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Commissioners puzzled by union clause triggering raise

It wasn’t so much cost, or quality of candidates or personnel, or any other typical issue that gave pause to County Commissioners when they approved recent personnel changes at the District Court. Despite a projected budget shortfall, the commissioners were willing to move forward without too much concern, albeit for one hangup — a union stipulation they hadn’t seen before.

Altrusa Club, bank and heating contractor pitch in to help

Miki Cabell, right, hugs Elaine Redner, President of Central Grays Harbor Altrusa after Redner presented Cabell with a certificate explaining that a bill for her home’s heating system had been paid. The system was damaged by the Jan. 5 flooding in Aberdeen. Altrusa, Sunset Air and Bank of the Pacific donated funds to replace Cabell’s heating system, and surprised her on Monday by letting her know the cost was paid in full.

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Making arrangements

Carrie Larson, right, and John Limitone put the finishing touches on flower arrangements at Simply Flowers in Hoquiam Friday afternoon. According to store owner Trixie Thomson, there have been more than 100 orders for Valentine’s weekend this year, the most popular order being the classic one dozen red roses.

SmileMobile headed to Hoquiam

The Washington Dental Service Foundation SmileMobile, which travels the state offering dental services to children who might not otherwise have access to dental care, will be in Hoquiam later this month. The SmileMobile, a brightly painted 38-foot dental clinic on wheels, is hard to miss when it rolls into town.