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Celebrate the Season THE END OF THE YEAR IS ALWAYS ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING—and anticipated—times of year. Tables were surrounded by loved ones, both family and friends, sharing beautiful meals prepared with heart, as Thanksgiving took to the stage. Now, as December has arrived, there are the holidays of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa that all look forward to. Celebrations of our cultures and beliefs, passed down from generation to generation, are truly fulfilling in themselves. It is important to not focus on the secular aspect of these holidays but the meaning behind each and their importance to you and your family. In this issue, we offer ideas of how you can focus on giving rather than receiving, and the joy that true selflessness can bring to both young and old alike. From assisting your neighbor with their outdoor holiday decorating or simply purchasing that cup of coffee for a stranger, your act is sure to leave a smile on their face. If you’re struggling on
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hile many of us have made the switch to hard-surface flooring, or perhaps would like to, bare floors can seem hard and uninviting—especially in the winter months. One easy way to add comfort and style underfoot is with an area rug. Some of the most common concerns with area rugs include sizing and fiber content.
This not only helps anchor the room and create a defined seating area, it also helps keep the furniture from skidding across the floor by adding some friction under heavier pieces. In a bedroom, I like to have the area rug centered widthwise and then extend at least halfway under the length of the bed, so that your feet have a cozy place to land on those cold mornings.
Area rugs come in a variety of sizes, but most commonly, these sizes are (in feet) 2x3, 3x5, 5x7, 8x10 and 9x12. Different manufacturers have different size variations, depending on their looms, but these are typical sizes found throughout the industry—even in handloomed rugs.
I’m not a huge fan of hallway runners, as they have a tendency to wander and bunch underfoot without any furniture pieces to weigh them down. However, I do like entry mats and highly recommend them to keep exterior dirt and dust from finding its way further indoors. The entry mat should be large enough to accommodate the width of your front door and extend to within 6 inches of the entry walls on either side.
Determining the size of your area rug is relatively easy, if you know how to approach it. In a living room, I like to have the area rug extend 6 to 10 inches behind the front legs of the sofa or chairs.
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One easy way to add comfort and style underfoot is with an area rug. and cotton for natural fibers, and olefin, polyester, nylon and Smartstrand for synthetics. Wool area rugs are durable and naturally flame retardant, and are often of the highest quality. They can be machine or hand woven and come in a variety of styles and textures. With the quality, however, comes a higher price tag. Silk area rugs are less common, though silk can be blended with other fibersâ€”chiefly woolâ€”to create a rich, varied texture. As you might expect, silk is definitely not the workhorse like wool or synthetics but better suited to less trafficked areas. Cotton is a lighter, less durable fiber than wool as well but far more affordable than wool or silk. Cotton matting is popular for kitchens and bathrooms, or any place that might require machine washability. Regarding synthetic area rugs, these are usually far less expensive than their natural fiber counterparts and therefore more readily available in the American market. Polyester is a shorter-staple fiber (think faux
wool) and is known for its softness and colorfastness. Nylon is a longerstaple synthetic that is known for durability, which is great in high-traffic areas. Olefin is a less expensive material and is typically what berber carpeting is made of. Smartstrand is a newer synthetic, made popular for its stain-blocking ability and softness. Karastan, for example, is a wellknown carpet and area rug brand that has adopted Smartstrand in the manufacture of many of its area rugs. If youâ€™re looking for a new area rug or two, it is extremely helpful to be able to see and feel them in person before purchasing. Though online shopping is easy and convenient, online returns are not, and it is very difficult to tell the quality of your area rug from a picture. With that in mind, many stores have swatches available for color matching at home. And some will even allow you to take the area rug home and see how it looks in the space before purchase.
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Jennifer Smith Third grade teacher, Washington Elementary
hough she’s already in her 20th year as an educator, Jennifer Smith is still enjoying each and every day in the classroom. “I can’t believe that much time has passed already, but I guess the old saying is true: ‘Time flies when you’re having fun!’” she said.
students every single year. Being able to guide and facilitate their learning journeys and to see their growth is the most rewarding experience,” she said.
With 20 years’ experience, Jennifer has plenty of fond memories, but it’s the daily interactions, the uniqueness of each day, Jennifer is a third grade teacher at Washington and living and working in the community Elementary. A Sandpoint she calls home that she resident, she attended treasures most. “Every the University of Idaho day I get to see current "BEING ABLE and upon graduation and past students and got a job teaching special their families and TO GUIDE AND education in Virginia. be reminded of the When she and her connections we have FACILITATE THEIR husband started looking to each other. I love for a more permanent that bond and how it LEARNING JOURNEYS lets us both know that place to call home, Sandpoint just made no matter how much sense. “We had both time passes we are still AND TO SEE THEIR grown up here and had connected through our missed the community, shared experiences in GROWTH IS THE recreation and our the classroom.” families while we were MOST REWARDING Whether solving math back east. We’ve never problems, advancing regretted our decision EXPERIENCE." reading skills, being to come home,” said physically active, Jennifer. making friends or Jennifer made the switch to teaching third resolving disagreements, Jennifer looks to grade about 15 years ago. It allows her to teach instill a continual theme throughout her daily all subjects to her students and says she enjoys lessons. “I always try to teach my students that seeing their smiles and energy each school any endeavor should always reflect our time, day. She says teaching is the best profession effort and pride. I think it is so important in the world as it’s a career that combines all for students to realize the internal sense of that she loves into one package. “First and satisfaction they get from putting forth their foremost, I get the opportunity to work with best work and developing that habit at an an entire class filled with the most incredible early age.”
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When you’ve heard enough! By Dr. Dawn Mehra, North Idaho Animal Hospital
ogs use their voices around me every day. They whine, growl, howl—and yes, bark—in the examination room, hospital treatment area, in the boarding wards, and my neighborhood! As a trained veterinarian and wildlife biologist, I know that dogs use barking to communicate amongst themselves and to their pet parents. Problems occur when the barking becomes excessive and repetitive. This behavior creates a nuisance for the families and their surrounding neighbors. I am not alone in feeling my blood pressure soar when one of my patients, or my own dog, barks and barks. We cannot forget, however, that persistent “shouting” signals that something may not be right. If your pooch barks excessively, the first step is to figure out the cause so you can efficiently address the problem. Just as we use our voice for different things (gift of gab), the reasons that dogs bark are numerous. I list several below and offer some general tips to dissuade the triggers. Redirecting your dog takes creativity, practice, consistency and patience! It won't happen overnight, but with time and effort, things can improve. Territorial/Fear/Alarm: Visitors, human or other, approaching their “space” can trigger an unduly response from your pet in an effort to
protect/alert. Consider changing the environment to help limit what he/ she sees and hears. Create visual and auditory barriers outside or keep pets inside. Place treats in the hands of an approaching outsider to help your canine relax and associate the “stranger” as something good and that there’s no need to protect. Boredom: Dogs are pack animals. Left alone for long periods, whether in the house or in the yard, they become bored or sad and often will bark because they are unhappy. Exercise and enrichment are key to solving this case. Spend an hour in the morning and evening walking, playing or running your pets. Offer treat-filled puzzles and chewy toys to play with while you're missing. Anxiety: Besides non-stop barking, separation anxiety can also be associated with destructiveness, pacing, inappropriate elimination and depression. These pups suffer greatly when left alone. Please seek veterinary care for this type of problem; a combination of behavioral therapy and medication will help. Attention Seeking: Dogs bark to greet, express excitement, to alert you when they need to go outside, as well as for many other reasons. Try and
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• Positive reinforcement ideas and techniques can be obtained from professional trainers and veterinary behaviorists, The more compassion you can muster toward the aggravating problem of incessant, inappropriate barking, the greater likelihood you will achieve a positive training outcome. You will also strengthen the bond between you and your pooch. Good luck! And check in with your veterinarian for more advice and treatment suggestions. Dr. Dawn Mehra, North Idaho Animal Hospital, 320 South Ella Street, Sandpoint, Idaho 83864. IdahoVet.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
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ollowing many personal and professional experiences with the shortcomings of the Western medical system, Jeff Pufnock and Jessica Youngs began their studies in Classical Chinese medicine. They both individually came to study Chinese medicine with a vision of learning a system of care that fully addressed healing the whole person. Jeff ’s previous career as a Ph.D. cancer immunologist brought him to the realization that he wanted to approach healing from a different perspective and foster deeper personal connections with patients, while Jessica initially experienced acupuncture’s profound healing potential following treatment for a shoulder injury. Jeff and Jessica are excited to bring their holistic practice of Chinese medicine to the Sandpoint community as Embodied Virtue: Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine. They offer the modalities of acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, moxibustion, Asian bodywork, craniosacral therapy, diet and lifestyle therapy, and women’s health, and together they are ready to help facilitate healing for those seeking a complementary approach. “We are very fortunate to have extensive mentorship training in prescribing custom Chinese herbal formulas,” says Jeff. “To provide this service to our patients in Sandpoint, we have compiled an herbal medicinary featuring
over 120 raw Chinese herbs. This service enables us to maintain our commitments to sustainability and minimizing plastic waste by providing the formulas to our patients in reusable glass jars.” The care possible with Chinese medicine is comprehensive. “It is often assumed that acupuncture is only effective for pain management,” adds Jeff. “However, Chinese medicine is a time-tested empirical system of medicine that can be effective in treating the full spectrum of disease and illness and works by treating the root cause for each individual.”
