Cosmo Specialty Fibers Announces New CFO

COSMOPOLIS, Wash. – Cosmo Specialty Fibers has a new CFO. Company CEO, Mike Entz made the announcement today that Jean Wyse will be joining Cosmo from her most recent position at US Corrugated Inc., in New Jersey.

We are fortunate that Jean will become part of our leadership team, her 25 years in corporate accounting, finance and then as a senior Controller in pulp manufacturing will be invaluable as we continue to grow our business. – CEO Mike Entz

Entz said that her background and experience made Jean a great addition to the company at this stage of its growth. “Jean’s proven expertise in financial reporting and analysis, SAP, audits, cost containment, and team building are all a great fit for Cosmo Specialty Fibers.”

“Watch Man” Family Located

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Grant Victor Salem known as Victor to his friends, and The Watchman to so many others, was found dead in his Apartment Friday night by Aberdeen Police responding to a complaint from neighbors. Grays Harbor County Coroner Dan Burns tells us Salem’s family has been notified, and that he is survived by a stepmother, and brother in New Jersey, as well as two sisters. Police Captain John Green tells us there was no evidence of foul play when officers responded to Salem’s apartment in the 200 block of East Wishkah. The Grays Harbor County Coronor said it was evident that Salem had passed some time ago, and that no autopsy is planned.

One washington Highway Added to America’s Byways® Collection

            Created in 1991, the National Scenic Byways program is a collaborative effort to help recognize, preserve and enhance selected roads throughout the United States. It has funded 2,672 projects for state and nationally designated byway routes in 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.
 
The U.S. Department of Transportation recognizes certain roads as All-American Roads or National Scenic Byways based on one or more archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities.
 
The following are the 2009 All-American Road (AAR) and National Scenic Byways (NSB) designations:
 
Alabama’s Coastal Connection
Alabama
NSB
The George Parks Highway Scenic Byway
Alaska
NSB
Haines Highway – Valley of the Eagles
Alaska
NSB
Historic Route 66 – Arizona
Arizona
AAR
Top of the Rockies
Colorado
NSB
Lariat Loop Scenic and Historic Byway
Colorado
NSB
Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway
Florida
NSB
Florida Keys Scenic Highway
Florida
AAR
Big Bend Scenic Byway
Florida
NSB
Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail
Florida
NSB
Indiana’s Historic Pathways
Indiana
NSB
Lincoln Heritage Scenic Highway
Kentucky
NSB
Woodlands Trace
Kentucky
NSB
Kentucky Great River Road
Kentucky
NSB
Louisiana Great River Road
Louisiana
NSB
Acadia All American Road – Trenton Extension
Maine
AAR
Journey Through Hallowed Ground Byway
Maryland
NSB
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway
Maryland
AAR
Baltimore’s Historic Charles Street
Maryland
NSB
Religious Freedom Byway
Maryland
NSB
Connecticut River Byway
Massachusetts
NSB
Woodward Avenue (M-1) – Automotive Heritage Trail
Michigan
AAR
Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway
Minnesota
NSB
Mississippi Great River Road
Mississippi
NSB
City of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Boulevard State Scenic Byway
Nevada
NSB
Millstone Valley Scenic Byway
New Jersey
NSB
Delaware River Scenic Byway
New Jersey
NSB
Dry Cimarron Scenic Byway
New Mexico
NSB
Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway
North Carolina
NSB
Outer Banks Scenic Byway
North Carolina
NSB
Route 66 Byway
Oklahoma
NSB
Dry Cimarron Scenic Byway
Oklahoma
NSB
Cherokee Hills Byway
Oklahoma
NSB
Wichita Mountains Byway
Oklahoma
NSB
Journey Through Hallowed Ground Byway
Pennsylvania
NSB
Edisto Island National Scenic Byway
South Carolina
NSB
East Tennessee Crossing
Tennessee
NSB
Great River Road – Tennessee
Tennessee
NSB
Scenic Byway 143 – Utah’s Patchwork Parkway
Utah
NSB
Journey Through Hallowed Ground Byway
Virginia
NSB
White Pass Scenic Byway
Washington
NSB
Coal Heritage Trail
West Virginia
NSB
 
Additional information about the America’s Byways® collection can be found online at http://www.byway.org.

Washington Adults Urged to Step Up, So Kids Won’t Drop Out

Not all kids drop out voluntarily, says Jones. In her view, some are "pushed out" of the system and give up hope.

"Kids are sometimes unfairly punished for things, or they’re expelled when really, they could be suspended. There are pieces like that, that come into kids lives that really push them out of our system and put them in a position where they have a difficult time being successful in school. "

Jones says schools can’t do it all, and neither can families. She advocates a strong network of after-school programs to give teens positive role models, as well as extra help with schoolwork. She also says schools are in desperate need of volunteers, for things as simple as helping in cafeterias or listening to kids read.

Washington’s high school graduation rate is almost 69 percent, a little lower than the national average. The state with the highest graduation rate is New Jersey, at 83 percent.

The Graduation Summit lasts from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. today at Evergreen State College in Tacoma.