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The rule of thumb used to be gloss for trim, satin for living spaces and semi-gloss for bathrooms and kitchens. Please don’t do this! The new paint finishes are mainly water-based acrylics and have been developed to be very, very durable, even in low-luster finishes.

Instead, I recommend a semi-gloss or even satin finish for trim and millwork. The smooth finishes of these paints do a great job of repelling dust and grime and can be easily wiped down, but they are not so glossy as to call attention to little flaws or nicks that most of us have lived with on our doors or baseboards.

While high-gloss paint can certainly be used for trim, it can also be used for a wide variety of techniques, including “lacquering,” which entails layering a rich-pigmented oil-based paint to achieve a glossy, polished, jewel-like finish. While this sounds impressive, it is certainly not for everyone, and something that high gloss accomplishes very well is highlighting every little flaw in the drywall or woodwork. This technique is best left to professional painters and requires perfect smooth-finish

As far as using satin or semi-gloss on bathroom and kitchen walls, don’t do it. These finishes can look cheap and are hard to touch up. It is far better to use a more matte paint that touches up easily than to use something with a high sheen to it. The thought is that the glossier the paint, the more waterproof it is, but this is no longer the case. Any paint you use today is going to have a level of water protection, as most are synthetic latex paints, otherwise known as acrylic. In essence, we


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I recommend a semi-gloss or even satin finish for trim and millwork. are coating our walls in thin layers of plastic. Now, does shinier plastic protect better from moisture than matte plastic? Not really. Does that mean you should go with the flattest of the flat paints? Something with no sheen at all? I wouldn’t recommend going that direction either. Flat paints can show imperfections in another way—their light-absorbing surfaces show any change in color or texture. In addition, they are particularly susceptible to fingerprints, grease, or cracks of any kind. My recommendation when choosing paint is to stay away from the extremes. For walls and ceilings, choose a matte paint, something with a light sheen that is still washable. This will be your most flattering—and most forgiving—surface. It bounces just enough light around

to be beautiful, while still being durable enough for most interiors. These finishes can be called matte, eggshell or sometimes velvet, depending on the brand. Ask the paint specialist for the finish they would consider their “washable matte.” They will know how to help you. For trim and millwork, choose a satin or semi-gloss finish. This will be easier to care for and look good in the long term. It also contrasts nicely with a more matte wall paint. Always keep a bit of each paint on hand for touch-ups (I like to keep mine in labeled mason jars under the sink), and don’t be afraid to wipe down your trim regularly with a mild abrasive-free cleaner. Usually a little dish soap and water will do the trick. This will keep your new coat of paint looking great well into the future.


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TJ Clary Seventh Grade ELA Teacher Sandpoint Middle School


hen a person truly loves what they do for a living, it is infectious to those around them. When you bring a positive attitude into a setting, others tend to pick up on that positivity. This is often the case for students who spend time around April’s Teacher of the Month, TJ Clary.

might look at this as an obstacle, TJ relishes watching his students take the reins and discover things for themselves. “I enjoy the interactions I have with students. Watching a student become independent at learning is extremely satisfying,” he said.

While TJ’s classes are focused on sentence structure, grammar, conjugation and creative writing skills, “WE ALL HAVE A there is more than just curriculum that he PURPOSE IN THIS hopes to instill in his students. TJ presses WORLD, SO DON’T those in his classroom to look past previous WASTE IT AWAY. MAKE mistakes or failures and focus on their goals and what is ahead of A DIFFERENCE AND them. “My life lesson to them is never give up MAKE THIS PLACE and never let your bad decisions define who BETTER FOR THOSE you are."

TJ is in his eighth year as an educator and is currently at Sandpoint Middle School where he teaches English and language arts (ELA) to seventh graders. Despite a busy schedule, he takes time each day to check in with his wife, and the conversation often revolves around school. “Every day I text my wife and tell her how much I love my job,” said TJ. “That moment I stand in front of the AROUND YOU.” As someone who has students and they laugh seen the power of at my jokes and appear positivity and what to enjoy my class is the even the smallest gestures of kindness can moment I am the luckiest person on earth.” do for an individual, group or community, Seventh grade is a time of great transition TJ encourages all of his students to make a for many young people. Kids are starting the positive impact on their surroundings. “We early transition into becoming young adults all have a purpose in this world, so don’t waste and are more inclined to find their own it away. Make a difference and make this place way and be more independent. While some better for those around you."


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How an unexpected question transformed intention into action By Trish Buzzone Thinking Partner, Executive Director, The John Maxwell Team


ecently, a friend shared with me how an unexpected question helped him move from intention to action. After role shifts in his career and at home, he’s been struggling to, as he put it, “regain control of my schedule.” He’s in a career defined by deadlines, so scheduling and planning are ingrained habits. Sometimes, he says, “so ingrained they get in the way. “I’ve been trying to find time to get back in shape. I have a home gym, a basketball hoop in my driveway, and I worked out regularly for years before life changed a year ago. I want to get back into my routine, thing is, I only know one way to do it: Plan, set a schedule, specific exercises, track my results. I’ve been focused on getting everything else done, so there was no time for all that. I wanted to get started, I thought about it every day. I just didn’t do it, until a couple months ago.” “What changed?” I asked. He smiled, shook his head and said, “Someone reminded me I have a dog.”

“Come again?” “I was talking about all this with a friend who owns a gym. I expected her to give me a lecture about prioritizing my physical health, invite me to her gym. Nope. She just grinned at me and asked, ‘Do you have dogs?’ I said I did—she knew I did—so I waited for the other shoe to drop. It did. She added, ‘Take your dog for a walk every day. Set an alarm if you have to. Just get up from your desk, put the leash on the dog, and get outside. He’ll love it, and you will too.’” “How does this help me plan my workout routine?” my friend asked the trainer. “It won’t,” the trainer said. “You don’t need a detailed plan to start exercising again. You want one, because plans are comfortable for you. You feel all this pressure to get everything done, to figure it all out with all these changes in your routine, and you won’t give yourself permission to introduce something different that might break up the flow. The work will be there when you get back, and, I promise, 15 minutes won’t kill any deadlines.”


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My friend thought about what she said all the way home, where his dogs greeted him at the door. He started to walk past them—thinking about deadlines—and then, he stopped. “Fifteen minutes,” he thought. “I’ve got that.” So, he tossed his sport coat across the stair rail, changed his shoes and took his furry pals for a walk.

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“That was a month ago,” my friend said, “and you know what? Two weeks in, on the way back from the walk, I opened the garage door and saw my weight bench, all dusty and ignored. ‘Just 15 minutes,’ I thought, and I got in a few quick sets.” He laughed, “‘Walk the dog,’ she said. I thought she was patronizing me. When I chose to listen, I realized she was helping me see past my selfimposed limitations. Now my pants, and my perspective, both fit a lot better.” Trish Buzzone is the executive director of The John Maxwell Team. Connect with Trish Buzzone at, in/trishbuzzone or 29

HELP KEEP LAKE PEND OREILLE Annual Sand Creek Clean Up By Abigail Thorpe Photo Courtesy of Lake Pend Oreille Water Keepers


he annual Sand Creek Clean Up typically takes place around Earth Day—a way locals can show their appreciation for the planet and for Sandpoint in particular by getting out and helping clean up and take care of the environment.

This year’s clean-up will take place at 10am on Saturday, April 18. Anyone can join; just meet at the City Beach Hut and come prepared to help for a couple of hours. The clean-up is free to attend, and all equipment is supplied by Lake Pend Oreille Water Keepers, who will also have coffee and snacks to help you fuel up for the clean-up.

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The Sand Creek Clean Up doesn’t just help keep the lake beautiful, it aids in restoring the health of the waterway, keeping pollutants, toxins and garbage from draining into Lake Pend Oreille, and protecting our wildlife and drinking supply. IMPORTANT


“Both humans and other animals depend on the water being litter-free and unpolluted. Cleaning up litter and debris around our watershed gives community members a direct and positive role in protecting our aquatic habitats and land use areas,” says Knaack. “By participating in a clean-up event, individuals can realize that solving water pollution problems requires the involvement of many—not just a few.”

