April 2019 Around Town 1

Elev8 Mortgage Opened by Local Professional Team

Local mortgage professionals Dan Williams and Hedley Zeller have opened Elev8 Mortgage in Central Oregon. With Williams as president, and Zeller, the company was created to offer a simple and streamlined mortgage experience for home purchase or refinance needs. By expanding on the mortgage broker definition to be a transparent educator working for the consumer, Elev8 combines elite licensed mortgage advisors, unmatched service, and a wide assortment of mortgage products with some of the most aggressive rates in the industry. Elev8Mortgage.com 

Bend Home Wins Green Home of the Year Award

Green Builder Media announced winners of their 11th annual Green Home of the Year Awards based on overall sustainability, resiliency, synergy with the environment and surrounding neighborhood, affordability, creativity, and employment of building science. While category winners were located across the United States, the Grand Overall Winner was the Rowe-Toogood residence in Bend, designed by The Shelter Studio (Builder: Phillip Chavez, Gretchen Rowe.) High efficiency lighting, appliances, mini-split heat pump, windows and insulation, as well as a full solar array, make this house net zero energy. TheShelterStudio.com

Les Schwab Amphitheater Receives Sustainability Award

Les Schwab Amphitheater (LSA) received the All At Once Sustainability Award for Jack Johnson’s 2017-18 All the Light Above It Too World Tour. The award acknowledged only three venues in the United States that excel in waste reduction and sustainability. The LSA venue received the award due to the implementation of several waste reduction measures and initiatives to boost energy conservation as part of its ongoing practices. “Several years ago, we started a program called the ‘Take Note Initiative’ that was designed as a formal program for reducing waste and making the amphitheater a more environmentally friendly venue,” says Marney Smith, director for Les Schwab Amphitheater. “Each season, we expand the program to accomplish our sustainability goals. We are honored to be recognized for this work, as we believe incorporating sustainability wherever possible is vital to creating a better community.” BendConcerts.com

Deschutes County Farm Bureau Offers Scholarships

Deschutes County Farm Bureau (DCFB) is offering a total of $6,000 in college scholarships to its members. There will be a $1,000 scholarship given to a graduating high school senior from each of the three school districts in Deschutes County: Bend-La Pine, Redmond and Sisters, plus two $1,500 scholarships for returning college students already enrolled in classes. Applicants must be planning to attend a college or university. Scholarships may be granted to students pursuing any field of study, with preference given to those interested in agriculture- or forestry-related careers. The applicant’s family must be a voting or supporting member of Deschutes County Farm Bureau. A family can join Farm Bureau to become eligible for the scholarship program. The application deadline is April 30, 2019. OregonFB.org