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Bagel Brothers Changes Yet Stays the Same

Thurston Talk - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 8:35am




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Bagel Brothers Bakery and Sandwich Shop has remained an Olympia favorite for 20 years.

“The more things change, the more they stay the same,” is a French proverb dating back to the mid-1800’s. What it really means is that change, in fact, simply cements the longstanding status quo. Bagel Brothers Bakery and Sandwich Shop is one of Olympia’s treasured eateries that has remained steadfast and true throughout the past twenty years.

20 Years Strong

Since 1994, Bagel Brothers Bakery and Sandwich Shop has been serving delectable eats to South Sound patrons on a non-stop basis. Most folks haven’t even realized that the shop has gone through a pretty major change in the past six months. New owners, Abbie and Jeff Rose, wouldn’t dream of messing around with the original recipes and locally sourced mindset that has made Bagel Brothers so successful.

Same but Different

“Marc Feigen is the founder of Bagel Brothers, and in June it’ll be twenty years since it opened. Marc did a really good job of getting the name out there. Bagel Brothers is everywhere,” exclaims Abbie with enthusiasm. The full bakery services many wholesale clients in addition to numerous coffee stands, Capital Medical Center, Providence Saint Peter’s Hospital, and Olympia School District to name a few. The Roses want to reassure the community that Bagel Brothers will remain the same despite new ownership. “The name, recipes, menu, pricing – it all stays the same. New can be scary, especially when you have something that’s so well established in Olympia. Our plan is to breathe some new life into Bagel Brothers,” she explains.  Adding new wholesale clients and expanding outside of Thurston County are next on the Roses’ to do list.

Locally Fresh

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Jeff and Abbie Rose recently assumed ownership of Bagel Brothers, choosing to maintain the menu options.

The couple is keen to stay true to Feigen’s vision, and that means producing the tastiest fluffiest bagels in town. “Our bagels are preservative free, they’re made with Shepherd’s grain wheat that all comes from small farmers here in Washington. They’re baked fresh every day,” says Jeff.

Abbie interjects, “The bagels sold at your local coffee stand and at our deli are four maybe five hours old at the most.” Bagel Brothers is the first stop of the day for a number of regulars. Abbie says that they have a list of regular customers who come into the deli every morning and get the same bagel every day.

“We have everything from lox on a New York onion bagel to a French Toast bagel with strawberry cream cheese. There’s millions of options, so our bagels appeal to everybody,” says Jeff. “Our bagels have a crunchy crust but are not as chewy and dense, they’re fluffier than a New York style bagel.” They also sell a ton of gluten free bagels and pizzas and many vegetarian options as well.

Employees are the Key

The Roses employ 15-20 employees at the bakery because it runs twenty-four hours a day seven days a week.  Bakers are there all night, delivery drivers are there early in the morning, and the deli opens at 7 a.m.

Abbie says that trust in their employees is what keeps the business running strong, and both Abbie and Jeff emphasize how much their employees mean to them. “Good people with good instincts and a good work environment is like a society. When you have trustworthy employees, new employees are just going to become excellent because everybody else on the team sets a great example.”

Business ownership is a twenty-four hour deal and it suits the Roses just fine. With a toddler at home and a baby on the way, this is one enterprising husband and wife team. Years of management and ownership experience between them have paved the way to their success. “It just makes sense to us,” they say with big smiles. Born and raised in Olympia, the pair is deeply rooted in the community and is enthusiastic about the future.

Local Ties

Bagels are made fresh daily at the West Olympia store.

Bagels are made fresh daily at the West Olympia store.

Bagel Brothers is one of many significant cogs in the machine that is Olympia. It has numerous connections in the community including the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce and Thurston Advertising Group.  Several local farmers pick up bags of day old bagels and other edibles that would otherwise be thrown out. Other community members grab compost materials and coffee grounds that would otherwise be thrown in the garbage. Also day old products occasionally get donated to The Thurston County Food Bank.  “Marc was into being green and recycling and none of our product ever goes to waste.” The Roses are proud to continue Marc’s traditions and are adamant about leaving as small a carbon footprint as possible.

“Locally owned, family operated” is the motto for all of the Roses’ businesses. In addition to Bagel Brothers, they own and operate Paisley’s Café in Capital Mall as well as two Metro locations- one in Capital Mall and one in Downtown Olympia. Change can be good, just ask the regulars at Bagel Brothers Bakery and Sandwich Shop.

Bagel Brothers

400 Cooper Point Road SW

Olympia, WA 98502



Olympia Easter Weekend Event Calendar

Thurston Talk - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:33am



salish cliffsI have my fingers crossed for a return to last weekend’s glorious Spring weather.  But, I know better.  It’s April in Western Washington and we’re much more likely to see a downpour than rays of sunshine.  Like most Olympia residents, we’ll still be going through our days, hoping that the clouds will part at least for the soccer game or the Easter Egg Hunt.  Enjoy the weekend!

