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This 3.29 acre original farmstead located in the center of Sagle’s upscale Summer Haven, just minutes to Sandpoint. This this level, treed parcel includes a 3-bedroom, 2-bath home, a large storage shop, and lovely mountain views. Served by a private well. Owner may finance.

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During this season of Christmas, we focus on the peace and joy that the birth of Jesus brought to us. But with all that is going on in the world, with struggles among countries and conflicts that may be present in our own personal lives, it is difficult to sometimes find that peace that we all crave. In this article by Teresa Pesce, she explores how finding peace begins at home, in our own hearts.


Boise, Idaho In this article by Jesse Wurm, discover little known facts about the Idaho state capital of Boise. With plenty of indoor and outdoor activities for the entire family, Boise makes a perfect getaway for a long weekend. You will enjoy history with a tour of the state capitol building and a vibrant nightlife that comes with any college town. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast or enjoy arts and culture, Boise offers something for everyone.


Christmas Around The World In the season of parties, gift giving and family gatherings, we tend to get so busy we lose focus of what the season really means; hope and joy for the birth of Jesus. Here in the United States, we all have many traditions in common, yet some are as diverse as the families who celebrate them. In this article by Patty Hutchens, you will learn about different traditions throughout the world. Whether celebrating Christmas in the warm summer sun of Australia or in the brisk winter of Sweden, one thing is certain – our purpose is all the same.


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IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME before the cool grays that have been popular over the last few years started to warm up. Now trending are blue hues of color, not only in paint, tiles, carpet and window coverings, but also in cabinetry. Colors like cadet, larkspur, indigo and limestone are making their way to the forefront. It’s almost like our trends are following the natural ebb and flow of Mother Nature. Once the stormy, gray, rain clouds have passed, the sunshine comes out and we see blue sky! Specifically, the newest trends are finding inspiration from coastal regions. Along the coast, not only do we see tranquil shades of blues in water and sky, but there’s warmth in the sand and neutral beach palettes. Paint color trends also are shifting from grays and, although professionals still feel that gray is important, they have seen significant efforts to warm it up. The cool tones of grays are being mixed with blues and even stronger hints of taupe.




PPG Paints has named their color of the year for 2017 as “Violet Verbena,” described to have shades of gray, violet and you guessed it - blue. Sherwin Williams named their color of the year for 2017 “Poised Taupe,” which is a balance of warm and cool, using hints of gray with khaki, creating a cool taupe color. Benjamin Moore’s color for 2017 is called “Shadow.” Their creative director, Ellen O’Neill, describe this color as “Royal amethyst fading into a soft lilac-gray of distant mountains…” Benjamin Moore’s 2017 color palette also boasts colors such as Sea Star, Sea Life, Guacamole, Cloud Cover and Iceberg. As you can see, (pun intended), color trends for 2017 are definitely following coastal inspiration and turning into blues and neutral nature-inspired tones. Along with those color inspirations, the sterile, flat shiny surfaces are transitioning to become more inviting and less institutional with the use of different finish options and textures. The industry is dubbing this “New Modern” and it’s appealing to people because it has the same elegance, little to no maintenance, yet is more comfortable and liveable. The texture helps hide the “use” of these products because most of our homes are not the pristine uncluttered look we see with those sleek, modern pictures. We have kids, pets, dirty laundry, and tend to spend more time in our homes. We need something that looks good, holds up well, and doesn’t require a lot of time to keep it that way. Finishes that have texture tend to mask scratches, dents or wear patterns, which all generations find appealing. For example, tile that looks like wood won’t gouge, scratch or have to be refinished like real wood. Textured laminate cabinets won’t wear like real wood, and countertops that are quartz, but look like natural stone, don’t have to be sealed. All these are low-maintenance options that started out with the sleek modern feel, but are now warming up with textures and colors that are inspired more in line with Mother Nature. I don’t know about you, but since winter has started to set in and the cloudy days are lingering, I’m inspired by the thought of the tranquil blues and beachy neutrals. Maybe looking into some of those travel destinations to go do some hands on “research” with these new color palettes and textures is just what I need to help with the winter blues.


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WITH THE HOLIDAY SEASON upon us, you may well be busier than usual. However, by spending a few minutes reviewing your investment scenario of this past year, you can see where you’ve been, where you might be going, and what you need to do to keep moving forward toward your long-term financial goals. So, as you look back at 2016, pay close attention to these elements of your investment picture:


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could take up a larger percentage of your portfolio than you had intended, thereby exposing you to a higher risk level than that with which you are comfortable. So now that the year is coming to a close, examine your investment mix to see if it needs “rebalancing.” • Contribution levels – Are you taking full advantage of your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan? Specifically, if you got a raise this past year, did you boost your contributions to your plan? The more you invest now, and throughout your working life, the less likely it will be that you have to play “catch up” in the years immediately preceding your retirement. • Mistakes – We all make mistakes in every walk of life – including the way we invest. In looking back over 2016, can you spot some investment mistakes you might have made? Did you temporarily “bail out” on investing immediately after the “Brexit” vote, only to find, a few weeks later, that the markets had soared to record highs? Did you act on impulse and buy a so-called “hot” stock that turned out to be inappropriate for your needs and risk level? While mistakes like these might be costly in the short term, they can ultimately prove invaluable – if you learn from them. We’re just about ready to turn the page on the 2016 calendar. So, as you review your investment decisions for the past year, try to determine what worked, what didn’t – and what you can do to improve your results in 2017.


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WOULD YOU BE ABLE to cover more than a few months of living expenses if your family’s primary earner died? If you answered “no,” there’s at least some consolation in knowing that two-thirds of U.S. households are in the same boat, according to research from the association LIMRA. So, for anyone concerned about society’s future well-being, the question is this: If so many Americans apparently realize that life insurance is one of the best ways to protect against potential impoverishment, and half of U.S. households say they “need more” of it, why, then is ownership of such policies at a 50-year low? And by “low,” we mean that three out of 10 households completely lack life insurance. Experts cite three main reasons for the dropoff:

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WHEN A HUMAN IS INJURED or sick in the United States, they can expect to receive a minimum standard level of care from every health care provider in the country. This care is regulated by federal, state and private agencies and ensures that every person entering the system is protected from dangerous medical or surgical practices. It also means that every facility has the equipment and the training to deliver at least this minimal level of care . In the world of veterinary medicine and surgery, setting and enforcing an absolute minimum standard of care is impossible and impractical. Across the country, various state Boards of Veterinary Medicine work towards protecting the public from antiquated or negligent methods of delivering animal care, however, this is very different than requiring a minimal standard overall. If a dog’s fractured leg is repaired with an unacceptable technique and the repair fails, or if an improper and harmful dose of medication is

dispensed for a client’s pet, the Board of Veterinary Medicine may become involved. However, since there is no minimal requirement regarding the delivery of overall care, it is impossible for the public to judge the quality of various veterinary facilities and their delivery of care. The public can only see what is contained within the walls of the reception area. Does the facility have a dental x-ray or do they simply guess at which teeth need to be extracted? Do they pursue methods to reduce the stress and anxiety of their patients? Do they use high-quality anesthetics and monitoring devices to ensure patient safety? How can one tell? The American Association of Animal Hospitals (AAHA) is an association that holds rigid requirements for their member veterinary hospitals. A mere 15 percent of Veterinary Hospitals in the U.S. are admitted and thus a pet owner looking for a facility that has the latest equipment and training can be assured that an AAHA hospital will deliver quality care. Additionally, it is important to realize that a veterinary hospital that can deliver high-quality care can always reduce diagnostic and medical



