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Lori Rae joined First Federal as customer service manager at the Sequim Village Marketplace Branch.

An open house will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 20 at the branch, 1201 W. Washington St., Sequim.

A mutual organization, First Federal has served the North Olympic Peninsula for more than 85 years and operates branches in Port Angeles, Forks, Sequim and Port Townsend.



Don Marshall speaks at 1 p.m. March 28 at McComb Gardens, 751 McComb Road,

Sequim.

Marshall, an educator, landscape designer and nurseryman, speaks about "Landscape Design Strategies."

His 2007 book "Northwest Home Landscaping" will be available for purchase.

He is the director of the environmental horticulture program at Lake Washington Technical College. The seminar is free. Call 681-2827.



The Blooming Brush is open in its new location at 1341/2 W. Washington St., behind Jim Carl Insurance and Doodlebugs.

The studio is operating under winter hours, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 11 a.m-7 p.m. Saturdays. Call 681-2319.



Olympic Medical Physicians Primary Care Clinic welcomed family medicine practitioner Joseph Pullara, M.D.

He previously was with Jamestown Family Health Clinic in Sequim. He is accepting new patients.

Unless currently a patient with Primary Care Clinic, all requests for Dr. Pullara will be considered as new patient requests.

The clinic is at 433 E. Eighth St., Port Angeles. Call 452-3373.



Ta ma'ra J. Elliott is the new manager at Pondicherri, 121 E. Washington St., Sequim.

Elliott brings more than 17 years in retail management and customer service.

Pondicherri sells high-end hand-printed linens and textile goods. Kabir Singh owns the business.

Hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays during the summer. Call 681-4431.



Top Tier Trade award winners for 2009 were named at the Estes Builders Trade and Supplier Construction Conference.

Tom's Plumbing and Advanced Door Systems were the top two trade partners awarded a certificate for recognition for attention to quality in all areas of business this year.

Meeting attendees included trades and suppliers from the excavation phase of construction to the final cleaning before key delivery.

Discussion points included the state of the current market, a review of the Estes Builders quality statement, updates from past meetings, the importance of keeping job sites clean, job ready conditions, warranty service and customer satisfaction.

Jon Taurman, a safety and health consultant for the Department of Labor and Industries, spoke about the importance of job site safety and the top 10 safety violations and their consequences.



Clallam Cooperative Association, Inc., and its members received $890 from CHS Inc., part of a record cash return based on the energy and grain-based foods company's 2008 earnings.

Clallam Cooperative Association operates The Co-op Farm & Garden store at 216 E. Washington St. in Sequim.

In February, CHS returned $231 million in cash patronage, equity redemptions and preferred stock to eligible member cooperatives and producers in 48 states. It was the largest distribution to owners ever made by a U.S. cooperative and the fourth consecutive record by CHS.

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