March 2021 Coeur d'Alene Living Local

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March 2021 Coeur d'Alene Living Local

MARCH 2021

coeurd’alene

Living Local

REVITALIZE

YOUR

LIVING

must

read!

SPACE

NAVIGATING THE SLOPES

Meet the artist who guides your way

POSITIVELY IMPACTING AND

SERVING THE COMMUNITY

Coeur d’Alene Living Local

celebrates 10 years

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coeurd’alene

Living Local

MARCH 2021

VOLUME 11 NUMBER 3

inside

The Kitchen: Considering a Remodel?

The how, what and why to refreshing your kitchen space

Revitalize Your Living Space

Budget-friendly home updates

Bye Bye Winter, Hello Spring

Top ways to update your outdoor living space for

the warmer season

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J

ust last month we were

still relishing the winter

months, enjoying our

time spent indoors, warm

by the fire, embracing the cold, wet, snowy

days knowing that this time would soon

pass, and the promise of spring would be

fulfilled. March is here, and spring (at least

in name) is just around the corner.

As the clouds clear, the weather warms and

the earth begins to once again come to life

all around us, it ignites a light in us that has

been dimmed the past several months. It is

incredible to witness the changing of the

season and the power it holds in lifting our

spirits and our hopes for tomorrow.

living space, sprucing up your space is sure

to brighten up your spirit and attitude.

In this issue, we are also taking the

opportunity to celebrate our anniversary,

as we continue to have the privilege of

creating and delivering Coeur d’Alene

Living Local to the community. Since 2011,

we have been so fortunate to continue to

be an integral part of this community, and

we’ve decided now is as good a time as any

to celebrate!

As Leo Tolstoy said, “Spring is the time of

plans and projects.” Now’s the time to start

preparing for the warmer—and brighter—

months ahead.

As we prepare for that spring cleaning,

outdoor gardening and home remodel

projects, be sure to enjoy—and embrace—

the work. It is truly fulfilling to sit

back, relax, and take in all that has been

accomplished.

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Mee the artist who guides your way

Living Local

REVITALIZE

SERVING THE COMMUNITY

YOUR

LIVING

NAVIGATING THE SLOPES POSITIVELY IMPACTING AND

SPACE

Coeur d’Alene Living Local

celebrates 10 years

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CONTENTS

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ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life

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COACH OF THE MONTH

Carly Curtis: Head volleyball coach and physical

education teacher

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LIFE & COMMUNITY

Day of Influence: Sharing stories that inspire

and encourage

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

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perform and built to last

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GOOD NEWS

Anna Schindler Foundation: Parents rise from the

unthinkable to fight childhood cancer in the

Inland Northwest

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IN FOCUS

Positively Impacting and Serving the Community:

Coeur d’Alene Living Local celebrates 11 years

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Acme Integration: Enjoy the newest

state-of-the-art technology

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ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

See who’s standing out from the rest and

representing our city!

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LIVING LOCAL

Steps for Schools: 64 Idaho legislators walk to support

local schools

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Contents Continued...

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Tips and informational articles about living a

healthy, active lifestyle

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FEATURE

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Navigating the Slopes: Meet the artist who guides

your way

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THE KITCHEN

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Considering a Remodel?: The how, what and why

to refreshing your kitchen space

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REVITALIZE YOUR

LIVING SPACE

Budget-friendly home updates

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BYE BYE WINTER,

HELLO SPRING

Top ways to update your outdoor living space for the

warmer season

TRAVEL & LEISURE

The National Cherry Blossom Festival: Washington, D.C.’s

signature spring celebration

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FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot spots

around town

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Don’t miss out on these events and fun

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HARD-SURFACE FLOORING FAQS

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Replacing your hard-surface flooring can be a very rewarding

home improvement project. However, there are so many

different types, colors and materials out there, what’s the best

one to choose for your home? Following is a reference guide to

“all things flooring” from tile to laminate to some of the newer options

like LVP. For this article, I’ve established a quick cost guide for each, with

one $ being the least expensive and four $$$$ being the most.

LVP (Luxury Vinyl Plank) $$

Generally speaking, LVP is fairly cost effective, both as a product and to

install. It does require a smooth, debris-free and non-sloping subfloor, but

a professional installer can usually tidy up any issues that your subfloor

may have. Still relatively the “new kid on the block” in the flooring

industry, the popularity of LVP has skyrocketed in recent years thanks to

its durability, waterproof nature and the myriad looks that it offers. LVP

is a layered product, with a vinyl wear surface on top, pad on the back and

a rigid or flexible core sandwiched between. It is a good option for many

areas of the home, from main living spaces to bathrooms and mudrooms.

Laminate $

Laminate is quickly losing momentum to LVP, but it is still a frontrunner

for bargain flooring solutions. It is easy to install and resistant

to scratching and other surface damage, but typically not very water

resistant. For sheer durability in dry locations, laminate can’t be beat.

Just a warning, though, it is far harder to find a good-looking (realistic)

laminate than it is to find a good-looking LVP.

Engineered Hardwood $$-$$$

Engineered hardwood is real wood and typically wood all the way

through. However, it is made up of a pre-finished veneer over a plywood

substrate. This plywood or other core is used to create dimensional

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There are so many different types, colors and materials

out there, what’s the best one to choose for your home?

stability that is especially helpful in our northern climate’s interiors, where it can be dry and

hot, cold and damp, and everything in between—all in one day! This construction allows for

larger, wider planks, and variances in temperature that solid hardwoods do not tolerate well.

For quality, look at the thickness of the veneer, the type of substrate and the kind of finish

applied. Though it can be refinished, it’s not designed to be. A quality engineered wood may

have a lifetime or 50-year finish on it. They are truly intended to last a lifetime.

Solid Hardwood $$$-$$$$

Solid hardwood can also come prefinished, but you will likely not find 6-inch-wide planks that

run to 8-feet long like you can with engineered wood. Solid hardwood can warp and bend and

is generally finicky about where it lives—just like the trees it comes from. If you are absolutely

convinced you want a solid hardwood floor, in our climate I recommend looking at hardwoods

like oak or maple, and going with thinner boards in shorter lengths. Work with a reputable

installer and follow the installation guidelines.

Tile $$$$

Tile is one of my favorite surfaces—for walls, showers, accents and even floors. It is durable and

comes in so many looks and colors, it is suitable for any home. While there are many affordable

and beautiful tile options out there, something that people often don’t consider is the cost of the

labor to install tile. It is by far the most expensive flooring option to install correctly, and for

good reason. Tile installation—really, like any good flooring installation—is an art. Many things

must be taken into account, from floor joist weight loads, to subfloor quality, to underlayment

application, grout type and direction of the tile. If you are considering tile for your flooring

needs, I highly recommend going through a reputable installer who will guarantee their work.

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‘ONCE SHE

LABELED ME’

How to peel the label off and

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Have you ever found yourself so angry

with a friend or colleague, so shocked

at what they said or what they did, that

you wondered if your relationship could survive?

Ginny found herself there after an ugly argument

with an old friend. Her story, shared with

permission, presents an opportunity for all of us.

Ginny sipped her coffee, the steam rising around

her face. I could see her eyes over the lip of her

cup, unshed tears welling. “How could I let one

conversation hijack a lifetime of friendship?” She

clutched the cup in both hands, adding, “I just

couldn’t believe what she said. … What hurt the

most, I think, is that she knew she crossed a line,

and she just kept pushing.”

“What did you do?” I asked.

She set the cup down, confessed in a whisper,

“I pushed back. Shouldn’t have, but I did. In the

beginning, we were just two friends having a

disagreement. It happens, right? Then, I remember

her saying something I thought was ridiculous

and, well, I told her so.”

“How did she respond?”

“She called me something, or maybe I called her

something first. Honestly, I can’t remember. It

wasn’t even a bad thing to call someone, but it

was meant in a bad way.” Ginny shook her head,

embarrassed. “It felt so stupid, like kids calling

each other names on the playground. I’m going

to lose my friend over that.” She paused, taking

another sip. “The thing is, I wanted to make it

right. It’s just that, well, I see her differently now,

and I think she sees me differently too. We’ve been

friends for so long, and now we feel like strangers.

Crazy, right?”

I shook my head, “Not crazy. A lot of people are

struggling with that right now.”

“So, where do we go from here?”

“Start with where you lost the connection.”

She gave me a sad smile and recited, “‘Once you

label me, you negate me.’ I’ve seen that quote so

many times. I don’t think I really understood it

until now. Once she labeled me, or I labeled her,

something shifted between us, and I can’t get past

it. … It seems impossible that someone like her …

How could she really think that?!”

“Have you asked her?”

“I tried. We ended up arguing again. I know I need

a better approach,” Ginny sighed, breathing out

the hurt and frustration. “What am I missing?”

“It sounds like you’re missing each other. You’re

seeing the label, and so is she.”

“After all that’s happened, it’s hard not to.”

“Is it hard for you to think of yourself as more than

that one opinion on one issue?”

She shook her head, “No, of course not, and I get it.

When we’re focused on the disagreement, we don’t

see the person. So, again, how do I get past it?”

“Peel the label off,” I said. “There’s an approach to

tough conversations called respectful engagement.

Remember what you respect and appreciate about

her. Go in without assumptions or expectations.

Invite her to share her perspective and listen to

understand.”

“What if she doesn’t want to talk, or she won’t do

the same for me?”

“If you want to repair the relationship, one of you

has to take that risk.”

Ginny was quiet for a moment. She stood,

gathering her things. “Peel the label off. I think I

can do that.”

“It’s something we could all be better at,” I said.

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COACH OF THE MONTH

By Abigail Thorpe

Carly Curtis

Coeur d’Alene High School

Head Volleyball Coach and

Physical Education Teacher

Let’s connect and help you

find your perfect home!

Carly Curtis has had a passion for

volleyball since she first started playing

in middle school. After a successful high

school career, her athletic ability took her on

to play in college, where she was first exposed

to coaching youth camps and discovered her

combined passion for the sport and sharing it

with others.

“Through these opportunities, I developed the

passion for impacting the lives of young female

athletes through the sport of volleyball,” she

explains. “I enjoy being

part of the development

of these young ladies, on

and off the court. I find joy

in watching them grow

as student athletes and

helping them achieve their

goals.”

Curtis has now been

coaching for 24 years,

and her commitment to

encouraging, supporting

and growing her athletes

is evident throughout

each and every one of

those years. From amazing comebacks, to

district wins, and earning trophies at the state

level, she’s been a part of leading the Coeur

d’Alene High School Volleyball team to many

successes, both on and off the court.

In a particularly memorable match, the

team was competing in a state play game in

Grangeville and was down two sets to zero.

“I enjoy being part of

the development of these

young ladies, on and

off the court. I find joy

in watching them grow

as student athletes and

helping them achieve

their goals.”

One of the players helped spark a comeback,

and the team went on to force a deciding fifth

game and win the match, earning them their

first birth to state in the last three years.

This past season the team went on to win third

place at state, an incredible accomplishment.

“The players had worked hard all season, and it

was truly exciting to see their hard work come

to fruition,” Curtis says. “The biggest takeaway

was watching the girls put their personal

aspirations aside to achieve this team goal.”

Curtis’ expectations for

the team call each player

to a higher level, in their

training, commitment

and education, helping

each athlete achieve their

goals and gain the skills

they need to succeed in

the future. She extends

much thanks and credit to

the area club coaches who

support the high school

program and help further

each player’s ability.

“The Viking volleyball program expects each

player to work hard in the classroom, be

dedicated in the weight room, and reach their

full potential on the court,” she adds. “This

type of dedication and commitment to success

is what has made our team and each player so

successful and will give these young ladies the

skills to meet all the challenges that may come

their way.”

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What Is This Sustainability Thing?

How fashion continues to change the way we think

By Jenny Wiglesworth

Sustainability is so much more than a political buzzword. Although

given much popularity as of late, due to hot topics like climate

change and global warming, the core of what it really represents

goes immensely deeper. Although it does mean a variety of things to a

periphery of people, at the root of it all, it simply means livable. In other

words, sustainability is the ability for something to continue, to live, to

sustain.

So where does fashion come into all of this sustainable talk? Believe it or

not, fashion is at the forefront of the sustainability conversation. From

the design process to the consumer purchase, fashion continues to break

all of the sustainable rules.

Like many arenas, fashion falls right into suit when we speak of consumerdriven

behavior. Meaning less thought and more action driven by desires

to consume. Following the process from beginning to end, each garment

created contributes more waste. This process of creating only to consume

becomes what we know today as “fast fashion.”

Fast fashion implies that garments are simply being created to be

consumed—and inevitably thrown away. Shocking or not, the truth

demonstrates the simple fact that fashion has simply become another way

for humanity to consume. And not only just consuming, but consuming

at a rate that actively marginalizes people, contributes to environmental

hazards and echoes “more, more, more” on repeat.

