Saturday, December 6, 2014

Five easy ways to keep your identity safe in Washington State

Malware and phishing incidences increase during the holidays as hackers celebrate by trying to trick you into providing personal information or downloading malware.

Take a moment to learn tips to insure a safe and holiday.

1. Don't click on emailed order confirmations or shipping links

This time of year, scammers take advantage of increased online buying and the corresponding package deliveries. They use fake order information and shipping notifications as a method to infect PCs and grab personal details. These fake notifications often look very close to the real version. When in doubt, don't click directly on order confirmations or shipping links within the email. Go directly to the retailer’s or shipper’s website by typing the address into a web browser to verify order and shipping information.

2. Don't respond to password requests, even from your bank

Your financial institution will never e-mail you asking for your password or any other information. Emails requesting that you use an embedded link are an attempt to scam you into surrendering private information for identity theft or other unauthorized purposes. Legitimate organizations should never request sensitive information in this manner. Instead of clicking on a link, type the legitimate URL to your financial institutions in your browser to access the web site.

3. Never, Unless 100% certain of the source, open attachments

When you know the sender but the attachment is in doubt, contact the sender directly and verify the legitimacy of the attachment.

4. Nice sentiment, but don't open online greeting cards

Each holiday, you can expect a flood of e-greeting cards from friends and family wishing you a happy holiday. While seemingly harmless, these holiday greetings can be dangerous. They may contain harmful viruses or may be used for identity theft. E-greeting cards are best not to be opened, and especially should not be opened using a work computer.

5. Carefully review all email, delete any suspicious ones

If the email is suspicious, do not click on any web link or open any attachment.
Possible ways to evaluate emails are:

  • Move your mouse over a link without clicking it; you can often see the actual destination URL address underlying that link. If the now visible URL doesn’t look like an address that belongs to the legitimate site, be extra careful. If it appears to be legitimate, still be careful, the hackers are getting creative in this area as well. Instead, go directly to the website you know.
  • Often times the “To” list of the email has multiple names that do not make sense for the subject matter. Delete these emails.
  • When you're suspicious of something your received at work, contact your local help desk to verify any suspicious emails. It's likely you are not the only one who received the email and they can send out an early warning for others to avoid and delete.
Have a SAFE holiday!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Free day in Washington state in honor of Veterans Day

Washington state parks have no visit or parking fees Nov 11.
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Visit Washington state parks on Tuesday, November 11 and receive free admission.

In honor of Veterans Day visitors can forego purchasing a Discovery Pass to visit or park.

When the Discover Pass was created to collect money to support state parks, the Washington State Legislature decided there would be up to 12 free days a year when a pass would not be required to visit state parks.

In 2014 Washington state provided 10 no-fee days in the state's parks:
  1. January 19 and 20 – In honor of Martin Luther King Day
  2. March 19 – In honor of Washington State Parks' 101st birthday
  3. April 19 – A spring Saturday free day
  4. April 22 – Earth Day
  5. May 10 – A spring Saturday free day
  6. June 7 and 8 – In honor of National Trails Day and WDFW Free Fishing Weekend
  7. June 14 – National Get Outdoors Day
  8. August 25 – In honor of National Park Service’s birthday
  9. September 27 –National Public Lands Day
  10. November 11 – Veteran's Day weekend
Watch our site for the list of 2015 dates. Or purchase a Discover Pass for a fuller year of park enjoyment.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Vancouver Community Library resources for all: books, ebooks, coffee shop, play area, computers, community room

July 2011 marked two years of construction, more than 160,000 man-hours, 3.8 miles of shelf space and $38 million as the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District opened its newest chapter and debuted the Vancouver Community Library downtown at 901 C Street.

Hands-on and feet-on experiences.
On the third-floor visitors can frolic through a landscape designed especially for children ranging in age from from newborns to 11-year-olds. It is the biggest library-based early learning center in the nation and includes attractions such as the Land of Imagination designed by the Burgeon Group and the Magic Music Box an instrument with hidden messages along the side for parents to prompt their children.

On the ground floor reserve a computer and enjoy a cup of coffee from Thatchers located in the library's atrium corner while you wait for your shift on the keyboard.

On this floor is the largest community room. Community rooms can be rented by community members and groups: nonprofits, clubs, informal groups, private individuals with times during, before or after library hours. Amenities offered: catering prep kitchen, white board, projector and screen, sound system, microphones, table, chairs.

For library patrons computers are available, study areas, study areas for groups of two, audio and ebooks, and research resources.

