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Preserving Spokane's jewel, the MAC

The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC) has thousands of precious objects to watch over and preserve. And, they are committed to finding smart, economical methods of doing it.

The MAC Campus is over five acres with three very different buildings to maintain. The Cheney Cowles Center, built in 1960, houses administration, a 170 seat auditorium, the Joel E. Ferris Research and Library and 16,000 square feet of storage for the art, history and American Indian collections. The newer, iconic Museum building has four levels including a sunlit lobby, store, cafe, and five underground galleries. Then, there is historic Campbell House and its Carriage House that present the unique upkeep requirements of any 1898 home.

Finding the precise balance with sunlight, temperature and humidity is crucial to preserving the objects in any museum. "The exact settings needed are checked every single day", says Mark Webber, head of the MAC's facilities. He also states it is "equally as important to be frugal and environmentally wise."

Just recently, the MAC replaced their old cast iron boiler in the collections area with a new high efficiency one and installed six new humidifiers that service the galleries. A project is nearly complete to replace 600 halogen bulbs in the galleries with 18 watt LED blubs for an expected savings close to 75%.

In addition, changes to other lighting, installing large window shades, and automating the whole building's ventilation system have greatly affected electric and gas costs showing an 18-20% savings in the past two years.

There are changes outside, as well. This past spring, the grounds received perma-mulch and edible ground covering that will save on watering and maintenance. An herb garden was started on the east side of the museum for fresh provisions in Cafe MAC. Special grasses are now growing in the parking garage planting beds that eventually will be harvested and used for basket weaving.

Visit the MAC this summer. It's at 2315 West First in Browne's Addition. The website is northwestmuseum.org.

Go Social Conference Comes to Spokane

Spokane's largest social media marketing conference for businesses is coming to town. Hosted by nectarMEDIA, Go Social - Winning and Building Business Online - aims to educate, motivate and equip businesses on efficiently using social media and relationship marketing to win new and build existing revenue. "We are in the largest fundamental shift in the way consumers interact with businesses ever," says nectarMEDIA owner Josh Wade. The all day conference is sponsored by Washington Trust Bank, Journal of Business and Red Lion Hotels and in partnership with Gonzaga University's Hogan Entrepreneurial Program, Unleashed Online Marketing, KXLY and more. Nationally acclaimed author Rick Bakas, former Nike brand executive, and VP of mobile payment provider Press Pay and Nansen Malin, the world's most followed non-celebrity on Twitter join a host of regional marketing experts to provide a day of educational talks and hands on breakout sessions.

Go Social is September 25, 8am - 5pm, at the Red Lion Hotel and Convention Center at the Park. Tickets are $149 and include lunch. Early bird registration is available through August 15 at only $99.

"The Go Social conference will change the way you look at reaching customers and could potentially save you and your company thousands on traditional marketing expense," says Wade. Register your company and your whole marketing team today. Tickets and conference information can be found at gosocialinw.eventbrite.com (enter promotional code 'Earlybird' to save through August 15). For more information email mayhem@nectarmedia.co.

Keller Williams Realty Spokane receives high ranking

In the recently released 2012 REAL Trends 500 report, Keller Williams Realty Spokane featured prominently in several categories despite local economic and market conditions. The REAL Trends 500, now in its 25th year, remains the undisputed leader in ranking the performance of residential real estate services firms. Due to the requirement of independent verification, the REAL Trends 500 is the trusted source for information about the performance of these firms.

For the fourth year in a row, Keller Williams Realty Spokane ranked in the Top 500 of all companies for both Closed Transactions (#333) and Sales Volume (#497) for 2011. Of the Top 50 Firms Ranked by Closed Transactions per Office, Keller Williams Realty Spokane ranked #30. For more information, visit Keller Williams Realty online at www.kw.com.

InCyte Pathology and Eastside Pathology Announce Merger

InCyte Pathology, based in Spokane and Eastside Pathology, based in Bellevue have entered into a preliminary merger agreement. This merger creates a Northwest regional pathology practice where physicians and hospitals can now access thirty-six board certified pathologists with expertise in 27 disciplines/subspecialties.

Eastside Pathology currently provides anatomic and clinical pathology services to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue, Valley Medical Center in Renton, and physicians' offices throughout the entire Puget Sound region. Both practices have been providing pathology services to clients for over fifty years. Eastside Pathology's eleven board-certified pathologists will join InCyte Pathology's group of twenty-five board-certified pathologists in a common mission to expand pathology coverage and expertise to hospitals and healthcare providers in Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. For more information go to incytepathology.com.

