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Bob Barclift Resigns after 23 Years on Tumwater School Board of Directors

Thurston Talk - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 3:15pm

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Submitted by The Tumwater School District At the September 22, 2016 School Board Meeting, Robert (Bob) Barclift, Tumwater School District’s Board Vice President, the third longest-serving School Director in the history of Tumwater and the longest member in direct service to the district, announced that he will be resigning his position from Position 4, Tumwater School […]

Port Commission Approves Marine Fueling Station at Swantown Marina

Thurston Talk - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 12:27pm

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Submitted by Port of Olympia The Port Commission approved the construction of a Marine Fueling Station at Swantown Marina at its September 12 Commission meeting.  Anderson Environmental Contracting, LLC was awarded the construction contract with a bid of $2,102,539. Since 1999, there has been no option for marine fueling services in the downtown Olympia area. […]

Neighborhood Notes: The Food Nook – Olympia’s Tiniest Grocery Store Hides Out in Downtown

Thurston Talk - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 6:00am

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Tucked amid the concrete buildings of downtown Olympia is a pleasant green oasis. Across the street from the downtown Olympia branch of the Timberland Regional Library, at the corner of Adams and 9th Street, you will enter an area, amid the concrete of the city, filled with fruit trees, vegetable gardens, picnic tables, flowers, and […]

Hop Over to Hoptoberfest at Quinault Beach Resort and Casino

Thurston Talk - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 6:00am

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Changing seasons are upon us, like it or not. Summer’s long days and balmy nights will soon be the stuff of memory as we make way for pumpkin spice…everything. If, like me, that thought makes you shudder, consider a weekend escape to Hoptoberfest at Quinault Beach Resort and Casino. On Saturday, October 8 the Resort will […]

Samantha Johnson, Abbie VanMarter Prove to be Aces for Northwest Christian Volleyball

Thurston Talk - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 6:00am

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It’s hard not to notice all the state championship banners hanging inside Northwest Christian High School’s gymnasium. One wall in particular features nothing but banners stretching from one end to the next. The greatness of the school’s powerhouse running programs are on full display. The lion’s share of the hardware, however, belongs to the girls […]

Skilled Agents Bring Home the Dream at The Village at Mill Pond

Thurston Talk - Sun, 09/25/2016 - 6:00am

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As of May 2016, the National Association of Home Builders reports housing costs through construction, renovation, utilities, rents, and fees contribute 15-18% of our country’s gross domestic product (GDP). With a home often being the largest purchase you’ll ever make, let a skilled broker be your intermediary through the ins-and-outs of buying and selling. Some […]

Black Hills Seniors Form Strong Bond through Cross Country

Thurston Talk - Sun, 09/25/2016 - 6:00am

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It’s called the Light at the End of the Tunnel – a roughly 2 1/2-mile trek through a Snoqualmie Pass mountain which requires runners to wear headlamps in order to navigate through the course. Inside it’s cold, foggy and damp. “And pitch black,” Black Hills High School senior Ryan Peters said. Peters and his fellow Wolves’ […]

4 Places to Learn a New Skill for the Gift-Giving Season

Thurston Talk - Sun, 09/25/2016 - 6:00am

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The holiday season will be here before you know it, and it can be tough to figure out gifts for your friends and family. This year, try learning a new skill and make gifts for your loved ones. Olympia offers a variety of places where you can take classes to learn knitting, painting, ceramics, and […]

The Underpants at Tacoma Little Theatre

South Sound Arts - Sat, 09/24/2016 - 2:40pm
Published in The News Tribune, Sept. 23, 2016
Tacoma Little Theatre opens its 98thseason with a frothy bit of silliness called “The Underpants” from the multi-talented Steve Martin, renowned comic, actor, writer and musician who wrote the brilliant Picasso at the Lapine Agile. It is hard to believe that Steve Martin wrote this one.
At best, it is good for a few laughs. There is some entertaining word play, it pokes fun at sexist attitudes that were prevalent when the play is set, in the first decade of the 20th century – attitudes that in some quarters still exist today. It is also mildly risqué and would have been even more so in 1910.
Read the complete review.

Louise (Cassie Jo Fastabend)  and Gertrude (Deya Ozburn). All photos courtesy Dennis K. Photography
Daya Ozburn and Jed Slaughter
Cassie Jo Fastabend and Daya Ozburn
Ben Stahl and Cassie Jo Fastabend
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Resonating Objects

South Sound Arts - Sat, 09/24/2016 - 8:28am
Margaret Noble’s sound art at South Puget Sound Community College
Originally published in the Weekly Volcano, Sept. 22 and posted online at olyarts.com.

