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PA insurance agency, agent receive award

SEATTLE — Port Angeles' Wenner-Davis & Associates owner Steve Stratton and agent Darcey Beck recently attended a Grange Insurance Co. agent meeting in Seattle.

Beck was one of five agents to be presented the Grange 2012 Service Champion Award for excellence in customer service.

Wenner-Davis & Associates earned the Grange Insurance Production Leaders Gold Award for placing $100,000 or more in new business with Grange in 2012.

Phone Wenner-Davis & Associates at 360-457-4441 or visit


Sequim herbalist

SEQUIM — W. Marty Martin, a trained clinical herbalist and nutritional consultant, has opened a practice, Pacific Northwest Herbs and Nutrition, at 680 N. Fifth Ave.

Based on traditional Western herbalism and Vitalist paradigms, his practice combines alternative healing methods with the latest scientific findings and clinical practices to provide the client support in restoring the body's inherent balance and harmony, Martin said.

Using diagnostic tools such as tongue, pulse, constitutional energetics and nutritional assessments in the Vitalist tradition, Martin said, he develops with his clients a systematic and integrated approach to well-being.

Suggestions may include herbs and supplements, dietary and/or lifestyle changes plus suggestions for creating physical, emotional, mental and/or spiritual balance.

Martin said he maintains an herbal apothecary of herbal tinctures, oils and other preparations hand-crafted in compliance with the Food and Drug Administration's good-manufacturing processes.

Martin holds a diploma with the American College of Health Sciences in Portland, Ore., and has completed requirements for the accredited certificate from the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Boulder, Colo.

He is a member of the American Herbalist Guild and is in the process of becoming a registered herbalist with the guild.

“Medicine-making is my passion,” he said. “When I see people getting a result from something I have suggested, I feel very honored.”

Consultation is by appointment only.

For more information, phone 360-683-9355 or email


Bank goes green

PORT ORCHARD — Kitsap Bank has kicked off a “go green” campaign throughout the organization.

There are education and tips for employees and customers about ways in which to “go green” through reuse, recycling and reduction.

A particular emphasis is being placed on paper reduction.

Customers are encouraged go paperless with online banking and bill payment services, as well as eStatements.

Kitsap Bank has also begun a paper-reduction contest. Employees bankwide are being challenged to decrease their paper usage.

The contest will be part of an ongoing effort to change the way the organization uses paper.

“Kitsap Bank believes strongly in doing our part to sustain the fabric of our community,” said President and Chief Operating Officer Anthony George.

“For us, focusing on sustainability is not just the right thing to do; it's our corporate responsibility as your community bank.”


Business panels

PORT ANGELES — The Lower Elwha Klallam tribe will present a free business workshop at the Elwha Heritage Training Center, 401 E. First St.

“Financing Options For Your Business” will be presented from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday (April 25).

Clarity Enterprises Inc. will lead the workshop. RSVP to 360-417-8545.


Will seminar slated

SEQUIM — Clallam County attorney Ted Ripley will present a free seminar, “Will Your Will Make a Difference?,” on Thursday (April 25).

The event will be hosted by the Dungeness River Audubon Center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road, at 6 p.m.

An earlier seminar at 4 p.m. is full.

Ripley has focused on estate planning for the past 15 years.

He said he understands that meaningful planning comes from knowing values and reflecting those values in an estate plan.

He will discuss why one should plan, differences in estate vs. legacy planning, basic planning documents, the estate planning process and doing a values exercise.

To register, contact Sue Chickman at 360-477-4123 or


Wellness event

PORT ANGELES — A free wellness event, “How Sweet It Is,” will be presented by Amita Coaching and the Port Angeles Downtown Association on Friday (April 26).

The event will be held in the offices of the wellness practitioners that practice above Bar N9ne, 223 W. First St., from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

The hour of “coffee, goodies, laughter and great conversation” will allow attendees the chance to ask questions about life coaching, the science of HeartMath, intuitive readings, Reiki and more.

Visitors can sign up for a free energy healing, learn HeartMath techniques and engage in a laser coaching session or write a love letter with the ladies from Thriving on the Olympic Peninsula.

