Stemilt recently held its annual grower barbecue. The company celebrated its growing team and announced the recipients of its 2018 grower awards. Distributed by Stemilt’s field staff, 13 growers were selected and awarded based on high-quality fruit they produced during the 2018 crop year.

Recipients listed by orchard name and then by owner/manager:

Valley Red Cherry Award: Valley Rox No. 6 – Eric Hansen

Hill Red Cherry Award: PPFC/Elk Mountain – Dave Piepel

Organic Cherry Award: Son of Lakeview – Justin Hafer

Rainier Cherry Award: Luebber Orchards – Jan and Fern Luebber

Organic Pear Award: DVX Adams Road – Darin Case

Gala Award: LBF No. 3 – Mike Mrachek and Bryan Mrachek

Red Delicious Award: Evans Fruit Company – Jon Wyckoff

Honeycrisp Award: TKM Babcock North – Bernardo Reyes

Granny Smith Award: Royal Bluff – James Jackson and Dain Craver

Pink Lady Award: Ice Harbor No. 700 – Chuck Cutforth

Fuji Award: SAS Capstone No. 54 – Juan Cuevas and Jose Lopez

Organic Apple Award: KS Stein Manzana – Jose Ramirez and Dain Craver

Pear Award: Entiat River Valley No. 2 – Mike Jurgens

Davin Peterson of Washington Tractor in Quincy was recently one of the featured presenters at the 2019 NCESD STEM summit to speak about local STEM industries, workforce needs and critical soft skills necessary to assist students with successful employment

New jobs, new faces

Jerry Moberg & Associates of Ephrata is pleased to announce a name change to Moberg, Rathbone, Kearns effective Aug. 12. The name reflects the growing firm. Mary Moberg Rathbone and Colin Kearns are partners with the firm.

The Community Foundation of NCW is pleased to announce five new members for its Board of Trustees: Diane Blake, Chris Goetz, Jesus Hernandez, Evan McCauley and Dr. Doug Wilson. Blake is CEO of Cascade Medical Center in Leavenworth. Goetz is currently a trustee for Wenatchee First United Methodist Church and treasurer of Wenatchee Golf & Country Club. Hernández is CEO for Family Health Centers (FHC) in North Central Washington, which delivers care for all communities in Okanogan County and the north portion of Douglas County. McCauley is an attorney at Jeffers, Danielson, Sonn & Aylward. Wilson is a physician with Confluence Health in Tonasket.

The Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center (WVDRC) is pleased to announce that newly certified mediator Robert Smet has joined the organization’s Mediation Team, as well as the selection of Jennifer Talbot, the group's executive director, to serve a term as secretary for Resolution Washington.

Tom Jensen has joined RE/MAX Advantage Lake Chelan as a broker. He has 14 years of experience, mostly assisting real estate buyers and sellers on Whidbey Island. In addition, Jensen also brings customer service and management skills acquired during his 35 years in the tourism and travel industry.

Becca Thompson recently joined Wenatchee Guild Mortgage as a loan officer assistant. She brings five years of lending experience to the firm.

Staying on Top

OsteoStrong Wenatchee owners Matt and Brittany Tait recently attended the National OsteoStrong Convention Altitude 2019 in Naperville, Illinois. While there, they learned the latest in business development strategies, current scientific advancements and best practices for day-to-day operations. Matt and Brittany were also nominated by GWATA for the Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Homchick, Smith & Associates, PLLC, has announced that Nicholas McCarthy, Kassidy Metcalfe and Ryan Paauw have earned their Certified Public Accountant license.

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