Hard to believe that the clothes that we wear are delivering such a

message, but it’s true. It’s easier to look the other way and purchase the

$10 T-shirt; after all, what difference could an individual’s buying habits

make? These are thoughts we all process through, but at what cost do

we continue to process and not change buying habits? Easy never elicits

change. However, if we choose to look deeper and see fast fashion for

what it is, maybe change will be the only choice.

Big powerhouse voices, such as Vogue, and designers, like Stella

McCartney, have begun to take a stand against fast fashion. We too, as

lone individuals, can choose to not look the other way and also believe

our buying habits can dramatically change the world. It’s been done

before, and we can do it again. If we choose to say “No” to fast fashion,

how do we go about doing so in a world that seems to say otherwise?

First, to really create change, we must ask the “Whys?” We must ask the

“Whys?” behind the “What?” The tag on the garment quantifies more

than just the dollar amount paid. It represents a process.

The next time we grab our next look, or garment, ask the “Why?” This

begins the steps within the journey to change the world. This is the

beginning of what this sustainability thing is all about.

The next time you’re looking to update your wardrobe, think about

patronizing that small, locally owned clothing boutique, where the owner

is more likely to be partnering with environmentally aware purveyors

and clothing makers.

Jenny Wiglesworth is a fashion stylist and blogger for LiveableMe. For more

on sustainable fashion and liveable style, visit LiveableMe.com.

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Join the Hunt for a Pot o’ Gold

GREAT LEPRECHAUN HUNT COMES TO DOWNTOWN COEUR D’ALENE

By Abigail Thorpe

Leprechauns are invading downtown Coeur d’Alene, and it’s

time to put your search skills to the test and discover your

inner sleuth on the hunt for your own Pot o’ Gold. Every

Saturday and Sunday in March, starting March 6, businesses

around downtown are hosting hidden leprechauns, and it’s your job to

find them!

Presented by the Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association, 2021 marks

the first year of the Great Leprechaun Hunt, promising to bring joy and

fun to the entire family during the month of St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

Visit a host site to search out the hiding leprechaun, and receive a map

that will lead to you more.

Each time you find a leprechaun at a business, write down the word

the leprechaun is holding on your handy map, and once you’ve found

them all, a letter from each word will form a secret word that leads to

a Pot o’ Gold.

Once your map is completed, exchange it for some special gold, and

enter to win the Grand Pot o’ Gold, which includes four rewards valued

at $125 each.

As a special bonus, if you make a purchase at any participating business

during the Great Leprechaun Hunt, you’ll receive an extra entry into

the grand prize. Host sites are yet to be announced. For updates and

more information, visit Facebook.com/DowntownCoeurdAlene.

Celebrate the season, and join the hunt for Coeur d’Alene’s sneaky

leprechauns—and the chance to win a shiny Pot o’ Gold.

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“We’re blessed to be able to bring

this premium revolutionary new

product, which is four-times

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Idaho and Spokane.”

Inspired by the beauty of North Idaho, the abundance of outdoor

opportunities and the friendly people, Jim and Kelley Hobart made

the decision to begin a new chapter of their life in Hayden, Idaho,

where they’ve enjoyed every minute of the last decade.

The couple moved into their new custom home in 2010. Everything was

more beautiful than they had imagined it could be, including the epoxy

flooring in the garage—which “looked great” when they first moved in.

But over the years, it faded, chipped and peeled up in the areas where they

parked their cars. “I looked for solutions and was told I would need to have

it professionally ground off, and then they would re-apply a new epoxy

floor,” recalls Jim. “I didn’t want to repeat using epoxy only to get the same

results a few years later.”

He and his wife discovered the Penntek flooring system while visiting a

relative—who raved about it! Jim decided to reach out to the manufacturer

and discovered that no one was offering their system in North Idaho! This

inspired the Hobarts to change that. They introduced Croc Coatings in

2020, bringing this revolutionary flooring system to the area so that others

could have a new choice with premium flooring solutions.

“In the past, people only had a handful of options when it came to

protecting cement flooring like garages and basements. They would buy

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products from the ‘big box’ hardware stores or hire local contractors to

put down epoxy—but those products often fail and start to peel and chip

after only a few years,” says Jim. “Our products solve this problem by

allowing you to have a flooring system that is durable, beautiful and lasts

for years, plus it is UV stable and offers a lifetime warranty against fading

and discoloration, so it is perfect for patios and entryways.”

As exclusive dealers and installers in North Idaho and Spokane, it is

important to Jim and Kelley that their customers invest in the right

flooring for their space, and to ensure this, their Hayden showroom

allows customers to see the superior selection of what Croc Coatings has

to offer, stand on their floors, and have the opportunity to meet the team

and better understand how Croc Coatings can help clients improve their

home or business.

From the day it was founded, Croc Coatings has had one simple goal:

to provide the most durable and long-lasting floor coating products for

homes and businesses and to install them with exceptional customer

service. Utilizing the latest in floor coating technology, Croc floors have

been thoroughly tested by leading outside testing laboratories. This,

combined with extensive field-testing, has scientifically confirmed the

durability of Croc Floors and the Penntek Evolution Coating system.

“We’re blessed to be able to bring this premium revolutionary new

product, which is four-times stronger than epoxy and offers a 15-year

written warranty, to North Idaho and Spokane,” affirms Jim.

All of their employees are certified installers and proud of every floor

they install for their local customers. “We have a fantastic team that cares

about our customers and provides an exceptional experience every step

along the way,” Jim says proudly.

Jim and Kelley are grateful to the community they have called home

for the past decade. It is a place where people are willing to help each

other, and the referrals they have received from past customers have

been exceptional. Local businesses like restaurants have found that Croc

Floors provide a great solution for their commercial kitchens due to their

durability and limited downtime. In addition, local realtors have been

referring their business when people list their homes to increase the value

or when new buyers move in to have more “livable” area by installing one

of their garage or basement floors.

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Anna Schindler Foundation

PARENTS RISE FROM THE UNTHINKABLE TO FIGHT CHILDHOOD CANCER IN THE INLAND NORTHWEST

BY TAYLOR SHILLAM

“No one ever thinks their child will get cancer,” Polly Schindler said.

Polly and Joe Schindler started the Anna Schindler Foundation 10 years

ago in honor of their daughter Anna, who passed away in the summer of

2010 after a five-month battle with liver cancer. She was only 6 years old.

“This only happens to the families on the Saturday St. Jude’s Children’s

Hospital commercials,” Polly had thought when her family was placed in

an unimaginable position.

It was from an experience she never dreamed she would have—an

experience encompassing surgeries, hospitalizations, treatment, her

little girl’s courageous fight, and the overwhelming support she received

through it all—that drove Polly and her husband to create Anna’s legacy.

“Following her passing, we felt inspired to start a nonprofit in her honor,”

Polly recalled. “We had been greatly supported during Anna’s sickness,

and we wanted to do the same for others. The community surrounded us

with support and believed in our mission.”

On January 1, 2011, the Anna Schindler Foundation was formed. The

foundation’s mission was to provide emotional and financial support

to Inland Northwest families fighting childhood cancer, while raising

awareness for the cause.

The Schindlers experienced firsthand the financial impact placed on a

family with a child fighting cancer, and the priceless impact a supportive

community can have.

Since its beginning, the foundation has supported more than 400 Inland

Northwest families, raising over $1 million to directly support families

in their fight against cancer.

In 2011, their initial goal was to be able to give $5,000 to affected families.

Instead, they gave $8,000, and the foundation has since continued to

explode in terms of growth and support.

In 2019 and 2020, the Anna Schindler Foundation gave $230,000 in

support to local childhood cancer families.

“We assist with medical bills, mortgages, rent, utility bills, car payments

and all living expenses, because one parent usually has to quit work to

care for their child,” Polly explained.

Their support goes beyond financial; they come through for their families

in priceless moments.

Polly recalled Lily, a child from Coeur d’Alene battling leukemia at the

young age of 4. Lily was treated in Spokane before being transported to

Seattle for several months, while her father stayed in town to care for her

siblings. One night, Polly’s phone rang with a call from Lily’s mother.

Lily wasn’t doing well. Her father needed to be with her. The foundation

stepped in and booked Lily’s father on the first flight out of Spokane,

early the next morning. That afternoon, 4-year-old Lily passed away with

both her parents by her side. Lily’s story is just one example of the lifechanging

impact that remains at the very heart of the Anna Schindler

Foundation.

In addition, the foundation has built Spokane’s first respite homes for

families going through childhood cancer treatment. Anna’s Homes was

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inspired by the many families Polly and Joe met

throughout their daughter’s treatment at Sacred

Heart Children’s Hospital.

“During critical parts of treatment, these

immune-compromised children need to stay

close to the hospital,” Polly recalled. This

requires families from outside the area to find

nearby housing for the duration of treatment.

The Schindlers were inspired to build family

homes specifically designed for the needs

of pediatric oncology families, and in 2017

they broke ground on construction on Anna’s

Homes.

Polly recalled meeting a couple at a fundraiser,

who later offered to pay the $78,000 balance

required to fund the homes. “The dream of

Anna’s Homes could not have been turned into

a reality without the incredible love and support

of the community and local business partners.”

The goal of building the individual townhomes

was to provide a safe, inexpensive family living

option that didn’t yet exist in the area—a home

away from home. Anna’s Homes have now

housed over 20 families, with plans to build

four additional homes in 2022.

The foundation’s annual Anna’s Homes Gala,

typically held in Spokane, is canceled in 2021

due to COVID precautions, but the foundation

looks forward to their 11th annual Anna

Schindler Memorial Golf Tournament on

September 11. (Last year, the event sold out

and brought in a net $175,000 for their Anna’s

Homes and Family Support programs.)

“Until there is a cure for cancer, the ASF will

continue to help families and appreciate all

donations,” Polly stated.

Community members can sign up to volunteer

their time, donate to the foundation’s

annual auctions, and learn more about

the work inspired by Anna Schindler at

AnnaSchindlerFoundation.com.

The foundation is active on Facebook and

The Schindlers

experienced firsthand

the financial impact

placed on a family

with a child fighting

cancer, and the

priceless impact a

supportive community

can have.

Instagram, and encourages community

members to help spread awareness by sharing

the posts and stories of local warriors.

In addition to overseeing the foundation, the

Schindlers remain family focused with their

eight children (“seven, with one in heaven,” as

they often say), aged 9 to 26.

Polly often visits the pediatric oncology

floor at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital to

offer support to the families there, and Joe, a

firefighter, dedicates much of his time to the

service of others.

“I consider it a privilege to serve with such

amazing people who want to help these families

battle cancer,” he has said of the community

surrounding the ASF.

Rising from an unthinkable experience, Polly

and Joe Schindler have created miraculous

opportunities with the Anna Schindler

Foundation.

“Seeing our little girl’s fight, we knew we would

give forward when ours was over.”

Today, they remain in the fight, battling

childhood cancer throughout the Inland

Northwest. They continue to be a light for

children like Anna and for families just like

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the community that helped them through their

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POSITIVELY IMPACTING AND SERVING THE

OMM

COEUR D’ALENE LIVING LOCAL CELEBRATES 10 YEARS

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

For those who live here in Coeur d’Alene, we know how truly special this place is that we all have chosen to call home. The

Coeur d’Alene community is filled with kind, generous, giving people, who care deeply for this place and the quality of

our lifestyle.

It was 10 years ago that a new publication would be released, sharing positive stories highlighting all that’s wonderful in this

city on the lake, along with the incredible local businesses that help in sustaining this small—yet thriving—North Idaho town.

With a hyper-local focus and original content based on uplifting and highlighting the best parts of our charming town, Coeur

d’Alene Living Local, from day one, has been about the people and delivering the most beautiful magazine, designed to serve

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UNITY

Like Media is the media agency behind not only Coeur d’Alene Living Local but five additional monthly print publications

across the Northwest—Sandpoint Living Local, Bonners Ferry Living Local, Gig Harbor Living Local, 253 Lifestyle Magazine

and Go Sandpoint Magazine. In addition, they produce a biannual publication, REAL Northwest Living, which is distributed

in areas from Spokane, Washington, to the Canadian border and Western Montana; and they published the annual Gig Harbor

Visitors Guide.

And it is not only in print that the media company is showcasing their talent, work and support of local businesses and

communities. “Like Media has created so much more than just a community magazine,” says Allyia Briggs, Like Media’s director

of marketing. Like Media is a full-service agency that helps companies build and execute their marketing plans. Its motto: We

build your marketing, so you can build your business.

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“It is an entire (print + digital) platform.

From our website to weekly and monthly

e-newsletters, social media and more, we make

sure that our positive hyper-local articles and

advertisers are being seen everywhere—which

is really unique to this area.”

With a mission to impact the communities it

serves in a positive way, owner and publisher

Steve Russo is committed to what the company

was founded on, especially in today’s world.

“It’s unfortunate that mainstream media has

turned into what it has. It is on a mission

to divide us based on political and religious

beliefs, but the reality is, we are all very much

the same,” he says. “Most of our beliefs, core

qualities, humanity and desire to help others is

what makes us all so similar. I feel we all need

to get back to identifying as people, community

members, husbands, fathers, wives, mothers,

aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters, and not red

or blue, pro or against.

