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Penngrove's Quailbrook Farm is now certified as an Animal Welfare Approved source farm for beef cattle and is approved to raise and sell beef cattle to other AWA-certified farms. This certification and corresponding food label is intended to let consumers know that animals were raised in accordance with the highest animal welfare standards in the U.S., using sustainable agriculture methods on an independent family farm.Banking

Redwood Credit Union celebrated International Credit Union Day, Oct. 17, by helping members help others in need. Each time members used their RCU Visa debit or credit cards on International Credit Union Day, RCU donated 25 cents to Credit Unions for Kids, which benefits local hospitals belonging to the Children’s Miracle Network, including Children’s Hospital in Oakland. Co-Op Financial Services also matched RCU’s donation up to $10,000 through their Miracle Match program, bringing RCU’s combined total contribution to $32,039. This donation will aid local children who need care at these specialized children’s hospitals that serve the North Bay and San Francisco.Government

A provision sponsored by U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson in H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013, allows the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to continue working with the Sonoma County Water Agency to enhance six miles of endangered coho salmon habitat along Dry Creek between Warm Springs Dam and the Russian River near Healdsburg. This restoration work is required under the Russian River Biological Opinion issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service in 2008 to protect coho salmon, Chinook salmon and steelhead trout. All are listed as endangered or threatened under the Federal Endangered Species Act.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership a WaterSense Excellence Award for promoting WaterSense and water-efficient irrigation practices. The award was one of six given nationally.Hospitality & Tourism

Renova Fort Ross Foundation said its first international children’s art contest, My Fort Ross!, drew worldwide interest. Youth ages 3 to 15 submitted drawings inspired by this landmark in Russia--U.S. relations. Submissions came from the U.S., Russia, India, Palestine, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Singapore. Works judged the best will be showcased in a traveling exhibit, which premiered in Sausalito on Oct. 25 -- the eve of the Fort Ross Autumn Harvest Festival -- and in Houston on Oct. 28 at a meeting of the U.S.--Russia Business Council.Real Estate

Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie Real Estate in Pleasanton announced that it has merged with Leading Edge Properties in Petaluma, to form Better Homes and Gardens Leading Edge Properties. Paul and Jo Ann Claeyssens have operated Leading Edge Properties, Inc., since 1989 and bring with them 12 agents with various specialties.Retail

GrowLife, Inc., an online and brick-and-mortar retailer for the legal cannabis industry, selling hydroponic systems, OEM grow equipment, commercial "grow-op" support and media, plans to open its seventh physical location, located at 3285 Santa Rosa Ave. in Santa Rosa.

Three new "popup" stores owned by Marin County residents will soon be open for business at Town Center Corte Madera shopping center. Miado Athletic women’s apparel, located next to Lappert’s, has already opened. BLINKInc digital photo studio will open in mid-November. Blanc, a women’s boutique apparel store, opened Oct. 25. Both BLINKinc and Miado Athletic are located next to the Elephant Fountain, while Blanc will move into the space where Pig In A Pickle barbeque will open next spring.Technology

Petaluma's Enphase Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq:ENPH) said a fourth-generation microinverter, which converts electricity from direct current to alternating current, is shipping throughout North America. The system features the M250 Microinverter, which offers higher-output power, increased conversion efficiency, a labor-saving integrated ground and enhancements to the Enlighten software platform.Transportation

Alaska Airlines is offering members of its mileage plan double miles on nonstop flights between Seattle, five California cities and Las Vegas. Starting today through May 31, Alaska customers can earn double miles on all flights between Seattle and Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Santa Rosa and Las Vegas. The double miles will also count toward status in the airline's MVP and MVP Gold elite-level programs.Wine

Napa-based Folio Fine Wine Partners added Dal Forno Romano as a wine producer of Valpolicella. Based in the town of Cellore d’Illasi, Verona, Italy, the Dal Forno winery was established by Romano Dal Forno in 1983 and is focused on the region’s traditional appellations of Valpolicella, Amarone and Recioto. The family produces less than 60,000 bottles per year from owned vineyards, releasing wines under Valpolicella Superiore DOC, Amarone della Valpolicella DOC, and the highly sought after Vigne Sere Recioto. Dal Forno Romano joins Italian producers Arnaldo Caprai, Bruno Giacosa, COPPO, Donnafugata, Marchesi de Frescobaldi, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia and Villa Sandi.