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July 2021 Coeur d'Alene Living Local

JULY 2021

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ENJOYING

THE

JOURNEY

NORTHWEST FLAVORS

Plenty of food and drink to sample all

summer long!

Q&A WITH

MICHELLE COOPER

Army Veteran and Owner of

CDA Power Yoga

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sun’s out,

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Veggies from our Backyard Garden.

Local Farmer Ground Beef (or Yak).

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Living Local

JULY 2021

VOLUME 11 NUMBER 7

inside

Q&A with Michelle Cooper

Army veteran and CDA Power Yoga owner reflects on

freedom, strength and community

Supporting Our Veterans

Local organizations that honor and support those

who fought for our freedoms

Saying ‘Thank You’

Ways to show service men and women you care

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YOU ARE WORTH A

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PROVIDING

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SERVICES

Going solar has a wide range of

benefits. Whether your focus is

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personal, solar is a clean

renewable process that uses

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sun! – while keeping money in

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IT’S

SOLAR

SEASON

VALUING OUR Freedoms

W

hen we think of the

Fourth of July, one of the

first things that comes to

mind is fireworks—of

course! Then there’s the paid day off from

work for many, and a day spent at the lake,

beach, river or park, or even a celebration

spent relaxing and socializing in the

backyard with a barbecue.

But many people often forget why this is a

day of celebration for us here in the United

States. What is the significance of July 4?

Let’s freshen up on some history.

July 4 marks an incredibly significant day for

us Americans, as it commemorates the day

the United States officially became its own

nation, as the Declaration of Independence

was adopted on July 4, 1776—and America

was born.

Although the Fourth of July has been

celebrated each year since 1776, it didn’t

become a federal holiday until nearly a

century later, in 1870. And it wasn’t until

1941 that it became a paid holiday for

federal employees.

As we celebrate our independence this

July 4, we must not forget all of those who

PUBLISHER’S

Note

have fought for this nation and those who

continue to fight each and every day to ensure

our freedoms and safety. Those who serve

the greater nation as active-duty military

(and our veterans), and those who serve

closer to home as firefighters and policemen

and women; they all have a significant role

to serve and protect. May we never forget

that these men and women sacrifice daily so

that we may live our lives knowing that our

families, our friends, our communities, our

nation, are being protected every second,

every minute, every hour of every day … all

because of those who have dedicated their

lives to ensuring the greater good for each

person in our nation.

We at Like Media want to say, “Thank you.”

As we celebrate Independence Day,

remember that there are those on the front

lines who instead of spending time with

their loved ones on this holiday are in

uniform ready to protect at any moment.

Let’s remember to honor them this July 4.

Steve Russo

Executive Director | steve@like-media.com

Going solar has a wide range of

benefits. Whether your focus

is economic, environmental

or personal, solar is a clean

renewable process that uses

the most natural resource – the

sun – while keeping money in

your pocket.

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JULY 2021

Living Local

ABOUT THE COVER

CDA POWER YOGA OWNER AND ARMY

VETERAN MICHELLE COOPER graces the

cover of our July issue of Coeur d’Alene Living

Local. Read more about Michelle in our special

Q&A, which can be found on page 68.

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ENJOYING

THE

JOURNEY

NORTHWEST FLAVORS

Plenty of food and drink to sample a l

summer long!

Q&A WITH

MICHELLE COOPER

Army Veteran and Owner of

CDA Power Yoga

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Cover Photo by Annie Zasadny Photography

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CONTENTS

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ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life

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LIFE & COMMUNITY

Community Festival for All: Post Falls is the place

to be the weekend of July 9

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

30

Panhandle Red: North Idaho business specializes in

custom leather goods and jewelry while giving back

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GOOD NEWS

A Century of Care: Orchard Ridge Senior Living

celebrates 100 years of honoring seniors

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IN FOCUS

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Northwest Flavors: Plenty of food and drink to sample

all summer long!

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Wine House: It’s all about the wine, food and atmosphere

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SEASONAL TIP

Navigating Fire Season: Summer forecast: hot

and dry

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LIVING LOCAL

Enjoying the Journey: Local paddlers relish

treasured waterways

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Contents Continued...

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68

LOCAL VETERAN

Q&A with Michelle Cooper: Army veteran and

CDA Power Yoga owner reflects on freedom,

strength and community

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68

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Tips and informational articles about living a

healthy, active lifestyle

60

FEATURE

Keeping Our Waterways Clean: Small actions see big

solutions when it comes to our waterways

72

FREEDOM ISN’T FREE

Supporting Our Veterans: Local organizations that honor

and support those who fought for our freedoms

78

GIVING BACK

Saying ‘Thank You’: Ways to show service men and

women you care

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TRAVEL & LEISURE

Jamaica! Safely navigating a trip to the Caribbean

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FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot spots

around town

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A Drink to Celebrate: 44 North Cherry Sparkler

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Don’t miss out on these events and fun

community happenings

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Beach-Lover’s Paradise in the Northwest

FURNISHING A CHARMING WATERFRONT HOME

By Deann Hammer, Interior Designer

Interior Designer Deann Hammer recently furnished a charming waterfront

home. The homeowner is a single woman in her mid-30s, who is bright

and talented, and owns her own mortgage company. The client requested a

coastal theme with a “Serena and Lily Co.” feel.

The woodwork was gorgeous but a bit too heavy, so we

had the balusters on the stairs painted Sherwin Williams

high reflective white to lighten things up. The walls were

originally yellow, so we cooled things down by painting all

the walls Sherwin Williams Rhinestone. It is a lovely color

that plays well off of the water and contrasts the white trim nicely.

The kitchen was previously updated by the former owner, although the

dining banquette needed a refresh. Our designers selected new bench

seat cushion fabric in Sunbrella Grey Ticking, added custom decorative

pillows, and punched up the seating area with three large woven grass

light pendants that give the space warmth and drama. A solid walnut

modern single-pedestal dining table was also added to set the stage.

The great room is quite large, so we added a 6x4-foot tall wide custom

framed octopus art piece above the mantle and an extra-large woven

round mirror over the TV to play off of the extra high ceiling height. Two

seating areas were created to break up the large expanse. The chairs by the

fireplace are from Palacek, with custom performance fabric (wet bathing

suits are okay!), and they are flanked by solid brass drink tables. A freestanding

bar cabinet rests near the fireplace for a refreshing cocktail after

a day in the sand.

The large sectional is custom made in a performance fabric as well

to handle dogs and beach life. The coffee table is made from ground

seashells and is called the “Clamshell Lava Table” by Palacek. It is cast in

a polymeric plaster with crushed up shells on the top, giving it a lustrous

shimmer to the finish.

Upstairs, the loft is adjacent to the client’s open office area and is a

wonderful place to sit and watch the sea life swim by. We placed a large

sectional with a limestone coffee table so she can put her feet up and relax

without having to worry about scratching a table or leaving water marks

on her table.

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The themes are timeless, with custom-made

art and oars hanging on the wall with a

gentle nod to the sea

The upstairs guest rooms are darling with twin end-to-end built-in beds

in one room, and a queen bed in the other. The themes are timeless, with

custom-made art and oars hanging on the wall with a gentle nod to the sea

without overwhelming the space with nick knacks and shells in glass vases,

typically seen in a beach motif.

There is a sitting area in the second bedroom with ottoman and floor lamp

for private guest lounging, and a coffee bar in the hall outside that room

for easy access from the office for a quick pick-me-up while working, or

for guests.

Deann and her team were truly blessed to be a part of this

special home.

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This month, as we celebrate Independence

Day, it’s important to think about how

we put that gift of freedom into practice.

How are we making a difference for others, for

our community and for ourselves?

These questions remind me of a business associate

who built the idea of service into everything he

does. After completing his active-duty term in

the U.S. Army, Kevin still wanted to serve. He

weighed the idea of becoming a firefighter, but

he had a young family to support, and a year of

unpaid schooling wasn’t in the cards. Kevin chose

to learn a trade. He took a job in the warehouse

of an air conditioning company, worked hard,

listened to those with more experience, and took

every opportunity to grow in his knowledge and

skill set.

Ten years later, Kevin opened his own air

conditioning company. He still had the same

passion to serve that led him into the military,

and Kevin built his company from the ground up

with service baked into its DNA. As the company

grew, he hired other veterans, because he knew

they would exemplify the spirit of service that

had become his brand.

Kevin also wanted to give guys fresh out of the

military an opportunity to build a good life as

civilians. He’d seen fellow veterans struggle, and

Kevin knew if he helped them find purpose, they

would have the opportunity to thrive.

Today, decades after he started in that warehouse,

Kevin and his team continue to make a difference.

They’re helping retired veterans with household

needs, so they live comfortably; helping recent

veterans find meaningful work; and helping them

get connected with the training and services they

need to build a good life for themselves and their

families. They’re also active with the Boys &

Girls Club, making sure kids know how to take

right action at a young age, so they have the best

opportunities to grow into the people they want

to become. In these ways, Kevin and his team are

making a difference for three generations in his

community every day.

None of this happened by accident.

It began with a person who took action to make

a difference. Kevin wanted to give back to his

fellow veterans and to the community that

supported his growing business. So, he asked

three questions:

What matters to me?

Who is working on that?

How can I get involved?

For Kevin, the answers were “veterans and kids,”

“local veterans groups and the Boys & Girls Club,”

and “donating time, expertise and resources.”

He started by offering A/C tune-ups and repair

for veterans and the Boys & Girls Club facilities.

He had the skills and the resources, all he had

to do was act. While doing those things, he saw

other opportunities to meet needs: job training,

education, counseling, encouragement …. Once

again, he chose to act.

Looking for opportunities to serve and choosing

to act is something all of us are able to do. Kevin’s

story shows how a person aware of opportunities

and willing to act makes a big difference. Today,

let’s celebrate our independence by asking

ourselves:

What matters to me?

Who is working on that?

How can I get involved?

Then, when we find the answers, act on them.

All of us have the ability and the opportunity to

make a difference. When we do, it will encourage

others to do the same. And, when you do, please

share it with me. I’d love to hear your story!

Connect with Trish Buzzone at: TrishBuzzone.

com, Facebook.com/groups/streamingleaders and

Linkedin.com/in/trishbuzzone.

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KEEP YOUR MONEY ON

MAIN STREET

Why shopping local matters

By Jennifer Miller

Let’s connect and

help you find

your perfect home!

One of the things I love best about Coeur

d’Alene is the variety and uniqueness

of our local business scene. I am lucky

enough to know and work for some wonderful

local business owners. Their passion and

dedication to their crafts and our thriving, evergrowing

community is second to none. It is truly

inspiring to hear them talk about their individual

businesses and dreams for the future.

While the pandemic hit many communities hard,

it was heartwarming to see the people of Coeur

d’Alene rally around our local businesses and help

to keep them afloat during such a tough time.

And it was even more amazing to watch these

businesses pivot and come up with new ideas to

keep their doors open. My son and I picked up

numerous puzzles streetside from Figpickels, and

I delivered many a “Healthy Eating Kit” to homes

all around town working for the Wellness Bar.

While it can be tempting to simply click “place

order” online, it’s just as important to shop local

as it is to save a few bucks. Local businesses are

an integral part of our city’s distinct character.

