Milton-Freewater armory to host firearms swap meet

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A Milton-Freewater firearms and tactical shop will be making a bang with an upcoming swap meet.

Double Diamond Tactical, 84101 Highway 11, will host a free firearms and accessory swap meet July 22.

The event runs noon to 6 p.m. at Tac Armory by Double Diamond Tactical.

The swap meet is intended for non-firearms dealers and is free to attend as well as set up a table. Those interested can reserve a table at 541-215-8300.

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Need a little refreshing in job skills, or looking to move up in employment? You may want to get on board with WorkSource's skill-building KeyTrain.

Offered through the state's Employment Security Department, KeyTrain has 17 courses containing 200 lesson plans on everything from reading, math and work habits to business etiquette and locating information. Employment counselors at WorkSource offices are available to help users pick lessons that will develop skills they need for particular lines of work.

Participants can work through the lessons on their own and at their own pace. The courses are available for free to both the employed and unemployed. Registration is through the local WorkSource office, 1530 Stevens St. After an initial orientation at WorkSource, participants can take courses on any computer with Internet access.

"Coming out of the recession, there is a lot of competition for well-paying jobs," said John Dickson, Employment Security's area director in Spokane, in a release. "Job seekers really need to sharpen their skills to stand out to employers."

Thousands of unemployed workers have enrolled in formal training programs, but not every job seeker needs full-fledged retraining, added Margaret Hess, the department's area director for the Olympic Peninsula.

"Some job seekers are very close to job-ready, or they have a job and they're looking to move up," Hess said. "(A) math or reading refresher or some tips on business etiquette may be all they need."

The program fills a niche in workforce development, but without the pressure of classrooms, grades, scheduling or tuition, said Employment Security Commissioner Paul Trause.

In 2011, more than 26,000 people used KeyTrain to improve their marketable job skills. For more details, visit the local WorkSource office or go2worksource.com.

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TJ Middlesworth, certified financial planner, financial advisor and program manager at Baker Boyer Bank, has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to use the CFP certification marks in accordance with CFP Board certification and renewal requirements.

The marks identify those who have met the rigorous experience and ethical requirements of the CFP Board, have successfully completed financial planning coursework and have passed the trademarked CFP Certification Examination covering the financial planning process, risk management, investments, tax planning and management, retirement and employee benefits and estate planning.

CFP certificants also agree to meet continuing education requirements and to uphold CFP Board's Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Rules of Conduct and Financial Planning Practice Standards.

Middlesworth has worked at Baker Boyer Investor Services since early 2011 and is responsible for advising clients and directing the group's investment policies.

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Walla Walla Community College employee Greg Farrens was named the first-ever recipient of the Excellence in Education Award from the Irrigation Foundation.

He was chosen because of his experience and creative curriculum providing irrigation solutions to protect water and the environment, according to the announcement.

The Irrigation Foundation is the educational arm of the Irrigation Association, which spans five continents and covers two- and four-year colleges and universities with irrigation programs.

Farrens established Walla Walla Community College's two-year accredited Irrigation Technology program in 1977. Students that complete four quarters of college course work and 1,000 hours of industry training receive an Associate's Degree of Applied Arts and Sciences in Irrigation Technology. A one-year certificate is also available.

"All of our students and graduates get job offers." Farrens said in a statement. "We have a local program with regional impact. We are developing opportunities for people who really know irrigation when they leave our program. ... I am grateful for the opportunity to have made a major impact on the lives and careers of many in the irrigation industry."

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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