September 2020 Bonners Ferry Living Local

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September 2020 Bonners Ferry Living Local

SEPTEMBER 2020

LIVING LOCAL

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The Potential to

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THREE YEARS TOWARD

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Experience

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our fill, it quickly begins

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changing, as is life, and it’s up to us to focus

on the present and prepare ourselves best

for what is to come.

September brings with it the beginning of

a new school year. Though this fall, schools

will look quite a bit different than years

prior, we must prepare our children for

success, and help them along their journey,

guiding them through whatever hurdles

they may face. It may seem a bit scary—for

both parents and children alike—but by

working together, we can accomplish the

task at hand.

As fall begins easing its way in, take the

time to enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.

In this month’s issue, prepare for fall with

everything from fall fashion tips to a variety

of fall activities the whole family can enjoy!

And, we’ve compiled some tasty cocktails to

make at home—perfect for the cooler fall

weather.

To complement the chillier weather, this

month’s recipe features a Dutch-Oven Fire-

Roasted Chili. And it’s up to you whether

you’re looking for mild or spicy!

If you’re looking for a fall getaway and

prefer traveling by car, our travel story takes

readers on a road trip to Kalispell, Montana,

and Glacier National Park, where visitors

are sure to fall in love with the scenic and

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The Potential to

Change Lives

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THREE YEARS TOWARD

BETTER YOUTH HEALTH

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LIVING LOCAL

Experience

the Traditions of Fall

ABOUT THE COVER

SUMMER MAY BE DRAWING TO A CLOSE

BUT THERE ARE STILL PLENTY OF

OPPORTUNITIES for getting out to enjoy the

warm weather and beauty of Boundary County.

This month's cover shot was taken by our own

Alison Henslee north of Copeland and gives a

glimpse of the scenic gems you'll find along the

Kootenai River banks.

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Contents

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ESSENTIALS

Children’s Room Makeover 101: From paint

and furniture to bedding and lighting

GOOD NEWS

BUSINESS IN THE

SPOTLIGHT

Beck’s Furniture Store: Where furniture

meets home

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14

Three Years Toward Better Youth Health:

Community Transformation Grant transforms

local communities

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LIFE & COMMUNITY 18

Help Joey Brewer in His Fight Against

Cancer: Community softball tournament and

auction to raise funds

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The Potential to Change Lives: Local

school resource officers protect, serve and

make a difference in kids’ lives

BUSINESS IN THE

SPOTLIGHT

Signature Aesthetics : Discover ‘your’

beautiful

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Accidents Will Happen: Dedicated team

working together to get patients to the

highest level of care as quickly as possible

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FEATURE STORY 30

Black Belt Professor Turns His Passion into

the Family Business

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EXPERIENCE THE 44

TRADITIONS OF FALL

How to make the most of sweater weather

TRAVEL & LEISURE

Fall in Love with Kalispell, Montana: Glacier

National Park and more

COMMUNITY

EVENTS

Check out what's going on this month

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FOOD & DRINK 54

Your local guide to the tastiest hot spots

around town and local recipes

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From Paint and Furniture to Bedding and Lighting

CHILDREN’S ROOM MAKEOVER 101

By Nikki Luttmann, Seven Bee Interiors

For Sandpoint Furniture, Carpet One and Selkirk Glass and Cabinets

There are two camps of people when it comes to decorating a

child’s room. In the first camp is the person who allows the

child to choose everything from wall color to bedding, creating

a very personalized, though perhaps not terribly attractive,

space. In the second camp is the person who does not allow the child to

personalize anything except perhaps their teddy bear. This is a space that

might be thoughtfully arranged and beautifully furnished but not reflect

the personality of the actual tiny person who lives there.

My daughter, Leina, is at the age (she’s 9) where suddenly her “baby”

room no longer suits her. She has started forming her own opinions

about style and fashion, and now wishes to transform her room to reflect

her interests and personality. That said, she wants to create a bedroom

according to the theme “Rainbow Galaxy Party”—whatever that might

be! I’m more than happy to help her create the ultimate cool-kid

bedroom—within reason.

First of all, it is important to set boundaries with kids when it comes to

wall color. With my kids, I’ve asked them what basic color they want

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(pink, blue, etc.), and then I give them three or four acceptable options

to choose from. This eliminates the issue of a color being too bright, too

garish or too dark, which may be difficult to paint over later. If you’re

OK with bright colors but don’t want to opt for a whole room color, it’s

perfectly alright to paint just an accent wall, as long as the rest of the

walls are neutral or white, as this keeps the color from overwhelming

the space.

For furnishings, I find that a fresh coat of chalk paint can freshen up

older pieces like dressers or headboards and give them a completely new

look. Kids can be hard on furniture, so reusing older pieces might be a

great option in a younger child’s room. As well, you can try consignment

shops or even Craigslist for items that might be easy to spruce up. For

newer furnishings (and more careful children), an option might be to

invest in some flexible pieces that could also be used as the child gets

older—or used somewhere else in the house later on. This way, you can

invest in a few quality pieces that will stand the test of time and fill in the

holes with more inexpensive items.


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Artwork is something that can add an element

of fun and reflect the child’s personality.

For bedding, I tend to choose quality comforters

that can be covered with a duvet, which is good

for frequent washings. When it comes to sheets,

I allow my daughters to choose, as these are

typically covered with the comforter during

the day (if they remember to make their beds),

and they can pick something fun and colorful.

Character-themed bedding is not my favorite

(too much of a commitment), but a throw blanket

or pillow based on the child’s favorite cartoon is

just fine.

if someone has a nightmare or is not feeling well.

Artwork is something that can add an element of

fun and reflect the child’s personality. If they are

artistic, a fun option is stringing a laundry line or

even a string of Christmas lights and letting them

hang their art from it with clothespins. Magnetic

bulletin boards are another great way for kids to

display their own art, notes, etc. Posters and other

themed art can be fun as well, but try framing

them for a more finished look.

Lighting is particularly important in a child’s

room. Make sure you have appropriate task

lighting for reading, choosing clothing,

rummaging around under the bed looking

for lost Legos, etc. Good ambient lighting is

important as well, as with any other room in the

house, to make sure it is comfortable for general

tasks. For younger kids, I find it is important to

have some kind of night light as well. It may not

always be required, but they can be nice to have

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With kids, the sky is the limit when it comes

to colors and styles, but do try to keep the

overall look somewhat cohesive with the rest of

the house. If you favor soft colors and pastels

throughout, then choose somewhat similar hues

for your child’s room to keep the whole house

flowing together. Remember, though they are

only little once, it’s still your home, and parents

(or grandparents!) should have the ultimate say

in how the home looks!

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F I N A N C

I A L F O C U S

Investing In Your Future

An investment in the future of

Boundary County has moved

downtown. Merle Ansley, Financial

Advisor for Edward Jones, opened

his office July 31 in the prior Art Groove Studio

building across from the Mi Pueblo restaurant

in downtown Bonners Ferry, Idaho.

Previously, Ansley shared an office with Kevin

Callos on Eisenhower Street. Callos is still

operating from the Eisenhower office. The

Edward Jones business model prefers each

Financial Advisor to have their own office to

more deeply serve clients.

Ansley started working for Edward Jones

in 2017 after working as the Mortgage and

Commercial Lender at Mountain West Bank

for five-and-a-half years. Callos volunteered to

mentor Ansley through Edward Jones’ Good

Knight program.

“We’re not competing against each other,” said

Ansley. “Kevin and I have a great relationship

and communicate really well.”

Ansley is now branching out to his own office

with Branch Office Administrator Samantha

Shutts.

“What we do is help clients to achieve financial

goals in different aspects of their life,” said

Ansley. "We look at their total financial picture

and regularly meet with our clients to monitor

progress and adjust as needed to help them

achieve their financial goals."

Through Edward Jones, Ansley can help clients

plan for retirement, education, goal-oriented

savings and preparing for the unexpected.

