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November 2021 Bonners Ferry Living Local

NOVEMBER 2021

A SEASON

OF GIVING

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MEN & WOMEN!

Be Thankful,

TODAY AND ALWAYS

E

ach November, we are

reminded to “give thanks”

and to “be thankful,” as

that Thanksgiving feast

will soon make its way to our table, where

we’re surrounded by our closest family

and friends. Rather than expressing our

gratitude just one day a year, why aren’t we

voicing what we are grateful for on a more

regular—even daily—basis?

Our lives are filled with the good and the bad,

those ups and downs, times of prosperity

and times of trouble. It is important to focus

on all that we do have to be thankful for—

from the very basic yet essential things like

having a roof over our heads, food on the

table, and free education for our children—

especially during those times of hardship.

It is all too easy these days to focus on

what others have and we lack, especially

with social media and its ever-present

access. You can often find yourself scrolling

through while being bombarded with other

people touting their success, whether it be

that brand-new car or that “perfect” body.

Though much easier said than done, there

is no time like the present to turn that

focus inward, looking at oneself and your

own accomplishments and blessings. A life

well lived consists of so much more than

material possessions and outer appearances.

Our lives are uniquely magnificent, and it is

up to us to see and appreciate what we do

have and continue to sacrifice so much for.

If you are looking to spread your blessings

with others, from volunteering your time

at a local nonprofit this holiday season,

to sending in a financial contribution

to that special organization, purchasing

a Thanksgiving meal for a local veteran

or family in need, or donating items to

make a child’s Christmas morning truly

memorable, know that your actions have an

impact that extends far beyond your reach

and may change someone’s life, even if just

for one day.

Make it a habit to count your blessings not

just on Thanksgiving Day, but each day.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Executive Director | steve@like-media.com

ABOUT THE COVER

'TIS THE SEASON TO GIVE THANKS, and

as you look around at the beauty that surrounds

us daily here in Bonners Ferry, you can't deny

that those of us who call this place home are

blessed. On this month's cover of Bonners Ferry

Living Local you will find a lovely fall shot of the

Kootenai River with Burton Peak as the backdrop.

Cover Photo by Sara Grace 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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GOOD NEWS

The Spirit of Giving: The holiday spirit is alive with

Bonners Ferry organizations presenting opportunities

to give

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LIFE & COMMUNITY

STEM Mobile Lab: Offering Idaho youth a chance to

experiment, grow and learn

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LIFE & COMMUNITY

Gateway Visitors Center: Not just for visitors

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ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Recognizing the hard work and dedication of our

community's youth: Conner Alexander, senior

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IN FOCUS

Music in the Northwest: Brighten your spirits by

attending one of this season's performances

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Nedra Knows Homes: Making your home buying and

selling dreams come true

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FEATURE

Ski the Northwest: From epic resorts to the best

hidden powder

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sneak peek into November ...

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Rural Health in Boundary County: Meeting the

needs of families in our community

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SHOP LOCAL GUIDE

Support local small businesses this season

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GRATITUDE

Saying Thank You: Personal ways to express thanks

during the season of giving

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HELPING OUT LOCALLY

Lend a Hand: Volunteer opportunities abound

60

FEATURED RECIPE

A Sure Way to Warm You Up on a Fall

Afternoon: Rustic Mushroom Soup

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HOLIDAY SHOPPING

Small Purchases Add Up: Choose local this

holiday season

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TRAVEL & LEISURE

Spend Thanksgiving at a Destination Resort: Where the

whole family can sit back and relax

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FUN & ENTERTAINMENT

Don’t miss out on these events and

community happenings

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Leave it to the Professionals

FIVE REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD HIRE AN INTERIOR DESIGNER

By Deann Hammer, Interior Designer

As it is said, nothing lasts forever. If your home was built between

1970 and 1990, this means that your home interior is now

coming to the end of its life span of 30 to 50 years, and if updates

have not been made over the years, your home is likely outdated.

The best approach to protect your home investment, not to mention

your optimum enjoyment while living there, is to hire an interior design

professional.

I have viewed thousands of homes where homeowners have “gone it

alone” and made decisions for renovations or decorating on their own—

and very few of them have had a happy ending.

There are loads of things to consider during construction, and a

renovation or decorating project can be very expensive. So why throw

good money away?

1. Overall design theme. A designer will help you get out of your own

head and see the entire project as a whole, creating continuity and

timelessness. Often a client will be obsessed with one thing that they saw

in a magazine 10 years ago—and it can possibly be outdated quickly, or

kill the overall theme of the architectural style, resale value or budget of

a home.

2. Scale. Designers know what size fits where and why. They draft out

your construction or furniture floor plan showing where items will be

placed, and attend to all of the details such as the color of your sofa

legs, fabric durability, the depth of your couch, the height of your chairs

relating to the size of your body, the softness of the cushion that you

prefer for comfort, the color scheme, and the overall size of each piece

relating to the height of the ceilings, amount of light entering the room,

and on it goes. Clicking a button online for a furniture purchase or

walking into a furniture store will not get you the same result. Ever.

3. Experience/relationships with furniture vendors. Wayfair is great …

but only if you want to buy something under $2,000. How do you know if

your sofa is made with hardwood versus particle board that will fall apart

completely in two years? Quality counts.

Designers know their vendors well. They know how products are made,

as they buy in volume. They have service relationships with their vendors

and can remedy any problems that arise. Buy it once, and buy it right.

Why buy disposable goods that keep increasing our landfills? Cheap

products look cheap. You deserve better.

4. It can save you money. Fewer mistakes, less wasted money and time. If

the item is measured properly the first time, it will fit through the door of

your room and not be returned. It will look fantastic, and it will be made

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to last. Designers help you make these choices. They also have

access to wholesale trade accounts that have pricing far below

retail prices. Often you will not pay a design fee if you buy over

$15,000 in merchandise. Or many designers will charge a design

fee and offer a discount on merchandise. Any way you look at it,

you have an extra added benefit by hiring a pro rather than buying

online.

5. Construction design advice. I can’t say how many clients want

to bang away at a remodel and say they will look at furniture

later. What a mistake! Where you build your walls, the colors

you paint, the flooring you chose, ALL impacts how it relates

to your furniture selection process. You want to make sure you

have a furniture plan before you start your renovation to ensure

all of your pieces will fit properly, the colors jive, and items will

be delivered in a time frame that will correspond with the end of

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GRATEFULLY

DISSATISFIED

How embracing gratitude and

dissatisfaction energizes growth

By Trish Buzzone

Thinking Partner, Executive Director

The John Maxwell Team

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My friend has two dogs who

respond very differently to

supper time. One dives right

into his dish before the kibble

even lands in the bowl; the other always stops

to offer a grateful hug before chowing down.

“Jack leans against me, pressing his smiling

face to my leg. He waits for me to say, ‘You’re

welcome, Jack,’ before his nose goes in the

bowl. No one taught him this. He just does it.”

My friend grins, “Not that his gratitude for

dry kibble has ever stopped him from asking

for something better. If he smells chicken

cooking, hears popcorn popping or sees the

bag of treats out on the counter, the kibble

is forgotten. Only that better food exists.

Jack is genuinely, demonstrably grateful

for his kibble, while on perpetual alert for

something more.”

Jack’s perspective offers a reminder about

growth for all of us.

Not only is it possible to be genuinely grateful

and fully dissatisfied at the same time, when

we embrace this friction we energize our

growth. We understand this as instinctually

as my friend’s dog, though this truth is often

instructed out of us. We’re taught to “just be

grateful” or “be happy with what you have,”

period. These maxims are repeated so much,

they drown out our natural desire to be more,

do more and have more. Worse, that growth

energy is labeled as “being greedy” or “selfish.”

This kind of stinkin’ thinkin’ has so many

people stuck.

Dissatisfaction isn’t bad or wrong. It’s integral

to the energy that causes growth. When we

see who we’re being and want more, like a tree

leaning toward the sunlight, this opens us up

to creative energy that motivates growth.

Connecting to Growth Energy

Energy cannot be destroyed, only transmuted,

expanded or expressed. As humans, it’s in our

energetic nature to be more, do more and have

more. We’re going to channel this energy, one

way or another. What happens next depends

on how we express that energy.

When we invest that creative energy into

being who we want to become, we think and

act differently, allowing that energy to expand,

causing continual growth.

When we allow our natural dissatisfaction

to cause bitterness, regret or jealousy, that

energy feeds stinkin’ thinkin’ and leads to

self-defeating actions. We think or say things

like: “When I have more money ... or time

… or stuff, I will get to do what I always

wanted to do … Then I will be happy, fulfilled

and successful.”

