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November 2020 Bonners Ferry Living Local

NOVEMBER 2020

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he season of thanks is

upon us. Though many

of us have suffered with

confusion and frustration,

and sometimes anger,

over what’s currently

happening in our nation and in our own

communities—the political discord, the

health crisis, job insecurity and more—

now is that time to reflect inward and focus

on all that we do have to be thankful for.

And with all that we have been blessed

with, know that others have not been so

fortunate. While we give thanks for all we

have, it is also important to give to others in

their time of need.

With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away,

we begin to compile our guest lists and

plan our menu. While at the store picking

up your ingredients, why not pick up a

few additional items that you can then

donate back to a local food bank, church

or other organization that is accepting food

donations. Some grocery stores even give

you the option to purchase a Thanksgiving

meal at checkout to be given to a family in

need. Food fills the soul—why not do that

for someone in your community?

our dedicated and loyal staff, our advertisers

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if it were not for all of you. The generosity

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small community pours over and truly fills

our hearts.

In this issue of Bonners Ferry Living

Local, you will once again find content

that is engaging and uplifting, highlighting

topics and people that help make this

community truly shine. We are excited to

feature local Gini Woodward in a special

Q&A. Gini has been a resident of Bonners

Ferry for decades now, working endlessly

to do her part in making this community

what it is today: loving, supportive, giving.

You can read more about her works and

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CONTENTS

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ESSENTIALS

A Home for the Holidays: A reflection of the season

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IN FOCUS

The Season of Giving: Find ways to help those in

need in your community

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GOOD NEWS

Family Scouting: Boys and girls enjoying changes to

Cub Scouts

22

LIFE & COMMUNITY

Bonners Ferry’s Homesteading Family: A journey of

health and living off the land

30

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Naples General Store: Boundary County’s Century-

Old Store

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LIFE & COMMUNITY

The Pearl Theater: Community awaits the doors to

once again open and entertainment fill the air

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ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Cecilia ‘Ceci’ Roemer:Bonners Ferry High

School sophomore

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FEATURE STORY

Fight Like a Girl: Female wrestling has broken

barriers, in the Northwest and beyond


sneak peek into November ...

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Simplify Thanksgiving and Focus on Giving Thanks:

Tips to fill the holiday with less stress and more joy

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Proudly Serving: Providing veterans in our

community the care they need

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WAYS TO GIVE BACK

Bless those in need in your community

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FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot spots

around town

42

Q&A WITH GINI WOODWARD

A Calling to Serve: Giving back to her community

through volunteerism

52

TRAVEL & LEISURE

A Family Trip: The best way to have a safe

Thanksgiving dinner

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Don’t miss out on these events and fun

community happenings

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A Home for the Holidays

A REFLECTION OF THE SEASON

By Nikki Luttmann, Seven Bee Interiors

For Sandpoint Furniture, Carpet One and Selkirk Glass and Cabinets

In these strange times, it may seem difficult to find things that we are

thankful for, but one thing I am always very grateful for is the roof

over our heads. Our house may not be picture-perfect, but it is ours,

a safe haven for our family.

We have moved seven times in the course of our 16-year marriage, which

now that I think about it, seems a bit extreme! Each home has had its set

of challenges, even the new home that we designed and built ourselves.

Each home requires a settling in period, a different set of furniture (we’ve

had eight different dining tables, my husband likes to remind me) and

general sprucing up. I guess you could call us serial remodelers.

We’ve painted and refinished trim work, installed flooring and tile and

new plumbing and light fixtures. We’ve revamped old heating systems

and added new ones. I’ve rearranged furniture more times than I can

count, and my husband has borne most of it with a smile—mainly

because he knows how important our home is to me. Beyond being just

my livelihood, interior design is a deep-seated passion that I know many

of you share.

Our home is a constantly evolving canvas, and quite literally, my life’s

work. A home should not be stagnant; it should change and evolve as

those who live within it change and evolve. I love the idea of decorating

for the seasons, particularly in fall and winter, when we spend so much

more time indoors. By bringing in seasonal decor, we are honoring the

passage of time and the particular quality of each time of year.

For Thanksgiving, I love to bring in natural elements—fall leaves and

branches, pumpkins and gourds. I also enjoy swapping out pillows and

throws for more autumnal hues like gold and rust. The jewel tones of

autumn are my favorites and really complement a neutral palette.

Come December, we all enjoy the traditions associated with that time

of year, from hunting for the perfect Christmas tree in the woods to

bringing out our collected holiday decorations. It is a special time when

we can remember loved ones and also look forward to the festivities to

come. Baking cookies, enjoying games with friends and family, preparing

special meals. What all of these activities have in common is the concept

and consistency of home.

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Dress it up for the holidays, keep it clean for company, and

set fresh flowers or greenery around to scent the air.

So, treat your home with the care it deserves

this time of year. Dress it up for the holidays,

keep it clean for company, and set fresh flowers

or greenery around to scent the air. Invest in a

new dining table for family gatherings. Or add

a new area rug to replace the old. Replace your

damaged flooring or spruce up your windows

with new blinds. After all, our homes are the

backdrops for our lives. Investing in your

home is truly like investing in yourself.

Small Touches to Bring the Holidays to Life

in Your Home

This time of year can be both exciting and

stressful, but there is nothing quite like

decorating for the holidays and transforming

your home into a festive oasis.

Bringing the outdoors indoors is always a

simple, yet beautiful way, to enhance your

home for the holidays. From branches and

pinecones to leaves, enhance your mantle, entry

table or dining room table with these natural

staples; many of which you may find in your

own backyard!

Flowers, seasonal plants, fruits and berries

make the perfect centerpiece any time of

year. Whether you opt for deep reds, oranges

and yellows or keep it simple with whites and

greens, adding fresh foliage to your home is

always a sure way to add a bright touch and

warmth to your home for the holidays.

You can pair pumpkins and candlesticks for

a whimsical feel. Baby white pumpkins with

neutral-colored candles and candlesticks of

varying heights make for a beautiful, and

classy, combination sure to impress your

guests.

Opt for a beautiful door wreath that welcomes

your guests. Wreaths are also acceptable

throughout the home: above the mantle, at

the top of the staircase, on the inside of the

front door.

There is no need to overwhelm yourself.

Keep the decorations simple, and if possible,

ones that carry over from Thanksgiving to

Christmas and through the new year!

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EVERYTHING RISES AND FALLS

ON LEADERSHIP

COMING TOGETHER TO CHALLENGE, SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER

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

Doing what you like is

freedom. Liking what you

do is happiness.

In the modern classic Disney film

“Remember the Titans,” one of the most

pivotal scenes involves two talented,

influential rivals coming to loggerheads

over who is responsible for spreading toxicity

on their team. When team captain Gerry

Bertier confronts star player Julius Campbell,

Gerry leads with what he perceives as the

problem: Julius’ selfish lack of effort. Julius

responds by shifting the blame, “I’m supposed

to wear myself out for the team? What team?

Nobody plays! I’m going to look out for

myself ….”

Julius identifies a key factor undermining the

health of the team. Unfortunately, Gerry has

already made up his mind that Julius is the

problem, so he’s not really listening. Gerry’s

response is trite and dismissive: “See man,

that’s the worst attitude I ever heard.”

Julius fires back, “Attitude reflects leadership,

captain.”

The scene plays as a wake-up call for Gerry,

however, the underlying lesson is the moral

lynchpin for the entire film: No matter who they

are or where they are, everyone is responsible

for how they invest their influence.

Gerry, as team captain, is recognized as

a positional leader, yet Julius has at least

as much influence as Gerry. Through the

course of the film, both young men come to

accept their individual responsibility, letting

go of assumptions, learning to listen and to

seek understanding as fundamental steps in

becoming effective influencers. As these two

leaders form a mutual respect and friendship,

their positive, proactive influence becomes

a key factor in the Titans’ success on and off

the field.

“Remember the Titans” is a good reminder

that leadership is all about influence, and

that influence lives and works through

multiple interdependent streams in our local

communities and in the world. The movie, as

well as the true story it’s based on, explores

how leadership in one stream of influence—

sports—is connected to and works in concert

with the other seven streams: arts, business,

education, faith and family, government, health

care and media.

As Gerry and Julius lead from where they are,

their influence sparks growth in their entire

community. Their leader shift creates a ripple

effect touching all the streams of influence in

their community: challenging schools and

governments to shift, motivating their coaches,

inspiring their neighbors, their classmates and

their local faith communities to rally together.

It takes all of these diverse streams of influence

coming together, challenging, supporting

and encouraging each other to make any

community strong and healthy. When we are

intentional about adding value to people in the

stream of influence that resonates most with

our vision and values, that transfer of positive

energy makes everyone around us better.