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THE LAST MINUTE RUSH IS ON! The holidays are upon us, and everyone is frantically trying to find that perfect gift for their loved ones as they race around from place to place. Is it a doll for Sara? A lovely sweater for your sister? Should you order online or brave the department stores? This year relax and enjoy a night out on the town as you fill your list while giving the local economy a boost. Sandpoint businesses have come together to invite you to come out for a late night of shopping, in-store events and refreshments as they help you wrap up your holiday shopping. And by wrapping, they mean literally as they are offering complimentary gift wrapping for everyone attending the events. On December 9, the night belongs to the ladies. Come drink some champagne with friends as you visit the numerous stores in the downtown


area. Make sure you stop by and partake in the fun events stores will be hosting as you complete your list and enjoy a night away from the house. Don’t feel left out though gentlemen! On the 23rd you’ll have the same opportunity to get those last minute gifts bought and wrapped. Still not sure what to get someone? Let some of the amazing people working that night help point you in the right direction. They are ready to help you relax and breath through the panic as they not only make suggestions but also wrap those precious gifts for your family. Where we shop, where we eat and where we have fun helps to make our community home. So for all those reasons and more think local this holiday season and come out to enjoy these great events put on by those who help make our community thrive!



DELIVERING DREAMS From supplying materials on top of Schweitzer to luxury homes on the other side of the planet BY PATTY HUTCHENS

TRUST. RELATIONSHIPS. DEPENDABILITY. These are all principles upon which Jamie Emmer has based his business since it first opened in May of 1990. As owner of Lumber Marketing Services, Emmer is a wood specialty wholesale and retail international distributor. He works closely with builders, contractors and retail lumberyards offering mill-direct lumber sales, wholesale lumber sales, smaller specialty custom orders and custom millwork and framing packages.

something that has always been at the forefront of all he does. “As an environmental physics major in college in the 70s, before environment was a household word, I have been able to bring a better sense of stewardship and sustainability into an industry that at times has lost touch with how we are all connected by the responsible use and development of renewable resources locally and around the world,” shared Emmer. “Our largest customer two years ago was located in Beirut, Lebanon.”

Emmer moved here in 1982 and was attracted by the beauty, the opportunity for outdoor recreation and the friendliness of the people. He and his wife have been blessed to raise their four daughters in North Idaho and are grateful for the opportunity to also work in such a beautiful place. “God has provided me with this opportunity, and the gifts to pursue it,” he said of his business success.

Since 1910, Emmer’s family has worked in the wholesale lumber service, and he has personal experience in lumber remanufacturing, mill sales, office lumber brokering, ownership of a tree farm, ownership of a retail yard and wholesale distribution. This wide range of experience is one reason he has been able to provide exceptional service, product and pricing throughout the years.

Emmer shares that one of the things he enjoys most about his work at Lumber Marketing Services are the relationships he builds with his customers. “(Those relationships) bring great satisfaction and meaning to my daily responsibilities as a business owner,” he said gratefully. “Helping people achieve their dream home is a privilege and an honor I don’t take lightly.”

With a generous heart and an appreciation of his community, Emmer has given much of his time and talent back to the place he calls home. For almost 15 years he has been involved in Cedar Hills Church as a trustee, elder and care pastor. He also began a volunteer project 14 years ago at a school for at-risk teenage girls near Heron, Montana. Emmer has also served on the board at the Hope Christian Counseling Center for 15 years and has served on the Schweitzer Chapel board and the Filling Station board in Clark Fork. And his generosity does not stop there. A percentage of the profits from Lumber Marketing Services also go towards relief organizations both locally and internationally.

At Lumber Marketing Services, Emmer provides a full line of specialty lumber products including siding, decking, paneling, flooring and timbers in a variety of natural species that include Cedar, Pine and Douglas fir. Lumber Marketing Services also provides imported hardwoods such as Brazilian hardwoods, exotic hardwoods and softwoods.

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“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.” – Luke 10:27 STEP OUTSIDE YOUR FRONT DOOR. Look around your neighborhood. How many of your neighbors do you truly know? There may be some going through a difficult time; illness, loss of a loved one, strained relationships and more can place a great burden on people. Now imagine if you could help not only transform these people’s lives, but your community as well. That is exactly what is happening right here in Sandpoint. Through the Adopt-a-Street program, there are people in our community who are praying for you and helping the needs of our neighbors be met. A team of pastors, business owners, retirees and more formed a team that meets once a month and is making Sandpoint one of the leading places in our nation where the program is in place. There are also 11 area churches currently involved. Pastor Chris Bassett and Janine Shepard are two of those people who are part of the program. “We walk people through the steps to prayer evangelism,” explained Pastor Chris, who said the program is modeled


after the book of Luke, chapter 10 in the Bible. “The four elements are blessings; fellowship, which is time spent with our neighbors; ministering to the felt needs; and proclaiming that the kingdom of God is near.” By being a blessing to others and seeing that their needs are met, relationships begin to develop. “We want to see God move and bless the community’s needs,” said Shepard. “We pray first before doing anything. We pray for doors to be open.” The group states that one of its purposes is to engage entire families to take responsibility to pray for their neighborhoods, workplace and school and see the spiritual destiny of Bonner County fulfilled. Pastor Chris said it is simply about fulfilling the needs of the community. “We do not want to convince anyone (of a specific belief) or convert them; we want to bless them,” said Pastor Chris, adding that they want to see the real life struggles of people, whether it is homelessness, domestic violence or poverty, be eradicated.

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The power of this prayer can be felt throughout the community as stories are shared of not only adults but also of kids who become involved.

The goal is for every street in Sandpoint, and eventually Bonner County, to be adopted by a resident of that street. “When I adopted my street, I started with an ice cream social,” said Shepard of her desire for people to get to know one another. As of today, 60 percent of streets in Sandpoint have been adopted.


“People want to see transformation in their community. It’s a great way to see the Lord working,” said Shepard.

So just how do they know when this prayer is beginning to transform the community? “One of the biggest signs of transformation is when poverty is eliminated,” said Shepard.

The desire to transform lives goes beyond our neighbors. “We also want to come alongside people in the community. We want to be a blessing to everyone, not just our neighbors,” said Shepard.

The power of this prayer can be felt throughout the community as stories are shared of not only adults but also of kids who become involved. Pastor Chris relates one such story where a woman began to pray for her street and discovered a neighbor who was struggling while going through divorce. Her neighbor needed help so she and her children pitched in and did yard work throughout the summer. “It is kids learning to be a blessing,” said Pastor Chris. Soon, the lives of the neighbor and her kids were transformed; they began to go to church and the kids were grounded and no longer struggling emotionally.

But Shepard is not just referring to physical poverty, which involves lack of money or food. Pastor Chris explains that there are other types of poverty as well. “There is relationship poverty, which involves domestic violence, domestic abuse and sexual assault; motivational poverty—which looks at whether people are willing to work hard to make their lives better; and spiritual poverty.” They emphasize that people of all faiths are welcome to join the Adopt-a-Street program as the focus is not on a specific religion; it is to simply bring blessings.

