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December 2021 Sandpoint Living Local

DECEMBER 2021

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REAL Market Update - Brought to you by Jackie Suarez, Associate Broker

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

The median price for properties continues to increase, although not at the drastic rate we experienced earlier this

year. Many homes sold after end-of-summer price adjustments, resulting in less inventory. Demand remains high

and supply is quite low. This leaves an excellent opportunity for owners who are serious about selling.

Mortgage lenders are still offering low interest rates.

Three tips for navigating this market:

1. Get advice from full-time professionals who are experts in the local market.

2. Sellers, devise a strategy for timing your sale, price your home or land accordingly and know your next step.

3. Buyers, do your homework and be ready. Evaluate each property thoroughly. A wise client told me “You don’t

get what you expect, you get what you inspect”.

Our market is constantly changing.

What is important to me remains the same - God, Family and Relationships.

Contact Jackie Suarez, your local expert for help with your real estate needs.

Especially as we enter the holiday season, it’s important to recognize and express

my graatude to my clients, fellow agents and professionals who place their trust

in me. Blessings to you and yours. Jackie Suarez

What Jackie’s clients are saying

“I was very busy with work in the midst of this purchase and Jackie made this

transaccon very easy for me. She is a very good agent and she provides a world

class service from start to finish in all categories of the purchasing process. This

was a dual representaaon scenario in that Jackie represented the buyer (myself)

and the seller. She performed very well in what can be a tough posiion of

representaaon. Jackie has a genuine character and that really shines in building

trust out of the gate. I have bought and sold many many homes and I have

experienced good agents and very poor agents. Jackie is an excellent agent. I

would say her pillar of strength is her honesty. Honesty is hard to find in most

“industries today so we must cherish and recognize this when we experience it.”

Rick P., Clark Fork, ID

“Jackie was the consummate professional from start to finish.”

Steven S., Sandpoint, ID

Honored to be voted “Sandpoint’s Finest Realtor®”

2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020

2020

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PREPARING FOR THE SEASON

DECEMBER 2021

VOLUME 11 NUMBER 12

68

How to Holiday

Happily: The

best ways to stay

organized and

stick to a budget

72

Shop Local this

Season: Check out

these local businesses

for your holiday

shopping needs

74

New

Year, New Business?

How to form a business plan

80

Future

Spending: Think now

on your 2022 financial goals

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I

t’s the most magical time of

year, as the streets and trees,

businesses and houses are

adorned with lights and holiday

décor, creating a feeling of warmth, hope

and excitement!

As you stroll through town, and the

brightness of whites, blues, greens and

reds reflect all around you, look to these

lights as a symbol that amidst the darkness,

and those difficult times we face, there is

a shining glimmer of hope and brighter

future that awaits.

This month, immerse yourself in what’s

around you; take in the joy; engage in the

smiles and the laughter. Despite the chaos

and stress that the holidays can bring, focus

on those simple, small, everyday things that

continue to bring you contentment—not

just today, but every day.

ringing that bell for the Salvation Army;

or by attending a local holiday fundraiser,

where proceeds go directly to benefit those

in your own community—like this year’s

Festival of Trees’ Tour of Trees! This annual

event, which will once again be “virtual”

for 2021, is Kinderhaven’s biggest, and

only, annual fundraising event. With its

online silent auction, virtual paddle raise,

giving tree and raffle, there are many ways

to show your support to Kinderhaven and

the children they serve this holiday season.

(You can find out more about the event on

page 94.)

As we get ready to close this chapter and

open up the next in 2022, count your

blessings, and recognize the blessing you

have been to others, and others to you.

Wishing you and yours a blessed holiday

season and joyous new year.

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During the month, amidst the holiday

decorating, shopping and celebrations, find

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donating toys and warm clothing to those

children in need; making a monetary gift to

an organization that provides warm meal

to the less fortunate; donating your time

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ABOUT THE COVER

ALL IS MERRY AND BRIGHT THIS

TIME OF YEAR IN SANDPOINT, as

holiday lights and decorations can be

found everywhere you look, and holiday

happenings, inspired by the season, make

their way to town for those both young

and old to enjoy. Take in the magic of the

season, and let this be the year to celebrate

traditions and create new ones.

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CONTENTS

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30

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ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life

30

GOOD NEWS

Answering the Call: Warming hearts, heating homes

40

ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

Recognizing those standout student athletes in

our local high school

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LIFE & COMMUNITY

New Orchestra Comes to North Idaho:

Inaugural concert December 17

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

IBEX Metal: New Business, Familiar Faces

34

IN FOCUS

Five Percent for the Future: Immense transfer of

wealth on the horizon

38

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Croc Coatings, LLC: The flooring of the future

is here

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LIVING LOCAL

From Homeless to Home Full: Battling homelessness

through education

50

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Tips and informational articles about living a

healthy, active lifestyle

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sneak peek into December ...

90

68

84

92

60

FEATURE

60

Decorating for the Holidays: Ancient traditions bring

holiday cheer

74

NEW YEARS ADVICE

New Year, New Business: Key points of advice

for starting a new business

87

FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot spots

around town

68

STRESS-FREE HOLIDAY

How to Holiday Happily: The best ways to stay

organized and stick to a holiday budget

72

SHOP LOCAL THIS

HOLIDAY SEASON

Check out these local businesses for your holiday

shopping needs

80

BUDGET WISELY

Future Spending: Think now on your 2022

financial goals

84

TRAVEL & LEISURE

Sunny Palm Springs: The perfect place to chase

away the winter blues

90

FEATURED RECIPE

Cheers to the Season: Boozy Holiday

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Don't miss out on these events and fun

holiday happenings

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Cold-Weather Comfort

SIMPLE ITEMS TO TRANSFORM YOUR HOME INTO A COZY WINTER RETREAT

By Jillian Chandler

Our home is our sanctuary, and that could not be truer than

during the long, cold winter months we experience here in

the Northwest. As the coolness of fall has settled in, with the

official start to winter right around the corner, now is the

time to focus on what’s inside, creating a warm winter oasis that leaves

us—and our guests—wrapped in warmth and comfort.

Whether you are on a budget or the sky’s the limit when it comes to your

financial resources, you can create an inviting, warm and comfy space to

beat the winter blues. All it really takes is a handful of items woven into

your current home design style and décor.

One of the first rooms most see when entering a home is the living room

or family room. Here is where one will usually find a sofa, coffee and

end tables, fireplace with mantel, and an entertainment setup with a

TV cabinet, shelving, etc. This is the room that will most likely leave a

first impression and is also the room that gets a lot of use—especially

during these colder months. Warming this room up with throw pillows

to complement the season, such as neutral whites, off-whites and tans,

each showcasing different materials (think furry, soft, fluffy, silky, ribbed,

sequined, etc.) will automatically create a feeling of luxury and comfort,

and you don’t have to break the bank! From inexpensive big box stores to

those unique upscale local shops, throw pillows can be found anywhere

you look. It’s up to you to decide the color and style to reflect what the

winter season means to you while also choosing comfort. And … it’s easy

to have both comfort and style showcased in your throw pillows.

To accompany the pillows, a warm blanket or two will do just the trick. A

throw over your favorite chair or the back of the couch not only adds to

the look of the space with its color and texture, but creates warmth for the

space—and for you when you feel a chill! A great and extremely popular

choice—and a bit glamorous—for the cold season is a faux fur throw.

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December of Giving

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To celebrate the spirit of giving, a portion of each sale will be given

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Now is the time to focus on what’s inside, creating

a warm winter oasis that leaves us—and our

guests—wrapped in warmth and comfort.

Other options include wool, fleece and Sherpa blankets. These are also great to keep on hand in

other rooms throughout the house, such as at the bottom of the bed or laid across or folded on

an ottoman.

That brings us to carpeting. As more of us are opting for hardwood, tile or laminate flooring

through our homes, which is great to help keep things cool in the summer months, it tends to be

a bit cold on our feet once the harsher weather has arrived. But there’s a quick—and stylish—fix!

Adding area rugs throughout your home, if you don’t have them already, is just the solution and

adds warmth to our home. Not only are they a great accent piece, they can be changed out to go

with the season. For winter, opt to choose a lush shag rug for your living room and bedrooms. And

be sure it coordinates well with your décor and throws! You can also add runners throughout your

home as well in entryways and hallways.

With a set budget and some thoughtful planning, your home can be transformed into a cozy oasis

you’ll enjoy all winter long.

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TEACHER OF THE MONTH

By Colin Anderson

Alex

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Career Technical Education

Clark Fork Junior and

Senior High School

Alex Woodmansee has one of

the more unique teaching

positions within the district. As

a Career Technical Education

(CTE) instructor at Clark Fork Junior and

Senior High School, he teaches in the areas

of 3D design, engineering, welding, small

engine, and graphic design. “I am a former

design engineer with 12 years of experience

in manufacturing, as well as a college

professor of English and technical writing,”

he explained.

Alex is one of the many certified

professionals that the state of Idaho recruits

through its InSpire program, which

emphasizes bringing working professionals

into the classroom. Through a hands-on

approach, Alex shows his

students that what they are

learning can be applied to

their everyday lives.

“I enjoy the moment when

students realize they can

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people to diminish the

importance of school until

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skills they have have at least

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school,” he said.

The motto in Alex’s classroom is “Clark

Fork CTE Creates.” His classrooms and

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a variety of skills through creation and

hands-on experiences. He believes strongly

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instructions, rather exercising creativity,

trying new things, and learning many skills

can often lead to a path a student might not

previously have seen.

“Some of the most amazing job

opportunities around today did not even

exist when I was a high school student.

Students should try to be well-rounded and

have multiple interests, because you never

know what combination of experience will

give you an insight to change your life,”

said Alex.

While he enjoys his intro-level classes to

his seventh graders, some of his favorite

moments come as students near the end

of their time in school and really take their

skills and creativity to a new level. “Welding

III offers a chance to

collaborate with students

rather than direct them.

After completing Welding

I and II, some of my

students are better welders

than I am, but I’ll never

admit it to them. It makes

the class fun to discuss the

best way to accomplish a

project rather than always

having all the answers.”

Each week, Alex feels

the reward of taking

his past professional experience and

expertise and passing those experiences

on to young people in the community.

He encourages other professionals to seek

more information on the InSpire program.

You can find additional information on

the program by contacting the Lake Pend

Oreille School District.

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SHIFTING

TRADITIONS

Change can bring newfound joy

By Trish Buzzone

Thinking Partner, Executive Director, The John

Maxwell Team

As we approach the holiday season, for many of us, plans look

a bit different. Sometimes, those differences threaten to steal

our joy. A recent conversation with a friend encouraged me to

be mindful and not to let shifting traditions get in the way of

sharing joy this season.

“We were decorating the house,” she said. “It felt so great, so normal,

and you know, I needed normal after how things have been going. This

was really nice though, reminiscing every time we found a handmade

ornament or a souvenir from a holiday vacation we took when the kids

were little. Everything else was up, and the house looked beautiful. That’s

when I realized we forgot to hang the big wreath on the front door. I

went back into the garage, pulled the case down off the shelf, opened it,

and ….”

“No wreath?” I suggested.

“No wreath,” she confirmed. “I walked back in from the garage, and

that’s when I fell apart. Didn’t even feel it coming. Just leaned against the

kitchen counter, started sobbing. I felt like Jamie Lee Curtis in ‘Christmas

with the Kranks’ toward the end of the movie where she’s lying in the

parking lot throwing a fit over a canned ham. I remember laughing at

that scene, thinking how silly it is to get so upset over a canned ham. And

there I was, crying over an old wreath. We’ve had that wreath since the

kids were small, but it's just a wreath.”

I thought about how events in the past two years had shifted some of my

own holiday traditions and said, “It wasn’t just about the wreath, was it?”

She sighed, “No, not really. Putting up decorations is always emotional.