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The Zaniac’s Journey – From Footbag to Comedy

Thurston Talk - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:00am



By Lisa Herrick

hanson motors sponsorYou can never predict what you will discover while standing on the soccer sidelines.  Although my kids claim I was eavesdropping, I contend that the conversation was exuberant and loud enough for all to hear. Once you meet the energetic and wacky Alex Zerbe, my assertion becomes quite believable. The more important fact is it led me to Zerbe’s hilarious Go Seahawks Go! YouTube video and unveiled the fascinating and unusual profession of Alex Zerbe better known as the Zaniac.

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Prop comic Alex Zerbe entertains all ages with his juggling, comedy, magic and pure crazy fun.

Zerbe’s accolades include appearing on prime-time television in three countries, with debuts on the hit NBC television shows, “America’s Got Talent!” and “Last Comic Standing.”  Zerbe was voted Seattle’s Funniest Prop Comic as well as distinguishing himself as the third best air guitarist in Seattle. Zerbe’s comedic success started when his feet took him on a serendipitous journey.

Now residing in Olympia with his wife and two young daughters, Zerbe grew up in Seattle describing himself as “not witty but having a personality conducive to being funny.”  Not yet realizing his talents in physical comedy as a viable profession, “really all I wanted to do was footbag,” confessed Zerbe. (Footbag is more commonly known as hacky sack.)

Zerbe continues, “I didn’t know what I was doing in life. I was young, taking an occasional community college class, and living cheaply. I had moved into one-half of a two-car garage. I was really just a lost kid.”  Yet that so-called lost kid won an intermediate Footbag World Championship as well as earning a Guinness World Record for a trick called the Eclipse.

“Others may have been better physically but I knew how to perform, especially under pressure,” shares Zerbe. I’m going to guess that this disposition toward being a natural performer is part of Zerbe’s fortuitous comedic success. His wife, Jane, a 2009 Footbag Hall of Famer herself, encouraged Zerbe to pursue a job performing at school assembly shows. Zerbe knew that footbag was part of the show and that juggling would be a job requirement. He taught himself to juggle in the half of his two car garage so he could say with confidence, “Yes, I can also juggle.”

Zerbe got the job and began performing at school assemblies throughout the country. While touring the East Coast, he met a professional juggler. That was the moment when he realized what he truly wanted to do in life. He pondered, “Is that a legitimate career choice? I can do that.” Juggling broadened his talents into a more extensive array of physical comedy, which then led to a stint as a street performer.

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Alex Zerbe performs as the Zaniac at local schools, libraries, and community events.

“At first, I did not really even have a show or any jokes. I was funny but not that funny. Street performing is tough because no one is really expecting you to be there. I could get a crowd but then I did not know how to keep them,” Zerbe reflected on the beginnings of his career. It was then that Zerbe decided he wanted a partner to make a bigger show and more elaborate tricks, which resulted in ten years of the duo act Brothers From Different Mothers and entertaining audiences around the world.

In 2011, Zerbe went out solo as the Zaniac.  Zerbe says “Now, I have kids and don’t want to be on tour.  So many people who do what I do are on the road all the time. I don’t want to live in Vegas or do cruise ships. I do really well on the Northwest library circuit.  And school shows are the best possible gig. What else would I be doing at 2:00 p.m. on a Wednesday? I get to take my kids to school, have some down time then go to work and be home for dinner.  Plus teachers, school principals, librarians, PTA moms all are so nice. And the kids want to high five you.”

Zerbe’s shows combine comedy for kids and grownups with absurd maneuvers, intriguing stunts, and ludicrous humor. He performs at a variety of venues including schools, businesses, community events, libraries and county fairs. This summer Zerbe will be introducing his show Gravity Catastrophe to the science themed library Summer Reading Program. His school shows highlight reading, science and anti-bullying with an inspirational and entertaining message to local students. Zerbe has also been known to make appearances at ArtsWalk with his comedic juggling street performance. And he confesses, “I really love to just make silly rap songs.”

For a good laugh or to learn more about Zerbe visit the Zaniac website or follow him on Twitter @AlexZerbe or Facebook ProfessionalZaniac.


LAKE Tulip!

K Records - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:48am
 LAKE: (Mark Morrison, Andrew Dorsett, Ashley Eriksson, Eli Moore) visiting the tulip fields in Skagit Valley, Washington. The latest LAKE album The World Is Real [KLP246] is available now from the K Mail Order Dept.  
Categories: Arts & Entertainment

The Making of Olympia's Newest Police Officer: Wally Noel

Janine's Little Hollywood - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 7:26pm
 Above: City of Olympia Police Chief Ronnie Roberts, left, welcomes Wally Noel, Olympia's newest police officer, after administering Noel's oath of office.

By Janine

A brief, formal swearing in ceremony yesterday marked the beginning of a new chapter for Olympia's newest police officer Wally Noel and his family.“We're seeing a whole new generation of police officers,” said Olympia city manager Steve Hall, after the ceremony.

