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Published: Monday, September 23, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

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People
Pacific Crest Savings Bank has named Fred Safstrom to the bank's board of directors. Safstrom is former president and COO of Cascade Bank. He is an Everett native who attended local schools and earned his degree in Business Administration from Seattle University.

The Bank of Washington has appointed veteran banker Sheri A. Peņa a as senior vice president of Community Banking. In her new role, she will oversee the bank's branch network in Snohomish and King counties with a focus on deposit growth. She will also be responsible for deposit operations, branch compliance and the client services team.

Glenn Deutsch, president and CEO of Snohomish County-based Prime Pacific Bank, was re-elected as a member of the Board of the Community Bankers of Washington during the group's annual meeting Sept. 13. Deutsch has previously served in many capacities for the organization, including past chairman.

Esterline has announced that Curtis Reusser, president of United Technologies' multi-billion dollar Aircraft Systems business, will succeed Brad Lawrence as Esterline's president and CEO and be elected to its Board of Directors effective Oct. 28. Lawrence will continue as Esterline's executive chairman of the Board until the company's March 5, 2014 annual meeting.

Good deeds
AT&T and Jobs for America's Graduates have announced a $30,000 award to the Stanwood-Camano School District. The funds will be used to expand efforts to ensure that more students finish high school. The Stanwood-Camano School District award will be distributed by JAG's Washington State affiliate, Jobs for Washington's Graduates.

Sportsman Channel and Comcast teamed up with the Everett Coho Derby on Sept. 21 and 22 to donate fish caught by tournament anglers to the Volunteers of America food bank in north Everett. This event was part of Sportsman Channel's Hunt Fish Feed outreach program that uses game meat and fish donated by sportsmen to feed those in need.

The Greater Everett Community Foundation hosted its 12th annual breakfast event last month for 280 community leaders from across Snohomish County. The event raised more than $74,000 to support the foundation's philanthropic work with the nonprofit sector. The community foundation provides grants, training and workshops to nonprofits in Snohomish County and charitable giving services to individuals and families.

Wells Fargo hosted a Student Financial Education Day at most of its banking locations in Washington on Saturday, Sept. 21, reaffirming its commitment to financial education and helping its customers succeed financially. The purpose of the event was to help educate students and their parents about the importance of money management, establishing credit and preparing to pay for college.

Events
Business and Professional Women, a non-profit organization, will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at Bob's Burgers & Brew across from the Everett Mall. The speaker is Lori Lyn, president of the Everett Chapter of Romance Writers of America.

The Everett Port Commission will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the Blue Heron Room, 1205 Craftsman Way, Everett. The meeting is open to the public. More information about the port is at www.portofeverett.com.

The next "Getting Your Dough To Rise," KSER 90.7 FM's monthly personal finance show hosted by Chuck Noel, is from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 24. The topic is the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Licensed health insurance agents Richard Ek and Andria Bovey and Dr. Phyllis Hollenbeck are guests. Listeners can call with questions during the show to 425-303-9070.

Western Washington University's Everett-based Weekend MBA program will host an information session at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, in Gray Wolf Hall, Room 152, at the University Center of North Puget Sound on the campus of Everett Community College. For more information, visit www.wwu.edu/weekendmba, email weekendmba@wwu.edu or call 360-650-3717.

Small businesses are invited to a special networking event at the next meeting of the Snohomish County Republican Party 38th District. The event is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Snohomish County GOP Office, 514 State Ave., Suite 109 in Marysville. Share about your small business or someone else's. All are welcome. Contact maryk311@frontier.com or 360-653-1087 for more information.

Sultan's Return of the Salmon Celebration is from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at Osprey Park. It is a covered venue and the event will take place rain or shine. This family event with food, entertainment and activities will also honor Sultan's namesake Chief T'seul-ted. For vendor inquiries or event information, contact Craig Young at 425-359-8936.

Harbour Pointe Retirement Community in Mukilteo will present a special musical evening featuring soprano Carla Swedish. The event is at 7 pm. Oct. 5. Guests are welcome to come early to enjoy complimentary beverages and appetizers at 6:45 in the cafe. No reservations are necessary. Operatunities is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non profit Arts Service Organization.

Everett Community College is celebrating the growth of its East County programs and strong partnerships with local schools, government and businesses at an open house from 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 8. The event is at the college's East County Campus, Lake Tye Building, 14090 Fryelands Blvd. SE, third floor, in Monroe. Learn more at www.evererettcc.edu/eastcounty.

The 4th Annual Breakfast with Bethany will be held from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. at the Holiday Inn in Downtown Everett. Proceeds will directly benefit the residents and their care at all three Bethany Everett locations. For more information about the event, or to RSVP, please contact Jim Stephanson at 425-551-6403 or jims@bethanynw.org.

The 6th annual Sky Valley Farm Festival is Oct. 12. It's a tour of local farms and includes fun activities. The festival is free although organizers request a $5 donation per family to cover operating costs. See the Sky Valley Farm Festival on Facebook, call the Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce 360-793-0983 or go online at www.skyvalleychamber.com for more information.

Discounted ticket sales have been extended until Sept. 30 for An Edmonds Kind of Soiree. It's an evening of food, fun and fashion that showcases many merchants, restaurants and businesses of downtown Edmonds. The event is from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Edmonds Yacht Club. Reservations can be made at the Edmonds Chamber website, www.EdmondsWa.com.