So many of our decorations are tied to a special moment or memory that

means a lot. That makes the time we spend together putting them up even

more special. The last thing I always do is hang that wreath on the front

door. Over the years, that wreath came to signify the beginning of the

Christmas season for me. Without it, I didn’t see all the other beautiful,

meaningful decorations. I just saw a big empty spot in the middle of

my front door. All I could think about was what was missing. And that

made me think about all the other things that have been missing the last

couple years.”

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"I may have found

a new Christmas

tradition.”

She paused, and we both took some time to

think back quietly over the last year. After a

moment, she added, “Eventually, I composed

myself, poured hubby and me a glass of wine,

put some music on, and we sat by the fire. I

didn’t say a word. He didn’t either, bless him.

The decorations all around us sparkled … they

still felt incomplete. I felt incomplete. It’s weird.

I couldn’t even see the door, and I could feel

that big empty space where the wreath should

be. I woke up the next morning, and my first

thought was ‘Go buy a new wreath.’ Before

that, though, I had another errand; I promised

to drop off some brownies at the elementary

school. So, I pull up to the front office and—

you’re not going to believe this—there it was.”

“The wreath?” I guessed.

She laughed, “Yep. Hanging right there on

the front door. I’m standing by my car, about

to drop my big tub of brownies, because I’m

laughing hysterically. The resource officer

comes over, asks if I’m all right. I could barely

talk, managed to say, ‘That’s my wreath,’

handed him the brownies, added, ‘For the bake

sale, Happy Holidays,’ and got back in my car.”

“How did the school get your wreath?”

“Last year, I donated it for the Christmas

play. Completely forgot. It had been looking a

bit worn, but I thought it would look fine as

part of a backdrop on the stage. Now, there

it was, hanging on the office door. Someone

had added a shiny red ribbon to dress it up. It

looked perfect hanging there. Like it belonged.”

“Did you end up getting a new wreath?”

“Made one,” she said, joy filling her voice.

“Driving home from the school, I passed a

tree lot, you know, the one they put up on the

corner across from the grocery? I pulled in,

asked for some clippings, went home, watched

a couple YouTube videos, got some things

from the wrapping paper box … and the result

is hanging on my front door. It’s not as big as

the old one, definitely not as perfect … but it’s

pretty, and I had fun. Told the hubby I may

have found a new Christmas tradition.”

Have you shifted or created new holiday

traditions this year? Share them with Trish

at: TrishBuzzone.com, Facebook.com/

groups/streamingleaders or LinkedIn.com/in/

trishbuzzone.

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New Orchestra Comes to North Idaho

INAUGURAL CONCERT DECEMBER 17

By Colin Anderson

Conductor Jan Pellant has traveled the world to work with

some of the top professional musicians. He’s led more than 30

orchestras in his native Czech Republic, Germany, Thailand,

Japan, and many stops throughout the United States. He was

most recently the artistic director of the Coeur d’Alene Symphony and is

now founder and director of the North Idaho Philharmonia, the newest

ensemble in the region. “We are aiming to create a very unique sound.

It’s not just about playing all the notes perfectly, and it will definitely be

unique,” he explained.

Jan teamed up with local professional musician Marcy Hogan just this

past October to begin recruiting musicians for their new orchestra.

“There are a lot of great professional musicians in our region that are

hungry to play,” she said. “The distance between our communities can

make it tough, but we really feel we can bring them all together.”

You can get the first look at the inaugural group of North Idaho

Philharmonia musicians at its debut performance on Friday, December

17, at the historic Panida Theater in downtown Sandpoint. The show

begins at 7:30pm and will be a mix of European classical composers

including a piece from Bach. You will also hear a very special piano solo

from a very talented young performer from the community and a festive

surprise encore to round out the night. Tickets will be available at the box

office the night of the performance.

Jan envisions four to six shows per season that will feature a variety

of classical works from all centuries. He also wants to include small

chamber performances and even operas to the future schedule. Right

now he continues to invite regional musicians to participate and has

begun reaching out to top international conductors and composers,

encouraging them to find their way to beautiful North Idaho to lead the

orchestra and share their talents. At the same time, The North Idaho

Philharmonia will be a place where young and emerging talents can

find an outlet to share their works. “We will have opportunities for all

kinds of musicians, soloists, young talents, emerging artists and young

composers,” said Jan.

For additional information, visit SandpointConservatory.org/

NorthIdahoPhil.

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New Business, Familiar Faces

IBEX Metal, LLC is the newest direct-to-consumer

rollforming plant in North Idaho

Born from a passion to serve the community, IBEX Metal

was formed to provide direct-to-consumer sheet metal

supply with a 24- to 48-hour turnaround time.

“Our soft opening has been a success,” says Tyler Beachy,

general manager. “The community is responding well to having

easier access to roofing, siding and trim for their projects.”

Now officially open to the public, IBEX Metal is located off of

Great Northern Road, near the Bonners Ferry Airport, at 280 Great

Northern Road in Bonners Ferry. Although the business is new, the

owners are familiar faces. Ken Schrock, Darin Byler, David Byler

and Brian Miller have been established residents of Bonners Ferry,

raising their families here while operating a local sister company—

Caribou Creek Log Homes.

“Being a part of the construction industry for nearly 40 years, we saw

a need for quicker turnaround times for metal supply. We put our

heads together, did our homework, and started IBEX Metal,” states

David.

Furnished with state-of-the-art equipment and a 13,000-square-foot

shop, IBEX Metal is poised to meet the demands of the community's

needs with delivery available to most of the Inland Northwest and

parts of Canada.

The slogan and logo for IBEX was deliberated over meticulously.

Sticking with the wild game theme like Caribou Creek has, the ibex

was chosen for its rugged, tough nature, which is symbolic of metal

material. It was just coincidence that I-B-E-X also turned out to be a

catchy acronym for Idaho’s Best Exteriors, which has been adopted

as the company’s slogan. Jack Philips, the artist behind the logo,

discovered the coincidence and is credited as the mastermind behind

the slogan’s creation.

The journey to open has been an uphill battle, with global metal and

supply shortages. Originally scheduled to open in September, the

date had been pushed back due to hang-ups in shipping and supply.

All in all, the owners are pleased to be open before the new year, only

a couple of months later than they had hoped.

Orders can be received by phone at 208.565.3002 or by email to

info@ibexmetal.com.

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280 Great Northern Road

Bonners Ferry, Idaho 83805

208.565.3002

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Producing top-quality products with exceptional customer

satisfaction is the highest priority for the owners of IBEX Metal.

“Having been a part of this community for so many years, we

understand just how important having a solid reputation is. Not

to mention, it brings us great joy to produce quality. It’s been our

personal mission and what has been a driving force in the success we

have had at Caribou Creek,” shares Darin.

IBEX opened with a small crew that is currently meeting market

demand successfully, but with the news of IBEX operation quickly

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spreading, the company expects to expand the work force in the near future

as well, especially once the building season begins again in the spring.

They are currently taking custom orders, with many color options and

unique profiles available. Take a look at the front of the IBEX building to

see a hot new product that resembles board and batten, which is gaining in

popularity on the East Coast.

Plans to have full building kits available are in the works, but for now the

company is staying busy filling custom orders.

The team at IBEX looks forward to continuing to serve the community of

North Idaho for years to come. For more information, you can visit their

website at IBEXMetal.com.

“Being a part of the construction industry for nearly

40 years, we saw a need for quicker turnaround

times for metal supply. We put our heads together,

did our homework, and started IBEX Metal."

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Answering the Call

WARMING HEARTS, HEATING HOMES

By Joshua Nishimoto

WHO BETTER TO

STEP UP IN AN

EMERGENCY THAN

A COMMUNITY

WHO IS LOOKING

TO DO SOMETHING

MIRACULOUS FOR

THEIR NEIGHBORS?

During the cold winter months, North

Idaho can be a dark and frigid existence.

Without the proper means or ability

to warm one’s home, things can turn

quickly to a life-or-death emergency. Who better

to step up in an emergency than a community

who is looking to do something miraculous for

their neighbors?

“In 2017, a woman I knew in the community

contacted me. Her husband was disabled, and they

needed firewood,” recalled Paul Krames, founder

of Firewood Rescue. “I knew that the VFW was

providing firewood to veterans, so I contacted

a guy I knew who was providing wood off his

property. He said that he had the wood but didn’t

have a way of transporting it. So, I made an appeal

on Facebook for someone with a truck to pick up

and deliver the wood. People responded so quickly.

That gave me the idea to help provide firewood for

people who aren’t veterans, and the endeavor took

off from there.”

As the cold winter months have arrived, Krames

and his fellow Firewood Rescue team are

looking to spread the word and make themselves

available to help those in need of a temporary

firewood source.

“Sometimes we’ll go through long stretches without

deliveries,” Krames said. “It’s been a priority for us

to increase our outreach to the community and

surrounding communities. We deliver primarily to

Bonner County and some outlying areas. We want

to increase the community’s awareness that we

have stores of firewood for those in dire situations.

With the rise of COVID in the last year, Krames

and his team are seeing more and more people

needing firewood who have been affected by either

loss of job due to contracting COVID, or simply

not having the strength to cut and collect wood

themselves.

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who had COVID for three weeks,” Krames said. “The husband hasn’t

worked, and he didn’t have the strength to cut wood for his family.

The family didn’t have money to buy wood. Firewood Rescue made

a delivery to them the next morning. The woman cried in gratitude.”

That’s the great thing about Firewood Rescue volunteers. Whether

rain, sleet or snow, Firewood Rescue volunteers are always willing

to work outside, lend a hand and help keep people warm during

the winter.

“That’s typical,” Krames said. “We’ll answer the call. If we need a

delivery to be made, our volunteers have trucks, and they rally. We

don’t keep people waiting. We’re not a government agency, so we’re

not constrained. They call us and we provide an emergency load of

firewood. Our main concern is that if people don’t take the steps they

need to take care of their ongoing firewood needs, they are going

to come back to us asking for wood in two months. Our mission is

kind of a gap; to tide people over until they can make arrangements to

get firewood.”

To provide for their long-term firewood needs, Firewood Rescue refers

them to a government-funded program called Community Action

Partnership (in Bonner County), with point-person Shirley Paulison.

After going through the application process, if they qualify, they may

get a check to cover a couple months’ worth of firewood or funds to

purchase heating oil or propane. The local church can also be a resource.

“We kind of do tough love,” Krames said. “We want to make sure people

don’t go cold because they are dependent on firewood to heat their

homes. By the same token, we want them to take actions to secure their

own firewood on an ongoing basis.”

For those who do need Firewood Rescue’s services, they either are

referred by an agency, heard about it through friends, neighbors or

family members, or through the Facebook posts on local pages, which

Krames uses to market Firewood Rescue’s activities and to thank

the volunteers.

By the first week of November, they had already made over 20 deliveries,

according to Krames. “And we haven’t even hit the real cold weather or

snow yet. And we will deliver in the snow. We have an abundance of

firewood stockpiled. We are ready to answer the call. One of the things

that we pride ourselves on is that when people need firewood, we are

quick to respond.”

Firewood Rescue is currently selling T-shirts to help raise funds for

fuel, equipment repair and purchase. Firewood Rescue is a 501c3 that

operates on a shoestring budget. If you want to purchase a T-shirt,

contact FirewoodRescueT@gmail.com and specify your shirt size.

With over 50 volunteers, Firewood Rescue is ready to answer the call

and provide quick and much-needed assistance to those who need it

most. Those who need assistance are encouraged to email Firewood

Rescue, provide their contact information and briefly describe their

mitigating circumstances.

“We would like to thank all businesses, families, couples and individuals

who have donated their time, land, wood, equipment and/or money to

Firewood Rescue,” Krames said. “And lastly, I would also be remiss if

I didn’t mention the role of board member Eileen Esplin. The impact,

growth and outreach of Firewood Rescue is due in large measure to

Eileen’s involvement. She donates countless hours, scopes out job sites,

and she is the point person and coordinator of the volunteers and their

activities. The organization owes her a huge debt of gratitude.”

