Westport Winery Earns Medals in Colorado and Connecticut

WESTPORT, Wash. - Westport Winery has again brought medals from international wine competitions to Grays Harbor.

 

In September, at the Denver International Wine Competition, Elk River Riesling and Captain Grays Gewurztraminer were awarded gold medals. The grapes used to craft these wines were grown at Red Willow Vineyards in the Yakima Valley AVA. Bog Berry Blush, the winery’s blend of Gewurztraminer and cranberry earned a silver medal.

 

At the Amenti de Vino Competition in Connecticut, Westport garnered silver medals on Ancient Mariner’s Pear, Bog Berry Blush, and Bordello Blonde, while Little Wild Blackberry brought home the bronze. Again, all the grapes for these wines were grown at Red Willow.

 

Westport Winery, the 2013 Best in the Northwest Destination Winery, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Westport and Aberdeen. For more information or dinner reservations call Westport Winery at 360-648-2224.

Hoquiam High School Named Among Top Ten Schools for Leading Change in Teen Driving Behavior

HOQUIAM, Wash. - The Hoquiam High School has been selected as one of the top ten high schools from throughout the United States and Canada as a leader in teen driver safety by Project Ignition — a service-learning teen driver safety program sponsored by State Farm® and coordinated by the National Youth Leadership Council® — based on criteria including student participation, campaign results, and connection to learning objectives.=

After receiving an initial $2,000 investment from Project Ignition in January along with twenty-four other schools, the Varsity Cheerleaders from Hoquiam High School sought to reduce risky driving attitudes and behaviors. For their successful efforts,  HHS Varsity Cheerleaders will receive continued funding of $2,500 in the coming school year to expand upon its campaign.

From January 2012 –June 2012 the Varsity Cheerleaders have participated in several community and school activities to help educate the students and the community on the dangers of distracted driving.

Grays Harbor Community Hospital CEO John Mitchell Resigns

Aberdeen, WA –  Friday Mike Melville, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Grays Harbor Community Hospital, announced that President & CEO John W. Mitchell has resigned his position, effective December 31, 2009.  John and his wife Paula are permanently relocating to Colorado due to a family obligation that can no longer be effectively managed from out of state.
 
Mitchell arrived in June of 2005 to take the helm of the financially struggling community hospital. “Without a doubt, John Mitchell transformed our hospital” said Melville. “Through his inspirational leadership, he made all of us – employees, Medical Staff, Board of Directors – believe we could achieve national levels of quality, safety and patient satisfaction that, quite frankly, our community never thought could be gained.”
Mitchell’s approach to management – stressing, what he calls, “Servant Leadership” and workplace culture had a noticeable impact at the hospital.

Grays Harbor Community Hospital Named “Tops” in Healthcare

Aberdeen, WA –  The administrative team at Grays Harbor Community Hospital has been named the “Top Leadership Team in Healthcare” for mid-sizedhospitals (100-499 beds). The distinction comes from HealthLeaders Media, the leading industry publisher of information resources for senior-level healthcare executives, reaching more than 100,000 healthcare decision-makers nationwide every month.
 
“Our associates have worked hard to improve our hospital, and had a great story to tell”, explains CEO John Mitchell. “As the leadership team, we simply told it.” 
 
Grays Harbor Community Hospital was originally identified as one of 12 semi-finalists in their category; which was later narrowed down to 2 finalists. An on-site inspector, who is a former hospital system CEO, visited GHCH in May. He toured the facility, interracted with the administrative team, spoke with employees and Medical Staff, and interviewed Doug Barker, Managing Editor of the Daily World. “His goal”, shared Mitchell, ” was to validate that the challenges and results identified in our application were accurate.”

State Patrol, Coast Guard and Navy Recognized For Homeland Security Excellence

This week, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) selected the Washington State Patrol Aviation Section, the U.S. Navy Region Northwest, and the U. S. Coast Guard Sector Seattle as joint recipients of the Civilian Law Enforcement-Military Cooperation Award. 
 
According to Arnold Daxe with IACP, “this award encourages civilian law enforcement and military officials to take advantage of each other’s skills, knowledge and resources and find common ground where they can support each other’s efforts”.
 
“This partnership has enhanced national security and led to greater public safety for the communities served by the WSP and our Navy and Coast Guard partners”, said Captain Mark Couey of the Patrol’s Special Operations Division.