“We have officers who have worked at Starbucks, in banks, served in the military…it’s really exciting in terms of the diversity in background….This is the future of our force.”Noel, who will retire in a month as a Major from the Army, lives in Tumwater with his wife, Betheny, son Deven, 14, and daughter Kiran, 10. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration and a Master of Arts in Business and Organizational Security Management.

Noel spent 20 years in active service as a military police officer. He served in the Army prison system for 10 years, went through several deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, served in detention operations at Guantanamo Bay, and was assigned to Joint Base Lewis McChord two and a half years ago.“We love the state of Washington, and Olympia. This is where I’d like to retire. My kids and wife absolutely love it here,” said Noel.

After witnessing the ceremony, Olympia police department administrative assistant Marianne Weiland noted the longevity of officer's careers and said that Olympia went through a big hiring of officers 20 to 25 years ago. “Many of them are now’s been exciting to see the changes,” she said.

Noel’s Family After the ceremony, Noel’s family was all smiles. I asked Deven what he likes best about the Olympia area.

After some reflective thought, and sighing, he said, “Finally, we don’t have to run around.” Deven, who wore a tie and a white, long sleeved shirt, plays trumpet for the Tacoma Youth Junior Symphony, and will go to Black Hills High School next year.“We’re finally in one spot,” Kiran agreed. She says her favorite hobby is going out to eat. Asked what her favorite local restaurants are, mom Betheny mentioned Vic’s Pizza, any place with sushi, especially spicy tuna, and Lacey’s new Jimmy John’s. Kiran heartily agreed.

As relative newcomers, Betheny described her impressions and passion for the South Sound community.“After 20 years of traveling, this definitely is our home. We’ve been a lot of places, but this is the only place we feel people have open arms. We’ve lived in Germany, Italy, Hawaii, the Midwest, and the South, and people here are very open, even the homeless people. I walk by and they say, 'Good morning!' I’m very impressed.”

A fulltime wife and mother, Betheny is busy with her children’s activities and parent teacher organizations, volunteers in their classrooms, and is active in Tumwater school issues. She says she has high expectations for quality education. “We’ve lived in Dupont, Pierce County, Lacey, and Tumwater and I’m really impressed, overall, with how the community here supports the whole child, offering support to military families, taking the time to talk to students, and caring about their emotional well-being.  This is also a community where the arts are supported – that’s important to me. When you’ve been a transient family for so long, we need outlets. Not all kids like football.

“I believe all kids, whether they come from foster homes, the military, or are bouncing around due to divorce, need the schools and the community to work together to disseminate information, to have sources for opportunities….” She says when Deven starts at Black Hills next year, he will have attended eleven schools.

“When children move around and change schools, they lose credits,” she said. She is already looking forward to Deven's attendance at New Market Skill Center’s free summer classes, which are available for students entering 9th through 12th grade, and later, the Running Start program. Running Start is a program designed for eligible juniors and seniors to enroll in college level courses at South Puget Sound Community College to receive both high school and college credit.

The Training of a City of Olympia Police OfficerOn July 1st, Noel will head to a five month training in the police academy, then begin Olympia’s three to six month training, and begin an 18 month probation process, all before he can go solo on the streets of Olympia as a patrol officer.

Amy Stull, senior program specialist for the Olympia police department's community programs, says an officer candidate has to be hired by a law enforcement agency in order to attend the training academy. “Completing the academy gives them state certification. If they don’t pass, they don’t retain their employment.”

The academy, coordinated by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, is in Burien. All law enforcement officers attend that academy, except for the Washington State Patrol, which has their own version. Stull wrote about the new officer training process for the Olympia Police Department newsletter in February, 2013:

In the 1990’s, standard training was done by field training officers. New officers would be assigned one field training officer after they completed the state Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA). In recent years, the Olympia Police Department has transitioned to the police training officer model.One of the goals was to better mesh with the Academy’s movement towards integrating more adult learning concepts. New recruits now go through training after the Academy and during their 18 months of probation. 

Under this new model, teaching is based on four substantive topics: police tactics, criminal procedure, report writing and emergency response. Within these categories are fifteen core competencies – use of force, local procedures (laws and policy), leadership, problem solving, community-specific problems, cultural diversity, legal authority, individual rights, ethics, observations skills, multi-tasking, police vehicle operation, conflict resolution, officer safety, communication skills and lifestyle stressors.The training period is divided into four phases with a mid-term and final evaluation. Each phase takes two to four weeks. Phase one is focused on non-emergency operations, the second on emergency response, the third on criminal procedure and the fourth on patrol activity, which encompasses everything learned during the training. After the first two phases, a different police training officer evaluates the recruit’s progress. Yet another officer takes the recruit through the next phases and a fourth police training officer does the final evaluation.

