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What is the current real estate market climate in North Idaho?

Our market continues to favor Sellers. Good news for Buyers – Spring is here, and more properties are entering the

market. Mortgage lenders are still offering extremely low rates.

Is now a good time to buy or sell?

I always say when the time is right for you, the time is right.

Sellers, you currently have the advantage of high demand and relatively low supply. Rely on professionals, price

your home or land accordingly and know your next step.

Buyers be ready. Cash offers tend to take priority in this market. Approach your home search with proof of your purchasing

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One thing is certain - our market is constantly changing. What is important to me remains the same. God, Family

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MAY 2021

VOLUME 11 NUMBER 5

inside

Building Trends for 2021

Architecture evolves alongside changes in the

modern lifestyle

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To Build or to Buy

What to know when you are looking for a new home 80

Find the Right Fit for Your Needs and Budget

A few things to consider when selecting a contractor 88

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E aster is meant

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"But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;

they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and

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MEN & WOMEN!

Our lives are made up of many

important and valuable

components—from our family

and friends, our employers and

co-workers, to our community as a whole.

These people are pillars in our lives, helping

us to sustain a strong foundation in which

we build our lives upon.

Just as a contractor lays out plans before

beginning construction on a new home,

we, ourselves, are the ones who will first lay

down the foundation for which our lives

are built. This requires strategic planning,

the right knowledge and tools, patience and

dedication. There will, of course, be those

situations (some within our control, others

which are not) that throw us from our path,

and we sometimes find ourselves having to

pursue a different route—though with the

same final destination in mind.

As with all things in life, we must start from

the ground up. If our foundation is weak,

we will be unable to support all that relies

on that foundation. If we find ourselves

struggling and questioning ourselves,

weakening our stability, those who lean and

rely on us won’t have the support they need,

and soon things begin to shift, become

unstable and crumble.

If the past year has taught us anything,

it is how to adapt to new, ever-changing

situations. If we reflect on ourselves and

our lives, and how much they have changed

in the past year, I am sure that everyone of

us can agree that we found a strength and

perseverance we didn’t know we had. Our

foundation has become stronger, we have

become closer—even if from a distance—to

those in our lives. Though what the future

has in store for each one of us is uncertain,

we can—and will—take strength from our

core to create a future that will withstand all

hardship, standing tall, proud and strong.

A Happy Mother’s Day to all of those strong

women who are the foundation of their

families, creating homes filled with love,

happiness and stability. And this Memorial

Day, may we remember and honor all of

those men and women who sacrificed their

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CONTENTS

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Embody Center for the Healing Arts: Community

at its core

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ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life

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ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

Recognizing our local youth as they excel in

their sport

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LIFE & COMMUNITY

Toastmasters: Leadership and communication

skills in a supportive atmosphere

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Aspen Homes & Development LLC: Serving the people

and building communities

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GOOD NEWS

The Festival is Back!: The fresh face of The Festival

at Sandpoint

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IN FOCUS

Invent Idaho: The state’s most forwardthinking

students submit their inventions for

a virtual competition

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LIVING LOCAL

Sandpoint Living Local’s Finest Person of the Year:

Kathy Chambers

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Tips and informational articles about living a

healthy, active lifestyle

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sneak peek into May ...

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FEATURE

Nonprofit Choosing Unity Over Division:

Compassion Connect

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THE BUILDING PROCESS

Who to Hire: A few things to consider when

selecting a contractor

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2021 BUILDING TRENDS

Architecture evolves alongside changes in the

modern lifestyle

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TO BUILD OR BUY

What to know when you are looking for a new home

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TRAVEL & LEISURE

Exploring the Nation’s Newest Scenic Byway –

Washington’s Cascade Loop: The Ultimate Summer Road

Trip, Part I

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FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot spots

around town

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FEATURED RECIPE

Cooking Delicious but Light: Pan-Seared

Halibut with White Wine Mediterranean Sauce

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Don't miss out on these events and fun

community happenings

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Punch it Up!

THE ART OF DESIGN IS NOT A LINEAR PATH

By Deann Hammer, Interior Designer

With the surge of spec builder housing developments

arising in the Northwest, it is important to make

your mark and captivate design character in

your home.

No two homes are meant to look alike, and

the people who live in them should attempt to let their personality

shine through.

One of the best ways to add personality and warmth to a home is to

wallpaper. I know—it can be scary. But the industry has changed, and

wallpaper options are now limitless. Gone are the printed floral Grandma

papers of yesterday, and here to stay are bold geometrics and natural

textures.

Peel-and-stick papers give homeowners the option of a do-it-yourself

quick transformation, or you can hire a pro to install a more permanent

version. Often homes have too much drywall, and it’s a pleasant relief to

cover it up and add texture and pattern to a room.

If you have box-beamed ceilings, papering the ceiling with a textured

paper can also have a dramatic effect.

Patterned carpets are also a fun way to jazz up a space. I love to add

patterns on a staircase runner or a living room carpet. Pattern in carpet

adds life to an often passed by space and hides more dirt from foot traffic

with a pattern underfoot.

False beams are a new trend that makes a huge impact on the feeling of

a room. They are constructed out of Styrofoam, are incredibly light and

easy to install. (Just attach a 2x4 to the ceiling, and the beam attaches to

that.) They look incredibly real and add definition to the “fifth wall” of

a room. Most can easily be purchased online. They look terrific in living

rooms, bedrooms, kitchen and dining areas.

Window treatments were so overdone in the ‘80s and ‘90s, it took me

quite a while to bring them back. The current trend is to lose the heavy

fabric “drapery” and add a textured roller shade with a valance on all

windows. Continuity is the name of the game, so create a color/texture

theme—and stick with it. Roller shade valances are made from the same

fabric as the shade, and they soften the window opening, creating a

terrific backdrop for your furnishings.

If you feel you need that extra layering of drapery, keep it light, fresh

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Here to stay are bold geometrics

and natural textures.

and simple with a solid linen or sheer panel in a

neutral color. Typically, each side of most windows will

accommodate two panels from an average retailer.

Accessories should be of the correct scale/size. Larger is

often best with fewer pieces. Stick to a theme and strive

for quality.

Large plants (real or faux) in a simple decorative pot

that is a minimum of 30- to 34-inches tall is a terrific

way to add dimension to the corner of a room and add

visual appeal. My favorites are fiddle leaf fig, motherin-law

tongue (a.k.a. snake grass) and any kind of yucca.

Stay away from ficus, as they are messy and drip sticky

droplets onto your floor.

If you need help punching up the look of your home,

seek out a local interior design professional who can

help you get to the finish line!

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TEACHER OF THE MONTH

By Colin Anderson

Meagan

Hofmeister

LPOSD Instructional Coach

For Sandpoint’s Meagan Hofmeister,

teaching began at a very young age.

“I’ve been a certified teacher for

nine years, but if you ask my sister,

she’ll tell you I’ve been a teacher since she

was born! I was always trying to ‘teach’ her

new skills,” she laughed.

very eager to create the best possible

environments for their students. “Even

working with LPOSD teachers this year, it’s

been awesome to see that they have grown

and adapted with each new challenge.

They’ve gracefully modeled flexibility for

their students.”

Having been an online instructor for the

bulk of her career, Meagan’s skills were

utilized early on by the district when

schools were initially shut down and slowly

brought back to in-person learning. This

school year she acted as the

Lake Pend Oreille School

District’s instructional

coach. “My job is to support

teachers with curriculum

and instruction, and provide

resources that make the

lives of classroom teachers

easier,” she explained.

Meagan was more

comfortable than most in the

online realm and was eager

to share her experiences

with her fellow educators,

so they could continue

their positive impact on

local children—even from

a distance. Throughout the

challenging year, Meagan

helped support teachers

as they navigated technology, motivated

students from afar and created unique

learning opportunities for their students.

Despite learning many new things and

adapting to a new learning environment,

Meagan said her fellow teachers were

“I love building

relationships with

students! Watching

them grow in

their confidence

as students and

people is just the

very best thing.”

Meagan doesn’t just work with teachers, but

students as well. She’s a certified Secondary

English teacher, but this year she visited

just about every grade level. She very

much enjoys the relationships she's built

and witnessing students

progress with each visit. “I

love building relationships

with students! Watching

them grow in their

confidence as students and

people is just the very best

thing.”

With the school year

winding down, Meagan,

like her peers, will be

ready for a brief pause and

a few deep breaths after

a school year unlike any

other. When she thinks

back on it, she’ll remember

the dedication her fellow

teachers had to giving

their students their very

best effort while creating

a learning environment in which to thrive.

“The teachers in LPOSD have done an

amazing job of rising to the challenges of

this year; they’ve continued to provide an

excellent education for the students in our

district,” said Meagan.

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SIT. STAY.

COME.

Meet Nicole Morgan, CVT

North Idaho Animal Hospital

By Dawn Mehra

From a veterinary viewpoint, most dog and cat parents face some

type of behavior issue in their pet's lifetime. Barking, whining,

separation anxiety, aggression, biting, jumping up—the list goes

on. It is a rare well-behaved pet that hasn't been through some

kind of training class or regimen. Some breeds and situations are harder

than others.

Let's start with an important point: The more annoying or destructive

your pet is, the harder it is to form a bond. When a loving bond is

missing, one might consider removing the pet from their life by either

re-homing or shutting him/her out of social and stimulating situations

that they need to thrive. Isolation is a terrible thing for any domestic pet.

Enter Nicole Morgan, a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) from

North Idaho Animal Hospital. Nicole took her 10-year CVT knowledge

to another level. Besides excelling in the technical field of medicine

and surgery, she is now pursuing a dual behavior specialty through

the Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians and the Council for

Professional Dog Trainers. Why? Because she loves animal behavior! Her

passion for this complementary veterinary path stems from her love of

the human animal bond and her own trials as a pet parent. Nicole hooked

into behavior training after she successfully worked through a number of

issues including noise phobia, leash reactivity and food guarding with

her own dog, Vincent Vega. She then set out to identify and treat the

emotional needs, fear, anxiety and stress in companion animals, and

became a Fear Free Professional about two years ago. Next stop? Official,

hands-on companion animal behavioral training.

In the veterinary office, Nicole plays the part of “Pied Piper.” Within a few

minutes she can magically dampen fear and anxiety in many dogs and

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The more annoying

or destructive your

pet is, the harder it is

to form a bond.

cats. When working hands on with pet families,

she incorporates breed, pet personality and

family lifestyle to meet attainable goals.

Her trade secrets? Repetitive and consistent

requests, open family communication, positive

pet reinforcement and lots of treats! Positive

reinforcement is science-based and enables

quick learning and retention. It helps produce

reliability (dependable results) and strengthens

the relationship between pets and their people.

Nicole has a wide range of services, and will

consult with you at North Idaho Animal

Hospital:

• She encourages private puppy foundational

skill sessions to help with socialization and

handling, sit, stay, come.

• Preventive care visits during adolescence can

help identify and quell destructive or negative

habits.

• Behavior packages or one-time visits can

help with specific problem behavior such as

separation anxiety, biting, barking.

• Cats learn just as well as dogs! Biting,

scratching, litter box elimination issues … she

is happy to help.

To repeat, just like humans, companion

animals will likely develop undesirable habits

at some point in their life. When misbehaving

becomes persistent, pets are often either locked

outside, given up to the shelter or re-homed.

It doesn't have to be this way! A good training

class is a fun, social activity that benefits you

and your fur member. Classes increase your

pet attachment, create safety, and decrease

their isolation. A well-behaved pet is better

suited to share family time, building trust and

security, which in turn strengthens the humananimal

bond.

Interested in meeting Nicole? Call or visit

North Idaho Animal Hospital at 208.265.5700

and receive immediate answers to your pet

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Toastmasters

LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN A SUPPORTIVE ATMOSPHERE

By Tracey Bloomberg

Effective communication is an essential skill for every aspect

of our lives. Whether you are a CEO, student, manager,

employee, parent or someone looking to make an impact in

your community, Toastmasters will give you the skills and

confidence to effectively express yourself in any situation.

Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse

backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators

and leaders through a worldwide network of clubs. Today, the

organization's membership exceeds 364,000 in more than 16,200

clubs in 145 countries.

The heart of Toastmasters is the weekly meeting. This supportive

environment provides a structure to practice and improve your

communication and networking skills. Meeting roles also support

confidence in speaking to a community of peers. It’s never about

perfection but about getting better with each time you speak. Central

to the Toastmasters experience is the supportive atmosphere and

feedback you receive from fellow club members.

