Kudos: Local restaurants honored for food safety

The Whatcom County Health Department has announced recipients of its “Silver Platter Award” for 2013.

The award recognizes excellence in food safety. It is given to less than 5 percent of restaurants and food vendors that receive health inspections throughout the year.

To receive an award, establishments must comply with the Washington State Retail Food Code and consistently achieve excellent scores during food safety inspections, according to the health department.

The recipients: Anthony’s Hearth Fire Grill, Birch Bay Pizza, Brandywine Kitchen, C Shop, Caffe Adagio LLC, California Tacos/Fresh Juices, Cancun Mexican Restaurant, Cruisin Coffee-Kok, Diamond Jim’s Grill, Eagle’s Roost-Pt. Roberts G&C, El Albanil, El Caporal, Fiamma Burger, Good To Go, Great Harvest Bread Co., Haggen Sehome-Deli, Hissho Sushi-36th St., Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, Little Caesar’s-Lakeway, Little Caesar’s-Northwest, Maggie’s Pub, Master’s Blend Coffee House, Meadow Greens, Morrie’s Drive-In, Muddy Waters Inc., Nooksack Indian Youth Program, Onionhead Corner Market, Sammy’s Place, Seabreeze Coffee House, Shell-Ferndale, Starbucks Coffee-Meridian, Starbucks Coffee-Bakerview, Starbucks Coffee-Lynden, Subway-Bakerview, Subway-Third Ave., Taco Bell-Stuart Road, Taqueria Tecalitlan, Twentieth Century Bowling, WWU-Miller Market, WWU-Underground Coffee House, WWU-Viking Union Catering, WWW-Zoe’s Bookside Bagels.

Lifetime achievement for city’s water filtration plant operator

Bill Evans, chief operator for the City of Bellingham’s water filtration plant for more than 25 years, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014 from the Washington State Department of Health, as part of a statewide celebration of drinking water.

In the past several years, Evans has successfully overseen installation of an air backwash system to drastically minimize water use during filter cleaning, according to a news release from the city. He also help lead a pilot study of a dissolved air floatation system to assess possible improvements to critical water system infrastructure assets.

Library endowment grows with new donations

Two recent donations have increased the Bellingham Public Library Endowment Fund by more than $35,000, according to the library and the Whatcom Community Foundation.

Gifts were received from the estate of Norah Brusven ($17,830) and a donation from the estate of an anonymous donor ($18,000).

The library’s endowment fund was established through the Whatcom Community Foundation in 1997. To date, it has paid out more than $78,000 to support the library.



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