It was less than six months ago, this past October, when acclaimed international conductor Jan Pellant teamed up with local professional musician Marcy Hogan to begin recruiting musicians for a new orchestra in Sandpoint. “There are a lot of great professional musicians in our region that are hungry to play,” said Marcy. “The distance between our communities can make it tough, but we really feel we can bring them all together.” In short order, they not only recruited top local talent but were able to bring in artists from all over the U.S. as well as Poland, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Brazil for the opening performance of the North Idaho Philharmonia (NIPH). “The inaugural performance in December was a great success, with sold-out seating and standing ovations after the final piece,” stated Jan.
Calling all racers! Mark your calendars for 2,400 Feet of Schweitzer, the longest Giant Slalom in the United States. This year, 24 Hours for Hank presents this annual fundraising event to help raise money to cure Cystinosis. Teams of skiers, boarders and telemarkers will ride for prizes, bragging rights, an online auction and, most importantly, fundraising for Hank’s future, providing financial support for vital research for the cure to Cystinosis.
Cystinosis is a rare disease that affects a small population. In November 2007, Henry (Hank) Sturgis was diagnosed with Cystinosis, a rare genetic disease that affects 500 people in the United States (mostly children), and roughly 2,000 people worldwide.
The idea of spring training is when professionals of all sports unite with their teams and start training together to see what changes need to be made to the roster and who has put the most effort into being the valuable parts of the team. For our youth, it’s more about getting the individual athletes prepared for the upcoming season. The pros, they get to show how well they have already prepared. We should take a note from the pros and prepare our kids well before the spring training begins. Athletics is a year-round endeavor. Our kids can be multi-sport athletes, specialized athletes, or both, by utilizing a strength, conditioning, speed and agility program. Playing different sports trains our body to adapt, learn and master varied sets of skills, resulting in more well-rounded athleticism, higher potential and a reduced risk of injury.
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