Toastmasters International also provides an amazing online platform

of education that is relevant and current for all ages. “Pathways” gives

you the opportunity to build core competencies in public speaking,

communication and management, to name but a few. There are

many specialized learning paths to choose in the Pathways arena.

In addition, through the online platform of Zoom, you can attend

meetings locally as well as clubs around the world.

On a local level, Lake Pend Oreille Toastmasters club draws members

from all over the region. The club currently meets in a Zoom format

and most recently has begun hybrid meetings with an in-person

audience and online Zoomers. The group meets Tuesdays at 5:30pm

for networking, and the meeting is from 5:45 to 7pm. The club’s

atmosphere is lighthearted and welcoming.

If confidence and public speaking are areas you wish to grow

yourselves in, or you are curious to learn more, they have a few

options for you:

1. Check out their Facebook page, Lake Pend Oreille Toastmasters.

2. Email the membership chairman at lpotoastmasterssandpoint@

gmail.com.

3. Better yet, join them via Zoom on Tuesdays at 5:45pm.

They invite you to join them online at us02web.zoom.us/j/239094798

or at East Bonner County Library.

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'IT'S A BLESSING'

Serving the people and building communities

By Jillian Chandler

ASPEN HOMES & DEVELOPMENT LLC

1831 North Lakewood Drive | Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

208.664.9171 | AspenHomes.com

“We are happy to be able

to live here and work

with the people we do.

It’s a privilege.”

For more than 25 years, husband and wife Todd and Zetta Stam have been

helping people realize their dream of discovering home right here in North

Idaho.

The owners of Aspen Homes, an Idaho Registered Master Builder, the couple has

a commitment to the community in which they live, work and play, and they are

grateful to be able to contribute their expertise to guiding home buyers in one of

the biggest purchases of their lives—a home.

“We pride ourselves in custom, but do many spec homes as well,” says Zetta. “We

try to make anybody’s dream a reality, no matter their price point. We can still help

buyers find that special house with any budget.”

Though specializing in custom builds, due to the current market, Aspen Homes

is unable to take on any additional custom home builds until 2022. “We want to

be able to under promise and over deliver,” affirms Zetta. “If we take on any more

this year, we would be stretching our team and unable to deliver the full experience

we’re known for providing to our clients.”

The team Zetta refers to is more than a group of employees—they are considered

family. Everyone does their part in bringing each project to the finish line while

exceeding expectations. A business that embodies integrity, high morals and

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values, the Stams and their Aspen Homes team can stand behind their

product and know they did things right.

From a young age, Todd grew up around the building industry, as his

father was a builder. At just 10 years old, he was helping at the work site,

helping his father to build a log home in Sandpoint—and that was the

foundation of what would become a passion for the business.

Both born and raised in the area, Todd and Zetta met more than 30

years ago, planting their roots in North Idaho, growing their business

here, as well as raising a family. They are grateful to call this place home

and be a part of a generous, giving community. “We are happy to be able

to live here and work with the people we do,” Zetta says. “It’s a privilege.”

As everyone can attest to the influx of people moving to this beautiful

piece of Idaho, Zetta believes that it is people who value our North

Idaho values and friendliness that are drawn here—and of course the

beauty. “This place is special, and if those moving here want to help keep

it that way, then great!” she smiles.

Aspen Homes is currently building in a subdivision in Sandpoint west

of the airport on Goodman Drive. Five of the 16 lots have already sold,

and the remaining 11 will be available for purchase as the spec homes

are completed. Prices range, on average, from $550,000 to $650,000 for

the roughly 1,800- to 2,800-square-foot homes. “We have three new

starts that we’re hoping to do in the next 30 days,” shares Zetta. If you’re

interested in finding out more about these properties, she encourages

you to call the office and ask for Erik.

Todd and Zetta credit their accomplishments and the success of the

business to God, 100 percent. “We went through a recession, endured

many ups and downs, and anytime we needed a client, I’d ask God,

‘Do you want us to be builders or not? It’s in your hands.’ And He kept

putting another name on our board to build with,” smiles Zetta. “Even

in the very beginning, we used the passion He put inside of us, and

people noticed. We built a good name in our community, solely by word

of mouth.”

Over the years, the Stams are thankful to have been given the opportunity

to be there for their community. “When there’s a need, and we are privy

to know about it, we try to help where we can,” Zetta says. “We are only

here for a short amount of time. It’s nice to be able to contribute in

making our community—and world—a better place.”

There’s no place like home. Let the team at Aspen Homes help in

bringing your vision of home to life.

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The Festival is Back!

THE FRESH FACE OF THE FESTIVAL AT SANDPOINT

By Abigail Thorpe

THE FESTIVAL

IS BACK

THIS YEAR—

AND BETTER

THAN EVER!

The Festival at Sandpoint has long been a

much-anticipated and loved epic music

festival that combines the things we

love most about Sandpoint: community,

summer, fun and art. COVID changed a lot of

things last summer, including the Festival that so

many look forward to each and every year, but the

Festival is back this year—and better than ever!

“Ultimately, our goal is to bring live music back to

Sandpoint with our concert series this summer and

the economic impact that comes with it. Although

we’ve seen our fair share of challenges, we’ve

continued to adapt, and I’m excited and optimistic

about our plans,” explains Ali Baranski, the new

executive director of The Festival at Sandpoint.

Each year, the internationally renowned Festival

brings a diverse collection of talented artists to

Sandpoint for the over week-long event held

outside at Memorial Field. Besides the incredible

fun that it brings to the community, it’s also a boon

for the local economy. It is estimated The Festival

at Sandpoint has a direct impact on the local

economy of more than $3 million, with a trickledown

effect of much more.

“The Festival’s Educational Mission exposes

up to 1,000 youths to no-cost music education

opportunities year-round,” adds Baranski. “Our

programs include 5th Grade Music Outreach

Program, Youth Strings Orchestra, Instrument

Assistance Program, scholarships and music

camps.”

This year, the Festival will be held July 29 through

August 8 at the newly updated Memorial Field, and

like previous years, there will be a great selection of

artists, and attendees will be able to bring in outside

food and drink to relax and enjoy the evening. But

a few things will look a little different.

“The safety and well-being of our community is

our number one priority. We’re staying very close

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to the developments of COVID-19, and we’ll follow national and local

guidelines and continue to work closely with the Panhandle Health

District to ensure everyone’s safety,” reassures Baranski. As the event

approaches, attendees can access a page on the website detailing

specific safety guidelines.

With the installation of the new artificial turf on the field, glass (with

the exception of wine bottles) won’t be allowed, and the wine tasting

will be adapted. This year won’t feature a brew fest, but there will still

be plenty of vendors to grab drinks and food from—and it’ll be much

easier than in years past.

Festival Street will be moved to Lake View Park behind the grandstands,

and it will be going digital this year to help keep the event cashless and

contactless. Attendees can use the Noble App to order food, drinks and

merchandise directly from their phones at their chairs or blankets, and

when the order is ready they’ll receive a notification it’s time to pick

it up. You can even browse menus from home and order ahead for a

specific time.

There will be no dance-style concerts this year, but that doesn’t mean

you can’t have fun and dance it up at your own blanket or space.

One big change surrounding The Festival at Sandpoint was the

announcement of Ali Baranski as Festival director. Originally from

the Portland area, she first attended the Festival back in 2010 to see

Michael Franti. “The Festival at Sandpoint was by far my favorite event

in Sandpoint—and maybe even the greater Northwest,” she smiles.

“As my attendance at the Festival evolved year after year, I felt myself

being pulled into the culture of bringing my camping table, tablecloth,

and charcuterie boards and wines to share, to be able to gather and

host friends. The fact that we get to enjoy a wide variety of world-class

musicians in our own rural backyard is incredible.”

Fast forward a decade, and after moving to Sandpoint with her husband

back in 2013 and joining the Festival Board in May of 2018, Baranski

became the interim executive director in November of 2019, and

was officially announced as the permanent executive director at the

beginning of 2021.

“With a music background, a passion for business, being married to

an educator and raising young children in Sandpoint, I am inspired

by the opportunities the Festival provides our community, its youth

and families,” explains Baranski. “I am passionate about not only

ensuring that the magic of our two-week music series continues, but

expanding the potential the Festival has educationally, culturally and

economically.”

Despite a year of changes and hardship, and a delayed process booking

bands due to limited touring offerings and uncertainty during the

pandemic, the team was able to pull together some impressive talent for

the 2021 Festival. They will be announcing the lineup throughout May,

starting May 3, so follow the Festival on social media, check the website

and sign up for the newsletter so you don’t miss an announcement!

The Festival at Sandpoint will be an incredible time to not only enjoy

the music we love but to celebrate the future of the Festival coming to

fruition after a time of uncertainty, and to experiencing some normalcy

again and enjoy excitement and fun as a community.

“The fact that the Festival is moving forward and endured this past year

is truly a testament to this community, our dedicated board of directors,

volunteers, and supporters like you!” says Baranksi. “Thank you.”

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IN

INVENT IDAHO

THE STATE’S MOST FORWARD-THINKING STUDENTS SUBMIT THEIR INVENTIONS

FOR A VIRTUAL COMPETITION

BY TAYLOR SHILLAM

Invent Idaho operates with the future in mind, starting with

today’s youth. Its mission is to “inspire, encourage and recognize

students for their inventions, designs and innovations.”

North Idaho’s premier student invention program began in

1989 and has since impacted countless lives. Invent Idaho provides

a platform to students to form valuable connections, build critical

skills and find out how far their ideas can take them.

Hosted annually at the University of Idaho, Invent Idaho is the state’s

only program of its kind. According to its mission statement, Invent

Idaho addresses “dozens of State Science Standards, as well as the

number one Technology and Communication Standard, Creativity

and Innovation.”

With Idaho schools’ emphasis on STEM education, the organization

hopes they can only continue growing.

As many events have in the last year, the 2021 Invent Idaho

convention took on a different format from years past. Keeping

COVID-19 concerns, restrictions and regulations in mind, Invent

Idaho’s regional events were each held and judged virtually. The

change didn’t affect its success; in fact, the organization was surprised

to see an increase in numbers.

“Even in the midst of a challenging year, our number of participants

in Invent Idaho held strong and steady, and our number of

participating schools even increased,” shared Beth Brubaker, state

director for Invent Idaho.

With the impact of the pandemic affecting the way students learn

and interact, “educators and parents are seeking out fresh, innovative

pathways for students to engage in learning,” the organization stated.

In 2021, they saw the participant count increase by over 50 inventors

compared to last year.

The process behind Invent Idaho begins with students identifying a

problem and designing an innovative solution. The student inventors

create blueprints, then a prototype of their invention—all while

logging their progress in a journal and preparing for the big pitch,

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FOCUS

a short presentation to explain what they’ve

created.

The Inventor’s Journal is a requirement for

every participant. In the journal, inventors

thoroughly track the entire invention process,

starting with the idea and following it through

various prototypes to completion.

This year, with all regional events held virtually,

each student was asked to record a continuous

four- to six-minute video pitch to submit

online. Parents were encouraged to let their

young inventors complete all the necessary

work themselves, except those related to safety

and construction. Fresh and innovative only

begins to describe the annual competition. The

only program in Idaho dedicated to celebrating

student creativity and innovation, Invent Idaho

simultaneously develops key problem-solving

skills within its participants. The program

emphasizes an inventive thinking process

designed to hone skills in creative thinking,

construct knowledge and communication

technologies.

In the three events typically held across the

state, students participate in progressive levels

of the competition. First-, second- and thirdplace

regional winners are chosen alongside a

Best of Category and Best of Show, with each

winner advancing to the next round. The

students’ hard work culminates at the Invent

Idaho State Finals.

Participants can contribute projects from

a number of categories, with the choice

of entering the competition on either an

individual or team level. Categories include

working models, in which students produce

a full-size or scaled working model of their

invention that works to accomplish a set goal,

and non-working models, for those inventions

that would be too large, technical or costly to

actually build.

Additional categories include adaptations of

inventions already in existence, gadgets and

games, and Jules Verne, the fantasy-driven

category encompassing projects too “futuristic

or fanciful” to be judged amongst the more

practical inventions. The Jules Verne category

focuses most on originality and imagination,

requiring a fully detailed drawing or 3D model

to represent the idea.

