Sterling Savings wins Blaine award
The city of Blaine honored the Blaine branch of Sterling Savings Bank last Monday with the Blaine Builder Award.
The award was developed earlier this year by Debbie Harger of the Blaine community development department as a way to honor volunteers’ contributions in the community.
Blaine city manager Gary Tomsic said the bank and its staff has been continuously involved in Blaine events such as the Boardwalk Festival. The bank has also been a long-time facilitator of the city’s rural economic development (RED) loan program, which is available to small businesses in the city of Blaine, he said.
Sterling branch manager John Paradis said the award gave his staff extra encouragement to continue their involvement.
“It’s nice to be recognized by something like this,” he said. “We’re trying to figure out what we can do to get people back to downtown Blaine and Sterling wants to be in the thick of it.”
He added, for the U.S./Canadian Peace Anniversary Association’s annual Peace Arch dedication days, he and his staff plan to dress in 1920s costumes.
Blaine mayor Mike Myers presented Paradis with a plaque and a pair of work gloves.
“They’re just a good corporate citizen,” Myers said.