The goal of the program is to put recruits in learning situations that allow them to use their level of knowledge and problem solve. Training officers look for opportunities to create problem-based learning exercises that involve multiple core competencies. This makes it possible to carefully evaluate each new employee’s chance for a successful career at the Olympia Police Department.Current Olympia Police Department Officer Statistics

When asked for specific statistics on current officer demographics regarding gender, race, and language diversity, Olympia police department spokesperson, Laura Wohl, provided the following information:

“We now have eight female officers. As for languages, we have one certified Spanish interpreter. We also have several bilingual or semi-bilingual people who are not certified. Certification requires a test and then allows one to interpret in court. Because they are not certified, we don’t have a formal record of these officers, so I’ll give you the best that I can remember: of those who speak a second language, we now have two officers who speak sign language and we have two or three who speak Spanish.”After some research by the human resources department, she said that in the last 25 years, the department has employed 12 African American officers and corrections officers, three Hispanic/Latino officers and corrections officers, and four Asian/Pacific Islander officers and corrections officers.

“We have had African American police officers at different times in the last 25 years. We did have a period recently when we had no African American police officers on the force – between November 2012 and April 16, 2014, when Wally was sworn in,” said Wohl.Above: Noel's police badge.For more information on the Olympia Police Department or law enforcement issues, events and activities, and past statistics, go to Little Hollywood, and type key words into the search button.

Math for Life Connects Schools, Students, Parents and Businesses

Thurston Talk - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:27pm



By Eric Wilson-Edge

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Dennis Craig of Kluh Jewelers celebrates with Math for Life participants.

Math doesn’t need to be a cringe inducing word.  You may think that you don’t need to know much math beyond addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

You can’t really build things if you don’t know geometry. Good luck buying a home or a car if you don’t understand interest rates. For all those kids wanting to be astronauts, the basics simply aren’t enough to get you to the moon.

“We want students to know that math isn’t just in the classroom but it’s something we use every day, in all kinds of businesses and in all walks of life,” says Thurston County Chamber of Commerce member Joseph Beaulieu.

For this reason the Chamber teamed up with local school districts to create Math for Life. Think of the program as a math treasure hunt. Students go around to participating businesses and answer age appropriate math questions.

Ross Irwin is the owner of Cabinets by Trivonna in Lacey. His business is one of 60 involved with Math for Life. “When kids come in I ask them questions,” says Irwin. “What do you think we do here? How do we use math? After some thinking most will come up with measuring.”

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Students answer questions at the Olympia Tumwater Lacey Visitors Convention Bureau.

Irwin then gives the student a problem to solve. Sometimes he’ll challenge them to go up a grade level.  “It’s surprising how many times they go for the challenge and succeed,” says Irwin. Students are then given a mark like a star or stamp to show they’ve completed the task. Irwin also likes to throw in a little candy.

Students must go to five businesses to receive a medal and a small prize. “Some of these kids are really zealous about the program,” says Beaulieu. “Some will visit all 60 businesses.” Those who qualify are entered into a drawing for either an Android Tablet or Kindle Fire. Each school district then chooses a grand prize winner.

“We wanted to come up with some ideas that show kids that math can be cool and numbers are fun,” says Courtney Schrieve, Communications/Community Relations Director for North Thurston Public Schools.  Schrieve adds that NTPS celebrates math awareness by honoring a math star from each school in April, which is Math Awareness Month.

Shrieve says Math for Life is part of a bigger initiative to change perceptions about math. “In our district we’re trying to make math more of a household activity.  Schools host family math nights on a regular basis, and some of the district’s math teams have qualified for state and national competitions.

So, is it working?  Schrieve says math achievement scores are up across the country.  Beaulieu estimates more than 700 students will take part in Math for Life this year.

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North Thurston Public Schools recognizes math stars each April.

Ross Irwin has been involved with the competition since it started four years ago. He says kids will come in and tell him they come to his business every year. The reaction for old and new faces is typically the same. “I’d say 80-90% of the kids are dragging their parents,” he notes.

Math for Life is really a win for all involved. It helps create bonds between local schools and businesses.  Students benefit from seeing how math works in different career fields. Parents get something fun do to with their kids.

Jennifer Cornwell took an afternoon over spring break with her two boys ages six and eleven. They went to five businesses ending at Bonjour Cupcakes.  “I think it’s great,” says Cornwell.  “It’s more realistic for kids and it’s fun to do math outside of a classroom.”

It’s not too late to participate. This year’s Math for Life runs until April 20. Packets were sent out to schools across the county so there’s a good chance your child received one – if the dog didn’t eat it.


A Lost Dog with a Happy Ending

Thurston Talk - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 4:49pm



Submitted by Barbara Wakefield for Community Youth Services

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After making sure a lost dog was safe, Quentin Brownell spent over an hour tracking down its owner.

A few weeks ago, Frank Gorecki turned his cell phone back on after attending a meeting in downtown Olympia. A barrage of text messages and voice mails awaited, letting him know that his beloved Tor, a four-year-old Alaskan malamute, had escaped from the backyard of a friend who was keeping him for a short while.

