IT WAS 14 YEARS AGO when Jenny Meyer’s vision came to fruition. Even after being diagnosed with cancer, the young mother continued to live out the end of her life as she always had—with a passion to make a difference in the lives of those in her community.
Celebrate Life Fun Run/Walk held its inaugural event in August 2004, and Jenny was able to see her vision for helping others play out for four years before passing away.
THE SOUTH END OF LAKE Pend Oreilleis spectacularly beautiful. Sheer cliffs line the shore, and from just about any vantagepoint on the water you are given a 360-degree view on unparalleled scenery. Because of its remoteness and rugged terrain, very few homes are found along the shoreline. Once you set off from Bayview, it doesn’t take but a few minutes until you feel almost alone on the lake. There are, however, communities in small tucked-away pockets and bays. Some are a handful of homes while others are at most a couple dozen. These include places like Lakeview and Cedar Creek. A run into town for residents here is an all-day journey as they have only narrow dirt roads going to and from their homes, almost all of which are snowed income winter. Many have come to rely on the generosity of one man and his liquid limo.
Life can change in the blink of an eye; a calm day can quickly turn into dark storm. Heroes arrive in multiple forms to calm the storm. They do not come wearing capes, but a uniform accompanied by lights and sirens. Occasionally they extinguish fires, structural or forest, or they could be giving lifesaving treatment to someone in need.
First responders choose to put the lives of their community members before their own. They are the ones who run toward the chaos when everyone else is running away. They are courageous despite fear and the unknown.
IT’S ALMOST MID-MAY, AND FOR SANDPOINT RESIDENTS THAT MEANS it’s time for the unofficial kickoff to summer! Dust off those penny loafers and saddle shoes and prepare to enjoy a very special Sandpoint tradition. It’s a time of year we all look forward to, no matter what our age; a time to turn back the clocks to a simpler time.
Lost in the ‘50s is celebrating its 32nd year, and it promises to be better than ever. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of Sandpoint resident Carolyn Gleason and her countless volunteers, it continues to be a favorite of many near and far.
A TRADITION FOR BICYCLING ENTHUSIASTS from across North America for the past nine years, the CHAFE 150 just keeps getting better. What started as a 150-mile benefit ride, this increasingly popular event, which draws riders from all over the country, has rapidly grown as organizers do what they can to accommodate various levels of endurance. Shortly after its inception, the CHAFE 150 added an 80-mile half CHAFE, and a few years ago the 30-mile Fun Ride was added in the hope of bringing more participants to the event.
“Over the years, we have had riders from most states in the U.S. and Canada,” said Mel Dick, one of the organizers of the event. “And approximately 50 to 60 percent of our riders are repeat riders.”
There’s a party to be had just about every summer weekend across the Northwest. Celebrations of music, the outdoors, food and drink, our nation’s independence and so much more make for exciting times all across the area. There are many incredible experiences to choose from, and here are some of our favorites.