni, you

might want to turn your burger into an open-faced

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sandwich or skip the bun all together. This will

help to balance the amount of carbohydrates at

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• Skinless chicken breasts and seafood of most

any kind are among the leanest options for the

grill. These options with a marinade are an

absolutely wonderful option as well. However,

some marinades can be high in sugar, so if you

know who is making the food you could ask

what went into the marinade.

• Vegetables on the grill are another perk of

summer picnics, so make sure to load up!

Marinated veggie kabobs or slices of red

peppers, mushrooms and squash all can make

a great addition to your meal.

Desserts:

• Watermelon is a permanent fixture at any

summer barbecue and also a wonderful dessert

option.

• Fruit salads, fruit kabobs, and bowls of

grapes or cherries can provide a refreshing and

nutritious finish to all those sweet treat lovers.

Fruits that are grilled (pineapple, bananas,

peaches or pears) typically only have a light

dusting of cinnamon, therefore they make a

great option as well.

• Angel food cake with fresh berries and

light whipped topping is another alternative

that everyone loves and is reasonably low in

calories.

The abundance of summer can bring

temptation at the picnic table. For your health,

remember to choose wisely.

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INDIVIDUALS

MAKING AN IMPACT IN THEIR COMMUNITY

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

B

onners Ferry is a unique place. Anyone

stopping through can sense the difference,

and there’s a reason for that. It’s a warm, open,

proud and caring community. Generations

of families have lived here, and those who

moved from other places came because they

love what North Idaho has to offer: the beauty, the outdoors, the

opportunity, and most importantly, the community.

Despite the lovely beauty that surrounds us, and the outdoor

opportunities that beckon, it’s the people in our community who

make it truly amazing to live here. Walk into your local library,

visit a local store or restaurant, or join a community meeting,

and odds are you’ve run into them; the kinds of people who

give so much to benefit their community and ask for nothing in

return. Their reward is to see a thriving, close-knit community

that cares for its people.

Craig Anderson grew up on a farm 13 miles north of town

where he now works. After graduating from the University of

Idaho with a degree in education with an emphasis on English

and biology, he started teaching at Bonners Ferry High School

in English and biology—a job he held for 32 years. But his role

went beyond English and biology teacher.

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“They would come to me and say we need somebody

to teach this and I'd create a class for it,” remembers

Anderson. “My room was a super safe place for kids to

hang out. The room would be full of kids every day.”

He became actively involved with the business project

at the high school—a portfolio and business incubator

project that helps students brainstorm and create

business plans. Anderson taught the class for 16 years,

and over those years about 10 of those projects grew

into actual businesses.

Photo Courtesy of Boundary County Library

Sandy Ashworth from the county library saw some of

the student work in the hallway, and the library helped

support the business project through grants and raising

prize money. “With her support it just blossomed

and got even bigger,” says Anderson. This marked the

beginning of his next role as Boundary County Library

director. “When she was getting ready to retire, it just

seemed like the natural thing to do—come back to the

library I had started off in.

“When I was a little kid my mom used to bring my

brother and I to the library, and we learned to love

books and love learning.” Anderson’s goal to inspire

and feed the community’s—in particular the youth’s—

desire for learning and creating had a new outlet in an

idea Ashworth and the library had started called the

Fab Lab—a space where people could come and use

equipment to turn their ideas into reality—equipment

like 3D printers, laser cutters and more.

It was up to Anderson to open the lab, which has now

helped launch many businesses and attracts over 1,000

visitors during its three days at the fair, and it helped

Boundary County Library win Library Journal’s 2017

Best Small Libraries in America.

Anderson attributes the library’s success to its amazing

staff. “They know why they're here, they want to be

here, they want to serve the community to the best of

their ability. To them, their award is just being here

and serving the community. It's not really my story. I'm

super honored and super privileged to be able to hang

out with these people.”

Generations of families have lived

here, and those who moved from

other places came because they

love what North Idaho has to

offer: the beauty, the outdoors,

the opportunity, and most

importantly, the community.

Kathleen Painter spent summers on Lake Pend Oreille

visiting her aunt and uncle. It was the start of her love

for North Idaho and the Bonner Ferry and Sandpoint

areas, and when an opportunity opened up with the

University of Idaho Extension Office, she took it.