Nurturing these locally owned establishments

keeps more money in the community, as local

owners often purchase from other local businesses,

providers and farmers. For every $100 you spend

locally, $68 dollars stays in the community as

opposed to just $43 when you shop at a national

chain. Shopping local also keeps your sales taxes

reinvested where they belong—right here in

North Idaho.

Local business owners are more likely to donate

to local nonprofits and charities as well. Places

like The Children’s Village and your kiddos’ sports

teams, PTA programs and school fundraisers are,

for the most part, funded by local business owners

like Griffen Turnbull of White Brick Interiors.

They are much more invested in this community

than the owner of a box store. After all, you’ll find

their children on those same sports teams and as

students in our local schools. Local businesses also

account for up to 90 percent of new jobs in the

United States. Owners are more apt to hire people

who have a similar background and passion for

their unique product or service, which equates to

better customer service for you, the consumer.

The individuality of a lot of our local businesses

is something I love too. You’ll undoubtedly find

something special and original as local shops

and restaurants generally have a wider array of

unique products because they buy for their own

individual markets. A summer favorite in Coeur

d’Alene is our Wednesday and Saturday Farmers

Markets. My family has a weekly goal of making

one meal a week all with ingredients bought from

these local farmers and artisans.

At the end of the day, shopping locally helps

support another local family, and the more

existing local businesses that continue to prosper,

the more new ones will open and continue to add

life and vibrancy to our community—making it an

even better place to live.

S A R A H M C C R A C K E N

LIFELONG COMMUNITY MEMBER, REALTOR

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A Stylish Smile Shows Support

SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES, EVEN IF IT’S ONLY WITH A SMILE

By Jenny Wiglesworth

It’s finally summer 2021, and it’s never felt so great to smile. We think

of smiling as a signature way to show our style from the inside out.

Think about it. When we smile, your entire look changes—not just

on the outside, but your outlook on life from the inside changes

as well. One of the greatest things in life is the impact that we have on

another person, or persons; what better way to do that than with a smile

or positivity.

Shopping sustainably goes hand in hand with positive impact. Whether

through sourcing products from eco-friendly designers, by shopping

a local business, or simply through consigning your old clothes—they

immediately impact the community and the world positively.

We recently visited a sustainable consignment shop in Sandpoint, Idaho,

called Azalea. It was refreshing to walk through the door, see other

customers shopping and being cheerfully greeted by the staff. As we

rummaged through the carefully curated collections, we were surprised

at the thought put into the shop. From the window displays, reminiscent

of Anthropologie in dried florals and vintage bicycles, to the locally

handmade products, each part of the experience put a smile on my face.

Another beautiful experience came from a delightful visit to a local

shop here in Coeur d’Alene known as BeauMonde Luxe. With a name

like luxe, you imagine hefty price tags and untouchable designer labels;

however, this was not the case with this shopping trip. The store was

perfectly laid out with fashionable looks organized by color and style.

Unlike traditional consignment shops, the feelings we emoted were

simple—luxe, without the undesirable price tags.

Supporting businesses like these does more than just keep dollars in the

local community—it also presents endless opportunities to share a smile.

It creates possibilities, and endless ways to facilitate community. It allows

for relationships where we can foster a connectedness that without local

businesses would otherwise be lost.

The last year took a toll on us all, and we are so thankful for the

opportunity to be out and about, supporting local businesses, even if it’s

only with a smile.

Jenny Wiglesworth is fashion stylist and blogger of LiveableMe, her

sustainable, stylish online boutique, bringing the “Why to the What we

Wear.” For more on sustainable fashion and livable style, check out her blog

at LiveableMe.com.

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Community Festival for All

POST FALLS IS THE PLACE TO BE THE WEEKEND OF JULY 9

By Jillian Chandler

Blue skies above us. The sun beaming down on our faces. The

warm air enticing us to get outdoors and take it all in while it

lasts—after all, as much as we love the mountain snow, summer

never seems long enough!

Our local towns are bustling as locals and visitors flock outdoors to enjoy

these beautiful North Idaho days. And Post Falls is celebrating with its

annual Post Falls Festival.

Scheduled for the weekend of July 9 through 11, this free summer event,

held at Post Falls’ Q’emiln Park and throughout the Post Falls community,

will feature a variety of events the entire community can enjoy, from the

vendors to the Car Show, and Movie Night in the Park, it’s a three-day

celebration you’ll want to be a part of. And prepare yourself for a weekend

jam-packed with great music! With a lineup of musicians—including

local favorites Bill Bozly and Pat Coast—performing everything from

bluegrass and country, pop rock to R&B, the sounds are sure to keep you

dancing.

Throughout the weekend, the Post Falls Festival will feature food and

craft vendors, Q’emiln Park attractions, live music and beer garden.

Friday, you will not want to miss the action-packed McDonald’s Big

Wheel Race, and at 9pm, the entire family can enjoy the movie “Moana”

during the free Movie Night in the Park.

The fun continues into Saturday, with the Post Falls Festival Parade at

10am. This is also the day of the Homemade Craft Fair, sponsored by

Post Falls Parks and Recreation. Attendees will have the opportunity to

shop local arts and crafts from area vendors from 10am to 5pm. There

will be the Car & Shine, 11am to 3pm at Post Falls City Hall, a free Ice

Cream Social from 11am to 4pm at Post Falls Museum, and the Jacklin

Arts & Cultural Center will be hosting its Centennial Celebration from

11am to 5pm.

The festivities will conclude on Sunday, with a Community Worship

Service at 10am, followed by another day of vendors, attractions, live

music and beer garden.

It’s time to celebrate! Mark your calendars for this wonderful community

event, celebrating community and culture in North Idaho.

To view the schedule, you can visit PostFallsIdaho.org.

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Made in the USA

North Idaho business specializes in custom leather goods and jewelry while giving back

By Jillian Chandler

Since 2008, Krista Panerio and husband Justin Moody

have set out to provide the North Idaho community

with the best when it comes to Panhandle Red.

The couple has called Post Falls, Idaho, home for the past 14

years, and both have roots to this area. “I am an Idaho girl

with a Texas flair,” smiles Krista. “I have trampled these parts

since I was a little girl. My childhood roots to Sandpoint, and

Justin’s roots to growing up at Stateline, keep us grounded.”

At Panhandle Red, everything they sell, they build. Just the

two of them. “Our hands are on every single thing, from the

jewelry and leather goods we sell to the construction and

design of all our buildings at the Panhandle Red Farm in Post

Falls,” gleams Krista.

Named for the Panhandle of Idaho and Krista’s red hair,

quality comes first, with their products meant to stand

the test of time. They specialize in custom leather goods,

everything from luxury handbags, duffle bags and totes, to

purses, clutches, belts, wallets, holsters and more! And that’s

not all! They offer one-of-a-kind silver jewelry, turquoise

jewelry, Western and cowgirl designs, as well as modern

jewelry.

“Customers love our unique flair, high quality, and that it is

made locally,” affirms Krista. “Everything we make in the

leather products and jewelry is handcrafted and made in

Idaho, USA, by us! We have seen a huge jump in sales with

folks re-focusing on American Made Products. We have also

seen here, locally, our community step up and support local

businesses.”

Panhandle Red can also provide custom gifts, gifts services,

corporate gifts and special event gifts. The Silo Studio space

has been used for private birthdays or unique celebrations.

“We are unique as we can offer items made here in Idaho for

tourists or newcomers who are ready to see something fresh

and from this area. As Coeur d’Alene continues to grow and

remains a destination place, we like to showcase our items—

as they may or may not have seen them trending out of state,”

Krista says.

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Krista takes pride in that customers can come in and select

their very own stone for a custom necklace, ring or set of

earrings. “We allow customers to design with us; that

is something you can only do at Panhandle Red. When

customers stumble upon our small operation, they are

pleasantly surprised with our unique stories and very rare

finds. Adding Silversmithing to our shop has opened up a

whole new world and provided our customers with one-ofa-kind

original collector pieces. For this area, these pieces

are truly unique.”

It is important to the couple to give back, supporting more

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than a dozen organizations here in the Inland Northwest, not for the recognition

but because of their giving hearts. They care about not only the clients they serve

through Panhandle Red but the surrounding community as a whole.

“I have a huge heart for animals, and I started Panhandle Red as a hobby

to generate some extra dollars for our local animal rescue,” shares Krista.

“Panhandle Red has donated thousands of dollars to SCRAPS and helps with

local veterinary bills. We rescued so many, we were even featured on a local

billboard for being ‘Best Dog Rescuers.’”

To Krista, it is imperative to have your heart in the right place when doing

business—and in life. And with a heart for her clients, and a heart for the

community, her heart is in that right place.

Discover a business with heart at Panhandle Red today.

“Everything we make in the leather products and

jewelry is handcrafted and made in Idaho, USA, by us! We

have seen a huge jump in sales with folks re-focusing on

American Made Products.”

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A Century of Care

ORCHARD RIDGE SENIOR LIVING CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF HONORING SENIORS

BY TAYLOR SHILLAM

For Coeur d’Alene’s Orchard Ridge Senior Living, this year marks a

century of providing a faith-based loving home that honors older

adults. With their Centennial Celebration kick-off just a month

away, they look forward to celebrating their achievements as an awardwinning

senior living community.

“Orchard Ridge Senior Living began when a group of Lutherans from

Spokane had the vision to open a retirement home in Coeur d’Alene,”

shares Amy Boni, director of development and marketing for Orchard

Ridge. “From Coeur d’Alene’s former ‘Swedish College,’ the group

purchased the land and buildings they needed to make that vision

a reality.”

The retirement home, called Coeur d’Alene Homes, came to life and

opened its doors to the elderly in September 1921. Today, the same

strong mission still thrives but under a different name: Orchard Ridge

Senior Living.

Today, the community offers 69 assisted living and memory care

rooms situated on the same beautiful park-like campus as their 154

HUD-subsidized independent living apartments. Governed by 20 local

churches, Orchard Ridge takes pride in being a faith-based community

and their ability to take in financially troubled seniors who need a home

and assistance with daily activities.

As a nonprofit assisted living facility, Orchard Ridge offers financial

assistance through their charitable Christian care, the Resident

Relief Fund.

“Our Resident Relief Fund is what sets us apart from most assisted living

communities,” states Amy. “For example, when a resident has no funds,

it is nearly impossible to find an assisted living who will take them in.

Every year, we look to raise approximately $500,000 for our Resident

Relief Fund so we can help those who need it most.”

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In its 100 years of operation, Orchard Ridge has never asked a single

resident to leave due to a lack of funds. Drawing on their resources as a

nonprofit within the community, they maintain a dedication to providing

financial relief for those in need.

To commemorate their 100th year in Kootenai County, their Centennial

Celebration Fundraiser is scheduled for Sunday, August 8, from 1:30 to

4:30pm at a private residence on Lake Coeur d’Alene.

What makes this location unique is that the

home was once located on the Orchard Ridge

campus. It was referred to as the “White House”

to all who knew of the home, as it was the

residence of the former president of the Swedish

College and then the home for the director of

Coeur d’Alene Homes and his family.