Vancouver Regional Library District resources and catalog:

Easily identifiable library floors.

By Age Group


Continuously updated children's books.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Lecture series to look at Washington state wines effect on jobs and the economy

Thomas Henick-Kling, Director of Viticulture and Enology at WSU Tri-Cities. Photo courtesy of WSU.
Washington State University at Vancouver will host Thomas Henick-Kling, director of Viticulture & Enology at WSU Tri-Cities, as their featured speaker for the next Chancellor's series lunch.

Henick-Kling will present “The Promise of Washington Wines” on Friday, October 10 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.. The event will be held on the Vancouver campus located at 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver, in the Firstenberg Student Commons.

Henick-Kling will speak on WSU’s industry-leading wine and viticulture program and the university's role in Washington state’s burgeoning wine industry. He will demonstrate how the wine industry is creating jobs and powering the state's economy, and offer resources for Southwest Washington vintners including how to promote Washington wines.

Local vintner Walt Houser, owner of Bethany Vineyard and Winery, and Mill Creek Pub owner Russell Brent, will offer a local perspective of Washington State wines.

Photo courtesy of WSU.
Thomas Henick-Kling has been honored nationally and internationally for his work. In 1994 the New York Wine & Grape Foundation awarded him its Wine Industry Research Award. In 2002 the International Association of Enology, Winery Management and Wine Marketing made him an honorary lifetime member.

Henick-Kling earned his PhD at the Australian Wine Research Institute at the University of Adelaide, Australia. He earned his masters in microbiology and food science at Oregon State University.

Lecture, lunch and parking costs $25. To register, visit WSU's Events Registration page.

For more information call or email Renee Bartocci, 360-546-9589,

Sunday, October 5, 2014

List of small apple farms in Washington state

Use this list to find Washington state u-pick apple farms and market stands.
Search for more farms on the Washington State University website: farms search.