And, while each of us has a primary stream

of influence in which we’re most comfortable,

we do not have to wait to be in the “right

place” with the “right title” to be an effective

influencer. When we choose to add value to

people right where we are, other leaders in our

sphere of influence are drawn to that energy,

motivated by it, and that community is made

better because of it. That dynamic transfer of

energy, motivation and influence is how and

why everything rises and falls on leadership.

You can connect with Trish Buzzone at,

Facebook.com/TrishBuzzone, LinkedIn.com/in/

TrishBuzzone and TrishBuzzone.com.

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FAMILY SCOUTING

Boys and girls enjoying changes to Cub Scouts

By Colin Anderson

ON TOP OF THREE

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CUB SCOUTS ARE

ALSO VERY ACTIVE

IN HELPING AND

BEAUTIFYING THE

COMMUNITY.

Shalonda Miller’s son Ronny loves being

in Cub Scouts. Her daughter, Kylie, is

equally—if not more—excited for her den

meetings and monthly pack meetings. In

fact, Kylie was one of the first girls in the region to

join up when the landmark decision to allow girls

into Cub Scouts was made a little more than two

years ago. “She’s an active kid and really wanted

to try it. She’s very self-motivated and has loved it

ever since,” explained Shalonda.

When her daughter decided to enroll in Cub

Scouts, Shalonda began as a parent volunteer but

soon found herself as a den leader. She now sits

as the committee and awards chair of Pack 114.

“In the beginning there were just two girls, and

we ended up the year with five. We currently have

a pack of four girls, as a couple have moved up

in age and are now a part of a Scouts BSA troop

based in Sandpoint,” she shares.

In May of 2018, the Boy Scouts of America

launched a new campaign entitled “Scout me

in,” in which family scouting was introduced—

and for the first time girls would be welcomed

at the youngest level of scouts. “Cub Scouts is a

lot of fun, and now it’s available to all kids,” said

Stephen Medlicott, national marketing group

director of Boy Scouts of America. “That’s why

we love ‘Scout Me In’—because it speaks to girls

and boys and tells them, ‘This is for you. We want

you to join!’”

Under the new guidelines, boys and girls ages 5

to 10 are eligible for Cub Scouts. They are placed

in different dens but come together on a monthly

basis for an activity. “We just had our Fall Fest

where we did pumpkin carving and painting,

made scarecrows, did ring toss and other games,

and the entire pack participated,” said Shalonda.

Pack 114 was one of the first in the nation to bring

girls in, due a lot to a long-standing affiliation

dating back to its charter being founded back in

the early 1960s. Shalonda believes that girls fit in

very well with the Cub Scouts’ mission, especially

in an area like North Idaho with its people’s love

of the outdoors. “They love going to camp and

being outdoors just like the boys. We recently

took both dens fishing, and as many of the girls

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are the older ones, they were the ones cleaning

and gutting the fish for the boys,” she said.

On top of three den meetings and a monthly

activity, local Cub Scouts are also very active in

helping and beautifying the community. Pack

114 participates in conservation projects at the

Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge and cleans

up litter around the community. You might

have seen a Scouting for Food bag placed at

your home, which is coordinated by the Scouts.

They collect the bags and donations from the

community and bring them to the food bank.

The community service, bonding with others

and learning to follow the Scout Law can help

shape young minds from all backgrounds.

“The quietest ones aren’t so quiet when they get

done with Scouts,” said Shalonda. “Kids that

come in quiet or shy gain confidence and are

proud to share the experience of scouting with

the community.”

In its current dynamic, this is especially true

with the girls’ den of 114. As they are a little

bit older than the current group of boys, many

have taken on leadership roles and are not

afraid of the spotlight. “Girls love the skits

and are really excited to be up on stage. They

aren’t shy about doing the oath or the Pledge

of Allegiance up in front of the group either,”

said Shalonda.

In the coming months, the Scouts will have

two of the bigger events they hold each year.

In February, they’ll host the Blue and Gold

Café, a cake sale in which the community is

invited and proceeds going toward funding

the pack’s various activities and supplies. The

annual Pinewood Derby Race is typically held

in the spring and something all Scouts look

forward to.

Kids who are interested in learning more

are encouraged to attend one of the weekly

meetings, typically held at the fairgrounds.

There is no obligation, and new Scouts are

encouraged to attend all functions, though

not mandatory. Shalonda is happy to provide

additional information, and you can reach her

at 208.290.2278. BeAScout.org is another great

resource. Parent volunteers are also welcomed.

The board is currently in need of a secretary,

and there are other opportunities available for

those interested in getting involved.

For Shalonda’s daughter Kylie, being a Cub

Scout is something that wasn’t possible for

her just a few years ago but is now having a

major impact on her life. Although she is still

at the youngest levels, she already has her eyes

set on the ultimate goal of becoming an Eagle

Scout, the organization’s highest honor. “She’s

determined,” said Shalonda. “I know it will

happen, and I think it would be pretty cool to

see her accomplish that.”

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THE PEARL THEATER

COMMUNITY AWAITS THE DOORS TO ONCE AGAIN OPEN AND ENTERTAINMENT TO FILL THE AIR

By Jillian Chandler

The doors are locked. The space is dark and empty. Where you

once heard the sounds of friends and neighbors chatting and

laughing, music playing and people performing, there remains

silence.

Months after The Pearl Theater’s initial closure, a decision was made at

the October 21 board meeting that the building would remain closed

for the time being. Though they had hopes of renting the space out for

private events, unfortunately, that idea was shuttered.

“After tonight's annual meeting and regular

board meeting, the vote was to remain closed

at this time for another month, and we will

revisit the topic at our November board

meeting,” shares Jessica Tingley, Pearl board

member and treasurer. “We discussed the

private rentals, but in the end, that vote failed

to pass as well. Insurance comes largely into

play in that there is no way to insure any

event; the feeling was that we should not risk

the liability.”

In addition, Jessica says, the board does not

want to be in a position of having to enforce

a mask mandate, which would have been a

condition in order to move forward.

"The Pearl won't

stay closed forever,

and when we do

reopen, it's going

to be awesome and

safe and fun for

everyone."

With Boundary County currently experiencing diagnosed COVID-19

cases in the triple digits, this presents a safety issue for The Pearl—which

insurance will not cover. As the governor recently asked that people not

meet in large groups, The Pearl Board feels they have a responsibility

in protecting those in the community. “Safety remains our top priority,”

Jessica says.

Additionally, they still don't have enough volunteers or willing board

members to properly staff an event. Every single event that happens at

The Pearl is a result of unpaid volunteers, and

it can take up to 40 volunteer hours to make

an event happen! “There is so much more that

goes into staging an event than people realize,”

says Jessica. A majority of their volunteers are

older individuals who are retired or nearing

retirement. Many of these folks either have

their own health concerns or have a loved one

whose health they don't want to compromise

for the sake of entertainment. “I completely

understand and respect that, even if it's

painful for the absence of art that we are all

missing so much right now,” Jessica shares.

“I feel 100 percent confident guaranteeing

that The Pearl won't stay closed forever, and

when we do reopen, it's going to be awesome

and safe and fun for everyone,” she smiles.

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BONNERS FERRY’S

HOMESTEADING

FAMILY

A journey of health and living

off the land

By Abigail Thorpe

FOR THEM, IT’S

NOT ABOUT SELF-

SUFFICIENCY AS

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WORKING TOGETHER

AS A COMMUNITY TO

PROSPER AND LIVE

OFF THE LAND.

Josh and Carolyn Thomas’ journey with

homesteading started more than a decade

ago, when they had a family health scare

with their newborn baby. “That was a

moment that really made us wake up and say,

‘Hey, we need to understand what’s going on

here,’” says Carolyn.

Lots of research, questions and conversations

later, it was an easy step for the couple to move

from research into actual action. They asked

themselves, “How do we look at our food and

health differently so our children can have

robust health?” recalls Carolyn.

Fifteen years later, the result would be a

thriving homestead and established online

presence to help others looking to make a

similar journey.

The family produces 100 percent of their own

meat, a vast majority of their dairy, which

they process in the house, and a large amount

of vegetables and fruit. “Of course, for the

winters up here, we have to preserve,” smiles

Carolyn. They can 800 to 1,200 jars per year,

enough to feed the 13 people currently living

at home through the winter—nine children,

one nephew, one great grandma, and Josh and

Carolyn.

For the things they don’t grow, the Thomases

try to source as locally as possible. For them,

it’s not about self-sufficiency as much as it’s

about working together as a community to

prosper and live off the land.