Ansley emphasized that he isn’t just selling a

product but taking in what is important—the

overall financial picture. If you’re planning

for retirement, Ansley asks questions to help

determine how much risk you’re willing to

take, how hands-on you want to be in choosing

the investment types and how to maximize

your investments.

Working together, Ansley helps his clients

develop strategies to reach their goals, tracks

their progress and helps make adjustments

when needed.

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“We try to look at everything a client wants

to do from a long-term perspective,” said

Ansley. “It comes down to how well a Financial

Advisor knows his clients. The better we know

the family, the better we can help them achieve

their goals.”

Family is important for both Ansley and Shutts,

who both were born and raised in Boundary

County. Ansley’s parents, Jim and Sally Ansley,

moved here in the 1960s and raised four boys.

Ansley married Jenny Foust and together

are raising three children—Emily, Holly and

Jackson.

Shutts moved to Coeur d’Alene for 10 years

but was drawn back to Boundary County to be

closer to her parents, Teresa and Ed Atkins Jr.,

and to raise her two daughters.

“The single biggest advantage is that we

(Edward Jones) are locally based,” said

Ansley. “I live and work here, and I have a

deep vested interest in my client’s interest. I’m

very interested in Boundary County being

successful.”

Edward Jones started in 1922 and began

growing in rural America in small towns just

like Bonners Ferry, mentioned Ansley. The

company understands the mentality of small

towns and has been through the ups and

downs of the market. The new office downtown

expands the options for residents of Boundary

County to plan for their future.

For help in financial planning, stop by the new

office at 7169 Main Street or call 208.295.2606

Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company

headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial

services in the U.S. and, through its affiliate,

in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business,

from the investments its financial advisors

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to individual investors. The firm's 18,000-plus

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THREE YEARS TOWARD BETTER

YOUTH HEALTH

Community Transformation Grant transforms local communities

By Abigail Thorpe

Photos Courtesy of City of

Bonners Ferry

“THE GOALS OF

THE FOUNDATION

IS TO REDUCE

CHILDHOOD

OBESITY THROUGH

THE FORM OF

ACCESS TO

HEALTHY FOODS

AND INCREASED

ACTIVITY LEVELS."

Three years has brought a new appreciation

and drive for community health to the

cities of Bonners Ferry and Sandpoint,

Idaho. In 2016, the Blue Cross of Idaho

Foundation for Health selected both as recipients for

its $250,000 Community Transformation Grants.

The grants’ mission was simple, yet profound:

to provide support and collaboration to bring

communities together to support healthy outdoor

opportunities and help fight childhood obesity.

From 2017-2019, Bonners Ferry and Sandpoint

worked together with the Blue Cross of Idaho

Foundation for Health to drive change in their

communities. “These partnerships and relationships

created will live on long after the grant ended. This

grant is about so much more than the physical

projects,” says Kendra Witt-Doyle, executive

director of the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for

Health.

Across the country, nearly one in three children

is overweight or obese, placing them at risk for

serious health issues. In conjunction with the High

Five Initiative started in 2015, the Community

Transformation Grant provided much more than

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just funding to support change in the communities.

It included access to community data, state and

national experts, and technical assistance to help

guide the process of choosing how and where the

funds would be used.

“The exciting thing about this grant and what

made it different from most grants that we

receive—most grants are very project oriented and

projected specific—this grant was really more about

collaboration and problem solving,” says Sandpoint

City Administrator Jennifer Stapleton. “The funds

were really about supporting the efforts that came

out of that collaborative and problem-solving

discussion.”

In Bonners Ferry, a team of stakeholders representing

the foundational areas of the community worked

along with the Foundation to research, recommend

and fund projects across the city. Their goal was

to see these projects and community spirit extend

beyond the city limits.

“The goal of the Foundation is to reduce childhood

obesity through the form of access to healthy foods

and increased activity levels,” says Bonners Ferry


City Administrator Lisa Ailport. “How you go

about moving the needle on such a goal is not only

daunting to undertake, it can also feel paralyzing.

However, with the help of the Foundation and the

strength of the community, we feel that a valiant

effort was made.”

By working together as one voice with a common

goal, the Steering Committee was able to leverage

an additional $250,000 of funding for projects

across Bonners Ferry, adds Ailport, bringing their

total funding for the initiative to $500,000. The

process represented a fundamental change in the

city’s mindset: a transformation within Bonners

Ferry to drive change for the community and to

take pride in what Bonners Ferry is, and what it

can accomplish.

As a result of the funds, a new playground was

built in Moyie Springs—a community that

previously had to drive 7 miles to access the

closest playground. In addition, the funds made

it possible to completely renovate the municipal

pool; a skating rink was added to the fairgrounds

to provide a healthy outlet for winter; trails were

added behind the high school; and little free

gardens were spread across the city to encourage

healthy eating and sustainable growing practices.

“The Foundation and the City want to see children

get healthy!” says Ailport. “We want the children of

Boundary County to be able to be healthy in a safe

and convenient way, and we hope that our projects

move us closer toward this goal.”

The Foundation didn’t just provide funds and then

step away to let the city figure it out. “This was a

funder that was very much at the table, and part of

the problem-solving effort,” says Stapleton.

The Pine Street Woods & Nordic Recreation

Center was built in partnership with Kaniksu Land

Trust and provides a meeting space and equipment

for youth classes. Community gardens were

established to help kids understand the importance

of growing and eating healthy foods, and a local

nonprofit now offers free grocery pickup and holds

free cooking classes for kids and families.

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The partnership of Bonners Ferry and Sandpoint

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change in each community that will continue into

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The Becks recognize that they would

not have had the success they’ve seen

if it weren’t for the local community,

who continues to do its part in

shopping locally and supporting their

local businesses.

A

warm and welcoming experience awaits you at Beck’s Furniture

Store in Bonners Ferry. They have been serving the community for

nearly 25 years, and Beck’s has become a staple in our community,

not only for offering an incredible selection of fine furniture to suit

your needs and style, but for their hospitality and professional service.

Richard and Sherry Beck are the proud owners of Beck’s Furniture Store and

bring their years of experience and expertise to the business. The couple began

refinishing and reupholstering furniture part time more than 40 years ago—

in 1979. With an increasing demand for their services, the Becks decided to

pursue their passion full time and opened as a furniture refinishing business

in 1984. By 1996, it had evolved into a furniture retail store, with the couple

expanding the retail space in 2002 in order to provide a larger selection to their

clients.

In 2015, their eldest son, Rob Beck, returned to continue the furniture legacy

to the community. A graduate of the College of Business at the University

of Idaho, he brings with him 20-plus years of experience in the computer

technology and business fields. "I am so grateful that I was able to return to

my hometown and grow the store to match the community's home furnishing

needs," he smiles. Today, he is the manager of Beck’s Furniture Store.

Whether you’re in the market for a new dining room table, living room set,

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or considering updating the look of your bedroom, Beck’s Furniture

features quality and affordable items for nearly every room in your

home. They also offer mattresses, bedding, custom upholstery,

area rugs, lighting and accessories. Some brands that they carry are

A-America, Ashley, Englander and Best Chairs.

"Why are you searching online for what you already have in town?"

asks Rob. "You don't have to go somewhere else to get great furniture;

we are close and convenient. At Beck's, we work to stay current on

styles and have an excellent selection on our showroom floor. We

provide service that the internet can never provide.”

Beck's is a proud member of a Montana-based buyer's group, AMI

Furniture Leaders (FurnitureLeaders.com). The retailer-owned notfor-profit

corporation buys collectively to achieve the best possible

pricing, product, service, terms and flow of goods, providing members

access to lines only available to major accounts. Ultimately, this allows

Beck's access to a wider selection and styles.

It is important to Rich, Sherry and Rob that their customers “feel

at home” while they shop in their store and are ready to offer their

customers guidance and information to help them in making the best

decision to meet their needs. The Becks take care of their customers.

