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By Jess Macinko
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New Services in Town


Jess Macinko

Geoff Porter is Goldendale's new electrician.

Don't be shocked to hear Goldendale has a new solution to your electrical needs. Geoff Porter, a journey level electrician, is now offering his services from West Coast Automation, the parent company of TLC Modular Homes.

Porter entered the field as an apprentice for Courtesy Electric. At age 15 and needing some fun money, Porter went to his parents, who told him to find a job. "I went to the nearest construction site," Porter says. "The guy told me, 'Show up tomorrow with these tools.'"

He's been an electrician ever since.

The career eventually led him to a position as LE Electric's superintendent of all out of state operations. The job involved a lot of travel-too much in fact. In 2005, Porter relocated to Goldendale.

He worked for a few area companies, finally settling at West Coast Automation in February. Vice President Gerald Golding has known Geoff for about three years and is pleased to have him onboard as West Coast's in-house electrician.

During remodels of older homes, Porter consistently notices a lag in two areas: safety and efficiency.

Regarding the latter, Porter says it's often a matter of upgrading. "There's a lot of stuff on the market"-including LED lighting and energy-efficient heat-pumps-"that wasn't there when these homes were built," Porter says.

As for safety, Porter warns, older wiring is especially susceptible to overloads. "People plug in a power strip, they think, 'There's eight spots, I can plug in eight things!'" The mistake is especially common around Christmas.

To schedule an appointment, call West Coast Automation at (509) 773-5055, or email

New hygienist goes the extra mile

Patients at Reimche-Vu Family Dentistry may have noticed a new face over the past few months: Marlena Munger, dental hygienist. What they may not know is that Munger travels 165 miles each week to greet them.

Munger, a hygienist with 40 years' experience, currently lives in Castle Rock, Washington. She works at a practice in Longview, and now, Goldendale-which means her weekly drive to work takes about three to three and a half hours, depending on traffic.

Three things make that drive worthwhile. First, the natural beauty of the Columbia Gorge. Second, the fact that her daughter, Jenniffer Mitchell, lives in town. Third, the staff at Reimche-Vu.

Munger is filling the shoes of Alanna Powell, a hygienist of 17 years at Reimche-Vu who recently moved to be closer to family in Portland. Upon learning her hygienist was leaving, Mitchell asked her mother, "Is there any chance you'd want to work over here?"

Initially, Munger balked at the commute. But a conversation with Dr. Reimche-Vu and meeting the staff changed her mind. Beginning in late February, she began splitting her work week between Longview and Goldendale.

Since then, Munger's affection for the town has grown-so much that she plans to move here in the next year or two.

"I absolutely love this community," Munger says. "Strangers I meet here are no longer strangers."

Realty with a touch of tax prep

Jess Macinko

Kerry Bodily is hanging out a new real estate shingle.

Looking to buy or sell real estate? There's a new(ish) broker in town: Kerry Bodily, of KB Tax Service. Bodily has been in the realty business since 1978, most recently as a broker for Coldwell Banker. Now he's branching out on his own, running an independent service under the auspices of Professional Realty Services.

From his office in the back of The McCredy Company at 126 W. Main St., Bodily will assist buyers and sellers. Bodily, who has written two books on the real estate Market, says clients will benefit from his tax preparation experience.

"Quite often, a real estate transaction has a tax effect. I can advise the client [about potential effects], because I'm also in that profession," Bodily says.

Additionally, Bodily offers free consultation. "You may as well get a second opinion," he says.

To take him up on that offer, call (509) 773-3222.


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