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ith the holidays in full swing, our attention at home naturally turns to the kitchen. The center of our homes, the kitchen is often the busiest room in the house. So it’s only natural that if we look to make any home improvements this time of year, our first thought is that our kitchens could use a little “sprucing up.” So many people are redoing their countertops these days. Granite and even quartz countertops are growing more affordable, and their durability can’t be beat. However, I often caution people against adding new countertops if their cabinetry is in sad shape, as eventually the cabinets will have to be replaced as well, and it just does not make sense to spend the money on counters if their cabinetry will not last for at least another 10 years. If this is the case with your kitchen, then my advice is to wait, do it properly and save for both new cabinets and countertops. You will not regret spending the extra money to have a whole new kitchen, even if it means a year or two longer with the old one!

However, if the cabinetry is solid and still functions properly (i.e. doors and drawers open and close nicely and the overall layout is acceptable), then a countertop upgrade is merited. If the cabinets still function and are solid but appear worn or dirty, then sometimes it can be a good idea to have them painted or refinished. However, if they are in good shape and clean but just “dated,” often just the addition of pretty hardware is all that’s needed to bring the cabinetry up to our current standards. Another upgrade option might include cabinets and laminate countertops that are still in relatively good shape but a worn, water-stained wood backsplash that we find in so many houses from the ‘80s and ‘90s. In this case, an easy fix would be to remove the old wooden splash and replace it with some great hard-wearing tile that doesn’t break the bank and ties the whole look together. A qualified tile installer can have this done in as little as a day or two with minimal disturbance to the rest of the kitchen.




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Often just the addition of pretty hardware is all that’s needed. Flooring works especially hard in a kitchen, taking a beating from spills, dishes dropping, trash going in and out, dish water, etc. There are some great new LVP (Luxury Vinyl Plank) products out there that can go right over existing sheet vinyl, worn hardwood or even tile, that can add a layer of durability and beauty to any decorating scheme. They usually go in quickly and easily, and this is an upgrade that can be done in as little as a day! My advice: Take stock of your kitchen, look around honestly and ask yourself what needs to be replaced, what can stay and what needs a little tweak to make it just right for you and your loved ones this holiday season. And always, if in doubt, contact a professional. Most of us are trained to take stock of what you already have while taking your wish list into account and come up with a game plan to make your dream kitchen a reality.

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(BPT) - DURING THE HOLIDAYS, FRIENDS AND FAMILIES GATHER TO CELEBRATE AND SPEND TIME TOGETHER. This is a wonderful opportunity to create meaningful connections between people of different ages. However, it’s not uncommon to struggle with how exactly to do this when those of different generations, political and cultural beliefs, and religious backgrounds often seem worlds apart.

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Older generations have wisdom, experience and many traditions to share with those willing to learn. Talk with loved ones about their favorite traditions and then ask which ones they can teach to the family. You might be surprised what older generations cherish as traditions.

There’s nothing like a nostalgic image to get people talking. Whether it’s a photo featuring childhood friends, a school portrait or wedding images, a picture is truly worth a thousand words. Dig out those old photo albums and flip through them with the entire family.

For example, consider organizing a time for everyone to bake a time­-honored recipe together. Perhaps it’s learning a holiday tradition that provides a cultural experience that younger generations have never done. Keeping an open mind and trying something new together is guaranteed to be a bonding experience.

Another worthwhile activity that brings generations together is making a scrapbook. You can use old images or focus on recent pictures, but collaborating on a craft is time well spent. If you prefer, use a digital scrapbook program to organize photos. Whatever path you choose, take notes of who is in the image and any fun stories that go along with them. This is what turns a typical photo album into a cherished keepsake.

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WHAT’S YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON THE HOLIDAYS? Are they magical or overwhelming? Do you look forward to participating or are they emotionally draining? You may experience any or all of these perspectives—depending on the day.

When you set the intention to give and you see the world from the perspective of a giver, you become one of the people who creates a bit of magic. Here are a few ideas that you can work into your daily activities that won’t break the budget—but they do create a little magic:

When I was a kid, the holiday season was magical. The adults in my life intended to make them special—and they did. Today, it’s not up to someone else to create the magic. Instead, I realize that my perspective shapes my experience of the holidays. As an adult, and a business owner, I have an opportunity to create a bit of magic for others. Of course, that’s my perspective and my intention. What’s yours?

1. Smile. When you share a genuine smile and intentionally want someone to feel welcome, you can make their day. 2. Intentionally create an experience. I recently attended an open house filled with conversation, laughter, hot beverages, prizes and opportunities to admire the wares of the business owner. It was a “win” for everyone. 3. Select your favorite charity and give back. 4. Offer an unexpected compliment and start a conversation. 5. Give a gift personalized to your recipient. For example, give a gift with “their” logo on it, rather than yours. 6. Give a note of appreciation, sharing specifically what you appreciate about that person. 7. Provide the gift of patience. In the hustle and bustle of the season, giving someone the time they need can be more welcome than you know. 8. Provide a drawing for a grab bag or a gift to a charity on someone’s behalf. 9. Extend an invitation to a special event or meet someone there. 10. Tap your creativity.

This is a season of giving. Though it may seem counterintuitive, the businesses that give more value than they receive are the businesses that thrive. For example, an accountant who prepares taxes for $1,000 and saves their client $5,000 gives more than they receive. The client is pleased with the value delivered by their accountant and tells others. Word of mouth, Facebook and Yelp reviews are powerful tools in growing a thriving business. How do you give more than you receive? It’s not always financial. In fact, many times it’s not. It’s how your client feels after interacting with you. Have you added a little magic in their day? Do your clients or customers feel welcome? Have you eased their pain? Solved a problem? Are your interactions personal? In a world that’s busier every year than the last, a personal touch can be powerful—for both of you. What value do you deliver? Do you provide more than expected?


Your perspective and how you walk through the world makes all the difference in what you create during this giving season. You decide.

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he seventh annual Traditions of Christmas once again makes its way to the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Coeur d’Alene. This Radio City Music Hall-style show runs December 7 through 23 and is sure to inspire the hearts of audience members both young and old. During the performance, the audience will be treated to beautiful Dickens vocalists, a heartfelt military tribute, kick-line dancers, Santa and his elves and so much more. “The audience doesn’t have time to get bored or restless, as there is so much to take in,” says Laura Little, producer and artistic director. “It feels a bit like the Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas performance,” she says. “It’s grand and colorful, and there are moments that will make you laugh and moments that will touch your heart.” The show’s cast features 70 people and 400 costumes! “It really is a spectacular!” Laura adds. What really sets Traditions of Christmas apart from other Christmas theatrical performances is its pace, variety and educational aspect. In addition to the

dancing and singing fanfare, they talk and sing about different ways people celebrate Christmas internationally and other historical facts about Christmas. 2018 marks the shows seventh year, and it has been woven into families’ Christmas celebratory schedule as Laura had hoped from the show’s debut. “I think they enjoy the fact that while we keep some of the key elements the same, we change out other scenes so they don’t see the exact same show year after year,” she says. “I have had the pleasure of hearing stories from families about how they go home after the show and discuss their favorite scenes or how they want to audition in years to come. As a matter of fact, we have many families that have auditioned together and being in the show has become a tradition within itself.” For show dates and times and to purchase tickets, visit “It brings me great joy to have found a way to help fill so many people with the Christmas spirit,” says Laura.



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he holiday season means many things to many people, but the true spirit of the season is the generosity and kindness shared among family, friends and even strangers. There is a constant need for those who are less fortunate, and December is a time where you can really make an impact in your community. You don’t have to be a huge financial donor to make a difference, as there are so many ways you can help improve the lives with simple acts of kindness, an extra purchase or a few hours of your time. KROC Ring the Bell Campaign The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign is in full swing, and you’ve likely heard the bells going in and out for groceries and at other retailers. Grab the loose change from your car and drop it in the bucket as you pass by. The Salvation Army Kroc Center relies on the money raised in the Red Kettles—in coins, dollars and credit card gifts—to help our neighbors in need in Kootenai County at Christmas and throughout the year. Bell ringers are also always needed. You can sign up for a two-hour shift by visiting Donations are accepted through Christmas Eve.


Amazon Smile Many of us prefer to do our shopping online, especially if you are sending packages to loved ones spread out across the country. Now, even your Amazon purchases can help impact local nonprofits through the Amazon Smiles program. Simply log in to your account or create a new one at Smile., and 0.5 percent of your eligible purchase can be directed to a nonprofit of your choice. Click the “Supporting” link under the search bar and look up a nonprofit of your choice by name or location. To date, the program has generated more than $105 million in donations. CASA Kidz Closet The CASA Kidz Closet is a place for CASA advocates and foster families to go to receive necessary support and supplies for children in the program. During December, the Kidz Closet is in need of Christmas toys for children ages 3 and older. Gifts are presented to children in the program so they can share in the happiness of the season. Additional items are always in demand and include stuffed animals, baby clothes and diapers, toiletries, books, school supplies and warm winter clothes.