Every delivery arrives with professional service including product

assembly and placement in any room—even upstairs or downstairs. If

there is ever an issue with a piece of furniture purchased from them,

they will service it.

Beck's Furniture was built by dedicated employees and loyal customers

from the community. Rob is excited to announce that he’s building

a new team with the addition of Brenda Solt, who is adding her

designer’s eye to the store. Loyal employees both past and present have

greatly contributed to the store’s success. "We are aligning the store to

serve members of this community for the next 50 years," affirms Rob.

The Becks recognize that they would not have had the success they’ve

seen if it weren’t for the local community, who continues to do its part

in shopping locally and supporting their local businesses.

“My parents and I can’t begin to express how blessed we’ve been to

have that kind of support for the past 40 years,” says Rob. They are

proud to support local schools, organizations and events!

If new furniture is in your future, the team at Beck’s Furniture Store is

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Help Joey Brewer in His Fight Against Cancer

COMMUNITY SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT AND AUCTION TO RAISE FUNDS

By Jillian Chandler | Courtesy Photos

It is incredible and heartwarming to see how the Bonners Ferry

community comes together when someone we know is suffering

and needs our support. Earlier this year, Joey Brewer, who many

know as that crazy, fun-loving kid with one leg, was diagnosed with

stage 3 rectal cancer.

First diagnosed with cancer at age 6 and again less than two years later,

today, at age 26, he is once again fighting the battle. A fundraiser will

be held September 19 and 20, with funds raised going directly to help

alleviate some of the costs of treatment.

“When we first found out that Joey had cancer again, it was heartbreaking

to say the least,” says Amanda Brewer, Joey’s sister. “Joey took it pretty

well at first though, but as the weeks went on you could tell the symptoms

were really starting to affect him.”

Though he’s been experiencing a lot of pain and losing a lot of sleep, Joey

is still in good spirits. He is fortunate to have an amazing support system

made up of friends, family and his girlfriend Ashley—also a cancer

survivor. “I think she came into his life at just the right time,” affirms

Amanda.

After finding out about the cancer, the realization soon hit that Joey

would soon be turning 26, meaning he would no longer be covered

under his father’s insurance. “That’s really when we started feeling the

financial pressure of all of this,” recalls Amanda.

As a family who loves to play softball with friends, and after a bit of

brainstorming ways to fundraise rather than just another GoFundMe

page, a softball benefit was in the works.

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“Seeing the response not only from our community, but also coming

from Sandpoint, Coeur d’Alene, and even Spokane, was incredible,”

smiles Amanda. “It was only a few days after the flyer had posted that

the roster for the teams was filled. We still had teams wanting to sign up,

but we now have a full roster of 14 teams and will no longer be accepting

any more."

The two-day event will take place September 19 and 20, with games

starting at 8am both days. A 50/50 home run derby will be held toward

the end. Live music and a beer garden (courtesy of The Cross Time

Saloon) are currently in the works. Compass Grill will be on-site with

their food truck. There will be a silent auction with a variety of items

to bid on—from bleaching kits and Sonicare toothbrushes, car detailing

and professional photography, to a room at the Kootenai River Inn and

gift cards/certificates from numerous businesses. “There are so many

things that are being donated for this event, I can’t even list them all!”

exclaims Amanda.

The more people who are able to attend the event, even if not participating

in the tournament, the more money our community can raise for Joey.

Amanda is seeking out businesses to help sponsor this event by donating

anywhere from $50 to $200. “We know it’s been a difficult time for

our local businesses during this pandemic, so we are truly grateful for

anything.”

If you’re interested in sponsoring the event, or for additional information,

you can contact Amanda Brewer at 208.217.4052 or via email at

b_amanda05@hotmail.com. For those who would like to donate directly,

they can do so through the Joey Brewer’s Medical Fund, which has been

set up through Mountain West Bank.


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SHARING THE

ABUNDANCE

LOCAL PERMACULTURIST SPREADS

MESSAGE OF SUSTAINABILITY AND

GIVING BACK

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

Casimir Holeski’s interest in gardening started as a young man.

A health awakening made him look more closely at the food

he was eating, and he realized that he wanted a wider variety

of clean, nutrient-dense foods than he was getting. But cost

and availability became an issue. Even if he had the budget for it, he

couldn’t find the diverse varieties and types of organic fruit, nuts and

vegetables that he wanted to eat and to feed his family. “If I wanted to eat

a broad diversity of fruits and vegetables that span the growing season, I

would have to grow them myself,” he realized.

And so started the Bonners Ferry local’s passion for growing,

sustainability and sharing his abundance of knowledge. As a selfdescribed

fruit and nut enthusiast and a local permaculturist, Holeski

has a deep knowledge and passion for living in a sustainable way that

supports a healthy lifestyle, and also preserves a better future for his

children, and their children to come.

“Growing at least a part of your own food supply, supporting other

local growers and producers, and growing a network or community

of like-minded folks for the

purpose of trading and/or buying

HOLESKI HAS A DEEP

each other’s excess, as well as

for mutually beneficial support

KNOWLEDGE AND

in many other ways, makes

imminent good sense,” explains PASSION FOR LIVING

Holeski.

A major tenant of permaculture

is the mindset of relocating and

decentralizing our food system,

and he believes there’s never

been a more important time

than now. “I really enjoy working

with plants and with the soil,

and permaculture’s central tenet

of working with nature rather

than against is something that

resonates deeply for me,” he adds.

“Permaculture encourages us to

first create a yield and then, when

possible, to share the abundance.”

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WAY THAT SUPPORTS

A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE,

AND ALSO PRESERVES A

BETTER FUTURE FOR HIS

CHILDREN, AND THEIR

CHILDREN TO COME.

And that’s something he does in multiple ways. Holeski teaches

grafting and permaculture methods through the local extension office,

and consults on edible landscaping and orchard installation based on

permaculture, agroforestry and agroecological ideas. He also started

a gardening project in conjunction with the local hospital called the

Boundary Community Hospital Forest Garden to help feed the staff

and residents. “I love the idea of supporting our elders with the delight

inherent in fresh fruit as well as supporting those amazing folks that are

caring for them,” he says.

In the last several years, he developed a passion for exploring and saving

the plethora of incredible fruit and nut trees scattered throughout

Boundary County. Some of these trees date back over 100 years and

offer a diversity of shapes, colors, textures and flavors that can’t be found

anywhere else.

Holeski founded the Boundary County Orchard Restoration Project

to help preserve these trees for the community and also help educate

others on orchard care. His nursery in the making—I.M. Tree Crops—

will eventually offer some of the best of these old trees to the public.

“I love Bonners Ferry for its natural beauty, relatively clean air and water,

and for the love of personal liberty and the love of community that I find

here,” explains Holeski. And he’s doing his best to help grow, shape and

give back to that rich growing community as much as he can.

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We worked together for a few weeks, planning,

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Anticipation and excitement created a buzz

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The featured speakers at that event, all experts

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Since then, I’ve attended or hosted multiple

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THE POTENTIAL TO CHANGE LIVES

LOCAL SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS PROTECT, SERVE AND

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN KIDS’ LIVES

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

We see them every day—at

the school drop off, walking

through school halls and

classrooms, being a visible

presence during lunch, or simply out and

about in the communities we call home. In

communities from Bonners Ferry to Sandpoint

and Coeur d’Alene, school resource officers

(SROs) keep our kids safe every day, but we

often forget about the longer-lasting impact

they have on students’ lives. Their days aren’t

just about safety—they’re about connecting with

students and making a difference.

“We have a very strong potential to change some

of these kids' lives,” says Officer Dale Anderson,

SRO for Bonners Ferry elementary, middle and

high schools. “If they see you're willing to help

them out as a true resource, they're going to be

a lot more comfortable coming to talk to you.”

