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.
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Joe Johnson got his heart and his back broken in the same car accident when he was just 17 years old. The boy, whose family were all proud veterans, was unable to pass the military enlistment requirements when his time came because of his injury. Giving back was the core of his DNA, and he could not. But good men rise up and move on, and born soldiers don’t quit. Joe Johnson is both. He pursued a successful career in sales.
Then one typical day, in one ordinary moment, an extraordinary thing happened. Joe and his wife were watching TV when a commercial came on with a man who was starting a restaurant and wanted to hire as many veterans as possible. Joe turned to his wife and said, “What if all of us made it a point to do business with as many veterans as we can, giving them a chance to continue to serve their country from home?”
John Howell III loves Thistles. When he retired, he got word from his wife’s college roommate that her family had found a boat out in Coeur d’Alene. She wondered if Howell might want to take a look at it.
“It was sitting in a barn on their property,” Howell said. “I flew out, looked at it, rented a 26-foot truck and put the boat in the back of it and drove it back to North Carolina. It was worth it.”
Turned out, the boat was No. 48, one of the first of 4,050 Thistles ever made. Being so near the beginning of the boats’ run, this one was made of wood, and it was a beauty, Howell said.
“They’re really phenomenally responsive boats, a beautiful boat in the water,” Howell said. “Just small changes make a huge difference in your boat speed. It’s the difference between sailing the boat and sailing it well.”
Howell is making the trip back to North Idaho again this July for the Thistle Nationals 2019.
As she pointed out inventions, airplanes and photos spanning more than a century of United States history, Rachel Riddle Schwam found herself apologizing for mixing up the dates on a few displays at the new location of the Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center.
The double-checking was understandable. There are a lot of dates for her to keep track of. Some items go back at least 150 years.
“You’ve got old airplanes, new airplanes, antique inventions to modern day inventions,” Schwam said the morning before the museum’s June 1 opening at the Coeur d’Alene Airport. “It’s a big learning environment of the history of the United States, so it’s a pretty awesome place.”
For nearly 12 years the Bird Museum called Sagle, Idaho, home. But now that home is at the end of West Cessna Avenue, in a large blue hangar with a door that opens to the airport tarmac. It is a fitting location for a museum with almost a dozen airplanes and a collection that celebrates, among other things, the history of flight in the United States.