Another story was as simple as a woman finding a stray dog. It had a license from California, and the number she called went unanswered; she had no idea where to begin to look for the owner. She began to drive around on roads unfamiliar to her, praying that she could find the owner. She turned a corner and found a man standing in the middle of the yard. She stopped and asked if he had lost his dog. It turns out it was in fact his dog. “He told her he was on the couch watching TV and something told him to get off the couch and go outside. It was at that time this woman stopped the car,” said Pastor Chris. “I think God thinks all of our needs are

Shepard said they would like to see this brought to Boundary County to the magnitude it has here and said her group will mentor anyone who wants to take the steps to cause transformation. Change is possible. It’s simple, yet powerful. And it begins with each one of us. To learn how you can become involved, go to

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SANDPOINT MIDDLE SCHOOL teacher Jacki Crossingham loves her job. “I truly value the relationships I am able to build with my students,” said Crossingham. “ Many of the students I have taught I know outside of the school setting, including my own two children and many nephews.” She began her 22-year teaching career as a sixth grade teacher at Priest River Elementary. She transferred to Sandpoint Middle School in 1999 where she has taught ever since. Crossingham currently teaches seventh grade English and social studies as well as a seventh and eighth grade combination class in creative writing. In the past, she has also taught seventh grade math and has coached both cheerleading and dance. She shares that her work as a teacher is extremely rewarding, especially when she sees former students who have grown to become independent and successful adults. “A great reward is to see former students blossom into business owners, scientists, archaeologists, accountants, ski instructors, parents and so much more,” said Crossingham. “Also, teaching middle school keeps me quirky.” As she reflects on her career, she has several experiences that stand out, but in particular was a seventh grade student whose focus was on baseball and was not particularly fond of reading and writing poetry. She met with him and his family on several occasions always encouraging him.

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Snowmobile Touring Snowmobiles are the perfect way to get far away from it all without having to exert maximum energy. There are more than 400 miles of connected trails around Priest Lake alone, meaning the path you choose will probably lead you to some pretty amazing places of solitude. Over the past couple decades, snowmobile technology has grown leaps and bounds, and newer models are much more responsive, giving more control to the operator. Tours can be arranged through companies like Selkirk Powder in Sandpoint. Guides tailor a route based on your experience and comfort level and how long you would like to be on the trails. Anyone 15 or older can operate a snowmobile on guided trips and children 5 and up can ride as a passenger. Snowmobiling is one of the best ways to see as many places as you can in a day. Advanced riders have the ability to charge up mountain sides and ride powder untouched all season. New riders, however, will want to stick with groomed trails until they get plenty of experience in handling these powerful machines. Be careful, as many who get on the first time end up becoming lifelong riders. Skijourning If that big dog of yours is restless, why not go for a fun run with him doing most of the work. If you’ve attended the Sandpoint or Whitefish Winter Carnival, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the skijourning event where skiers are pulled behind a horse through an obstacle course. This is a variation on the Scandinavian activity


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snowboard, and slide about a mile down the hill. Their first transition is to kick off the ski boots and hop on a mountain bike to continue their descent. The trail is often slick and muddy and usually goes about 7 to 10 miles, depending on conditions. Once racers get to the bottom, they switch to a four-mile run through Kellogg and finish with an awesome party at the end. If you enjoy skiing, biking and jogging, this will soon become the race you most look forward to. Winter is here, but don’t worry as there is still plenty to do. There are a dozen incredible mountains all within in a half-day drive, but we also don’t have to go far to experience all the winter adventure we can find. Have you skied for decades but never tried heli-skiing? Make this the winter to finally give it a shot. Instead of watching another movie at home, take the kids on a horse-drawn sleigh ride. The days may be short and the temperature cold, but you’ll forget all about that as you try something new and exciting outside in our winter paradise. Keeping active all winter will help you look and feel better, and you’ll be ready to get back out there this spring when the last of the snow has melted. We can complain about winter all we want, but it’s not going away anytime soon. Get out there and make the best of it. Have fun on your next adventure!


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TYRONE LARSON: SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD TYRONE Larson has been involved in sports since he first began to play baseball at just four years of age. He added football to his list at the age of 10 and has been involved in both sports ever since. Tyrone has won two baseball state championships, one in 2013 and another in 2014 when his team took fifth in the Western Region.


Balancing sports and school has not always been easy, but Tyrone, now in his junior year, has a 3.4 GPA and is working to raise his grades even more. “I am planning on going to a four-year college and hoping to get a scholarship to play football at the D1 level,” said Tyrone who has been looking at schools in both Washington and Oregon and said he would like to major in business and sports marketing. While Tyrone said that it has been a challenge to play above his age group, he has reaped the benefits by having twice as many friends.


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One of the biggest challenges Yeo has had to overcome is an injury to her eye her freshman year which has left her eye permanently damaged with a blind spot in her peripheral vision. While it took some getting used to, she said she has not let it affect her play. Yeo is grateful to her soccer coach, Conor Baranski, for teaching her confidence. He encouraged her and taught her the importance of positive thinking. She credits her track coach, Angie Brass, with also teaching her the importance of positive thinking. “Angie challenged me to think more positively and that is the reason I succeeded my freshman year of track and my sophomore season of soccer,” said Yeo.

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THE HOMEMADE GIFTS we made as kids shouldn’t go away when we’re older. People of all ages are trying their hand at designing and making crafts using the latest technology at area makerspaces. Makerspaces are growing in popularity as a way to bridge technology with creativity, and they’ve become a breeding ground for handson experimentation as well as a place to make hand-made artisan crafts for the holidays. MakerPoint Studios and Gizmo have classes year-round, but they take a different spin around the holidays. MakerPoint Studios, Sandpoint At MakerPoint Studios in Sandpoint, founders Matt Williams and Mike Peck run a for-profit makerspace. Members can use anything from welding equipment, a CNC

(computer numeric control) machine, a laser cutter and laser engraver to woodworking equipment and a screen printing machine in the makerspace’s 5,300 sq. ft. building. The space, which turned two this past November, had been a longtime idea for Williams and Peck. They both had worked at Coldwater Creek: Williams led the e-commerce technologies group and Peck was a software developer there. After Coldwater Creek’s demise from retail, the two devoted themselves to expanding the facility’s equipment and membership base. Both grew up making and fixing things but wanted that community aspect and now have about 50 members in addition to individuals and businesses who hire them for projects. They’ve done work for xCraft, Litehouse and Kochava. Members come from all walks of life from retirees, veterans, self-employed and those who come to the shop after work. They also help members sell their work on the website. “It’s a melting pot of different skills,” Williams said of their members. “Some are electrical engineers, car whizzes or computer guys. We’re just a small community compared to where we want to grow.” They even have a member who worked on the Mars Rover and one on SpaceX. “It’s pretty amazing to meet people in that line of work.” “Lots of people have ideas but not the tools, so we provide them those



and the expertise,” Peck said. If they don’t have the expertise on how to make something, they likely have a member who does. “We want folks to understand it’s OK to not know how to use something but that it’s accessible to them,” Williams said. Many individuals come in with just an idea. It might be a certain style bed frame or dining table but just about anything goes. No idea is rejected. Peck said many people come in to use the equipment during the Christmas season to make gifts, such as etched bottles and glasses, screen-printed t-shirts and customized gift boxes. Watch for new longer intermediate and advanced classes in the new year too. “We want people to know that when you go to the store, you kind of get what you want but here you can make exactly what you want,” Williams said. Their most popular classes include using the laser engraver, the 3D printer and TIG welding classes. “Those are a gateway to show folks what the shop’s about. We want to get folks to see what we’re capable of doing and also what they can do,” Peck said. “I think there is a relationship between learning how things are made and how design interacts with the world.”