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You’ve got your tree and are always on the search for new and unique decorations. Stop by your local Goodwill donation center and you might be surprised to find a very impressive collection of decorations. Staff at each location decorates trees inside the store, highlighting the unique new and used items that come through the door. If you are helping decorate a tree for an auction event, this is a great place to start. You purchase helps fund programs that include rapid re-housing, veterans’ support, job training and more. Eighty-five cents of each dollar spent at Goodwill goes into these local programs.

Gather your family for an evening of music and calm reflection in remembrance of those we grieve this holiday season. Hospice of North Idaho will be holding a tree lighting ceremony on Wednesday, December 12, at its Prairie Avenue location. Each household will receive a special keepsake ornament for their tree. Enjoy refreshments after the ceremony at the Hospice Community Building. All are welcome to this communityoriented ceremony. The lighting runs from 5:30 to 7pm, and there will be a similar event in Kellogg the following evening.

Nadine’s Mexican Kitchen Children’s Village Fundraiser This Rathdrum favorite will be serving breakfast on December 15 with 100 percent of the proceeds going to buy Christmas gifts for the kids who live at the Children’s Village. Gifts will be wrapped, and the kids will come out the following Saturday to open them. Tickets are $25 per person and include a mimosa or a glass of fresh juice. Breakfast will also include fresh fruit gazpacho. Tickets can be purchased at the restaurant during business hours. Menu items include: pork or grilled veggie verde hash; huevos divorciado with pork, chorizo or grilled vegetables; machaca; horchata french toast; huevos rancheros with pork, chorizo or grilled veggies.

Serve a Senior a Hot Meal The Lake City Center serves hundreds of seniors each month inside their building, but many in our area are homebound and are unable to make the trip in. The Center operates the local Meals on Wheels food delivery program and is always in need of additional volunteers. The homedelivered meals program services Coeur d’Alene, Hayden and Dalton Gardens Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Right now the center is serving an average of 110 clients each month. If you have an extra hour or two in your week, help bring a hot meal and share a nice conversation with a local senior. Whether it’s a small gift, your spare change, an online purchase or a bit of your time, your small act combined with others in your community can go a long ways toward making the holidays brighter for those in need.





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ith a mission to create a world in which all individuals and families can achieve their full potential through education, financial stability and healthy lives, United Way of North Idaho is continuing to lead the way in engaging community leaders in charitable giving campaigns to help advance the common good of our local communities. Established in 1957 as the United Crusade organization so that more funds would remain here in North Idaho, United Way of North Idaho is a 501c3 nonprofit organization which invests in direct services and systems to strengthen the community, collaborating with community partners and connecting volunteers with their passions. “Many people are familiar with the United Way model of providing opportunities to invest in local nonprofits through workplace contributions. But we do much more than that, too!” says Mark Tucker, executive director. “In order to be good stewards of community donations and make progress toward goals that improve our citizens’ quality of life, we must first understand the unique needs of our area. We engage citizen volunteers, partner agencies, research and community conversations to continually keep a pulse on what the most pressing issues are for North Idahoans.”


According to Keri Stark, director of community impact, volunteer councils of approximately 30 people with expertise in education, financial stability or health guide their grant investments, which are made in local not-for-profit agencies and schools through the Community Care Fund—pooled funds created through workplace contributions and corporate matches “We have developed and are currently implementing a data reporting framework that includes a limited, core set of indicators that measures and proactively conveys United Way’s aggregate impact,” she says. “This will show the shared return on investment to companies and donors, and provide meaningful data that illustrates the difference that we are making in education, financial stability and health.” The United Way’s ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) project is a grassroots movement that seeks to redefine financial hardship by providing comprehensive, unbiased data to help inform policy solutions. The term ALICE was coined to shed light on those essential workers often overlooked by other economic indicators and policy discussions. The local Community ALICE Task Force focuses on a range of system changes that both support ALICE in the short term and become more financially


secure in the long term. Subgroups are currently working on solutions in childcare, financial education and housing/transportation. (Details can be found online by visiting “The most rewarding thing is recognizing and appreciating the connections among people in our community,” Keri says. “The thing that the ALICE report has shown is there isn’t ‘us and them’—it’s just us. We all have a stake in a healthy community. The organizational model of United Way is a good model—it works with all sectors to build strong communities.” When it comes to the longevity of United Way North Idaho, Mark attributes its success to the North Idaho community, individuals at all levels, who have joined to live united whether by giving to the campaign, volunteering their time or advocating for important causes. “We encourage volunteerism and network with businesses, community organizations and individuals to connect people with their volunteer passions,” he says. At United Way, they can connect you or your group with a great volunteer project, out at an agency site, on location at your business or even remotely. Call them to learn more!


ooking forward, successful convergence of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) will be a driving force behind business-growth initiatives. Through the integration of these two disciplines, companies can utilize real data to drive efficiencies and productivity that will accelerate product-to-market times and boost demand while reducing costs and risks. It also creates opportunities for economic growth that strengthen communities. While operational technology brings value to the manufacturing industry through sensors and devices, information technology supports the software used to process the required information to manufacture products and run the business.

Overcoming challenges posed by the traditionally competing priorities of the two groups is crucial to successful convergence; these include merging strategies, governance and protocol, as well as security and data. Two Inland Northwest companies are leading the charge with significant examples of how IT/OT convergence creates competitive advantages and fuels innovation. Litehouse, Inc. For Litehouse, a longtime food and beverage manufacturer, necessity was the mother of invention. In order to meet customer demands and increase sales positioning, the company needed to improve the quality and accuracy of


package labeling by utilizing data and reducing manual processes. Other contributing factors included numerous variations in labeling requirements for individual customers as well as bridging the skills gap at their five manufacturing plants in Idaho, Michigan and Utah. In the previous methods, workers did not have access to a single source of data and had to rely on manual processes. For shipping-box labeling, customer-specific information was manually punched into a kiosk at the end of the production line and labels were spray coded onto each box. Pillow prints required changing out plates on a system similar to an old-style letter press for proper embossing. This was both time consuming and prone to errors that ultimately drove up costs and limited product distribution.




Solutions proposed by printing-equipment manufacturers were costly and inefficient, requiring the creation and maintenance of a combined 900-plus label images and templates, as well as the purchase of additional equipment and software licenses. According to Derek Christensen, senior director of information technology, the company decided to assemble an in-house IT/ OT team to define the project’s requirements. Through this collaboration, the team found they were able to build and deploy an affordable print-and-apply labeling system for two forms of packaging by combining capabilities of existing IT and OT systems. Christensen says this plan was also scalable and highly

maintainable, taking only five months to fully implement. The new system utilizes Litehouse’s ERP program to pull customer-specific job data to generate labels that pass through centralized security firewalls as they are sent to the plant printers. Production workers now have the flexibility to edit labels before packaging is complete to ensure accuracy. The implementation of this print-and-apply label system through IT/OT convergence has resulted in overwhelming benefits, not just for Litehouse’s business operations but for employees as well, according to Christensen. With the means to automatically print labels


directly on the production line, operator setup times have decreased from 10 minutes to 10 seconds for every job run. This new smartmanufacturing environment has expanded the company’s sales positioning by giving them the ability to meet the demands of existing customers and gain new ones more effectively. Immediate cost savings included tens of thousands of dollars in equipment purchases and a 50-percent reduction in software-license fees. Most importantly, the new system created consistency and accuracy that increased Litehouse’s credibility, thereby generating greater product demand by demonstrating their ability to meet exact customer requirements for how the product arrives.

