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News Article | May 11, 2017
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MISSION VIEJO, Calif., May 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG), the parent company of the Ensign™ group of skilled nursing, rehabilitative care services, home health care, hospice care, and assisted living companies, announced today that on May 1, 2017, a subsidiary of Cornerstone Healthcare, Inc., Ensign’s home health and hospice portfolio company, acquired Voto Home Health, a Medicare-certified home health agency servicing King County, Washington.    “We are excited to announce this strategic acquisition to our home health portfolio,” said Christopher Christensen, Ensign’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Seattle is the largest healthcare market in the Pacific Northwest and this acquisition is a key step in Cornerstone’s growth and development.” “The agency is our fourth in Washington and reflects our commitment to the State and its residents,” said Cornerstone’s President Daniel Walker. “We are driven by our mission to expand access to life-changing home health services and look forward to supporting and partnering with this strong local team to expand our services to the Seattle area.” Upon approval from the State of Washington, the agency will be known as Rainier Home Health and will serve patients in all areas of King County. With the acquisition, Cornerstone subsidiaries now operate twenty hospice operations, eighteen home health operations, and three home care operations in nine western states. Mr. Walker affirmed that Cornerstone is actively seeking additional opportunities to acquire both well-performing and struggling home health, hospice, and home care operations across the United States. Mr. Walker affirmed that he expects the operations to be accretive to earnings in 2017. The Ensign Group, Inc.'s independent operating subsidiaries provide a broad spectrum of skilled nursing and assisted living services, physical, occupational and speech therapies, home health and hospice services, and other rehabilitative and healthcare services at 215 healthcare facilities, twenty hospice agencies, eighteen home health agencies and three home care businesses across fourteen states. More information about Ensign is available at http://www.ensigngroup.net.


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

MISSION VIEJO, Calif., May 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG), the parent company of the Ensign™ group of skilled nursing, rehabilitative care services, home health care, hospice care, and assisted living companies, announced today that on May 1, 2017, a subsidiary of Cornerstone Healthcare, Inc., Ensign’s home health and hospice portfolio company, acquired Voto Home Health, a Medicare-certified home health agency servicing King County, Washington.    “We are excited to announce this strategic acquisition to our home health portfolio,” said Christopher Christensen, Ensign’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Seattle is the largest healthcare market in the Pacific Northwest and this acquisition is a key step in Cornerstone’s growth and development.” “The agency is our fourth in Washington and reflects our commitment to the State and its residents,” said Cornerstone’s President Daniel Walker. “We are driven by our mission to expand access to life-changing home health services and look forward to supporting and partnering with this strong local team to expand our services to the Seattle area.” Upon approval from the State of Washington, the agency will be known as Rainier Home Health and will serve patients in all areas of King County. With the acquisition, Cornerstone subsidiaries now operate twenty hospice operations, eighteen home health operations, and three home care operations in nine western states. Mr. Walker affirmed that Cornerstone is actively seeking additional opportunities to acquire both well-performing and struggling home health, hospice, and home care operations across the United States. Mr. Walker affirmed that he expects the operations to be accretive to earnings in 2017. The Ensign Group, Inc.'s independent operating subsidiaries provide a broad spectrum of skilled nursing and assisted living services, physical, occupational and speech therapies, home health and hospice services, and other rehabilitative and healthcare services at 215 healthcare facilities, twenty hospice agencies, eighteen home health agencies and three home care businesses across fourteen states. More information about Ensign is available at http://www.ensigngroup.net.