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N FOC

FIVE PERCENT FOR THE FUTURE

IMMENSE TRANSFER OF WEALTH ON THE HORIZON

BY COLIN ANDERSON

The numbers in what’s being called

the greatest wealth transfer in history

are simply staggering. The Silent

Generation and Baby Boomers have spent

a lifetime accumulating retirement savings,

assets, properties and other forms of wealth.

According to research and analytic firm Cerulli

Associates, nearly 45 million U.S. households

will transfer a total of $68.4 trillion in wealth to

heirs and charity over the course of the next 25

years. About $30 trillion of that could come in

just the next 15 years.

It is truly a difficult number to comprehend,

and this transfer will have far-reaching effects

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Here, in the more sparsely populated Inland

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be inherited over the next two decades. Some

will decide to pass their wealth directly to

Gen Z or Millennial children, while others are

setting up college or savings funds for young—

or even yet to be born—grandchildren. Others

will give to their place of worship, alma

mater, nonprofit, or other organizations that

have touched their lives. Estate planning is

a very personal decision, but when deciding

where the assets you’ve accumulated will go,

just about everyone wants to make sure it’s

something that will make an impact most near

and dear to their heart.

For more than 40 years, the Innovia

Foundation has been encouraging generosity

from the community in order to transform

lives and communities so that every person

has the opportunity to thrive. It was formed

by three women who were inspired by the

impact the World’s Fair had on greater Spokane

and wanted to see that impact continue for

future generations. Today, Innovia works on

civic engagement, building scholarships and

learning opportunities, enriching communities

through arts and culture, and keeping the

quality of life so many in Eastern Washington

and Northern Idaho enjoy.

As the community foundation for Eastern

Washington and North Idaho, Innovia partners

with people who want to make our world

better. Innovia works to address and solve our

region’s problems, help those in need, identify

and respond to our greatest opportunities, and

leave a lasting impact. Last year, the Innovia


US

Foundation invested over $10 million into our

communities through grants and scholarships

to nonprofit organizations and local students.

Another large focus of the organization is

pairing community members willing to

donate with organizations that align with their

beliefs and passions. “Flexibility is the number

one reason that donors want to work with

us,” explained Chief Strategy Officer Aaron

McMurray.

Though we are one region, the priorities of

residents can vary greatly from those settled in

small communities near the Canadian border

to apartment dwellers in downtown Spokane.

Innovia has created volunteer leadership

council teams across the 20-county region that

gathers the pulse of their designated region

and what’s most important to its community

members. As awareness of the greatest transfer

of wealth became more apparent, a campaign

idea was created by the Kootenai County

Leadership Council, an endowment called the

Kootenai Forever Fund.

“The Kootenai Forever Fund resonates with

the needs people see in our community today,

while being nimble enough to serve the needs

20 years from now and beyond,” Jan Tymesen,

Leadership Council member, shared. “This

flexibility secures that this ‘community chest’

will forever be available to meet the everchanging

needs of our county.”

When strategizing for this campaign,

McMurray says they landed on a 5 percent of

wealth ask as contribution to the fund. “When

you think of end-of-life planning, you want

your generosity to make the biggest impact.

This does that while you are still able to donate

to your church, university, and other charities

you are passionate about,” he explained.

Innovia believes that the wonderful part about

the fund (which new funds have been created

in both Boundary and Bonner counties,) is the

flexibility of it. By contributing 5 percent to

the fund, the donor knows that money will go

directly to their community and have an impact

on what’s most needed, not just today, but in

the future as well. “What is the issue five, 10,

even 15 years from now?” asked North Idaho

Regional Engagement Manager Amy Voeller.

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“Needs vary significantly, from food insecurity

to affordable senior housing, as identified by

those who live in these communities.”

The Kootenai County Leadership Council

members launched this fund with a $5,000

matching gift challenge from Jan and

Troy Tymesen. With generous gifts from

Leadership Council members and members

of the community, the Kootenai Forever Fund

reached over $23,000 by the end of summer

and continues to grow as word spreads. “Our

fund benefits everything they’ve previously

supported, and a group of local volunteers will

always be here to gauge the most important

needs of each of these communities,”

said McMurray.

While the vast majority of us don’t have

incredible wealth and assets in which to pass on,

5 percent of even smaller estates multiplied by

many donations will quickly add up to a very

large sum. This is another pitch from Innovia,

that even if you don’t feel that you will leave a

great sum of money, what you do contribute will

stay directly in your community and, through

an endowment, can grow to a much larger sum

than your original donation.

Boomers and those coming up on retirement

likely have an estate plan started, but that can

easily be updated. Innovia is also looking to

reach out to those in their 40s and early 50s

to encourage them to begin planning for the

future, even though it seems like a long way

off. “It’s never too early to start doing end-oflife

planning, especially if you want to make

sure that something from your estate goes back

into the community that you care most about,”

said Voeller.

While Innovia does not employ estate planners,

accountants, or other financial advisors,

they do partner with well-established and

reputable financial professionals throughout

their entire service area and can recommend

professionals based on a potential donor’s needs

and priorities. It also is set up to take unique

assets such as life insurance policies, shares,

retirement accounts and properties. These

donations can bring down potential capital

gains and other tax savings while the gifts are

invested and allowed to grow even further

in value.

The Leadership Council encourages all those

who are invested in ensuring the needs of their

community are sustainably met to consider

giving to this fund. “What will build this fund

is the estate planning, but you can gift to the

fund now as well with a one-time donation. We

hope to inspire generosity from our community

members, as the more we can obtain now the

better off the fund will be in the future,” said

Voeller.

If you would like to learn more about these

various funds or would like to volunteer on a

leadership council in your community, visit

Innovia.org.

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being nimble enough to serve the needs 20 years from now and beyond."

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The Flooring of the Future is Here!

Local business transforming homes and businesses in North Idaho and Spokane

By Jillian Chandler

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

opportunities and the friendly people, Jim and Kelley Hobart made

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

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

The couple, who have been married for more than 35 years, have a true

appreciation for things that last. They moved into their custom home in

2010. Everything was more beautiful than they had imagined it could be,

including the epoxy flooring in the garage. But after a few years, it faded,

chipped and peeled up in the areas where they parked their cars. “I looked

for solutions and was told I would need to have it professionally ground off,

and then they would re-apply a new epoxy floor,” recalls Jim. “I didn’t want

to repeat using epoxy only to get the same results a few years later.”

He and Kelley discovered the Penntek flooring system while visiting a

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

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

Spokane. This inspired the Hobarts to change that. They introduced Croc

Coatings in 2020, bringing this revolutionary flooring system to the area

so that others could have a new choice with premium flooring solutions.

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

cement flooring like garages and basements. “Our products allow you to

have a flooring system that is durable, beautiful and lasts for years, plus

it comes with a lifetime warranty against fading and discoloration, so it is

perfect for patios and entryways,” shares Jim.

Their industrial coatings are also ideal for commercial use. Croc Coatings

has replaced old epoxy floors with their system at car dealerships like

Spokane Hyundai, distilleries like Young Living, restaurants like Capone’s,

and veterinarian clinics.

“It’s one of the best home or business improvement projects ever!” Jim

states. “It’s done in one day, and you don’t have to do it!”

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

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

and businesses and to install them with exceptional customer service. “As

exclusive dealers and installers in the area, we’re blessed to be able to bring

this premium revolutionary new product, which is four-times stronger

than epoxy and offers a 15-year manufacturer’s warranty, to North Idaho

and Spokane,” affirms Jim.

They employ certified installers who are proud of every floor they install

for their local customers. “We have a fantastic team that cares about our

customers and provides an exceptional experience every step along the

way,” Jim says proudly.

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As demand for Croc Floors has exploded, the Hobarts’ business has already

outgrown their building in Hayden, and they’re excited to share that they

have relocated! They can now be found at 4290 West Riverbend Avenue

in Post Falls. “This move will allow us to continue growing and provide

superior service to North Idaho and Spokane,” affirms Jim.

In addition to Croc Coatings, Kelley is the owner of Alpaca Direct. Through

her business, she has kept many locals warm with her unique product line

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of Alpaca socks, apparel and quality yarns. She has helped many of her customers learn

to knit and has a monthly knit club that reaches hundreds of knitters across the country.

Alpaca Direct has also moved to their new location in Post Falls. Visit AlpacaDirect.com

to discover all that Kelley provides through her unique North Idaho business.

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

and give back in many ways. They are members of the Hayden Chamber of Commerce

and the NIBCA (North Idaho Builder Contractors Association) and the BBB. “We love

animals and are donating some free flooring to the new Humane Society building,” Kelley

smiles. They just completed a new floor for North Idaho Christian School, and they also

sponsor various golf tournaments and other charities throughout the year.

As winter officially makes its arrival this month, Croc Floors are a great solution for your

basement, as it is easy to clean and provides a waterproof, durable floor coating.

Let Croc Coatings assist you with innovative new options for your floors. Their design

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part of the team since her freshman year and

can vividly recall the early dance lessons and

cheer camps that inspired her to pursue that

emerging passion on into high school.

As with other athletes at the school, Jessica has

learned to juggle her cheer commitments with

that of her schooling, which includes both

Advanced Placement and Honors courses.

She also must make time to stay physically fit,

as cheer routines require strength, balance,

endurance, coordination and stamina. “I have

had to overcome hurting my shoulders, and

it can be hard to tumble and stunt, but I have

been to physical therapy to get stronger and

more flexible, and have been able to improve,”

she said.

Despite a sometimes chaotic schedule and

the physical therapy, Jessica says she’s enjoyed

every minute of being part of the team and is

enjoying her final year on the squad. She’s

also learned that if you’ve accomplished a

goal, it’s not the time to settle. “A life lesson

that I have learned from cheer is that even

though things are hard, and after enough

practice they become easy, then it is time to

try something new that is hard.”

After graduation this spring, Jessica plans

to get her college education started at

North Idaho College. From there she plans

on transferring to Idaho State, where she

would very much like to become a Bengal

cheerleader. Knowing the confidence cheer

and a bright smile brings to her and those

around her, Jessica can envision herself in

the field of dentistry in the not so distant

future. “I am interested in going into dental

hygiene because I want a career where I can

help people feel better about their smile.”

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if I were my freshman self, looking at where

I am now, I would be right where I always

wanted to be. I have poured my heart and

soul into cross country and track, and the

results never fail to portray exactly that.”

Megan has accomplished many of her goals

as a runner while facing some of the ups and

downs that many of her peers also experience

in competitive high school athletics. Late in

her junior year, she started to feel different.

She lacked energy, was tired all the time, and

couldn’t complete a 2-mile run, something

that she previously accomplished daily.

She decided to see a doctor, and her blood

work found that she had anemia and an

iron deficiency.

“I started taking high-dose iron pills two

times a day, but a difference in how I was

feeling wouldn’t be apparent for at least a

month of taking them and, even then, I

wasn’t running where I should have been,”

she recalls. “I had to sit out for the first

couple races of my cross-country season,

and that was really hard, as I am a senior and

this is my last season.

“Eventually, as weeks passed, I finally got

to race, and racing got my confidence back,

and I started feeling better. Although I’m still

working on my iron deficiency, I am just glad

I got to accomplish what I wanted of my last

cross-country season.”

While it was a tough blow for Megan, she

continues to train this winter as she looks

forward to running with the track team for

her senior season come spring. She credits

her coaches for helping both her and her

teammates accomplish their goals and truly

come together as a team. “The most enjoyable

thing about cross country and track is that I

get to be coached by Matt and Angie Brass.

They run alongside us every workout and

make being part of the team so special. I

love the quote they always say: ‘We wouldn’t

make you do something we haven’t already

done or not already doing beside you.’”

Megan does not plan on running

competitively in college when she enrolls

at Montana State University in Bozeman

next fall, where she plans to pursue a degree

in the medical field. “OBGYN, OB nurse,

ultrasound tech and a general surgeon …

Although each position is very different

from the other, they all have the same thing

in common—each position helps people,

and that’s something that I love and want to

contribute to the world. Also, Dr. Oulman

sounds like a real doctor’s name,” she smiles.

