Lawn-care season brings on Tumac green-tag sale

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What better way to celebrate a special on John Deere products than a green-tag sale?

That's what Tumac Machinery is dubbing its special event Saturday.

Green Tag Days will kick off 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the store, 3037 Melrose St. Of course, John Deere products aren't the only highlight. Tumac also features Honda power equipment, Traeger grills, STIHL outdoor power tools and more for farmers, local governments, schools, commercial landscapers, equestrians and the public.

All will be on display in time for lawnmower and landscaping season. According to the announcement on the event, many products previously only available through the operation's eStore can also be purchased at the store on the east side of town.

Barbecue and ice cream from Schwan's will be served. Green Tag Days deals on lawn and yard care equipment, and a drawing for a free Traeger Grill will take place. A fertilizer sale will also raise funds for Boy Scout Troop 305. For more details, call 525-2010 or visit www.tumacmachinery.com.

Dave Warkentin, the former chief executive officer of the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce, has resigned his new post as the head of the chamber in Chandler, Ariz., after nine months on the job, according to a report in The Arizona Republic.

Warkentin reportedly left the position for a job with a high-tech company owned by a Walla Walla resident. He will remain in Arizona as the SouthwestConnect USA director and State Director Arizona for Sygnifi Networks, a business owned by Walla Walla resident Greg Troin, the article said.

Sygnifi had redesigned the websites for the Chandler Chamber and the East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance at no cost because of the friendship between Warkentin and Troin.

Warkentin is the third director to leave the Chandler Chamber in as many years. He served as CEO for the Walla Walla Chamber for eight years before leaving that post May 28.

Thinking of a cruise this year? AAA Washington is inviting you to choose your own adventure.

The organization will host two upcoming "Choose Your Cruise" events. The first takes place Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Amavi Cellars, 3796 Peppers Bridge Road. Viking River Cruises will present an overview of its river cruises with a focus on its Portraits of France cruise, which includes tours of several wineries. Wine and appetizers will be served. A followup to that will take place Thursday at the AAA Washington office, 1361 Dalles Military Road. "Celebrity Cruises" will be presented at 6 p.m. by Azamara Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruises. Each line offers a unique experience with diverse itineraries. To RSVP for either or both events, call 527-7857.

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

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