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November 2020 Sandpoint Living Local

NOVEMBER 2020

LIVING LOCAL

Q&A With

Mike

Brosnahan

Longtime Sandpoint

swim coach makes his

final splash

Happy

Thanksgiving!

2020

pg.46

SHOP

LOCAL

Downtown businesses prepare

for the holiday season

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NOVEMBER 2020

VOLUME 10 NUMBER 11

Honor local veterans

inside

Q&A with Mike Brosnahan

Retired YMCA aquatics director and swim coach 74

How to Simplify Thanksgiving So You Can

Focus on Giving Thanks

Tips to fill the holiday with less stress and more joy 80

It is Better to Give than to Receive

Bless those in need in your community 86

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TO GIVE THANKS AND TO GIVE

T

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?

Here at Like Media, we are truly thankful to

our dedicated and loyal staff, our advertisers

and our readers. We could not bring you

Sandpoint Living Local each month if it

were not for all of you. The generosity and

support that abounds within our small

community pours over and truly fills our

hearts.

In this issue of Sandpoint 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

Mike Brosnahan in a special Q&A. Mike fell

in love with Sandpoint when he first crossed

the long bridge out of college. In his 32

years as aquatic director for the Sandpoint

West Athletics Club and the YMCA, he has

touched hundreds of lives with a love of

swim. You can read more about his story on

page 74.

Be thankful, be giving, be kind. Happy

Thanksgiving!

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CONTENTS

sneak peak into November ...

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90

64

22

ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life

30

LIFE & COMMUNITY

A Thanksgiving Feast: The Hoot Owl Café

dishes up a beautiful meal for all to enjoy

32

22

34

GOOD NEWS

Be Your Best Self: Sandpoint teen to

represent Idaho

38

34

42

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Idaho Granite Works Inc.: North Idaho’s custom

stone fabrication shop and showroom merge

44

ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

Recognizing our local youth as they excel in

their sport

46

LIVING LOCAL

Shop Local: Downtown businesses prepare for the

holiday season

54

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Tips and informational articles about living a

healthy, active lifestyle

64

FEATURE STORY

Fight Like a Girl: Female wrestling has broken

barriers, in the Northwest and beyond

90

TRAVEL & LEISURE

A Family Trip: The best way to have a safe

Thanksgiving dinner

FEATURED RECIPE

A Fall Favorite: Butternut Squash Risotto with

Crispy Pork Belly

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

IN FOCUS

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96

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The Season of Giving: Find ways to help those

ensures your best interest is at the forefront of

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SIMPLIFY THANKSGIVING FOOD & DRINK

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

every transaction

Focus on Giving Thanks: Tips to fill the holiday

Your local guide to the tastiest hot spots

Don’t miss out on these events and fun

with less stress and more joy

around town

community happenings

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74

74

Q&A WITH MIKE BROSNAHAN

Retired YMCA Aquatics Director and

Swim Coach

86

WAYS TO GIVE BACK

It is Better to Give than to Receive: Bless those

in need in your community

100

102

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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

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GIVE

thanks for the

HARVEST

Livingroom Groups

Fall is the time to create a warm and inviting space for

your family. What a blessing it is to gather for a meal

and conversation with friends and loved ones. Now is

the time to visit Sandpoint Furniture for inspiration. It’s

all on sale during our Harvest Dining Event.

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

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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

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particular student during this time.

For the past several years Samanda has

had the joy of working with a student who

believed she did not like math and thought

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Oftentimes, decisions

about how to care for

furred and feathered

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While today's companion animals enjoy family member

status, pet parents now must navigate a multitude

of choices for good veterinary care. This is not easy.

Decisions include using a hospital rather than a clinic,

the kind of preventive and treatment care they want, and what point to

use a surgical specialist or advanced equipment that can help define or

diagnose illness.

Veterinarians currently have more access to helpful diagnostic tools and

superior treatment modalities than ever before. Oftentimes, decisions

about how to care for furred and feathered friends can elicit a gutwrenching

response—especially when pets become ill and the need

to make wise decisions must be balanced within a budget. While the

amount of disposable income available for pets remains stagnant, the

cost of veterinary medical supplies and labor continues to soar. This

makes it tricky for both pet parents and veterinarians alike to stay fiscally

responsible. How can pet parents best navigate quality care for their

loved ones? Here are some suggestions:

• Create a savings account for preventive and emergency situations. This

can start before you adopt or purchase your new friend.

• Choose Pet Health Insurance. Many veterinary insurance companies

have extensive, complete coverage for a reasonable monthly charge. Ask

your veterinarian what the average yearly cost per animal runs, then

research a few providers and do the math. Keep in mind that over your

pet's lifespan, he/she will likely have some sort of problem.

• Decide the type of facility you want to use and base it on a few of these

qualities:

Continuity of care - If I don't see the same doctor, will he/she have access to

my pet's tendencies and medical history?

Compassion culture - Is the staff friendly, helpful and caring?

Pet-friendly - Concern about fear, anxiety and stress need to start on the

phone and continue throughout the visit.

Clean facility - You know it when you smell it!

Computerized medical records - This speaks of

details and goes back to the continuity of care.

Flexible treatment plans - Let's face it, most of us

are on a budget, and pet care needs to fit into it!

Navigating quality care for your pet should be

a priority. After all, you want them to be in the

safest hands when not in yours.

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A Thanksgiving Feast!