Litehouse’s leadership was instrumental in fostering an inclusive environment of open communication that bridged the relationships between IT and OT. Short-term benefits were presented to all stakeholders early in the process to inspire the group. Conscientious management of the team and their tasks resulted in an innovative solution that would positively impact the entire business going forward. Hecla Mining Company Hecla Mining Company’s IT/OT convergence was motivated by their commitment to improving safety while creating efficiencies and reducing costs to stay competitive. Hecla needed the ability to perform mining tasks remotely to enhance the well-being of their workers while increasing productivity. Controlling equipment and related maintenance costs were also vital to achieving business objectives. Brock Tenney, IT operations supervisor, says the convergence team worked together, pulling from their areas of expertise to identify off-theshelf components that were robust enough to handle industrial equipment operations and suitable to the harsh underground environment. Their solution required almost no intervention from IT for deployment, and most importantly, allowed for local decisions underground. Battery-powered distribution points were daisy-chained from Hecla’s existing network with powered fiber cabling throughout the mines to relay data and pull power from their main distribution points. Wireless access points using Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology minimized the number of cables that had to be strung. Hecla can now perform autonomous and tele-remote mining, as well as execute network-based remote blasting from within offices on the surface. Personnel, along with environmental conditions, such as temperature and gas levels, are monitored in real time, optimizing safety and reducing


risks. Equipment is tracked and scheduled for routine maintenance based on actual data to decrease costs and create efficiencies. Tenney, who led the convergence team, believes leadership must be willing to be bold, try new solutions and demonstrate how they can improve work processes to create a global benefit. He says curious people ask questions that can be a catalyst for change. Underground-worker concerns about the level of monitoring were quickly alleviated once they were able to use the tools and see the benefits for themselves. In fact, former employees who stay in touch with Tenney have expressed that without these types of tools and technology at their new jobs, they are less productive and feel less empowered. He also credits the project’s success to setting and managing expectations, along with open communication that promotes an environment of contribution and collaboration to make better products and improve lives. With attrition trends widening the skills gap, businesses must turn to technology and automated processes to grow effectively. IT/OT initiatives, by design, will create new roles that help businesses attract employees, as well as advance and retain current staffing, while driving innovation that encourages economic progress. Inland Northwest Technology Pros Association is making a difference in the IT industry by enabling competitive advantages that act as a cornerstone of economic development in the community. Learn more about how you can get involved at




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senior at Coeur d’Alene High School, Karter Rasmussen began to swim competitively when he was 8 years old and living in Germany where his father was stationed in the U.S. Army. His natural talent was quickly discovered and, through a great deal of hard work, Karter was soon traveling around Europe to various meets and placing well in his events. “I really started to enjoy the exhilaration,” said Karter. He recently experienced that again when he placed first in the 100-yard breaststroke and third in the 200-yard individual medley at the Idaho High School State Championship Meet in Boise. “I originally hadn’t planned to compete in the breaststroke because freestyle has been my best stroke for the past few years, but I wanted to switch it up a bit,” said Karter, who is also a member of Coeur d’Alene Area Swim Team with whom he swims year round. “One of my accomplishments during the club swim season is qualifying for Senior

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Sectionals in Seattle for the past three years. This is a very large and fast meet with some difficult qualifying times,” he said. Still undecided as to where he will attend college, Karter says he is considering becoming a mechanical engineer or possibly an anesthesiologist. While training can be grueling at times, Karter said he really enjoys the competition. “There’s no better feeling than when I touch the wall, look at the board and see either first place or the time I was aiming for,” said Karter. “With swimming, I like how I know exactly what I’m training for. It’s not like a football game where other people determine the win or loss. If I work hard and do my best, then the end result was based solely on whether I achieved what I was working for during all my training.”

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ard work and dedication have led Lake City High School senior Toriana Wilson to be ranked fourth in her class of 374 seniors and maintain a 4.287 GPA. Her course load is nothing less than challenging with honors, advanced placement and dualcredit courses. In addition to a challenging academic schedule, Toriana has been a member of the Lake City High School varsity swim team for the past four years, serving as captain this year. “This year our LCHS women’s team won the Idaho Fall Sports Academic State Championship with an average GPA of 3.9,” said Toriana of her team’s accomplishment. Toriana is also a senior squad member of the local year-round club Coeur d’Alene Area Swim Team where she serves as cocaptain. She describes herself as a people person who especially enjoys working with children. “I also have a passion for math and science, so a degree in nursing seems to be my calling,” said Toriana, adding that she hopes to solidify a specialty study such as oncology, pediatric or neonatal nursing but is yet undecided as to what college she will attend.

“I am also very interested in exploring travel-abroad experiences in college and may also pursue similar opportunities in the first few years of my career as a nurse.”

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Toriana experienced an injury her freshman year that set her back when it came to swimming. She shares that the biggest challenge was learning how to heal herself mentally following her injury. “Fixing your body is mechanical—it’s easier. It’s external. But fixing your mentality is exhausting and difficult. There’s a formula of patience and determination and self-love that is used to heal people’s broken minds,” said Toriana. Toriana is grateful for the experiences and life lessons that swimming has taught her. The most important one, she said, is how much one’s attitude can influence another person, something she learned in her role as a team captain.

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e all know that we are truly blessed to call Coeur d’Alene our home. Not just because of its natural beauty but because of the community in which we live. It is a community made up of the young, the young at heart and everyone in between. We are from all walks of life, financial status, retirees and those with aspirations yet to be fulfilled. The hospitality, kindness and generosity of those who live here can be seen not only this holiday season but throughout the year. We all have busy lives, and many of us can find it difficult to find time outside of work and family life to dedicate time to things we enjoy. But there are people who are not just taking time for themselves—they are dedicating their time to numerous causes and organizations to make a positive difference in our local community. “I grew up in a home that taught me to give back,” says Tabitha Wiltse. “I love that I have the ability to give my time and talent to different organizations. I am fulfilled by connecting and helping others.” Originally from Harrison, Idaho, the 32-year-old had moved around until her path brought her back to the Coeur d’Alene area five years ago. The executive director for the North Idaho Trail Foundation and PR

consultant, Tabitha firmly believes in the importance of giving back to her local community. You will find her spending time at the Children’s Village working as a gift coordinator, in donor relations and fundraising. As the BikeCDA Board president, she does much of the outreach. She also does fundraising for the Kootenai County Police and Fire Memorial Foundation and is involved with creating nonprofit nights at Cosmic Cowboy. During the holiday season, she says, BikeCDA has teamed up with community members to raise money for bike lights for kids riding their bikes during the winter months. Children’s Village is helping connect past residents needing things for the holidays and community members who have left the Children’s Village. “I have never felt more fulfilled than when I am connecting people together in our community,” Tabitha says. “I love seeing nonprofits, organizations and even businesses succeed. Knowing I had a small part in that is the best.”


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“I grew up in a home that taught me to give back.”

Thirty-five-year-old Shane Greenfield, a realtor at Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty, moved to Coeur d’Alene when he was just 5 and has called Coeur d’Alene home ever since. A graduate of the 2016 CDA Leadership class, Shane currently sits on the committee. He is also a member of The Coeur Group, a young men’s entrepreneurial organization developed for service projects in the Coeur d’Alene area, in which he helps with social media, their Locker Program and is a representative to Make A Wish. When it comes to what he enjoys most about being part of the local community, he says it’s the people. “Our area has changed so much in the past 15 years, and it has brought all sorts of ideas. Beyond that, the community is the most giving you will find. Whether it be The Coeur Group’s Locker Program, Children’s Village or another fantastic charity, people always want to help, and we always have a good time doing it.” The Coeur Group became involved with Make A Wish, as they didn’t have many North Idaho representatives, according to Shane, and are currently helping two children and look forward to continuing to help children in our area. “One of my favorite events of the year to work at is the North Idaho Youth Ranches Wine, Women and Shoes. It is a blast benefiting a fantastic local charity,” he says.

During this holiday season, The Coeur Group joined Community Action Partnership in handing out meals to those in need. They are also helping with the Salvation Army’s bell ringing and Books for Tots. Shane firmly believes that being active in your local community inspires change. “We can’t affect change unless we contribute. Helping others should be a priority. I believe the better your community is, the better you are, as we all benefit from a healthy community,” he says. “We get so tied up in our own lives that we forget how fortunate we are. It’s nice to be able to go to bed and know you did something that made someone else’s day.” Another local who encourages community involvement is Matthew Higgins. Originally from Montana, Matthew came to Coeur d’Alene to attend North Idaho College, and as he says, “I made every effort possible to stay and make this my home.” A private banker at Idaho Trust Bank, the 38-year-old is a board member with The Coeur Group. When asked what drew him to become involved with TCG, he says, “I only wanted to play my part in a community that I very much care for, and the people here. I wanted to grow, learn and develop as much as I could also, and this has drastically helped.”






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The Coeur Locker Program, supported by The Coeur Group and Matt Anderson at Tapley Cabinets, builds and supports lockers in the area schools for children who are in need of clothing, school supplies and additional necessities. The Coeur Group builds and installs these lockers and donates $2,000 for an initial grant to purchase items. These items are then placed in the locker for those kids in need. “We have done a great job with our Coeur Locker Program, building and installing lockers in every school in the 271 district, and we are also branching out of this district to Post Falls and north,” says Matthew. Brian Babb, 35, is another young individual who is helping make a difference in local communities. Born and raised in Coeur d’Alene, he attended Ramsey Elementary, Lakes Middle School, Lake City High School and Gonzaga University. Owner and financial advisor at White Pine Wealth Management,

he serves on the Board of Director for The Coeur Group as well as the local Alumni Association Chapter. “The perspective gained by working with those less fortunate makes me a better person and parent. And it’s fun!” he says. “Some of the most memorable projects I’ve worked on have included organizing military care packages, weekend construction projects in local schools and distributing Thanksgiving dinners to families in need.” Brian also works with Idaho Make A Wish as a wish granter helping match eligible kids with their one true wish. “Helping put a smile on a kid’s face that is fighting a critical illness is a joyful experience,” he says. Brian and his wife Jodi also host an annual fundraiser, Grown Up Prom, where attendees dress up like proms of the past for dancing and merriment. Donated items are raffled off with all money raised going directly to local teachers for use in their classrooms.


