Lifestyle Eye Center envisions grand opening Thursday

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A new eye center specializing in laser eye surgery will be the focus of a celebration Thursday.

The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce will commemorate the grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Lifestyle Eye Center, 1017 S. Second Ave.

The event runs 3-6 p.m. The ribbon-cutting will take place at 3:30 p.m. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided.

The office is located in the medical complex owned by Walla Walla General Hospital. A website for Lifestyle Eye Center is still under construction. The site lists Dr. Arthur Giebel as a specialist in cataract, cornea and refractive eye surgery. For more details on Thursday's event, call 525-0850 or email the Chamber at info@wwvchamber.com.

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The Washington State Patrol has rolled out a new online tool that helps speed up the process of getting collision reports for the insurance company.

In the past, those who have requested collision reports for insurance purposes had to wait four weeks. Now they can get it with a few clicks of the mouse, WSP Chief John Batiste said in a recent announcement.

The state patrol has a new website to help citizens access information. As with the previous mail-in requests, there's still a $9.50 fee to access the report. But in this case, members of the public can go online, enter identifying information, find the report, pay the fee and receive the information via email, fax or mail in one to five days.

"There are still some requirements our collision records technicians need to accomplish to process the online request before it can be sent out," said Jim Anderson, collision records division administrator in a release. "Even with these requirements, the online records requests make receiving the collision report weeks faster than the old method."

The new method was made possible through a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission to build the Washington Requests for Electronic Collision Reports application. Partner organizations include the Department of Revenue, Department of Licensing, Washington State Department of Transportation, Office of the State Treasurer and Office of Financial Management.

All law enforcement agencies are required to submit their collision reports to the WSP collision records repository in a timely manner. The Washington Requests for Electronic Collision Reports application can be found at www.wsp.wa.gov/publications/collision.htm.

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The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce is looking for a few good businesses.

The organization is accepting nominees for the fifth annual Business Awards Showcase presented by Baker Boyer Bank.

Six local businesses and one youth entrepreneur will be feted in a Sept. 14 celebration at Baker Boyer.

Nominations can be sent for: Business of the Year - large or small; Catalyst Award; Health Wellness Award; Not-for-Profit Organization of the Year; Sweet Service Award; $mart Business Partner Program Award; and the Youth Entrepreneur Award.

For a nomination form, visit the Chamber website at: www.wwvchamber.com or call 525-0850 to learn more.

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

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