“We often talk about self-sufficiency, but selfsufficiency

is really a myth, and none of us

should be striving for self-sufficiency. What

we need is to be community sufficient,” says

Carolyn.

Josh and Carolyn are both certified

permaculture designers, so they approach

everything with the perspective of taking care

of people, but also taking care of the land at

the same time. “We have to use methods that

are going to leave our land better for future

generations,” adds Carolyn. This approach has

led them to some fun experiences, like lowimpact

horse logging on the property.

In addition to canning and preserving, the

family has been busy preparing the homestead

for winter, stocking up on feed, preparing the

animal housing and doing bulk buying for the

season ahead.

In the midst of running a homestead, they’ve

also made a concentrated effort to share their

knowledge with others through their online

presence, HomesteadingFamily.com. Carolyn

saw there wasn’t much information available

online when she was looking into how to raise

a family in a healthy way, on a limited income.

“It really started because I had such a heart

to share with moms some of the things I was

learning,” says Carolyn. “We get to influence

and help a lot of families, and that is really

so exciting to us to see families change, their

health change and their relationships change.”

They offer free training and videos to help

people and are in the process of working

to start a demonstration site that’s open to

the public, so people can come learn about

homesteading and living off the land.

The Thomas family has lived in Bonners Ferry

for about seven years now—and absolutely

love it. “We were looking for a place where

things grew. We wanted a great environment

with like-minded people and a place in a good

growing environment, and we feel like we

found both here,” smiles Carolyn.

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While many loathe the thought of

running more than even a few

blocks, others find the activity so

enjoyable they’ll do it every day. One of those

is Bonners Ferry High School sophomore

Ceci Roemer. Running cross country takes

extraordinary endurance, something that

Ceci works hard to keep up even with the

added challenge of seasonal asthma. “One of

the biggest challenges I have had to overcome

is my asthma, and it’s always great when allergy

season is over. When I can breathe normally

I have much less to worry about,” she said.

Ceci is already a decorated athlete, having

made it to the state competition her freshman

year, a goal she hopes to attain again this

season. A hard worker in the classroom as

well, Ceci hopes to utilize both her academic

and running skills in the not so distant

future. “My goals are to attend WSU and

major in history with a minor in business. I

am working very hard at cross country and

hope to attain a scholarship with my running

abilities,” she said.

Being a goal-oriented athlete, Ceci is most

proud of her accomplishment at the state

meet last year in which she broke her own

personal record during the most competitive

race of the year. Her coaches have helped her

see that a big part of running at your peak is

getting your mind right. “The most important

life lesson I’ve learned from my coaches is to

not waste your potential; you can do amazing

things—and it’s just a mental game,” said Ceci.

As someone who loves to travel and

experience new things, this sophomore can

already see herself post-college, perhaps

opening a pop-up bookstore where she can

travel while making ends meet. Until that

time comes, she will continue to set goals,

work her hardest in the classroom and enjoy

the fun times with her teammates and friends.

“What I enjoy most about cross country is the

team environment and how much we support

each other. There’s nearly no drama, my team

is very fun to be around and we have so much

fun together.”

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THE SEASON OF GIVING

FIND WAYS TO HELP THOSE IN NEED IN YOUR COMMUNITY

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

November is a time of expectation.

Looking forward to family dinners

and gatherings with friends, it’s

a time to cozy up by the fire and

wait expectantly for the snow to come. But

most importantly, it’s a season of thanksgiving

for what we have, and a reminder to give back.

For many, the advent of colder weather and

harsher months means higher living costs,

less access to food and a hard six months

ahead. As we look forward to the joy of this

season, may we also stop to consider how

we can share that joy with those around us.

Throughout the entire year, food banks, shelters

and soup kitchens are in need of volunteers and

donations, but in this season especially, there is

a need for those willing to give of their time or

their resources in whatever way they can.

“Our whole community prospers when people

are able to utilize their talents and passions and

reach their full potential,” says Kim Spencer,

community services manager for Community

Action Partnership in Coeur d’Alene.

There are many opportunities to serve in our

local communities. COVID-19 has made it

especially difficult for nonprofits to survive and

continue providing the essential services they

offer those in need, and they need support now

more than ever.

“Without the donations of food, money and

cleaning supplies, this would have been a very

tough year for us and the children. We are so

grateful for every dollar raised and every good

donated,” explains Vanessa Moos, director of

Charitable Giving for Children’s Village in

Coeur d’Alene.

The Children’s Village provides full time

trauma-informed care for children, offering a

safe haven for children who have been abused,

neglected, or are in a severe family crisis. The

current pandemic has limited the number

of volunteers who can enter the children’s

homes, but it has significantly increased the

cost of staffing, and of housing and feeding the

residents.

“Every time someone new learns about our

organization we are deeply grateful,” adds

Moos. “With the economic changes ahead

due to the pandemic, the rate of child abuse

and neglect will surge. Please learn about our

mission, the children need you!”

Any amount given helps to continue the

mission, and fundraisers are particularly

critical for the nonprofit. If you have an idea,

go for it, encourages Moos. They even offer

posters at the front desk you can display in your

business, storefront, restroom or home. To

learn more or contribute to the organization,

visit TheChildrensVillage.org.

Seventy-four years ago, St. Vincent de Paul

North Idaho opened its doors to help serve the

poor and homeless in the Coeur d’Alene and

North Idaho community. They offer emergency

and short-term housing to men, women and

children, and also provide veteran and social

services to the community.

From volunteers at their thrift stores and

various outreach programs, to monetary giving

and donations, the nonprofit is able to provide

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Community Action Partnership offers energy

programs to assist with heating and electrical

costs, food banks, family coaching and

weatherization services to those in need in

the Coeur d’Alene community. Each service

makes a difference in its own way, whether

it’s a transactional service to help individuals

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Community Action Partnership is always

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estaurants but have seen food drives slowing

down as a result of COVID-19. They can

provide barrels to anyone who wants to host

a food drive, and will even pick the barrels

up, making it incredibly easy to help. To find

out about volunteer opportunities, donate

food or money, or host a food drive in the

Coeur d’Alene area, call 208.664.8757 or visit

CAP4Action.org.

The nonprofit also offers its energy programs,

family coaching and weatherization

services in Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry,

with the addition of food banking in the

Bonners Ferry area.

Donations and volunteer hours are vital to

helping the Bonners Ferry office continue its

services. “I know no better recipe for inspiration

than that of volunteers helping, from both their

perspective and from our perspective,” says Liz

Bigsby of the Bonners Ferry office.

“CAP staff wear many hats, and in order for us

to accomplish our goals that aim to help people

lift themselves out of poverty, we lean on the

shoulders of great volunteers—these folks that

come to faithfully serve out of the kindness of

their hearts. Volunteers are vital for us because

they enable us to do a more complete job.”

While Community Action Partnership does

not offer food banking services in Sandpoint,

the Bonner Community Food Bank provides

hunger relief to all of Bonner County. The

nonprofit solicits and collects food for

distribution through a network of service

agencies and programs that serve low-income

families and individuals, and includes a client

choice market, emergency food programs,

weekend food kits for children, senior box

programs, produce boxes and a community

garden.

The Bonner Community Food Bank currently

serves 1,800 to 2,000 families every month and

is always looking for compassionate volunteers.

“We wouldn't be here today without our

donors and volunteers who contribute their

time, talent and resources,” shares Debbie Love,

executive director of the food bank.

“They are integral to the work that we do

from those bringing food and/or nonfood

donations, financial contributions, and their

time in our warehouse or market to ensure that

we have food for those in need.” To volunteer,

call the food bank at 208.263.3663 or visit

FoodBank83864.com.

Bonner Homeless Transitions serves the needs

of the homeless in the Sandpoint area by

providing transitional housing to the homeless,

helping them move on to permanent housing.

Particularly at this time of year, housing is

essential for those currently living without.

Volunteers help provide financial resources,

time or materials for the nonprofit to complete

its various projects. To contribute to helping

provide shelter for those without, visit

BonnerHomelessTransitions.org.

Whether it's giving of your free time, sharing

extra food you have in your pantry or donating

money or goods to a nonprofit helping those

in need, there are so many opportunities to

give back this Thanksgiving season. Take the

opportunity to find where you can make a

difference in another’s life this November

even for just a day.

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BOUNDARY COUNTY’S

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By Jillian Chandler

NAPLES GENERAL STORE

517 Deep Creek Loop

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"From a young age, good work

ethic was instilled in both of us

by our parents. Undoubtedly, we

wouldn’t be successful without

the incredible hard work from our

amazing staff over the years, and

ultimately, the customers."