the caring and intentionality we both bring to this world.” When it comes to what the pair finds most rewarding about the work they do, it is being able to witness their patients’ personal healing journeys and relief from chronic conditions that were unable to be addressed by other medical treatments.
The intention of the clinic design was to create a space that can also be opened to the community for special intimate events, according to Jessica. “We envision these gatherings as an opportunity to sample our Chinese tea collection, relax in community and learn more about Chinese medicine,” she says.
Jeff and Jessica are excited to be part of the Sandpoint community, which they joined this past summer. The couple discovered the beauty of Sandpoint in the summer of 2018 during an “exploratory road trip” with the purpose of finding a small, vibrant mountain community to relocate to from the intensity of Portland. “Upon arriving in Sandpoint, we were amazed, even though the lake was surrounded by smoke. We immediately changed our plans to stay a few more days,” says Jeff. “From then on the dream of moving to Sandpoint began to take shape.”
Through the creation of Embodied Virtue, both Jessica and Jeff demonstrate their dedication and commitment to holistic medicine. “We both bring our own unique attributes, skills and embodiment of Chinese medicine that supports our collaboration,” says Jeff. “This business venture is the outward manifestation of our partnership and represents
They continued to visit the area throughout the following year and were delighted to finally see the mountains in person during their winter visit. “Sandpoint was our dream destination,” smiles Jessica, “and we feel so blessed to have such an amazing community to contribute to and to be a part of.”
A 50-Year Christmas Tradition DECEMBER BABIES RETURN HOME FROM BGH IN HAND-KNIT STOCKINGS By Taylor Shillam Photos Courtesy of Bonner General Health
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A priceless Christmas tradition began more than 50 years ago at Bonner General Health and continues to touch the lives of Sandpoint community members. During the month of December, all newborn babies at BGH receive a hand-knitted hat and a red flannel stocking—a stocking large enough that it can easily provide a warm ride home for a newborn baby.
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BGH Auxiliary volunteers eagerly continue the tradition this December, creating stockings and hats that will be hand-cut, sewn and donated. Each red and white hat is provided by individual knitters and local knitting groups contributing to the holiday tradition.
“Parents of newborns from past Christmases have said they still use their stockings each year at Christmas because it has been their family tradition to hang them up with those of other family members who received them throughout the years,” reported Margo Johnson, Council chairman for BGH. Nurse Jody Martin, a longtime employee of BGH, had a baby at the hospital in December of 1977. In her time at BGH, Jody has assisted in the delivery of thousands of local babies, allowing her to experience the heartfelt impact of the tradition from both perspectives. The BGH stockings have become part of a family history for generations of Sandpoint locals. Many have kept the stockings they received as newborns and have continued to include them in their holiday celebrations as their family grows.
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In addition to the stocking, each newborn also returns home from BGH with a goodie bag. Volunteers fill each bag with donations from the community. Items included in the bag are often baby’s first book, magazines, booties, blankets and additional colored hats. These bags are provided to Bonner General Health newborns throughout the entire calendar year. The BGH Volunteer Council members assist in many areas of the hospital, taking pride in the provision of the special touches that will make a difference in patients’ lives. They have provided a variety of services to the hospital, from sewing and flower care to food service and reception. Known to enthusiastically support events, they host several throughout the year, including the Christmas “Parade of Trees.” The volunteers’ impact was perhaps first noted with the opening of Sandpoint’s very first hospital gift shop, which has been noted one of the volunteers’ most exciting contributions. At the time of its opening, Auxiliary volunteers staffed the gift shop seven days a week, selling gift merchandise, cards and gift-wrapping services. Proceeds from the gift shop were put toward the funding of hospital equipment to improve each patient’s experience. The shop is now open Monday through Friday,
providing the community an opportunity to find unique gifts while giving back to a respectable cause. The late, admired Sandpoint resident Hazel Hall stated in a speech about the volunteers, “I’m always amazed at the energy of light given so freely in our little town of Sandpoint. One of the organized clusters of light that shines brightest is the Bonner General Hospital Auxiliary.” This sums up a common reflection on the Volunteer Council: a group that gives and seeks to bring light to those around them. Each December baby is guaranteed to leave Bonner General Health with warm wishes and their first holiday gifts from a group dedicated to their purpose of positively impacting patients’ lives. The spirit of the holiday season thrives at BGH with the holiday memories thoughtfully created by Auxiliary volunteers.
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January will mark the third year of the CAST program being implemented in the district. CAST stands for Coping and Support Training and is a nationally recognized program aimed at improving moods of youth, decreasing drug and alcohol usage, and improving classroom skills and success. It came to the attention of Bonner General Health when three local teens committed suicide in 2015, 2016 and 2017. “Two therapists approached the hospital, did the research and found this curriculum,” recalled Community Development Manager Erin Binnall. “We really wanted to be at the forefront of health disparities, and with the agreement of our CEO we decided we could use this program to really make a difference in the community.”
Initially the Bonner General Health Foundation sponsored nine volunteers who work with youth in Bonner County to receive the training. That number continues to rise as does the number of kids in the after-school program, which was less than 10 initially but now closer to 40 each year. Kids taking part in the program might be exhibiting destructive behaviors, anger, substance abuse or suicidal thoughts. Through 12 one-hour classes, they can sit in an open discussion with peers facing the same feelings they are, learn from each other and work toward alleviating the cause of the issues. Each class takes on a different topic each week: 1. The CAST Curriculum 2. Welcome & Orientation 3. Group Support & Self-Esteem
4. Setting & Monitoring Goals 5. Building Self-Esteem, Beating the Blues 6. Decision Making - Taking STEPS 7. Anger Management #1 8. Anger Management #2 9. Drug Use Control 10. School Smarts 11. Preventing Slips & Relapses 12. Recognizing Progress & Staying on Track 13. Celebrating Graduation The program saw great success, and the idea was born to test out a pilot program with a sixth grade class in which the entire class would participate. Ann Dickinson’s class at Washington Elementary was chosen for the program, and her 17 students followed the curriculum once per week for 12 weeks. Ann noted that many of
the kids were not friends before the program, and some only had connections to each other through school. “About the third meeting, I noticed students were opening up and revealing personal stories and thoughts on topics being covered. They were open with their weaknesses and strengths. I believe this is largely due to the safe, supportive environment created through the discussions and norms agreed upon by the group,” said Ann. What makes CAST among the more unique programs is that while the curriculum is the same across all ages, students are always the ones who initiate the conversation, and discussions are lead by multiple kids. It’s here in which Ann says she began to see kids supporting and
respecting each other better than she had with any other program she’d been a part of. “Due to the vulnerable and personal sharing, the students created bonds with each other, and this led to a support group for each student. When problems arose, others in the group helped remind each other of the steps they learned to solve problems and worked through issues together,” she said. Skills learned in CAST lead to real situations happening in sixth grade. Ann’s class worked through a cyber bullying incident, dealt with feelings from the death of a parent, worked through issues with friends and family, and learned how to get out of bad situations such as those associated with peer pressure.
