Hort has new communications coordinator…
Lynette Smith has joined the Washington State Horticultural Association’s staff as its communications coordinator. Neice of Leavenworth pear grower Pat Burnett, Smith grew up in Wenatchee, where the Hort Association is based, and earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and organizational management from Eastern Washington University.
Before joining the Hort Association Smith worked at Numerica Credit Union in Wenatchee. She previously was regional marketing director for a mortgage company in Portland, Oregon.
Smith, who is also a freelance photographer, succeeds Darby Jones, who left to spend more time with family and to support her husband Greg Jones and the family farming business, Jones Fruit and Produce.
Northwest Cherry Sweetheart Natasha Martin is not the only family member with a title. Proud grandfather Denny Haener was named King Bing, and his wife, Nancy, was named Queen Ann during the 2004 Cherry Festival in The Dalles, Oregon, in recognition of their involvement in the cherry industry.
Natasha, who is the daughter of Haeners’ daughter Molli and her husband, James Martin, will be representing the cherry industries of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Utah during her year as Cherry Sweetheart. She is a senior at The Dalles Wahtonka High School and plans to attend the University of Oregon to study either journalism or orthodontics.
Denny Haener bought 60 acres of cherries from his father in 1964 and expanded to 325 acres. After retiring in 1999, he leased the orchard to other growers. Molli and James are in the process of taking over 100 acres of the orchard.