Keeping Up With People, February 2009


Jerns joins Keller Williams Western Realty

Pat Jerns has joined Keller Williams Western Realty in Bellingham as team leader/CEO following a move back to the area after nine years as a real estate educator, including doing negotiation training in Arizona. He has more than 30 years experience in the real estate profession and is a certified mediator. In his new position, Jerns is responsible for leading the company to a higher level of agent excellence through training and individual coaching.


Husband and wife team join RE/MAX Whatcom County

Longtime Realtor Bob Stull and his wife, Linda, recently moved to the Bellingham office of RE/MAX Whatcom County.

Bob, an agent specializing in both residential and investment sales, has been involved with real estate part time since 1964 and full time since 1975. Born and raised in Bellingham, Bob has been involved in many board positions within the Whatcom County Association of Realtors as well as community boards like the Lighthouse Mission.

Linda has four years of experience in helping clients with new construction and residential property needs. With a background in teaching and education, Linda also enjoys participating in local board positions like the Lighthouse Mission. Bob has earned his Certified Residential Specialist and Accredited Buyers Representative designations while Linda has earned her Certified Negotiation Expert designation.


Everson contractor named “Contractor of the Year”

The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Washington named Steve Isenhart, vice president and owner of Tiger Construction in Everson, as 2008 Contractor of the Year during its annual convention Jan. 23 in Bellevue.

Isenhart has been a member of the AGC Board of Trustees and the association’s Northern District Representative for the past three years.

In addition to his service to the construction industry, Isenhart is an active member of the local community. He is a retired volunteer fireman and emergency medical technician who served 20 years at the Kendall Fire Station, and has served as a commissioner for the Whatcom County Fire District 14.


Sullivan plumbers complete training

Coady Pike and Michael Polkus from Sullivan Plumbing have completed the residential fire-sprinkler installation and repair school. The training and certification will allow them to design, repair, and install residential fire-sprinkler systems.

Gov. Gregoire reappoints Zoro to Western’s Board of Trustees

Gov. Christine Gregoire has reappointed Peggy Zoro to another term on Western Washington University’s board of trustees.

Zoro’s new term began Nov. 20, 2008, and will end Sept. 30, 2014. She was first appointed to Western’s Board of Trustees by Gov. Gary Locke in 2003.

Zoro is currently senior vice president and regional manager of Wells Fargo Bank’s Wealth Management Group for the North Puget Sound Region.

An active community member, Zoro recently served as a board member of the Whatcom Alliance for Health Care Access, is past president of the Western Washington University Foundation board of directors, past president of St. Luke’s Foundation and past chair of the Bellingham/Whatcom County Economic Development Council. Zoro has received numerous awards for her community service. The most recent is her induction in 2007 into the Northwest Women’s Hall of Fame.


Web site designers partner together

Photographer and writer Taimi Dunn Gorman of Gorman Publicity and web designer Karen Burroughs of Bayside Web Design have partnered together to specialize in Web site creation and updating for small, locally owned businesses. As a team they offer fresh marketing approaches and superior technical skills, along with ideas for marketing the completed Web site. The two recently developed a Web site for Jimmy’s Personal Care in Fairhaven.

Gorman has assisted more than 150 small-business clients in the Whatcom County area, offering marketing plans, publicity, ad design, customer service training and branding advice. Burroughs has developed Web sites for diverse businesses including spas and salons, development and construction, medical, retail and restaurants.


Rabatin completes National Association of Home Builder’s programs

Bonnie Rabatin, of DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen in Bellingham, completed the National Association of Home Builder’s Aging in Place certification to better educate clients about their options in building with aging in mind. The designation program teaches the technical, business management, and customer service skills essential to the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling industry: home modifications for the aging-in-place.

Rabatin also completed the Green Program certification to better educate clients about incorporating green building principles into building and remodeling homes without driving up the cost of construction. Classwork leading to the designation provides a solid background in green building methods, as well as the tools to reach consumers, from the organization leading the charge to provide market-driven green building solutions to the home building industry.