“We need to get back to uniting around our

commonalities rather than dividing up over our

few differences. Fear is winning out nationally,

but if you look around locally, it is hope that

drives us each day because together we are

strong and powerful; apart we become isolated

and weak. In today’s climate, we all need to

proclaim that fear will never win out as hope

pushes us to be better versions of ourselves.”

Like Media carries out its mission in a number

of ways: telling the good news stories that don’t

always make the news and spotlighting the

people who do wonderful things within our

communities; highlighting and sponsoring

local events; supporting small-medium local

businesses by providing them an affordable

platform to share their messaging; and

most importantly providing free marketing

sponsorships for local nonprofit organizations.

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Each and every month, Like Media sponsors area nonprofits,

organizations, groups and community members in each

publication to help ensure they are able to carry out their mission.

“Through these sponsorships, we are able to give our nonprofit

organizations a voice to create awareness for their own missions

and any needs that they may have,” says Allyia. “It is truly the

most special feeling in the world to experience the level of

appreciation and awe that these organizations feel when we

reach out and let them know that we are doing a free marketing

sponsorship for them. This includes articles, advertising, social

media promotions and much more. It is this kind of work that

brings me so much pride to work for our company.”

Since its inception, Like Media has been committed to connecting

local businesses with the people they serve, with the goal of

impacting communities in a positive way. The Northwest’s trusted

media partner, Like Media is dedicated to taking companies

where they want to go through effective and thoughtful strategies

that combine traditional media with new technologies.

As a full-service media company, many of Like Media’s print

advertisers also leverage the company to handle all of their digital

marketing as well through Rocket Fish Digital; everything from

building their logos and websites, to SEO services, reputation

management, social media, podcasts and more. “We take time

to brainstorm with our clients and come up with a variety of

solutions to meet their business’ needs,” affirms Allyia. “We have

the best partners in the world!”

A local, family owned business, Like Media is dedicated to

the communities it serves, which begins in-house with its

powerful and talented team. In the marketing and media world,

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"If you look around locally, it is hope

that drives us each day because

together we are strong and powerful."

Like Media shines and sets itself apart

in many ways. One of these is the people

who make up the agency’s workforce.

More than 80 percent of the company’s

workforce is female—there are just

three men on the Like Media team.

Many of the employees have families

and young children, which is why it

has been important to Steve that, from

Like Media’s inception, they utilize

a virtual platform for all employees,

allowing staff the capability to be able

to work remotely from home as/when

needed, as well as flexibility with their

schedules. After all, he and his wife

and business partner Kim were raising

three young children of their own

while expanding their company and

brand, understanding and valuing the

support—and flexibility—that working

mothers (and fathers) with young

children need.

When COVID-19 hit early last year,

Like Media was already versed in how to

run a business remotely, so fortunately,

there wasn’t much transition, if any at all,

that needed to be made. It’s truly been a

blessing for all staff to continue to do

what they love while having job security

and safety during these unprecedented

times. Since the pandemic began over

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one year ago, no one has been laid off due to the health crisis. In fact,

the company grew substantially! “We hired new employees during the

shutdown,” says Allyia, “due to the demand of business owners wanting

to ensure their strong online presence, including website updates and

e-commerce functionality, plus being found in search.”

Like Media and its team have remained powerful and optimistic during

the bleak times, overcoming obstacles it has faced, continuing to move

forward while emitting positivity. And it’s the communities they serve

that inspire them each day.

With 29 years in print and over eight years in the digital marketing

sphere, Like Media successfully provides a platform and voice for local

companies to reach their target audiences in the most effective way,

while saving time and money, and building successful businesses that

strengthen communities.

“We are building a unique platform that serves dual purposes, which

allows small to medium businesses to effectively build their marketing

and brands locally while supporting local philanthropic groups and

organizations. There is nothing quite like this in the communities we

serve,” Steve says. “What our advertisers should know is that we are

actually partners in promoting the goodwill not only locally but in every

town we serve. The support they give locally goes well beyond our city

boundaries by helping many in need.”

“Our community is so blessed to be filled with such incredible business

owners who have a passion for serving their community,” shares Allyia.

“I am honored to be a partner and a resource for them to be able to share

their passion with the community. Business owners start their businesses

because it is what they love, so I never take the trust that they put in me

to help them grow their business for granted.”

Like Media does not wait to see what the competition is doing; instead,

the company tries to remain at the forefront of the industry. “We’re

constantly coming up with new and innovative ways to stay ahead,

leveraging some of the best technology out there,” affirms Allyia.

The team at Like Media looks forward to another year serving their clients,

strengthening partnerships and inspiring the community through Coeur

d’Alene Living Local and various print and digital services that they offer.

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“We take care of our customers 24/7,

365 days a year. There is always

somebody who will pick up the phone,

and we always have a technician

available to come out or remote in to

help them with their system.”

Jason Hanley is from a long line of family retail electronics. It was

back in 1945 that his grandfather, Arch Hanley, introduced Acme

Electric in Spokane. What started as a radio and appliance repair

store evolved into selling televisions in the 1950s, appliances in

the 1960s, computers in the 1970s, furniture in the 1990s, eventually

wrapping it all together with custom home automation in the early 2000s.

“My family has been in retail electronics for more than seven decades,”

says Jason, proudly. “One morning, we woke up, and the retail landscape

was changing rapidly. What had been working and the clients we had been

serving was changing. I walked into my dad’s office, and we decided that

a custom and catered electronics experience is where we were headed.”

In 2001, Acme Integration was born.

As a boy, Jason and his sister Heather grew up in the shop with their father

and grandfather, where they would observe the interactions between their

father and grandfather with their customers. “From a very young age,

about 6 or so, my father and grandfather let me on the sales floor. Here I

would watch them, but mainly my grandfather—the patriarch—and saw

how he took care of his customers, and how they loved him, and how his

employees loved him.

“I learned through watching his interactions with customers that it is

imperative to take care of customers and know that you’re not always

going to make money. It’s not always about the bottom line.”

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Acme Integration is North Idaho’s premier technology company,

providing clients exactly what they’re looking for—and even more!

Utilizing the nation’s best home automation brand, Crestron, and staffed

by professional system designers, installers and programmers, Acme

Integration can turn your home or business into a technologically

advanced system to take away some of the stress while enhancing your

lifestyle. From home cinemas, whole house and landscape music, shading

and lighting solutions, security and camera systems, even gate, garage

and door automation solutions, Acme Integration can get the job done

right—the first time. And once the job is complete, they will be there for

you in the future for any upgrades and needed services or repairs.

“We’ll do anything for our clients,” Jason affirms. “We take care of our

clients 24/7, 365 days a year. Myself or one of my staff always picks up the

phone, and we always have a technician available to come out or remote

in to help them with their system. We even have our own app that puts

our service and support at your fingertips.

“We practice old-school customer service, and as we continue to go down

this road we are on currently, people will continue to opine for that kind

of service—and they’re willing to pay for it.”

When asked who he attributes to the success of the business, without

hesitation, Jason responds, “My employees, by far. I know it’s cliché—

but it’s the truth.” Mark and Josh have both been employed by Acme

Integration for the past 15 years, working alongside Jason and bringing

their professionalism and experience to get the job done the right way

each and every time. Jason’s older children also work in the business.

His daughter Samantha works as the receptionist, handling calls,

appointments and customer service, while Jason’s oldest son Dillion is a

very accomplished technician.

Jason is passionate about the services his company provides to the

local community. “What is most rewarding about what we do is when

the client is handed the system, and it does exactly what we told them

it would do. And they look at you like, ‘Yeah, this is awesome,’” smiles

Jason. “People don’t need what I have to sell. We are a life-enhancement,

life-management purveyor. Do you want to open your gate with your cell

phone? Do you need that? No. You just want that,” he laughs.

Jason is thankful for—and proud of—the referrals that come in. Referrals

from the smallest of jobs have turned into big, extensive assignments.

Word of mouth in our small communities is crucial and a testament to

the professional, impressive work that Acme Integration accomplishes

with each job they complete.

“While on the job, we’re among other local tradesmen—electricians,

plumbers, hvac and builders,” says Jason. “It’s obvious when working

alongside them, we have a very confident, very caring work force here in

North Idaho. You don’t find that in lots of places.”

Jason is blessed to be able to call North Idaho home. He and his family

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Those who watched a Lake City

football game last fall got to see

an awful lot of senior Matthew

Whitcomb. Matthew not only

started for the varsity team for three years

straight but did so on both sides of the ball.

On defense, he set the school record by

forcing six fumbles in a season. Over on the

offensive side, he finished his senior season

with 56 receptions for 873 yards and nine

touchdowns.

“The thing I love the most about playing

football is just the feeling when you’re down

on the field, you can hear the crowd, smell the

grass and just go out and be the person you

worked so hard to become,” said Matthew.

While not offered a scholarship, Matthew

plans on attending Boise State this fall as a

walk-on in hopes of earning his way onto the

team and eventually realizing a dream he’s

had since he first began playing. “I’ve been

working toward my dream (to make it to the

NFL) since I was 9, so I have the fire inside

myself to keep me going. I just had to focus

more on my mental game than anything,

and once I got that down, I felt like I was

unstoppable,” he said.

While the hard work and dedication have

always been there for Matthew, he admits

that being confident in his abilities is

something that didn’t come naturally. He

believes a combination of learning on the

field and influential coaches have helped him

become an even greater athlete. “I didn’t have

much confidence in myself over the years,

and I always felt like I wasn’t good enough.

However, a big life lesson I have learned over

the years from my coaches is that yes, in that

moment, things might feel like they are too

hard and won’t get better, but you will survive

and you will get through it if you just keep

pushing forward.”

Matthew is also a state champion wrestler at

the 182-pound weight and holds the Lake

City record for most pins in a season at 31.

At Boise State he plans on studying nutrition

and hopes by continuing his playing career

he can also share his faith with a large

audience, as it is a very big part of his own

life and who he is.

In his words....

“In that moment, things might feel like they are too hard and won’t get better,

but you will survive.”

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BROUGHT TO YOU BY

LUKE MCLAUGHLIN

SENIOR

COEUR D’ALENE HIGH SCHOOL

The name McLaughlin has become

pretty synonymous with Coeur

d’Alene Viking football. Brothers

Kyler and Keagan started and

played in back-to-back state championships

in 2010 and 2011. The past four seasons it

was Luke McLaughlin’s turn to make an

impression, and an impression he did make.

While Luke got incredibly close to a state

title, losing in 2019 to Rigby by one point in

double OT and losing to Rocky Mountain

in the semi-finals his senior season, he still

is proud of his team’s achievements. Luke

credits his father, a Boise State linebacker

from ’88-’92, for instilling a passion for the

game in him at a young age. He also believes

his brothers played a big part in making him

a top competitor. “Having three rowdy and

strong brothers to teach me how to get back

up after falling down (let’s be honest, they

pushed me down) really gave me the edge

early on,” he said.

Luke piled up many individual accolades

during his Vikings career, which include:

All-State Linebacker, Conference Defensive

Player of the Year, and the 2019 Idaho

Athletics Hall of Fame Athlete of the Year.

He holds the Coeur d’Alene High School

record for tackles in a game (25) and will

In his words....

challenge himself this fall as a preferred walkon

at Furman University in Greenville, South

Carolina.

A gifted natural athlete, Luke still had to

work extremely hard to achieve his goals.

He learned perseverance at a very young

age, having to undergo two knee operations

before his 13th birthday, in 2009 and again in

2016.

“Those two surgeries were tough on me,

both mentally and physically, but I learned to

appreciate my body and understand how to

prepare it for strenuous athletics,” he shared.

“I was on crutches for a significant period of

time and then had to learn how to walk and

run correctly, not with the limp to which

my body had become accustomed, so that

became my focus for the following year. The

PT and rehab that followed those surgeries

prepared me physically and mentally for my

high school football and basketball careers.”

At Furman, Luke plans to major in economics

and following it up with an MBA. “I’m drawn

to this field because I’m very interested in

understanding more about money and how

it affects the U.S. and worldwide economies,”

he said.

Lastly, Luke wishes to thank the coaches

who have pushed him to achieve his goals,

including his youth coach Tony Prka. “In high

school, my influential coaches include Coach

Jeff Vesser, Coach Mike Vargas and, of course,

Coach Shawn Amos. Go Vikings!”

“I learned to appreciate my body and understand how to prepare it for

strenuous athletics.”

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STEPS FOR SCHOOLS: THE CHALLENGE CONTINUES

64 Idaho legislators walk to support local schools

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

Walking may be a simple activity we do daily, often without

giving it much thought, but such a simple thing can bring

great change—in our health, in our attitude and outlook,

and now, in our schools. The walking challenge is back,

and despite a year of challenges and a pandemic, our Idaho legislators

and leaders are eager to champion for health, and they’re starting out by

leading by example.

