Dementia Friendly Wyoming launches education efforts for banks

SHERIDAN — Dementia Friendly Wyoming, a program of The Hub on Smith, recently partnered with First Interstate Bank in Sheridan to develop an educational program specifically for employees of banks. Their management and staff from Sheridan and Buffalo have now completed the training and are the first local bank to become “Dementia Friendly.”

Dementia Friendly Wyoming will be working with First Interstate and other local banks to develop consistent, simple guidelines for the banking industry as they assist persons living with dementia.

The aim is to help persons living with dementia plan, access financial services and get help to remain independent for as long as possible. Difficulty managing finances can be an early sign of dementia. Kay Wallick, program director for Dementia Friendly Wyoming, said “one of the biggest issues those living with dementia face is dealing with financial challenges.” The goal of the training is to help bank staff be aware of the signs of dementia related to money management and signs of financial harm, learn dementia friendly communication skills and help people connect to supports and services in the community

Call Kay Wallick at (307) 461-7134, for further information, to schedule a banking educational session or to be a part of the committee to develop consistent guidelines for the banking industry in Sheridan.


Verdello to host open house

SHERIDAN — Verdello will offer an open house to the community Thursday from 5-8 p.m.

The event has been planned to celebrate the opening of the kitchen in the business. Verdello plans to offer cooking classes in the future. The event will include appetizers and wine.

Verdello is located at 23 E. Grinnell Plaza.


Landon’s to offer weekend workshops

SHERIDAN — Landon’s Greenhouse and Nursery will offer two workshops Saturday.

At 1 p.m., a greenhouse staff member will discuss when and how to start seeds indoors for your summer garden.

At 3 p.m., Keith Kershaw will provide information on the greenhouse’s pre-order tree and shrub program.

Landon’s Greenhouse and Nursery is located at 505 College Meadow Drive.


Coldwell Banker expands

SHERIDAN — Coldwell Banker The Legacy Group, serving Natrona, Johnson and Sheridan counties, recently announced its acquisition of Mountain West Realtors to expand into Buffalo. Coldwell Banker The Legacy Group is owned by Joshua Kalinowski.

The former Mountain West Realtors office, located at 490 N. Main St., will now be the second Coldwell Banker The Legacy Group office. Coldwell Banker The Legacy Group now has more than 50 independent sales associates serving central and northern Wyoming.

Mountain West Realtors has served the Buffalo area for 18 years, under the former owner Karen Buffington, who will continue in a managing broker capacity with Coldwell Banker The Legacy Group.


Century 21 BHJ agents earn recognition

SHERIDAN — Century 21 Real Estate LLC recently recognized two Sheridan area sales affiliates with the CENTURY 21 Quality Service Pinnacle Producer Award.

Bruce Garber, broker/owner of CENTURY 21 BHJ Realty, Inc., recognized Tina Mediate and Marie Lowe.

 The annual award is based on results from the CENTURY 21 Quality Service Survey, which is e-mailed to consumers immediately after the purchase or sale of a home.

To earn the CENTURY 21 Quality Service Pinnacle Producer Award, an agent must receive completed customer surveys for at least 80 percent of their transactions from Jan. 1  through Dec. 31, with an average survey score of at least 95 percent or better for two consecutive years.