“I was frantic,” said Gorecki, a retired chief engineer for Boeing who lives south of Little Rock. After his romp through several neighborhoods and across a major highway, Tor ended up near the house where Quentin Brownell lives with his father.  As Quentin put it,”He came right to me.  He was really happy, but I could tell he was lost.” Quentin put him in the fenced backyard, untaped his tags and called several different numbers that were listed. It took him more than an hour to track down Frank.

Quentin, 18, is part of the Community Youth Services YouthBuild program, a federally funded program for low-income or foster youth who have dropped out of school. He hopes to become a firefighter. “I just did what anyone would do. He’s a really chill dog,” Quentin said.

Frank disagreed. “Quentin went above and beyond. Tor’s a big dog, 110 pounds, and a lot of people are afraid of him, even though he isn’t at all dangerous. Quentin was absolutely instrumental in taking care of my little big dude.”

Frank was so impressed he wanted to make a donation somewhere in honor of Quentin’s good deed. Quentin didn’t hesitate to recommend YouthBuild.“They do so much to help us here. I was glad I did something that could help them,” reports Quentin.


"Responding to Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest" - 24th Annual Rachel Carson Forum

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 1:02pm
Event:  Thu, 04/24/2014 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Responding to Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest
The 24th Annual Rachel Carson Forum

The Evergreen State College
Library Room 4300
April 24, 2014

Dr. Richard Feely, Nobel Peace Prize Winner & IPCC Author, Senior Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration  //  Andy Haub, Planning and Engineering Manager, City of Olympia Public Works Department  //  Thera Black, Senior Planner, Thurston Regional Planning Council  //  Facilitated by Rhys Roth, Director, Evergreen Center for Sustainable Infrastructure

Doors open at 6:00pm with a performance by The Oly Mountain Boysand a tabling expo. Speakers start at 7:00pm followed by discussion and Q&A. Free and open to the public. Parking $2. 

Presented by the Master of Environmental Studies Student Association

The Rachel Carson Forum is an annual spring event dedicated to Rachel Carson’s legacy of exploration and understanding of complex environmental issues and questions. This year's topics include ocean acidification, sea level rise, and the urban response. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Chelsea Kelley Lands a Hole-in-One at the Olympia Country & Golf Club

Thurston Talk - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:32pm



By Tom Rohrer

oly ortho logoA hole-in-one evokes a sense of accomplishment rarely matched in athletics.

That is, only for the one who made the shot.

For friends and fellow players, an “ace” can bring about an overwhelming sense of jealously and longing.  Following her first ever “one-stroke” this past weekend, Chelsea Kelley witnessed the unflattering reactions from the three male players in her group.

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Chelsea Kelley hit a hole-in-one at the Olympia Country & Golf Club.

“Oh yeah, you could sense the jealousy,” said Kelley, an esthetician at Spruce Skin and Wax Shoppe in Olympia. “They were sort of bittersweet and mad all day long.  They all have yet to hit one and none had ever seen one in person.”

Playing with her husband, Spencer, and two other male friends this past weekend, Kelley used an 8-iron to hole her tee shot on 17 at Olympia Country & Golf Club.  It was Kelley’s first hole-in-one, a rare feat for even the most accomplished and experienced players.  Now in her fifth year playing the sport, the Olympia Country & Golf Club member knew from the moment the ball left the tee that it had a shot of rolling in.

“I clubbed up one club, and when I hit it I thought ‘oh man, this is going in’ and it hit the fringe and bounced towards the hole,” she said. “I think it landed a foot and a half from the pin.  We saw it hit and the guys said ‘it’s in, it’s in.’  It didn’t feel real.”

Standard procedure following a hole in one is for the lucky (or is it skilled?) shooter to buy a round of drinks for those in the clubhouse.  Unfortunately for patrons at the club, Kelley didn’t deliver on the tradition.

“It was such a nice day so not too many were people in (the clubhouse), so we just left,” Kelley noted. “Boy, that could’ve been spendy.”

Originally from University Place, Kelley picked up the game from her husband, an accomplished six handicap player who grew up walking the fairways of the OCC and then played varsity golf for Capital High School in the early 2000s.  Now members together at the Olympia Country & Golf Club, the pair designates a large amount of their free time to the fairways, greens and occasionally the roughs and bunkers of the Pacific Northwest.

olympia golf course“It’s a game we can grow old together playing,” said Kelley. “It’s fun to grab some beers and play whenever it’s nice.  It’s very relaxing, but fun, active and competitive as well.”

Further evidence of the couple’s passion for golf was their honeymoon following last year’s wedding. The two took a trip to both Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and Lake Chelan, where they played six rounds at a collection of renowned courses in the area.

“It was ideal,” she said. “I think it said a lot about us, and it was exactly what we wanted to be doing.”

To feed their obsession locally, the Kelley’s look to the Olympia Country & Golf Club, an establishment they’re proud to be a part of and looking to continue to support.