Typically around 20 to 50 volunteers show up, says Carolyn Knaack, program director TOGETHER TO HELP MAKE for Pend Oreille Water Keepers. “This is an important community event bringing a OUR TOWN A BETTER PLACE diverse cross-section of residents together to help make our town a better place to live,” she TO LIVE." For more information, visit or the says. In past years, the clean-up has resulted Lake Pend Oreille Water Keepers Facebook in removing over 20 bags of trash from the page, and come out and celebrate Earth Day by cleaning our shoreline. “It’s a great way to meet like-minded community members shorelines! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please call 208.597.7188 and get outside with your friends and family,” Knaack continues. as the clean-up nears to find out if the event has been postponed or “Working together toward a common goal helps us all realize how canceled.


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The Challenges of Wildlife Rehabilitation The importance of knowledge, proper care and community support By Kathleen St.Clair - McGee, Founder and Board of Directors President of American Heritage Wildlife Foundation

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here is excitement when we think about our wild native neighbors. When we see one in need, we want to reach out and help. Too often our hearts jump into action without engaging our brains. This can be dangerous for both the wild animal and the human. We have a simple yes/no checklist on our website to help you determine if you should become a superhero. To paraphrase the wise words of a recent good Samaritan rescuer, “It is intimidating at best when considering how to care for a wild animal.” There are many factors to consider, and if you reside in an area where professionals operate, contact them right away. Minutes matter when there has been any type of trauma, including being orphaned. The wrong housing, temperature, food, time intervals, medications and rehydration are all reasons for demise. American Heritage Wildlife Foundation volunteers have been doing this for almost 20 years. Our volunteers are real superheroes with compassion as their superpower. Will you join our team of warriors and visionaries for wildlife? Wildlife rehabilitation is determining the mystery of why this animal is requiring care. It is about having all the resources necessary to provide care. It is about love and loss and educating our neighbors. It is wonderful, wageless, interesting, frustrating, rewarding, exciting, demanding, heartbreaking, intense, thrilling, challenging, tiring, invigorating. It requires lots of patience,


knowledge and cleaning. It is paying attention to minute details at all times and networking with 5,000 professionals. When you find a wild animal, thank you for reaching out with your heart. Now engage your brain and remember AHWF. Be aware of your surroundings and the animals you would normally see. Hesitate before you approach any wild animal. Watch for signs of distress. Follow through with appropriate actions. Professional licensed wildlife rehabbers are not the wildlife police. They are devoted to this calling—it is not just a hobby. There are so many areas to pay attention to, and there is not the benefit of having the patient tell you what they are feeling nor the ability to run assorted medical tests. The most heartbreaking experience as a professional rehabilitator is when a rescuer finds a wild animal in need and brings the animal in too late to help it. A wild animal is caused greater distress due to the time delay from initial trauma and patient intake. Your heart breaks when this happens. The vocalizations of many more patients in need shake you from this sorrow and force you to continue on providing the best for those who demand attention. The greatest moment is when a patient has fully recovered physically and mentally and is released. Wildlife rehabilitation is a profession that demands respect just like


doctors and lawyers. It should not be attempted by untrained people. This is why there are requirements and laws requiring permission. You want your doctor to have a medical degree and lawyer to be licensed. Let the legally permitted rehabilitators do their job. If you want to get involved with wildlife, simply ask to join the team of volunteers at your local community wildlife rehabilitation facility. Duties are not just cleaning or feeding. We need taxi drivers, event planners, outreach coordinators and knowledgeable nature lovers. Go to the American Heritage Wildlife Foundation website to find important details regarding our native neighbors and how you can give so they can live. Please give time, talent or treasure to keep Idaho wild. No one can do everything, but everyone can do one thing. American Heritage Wildlife Foundation is 100 percent community supported! This means when you give, they live. We must have volunteers. More than 3,000 are given annually. We must be financially supported. Our operating budget (without salaries) is $18,000. Find AHWF online on May 7 during the one day of giving Idaho Gives. Our duty is to present the present as a present for future generations, so this place called North Idaho remains the same amazing native neighbor-filled habitat we all love and cherish.



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andpoint Area Seniors, located in the Senior Center at 820 Main Street, has always made its meal program a main priority. “It has always been a meal program, that has always been the main mission, to provide meals for seniors,” says Nancy Savage, the Sandpoint Area Seniors financial officer. “The main focus of our mission is home delivery meals. We do about 2,500 meals a month.” But the center offers so much more than just meals—it provides an opportunity for seniors to socialize and participate in educational and recreational activities. Started in 1974, the program is celebrating its 46th anniversary this year, and there are exciting changes ahead. They are actively working to get the building refurbished, looking for grants and donations to help finance the renovations, says Alice Wallace, the interim executive director for Sandpoint Area Seniors. A Sandpoint native, Wallace came to the board of


Sandpoint Area Seniors in October after 20 years working with the Bonner Community Food Bank as its director. About a month ago she started as interim executive director and is passionate about growing the center and rejuvenating its meeting spaces and offerings. The center has several spaces they are looking to grow into more opportunities for socializing. “I want to develop that as a meeting place. I think there's a lot that can be done,” says Wallace. Many of the seniors who walk through the center’s doors are looking for a chance to socialize and get out of the house. Sandpoint Area Seniors offers lunches Monday through Thursday at 11:30am, and a delicious breakfast on Fridays. There is a suggested donation of $4 to help cover some of the costs of keeping the center open and running, but the center will feed anyone who comes in, regardless of payment. “We're very fortunate in that our cook is a chef,” says Wallace of their cook Greg Bolen. “He puts out a great meal.”

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Apart from its in-house and delivery meal service, the center also offers various recreational and learning activities, including bingo, pinochle, bridge, and writing and drawing classes. Anyone is welcome to join for Bingo every Wednesday night, as long as they are of age to play. On the second and fourth Saturday of each month a live band comes in to play for their dances, and each year they have volunteers from AARP and SHIBA come in to help with various things like tax preparation, or to help review and find the appropriate health insurance for individuals. Adjoining the Senior Center is the Daybreak Center—an adult daycare center where caretakers can bring their loved ones in for a few hours of socialization, music, games and brain stimulation. Daybreak is open four days a week and is as much a service for the caretaker as it is for the senior, giving a few hours of much-needed rest. “Respite care is what it’s called,” says Savage. “It’s really a service for the person who is a caregiver.” Sandpoint Area Seniors has about 12 paid staff and 50 or 60 volunteers “that help in every way imaginable,” says Savage. “People in the community are awesome.” The center relies on donations, volunteer time and grant money to keep its doors open. “We have fundraisers all year where we invite the community,” says Wallace. In the past this has included an annual barbecue with the Injectors Car Club as well as a Mother’s Day Tea. “The people I have worked with here have been awesome,” says Wallace. “That's the other thing about our employees, they’re so exceptional and they work for so little,” adds Savage. Besides the phenomenal staff

that keeps Sandpoint Area Seniors and its various programs running, the community has been wonderful as well. Various people have come forward to make donations for the renovation, including paint and lighting, as well as offering their services to help. Seniors and family members are welcome to walk in the doors for meals throughout the week or to join in one of the many events going on. The Daily Bee publishes the Senior Center menu so you can see what is coming up, as well as a spotlight on seniors, offering various information on Sandpoint Area Seniors as well as the senior community. For more information, to volunteer or to get in touch with Sandpoint Area Seniors, visit Due to the current health situation and COVID-19, the center is currently only offering delivery meals and meals for pick-up. Events have been postponed or canceled until further notice, and future events are dependent on the upcoming situation. Please reach out to Sandpoint Area Seniors by calling 208.263.6860 if you have any questions about services during this time, and please be patient as we all navigate the upcoming months.