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Farm Name



Front Porch Farm Addy Stevens County, WA
Stevens County CSA Addy Stevens County, WA
Wooley Bulley Acres Farm Anderson Island Pierce County, WA
Fruitful Farm Arlington Snohomish County, WA
Green Valley Farm Auburn King County, WA
Butler Green Farms Bainbridge Island  Kitsap County, WA
Tani Creek Farms Bainbridge Island  Kitsap County, WA
Dancing Crane Farm Battle Ground Clark County, WA
Friendly Haven Rise Farm Battle Ground Clark County, WA
Grace's Garden Battle Ground Clark County, WA
Heavenly Bounty Battle Ground Clark County, WA
Kumtux Valley Farm Battle Ground Clark County, WA
Mel's Fuel & Produce Battle Ground Clark County, WA
Red Basket Farm Battle Ground Clark County, WA
Aldrich Farms Belingham Whatcom County, WA
Joe’s Garden Bellingham Whatcom County, WA
Willows Edge Farm Bothell King County, WA
Merritt Apples Bow Skagit County, WA
Rosabella's Garden Bakery Bow Skagit County, WA
Fitzgerald Orchard Brewster Okanogan County, WA
Elk Meadows B&B and Farm* Brinnon Jefferson County, WA
Sakuma Brothers Farms, Inc. Burlington Skagit County, WA
6 Acre Farm Camas Clark County, WA
DanDee Farm Naturals Camas Clark County, WA
Booth Canyon Orchard Carlton Okanogan County, WA
Dog Mountain Farm Carnation King County, WA
Tolt River Farm Carnation King County, WA
SonShine Organics Networks Olympia Skamania County, WA
Skywatcher Farms Castle Rock Cowlitz County, WA
Slow Boat Farm Cathlamet Wahkiakum County, WA
Rose of Sharon Farm Chehalis Lewis County, WA
Grouse Mountain Farm Chelan Chelan County, WA
Jerzy Boyz Farm Chelan Chelan County, WA
Entropy Farm Cheney Spokane County, WA
Wilson Banner Ranch Clarkston Asotin County, WA
Maha Farm Clinton Island County, WA
Paradise Found Fiber Farm Clinton Island County, WA
Brythstone Ranch Colville Stevens County, WA
Happy Little Farm Conway Skagit County, WA
Happy Little Farm Conway Skagit County, WA
Voss Acres Produce Copalis Crossing Grays Harbor County, WA
Sunshower Orchard Cornelius Washington County, OR
Shaw's Fruit & Produce Coulee Dam Okanogan County, WA
Island Tree Ranch Coupeville Island County, WA
Redwine Canyon Farm CSA Creston Lincoln County, WA
Monagon Blueberry Farm Dayton Yamhill County, OR
Crow Valley East Sound San Juan County, WA
Enchanted Forest Vineyards East Sound San Juan County, WA
Feil 1908 Family Orchard East Wenatchee Douglas County, WA
Lunde Farm Eastsound San Juan County, WA
Canyon River Organics Ellensburg Kittitas County, WA
Amerasian Farm Elma Grays Harbor County, WA
Schreiber & Sons Farm Eltopia Franklin County, WA
Koppang Orchard Ephrata Grant County, WA
C & P Farm Everett Snohomish County, WA
Cloud Mountain Farm & Nursery Everson Whatcom County, WA
Stoney Ridge Farm Everson Whatcom County, WA
Apple Creek Orchard Ferndale Whatcom County, WA
Kibbe Acres Ferndale Whatcom County, WA
Rosa Verde Farm Ferndale Whatcom County, WA
Triple Wren Farms Ferndale Whatcom County, WA
Gourmet Organic, Inc. Freeland Island County, WA
Beaverton Valley Orchard Friday Harbor San Juan County, WA
Little Road Bee Farm Friday Harbor San Juan County, WA
Mitchell Bay Farm & Nursery Friday Harbor San Juan County, WA
Nesika Farm Friday Harbor San Juan County, WA
Thirsty Goose Farm Friday Harbor San Juan County, WA
Blue Willow Lavender Farm Gig Harbor Pierce County, WA
Calico Cat Farm & Greenhouses Gig Harbor Pierce County, WA
Bill's Berry Farm Grandview Yakima County, WA
Jones Farms Granger Yakima County, WA
R & C Ranch Kalama Cowlitz County, WA
RJ Dunnington Kelso Cowlitz County, WA
Summerset Ranch & Studio Kelso Cowlitz County, WA
West of Eden Kelso Cowlitz County, WA
Carpinito Brothers Farm Kent King County, WA
Cliffside Orchard Kettle Falls Stevens County, WA
Lakeview Organics Kettle Falls Stevens County, WA
Peachcrest Fruit Basket Kettle Falls Stevens County, WA
Rickey Creek Orchards Kettle Falls Stevens County, WA
Riverview Orchard Kettle Falls Stevens County, WA
Sherman Creek Orchard Kettle Falls Stevens County, WA
Foxdog Farm Kingston Kitsap County, WA
Chavriole Farm La Center Clark County, WA
Providence House Farm La Center Clark County, WA
Hedlin Farms LaConner Skagit County, WA
Swanson's Farm LaConner Skagit County, WA
Gibbs Organic Produce & Lite Logging Leavenworth Chelan County, WA
Pacific Way CSA Longview Cowlitz County, WA
Watershed Garden Works Longview Cowlitz County, WA
Willow Grove Gardens Longview Cowlitz County, WA
Wardell Ranch/Hill Farm Orchard Lopez Island San Juan County, WA
Nettles Farm Lummi Island Whatcom County, WA
BelleWood Acres Lynden Whatcom County, WA
Bunny Laine Fruit Company Malott Okanogan County, WA