“I love gardening, so this position had an option of the

job that was doing horticulture. It's like cheating that I

get to be paid in that field,” she says. Painter’s role as

Agricultural Extension educator means she’s actively

involved with the Bonners Ferry farming, gardening

and ag community. She teaches master gardeners every

year, oversees the community garden and started the

Little Free Garden Project in town.

“I was just thinking how can I bring gardens out to the

community where they're more visible and share the

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love of gardening in a more visible

way,” she says. Painter inherited a

strong master gardener program when

she moved to Bonners and met her

now husband through the program,

who now serves as her right hand

man. “It's been a wonderful experience

for me to come up here and be part of

the community,” she adds. “Without

the help of the volunteer gardeners I

couldn't do all of this.”

The bulk of Painter’s time is spent with

small farm education. She teaches a

class called Ten Acres and a Dream for

new rural landowners, and also shares

her knowledge of online marketing

for farmers—she owned a successful

sheep farm and online yarn sales store

for many years. “I always thought I

wanted to take that experience and

all that I learned and help others,” she

says.

Painter is also involved with the local

food system, supporting the Saturday

farmers’ market and helping to start an

online farmers’ market. Bonners Ferry

started a new chapter of the Buy Fresh

Buy Local for Boundary County, and

Painter started BoCoLocal.com, a list

of how to get a hold of people and what

people sell in the county.

“The third and very important

component of my job is supporting

local commercial ag,” explains Painter.

She extends the university’s resources

to help local agriculture and growers

free of charge through variety trials,

testing, and expert research and help.

“It's very important that the U of I

Extension supports our local farmers,”

she says, and that’s exactly what she

helps to do, every day.

A town is only as strong as the people

in it, and we have some incredible

locals who make a lasting impact on

Bonners Ferry. Take a moment to

meet the people behind the scenes

who make this town what it is—like

Craig Anderson and Kathleen Painter,

among many others.

IT’S THE

PEOPLE

IN OUR

COMMUNITY

WHO MAKE

IT TRULY

AMAZING TO

LIVE HERE.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF

local

How locally owned businesses contribute to a thriving community

BY TAYLOR SHILLAM

They

may be “small” by definition, but when it comes to small

businesses, the word only applies to the technicalities.

The profound impact of small businesses is multidimensional

and often underestimated. Now more

than ever, it’s time to rally in support of shopping small.

Consumers may define “small business” as their favorite local boutique,

the corner restaurant or bar they frequent, or the locally owned fitness

studio where their mornings begin. With some reflection, it isn’t difficult

to identify the small businesses that have become a major part of your

daily life.

Can you imagine what your neighborhood or town would look and feel

like without any of its locally owned businesses? Each small business adds

a bit of value, culture and diversity to their surrounding community in a

way that larger chains simply don’t have the ability to. Economically, the

impact of small businesses on both local and national levels is critical,

and only expected to grow.

The exact definition of “small business” can be difficult to articulate.

Most often, small businesses are defined within a specific range of assets,

revenues and employees.

The federal government sets the definition by trade; for example, having

less than 100 employees as a wholesale company, less than 500 employees

in manufacturing, and generating less than $6 million in the retail and

service industries.

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It’s largely because of this, small businesses becoming so ingrained into

the daily lives of many, that they have also become a major lifeblood of

their local economy. Of their revenue, a significantly larger portion is

recycled back into the community compared to chain stores. According

to G1VE, one Chicago study found that $68 from every $100 spent at a

local business will stay within that community, compared to $43 from

$100 spent at a chain.

On a national level, the United States Small Business Administration

found that small businesses generated 44 percent of the country’s

economic activity from 1998 to 2014, an impressive feat when up against

the immensely larger chain establishments and Fortune 500 companies.

Today, over 50 percent of sales made in the U.S. come from small

businesses.

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than half of the United States’ jobs in the last 25 years

have been created by small businesses. There are over 30

million small businesses in the country, and as that total

continues to rise, so does the potential for more people

to be hired.

