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toys, all in due time: “We don’t have a boat yet, but we do have a Jet Ski.” The Finns are embracing their northern Idaho retirement. “We love the four seasons,” Leslie said. “The best part was Christmas, and getting a tree in

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the forest. It’s a lovely change.” The couple stays active in winter, skiing at Schweitzer (Jim more so than Leslie, who was spooked by an unexpected black diamond run this past winter). And what’s truly won the Finns over is the Sandpoint community’s friendliness and hospitality; the couple was a bit uncertain about how local folks would react to the fact that they had moved here from California, but they continue to be amazed at how welcoming people have been. “We didn’t expect it,” Leslie said, of the warmth and kindness she’s encountered. “It’s so refreshing and has exceeded everything we hoped for.” Leslie joined the Community Assistance League as a volunteer, and the couple also assists with the local soup kitchens. One of their favorite local

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The morning view from the Finns’ covered deck on Lake Pend Oreille.

events is Lost in the ’50s in May, when the entire town celebrates retro-style with car displays and music shows. Jim is wowed by the entire affair, with its great entertainment and nostalgic, fun atmosphere. Leslie, on the other hand, describes herself as a homebody and enjoys the simple pleasures of being at home. In fact, her favorite feature in the house is nothing more awe-inspiring than the appliance closet that was built off the kitchen. “It just keeps the whole kitchen organized!” she said. As for Jim, his favorite feature is that upstairs “smart” room – as it’s a place filled with future promise: “I know that some day my Chargers will win!”

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Sandpoint Magazine Summer 2016  

In this Issue: Dog Town, Idaho How people and their dogs have created Sandpoint’s copious canine culture Plus ‘Peaking’ Our Interest - Peak...

Sandpoint Magazine Summer 2016  

In this Issue: Dog Town, Idaho How people and their dogs have created Sandpoint’s copious canine culture Plus ‘Peaking’ Our Interest - Peak...