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ycle Hard for Education” is what CHAFE stands for, and that’s exactly what around 500 cyclists do every year around the mountains and valleys of beautiful Sandpoint. This year marks the 13th annual event, presented by Gary and Julie French, and organized by the Rotary Club of Sandpoint. The gran fondo was originally started by the Panhandle Alliance for Education to support a program called Ready! for Kindergarten, which equipped parents to serve as the first teachers in helping prepare their children for school. Rotary Club of Sandpoint took over the ride eight years ago, continuing its mission to support education and youth in the local community. This year, funds will go to support the Lake Pend Oreille School District After

School Reading and Literacy Program, and other youth and education programs. “Last year was a breakout year for us, with over 500 riders and over 100 sponsors,” says Melvin Dick, a member of Sandpoint Rotary who helps coordinate and sponsor the CHAFE 150 every year. “We sponsor the ride because we believe in good education,” he says. The ride has raised more than $320,000 for the cause since Rotary took over; more than $500,000 since its beginning. “Last year we donated $60,000 to the schools,” says Dick. “We also put another $15,000 into scholarships and youth leadership training and books for elementary students.” The fundraiser has made a big difference in


many kids’ and families’ lives, with many of the riders having firsthand experience of the benefits. “All three of my kids are products of the local school district and now I have grandkids. Early literacy is, in my opinion, the key to success,” says Kim Woodruff, the director of Parks and Rec for the City of Sandpoint, and a participant in the CHAFE 150 since its inception. “If children cannot read proficiently by the end of third grade, they face daunting hurdles to success in school and beyond,” adds Andra Murray, the director of Teaching and Learning at the Lake Pend Oreille School District. “CHAFE makes a huge difference by providing up-to-date reading materials for our students as well as additional training for LPOSD staff.”



Riders from all over the country come out to participate in the CHAFE 150, with 60 percent coming from outside Sandpoint. Several years ago, the ride was named a top 10 scenic ride in the country, and Bicycling Magazine names it the number three charity ride in the country.

the cold beer waiting at the finish about halfway down the Bull River road—always. Seems like the hills east of Clark Fork get steeper every year. I’m a lone wolf and don’t hook up with other riders so that I can crank hair-band rock and only pay attention to the white line.”

The ride offers 150-, 100-, 80-, 40- and 25mile scenic routes through the Selle Valley and around the Cabinet Mountains, plus a family fun ride, and provides six fully stocked rest stops along the way, all manned by community organizations who compete to win the traveling trophy for the best rest stop, as picked by the riders.

Each year the ride brings in about $200,000 to the local economy of Sandpoint from people visiting, staying and eating at local businesses. The CHAFE has been a driving force in bringing the community together every June over a great cause and survives on the back of its incredible volunteer team and sponsors. From the race organization to the rest stops and day-of work, volunteers handle it all.

“The scenic course, top-notch organization and awesome volunteers are what make the event,” says Woodruff. “I always start thinking about

This will be Steve Sanchez’s 11th year volunteering for the event. He provides


motorcycle support on the route and is trained in Wilderness and Remote First Aid, CPR and bicycle repair. “I love helping bicyclists on the CHAFE have a wonderful and safe riding experience on some of the most beautiful roads in the area,” says Sanchez. “I love being there for them to give some motivation if they are struggling up a steep hill, provide an extra bottle of water on a hot day, or change a flat tire so a rider can rest a few minutes.” Woodruff remembers one year when he was given official clearance to ride the 150-mile route a day early so he wouldn’t miss hearing his daughter speak at her graduation, which was the day of the gran fondo. The founder of the ride, Brad Williams, also known as the “father” of CHAFE, was out marking the course and delivered Woodruff an ice cream along the way.

No matter the weather, riders come out and volunteers join to cheer them on. “At the pre-ride breakfast at Trinity, we have seen everything from wind and driving rain to beautiful sunny skies,” recalls Sanchez. “Regardless of the weather forecast, I love seeing the excitement on the faces of the riders fueling up for, what may be, the longest bicycle ride of their life!” All of the routes—including the family fun ride—culminate in an after party at City Beach, including a dinner and beer and wine garden. “The after-ride party is open to the whole community,” says Dick. “We would like to have everyone come down and welcome the riders, their families, their kids, and have a great time.” Registration for the June 20 CHAFE 150 is still open, it is $75 for the 150, 100- and 80-mile routes, $50 for the 40- and 25-mile routes. For youth (16 and younger), registration fees are $50 for the 150-, 100- and 80-mile routes, $20 for the 40- and 25-mile routes. In addition to the registration, all adult riders are required to raise a minimum of $50 for the ride cause ($25 for youth). For those who raise more, there are a series of prizes, ranging from free registration to a free bike if you raise $4,000 or more. The family fun ride is free to kids 5 and younger and any accompanying adults, and $5 for kids 6 and over.

Without its sponsors, the CHAFE 150 and its fundraising for the local community would not be possible. This year’s presenting sponsor is Gary and Julie French, with platinum sponsors including Like Media, Litehouse Foods, RE/Max, Timberline Helicopters and Ting. Gold level sponsors include 219 Lounge, Pend Oreille Mechanical, KPND, WSS CPAs and Consultants, Trinity at City Beach, Bonner General Health, Greasy Fingers, Bonner County Daily Bee, Elana Westphal, Kochava, 7BTV, Washington Trust, Sandpoint Living Local, Jason Duchow Photography, Clearwater Gear, Parker Subaru, and Angela and Tim Cochran. Opportunities to sponsor the event are still available, and every contribution goes to making the CHAFE 150 the incredible ride and community event that it is. “Volunteering at a CHAFE rest stop was one of the highlights of my year,” says Murray. “Riders from near and far participate in support of such an important cause—literacy. Thank you to the riders, sponsors, Rotary and all of our community members who make this event possible!” To register, sponsor or volunteer, visit The organizers of the CHAFE 150 are monitoring the COVID-19 situation. They are hopeful that the ride will continue as planned.


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e give thanks to Harold and Liz Stephenson for all their years of dedicated hard work. They have built The Paint Bucket into a household name for Sandpoint.”

January 2020 not only marked a new year but an exciting new endeavor for one North Idaho couple, as Jeremie and Briel Prock took over ownership of The Paint Bucket, which has been serving the Sandpoint community for the past 33 years. Along with new ownership comes a new name—Prock’s Paint Bucket. Longtime customers of The Paint Bucket can still expect the same great services at this retail paint and sundries store. “We are a family owned and operated store serving the local community,” says Jeremie. “We strive for superior customer service paired with a fun and friendly environment.” The couple has lived in the Pacific Northwest for many years and find Sandpoint to be a very beautiful and unique place. “The first thing we


noticed about Sandpoint before we ever bought the business, and one of the main deciding factors in our purchase was the friendliness of the people who live here and the quality of life,” says Briel. “The people here treat you like family and are open and inviting. It feels like we have lived here all our life.”

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Jeremie and Briel are seasoned in the paint business, as they have been the proud owners of Prock’s Paint Bucket in Hayden (located at 8943 North Commerce Drive), which has been serving loyal customers since 2019. With a background as a painting and remodeling contractor for many years, Jeremie enjoys being able to interact with people and loves to serve.

When it comes to what Jeremie and Briel find most rewarding in the work they do, it is making new friends and seeing the smile on a satisfied customer’s face.

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lthough the spring high school sports season has been put on hold, senior Jaycie Irish still plans to continue her love of softball after graduation. Jaycie became infatuated with the game of softball when just a little girl. “I fell in love after watching my dad and papa play in the Sandpoint Men’s League,” she said. As many kids here in the community do, Jaycie started out playing baseball until fifth grade when she finally reached the age to participate in her love: softball. On and off the field, she is a leader when it comes to lending a helping hand. As a fouryear varsity athlete, Jaycie demonstrated her leadership skills as captain both junior and senior year as her teammates really looked up

to her. Off the field, Jaycie takes pride in her grades by maintaining a 3.25 cumulative GPA and holding a 4.0 during her senior year while taking a handful of Honors and Dual Credit courses. She is a very active student in the health occupations class. The class partakes in rotations in the local nursing homes along with the hospital. She will earn her Certified Nursing Assistant certification by the end of the school year. Next fall, Jaycie will continue her passion for softball as she claims her spot on the Spokane Falls Community College Women’s Softball team. She will also be pursuing her education studying radiation technology. “I am excited to play and study in Spokane,” she exclaimed. “It’s far enough away from home but close enough that it’s easily accessible.”