Beyond their economic impact, many small business

owners cultivate an experience within their establishment

that transcends outward into the community. Passionate

business owners who pursue their ideas and share their

talents while achieving financial independence are

often, deservedly, a source of inspiration. Times that

are difficult and uncertain call for leaders like these;

consumers often look to them for comfort, certainty

and motivation, just as owners look to consumers for

the continued support to stay operational.

TODAY, OVER 50 PERCENT OF SALES

MADE IN THE U.S. COME FROM

small businesses.

The relationships between small-business owners and

their customers is truly something special. The care an

owner puts into the business they’ve poured their heart

and soul into will be the level of care they take with their

customers, and that can be felt throughout the “shop

small” experience.

Being locals themselves provides small-business owners

a greater ability to foster deep connections with shoppers,

community members and fellow owners, promoting an

environment of collaboration and support. Knowing

exactly who is behind a business provides a level of

personal relationship and investment to both sides.

Small businesses impact their local community and

economy in ways that are unmatched. They stimulate

economic growth, diversity and innovation within their

communities, both locally and nationally, all while

touching the lives of the patrons who walk through their

doors.

Right now, the importance of supporting small

businesses has become more critical than ever. With

uncertainty being a constant presence throughout

the last several months, businesses and consumers

alike have drawn on creative solutions to stay afloat

during trying times. Making cuts and adjustments to

everything from operational procedures to the presence

of staff, business owners face difficult decisions every

day while navigating an unprecedented period of crisis.

Although supporting your favorite small businesses

may look different today than it has in the past, there are

still ample ways to show your support in 2020.

Some of the most simple ways include ordering takeout

and delivery, shopping online and buying gift cards.

A supportive gesture doesn’t have to cost anything;

it’s also as easy as pausing (rather than canceling) a

membership or subscription, and promoting your

favorite establishments through word-of-mouth and

social media.

Every purchase and each demonstration of support

makes an impact. For the business, it contributes to

keeping their doors open and their people employed. For

the community, it contributes to keeping diversity and

innovation thriving, and the spirit of entrepreneurship

alive.

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H O W

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USE YOUR SKILLS TO

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You don’t have to go through extensive

training to find a way you can make a

difference. The best way to give back to your

community is to use skill sets and talents you

already have. Take something you do well

and enjoy, and find a gap in your community

you can help fill—even if it’s something that’s

not readily apparent. Whether it’s a talent for

numbers and accounting, a love for cooking

and baking, or the ability to unite and lead

a group, there’s a perfect opportunity where

you can do what you do best.

Tips for making a difference right

where you’re at

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and important in order to make a difference, but

often the opportunities to make an impact on your

community are right in front of you; all it takes is

the first step. It’s the small things that often make

the most difference. Here are some great ways to

positively impact your community today.

MENTOR SOMEONE

We are the people we are today because along

the way individuals took the time to take us

under their wing, teach us something new,

guide us and share their wisdom or advice.

It’s our turn to give back. Find an opportunity

to help someone younger than yourself, or to

teach someone a skill or ability that will help

them achieve their goals. We’re not all on this

road alone; every mentor and teacher we have

along the way is the secret to our success. You

can be that person who made a difference in

someone’s life.

VOLUNTEER

There are so many organizations that depend

on volunteers for their survival. From helping

animals to feeding the hungry, cleaning up

streets, building trails or working with kids,

there are a ton of opportunities to give back

to a local volunteer organization or event.

Choose an area that you feel passionate

about, and make a commitment to volunteer

once a month to start. It won’t take that

much time out of your schedule and will

make a big difference in the lives of others.

Nonprofit organizations are the backbone of

serving a community, and it just takes your

commitment to lend a helping hand.

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July 24-25

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• An indoor sale and prizes in the shop

• An outdoor tent sale

• Weezil! He will have his children’s activity table set up to teach

the kids how to make their own hammered and twisted copper

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Don’t miss the fun FREE children’s activity both

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MOUNTAIN, CITY, SEA

Tacoma and Pierce County fit the bill

By Marguerite Cleveland

Photos Courtesy of Travel Tacoma

Have you ever been challenged while planning a vacation? Some in the group want outdoor fun while others want the cultural

experiences only found in a city. Tacoma and Pierce County is a destination sure to appeal to everyone in your group. It’s

only 42 miles from a saltwater shoreline to the peak of a glacial volcano with an art-focused downtown in between. Discover

exhilarating outdoor activities at Mount Rainier National Park. Learn about art glass in Downtown Tacoma and see why the

art form really shows off the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Then throw in a bonus by visiting Gig Harbor, the Maritime City, because

who doesn’t love time spent by or on the water. Plan to stay a night in each area for a short getaway or add a few more days to explore in

depth for a longer vacation.