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

MISSION VIEJO, Calif., May 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG), the parent company of the Ensign™ group of skilled nursing, rehabilitative care services, home health care, hospice care, and assisted living companies, announced today that on May 1, 2017, a subsidiary of Cornerstone Healthcare, Inc., Ensign’s home health and hospice portfolio company, acquired Voto Home Health, a Medicare-certified home health agency servicing King County, Washington.    “We are excited to announce this strategic acquisition to our home health portfolio,” said Christopher Christensen, Ensign’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Seattle is the largest healthcare market in the Pacific Northwest and this acquisition is a key step in Cornerstone’s growth and development.” “The agency is our fourth in Washington and reflects our commitment to the State and its residents,” said Cornerstone’s President Daniel Walker. “We are driven by our mission to expand access to life-changing home health services and look forward to supporting and partnering with this strong local team to expand our services to the Seattle area.” Upon approval from the State of Washington, the agency will be known as Rainier Home Health and will serve patients in all areas of King County. With the acquisition, Cornerstone subsidiaries now operate twenty hospice operations, eighteen home health operations, and three home care operations in nine western states. Mr. Walker affirmed that Cornerstone is actively seeking additional opportunities to acquire both well-performing and struggling home health, hospice, and home care operations across the United States. Mr. Walker affirmed that he expects the operations to be accretive to earnings in 2017. The Ensign Group, Inc.'s independent operating subsidiaries provide a broad spectrum of skilled nursing and assisted living services, physical, occupational and speech therapies, home health and hospice services, and other rehabilitative and healthcare services at 215 healthcare facilities, twenty hospice agencies, eighteen home health agencies and three home care businesses across fourteen states. More information about Ensign is available at http://www.ensigngroup.net.


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

MISSION VIEJO, Calif., May 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG), the parent company of the Ensign™ group of skilled nursing, rehabilitative care services, home health care, hospice care, and assisted living companies, announced today that on May 1, 2017, a subsidiary of Cornerstone Healthcare, Inc., Ensign’s home health and hospice portfolio company, acquired Voto Home Health, a Medicare-certified home health agency servicing King County, Washington.    “We are excited to announce this strategic acquisition to our home health portfolio,” said Christopher Christensen, Ensign’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Seattle is the largest healthcare market in the Pacific Northwest and this acquisition is a key step in Cornerstone’s growth and development.” “The agency is our fourth in Washington and reflects our commitment to the State and its residents,” said Cornerstone’s President Daniel Walker. “We are driven by our mission to expand access to life-changing home health services and look forward to supporting and partnering with this strong local team to expand our services to the Seattle area.” Upon approval from the State of Washington, the agency will be known as Rainier Home Health and will serve patients in all areas of King County. With the acquisition, Cornerstone subsidiaries now operate twenty hospice operations, eighteen home health operations, and three home care operations in nine western states. Mr. Walker affirmed that Cornerstone is actively seeking additional opportunities to acquire both well-performing and struggling home health, hospice, and home care operations across the United States. Mr. Walker affirmed that he expects the operations to be accretive to earnings in 2017. The Ensign Group, Inc.'s independent operating subsidiaries provide a broad spectrum of skilled nursing and assisted living services, physical, occupational and speech therapies, home health and hospice services, and other rehabilitative and healthcare services at 215 healthcare facilities, twenty hospice agencies, eighteen home health agencies and three home care businesses across fourteen states. More information about Ensign is available at http://www.ensigngroup.net.


This class action challenges the Washington State Patrol's (WSP) failure to give qualified veterans hiring and promotion preference as required by state law, RCW 41.04.010. The plaintiffs who represent the class are current and former troopers Christina Martin, Jason Longoria, Charles Arnold, John Sager, Darrel Nash, Erick Thomas, Darin Foster, and Luis Gonzalez. These troopers and the class are represented by Peter Romer-Friedman of Outten & Golden LLP, and R. Joseph Barton of Block & Leviton LLP, prominent class action employment lawyers based in Washington, D.C.; and the Law Office of Thomas G. Jarrard PLLC, and Crotty & Son Law Firm PLLC, Spokane-based firms that are owned and operated by veterans who focus their practices on assisting veterans and service members. Under the settlement, the State of Washington will pay $13 million dollars to compensate WSP employees and applicants who were denied veterans' preference in the hiring and promotion process. Out of the $13 million, current and former troopers will receive back pay and benefits for the time they were denied employment. Payments also will be made to veterans who applied but were not hired by WSP. Additionally, hiring and seniority dates will be corrected for numerous current and former troopers. Plaintiffs' expert estimates that correcting the seniority dates will increase the collective retirement benefits of current and former troopers by an estimated $2 million. Finally, the WSP has agreed to institute procedures to ensure that the veterans' preference is available at the time of promotion for troopers who are called to military service and return to the WSP. Tina Martin, a lead plaintiff, said, "I am excited about this settlement and I appreciate that the State has corrected this problem. I believe that in the future all veterans' preference points will be properly handled." Thomas G. Jarrard, plaintiffs' counsel and a retired U.S. Marine, said, "These men and women served their country with honor and distinction, so it was an honor for me to serve those veterans in this case." Matthew Z. Crotty, a veteran, said, "I appreciate the courage that Tina Martin showed in coming forward with this case and inspiring others to do the same. It is not easy to sue your current employer. But Tina Martin, Charles Arnold, Darrel Nash, Luis Gonzalez, Erick Thomas, Jason Longoria, John Sager, and Darin Foster banded together to do just that. Nearly 900 veterans will be better off because of it." Peter Romer-Friedman, counsel at Outten & Golden LLP, said, "We are excited to announce the largest settlement in the history of USERRA. Federal law prohibits workplace discrimination against veterans. We will not rest until all employers treat our veterans with the respect and dignity they deserve." R. Joseph Barton, a partner at Block & Leviton, said, "I am honored to have represented these veterans in their efforts in obtaining a favorable resolution of these claims on behalf of their fellow veterans. I commend Washington State for resolving these claims and correcting these issues." The case is Tina Martin v. State of Washington, Case No. 2014-02-000016-7, in the Superior Court of the State of Washington, Spokane County. For more information about the settlement, visit: To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/outten--golden-llp-washington-state-troopers-who-served-in-military-win-15-million-historic-settlement-over-denial-of-veterans-preference-300453331.html