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From Homeless to Home Full

Battling homelessness through education

BY JOSHUA NISHIMOTO

It all started on the corner of Church and Third Street when an

individual donated a two-story apartment building to create

Bonner Homeless Transitions (BHT) in 1991. The only problem

was, due to city ordinance, the building had to be moved from its

Church and Third location to a new location on Florence and Michigan.

Luckily, an anonymous benefactor donated the funds needed to move

the building, which they did by night, all in the name of their mission to

help combat homelessness—a mantra that continues to fuel their desire

to expand their operations and tackle new challenges through friendraising

and fundraising.

“Many local organizations, businesses, groups and individuals donated

their time, talent and materials to renovate the building,” said BHT Board

President, Mary Jo Ambrosiani. “And in the fall of 1994, the downstairs

apartments became available to homeless two-parent families.”

A program called “Adopt A Room” renovated the upstairs at Blue

Haven in the spring of 1995. BHT mounted plaques above those rooms

to commemorate those who volunteered their time to renovate them.

“Those plaques are a thank you to the community,” Ambrosiani said.

“They are also a reminder to those people living in the apartments that the

rooms were renovated for them by specific members of our community.”

BHT currently hosts families in 10 apartments at their Blue Haven

complex in Sandpoint. This facility consists of two adjacent residences,

one owned and one leased, with a capacity to house up to 14 adults

and 18 children, including single parents and families. The children

attend schools in the Lake Pend Oreille School District. BHT also

owns and operates property and homes out of Trestle Creek for

low-income families.

The Trestle Creek facility in Hope, Idaho, provides four single-family

homes and a fifth residence with four units for single tenants known

as The Holland House. Tenants in the Holland House each have their

own bedroom and bathroom and share a comfortable, spacious

common area and kitchen. All their Trestle Creek homes were funded

by grants through Idaho Housing and Finance Association, and were

built by the combined efforts of AmeriCorps and Young Community

Builders. The 5-acre parcel of land was provided by a donation for use as

transitional housing.

“There is no time limit on how long they can stay there,” Ambrosiani said.

“We have arranged with Bonner Community Housing Agency (BCHA)

to manage the property for us.”

BHT provides housing to the people who are homeless. The only required

eligibility to live in one of BHT’s homes is that one must be homeless.

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“Within 30 days of moving into one of our apartments, they have to

have a job or some sort of income to stay with us,” Ambrosiani said. “We

have programs, classes and other things that our clients have to do. They

must sit down with our program manager and develop a budget, perhaps

take some nutrition classes, cooking classes, learn more about parenting

skills, and things like that.”

BHT partners with several community resources for medical, food,

counseling and GED classes to support their clients enough to help them

get back on their feet.

“We work with vocational rehab, the Sandpoint Resource Center,

Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, the Methodist Church and Health and

Welfare,” Ambrosiani said. “Those are just a few of the resources that we

work with.”

For several years, BHT received funding from Housing and Urban

Development to run their program and pay their salaries. Recently, HUD

has changed their mind about how they plan to curb homelessness,

veering away from the transitional housing model.

“About five years ago, they decided that they didn’t want to support

transitional housing anymore, which is what we provide,” Ambrosiani

said. “Instead, they wanted to do what they call ‘rapid rehousing,’ which

is where people get a home, but they are not provided any resources that

help them with some of the issues or baggage they bring with them. So

now we operate on donations from the community, fundraising, and

writing and receiving grants.”

BHT’s annual fundraiser, sponsored by Idaho Housing and Finance

Association (Boise), called Avenues for Hope, is designed to garner

donations from people within the state of Idaho, in the community and

beyond. This event will resume this December 9 to December 31 (more

information about the event will be released early this month). BHT also

started a fundraiser in 2019 called Little Black Dress.

“Little Black Dress was a fundraiser we had in November where, like

other fundraisers, you have a meal and silent and loud auction items that

are donated and community members bid on them,” Ambrosiani said.

“We are looking to do it again in 2022, but it just kind of depends on what

the CDC says we can do relative to the COVID situation on the number

of attendees and other factors involved. We’ll get that back on track as

soon as we return to normal or whatever ‘normal’ is.”

Bonner Homeless Transitions manages their program with four

employees (two program managers, a repair and maintenance person,

and an accountant), with seven board members, a weekly volunteer who

handles donations, and a long list of volunteers for special events and

other projects. For the future of BHT, they are facing three big challenges,

as well as looking for new members to add to their board, along with

some upcoming projects that include new builds for expansion.

“The first challenge being that we would like to change the negative

connotations of the word ‘homeless,’” Ambrosiani said. “Many of the

clients we serve have become homeless due to unforeseen circumstances

that are beyond their control. After being with us for a period of two years,

they become productive self-sustaining members of the community.”

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BHT clients can stay with BHT for up to two

years. This poses a challenge to those who

“graduate” from their transitional housing into

finding a more permanent living situation—the

truth being that there isn’t enough affordable

housing in the area for those moving on from

BHT.

“Funding is the third challenge we face,”

Ambrosiani said. “With the loss of federal

funding, we rely on donations, fundraising,

grants, and the generosity of our community to

fund our programs.”

The funds raised by BHT go directly to

improving their clients’ lives. This includes

purchasing much-needed appliances, flooring,

carpeting and, more recently, a new roof for

their annex facility.

“Financial help is always appreciated,”

Ambrosiani said. “We receive no county,

state or federal funding. We are also looking

to expand our Board of Directors, so those

interested can contact us for information and

any questions they may have.”

BHT is always welcoming volunteers, especially

when it comes to fundraising and other

projects. While COVID-19 has made it more

difficult for traditional fundraising, overall

maintenance for housing is always needed.

“Volunteers would be most helpful for lawn

maintenance, painting, minor repairs and

other small projects,” Ambrosiani shared. “We

also welcome any ideas for fundraising from

the public and welcome their involvement with

the fundraiser.”

One of the more important aspects of BHT is

that they are not a “shelter.” BHT is specifically

a transitional program that helps their clients

by teaching them how to be self-sufficient.

“Clients can stay with us up to 24 months, if

needed,” Ambrosiani said. “Our clients have

to be working within 30 days of entrance, and

they all pay a nominal program fee according

to the size of the apartment. Clients have to

attend case management meetings, take part in

random drug and alcohol testing, and work on

all the issues that brought them to Blue Haven.

Annually, we provide approximately 10,000

bed nights, with 65 percent of those bed nights

belonging to children.”

To contact Bonner Homeless Transitions

about fundraising, volunteering, or to find

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WINTER SLIPS AND FALLS PREVENTION

10 tips to start now!

By Mindy Murray, OTR, Kauai Therapy & Wellness

Most of us have heard the news by now that the 2021 Old

Farmers Almanac Winter Weather Forecast / Prediction for

Northern Idaho is that we will be experiencing “one of the

longest and coldest that we've seen in years.”

With the arrival of winter weather, we start seeing numerous people of all

ages come into our physical therapy clinic due to falls resulting in painful

injuries such as sprains, breaks and fractures. They fall from not being as

active due during the winter months to slipping on ice and snow, sometimes

taking all the precautions in the world but, in a blink of an eye, they are on

the ground. We want to stress the importance to our community of being

careful this winter. Try to avoid these falls during this inclement weather by

applying a few tips listed below. Be safe everyone!

Things you can do to limit falls:

1. Wear snow and ice-appropriate footwear with good traction (add spikes

for more traction).

2. Walk on marked paths and avoid shortcuts, and don't walk between

parked cars. Remember that grassy slopes can be as slippery as snowy steps.

3. Walk with deliberate steps by focusing on your footing and taking short,

slow and flat-footed steps.

4. Avoid uneven surfaces if possible. Avoid steps or curbs with ice on them.

5. Be careful getting out of your car. Plant both feet firmly on the ground

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HEALTHY TIP

EARLY PREP FOR YOUR NEW YEAR’S GOALS

As December is a month filled with celebration, it is also the time to

start reflecting on what habits you want to improve on come the new year.

Throughout the month, note those bad habits you want to overcome, and

whenever an opportunity arises where you can choose healthy over impulse,

do it! Slow progression is the best way to achieve long-lasting results,

and once January 1 arrives, you will already be on your way to a happy,

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With the arrival of winter weather, we start seeing

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such as sprains, breaks and fractures.

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frame until you have your balance.

6. Have your vision checked. We make sure to

get our car and tires checked out before winter

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7. Keep one hand free while carrying loads, i.e.

transporting groceries.

8. Try not to rush; give yourself extra time for

errands and work.

9. If you have a walker or cane, use it! Don’t risk

it when it is snowy and/or icy).

10. Stay active. Maintaining physical activity is

critical in helping to prevent falls. Balance may

be improved with exercises that strengthen the

ankle, knee and hip muscles, and with exercises

that improve the function of the vestibular

(balance) system. Thus, it is important to

remain active, and it is never too late to start a

safe exercise program.

Things a physical or occupational therapist

can do now to limit falls:

A therapist’s job is to analyze the body and

come up with treatment plans for patients to

do at home that will help them manage pain

and weakness all while staying safer. This can

be done by devising a personalized home

exercise program. These exercises focus on

increasing strength, improving balance, safety,

and building endurance, so that not only may

a patient feel less pain, but re-injury may be

prevented and confidence may be increased.

The patient is given the knowledge and the

tools to facilitate healing and reach their

physical goals.

Don’t wait until an injury occurs to seek

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or occupational therapist sooner than later to

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DIET AND

AGING

Why sugar is your worst enemy

BY BRI WILLIAMS, RN, BSN, REFINED AESTHETICS

With obesity rates near 80 percent in

America, and the rate of metabolic

disease, heart disease, dementia and

diabetes climbing annually, there are

a lot of reasons to choose a healthy, whole-food diet.

But did you know that high sugar and processed diets

also contribute to premature aging of the skin, leading

to more wrinkles, sagginess, lost volume and poor

texture? A process called glycation is to blame, and

below we break down all the details and how you can

stop premature aging, inside and out.

What is glycation?

Glycation is a process that happens on a cellular

level in the body when sugar molecules attach to

either protein or fat molecules. One of the protein

molecules that they attach to is collagen, the primary

structural protein in the extracellular matrix of the

body’s connective tissue, and together they produce

harmful free radicals called advanced glycation end

products (AGEs). The more AGEs that accumulate

from the sugar consumption, the more collagen

proteins are damaged. Therefore, an excess of sugar

in the body breaks down collagen and elastin more

rapidly than the natural aging process, resulting in

premature aging.

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Can glycation be reversed?

Unfortunately, glycation cannot be reversed,

and it is best to prevent it in the first place.

However, if years of high sugar consumption

have left you with loose skin and wrinkles,

you can make some dietary changes to prevent

further damage. Swap out sugary treats for

nature’s dessert of fresh berries, and be sure

to consume enough water (roughly half your

body weight in ounces) daily. Water is essential

for collagen and elastin production, and proper

hydration can improve your body’s ability to

counteract the negative effects of glycation.

Additionally, a diet rich in antioxidants can

help to combat free radicals that break down

collagen. Broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes

and asparagus are just a few foods that help to

brighten the complexion and halt glycation.

What other foods cause glycation?

While sugar is the biggest culprit for producing

AGEs, other foods can also trigger glycation

and premature aging. Meat, especially red

meat, fried foods, vegetable oils and processed

foods also contribute to the breakdown of

collagen. Steer clear of these offenders and opt

for lean white meats, fresh produce and whole

foods to preserve your health and skin.

A diet that helps you to age gracefully on

the outside will also help to preserve your

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BONNER GENERAL HOSPITAL FOUNDATION’S

HOMETOWN HEALTH GRANTS

IMPROVING PATIENT QUALITY AND SAFETY

By Sheryl Rickard, CEO, Bonner General Health

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change

the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead

The Bonner General Hospital Foundation (BGHF) is made up of 10

generous volunteer Board members. The promise of health-care

philanthropy is the ability to change lives and the power to save lives.