By the end of the program, students had come together and created new friendships. Students who seldom spoke were contributing to conversations and sharing about themselves. Every student knew they had a support network of peers and adults who are ready to help them whenever they need it. “Every student gained empathy for others and understood that their actions have direct and indirect impacts on others,” said Ann. Today the program is being implemented across all sixth grade classes in the district with 90 percent of the district’s elementary school counselors having gone through the CAST training and certification. As a facilitator herself, Erin is ecstatic to see the amount of growth and acceptance of the program in just three short years. She believes it’s the honesty of the students’ responses, safe space and having no wrong answers in a discussion that have led to so much success. “Problem free isn’t the goal here, just encouraging them to create healthy habits and solid decisionmaking skills,” said Erin. Since expanding, other sixth grade teachers have seen the program affect their class similarly to Ann’s. Farmin Stidwell teacher Renee Nigon shared
that she witnessed her students let their guard down a little more each week during the classes. “The benefits that I saw as a teacher was that the program made students examine their triggers, had them talk about it and then, most importantly, gave them skills to work through the triggers or a situation that triggers them,” she said. Renee also feels that having topics that are easily relatable to her sixth grade students is key to the program’s success. “The topics of the program directly relate to the students and what they will be experiencing—being pressured to make poor decisions, drugs and alcohol, and how they will deal with it.” Back in Ann’s class, several students cited CAST as a highlight of their sixth grade year and stated they now have better problem-solving skills to prepare them for middle school. “I do not know that I will fully witness the impact of CAST as this group moves through life, but I can say that this was the best program I have been a part of for teaching the life skills kids will need to have successful school and life experiences,” said Ann.
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ith new restaurants and bars opening up all the time, competition for customers is always a challenge. That is, of course, unless you are an icon of North Idaho. The 219 Lounge in Sandpoint just celebrated its 85th birthday, and it’s been found at the same First Avenue location each of those memorable years. Locals and visitors continue to visit nightly because of the atmosphere and unique experience you get once you walk through the doors. “The character of the bar has changed multiple times over its 85-year history,” says Mel Dick, who along with his wife Claudia own the “Niner,” as it has come to be known. “In the early 1950s it was a Las Vegas-style lounge complete with one-arm bandit gaming machines.” Today, history surrounds you as you walk inside with historic photos and
remnants of a fire that nearly burned the building to the ground. Recently awarded the top music venue in Sandpoint by Sandpoint Living Local magazine, you’ll find entertainment here just about every night of the week. There’s karaoke every Tuesday from 9pm to midnight; live music every Wednesday evening along with half-priced classic cocktails and bottles of wine; and local and regional musicians perform each Friday and Saturday night throughout the year. Also on the entertainment schedule is live comedy. “Nationally known comedians like our venue as it is small and has a ‘comedy club’ feel,” says Mel. “Many of our headlining comedians have had their own specials on Comedy Central and Showtime and/or have appeared on national TV networks, acted in numerous movies or TV sitcoms.” For Mel and his staff, it’s all about showing customers a great time. They
see everything from the recently turned 21 crowd to adults in their 70s enjoying the scene and dancing away to the music. “Our customers love our live music. We are the place they come to have fun, relax and listen to music ranging from classic rock 'n roll to blues, jazz, Americana, indie rock and more,” says Mel. The 219 has scoured the Northwest beer scene and now boasts what they believe to be the best craft beer selection in town. Their bartenders are also well-known for their commitments to perfectly done classic cocktails. Whether you are a local looking for a fun and smoke-free place to meet up with friends or a visitor coming to check out Sandpoint for the first time, stop by The 219 Lounge. Be sure and ask for Mel; if he’s around he would love to show you the historic nature of this Sandpoint icon.
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othing less than being voted Most Valuable Player for the All Inland Empire League was expected for Sandpoint High School senior soccer player Hannah Eddy. Hannah’s soccer career started 11 years ago at the young age of 6. “Before I could even join a soccer team, I was constantly asking my parents if I could,” she said. “My love for the game began before I even played in a game.” Hannah was a four-year varsity athlete, two of those years getting second in the State Tournament and this year winning the State Title. SHS Varsity Head Coach Conor Baranski said, “Hannah is an incredibly talented soccer player, but that’s only part of the reason she is successful. She’s also really dedicated, as she plays year-round, is constantly striving to improve and holds herself to a very high standard.” This dedication is seen in all aspects of her life.
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Now there is evidence of it across Sandpoint, too—but Dickinson isn’t the one steering the change. Her students are the ones doing that. “The adults don’t drive the project, kids do,” Dickinson said. Dickinson teaches health at Sandpoint Middle School, but before that she taught at Washington Elementary. That was where she first heard about Design For Change: a K-12 program that can be adapted to just about any educational setting. The program uses the tagline “Young People Changing the World,” and the idea is that Design For Change “equips young people to transform empathy into social action” using four steps: feel, imagine, do and share. “What makes this program so powerful is, with any adult and a group
of kids, you can do this program,” Dickinson said. “It’s meant to fit any situation.” Previous groups of students she advised went on to make global connections, specifically one group of sixth graders, teachers, parents and administrators who traveled to Spain for the Design For Change global summit in 2017. “I can tell you, that whole experience was one of the most impactful experiences of my life. Just to see what other kids were doing around the world was amazing,” Dickinson said. “Everybody came back changed.” That year, Dickinson’s sixth graders were chosen as the United States’ ambassador group due to their work with a suicide prevention program. “We’d had this rash of teen suicides, and they took it on,” Dickinson said. “What they did was pretty amazing, and their level of understanding and maturity was pretty amazing.”
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Ambassador Design For Change teams from the United States are addressing a variety of issues: elderly isolation, stress and anxiety associated with school, the plight of bees, sexual assault awareness, gun violence, and food insecurity. Currently the Design For Change club at Sandpoint Middle School is trying to stock every school in the district with automated external defibrillators, Dickinson said. “I love it. I think it’s absolutely awesome,” Sandpoint Middle School principal Casey McLaughlin said of the program. “It’s super powerful, and what we’re already seeing is kids are applying it.” Earlier in November students brought in an AED as an example and have contacted several people in town to raise awareness—and hopefully funds. Already people have called and are willing to donate money, McLaughlin said. Their goal is to eventually get AEDs in public places across the community and, eventually, statewide, Dickinson said. The importance of the AED project came to light when a student at a district school collapsed on the playground. While the boy was OK, it drew attention to the fact that there are defibrillators at very few schools in the district.
After the incident, one of the four phone calls the child’s parents made was to Dickinson. “This (Design For Change) group of kids have been phenomenal with their passion to bring life-saving devices into their schools and keep their classmates safe from future incidents that might be similar, but potentially much worse, than what we experienced,” Dana Albanese Bowen wrote in an email, referring to the incident with her child. The Design For Change program endures at Washington Elementary, Dickinson said, and she has hosted trainings on how to implement it in other community groups and churches. There is interest in establishing a Design For Change club at the high school, possibly as an elective. From an educational standpoint, Dickinson said she likes to utilize Design For Change as a framework because it’s not so much a curriculum as it is a way of approaching a subject from a problemsolving perspective. Students are practicing all sorts of academic skills, nestled into whatever project they are pursuing. They are reading, writing and, especially, speaking, she said. “Every year I’ll hit reading, research, presentations. Those standards will be covered in depth,” she said. “The kids become such great speakers every year. … When they speak to an audience, when they see the work they do, it speaks for itself.”
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Get in shape: Pre-season training should focus on overall body fitness, balance, coordination and agility combined with a careful warm-up before venturing back onto the slopes. A good program should include both cardiovascular and strength training. Many of these injuries can be avoided with the proper strengthening in key muscle groups of your legs, hips and core.
kiing and snowboarding are popular winter pastimes for those of us who live in North Idaho. As with most sports, they both come with the potential for injury. Following some simple guidelines can decrease your chance for injury, leading to a much more enjoyableâ€”and safeâ€” winter ski season!
Select quality equipment: Improperly fitted or misadjusted gear can cause injury. Seek out expert advice when purchasing and fitting boots, bindings and skis. Dress in layers and make sure outerwear is functional for the weather. Fabric should be not only water repellent but slide resistant. Wearing a helmet significantly reduces your risk of head injury.
