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Construction to start on Hospice House

Stephanie and Norman Wood along with their son Ryan, 4, at their new business, Red, White & Blue BBQ at 3023 Government Way in Coeur d’Alene on Wednesday.  (Kathy Plonka)
Stephanie and Norman Wood along with their son Ryan, 4, at their new business, Red, White & Blue BBQ at 3023 Government Way in Coeur d’Alene on Wednesday. (Kathy Plonka)

Although the groundbreaking ceremony was in May, the actual first dirt will be moved Monday for Hospice House, a 14,000-square-foot inpatient care facility. It will provide end-of-life care for terminally ill patients whose needs cannot be managed at home.

The nonprofit Hospice of North Idaho facility will include 12 beds with two double rooms that can be family suites, a great room for family gatherings, a prayer-meditation area, a kitchen for preparing family meals, porches, patios, gardens, paths and children’s play areas. The site is six acres at 2290 W. Prairie Ave. The Hospice of North Idaho offices will remain at 9394 Government Way.

“Patients and their families will be allowed to live as fully as possibly in a private, comfortable setting while having 24-hour access to the trained staff,” said Amanda Miller, director of community development. This will iinclude a staff of 12 full-time employees and more than 230 volunteers. Community support has generated $500,000 of the $3 million goal for the facility, which has a loan to cover construction costs as donations are received.

“As we get further along, we will generate wish-lists for needed items,” Miller said. The completed facility also will be able to use voluntreers for activities such as gardening and kitchen and serving help.

Executive director is Paul Weil. For information, check or phone (208) 772-7992.

Applegate Hospice moves to Ironwood

Offering closer proximity to physicians and Kootenai Medical Center, Applegate Hospice has moved to Suite 300 of the Interlake Medical Building at 700 Ironwood Drive.

Medicare and Medicaid certified, the facility offers medical, psychological, social and spiritual care to patients with life-limiting illnesses. This includes medical equipment, supplies, prescription medications related to the terminal diagnosis and bereavement services.

Applegate Hospice hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and nurse services are always available. Serving all North Idaho, Applegate Hospice came to Coeur d’Alene in 2007 and has seven branches in Utah with its headquarters in Ogden. Free consulting services are offered by appointment. Applegate has 10 employees and many volunteers. Phone (208) 765-CARE; check www.applegate

Red, White & Blue BBQ opens in CdA

A long list of barbecue options is available at Red, White & Blue BBQ (where Bobak Kabob used to be) that opened this month at 3023 Government Way. The menu includes traditional barbecue sandwiches of pulled pork and chicken, briskets, ribs, hotdogs, sides of beans and salad options, soft drinks, coffee and pie. Special turkey and salmon items and smoothies will be available soon.

Owners Norman and Stephanie Wood came to North Idaho in May from Sebastopol, Calif., where they developed a barbecue seasonings business called Lil Nate’s. They also offer catering and business promotions and sell Lil Nate’s at the store. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Phone (208) 665-2392. Check

This week’s tidbits

• Watch for growth of Caruso’s Sandwich Co. Last week the Coeur d’Alene-based company had a large color ad in the Missoula newspaper looking for Montana franchisees.

• It’s worth shopping for even unusual items. Last week I needed used railroad ties for landscaping. I called three places with prices of $10, $13 and $16 for the same item.

• Many people make extra bucks by renting their houses to visiting Ironman participants. When my granddaughter ran next door to run through a sprinkler I met the dad of two participants who was my seventh-grade P.E. teacher 52 years ago. He actually recognized me first. Either I looked old then or I look young now or I did something he remembers me for. I hope it’s the second choice.

• Centre Beauty Salon, 4055 Government Way (across from the fairgrounds) celebrated its 25th anniversary Thursday. The owner is Marjorie Johnson. Phone (208) 765-9197.

Contact Nils Rosdahl at (208) 769-3228 or