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NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2O22

sandpoint

Living Local

2022

VOTE TODAY! pg. 95

gift guide

Shop local

&

2022 home

holidays

Home for the Holidays

~

Before the First Snow

~

A Healthy Holiday Balance

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

Winter is approaching, and along with the colder temperatures, prices continue to decrease. Higher interest

rates and motivated sellers have put additional downward pressure on pricing. While some lenders offer

solutions to buy down percentage rates, innation and the increased cost to borrow money are causing many

buyers to reconsider their decision to purchase based on affordable monthly payments.

On both sides of the real estate market, many are in a holding pattern waiting for more predictable nancial

weather. Buyers have taken advantage of their newfound leverage, sales volume increased over the past

two months and fewer owners are listing their properties for sale. With lower inventory, this is a market with

opportunity for serious sellers and buyers.

Cash buyers accounted for 39% of recent sales. *

Three tips for navigating this market:

1. Get advice from full-time real estate professionals who are experts in your local market.

2. Sellers, you now need to price your home or land competitively and focus on your presentation. Be aware

of other properties that are vying for buyers and be ready to negotiate. Devise a strategy for timing your sale

and know your next step.

3. Buyers, watch pricing and be ready to recognize a good buy. If you’re borrowing, talk to your lender about

locking your interest rate. Thoroughly inspect any property you decide to purchase.

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.

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Darlene and Steve, Sandpoint, ID

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a colleague. It was an excellent decision. Jackie did everything I

expected, and did it with integrity and in a timely manner. Communication

was key and Jackie excelled in this area- just what we wanted. This made

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All Lots from 1.7 to 60 Acres (Low Density Development)

SKINNER

&

properties

STEVENS

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Eric Skinner,

Owner / Associate Broker

(208) 290-6314

Eric.Skinner@Sandpoint.com

B.E. (Ac.) = Building Envelope Acres

Ac. = Acres | sf. = Square Feet

Community Amenity & Boat Dock - 3.1 Acres

Open Space - 15.0 Acres

Master Concept Plan subject to change without notice

Brent Stevens,

Owner / REALTOR®

(208) 290-0502

BStevens@Sandpoint.com

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Camp Bay Pricing Map

Bay Lots Estate Lots

Lot 1 - 62.32 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - ~ | Lot 2 - 11.98 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 3.03

Lot 1 - 4.05 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 1.95 | Waterfront - 275’ | Dock - 1,090 sf.

Lot 2 - 3.09 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 1.50 | Waterfront - 265’ | Dock - 1,140 sf.

Lot 3 - 3.20 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 0.97 | Waterfront - 225’ | Dock - 1,190 sf.

Lot 4 - 3.70 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 1.02 | Waterfront - 228’ | Dock - 1,720 sf.

Lot 5 - 2.26 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 1.05 | Waterfront - 189’ | Dock - 1,590 sf.

Lot 6 - 2.53 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 1.08 | Waterfront - 250’ | Dock - 1,530 sf.

Lot 7 - 3.42 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 1.44 | Waterfront - 345’ | Dock - 1,520 sf.

Lot 8 - 10.93 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 2.55 | Lot 9 - 4.17 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 1.72

Lot 10 - 4.58 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 1.49 | Lot 11 - 2.79 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 1.18

Lot 12 - 2.18 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 0.95 | Lot 13 - 1.97 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 0.96

Lot 14 - 2.49 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 1.28 | Lot 15 - 2.38 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 1.05

Lot 16 - 1.62 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 0.69 | Lot 17 - 2.91 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 1.05

Lot 18 - 4.68 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 1.75 | Lot 19 - 4.76 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 1.86

Lot 20 - 4.61 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 1.95 | Lot 21 - 4.38 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 1.52

Lot 3 - 12.59 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 3.09 | Lot 4 - 11.47 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 2.42

Lot 5 - 10.65 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 2.57 | Lot 6 - 13.01 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 2.99

Lot 7 - 10.07 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 2.00 | Lot 8 - 12.62 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 4.37

Lot 9 - 12.61 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 3.00 | Lot 10 - 26.33 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 4.18

Lot 11 - 23.69 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 4.18 | Lot 12 - 11.26 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 2.00

Lot 13 - 16.61 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 3.00 | Lot 14 - 23.73 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 4.18

Lot 15 - 12.11 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 3.13 | Lot 16 - 17.19 acres | B.E. (Ac.) - 3.13

&

properties

SKINNER STEVENS

Eric Skinner,

Owner / Associate Broker

(208) 290-6314

Eric.Skinner@Sandpoint.com

Brent Stevens,

Owner / REALTOR®

(208) 290-0502

BStevens@Sandpoint.com

Lake Pend Oreille

Download PDF

Map, Photos & Information

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HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Decorating for the season

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KEEPING A HEALTHY

HOLIDAY BALANCE

A time for everything

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Happy

Holidays

from our famiy

to yours!

Meet Steve Russo, Publisher

Executive Director

steve@like-media.com

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Where has the year gone? Maybe

it’s just me, but it seems like 2022 came in with

a bang and continued full speed ahead. And

now, here we are, in the midst of the holiday

season, when life slows down a bit yet there is

so much to do to prepare for family gatherings

and the end of the year.

This has been a year of natural disasters, of

war, of division, of inflation, yet here we are,

still standing, many of us stronger than we

were before. We continue to look to the future,

working hard, loving and providing for our

families, with the goal of doing our part to

create a blessed life for our children—and a

better world for generations to come.

We all have purpose, and we must live that

purpose, despite what is going on around

us. We must continue to seek good and do

our part to spread that good throughout

our neighborhoods, our schools, our

communities, and our nation.

over our heads, the food on the table, clothes

to keep us warm, a vehicle to transport us to

and from work. Opportunities abound this

time of year to give back to those less fortunate

as well. If you can’t afford to give monetarily to

a local charity or organization, you can donate

gently used clothing and jackets to women’s

and children’s shelters; volunteer your time at

a food pantry/bank; go through the kids’ toys

and stuffed animals, clean them up, and find

a way to get them to those children who are

less fortunate.

Give and you shall receive. Blessings come to

those who assist others—in whatever way that

may be.

May we focus on what is important in life as

the year comes to an end and welcome 2023

with faith, love and hope.

The holiday season is a time to give thanks, as

we have so much to be thankful for: the roof

about the cover

The holiday season is upon us, and we couldn’t think of a more perfect

way to represent this time of year in Sandpoint than this gorgeous

horse on a winter landscape decked in Christmas cheer. Wishing you,

your friends and family a wonderful holiday season.

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gift guide

Shop local

2022

VOTE TODAY! pg. 95

2022 home

& holidays

Home for the Holidays

~

Before the First Snow

~

A Healthy Holiday Balance

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contents

home & garden

18

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Decorating for the season

26

BEFORE THE FIRST SNOW

Six tips and tricks to prepare your home

for winter

52

local scene

34

HELPING THE ‘HIDDEN HOMELESS’

Bonner Homeless Transitions opens

second transitional housing facility

42

THE MANY GAITS OF LENA HAUG

Local equestrian, pilot and

adventure enthusiast competes in

2022 Mongol Derby

46

‘A LABOR OF LOVE’

Festival at Sandpoint announces

Kelly Whitman as its first-ever

Volunteer of the Year

+ many more ...

feature

42

52

SHOP LOCAL GIFT GUIDE

Check inside for a guide to all things

local to gift your loved ones this year

business spotlight

58

DOWNTOWN SANDPOINT

SHOPPING DISTRICT

Downtown businesses come together to

provide wonderful experience to locals

and visitors alike

94

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november/december 2022

93

46

health & lifestyle

60

KEEPING A HEALTHY HOLIDAY BALANCE

A time for everything

71

HEALTHY TIP

Are you experiencing the

‘winter blues’?

+ many more ...

beauty

75

ADAPTOGENS

Ancient plants with healing powers

76

BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE

Reimagining your wardrobe for winter

travel & leisure

82

DISCOVER THE SPICE TRAIL IN

SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA

A vibrant and diverse culinary scene

food & entertainment

90

DINING GUIDE

Sandpoint’s must-try eats

93

SEASONAL RECIPE

Cookies for Santa

94

CALENDER OF EVENTS

This season’s events you won’t want to miss

95

VOTE TODAY!

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HOME FOR THE

HOLIDAYS

Decorating for the season

by RACHEL KELLY

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The holiday season has our eyes turned inward

toward home. More time spent at home around loved ones has us

pulling out the throw blankets and piling on the pillows. This season’s

decor has us creating spaces for more time spent doing indoor activities,

making room for holiday gatherings and fostering a feeling of festivity.

It’s important that your space reflects what’s most comfortable for you.

It’s important that the place you wind down and spend the most time

mirrors your individual feelings, memories and style. Decorating for

the season means something different for everyone, however, there

are common priorities that just might spur your holiday humbug

into action.