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CRAFTED Gizmo CDA, Coeur d’Alene Gizmo has been alive and kicking in Coeur d’Alene for two years now with a host of projects and classes constantly coming together. Like MakerPoint Studios, they teach TIG welding and help members run the laser cutter, but beyond the classes, the makerspace in Coeur d’Alene is about bringing people together as a community. Co-founder Barb Mueller said lately they’ve been bringing together professionals who want to get involved with the makerspace but don’t have a particular project. Local engineer, Chris Beaty, is one of those professionals. While brainstorming about science projects, Mueller had the idea of a near space balloons project; Beaty had experience with submersibles. Together, they began the Gizmo2Extremes project to measure the hostile environments of both. “We were both intrigued by both space and deep water being a hostile environment, and we could create a project to see the similarities and differences in them. When we held the town hall meeting, we presented the up and down concept to the community to create a road map for exploration,” she said. Beaty, participating children and adults designed and built a submersible and tested their first model in Lake Pend Oreille in October. Using the results from that test, they

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By Susan Moore, Better Gym, Gig Harbor. ‘TIS THE SEASON FOR THE COMMON cold, flu, respiratory infections and general nasty ailments. ‘Tis also the season for honoring traditions through food with our loved ones. This year we aren’t having all of our usual family members visit, and I thought about taking a break from my made-from-scratch Christmas Day meal due to our hectic schedule this year. I suggested to my teenage daughters and husband that we order meals from Whole Paycheck and give Mom a break this year. I was not prepared for the upheaval this idea apparently caused. I had no idea how much my family looked forward to these holiday meals until I unknowingly threatened their disappearance. I will admit that it actually made me pretty happy. I always take days to prepare the holiday meals,

mainly to make them as nourishing as humanly possible and because I love to see everyone together. I really had no idea how much they were actually enjoyed. The first ingredient in every holiday meal? Bone broth. Bone broth is as the name implies, broth made from bones. Ideally, they are cooked in a large stainless pot at a temperature below boiling for a few days. Or, in my case, in my pressure cooker for about an hour and a half. They can be made with poultry, beef, lamb (not my favorite), pork or any bones you like. If the bones are raw, I suggest roasting the bones before preparing your broth. I like to mix my bones with my favorite, being turkey. I keep the bones from the Thanksgiving turkey and add


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Bone broth contains high levels of dietary glycine, which may help with regulating the immune system and reducing inflammation, which helps you to heal from infection. Glycine is also known to promote better sleep, increase memory, mental clarity and more. it to whatever other bones I have for several batches throughout the year. Add some veggies, seasonings, a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar and you’re in business. People of most cultures have their own version, but it’s been a part of culinary history since the beginning of time. Why would you want to add bone broth to your diet? For one, it’s delicious. I had someone tell me that the name bone broth was gross. I think maybe I’ve had it as a staple for so long I don’t get it, but if this is how you feel, think again. Bone broth has been reported to be somewhat of a super food. The following beneficial side effects have been reported: helps repair leaky gut, increase in joint health, better skin, hair and nails, anti-aging, reduces the effects of food intolerances, stronger bones and more energy. Bone broth contains high levels of dietary glycine, which may help with regulating the immune system and reducing inflammation, which helps you to heal from infection. Glycine is also known to promote better sleep, increase memory, mental clarity and more. The broth also contains collagen, magnesium, phosphorus, glucosamine and other nutrients and minerals most of us take in supplemental form. The broth is simply a super food that is nutrient dense, packed with flavor, healing and easy to digest.

concludes, “Hot chicken soup, either through the aroma sensed at the posterior nares or through a mechanism related to taste, appears to possess an additional substance for increasing nasal mucus velocity.” Meaning it breaks up mucus so it is easier to get rid of. And in another study published in October of 2000, “The present study, therefore, suggests that chicken soup may contain a number of substances with beneficial medicinal activity. A mild anti-inflammatory effect could be one mechanism by which the soup could result in the mitigation of symptomatic upper respiratory tract infections.” If you are someone who absolutely refuses to cook, or simply doesn’t have enough time in the day, there are some online companies that sell some great quality broth. Just make sure it’s from pasture raised, grass fed and ethically raised sources. The stuff that is shelf stable is not what you are looking for. You want it frozen or chilled and should be the consistency of jello. Don’t worry, as you slowly heat your broth, it will thin out as you would expect. So do yourself a favor and find or make yourself a mug or bowl of this time honored and delicious elixir.

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H E A LT H Y T I P MANY PEOPLE ARE FAMILIAR with the colorful tape worn by athletes in the recent Olympic games. Kinesio tape has become increasingly popular as a way to increase muscle performance and help with injury rehabilitation and prevention among athletes from all different disciplines. So what exactly is kinesio tape? Does it actually work, and if so how or why? Kinesio tape, which was first developed by a Japanese doctor of chiropractic and acupuncture, was first introduced around 1980. The tape was originally developed to help give patients lasting muscle support and pain relief between manual therapy appointments. The tape proved to be very effective and was first introduced into the United States in 1995, and has been increasing in popularity ever since. Kinesio tape works in many different ways including: Muscle support - By applying the tape along certain muscle groups, the tape gives the muscles increased proprioception, or the unconscious awareness of movement and special orientation in the muscle. In other words, the tape works with the muscles and the nerves that serve them to keep the muscles engaged or “awake” during activity.

of the body with poor posture and can help hold muscles in place to maintain proper alignment. For example, someone with slouched shoulders and/or shoulder injury could have an application of tape to stabilize shoulder or upper back, the tape would naturally hold better posture on its own, but it has the added benefit of sending reminders to the wearer that when the tape is stretched, better straighten up. Lymphatics and improved healing - The tape is formulated to have the same elasticity as our skin and can stretch in the same ways our skin can (the bottom of the tape looks like a fingerprint). By applying the tape to an area of inflammation with the muscle on full stretch, when the muscle relaxes, the tape as a negative pull on the skin, which actually opens up the layer between the skin and muscle and helps improve lymphatic drainage and increase healing time substantially. The tape itself can also reduce pain simply by providing a separate sensation other than pain over the affected area, which can block the pain single to the brain.

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IT’S DECEMBER AND YOU ARE PLANNING the annual holiday family dinner. Everyone loves Grandma’s famous southern sweet potato casserole and Aunt Louise’s pumpkin pie with plenty of whipped cream. But Uncle Bill and cousin Ann are coming to dinner too. Bill has diabetes and Ann has heart disease. Your daughter Emily is trying to get everyone to eat healthier. What to do? A little planning goes a long way to make your family dinner a success. Here are some tips to make the holidays healthier: • First, set a definite time to serve the meal. A diabetic can plan ahead and adjust meal and medication times according to when the meal is to be served. A two-hour delay can cause problems; normal or routine meal times are the best choice. • Plan a variety of healthy choices. A fresh veggie tray is a good choice with a ranch, salsa or hummus dip. Ordinary foods without adding dressings or sauces are best.

• Herbs and spices are a must! Get creative and remember, salt is a personal choice – less is better. Most recipes can be modified to lower the carbohydrate level. Cranberry gelatin salad can be made with sugar free gelatin, have guests add their own whip topping and bet how many will guess this salad is not only delicious but healthy as well! Prepare candied yams with a brown sugar substitute or serve two types of potatoes: candied yams and mashed potatoes. The amount of sugar can be reduced in most recipes, then add herbs and spices for a great taste. • Have a variety of beverage choices including ice water, sugar free punch or soda and coffee. Although not recommended for diabetics, alcohol is a personal choice. If a diabetic does elect to drink, make sure that food is available to prevent hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia. • Desserts – Yikes!! Always a temptation. A diabetic diet controls all carbohydrates. Carbohydrates found in gooey desserts can raise blood sugars very fast and high.