Jenks and Shiers join Walkers Carpet One Floor & Home

Dale Jenks has joined the staff of Walkers Carpet One Floor & Home, where he has been appointed as the manager of the Magnus Anderson hardwood floor restoration division. Magnus Anderson is a unique dust-free hardwood floor refinishing system that offers a 20-year guarantee against dulling of the hardwood floors once refinished.

Jenks, who has 24 years of experience in commercial, residential and light- industrial projects, will be responsible for all aspects of the program, including continuous training for the master floor refinishers, sales, marketing and overall business development.

Derek Shiers has joined the Walker Carpet One staff and will specialize in flooring for commercial, institutional and mixed-use construction and renovation. Shiers joins the team with a rare level of expertise and an extensive background in the floor-covering industry, having most recently worked for Mannington Mills and Armstrong World Industries, two of the world’s largest flooring manufacturers, in distribution and sales management across the U. S. and Canada.

Shiers is also assuming primary responsibility for the company’s environmental initiatives, and he will be the company liaison with the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County and with Sustainable Connections.


Local Big Brothers Big Sisters elects
Executive Committee

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Washington has elected a new executive committee to steer its Board of directors. Headed by incoming president, Scott Caldwell of Waddell and Reed advisors, the committee will guide the Board and organization to achieving their program and financial goals.

The new committee is comprised of Caldwell, Ben Mossman, BP chemical engineer as vice-president of development, Dan Cantrell of Coldwell Banker-Miller Arnason as vice-president of operations, Karen Martin, CFO of Barlean’s Organic Oils as treasurer, and Kristi Myers, development director of the Whatcom Humane Society as secretary.


Local attorneys receive statewide honor

Two Bellingham attorneys from the Lustick Law Firm have been selected for recognition by Washington Law & Politics magazine. Attorney Jeffrey Lustick was selected as a “Super Lawyer” for 2009, and Attorney Mark W. Kaiman was honored as a “Rising Star” for 2009.

Lustick earned a juris doctorate with honors from Gonzaga Law School in 1997, and his practice focuses on criminal law and aviation law. Lustick is a former military, federal, and municipal prosecutor, and he sometimes works as legal analysis for KGMI and TruTV (formerly Court TV). He opened the Lustick Law Firm in Bellingham in 2004. Lustick was also named a Super Lawyer in 2008.

Kaiman graduated with a juris doctorate from Syracuse University in 2000. He is a former state and city prosecutor and occasionally serves as a judge pro tempore in San Juan County District Court. Kaiman’s practice focuses on criminal law, family law, and real estate and land litigation.

Each year, Washington Law & Politics magazine undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by an attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check. Only 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are recognized as Super Lawyers each year.


New Trustee Appointed to Bellingham Technical College

Gov. Christine Gregoire has appointed Mark Asmundson to Bellingham Technical College’s board of trustees. His term runs Jan. 2, 2009 to Sept. 30, 2010.

Elected to three terms as mayor of Bellingham, from 1996 to 2006, Asmundson was lauded for his work to increase the number of neighborhood organizations, and improve communication between those organizations and city government, extensive capital improvements, reinvigorating downtown Bellingham and greatly increasing Bellingham’s profile at both the state and national levels. He has extensive professional experience in providing leadership and direction in both private and public arenas.

After earning his bachelor of arts degree from Western Washington University and his juris doctor degree of law from University of the Pacific, Asmundson practiced law in Bellingham from 1980 to 1995, during which time he was also a Bellingham City Council member (1985-1993). Currently, Asmundson serves as the executive director of Northwest Clean Air Agency.

Asmundson joins the existing BTC Board of Trustees, comprising Yvonne Bianchi, chair; Sonia Arevalo-Hayes, vice chair; Jim Cunningham and Steve Koch.


