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Upcycled Style Trash Fashion Show at the Schack Art Center

Olympia Dumpster Divers - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 8:31pm

We promised you pics from the Upcycled Style Trash Fashion Show at the Schack Art Center in Everett, WA, and we intend to keep our promise!

Nancy Judd of Recycle Runway with Ruby Re-Usable of Olympia Dumpster Divers

Nancy Judd with Ruby Re-Usable
Nancy is wearing her “Caution Dress,” made from caution tape, along with a “Throw Caution to the Wind” fascinator by Ruby Re-Usable; Ruby is wearing her “Once Is Not Enough” dress, which is made from a Mason County recycling sack & a thrift store frock, plus a plastic bag flower fascinator and pop top jewelry by Ruby.

As guest curator/co-producer, Ruby Re-Usable had her hands full and therefore does not have many photos of her own (but lots of learning experiences/stories she could tell …).  However, there were folks on hand to document this trashtastic event:

You can view every outfit from the show on Ruby’s Upcycled Style Trash Fashion Show Pinterest board, which features a selection of the fabulous photos from Josh+Rosemary Photography.  There is also a marvelous set of pics by Annie Mulligan/Everett Herald

Lana Landfill, Ruby Re-Usable, Lova Landfill, and  Lena Landfill Lana is wearing "Go-go Organic," Lova is in "Plastic Bag Blues," and Lena is modeling "Six-pack Princess," all designed by Ruby

Lana Landfill, Ruby Re-Usable, Lova Landfill, and Lena Landfill
Lana is wearing “Go-go Organic,” Lova is in “Plastic Bag Blues,” and Lena is modeling “Six-pack Princess,” all designed by Ruby Re-Usable

Monica Today posted this video of Six-pack Princess, designed by Ruby Re-Usable in true recycle/reuse style: it is a revised version of the original Six-pack Princess that Trashie Cassie wore last year.  The dress was created out of discarded blue packaging paper from ACT Theater, six-pack rings from various friends and family, and unused/unwanted mylar cookie packaging that was originally donated to the Museum of Glass art studio.  The jewelry is made from cat food can pull rings and soda pop tops.  Watch Lena Landfill, our spokesmodel for a greener world, sashay down the runway:

More short vids from Monica Today of the Upcycled Style Trash Fashion Show at the Schack Art Center HERE

Kudos to the Upcycled Style Trash Fashion designers: Kitty Center, Lynn Di Nino, Marita Dingus, Selena Eon of Rock Eon, Jane Grafton aka Tinker’s Dam, Monica Ann Guerrero Yocom aka Monica Today, Terra Holcomb, Susie Howell, Nancy Judd of Recycle Runway, Kristie Maxim aka Elle Poubelle, Rebecca Maxim aka Alotta DeTritus, Ruby Re-Usable, Loran Scruggs, Britni Jade Smith, and Robin Worley aka Rayona Visqueen.

Thank-you to all of the marvelous models: Robyn Lang, Leska Ratliff, Rosemary Jones, Marissa Motto, Megan Mullan, Jules Anslow, Russ Morgan, Stuart Gullstrand, Steve Jensen, Elinor Paulus, Lorelei Paulus, LisaLou Gogal, Heather Reiki, Allison Grable, Jana Rekosh, Kristen Humphries, Kahley Mae Estenson-Montez, Beth Dodrill, Abby Storwick, Joss van der Put, Raniere, and Christy Smith.  Thanks to Kallipso Rose for doing make-up, Steven Lough and Nancy Judd for being MCs, and to Jill King for doing flamenco dance during intermission.  And thank-you to the staff and volunteers of the Schack Art Center for hosting this event, especially gallery director Carie Collver!


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Helsing Junction Farm Announces Free Delivery of CSA Farm Share Boxes to Seniors

Thurston Talk - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 1:39pm



Submitted by Helsing Junction Farm


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Farmers work in the field at Helsing Junction Farm in Rochester.

At Helsing Junction Farm, we grow delicious, nutrient-rich food. After all, our bodies and our health are profoundly dependent on what we eat; a responsibility we take very seriously as your farmers.

We are a true CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm, in that nearly everything grown on our farm goes our to our 1,000 CSA members. This makes being a part of our CSA a unique experience, as you will be directly connected to the source of your food.

Our CSA delivery runs for 18 weeks from mid-June to mid-October. Each week our members receive a pre-packed box containing 7-15 items, depending on which size share they have. The contents of our CSA boxes vary widely as the season progresses, from strawberries and fresh peas in spring to potatoes and winter squash in fall. We also team up with other local producers to provide our CSA members with access to fruit, honey, cheese, mushrooms, pastured poultry, yogurt and sauerkraut, which are available via our webstore.

