By Margo Greenman
Crab cakes, crab melts, deviled crab and crab dip are just a few different ways you can prepare and devour the ten-legged crustaceans. But before you get your hands messy in the kitchen, load up your gear and get your hands wet by catching your own Dungeness crab in the Hood Canal.
Hood Canal crabbing, which opened on June 15, is a great way to enjoy a sunny, summer day on the water before creating a summertime spread in your backyard.
Crabbing, which the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife explains is “one of the Puget Sound’s most popular recreational fisheries,” is a favorite pastime for many and an exciting new adventure for others. If you’re just getting ready to set your pots for the first time — or if it’s been a while and you need a quick refresher — there are a few things you should remember before dropping your crab pots.
Before you hit the water, there are a few items you will need for a fun, successful day of crabbing around the Hood Canal. First and foremost, you must have a fishing license. Fishing licenses vary in price depending on whether you purchase a one-day or annual pass. For fishing license types and prices, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife online.
In addition to a fishing license, you’ll also need a gauge for measuring your crab. It is illegal to collect Dungeness crabs that are smaller than six-and-one-quarter-inches across. Using a gauge like this one will ensure that your crabs meet the required measurement. You’ll also want to educate yourself on the difference between what male and female crabs look like, as collecting female crabs is prohibited. This illustration on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website will help you identify the difference.
In addition to items required by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, you’ll also want to make sure you have the proper equipment for catching Dungeness crab. While there are several ways to catch crab, crab pots are the most common. You can find crab pots and the equipment that goes with them – red and white crab buoys (so you can find your pots after you drop them), line (so you can pull your pots back up) and biodegradable escapement devices (e.g. a pot lid hook) – at most sporting goods stores.
Make sure to bring along some good bait and a cooler with ice to store your haul in. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says fish carcasses, clams and squid work best for baiting crabs, but chicken and turkey work, too.
While packing these things, don’t forget other essentials that you’ll need while out in the boat. Food, water and sunscreen are all a must if you want to make the most of your day.
Where to Go
You’re all packed up and ready to go, but where do you go? The Hood Canal — or Marine Area 12 — can be accessed from several different launch sites around the area. These launch sites, which include the Skokomish Park at Potlatch, Quilcene Marina and Twanoh State Park among others, are all listed on the overview page for Marine Area 12 on the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website.
Once you’re in the water, the Department of Fish and Wildlife recommends following a few easy steps that will make dropping (and retrieving) your crab pots easy and fun.
First, be sure to set your crab pots in areas free of strong currents and heavy boat traffic. Pots that are set in these areas are more likely to get lost. To ensure retrieval of your pots, the Department and Fish and Wildlife recommends: knowing your water depth, using the correct length of line, using extra buoys where strong currents are present, and using a GPS system to mark your buoys.
Once you pull up your pots, remember that you can only collect male crabs that are at least six-and-one-quarter-inches across. Each licensed crabber on board your watercraft can keep up to five male crabs.
Head Home (or Stay a While)
After you’ve (hopefully) collected your limit for the day, don’t forget to report your Catch Record Card online.
You can clean the crab before you cook it, but cooking it first is easier. If it’s your first time, there are lots of great tutorials on YouTube that demonstrate how to cook and clean crab, step-by-step.
Once you’ve cooked and cleaned the crab, the options for preparation are endless. Of course, if you’re like me, you’ll opt for eating it fresh with a side of garlic butter (don’t forget the napkins).
If you decide to stay a while, be sure to keep your crabs in the cooler until you can properly cook and clean them. There are lots of nearby campsites where you and your family can enjoy feasting on fresh-caught crab cooked over an open fire. Nearby Potlatch State Park and Dosewallips State Park are just a hop, skip and a jump away, and each provides the perfect setting for a moonlit crab feast.
For further lodging options, visit explorehoodcanal.com.
The Hood Canal Dungeness crab season is open Thursday through Monday now through September 7. For more information about rules and regulations, boat launches and more, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife online.
By Grant Clark
“We would always kid around about it,” Holly said, “but lately it doesn’t sound like that bad of an idea.”
Credit beach volleyball, and her two daughters’ success in the sport, for the change of heart.
The Pacific Northwest offers plenty of outdoor activities. Beach volleyball is not one that immediately springs to mind.
That didn’t prevent Holly’s daughters Maia, 13, and Madison, 12, from taking up the sport, and despite the minimal availability of local sand, after only a few years the Olympia duo have transformed into one of the region’s top tandems, forcing mom to rethink that whole timeshare thing.
If you want to compete on the national level, you have to go where the sand is; and that’s exactly where the Nichols are headed.