Anderson started his law enforcement career

in Salt Lake Valley in 1992. He then worked

for the Las Vegas Metro Police for 10 years in

felony charges crimes before coming to Bonners

Ferry to retire. He soon found himself out

of retirement and serving as the local school

resource officer.

His days are busy—he’s responsible for five

schools in Bonners Ferry, but he still makes the

time to visit the schools when there’s no call for

service so he can be seen on a friendly note and

feel approachable to students. It’s something

you’ll find common among school resource

officers—the desire to be more than just

security. Their ultimate goal is to be a resource

for success.

“When they see me, if it's not an official

investigation or something, it’s all fun,” says

Anderson. He often hangs out in classes or

around the halls and cafeteria. “I think it's a

great resource for the kids to understand that

‘these cops aren't always here to arrest us or site

us, but this guy might actually care about where

I go in my future.’”

Last year, Anderson started a safe driving

initiative at the school, which he hopes to

continue later this year. Kids who want to be

involved get a number, and when a deputy or

law enforcement officer sees them wearing their

seat belt and driving responsibly, they report

that number to go into a drawing at the end of

each month, when winning names are drawn to

receive a gift from the community. It’s a key part

of how Anderson hopes to promote safe driving,

and he’s happy to share his experience and help

other SROs who want to implement a similar

program.

School resource officers aren’t there to just get

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at a situation where I know I made a connection

with a student, it’s a good day,” he adds. “I have

had kids from my first school year who were in

my office and told me how they hate cops and

don’t trust them. I told each of these students

that I wasn’t going to force a relationship but

that my hope was to change their opinion of

what they see in a uniform.”

Fast forward several years, and those same

students greet Rios outside of school, coming to

him to tell him how well they’re doing or how

they’re working through struggles. “To me that

is a difference,” he says.

Officers like Anderson and Rios never know

quite what to expect. Their days can change by

the hour, and they often split their time between

multiple locations, working to be a presence

to provide safety, making time for students to

come and talk, and also just being around in

hallways, classrooms and lunch rooms to get to

know the students, support them and encourage

them toward success.

Many of the students the SROs connect with are

kids who haven’t received a whole lot of attention

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or support in their lives. “Our presence in the

schools allows us to interact with at-risk youth,

become a positive role model and provide safety

for the school,” says Detective Ashley Caiafa, a

school resource officer for multiple elementary

schools in Coeur d’Alene.

The New York native knew she wanted to work

with kids from early on, and when she applied

to the Coeur d’Alene Police Department, it was

with the goal of becoming a school resource

officer.

She often spends her days helping students with

class work, walking the halls and hanging out

with students during lunch, or playing with the

kids during recess. Like other resource officers,

her day starts by greeting students when they

arrive for school, and making sure drivers and

students are safe as they arrive. At the end of the

day, she’s ready and waiting to give the kids a

smile and wave as they leave.

“I hope that my presence in the schools give the

kids a sense of security so their education can

flourish,” says Caiafa. “Every day I go to work

and try my best to build a rapport with every

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student at my schools. I try and go above and

beyond in my everyday duties and try to think

outside the box.”

This last Halloween, Caiafa had 25 students

dress as police officers—they all wanted to be

like her when they grew up. “I knew at that

moment I was making a lasting impression on

these kids. I see kids outside of work and they

recognize me. They give me hugs or high fives

and tell everyone that I am their ‘school cop.’ It

all just puts a smile on my face,” she says.

As schools reconvene this year with changed

hours, reduced classroom sizes or fewer

school activities because of COVID, school

resource officers like Anderson, Rios and

Caiafa anticipate new challenges and hurdles

but continue to focus on the goal: being there

for the students. “Any interaction I am able to

have with them is going to be better than not

having any,” explains Caiafa. “The kids need this

connection and interaction with their peers,”

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the school and support the school staff and

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DISCOVER ‘YOUR’ BEAUTIFUL

CHANGING LIVES FROM THE OUTSIDE IN

By Jillian Chandler

Discover the power of deciding for yourself what your

beautiful is. For the past 18 years, Nancy Andrews, RN-C

and owner of Signature Aesthetics, has been changing lives

from the outside in; bringing each client’s vision of beauty

to reality.

Signature Aesthetics, which offers two locations to better serve their

clients, works with you to bring your vision to fruition. You can find

them at their new bigger and more luxurious location at First and

Pine on the second floor above Ivano’s Restaurant in Sandpoint and at

Prairie Family Medicine in Coeur d’Alene.

“I am blessed to be able to help others achieve their own confidence

and experience the joy of having synergy with their inner and outer

beauty,” says Nancy. “It’s all about love and the focus being centered

on others. It has been my goal to help one person at a time to achieve

some of their dreams and hopes. I feel if one person’s life has changed

because of Signature Aesthetics, then it was worth it!”

Nancy has had a very fulfilling career as a registered nurse for 37

years, with her career evolving as a medical professional treating the

aftermath of injury. As technology and techniques advance, Nancy is

engaged in ongoing training curriculum. This allows her to provide

the best services to her clients. She invests hundreds of hours, keeping

current in all techniques while expanding her knowledge in the latest

equipment and products.

“During these difficult times, you can rest assured that our staff and

providers are doing the best possible to keep you and your loved

ones safe,” affirms Nancy, who has completed 45 hours of continued

education on these current health issues—including COVID-19.

“We are offering the finest compounded vitamin drips in the nation,

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Signature Aesthetics feels privileged to personally escort their clients

to achieving their beauty potential. Nancy and her team witness your

confident, healthy appearance as you partner in recreating a beautiful

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FROM PASSION PROJECT

to the Family Business

BLACK BELT PROFESSOR ESTABLISHES BONNERS FERRY

AS WORLD JIU-JITSU DESTINATION

BY DAN AZNOFF

PHOTOS BY JON BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY

AGE IS A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE.

For Sam Brown of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, the age of 39 is just a number.

“I still train regularly and compete when I can,” he explained with a quick smile. “Just not quite as much as when I was younger and healthier.”

In 2015, Brown opened his small studio in Bonners Ferry. His dream was to eventually grow into a larger facility where he could combine his personal

experience working in traditional gyms with the Jiu-Jitsu training they were already doing.

That vision became reality seven months ago when Brown opened the doors to, what he described as, “a different kind of gym.”

His overall plan had always been to provide world-class martial arts instruction with alternatives for fitness workouts in a family friendly environment.

Shortly after opening five years ago, Brown found himself searching for another—much larger—site where he could offer more than just Jiu-Jitsu. His

time and dedication eventually resulted in the grand opening of his dream, the APEX Fitness and Martial Arts gym.

In the short time since the unique fitness center began to welcome students to the facility built to his exacting specifications, the martial arts gym has

expanded to include separate areas for boxing and grappling in addition to family oriented workouts. His wife, Diana, also teaches Zumba.

Sam and Diana first met in New Hampshire—where Sam is from and where Diana was attending college on a student visa from Bogota, Colombia.

The couple were married while they were still in New England before they traveled together to visit her in her hometown of Bogota.

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Last Stop

Prior to meeting his spouse, Brown had traveled to Rio De

Janeiro, Brazil. This is where his Jiu-Jitsu journey began and his

love for the art started.

“I could have lived there forever,” he said. “Beautiful city. Beautiful

people.”

Brown said he stayed in Brazil “until he could not afford to stay

any longer.”

He returned to New England, met and married Diana and started

to search for an American city where he and his bride could

establish their first home. The idea to visit the town of Bonners

Ferry—more than 2,500 miles from where he was born and

raised—was based on a recommendation from his father, who

had been impressed with the small town when he had visited the

area years before.

Brown admitted the charming rural community where he has

chosen to live is “night-and-day” from the crowded cities of the

South American country that his wife grew up in and the busy

East Coast where he had spent his younger years.

Professor

Known in his gym as “Professor,” the second-degree black belt

explained that he had achieved the title, which is earned one year

after getting your black belt if you’re teaching Jiu-Jitsu.

