After building a log home on their land at 5821 S. Bank Rd., Rick and Mercedes Bollinger decided to help other people do the same thing. In March they became sub-dealers for Pacific Log Homes in British Columbia, Canada, and have helped stand a log home, or erect the shell, just down the street from their own.

andquot;It was such a fun thing,andquot; Mercedes said. andquot;We got excited about it and liked the product, so we wanted to see if we could other people do it.andquot;

They attended a log home show in Portland, Ore. to learn about the process and the various companies constructing log homes.

andquot;Pacific Log Homes uses all handcrafted logs out of cedar, pine, Ingleman spruce or Douglas fir,andquot; Mercedes said. andquot;They're big logs, rounded inside and out. It usually takes one to two days to stand a whole shell.andquot;

Pacific Log Homes actually constructs the home in British Columbia before shipping it to the home site.

Those interested can work from their own sketch of a floorplan or from plans offered by Pacific Log Homes.

andquot;Most of their homes are custom designed,andquot; she said. andquot;Whatever you can dream up, they can build it.andquot;

For further information, call (707) 458-3089.

Pacific Coast Realty

Nicole Kerkenides brings to the table more than 30 years experience in the real estate field as broker of Pacific Coast Realty, which officially began operation in January. Her firm offers both real estate sales and property management.

andquot;My husband, Savas, and I grew up here,andquot; Kerkenides said. andquot;We met in the third grade. We moved back here from the Bay Area three years ago. I still have a real estate company in the Bay Area.andquot;

The Kerkenides also have two additional businesses related to Pacific Coast Realty: Affordable Home Maintenance and Document Service Center.

andquot;I am a notary public and I specialize in contractual agreements,andquot; she said.

Savas is retired from law enforcement and working toward his real estate license.

andquot;We're going to be a mom and pop operation,andquot; Kerkenides said.

For further information, call (707) 464-2200.

Rumiano - a first of sorts

By the end of June, Rumiano Cheese plans to have all of its milk producers certified under the American Humane Association's Free Farmed program. This designation, created in 2000, guarantees consumers that the milk is from animals that were raised and treated humanely, never given artificial hormones and the milk never contains antibiotics.

andquot;The dairies of Humboldt and Del Norte Counties produce the finest milk in the world for cheese manufacturing,andquot; said Joby Rumiano. andquot;Jersey cows graze in lush pastures of flowing green grass in an unspoiled coastal environment. Only select producers successfully passing American Humane's rigorous certification process are designated Free Farmed, attesting to the care with which they raise and treat their animals.andquot;

With all of its milk certified under the program, Rumiano Cheese will be the first Free Farmed Certified manufacturer of organic cheeses in the world.

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