During the holidays, especially during the winter solstice, it can get

pretty dark. One of the themes of the holidays is to bring light into

dark spaces. Lighting has a way of creating mood. The same is true

in our homes during the holidays. Switching out light fixtures, adding

new lamp shades or hanging twinkle lights from dark corners makes

for an instant cozy space. Plus, it’s festive! Bright lights are only

necessary while reading, otherwise soft light (such as what comes

from a fireplace) creates comfort. Since electricity is a fairly recent

invention, it makes sense that our bodies would prepare for sleep and

relax more in less invasive bright light. Candles are another inexpensive

addition to any space during short winter days. Hanging tea light

fixtures along stairwells and hallways makes the switching on and off of

lights unnecessary, which is especially convenient if half the house has

already gone to bed. In some cultures, it’s customary to place candles

in window sills to share light with neighbors during the holiday season.

This tradition doubles as a way to bring comfort in the home as well.

More time spent indoors means more activity, not less, happens in

your home. Wintertime is a time for rest and rejuvenation. Our space

can assist us in time well spent. It’s not the time for big renovations,

but there are simple strategies that everyone can use to open up and

declutter our space for the holidays. If you have kids, this might be a

MAKE IT YOUR OWN: This season’s

decor has us creating spaces for more

time spent doing indoor activities,

making room for holiday gatherings

and fostering a feeling of festivity. It’s

important that your space reflects what’s

most comfortable for you.

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Wintertime is a time for

rest and rejuvenation.

good time to build each of them their own creative corners in an out-of-the-way favorite spot,

complete with its own light source, pillows, and organization that works for their needs. Actually,

this might be a good time for you to build your own creative space, filled with things that both

bring you joy and allow you to do whatever makes you feel most constructive. Everyone needs a

hub—a space that’s just yours. Otherwise, everyone’s indoor activities go everywhere, and there

doesn’t seem to be a place for anything. Encouraging each person in the household to create their

own space brings ownership. For common spaces, pay attention to how you and others naturally

do things. If there’s a place where people seem to throw their towels, that’s where the laundry

hamper goes. If a favorite family activity is movie night, then maybe buy some extra oversized

pillows that tuck away in a basket at the side of the couch. This holiday season, bring ownership

to your home by tailoring your space to fit your needs.

Usually when it comes to the holiday color scheme, don’t choose anything that doesn’t already

work. Nobody needs a complete holiday revamp every year. If you’ve chosen pretty basic

wall colors, and generally your regular aesthetic is quiet, solid colors, there is lots of room for

color during the holidays. Colored lights to wrap up the stairwell, silver tinsel hung from the

windowsill, red bows over the doorways. Your tree might just be a jumble of color, filled with

ornaments that carry with them memories that grow every year. However, if in your house

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you already have a lot of color, you might want

to tone down the holiday decor with simple glass

tree ornaments and white twinkle lights. Another

simple decoration is hanging dried flowers from the

tops of the windows, this freshens the air as well as

looks festive. Live flowers that will last through the

holidays, or even through the entire winter season,

is always a welcome look set in direct contrast to

the dreary outdoors. This season, choose a color

scheme that brings life to your indoors.

As you pull out the traditional decorations this

holiday season, don’t be afraid to get rid of whatever

doesn’t bring you joy. Sometimes those old holiday

decorations can really pile up and gather dust.

There’s a reason that we tuck those decorations

away most of the year. As you cultivate your space,

think of what works for you. Create and open up

your space for the things you like doing during the

holidays, whether it’s holding holiday parties or

crashing on the couch for a good holiday movie.

Create a space for others, but also don’t be afraid

to prioritize something for yourself that helps you

to feel productive or cozy. It’s your home, and it

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As you pull out the

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As the seasons change from hot summer to

cool autumn and into fall, many people find

themselves doing some annual chores to make

sure that their home is prepared for winter, while

many find themselves unprepared for the colder, and wetter,

winter months.

To make sure that you are ready for the change of season, there

are some very easy and cost-effective ways to prepare your

home to endure the harshest of winters. Some of these items

may end up costing a bit more than you would like to spend

upfront but will save you a ton of money in the long run. When

you’re preparing to host for the holidays, keep your family

warm and comfortable, or just getting ready to embrace winter

without spending a lot of money, some of these seemingly

minor things can not only save you money but keep your

house warm and protected from the harsh winter conditions,

adding to the longevity of your home.

Here are six helpful tips to keep you and your loved ones

comfortable in preparation for winter:

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Check your chimney

and fireplace.

Be sure to clean your fireplace. Dust ash and other particles can fill the

surrounding areas that need to be cleaned before the winter season

sets in. Inspect chimneys for damage. Cracks, loose bricks and broken

mortar can occur due to ice dams in the room. Be sure to fix any aspects

of your chimney that look broken or are starting to deteriorate and may

prevent your chimney from working properly. Also, be sure to replace

your chimney cap if it’s broken to keep leaves, rain/snow and debris out

of your chimney.

Clean your gutters.

There are many ways to weatherize your home. In the multitude of items

to check off, your gutters can sometimes go unnoticed. Before starting

the cleanup process, spread a tarp underneath your gutters to collect

all the debris, grime and dead leaves to protect your landscape. Next,

scrub the gutters to remove all the gunk. Pull out wet leaves using a

plumbing snake, and flush the gutter using a garden hose to clear out

the remaining dirt. When finished, you may find it worthwhile to install

a gutter guard to keep out leaves, sand grit and other debris.

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Check your furnace.

Dirt and debris can build up in your furnace and cause inefficiency,

increased energy bills, and even pose a safety risk. Cracks in the

furnace can cause deadly poisonous gas to make its way inside

your home. In addition, a dirty furnace won’t be able to provide

you with a warm, comfortable environment. The furnace filter

trapped with lint, pollen and debris obstructs airflow and makes

your furnace run longer to heat the house.

Be sure to inspect air leaks and insulate them. Also, be sure

to clean your filters before the start of the season, and don’t

forget to change them every three months. When in doubt, hire

a professional for a thorough checkup before the start of the

season. They will check all the major components and also test

for carbon monoxide leakage.

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Check your home’s heating

and air conditioning system.

There’s never a good time to be stuck in an uncomfortable and possibly

deadly cold with a heating system that’s on the fritz. Make sure your systems

are up to snuff by hiring a heating technician who will inspect your furnace

or heat pump to make sure that it’s in good shape and manufacturer-rated

efficiency for roughly $80 to $100. The inspection should also measure carbon

monoxide. Making sure to hire a proper technician early on will make it less

likely that you’ll need to hire one last minute for crucial repairs.

Turn off your outdoor hose/

sprinklers and keep your pipes warm.

Your pipes are prone to freezing in frigid temperatures. This can cause

damage, such as pipes bursting and water flooding your home. Not only will

you have possible damage from flooding, but you will also lose free-flowing

water from your taps, causing a terrible inconvenience.

To ensure that your pipes are functioning properly during the coldest times of

the year, be sure to seal, insulate, use heat tape and keep your faucets slightly

open to ensure that water is flowing at temperatures above freezing. Also, be

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Helping the

‘Hidden Homeless’

Bonner Homeless Transitions opens second

transitional housing facility

by CHRISTIAN WEANER

When you picture a homeless person, the first

image that pops into your head might be of a

downtrodden individual lying on the side of a

city street with a bottle in their hand.

This cultural connotation is something that Bonner Homeless

Transitions (BHT) Program Manager Joanne Barlow would

like to change.

Bonner County might not have homeless people living in tent

cities or sitting on the streets of downtown Sandpoint, but

the area does have a large population of what Joanne calls the

“hidden homeless.”

“Those are the ones that are hidden in the woods, hidden in

the tents that people don’t see because you don’t see them

laying on the streets here,” Joanne described. “We have a large

homeless population—and people don’t even realize that.”

According to statistics from the Alliance to End Homelessness,

Idaho’s total homeless population grew 32 percent from 2007

to 2020, with nearly half of the homeless individuals in 2020

being unsheltered. Numbers like these are only getting worse

with high inflation, lack of permanent housing options and

price increases over the last year and a half.

“A lot of people here have rented for five, six or seven years

and then the owners say, ‘What, I can get $1 million for this

home that I paid $200,000 for? I’m selling,’ and then those

renters have to move,” Joanne said. “There is nowhere to

go, there is nowhere to rent, and they can’t afford $2,000

a month.”

Many of these issues are why Joanne, a former social worker,

has spent the past nine years of her retirement as a full-time

employee at BHT.

According to the organization’s website, BHT’s mission is

“to help homeless families and victims of domestic violence

develop self-sufficiency and improve the quality of their lives.”

BHT is what Joanne described as a “grassroots organization,”

founded in 1991 to help support the homeless of North

On October 10, 2022, in response

to the increasing need for

affordable housing in the

area, BHT opened a second

facility on Spruce Street in the

building that previously housed

the children’s group home

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Idaho. Over the past 30 years, BHT has run shelters in various

locations throughout the county, providing housing for

women, families and survivors of domestic abuse.