“FIND WHAT YOU’RE GOOD AT AND FIGURE OUT HOW YOUR PUZZLE PIECE FITS.” He encourages those in the community, especially those with kids and grandkids, to reach out to their teacher, counselor or principal. “They are always in touch with the needs of their school and their local neighborhood,” says Brian. “And it often only takes a small commitment to make a tangible impact.” We as a community are blessed to have these individuals among us. If you are inspired to get involved in your local community and looking to give back this holiday season, follow Tabitha’s lead. “Find something you are passionate about and do it. Find something that you get excited about and give.” Shane concludes, “Find what you’re good at and figure out how your puzzle piece fits.”

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By Kenny Markwardt, CSCS

YOU MAY HAVE READ MY RECENT ARTICLE REGARDING THE IMPORTANCE OF FINDING A COACH to help you achieve your fitness and nutrition goals. But did you know that the fitness and nutrition industry is one of the worst when it comes to qualifications?

Right, and that mindset and situation is exactly how we’ve gotten to the place we are in. Trusting that a trainer or coach knows what they are doing has gotten a whole lot of people hurt. An exercise professional should lie on the continuum of health and wellness professionals, not be an outlier.

Literally, in less than a few hours, you could look up and find an online certification, skim through their material, pass their online test and call yourself a trainer. You could buy insurance and hang up the sign on your personal training studio by this afternoon.

Where an orthopedic surgeon makes repairs to the body via surgery and manually returning things back to the way they should be, a physical therapist establishes corrective movements and manual therapy externally to restore proper range of motion and pain-free function to those joints. A qualified exercise professional should continue that path and strengthen those parts, allowing them to be used optimally and prevent further injury.

Compare that to our brothers and sisters in body mechanics and physical training. Physical therapists require three years of specialized school in addition to their initial college degree. Chiropractors are similar.

Outside the context of rehabilitation, this continuum still exists, but the starting point differs. In my field, we should be evaluating “healthy” people to make sure they are in fact moving in ways that will provide them the best vehicle for success long term, fixing the things that fall within our scope of

You may be thinking to yourself, “Yeah, but those are medical professionals, trainers are just trainers.”


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practice, like limited range of motion, strength imbalances and glaring weaknesses, then leading a person down the path toward their best physical version of themselves.


Unfortunately the state of affairs and regulation within fitness and nutrition does not allow for the professional coach to be differentiated from the trainer. The online trained coach is seen on the same plane as the pro who has been through schooling and has legitimate credentials. How are you as the consumer supposed to navigate that landscape to ensure you don’t end up in the wrong hands? You just need to do your homework. If you are interested in hiring a fitness or nutrition coach, you should: • Interview them, ask them questions. You’ll get a feel. • Do your research on their credentials. Just look up the letters or credentials they have listed on their website. • Do your research on their experience. You don’t want to be their crash-test dummy. Make sure they’ve done this before. • Ask around. Reputations can tell you a lot.


*A quick note on credentials, certifications, seminars, etc. There are a ton of fantastic weekend certifications out there. That’s somewhat the nature of this industry. These just require an objective eye. Understand that there are two sides to that story. One side is that they spent about 16 hours learning something that they may or may not use as a tool. That’s good. The other side is that it was really only 16 hours and that one of those should really just be one of their tools. I tend to be skeptical of the one-trick ponies, where they’ve only got a series of certifications from one body. It’s important to be well rounded and know other approaches to fitness. On a similar note, another way to look at this industry is as a self-guided post-graduate program. Someone who has taken a class on Shakespeare does not mean they are qualified to instruct you on how to be a playwright. However, if someone took the initiative to say, “Hey, there really isn’t an established way to do that, so I’m going to do it on my own by taking as many courses and reading as many books as I can,” that’d be someone you might look to, respect and value their opinion. The takeaway from all of this is to understand that not all fitness and nutrition coaches are equal, that it’s up to you do to your homework, and that it’s time to demand more from the people in this industry.


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Think of today’s “yo-yo” dieting—a most popular cliché that is pertaining to a society of people continuing to entertain one diet or fitness challenge after another, only to achieve short-term results. Quick weight loss is great, at first. Building muscle is great, if it’s sustainable. Eating better is great, if it makes sense with your lifestyle. Of course, the error in all of these lies in the fact that the body is ultimately not changing long term. Instead of challenging our bodies to truly change, one changes for a time to go back to where they started. Every time one begins a new challenge, thoughts of that one being the life changer occurs. More often than not, whether it is two weeks, two months or two years, one usually diverts back to right where they were. Whether weight loss, muscle gain,

mental awareness or a number of other goals are present, lifelong change can only occur with a shift in approach.

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How does one begin to shift their approach when society’s pressure dictates quick fixes? In order to re-focus one’s attention on long term, one must retrain the brain to think long term. Although seemingly unnatural initially, developing new skills and “listening” to the body will provide the future gains one desires. Rather than opting for a quick fitness and/or weight challenge that promises quick results, focus on ways to change things simply and slowly. For example, instead of working out two times a day, seven days a week on a strict macro-based diet, for eight weeks, take a look at your lifestyle. Does weighing out everything one eats and working out multiple times a day fit into your current life schedule? Is it practical to achieve ultimate goals within an eight-week time frame? If not, rethink it. Maybe work out once a day, three to five days a week, over the course of a year, on a health-focused eating plan, instead. There are a multitude of options. The point lies within shifting the mindset to think long term and setting goals that make sense with one’s personal lifestyle. Fitness challenges can create lifelong changes. The operative is within the approach. The good news is everyone gets to decide that for themselves—quick fix now for short-term results or re-focused approach for long-term gains. It’s like we say in barre, “Your body. Your workout. Your change.”


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f fitness challenges create lifelong changes, why do we find the same people joining these challenges time after time? When thinking of a fitness challenge, most believe it to be a competitive drive of will against other competitors. The reality, however, is it’s a competition within themselves. When joining a fitness challenge, one typically sacrifices certain food cravings, favorite treats and possibly even social situations to stay “on top.” Workouts tend to be “brutal,” maintaining the mindset that whatever needs to be done can be done to get to the ultimate goal. But then, what? With the challenge complete, one may have gained achievements of strength, possibly weight loss, but what has been given up in the process? And, more importantly, are these changes sustainable over time?

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he holidays always bring with it an abundance of sugar and cravings that can be out of control. Stress during this time of year worsens all cravings—cravings for sugar, tobacco, drugs, alcohol and others.


So, what can we do to reduce our cravings for sugar and other addictive substances, especially this time of year? Try to get a handle on why you grab for sugar or other addictive substances in the first place.


One reason many eat sugar is because they are dehydrated. Sugar is moistening, and we tend to confuse the need for moisture for the craving for sugar. Drinking a large glass of water instead will curb many cravings. Eating good, wholesome foods leads to satiation. The brain is satisfied that it has enough nutrients that it no longer craves other things. A nutrient-rich diet can turn off the hunger signals because the brain is happy.


If you have to have something, choose a healthier version. Most desires for sugar are satisfied with a piece of fruit or a date or a healthier version of a cookie. Be careful with the latter. It’s still sugar and still has health-damaging effects.


Avoid artificial sweeteners. Most people believe because they are low on a glycemic scale that you can eat whatever you want. Not so. Some artificial sweeteners are 200 times the sweetness of sugar. When that message is relayed to the brain from the tongue, the brain thinks so much more sugar is coming than actually does, and the response is generally the opposite of what we were hoping for. They tend to make blood sugar more unstable and do nothing to cut sugar cravings. Educate yourself. Understanding what sugar or other addictive substances do to the body sometimes helps. For every one time you decide to choose health over satisfying a small piece of meat in your mouth (your tongue), it counts. When you understand that sugar suppresses the immune system, that it has been linked to mental disorders such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, OCD, bipolar and others; that it erodes the enamel on your teeth; that it contributes to cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer and other devastating diseases, it helps. One of the best ways to control cravings is through acupuncture. Acupuncturists use specific points on the body and on the ear that help suppress cravings. Much research has been done on acupuncture’s effectiveness in treating alcohol, drug, tobacco and other substance abuse (including sugar and overeating in general). What’s great about acupuncture and its effectiveness in controlling cravings is that it also helps to control the withdrawal symptoms. These include agitation, anger outbursts, irritability, cravings for other substances, loss of energy, emotional instability, anxiety, depression, restlessness, headaches, etc. When a person comes in for treatments, the known withdrawal symptoms are immediately treated, and other symptoms get treated as they pop up. It is such a fantastic way of subduing addictions that it is one of the most widely used reasons for seeking acupuncture treatments. Dr. Holly Carling is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist, Doctor of Naturopathy, Clinical Nutritionist and Master Herbologist with nearly four decades of experience. For more information, visit or call 208.765.1994.


