Modestan a winner in design and ad contest

Modesto graphic designer Marcia Herrmann won five awards in the annual American Graphic Design and Advertising competition for brochure, logo and trademarks and direct mail campaigns.

In awards announced March 15, Marcia Herrmann Design won in the brochure and catalogs category for Mraz Ameriene Financial Consultants; in the logo and trademarks category for Hughson Coffee Co., Mraz Amerine, and Woolf Farming and Processing; and in the direct mail category for Hughson Coffee Co.

Herrmann began her company in 1987.

The American Graphic Design and Advertising competition attracts thousands of entries worldwide.

Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani, D-Livingston, was named elected official of the year by the California Transportation Foundation. She represents the 17th District, which includes all of Merced County along with portions of Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

The foundation listed the widening of Interstate 205 through the Tracy area as one of its three freeway/interstate project of the year finalists. All winners will be honored at a ceremony and luncheon in May.

Nine agents with Coldwell Banker Endsley and Associates have earned certified distressed property expert designation after completing training in foreclosure avoidance that emphasizes short sales. They are: Robert Bell, Shelly Bell, Bella Daniel, Tim Jones, Barbara Kollmeyer, Victor Pedroza, Neil Weese, Kimberly Wisdorf and Myron Zuber. Short sales allow the distressed homeowner to repay the mortgage at the price that the home sells for, even if it is lower than what is owed on the property.

Rob Ellett, an agent with PMZ Real Estate in Modesto, also completed the training.

The designation is granted by the Distressed Property Institute in Boca Raton, Fla.

Janette Jameson was appointed to the Stanislaus Child Development Local Planning Council and Vaughn Brenda to the Advisory Board on Substance Abuse Programs. Both appointments were made by the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors.

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