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Upward Basketball

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Michael Durnin, DDS

14  Best of Sandpoint Sandpoint’s Best Local Business


Business Spotlight


Home Improvement


Is your home getting the individual attention it deserves? Are you tired of being lumped in with all the other rental homes?

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Clearing the Air

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29  Shop Local

54  Community

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56  Calendar of Events

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60  Kids’ Corner

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Immerse and Grow By Holly Rand - ATRIC Practitioner

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olly Rand ATRIC Practitioner will be offering a new series of classes to start in February at Cornerstone Physical Therapy!

I am inviting you to come and share some water time with me! I will be offering two different classes in the evening. One is water dance with stationary Pilate’s exercise, and the other is a complete stretch class using Ai chi and Yoga forms.  Monday, Feb. 3, starts the Complete Stretch class. This will be an hour of very slow flowing movements that will ensure maximum range of motion. The movements are set in a pattern so with practice and time it may become a mind and body form. This class will run both Monday and Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:30. Tuesday, Feb. 4, starts the Water Dance/ Pilates class. This class will have stationary Pilates exercises modified for the water and NIA style dance moves to add endurance and cardio. This class will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30 to 6:30. 92  Warm Water; immerse for the freedom of mobility, stability and balance. Not only is exercising in water ideal for rehabilitation, it is the perfect environment to heal your physical and emotional body.  Warm water exercise is the path to erasing a day of stress and to relieving the aches and pains that accumulate throughout the day. Take an hour to unwind and stretch before you head into your evening. There are endless reasons why the warm water works for you. When you immerse into the water, almost all your physical limitations vanish. You can move without the fears or anxieties of falling or impact on your body.

It was in 1979 when visiting my mother Dianne in Florida, that I observed my first water aerobics class. My mother was losing muscle mass very fast due to her ALS. After relocating from Chicago to Florida, the outdoor apartment pool was an obvious tool for physical exercise and movement.  Not only did the doctor see immediate muscle growth in Dianne’s arms, she also felt the enlightened spirit in her attitude. The incredible effects of water on her body and spirit showed immediate impact in her overall health. Needless to say she was not healed but her life on earth was enhanced. While she was confined to a wheelchair on land, Dianne had full mobility in the water. She died in 1985. Soon after she died, I became certified as an Aquatic Aerobics Instructor and an Aquatic Personal Trainer through AEA (Aquatic Exercise Association). I broadened my knowledge in deep water, shallow water, Pilates, Ai Chi, orthopedic specialties, chronic illnesses, exercise for seniors, arthritis and any other program that could expand the demographic that I would be working with. Then I decided it was time to teach at the top aquatic facility in Baltimore, the Maryland Athletic Club. I was hired and my career took off. I was living my dream and loving my job! I am now teaching classes at Cornerstone Physical Therapy. I feel it is my mission to share the incredible wonders of the water! Call Cornerstone Physical Therapy at 208.265.0610 for additional information and pricing! Holly Rand ATRIC Practitioner: DBA: ImmerseAndGrow

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Thirteenyear-old Cole Russo counts basketball among one of his favorite sports. That could in part be attributed to the great experience he has had the last six years playing in Sandpoint’s Upward Basketball League.  “It’s a once in a lifetime experience to be able to play in this league,” said Cole, a seventh grader at Sandpoint Middle School. The Upward Basketball program is the world’s largest Christian sports league and was launched in Sandpoint seven years ago. The exponential growth it has experienced is a testament to the quality of the program. League Director Hillary Dunbar recalls that initially there were 40 elementary aged children, only two of who were girls. Hillary and Kim Brackett have been co-directing Upward for the last 4 years. “This year we have 250 kids registered across both basketball and cheerleading with 50 girls playing ball in grades 1st through 8th,” said Hillary. “The league has consistently grown by 30 to 40 kids each year.” The program recently expanded to include Middle School aged youth, something for which Cole was grateful. “I was very fortunate to have a seventh grade team,” said Cole who adds that he has a total of 7 players on his team some of whom have played with him for all the years he has been in Upward. Matt Mire is the referee coordinator for the league and also coaches his daughter’s team. He has been a part of the program for several years and says that, while it is great to teach the techniques of the game, he also enjoys the emphasis on playing together as a team. “It’s a true 50/50 partnership between teaching the X’s and O’s and sportsmanship,” he said. So what is it about the Upward Basketball program that makes it so unique? According to both Hillary and Matt, it would have to be the fact the organization is Christian based. “The

spiritual component is the foundation of the program,” said Hillary. “Every season three core virtues are emphasized.” This year they are teaching honesty, patience and kindness. It is the coach’s responsibility to take time each practice and sit down with the players to reinforce the virtue that is the focus of the week. They share stories, a Bible verse and words of encouragement.  “At half time of the games, we always have a goofy game for the fans to participate in that also ties in with our virtue,” said Hillary. Matt recalls a recent session with his team where he gave examples of what it meant to have patience. One young girl finally told him she knew what it meant too. She shared that she was showing great patience by listening to him because she really wanted to get back to playing basketball. “You never know what is going to come out of their mouths,” laughed Matt who adds that he thoroughly enjoys the interaction with the kids. “We really have an opportunity to do more than just coach. (Christianity) is the core of the program and that’s not lost by teaching the game.” The Upward program also distinguishes itself from other programs through the unique substitution system they employ. “It pairs players on man to man defense and ensures that every child on the team receives equal playing time,” said Hillary. After the game the players are awarded stars of various colors that represent his or her performance on the court. Cole said he too likes the fact that the players rotate and each player typically gets at least three quarters of play each game. “It gives each child an opportunity to shine,” adds Matt. Hillary said that one aspect the kids really enjoy is the way each player is introduced into the gym on game day through the “tunnel” to stadium music and loud cheering. “It’s always a kid favorite,”

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she said. In addition to the basketball program, Upward also has a cheerleading program. “Our cheerleading program continues to bring energy and excitement to game days with cheers and dance routines,” said Hillary who adds that currently the entire program requires approximately 70 volunteers coaches, referees, announcers, time clock attendants, café workers, and game day greeters.

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Although Christian based, everyone agrees that once they hit the court the game is every bit as competitive as in other leagues.  “It’s really competitive, but all the kids are really friendly and all the teams seem to get along really well,” observed Cole.


Part of the role the referees have is to take the time to also teach the players, especially at the younger ages. “The refs are all really really nice and fair,” said Cole.


Matt said two high school basketball players, Matthew Burgstahler and Collin Jurenka, are both very involved with the program and participate as referees. “They are great role models,” he said.



Cole said he enjoys everything about the program, including the time the team spends talking about Bible stories and discussing things like honesty, loyalty and trust.

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“I would strongly advise anyone who was thinking of joining Upward to do it. You get to do all sorts of fun things,” said Cole. For more information on Upward Basketball or Cheerleading, please visit their website Games and practices take place at First Christian Church and Sandpoint Church of the Nazarene.

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Dr. Michael Durnin, DDS By Patty Hutchens


r. Michael Durnin is passionate about his work. A dentist with over 30 years of experience, Durnin has not only treated countless patients in North Idaho, but he has dedicated much of his life to providing dental care to the less fortunate. Durnin and his wife Debbie, along with their five children who are now all grown, have traveled to places such as Mexico, Puerto Rico and Honduras on mission trips providing dental care to those who otherwise could not access it. “It’s a real passion for us,” said Dr. Durnin of his mission work. “It’s the most priceless thing we did for our kids.”  He reflects how the people they serve have been an ongoing inspiration to his family.  “Those families have virtually nothing, but they are palpably happier than 9 out of 10 people we know.” The last 20 of his 30 years of practice have been in Sandpoint, and in that time Dr. Durnin has seen a lot of changes in his profession. “Technology has changed dentistry profoundly,” he said.

Digital radiology is important to not only the dentist, but it benefits the patients’ over all health. While it provides roughly ten times more information than traditional x-rays, it also has 90 percent less radiation to the patients. Dr. Durnin also offers an orthodontic service specifically designed for adults called Six Month Smiles.  The treatment generally takes only three to nine months and is roughly half the cost of traditional orthodontics. “It’s used for cosmetic as well as periodontal treatment,” said Durnin, as crowded front teeth create numerous long term dental problems. Durnin also provides nutritional support for his patients by way of a free health scan that provides information on each patient’s immune system potential.

“Some of the scans we have done have led to the diagnosis of major underlying medical issues,” said Durnin adding that he Dr. Durnin with his family. has had at least a dozen patients diagnosed with conditions like diabetes, heart disease or cancer. “We do not charge for the scan. It’s a service we strongly It is the use of that technology along with his advanced surgical believe in and think it is one of the most important technologies training that has made Durnin’s practice so successful. in our office.” Dr. Durnin performs a broad spectrum of dental procedures, from His web site is and has great information about root canals to wisdom teeth extractions. He also has extensive his team and services. Technology, advanced surgical training experience in placing and restoring dental implants. He said he and a desire to treat his patients’ overall health have helped and his staff of six place a high premium on patient comfort, and Durnin succeed in treating his patients beyond the scope of to that end he utilizes the latest technology in the industry. For pure dentistry.  And don’t expect him to stop any time soon.  He instance, advanced laser treatment allows Durnin to perform many continuously seeks out new technology to support his patients. procedures with limited or no anesthesia. And taking impressions “Information is everything.” is much easier now as well with the use of a digital scanner. “It is much more accurate, and the images go directly to the lab,” he said.  February 2014 | Sandpoint Living Local   13

BEST OF SANDPOINT Sandpoint’s Best Local Businesses

GlennsGlass GlennsGlass

February is the month for Love. GlennsGlass can help express the fire in your passion for that someone special. With handmade, one-of-a-kind sterling silver dichroic earrings at $20 and pendants starting at just $10, anyone can find just the right gift. GlennsGlass also has breathtaking fused dichroic wall art that will personalize and brighten any home or office. Available exclusively at Art Works Gallery, located on 1st avenue, across from The Hive in beautiful downtown Sandpoint. Sandpoint—214 North First Avenue | 208.263.2642

Art Works Gallery

It’s February! Why not surprise the Valentines in your life with a gift of local art? At Art Works, you’ll find a trove of one-of-a-kind treasures. Sparkling, crystal sun-catchers and glass hearts swirling with color. Pens and pencils crafted from exotic woods. Cheery hand-painted ceramics and jewelry made of beads, pearls, glass, or semi-precious gems. Plus the area’s largest collection of fine art. Truly something for every taste and budget—it’s all here at Art Works. | 208.263.2642 Sandpoint—214 North First Avenue

Have Brush Will Travel K2 Inn

Located in the heart of Downtown Sandpoint within walking distance of all downtown shops, restaurants and events. Clean, comfortable and affordable, we’re the family owned alternative to corporate chains. All rooms include microwave, refrigerator, wifi, HDTV and continental breakfast. We accept all major travel cards and offer corporate and frequent guest discounts as well. For those here to ski or play in the winter, long term stays are available from October through March. Mention you saw us here and receive a 10% discount on your stay! |

