Tuesday, March 28, 2017

April Tech Tuesdays

The second month of WCL's Tech Tuesdays are underway at the Colfax Library's NEW Tek Center. The Tek Center provides free WiFi, 8 laptops, and access to a wide variety of library resources including experienced staff, educational software, downloadable books and more! Come into the digital age with    



Technology driven events to follow every Tuesday at the Tek Center. For more information about Technology Tuesdays, TEK Center, school technology classes or volunteer opportunities, contact Nichole Kopp, Whitman County Library Teen Services and TEK Center Coordinator at 397-4366.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

New line-up of classes & services for Whitman County Senior Citizens!

Seniors...if you are looking for fun activities like learning to play the Ukulele, BINGO, Yoga, gentle aerobics, or computer help - just head down to the Whitman County Library! 
WCL provides a wide range of free services for local senior citizens, including a generous collection of large print books, one-on-one assistance with eBook readers and technology, Low Vision Readers, outreach services to local senior living facilities, direct home mailing and a unique array of classes and programs countywide.


Colfax Senior Activities:

 
Color Me Crafty - 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month, 2-4 p.m. Adults of all ages are invited to color and enjoy coffee, cookies, and conversation with relaxing music.

Caregiver Coffee and Support Group - 1st & 3rd Monday of each month, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Led by Rural Resources, family and in-home caregivers share advice, resources and support.

Bingo & Pie - 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month, 2-4 p.m. Prizes, pie and other goodies for free courtesy of Colfax Rosauers and Friends of the Library.

Fit & Fun- Mondays & Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m. Low impact, gentle aerobic exercise with old time dance moves that improve mobility and balance. 

Yoga for Balance & Aging Thursdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Gentler, tailored approach to meet the participant’s fitness, balance or rehabilitation needs. 
Thank you Molly Overby!

ACT 2 Spring Programs - Family History 1, eBay Basics and Ukulele classes at the Colfax Library. Call 800-845-3324 to sign up.

Fitness classes at the library are free to Whitman County seniors 65+ thanks to a local donor. For more information about any of these services contact Molly Overby, Whitman County Library Senior Services Coordinator at (877)773-3573, at overbym@whitco.lib.wa.us or by visiting our Events Calendar at www.whitco.lib.wa.us.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

STEM Programs for Kids & Teens at WCL

Whitman County Library is a helping students all over the county attain technological and computing skills. Digital literacy is important for college and careers in this new electronic age. WCL is providing kids and teens with employable, high demand technological skills! We provide LEGO Robotics, Coding Camps, traveling STEM kits, and STEM bags for checkout! Toddlers to teens can learn Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at WCL!  

CHILDREN & TEEN TECHOLOGY EVENTS COMING UP: 


LEGO Mindstorms EV3 - Robotics, basic programming, and robot challenges!(6th grade and up). Colfax Library Tek Center - March 29, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. & Malden Library - April 3rd, 1 - 3 p.m.

Technology Tuesdays - Colfax Library Tek Center. April 4, 1 - 3 p.m - Kids that Code - Students can drop in to do online coding or work with one of our STEM Kits. (4th grade and up). April 11, 10 - 11 a.m. - Toddler Tech Time - Bring your little ones to this new interactive reading experience. Enjoy OverDrive Read-Along eBooks with pictures, narration, and text highlighting, music, and STEM stations!


Coding Camp - New laptops, new apps! Morse Code project,  LED Lights, and making music! St. John Library, April 5th 1 to 3 p.m. 
For more information visit www.whitco.lib.wa.us. Space is limited so sign up with Nichole at 509-397-4366. 






Friday, March 24, 2017

Family History Research, eBay Basics and Ukulele classes are coming to the Colfax Library thanks to a partnership with ACT 2 Program, Spokane Community College. Residents are encouraged to register early for these non-credit community enrichment classes which are provided at a low cost through the ACT2 program.