“It’s going to be a volleyball summer,” said Holly, who also owns Discover Aquatics, a private swimming pool in West Olympia.
The Nichols sisters will compete against the nation’s best at the Beach Volleyball Clubs of America National Championship in Hermosa, California July 7-9 before making a second trip south a month later to participate at the AVPFirst Manhattan Beach Junior Invitational Aug. 10-14.
“It’s exciting to go down there and play,” Madison said. “You see a lot of teams from California. Not too many from Washington.”
Madison and Maia had been playing indoor volleyball for several years before making the transition to sand; and while to the outsider it looks like a subtle change, the differences in indoor volleyball and beach volleyball are substantial.
The court sizes are different, there’s fewer players per side, no attack line, different volleyballs, and above all you go from the stability of a gym floor to the awkwardness of moving on sand, which is usually hot, while trying to navigate through whatever weather conditions are thrown your way.
“It’s definitely harder to jump on sand,” Maia said. “You have to do much more maneuvering. So, your footwork is important. It’s way easier to move indoors.”
Beach volleyball’s popularity has spiked over the last decade, especially among female competitors, with players like Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh leading the recent surge by winning gold medals in the sport at the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Summer Olympics.
But Madison and Maia face one major obstacle not present in more traditional beach volleyball markets.
“There’s not a lot of beach around here. I’ve told my husband the next time we move we need to find a house that has some sand,” Holly said. “They mostly practice indoors. In fact, the only time they really play on sand is when they go to tournaments.”
That’s basically the equivalent to playing hockey without ever stepping onto the ice except during games.
The lack of sand time, however, has done little to slow down Madison and Maia’s progress.
The sisters won the future select division of the U14 Puget Sound Region Beach High Performance Qualifier on May 31 in Snohomish, before securing their berth into the AVPFirst Junior Invitational at Manhattan Beach.
On June 21, they took first place in their division at a tournament in Alki Beach in Seattle to qualify for July’s BVCA championships in Hermosa.
Beach volleyball is among a long list of sports Madison and Maia have experienced over the years. Swimming, basketball, soccer, tennis, and even taekwondo have also been attempted, but none had the effect on them beach volleyball did.
“Usually it’s our dad getting us to try new things,” Madison said. “My mom asked if we wanted to give (beach volleyball) a try, just try it and have fun with it. I’ve loved it since the first time we started playing.”
Their interest in the sport originally came from Holly, who played Division I volleyball in college at San Jose State University; and while she always encourages her daughters to participate in multiple sports, it always seems to come back to volleyball.
Holly would eventually coach her daughters indoor, but once the game steps outside, she is merely a spectator cheering them on.
“I just let them play when its beach volleyball,” Holly said. “They’re calling the timeouts. They’re out there to encourage each other. I just sit back and watch.”
Despite the occasional sibling rivalry, celebrations have been a much more common site on the beach for the two.
“Obviously, one of the big concerns for me is having them get burned out at such a young age. Every time we get into the car, I turn around and say, ‘We don’t have to do this. We can do something else this weekend,’” Holly said. “Every time I ask, they say this is where they want to be.”
As part of the 7th Annual 24-Hour Zine Thing, there will be a Zine Reading Thing in the atrium after the library closes from 6:30. Come hear special guest zinesters read their work, or share from your own 24-Hour Zine Thing creation! The featured readers for the night are Dreamboat Annie, Sage Adderley, Carrie Born, and Alice Wynne.
Founder of Fat Fancy radical plus size clothing boutique & body positive life coach, Dreamboat Annie is a bad ass sweetheart, & a fat, queer, femme, Cuban-American, artist, punk rock dream come true.
Sage Adderley is passionate about kindness, coffee, mental health, fat activism, and the DIY lifestyle. She is the owner of Sweet Candy Distro & Press, writes the personal zine, Marked For Life & the body positive zine, FAT-TASTIC!
Alice Wynne, of Dog Faced USA, is actively trying to incorporate discussions of "the face" and the skull's connection to body and identity into everyday conversations.
Carrie Born is a retired heavy equipment operator//long-haul trucker gal turned blue-collar poet & typewriter collector.
This event occurs after library open hours and no other library services will be available.
The Olympia Timberland Library is located at 313 8th Avenue SE. For more information, contact the library at (360) 352-0595Google Plus One Facebook Like
Submitted by The City of Olympia
Beginning Monday, June 30, and continuing through Monday, July 13, nine high risk trees will be removed from Legion Way. Sections of Legion Way where crews are working will be completely blocked to through traffic, but the entrance to the Madison Elementary parking lot will remain accessible via alternate routes. Work will take place between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. each day.