Alzheimer Society announces “Miles for Memories” Honorary Chair, Barry Meyers

The Alzheimer Society of Washington announced elder law attorney Barry M. Meyers will act as honorary chair for the 10th annual “Miles for Memories” Walk/5K Run. Meyers, past president of the Washington Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and two-time “Super Lawyer,” will help host the event April 25 at 9 a.m. at the Fairhaven Village Green.

Meyers urges everyone who is concerned with Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss and other dementias to join him and the Alzheimer Society in showing their support for the families, friends, caregivers and counselors of those affected by the disease.


Senior Support Services moves, adds new staff

Senior Support Services, a business that specializes in professional services from bill-paying to guardianship, recently moved into a new office space. During the record-breaking rains in January, they experienced flooding and were forced to move to a new office in the Haskell Business Center, unit A-1. The mailing address remains the same.

Also, Jodi Wallace has joined the staff. Wallace comes to Senior Support Services with 14 years of experience in the aging field, most recently from the Area Agency on Aging. Her plan is to become a certified guardian so that she can assist in all aspects of the business.


Terpstra launches transactional law practice in Lynden

Nicole Terpstra, an attorney with nearly 10 years of experience, recently launched a law practice in Lynden that focuses on real estate law, corporate law and estate planning.

Terpstra advises individual and corporate clients on various real estate issues, contracts and negotiations. She also prepares estate plans for individuals.

Terpstra most recently served with the law practice of Lesa Starkenburg-Kroontje in Lynden. She also has served for Pacific Crest Partners, LLC and Trillium Development Corp., both of Bellingham, and a major law firm in Minneapolis. Terpstra graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northwestern College and earned her juris doctorate from the University of Minnesota.


Whatcom County Medical Society elects new president

Whatcom County’s largest independent physician professional service organization has elected David A. Lynch as president for 2009. Lynch is a family physician who has practiced in Whatcom County since 1978. He is currently a medical director for Family Care Network, and he succeeds Steve Woods, who now will serve as immediate past president of the society. Gregory Stern of the Whatcom County Health Department was elected vice president.

Physicians elected as members of the board include Elizabeth Vennos, Mitchell Kahn, James M. Douglas, Jr., James J. Bochsler, Gary Goldfogel, Deb Hall, and Marta Kazymyra.


Two at Interconnect receive VoIP certification

Interconnect Systems technicians J. Curtis Dye and David Mohler have received training and certification on the Mitel 5000 VoIP communication platform. The week-long certification in Phoenix offered hands-on training of IP telephony and the networking requirements for multi-location installation and programming.

They also received training on the integration of digital and VoIP telephony, as well as the integration of communication applications such as Enterprise Messaging, Audio and Video Conferencing and Contact Center applications.


Bank of the Pacific hires four real estate lenders

The Bank of the Pacific has added four new members to their real estate lending team.

Alycia HoGlin has more than eight years of lending experience. She is currently an active member of the Whatcom Women’s Professional Group and has been awarded the Affiliate of the Quarter presented by the Whatcom County Association of Realtors.

Travis HoGlin brings more than nine years of real estate sales and lending experience. He has been awarded the Affiliate of the Quarter presented by the Whatcom County Association of Realtors in past years and has been an active participant in many different areas of the Whatcom County Association of Realtors.

Tom Mathewson comes to The Bank of the Pacific with 18 years experience in the Real Estate industry. With his vast knowledge of the loan process from beginning to end, he is highly qualified.

Josh Henry has been originating home loans since 2005 and specializes in assisting first-time homebuyers in finding a home. Henry has been trained by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission to teach First Time Homebuyer education classes. Henry is a graduate of Western Washington University and has a degree in mathematics and economics.


Sequoia Technologies hires new machinist

Sequoia Technologies recently hired Russ Schultz as senior CNC machinist for their new facility in Ferndale.