“It is considered an honor,” he explained. “A teacher is a revered

position in the Brazilian culture. The position I hold as the head

of my team is not one that I take lightly.”

Having a family and a business in the small-town environment

is something that Brown has enjoyed thoroughly—and he never

plans to leave. He often expresses the wish that he had been born

and raised in this area and loves the fact that his kids will grow up

in such a beautiful and friendly town.

Brown explained that the decision to move West was made not

long after the birth of their daughter.

Sam and Diana have three children who all began training

in martial arts before their fifth birthdays. Their 13-year-old

daughter Sofia has taken part in Jiu-Jitsu competitions for more

than six years. She has “won many competitions,” according to

her proud father.

The couple’s two boys—Sam Jr., 8, and 6-year-old Solomon—are

currently training and competing in Jiu-Jitsu as well as refining

their skills on the finer points of Taekwondo.

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“A teacher is a revered

position in the

Brazilian culture. The

badge of professor is

one I wear proudly.”


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“They are both super athletic,” Brown said with a wide smile.

“But I think they really enjoy the finer aspects of kicking and

screaming.”

The design, equipment and layout of the interior of the

APEX Fitness and Martial Arts gym, he said, would fit in

with some of the most respected facilities in any big city. All

of the equipment is state of the art. One wall is covered with

a 40-foot canvas mural that spans the mountain ranges from

the peaks that loom over the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro

to the Rockies and the Bitterroot Mountains that dominate

the skyline over Montana and Idaho.

The same mural that hangs proudly inside the APEX also

honors the legacy of the martial art of Jiu-Jitsu with images

of the individuals who helped establish the art’s unique

moves and techniques.

The images on the wall also depict illustrations of his friend

and mentor, Sylvio Behring. Mestre Sylvio Behring is a

world-class fighter from Brazil who has established Jiu-Jitsu

training centers around the world. Each of Sylvio’s training

centers is staffed with black- and brown-belt athletes who

teach in the style of the Jiu-Jitsu Master.

Pedigree

Behring is the son of ninth-degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Grand

Master Flavio Behring. The entrepreneurial son holds an

eighth-degree red and black belt in Jiu-Jitsu as well as a black

belt in Judo.

Widely regarded as one of the top grappling instructors of

his generation, Sylvio began his career training under the

tutelage of ninth-degree Grand Master Alvaro Barreto. He

advanced quickly to become one of Barreto’s top students.

Sylvio has also been credited with the development of Jiu-

Jitsu in diverse regions of Brazil from Sao Paulo to Porto

Alegre. His late brother, Marcelo Behring, has also been

recognized as an important pioneer in the evolution of the

martial art. Brown took a moment from admiring the mural

on the wall of the APEX studio to appreciate the years of

dedication the images represent. “It is really cool to just step

back and appreciate the artistry and the history that went into

the mural,” Brown proudly. “It could really be considered the

Mt. Rushmore of Jiu-Jitsu.”

Home Base

The mountains of Idaho displayed on the murals also played

an important role in the second-degree black belt’s decision

to establish a Jiu-Jitsu center in what seemed like an unlikely

location for the American center for instruction.

For a year, when Brown first moved to Idaho, he said he

would make the 70-minute drive to Sandpoint, Idaho, to

teach. At that time, the gym in Sandpoint did not have a

black belt in residence.

“After a year, I decided to open up a school in Bonners

Ferry so I could stop making that long drive,” he laughed.

“Once the school turned out to be successful, my plan was

underway.”

Brown said he was honored to have Mestre Sylvio Behring

present for the APEX grand opening in February. He

described the seven months leading up to the grand opening


of the new APEX location as “some of the

hardest work we have ever done.”

In the days before COVID, Brown explained

that Sylvio had visited with American students

in the Idaho town on a regular basis to lead

seminars for a growing number of students

who made the long drive to learn from the

master. The Jiu-Jitsu team based in Bonners

Ferry, said Brown, draws on students of the

sport from as far away as Sandpoint in Idaho

and the towns of Troy and Libby in Montana.

“Master Sylvio is like family. I do not think the

people of Bonners Ferry realize that a legend in

the world of Jiu-Jitsu is coming to their town

twice every year to train with our students,”

said Brown.

“Personally, I have been extremely grateful for

all of his help and the investment that he has

made in me over the years.”

Finding the right space for a world-class facility

in Bonners Ferry was a more complex challenge

than Brown had imagined. He toured several

prospective sites before accepting the challenge

to build the gym he had always envisioned.

The search for an expanded gym took him

inside several abandoned buildings and to the

outskirts of town. He explained that he could

have selected a smaller space, which would

have required less buildout. But in the end, he

chose a bigger project knowing that it would

allow him to bring his vision from the drawing

board to reality.

“I am doing

it all in this

unbelievably

beautiful place.

This is my

dream.”

“This is my ideal situation. I spend my days in

the gym that I built, where I am able to share

the knowledge and the skills that have been

passed on through the efforts of some of the

grand masters of the sport that I love,” said

Brown.

“And I am doing it all in this unbelievably

beautiful place,” he concluded. “This is my

dream.”

More information on the APEX Fitness and

Martial Arts gym on Main Street is available at

ApexFitGym.com.

Dan Aznoff is a freelance writer based in

Mukilteo, Washington. He was a finalist for

a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the toxic

waste crisis in California and has received

acclamation for his articles on energy and

the plight of homeless seniors. Aznoff is

the author of three books that document

colorful periods of history in the history of

Washington state. He can be reached directly at

da@dajournalist.com.

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ACCIDENTS

HAPPEN

DEDICATED TEAM WORKING

TOGETHER TO GET PATIENTS TO

THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF CARE AS

QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE

By Regina Gallette, RN, Emergency Department Manager

Boundary Community Hospital

Whether it is the terrible sound of a

vehicle crash, the bloody injury of

a chainsaw accident or the ominous

sound of someone falling down the

stairs, serious injuries cause fear and anxiety on many

fronts. The Emergency Medical Team in Boundary

County, which includes Boundary Community

Hospital (BCH), Boundary Ambulance and Life

Flight Network, work together to move patients

quickly to where they can receive the treatment they

need, improve communications among those caring

for patients in a traumatic situation, and ultimately

decrease patient deaths and improve patient recovery.

This unified coordination of care has resulted in the

team’s renewal of their designation as an Idaho Time

Sensitive Emergency (TSE) Level IV Trauma Center

in 2020.

Worldwide there are 11 deaths every minute due to

trauma—that’s 5.8 million fatalities a year, and over

1 million are the result of motor vehicle crashes.

Wearing seatbelts, using helmets, not driving while

under the influence of intoxicants and not driving

while distracted (texting, phone calls, etc.) are major

preventive efforts that have already shown to have

a dramatic positive impact. Trauma is the fourth

leading cause of death in Idaho and the third leading

cause in Boundary County.

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In 2019, 70 TSE trauma cases were handled through

the BCH Emergency Department. Five seriously

injured patients were treated and transported

directly from BCH, and four TSE trauma patients

were flown directly from the scene by a Life Flight

Network medical transport helicopter. All of these

cases have one thing in common: a team of dedicated

individuals from various agencies working together

to get their patients to the highest level of care as

quickly as possible.

Hand in hand with the Idaho TSE designation

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What can you do to help when an accident

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For the lay person encountering an injury case,

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FALL

fashion

TRENDS

OLD FAVORITES MAKE THEIR RETURN

by TAYLOR SHILLAM

With the leaves beginning to turn and

temperatures making their way back down,

the arrival of fall invites a breath of fresh air

and a feeling of renewal in many aspects of

life. The closet is no exception.

In 2020, the season’s trending looks will invite old favorites back

into the spotlight with a new twist. Tailored silhouettes, familiar

patterns and new takes on classic pieces will bring a sense of

comfort alongside the newness—in a year marked by uncertainty,

many of us could use a bit of both.