If you sustain an injury while skiing and snowboarding, it will most likely involve your knee. Knee injuries make up 30 percent of all skiing/snowboarding injuries. They are closely followed by shoulder, wrist and closed head injuries (i.e. concussions). Knee injuries are also more common among beginning and intermediate skiers than advanced and elite level skiers.
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unspots, age spots, liver spots, ruddy complexion, pregnancy mask; all are terms used to describe any darkening of the skin. It can appear on any part of the body but is most common on the face and hands. Hyperpigmentation and melasma are two conditions with this characterization. They are similar in look yet can be caused by different conditions, one even being a symptom of the other. Let’s break them down and learn the ways to decrease and even eliminate their effects. Hyperpigmentation is when the body is triggered to produce more melanin, thus causing the skin pigment to darken. It can be caused by prolonged sun exposure, skin injuries, acne scars, inflammation and some skincare products or medications. Darker skin tones are more prone to hyperpigmentation. It is harmless, yet annoying to most people, even causing insecurities about one's appearance. Some aesthetic treatments— chemical peels, laser treatments, microneedling and even some facials—can lead to hyperpigmentation if the skin is not properly accessed. Your skin-care provider will talk to you about your skin type and ethnic background to determine what treatments are right for you. This leads us to melasma. More commonly called the pregnancy mask, it is defined as brown patches, larger than those caused by sun damage, typically on the cheeks, forehead, nose, upper lip and chin. It is believed to be caused by hormonal changes and sun exposure. It is more common in women and appears for many during pregnancy and when starting a new form of birth control. Hyperpigmentation is a
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hould I go to the Emergency Room or Immediate Care?" Many people ask this when they are injured, ill or have a family member who needs medical treatment. As winter approaches, there is an increase of ice and snow, cases of cold and flu, and people participating in winter activities, all of which are factors that can lead to needing medical treatment.
Department provide the best possible care. Immediate Care clinics can treat non-emergency conditions that require same-day medical attention. Go to an Immediate or Urgent Care Clinic to treat: • Broken bones, when the bone is not protruding from the skin • Cuts or lacerations requiring stitches • Minor traumas, such as a sprain • Fever without rash • Ear pain • Sore throat • Urinary tract infection • Influenza • Sinus infections
It is important to choose the right level of care. The Emergency Department is the right choice if you or a family member experiences a life-threatening illness or injury. Go to the Emergency Department to treat: • Difficulty breathing • Any symptoms of stroke: face drooping, slurred speech, arm weakness, sudden vision trouble or trouble understanding simple statements • A major burn • Persistent chest pain that radiates to your arm or jaw that may also include sweating, vomiting or shortness of breath • Severe head injury • Coughing or vomiting blood • Severe pain in your chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure • Pregnancy complications if you are more than 20 weeks along, including contractions/labor with bleeding, leaking fluid or decreased fetal movement
Bonner General Health's Immediate Care Clinic provides the following onsite services: • Blood draws • EKG • Flu shots • Laboratory services • IV hydration and antibiotic therapy • Occupational health services such as drug screens/BAT • Sports physicals • Strep and flu screening • Suture removal • X-rays
Children should be brought to the Emergency Department if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms: • Head injury • Significant bone or soft tissue injuries • High, persistent fever (38.5°C or 100.4°F) • Persistent vomiting and/or diarrhea • Significant lack of fluid intake (especially in a younger child) • Significant changes in the child's activity level
The Emergency Department at Bonner General Health is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is located at 520 North Third Avenue in Sandpoint. Call 208.263.1441 for more information.
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UNFORTUNATELY, FAD DIETS, FITNESS TRENDS AND NOVELTY WIN OUT WHERE BIOLOGY SHOULD REIGN SUPREME.
he fitness world can be incredibly confusing, and it's understandable. Before we get into the discussion of context, intent and ultimately prerequisites, I’ll clarify my honest position about how most people have no business doing the things they are doing to their body to get in shape. I say this lovingly, and objectively, from the first-hand experience of the thousands of assessments I have personally completed. Last month, I quickly enumerated three areas that are common to most fitness endeavors: weight lifting, high intensity interval training and yoga, which are common fitness pursuits that have shown to actually create problems and cause injuries. Health is not rocket science but is still very much science. Unfortunately, fad diets, fitness trends and novelty win out where biology should reign supreme. You are a wildly complex biological organism; to ignore the basic scientific tenets required to make your organism healthy, fit and sexy is stupid—not to mention makes you very unsuccessful, ultimately killing all motivation and hope, and imprisons you in a body you know deep down can be better. The CDC showed that one out of two people hurt themselves exercising, and based on the surgical rates, your weightlifting is accelerating arthritis. After all, getting injured exercising, then going to the physical therapist to get exercises
to heal your exercise injury, is the definition of insanity; let alone getting a knee replaced because you wore it out “gettin’ in shape bruh.” Here are a few reasons why you should reevaluate the weights you are lifting: First, it’s likely you lack the requisite joint range of motion needed to load your body in positions that the joints involved should move. You need to assess whether you have the joint range of motion prerequisites before you introduce the challenge of load. Secondly, it’s vital to know why you’re doing the exercise you’re doing. Furthermore, intent and context are crucial to knowing how to load a specific joint, or movement, before assuming that it’s good for you. A peanut to a person who has a peanut allergy is deadly, and knowing whether or not the exercise you have chosen is good, or bad, for you could make or break you. Lastly, body control. I find it odd that people who can’t touch their toes think doing deadlifts is good for them, or putting an abnormal amount of weight on their backs for squats, when they can’t even squat down to look under the sink, will end up positively. It’s vital you understand the fundamental skill components to elicit the benefits of what you are doing to create the adaptations you seek. Even running has fairly tame prerequisites, yet seven out of 10 people get hurt trying to get into shape running, simply because they lack the basic fundamentals key to joyful, injuryfree running. After all, you don’t run to get in shape, you have to be in shape to run.
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diet that excludes the protein gluten has become quite popular of late. Going gluten free certainly seems to have its health benefits. Yet, these benefits may not be just a result of eliminating this specific protein. Other things may be at play.
Gluten is found in different whole food grains including wheat, rye and barley. Grains are the seeds of grasses. Many prepared and processed foods also contain this sticky protein, especially things made from wheat flour. This could include pasta, bread, crackers, cereal, tortillas, hotdogs and even beer. This can be a real problem for those who have celiac disease or are intolerant to gluten. Actual diagnosed celiac disease is pretty uncommon, though some think it is underreported. This is where the body initiates an immune response to the gluten proteins, and this causes inflammation in the small intestine. The short-term result of eating gluten if you have celiac disease can be diarrhea, bloating, cramping, even irritability. Long term, the intestinal wall could eventually get damaged, malnutrition can occur, and other complications may arise. The surprising thing is that gluten is found in many non-food items such as shampoo, lipstick, lotions and sunscreen. Some individuals will avoid these products when avoiding gluten. But research is showing it is only the eating of gluten that leads to the autoimmune responses typical of celiac disease. Don’t worry about licking stamps or envelopes. According to the reports, these use corn starch, not wheat. But eating out can be a complete challenge due to cross contamination on food preparation and cooking surfaces, flavorings and all the yummy sauces. The favored remedy for many is to stay at home and make it yourself. The only known and effective treatment for celiac disease is to avoid gluten, even in trace amounts. An interesting situation is arising though with individuals who have avoided gluten and feel better, even though they don’t have celiac disease. When we avoid gluten, this means we are avoiding other substances as well. Consider what else happens when grass is grown, harvested, stored, processed and made into food. If we feel better when we stop eating grains and conclude we must be gluten sensitive, we may actually be affected by something else. Some studies are showing that a carbohydrate called fructan is a trigger for many of the symptoms we attribute to gluten. Others think it may be the chemical glyphosate that’s part of herbicide treatment and ends up in the grains. But it could also be mold and the associated mycotoxins that grow on grain in the field before harvesting or after it is placed into storage. Keeping fungus out of our grains is an important industry concern, and rightfully so. Another contributor could be the additives that are put into baked products, even gluten-free foods. This includes calcium propionate and other preservatives, as well as the varied sweeteners. Perhaps the oils, added to baked and fried foods that break down into toxic byproducts at the high temperatures of cooking, could be a contributor. Particle size alone can also be a factor. Flour is finely ground up grain, and as a result the surface area is enhanced, and nutrient bioavailability is greater. This can overfeed particular gut bacteria, leading to an imbalance of microorganisms in the gut. Mounting evidence is showing that our gut microbiome makeup is responsible for regulating a balance between health and disease. There are definitely real disorders related to the gluten protein. These are not to be ignored. But there are other considerations that are just as important, if not even more so. For many, eating gluten free makes a tremendous difference in overall health. Let’s just remember that gluten is just one of many substances excluded when eating gluten free.