Join us on a journey through the seasons with a share of our harvest. We have over 20 years of experience growing verdant, flavorful, nutrient-rich produce for our CSA members and we believe that eating right should be a pleasure.

We are currently offering members 70 and older FREE home delivery to their residence in Olympia or Panorama in Lacey.

Helsing Junction Farm, eat well with us.

To learn more, click here.

Trans FX “Why I’m not Where You Are”

K Records - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 9:26am
Roller rink imagery shot at Olympia’s Skateland accompanies the first blast from the Trans FX album Into the Blu [KLP259].
Categories: Arts & Entertainment

copy of candidate statement for mayor of city of olympia, wa

OlyBlog Home Page - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 8:11am
This is copy of CANDIDATE STATEMEN i submitted to voter guide:  Bunch of folks asked me to run for Olympia City Council.  Said I would if they were registered to vote.  I have Facebook page.    2nd email address is:   Too many in Olympia are out of work, had hours cut, incomes cut, live paycheck to paycheck, lack decent health CARE, or are homeless.  Too many are drowning in College Loan debt, have mortgages they can't afford to pay, have homes not worth what they paid for.   Too many fear terrorists, fear an expanding World War, fear losing civil rights, fear criminals ruling streets, fear being jailed for their beliefs, fear an out of control government.  2nd Great Depression continues to destroy much of Olympia Mainstreet even if Wall Street bubbles upward. Is Olympia Broke like many towns and cities and tax people out of their homes and businesses?  Will Olympia deal with aging logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

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Homes First! – Community Partnership Rebuilds Lives, Homes, Community

Thurston Talk - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 6:47am



By Barb Lally

oly fed sponsorIt is a beautiful, sunny day at 423 Z Street in Tumwater. There is the tapping of hammers, buzz of a saw and hearty banter among happy, young construction workers. The once abandoned home is not just getting a facelift, it is also a scene of genuine renewal for the workers, the neighborhood and the community.

The Z Street home renovation is born out of a community partnership forged by Homes First! the local non-profit whose mission is to own and manage housing for people who would not normally be able to afford rents and to encourage the use of public and private participation and resources towards the goal.

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Representatives from the community, YouthBuild and Homes First!, the non-profit that has relied on community partnerships for 25 years, celebrate the groundbreaking of their Z Street project in Tumwater.

Wells Fargo Bank donated the Z Street home to Homes First! for $1 and donated $10,000 for a new roof. A group of Community Youth Services (CYS) YouthBuild students and their construction instructors from New Market Skills Center are renovating the home.  TCTV is filming and documenting their progress.

“These partnerships are the key to our mission,” says Trudy Soucoup, executive director of Homes First! “When we work together for the health of our community, we all benefit beyond our individual goals. Strong partnerships build strong communities.”

Started in 1990, Homes First! is celebrating its 25th Anniversary on May 20 at Olympia Federal Savings on 6th Ave in Lacey. The bank has helped finance the 28 properties with 80 units that the non-profit now owns, manages and rents. Together, they have served more than 3,000 people.

“It has been a privilege to support a mission that helps so many in our community,” says Sandy DiBernardo, the vice president of marketing for Oly Fed. “Our efforts are rewarded not only by the joy a home brings to someone who needs it, but also for how neighborhoods are improved. With YouthBuild involved, there are huge benefits all around.”

Building Better Lives

YouthBuild helps young people earn their high school diploma or GED while teaching skills and providing work experience in construction trades.

Construction instructors at Z Street teach, cover safety issues and answer questions as students rope in and climb ladders, chip away to remove a rotten roof, reinforce doorways and windows and cut pieces of lumber.

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Tim Stender, a construction instructor at New Market Skills Center, guides a YouthBuild student as he works on the window frame.

“For a lot of these youths, we are the first consistent adult they have had in their lives,” says Tim Stender one of the construction instructors who has been involved with YouthBuild from the beginning and has more than 35 years experience in construction. “We try to give them a picture of what a good life looks like.”

Life Lessons for YouthBuild Students

YouthBuild students are relishing an experience that is changing their own lives while helping the family that will eventually live in the rehabbed home.

“This is a house that started off abandoned with squatters living in it,” says Deven Wigley, a YouthBuild student. “We are fixing it up and it will no longer be an eyesore in this well-kept neighborhood.”

Like the home he is working on, Deven has a renewed vision for his life. Before YouthBuild, Deven questioned his intelligence and was an unmotivated student who dropped out of high school.

Now an avid reader and earning his high school diploma, Deven has gained new confidence. “I was scared to even give a presentation in a high school class,” explains Deven, who is a musician. “Since I joined the program I have performed in front of 500 people, no sweat. I had one of the best times of my life.”

Deven says his father worked as a carpenter and would always talk about it.