THE HOOT OWL CAFÉ DISHES UP A BEAUTIFUL MEAL FOR ALL

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partake in this free annual Thanksgiving meal.

“Growing up, my mom always had what I like to call an ‘orphan

Thanksgiving,’” recalls Savannah Mort. “She invited people over who

don’t have family close by or another place to celebrate this holiday.

I have hosted similar Thanksgivings in my adult life and have just

loved this concept! It seemed only perfect to conjure our ‘orphan

Thanksgiving’ into an actual event!”

This year marks Savannah and mom/Hoot Owl owner Wendy Franck’s

sixth year of providing this traditional Thanksgiving feast, and from

11am to 3pm on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 26), the team

at Hoot Owl Café and the Hoot Owl Soup Kitchen expect to fill the

bellies—and spirits—of roughly 300 people, including to-go orders.

Any leftovers are then served for the following Monday’s soup kitchen.

When it comes to what goes into creating this meal for so many to

enjoy, Savannah smiles, “Just lots of love and cooking!” The Hoot Owl

and Soup Kitchen split the cost of the meal. All needed supplies and

food are ordered ahead of time, and the holiday smells of Thanksgiving

fill the kitchen air the day before Thanksgiving, as they work busily,

and happily, to prepare this unforgettable meal for others in their

community.

When it comes to the importance of helping others, Savannah shares,

“First, we are called to serve, and serve one another in love! (Galatians

5:13),” adding, “Serving others is one of the most rewarding jobs we

will ever have. When you give, whether it be your time, your resources

or your love, you’re giving others hope and encouragement, you are

refreshing them, and in return will be refreshed yourself. (Proverbs

11:25).”

If you are interested in volunteering your time on Thanksgiving Day,

Savannah welcomes you to reach out, as they have specific shifts

available to fill. (You can call the restaurant at 208.265.9348.) And

if you are looking for a place to spend Thanksgiving surrounded by

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It was 1992, and the real estate market in Sandpoint was booming. With her years

of experience in banking, title and escrow, Jackie Zornick wanted to ensure that

buyers and sellers were protected in their transactions, thus inspiring her to open

her own contract collection agency—and Panhandle Escrow Company was born.

In 2007, the company was sold, however, Jackie has continued to hold the position

of manager since day one. Today, their team also includes Dana Bowen, assistant

manager; Rochelle Jones, processor; Shelly Sutton, escrow officer; Carol Griffiths,

escrow officer; and part-time employee April Jacobson, special reserve accounts officer.

Serving the Sandpoint and surrounding communities for nearly 30 years, Panhandle

Escrow Company is a locally owned, fully insured and bonded contract collection agent.

“We facilitate buyer/seller or lender financed transactions as a neutral third party who

collects, holds and disburses funds according to the contract specifications,” according

to their team.

What sets Panhandle Escrow apart from similar companies is that their office is solely

dedicated to third party servicing. They can handle property sales, home sales, lease and

lease-to-own transactions, along with personal property sales (vehicles,

mobile homes, etc.). They also provide service for construction hold

back contracts. At the end of each year they issue 1099/1098 statements

when necessary, handle the breakdown of principal and interest,

service property taxes and insurance renewals, as well as homeowner’s

association dues. In the business of creative financing, Panhandle Escrow

Company can service just about any type of contract.

After 28 years in businesses, Jackie attributes the success the company

has seen over the years to its faithful and loyal repeat clients, along with

Panhandle Escrow’s employees, who are dedicated to provide personal—

and exceptional—service, year after year.

Panhandle Escrow Company believes in the importance of personal

interaction with their clients, handling each contract with care while

making an effort to get to know each person as they walk through their

door. They conduct business on a national level while remaining a smalltown

company dedicated to providing professional, yet personal, service.

The entire team is dedicated to the community they serve, not only

through their work at Panhandle Escrow Company, but through their

ongoing involvement with various organizations. Employees are greatly

involved with Kinderhaven, with employees serving on past and present

Board of Directors. Additionally, Panhandle Escrow Company employees

have volunteered for the Festival of Trees, the Selkirk Association of

Realtors, the Festival at Sandpoint, Sandpoint Middle School’s Design

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“Community involvement is extremely important in keeping the spirit of

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Camille Neuder grew up hearing stories

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older sister participate, which had an

immediate impact. “Watching her performance,

her practice, her smile, it was eye-opening for me

and got me excited to join,” she said.

Now known as Distinguished Young Women

(DYW), the nationwide program invites girls

in their junior or senior year of high school to

participate in a program that includes five criteria:

Scholastics, Interview, Talent, Fitness and Self-

Expression. Throughout the year, the young

women work on each category, culminating in a

competition which includes thousands of dollars

in scholarship money. That competition was held

this past March, in which Camille took home top

honors in several categories. “Fortunately we were

still able to hold it in-person with family members

in attendance. All the girls were feeling excitement

and nerves, but it is such a great group of girls, and

we were all there to support each other,” recalled

Camille.

The experience helped her focus even more to

prepare for the upcoming statewide competition.

Camille was joined by 35 other young women

throughout the state, this time in a virtual setting.

At the end of the competition she was named

Distinguished Young Woman of Idaho and is the

first Sandpoint resident to be given the title. “It

was a total shock. I went into the competition just

wanting to represent Sandpoint as best I could,” she

said.

Camille took home nearly $6,000 in scholarship

money for her achievements thus far. Her new title

will take her to appearances and events throughout

the state while she now prepares for the national

event, which is scheduled to take place in June of

2021.