Offer low sugar desserts. A single crust pie or a custard without the crust are better choices than double crust pies. If the diabetic offers to bring something for the meal, have them bring the dessert. Last month was Diabetes Awareness Month. As of 2012 approximately 21.1 million Americans (9 percent) had diabetes and today, one in three people are undiagnosed. Some diabetes signs or symptoms are: • Extreme thirst • Frequent urination • Fatigue Diabetes does not discriminate; it can affect any age, sex or racial group. It can cause many complications or morbid conditions. Remember that holiday meals are a time for family and traditions. Offer choices; it is up to the individual with diabetes to make the right decision. If they want to eat a small piece of dessert, it is their choice. Just be sure that healthy options are available.

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TRADITION Unlike Italy whose main religion is Roman Catholicism, only one percent of China’s population is Christian. Because of this, the holiday is primarily only celebrated in the larger cities in China. Christmas trees are not popular and are primarily found in malls.



CHRISTIANS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF JESUS By Jillian Chandler & Patty Hutchens It’s that time of year. The leaves have fallen, the trees are bare and the air is crisp. The sound of crackling wood in the fireplace; smoke billowing out the chimney. The aisles are lined with velvety stockings, red and white candy canes and twinkling lights. ‘Tis the season! These are just some of the symbols that let you know it’s Christmastime. But let’s face it, Christmas is not just a religious holiday any more; for many it has become more about family and giving and celebrating the season. In America, it seems that the commercialism of the sacred holiday has taken over. How many of us walked into a store after Halloween, or in some cases before, only to find Christmas decorations and gift ideas on display. While the decorations at home may not go up until after the Thanksgiving holiday, the planning of the holiday season begins long before that. Parties, family gatherings, gift buying and meals are just some of what fills our calendars. But not everyone’s Christmas celebration looks the same. We all vary in our traditions; they are as unique as each family. While some choose to eat turkey and pie, others celebrate with traditional meals of their ancestors. And don’t mess with someone’s tradition; it is sacred. Maybe you experienced this when you were first married. Do we open gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? What day do we have the big celebration? Who do we invite? Do we go to the church service at midnight? Throughout the United States, Christians traditionally begin preparing for Christmas with Advent. Advent begins the fourth Sunday before Christmas, falling anywhere between November 27 to December 3. It is a time the church prepares for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Advent wreaths with four candles adorn the churches with


a new candle being lit each Sunday in anticipation of the celebration of Christmas. While we look at the many ways people right here in the United States celebrate Christmas, many of the traditions are similar. But when one starts to look at other cultures, we see some very different ways that others celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Some of these celebrations are grounded in Christianity while others are more secular. Travel across the globe to Italy, and you will find a tradition that was first made popular by St. Francis of Assisi back in 1223. After visiting Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, St. Francis began the tradition of a Nativity crib scene; using a crib to tell the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. Today, families throughout Italy have a crib that they bring out on December 8. The figure of baby Jesus, however, is not placed in the crib until Christmas Eve. Unlike Italy whose main religion is Roman Catholicism, only one percent of China’s population is Christian. Because of this, the holiday is primarily only celebrated in the larger cities in China. Christmas trees are not popular and are primarily found in malls. When they are on display, however, they are typically made of plastic and decorated with chains, flowers and lanterns all made of paper. One China tradition that is increasing in popularity is the distribution of apples on Christmas Eve. The tradition began due to the fact that the Chinese word for Christmas Eve means “peaceful,” and the word for apple in Mandarin is very similar to the Chinese word of “peace.” In England, children eagerly anticipate the arrival of Father Christmas. But they don’t mail their letters to the North Pole as children in the United States do. Instead, they place their letters into the fire in their fireplace, believing




If you are in Spain, the Christmas celebration commences with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8. This is the day when Christians celebrate the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the womb of Saint Anne. In Spain there is a weeklong observance of this holy day. Places of worship and outdoor markets are decorated with evergreens.

that their wishes will go up the chimney—the path they, like American children, believe that Father Christmas will enter their home bestowing upon them gifts and fulfilling their wishes. While snow is synonymous with Christmas for many in the northern hemisphere, in Australia the holiday falls during the summer months. Accordingly, much of their celebration takes place outdoors. One such celebration is called Carols by Candlelight, a time when many gather outside to sing Christmas songs and light candles in celebration. In Sweden the eldest daughter plays a

significant role in the pre-Christmas celebration. December 13, St. Lucia’s Day, marks the beginning of the Christmas season in Sweden. On that sacred day the eldest daughter rises early and dresses in a long white dress and a crown of leaves—a symbol of Santa Lucia, the Queen of Light. Singing Santa Lucia, a traditional Swedish song, she then wakes up the remaining family members and serves them coffee and specially made treats. Karin Wehse shares that her father reminisces about one of his favorite Christmas traditions while growing up in Norway. “They would place their Christmas tree in the middle of the room and dance hand-in-hand around the tree


with lit candles on the branches,” said Wehse. “It was a bit of fire hazard but he had no sad results.” For Christians in Ethiopia, one of the oldest countries in Africa, they celebrate the sacred holiday on January 7. This is due to the fact they follow the ancient Julian calendar. In that country, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church’s celebration of Christ’s birth is not called Christmas but instead is referred to as Ganna. The people of Ethiopia fast the day before Ganna, rising early the next day to attend mass at 4am. Unlike many other countries that celebrate Christmas, Ganna is not marked by gift giving. Instead, the holiday focuses on


religious significance of the season, with feasts and games playing a large part in their tradition. The holiday season in Ethiopia does not end with Ganna. On January 19, the Christians there engage in a three-day celebration known as Timkat, which commemorates the baptism of Christ. If you are in Spain, the Christmas celebration commences with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8. This is the day when Christians celebrate the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the womb of Saint Anne. In Spain there is a weeklong observance of this holy day. Places of worship and outdoor markets are decorated with evergreens. One

need not look far to find musical instruments such as tambourines, castanets and miniature guitars for sale, all adding to the lively celebrations that include singing and dancing in the streets. In Spain it is also customary for children to travel to various homes singing Christmas carols or reciting Bible verses in exchange for receiving a small instrument, toy or a holiday treat. In Israel only two percent of the population is Christian, and for that reason businesses and shops are open and ironically there is little hint of a sacred celebration in this land where Jesus was born. But in Jerusalem one need only travel to that part of the Old City known as the


Christian Quarter to find holy celebrations of the birth of Jesus Christ. A mere six miles away is Bethlehem, the city of Jesus’ birth, where the streets to Manger Square are filled with tourists and security. Manger Square is outside of the Basilica of the Nativity, which is believed to be the place where Jesus was born. In the end, no matter if it is Buon Natale, Froehliche Weihnachten, God Jul, or Merry Christmas, the meaning is still the same as Christians around the world unite to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

05 The Annunciation, when Mary was told she would give birth to a special baby, is celebrated on March 25. Many believe that December 25 was chosen because it is nine months after the Annunciation.


Why December 25? While no one knows the actual date of Jesus’ birth, we celebrate it each December 25. The tradition of this date goes back to the year 336. Not long after that, Pope Julius I officially declared December 25 to be the date that Christians would celebrate the birth of the Savior. While no one knows specifically the reason this date was chosen, there are several theories.