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Students Deven Wigley (left), Shayanne Grant (center) and construction instructor Tim Stender stand in the home they are helping to renovate.

“I now get a good idea of what a day of work was like for him,” he explains. “I am motivated to come here every day.”

Deven is also motivated by the end result. “I think about the family who will actually live and raise their children here. I can’t wait for that day to come.”

Shayanne Grand, who came to YouthBuild after hitting rock-bottom, is inspired by the work on the home.

“The back of the house was concave where someone tried to drive through it,” Shayanne describes. “The roof was moldy. With our work, it could go to someone like me in the future—someone who isn’t doing real well but who doesn’t want to be given up on.”

Shayanne has an energetic personality and is honest about her past and the renovation that is taking place in her own life.

“I was going down a loser path with depression, drugs and hopelessness and I felt like I was never going to graduate,” says Shayanne, now just two classes away from her high school diploma. “I didn’t know what I was good at and ended up riding the wind wherever it took me until I entered the YouthBuild program.”

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YouthBuild students are giving new life to the old abandoned home on Z Street in Tumwater.

Having realized that she is creative, she has a dream of working in architecture or cosmetology. Through YouthBuild she has grown confident in her strengths and has developed skills to better deal with life. Shayanne easily empathizes with the value of their work on Z Street.

“As long as someone has a good home base, somewhere they can feel comfortable living and taking care of their kids, it is security,” she explains. “I have lived on the streets not knowing when my next meal was or where I was going to sleep. It is scary.”

The Z Street project will continue until the home is ready for a tenant who will finally have the joy of a real home. The renovation improves the lovely Tumwater neighborhood and is giving the students a new opportunity to learn.

It is a clear testimony of the great work of Homes First! and Olympia Federal Savings, who for 25 years have established great community partners to consistently supply affordable, healthy rental housing in Thurston County and a way to a better life.

For more about Home’s First! visit their website at


Get Your RV Summer Ready with Olympia’s Awesome RV

Thurston Talk - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 6:32am



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Is your RV ready to go camping this summer?

June 21 signifies more than the start of a new season: It is the signal for adventure, fun and relaxation under the sun. Recreation vehicles can add to this experience, providing the extreme road tripper with everything they need for a leisurely drive down the coast or a scenic voyage through the badlands — motels, tents and yurts not required.

If your RV is still in hibernation mode, it is a great time to start getting your vehicle summer ready. Jim Jussila, Service Manager at Olympia’s Awesome RV, says de-winterizing your RV for summer can take place any time prior to the first use of the season as long as freezing weather conditions have passed. Because freezing conditions can extend into March, de-winterizing too early can result in complications later on in the season. As we are now well into May with summer just on the horizon, there is no better time to think about getting your RV ready for summer than now.

Getting Ready

Whether you decide to de-winterize your RV yourself or opt to take it to a specialist like Awesome RV, Jussila says the process for de-winterizing an RV varies depending how the unit was winterized in the first place. “If antifreeze was used to fill all the water lines, the process of flushing the antifreeze from the system can take significantly more time and water usage,” he says. “We have found it much more convenient and user friendly for the customer to simply use air pressure to blow all the water from the lines, which significantly minimizes the amount of antifreeze that needs to be put into the system.”

Common Problems

If you failed to properly winterize your RV, you may run into some other issues that can be both time consuming and costly. “The most common problems we see with units that were not properly winterized are water pump failures, toilet water valve failures, cracked water filters and faucets that literally have the top portion fly off the first time water pressure is restored to the system,” explains Jussila. “Many times, even when the trailer or motorhome is winterized, the exterior showers and faucet fixtures are often forgotten about.” Because these items are often winterized improperly, Jussila says it is a good idea to inspect these things carefully before packing up and hitting the road. Before first use, Jussila also recommends performing a propane leak down test. This simple test that takes about 30 minutes and costs $50 at Awesome RV will identify if your RV is leaking gas. “It is very cheap insurance considering an undetected gas leak will often result in a major injury or death,” says Jussila.

Upgrade for Driveability

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Your next adventure starts with Awesome RV.

Before you hit the open road, it may not be a bad idea to upgrade your rig for driveability. There’s nothing worse than driving long distances in a vehicle that is difficult or uncomfortable to drive. “Motorhomes simply do not handle as well as most people would like, and we often hear complaints that, after a long trip, the driver is so fatigued from driving they have a hard time relaxing, which is obviously contrary to the whole RV lifestyle,” explains Jussila. “Awesome RV has the capabilities and products available to make a poor-handling motorhome drive more like a car.” To get an idea of the kinds of parts and accessories Awesome RV offers, Jussila recommends stopping by the store and picking up a copy of Awesome RV’s parts catalog. “I like to leave mine laying around a couple weeks before my birthday and Christmas with all my wish list items boldly circled.”