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RIDING SHOTGUN Tacoma man had front-row seat on first Successful crosscountry automobile trip BY DAN AZNOFF
he concept of driving across the country today is no small undertaking. It can take weeks of planning, stacks of road maps and an unquenchable thirst for the road.
The first passage by automobile more than a century ago— in 1903 to be exact—was a challenge to both the vehicle and the brave individuals who tested the limits to travel from sea to shining sea. A bicycle racer who made his home in Tacoma, Washington, was half of the duo to successfully make the first journey by motorcar across the country more than 115 years ago. His name and the vehicle he and his partner drove have been featured in documentaries and honored with a display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
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At the last minute, they wisely decided to stow a block and tackle in the vehicle to use in the eventuality they had to pull the automobile out of ruts and muddy spots along the way.
But Sewall K. Crocker is almost unheard of in his adopted hometown. Crocker was born in 1883 in Walla Walla, Washington, and lived in Tacoma until he was invited to join doctor and businessman Horatio N. Jackson on the historic drive starting from San Francisco on a transcontinental trek across the continent to New York. The 29-year-old self-taught mechanic first met Jackson when the doctor approached him with hopes of receiving instructions on how to drive a horseless carriage. The cross-country quest was the result of a $50 wager ($1,200 today’s dollars) the doctor accepted after a lively conversation with fellow members of the San Francisco Gentlemen’s Club. Jackson accepted the challenge to traverse the expanse of America by automobile, in part, to prove the automobile was “more than just a mere toy.”
What they did not have with them were any maps to help chart a proper route. Without any published material to study and without any qualified individuals to provide personal recommendations to help Jackson and Crocker determine an actual route across the vast continent, the mechanic advised his partner against following a southern route for fear the pair may become stranded or lost in the desert. Jackson agreed to follow dirt roads and wagon trails that paralleled trails, rivers, mountain passes and crossed alkali flats on a course that roughly followed the route forged by the Southern Pacific Railroad.
The drive was only part of the challenge. The 31-year-old doctor was an auto enthusiast who did not know how to drive and did not even own an automobile. Without any mechanical experience of his own, Jackson was convinced to hire Crocker to serve as his travel companion, mechanic and relief driver.
The two drivers planned to pass through the Sacramento Valley and followed the Oregon Trail to avoid the highest passes through the Rocky Mountains. Crocker was primarily responsible for making the necessary repairs of the vehicle during the trip, which broke down frequently, especially on the harsh, unpaved roads of the West.
The doctor invested $8,000 of his own money in the venture, the equivalent of more than $200,000 in today’s dollars.
The daring duo left the shores of the California coast on May 23, 1903, in Jackson's Winton, loaded down with coats, rubber protective clothing, sleeping bags, blankets, canteens, an axe, a shovel, a telescope, tools, spare parts, cans for extra gasoline, a Kodak camera, a rifle, a shotgun and a pair of pistols.
The pair quickly became national celebrities as news of their quest made the pages of newspapers across the country. The trip got off to an ominous start when the Vermont, the name given to the Winton by Jackson in honor of the state where he was born, blew a tire only 15 miles after they had off loaded from a ferry that carried them
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and their vehicle on the first leg of the journey across the San Francisco Bay to Oakland. Crocker replaced the tire with the only spare they brought along. That one spare was reportedly the only tire they could find in the entire city of San Francisco. The second night out Crocker stopped in Sacramento to remove the side lanterns after both men agreed they were too dim. The lamps were replaced with a single spotlight mounted on the front of the vehicle. It was at that point of the trip that a pair of bicyclists offered Jackson road maps. The maps were crude, but Jackson and Crocker decided the basic maps were better than making the drive without any sort of written plan. COURTESY OF DIVISION OF WORK AND INDUSTRY, NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION
Unable to find a new tire for the Winton, the pair decided to purchase some used bicycle inner tubes in case of an emergency before they left Sacramento. Noise from the road and the engine were apparently so loud that neither Crocker nor Jackson noticed that all of their cooking gear had been tossed from the Winton at some point along one of the bumpy roads. The pair entertained the locals in the California town of Alturas with free rides in what was described as a carnival atmosphere while Jackson and Crocker waited for three days for replacement tires. They made the seemingly misguided decision to go ahead without the spare parts when the shipment did not arrive as scheduled. Somewhere near Caldwell in rural Idaho, Jackson fulfilled his desire to have a dog join them for the ride. Various stories reported that that pit bull named Bud was either stolen or purchased for the sum of $15. Jackson wrote to his wife that he had wanted a dog since he had left Sacramento. The round expression of the small dog became the face of the well-publicized adventure. Budâ€™s face appeared on magazine covers from coast to coast. In early June, the men were forced to ask a cowboy to tow the car after a fuel leak had drained their gas tank.
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Crocker was forced to rent a bicycle (which had its own flat tire) while they waited for replacement parts and peddled 25 miles to purchase four gallons of gasoline for the “outrageous” price of $20. At one point of the trip, the crew of the Vermont ran out of supplies and went 36 hours without food. They were rescued by a farmer who fed them stew while Crocker convinced the generous man to give them the wheel bearings out of his mowing machine for an emergency repair. The good news is that newspapers across the country had made the motorists into national celebrities. Local newspaper reporters greeted them at virtually every stop. Sometime in mid-June, Jackson’s coat, along with every penny of their cash, fell off the Winton. Jackson was forced to wire his wife to send them more money. The pair followed the sage advice of locals in Mountain Home, Idaho, to avoid a stretch of the Oregon Trail and changed course through the Sawtooth Mountains. In Hailey, Idaho, Jackson agreed to wire the Winton Company for more spare parts. The list of lost items continued to grow. While using the block and tackle to cross a river, Jackson lost the new money his wife had wired to him as well as his glasses. It was at that point that a greedy landowner forced them to pay $4 ($105 now) to cross, as Jackson described the acreage as “bad, rocky, mountain road.”
Crocker’s ingenuity came in handy when he used rope to wrap around the wheels when they suffered another flat tire. The trip became much easier beginning on July 12 when they reached stretches of paved roads beginning in Omaha, Nebraska. The only recorded mishap from that point of the trip reportedly took place just outside Buffalo, New York, when the Vermont hit a “hidden obstacle” in the road and threw Jackson, Crocker and Bud out of the moving vehicle. The trio arrived in New York on July 26, crossing the country in a respectable 63 days, 12 hours and 30 minutes to claim the title of the first automobile to go coast-to-coast. The Vermont had consumed 800 gallons of gasoline along the way. Following the hero’s welcome at the end of their adventure, Jackson joined his wife for the drive home while Crocker headed West. Newspapers reported that the Vermont broke down again shortly after Jackson was on the road without a mechanic and that the car’s drive chain snapped at the threshold of his own garage. The drive chain was one of the few parts that had not been changed over the two-month drive across the country. More importantly, Jackson scoffed at the reality that he was never able to collect his $50 wager.