Participants are divided by grade, with a newly

added high school division for grades nine

through 12. Invent Idaho focuses on honing

skills like higher order thinking, creative

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empowering a new generation of innovators, critical thinkers and

problem solvers.

The student inventors of Invent Idaho are in no shortage of bold,

creative ideas.

This year, two groups of students advanced to compete on a national

level and earned free patent searches to further develop their

inventions, including Autumn and Julianna Schwam from Hayden

Canyon Charter. Three student inventors were selected to display

their invention at the University of Idaho EXPO alongside the

university’s senior engineering design project, including Chelsea

Venning with her invention, the Plant Saver.

The Plant Saver is a device that guides a plant into the sunlight until

it has reached its required time in the sun, when it’s then rotated

back into the shade. Her idea was inspired by watching plants of her

own suffer in last summer’s wavering temperatures.

“I want inventions like this to help positively impact the environment

and help keep smaller plants alive,” Venning shared. She hopes to

continue participating in Invent Idaho throughout high school and

eventually reach the world competition, building on her skills and

experiences as she gets closer to making her ideas a reality.

Additional 2021 winners include Isabelle Meredith from Lakeland

Junior High, who qualified for Nationals with her invention

“Famous Monument,” and Ava Shields from Post Falls, Figpickels’

Pick Winner for “Dessert Rush.”

Dessert Rush was inspired by Shields’ love for board games. The

game works by rolling a dice to move pieces around the board,

collecting recipe ingredients along the way. Creating a game of her

own took time, creativity and precision.

“The hardest part of creating this game was designing the cards,”

Shields recalled. “I had to create them using extremely exact

measurements.” She then had to find just the right print shop to

provide color copies of her designs.

The effort invested into creative projects like Ava’s builds a strong

foundation for Invent Idaho participants to forge a bright future.

thinking and construct knowledge, encouraging innovation, creative

engagement, research, math and writing. The impact of the event has

reached far beyond the Northwest.

Invent Idaho’s website recalls the success of 2012 participant Carson

Magee, who at just 10 years old designed an invention to help those

with Type I diabetes, like himself, manage the disease. His project won

Best of Show that year, inspiring the publicity that led to the national

opportunities.

In 2015, Alex Knoll, a 12-year-old inventor from Post Falls, designed

the AbilityApp, a free resource to help people with disabilities locate

resources, safe services and employment opportunities. The invention

earned him not only multiple awards from Invent Idaho and recognition

from other national competitions, but a guest appearance on “The Ellen

DeGeneres Show.”

“The Idaho Invention Convention prepares students for the needs of

the 21st century economy,” the organization stated. They are proud of

“My goals for the future focus on working hard and accepting that

change might be needed at times,” Shields said, reflecting on her

finished project. “I hope that inventions like mine will impact the

world by giving people everywhere joy and happiness.”

For students, parents and educators ready to learn more about Invent

Idaho, the 2020 Invent Idaho Invention Contention State Finals video

recording is available for viewing on YouTube. Those looking to get

involved can visit InventIdaho.com for information on participation,

competition guidelines and sponsorships. Opportunities within Invent

Idaho even include free training workshops that can be arranged for

students to earn university credit.

Creative thinking and innovation are qualities to celebrate, support and

strengthen, especially within the young minds who are preparing to

shape the future with their ideas. Invent Idaho is a unique event doing

just that: celebrating the creative abilities of our youth.

“We hope all schools will continue to provide the Invent Idaho student

invention program for their students, and that new schools, districts and

parents will embrace the opportunity,” Brubaker stated. “These young

inventors are the future of this country!”

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Community

AT ITS CORE

Creative classes inspire through movement

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

EMBODY CENTER FOR THE HEALING ARTS

823 Main Street | Sandpoint, Idaho 83864

208.304.3143 | EmbodySandpoint.love

“One of the main motivations

that keeps me deeply connected

to this style of work is the

profound healing effect dance

and movement has on people."

“In 2000, I wanted to travel and learn a new trade and step away from our

Western ways of thinking,” recalls Brietta Leader. “I traveled to Thailand to

study ancient Thai massage, venturing to India as well to be a part of the

largest spiritual gathering on the planet—the Maha Kumba Mela. After six months,

I realized my path as a healing artist.”

A life immersed in dance, paired with her travels, led Brietta to a lifestyle that was

interwoven with passion and the inspiration to be of service to her community.

Immediately upon her return stateside, Brietta earned her white belt for the Nia

technique (movement form) and began Moondance Movement & Massage in July

2001.

In February of 2016, Brietta would partner with Blissa Nizzoli, opening Embody

Center for the Healing Arts. “Opening Embody felt like landing in my home studio

after being a nomad and teaching out of different studios for 15 years,” shares

Brietta. “This summer I will be celebrating the business that I started 20 years

ago (Moondance Movement & Massage), which has essentially partnered with

Embody.”

Embody Studio offers dance-based movement programs, unique styles of yoga,

ecstatic dance, breathwork, meditation, red tent gatherings, massage, Shamanic

energy practitioners and private healing sessions. It is the home to the creators

of two different trademarked movement forms: WildCore Movement, designed

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y Brietta, and Primal Vinyasa, created by Annie Adamson. Embody’s

instructors are artists, well-educated and experienced with body movement

and healing.

“As a studio owner, I love being a people connector. It is a joy to offer a space

where passionate teachers can connect with students, other teachers and

community members, resulting in some form of magic and synchronicity,”

Brietta says. “This integration leads to creative and inspiring classes that

are unique to Embody Studio. Each class has a vivaciousness of its own,

and you will leave feeling more deeply connected to yourself and others.”

Embody Center for the Healing Arts is community centered, with

classes and workshops always evolving and shifting with the seasons, the

community's needs and the changing times. In addition, Embody welcomes

the unique blending of the healing arts. Brietta takes pride in being able to

contribute to the mental and physical health of the community through

the classes and offerings shared at Embody.

“One of the main motivations that keeps me deeply connected to this

style of work is the profound healing effect dance and movement has on

people,” she states. “My favorite part of being a leader of embodiment are

the moments people awaken into their expressive, wild animal body and

realize their power to self-heal.”

Embody Studio is also home to a local dance troupe—Gypsy Divas. Since

2007, this unique group of women shares their love of the ancient art of

dance, with each performance encompassing a unique story of inspiration,

original costuming and world music. Gypsy Divas has performed at Festival

of Sandpoint, Winter Carnival, Sandpoint Farmers Market, Shakespeare in

the Park, The Follies, Moondance Productions and both Summer Fest and

NW Yoga Feast for 10 years.

In addition to her work done through the studio, Brietta has been a

member of the Eureka Board since 2017, which is currently hosting a Free

Meal Initiative, providing 100 spaghetti dinners to the Food Bank each

week. During the summer, Eureka Institute hosts both Summer Fest and

NW Yoga Feast, which Brietta not only participates in but helps to create.

“I have had so much support over the years from my husband, friends and

family that I am so grateful for!” Brietta smiles. “It is truly the attitude of

not giving up, the medicine of movement and the statement of ‘What else

would I do?’ that has been the steady current in this river of life.”

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ATHLETES OF

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game, but at the end of the day, I love

playing it more than anything else."

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that got me hooked on golf, and he has taught

me to always persevere and do my best,” he

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HARLEY WILKS

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Sandpoint High School senior Harley

Wilks enjoys spending plenty of time

outdoors. In the winter, it’s hitting the

slopes, and during the hot summer

months, you’ll find him swimming and

boating. Throughout the year he also tries to

get in as many rounds of golf as he can. Now

captain of his high school team, Harley has

come a long way since his grandfather began

Harley started playing the game around the

age of 10, with Grandpa showing him the

finer points of the game while keeping his

head up when things didn’t go so well. Harley

played for fun up until his freshman year,

when he began to take the game a little more

seriously. He soon found out that other young

golfers had started to hone their competitive

skills far before him, something he learned to

overcome. “The kids that I play against, most

of them have been playing seriously way longer

than I have. However, this has just made me

work harder and inspire me to play better.”

Despite the competition from other schools

and within his own program, Harley states that

many of his closest friends have come from

relationships built on the golf course. It’s a game

of struggles in which everyone can help each

other overcome. “I just love the game of golf;

well, it’s more of a love/hate relationship.

I’m sure other golfers can relate. It can be

a tough and frustrating game, but at the

end of the day, I love playing it more than

almost anything else,” he explained.

After graduation, Harley plans on

enrolling at Northwest Nazarene

University in Nampa. He’s not sure about

trying out for the golf team but will seek

out area tournaments to help keep his

game sharp and feed his competitive spirit.

His interests include a major in business

management and a minor in Christian

ministries. “I chose business management

because my family has always told me I

have a mind for business. I also chose a

minor in Christian ministries because

I grew up in the church, and I want to

continue to pursue my relationship with

the Lord,” he said.


THE MONTH

CECE DEPREZ

senior

Sandpoint senior CeCe Deprez has

tried just about every sport she

can find. She’s competed in track,

lacrosse, soccer, basketball, tennis,

baseball and swim. The experience of playing

vastly different sports has helped her become

even better at the two sports she focused

most on throughout her years at Sandpoint

High—volleyball and golf.

“I have learned to balance sports and

academics to the best of my ability, and it’s

been challenging at times, but I have always

loved having a busy life,” she said.

CeCe remembers being pushed early on.

During a club volleyball season, the team

was split into an ‘A’ and ‘B’ squad, and she

was placed on the lower team. “It was kind

of a strike to the heart but also helped me

persevere because I wanted to prove to not

only my coaches but myself as well that I

was better than that,” she recalled. CeCe

committed to improving her skills and landed

a spot on the varsity team as a sophomore—

one of only two sophomores to make the

team. “It was amazing to be able to challenge

myself more than ever before and was able to

adapt and overcome.”

Despite being on many teams, she refers

to her golf team as her entire friend group.

They’ve almost all known each other since

elementary school, and some even went to

preschool together. “We have made some

pretty amazing memories together, and every

tournament is a blast because of them. I love

our team, and we all have such a positive

attitude for the sport and each other, which

makes it all worthwhile.”

CeCe received offers from a few schools to

play volleyball but has decided to focus on

her academics. She plans to enroll at Boise

State this fall and focus on either the nursing

or neuropsychology programs offered there.

“I have taken a couple psychology classes

through Sandpoint High School, and I fell

in love with the science behind the way our

brain works. I have also always been into

nursing and helping others. I personally

believe I would have more fun in pediatric

nursing over regular nursing, so I’m very

excited to see where I end up because there

are so many options offered at BSU.”

After getting comfortable in the college

atmosphere, CeCe might consider trying out

for the golf team and will reevaluate after her

freshman year.

Whether it’s on the course or in the classroom,

the lessons she’s learned from years of

competition will help guide her future. “One

life lesson I’ve learned from sports is that, like

anything in life, accomplishing something

takes time and patience. No one can just

succeed on their first try, but any goal can be

achieved with proper practice and effort.”

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SANDPOINT LIVING LOCAL’S FINEST PERSON OF THE

YEAR: KATHY CHAMBERS

A Florida girl at the heart of Sandpoint

BY ABIGAIL THORPE

“I

have loved Sandpoint since the day I arrived,” smiles Kathy

Chambers, Sandpoint Living Local’s Finest Person of the Year.

A Sandpoint local who, in addition to much else, serves as

the Board chair and volunteer coordinator for Kinderhaven,

Kathy was born and raised a Florida girl, but 30 years in Sandpoint have

made her a Pacific Northwesterner, and she embraces it with gusto.

There aren't many who would say they haven’t been impacted in some

way by Kathy, whether it be a welcoming smile, a helping hand, a word of

encouragement, or—one of her favorite ways of showing love—a homecooked

meal. She has a heart for those in need, and she makes it a priority

to do more than just talk—she puts her words into action.

“Suffering is something I cannot bear to witness, so relieving that is what

drives me,” explains Kathy. “There are so many people hurting in this

world, and anytime we can alleviate those burdens of pain, loneliness,

hunger, sadness and loss, we cast a spark of change which expands out.”