News Article | May 2, 2017
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Church of Scientology Seattle Volunteers Help Keep One of the City's Oldest Green Spaces Beautiful celebrated Earth Day in Kinnear Park by removing invasive species from the park entrance. Invasive species are such a problem in the State of Washington that in 2006 the legislature established the Washington Invasive Species Council and tasked it with providing policy-level direction, planning, and coordination for combating these plants and animals throughout the state and preventing the introduction of others that are potentially harmful. Invasive species alter the natural cycle of forestation by hampering the ability of native trees and shrubs to repopulate themselves. The end result of allowing these infestations to continue is a reduction of the natural forests, impacting both wildlife and the environment. Over the past few years, Kinnear Park, one of Seattle's oldest green spaces, has undergone several significant renovations to the landscape to open up visibility within the park and allow for a safer, more user-friendly environment for the neighborhood. Volunteers from The Way to Happiness Foundation and the Scientology Environmental Task Force have spent hundreds of hours improving both upper and lower levels of the park during the latest round of renovations. In celebration of Earth Day, Dave Scattergood, forest steward and coordinator of the Task Force, had the volunteers concentrate on the large bed near the park entrance. He described it as "in severe need of weed control. We undertook a clean-up of this bed to bring it back to its original intended design and look." A yearround activity, Scattergood says "the volunteers work to keep the park free of invasive species which hamper the ability of the forest to reestablish itself and maintain the natural look the park is known for. We hold regular work parties to remove these nuisance plants throughout the greater park area." The Foundation and the Task Force use The Way to Happiness to promote awareness of the need to care for the environment and encourage others to take part in the work of keeping Seattle green. The Way to Happiness is a nonreligious commonsense moral code written by author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. One of its precepts is "Safeguard and Improve your Environment": "There are many things one can do to help take care of the planet. They begin with the idea that one should. They progress with suggesting to others they should. Man has gotten up to the potential of destroying the planet. He must be pushed on up to the capability and actions of saving it." The Scientology Environmental Task Force of the Church of Scientology Seattle has been part of the Seattle Public Utilities "Adopt-A-Street" program since the initiative's inception in the late 1980s. Adopting Kinnear Park 16 years ago, they have contributed thousands of volunteer hours to its upkeep and beautification. Read the article on the Scientology Newsroom.