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Have Brush Will Travel

We specialize in power washing & painting homes. Experienced in both indoor and outdoor painting and washing. Extend the life of your siding and keep it looking nice with powerwashing! Call us today for an estimate or to schedule your yearly cleaning! Sandpoint—177 Woodland Drive | 208.304.7141


Carey Spears Insurance

Just a quick reminder to everyone that made changes to your insurance coverage, update your new policy information with doctors and pharmacist to avoid any delays in claims or prescription refills! Happy New Year to all! Sandpoint—102 South Euclid Avenue, Suite #113 208.265.2026

Lewis & Hawn, Excellence in Dentistry - James B. Lewis, DMD & Mark W. Hawn, DDS

Advanced Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry. Your health and smile is our top priority. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with the personalized, gentle care that you deserve. Through advanced continuing education, we stay committed to new techniques, the latest products and the newest equipment that modern dentistry has to offer, including CEREC – one visit dentistry. Sandpoint—2025 West Pine Street | 208.265.4558

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American West Bank

We’re your local, business-focused community bank, featuring a full line of personal and business banking products and solutions that fit your life. So whether you want to grow your business, save for retirement, put your home’s equity to work with a HELOC, or anything in between, we’ll help you get there. Stop in and visit with us today, at your local Sandpoint Branch. Sandpoint—605 5th Street 208.255.1700 |

Crescent Electric

Established in 1919. Family owned, your number one local electrical distributor. 120 distribution facilities in 27 states, yet conveniently located in Ponderay! Your go-to place for all your electrical needs. Visit us online at or stop in the local branch 7am-5pm Mon-Fri. Sandpoint—89 McGhee Road 208.263.9513 | 800.397.3900 - 24 Hr. Emergency Service Line

Sandpoint Dental Cosmetics

We are a unique service for home owners, offering everything from weekly Expanded days and hours for your convenience. New Patients Always home watch to handyman services, housekeeping to snow removal, grocery Welcome! Dr. Johnson utilizes the newest and greatest dental techniques. shopping to remodels...anything you or your home needs we can take care of. Learn more about Dr. Johnson and our flexible payment options. Visit You can feel confident that for youeveryone. are dealingApparel with a fair, “Like” us on Facebook to stay up to date on We have something for reliable, women, professional men, and kids - 6; company has been in Collectibles; the businessFurniture; of homesBooks; for more than 25 and our latest offers, or call to hear about our new and returning patient specials. Jewelry;that Household items; Music; Movies more. years. No need to wait for a sale – our prices are low every day! Donʼt see what youʼre | 208.946.4329 looking for? Check back often. Merchandise arrives daily. Ponderay—Hwy 200 by the Elks Golf Course Sandpoint—223 Cedar Street | 208.263.1572




Bizarre Bazaar

Bizarre Bazaar is Bonner County’s premier upscale resale shop. Owned and operated by the Community Assistance League, Bizarre Bazaar is staffed entirely by dedicated CAL volunteers. All profits are returned to the community in the form of grants and scholarships. Whether you’re looking for quality clothing, jewelry, household items, collectibles, books or furniture, make Bizarre Bazaar your first stop. We appreciate all donations and will even pick up furniture! Sandpoint—502 Church Street | 208.263.3400


Bizarre Bazaar upscale resale shop 502 Church Street, Sandpoint • 208-263-3400 • donations greatly appreciated – pick-up available for furniture

Advocate Insurance Service

Confused about the current healthcare changes? We can help! Come in today and let us answer your questions and help you find a plan that fits you and your family’s needs and budget. We can also help you know if you qualify to pay less for your health insurance. When it comes to insurance, Advocate Insurance wants to be your one stop shopping center, offering you stress free, seamless coverage. As Sandpoint’s locally owned and operated independent insurance agency since 1995, we believe everyone should have a group of trusted professionals on their side, from a highly skilled banker and doctor to an insurance agent. We want to fill your insurance agent position, so call or come in today! Sandpoint—506 Alder Street | 208.255.2222 |

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Come Visit Our Newly Expanded Natural Foods Store • In-house deli and bakery • Fresh juice & smoothie bar • New meat department featuring local beef, bison, chicken and pork • Expanded organic produce section • Renowned supplements & health and beauty department • Extensive grocery items and bulk foods • Espresso service & fireplace seating area • Friendly, caring and knowledgeable staff 703 W Lake Street at Boyer St. Sandpoint, ID 208-265-8135 •

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James Hutchens

A Full Service CPA Firm to Meet All Your Accounting Needs


t is the time of year when many are looking for a professional to help guide them through the ever changing tax laws and to help them maximize their deductions when it comes to filing their tax returns. For many in Sandpoint and the surrounding area, those seeking such professional advice have the benefit of Jim Hutchens, a Certified Public Accountant with over 30 years of experience, and his excellent staff. Hutchens practiced in Spokane for approximately 17 years prior to moving to Sandpoint in late 1998 when he purchased a CPA firm previously owned by Michael Merrell. Since that time he has become well known and highly regarded in the Sandpoint community for not only his knowledge, but also his superior customer service.

up in Sandpoint, attending Northside Elementary and Sandpoint High School, and graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting in 2009 from the University of Montana. Following tax season, Spohn plans to sit for the CPA exam. Zach has been a great asset to the firm and said he looks forward to obtaining his CPA license so he can assist clients in an even greater capacity. Jim and his wife Patty are active members of the Sandpoint community. Jim was a member of Business Networking International for 13 years, is past president of the board for Lakeview Cemetery, serves as treasurer of his homeowners association and has been a long time supporter of local youth athletics.

In August 2012 Hutchens expanded his practice when he purchased the firm of Brian C. Jensen, CPA, who had offices in Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry. In his 34 years of tax experience, Hutchens has represented a variety of clients, including individuals, small businesses and large corporations. In addition to tax preparation, Hutchens also prepares financial statements and advises businesses and individuals in all areas of tax planning. He takes pride in providing personalized service for all his clients. Hutchens has a staff of several highly experienced, knowledgeable and professional bookkeepers. His staff includes office manager and bookkeeper, Mary-Claude Margairaz, bookkeepers Shannon RandallDunton and Tammy Wolfgang, and administrative assistants Melissa Colin and Jennifer Lamb. Lou MacAfee, an enrolled agent who has over 30 years of accounting experience, joined the firm in September 2012. Enrolled agents must first pass a comprehensive IRS test and participate in continuing education thereby earning them the privilege of representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service. MacAfee also is a QuickBooks Pro Advisor and has taught QuickBooks classes for many years, an expertise that many of Hutchens’ clients have found beneficial. Zach Spohn joined Hutchens and his staff in May 2013. Spohn grew


Patty currently serves as a commissioner on the Sandpoint Urban Renewal Agency, the advisory board for Kinderhaven, is the past president of Community Cancer Services and also served on her church council for four years as well as the Sandpoint Arts Commission for three years. They have two sons, Kevin, a sophomore at the University of Idaho who is majoring in Business and Marketing Education and Brett who is a sophomore at Sandpoint High School and plays both football and basketball for the Bulldogs. Jim and his staff look forward to helping you with all your accounting needs. His Sandpoint office is located at 1211 Michigan Street, and the Bonners Ferry office, which is open on Thursdays is located at 6769 Main Street. Sandpoint: 208.265.2500 | Bonners Ferry: 208.267.1655

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t’s been said that, “Home is where the heart is.” While this sentiment may be true, that home could also be making you sick.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans spend on average about 90 percent or more of their time indoors, where pollutant levels may be two to five times (and possibly more than 100 times) as high as the levels outdoors. “Most of us don’t think about it because we cannot see the pollution, and sometimes we can’t smell it,” says a representative for the American Lung Association in Orange County, Calif. Which is why, say experts, keeping your indoor air clean is paramount to maintaining a healthy household. Whether old or new, every home has its potential pollutants, says the EPA.

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For instance, homes built before 1978 are more likely to contain leadbased paint and have been built with asbestos insulation. In newer, “greener” homes, the use of energy efficiency makes homes airtight, but also effectively traps in pollutants, causing headaches, nausea and exacerbating allergies. So, what’s a homeowner to do? Other than dusting and vacuuming on a regular basis and changing your air filters quarterly, you might want to consider using technology to help clean up your inside air, such as the Air Scrubber Plus air purifier system. This device, installed into existing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, uses ActivePure technology to reduce contaminants by up to 99 percent in the air and surfaces of the home. ActivePure is a variation of the technology used by NASA for the International Space Station and is recognized as the exclusive Certified Space Technology by the Space Foundation in its category.

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The Best Local Eats Sandpoint Has To Offer

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Dining Guide


Spotlight on

1 Trinity


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, our City Beach location is the perfect starting point for your day and makes a great final destination for the evening. Trinity at City Beach is ready to become your new favorite restaurant.

2 Forty-One South

A beautiful waterfront, fine-dining restaurant in a romantic lodge setting overlooking Lake Pend Oreille. Spectacular sunsets, innovative cuisine, full bar and extensive wine list. Reservations recommended. 41 Lakeshore Drive | Sagle, ID 208.265.2000

f/trinityatcitybeach 56 Bridge Street | Sandpoint, ID 208.255.7558

3 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. Both locations have free wifi, serve lunch and dinner, have full bars and offer outdoor seating. All menu items are reasonably priced, fresh and made to order. Sweet Lou’s would be happy to cater your next event! f/sweetlous 477272 HWY 95 | Ponderay, ID 208.263.1381

Ivano’s Ristorante

La Rosa Club

Miller’s Country Store

Evans Brothers Coffee Roasters

Kokanee Coffee

Shoga Sushi Bar

208.263.0211 102 S. First Ave. | Sandpoint, ID Fine Italian dining serving Sandpoint for over 27 years. Dinner served seven nights a week. Pasta, fresh seafood and steaks, veal, chicken and vegetarian entrees. Gluten free menu. Catering is available for weddings, family get-togethers and large gatherings.

208.263.9446 1326 Baldy Mtn. Rd. | Sandpoint, ID We now have homemade pies on Thursdays! Come experience the sensational smells of fresh baking bread, cinnamon rolls, pies and pastries. Pick up a deli sandwich on our homemade bread and hot bowl of soup with a fresh baked roll or cornbread. Open MondayFriday, 8:30am-5:30pm. Like us on f!

208.597.7831 509 N. 5th Ave. | Sandpoint, ID We micro roast and blend our organic beans to perfection every time! Our coffee is outstanding and our interior inviting, so come by and give us a try! We are open 7 days a week and have plenty of parking. We also offer fresh soup and pastries daily! Visit us on Facebook or our blog at We post our specials daily! We cater too! 22   Sandpoint Living Local |

208.263.0211 105 S. First Ave. | Sandpoint, ID Tuscan Aperitivo Bar, Tapas Bar. Piadina (grilled Italian flatbread), cured meats & cheese, wines & beer and signature cocktails. Great place to meet a friend for a cocktail. Open Tues.-Sat. 4-10pm & 11pm on Fri. and Sat. Food served until 9pm, Tapas style menu.