While the scholarship money and accolades are the

culmination of the program, lessons learned from

participation are the primary goal of DYW. The

message the organization looks to instill in young

women is one of building confidence, self-esteem

and leadership qualities. The message of “Be

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twice weekly working on each of the five categories. Scoring for each

category is broken down by percentage points: Scholastics (25 percent),

Interview (25 percent), Talent (20 percent), Fitness (15 percent) and

Expression (15 percent).

While scholastics are primarily done in the classroom, each of the other

categories is practiced with help from a local committee. These include

mentors, volunteers, and previous program participants and winners. At

practices, the girls work on mastering the fitness routine and build public

speaking confidence by doing live interviews. While the additional

practices add up in an already busy teenage life, it is something Camille

always looks forward to. “I juggle a lot, but I love everything that I do.

It’s great to get to be a part of it and hang out with so many wonderful

people,” she said.

Though seven months away, Camille is hard at work preparing for the

national competition, which is scheduled to be held in Mobile, Alabama,

June 24 through 26. She is putting extra focus on sharpening her talent

and interview portions of the event. While a competition, Camille says

girls are extremely supportive of each other at each level. She’s already

reached out to other state winners through Instagram to introduce

herself and get to know them.

Camille is also dedicating herself to service both in her own community

and abroad. She is working with Days For Girls, an organization that

helps empower young women in developing countries. She’s also helped

lead a group of young girls to create dog toys that they then distributed

to the local animal shelter. Through all of it, Camille wants young girls to

see that they can indeed be their best self.

“I want to encourage others to use their voice and let them know that they

are capable and strong enough to do so.”

Camille plans on utilizing the scholarship money to pursue her interests in

STEM, specifically engineering. “I want to study and work on renewable

energy and help make it more accessible, affordable and more efficient,”

she said. Her top school currently is the Colorado School of Mines, but

she is also awaiting a response from her application to MIT.

The Distinguished Young Women program has opened many doors and

opportunities for Camille, and she wasn’t the only person to walk away

with scholarship money. In fact, just at the local level the eight 2020

Sandpoint participants were awarded more than $9,000 in scholarships. At

the national level more than $1 billion is made available for scholarships,

and there is no cost for any young woman to participate in the program.

“If I didn’t win a thing, I would still participate. Everyone is so kind and

inspirational, and the life lessons I’ve learned have changed who I am. I

highly encourage any young woman to take this opportunity to become

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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 traumainformed

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

the incredible services they offer because

of those who have given of their time and

resources. Visit StVincentdePaulCdA.org to

learn more about how you can give back.

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

and families make ends meet, or a more

transformational service to help people reach

their goals.

“Volunteers are vital! We would be very

challenged to operate without a volunteer staff,”

says Spencer. “Not only is it necessary for us in

day-to-day operations, but it also gives many

people the opportunity to give back to the

community, which can also be really fulfilling.”

Community Action Partnership is always

in need of volunteers. They receive many

food donations from local grocery stores and

restaurants but have seen food drives slowing

down as a result of COVID-19. They can

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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

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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

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a three Pellegrini wire saws, a Unika 5 Solid CNC saw, bed polisher, two

gantry saws, rock splitter and more. They invite you to come and visit

them at their new showroom location, 1655 Highland Flats Road in

Naples, Idaho, schedule a tour of the shop and watch for their moving sale.

Serving North Idaho, Eastern Washington and Western Montana, Idaho

Granite Works specializes in a wide variety of natural stone projects,

handling all phases of fabrication and installation.

Over the years, the family was inspired to get into the granite fabrication

business as things changed in the logging and road construction industry.

“Originally incorporated in 1969 as Anderson Logging Co., Inc. by my

grandfather, Lowell Anderson, we made the change to a stone fabrication

shop and changed the name of the business to Idaho Granite Works Inc.,”

says Julie Krezman.

“Even with the business evolving from logging and construction to stone

fabrication, its strong family roots remain,” comments Lucinda McLeish.

Idaho Granite Works is a family owned and operated business. Oscar

Anderson and his three daughters Julie Krezman, Lucinda McLeish

and Laree Liermann, son-in-laws Adam Krezman and Daniel McLeish,

grandson Conner Krezman, along with the team at Idaho Granite Works,

work hard to build a legacy and a successful business together.

Idaho Granite Works has been offering their expertise in stone fabrication

for more than 20 years. Many of their designs use locally quarried granite

and basalt, as well as limestone, granite, marble and engineered quartz

from around the world.

As a custom stone fabrication shop, the company manufactures what

the customer dreams up and offers a number of products including,

though not limited to: landscape steps, signs, barbecue counters, fire

pits, fountains, blocks, outdoor furniture, entrances, benches, hearths,

mantels, countertops, sinks, tub surrounds, showers, fireplaces,

monuments, headstones and plaques.

The qualified staff can help you through the steps of design, cost

estimating, material selection, fabrication, installation and maintenance.

“It is rewarding when we make someone’s ideas come to life,” affirms

Julie. “Being a custom shop, we get to help our customers implement

their dreams into their homes or businesses.”

Oscar, Julie, Lucinda and Laree, along with the rest of the Idaho Granite

Works family, are thankful to their loyal customers in Boundary and

Bonner counties, as they say they are the biggest part of the company’s

success. “We wouldn’t be where we are today without their support,” says

Julie. “Our customers are not just customers to us. They are our family,

friends and neighbors.” Combined with the quality craftsmanship and

excellent customer service, Idaho Granite Works provides their clients

with a product nothing short of exceptional.