FAMILY HISTORY with experienced family researcher, Carolyn Arnett. Expand your family tree using a variety of new resources and learn easy techniques for organizing the results. This class runs on Tuesdays from 1-4 p.m., April 4 - May 23.

INTRODUCTION TO UKULELE with Scott Hallett. Ideal for those who want to learn or who already know a few simple cords. This class runs on Wednesdays from 6-7:30, April 5- April 26.

eBAY BASICS
with eBay entrepreneurs Chris Hoch and Karen Gilles-Hoch on Wednesday, May 10 from 5:30-9 p.m.



For cost and registration call Community Colleges of Spokane at (509) 279-6030 or visit www.iel.spokane.edu/ACT2. If you have any other questions, contact the Whitman County Library at (509) 397-4366 or visit www.whitco.lib.wa.us.



Thursday, March 23, 2017

Herblock on Democracy

Now on display at the Whitman County Library!

This exhibit features 24 panels displaying reproductions of the work of legendary Washington Post editorial cartoonist, Herbert L. Block, famously known as "Herblock" as well as illustrated brochures to take home! Produced by the Herb Block Foundation and crafted by Curator Harry Katz, the exhibit presents Herblock's effort to defend the rights and freedoms of Americans through his political cartoons.

The traveling exhibit is only here through the end of the week, March 26th. So hurry in and view the piece of animated history!


For more information view our events calendar or call the Whitman County Library at 397-4366

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sasquatch: Man-Ape or Myth?

Join us for this unique Humanities Washington tomorrow, Thursday March 23 at noon at the Colfax Methodist Church. You do not want to miss this one-of-a-kind presentation!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Help preserve local library services by supporting IMLS!

President Trump’s proposed budget calls for the elimination of The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). While many have never heard of IMLS, we experience its benefits through our local libraries every day.

Per capita, Whitman County Library District is one of the top recipients of IMLS grants in Washington State.  IMLS funding supports early literacy efforts, downloadable eBooks and audio books, technology classes for kids and adults (from Lego Mindstorms and Kids Coding Camps to software and hardware instruction for adults and seniors), technology equipment and telecommunication upgrades, The Rural Heritage online collection, services to the blind and physically handicapped, staff and board training and others. 

Pick your favorite library service and IMLS likely played a hand in it. And, even if you don’t use the library, your family, friends, and neighbors probably do. Last year attendance at Whitman County Library classes and programs reached an all-time high of 39,000, traditional checkouts were steady at 121,000 and use of eBooks and other online resources topped 43,000; strong usage for a library district of just 15,000 people.

You won’t see a better return on your investment than tax support for libraries. Whitman County Library spends a relatively small amount to effectively educate and support people in every age group and from every walk of life. IMLS funds stretch our local dollars, insuring us access to reliable information and innovative services, resources that are taken for granted and easily afforded by our urban counterparts.

If local library service is important to you, I encourage you to call Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers at 509-353-2374 or in Washington DC at 202-225-2006. To contact information for President Trump, our state senators or other legislators who represent us all visit https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials or call the library at 877-733-3375 for assistance.

Sincerely,

Kristie Kirkpatrick, Director
Whitman County Rural Library District
102 S. Main Street
Colfax, WA  99111
509.397.4366

14 branch locations or online at www.whitco.lib.wa.us

FIND THE HERO IN YOU! 

Donate blood 3 times a year! 

Join us for the INBC Colfax Community Blood Drive at the Whitman County Library Friday, March 24, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. 

Make your appointment at www.inbcsaves.org or call 800-423-0151 today! Complete your Fast Track Health History online the day of donation. Present to donate and be entered to WIN a prize!

Thank you to all of our patrons who have generously donated in the past and thank you to anyone who decides give this week!







Monday, March 20, 2017

First Tech Tuesday March 21 at noon!

Tech Tuesdays begin tomorrow at the Colfax Library's NEW Tek Center. The Tek Center provides free WiFi, 8 laptops, and access to a wide variety of library resources including experienced staff, educational software, coding and robotics for kids and teens.  

