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"Freeland Chamber of Commerce Plans DinnerThe Freeland Chamber of Commerce membership dinner is Thursday, June 8 at Useless Bay Country Club. The second quarter dinner begins with a no host cocktail hour at 6 p.m. The guest speaker, Mike Shelton Island County Commissioner from District 1, will discuss the progress of the Freeland Subarea Planning Committee, and current and pending building projects in the Freeland area. Guests will have a choice of top sirloin with a mushroom demiglace or pesto roasted salmon. Both dinners include salad and apple-walnut pie for dessert. Cost is $22.50 per person. Please RSVP immediately (and make your dinner selection) by calling Gayle Saran, at the Freeland Visitors Center at 331-1980.Whidbey home makes the bookA Freeland home designed by Langley architect Jean Steinbrecher appears in The New Family Home, a new book published by the Taunton Press, written by best-selling author Jim Tolpin of Port TownsendThe home featured is a Scandinavian farmhouse built by Clinton-based Chrysalis Construction. Built-in beds are by Dick Kieffer of Langley. The book is available through local bookstores or at Stationery still availableWhidbey Stationers has closed both its Oak Harbor and Freeland stores, prompting another business, Puget Sound Business Systems Inc., to try to fill the stationery gap in Freeland.PSBS has an extensive line of basic stationery supplies available at the store, located at 18205 Highway 525 in Freeland. In addition, the store has partnered with an office supply on-line service to meet more extensive office supply needs over the internet. For more information call 331-2131.Whidbey Stationers started in the early '60s, but owner Larry McWilliams decided last month to close the stores. One reason, perhaps, is that two major office supply stores, Stapes and Office Max, have announced plans to open in Oak Harbor.North Star on the moveNorth Star Trading Company is now open in its new location at 101 First Street in Langley in the old Annie Steffens building. Formerly it was located in the old Langley Building Supply site on Second Street.North Star produces handcrafted sheepskin slippers, hats, mittens, pillows and leather bags, and carries a variety of other gift items. Owners Liz and Pat Van Dyke moved to the island in 1984. They have operated at the Pike Place Market for 22 years, and opened their Langley store five years ago. For information call 221-1202.Home seminar for new buyersA first time home buyer seminar will be presented Thursday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Freeland Library, open to anyone interested in the subject. Learn how to qualify for different loan programs and about the local market.For more information or to reserve a space call Robin Doucette or Susie Yielding of Wells Fargo Martgage Consultants, 341-2676, or John Pyrtek, Coldwell Banker/Tara Properties, 221-1700.Investing taught at senior centerTwo five-week courses for individual investors will be given at Bayview Senior Center by Michelle Hofferbert of the Edward Jones Co.Classes will provide an overview of CDs, bonds, mutual funds, stocks, annuities and more, as well as address how to build an individual portfolio. The classes will be held each Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. beginning June 21.InterWest pays cash dividendInterWest Bancorp, headquartered in Oak Harbor, is paying a cash dividend of 14 cents per share on July 10 to shareholders of record on June 14. The company has consistently paid cash dividends since going public in July of 1991.As of March 31, InterWest Bancorp had total consolidated assets of $2.8 billion and total shareholders' equity of $163.9 million.Retirement center granted its licenseOak Harbor Retirement Community recently received the state license necessary to provide boarding home and nursing services to residents of its Memory Care Facility.The 41-bed Alzheimer's care facility features 13 private and 14 semi-private rooms surrounding a courtyard and garden area. The decorating theme centers around nostalgia and includes a vintage car.The assisted living apartments and independent living townhouses are scheduled to open later this summer at the seven- acre Swantown Road campus. For information call 279-2224."

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