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most favorite part, being a part of a team. “My teammates are my family,” she said. “They make the season what it is. We all have to work hard for each other in order to reach our goals. That is what I love the most.”

Her coach, Elizabeth Hawkins-Williams, has coached Jaycie to use her emotions for the better. “I can get really down on myself,” Jaycie said, “and get in my own head.” Jaycie is forever grateful to the lesson she learned from her coach. “Coach Hawkins-Williams taught me to use that fuel to pitch better and to fuel my team with as much energy and support as possible.” As Jaycie’s pride and joy, she loves everything about the game of softball. She admires the competition, winning (of course), the drive and motivation to work hard and succeed, and, her


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SANDPOINT’S SILENT SWEEPER A downtown shopkeeper intent on keeping the streets clean BY ABIGAIL THORPE


alk around the corner of Church Street onto First Avenue in Sandpoint, and you come across a little store called Burl Wood Dreams. A collection of interesting wood carvings and wooden furniture in the window, its hand-carved wooden sign hanging above the sidewalk, and an especially pristine section of street mark the home of Corey and Kimberley Obenauer’s unique store, and where Corey heads out from each morning to sweep up the streets of Downtown Sandpoint. “You can walk around my corner, there's not so much as a cigarette butt,” says Corey. “I won’t have it. I like to keep it clean, I like to keep it neat, because I think the first impression is a lasting impression.” He and his wife have been in Sandpoint since 2013, when a family illness brought them out from Montana. They opened the store about threeand-a-half years ago, after Corey put his energy into woodworking and building following the passing of his parents.

As you wander through the store, you can see his passion and detail for forming incredible pieces out of wood. The shop is home to pieces from other woodworking artists in the area as well, and Corey is the first to praise their work and welcome you in with a warm smile and handshake. His 3-and-a-half-year-old son is the center of his world; you can spot pictures of the toddler behind the counter and in articles and advertisements featuring the store. “He’s the light of our life, and Mom’s feet ain't touched the ground since,” laughs Corey. “So I work and I build, and I build and I work, and I drag on, and I push on, because they need that.” In the summer months, you can find Corey out sweeping the streets of downtown each morning around 6:30am, before he opens his store for the day. He’s done so since day one, when he walked outside and didn’t like the trash he saw dirtying the downtown streets. And so he grabbed a broom and took on the job of keeping Sandpoint


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clean—without payment or being asked. He saw a need, and he met it head on. “I learned that from my dad: Don’t mince words, mean what you say and say what you mean, and stick up for what you believe in. Make sure it’s what you believe that's right,” says Corey. “I go all these places and I sweep up and I clean and I give and I do, and I don’t do it for reward because there is no reward. I get some air in my lungs and I get some exercise. And I'll come back, and just like building one of my tables, I'll finish a table and I'll walk away, and I’ll come back a couple hours or maybe tomorrow and I'll look at it and I'll go, ‘Wow, I did that with just these.’” He holds up his hands, a smile on his face. Corey cleans about 15 blocks each morning, on foot. The beginning of the season is always the worst, as the trash builds up, but once he’s done it the first few times, there is less and less each morning. Cigarette butts are the number one thing he cleans up—no surprise. “But can you guess the second thing?” he asks. It’s plastic dental flossers—trash that won’t decay

for years and years. “You’ll clean your body up and then you throw it on the ground. That’s number two. There’s been days when I’ll sweep up a hundred of them,” he says. The neighboring businesses know Corey—he cleans their front sidewalk every morning, after all. Many will smile, some will thank him, some act like they don’t notice. For Corey, it’s about being good to people and caring for the town he lives in. “Do the right thing, be good to people, because when you’re gone from here, that’s all they’re going to remember is who you were and how you treated people, not nothing else, and they’ll remember that good or bad,” he says. “That’s what I do. I love it. I love the life that I have from it. I get to look at myself in the mirror and say, ‘Did you do something good for someone else today?’” The construction on First Avenue in front of his business has been hard







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Come warmer weather, Corey will continue to go out each morning to sweep—he even does it in the winter on warmer days if he has the time and the weather permits. “The reward to me is I’ll say nothing to no one, and people will come in and say, ‘Wow this is such a beautiful town, you could eat off the street out there,’” he smiles. The next time you’re in Downtown Sandpoint, stop in Burl Wood Dreams and take a moment to enjoy the love and detail that’s put into each one-of-a-kind, hand-made piece of furniture or accessory, and then walk outside and take a moment to appreciate how clean our town is. And then do your part to keep it that way. “Sandpoint is one of the most beautiful places in America,” says Corey. “It’s a fantastic spot, and there’s reasons why it is, and you know what, mine—small little piece as it is—is one of the reasons why.”


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hat is de Quervain’s tendonitis? De Quervain’s (dih-kwerVAINS) tendonitis (or de Quervain’s tenosynovitis) is inflammation of the sheath that covers the two tendons that help move the thumb. These tendons are located along the thumb-side of the wrist, and when one overuses the wrist, it causes these two tendons to become inflamed. The main symptoms include swelling in the wrist and pain on the thumb-side of the wrist, usually occurring during pinching, grasping objects or twisting the wrist. Occasionally, people feel a “catching” sensation when moving the thumb.

Who is affected by de Quervain’s tendonitis? De Quervain’s tendonitis can affect people of all ages; however, it affects women more than men, specifically middle-aged women. Additionally, pregnant mothers during their last trimester and mothers who nurse have a higher chance of acquiring the condition. This is possibly due to inflammation in pregnancy and the lifting of infants, which strains the thumb outward. Activities that increase your chances of causing/worsening this condition include typing, gardening, knitting, needlepoint, hammering, racquet sports, skiing, using scissors (e.g. hair stylists), lifting up children (childcare providers/parents), opening jars and wringing out wet clothes.

How do you know if you have de Quervain’s tendonitis? To diagnose, a clinician will have you perform the “Finkelstein Test” where you place your thumb into the palm of your hand and make a fist around it, then bend your wrist down toward the floor. Sharp shooting pain usually occurs along the thumb-side of your wrist and is symptomatic of possible de Quervain’s tendonitis.

What can you do at home? Anti-inflammatory foods, spices (such as turmeric) and ice can decrease inflammation of the tendon sheath in the wrist. Avoid activities that may aggravate the wrist, such as repetitive thumb motions (e.g. pinching) and repetitive wrist motions (e.g. bending your wrist to the thumb-side).


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Exercises to start right now: Using the fingers of your other hand, grip your affected thumb and slowly bend your thumb across your palm until the tip of your thumb touches the base of your little finger. Hold for 15 seconds. Repeat five times. Place your hand on a table in the “handshake” position with your thumb up. Slowly bring your thumb down 90 degrees in front of your palm until it makes a “c” shape with your index finger. Hold for five seconds. Repeat 10 times. Treatment for de Quervain’s tendonitis typically includes immobilization of the thumb by orthosis in a thumb spica splint 24 hours a day for four to six weeks.

Additional treatments include: • Ultrasound to decrease swelling and pain • 830 Laser to decrease pain and assist in healing tendons and surrounding tissue • Soft tissue massage, range of motion exercises, strengthening (begins once your condition improves and pain has decreased) At Kauai Therapy & Wellness, we have an occupational therapist who specializes in elbow, wrist and hand conditions. After trying these exercises, if you feel no gains have been made, please call us at 208.205.9559, and we will get your hands happy again!