That’s exactly backward.

When we embrace the energy created by

being genuinely grateful and fully dissatisfied,

and we feed that energy into being who we

want to become, a shift happens that aligns

us with our goals. We BE who we want to

become, which causes us to DO what that

version of us would do, leading us to HAVE

what we want to have. We continue to grow,

gratefully dissatisfied, causing that creative

energy to expand. Even if we have doubts,

even if we’re afraid, even if we might fail, the

energy is still there for us.

Are you genuinely grateful for who you are

and what you have, and focused on who you

are becoming? If you knew you wouldn’t fail,

would you go for it?

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THE SPIRIT OF GIVING

THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT IS ALIVE WITH BONNERS FERRY ORGANIZATIONS

PRESENTING OPPORTUNITIES TO GIVE

by TAYLOR SHILLAM

Holiday cheer is spread across Bonners Ferry every year thanks

to community members dedicated to making a difference. The

season of giving has inspired creativity and generosity within

many locals, including a few organizations who have turned recognized

needs into community-wide opportunities for giving each year.

Programs including Care-N-Share, the Christmas Tree of Joy and BoCo

Backpacks' Christmas Ornament Sale have made a difference in the lives

of countless local children and families over the years.

Care-N-Share began over 40 years ago. A local contest was searching for

somewhere to place a surplus donation of toys.

“I was working at the Panhandle Health Clinic at the time as the WIC

coordinator and was approached to see if I could use these gifts,” shared

program founder Linda Lederhos. Without a clear choice of where to

leave the donations, Lederhos assessed her own list of clients to find a

new home for the toys. The following year, she was approached by local

moms wondering about opportunities for donated holiday gifts.

This time, without the local contest to draw toy donations from,

she asked friends within her own circle for used and new toy

donations. There, Care-N-Share was born, and it is now a 501(C)(3)

nonprofit organization.

“Our main program is to provide gifts to the needy children of Bonners

Ferry at Christmastime,” Lederhos shared. “We provide a need and wish

list for parents to fill out, and we try to fill these requests.” Through the

Care-N-Share program, each child is provided with a new outfit and

gifts, depending on their specific needs.

Donations provided by the community have been a driving force behind

the program. Those groups include the Bonners Ferry Rotary, Forest

Service employees, Valley View Kids, 9B Quilters, Border Patrol and

Customs, and many local individuals.

“We have so many groups and individuals that help by donating items

and money, and without them the program could not continue,”

Lederhos shared.

Now, donations to Care-N-Share can be dropped off in town at Wells

Fargo Bank, Mountain West Bank or E.L. Internet Northwest. All

donations remain within the community and will be delivered in

December. Those interested in sponsoring a Bonners Ferry child through

Care-N-Share this season can pick up a tag at Mountain West Bank, or

contact Lederhos directly at 208.290.1483.

Those looking to add an ornament to their collection this year can do

so through BoCo Backpacks, whose annual Christmas Ornament Sale

supports the awareness of childhood hunger.

BoCo Backpacks is a volunteer-run supplemental food program for

school-age children. It is a nonprofit organization sponsored by Trinity

Lutheran Church. They use every dollar donated to purchase food to be

distributed to local schools each week.

“BoCo Backpacks is a diverse group with volunteers from all parts of

Boundary County,” described organization chair Shirley Anderson. Their

Christmas Ornament Sale began in 2016, when Boundary Community

Hospital staff member Lauren Kuczka proposed a partnership to raise

awareness about childhood hunger.

“Lauren proposed we supply ornaments for the Christmas Giving Tree,

located at the time in the Outpatient Services lobby of the hospital,”

Anderson said. Enlisting the help of local fifth-grade students at

Naples, Mt. Hall and Valley View schools, BoCo had the ornaments

created and introduced them at the American Legion Craft Sale that

December. They decorated the hospital’s Giving Tree and donated all

funds from ornament sales to provide healthy food to children across

Boundary County.

Look for this year's ornaments, for sale by donation through BoCo

Backpacks. New this year will be ornaments decorated by the Boundary

County Middle School advanced art classes, in addition to those

contributed by county fifth graders.

Bonners Ferry locals can also spread holiday cheer through a selection

of giving tree programs in the local area. The Christmas Tree of Joy was

created by Joy Schmitz of E.T. Wireless, located in downtown Bonners

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Ferry, in collaboration with the Community

Action Partnership.

For over seven years, the Christmas Tree of

Joy has held space in the store through the

holiday season. It is filled with tags listing

gifts desired by local children in need.

Visitors to the store can choose a tag and

fulfill those Christmas wishes by purchasing

and wrapping a gift. When the wrapped gifts

are returned to E.T. Wireless, Schmitz then

ensures they are delivered for Christmas.

The Christmas Tree of Joy program has

brought joy to a long list of children in its

years of operation. For more information,

visit E.T. Wireless during regular business

hours or contact them on Facebook.

For the communities across Bonner and

Boundary counties, the Selkirk Association

of REALTORS’ Community Service

Committee has launched the 2021 Giving

Tree project they have described as “a local

tradition of providing a very special holiday

season for children and families in our

community who may not otherwise receive

holiday gifts.”

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Saturday, November 13

9AM - 3PM

In partnership with children’s advocacy

organizations including local Head Start

organizations and Transitions in Progress

(TIPS), and with help from the community,

the association’s Giving Tree program

originated over 20 years ago to fulfill the

needs and wishes of children and families at

Christmas. Families are all income verified

through local organizations.

Trees and tags are expected to be delivered

to various locations across Bonners

Ferry and Sandpoint by the first week of

November. Full details can be found on the

SAR’s Facebook page.

“It is only through the generosity of

businesses, families and individuals in our

communities that we can make this happen,”

SAR shared. “To the community, we say

thank you for your support and goodwill!”

That community support and goodwill

can mean the world to a child in need this

holiday season. Whether it's a donation, an

ornament purchase or a tag picked from a

tree, every effort to give this season is sure

to make a lasting impact in the life of a

local family.

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BOUNDARY COUNTY EXTENSION SERVICES

STEM MOBILE LAB HAS ARRIVED

OFFERING IDAHO YOUTH A CHANCE TO EXPERIMENT, GROW AND LEARN

by JOSHUA NISHIMOTO

Looking for a fun and exciting way for your kids to get

creative, tinker, and explore science, technology, engineering

and mathematics (STEM)? The Think Make Create (TMC)

STEM Mobile Lab has arrived! This mobile lab, located at the

Boundary County Extension Services Office, is full of fun handson

learning and is available to be rented out by private parties,

schools or businesses, and can be operated by a single individual,

given proper training (training offered through Boundary County

Extension Services).

This Think Make Create STEM mobile lab

is just one of the 16 new mobile makerspace

trailers deployed in communities across

the state. Idaho youth now have greater

access to hands-on learning because of

these labs. More than 3,000 young people

will use the new TMC Labs by the end of

2021. Each lab has been outfitted in part

by high-school students, equipped with

art supplies, educational materials, maker

tools and curriculum to support STEAM

education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) for

pre-K through eighth grade youth.

MC Labs is brought to the community by The Idaho Out-

Of-School Network and University of Idaho Extension 4-H

Youth Development. The TMC Lab project is the Idaho STEM

EcosySTEM’s first official initiative and will benefit Idaho youth

across the state. It ensures that Idaho youth have access to science,

technology, engineering and math education

opportunities and careers.

Come on down to the University of Idaho

Extension Office, Boundary County, located

at 6447 Kootenai Street in Bonners Ferry,

and explore, think, make and create with

TMC Lab, outfitted with the proper lab

equipment. And since the trailer is mobile,

it can be rented out and moved to an area

of one’s choosing. Call 208.267.3235 to find

out more and how you can reserve the TMC

STEM Mobile Lab.

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FALL & WINTER GEAR IS IN

Cute and cozy snow gear for the whole family!

Clothing - Children of all ages, Teens, Women & Men | Shoes & Boots

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NOT JUST FOR VISITORS

Locals and visitors alike have something to gain from

the Gateway Visitors Center

BY TAYLOR SHILLAM

The Bonners Ferry Gateway Visitors Center has welcomed locals

and visitors alike since 2007, offering a wealth of information to

anyone who walks through its doors. The center is operated by

volunteers dedicated to helping visitors make the most of their time in

Bonners Ferry and its surrounding areas, including Sandpoint, Priest

Lake, and even reaching as far as Wyoming and Canada.