News Article | May 1, 2017
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ABERDEEN, Wash., May 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Financial Corporation (OTCQB:PFLC), the holding company for Bank of the Pacific, today announced that Daniel E. Kuenzi will join its executive management team as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer on May 22, 2017. “We are excited to have Dan join our executive team, adding depth to an already excellent credit administration group. With over 28 years of production management and credit oversight responsibilities within the financial services industry, Dan brings many years of proven leadership skills,” said Denise J. Portmann, President and CEO.  “Dan will be responsible for all aspects of credit administration.  We believe his experience in commercial banking and credit administration will provide additional capabilities in moving our franchise to the next level.” Formerly with HomeStreet Bank in Yakima, Washington, Kuenzi served as Senior Vice President/Eastern Washington Regional President, overseeing relationship-based commercial banking.  Kuenzi also was EVP/ Chief Credit Officer with Whidbey Island Bank, and has held other progressively responsible positions with U.S. Bank, Washington Mutual and Wells Fargo throughout the Pacific Northwest. “I am delighted to be joining the leadership team of Pacific Financial,” said Dan Kuenzi.  “Pacific Financial is a growing franchise and has a long tradition of supporting its communities and markets.  I look forward to being part of that tradition.” Kuenzi graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois with a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics and earned his Bachelor of Science from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. ABOUT PACIFIC FINANCIAL CORPORATION Pacific Financial Corporation of Aberdeen, Washington, is the bank holding company for Bank of the Pacific, a state chartered and federally insured commercial bank.  Bank of the Pacific offers banking products and services to small-to-medium sized businesses and professionals in western Washington and Oregon.  As of March 31, 2017, the Company had total assets of $873 million and operated fifteen branches in the communities of Grays Harbor, Pacific, Whatcom, Skagit, Clark and Wahkiakum counties in the State of Washington, and three branches in Clatsop County, Oregon.  The Company also operated loan production offices in the communities of DuPont and Burlington in Washington and Salem, Oregon.  Visit the Company’s website at www.bankofthepacific.com.  Member FDIC.


News Article | May 1, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

ABERDEEN, Wash., May 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Financial Corporation (OTCQB:PFLC), the holding company for Bank of the Pacific, today announced that Daniel E. Kuenzi will join its executive management team as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer on May 22, 2017. “We are excited to have Dan join our executive team, adding depth to an already excellent credit administration group. With over 28 years of production management and credit oversight responsibilities within the financial services industry, Dan brings many years of proven leadership skills,” said Denise J. Portmann, President and CEO.  “Dan will be responsible for all aspects of credit administration.  We believe his experience in commercial banking and credit administration will provide additional capabilities in moving our franchise to the next level.” Formerly with HomeStreet Bank in Yakima, Washington, Kuenzi served as Senior Vice President/Eastern Washington Regional President, overseeing relationship-based commercial banking.  Kuenzi also was EVP/ Chief Credit Officer with Whidbey Island Bank, and has held other progressively responsible positions with U.S. Bank, Washington Mutual and Wells Fargo throughout the Pacific Northwest. “I am delighted to be joining the leadership team of Pacific Financial,” said Dan Kuenzi.  “Pacific Financial is a growing franchise and has a long tradition of supporting its communities and markets.  I look forward to being part of that tradition.” Kuenzi graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois with a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics and earned his Bachelor of Science from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. ABOUT PACIFIC FINANCIAL CORPORATION Pacific Financial Corporation of Aberdeen, Washington, is the bank holding company for Bank of the Pacific, a state chartered and federally insured commercial bank.  Bank of the Pacific offers banking products and services to small-to-medium sized businesses and professionals in western Washington and Oregon.  As of March 31, 2017, the Company had total assets of $873 million and operated fifteen branches in the communities of Grays Harbor, Pacific, Whatcom, Skagit, Clark and Wahkiakum counties in the State of Washington, and three branches in Clatsop County, Oregon.  The Company also operated loan production offices in the communities of DuPont and Burlington in Washington and Salem, Oregon.  Visit the Company’s website at www.bankofthepacific.com.  Member FDIC.