“We like the club and love the new clubhouse.  It makes us want to be there more and you can see sort of a youth movement forming there,” she said. “We’re trying to bring in more young people and just show how cool of a place this is.”

Already armed with great memories from her time at the club, Chelsea Kelley now has one that can stand out from the rest.  Kelley kept the ball from her faithful shot and plans to make a plaque for display.

olympia golf course“It’s kind of a cheesy thing to do, but hey why not?” She said. “It may never happen again.”

Like anyone who’s accomplished a rare achievement, Kelley called her parents and in-laws.  While talking to her father-in-law, Kelley realized she was now part of an exclusive group.

“He’s had four hole-in-ones in his life so he was pretty amused and happy to hear about it,” she added. “The first thing he said was welcome to the club.’”

Olympia Country & Golf Course

3636 Country Club Drive NW

Olympia, WA 98502

New Shops everywhere

Everyday Olympia - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 8:57am

I love seeing so many new shops opening up everywhere in Olympia.

People trying their luck in running a business in this community despite the fact that for the most part Olympia is against growth, against commerce, against revitalization and modernization.

Kudos to all you business owners staking a claim and aiming to make things better.

This is your city!

Longshot from Burfoot Park

OlyBlog Home Page - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 8:31am

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Why can't Olympia get some sort of semi-pro soccer going on? Or, we need the Tall Boys (someone help Brandon out)

Olympia Time - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:11am
In the next few weeks, between the Evergreen Premiere League, the National Premier Soccer League NW and the good old PDL, there will be three different non-pro/non-amateur leagues kicking off in this state.

And, none of them have a club in Olympia or even Thurston County.

The last time we sniffed at a local semi-pro league, it was the good old Tumwater Pioneers. They ended up folding after just one year. Even though the soccer was great, their results weren't. And, apparently, the financial returns weren't either.

We even have had Olympia semi-pro teams in the distant and not so distant past.

So, as we've seen teams become established in Bremerton, Bellingham, Everett and even Vancouver, Olympia has failed to put anything on the map. What is it about Olympia that has prevented anyone from coming forward with a team?

Last fall, Brandon Sparks (Oly Sports Blog Brandon) came forward with a pretty smart of thorough outline for an Olympia team in the ELPWA

Why Olympia?: The cities of Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater are home to over 108,000 residents and Thurston County’s population is over 250,000. There is only one professional or semi-professional team in the area – the Tumwater Pioneers indoor soccer team – and no direct sports competition in the summer. The area has had great success supporting soccer over the last two summers when over 1,200 fans flocked to watch the Sounders U23s and Portland Timbers U23s play at Tumwater Stadium. The area is home to multiple large and active youth soccer organizations including Blackhills FC, Puget Sound Slammers and Thurston County United and men’s college programs at Saint Martin’s, Evergreen and South Puget Sound.

Why the EPLWA?: The first reason is simple: cost. The EPLWA has been designed to be budget friendly charging just $1,000 in league fees. This allows for teams to put more money back into their communities and programs and will allow teams to be more financially stable over their first few seasons. An EPLWA team can compete at a high level – potentially participating in the US Open Cup – for significantly less money than a PDL team with the same opportunities for generating revenue.
As far as I know, no one responded back to him.

I hope Brandon doesn't lose heart. I hope he keeps his idea out there for next season, that we get a team together.

Here's to the Tall Boys.

Merle Norman Shares the Secret of Anti-Aging Skincare Products

Thurston Talk - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:00am



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A variety of anti-aging products are available at Lacey’s Merle Norman.

When you are young, your skin cells reproduce every 14 days. This relatively fast process keeps those cells plump and results in youthful looking skin.

As we age, it takes longer for those cells to travel to the top layer of skin called the epidermis. Instead, the cells arrive at the epidermis looking flat and dead. These flat cells cause the skin to look older.

Fortunately, there are excellent skincare products, like Merle Norman’s Glycolic Rejuvenating Pads or Micro-Refiner, that speed up the journey of each cell as it travels to the epidermis, preserving the appearance of a plump cell, which keeps skin looking incredible.

Anti-aging products work because they plump the skin cells therefore reducing fine lines and dry patches.  The use of Merle Norman’s Energizing Concentrate, Fine Line Minimizer, and other products.

Another way to renew the skin cells is through exfoliation. One mistake many people make when they get older is that they forget to exfoliate. When you are young and have acne, you exfoliate constantly. Men get rid of dry skin when they shave. Exfoliation simply means getting rid of dead skin. This process helps you look younger by cleaning out the pores and removing dead skin. Micro-exfoliants are an excellent way to start sloughing off the dead skin.

Toners also exfoliate. Toners are used to remove any residue left by a cleanser and keep pores from getting larger.

Not all of us need the same products. Merle Norman customers know they can visit Merle Norman in Lacey and consult with a skin care expert in a private setting. Merle Norman’s consultants excel at helping customers find a regimen that is right for their unique skincare needs – having products for just about every skin type, from sensitive skin and rosacea to acne prone skin.