The BGHF Board members develop the resources that help keep and expand

that promise to the people that trust Bonner General Health (BGH) to care

for them. Their focus is two-fold; to raise awareness about the programs and

services BGH provides and raise funds to support BGH. Each board member

has a story for why they are passionate about spending an incredible amount

of time and energy advocating and raising money for Bonner General Health.

The foundation’s annual fundraising event is the Heart Ball. The Heart Ball

has raised more than $1 million for Bonner General Health over the last 13

years. Those funds purchased much-needed equipment and helped advance

hospital programs and services.

The BGHF Board is incredibly grateful to the community for their

unwavering support of the Heart Ball. It is proud of the contributions that

they’ve been able to provide to BGH. In 2021, they wanted to do more to

support BGH staff and to have a more significant impact on the entire health

system. Their goal was to create an internal grant program that would benefit

several departments or services throughout the system. Georgia Simmons,

VP of the Board, saw what other organizations were able to do with smaller

grants and wanted to recreate it. With the help of other Board members and

BGH staff, the BGHF Hometown Health Grants program was established.

The focus of this program is to award smaller grants that improve patient

quality and safety; enhance patient experience and/or staff satisfaction; and

provide cost savings and/or generate revenue.

• ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observatory Schedule) is a comprehensive,

evidence-based diagnostic tool for identifying autism across the life span.

• EKG Machine for the BGH Family Practice Clinic allows for faster

diagnosis and treatment.

• Insight Infrared Goggles provide enhanced vestibular diagnostics that are

not offered elsewhere in the community.

• Automated Urinalysis will decrease the turn-around time on urine testing,

allowing the providers to treat patients faster.

• Eye Bed, which will be used in Surgical Services, will improve patient

comfort and staff satisfaction.

• PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Isolation Station increases staff

and visitor safety by ensuring appropriate PPE is readily available.

• Smart Laser Unity with Single Probe (Cold Laser Treatment) is used to

treat pelvic floor dysfunction and other conditions, including wound healing.

The departments receiving these grants are exceedingly grateful to the BGHF

Board members. Not only does this grant program help BGH financially, but

it boosts the morale of the staff. They know these community members value

the care they provide, their safety, and their job satisfaction. This small group

of thoughtful, committed citizens is changing the world by improving the

health of our community.

For more information, or to make a donation to the Bonner General Health

Foundation, visit BonnerGeneral.org.

The Board earmarked $30,000 for the first-year grants. On September 27,

2021, the Grant Committee met, reviewed the applications, and chose six

items to be funded this year. Those items include:

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We Appreciate YOU!

Thank you to our staff, patients, and community for supporting YOUR hometown hospital.

SERVICES & CLINICS

• Anticoagulation Clinic

• Behavioral Health

• Cardiopulmonary Services

• Diagnostic Imaging

• Ear, Nose & Throat

• Emergency Department

• Family Practice

• Hospice

• Immediate Care Clinic

• Infusions and Procedures

• Intensive Behavioral Therapy

• Intensive Care Unit

• Laboratory Services

• Maternity

• Medical/Surgical Unit

• Occupational Health

• Ophthalmology

• Orthopedics

• Physical, Occupational,

Speech Therapy

Sandpoint Women's Health

• Support Groups

For a full list of our services, clinics and general information, visit: www.bonnergeneral.org

Bonner General Health

520 North Third Ave. | Sandpoint, ID 83864

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RELAX

Don’t let the holidays

stress you out!

By Missi Balison

THERE’S NOTHING

LIKE A CHANGE OF

SCENERY AND FRESH

AIR TO SHIFT YOUR

PERSPECTIVE.

While the holidays are an amazing

and magical time of year, it

can also bring with it a load

of expectations. There’s time

pressure, gift-giving pressure, social pressure

and, for some, the pressure to make it through

the holidays with a smile.

Because we live in a colder/darker climate, add

this: There’s also less sunshine, which can put a

real damper on your mood if you’re one of the

many people who experience Seasonal Affective

Disorder.

Plus, some of us feel pressure to make the

holidays absolutely perfect for our loved ones,

and to recapture the magic we remember from

our childhood.

Wow. That’s a lot, right?

A few years ago, Healthline surveyed people

about their feelings during the holidays, and

62 percent said they felt “very” or “somewhat”

stressed during their holidays. Only 10 percent

reported no stress. Ten percent!

Researchers found that people reported they

were more likely to “behave in sedentary ways

like watching TV, sleeping, eating and drinking

to manage their stress. Many individuals engage

in comfort eating and other unhealthy behaviors

to cope with their stress levels.”

Well, I’ve got some other ideas to help turn your

mood around—try not to take them as added

pressure but as ways to blow off some steam (or

avoid the steam altogether)!

Turn on some music and move! A solo dance

party will turn cleaning up the kitchen (or

cooking, or wrapping gifts, or cleaning the guest

room) into less of a chore. I like to call it “cardio

cleaning.”

Plus, getting your heart rate up helps your

body release feel-good hormones that’ll boost

your mood.

Get outside. Take a quick walk outside and enjoy

nature—or your neighbor’s decorations. There’s

nothing like a change of scenery and fresh air

to shift your perspective. If it’s a little cold, then

bundle up and get out, even if just for a short

time.

Stay away from social media. If there ever was a

time to cut back on your scrolling time, it’s now!

When you’re feeling stressed, it’s easy to compare

your situation with that of others. Remember:

We all know this, but in the scroll it is easy to

forget that social media is where people generally

show their “perfect” life, not their “real” life.

Give someone a compliment. One of my favorite

things to do when I go to the post office or

grocery store is to give a total stranger a sincere

compliment. I especially love complimenting

seniors, because this can be a lonely time of year

for many of them. Give a sincere compliment and

watch how another's eyes light up—your body

will respond with equally happy hormones that

are so good for you!

Distract yourself! Watch a comedy, work

out, play a game, or even tackle an unrelated

household chore (hello, organized sock drawer).

Bonus tip: Breathe. Do five minutes of breathing

exercises—all you need to do is just sit back and

focus on your breath. Feel your belly and chest

rise as you breathe in and sink as you breathe out.

This can be an amazing “reset” for your mood

because it helps relieve anxiety.

An important note: There’s a difference between

stress and feeling true anxiety and depression. If

you’re feeling truly distressed, be sure to check in

with your doctor. There’s no need to handle all of

that by yourself.

Have a beautiful, happy, healthy holiday season.

Missi Balison, owner of Missi Balison Fitness,

is a personal trainer, exercise physiologist and

Certified Precision Nutrition coach.

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HEALTHY

HOLIDAYS

The holiday season is upon us, and while it is truly a magical

time of year, full of yummy food, get-togethers and my favorite

music (don’t try to convince me otherwise), it can be tough for

many. Whether you’re trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle or

wanting to get a jump start on the new year, the holidays don’t have to

send your personal Polar Express off the rails. Below are my favorite tips

and tricks for not ending up on the naughty list this year!

Manage Stress

TIPS FOR STAYING HEALTHY THROUGH

CHRISTMAS AND BEYOND

BY JENNIFER MILLER

High stress levels can influence your sleep schedule, how much you eat

and drink, and other health factors like blood pressure. It’s no secret that

the holidays can be stressful, but it can be managed. Don’t overcommit.

It’s tempting to want to be at every celebration you’re invited to, but

remember, it’s okay to say no. Set the boundaries early, either with

yourself or your family, commit to a certain number of celebrations or

events, and hold that line. Take time for yourself and what brings you

peace—like watching your favorite Christmas movie!

Stay Hydrated

Eggnog, mulled wine and seasonal beer, oh my! During the holidays,

most of us consume more alcohol than normal. But don’t forget your

water! Between each of your favorite seasonal beverages, drink at least 8

ounces of water. Your body will thank you in the morning.

Eat Mindfully

Before heading out to a Christmas party, eat a little something first.

Arriving at a party on an empty stomach leads to overeating. Make

yourself a protein shake at home before you go.

At the party, eat slowly and savor your favorite holiday foods. That special

eggnog coffee cake your mom makes won’t make another appearance

until next year, so enjoy it!

Eat your Veggies First

When loading up your plate at the holiday buffet table, make your veggie

portion bigger than the rest. I like to eat my vegetables first, since they

are usually the first to cool down, and no one wants to eat lukewarm

green beans, right? Also, this will help fill you up so you’re not as likely

to overeat.

Commit to your Movement

Commit to getting your 30 minutes of exercise daily. With kids home

from school and busier days, it can be difficult but the perfect time to get

creative. Suit up in snow gear and challenge your kids to a snowball fight.

Spend the day at your favorite local ski hill. Even sledding at your local

sledding hill counts. You can’t get to the top of the hill without walking

up it first.

Most importantly, do not forget to enjoy yourself. The holidays come

around once a year and are meant to be enjoyed with your family and

friends. Don’t be so strict with your “rules” that you forget to just be in the

moment and delight in the season. Now, please pass the eggnog!

It’s no secret that the holidays can be

stressful, but it can be managed.

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DECORATING FOR

THE HOLIDAYS

ANCIENT TRADITIONS BRING HOLIDAY CHEER

BY RACHEL KELLY

The simple beauty of Christmas décor is steeped in

ancient tradition, as well as providing frivolous

beauty. Here in the Northwest, our holiday cheer

and decorations hold special significance because

of our long and dark winters. Though they’re not as cold

as some, the days are certainly short. A little snow goes a

long way toward brightening up the landscape, but in the

meantime, a few evergreen boughs, candles and Christmas

lights bring cheer during the (seemingly) everlasting winter.

It’s thought that bringing evergreen boughs into the home

originated as long ago as ancient times, even dating back to

the Vikings. Before there was electricity, and food was made

in a hearth, the everlasting green of the branches served as

a symbol of hope that spring would come again; that the

sun would shine again in the mornings and evenings; and

that the trees would once again fill with songbirds. It goes

without saying that decorating the home, and decorating

with neighbors, was an excuse to connect with nature and

friends during a time when the weather kept everyone

indoors. Today that tradition lives on in our long ropes of

evergreen, tinsel, and in our rich Christmas colors.

The modern Christmas tree, versus evergreen boughs, came

much later. In the late 1500s in Germany, it was a common

tradition to decorate bare trees with nuts and fruit. The

ornamentation filled up the empty space left by the absent

leaves and was a fun source of entertainment. However,

it wasn’t until 1605 that a fir tree was brought inside and

decorated with paper flowers and treats. The idea spread

across Germany for obvious reasons and flourished for a

couple hundred years. In the 1800s, German immigrants

brought the tradition with them, where it became popular in

the United States. Decorations expanded to include whatever

the decorator had on hand: popcorn, cranberries, streamers

… and often weren’t too extremely extravagant.

Lights were a common theme when decorating the tree and

the home. Long before electric lights came along, trees were

decorated with candles adorned with foil, which was used to

reflect the light around the room. The family would nightly

re-ornament and light the worn-down candles to bring a bit

of cheer to the early evening.

It wasn’t until the 1800s that ornamentation on the tree

became more extravagant. During that time, Hans Greiner in

Germany began making glass “baubles,” which were sculpted

glass balls of various colors. The simple glass ornaments

reflected the light and added a certain flair to the humble

Christmas tree. While popcorn necklaces and cranberries

were still used, the ornament certainly upped the decorating

game. In the late 19th century, F.W. Woolworth brought the

idea to America, and it quickly caught on. The ornaments

were available in department stores across the country.

Eventually the ornaments were injected with molten glass

to make new shapes. At some point ornaments began to

be made with moldable plastic to allow for an even greater

variety of shapes and variations, resembling the ornaments

that we have today.

