February saw the addition of many new and interesting local reads to the pages of WhatcomTalk. Each month we like to take a look back at what most resonated with our community. Here are some of WhatcomTalk’s most read stories published in February:

Promoting From Within at SpringHill Suites by Marriott

Becky Doll joined the SpringHill Suites by Marriott team to be Food & Beverage Manager, but realized that she wanted to push herself further. Now she’s the hotel’s Operations Manager. Photo credit: Sara Holodnick.
At SpringHill Suites by Marriott, team members are considered family. Photo credit: Sara Holodnick.

Home is important to the folks who work at SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Bellingham. They take pride in offering comfort and hospitality to their guests, but team members also consider each other to be part of a family. It just so happens that this family is full of managers who are committed to seeing potential in their employees and helping them focus and direct their energy into professional growth and progress. This article tells the story of three employees who are experiencing this growth at SpringHill Suites.

Guy Occhiogrosso – A True Leader

Guy Occhiogrosso serves as the President of the Chamber of Commerce. Photo credit: Radley Muller Photography.  This piece was second on WhatcomTalk's Most Read.
Guy Occhiogrosso serves as the President of the Chamber of Commerce. Photo credit: Radley Muller Photography.

The passion that the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Guy Occhiogrosso, has for his community and local business is evident simply in the way he approaches every conversation. This article details the many ways he has advocated for business and community.

See Bellingham at Work through Patrick Beggan’s Lens

Landscape photography allowed Patrick Beggan to combine his love of the outdoors with his art. Photo credit: Patrick Beggan.
Landscape photography allowed Patrick Beggan to combine his love of the outdoors with his art. Photo credit: Patrick Beggan.

This article about Patrick Beggan’s work, and specifically his Bellingham at Work project, shows how Beggan is using his camera to help people connect. From coffee roasters to auto mechanics, the series highlights local individuals at work. Beggan uses his keen eye to tell a story about each person through a photograph. The images he creates as a result are breathtaking.

Editor’s Pick – Tracy Strissel: A Piece of the Farm

Tracy and her daughters Ava and Rose care for their small flock of Katahdin sheep on their hobby farm in Ferndale. Photo credit: Theresa Golden.
Tracy and her daughters Ava and Rose care for their small flock of Katahdin sheep on their hobby farm in Ferndale. Photo credit: Theresa Golden.

This story depicts how Tracy Strissel creates her hand sculpted chickens for coop ornaments, photo holders, earrings and wine glass charms to be sold through her Etsy business, A Piece of the Farm. This artistic work takes place on her idyllic home surrounded by foraging Galloway cows, pregnant Katahdin sheep and a flock of egg-laying hens.

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