Sequoia conducted a national search to fill the position but found Schultz right here in Whatcom County. He has more than 30 years’ experience in his field, including work for the auto, medical, and military sectors.


Telgenhoff & Oetgen hire new CPA

Telgenhoff & Oetgen, P.S., Certified Public Accountants (CPA), is pleased to announce the addition of Jennifer Weeks, CPA, to the firm. Weeks earned her degree in accounting and finance from Western Washington University. Prior to joining the firm, she spent more than five years as an auditor for the Washington State Department of Revenue. In addition to providing income tax and accounting services, she will specialize in the management and review of clients’ state excise tax issues and in providing audit support services.


Western’s George ‘Pinky’ Nelson to be inducted into Astronaut Hall of Fame

Western Washington University’s George “Pinky” Nelson, director of the university’s Science, Math and Technology Education program, will be inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on May 2.

Nelson, a mission specialist on three Space Shuttle launches including the missions immediately before and after the Challenger disaster, will be inducted into the Hall along with fellow astronauts Bill Sheperd and Jim Wetherbee.

Nelson will join the ranks of legendary Apollo, Gemini, Skylab, Space Shuttle and Mercury astronauts such as John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, Alan Shepard and Sally Ride.

Since coming to Western, Nelson has led the work of the North Cascades and Olympics Science Partnership, a joint effort between WWU’s Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education program and its Woodring College of Education, local community colleges, and 28 participating school districts to improve the way science is taught in the state’s schools.


Collymore named regional vice president of PeaceHealth Medical Group

Victor A. Collymore is the new regional vice president of the PeaceHealth Medical Group (PHMG).

Collymore is the leading physician executive for the 81 PHMG physicians providing care to residents in Bellingham and throughout Northwest Washington.

Collymore moved north from Seattle, where he spent the last six years as Medical Director over Care Coordinator at Group Health. Prior to that, he worked in Colorado and Los Angeles for Kaiser Permanente. Collymore received his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in New York City, and his medical degree from Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his internship and residency at Mount Sinai Hospital, also in New York.


Cole joins board of directors for RE Sources

Local business leader Craig Cole has joined the board of directors for RE Sources for Sustainable Communities. Cole is president of Brown & Cole, Inc., and retired CEO of Brown & Cole Stores, a regional supermarket chain. He has been strongly supportive of environmental and sustainability efforts in the region for many years. He also serves on the University of Washington board of regents and is on the boards of Puget Sound Energy, Washington Roundtable, The Markets, LLC, and the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Other members of the 2009 board or directors for RE Sources for Sustainable Communities include Charlie Maliszewski, Ken Bronstein, Danne Neill, Christopher Neros, Rick Dubrow, Rabel Burdge, Erica Charbonneau, Hilary Culverwell, David Flanagan, Heather Higgins-Aanes, Alistair Jackson and William McCourt.


DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen hires new general manager

Rex Broward has joined DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen as their acting general manager. Broward brings more than 25 years of experience in the construction industry to the DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen team.

Broward’s background includes estimating, project management, and development in both the residential and commercial fields. Broward is also a certified FEMA contractor, and has participated in the U.S Army Corps of Engineers for Hurricane Ike relief efforts.


UBS Financial Services adds three financial advisors to Bellingham office

UBS Financial Services Inc. announced today that David Mauro, G. Todd Williams and Stew Ellison have joined the Bellingham firm as first vice presidents of investments.

Mauro has 22 years of experience in the securities industry. He comes to the firm from Merrill Lynch. Mauro is a graduate of Western Washington University and the University of Washington with a degree in business administration. He also earned certified financial planner and certified divorce financial analyst credentials from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. A resident of Bellingham, Mauro performs improv at the Upfront Theatre and is an avid mountain climber.