Mountain

Every now and then you stumble upon a unique lodging that is incredibly special. The Paradise Village Lodge is just such a place. Lovingly

renovated to look like a Ukrainian village, owner Anatoliy Zaika has created a cozy inn with comfortable touches from the old country. He

and his family run the lodging, restaurant and coffee shop in the town of Ashford, the gateway to Mt. Rainier. Make sure to try the galushki,

Ukrainian gnocchi which is a rich and hearty dish. What really brings people to stay here is the Instagram-worthy Cannibal Hot Tub. A

giant cauldron is heated over a wood fire to create the most unusual soak you will ever have.

To get the most out of your time at Mt. Rainier, book a Discover Nature Tour with Diann Sheldon. She has degrees in ecology and

evolutionary biology and is truly knowledgeable about the flora and fauna in the park. With many years of experience exploring Mt.

Rainier, she knows the ins and outs of the crowds and how to plan a day which will have you experiencing the best the park has to offer.

Before each tour she speaks with you to plan a day based on your interests. A tour is only as good as the guide, and Sheldon is engaging and

never boring. In July, wildflowers will start peeking out in lower elevations and will peak at higher elevations in August. Well worth seeing.

After a day in the park, stop at the Wildberry Restaurant. You can’t miss it with Buddhist prayer flags adorning the building and courtyard.

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EXPLORE MOUNTAIN, CITY AND

SEA ALL IN ONE DESTINATION.

It is owned by Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa, who holds the world speed record

by summiting Mt. Everest from base camp to the top in 10 hours, 56

minutes and 46 seconds. He has climbed to the summit of Mount Everest

15 times and Mount Rainier 95 times. The restaurant is decorated with

memorabilia of his exploits. Now his wife, Fulamu, shines as the chef

of the restaurant serving up Nepalese favorites from home as well as

American pub fare.

City

Tacoma has all the big-city amenities with a small-town charm. The

Silver Cloud Tacoma Waterfront has one of the best locations in town.

Every room has a waterfront view and it is just 2 miles from the Museum

District and 3 miles from Point Defiance. You can easily walk from the

hotel to numerous restaurants along Ruston Way on the waterfront urban

trail that connects to Point Ruston, where you can find restaurants, shops

and a movie theater.

You can’t go to Tacoma without seeing artwork from the most renowned

glass artist in the world, Dale Chihuly. You can see his work at two

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museums, the Museum of Glass and the Tacoma Art Museum by crossing

over the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, a public art installation. Purchase a

three- or seven-day attractions pass at Travel Tacoma to save on city

museums.

To really appreciate what Tacoma has to offer, take a tour offered by Pretty

Gritty. “Tacoma is a beautiful and honest city. It's a city of entrepreneurs

and innovators. From craft breweries, to restaurants, to experiences,

most businesses here are owned by passionate and local owners, so you

get an experience or flavor that is wholly unique to the area,” said Chris

Staudinger, owner of Pretty Gritty Tours. “Our ‘Get to Know Tacoma’

tour is a crash course in the art, food and history of the area and prepares

you to launch into the city proper.”

African American business owner Terry Waller has created a Victorian

wonderland at her Olive Branch Café and Tea Room located at

Freighthouse Square. A master of upcycling, she has transformed this

warehouse space into an oasis. From the time you walk in the door, are

greeted with a hug and hear Brian playing the grand piano, you know you

are in for a treat. Reservations are a must, and order one of the specialty


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Silver Cloud Tacoma Waterfront

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Maritime Inn Gig Harbor - MaritimeInn.com

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Wildberry - RainierWildberry.com

The Olive Branch Café and Tea Room

OliveBranch-Cafe.com

Brix 25 - HarborBrix.com

WHAT TO DO

Tacoma Visitors Information - TravelTacoma.com

Discover Nature with Diann Sheldon

TourMtRainier.com

Pretty Gritty Tours - PrettyGrittyTours.com

Tacoma Attraction Pass

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Gig Harbor Gondola - GigHarborGondola.com

Heritage Distilling - HeritageDistilling.com

Gig Harbor Boat Shop – GigHarborBoatShop.org

Photo By Marguerite Cleveland

teas so you can try all the deliciousness the

Olive Branch Café has to offer. Make sure

to check out the hat room for a jazzy hat or

fascinator to wear while you enjoy your tea.