Overdrive Help March 21 noon to 1 p.m. - Want thousands of audio & eBooks at your fingertips for FREE? All you need is a library card! Stop by the library with your device for assistance installing the Overdrive app and downloading books.

Drop in Tech Help March 28, 2 to 4 p.m. - Stop in for one-on-one assistance with computers, printers, smartphones, various devices, and any technology questions. 


Technology driven events to follow every Tuesday at the Tek Center. For more information about Technology Tuesdays, TEK Center, school technology classes or volunteer opportunities, contact Nichole Kopp, Whitman County Library Teen Services and TEK Center Coordinator at 397-4366.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

March Board meeting - you are invited!

The Whitman County Library Board of Trustees meets on Monday, March 20 at 4 pm in the Colfax Library. Meetings are open to the public and community members are encouraged to attend. For more info, contact Shirley Cornelius at 509-397-4366.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Trivia Night - Brought to you by WCL


A fun way to test your knowledge is at Whitman County Library Trivia Nights! 



Check out Whitman County Library's new Trivia Program! The library has been hosting Trivia Nights all over Whitman County! We provide the questions, materials, and trivia host while local businesses donate the prizes.

Answer questions, compete with friends, and see what you know! Bring your team of up to 8 people or join one on arrival. Extra points are awarded to team members who present their library card and all donations go to Friends of the Library for local programs and projects. For more information, contact Sarah Phelan at 877-733-3375.

Don't miss these upcoming Trivia Nights!

Palouse Caboose on Wednesday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Rosalia’s Brass Rail on Saturday, April 1 at 7 p.m. 
Colfax Hyde Out on Thursday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m.  

Friday, March 17, 2017

Sasquatch: Man-Ape or Myth? COUNTYWIDE EVENT!!!

Learn more about Sasquatch - the hairy, eight-to ten-foot-tall hominid, at this unique Humanities Washington presentation. Hear author, David George Gordon, evaluate the data gathered about the Pacific Northwest's most elusive icon. Encounters have been reported for hundreds of years and attendees are encouraged to tell their tales of the mysterious creature! 


Thursday, March 23 at noon, hear David George Gordon speak at the Methodist Church. Attendees can RSVP to the library at (509) 397-4366 for a delicious $12 lunch, bring a sack lunch or just come to listen. 


Programs are supported by Humanities Washington and Friends of the Library. Call 878-1513 or 397-4366 for more information.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Visit the Free Little Library on Cedar Street

Library staffer Debi Hergert just added new books to the Free Little Library on Cedar Street. Stop in to borrow one today.

Don't forget to take your kids along too! There are books for all ages and little ones LOVE using a library that is "small" just like them!

For more information, contact Debi at Whitman County Library 509-397-4366 or 102 S. Main in Colfax.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Technology Tuesdays

Technology Tuesdays comes to the Colfax Library on Tuesday, March 21 with a program called Easy Access OverDrive. From 12-1 p.m. expert staff will be on hand to assist users in installing the OverDrive app, navigating the website and downloading a free library eBook or audio book to their phone or device. This class is the first of many being scheduled as a result of the library’s new lab and focus on technology training for all skills, ages and everyday life.


Future classes will be held each Tuesday including Drop-In Tech Help on March 28 from 2-4 p.m. where participants can sign up for Microsoft Imagine Academy or get one-on-one assistance with computers, printers, devices and any technology question. Tech Tuesdays in April include: Kids that Code, Toddler Preschool Tech Time, Whitman County Rural Heritage Online and Drop-in MOS and Tech Help.

Tech Tuesdays developed after a new lab was secured for The Bettie Steiger Community Enrichment Center. Known as the TEK Center, this “Technology, Education and Knowledge” center will provide a variety of classes and programs, both structured and unstructured for community members of all ages. Key to TEK Center will be Coding, Microsoft Imagine Academy, and other technology uses and instruction that help residents meet the changing parameters of today’s world. TEK Center funding was provided by Library Services and Technology Act funding administered by The Washington State Library.