First opened back in 1892, Naples General Store was the first retail

business in Boundary County. Today, nearly 130 years later, current

owners Chad and Laura Kimball are continuing to offer the community

a true general store providing a wide variety of goods.

At Naples General Store, you can find all your needs from gas, automotive

oil, propane, hardware and plumbing to groceries, convenience store goods

(soda, beer, snacks), full-service espresso (using locally roasted, fair-trade and

organic coffee by Red Rooster Coffee Co.), hot soups made daily during the fall

and winter months, and hard ice cream with homemade waffle cones. If you’re

in search of fishing supplies or RV and camping gear, they’ve got you covered.

They are also an Idaho Fish & Game vendor and are authorized to sell licenses

and tags. And … there’s a post office inside the store as well!

Laura and Chad are both third generation born and raised Boundary County

residents. Though both left after high school, they returned home in 2007 to

be closer to their families—and to raise their own family.

Laura, who has found herself working in customer service for as long as she

can remember, and has a background in business management, fell in love with

the history of the old store and saw its potential. In 2009, when the opportunity

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presented itself, she and Chad decided to purchase the property. “The

timing was just right for us,” smiles Laura. “We were done having kids

and wanted to work for ourselves in a business that would allow us to

serve the community we live in, interact with people and have some

opportunity for growth.”

The century-old building still showcases its original hardwood flooring,

reflecting signs of the time, and there is an original built-in sliding wooddoor

beer cooler. “We have tried to keep the original feel of the old store

but offer modern amenities,” affirms Laura.

The couple enjoys the interactions they are able to make with their

employees and people within their community and consider them an

extension of their family. “We have formed great bonds with our staff

and customers that make owning the store and coming to work a true

pleasure that we actually look forward to,” Laura smiles.

When it comes to the success of the store since taking ownership, the

Kimballs credit hard work, dedicated employees Dustin Solt, Leah

Driver and Heidi Invernon, and loyal customers. “From a young age,

good work ethic was instilled in both of us by our parents,” shares Laura.

“Undoubtedly, we wouldn’t be successful without the incredible hard

work from our amazing staff over the years, and ultimately, the customers

who keep showing up every day, keeping us in business and affording us

the ability to keep our staff employed.”

The Kimballs are grateful to live in Boundary County and to be part of

the local business community. They also find time in their busy schedule

to volunteer their time in the community they love. Chad is a South

Boundary Fire District commission (volunteer position), while Laura has

coached and continues to sponsor several youth sports programs through

Parks & Recreation over the years. Dustin is a volunteer South Boundary

fireman, and Leah served for Boundary County Search & Rescue.

“We would all like to extend a huge thank you to our customers for their

friendship, comradery and business over the years,” smiles Laura. “We

couldn’t keep doing what we do without them; we truly do have the very

best customers!”

Naples General Store is open seven days a week. Laura and Chad invite

you to stop by, shop, and take in a bit of Boundary County’s history.

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FIGHT LIKE

A GIRL

FEMALE WRESTLING HAS BROKEN BARRIERS, IN THE

NORTHWEST AND BEYOND

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

“I

finally

see her for the first time as we shake hands. She is taller than me and looks like a wrestler in head gear ready for a fight, not a girl ...

and she's got 30 pounds on me. Right off the bat I realize an advantage—my take-down skills were advanced, and I could take her down and

release her three or four times. She was probably stronger than me, but not as fast.

“Second period I’m leading 8 to 3, my confidence is high. She's down and I'm just getting ready to get set, and the ref blows his whistle early before I’m

set. Her first move is a perfectly executed standup, which included an elbow shot to my nose sending blood everywhere ... the crowd went crazy. We

were both on our feet. I could hardly focus from the pain. The crowd is now cheering for this girl.”

It’s 1978, and Larry Steckman is a sophomore wrestler at Bonners Ferry High School in North Idaho, and he’s never fought a girl. Until now, that is.

It’s toward the end of the season, and the team is in Newport, Washington, fighting a small school on the border. Steckman’s opponent is moved down

a weight class, and he has no one to fight. Unless he’ll fight a girl. She has the advantage in weight—155 to Steckman’s 126 pounds. It’s not the weight

that phases him, there’s no way he’s fighting a girl.

"If you feel like the difference in weight is a disadvantage, she did cut 10 pounds and made weight for her match,” Steckman’s coach cuts in. She cut

weight? She made weight? What if he loses to a girl and everyone hears about it? What would his new girlfriend, cheerleader Shelly Barton, think about

it? But his female opponent is the only option, so Steckman takes the fight.

He wins the match, but not without a bloody nose and eyebrow for his efforts. “When the whistle blew you would have thought she just won a state

title ... what just happened?” recalls Steckman. “Something had changed in this girl. She had fire and fight and swagger. This match changed her, she

was an equal, respect was deserved, respect was given, and she earned it.”

The subject of women wrestling in high school was a controversial subject in schools at the time. Steckman remembers a few what he termed “Joan of

Arc'' women who wanted to wrestle and compete in high school-level sports; many were denied the opportunity, but Idaho had agreed to allow women

to wrestle in JV and Varsity weight classes—competing against male wrestlers.

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Steckman’s view at the time was simple: No way. “My biggest

objection was when I walk out on that mat I’m going for the kill

using state-of-the-art technique moves that inflict pain, and until

I win, period,” he says. “I was also taught that you never raise your

hand or hurt a woman period. Even at 126 pounds I was pretty

sure my record was not going to be blemished by a woman.” He

had seen six matches between a guy and girl, and no girls had

emerged victorious, further supporting his opinion that the issue

of female wrestlers was going to be short lived.

That day in Newport changed his mind. “This match changed my

life and my chauvinistic heart about women as a young man,”

remembers Steckman. His opponent had suffered multiple

defeats and she almost quit, but “it wasn't about the score, it was

about the fight inside her to keep going,” says Steckman.

Over the next year, Steckman watched his opponent take a bronze

medal in a tournament. He remembers asking her, “How many

guys bled for that medal?” And she responding with a laugh, “So

many I quit counting, but you bled the most.” Over the next two

years, he saw more and more women participating in wrestling.

It wasn’t an easy fight for women. Conservative values were an

ingrained part of the wrestling community, and the topic of girls

and boys wrestling—and all the moral, medical and physical

questions that go along with it—created quite a stir.

But then there were the economics of the question. Many smaller

division schools needed women to fill their teams. “To say the

least it was a double-edged sword that no one wanted to land on,”

says Steckman.

It took more than 40 years for female Idaho wrestlers to achieve

their own state tournament. “There were hundreds if not

thousands of humble women and girls that bled and suffered

and fought with no names and few victories; they just looked like

wrestlers with headgear who got respect the honest and humble

way. They fought for it and earned it,” says Steckman. “I see the

heart of women in the very same way today unknowingly and

humbly building on the hallowed ground of those before them

and making a new path. It's truly beautiful when you see the path

over 40-plus years.”

Starting in the 2021-22 school year, Idaho female wrestlers can

compete for their own state championship in a girls-only state

tournament. The decision makes Idaho the 29th state in the

country—and one of the last in the west—to host a female-only

official state wrestling tournament, according to Wrestle Like a

Girl. It’s been a long fight to get here.

Idaho women can now compete from the youth level on, and

the decision opens up the path for collegiate and Olympic

competition to Idaho women. It also provides more educational

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opportunities for women, opening up investment in competitive

women’s wrestling programs at colleges and universities, points

out Steckman.

But this isn’t the end of Idaho’s—and Steckman’s—journey with

female wrestling. Steckman would go on to marry that high school

cheerleader, Shelly, and the couple formed a deep and lasting

relationship with another Idaho wrestler, Dan Russell. Around

the same time Steckman was fighting his first female wrestler,

Russell was in Southern Idaho fighting for another state wrestling

championship.

He went on to be a world-class wrestler and coach, and, along

with his wife Joy, the founder of Wrestling for Peace, a nonprofit

organization with the U.S. Wrestling Foundation that provides

support to various communities throughout the world through

leadership development, sports diplomacy, medical aid,

emergency response, prefabricated buildings, outreach, and

wrestling gear and equipment donations.

“When I met Dan he was connected to the world of Olympic

Wrestling and wanted to expand women's wrestling to the Middle

East world,” recalls Steckman. “I laughed at first thinking of all the

issues, and then I was humbly reminded of my opponent’s path to

victory, and got behind a strategy to strengthen support.”

Wrestling for Peace is founded on the idea of wrestling as a

universal “language” for community. Each community, and

individual, is facing its own wrestling match, and the same

dedication, perseverance and commitment that wrestling teaches

is essential in life as well.