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hat is blue light, and why is it bad? Blue light is a color in the visible light spectrum. It has one of the shortest wavelengths in the light spectrum, resulting in the highest amount of energy. In its natural form, blue light comes from the sun and helps regulate the body’s circadian rhythm—the natural sleep and wake cycles. It also boosts alertness, heightens reaction times, elevates moods and promotes an overall feeling of well-being. Blue light in its artificial form comes from digital screens (TVs, computers, laptops, smartphones and tablets), electronic devices, and fluorescent and LED lighting. Prolonged exposure to blue light in this form causes eye strain, headaches, physical and mental fatigue. Over time, exposure to the blue end of the light spectrum can cause long-term damage to your eyes and to your skin. The natural filters in our eyes are not capable of providing enough protection against blue light rays in any form. Prolonged exposure to blue light may cause retinal damage and contribute to age-related macular degeneration—and in some cases, vision loss. While blue light in small amounts can help elevate your mood, increase alertness and regulate sleep patterns, chronic exposure to blue light, specifically at night, can have the opposite effect, lowering the production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep, by disrupting the circadian rhythm and negatively affecting your mood. It is common knowledge: UV light can cause damage to the skin. Because of its shorter wavelength, blue light penetrates deeper than UV light. Long-term blue light exposure can cause skin damage, including discoloration, inflammation and weakening of the skin’s surface, which causes collagen and elastin to break down, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles and sagging.


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ccupational therapy is the only profession that helps people across all ages of life do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapists enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health and prevent—or live better—with injury, illness or disability.

and equipment to maximize safety and independence and create wellfunctioning space in the home to easily meet the patient's needs. Occupational therapists ask, “What matters to you?” not “What’s the matter with you?” Occupational therapy is “the use of assessment and treatment to develop, recover or maintain the daily living and work skills of people with a physical, mental or cognitive disorder.”

Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

Whether it be in-home through Bonner General Health’s Home Health Services or on an in-patient or out-patient basis through Performance Therapy Services, the occupational therapists at Bonner General Health have a wide variety skill in specialties all tailored to assist patients in activities of daily living. Whether it be from an injury or a debilitating disease, occupational therapy can change a “can’t do” into a “can do.”

Occupational therapy services typically begin with an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the patient’s goals. A customized therapy plan is established to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach their goals. Progress evaluations ensure that the goals are being met and help identify any changes that need to be made to the intervention plan.

BGH therapists specialize in pediatrics, vision testing, concussion management and cognitive issues. Their certified hand therapist specializes in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome and a multitude of other hand problems.

Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective where the focus is on adapting the environment and task to fit the patient. The patient is an integral part of the therapy team. It is an evidence-based practice deeply rooted in science.

BGH therapists also specialize in neurological issues, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, stroke and Parkinson’s disease. Therapists also perform ergonomic evaluations for community businesses to prevent repetitive stress injuries, tendonitis and posture issues.

Occupational therapists conduct cognitive assessments and home safety evaluations. They perform interventions to help prevent falls by suggesting the removal of environmental hazards through assisting with decluttering and organizing. One goal is to maximize the patient’s independence and safety in all areas of function and need. This includes improving fine motor coordination and upper extremity strength. Therapists also perform interventions to manage pain, gain strength, improve mobility and regain functional use of upper extremities. They offer suggestions for adaptations

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THE SEASON OF RENEWAL Conscious Cleansing in Spring

By Jeff Pufnock L.Ac. Ph.D. and Jessica Youngs L.Ac., Owners, Embodied Virtue Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine



e touched upon the principles of Winter Seasonal Living in our December 2019 article. Now we find ourselves in the midst of spring, as the natural world is reborn from the dormancy of winter. In this season, we utilize the nourishment instilled within during the deep rest of winter to support the emerging creative energy of spring. To experience the vitality of spring in a healthy way, there must be a clear pathway inside ourselves for it to follow. These concepts of seasonal living may initially feel esoteric or foreign, however, the desire to create clarity in the spring is well known in the tradition of ‘Spring Cleaning.’ Chinese medicine provides us the additional wisdom that ‘Spring Cleaning’ must occur not only within our garages but also within ourselves. In our physical bodies, we can embrace this upward momentum by increasing our physical activity levels to rejuvenate our metabolism and shed the physical remnants of winter. These activities are best done outside, witnessing the emergence of spring in all its natural wonder. Stretching is also very beneficial at this time of year to enliven, open up and create more space in the physical body. The simplest dietary guideline to implement in the spring is to abstain from overeating. It is essential during this season to eliminate foods that are heavy and difficult for the body to detoxify. Instead, focus on eating plenty of lightly cooked seasonal vegetables and fresh herbs. Spring is an opportunity to clear our minds and emotions by letting go of past anger, frustration and resentment. In Chinese medicine these emotions are known to not only restrict the freedom of our minds but to also inhibit the health of our physical



bodies. We can reclaim our well-being in the present and future by continuously moving toward acceptance and forgiveness of the past. Utilizing the clarity that has been cultivated in both body and mind, the expansive spring energy can then be harnessed to move forward in pursuit of our dreams and aspirations. This is a time for vision, planning and engaging in daily activities with determination and creativity. Embrace spontaneity and new avenues to express yourself. Most importantly, do not rush to immediately fill all the space you have created in your life. As we move toward the full manifestation of summer, keep these spaces open so they can be filled with something amazing yet to blossom. Tips for Vibrant Spring Living: • Go on a walk, hike or bike ride and engage with the emergence of spring in nature around you. • Eliminate fatty, fried, processed foods, foods with artificial ingredients, preservatives and flavorings, white sugar, alcohol and caffeine. • Eat until you are 80 percent full. Prepare seasonal fresh vegetables with light cooking methods such as steaming, quick boiling, quick sautéing and stirfrying. • Release old anger, frustration and resentment. Apologize to anyone who needs an apology from you. Embrace all life with compassion, acceptance and forgiveness. • Envision your future and clear a path for the manifestation of your dreams.

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etting exposed to viruses and bacteria is a certainty. This happens from the moment we are born, some think even before, and continues with every breath we take. It is not just a part of life, it’s actually a component of what makes life possible.



Microorganisms help break down our food, build some of the nutrients we need, support our immune system, and work with us to fight off infections and diseases. A lot of viruses and bacteria are essential microbes to human health.


We are host to 300 to 1,000 different kinds of bacteria, perhaps totaling upward of 20 trillion. There are so many in our “biome” they may actually outnumber our own cells. The human “virome” is the total collection of viruses in our body. This changes with season, age, and even prior or current exposures. These viruses may outnumber bacteria by a factor of 10 to 1.


Some viruses, like phages, will destroy bacteria, and others will kill off more harmful viruses. There are some that can arm our natural killer cells that are capable of killing tumor cells. Other viruses may infect bacteria and help regulate our digestion by altering their DNA. Our immune system is continually stimulated at a low level by viruses throughout our body. This helps us fight off other infections. The immunity we developed from prior exposure to one virus can also allow us to fend off an exposure to a new variety. An inactive herpes virus will help our body identify cancer cells and other cells infected with viruses. This allows us to target the cells to destroy without getting carried away and damaging our healthy cells. Our DNA has been permanently affected by viruses long ago, so much so that we find traces of these critters when sequencing our genome. It’s possible that these viruses may have given rise to important aspects of our lives, such as both the placenta and opposable thumbs due to the mutations they caused. The body is pretty amazing at supporting a symbiotic relationship with these beneficial microorganisms, and keeping in check the pathogenic ones that cause us problems if they get out of hand— most of the time. Our responsibility is to take care of our microbiome and virome in such a way that it thrives, and to support our body’s natural immune system so when it is needed it’s available and doesn’t get carried away. I do this by sleeping well, staying active, eating a nutrient-dense whole-food diet and drinking more water than I would think is possible. And I stay on top of the core nutrients most of us are typically deficient in—probiotics, vitamin D and K, magnesium, B vitamins, some trace minerals, omega 3s and enzymes. I can’t stress the importance of this enough. Then, at times, I add in other effective immune boosters. When I know additional exposure to extreme pathogens is at hand, I want to have the greatest confidence that I have done my best to prepare. I’d rather my body get rid of small numbers of these microbes before they multiply and cause prolonged inflammation or, even worse, set off an uncontrolled self-destructive immune response. Scott Porter, a functional medicine pharmacist, is the director of the Center for Functional Nutrition at Sandpoint Super Drug.