In 2018, the White House needed a new

permanent location, and was donated from

Orchard Ridge to local businessman John

Swallow. With the help of several community

contractors, Swallow was able to lift the large

115-year-old home from its foundation to

transport it across the US-95 South bridge

and onto a barge waiting to transport it across

the lake.

Coming full circle this year, the fundraiser will

be held in that same house at its new location,

There’s no question

that Orchard Ridge has

had an immeasurable

impact on the lives

touched by its care. The

impact was recognized

just last year with its

Gold Star Excellence in

Care Award, presented by

the Idaho Department

of Health and Welfare.

with Coeur d’Alene Lake Cruises transporting guests across the lake for

the occasion. Tickets are $100 per person and very limited. For more

information on tickets, call 208.664.8119.

There’s no question that Orchard Ridge has had an immeasurable impact

on the lives touched by its care. The impact was recognized just last

year with its Gold Star Excellence in Care Award, presented by the Idaho

Department of Health and Welfare. The award is given to assisted living

facilities that meet exceptional standards of care while ensuring residents

receive superior services in a clean, safe,

home-like environment. The award presented

to Orchard Ridge reflects the hard work and

dedication of its team.

“Together, we can ensure a future where all of

our residents receive the care they need and

the home they deserve,” states Ann Johnson,

executive director. “By partnering with us, you

can help seniors who have no other place to go.”

Orchard Ridge is a treasure in our community.

Any gifts received by their organization will

directly benefit the Resident Relief Fund,

supporting the continued care of residents who

can no longer support themselves. For more

information about Orchard Ridge and the

services they provide, along with opportunities

for giving and volunteering, visit them at

TheOrchardCdA.org.

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NORTHWEST FLAVORS

PLENTY OF FOOD AND DRINK TO SAMPLE

ALL SUMMER LONG!

BY COLIN ANDERSON

Most of us probably have a favorite local restaurant. It’s the one

you can always count on for a solid meal, especially if the

family can’t agree on what to eat. Many of us also prefer a

certain style of wine, be it Cab or Rosé, or the particular hop combination

used in the IPA produced at the brewery down the street. While there

will always be brand loyalty, the near staggering amount of quality

eateries and drinkeries around the region has provided eager customers

with a wide range of food and beverages in which to challenge their

ever-evolving taste buds. The competition challenges chefs, brewers, and

bartenders to utilize their creativity to attract an audience that’s always

looking for what’s new, different, or downright tasty.

One of the best ways to find these unique offerings is by attending one

of the region’s outstanding tasting events. While 2020 wiped out these

wonderful festivals last summer, many are back again in 2021, and ready

for the sound of clinking glasses and audible yums over a backdrop of

live music. Here you can sample small bites and full plates from some of

the area’s best chefs. You can try a few sips from dozens of breweries and

wineries without the headache of traveling to location after location. Yes,

the tasting and celebration of Inland Northwest food and drink is back

on, and we can’t wait to get back to all of our favorites!

Taste of Coeur d’Alene • July 30 - August 1 • Coeur d’Alene City Park

PanhandleKiwanis.org/Taste-of-CdA

Now in its 33rd year, organizers say this annual event attracts some 50,000

guests over the course of three days. They come for delicious food, a beer

garden with emphasis on regional craft beers, and to spend a relaxing

summer day in a beautiful setting. More than 20 food vendors will offer

up a wide range of cuisine to sample. Regional musicians will provide the

entertainment, and there are also arts and crafts vendors displaying their

creative works. Proceeds from the event help the local Kiwanis and the

community projects it supports.

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Silver Mountain Brewsfest • August 14 • Silver Mountain, Kellogg

SilverMt.com

Hop aboard the scenic Silver Mountain gondola, and when you reach

the top of the mountain, an array of tasty regional brews will be waiting

for you. Brewsfest offers great beer, food, and stunning views; a perfect

way to spend a summer Saturday. Sample a few unique offerings while

enjoying live music all afternoon. After the event closes up, the music

continues on back in the Village throughout the evening hours.

Inland Northwest Craft Beer Festival • September 24 & 25 • Avista

Stadium, Spokane • WashingtonBeer.com

Quickly becoming one of the biggest beer festivals in the region, the

home of the Spokane Indians will play host once again to some 40

brewers offering around 150 brews. Many bring specialty releases and

new seasonal varieties you won’t find anywhere else. Your ticket in

includes a 4-ounce commemorative glass as well as eight sample tokens.

Additional tokens are available for purchase as well. There will be several

food options available, live music, and Saturday is family friendly and

will include plenty to keep the kiddos entertained. Non-drinkers get in

for just $5 and get free water and soda as well.

Crave! • August 27 • Spokane Valley CenterPlace • CraveNW.com

Crave! is back at Spokane Valley CenterPlace and will move from a multiday

event to a one-day celebration of the food and drink of the Northwest.

Popular regional chefs will be on hand, each serving up delicious small plates

and bites not found on their typical menus. These will be paired with tasters

from local brewers, vintners and distillers. Crave! is focused on giving the top

chefs in our area a platform to show off their creativity while using regional

ingredients. Crave! also gives back to 2nd Harvest and its mission to fight

hunger and feed hope throughout the Northwest. Tickets include all your

food and drink samples, and are available to purchase in advance.

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Northwest Wine Festival • July 17 & 18 • Schweitzer

Mountain, Sandpoint • Schweitzer.com

Not much beats a warm sunny day at the top of the most

iconic mountain in North Idaho. Show up for Northwest

Wine Festival, and you’ll be able to take in the tranquility

while sipping on some of the best wines of the Northwest.

You’ll find crisp whites, dark earthy reds, and just about

everything in between. The focus is on Washington, Oregon

and Idaho winemakers, and you might just discover your

next favorite vintner. For those wanting to attend both days,

overnight on-mountain lodging is available.

Fall Fest • September 3 - 6 • Schweitzer Mountain,

Sandpoint • Schweitzer.com

At the time of this writing, Schweitzer was still working

through event details, but is again planning on holding

one of its favorite yearly festivals over Labor Day weekend.

Typically around 100 regional breweries, wineries and

cideries are represented at the tasting booths. There is live

music all weekend long, and the event is free to attend. There

is plenty of entertainment for the kids as well as to-go and

sit-down dining. Check the website for the latest information

and live entertainment schedule.

Brewfest • July 10 • Downtown Coeur d’Alene

CdADowntown.com/Brewfest

While details of the event were still emerging at the time

of this article going to print, the Coeur d’Alene Downtown

Association did confirm that its Brewfest celebration will be

happening on July 10 at McEuen Park. Typically there are

more than two dozen local and regional brews in which

to sample, as well as food options and several live music

performances throughout the event. For further details and

ticket information, visit the website listed above.

Ales for the Trails • September 11• Coeur d’Alene

NICTF.org

The annual beer tasting festival benefiting the North Idaho

Centennial Trail Foundation has been confirmed for the

11th of September. Organizers are still working out details

but say they are planning on an event similar to years

past. See the organization’s website or social feeds for the

latest details.

Other wonderful events are sure to pop up throughout the

remainder of summer and fall. Check our monthly calendar

of events and follow our social media channels for all the

latest. Enjoy the wonderful flavors of the Northwest during

the best time of the year!

Crave! is back at Spokane Valley CenterPlace and will move from a multi-day event

to a one-day celebration of the food and drink of the Northwest.

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Keeping Things Simple

It’s all about the wine, food and atmosphere

By Jillian Chandler

As summer is in full swing here in Coeur d’Alene, things just

got that much better, as some of the best outdoor dining

around can now be found at Wine House, located at 1621

East Sherman Avenue. The business opened its doors to the

public in July of last year, amid the pandemic, and is excited to welcome

guests back as they celebrate their one-year anniversary this month, as

well as the addition of their beautiful new outdoor oasis.

Originally purchased in October of 2019, the space, which housed

the Hock Shop for three decades, has undergone intensive structural

improvements and remodeling. As of press time, they had just finished

phase two of the remodel, completing the side and back patio, according

to Nicole Hammons, who owns the business with husband Conor.

“The updates include a covered patio, turf grass in the back, small

stage, and area for yard games,” she smiles. “The third and final phase

will begin next year, as we turn our garage into a private event room.”

The couple originally purchased the property because, as Nicole laughs,

“It was a good deal, and my husband is in real estate.” But once the sale

went through, they began to envision what the building could become.

While on vacation, Nicole and Conor discovered a place they loved!

While relaxing over wine, they thought, “This is what we are missing.”

And the rest is history.

“When we were dreaming what we would do with the building, we

really wanted something that would be good for the community,”

Nicole says. “We feel Wine House fills the void of a fun, casual place

to get wine (and beer) with a great patio, which is the biggest draw: It’s

away from downtown foot traffic, with lots of space to spread out for

large groups.” Attire is “come as you are,” whether that’s off the boat in

flip flops or dressed up for a date night.

Nicole’s expertise in marketing and business development, paired with

Conor’s knowledge in real estate and advertising made this endeavor

that much more possible.

“We may have dreamed it and done a lot of the remodel ourselves, but

our success has only been possible with the help of so many people,”

affirms Nicole. “Our amazing construction team for making my vision

come to life, KAL Construction; the patio work by Clearwater Summit

Group; our family who previously owned Embers By The Lake for

teaching us all things restaurant; and of course no business is successful

without an amazing staff and talented chef, Kelli Cain. A big shootout

to our friends and family for spending hours and hours helping us put

in the ceiling, fence, landscaping and more.”

Their dream has been realized.

WINE HOUSE

1621 East Sherman Avenue | Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814

208.930.1498 | WineHouseCdA.com

At Wine House, guests will be treated to a relaxed environment in

which they can enjoy a glass or bottle of wine, craft beer and ciders.

During the summer months, frozen cocktails are available to help cool

you down on a hot day. Appetizers, charcuterie, flatbread pizzas and

dessert round out the menu. Everything on the menu is also offered

to-go in addition to the favorite wine chillers, mugs, blankets and swag.

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One of the couple’s primary goals with Wine House was to take the pretentiousness out

of wine tasting. “If you love wine and know a lot about it, wonderful. If you love wine

and know nothing, amazing. You’re both welcome here,” Nicole smiles.

Creating this incredible space for them to share with others has allowed the Hammons

the chance to meet their neighbors and community members. “We love that it brings

people together, especially during/after a very stressful year,” says Nicole. It also

affords her and Conor an opportunity to give back to the community by donating to

fundraisers or hosting community events.

“We love this community,” says Conor. “We both have served on several boards,

volunteer, and Nicole is even the Development Director for the Boys & Girls Club. The

best part of this community is it always shows up for local businesses and gives support.

We love to be a part of that.”

“When we were dreaming what we would do with the

building, we really wanted something that would be

good for the community.”

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NAVIGATING FIRE SEASON

Summer forecast: hot and dry

BY COLIN ANDERSON

Summer is the best time to get out and enjoy the wonderful hiking, biking

and camping spots that the Northwest is famous for. While more and

more people are finding the beauty and serenity of these special places,

carelessness with fire could lead to devastating consequences. The National

Interagency Fire Center is predicting an above average fire season for much of

the West with increased awareness for Southeastern Washington, the Cascades,

Central Oregon and Northern California.