From bold accents to fresh colors, the fall fashion of 2020 invites

you to choose your level of change from your usual attire. Read

on to discover the season’s top trends.

Glitzy Metallics. This season, give a few of your staple items a new

twist with a touch of heavy metal. Pieces like collared blouses,

cardigans and purses will find their edge with accents of metallic,

sequins and sparkles, many toeing the line between daywear and

playwear. The metallic trend can be played up or down; embrace

the look with a full-metal sequin dress, bodysuit or button-down

top, or simply add a pop of shine with a shimmering accessory.

Gold and silver chains are dominating the spectrum of accessories

this season, from jewelry to bags and belts, so pick your level of

metal and bring some shine to your autumn.

Fur Fantasy. While the weather patterns are always unpredictable

as the year comes to an end, one trending item this fall will

have you prepared for the lowest of temperatures. Major fur is

making its way into stores this season, with statement coats and

shearling of all sizes and shag levels dominating the outerwear

departments. The bigger, the better is this year’s mantra when it

comes to fur, and designers have become more creative than ever

with crafting options for animal-friendly faux substitutes.

Back to School. Going back to school will be in style for all ages

this fall, with a renewed appreciation for collegiate-inspired

attire. Tailored blazers, classic sweaters, thin stripes and argyle

accents made their way across runways this year, making way for

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a return to school-girl chic. Reach for fitted items in navy, white and gold, or layer with a tailored collared jacket, collegiate sweater or cardigan to

throw an instant prep in your step.

Sweater Vests. An extension of the academia-inspired trend, a major player in this fall’s complete wardrobe is the sweater vest. With jewel-toned knits

and fresh patterns emerging, the sweater vests of 2020 will be a step up from those of the past.

Lots of Leather. Does leather ever really go out of style? Though a familiar classic, the leather trend is expanding to include more than the classic biker

jacket this fall. Keep your staples, but don’t be afraid to level up your leather with head-to-toe options including leather trousers, tops and lengthy

trench coats.

If you’ve been waiting for a chance to try something new with this always-fashionable medium, take your chance this season. Go for versatile pieces

in neutral black or nude, or mix and match with a statement color, such as this year’s on-trend rich burgundy.

Glamorous Gloves. This year’s statement accessory is the glamorous full-length glove. Here for any occasion through the end of the year, the longsleeved

glove will be highly available in a variety of hues, ready to add standout sophistication to your event wear.

Statement Suits. From fitted skirts to equestrian ensembles,

the suit is here to stay for fall. You can opt for the full twopiece

set with the skirt suit, highlighting a flattering silhouette

with a swingy skirt and matching cropped jacket, or take the

equestrian-inspired look by matching a fitted blazer with

trousers tucked into riding boots.

Just as easily, you can take the trend one piece at a time, rounding

out a complete outfit with a statement blazer. This year, blazers

will be available in both neutral tones and color-popping hues,

with options ranging from oversized to fitted, providing options

just as stylish in a single piece.

Color: Less is More. The fall runway shows saw timeless color

palettes this year, with many looks opting for just one single

color throughout an entire outfit.

Primary colors were prominent, including deep burgundy reds,

vibrant, bold blues and muted, almost green-yellows bringing

crisp pops of color. Neutral tones will be embraced more than

ever, with deep, asphalt grays, creamy beiges and warm toffee

browns holding their own in versions of these classic hues that

are anything but boring.

When shopping for your fall wardrobe, create the perfect balance

of versatility and functionality with items in each category. Play

with dimension by mixing various fabrics and shades of color,

pairing colored pieces with denim or leather, and accessorizing

with bold belts and bags.

Flat Boots. Taking a turn from the platforms of the past, this

year, flat boots are having their moment. With trending styles

including low-maintenance and slouchy to the straight and

sturdy riding boot, put a little ease in your step with shoes that

keep you lower to the ground.

This fall’s trends provide ample opportunity for change, creativity

and self-expression. While fashion trends come and go with the

seasons, true style maintains. With so many of this year’s fall

fashion trends emphasizing the timelessness of favorites like

leather, deep colors and tailored silhouettes, take this season as a

chance to reimagine your look with a bit of ease, and hopefully,

a bit of fun.

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Experience

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Fall

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF SWEATER WEATHER

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September is here, and we can already feel that slight nip in the

air at night that says fall, and all of its beloved activities, is not

far away. While you’re still enjoying the last vestiges of summer

weather and boating life, here are some exciting experiences to

get you excited for sweater weather. From apple season to pumpkin

patches, beautiful autumn drives and home baking adventures, there are

safe and fun experiences for the entire family, even if your local fall fest

isn’t happening this year.

Visit a pumpkin patch. No fall is complete without a visit to the pumpkin

patch to find that perfect future jack-o-lantern. Better yet, it’s typically an

outdoor adventure, so it’s easy to stay socially distanced. Stop by family

favorites (be sure to call ahead for hours) like Hickey Farms north of

Sandpoint, Idaho, Prairie Home Farm in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and

Patterson’s Farm Market in Gig Harbor, Washington, for some seasonal

family fun, where there's more than just pumpkins to explore.

Go apple picking. There’s nothing quite like biting into a ripe, juicy apple

freshly picked from the tree to signal fall’s arrival. Orchards throughout

Washington and Idaho have fresh-picked apples available from August

through October, and many even offer you-pick. Explore the various

Green Bluff Growers just outside Spokane, Washington, or head to

Butler’s Farm in Gig Harbor for some goodness fresh off the tree. If you

want the experience of harvesting your own, check to make sure an

orchard is you-pick before visiting.

Join a fall fun race. Celebrate the healthy way with a fall fun run or

harvest race. It’s the perfect weather for running, the colors have started

to change, and you usually end the race with some treat to honor the

season. Many races have been canceled or gone virtual this year, but you

can still head out on your own 5k with close family and friends or search

your area to see if any events are still happening. Enjoy the brisk fall air,

treat yourself to a pumpkin beer or cider after the run, and give yourself

a pat on the back for getting out.

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View the changing leaves. Scenic drives are spectacular during this

time of year. From Gig Harbor to Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint and Coeur

d’Alene, there are many opportunities to experience the autumn foliage.

Head to Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington on

scenic state routes 542, 20, or toward Leavenworth by way of the Steven

Pass Scenic Byway to see the colors unfold in Eastern Washington.

The Selkirk, Cabinet and Purcell Mountains in North Idaho offer some

stunning opportunities to view the changing colors. Drive through the

Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge or along the Pend Oreille National

Scenic Byway to take in the views. If you don’t have the time for a

day drive, wander local parks or gardens like the Finch Arboretum in

Spokane on foot for breathtaking color and foliage right outside your

back door.

Visit a cidery. Where there are apples, there is cider. Stop by one of the

many cideries in Washington or North Idaho to sample some of the

region’s finest creations. Various cideries in the growing region of Green

Bluff are a short drive from Coeur d’Alene, or stop by the local North

Idaho Cider company in Coeur d’Alene to sample ciders ranging from

traditional fresh apple to more adventurous flavors like Hoppy Mango or

Strawberry Lemon. Nearby Seattle and Gig Harbor, visit Finnriver Farm

& Cidery for some fresh organic draft ciders that provide the best of what

the season has to offer.

Make a pie. With fewer public events and activities taking place, now is

the perfect time to hone your pie-baking skills. Grab a friend or family

member and learn how to make the perfect apple pie. Even if baking isn’t

your forte, there are many online or print resources that can help. Now

might be the perfect time to take a pie-baking class like those offered by

the Farm Pie School of Lil Punkin Pie Co. out of Coeur d’Alene. Whether

you stay home or head to the farm to learn, this could be the year you

master the art of pie making—and have some fun with someone special

along the way.