Before You Go

To maximize your comfort and fun, Jussila says enjoying your first trip out starts well before the trip itself. “My recommendation is to not become a stranger to your RV during the winter months, or, at the very least, give yourself some time to react and get the RV back in usable condition prior to the first outing.” Jussila says it is common for people to think that just because their RV worked properly when they parked it for the winter that it will work just as good when they take it out eight or nine months later. This is not always the case. Jussila says when things sit dormant for months, they can often operate worse than if they had been turned on and running the entire time. Because of this, Jussila recommends driving your RV, getting comfortable with it, and ensuring that it is running properly before you hit the road.

Need a Hand?

Taking on a project like de-winterizing your RV can be a big job, especially if you failed to winterize it correctly. To make things a little easier, Awesome RV offers a $149 special designed to knock-off cobwebs, run appliances, test for propane leaks, and check for general maintenance issues that can hinder your first trip. “The $149 special also includes filling the propane tanks so you know you will be ready when the weather breaks or that impromptu trip comes up,” says Jussila. “This special used to be called our Spring Special, but it became so popular we had to rename it as we ran into year-round demand. You get a lot of bang for your buck!”

For more information about Olympia’s Awesome RV, visit Awesome RV online, give Awesome RV a call at 888-870-8031, or visit Awesome RV at its Olympia Auto Mall location off of Cooper Point Road in Olympia.


Olympia Real Estate Broker Catherine Haag Eases the Relocation Chaos

Thurston Talk - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 6:00am



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Catherine Haag has been in the real estate business for 22 years, 19 of those with Van Dorm Realty.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that people hold an average of 10 different jobs throughout the course of their life. While some are a logical transition or local transfer, some lead to complete relocation, a tumultuous time in any life.

Locally, Van Dorm Realty’s Catherine Haag specializes in smoothing out the inevitable bumps, bruises, and bubble-wrap of such a move. Haag has been in the real estate industry for 22 years, 19 of them with Van Dorm.

Turning to real estate after staying home to raise her children, Haag began by purchasing a rental property with her father. “I always thought it would be fun,” she remembers, and thus a new career path began.

It soon became obvious that the choice was a good one. Since 2007, Catherine has often found herself listed as Van Dorm’s first or second top broker. She specializes in residential properties, often with acreage or on waterfront lots. Part of her relocation service includes a community tour showcasing all our gorgeous, central location has to offer. With its access to the water, hiking, skiing, or the metropolitan areas of Seattle and Portland, Haag readily acknowledges, “you can’t beat this part of Puget Sound!”

Haag’s success keeps her busy so she has a full-time, licensed assistant in Juliann Matson, herself with more than a decade’s worth of real estate experience. Matson is always pleased at how quickly their clients, whether buyers or sellers, come to feel completely at ease with both the team and the process.

Outside the office, Haag is a member of the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce, has served as one of the directors of the Thurston County Board of Realtors, and founding member and past president of the Griffin School Foundation and Restoration Hope, a Steamboat Island community group.

Community outreach “keeps me really connected,” says Haag. Her work for the Griffin School Foundation and Restoration Hope strives to build fellowship within their area and include neighbors of all ages. She recently helped start a senior citizens social at the Prosperity Grange which meets most months on the fourth Friday of the month at 10:00 a.m. They also completed their third annual Old Fashioned Christmas Caroling in the Grange event with a visit from the Griffin Fire Department’s Santa Sleigh and carols by candlelight.

This passion for the community keeps Catherine and Juliann on their toes. The Thurston County housing market is on the rise. Thurston County residential home prices are up approximately 6.7% according to NWMLS for 2013 and 2014. Though most of Catherine’s referrals come from satisfied previous clients, the team is more than willing to sit down with new prospective customers. Their knowledge extends from programs which help with down payments to the benefits of a second property as an investment tool.

The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies reports that “strong and consistent evidence indicates that homeowners are more likely to: be satisfied with their homes and neighborhoods; participate in voluntary and political activities; and stay in their homes longer, contributing to neighborhood stability.” While relocation may be a stressful process, putting down roots through home ownership can ease the short-term chaos.

Catherine and Juliann can be found at the West Olympia offices of Van Dorm Realty located at 1530 F Black Lake Boulevard. Visit her contact and listing page online here or give her a call at 360.791.8000.

Furniture Work’s Tips for Painting Used Furniture

Thurston Talk - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 8:56pm



Submitted by Furniture Works

An old and tired piece gets new life with a coat of paint.

An old and tired piece gets new life with a coat of paint.

