Blue Plate Books
Pat Saine, owner of Blue Plate Books, located at 2257 Valley Ave., Winchester, will start a program called Artichokes for Literacy beginning March 25. With every purchase of the new Workman Publishing book titled “The Vegetable Butcher: How to Select, Prep, Slice, Dice and Masterfully Cook Vegetables from Artichokes to Zucchini” by Cara Mangini, he will give away a fresh artichoke and donate $10 to Winchester Literacy Volunteers. Blue Plate Books is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Information: 540-662-6657 or www.blueplatebooks.com.
Peter LaRock has been hired as an associate loan originator at PrimeLending’s Winchester branch, 15 E. Piccadilly St.
Formerly a financial consultant with Cornerstone Asset Management, he has five years financial experience.
Bruce Green, regional vice president of Weichert Realtors, has announced that the Front Royal office, located at 824 John Marshall Highway, was recognized for outstanding industry performance in 2015. The office led the region, which is composed of locations throughout Fairfax, Loudoun, Fauquier and Delaware counties, for new home listings.
In addition, sales associate Cynthia Wolff, of the Front Royal office, was recognized as the top associate in the region for new home listings in 2015. Information: 540-635-8000.
Gaylin A. Sommers, of Broadway, has been named to Modern Woodmen’s President Cabinet.
This distinction recognizes Sommers’s high achievement in life insurance sales and ranking among the organization’s top representatives nationwide. Sommer’s office is located at 107-A S. Timber Way, Broadway. Information: 540-896-7571.
Thrivent Financial has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as a 2016 World’s Most Ethical Company. The designation recognizes those organizations that have had a material impact on the way business is conducted by fostering a culture of ethics and transparency at every level of the company.
Thrivent Financial is represented locally by Walt Morgan. His office is located at 106 Lawyers Row, Suite 204, Woodstock, and he can be reached at 459-9257.