In February, members of the Idaho State Legislature, as well as the

lieutenant governor, attorney general and state controller, joined the

walking challenge to help raise awareness of healthy habits, as well as raise

money for schools throughout the state. Sixty-four participants agreed to

walk 5,000 or more steps each day during the month of February in a

united effort to promote health and support our youth, including those

representing Bonner, Boundary and Kootenai counties.

“We are grateful that so many of our elected officials are making time to

do what’s good for their own health as well as benefiting children in their

district,” says Kendra Witt-Doyle, executive director, Blue Cross of Idaho

Foundation for Health. “Whether they are walking in their communities

on the weekends or around the Capitol during the session, these officials

are setting a great example about the importance of being active.”

Steps for Schools is a walking challenge that unites our state’s leaders in an

effort to raise money for schools’ walking and physical activity programs.

The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health—a nonprofit charitable

foundation established in 2001 by Blue Cross of Idaho—started the

program as a way to engage communities and their leaders in a healthy

challenge that not only promotes health but furthers school education.

“We want to promote and build champions for health while benefiting

Idaho’s youth,” adds Witt-Doyle.

The foundation has a similar walking challenge for mayors, and this

one started as a way to engage state legislators as well. “It definitely

has promoted physical activity among the legislators and given them a

mechanism for giving back to the communities they serve,” she explains.

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“Numerous legislators have talked to us about how the challenge

improved their health and how much they enjoyed walking to benefit the

youth in their community.”

Steps for Schools takes place during February—which is during the

legislative session. It empowers legislators to get involved during their

busy session as a tool for empowering our leaders, and in turn our

communities, to make time for exercise no matter the season.

The program started in 2016 as a fun and easy way to engage leaders

in a healthy activity that can inspire and promote change, and it has

been a popular and successful challenge since its inception. It has four

main goals: Remind lawmakers to think about childhood health issues

in Idaho; highlight lawmakers as role models for our youth; create

awareness of health issues in Idaho; and finally to promote childhood

wellness throughout the state.

Last year, more than $40,000 was given to Idaho schools as a result of the

challenge, going to help fund walking programs and promote physical

activity at schools that encourages students from a young age to make

exercise a part of their daily lives.

This year, 64 legislators representing 34 of Idaho’s 35 districts participated

in the challenge. Participants could either walk an average of 5,000 steps

daily during February to earn $500 for schools, or an average of 10,000

steps daily to earn $1,000.

All of the funds raised went to a school or school district of the legislator's

choice, ensuring that schools in each of the represented districts received

funding and support.

Bonner and Boundary counties were represented by Representatives

Heather Scott and Sage Dixon this year; Senator Steve Vick walked to

represent Bonner and Kootenai counties; and Senators Peter Riggs and

Mary Souza and Representatives Paul Amador and Tony Wisniewski

joined the challenge to represent Kootenai County.

This year, in addition to supporting physical activity and walking

programs, funds can also be used to support schools’ COVID-19 relief

efforts. Representative Dixon’s funds will go to support Farmin Stidwell

Elementary in Sandpoint; Senator Vick’s to North Idaho Christian School

in Hayden; Senator Riggs selected North Idaho STEM Charter Academy

to receive funding; and Representative Amador chose Coeur d’Alene

Learning Center to benefit from the challenge.

“Our legislators are leaders in their communities, and the walking

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challenge gives them the opportunity to be a

role model for health and community health,”

says Witt-Doyle. By starting at the top with

leaders we respect and choose to represent and

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that daily exercise is essential to our health and

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“Walking has so many positive benefits to

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“It is accessible and free.” We may not all have

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BEACHSIDE BISTRO

NIC STUDENT VENTURE TAKES ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS TRAINING TO THE BEACH

BY MAUREEN DOLAN, NORTH IDAHO COLLEGE

The Beachside Bistro, a new project being planned at North

Idaho College, will create a fusion of culinary arts education

and entrepreneurship training wrapped in a student-managed

business.

The bistro, a mobile summer food service operation, will be located near

the NIC beach on Lake Coeur d’Alene. It will provide a new venue for the

college’s culinary arts students to gain hands-on business management

experience outside the classroom.

The project supports NIC’s commitment to embedding entrepreneurial

education throughout the college. It also reflects a growing trend in

skilled trades training—student ventures programs.

“Across the globe, many institutions like NIC have student ventures

programming, giving students real-life experience through the

management of campus-sanctioned and supervised businesses as part

of their formal education,” said Ryan Arnold, NIC director of regional

entrepreneurial strategy. “Industrial trades, digital trades and creative

trades all offer opportunities for student-run businesses on campus.”

The Beachside Bistro’s launch will be funded, in large part, by a $17,000

grant NIC won last fall in the 2020 NACCE (National Association

for Community College Entrepreneurship) Pitch for the Trades

competition, presented in partnership with the Philip E. & Carole R.

Ratcliffe Foundation. The college was one of five nationwide to win one

of these grants.

“The entrepreneurial activity and training programs being created to

support emerging opportunities in skilled trades is exciting,” said Carlene

Cassidy, CEO of the Ratcliffe Foundation, in a statement following the

awards announcement in October. “The pandemic has clearly not slowed

these colleges as they continue to innovate and encourage entrepreneurial

activity and job creation in their communities.”

Other student-run ventures beyond the culinary arts program could

emerge in the future at NIC, with the development of the bistro providing

a model and framework for such projects.

“North Idaho College is invested in making sure all NIC students have

access to an educational experience that provides the technical and

entrepreneurial skills they need to thrive in the 21st century,” Arnold

said. “Whether it’s a restaurant, mechanic garage, art gallery, IT service

provider or welding shop, small business ownership is a viable path to

success for many of NIC’s students, especially in the rural communities

the college serves.”

The North Idaho College Foundation is also supporting the launch of the

Beachside Bistro. The foundation awarded the project a $7,000 grant to

help cover the cost of site preparation.

Sue Shibley, chair of the NIC Business and Professional Programs

division, said the Beachside Bistro will not replace existing on-campus

food service operations run by NIC’s culinary arts program.

“Emery’s Restaurant and the deli, both brick-and-mortar operations, will

continue to run during the fall and spring semesters,” Shibley said. “The

Beachside Bistro is an opportunity for our students to run a summer

food service operation resembling a food truck because our students are

very interested in pursuing food truck operations after graduation.”

Shibley said they hope to have a soft opening of the bistro sometime this

summer. They plan to have Beachside Bistro fully functioning by the

summer of 2022.

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Food as Medicine

Learn to manage your rheumatoid arthritis without drugs or injections

By Mindy Murray, OTR and Molly Radonich, ATC

What is rheumatoid arthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA,

is an autoimmune disease where the body thinks its own

tissues are harmful and attacks them like it would the

common cold or flu. Most often, RA attacks the joints and

causes painful inflammation and stiffness. RA isn’t on full blast all the time;

there are periods of flare-ups where the inflammation is worse. This can be

treated with medication, physical and occupational therapy, and food. Let’s

take a look at food as medicine.

There are many illnesses and ailments in which food as medicine can be

very beneficial. (I’m not saying Western medicine is bad. Often there is

a healthy balance of both food as medicine and Western medicine.) For

many RA patients, changing the way they eat has been very beneficial to

their symptoms.

Research has shown, and it is no surprise, that ultra-processed foods have

a negative effect on RA symptoms and often initiate flare-ups or increase

their intensity. Some say nightshades can also have negative effects on RA,

while others say it’s not a problem.

Nightshades, potatoes, eggplant, tomatoes and peppers contain an alkaloid

called solanine, which in some individuals can influence pro-inflammatory

responses. This isn’t to say that you should cut out nightshades all

together, as they do contain valuable nutrients. If you are concerned

about nightshades, try cutting them out of your diet for two weeks, while

replacing the nutrients lost with another food. Keep a food journal of how

you feel during those two weeks and then begin re-introducing them to

your diet to see if they are an issue for you.

An anti-inflammatory food plan will be beneficial for people with

rheumatoid arthritis. This diet looks a bit like the Mediterranean diet,

which has many health benefits. Foods included in this diet are as follows:

fish (high in omega-3 fatty acids), nuts and seeds, fruits and veggies, olive

oil, beans and whole grains.

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JUST HAVE TO COME

FROM EXERCISE.

ALONG WITH BEING

BENEFICIAL FOR RA,

THE MEDITERRANEAN

DIET CAN HELP WITH

OTHER CONDITIONS

LIKE LOWERING

BLOOD PRESSURE,

PROTECTING AGAINST

CHRONIC CONDITIONS,

DECREASING

INFLAMMATION IN THE

BODY AND HELPING

WITH WEIGHT LOSS.

Along with being beneficial for RA, the Mediterranean

diet can help with other conditions like lowering

blood pressure, protecting against chronic conditions,

decreasing inflammation in the body and helping with

weight loss.

Weight loss can be beneficial in RA patients because

it leads to less pressure on inflamed joints. This helps

decrease pain and flare-ups and increase movement.

Weight loss doesn’t just have to come from exercise.

While exercise is recommended, weight loss can also

come from healthier eating habits.

Here is an example of what an anti-inflammatory

meal day looks like:

Breakfast: strawberry, mango, banana smoothies

Morning snack: Mandarin orange and nuts

Lunch: veggie and brown rice bowl with turmeric

sauce

Afternoon snack: apple with nut butter

Dinner: Greek salmon bowl (salmon, quinoa, string

beans, tomatoes, feta cheese and kalamata olives)

Physical and occupational therapy have shown great

results with treating RA through movement, and pain

management techniques such as the 830 Cold Laser,

medical massage, proper ergonomics, posture, and red

light therapy.

If you or a loved one is suffering from rheumatoid

arthritis, we are hoping that some of these tips will

bring you relief.

This is intended only as a recommendation, and good

judgement should be used. A consultation with your

rheumatologist and/or dietician is recommended.

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HOW DOES YOUR

GARDEN GROW?

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BY JENNIFER MILLER OF THE WELLNESS BAR

My dream garden is a sprawling space

with veggies and plants abundant.

Overflowing with honeybees and

butterflies, and growing enough

produce to feed my family of three. In reality, I live

in a small house with a small backyard covered by

large pine trees in North Idaho, where we spend

most of our year bundled up in a parka. However,

none of this means I can’t grow my own food.

Whether you have a green thumb or not, you can

make a garden happen even in a small space.

Gardening has become even more popular during

the last year with so many spending most of

their time at home. Aside from being a hobby,

gardening is a great way to grow safe, sustainable

food. And bonus, it may even save you a little

money next time you head to the grocery store.

The list of the benefits of growing your own food

would be endless, but one of the things I love the

most about it is the sense of empowerment you

get. The first time you make a meal with your

own produce is pretty gratifying. And you know,

without a doubt, what you are feeding your family

is safe and healthy.

No room for a garden? No problem! Get creative

with your space and your containers. Start small.

If you’ve never put spade to soil before, start with

a small windowsill herb garden. Pick your favorite

and most used herbs, find a spot that gets enough

sunlight (typically six to eight hours) and plant

seeds in a container with appropriate drainage.

My favorite herbs to plant are basil, oregano and

thyme. These can all be used year-round and in

your favorite dishes. Make sure your planter is

somewhere you walk by every day. That way

tending your little garden becomes part of your

day-to-day routine.

Ready to expand to the great outdoors? The best

time to plant in our area is mid to late May. Putting

your plant babies outside too early could expose

them to frost. Make sure your containers are big

enough to accommodate your plant as they grow

bigger. Potting soil and fertilizer are key in helping

your garden grow. If you are keeping your garden

organic, be mindful and research your soil and

additives first. Tomatoes and strawberries grow

great in smaller containers and can be used in so

many different recipes. Strawberries can even be

hung in hanging baskets to save space.

It’s always best to research how much water your

garden needs. Most of the time, the plants don’t

need to be watered until the soil is completely dry.

Over watering is the fastest way to kill a plant.

Your containers will need drainage, so make sure

if you’re not using a traditional planter, you’ll

need to drill holes in the bottom.

No matter how small the space, I hope you get out

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Sauna Therapy

IT’S GETTING HOT IN HERE

By Sarah Hawn, RN

There is a lot of talk about sauna therapy these days, which leaves

some of us wondering, “What is all the hype about and is it worth

it for me?” So, let’s dive in to find out.

What is sauna therapy?

Is it more than just a small hot room? It is. Depending on the type of

sauna, it is a small hot room designed specifically for the purpose of

heating your core body temperature in such a way that provides a

therapeutic level of health benefits. Dating back as far as 2,000 BC, it has

been a large part of many cultural health practices, and its popularity is

on the rise all over the world. The Finnish have this practice so woven

into their culture and routine with family and friends that there is an old

saying, “First build the sauna, then the house.” They are also known for

living content, happy and long lives. Perhaps we should take note.

Who benefits from using a sauna?

Almost everyone. However, always talk to your medical provider prior

to sauna therapy.

What are the benefits of regular sauna use?