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Still more of our Christmas décor originates with

Christian and Jewish traditions. The lighting of the

menorah is meant to be a testament of God’s provision,

symbolizing the miracle of the oil that lasted for eight

days instead of one. The menorah is not traditionally

used as a practical light, such as something to read

or write by. It is only ornamental and is placed in

Jewish windows to stand as a reminder of God’s

blessing to the temple and his people. The Christmas

star on the top of the Christmas tree is a symbol of

the star that led the three wisemen to Jesus after he

was born, an event that Messianic Jews also celebrate

in their homes. The very popular candy cane was

originally created as a clever treat that was used to

bribe children to sit during Christmas services. The

simple “J” shape was chosen because it was the shape

of a shepherd’s crook. It was a perfect accompaniment

to the story of Jesus’ birth, whose first witnesses were

shepherds. Originally the candy was made without

stripes or peppermint flavoring, simply being sugar

sticks. It wasn’t until later that the red stripes and

peppermint flavoring were added with the intention

of the red being the color of hope and peppermint

symbolizing cleansing.

Today our ornamental decorations, as well as our

favorite candies, are personal expressions of our

faith, our families and our hopes for the future in

the midst of winter—much like they always have

been throughout history. However, we have the

luxury of being considerably more versatile. Often

glass ornaments commemorate births of loved ones

or wedding anniversaries. Some ornaments might

remind us of special places such as a memorable

vacation, a faraway home, or dear friends that we

once knew and hope to see again. During Christmas

we use our decorations to remind us of moments

of past joy and symbols of hope for the future. Our

ornaments, lights, stars, trees, candy and evergreen

wreaths are used as remembrances of birth, life and

peace. In this season we find our strength in our

intentional dwelling on all that is good. Decorations

seem almost frivolous at times, and yet they are part

of a deeper ritual that keeps us focused on all that is

right and new.

Decorations seem

almost frivolous at

times, and yet they

are part of a deeper

ritual that keeps us

focused on all that

is right and new.

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This year, there are all sorts of places to go and memories to

be had in our community. We honor the age-old tradition

of decoration and celebration by venturing out to be with

our neighbors, and coming together to celebrate. There are

a lot of special places to find just what seems right in our

homes, and on our trees. There are some businesses where

“baubles” can be made with family and friends, and some

places where they can be bought. Whatever you plan on

doing, there are some great places to look for things that

serve as reminders of some of our favorite local memories.

This season, may your home be a place where all your

hopes, cheer and joy find residence. As we enter into long

nights, and occasional rough storms, may your home be a

place of respite. May it be a place of lights, baubles, candles,

warmth, comfort, hope and greenery. And when you go

out to shop, or just to be with friends, may it be an activity

that brings you joy rather than stress. This year is a year

of new and old traditions, and of faith in the coming year.

If you're looking for unique holiday décor and

ornaments this holiday season, there are several

stops you'll want to make right here in Sandpoint.

One of the first stops you will want to make is to

The Little Christmas Store, located at the Cedar

Street Bridge Public Market. As the name implies,

you will find all things Christmas—and more. The

adorable boutique is filled with a wonderful array

of unique ornaments (including laser-cut wooden

ornaments) and German handcrafted gifts, snow

globes, nutcrackers, stockings and more! You'll feel

the magic of the Christmas season surround you

from the moment you step foot in this shop.

When one thinks “Hallmark,” it’s sure to bring

memories of those wonderful holiday-inspired

Christmas movies and those tear-jerking

commercials. Here in Sandpoint, Sharon’s

Hallmark is a must on your holiday shopping

adventures. From Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments,

to Christmas décor, specialty gifts for the holidays

or any occasion, stop by Sharon's Hallmark, which

is decorated to the nine for the Christmas season.

If you haven’t been to MeadowBrook, the holiday

season is as good a time as any to get out and

explore all the store has to offer. Not only known

for their beautiful high-end furnishing but their

timeless selection of unique and affordable gifts

and home décor, the store has been transformed

into a Christmas wonderland, where class and

sophistication meld with fun and childhood

memories. From seasonal figurines and decorations,

to candles, ornaments, and the perfect pieces to

decorate the mantle, bannister or tabletop, your

holiday shopping won’t be complete without a visit

to MeadowBrook.

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THIS

SEASON, MAY

YOUR HOME

BE A PLACE

WHERE ALL

YOUR HOPES,

CHEER AND

JOY FIND

RESIDENCE.

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WISHING YOU A VERY

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Merry Christmas

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HOW TO

holiday happily

THE BEST WAYS TO STAY ORGANIZED AND STICK TO A BUDGET

by TAYLOR SHILLAM

Wondering how to keep the holidays happy without breaking the bank? While it can be easy to overdo

holiday shopping, it’s just as easy to implement a few quick tips for staying organized and preventing

excess spending. This season, you can keep both a joyful heart and a balanced budget!

Don’t let your love for the holidays be dimmed by pressure to spend. Here are a few ways to maintain a happy holiday

without breaking the bank.

Know your holiday expenses. The list of holiday expenses can be long, reaching far beyond shopping for gifts. Depending

on your plans for the festive season, expenses can include decorations, food and drink for parties and gatherings, travel

costs, and much more. While you plan your budget, outline every anticipated expense and determine where you can

afford to save or skimp in each category.

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If you’re set to host holiday gatherings this year, consider where you

can reuse decorations and get crafty. Save on dining expenses by

suggesting a potluck or keeping your menu light with a happy hour

or dessert-based menu. Take time to consider where you can stretch

your dollar and enlist the help of guests.

Keep your budget simple and realistic. The more clear and simple

it is, the easier it will be to stick to—this statement holds true for

many habits, and creating holiday budgets is no exception. Keeping

your spending expectations clear and concise will make it easier to

meet them.

This may look like setting a specific spending limit per person on

your shopping list or per holiday expense category, using categories

like gifts, travel, food and so on. Staying organized from the start

with parameters that are easy to meet helps ensure you don't stray

from your budgetary goals.

Learn from years past. Don’t let ghosts of holiday shopping seasons

past scare you into repeating the same patterns this year. Before

finalizing your 2021 budget, look back at your spending and gifting

habits over previous holiday seasons.

If you made choices that sent you into an expensive last-minute

spending spree or brought on debt you’re still paying off, make the

necessary changes to avoid repeating the situation.

Think back to the responses you received. Were all the gifts

enjoyed and appreciated? What smaller or least expensive gifts made

the biggest impact, and can you replicate a similar idea this year?

What about last year’s spending could be condensed or changed?

Asking yourself these questions to decide if last year’s spending was

overdone or appropriate can help you create the best budgetary

approach to this holiday season.

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Streamline your shopping list. Santa may be responsible for delivering

a long list of gifts, but you don’t have to be. If your giving spirit is

outweighing your budget this year, consider a few ways to shorten your

shopping list.

Suggesting a Secret Santa or White Elephant gift exchange among your

friend group or at a gathering of extended family members is a great way

to engage your loved ones without having the need to shop for every

single one. Often, the memory of the shared gifting experience will

matter more than the gift itself.

Use your planned budgetary limits to create a list of what you plan to

give each person on your list, then stick to it! You can organize this down

to the specific store or site you’ll shop from to streamline not only your

spending but your total shopping time.

Track your spending. Documenting your spending will be key to

staying on track this season! Thanks to mobile banking and free financefocused

apps, tracking your expenses is easier than ever. Download your

specific bank or credit card’s app and set up your account as you begin

your holiday shopping. Keep your credit monitoring turned on to detect

and eliminate any potential fraud right away.

Assess your travel expenses. Traveling for the holidays? Take time to

determine the most budget-friendly ways to get to your destination.

If your trip is drivable, consider the advantages of road-tripping over

flying. You could not only save on the airline costs that tend to skyrocket

during peak holiday times, but additional expenses like rental cars,

checking bags and dinners out.

If you are flying to your destination, take the time budget for the

associated expenses and do your pre-travel research to cut costs where

you can.

Shop smart. As much as you can, shop smart, and shop early! Keep

an eye out for the inevitable sales and deals that lead up to the holiday

itself. If you’re shopping online, put your orders in before the shipping

deadlines so you aren’t scrambling in nearby stores at the last minute.

The more you can get done ahead of time, the more time you have to

relax and enjoy the season.

Consider spending time over money. Think back to the holidays you

most clearly remember. Was it the gifts or the time spent that meant the

most? Sometimes, giving shared experiences can not only save you money

on buying trendy gifts, but can surprise you with a more memorable

outcome. Gift-able experiences include tickets to an event, admission to

a class to learn a new skill, the means to try a new outdoor activity, and much

more. Tailor the experience to what matters most to the recipient, and your

gift will be sure to make a lasting impact this holiday season.

While so much of the holiday season is centered on the theme of giving,

that doesn’t have to bring with it a major financial setback. This season, the

joy of giving can stay joyful—with a little less stress and a little more in your

pocket—simply by implementing a few budget-friendly habits. The key is to

stay organized, plan ahead, and remain focused on what matters most.

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Blue Lizard

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NEW YEAR,

NEW BUSINESS?

KEY POINTS OF ADVICE FOR STARTING A NEW BUSINESS

A

lot of things have happened over the past few years

that have people re-imagining their priorities:

where they want to go in life, what they want

to do, and what they want to have time

for. As the new year is fast approaching, you may

find yourself brainstorming a new business idea.

Here are some key points of advice for all you

entrepreneurs out there as you consider

starting the new year out fresh.

The first thing to do when starting a new

business is to develop a business plan.

This can often take some time—and

some brainstorming. Do you want

to sell online? Have a storefront?

How do you advertise? Who are

you looking to sell to? Are you even

selling anything? A lot of times the

answers to these questions can be

found by who you know. And if you

don’t know anyone, now is the time

to find your niche of like-minded

people. Knowing other business

owners in similar spheres can help

to find clients, create new work,

develop what you have to offer,

and facilitate advertising. There are

online groups, local business fairs,

clubs, events and galas meant to

facilitate bringing people together.

Use these things to meet people,

connect, and allow for organic

relationships. The people who meet

as a new business owner are the

people who will hold you up if you

make a mistake, and advise you if

you’re not sure which direction

to go.

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Mentors in similar spheres of influence will help you

flesh out your business plan and give you advice as you

venture out into providing concrete documentation.

It’s really quite easy to apply for a business license

through the state, and relatively inexpensive. But!

Before applying for that legal paperwork, you must

decide on a name, one that you won’t be able to change

once you apply for your license. It’s also a good idea

to run this idea through a group of your peers to see

if the name is catchy, simple, showcases what you do,

and communicates what you’re trying to say. A name

can go through many drafts before it’s just right. Once

you have that down, you can go ahead and apply for

your business license.

The next step in this day and age is to establish an

online presence. If your business is online, this may

mean establishing your revenue sources through the

people that you have already connected with. Or this

may mean that you start a web page and open up

various social media accounts. Regular posts mean

more attention to what you do and allows for further

networking. A website gives people somewhere to go

to learn more. You can even make a QR code for free

online and attach it to your website. This makes access

to your website that much easier. Regardless of what

you’re doing, having an online presence makes you

taggable and pingable. This makes your business

more accessible.

Once your ideas have been developed, and you have

all the necessary paperwork, it’s time to put yourself

out there. While you may not have much business

quite yet, it’s important to be confident in your ability

to deliver. This means that you know what you want

and what you offer. You have to be willing to share this

with people and follow through with what you say,

learning along the way as to how to be more and more

efficient. Ultimately, this is where you gain valuable

experience that gives birth to concrete ideas and

growth. Experience will allow you further confidence

as to what you’re capable of and will spur creativity

toward new deliverables. It allows you to gauge what

people want or what they may need, and how you

want to go about providing it. It’s a boots-to-theground

sort of approach, that allows you to be a good

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boss to yourself and a good manager to your employees. You

will know what to do because your experience means you’ve

been there.

Once you have that foundation of peer connection, legal

contracts and tried experience, you have the makings of

a lasting business. From here you can only go up. You can

hire more employees, buy more space, consolidate work and

simplify production. Whatever it is you need for growth, now

is when you go about acquiring it. Or maybe you like where

you are, and you would like to continue in that vein. So you

can. That’s the beauty of starting your own business—its time

on your terms. You can shape your business after what it is

that you want and need, versus readjusting your schedule and

family around the needs of your boss. Whatever you decide

to do here is up to you. Because, after all, it’s your business.