The Annunciation, when Mary was told she would give birth to a special baby, is celebrated on March 25. Many believe that December 25 was chosen because it is nine months after the Annunciation. Another theory is that December 25 was chosen because the winter Solstice and the ancient pagan Roman midwinter festivals called “Saturnalia” and “Dies Natalis Solis Invicti,” which took place in December so it was already a time of celebration.



Whatever the reason December 25 was chosen, it has become a tradition worldwide and a sacred holiday for Christians.


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7 ways TO POSITIVELY IMPACT YOUR COMMUNITY By Colin Anderson Giving back to our community not only benefits those around us, but it also gives us a sense of satisfaction knowing we are making a difference. While many may think they don’t have the time or resources to make an impact, here we offer several simple ways to support your friends and neighbors.



Recycle Recycling goods and materials reduces waste by reusing items that might otherwise end up in a landfill. While it varies community to community, glass, plastic, paper, cardboard, cartons and aluminum can all be easily recycled. If your community doesn’t offer recycling pick up, store your old bottles and cans and bring them with you on the next visit to someplace that does. Many places will pay for your recycling, especially if you make it to Oregon where you will get five cents for each glass or plastic bottle you bring in. Not ready to haul that much? Try reusing old bottles as flower vases or funky string lights; each time you reuse or recycle you’re keeping more out of our landfills.

The vast majority of community organizations and nonprofits would not exist in this country without the help and dedication of passionate volunteers. The fun part of volunteering is getting to choose a worthy organization about which you feel passionate and to which you can provide the most help. This can be anything from tutoring children after school, cooking meals in the church basement, organizing a community event, mentoring, transporting patients and so much more. When you give a little of yourself to help others, you are not only helping to better your community but the satisfaction you receive on a personal level can go a long way to make you a happier and healthier person.


PLant a Neighborhood Garden

Community gardens are sprouting up all over the country as neighborhoods see the benefit of carving out some green space. Neighbors come together to plant herbs, vegetables, flowers and fruit. The garden is taken care of by all, and all who support it get to reap the benefits of fresh produce. A community garden is another great way to teach kids about sharing, responsibility and working with others. Talk with your neighborhood this winter so you’re ready to get planting when the spring comes around again.


Mentor or Tutor Children’s view of the world is shaped at a very young age, and having a positive adult influence in their lives can help them make more positive choices down the road. It’s never a child’s fault if they are brought up in a broken home, and they are often the ones in need of the most emotional support during crisis situations. Help with homework, taking them to the park so a single parent can go to work, or passing on your knowledge of music, cars or sports can have a huge impact in their lives.

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Most of us can think back on childhood and remember a coach or team that had a great impact on our lives. Maybe the team didn’t go undefeated, but you learned valuable lessons about accepting defeat, perseverance, sportsmanship, dedication, adversity, leadership and working as a team, many lessons we apply later on in life in our work and family lives. Coaching allows you to pass these lessons on to the next generation. We don’t all grow up to be professional athletes, but ask most kids who played sports and they’ll tell you they learned just about as many life skills on the field as in the classroom, and they have good coaches to thank for it.

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The reality of homelessness is that the vast majority are not choosing to live this way. Typically, a tragic life event leads to tough times and something as simple as bringing someone a bite to eat can go a long way. Nutrition is rarely a concern for those desperate enough to dig through others’ waste for a bite to eat, so anything fresh is typically much appreciated. Sharing a bite to eat and a little conversation with someone who is struggling just might open your eyes to a world you’ve never seen or experienced.

Despite being one of the most developed and wealthiest countries in the world, over 40 million Americans lived below the poverty line in the U.S. in 2015 according to the U.S. Census. Not knowing where the next meal is coming from is a reality for families in every community in the country. Local food banks rely heavily on donations from the community to keep the most vulnerable fed. Next time you are at the grocery store, pick up a couple extra non-perishable items and drop them off at your local food bank. A donation of even a few dollars can provide the hungry with several meals per week.



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peace negotiation and treaty, the aim of most systems of law, the desire of every parent for the world their children will live in, and it is the pursued utopia of mankind since mankind occurred.

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n the comedy film, “Miss Congeniality,” the goal of world peace was a beauty contestant necessity. A contestant could champion many fine causes with the nodding-heads approval of the crowd, but everyone was edged forward in their seat to know if the crowning goal of all would be espoused. “World peace,” smiled Sandra Bullock, and the collective sigh of relaxation was audible. World peace is a wonderful wish, held in highest esteem by believers and non-believers alike. It is the essence of many religions, the goal of every

Christianity worships the Prince of Peace, one of Christ’s many titles. Eastern religions espouse peace inwardly and outwardly. To be sure, a study of religion will discover gods of war, and mythology is none too peaceful a subject. But nevertheless, a quick thumb-through of the doctrines of major religions will find peace in their pathways. Why don’t we have it? If you had the power to establish peace on Earth by removing one species from it, which one would that be? Animals or birds? The ocean’s vast population? Lions, tigers or bears? If you removed mankind, it would end war.


Isn’t it ironic that the one species pursuing peace is the one causing war? And it is perhaps the ultimate irony that many times we fight wars to finally achieve peace. War rages throughout the world in every form imaginable, from spousal abuse to nuclear weapons, and it is far too easy to point outward at causes and triggers and justifications for it. It is nowhere near enough to look outside ourselves for war. We are capable of abolishing plagues, performing in-vitro fertilization, cloning, space travel and wonders too many to mention, but peace eludes us. Where we are, peace is not. As the old comic strip Pogo said, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” What is it within us that drives us to war? Is that a little closer to solving the riddle of omnipresent, on-going war among the most highly-evolved species on Earth? Or the only species created in the image of God? Higher nature, lower nature. Spiritual

nature, physical nature. Perhaps it’s not conflicting ideologies, policies, governments and religions, perhaps it is nothing outside other than ourselves. We may say we want peace, but we want other things that make peace impossible. What could we want that might make peace within ourselves and with others difficult? Money, power, position, promotion, more, a person, other than what we have, what someone else has, privacy, control, admiration, that, this, a change, that candidate, this policy, that method, community growth, community as is… the list is, unfortunately, endless. Buddha did not have good things to say about desires. Jesus said we desire and covet and don’t have because we don’t ask, and when we do ask we don’t receive because we want to spend it on ourselves. If your physical nature is at war with your spiritual nature, good luck being at peace within your family, let alone with your neighbor, and certainly not with neighboring nations. People can only be at peace with each other when they are at peace within themselves. When peace reigns


uncontested within us, it is impossible to project war into any interaction outside of us. Imagine that! What if war were not within us? No other species would bring it to the table as a way to negotiate our way through life. If we no longer possessed the seeds of it within us, perhaps we wouldn’t plant them around the world to grow up and strangle the life out of everyone on the planet! When self-sacrifice is posited as the only way to life, it is understandable that our instinct of self-preservation balks. And all around the world, mankind preserves itself and seeks to build bulwarks of self-protection, with armies to ensure it. And oh look – we are back at war again. What can one person do? Fight the only battle that ends in peace – fight self and everyone wins. If everyone were looking out for the other, seeking to outdo each other in honoring each other, where would war be? It would not be at all. If all this seems a little obtuse and unobtainable, it is because it almost is. But that does not make it untrue. Begin with who you are, where you are. Are you the one we’re all waiting for? Are you the one to begin peace? I hope so, for the sake of a hungry, homeless, hurting world. P.S. But just in case you’d like to get a head start, try this: When a man asked, “Who is my neighbor?” in response to the Biblical command to love his neighbor as himself, the response was unexpected. Who your neighbor is does not depend on residential proximity, or in fact on anything your neighbor is or does. It depends on your actions toward him! The Good Samaritan had mercy, and was both practical and generous in taking care of his “neighbor.” And he paid no attention to culture barriers. Go make new neighbors! And peace be unto you.