There is research to suggest that regular sauna use can lead to:

• Improved cardiovascular health

• Detoxification

• Faster athletic recovery

• Relief of pain and increased mobility

• Increased metabolism, weight loss, and possible muscle gain

• Better immune system functioning

• Younger-looking skin

• Improved sleep

• Better cardiovascular endurance

• Increased resistance to stress

Are all saunas created equal?

There are several different types of saunas including wood burning,

electric and infrared. The oldest method, a wood-burning sauna, uses

wood to heat rocks that radiate the heat throughout the room. Since the

1950s, electric saunas have used electric heaters to heat coils and/or rocks

for a similar effect. As light technology grows, the latest hype surrounds

infrared saunas. Infrared saunas work by heating your body from within

rather than heating the air. The idea is that the light of an infrared sauna

penetrates the skin more deeply than the heat of a traditional sauna,

making it more effective in a shorter period of time. Some infrared

saunas also provide far-infrared light, which is a beneficial light that we

all need from the sun for various health reasons. Like most products

out there, you must do your research. Saunas are not all created equal.

Some infrared saunas may give off a high amount of EMF (electric and

magnetic field) radiation, possibly causing harm to the body.

Should I buy a sauna?

If you have the ability to buy a sauna, it may be a very good investment

into your health. As technology progresses, more portable and more

economical products are being made and are more accessible to the

public. However, always check with a medical provider, do your research,

and like most things start slow and work your way into it. If you cannot

purchase your own but wish to use one regularly, you might check your

local gym, spa or other facility to see if they provide a sauna. Its value may

be higher than you thought.

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COLONOSCOPY SCREENINGS SAVE LIVES

North Idaho woman says don’t wait

BY MARC STEWART, HERITAGE HEALTH

LAST AUGUST, RHONDA HAD A

GUT FEELING SHE NEEDED TO GET

CHECKED FOR COLON CANCER.

Today, the 50-year-old North Idaho woman is

thankful she did.

“They found five polyps in my colon, including

a really large one,” she says. “It was cancerous.

They caught it in time and were able to remove

them. I could be looking at a very different

situation if I hadn’t gotten tested. A colonoscopy

is going to save your life.”

Rhonda acknowledges that colonoscopies are

one of those topics that people would rather

not think about, let alone undergo.

“Do not skip this test,” she says. “People need

to get over being embarrassed. Colon cancer is

one of the most treatable cancers out there.”

Sadly, colorectal cancer kills more than 50,000

people annually. It’s believed that many of those

deaths could have been prevented.

“Colon cancer screening can reduce morbidity

and mortality from colon cancer,” says

Heritage Health’s Dr. Peter Purrington. “After

being diagnosed with colorectal cancer,

approximately one in three will die from their

disease, and these deaths are largely preventable

with proper screening, increased physical

activity and healthy nutrition.”

Colorectal cancer begins in the colon or the

rectum. These cancers can also be named colon

cancer or rectal cancer, depending on where

they start.

“My mother-in-law died from it at 65,” says

Rhonda. “I am convinced she would still be

alive if she had gotten checked. Instead, she put

it off. Once I turned 50, I knew it was time to

get it done.”

It’s essential for men and women to get colon

screenings.

“Screening for colon cancer can detect

precancerous lesions before they turn into

cancer,” says Purrington. “If cancer is detected

early, treatments are more likely to result in a

favorable outcome.”

Symptoms vary, but people may experience

pain in the abdomen, blood in the stool, change

in bowel habits, along with anemia or fatigue.

Patients without a personal or family history of

colon cancer or colon polyps are at average risk

for colon cancer, and screening should begin at

age 50. Patients with first-degree relatives who

had colon cancer or polyps are at increased

risk and should be screened more frequently,

usually starting 10 years before the family

member’s age at diagnosis.

“Colonoscopies are the best screening test, but it

does come with some risk and some discomfort

from the preparation,” says Purrington. “If a

colonoscopy is negative, the test only needs to

be repeated once every 10 years. If pre-cancers

are found, colonoscopy screenings may be

repeated every three to five years as needed.”

The FIT test can be performed in the comfort of

the home and returned to the physician’s office

for processing. Cologuard is another noninvasive

test that can be performed at home.

While the FIT test must be performed annually,

Cologuard can be completed every three years

if the test is negative. If either test is positive,

a colonoscopy would need to be performed to

confirm or exclude a diagnosis of colon cancer.

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NAVIGATING THE

SLOPES

MEET THE ARTIST WHO GUIDES YOUR WAY

BY COLIN ANDERSON

Growing up on a small farm in Western Colorado,

Jim Niehues’ love of the outdoors started early.

Situated amongst 10,000-foot mountain peaks,

and with red rock canyons and deserts within

an hour drive, Jim was drawn to outdoor adventure. From

a young age he was paddling the Colorado River and

hiking and hunting with his brothers and father, all while

mesmerized by the scenery around him. When he would

come back from trips he would attempt to sketch and paint

what he had seen firsthand, as well as his surroundings on

the farm. “As a very young child I would draw the animals

on the farm, and my mother figured I had some talent,” Jim

recalled.

An unfortunate bout with Nephritis in the ninth grade had

Jim bed-ridden for three months, but it was during this

unfortunate time that he would begin his painting journey,

which would become his life’s work. “During this time, Mom

bought me an oil painting set to help pass my time. My first

landscapes were painted from magazines as I discovered

what would be my lifetime passion.”

If you’re a skier, snowboarder, or have even just spent time in

a lodge, there’s a good chance you’ve been impacted by Jim’s

work. Millions of skiers and riders have posed alongside trail

maps located at the base and summit of mountains across

the globe. Eager planners pick up a trail map and devise a

plan on where the best powder stashes might be, and how

to maximize the amount of runs they can get in and still

beat the lunch crowd back to the lodge. Few, however, have

probably noticed the artist’s signature on these, but if you

look close, you’ll likely find Jim Niehues.

At 75, Jim is beginning to wind down the career he didn’t

begin until he was 40. In his 20s and 30s, Jim held many

jobs as an artist. He worked for an automotive company,

did freelance graphic design work, and partnered in a small

ad agency in Grand Junction, Colorado. He met his second

wife, Dora, and in 1984 the couple moved to Denver, each

with two kids, in hopes of settling down. As Jim struggled

to make ends meet he went back to his interest in painting

outdoor scenery and reached out to Bill Brown, one of the

original ski map artists. “He liked my portfolio and gave

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me a small project, which he had some time before it

was due, in case he had to repaint my attempt. I worked

hard to mimic Bill’s technique, and my version was used

by the client,” said Jim. The small inset was featured by

Winter Park Resort in its 1987-1988 ski map. As luck

would have it, Brown wanted to move on to other

ventures and began handing over client map inquiries to

Jim. “I was on to a whole new career at the age of 40 …

and I couldn’t ski,” he laughed.

Jim would learn and take on the same hand-painting

process used by pioneers like Bill Brown and Hal Shelton.

He has since completed more than 430 maps across five

continents, and each one is painted by hand. As one

would imagine, the detail needed to accurately portray

an entire ski mountain requires an immense amount

of information. This involves gathering hundreds and

often thousands of aerial photographs. Jim is often at the

resort to capture the images himself and recalls the first

few trips as quite the learning experience. “My first trip

on assignment was terrifying. I was doing everything for

the first time for real; client meetings, aerial photography,

composing and painting the mountain, and delivering

the finished product. I remember departing at the

airport hoping I had everything I needed for the project;

was I forgetting something?”

Today’s technology has vastly improved the amount of

detail he can capture. When he was getting started in

the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, the process was more drawn

out. “In the early days it was a film 35mm camera. The

film camera meant carrying 10 rolls of 36 exposure film

from home, finding a developer on location, reviewing

the 4x6-inch photos with the client during the visit and

returning with all the prints for reference,” explained

Jim. “Once in New Zealand I lost a roll of film from the

helicopter as it rolled out the open door.”

Now armed with a 24meg Nikon D7100, Jim gets

incredibly high-resolution photos, which he can bring

back to his studio and begin the sketching process.

“When I shoot a resort I start with a sweep about 1,000

feet above the summit, high enough to get the entire

resort at 50mm or so on the zoom. After taking various

angles at that altitude, I will drop the plane to 500 feet

Some of the Northwest trail

maps produced by Jim Niehues:

Schweitzer Mountain Resort

Silver Mountain Resort

Brundage Mountain Resort

49˚ North Mountain Resort

Mt. Baker Ski Area

Stevens Pass

Whitefish Mountain Resort

… and more

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above the summit and zoom into the top sections

of the mountain for the detail and then drop to

mid-mountain to capture the lower sections and

base. When I review all these views I will pick

the best to create the full perspective and draw a

comprehensive sketch.”

Once he reviews these aerials and any other material

he can get hold of, Jim will sketch out the scene for

the client’s approval. Once the sketch is approved

it is transferred/traced to the painting surface. “I

use gouache watercolor that is easy to remove and

repaint for future alterations and expansions, and I

paint on an illustration board that is prepared with

gesso so the paint will not soak into the board.”

After another approval, the final painting is taken

to a photo lab for the scan. Jim then works on these

scans to touch up areas and tweak the color. The

scan is then uploaded to Dropbox and the link

sent to the client for downloading. The client or

their graphics people will put the trail names and

symbols on the image.

For Jim, the greatest challenge is getting all slopes

of a complex mountain in one flat representation

of the real-life multi-faceted scene. It takes a lot of

manipulation of the elements to connect all trails

but keep them relative to each other to show all

sides. All efforts are made to keep all runs running

down-page, especially the steepest runs. “Many

different perspectives flow together to create the

final composition that will effectively navigate the

skier to different parts of the mountain,” he said.

Once the sketch is approved, all the detail must be

transferred exactly onto the painting surface. The

airbrush is then used to paint the sky and all the

snow’s undulating surfaces. Steeper slopes usually

are shaded to set them apart from the easier runs.

The tree shadows on the snow are added next.

The trees are the most time-consuming part of

the painting. “I have developed a technique that is

creating a tree-like texture then rewetting the color

to blend and adding the highlights and shadows. It

is important to create the landforms with the sun’s

light on the tree-covered slopes using shading,” said

Jim.

A large ski resort takes about a week to compose

into a comprehensive sketch and a good two weeks

to paint. Once the final rendering is approved, the

30x40-inch painting is sent to the photo lab for a

100meg capture, and then off for client approval.

While some resorts use computer-generated

depictions, Jim is a firm believer that computers

cannot replicate what the human eye can. In his

case, many resorts across the world agree with him

and have supported his art when they could have

turned to technology instead.

“When I met with the crew at Schweitzer in 1993,

they pulled out a computer-generated elevation-

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lined perspective of their mountain, and

they were very excited about what the new

technology could do in mapping. My heart

sank,” Jim recalled. “They were hiring me that

day, but how long did I have? My career had

just barely made it to the comfortable level,

and I might very well be outdated within a

short time. I left that meeting thinking I had

maybe 10 years. They did hire me again in

2006 for a new updated rendering. Computer

maps just couldn’t—and still don’t—match the

presentation of a hand-painted map. The old

way is the best. You need the human element

to best relate the experience.”

Jim’s life work can now be found in a coffeetable

book, which features 200 of his maps,

intriguing stories and his artistic process. Jim

teamed with Open Road Ski Corporation,

which launched a Kickstarter campaign

to help fund the book. The response was

overwhelming; $500,000 raised, making it the

No. 1 Art-Illustration Kickstarter campaign of

all time. The funds allowed Jim to make the

most beautiful book he could. It measures

11.5-inches tall and 24-inches wide and uses

Italian art-quality printing, heavier weight

matte-coated paper and a lay-flat binding. “It

has been extremely rewarding to realize what

my illustration has meant to skiers around the

world. Most of them remember pinning the

maps on their walls as kids,” said Jim.

As Jim lives in semi-retirement he is able to

reflect back at his accomplishments and where

it all began. He believes the luck of being in

the right place and the right time played a

factor, as well as passion and determination.

“I think I am most proud of the fact that I am

an example of what is capable if you set your

“It has been extremely

rewarding to realize

what my illustration

has meant to skiers

around the world.

Most of them

remember pinning the

maps on their walls

as kids.”

mind to it.” Jim also believes his wife Dora was

a major key to his success, as she helped him

navigate a lot of the business side of things so

he could remain focused on the art.

Jim is a recent inductee into the National

Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and the

Colorado Snow Sports Hall of Fame. As the

awards and accolades continue to pile up,

Jim aims to continue to stay true to who he

is. “I remain a pretty humble homegrown

farm boy from the small community of Loma,

Colorado, that is uncomfortable in ritzy resort

accommodations. I like the smaller hometown

ski mountains and cozy lodges.”

In retirement the painting won’t cease. He

will take revisions to update existing resort

paintings and perhaps one more resort or

two—maybe. Jim has always wanted to paint

landscapes and being so busy with maps has

not found the time to do so. “I have hundreds

of photos of scenes I’ve wanted to do. I have

completed nine so far and plan to continue for

years to come. After all, I started the ski maps

at age 40, why not this at 75,” he laughed.