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t was the late 1970s. Larry Steckman was a wrestler for Bonners Ferry High School, and his to-be wife, Shelly Barton, was a wrestling cheerleader at the same school. Seventy miles away, family friend Conrad Garner was wrestling for rival Lakeland High School in Rathdrum, Idaho. It was the beginning of a lifelong love of wrestling for both men—and also the seed for something bigger. Larry, Shelly and Conrad would all go on to use wrestling as a means to create positive change in communities, both locally and internationally: Garner as the wrestling coach for Bonners Ferry High School, the Steckmans working with the US Wrestling Foundation’s Wrestling for Peace, and beyond. As Larry and Conrad competed in North Idaho, wrestler Dan Russell was in Southern Idaho working for another state wrestling championship. He would go on to be a world-class wrestler and coach, dear friend of Larry and Shelly, and a driving force behind their ultimate life work and vision. “We are so very proud of the work of men like Conrad Garner and Dan Russell in helping to shape the minds of the future leaders of our communities and world,” says Larry. “I never knew then that God would use wrestling and these relationships to give me a vision for sharing the love God has shown so generously to me. “This story is really about relationships, faith, hope and love,” shares Larry. In the early 2000s, he and Shelly met Dan, who was living with his wife Joy and kids in Battleground, Washington. The two connected over their shared love of wrestling, and their desire to utilize the sport as a vehicle for spreading the message of love throughout the world. Larry and Shelly purchased a fuel testing laboratory called FOI Laboratories, which tests fuel for various reasons, and serves ASTM, EPA, Amazon, airports, various municipalities, hospitals and the military. Their hope was to use the profits from the company to help fund


philanthropic and faith-sharing efforts in developing countries—a dream that would be realized beyond their expectations. Soon after, the couple founded a project called Hope for Her in conjunction with a Ugandan NGO called Hope for Restoration Initiative founded by Robert and Pam Kiggundu. The mission of Hope for Her was to help sexually exploited and abused women in Uganda gain employment manufacturing reusable sanitary pads in a safe workplace, provide free sanitary pads to those in need, and promote environmentally friendly manufacturing and sanitary practices. “Many young women (high school age and younger) prostitute themselves for the price of a pad,” explains Larry. “While our work was very under the radar, something very special was happening. You could tangibly feel the tremendous love coming from the women and girls receiving the pads.” “In the beginning, it wasn’t easy,” he remembers. “There wasn’t enough material or pads or money—in fact, we sometimes still don’t have enough due to the overwhelming need.” Larry was discussing the challenges of the sanitary pad design as well as quality control with new friend and supporter Dan, when Dan provided a solution: an award-winning retired nurse who was an avid seamstress and was struggling with feeling needed after retirement. She helped them design a stitching pattern, pad design and production method that would result in the current production of almost 8,000 pads a month. The nonprofit now distributes in Ugandan high schools, Entebbe, and on the various islands on Lake Victoria. During this time, Dan was serving as a coach and ambassador with USA Wrestling. The Steckmans were still passionate about using wrestling to share a message of love and giving, and partnered with Dan to find a way to serve. “We spent many hours discussing how to utilize wrestling as a vehicle in our message of love,” recalls Larry. “One of our next steps in faith was a chaplain program to serve alongside the world of Olympic and world-class wrestlers traveling with the team.” This program would serve as the beginning of Dan and Joy Russell’s vision for Wrestling for Peace—a nonprofit organization with the US Wrestling Foundation that provides support to various communities throughout the world through leadership development, sports diplomacy, medical aid, emergency response, prefabricated buildings, outreach, and wrestling gear and equipment donations. “These seeds of faith continue to grow deep and produce fruit today,” says Larry.



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Wrestling for Peace is built on the foundation that wrestling is a universal struggle in that everyone is dealing with some trial. The program “embraces this universal struggle to help communities in need.” Ambassadors for the program use wrestling as a sport to help transcend borders and cultures in an effort to bring humanitarian aid to those most in need. Dan and Larry traveled together to Algeria and the Sahara Desert as ambassadors in the beginning stages of Wrestling for Peace. While spreading the message of love and providing medicine to the Sahrawi Tribe—a four-decade refugee community—they met Austin Landes, founder of the nonprofit Make it Rain, who ultimately became a medicine partner of Wrestling for Peace and partners with Hope for Her. “We have merged our work, and I currently serve on their Board of Directors,” says Larry. Make it Rain is an organization consisting of a collection of individuals whose sole focus is utilizing their networking skills and abilities to help others. They focus on providing medicine, medical clinics and other aid initiatives to regions in the Sahrawi Democratic Republic, Uganda, Zambia and Mexico. It was the perfect pairing for the Steckmans, Hope for Her and Wrestling for Peace, and a great way to unite efforts and connections in a desire to serve the underserved. The Steckmans continued their work with Hope for Her and Hope for Restoration Initiative, partnering with Make it Rain, while also working as ambassadors for Wrestling for Peace. All shared the same mission of providing hope, love and aid to communities in need. “The next act of faith was to let go and let God be in charge,” says Larry. The support they needed would come in a major way not long after. “I don’t remember the day, but Austin called me and said, ‘The First Lady of Zambia wants to talk about the pads ... when can we go?’” recalls Larry. “Now it’s one thing to do some traveling and field work with a school or the Red Cross; it’s another thing entirely to be vetted by a government’s First Lady. ... There was absolutely no reason for me—a rough around the edges guy—to be discussing pads with the First Lady of Zambia, but I did it and we are very close friends to this day. The pad project touched her heart in a very special way.” This meeting with the First Lady of Zambia marked the beginning of incredible opportunity and impact for Make it Rain, Hope for Restoration Initiative and Wrestling for Peace. Last season, Hope for Her delivered 1,000 sanitary pads and through the First Lady’s Foundation created educational training for girls in the school system to manufacture and produce sanitary pads. In partnership with each other, the nonprofits were able to deliver medicine that impacted over 60,000 men, women and children, says Larry, and they have developed and approved designs for medical outpost clinics in rural areas in partnership with Virginia Tech and AutoDesk. These outposts will provide access to much needed medicine and hygienic medical aid in regions that currently suffer from a lack of resources. “It’s no secret that wrestling builds toughness,” write Austin and Julie Landes in a recent Wrestling for Peace update of


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their work. “Some of the toughest people we’ve met live in remote areas of the world, battling harsh climates, debilitating disease, intense conditions, limited job opportunities and desperately lacking resources. Our hope is that through these initiatives and those of the USA Wrestling for Peace Program, we can increase the amount of lives impacted. Wrestlers are made for overcoming obstacles and life’s toughest challenges, and we’re looking forward to our continued efforts together.” The Steckmans have seen many doors open as they continue to follow their calling and passion for reaching those in need. The First Lady of Zambia is not the only influential figure in Africa to show interest in the work the Steckmans, Landes and Russells are doing. “We have invitations this year to meet two other first ladies and possibly a king and a prince,” shares Larry. “Again, God’s favor in play.” Despite their many travels, Larry and Shelly choose to make the Pacific Northwest their home base, and although they now live in Vancouver, Washington, they are still very

connected to their hometown of Bonners Ferry, Idaho. “We find great pleasure in hearing the many stories of love that come from our hometown, stories like Conrad’s and Dan’s,” says Larry.

Idaho, and in particular Bonners Ferry, sharing a passion for the common bond they share, the sport that has taken them from wrestling on the mats, to fighting for peace and prosperity for those in need.

