Kudos: Infusion Solutions nurse earns industry certification

Dana Ellis, lead nurse at Infusion Solutions Inc. in Bellingham, has obtained her Certified Registered Nurse of Infusion credential, the company recently announced.

The credential is given by the Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation. Only about 3,500 nurses in the U.S. carry the certification.

The Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation says the credential is the only one accredited and nationally recognized in the infusion nursing industry.

Ellis has been a nurse for five years, and has worked at Infusion Solutions for more than three. She studied at Western Washington University before receiving her nursing certification from Whatcom Community College.

Launching Success hosts celebration honoring teachers

Launching Success Learning Store in Bellingham is host an event to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May, 3, with special prizes, classroom aids and deals at its location on 133 Prince Ave., just off Meridian Street.

Teacher Appreciation Week is observed nationally this year from May 5-9.

Launching Success Learning Store is online at www.LaunchingSuccess.com.

Dawson Construction receives Appliance Depot’s Earth Day Award

Dawson Construction will be the recipient of Appliance Depot’s Earth Day Award, which the nonprofit awards to recognize a commitment to sustainability that goes beyond recycling.

An announcement of Dawson’s recognition notes the company has constructed more than $140 million worth of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, projects, and also utilizes Evergreen Sustainable Development Standards. Dawson has also worked with the Bellingham Housing Authority’s Green Communities Program, crushing and recycling more than 400 toilets being removed from apartments, then reusing the material to pour new sidewalks

The company also donated 24 appliances to Appliance Depot last year.

Dawson will be honored during a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, at the Pickford Film Center at 1318 Bay St. in downtown Bellingham. Following the award presentation, Appliance Depot will host a screening of the 2012 documentary film “Rebels With A Cause,” which explores citizen-led environmental preservation efforts along the northern coastline of California. The film is narrated by actress Frances McDormand.

Bellingham author earns top honors from Washington state librarians 

Royce Buckingham, a Bellingham-based author, has been awarded the Sasquatch Award by the Washington Media Library Association for his book, “The Dead Boys.”

Sasquatch winners are selected through votes from students in grades 4-6. It is Buckingham’s first book award.

“The Dead Boys” is set in Buckingham’s hometown of Richland, Wash. It was named a 2010 Junior Library Guild Fall Selection and has been nominated for several other awards.

“It is extremely gratifying that the children selected this book, which is set in Washington, includes local history, and calls upon memories from my own childhood,” the author said, in a news release. “When I visit classrooms, I am able to describe exactly what it was like to grow up in a nuclear town in the 70’s, and I believe kids can feel that authenticity in the writing.”

Bob Wallin Insurance seeks votes for nonprofit fundraising contest 

Bob Wallin Insurance in Bellingham is accepting votes in its annual nonprofit money giveaway, where members of the public select local nonprofits or charities to receive $3,500 in donations.

Voting is open until Wednesday, April 30. To vote, click this link: http://www.bwicares.com/non-profit-giveaway/vote-for-your-favorite-non-profit/.

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