“Sport diplomacy is a simple and effective tool for building bridges

cross-culturally,” shares Russell. “Especially in underserved

populations, sports can play a big role in teaching character and

values. We have recently met with several organizations utilizing

sports as a vehicle to build community. We are excited to see how

Wrestling for Peace can partner globally in these efforts.”

Most recently, Wrestling for Peace and Russell have been working

to advance female wrestling in Jordan. They were asked by the

Jordanian Wrestling Federation to help the Jordanian Wrestling

Team in their acceleration toward the 2021 Olympics and also

tasked with finding a female head women’s coach for the future

Jordanian Women’s Wrestling Team.

“The greater gift is not to be the champion, but to raise them up,”

says Russell. “Part of maturing is recognizing the greatness in

others and finding joy in elevating them. The Olympic torch is

passed as a symbol of the fire burning within each person. We,

too, must allow the fire burning within us to be passed. And this

eternal flame must not be quenched.”

With its unique significance in the Middle East, wrestling

has continued to open new doors in the area, and beyond.

Wrestling has its roots in the ancient texts of Islam, Judaism and

Christianity, points out Russell, and as such it also has the ability

to open conversation, build understanding and forge cultural and

religious bridges.

“King Abdullah II and the royal family of Jordan descend

from a long line of wrestlers who are now working to create

more opportunities for Jordanians,” adds Russell. One of these

opportunities the Russells and Steckmans are passionate about is

the expansion of Jordanian women into the sport of wrestling.

Women’s status in the political, social and economic culture

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of Jordan in large part stems from legal,

traditional, tribal and religious values. “At the

request of the national leadership, our vision

is to improve the status of women in Middle

Eastern society by reflecting these core values:

one, honoring the great tradition of wrestling,

and two, serving the community to help

others,” explains Russell.

Through opening up the pathways to

wrestling for women in both Idaho and

Jordan, Russell hopes to use story and

media to create a greater awareness and

appreciation for the struggle of women—

one that will create a spark that spreads

much farther than just Jordan.

“With the help of female wrestlers and

coaches from across the globe, we hope

to see both the Jordanian team rise to

prominence in international competition,

and greater honor and opportunity in roles

and leadership for women. We believe

Jordan can be a model for the region,” says

Russell.

And the first step in that process is already

in the works. Recently the Russells were

granted a one-year residency decision by

the Jordanian Ministry of the Interior, a

step forward in their goal to create a women’s

wrestling program.

Because of the current COVID-19 pandemic,

the quarantine has halted team practice, but

that hasn’t stopped Russell. He’s been hosting a

clinic, visiting local wrestling clubs throughout

“it wasn't

about the

score, it was

about the

fight inside

her to keep

going."

Jordan and building relationships with

Jordanian athletes. He even met the sparring

partner for Muhammad Ali.

Though COVID has slowed progress, it has not

halted it. Russell has continued humanitarian

efforts through Wrestling for Peace and is

actively working with leaders in Amman

to spread Wrestling for Peace efforts

throughout Jordan, Lebanon and beyond,

hoping to bring medical aid to those in need

and strengthen amateur sports in the region.

“Because of those warrior young girls

wrestling for their place of victory and love

of the sport for over 40 years and those

young women today wrestling and fighting

in their footsteps, FOI (Laboratories)

and Wrestling for Peace are serving the

Women's Wrestling community in Jordan

and beyond,” says Steckman.

From Idaho to Jordan, women’s strength,

perseverance and patience is creating a

new era in which women’s wrestling is a

recognized, valuable and supported sport.

But even more than that, it is a reflection of

women’s worth and contribution to sports,

society and the challenges we “fight” each

and every day.

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PROUDLY

SERVING

Providing veterans in our community

the care they need

BY JEANNIE HARKNESS, CLINIC MANAGER

BOUNDARY COMMUNITY CLINIC

Boundary County has a community

that sets the example when it comes to

service and honor. With more than 1,500

veterans located in Boundary County, we

are fortunate to have retired, reserve and active

duty service men and women living here. As a

rural community, it has been frustrating for many

veterans to find local health-care services as part of

their VA benefits. Stories abound of veterans driving

round-trip to the VA Center in Spokane for a

10-minute appointment.

Luckily, the Veterans Administration (VA) has been

striving to change the situation and make health

care more accessible for those who have served

our country and live in our community. In August

2019, VA awarded TriWest Healthcare Alliance a

contract to administer the new Community Care

Network (CCN) in Region 4, which includes Idaho.

TriWest is responsible for building and maintaining

a network of community health-care providers,

paying claims and providing customer service

under the CCN contract.

Boundary Community Hospital (BCH) has always

been committed to caring for the veterans in our

community. In order to facilitate care for these

patients, BCH has instituted several processes to

expedite services, improve communication and

provide the necessary information so that services

can be billed appropriately and accurately.

As the primary local health resource, BCH strives to

add service-lines if a need is recognized and works

with local health-care providers to streamline

processes to make it easier for veterans and their

families to access the care they need.

As the clinic manager, I’m thankful Boundary

Community Clinics, a division of BCH, has been

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Tri-West Healthcare Alliance and Tri-

Care insurances. Additionally, the clinic

is in the process of potentially expanding

services to include Annual Disability

Exams to better serve those veterans with

disabilities in our county.

Due to the constant program changes that

veterans and health-care organizations

faced, local veterans have struggled

to access outpatient services available

in Bonners Ferry such as lab tests and

X-rays. When the 2019 Mission Act

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processes were put in place for veterans

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It also gave health-care organizations

the understanding of what needs to be

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at their facility. One component that has

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As a hospital and primary care clinic

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Q&A

GINI

WOODWARD

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A CALLING

Gini and Mike Woodward, along

with their children Debbie and

Jim, relocated to Sandpoint in

1974 to be closer to family. Like

so many other young people

who moved to North Idaho during that time,

they wished to get closer to the land and a

simpler life. In 1977, Mike accepted a job as city

engineer, which brought the family to Bonners

Ferry. As Gini says, the move from Sandpoint

to Bonners Ferry presented the opportunity

for a secure job for her husband, freeing her to

pursue creative possibilities—which included

opening a hole-in-the-wall shop to teach

tole painting and develop a knitting machine

business. Over the years, Gini has not only been

devoted to her family and career, but to those in

the community of the place she’s called home

for more than 43 years.

Q. Do you recall the first time you volunteered

your time and what it was for?

A. The first time I recall a Bonners Ferry

volunteer project was to design and knit earflap

hats for a fundraiser for the new, now old, visitor

center. The project was fun, challenging, and I

believe contributed all of $30. It was rewarding to

be a newcomer using my skills to become part of

the community.

Q. Can you tell our readers some of the

organizations you are/have been involved with

over the years? And what motivated you to

become involved with these in particular?

A. The location of my business changed as it

grew and spent the final 15 years on Main Street

next to the museum. It was rewarding to be part

of the Downtown Merchants’ Association with

projects such as Christmas decorations, holiday

activities, summer sales and centennial banners.

As my children grew, I joined in school support

projects, coaching softball one year, 4-H, Bonners

Ferry Band Boosters. As our lives changed, new

volunteer opportunities emerged. When our

daughter developed serious mental illness during

her college years and was hospitalized, the local

counselor suggested that I might benefit from the

volunteer mental health support group, which

met for lunch once a month at the Chic-N-Chop.

TO SERVE

At the lunch there was a small group of older

women and several people living with mental

illness. It was election day, and very ready to

pass the torch, they elected me to be president;

a position that I was not prepared for but which,

in time, led to my passionate advocacy for people

with mental illness.

A few years after closing my store there were

rumblings of change on Main Street. Many

other businesses closed, the Boundary County

Historical Society purchased the buildings and

another volunteer opportunity emerged as a

board member on the Historical Society. An

estate donation, enthusiastic volunteers and the

diligent creative curator, Sue Kemmis, perked up

the buildings, exhibits, brought the Smithsonian

Journey Stories to town, and created a cornerstone

on Main Street that tells the story of the people of

Boundary County.

About 10 years ago, I was getting my hair cut, and

Lois Engert shared about some school children

in the community who were hungry on the

weekends. A committee, the BOCO Backpacks,

was developing a program to provide weekend

supplemental food for the three-day weekends.

They were looking for someone to write grant

applications. Without hesitation, I jumped in and

joined Shirley Anderson, Merle Dinning and a

bunch of like-hearted volunteers. The program

continues to serve children with the support

of the community and foundation grants.