Dan, Conrad and Larry still support and encourage the wrestling program back in

“We love finding ways to give back to our community however we can,” says Larry. “There are many great unselfish relationship stories that the residents of Bonners Ferry are constantly making anew. You don’t have to look very hard to find what the hard-working people of Bonners Ferry are involved in.”

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acing the prospect of a new town, a new house and a new job is daunting in itself without the added pressure of how you’re going to go about the move and all the details involved. If you’re moving interstate, the stakes go up. The decision to move a few thousand miles away is much different than skipping to the next town over—though both will require a lot of preparation and work before, during and after the move. Here are some key things to keep in mind when relocating. Before Considering a new move is exciting, it can also be overwhelming. Should you make the move? Is the job worth it? These and other questions are all common when facing the looming question of whether to relocate. Here are some ways you can help cut through the fog. Research. Before you make the commitment to move somewhere, do your homework. There are lots of things to consider besides the cuteness or “curb appeal” of a city. If you’re used to using public transportation, make sure you look at how that city or town compares. Are there alternative options that work for you? Look at the city stats, like crime, housing costs, schools and taxes. How

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he arrival of spring has us Marie Kondoing our closets and deep cleaning our kitchens, but being able to see the back of our closet or how aged that grout really is has us thinking about more than decluttering. Warm weather means it’s time for those updates you put off last year—or just a fun excuse to finally add some personal touches to the spaces you spend the most time in. Whether it’s to update an existing home, remodel a new purchase that needs some updates or prepare a home for resale, remodeling some part of our space is something most homeowners have had to face at one time or another. With any home improvement project, it can be daunting to know where to start, what to focus on and when to call in the professionals. Here are some tips to keep you on track and help make the process a bit smoother. Budget. Naturally budget is a main concern when it comes to remodeling your home. Under budget or set your expectations too high, and you can end up with a half-finished project and no money left. Ask any contractor, and they’ll tell you a project always costs more than you expect and takes longer to finish. Plan on spending more than you expect, and you won’t be caught unawares mid project. Carefully allocate money to each stage of the project, and never start a remodel before creating the budget. This way you can plan the stages of the process, starting with what’s most important to you, and working on each stage of the project as you’re financially able.


Set expectations/go in stages. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your dream home be. Start with a space that you spend the most time in, that is the most important to you to update, and prepare the work in stages from there. If you have the budget, it may be cost effective to schedule multiple things at once, so you’re not having subs return, but make sure you can complete the project if you start it. “Kitchen upgrades will make a difference in your lifestyle, as this is usually the room where folks spend more time,” advises Jackie Suarez, a real estate agent with Century 21 in Sandpoint, Idaho. “More efficient HVAC and water heater upgrades should save you money over time.” Professional or DIY? You might be the king or queen of DIY, but there are certain things you just shouldn’t touch. “For buyers, the first thing to remember is to have the home inspected by a professional inspector or trusted contractor during the inspection contingency period,” says Suarez. “This will usually identify any hidden costs or surprises.” A priority is making sure a home is structurally sound—something a contractor or inspector can help with. Outside of the structural, electrical, plumbing and any heating or air conditioning updates require a licensed professional and inspection, so don’t try to tackle these on your own. Some demolition, countertop removal, painting, etc. can be self done,

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Choosing the right partner is about trust, communication and moving forward toward the same goal. Finding your match in a real estate agent is very similar. Buying or selling a home is a major commitment and important milestone—most of us can’t do it alone. Finding the right realtor to help you along the way will likely make or break your entire experience. While the process is personal and every situation is unique, there are steps you can take to ensure you make the most informed decision. Here are six tips to start with:

SEEK OUT GOOD CHEMISTRY. DEFINE WHAT A “GOOD” REAL ESTATE AGENT MEANS TO YOU. The most important qualities of an effective real estate agent can differ according to who you ask; it’s important to define these standards for yourself. A few qualities are generally non-negotiable: professionalism, current licensure in the state, market knowledge. Agents who have been in the market for a while have had time to build upon their professional networks and are more likely to have inside knowledge on what will be hitting the market soon. Regardless of experience, many great agents are willing to negotiate, strategize, effectively use their resources and take initiative. Decide what you need most from your agent, and look for someone whose communication style, community presence and level of professionalism can best match your expectations.

When it comes down to your final decisions, even an agent with glowing reviews and top referrals still may be the wrong fit if your personalities don’t mesh. Just as important as the cold hard facts behind an agent’s qualifications are the way they make you feel and your ability to communicate with them openly. This partnership is the foundation of your home buying or selling experience, so it’s critical to choose someone who you feel is honest, can support you in getting what you need and who you’ll be excited to work with. You’ll be spending a lot of time together throughout the process, so trust your gut in choosing the agent you want to spend that time with.


ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS. Just as you wouldn’t allow yourself to settle on just any new home, you likely wouldn’t want to settle for the first realtor you meet. After deciding on the qualities you’re seeking, it’s perfectly warranted to take a deeper look and get full details on prospective agents before you commit to working with them. According to research by Zillow, 61 percent of seekers only contact one agent—but by talking with multiple and asking the right questions, you’ll be able to find one who is genuinely the right fit. Take each meeting as a job interview, choosing a set of questions to ask each realtor to effectively compare answers and decide on the right fit. The questions should be unique to your individual situation.

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As you begin your search, you’ll come across professionals with titles like associate, agent, independent broker or Realtor. While all are licensed to sell real estate, there are a few nuances to note. A real estate agent must complete hours of coursework (varying by state) and pass a written licensure exam that qualifies them to work with buyers, sellers and renters. A real estate broker has passed an additional exam, has generally more indepth training and business education, and is held to a higher standard of knowledge. Brokers can sell independently or choose to work with a firm. As for Realtors, to hold that title, an agent must become a member of the National Association of Realtors and is held to the association’s standards of conduct and code of ethics. There are certainly similarities and overlap between the terms, but it’s important to know the qualifications of the agents you come across as you begin your search.

DON’T UNDERESTIMATE REFERRALS. Previous buyers can be one of the most important assets to your search for an agent. Start by asking the people you trust: family, friends and coworkers. You’ll have the comfort in knowing you’re receiving honest feedback, and personal experiences can help provide valuable insight that research alone can’t. If you can’t glean enough insight from those close to you, turn to other resources. It can be as easy as looking up the agent’s Facebook page for online reviews. The local chamber of commerce or real estate association can be helpful resources to begin with.

Buying or selling a home is an exciting milestone that can be exponentially enhanced with the help of the right real estate professional. Investing the time in finding your ideal match in an agent can reduce major stress on both you and your wallet. Find someone who you can trust to help reach your goals and prioritize your needs—and don’t forget to enjoy the process.


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Where to Stay Make the most of your stay by splitting your visit into two sections. For the first half stay in the Texas Hill Country at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country. This fabulous resort has so many activities and dining venues, you won’t need to leave the grounds. Avid golfers will appreciate the onsite 18-hole course while those looking for a more relaxed experience can Zen out at the Windflower Spa. Kids of all ages will love the landscaped lazy river that looks like you are floating down a stone-strewn stream past waterfalls. Throw in a waterslide and a Flowrider where you can surf, and it is a complete waterpark. The grounds are lovely with plenty of shady trees and a nature trail. For the second half of your stay, move downtown to the historic Hotel Gibbs, which is so close to the sites you can see the Alamo from your hotel window. The Gibbs is a charming boutique hotel located in the heart of Downtown San Antonio with “The Alamo” just one block down and in sight of the hotel. The hotel has kept all the historic details and is a comfortable place to stay while exploring the downtown area. It is within walking distance of all the major sights including the Riverwalk. Rates include breakfast in the morning and a taco bar in the evening in the Taproom 1909, which offers a nice selection of beer and wine.