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the majority are in fact caused by humans. According to the United States Forest

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circumference away from any fuels that could be ignited by sparks leaving your fire

ring. Keep fires small and only burn clean, dry tinder and never burn garbage that

could be lifted away by the wind. If your campsite is in a designated campground,

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Enjoying the Journey

Local paddlers relish treasured waterways

BY COLIN ANDERSON

Outdoor recreation is booming. After being stuck at home for

long stretches, people are finding the beauty, excitement and

serenity of nature again. Boat and RV dealers remain low on

stock as do bike shops and those who carry canoes, kayaks and stand-up

paddleboards. Campgrounds are full, and even some of the previously

isolated backpacking locations are seeing more and more new visitors.

Boat traffic has also dramatically increased. Not only are there simply

more motorized craft on the water, but specialized wake surf boats are

churning up even larger waves on already busy waterways. For those

looking to enjoy the local lakes and rivers by way of paddle, this can

create a frustrating—and in some cases dangerous—situation. “Our club

is here to instruct new paddlers on how to be more efficient, comfortable

and secure out on the water,” explained Coeur d’Alene Canoe and Kayak

Club President Dwight McCain.

Founded in 2005, the club emphasizes safety and skill development

amongst members, with a focus on helping those new to kayaking go

from novice to skilled paddler.

“Our group is special in one way—there is always someone to help you,

whether you are new or a member for a while,” added longtime member

JerrySue Limandri, who is also the club’s secretary. “Paddling technique

is important; we do not just ‘go out and have fun.’ We stay in a group

setting and watch everyone to be sure they are safe.”

Dwight recalls being talked into joining the club by his then girlfriend

who was an avid paddler. While she was into kayaks, Dwight preferred

to paddle more stable canoes. Still, she talked him into taking a sea

kayaking trip around Vancouver Island. “After that trip I thought I’d

never get in a kayak again,” he laughed. Shortly after they joined the club,

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the relationship ended. “She moved on, and I kept the kayak. I still have

it,” he smiled.

Not feeling comfortable on open water was Dwight’s introduction to

kayaking and something he and the other experienced members of the

club focus on in their classes and training sessions with new members.

The club hosts annual “Skills Days” in which instructors show proper

paddling techniques, such as focusing on utilizing core muscles instead of

just pumping with your arms. Once new paddlers have the maneuvering

skills needed, instruction shifts to getting yourself out of danger. Paddlers

learn self-rescue skills in the event their kayak is swamped or tipped over

by wind or wave. They also go through team rescue drills in case someone

comes into trouble during a group paddle. “Our goal is to teach people to

paddle safely and learn how to use their boats and paddles effectively and

correctly. There is always someone to help with the newbies and still keep

the group together,” said JerrySue.

While there is a lot of instruction done within the club, that isn’t to say it’s

all instruction and no fun to be had! From spring through early fall, the

club hosts a Thursday night paddle where anyone can show up and join

the group. Locations include various bays around Lake Coeur d’Alene,

Hayden Lake, Twin Lakes, Spirit Lake, Bayview, and the Pend Oreille and

Spokane rivers. While there are a few other paddle clubs in the region

where the focus is more on exercise, adventure and whitewater, the

Coeur d’Alene Canoe and Kayak Club’s focus remains on enjoying the

journey at a more leisurely pace. They also primarily paddle on flat water

or stretches of river with smaller rapids.

The meet-up locations are all available on the group’s website and also

coordinated through Meetup.com. Participants gather sometimes up

to an hour before launch to hang out, introduce themselves to new

participants, and to assess the skills of those who might be paddling

with the group for the first time. The group then launches together at

6pm and paddles a designated route that usually takes about 90 minutes.

The paddle is a go at your own pace, and the group is always keeping an

eye on the bank as well. “We also educate the paddlers about the area,

history and wildlife, along with waterfowl that we might encounter,” said

JerrySue. Back at the launch point, members help each other get out of

the water and get their boats back and secured to their vehicles.

Evenings are much more peaceful times on the local waterways, and

Dwight especially likes going out just after a storm has blown through. As

the club’s photographer, he often finds the most wildlife activity during

this time. “We’ve come across moose, muskrats and beavers, a lot of deer

around Wolf Lodge Bay, and the wetlands are just full of wildlife.” Boaters

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cruise by these areas at speed, and most never

see or experience all the bits of nature that these

waterways contain.

With a rush on outdoor gear, Dwight and JerrySue

are seeing another potential problem for new

paddlers: buying something that doesn’t properly

fit. Some retailers would previously let you test

out kayaks in the water before purchase. With

inventory going so fast, some shoppers are simply

grabbing whatever is available, which might lead

to buyer’s remorse. “We do not offer opinions as to

what they purchase, however, we do help instruct

them on which boats are effective for what they

plan to do. Whether they want to just tool around

inside the bays, or rather take a two- to four-hour

tour,” added JerrySue.

When choosing the kayak, Dwight recommends,

at a minimum, sitting in it for a while to make sure

it’s comfortable. If you plan on fishing out of the

kayak, a sit-on top model is probably your best

bet. If you plan on packing gear and camping on

islands, a larger boat with a cockpit and storage

will better fit your needs. “If you can, go shopping

with someone who knows what they are doing,”

he added.

You’ll find members of the Coeur d’Alene Canoe

and Kayak Club at some of the summer’s most

popular events. They provide assistance to

swimmers in local triathlons including Ironman

as well as the 2.5-mile open-water swim from

Arrow Point on Lake Coeur d’Alene. “I’ve pulled

a competitor out who was having a heart issue and

surely would have drowned,” said Dwight.

Once someone becomes a member, they also

have access to paddles on the weekend as well as

overnight trips both near and far. A few members

recently did a camping trip on Kalispell Island on

Priest Lake. Other longer trips or bigger adventures

are arranged when there is interest.

This is a club that welcomes those at any skill level

and is eager to share knowledge with those who

want to make paddling a bigger part of their lives.

“I joined after only being on the water twice. I took

a lesson from Kayak Coeur d’Alene and everything

else I have learned and perfected, hopefully, from

many club members who were and are much more

experienced than I am,” said JerrySue.

If you are interested in learning more, visit

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ENSURING CONTINUED SUCCESS

BUSINESS COURSES OFFER OPPORTUNITIES TO UPSKILL

By Maureen Dolan, North Idaho College

For many students, going to college is an investment in the future,

but there are courses at North Idaho College that offer immediate

returns for working professionals and their employers.

Many of NIC’s business courses—which include management, finance,

entrepreneurship, business planning and more—are available to students

who want to update their skills or learn something new without enrolling

in a particular degree or certificate program at NIC.

“This means students can take just one of these courses, if it fits their

needs,” said Sue Shibley, NIC Business and Professional Programs

Division chair.

For example, a course in how to use Excel, one of several Microsoft

Office programs for which NIC offers training, could be the answer

for an employee whose employer just told them they are taking on

new job responsibilities, including tracking information and budgets

on spreadsheets.

“There are people working for a company and then placed in a leadership

role, supervising employees when they don’t know anything about

supervising employees. Our Principles of Management course could help

ensure they are successful in their new position,” Shibley said.

NIC business programs and courses cover a broad range of subjects.

There are many medical office-related courses. An NIC course in human

resource management teaches about basic employment laws, hiring and

firing, and more.

The college also offers an Administrative Office Management

Technology Program that is 100 percent online and provides students

the opportunity to earn certifications in a variety of office and business

skills. Students who choose to complete all the credentials offered can

earn an associate of applied science degree in administrative office

management technology.

When employees take the initiative to learn how to use new

software or raise their level of industry knowledge, many employers

are happy to help pay for this type of education through tuition

reimbursement programs.

“With the ever-changing business landscape, it’s likely that competitive,

thriving businesses have team members who need to build on their skill

sets in order to keep those businesses robust and prospering,” said Dean

Miles, assistant professor of Business Management and Entrepreneurship

at NIC. “For those employers, your local community college has what

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For more information, visit the NIC Business and Professional Programs

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SHIN SPLINTS

By Andrew Mason, PTA

And how to beat them!

If you’ve ever had a burning pain in your shins forcing you to cut a

run short or take a break from your workout, chances are you have

encountered shin splints. Shin splints are painful and can show up at

the most inopportune times—affecting runners and other highly active

individuals alike. In this article, we will cover what shin splints are, what

causes them and what you can do to prevent and treat them.

What are shin splints?

The term shin splints refers to what is medically known as medial tibial

stress syndrome. As this name suggests, the tibia (the long bone on the

front of your shin) and its surrounding structures can become stressed or

overworked, causing irritation that is typically felt as a burning pain along

your shin.

What causes shin splints?

Though the pain you feel in your shin may seem sudden, shin splints rarely

show up overnight. Shin splints are generally a result of repeated stresses

that develop into the pain we are familiar with. These repeated stresses

occur when we push our bodies harder or faster than they are accustomed

to. Over time our bones and muscles can become overworked and unable

to deal with landing impacts or quick directional changes.

Here is a list of some of the most common causes of shin splints:

• Inadequate warm-up period prior to exercise

• Excessive training

• Muscular weakness, imbalances or tightness

• Poor running technique or form

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What are the best treatment options for shin

splints?

While the best and easiest way to deal with shin

splints is to prevent them in the first place, traditional

shin splint treatment involves a period of rest (a

few days to a couple weeks) from the aggravating

activity and periodic icing for the inflammation.

While taking a few weeks off training is extremely

frustrating and the last thing you may want to do,

it is necessary to allow the overworked tissues time

to repair. Unfortunately, however, without proper

diagnosis and appropriate exercise modifications,

shin splints may reappear as soon as you restart your

training, putting you right back where you started.

Here are some helpful tips to prevent or get rid of

shin splints:

• Stretch your calves and shin muscles

• Warm up before you begin your exercise

• Strengthen your core and leg muscles

• Check your training form

• Use a foam roller on your calves and shin muscles

Though shin splints can be a setback in your training,

they are treatable. Seek out a provider who is trained

to diagnose and treat the source of shin splints to

get you back on your feet as quickly as possible. By

treating the root cause through evaluation of muscle

strength, imbalances and tension, along with

running form, unique foot shape and footwear, you

can beat the pesky pain keeping you from enjoying

your workouts or getting out for a run during these

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Summer is officially here! One of my

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summer months is our Wednesday and

Saturday local Farmers Markets. My family and

I love to walk down to the Fifth Street market

and make a weekly meal with just produce and

ingredients found at the market. Let’s chat about

some of the health benefits of shopping at the

Farmers Market.

Eating Seasonally and More Plant Based

Buying produce from the Farmers Market

means you are getting the absolute freshest

produce possible. The produce comes directly

from the farm to the market and is at the peak

of freshness, which makes any fruit or vegetable

more nutritious and flavorful. The benefits of

adding more plant-based ingredients and recipes

to your diet are endless. People with more

plant-based diets have healthier guts, which

helps support your immune system and reduce

inflammation. The fiber only found in plants can

help lower your cholesterol levels and stabilize

your blood sugar.