Wellness professionals Mindy Amita Aisling, Kristin Halberg, Marie McCartney and Madi Adams will host the event.

For more information, phone PADA at 360-457-9614 or Aisling at 360-393-8992.


Savings lessons

PORT ANGELES — Employees of First Federal soon will spend time in classrooms throughout the North Olympic Peninsula to give savings lessons to students for National Teach Children to Save Day.

The classroom visits, which will take place this month and in May, include games and activities about the concept of saving, how interest makes money grow, how to budget, how to determine wants and needs, and provide options that are environmentally friendly.

First Federal offers the following tips to help parents make everyday “Savings Day”: help kids open up bank savings account and make deposits regularly; make going to the bank fun; talk to your child about creating a personal budget; and give kids positive feedback and encouragement regarding savings.

The program is part of the American Bankers Association Education Foundation's Teach Children to Save Program.


Spa worker trains

PORT ANGELES — Bunny Cornwall of Olympic Day Spa recently attended a workshop held by Bio-Therapeutics.

The workshop covered advanced techniques using micro-current technology for facial muscle sculpting.

Other topics covered in class were combining LED technology with micro-current and Galvanic to tighten the skin and aid in further penetration of products.

Olympic Day Spa is located at 332 E. Eighth St.

For more information, phone her at 360-565-8000.


Business mixer set

BLYN — A networking event for Jefferson and Clallam counties' young professionals will be hosted by 7 Cedars Casino on Wednesday, May 1.

This event will be held in the casino's Club Seven lounge from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The evening will bring together the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network and the Peninsula Young Professionals Network.

Following the event, Club Seven will feature its regularly scheduled free Comedy Night Wednesday.

“Living and working as a young professional in our rural communities is a shared experience, so we're looking forward to connecting with our Jefferson County peers to network and engage with them,” said Brian Kuh, chair of the Peninsula Young Professionals Network.

“We share the same love of our community and desire to thrive there, so we're hoping this joint mixer event will be the first of many opportunities to interact with the Jefferson County YPN.”

The evening will allow attendees to extend and freshen up their network in a fun, social environment, organizers said.

“This is an incredible opportunity for young professionals from Jefferson and Clallam counties to meet each other, share best practices and network with potential vendors, clients or customers they may not have met otherwise,” said Dominic Svornich, chamber president and member of the Jefferson network.

Membership in either group is not required to attend the event, and those interested in joining either organization are encouraged to attend.

For more information, email or


Series sponsored

SEQUIM — Attorneys Deborah Nelson and Jeff Boyd of Nelson Boyd have agreed to become the first presenting sponsor of Sequim's Music and Movies in the Park series by donating $1,000 to the program.

“We're both big movie fans and we love Sequim, so it seemed to be a perfect partnership,” Nelson said.

Music and Movies in the Park is a summer concert series held at the James Center for the Performing Arts, located at the Sequim Water Reuse Demonstrate Site.

The series begins June 25 and runs each Tuesday through August.

Performances begin at 6 p.m. An outdoor movie will be shown at dusk the last Tuesday of each month following the musical performance, if funding allows.

Nelson and Boyd can be reached at 360-417-9081 or

For information on how to sponsor the program, phone City Clerk Karen Kuznek-Reese at 360-681-3428.


Dietitian set to lead Super Shopper Tour

SEQUIM — Registered dietitian and whole food caterer Monica Dixon will lead a Super Shopper Tour at Nash's Farm Store, 4681 Sequim-Dungeness Way, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.

Dixon will lead attendees through each farm store department, discussing how to select, prepare and integrate organic foods into their lifestyles.

She will provide ideas and simple recipes.

The tour is free, but RSVPs are required. For more information and to register, phone 360-681-6274.


Therapist on staff

PORT ANGELES — Therapist Rachel Hardies has joined the staff of New Growth Behavioral Health Services.

Hardies got her master's in transpersonal counseling psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Colo., in 2009.

She has “a strong interest in helping individuals and families learn to navigate conflict and to communicate better.”

She joins therapists Anne Dalton, Jan Yount, Mallory DeCillis and Mindy Gelder.

Hardies is available for office hours. For information, phone 360-457-1610.

Last modified: April 24. 2013 12:52AM
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