The trees scheduled for removal on Legion Way are all showing signs of having extensive decay. They include three sweetgums and six red and pin oaks. Each tree is marked with a white paint dot on the trunk facing the street. They are located at:
Following each tree’s removal, the remaining stumps will be ground down as deep as possible and the soil replaced so a new tree may be planted. The new trees will be red oaks. Red oaks are known for their strong wood and large canopies, and were among the original tree species planted on Legion Way to honor military veterans in 1926.
Removing and replacing those trees that are a risk today ensures that Legion Way will continue to be a historic community landmark and a living legacy.
Submitted by the U.S. Forest Service
Yesterday, fire behavior and fire movement were slow on the Paradise Fire; this was attributed to cooler temperatures and higher humidity levels. This activity is characteristic of how the Paradise Fire has been burning since it was detected – it slows in cooler temperatures and becomes more active as the weather becomes warmer and drier. The local Type 3 team that has been managing the fire provided an in-briefing and orientation to the Pacific Northwest National Incident Management Organization (NIMO). The NIMO also flew a reconnaissance flight of the fire. A community meeting was held in Quinault last night and 23 members of the public attended.
Today, fire growth in the Queets drainage is expected to continue. Crews are monitoring its movement and taking suppression actions when it is safe to do so. They continue to hold the fire east of Bob Creek and north of the Queets River. The NIMO team will tie in with crews in the field today to discuss the new organization. Current resources include 2 crews, 3 helicopters, and support personnel. A total of 102 people are assigned to the incident.
Temperatures are expected to increase as the week progresses and lightning is in the forecast for this weekend. Increased fire activity is expected on the Paradise Fire, and new fires are anticipated from potential lightning strikes. Because of the high fire potential, Olympic National Park has instituted a ban on all open fires in the park’s wilderness backcountry, including all locations along the wilderness coast. As of 7:00 a.m. this morning, campfires will be permitted only in established fire grates at established front country campgrounds. The burn restriction will remain in place until further notice. Camp stoves may still be used in the park’s wilderness backcountry, but should be operated well away from flammable vegetation and forest litter.
For additional information, please call Paradise Fire Information at 360-565-2986.
Submitted by Home Instead Senior Care
Nobody likes extreme and prolonged heat, but such conditions can be very dangerous and potentially deadly for seniors.
According to the National Weather Service, heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses.
“The elderly are often the most vulnerable to severe heat,” said Jeff Huber, president and CEO of Home Instead Senior Care® Inc. “Their bodies do not adjust as well as young people to sudden changes in temperature, they are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat and they are often on a prescription medicine that impairs the body’s ability to regulate its temperature or that inhibits perspiration,” he continued.
Following are tips from the local Home Instead Senior Care office, to help seniors combat the heat:
The challenge: Make a 24-page zine from idea to completion in 24 hours. Make your own zine about whatever suits you, or contribute to a collaborative zine on a theme that wins the popular vote. Drop in to the meeting room to use provided supplies, including typewriters, long-armed staplers, recycled magazines, Print Gocco, and copy machines. Feel free to bring interesting materials to use or share. All ages and levels welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.
No library services will be available after 5:00 p.m.
The Olympia Timberland Library is located at 313 8th Avenue SE. For more information, contact the library at (360) 352-0595.
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Submitted by City of Lacey
Lacey continues its tradition of kicking off the area’s Independence Day celebrations with the Freedom Concert and Fireworks Spectacular on Friday, July 3. The Freedom Concert will be held from 6:30 to 10:15 p.m. in the Lacey Crossroads parking lot at Yelm Highway and College Street, followed by a 15 minute professional fireworks display launched from William Bush Park, 4400 Chardonnay Drive NE. The park will be closed to preserve a safe zone for the fireworks launch, but the display will be visible to most residences located within 3/4 miles and from the concert stage area at Lacey Crossroads.
This year’s all-ages Freedom Concert features high-energy music and fun with DJ Tony G and “Battle Rhythm,” the 56th Army rock band. Family-friendly activity booths and free face painting will be provided by the Lacey Sunrise Lions and event sponsors TwinStar, Xerox, and the Lacey South Sound Chamber of Commerce. Pizza, ice cream, and a variety of food will also be available for purchase at Lacey Crossroads restaurants. Concert-goers are advised to bring seating to enjoy the outdoor stage and music performances.
Due to the popularity of this event, road access into the area will be limited during the fireworks display and while traffic exits the show. From 10:00 p.m. until approximately 11:45 p.m., detours will be established using 66th Avenue SE, Ruddell Road SE, Mullen Road SE, 37th Avenue SE, and Wiggins Road SE.