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The Man Despite his acclaim as a national celebrity, Crocker returned home to Tacoma in relative obscurity. There were no parades, no newspaper reporters or magazine photographers lined up at his door like Jackson had when he returned to New England. Following the adventure, Crocker attempted to capitalize on his newfound fame by launching a search for sponsors for an around-the-world auto tour. With his fame and his health failing, Crocker finally settled down in Tacoma where he died just two weeks after he turned 30 years old. Newspapers at the time reported that the once famous mechanic died of depression after suffering a nervous breakdown. Not only was he not honored by the residents of Tacoma, he died without any family or many friends at his bedside. The people in his hometown quickly turned their attention to the latest news of the day. More than a century later, his name has not been used for the name of a street or any public venue associated with his pioneering achievements. To some people, like former
The trio arrived in New York on July 26, crossing the country in a respectable 63 days, 12 hours and 30 minutes to claim the title of the first automobile to go coast-to-coast. Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma, that is a fact that still needs to be corrected. A film by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns was produced to mark the 100th anniversary of the historic crossing during the time Baarsma served as mayor. In addition to his duties as mayor, Baarsma had hoped he could use his elected position to raise the image of the city’s forgotten luminary. “He was lost in the pages of history,” Baarsma reflected when contacted for this article. “Renaming a street in his honor on his birthday
(April 7) would be a fitting and proper way to recognize his remarkable accomplishment.” One possibility, he said, was the small road from I-5 that leads to the LeMay - America's Car Museum. The former mayor said Crocker would be a more appropriate name than its present name, East D Street. Mike Bush, the newest spokesperson for the auto collection, was confident that Renee Crist, the curator of the museum, would support the name change. “It is amazing to me that we have nothing in the Museum that recognizes Crocker as a resident of Tacoma,” said Bush. “In fact, I am not even sure we have a Winton in our collection. You’d think we would have something that honors the triumph of a local citizen who contributed to automotive history.” Dan Aznoff is a freelance writer based in Mukilteo, Washington, dedicated to preserving the stories of our generation. He was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and has received acclamation for his work regarding sustainable energy. He is the author of three books that document colorful periods of history in Washington. He can be reached at directly email@example.com.
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e make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill
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As we approach the holiday season, the opportunities for giving are all around us. We have charities getting our attention, food drives, fundraisers and more. But how do we prioritize? We know that “to give is better than to receive,” but how do we know what to give?
Spending time with family is likely the thing that is most long-lived, long-lasting, but it’s not always easy to accomplish a peaceful gettogether. Often, the stress of the details of keeping traditions alive can leave everyone feeling drained. Make a point of practicing some of these suggestions as a familyas well as turning the focus outward. Take the time to work together volunteering in any number of ways. Many food banks need volunteers to sort donations, stock shelves, load food to be delivered and distribute these goods.
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Give the gift of time To many of our closest friends and family members, our own time is much more meaningful than anything a stocking or a box under the tree could contain. We can share our time with our kids by building a snowman together or driving around looking at Christmas lights. Consider the things you find yourself saying, such as “This year, we have to …,” and ask your kids if they are looking forward to the same things. Giving the gift of time will probably mean a sacrifice of some of our own preferences, but that is probably one of the things that will make it the most meaningful to the recipient. Because honestly, what kid looks forward to being dragged to the mall only to stand still
Take the time to sing some unsung heroes Instead of buying your kids’ teachers a candle or mug, take a moment to write a heartfelt note expressing your appreciation. This is one of those things that it is easy to claim we don’t have time to do, yet we would easily spend a minimum of 10 minutes, if not more, shopping for a gift. And honestly, if you were the one devoting your time to a classroom full of demanding students, knowing that you were making a difference in even one of their lives would be an unforgettable gift
to receive. This could be applied to your pastor, coworkers, boss or employees, family members and friends. Think about ways your life is better with them in it—and tell them. List things you appreciate about their personalities and point out the things they do that help make the world a better place. Lend a hand to help a neighbor Of course, shoveling snow for neighbors is an obvious way to help out physically, but what about some less obvious ways to lend a hand? We might only think to assist the elderly or those with physical limitations, but there are all kinds of opportunities that surround us each day. Maybe you aren’t into inflatable Santas, and you don’t set up mechanical reindeer or a sleigh in your yard every year. Or perhaps you don’t have the means to line every roofline of your house with icicle lights, especially once the electric bill is factored in, but you love that the neighbors do so much to brighten up the neighborhood. Why not offer to help set it up and/or break it down with them? Perform random acts of kindness There are a variety of ways to show kindness to others, and really, there is no wrong way. You could do just about anything for it to be a random act of kindness! One way that is a lot of fun is to choose someone in a store (randomly!), follow them to the checkout, and then tell them that you would like to pay for their purchases. An alternative to this is buying things and handing them out to strangers. Either way, kids love a good surprise and generally have so much fun getting to participate in random acts of kindness. The possibilities are endless, ranging from covering someone’s baggage cart at the airport to paying for someone’s
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Recreating memories Think of someone in your life who has told the same story over and over, from when they were a child, newly married, or some other past era. Do they have a fond memory of helping their mother bake a particular Christmas Eve meal or dessert? Ask other relatives until you find the exact recipe, then collect ingredients and incorporate as many details as you can into recreating the experience for them. Did your dad take your mom to the Nutcracker every year but recently passed away? Team up with your siblings to all take your mom to the Nutcracker together this year, to keep the tradition alive. At the end of it all, we should also remember to be thankful. Saying “thank you” is usually automatic when we receive something, but we should also be grateful for the joy that we get when we give.
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GIVE THE GIFT OF EXPERIENCES THIS YEAR BY JILLIAN CHANDLER
he holidays are a time of sharing and giving; a time of joy and happiness. While shopping for that perfect gift for a loved one, you are already anticipating the excitement of its recipient as they untie the ribbon and tear the wrapping paper to uncover a box holding that treasure you picked out just for them! But what if this year was different. What if, rather than a tangible present that over time will break, be outgrown or forgotten about, you try something new? Now is the time to give the gift of experience. Today, children of all ages tend to want the next biggest and greatest thing. And with technology ever evolving, it is nearly impossible—and expensive—to keep up with what’s trending right here and now. Rather than purchasing that new game or entirely new game system, why not invest in something that can never be replaced or forgotten? If your child is one who is interested in gaming and technology, have you ever thought about signing them up for a workshop where they can learn coding, and in turn, create their own games? Not only is it educational, but these workshops are sure to engage your child and have them eagerly awaiting the next session. If your child wants the newest cell phone because of its camera qualities, why not purchase them a “real” camera and enroll them in a photography course? Photography is a wonderful hobby for any age, and who knows? It could be the beginning to a future career.
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Do you find your child to be the center of attention, always singing, dancing and performing for anyone who will pay attention to them? Help nurture their interest by enrolling them in voice, dance or acting lessons—or maybe all three! Before you know it, they could be auditioning for a role in a local theater performance or choir group! Purchasing tickets to one of the upcoming productions put on by one of the local children’s theater is another great way to provide an experience for your child that you can share together. You can make an entire afternoon or evening of it by enjoying lunch or dinner prior to the show, or a special after-show dessert!
outlet. And, children who learn to play an instrument tend to do better in their academics as well.
If you find you have a young one who enjoys music, now may be the ideal time to explore different instruments and private music instruction. This will allow them to learn a valuable skill while also instilling a creative
Another idea would be to head to an area museum or art gallery and watch as your child takes in the art that surround him or her. You may be amazed by the questions they have or the art that most attracts and
Find yourself constantly running out of drawing paper, markers, paint, tape, glue and all other art-related materials thanks to your kiddo’s insatiable desire to create? You may have an artist in the making in your home! An introduction to art class could make for a wonderful gift, as they take their creativity to paper while also learning the proper techniques. You could also register to attend a paint night with your child and create works of art side by side while making memories as well.
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If vacuuming needles is your least favorite part about having a tree in the home, consider a Scotch or Scots Pine. This common Christmas tree holds its needles longer than most and is also sturdy enough for heavy ornaments and long light strings. Longer needles make hanging ornaments easier. This type of tree does not give off a strong smell when compared to most fir trees. Its color is typically a very bright green, and they are very full so the main trunk will hardly be visible once fully decorated. Scotch Pines are also on the more affordable end of the spectrum.
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The focal point of just about any indoor holiday decorating is the Christmas tree. Most are put up shortly after Thanksgiving and don’t come down until right around New Year’s Day. They can be pint sized for apartments or grand spectacles in homes with vaulted ceilings. How you decorate says a lot about your family, and there is truly no wrong way to do it. When picking out the perfect tree there is more that goes into it than how it looks on the lot. Take into consideration the differences in some of the most popular styles when it’s time to settle on your family’s tree.