Built in partnership with the Idaho Department of Transportation,

the Visitors Center is a 2,500-square-foot facility located in downtown

Bonners Ferry. In addition to its long list of printed resources and maps,

it offers a public meeting area and a travel information center.

“We have an awesome, amazing visitor center,” shared volunteer Linda

Collier, who spends her Tuesdays volunteering there. Having been a

volunteer at the center since June, she looks forward to meeting the new

people who walk though its doors each day.

“I love visiting with the people who come in,” she shared, “telling them

where to eat, the things to see, and about the beauty of the town.” Collier

often recommends new Bonners Ferry visitors to take a walk down Main

Street, visit the numerous boutiques and antique stores, and the best

places to take in the natural beauty of the area.

However, the options of what to do nearby are never limited. "We have

flyers on just about anything to do in Bonners Ferry," she said.

The Visitors Center presents learning opportunities and new experiences

to everyone who stops by—not just those who are new to town. Locals can

take advantage of the detailed brochures outlining nearby campgrounds,

fishing opportunities, hikes and waterfalls. Road maps and National Park

brochures are available for those planning to travel.

“Kids doing their school reports on anything related to Idaho can find

the information they need here,” Collier shared as an added benefit.

For a close-to-home experience, the Visitors Center offers menus of local

restaurants and details of available local services including assisted living

facilities, hair salons and more. Shirts, sweatshirts, hats and coffee mugs

are on sale there, for anyone seeking a souvenir.

Above all, the Bonners Ferry Visitors Center highlights a great place to

live. Its volunteers love the local area just as much as they love engaging

with each person who enters the facility.

To maximize its ability to offer these resources, the Visitors Center needs

new volunteers. The center is now open on Tuesdays and Fridays, with

hopes to expand into weekend hours with the addition of new team

members.

“We are in desperate need of volunteers,” Collier shared. As its visitor

numbers slow down in the colder months, the center will prepare for the

busier spring and summer seasons. Collier hopes to see how active the

center will become with the addition of Saturday hours—if they secure

the available volunteers.

Whether you're a born and raised Bonners Ferry local, new to town, or

just passing through, be sure to stop by the Visitors Center to make the

most of your experience. There, you'll have the chance to meet a friendly

volunteer, learn everything you want to know about area attractions, and

likely find an entirely new appreciation for the town of Bonners Ferry.

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ATHLETE OF THE

month

Conner Alexander,

Senior

by COLIN ANDERSON

Each competitive sport provides a different challenge for a

young athlete. Some are heavily reliant on teammates, whereas

others put the pressure squarely on oneself. For senior Conner

Alexander, the beauty of running competitively is in its simplicity.

“Cross country and track are simple sports. You just run, and I

love to run. The competition is an added bonus, and having great

teammates keeps the season exciting. But I would have to say that my

favorite part of running is running.”

Connor has worked hard to improve his times as he’s progressed

throughout his high school career. He’s proud of medaling at the

state track meet last year and also recently hit a sub-17-minute time

in a recent cross-country race. While he considers running a very

individualistic sport, some of his favorite memories come from a

meet in which the team did exceptionally well. “My most memorable

experience in sports has to be track state last year because everyone

performed very well. We had a lot of medalists and one state champ.

The year before that we had one boy get sixth and that was it, so it was

exciting to see the team do well,” he recalled.

While Conner continues to improve, he’s had to deal with a couple

of injuries that put him off rhythm. These include a broken ankle

his sophomore year and a pulled muscle during his junior season.

The injuries taught him both patience and perseverance. “You can’t

really overcome an injury,” he said. “It just takes time, but you have

to accept that you are where you are, stay positive, and keep betting

on yourself, otherwise you aren’t giving yourself any chance to

bounce back.”

During his free time, Conner enjoys hanging out with friends on the

weekend and is excited to do some skiing this winter. He plans on

attending a college somewhere nearby and is looking into a career

in the medical field … “something along those lines because I like

working with others, and I find myself more engaged in science

classes than normal.”

From his first days on the team to his final few competitions, Conner

said he’s learned that hard work is always the key—no matter the

goal. “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard. You

may be the 10th best freshman in the state, but if you work harder

than those nine kids, you are going to beat them come senior year.”

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IN FOCUS

MUSIC IN THE INLAND NORTHWEST

BRIGHTEN YOUR SPIRITS BY ATTENDING ONE OF THIS SEASON'S PERFORMANCES

BY TAYLOR SHILLAM

Music in the Inland Northwest is sure

to thrive through the end of the

year, with local symphonies and

orchestras offering an array of opportunities to

catch their performances this holiday season.

The talent across North Idaho and Spokane

will shine this month and next, with a selection

of local venues presenting community events

not to miss.

Spokane Symphony

The Spokane Symphony seeks to nurture the

human spirit and enhance the quality of life

for the Inland Northwest community through

orchestral music. For more than 75 seasons,

the 70-piece professional orchestra has carried

tradition as the largest, most active professional

performing arts organization in the Inland

Pacific Northwest. It is a nonprofit organization

committed to community outreach and

development.

On November 13 and 14, Spokane Symphony

will present Masterworks 3: Points North,

featuring Grammy-nominated composer Anna

Clyne with DANCE, a cello concerto described

as “deep expression and melodic invention.”

The Masterworks events will include music

by Clyne in addition to Felix Mendelssohn,

Nikolai Tcherepnin and Jean Sibelius. The

performance will be held at downtown

Spokane’s Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.

Sounds of the November holiday will take

the stage on November 20 in With Hope

and Thanksgiving, featuring the symphony

performing alongside the Spokane Symphony

Chorale and Chamber Singers. Symphony

Music Director James Lowe will conduct the

concert that will “highlight well-loved excerpts

from Handel’s Messiah and modern choral

works that celebrate hope and thanksgiving.”

Accentuating the feeling of hope and holiday,

the Thanksgiving concert will be held at St.

John’s Cathedral, one of Spokane’s most loved

and recognized landmarks.

Future Symphony events to look forward to

include five performances of the Nutcracker

Ballet from December 2 through 5, along with

Holiday Pops featuring the Sweeplings on

December 18 and 19.

Spokane Symphony tickets are available online

at SpokaneSymphony.org or at the box office

located at Martin Woldson Theater at The

Fox, now open from 11am to 3pm Monday

through Friday.

Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra

The Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra is

dedicated to producing classical music for

communities across the Inland Northwest,

with a mission to “inspire, enrich, and commit

to the highest level of artistic achievement

through a shared sense of pride, education and

community engagement.”

The talented musicians of the Coeur d’Alene

Symphony Orchestra will ring in the Christmas

season on December 4 at 7:30pm with Holiday

Pops. The event will present selections from

the “Polar Express,” illuminated carols, a singa-long

and more to bring the holiday spirit to

life. Holiday Pops will close out the symphony’s

performances for 2021.

Purchase your tickets online today by visiting

CdASymphony.org.

Music Conservatory of Sandpoint

As an inclusive, accessible school of performing

arts, the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint

operates with a vision to instruct and inspire

musical excellence. With experienced

instructors and a space dedicated to serving

over 500 students, MCS seeks to support young

musicians in developing and mastering their

skills. MCS provides a safe and consistent

environment for the next generation of artists

to learn and achieve. It has earned accreditation

by the Western Association of Schools and

Colleges (WASC).

The MCS provides an array of opportunities

for its students including the Music Matters!

program, which partners with the Lake Pend

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after-school classes in orchestra, choir and

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“Located in rural North Idaho, these access

programs are essential to the inclusion of youth

at any age,” shared Kathi Samuels of the MCS.

The young musicians of Music Matters! will

take the stage for two occasions this month:

The Fall Serenade and the Winter Concert. The

annual Fall Serenade concert will be held on

November 14 to benefit all MCS Scholarship

Programs, including tuition assistance, Music

Matters! after-school outreach and Honors

Programs. The Winter Concert will be held

Tuesday, December 14, at 6pm, featuring the

El Sistema Music Matters! Youth Orchestra,

percussion groups and youth choir playing

Christmas music at the First Lutheran Church.

The Winter Concert is a free event dedicated to

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mentors, performances and collaborative partnerships, to inspire a future

generation of musicians.”

Located in the historic Hamilton House, built in 1908 for the second

mayor of Coeur d’Alene, conservatory performances often carry the

appeal of the musicians who once resided there. Professional musicians

who inhabited the Hamilton House throughout history included opera

star Florence Gregory Tiffany, Dean Elder and William Hawkins.

The conservatory’s next event will take place on Friday, November 12,

from 5 to 8pm. Titled Move with Music: Connecting Heart with Mind,

the event will present a seminar on the benefits of music therapy in the

lives of youths, adults, and those with special needs.