Experience a fall fest. Whether it’s Oktoberfest or Autumn Leaf Fest, fall

festivals have added some seasonal fun spirit to each of our communities

for years. This year may look a little different, and many festivals are

canceled or postponed, but keep an eye out to see if some local favorites

may still be happening. Fall Fest at Schweitzer Mountain is an annual

Sandpoint tradition that brings visitors in from all over. Enjoy some

brews outside, take in the scenery and celebrate the season. Or make

it an overnight trip and head out for somewhere like Leavenworth,

Washington, where the Bavarian style makes the perfect place for its

annual Oktoberfest and Autumn Leaf Festival.

Attend a soup cook-off. Each year Sandpoint restaurants and cooks vie

for the Golden Ladle at SoupTember, where the best soup wins the day.

While many public chili and soup cook-offs may not be happening this

year, you can still host your own with close friends and family outside

(socially distanced), or unite the neighborhood for a contact-free soup

share, where you each surprise someone with a tasty fall dinner.

Whatever your fall plans may hold, we hope you get outside, enjoy the

autumn breeze and take some time to experience the changing of the

season.

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COCKTAIL HOUR

A FEW FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

by COLIN ANDERSON

Fall means it’s time to pack away the hard seltzers and clear liquors in favor of deep-colored ales

and amber-colored spirits. To give ourselves a little comfort on a chilly afternoon or night, a warm

cocktail or malty beer can be the perfect pour for a quick relax. Here are just a few of our favorites

for when the days get shorter and the nights just a little colder.

Mulled Wine

• 1 bottle red wine (shiraz, merlot, pinot noir)

• 2 cups apple cider

• ½ to 1 cup brandy

• cinnamon sticks

• 1 orange cut into slices

• 6-8 whole cloves

• 8-10 peppercorns

Pour all ingredients into a large pot or slow

cooker. Simmer for 20 minutes. Remove cloves

and peppercorns from the mixture. Pour into

coffee mugs and garnish with an additional

fresh orange slice.

You don’t have to break into the cellar for this

concoction, as the spices and brandy will add

delicious flavors to even mid-level red wines.

Feel free to add additional spices and fruits to

really kick the flavor up a notch.

Patron XO Coffee/

Hot Chocolate

• 2 oz. Patron XO Café Liquor

• 5 oz. coffee or hot chocolate

• dash of cinnamon

• whipped cream (optional)

Pour ingredients together in a ceramic mug,

stir, top with whipped cream and sprinkle

with cinnamon.

People add all kinds of mixtures to coffee,

but this moderately priced liquor is a

great blend to any warm drink. Patron

Silver Tequila is blended with coffee and

chocolate to create a warming sensation

with a bit of zip.

Late Summer Fizz

• 2 oz. rye whiskey

• ½ oz. Pimm’s No. 1 Cup liquor

• ½ oz. sweet vermouth

• club soda

• ½ tsp. allspice

• ½ oz. apple cider

• squeeze of lemon

• pinch of sea salt

Add rye, cider and Pimm’s in a shaker over ice

and shake vigorously. Pour into old-fashioned

glass and add a splash of club soda. Float the

vermouth on top and follow with allspice,

lemon and salt.

This recipe is taken from “Whiskey Cocktails”

by Warren Bobrow. Pimm’s Cup No. 1 is

a British liquor that combines gin with

botanicals, caramelized oranges and delicate

spices. Serve over a large ice cube as not to

dilute the many flavors of this drink.

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By Marguerite Cleveland

Photos Courtesy of Discover Kalispell

Kalispell, Montana, has a lovely small-town feel with its historic downtown but also has all the modern amenities you need for a

fall getaway amid a pandemic. Centrally located, Kalispell is in the heart of all you want to see and do in the area.

Where to Stay

When booking lodging during the COVID-19 pandemic, cleanliness and safety are tops on the list for evaluating a hotel. The

Homewood Suites in Kalispell follows the Hilton CleanStay program. Rooms are sealed to indicate they haven’t been accessed since they

were cleaned, and extra disinfection takes place on the top 10 high-touch areas such as doorknobs and light switches. You can also check

in and out with their digital key. Another thing to consider is having a place to stay that has more room and a kitchen. It is nice to have a

table you can sit at to enjoy takeout meals, and the kitchen is helpful for preparing a picnic lunch for a day in Glacier National Park. This

hotel is located near numerous restaurants and shops, as well as being a good central location for exploring the area.

Where to Eat

Western-themed food is the prominent style in the area. Think anything grilled or smoked and try meats other than beef. Elk and bison

are common on many menus around town. Food portions tend to be generous, so plan to share some items. Here are a few local places

worth checking out:

The Desoto Grill is a local family owned treasure of barbecue and hotrods. Housed in an old blacksmith shop, The Forge, and named

after the owner’s Grandpa Art’s 1954 Desoto, this place rocks. From a rowdy, fun atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor seating to its

outstanding food, it is worth making a visit. Make sure to order the Combo Platter, which gives you the choice of three meats and three

sides. There is a huge variety to choose from, and the cornbread is terrific. Choose a “Mac” as one of your sides. A yummy macaroni

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THE STATE PARKS IN MONTANA ARE THE

EQUIVALENT OF NATIONAL PARKS WITH

SUCH STUNNING SCENERY.

and cheese can be jazzed up with bacon, a spicy grilled sausage or other

options. All sides are house made, which really makes a difference in the

quality of the food.

Hop’s Downtown Grill is a chef-owned restaurant in the historic

downtown. It is known for some of the best burgers in Montana including

beef, bison, elk and yak. The rest of the menu is eclectic with a variety of

comfort food options. Since we weren’t eating in, I went next door to

Brix Bottle Shop to purchase some local beer. They sell bottles and cans

individually, and the clerk helped me select some good regional choices.

Great service and a knowledgeable staff housed in a historic building.

My family loves breakfast, and on our trips we love to find that great diner

popular with the locals. Julie’s Center Street Café is just such a spot and

relatively undiscovered by tourists. It is the friendly type of place where

you will see people eating alone who come in for the company. Allow

plenty of time as the meals are cooked to order. The food is outstanding,

and the presentation is a nice surprise for a diner. My frittata came with

a sliced tomato arranged in a design on top, and the hash browns are

cooked flat for a nice crispy exterior and then rolled like an omelet, so

you get that crunch in every bite.

What to Do

People come to this area to visit Glacier National Park—and rightly so.

But there is so much more to see in the area. The State Parks in Montana

are the equivalent of National Parks with such stunning scenery and

much less crowded than Glacier National Park. Make sure to allow time

during your visit to explore other areas.

Glacier National Park is considered the crown jewel of the continent for

its stunning natural scenery and many glaciers. Due to COVID-19, you

can only enter the park on the west side. The Going-To-The-Sun road is

a highlight of any park visit and is currently open to Rising Sun, which is

a total of 43 miles. The park is extremely popular, so plan to get an early

start from Kalispell. I would be on the road no later than 6am. There are

limited facilities in the park, so be sure to pack a picnic and bring extra

snacks.

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WHERE TO STAY

The Homewood Suites by Hilton - Hilton.com/en/

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WHERE TO EAT

The Desoto Grill - DesotoGrill.com

Hop’s Downtown Grill

Facebook.com/HopsDowntownGrill

Brix Bottle Shop - BrixBottleShop.com

Julie’s Center Street Café - Facebook.com/pages/

Julies-Center-Street-Cafe/119968968018781

WHAT TO DO

Glacier National Park - NPS.gov/glac

Polebridge Mercantile - PolebridgeMerc.com

Northwest Montana Adventures

NorthwestMontanaAdventure.com

Lone Pine State Park - StateParks.MT.gov/lone pine

Whitefish Mountain Resort - SkiWhitefish.com

A less visited area of the park can be accessed through

the Camas Entrance. Exit the park here and then

take the gravel road to the Polebridge Mercantile.

This cute emporium is known for its great baked

goods including the famed Huckleberry Bear Claw.

