Haggen, Inc. Appoints Michael de Bouchel as Director of Meat

Michael de Bouchel has been appointed director of meat at Haggen, Inc.
With 32 years of experience in the grocery industry, de Bouchel oversees meat departments at 32 Haggen Food & Pharmacy and TOP Food & Drug stores in Washington and Oregon. He also is responsible for managing the company’s longstanding relationships with Northwest meat providers, including Hempler’s B.B. Meat & Sausage of Bellingham and Draper Valley Farms of Mount Vernon.
“Our emphasis will continue to be on providing certified Angus beef,” de Bouchel said. “We recently became the first company in the region to use only Angus for our fresh ground beef and we’re one of the last that grinds all of our ground beef by hand at our stores.”

Prudential Kelstrup announces award winners
Prudential Kelstrup Realty’s top producers were honored at the company’s annual awards banquet held Feb. 3, at the Skagit Valley Hotel & Casino. Mike Parcher, a 13-year veteran with Prudential Kelstrup, was recognized as the salesperson of the year. Top commercial salesperson was Cal Leenstra, while Tony Kelstrup took top team honors.
Kevin Huntley was named rookie of the year.

Seligman, Weitzel Rank among RE/MAX’s Elite in Pacific Northwest
Roxy Seligman and Chris Weitzel, real estate agents with RE/MAX Whatcom County, placed among the top 1 percent in 2006 in RE/MAX’s Pacific Northwest region.
Seligman and Weitzel, both based at RE/MAX’s Sudden Valley office, received Chairman’s Club honors for their high sales volume in 2006. Only 44 RE/MAX agents among the 4,644 in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana qualified for the honor. Weitzel also ranked 10th in paid commissions among RE/MAX agents in Washington.
Three other RE/MAX Whatcom County agents were honored at a regional awards luncheon Feb. 20. Blake Boatman was inducted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame for his career sales achievements within the company. Charley and Luanne Highlander each were acknowledged as 100% Club members for their high level of paid commissions during 2006. Boatman and the Highlanders are based at RE/MAX Whatcom County’s Bellingham office.
RE/MAX Whatcom County received the Office Volume Award for ranking among the highest in the region among RE/MAX agencies with multiple offices.
“While Whatcom County’s real estate market cooled off some in 2006, our company and these agents in particular still excelled by blending cutting-edge strategies with old-fashioned customer service,” said Lori Reece, broker of RE/MAX Whatcom County.
RE/MAX Whatcom County, founded by Dean and Lori Reece in 1991, has more than 100 Realtors in five offices, which also include Ferndale, Lynden and Point Roberts. For more information, call 647-1313 or visit www.nwhomes.net.

Northwest Film School student hired as digital effects artist
Film director Albert Pyun has chosen Jordan Montreuil as a digital effects artist for his latest feature film, “Left for Dead,” is a professional feature film that was shot in Buenos Aires and is currently in post production in Los Angeles, Bellingham and South Africa.
Montreuil, a student at Northwest Film School, has been contracted to create special digital effects such as muzzle flashes, bullet hits and smoke for action sequences in the film. Montreuil had worked previously on another of Pyun’s feature films, H.P. Lovecraft’s “Cool Air,” as a digital effects artist.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be doing professional digital effects work and living in Bellingham. “ Montreuil said. “I would have never imagined I would be doing this two years ago.”
The scheduled delivery date for the film is May 2007, with post production and effects work commencing March 1st.

R. Randall Onstead, Jr. joins Haggen board of advisors
R. Randall Onstead, Jr. has joined the board of advisors at Haggen, Inc.
Onstead has 27 years of experience in the retail food industry. He is the former chairman, president and CEO of Randalls Food Markets, Inc., a $2.7 billion supermarket chain based in Houston.
Most recently, Onstead was president of Dominick’s Finer Foods, based in Oak Brooks, Ill. He also served on the boards of directors of J.P. Morgan Chase Texas, the Baylor College of Medicine and the Onstead Foundation.
The board of advisors assists Haggen, Inc. in staying ahead of trends and developing and executing strategic plans. Headquartered in Bellingham, Haggen, Inc. is the largest independent grocer and the ninth-largest private company based in the state of Washington. Haggen, Inc. also ranks 74th in 2006 sales among all North American food retailers. For more information, visit www.Haggen.com.