Williams has 23 years of experience in the securities industry. He comes to the firm from Merrill Lynch. Williams is a graduate of Seattle University and holds a degree in business administration. He also earned chartered retirement planning counselor credentials from the School of Financial Planning. A resident of Lynden, Williams is a member of the Mount Baker Bike Club and Lynden Shotgun Club. He also founded and runs the annual Tour de Whatcom.

Ellison has eight years of experience in the securities industry. He comes to the firm from Merrill Lynch. Ellison is a graduate of Western Washington University with a degree in business administration, and has certified financial planner and certified divorce financial analyst credentials. A resident of Bellingham, Mr. Ellison is a member of the Bellingham Bay Rotary Club and former chair of the Committee on International Service. He also assists commercial fishermen with financial planning as a member of the Puget Sound Vessel Owners Association.


Sterling adds five agents

Sterling Real Estate Group has hired five new agents to their team at the waterfront. Laurie Kamkoff, Tammy Woodin, Marie Gonzalez and Zetta Bracher come to Sterling from the Avalon Agency. Lin Nelson is a new agent joining his wife, Nancy, at the Sterling Group. They will be working at Sterling’s harbor office at 2620 N. Harbor Loop Suite 17 in Bellingham.


Whatcom Young Professionals makes changes to advisory council

The Whatcom Young Professionals, a division of the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce, recently announced changes to their Advisory Council. The Council added Jaron Kensok, loan officer at Skagit State Bank, as secretary. Kensok also works closely with the SBA with existing and new businesses. Kensok is an avid volunteer with Junior Achievement, volunteering in middle and high school classrooms.

Current vice president, Troy Wills, accepted the promotion to president at January’s board meeting. Wills, manager of the downtown Peoples Bank will work closely with newly elected Vice President Patrice Valentine.

Valentine is owner of NetSolutions North America, and also sits on the boards for Whatcom Women in Business as well as the Women’s Professional Network. Valentine’s duties on the Advisory Council also include the publication of the Edge, the WIRE, and the Web site.


Advanced Sports Chiropractic adds massage therapist

Dr. Robert Curtis at Advanced Sports Chiropractic announced last month the addition of massage therapist Kevin Hardman, LMP.

Since 2002, Hardman’s focus has been on injury treatment, whether auto, work, or sports related. He also provides massage for enhancing sports performance. Hardman is devoted to quality care, professionalism, and improving his client’s outlook on health. Hardman currently works Mondays and Wednesdays at Advanced Sports Chiropractic.


Economics graduate joins Keller Williams

Western graduate Amanda Pearce has joined Keller Williams Western Realty in Bellingham as a real estate agent. With a bachelor’s degree in economics/accounting, Pearce adds her financial expertise to a natural affinity for people, honed by her restaurant-server experience while attending school. Born in Portland, Ore., and raised in Woodinville, she moved to Bellingham in 2004 to attend the university.


Bellingham aerial photographer wins awards at annual PAPA conference

At the annual Professional Aerial Photographers Association conference held in Tampa, Fla., Tore Ofteness’ photograph of Skagit Valley tulip fields titled “Colors of Spring,” was voted best in the scenic category and was also given the Judge’s Award for the scenic category. His photograph in the scenic category, “October Alpenglow” also garnered the second-highest score of 96 out of 100 possible points, from the panel of judges.

The Professional Aerial Photographers Association International has a membership of more than 300 aerial photographers from the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe and Asia. Ofteness has been a member for five years and has received many awards, including the runner-up for Best of Show at last year’s conference.