Most consider the Noble Fir the best all-around Christmas tree. This tree grows especially well in the Northwest and can reach heights of over 200 feet (if you have a really really big house). The Noble Fir branches tend to rise upward and are sturdy, again allowing for heavier ornaments without creating too much of a sagging look. Evenly spaced branches and short needles allow for the decorations to really stand out. This tree grows very symmetrical and, when given enough water, will hold needles well through the entire holiday season. Its fresh cut smell is not offensive and will last for many weeks. Noble Firs are also popular choices in making wreaths and garland due to their strength.
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The Grand Fir has a few differences from its relatives, mostly within the needle coloring—which tends to be more yellow-green instead of blue-green but also very shiny. Grand Firs tend to run thicker than Noble Firs, but they also give off an even stronger smell for longer than some of its counterparts. Hanging heavy objects is also usually not a problem, and trunks also tend to be very straight in this classic Christmas tree.
A RT I F I C I A L Many will scoff at this, myself included, but artificial trees have come a long way since their inception. They are made to mimic all the popular varieties of trees, and if you invest in a quality product, many look exactly like the real thing—from a distance. People use artificial if their tree is styled to match a room while others simply enjoy the convenience of easy setup and takedown. Those with sensitivity to smell or who are unfortunately allergic to certain trees can also enjoy the holiday spirit this way.
DOUGLAS FIR If allowed to grow, Douglas Firs can reach heights of over 300 feet! They grow well in many climates, making them one of the most common varieties across the nation. The shape of a Douglas is unique in that it is typically more uniform and can even take up the appearance of a pyramid. It gives off one of the strongest, albeit pleasant, scents of any tree, so if you enjoy that fresh cut smell throughout the holiday, this is likely your best bet.
You can get your tree from a number of places including big box stores. While there is convenience in this, we encourage you to support local. Search for a local scout group or organization selling trees as a fundraiser, or stop by some of our favorite local spots and grab a tree raised and cared for by a community member. Rusty Gate Tree Farm 12000 East O'Gara Road Harrison, Idaho RustyGateTreeFarm.com Land of Christmas 579 Upland Drive Sandpoint, Idaho LandofChristmas.com Johnson’s Christmas Trees 330 Geenen Road Cocolalla, Idaho JohnsonsChristmasTrees.com
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hoenix and Mesa are the perfect holiday location for a winter getaway. Mild temperatures and resort hotels that are destinations in themselves and a short flight via Alaska Airlines (so you can utilize the free bag check for a case of Arizona wine) make this an easy trip to enjoy. This is foodie heaven with an up-and-coming wine region, farm-to-table restaurants, year-round fresh produce and agritourism attractions. Where To Stay The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort is a desert oasis with a 4-acre waterpark that makes it a great choice for families. Room options are all suites, which gives families more room to spread out. Casitas with one or two bedrooms are also an option. There is a kids’ camp, giving parents with younger ones a childcare option. They have dinner sessions so you can have a date night on your vacation. Amenities abound with a full-service spa and multiple dining options. For more economical options, consider lodgings in Mesa like the Residence Inn by Marriott, which has larger accommodations with kitchens—a great way to save money while traveling. A substantial breakfast is offered each morning and included in the room rate. If money is no object, you can step it up to the super luxurious AAA Five Diamond Phoenician Resort, which has a three-story spa. The resort began an extensive renovation in 2016 that was recently completed. It is lovely with a fresh, contemporary vibe throughout the resort.
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Where To Eat The foodie scene in Mesa and Phoenix has really evolved with local restaurants serving farm-to-table food inspired by the vibrant cultural diversity in the area. The Bario Café is s smaller restaurant, so be sure to make a reservation. Chef Silvana Salicido is a five-time James Beardaward nominee. Her food is authentic traditional Mexican food and utilizes local producers as much as possible. It is subtle little things like adding pomegranate seeds to a fresh simple guacamole made from avocados left in big chunks, tomatoes, red onions, a hint of cilantro and lime that turns this dish into something special. Chiles En Nogada is a roasted stuffed poblano pepper filled with chicken, apple, pear, dried apricots and pecans covered with a delicate almond cream sauce garnished with cilantro, pomegranate seeds and queso fresco. It is an unusual dish packed with flavors that just meld together. Perfection. On the other end of the spectrum is Jalapeno Bucks, a dive joint built in old shipping containers nestled in the midst of an orange grove. Don’t wear good clothes because you are here to try the ooey, gooey, extremely
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sourced from Wilcox, Arizona, but owner Harold Christ can grow Barbera grapes on his farm. Arizona currently has two AVAs, and the quality of the wine is very good. A case of Barbera can fly free if you fly on Alaska Airlines. The Desert Botanical Garden has more than 50,000 desert plants on five thematic trails. The plants come from deserts all over the world, and the unique displays are so lovely. Plan your day to arrive when the gardens open so you can enjoy strolling before the heat of the day. For great views of the mountains, the gardens and Phoenix, you’ll want to hike to the top of the Sonoran Desert Nature Loop Trail. There are two shops, one a garden shop and the other a gift shop, that are worth a visit. A grow-your-own cactus in a box makes a perfect souvenir or gift. The Musical Instrument Museum is an unexpected treasure. Rather than just statically display the more than 6,800 musical instruments that come from all over the world, the museum uses state-of-the-art audio and visual technologies to enhance the experience. Each visitor is given a headset with an audio tour; as you step up to each display you begin to hear a musician performing with the instrument and can observe the video as well—a truly immersive experience with incredible performances. Visit the Experience Gallery for a hands-on opportunity to play instruments from around the world. Music buffs will love the Artist Gallery with icons such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, John Lennon and more modern artists such as Maroon 5. A spa day at the Phoenician is a luxurious experience that will have you relaxed for days. Treatments are available for both men and women in the
new three-story building which is home to the spa. Soothing music and soft lighting helps set the mood before your treatment. Arrive at least 45 minutes before your appointment so you can indulge in the Personal Spa Ritual, a 30-minute hot-and-cold contrast hydrotherapy which improves the benefits of your treatment. There's no need to rush after your spa treatment, as you'll want to take advantage of all the amenities such as an adult-only pool deck, where you can enjoy an alfresco lunch. The greater Phoenix and Mesa area will have you feeling relaxed and refreshed after a nice winter break. Infusions of vitamin D from all the sunshine will chase away your winter blues. With amenity-filled resorts, an eclectic food and craft beverage scene, and tons of family friendly activities, it is the perfect destination.
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Trinity at City Beach Sandpoint’s premier waterfront dining offers an extensive menu of American cuisine with an impressive wine list. Featuring a full-service bar and beautiful view of Lake Pend Oreille. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, Trinity at City Beach is ready to become your new favorite restaurant.
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Sweet Lou’s Restaurant & Bar Ponderay Location Sweet Lou’s Restaurant and Bar proudly offers something for everyone, with specialties including chicken fried steak, smoked prime rib, bison ribs, and grilled PB&J and bacon sandwiches. All menu items are reasonably priced, fresh and made to order. Full bar.
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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Delicious sushi and Japanese cuisine sure to delight anyone’s palate. Offering a wide variety of traditional and specialty rolls as well as salads, sweet and sour pork, grilled salmon and more! Shoga Sushi sits on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille and offers breathtaking views of the mountains and water with sunsets that beautifully color the sky. Owner Cassandra Cayson and her staff pride themselves on building relationships with the locals and tourists alike, focusing on accommodating each guest’s tastes and preferences.
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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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FIESTA BONITA Authentic Mexican cuisine prepared fresh daily. Fiesta Bonitaâ€™s menu is full of many unique and authentic recipes. They have a full bar at their Ponderay location and outdoor seating. Open daily at 11am. Bring the family or make it a date night. There is something for everyone at Fiesta Bonita!
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CEDAR STREET BISTRO Experience tasty food and great coffee in a truly unique setting. Exceptional coffee drinks and delectable pastries, handcrafted Gelato (Italian ice cream), grilled gourmet sandwiches and wraps, stone-baked pizzas, dessert and savory crepes, fresh salads and homemade soups. Something for everyone from 7am to 5pm daily.
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CITY BEACH ORGANICS City Beach Organics offers top-notch, made-fromscratch organic food and drinks in a recently renovated downtown location. They serve homemade soups daily! Conveniently located, they can also make your order to go! Open Sunday 9am to 6pm, and Monday through Friday 7am to 7pm; closed Saturday.