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FUTURE

Spending

THINK NOW ON YOUR 2022 FINANCIAL GOALS

by COLIN ANDERSON

After holiday expenses of meals, travel and gifts, the checking account is often slim, and the credit card balances slightly inflated.

During this annual spending splurge, we can often lose sight of the budgets we’ve worked hard to maintain throughout the rest

of the year. After the dust has settled, it’s a good time to take a look at your financials, see if there are expenses you can eliminate,

and set your spending, saving and payment goals for a new year.

Outline expenses.

Knowing precisely how much you spend each month is a key to both establishing

financial goals and finding ways to save money. Consider creating a simple excel

spreadsheet with all of your monthly expenses. You can divide them into necessities

(mortgage, rent, utilities, insurance, car payment, child care, etc.) and fluctuating

expenses (groceries, entertainment, fuel/vehicle maintenance, dining out, extracurricular

expenses). Add up the totals from each column, combine them with

your after-tax monthly income, and see what you should have remaining each

month. From here you can make adjustments to monthly budgets to suit your

financial goals.

Analyze monthly auto-pays.

It might cost $8 per month for a streaming service, $15 a month for satellite radio

and $30 a month for in-home personal fitness subscriptions. On their own, each

expense doesn’t seem like very much, but when they’re all added up, monthly

auto-pays can turn into a rather large number. Do you really need five streaming

services? Can you downgrade any meal-delivery memberships? Does the gym

membership even get used? Take a look at each of your monthly services and

decide which ones you will continue to use and those you can live without. If you

eliminate just $60 each month in services, you’ll put $720 back in your pocket by

the end of the year.

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PENDING

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Two units are beeer than one and these have been combined and beauufully remodeled to provide you with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths plus

addiional loo area that you could convert into an office or addiional sleeping locaaon for guests, which provide stunning views of the lake and

mountains beyond. The large glass windows give you that infinity pool feeling from inside or open the sliding glass door and step out onto the

balcony for sunshine in this east facing unit. Approximately 2158 square feet allow you to entertain in your dining and

living rooms separated by a double-sided fireplace. $1,050,000

PENDING

MLS# 20213061 - 435 N Madison, Sandpoint, Idaho

Nice and clean 3 bedroom 2 bath single level home situated in the City of Sandpoint within walking distance of parks, library, schools restaurants

and shopping. This well laid out home features comfortable and flexible indoor and outdoor living space. Kitchen includes large pantry

and dining area with slider door access to the side porches. Large covered porch in the back of the home lets you enjoy the spacious fenced in

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Consider a financial planner.

Setting goals on your own is important, but professional financial planners can

help you prioritize what’s important now, in a few years, and on into retirement.

Is it better to pay down $40,000 in remaining student loan debt? Or is that large

monthly payment better off being invested long term? If you have a retirement

age in mind, professional planners can analyze your current savings and, based on

your age, determine how much you should be committing each month in order to

hit your goal. Many can also help answer both business and personal tax situations

or refer you to a tax professional that might save you thousands.

Create a will.

We don’t like to think about our end of life, but it will eventually happen to all of

us. It is never too early to create a will –even if you don’t feel you have many assets

or nothing bad will happen to you. Families squabbling over cash, properties,

heirlooms and other possessions after a loved one’s death tarnish their memory.

Having a clear and concise will allows the estate holder to pass on their assets how

they best see fit. If a life event changes things, or you acquire a new asset, your will

can be altered relatively easily, again as you see fit.

Check your 401(k).

Most working Americans rely upon a 401(k) for their retirement savings. Your

contribution likely comes out of your monthly paycheck and into an account you

rarely monitor. Take a moment to see what your current savings status is. First

and foremost, if your employer offers a match to your contributions, take the

maximum available to you. This is the closest thing to free money you’ll ever find.

If you increase the pre-tax amount you are contributing, you might actually save

money down the line by paying less in taxes and having your funds go to work

in the market instead. Finally, what stage of life are you in? If you are early in

your career, perhaps consider a more risky portfolio. If you are on the verge of

retirement, perhaps it’s best to move into lower-return but lower-risk investments.

Set your goals.

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Visualizing your entire financial well-being is the first step to setting your 2022

financial goals big or small. If you want to pay down that last $2,000 in credit card

debt, perhaps skip a meal out a week and instead put that $50 toward the principal.

A college savings account for your 5-year-old can start with just $50 per month

contributions that will grow greatly over the next 15 years. Put $100 a month away

in your sock drawer or safe place, and you’ll have $500 to $600 in spending cash

for that summer vacation. Analyze your monthly expenses, find your available

savings, and apply those funds toward your goals.

It’s important to have a balanced plan in which you can handle your current debt

load while also enjoying the lifestyle you would like to live. Be smart with money,

but don’t forget to cut yourself a check for fun every now and then—after all, you

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SUNNY PALM SPRINGS

The perfect place to chase away winter blues

By Marguerite Cleveland

Sunny Palm Springs is the perfect destination for a winter getaway. Luxury destination resorts abound with exotic pools and renowned

golf courses. Art and architecture aficionados will love the mid-century modern aesthetic and vibe. This is foodie heaven, with the

agricultural bounty of the Coachella Valley inspiring local chefs. Activities abound, or you can just relax by a pool. It really is the perfect

destination for a winter getaway.

Where to Stay

There are so many beautiful resorts in the area that it can be tough to decide where to stay. These two Marriott properties are very family

friendly, and both recently completed extensive multimillion dollar renovations and upgrades.

The Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa celebrates the 10 Days of Esmeralda from December 23 to January 2, 2022. There are special

activities each day for couples, friends and families. Christmas Brunch with Santa on December 25 is a highlight. Gingerbread house

decorating, family fun train rides in the lobby terrace, and cookie decorating at Camp Esmeralda are just a few of the many activities

planned. Adults will enjoy a paint hour, caricature artist and a New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet. When booking, look for the 10 Days of

Esmeralda Package, which includes festive extras the whole family will love.

Indian Wells is a beautiful location for this stunning resort. The refreshed rooms are some of the largest in the Palm Springs area with midcentury

modern design and vivid colors common in the Southern California landscape. The 23-acre grounds include lush Mediterraneaninspired

gardens, waterfalls and lakes. The pool has a beach entry, literally with a sandy beach flowing to the walk-in pool.

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SUNNY PALM SPRINGS IS THE

PERFECT DESTINATION FOR A

WINTER GETAWAY.

The holidays are a special time at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa.

What makes the resort so unique is it has 18 acres of lakes and waterways. Electric

boats pick you up in the lobby for rides throughout the resort. Look for special Boat

Rides with Santa. Winterland meets the desert in over-the-top decorations sure to

get you in the holiday spirit. The JW takes family friendly to a whole new level with the incredible JW Entertainment Zone featuring an arcade game

room with supersized classic games like Pac-Man. You’ll also find skee-ball, duck bowling and virtual reality games, as well as seasonal activities.

The newly designed resort rooms have a calming aesthetic with hardwood floors and soothing shades of blue, grey and crisp white for the décor.

Plush bedding, quartz vanities and rain-style showers add to the opulence. In addition to golf, there are so many other activities to participate in such

as tennis, volleyball, bike rentals, a variety of lawn games, a putting green and multiple pools.

Pro Tip: When you arrive, make sure to pick up a copy of the Passport Family Activities, which lists family activities held each day at the resort.

Where to Eat

Maybe the question should be where not to eat, because there are just so many options! Wilma & Frieda is located in the El Paseo shopping

district known as the greater Palm Springs area’s Rodeo Drive. Serving up comfort foods with a twist, you will find jazzed-up dishes from your

childhood with a grown-up flare. Where the restaurant really shines is with brunch. Start with a house-made Poptart—which in no way resembles

the cardboard-textured ones of your childhood. Flaky pie pastry stuffed with a triple berry filling then drizzled with icing is a wonder to behold.

Bennies, the restaurant’s take on Eggs Benedict, steps up the game with house-made English muffins and other fresh, local ingredients. Well worth

the stop and super popular, so you will want to arrive early to snag a table.

For a splurge meal, head over to the La Quinta Resort and Club to dine at Morgan’s in the Desert, the resort’s signature dining venue. The restaurant

is beautiful inside with the feel of a hacienda, and outside in the courtyard, the twinkling lights help to create a magical atmosphere. Dine on

contemporary American cuisine sourced from the bounty of the Coachella Valley. Traditional cooking methods highlight the region’s best ingredients

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The Specifics

INFORMATION

VisitGreaterPalmSprings.com

WHERE TO STAY

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa, Indian Wells-

Marriott.com

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa- Marriott.com

WHERE TO EAT

Wilma & Frieda - WilmaFrieda.com

Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge - Eight4Nine.com

La Quinta Resort & Club Dining - LaQuintaResort.com/dining

WHAT TO DO

Shields Date Garden - ShieldsDateGarden.com

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway - PSTramway.com

The Living Desert and Garden - LivingDesert.org

and products. Eat a composed dish highlighting

the chef ’s skills, or order your choice of protein

à la carte, add toppings or sauces and pick your

sides for a meal tailored to your taste. The La

Quinta Resort is lovely at night. After dinner,

head over to one of the other venues to enjoy a

cocktail and live music in the Plaza.

Located on North Palm Canyon Drive in Palm

Springs, a trendy street in the Uptown Design

District with shops, galleries and sidewalk

cafés, Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge is one

that stays busy. The food is fantastic, but the

presentation adds so much to the experience.

Try the signature Watermelon Gazpacho, a

chilled watermelon soup with piquillo peppers,

lime, garlic, burrata cheese and micro mint.

Poured tableside and so good. Another highlight is the Brandini Toffee

S’Mores Fondue. This is such a delicious dessert. Skewer a house-made

marshmallow garnished with locally made Brandini Toffee and lightly

torched, dip in the decadent chocolate, then roll in crushed graham

crackers. So memorable with the light fluffy texture of the marshmallows.

What to Do

Shields Date Garden is a kitschy ‘50s-style tourist stop which charms

with its vintage vibe. Stroll the date garden to see the vignettes on the

life of Christ. In the Romance Theater, watch the original movie, “The

Romance & Sex Life of the Date,” quite a racy title when it originated in

1953. There is a cute café in a courtyard overlooking the garden, or you

can grab a Date Shake at the soda counter.

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is a must stop while in the area. Take

the rotating tram as it follows the cliffs of Chino Canyon to the Mountain

Station with an elevation of 8,515 feet. Head outside to enjoy the stunning

views and explore the pristine wilderness found in Mt. San Jacinto State

Park, which offers more than 50 miles of hiking trails. Inside are two

restaurants, a natural history museum, two theaters and a gift shop. Note

the temperature is much cooler than the desert below, so bring a jacket

or sweater for your visit.

Even adults will love going to the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens; one

of only two zoos in the United States that specializes in deserts. The

newly opened Rhino Savanna is the closest you will get to experiencing

an African safari without leaving the United States. In addition to the

animals, explore the immersive botanical gardens which flow throughout

the zoo. Just gorgeous. The zoo owns 5 miles of private hiking trails into

the desert for use by visitors. Make sure to stop by the San Andreas Fault

line exhibit.

The greater Palm Springs area has so much to see and do—but don’t

underestimate the relaxation factor of nestling into a poolside cabana

and sipping a craft cocktail far away from the winter blues.

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Sandpoint’s premier waterfront dining offers an

extensive menu of American cuisine with an

impressive wine list. Featuring a full-service bar

and beautiful view of Lake Pend Oreille. Serving

breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week,

Trinity at City Beach is ready to become your

new favorite restaurant.

