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Master Gardeners of Benton-Franklin counties at the new Waterfall Classroom in the Demonstration Garden in Kennewick.

Master Gardeners’ dedicate new open air Waterfall Classroom

Cake, applause and good wishes were shared during the grand opening of the Washington State University Master Gardeners of Benton-Franklin counties outdoor Waterfall Classroom in October. The classroom is in the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, next to the Mid-Columbia Library, at 1620 Union St. in Kennewick. The oval classroom has a cement floor and tiered…

Networking — November 2015

HomeStreet Bank honored HomeStreet Bank has received the 2015 American Bankers Association Community Commitment Award for its Hometown Home Loan Program. The award, sponsored by the ABA Community Engagement Foundation, was given to HomeStreet for its endeavors in the Affordable Housing category. HomeStreet’s Hometown Home Loan Program provides the employees of more than 175 public-…

Rachel Kronberg, left, and Jessica Hendrickson (holding baby Fischer Kronberg) own Locally Curated, a shop complete with spa, photography studio, and organic botanicals.

Locally Curated showcases local artists’ wares, spa and photography services

Locally Curated opened at 19 Cascade Street, Kennewick in February and has morphed into a harmony of services and products by local artists. [blockquote quote=”So far, it has been satisfying to see all the wonderfully talented people in the Tri-Cities and provide a space to display their wares or do their work.” source=”Rachel Kronberg, owner…

Washington ranks so-so in new ranking of education, transportation and economic vitality

By Kris Johnson Almost a year ago, a coalition of employer groups launched an initiative called Opportunity Washington to help bring prosperity to all corners of the state. We recognized that while some parts of the state, most notably the Puget Sound region, were enjoying strong economic growth, the recovery was not as strong in…

Tracy Horner creating cloth designs.

Talented West Richland woman designs in cross-stitch

Tracy Horner of West Richland creates artistic patterns by linking together tiny x-shaped stiches. Horner creates patterns for counted cross-stitch, a type of hand needlework that uses only small x-shaped stitches to create intricate designs. Counted cross-stitch is done on evenweave fabrics, which have the small number of horizontal and vertical threads in each inch.…

Shoppers checking out the wares at Beaver's Bark in Richland.

Holiday shopping opportunities abound at local small businesses

It may be a couple of weeks before the Christmas shopping season truly sets in, but local retail districts and small businesses are already kicking the holidays into high gear hoping to attract shoppers with a slew of shopping events and promotions. On the first weekend of November many local stores held open houses to…

Tom Nault presents at TRIDEC luncheon.

Entrepreneur shared tips for success at TRIDEC luncheon

Strong, healthy companies bring economic stability and growth to communities. That was the message Tom Nault, president and chief operating officer of Summit Imaging, Inc., delivered during an October TRIDEC luncheon. [blockquote quote=”“A successful company balances on four points: employees, shareholders, suppliers and customers.” align=”right” max_width=”300px” source=”Tom Nault, president and chief operating officer of Summit…

Ghosts of Franklin County lecture draws a packed house at Franklin County Historical Museum

Bob and Renee Chamberlain, nationally renowned ghosthunters, drew a standing room-only crowd to the Franklin County Historical Museum as part of their Ghosts of Franklin County lecture and tour. The Chamberlains are founders of Northwest Paranormal Investigations and the couple travels throughout the Northwest giving lectures on ghost hunting and paranormal activity. The Chamberlains have…

Gesa Credit Union merges with Spokane’s Northland Credit Union

Gesa Credit Union, based in Richland, entered the Spokane market with its recent merger with Northland Credit Union. Following a special election conduction in May by the members of Northland Credit Union in Spokane, Northland legally merged with Gesa Aug. 1. [blockquote quote=”“In this time of increased regulatory burdens in an unpredictable financial world, it…

Mid-Columbia Duck Race presents new car to Malott

James Malott won the grand prize of a 2015 Toyota Camry LE at the 2015 Rotary Mid-Columbia Duck Race Dec. 10. This is the 11th year that Toyota of Tri-Cities has donated the new car grand prize to the Rotary Mid-Columbia Duck Race. This year, 37,660 tickets were sold and the money will be used…

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