Currently, the program is operating as a transitional housing

facility. Instead of solely providing a place to stay and food

like a shelter, BHT offers apartment-style housing at a reduced

price and provides life-skills support to help clients work

through any issues they may have, get back on their feet and

find permanent housing. As part of the program, clients meet

weekly with a case manager.

“[We do] individual counseling with them, not as a group

because everyone has a different reason for being here,”

Joanne explained. “And so, they work on the reasons

they are here so that eventually they can move on to

permanent housing.”

To be admitted into the program, clients must fill out an

application. However, the only requirement for admittance

is homelessness.

Once they enter the housing program, clients can stay for up to

24 months, but they must have a job within the first 30 days of

living there. Bonner Homeless Transitions works closely with

local rehab facilities, drug courts, and parole and probation

officers, and clients are subject to regular drug testing as part

of the program.

Joanne added that she appreciates how well many of the

town’s municipalities work together to help hold BHT’s clients

accountable and support their healing and recovery process.

BHT’s offices and primary housing facility is called Blue Haven

South, a building on South Florence Avenue in Sandpoint,

where 10 adults and 13 children currently live.

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supporting the

homeless as a

community and

helping them find

permanent jobs

and homes benefits

everyone involved.

On October 10, 2022, in response to the increasing need

for affordable housing in the area, BHT opened a second

facility on Spruce Street in the building that previously

housed the children’s group home Kinderhaven.

The new building, called Blue Haven North, essentially

doubled BHT’s clientele, accommodating eight additional

adults and their children.

As BHT is working through the transition of intaking

so many new clients, Joanne mentioned that continued

community support and benevolence will be necessary

to make these efforts possible. She remained confident

that the community will come around BHT in their

continuing efforts to fight homelessness.

“It really is a community effort here,” Joanne said. “We are

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As Joanne explained, supporting the homeless as a

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Joanne said. “It is selfish too because it feels good to help

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CONOR BARANSKI

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Born and raised on Baldy Mountain,

Conor Baranski still cherishes his

childhood memories of playing

outside in the woods of North Idaho.

When the time came for Conor and his wife,

Ali, to start their own family, the couple could

think of no better place to raise their children

than Sandpoint.

Conor has spent the past 11 years as a history

and government teacher and varsity girls’

soccer coach at his alma mater, Sandpoint

High School (SHS). In teaching and coaching

students, Conor said he believes he found his

life’s calling.

“It’s mentally engaging because I am

constantly learning. It’s fast paced because

every class period brings new students with

new questions and ideas. And it’s challenging

because I am constantly trying to make

everything we do in class relevant to my

students’ lives,” Conor explained. “I love it!”

Conor, who has led the Bulldogs girls’ team

to three state championships as a coach, was a

standout soccer player himself at SHS. Conor

went on to play as a center midfielder at

Gonzaga University and eventually earned a

scholarship in his senior year.

Soccer, at least in part, has made Conor who

he is today, which is why he enjoys coaching

the game so much.

“I remain a passionate advocate for youth

sports, specifically because of all the life

lessons any sport teaches,” Conor noted.

“These are lessons that may never get taught

in a classroom setting, but in sports they’re

unavoidable and they are constant.”

Off the soccer field and away from the

classroom, a side hobby that Conor and

Ali have taken on is the development of an

art studio to showcase and sell the family’s

homemade art pieces. The couple created

Baranski Studio, an online art portfolio

and shop paying tribute to Conor’s father,

David Baranski.

“Baranski Studio was created by Ali and me,

but it is my dad who deserves the credit,”

Conor said. “He has been a professional artist

for his whole adult life, and I really appreciate

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Conor said that he is often reminiscent of

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definitely be in that position,” Owen said. “It

was super cool to find that out.”

Sports have always been a big part of Owen’s

life growing up. He has participated in football,

wrestling and lacrosse since the first year he

became eligible to sign up for each activity.

Although he loves wrestling and lacrosse,

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In the middle of a school day earlier this

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who competes in football, wrestling and

lacrosse for the Bulldogs—had been named

the September Athlete of the Month.

“I was kind of surprised because I know

there [are] a lot of people out there that could

Owen plays linebacker and running back

for the Bulldogs and has excelled during his

senior year. In Sandpoint’s Homecoming

game against Homedale, Owen recorded a

whopping 21 tackles.

Aside from football, Owen said that he has

loved growing up in Sandpoint thanks to the

myriad of outdoor activities that are available

year-round. Fly fishing and camping are

always on Owen’s to-do list when it’s warm

outside, but he also enjoys heading up to

Schweitzer Mountain when the snow and cold

weather comes.

“We have got the mountain and the lake. Not

many people [have both of those things]. It’s

pretty sweet,” Owen said. “I love that during

the summer you can go swimming. You can

go mountain biking, and there are so [many]

outdoor activities. And then during the winter,

Schweitzer is 15 minutes away, and you can

go skiing.”

Every time Owen considers his future, the

idea of being a firefighter seems to stick in

his mind. “Nothing else really caught my

attention besides firefighting for some reason,”

he shared. “I want to do something where

I can help out the environment and other

people, and be able to be more active and fit

when I am older.”

After graduation this spring, Owen plans to

immediately take part in forest firefighting

during the summer, and he hopes to attend

a university next fall where he will study

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Aside from hosting CP@3, Will—a Sandpoint

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parts of being a student at SHS.

“No school is perfect, and I’m not going

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because no school is,” Will explained. “But I

do like that I am able to do all of these things,

and I still feel like I am not giving much up

to do that.”

Will is the third of four siblings. He was born

in France, where he lived the first five years of

his life before moving to Sandpoint in 2011

when his mother found a job at Schweitzer.

Having traveled a lot in his 16 years of life,

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pace of life that Sandpoint provides.

“Places like New York (City) are so cool, but

there is also just so much going on,” Will

described. “In Sandpoint, it’s relaxed. I feel

very at home.”

As for his radio show, Will explained that

becoming the host of CP@3 was something

that sort of fell into his lap at the end of his

freshman year when Connor Bird, a friend

of his older sister and Cedar Post editor in

chief at the time, was searching for someone

to take over the position.

“He couldn’t find anyone, and I caught

wind of it, and I was like, ‘Hey, that sounds

awesome,’” Will recalled. “I gravitated toward

it, and so I talked to him about it.”

Although the weekly deadline to record, edit

and turn in the pre-recorded show can be

stressful, Will acknowledged that turning on

the radio to hear his voice and listen to the

songs he curated is very rewarding.

“It’s such a unique opportunity,” he added.

“How many kids at Sandpoint High School

get to do this? None. I am the only one right

now until I finish.”

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Lena Haug fondly remembers her childhood car rides to

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imagining herself galloping on horseback and blasting past

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“Horses are just kind of one of those mystical, magical creatures that

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Years later, Lena’s love for horses and unwavering imagination

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race across the scenic terrain of Mongolia dubbed “the longest and

toughest horse race in the world.”

Lena was born and raised in the small town of Sebastopol, located

in the rolling hills of Sonoma County, California. She did not grow

up on a farm herself, but one of her closest childhood friends did,

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Lena’s childhood riding instructor had 60-plus horses on only 14

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exchange for lessons, making Lena’s horse habit possible. It was on

this ranch that Lena met her first horse, Jerome.

“[My mom] had told me, ‘Well, if you can afford it, you can have

the horse,’” Lena said. “I ended up working really hard and raising

enough money to buy him and pay his way by coming up with jobs.”

As Lena got older, her passion for riding and training horses

continued blossoming. As a teenager, she began taking on new

opportunities to study under prominent horse trainers, spending

school breaks at ranches several hours from her hometown.

“[My instructors] took me under their wing in a way where I got

to learn not only high-quality training techniques and the business

aspect of it but also mentoring about how to be a person in the

world,” Lena explained. “I learned a lot of independence and a lot of

ways to communicate with customers, clients and adults.”

Since high school, Lena has pursued a wide range of life experiences.

She spent a year in Chile leading horse trekking tours, earned a

bachelor’s degree in political geography, studied abroad in Berlin,

ski instructed in Tahoe, ran her own equine business and is now

30 hours from achieving her commercial pilot rating—just to name

a few.

“I never felt like I couldn’t do anything, and I think that is really

special,” Lena acknowledged.

In 2017, Lena visited friends in Sandpoint and was drawn to North

Idaho—a place where she could enjoy the remote wilderness and

begin her flight training. A year later, she decided to make the move.

During this time, the Mongol Derby was one of the potential

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before finally making the decision to apply in 2020.

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training.

To her surprise, Lena got a call back and made it through each stage of the

interview process that trims thousands of applicants down to the 45 riders

who compete each year.

One of Lena’s biggest concerns about the race was how to raise the $20,000

that it costs to compete in the derby. Her friends encouraged Lena to share

her idea with others and ask the community for support.