Students interacting with Margaret Noble's sound art installation “Material Shrine for a New Class,” photo courtesy South Puget Sound Community CollegeSouth Puget Sound Community College gallery director Nathan Barnes said noted that Margaret Noble’s exhibition, Resonating Objects, begs the question “what is art?”. Is it just painting and sculpture? What about sound, movement, light? What are the boundaries between visual art and the performing arts? There are no easy answers, but Noble’s exhibition certainly raises the questions. 
Read the complete review at:
http://www.northwestmilitary.com/music-and-culture/arts-features/2016/09/resonating-objects/
http://olyarts.org/2016/09/20/margaret-nobles-resonating-objects/
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Get Value From Your Home Warranty with a Boggs Home Inspection

Thurston Talk - Sat, 09/24/2016 - 6:00am

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New construction is booming throughout our area. After several years of slowdowns in the industry, local builders are logging record numbers of new homes built and they are selling as fast as they are built. While a new home is sometimes free from many of the problems you might encounter in an older home, homeowners […]

Fantastic Pho for Everyone in Thurston County

Thurston Talk - Sat, 09/24/2016 - 6:00am

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Want to eat something quick and fairly healthy without spending too many dollars?  There’s one meal that is a solution to all of these dining quandaries, and it is the mighty, perfect, vibrant bowl of pho. Pho (pronounced fuh) is a Vietnamese dish often eaten for breakfast or lunch in Vietnam, but it’s of course […]

For Sale in 1966: Thurston County Advertisements of Fifty Years Ago

Thurston Talk - Sat, 09/24/2016 - 6:00am

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Advertisements are part of everyday life for modern Americans. They are designed to catch people’s attention, highlight a company or product’s qualities and most importantly encourage sales. Fifty years ago, in 1966, advertisements were also part of daily life. Newspapers were the primary form of media for advertisements during the era, though mailed advertisements as […]

And We’re (nearly) DONE!

Sherwood Press - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 5:39pm
It all started with digging out the foundation. Terry and I removing shingles to expose rot below the big south-facing window. The window opening being prepared to receive the new window. The new window being fitted. Jocelyn and Betty next to the new old window, next to the new window. One last look up the 'Nutcracker' Douglas Fir. So long, and thanks for the majestic presence. Luis starting his climb. Luis approaching the tree-topping point. Fast-forward a bit to Terry surgically removing the tree stump. And the stump has been wrenched from its last earthly tether. Sad but, well, good. Ariel Biggerstaff prepping and opening our old windows! And the color begins! Old and New. The colors look good together. With wet paint one can see the circular saw marks from the old shingles.  the office window with Schanen at the computer. I wonder why they chose to mention 50 years when that fact would end up so dated. It's now 76. I started volunteering the year before this plaque went up.  RESTORED & REVIVED!!!

 

They say that time contracts when you’re busy, and I would have to say this feels true, especially of everything that’s happened since the close of our Indiegogo restoration campaign last December. It’s an understatement to say we were successful. We raised a whopping $17,429, a full 128% of our goal, and only a little over $1500 off of our stretch goal. We are SO very grateful to all the people who supported the press!

The winter was a busy one for us, as we wrapped up the campaign and continued shipping perks out as they came available. But as early spring approached, the REAL work began in earnest.

The first order of business was to excavate soil out from around the building. It had built up pretty badly and on the south side of the building had caused unexpected rot to the foundation, so right off the bat we were hit with unanticipated costs. Fortunately, my partner Terry is capable of anything and he managed the replacement of some beams and the south wall rim joist. We also had to remove shingles on the south wall below the window to expose and remove rot in the wall below the big window, and to get ready for the new window.

In late February, Ecowoodworks came out, deconstructed the old window, and carefully saved every pane of glass (but two) for the new window. Shop Foreman Devin Markoff personally handled the construction of the new window, and friends, it’s a thing of total beauty. The installation took place on March 17. It’s impossible to describe the feeling of satisfaction and gratitude the moment we were able to look out of this gorgeous, strong, weatherproof new window without the filter of worry and concern we used to feel with a rotting, leaking window. And remarkably, it’s a perfect match for the previous window, with a stain to match, the proper mill profile and the same old wavy glass that made the lake view even more special.