Sea

For a more intimate “sea” experience, head

across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to Gig

Harbor, a maritime city. You will want to

head to the waterfront, which is known

as downtown. Plan to stay at the Maritime

Inn Gig Harbor. This cute boutique inn is

located across the street from the harbor

and centrally located so you can walk

everywhere.

Rather than your typical harbor cruise, book

a trip on the Gig Harbor Gondola. Owner

John "Cinque" Synco will serenade you as

you float through Gig Harbor. Reservations

are a must, and you can order appetizers or just stop by the Harbor

General Store to pick up your own and a bottle of prosecco, an Italian

sparkling wine.

Gig Harbor is well known for its many great restaurants, but Brix 25˚

really stands out. This is one of the pricier places to eat but well worth it.

The food is outstanding, but they really shine with the craft cocktails. All

the ingredients are fresh or made in house. Classic cocktails are updated

and reimagined with a Brix twist. Each season a new cocktail list is

created so there is always something new to try.

The Gig Harbor BoatShop has classic boats you can rent to take out on

the harbor. If you have more time, book a family boat building workshop

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over a weekend. Over two days you will build your own rowboat which

you can take home with you.

No visit to Gig Harbor is complete without a visit to Heritage Distilling.

What started as a small, local business now has multiple locations

throughout Washington and Oregon. Their signature Brown Sugar

Bourbon has won “World’s Best Flavored Whiskey” by Whisky Magazine’s

World Whiskies Awards in both 2018 and 2019. It really is that good and

put this company on the map. There is a tasting room in Downtown Gig

Harbor and in Uptown Gig Harbor is the distillery.

There is so much to see and do in Tacoma and Pierce County. Visit Travel

Tacoma for more ideas and itineraries so you can explore mountain, city

and sea all in one destination.

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FOURTH OF JULY PARFAITS

Recipe & Photo Courtesy of

Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP NHC

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries

1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

Lemon cookies (see recipe below)

Coconut cream (see recipe below)

FOR THE LEMON COOKIE

3/4 cup salted butter, softened

1 cup Erythritol sweetener

Zest of 1 lemon

1 large egg

1 egg yolk

Juice from one lemon

1 tsp. pure lemon extract

1 3/4 cups almond flour

1/4 cup coconut flour

2 tsp. baking powder

METHOD:

• In a medium bowl using a hand mixer, cream the butter and

sugar. Add lemon zest, egg, yolk, lemon juice and extract and mix

thoroughly. Add almond flour, coconut flour and baking powder and

mix until all ingredients are combined.

• Refrigerate dough for 15 minutes.

• Scoop 1 tablespoon-sized cookie dough into your palm and roll

into balls. Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet at least 2 inches

apart.

• Bake at 350˚F for 9 to 10 minutes. Let cool entirely before serving.

FOR THE COCONUT CREAM

1 (13.5 oz.) full fat canned coconut milk

1 tsp. vanilla

METHOD:

• Place the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator for up to at least 4

hours. Chill a medium glass bowl in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

• Open your can of coconut milk and scoop out all of the cream into

the bowl. Reserve liquid for another recipe like a soup or smoothie.

• Using a hand mixer, fluff up the coconut cream for one minute. Add

vanilla and mix for another minute until creamy.

• Use the coconut cream right away or store in a glass jar with a fitted

lid for up to one week.

LAYERING THE PARFAIT

• Using a pint-sized mason jar, layer parfaits in this order: lemon

cookie, cream, blueberries, lemon cookie, raspberries and then

cream. Repeat each layer. Each jar should hold 4 total layers. On the

top layer use both raspberries and blueberries.