208.265.5553 524 Church St. | Sandpoint, ID Full espresso bar, handcrafted single brew methods, gluten free pastries and burritos. Free WiFi, easy parking and on the bike path. Offsite coffee, event space rental and office delivery. Fresh roasted coffee available for purchase. Open Mon-Fri 7am-5pm Sat 7am4pm & Sun 8am-1pm. f

208.265.2001 41 Lakeshore Drive | Sagle, ID Forty-One South brings sushi back to Sandpoint. Delicious sushi and Japanese cuisine. Beautiful waterfront dining with spectacular sunset views. Professional and courteous service. Open in the evenings Wednesday-Sunday.

Dining Guide Tango Cafe

Sweet Lou’s

Cedar Street Bistro

The Pie Hut

Fiesta Bonita

Delightful Choices

208.263.9514 414 Church St. | Sandpoint, ID Fresh salads, scrumptious baked goods and a full barista bar featuring Evans Brothers coffee. Great place for meetings as well as a great space for private meetings. Try our Ahi Tuna sandwich, a Tango Specialty! Signature omelettes and original lunch specials. Open Mon-Fri 7am-5pm.

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208.265.4396 334 N. First Ave. | Sandpoint, ID A downtown favorite! European Style Bistro/ Cafe located inside the renowned Cedar St. Bridge. Experience exceptional (Organic) espresso, coffee & tea drinks, premium crafted gelato, delectable cakes & pastries, fine chocolates, and tasty grilled sandwiches, wraps, homemade soups, and dessert crepes. BEER & WINE.

208.263.6174 700 Kootenai Cutoff Rd. Ponderay, ID Authentic Mexican cuisine prepared fresh daily. Fiesta Bonita’s menu is full of many unique and authentic recipes. We have a full bar and outdoor seating. Open daily at 11am. Bring the family or make it a date night. There is something for everyone at Fiesta Bonita!



Open in the Summer | 208.264.5999 46624 Highway 200 | Hope, ID Summer hours: Tues-Sun 11am10pm. By boat or car, you’re going to love it here! Lake and sunset views, and free wifi. Indoor/outdoor seating. Family friendly. Come for the RIBS thick and juicy with a choice of sauces. Steaks, salmon, salads and signature desserts. Full bar. f /sweetlous 208.265.2208 501 Church St. | Sandpoint, ID Sandpoint’s secret gem, serving fresh pies and full lunch/early dinners. Best homemade soups in town with wide collection of panini sandwiches and others, hot and cold, including cubans. Chicken pot pie and quiche as well. Fun atmosphere, exciting food selections and ever-changing pie lineup.

208.290.9306 216 N First Ave. | Sandpoint, ID Sandpoint’s favorite Ice Cream Shop with over 16 flavors to choose from. We also have frozen yogurt and a 18+ condiment bar. Delightful Choices also offers Espresso Drinks, Hot Chocolate, Smoothies and Italian Sodas. Now serving food! So come in for a sweet treat. Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm and Sunday 11am-6pm.

Dark Chocolate Cherry Cordial Cups Ingredients:

• 30 thawed from frozen pitted dark cherries (or stemless maraschino cherries for kids) • ¼ cup brandy • 1 12-ounce package dark chocolate chips (divided) • 6 tsp. vegetable oil • 1 tub Litehouse Food’s Vanilla Yogurt Fruit Dip • Special equipment: chocolate cup molds

Directions: 1. Add cherries to small bowl and drizzle with brandy. Let soak while preparing the chocolate as described in next step. 2. To melt chocolate, work with three ounces at a time to maintain quality. Place Brought to you by 3 ounces of chocolate chips and 1 ½ teaspoons of the vegetable oil in microwave-safe bowl and heat on high for 30 seconds and stir. Litehouse Foods Return to microwave for 20 second increments, stirring between, until melted and creamy. 3. Fill cup molds approximately 1/3 full with melted chocolate. Using the back of a spoon, spread chocolate up to the sides to the tops of molds. Set in refrigerator for 10 minutes until set; invert and pop out of molds. Continue melting chocolate with oil and preparing molds until all cups are completed. 4. Drain brandy off cherries. Fill each prepared cup to the top with the yogurt fruit dip. Place a brandy-soaked cherry (or maraschino cherry) in the center of each. May be stored covered in the refrigerator for several days. February 2014 | Sandpoint Living Local   23


Dining Guide

Bring your Sweetie to Sweet Lou’s 41 Lakeshore Drive | Sagle, Idaho Like us on Facebook for updates!

We are now staying open 7 nights a week for dinner through the winter season! | 208.265.2000

for Valentine’s Day Treat your honey to surf and turf for $19.99

Ponderay, Idaho » Next to Holiday Inn Express 208. 263.1381

Hope, Idaho » Closed for winter

Live Music, Delicious Food, Fun Cocktails, Professional & Courteous Service

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Sweet Lou says, “come hungry, stay late, eat well.”

Fine Italian dining serving Sandpoint for over 27 years.

Miller’s Country Store Recently Expanded Miller’s Offers Even More Delicious Homemade Food and Seating Area By Patty Hutchens

Now join us at Beyond Hope during Summer Dinner served 7 nights a week Corner of First and Pine


LaRosa Club


t is rare to find many new businesses that have opened in the past several years, much less to find one that has opened and already expanded. But that is exactly what Miller’s Country Store in Sandpoint did in late 2013.

also have special homemade coleslaw, and in the summer we serve fresh cucumber salads.”

Since opening in 2010, the store has become a favorite of many in this area. The warmth and friendliness of owners Rod and Nan Miller and their staff, together with the delicious smells that emanate from the store upon arriving and the delicious taste of the homemade food are all what keep customers coming back for more.

In the near future they are looking to include hot sandwiches and possibly homemade ice cream in the store. “We still offer gift baskets, deli, veggie, fruit and pastry trays for parties or gatherings and will deliver lunches if there is an order of 10 or more sandwiches,” said Rod.

Driven by customer demand and a desire to provide their patrons with a place to sit and enjoy their lunch, Rod and Nan Miller expanded the store in September of 2013. “We had outgrown our old store, and customers were asking for a place to sit and eat lunch,” said Rod. In addition to homemade bread, cinnamon rolls, scones, stollen and pies, they also offer local honey, raw milk, soup, and a deli where they make sandwiches on their freshly baked bread. With their recent expansion, Miller’s Country Store has added more take and bake meals, all of which are made from scratch in their bakery. In fact many of the recipes are ones that Nan used to watch her great grandmother create when she was a little girl. They also added bulk food such as soup, rice, and side dish meal mixes and more gluten free items. “Our homemade soups are made from scratch and have all natural ingredients,” said Rod. “We

For those with special dietary needs, Miller’s offers menu items such as lettuce wraps and veggie sandwiches.

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Rod and Nan agree that while many here were drawn to Sandpoint because of its beauty, they chose to make Sandpoint their home because of the friendliness of the people. And they have not regretted it. The Millers do their part to help support others less fortunate in the community. They donate beautiful gift baskets to events such as the Kinderhaven Festival of Trees fundraiser, which helps abused and neglected children in North Idaho. Before her days were filled with working at the store, Nan sewed comforters and donated then to a local Sandpoint women’s shelter. While the Millers say their motivation behind opening the store was to bless the community of Sandpoint by providing nourishing food, Nan says the people here have given her family more blessings than she ever imagined. “We have learned so much from our customers,” said Nan. “They have encouraged us in so many ways with both their words and their actions.”

Open Wednesday-Sunday for Dinner 41 Lakeshore Drive | Sagle, Idaho Like us on Facebook for Nightly Specials!

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The NAPA Auto Parts store in Sandpoint has been locally family owned for over 30 years. The Priest River and Newport, WA stores were added to better serve the community. The local staff is knowledgeable, friendly and ready to help you with your automotive needs. The stores carry performance parts and accessories, along with marine, farm, and heavy duty parts available. The stores are open 7 days per week.

Barb Perusse holds a Masters Degree in Counseling and is a Certified Mediator. Barb brings to her practice experience as a Sandpoint small business owner for 14 years, and prior to that she was a counselor working with child custody issues and family dynamics. As a Certified Mediator, Barb works with all parties in dispute resolution cases including divorce, landlord tenant disputes, contract negotiations and more. Barb will be offering classes in business management and women’s issues to name a few. Sandpoint — 109 North First Avenue

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Certified Public Accountants James Hutchens, P.A. James Hutchens, P.A. is a Certified Public Accounting firm dedicated to helping businesses and individuals with all their financial and tax planning needs. We are a full service CPA firm which includes corporate and individual tax returns, payroll services, bookkeeping services, QuickBooks consulting, preparation of financial statements and non-profit tax returns. Two locations: 1211 Michigan Street in Sandpoint and 6769 Main Street in Bonners Ferry. Sandpoint: 208.265.2500 Bonners Ferry: 208.267.1665

Home Improvement North Idaho Flood & Fire We are available 24 hours a day for emergency water remediation, fire board-ups, and wind damage repair. We are a certified firm with the IICRC and have trained, professional technicians ready to get your home or business back in working order. We understand how difficult and stressful it can be when damage occurs. Our firm works with all insurance companies and we offer competitive rates for the uninsured. We accept all major credit cards. For immediate service 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week call 208.290.6660. For other inquiries call 208.263.1058.

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Sandpoint is buzzing with small businesses. The next time you are in need of a product or service, help yourself and your community by thinking LOCAL. You will be pleasantly surprised! Optometry

Home Improvement DSS Home Preservation Services DSS Home Preservation Services is a unique service for home owners. We offer everything from weekly home watch to handyman services, housekeeping to snow removal, grocery shopping to remodels...anything you or your home needs we can take care of. You can feel confident that you are dealing with a fair, reliable, professional company that has been in the business of homes for more than 25 years. Sandpoint—223 Cedar Street 208.263.1572

Sandpoint Optometry Dr. Whitney Henker, Optometrist, has over 18 years of experience in providing primary eye care services for patients of all ages. She is focused on continuing the tradition of friendly, excellent service and thorough eye care of her predecessor, Dr. Thomas Wiley. There is a large selection of modern and fashionable frames to choose from, and a knowlegable optical staff. In addition to providing latest technologies in contact lenses, and glasses, Dr. Henker also diagnoses, manages, and prescribes treatments for ocular diseases. Patients of all ages welcome. Accepts many vision and medical health insurance plans. Sandpoint—1333 Superior St., Ste. A 208.265.4140

Panhandle Pool & Spa At Panhandle Pool and Spa we have over 25 years of experience in the pool and spa industry. We service and repair every brand of spa on the market today. We service the entire panhandle of Idaho, repairing heaters, electric and gas, pumps and motors, filters, blowers, alternative sanitation systems and accessories. We offer prompt, reliable and guaranteed service. Email Rory at We look forward to meeting you! Sandpoint—1309 Ponderosa Drive (On the north end of Division) 208.761.7100

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Plumbing Three Amigos Plumbing Three Amigos Plumbing is committed to high quality plumbing services for customers in and around Sandpoint, Idaho. We are trained in the latest products and installation techniques. Let our team of dedicated professionals help you with all of your plumbing needs, such as sewer line maintenance and repair, faucet installation and repair, water heater repair and replacement, leak locating, line jetting, and remodels. Three Amigos Plumbing - Offering 24 Hour Emergency Plumbing Service! Sandpoint—1424 North Boyer, Suite C-106-1A Sandpoint: 208.255.8440 Oldtown: 208.437.2935