Know Where Your Food Comes From

Many grocery store products are highly

processed, grown with pesticides, hormones,

GMOs, or picked too early, which can drastically

reduce the amount of nutrients in your fruits and

vegetables. All of this can have an effect on your

health and your wallet. When you buy from local

farms, you can feel confident knowing these

farmers take special care in growing the best

and safest crops. Most, if not all, farms at a local

market grow organic produce. You’ll also be able

to find meats, cheeses and eggs from animals

raised without hormones, pesticides, and in safe

and natural living conditions.

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Especially at the height of the season, you’ll be

able to find produce at the Farmers Market you

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native to North Idaho (or wherever your

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and our famous huckleberries are local favorites.

Some of my discoveries last year included garlic

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You’ll also be able to find raw local honey, which

in addition to being delicious is also a natural

seasonal allergy cure. Our local farmers are

incredibly knowledgeable and are quick to hand

out a recipe or preparation or cooking advice.

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Shopping at the Farmers Market can reduce

your ecological footprint. The farmers at the

market are harvesting and then immediately

transporting their product, which means no

long-distance travel. No prolonged shipping. All

of this equals a better product for you and helps

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through the market on a bright Saturday

morning listening to the band and smelling

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If hours at the gym and a restrictive diet have left you with suboptimal

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device that delivers results equivalent to a 16-week workout

program, all in just four short weeks. EmSculpt Neo launched in

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treatment.

What areas can EmSculpt Neo treat?

This nonsurgical treatment can tighten, tone and strengthen the large

muscle groups of the abdomen and buttocks, as well as smaller muscle

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How many EmSculpt Neo sessions are required to see results?

Four 30-minute treatments one week apart are recommended. The

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Is there any downtime with EmSculpt Neo?

EmSculpt Neo is a non-invasive procedure that requires no recovery time

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The treatment feels like an intense workout with a warming sensation in

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The cost of EmSculpt Neo varies from region and practice location.

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Clients with a BMI up to 35—higher than most other nonsurgical body

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A PRIMER FOR PAIN

Health care treats chronic pain quite differently today

BY MARC STEWART, HERITAGE HEALTH

For centuries, people suffering from

chronic pain have been prescribed

opioid medication to help their

suffering. Twenty years ago, it was far

more common for opioids to be the mainstay

of treatment.

Back pain? No problem. Here’s a pill. Knee pain?

No problem. Here’s a pill. Ankle pain? You get

the idea. This all led to the well-documented

opioid crisis that impacted every city and town

across the country.

“Pain is a simple four-letter word, but it’s not a

simple concept or a simple problem,” says Dr.

Leanne Rousseau, a longtime physician with

Heritage Health. “The first thing we need to do is

figure out where the pain is coming from. Then

we can treat the causes.”

Often people can’t afford proper testing to

identify what is wrong nor sometimes the

treatment, says Rousseau. A temporary solution

then becomes a problematic long-term solution.

The health-care industry has discovered that

stress and anxiety are interlinked to pain. Being

able to identify what the stresses are in your life

might help reduce your pain levels.

“If you’ve got a job lifting boxes and you hurt

your back and you can’t afford to not work, the

stress on the body and mind compounds the

problem, says Rousseau. “A common mistake is

for people to not do physical therapy or to allow

themselves to heal.”

Dr. Anthony Rehil-Crest, vice president of

Medical Services at Heritage Health, said

he encourages providers to exhaust nonpharmacological

approaches first, using physical

therapy and massage therapy to reduce the

symptoms of chronic pain.

“When we do have to prescribe an opioid pain

medication, the period we want them to take it

is much shorter,” he says. “We are mindful of not

overprescribing these medications.”

Interestingly, Rehil-Crest notes that many

patients are increasingly fearful about becoming

addicted to opioid pain medication.

“The pendulum has swung in the other

direction,” says Rehil-Crest. “The opioid crisis

has had real consequences, including people

unintentionally overdosing and dying. But some

patients truly need stronger pain medication,

and they’re not taking it because they’re overly

worried about becoming addicted.”

Rehil-Crest says there is an important difference

between being dependent on pain medication

and being addicted.

“Dependence is when your body develops a

dependence on a drug and, when you stop

taking that drug, you will experience withdrawal

symptoms,” says Rehil-Crest. “If I stop drinking

coffee, I will get some headaches, but I am going

to be fine. The line is when taking a prescribed

drug causes behavioral problems, like seeking

out illegal opioids, or taking the medication

causes relationship or work problems.”

Rousseau cautions limiting individual use of

over-the-counter medications too.

“If you have a healthy liver and healthy kidneys,

you shouldn’t have more than six 500 milligram

tablets of Tylenol a day, and you should limit the

amount of anti-inflammatory medication such

as Naprosyn, Aspirin or Ibuprofen,” she says.

“Never mix Aspirin with other pain relievers

such as Aleve or Ibuprofen. Taking too much

can cause liver or kidney damage.

“There are some really good topical pain

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KEEPING OUR WATERWAYS

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SMALL ACTIONS SEE BIG SOLUTIONS WHEN IT

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BY RACHEL KELLY

We live on the beach. Sand, water, sunbathing,

picnics and boating ... we’ve got it all. Every

summer, or sometimes all year round, there’s

a rush to the waterways. The boats, jet skis and

kayaks all come out to play. Which is something wonderful!

Living where we live, it’s a privilege. As locals, we get to enjoy

the beauty of living in the pristine Inland Northwest all year.

It’s a well-kept secret (or is it?) that we live in some of the most

beautiful landscapes in the world. But with the pristine waters,

the open space and the snow-capped mountain ranges comes

a certain weight of responsibility. Sometimes even frustration.

“Where there’s people, there’s trash,” says Weston Cedarblom

of Coeur D’Love, a conservation organization founded to help

keep trash out of our waters. That’s the reality of living by major

waterways: It’s the place to be. Locals and visitors alike come

to appreciate the beauty. However, during the rush, often it’s

the locals who are stuck with the backend of the pollution. It’s

no wonder that we rate preservation to be of high importance

around here. Pollution always ends up in the water, and here

with our rivers, lakes and oceans, we can see it. It’s a shame to

see something so lovely go to waste.

Comments in response to seeing trash in our waterways on

social media include lots of negativity (go figure). In between

the threats and general disappointment, there’s actually a lot

of ideas. Should we up the ante on punishments for litter?

But then, who would enforce it? Maybe there should be a

special litter police. Or, maybe we can be more proactive in

speaking out when we see someone littering. But then ... there

are just so many people. Can we really be in every park, by

every waterway, to point our fingers at the litter bugs? Some

people are just all for giving up. It’s destroyed, might as well

stop trying! Ultimately, all this negativity doesn’t bring about

solutions. Finger-pointing feels good, but it doesn't pick up

trash. “If you love something, you take care of it,” says Weston.

When it comes to the trash that often comes along with the

summer season, the solution is simple. What you take in you

pack out! While you’re at it, pick up a little extra. When it

comes to the health of our towns, cities and waterways, there’s

no time to play the blame game. We’re all in this together for

the sake of what’s ours.

And that’s just it, isn’t it? This place is ours. At the end of

the day, we love where we live. It’s up to us to take care of

it, a euphemism that’s easier said than done. It might seem

complicated, but Weston boils it down to two common

commodities: time and money. If you don’t have money,

then give your time. And if you don’t have time, give your

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money. There are plenty of products out there whose

profits go toward conservation. Coeur D’Love is just

one such organization that sells products, as well as

actively encouraging community participation. Giving

one of two basic commodities is simple enough—and

something that most people can get behind.

The decisions that we make today don’t just encompass

us. Today’s pollution is greater than our generation.

Keeping our waterways clear ensures clean drinking

water, fishing and recreation for future generations.

Water is life. Without it, where would we be? To clean

it up we need a game plan. This is why research-backed

information to support keeping our watershed pure is

so important. Research confirms a solid direction for

preservation efforts, fuels advocacy, and highlights

specific opportunities for community involvement.

Nonprofits like the Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper

provide that research, and are, not surprisingly, greatly

reliant on their volunteers. Other city organizations, like

the Tacoma Center for Urban Waters, also rely heavily

on community support to keep our waterways clean.

Just as water is connected, and knows no boundaries,

so must our connections reach across barriers to ensure

its preservation.

The connection between waterways is also illustrative

of its greater connection to all life. Water makes up 70

percent of the Earth’s surface for good reason; through it

we are all connected. In fact, we can often determine the

general health of our waterways by keeping tabs on the

local wildlife. The suffering of wildlife is often a precursor

to what we have to look forward to. If the wildlife is

healthy, we have a future of health to look forward to,

and vice versa. In the Puget Sound, salmon has steadily

been declining at an ever-increasing rate. Salmon is a

keystone species, which is another way of saying that

it is an essential part of our ecosystem. All manner of

life depends on the health of the Coho Salmon. Orca,

birds of prey, bears and seals eat salmon. In turn, a vast

number of other species suffer if those predators decline.

And on and on and so forth. Without salmon, the whole

of the land, and all the species living in it, die or suffer.

This is why the decline of salmon is so alarming.

Researchers from the Center for Urban Waters, the

University of Washington, and the Washington State

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University published in 2020’s Science magazine an

unlikely culprit for the death of our salmon: car tires.

Vehicle tires shed tiny particles of rubber, which get

washed down the storm drains in the rain. Specifically,

chemicals within the “dust” from the tires are

causing harm to our waterways. These chemicals are,

understandably, more present in major urban areas

with more roadways. It’s the rubber and the chemicals

from the tires that ultimately kill the coho salmon. Since

many of Washington’s largest cities are on waterways,

understanding the ins and outs of stormwater pollution

is especially important.

This ground-breaking research was only just published

in 2020, but the idea of preventing pollution through the

protection of our drains is not. “Prevention of stormwater

pollution applies equally to all cities, regardless of

whether they have a separated sewer and storm water

system,” says Sarah Norber, an environmental specialist

for the Center for Urban Waters. It’s not widely known

that car tires specifically are a key part in stormwater

pollution, but it is widely known that cars are major

pollutants. In light of new and old research, using public

forms of transport can go a long way in preserving

our waterways. Other ways to preserve our waterways

include riding bikes, fixing car leaks, using commercial

car washes, limiting the use of pesticides and practicing

the proper disposal of chemicals. All roads lead to water,

and all drains eventually end up in our oceans.

When we analyze the challenges facing our waterways,

the problem can seem too overwhelming to solve.

It’s a difficult prospect to take on the responsibility

for our actions, as well as those of others. Anger takes

precedence over that of service. The temptation to throw

in the towel and move on is understandable. But we can

find encouragement in our successes. What we do does

matter, and what we’re doing together will work. Thea

Foss Waterway is just one such example.

Located in Tacoma, Washington, the once thriving Thea

Foss Waterway was characterized in the 1980s by oil sheen,

tar deposits and dilapidated buildings. The people and

wildlife in the area were laboring under the consequences

of over a century of environmentally insensitive practices.