In addition to their superior services offered to the local communities,

they also find time to give back. Idaho Granite Works has worked

with Boundary County Fuller Center for Housing (formally Habitat

for Humanity) to provide countertops in two homes. They have also

supported the Robotics team (they have a nice sign too!), Bonners Ferry

High School, 4-H and more, in addition to supporting many individual

benefit auctions with auction items each year.

Idaho Granite Works invites you to stop in and browse through their

fine selections of natural stones, quartz material and unique displays, as

well as the opportunity to discuss their process and your vision. Contact

Idaho Granite Works at 208.267.1347 or igw@idahograniteworks.com,

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Now a senior at Sandpoint High

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a decision before her freshman

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change her high school experience. “I was

a big soccer player up until my freshman

year. It was going into freshman year when I

started to play volleyball with my sister’s club

team,” she explained. That experience showed

Gabrielle the fast-paced and high-intensity

nature of the sport. “After that summer I was

hooked and knew volleyball was the sport I

wanted to play in college.”

Gabrielle’s sister Grace currently plays

collegiate volleyball at Point Loma University

in San Diego, and she hopes to follow in her

sister’s footsteps and play at the college level

as well. Recruiting has slowed down the

process, but Gabrielle is confident she will

find the best fit soon. For now, she continues

to work equally hard in the classroom. She

was freshman and sophomore class president

before becoming student body president her

junior year. She’s maintained a high class rank

and academic honor roll through her senior

year as well.

"I think that everyone

should have a positive

experience to look back on

when they think of high

school sports, rather than a

struggle to feel accepted.”

On the court Gabrielle excelled early after

switching from soccer, lettering in varsity

as a freshman. By her junior season she

was nominated for the North Idaho Girls

Volleyball Athlete of the Year, something she

hopes to achieve again this season. While

she has set many personal goals, being

a leader and good teammate are equally

important to her. “I decided at a pretty young

age, due to some circumstances, that I was

going to be the person that would make

all the underclassmen and new players in

the program feel welcomed and valued. I

think that everyone should have a positive

experience to look back on when they think

of high school sports, rather than a struggle

to feel accepted,” she said.

Gabrielle enjoys being out in the boat during

the warm North Idaho summers, family

dinners and playing with her dog Ruby Sue.

Once she’s found a college or university fit,

she plans on taking classes in political science

or business and advertising. “I am looking to

be a lobbyist because I love advocating for

things that I believe in, but I am not set on

anything (specific) yet,” she said.

Senior Chris Koch has been on the

pitch his entire life. His love of

soccer began from the time he could

kick a ball up until this, his final

competitive season. “I have been on the

varsity team for three years now and have

enjoyed every minute,” he said.

Getting up and down the field, making

the perfect pass and burying a goal are all

moments Chris enjoys, but the mental chess

game that is soccer is just as exhilarating for

him: “Things like when to pass the ball, how

to receive a pass, where to look even before

you have the ball. These are all things that

make soccer the most enjoyable sport there

is,” he explained.

Some of Chris’ biggest challenges have come

recently as he suffered a pair of injuries late

into his final season. “I’ve had to make the

decision to either hold off and wait till I heal

or play through and help my teammates out.”

Chris hopes to heal up well enough to give

it his all across the final games of his long

career.

Off the field Chris focuses intently on

academics. He’s carried a GPA at or above 4.0

throughout high school and is committed

to seeing that number maintained on

graduation day. He enjoys science courses,

and his plan after graduation is to take

himself across the border and eventually

around the world. “I plan to go to the

University of Alberta after high school and

would like to get a degree in a STEM field

and after that join the Peace Corp.,” he said.

While Chris doesn’t plan on playing

competitive soccer after graduation, the

experience it has given him has definitely

shaped him as a person. He’s learned that

great things can come from working well

with others as well as supporting people

during the good times and the bad. “I have

learned that getting through a tough situation

is much easier with a team than by yourself.

Having other people around you that are like

your family is extremely important and can

help you get through anything,” said Chris.

“I have learned that getting

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is much easier with a team

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SHOP LOCAL

Downtown businesses prepare for the

holiday season

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

New sidewalks, fresh storefront facades and a lively holiday

spirit have replaced the torn-up streets of yesteryear. The new

face of Sandpoint’s Downtown Shopping District opened

up to a record summer, and shop owners are ready for an

exciting holiday season.

With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, it’s once again

that time of year to write up your gift list. This year, take advantage of the

fresh face of downtown to support the local stores that make our town a

charming, successful destination. This is the year to shop local!

Get ready for a Very Sandpoint Christmas. The Historic Downtown

Shopping District is hosting several holiday events, making this the

ultimate time to get out and shop local this season. From clothing stores

to gift shops, furniture stores and children’s stores, downtown offers a bit

of everything to help check off your Christmas list. “So many of us carry

local artisans and makers as well; we always have our local community

scattered throughout our stores,” says Shery Meekings, owner of

Creations and Carousel Emporium in the Cedar Street Bridge.

Businesses will light up their windows and pull the decorations out,

competing for the Chamber of Commerce’s annual window decorating

contest, and you can find Santa at the Cedar Street Bridge every Saturday

and Sunday after Thanksgiving from noon to 4pm.