Property Management

Sandpoint Movers Rod Miller and his staff are committed to providing top quality moving and handyman services at the best prices in town. If you are moving your home or business within Sandpoint and Bonner County or nationally, let us handle all your moving needs from complete packing service to loading and unloading your precious items. We have a Drug-free Workplace Program in place with Bonner General Hospital, and our employees are bonded and insured. Sandpoint—1326 Baldy Mountain Road 208.265.5506

Panhandle Management Whether you are a homeowner looking for a management company, or a potential renter searching for that perfect home, consider Panhandle Management. Homeowners, you can trust your home will be well cared for and that responsive service is our strength. We also manage Homeowners Associations throughout North Idaho. Call us today for more information. Ponderay—30336 Highway 200 208.255.1645

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Spoil Her. Shellac Manicure or Pedicure $50 50 Minute Relaxation Massage $75

The Spa at Seasons Lakeside Luxury

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208.263.5616 Wednesday - Saturday, 9am - 5pm 424 Sandpoint Avenue 28   Sandpoint Living Local |

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Shop|Local Sandpoint Shop Local – The Benefits May Be More Than You Realize By Patty Hutchens

When one chooses to shop in his or her locally owned stores, they are not only saving themselves time by not travelling to other destinations, but they likely are also saving money. Traveling out of town for one’s shopping needs requires the cost of gas, time away from home or work and, depending upon where you go, could also mean a higher sales tax. If you are an Internet shopper, you may save time, but not always money. After all, those shipping costs can quickly add up. Why not make a conscious effort to do as much local shopping as possible? The benefits to you and your community are many. Small business owners are known for their contributions to the many non-profit agencies that in turn help our friends, neighbors and colleagues. In fact, statistics show those locally owned and operated stores are two and half times more likely to donate to non-profit agencies than the large chain stores. Small business owners are the ones who take the money they earn and reinvest it into their community with their own purchases of goods and services. Can the same be said for the “big box” stores? By shopping at locally owned stores you are not only helping to stimulate the local economy, but you may likely be helping other people in the community who rely upon several of our non-profits during the down times in their lives.

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unique|finds Zany Zebra

317 N. 1st Ave. | Sandpoint, ID Zany Zebra is the place to go if you want something that you won’t find just anywhere! Clothing for women who want style, comfort and value. Gifts and cards (some are crazy), jewelry, scarves, boots, hats, gloves, starlights - you will certainly discover something for yourself or a friend at 317 N. First Ave. There is even a funky garage sale upstairs!

relax with friends. settle in by the fire. enjoy a menu of fine wines, light fare and hearty favorites.


open daily live entertainment fridays & saturdays from 7pm

Syringa Salon

502 Cedar St, Ste B | Sandpoint, ID The friendliest staff welcome you with a smile. A warm and inviting space to relax. Environmentally friendly products. Haircuts, Styling, Color, Waxing, Skincare, Pedicures. Now meeting your beauty needs with a new line of makeup and skincare products, products for men and simple, fashionable jewelry.


Evans Brothers Coffee Roasting Studio & Café

524 Church St. | Sandpoint, ID Exclusive roasters for Schweitzer Mountain Resort, we pride ourselves on superior quality for everything we serve...espresso, coffee, chai, loose leaf tea, chocolate, gluten free pastries, burritos. You’ll also find a newly renovated café and cool, new merchandise. Café and Roastery open Mon-Fri 7a-5p, Sat 8a-4p. f Follow us on Facebook!


Petal Talk

120 W. Cedar St. | Sandpoint, ID

311 north first avenue sandpoint 208-263-6971

Petal Talk resides inside a recycled 1940’s corner gas station. Fuel your senses with fabulous fresh flowers, unique and exotic plants and a diverse selection of clever gifts. Our dynamic shop creates stunning bouquets and breathtaking centerpieces that are meticulously crafted and beautifully presented to leave a lasting impression. We specialize in horticultural novelties. Our addiction to perfect plants brings you the amazing choices for your special occasion. Petal Talk’s gift selection ranges from elegant to woodsy. Just take a peek in the door to see more!

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25% OFF All Jewelry February 8th-14th, 2014

Carousel Emporium

In the Historic Cedar St. Bridge | 334 N. 1st Ave. | Sandpoint, ID Your senses will be delighted at Carousel Emporium where you’ll find a whimsical array of fashion, accessories and gifts for all ages. This Valentine’s day let our amazingly talented and friendly staff help you pick the perfect gift for your loved ones! We also have a gift registry so your sweetheart will know exactly what you want. All jewelry 25% off Feb 7-14. Sales throughourt the store on selected merchandise 20-70%.


Great Stuff

313 North First Avenue | Sandpoint, ID This February let Great Stuff help you share the LOVE with thoughtful gifts that will delight your special someone. Including our scrumptious chocolates. Truffles in bright red heart boxes. Giant “turtles,” sea salt caramels, yummy butter toffee or whatever combination your heart desires can be colorfully packaged to say “I love you.” Then join us for Winter Carnival specials from the 14th through the 23rd. Open 7 days a week. Like us on f.


Eve’s Leaves

326 N. 1st Ave. | Sandpoint, ID Step into Eve’s Leaves, Sandpoint’s finest specialty store for women, and discover feminine, stylish fashion. Pamper yourself with unique, carefully chosen apparel collections and accessories to complement you and your contemporary lifestyle. Enjoy personalized service as you search for just the right look. We specialize in casually elegant, comfortable clothing for work, home and play.

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pamper|yourself Nieman’s Floral & Garden Goods 211 Cedar Street | Sandpoint, ID

Looking for that perfect gift for your Valentine? In addition to beautiful bouquets and plants, Nieman’s has wonderful home and garden décor and much more! Located in the heart of downtown on Cedar Street, we will provide you with personalized service and also have delivery to Sandpoint and the surrounding area. And if you are in the midst of planning your wedding, let us help make that special day perfect. Stop by and visit us today! Like us on f! Niemansfloral. net. 208.263.3024

Santosha Imports

212 First Ave | Sandpoint, ID Bohemian Chic for the fancy hippie! Unique clothes, gifts and exotic jewelry. The sun always shines when you step into our store. So leave those gray days behind and take a trip to the exotic at Santosha! Silks, cashmere, Thai meditation pillows, fabulous jewelry and yoga wear. 504.554.0224

Santosha Imports

mechanically|minded Christian Thompson - Century 21 Riverstone 316 North Second Avenue | Sandpoint, ID

I am very proud to say I was born and raised in Sandpoint. After graduating from Sandpoint High, I attended North Idaho College and competed in Track & Field and received my Associate degree in Biology. I then received a scholarship to compete in Track and Field for Boise State University where I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Literature. For the last six years I have developed a successful real estate business through hard work, providing invaluable service to my clients and customers, and being extremely dedicated to my clients by upholding their best interest at all times. 208.255.2244 | C: 208.946.6526

Reynolds Auto Sales, Inc.

469061 Highway 95 | Sagle, ID *Just five miles south of Sandpoint* If you’re in the market for a quality, pre-owned vehicle and want to work directly with the owners, this is your place! Tina & Scott Reynolds hand choose every vehicle and are very selective in their process. Each vehicle goes through a complete inspection process and has a history report available. Reynolds’ new website features their entire inventory and the option to apply for credit online for quick and easy financing terms. | 208.255.5945 32   Sandpoint Living Local |

First Women Completing Union Gospel Mission Program Phasing Up By Colin Anderson

One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go. — Sheila Murray Bethel February 2014 | Sandpoint Living Local   33


Phasing Up

Christian (2nd from left) ready to phase up.


he Union Gospel Mission in Coeur d’Alene first opened its doors in September of 2012. Nearly a year and a half later its first guests are ready to leave the program and enter the world again as changed women. This is not a mild counseling session or a mandatory drug rehab meeting, but a full on life changing experience. On this January day, the room is filled with more than two hundred men, women, children, friends, family, church members and other supporters. Each group of women is moving to a new phase in their journey, and for some that phase means going back out into the community stronger and ready to contribute.

It is opened with a prayer followed by singer Sara Bareilles’ hit music video ‘Brave’ in which cameras are set up to record people dancing awkwardly in public. It’s a symbol the women in the program work so hard for; letting go of fear, regaining confidence and learning to love themselves. “When I first came in, I didn’t feel I needed to work on anything, more just tweak a few things in my life,” recalled Alicia who is now in phase 3. “Now I recognize there is a lot I want to work on, and I feel safe sharing my story here and with my sisters.” The community at the Union Gospel

Every few months UGM holds a ‘phase up celebration’ in which the community is invited to celebrate the accomplishments of the women involved in the program. When these women first come to the mission, they are placed in the rescue house. Many come from homelessness, addiction, and domestic violence situations. It is here where they choose to accept the program that in the coming months will completely change their lives. “When I first came in, ‘broken’ was an understatement and my smile was all for show,” says Christina who is now in phase 4, the final phase before moving out of the facility. “Through the program I found my sense of humor again, regained my confidence and I have a voice now.” The theme of this day’s celebration is ‘bravery.’

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Women’s Center is diverse. There are more than thirty women living in the dormitory and almost as many children. The state of the art housing area has a backyard park and garden, reading areas, gym, thrift store, dining hall, computer room, and other places for the women to mingle. While they are not charged rent, each is required to do chores and tasks around the building and they hold each other accountable. Each phase stays together as a group throughout the process, attending group counseling sessions and living around each other. During the early phases women begin to

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near the stage, and six months later here she is sharing her story in a magazine. “Change terrified me, everything in my life changed so I tail spinned out of control,” said Christian. “Now I want change. I’m going forward now. I look in the mirror, and I don’t even recognize myself. That change helped Christian get back the thing she treasures most - her children. “I couldn’t handle motherhood in phase 1 or 2, and it came down to maturity,” admitted Christian. “My kids spent time with a wonderful foster family, I became mature enough to be a mother and all of us are better for it.” For Alicia the story is similar. She has four children ranging in age from two to twelve and never thought she’d be a part of their lives again. Because of her progress, she was able to see all of them before Christmas and could soon be granted unsupervised visits will all of them.

clear themselves of any addictions, adjust to community living, admit their problems, and begin to explore their relationship with God. As they move further into their journey, they move deeper into themselves, openly recognizing past wounds, seeking to make things right, developing an accountability team, and learning to take healthy risks and how to resolve conflict. As a silent observer seated in the back, it’s easy to see the confidence in each women grow as they continue to phase up. During her time, Christian mentioned that six months ago she didn’t want to be anywhere

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For six women, today marks the end of their phase journey with Union Gospel Mission. Each completed a two-hundred and forty hour business practicum and each will soon enter the community and the workforce again. To take their place are ten new women ready to leave the rescue home and enter the program that will give them a new outlook on life and relationship with God. “We may all come from different backgrounds but Jesus is what we need and that’s what we all have in common,” said Alicia.