“I had help from friends who told me, ‘If you put this out there and tell

people what you want to do, people will be excited with you and they will

support you,’” Lena said. “And that is exactly what happened.”

With the help of friends, acquaintances, and even some complete strangers

who had read about her goal to compete in her online blog about the

derby, Lena raised over $21,000.

Lena was accepted for the 2021 Mongol Derby, but the event was canceled

due to COVID-19. So, her date to compete was pushed back a year to 2022,

blessing Lena with extra time to train and prepare.

Traveling to Mongolia and competing in the 10-day race, Lena was blown

away by the Mongolian culture, which she said is very much centered

around the horse.

“As a rider racing in that country, it was like riding through a history

book,” Lena described.

Lena’s stories from the Mongol Derby are seemingly endless. Every day

was action packed as she and her fellow racers dealt with stubborn horses,

lightning storms, and hail that came down so hard she had to close

her eyes.

“There were so many twists and turns—this race is absolutely insane, and

very wild and challenging and exciting,” Lena exclaimed.

As Lena rode through the rolling grasslands of the Mongolian Steppe, it

was almost like she was a young girl again, blasting past the cars atop her

horse, headed for the next adventure.

To learn more about Lena’s story and her experience in the Mongol

Derby, visit her blog at LenaHaug.com/derby-blog. Also, don’t miss

your chance to attend Pend Oreille Arts Council’s event on Thursday,

November 17, at the Panida Theater, which will feature a presentation

of the award-winning documentary “All The Wild Horses” and a Q&A

session with Lena. Tickets and additional information can be found at

ArtinSandpoint.org/lena-haug.

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‘A LABOR OF

LOVE’

Festival at Sandpoint

announces Kelly Whitman

as its first-ever Volunteer

of the Year

by Jillian Chandler

Kelly Whitman first joined forces with The

Festival at Sandpoint in the early ‘90s,

volunteering her time as an EMT. There

was no tent like today; they would bring the

ambulance right onto the field. She would do

this every festival season for a decade.

After taking a few years off, Kelly returned to volunteer as the

organization’s front gate co-chair, in which she “is responsible

for running and staffing our largest volunteer department that

manages all ticket scanning, gates, lines, and signage on the

outside of our venue. For 2022, Kelly assisted in managing and

scheduling 100 unique volunteers and upwards of 60 volunteers

per event,” affirms Ali Baranski, Festival at Sandpoint’s

executive director.

When it comes to what brings Kelly back year after year to

volunteer her time at the festival, she says, “It’s pretty stressful,

but it’s so much fun! And I’m friends with so many of my

volunteers, and sometimes that’s the only time we see each

other. Most of the volunteers are there every night.”

She acknowledges her three co-chairs—Diane and Kurt

Stockton, and Tim Rosco. “I couldn’t do this without them. I

would have quit a long time ago [if it wasn’t for them].”

A Volunteer Appreciation Event was held in August to

acknowledge and thank all the volunteers who helped during

the festival’s duration, and during the event, they honored

one of the many volunteers (more than 800 volunteers come

together to support and donate their time to the Festival

at Sandpoint), who has gone above and beyond their

volunteer duties.

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“We are extremely grateful for the overwhelming number of

volunteers nominated and who are deserving of the honor of being

named Volunteer of the Year. The decision is not easy, and there is

a lot of thought that goes into the process,” shares Ali. “We evaluate

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overall responsibilities, the quantity of work (considering both total

years and total hours given during a single season), the quality of

work, and how the volunteer makes the Festival at Sandpoint better as

an event and organization.”

To Kelly’s surprise, she was honored as the first Volunteer of the

Year for the Festival at Sandpoint. Ali, on behalf of the organization,

thanked Kelly for “her dedication, thoughtfulness, dependability and

tireless efforts throughout the years.”

“I was completely and utterly shocked,” recalls Kelly upon learning she

had received the award. “I wasn’t even paying attention to what was

being said, and Ali said my name.”

In early September, Kelly would be honored again, this time from the

Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce, recognizing her for her work with

the festival and awarding her Volunteer of the Month.

“I forgot to mention I was voted ‘Friendliest Woman’ in Bonner

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Kelly moved to Sandpoint as a young child, growing up on a farm

in the Selle Valley and attending Kootenai School. In addition to

volunteering her time to the festival (which begins in May and ends

mid-August), she works for the hospital. In her spare time, she enjoys

gardening, quilting, doing mosaics and spending time with her

seven grandchildren.

When summing up the work she does for The Festival at Sandpoint,

Kelly says this: “It is hard work, but it is a labor of love.”

For those interested in volunteering, Ali shares, “A great volunteer

for the Festival at Sandpoint is one who is passionate about our

organization and the concerts we are able to bring to Sandpoint

each summer, and one who wants to donate their time to be a part

of why the Festival at Sandpoint is possible. They see that the festival

is not only a fun and cultural event for our community but also see

the positive economic impact that it provides to the community each

year. We highly value dependability, kindness, a positive attitude,

professionalism, selflessness, and fun!

If interested in volunteering, go to FestivalatSandpoint.com.


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‘Tis the Season to Shop

and Support Local

Downtown businesses come together to provide wonderful

experience to locals and visitors alike

by JILLIAN CHANDLER

“I

love the camaraderie of our group. We have such a variety of

owners with such diverse backgrounds, and we all love being a

part of the downtown experience,” shares Deanna Harris, owner

of Sharon’s Hallmark and secretary/treasurer of the Downtown

Business Association, better known as the Sandpoint Shopping District.

A central location in the community, made up of a variety of businesses,

from restaurants and bars to retail and service businesses, the Sandpoint

Shopping District is currently comprised of 32 business members in

downtown Sandpoint. The boundaries of the group run from Pine Street

to Cedar Street and from 5th Avenue to Sand Creek. “The boundaries are

not set in stone, but we have found that businesses that are located outside

of these boundaries may not see the benefits of membership from events,”

states Deanna.

Spearheaded in 2008 by Ranel Hanson, who at the time owned Zany Zebra,

the group of business owners focused on the Christmas holidays and a

spring event, with the purpose of working together to promote downtown

Sandpoint as a shopping destination.

Today, the purpose of the Shopping District is to promote these small,

independent and locally owned businesses by collaborating on group

events, specials, promotions, sales, and a social media presence throughout

the year. “This increases community vitality and the enjoyment of

downtown Sandpoint and the businesses that make our core so special,”

shares Justin Dick, owner of Trinity at City Beach and 113 Main, and

member of the Sandpoint Shopping District.

“This was especially pertinent 2009 through 2011, as Sandpoint was

hit hard with population and job loss, lack of demand, and during the

City’s much-needed construction that blocked off access to many of our

storefronts while three-phase power, new streets and sidewalks were

put in.”

Benefits of membership are many, according to Deanna: “As a group, we

can advertise more economically. Our events have a much bigger impact

when we all participate. We have a ‘unified’ voice with City issues and

have an open line of communication with City officials. Our group is also

beneficial for brainstorming new ideas and helping businesses with issues

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During the initial stages of the COVID shutdown, Shopping District

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“A win for one of us is a win for the group,” affirms Justin. “I love how

connected we are despite the differences in our businesses. It’s great to

see the collaborative efforts of the entire group, which in turn creates

comradery amongst us all.”

He goes on to share: “I have come to the group many times to ask for

their participation with my involvement with the Bonner General Health

Foundation and am repeatedly blown away by the donations, support

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and volunteerism that we receive from the businesses in the Shopping District. These

business owners not only employ a vast amount of our population but give so much

back to our local nonprofits and service clubs.”

After years of trying to run the organization solely on a volunteer basis—which was

difficult, as members were plenty busy trying to run a successful business—Sandpoint

Shopping District hired Leilani Williams as a part-time administrator. She works

hand in hand with Shery Meekings, Carousel Emporium owner and president of the

Sandpoint Shopping District, to help promote and support these businesses.

There are some great events happening this season thanks to the Sandpoint Shopping

District. So don’t miss out! Shop Small Saturday will take place the Saturday after

Thanksgiving on November 26; Ladies Shopping Night is happening Friday, December

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Pickled Kitchen • Sharon’s Hallmark • Sugar Tooth • The Peppered Mercantile

Trinity at City Beach • Uniquely Sandpoint • WhiskeyJack Gallery

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keeping a

Healthy

Holiday Balance

There is a time

for everything

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T

here’s a time for everything, even during the

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for celebration. There’s time to decorate, time to

get out the door, and a time for those holiday traditions.

There’s even time for some of that spiced eggnog that

is only available seasonally. But whether you will truly

have time or not comes down to whether you are able

to keep a healthy balance this holiday season. But with

the holidays comes the pull of activities

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Prioritizing yourself is often the hardest

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Not because you should be selfish, as

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Doing things this holiday season with

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maybe prioritizing those that you consider to be like family. There

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Earlier this season, we welcomed back

the short days, crisp air, and colorful

leaves of fall. Though the season is

beautiful, it does require a bit more

of an effort to keep yourself healthy and

happy than summertime. When you factor

in less daylight and the upcoming seasonal

gatherings, it’s easy to fall short of healthy

living. (And don’t be fooled. Though it may

feel like winter is here, it’s not official until

December 21!)