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Culinaria, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit promotes locally sourced food and wine experiences in San Antonio. Their website offers a variety of food trails which will take you all over the area. Although not on their curated lists of food trails, the Chef Trail is a neat way to find a great place to eat. Who would know better than a local chef? These are the places they go when not cooking their own food. The Taco Trail will take you to authentic Mexican food, each stop providing a unique experience with delicious handcrafted tacos. What to Do San Antonio has a rich history enmeshed in modern amenities. There are so many things to do from exploring the remarkable Spanish Missions to riding an electric boat along the iconic Riverwalk. Plan to spend a day at SeaWorld and Aquatica, both located less than 1 mile from the Hyatt Regency Hill Country, an official partner hotel. You can book a package online which includes accommodations and tickets


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No trip to San Antonio is complete without a visit to the famed River Walk. The 15-mile urban waterway flows through the downtown area just below street level. It includes downtown with attractions like the Alamo. Further out, visit the river’s Museum Reach, where you can access the Pearl mentioned earlier. There is shopping and restaurants and museums all along the route. The best way to see it is by taking a Go Rio Narrated River Cruise, which points out the highlights as well as the history of this area. The boats are all electric, making for an eco-friendly quiet ride. Although not the fastest way to get around, Go Rio also offers a River Shuttle with multiple stops along the river walk and goes out to the Museum Reach. A visit to San Antonio offers all the possibilities of a big city while imparting a unique historical and cultural experience like no other city in the United States.

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Forty-One South A beautiful waterfront, fine-dining restaurant in a romantic lodge setting overlooking Lake Pend Oreille. Whether it is summer on the patio or cozying up to the fireplace in the winter, FortyOne South’s spectacular sunsets, innovative cuisine, full bar and extensive wine list are sure to make it a memorable night out. The bar and restaurant menu changes with the season offering a variety of delicious food year-round. Reservations recommended.

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Fresh and unique, Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant in Downtown Sandpoint has been a favorite of many for over 25 years. Whether it’s Margarita Monday, Taco Tuesday or Magic Wednesday, there is something for everyone here, and its newly expanded menu has brought even more choices to diners. If you are looking for family fun, a date night or even a place to host a party in their private dining room, Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant will keep you coming back for more!

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MANCHEGO AND CHORIZO EGG BAKE Recipe & Photo courtesy of Stephanie Lynn Gertrude Brown Yield: 1 - 9”x13” Casserole Pan

INGREDIENTS: 2 tbsp. melted butter 2 cups hash brown potatoes, cubed or shredded 1 lb. chorizo sausage 1 cup manchego cheese, grated 1 cup asparagus, chopped 1 cup bell peppers, chopped 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. black pepper 10 whole eggs 1 ½ cups whole milk ½ tsp. smoked paprika ¼ cup cilantro, chopped METHOD: • To get things started, preheat your oven to 350°F. • While the oven is heating up, prepare your 9”x13” baking dish by brushing with melted butter, and add the hash browns in an even layer across the bottom of the dish. • In a large sauté pan, cook the chorizo over medium-high heat until fully cooked. Drain excess oil from the pan, and let it cool down. • While the chorizo is chilling in time out, go ahead and use the same pan to sauté the bell peppers and asparagus. Less dishes is always the way to go! • You can now sprinkle the chorizo and veggies in an even layer over the hash browns. Add the manchego and cilantro; just sprinkle them liberally across all the goodies. It will all get nicely mixed in when we add the eggs! • Next you will need to whisk the whole eggs in a mixing bowl to get them evenly combined, then add the milk, salt, pepper and paprika and mix thoroughly. • Pour the egg mixture slowly over your lovely layers in the pan and allow to soak down between all the pieces. You can give the pan a little jiggle to speed this process along. If some bits are not completely covered, that’s OK, as it will add some color and texture to the top of your egg bake. • Bake uncovered for 45 to 50 minutes, or until golden brown and set. You can test it by inserting a knife into the center; if it comes out clean, it will be good to go. • Serve immediately alongside all your other favorite brunch treats! Tips and tricks: You can substitute other veggies you have on hand, like spinach, broccoli or onions. This dish can also be prepared the night before; just cover the dish and remove from the refrigerator 20 to 30 minutes before baking.


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BEER MONTH Grab a Pint and Support Your Local Brewers By Abigail Thorpe

IDAHO IS UP THERE WITH THE BEST WHEN IT COMES TO CRAFT BEER, and it’s no surprise considering the access breweries have to local hops, barley and fresh, clean mountain water. The state ranks 11th in the nation for craft breweries per capita, with 63 craft breweries throughout the state. The Idaho Panhandle is no exception to this rule—we sport a great collection of local breweries brewing the best of what our state has to offer, with unique local flavors like huckleberry and pine lending a special touch to some brews. With hops and barley within a day’s drive of every brewery, you know you’re drinking local. April is Idaho Craft Beer Month, and breweries throughout the area will be brewing up some fantastic options to celebrate the occasion. The month will kick off with Pints Up Idaho day on April 2.

or grabbing some cans, crowlers or growlers to go throughout the month. Breweries from Bonners Ferry to Coeur d’Alene showcase some fantastic flavors and options, from IPAs and lagers, to deep stouts and porters. Stop by Kootenai River Brewing Co. in Bonners Ferry; Matchwood, McDuffs, Utara, Pour Authority and Laughing Dog in Sandpoint, or one of the many great breweries in Coeur d’Alene, such as Daft Badger, Tricksters, Mad Bomber, The Growler Guys, Paragon and Black Lodge, to name just a few. Many restaurants and pubs throughout the region also feature local beer on tap, so pair some local eats with a good pint and support our local businesses. After all, celebrating our own North Idaho flavor is as good an excuse as any to grab a cold one this month.

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APRIL 12 This year, all of us will most likely be spending the day a bit differently than years past. As many of us celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ by attending church services, where the choir and church congregation fill the building with song, this year the celebration may be at home. But don't be discouraged. Thanks to technology, the family can still dress in their Sunday best and gather around the TV to take in a church service of their liking. And though larger gatherings of friends and family are discouraged, spend the day with your close loved ones at home, with an Easter egg hunt in the yard, followed by a meal spent together in the comfort of your own home. Make this the most memorable Easter celebration that you and your children will remember with fondness for years to come.





EARTH DAY APRIL 22 2020 marks the 50th year that Earth Day has been celebrated across the globe. The theme for this year's Earth Day is Climate Action. Though at this time the community is not encouraged to participate in large gatherings, you can still do a small part in taking care of our planet. Take a walk in your neighborhood with the kids, and pick up any trash you come across. Make yourselves more aware of the products you are disposing of at home, separating the recyclable items from the trash. Work together to make a list on what positive changes you can all make in your daily lives to positively impact our environment. The first Earth Day is credited with launching the modern environmental movement and is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event. Read more about Earth Day at


ARBOR DAY APRIL 24 Many states observe Arbor Day on different dates throughout the year based on best tree planting times in their area. In Idaho, Arbor Day is always celebrated on the last Friday of April. J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day back in 1972 with a simple idea—to set aside a special day dedicated for tree planting. And today, that idea is more important than ever. Trees provide the very necessities of life itself: Trees clean our air, protect our drinking water, create healthy communities and feed the human soul. The Arbor Day Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit conservation and education organization, is dedicated to inspiring people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. Call your local nursery to find the perfect tree for your family to plant in your yard this Arbor Day. Visit ArborDay. org for more information.

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Bring your house plans to this prime 1 acre building lot in Summer Haven, a subdivision of fine homes. Located approximately 5 miles south of Sandpoint, you'll find this treed corner parcel with community water, natural gas, and electric uuliies available. Subdivision covenants, condiions and restriccons apply. You will appreciate the level, year-round access. $110,000

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Elegance and comfort combine in this urban-style, top-floor condominium in Sandcreek Lots, directly overlooking the marina in the heart of downtown Sandpoint. Enjoy a day on the lake or on the slopes, and all the conveniences of downtown living, then retreat to your luxurious, private perch with secure entry and assigned parking. $465,000

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