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Merlyn's John Waite buys Auntie's Bookstore

John Waite, owner of Merlyn's has recently purchased Auntie's Bookstore, and is combining the forces of Merlyn's and Auntie's to provide better places of art, literature, creativity and community in Spokane.

Shannon Ahern of the Liberty Building, and Chris O'Harra of Auntie's opened the Book and Game Company over 40 years ago and John started working for them back in 1984, and has worked with them on and off for almost 35 years. He is excited to take on the legacy of Auntie's, and build it into a 21st century bookstore for Spokane.

Northwest Museum's ArtFest is this weekend

The 31st annual ArtFest takes over Coeur d'Alene Park in historic Browne's Addition this Friday through Sunday, June 3-5, with fabulous art in all media, for sale by over 100 area artists. And you can create your own special art in the Make it Art Kids Fair. The free entertainment lineup includes some of the region's best musicians like Nicole Lewis, Chris Reiser, The Step Brothers, Angela Marie Project, the EWU concert Jazz orchestra, Soul Proprietor and more.

Hours are Friday noon-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm, Sunday 10am-5pm. For more information, visit www.northwestmuseum.org.

Richard Ripley book signing at Auntie's June 1

Former Editor of the Spokane Journal of Business, Richard Ripley, will be at Auntie's Bookstore this Wednesday, June 1 at 7pm for a book signing and to read from his new book, Against the Torrents, Adventures From the Idaho Whitewater Life. The book details the river-running accomplishments and other events in the lives of brothers Darell and Rusty Bentz, of the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley.

For more information, visit www.auntiesbooks.com.

Remington's Restaurant earns TripAdvisor Award of Excellence

Remington's at the Ramada at Spokane Airport recently earned the 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. The achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries, and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience. TripAdvisor is the world's largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. Remington's is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week.

Greater Spokane Valley Chamber celebrates 95 years

The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce is celebrating their 95th Anniversary. The Chamber was organized on May 25, 1921 in Greenacres by a group of business leaders who saw the need for an organization to represent business interests and to coordinate community events in the Spokane Valley. One of the more popular events was the annual All Valley picnic at Liberty Lake.

For nearly a century, the Chamber has served businesses and organizations as members in all communities of eastern Spokane County. Originally meeting in a community building in Greenacres, operations were eventually moved to a more permanent location in what is now the City of Spokane Valley. The Chamber is now located in Liberty Lake in the lower level of the Liberty Square building, sub-leasing office space for six growing businesses.

The Chamber continues to grow in membership with nearly 600 members. The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven and professionally staffed nonprofit association of business people committed to improving the economic climate and the quality of life in the Greater Spokane Valley.

For more information, visit spokanevalleychamber.org.

Numerica Credit Union announces new staff

Jeff Berglund recently joined Numerica Credit Union as external sales supervisor for the Home Loan Center. With over 22 years of experience in the lending field, Jeff has earned the Fitzgerald Distinguished Loan Officer award from the Washington Association of Mortgage Brokers. He offers a wide variety of home loan expertise including conventional, jumbo, Veterans Affairs, WSHFC, and FHA.

Chris Blotsky joins Numerica as assistant vice president of the Home Loan Center. In this position, Chris will be overseeing all residential operations, including underwriting, processing, funding, shipping, and secondary markets. He has over 10 years of experience in the financial industry and joins the credit union from Banner Bank where he oversaw the consumer and small business collections team.

Numerica Credit Union currently has over 115,000 members throughout Central and Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho and $1.5 billion in assets. It offers a full line of financial products and services, including mortgages and business products, and is committed to giving back four percent of their earnings to the community each year. Numerica is an Equal Housing Opportunity lender. Membership is open to anyone who lives or works in the State of Washington or the Idaho Panhandle.

Local Businesses Team Up to Donate Summer Lunches

Last weekend, Gus Johnson Ford, Trading Company Stores, Western Family Foods and Franz Bread teamed up to make sure kids had healthy lunches during the summer. 2,731 jars of peanut butter and 500 loaves of bread will be delivered to Second Harvest to be used for summer lunches.

