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Gibby Media Group releases new interactive DVD/DVDROM on Spokane/Coeur d'Alene

Gibby Media Group, Inc. unveiled and officially released "Spokane / Coeur d'Alene the Regional Destiny" Interactive DVD/ DVDROM last Friday at GSI. This new Interactive DVD/ DVDROM is being released on the new Green Thin Disc, a thin flexible media disc, utilizing Gibby Media Group's proprietary format, that uses only half the amount of plastic and requires very little protective packaging, and reduces shipping costs. Gibby Media has also employed on the disc a patent pending proprietary software engine that makes it playable on home DVD players and on Windows and Apple computers off the same disc with videos and interactive web links. Rich Hadley President and CEO of GSI stated "This is a unique resource produced by a well known local company and should be a helpful tool for area business and the regional economy".

The "Spokane / Coeur d'Alene the Regional Destiny" disc contains an introduction by Mayor Mary Verner. It contains over 30 interactive videos (over one hour of video content), and hundreds direct navigation links to the internet to area businesses. Gibby Media Group Inc., a local media technology and software company developed the patent pending software engine that operates the disc. They have spent the last three years shooting and editing video content on the entire region including video content on Spokane, Coeur d'Alene, Sandpoint and surrounding areas. The disc features interactive videos on area parks, special events, cities, recreational opportunities, lakes, quality of life, hospitality, real estate, business opportunities, and much more. The disc was produced as a tool to help area business promote and market the region and encourage regional business opportunities and exposure. In addition to government, community and corporate applications for the product, Gibby Media Group Inc. is also releasing the product to the general public at an introductory price of $9.95 available now in retail outlets throughout the Spokane Area including Rosauers and Aunties Book store. Lon Gibby, GMG CEO and President stated "The disc will be updated every quarter to keep the content/web links fresh and current." Gibby Media is also releasing a website version of the disc with the same interactive content/web links in January, 2011. Gibby Media's Green Thin Disc is used by many national companies and recently at the United Nations Climate Summit to distribute, books, slide presentations, videos and weblinks. For more information go to www.gibbymedia.com or call 509-467-1113.

Spokane has lost a legend, with the passing of King Cole

King Cole, the "father" of Expo '74, Spokane's environmentally themed world's fair, died yesterday at the age of 88. The theme for Expo '74, "Celebrating Tomorrow's Fresh New Environment," was certainly ahead of its time. It was Cole's vision in the 1970s, as the head of a business group called Spokane Unlimited, to revitalize downtown and host a world's fair. He traveled all over the world in the early 70s, logging about 700,000 miles to get the job done. It was also Cole who was instrumental in working with city officials and the railroads to remove the massive tracks, viaducts and structures along Spokane Falls Boulevard (then Trent) to make way for the Expo '74 site which is now Riverfront Park. The Fair was opened May 4 of 1974 by President Richard Nixon and ran through November 3, attracting over 5 million visitors to Spokane. Spokane was the smallest city to host a Bureau of International Expositions recognized world's fair until Knoxville, Tennessee held the 1982 World's Fair eight years later. Cole also served as a consultant for the Knoxville Fair. Vigil services will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 1517 East 33rd Ave., with a funeral Mass Thursday at 10 a.m., also at the church. Rest in Peace King Cole and thank you for all you did for Spokane.

Rainmaker Marketing looking for non-profit nominations for pro-bono project

Rainmaker Marketing is gathering information and taking nominations for their next non-profit marketing contribution. If you have a favorite charity that you'd like them to consider for their first quarter recipient, please contact them with your nomination. Each quarter Rainmaker Marketing contributes $1000 of marketing and design to an organization that does great work for our community but doesn't have a strong enough voice to share their message. Contact Billie Guara at Rainmaker Marketing by email billie@spokanerainmaker.com or by calling 509-499-3399.

Friday Night is the 10th anniversary of First Night Spokane

Organizers are putting the finishing touches on First Night Spokane 2011, the 10th anniversary of the region's biggest News Year's Eve party. Pick up a copy of this week's Inlander for a special pull out section with all the details in how to ring in 2011 at First Night Spokane. The event will be topped off with the biggest fireworks shows of the year sponsored by the Spokane Tribe of Indians. Go to firstnightspokane.org for details.

Coeur d'Alene Resort goes Platinum

Smart Meetings magazine has honored the Coeur d'Alene Resort with its Platinum Choice Award.