Classes, workshops and webinars
Economic Alliance Snohomish County will present "Goal Setting: Conceiving it, Achieving it." The free workshop hosted by DeVry University is from 8-9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at DeVry University,
19020 33rd Ave. W., Suite 110 in Lynnwood. This workshop will focus on career goal-setting techniques. Register at www.economicalliancesc.org/events/

Learn the many benefits of fungi at the WSU Extension class My O' Mycorrhiza: The Relationship of Fungi in Agriculture and Forestry Applications. The class is from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at WSU Extension's Cougar Auditorium, McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE in Everett. Register online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/441471 or contact Andrew Corbin, corbina@wsu.edu, 425- 357-6012.

Small business owners and potential small business owners are invited to the First Annual Business Resource Conference hosted by GROW Washington. The conference is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Everett Transit Center's Weyerhaeuser Room. Cost is $50 and includes conference, workshops and lunch. For more information, contact Linda Davis at 425-210-2426.

Washington Procurement Technical Center (PTAC) is hosting a free GSA 101 workshop at 9 a.m. Oct. 9 at Economic Alliance Snohomish County, 808 134th Ave. SW in Everett. The workshop is designed to help local established businesses grow by contracting with the United States General Service Administration. Find more information at www.washingtonptac.org
Announcements
Bartell Drugs has launched an extensive seasonal flu vaccination program offering in-store vaccinations for individuals at 61 Bartell Drugs locations and an off-site flu clinic program serving area businesses and retirement communities. For more information on Bartells and their locations, visit www.bartelldrugs.com. For more information on Bartell's off-site flu clinic program for businesses, call 206-764-5574 or email flu@bartelldrugs.com.

The new Marysville Walmart celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting on Sept. 18. The new store is located at 8713 64th St. NE. and will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It will provide Marysville residents with one-stop shopping for grocery and general merchandise needs. The store also offers pharmacy services.

Ivar's has opened a completely new store at Bothell's Lakeside at Canyon Park Shopping Center. The new 2,020 square-foot Seafood Bar features seating for 94 people. Now through Oct. 27, customers who visit the new Bothell location will have a chance to win an iPad, Coca Cola-branded bicycle, Amazon gift cards and Seattle Aquarium tickets.

Nominations for the March of Dimes Western Washington Nurse of the Year Awards are being accepted through Friday, Sept. 27. Nomination forms can be found online at www.marchofdimes.com/washington, or obtained by calling 206-624-1373. The event, which will be held Nov. 21 at the Meydenbauer Conference Center, is presented by Premera Blue Cross.

From Sept. 30 to Oct. 27, Washingtonians are invited to join Washington Moves -- a four-week fitness challenge powered by EveryMove that turns active living choices into donations for statewide charities. For every active day participants log, featured sponsors will donate money to one of the five selected charities. Participants can enroll online starting today at www.everymove.org/WAmoves.

Foster's Corn Maze and Produce will host its annual Pumpkin & Corn Maze Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily all during October. Fosters Produce and Corn Maze is a member of the Red Rooster Route, a group of family-friendly Arlington-area farms. To learn more, visit www.redroosterroute.com.

Burlington, a new retailer to the Everett Mall, officially opened to the public on Sept. 20 after a ribbon cutting ceremony with Everett mayor Ray Stephanson. It marked the completion of a year-long multi-phase redevelopment project. The Mall has added array of new stores, services and amenities and remodeled all existing restrooms.

BECU is now accepting nominations for the inaugural People Helping People Awards. The awards recognize and honor BECU members and local non-profits supported by the membership in the Puget Sound area. Until the end of September, BECU members can nominate their favorite local non-profits to receive a $10,000 Community Benefit Award. For more information, visit www.becu.org/awards.

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation has announced that grant applications for the 2014 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund are being accepted. The deadline for submitting applications is Oct. 16. Established in 1997, the program has awarded grants to 99 projects totaling nearly $90,000 in funding to local historic preservation organizations and advocates engaged in the important work of preserving Washington's cultural heritage.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Secretary of State Kim Wyman warn consumers about a troubling practice by some individuals who solicit donations near retail stores on behalf of charities. There is reason to believe some solicitors personally pocket most of the money instead of giving it to the intended charity. Consumer information about charity donations is available at www.sos.wa.gov/charities/givewisely.aspx

Snohomish County PUD wants customers to know about the many ways to pay their bills. In addition to mail, customers can pay at PUD local offices, pay online through their bank or the PUD's SnoPAY program or use a credit or debit card to pay by phone. There are also resources for budgeting and giving or receiving assistance. Call 425-783-1000 for details.

Consumers who buy their own health insurance will soon receive letters from their insurance company telling them their old health plan is going away and that they will have to pick a new one or be automatically assigned to one similar to what they had. Official information about buying a healthcare plan is available at WAhealthplanfinder.org.

The Department of Labor & Industries has proposed an average 2.7 percent rate increase for 2014 workers' compensation premiums, an increase of less than two cents per hour worked. Over the past two years, workers' compensation surveys have shown an increase in rates nationally. This will be L&I's first rate increase in three years.

The state's Employment Security Department has distributed $45 million in federal funds to 12 local workforce development councils across Washington. The funding for fiscal-year July 2013 through June 2014 comes from the federal Department of Labor through the Workforce Investment Act. Snohomish County Workforce Development Council will receive $4.3 million, about $550,000 less than last year.

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