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Make your way through long winding roads and tunnels of Zion National Park’s red rocks to the Zion Narrows where you can hike the Virgin River, admire the other worldliness of the natural hanging gardens lush in comparison to the surrounding desert and sandstone cliffs. Hike the native and pioneer trails or drive the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Check weather conditions ahead of your visit though as the park is prone to extreme weather conditions, in particular the extreme heat experienced there as well as flash floods during rainstorms. With preparation though, you can’t go wrong in visiting this park as one of our country’s natural wonders.


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Iceland is referred to as a “country of contrasts.” It’s home to the northern lights, volcanoes, breath-taking waterscapes and massive glaciers. The country is divided into four regions. The East holds much vegetation and has many fishing villages and harbors. It also has “magma chambers” full of mineral deposits. There are mountains to the North as well as lava fields. Here, the sun never sets in the summer and visitors can play a game of golf at midnight if they wish. The South is famous for their seafood, waterfalls and glaciers, and the Highlands are relatively untouched because of accessibility and are known for their hot springs. A good place to start your exploration is in Reykjavík, and don’t visit without planning ahead. A little known online visitor’s fact is that Iceland is also known as a land of books, claiming more books published per capita.


Fjords & Hills It is known as the Land of the Vikings with a midnight summer sun and a winter that is a perpetual night. Norway’s drastic seasons give us a surreal spin to what we’re accustomed. In the summer, name the summer sport and you can do it at any time of day as the sun never sets. In the winter, it’s not completely dark either as impressive auroras light the sky. Past visitors recommend making the summit to “The Pulpit,” a massive rock table in Ryfylke. Hike to the top and drink in the gorgeous view of the fjords and rock formations. Or visit the ancient glaciers still present from the ice ages in the west. To take a break from the outdoors, visit the chic museums and cafes in Oslo. Norway abounds in scenery to experience and definitely requires repeat visits.


Athabasca Falls Plan your trek to this Canadian wonder of Jasper National Park. There’s no outdoor activity you can’t do here from camping in the summer to sleigh riding in the winter. The falls are 75 feet high and nearly 60 feet wide. In the summer months, the Athabasca River flows white with “rock flour” which is the fine silt of mountain remains released as the glacier melts. In the winter, the river takes on an icy blue hue from infinitesimal pieces of rock reflecting blue or green. The park has protected and accessible walkways. Visitors are strongly cautioned to respect the majesty by staying on these trails for safety.




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HEN YOU’RE IN THE MOOD to get out of town, or the snow, rain and slush of the winter is getting you down, look no further than Idaho’s own state capital, Boise, for the perfect weekend getaway without blowing the bank. Located in the southern end of our state and just a quick (and relatively cheap) flight out of Spokane, or eight hours by car, Boise is a destination that is worth the distance. Between the Idaho State Capitol building, Boise State University campus, Boise Factory Outlet mall, Bogus Basin, and the vibrant downtown area there is plenty of shopping and activities guaranteed to make every member of the family happy this December. Outdoor Activities Bogus Basin Look no further than Bogus Basin for all of your skiing and snow sport needs. Topping at 7,582 feet in elevation, and with 78 named runs and over 2,600 acres of skiing, there’s plenty of room to let out your inner speed demon. Open between the first week of December through early April, this is the place to go for fun all winter long. Nordic skiing and snowshoeing is also available at Bogus, they have miles of trails, plus you can head out day or night, which is the perfect opportunity to get in a full moon experience out on the snow. If you’re not a skier or snowboarder, the Pepsi Goldrush Tubing is the place for you. The 800 ft. downhill slide has the beautiful convenience of a paddle tow back to the top so you can ride again and again. This is the perfect activity for large groups, friends and family looking for a fun and exciting activity outdoors. The season should open on December 10 but

be sure to check out the Bogus Basin website to check available times or to make a reservation: Julia Davis Park The city’s oldest, and arguably the most iconic, park, Julia Davis Park is known as the cultural and historical heart of the city. The 89.4-acre park is the home of Zoo Boise, Boise Art Museum, Idaho State Historical Museum, Discovery Center of Idaho and Idaho Black History Museum. The park also features a formal Rose Garden, two pavilions for summer events, a six-court tennis complex, playground, duck pond, restrooms and a view of a section of the Boise River Greenbelt. The history of the park’s founder is intriguing. Founder Tom Davis was an early Boise pioneer and helped layout the blueprint of the city and owned and developed thousands of acres of agricultural property. Julia, known for her kindness, would welcome new emigrants traveling on the Oregon Trail as they stopped their wagons along the river to rest from their journey. She died in 1907 after assisting a traveler who may have had typhoid fever. Allreds Adventures, LLC – Sawtooth Wilderness Outfitters If you and your family, or loved one, are looking for the perfect holidaythemed activity, look no further than Allreds Adventures. Located one hour outside of Boise in the Garden Valley, Allred’s offers horse drawn sleigh rides for the whole family in the winter season. Nothing compares to riding in an old fashioned sleigh, snuggled under warm blankets, listening to the sounds of sleigh bells. Be sure to check in with their website to make a reservation before making the drive: www.


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our Mole Huevos Rancheros and OG Bloody Marys. With strong ties to sourcing local, non-GMO, organic ingredients, as well as cage free chicken and grass fed beef, Juniper truly pays homage to not only the region, but to the state we are so lucky to call home. (211 N. 8th Street)

The Discovery Center If the family needs a break from the snow activity, or if you’re an avid museum goer, the Discovery Center is a wonderful choice and a big hit with the kids. The Discovery Center inspires lifelong interest and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics with their interactive exhibits and educational program.

Another great farm to table restaurant, Fork, happens to be just across the street. With mouth watering eclectic eats like the Boise chopped salad, dubbed the B.C.S. with smoked Idaho trout, voodoo chicken, and the cast iron buttermilk fried chicken and cheddar waffle, this is a “Loyal to Local” establishment that you won’t want to miss. (199 N. 8th Street)

This winter, check out their new exhibition: Matter Splatter! Matter Splatter is a one of a kind 3,000 square foot exhibition full of handson exhibits and experiences where kids can learn about all kinds of ooey-gooey material without you having to clean up the mess. For more information and for exhibit hours, be sure to visit their website: www.

For grab-n-go options before a day on the hill or out playing in the snow, visit the Boise Co-Op in one of their two locations. They have daily hot bar items and soups, a beverage bar with fresh squeezed juices, smoothies, coffee and tea, plus local and regional brews and kombucha on tap. The Boise Co-Op is a community-owned food cooperative and marketplace that not only educates but also connects the community to high quality, natural, organic foods. Since their start in 1973, they’ve established a community of more than 24,000 co-owners and have become a reliable source for fresh, delicious foods in Boise.

Jump Time Idaho Another option for an indoor activity, and one that will help get all of your kid’s energy out, is Jump Time Idaho. With over 14,000 square feet of trampolines, foam pits, slam dunk basketball, and fun for the whole family, this is a great option for when you need a break. Check out their website for prices and daily hours:

Nightlife Since Boise is a college town, the options for bars and nightlife outings are endless. On any given Friday or Saturday night, while school is in session, the downtown area is the place to be. Just keep in mind that any dive bar that sells cheaper cocktails will be inundated with young people.