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FARMHOUSE KITCHEN & SILO BAR Enjoy farm-fresh, seasonally inspired food. Brunch is served daily and menu items include fresh apple doughnuts, chicken and waffles and more! Dinner items include fresh meatloaf and smoked steelhead trout. Silo Bar open daily at 11am.
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Every Thursday | 6pm Trivia! Guests can win a free draft beer, glass of wine, appetizer, dinner entree or some swag. Come check out our new shuffleboard and arcade games in the Silo Bar!
MILLERâ€™S COUNTRY STORE They now have homemade pies on Thursday! Come experience the sensational smells of fresh baking bread, cinnamon rolls, pies and pastries. Pick up a deli sandwich on their homemade bread and hot bowl of soup with a fresh baked roll or cornbread. Open Monday through Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm.
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THAI YELLOW CURRY SOUP Recipe Courtesy of Chef Lesa Lebeau This is a very comforting winter soup, and a protein such as chicken may be added! Serves 4 - 6 INGREDIENTS: 3 tbsp. oil 1/2 cup Mae Ploy yellow curry paste 3 cloves of minced garlic 2 tbsp. grated fresh ginger 2 tbsp. minced lemongrass 4 tbsp. fish sauce 3 tbsp. sugar 2 cups cubed butternut squash 2 cups chopped carrots 2 cups cubed gold potatoes 1 large white onion, sliced 2 15-oz. cans of Mae Ploy coconut cream 3 cups stock (chicken or vegetable) TO GARNISH: Chopped cilantro Toasted pumpkin seeds Toasted coconut METHOD: • In large stockpot, add oil and heat on medium high. Sauté curry paste for 5 minutes to open up spices. • Add onion, garlic and ginger plus one cup of stock. Simmer 8 minutes. • Add fish stock and sugar. Now add remaining stock, vegetables and simmer 10 minutes. • Add coconut cream and simmer soup 45 minutes. • Garnish with cilantro, coconut and pumpkin seeds. • Serve and enjoy!
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22 & 23
Opera For The Family
Bel Canto and MCS present Hansel and Gretel BY JILLIAN CHANDLER
GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY FOR A PERFORMANCE YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS! Once again, Bel Canto and the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint come together to bring opera to the Sandpoint stage with this year’s performance of Hansel and Gretel. The children’s opera offers audiences the well-known story along with tunes many children will recognize. The performance is geared toward those ages 6 and older and of course adults! “Really, it is a family event and traditionally, in Europe, the whole family goes,” says Karin Wedemeyer, Music Conservatory of Sandpoint's executive director. The opera is about one hour and 20 minutes long, so it’s sure to keep the little ones’ attention. The mission of Bel Canto opera is to re-introduce opera to a younger audience and make it an experience that they would like to be part of as a musician or in the audience. Bel Canto opera creates its own stories under the artistic direction of Karin Wedemeyer, with Keely Grey as the stage director/writer and John Fitzgerald as the music director. According to Karin, Bel Canto has done a previous edited version of Hansel and Gretel, but this performance is the most expanded one yet. “While the principles carry a big part of the singing, the students are the highlight in this production as they are working with more complex repertoire,” says Karin. “Some of the stage props have also been created by students under the stage director Keely Grey.”
HIGHLIGHT EVENT The opera will be held at The Heartwood Center Sunday, December 22, and Monday, December 23. Both performances start at 3pm. The community can purchase tickets in advance at MCS, 110 Main Street, and at the door prior to each performance. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children and students or $25 per family, and purchase of a ticket includes the gingerbread house building afterward. “The gingerbread house is especially appealing to children who, after the opera, get to participate in building little gingerbread houses,” smiles Karin. There will also be a small reception afterward with hot apple cider and gingerbread cookies for all to enjoy.
This Christmas Night
Angels Over Sandpoint New Year's Eve Party
Suzuki String Academy and Allegro Dance Studio are excited to offer the Sandpoint community a collaborative holiday concert celebrating music and dance in an engaging interactive live performance experience. This inaugural event, held at the Sandpoint Events Center, will showcase a matinee at 2pm and an Evening Gala at 6pm. Adults tickets to the Evening Gala include one beverage and dessert, while children's tickets include meeting the characters and a visit to the Hot Chocolate Station where they can create a customized holiday souvenir. Purchase tickets online at ThisChristmasNight. ticketleap.com.
Angels Over Sandpoint invites the community (ages 21 and older) to join them as they ring in 2020 with the jazz, funk and psychedelic soul band Collectivity at The Hive. Presented by KPND and Dig Beats Productions, proceeds from the party benefit Angels Over Sandpoint and their charitable good deeds in the community. With confetti cannons and a balloon drop to top it all off, this is not a New Year's Eve show you want to miss! Tickets are $25 in advance (BeesWaxSystems.com/thehive) and $30 at the door.
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15TH ANNUAL BACKCOUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL DECEMBER 06 5:00 to 10:00pm Panida Theater Purchase tickets at EventBrite.com
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
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A CELTIC CHRISTMAS December 10 7:00 to 10:00pm The Panida Theater Panida.org
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BREAKFAST WITH SANTA DON’T DECEMBER 14 MISS! 8:00 to 11:00am Sandpoint Community Hall Tickets can be purchased at EventBrite.com
PAINT & SIP WITH HOLLY WALKER DECEMBER 17 5:30 to 8:00pm Pend d'Oreille Winery For reservations, call 208.265.8545 or sign up at the tasting room
NEW YEAR'S EVE AT SCHWEITZER DECEMBER 31 8:00pm to 12:00am Lakeview Lodge at Schweitzer Purchase tickets at Schweitzer.com
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Privacy and Views from this builder’s own home with separate guest home on acreage. Main home has 5-bedrooms, 2.5 baths, oak ﬂoors, huge master suite with balcony & big 3-car garage. Self-suﬃcient single level guest home boasts open ﬂoor plan & loo. Also a storage/mechanic building & lovely landscaping with pond conveniently located between Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry. $529,000
Come live the Dover lifestyle close to marina and park without the restriccons! Completely remodeled in 2014 with open ﬂoor plan, main ﬂoor master suite, mature plantings, fruit trees & full fenced yard. $397,000.
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Bear Claw Subdivision. Three lots available in a quiet, natural seeng. East of Cark Fork, Idaho – a sportsman’s paradise with the Clark Fork River that feeds the great Pend O’Reille Lake, all there for your enjoyment. Hike or hunt out your back door with US Forest Service property directly adjacent to the subdision.
Recently updated and well-maintained 3 bedroom, 2 bath modular home with large detached garage/shop in the heart of Sandpoint. Convenient to schools, parks, library and services, this single-level home is real property, sited on a corner lot with low-maintenance yard. $239,000
Upscale 3-bedroom, 3-bath beauty with big kitchen, living and family rooms, main ﬂoor bedroom & bath, large 2nd ﬂoor master suite and more with a 3-car garage on a treed, private 1-acre lot in Sagle, just minutes to town. $400,000
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Country lifestyle on 20 acres adjacent to Forest Service with 2.2 acre building lot just yards from the boat launch in an area of ﬁne year-round Crystal Creek, pond & barn. 4-bedroom, 3-bath home has waterfront homes. Filtered water views & sunny exposure accessed main ﬂoor master suite and epic views that span the valley. $460,000 by paved road with water, sewer and electricity. Wetlands exist on the property, call for details. $79,500
Extremely well-kept manufactured home on a 9,584 sq corner lot zoned mull-use residen-al. Builders/developers - potennal here for mull-family use. Exissng home has an aaached garage, addiional storage building, large fenced yard with RV/carport and wide gate, trees and gardens all in a convenient, central Sandpoint locaaon. $155,000 Sandpoi
4.96 acres with lovely sunny exposure & gorgeous long-range views, conveniently located between Sandpoint and Coeur d'Alene. Perch your home on this level building site and enjoy the southerly views all the way to Mount Spokane in this peaceful, private seeng. Electricity is to the property and seppc is installed for a 3-bedroom, 2-bath home.. $81,000
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Come ﬁnd peace and quiet, lots of wildlife and views that go for miles on this 20.15 acres just south of Sandpoint, ID. Seppc installed and electricity is to the property corner, ready for you to complete the building vision, or buy and hold for future plans. Elk, deer, and other mature wildlife abound. $105,000
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