The event will begin with performances from musicians with special

needs, followed by a demonstration by musical therapist Jackie Claxton

and concluding with a lecture by award-winning music therapist Judith

Pinkerton. Admission is by donation, and seating is limited. Reservations

are required and can be made by calling 208.901.8190 or emailing

musictherapy@cdaconservatory.org.

The Music Conservatory of Coeur d’Alene will next present their

Faculty Harvest Concert on November 19. “This will be a treat!” said

conservatory founder and director Julienne Dance. The Harvest Concert

will feature entertainment from the faculty of the conservatory with

a variety of music: vocal, piano, guitar, flute, horn, trumpet, viola and

violin, and more.

“The faculty is the goldmine of the conservatory, with higher education

credentials and experience abroad and around the country,” Dance said.

“It is our utmost pleasure to share what we are most proud of!”

Visit CdAConservatory.com for additional information on events,

private lessons and educational courses.

North Idaho Youth Symphony

The North Idaho Youth Symphony is a premier student ensemble led

by some of the area's finest educators and a team of parent volunteers.

For student musicians aged 10 through 19, NIYS provides professional

ensemble training and opportunities through rehearsals and coaching

from principal players of the Coeur d'Alene Symphony, along with

students and faculty of the University of Idaho.

NIYS orchestras perform several concerts per year, with their next

performance taking place this month.

“The NIYS orchestras make their joyous return to the stage on November

15 at 6:30pm on the Coeur d’Alene Kroc Center stage, featuring

masterworks by Gershwin, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and more,”

shared NIYS conductor Michael Harrison. Event admission is free, with

donations greatly appreciated. Event and ticketing details can be found

at NIYSMusic.org.

The Inland Northwest is filled with musical talent from all ages and

disciplines. The chances to observe and appreciate local talent are in

abundance this month, with symphonies, orchestras and conservatories

alike bringing their hard work to the community. As the days grow

shorter, the evenings will come alive on stage in the upcoming

musical performances. There's no better time to enjoy music in the

Inland Northwest.

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Honored to Serve Her Clients

Making your home buying and selling dreams come true

By Jillian Chandler

Nedra Kanavel and husband Robert made the move

from North Carolina to beautiful North Idaho in 2020.

Having an established business in the North Carolina

mountains, the couple chose to take a risk and relocate

to the area with their two sons—one of whom is special needs, so

he could continue to receive the in-person therapies he relies on.

With them they bring their experience and hard-working energy in

real estate to those in North Idaho and Montana.

“For us, family is everything. “It’s why we’re here in North Idaho,”

shares Nedra. “I think because we are all in it together, and it solely

supports us, I work tirelessly to give clients my full attention and

outstanding service.”

Nedra has always been the entrepreneur of the family. When

she realized real estate was like having her own business—and

that this business made a significant impact on people and their

aspirations—she knew she had found her professional calling.

Nedra is an experienced associate real estate Broker, licensed in

Idaho and Montana, while Robert is the property photographer

for their real estate company, Nedra Knows Homes for RE/MAX

In Action. “We bring professionalism, knowledge and a whole lot

of commitment to the world of buying and selling your home,

business or land,” Nedra affirms.

Whether you’re seeking that small patch of land, typical family

homes or luxury waterfront condo, Nedra pushes to get the best

results for each and every client she serves. “I know how much it

means to them and their family, and in turn, it makes my family’s

daily life and dreams possible too.”

Though Nedra, Robert and their two sons have only called North

Idaho home for a short time, they quickly realized how blessed

they are to be a part of this community and the RE/MAX In Action

team. “When I walk into our office every day, the positive energy

and teamwork is very evident. It makes me happy every time I am

there,” Nedra smiles. “And even more importantly, that teamwork,

and our owner Jake Oliver’s leadership, has played a big role, many

times, in helping my clients achieve their goals at the closing table.”

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As for the community as a whole, and the lifestyle that accompanies

it, the Kanavels say they love the freedom found here and are

grateful to have the opportunity to raise their sons in a community

with values that they, as a family, truly treasure.

When asked what she finds most rewarding about the work she

does, Nedra doesn’t hesitate, “Being with my clients at the finish

line! It is incredibly rewarding, and sometimes even emotional.

Watching first-time home buyers get their first set of keys; helping

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a retiree use their property to build that dream getaway; or even helping

someone sell an investment so they can move onto the next chapter.

Those are all incredibly important moments. Every time I am a part of

them, I feel grateful and honored.”

Your buying or selling experience is Nedra’s top priority, as she works

tirelessly to give her clients her full attention paired with outstanding

service. Whether you're searching for your own slice of North Idaho

heaven, or live here and are looking to sell, Nedra is honored to help.

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SKI THE

NORTHWEST

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HIDDEN POWDER

BY COLIN ANDERSON

While there are plenty of Northwest residents who

yearn for the first warm days of spring, others

can’t wait to see the first snowflakes hit the

ground. For these folks, it’s not just winter these

next few months—it’s ski season. You’ll find the die-hards up early

at Chair 1, eager to catch the opening ride up the lift for first tracks

upon the previous night’s snowfall. For the avid skier or rider, it’s

a better wakeup than any strong cup of coffee or trip to the gym.

Shortly after opening, you’ll find the weekend warriors, the

second-tier group who spends many a weekend on the slopes but

at a slightly more casual pace. They might not catch the first tracks

and skip lunch to squeeze in three more runs, but they are out

enjoying their time in nature with family and friends.

By mid-morning, families and the ski-school crowd fill out the

mountain. Little ones get fitted in the rental shop while Mom or

Dad go off on their own for a few runs or simply cozy up in the

lodge with a book and a hot drink until the day’s lesson is done.

It’s a scene that plays out across ski locations all over the

Northwest—and one of the great benefits of the mountains of

Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, and into Canada, is

you can find a place and a pace that fits exactly your experience

and enjoyment level. We have resorts where it would take days

to hit every run, and independently owned mountains that few

more than the locals ever experience. Popularity in skiing and

snowboarding among youth continues to soar, and no matter

where kids go, instructors are eager to get them up and confident,

and usher in the next generation of skiers and riders.

While most stick to their favorite mountains or check the morning

report to see which got the most powder overnight, it’s also fun

to venture out to new places and explore new terrain. Below are

some of our favorites.

May your ski season be blessed with deep powder and bluebird

Saturdays!

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About 90 minutes north of Vancouver, British Columbia, is one of

the most incredible mountain experiences the world has to offer.

Whistler Blackcomb is actually two ski areas connected by a peakto-peak

gondola, which is almost worth the price of admission

on its own.

Outside the breathtaking scenery, this place is massive; over 200

marked runs, 8,100 acres, 16 alpine bowls, and even three glaciers

are found within its boundaries. If that wasn’t enough the resort

also offers onsite heli-skiing for those in search of untouched

powder. Down in the village you can arrange snowmobile and

winter zipline tours, or book a relaxing service from the spa. You

can also find yourself barreling down a sheet of ice in a bobsled

at the sliding center, which was utilized during the 2010 Winter

Olympics. Gourmet restaurants (some 200 options) and vibrant

nightlife make for a lively evening, and ski in/out lodging make

hitting the slopes easy each morning.

Whitefish Mountain Resort | SkiWhitefish.com

Once a relatively small “locals” mountain, the perfect snow

conditions and charming community of Whitefish, Montana,

have helped grow the mountain into a premier resort destination

in the Northwest. You can arrive by car or at the Glacier Park

International Airport, or for a truly unique experience, hop

on the Amtrak train and finish your journey by being dropped

right downtown.

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On mountain there is beginner terrain, however, more than

half of the 3,000 acres is designated black or double black

diamond, offering big challenges for thrill-seekers. From

its peak you can see into Canada and the borders of Glacier

National Park, as well as the town of Whitefish and Whitefish

Lake. There are a variety of accommodations to choose from

on-mountain, and if you stay off property you can catch the

free S.N.O.W. shuttle that makes stops throughout town and at

popular hotels throughout the day.

WEEKEND GETAWAYS

Schweitzer | Schweitzer.com

Similar to Whitefish size, stature and terrain, Schweitzer offers

excellent snow, incredible views, and a village for those looking

to do more than just hit the slopes. The snow is fantastic each

year, and those in the know head straight for the Outback

Bowl, where there are dozens of long, smooth runs and open

glades in which to explore. Two high-speed quads, and a highspeed

six-pack keep the lift lines moving even on the busiest

of days.