Merle Norman Cosmetics, Wigs and Day Spa

3925 – 8th Avenue SE, Suite F

Lacey, WA 98503


Lacey ACT Nights Entertains Middle School Students

Thurston Talk - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:00am



By Alyssa Ramsfield

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Middle school students from across North Thurston Public Schools have the opportunity to enjoy the fun of Lacey ACT nights.

Lacey ACT Night has become a quintessential part of the middle school experience in North Thurston Public Schools. Seventh and eighth graders from around the district gather in one place to dance, play, and socialize.

“There are a lot of games,” exclaims North Thurston Public Schools seventh grader, Alexandra Trujillo. “There is a Velcro run where you get strapped in a suit and run with a bungee connected to you and it flings you back! It’s a lot of fun! It’s also fun to see new faces and friends from other schools.”

The Lacey Activities Coalition for Teens (Lacey ACT) has been putting together activities for North Thurston students since 1994. Most ACT Nights consist of a dance hosted by a DJ, inflatables, karaoke, basketball tournaments, elite mobile games, contests, and free snacks. Nearly 500 teens currently attend each event.

The idea for Lacey ACT Night came from a relationship between Lacey Parks & Recreation and North Thurston Public Schools. The overall goal of the event is to provide area youth with a safe, positive and fun environment for recreational sports, games, a place to listen to music and dance, and socialize with their friends.

All Lacey ACT Nights are funded through entry fees. “The program operates on admission revenue,” explains City of Lacey Recreation Supervisor, for Youth and Teen Activities, Kathy Owen. “Meaning, the revenue pays for facility rental, custodians, DJ, inflatables, video trailer, snacks, and part-time staff. The program is successful because of the adult volunteers and the assistance of the Lacey Teen Council. Without all the hours of donated service, the program could not operate.”

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Karaoke, dancing and games are just a few of the activities offered at Lacey ACT night.s

Volunteers are the key to the success of all Lacey ACT Nights. Last year, 43 adult and eleven teen volunteers helped at each event. The volunteers consist of parents, teachers, coaches, school board members, church groups, civic organizations, college students, and other community members. All volunteers are trained and have passed a background check.

With the addition of sixth graders to most North Thurston middle schools, parents and students are wondering if they will get to join in on the fun.

A solution to this issue is at the forefront of Lacey ACT’s event staff. “We will be offering sixth grade only events beginning next year,” says Owen. “Most middle schools will host one sixth grade event. The schedule has gone out to all three middle schools for acceptance and so far, the idea is being embraced.”

The next Lacey ACT night is slated for April 25 at 7:00 p.m. followed by May 9 (6th graders only) at 6:00 p.m.

For more information, contact City of Lacey Recreation Supervisor, Youth and Teen Activities, Kathy Owen at 360-491-0857.


South Sound Solar are Experts in Determining Your Solar Potential

Thurston Talk - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:00am



South Sound Solar-Roof2“How many solar panels do I need?”  Patrick Daly, South Sound Solar’s project coordinator reveals that this is the most common question they hear from people considering solar power. However, he admits that the question More difficult to answer than most people think.

An assessment of solar potential is not strictly based on the square footage of a home’s roof  or  how many panels can fit on the roof.  South Sound Solar completes a comprehensive on site analysis to determine how your family uses energy, what your energy goals are, as well as an assessment of physical structures and property conditions.

Dever Kuni, South Sound Solar’s Vice President explains, “A site visit is the only way to accurately calculate your energy needs and solar potential.”

Kirk Haffner, President &  owner describes what happens when  South Sound Solar visits your home “We bring a tool called a Solar Pathfinder to measure your solar potential. The Solar Pathfinder accurately predicts within 1% how many kilowatt hours of electricity a solar system at this site would produce. We want to be very accurate because how much electricity produced will determine how much you will save on your utility bill and earn from your production incentive. We do not want to put solar where it will not work or where it might be at risk.”

South Sound Solar’s site assessment will explore how your energy use and budget, condition and orientation of your roof, and what kind of trees and shading there might be. They use this information to provide three to four custom design options.

South Sound Solar is the only local provider who focuses entirely on the design, installation, and service of all types of solar.

To learn more about how solar can work for your home or business visit the South Sound Solar website by clicking here, calling 360-352-7869, or attending an upcoming informational workshop.


Thrifty Thurston Explores Washington State Parks’ Free Days

Thurston Talk - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:00am



By Douglas Scott

xeroxIf you were to find out that you could explore the most beautiful areas of Washington State for free, would you take advantage of a great deal and get out into nature with your friends and family?

The State of Washington is hoping you say yes, as they are offering numerous fee free days in 2014. With the winter rain in the past and sunny skies in the future, now is the perfect time to get outside and explore any of the 117 State Parks.