Kathy moved to Sandpoint with her husband of now 33 years, Chris, back

in 1991. He had grown up here and wanted to raise his own family in the

town he had such wonderful memories in, and Kathy was quick to fall

in love as well. “Being a member of a tightly knit community that truly

takes care of its own is beyond rewarding. Raising my kids in Sandpoint

afforded us a life reminiscent of older times: slow-paced, simple, close to

nature, safe and inspired by an entire community,” she says.

Those community bonds that make Sandpoint so special are because of

the proud members who live here and care deeply for the people around

them, and Kathy is one of those inspiring leaders who rolls her up sleeves

and dives in.

“So much talk and so little real action is the theme these days. If you

complain but aren’t willing to roll up your sleeves and dig in, I have no

time or energy for you,” she reflects. “We are all on some sort of path, and

sometimes that divides us, but I believe we all want a similar outcome.

Everyone has a story, and listening is the only way we will ever invoke

progress. That is something I want to improve in myself and in my

community.”

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Kathy joined the Kinderhaven board in 2009, and the nonprofit has since

become her heart. Kinderhaven first started when Kathy’s dear friend

Marsha Oglivie learned local children experiencing abuse and neglect

were taken from their homes, and many were separated from their

siblings, sent out of town or even housed in juvenile detention due to lack

of foster homes in Bonner County. Kinderhaven stepped in and made a

home for these children to experience stability, love and care.

Kathy has served as chair of the nonprofit for five years now. “I am

incredibly proud of where we are today, able to care for 16 children,

keeping siblings intact and working to heal these children with a

therapeutic approach from the moment they enter our home. While

we may not see into the future the fruits of our labor in changing these

children’s lives, we know that by planting seeds of loving and healthy

bonds we are making our world a better place.”

Growing up, Kathy was encouraged by strong, loving parents to have

the confidence to trust her instincts, and was herself surrounded by

stability, love and strong attachments—something she and Chris work

hard to pass along to their own children, Katie and Buddy—and what

she dedicates much time and energy to helping provide children in the

community who don’t have the same.

She’s passionate about being a force of change, and part of that for her is

challenging her perspectives and learning from others. “I believe having

friends with different viewpoints on the world is important. We’d learn

so much more if we expanded our relationships to just beyond those who

agree with us on everything,” she shares.

Kathy loves to cook, and she’s always quick to use that love to bless others.

“I think feeding someone is such a loving act any human can express, and

it’s healing to all in many ways.”

But she also prioritizes her family and caring for herself. When she’s

not serving others, you’ll often find her teaching fitness classes at her

company, Sandpoint Dance Fitness, or paddle boarding, cross-country

skiing, or off on the family boat in the San Juans, traveling, dancing,

cooking and treasuring time with her kids. And she laughs, a lot!

“I believe that YOU are the most important person in your life,”

encourages Kathy. “So many times we give ourselves away to people in

unhealthy ways without realizing it. Taking care of yourself is an act of

love, and that strengthens you to better care for others. Keep that tank

filled and know when it needs attention. Your mind will lie to you all the

time, but the body keeps score and never will. Listen to it!”

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In the midst of her adventures, work and fun,

Kathy never grows tired of experiencing the

incredible people her children have become—

for her, her greatest achievement.

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“To know Chris and I brought forth kindness,

generosity and hard work into our world leaves

me completely and utterly joyful.” It’s the

same spirit she loves about Sandpoint and its

community.

“I applaud what has been done to maintain

Sandpoint as a small town while honoring its

colorful history. I hope we never lose the funky,

friendly atmosphere, and that we continue to

protect and respect our natural resources. There

is plenty of room for opposing thoughts and

opinions, and I wish for forward movement as

a whole for the good of our community.”

After three decades, Kathy is intrinsically

linked with this community and as part of its

spirit and life as you can be. She’s made this

home, and in turn, Sandpoint has benefited in

countless ways, and those who know Kathy can

testify to the life and spark that Kathy brings

to so many through her work, her volunteering

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Stretching 101

The how, the why and the benefits of stretching!

By Molly Radonich, LAT, ATC, Kauai Therapy & Wellness

How many times has someone told you to stretch after an

activity? How many times have you actually done it? Stretching

is so important to do, but not many of us actually stretch. I

know I skip stretching quite often, and I am fully aware of how

beneficial it is for you. Stretching helps increase our range of motion, but

what exactly does that mean? Range of motion is the amount of mobility in

a joint, and flexibility is the ability to move a joint easily through a range of

motion. Both of these aspects of stretching are important to help maintain

daily activities and be able to do the things you want and need to.

A lack of flexibility can lead to several issues, including neural tightness

(nerve tightness), joint restrictions, muscle atrophy, poor posture and

many other things. If our joints and muscles aren’t stretched frequently,

they get tight. This prevents us from doing things like reaching to the top

shelf, bending down to pick up your grandkids, etc. The most dangerous

part of this is if you reach down quickly or when your muscles aren’t

prepared, your tight muscles predispose you to straining a muscle because

it is not able to adapt to the demands you are placing on it.

Research has shown that aging and diabetes can lead to decreased shoulder

flexion. As we age, our tissues lose elasticity, so we can’t increase our muscle

length as well as we were able to before. As an aging adult, it is vital to work

on your range of motion and flexibility so when you’re older you have more

flexibility to lose.

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THE MOMENT YOU’VE BEEN TRAINING FOR

As the running season has arrived, all of those months of training

are ready to be put to the test! Whether it's your first 5k or your fifth

marathon, be sure you’re prepared. Continue to alternate between easy

and hard days, tapering off before the race. Always take the time to

properly warm up and cool down. Hydrate and fuel your body. And most

importantly, listen to your body. If it's telling you it's tired, then it’s time to

rest. Adequate sleep is essential—especially while training.


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IS THE AMOUNT OF

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AND FLEXIBILITY IS THE

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A RANGE OF MOTION.

Here are some ways that stretching is beneficial

for you:

• Increased flexibility

• Increased mobility

• Increased blood flow to the area

• Decreased swelling

• Decreased adhesion formation

• Decreased pain

Stretching is really good for you, but if you don’t

know how to stretch on your own, it’s not that

helpful. We recommend home stretching to

our patients quite frequently, and we send them

home with information or a demonstration on

how to perform home stretches. We typically

follow these principles to help increase our

patients’ flexibility:

• Perform stretches one to two times a day.

• Hold for 30 seconds to one minute (the longer

you stretch, the longer the effects of

stretching last).

• Repeat each stretch three to four times.

• Maintain deep, even breathing throughout

stretches.

• Do not move into positions that are painful.

In general, to stretch a muscle, the muscle will

need to be pulled into the opposite direction in

which it contracts. For example, the hamstring

performs hip extension, so bringing your leg

back. To stretch the hamstring, we pull the

leg into flexion, or up toward you. There are

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SPF

When—and how—to use it, and

choosing the best option for yearround

use

BY KRISTIN CARLSON, MEDICAL ESTHETICIAN

REFINED AESTHETICS MED SPA, PLLC

As I write this on a sunny Sunday

morning in March, we (my family

and friends) had just had one of those

picture-perfect, blue bird days up at

Schweitzer. Skiing and snowboarding, sitting

out in the sun at the Outback while the kids

played, celebrating the first glimpses of spring. I

applied SPF before I left the house, like I do every

morning, but failed to apply to the kids. My friend

bought sunscreen from one of the stores, saving

us all from sunburn and serious goggle tan.

Remembering to apply sunscreen is a habit I

recommend getting into on the daily. Choosing

the right one for your skin type is something

you can plan for ahead of time, assuring you are

prepared and protected year-round.

The Difference Between Chemical and Physical

SPF

Chemical sunscreens are made of organic,

carbon-based compounds that absorb into the

skin. The skin then absorbs UV rays, converting

the rays into heat, and releasing them from the

body. The fact that chemical SPFs are typically

thinner allows for smoother application, easy

everyday use, and combination with makeup

and other skin-care products. They also come

in sweat and waterproof varieties. Because they

need time to absorb, chemical sunscreen takes

time to begin working and should be applied at

least 30 minutes prior to sun exposure. Because

of their lightweight consistency, they are ideal for

oily, acne-prone skin types.

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Physical sunscreens are made of mineral

actives, such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide,

and sit on top of the skin, reflecting UVA

and UVB rays, rather than absorbing them.

Creating a barrier prevents absorption and

a bouncing effect of the sun’s rays. Physical

sunscreens are thicker and are rarely sweat

or waterproof but begin working as soon as

they are applied. The thicker consistency can

leave a white residue on the surface of the skin.

Physical sunscreen is ideal for sensitive skin,

including rosacea.

Choosing the Right Product for You

Determine your skin type and read the product

labels. Check the active ingredients, and do

your research if you are unsure what they are.

Those who want to avoid chemicals, and

keep their products more natural, a physical

sunscreen may be a better option for you.

If you are acne prone, you may want to

consider an oil-free chemical sunscreen to

reduce breakouts.

For those who are environmentally conscious,

make sure you pay attention to the ingredients

in your SPF products, specifically chemical

compounds like oxybenzone and octinoxate.

SPF products can wash off into our natural

bodies of water, affecting the growth and

photosynthesis of green algae, causing damage

to coral reefs and other marine life.

Regardless of the type of SPF you choose, it

should be worn daily, rain or shine, to preserve

the skin and protect against harmful UV rays.

All SPFs require reapplication to maximize

their benefits. Read the label on your product

for recommended reapplication times, but

typically every one to two hours if you are in

direct exposure. If you’re having a boat day on

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STROKE AWARENESS MONTH

Q&A WITH BONNER GENERAL HEALTH STROKE COORDINATOR ALLI EMCH, RN, CEN

By Kristin Carlson, Marketing Specialist, Bonner General Health

It is estimated that every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke. A

stroke occurs when the brain's blood supply is interrupted or reduced,

preventing brain tissue from getting oxygen and nutrients. May is

recognized as Stroke Awareness Month, spreading knowledge and education

to one of the leading causes of death in our country. I spoke with our Stroke

Coordinator Alli Emch about the signs, risk factors, prevention, treatment,

and what to do if you think you are having a stroke.

What are the signs and symptoms of a stroke? There are different types

of stroke: ischemic, which is a loss of blood supply to the brain, related to

a blood clot; hemorrhagic, which is a loss of blood supply, related to bleed.

The signs of a stroke include sudden onset of:

1. Numbness or weakness in the face, arms or legs, particularly on one side

of the body

2. Confusion (either unable to understand or not making sense)

3. Difficulty with speech, slurred, or inability to find correct words

4. Difficulty walking, loss of balance or coordination

5. Severe headache that does not have an obvious or known cause

6. Vision changes, blurred or loss of vision in one or both eyes

Additional signs include sudden onset of continuous vertigo and any of the

following;

• 65 years of age or older

• Younger than 65 with risk factors (hypertension, diabetes, elevated

cholesterol)

• Neck pain in the setting of recent manipulation (chiropractor) or injury

(motor vehicle accident)

*Please note, symptom onset is sudden and not person’s normal behavior.

Who is most at risk? There are risk factors we can change (modifiable)

and those we cannot (non-modifiable). Those most at risk have high blood

pressure, high cholesterol, elevated blood sugars, smoke, excessive alcohol

use, sedentary lifestyle and non-compliance with medication. Some factors

we cannot control are our genetics, race, ethnicity and gender.

Tell me about the Telestroke program at BGH? The telestroke program

at BGH utilizes telemedicine to provide real-time consults with stroke

neurologists within the Providence Network. These physicians are experts in

the field of stroke care. They are incredibly helpful in determining those who

may qualify for clot-busting medication or surgical intervention to remove

a clot.

How does this service provide support to a rural hospital? The Emergency

Department physicians and nurses are highly trained in recognizing

and treating stroke; the telestroke service is an adjunct to treatment and

provides an additional layer of expertise. Additionally, the Providence

Network partnership helps coordinate care to those patients requiring close

monitoring and follow-up care.

Prevention: How do I reduce my risk of having a stroke? Scheduling an

appointment and establishing care with a primary care provider can help

determine if someone is at risk for stroke.

Interventions to reduce modifiable risk factors such as blood pressure

control, improved diet, increased physical activity and smoking cessation are

imperative to reducing death incidence related to stroke.

Additionally, raising awareness of stroke signs and symptoms and the

importance of seeking rapid medical treatment can also reduce disability

related to stroke.

Recovery: What is the recovery process for someone who has had a

stroke? The recovery process from stroke is different for everyone, and each

stroke, depending on what part of the brain was affected and how long the

brain was without blood supply. The term "time is brain" refers to the fact that

1.9 billion brain cells are lost for each minute they are without blood supply.