Baron hires Bothel to lead Web division
Baron & Company has announced that Chris Bothel has been hired as digital media manager. Bothel’s responsibilities in this position will include managing the day-to-day activities of Baron’s Web development group, and being responsible for the creation, development and production of digital media.
A resident of Bellingham for 14 years, Bothel comes to Baron & Company after time with Comcast Spotlight and T-Mobile Wireless. Bothel most recently worked with Comcast Spotlight before joining Baron. During his second year with Comcast, Bothel was responsible for over a half-million dollars in billing. Bothel served as the acquisition implementation manager during a national growth period for Voicestream, which later was acquired by T-Mobile. During this time, he was responsible for managing the merger phase for six regional wireless carriers’ customer service departments. Bothel also served as T-Mobile’s customer service project manager during their national billing system roll out.

Colinares earns Centurion Award
Carl W. R. Dufton, broker/owner of CENTURY 21 Bay Properties has announced that Cynthia De Jong Colinares, sales associate with the office, recently earned the CENTURY 21® System’s CENTURION Producer Award.
De Jong Colinares will be presented with a CENTURION Award statue and lapel pin, in addition to being recognized at the CENTURY 21 International Convention; she has three years of experience in the real estate industry and has been with the CENTURY 21 System for two years.

Meggyesy joins D.A. Davidson & Co. in Bellingham
Mike Meggyesy has joined the D.A. Davidson & Co. Bellingham branch office as vice president, financial consultant. The office is located at 12 Bellwether Way, Suite 110.
Meggyesy assists individual investors in reaching their financial goals, providing a variety of investment products and services through D.A. Davidson & Co.  He is fully licensed with the National Association of Securities Dealers.
Meggyesy joins D.A. Davidson & Co. with 10 years of previous experience as an associate vice president, financial consultant at RBC Dain Rauscher. He attended the University of Washington and holds the Certified Financial Planner™ designation.
Founded in 1935, D.A. Davidson & Co. is the largest full-service investment firm based in the greater Northwest, with offices in 16 states.

Kay West achieves sales milestone
Kay West, sales associate with CENTURY 21 Bay Properties, was named a member of the Multi Million-Dollar Club for her 2006 sales production.
“CENTURY 21 Bay Properties is pleased to recognize West with this honor. She is a leader and innovator, empowering local homebuyers and sellers with valuable information, helping them to make informed real estate decisions,” said Carl W. R. Dufton, broker/owner of CENTURY 21 Bay Properties.

Business Bank Elects Rogan Jones to Board of Directors
Business Bank of Skagit and Whatcom Counties is pleased to announce the election of Rogan Jones to the bank’s board of directors.
Jones graduated from Sehome High School in 1988 and from California Polytechnic University in 1992.
Over the past decade Jones has founded Affordable Information, Inc., a custom software programming business, Rowen Investments LLC, a commercial real estate business, and Sleepmaster LLC, a retail mattress-sales business. Jones is a former director for KGMI, Inc., he currently serves on the board of the Whatcom Community Foundation, and is a member of the Bellingham Rotary Club and the Bellingham Public Schools Citizens Advisory Committee. Jones is also the president of Mt. Constitution Sites, Inc., an antenna farm business.
The Business Bank of Skagit and Whatcom Counties is a community-owned bank with a focus on small to medium-sized businesses and the private banking needs of individuals, entrepreneurs and professionals.

