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Nicole Sullivan, Trevor Graafstra, and Jenny Merk have joined Everett-based Kirtley-Cole Associates, a commercial general contractor. Sullivan, with seven years of industry experience, joins the team as project administrator. Graafstra has 17 years of industry experience and joins the team as senior project manager. Merk joins the team as human resources/payroll manager and has 20 years of industry experience.

LoanStar Home Lending has added employees at the Everett branch. Randall “Randy” Brockway has joined LoanStar as a branch manager in Everett. He has more than a decade of experience in the mortgage industry. Andrew “Andy” Jaeger is the new business marketing specialist at the Everett branch. Cameron Lillibridge joined the branch as a processor.

Quantum Windows &Doors has announced the election of Melissa Benton as its new company president. She assumed the role on May 1. Benton has an extensive history with Quantum and has worked in both operational and production roles within the company. Most recently she acted as the director of Client Services.

Lee A. Woodard of The Woodard Insurance Agency was recently inducted as president of the Everett Central Lions Club. He will serve for two years. The club meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays at noon except for July and August when they meet on the fourth Wednesday only. For more information call, 425-328-4535.

Washington Federal has named Sarah De Jong as branch manager of its Snohomish branch office. De Jong, a resident of Snohomish, joined Washington Federal in 2008. Prior to accepting the branch manager role, she served as a loan coordinator. Her previous retail banking experience also includes working as a customer service supervisor and a customer service representative.

Mark Valentine, M.D., has been sworn in as president of the Rotary Club of Everett. A Rotary member since 1996, Valentine will lead the club’s 147 members as they provide community and international service. He takes over from Maddy Metzger-Utt. Other officers and board members were also inducted. John Olson was recognized as Rotarian of the Year.

Gov. Jay Inslee reappointed Marysville City Councilwoman Donna Wright to another three year term as a member of the Washington State Board of Health. Wright served as a member of the Snohomish Health District Board of Directors from 1995 to 1999 and from 2002 to present.

Skagit Bank named Peter Cutbill as the new senior vice president and commercial banking manager on July 8. He will manage Skagit Bank’s commercial lending efforts which cover Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, and King counties. Previously, Cutbill was senior vice president and commercial region manager for Whidbey Island Bank.


Sixteen local businesses, in two teams of eight, just completed the PUD’s five-month Energy Challenge to see which team could save the most energy. The winning team included: Ace Hardware of Stanwood, Amigo Family Mexican Restaurant, Coastal Community Bank, John L Scott Real Estate, Pelletier + Schaar, RE/MAX Associate Brokers, Thomas &Associates Insurance and Tony Hewlett Family Dentistry. In individual categories, awards were given to Northwest Veterinary Clinic, which cut use by 20 percent in the first month, and Designs Northwest, which saved 38 percent in the final month. The Most Valuable Saver award went to Windermere.

A master suite remodel featuring cabinets by Monroe-based Canyon Creek Cabinet Company was recently given an award from the Building Industry Association of Washington in the category of Bath Excellence $40K to $75K. The award-winning project was designed by Catherine Schmidt of Chermak Construction in Edmonds. The cabinets are from Canyon Creek’s Millennia frameless cabinetry line.

Good deeds

More than 140 runners took part in Machinists Union District Lodge 751‘s annual Flight for Sight fun run on June 7 in Everett. It generated more than $14,000 for Guide Dogs of America. The totals were just shy of last year’s all-time records. Over the past 13 years, the Flight for Sight has raised approximately $147,000 for Guide Dogs of America.

The Boys &Girls Clubs of Snohomish County thanked the Wells Fargo Foundation after it received a grant for $20,000 to implement Power Hour. The afterschool homework help and tutoring program helps youth stay current on coursework and achieve academic success. Clubs dedicate an hour Monday through Thursday for youth to complete their homework.

This month, for the 10th consecutive year, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill &Bar franchisees will support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a pediatric cancer research organization. With a record $756,000 raised in 2013, and more than $4 million raised since 2005, more than 850 Applebee’s restaurants nationwide will work toward topping the $5 million mark in 2014.

Seven local nonprofits are vying for the opportunity to acquire the use of three vehicles at no cost provided by Campbell Nelson Motors in Edmonds. The nonprofit that ends up with the most votes each month will be awarded a vehicle to use. Anyone 18 and older can participate in the voting at


The Future of Flight Foundation invites the community to join five teams of students from Brazil who will present the results of aviation related biofuel projects. The presentations will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Monday, July 14, in the Future of Flight Aviation Gallery, 8415 Paine Field Blvd., Mukilteo. Admission is free.

Verizon Wireless announced that it is adding 20 sales and customer service positions at six regional stores, including its locations in Everett, Lynnwood, Marysville and Alderwood Mall. The company is hosting an Interview Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 19 at the Inn at Porter Gardner at 1700 West Marine View Drive, Everett.

In honor of National Hot Dog Month and the 53rd anniversary of hot dog chain Wienerschnitzel, the company is rolling back prices on three classic hot dogs on July 20. Participating Wienerschnitzel locations will offer customers their original chili dogs, mustard dogs or kraut dogs for 61-cents each to reflect the 1961 founding date.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for Marysville Sunrise Rotary’s 4th Annual Golf Tournament and Louisiana Shrimp Boil on Sept. 13. The charity event includes an all-you-can-eat shrimp dinner, a raffle and auction. Spaces are also still available for golf teams. Book early as the event sells out quickly. For more information, contact Pedro Gonzales at 425-268-3058.

Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance’s Annual Defense, Space and Security Conference is scheduled for Oct. 8 at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Topics include the state of the defense industry, developments in the domestic and international UAV marketplace and more. Further information, including a confirmed speaker list, is available at


On Monday, the Everett Olive Garden will relocate to a bigger location directly across the street at 1310 SE Everett Mall Way. The restaurant will be led by general manager Jennifer Martin, an Olive Garden veteran of nearly 10 years. The new, 7,660-square-foot restaurant can host more than 240 guests.

Members of the community are invited to submit digital images that, if selected, will be turned into long-lasting pieces of art to showcase in the new Swedish/Edmonds hospital expansion. The expansion is scheduled to break ground in September and be completed fall 2015. Submissions are due by July 17. For more information, visit

The Farm Internship Project has been given a restart with an expanded format. The project from Washington State Department of Labor &Industries brings small farms together with people who want to learn farming practices. It was first introduced in 2010. Small farms with annual sales of less than $250,000 per year are eligible to enroll.

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