The shopping season will kick off with the Tree Lighting Ceremony on

Friday, November 27, the day after Thanksgiving. Bundle up and head to

the Town Square for a Hallmark-like Christmas event to mark the season.

The Suzuki String Academy will be performing along with Allegro Dance

Studio. Enjoy coffee, cocoa, cider and baked goods while you watch the

tree light up, and stay for a chance to see Santa—he’ll be coming down

the street on a bright red fire truck!

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“FOR SUCH A SMALL TOWN, WE HAVE SUCH A WIDE

VARIETY OF STORES AND SHOPPING AVAILABLE, AND

GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE."

Afterward, head out to the local restaurants for a warm meal and

refreshments, and then tour the local businesses to get started early on

your shopping. “For such a small town, we have such a wide variety of

stores and shopping available, and great customer service,” says Deanna

Harris, owner of Sharon’s Hallmark.

The next day is Small Business Saturday—a national day to get out and

support small business. Sandpoint businesses will throw open their doors

to shoppers, many staying open later that night and welcoming the day

with store specials, door prizes, refreshments and even live entertainment.

Most of the downtown businesses will be participating, with places like

Bella Terra, Carousel, Idaho Pour Authority and Sharon’s Hallmark in

addition to many others offering specials or refreshments.

Downtown shops offer so much to choose from, and support from the

local community is vital to their survival and the health of our downtown.

“After such a tough year and being closed down for six weeks this spring,

businesses really count on the holidays to get through the winter,” says

Harris.

Downtown businesses employ 1,000 local residents, and the tax revenue

they generate goes back to the local school systems, explains Meekings.

“If we can get locals down here, it really supports our local economy, and

it trickles throughout our whole community. It touches so many families.”

Main street businesses are not only vital to the local economy, they

impact the entire American economy. Small businesses generate $68

of local economic return for every $100 spent with them, and over $9.5

billion would be directly returned to our economy if every U.S. family

spent just $10 per month at a local business, reports Fundera.

Just $10! It’s a simple step to choose to shop local for just one—or even

several—of your holiday gifts this year, and it creates a world of difference.

Heading into December, downtown shops will continue the festivities

with Girls Night Out on Friday, December 4. Grab your girlfriends and

head downtown, where stores will be staying open late and offering

prizes, specials, appetizers and music. “We generally have a ‘shopping

passport’ that night where shoppers are encouraged to visit a number of

different stores and get a ‘stamp’ on their passports,” says Harris.

At the end of the evening, shoppers are invited to head to Taysty’s Wine

Bar at Cedar Street Bridge. “That is the night where we truly make it

exciting for our community and love on them,” says Meekings. “There

are deals downtown, we're going to have Santa Claus walking around so

ladies can do a photo with Santa. Our after party is going to be at Taysty’s

where we’ll give away around $1,000 worth of prizes.”

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For those last-minute male shoppers out there,

the Downtown Shopping District will be

hosting a Slackers Night Out on December 18,

just a week before Christmas. The men’s night

will feature last-minute shopping deals and

some fun activities and specials.

Comfort by design in your home!

In addition to special shopping events,

December will welcome this year’s updated

Festival of Trees—the “Tour of Trees” to benefit

Kinderhaven. Local businesses will display

trees, and the community is invited to wander

downtown and bid on their favorite. Cedar

Street Bridge and Creations will be hosting

kids’ events, with giveaways and prizes, as well

as a Giving Tree to provide gifts and items to

special needs families.

For those individuals who are high risk and

concerned about shopping around others,

you can still shop local—just head out early.

“If you shop early in the morning throughout

November and December, you really do have

the streets to yourself,” says Meekings.

So this year, forgo the big box shops and online

shopping, and take the opportunity to support

your local shops and community. You’ll find

more interesting, unique goods, be supporting

local, and have the opportunity to enjoy a fun

day or night out with others to celebrate the

season.

“We've had such great support, (this is the)

busiest year I've seen in 12 years, and the people

are loving and generous and kind. They are just

building our economy, which is wonderful,”

says Meekings. “These little shoulder seasons

that we have, they're becoming smaller, and it's

really giving small businesses an opportunity

to pay our people well.”

Shopping local affects everyone—from the

gift giver and receiver, to the shopkeeper,

employees, the school systems and community.

Local shops keep our economy thriving and

our town beautiful, busy and exciting. Let’s do

our part and choose to buy local this year, so

our shops and community can thrive in 2021!

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STRETCHING: WHY AND HOW?

Daily Stretching - It benefits everyone!

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How often do we stretch before and after a workout or a hike?

There are many activities we participate in that would be

beneficial for us to stretch following the activity. Stretching

is best to be performed following an activity, and a dynamic

warmup is best before activity. Stretching is something we are all told to do,

after exercise, when in pain, etc. But do we know how to stretch correctly?

There are many principles and theories to stretching, but there are three

basic ideas: length of stretch, what stretching should feel like and frequency

of stretching. When it comes to stretching, there are many different

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its elasticity over time. Therefore, the older you get, the longer you need to

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just be sure not to overindulge.

stretch. It's OK for a 15-year-old to hold for 30 seconds, but a 50-year-old

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generally recommended to perform each stretch/muscle group three times

for 30 seconds to a few minutes.