Apple Country U-Pick Manson Chelan County, WA
Aunt Thelma's Manson Chelan County, WA
Moldboard Farm Manson Chelan County, WA
The Fallon Farm Manson Chelan County, WA
Zepp Farm LLC McCleary Grays Harbor County, WA
High Meadows Orchard Monroe Snohomish County, WA
Dunbar Gardens Mount Vernon Skagit County, WA
Lenning Farms, Inc Mount Vernon Skagit County, WA
Schuh Farms Mount Vernon Skagit County, WA
Azusa Farm & Gardens Mt. Vernon Skagit County, WA
Jarmin's 5-M orchard Mt. Vernon Skagit County, WA
Riversong Farm Mt. Vernon Skagit County, WA
Gordon Skagit Farms Mt.Vernon Skagit County, WA
Thompson's Farms Naches Yakima County, WA
Mason Hill Orchard North Plains Washington County, OR
Green Wave Gardens Northport Stevens County, WA
Filaree Farm Okanogan Okanogan County, WA
Parker Farm Olga San Juan County, WA
Garden-Raised Bounty Olympia Thurston County, WA
Lattin's Country Cider Mill & Farm Olympia Thurston County, WA
Nelson Ranch Olympia Thurston County, WA
Bartella Farms Omak Okanogan County, WA
Burnt Ridge Nursery Onalaska Lewis County, WA
Lone Pine Fruit & Espresso Orondo Chelan County, WA
Prana Farms Orting Pierce County, WA
Puddle Ducks Herb Farm Pasco Franklin County, WA
Miller Family Orchards Peshastin Chelan County, WA
Smallwood's Harvest Peshastin Chelan County, WA
The Cottage Pantry Point Roberts Whatcom County, WA
Lavender Peddler Garden Port Angeles Clallam County, WA
Lazy J Tree Farm Port Angeles Clallam County, WA
WestWind Farm Port Angeles Clallam County, WA
Terrapin Farms Port Gamble Kitsap County, WA
Alpenfire Orchards LLC Port Townsend Jefferson County, WA
Red Rooster Farms Poulsbo Kitsap County, WA
Scandia Farm and Garden Poulsbo Kitsap County, WA
Durfey Farms Prosser Benton County, WA
Smith Creek Blueberry Farm Raymond Pacific County, WA
The South 47 Farm Redmond King County, WA
Baur's Bartletts Ridgefield Clark County, WA
Millennium Farms Ridgefield Clark County, WA
Northwest Organic Farm Ridgefield Clark County, WA
Old World Apples Ridgefield Clark County, WA
Helsing Junction Farm CSA Rochester Thurston County, WA
Tonnemaker Hill Farm Royal City Grant County, OR
Bountiful Harvest Sammamish King County, WA
Apple Valley Orchard Sedro Woolley Skagit County, WA
Perkins Variety Apples Sedro Woolley Skagit County, WA
The Walled Garden Sedro- Woolley Skagit County, WA
Greenweave Sequim Clallam County, WA
Nash's Organic Produce Sequim Clallam County, WA
High Water Farm Shelton Mason County, WA
Sherwood Orchards Sherwood Washington County, OR
Happy Hill Farm Silverdale Kitsap County, WA
Red Barn Farm at Central Valley Silverdale Kitsap County, WA
Maltby Produce Market Snohomish Snohomish County, WA
The Fresh Idea Farm St. John Whitman County, WA
Klesick Family Farm Stanwood Snohomish County, WA
Morninglight Gardens Stanwood Snohomish County, WA
Simple Produce Stanwood Snohomish County, WA
Guerra's Produce Sunnyside Yakima County, WA
Pioneer Blueberry Farm Tacoma Pierce County, WA
Mill Race Farm Thorp Kittitas County, WA
Wild Willow Farms Tieton Yakima County, WA
Apple Cart Fruits Tonasket Okanogan County, WA
Leavell Orchards & Grant's Market Tonasket Okanogan County, WA
River Valley Organics Tonasket Okanogan County, WA
The King's Garden Tonasket Okanogan County, WA
Pescador Farms Toppenish Yakima County, WA
Schell's Produce Toppenish Yakima County, WA
Bi-Zi Farms Vancouver Clark County, WA
CGI Orchard Vancouver Clark County, WA
Felida Red Barn Vancouver Clark County, WA
Firestone Farms Vancouver Clark County, WA
Foxfire Farm Vancouver Clark County, WA
Frice's Berry Farm & Country Store Vancouver Clark County, WA
Joe's Place Farms Vancouver Clark County, WA
Kunze's Farm Store Vancouver Clark County, WA
Rosemattel's CSA Vancouver Clark County, WA
Slice of Heaven Gardens Vancouver Clark County, WA
Storytree Farm Vancouver Clark County, WA
Wood Shutter Nursery / U-Pick Farm Vancouver Clark County, WA
Thousand Flower Farm Waldron Island San Juan County, WA
Badgley Ranches, Inc. Wapato Yakima County, WA
Dagdagan Farm & Produce Wapato Yakima County, WA
Donald Fruit & Mercantile Wapato Yakima County, WA
Krueger Family Peppers & Produce, Inc. Wapato Yakima County, WA
King Blossom Natural Wenatchee Chelan County, WA
Tiny's Organic Wenatchee Douglas County, WA
Bountiful Acres Woodland Cowlitz County, WA
Barrett Orchards Yakima Yakima County, WA
Johnson Orchards Yakima Yakima County, WA
Scenic Acres Orchard Yakima Yakima County, WA
West Valley U-Pick Yakima Yakima County, WA
Paradise Organics Yelm Thurston County, WA
Yelm Earthworm & Castings Farm Yelm Thurston County, WA
Bella Terra Gardens Zillah Yakima County, WA

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