The 'Peanut Butter Challenge' led people to Trading Company Stores and Gus Johnson Ford to donate Peanut Butter to Second Harvest. Gus Johnson and Trading Company both matched the peanut butter donated up to 500 jars while Franz Bread matched the peanut butter with their bread. Western Family Foods also partnered in the project.

This partnership is in conjunction with Ford's national program called 'Ford Feeds Kids'. Money from the Ford national fund and local Ford dealers are participating to help end childhood hunger in America.

John L. Rogers joins ACRAnet Inc. as Mortgage Services Product Manager

CBS Reporting, Inc. DBA ACRAnet, Inc. has announced that John L. Rogers has joined the firm as Mortgage Services Product Manager to further develop their growing portfolio of local, regional and national accounts. Rogers comes with a wealth of experience within the mortgage industry on local, regional and national levels and having spent significant time in the retail and wholesale channels, most recently in capital markets. He will continue the company's recent success providing credit and information services to many of the top companies in the mortgage Industry.

Joining in advance of the launch of ACRAnet, Inc.'s new Bundled Services product release, Rogers can continue his success bringing his background to the consumer data industry, particularly with the advent of Fannie Mae's Trended Consumer Data Initiative.

David Bowman new CSTEM Dean at EWU

Eastern Washington University has announced that David Bowman, PhD, has been named the new dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CSTEM). His appointment will begin August 1.

Bowman is currently the interim dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) and professor of geophysics at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). He previously spent six years as the chairman of the Department of Geological Services at Cal State Fullerton.

Bowman earned his BS, MS and PhD in geology at the University of Southern California. He replaces Mary Anne Keogh Hoss, who has been serving as interim Provost as well as interim dean of CSTEM since October.

Upscale Sale this weekend benefitting Spokane Symphony

Spokane Symphony Associate's Upscale Sale, benefitting the Spokane Symphony is this Friday through Sunday, June 3-5 at 611 E Sprague, across from Becker Buick. Hundreds of items will be for sale. Hours are Friday 8am-6pm, Saturday 8am-4pm, and Sunday 10am-4pm. Preview night is Thursday, June 2 from 5-7pm, $5 admission at the door.

For more information, visit www.symphonyassociates.org/upscale-sale-2.

The Spokane Community Partners 'When Work Works Award' winners

The Spokane recipients of the '2016 When Work Works Award' for exemplary practices are:

Career Path Services
Community-Minded Enterprises
Moss Adams, LLP
Valley Gastroenterology

The award, given by the Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), is the result of a rigorous assessment. Worksites must first qualify in the top 20% of the country based on a nationally representative sample of employers. Two-thirds of the evaluation of applicants comes from an employee survey. Applicants are evaluated on six research-based ingredients of an effective workplace: opportunities for learning; a culture of trust; work-life fit; supervisor support for work success; autonomy; and satisfaction with earnings, benefits and opportunities for advancement; all factors associated with employee health, well-being, and engagement.

Spokane Community Partners will recognize recipients of the When Work Works Award at the INSHRM Luncheon at 11:30am on June 14 at Centerplace Regional Event Center, 2426 North Discovery Place in Spokane Valley.

DCI Engineers hires Roxanne Grimm

Roxanne Grimm has joined DCI Engineers as an Associate Principal and Right of Way Division Manager to lead the firm's new division within the civil engineering department. Before joining the firm, she worked for Epic Land Solutions, Inc., as a regional manager where she developed a reputation for developing highly efficient acquisition and relocation teams. Grimm has extensive collaboration experience with the City of Spokane, City of Spokane Valley, Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport, Spokane County, Washington State Department of Transportation and Engineering firms. With Grimm's expertise on the team, DCI will expand into the Spokane and Seattle markets with quality right of way consulting services. Grimm is a certified mediator and a licensed Washington state real estate broker. She is a member of the American Public Works Association, Marketing Associates of Spokane (MAS) and president of the Spokane/Cd'A Women in Transportation Chapter.

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