There was even a resurgence of the Black Plague in the

area in the late 1970s. Though that particular example is

interesting, it may be partially unrelated. Regardless, it

does highlight just how bad things had gotten. So bad that

in 1983, the Environmental Protection Agency identified

the waterway to be a part of the larger Commencement

Bay Superfund site. This means that Thea Foss Waterway

was one of the most polluted places in the nation. The

kind of contamination that Tacoma, and Washington as

a whole, was tasked with cleaning up was staggering. As

a major waterway connected to the ocean, this pollution

was especially distressing. What’s more, the pollution

was generational. Having spanned over a century, it

seemed like things would continue to go along as they

always had. If it were not for a deep respect and longing

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for something better, things would have gone

along as they always had.

However, in 1994, the city came together

to aggressively clean up the waterway. This

involved hundreds of soil samples to identify

exactly where the contamination was coming

from and resulted in the addition of several

new shoreline habitats. The city, businesses,

grantees and community members from all

over gave their time and money, a total of $105

million in funds. Keeping the storm water

drains clear of contaminants was an especially

important community effort that required

very little money or time, and yet has resulted

in big positive outcomes. Over a decade ago,

in 2006, the cleanup was completed. It is the

reason that locals can play, live and work safely

by the waterway today. Wildlife to the once

desolate area has returned. Since 2006, efforts

have been focused on capping off other sources

of pollution and keeping the waterway clean.

It has absolutely paid off. Later this year, the

Environmental Protection Agency plans to

remove the waterway from its list of Superfund

sites. It’s an understatement to say that the city

is heaving a collective sigh of relief. The people,

and the land, are at rest.

A little bit goes a long way when we’re talking

about the whole of our community. It’s true

that one person can’t fix the larger problem of

pollution, but a lot of us can. The truth is that

we’re everyday people, with everyday goals.

We just want the opportunity to jump in the

water when it’s hot, raise our kids someplace

where they can enjoy the outdoors, and grow

old in peace. Big projects take big people, who

We just want the

opportunity to

jump in the water

when it’s hot, raise

our kids someplace

where they can

enjoy the outdoors,

and grow old

in peace.

have big connections, with big organizations,

and big pockets. But those organizations, our

home, is made up of us. Nothing will move, and

nothing can change, if we’re not emboldened to

do so. Taking responsibility for what we put

down the drain is just one example of a small

everyday act that makes significant changes

to wildlife, neighborhoods, and the health of

thousands of people.

As a whole, we are individuals with limited

means. Our acts of heroism are confined to the

every day. The little acts, like picking up trash

that we didn’t throw, or taking the bus, are acts

of significance. The pride that we take in our

waterways impacts the lives of those who live

and breathe in our environment. The way that

you personally approach the world affects the

larger picture. When it comes to water, our

decisions flow out to bigger and bigger places.

The overall problem may seem overwhelming,

but the solution is straightforward. If you see

it, pick it up. If you drink it, keep it clean. It’s

a mindset that, if it catches on, makes a big

difference. But, it starts with you. It starts with

us. When it comes to our waterways, we’re

all connected.

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Q&A

with Michelle Cooper

ARMY VETERAN AND CDA POWER YOGA OWNER MICHELLE

COOPER REFLECTS ON FREEDOM, STRENGTH AND COMMUNITY

by TAYLOR SHILLAM

A

step into Riverstone’s CDA Power Yoga is an immediate

breath of fresh air. The beautiful, open studio space captures

your attention, but the team members and tangible sense of

community make it impossible to stay away.

At the heart of the studio is Michelle Cooper, owner, yoga instructor,

veteran, and genuine cheerleader for each person who walks through

her studio doors.

Michelle and Kyle Cooper met while serving in Iraq. Years later, as a

married couple with children, they created CDA Power Yoga to share

values of camaraderie, strength, resilience and wellness with the

community they now call home.

Q. How long have you lived in Coeur d’Alene, and what brought

you here?

A. My family and I have called Coeur d’Alene home for more than four

years now. After traveling full-time in an RV, my husband and I, along

with our three amazing kids, decided we wouldn’t want to be anywhere

else. After visiting my lifelong best friend, Dr. Hilary Hill of North Idaho

Dermatology, a few times, we absolutely fell in love with the beauty

and culture of North Idaho, and the community was a perfect fit for

our lifestyle.

Q. How long have you been a yoga instructor? What inspired you to

start practicing, and then teaching, yoga?

A. I became a yoga instructor in 2016 after experiencing firsthand the

positive impact yoga can have, both physically and mentally. I was invited

to try yoga by a friend who knew how much I liked a hard workout. I was

beyond skeptical. But, when I laid in a puddle of my own hard-earned

sweat at the end of my first practice, I was hooked. But not just because it

was physically hard, but because it was a mental workout as well.

Yoga reminds me what I’m capable of, to stay when things get hard,

and that getting out of my comfort zone isn’t just okay, but incredibly

necessary for growth of any kind. It teaches me to be intentional and

present in my life.

I became a teacher so that I can show people the power of yoga and bring

it to people who maybe wouldn’t do it on their own or don’t have access

to it. I also know the impact yoga can have on those dealing with crisis,

trauma and prolonged stress, especially veterans and first responders. As

a veteran myself, within a law enforcement family, I work to focus my

training and teaching on those populations. However, in reality, we all

deal with stress and have experienced some sort of trauma in our lives,

so I teach everyone the same way.

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“The Army taught me so much about myself

and the importance of discipline, being

physically and mentally strong, training hard, to

be bold and courageous in the pursuit of the

best version of myself, and to selflessly

serve others.”

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My classes are a journey of strength, ease, balance, mobility, a lot

of sweat, laughter, freedom and fun. They are both challenging

and transformative.

Q. How would you describe the sense of community within

CDA Power Yoga?

A. CommUNITY is the most important thing at our studio. We’re

committed to creating a community based on health, wellness,

healing and connection. We do yoga at our studio, of course,

but our priority is making sure every single person feels seen,

valued, and a part of something. When we say, “All are welcome.

Come as you are,” we mean it. We are a group of vastly different,

perfectly imperfect people, who cheer each other on, hold each

other accountable, fall out, lift each other up, laugh, sometimes

cry together, and sweat a ton.

Q. Prior to CDA Power Yoga, you served in the Military. Can

you share when you served and what branch, rank, etc.?

A. I was a Sergeant E-5 in the United States Army from 2003 to

2008, serving in Iraq in 2004 and 2005, where I met my husband,

who was also an 88-M Truck Driver/Motor Transport Operator

in the Army.

Q. As a veteran, is there any one experience or memory that

stands out, that you will never forget?

A. There are countless things I will never forget about the

Military, but the most memorable and noteworthy are the people.

Like most veterans, I have war stories, struggles, hardship, and

hilarious mishaps and shenanigans, but at the center of it all are

the men and women who became like a family.

The Army taught me so much about myself and the importance

of discipline, being physically and mentally strong, training hard,

to be bold and courageous in the pursuit of the best version of

myself, and to selflessly serve others. In the Military, there is an

incredible sense of camaraderie and connection. I think that’s

why I’m so committed to creating a space for people to feel that

belonging and community, for all different types of people to

come together and grow and learn from each other.

Q. As July marks Independence Day, what are you most

thankful for when it comes to our country’s freedoms you have

fought for?

A. I am most grateful, not just to be an American, but to live in

the best part of this wonderful country, and to get the opportunity

every day to serve people, make a positive impact on the world

around me, and pursue the best life for my family and I.

Q. When you’re not at the studio, what are some other ways you

enjoy spending your time?

A. When I’m not at the studio, I’m homeschooling, adventuring

and exploring with my three kids, Layla, Kylan and Cas, and

my husband Kyle. We love to be out on the water, hike, hang

around a campfire, ride motorcycles and four wheelers, and just

soak up everything North Idaho has to offer. You can also find

us downtown, enjoying the local food, beer, shops and treats of

Coeur d’Alene.

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As we rejoice Independence Day, many will take extra

care to recognize our veterans, those who fought for

our independence and the freedoms we celebrate.

This month, we can show our support alongside the local

organizations dedicated to preserving our veterans’ connections

to the community and overall quality of life.

Below are a selection of Inland Northwest organizations that

actively support the veterans who gave so much for our freedom.

Inland Northwest Disabled Veterans Sports Association

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The Inland Northwest Disabled Veterans Sports Association

(INDVSA) is a team of active disabled veterans “dedicated to

taking down the barriers to an active and engaged lifestyle.”

Operating with a mission to help local community members

find their inner athlete, the INDVSA is dedicated to helping both

adults and children with disabilities engage in a healthier lifestyle.

INDVSA members train in a variety of sports including baseball,

basketball, swimming, weightlifting, billiards, and wheelchair

racing, with a few members training to participate in the National

Veterans Wheelchair Games.

They have become a Paralympic Sports Club and look forward to

bringing more sports programs to the Coeur d’Alene and Spokane

area. Community members who are interested in joining or

donating to the INDVSA’s events can learn more at INDVSA.org.

Newby-Ginnings

Post Falls nonprofit Newby-Ginnings provides a wide selection of

services to veterans, active military and gold star families.

by Taylor Shillam

The facility is set up like a store, stocked with basic necessities

and essential household items, with “everything needed to make a

house a home,” including furniture, linens, appliances, cookware,

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clothing, blankets and food. These

essentials are provided to veterans, active

military and their families at no cost.

The nonprofit organization was created in

the honor and memory of its owner’s son,

Nicholas Newby, who served in the Idaho

National Guard. He lost his life while

serving in Iraq in July 2011.

Newby-Ginnings is a valuable resource

for referrals, peer support, and building

relationships. They work closely with

many other community organizations

too and have become a central hub of

resources for area veterans.

The organization describes its shop as

“the collateral beauty that has occurred

after immeasurable tragedy.” Since 2013,

their shop has grown to accommodate

an additional shop space to make room

for larger donations. They have served

thousands in Idaho and Washington,

averaging about 100 visitors to the shop

each day.

“With the support of our community, we

have impacted the lives of thousands of

people to an extent that we will never truly

understand,” the organization states.

Newby-Ginnings is located on Post Falls’

Clearwater Loop and is run entirely by

volunteers. To learn more or get involved,

visit NewbyGinnings.org.

The Veteran’s Thrift Stores Spokane

Spokane’s Veteran’s Thrift Stores allow

veterans in need to shop for free. Providing

both a safe space and a community

resource, their stores boast treasures of all

sizes and varieties, including furniture and

camping gear.

The stores post updates and items

to Facebook regularly, and invite all

community members to shop their two

locations.

Veteran Community Response

Spokane’s Veterans Community Response,

or VCR, believes in creating a safe,

structured environment promoting

healthy healing for veterans following their

service. With values rooted in compassion,

understanding and action, they work to

help veterans best navigate the challenges

faced upon their return.

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Founded in January 2005 and inspired by the tsunami that had devastated

Sri Lanka, the organization started as Community Focused Disaster

Response (CFDR). After completing a long list of service projects to

support Sri Lanka, CDFR shifted their focus in 2007 to meeting the needs

of combat veterans.

Their first retreat, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, soon came to life, designed

to help ease combat-related stress. Since then, the title of Beyond the

Yellow Ribbon has remained to encompass the variety of retreats the

organization now offers.

VCR’s four-day combat veteran retreats are founded on proven methods

that inspire healing. They offer shared challenges through activities like

ropes courses, whitewater rafting, archery and boating, along with the

opportunity to connect with peer mentors and trauma clinicians to regain

confidence, companionship and trust.

