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"Lender opens Freeland officeWells Fargo Home Mortgage recently opened an office in Freeland at 1638 East Main St., next to the BookBay Bookstore. The office is staffed by Susie Yeilding and Robin Doucette.`Wells Fargo is the nation's largest residential lender and offers a wide array of programs to suit customer needs.Yeilding said, We are so thrilled to have the office here on South Whidbey Island. Both Robin and I share a strong commitment to customer service, so the opportunity to work closely with clients who are also our neighbors here on the island is a special joy.She added, Whether purchasing a first home, building a new home, purchasing for investment, or refinancing, our customers will find us willing to invest the necessary time and resources for them.For information call locally at 331-7499 or toll-free, 866-579-6936. Office hours are 9:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday, and evenings and weekends by appointment.Heating bill help availableIs your heating bill too expensive for your budget? If so, a new booklet might help.The Financial Assistance Network in Washington, D.C., has just published a booklet titled, How to get government help to pay your energy bills. The booklet gives information on how and where to get such assistance.Consumers can receive a copy by sending $5 to: Financial Assistance Network, Government Help for Energy Bills, Dept. GHEB-1219, P.O. Box 60848, Washington, D.C., 20039-0848. Or visit the Web site at 222.financialassistancenetwork.org.Clinton heads builders groupThe Skagit /Island Counties Builders Association held its 2001 installation of officers last month during ceremonies conducted by Bob Camp, the newly elected president of the Building Industry Association of Washington.The 2001 SICBA board includes President Ted Clifton, First Vice President Bob Johnson, Second Vice President Pat Lewis, Secretary Bill Walker and Treasurer Walt Johnson.SICBA also installed new builder directors and associate directors to balance leadership between Skagit and Island counties. The building directors are Jim Spane, Jeff Teeters and Scott Yonkman. The associate directors are Matt Barkley, Scott Rainwater and Jack Stiltz.Kevin DeMaray, the president of the South Whidbey Homebuilders, is also a new member of the board of directors to ensure continuity with SICBA's chapter association located on South Whidbey.State builders elect officersRick Tremaine of Whidbey Island Bank and Dottie Piazza of ColdwellBanker-Piazza Real Estate/Piazza Construction were installed as senior elected officers of the Building Industry Association of Washington. Piazza became the first vice president in 2001 and Tremaine is the 2001 secretary.Both Piazza and Tremaine have been extremely active in the Skagit/Island Builders Association and the BIAW for many years. The BIAW is the largest trade organization in the state, representing nearly 9,000 member companies or 350,000 families throughout the state.Dr. Whitford ends deliveriesAfter 18 years of delivering babies and helping women of all ages through the Oak Harbor Women's Clinic, Dr. Mac Whitford is quitting the OB/GYN business.I'll miss the patient interaction and taking care of the babies, he said. We had a lot of good patients that we really liked.Whitford delivered about 3,000 babies at Whidbey General Hospital and about 5,000 in his career. He cited several reasons for his decision to retire, including regulatory problems, government involvement and hospital controls that have made his job less fulfilling. The complexities of medicine just became too much to deal with, he said. I just wanted to enjoy life more. After traveling with his wife, he hopes to find a job doing something different in construction or landscaping. "