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Paddle to Nisqually Volunteers Prepare for Canoe Landing

Thurston Talk - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 6:00am

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Donna Killelea, volunteer for Paddle to Nisqually, signed up to help with food. “It is just such a huge endeavor. All of these people who are on the canoe journey need to be cared for, housed, and fed. Then there is the public who attend the event. There is nothing small about this. They need […]

Olympia Federal Savings Named a Top Ten Company to Work for in Washington

Thurston Talk - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 6:00am

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Olympia Federal Savings, or Oly Fed to locals, is a unique financial institution in a landscape of corporate giants. The 110-year-old company has stayed true to its mission of promoting strong community involvement, home ownership and thrift. And above all, they put people first – both their customers as well as the Oly Fed team. […]

Thrifty Thurston Jams to a Free Outdoor Concert on Sunday at the Capitol Campus

Thurston Talk - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 6:00am

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Olympia Symphony Orchestra (OSO) Administrative Assistant, Jennifer Hermann, says “Olympia is a vibrant arts community with diverse music and dance groups of all genres and ages contributing to our community’s rich cultural experience.” To mark OSO’s tenth annual Festival on the Green, the orchestra expanded the free concert and invited a number of other local […]

Green Home Solutions: Science-Based, Non-Toxic Solutions for Mold Problems

Thurston Talk - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 6:00am

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We all want healthy families. While you purchase healthy food and make a date with the gym, it’s often not enough. Have you considered the very air you breathe each day? With numerous impurities and toxins in our environment and today’s air-tight construction methods, indoor air quality has become a real problem for many. The […]

SideWalk’s Commitment to Volunteer Leadership Flourishes Under the Direction of Jill Esbeck, Operations Director

Thurston Talk - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 6:00am

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On the eastside of Olympia, I park my car and look for the address of the SideWalk Advocacy Center. The houses look alike—aging, comfortable, worn yet loved. I spot the address, 1139 Fifth Street SE, and step onto the porch. It’s cheery yellow exterior reminds me of my grandmother’s house. Upon entering, I sense that […]

People Make the Thurston County Fair Shine

Thurston Talk - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 6:00am

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The best summertime activities are those passed down through the generations. Whether sending your kids to the camp you attended as a child or teaching grandkids the fine art of pitching a tent and making s’mores, some things never go out of style. Since 1871, the Thurston County Fair has been a community and family […]

Hands On Children’s Museum Summer Splash Makes Waves this Weekend

Thurston Talk - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 5:38am

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Sand, Water and Forts are the focus at Summer Splash this month at Olympia’s Hands On Children’s Museum (HOCM). The community has embraced the museum’s transition from the weekend Sand In the City® event to Summer Splash, a summer long festival. This enthusiasm is illustrated by an increase in museum visitation. To date, there have […]

Port Of Olympia And City Of Olympia Team With Nisqually Tribe For Canoe Journey Landing

Thurston Talk - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 12:37pm

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Submitted by the Port of Olympia The City of Olympia and the Port of Olympia are proud to partner with the Nisqually Indian Tribe as they host the 2016 Paddle to Nisqually Canoe Journey landing in downtown Olympia on July 30, 2016. “The cooperation between the tribe and Port of Olympia and City of Olympia […]

Hometown Hero Program Seeks to Grow Student Athletes’ Sense of Community

Thurston Talk - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 9:14am

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  Submitted by South Puget Sound Community College Just months after its best season in school history, Clipper Men’s Basketball launches a new program to root student athletes in the Thurston County community.  Partnering with businesses and members of the community, Clipper Athletics anticipates the Hometown Hero Program will help student athletes from outside the […]

4th Annual Savor South Sound at Thurston County Fair

Thurston Talk - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 8:41am

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Submitted by the Thurston County Fair  It’s time to experience all that Cascadia brewers, cider makers, and vintners have to offer at the fourth annual Savor South Sound, taking place on Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6 from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. during the Thurston County Fair. This two-day event will feature exclusively local, […]

