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Local businesses are the lifeblood of our community. The Mid-county Memo offers this section to our business neighbors for news, advancements, promotions, expansions and other noteworthy events to be shared with the community at large. When you send submissions, please include all details that apply: full names of any individuals mentioned, details of the milestone and everyone impacted by the event, the business address and hours of operation, and a contact name and phone number or email address. Send a photo if you have one. Please identify each individual from left to right (large group shots can simply be identified by the group name) and provide the name of the photographer so we can give proper credit. Business Memo submissions for the September issue are due by Thursday, Aug. 15. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at You may also mail submissions to 3510 N.E. 134th Ave., Portland, OR 97230. To leave a phone message, dial 503-287-8904. The Mid-county Memo fax number is 503-249-7672.

Bow tie Thursdays breaks out at bank
Tired of wearing a necktie to work every day, Cesar Ramirez, front, right, a personal banker at the Wells Fargo branch on Northeast 122nd Avenue near Halsey Street, started sporting a bow tie once a week. When Ramirez' co-workers caught on-from left, Kris Andrzejeski, Colm Boer, Donte Ames, Alex Torres, Michael Schoenheit, Ramirez, and Greg Stephens-Bow Tie Thursday was born.
Mid-county Memo photo/Tim Curran
Cesar Ramirez, a personal banker at the 122nd Avenue and Halsey Street branch of Wells Fargo, realized he was becoming bored with his work attire. As a banker, he does need to maintain a professional appearance, but he wanted to change things up a bit. What to do? One morning while robotically executing yet another four-in-hand knot to his necktie, it came to him - a bow tie - fun, a little quirky, stylish and acceptable work attire.

From time to time, he traded out the traditional necktie for a bow tie. His Wells Fargo team members noticed and began to follow suit. It wasn't long before they recognized that all of them wearing a bow tie on the same day would create an even bigger impact. Bow Tie Thursdays was born. “I got tired of wearing a tie, and besides, a bow tie is stylish,” Ramirez said.

According to Branch Manager Colm Boer, this trend has spread to other Wells Fargo branches, as well as to other Gateway area businesses and even customers. “The 122nd and Halsey Wells Fargo branch is committed to be the best community bank in the Gateway area and its team members decided to bring a little style while serving their beloved customers,” he said.

If it's Thursday and you have banking or business to do in Gateway, wear a bow tie. You'll be part of a hot new trend.

Professors retire from UWS with 100 years of combined service
University of Western States retirees, from left, Rich Gillette, Bob Boal, Lee McCaffrey and Mike Carnes pose at their retirement ceremony in Hampton Hall at the college.
More than 100 students, alumni, faculty, staff and family members gathered on the University of Western States campus in June to attend a farewell reception honoring four faculty members who have contributed more than 100 years of service to the university.

Bob Boal, professor of basic sciences, graduated from Willamette University and taught at UWS for 37 years. “I've worked with great people in the basic science and chiropractic department, had terrific staff and academic support, and have been lucky enough to teach dedicated, caring students. Boal plans to spend more time with his three children and first granddaughter, due in August, and make many trips to Europe with his wife, Sue.

Rich Gillette, professor of basic sciences, graduated from OHSU with master's and doctorate degrees in behavioral neuroscience. He began his 32 year teaching career at UWS in 1981. “I have never taken this job for granted and I am always appreciative. I am indebted to the college, my colleagues and the generosity of my students.” Gillette plans to move back to Eastern Oregon to be closer to his family.

Mike Carnes, professor of chiropractic sciences, saw a job posting at Western States Chiropractic College in 1976 while visiting his father-in-law. He applied for the job, and accepted the offer the following week. “I had no intentions of moving . . . but 36 years later, I'm retiring from here.” Carnes will continue teaching through the winter and spring terms before he packs his bags to travel the world.

Lee McCaffrey, associate professor of chiropractic sciences, is a Portland native who joined the UWS staff in 1977. He has served in numerous rolls including staff clinician, clinic chief of staff, dean of student services, chair of chiropractic sciences and associate professor. McCaffrey plans to travel to the East Coast to visit family with his wife, who also retired in June, and then help with the preparations for his son's wedding in November. “I'm looking forward to starting my eighth decade.”

Contractor earns coveted certification
C&K Custom Remodeling of Parkrose was recently awarded Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler status by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Lloyd Martindale, owner of C&K Custom Remodeling, puts finishing touches on a remodeling jMid-county Memo photo/Tim Curran
C&K Custom Remodeling of Parkrose was recently awarded Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler status by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

A Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler designation proves the remodeling contractor's superior knowledge, technical comprehension and skill in remodeling.

NARI's CKBR program measures skill and expertise valued not only by other professional remodelers, but by consumers as well. Highly respected by those who have achieved the designation, the CKBR program identifies professional remodelers who have undergone comprehensive review and testing in areas of business management, ethical conduct, and technical skills. In addition, they must also adhere to NARI's strict Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. The NARI certification program assesses the knowledge and skills of the remodeler in over 20 remodeling task areas including business methods and practices, building codes and construction law, kitchen and bath planning, building site layout, and all trades skills required in remodeling a home. Attaining this certification requires the candidate to have been working full time in the remodeling field for at least 5 years and passing a comprehensive assessment exam. Preparation for this exam takes up to 16 weeks of intensive study and self-examination.

To prepare for the Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler certification, remodelers are asked to complete a qualification form, which outlines the background of their experience and education in remodeling, and are given a study guide and a business management book. NARI also offers study groups to prepare them for the written examination, which tests for knowledge in computer-aided design, materials selection, layout standards, installations processes, and trade guidelines. It enriches the professional's understanding and maximizes performance during any remodeling project.

Contact owner Lloyd Martindale 503-736-6335, or

NARI is a professional association whose members voluntarily subscribe to a strict code of ethics. Consumers may wish to search to find a qualified professional who is a member of NARI.

Consumers can also call the NARI National hotline at 847-298-9200 and request a free copy of NARI's brochure, “How to Select a Remodeling Professional,” or visit and click on the homeowner's guide for more information.

Multnomah County Library rocks it
For the 11th year in a row, Multnomah County Library patrons have checked out and renewed more items than patrons of any other U.S. library serving fewer than one million residents. Patrons wait their turn for access to the internet at the Midland Library branch.
Last year, the Multnomah County Library circulated 24.8 million items-only the New York Public Library circulated more. For the 11th year in a row, Multnomah County Library patrons have checked out and renewed more items than patrons of any other U.S. library serving fewer than one million residents-an average of about 33.4 items checked out or renewed for every man, woman and child in Multnomah County. Circulation of library materials is one of the primary indicators used by libraries to evaluate their success in serving the public.

This news is courtesy of the 2013 Public Library Data Service Statistical Report, recently issued by the Public Library Association. The report reflects data from fiscal year 2012.

The report also found that among large libraries in the U.S. (libraries that serve a population of 500,000 or more), the Multnomah County Library has the highest collection turnover rate, or rate of use per item. That means that the library has the hardest working collection of books, CDs, DVDs and more-each item is checked out at four times the rate of the national average.

Among libraries in our population category (500,000 to 999,999), the Multnomah County Library has the highest in-library materials use per capita-the number of books, journals, newspapers and other materials that patrons use in the library but do not check out.

“Multnomah County residents have a special connection to their libraries,” said Multnomah County Library District Director Vailey Oehlke. “For nearly 150 years, the library has served this community's changing needs. With the creation of a library district by voters to fund library services, the library is ready to embrace our patrons' needs for generations to come with more books and materials, more digital content and new ways of providing responsive service.”
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