One of the most difficult and challenging things to talk about with a cherished loved one is end-of-life care and what will happen when they are gone. It’s a conversation that few would want to have, but for those battling a terminal disease or illness and the dependents and caretakers of that person, it’s an extremely important one.
A common misconception about hospice care is that it is a last resort. At Bonner General Community Hospice (BGCH), the area’s only nonprofit hospice care, staff and volunteers are hoping to change that perception.
“If brought in timely, hospice offers hope, quality and so much more for those facing their end-of-life journey. Timely referrals to hospice result in a higher quality of the time someone has left, and we see families able to cope much better after,” explained Tami Feyen, who has been with Bonner Home Health since 2004 and has been clinical manager of the hospice since 2008.
The 7B Women Conference is right around the corner, and it’s an event you won’t want to miss!
From the same group that raised nearly $20,000 for the community with its Clothing Swap and Boobs and Beer Fun Run and Oktoberfest, The 7B Women’s Conference on Thursday, March 1, promises to be fun and inspirational. Taking place at the Sandpoint Center from 8am to 4pm, it is a full day of speakers, vendors, networking, and breakfast and lunch provided by Tango Café. A gathering at Pend d’Oreille Winery will cap off the inspiring day.
Sherri Lies is the chair of the 7B Women’s Conference and is thrilled with the topics and speakers she and her committee have lined up. “I think this year will be better than ever,” said Lies, who adds that some of the raffle proceeds from the event will help fund scholarships...
Starting to experience a little cabin fever? The cure for that is coming soon as the Sandpoint Winter Carnival offers opportunities for all ages to get out and enjoy a variety of activities.
The events kicks off on Friday, February 16, with the Parade of Lights in Downtown Sandpoint. Beginning at 5:30pm at the City Parking Lot, the parade is a great opportunity for businesses, organizations and groups to get out and light up the night. While pre-registration with the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce is required, there is no fee to participate.
On Saturday, head up to Schweitzer Mountain Resort for a full day of activities including a snowshoe hike, crafts for the kids and a village campfire. Enjoy live music at both Chimney Rock and Taps or head back to town and enjoy Harold’s IGA at The 219 Lounge.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A SKIER to enjoy all that Schweitzer Mountain Resort has to offer. One such occasion for skiers and non skiers alike will take place on January 13 as the Schweitzer Mountain Community Association hosts a torchlight parade down Jam Session followed by an amazing fireworks show in the village. But don’t let the fun stop there. There will also be music to enjoy up in Taps Lounge following the festivities.
If you want to be part of the torchlight parade, Schweitzer is opening up the 70 spaces first to its employees. The spots that are not filled will then be offered to guests. The requirements are that one is at least an intermediate skier or snowboarder, must be at least 18 years of age and sign a release form, and must have a valid lift ticket or season pass. If you are a Schweitzer employee, the requirement is that you must not be working at the time, with the exception of approved ski patrol.
2008 WAS A HORRIBLE YEAR for the American economy. Large companies were laying off employees by the thousands leading to unemployment rates higher than they had been since the great depression. Places like Las Vegas, Phoenix and Southern Florida watched their housing markets go belly up and building come to a complete standstill. It was truly one of the most difficult economic crises in our nation’s history. Tax credits and historically low interest rates were offered to right the ship, and though many places never fully recovered, the overall state of the housing market is vastly more stable 10 years later.
There are dozens of factors that have lead to recovery and stabilization, and far fewer people are under water on their mortgage or facing pre-foreclosure. The hope is that consumerand lender both learned from the experienceso as it not to happen again; something onlytime will tell.
WHEN DEALING WITH LOSS of a loved one, difficulty in raising a family, questions of faith and other stresses in life, many turn to their religious leaders for comforting, guidance and spiritual resurgence. These pastors, missionaries, youth pastors and other church leaders have chosen a life devoted to helping others and bringing people back up from low moments in their lives. They aren’t in it for the money but for the betterment of society through belief in their faith. What might be overlooked is who these people turn to when they are experiencing personal issues as well.
“Seeing the struggle with my family and friends who are youth pastors and missionaries was very influential to me,” said Nathan Cohick of Hope. Nathan has lived in North Idaho the past six years since moving his wife and children from Indianapolis.