Stretching is a sensation all on its own. How do we tell the difference between

a good stretch and something that is hurting us? A stretch by nature is pulling

the muscle between its insertion and origin points. Based on this, a stretch

should feel like your muscles are being pulled or like a tense rope. It will feel

different for everyone, but that is the general feeling most people describe. If

you are stretching and feel a sharp or throbbing pain, stop doing the stretch,

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What happens if you don’t stretch? The World Health Organization (WHO)

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RETINOIDS

What is the difference, how to use them

safely, and which one is right for my skin?

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This family of anti-aging, blemish-fighting,

pigment-punishing, cell-renewing golden girls

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If used correctly, retinoids can reduce, slow-down and

improve our most problematic skin concerns.

What are retinoids? The retinoids are a class of chemical

compounds derived from vitamin A. They are an effective

treatment option for skin conditions such as skin cancer,

acne, psoriasis, photoaging and wrinkles. They also

work as an antioxidant to combat free radicals, which

contribute to signs of aging.

How should you use them? For anti-aging purposes, my

personal opinion is the sooner, the better with retinoids.

As soon as signs of aging begin, or if your breakouts have

become unmanageable, start incorporating one into your

routine. Retinoid ingredients vary based on strength and

molecule size. Regardless of which one you choose, the

key is not to introduce too much product too quickly.

Even lower concentration, over-the-counter retinoid

products can be irritating if misused. Start slow with a

pea-sized amount two to three times per week. Allow

your skin a chance to get used to the ingredients and

build from there. If you are using a prescription retinoid,

follow the instructions given by your provider.

What are the side effects? Sun exposure is a factor when

using retinoids. I have read some conflicting theories on

whether retinoids make you more susceptible to sunburn

(in my experience, they do!); however, UV rays will

break down the active ingredients in retinoids, making

them less effective. Use them at night and always wear

SPF to be cautious. In addition to increased sensitivity to

sun exposure, other side effects include mild irritation,

dryness, redness and a slight tingling sensation upon

application (subsiding within a few seconds). As your

skin builds a tolerance to the retinoids, these side effects

will subside. However, intense, lingering burning, peeling

or redness that does not subside are an indication to

stop using the product. You may be too sensitive to the

particular retinoid chosen, or it could be a sign of an

allergic reaction. General conditions such as eczema and

rosacea typically do not work well with retinoids.

What are my options?

• Retinoic acid: Retinoic acid is considered the most

potent of the retinoids. It is the active form of vitamin

A. In this broken-down form, it can penetrate

down into the layers of the skin for optimal

repair. It promotes cell growth, stimulates

collagen and elastin production, improves

hyperpigmentation and discoloration, and

treats psoriasis.

• Retinol: The most commonly used molecule

in the retinoid family, retinol is a less potent

version of retinoic acid, typically found in

over-the-counter products. It is best known

for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles

while preventing new ones from forming,

brightening dull skin, evening pigmentation

from sun damage and aging, and controlling

breakouts.

• Tretinoin (Retin-A): Tretinoin is a

prescription topical retinoid. It is pure retinoic

acid used mostly for anti-aging but also for the

treatment of acne. Tretinoin is approximately

20 times more potent than retinol.

• Tazarotene (Tazorac): Depending on the

percentage prescribed, tazarotene treats

acne and psoriasis. A bonus, it helps reduce

wrinkles, shrink pores and lighten the pigment.

• Isotretinoin (Accutane): This prescription

oral vitamin A derivative is more potent than

topical varieties because it is ingested. It is

made up of pure retinoic acid and is used to

treat severe cystic acne.

• Adapalene: An over-the-counter, gel-based

solution, adapalene is an excellent option for

those with sensitive skin. It is less irritating

than its sisters, has anti-inflammatory effects

and low absorption rate, making it easier

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It may take some time to find the right

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COPD AWARENESS MONTH

FROM SYMPTOMS TO TREATMENT AND SUPPORT

Article provided by Bonner General Health

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) refers to a

group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathingrelated

problems. There are more than 16 million Americans

living with COPD. The severity of COPD ranges from shortness

of breath to fatigue, coughing, wheezing and difficulty taking

a deep breath. In recognition of COPD Awareness Month, here is general

information about COPD, including symptoms, diagnosis, available

treatments, and support resources available to COPD patients, their families

and caregivers.

COPD encompasses chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, bronchiectasis

and cystic fibrosis; chronic, meaning it may last for years or for life. COPD

requires a medical diagnosis, which may include lab tests and diagnostic

imaging. Many treatment options are available, but there is no cure for

COPD.

With COPD, the airways in your lungs become inflamed and thicken, and

the tissue where oxygen is exchanged is destroyed. The damage done to the

lungs makes it hard for oxygen to get into the blood and the waste product of

the body's cells, carbon dioxide, to get out. Those with COPD are often short

of breath, cough up mucus and have trouble with physical activities.

According to the American Lung Association, about 85 to 90 percent of

all COPD cases are caused by cigarette smoking. Environmental factors,

including long-term exposure to pollution, second-hand smoke or chemicals

can also cause COPD. A small percentage of cases are genetic, resulting in a

condition that affects the body's ability to produce a protein (Alpha-1) that

protects the lungs.

There are four stages of COPD, according to the American Lung Association's

"GOLD" standard. Each stage is more progressive, but knowing which

stage the patient is in makes it easier for the provider to follow the optimal

treatment plan.

Your provider can diagnose different forms of COPD, often after ordering

a pulmonary function test (PFT). Bonner General Health has experienced

respiratory therapists who perform these tests in their lab daily.