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enny Smith never planned on becoming homeless, it just happened. About 12 years ago, her marriage disintegrated, and she found herself living on the streets with her three young children. With her life on the skids, she was scared and ill-prepared to join the workforce. “I was a stay-at-home mom and I had done a few fast food-type jobs, but that was it,” said Smith. “I knew I wanted something more for myself and my kids.” In those dark moments, Penny found an inner strength to improve her life. The North Idaho native was drawn to the medical field, primarily because she had always been intrigued by caregivers for her family members. “I knew it was something I wanted to do,” she said. “I wanted to help people.” She initially started working in home health care, providing care for the elderly, but she wanted to be able to do more. Determined, she went back to school to get the necessary skills to achieve her goals. Today, Penny is a medical assistant with Heritage Health. She started with Heritage Health four years ago as a volunteer and then was hired on full time.

Penny is empathetic toward people struggling to make ends meet. She knows what it’s like to be poor and struggling to put food on the table or worrying about affording medical care for children. “I have been where many of my patients are right now,” she said. “I know how hard it can be. Being homeless with three children taught me a lot about who I wanted to be.” Heritage Health delivers medical, dental and behavioral health care to about 30,000 patients across North Idaho. The federally qualified health center is able to help low-income individuals access affordable care. “Penny is one of our stars,” said CEO Mike Baker. “She truly brings her best self every day to ensure our patients are treated with dignity and respect.” Penny plans on continuing her education and hopes to be a registered nurse in the future. “I am hooked on this profession,” she said. “Making people feel better is an amazing feeling. I love seeing patients every day.”

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My MS Coping with multiple sclerosis has reflected the rest of my life BY DAN AZNOFF


y first impulse was to slug the doctor. Not because he had just diagnosed me with the chronic disease known as multiple sclerosis. It was his bedside manner and an apparent lack of compassion.

My neurologist was probably being practical when he suggested that my wife and I stop on our way home to buy a cane and insisted that we purchase as much life insurance as possible “while I still could.” This could not be happening to me. Not now. I had just started to live my dream. Susan and I had two beautiful children. We had just completed the construction of the home of our dreams nestled in the woods. I can remember carrying my infant son down the stairs and holding the rail to steady myself from what I assumed was pure exhaustion. I needed two hands to grasp the container as I poured milk into his bottle. But it was the trip back up the stairs (pun intended) that worried me most. I remember literally crawling up the stairs to keep my infant son and his bottle above the carpet. After Joshua was fed and safely tucked back into bed, I found my way back under the covers. It was not cold, but my body shivered as if I were standing outside naked in a snowstorm. After I reluctantly admitted that something was wrong, Susan (as she has done a million times since) jumped into action. In a time before the Internet, she spent Sunday researching doctors and gathered information to cope with my unknown ailment. By the time we got home from the doctor on that Monday morning, she had a dietary regiment that eliminated processed foods, reduced carbs and practically eliminated all sugar. Susan also ended my “pity party” by urging me take an active role in protecting my health for the sake of our family. Multiple sclerosis is a disease that attacks the central nervous system by blocking messages from the brain to every part of your body. It can cause vision problems, muscle weakness, issues with coordination, numbness and lapses with memory. However, I seemed to be an exception to the rule. The vast majority of

individuals diagnosed with MS are women. Most of these women spend their youth in areas in higher longitudes, like the Pacific Northwest, the upper Midwest or Scandinavian countries. My wife and I both grew up in Southern California. We did not move to Washington until I was 25. Our son was born when I was 30. Doctors diagnosed me with the relapsing/remitting form of MS, which meant my body would suffer exacerbations and (theoretically) get back about 80 percent of the senses and capabilities that had been lost, presumably over two or three weeks. When my symptoms subsided after my first episode, I was left with zero balance and had lost my ability to type. The senses that disappeared came back very slowly. My writing for the past 30-plus years has been done with two-finger, hunt-and-peck. The running joke has been that I have the ability to type at 24 words per minute, per finger. The one thing that was clear from the start is that MS impacts each person differently. For me, my left side was left completely numb, and my slurred speech made many people presume I had imbibed in too much alcohol. Reality struck over the next few years after I was convinced to sell my beloved bicycle and abandon my routine of playing tennis three to four times per week. I had made my way through college playing competitive tennis, so it was a major blow when I finally agreed to sell my rackets at a garage sale. (I did keep my first racket. There is only so much one person can be asked to sacrifice.)



At first, I tried to hide my physical limitations from employers and colleagues. But I have since learned to accept my situation as the new normal. Friends accept the fact that I may not be able to join them on aggressive treks, but I can still enjoy a relaxed stroll. We love to play games in our house, so I have been relieved of my turn to shuffle a deck of cards or pick up small tokens from a smooth surface. Over the first several years, my exacerbations hit me every four years like clockwork. Usually during times of high stress, like when I started a new job, when relatives flew in to celebrate my son’s Bar Mitzvah and when my wife surprised me by flying in my buddies from college to celebrate my 40th birthday. Gratefully, multiple sclerosis has been on the cutting edge of medical research. I was selected by lottery to receive the first medication available. However, my insurance company was hesitant to cover the cost of the first medication that promised to reduce the frequency and severity of exacerbations. It took my doctor to get on the phone with the insurance company to explain they could choose between covering the cost of the injections or be forced to pay for repeated expensive trips to the emergency room. I am still not sure how my lovely wife maintained her demeanor a few years later when a representative from the insurance company made the decision to no longer cover the $6,500 monthly cost of my medication because I had not had an episode. Calmly and logically, she explained to the paper-pusher that the medication could be responsible for the lack of relapses. My coverage was renewed. Over the years, my doctors have prescribed three separate injectable medications for me. I’ve been on Copaxone since 1999 after a major exacerbation left me unable to walk. Despite the temporary disability, I refused to buy a

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Gratefully, multiple sclerosis has been on the cutting edge of medical research. I was selected by lottery to receive the first medication available. cane. But I did use an old baseball bat to help me get around the house. Truth is, I am luckier than most. Unlike most MS sufferers, I am still able to drive. I am not able to work 40 hours every week, but I am still able to maintain a major portion of my professional duties and my domestic responsibilities. That is probably because I work at my computer at home and not in a factory or on a construction site. When driving, I always carry a small card in my wallet next to my driver’s license that explains to law enforcement officers that my erratic driving may have been caused by a chronic brain disorder. Thank goodness I have never been forced to pull out my “Get out of jail free” card because I cannot walk a straight line even on my best days. Thanks mostly to my wife’s ability to cover the major portion of our income and secure health care through her employer, finances have never been a major concern. Susan made certain our health care was covered last year when she created her own consulting firm. We are not looking forward to dealing with the bureaucracy when it comes time to transition to Medicare.

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, there are 2.3 million people worldwide who suffer with MS. Research has been unable to determine any cause for the disease, and there are no cures. Medical advancements in the last few years have helped patients cope with symptoms, but there has been little progress toward reversing the loss of myelin around the nerves that transmit messages from the brain. Many people have symptoms that are not identified as MS for many years. In fact, until the widespread acceptance of MRI imaging, the method for diagnosing the condition was the elimination of other conditions through a series of brutal tests. For myself, I can think back to a time in college when I was even clumsier than normal, dropping my books, stumbling and forgetting important dates. Doctors hospitalized me at the age of 19 for a spinal tap to determine the cause of my awkward lack of balance. The diagnosis at that point was a pinched nerve. But those warning signs were quickly forgotten in a few weeks when I appeared to find my equilibrium. Many people are quick to dismiss some of the early warning signs, like the feeling of pins and


needles in your feet similar to when your legs are crossed too long or being tired all the time. Naps are a good thing, and I’ve learned to listen to my body and enjoy losing my eyes in the afternoon. But that is not by choice. Issues with speech and swallowing are also common symptoms that people do not suspect as being a symptom for something more serious. For me, damaged portions of my brain have caused slurred speech. Ironically, my degree is in broadcast journalism. I would have been on disability 20 years ago if my career had taken me into radio or television. A speech therapist taught me to slow my speech to help me enunciate. She also taught me to speak louder to help me articulate. But that did not work because people thought I was just yelling all the time. Pain is a common complaint of people with MS. One lady I knew through a support group actually thought of having her legs amputated to eliminate the constant pain. Thankfully she did not follow through with her plans. I was never much of drinker, but one cocktail is now more than enough for me to pass the






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car keys. I have also given up attempting to calculate the proper amount needed for a tip. Many of my fellow patients have utilized prescriptions from their doctor to return to the altered state of mind they enjoyed during the ‘60s. Now that cannabis is legal, the thrill is gone but high times remain the norm. My wife has always accused me of not being able to multitask, but I honestly cannot say if that is a result of MS or just not being very detail oriented. Lists have become an important part of my daily life, from a Honey-do list for chores around the house to simple trips to the grocery store. There was a time that I would stand up on tables to voice my opposition to social injustice. Now I cannot trust myself to stand on the table or climb a ladder. My loss of memory is something else that can be blamed on either age or MS. Or both. There have been numerous times when my daughter will blame my MS for my lack of control over my emotions. I’ve tried to explain to her that I am just a mean old man. Anybody who knew me before I was diagnosed has not been surprised when I have tried to make light of the bleak prospects for my future. For example, I take great pride in the fact that I do not get seasick anymore. When I am aboard a boat filled with people turning green at the gills, I simply welcome them to the world that

In one way I am thankful to MS. My wife and I made the decision to travel while I am still able to get around without a wheelchair. That has been a blessing.

