Columbia Fresh Produce, Inc. was one of five companies to receive the top civics award in the state of Washington from Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s office on Tuesday, October 22, 2013. This Medallion Award recognizes civic engagement, voter education efforts, government services and a commitment to giving back to the community. Dewight Hall ’96 is CEO of the company.
Columbia Fresh Produce, Inc. was honored this year alongside business giants Weyerhaeuser and IKEA, as well as Town Auto Group, and McClain Insurance Services.
“It is such an honor for me to present these deserving companies with this award,” Secretary Wyman said. “There are so many businesses, big and small, that make a difference by donating money, items, or volunteers toward worthy causes. It makes me proud that we have so many generous companies here in Washington.”
Columbia Fresh Produce, Inc. started doing business over ten years ago, selling Washington apples across the country. The business has grown to include all types of fresh produce from all corners of the country. Based in downtown Walla Walla, Columbia Fresh Produce, Inc. has a staff of six: CEO Dewight Hall, COO Brad Gentry, Sue Freyer, Alison Bruggeman ’05, Julie Sievertsen MA ’95, and Jay Babbitt.
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The Wine Alley, founded in 2005 recently won “Best Wine Shop” in King 5 Evening Magazine’s Viewer’s Poll for the 6th time. Owned by Allison Helfen ’88 and husband Scott, The Wine Alley specialized in fine wines from Pacific Northwest.
Frank Tessin ’50 of Novato passed away in his home on October 27, 2013. He was born in St. James, Minnesota on August 24, 1928 to parents Frank Tessin Sr. and Onna Hagen Tessin. Frank was raised in Milbank, South Dakota and Spokane, Washington. He graduated from North Central High School where he played basketball, obtained his pilot’s license and originated the high school Saturday Night Dance Party broadcasts at KXOY radio. At Washington State University he played basketball, participated in Air ROTC and was the News Bureau Manager for KWCS. Moving to San Francisco with a journalism degree he earned in 1950, he took a job with Pan Am in public relations. A year later he was called into service as a Personal Affairs Officer for the Air Defense Command in Colorado Springs. There he met Lt. Evelyn Fielder on July 21st, became engaged on September 7th and married on November 29th. Frank and Evelyn would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary this year. Capt. Tessin retired from the service and returned to San Francisco to work in broadcasting at AM Radio Sales, Golden West Broadcasting and Major Market Radio Sales. His stations carried the Giants, 49ers and Cal cementing his involvement and love for Bay Area sports teams. Frank and Evelyn raised two children while living Kentfield. Frank was active as a coach and sports booster. He left the broadcast business during the late 1970′s and worked for RCA and the DMV. He served on the Kentfield Fire Protection District Board of Directors from 1980 to 2003. Frank and Evelyn moved to Novato to be close to family and attend their grandchildren’s school and sporting events. They have also been 49er season ticket holders since the “Kezar days”. Frank is survived by his wife Evelyn; daughter Kathryn Cosenza (John), grandchildren Philip, Emily, Tess; son Michael Tessin (Maggie), grandchildren Angela and Eric.
Frank was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a loyal and supportive friend, served his country and community with pride and found a reason to smile each day. A celebration of life was held on November 8th, 11:30am to 3:30pm at Unity in Marin, Main Chapel, 600 Palm Dr., Hamilton Center, Novato CA 94949.
Published in Marin Independent Journal from Nov. 1 to Nov. 3, 2013
Sara (Sally) Bartrum ’71, ’74, executive director of the Chelan Douglas Child Services Association, was chosen as Washington’s Head Start/Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) Director of the Year. The award was announced last month.
She has led the local agency since 1990.
She also says, “While at WSU I went by the name Sally changed it back to my real name Sara.”
Sara graduated with degrees were in BA Sociology in 1971, and a Masters in Extension in 1974.
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Florence Dorothy Picha Wade (’38 Home Ec) recently celebrated her 100th birthday! Her family helped her celebrate with a large reunion & party on Bainbridge Island (August) and a family dinner in Yakima (October). Her slogan is “Don’t let the rocking chair get you!” She drove her car for the last time, a few days after her 100th birthday. She still enjoys gardening, geneology, and family activites.