If you think of painted furniture as a scraped-up old chair you pick up at the flea market to put in the laundry room, think again. Painting used furniture has many benefits. It is great if you want to update your home on a budget, while keeping it stylish and is the most eco-friendly way to do so. It also allows you to get creative and add your own personality to your home. Consider it a work of art. Did you ever think of painted furniture as art? You don’t need to be especially artistically gifted to successfully create a conversation starter as well as a true work of art.

Before you get started, take a mental survey of what it is that you want. What piece of furniture do I want? Where is it going and what will it be used for?

Identify your style – What look are you going for?  If you don’t have an idea of the look you’re trying to achieve, then look on the internet for inspiration. Pinterest is an awesome site for ideas of all kind and will show you different styles of old furniture and what they look like painted.

Begin your furniture hunt – Start your search on Craigslist. Many people do not see the need for their grandmother’s 1940’s highboy dresser and are selling it for next to nothing. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Flea markets are also a good source but the prices can run a bit high.  Here at Furniture Works, we have a large selection of affordable used wood pieces, such as dressers, nightstands, and hutches. All of which can be repainted to look like a one of a kind designer piece.

Bar stools become a focal point with a creative paint job.

Bar stools become a focal point with a creative paint job.

Choose the colors and design – Choose a base color; buy some acrylic paint in a can and a good brush. Get a set of small bottles of acrylic paint in several colors at a crafts store and an inexpensive set of little brushes. Paint your furniture item. Acrylic dries quickly, so you’re ready to move on in half an hour.

Use any colors you fancy. Bright, primary colors are favorites with kids. For your teen daughter, various pastel shades may be just the ticket. If you’ve chosen a dark green as your base color, a burnt orange can provide a nice contrast.

When you’re doing this type of painted furniture project, you can ad lib, painting an appealing shape wherever it pleases you. Maybe you’ll then outline that shape in a contrasting color. Painted furniture can be a kind of pop-art creation. Perhaps you want to paint a vine that drapes gracefully across the chair seat or runs across the table like a runner. How about stripes on the rungs of the chair? Anything goes. A geometric pattern can look very attractive.  If you are not so good with painting freehand, then create or download an attractive stencil. You can also find painted rollers with patterns on them at hardware stores.

Don't be afraid of pattern and bold color.  Paint can always be redone.

Don’t be afraid of pattern and bold color. Paint can always be redone.

Tips and tricks - There are some other tricks of the painted furniture trade you’ll want to explore while creating your work of art. Acrylic paints can be diluted with water and layered over another color, a bit like batik. A swath of light blue crossing over a purple area creates a new shade and added dimension. There are clear acrylic gels which you can use to dilute the color while retaining the same body of the full strength paint.  You can also create a cottage chic look by sanding the corners and edges lightly after the paint has dried. Experiment and have fun.

The final product - When you’ve completed this first project, consider the possibilities.  Remember that practice makes perfect so plan ahead and practice your designs and experiment with colors on a piece of paper beforehand. This will ensure that you are satisfied with the piece and will encourage you to keep going. Don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t look like the pictures. Your piece is unique and it is a one of a kind created by you.

A painted furniture project is one you can put away and pick right back up when it’s convenient to your schedule. I can almost guarantee you’ll be eager to come back and work some more, because it’s a therapeutic and satisfying activity. Be forewarned that painted furniture projects can be addicting, just for the pleasure of creating a little work of art.


500 Flags Fly in Lacey

Thurston Talk - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 2:32pm



By Lynn West

Hometown logoOn every major thoroughfare in Lacey, Washington this week, or any week preceding a national holiday, the stars and stripes will be waving in the breeze. That is, not just one or two United States flags on a pole here or there, but over 500 flags! In this regard, Lacey is unique.

Most often we just take for granted that certain events will be commemorated in a traditional way, and that was true of the city leaders in Lacey. “Even the mayor of Lacey was taken by surprise to learn on September 11, 2001, that he couldn’t call the city’s maintenance department and expect them to have the flags flying by the end of that horrific day,” Pat Bucknell told me recently. “Very few people knew we were responsible for the flags, and that was fine. We just wanted to make an impact on our city.”

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Pat Bucknell first began raising flags in Lacey in 1986.

As the inspiration behind the United States Flag project in Lacey, Pat Bucknell, current treasurer of the Lacey Sunrise Lions Club, presented the idea to his club in 1986. The following year about 250 flags were installed along Lacey streets on Memorial Day weekend. Twenty-eight years later, in 2014, the original goal of 500 flags was reached, but it all did not all happen by magic along the way.

Initially club members knew that to make a go of it, they would have to find outside sponsors, but initially they purchased the flags themselves. Radio stations KTOL and KGY provided publicity, booths were set up at Panorama, and local shopping malls to encourage community participation. Individuals responded as well as Fred Meyer and Capital Development Corporation South Sound Mall, who were major contributors. It soon became a community effort.