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SWEET LOU’S

RESTAURANT & BAR

Sweet Lou’s Restaurant and Bar proudly offers

something for everyone, with specialties

including chicken fried steak, smoked prime

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

sandwiches. All menu items are reasonably

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THE BURGER DOCK

Voted Best Burger in Bonner County! Treat yourself

to the tastiest burger in town, made with housepressed

patties using locally sourced, grass-fed meat

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

organic bun finished with quality ingredients and

homemade sauces. Diners can also choose from

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

milkshakes, soft drinks and beer, wine and canned

cocktails. Visit Facebook and Instagram for their

latest promos, and find them in the Gateway parking

lot at Schweitzer on weekends and holidays! Open

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

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

116 N. First Ave. | Sandpoint.

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JALAPENOS MEXICAN

RESTAURANT

Fresh and unique, Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant in

Downtown Sandpoint has been a favorite of many for

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

Tuesday or Magic Wednesday, there is something

for everyone here, and its newly expanded menu

has brought even more choices to diners. If you are

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

host a party in their private dining room, Jalapenos

Mexican Restaurant will keep you coming back

for more!

314 N. Second Ave. | Sandpoint

208.263.2995 | SandpointJalapenos.com

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FIESTA BONITA

Authentic Mexican cuisine prepared fresh daily. Fiesta Bonita’s

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

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

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

something for everyone at Fiesta Bonita!

700 Kootenai Cutoff Rd. | Ponderay

208.263.6174

BEET & BASIL AT THE CREEK

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

primary focus is global flavors with local ingredients. Street

foods from all over the world come to life using ingredients

supplied by local farmers, ranchers and foragers. Enjoy staples

available throughout the year and rotating menu based on

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

dinner 11am to 7pm.

105 S. First Ave. | Sandpoint

208.920.6144 | BeetAndBasil.net

CITY BEACH ORGANICS

City Beach Organics offers top-notch, made-fromscratch

organic food and drinks in a recently renovated

downtown location. They serve homemade soups daily!

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

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

6pm; closed Saturday.

117 N. First Ave. | Sandpoint

208.265.9919 | CityBeachOrganics.com

LE CATERING

Locally owned and operated by Chef Adam Hegsted as part

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

Northwest producers and products cooked by award-winning

chefs. They specialize in using local, seasonal ingredients and

highlighting them by cooking them simply and honestly. They

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

24001 E. Mission Ave. | Liberty Lake

509.720.5412 | LeCatering.co

UPTOWN BAGEL CO.

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

and everything in between, then look no further than your

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

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

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

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

Tractor beverages, New Yorker Bagels and Doma Coffee.

13 N. 3rd Ave. | Sandpoint

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BOOZY

COFFEE

Recipe Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel-Cook

You can follow Tina on Instagram @madebetterforyou

INGREDIENTS:

2 tbsp. instant coffee

1 tbsp. Lakanto or Swerve brand sweetener

2 tbsp. boiling hot water

½ oz. chocolate liqueur

1 cup unsweetened coconut or almond milk

½ oz. Frangelico (hazelnut) liqueur

1 tsp. dark chocolate, shaved

METHOD:

• To make the whipped coffee, add the instant coffee,

sweetener and hot water to a medium-sized bowl, and whip

on high speed with a hand-mixer until stiff peaks form, about

5 minutes.

• To layer the drink, pour chocolate liqueur into a glass,

add ice then milk and Frangelico liqueur. Top drink with the

whipped coffee and garnish with shaved dark chocolate. Stir

whipped coffee into the drink before drinking.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

Homemade Gifts, Cookie Platters and Gift Baskets are available for the holidays!

www.MillersCountryStoreSandpoint.com |

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

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Sweet Lou’s Restaurant & Bar

Sweet Lou’s Restaurant & TAP HOUSE

Hwy 95 N Ponderay | 208.263.1381

601 Front Ave. 208.667.1170 | DOWNTOWN Cda

Three locations! Watch for the Grand Opening in Athol Spring of 2022

212 Bonner Mall Way

Sandpoint, Idaho

208.263.4613

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COUNTDOWN TO

2022

ENTERTAINMENT

DECEMBER 2021

TIME TO CELEBRATE

By Colin Anderson

As we look forward to a new year,

there are plenty of fun ways to

say goodbye to 2021—several of

which will be found at one of our

most famous landmarks.

As Christmas break begins, the activities

and bustle at Schweitzer begin to really

come alive. From December 17 through

New Year’s Day, expect to find the

mountain busy with visitors but also

plenty to do outside of riding the slopes.

Outdoor games and dining areas are set

up, and there will be food and beverage

specials throughout the village.

New Year’s Eve is always a night to

remember on the mountain for those

who’ve experienced it. After a day riding

the powder, take rest and prepare to

party. All the restaurants will be open

with several specials to choose from.

There will be all sorts of fun outside in

the village and a more traditional 21

and older New Year’s Eve party at Taps!

Ticket information can be found at

Schweitzer.com.

If you don’t want to head all the way

up the mountain, consider ringing in

the New Year at Sandpoint’s oldest

hangout. The 219 will welcome revelers

with drink specials, a great craft beer list

and live music. This year, they welcome

The Jason Perry Band. The group is a

funk-rock powerhouse blending soulful

original songs and exciting renditions of

funk, rock and soul classics. Music starts

at 9pm.

If you need a stern wakeup after all that

celebrating, consider meeting Boy Scout

Troop 111 at City Beach on New Year’s

Day. Bring a towel because you’ll be

encouraged to take the annual Polar

Plunge by jumping into icy Lake Pend

Oreille. Eager jumpers can meet up at the

boat ramp, with the first brave souls set

to hit the water at 11am. The troop will

provide both male and female changing

tents and warming areas. Hot coffee and

cocoa will also be provided.

Have a safe and festive holiday season!

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Kinderhaven's

KINDERHAVEN'S FESTIVAL OF TREES

annual Festival of Trees returns once again to raise funds for the important work they do. This year's

event includes the Tour of Trees, in which 20 local businesses will be hosting beautifully decorated Christmas trees.

There’s the Online Silent Auction, with baskets, wreaths and tabletop trees available to bid on via Kinderhaven's

website (registration is required to participate). During the entirety of the festival, Kinderhaven's Giving Tree, located

at their headquarters at 113 Main Street, will be adorned with tags for the community to take, purchase the items and

deliver to Kinderhaven. There will also be a Virtual Paddle Raise with the opportunity to make a donation. And ...

purchase tickets online today or in person for the Sip & Sleigh Raffle. Tickets are $25 each or $100 for five. To find out

more about the 2021 Festival of Trees benefiting Kinderhaven, and specific dates and details for all five ways you can

get out to show your support for our kids, visit KinderhavenSandpoint.com.

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MUSIC MATTERS WINTER CONCERT

the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint as they present this annual music celebration! Held at the Panida Theater

on Thursday, December 14, from 6 to 7pm, all ages are invited to attend this delightful performance, which features

the Music Matters! Youth Orchestra, Youth Choir and Percussion groups, who will be performing Christmas music

for all to enjoy. The concert is free to the community. To find out more about the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint,

the Music Matters Winter Concert and additional upcoming performances, please visit SandpointConservatory.org.

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SANTA'S TRADITIONAL SCHWEITZER VISIT

It's the most wonderful time of year, and to celebrate the holiday season, those young and old will once again have

the opportunity to enjoy a few runs with Santa up at Schweitzer before he begins his Christmas Eve travels around

the world! On Thursday, December 23, and Friday, December 24, Santa will be skiing around Schweitzer before he

begins his travels around the world! Both days, you can catch Santa on the slopes with Mrs. Claus between 1 and

3:30pm. They'll be cruising around several beginner and intermediate runs, so be on the lookout! He’ll have candy to

pass out to all the good girls and boys! To view Santa's Schweitzer itinerary, you can find the event online by visiting

Schweitzer.com/Event/Ski-with-Santa.

* 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.

SUBMIT YOUR EVENTS ONLINE!

Want your event to appear on the largest eventsite in the northwest? Submit your events to us online at

events.directorynorthwest.com 24/7, 365 days a year!

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Succeeding Together.

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

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

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

Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce provides the first impression to many visitors, new

residents, and businesses seeking to relocate here.

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L O C A L E X P E R T

WORLD - CLASS REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL

208-290-5888

Jackie@JackieSuarez.com

www.JackieSuarez.com

Subject Property

Complete privacy in this gorgeous cedar-sided beauty less than 5 miles to Sandpoint. Chef's

kitchen, granite counters, soaring ceilings, natural gas fireplace and prow windows for

treetop views. Each level includes a spacious bedroom and bath. Large 1.32 acre with room

for a shop. Impeccably maintained, so close to the Lake, Sandpoint and Schweitzer Mountain

Resort.. $875,000

4.6 acre property in the heart of Ponderay with

over 300' of frontage on Sand Creek, accessible

by small watercraa to Lake Pend O'Reille. The

4-bedroom, 3-bath structure on property given

minimal value, can be improved upon. UUliies

and high-speed internet available. Suitable for

a variety of commercial/residennal oppons.

Owner terms may be negooated. $690,000

Subject Property

Pend O'Reille waterfront on protected harbor ready for your home plans! 257 feet of frontage,

electricity, level building site, mature trees, community water & drainfield make this .92 acre parcel

truly special. Year-round vacaaon lifestyle is yours here at The Cove At Strong Creek, accessed by

paved roads 10 minutes' drive to Priest River, 35 minutes to Sandpoint. This is Idaho heaven! Photo

enhanced to show summer water level. $495,000

Beauuful views of the Purcell Mountains to the

north and the Selkirk range to the West,

offering sunshine and serenity, are yours on this

level building site with city hookups available.

Private locaaon on almost half an acre on a

maintained building lot are ready for you to

bring your plans. $70,000

Upscale cabin on 10 square acres adjacent to

USFS land. Just 17 miles from town, loads of

2020 updates & open floor plan boasts serene

mountain views and lots of natural light. Bring

your animals, NO CC&Rs. End of the road ullmate

privacy, hike and hunt out your back door.

$550,000

Absolutely stunning country home on 20 very private, dividable acres adjacent to Gamlin

Lake public lands. On paved Elliot Bay Road, you'll find this upscale 4-bedroom beauty

boassng Brazilian hardwood floors, large living room with rock fireplace and wood stove &

a kitchen fit for a chef with granite counters, 4-burner stove, double ovens. $975,000

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L O C A L E X P E R T

WORLD - CLASS REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL

208-290-5888

Jackie@JackieSuarez.com

www.JackieSuarez.com

Luxury new single-family home on the Big Lake with absolutely stunning views across the water to Schweitzer Mountain and the Selkirk range.

This jewel-box home boasts high end finishes, two bedrooms with en-suite baths, two car garage and full RV hookups. Photos of neighboring

home completed. Prime lot includes 50 feet of frontage on the Pend O'Reille, waterside concrete paao and a private dock. Near Beyond Hope

Resort, marina and restaurant and easily accessible to Schweitzer Mountain Resort for a true year-round vacaaon lifestyle. $1,349,000

Absolute quality, supreme comfort and gorgeous views combine in this amazing offering on the Hope

Peninsula consissng of a three-bedroom, 2 bath main home and separate 1-bedroom, 1-bath guest

quarters over the detached garage. Unique, custom finishes throughout the main floor include oak and

traverrne flooring, soaring ceilings. Just one er up from the lake, near marinas, campgrounds,

restaurants and the charming town of Hope. $825,000

Impeccable Craasman beauty with open floor

plan, lux main floor suite, large bonus room,

covered outdoor living spaces just yards away

to Springy Point river access, close to Sandpoint

and Schweitzer. $995,000

Make the lakeside lifestyle yours in this absolutely top quality home on a large Dover Bay corner lot

with views of the Pend O'Reille. Well-designed for easy-care living, this single-level Craasman has two

bedrooms PLUS a study/office, large chef's kitchen and open floor plan, level entries and wide

hallways, all craaed with meless granite counters, cherry cabinetry, engineered wood and le floors

and gorgeous stacked-rock fireplace. The spacious master suite boasts two walk-in closets and large,

led bath with 2-faucet walk-in shower. Well-maintained with efficient natural gas radiant heat,

forced-air furnace & central air condiioning. Relax on the covered porch with views of the water and

watch wildlife on the adjacent Walson Wetland, a birder's paradise. $895,000

A porron of sales proceeds are

donated to the Bonner Community

Food Bank. Especially during the

Holiday season, please consider giving.

With graatude, Jackie Suarez.

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