Local Society of Human Resource Management chapter selects new board

The Mount Baker Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) announced its new board of directors for 2009. They are as follows:

President Elaine Haser of NW Radiologists, Past-President Diane Shelton of Peoples Bank, Co-Vice President Membership Rachelle Verbarendse of LaBelle, Co-Vice President Membership Stacey Snodgrass of Express Employment Professionals, Co-Vice President Membership Brenda Horat of Botanical Laboratories, Co-Vice President Programs Lorna McGowan-Smith of City of Bellingham, Co-Vice President Programs Carl Roberge of Conover Insurance, Vice President Communications Patricia Dye of Nature’s Path Foods, Treasurer Sandra Fusman of Johnson Outdoors, Secretary Marie Gallagher of Adelstein, Sharpe & Serka, Certification Coordinator Shannon Jacoby of Express Employment Professionals, Education Advocate Lorna Klemanski of City of Bellingham, Legislative Liaison Marian Exall of Employment Law Compliance Professional Liaison Erica Hull of Ryzex, Diversity Advocate Juan Hernandez of Grizzly Industrial, Technology Coordinator Camille Gatza of Port of Bellingham, SHRM Foundation Chair Pamela Davis of Moss Adams, Workforce Readiness Judy Upham of Moss Adams.


Human Resource Society honors Snodgrass

The Mount Baker Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) selected Stacey Snodgrass, CTS, CPS, for its 2008 Member of the Year Award.

Snodgrass was selected for her work in presenting, supporting and enhancing the profession of human resources and providing educational opportunities to membership and the community. Snodgrass is the office manager and development representative for Express Employment Professionals.


Meyers chairs elder law class

Barry M. Meyers, a certified elder law attorney, served as chair and moderator of a one-day continuing legal education class, “Elder Law Essentials,” Jan. 23 in Seattle. The class was co-sponsored by the Washington State Bar Association and its Elder Law Section.

Meyers has practiced law since 1983. In 2003, he successfully completed the requirements, including an examination of 13 subject areas, to be certified as an elder law attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF). NELF is the only American Bar Association approved organization in the United States that certifies elder law attorneys. Meyers is one of nine certified elder law attorneys in this state.

He is the past-president of the Washington Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and received the chapter’s Outstanding Member Award in 2002. Meyers is a board member of nonprofit groups such as Visiting Nurse Home Care and Elder Service Providers. He also sits as a Trustee on the Executive Committee of the Elder Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association.


Home loan expert Standow joins Neighborhood Mortgage

Neighborhood Mortgage recently added Liz Standow to their team of experts. Standow will continue to serve as a trusted adviser for buyers and owners of residential and commercial real estate. With more than 10 years in the industry, Standow brings with her experience on both the brokerage and banking side of mortgage originating.

As a lifetime resident of Whatcom County, Standow contributes by giving back to causes such as The Brigid Collins House, Lydia Place, Relay for Life, Bellingham Food Bank and along with her team, Flamingos and Friends, has raised an impressive $100,000 toward the fight against cancer.

Cascade Joinery CEO, John Miller, elected to the Timber Framer’s Guild Board of Directors

John Miller, CEO, has been elected to the board of directors for the Timber Framer’s Guild (TFG), a three-year term commencing January 2009.

An active member within the industry for more than 20 years, Miller will continue to serve the TFG as a member of the board and finance committee. Miller has been closely involved with the Guild and the Timber Frame Business Council as a past president and board member, an instructor, in curriculum development, and in numerous TFG community building projects nationwide.


Cascade Joinery Architect Robinson wins
Glen Hunt Award

At the recent Northwest AIA Design Awards, recognizing excellence in architecture in the Northwest, Greg Robinson, AIA, LEED AP, in-house architect for the Cascade Joinery, received two awards for a house he designed on Blakely Island. The island retreat won both a Citation Award and the Glen Hunt Award, which recognizes the seamless integration between landscape and architecture. The judges admired the flow and design of the home and the way it fit into its setting. The judges also commented on the outstanding execution and craftsmanship of the timber frame and finished home.


Local crafters join Sustainable Connections

Lauren Burger and Justin Feezell of The Handmade Life recently joined Sustainable Connections. The Handmade Life offers all-natural, handcrafted body products, fine art and functional craft pieces from local and regional artists.