A few years ago, I became involved with the

Community Coalition for Families, which

provides a cooperative climate for individuals,

volunteer organizations and professional

agencies to work together and advocate for

residents of all ages and all cultures in Boundary

County. The CCFF became aware of shortages

in housing. Grant funding from INNOVIA

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

and the Idaho Community Foundation are

providing emergency assistance to people at risk

of homelessness. Data gathered over the last three

years will help the community understand and

pursue remedies.

Currently, I also serve on the Boundary County

Board of Community Guardian, which helps

educate families regarding guardianship and

conservatorship and serves in that capacity when

necessary. One of my pet projects is Conduit

of Care through NAMI (National Alliance on

Mental Illness), Far North, Trinity Lutheran

Church and Community Coalition for Families.

This project provides support and personal needs

to people with mental illness admitted to State

Hospital North in Orofino.

Q. What are you most proud of when it comes

to your involvement in the community?

A. Although I came to this community somewhat

reluctantly as a young adult, the security of

Mike’s job provided the freedom to willingly

serve when opportunities arose. I hope this

example is partially responsible for our son

Jim’s commitment to serve Idaho District 1 as

state senator.

"IT HAS BEEN SO

REWARDING TO BE PART

OF PROJECTS THAT

PROVIDE BENEFIT TO

THE COMMUNITY NOW

AND IN THE FUTURE."

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"IDEAS ARE LIKE

SEEDS PLANTED,

AND SOMEONE

COMES ALONG TO

WATER, FERTILIZE

AND BRING TO

HARVEST PROJECTS

WHICH BENEFIT THE

COMMUNITY FAMILY."

Q. What inspires you most about the Bonners Ferry community?

A. The people of Boundary County are inspirational, creating a community

that has been dubbed “Friendliest City in Idaho.” Where there is a need

such as food, clothing or shelter, there are people who set their own needs

aside to serve others. Ideas are like seeds planted, and someone comes

along to water, fertilize and bring to harvest projects which benefit the

community family.

Q. During your years of volunteerism, what have you found to be most

rewarding/fulfilling?

A. Volunteerism reaps unanticipated rewards and fulfillment, long-lasting

friendships with people I would not have met otherwise. It has been so

rewarding to be part of projects that provide benefit to the community

now and in the future.

Q. Why would you encourage others to take the time out of their lives

to volunteer?

A. I hope to encourage others to take time out of your life to volunteer.

Take an inventory of your talents, skills and passions to give forward in

whatever way you can at whatever stage of life. I am sure that you will reap

the benefits you might not imagine. Plant a seed for the future.

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Simplify Thanksgiving

AND FOCUS ON GIVING THANKS

TIPS TO FILL THE HOLIDAY

WITH LESS STRESS AND

MORE JOY

by TAYLOR SHILLAM

HOW THANKFUL WOULD YOU BE FOR A LESS STRESSFUL

HOLIDAY HOSTING EXPERIENCE?

As much joy as the holiday season brings, for those who take on the role

of host (especially at the highly coveted Thanksgiving dinner), it’s not

uncommon for major preparation-related stress to distract from what the

holiday is truly about.

This year, it’s time to change the game—take steps to simplify the process

so you can focus on loved ones and gratitude. Consider implementing

these stress-reducing preparation tips to add saved sanity to the list of

what you’re thankful for this year.

Plan your menu early. It sounds simple enough, until the week of

Thanksgiving arrives and you’re rushing to the grocery store alongside

everyone else scrambling to gather essentials at the last minute. Aim to

plan your menu and grocery list the first week of November. Separate

your grocery list into perishables and non-perishables, so you can

prepare to stock up on a few items right away, such as canned items and

seasonings. You’ll breathe easier watching your grocery list shrink as the

holiday comes closer.

Ask for dietary restrictions ahead of time. While it’s impossible to

please every guest at a holiday function, guests with dietary restrictions

and allergies will be more at ease knowing the occasion is guaranteed to

offer something for them. Get guests’ dietary details well ahead of time

so you can make the necessary tweaks and accommodations, or at least

communicate about what a guest can contribute as a diet-friendly dessert

or side dish. Include this step in your menu planning and early shopping

trips, so you can make a note to look for any diet-friendly ingredients or

substitutions you need.

Avoid overdoing new recipes. While you’re planning your menu for the

big day, avoid the tempting notion that newer, trendier, fancier dishes are

needed for a successful holiday. As intriguing as it can be to try all your

newest Pinterest recipes at once, consider how overwhelming it could get

when prep time comes and most of your menu is unfamiliar territory.

Keep some classic, simpler dishes on the menu and allow yourself a bit of

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creativity with one or two new recipes. It also wouldn’t hurt to plan a test

run of those new recipes a week or two before the big day to work out

any kinks and ensure they’re worth a place at your holiday table.

Take advantage of store-bought swaps. There are certainly instances

when it makes sense to allow someone else to do your prep work for you,

especially when it comes to appetizers and finger foods. Take advantage

of time-saving grocery store options like chopped veggies, ready-made

platters, dips and charcuterie boards. Save time in appetizer prep so you

can focus your attention on bigger items; the less you have on your plate

when the actual holiday comes around, the better you’ll feel and the

more time you’ll have to spend with guests.

Keep your decor simple and hands-free. Skip the centerpieces that need

constant attention and instead opt for displays you can set up early and

promptly leave alone. Instead of floral arrangements, opt for festive and

functional, like mini pumpkins, candles, dry greenery and succulents.

Be strategic about table settings. Get intentional about where you

place your guests—is there enough room for everyone to move about

the table to make their way back to the kitchen, exit or bathroom?

Do the seat assignments place guests in a way that will allow the best

flow of conversation and social dynamics throughout the day? Take a

few moments as you set your table to refine this experience-making

piece of the process. When dinner time comes, the comfort and flow of

conversation will continue to ease stress levels.

Delegate. Use the helpers available to you, whether it’s children staying

at home or the guests who arrive early, to take a few small tasks from

your plate. Simple tasks like finishing touches on place settings, filling

drinks, hanging coats and assembling appetizers can save you major

mental energy when it gets down to crunch time. The same can be done

with post-meal duties; don’t feel bad about taking guests up on their

offers to help with cleanup.

Preserve refrigerator real estate. Refrigerator space is sacred on this

holiday, so make sure you aren’t letting an inch go to waste. Fill a cooler

with ice packs and use it to hold your everyday refrigerator shelf-fillers:

dressings, sauces, lemon juice, pickles and so on; having those smaller

items out of the way for at least a day or two will ensure efficient use of

storage space.

Get creative with the tools and ingredients you have on hand. Your

slow cooker can keep potato dishes warm and moist. Thermoses can

be used to warm gravy and sauces. Common kitchen ingredients you

already have, like dried herbs and chicken broth, can be used to revive

dishes that need flavor and moisture in a pinch (including a dry bird)!

Be ready for leftovers. Leftovers are an essential component of Turkey

Day, so gather ample to-go containers to simplify the process of dishing

them up for guests. Guests will leave happy, and you’ll be left with more

refrigerator space, for a win on both sides.

This year, focus on what you love about hosting Thanksgiving: the classic

recipes you cherish and the experience of gathering loved ones around

your table to share in gratitude. Let in the joy and let go of unneeded

stress with these few simple shortcuts—a bit of extra planning and

preparation can go a long way in keeping you thankful for a chance to

enjoy more of the holiday.

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It is Better to Give than to Receive

BLESS THOSE IN NEED IN YOUR COMMUNITY

by JILLIAN CHANDLER

It is that time of year that we all truly take the time to reflect on all that we have been blessed with over the year.

Despite the hardships, we’ve overcome, and it is important to focus on all the good that surrounds us and

spread our thanks to others—in any way we are able. As Thanksgiving and Christmas draw near,

here are some wonderful ways you can bless others in your community.

Fulfill Others

with Food

Food is essential to everyone’s wellbeing,

and it is heartbreaking to know

that there are many within our own

communities who do not have enough

to eat. This time of year, you will find

many grocery stores where you can

purchase a bag filled with foods that

will go to a family in need. When

shopping, pick up a few extra boxed

items or canned goods, and drop them

at a local business that is accepting nonperishable

goods. Some towns have

public food drop-off locations, where

the community is asked to donate and

take as they are able.

Keep Them

Warm

As the colder months have now arrived, it

is crucial for both children and adults alike

to have adequate clothing. Instead of selling

your kids’ outgrown pants, coats, shoes and

boots, think about donating them to a local

organization that gives these items away

to those in need—at no charge. Sacrificing

a few dollars to benefit a child who might

otherwise endure a cold winter is rewarding

and so simple. And you can know that your

gift of clothing is making this season a bit

warmer for someone else.