General Manager Named for Spokane Public Radio

Following a national search, Dr. Cary Boyce has been named president and general manager of Spokane Public Radio. Boyce comes to SPR from WFIU, Indiana Public Media, where he acted for the past seven years as the station's operations and production manager. His extensive public radio experience with WFIU includes not only broadcast, production, and syndication experience, but work on expansion of integrated media in the service of public broadcasting as well.

Boyce is also an active composer and musician, and an Emmy Award winner for original music composed for the PBS documentary Harp Dreams in 2011. He has been the recipient of numerous music grants, including awards from the Pew Charitable Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, and Arts International. Dr. Boyce is co-founder of the innovative music company, Aguava New Music Studio, which has garnered awards and accolades from around the world. Boyce will take the leadership role in working with the board of directors on development, maintenance of the station's mission, and coordination and implementation of long-range and strategic plans. His priorities include a review of current operations and programming, identifying ways to expand listenership and increase revenue, and getting to know the communities that SPR serves. Boyce replaces Richard Kunkel who over the past 22 years expanded SPR from one station to three, secured federal funding to convert outlying translators into transmitters, and advanced the station's HD channels.

Spokane Public Radio stations KPBX 91.1, KSFC 91.9, and KPBZ 90.3 are the primary sources of music and arts information, humanities programming, and world, national, state, regional and local news across a 20,000 square mile area including north central and eastern Washington, northern Idaho, western Montana, southeast British Columbia, and parts of northeastern Oregon. SPR is the region's NPR affiliate with a staff of 28 full and part-time employees, an annual budget of $1.8 million, and a cume of more than 70,000 weekly listeners.

Jeff Thomas new CEO at Frontier Behavioral Health

Jeff Thomas, EdD, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Frontier Behavioral Health upon the retirement of David Panken. Frontier Behavioral Health was formed upon the merger of Family Service Spokane and Spokane Mental Health in July 2011.

Thomas previously served as the Executive Director of Family Service Spokane for 13 years and during the merger process, he accepted the Associate Director position at Spokane Mental Health. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He also serves on the Board for the Washington Community Mental Health Council.

East side Kiwanis golf tournament helps kids

East Side Kiwanis Club is holding a golf tournament Friday, September 7 at Downriver to help fund their many children's initiatives. Check-in is 12 noon with a 1:30pm Shotgun Start. The cost is $75 per person, team $300 and includes golf, cart & dinner after golf. Non-golf dinner guests invited at $25. For more information contact George Kessler 509-939-7477 or georgekessler@comcast.net.

Larry Soehren named BOMA Fellow

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has named Larry Soehren a 2012 BOMA Fellow. Soehren is vice president and chief operating officer of Kiemle and Hagood Company.

7 Week 'Calling in The One' Sessions starting this Fall

Relationship coach Kathleen Lamanna is holding a 7 week course named 'Calling in the One' starting Saturday, September 8th. The course, based on the LA Times bestselling book by Katherine Woodward Thomas, M.A., MFT, will help you become powerfully magnetic to the right partner and release the patterns of the past to create an extraordinary relationship.

The first Session is Saturday, September 8th from 10:am to Noon at the Travelodge. 33 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane. The cost is $350 and the deadline is September 1.

For more information contact Kathleen Lamanna 208-772-2454. The website is www.seasonedandsingle.com.

New officers and board members for Christian Youth Theater

New officers and/or members of Christian Youth Theater Spokane's (CYT-Spokane) 2012-13 Board of Directors are: chairman, D.J. Schultz; vice president, Robert Queen; secretary, Linda Walsh; treasurer, Robert Fisher; artistic director, Kristine Lyons; members, John Herron, Linda Anderson, Marsha Schlangen, Ann McKay and Lisa Arsenault.

Inaugural Inland Northwest HOPE for Parkinson's disease Conference

Northwest Parkinson's Foundation announces the inaugural Inland Northwest HOPE for Parkinson's Conference (IN HOPE) to be held on Saturday, August 25, 8:30 am to 4 pm at the Northern Quest Resort in Airway Heights. This is the first major conference on Parkinson's disease held in the greater Spokane area.

Four nationally recognized speakers in the field of Parkinson's disease research, care and treatment will present the latest information on new and enhanced health and wellness practices and therapies.

Admission is $20 before August 17th and $25 afterward. In addition to speaker presentations, you will receive continental breakfast, lunch, an afternoon snack, vendor exhibits and free parking. Register online at www.nwpf.org or call toll free at 877-980-7500.

North Idaho Parade of Homes Continues this weekend

The North Idaho Building Contractors Association Parade of Homes will be held one final weekend, this Friday, August 17 through Sunday, August 19. Hours are Friday 1 to 7pm; Saturday 11am to 4pm; and Sunday 11am to 6pm. $5 admission (ages 2 and up). For locations and additional information, visit www.nibca.com.

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