THEY ARE THREE WORDS that canturn a person’s world upside down. “You have cancer.” For Sandpoint resident Dani Deschanel, they were the last words she had expected to hear. After all, she did not have any symptoms that would lead her to believe she had a life-threatening illness.
Dani had been off work as a checker at Super 1 Foods for a few months awaiting approval for carpal tunnel surgery. “I was still in the diagnostic stage [for carpal tunnel]. They did a lot of different scans and in those scans they found something suspicious, which turned out to be endometrial cancer,” said Dani.
RURAL SMALL TOWNS ARE OFTEN home to idyllic landscapes and are stewards to their surroundings. What’s always at stake is their ability to preserve or improve the quality of life there. And, their needs vary from those of more urban areas based on their size, geography and the layout of public and private lands that surround them.
“Rural communities are facing unique challenges as their demographics and economics change with the world,” said Jeremy Grimm, Livability Opportunity Responsibility (LOR) Foundation’s newest program officer, located in Sandpoint. “Often, rural communities are not prepared or don’t have the resources to adapt to the changes they are facing, and sometimes, the livability of a place is degraded or jeopardized due to growth.
IF YOU HAVE LIVED IN SANDPOINT for any length of time, you know there is simply no other place like it. The beauty, the friendliness of the people and the true sense of community are just a few reasons people choose to call this town home.
In Lake Pend Oreille School District (LPOSD), there are several educators and staff who graduated from Sandpoint High School (SHS), went off to college and careers in other parts of the country, eventually returning to this small North Idaho town to teach or work in the school system that holds so many fond memories for them.
Jeralyn Mire, SHS’s post secondary transition counselor, worked in Los Angeles, Arizona and Spokane before returning to her hometown in 1994.
FOR THE LAST 18 YEARS, the Injectors Car Club of Sandpoint has been donating money to the community and having fun doing so! According to Club President Gary Vanhorn, nearly $40,000 has been donated over the years to various local charities including Bonner General Health Community Hospice, Toys for Tots, Community Cancer Services, Bonner Community Food Bank and the Senior Center, just to name a few.
The proceeds they donate are raised through their annual Injectors Car Show, an event that will take place this year on September 9 in Downtown Sandpoint. “This is the reason we do the car show each year,” said Vanhorn, who has served as club president for the last nine years, “so we can give money to the charities.”
WHAT SOCIAL SKILLS do you think today’s teenagers need to learn? Integrity? Empathy? Communication? In a world in which the consideration index seems to have plummeted, how can adults help to instill these crucial traits into our children? What if it were your job to do so? What would you do if you had 85 teenagers and six weeks to teach them social skills? How would you do it? Luckily, we had an idea.
We wanted to rock our students’ worlds with kindness—for themselves and for others. The solution: Give unto others.
It may sound a little bit strange, but at one local public school, Forest Bird Charter School, students spent more than a month serving others while simultaneously studying core classes.
SUCCESS. ASK SOMEONE TO DEFINE IT, and you will not get the same response twice. When it comes to coaching football, Sandpoint High School Head Coach George Yarno, Jr. said success does not come in the win-loss column; it is helping boys grow into young men who exhibit good moral character.
Coach Yarno has grown up around football. His dad, George Yarno, Sr., played professional football for 13 years; 11 in the NFL and two for the USFL.
“My dad played for Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Houston and Green Bay,” said George, Jr. His uncle, John Yarno, also played professional football with the Seattle Seahawks before going onto the USFL.