TEK Center currently provides free WiFi, 8 laptops, projection capabilities, tables, chairs and access to a wide variety of library resources including experienced instructors, educational software, coding kits, Lego learning, online instructional programs and more. The library hopes that very soon TEK Center will provide the community with open lab times and also, be available to local businesses looking for a place to train their staff or for small business professionals looking for a place to highlight their online services.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Thank you to all who participated in the 2017 Food for Fines Drive


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Thank you to everyone who generously donated to our annual Food for Fines drive. This year we had 114 residents from all over Whitman County participate and received $790 in nonperishable food and toiletry items – amazing!

FOOD FOR FINES 2017

With your help, we were able to give back to our local food banks, friends, neighbors and community. We are so thankful for our patrons! 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Low Vision Readers available for long term loan

Do you know someone suffering from vision problems and struggling to read, view photos or household bills? Whitman County Library has 2 low-vision readers available for long term loan to any library district resident. 

Call Kristie at 509-397-4366 or toll-free at 877-733-3375 for more information about using a low vision reader in your home or organization.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Classes fill quickly, register today!

Family History Research, Ebay Basics and Ukulele classes are coming to the Colfax Library thanks to a partnership with Community Colleges of Spokane. Residents are encouraged to register early for these non-credit community enrichment classes which are provided at a low cost through the ACT2 program.

Carolyn Arnett, an experienced family researcher leads the Family History class. Participants will expand their family trees using a variety of new resources and learning easy techniques for organizing the results. The class is Tuesdays from 1-4 p.m., from April 4 - May 23rd.

Introduction to Ukulele is taught by popular local instructor Scott Hallett and is ideal for those who want to learn or who already know a few simple cords. This class runs on Wednesdays from 6-7:30, April 5- April 26.


ebay Basics teaches you the tips, tricks and traps to avoid when selling your items. Successful ebay entrepreneurs Chris Hoch and Karen Giles-Hoch tech the class on Wednesday, May 10 from 5:30-9. An eBay quick start guide is included.

Finally, there is still time to register for Steve Balzarini’s class, Age of the Fighting Sail. Set for March 15 and 22 at 6:30, the class covers the British naval strategy and tactics during the Wars of the French Revolution and Napoleon, 1789-1815.


For cost and registration, call 800-845-3324, visit CCS ACT2 Programming or WhitmanCounty Library 509-397-4366.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Dan and Joyce Leonard receive statewide honor -





Colton Couple Honored with AARP Andrus Award
Highest state award for volunteer service


SEATTLE, WA - Dan and Joyce Leonard of Colton have been recognized by AARP Washington for exemplary volunteerism and community service. AARP Washington recognized Dan and Joyce, along with two others, as part of the 2016 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. The Andrus Award is AARP’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service to honor individuals and couples for their remarkable volunteer efforts that have greatly benefited their communities, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. In Dan and Joyce’s honor, AARP is donating $500 to the charity of their choice, the Whitman County Rural Library District.
Dan and Joyce Leonard were nominated for their work as Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) volunteers for many years. Joyce started in August, 2009 and Dan followed in January, 2011. SHIBA is a free and unbiased service of the Office of the Washington State Insurance commissioner that provides one-on-one assistance to residents in an effort to help unravel the mysteries of Medicare. In November alone, Dan and Joyce drove more than 600 miles visiting libraries in Whitman County to provide SHIBA’s counseling services. They often work at several libraries in a single day. Dan and Joyce developed a systematic plan in an effort to assist as many people as possible during Medicare Open Enrollment periods. They recognized a need in their rural county and decided that it was their duty to act.
“The impact the Leonards have had upon area seniors is immeasurable, “said Kristie Kirkpatrick, director of Whitman County Rural Library District. “From saving participants thousands of dollars to bringing peace of mind for those struggling to understand the confusing process, their efforts have meant the world. You won’t meet nicer, more caring people than Dan and Joyce. I am so pleased they are receiving this well-deserved honor.”
“This award acts as a symbol to the public that we can all work together for positive social change,” says AARP Washington State Director Doug Shadel.  “AARP has long valued the spirit of volunteerism and the important contributions volunteers make to their communities, neighbors, and the programs they serve.”
The Award is named after AARP’s Founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. AARP’s commitment to volunteer service can be traced back to Dr. Andrus, whose motto “to serve, not to be served” has shaped the AARP community service efforts at the national, state, and local levels. Each year, AARP honors the legacy of Dr. Andrus with the AARP Washington Andrus Award for Community Service in each state.
Bruce Carlson, AARP Washington State Officebcarlson@aarp.org, 206-419-5970

About AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en EspaƱol, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates.  The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Babysitter Certification-Call to register

Become a Certified Babysitter at the Colfax Library Monday, April 3 from 10 am to 4 pm.

 

You are invited to "Meet, Greet and Eat" a Community Celebration on Friday, March 10th!

You are invited to celebrate the work of Tom Mohr during a “Meet, Greet and Eat” reception on Friday, March 10 from 5-7 p.m. at the Center at Colfax Library. Guests will view Tom’s stunning exhibit, “Why I moved to Colfax” while enjoying generous appetizers and a no-host beer and wine bar benefitting the restroom project at The Center.

“Why I moved to Colfax” is a colorful exhibit of landscapes and panoramas that answer the question Tom most often heard when settling on the Palouse. Tom sees the reception as a way to talk about his relocation and also, his special color technique he calls “painting with photography.” The exhibit fills both rooms of The Center and runs through the end of April. All images are for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefitting The Center restroom project.


For more information, contact Kristie Kirkpatrick at Whitman County Library, 509-397-4366. This event is generously sponsored by The Friends of Whitman County Library.

PHOTO BELOW: An image from Dave Morgan's 25th Annual Plow Day, one of the community events that convinced Tom to move to Colfax


Afterschool Learning March 16

Third Thursday Club St. Patrick's Day Fun for Grades 1-4 at the Colfax Library Thursday March 16 3:30-4:30


 For a complete list of events and programs happening in all fourteen Whitman County Library branches, visit the Whitman County Library website or the library's events calendar or call the library at 397-4366 or 877-733-3375 toll-free.    

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

WCL Celebrates TTW









Help Save Lives-March 24

Colfax Library Hosts INBC Blood Drive - March 24, 2:00-5:30 p.m.
For a complete list of events and programs happening in all fourteen Whitman County Library branches, visit the Whitman County Library website or the library's events calendar or call the library at 397-4366 or 877-733-3375 toll-free.

Community Reception - Join the fun!



Come Celebrate!
Friday, Mar. 10 from 5-7 p.m.
Exhibit - Why I moved to Colfax
Yummy appetizers, no host beer & wine!

Colfax, WA - Why did Tom Mohr move to Colfax? That was the question everyone wanted to know.

To answer the queries, Mr. Mohr has designed an exhibit of his artistic photography called “Why I moved to Colfax.” The exhibit runs from March 1-April 30 at The Center at Colfax Library with a special community reception set for Friday, March 10 from 5-7 p.m.

For the exhibit, Mohr provides a visual explanation of his relocation to Colfax through colorful landscapes and panoramas that are up to twenty four feet long and fill both rooms of The Center. Mohr also shares some of the many images he’s taken of community members including a gathering at Dave Morgan's 25th Annual Plow Day.

Tom Mohr was born in Rochester, NY and lived in New York City with his wife Jil for over 30 years. Graduating with a bachelor of fine arts in painting, Tom worked as a freelance photographer, as commercial photographer and in photography labs where he learned to separate colors and manipulate images. This work would later influence Tom’s images into a style he calls “painting with photography.” Tom spent his final working years in the art department of Barron’s Magazine retouching photographic images.