Does BGH offer services to aid in recovery from a stroke? Yes, BGH has

robust Physical Therapy (P.T.) Occupational Therapy (O.T.) and Speech

Therapy (S.T.) programs. Services are provided in inpatient and outpatient

settings. Our therapists are well trained to care for those who have suffered a

stroke with the goal of recovery.

If you or someone you know is having a stroke, or you suspect a stroke, seek

medical attention immediately, call 911, or come directly to the Emergency

Department. Don't delay treatment; even if symptoms resolve, you can still

be provided with education to help modify risk factors and understand signs

and symptoms.

For more information about our services, visit BonnerGeneral.org.

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READY TO GET

BACK OUT ON

THOSE HIKING

TRAILS?

It’s time to

strengthen those feet

By Missi Balison

BEING BAREFOOT ALLOWS

YOU TO INCREASE BALANCE,

ENGAGE MUSCLES, IMPROVE

MOBILITY, TRANSFER

STABILITY FROM ONE SIDE

TO THE OTHER, AND OFFERS

EFFICIENT FORCE TRANSFER

TO THE GROUND.

Strong, healthy feet are critical to a

successful training program. Your

feet and ankles make up your body’s

foundation and act as “shock absorbers”

when your body interacts with a surface.

The feet transmit weight from our body to the

ground, allow us to balance in static posture,

and propel our body forward, back and

laterally in dynamic activities.

Many of the problems you see upstream

(ankles, knees and hips) are very much related

to the foot.

Hip, knee and ankle discomfort or pain often

starts in foot dysfunction. Being barefoot

allows you to increase balance, engage muscles,

improve mobility, transfer stability from one

side to the other, and offers efficient force

transfer to the ground.

Try “toe yoga” to strengthen your feet and

protect your feet, ankles, knees and hips from

injury this summer.

Foot Exercises

You can perform foot exercises alone, as part

of a warmup or in the stretch section of a

workout. Inactive foot muscles may fatigue

quickly, but daily exercise will build strength

and endurance.

Toe spreading: Stand on a stable surface. Extend

and simultaneously move your toes away from

each other. Create as much space between the

toes as possible. Repeat several times for e

ach foot.

Marble pickup: Put a pile of marbles on the

floor. Pick up each marble with your toes,

creating a second pile. Repeat several times,

each foot.

Toe yoga: Extend the big toe while toes two

to five stay on the floor. Alternate, lifting and

lowering toes two to five and then the big toe.

Do each foot separately and then both feet

together.

Beginning and end: Extend all your toes.

Alternate pressing the big toe and fifth toe to

the floor, keeping the ankle centered. Extend

all toes and simultaneously press the big toe

and fifth toe to the floor, keeping the middle

toes lifted. Repeat for each foot.

Band work: Fasten a resistance band to a secure

point, placing the other end of the band on the

top or dorsal side of the foot, below your toes.

Dorsiflex the foot (raise it up toward the shin)

and then relax. Repeat several times, each foot.

Foot stretch: Kneel and tuck all toes under

the buttocks. Press the toe pads into the floor.

Place a blanket or cushion under the knees if

you feel discomfort. Spend 20 to 30 seconds in

this position and gradually work toward one

minute.

Love on those little toesies today, and you’ll be

ready to tackle those hiking trails in no time!

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VITAMINS D, E, F, G,

H, I, J AND K

THE ABCS OF THE DISCOVERY AND NAMING

OF SOME ESSENTIAL, AND NOT SO

ESSENTIAL, NUTRIENTS

BY SCOTT PORTER, SANDPOINT SUPER DRUG

Hippocrates, a Greek physician born in 460 BC, is quoted

as saying, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy

food.” Though historically well understood by various

cultures and early physicians, science has only begun to

postulate in the most recent centuries that food contains accessory

factors that are vital to the functions of the human body—in addition

to carbohydrates, fats, minerals and proteins.

The term “vitamine” was coined in 1912 by Casimir Funk as he was

researching a compound called aberic acid, which was previously

identified by Umetaro Suzuki from Japan. Suzuki reported that brown

rice was helpful in curing beriberi. This disease had been long known

going back to ancient China, where fermented soybeans were also

associated with reducing symptoms.

Funk referred to this compound as “vitamine B” because it contained

a vital “amine” group and was association with curing beriberi. He

thought of it as the “anti-beri-beri-factor” and hypothesized that

additional vitamines could cure diseases such as rickets, coeliac

and scurvy. This contradicted prevalent thought that bacteria were

responsible for diseases. But in 1884, Takaki Kanehiro had also

rejected the germ theory for beriberi and proposed insufficiencies in

the diet were responsible instead.

“Vitamine A” was the next compound to be named in 1918. Not

so much a discovery, but more a long, incremental process, it was

identified as far back as 1819 through its benefit to dogs. It was

initially called “fat-soluble accessory-factor,” later “fat-soluble A,” and

finally “vitamin A.” The “e” was dropped when it was realized that

vitamins did not necessarily need to be nitrogen-containing amines.

The naming of the vital compounds then proceeded sequentially in

order of discovery. Vitamin C and D were next in 1920. Chemical

names have now also been given to all the vitamins, and some are

better known by these. C is ascorbic acid and D is calciferol. Vitamin

E, alpha-tocopherol, was named in 1922.

When a compound was later discovered to be non-essential or better

grouped with another vitamin, its designation was dropped. Alphalinolenic

acid (an omega-3 fatty acid) and linoleic acid were named

“vitamin F” in 1923, but this designation was later removed when

they were deemed to be fats.

“Vitamin G” is an obsolete term for riboflavin, which is now B2.

Biotin, or B7, was originally “vitamin H,” and “vitamin I” was an

extract of rice that was completely abandoned. The “J” vitamins may

have referred to bioflavonoids or choline, but upon further inspection

neither were determined to be a vitamin.

And that brings us to “vitamin K.” Identified in 1929, its naming

did not follow sequential convention. Due to its blood-clotting

characteristics, which in German is the word “koagulation,” it got the

letter K.

Funk’s hypothesis proved to be right. His vitamine B cured beriberi

and is now known as thiamin, or vitamin B1. Deficiencies in B1 have

been associated with rickets, D with coeliac and C with scurvy.

Our understanding of vitamins continues to evolve. It has been a slow,

progressive process with many setbacks, revisions, contradictions and

deceptions. One thing is for certain, there are compounds in food that

are essential in trace amounts for a healthy and optimal life.

Scott Porter, a functional medicine pharmacist, is the director

of the Center for Functional Medicine & Nutrition at Sandpoint

Super Drug.

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CHOOSING UNITY OVER

DIVISION

COMPASSION CONNECT

BY RACHEL KELLY

When asked about the guiding principle of their

work with Compassion Connect, Christine Gilge

and Kawehi Marshall of Compassion Connect

Puget Sound quoted their inspiration from Jesus:

“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the

same way I loved you, love one another. This is how you will be

recognized as my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-

35 (MSG).

The command to “love on another” is repeated three times.

Apparently, Jesus thought his followers might forget! And it’s true,

sometimes they did. Sometimes they do. Compassion Connect

was founded with the intention to combat that apathy through

unity, so that the command to love one another is not forgotten.

In fact, Christine and Kawehi had several answers. They quoted

verses of unity in the church. Oneness in Christ. “God is light.

In him there is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5). Which they take

to mean that light should be a part of their regular everyday

interactions, infused into their work and their conversation. They

talked about many hands making light work. All their inspiration

seemed to be about devotion to love. Love that they have felt from

God, and love that they were interested in passing along. It is the

kind of love that won’t let others feel isolated. Love that inspires

connection.

Simply put, the drive of Compassion Connect is to equip

community members to shine a light into dark corners. To see

those who may feel unseen. To connect with the unconnected. To

choose “unity over division and compassion over complacency.”

Their base is in Portland, Oregon, but Compassion Connect

functions in Washington, Idaho and Arizona as well.

Practically, for Compassion Connect, this means bringing

churches together to serve their neighbors in tangible ways. The

idea being that churches, and people as a whole, are united by the

commonality of their ancestry. Churches are united by a belief in

Christ. The community is united behind the intrinsic value of the

human being. No matter where their beginnings, no matter where

those beginnings seem to be headed. While not everyone may

share the same religion, most can agree that people are important.

Compassion is essential. Compassion Connect ignites these

common values to address two common community struggles:

accessible health care and sex trafficking.

Compassion Connect partners with churches, law enforcement,

the FBI, and nonprofits in the area to bring a whole solution to

each community. In this way Compassion Connect is a larger

resource, not just one part of the whole answer. Health care and

sex trafficking require resources from all different corners of the

community, and Compassion Connect works to see that happen.

Organically, by relationship. In this way no one part of the

community is left on its own without support. The community

is the ultimate benefactor of the partnerships that Compassion

Connect creates.

One of the ways in which Compassion Connect helps their

communities serve their neighbors is through community health

care. Several local churches in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and

Arizona unite to offer a free Compassion Health Clinic. They

address a variety of health needs such as dental, physical therapy,

nutrition, optometry, wellness and prayer. They even provide a

tent with games and activities for children whose parents are in

their various appointments. Health-care workers, nurses, social

workers, food pantries and doctors from the churches in the

community come together to offer these services, free of charge.

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The most recent Compassion Clinic was hosted in

Tacoma, Washington. Congolese and Kenyan refugees

were brought by bus from Seattle, and cheerily greeted

by the wide smile of the head social worker for the clinic.

She rode with the refugees up and down from Seattle,

busily occupying herself with connecting to the refugee

individuals and families, bringing comfort. Then she

would begin her rounds with questions such as, “Do

you need a translator?” or “How do you feel today?”

Refugees and community members are then met by the

next round of people who guide them through various

paperwork, signatures and triage, where their overall

health is examined. They then wait to be treated by the

various clinics within the church, according to their

need.

Compassion Connect has several volunteer doctors,

nurses and medical assistants to oversee the various

clinics, as well as a medical team lead. They have

special chairs and tables for physical therapy, and all the

various equipment for fitting their patients with glasses.

Thanks to generous donors, Compassion Connect also

has a large amount of dental equipment, which can be

transported from state to state according to need. An

entire dentistry chair and sanitized tools is rolled up into

one unit the size of a large toolbox. They have several

such “toolboxes” that they unpack for one clinic. It is

quite the event!

At this most recent Washington Compassion Clinic, the

co-founder of Compassion Connect, Milan Homola,

attended along with the director of the Idaho branch,

John McGee. In 2014, in Caldwell, Idaho, area churches

held their first Compassion Connect community health

clinic. Caldwell area churches are now expanding their

resources to additional communities. The director and

staff from the Idaho branch were visiting the Washington

clinic to connect and learn from the providers there. As

the Compassion Connect staff from South Sound in

Washington welcomed the leaders and staff from the

Idaho branch, their camaraderie was apparent. They

wanted to share, to show and to support. Compassion

Connect really does choose unity over division.

The second need that Compassion Connect helps

communities tackle is more difficult to address. Sex

trafficking is a business that flourishes strictly because it

does not often see the light of day. Its victims go unheard.

The missing youth and women of our communities

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disappear quietly because they are alone. They are

unconnected, with few advocates. Finding them, hearing

them, takes more than just a few people. Addressing

trafficking requires not only the unity of the church, but

the involvement of the whole community. Compassion

Connect seeks to end sex trafficking by doing just that:

spurring involvement. Bringing the unseen and unheard

to the forefront.

The anti-trafficking aspect of the Compassion Connect

ministry is called Adorned In Grace. Each local

Adorned in Grace ministry is run by local directors and

volunteers, and addresses their communities according

to their need. Anti-trafficking can be either preventive

or proactive. This assures for a grass roots approach to

each community; ears and eyes that directly connect to

the present need. Adorned in Grace is then subdivided

into two parts, the bridal boutique and the ministry

center. The Adorned in Grace bridal boutique sells

gently used bridal and formal wear at a discounted

price. The boutique, along with church presentations

and the website, offer opportunities for awareness

and community involvement. All proceeds from the

boutique then go to the larger ministry of prevention

and restoration.