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Selkirk Pedersen Sandpoint High School Student Documents His Family’s Worldwide Mission Work By Patty Hutchens


or sophomore Selkirk Pedersen, his classroom extends far beyond the walls of Sandpoint High School. For the last two years the 16-year-old high school student has been homeschooled for the fall semester and has seized the opportunity to serve others while studying his online courses.

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Selkirk has been on at least four mission trips since the age of 7, the latest of which came in November. “I first went to Mexico,” said Selkirk of his trip nine years ago when he went with his immediate and extended family, many of who are veterinarians, to work at a spay-neuter clinic. It was the first of many eye-opening experiences for him.

Selkirk’s maternal grandparents are from India so when he was 9 years old his family traveled there. But it wasn’t just a pleasure trip; they spent much of their time volunteering in orphanages. His third trip came in 2008 when the Pedersen family traveled to Swaziland and Zimbabwe at the invitation of the Sagle based Luke Commission, a group that has operated in Swaziland since 2005 providing free health care to the isolated and underserved populations. “They invited us to experience it,” said Selkirk who adds that he recalls being amazed at how hard everyone worked to help make a difference. “Fifty percent of the people there have AIDS.” While there, the team provided eye exams, distributed medication, performed surgery, and did blood tests for both HIV and tuberculosis.

used to help provide an education for orphaned and at-risk children - an education that continues all the way through the university or trade school levels. Selkirk’s interest in cinematography was the perfect way to convey to others the important work that is being done to help make a difference in the world. His hope is that the story he shares will encourage others to get involved. “There is so much. It is hard to explain and difficult to put on paper,” he said of his preference for sharing a story through film. When he left in November, the first stop was Liberia. Selkirk and Heather traveled with the

“People would come from all over to be seen,” said Selkirk who said there would be anywhere from 10 to 1000 patients at any given time. “We were there (at the clinic) sometimes until three in the morning, until every last patient was treated.” Years later, he recalls with disbelief how one woman was unable to walk to the clinic; instead her two sons, desperate to get their mother medical care, carried her on a blanket While his entire family, including dad Bruce and siblings Kipling and Rio, went on the previous trips, the trip he just completed was just he and his mother, Heather, along with a few other volunteers from the US. “We are giving them a more global outreach to use the gifts they’ve been given,” said Heather of her and Bruce’s desire to expose their children to other parts of the world. The primary purpose for the most recent trip was for Selkirk to shoot a promotional video for International Children’s Network, a group with which his family is heavily involved. ICN teams up with partners in foreign countries to obtain U.S-based financial support. The money is

huge boxes of supplies,” said Selkirk who said they stayed up most of the night unpacking the first night in Liberia. While he was expecting to stay in a cheap hostile, Selkirk said he was surprised when they came upon the orphanage where they would be staying. There were only two mattresses for all five of them. “I slept on the floor with a blanket I got from the plane,” he said. When they awoke from what little sleep they had, Heather and Selkirk recall they were covered with bites, either from mosquitos or bedbugs. Sleep was restless, but not just because of the conditions. It was also due to the fact that they were fearful of being robbed. After all, they did not know who was watching them unload the boxes. “The night before the neighbors had been robbed at gun point,” said Selkirk. The orphanage, which was new and did not have children moved into it just yet, had barred doors and windows to help prevent people from breaking in. While in Liberia, they helped enroll the orphans in school and had children lined up with the hope of gaining a sponsor. “When people saw us, they saw opportunity,” said Selkirk. They spent time taking photos of the kids, gathering their information and putting together packets in hope of getting each child a sponsor when the volunteers returned to the U.S.

directors of International Children’s Network, Don and Jennie Windham, their adult son, and 13 orphans who were returning to their home in Liberia after traveling the United States as part of the Matsiko Children’s Choir. The choir consists of a group of children from the various countries in which ICN provides sponsorship. They travel for several months throughout the U.S. delighting crowds and raising awareness of the needs of children like themselves. “We had thirteen kids, five volunteers and 20

While all the children residing at the orphanages are not necessarily without families, many are there because they are deemed to be at risk explained Selkirk. When their work was done in Liberia, they headed to India. But not without some glitches. There were issues with Heather’s travel visa so she was re-routed to Germany and met up with the others three days later. Although far from glamorous, India was a welcome sight for the weary travelers. “It was the first hot shower I had taken in two weeks,” said Selkirk who explained that in Liberia a shower meant a bucket of cold water and a cup to pour over you. “It does not get all the grease

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out,” he said. The purpose of the trip to India was to meet with embassy officials to see if their country would be open to allowing orphans to travel with the Matsiko Children’s Choir next year. Selkirk reports that it was a success, and that they are looking forward to having children from India join the tour. From India the five traveled to Nepal. “It was cheap to travel there and we figured why no throw an extra country in the bunch,” said Selkirk.

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He is proud of his family and what they have accomplished to make a difference in people’s lives. “We can’t go anywhere without my mom trying to help,” said Selkirk. As for Heather, she said that the experience has given Selkirk a better sense of conservation and an appreciation of the life with which he has been blessed. “We won the geographical lottery,” she said.

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In Nepal there were five of them to one bedroom, and the nights were extremely cold. But that did not seem to bother Selkirk. “They did not have much to offer us (as far as accommodations), but they were so kind,” he said gratefully. There they also had to make do with a bucket of water and a cup to shower. “But it was so cold that we didn’t even want to do that,” he said.

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Recovering in India, Heather stayed behind as Selkirk and the others traveled onto the Philippines. In the wake of an earthquake and typhoon, they were not sure of what to expect. “It turned out to not be as bad as CNN had portrayed,” said Selkirk. The orphanage they visited there was on an island and accessible only by a small fishing boat. Selkirk delighted in playing with the kids, climbing trees and playing simple games. So what have all these adventures taught Selkirk? “It’s made me realize how lucky I am and how grateful I am to live where I do,” said Selkirk who believes people here in the U.S. should not take things for granted because there are many people in the world who wonder where their next meal is coming from. Selkirk’s love of helping others has influenced his desire to study medicine when he is older.

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Grateful to be back home, Selkirk said that while it was a challenge, he would not change anything - except for his mom’s illness. Reflecting on the experience he said if an opportunity comes his way again and he feels he has something to offer, he would definitely go. “I feel exposed to the world and experienced,” said Selkirk. “If I were forced to be on my own, I know I could fly out of the nest.” The Pedersen family owns and operates Talus Rock Retreat in Sandpoint and uses the profits they earn there to help fund their mission trips and serve the less fortunate worldwide.

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or Sandpoint High School senior Matthew Burgstahler, the most encouraging words he has heard during his years as an athlete came from Matt Brass, the coach of the SHS cross country team. “One of Matt’s most resonating quotes was, ‘Don’t view hard work as a punishment, instead see it for what it is, the opportunity for self improvement.’ In my mind there is no better way to state this point,” said Matthew.

senior year. But his accomplishments extend far beyond the world of athletics. “I was awarded an AP Scholar award for an AP test average of 4.5, and I carry just over a 4.4 cumulative GPA,” said Matthew who is currently ranked second in his class.

Matthew enjoys both math and science, which may explain why he is interested in becoming a physician. “I have been surrounded by the profession my entire life, and I believe that the human body is an incredible creation As a highly competitive and driven individual, that should be cared for,” said Matthew. Matthew said his strength is his work ethic, He hopes to continue with track and field and his biggest weakness is the pressure he in college and is currently exploring St. puts on himself. But it is clear to anyone John’s University in Minnesota, Pacific who has ever seen him play in any of in Oregon, Puget Sound, Carroll his multitude of sports, that his College and Washington work ethic has translated into “...this injury taught University in St. Louis. success. me more about perseverance, But the road hasn’t always With 13 varsity letters - 4 dedication, and hard been easy for Matthew. in soccer, 3 in basketball, work than anything He tore his meniscus 3 in track and 3 in band else in my life up to during the summer -Matthew could very well that point.” between his freshman and have a total of 16 by the time sophomore year. he graduates this spring. During his junior year his soccer team finished first in state, something that Matthew said was the most memorable moment in his sports career thus far, and in 2013 he was named to the 2013 4A IEL soccer team. He is definitely a leader, serving as the captain of his basketball team the past two years and captain of the soccer team his

“After extensive rehab I was able to play soccer again in October, but this injury taught me more about perseverance, dedication, and hard work than anything else in my life up to that point,” he said. He said his favorite sport is typically whatever he is playing at the time, but if forced to choose, he would give a slight edge

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to track and field. “In track and field you reap the benefits of hard work. In my other sports, soccer and basketball, there is always the risk of an upset even when everything is going your way. But in track it is just you and the clock. Nothing can stop you from doing your very best.” Favorite Food: Shrimp fettuccini alfredo Favorite teacher: “Mr. Smith (AP Government) due to his positive attitude, energy, and perspective. His teaching style and the current events he has us present make Government more applicable for us as young adults and young voters.”

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top in at the athletic trainer’s office at SHS on any given day, and young athletes are continuously stopping by for an ice pack, needing an ankle taped, or just wanting to visit.  Trainer Preston Lasley thrives on it. “I really love working with these kids,” said the 25-yearold. “I take care of them like I would my own.”

foster kids,” said Preston. He said there were challenges, as Isaac had never lived in a world with real consequences and was now being held accountable. But Preston said it was all worth it. When Preston accepted the job here, the young couple pursued adoption of Isaac. They learned of a law in Utah

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prohibiting adoption of a child less than 10 years younger than the parents so instead they applied for legal guardianship, and Isaac was able to move with the family Adding to the couple’s joy is 3 year old Landon and Ariana who is almost 2 years old. “We’ve got it from both ends – teenager to toddlers,” said Preston smiling proudly. Grateful for all of life’s blessings, Preston said he would not be able to do any of what he does if it weren’t for the support of his wife. “I appreciate everything she does to encourage me,” he said. And the same can be said by many of the students about Preston. “I have a good rapport with the kids. I am always here for them to talk to, and I support them not only in athletics but emotionally too.”



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s a parent of two young children, I read nightly to my daughters. One evening I came across a quote that resonated with me then and has stuck with me since; "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it's not." The doctor who wrote these words was Dr. Seuss. Think about that for a moment, is it true or not true? Apply it to your everyday life, and you will find more times than not it is. How many decisions do we make in a day? How many of these decisions impact your health?

