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Sparling has added Andrew Botts and Kan Lee as project designers for electrical engineering in the company’s Lynnwood office. Botts currently is working on projects for United Airlines and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Lee is working on University of Washington Medical Center operating rooms in Seattle and two building remodel projects for the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton.

Terwedo Financial Services of Edmonds has hired Michael Richardson as a business development coordinator. The Washington State University and Gonzaga alumnus has served in the Washington Army National Guard and received the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.

Patty Johnston-Fewing has been named a loan officer at 1st Security Bank. She has more than two decades of mortgage lending experience and will initially work out of the company’s office in Mountlake Terrace.

Blake Stedman and Jeff Ayers of Coast|Sperry Van Ness Commercial Real Estate in Everett were the local agents who arranged the November sale of Perrinville Village in Edmonds. The land and five buildings on Olympic View Drive sold for $1.75 million.


Kirkland-headquartered AAOA Healthcare was named the Best Practices Award winner by the Seattle Business at the magazine’s annual Washington Family Business Awards. AAOA Healthcare provides employee benefit solutions for small and mid-size employers. It was founded in 2002 by CEO Pat Chestnut.

Good deeds

Triumph Structures employees raised $1,205 in cash for this year’s holiday food drive. The funds were donated to the Everett Food Bank. Triumph Structures-Everett matched employee cash contributions dollar for dollar, contributing an additional $1,205.

United Way of Snohomish County and local labor unions donated approximately $1,500 in toys and supplies to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Warehouse in Everett. They also organized volunteers to help sort donations and pick up toys from various drop-off locations. The project was a partnership between United Way of Snohomish County and the Snohomish County Labor Council.

Walmart is giving $70,000 to 14 nonprofits across the country that are providing warm clothing to those in need, including Clothes for Kids in Lynnwood. The organization was nominated on Facebook through Walmart’s second annual 12 Days of Giving campaign and will receive $5,000 to help achieve its mission.


Harris Ford Lincoln in Lynnwood and the Mountlake Terrace High School Sports Booster Club are raising up to $6,000 in support of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center through Ford Motor Co.’s Drive 4 UR Community program from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For every valid test drive of a new vehicle at Mountlake Terrace High School, Ford and Harris Ford Lincoln will donate $20, up to $6,000.

WorkSource Snohomish County is hosting a Community Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 18 at WorkSource Everett, which is at 3201 Smith Ave. The resource fair will provide information and referrals for job search, veteran services, housing, child care, food assistance, senior programs, health care, utility assistance, financial survival and services for people with disabilities.

Also, job candidates seeking employment in health care can bring resumes to the Medical Job Fair hosted by WorkSource from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 31 at WorkSource Everett. Recruiters from retirement homes, clinics, private practices and hospitals will be on hand. For more information, call 425-299-1822.

AAA Travel will host top industry cruise lines for a travel expo at the Lynnwood Embassy Suites on Jan. 19. The Lynnwood AAA Cruise Go Show is one in a series of events this winter that features industry experts. There is no cost to attend and free parking is available. Complete details and RSVP information can be found at


The Everett dog-themed store No Cats Allowed held a holiday open house on Dec. 15. at which a new line of organic treats, 3 Germans and a Scott, was debuted. The store at 3231 Broadway is currently featuring the work of artist Judy Macauley of Omega Glass.

Everett Pacesetters Toastmasters club helps members develop leadership skills and practice the essential skills of public speaking, such as body language, vocal variety, word choice and timing. The club meets Thursday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Third Floor Meeting Room of Washington Oakes, 1717 Rockefeller Ave. in Everett. Guests are welcome. More information is at www.

The 126-unit Country Gables multifamily property in Mill Creek has been sold to Rise Properties Trust, a private Canadian real estate investment trust, for $13.9 million. The new owner was represented by Larry Miller of Towne or Country Real Estate and the seller was represented by Bret Olson and Ryan Olson of Wallace Properties. The property will be managed by Thrive Commnities and will change its name to Station Nine.

The state Employment Security Department has expanded a free service that enables working-age residents of Washington to learn software by Adobe, Apple, IBM, Intuit, Microsoft, SAP and others. Registered users can take as many courses as they wish, at their own pace. To learn more and to begin registration, visit

The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking nominations for two awards honoring the critical economic role small businesses play in federally funded research and development through SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. Nominations close Jan. 31. For more information, visit and sbirhof2013.

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