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Neil W. Burkhardt co-owner of McComb Gardens, has received the 2009 Environmental Excellence Award from the Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association.

The award recognizes his service on the Washington State Urban and Community Forestry Program/Washington Community Forestry Council Executive Advisory Committee and the Nursery Advisory Committee to the Department of Agriculture.

Burkhardt has been reappointed to both positions for additional three-year terms.



A Sequim franchise of Anytime Fitness is set to open by the end of February at 10131 Old Olympic Highway in the new Rock Plaza.

Members of any Anytime Fitness Club have access to all the other facilities. The club's hallmark is its 24-hour, 365-day operation.

Owners Jay and Heidi Bryan also operate an Anytime Fitness franchise in Port Angeles.



Black Ball Ferry Line has the M.V. Coho out of service for annual dry-dock maintenance through Feb. 8. Daily service between Port Angeles and Victoria, British Columbia, resumes Feb. 9.

The 3,410-foot ferry went to Todd Shipyards on Seattle's Harbor Island for routine maintenance, repairs and upgrades. To help celebrate the M.V. Coho's 50 years of service, a new duty-free shop is being built during this dry-dock period and is scheduled to open in March.

For schedules, fares and a chance to win free vacation packages, visit www.cohoferry.com.



Vision Landscape Nursery is open winter hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

The nursery, located at 131 Kitchen-Dick Road, Sequim, is taking spring orders at 683-2855.

See www.visionlandscapenursery.com for information on seminars and classes.



A partnership of North Olympic Peninsula organizations including Olympic Community Action Program, Homeward Bound, Clallam County Housing Authority, Habitat for Humanity Clallam County, Habitat for Humanity East Jefferson County and Jefferson County Housing Authority offers free classes for first-time home buyers. The classes prepare buyers for homeownership and familiarize them with the process and programs.

The free six-hour class schedule is 6-9 p.m. Feb. 17-18 at Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., Port Angeles.

Classes are scheduled for Sequim, Forks, Quilcene and Port Townsend in the spring.

To register, call 452-4726, ext. 6100 or 360-385-2571, ext. 6303.



Association of Certified Fraud Examiners awarded Mack A. Peterson of Carlsborg Investigation Services the designation of certified fraud examiner.

Certified fraud examiners are considered knowledgeable in fraudulent financial transactions, criminology and ethics, legal elements of fraud and fraud investigation.

Peterson is a working with George R. Braly, a certified fraud examiner who also is certified in financial forensics and is a forensic certified public accountant.

Call 683-6116 or visit www.carlsborginvestigationservices.com.



Sequim Health and Rehabilitation Center's new administrator is Edward Ebling. Prior to moving to Sequim in August 2008, Ebling lived and worked in Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz., and Las Vegas, Nev.



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