You can see more of Jim’s work at

JamesNiehues.com.

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THE

kitchen

CONSIDERING A REMODEL?

THE HOW, WHAT AND WHY TO REFRESHING YOUR KITCHEN SPACE

by ABIGAIL THORPE

For most of us, the kitchen has become one of the most used (and

viewed) spaces in the home. Gone are the days of hiding it away;

now, we look to open concepts, plenty of counter space, and

welcoming lighting and accessories to make our kitchens the beautiful

and functional entertaining and family spaces we use them as.

As a primary space in the home we use and see every day, it’s often the

kitchen you look to remodel first. But if you’re on a budget and want to

make sure your money goes the distance, it can be hard to decide what

choices to make when refreshing your kitchen, and if or when to do it

yourself. The average kitchen remodel can cost anywhere from $20,000 to

upward of $75,000. The good news is, there are ways to save money—as

long as you don’t cut corners where it matters.

How can you save on cost?

When it comes to a kitchen remodel, the highest costs are typically the

cabinets, countertops and appliances. It’s also important to know what

kind of structural or electrical changes you have to make, as these will

drive cost and time up. “Every remodel we do varies depending on style,

products, and whether we have to move load-bearing walls, plumbing,

HVAC or electrical,” explains Derek Adams of Creekside Construction

in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

When it comes to saving money, cabinets are a prime place to look.

If your cabinets are in good condition, a fresh coat of paint can make

all the difference and save you a boatload, says Daniel Yoder, owner of

Panhandle Countertops in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. “That’s something that

can really freshen it up.”

If you do need to replace the cabinets, opting for manufactured versus

custom cabinets, or choosing less expensive materials and design, can

help save on cost. “The best way to save money is to buy a less expensive

cabinet door material (ie: alder), and have it painted or stained in one

of the cabinet company’s standard finishes,” adds Deann Hammer of

Broadway Design in Tacoma, Washington. “Also, the cabinet door

style can drive up the cost. A standard shaker-style door design is less

expensive than a cabinet door with a lot of detail in the design.”

When it comes to countertops, quartz is a popular and often affordable

option, but laminate options have come a long way and are often half or a

third the price of stone or a solid surface, advises Yoder.

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When to hire someone and when to do it

yourself.

Doing it yourself might not save you money

in the long run. “Unless you have experience

or friends with lots of extra time and skills, we

don't recommend going at it solo,” says Adams.

“It may sound cliché, but you get what you pay

for!”

Particularly when it comes to installing

countertops or cabinets and electric and

plumbing, it’s important to hire a professional.

“A professional is responsible for all of the job,”

says Juan Oseguera of In-N-Out Construction

in Olympia, Washington. He recommends

first getting an estimate from professionals

and asking questions to find out about their

experience and ability.

If you’re dying to get in and do some of the

work yourself, you can help with the demo, or

even do something as simple as paint the walls

(leave the cabinets to the experts). But don’t

just start ripping stuff out. Call your suppliers

first to find out lead times and availability, that

way you don’t get stuck without a kitchen sink

for six weeks, advises Yoder.

An interior designer can help provide the

necessary design materials for you and your

contractor, and also help save you time and

money (and end up with a great finished look)

by providing material selections and designer

access to pricing and offerings, adds Hammer.

Now trending …

Say hello to light, warm and natural. Kitchen

trends are firmly in the neutral category, and

while white and grey are still a popular choice,

even warmer neutral colors and materials are

gaining traction.

“Now, more often than not, our customers are

doing a combination of mountain modern

or modern,” says Adams. In addition to color

schemes, open concepts and easy accessibility

to the surrounding spaces is central to current

kitchen designs, adds Oseguera.

“Think warm-colored wood cabinets, earthycolored

countertops (like concrete color), and

warm-colored lighting,” explains Hammer.

“The new trend in kitchen designs is to make

the kitchen feel more like the rest of the

house, and less industrial.” Along with the

neutral-hued trend is a focus on using organic

materials whenever possible for added comfort

and a natural feel.

Let’s talk appliances.

“Appliances are a category that can make or

break your budget,” warns Hammer. Read

consumer reports to find good appliances that

will last, and don’t just opt for the cheapest. To

save money, buy an entire appliance package

from one vendor (added bonus, the finishes will

match), she advises, or search out the scratch

and dent section at appliance companies for

great appliances with minimal damage that you

often can’t see once it’s installed.

When it comes to choosing between an electric

or gas stove and oven, take a look at your habits

and what your space is set up for. Gas is cheaper

to use, but if your kitchen isn’t set up for it,

you’ll spend additional money for the change.

Ultimately, what’s important to you and your

lifestyle will determine what your remodel

looks like, but there are some important things

you can consider along the way to save time

and money, and also a whole lot of headache.

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Revitalize Your Living Space

BUDGET-FRIENDLY HOME UPDATES

...

by TAYLOR SHILLAM

Does your home need a seasonal uplift? As the days become longer and brighter, you can follow suit by brightening

your living space—without breaking the bank.

A few simple touches and uncomplicated upgrades will help you feel refreshed in your home and confident in your

ability to make a change. This season, flex both your creativity and your budget with the following tips.

Create curb appeal. Pride in your home begins on the outside. Smile a little brighter from the moment you walk up

to your front door with a few updates that focus on less as more. Start with the front door—a fresh, energizing coat of

paint and an update to its hardware can instantly make it more inviting. Consider additional paint to use for window

trim to keep the look consistent.

Next, look for opportunities to update small details—like a new

welcome mat, adding outdoor lighting (think outside the box

with lanterns or twinkle lights), replacing old house numbers

and personalizing your mailbox. Every detail counts, and

there are plenty of thrifty options to choose from when

replacing or uplifting these items to revamp your

home’s outward perspective.

Make basic repairs. Don’t overlook the small

things. A small leak, a torn screen or a loose

hinge is a perfect place to start when taking home

updates into your own hands. A few simple fixes

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can add up to major stress relief—you’ll thank yourself for each

small step you take toward the fully functional home you desire.

Add a splash of color. Color has the power to create a mood,

evoke emotion and set a tone. If your walls are looking washed

out, a coat of paint can instantly revive the entire room—pick a

color that matches the room’s functionality and watch it come

to life. If you’re new to painting at home, you can easily find a

tutorial from trusted DIY-friendly sites like ThisOldHouse.com

to get expert tips on technique and efficiency.

Freshen up your fixtures. Don’t overlook the small details.

Lighting, door handles and faucets all contribute to your home’s

desired aesthetic. Choosing new materials, new colors or a new

sleek style when it comes to your home’s smaller hardware items

can add up to a noticeable change in its look.

Replacing outdated chandeliers or finding chic fixtures to

illuminate your space has endless possibilities and provides a

simple way to create an ambiance. Look to sites like Wayfair,

Lumens and Lamps Plus, or reliable standbys Home Depot and

Walmart for a range of lamps and light fixtures at affordable

prices.

Let some light in. Get creative with natural lighting and all the

beautiful ways you can let it in—or keep it out when you need

to! Choose and hang your own shutters or dramatic curtains of

choice. Mirrors can also quickly transform the light in a room;

place one directly opposite or next to a window to further

harness natural light and brighten the room instantly.

Customized cabinets. If you love your kitchen and its storage

space but not the look of your cabinets, take matters into your

own hands. For customized cabinets, start with a fresh hue of

paint or new handles.

Swapping out your current knobs for fun, trendy options can

be a quick project—for the simplest swap, just aim to match the

width of your current handles to avoid drilling new holes. For an

internal uplift, HGTV recommends using removable wallpaper

to bring a creative color pop to the inside of your kitchen storage

space.

Goodbye, popcorn ceiling. Ready to stop staring at that popcorn

ceiling? The trend that was once popular has lost its luster, but

it’s not a complicated fix. Simply visit a local hardware store and

look for a texture-softening solution to apply before scraping off

the popcorn with ease.

Restore your floors. Just like a popcorn ceiling, well-worn

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flooring and carpet can start to beg for an uplift.

The right flooring can really tie a room together,

completing the look and feel you’re seeking—

and a new surface area can be a valuable

investment.

Laminate flooring is a great, affordable

alternative to hardwood, but many budgetfriendly

flooring options exist today, including

luxury vinyl planks, peel-and-stick vinyl,

sustainable cork flooring, and much more,

each with a wide variety of colors, patterns and

finishes.

If new carpeting is your goal, keep costs down by

considering choices like stain-resistant polyester

or Berber, a thick, tufted version of olefin carpet

praised for durability at a lower price point.

Get cozy and personal. If you’re revamping the

home with a long future in mind, settle in a little

more with personal touches that make it truly

yours. These can be the most affordable, yet

most rewarding, parts of home improvement.

Find your inspiration, set your vision and make

it happen with creatively displayed photos, art,

unique wallpaper and pieces of furniture that

reflect your personality and lifestyle.

Printed maps, vision boards and chalkboards

can allow you to interact with your space, while

cozy comforts like candles, diffusers, large

pillows and throw blankets can quickly make it

feel more like home.

Ready to feel renewed in your space this spring?

The refreshing combination of familiar and new,

along with the satisfaction of successfully taking

home projects into your own hands, could be

just what you need.

Whether you have homebuyers in mind or

you’re simply ready to revitalize your living

space, move forward with confidence that you

can achieve the updated home you desire while

staying within your budget.

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ye bye winter,

hello spring

TOP WAYS TO UPDATE YOUR OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE FOR THE WARMER SEASON

by JILLIAN CHANDLER

Spring is slowly, but surely, making its way back. Soon we will be outdoors enjoying the warm air and sunshine, rather than

being bundled up inside by the fire. To make sure we’re ready to welcome spring with open arms, it’s time to start planning

and preparing our outdoor space for our spring and summer enjoyment. Below you will find some helpful tips to bring

the joys and comfort of home outdoors.

New Decking or Patio

After another wet, cold winter, your deck may be in need of repair and reinforcement,

and your patio may be experiencing fading and cracking. Now is the ideal time to

start planning for the work to be done so it’s ready to be tackled once the weather is

ready to cooperate. If it is a small repair, you may be able to handle it yourself or with

the help of your handy family member or friend; but if it is a bigger job, it’s best to

reach out to the professionals.

Patio Furniture

During the warmer months, our living space naturally moves from inside our homes

to outside. Just as you want a warm, welcoming living room with plenty of room for

visitors, you want to extend that feeling outward onto your patio or deck. As you and

your friends and family will gather to spend much of your time here, you will want

to make sure your patio furniture is up to the challenge—in both durability and style.

If it’s been a while since you last updated your outdoor furniture, and it’s needing a

much-need makeover—or replacement—make this the year. It’s an investment in

your home and lifestyle, where time will be spent and memories made.

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Snacks & Appetizers

Flatbread Pizzas

Dessert

Fire Pits & Patio

Wine Club & Private events

1621 E Sherman Ave • CDA | winehousecda.com

M-Th 3-9 • Fri/Sat 3-10 • Sunday 3-8

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Gazebo or Canopy

If your backyard is lacking shade, a canopy, with several sizes and styles to choose

from to complement your space, can be a welcome addition. On the patio, by the

pool, in a corner of the yard … a canopy is a cost-efficient way to add some shade,

along with style and privacy. But if you are looking for a more permanent and sturdy

solution that you prefer to stay in one place, a wooden gazebo may be the answer

you’re looking for. From DIY to premade to custom built, the sky’s the limit to create

the look you’ve imagined. And a canopy or gazebo will add extra protection during

those spring showers.

Trellis

If you are looking for a cost-effective way to add a little privacy while adding some

greenery and a touch of style, a trellis can do just the trick. Plant some clematis,

wisteria, honeysuckle and/or any type of vine to your liking, which will grow up and

across the lattice. This will not only add to its privacy but a touch of sophistication,

beauty and fragrance as well. This is a simple—and affordable—solution to add some

space between your and your neighbors, especially if you have a smaller backyard

area. The best part is this is a 100 percent do-it-yourself project.

Potted Plants

Updating your garden space—if you have the space—with a new assortment of

flowers, shrubs and/or ornamental trees is a great way to freshen up your backyard.

But don’t forget those potted plants, which are a perfect way to spruce up your deck

or patio with the addition of added color and texture. You can opt for uniform pots

or a variety of shapes, colors and patterns that complement each other. Each pot

can be unique in your flower selection or similar to each other. It’s up to you to turn

boring into extraordinary.

Lighting

It is important that your space is well lit once the sun goes down. This not only

helps to eliminate unnecessary trips and falls, but entices you and your company

to spend more time enjoying the outdoors together. Light from a fire in a firepit or

outdoor fireplace, to tiki torches, stringed overhead lights, path and built-in deck

lighting all add ambiance along with functionality, allowing you to take advantage

of the outdoor space you’ve created more hours of the day—or should we say night!