From talking with Christine Gilge and Kawehi Marshall,

who work within Adorned in Grace Puget Sound,

the resources that prevent trafficking are often those

that also offer restoration. Adorned in Grace Puget

Sound works within the G.R.A.C.E. model, which is an

acronym for Gospel, Resources, Activity, Community

and Education/Employment. Each man, woman or

child who comes into the ministry offices are assessed

with a G.R.A.C.E plan, to see where their practical and

spiritual needs lie.

Practical needs are, of course, addressed first. Needs such

as housing, food, safety and medical care are provided for

through a network of larger community partners (such

as community shelters). Unfortunately, these needs are

extremely pressing and present. Christine receives at

least one to two calls a month of rape, a missing child

or suicide that have to do with sexual predators and

violence. Some are more vulnerable than others, but

safety is a concern for every child. Every woman. Every

family.

This is why prevention is so key to the administration of

Adorned in Grace Puget Sound. They do this through a

variety of community efforts, including the arts! They

showcase ballet and painting events that tell the stories

of victims, bringing awareness for its prevention. Art

is not just an effective mode for communication, but a

healing balm for storytellers. They also hold classes and

workshops to teach Power Over Predators, deal with

societal pressures and combat isolation. A specific group,

The Trophies of Grace, works with teenage boys. They

even partner with a ranch to teach survivors practical

life skills for future employment. Being on the ranch

promotes healing, community and involvement. This

brings safety and opens up avenues for conversation.

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Unfortunately, even with prevention, there

are many people who slip through the cracks.

This is where the need for restoration comes

in. As mentioned above, it’s the practical first.

But afterward, once the pressing physical

needs are addressed, the trauma done to

the emotions and spirit of the survivor

also need restoration. This part is all about

“trust, connection and conversation.” This

is where the tools for prevention also bring

about restoration. Painting, dance, cooking

classes, employment, empowerment classes,

counseling and community involvement.

Simply put, Adorned in Grace connects

women and children with their communities,

with safe professionals and compassionate

care. This promotes a place of safety, allowing

each person an opportunity to process, heal

and move forward.

As our communities deal with an

unprecedented time of isolation, Compassion

Connect has not once closed its doors. If

anything, their call toward action has only

increased. While they have been cautious (the

medical community is always gloved, sanitized

and masked), inaction was simply not an

option. Division is simply not a part of their

mission. In all of their efforts, Compassion

Connect has relied on the passion and the

dedication of their neighbors, volunteers and

community. This has been especially valuable

in the midst of these difficult times.

The gap in quality medical care toward the

unrepresented has only widened throughout

the pandemic. The Compassion Health

Clinics have worked to close that gap this

year, though hampered by fewer resources.

Though

hardships may

grow, access

to hope does

not diminish.

Meanwhile, isolation has agitated the already

pressing problem of sex trafficking. This year,

Adorned in Grace has continued to bring

attention and community action toward

prevention and restoration. Their classes

have not stopped (though some have moved

online), their phones have not been turned

off, and their contact with shelters and other

various community resources have not been

severed.

We are all very aware of this year's hardships,

of the pressure that our communities have

withstood. As we look forward to a future

of promise, we can still look back and be

grateful. Grateful that there are, and always be,

organizations like Compassion Connect that

never cease to shine a light into dark places.

Though hardships may grow, access to hope

does not diminish. Compassion Connect

shows us that we too can find common

ground to choose unity over division. We too

can look into the eyes of others and see the

human. The person. We can, and do, choose

compassion over complacency.

For more information and how you can get

involved, please see CompassionConnect.org.

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ARCHITECTURE EVOLVES ALONGSIDE CHANGES IN THE MODERN LIFESTYLE

by TAYLOR SHILLAM

Trends in architecture and design naturally evolve alongside

the lifestyle shifts that dictate how those unique spaces are

used. As times change, the way we build must do the same.

The residential and commercial builds of 2021 have common

qualities rooted in sustainability, open spaces and versatility. This year’s

major building influences include a renewed closeness to nature, care for

the environment and lifestyle changes brought on by the pandemic.

Whether you’re looking to build, buy or rent property this year, noting

the newest building trends can help refine your search. As you define the

needs for your own living and working spaces, keep an eye out for the

following building trends in 2021:

Multi-purposed spaces

After an emergence of open floor plans replacing the formal dining and

living rooms of the past, multi-purpose rooms are shifting the focus

into bigger, more diverse uses of a single space. Today’s homes are being

designed to accommodate lifestyles that are steadily becoming more

fluid, adaptable and open to change.

Multi-purpose spaces are here to stay, with large dens, great rooms and

combined rooms becoming increasingly popular. Unique, customized

combinations will be seen, with trends toward high vaulted ceilings

providing the possibility to enhance the all-encompassing nature of a

great room.

Layered kitchens

Even with the popularity of open and versatile rooms, there remains

value in leaving something to the imagination. New homes are testing

layered kitchens, with an open living and dining zone separated from a

hidden working zone, to encourage a cleaner culinary display.

Layered kitchens can provide a larger, private storage space, while leaving

major food prep and cleanup to be completed out of sight. A clean display

for guests brings the focus to enjoying the dining experience.

Comfortable outdoor spaces

Outdoor gatherings are on the rise, with elaborate outdoor rooms and

patios becoming the new at-home hot spots. Functional outdoor spaces

used for intimate gatherings or solitary moments of serenity are being

created with specialized flooring material, creative enclosures and

carefully chosen lighting to create an oasis experience just outside the

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To get more use from them throughout the changing seasons, patio heaters have taken

many forms, including increasingly stylish and versatile fire pits, heat lamps and more.

Using infrared light, gas, wood-burning fires, propane, electricity and more, outdoor

spaces are more comfortable and common than before.

Natural influences

With technology being an essential component of working and staying connected for

many, more homes will reflect the desire to unplug throughout the day. Touches that

promote a reconnection to nature while staying close to home are becoming more

common, such as small balconies and terraces that make a breath of fresh air easily

accessible. Trending “glass curtains” allow a full opening of a space at any time.

Architectural technology is developing to invite more natural light from the sun, using

carefully chosen layouts, materials and a building’s available space in an effort to reduce

the need for artificial lighting.

A focus on sustainability

To respond to changes in the environment, including climate change, environmental

regulations, and how and where people spend their time and resources, architecture is

adapting to increase sustainability.

Climate change continues to be a hot topic with many industries jumping on board to

support more sustainable practices. Architecture is no exception, with the demand for

carbon neutral buildings in both residential and commercial settings on the rise.

Carbon neutrality related to architecture refers to the intention to reduce the carbon

energy used by a building, starting with its construction and continuing through its use.

Using more environmentally friendly materials encourages a variety of materials to be

used within the home. Architects are incorporating sustainable innovation by adopting

new building technologies and new methods of designing environmentally friendly

structures. New strategies include green buildings created of a sustainable material

palette, designed to use local materials and reduce costs related to energy consumption

and transportation.

Minimalism

2021 is seeing designers and architects go back to basics, leaving behind large framing

and heavy detailing to focus back on the simpler, core elements of design. Supporting

the trend toward sustainability, minimalist design takes the essentials and leaves the

rest, with simplicity that uses modern, high-quality materials to promote efficient

heating and insulation.

Inside newer buildings and homes, expect to see more white interiors highlighted with

neutral black and gray tones.

Advanced stay-home amenities

Newer building designs are prioritizing the ability to do more while staying home, with

designated spaces to work and exercise. With restricted access to gyms and studios, the

implementation of home gyms is especially on the rise.

The gyms of 2021 aren’t just a tucked away corner of a spare room or garage. Many

will focus on complete wellness—a space to truly prioritize health. This can look like

a complete exercise studio, a home sauna, or a meditation room with carefully chosen

lighting, foliage and décor to match.

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Architecture continues to evolve alongside changes in the modern lifestyle. This year,

look for the top building trends that focus on values rooted in health, the environment,

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TO BUILD OR TO BUY

WHAT TO KNOW WHEN YOU ARE

LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME

by ABIGAIL THORPE

The current housing market is unprecedented

and fast, to put it mildly. If you’re in the market

for a home in Northern Idaho or Eastern or

Western Washington, you’ve probably had personal

experience of how quickly the market moves, and how

fast expenses can add up. If you’re wondering whether

you should build or buy, you’re not alone. But there are

some key questions you should ask yourself before you

make the jump.

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Time, needs and budget in most cases are going to

determine whether you should build or buy. So, before

you make a decision, ask yourself, “What’s my timeline?”

“What am I looking for?”and “What is my budget?” At

the end of the day, it’s possible to find something that

will work for you, but if you have no idea of what you

really need, it’s going to be a difficult process.

Should you build?

“The obvious benefit of building is that everything can

be customized to your liking,” says Kristen Madden of

Century 21, Four Season Realty in Bonners Ferry, Idaho.


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EVERYTHING

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“It can be very difficult to find a pre-built home that actually

checks off all of the boxes in a buyer's wish list.”

As a buyer, you’re going to have to prioritize your needs

and wants, and unless you’re building your own home (and

sometimes often then based on cost and availability), you’re

going to have to settle on some things.

If you have very specific requirements, you’re looking to

build an estate on a larger property, or you’ve inherited

some property and want to build, then building will

naturally be a good fit, explains Dennis Cunningham of

ActiveWest Development and Building in Coeur d’Alene,

Idaho. But be prepared to wait ... and pay.

“The most important question would be your timeline.

New builds are averaging two years start to finish based on

county backlogs and understaffing,” says Jennifer Hawkins,

Managing Broker of the Key2See Team with Hawkins-Poe

Realty in Gig Harbor, Washington. “The other question

is budget. Due to COVID, building materials across the

board are massively inflated from closed borders and shutdown

plants.”

Building is a commitment, it takes time, money and

patience, especially now with rising building costs, lack of

available contractors and subcontractors, and high market

demand. “We always want to make sure people simply

understand the time commitment,” adds Hawkins. “It

really is like taking on another job. Partnering with and

interviewing several builders will help you understand if

it’s a good fit.”

Do your homework.

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“Usually, to go out and build new, it’s going to take longer, it’s probably

going to have some additional costs that you might not be aware of,”

explains Cunningham. Plus, if you’re new to the market, it’s going to be

especially difficult to find a contractor, subs and even an architect who’s

willing to work with you or has the time.

That’s where doing your homework comes in. Make sure you have

reliable, good experts to work with. Check out their references, their

licenses, their previous work and any reviews. In this market, you often

don’t want to go with the first person available.

What about buying?

Well, you guessed it, this is a difficult market to purchase your dream

home as well. But it’s possible to find a home—you’ll just, most likely,

have to make concessions. “Most of the time the buyer has to prioritize

their desires and, unfortunately, must settle or sacrifice on some of

them,” says Madden. “Benefits of buying a home include the fact that

it is already set up and hopefully move-in ready,” she continues. This

typically means you won’t have to get permits, install utilities or drill

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“If you want what the majority wants, we can likely find it in a resale

with moderate enhancements you can make to personalize [the space],”

adds Hawkins. “However, if your specific design style or layout is not

common ... building may be your best bet!”

The benefits to buying a new or existing home are time and cost, but

you may have to sacrifice something on your wish list. With new builds,

however, there is a chance to determine some custom features—as

long as you get in early enough. If you purchase a new build before

construction, you could have the opportunity to determine things like

countertops, colors and more, explains Cunningham. A lot of builders

are willing to do semi-custom, but you need to contact the developer

before they even start construction to see if they have new builds

available with semi-custom options.

If you’re considering an existing or older home, often the best question

to ask yourself is how are the bones of the house. It’s much easier to

update and refresh things like paint color, cabinets and flooring than

to change a layout. If you find an older home with a sturdy structure

and potential at the right price, it might be worth considering making

some renovations to achieve your dream home instead of building

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or deck can or deck breathe can fresh breathe air into fresh your air into home. your There home. are There plenty are of plenty contractors of contractors out there out willing there to willing do the to work. do the Some work. Some

are excellent, are excellent, others not others so much. not so Whether much. Whether it’s a project it’s a big project or small, big or it’s small, important it’s important to do plenty to do of plenty research of research before before

hiring someone hiring someone that will be that making will be changes making to changes your biggest to your investment. biggest investment.

Multiple Bids

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While it can While be tempting it can be to tempting just go with to just the go first with person the first you person meet, you might meet, end you might end

up overpaying up overpaying or with someone or with who someone might who not be might the right not be fit the for right your fit project. for your project.