Steve Mason earns Masters Award
CENTURY 21 Real Estate LLC recently recognized Steve Mason, sales associate with the office, as one of the company’s top-producers nationwide when it honored him with the coveted emerald level CENTURY 21 Masters Award.
A gold-plated lapel pin with emerald accent is awarded to the agent during the awards ceremony, in addition to a trophy and a personal invitation to attend a CENTURY 21 top agent retreat.

Three join St. Luke’s board
The board of directors for St. Luke’s Foundation has added three new members in 2007. They are nonprofit management consultant and yoga teacher Elizabeth Beglin, co-owner of The Yoga Room; Tom Dorr, director of the Small Business Development Center at WWU’s College of Business & Economics, and heavy civil construction expert Mike Hammes, owner of Ram Construction General Contractors, Inc.
Hammes came to Bellingham in 1985 to attend WWU, where he met his wife, Wendy. His company, Ram Construction, employs 40 people who work with earth moving equipment, laying conduit and site preparation for subdivisions and large commercial projects. He is also the father of two school-age children, Samantha and David.
Beglin, a 1986 graduate of Salem College in Winston-Salem N.C., moved to Bellingham in 1999 with a deep history of remaining active in nonprofit organizations. Once here she became a board member of Leadership Whatcom and served as a planning team member of Campaign for the Arts. Currently she is co-owner and teacher at The Yoga Room while also providing nonprofit management consulting with fundraising, marketing and management services.
Dorr is the director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics. There he provides small business counseling services for capital investment, increasing sales and developing new programs that support economic development. He is the busy father of three daughters.
St. Luke’s Foundation in its 25 years has distributed more than $13 million to the local community through grants and scholarships to enrich the healthcare system of Whatcom County.

Murray meets company CEO
In January, Meredith Murray, Realtor with Keller Williams Realty in Bellingham, met company CEO “Mo” Anderson at the KW Northwest Regional Awards Banquet in Sea-Tac. Anderson is nationally recognized for her acumen and vision as a businesswoman by business leaders as well as in the real estate profession. Anderson will soon be giving a presentation to Yale University MBAs on a Stanford University study on the unique, innovative, and highly successful model that Keller Williams provides in the real estate industry.
On Feb. 11-15, Murray traveled to Las Vegas, to attend the annual KW convention called “Family Reunion” with 10,000 of the 72,000 other KW agents from around North America.

Adelstein certified as election administrator
The Washington Secretary of state’s Election and Training Program has designated Debbie Adelstein as a certified election administrator for demonstrating proficiency in the administration of elections in and for the state of Washington.
To achieve this designation, Debbie was required to complete the secretary of state’s mandatory orientation course, two years of service as an election administrator, 40-hours minimum attendance and participation in various elections conferences, workshops or courses accredited by the secretary of state, and finally passing the arduous election administrator test administered by the secretary of state. The training also included a minimum 30 hours of election specific training.
Debbie’s prior experience includes recording/licensing supervisor in the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office, administrative assistant to the deputy administrator in the county executive’s office and as administrative assistant at the law firm of Adelstein, Sharpe & Serka.

Whatcom County Association of Realtors (WCAR) presents 2006 awards
The Whatcom County Association of Realtors recently honored eight individuals for their contributions to the organization and the community in 2006.
Darin Stenvers, general manager of RE/MAX Whatcom County, Inc., was named Realtor of the Year by WCAR. Stenvers has actively promoted continuing-education opportunities for WCAR members as education chair and currently is serving as a local director of the organization.
Gragg Miller, broker at Coldwell Banker Miller-Arnason and a Realtor since 1973, was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award. Miller has been president of both the WCAR and the Bellingham/Whatcom County Multiple Listing Service. He also has served on the boards of the Western Washington University Foundation, Whatcom Family YMCA and Bellingham Golf & Country Club.
Christy Austin, branch manager of American Home Mortgage, received the Affiliate of the Year award. Austin has been an active affiliate member for 13 years and served on several committees. As 2006 chair of WCAR’s banking and financing committee, she organized a panel to educate members about rules and regulations of Federal Housing Administration loans.
Crystal O’Neill of RE/MAX Whatcom County earned the Rookie of the Year award. O’Neill achieved significant business success while also participating in numerous continuing-education opportunities.
Doug Smith, a Port of Bellingham commissioner since 1994, was honored as Citizen of the Year. With Smith’s leadership, the Port of Bellingham acquired Georgia-Pacific’s waterfront property and began the process of developing it. The Port of Bellingham also has attracted more commercial airlines to the Bellingham International Airport.
Sue Stremler, executive officer of WCAR since 1991, was named Partner of the Year. She oversees all activities of the 850-member association, serves on committees of the Washington Association of Realtors, and has been selected to present multiple programs at meetings of the National Association of Realtors.
Peter Roberts of John L. Scott Real Estate was presented the Political Action Leader award. President of the WCAR in 2006, Roberts testified numerous times in front of city and county councils and planning commission. He also led WCAR members on a visit to meet state legislators in Olympia.
For more information about WCAR, call 671-5477 or visit www.wcar.net.