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Seasonal Gardening Tasks (March/Early April

• Spray deciduous plants, especially fruit trees with horticultural oil before buds emerge.

• Apply fertilizer - lawn, perennial beds, fruiting & flowering trees & shrubs.

• Prune out dead wood from everything / cut back perennials.

• Plant summer blooming bulbs (gladiolas & dahlias).

• Start vegetable (and herb & flower) seeds indoors.

• Prep your garden beds by adding organic material and appropriate nutrients if you missed this step in fall.

Annuals - Veggies/Herbs - Perennials - Trees - Soil/Bark/Rock - Amendments & Fertilizers - Home & Garden Decor

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THE NATIONAL CHERRY

BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

Washington, D.C.’s signature

spring celebration

By Marguerite Cleveland

As winter fades and trees begin to sprout blossoms and leaves, the nation’s capital springs back to life. People emerge from winter

hibernation and venture out to enjoy Washington, D.C.’s many public green spaces and monuments. Each year the signature event

is the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Where to Stay

The Ritz Carlton Pentagon City is the epitome of luxury, where you can often snag some great rates for a stay. It is so easy to get to from

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The hotel has indoor access to the Metro and is only two stops away from all the monuments

and museums. You are walking distance to great shopping at the Fashion Centre or Pentagon Row. Arlington Cemetery and the Pentagon

are also nearby. The hotel is offering a Spring in D.C. package with a perfect way to enjoy the spring season. It includes accommodations, a

$65 breakfast credit, Afternoon Tea for Two and Metrorail passes for two.

Many hotels in the area are offering Spring Packages, so when booking reservations make sure to ask.

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THE NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM

FESTIVAL IS AN ODE TO SPRING. PLAN

YOUR VISIT TO COINCIDE WITH THE

PEAK BLOOM DATE.

Where to Eat

The National Mall is a food-truck oasis with a vast cultural diversity of

food. There are so many it can be overwhelming, but it is an experience

you shouldn’t miss. Where else can you dine on street food while

enjoying the views of the Washington Monument and other treasures

on the National Mall. Food choices abound with everything from Philly

cheese steaks and burgers to authentic gyros, shawarma and other

ethnic foods.

Another not to miss is the legendary afternoon tea at the Ritz Carlton

Pentagon City. This is a good option for lunch as well. Homemade

scones, petit sandwiches and a variety of pastries are served up with

your choice of teas or a champagne cocktail. Truly memorable and

worth the splurge.

Another popular activity in D.C. is happy hour at a rooftop bar—

especially when the weather turns nice. Zoning limits the heights of

buildings in the city limits, so there are some expansive views with no

skyscrapers. Many of the hotels in the area have an outdoor experience.

Google “Best Rooftop Bars” in Washington, D.C., and you will see list

after list. Here are two that are repeated on multiple “best of ” lists.

Top of the Yard Rooftop Bar is located at the Hampton Inn and Suites

Washington, D.C. Navy Yard. It is famed for its view of the Nationals

Park, and you can see the baseball games while enjoying a cocktail from

this outdoor venue. Throw in a ballpark-themed menu for the win. The

Watergate Hotel boasts the Top of the Gate with a 360-degree view of

the D.C. skyline, Washington Monument, the Potomac River and the

Kennedy Center. Enjoy small bites while sipping a craft cocktail. Rooftop

Yoga is offered during the season.

Restaurants in D.C. are operating at a 25 percent capacity for indoor

dining. Outdoor dining, carryout and delivery are available at many local

restaurants. The situation is changing, so verify with the restaurant—

and be sure to make a reservation.

What to Do

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an ode to spring. Plan your visit

to coincide with the peak bloom date. According to the National Park

Service, this is the day when 70 percent of the blossoms on the Yoshino

cherry trees, which surround the Tidal Basin, are open. Throughout the

city, a variety of events are planned. Due to the nature of COVID-19,

some will be virtual, but there will be opportunities to see the blossoms

live. You will need to check with the festival organizers for more details.

Two fun things to do during the festival is to go art hunting. Local and

national artists have created 25 giant cherry blossom sculptures that

have interactive icons you can engage with to win prizes. Beginning

March 20, search around the D.C. area. A new event is the Petal Porches.

Download a virtual map (see The Specifics) and plan a walk or drive

around a D.C. neighborhood to see porches decorated with a cherry

blossom theme.

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The Speci f ics

WHERE TO STAY

The Ritz Carlton Pentagon City

RitzCarlton.com/en/hotels/washington-dc/pentagon-city

WHERE TO EAT

Top of the Yard - TOTYDC.com

Top of the Gate - TheWatergateHotel.com/dine-and-drink/top-of-the-gate

The Ritz Carlton Pentagon City

RitzCarlton.com/en/hotels/washington-dc/pentagon-city

WHAT TO DO

The National Cherry Blossom Festival - NationalCherryBlossomFestival.org

The International Spy Museum - SpyMuseum.org

Hillwood Museum and Gardens - HillwoodMuseum.org

Mount Vernon - MountVernon.org

The International Spy Museum is open. You will need

a timed ticket, so make sure to purchase in advance so

you aren’t disappointed. This museum is impressive,

with lots of interactive experiences. You register as

an agent during your initial briefing then complete

challenges throughout your tour. Once you are

finished with your tour you will enter the Spy Shop,

one of the best museum gift shops in the country. A

fantastic selection, they even have National Cherry

Blossom Festival souvenirs.

With the weather so nice in the spring, venture to the

Hillwood Museum and Gardens. This lovely estate

was purchased by Marjorie Merriweather Post with

the intent to establish a museum after her death. The

gardens are set on 25 acres and have a variety of styles

including a Japanese Garden and a Russian Dacha on

the grounds, which is now used for special exhibitions.

The highlight of the museum collection is two Faberge

Imperial Easter Eggs, the Twelve Monograms Easter

Egg and the Catherine the Great Easter Egg. Post’s

collection of Faberge is one of the finest in the world.

This is such a lovely property it is easy to spend a day.

There is also a restaurant on-site and a well thoughtout

gift shop with many luxury items.

Another museum house worth visiting when the

weather is nice is that of George Washington. Mount Vernon was his

love, and on a nice spring day you can see why. The estate is over 40

acres on the Potomac River, and there is so much to see and do; you

will want to plan your visit. The ticket process can be confusing, as you

must purchase an estate pass and then add-on tours of the home and

other specialty tours, which vary by day. For first-time visitors, tour the

mansion (timed tours purchased in advance online) and then use the

website to decide on an itinerary. So many options from a first-time

visitor or family itinerary to a military or African American history. For

foodies, follow the Food and Spirits Itinerary. An interesting fact: Did

you know George Washington made whiskey? In 1779, the year he died,

his whiskey distillery was one of the largest in America and produced

over 11,000 gallons.

When planning your visit to D.C., visit Washington.org, the official

tourism site for the area, for the most up-to-date information regarding

COVID-19 requirements and what is open. The situation is constantly

changing, so check back frequently. There is a wealth of information

on the area, and the site has some great ideas for your trip. Make

reservations or purchase tickets ahead of time. Due to space capacities,

many attractions offer timed entry, and if you wait until the day you want

to visit, you may be disappointed, so be sure to plan ahead.

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PRESENTED BY

www.RealNorthwestLiving.com

RECIPES

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CARROT CAKE WITH CREAM

CHEESE FROSTING

Recipe Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel

You can follow Tina @madebetterforyou on Instagram

FOR THE CAKE

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 cup coconut flour, sifted

3/4 cup almond flour, sifted

4 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

9 large eggs

1/2 cup white Erythritol Sweetener (I used Lakanto)

1/2 cup golden Erythritol Sweetener (I used Lakanto)

1/2 cup sour cream

2 tsp. vanilla extract

4 cups carrot, grated and lightly packed

3/4 cup pecans, chopped

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (27 g.) + 1/4 cup toasted for garnish

(optional)

METHOD:

• Preheat your oven to 350˚F and line two 9-inch cake pans with parchment

paper, spraying the exposed sides with cooking spray. Set aside.

• In a medium bowl, stir together the coconut flour, almond flour, cinnamon,

baking soda and powder, salt and nutmeg.

• In a separate, large bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat the eggs,

sweeteners, sour cream and vanilla until well combined. Stir in the flour mixture

and stir until combined.

• Gently fold in the carrots, pecans and coconut flakes until well combined. Let

the batter stand for 10 minutes so the coconut flour can begin to absorb the

moisture. Your batter will be thick; this is normal.

• Divide the batter evenly between the two pans, spreading out smoothly. Bake

until the sides are golden brown, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes

out clean, about 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting.

FOR THE FROSTINIG

INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature (1.5 bricks)

3/4 cup sour cream

3 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup powdered Erythritol Sweetener (I used swerve)

METHOD:

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• In a large bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat together the cream cheese,

sour cream and sweetener on high speed until fluffy. Add in the vanilla and beat

until combined and smooth.

TO FROST:

• Place one layer of the cake bottom side up on a cake stand. Spread 3/4 cup of

the frosting all over it evenly. Then, place the other cake bottom side up gently

on top.

• Spread a thin layer of frosting all over the cake to make the crumb coat. It

doesn't have to be pretty, it's just to seal in the crumbs. Chill for at least an hour,

up to overnight. Put the remaining frosting in the fridge as well to firm up.

• Once chilled, frost the entire cake with an offset spatula. Garnish with extra

coconut, if desired.


Dine with us or Call for Takeout

Moon Time

1602 E. Sherman Ave. #116

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

208.667.2331 | WeDontHaveOne.com

Stop by today and experience the wines, the

classes, the deli, the cafe and much more!

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SWEET LOU’S RESTAURANT

AND TAP HOUSE

American fare with a twist. Ribs (pork or bison) smoked in house. Unique

burger menu featuring burgers made from ground top sirloin, topped with

pulled pork, hand-battered onion rings or jalapenos. 32 beers on tap to

enjoy while watching the game on one of their 24, 4K TVs.

601 E. Front St., Ste. 101 | Coeur d’Alene

208.667.1170 | SweetLousIdaho.com

f SweetLousCDA

Coeur d’Alene Favorite Neighborhood Pub

By Jillian Chandler

Offering great food at a reasonable price, paired with

excellent service and a familiar face, has always been

the goal at Moon Time in Coeur d’Alene. And guests

get what they have come to expect.

From the beginning, it has provided the community a warm

and comfortable atmosphere where guests feel at home

and are provided an exceptional experience—every time.

Twenty-five years later, their philosophy has never wavered,

and Moon Time continues to provide their guests with

familiar faces, great service, a comfortable atmosphere, and

great food and drink at a reasonable price.

The menu, from the start, has featured unique and upscale

pub food, bringing a variety of items from many different

cultures together, paired with a carefully selected 19 beer

handles and a wide variety of wines, which complement the

food. From the Grilled Pork Tacos to the Mediterranean

Lamb Burger and famous Roasted Corn Pasta, their food is

sure to satisfy.

When in Coeur d’Alene and looking for a great neighborhood

pub, pull up a chair at Moon Time, where the staff is ready to

serve you the best!

Moon Time

1602 East Sherman Avenue #116

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

208.667.2331

WeDontHaveOne.com

SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE

At Seasons of Coeur d’Alene Fresh Grill, you will find a menu that is

delicious and always fresh! Whether you choose to dine in the intimate

dining room, at the vibrant bar or quiet fireplace lounge, it’s sure to be

an unforgettable dining experience. They also offer banquet and meeting

facilities. You can find Seasons in Downtown Coeur d’Alene just one block

off Sherman.

209 Lakeside Ave. | Coeur d’Alene

208.664.8008 | SeasonsofCdA.com

MAX AT MIRABEAU

Join MAX at Mirabeau for an unforgettable experience. You’ll be treated

to eclectic cuisine, an award-winning menu with more than 100 items, a

wine list boasting more than 500 labels and 75 eclectic cocktails—a perfect

match for everything on the menu. Enjoy two happy hours daily, a-la-carte

brunch featuring multiple benedicts, mimosas and the area’s best Bloody

Mary Bar—starting at only $5.90 per person! There’s live music on Friday

and Saturday evenings, and late-night dining with a full menu is offered

until close. Open daily at 6am.

1100 N. Sullivan Rd. | Spokane Valley

509.922.6252 | MAXatMirabeau.com

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FILL YOUR FREEZER TODAY!

Learn more about our packages and specials by visiting our website or speaking with a specialist.

WHOLE, HALVES AND QUARTER CUTS OF YOUR FAVORITE BEEF AND PORK OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE TODAY!

Stop in for all of your

home cooking essentials

from Wood Chips for Home

Smokers, Select Sauces,

Rubs and everything in

between! Large selection

of American-Made Smokers,

Grills and Locally Made Fire Pits.

Tim’s Special Cut Meats, Inc

.

Come see us at our POST FALLS LOCATION!

525 N. Graffiti St. • Post Falls, ID 83854 • 208.772.3327

YOUR OLD-FASHION BUTCHER SHOP...