Once diagnosed, your provider will discuss various treatment options to

help alleviate the symptoms. Small volume nebulizers (SVNs) or metereddose

inhalers (MDIs) are medications that dilate the bronchial tubes

(bronchodilators) and relieve airway inflammation (corticosteroids). Your

health-care provider can help you decide what options would work best for

you. Occasionally, supplemental oxygen is needed to support those with

COPD.

The good news is that COPD is preventable. If you are a smoker, stop

immediately. Avoid second-hand smoke and keep your home a smoke-free

zone. Be mindful of other pollutants around you and your family, including

chemicals, dust and fumes in your home, work and places you frequent.

Bonner General also offers a free Better Breathers Club to community

members, which meets once monthly during the day. This club focuses on

better living with COPD. A variety of educational sessions are held at each

meeting. In-person meetings are currently suspended, however, there are

other options available! Contact BGH Cardiopulmonary Department at

208.265.1045, and a respiratory therapist will arrange to get you necessary

start-up information.

With a proper support system and a treatment plan, those with COPD can

live a comfortable—even active—lifestyle. If you are concerned about your

risk and potential for COPD, talk with your provider.

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THE THREE

GOLDEN

OPPORTUNITIES

Essential Care for

Women’s Health

By Jeff Pufnock L.Ac. Ph.D. and

Jessica Youngs L.Ac.

Embodied Virtue Acupuncture &

Herbal Medicine

POSTPARTUM

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MOST IMPORTANT

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DEBILITATION AND

POOR HEALTH LATER

IN LIFE.

There is a common saying that relates men’s

health to a Ford: there is not much that

can go wrong, and when it does it’s easy

and cheap to fix. In contrast, women’s

health is like a BMW: complex and expensive to fix

with imported parts. Although silly, this parable is

accurate in its assessment of the complexity of the

female reproductive system.

Ancient Chinese medicine understands and

cares for this complexity through simple lifestyle

guidelines that nourish the body at the most

opportune times in a woman’s life. These ‘Three

Golden Opportunities’ are menstruation, the

postpartum period and the menopausal transition.

Globally, many cultures have traditional practices

for these pivotal times in a woman’s life to ensure

her continued health and vitality.

Menstruation is the most frequently experienced

opportunity. In Chinese medicine, the menstrual

cycle is used diagnostically to assess both the overall

state of a woman’s health as well as reproductive

function. Optimal reproductive function only

occurs when the entire woman is well nourished

and healthy, so any cycle irregularities are inherently

indicative of systemic issues. The monthly depletion

of a woman’s vitality through the loss of blood can

be mitigated through lifestyle modifications during

the first week of the menstrual cycle. Instead of a

curse, each month’s menstruation becomes a choice

to turn a period of potential depletion into an

opportunity for renewal and full body healing.

Because pregnancy, delivery and continued

breastfeeding are all physically and nutritionally

demanding on the woman’s inherent vitality,

postpartum recovery is the most important

opportunity to prevent severe debilitation and poor

health later in life. A woman’s body is designed to

sustain the life of the baby at the cost of her own

health, and our modern culture does not usually

afford women the resources they need to provide

this deep level of sustenance to both themselves and

baby.

Menopause is the prime indicator of the relative

nourishment and stress experienced over a woman’s

lifetime. Preparations should already begin by

age 35, as women’s self-care becomes increasingly

important—especially during menstruation and

the postpartum time. This is extremely important

for women over the age of 35 who have children.

Menopause is often a particularly difficult period

for women in our modern culture, and much

of this is related to not adhering to restorative

guidelines during menstruation and postpartum.

Because women may approach their later years

more depleted than men due to reasons above,

their previous health imbalances can manifest very

strongly during this already turbulent period of

transition.

The primary and most essential guideline is

antithetical to a culture that asserts that women

should have consistent activity levels throughout

their cycles and encourages women to return to

work shortly after giving birth. This guideline

simply is to rest, relax and sleep as much as possible

for the first seven days of the menstrual cycle and

the first month postpartum. For further guidance

specific to your constitution and condition, consult

a local acupuncturist specializing in women’s health.

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Our body has a built-in mucosal barrier that protects

us against pathogens such as bacteria and viruses.

This barrier is an important part of our immune

system, and it is vital to keep it healthy.

A compromised mucosal lining can not only contribute

to a seasonal cold or flu, it can lead to more complicated

chronic disease states. This is influenced by toxic compounds,

microorganisms and undigested food making their way into

our body and setting off autoimmune responses and large-scale

inflammation.

Mucus isn’t only in our stomach and intestines. It’s an important

part of our lungs, throat and sinuses. Even our eyes are coated

with mucus. We have specific glands that produce mucus in the

sinuses all day long—in fact, about a quart of it. Bacteria, viruses,

dust and other particles are trapped in mucus because it is quite

sticky. This mucus is also slippery and eventually migrates

through our digestive system. This is a normal function of our

body, keeping us healthy. Mucus helps fish and snails too.

Boogers get a bad rap. Mucus is made up of about 98 percent

water, 1 percent salt and 1 percent polymers that give it a gellike

quality. Mucus also contains special proteins, enzymes and

antibodies that help fight off infections. It is what keeps our

bodies from drying out. Even when we are not sick the body is

making a lot of mucus.

When this barrier is too dry or thin it will not capture the

small particles we take in. This is when junctions that normally

keep detrimental particles out of our body are considered

compromised. This is called leaky membrane and often occurs

in the gut but can happen in other areas.