Marianne’s House Announces New Director
Marianne’s House has announced the hiring of Sara Payne as managing director. Payne’s background includes many years of managerial experience; she is a certified nursing assistant and has worked as a supervisor for adults with developmental disabilities.
According to Melinda Shenk, president of Marianne’s House, “We are thrilled to have Sara Payne join our staff. She brings tremendous enthusiasm to our program. Her background and expertise in working with adults with disabilities gives Marianne’s House the perfect combination to achieve our goals of increasing client and community participation.”
Marianne’s House is Whatcom County’s first day activity center for adults with developmental disabilities, whose programs are based on social, recreational and pre-vocational activities. They are devoted to providing quality options and care for clients and their caregivers. Marianne’s House is accepting new clients.

Anne Inman Joins RE/MAX Whatcom County
Anne Inman, a real-estate agent with six years of experience, has joined the Lakeway (Bellingham) office of RE/MAX Whatcom County, Inc.
Inman, a 20-year county resident, is a full-time agent focusing on residential properties. She also has a professional background in accounting and new construction. “While some represent their clients on a part-time basis, I’m a Realtor 24/7,” Inman said. “That means I am available to my clients when their schedule allows, including weekends, evenings and holidays.”

Macaleer a new Rotarian
Leah Macaleer was accepted for membership by Whatcom County North Rotary Club in February 2007. Leah is the executive director of Whatcom, Skagit and Island Counties Junior Achievement. She has been active in JA for the last four years and recently came to Whatcom County from El Paso. When Leah is not running the JA Program, she spends time outdoors with her husband, Bret, and her dog, Lyle. Prior to her time with Junior Achievement, Leah was in the Dominican Republic doing outreach and community projects with Young Life International. She is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a degree in public relations and marketing. Outside of work, Leah stays busy with the Bellingham Young Life Committee and remodeling her 100-year-old house with her husband, who works for the Firs Conference Center. They have lived in Whatcom County for the past three years.

Soine Elected 2007 President of Whatcom County Association of Realtors
Jon Soine of Windermere Real Estate recently was elected president of the Whatcom County Association of Realtors.
Soine, a Realtor since 1983, has been active in local and state real estate organizations. He also has earned the Certified Residential Specialist, Accredited Buyers Representative and Graduate Realtors Institute designations.
Other WCAR officers for 2007 are: Mark Brown, Windermere Real Estate, vice president; Don Elliot, John L. Scott Real Estate, secretary; Janet Armstrong, Peoples Bank, treasurer; and Peter Roberts, John L. Scott Real Estate, past-president.
Dennis Elwell of Keller Williams, Matthew McBeath of RE/MAX Whatcom County and Ray Pelletti of Century 21 Bay Properties were elected as local directors, joining Stephanie Johnson of Fairhaven Real Estate and Darin Stenvers of RE/MAX Whatcom County.
J.D. Merris of Keller Williams was elected as a state director. Other WCAR state directors are Soine, Brown, Roberts, Michelle Clark of RE/MAX Whatcom County and Cheryl Ferrier of John L. Scott Real Estate.
WCAR serves more than 800 Realtors and 60 affiliate members by presenting educational opportunities, coordinating support of nonprofit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and providing representation on political issues. For more information, call 671-5477 or visit www.wcar.net.