Sweet Lou’s Restaurant & Bar

Hwy 95 N Ponderay | 208.263.1381

Come hungry, Stay late, Eat well!

www.sweetlousidaho.com

Sweet Lou’s Restaurant & TAP HOUSE

601 Front Ave. 208.667.1170 | DOWNTOWN Cda

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THE PORCH PUBLIC HOUSE

Open for Dine-in

and Take-out!

A beautiful golf-course view without the cost of joining the

country club. They offer a full menu of sandwiches, salads,

soups and specialties prepared from scratch without the

high price of fine dining, and the region’s finest cocktails,

microbrews and wines to accompany your meal. Feel at home

in the comfortable pub-style dining room or the fantastic

outdoor dining area. Open daily at 11am year round.

1658 E. Miles Ave. | Hayden Lake

208.772.7711 | WeDontHaveOne.com

MOON TIME

Serving some of the best food around in a comfortable pub-style

atmosphere. The menu offers soups, sandwiches, pastas, salads

and other specialties prepared from scratch daily, along with a

fantastic selection of micro-brewed beers and fine wines by the

glass and bottle. Open daily at 11am, the kitchen is open late

every night. Be sure to stop in Thursday night for live music

featuring national and local artists. For more information

including photos, menu, specials and directions, make sure to

visit their website.

1602 E. Sherman Ave. | Coeur d’Alene

208.667.2331 | WeDontHaveOne.com

FISHERMAN’S MARKET

A local favorite for an array of reasons, including the friendly

staff, unbeatable atmosphere and phenomenal food. Find fresh

fish at Fisherman’s on the market side, while the grill offers everything

from fish and chips, specialty tartars, fish tacos, salads,

steamers, catfish, oyster po’ boys and more. Check out the sushi

bar and the offerings of beer, wine and sake.

215 W. Kathleen Ave. | Coeur d’Alene

208.664.4800 | FishermansMarketCdA.com

VINE & OLIVE EATERY

AND WINE BAR

Guests will be treated to European-inspired small plates using

simple, seasonal ingredients for simply good food served with

soul, executed with Northwest flair. Choose from the full wine

bar, which serves thoughtful wines by the glass and eight local

brews on tap, to complement your meal. Voted Best of 2019

Wine Bar and Girls Night Out.

2037 N. Main St. | Coeur d’Alene

208.758.7770 | VineAndOliveCdA.com

FORTY-ONE SOUTH

OPEN 7 NIGHTS A WEEK

208.265.2000

41SouthSandpoint.com

DELICIOUS FOOD & FUN COCKTAILS

41 Lakeshore Drive, Sagle, ID

Next to the Lodge at Sandpoint

A beautiful waterfront, fine-dining restaurant in a romantic

lodge setting overlooking Lake Pend Oreille. Whether it

is summer on the patio or cozying up to the fireplace in the

winter, Forty-One South’s spectacular sunsets, innovative

cuisine, full bar and extensive wine list are sure to make it a

memorable night out. A variety of delicious food year-round.

Reservations recommended.

41 Lakeshore Dr. | Sagle

208.265.2000 | 41SouthSandpoint.com

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MOONDOLLARS BISTRO

Moondollars Bistro is known for their burgers,

accompanied by scratch-made bread and soups. They

uses only fresh ingredients, which are the backbone

of this customer favorite. With a comfortable, friendly

atmosphere, awesome food, great service, huge patio

and full bar there is always something to keep customers

coming back for more.

5416 W. Village Blvd. | Rathdrum

208.687.5396 | MoondollarsBistro.com

Shopping. Dining. Take-Out.

ANGELO’S RISTORANTE

Angelo’s is the local favorite with a taste of homemade,

authentic Italian cuisine! Join them for a fresh, organic,

hand-crafted menu of veal, steak, chicken, seafood, pasta

and gluten-free offerings. They also offer an extensive wine

selection and warm romantic décor. Catering and private

cooking classes available with Chef Angelo.

846 N. Fourth St. | Coeur d’Alene

208.765.2850 | AngelosRistorante.net

MONARCH RAMEN +

NOODLE HOUSE

Monarch Ramen + Noodle House in Coeur d’Alene’s

midtown opened in fall 2019 to eager diners. Specializing

in ramen and noodle dishes, as well as a variety of smallplate

options, guests will be treated to incredible cuisine

paired with great brews and service.

1401 N. Fourth St.| Coeur d’Alene

208.966.4230 | MonarchNoodles.com

TIM’S SPECIAL CUT MEATS

Tim’s Special Cut Meats is your perfect, old-fashioned

butcher shop. The friendly staff is ready to help you pick out

the perfect cut. Tim’s carries only the finest natural meats

and also handles custom orders, with an extensive line

of house-made products from pickled garlic to specialty

sauces, marinades, rubs and salsas. Mobile butchering and

wild game processing are also available.

525 N. Graffiti St. | Post Falls

208.772.3327 | fTimsSpecialCutMeats

TimsSpecialCutMeats.com

Spring is around

the corner!

Be a chef at home or dine with us!

• Fresh Fish Market and Sushi Bar

• Smoked Fish

• 12 different kinds of fish and chips

EAT FRESH

EAT LOCAL

208.664.4800

Mon-Sat 11am-8pm

215 W. Kathleen, Coeur d’Alene

Locally Owned & Operated

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

Congrats,

Class of 2020!

SEPTEMBER 2020

What’s happening

in March?

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A ‘NIGHT OF

MISCHIEF’

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36TH ANNUAL WINE TASTE AND AUCTION TO

BENEFIT HOSPICE OF NORTH IDAHO

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

After much anticipation after its postponement earlier this

year, the time has finally come for this always incredible

and unforgettable event. In order to allow the community

to gather in person for this one-of-a-kind experience that

all who attend have grown to know and love, Hospice of North Idaho

welcomes the community to join them on Saturday, April 24, for an

evening of socializing, tasting and bidding at the 36th Annual Wine

Taste and Auction. A Night of Mischief Carnevale di Venezia will be

held at the Hagadone Event Center, with festivities beginning at 5pm.

Attendees (be sure to dress to impress!) will be treated to fine wine,

gourmet appetizers, lavish desserts, games and prizes, silent auction

and the always exciting live auction. Proceeds from the games, silent

and live auctions, paddle raise and wine purchases will benefit

Hospice of North Idaho’s mission.

The support shown through the Hospice Wine Taste, whether by

attending or donating, helps ensure that everyone who is in need

of expert care has access to the community’s trusted Hospice Care,

Community Palliative Care and Grief Support. Hospice Wine Taste

supports its nonprofit’s charitable mission and care for patients in

Kootenai, Shoshone and Benewah counties.

Looking for a way to support HONI with an opportunity to win a

fabulous trip? Then be sure to enter the Trip Raffle and enter to win a

travel voucher or redeem for cash valued at $4,995! The raffle is open

to the public, but just 500 tickets are available (and going fast!) so

enter today for your chance to win. The winner will be drawn during

the event, though you do not need to be present to win.

There is still time to become a sponsor for this year’s Wine Taste,

where you can join more than 500 philanthropic community leaders

and benefactors who help in furthering the Hospice of North Idaho

mission.

For more information, to purchase tickets to the event or a raffle ticket,

or to become a sponsor, visit HospiceofNorthIdaho.org/Wine-Taste.

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FUN & ENTERTAINMENT

March

FOR MORE EVENTS, VISIT CDALIVINGLOCAL.COM.

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THE GREAT DINE OUT

MARCH 12 - 27

Support local restaurants this month during The Great Dine Out, a new dining

event supported by local and regional credit unions and banks in partnership

with the Inlander. 2020 has been a tough year for local restaurants, and this

event is a way to help support them while enjoying all of the delicious flavors

of the area. March 12 through 27, restaurants from Coeur d’Alene to Spokane

will showcase three featured items that display their creativity and style. The

event offers diners options for takeout or dine in. Keep an eye out for the official

participant listings and menus at Inlander.com.

TAPHOUSE BEER DINNER

MARCH 18

Head over to Taphouse Unchained—a unique cycling-themed bar in

downtown Coeur d’Alene on Sherman Avenue—for their latest beerpaired

dinner, highlighting Grand Teton Brewing. Grand Teton Brewing

representatives will be in attendance to answer questions and spur

conversation around the beers, while you sip from five craft beer tastings

accompanied by four courses specially curated by the chef. Grand Teton is

committed to creating high-quality ales and lagers, and each of their batches

and finished brews is carefully tested and tasted by the quality manager, so

you know every tasting will be one to savor. Visit CdAResort.com/play/events

to purchase tickets.

SPRING CRAFT FAIR & FARMERS MARKET

MARCH 27 - 28

Say hello to spring! We’ve been forced to forgo many community events and

gatherings this past year due to the pandemic, but now’s the opportunity to

get out and support your community, and enjoy a touch of normalcy, with

plenty of room to social distance. The Spring Craft Fair & Farmers Market at

Freedom Acres Ranch in Rathdrum will feature 60 vendors from throughout

the area spread out over three acres, with booths inside and outside. Gather

the family, head out to support our local crafters and vendors from 9am to

4pm, and celebrate the first signs of spring. For additional details and contact

information, visit Facebook.com/FreedomAcresCDA.

* Please note, as of press time, these events were still scheduled to take

place as planned. Due to the current health crisis, there is the possibility

that event schedules may change or events canceled completely. Be

sure to visit event websites to stay up to date with current information.

SUBMIT YOUR EVENTS ONLINE!

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

Submit your events to us online at

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

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• 40,000+ SQ. FT. BUILDING

• VARIOUS OFFICE SIZES

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Spring Bling!

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Jewelry

Look for us near

Costco and T-Mobile - Open Now!

208.758.8331 • AquaGemJewelry.com

3500 N. Government Way, Suite 108, Coeur d’Alene, ID

Online store is coming soon at www.AquaGemJewelry.com

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$265,000 | Rathdrum, Idaho

Peace and serenity await you on 2.281 acres

ready to build your dream home! Backing up

to Rathdrum Mountain Nature Reserve, which

includes over 600+ acres of land including trails

for hiking and cross country skiing. Less than

1 mile to town gives you the privacy you want

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$255,000 | Rathdrum, Idaho

Own your own slice of North Idaho! This 2.050

acre lot is ready for your dream home. Enjoy

peace and serenity! This property backs up to

Rathdrum Mountain Nature Reserve, which

includes over 600+ acres of land including trails

for hiking and cross country skiing. Less than

1 mile to town gives you the privacy you want

with the convenience of being close to shopping,

parks and schools.

$725,000 | Kingston, Idaho

6 fantastic lots tucked away in the pines totaling

just under 15 acres! 3 lots sit on top with stunning

views west of the valley. Great development

opportunity or build your dream home and enjoy

the remainder of the acreage for your own private

retreat. Electricity is in and there are multiple

options for water. Option to purchase individual

lots may be available. Come enjoy all the wildlife

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$545,000 | Reardan, Washington

Unique small-town home full of history and

character! This home has a recently updated

kitchen, new electrical and plumbing and features

5 beds & 4 baths with over 4000 finished square

feet. The property features a 3 car garage/shop

that has also been converted into an outdoor

Tuscan kitchen. A plumbed guest cottage with

it’s very own kitchen sits on the property as well

that is full of potential. The home sits on a corner

lot just across the street from the town park and

is full of secret rooms and unique features you

won’t find in many other places. Don’t miss out

on the opportunity to own this historic home

just 13 miles from Airway Heights and 22 miles

from Spokane!

$95,000 | Post Falls, Idaho

RARE COMMERICAL CONDO OPPORTUNITY!

Stateline Garage Villas is now available. Desirable

Post Falls location just off I-90 with easy access

to Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and all surrounding

areas! This brand new complex is fully fenced

with one gated entrance and a secure exit gate

and features two common bathrooms, one with

shower. This 18x40 unit offers a 14x14 door prewired

for opener to be installed at buyers expense

if desired, man door, 2 8’ LED lights on each side,

50 amp RV hookup and 7 110 outlets. All units have

gas plumbed to them and are pre-wired to install

your own heater, ceiling is vapor barrier, exterior

walls are sheeted and insulated. Just a few units

left, don’t miss this opportunity! Other sizes

are available.

$2,450,000 | Kingston, Idaho

Placed right in the middle of grand forests, this is

a home for every leisurely activity and for every

conceivable guest. Isolation and privacy awaits

you! Enjoy the gated log cabin lifestyle at the lodge

at 122 Makridge Lane in the low populated town of

Kingston, ID. Whether you use it for vacation, an

Airbnb or live in it full-time this beauty that sleeps

28 guests needs to be experienced. Climb the

rock wall, play basketball, ski mountain virtually

next door, ATV riding and all on luscious 9 acres,

then relax with a sweet nighttime elixir at the bar.

Entertain your friends and family in one of two

dens, each equipped with a fireplace. Shoot pool

in the loft, or else steam out your worries in the

dry sauna. For seclusion and peace of mind, here

is Makridge Lane.

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