VCR also offers single-day retreats, whitewater rafting trips, and annual

ski days, supported by local partnerships with local ski mountains. Every

retreat experience provided through Veterans Community Response is

designed to encourage natural healing using the outdoors and genuine

human connection. To connect with the Veteran Community Response,

located in the Veradale area, visit VetComRes.org.

Northwest Golfers for Warriors

Home to Dan Kleckner’s Golf Classic, Spokane’s Northwest Golfers for

Warriors is a nonprofit organization using an annual golf tournament to

raise funds in support of the local veteran community. Over the past 10

years, they have donated over half a million dollars in support of local

veterans, their families, and the veteran-supportive organizations they

partner with.

Dan Kleckner’s Golf Classic takes place at Spokane’s Downriver Golf

Course and involves either single or multi-player games, plus a golf cart

service and banquet meal at Northern Quest Resort and Casino. The

annual event serves as an enjoyable means for golfers of the Northwest

to give back to veterans, with 100 percent of the proceeds staying local.

This year’s golf tournament takes place Saturday, August 14, with online

registration now available at NorthwestGolfersforWarriors.org.

Many of the veterans who have fought for our freedoms don’t stop

fighting after they return home. The organizations that honor and serve

our veterans recognize the weight of their service, and aim to give back

through values rooted in community and inclusion.

On this month’s holiday and beyond, veterans can be celebrated through

these local organizations offering opportunities and support for those

who have given so much in the name of freedom.

WITH VALUES ROOTED IN COMPASSION,

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Our service men and women give a lot of themselves, and often see the

ugliest sides of our communities. They do this so that we can flourish

in our everyday lives. So as you see them go about their everyday life,

which often involves many late nights, consider taking a moment to

acknowledge all that they do. Reminding them that what they do and

what they’ve done is worthwhile, by simply pausing in whatever you’re

doing to say, “Thank you.” Reminding them that they are seen.

ACTS OF KINDNESS.

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They may not have literal groceries that they need help with, but the

point is that those who serve in our communities have regular chores

and lives that they have to attend to. Often it’s those regular everyday

needs that suffer when they take time to help with the more pressing

or urgent needs within our community. Because of their often pressing

schedules, they may struggle with taking the time to sit down with their

families. Or, they may not have had a chance to enjoy a solid meal.

Whatever it is, it’s the little things that count. If you personally know

someone who does or has served, consider stepping in to help with

something that they haven’t had the time to do themselves. Buy them a

healthy lunch, step in to make them a solid meal, or help their families

with house maintenance.


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LENDING AN EAR.

Good friends are like a healing salve, especially when dealing with a lot

of stress. Service men and women often spend a lot of time listening

to others, and so it is nice if someone is interested in hearing how they

are. Whether that means taking a moment to have a chat with the police

officer on their late-night shift, or asking your regular doctor about their

day. If you work in a clerical or in a therapeutic capacity, your advice and

support may be especially helpful. We all need to be heard and seen, even

the strongest of us.

4Being out in nature is known to have a rejuvenating and curative effect,

especially here in the Northwest. This year consider supporting them as

they get some time out of doors, whether that means lending them your

kayak or buying their ticket to a mud run. If you teach yoga, consider

offering your services for free to your local firehouse. Buying gift cards

for relaxing physical activity, or simply including them in non-work

based community activities, goes a long way.

TICKETS TO THE OUTDOORS.

FINDING SOMETHING

THEY’VE MISSED.

Often, those who serve put aside things they love to do for what needs

to be done. They are often on call, which means that they often miss

out. As you think of ways to show your appreciation, think of something

that they might have missed out on this year. As sports venues and

events open up all over the state, consider buying them a ticket to see

a comedian or hear a musician. Perhaps all that they’ve missed this year

is time to engage in their favorite hobby. For those who serve, there’s

always something.

SURPRISE THEM WITH A NOTE.

As summer is here, and school is out, get the kids involved! Have your

3-year-old draw or paint a picture, while the older kids draft notes filled

with words of encouragement and thankfulness to those first responders

in our community. Have them help bake up a batch of goodies (or buy

some from your favorite local bakery) , package them up nicely with the

notes and pictures attached, and drop them off at your local firehouse or

police station. This simple, thoughtful gesture is sure to brighten their day

and remind them of the important role they play in our community—

and that they are appreciated.

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JAMAICA!

Safely navigating a trip to the Caribbean

By Marguerite Cleveland

Venturing out on an international trip can be a bit intimidating amid the continuing pandemic, with testing requirements and

each destination with its own rules. Once I received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and waited the requisite two weeks, I was

ready to travel. I chose Jamaica for this trip due to their Controlled Entry Program Protocols. For tourists, the Government of

Jamaica has established resilient corridors. You choose an approved accommodation within the corridor and then you can visit COVID-19

approved protocol-compliant attractions within the “Corridor.” There is an extensive set of measures to ensure health safety that approved

accommodations and attractions have all received training on. These are a strictly ensured set of protocols and standards. The most important

thing to know as a visitor is you must remain in the Resilient Corridor during your stay at your designated accommodation. You may leave

your resort to visit any tourist attraction that is certified by the Jamaica Tourist Board to be a COVID-19 Resilient licensed tourist attraction.

Pre-travel

Prior to your travels, get familiar with the travel requirements at the official Visit Jamaica website. When I traveled in May, seven days prior

to travel you are required to fill out an online travel authorization form, which is instantly approved, and you must print and bring it with

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A MORE ISOLATED RESORT. WHEN SELECTING

A PLACE TO STAY, MAKE SURE YOUR RESORT

OFFERS PLENTY OF AMENITIES—SINCE YOU

WILL BE SPENDING MOST OF YOUR TIME ON

THE RESORT.

you to Jamaica. You must have travel insurance which covers medical expenses.

Some resorts include this coverage. You must also have a COVID-19 test done no

earlier than 72 hours prior to your flight. There is a calculator on their website

to determine when you can take it. It is important to check back frequently as

requirements do change. Currently a negative COVID-19 test is required to return

to the United States. When making your travel arrangements, plan how you will get this test. Many resorts offer COVID-19 tests onsite.

Insider Tips: Book Club Mobay. This service has a representative who will greet you at the gate when you arrive in Jamaica and whisk you through

expedited lines through security. Well worth the expense, especially if multiple planes arrive. You can also book it for departure, in which you’ll have

access to a lounge with food and beverages while waiting for your plane to depart.

Travel

I found the best way to maximize your time in Jamaica is to take a red-eye flight from Seattle arriving at an East Coast hub city such as Atlanta or

Miami, and then get on the first flight to Jamaica. With all-inclusive resorts, you pay the same rate whether you arrive in the morning or late in the

evening. It is better to arrive early so you can enjoy all the meals and activities you paid for. For my trip we splurged on First Class and felt it was well

worth it—especially as on both legs of our trip the plane was fully booked. Masks are still required in airports and on the airplane.

Upon arrival in Jamaica, we were met by the Club Mobay representative. Your temperature will be taken at the first screening point. The Club Mobay

representative escorts you through the whole process, even helping with your luggage. Once through security, she escorted us to the Sandals Lounge.

You also have the option to go to the Club Mobay arrival lounge to wait for transportation to the resort you are staying at.

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The Speci f ics

Sandals South Coast - Sandals.com/south-coast

Travel Requirements for Jamaica - VisitJamaica.com/travelauthorization

Club Mobay - VIPAttractions.com/mobay-info

Sandals South Coast

I chose Sandals South Coast for our visit because it is

located near a nature preserve and is the only hotel

on the beach in this area. It is about a 90-minute drive

from Montego Bay but well worth the long drive.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, it felt safer to be at a

more isolated resort. When selecting a place to stay,

make sure your resort offers plenty of amenities—

since you will be spending most of your time on the

resort. I was familiar with the Sandals Brand, having

stayed at other properties before. When they say

all-inclusive, it really is! There are nine restaurants,

multiple bars, and lots of great activities and a worldclass

spa. There’s even scuba diving! The only thing

you spend money on is shopping, spa treatments and

any of the resort excursions.

To make the most of a Sandals’ vacation, spend time

on the website and review everything that is included.

There are 21 different types of rooms at Sandals South

Coast within three categories: Luxury, Club and Butler. All categories

have access to all the resort has to offer, but some do have more perks.

We opted for the new “South Seas Swim-up Rondoval Butler Suite with

Private Pool Sanctuary” and then fulfilled a bucket list item for me by

staying in an “Over the Water Butler Honeymoon Bungalow” for one

night. These stay fully booked, and we lucked out with one night being

available. Our Rondoval suite was so luxurious. These round cottages sit

amidst secluded lush gardens surrounded by a river pool. The deck also

had a private plunge pool with a waterfall that was so relaxing. It was so

nice when staying on a large resort to have this quiet space to retreat to.

This trip truly was a wonderful escape from all that 2020 threw at us.

The tranquil ocean breezes, blue green Caribbean waters and white sandy

beaches had my husband and I relaxed in no time. One of the things I

love about the Sandals brand is the staff. They are warm and welcoming,

providing incredible service. The butler experience was worth the extra

expense. From the reserved lounge chairs by the pool or beach with

coolers of beverages to being picked up each night and escorted to

dinner, I loved being spoiled.

I felt very safe with the health and safety protocols at Sandals. The

company provides COVID-19 tests a few days prior to your departure as

well as the mandatory travel insurance. Everything was spotlessly clean,

the staff all wore masks, and the use of hand sanitizer was required when

entering public spaces.

The Over the Water Bungalow

Wow! What an incredible experience. This luxury retreat sits at the far

end of the resort with a private deck overlooking the sea. The sunset

views were stunning. Once we checked into this room we didn’t leave

until the next morning! The enhanced room service for these exclusive

suites even had filet mignon on it. The deck was fully equipped with

loungers, an outdoor shower and bathtub, as well as a box full of snorkel

gear and lifejackets. Each bungalow also has a beach cabana.

We booked a candlelight dinner, which we had served on the deck while

watching the sunset. So romantic and a great way to end our Jamaica

getaway to Sandals South Coast.

Insider Tips: There are official Facebook groups for each Sandals resort,

and it is a wealth of information from guests who have stayed at the

resorts, with Sandals providing moderators to ensure the information is

correct. It had been almost 10 years since my last visit to the Caribbean,

and I had forgotten how truly relaxing a beach vacation is. It was the

perfect antidote to 2020. We booked a visit to Sandals in Barbados for next

year. If you reserve at the resort, you receive a 10 to 12 percent discount

on your next visit. Sandals also offers military and first responders a 10

percent discount, which can be combined with other discounts.

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INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup tart cherry juice

1 oz. 44 North Rainier Cherry vodka

1/2 lime juiced

1/2 cup tonic water

5 oz. champagne

fresh cherries for garnish

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• In a cocktail shaker, pour in the cherry juice, vodka, lime

juice and a handful of ice. Pop on the shaker top and shake

vigorously for a few seconds.

• Pour into a fluted champagne glass. Top with tonic water

and champagne, and gently stir.

• Garnish with fresh cherries.