Next up was the (gulp) tree removal. This epic two-day project began on May 10th as Luis from Ron’s Tree Service got his gear on and started climbing the 180′ fir, cutting branches as he went up and lowering them each to the ground by rope so as not to damage anything below. At the end of day one, Luis cut the tree top out and we watched as he perilously swung to and fro at the top of the bare 100′ trunk.

The next day Luis climbed back up the tree and with the aid of a huge crane (that I never thought would make it up my narrow driveway), the tree started coming down in larger chunks than the day before. This time, the pieces were long enough to be milled at a future date and donated to various projects. It was another long day, but at the end of it, five huge logs had been hauled off to a yard to season, and the shorter pieces were stacked off to the side for future firewood and other uses.

Of course, there was also a huge stump surrounded by a large mound of soil. Terry and I decided that rather than pay to have it ground out, we would cut it out of the ground. Easier said than done! We dug and dug for weeks, trying to remove every little bit of soil and rock that would interfere with the saw blade. Then Terry got to work exposing each massive root and cutting through them one by one until the only thing that remained was the taproot going straight down. You wouldn’t believe the list of tools that were needed to get this stump detached from the earth! But at long last, on July 1st, Terry used his grandpa’s block and tackle to pull the stump over on its side, severing the last few inches of uncut taproot that remained. Another incredibly impressive accomplishment by Terry Bunce! It’s looks so beautiful where it rests, that we’ve decided to keep it there through the winter and will consider dragging it somewhere to rot in peace next year.

At this point we were exhausted, our budget was about spent, but we really wanted that last important thing… new paint.

The press hadn’t been painted in many, many years, and it showed. I don’t know how to put it any other way, but spiders had been pooping on the siding since the day after the last paint job, and even though I have washed as much as I could off every few years, spider poo is strangely resilient, and leaves little white streaks and droplets on the siding. We hired Ariel Biggerstaff from Great Bigg Painting Co. to come and prep the building while I looked at hundreds of color swatches and changed my mind a few too many times. But at long last, I found my color. It wasn’t easy to choose, because the press has been the same lichen-y, forest-service green since early days. Yet, I wanted to show in some more obvious way that the press was restored and ready for the future. New color really sends the message. I chose a deep blue-green to harmonize with the varied greens of maple leaves, woodland plants, Douglas Fir and ivy

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The Experience: Supporting the SPSCC Foundation’s Focus on the Future for Students

Thurston Talk - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 7:08am

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On October 1, the South Puget Sound Community College’s Center for Student Success will be transformed for the SPSCC Foundation’s annual fundraising gala, The Experience. This night of community, collaboration and celebration is held with the sole purpose of highlighting and supporting the students and programs at the heart of the Foundation’s mission. The future […]

Olympia Weekend Events Calendar

Thurston Talk - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 6:00am

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Mother Nature is playing tricks on us this week, getting us ready for fall weather.  A mix of rain and sun is in the future for this weekend so there should be plenty of opportunities to get outside. Here’s what is going on around Olympia this weekend. Cheer on the Clippers at the SPSCC volleyball game […]

Batdorf & Bronson Celebrates 30 Years of Coffee Excellence

Thurston Talk - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 6:00am

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Start a conversation with any employee at Batdorf & Bronson and coffee and community will inevitably come up. These two words are what drive the local coffee roasting company. From roasters to baristas, honoring coffee is top of mind for all Batdorf employees. Sharing coffee with the community is what they do best. This year […]

Zach Carter Spearheads River Ridge High School’s Defense

Thurston Talk - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 6:00am

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Anyone can score a defensive touchdown. Right place, right time, ball is coughed up and you take it the opposite direction for the touchdown. But to come up with a textbook tackle – that takes talent. When given the choice between one or the other, the decision for River Ridge High School senior linebacker Zach […]

Nisqually Watershed Festival Educates, Entertains on September 24

Thurston Talk - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 5:48pm

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Submitted by the Nisqually Watershed Festival For decades the Nisqually watershed community has served as a role model of cooperative conservation.  The Watershed Festival will be held on Saturday, September 24 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. This free, daylong event features art, discovery, music and family fun, while celebrating Nisqually’s history and culture. This year’s festival will include favorites from years […]

Septic System Care Begins with You

Thurston Talk - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 5:17pm

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Submitted by Thurston County Public Health & Social Services Many Thurston County residents have an on-site septic system in their backyard that treats the wastewater from toilets, dishwashers, laundry, showers, tubs and more. The nearly 53,000 septic systems in Thurston County treat about 12,000,000 gallons of sewage per day! In order for your septic system to […]

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