Grab lunch at the Sky House and, on a clear day, take in

amazing views of Sandpoint, Idaho, and massive Lake Pend

Oreille in the valley below. There are a dozen restaurants

on-mountain, and Sandpoint is also easily walkable for a

night on the town. Kids can enjoy tubing, and there are also

snowshoeing and cross-country ski tracks in which to explore.

Mount Bachelor | MtBachelor.com

The iconic mountain outside of Bend, Oregon, is the sixth

largest ski area in North America, coming in at more than

4,300 acres, 100 runs, and 3,300 feet of vertical drop. If that’s

not enough to lure you for a weekend, you’ll also have the

privilege of saying you’ve ridden down a volcano. While trees

are sparse on the peaks of most mountains, here you will find

an incredible amount of wide-open bowls in which to charge

hard and really dig into incredible powder. Bachelor offers

guided snowshoe trail hikes with professional naturalists,

tubing and terrain parks, 52 kilometers of groomed crosscountry

ski trails, and you can even book a dog sledding trip

during your visit. After a day on the slopes, head into nearby

Bend, where you will find some 30-plus breweries in which to

unwind with a tasty pint.

one of the great benefits

of the mountains of

Washington, Oregon, Idaho

and Montana, and into

Canada, is you can find a

place and a pace that fits

exactly your experience and

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POWDER FORWARD

Lookout Pass | SkiLookout.com

Idaho is indeed not all potatoes and farmland. In fact, the

powder in the north and central parts of the state is legendary—

including that at Lookout Pass in Kellogg. Saddled on the Idaho/

Montana border on Interstate 90, it’s about as convenient a

drive-up location as you can ask for. While most mountains

are thankful to receive around 300 inches of snow each season,

Lookout regularly sees totals of 400-plus, including more than

500 inches of snow as recently as 2018! While it doesn’t boast the

terrain of larger mountains in the area, the light, fluffy and deep

powder more than makes up for the lack of terrain.

The lodge and single bar are come as you are. Many kids from

Western Montana, North Idaho and Eastern Washington get

their start here at the well-regarded ski school. A night’s stay in

the historic mining towns of Kellogg or Wallace offers a glimpse

into the past after a memorable day in the powder.

Brundage Mountain | Brundage.com

Another of Idaho’s great powder stashes, Brundage brings a few

more big-mountain amenities to the game without sacrificing

too much of the “local mountain” feel. With its nearest

metropolitan area from which to draw—being a 2.5-hour drive

from Boise—it doesn’t see the same swells of crowds that other

regional resorts do. With a peak of 7,800 feet and nearly 2,000

feet of vertical drop, there is plenty to explore amongst the 67

named trails as well as an additional 420 acres of unpatrolled

backcountry. Glades are also a hit here for those who like to get

into the trees in search of the really deep snow.

Nearby McCall offers everything you need for a comfortable

weekend stay. You can rent snowmobiles or explore miles of

cross-country ski trails. Enjoy the local ice rink or even soak in

one of the numerous nearby hot springs—both primitive and

developed.

HIDDEN GEMS

Discovery Basin | SkiDiscovery.com

At first glance, the mountain doesn’t look too imposing. The

front side of “Disco” offers several intermediate and beginner

runs that are perfect for those out for a leisurely day on a

lightly crowded mountain. One look at the backside trail map,

however, and you’ll see why serious skiers and riders from all

over try and make an annual pilgrimage to this relatively small

and out-of-the-way locale. The Limelight Chair puts you on

top of some of the steepest chutes you’ll find without use of a

helicopter. While extremely technical, when the powder is deep,

it’s one of the best advanced areas in the West, and after a day

of hard charging, even the most physically fit will be ready for a

long snooze.

Luckily, relaxation is not far away in the quaint town of

Phillipsburg, Montana, and the serene beauty of nearby

Georgetown Lake.

Red Mountain Resort | RedResort.com

Fifteen years ago, Red Mountain and the nearby town of

Rossland was a relative unknown, likely due to its location being

roughly three hours from Spokane, Washington, and across the

border into Canada. As interest in exploring British Columbia’s

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Selkirk Loop has expanded, so has the number

of people who’ve come across this absolute gem

of a ski hill.

Small hotels and bed and breakfasts once were

the bulk of the accommodations, but now

you’ll find a massive village with ski-in/skiout

options and many of the amenities of any

world-class resort destination. Red boasts five

peaks and 3,850 acres to explore. Red Mountain

also offers the unique experience of single-run

passes for cat skiing at just $10 per run. There

are some long runs here, with the max vertical

drop checking in at nearly 3,000 feet. While it

continues to expand, the resort does work hard

at maintaining a local mountain feel. Book

your trip here before even more discover it.

REALLY HIDDEN GEMS

White Pass | SkiWhitePass.com

Where else can you get such a view of several

of Washington’s biggest natural icons while

strapped into your board or skis? On a clear

day, unobstructed views of Mount Adams

and Mount Rainier provide the backdrop for

one of the truly beautiful skiing locations in

the West. The views alone will bring you great

appreciation for this special place. It’s a great

mountain for the whole family, as there is a

lodge onsite as well as childcare available (see

latest COVID info for availability) for those

little ones not quite ready to hit the slopes.

There is also a tubing hill and guided snowshoe

tours. Once off the slopes, there are plenty of

opportunities to relax, and short drives to

explore the surrounding scenery are also a

great way to take in this special place.

Lost Trail | LostTrail.com

If glitz and glamour and the corporate ski

experience are things you loathe, you’ll find the

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season be blessed

with deep powder

and bluebird

Saturdays!

peace and family forward experience you seek

at one of Montana’s best-kept secrets.

Opened in 1938, Lost Trail is still owned and

operated by the Grasser family today. Their

mission is to continue to operate a small family

oriented mountain where incredible snow can

also be affordable. Ticket prices are half the

price of most large-scale resorts, but the dry

powder and conditions here are legendary

to those who make the trek down Montana’s

gorgeous Bitterroot Valley.

There are all kinds of unique places to stay

nearby including rustic cabins, bed and

breakfasts, and wood-fire warmed yurts

found on the backside of the mountain. While

not easy to get to, the experience of minimal

lift lines, few frills and wonderful powder is

something that’s getting harder and harder

to come by each season, making this a truly

unique experience.

There are even more gems hiding in plain sight

all throughout the Northwest. Will you find a

new favorite this season?

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Rural Health in Boundary County

MEETING THE NEEDS OF FAMILIES IN OUR COMMUNITY

By Jeannie Harkness, Boundary Community Clinics Manager

Across America, rural settings allow for a simpler way of life.

However, when it comes to health care, rural health clinics are

anything but simple. The Rural Health Services Act of 1977 has

helped to bring health-care providers to rural areas, meeting the needs of

many families that would otherwise not have access to care. Physicians,

nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants care for patients with needs

that range from caring for a common cold, an annual physical exam to

severe and chronic issues such as hypertension, diabetes and various

types of heart disease. Rural health clinics have helped the people of

smaller communities, like Boundary County, to be able to live healthier

lifestyles and address more prominent health-care needs without leaving

our community.

Boundary Community Clinics has been certified as a Rural Health Clinic

by the State of Idaho since 2014. To qualify as a rural health clinic (RHC),

the clinic must be located in a non-urbanized area and either designated

as a medically underserved area or population group or have a geographic

health professional shortage in your area. In addition, Boundary

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HEALTHY TIP

HOLIDAY HAPPILY AND HEALTHILY

The holiday season is upon us. With the excitement this time of year brings,

be sure not to let the stress of the holidays consume you. And ... don't

consume everything in sight! As many people gain a few pounds before

the new year hits, remember that it's okay to indulge here and there, but

maintaining an overall healthy diet, filled with fresh foods, rather than baked

treats, will save you much heartache—and heartburn—as you set out on

your New Year resolutions journey.


SERVICES INCLUDE:

Community Clinics was recently re-accredited by the American Association for

Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. as a Rural Health Clinic and is

proud to be a part of the Rural Health Association.

With a full-time physician, nurse practitioner and physician assistant, as well as the

clinical team made up of nurses, medical assistants and administrative staff, our

rural health clinic team is truly providing quality care for our community. For the

past year, the focus and objective of the clinic has been to provide high-quality care,

maintain annual wellness visits, ensure preventative care needs are met, and enroll

our patients with multiple chronic conditions into our Chronic Care Management

program. Doing so ensures that our community has the assistance they need

toward wellness education and maintaining their health. Our Transitional Care

Management program has helped us focus on our post-discharge patients, ensuring

they obtain optimal support after hospitalization.

