BUSINESS BRIEFS: Tree farmers go to trade conference; HUD applications available

Business news items for the North Olympic Peninsula.

PORT ANGELES — Lazy J Tree Farm’s owners, Steve and Ann Johnson, recently attended the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association’s annual conference and trade show.

Speakers covered topics such as Christmas tree disease control and the growing shortage of Christmas trees over the next five years.

A panel of tree growers talked about harvest techniques and tips on crew safety.

Tim O’Connor, president of the Christmas Tree Promotion Board, unveiled the new national marketing theme, “It’s Christmas, Keep it Real!”

The Johnsons also picked up some new items for the farm store for the U-cut Christmas tree season at Lazy J Tree Farm, located at 225 Gehrke Road.

HUD applications

PORT TOWNSEND — Applications are available until 5 p.m. Friday,

Oct. 28, for low-interest HUD loans to rehab commercial buildings in commercial historic districts.

Applicants must fill out a brief application, include a photo of the building, total budget, timeline for work, two estimates and funding amount requested.

Funds can help property owners accomplish historic preservation goals and safety improvements in buildings and are available to commercial buildings in downtown and uptown commercial historic districts.

Application forms are available at the Main Street office in the Mount Baker block building, 211 Taylor St., second floor, Suite No. 3.

Completed HUD loan applications must be returned to the same office by 5 p.m. Oct. 28.

For more information, phone the office at 360-385-7911 or email director@ptmainstreet.org.

To download the application, go to www.ptmainstreet.org.

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