I live in every day. After my initial diagnosis, I realized that I could reach into a boiling pot of water to drain pasta without any pain. However, I forgot to realize that my skin would still turn red and form blisters. When the director of the Washington Chapter of the national Multiple Sclerosis Society approached me and a friend about establishing monthly meetings for a self-help group, I was reluctant to participate until we agreed to name our little group the No Whiners. We now meet once a month at a local hospital to hear speakers who help us enhance the quality of our lives. In one way I am thankful to MS. My wife and I made the decision to travel while I am still able to get around without a wheelchair. That has been a blessing.


When my doctor explained that a majority of my sensory losses would occur in the first five years after my diagnosis, I went out that day and purchased a sports car with a five-speed transmission. That was an expensive mistake. When it came time to buy a new house when the kids were in high school, Susan and I limited our search to homes with a master bedroom on the main floor. Since then we have moved to a home filled with stairs and grandkids. Modern medicine has limited the progression of my disease and healthy habits have given increased my chance to lead a long (and somewhat normal) life. More importantly, I have been surrounded by an incredible support system, beginning with the self-help group organized by the National MS Society, understanding friends, compassionate children and a loving wife who never fails to amaze me. And I never did buy that cane. Dan Aznoff is a freelance writer based in Mukilteo, Washington. He was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the toxic waste crisis and has received acclamation for his work in the areas of sustainable energy and the insurance industry. He is the author of three books that document colorful periods of history in Washington. He can be reached at da@

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s I hit the snooze button for the umpteenth time, something came over me. A slight chill that was not emitted from the “white noise” fan that I keep on at night to quiet life’s random choir of neighborhood noises. I peered out of my bedroom window and noticed that it was slightly open and that all of the trees outside are naked. It is winter. I shut the window, grabbed my cozy robe, put on a pot of coffee, sat back and let the warmth of holiday cheer take over. This is my favorite time of year as a chef and as a house dad. This is the time for holiday entertaining. Holiday entertaining can be a chaotic and stressful time, but it does not have to be. I have come up with seven holiday tips to guide you through your holiday entertaining.


• Keep It Simple, Go Nuts Most modern grocery stores have amazing bulk food sections. Visit these bulk food aisles to gather various roasted nuts. Mix your holiday bounty and place into a decorative bowl accompanied with a few nut crackers. Stand back and watched your friends and family gather ‘round, cracking and enjoying roasted nuts and talking about this holiday season. This has become a wonderful tradition at my house that is easy and inexpensive. • Mulled Wine I like to keep this holiday libation on the kitchen counter in a crockpot on a low setting just enough to fill the house with holiday “spirit.” As guests come over, they are greeted with a little holiday goodness! Here is an easy recipe that will kick off all of your holiday soirées.


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he Christmas season is a joyful time full of family, fun and joy. But the reality is, that for many, it also brings with it a great deal of stress. “How will I afford to buy all these gifts for the people on my list?” It makes one dread what is supposed to the season of hope. So why not try something new this year? Instead of watching your credit card balance increase over the holiday season, why not think of creative ways to provide a gift to someone on your list that does not cost much—or possibly nothing at all. Purchase just a small gift that also provides an opportunity to spend valuable time with one another. Shared experiences are something that will last a lifetime, unlike toys that will soon be forgotten, or even broken. As adults, how often do we find ourselves “spring cleaning” no matter what time of year. We get tired of the clutter and seek to rid ourselves of


the abundance of things we have in the hope that it will help not only our physical environment but also our emotional well-being. “Cleaning house” externally can help calm us internally. So, the gift of spending time with someone or providing an experience to them makes sense when it comes to gift giving to the adults in our lives. But it is not just adults who benefit from time spent together; shared experiences are important for children, too, as it helps contribute to their psychological development. Those children who spend time sharing experiences with others have been found to have a stronger sense of identity, higher rates of academic success and a greater sense of security. Grandparents and grandchildren who spend time together also can learn a great deal from one another’s generation.

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Homemade gift certificates can be a wonderful way to tailor a gift for that special person in your life, whether it is a child or an adult. Make a gift certificate to take that person to their favorite restaurant for some special one-on-one time. This way, the recipient can choose the place and you get the opportunity to share time with that special person. Spending time as a family is something that is increasingly difficult in this day and age. Both parents often work outside the home and kids’ schedules are packed with extra-curricular activities and homework. So, consider giving gifts to your children that can help facilitate a family game night. Buy one game for each child this Christmas and increase your game collection. Then, set aside one night each week to gather as a family and spend time interacting with one another and trying out the new games! Do your children enjoy working with their hands and creating new things? A “craft bucket” full of supplies is a wonderful gift for them (and you!) to explore their creative side. Fill a bucket with scissors, paper, glue, painting kits and more to inspire them. If you are particularly crafty, take the time to teach your child your special skills. For seniors on a fixed income, it may be especially difficult to make ends meet over the holidays. After all, often times they have the largest list of all with children and grandchildren to buy for. Instead of purchasing gifts, why not offer your children the gift of babysitting your grandchildren so your child can enjoy some time with their spouse. And you get to spend that cherished time with your grandchildren as well! Dads. They are frequently much more difficult to buy for, especially when it comes to gifts of experience. Does your dad or husband enjoy a particular hobby? Home beer brewing has become increasingly popular over the last several years, and more and more men (and women) are creating their own concoctions at home. It’s something people can do together, and both can learn a new hobby as well. Visit a local home brew store to investigate what supplies and ingredients are necessary.


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advance) and let him know he’ll be enjoying the outdoors again soon enough. Even better, his Christmas gift will carry over into the new year, and he’ll cherish the opportunity to spend time with his family creating memories. Moms are typically much easier to shop for when it comes to giving the gift of an experience. Pampering gifts are especially popular, whether it is a massage, pedicure or simply time alone to soak in a hot bath while Dad takes the kids out for a movie or sweet treat. For a man seeking to give the gift of an experience to his wife, simply planning a date night and making all the arrangements, including the babysitter, will go a long way. Women often are the ones who schedule and plan all the family’s activities, so this will truly be one you want to repeat for special occasions! Whatever you choose to purchase or create for those on your “nice” list this year, it is important to remember the true meaning of Christmas and to carry the spirit of Christmas in your heart all year long!


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Journey to the North Pole Cruises Kids 5 and younger ride free on this magical Journey to see 1.5 million lights, with a visit to the North Pole to meet Santa and his Elves, The Grinch, Rudolph, the Giant Animated Christmas Tree … and much more! Children are amazed to find out that Santa pulls out his “nice” list and calls each one out by name! The North Pole also has dancing elves and prancing reindeer. The 40-minute Journey to the North Pole cruise departs every night from the day after Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Please call 208.765.4000 for cruise times.

2018 Winterfest Community Celebration Kick off the holiday season with your family and community friends at Post Falls Parks and Recreation’s winter festival of fun. Held Friday, December 7, 6 to 8pm, the City Hall Campus will be bustling with holiday festivities for all ages. The evening festivities will begin by sending out holiday magic to light up the community tree. Those in attendance will enjoy the sounds of caroling choirs, warming up by the outdoor campfires while sipping hot cider and roasting a marshmallow or relishing in a treat from Mrs. Claus’ kitchen. There will be crafts to keep the little ones occupied. Santa will be in his workshop throughout the evening excited for his annual visit with all of his friends. All are asked to bring non-perishable food items, unwrapped new toys, blankets and gently used coats as a donation for the local food bank’s holiday needs.

