Jan. 15, 2014- Business Briefs

Bowling alley changes management

OMAK — A local couple has signed a lease agreement to run Valley Lanes, 740 Riverside Drive.

Lynn and Leon Hoover began managing the local bowling alley earlier this year, taking over from owner Larry Widman.

“Our parents are bowlers and we both remember growing up at the bowling center as kids,” Lynn Hoover, 32, said. “Larry Widman has become part of our family over the years, and he has given us this incredible opportunity. We are so blessed to have this opportunity and the ability to be mentored by him.”

The bowling alley underwent a series of recent upgrades, including new computer systems, scoring systems and masking units that were installed in September 2013.

“We are going to keep things pretty much the same until we get settled in and then we are going to try to add some new bowling activities, specials and improve on the cosmic bowling,” Lynn Hoover said.

Leon Hoover, 37, will also continue to work at Washington Tractor as the manager of the NAPA department.

Lynn Hoover had worked at The Chronicle for the past eight years, including the last five as advertising manager.

Her position at the newspaper was filled by Teresa Myers.

Tonasket chamber hosts annual banquet

TONASKET — The Tonasket Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet and auction has been set for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Community Cultural Center, 411 S. Western Ave.

There will be live music and a silent auction, along with dinner provided by Lola Orr, of Orr’s Enterprises.

The chamber will install new officers and board members. Also, the winners of 2013 awards will be announced, including Citizen of the Year, Business and Organization of the Year and grand marshal for the 2014 Founders Day parade.

The evening will wrap up with a live auction of items to support the chamber’s upcoming functions and activities, including the Founders Day parade and Winterfest.

The theme for this year’s banquet is “Tonasket: Through a Child’s Eyes.”

State official meets with businesses

OMAK – A community meeting about certification of disadvantaged business enterprise small businesses is planned for 1-3 p.m. Jan. 23, at Havillah Road Printing and Conference Center, 208 S. Main St.

Alexis Oliver, director of the state Office of Minority and Women Business Enterprises, will talk about Gov. Jay Inslee’s proclamation on “Get Certified Week” to promote certification of eligible businesses.

The Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises is the sole certifying agency for minority, women-owned and state Department of Transportation disadvantaged small businesses in the state. Participating agencies and companies include the Department of Transportation, Northwest Native Development Fund, Colville Tribal Planning Department, Colville Tribal Federal Corp. and North Central Washington Business Loan Fund.


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