Eatery's icy treats will raise funds for sick kids

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What's better than an ice-cold ice cream treat on a hot day? One that benefits a cause for kids.

Sales from Blizzard treats at Dairy Queen on Thursday will benefit sick and injured children through the Children's Miracle Network, said Plaza Way Dairy Queen owner Kerry Tierney.

The chain will celebrate "Miracle Treat Day" with the hopes of breaking fundraising records.

Since 1984, DQ has raised more than $81 million for Children's Miracle Network hospitals, which treat about 17 million children each year.

Miracle Treat Day will be celebrated at both the Plaza DQ at 1474 Plaza Way and the operation in Milton-Freewater at 165 S. Columbia St.

Tierney said the operation has also rolled out a new "mini" size for its Blizzards.

The roughly 7-ounce cup is a little more than half the size of the traditional small.

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The Providence St. Mary Medical Center Billing Center recently got the Energy Star seal of approval.

The building at 209 W. Polar St. received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star designation for superior energy efficiency and environmental protection, according to an announcement from the hospital.

The designation is a feather in the cap for an organization working to make its campus operations as green as possible.

The medical center is working toward an Energy Star for its main building as well. It recently was recognized with another award for reducing its use of mercury.

To qualify for the Energy Star, a building or manufacturing plant must score in the top 25 percent based on EPA's National Energy Performance Rating System.

To determine performance, the EPA compares energy use among other, similar types of facilities on a scale of one to 100.

Those that achieve a score of 75 or higher may be eligible for the designation.

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LeFore's Spa has introduced groundbreaking VISIA Complexion Analysis System to its skin care service.

The technology, introduced by Canfield, uses multi-spectral imaging to capture information affecting complexion health and appearance, according to an announcement. The system provides medical and skin-care pros with information to plan facial rejuvenation treatments and skin-care regimens.

LeFore's spa team members, who recently attended the International Esthetics, Cosmetics and Spa Conference in Las Vegas, operate at 228 W. Birch St. The business, owned by Sharon LeFore, will feature an open house on the VISIA system Aug. 12 from 2-6 p.m. For more details, call 525-3336.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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