Then the unthinkable occurred. On September 11, 2001 the World Trade Center was attacked by terrorists and the world would never be the same. For Tom and Joan, who lived directly across the street from the Towers, their future was forever altered. Thankfully, they were away from home at the time of the attack but the tragedy caused them to rethink their lives and set a new course.

In 2002, the couple bought a fifth-wheel and began traveling in the United States and Canada. Tom photographed much of the journey which has taken them from Cold Foot, Alaska to Key West Florida, and also, a two year stay in Venice, Italy.


Finally, in 2016, the couple made a fateful stop in Colfax to photograph the Palouse. Tom invites you to his exhibit and also the community reception to learn why they stayed! For more information about the exhibit or reception, contact Whitman County Library at 509-397-4366 or Tom Mohr at 212-300-3694.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Family History, eBay, Ukulele and British Naval History at the Colfax Library

Family History Research, Ebay Basics and Ukulele classes are coming to the Colfax Library thanks to a partnership with Community Colleges of Spokane. Residents are encouraged to register early for these non-credit community enrichment classes which are provided at a low cost through the ACT2 program.

Carolyn Arnett, an experienced family researcher leads the Family History class. Participants will expand their family trees using a variety of new resources and learning easy techniques for organizing the results. The class is Tuesdays from 1-4 p.m., from April 4 - May 23rd.

Introduction to Ukulele is taught by popular local instructor Scott Hallett (photo right) and is ideal for those who want to learn or who already know a few simple cords. This class runs on Wednesdays from 6-7:30, April 5- April 26.

ebay Basics teaches you the tips, tricks and traps to avoid when selling your items. Successful eBay entrepreneurs Chris Hoch and Karen Giles-Hoch tech the class on Wednesday, May 10 from 5:30-9. An eBay quick start guide is included.

Finally, there is still time to register for Steve Balzarini’s class, Age of the Fighting Sail. Set for March 15 and 22 at 6:30, the class covers the British naval strategy and tactics during the Wars of the French Revolution and Napoleon, 1789-1815.


For cost and registration, call 800-845-3324, visit ACT2 or Whitman County Library 509-397-4366.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

New Biographies at your library!

Click on these titles to request them from Whitman County Library. You can also visit the online calendar at www.whitco.lib.wa.us or stop by any of our 14 branch locations to browse the ever-changing collection of biographies.

This is the intimate autobiography of Sid Luft, the third of Judy Garland’s five husbands, and his life with the entertainer.

This biography is the visceral, poignant and sharply witty account of a former paramedic’s decade spent saving lives on Atlanta’s mean streets. 

In 2008, famed NBA star Bill Walton suffered a catastrophic spinal collapse that left unable to move.  This biography tells the story of his life, his collapse and his amazing recovery.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Steptoe Butte and Steptoe Battlefield State Parks ... and you!

In 2017 the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will begin a Classification and Management Planning or CAMP process to help shape the future of Steptoe Butte and Steptoe Battlefield State Parks in Whitman County.  For each park the principal aim is to classify lands (land use zoning plans), delineate a long-term park boundary (property acquisition/surplus plans), and prepare a park management plan.   

The planning process will include public workshops and provide web-based information and public comment opportunities.  Through this process State Parks will identify management alternatives to address park related recreation, cultural and natural resource issues. More information can be found on the project website


State Parks will kick-off this project with a public workshop in Colfax, WA. 

Time:  5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Date:  Tuesday March 7, 2017
Location:  Whitman County Library, 102 S Main Street, Colfax

We are interested in your thoughts regarding Steptoe Butte and Steptoe Battlefield State Parks.  If you would like to understand more about this planning work, please do not hesitate to contact me at (360) 902-8632 or via email to Randy Kline.