A lot of factors A lot go of into factors a contractor’s go into a contractor’s bid for a job bid like for materials, a job like time, materials, crew, time, and crew, and

the quality the of the quality finishes. of the While finishes. one While professional one professional might use cabinets might use from cabinets a big from a big

box store, another box store, might another only might use locally only use made locally products. made You products. don’t want You don’t to get want to get

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bids, that’s a bids, red that’s flag as a well. red flag Get as several well. Get bids, several analyze bids, them analyze carefully, them and carefully, go with and go with

your gut. your gut.

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Like other Like professionals other professionals that need certifications, that need certifications, there are required there are licenses required licenses

contractors contractors must have in must order have to in run order their to business. run their Cities business. and counties Cities and vary counties in vary in

the permitting the permitting process, but process, your contractor but your contractor should be familiar should be with familiar all permits with all permits

needed to needed begin work to begin on your work project. on your If a project. permit If is a missed permit and is missed a building and a building

inspector takes inspector note of takes the note project, of the it could project, have it could to be demolished have to be demolished if it’s not up if it’s not up

to code—and to code—and you might also you be might stuck also with be a stuck large with fine. a Make large sure fine. the Make contractor sure the contractor

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your property. your property.

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Who is Doing the

Work?

Whether it’s a few days, a week or a months-long project, whoever you hire

will be inside your home and interacting with you and your family for an

extended period of time. Will the contractor be working alone? Or do they

have a steady crew of employees who will accompany them? While you might

be comfortable with the contractor, will you be seeing a lot of sub-contractors

in and out of your home? And are you comfortable with that? Make sure the

contractor is clear about exactly who will be entering your home.

Previous Projects/

References

The gold standard for any business is to have a client give a recommendation

and referral to a trusted relative or friend. If you’ve had people in your life

recently complete a renovation, ask them about the experience and if they

would hire the contractor again. Have the contractor supply photos of jobs

they’ve recently done so you can see the finished work and that it’s up to your

personal standards.

Contract

When it comes time to sign on the dotted line, how big of a hurry is the

contractor in to get started? Is there a reason they can start right away? Also,

be wary of anyone requiring a large down payment or insisting you pay cash.

If they don’t offer a contract, walk away. It’s important to have everything that

will be done on the job in writing, with pricing clearly laid out for all work

performed. The contract should include a schedule of tasks being performed,

confirmation of the business’ address, and all licenses and permits needed for

the job.

Price vs. Quality

For some, price is no object, but for the majority of us, you want the best quality

materials, finishes and craftsmanship your budget will allow. Be upfront about

your budget during the bidding process. A good contractor will be honest when

it comes to wants and expectations but can also find cost-saving measures. If

they give you a quote, ask for a few ways they could cut costs without cutting too

many corners. If doing some of the demolition yourself allows you to upgrade

from laminate to hardwood, perhaps it’s worth getting your hands dirty to save

a little extra to re-invest in your project.

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THE NATION’S NEWEST SCENIC BYWAY

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With the weather warming up, thoughts are turning to summer vacations and what to do with the COVID-19 Pandemic

still holding on. A summer road trip is a great way to travel with plenty of outdoor activities and easier social distancing.

Washington’s Cascade Loop is now the nation’s newest scenic byway, and it is an epic journey taking you to coastal islands,

highlights of aviation history, the Cascade Mountains, gorgeous lakes and a plethora of charming small towns. This trip is a loop, so it is easy

to access whether you are beginning in Idaho or Washington. So, gas up your vacation vehicle and let’s get going.

Your journey begins crossing on to Fidalgo Island and the charming town of Anacortes. Cute shops and restaurants abound. It is also a

gateway to the San Juan Islands. You can take a side trip by walking on a Washington state ferry to spend a day in Friday Harbor on San

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One of the highlights of this area is the Deception Pass bridge. It is a very

scenic drive and one of the most iconic in Washington. Once you cross

the bridge, take time to stop at Deception Pass State Park. Head to the

parking lot by the water, where you can get a great view of the bridge for

a photo opportunity. The park is on both sides of the bridge with some

great hikes.

Next head to the darling town of Coupeville, and make it your base

for a day or two. Stay at the Fort Casey Inn in the historic quarters,

which were built for Army officers before World War I. The cottages

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experience, plan to see a movie at the Blue Fox Drive-in Theater. There

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for. Laska settled in Coupeville because of its proximity to the Ebey’s

Landing National Historical Reserve and access to heritage farms. You

may not be able to go to Italy this summer, but you can replicate the

experience on Whidbey Island.

Take some time to explore the Ebey’s Landing National Historical

Reserve. The stunning landscape overlooking the Puget Sound offers

some incredible hikes on the bluffs, beaches and through historic

farmland. Many of these heritage farms are seeing new life with young

families starting farming businesses.

Oak Harbor is a tiny hamlet with a one-block downtown area. The

Pacific Northwest Naval Air Museum tells the story of how this small

island town played an important role in World War II with the building

of the Naval Air Station and the PBY-5A Catalina aircraft, which was

one of the best search-and-rescue bombers of its time.

Langley is a cute waterfront town. My favorite site is the Whale Bell

Park overlooking the Saratoga Passage that has a giant bell. If you see a

whale, you ring the bell, letting everyone in town know there has been

a sighting. You can easily observe gray whales in the spring right from

shore. Orcas and humpbacks are seen throughout the year. It is exciting

to see that telltale spout. In town is the Langley Whale Center, where

you can get more information. Stop into Saltwater Fish House and

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The Speci f ics

WHERE TO STAY

The Fort Casey Inn - FortCaseyInn.com

WHERE TO EAT

Ciao - Ciao.store

Saltwater Langley - SaltwaterLangley.com

First and Union Kitchen - FirstandUnionKitchen.com

WHAT TO DO

Blue Fox Drive-in Theater - BlueFoxDrivein.com

Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve - NPS.gov/ebla

Boeing Future of Flight - BoeingFutureofFlight.com

Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum - FlyingHeritage.org

Langley Whale Center - Facebook.com/LangleyWhaleCenter

Pacific Northwest Naval Air Museum - PNWNAM.org

Take the ferry from Clinton to Mukilteo. Stretch your

legs at the Mukilteo Lighthouse Park and check out

some of the waterfront restaurants.

Everett

Much of the history of aerospace technology took

place in Everett, the home of Boeing, a pioneer in

aviation and the birthplace of the 747. The Boeing

Future of Flight will take you on a tour of the

factory—the largest building in the world by volume.

It is fascinating seeing these behemoth planes come

to life. Not far away is the Flying Heritage & Combat

Armor Museum, where you can see a vintage aircraft

from the earliest days of aviation, as well as a great

collection of tanks.

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This darling historic town is known as the “Antique

Capital of the Northwest.” There are more than 175

antique dealers all within a six-block area. Downtown

is also bustling with visitors checking out the

boutiques and great local restaurants. There are also

six wine tasting rooms all within walking distance of

each other. Take some time to walk along the river

and come back up into the residential area filled with

vintage Victorian and the PNW staple—the Craftsman-style homes.

Make sure to have brunch at the First and Union Kitchen, which also

has a great bakery onsite. The food is Pacific Northwest style, and you

will usually find wild edible mushrooms foraged from local forests.

Grab some bakery treats for snacks on your road trip. They have a lovely

courtyard you can eat in if you are lucky enough to snag a seat. Arrive

early, as it gets terribly busy on weekends.

One of the nice things about a road trip is you can pack more convenience

items in your car. Some road trip essentials include a cooler and picnic

basket with drinks and snacks. Pack lunches for the more isolated legs

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of the trip. To reduce plastic waste, bring a refillable water bottle for

each person. Portable chairs are nice to have, especially for stargazing. A

coated tablecloth is essential for covering picnic tables, and you can wipe

off any messes. Don’t forget trash bags, as many places require you to pack

your trash out. Plan for the extreme weather changes along the Cascade

Loop. The mountain regions and the coastline can be chilly, even in the

summer while Eastern Washington receives extreme temperature highs.

For more information on the Cascade Loop, visit CascadeLoop.com. You

can order a guide to the Cascade Loop, and the website has maps and

ideas of where to stay, what to do and where to eat. The individual towns

and destinations also have their own sites with more detailed information

listed on the aforementioned website.


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FIESTA BONITA

Authentic Mexican cuisine prepared fresh daily. Fiesta Bonita’s

menu is full of many unique and authentic recipes. They have

a full bar at their Ponderay location and outdoor seating. Open

daily at 11am. Bring the family or make it a date night. There is

something for everyone at Fiesta Bonita!

700 Kootenai Cutoff Rd. | Ponderay

208.263.6174

BEET & BASIL AT THE CREEK

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

primary focus is global flavors with local ingredients. Street

foods from all over the world come to life using ingredients

supplied by local farmers, ranchers and foragers. Enjoy staples

available throughout the year and rotating menu based on

what’s fresh and in season. Open for take-out for lunch and

dinner 11am to 7pm.

105 S. First. Ave | Sandpoint

208.920.6144 | BeetAndBasil.net

CITY BEACH ORGANICS

City Beach Organics offers top-notch, made-fromscratch

organic food and drinks in a recently renovated

downtown location. They serve homemade soups daily!

Conveniently located, they can also make your order to go!

Open Sunday 9am to 6pm, and Monday through Friday 7am to

6pm; closed Saturday.

117 N. First Ave. | Sandpoint

208.265.9919 | CityBeachOrganics.com

LE CATERING

AvailableFor

ANY EVENT.

ANY LOCATION.

Locally owned and operated by Chef Adam Hegsted as part

of Eat Good Group, Le Catering Co. features the best Inland

Northwest producers and products cooked by award-winning

chefs. They specialize in using local, seasonal ingredients and

highlighting them by cooking them simply and honestly. They

invite you to call them to set up your special event.

24001 E. Mission Ave. | Liberty Lake

509.720.5412 | LeCatering.co

Uptown Bagel Co.

If you're looking for the perfect stop for breakfast, lunch

and everything in between, then look no further than your

neighborhood bagel shop. At Uptown Bagel Co. in Sandpoint,

they proudly serve up the freshest bagels in town from 7am

to 3pm Monday through Saturday, and 8am to 1pm Sunday.

Any time is bagel time. Uptown Bagel Co. proudly serves

Tractor beverages, New Yorker Bagels and Doma Coffee.

13 N. 3rd Ave. | Sandpoint

208.263.9276 | UptownBagels.com

The Inland Northwest’s Preferred Caterer

509.210.0880

www.lecatering.co

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TRINITY AT CITY BEACH

Sandpoint’s premier waterfront dining offers an

extensive menu of American cuisine with an

impressive wine list. Featuring a full-service bar

and beautiful view of Lake Pend Oreille. Serving

breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week,

Trinity at City Beach is ready to become your

new favorite restaurant.

56 Bridge St. | Sandpoint

208.255.7558 | TrinityAtCityBeach.com

SWEET LOU’S

RESTAURANT & BAR

Sweet Lou’s Restaurant and Bar proudly offers

something for everyone, with specialties

including chicken fried steak, smoked prime

rib, bison ribs, and grilled PB&J and bacon

sandwiches. All menu items are reasonably

priced, fresh and made to order. Full bar.

477272 Hwy 95 | Ponderay

208.263.1381 | SweetLousIdaho.com

FORTY-ONE SOUTH

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. The bar

and restaurant menu changes with the season

offering a variety of delicious food year-round.

Reservations recommended.

41 Lakeshore Dr. | Sagle

208.265.2000 | 41SouthSandpoint.com

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THE BURGER DOCK

Voted Best Burger in Bonner County! Treat yourself

to the tastiest burger in town, made with housepressed

patties using locally sourced, grass-fed meat

from Wood’s. Burgers are served on a soft toasted

organic bun finished with quality ingredients and

homemade sauces. Diners can also choose from

a selection of salads, hand-cut fries, real ice cream

milkshakes, soft drinks and beer, wine and canned

cocktails. Visit Facebook and Instagram for their

latest promos, and find them in the Gateway parking

lot at Schweitzer on weekends and holidays! Open

Monday-Tuesday 11am-3pm, Thursday-Saturday

11am-8pm, Sunday 11am-6pm. You can order to-go!