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In tune with the Christmas Season, Laura Little Productions once again presents Traditions of Christmas at the Salvation Army Kroc Center. Performances take place December 7 through 23 and feature a grand, colorful Radio City Music Hall-style show has been entertaining audiences of all ages for the past six years, and 2018 will be no exception. Traditions of Christmas features 70 cast members and 400 costumes! There are moments that will have you laughing and others that are sure to be heartfelt. For many, the military tribute is their favorite part of the show, but others adore the live nativity scene or comedic pieces. If you haven’t yet, make 2018 the beginning of a new tradition by attending Traditions of Christmas at the Kroc.

Saturday, December 15, join The Vine Church, 9407 North Government Way in Hayden, 10am to noon for their Christmas for Kids event. Families with children 3 to 12 years old are invited to attend this morning of holiday cheer. It’s a fun day of Christmas activities, crafts, songs, creative learning activities, cookie decorating, Christmas video, the Christmas story and a special birthday party for Jesus! There is no cost, but space is limited. Those wanting to attend can pre-register online at events or by calling 208.449.2080. Everyone is welcome!


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14th Annual Jingle Bell Run Join Fleet Feet and the community by hitting the streets and sidewalks of Downtown Coeur d’Alene for the 14th Annual Jingle Bell Run! Held Thursday, December 20, 5:30 to 7pm, be sure to don your most festive attire adorned with ringing bells. During this free run (or walk), participants will have the chance to spread good cheer to onlookers while taking in the glittering displays of holiday lights throughout downtown. Along the way, the Jingle Bell runners will make a stop at the Coeur d’Alene Press, where they’ll drop off donations for the paper’s Christmas For All campaign. Everyone will then head to Fleet Feet for cocoa and cookies and a costume contest for the best-decorated individuals!

Once again, the Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association is partnering with First Presbyterian and Trinity Lutheran to recreate the Nativity in Downtown Coeur d’Alene with their Live Neigh-tivity. Join them Saturday, December 8, 1 to 6pm, at Sherman Park Square, where the young and young at heart will find enjoyment with the live animal petting stable (featuring a camel, donkey, cow, goats, sheep and handlers dressed in Nativity attire). Carolers, hot cocoa and coffee, gifts and manger scene photo booth round out the event. And of course, Santa will make his way on the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department’s vintage fire truck, all lit up with Christmas lights just for the occasion. He’ll be taking children’s Christmas requests 4 to 6pm. During the event, canned food donations will be greatly appreciated.


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Quiet Season on Orcas Island

The perfect antidote to all the holiday commotion STORY AND PHOTOS BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND


ou know you have stumbled upon a hidden gem when the guests, finding out you are a travel writer, ask you not to write about the location because they don’t want anyone else to discover this special experience. So shhh, don’t tell anyone about the Smuggler’s Villa Resort on Orcas Island; it will be our secret. You will want to visit sooner rather than later as rumors abound on the island about Oprah’s recent extensive real estate purchases on the island. Mike Stolmeier has managed the property for almost 30 years and is also an owner. The resort has individually owned townhouses that are offered as vacation rentals. “We get a lot of regulars. I am now seeing kids who I watched take their first steps now bringing their own kids here. This is a place of firsts—first step, first time swimming or making s’mores. That’s what makes my day here,” he said. “We say we like kids and tolerate adults.” The resort is very family friendly. Quiet season is a special time in the San Juan Islands, and Orcas Island is a perfect location to unwind before or during the holiday season. “Guest coming here love there are no malls. Families will visit to do holiday baking and spend time enjoying each other’s company,” said Stolmeier. “One of the popular things we do each night is our fire pit. Typically there are three shifts which begin at sunset. The first is parents with younger children, followed by families with older kids, and then you will get adults sitting around the fire until 1 or 2 in the morning.”



Located on the North Shore of the island, the pebble beach affords breathtaking views of the San Juan Islands, Mount Baker and lovely sunsets. The outdoor swimming pool is unheated but open year round. Many guests try a European spa experience by jumping in the icy water and then getting into the hot tub or sauna. Kids will love the menagerie of animals from parrots and guinea pigs to aquariums. Cuddles, a super friendly bird, greets everyone with a hello when they pass by her cage. The resort also has a marina and kayaking, and fishing charters or whale watching tours are available adjacent to the villas. As the quiet season slips on to Orcas Island, the summer crowds fade away and some businesses close. Make sure to visit the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce website (see The Specifics). Each week they post a “Blast” which gives you a schedule for all the activities taking place on the island, and they also have a listing of what is open. A must see during your visit is the little town of Eastsound with its quaint shops and restaurants. You can walk from Smuggler’s but it is about a mile or so. This time of year it is easy to find parking in town. Stop at Brown Bear Baking for good coffee, fresh pastries and hot-out-of-the-hearth bread— all baked daily. The baking kitchen is open so you can watch the masters at work. With a very friendly staff, you will find yourself a regular during your stay on the island.

Plan to spend a day on the other side of the island. Moran State Park with its pristine lakes and lush forests is the jewel of Orcas Island. It is much larger than you would expect and is actually the fourth largest state park in Washington. Drive up to the top of Mount Constitution, which rises nearly a half mile above Orcas Island, or plan to park and hike up. There are a couple of options for shorter or longer hikes. At the top of the mountain is a watch tower, constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. From the top of the tower is the best view of the San Juan Islands. Locals call it one of the top water views in the world. Although that is not verifiable, it is pretty incredible. On a clear day you can see Mount Baker and Mount Rainier and all the way into Canada. After spending time in the park you are sure to have worked up an appetite. The Rosario Resort is not far away and is a beautiful location to enjoy a late lunch at the Mansion Restaurant. (Note this time of year lunch is only Friday through Sunday.) The restaurant is in the historic Moran Mansion in what was once the veranda overlooking Cascade Bay. The hotel also has a free museum with information about the historic mansion and the Moran family. A former mayor of Seattle and a shipbuilder, Robert Moran donated much of the land, which became Moran State Park, to the State of Washington.


The Specifics GETTING THERE For peace of mind, make a ferry reservation and note that you will need to make a westbound and eastbound reservation. Make sure to arrive 30 minutes prior to departure or you will lose your reservation.

VISITOR INFORMATION Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce Visit the San Juan Islands -

WHERE TO STAY Smuggler’s Villa Resort -

WHERE TO EAT The Brown Bear Baking Company Boat House Ciderworks -

THINGS TO DO Outer Island Excursions - The Rosario Resort - Moran State Park -

Quiet season is a special time in the San Juan Islands. If you are lucky enough to visit on a Saturday, you can experience the unique performance by musician Christopher Peacock. He regales the audience with tales of the mansion’s history interspersed with musical interludes on the 1900 Steinway Grand Piano and the 1914 Aeolian organ with 1972 pipes and a slide show of historic photos. The grand finale is the original silent film version of “The Phantom of the Opera” featuring Lon Chaney in the title role. The silent movie is accompanied by Peacock on the organ. It is mesmerizing. The presentation is free and takes place at 4pm on Saturdays. The San Juan Islands Scenic Byway has a portion on Orcas Island. This is a great way to explore and points out all the highlights of the island. The self-guided drive begins at the Orcas Island ferry landing in the cute little Orcas Village. There is an eclectic market with upscale groceries, a few shops and Boathouse Ciderworks. It will take two to three hours to drive around the island. The byway will take you through small hamlets and

scenic bays. The views really open up this time of year after the fall foliage is gone. Deer Harbor has a nice public sandy beach which is worth a visit. For more information on the byway, check out the Visit San Juan Islands website (See The Specifics). Orcas Island really shines in the quiet season where one can relax and unwind without the crowds of the summer. Winter weather is very mild with average temperatures of 46 to 48 degrees Fahrenheit and a lot less rain than the mainland—in December you are likely to see a sunny day during your visit! After touring the island, enjoy some downtime at the Smuggler’s Villa Resort. Disconnect from technology and reconnect with your family or friends. Stroll the quiet beach or take a private charter with Outer Island Excursions located on site. You can schedule a fishing charter or go see some of the lighthouses from the water. Bundle up, throw some steaks on the grill and enjoy the views from your deck.


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A Taste of Italy in Hayden If you haven’t made your way to Hayden lately, it’s time. Opened March 2018, Radicci is a family owned Italian bistro dishing up authentic scratch-made pastas, pizzas, sandwiches, soups, salads and more using delicious family recipes with a modern twist. Radicci prides itself on their ability to accommodate vegetarian and gluten-free diners as well with nearly all menu selections. Soups and sauces, such as the marinara, are made fresh, and their pizzas are made with a sourdough crust. Chef Dan Morey is not new to the culinary world. A Corden Bleu - Pasadena graduate, he was the food service manager at Alpine Camp & Conference Center for more than 10 years, worked with CEC Walter Rippey, co-owner of Lake Arrowhead Sports Grille, and worked at US Foods for four years. “Any talents that I have come from God, and I use what he has given me to glorify him,” says Dan. Since opening, Radicci has been impressing guests one meal at a time. Located in the former Daanen’s Delicatessen, patrons are treated to simple food with Chef Dan’s own twists. Items are served family style, and they also offer small portions. You can expect quality and consistency with every dish. If you are looking to find a true taste of Italy in your own back yard, you will find it at Radicci. Stop in Sunday through Thursday, 3 to 9pm, and Friday and Saturday, 3 to 10pm. Buon Appetito!