Anita Olszyk – Transplanted Cyclist Finds Her Passion In Thurston County

Thurston Talk - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 6:00am

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Anita Olszyk grew up on the other side of the country and had to travel around the world with the military before she discovered a passion for bicycling. Olszyk was born in New Jersey and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. She graduated from University of Maryland and later spent nearly 14 years abroad […]

Classy Canine Cuisine from Lenore Cuskelly and Crossed Paws Bakery

Thurston Talk - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 6:00am

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Tumwater business owner Lenore Cuskelly shops locally for ingredients. From local farmers, she fills her pantry list of parsley, dill, blueberries, pumpkins, fennel, zucchini, carrots, strawberries, kale, spinach, and apples. There’s meat, too.  All of these fresh ingredients go into Crossed Paws Bakery, where all natural, preservative-free dog treats are lovingly created. Lenore continues to tweak her […]

NW Christian High School Hosts Homeschool Options Information Night

Thurston Talk - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 10:36am

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Submitted by Northwest Christian Private Schools   Join the staff of Northwest Christian Private Schools at our upcoming open house. Learn about the school during a brief presentation about our program options and course offerings followed by a question and answer time. This open house is open to all families of incoming ninth through twelfth graders. In addition, you will have an […]

RLHC Opens Hotel RL in Olympia

Thurston Talk - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 10:16am

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Submitted by Red Lion Hotels Corporation RLHC (Red Lion Hotels Corporation) (NYSE:RLH) has announced the opening of Hotel RL Olympia. The hotel was built in 1969 and has undergone a multi-million dollar transformation to be rebranded as a Hotel RL. Hotel RL Olympia is the first of five Hotel RLs scheduled to open this year […]

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

Thurston Talk - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 9:20am

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Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Luna is a 1 1/2 year old female pit. She was spayed and vaccinated in March 2016. She loves sitting for treats, walking everywhere right next to her person, cuddling on the couch, laying in the sun, squeezing under fences, chewing bones, car rides (just falls asleep), sleeping with her […]

Capitol Battalion Sea Cadets Chart their Course

Thurston Talk - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 6:00am

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Michael Green began thinking about a military career in the eighth grade. At first it was the Army before a buddy of his brought up the United States Marines Corps. A little research later and Green was sold. “Grade-A, best of the best,” said Green, now 17 and an incoming senior at Capital High School, […]

Raymond Jay – 7-11 Owner Doing His Part to Help Homeless People

Thurston Talk - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 6:00am

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Although the 2015 Census report states homeless numbers are declining, Olympia still has close to 500 people without homes in Thurston County. Fortunately, there are many programs and people out there who want to help. Meet Raymond Jay. He owns the Tumwater 7-11 store and wanted to do more to help the homeless people in […]

Mushrooms Plus a Whole Lot More at the Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival

Thurston Talk - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 6:00am

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If you think the ninth annual Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival will strictly feature chanterelles, morels, shiitakes and other fungi that thrive in our region then you might miss out on a whole lot more. Dedicated mushroom aficionados and those simply curious about the fascinating toadstools will have multiple opportunities for feasting on and learning about […]

Cut Loose and Go Hog Wild at Quinault Beach Resort and Casino

Thurston Talk - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 6:00am

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Sure, summer is awesome. Concerts, BBQ’s, camping, and time spent with family and friends are the highlight of the year. But give yourself a break from tried-and-true, G-rated activities with the return of the Hog Wild Coastal Rally at Quinault Beach Resort and Casino. From July 28-31, take some grown-up time to go Hog Wild […]

History of the Messy Olympia/Tumwater City Border

Thurston Talk - Sat, 07/23/2016 - 6:00am

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The border between Olympia and Tumwater just north of North Street is a jumbled mess. While municipal borders aren’t often clean lines, this particular example is an extreme case. On some streets, houses switch between cities as you move from neighbor to neighbor. What this jumbled map represents is a few months between 1949 and […]

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