Dick Hanlin named new executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County

After a comprehensive nation-wide search, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County recently named Northwest native and WSU alum, Dick Hanlin, the new Executive Director of the organization. He replaces former Executive Director Ryan Davenport who left recently after leading the organization for the past four years. Hanlin will assume his new role on January 3, 2011 and lead the organization into its 10th year anniversary celebration.

Hanlin brings nearly 25 years of Boys & Girls Club leadership experience to Spokane having previously served as the Executive Director for three Clubs - the Rogue Valley (Grants Pass), Portland and Alaska. His leadership ability and executive-level mentorship is well documented; at least seven of his former employees have become Boys & Girls Club executive directors and at least three have taken their careers to the National level.

Hanlin's career is highlighted by multiple awards, certification as a BGCA (Boys & Girls Clubs of America) professional, distinction as a Member of the Boys & Girls Clubs Academy and a graduate of the BGCA Management Program. He has also served on National committees including the Conference and Human Resources committee as well as the Training and Professional Development Advisory committee.

Five Guys Burgers & Fries to open in Spokane Valley

Five Guys Burgers & Fries, the popular burger restaurant that opened in Lincoln Heights in September, will have a second location in Spokane Valley this coming March. The company has leased a 2,700 square foot space at North 10 Sullivan and is in the process of remodeling it to fit their needs.

The secret to Five Guys Burgers and Fries' success is simplicity. They serve a variety of hamburgers made from fresh ground beef, hot dogs and french fries that are made from fresh Washington potatoes, cooked in peanut oil with the skin on. They are also planning to locate on Spokane's northside and are looking for space. You can view their menu and order online at fiveguys.com.

Inland Cardiology merges with Deaconess Medical Center

Inland Cardiology has merged with Deaconess Medical Center and will move its Spokane operations to the Deaconess campus. The 12 physician group has 140 employees and offices in Spokane, Coeur d'Alene, Tri-Cities, Pendleton and Hermiston. Inland Cardiology will retain their name. You can learn more at inlandcardiology.com.

Get a team together and get ready for Relay for Life

Looking for a great team-building activity for your business that also gives back to the community? The American Cancer Society Relay For Life (June 3rd-4th) is a life-changing event that gives everyone in Spokane a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. At Relay, teams of people camp out at the SFCC track and take turns walking or running the track. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, the Relay is an over night event. Start a team today and help fight cancer, visit www.SpokaneRelay.org or contact Traci Baker, Team Development Chair, via email at jabbs28@msn.com.

Graphic designer Monte Mindt joins Blue541

Longtime award-winning graphic designer Monte Mindt has joined Blue541 ad agency. He was previously with Hanna Advertising in Coeur d'Alene. You can view some of his work at montemindt.com.

Williams Seafood plans to move to northside

Williams Seafood, a fresh seafood and wine store that has been in Spokane Valley for over 30 years is planning to move from their U-city North location this spring to a 2,800 square foot space at Ruby and Montgomery in a building that formerly housed National Music Service. Mike Offield, who has owned the business since 2006, was a longtime customer of the store when he purchased it from Vince and Margie Perry. In addition to a wide variety of fresh seafood, the business also stocks more than 1,100 wine labels as well as a large selection of beers.

Dick Williams opened the original Seafood Market in the 1940's in downtown Spokane. His neighborhood store became successful after a few years of hard work and a neighborly attitude. In 1980, he relocated to Spokane Valley. The market still sits on University, behind Fred's Appliance Center. Vince and Margie Perry bought the store from Helen Williams in 1988. Williams Seafood's website is williamsseafoodmarket.com and the phone number is 509-922-4868.

Triple Plan Family Fun Park wins international award

Triple Play Family Fun Park in Hayden, Idaho has won the 2010 Top Family Entertainment Center of the World award from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.

To celebrate the award and the New Year, the 25,000 square foot amusement park, located at 175 North Orchard in Hayden is having a special party New years Eve from 6 to 10 pm for $20.11 per person. That includes unlimited use of all Triple Play Attractions & Raptor Reef Indoor Water Park, 2 slices of pizza, soda and an ice cream sandwich. They're also offering raffle prizes including a Tim McGraw autographed guitar.

For more information call 1-208-762-PLAY (7529), toll-free 1-877-770-PLAY, or go to their website 3play.com.

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"Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors." African proverb

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