News Article | May 1, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

ABERDEEN, Wash., May 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Financial Corporation (OTCQB:PFLC), the holding company for Bank of the Pacific, today announced that Daniel E. Kuenzi will join its executive management team as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer on May 22, 2017. “We are excited to have Dan join our executive team, adding depth to an already excellent credit administration group. With over 28 years of production management and credit oversight responsibilities within the financial services industry, Dan brings many years of proven leadership skills,” said Denise J. Portmann, President and CEO.  “Dan will be responsible for all aspects of credit administration.  We believe his experience in commercial banking and credit administration will provide additional capabilities in moving our franchise to the next level.” Formerly with HomeStreet Bank in Yakima, Washington, Kuenzi served as Senior Vice President/Eastern Washington Regional President, overseeing relationship-based commercial banking.  Kuenzi also was EVP/ Chief Credit Officer with Whidbey Island Bank, and has held other progressively responsible positions with U.S. Bank, Washington Mutual and Wells Fargo throughout the Pacific Northwest. “I am delighted to be joining the leadership team of Pacific Financial,” said Dan Kuenzi.  “Pacific Financial is a growing franchise and has a long tradition of supporting its communities and markets.  I look forward to being part of that tradition.” Kuenzi graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois with a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics and earned his Bachelor of Science from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. ABOUT PACIFIC FINANCIAL CORPORATION Pacific Financial Corporation of Aberdeen, Washington, is the bank holding company for Bank of the Pacific, a state chartered and federally insured commercial bank.  Bank of the Pacific offers banking products and services to small-to-medium sized businesses and professionals in western Washington and Oregon.  As of March 31, 2017, the Company had total assets of $873 million and operated fifteen branches in the communities of Grays Harbor, Pacific, Whatcom, Skagit, Clark and Wahkiakum counties in the State of Washington, and three branches in Clatsop County, Oregon.  The Company also operated loan production offices in the communities of DuPont and Burlington in Washington and Salem, Oregon.  Visit the Company’s website at www.bankofthepacific.com.  Member FDIC.


PORTERVILLE, CA--(Marketwired - May 05, 2017) - GreenPower Motor Company Inc. (TSX VENTURE: GPV) ( : GPVRF) ("GreenPower") announces that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Colville Gaming, LLC ("Colville") for Colville to acquire five GreenPower all-electric shuttle buses to replace existing legacy buses and an option for Colville to acquire an additional five GreenPower all-electric shuttle buses. GreenPower will also provide the required charging infrastructure and the training for drivers, maintenance and support staff to create a Center of Excellence for Colville. "We are excited to be working with GreenPower to electrify our fleet. Many of our buses are outdated and significant polluters so in addition to modernizing our fleet we are moving to a more cost effective solution which is has a positive impact on our community," said John MacClain the COO of Colville Gaming, LLC. "GreenPower will also help train our drivers and maintenance crew; and, assist our support staff so we will have the expertise to benefit from this emerging industry while helping tribal members get to their places of employment." Colville operates three casinos, a hotel, spa, the Deep Water Amphitheatre and related entertainment facilities in the State of Washington. Colville's employee bussing program has helped disadvantaged employees with transportation struggles find meaningful employment options since gaming was instituted on Lake Chelan in 1995. The tribe decided early on that a shuttle service was necessary to ensure that tribal employment an hour away from the reservation would be possible for all tribal members. As outlined in the MOU, GreenPower and Colville Gaming, LLC will work together to pursue grants, vouchers and incentives including the recently announced VW Mitigation Trust that provides funding to cover up to 100% of the cost of new all-electric transit buses, school buses and shuttle buses. Replacing older model diesel buses is one of the most effective mitigation actions under the VW Mitigation Trust. GreenPower Motor Company Inc. develops electric powered vehicles for commercial markets. GreenPower offers a range of electric powered buses deploying electric drive and battery technologies with a lightweight chassis and low floor or high floor body. GreenPower's bus is based on a flexible clean sheet design and utilizes a custom battery management system and a proprietary Flex Power system for the drive motors. GreenPower integrates global suppliers for key components such as Siemens for the two drive motors, Knorr for the brakes, ZF for the axles and Parker for the dash and control systems. This OEM platform allows GreenPower to meet the specifications of various operators while providing standard parts for ease of maintenance and accessibility for warranty requirements. For further information go to www.greenpowerbus.com This document contains forward-looking statements relating to, among other things, GreenPower's business and operations and the environment in which it operates, which are based on GreenPower's operations, estimates, forecasts and projections. Forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts, but rather on current expectations and projections about future events, and are therefore subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from the future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking words such as "may", "should", "will", "could", "intend", "estimate", "plan", "anticipate", "expect", "believe" or "continue", or the negative thereof or similar variations. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict or are beyond GreenPower's control, such as the regulations and requirements in different jurisdictions. A number of important factors including those set forth in other public filings (filed under the Company's profile on www.sedar.com) could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements. Consequently, readers should not place any undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. In addition, these forward-looking statements relate to the date on which they are made. GreenPower disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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