Fall brings time for change: Come 2am

Sunday, November 3, we’ll have to turn our

clocks back an hour, which means it will be

getting dark earlier. Getting darker earlier

brings safety issues with being outside. In our

little town, we have the gift of easy access to

walking and biking. Stay safer by crossing

the roadway at lighted intersections, carry

a flashlight when walking, or a bike light

and reflectors when biking. Despite the law

requiring drivers to stop at all intersection

crosswalks, marked or not, some still do not

follow those rules. Make sure to make eye

contact with the driver prior to crossing the

road by bike or foot.

Keep moving this fall: Keep motivated! It is

easy to stay a bit longer under the warm covers

when the weather starts to get a bit cooler

(and snow makes its first appearance). It is

important to find your motivation. What fall

sports get you moving? Choose something

you’ll enjoy doing and will be likely to keep

up, whether it’s jogging, skiing, hiking with a

friend, working with a trainer, walking your

dog, or taking part in a yoga class. Creating a

challenge for yourself will motivate you, as will

encouragement and accountability.

Prevent injuries: I am just as excited as the

rest of you when it comes to the holidays. I love

the decorations, the traditions, the big meals

and more. I see an increase in the number

of injuries associated with the season. I have

come to find out that most of these seasonal

injuries can be prevented. Here are some tips:

• While you are cleaning up leaves, use the

power of your legs by pulling the rake to your

body. You want to avoid bending and straining

your lower back. Do not twist and bend

together. This is likely to cause injury. Save your

lower back by lifting with the larger muscles of

the legs; avoid using the smaller muscles of the

low back (this applies when shoveling snow

as well).

• When picking up large, heavy, or bulky items

(like the Christmas Tree), bend your legs in a

squat-like fashion and then straighten them to

lift. It is important to keep the object as close

to your body as possible and avoid holding

objects at arm’s length.

Eating wise: It is easy to overindulge with

food and drink during the holidays. Here are

a few good eating habits to carry you through

the season:

• Before a holiday party, eat a small proteinpacked

snack, like a boiled egg, or apple slices

with peanut butter, that will help you not

to overindulge.

• Distance yourself from the food table. That

will make it harder for you to mindlessly take

from the table.

• I also find that putting a piece of gum in my

mouth helps me to stop eating.

With these tips, we can enjoy what really

matters: being healthy and happy with our

family and friends.

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HEALTHY TIP

Are You

Experiencing the

‘Winter Blues’?

Ways to improve your well-being

during the cold season

As those colder, shorter, darker days

are here, and will be for a while, it is

important to not let those winter blues get you

down. As we spend approximately six months

of the year without adequate exposure to

sunlight, this can lead to chronic deficiencies

in an essential nutrient—vitamin D3. Lack of

natural sunlight also leads to an imbalance in

the hormones cortisol and melatonin.

Here’s how you can better prepare your

body and mind for the winter to help with

seasonal depression: Be sure to take a vitamin

D3 supplement. Get outside early to expose

yourself to natural light (even when it’s cold

outside). Avoid blue light two hours before

bed to help ensure you get adequate sleep in

order to wake up refreshed. Prioritize daily

exercise. Eat anti-inflammatory foods. Open

the shades to let the light in. Brighten up your

home with color (think indoor plants and

inspiring artwork).

Don’t neglect your mental and physical health

this season. Make yourself a priority, and

you’ll see the difference it can make.

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Patient-Centered Care

Continually striving to meet our mission: to improve health,

inspire hope and save lives

by SHERYL RICKARD, CEO, BONNER GENERAL HEALTH

Keeping the patient at the center of everything we do

and every decision that we make is what makes Bonner

General Health successful. Our physicians and staff have

experienced some exciting changes recently and anticipate

additional changes in the near future. COVID-19 came upon us

quickly and stayed much longer than we had hoped. It brought

change, fear, and new ways of living, working and socializing. It

brought growth to our community in ways we didn’t expect. That

growth led us to re-examine the needs of our community. The

need for a bulk oxygen system, a second CT scan machine, and a

second Mammography machine are three investments that have

become necessary.

With the increased demand for oxygen in the hospital during

COVID, our maintenance, cardio-pulmonary and nursing staff

worked together to meet the demands. As a result of their work and

the difference it made in patient care, BGH won the Yellowstone

Insurance Exchange 2021 Gold Award for Excellence in Recognition

of Compliance with Patient Safety Practices. Even though the

changes improved the situation significantly, it became apparent

that a bulk oxygen tank would help to meet future needs. As a result,

excavation work next to the Kootenai Cancer Center has started,

and the equipment was delivered in late October. This will allow for

a greater volume of oxygen available on hospital property.

The growth in population in North Idaho has increased volumes

in the Emergency Department and specifically time sensitive

emergencies, which are trauma, strokes, and STEMIs (heart attacks).

Time is critical in these situations, so a second CT scan will increase

the chances that patients are seen in the shortest time possible.

BGH was fortunate to receive a Sutherland Foundation grant to

help with the remodel and an MJ Murdock Charitable Trust grant

to fund half of the cost of the equipment. BGH board of directors,

administration and staff are grateful to these organizations for their

support and generosity.

BGH relocated our mammography, ultrasound, and bone density

services to the Health Services Building (423 North Third). This

move increased space, enhancing our staff ’s efficiency, allowing us

to care for more patients and improve our patients’ experience.

We will be applying for grants and using the money raised at the

Heart Ball in 2023 to fund an additional mammography machine.

This addition will also improve efficiency and reduce the time it

takes to get an appointment.

We recently completed our Community Health Needs Assessment

Survey. Thank you to all who took the time to answer the survey.

We will meet in the coming months to determine the greatest health

needs and how BGH can contribute to the improved health of

our community.

The board of directors and senior leadership team members

recognize all staff, providers and volunteers for their hard work,

dedication and compassion. Change has become the new normal

in health care, and our team continues to navigate it and rise to the

challenge. We truly appreciate the community’s support of Bonner

General Health.

We wish you all a Happy Holiday Season.

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IMPROVE HEALTH, INSPIRE HOPE, SAVE LIVES.

Happy Holidays from Bonner General Health

Thank you to our staff, patients, and community for allowing us to serve you and strive to meet our mission.

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• Intensive Care Unit

• Laboratory Services

• Maternity

• Medical/Surgical Unit

• Occupational Health

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We lead such busy and full

lives, and many of us who live

in this fast-paced, aroundthe-clock,

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overwhelmed by a nagging obligation to do it

all. When we are constantly stressed, we can get

stuck in survival mode and our stress response

never turns off. All this unrelenting pressure

takes a toll on our health, yet so many of us

continue to push through it. Is it any surprise

that so many of us are battling physical and

mental fatigue brought on by stress?

Our body’s ability to adapt and handle that

stress is provided by our adrenal glands. These

two tiny glands sit on top of our kidneys

and play a critical role in our overall health.

When adrenal glands are overstimulated from

prolonged stress, they can become fatigued.

When we are stressed, our body produces

cortisol—the “fight or flight” hormone—but if

stimulated over and over again, cortisol levels

can become chronically elevated or eventually

begin to drop, leading us to feel exhausted.

Impacts of this can include constantly elevated

blood pressure and blood sugar levels, weight

gain, poor digestion, chronic inflammation,

lowered immunity, brain fog, fatigue, and

hormonal imbalances.

What if there was something you could

do to improve your energy, increase your

resilience, help you sleep more deeply, and

prevent burnout?

A group of intelligent ancient plants called

adaptogens have been utilized for thousands

of years by healers all over the world and

encourage your body to resist the harmful

effects of stress, helping to balance hormones,

reduce inflammation, improve immunity,

increase energy and improve mental clarity.

They relieve stress by stabilizing your cortisol

levels and steadily guiding your body back to

equilibrium again. These herbs work gently

with your body to help your system remain

balanced—which is what it desperately

strives for.

One thing all adaptogens have in common

is their ability to help the body better adapt

to stressors and challenging environments,

working both in the immediate moment and

with long-term use—all without the side

effects that most other stimulants exhibit. As

with anything in the health and wellness world,

adaptogens are a piece of a bigger picture.

Eating nourishing whole foods, spending time

outdoors, exercising and getting adequate

sleep are all crucial for a thriving mind, body

and spirit.

Quick guide to adaptogens:

Energizing: ginseng, rhodiola, goji,

eleuthero, changa

Relaxing: ashwagandha, cordyceps, reishi,

schisandra berry, gotukola

Mental focus: ashitaba, rhodiola, lions

mane, ginseng, cordyceps, schisandra, holy

basil, bacopa

Immunity improving: astragalus, he shou wu,

cordyceps, turkey tail

It is wise to do your research and to use

common sense when taking them. It’s a good

idea to rotate the adaptogens in your routine

every few months.