Other new Sustainable Connections business members include Anna Rankin of Bellingham Pasta Co., Gordon Stevens of SVC Interiors & Design, and Paxton Rembert of Whatcom Sound. Whatcom Community College and Bakerview Nursery & Garden Center joined the organization as Sustaining Members.


Western Assistant Professor to serve on Victoria Wastewater Advisory Group

Western Washington University’s Ruth Sofield, assistant professor of Environmental Sciences in Western’s Huxley College of the Environment, was nominated in September 2008 and is now serving on Vancouver Island, B.C.’s Capital Regional District (CRD) Marine Monitoring Advisory Group (MMAG).

Sofield was nominated by Deanna Lee, a representative of Environment Canada, to serve as an environmental toxicology expert. MMAG was established in 1987 as a voluntary advisory group of independent scientists and experts. They work with CRD, the regional government for the municipalities and electoral areas, to provide an assessment of and recommendations on CRD’s Marine Programs. Their recommendations are given with an emphasis on the marine monitoring program and wastewater outfalls from the city of Victoria and surrounding municipalities.




Appliance Depot gets five star rating

Appliance Depot in Bellingham was recently awarded EnviroStars’ highest rating of five stars. A five star certification demonstrates that a company is a proactive leader, committed to properly managing and reducing hazardous waste, promoting waste reduction and recycling, and spreading environmentally responsible actions.

Appliance Depot is a nonprofit job training program that salvages, repairs, and sells used appliances. In 2008, they repaired or recycled more than 4,700 appliances that were donated by community members and businesses. Of these, Appliance Depot saved 1,000 appliances for reuse and recycled an additional 300 tons of machines and parts that could not be saved. Their certified technicians removed and recycled Freon from 1,000 unwanted refrigeration units.

Appliance Depot supports its job training and appliance reuse program by selling tested and restored appliances to the general public. Their receiving location, repair shop, and sales showroom are located at 802 Marine Drive, Bellingham.


Bellingham Company named “Best on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure

ProWorld Service Corps, a Bellingham-based company, was named as one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth by National Geographic Adventure 2009.

ProWorld is a company specializing in study abroad and volunteer service projects in Peru, Belize, Mexico, India, Thailand, Brazil and Ghana.


Haggen, Inc., earns awards from National
Grocers Association

Haggen, Inc. recently received two Creative Choice Awards for advertising from the National Grocers Association.

The company earned top honors for Best Special Event Ad with its promotion for a 20 percent TOP Food & Drug saving certificate in the Grays Harbor area after it was hit hard by floods. Haggen, Inc. also won the Best Print Ad award for featuring San Juan Vineyards in one of a series of “Local Grower Appreciation” advertisements circulated in Haggen Food & Pharmacy and TOP Food & Drug markets. The grower appreciation campaign was developed in partnership with the Portland, Ore., office of Davis Elen Advertising.

Haggen earned honorable mentions for Best Radio Ad with its offer of free prenatal vitamins at TOP Food & Drug stores and Best Private Label Ad for “Take the Haggen Challenge.”

Haggen was the only Pacific Northwest company to place first in more than one category in the 2009 Creative Choice Awards Contest, which recognized the best advertising and merchandising efforts in the grocery industry in 25 categories. The National Grocers Association is a trade organization representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry.


MacDonough Real Estate team celebrates fifth year,
adds Murphy

Yvette Murphy joined the MacDonough Real Estate team after spending five years working as a real estate agent on a successful selling team. During this time she developed a loyal client base. In addition to her experience as a Realtor, she has an extensive construction industry background. Murphy is also a devoted mother of three, all very active in the Meridian School District.

MacDonough Real Estate is celebrating its fifth year in business as an independent full service real estate brokerage in Whatcom County. Starting with one broker and one assistant, it has since added four sales agents. MacDonough will continue to deal in all types of real estate transactions: residential, commercial, income, industrial and vacant land. The company retains a positive approach and is looking forward to many successful years to come.

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