3D hires Curtis
3D Corporation is pleased to announce the addition of RaeLyn Curtis to its administration team. Curtis will take over 3D’s onsite dispatching and project management as well as providing customer care for our current client base.
“We are thrilled to have RaeLyn on our team,” said Dave Koshinz, CEO. “Her experience in accounting, project management and customer support will enable us to once again raise our quality and customer service.”
3D Corporation has been providing professional services in Whatcom, Skagit and Island counties since 1987. 3D is a locally owned and operated company, located at 2103 Grant St. in Bellingham. For more information: Call (360) 671-4906 or browse www.3dcorp.us.

Peoples Bank promotes Sarah Bell
Peoples Bank has promoted Sarah Bell to the position of business banking officer at the bank’s downtown Bellingham location, at 1333 Cornwall Ave.
Bell joined Peoples Bank in 2005 and is a lifetime resident of Bellingham. Most recently, she was a business lender with the bank’s Bellingham Business Banking Group. As business banking officer, she will continue to be responsible for production and management of the small business portfolio and work closely with the bank’s four Bellingham branches. Bell holds a Bachelor of Arts and a master’s in business administration from Western Washington University. She is a member of Whatcom Young Professionals and has participated in Washington Business Week, a weeklong summer program designed for high school students interested in business.

Gone Diving’s Sutton receives PADI Certification
Charlynn Sutton, owner of Gone Diving, received her Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) certification from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).
Along with her MSDT rating, she also received credentials in Emergency First Response, Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) for Child, Infant and Adult. this enables Gone Diving the professional certification to offer these classes at their location. Sutton, who specializes in all-women classes, will now offer more specialized diver training for continuing education credits.

Four founding board members step down from St. Luke’s Foundation
Four founding board members who joined St. Luke’s Foundation in 1982 are retiring from the board after 25 years of service. These include business owner Bob Diehl, of Diehl Ford; retired Western Washington University administrator Mary Robinson; retired assistant superintendent of Bellingham Public Schools W.S. “Bud” Peterson; and retired professional travel consultant and business owner Vi Zurline of Bellingham Travel & Cruise. Physician John Arnold, who joined the board in 1987, is also retiring after serving for 20 years.
St. Luke’s Foundation was formed as an independent charitable foundation in 1982 to support health-related activities in our community through direct financial support to healthcare agencies and health education programs.

Weitzel attends Las Vegas CRS convention
Chris Weitzel of RE/MAX Whatcom County’s Sudden Valley office recently attended the Council of Residential Specialists convention (Jan. 31-Feb. 2) in Las Vegas.
Weitzel attended educational sessions about the latest in real estate strategies and panel discussions with other successful real estate agents. Weitzel qualified for the convention by earning the Certified Residential Specialist designation, which is held by less than 4 percent of all licensed Realtors. Agents must demonstrate a high volume or real estate transactions or gross sales, complete rigorous educational requirements and have significant experience in the real-estate industry.
Weitzel has been the top-producing agent for RE/MAX Whatcom County the past five years and has 32 years of real estate experience. In 2005, he ranked fifth among nearly 4,400 RE/MAX agents in the Pacific Northwest in paid commissions and second in the state in closed transactions.
For more information, call Weitzel at 312-5151 or visit www.chrisweitzel.com.