Volunteer

There is no shortage of opportunities in

which to volunteer. Giving your time to

others is a reward in itself, as you can

directly see the positive affects you have

on others and their lives. Now more

than ever, many who have never had to

ask for help are doing so, whether it be

by partaking in a meal at a local soup

kitchen or picking up free groceries

from the food bank. Reach out to your

local food pantries and food banks, as

well as soup kitchens, and sign up to

help prepare or serve a meal, or help

get nutritious foods in the hands—and

mouths—of those who desperately

need it. Volunteering costs you nothing

but your time, and you are sure to be

filled with the same gratitude as those

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Sponsor a Family

As many of us look forward to the

holidays and the gift-giving to be had,

there are those who dread this time of

year, as they know they will be unable to

check off those items on their children’s

Christmas lists. To help create smiles

and eliminate those tears, look into

sponsoring a local family in need.

Ask your church pastor, your child’s

school teacher or principal, or reach

out to a local nonprofit, as they will

welcome your offer and help you find

a family who will surely benefit from

your giving.

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Adopt a Pet

It is not only humans who need extra

love and support over the holidays.

There are many animals who are in need

of a good home. This year, if you have a

home that is loving and has the room—

and time—to devote to a new family

member, seek out your local animal

shelter. Not only will a new furry friend

add excitement to your home over the

holidays and for years to come, you can

know that you made a positive impact

on an animal in need.

With the hustle and bustle of life, many look

for the quickest way to get their shopping

done, through as few avenues as possible,

which can result in shopping online big

box retailers. This year, make the effort to

shop at locally owned businesses. In turn,

your money goes to support the family

who owns that business, but monies will

also go back into the local economy and

community. Many small businesses support

various organizations and nonprofits

grateful

within your community, so you know that

your purchasing power can benefit the

entire community.

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A FAMILY TRIP

The Best Way to Have A Safe Thanksgiving Dinner

By Marguerite Cleveland

Thanksgiving is usually celebrated with a big dinner and family members coming in from all over to gather for the holiday. Having

a group of 20 to 30 in a house for dinner is not the safest thing to do currently, especially for the more vulnerable population. A

safer option might be to travel to a full-service lodge or resort during off-season. Families can have separate rooms and eat meals

in small groups spread out across a restaurant. Blaine, Washington, and the Semiahmoo Resort are a great, safe destination.

November is a slow time of year for this busy summer town, and less crowds means more room for social distancing.

Blaine is one of the western most U.S. towns and is nestled near the border with Canada. This quaint town sits on Drayton Bay and has a

vibrant, historic downtown. Water activities die down in the winter, but there is still plenty to do in the area.

When planning for your trip consider the weather. November is the rainiest month of the year in Blaine, with an average of more than 6

inches of rain, and the average high temperature is 49 degrees. Outdoor activities can still be comfortable if you pack the proper gear.

Where to Stay

The Semiahmoo Resort is located at the end of the scenic Semiahmoo Spit. It is surrounded by water—Drayton Harbor to the right and

Semiahmoo Bay to the left. The spit was once home to the Semiahmoo indigenous people. History abounds at the resort, as it uses some of

the buildings from the Alaska Packers Association, which at the time was the largest salmon cannery in the world. Time slows down to a

peaceful crawl in the late fall and winter. Many rooms have water views, and the pet-friendly rooms on the first floor have a patio with easy

access to a grassy lawn. Throughout the resort are areas both indoors and outdoors with seating spread out for social distancing. Enjoy the

roaring fire in the lobby or head outside to enjoy your coffee.

Weather dependent each night, the resort lights two or three bonfires, depending on how many guests are staying so social distancing can

be practiced. You can also book your own bonfire with a separate firepit just for your family. The Discovery Movie Theater offers a family

rental package with popcorn and sodas. With 50 seats it is large enough to accommodate a big family group and keep 6 feet apart. Bikes are

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THIS QUAINT TOWN SITS

ON DRAYTON BAY AND HAS A

VIBRANT, HISTORIC DOWNTOWN.

available to check out at the front desk. The paved paths on Semiahmoo

Spit are nice and flat, perfect for a family ride.

Where to Eat

Due to COVID-19, the Semiahmoo Resort will not have their famed

Thanksgiving Day buffet, but they will be offering dinner in their

restaurant, Packers Kitchen, featuring Thanksgiving favorites. Meals in

the restaurant are available for dine-in or takeout. In addition to Packers,

the resort has the Seaview Café and General Store for grab-and-go

breakfast, lunch and coffee.

The Railway Café in Blaine is in an old caboose, and owner Vicka

Haywood has some serious baking skills. Her scones and muffins are so

chocked full of ingredients you must look to see the base. Her burekas

are a puffed pastry stuffed with spinach, feta cheese, spices and herbs

and make a great breakfast. Add one of her unique coffee drinks like

a cardamon- or lavender-infused latte. Haywood is beloved by locals

for her food and hospitality. There are a few seats but they mostly serve

takeout. Many people just park in the lot and enjoy their breakfast while

overlooking the marina.

In Blaine, the Jack Niemann’s Black Forest Steakhouse has long been a

fixture in town and is known for its steaks and its German food. There is

a huge variety of schnitzels including an old-fashioned favorite Cordon

Bleu and Oskar, which is a breaded fried schnitzel topped with crabmeat,

asparagus and smothered in bearnaise sauce. A more recent addition to

the food scene is the family owned Vault Wine Bar and Bistro. Lots of

care goes into their menu to create food that pairs beautifully with the

wines they serve by the glass or bottle.

Things to Do

A must see when visiting this area is the Peace Arch Historical State Park,

which is located right on the border with Canada. The iconic Peace Arch

just went through a restoration and cleaning for her 100th birthday. It

was dedicated in 1921 to commemorate the centennial of the signing of

the treaty of Ghent, which ended the War of 1812. It is a state park on the

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The Speci f ics

INFORMATION

Official travel and visitor info for Bellingham,

Washington, and Whatcom County - Bellingham.org

WHERE TO STAY

The Semiahmoo Resort - Semiahmoo.com

WHERE TO EAT

The Railway Café - Facebook.com/therailwaycafe

The Vault Wine Bar and Bistro - TheVaultWine.com

Jack Niemann’s Black Forest Steakhouse

Facebook.com/blackforeststeakhouseblaine

WHAT TO DO

Peace Arch Historical State Park - PeaceArchPark.org

Blaine - CI.Blaine.WA.us/72/Visitors

Blaine Marine Park - CI.Blaine.WA.us/Facilities/Facility/

Details/Marine-Park-23

Point Whitehorn Marine Park - WhatcomCounty.us/2108/

Point-Whitehorn-Marine-Reserve

Semiahmoo County Park - WhatcomCounty.us/2064/

Semiahmoo-Park

U.S. side of the border and a provincial park on the

Canadian side. You can freely stroll through both

sides of the park without a passport, but you must

remain in the park. With the COVID-19 outbreak,

the park has become a meeting place for families

who have relatives on both sides of the border.

The Semiahmoo County Park is located a short walk

from the Semiahmoo Resort and is considered the

best place to go for a walk on the beach in Whatcom

County. A 1.6-mile beach walk at low tide will take

you on both sides of the spit. Boardwalks offer

beach overlooks and access to the beach. The Coast

Millennium Trail has a .8-mile loop on the spit

and has great views of Mount Baker and Drayton

Harbor. Keep an eye out for seals.

Buildings from the Alaska Packers Association

Cannery were moved to the area and restored. A

former bunkhouse is available for rent as an event

venue and is perfect for a family gathering. The

museum is closed for the season, but interpretive

signs are placed around the site.

Blaine has a nice walkable downtown area with shops and restaurants.

For more outside time head to the Blaine Marine Park for 2 miles of

trails. A public pier offers a scenic view of the Semiahmoo Resort across

the harbor. Children will love the playground with its year-round rubber

safety surface depicting sharks swimming around the play structure. It is

a work of art featuring a sailing ship, climbing boulders and a lighthouse.

Six image panels depict the maritime history of Blaine. The park also has

covered structures where you can bird watch without getting wet.

If you feel like venturing further afield, the cute towns of Lynden and

Ferndale are worth a visit. Lynden feels like a trip to the Netherlands with

its Dutch heritage and windmills. Ferndale has an historic downtown,

and the Hovander Homestead Park with its historic farm, wetlands, a

50-foot viewing tower and boardwalks through the marsh are well worth

a stop.

For more information about Whatcom County, stop at the visitors’

center in Bellingham on your way to the Semiahmoo Resort. During

the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation is constantly evolving, so before

taking a trip, review current rules, call your lodging a week prior to your

trip to verify your reservation and get an update on local pandemic rules.

