3/21 Business Notebook

*MAK Grills again wins honors*Carroll, Thomas earn recognition*Hurley joins assessment team

MAK GRILLS again wins honors

DALLAS -- For the second consecutive year, MAK GRILLS has been presented a Vesta Award at the Hearth-Patio-Barbecue Expo held in Atlanta. The award was presented by Hearth & Home Magazine.

The company's new 4 Star General Grill took home "Best Barbecue/Other Fuels" at the event, which took place March 1-3.

Among the 4 Star General's many features are: wireless capability for control via smart phones, tablets or computers; a "zone mode," allowing users to control the grill temperature anywhere on the grid; and "Instant Read Thermometer" that checks the internal meat temperature.

"We're thrilled to once again bring home a Vesta Award from the show," said Bruce Bjorkman, MAK GRILLS director of sales and marketing. "These awards prove that MAK GRILLS is raising the bar in the wood pellet grill industry."

In 2011, MAK GRILLS won two Vesta Awards: "Best Barbecue/Other Fuels" and "Best In Show" for its 2 Star General wood pellet grill.

Carroll, Thomas earn recognition

GRAND RONDE -- Mark Carroll of Dallas and Becky Thomas of Monmouth were recently honored as Spirit Mountain Casino's 2011 employee and supervisor of the year.

Carroll, 58, is a 10-year CPR-trained security officer at Spirit Mountain. He is credited with helping or single-handedly saving a number of lives as a first responder.

Thomas, 41, is a long-time supervisor of the casino's cash-cage operations. She has been a dedicated mainstay in the casino "cage" for the past 17 years, overseeing the property's distribution of cash, chips and other monetary assets.

Thomas was also instrumental in the recent arrest of two men charged with trying to pass counterfeit $100 bills at the casino.

Hurley joins assessment team

SALEM -- Liberty House, which serves portions of Polk County as a child abuse assessment center, has announced the addition of Dr. Erin Hurley to its medical team. Hurley most recently has practiced as a general pediatrician in Salem for the past seven years. She graduated from medical school at Creighton School of Medicine in Nebraska.


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