Van Duzer names winemaker
DALLAS -- Van Duzer Vineyards has announced that it has selected Jerry D. Murray to head its winemaking program for its 82-acre estate vineyards.
Murray, a highly regarded winemaker and vineyard manager, comes to Van Duzer from Patton Valley Vineyard in Gaston. He also has worked for wineries in Germany, New Zealand and Oregon.
Murray, who started his new role on June 14, has built a reputation for nuanced Pinot Noir wines of fresh fruit character and refined balance.
He replaces Jim Kakacek.
Poker club opens in Monmouth
MONMOUTH -- The Deck Poker Club opened June 12 at 210 S. Pacific Highway in Monmouth.
The business currently has two tables open for poker games and plans to add two more tables soon. There is an $8 cover charge per customer per day. There is no hourly rate, no rake and no percentage taken out for buy-ins. Games include limit and no-limit Texas Hold'em and Omaha.
Business hours are 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Beginners and seasoned players alike are welcome.
For more information: Scott LaFountaine, 503-837-0084; e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doctor announces retirement
DALLAS -- Dr. Carlos Ordonez has announced that he will be retiring after 25 years from his practice at 591 SE Clay St. effective Monday, July 12. Chart notes will be available to all patients. For more information: 503-623-6638.
Workforce group has new name
SALEM -- The Enterprise for Employment and Education, the Region 3 Workforce Investment Board (WIB), has changed its name to Job Growers Inc.
The name change better identifies the core mission of the Region 3 WIB, which is to help grow economic vitality in Polk, Marion and Yamhill counties by cultivating better jobs for more people.
Job Growers Inc. helps adults learn skills to find new jobs and new careers in the WorkSource Oregon Centers of Polk, Marion, and Yamhill counties. Job Growers also sponsors programs that help youths remove barriers to employment and acquire skills to get a first job and a start on a career.
Realtors do service project
POLK COUNTY -- A volunteer team from Windermere/Western View Properties in Dallas and Monmouth sponsored a community open swim night on Friday, June 18, at the YMCA pool in Independence as part of the parent company's annual Community Service Day.