Do not travel if you or anyone in your family has virus symptoms.

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BUTTERNUT SQUASH RISOTTO

WITH CRISPY PORK BELLY

Recipe Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP

You can follow Tina @madebetterforyou on Instagram

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. pork belly, cut into cubes

1 tbsp. butter

1 cup onion, diced

2 tbsp. fresh sage leaves, chopped

1 cup cremini mushrooms, chopped

2 tbsp. fresh garlic, minced

4 cups cauliflower, minced

1 tbsp. reserved pork belly grease

2 tsp. tapioca powder

1 cup canned butternut squash puree

1/3 cup coconut cream

1/2 tsp. Himalayan salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

METHOD:

• Preheat oven to 400˚F. On a baking sheet lined with parchment

paper, bake pork belly for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden and

crispy. Remove from the oven and set aside.

• In a large sauté pan, heat butter over medium heat. To the pan,

add onion and sage. Sauté until onion is soft and golden, about 10

minutes. Add mushrooms and garlic. Sauté until mushrooms are

soft. Add cauliflower and sauté another 10 minutes. Reduce heat

to low.

• In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add pork belly grease.

Add tapioca and whisk. Add butternut squash and coconut cream,

salt and pepper. Stirring occasionally, let cook for 5 minutes.

Remove from heat.

• Add sauce to the cauliflower and mix until fully incorporated.

Serve warm and top with pork belly and grated parmesan cheese.

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PIZZA FACTORY

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

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

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

pizzas, using only the freshest ingredients around.

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

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

10pm. And ... they deliver!

6637 Fry St. | Bonners Ferry

208.267.7771 | PizzaFactory.com

Facebook.com/BonnersFerryPizzaFactory

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

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.

2673 Moyie River Road | Bonners Ferry

208.267.8649

BONNERS FERRY PUPUSERIA

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Marketing & Sales Director, Bonners Ferry

Contact me today!

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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 Tuesday-Thursday 11am-5pm

and Friday-Saturday 11am-6pm.

6428 Kootenai Street | Downtown Bonners Ferry

208.255.8792

Yelp and Facebook: Bonners Ferry Pupuseria LLC

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, Friday-Saturday 11am-9pm and Sunday 2-8pm.

6536 Main Street | Bonners Ferry

208.417.304

Facebook.com/ Two Tones Cafe

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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

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

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

WOK-A-MOLÉ

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

you can sample from an eclectic mix of Filipino, Japanese and

Mexican food! 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, lunch and dinner with takeout, dine-in or

outdoor seating available. Open Monday-Saturday 5:30am-8pm.

6664 Main Street | Bonners Ferry

208.267.2019

Facebook: Wok-a-Molé

GRAMA J'S BEIGNETS

Experience a trademark taste of New Orleans, where

you’ll find Grama J serving up freshly made beignets,

plain or in classic breakfast styles, and delicious crepes

both sweet and savory, as well as fresh authentic chicory

coffee and hand-drawn espressos. Linger over your

meal while reading on a comfy couch or playing board

games in front of the fireplace in her cozy dining room.

Open Thursday-Sunday from 7am-3pm.

6371 Kootenai Street | Bonners Ferry

509.230.4470

Facebook.com/GramaJsBeignets

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• FARM CALLS

• REPRODUCTION SERVICES

• DENTAL SERVICES

• PORTABLE X-RAY SERVICES

COMING SOON!

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35 Automation Ln, Bonners Ferry, ID

M - F, 8 AM - 5 PM

Phone: 208.274.5550

Emergency: 208.610.0129

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onners ferry

ENTERTAINMENT

Check out what is going

on this month!

NOVEMBER 2020

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JUMP START

YOUR HOLIDAY

SHOPPING

Several opportunities for locally made gifts

By Colin Anderson

THE SKILLS AND TALENTS OF OUR REGIONAL ARTISANS,

CRAFTERS, METAL WORKERS AND OTHER CREATIVE TYPES WILL

BE ON DISPLAY as we head forward into the holiday season.

Buying from a community member not only allows you to give a

unique and sometimes one-of-a-kind gift but also helps business

in your own community. In the coming weeks there are several

opportunities to knock out some early holiday shopping and

see some of the really amazing pieces all made right in your

own backyard.

BONNERS FERRY FARMERS MARKET’S HOLIDAY MARKET

There are some changes to be aware of this year as the market

has moved locations and dates. This year’s market will be held on

Saturday, November 14, from 9am to 3pm. Also, instead of being

held traditionally at the middle school, the market will instead

move over to the Boundary County Fairgrounds exhibition hall

for 2020.

You’ll still find a wide range of offerings. Foods like honey, winter

squash and other vegetables, flour, jams and jellies will all be on

hand. Others will be featuring handmade furniture, jewelry and

photography, knits and décor, pottery, and so much more. There

will be a few demonstrations as well.

THE VINTAGE CHRISTMAS MARKET

The Vintage Christmas Market is another local favorite stop.

Doors at the fairgrounds will open up on November 20 and

21; 9am to 5pm Friday and 9am to 3pm Saturday. Shoppers

will have around 20 booths and vendors to meander through.

Antiques are the showcase here, with one-of-a-kind outdoor and

holiday decorations, repurposed goods and furnishings brought

back to life. Handmade wreaths and garland are also hugely

popular items.

KOOTENAI VALLEY MENNONITE CHURCH BAKE SALE

At this sale, held at the Kootenai Valley Mennonite Church (782

Moon Shadow Road), the local handmade crafts and baked

goods are all donated, with 100 percent of the sale proceeds

going to the Kootenai Valley Christian School. Doors open at 8am

on Saturday, November 21, and things will wind down around

4pm. There will be fresh cider donuts and burritos for breakfast,

soup, rolls, breads, pies, and even barbecue ribs and brisket for

lunch until 2pm. Get there early as the food goes fast!

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

November

FOR MORE EVENTS, VISIT BONNERSFERRYLIVINGLOCAL.COM.

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9B FOCUS ON BUSINESS MEET AND GREET

others in the community for the inaugural 9B Focus on Business

Meet and Greet! Held monthly at the Visitors’ Center meeting room,

the hour-long November Meet and Greet will take place Thursday,

November 19, with doors opening at 5:15pm and the event starting

promptly at 5:30. The evening will begin with a short teaching session

that is sure to benefit all who attend! This month's topic will be

Leadership Roles. Any Chamber member who brings an item or service

to raffle off will get to do a Minute at the Mic to share with everyone

about their business! Raffle tickets will be three for $5, but admission

for the Meet and Greet is free! Refreshments will be provided. The

event will end promptly at 6:30pm. BonnersFerryChamber.org

TBD: FREE THANKSGIVING DINNER

For more than three decades, owner Chuck Quillin and the staff at

Three Mile Cafe in Bonners Ferry have welcomed the community

to join them at their table in a Thanksgiving feast. Free to attend,

the meal includes the traditional Thanksgiving fare of turkey, mashed

potatoes and gravy, stuffing, scrumptious sides and, of course, a slice

of pumpkin pie for dessert; all served up in a warm atmosphere

where you’ll be seated next to others who have come to share in the

friendship and fellowship of the day. Unfortunately, as regulations

continue to change due to the current health crisis, the event has yet

to be confirmed for 2020. It is also possible that instead of a sit-down

meal, patrons will be able to pick up a hot Thanksgiving meal to-go.

As Thanksgiving draws near, more information will be available by

calling the restaurant at 208.267.3513.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Small Business Saturday falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving

(November 28 this year) and encourages community members to

visit their small locally owned businesses. By choosing to shop local,

you are showing your support to Boundary County business owners

and their employees—your friends and neighbors. Many local shops,

boutiques and restaurants will be offering special deals during

Small Business Saturday, so take advantage of all the wonderful

opportunities that abound to shop and dine local—you may even

discover some new favorites!

SUBMIT YOUR EVENTS ONLINE!

Want your event to appear on the largest event site in the

Northwest? Submit your events to us at

Events.DirectoryNorthwest.com 24/7, 365 days a year!

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Bringing flavors from around the world

using local ingredients.

‘ Tis the Season

for Celebrating at Two Tones!

• Now accepting reservations for holiday

parties - your company & family dinners

done right.

• Ask about our exclusive Saturday

Holiday Parties - private parties only,

limited bookings available.

• We have holiday gift cards for you to

share with employees, family & friends!

Voted Best Fine Dining 2020,

Best Restaurant 2019 & 2020

Monday-Thursday 11am-8pm | Friday-Saturday 11am-9pm | Sunday 2-8pm

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Deer-Vehicle Collisions

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