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Joel Dear ,

 

As I sit here and write this, I find it hard to believe I have been managing Cascade Title for almost 10 years. July is my anniversary here and I will never forget the day Scott Hogan dropped me off at our old office after picking me up at the airport in 2004. I knew not one person and had only been here once before I agreed to come and manage this office. To say I was scared would be an understatement; I felt lost and was wondering what the heck I was going to do first. Well, it took time, and I did figure out what to do and I can honestly say everything has worked out way better than I could have ever dreamed. This community greeted me with open arms and I immediately felt like I was home again. We have accomplished many things in the last 10 years and most importantly, we built this new office. If any of you can remember our previous working conditions, you will understand why and how much we appreciate where we are now. If there is any one thing I can say about what I wanted to do for this staff, this office is it. I am very proud of how each and every employee worked hard to make this happen. This team here is remarkable in every way possible. Their dedication and work ethic is commendable and their level of customer service is unmatched.  

 

Now the next step in my life has just been presented to me. I have been asked to transfer to our office in Walla Walla and replace our retiring manager, Don Hamlin. Like me, Don has been with our company for a very long time, 1976 to be precise. I will have some big shoes to fill, but I am still up to the task even after 38 years in the business. Many of you know that my wife, Geri, is from Walla Walla, so you can imagine her reaction when I told her about the offer to move to her old home town. Geri was extremely supportive and as she has always said before, "it's your decision and yours alone". I appreciate her support very much, but her eyes could not hold back the thought of being near her family. So, by March 17th, I will need to be in my new office and I am very happy to say that LeeRoy Parcel will be taking over as manager of this office. Many of you already know him and his knowledge of the title and escrow business goes back a long way.

LeeRoy began his career in title insurance with Land Title of Cowlitz County in 1979. Working at Thurston County Title when the Schreiner family purchased Land Title in 1989, he became Cascade Titles first manager, serving in that capacity until 1997. During that time LeeRoy obtained his LPO license and assisted the escrow department as well as the title department. After working in other Schreiner family title office's LeeRoy returned to Cascade Title in Longview as Senior Title Officer in 2001.

 

LeeRoy and his wonderful wife Melissa have 3 children: Kimber, Logan and Grace. Along with their busy schedule with the kids' activities and school, LeeRoy plays drums with various bands, Lower Columbia College Symphonic Band and Calvary Community Church Band. He is also a long time member of the Pioneer Lions Club.

 

Now, in the years to come, each of you will get to see LeeRoy in a different light. He is anxious to come and visit each office and will become a regular visitor stopping in to see you from time to time. Everyone knows him by his voice when you call for title help, but now you will get to know him face to face. His drive to get involved with LoCAR and become more active in other community activities will be part of his routine with his new position. I am happy to know that all I have worked for these last 10 years will continue on for many years to follow. I do want to let everyone know that my cell number will remain the same and I more than welcome any questions you still want to send my way. To this day I still receive phone calls from past customers up in Spokane, so hearing from you is still important to me. I would like to thank each and every one of you for not only your business, but for all the memories you have given me. I am truly blessed to have been here and will carry this experience in my heart forever. Life is a journey, but what makes this journey worthwhile are the stops you make along the way.

 

                                                          -  Joel J. Lengyel

 

Lindsey's Ginger Beef, Mushroom & Kale Stir Fry 

 

Marinade Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth (or chicken/beef broth, or water)
  • 3 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. corn starch
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly-ground black pepper

Stir-Fry Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. thinly sliced flank steak or sirloin, cut diagonally across the grain into thin strips
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 8 ounces baby portobello or button mushrooms, halved
  • 4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, halved
  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced

To Make The Marinade: Add all marinade ingredients to a bowl and whisk to combine. Pour marinade into a large bowl or ziplock bag, then add in the steak and gently toss to combine. Cover/seal and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.

To Make The Stir-Fry:

Once steak has marinated, heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Remove steak from marinade with a slotted spoon, reserving the marinade, and add to saute pan with garlic. Saute for about 2-3 minutes until browned, stirring occasionally. Remove steak with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Add mushrooms, kale, and reserved marinade to saute pan, and stir to combine. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until the kale is wilted, the sauce has thickened, and the mushrooms have cooked, stirring regularly so that sauce does not burn. Add in the steak, and toss to combine.

Serve immediately over rice or quinoa, garnished with chopped green onions.

 

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