From this area you can hike the Transboundary

Flathead River Interpretive Trail or continue past

Polebridge to the North Fork entrance to Glacier

National Park.

The Flathead National Forest has excellent views

of the Canadian Rockies, the Whitefish Range

and Glacier National Park. One of the best ways

to explore it is on an off-road all-terrain vehicle.

Try a Can-Am or Polaris rented from Northwest

Montana Adventures near Olney, Montana. They

have a variety of vehicles that will seat two to six

people. Based on the amount of time, the staff will

recommend where to go with maps provided. The

company, which is open year-round, also rents

snow machines in the winter.

For a less crowded experience, visit Lone Pine State Park. There are 7.5

miles of hiking trails that lead you to overlooks for stunning views of the

Flathead Valley and distant mountain ranges and lakes. Along the trails

are plenty of places to stop, relax and enjoy the peaceful environment

of the park. Picnic tables are available, and they are all nicely separated

for social distancing. The Visitors’ Center is newly remodeled and has

information on the history of the park and the ecology and wildlife of the

area. This is a beautiful park that is relatively undiscovered by tourists.

Both Kalispell and Whitefish have quaint walkable downtown areas with

cute local shops, galleries and restaurants. It’s a nice way to spend an

afternoon.

The Whitefish Mountain Resort has a variety of fun summer activities

that remain open on weekends in September. Take a one-way scenic

lift up the mountain and hike down. Other activities include mountain

biking, ziplining, an aerial adventure course and many more.

September is a great time to visit this area with the mild weather. Visit

DiscoverKalispell.com for more information.

Do your part not to spread COVID-19 while traveling. Wear a mask

and practice social distancing. Do not travel if any of your party shows

symptoms of the coronavirus or has had recent exposure to someone who

has the illness. Plan outdoor activities and picnics, and utilize takeout

options at restaurants to decrease your risks.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 tbsp. avocado oil

1 lb. elk or beef burger

1 lb. ground hot sausage

1 medium red onion, chopped

4 large ribs of celery, chopped

5 cloves of garlic, minced

2 14.5 oz. cans fire-roasted tomatoes

6 oz. can tomato sauce

4 oz. can chopped green chilis

2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

4 tbsp. chili powder

2 tsp. cumin powder

2 tsp. Himalayan salt

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. black pepper

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp. smokey paprika

2 large dried bay leaves

METHOD:

• In a medium-sized cast-iron Dutch oven, heat avocado oil over

medium heat. Add burger, sausage, onion, celery and garlic.

• Cook until meat is done and vegetables are tender.

• Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for another 15 minutes.

• Reduce heat to a simmer for an additional 20 minutes.

• Serve warm and top chili with your favorite toppings like cheddar

cheese and scallions.

*Note: You can make this chili really spicy by adding hot peppers or

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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 Friday-Sunday from 12pm-close.

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BADGER'S DEN CAFE AND

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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

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TWO TONES CAFE

Two Tones Cafe is a restaurant where guests will enjoy flavors

from around the world in dishes made using the freshest

ingredients. With menu options ranging from Asian salads

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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BONNERS FERRY PUPUSERIA

Treat yourself to authentic Salvadoran Pupusas—the

national dish of El Salvador—or American comfort food.

Choose from a selection of pork, spinach, cheese and bean

pupusas as well as other favorites such as egg scrambles,

BLT sandwiches and steak burritos. Pair your meal with a

craft beer, soda, fresh-squeezed oj, smoothie or cup of Kona

Coffee. Dine in or take out Monday-Thursday 11am-6pm

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WOK-A-MOLÉ

Have a craving for delicious ethnic food? At Wok-a-Molé,

you can sample from a wonderfully eclectic mix of Filipino,

Japanese and Mexican food right here in Bonners Ferry! From

fresh Shanghai Lumpia Rolls, Pansit with shrimp, pork or

chicken, Yakisoba and Kung Pao Chicken to Verde Chicken

Enchiladas, Pork Carnita Tacos and more, there's something to

satisfy the tastes of everyone in the family! Serving breakfast,

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TOP ARTISTS

DESCEND ON LIBBY

Chainsaw competition sure to wow

By Colin Anderson

September

10 -13

NOW IN ITS FOURTH YEAR, THE INTERNATIONAL CHAINSAW

CARVING CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE FAST BECOMING ONE OF THE

CAN’T MISS EVENTS IN THE REGION.

“What could possibly be more distinctly Montana than chainsaw

art,” said Paul Bunn, the local resident who came up with the

idea. “And what could be better than bringing the very best in

the world to the world’s most beautiful place for a live carving

championship?”

Hosted by Kootenai Country Montana, the competition (dubbed

“Clash of the Carvers” for 2020) brings together 20 of the best

chainsaw artists not just from the U.S. but from all throughout

the world. Organizers sift through dozens of applications and

ultimately select 20 whom they believe will put on the best show

while leaving the audience wowed by their creations.

Clash of the Carvers is a four-day event that takes place starting

Thursday, September 10, through Sunday, September 13. The

competition is held on the streets of Libby, allowing visitors to

watch the artists in action and meander to different locations as

they see the pieces of wood turned into incredible works of art.

The carvers are competing on several levels with a prize pool

of $15,000. The Carver’s Masterpiece highlights the incredible

creativity, while the Quick Carve events show what these talented

sawyers can do in just an hour’s time. Judging of the Masterpiece

works is done and awards are doled out on Sunday. You will also

have a chance to bring home these incredible works, as they are

auctioned off at the end of the competition. The smaller quickcarve

competition pieces will also be auctioned off throughout

the four-day event, giving various budgets a chance to bring

home a one-of-a-kind piece.

Local shops will be open throughout the competition, and

there will be plenty of places to grab a bite to eat or cold

drink as well. Accommodations are available at The Venture

Inn and the Country Inn. The event will follow all health

guidelines set in place by officials. For additional details,

visit CarveMontana.com.

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September

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ROTARY CLUB OF BONNERS FERRY

KAYAK RAFFLE

Each year, the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club sponsors the Kootenai

River Ride, selling raffle tickets for a bicycle. Since the event was

canceled for 2020, instead, they'll be raffling off a beautiful kayak! The

kayak, which is on display at Mountain West Bank, could be yours!

Just purchase a raffle ticket—or 10—to be entered into the drawing.

Tickets are $20 each, and a limited number of tickets will be sold.

You can purchase tickets at Mountain West Bank, 7186 1st Street,

or contact the Rotary at rotaryclubofbonnersferry@gmail.com to

request tickets. Drawing will be held once all tickets have been sold.

Find up-to-date info online at Facebook.com/BonnersFerryRotary.

DEMOLITION DERBY: BORDER BRAWL

Looking for a little excitement this month? Then you won't want to

miss Border Brawl on September 12. Brought to you by Glasshouse

Productions and held at the Boundary County Fairgrounds, this will

be one of the largest demo derbies in the Northwest! The fun kicks off

at 6pm, and trust us, you won't want to be late! This event promises an

action-packed evening of full size car heats that won't let you down,

along with the smashing and bashing of trucks. No matter your age,

you’re sure to feel like a kid again! More than $20,000 in cash and

prizes will be awarded! Find out more online at GlasshouseDemo.

com or by calling 208.290.3902.

JOEY BREWER BENEFIT CO-ED TOURNAMENT

Bonners Ferry native Joey Brewer, 26, who many know as that

crazy, fun-loving kid with one leg, is once again fighting his battle

against cancer—this time stage 3 rectal cancer. A fundraiser will be

held September 19 and 20, with funds raised to help alleviate some

of the costs of treatment. Business sponsorships will help pay for

all the costs of putting on the tournament, and donations will be

used for raffles and a silent auction. There is a $300 entry fee, with

all proceeds to go to the Joey Brewer Medical Fund. The fundraiser

will also feature prizes, raffles, silent auctions, concessions, men's and

women's 50/50 home-run derby, and more! Find out more about the

fundraising efforts on page 18.

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