This article is intended as a general information

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Baby, It’s

Cold Outside

Reimagining

your wardrobe

for winter

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Temperatures may be dropping as the days of winter

unfold, but the urge to bundle up doesn’t have to mean cooling down your sense of style.

This winter, reimagine your wardrobe with cozier, multi-functional versions of the fall pieces

you already love. Playing with color, texture and volume can enhance your winter look, enhance

your silhouette and maintain your sense of style—without sacrificing your temperature or

comfort!

If it feels nearly impossible to maintain your fashion sense throughout the coldest months of the

year, these few simple tips and trends can help you find the right balance of staying warm and

looking your best, all season long. Lean into long layers, chunky accessories and statement-making

pieces for the ultimate winter wardrobe refresh!

Turn Up the Texture with Knits. While winter has always been the prime time for knitwear to shine,

this year’s fashion trends see knits in even more varieties, and paired with everything. From the

traditional everyday cardigans to the trendier two-piece sets, knit vests and lengthy sweater dresses,

knits will be found everywhere all winter long and are more stylish and bold than ever before.

When styling yours, play with fun accessories and creative layering (think multiple knit pieces

within a single outfit, or pairing contrasting fabrics like wool and tulle) to take your knits from

everyday winter wear to standout winter fashion statement.

Sweater (Dress) Weather. Cold temperatures don’t require laying your dress obsession to

rest until the spring. This winter’s dress trends are full of cozy, long-sleeved styles, including

lengthy, blanket-like sweater dresses, soft day-to-night velvets and turtlenecks for

extra-chic coverage.

Make winter dressing easier with a statement-making piece that offers coverage

and plenty of mix and matching with other winter favorites (pair with tights, style

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This winter’s

dress trends are

full of cozy, longsleeved

styles.

with chunky boots, and layer under your best lengthy

winter coat).

The maxi-length dress isn’t reserved for warmer seasons,

either—it’s here to stay, with plenty of this season’s sweater

dresses embracing the full-length style that offers plenty of

protection against the cold. From floor-sweeping gowns for

special holiday occasions, to the maxi sweater dresses that

rival actual blankets with their plush fabrics and lengthy

coverage, cozy and dramatic length provides even more

reason to embrace the winter dress!

Step Up in Platform Boots. The heightened heels of 2022’s

shoe trends are here to stay for the winter. The good news?

This year’s shoes are not only taller but thicker as well—

think chunky platform, ‘90s-inspired Mary Janes, easyto-walk-in

wedges, and solid, statement-making, yet

highly wearable, boots of all kinds.

This holiday season, leave the narrow

heels at home and embrace all the

chunky wedges and loafers that are easy to wear for the

long haul and highly holiday-occasion friendly. That’s right,

your fall loafers don’t have to be put away for the season—

they can be paired with long jeans, chunky knits and plenty

of layers for continued wear into the cold season.

Go Weatherproof. Chunky, platform boots are the name

of the shoe game in 2022, and winter is no exception.

This year’s tall, thick boots will do more than elevate your

winter style—they’ll offer essential protection as you make

your way through the elements of winter weather.

This winter is the perfect time to find those ideal boots

that can do both—that is, both amplify your look while

keeping your feet dry and warm through the season’s wet,

snowy days.

Finding this balance is possible with this year’s influx of

sleek boots that maintain a stylish appearance but are made

from materials that make them discreetly weatherproof.

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Playing with color, texture and volume

can enhance your winter look,

Brands like Jeffrey Campbell, Sorel, Dr. Marten, Timberland, and Amazon Fashion have more options than ever

before for winter footwear that is as functional as it is stylish.

Keep Your Fall Shackets. Shackets are a key fall-to-winter transitional piece—the perfect blend of shirt and jacket is

warm, wearable and easily layered. As an easy way to enhance the appeal and the “put-together” quality of any outfit,

shackets are typically oversized enough to wear over base-layer knits and cozy tops, even this year’s trending chunky

knits and turtlenecks. Keep wearing your fall shackets all season long as a stylish, ultra-comfortable layering piece.

Stay Colorful. While pieces in muted neutrals and dark tones typically take over in the winter months, this year’s cold

season is embracing deeper, brighter colors. It’s time to lean into deep, rich colors like bright greens and magentas,

whether it’s a subtle color pop from a statement-making piece or accessory or a bold, monochrome set (think bright

tailored suits and highlighter-bright cocktail dresses), this season’s fashion color palettes make it easier than ever to

battle the drab winter blues.

Embrace Statement Shoulders and Silhouettes. This winter’s trends are in full support of maintaining a sleek

silhouette, between tailored blazers and ultra-fitted waistlines. Keep your oversized blazers from autumn’s trends and

layer them over your knits, long skirts and dresses to maintain a fitted, strong-shouldered silhouette. As an added

bonus, wider shoulders tend to visually slim and accentuate the waist.

Another waist-friendly trend this winter? The popular corset fit, seen across this year’s runways, built into the

silhouettes of everything from unique fitted tops to flattering pant suits and dresses. Keep this trend in mind when

planning for holiday parties and outings—the corset style tends to be universally flattering and can easily accentuate

your look for a special occasion!

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DISCOVER A SPELLBINDING WORLD

SURREY

BRITISH COLUMBIA

A vibrant and diverse culinary scene

by MARGUERITE CLEVELAND

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SURREY

Surrey, British Columbia, is just across the United States border into Canada. It is one of the most culturally diverse

cities in the Metro Vancouver area. In the area known by Canadians as “the Lower Mainland,” it stretches from

Tidal Flats in the west all the way to the Fraser Valley in the east. The Surrey Spice Trail will take you across six

neighborhoods to showcase the vibrant and diverse foodie scene. Discover strip-mall dives to high-end dining and

everything in between.

Surrey is known as “The City of Parks,” and over 50 percent of Surrey is greenspace, which includes farms, golf

courses, parks, gardens and urban forests. There are so many ways to enjoy the outdoors. Head to White Rock, one

of Surrey’s neighboring communities, to enjoy views for miles and a large sand tidal beach. Stroll the waterfront with

its cute shops, ice cream parlors and restaurants. Saunter down the longest pier in Canada. With Surrey situated on

the Pacific Flyway, a north-south migratory bird route, the area is very popular with birdwatchers. With over 200

species of birds, it is easy to see why. Cycling is a loved activity, and there are plenty of hiking and walking trails

throughout the city.

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SKINNER

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properties

STEVENS

Eric Skinner

Owner / Associate Broker

Century 21 RiverStone

(208) 290-6314

Eric.Skinner@Sandpoint.com

Brent Stevens

Owner / REALTOR®

Century 21 RiverStone

(208) 290-0502

BStevens@Sandpoint.com

www.IdahoRealEstateLissngs.com

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EAT

The Surrey Spice Trail is a must do while visiting this area. The

diversity of food offerings gives you the opportunity to experience a

variety of international cuisine. You’ll find family owned businesses

sharing their traditional meals cooked with love. You’ll also find

well-known chefs at places like My Shanti, where Vikram VI works

his magic. The options can be overwhelming, so visit the Spice Trail

website to locate restaurants on an interactive map. Tapping on a

restaurant will give you a description of the restaurant experience,

photos of their signature dishes, and tips.

Chacha’s is a North Indian restaurant that offers a special dish just

on weekends. This very popular, bright, modern eatery will have

you feeling like you stepped into a Bollywood movie, as the music

and aromas of this unique cuisine envelop you as you walk to your

table. For an appetizer, try the Gol Gappay Shots. This darling dish

is presented in a miniature cart like the ones you would see on the

streets of India. A crispy, round, hollow shell known as a puri is

stuffed with potatoes, chickpeas and chutneys. You take it and add

the tangy-flavored water it is served with and pop the whole thing

into your mouth. So fun. Order the Paneer Kulcha, only available

on weekends. Kulcha is a special seasoned Indian flatbread that is

stuffed (choose from a variety of meats or veggies) and crispy. The

dish is served with chickpeas and raita, a classic Indian yogurt sauce.

THE SPICE TRAIL

DiscoverSurreyBC.com

CHACHA’S

Chachas.ca

STAY

The Civic Hotel in downtown Surrey is part of the Autograph

Collection for Marriott and is a gorgeous hotel in a central location

for exploring the area. The rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows

that provide panoramic city views. After a busy day exploring, head

to the heated rooftop pool to relax. It is just steps away from the

SkyTrain, which provides transportation in the Greater Vancouver

area. The hotel is walking distance to Holland Park. Make sure to

view local artist Glen Anderson’s Art Nouveau-style water fountain.

Seasonally enjoy the gardens, which start with spring tulips and then

summer roses. Shop at the Central City Shopping Center, a large

mall that is also walking distance from the Civic Hotel.

