• Lady Washington Returns To Service, Greener

    Aberdeen,WA – The Lady Washington, the Official Ship of the State of Washington, has returned to service after replacing its diesel auxiliary engine with a new engine that reduces the ship’s carbon footprint. The ship will begin its spring and summer season of visits to ports in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound after the US Coast Guard gives final approval to the upgrade, which is expected next week. The Historical Seaport is also inviting local schools to book education programs before Lady Washington departs.

    Lady Washington was taken out of service in December 2009. The original Detroit Diesel 8V-71, installed when the ship was launched in 1989, was removed. A new Scania 12-liter diesel engine and ZF marine transmission was installed in February and tested earlier this month. The new engine meets strict California, federal, and international emissions standards, allowing Lady Washington to return to California ports. The reduced emissions and increased fuel efficiency of the new engine decreases the vessel’s carbon footprint, meeting the Historical Seaport’s goal of operating in a “green” fashion whenever possible.

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  • CONSUMER ALERT: Door-to-door magazine seller pretending to be a charity

    SEATTLE – The Washington Attorney General’s Office today issued a warning about a company selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door in Washington and several other states. Fresh Start Opportunities claims that money from the subscriptions will be used to help young people get a “fresh start on life,” but the company isn’t a registered charity.

    The company lists a downtown Seattle address on its Web site at www.freshstartopportunities.com but the address is simply a mailbox and the company’s owner is believed to reside in another state.

    Solicitors represent that the purchase of subscriptions will help young people get off the street and back on their feet so they can earn money to go to school. The Web site describes Fresh Start Opportunities as a “job business training company designed to teach young adults about self discipline, personal growth, self esteem and setting goals for the future.”

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