Virtually every decision you make pushes you closer to health or sickness. You are the one responsible, and the one who has to care a whole awful lot. I will show you how health is not all or nothing and how being the one responsible is empowering. Ask a ten year old if an apple or donut is better for them. They know the apple is the right choice. Ask them if exercise is better than no exercise or water better than soda. How come we don't regularly make the healthier choice? It's not because we don't

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in time or an ongoing movie of the direction your health is heading? It is irrelevant what type of practitioner measured the values, M.D., D.O., D.C., N.P., you get the point. Let’s say I have normal values but eat fast food twice a day, don’t exercise and have a terrible social structure. Do you think I’m headed towards sickness or health? Quite obviously I will eventually become sick, but at what point do my “measurable values” indicate this? Waiting until a symptom arises or value is elevated is like building a boat after the flood. If normal measured values indicate we are healthy at that exact point, great! But these values give no indication if your daily lifestyle choices are directing you towards health or illness. We at Tessendorf Family Chiropractic offer a different approach, the “Health Risk Assessment.” An assessment that includes the physiological stressors, lifestyle stress load, physical quality of life, and psychosocial quality of life and lumps it into a detailed breakdown specifically for you. Not only does it give us a snapshot in time of you current health, but also we have the “ongoing movie” of where your health is heading. Even if you’re asymptomatic, undiagnosed, or have normal values, we are able to predict future health risk! Think of the impact this will have on prevention. We want you to understand that if you eat a donut and an apple, you’re healthier than if you only had the donut. Understand that we don’t develop health or chronic illness in a week. Understand we are all in a race. It’s not a sprint - it’s a marathon called life. Understand health is in your hands, and it’s your greatest asset. Understand that just as Dr. Seuss wants you to care a whole awful lot, so do we! The tools we utilize are to empower you to be the best parent, spouse, coworker, and individual you can be. If you or a loved one is interested in what direction your health is headed, call us. We don’t up sell care (contracts), we want you to have a BETTER life, and the primary focus is outcomes. Remember health is NOT all or nothing. Lastly, pick up a book by Dr. Seuss from time to time, it will put a smile on your face regardless of your age.

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ou’ve been on the computer all day. At home you may be playing that new video game “the kids” got for Christmas, catching up with work from the office or starting tax preparation. That pain between your shoulder blades, bleary eyes, neck, back and hand pain or strain is not just part of the computer “game.” Pain, stiffness and reduced blood flow affect your ability to concentrate and be your most productive self at home or work. In the long run, you can cause damage to your body that may present as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and headaches.  All this from a computer? Well, bodies were made for moving. When we were hunters and gatherers, we used all the muscles in our bodies, not just upper body and hands. Continued poor posture or holding your body in one position and using the same muscles for long periods of time, reduces the blood flow and places stress on the body. We now do more

upper body work, are more sedentary, live longer and put more repetitive stress on our bodies than ever before.  What can we do? First of all, MOVE!! Don’t sit more than a half hour in one position. Don’t wait until you hurt. If you have long periods of computer work to do, break it up with other tasks. Stretching can help, but it needs to be done throughout the day.  How is your computer position? You may have heard the word “ergonomic” which is simply fitting the workstation to the worker. Keeping the body in a neutral, relaxed position is important. Using the right equipment such as a supportive chair, wrist rest and document holder can be a big factor. If these things do not improve the problem, don’t wait until you are in a crisis – seek help! A trained therapist can help you reduce pain, release tightness, strengthen and set up your work station so that you can be “computer healthy.”

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ife sometimes seems to change in the blink of an eye. Recently, a family called our company seeking information about getting a caregiver for their elderly mother who had just fallen again and was no longer able to take care of herself or maintain her house. She was insistent that she live in her own house rather than go to a nursing home. However, according to the daughter, the mother had no resources to pay privately for in-home services and had never considered getting long-term care insurance.  Because the daughter and her two brothers were raising their own children, they were unable to contribute anything toward the cost of their mother’s care at home. Fortunately for this family, the mother qualified for Idaho’s Medicaid program because she had very few financial assets and was over the age of 65. We assisted her in getting in contact with the local Medicaid office and the approval process took somewhat less time than was typical for many Medicaid applicants. She chose our agency to provide her “personal care services,” which allowed our caregivers to assist her with bathing, getting dressed each day, cooking her meals, doing her laundry and cleaning her home.  Not all families are so fortunate.  Many individuals have too many financial resources to qualify for the Idaho Medicaid program.  And contrary to popular assumptions, Medicare does not pay for the type of in-home care that allows the frail elderly or the disabled to stay in their

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own homes. Medicare, as a federally funded program, is most often limited to those discharged from the hospital with doctor’s orders for “home health” services. Unlike home care services, home health does not include chore work (that is, house cleaning, laundry, shopping for groceries, cooking meals, assistance with eating, etc.,) and home health services are time-limited. In contrast, individuals that qualify for Medicaid can receive these home care services as long as necessary.  Few individuals or families give much thought to what they will do when they or their loved ones become too frail to take care of themselves or their homes. It’s not until they’ve reached the point where the seniors fall and injure themselves, become ill or begin to let themselves or their homes go that many people finally react and begin looking at options for care. In each case, seniors and their family members should start planning now for the time when they or their loved ones are no longer able to accomplish the activities of daily living and need additional help to stay at home safely. If you or a loved one is at the point where assistance might be needed, AAging Better can provide caregivers up to seven days a week for in-home care services. We would be happy to provide a free in-home assessment or furnish information on options for paying for in-home care. Call us at one of our local numbers or toll free at 866.464.2344 for further information. See us online at 

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By Lisa Paull, Certified Personal Trainer, FAST Program Director at PneuThera


ould you like to lose weight? Become a more explosive athlete? Reduce symptoms of depression? Increase your bone density? Improve your balance? Current studies on whole body vibration are telling us you can do exactly that as well as gain a host of other beneficial attributes. And this technology is readily available to you in Sandpoint! Vibration as a therapy was first used on Russian cosmonauts in an effort to decrease the loss of muscle and bone mass in space. As the benefits of vibration use became apparent, the Soviet Union began using this

we realize all vibration platforms are not the same and will not produce equal results. You will need more than the commonly used center pivot or vertical vibration plate technology for ultimate outcomes. A multi-planar unit that allows for training at multiple frequencies simultaneously is currently your best option. Additionally, the training parameters used are equally important. Amplitude; the extent of vertical displacement, Frequency; the number of impulses delivered per second, Magnitude; the acceleration power/force of the movement, and Duration; the amount of time one spends on the unit will all affect the results.

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prevented me from func�oning. I was  prevented me from func�oning. I was  looking at surgery. The PneuThera Clinic  “I was having back pain that prevented looking at surgery. The PneuThera Clinic  me from functioning. I was looking at gave me another op�on and took the pain  gave me another op�on and took the pain  surgery. The PneuThera Clinic gave me away immediately.  They treated the cause, not  away immediately.  They treated the cause, not  another option and took the pain away just the symptoms. Thanks!” John Knowles.  immediately. They treated the cause,    not just the symptoms. Thanks!” John Knowles.  just the symptoms. Thanks!” —John Knowles

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technology to train their athletes with much success. With the fall of the Iron Curtain, vibration technology made its way to the United States. Initially used in the fitness industry, vibration quickly became known for its benefits in physical therapy, rehabilitation, and wellness applications. Individuals who cannot participate in traditional exercise programs can gain benefit from low-impact vibration training. Whether lying, standing or sitting, exercising using resistance bands, weights, or your own body weight, vibration initiates physiological reactions unique to its technology. It produces a stretch reflex that causes involuntary muscle contractions to occur. Healing and repair hormones increase, blood circulation improves, bones are strengthened, lymph drainage improves, and the basal metabolic rate improves. The results are increased strength, speed, and stamina, rapid recovery of muscles and tissue, increased flexibility, mobility and coordination, improved collagen production, and fat reduction. With all these benefits to gain, it is important

New research out of Norway and Oregon State University are starting to point out the fallacy of exclusively training at lower frequencies for optimum outcomes. There are reports from professional and local athletes claiming the increased training effects of 25% utilizing single plane vibration and an additional 25% when using the newest model of vibration platform, a tri-planar system. Hundreds of studies have been published on vibration and the number of studies conducted every year is accelerating. Current studies in the Northwest show 100% success in treating individuals with Diabetic Neuropathy. Vibration is an important training and rehabilitative tool that will definitely benefit you. Whether you are an athlete looking to up your game, an individual with physical challenges or pain, or just the average guy wanting more from your exercise program, vibration is for you. Get the benefits! For more information on vibration contact Lisa Paull at 290.7996 or Vibration studies on the web


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Weekend Getaway Charming Gig Harbor, WA By Julianna Verboort

Sunset reflecting off the snow-covered Mt. Photo by Jim Nelson.


trolling along Gig Harbor’s quaint, historic waterfront transports visitors to a simpler time. Stress and urgency slip away with the softly lapping harbor waves, replaced by a refreshing calm drifting in on the saltwater air.

Gig Harbor was recently named by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the Top Five Small Towns for culture, heritage, and charm, and it is easy to see why. This beautiful burg is surrounded by water, nestled among the picturesque bays of Puget Sound, about an hour south of Seattle. The primary access is via Tacoma Narrows Bridge – a crossing made famous by engineering catastrophe Galloping Gertie. This sweet town serves up cultural events and activities year round, so no matter when you time your visit, you’ll have plenty of entertaining choices. You can stay busy, or take it easy with harborside walks, cafes, wine tasting, and a good book from the locally owned small bookstores in the harbor. Gig Harbor’s rich maritime heritage comes alive at Harbor History Museum’s attractive building near the top of the harbor. The museum is small enough to provide a high quality experience in about an hour; starting your getaway here gives a strong context for your visit to the town. Don’t miss the fully preserved Midway Schoolhouse, built in 1893, complete with historic artifacts and lesson books. Delight in the story of Clarence E. Shaw with his renown Rooster Derby, which was radio broadcast to tens of thousands. Get the story on the fishing industry and the net sheds that still line the harbor, now converted to space for shops, galleries, and activities. Plaques and graphics explaining Gig Harbor’s history are also interspersed along Harborview Drive.

Crowds gather on Tuesday evenings to hea Park, during the annual Summer Sounds a

Lay of the Land

To get a feel for this lovely little spot, review Gig Harbor Living Local magazine or For a calendar of events, pick up a copy of the Visitor’s Guide at the friendly Gig Harbor Visitor’s Bureau, located close to the harbor at 3125 Judson Street, or view The three primary sections of town are: • The Harbor, with the marina, historic buildings, pleasant shops, art galleries, boating and fishing venues, and favorite local restaurants running along Harborview Drive and up around the top of the harbor. Recreation includes kayak and

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Gig Harbor artist Chris Mroz has several pie Harborview Drive, including this bentwood local and regional artists, and features live

. Rainier, viewed from Gig Harbor.

ar live music and entertainment at Skansie Brothers at Skansie. Photo courtesy of City of Gig Harbor.

eces on display at Full Moon Art Gallery on d clock. Deborah Grady’s gallery hosts a number of e music nights too. Photo courtesy of Deborah Grady.

Weekend Getaway paddleboard rentals, boat houseboat rentals, and more.


• Uptown Shopping Center, connected to the historic harbor via year round trolley bus service (with increased frequency during peak tourism months). Uptown offers an upscale indoor/outdoor shopping and entertainment environment, housing boutiques, restaurants ranging from organic fare to take out, and services including salons and Safeway grocery store. Uptown is also home to Galaxy Theater, which hosts the annual Gig Harbor Film Festival each October. • North Harbor, where you’ll find a newly renovated YMCA with indoor swimming and fitness classes, and conveniences such as fast food, Target, Home Depot and Albertsons Grocery.

