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Peoples Bank Welcomes Kari Kennedy as Mortgage Loan Representative at the Mount Vernon Financial Center

By Jeremy Kindlund | April 6, 2020 |

Peoples Bank is pleased to welcome Kari Kennedy as a Mortgage Loan Representative at the Mount Vernon Financial Center. Kari brings 17 years of banking experience in Skagit County, where she was born and raised. “I love helping people, and I want them to succeed at whatever goal they have in mind for their financial…

Skagit home sales price jumps 11.3% for 2020 1Q

By Jeremy Kindlund | April 6, 2020 |

The median sales price of a Skagit County home rose 11.3% to $389,000 in the first quarter of 2020, but the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the local housing market remains to be seen, according to Shelah Inman of Brown McMillen Real Estate.   “The month of March showed a slight improvement with…

Mount Vernon Planning Department Innovations Pay-Off for Builders, Developers

By Jeremy Kindlund | April 6, 2020 |

State mandates have placed the construction industry on hold. Project sites lie vacant, waiting for an end to the COVID-19 shutdown. Still, even while regulations prevent hammers from hitting nails, developers who are building in the city of Mount Vernon are discovering an innovative and streamlined way to continue to get some of their business…

Local author, philanthropist offering no-cost webinars on financial advice amid coronavirus

By Jeremy Kindlund | April 6, 2020 |

To help people deal with the financial impact of the coronavirus, Mount Vernon author and financial coach Kelly Schols is offering no-cost financial webinars April 7 and 9. The interactive webinars, called Money Mindset Makeover – From Panic to Planning, will provide the opportunity for participants to ask questions while learning ways to save money and make it through this economic crisis. Schols…

Barron Heating donating HVAC maintenance to medical providers, first responders

By Jeremy Kindlund | April 6, 2020 |

Thankful for the amazing efforts provided by so many during the coronavirus pandemic, Barron Heating & Air Conditioning is providing free HVAC maintenance service through the end of May to medical professionals and first responders in its Northwest Washington service territory. During this maintenance and precision tune-up service, Barron Heating will closely observe safety-first, contact-free…

Nominate Someone for the Weekly COVID Crusher Awards

By Jeremy Kindlund | April 3, 2020 |

The criteria for this weekly Skagit commendation includes: demonstrates courage and leadership in support of our community, supports others by sharing resources of all kinds — informational, physical, and emotional, promotes/provides assistance for our most vulnerable populations and individuals, focuses not on conflict, doubt and fear, but rather on community, opportunities and progress. The link…

Mount Vernon Waste Water Treatment Plant Receives Award

By Jeremy Kindlund | March 31, 2020 |

The City of Mount Vernon’s Waste Water Treatment Plant has once again been placed among the top 8% of nearly 500 businesses in Skagit, Whatcom and Island Counties, who are in perfect compliance with air quality regulations. The treatment plant, which processes between four to ten million gallons of waste water each day, was recognized…

Money Mindset Makeover by Kelly Schols

By Jeremy Kindlund | March 31, 2020 |

As humans, adaptability is not only essential to survive; it’s essential for us to thrive. But survival is all some of us can think about as we find ourselves in conditions that threaten our very existence. How do we thrive when we’re worried about our health, safety, and keeping a roof over our heads? How…

Marathon Petroleum Corporation Donates Equipment to Skagit County Department of Emergency Management

By Jeremy Kindlund | March 27, 2020 |

This shipment is part of a larger deployment of Marathon Petroleum Corporation’s entire stock of personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals, healthcare organizations and its own facilities across the country. Over 500,000 pieces of PPE, including N95 respirator masks and gloves have either been delivered or are in transit to 45 hospitals and healthcare organizations…

Council Meeting Rescheduled per Governor’s Proclamation

By Jeremy Kindlund | March 25, 2020 |

MOUNT VERNON—Tonight’s City Council meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 26th at 7pm. A new proclamation, issued by Governor Inslee’s Office on Tuesday evening, prohibits cities from conducting in-person public meetings, and instead allows for cities to utilize remote technology for participants and observers of any public meetings taking place between today and April…

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