The State Parks have been around for 101 years, but they are anything but old and outdated. From lakes and river to waterfalls, forests and old forts, Washington State Parks offer some of the best experiences in the country, all right outside your front door. Experiencing the state parks of Washington make a fantastic weekend trip, and are the best way to discover the beauty, history and culture of the Pacific Northwest.

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Washington State Parks has listed eight fee free days in 2014.

Normally, a $30 Discover Pass would be needed to enter a State Park, but on the fee free days, the gates are open for all to enter. If you haven’t visited the state parks around Thurston County, this is your chance to see the beauty of the region without having to pay for an annual or a day pass. Even if you have seen the state park, check out the parks for free and pick up a Discover Pass to enjoy the beauty of Washington State Park year round.

Fee Free Days 2014

  • April 19 – A spring Saturday free day
  • April 22 – Earth Day
  • May 11 – A spring Sunday free day
  • June 7 and 8 – In honor of National Trails Day and WDFW Free Fishing Weekend
  • June 14 – National Get Outdoors Day
  • Aug. 25 – In honor of National Park Service’s birthday
  • Sept. 27 –National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 11 – Veteran’s Day weekend

3 Park Highlights near Thurston County

Millersylvania State Park

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Millersylvania State Park includes picnic shelters, campgrounds, and a swimming area.

Situated just south of Olympia, Millersylvania State Park offers swimming, fishing, boating and hiking opportunities. With 8.6 miles of hiking trails and 7.6 miles of biking paths, all through lush forests and wetlands, exploring this often looked over park is sure to become a family favorite. With picnic shelters, campgrounds and a swimming area in a gorgeous lake, lifelong memories are sure to be made at this park.

Twanoh State Park

Twanoh State Park is located in Mason County, on the beautiful Hood Canal and is home to one of the warmest saltwater beaches in the State of Washington. With over half a mile of shoreline, full of oysters, mussels and shorebirds, this small, yet accessible state park is a perfect day trip destination. From the park, you can canoe, kayak or take a much larger boat onto the Hood Canal, which occasionally is home to Orca Whales, seals and salmon.  Read a full story about visiting Twanoh State Park here.

Tolmie State Park

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The boardwalk at Tolmie State Park gives you a great view of the 1800 feet of shoreline.

With a well-made boardwalk that leads to the beach, this park feels just right for you. The park is 105 acres, but offers over 1800 feet of shoreline right along the Puget Sound. In fact, this park offers an underwater park that uses an artificial reef for once-in-a-lifetime scuba diving experiences. With picnic benches and plenty of parking, take your family, yourself or your significant other to this secluded section of beach along the Puget Sound. Dogs are welcome and restrooms are available, as well as an occasional ranger to answer any of your questions.

Thrifty Thurston highlights inexpensive family fun in Thurston County.  The weekly series focuses on family-friendly activities throughout our community.  If you have a suggestion for a post, send us a note at  For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here.


Calvin Johnson in Portugal/Spain

K Records - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 1:02am
Calvin Johnson‘s tour through Portugal and Spain. The new Hive Dweller‘s album Moanin’ [KLP249] is available now from the K Mail Order Dept.      
Categories: Arts & Entertainment

Spring Cleaning with Hirsch Center for Integrative Medicine

Thurston Talk - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 5:31pm


 Submitted by Hirsch Center for Integrative Medicine

hirschHirsch Center for Integrative Medicine is supporting you in a little spring cleaning. Our 21-Day Detox and Cleanse is a structured program that combines whole foods, supplements and nutritious shakes. The menu includes an abundance of fresh vegetables and fruit with select proteins.

Why Cleanse?

Naturally occurring toxins that build up in the body can contribute to:

  • A stuffy head
  • Fatigue or difficulty sleeping
  • Indigestion and other gastrointestinal upset
  • Food cravings and weight gain
  • Reduced mental clarity
  • Low libido

Some of the possible benefits of participating in a cleanse -

  • Improved weight management
  • Increased energy
  • Better digestion
  • Less bloating
  • Clearer skin
  • Shinier hair
  • Better sleep
  • Clearer thinking

Led by David Lerner, EAMP, MTCM

David has been in clinical practice since 1994, and received his diploma in comprehensive nutrition from Huntington College of Health Sciences in 2010. He focuses on supportive cancer care, hormone support, autoimmune disorders, fat loss, and gastrointestinal and cardiac (heart) health. He has been helping others to detox with this cleanse for over 10 years and has seen some amazing results.

To participate

  • If you plan to participate in the 21-day detox email Tierre to order your detox supplements (
  • Stop by Evolve Medical Spa prior to Monday, April 21st to purchase your detox supplements. You will also receive the 21-day protocol, recipes and a quick reference guide. There is also a great cookbook you can purchase for $10.
  • Sign up for our support classes. There are three support classes scheduled for each Monday of the cleanse. These classes are led by David Lerner, EAMP, MTCM.
  • Login and navigate to the class dates: Monday April 21, 28 and May 5 from 6:30-7:30 at Evolve Medical Spa. There is no fee for the detox support group.


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