Easter season is here. It is a time of hope and renewal as Christians around the world rejoice, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But the world doesn’t always feel hopeful for many, especially our youth who struggle with many issues. But thanks to those in our community who are invested in our children, there is a path to learning more about God, religion and hope.
Scott Fitchett is a teacher at Sandpoint High School as well as the youth pastor at Cedar Hills Church in Sandpoint. He enjoys working with the younger generation in many capacities and finds his dual career fulfilling.
“The statistics are scary when it comes to young people and the church. I don’t have a huge formula or a program [to bring them into the church], but what I do want to instill in young people is a firm belief in the truth,” said Fitchett.
For those who never have met Hunter Jacobson, they have likely heard his name. The young Sandpoint High School freshman was critically injured in an accident on December 2. Since that time, he lies in a coma in a Spokane hospital with family and friends keeping a constant vigil by his bedside while the community rallies around him to do all they can to support his recovery.
“Improvements have been small but encouraging. His eyes are open, and he will watch and follow those around him with his eyes,” said Hunter’s dad, Bob Jacobson. “He is breathing on his ownand is moving all of his limbs, but he is still considered in a conscious coma.”
Outfitted in full, top-of-the-line riding gear, Hunter was riding his dirt bike when he experienced the serious accident.
There is no doubt that Sandpoint is home to many wonderful businesses and organizations. All one has to do is wander through our locally owned businesses and visit with store and restaurant owners in our area to know they are passionate about their work and their community. Sandpoint Living Local is no different.
Each month we love to share the stories of your friends and neighbors who are making a difference in the lives around them. We are also humbled by the support the community provides us through reading our stories and choosing our publication to market and brand their business. So it has been with great enthusiasm over the last few months that we have invited members of the community to vote online for “Sandpoint’s Finest” in a multitude of categories.
The response was overwhelming! At the beginning of February we announced the top three in each category and opened up voting again for people to vote for “the finest” out of the top three in each category.
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.