After discovering in 2001 the amazing work the Sunrise Lions were doing, the City of Lacey began installing the brackets, and Woodmen of the World donated over 200 US flags to keep this amazing project expanding.

However, the Lions soon realized they could not complete what had become a massive endeavor nine times each year (Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Patriots Day, and Veteran’s Day) by themselves. It takes seven teams to launch the 580 flags that will fly in 2015 on each of these holidays.

It also takes teamwork to accomplish the job. Seven teams are well organized and know their locations and the number of flags they will install. The Lacey Sunrise Lions members captain five of the teams, but in 1990 they enlisted the help of two local Boy Scout Troops by becoming their sponsors. Boy Scout Troop 222 lines College Street with a 100 flags, and Troop 101 mounts another 100 flags on Martin Way and Marvin Road.

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The Lacey Sunrise Lions Club is responsible for organizing more than 500 flags on 9 different holidays.

One of Bucknell’s essential motivations in proposing this project in 1986 was giving back to the community, and that is exactly why it aligns so nicely with the mission of the Boy Scouts.

According to Kevin Ammon, Scout Master of Lacey Troop 101, “It is obvious my Scouts feel a keen sense of community when they are putting up the flags. They love having people honk and wave and appreciate all their hard work. They know it is something the whole community values.”

As one of the smaller Scout Troops in Lacey, Troop 101 has 35 boys registered, with about twenty 11-17 year olds active, so launching 100 flags nine times a year is no small task.

Ammons explained that consistent with the Boy Scout’s mission, community service is high on the list of priorities. “When we are installing the flags, the boys get immediate feedback on their hard work, which is nice. “ he said. “In other settings the boys are hidden in the woods pulling ivy or planting trees in a local park.”

In a paraphrase from Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, Ammons said he appreciates Powell’s philosophy, “Don’t do for a boy, what he can do for himself.”

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Boy Scouts from Troops 101 and 222 are responsible for raising about 200 flags throughout Lacey.

With that idea in mind, he said his scouts have devised improvements for the flag installation process. “For example,” he said, “they decided last year that it was more time efficient to divide the group and work on each side of the road simultaneously.” He appreciates that this project has allowed them to become more self-directed.

What began as one military veteran’s idea to honor his country and benefit his city, has become a recurring event involving multigenerational community members, local businesses and government leaders.

Enjoy the flags. Give the Lions and Boy Scouts a wave as they lower the flags a few days after Memorial Day. They will be raising those 580 flags again soon. The Fourth of July is just around the corner.


Tenino Quarry Pool Opening for 2015

Thurston Talk - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 1:48pm



Submitted by The City of Tenino

Tenino QuarryThe Tenino Quarry Pool will open for the 2015 Season on July 5, 2015 and will be open for operation until Labor Day Weekend weather permitting.

The Tenino City Council has adopted early bird rates for family season passes when purchased the last two weeks of May. These season passes will allow a family of up to two adults and four children access to the Quarry Pool for the 2015 season.

Passes may be purchased at Tenino City Hall during regular hours from or by sending a check payable to the City of Tenino postmarked by June 2, 2015. The application form is available at city hall or

Inside Tenino School District

  • Per Person – $2.00
  • Season Pass Family (2 adults, 4 children) – $100
  • Season Pass Family, Early Bird (last 2 weeks of May) – $80

Outside Tenino School District

  • Per Person – $4.00
  • Season Pass Family (2 adults, 4 children) – $175.00
  • Season Pass Family, Early Bird (last 2 weeks of May ) – $140.00

For additional information please contact Tenino City Hall at 360-264-2368.


Saints Promote Athletics, Summer Camps At The Lacey Spring Fun Fair

Thurston Talk - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 1:15pm



Submitted by Saint Martin’s University

The Saint Martin’s University athletic department promoted athletics and summer camps this past weekend at the Lacey Spring Fun Fair hosted on the campus of Saint Martin’s.

The objectives of the Lacey Spring Fun Fair are to build community pride and identity and to provide an annual event that offers fun activities and educational opportunities for family and people of all ages. Over 50 booths were set up this weekend that also featured a parade, car show and food and rides. The two-day free event was made available to the entire South Sound region.

Women’s basketball, men’s basketball, soccer, track & field, volleyball and baseball all took part in the Lacey Spring Fun Fair and helped promote not only athletics but also summer camps.

“Lacey Fun Fair is a great tradition hosted here at SMU,” said head women’s basketball coach Tim Healy. “It is a fun opportunity for the community to interact with the coaches here and vice versa.  I enjoyed my time working at the booth and promoting Saints athletics and summer camps.”

Five teams offer sports camps for the 2015 summer, men’s & women’s basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball.