• Serve immediately or keep chilled in the refrigerator for up to

24 hours.

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PIZZA FACTORY

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

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

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

pizzas, using only the freshest ingredients around.

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

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

10pm. And ... they deliver!

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CHIC-N-CHOP

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

service and an inviting, homey atmosphere where the staff

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

customer favorites like the broasted chicken, omelets, pies

and more, they’re open Tuesday-Saturday 4:30am-8pm and

Sunday 6am-2pm.

6421 Main St.| Bonners Ferry

208.267.2431

FEIST CREEK RESTAURANT

At Feist Creek Restaurant, the delicious smells and warm

atmosphere make you feel right at home. Serving lunch and

dinner, customer favorites range from their smoked prime

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

homemade fish and chips, burgers, sandwiches and more.

Full bar, pool table, outdoor seating, fish pond and their own

private waterfall make this a destination spot to remember.

You can find them open Wednesday-Monday noon-9pm.

2673 Moyie River Road | Bonners Ferry

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BADGER'S DEN CAFE AND

LATTE

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

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

and delicious breakfast and lunch items, a variety of specialty

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

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

must for locals and visitors alike!

6551 S. Main St. | Bonners Ferry

208.267.1486

Facebook.com/TheBadgersDenCafe

TWO TONES CAFE

Two Tones Cafe is a restaurant where guests will enjoy flavors

from around the world in dishes made using the freshest

ingredients. With menu options ranging from Asian salads

and nachos, to unique beef and chicken entrees, burgers,

salads and desserts, there's something for everyone! Indoor

and patio seating available. Open Monday-Thursday 11am-

8pm and Friday-Saturday 11am-9pm.

6536 Main Street | Bonners Ferry

208.417.304

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TAVERN AT THE LODGE

Looking to excite your taste buds? Guests will be treated

to starters like Escargot and Spanish Shrimp; new lunch

offerings to include Lamb and Beef Gyros Kabob and

Shoarito Mediterranean Burrito; more than a dozen entrees

such as Chicken Piccata, Cioppino and the 12-ounce

Ribeye; and a variety of delicious house-made soups and

salads. Open for lunch 11:30am-2pm and dinner 5-9pm

Thursday-Sunday. Reservations recommended.

5952 Main Street | Bonners Ferry

208.267.7268

OLD WEST TEXAS BBQ

New owners at the Hemlocks Resort will soon be serving up

delicious Texas-style barbecue in their updated restaurant.

With a variety of mesquite and hickory-fired meats, grab a

tray to enjoy lunch indoors or out on the new pavilion, or

come enjoy their full-service steakhouse menu for dinner.

Lunch served from 11am until sold out Tuesday-Saturday,

dinner served 5-10pm Friday-Sunday.

73400 Highway 2 | Moyie Springs

208.267.4363 | OldWestTexasBBQ.com

COMPASS GRILLE

Bonners Ferry's first food truck and winner of BF's Finest

Burger 2019. At Compass Grille, you'll find a delicious

variety of perfectly cooked burgers plus tasty wraps,

sandwiches and sides. Breakfast is back on the menu

Thursday-Saturday only with legendary biscuits & gravy,

burritos and more. Takeout, on-site dining and delivery

available Monday-Wednesday 11am-4pm and Thursday-

Saturday 6am-6pm.

208.946.3327 | Bonners Ferry

Facebook.com/CompassGrille

BONNERS FERRY PUPUSERIA

Treat yourself to an authentic Salvadoran Pupuseria and

Americano comfort food! Serving breakfast and lunch,

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

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

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

bagels. Accompany your meal with craft beers, sodas, freshsqueezed

orange juice, smoothie or a cup of 100 percent

Kona Coffee. Dine in or take out Monday-Thursday 11am-

6pm and Friday-Saturday 11am-9pm.

6428 Kootenai Street | Downtown Bonners Ferry

208.255.8792

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BIRDIES

FOR OUR

BROTHERS

2nd Annual golf scramble returns to Mirror Lake Golf Course

By Jillian Chandler

July

25

JULY 25 MARKS THE SECOND YEAR OF THE BIRDIES FOR OUR

BROTHERS GOLF SCRAMBLE in Bonners Ferry. Originally a

softball tournament, Bat for Our Brothers, the event was

created to provide an opportunity for the family and friends of

CJ Erickson and Rob Gust, who passed away in June 2016, to

get together once a year and raise money for the Rob Gust - CJ

Erickson Skool Scholarship created in their memory.