Many things we eat can compromise this barrier. This includes

sweet things and stuff made from flours; so too can drugs, alcohol

and chemicals. Other contributors include molds, infections

and our own genetics. But one important player in it all is our

thinking, which leads to stress on the body.

Eating whole foods high in plant nutrients and healthy fats,

getting adequate and restful sleep and moderate exercise are

each helpful toward protecting this mucosal lining.

Taking an effective, clinical-strength probiotic daily is always at

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ways by taking vitamin D and K, vitamins A and C, and zinc.

While enough mucus is important, effective ongoing clearing of

mucus is needed to maintain a healthy balance. Sometimes when

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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.

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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

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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.

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

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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

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“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

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to open conversation, build understanding and forge cultural and

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“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.

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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

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Over his 32 years as the aquatics director

for Sandpoint West Athletics Club and

the YMCA, he’s touched hundreds, if not

thousands, of lives.

Mike retired last month from the YMCA, but

his legend lives on. He hasn’t forgotten all of

the lives he’s been a part of, and if you had

Mike as a coach or instructor, you remember

him. After all, he’s not an easy man to forget.

Q. What brought you to Sandpoint, and how

did you first get involved with the YMCA and

swim?

A. I was a recreation major down at the University

of Idaho. My friend Kim Woodruff wanted to offer

me an internship with the Sandpoint Parks and

Rec department. At first, I was a little reluctant.

I was only going to be here for nine weeks and

then I was going to take off. I knew once I got to

the long bridge I was going to stay for a while. No

matter where I take off and travel, Sandpoint is

my home port.

My first thing was my internship for the city,

and that was working on the Sandpoint lifeguard

program. By the end of the summer I realized I

wasn’t gonna leave, I was going to be a ski bum

and work out some way to perpetuate that. I was

the athletics director for a boys’ school, I went

from the boys’ school to Pend Oreille Shores

Resort. I was only there for probably a year, and

the job opened up at Sandpoint West Athletics

Club. All I really wanted to do was work with

people in the water. I really like swimming and I

really like sharing what I know with people who

want to lose their fear and learn to enjoy to swim.

Q. Have you been a swimmer all of your life?

How did you first develop a passion for the

sport?

A. At about 11 years old I was left unattended

in my uncle’s pool. And I think because I was 11

Retired YMCA

Aquatics Director and

Swim Coach

years old everyone just assumed I learned how to

swim. My cousins tipped me over on an intertube,

and I started to drown. Ironically, a year later, my

cousin's girlfriend caught me swimming in the

pool again, and she asked me if I wanted some

help, and she taught me to be at least water safe in

one day. When I came back home, I got involved

with 4-H lessons, and when I made it through

all of their classes, they asked me if I wanted to

help. At 14 years old I started teaching 4-H swim

classes.

It helps me understand people’s fears. I find it

incredibly satisfying to help someone get over

their fear of water and open them up—especially

in this area—to a world surrounded by water. And

people seem to trust me. If people trust you in the

water with them, then they’ll get it themselves.

With a minimal amount of comfort in the water,

you can save a lot of lives.

Q. What was your favorite part of being a swim

coach and aquatic and youth director?

A. I would say just the energy of the people that

really love the sport of swimming. It’s not easy.

If you’re a competitive swimmer you can only

rely on talent for so long; you have to work hard.

The most rewarding is just the energy of being

at a swim meet and the humbleness of athletes.

It seems like the sportsmanship that we’ve

developed in the inland empire as a swimming

league—there aren’t any unhealthy rivalries, we

really work as coaches (and) teams to expand our

sport.

I never didn’t want to do it. It was always exciting

for me to travel to a swim meet. My kids always

seem to linger around me and hang out where

I’m at. Storytelling and enjoying the company of

people who love to swim has always been a big

attraction to me. As far as working at the Y, they

gave me a unique opportunity. They were really

open to everything I had to offer, and that made

all of the difference in the world.

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

Q. What has been most rewarding about your

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A. With swim team it would be (that) my

swimmers still keep in contact with me. I don’t

care much about talent, I wanted to coach people

who loved the water. It’s the relationship I’ve built

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On the swim lessons side, it would be teaching

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comfortable in the water. I can’t think of anything

more successful or a greater sense of completion

or joy to me.

Q. How have you actively sought to inspire and

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their age or aspirations with swimming?

A. Just telling the new kids the stories of the old

kids. Telling the old kids that started a long time

ago what I did when I was in school. I think the

three things I draw from are sailing, skiing and

Aikido, because I think all three of them take

effort to master. I honestly have felt for years that

if you can be comfortable in the water and you

can reduce drag, and you can use your entire

body to move through the water, then you’ll be

the best swimmer you can be. I try to share all

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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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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.

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.

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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

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

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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/

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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.

We Set

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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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From food truck to full service restaurant, Beet and Basil’s

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supplied by local farmers, ranchers and foragers. Enjoy staples

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City Beach Organics offers top-notch, made-fromscratch

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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

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

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crispy. Remove from the oven and set aside.

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

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

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Gather with family, friends and your neighbors for this year’s Tree

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(323 South 3rd Avenue) the day after Thanksgiving—Friday,

November 27.

The festivities kick off at 5pm and are replete with the sounds

of Christmas thanks to the Suzuki String Academy, who will be

performing. There will also be dance performances by Allegro Dance

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