The Holiday Inn and Suites, located in the Cloverdale neighborhood,

is perfect for families. It is not far from the US-Canada border and

the Peace Arch. The hotel has family friendly rooms and an indoor

pool open year-round. It is next to the Cloverdale Fairgrounds

and Agriplex, which has events throughout the year including the

Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair.

CIVIC HOTEL

Marriott.com

HOLIDAY INN & SUITES SURREY EAST-CLOVERDALE

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Head out to Mud Bay Park to access

the Boundary Bay Trail. This lovely,

scenic walk will take you along the

shores of Boundary Bay.

DO

Head out to Mud Bay Park to access the Boundary Bay Trail.

This lovely, scenic walk will take you along the shores of

Boundary Bay. This area is one of the most important bird

areas in Canada and the best place to see shorebirds. Take

the 3-kilometers-long nature trail (you can find a brochure at

the website). Look for seals at high tide in the waves. At low

tide, birds flock to the mudflats and eelgrass meadows to dine.

Hundreds of thousands of birds visit throughout the year;

some arrive from as far away as South America. If you want

to hike further or do a bike ride, the trail links up with the

Dyke Trail for another 20 kilometers of shoreline ending in

Boundary Bay Regional Park.

Take some time to explore historic Cloverdale. This is Surrey’s

birthplace, where it started out as a small farm community in

1870. Downtown Cloverdale has a business district with more

than 200 shops and restaurants. Access a walking and driving

tour brochure from the website. Its small-town charm and

historic features were featured in the TV show “Smallville,”

and it is a popular filming location.

MUD BAY PARK

Surrey.ca/parks-recreation/parks/mud-bay-park

CLOVERDALE

CloverdaleBIA.com/cloverdale

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An Upscale Pub serving American Cuisine.

Fine Wine • Craft Beer • Tapas • Musical Entertainment

Relaxing & Inviting Atmosphere

109 Cedar Street

Sandpoint, ID

208.229.8377

BaxtersOnCedar.com

Athol Now open!

Come hungry, Stay late, Eat well!

Sweet Lou’s Restaurants

Hwy 95 N Ponderay | 208.263.1381 • 601 Front Ave. 208.667.1170 | DOWNTOWN Cda

The Crossings | 208.561.9496 | Athol

www.sweetlousidaho.com

212 Bonner Mall Way

Sandpoint, Idaho

208.263.4613

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RECIPES

LOCAL FLAVOR

Eats

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Dine

Out In

Sandpoint

BEET & BASIL

The owners of Beet and Basil are currently working to

re-open the beloved restaurant in their new location in

Ponderay this spring! Beet and Basil can now be found

next to Kessa’s Coffee, directly across the street from the

movie theater. With a primary focus on global flavors with

local ingredients, be sure to stop in once they’ve reopened

to taste what’s fresh on the menu.

775 Bonner Mall Way | Ponderay

BeetandBasil.net

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.

2426 N. Discovery Place | Spokane

Valley | 509.720.5412 | LeCatering.co

UPTOWN BAGEL CO.

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

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.

313 N. 3rd Ave. | Sandpoint

208.263.9276 | UptownBagels.com

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

Check

it out

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TRINITY AT CITY BEACH

Sandpoint’s premier waterfront dining offers an

extensive menu of American cuisine with an

impressive wine list. Featuring a full-service bar

and beautiful view of Lake Pend Oreille. Serving

breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week,

Trinity at City Beach is ready to become your

new favorite restaurant.

58 Bridge St. | Sandpoint

208.255.7558 | TrinityatCityBeach.com

SWEET LOU’S

RESTAURANT & BAR

Sweet Lou’s Restaurant and Bar proudly offers

something for everyone, with specialties

including chicken fried steak, smoked prime

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

sandwiches. All menu items are reasonably

priced, fresh and made to order. Full bar.

477272 Hwy 95 | Ponderay

208.263.1381 | SweetLousIdaho.com

6915 E. Athol Crossing Rd. | Athol

208.561.9496 | SweetLousIdaho.com

THE BURGER DOCK

Voted Best Burger in Bonner County! Treat

yourself to the tastiest burger in town, made

with house-pressed 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!

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

116 N. First Ave. | Sandpoint.

208.597.7027 | TheBurgerDock.com

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cookies for

Santa

Perfectly soft

gingerbread cookies

Ingredients

1 cup softened butter

1 cup light brown sugar

1 large egg

1 cup molasses

1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

2 tsp. vanilla extract

5 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt

1 tbsp. ground ginger

1 tbsp. ground cinnamon

½ tsp. ground allspice

½ tsp. ground cloves

¼ tsp. ground nutmeg

Method

Place the sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl and

beat with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until

combined. Add the egg, molasses, vinegar and vanilla

extract, and beat until fully combined.

In a separate mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients.

Add the dry ingredients to the molasses mix. Mix on low

speed just until combined into a soft cookie dough.

Chill the cookie dough for at least 3 hours

and even overnight.

Once rolled and cut out, cook at 350°F for 8 to 10 minutes.

Recipe gathered from SavoryNothings.com.

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ANTI-AGING

Refined Aesthetics

Signature Aesthetics

Wildflower Spa at Seasons

BREWERY / WINERY

Matchwood Brewing Company

MickDuff’s Brewing Company

Pend d’Oreille Winery

BUILDER

Dana Construction

Idagon

Ramey Construction

BURGER

Hydra Steakhouse

Sweet Lou’s Restaurant & Bar

The Burger Dock

CASUAL EATS

City Beach Organics

Joel’s Mexican Restaurant

Pack River General Store

Sweet Lou’s Restaurant & Bar

CREATIVE AND HOME SERVICES

Meadowbrook Home Furnishing

Sandpoint Furniture

The Peppered Mercantile

CUP OF COFFEE

Evans Brothers Coffee Roasters

Kokanee Coffee & Roastery

Monarch Mountain Coffee

CUSTOMER SERVICE

Sandpoint Furniture

Sandpoint Super Drug

The Peppered Mercantile

DENTIST

Ivory Dental - Dr. Ben Hull

Lewis & Hawn Excellence in Dentistry

Tom Davies Family Dentistry

DRINKS

219 Lounge

The Bank: Barroom & Eatery

Trinity at City Beach

EMPLOYER

Bonner General Health

Kochava

Litehouse Foods

ENTERTAINMENT

Panida Theater

Pend d’Oreille Winery

The Festival at Sandpoint

FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS

Joel’s Mexican Restaurant

Monarch Marble & Granite

Sandpoint Furniture

FINANCIAL SERVICES

AGP Wealth Advisors - Ronald Denova

D.A. Davidson Companies - Matt Mire

Edward Jones - Ken Wood

FINE DINING

Hydra Steakhouse

Pearl’s On The Lake

Trinity at City Beach

FITNESS CENTER / TRAINER

7B Fitness

Missi Balison Fitness

Natural Fitness Gym

HAIR SALON

Salon Luxe

Sand Creek Salon

Stylebar Beauty Bar

HEALTH CARE

Applegate Health Care

Bonner General Health

Sandpoint Women’s Health

HEALTH FOOD / JUICE

City Beach Organics

Heart Bowls

Winter Ridge Natural Foods Market

INSURANCE AGENT

Albertson Barlow Insurance Services - Tye Barlow

State Farm Insurance - Marcus Mabrey

Taylor Insurance - Autumn Taylor Porter

LODGING

Talus Rock Retreat

The Lodge at Sandpoint

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

NEW BUSINESS

Grumpy Chicken Farm

The Bank: Barroom & Eatery

The Peppered Mercantile

ORGANIZATION WITH A CAUSE

Angels Over Sandpoint

Better Together Animal Alliance

Unique Center for Athletes of all Needs (UCAN)

PERSON OF THE YEAR

Corey Coon

Justin Dick

Shar Wikoff

PHOTOGRAPHER

Jason Duchow Photography

Racheal Baker Photography

Sage Fitchett Photography

PRIVATE SCHOOL

Sandpoint Christian School

Sandpoint Waldorf School

Selle Valley Carden School

REALTOR

Jackie Suarez - Century 21 RiverStone

Jeremy Brown - Realm Partners, LLC

Jeremy Dunn - RE/MAX In Action

RETAIL SHOP

Finan McDonald Clothing Company

The Peppered Mercantile

Alpine Shop

SPA SERVICES

Aiyanna Wellness Spa

Refined Aesthetics

Wildflower Spa at Seasons

TEACHER

Abby Leisy - Kootenai Elementary

Doug Pierce - Sandpoint Christian School

Mindy Roget - Sandpoint High School

TRADESMAN (PLUMBING,

HEATING/AIR, ETC.)

High Mark Heating & Cooling

Monarch Marble & Granite

North Idaho Flood & Fire

WEALTH MANAGEMENT COMPANY

Edward Jones - Ken Wood

Hadley Sentinel Financial Management

Williams & Schiller, PC CPA

Thank You to Our Title Sponsor

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Kick Off the

Holiday Season

at this year’s

Christmas Craft Fair

19 & 20

NOVEMBER

Sandpoint’s finest holiday market

by Jillian Chandler

Mark your calendar for November 19 and 20, as the annual

Christmas Craft Fair returns to the Bonner County

Fairgrounds for two days of shopping and fun.