“We pivoted from softball to golf as a way to involve more family

and friends of Rob and CJ,” says Colton Telford. “The 2019 event

was highly successful and ended up raising more money than

either of the softball tournaments.”

Held at Mirror Lake Golf Course starting at 9am, the event

includes a four-person team golf scramble and other fundraising

competitions such as a putting contest, which anyone can

participate in regardless of if they are playing in the scramble.

“This is a great event focused on raising money for local youth

while also providing participants a fun activity and opportunity

to socialize with members from each generation, all with ties

back to the area,” says Colton. “It is a fun way to kick off the All

Class Reunion festivities set to take place that weekend.”

Funds raised benefit the Rob Gust - CJ Erickson Skool Scholarship,

which annually awards two deserving Bonners Ferry High School

seniors $500 each for post-secondary education. All proceeds

are administered by the Boundary County School District.

If you would like to participate in this year’s golf scramble, which

is limited to 18 teams, email batforourbrothers@gmail.com to

register. Green fees and tournament fees are included in the

$200 registration fee (one payment per team). You can contact

Mirror Lake Golf Course for cart reservations.

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July

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KOOTENAI HIGHLAND GATHERING &

CELTIC GAMES

miss this year's exciting event in Libby, Montana, which is scheduled

for July 17 and 18. Friday's festivities kick off at 6pm with a Meet-n-Greet

and the Primitive Games (axe throw, spear toss, bow and arrow, stone

throw and haggis hurl), along with fun games like "nice legs" and tug-ofwar.

The SAAA games take place Saturday, along with pipes and drums,clan

booths, stage entertainment and more! There will be live entertainment

and vendors throughout the two-day event. Admission is by donation. The

2020 gathering will take place at the River Bend Field on the banks of the

beautiful Kootenai River just past mile marker 13 on Highway 37. Find out

more by searching Kootenai Highlanders on Facebook.

BFHS ALL CLASS REUNION

With all the uncertainty that has plagued our community lately, there's

one thing you can be certain about ... as the Bonners Ferry High School

All Class Reunion, scheduled for Saturday, July 25, is a go! Held the same

weekend as Kootenai River Days, Crazy Days and Birdies for Our Brothers

Golf Scramble, it's sure to be a great weekend of fun among friends, creating

new memories while reminiscing about the good old days of high school. If

you're an alumni of BFHS and would like additional information regarding

this year’s event, email lewandowski4@frontier.com or search Facebook.

com/BFHSAllClassReunion.

FREE SPORTS PHYSICALS AT BCH

Each year, Boundary Community Hospital offers a Sports Physical Clinic

as a free service for Boundary County students athletes. This year's event

will take place Tuesday, July 28, from 5 to 7pm. If you have students in

grades 7, 9 or 12 who plan to participate in sports, including cheerleading,

this upcoming school year, you'll want to be sure to take advantage of this

opportunity, as these students will need to have a physical before the first

practice starts. This also applies to those students that are new to the sports

program who did not have a physical last year, even if in grades 8, 10 and

12. For more information, visit BoundaryCommunityHospital.org or refer

to their ad on page 61.

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For everyone’s safety, screenings will occur in

the Outpatient Services parking area and lobby.

Sign in at the outside Coaches Table and

receive a number for each family. For parent

convenience, families will be screened together.

Provider physical exams will be after all other

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JULY 21 - 26, 2020

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THURSDAY, JULY 23

WINE WALK - STARTS AT 5:30PM

FRIDAY, JULY 24

ROD BENDERS CAR SHOW

ICE CREAM SOCIAL

(Hosted by BFHS Cheerleaders & Yoder’s Market)

SATURDAY, JULY 25

BIRDIES FOR OUR BROTHERS

CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT

STREET DANCE/DJ

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FRIDAY - SUNDAY, JULY 24-26

CRAZY DAYS SALES

Bounce House & Face Painters - 6-9pm Saturday

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