Idaho State Capitol Dubbed the Capitol of Light, our state capitol building is a must see if you’re in the area. Originally designed by architects John E. Troutellotte and Charles F. Hummel, the capitol is nestled in the heart of downtown on West Jefferson St. With carefully crafted design, natural light floods the interior of the building, reflecting light from the white walls and light colored (floor to ceiling) marble – but it’s definitely something that you will need to see first hand. Visiting hours are open every weekday, and on the weekends, be sure to check the state’s website for hours, since they change with Legislative sessions:

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POTATOES FOR YOU AND FOR ME FRENCH FRIES WERE introduced to the U.S. when Thomas Jefferson served them in the White House during his Presidency of 1801-1809. Collinet, chef for French King Louis Phillipe (reign 1830-1848) unintentionally created soufflés (or puffed) potatoes by plunging already fried potatoes into extremely hot oil to reheat them when the King arrived late for dinner one night. Idaho, the present-day largest producer of potatoes, only began producing potatoes after missionaries moved west in 1836, and made an effort to teach the native tribes to grow crops instead of relying upon hunting and gathering methods. However, it wasn’t until 1872 when the Russet Burbank variety was developed, that the Idaho potato industry began to flourish.

SAVORY SCALLOPED POTATOES The Incas used potatoes to treat frostbite or sunburn by applying raw grated potato or potato juice to the affected area.

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6-8 Yellow Finns Potatoes 2 T. unsalted butter 1 Large yellow onion, thinly sliced. 4 C. Milk or 2 C. Milk & 2 C. Vegetable Broth 2-3 Garlic cloves, smashed 1 t. Dijon mustard (or substitue dry mustard powder) 1 1/2 C. shredded cheddar cheese 3/4 C. heavy cream

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees.


Slice potatoes into 1/8 inch slices and set aside.


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Add milk (or milk/broth mixture), crushed garlic, mustard and bring mixture to a gentle boil. Add salt and pepper for desired taste.


Add the sliced potatoes to the mixture and allow to simmer until the potatoes are almost tender, (approximately 10 minutes). The potatoes should have some resistance when poked with a fork.


Using a slotted spoon, scoop half of the potatoes and onions into a greased baking dish. Cover evenly with ¾ of the grated cheddar cheese.


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EUGENE BALLET’S NUTCRACKER December 12 By Melody Vanhorn CHRISTMAS IS A WONDERFUL TIME of year when families gather and embrace the magic of the season. From sleigh rides to music, Sandpoint has something for everyone to enjoy, and for those looking to enjoy some theatrical entertainment this season, the Eugene Ballet Company will create an exciting rendition of The Nutcracker Ballet at the Panida Theater on December 12. It’s Christmas Eve and the Stahlbaum household is filled with guests sharing in the spirit of the season. Young Clara and her brother Fritz anxiously await the arrival of their godfather, Drosselmeyer, who is known for his unique and fascinating gifts. Among the gifts this year, a simple wooden nutcracker carved into the likeness of a man. While the other children ignore it, Clara is drawn to this sweet toy only to have Fritz accidently break it. Heartbroken, Clara falls asleep clutching her noble nutcracker only to find that as the clock strikes 12 on this magical evening, her world is transformed as the evil mouse king storms her house and engages in a epic battle with the tin soldiers led by none other than her beloved nutcracker. With the help of Clara, the toys win the war and the nutcracker is freed from spell that has kept him trapped him in the form of a nutcracker. Together, he and Clara enter the Land of Sweets to dance their way towards happily ever after. But wait, is this just a dream? Come enjoy Clara’s journey with the Nutcracker as they battle mischievous mice and join dancers from around the globe to enter the dazzling world of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Joining the Company onstage will be numerous local dance students as they help create the perfect holiday performance. For more information please visit


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FAMILY FEATURE: BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Enjoy breakfast with Santa, tell him your last minute holiday wishes, and snap that all important holiday photo during Breakfast with Santa event at Sandpoint Community Hall. Breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, orange juice, coffee and hot cocoa. You can purchase tickets at the Teen Center during operating hours or at Washington Federal Bank, 405 N. Second Ave.

Cedar Street Bridge Public Market



Saturdays in December. The Cedar Street Bridge Public Market is open Saturdays from 9am until 1pm. Come enjoy indoor shopping on the bridge spanning Sand Creek.


Crafting, Cocoa and Cookies at the Museum Enjoy sweet holiday treats, supplies to craft ornaments, silly headbands and holiday cards, plus great deals on gifts during the First Free Saturday event from 10am until 4pm at the Bonner County History Museum.



The Panida Theater hosts a screening at 6:30pm of the holiday film “Elf” where Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father.


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High Tea Fundraiser The Sandpoint Area Senior Center hosts a High Tea Fundraiser to benefit the DayBreak Center. Tickets are $25; tea will be held in the dining room at 2:30pm.




MCS Youth Orchestra and Choir Holiday Concert

“Christmas Carol” - The Musical

Amahl and the Night Visitor

Watch the talented Music Conservatory of Sandpoint Youth Orchestras and Choirs showcase their skills in a holiday performance starting at 6pm at First Lutheran Church on Olive Street. Also performing will be the LPOHS Choir. A cookie and cider reception will follow. Donations are taken at the door.

December 16-18, 22-23. The Panida presents Dickens’ age old story with a twist and a kick! This musical theater performance will be given at 8pm on December 16-17, 22-23 with a matinee showing on December 18 at 3:30pm. Visit for more information.




Santa’s Schweitzer Visit

New Year’s Eve on Schweitzer

3rd Annual Hive New Year’s Eve Ball

Schweitzer hosts festive parties Dec. 31 to usher in the new year at Taps and other locations at the resort. Tickets go on sale in the Activity Center on Dec. 1. 208.255.3081

A party for the ages, featuring the Pimps of Joytime and a New Year’s Eve countdown with confetti and a balloon drop. Not only is this the Inland Northwest’s biggest and best New Year’s Eve celebration, a portion of each ticket benefits our local non-profit Angels Over Sandpoint! Ticket information available at





December 23-24. Santa will be delivering treats on the slopes both days before leading a balloon parade on Christmas Eve with Mrs. Claus from Basin Express. Meet up at the Selkirk Lodge afterwards for cookies and last-minute wishes before he heads back to the North Pole. Visit for more information.


Performed by the MCS’s Young Classical Singers Troupe. Watch the story of a poor shepherd boy’s encounter with three kings. This story has captured audiences around the world ever since its premiere in 1951. Then join a charming mix of song, dance, and delightful choruses. A matinee will be performed at 2pm followed by an evening show at 5pm at First Lutheran Church on Olive Street.


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Surgery Options

The Staff at Pend Oreille Surgery Center has selected

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as Employee of the Quarter! Gary, a surgical technologist at POSC, has been a vital member of our team since 2009. Prior to the center’s opening, he was directly involved in the final phases of construction and helped with preparations for opening the center. Gary has been a surgical tech for 23 years and works directly with our surgeons to provide safe, high quality and cost effective surgical care for our patients. Gary loves living in Sandpoint, his home for 50 years, and is proud to be a third generation Sandpoint native. His peers have chosen Gary for his positive attitude and willingness to help. “Gary is amazing to work with, a great person inside and out”, states a coworker. “Gary makes it all possible”, shared another. Gary’s team spirit and willingness to orient new staff is why he is Pend Oreille Surgery Center’s Employee of the Quarter!


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December 2016 Sandpoint Living Local  

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