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Outlet

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Century 21 Four

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Under The Sun

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UnBoxed

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The Dressing

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7160 Main St., Bonners Ferry, ID

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Ash Street

Market

7098 Ash St., Bonners Ferry, ID

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Bonners Ferry

Pizza Factory

6637 Fry St., Bonners Ferry, ID | 208.267.7771

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Refined Aesthetics

215 Cedar St., Sandpoint, ID | 208.304.7535

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Dot’s Country

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Shop Local

~Holiday Guide~

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Boundary

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7196 Main St., Bonners Ferry, ID | 208. 267.4466

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Sugar Plum

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Small Purchases

Add Up

CHOOSE LOCAL THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

by COLIN ANDERSON

Online purchasing has completely revolutionized how we shop and how retailers

grab our attention. The mall was once the central gathering point, not just for

bored teenagers, but for shoppers to find everything they needed in one location.

While some still thrive, others have gone by the wayside as more people turn to the

convenience of online shopping.

It’s tough to blame them. There are no open and closing times on a website; you don’t have to battle

parking or the elements or other shoppers; and your purchase eventually shows up right to the front

door. Online shopping can save time and money, two things just about all families would enjoy

more of.

The unfortunate side effect of this bit of convenience and few minutes saved is what it can do to a

local economy. If consumers shift the entirety of their purchasing dollars to large corporations and

non-regional chains, the ripple effect is felt not just by local business owners but the greater community.

Corporations tend to answer to shareholders, and the better the company does, the better compensated

both the shareholders and executive team are. While this is all well and good for them, locally owned

businesses answer to themselves and their customers. What they do with the money they take in is entirely

up to them, and the vast majority will indeed reinvest those funds in livable wages for employees, purchasing

goods and necessities from other local businesses, and sponsoring youth sports, nonprofits, religious affiliations

and other organizations.

For more than a decade, Like Media has encouraged our readers to continue to utilize services and purchase goods and

gifts from locally run businesses in their communities. A flip through our pages, you won’t find anything corporate,

but rather highly reputable local businesses that we are proud to help support in their marketing efforts. Our staff

lives and works in each of the communities in which we publish and truly enjoys getting to know these businesses

and taking advantage of the many services or unique goods they offer. This partnership has allowed our company

to grow and not just provide better service to our clients, but to greatly expand the amount of wonderful stories we

highlight in each issue.

Over the past 20 years, despite massive growth in some major retailers, small business has continued to thrive.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Business Employment Dynamics, small businesses created more than

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10.5 million jobs between 2000 and 2019. The last two years have been

chaotic to say the least, but if you glance in the window of any local

business, you’re all but guaranteed to see a help wanted sign, meaning

even more jobs are out there than the labor force is currently providing.

Employing locals in your community not only creates opportunity for

those individuals and their families, but the wages provided tend to stay

more local and be reinvested back into the community. According to the

most recent figure from the U.S. Small Business Association, for every

$100 you spend at a locally owned business, $48 remains in the local

economy. Purchases made at a big box store or national retailer, that

number dips to just $14 out of the same $100 spent.

Not only do these dollars go to employee bank accounts but often wind up

in support of the local organizations that make each of our communities

so unique. Many youth sports teams have the cost of jerseys taken care of

by a local business. These same owners attend charity auctions, dinners

and galas, committing thousands toward organizations helping youth,

the elderly or vulnerable. They also donate time, goods and services for

the betterment of their communities.

While shopping in your pajamas and hitting “click” over and over again

might save you time in the long run, why not make this the year to go

out and really support your locally owned businesses? Those that have

sustained the past two years of chaos could certainly use the boost, as

can the thousands of entrepreneurs who’ve started their own dream

businesses during these challenging economic times.

Small Business Saturday started in 2010 by American Express as a way

to encourage holiday shoppers to purchase gifts from local retailers

during the holiday season. The idea has blossomed into a movement.

A 2020 survey by Union Bank found that 72 percent of Americans said

supporting small businesses was more important than getting the best

deal. An additional 43 percent said they were willing to spend $20 more

on an item to support a small or local business.

Small Business Saturday is Saturday, November 27. This year, skip

the Black Friday chaos and instead find a few local stores you maybe

haven’t been to for awhile or have yet to walk through the doors. A gift

from a local shop is much more personal than a gift card or getting an

unwrapped cardboard box in the mail. Even small purchases like a cup

of coffee, lunch out or after-shopping cocktail helps keep those dollars

close to home.

Support your local community by shopping local this holiday season;

the impact in doing so is greater than most of us ever realize.


WILL BE ARRIVING MID-NOVEMBER

Christmas will be officially arriving at Under the Sun!

Stay tuned to our social media pages for

updates on the big holiday reveal.

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November 26th

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Free gift with your purchase

and additional sales & specials

all throughout the shop.

Let Soul Shine Bistro bake your

Thanksgiving pies this year!

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SAYING THANK YOU

PERSONAL WAYS TO EXPRESS THANKS DURING THE

SEASON OF GIVING

by RACHEL KELLY

hankfulness is a practice that

helps us to focus on what’s

going well and the things

that we love the most. Much

like the famous classic “It’s A

Wonderful Life,” you never know what you

have until you stop long enough to appreciate

it. This season is just for that, a moment just to

turn inward and take a look at what we have. What

brings us joy? What blesses us? Who do we love?

As we move into the season of thanks, there’s much

to appreciate. There are the teachers who wrangle our

kids every weekday, the coaches who get us moving, the

friends who remind us that everything is going to be okay,

as well as countless others.

As we give thanks this year, we do so with our love, our

time and our ingenuity. Here are several ways to show your

appreciation for those who do the most, both near and far.

Oftentimes the people who need to hear thanks the most

from us are the people who are in our lives consistently, day

in and day out—our neighbors, friends and family. These

are the people who are easiest to thank, because you know

best what they would appreciate. For neighbors, maybe

consider mowing their lawn if you’re mowing yours, or

helping them with the end-of-fall yard work or the beforewinter

chores. We all need a hand now and again, and

regular maintenance can be the hardest to keep up with. For

others, like family, consider writing notes on their mirror

with dry erase markers or making them their favorite food.

It’s especially fun giving thanks with the children in your

life, because they are always down for a group cooking

activity or ice cream. Also, I don’t know if you’ve noticed,

but kids love mail. It can be fun this time of year to set up

a temporary “grateful mailbox” to fill with daily notes of

appreciation. For close friends, consider having a separate

friends-giving meal if for no other reason than to simply be

thankful for being together. Saying thanks to those who are

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For neighbors, maybe consider

mowing their lawn if you’re

mowing yours, or helping them

with the end-of-fall yard work

or the before-winter chores.

close to us is best when it comes from the heart, and usually doesn’t take

a lot of effort—just a little extra love.

For those in our lives who aren’t necessarily close to us but who

contribute to our daily well-being, consider giving them something

equally heartwarming but maybe not so personal. Your local barista or

neighborhood mail carrier may not want your homemade lasagna for

instance (no matter how good it is!). Good ways to say thanks to people

that we see, but don’t always interact with in our personal lives, include

cards attached to a special candy, gift cards to a local store or tickets to

a local event. Doctors and nurses appreciate notes of thanks. Teachers

might appreciate a tumbler for their morning coffee.

A wonderful way to say thank you may be giving to others as a group,

like organizing a beach clean-up crew among your co-workers or

putting together meal gift baskets as a baseball team. There are a lot of

volunteer opportunities out there year-round. We’re all here together as

a community, and giving thanks sometimes simply means giving. As we

give thanks this year we do so with our time and with our energy.

For giving thanks to those far and wide, whether it’s our family in

another state or our insurance agent in the town over, there are a ton

of fun gestures of appreciation. Everybody loves flowers, for instance.

There are edible bouquets and local goods that can be delivered right

to their door. There are gift cards to restaurants near them. There are

even these wonderful meal kits for making delicious dinners at home.

Who doesn’t want a good meal? This fall there are a ton of awesome

new movies, with streaming services that show them at the same time as

they open in theatres. Organizing a watch party is always a special way

to help loved ones feel connected, even when they’re not around for the

holiday season. Sometimes giving thanks can be a grand gesture that

encourages rest and relaxation, such as an all-inclusive spa day (sounds

awesome, right?). There are also small gestures that are equally special

if they go to the right person. For instance, grandparents appreciate

handwritten cards from their grandkids. There are lots of ways to connect

with those that are apart from our inner circle, and all it takes is a little

ingenuity.

