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Electric City resident Carol Nordine will take over her duties as the new manager of the Care and Share Food Bank on July 1. She replaces longtime manager Fern Blaylock who is retiring after a long career there. - Roger S. Lucas photo

There will be a new Care and Share Food Bank manager July 1.

Carol Nordine, former Electric City city council member, will take over food bank duties from Fern Blaylock.

Blaylock, now 81, has a hard time remembering when she started at the food bank, since it has become such a big part of her life. But she is off on another of her favorite things, helping kids at Grand Coulee Dam District schools.

"Fern was a fixture when I came to this position 20 years ago," said Teny Archer, who supervises the program from Moses Lake. "We are going to miss her and I am sorry to see her go."

The Care and Share Food Bank will be getting another manager whose interests and background are rooted in helping others.

Nordine served on the Electric City council back in 2015, where she filled out an unexpired term. Her son, John Nordine II, is mayor of the city.

The new manager was born in Tonasket and grew up in Curlew.

"I remember at home when people came to our house we put some extra chairs out and plates on the table and fed them," Nordine stated. "Ever since then I have enjoyed feeding people."

Boy, did she find the right thing to do, feeding people.

The Care and Share Food Bank is open on Fridays, and served 609 individuals in 303 families in March.

Carol and her husband were involved in foster care for 20 years, and she also was involved in the Omak School District for 19 years.

The couple also spent nine months as volunteers at the Omak Food Bank, before moving to Electric City.

"I like to meet people, and feed them, and this is what attracted me to the food bank," Carol stated.

"We always had a huge garden and being involved in food was natural for me," she added.

Nordine stated she hopes to find ways to simplify the process at the food bank.

Electric City resident Carol Nordine will take over her duties as the new manager of the Care and Share Food Bank on July 1. She replaces longtime manager Fern Blaylock who is retiring after a long career there. - Roger S. Lucas photo

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