Amenities and Recommendations

While steeped in local history and maritime charm, Gig Harbor also caters to sophisticated travelers. Local venues capture northwest cultural trends in the arts, craft beer, craft distilling, organic spa treatments, locally grown food, and fine cuisine. Green thumbs will delight in the Gig Harbor Garden Tour, held at the end of June. Music lovers can partake in waterfront concerts at Skansie Brothers Park during Summer Sounds, and under the pavilion at Uptown during July and August. Art lovers will be enchanted with the Summer Arts Festival in July and the Open Studio Tour in September. Golfers, bring your clubs to play pretty Madrona Links; kid golfers can try their hand too at the Performance Golf Center’s putt-putt course.

More recommendations include:

• Renting a kayak to see the harbor from a seafaring perspective (there are several kayak rental shops along the harbor); • Seven Seas Brewing for a pint of locally crafted ale; • Heritage Distilling Company for spirits tasting, or to start your own cask; • Java Clay and Cafe for a fun clay project (great for kids too) with a cup of java by the fire; • Full Moon Art Gallery to take in an eclectic sampling of local artists’ talent; • Blue Moon Massage & Wellness Spa to enhance your well being; and • Anthony’s Restaurant for dinner with a view out over the marina.


Further Explorations

A few miles west of town, Kopachuck State Park provides camping, waterside picnic facilities, a beach, and recreational access. Kopachuck is a nice spot to bring your kayak and paddle around Henderson Bay, and capture views of the Olympics. A quick drive across the Tacoma Narrows will bring you to Tacoma’s museum district, with the internationally recognized Museum of Glass (don’t miss the Hot Shop!), Tacoma Art Museum, and Washington State History Museum; other fun Tacoma sites include Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium with the surrounding park, which also offers kayak rentals; and the Foss Waterway Seaport project. LeMay–America’s Car Museum (ACM), one of the most unique museums on the west coast, “is designed to preserve history and celebrate the world’s automotive culture.” With one of the largest automobile collections in the world, ACM will enthrall car buffs and can even captivate those who may think automobiles are not all that exciting! ACM is a short drive (approximately 15 minutes) from Gig Harbor, located near the Tacoma Dome. If time allows you to stretch further afield, Gig Harbor makes a lovely home base for trips to the Olympic National Rain Forest and Seattle with its many tourist attractions.


Maritime Inn is a boutique hotel located on Harborview Drive in the heart of the harbor, and an excellent choice for a romantic getaway. Best Western Plus Wesley Inn and Suites is less than a mile from the harbor, walkable along Pioneer Way (bear in mind you’ll be walking uphill on the way back), offering an outdoor swimming pool, workout facility, wifi and continental breakfast. Waterfront Inn is a small bed and breakfast at the top of the harbor, with hot tubs and water views. The Inn at Gig Harbor, west of Highway 16, includes a small gym and the full service Heritage Restaurant, with wifi and modern conveniences. There are more than a handful of excellent choices to make a getaway in Gig Harbor, fun, relaxing, exciting, romantic or active, so ask your concierge and the Visitor’s Bureau for recommendations to suit your desires. Relax, refresh and revive in Gig Harbor, Washignton. You’ll be glad you came! For more events and fun things to do while in Gig Harbor check out: or pick up your copy of Gig Harbor Living when you arrive. February 2014 | Sandpoint Living Local   51


Paw Prints

The Importance of Annual Examinations A Simple Exam Can Go A Long Way To A Longer Healthier Life For Your Pet By Dr. Dawn Mehra, North Idaho Animal Hospital, Sandpoint, Idaho / / 208.265.5700


ven in this day of Internet information searches and webbased warehouse pharmacies, most pet owners realize the value of a visit to a veterinary medical doctor. Diagnosing problems on the web can become completely overwhelming and confusing, and so most browsers secure enough background information so that they can formulate ideas and ask intelligent

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questions. This is beneficial and helps the doctor too. But what about those annual or semi-annual examinations – especially if your pet is young and well - is this really necessary? Everyone knows the “7-year” rule; that a year in the life of your pet equals about 7 years in a human’s life. This means that a 3-year old dog is much like a 21 year-old young adult.

Paw Prints Everything happens much more quickly; illnesses develop sooner, teeth and gum disease explodes in record time, and sadly, a twelfth birthday party resembles greatgrandma’s 84th. The point is that a 6-month wellness exam is much like taking your child to the doctor every 3 years. When vaccinating pets became possible and many horribly dangerous diseases galloped across our pet population, veterinarians used the need for “annual” vaccines as a reason to roust pet owners into hospitals. Though the vaccinations have tremendous value, especially in the first 3 years, they were really not the main concern. The true value has always been the examination; listening to the heart and lungs, visualizing the eyes, ears, and teeth; palpating the lymph nodes and abdomen, and answering the questions or concerns of the pet owner. Sending blood to the lab for review culminates a truly complete physical examination – the external and the internal. Many hospitals are desperately trying to reduce the number of vaccinations we give our pets. Does a dog really need 13 distemper vaccinations by the time he turns 10 (assuming that 3 are done in the first year and then annually thereafter)? Will an indoor cat benefit from 13 Feline Leukemia vaccinations when she lives a completely indoor life? The obvious answer is no – this is too much. However, doctors fear that pets will not come in for examinations if owners are not following routine annual vaccination schedules. Educating everyone is difficult.


Our advice is to choose a hospital that is amenable to customizing your pet’s care based on your lifestyle, your pet’s lifestyle, their age, and risk factors. In this way your pet is protected and the number of vaccinations is greatly reduced. An even better method, though costly, is to draw blood and accurately determine what level of protection (from previous vaccinations) exists. One may find, in a particular animal, that 5 or more years can transpire between specific vaccinations. This is all wonderful as long as one fact remains consistent – yearly or semi-annual examinations. The state of Idaho has recently informed veterinarians that it is unlawful to vaccinate any animal without first performing an examination. I am not a fan of government legislating our actions by any means, however, their intention is well meant. I would much rather have informed pet owners who understand this issue rather than arguing with an owner who only wants “the shot”. Today, many pet owners view their pets as family members rather than simply an animal. As Dr. Marty Becker of North Idaho Animal Hospital in Sandpoint likes to say, “Pets have moved from the farmyard, into the house, and now are sleeping in our beds.” Some of you may want to buy vaccines over-the-counter and vaccinate your barn cats by yourself, foregoing examinations altogether – this is understandable. But for the majority of pet owners, it is important to realize the value of thorough examinations, dental care, and blood work thereby increasing the chances of a healthy and happy geriatric birthday party for your 86 year-old pet.

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Newby-Ginnings Fallen Soldier's Generous Personality Lives On By Colin Anderson


rom tragedy often comes new hope. For Theresa Hart, tragedy struck on July 7th, 2011. It’s the day her son Nick Newby was killed by an I.E.D. while serving in Iraq. He was just 20 years old. Hart recalls her son as someone who never gave up on his friends, loved his family dearly, and would give you the shirt off his back at a moment’s notice.

clothing, appliances, electronics, and furniture. “We had a veteran in the other day that simply needed a new pair of pants,” said Hart. “We were also able to save a military family $140 a month by giving them a stackable washer and dryer that fit in their apartment.” One of the largest donations so far was a fully adjustable hospital bed. Newby-Ginnings was able to track down a gold star family in need of one that very afternoon.

“I watched the guys from Nick’s unit come back from combat,” Hart recalls. “To see these young guys with injuries and psychological issues, I know Nick would have done everything he could to help.” It’s that belief and love for her son that inspired Theresa to create Newby-Ginnings, a program that helps active military, veterans, and gold star families with whatever they can. In just four months Newby-Ginnings has helped dozens of families and individuals with everything from a couple gallons of gas to a stackable washer and dryer. By word of mouth and social media the organization has been flooded with donations, and their location on Biztown Loop in Hayden is already filled to the brim with housewares,

“If anyone deserves to be comfortable, it’s our veterans and those who serve our country,” said Hart.

Nick Newby and his younger brother Nathan who is currently a senior at Lake City High School.

Newby-Ginnings isn’t just a place to stop by and pick something up, it’s also an area where military and family members can go to share their story and listen to others. There’s always a pot of coffee brewing and different people pop in throughout the day to chat, cope, or network with other local military organizations. Theresa Hart would like Newby-Ginnings to eventually

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be that hub and facilitator for a veteran’s support community. In the meantime, they’re still collecting donations and trying to reach as many folks as they can. Newby-Ginnings accepts appliances, furniture, clothing, electronics, and other household goods. All should be in good condition. There is no paid staff so monetary donations go towards facility rental and helping vets. The organization doesn’t hand out cash but instead gives out gift cards for gas, items, and can help with utility bills and monthly rent. As the organization grows, it gives Theresa a chance to talk about her son Nick each and every day. She often spends twelve to fourteen hours each day volunteering her

time but says never does it feel like work. “I’m the happiest I’ve been since losing Nick,” said Theresa. “I’m glad to be doing something I know he would have done too.” If you are active military, veteran, or gold star family member in need of help, or have questions on donation you can find more information on Facebook. You can also email Theresa Hart at or call 208.660.4601. To make a monetary donation, stop by any Wells Fargo Bank and there is an account set up under ‘Newby-Ginnings.’

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LOCAL PICKS SHOWS/MUSIC/ARTS February 14 – Western Pleasure Valentine’s Dinner. Make a reservation to treat your sweetheart to a romantic evening of fabulous food and music. Enjoy a candle lit, five course dinner in the lodge prepared by our chef, Shelly. Take a step back in time in a one horse open sleigh ($75 for a private ride). Stay overnight in either a cozy lodge room or a hand hewn log cabin. Price for dinner is $39.50 per person. If you wish to enjoy beer, wine or spirits, please feel free to bring your own. Reservations are required and seating is limited. Call for reservations at 888.863.9066 or 208.263.9066. February 15 – Laser Light Show. Music over the decades is the theme this year to celebrate Schweitzer’s 50th anniversary. The show starts at 7pm on Schweitzer, lighting up JR run and sending light beams throughout the village. The light show is followed by an after party in Taps.