Whether we give thanks by putting a little extra thought into our labors,

or we dedicate a little extra effort to give to our neighbors. Whether we

try thanking someone in a new way. Whether our friends and family are

near or far. As we enter into this season of thanks, there’s nothing we

appreciate more than each other. Teachers, mail carriers and neighbors.

Kids, parents, friends and cousins. May we never again enter a season

where we are expected to go without them. This season, sometimes the

best way to give thanks is to simply enjoy the gift of being with each other.

The presence of loved ones, the warmth of going through life hand in

hand, is a gift worth appreciating all year.

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND

By Colin Anderson

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Eagles Lodge Aerie

3522

Part of what helps shape a great community is the sacrifices and dedication made by those who

volunteer their time to make that community truly great. Whether helping with youth, public safety,

the vulnerable, nature, civics or history, just a few hours of your time each month can have a lasting

impact for the numerous organizations that work to keep Bonners Ferry so special. Can you spare a

couple hours of time? If so, consider one of these or any of the many other local organizations that

could always use an extra hand.

Called by its members “the biggest little Aerie in Idaho,” #3522 is

tremendously active in the local community at many different levels.

This member-only nonprofit organizes several annual and occasional

spur-of-the-moment fundraisers for community members, families,

individuals and various charities and nonprofits. You’ll find their Aerie

conveniently located downtown behind Harvest Foods. The group’s

mantra is simple: People helping people. So, if you are interested in making

your community a better place each day, attend a meeting, or stop by for

more information.

For more than 40 years, volunteer firefighters out of the North Bench Fire

District have protected and served some 60 square miles north and west

of Bonners Ferry and west of Moyie Springs. North Bench operates three

stations that include three structure engines, three water tenders, two brush

trucks, a command vehicle and a support unit. Volunteers are always needed

as firefighters, as well as additional support staff. Trainings are held every

Thursday evening at Station 1, and it’s a great time to meet other volunteers to

see if serving as a volunteer firefighter is right for you.

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f you enjoy the vast non-motorized outdoor trail system in the region,

consider helping maintain or even blaze new trails with 9b Trails. This

group of outdoor enthusiasts clear brush and repair washout of current trails

and has several ongoing projects in connecting trail systems throughout the

county. The group is also tasked with building a new trail system through

Riverside Park and can always use more hands in making this long-term plan

a reality. If you are interested in learning more, attend the monthly meeting

held the first Thursday of each month.

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You can help residents of the Restorium continue to live an active and

independent lifestyle through several opportunities. While staff

members handle meals, cleaning and medical assistance, much of the

activities, laughs and fun are provided by local volunteers. Ever wanted to

be a bingo caller? Lead an exercise class? Scoop ice cream? These are just a

few of the opportunities to lend a hand here. Performers and musicians are

also welcomed, and if you have a special talent or an idea to bring fun and

excitement to the Restorium, staff members are happy to hear from you.

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Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge

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T

he Wildlife Refuge is a true treasure in the region. The Friends of

Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge (KNWR) is an all-volunteer nonprofit

organization. Its mission is to support KNWR in its efforts to protect, manage

and conserve wildlife through education and conservation. This group

connects the community with the refuge through environmental education

and interpretive programs. Become a member and you can find out more

about the various opportunities available as well as a shared appreciation for

nature. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also has volunteer opportunities

available at the Visitors Center or working with youth.

Volunteers at The Boundary County Museum work daily to preserve the

rich history of the area by not only providing visitors with a snapshot

of the region, but maintaining a large catalog of documents, photos and

artifacts. Volunteers help out here as docents, the greeters and information

providers of the museum, archival, photography preservation, clerical and

data entry. The museum hosts special events throughout the year and is

always in need of general assistance during these festivities. Even something

as simple as general maintenance and repairs goes a long way toward keeping

the museum both beautiful and a safe storage facility for so much history.

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SPEND THANKSGIVING AT A DESTINATION RESORT

Where the whole family can sit back and relax

By Marguerite Cleveland By

Marguerite Cleveland

Family Thanksgiving dinners are always wonderful affairs with plenty of good food and spending time with family. But the work that

takes place in the kitchen, year after year, to plan, prepare and present these beautiful meals never ceases to overwhelm. This year,

take a break from tradition—and the stress that comes with it—to head off to a destination resort for a fun holiday … and leave the

cooking to the professionals.

The Ranch at Rock Creek

The Ranch at Rock Creek in Philipsburg, Montana, is the priciest of the bunch, but they specialize in gatherings for families and received the

Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star award for the past seven years. Luxury accommodations include farm-to-table meals and a robust year-round

outdoor activities program. They will even pick you up from the Missoula or Butte, Montana, airports if requested. The ranch is nestled in

a pristine valley and is a historic 19th century homestead. It is a guest ranch, but this is not a rustic experience. This all-inclusive vacation

is filled with lavish amenities.

Thanksgiving week at the ranch is bursting with activities. Pick an activity each morning and afternoon during your stay including crosscountry

mountain biking, hiking expeditions, horseback riding, archery, shooting, geo tagging, and even fly fishing on the Blue Ribbon

trout stream. Thanksgiving dinner is served in the Granite Lodge. Chef Josh Drage takes traditional Thanksgiving fare and infuses favorites

from Montana’s bountiful harvest into multiple courses.

Insider Tip: Take a horseback ride or hike to “The Top of the World” at 6,200 feet. The gorgeous views really make you feel like you are at the

top of the world.

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THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY WEEKEND

IS THE PERFECT TIME TO VENTURE OUT

TO A DESTINATION RESORT.

The Alderbrook Resort and Spa

This luxurious resort is set on the banks of the Hood Canal, a natural fjord, and

surrounded by old-growth trees in Union, Washington. It is the perfect basecamp to explore the Hood Canal area, the Olympic Peninsula and the

national park. This is the nicest resort in the area with updated accommodations and great amenities. The lovely landscaped grounds make the most

of the beautiful trees onsite, and it feels as if the resort was plunked down amid a forest.

Shinrin Yoku, or Forest Bathing, is a popular activity at the resort. The phytoncides, or essential oils, found in the woods have healthful effects on

your body. Pick up a brochure at the front desk and then head across the street to the network of private nature trails. You can hike for miles on these

well-marked paths surrounded by huge trees. In fact, there is even a trail, the Big Tree Loop, that highlights them. There are plenty of comfortable

benches lining the trails so you can sit and enjoy the natural soothing sounds of nature. The resort also offers guided fungi walks every Friday with

Morgan Scherer, Alderbrook’s resident naturalist. It is peak mushroom season in the fall, and you can take home what you forage.

You can enjoy a great meal in the restaurant, but there are also unique Culinary Adventures you should try—especially if you are with a large family

group (minimum of 10). The Gathering Grove experience begins with a knowledgeable guide who leads you through an old-growth forest, where

you will learn about local foraging and mushrooms. Enjoy a meal crafted from the bounty of Washington state and the Alderbrook Resort’s edible

landscape. Another option is to board the Lady Alderbrook, the resort’s private yacht, where you can enjoy a dinner cruise through the glacier-carved

Hood Canal. The Lady Alderbrook can also transport you to the historic marina 2 miles away for a Canal Cookout at the Union City Market. The chef

and team will prepare a locally sourced and season-inspired meal for you and your guests to enjoy. A truly memorable experience.

The Lakedale Resort

The charming Lakedale Resort on San Juan Island, Washington, is super popular in the summer months and bustling with activity. Beginning in

late fall, after the campground closes for the season, things slow down, and the resort becomes a peaceful oasis to get away from it all. With 82

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acres, there is plenty of room to roam, and weather

permitting, there are 40 acres of freshwater lakes to

fish or paddle upon. It is a great location to explore

San Juan Island.

Currently the resort is offering several Fall and

Winter Packages that offer 25 percent off lodging and

other amenities. For families, the darling log cabins

offer plenty of space and include gas fireplaces and

large cedar decks. Plan at least one outdoor meal

with the grill and enjoy a roaring campfire. There

is no cable, but the resort has a DVD library, and

each cabin has plenty of old-school board games.

If you are looking for a more romantic getaway, try

glamping at one of Lakedale’s luxury yurts. Situated

in a forest overlooking a lake, this opulent camping

experience will have you enjoying a private outdoor

hot tub and then snuggling into a king-size bed with

a warm flannel duvet. Though there’s no kitchen,

there is a refrigerator and microwave, as well as

an outdoor grill. The resort also has lodge rooms,

though these do not allow children under age 16.

When it’s mealtime, you can cook onsite or head

into Friday Harbor, the island’s main town, or out to

Roche Harbor Resort for McMillin’s Dining Room’s

famed 10-hour roasted prime rib—which has been

a mainstay since 1958. Many local restaurants

will have specials for Thanksgiving Day meals.

