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  • Debbie Long

    Debbie Long

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    Kirby Duncan

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Windermere Real Estate in Everett has welcomed two new associates. They are Brianne Field and Debbie Long.
Mountain Pacific Bank has promoted Kirby Duncan to senior vice president and chief credit officer. Duncan began his career at US Bank and served in a variety of roles at Towne Bank, Business Bank and Whidbey Island Bank. In 2008 he joined Mountain Pacific as a senior lender.
Canyon Creek Cabinet Co. has appointed Jeannine Laitres national training manager. Laitres has an extensive background in the cabinet business and has been with Canyon Creek for almost 13 years. Most recently, she has been part of the company's product development team and also headed up the design services program.
Kudos
Monroe-based Pacific Earth Works was recently recognized with two 2012 Environmental Landscape Awards by the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals. Recognized with a Grand Award was the UW Medical Center expansion project in the Public Works category. The University of Washington Molecular Engineering & Sciences project received an Award of Distinction in the Commercial Construction category.
Sandra and Scott Gjesdahl of Bristol Design and Construction in Lynnwood, Wendy Albee of Albee Interior Design in Bothell and Dana Foster of DTF Design in Bothell were among those named as top regional interior designers at the recent Seattle Design Center's 14th annual Northwest Design Awards Gala. There were 150 projects competing.
A team of six Western Washington University students, all local residents, are semi-finalists in the Street Seats Design Challenge, an industrial Design competition sponsored by Design Museum Boston. The top design team will receive a $5,000 prize and two runners-up will receive $2,000 when winners are chosen in April.
Edmonds Community College students Hunter Coulombe and Josh Estes will be recognized for their scholarship, leadership and community service at a noon ceremony on Thursday at South Puget Sound Community College. Estes is former president of the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers Union Local 183. Coulombe is an engineering technician at Electroimpact in Mukilteo.
Good deeds
Milk Builds Strong Schools, a partnership between Jacksons Food Stores and the Dairy Farmers of Washington, will donate 5 percent of all Jacksons gallon milk sales in Washington to a randomly selected Washington school in a city where a Jacksons store is located. There are 11 Jacksons Food Stores in the Everett area.
Spring typically brings a drop in donations to local food banks. To change this trend, bankers in Washington will host the Bankers Care 2013 Spring Food Drive through April 5. More than 500 bank branches will support Northwest Harvest and local food banks by collecting donations of cash and non-perishable food items.
Events
Zsofia Pasztor, a landscape designer, construction consultant, horticulturist and arborist, will present "Urban Farming: The Next Frontier" at a free program hosted by SnoLEAF from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday at Snohomish County PUD's upstairs meeting room.
The Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at the Comcast Arena in Everett is the location of the Everett Public Schools Foundation breakfast on Thursday from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of airplane development for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, will be the speaker. Fancher is a proponent of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in schools. For more information, go to www.everett.k12.wa.us/epsf.
Snoqualmie Ice Cream and the Snohomish Chamber of Commerce will present Snoqualmie Ice Cream's first annual Easter egg hunt from 3 to 5 p.m. on March 30 at Snoqualmie Ice Cream's Maltby mini farm. The hunt will be divided by age groups. More than 6,000 eggs are filled with treats and surprises. A free raffle from local sponsors will also be featured.
Washington State University president Elson Floyd will be the keynote speaker at the Everett Community College Foundation benefit breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on April 23. The breakfast raises money to support student scholarships and college programs. It will be held at EvCC's Student Fitness Center. To attend, RSVP by April 19 to foundation@everettcc.edu or by calling 425-388-9434.
Registration is open for the Puget Sound Regional Council General Assembly on April 25 at the Arctic Club Hotel in Seattle. The event includes mayors, county executives, commissioners and council members of PSRC jurisdictions and tribes. Contact Sheila Rogers at 206-464-5815 or email srogers@psrc.org.
Announcements
Camano Island Mills, the maker of Purple Sunrise, a gluten-free, whole-grain organic cereal, will have a booth at the Seattle Vegfest Saturday and Sunday at Seattle Center's Exhibition Hall. The annual vegetarian food festival gives attendees the opportunity to try more than 500 food samples and learn about the latest research.
Local sales and use tax rates change April 1 in several Western Washington cities. Sales and use tax increases will support criminal justice and public safety. In Mill Creek the new rate is 9.6 percent. In Sedro Woolley and La Conner the new rate is 8.3 percent. More information is online at dor.wa.gov/LocalTaxRateChanges.
Anytime Fitness has signed a lease for space in Snohomish Station. The company will develop a 4,600-square-foot exercise facility, which is to be open for business this summer.
Group Health Cooperative is seeking candidates for three Board of Trustees positions, with elections slated for October. The application deadline is April 3. To apply go to www.ghc.org and search for "board application." For additional information, call 800-252-3305, ext. 21.
The Washington Department of Financial Institutions warns consumers to be on alert for scammers targeting people with threats of arrest, criminal prosecution, wage garnishment and high fees for allegedly unpaid loans. More than 100 complaints have been received since last year.
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