116 N. First Ave. | Sandpoint.

208.597.7027 | TheBurgerDock.com

JALAPENOS MEXICAN

RESTAURANT

Fresh and unique, Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant in

Downtown Sandpoint has been a favorite of many for

over 25 years. Whether it’s Margarita Monday, Taco

Tuesday or Magic Wednesday, there is something

for everyone here, and its newly expanded menu

has brought even more choices to diners. If you are

looking for family fun, a date night or even a place to

host a party in their private dining room, Jalapenos

Mexican Restaurant will keep you coming back

for more!

314 N. Second Ave. | Sandpoint

208.263.2995 | SandpointJalapenos.com

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QUALITY HOMEMADE PRODUCTS

AND LOCAL GOODS

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Monday-Friday | 8:30am-5:30pm

1326 Baldy Mtn. Rd., Sandpoint, Idaho | 208.263.9446

Come hungry, Stay late, Eat well!

Sweet Lou’s Restaurant & Bar

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Sweet Lou’s RestauranT & TAP HOUSE

601 Front Ave. 208.667.1170 | DOWNTOWN Cda

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Sandpoint, Idaho

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PAN-SEARED HALIBUT

WITH WHITE WINE MEDITERRANEAN SAUCE

OVER HERBED CAULI RICE

Recipe Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP

You can follow Tina @madebetterforyou on Instagram

INGREDIENTS:

For the White Wine Mediterranean Sauce:

3 tbs. avocado oil

1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

3 large cloves garlic, finely minced

3 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 cup dry white wine

1/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted and sliced in half

1/2 cup fresh basil, finely chopped

2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1 tbsp. fresh lemon zest

1/2 tsp. Himalayan salt

1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper

For the Halibut:

1 tbsp. avocado oil

2 tbsp. butter

1 1/2 lbs. fresh halibut, cut into 4 fillets

salt and pepper to taste

For the Cauli Rice:

2 tbsp. olive oil

4 cups frozen cauliflower rice, thawed

2 tbsp. Italian seasoning

1/2 tsp. Himalayan salt

METHOD:

For the Cauli Rice:

• In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add olive oil. Add

cauliflower rice and Italian seasoning and salt. Stir until cauliflower

rice is cooked through, about 7 minutes. Remove pan from heat and

set aside.

For the White Wine Mediterranean Sauce:

• Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add crushed red

pepper flakes and garlic, and sauté for 1 minute, or until garlic is

fragrant. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until

they're soft and blistering, but still hold their shape, 9 to 12 minutes.

• Add in the white wine, stir, and allow the mixture to come to a gentle

simmer. Reduce heat to low.

• Stir in the kalamata olives, basil, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and

pepper, and cook for 4 minutes. Remove pan from heat and set aside.

For the Halibut:

• Heat oil and butter in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Pat the

halibut dry with paper towels. Then season both sides of the halibut

with salt and pepper.

• Place halibut in the oil and butter and cook until golden brown, about

4 minutes. Carefully flip the halibut over and continue cooking for

another 4 to 5 minutes, or until it's cooked through.

To Serve:

• Place 1 cup cauliflower rice in the center of the serving plate, place a

slice of halibut on top of the cauliflower and pour Mediterranean sauce

over the halibut. Repeat for additional servings. (This recipe serves 4.)

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At Forty-One South you will enjoy spectacular

sunsets, beautiful waterfront dining, innovative

cuisine, delicious food, fun cocktails, and

professional and courteous service. Relax

with a drink and enjoy the beautiful Lake Pend

Oreille waterfront in our romantic lodge setting.

We have a full bar and extensive wine list too.

OPEN FOR DINNER SERVICE.

CALL FOR RESERVATIONS!

208.265.2000 | 41SouthSandpoint.com

41 Lakeshore Drive, Sagle, ID

NEXT TO THE LODGE AT SANDPOINT

WE ARE ANNOUNCING NOW!

Check our website and social media frequently to see who is

coming this year, or sign up for our e-newsletter!

THE FESTIVAL AT SANDPOINT ~ JULY 29 - AUGUST 8, 2021

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!

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THE FARMERS MARKET

IS HERE!

CELEBRATE THE START OF THE GROWING SEASON

By Abigail Thorpe

The Farmers Market at Sandpoint will be returning to Farmin

Park this summer! Starting May 1, the market will be open

every Saturday and Wednesday for the community to shop

local while wandering produce, goods, crafts and food from

a variety of local vendors throughout the area.

Last year the farmers market looked a bit different than normal due

to the pandemic, but this year things will start to get back to normal

with the return to Farmin Park, and even live music will be returning

on Saturdays as a return to the fun, celebratory, community-centric

gathering we all look forward to every season.

This year marks 32 years since the market started, and many of the

old beloved vendors, as well as some new ones, will be making

their way to Farmin Park each week from May 1 through October 16.

From delicious locally grown produce to jams, honeys, beef, baked

goods and more, the market is the perfect place to stock up on all of

your favorite summer staples, support local, and enjoy produce and

goods that are as fresh as they come, straight out of our North Idaho

gardens and fields.

In addition to a host of produce and food vendors, there are plenty

of local artisans sharing original art and hand-crafted goods that

make the perfect gift. While you wander the vendors, don’t forget

to stop for a bite at one of the local food trucks located just next

door. Farmin Park is the perfect centrally located spot to meet up

with friends and family, and relax and enjoy music and the market

before you head out for a downtown adventure.

The market will be every Saturday from 9am to 1pm, and

Wednesdays from 3 to 5:30pm, and is now accepting applications

for new and returning musicians to perform on Saturdays. To apply

or learn more about the market and its incredible vendors, visit

SandpointFarmersMarket.com.

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SCHEDULE YOUR 2021 WORK NOW!

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FUN & ENTERTAINMENT

May

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FIRST FRIDAYS

the arrival of the warm weather with friends out on the lawn on

Friday, May 7, for the first First Friday at The Longshot from 4 to 11pm.

There will be lots of local vendors, cold beer and wines available from the

outdoor travel bar trailer, and great music. Then keep the good times rolling

with First Fridays all through the summer, the perfect chance to gather,

relax and enjoy warm summer nights under the stars with those you love.

Check out more about First Fridays online by visiting LongshotSandpoint.

com/events/first-friday-on-the-lawn.

TOUCH A TRUCK

of all ages won't want to miss this event! Scheduled for Saturday,

May 22, the community is invited to come explore some very important

vehicles in our community: ambulance, fire truck, police command center

and more during the Touch a Truck event. The fun takes place 10:30am to

1pm at the Hope Memorial Community Center, located at 415 Wellington

Place, in Hope. Free and open to the public, this is sure to bring smiles to

the faces of both young and old. For additional details about the event, call

Memorial Community Center at 208.264.5481.

YAPPY HOUR

Come and celebrate Yappy Hour with the Better Together Animal Alliance

(formerly Panhandle Animal Shelter). Bring your canine companion

to the Ponderay PetSafe Dog Park, located at 870 Kootenai Cutoff Road

in Ponderay, on Thursday, May 27. From 4 to 7pm, join others in the

community and enjoy local beer, local music, and hopefully some sunshine!

Yappy Hour is held on the last Thursday of each month May through

September. The event is free and open to the public. Find out more about

the Better Together Animal Alliance at BetterTogetherAnimalAlliance.

org. For more information about Yappy Hour and upcoming locations,

call 208.265.7297.

* 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 eventsite in the

northwest? Submit your events to us online at

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HELLO,

I’m Helen Parsons and I’m running for the

Pend Oreille Hospital Board of Trustees.

As a 3rd generation Sandpoint native, I’ve

learned that one of the vital elements to keeping

a community strong is good healthcare. I

proudly worked for Sandpoint Women’s Health

for over 28 years, and I believe that keeping

good healthcare readily available here in

Sandpoint is essential.

Join me,

May 18 at the polls, to help ensure our town continues

to support our local healthcare system.

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Succeeding Together.

Chamber Events • Community Calendars • Visitor Guide • Relocation Info • Volunteer Opportunities

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The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-driven organization

composed of approximately 450 business enterprises, civic organizations, and individuals. The

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L O C A L E X P E R T

WORLD - CLASS REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL

208-290-5888

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www.JackieSuarez.com

Three dwellings on 4.12 acres with year-round creek, ponds, fruit trees, two wells and NO CC&RS. 4-bedroom 2.5 bath historic main home

built in 1914 housed railroad employees – railroad crossing is approximately 130 feet away. Addiional 1-bedroom, 1-bath guest home and

40x45 shop with 1180 square foot living quarters make this unique offering a great value, just north of Sandpoint. $595,000

Not so remote 41.72 acres with mature trees, year-round creek and views that span the mountains to

the Pend O’Reille River. Power to the property will need to be developed, CC&Rs apply. Very private

locaaon close to Sandpoint. $360,000

Lot 17 Estuary Forest West, in Desirable Dover

Bay. This is .85 acre Estate Lot features mature

trees, gentle topography and generous frontage

on Brown’s Inlet Bay, all in a quiet locaaon

with close proximity to the marina, restaurant

and trail system. $299,000

The Idaho Club - A truly special place to enjoy

all things North Idaho! Come discover this

nicely treed building lot with views that capture

Lake Pend Oreille as well as the Selkirk Mountains,

all behind the south gate. There's no

need to compromise privacy for convenience

here, just seven miles from the charming town

of Sandpoint. $299,000

Two log cabins privately sited on 5 wooded acres near the Clark Fork River and very close to US Forest

Service lands. North cabin, 1250 sq... built in 2007. South cabin, 1000 sq. built in 2002. Each home

was craaed by owner/builder to be self-sufficient with full kitchen, main floor bedrooms and full bath,

loo bedroom (no closets in loos), separate seppc systems, separate electric service and individual propane

tanks. You will be charmed by wood floors, beam ceilings, decks and covered porch to enjoy the

scents of the evergreens and nature. There is a barn on the property suitable for animals or storage.

Enjoy yourself and/or reap the income potennal. With miles of trails nearby to explore and accessed

by county-maintained roads, your year-round vacaaon homes await! $789,000

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L O C A L E X P E R T

WORLD - CLASS REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL

208-290-5888

Jackie@JackieSuarez.com

www.JackieSuarez.com

433 Cedar Springs

You'll get that special feeling on this 10 private acres with paths that meander through the trees, adjacent to Idaho Fish & Game land. The

2-bedroom yurt-style home is built for generaaons with 2x6 construccon, non-toxic materials, rock fireplace with baking oven, fenced yard,

garden space and separate office/studio. Easy access 15 miles to town. $726,000

Discover incredible mountain views overlooking

the Pack River Flats and the Jack Nicklaus

Signature Golf Course from this 2.4 acre lot

with mature trees, wildlife and private, end of

cul de sac locaaon. Minutes from future boat

slips at The Lake Club on Lake Pend Oreille and

only thirty minutes to the top of Schweitzer

Mountain for some of the best skiing. $325,000

Forever View is true! Come experience the

amazing vistas from this prime lot in Forever

View Estates, less than five miles to Sandpoint.

Accessed by all paved roads, this 5 acre private

site includes a well and electricity is to the

property line. Private seppc systems are required

here, CC&Rs apply and the road associaaon

takes care of winter plowing. $249,000

Come build your home on this gorgeous lot at

the Highlands on the Hope Peninsula. Red Fir

Road leads you along the Lake to this property

among amazing estates. Lot 7 features a gently

sloping topography, filtered lake views and a

high degree of privacy in a quiet locaaon

among the wildlife. Common area includes a

community beach. $229,000

Waterfront lot on the Clark Fork River with almost 100’ of rip-rapped frontage ready for you to enjoy.

Pilots, take note! This property has access to a private airstrip, Riverlake Airport ID75. Property is in

the flood area, buyers to verify all informaaon relaave to their building plans. Bring your RV and watch

the river flow by on this sunny, level, impeccably maintained lot with private seppc system and 200

amp electric service to the lot. Adjacent property well log states 39' deep, 50+ gpm. All close to the

end of the chip-sealed, county-maintained road close to the town of Clark Fork and a short boat ride

to Lake Pend O’Reille. $305,000

Come find refuge, peace and gorgeous views on

this gorgeous estate lot overlooking the 9th fairway

at The Idaho Club. Accessed by well-maintained

private roads behind the south gate, this

one-acre parcel offers the perfect combinaaon

of trees, privacy, sunny exposure and views that

span across the course to the Selkirk mountain

range. $295,000

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“The excitement to bring this level of professionalism to North Idaho is off the charts!” - Denova, October 2020

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