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MAX AT MIRABEAU Join MAX at Mirabeau this holiday season for an unforgettable experience. You’ll be treated to eclectic cuisine, an award-winning menu with more than 100 items, a wine list boasting more than 500 labels and 75 eclectic cocktails—a perfect match for everything on the menu. Enjoy two happy hours daily, a-la-carte brunch featuring multiple benedicts, mimosas and the area’s best Bloody Mary Bar— starting at only $5.90 per person! There’s live music on Friday and Saturday evenings, and late-night dining with a full menu is offered until close. Open daily at 6am. Photo by Keith Boe.

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MOON TIME Serving some of the best food around in a comfortable pubstyle atmosphere. The menu offers soups, sandwiches, pastas, salads and other specialties prepared from scratch daily, along with a fantastic selection of micro-brewed beers and fine wines by the glass and bottle. Open daily at 11am, the kitchen is open late every night. Be sure to stop in Thursday night for live music featuring national and local artists. For more information including photos, menu, specials and directions, make sure to visit their website. Photo by Lauren Denos, Adventure Bound Media.

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MOONDOLLARS BISTRO Moondollars Bistro is known for their burgers, accompanied by scratch-made bread and soups. They uses only fresh ingredients, which are the backbone of this customer favorite. With a comfortable, friendly atmosphere, awesome food, great service, huge patio and full bar there is always something to keep customers coming back for more.

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ANGELO’S RISTORANTE “There is no substitution for quality. Our food is organic and prepared from scratch.” Authentic Italian cuisine. Guaranteed best steaks in town. Catering and private cooking classes available with Chef Angelo. DINNER FOR 2 & A BOTTLE OF WINE $65. Choose from 15 Entrees and 10 Bottles of Wine. Open 7 days a week from 4-10pm.

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JUNIOR’S BBQ Enjoy North Idaho’s best barbecue at Junior’s, where guests are treated to big and bold backyard flavor. Whether you dine in, take out or need catering, you will not be disappointed, and ordering is simple. Choose a sandwich, taco or salad. Next choose your meat, then your choice of fixin’s, from Granny’s baked beans, Mamma’s mashed taters, smothered green beans, coleslaw or pig tail fries. Top it all off with Hillbilly Habanero or Junior’s Original sauce.

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TIM’S SPECIAL CUT MEATS Tim’s Special Cut Meats is your perfect, old-fashioned butcher shop. The friendly staff is ready to help you pick out the perfect cut. Tim’s carries only the finest natural meats and also handles custom orders, with an extensive line of house-made products from pickled garlic to specialty sauces, marinades, rubs and salsas. Mobile butchering and wild game processing are also available.

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STAYING UP PAST THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT on New Year’s Eve can make it difficult to rise early in the morning, but if you can peel open your eyes and get yourself together by mid-morning, you can start your 2019 off with a fun-filled community run. Tesh’s 42nd annual Hangover Handicap fun run will take place at 9:30am on New Year’s Day. Around 300 runners gather at Michael D’s Eatery, bundled up against the cold and ready for a good time for a good cause. “Tesh provides life skills and employment training to youth and adults,” said CEO Frances Huffman. “The fees assist us in filling in the gap between our governmentfunded activities and the cost of providing the service.” That fee is simply a $15 run registration cost in which the proceeds go to the many programs that Tesh provides for its clients and the community. You can register online by clicking on the Handicap Hangover banner at TeshInc. com. You can also call in your registration (208.765.5105), drop by the office at 3327 West Industrial Loop in Coeur d’Alene or sign up the morning of the run. T-shirts and beanie hats will be for sale, and there will be music blasting before the run to help get you pumped up. The course is 5 miles in length—a 2.5-mile out and back on the Centennial Trail alongside beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene. Runners are encouraged to dress for the weather, and many come in costume to this non-competitive fun run. If you aren’t feeling like an early morning run, in-kind donations are also accepted, and volunteers are also needed at the registration desk from 8am to 9:30am. For additional information, visit








Northwest BachFest Winter Classics

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Presented by Northwest Bach Festival, the Winter Classics concert will take place Friday, December 7, 7 to 8:30pm, at the Hagadone Event Center. The evening will include piano quartets by Brahms and Schumann performed by Ben Breen, violin; Martin Sher, viola; Zuill Bailey; cello; and Awadagin Pratt. Tickets can be purchased online at

The seventh annual Traditions comes to the Salvation Army Kroc Center December 7 through 23. This Radio City Music Hallstyle show will inspire the hearts of audience members both young and old. Tickets are $24 for adults, $27 for senior (age 62 and older) and military, $21 for children 12 and younger and can be purchased at the Box Office at The Salvation Army Kroc Center, by calling 208.763.0681 or online at

Join the Boys & Girls Club for Breakfast with Santa. Back by popular demand, everyone is welcome to attend. Enjoy breakfast, raffles, Santa pictures and write letters. All of the proceeds will go to benefit the Boys & Girls Club’s Christmas For Kids program. Cost is just $5 for adults, $3 for kids and $5 to get your picture taken with gool ol’ St. Nick.

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Holiday Sing-Along with Mudgy and Santa

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Held at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library downtown, join in the fun Saturday, December 8 starting at 11am. Mudgy and Millie author and Wee Sing cocreator Susan Nipp will lead songs with children, joined by Mudgy, Millie and Santa. Be sure to bring your cameras, as there will be photo opportunities with Santa, Mudgy and Millie! For more information, call 208.769.2315.

Saturday, December 8, 1 to 6pm, head to Sherman Park Square in Downtown Coeur d’Alene for the annual Live Neigh-tivity, where kids of all ages will enjoy a live animal petting stable, carolers, hot cocoa and coffee, gifts, manger scene photo booth and a visit from Santa (4 to 6pm). Canned food donations will be accepted during the event.

Hosted by the North Idaho College Music Department, join them for the annual Sounds of Christmas Concert at NIC’s Schuler Performing Arts Center. There will be two performances: Saturday, December 8 at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 9 at 2pm. Featuring the NIC Cardinal Chorale, Chamber Singers and NIC Wind Symphony, the concert is free for all to attend. And Santa is expected to make an appearance. 208.769.3300





The Holiday Market Support local while getting some of your Christmas shopping done! Held at the Coeur d’Alene Resort’s Convention Center 10am to 4pm, The Holiday Market is a community gathering of Inland Northwest artists, jewelers, bakers and crafters. Enjoy shopping, food samples and holiday music.




All are welcome to attend Hospice of North Idaho’s Tree Lighting Ceremony: A Remembrance of Loved Ones. Held 5:30 to 6:30pm, this is an evening of music and calm reflection in remembrance of those we grieve this holiday season. Each household will receive a special keepsake ornament. There will be refreshments after the ceremony. For more information, call 208.772.7994.

The Art Spirit Gallery unveiled its 20th annual holiday exhibition featuring small artworks by over 30 local and regional artists on November 16. But you’re in luck! A second reception will be held in conjunction with ArtWalk Friday, December 14, 5 to 8pm. New work will continue to rotate through the holiday season. Everyone is welcome. Meet the artists and enjoy the holiday cheer. The show runs through January 5, 2019.



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Holiday Pajama Jam

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Join Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center in Post Falls for a first ever Holiday Pajama Jam! Open to kids ages 6 through 15 and their parent, dress in your favorite onesies, Christmas pajamas or anything festive and comfy to boogie in. There will be kidfriendly tunes and dancing, holiday treats and some optional activities. Space is limited so get your tickets now! Ticket prices are $15 for the first parent/child couple, $6 for each additional kiddo, and $10 to add additional parents.

All are welcome to join The Vine Church in Hayden 10am to noon for their annual Christmas for Kids event. Families with children 3 to 12 years old are invited to attend this morning of holiday cheer filled with Christmas activities, crafts, songs, creative learning activities, cookie decorating, Christmas video, the Christmas story and a special birthday party for Jesus! And the event is free! Pre-register online at or by calling 208.449.2080.

Join the Coeur d’Alene Resort for their New Year’s Party: A Diamond Soiree! The evening features a gourmet dinner buffet with a live pianist, aerial performers, live music from The Sara Brown Band, a best-dressed contest, DJ Epic Vibes, dancing and a hosted champagne toast at midnight with fireworks. Tickets can be purchased by calling 855.813.8796 or online at







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