Yields 1 cocktail

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Dine with us or Call for Takeout

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1602 E. Sherman Ave. #116

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

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SWEET LOU’S RESTAURANT

AND TAP HOUSE

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

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

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

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

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Coeur d’Alene Favorite Neighborhood Pub

By Jillian Chandler

Offering great food at a reasonable price, paired with

excellent service and a familiar face, has always been

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

get what they have come to expect.

From the beginning, it has provided the community a warm

and comfortable atmosphere where guests feel at home

and are provided an exceptional experience—every time.

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

and Moon Time continues to provide their guests with

familiar faces, great service, a comfortable atmosphere, and

great food and drink at a reasonable price.

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

pub food, bringing a variety of items from many different

cultures together, paired with a carefully selected 19 beer

handles and a wide variety of wines, which complement the

food. From the Grilled Pork Tacos to the Mediterranean

Lamb Burger and famous Roasted Corn Pasta, their food is

sure to satisfy.

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

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

serve you the best!

Moon Time

1602 East Sherman Avenue #116

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

208.667.2331

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SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE

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

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

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

an unforgettable dining experience. They also offer banquet and meeting

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

off Sherman.

209 Lakeside Ave. | Coeur d’Alene

208.664.8008 | SeasonsofCdA.com

MAX AT MIRABEAU

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

until close. Open daily at 6am.

1100 N. Sullivan Rd. | Spokane Valley

509.922.6252 | MAXatMirabeau.com

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

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

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THE PORCH PUBLIC HOUSE

ENJOY OUTDOOR DINING

WITH A VIEW!

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

country club. They offer a full menu of sandwiches, salads,

soups and specialties prepared from scratch without the

high price of fine dining, and the region’s finest cocktails,

microbrews and wines to accompany your meal. Feel at home

in the comfortable pub-style dining room or the fantastic

outdoor dining area. Open daily at 11am year round.

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MOON TIME

Serving some of the best food around in a comfortable pub-style

atmosphere. The menu offers soups, sandwiches, pastas, salads

and other specialties prepared from scratch daily, along with a

fantastic selection of micro-brewed beers and fine wines by the

glass and bottle. Open daily at 11am, the kitchen is open late

every night. Be sure to stop in Thursday night for live music

featuring national and local artists. For more information

including photos, menu, specials and directions, make sure to

visit their website.

1602 E. Sherman Ave. | Coeur d’Alene

208.667.2331 | WeDontHaveOne.com

FISHERMAN’S MARKET

A local favorite for an array of reasons, including the friendly

staff, unbeatable atmosphere and phenomenal food. Find fresh

fish at Fisherman’s on the market side, while the grill offers everything

from fish and chips, specialty tartars, fish tacos, salads,

steamers, catfish, oyster po’ boys and more. Check out the sushi

bar and the offerings of beer, wine and sake.

215 W. Kathleen Ave. | Coeur d’Alene

208.664.4800 | FishermansMarketCdA.com

VINE & OLIVE EATERY

AND WINE BAR

Guests will be treated to European-inspired small plates using

simple, seasonal ingredients for simply good food served with

soul, executed with Northwest flair. Choose from the full wine

bar, which serves thoughtful wines by the glass and eight local

brews on tap, to complement your meal. Voted Best of 2019

Wine Bar and Girls Night Out.

2037 N. Main St. | Coeur d’Alene

208.758.7770 | VineAndOliveCdA.com

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DELICIOUS FOOD & FUN COCKTAILS

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Next to the Lodge at Sandpoint

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. A variety of delicious food year-round.

Reservations recommended.

41 Lakeshore Dr. | Sagle

208.265.2000 | 41SouthSandpoint.com

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MOONDOLLARS BISTRO

Moondollars Bistro is known for their burgers,

accompanied by scratch-made bread and soups. They

uses only fresh ingredients, which are the backbone

of this customer favorite. With a comfortable, friendly

atmosphere, awesome food, great service, huge patio

and full bar there is always something to keep customers

coming back for more.

5416 W. Village Blvd. | Rathdrum

208.687.5396 | MoondollarsBistro.com

Shopping. Dining. Take-Out.

ANGELO’S RISTORANTE

Angelo’s is the local favorite with a taste of homemade,

authentic Italian cuisine! Join them for a fresh, organic,

hand-crafted menu of veal, steak, chicken, seafood, pasta

and gluten-free offerings. They also offer an extensive wine

selection and warm romantic décor. Catering and private

cooking classes available with Chef Angelo.

846 N. Fourth St. | Coeur d’Alene

208.765.2850 | AngelosRistorante.net

MONARCH RAMEN +

NOODLE HOUSE

Monarch Ramen + Noodle House in Coeur d’Alene’s

midtown opened in fall 2019 to eager diners. Specializing

in ramen and noodle dishes, as well as a variety of smallplate

options, guests will be treated to incredible cuisine

paired with great brews and service.

1401 N. Fourth St.| Coeur d’Alene

208.966.4230 | MonarchNoodles.com

TIM’S SPECIAL CUT MEATS

Tim’s Special Cut Meats is your perfect, old-fashioned

butcher shop. The friendly staff is ready to help you pick out

the perfect cut. Tim’s carries only the finest natural meats

and also handles custom orders, with an extensive line

of house-made products from pickled garlic to specialty

sauces, marinades, rubs and salsas. Mobile butchering and

wild game processing are also available.

525 N. Graffiti St. | Post Falls

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

What’s happening

in July!

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A WEEKEND TO

CELEBRATE!

Not one, but two days of Fourth of July fun in downtown Coeur d’Alene

By Jillian Chandler

With this year’s Independence Day falling on a Sunday,

what better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than all

weekend long? And that’s exactly what the Coeur d’Alene

Chamber of Commerce has planned for 2021.

Independence Day—or should we say weekend—events will kick

off on Saturday, July 3. The fun takes place at City Park downtown,

where the community can gather from noon to 7pm to enjoy vendors,

carnival rides, and live performances from the kids’ favorite Disney

and Star Wars characters under the bandshell.

Come Sunday, one of the most notable community events of the

season returns with much excitement and anticipation. The annual

Fourth of July American Heroes Parade will begin at 11am and make

its way down Sherman Avenue, beginning at 15th Street moving west

to Government Way and Northwest Boulevard. After the parade, it’s

time to head to the Festival in City Park. From noon to 7pm, it will

again be host to live music, food vendors and carnival rides.

Once the festivities begin to die down, the real excitement begins, as

the sky grows dark, and those young and old gather to find the perfect

viewing spot for the annual fireworks extravaganza over the lake at

Independence Point—one of the best shows in the Inland Northwest!

Parade and park festivities are funded entirely by the Coeur d’Alene

Regional Chamber of Commerce through sponsorships, member

businesses and citizens donations.

After a year of canceled events and so much disappointment, this

annual celebration reminds us of the importance of our freedoms we

often take for granted.

God bless America! And God bless North Idaho! Now … let’s celebrate!

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FUN & ENTERTAINMENT

July

FOR MORE EVENTS, VISIT CDALIVINGLOCAL.COM.

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FOURTH ANNUAL BREWFEST

Downtown Coeur d’Alene’s Brewfest will quench your thirst with fine craft

brews this summer! The festival will be held in McEuen Park on July 10 from

1 to 7pm and feature a wide variety of 30 beers and ciders, a great selection of

food, yard games and live music! Tickets are priced at $25 each (and available

for purchase online at CdABrewfest21.eventbrite.com) and include six 5-ounce

beer pours and a commemorative pint glass. Extra beer pours will be available

for purchase for $2 each. Admission is free for designated drivers and children

(who must be accompanied by a ticket holder). Service animals will be allowed

into the event.

53RD ANNUAL ART ON THE GREEN

Supported by Citizens Council for the Arts, a nonprofit organization with the

intent of encouraging, promoting and supporting the arts in the community,

Art on the Green is back, and it promises to once again bring talented artists

back to the beautiful campus of North Idaho College. This yearly event is the

highlight of summer for both residents and visitors alike, bringing more than

160 artists, a variety of musicians and performers, and hundreds of volunteers

together to present this wonderful community event. Explore handcrafted

works of art in glass, clay leather, wood, metal and fiber; enjoy live musical

performances; and let the kids discover their creativity at the Children’s Art

Garden, where they can create their own masterpieces. Join in this celebration

of art, creativity and friendship at Art on the Green (ArtontheGreenCdA.com).

29TH ANNUAL DOWNTOWN STREET FAIR

The annual Downtown Street Fair makes its way to Coeur d’Alene the

weekend of July 30 through August 1. The best arts and crafts weekend in the

Northwest, attendees will find more than 250 vendors featuring food, fine arts

and craft, and much more! Hosted by the Downtown Coeur d’Alene Alliance,

enjoy three days strolling down Sherman Avenue, perusing dozens upon

dozens of vendors selling unique and local products. From arts of work, crafts,

clothing, one-of-a-kind gifts, specialty foods, natural products and so much

more, you’re sure to find a few items you can’t leave without. Event hours are

10am to 8pm Friday and Saturday, and 10am to 5pm Sunday. For additional

details, visit CdADowntown.com.

* Please note, as of press time, these events were still scheduled to take place

as planned. Due to the current health crisis, there is the possibility that event

schedules may change or events canceled completely. Be sure to visit event

websites to stay up to date with current information.

SUBMIT YOUR EVENTS ONLINE!

Want your event to appear on the largest event site in the Northwest? Submit your

events to us online at Events.DirectoryNorthwest.com 24/7, 365 days a year!

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OPERA IS BACK!

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Serpina. When Serpina demands that he

stay home and obey her orders, Uberto is

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Through a series of hilarious events, Uberto

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6 fantastic lots tucked away in the pines totaling just

under 15 acres! 3 lots sit on top with stunning views

west of the valley. Great development opportunity or

build your dream home and enjoy the remainder of

the acreage for your own private retreat. Electricity

is in and there are multiple options for water. Option

to purchase individual lots may be available. Come

enjoy all the wildlife you’ll see from your own slice of

North Idaho.

$1,750,000 | Careywood, Idaho

Stunning park like setting on 20 acres backing up to 500 acres of Stimson Lumber. Own your own slice of North

Idaho with this mountain top retreat Bed and Breakfast! This property offers endless possibilities with a beautiful

6100+ sq ft home with 5 bedroom & 5 bathrooms, 60x40 barn, green house and an enchanting chapel with

reception hall tucked in the woods. This is a true entertainers delight with a picture perfect setting. If you are

looking for a secluded property that is conveniently located between Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint, you won’t

want to miss this home!

Proudly Selling North Idaho & Eastern Washington

208.818.3668 | Brenda@BrendaBurk.com

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Happy

Independence Day!

THE LEADER IN TRUST

CREATING CLIENTS FOR LIFE, THROUGH EDUCATION AND TRUST

At Home Trust, we take pride in working closely with our clients on a local level and learning

what’s most important to you on your new home loan financing journey. Whether it’s buying

your new dream home, taking cash out with a refinance, or simply lowering your monthly

payment, we have a local team here to help 7 days a week.

AARON PAGE | SR. LOAN ORIGINATOR

NMLS #1106524

421 E Lakeside Ave #102, Coeur d’Alene, ID

Cell: 208.219.1988

aaron@hometrustloans.com

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