MUSIC *Call to confirm as schedules are subject to change.*

FORTY-ONE SOUTH Live music in the lounge on Thursdays and live music in the dining room on Saturdays. EICHARDT’S PUB Join us for Blues Jam every Monday with host Truck Mills. The Charley Packard Band plays every Wednesday. ***Text “livemusic” to 35819 to sign up for pub updates. TRINITY AT CITY BEACH Spend Tuesdays with Ray from 5pm to 8pm. Come down to Trinity at City Beach every Tuesday at 5pm to enjoy wonderful food and live music. It’s a great night to go out with the family. Also join us Fridays for the sounds of Bruce Bishop. For more information and updates on events visit us on Facebook at PEND D’OREILLE WINERY 2/7 - Mike & Shanna 5-8pm 2/14 - Ron Criscione 5-8pm 2/21 - Bare Grass 5-8pm 2/28 - Monarch Mountain Band 5-8pm COLDWATER CREEK WINEBAR 2/1 - Ray Allen 6-9pm 2/7 - Ron Kieper 7-10pm 2/8 - Touch of Jazz 6-9pm 2/14 - Bright Moments Jazz 7-10pm 2/15 - Cedar & Boyer 6-9pm 2/16 - Mike & Shana Thompson 7-10pm 2/22 - Brother Music 6-9pm 2/28 - Kari Margarite & The 76 7-10pm

Month of February – Winter Wonderland Exhibit. Celebrating the wonder and beauty of winter in North Idaho, this exciting new exhibit features 2- and 3-D art in a variety of media. Come to Art Works for unique, memorable, local art. February 7 – Reel Rock 8. Eight climbing films in one night! This event is showing in The Panida’s Little Theater at 7pm. This event is sponsored by Sandpoint Rock Gym. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets are available at Eichardt’s & The Alpine Shop. February 14 - Marching Fourth, Marching Band. With a rallying cry of “JOY NOW!” March Fourth Marching Band (known as M4 by its growing legion of fans) throws itself and the audience into a swirling volcano of high-energy music and spectacle. What began as a Fat Tuesday party on March 4, 2003 in Portland, Oregon has become one of the nation’s best live touring acts. Thanks to word-of-mouth will soon be graduating from “best kept secret” to a band on the brink of exploding in popularity. This event will be held at the Panida beginning at 8pm. General Admission is $25. 208.263.9191

country ski! They have teamed up to offer free cross country skiing demos and lessons on specifically groomed beginner trails at “The Roundabout” on the road up to Schweitzer. Free rentals are available on a reservation basis, and free Classic Skiing and Skate Skiing instruction will be offered. Free hot chocolate and snacks will be on hand to keep everyone warm and fueled up. Contact Sandpoint Sports at 208.265.6163 to reserve your equipment! February 14 – Western Pleasure Valentine’s Dinner. Make a reservation to treat your sweetheart to a romantic evening of fabulous food and music. Enjoy a candle lit, five course dinner in the lodge prepared by our chef, Shelly. Take a step back in time in a one horse open sleigh ($75 for a private ride). Stay overnight in either a cozy lodge room or a hand hewn log cabin. Price for dinner is $39.50 per person. If you wish to enjoy beer, wine or spirits, please feel free to bring your own. Reservations are required and seating is limited. Call for reservations at 888.863.9066 or 208.263.9066.

February 20 - Ani DiFranco. Ani DiFranco is an American singer, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, poet and songwriter. She has released more than 20 albums and is widely considered a feminist icon. She will be performing at the Panida at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased at February 22, 23 – River Bend Artists Guild Showcase 2014. Brighten your winter with art! Along the Pend Oreille River, six extraordinary artists have joined to form the River Bend Artists Guild. Catch their debut exhibit from 10am – 5pm, 6095 Dufort Road, Sagle. For more information, email

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES February 7 – 28 – Starlight Race Series. Presented by Rossignol, this is a super fun four-week race series for adults (21+ years old) skiers, snowboarders, and telemarkers on Friday nights. Races, parties, prizes, music, beer... What more could you ask for? How about the most epic party of the year, the PBR Starlight Finale Party! This year’s theme is “Lions and Tigers and Bears—OH MY!” Costumes are encouraged and everyone is invited! February 8 – Learn to XC Free Day. The Sandpoint Nordic Club, Sandpoint Sports and Schweitzer Mountain Resort want YOU to learn how to cross-

February 14 – 23 – Sandpoint Winter Carnival. Family friendly events to celebrate winter in Sandpoint including Taste of Sandpoint, Ski Joring, K-9 Keg Pull, Rail Jam, and more! February 14 – Ski Joring Registration Party at Sweet Lou’s. If you have a fast horse or are good on skis (also handy: nerves of steel!) then why not? Ski Joring is a Scandinavian-inspired, centuries-old contest with horses and riders pulling skiers around a course at breakneck speeds. You can enter as a team or individually to be paired with either a rider or skier in the Open, Sport, or Women’s Division. Compete for more than $3,500 in cash and prizes. See more at February 15 – March 15 – Dine Around Sandpoint. Celebrate Sandpoint’s best restaurants. First of all,

Wednesday- Feb 4

Women In Business Luncheon Bonner General Hospital CEO Sheryl Rickard. Tango Cafe. Noon-1:00pm

Feb 20

Taste of Sandpoint Sample the area’s restaurants, breweries and winery at the winter culinary event. The Hive, 207 N First Ave. 5-8pm

Thursday- Feb 13

General Membership Luncheon Tax issues sponsored by LCSC-CDA. Tango Cafe. Noon-1:00pm

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March Four th Winter Carnival Finale

Photo courtesy of Sandpoint Winter Carnival restaurant week lasts more than a week, spanning four weeks starting during Sandpoint Winter Carnival. Many participating establishments are offering special menu selections at great, low prices. Some even have multiple courses. Plus, there will be other discounts, wine specials, special hours, and events, and best of all, a chance to win prizes every time you dine. For more information and participating restaurants, February 15 – Free Fat Bike Demo. Pend Oreille Bay Trail from 10am – 2pm. Fat bikes will be available for free test rides. Join us and test drive one….you know you always wanted to. Sponsored by Greasy Fingers Bikes N Repair.

specialties at bite-sized prices. Tickets are available at the door for $1 each; the average sample dish, brew or glass of wine is $3 to $7. Check out the Dine Around Sandpoint month long promotion while at this event. See more at February 21 – Parade of Lights. Back by popular demand! It’s the return of the wild ‘n’ crazy Winter Carnival Parade with its legions of zany floats, marching groups and, quite possibly, the World’s Longest Knit Cap (which stretches a good block long). Calling all groups who would like to participate in the Parade of Lights! All are welcome — floats, groups, even snow plows! Entrance fee is $25. For details call the Sandpoint Chamber at 208.263.2161.

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February 15 – Laser Light Show. Music over the decades is the theme this year to celebrate Schweitzer’s 50th anniversary. The show starts at 7pm on Schweitzer, lighting up JR run and sending light beams throughout the village. The light show is followed by an after party in Taps. February 15, 16 - WINTER CARNIVAL SLEIGH RIDE AND DINNER SHOW. This memorable evening begins with a nostalgic horse-drawn sleigh ride powered by one of the ranch’s draft teams. After the ride, enjoy the beauty and comfort of the lodge where you will be served a scrumptious ranch dinner. Conclude the evening with live musical entertainment. (Saturday night music by Darin Hilderbrand, Sunday night music by Devon Wade.) So whether you are a couple, a family, or a group, join us at the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch and help us kick off Winter Carnival Week. Sleigh rides at 5pm and 6pm, dinner at 6:30pm, and music from 7:30pm to 9pm. Reservations are required and limited. Cost for the evening is $42.50 per person for adults, and $30.00 for kids 6-12, 5 and under are free. Call Janice at 208.263.9066 for reservations. February 16 – Cross-Country Race. Join us for a cross-country race and celebrate the 80’s in Taps at Schweitzer! What’s not to love about the decade that brought us fabulous music, outfits and hairdos! No cover. February 19 – KPND Ski Party. Located at the 219 Bar and Lounge, 219 N. First Ave. – Food and drink specials at Sandpoint’s only “5 star dive bar” from 10am to close … serving Sandpoint for more than 75 years. February 20 – Taste of Sandpoint. Join the ravenous masses at this hugely popular Winter Carnival event located at The Hive, 207 First Avenue. More than a dozen restaurants offer up tasty samples of their best

Ani DiFranco February 21 – Cirque de Sandpoint. A silk aerial performance, fire dancing as well as a local dance troupe performance. All happening at Jeff Jones Square, right after the parade. February 22 – Let it Glow Fireworks Show, Winter Carnival Finale. All day celebration at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Get your neon ski-on by wearing your vintage neon ski apparel At 6pm, it’s Glow Parade and Fireworks time! This time it is the kids turn to be in the light parade – come up and watch our best little skiers on the mountain. Kids 12 and under are welcome and we will have “glow torches” for the first 100 kids. Parents can ski nearby and the kids must be intermediate or better skiers. Fireworks follow, exploding the night with more “glowiness.” After fireworks – what to do? Get lit at the blacklight party in Taps with more glow and more show! See more at February 22 – Mardi Gras Grad Night Fundraiser. Come out and help support our graduating seniors February 2014 | Sandpoint Living Local   57

FEBRUARY 24 Hours For Hank

One of Sandpoint’s most endearing and popular events, the annual Eichardt’s K9 Keg Pull is moving this year to the Granary location to combine with Evans Brothers Coffee’s Family Fun Day and The Eureka Institute’s Dodge Ball tournament, making for one big event not to be missed. The Keg Pull starts at 10am, with dogs of all sizes racing down a snowpacked course pulling anywhere from full-size kegs to beer cans, amidst a pandemonium of cheering from the crowd. $5 entry fee goes to the Panhandle Animal Shelter. A free Neighborhood Coffee Tasting will take place at the Evans Brothers’ Roasting Studio throughout the event, with hot chocolate for the kids.

UPCOMING EVENTS March 7, 8 - The Follies. The Follies are back! This politically incorrect, racy, risque, variety show will

be held at the Panida at 8pm. Must be 21 or older to attend. 208.263.9191 March 21,22 – 24 Hours of Schweitzer. The sixth annual “24 Hours of Schweitzer” is a 24 hour downhill ski event that benefits Cystinosis Research, a rare and fatal disease that affects only 500 people nationwide. This all day and night fundraiser honors Hank Sturgis of Sandpoint, who has been diagnosed with Cystinosis. March 29 – Winterfest. Join Schweitzer for Winterfest, an outdoor brew festival! Beers will be on tap at the Schweitzer tent located in the village. The music will be pumping, food will be cooking and we’ll have the Centennial Lounge open on the Taps patio!

with a Mardi Gras Grad Night Dinner and Auction at the Panhandle State Bank beginning at 5:30pm. Tickets are $25 and will be sold at Pine Street Bakery and Pend d’Oreille Winery. All proceeds will go towards a night of fun and safe activities for the class of 2014! February 23 – K9 Keg Pull and Family Fun Day.


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February 15 - March 15 Treat yourself to a meal out! Enjoy great specials and events at over 20 participating Sandpoint area restaurants from February 15th - March 15th. There’s something for every palate and every budget!

Participating Restaurants: Arlo’s Ristorante • Bangkok Cuisine Thai Restaurant Bricks and Barley • Cedar St. Bistro Chimney Rock Grill • Coldwater Creek Wine Bar Connie’s Cafe • Di Luna’s Cafe Eichardt’s Pub & Grill. • Forty-One South Hydra Steakhouse • Ivano’s Ristorante Jalapenos • Joe’s Philly Cheesesteak La Rosa Club • Kokanee Coffee Little Olive • MickDuff’s Brewing Company Pend d’Oreille Winery • Second Avenue Pizza Shoga Sushi Bar • Spud’s Waterfront Grill Stacey’s Country Kitchen • Sweet Lou’s Trinity at City Beach Everytime you dine out at a participating Dine Around Sandpoint restaurant, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win some terrific prizes!


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February 2014 Sandpoint Living Local  
February 2014 Sandpoint Living Local