You can register online for the men’s basketball, volleyball and softball camps or fill out a brochures. For more information on summer camps or to sign up click here.


Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

Thurston Talk - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 11:52am



Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton

Adopt-A-Pet dog of the week is Bonnie.

Adopt-A-Pet dog of the week is Bonnie.

Bonnie is a beautiful Pit Bull mix who is a petite 45 pounds.  She is a volunteer favorite at the kennel. Evidently, she doesn’t know she is 8 years old and likes long walks and loves to go for runs. And she is so fun to watch play in the lake or stream.  Bonnie’s perfect home would be one where she is the only dog, no cats and has a secure fenced yard.

Kids in the household should be older, mature, gentle and strong enough to work with Bonnie. She responds to positive re-enforcement training and does not like forceful or loud corrections. If you’ve been looking for a beautiful girl who will be your loyal companion, go for car rides with you, and be your motivator to get you off the sofa and outside for some fresh air and exercise, Bonnie is your girl.

We have lots of great dogs and always need volunteers to help them.  Visit our website at or contact Adopt-A-Pet, on Jensen Road in Shelton, at or (360) 432-3091. Join us on Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington”.

Westport Winery Cider Garners Best of Class At Riverside International Wine Competition

Thurston Talk - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 11:39am



Submitted by Westport Winery

2015 Smoky Front Westport WineryWestport Winery’s hard apple cider, Mercy, earned Best of Class and a gold medal at the 34th Annual Riverside International Wine Competition in Temecula, California on May 7. The tasting notes escribe the wine as “a fall orchard, ripe with fruit, falling leaves and fresh air.” A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this wine benefits Mercy Ships a medical/surgical organization in based in Houston, Texas, that provides care to those in some of the poorest and most remote countries in the world. The art for this wine’s label was drawn by winery co-owner, Kim Roberts. The winery suggests you pair Mercy with their Northwest Nachos while listening to Mercy Me by Marvin Gaye.

The winery’s 2012 Sangiovese named Smoky Nor’wester also earned a gold medal. The grapes for this wine were harvested at the renowned Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley AVA. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits the Museum of the North Beach in Moclips, Washington. The winery’s tasting notes suggest this wine exhibits “Maserati intensity, like a good spanking.” They encourage guests to enjoy the wine with their restaurant’s Tomato Basil and Italian Sausage Soup while listening to Life’s Been Good To Me by Joe Walsh.


Black Women in Music Festival

South Sound Arts - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:15am
Hey Tacoma, This is coming your way. Get ready.

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Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation Announces Free Summer Lunch Program

Thurston Talk - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 5:05pm



Submitted by The City of Olympia

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Free Lunches All Summer for Everyone 18 and Under

The Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation Department is proud to announce the sponsorship of the USDA’s Simplified Summer Food Program for Children. This partnership allows meals to be made available at no charge to all attending children 18 years of age and younger. No registration required, just drop by. Free lunches will be served Weekdays, June 22 through August 14 (except July 3) from noon to 12:30 pm at the following locations:

Garfield Elementary (Hot lunch)
325 Plymouth St. NW
Olympia, WA 98502

Madison Elementary (Cold sack lunch)
1225 Legion Way SE
Olympia, WA 98501

Stay & Play

Children ages 6-12 are invited to stick around after lunch for the City of Olympia’s Summer Kids in Parks Program (SKIPP). SKIPP is a free, supervised, drop-in playground program featuring games, arts & crafts, field trips and more. SKIPP takes place every day following the Free Summer Lunch Program from 12:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Woodruff Park and Madison Elementary. Snacks will be served at 3 p.m. All children are required to complete a medical waiver prior to participating in SKIPP. Waivers and more information can be found at

USDA Required Information

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.



Author Mitchell S. Jackson @ the Olympia Library

OlyBlog Home Page - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 4:15pm
Event:  Mon, 06/01/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:45pm Mitchell Jackson is an all-too-rare success story. He grew in a crime-ridden neighborhood of Portland, Oregon during the crack epidemic of the 1990’s. He went to prison for selling drugs, yet managed to channel his hard times into a book that is already being considered for literary prizes.  "It’s tough to write beautifully about ugly things,” writes award-winning author Victor LaValle, “but Mitchell Jackson makes it look easy.” The story focuses on a man and a woman – his mother - trying to overcome the enormous hurdles life has put in front of them. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that, in this situation, simply doing one’s best takes great courage. All Timberland Regional Library programs are free and open to the logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

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Gyasi Ross “Winona LaDuke”

K Records - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 12:55pm
A stunning visual to accompany Gyasi Ross and his homage to “Winona LaDuke”, from his album Isskootsik (Before Here Was Here) [KLP257]. “Teach me.” The Gyasi Ross album Isskootsik (Before Here Was Here) [KLp257] is available now from the K Mail Order Dept.  
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Sound Shade & Shutter: Outstanding Service Creates Perfect Balance with Sun, Shade and Security

Thurston Talk - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 11:01am



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Roll shutters provide an excellent solution to security and storm protection.