Financial Professionals Join SPIE Management Team
SPIE, a Bellingham-based scientific society, has announced the recent hiring of Bradley Ferguson and Marci Hanson as members of the financial and accounting management team.
Brad Ferguson has been named the SPIE director of finance. With nearly 20 years of increased accounting and management responsibility, Ferguson is a welcome addition to the SPIE team. A CPA and CMA, Ferguson obtained a BA in accounting from the University of Washington, and an MBA with a concentration in information technology from Seattle University.
Marci Hanson has assumed the position of accounting manager. She has proven accounting skills, as evidenced by her successful professional background at several local businesses. Hanson, a CPA, holds a BA in accounting from Western Washington University.
Both hires come as a result of recent retirements and reorganization within the financial and accounting areas of the organization.

Agen joins VNHC
Shelly Agen has become the latest addition to the administrative staff of Visiting Nurse Home Care (VNHC), a regional nonprofit home care and home health organization. VNHC provides non-medical home care aides as well as nursing services in Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan and Island counties. They also sponsor nursing services for the Whatcom County Jail, immunizations and flu clinics, nail care services, and Health Watch, a personal emergency response system.
Visiting Nurse Home Care employs over 200 people in the region.
Agen is particularly well-suited to her new position as scheduler for the agency because of her experience as a caregiver.
Agen lives in LaConner with her husband, John. She also brings a wealth of business experience from her 25 years in commercial plastics sales.
Visiting Nurse Home Care is located at 425 Commercial St. in Mount Vernon and 600 Birchwood Ave. in Bellingham. For further information on their programs, call 1-800-624-2714.

Logos promotes Skipton to CFO
Logos Bible Software has promoted Andrew Skipton to chief financial officer.
Skipton joined Logos Bible Software full-time in 2003 after 13 years of public accounting experience. He formerly served the company as finance director.
“Andy has been doing a great job running the accounting department, and it’s clear that he’s the right person to have in the role as corporate officer moving forward,” said Bob Pritchett, Logos President and CEO.
Logos Bible Software, a privately held corporation located in Bellingham, is the leading publisher of high-end, award-winning, multilingual Bible software.

Peoples Bank promotes Tara Swan
Laura Lee, senior vice president and operations manager for Peoples Bank, announced that the bank has promoted Tera Swan to assistant vice president and deposit services manager.
Swan has over 13 years of financial services experience, all with Peoples Bank, including six years of management experience. Most recently, she was assistant retail administrator, and helped direct the bank’s retail division. In her new position, she will oversee the deposit operations area of the bank.
“We are very pleased Tera has accepted this position,” commented Lee. “She has a proven track record of success with the bank and will continue a higher level of achievement in this new position.”

RMC Architects’ Loughmiller passes CAP exam
Melanie Loughmiller of RMC Architects passed the Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) exam for the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) last month. The IAAP works in partnership with employers to promote excellence among administrative professionals through continuing education, authorized programs, and publications.
Loughmiller was tested in office systems and technology, office administration, management, and advanced organizational management. She studied for six months prior to taking the exams and was among the 40 percent who passed the first time.
Loughmiller has worked at RMC since 2000 and has been a member of IAAP for ten years. She is the current vice president of the Bellingham chapter.

Best honored with Waddell & Reed’s Pacesetter Award
Randy Best, financial advisor and district manager, has been named a recipient of the firm’s Pacesetter Award, a top honor for financial advisors during their first year with the firm.
Pacesetter awards are presented to the top of Waddell & Reed’s first year financial advisors, based on an analysis of investment, insurance, and financial planning sales.
Best has been a professional in the financial and insurance services industry for 15 years, and joined Waddell & Reed as a district manager in January of 2006. As a personal financial advisor, Best will help to develop customized financial plans, recommend investment strategies and counsel individual and business clients throughout the area. The award will be presented at the company’s home office in Kansas City during the 70th anniversary celebration in April.

Dyer is new St. Joseph’s Community Council president
Stan Dyer of Lynden is the new president of St. Joseph Hospital’s Community Council. Dyer, a retired hospital administrator, is serving a one-year term. He succeeds outgoing council president Andy Garcia. The Community Council is a volunteer group organized at the invitation of the hospital’s governing board. The council acts in close cooperation with Nancy Bitting, CEO, and serves as a link with the community. Council members are selected to represent a cross-section of the community and serve a three-year term.

