Darlene Richardson stood from her seat next to the window, lifted her phone and took another picture of the Spokane River. Then she sat, two chairs from her son Bert, and smiled.
A cruise down the Spokane River was on her bucket list, she said, and One More Time made it happen, “before I got too sick.”
“I haven’t found too many people willing to go the extra mile,” Darlene said. “I didn’t even know they existed.”
Darlene, 77, and Bert took their three-hour cruise in mid-July, arranged by a nonprofit called One More Time, which Tiffinay Walker started about a year-and-a-half ago. The mission of the organization “is to enrich the lives of adults with life-limiting issues or disease by helping them to have an experience ‘One More Time.’”
“I’m well pleased that the agency could help with this,” Bert said.
It’s been 21 year since Dyno Wahl took over as executive director of the Festival at Sandpoint. And while she has seen many changes over time, one thing has remained the same. “What I love most about my job is looking at the audience and seeing all the happy faces,” said Dyno.
Bringing the Festival to the community each year requires a great deal of research, year-round work and literally hundreds of volunteers.
When the Festival wraps up each season, the staff, although exhausted, takes the following week to finalize the accounting, take down the venue and wrap up any loose ends. Then they enjoy a couple of well-deserved weeks off.
“Then we go right back into it,” said Molly Rickard, the marketing and operations manager for the Festival at Sandpoint.
Bonner General Orthopedics (BGO) is the leading orthopedics office in Sandpoint led by orthopedic surgeons Dr. Douglas Cipriano, Dr. Brent Leedle, Dr. John Faggard and Dr. Jonathan Klaucke. BGO has built a reputation for excellence in the areas of sports medicine and rehabilitation, minimally invasive surgery, total and partial joint replacement, and arthroscopic surgery for knees and shoulders.
Dr. Cipriano joined his father’s practice, Sandpoint Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, in 1994. “I planned on being here a few years and moving to a larger facility; that was 25 years ago,” said Dr. Cipriano. “I have been blessed in Sandpoint to have a wonderful, loyal base of patients.”
Dr. Cipriano has worked collaboratively with Bonner General Health (BGH) for many years. He served as chief of staff, was a trustee on the Board of Directors and is currently the chief of surgery.