Screens, shutters and awnings provide security to businesses and homes and protection from Thurston County’s seasonal weather changes of warm sun on summer days and blustery wind and rain throughout the winter. Behind these devices is a quality product, person and company. Sound Shade & Shutter is locally owned and operated by Gary Merritt, a home improvement professional who has been in the local industry for over 25 years. Commonly known as the “roll shutter guy,” Gary recognizes that his positive attitude, professionalism and outstanding customer service have been the foundation to his happy customers.

“It is my philosophy that we would never do anything to someone’s home that we would not do to our own. And I provide service with a smile. We do the work right the first time so that we have satisfied customers. I offer professionalism and experience and I think that is why I have so many repeat customers and new customers from friends and neighbors recommending me,” shares Gary.

Jean Muller has worked with Gary through five different projects in three separate homes. She originally met Gary when she bid on an auction item to fit her living room and bedroom with roll shutters. “I liked his work so much that we had him return to fit our screen door. Then when we moved to our second home we knew immediately that we would have to have roll shutters and that we wanted Gary to do it. Now we are in our third house and Gary installed more roll shutters. We just had Gary come back out to put in a motorized sun screen. He has really good products. We have been extremely happy customers for a whole bunch of years. We think Gary is great.”

Sound Shade & Shutter is the premiere local choice for sun control and security needs. They offer the highest quality products in the industry for habitat screens, awnings and roll shutters. Habitat screens are an energy efficient solution to block the sun but not the view while expanding a living space. They are easy to see through and completely retractable. Gary describes habitat screens as sunglasses for your home.

Awnings come in a variety of styles and types, depending upon the need of the patio, window or other enclosure. Customarily, their purpose is to create a living space out of a balcony or patio into the open air.

Roll shutters are a popular and effective product as they are strong, secure and durable and simply glide into place when needed or retract easily into an overhead panel box when not being used. Roll shutters are designed either to be manually operated or with motorized controls and are an excellent solution to protect windows. Sound Shade & Shutter offers generous parts and labor warranties on installed roll shutters, awnings, and sunscreens. Gary strives for every customer to be 100% satisfied.

sound shade shutter

Habitat screens are like sunglasses for your home. They provide solar protection yet are easy to see through as to not compromise your view.

Marjorie Henry is a testament to the longevity and superior service offered by Sound Shade & Shutter. She has been a customer of Gary’s for nearly twenty years when he initially installed roll shutters on seven windows throughout the house. “Gary is a good man and he does excellent work. We have had these roll shutters since 1997 and they are wonderful. We put the westside facing ones down in the summer to keep the house cool. And when we need to protect from the wind, we put them all the way down. Gary recently came out to clean the shutters and just check on them. They still work great and we are so glad that Gary is in the business,” exclaims Marjorie.

Gary prides himself on his superior products and reputable customer service, which is evidenced by products lasting over twenty years and repeat customers. “Sound Shade & Shutter products have truly been a life saver for us,” says customer Jean Muller. “We had a neighbor’s tree come down on our master bedroom in the middle of the night. The roll shutter protected us as it would have broken through our door and on top of us. The sturdy roll shutter simply got a small crease in it and still functions to this day. However, the most impressive thing is how Gary goes above and beyond with his customers. When he came out recently, he realized some starlings had made a nest above the roll shutters and made a humongous mess. Those starlings were persistent but Gary’s follow up was even better. It is a rare company that has that kind of follow up and service.”

Sound Shade & Shutter is a full service company offering sales, maintenance and repair and an authorized Talius and ABC Sun Control representative. To learn more about their innovative sun solutions and security products visit their website. Contact Gary at 360-742-3600 or


Summer Reading Begins

OlyBlog Home Page - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 10:39am
Event:  Fri, 06/12/2015 (All day) Summer reading begins! Head to the library and sign up for our annual Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is superheroes: "Every Hero has a Story" for children, "Unmask!" for teens, and “Escape the Ordinary” for adults. Adults can complete challenges and earn a chance to win one of our exciting grand prizes. The program runs from June 12 through Labor Day, with the Summer Reading Party for kids on August 18. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Capital City Marathon 2015 Photos

Thurston Talk - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 6:07am



Photos by Shanna Paxton Photography

It was a beautiful morning on Sunday, May 17 for the 34th annual Capital City Marathon.  The route includes a full marathon, half marathon, 5 miler and a kids dash.  For more information on all the community groups that made this event possible, click here.  The next race is slated for Sunday, May 22, 2016.

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