Awards and Anniversaries

Java Town Espresso wins award
Java Town Espresso has been named by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) as a winner of the TOPS award for excellence in specialty coffee retailing for the 2006 year.
SCAA has created the TOPS program in which outstanding retailers and roaster-retailers are recognized for their pursuit of outstanding achievements in coffee excellence and education. It is a simple formula: accountability, plus standards, equals excellence. The TOPS program helps specialty coffee retailers like Java Town Espresso raise the bar of quality products presented in their own market place.

Wilson Motors receives TopShop Award from AAA Washington
Bellingham Toyota, Scion and Mercedes-Benz dealer Wilson Motors was recently awarded the 2006 AAA TopShop Award for their service department’s “outstanding performance during the past year … graded on technical ability, customer satisfaction, professionalism and shop cleanliness.”
Wilson Motors was found to be among the “best of the best” when compared with over 340 repair facilities across Washington and Northern Idaho.
As a 2006 TopShop Award recipient, the Wilson Motors listing on AAA Washington’s website will have a special icon identifying their accomplishment.
Rick Wilson is General Manager of the dealership, and Bob Wilson is Parts & Service Director.
Wilson Motors is located between East Champion/Ellis and York streets on North Forest street in Bellingham.

DePaul celebrates 30th year in physical therapy
January marked 30 years that Julie DePaul has practiced physical therapy. Graduating from California State University at Long Beach on Jan. 3, 1977, the first anniversary of her marriage to Gregory DePaul, she relocated to Bellingham and she began her career at St. Joseph Hospital.
Over the past 30 years, she has also practiced physical therapy at St. Luke’s Hospital, Visiting Nurse homecare, Northwest Physical Therapy and Northwest Physiotherapy Associates. In 2004, she started her own physical therapy clinic at 1400 King St., one block from the Lakeway Fred Meyer. Since 1995, she has pursued specialized training in the area of women’s health, which includes pelvic floor disorders, pregnancy, pelvic pain and the pelvic girdle. In 2006 she became certified in biofeedback for pelvic muscle dysfunction. She utilizes a variety of manual skills, including osteopathic joint mobilization, craniosacral therapy and visceral manipulation.

SSC achieves 5-star rank with EnviroStars program
Sanitary Service Company (SSC), the 2006 Washington State Recycler of the Year, recently achieved a 5-star rank from the Whatcom County EnviroStars program. SSC earned 5 EnviroStars, the highest rating possible, for their leadership activities in reduction of both hazardous and non-hazardous solid wastes, and for their sustainable business practices.
The award was presented last month by Penni Lemperes, Whatcom County solid waste specialist and Alice Cords, local EnviroStars coordinator, at the company headquarters on Roeder Avenue in Bellingham. SSC is the first garbage and recycling collection company in Washington to be included in the EnviroStars program.

Hickman honored by Tourism Australia
For the third straight year, Mary Hickman has been selected as a Premier Aussie Specialist by Tourism Australia. Hickman, affiliated with Bellingham Travel and Cruise, earned the designation based on her travels, expertise and knowledge of Australia. She joins only three other agents in Washington and 115 agents nationwide who have earned this designation for 2007.

Diamond “B” Constructors Receives the 2007 Gov. John D. Spellman Safety Award
DBC was selected by the Evergreen Safety Council as the private sector recipient of the 2007 Gov. John D. Spellman Safety Award. The award was presented by Governor Spellman at the Evergreen Safety Council’s annual meeting on January 25.
DBC was selected to receive this award based on its 2006 safety performance that included completion of over 2 million man hours and six years without a lost workday accident, a Washington State workers’ compensation experience factor of 0.53 and an OSHA recordable incidence rate of 1.77 (75 percent below the industry average of 7.3).
The awards committee also noted that DBC’s fabrication plants have worked well over three years with zero injuries.



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