Over the weekend, visitors will be treated to local artisans,

handmade

A&H

gifts, food and treats, activities

HIGHLIGHT

for the kids, and a

visit from Santa both days (don’t forget to get a photo too!).

“We limit the vendors to crafters and artisans only. We do not

allow commercial booths, because we want to focus on the true

nature of the name ‘craft fair,’” shares Darcey Smith, Bonner

County Fair director. “We have so many wonderful artisans in

Bonner County, and it’s great to be able to bring them together

during the holidays and support their businesses. I always find

and buy the most amazing treasures.”

The Christmas Craft Fair continues to get bigger each year,

drawing between 3,000 to 4,000 visitors over the weekend. This

year, vendor spaces filled up within the first week!

Visitors to the craft fair will find these local vendors selling a

variety of crafts, gifts and food items: vintage décor and crafts,

wood signs, home décor, wreaths, ornaments, jewelry, crocheted

animals, oils/soaps/bath salts, greeting cards, scrapbooking

supplies, candles, stockings, T-shirts, tumblers and glassware,

pepper jelly, fudge, cinnamon rolls/scones/mini pies, kettle

corn, coffee and drinks. “Oh my goodness, and so much more!”

Darcey smiles.

The Gingerbread House Competition returns for its fifth year to

benefit the Bonner Community Food Bank. Those who would

like to participate can bring their completed gingerbread house,

along with two non-perishable food items (and even those not

participating are welcome to drop off food donations as well).

There is no limit on how many can participate, and ribbons and

a grand prize will be awarded.

“Our Christmas Fair is always a great treat for the public,” says

Darcey. “And there is no fee to enter!”

The Christmas Craft Fair is Sandpoint’s finest Christmas

market, so make a plan to head to the Bonner County

Fairgrounds November 19 and 20. To find out more, visit

BonnerCountyFair.com/p/events/2020-christmas-fair.

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NOV

Evening in the Gardens of Spain

Join the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint for their second performance as part of the Conservatory Concert

Series: Evening in the Gardens of Spain. On Friday, November 4, 7 to 9pm, MCS presents Matthew Doorich,

as he performs a dazzling selection of Spanish piano music, with special guest Melody Puller, in Little Carnegie

Hall. Enjoy intimate cafe seating and exquisite Spanish wines available for purchase. For additional details, and

to purchase tickets, visit SandpointConservatory.org/events.

12

NOV

2022 SARS Sandpoint Ski Swap

Don’t miss Schweitzer Alpine Racing School’s annual Ski Swap to kick off the 2022 ski season right. Held 8am

to 2pm at the Bonner County Fairgrounds, find great deals on snow gear, from skis and snowboards to a huge

variety of winter recreational equipment and clothing, both new and used. The annual event benefits the SARS’s

ski racing and freeride programs for almost 300 local and regional athletes ages 5 and older. Those interested in

buying, selling or volunteering can visit SARS.snowproportal.com/fundraising/ski-swap.

20

NOV

Fall Serenade

COE

Little Carnegie will be filled with the warmth of classical music on Sunday, November 20, from 3 to 5pm,

when the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint begins its Fall Serenade. A popular annual event featuring the

extraordinary talent of music teachers, proceeds will benefit youth in the community who wish to learn to sing

or play an instrument. A no-host wine bar will be available. Tickets are $25 each and available online. And mark

your calendar for MCS’s Music Matters Christmas Concert, happening 6 to 8pm Tuesday, December 13, at the

Panida. Visit SandpointConservatory.org/events for additional details for all MCS events.

25

NOV

Annual Tree Lighting

It is the moment the spirit of the Christmas holiday truly comes alive here in Sandpoint, and it’s one you will not

want to miss! Gather with family, friends and your neighbors for this year’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, which will

be held at Jeff Jones Town Square the day after Thanksgiving—Friday, November 25. It’s the official welcome of

the holiday season here in Sandpoint; an evening of family friendly cheer, a visit from Santa Claus, choral singing,

warm refreshments and the lighting of the grand Christmas tree to top it all off. The festivities kick off at 5pm,

followed by the highlight of the event—the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony!

03

DEC

Festival of Trees

Join the Kinderhaven Foundation at the Bonner County Fairgrounds for the 2022 Festival of Trees. The evening

of fun and community, all for a great cause, kicks off at 6pm. For those interested in decorating a tree, contact

Betsy at 407.529.0624 or elizabeth.dalessio@lposd.org. Those who would like to donate a basket can contact

Dorrie at 208.610.8445 or dfrancis@litehouseinc.com. A portion of this year’s proceeds will assist Bonner County

Homeless Transitions in filling the Kinderhaven House with women and children in crisis. To stay up to date on

this year’s Festival of Trees, follow Kinderhaven Foundation at Facebook.com/kinderhavensandpoint.

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DEC

Into the Land of the Nutcracker

Presented by Suzuki String Academy and Allegro Dance Studio, makes plans to see Into the Land of the Nutcracker

at the Historic Panida Theater. Show dates and times are Friday, December 9, 7pm; Saturday December 10, 2 and

7pm; and Sunday, December 11, 2pm. Prior to the Friday evening performance, there will be an evening gala

beginning at 6pm. For tickets, visit Panida.org/events.

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Prime .58-acre Dover Bay estate lot PRICED TO SELL.

Mature trees and frontage on the estuary offer

privacy. Near the marina, trails and town. Buy and

hold or be ready to build. $205,000

Waterfront acreage with complete privacy 12 miles to Sandpoint. On the banks of

Morton Slough, this home takes advantage of southern exposure & stunning views, all

necessiies are on the main floor. 9.88 acres includes shop, gardens, strong well, no

CC&Rs. $1,500,000

Just outside the City limits! 4-bedroom beauty

granite counters, Hickory cabinets, new le & butcher

block in kitchen, open floor plan, main floor suite and

large yard with space for your RV. $699,000

Commercial offering in the core of downtown

Sandpoint. Three buildings on a total of .31 acre one

block from US Post Office accessed by Pine

Street/Hwy 95 corridor. Offered together $1,320,000

or separately.

Home on peaceful acreage convenient to town with a

shop! 3-bedrooms, 2-baths, big kitchen, large

bedrooms and baths, balconies and porches to enjoy

the private seeng. Flat, usable land with no CC&Rs.

$599,000

Two homes on 10 acres, each on its own 5-acre parcel. 2460 sq elegant main home

boasts 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, lux main floor en-suite & heavenly mountain views. New

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high-end finishes, all over the big shop with laundry and bath. Highly efficient systems,

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well-planned estate ready for you 5 miles to town. $1,499,000

Acreage with a view is an understatement! Come

discover the perfect combinaaon of peace and quiet

on this 5.36 acre parcel, adjacent to public lands

with astonishing views of Lake Pend Oreille and the

mountain ranges beyond. $344,000

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Be the first to live in this new Mountain Home behind the gates at The Idaho Club.

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rock fireplace, custom kitchen with granite and stainless steel, Hickory trim & doors,

posh master suite with spa-like bath, second suite above 2-car garage. $990,000

6-bedroom luxury estate home overlooking The

Idaho Club golf course with amazing views. 6

bedrooms, 3 baths, big kitchen, all necessiies on the

main floor. 3-car garage on 1.56 acres adjacent to

State land, close to Sandpoint. $979,000

5-acre estate lot with prepared building site, strong

well and STUNNING LONG-RANGE VIEWS. Easy

access, minutes to town. $329,000

Single-level estate home on 5.3 very private acres 5

miles to Sandpoint. 3 bedrooms include huge master

suite, wood and le floors throughout, large

south-facing deck to watch the eagles soar with views

of the river that can be improved. $865,000

Be the first to live in this brand new Bungalow in

Dover Bay, just yards from the marina and restaurant.

Investors or owner-occupants, these units are in high

demand for nightly and long-term rentals. This

upgraded home includes two main floor bedrooms,

custom--led baths, gorgeous gas fireplace. $750,000

This custom Victorian style home is in one of the most

beauuful areas of Sandpoint, with stunning views of

Lake Pend Oreille from almost every room in the

house! You have 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath home perfectly

situated on just over an acre that is fully fenced with

beauuful rock formaaons, your own private hill,

mature vegetaaon and a koi pond. $874,990

Imagine a day on the lake or on the slopes and you're

minutes from your custom bungalow in Dover Bay.

You and your guests will love the finishes and flexible

spaces. Gather and cook in style in the big, bright

kitchen with central island, open to the dining and

great room with fireplace. Send the rest of the party

upstairs to the separate loo/den. $750,000

You won’t believe the VIEWS FOR MILES from 3-bedroom,

2-bath rancher with garage and shop/studio.

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$789,000

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