The Coho Restaurant offers a Thanksgiving feast

as well as fall wine dinners. The San Juan Island

Thanksgiving Dinner is a local tradition held at

the Mullis Community Center in Friday Harbor

with the cost by donation, and you can bring a

pie to share. The 2020 event was takeout due to

COVID-19, so visit the website for the specifics

for 2021.

The holiday season on the islands is just lovely with all the small towns

decorated with twinkling lights beginning Thanksgiving weekend. It is

the perfect time to get in some holiday shopping without all the crowds

on the mainland. The Island Artisans Holiday Market takes place

during the holiday weekend at the San Juan County Fairgrounds. This

event supports local artisans, and a portion of the proceeds from your

purchases goes to the Artists to Island Artisans, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit,

which has awarded art scholarships to graduating seniors in San Juan

County for over 43 years.

Insider Tip: Make sure to make a reservation for the Washington State

Ferry to get to San Juan Island.

The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is the perfect time to venture out to

a destination resort. Make sure to pick one within driving distance, as air

travel for the 2021 holiday season is setting up to be quite challenging

with a surge of demand and not all airlines at 100 percent capacity yet.

With the COVID-19 pandemic still a factor, a getaway to the great

outdoors is much more appealing than joining the hordes of people at

airports around the country.

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eight years running! Find great food and drink,

accompanied by a friendly and inviting staff,

at Mugsy's! Pair your meal with a cold brew

from the largest variety of taps in town, fine

Washington wines and a full bar. Open 11am-

9pm Monday-Thursday, until 10pm Friday

and Saturday, opt for a seat on the large, petfriendly

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BADGER'S DEN CAFE

AND LATTE

At Badger's Den Cafe and Latte, you'll be

greeted with fast, friendly service with a

smile. On the menu you'll find delicious

breakfast and lunch items, a variety of

specialty coffee drinks, smoothies and more!

In a hurry? There's a drive-up window for

your convenience. A stop at this restaurant is a

must for locals and visitors alike! Open 7 days

a week, 6am-2pm

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FEIST CREEK

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At Feist Creek Restaurant, the delicious

smells and warm atmosphere make you feel

right at home. Serving lunch and dinner,

customer favorites range from their smoked

prime rib and 25 oz. rib-eye steak to catfish

and hushpuppies, homemade fish and chips,

burgers, sandwiches and more. Full bar, pool

table, outdoor seating, fish pond and their

own private waterfall make this a destination

spot to remember. You can find them open

Friday-Sunday from 12pm-close.

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CHIC-N-CHOP

At this Bonners Ferry diner, you’ll be treated

to wonderful service and an inviting, homey

atmosphere where the staff treats you like

family. Known for their large portion sizes and

customer favorites like the broasted chicken,

omelets, pies and more, they’re open Tuesday-

Saturday 4:30am-8pm and Sunday 6am-2pm.

6421 Main Street| Bonners Ferry

208.267.2431

GRAMA J'S BEIGNETS

Experience a trademark taste of New Orleans,

where you’ll find Grama J serving up freshly

made beignets, plain or in classic breakfast

styles, and delicious crepes both sweet and

savory, as well as fresh authentic chicory

coffee and hand-drawn espressos. Linger

over your meal while reading on a comfy

couch or playing board games in front

of the fireplace in her cozy dining room.

Open Thursday-Saturday 7am-3pm, Sunday

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RUSTIC

MUSHROOM SOUP

Recipe Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel-Cook

You can follow Tina on Instagram @madebetterforyou

INGREDIENTS:

3 tbsp. butter

2 cups chopped onions

1 lb. fresh mushrooms, sliced (any kind; a mix is best)

2 tsp. dried dill weed

1 tbsp. paprika

1 tbsp. coconut aminos

2 cups chicken bone broth

1 can full fat coconut milk

1/2 tsp. xanthan gum

2 tsp. fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup sour cream

2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

ground black pepper and salt to taste

METHOD:

• Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the

onions and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and

sauté for 5 more minutes. Stir in the dill, paprika, coconut

aminos and broth. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer

for 15 minutes.

• Whisk the coconut milk and xanthan gum together in a

separate bowl. Pour into the soup and stir well. Cover and

simmer for 15 more minutes, stirring occasionally.

• Finally, stir in the ground black pepper, salt, lemon juice

and sour cream. Mix together and allow to heat over

low heat, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and serve

warm. Top with fresh chopped parsley, and enjoy!

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HOLIDAY MARKET

EXPANDS

ADDITIONAL WAYS TO SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISANS

by COLIN ANDERSON

F

or the past 15 years, many across North Idaho have

made the annual pilgrimage to the Holiday Market. Once

held at the middle school, due to increase in size and

participation, it is now held annually at the Boundary

County Fairgrounds. The Holiday Market is put on by the Bonners

Ferry Farmers Market, one of the oldest weekly markets in the

state having started back in 1980 with just a few vehicles in a

parking lot. Today the market is a near year-round event with

special days like spring seed swaps, flowers for Mother’s Day,

Garlic Festival, Fall Harvest and, of course, the Holiday Market.

“It is great for doing a little holiday shopping early with handmade

gifts,” says Sam Smith, who handles marketing for the market.

The Holiday Market will again take place at the fairgrounds this

year on Saturday, November 13, and will run from 9am to 3pm.

Foods like honey, winter squash and other vegetables, flour, jams

and jellies will all be on hand. Others will be featuring handmade

furniture, jewelry and photography, knits and décor, pottery,

and so much more. There will be a few demonstrations as well

as food and drink to enjoy while you peruse the various booths.

In response to the popularity of the event, organizers of the

Bonners Ferry Farmers Market have decided to add some

additional winter days in which you can purchase a variety of

goods. “We are trying this for the first time this year, and it should

really help our vendors during the off-season and help their

customers,” said Smith.

Dates for the Winter Markets are the first three Saturdays in

December: December 4, 11 and 18.These markets will also be

located at the fairgrounds and run from 9am to 3pm. It’s a great

place to find some of those last-minute unique holiday gifts, and

there will also be prepared foods and more.

“We are hoping for a large success so we can continue this next

year and maybe even be able to expand it in years to come,”

Smith says.

If you need additional information or are interested in becoming

a vendor, you can visit BonnersFerryFarmersMarket.org or reach

out to them on Facebook.

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STUDIO RECITAL

At 3pm on Sunday, November 7, at Mt. Hall Community Church

(Highway 1), Novinger Music Center, together with the Bonners

Ferry Community Orchestra, will present a concert of music by the

Baroque composer, J.S. Bach (1685-1750). This special afternoon will

include beautiful music played on a variety of instruments and an

entertaining history of Bach’s life. Performers range in age from 8

to 70! This free performance for the public will inspire those who

know and love Bach’s music, as well as those who have never heard of

him. (Donations to the orchestra will be accepted.) Questions? Call

208.597.1118.

FFA HARVEST AUCTION

Bonners Ferry Agriculture Education Department and FFA Chapter

invite the community to come out and show their support to Bonners

Ferry FFA Chapter for its biggest annual fundraiser! The FFA Harvest

Auction takes place Saturday, November 13, featuring a dinner

starting at 5:30pm and auction at 6:30pm. The event will take place at

Bonners Ferry High School. The Bonners Ferry FFA Chapter works

to promote agriculture and instill an "inborn fondness" for service,

cooperation and innovation, developing each student's abilities in

leadership, and believing in, and creating, the future of agriculture.

To stay up to date on the event, visit Facebook.com/bonnersferryffa.

ANNUAL CHILI FEED

Join Boundary County Fire Rescue Honor Guard on Saturday,

November 20, for their annual Chili Feed. Scheduled from noon to

3pm, they invite the community to join them and help raise funds

for equipment and uniforms to help the Honor Guard serve our first

responder community effectively and with honor. There will also be a

silent auction (donations gladly accepted!) and the first-ever corn hole

tournament. A great way to help a good cause and have fun on a brisk

late fall day! The event will be held at the downtown fire station in

Bonners Ferry. Anyone who wants to cook up some chili to compete

is welcome; there is no entrance fee to participate. There will be prizes

and bragging rights for the winner of the Best Chili in Boundary

County! Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for kids (12 and younger) and

free for those 2 and younger to sample all the chili and vote for your

favorite! If you are unable to attend but would still like to donate, visit

BoundaryCountyFire.com/honorguard.php.

* Please note, as of press time, these events were still scheduled to take

place as planned. Due to the continuing pandemic, 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.

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