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Understanding Deposit Insurance
Understanding Deposit Insurance Most of us have insurance on our homes or cars. But many people only realized the importance of deposit insurance after a couple of high-profile bank failures in …
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Chris Neros, First Fed Chief Banking Officer with Jennifer Barnhart, Relationship Banker.
Spot the Fraud: Learn to Identify Text Scams
In today's technological age, criminals are taking advantage of digital communication to try to steal your money. One of the most common tactics is social engineering, a method where fraudsters …
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Check Your Financial Literacy
Financial literacy is an essential life skill that helps you take the steps towards achieving long-term financial security. As you begin your journey towards financial literacy, this checklist can …
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Ultimate Guide to the First Fed Centennial
The First Fed Centennial Celebration is almost upon us! Here is the definitive guide to making the most of this once-in-a-lifetime event on September 3, 2023, from 11am to 9pm. Getting There …
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New Owner Expands Haven Boatworks
Port Townsend is a notable maritime hub in the Puget Sound. Its bustling, historic waterfront is a perfect home base for Haven Boatworks, a boat building and repair company sought after by maritime …
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First Fed Announces Centennial Mainstage Bands
A once-in-a-lifetime free community event is planned for First Fed’s Centennial Celebration on Sunday, September 3, 2023. First Fed has announced the mainstage bands, representing diverse music …
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Meet Lynn Terwoerds, New Board Member of First Fed
Port Townsend resident Lynn Terwoerds has embraced community in the PNW, serving on non-profit boards where she can make a positive impact locally. Currently she is President of the Board of …
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Local Musicians Commemorate First Fed Centennial
First Fed has announced the winner of its centennial songwriting contest is “We Believe” by mother and daughter team Mary and Jessie Morgan. The song was selected based on voting open to …
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Drew Chadwick, 2nd place winner for “Northernstar.”
First Fed to Celebrate Special Customer Appreciation Week
First Fed celebrates their customers annually with March festivities at their branches. This year’s Customer Appreciation Week is particularly meaningful as 2023 is First Fed’s 100th …
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Branch Manager Nicole Pruden (right) and Asst. Branch Manager Heather Little (left) with winning customer at First Fed Sequim Village.
Set Sail with New Maritime Lenders
The maritime industry is woven deep into the history and culture of the Pacific Northwest, dating back hundreds of years. For modern maritime businesses, it’s important to have commercial …
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Scheduling Your Annual Financial Checkup
Scheduling an annual doctor’s appointment is common practice, but your finances could use an annual health checkup as well. A financial checkup, or a financial review, is an in-depth look at …
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A female farmer is checking the quality of melons at the farm. Organic fruit in the greenhouse
Holiday Gifts that Support Local Communities
Small businesses are essential to a healthy community. A healthy small-business environment encourages people to stay and invest in their towns, perpetuating better public resources. It also …
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The Gift of Savings: Smart Money Habits 4 Kids
The holidays are fast approaching! Before buying another toy for your child, consider the gift of savings. If your kids are old enough to ask to buy things, take the opportunity to start teaching …
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Young Asian family saving money together in a piggy bank
New PNW Song Contest plus Photo Winners
Each year, First Fed holds a photo contest to celebrate the beauty of the PNW. This year they are also hosting a new songwriting contest in honor of their 100th anniversary in 2023. Those who are …
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Photo by Elisa Laverty, grand prize winner of the Proudly PNW photo contest.
Preserve farm fresh abundance this Fall
On the Olympic Peninsula, the fruitfulness of September is also a harbinger of winter. Fortunately, Washington State University Extension offers professional food preservation guidance to help you …
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Step Up with This Adaptive Shoe
As kids head back to school in new shoes, a unique footwear design developed here in Washington continues to gain popularity. BILLY Footwear offers a unique, innovative zipper closure that is both …
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Hit us with your best shot of the PNW!
Every year local photography enthusiasts submits their best photos to First Fed’s Proudly PNW photo contest. This year’s contest is now open for submissions! Any photos that showcase the life and the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest are welcome.
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This photo of boats in Port Townsend by Crystal Craig was the September winner in the 2022 calendar.
Meet Cindy Hill-Finnie, New Board Chair of First Fed
It’s been nearly 30 years since Cindy Hill-Finnie first fell in love with Port Townsend - the Victorian architecture, idyllic neighborhoods, and seaside vistas. Today, she is woven …
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Free ERC Tax Refund Eligibility Check for Businesses
Was your business impacted negatively by the pandemic? Your business may be eligible for the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) tax refund.  PPP and ERC Together The 2020 COVID relief bill …
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Meet Chris Neros, New Chief Lending Officer and Executive VP at First Fed
At the heart of community banking is the people. Christopher “Chris” Neros was drawn to First Fed for their long legacy of commitment to their communities and pursuit of innovative ways …
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Financial Planning Takeaways
If financial freedom is a life goal for you, a financial plan is critical. A comprehensive financial plan should be reassessed periodically to incorporate life changes. You can begin at any stage in …
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First Fed Gives $1M to Northwest Maritime Center to Expand Access
Port Townsend students in the Maritime Discovery Program. Photo credit: James Cook First Fed Gives $1M to Northwest Maritime Center to Expand Access   Port Townsend’s Northwest …
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Port Townsend students in the Maritime Discovery Program
A Taxi Cab Company Celebrates First Year
The vision for Jacob Ramsey’s taxi company came to him while riding in the back of a Seattle cab. A Port Townsend native, he pictured founding a local company that was sustainable and focused …
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Beloved Ferry Reconnects Peninsula with Canada
After an 18-month hiatus, the Black Ball Ferry Line is sailing again, reconnecting the Olympic Peninsula with Victoria, British Columbia.   Our local community cheered and welcomed the first passengers coming in from Canada as they disembarked.
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