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Durham School Services has honored maintenance supervisor Lonnie J. Young for receiving his master technician certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. ASE is an independent, non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service through testing and certification. Durham provides student transportation services for the Everett School District.

Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties’ 2014 Professional Women in Building Council chairwoman Juli Bacon of JB Consulting Systems in Woodinville has been named PWB Woman of the Year by the Council. The PWB Woman of the Year Award honors PWB members who demonstrate excellence and a commitment to making a difference in their professional life and community.


Pacific Earth Works in Monroe was recently recognized with two 2013 Grand Environmental Landscape Awards by the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals. Recognized with a grand award was the Seattle Children’s Phase 1 hospital expansion in the commercial construction category. The Lake Union Floating Home Green Roof project received a grand award in the residential construction category. Project manager Mike Brandvold and foreman Juan Cruz were in charge of both projects.

Good deeds

The Rotaract Club of Lynnwood and GOAT Adventure Sports are sponsoring a warm clothing drive to benefit local nonprofits. Volunteers will accept new and gently worn warm clothing, coats, and blankets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 22 at James Village Shopping Center in Lynnwood and the same hours on Feb. 23 at the Marysville Mall Shopping Center in Marysville.


“Getting Your Dough To Rise,” KSER’s monthly personal finance show, has Bill Smead, investment advisor at Smead Capital Management, Seattle, in the studio with host Chuck Noel to provide his current view on the markets and investing. The show is 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at KSER (90.7 FM) and KXIR (89.9 FM).

Emeritus at Mill Creek, formerly Merrill Gardens at Mill Creek, will host a Mardi Gras grand opening event from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 27. The public is invited to visit the senior living community and join in the fun. It is located at 14905 Bothell-Everett Highway in Mill Creek. Please RSVP for the by Feb. 25 to 425-338-1580.

Darrington’s Whiskey Ridge Brewing Company will open its doors at 11 a.m. March 15, in time for St. Patrick’s Day. The owners are Francine and Jack Hatley. The micro-brewery plans to have at least six taps accommodating a variety of craft beers. Limited edition T-shirts are available at until the opening day.

The 2014 Women in Agriculture Conference is scheduled for 28 locations on March 15, including Everett. The conference is designed for women who have been farming for years as well as for new and aspiring farmers. The registration fee is $25 before March 1 and $30 after. To learn more and register, go to

Classes, workshops and webinars

The Startup Success Series, offered by GROW Washington, is a four session Launch Lab designed for future entrepreneurs planning their business. The series is $149 to the general community or $50 per class. It is free to Tulalip Reservation members thanks to a grant. The classes will be noon to 2:30 p.m. on March 6, 13, 20 and 27 at the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce. For more information, go to

WSU Snohomish County Extension will host a two-part succession planning workshop for land owners from 5 to 9 p.m. on March 6 and 13 at the Extension’s Cougar Auditorium in Everett. Class size is limited. To register, go to or download a form at and mail with your check. For more information, contact Holly Thompson,, 425-357-6022.

To help reach more businesses statewide about which taxes they must report, the Washington state Department of Revenue will host a free live webinar for new and small business owners from 10 to 11 a.m. on March 12. Space is limited. The deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 28. To register, go to


Maltby’s award-winning Snoqualmie Ice Cream will re-open the doors to its scoop shop on March 1. Over the last three months, the company has been re-modeling as well as creating a new and improved menu. In addition to more ice cream options and alcohol-flavored shakes and floats, the shop will now offer signature flatbreads, bowls and local beer and wine.

Awards of Praise has moved from 2609 Wetmore Avenue to 1716 Broadway in Everett. The business that has supplied trophies, plaques and awards in Snohomish County since 1982 is owned by Deborah and David Brummett. More information is available from or call 425-339-2285.

The NW Innovation Resource Center has announced the NW Washington Sustainability Challenge, a competition designed to foster sustainable innovation and provide support for teams of students or affiliates from participating schools in Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish counties. More than 25,000 in prizes will be awarded. For a full list of rules, and to learn more about the challenge, go to

A PEMCO Insurance Northwest poll shows that despite a general understanding of the laws, drivers — especially younger drivers — still break them. About half of those surveyed under age 35 say they sometimes text behind the wheel. About one-fifth of drivers under age 35 admit to talking on a hand-held phone at least sometimes while driving, as well. Nearly one-third of all poll respondents didn’t know it’s still illegal to send or read text messages when sitting at a red light.

According to a new report released by the Center for Housing Policy, the research division of the National Housing Conference, the continuing economic recovery has improved housing affordability for low- and moderate-income working households, but housing costs are still a significant burden, especially to renters. Over a quarter of working renters spent more than half their household income on housing costs, compared to 18.6 percent of working homeowners.

Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., toured the research and development facilities at Travis Industries in Mukilteo on Feb. 19. Afterward he moderated a discussion on transportation investment in Seattle. Late last year, Travis Industries, a stove and fireplace company, won the Popular Mechanics People’s Choice award in an international stove-design competition.

Marysville’s Greenpoint Products and Services, a manufacturer of aircraft interiors and components, has completed first article inspections and is ready to begin Boeing 777-200 commercial interior deliveries. The company is contracted for Boeing 777-200 interior bar units, coat closets and video control cabinets. Deliveries should conclude by July 2014.

Please take the time to nominate an executive and entrepreneur of the year.

These people should be dedicated private- or public-sector individuals who excel in business, community involvement and support Snohomish County’s economic development.

The winners will be honored during the Economic Alliance Snohomish annual recognition luncheon in May.

Nominations entry forms can be found at

Nominations can also be sent to HBJ editor Jim Davis at 1213 California St., Everett, WA 98177 or email to

Please include name, title, reason for nomination and the name of the person submitting the nomination.

More info: 425-339-3097.

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