More information and a complete map of planned road closures can be found on the city’s official website at www.ci.lacey.wa.us/fireworks.
Journalist David Neiwert will talk about his new book, "Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us."
In "Of Orcas and Men," a marvelously compelling mix of cultural history, environmental reporting, and scientific research, Neiwert explores an extraordinary species and its occasionally fraught relationship with human beings. Beginning with their role in myth and contemporary popular culture, Neiwert shows how killer whales came to capture our imaginations, and brings to life the often catastrophic environmental consequences of that appeal.
David Neiwert is an investigative journalist based in Seattle and a contributing writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center. He is the author of 'And Hell Followed With Her: Crossing the Dark Side of the American Border' (NationBooks, March 2013) -- winner of the General Nonfiction first-place prize in the International Latino Book Awards -- as well as five other previous books.
This event is FREE and open to the public. Orca Books is at 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia.Google Plus One Facebook Like
By Kathryn Millhorn
For this year’s all-inclusive silver anniversary of the America’s Classic Jazz Festival at Saint Martin’s Marcus Pavilion, organizers have really gotten into the swing of things…pun intended! From June 25-28 there will be 96 performances from 13 bands on four stages at one location with crowds hailing from 22 states. Whew!
The Greater Olympia Dixieland Jazz Society takes pride in supporting young musicians and vocalists through camps, sponsorships, and performance opportunities. Their annual Jazz Festival helps fund training for such rising stars as clarinetist Claire McKenna who “recently appeared in Seattle’s Benaroya Hall with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and his Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.”
Jazz Society Co-Director Walt Bowen explains that “the purpose of the Greater Olympia Dixieland Jazz Society is to preserve and promote the performance of live jazz. We do this by sponsoring youth scholarships to annual jazz camp. This year we have 13 students. These students are the performers of tomorrow. In addition to jazz camp, we have high school students volunteering from Saint Martin’s, North Thurston High School, Timberline High School, and Aspire Middle School.”
Thursday evening, June 25, is a 7:00 p.m. Kick Off Party in the Saint Martin’s University Marcus Pavilion. Friday includes concerts from 11:00 a.m. until 10:45 p.m. with a free mid-day stop-off at the Olympia Farmer’s Market from 11:00 a.m. until 1:45 p.m.
Saturday the music flows from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. on four stages. Bowen is proud to offer “plenty of dance lessons, great bands, and four large dance floors are sure to provide a wonderful time for all. Other festival features include on-site RV parking, shuttle service, parasol parades, a swing set, and After Glow Party.”
He continues, “The main way that we draw attention to jazz music is to sponsor our jazz festivals that bring some great musicians to our area. At this festival we have seated areas for listing but we also have four large dance floors. On those floors we have dancers from three to 93. We encourage families to attend.”
“Music students can shadow and be in contact with some very experienced musicians and see them close-up,” adds Bowen. “Some of our fans are attracted to the music and others to the dancing. Many enjoy both. Other people like to hear the music and look at the dancers and their costumes. Some dancers belong to swing dance clubs and come the festival to dance before a live band.”
Sunday morning cools things off with a free gospel program at Saint Martin’s at 9:30 a.m. featuring Portland favorites Marilyn Keller and the Black Swan Classic Jazz Band. Downtown the Grand Dominion Jazz Band takes over the United Churches of Olympia at 10:00 a.m. After a last, rousing day of music, the Festival winds down at Tugboat Annie’s with the Olympia After Glow Party starting at 5:00 p.m.
Out of towners are invited to contact local hotels and ask for ‘Jazz Rates’ or inquire about limited RV parking on-site at Saint Martin’s. Contact info for these options can be found online here.
Tickets can be purchased for the entire event or specific days or evenings. Students are encouraged to attend and an all-event pass for ages 14-22 with student ID is only $15. Tickets can be purchased at the door and anyone willing to volunteer for a total of 8 hours can earn a free 3-day pass.
Henry Rollins puts it all into perspective: “Live music is the cure for what ails ya.” No matter what’s going on in the world around us, music can be a bridge, balm, and source of unrivalled joy.
For festival information, please contact Charlotte Dickison at 360-943-9123 and for info on RV parking call Pat Herndon at 360-956-7132.
A quick Google Search for “knitting popularity” returns scores of articles confirming the anecdotal evidence this 40-year-old writer collected locally (mainly that I’m knitting, my friends are knitting, so everyone must be knitting). People of all ages, mainly women but also many men, are taking up the traditional hand-crafts of their grandmothers with increasing frequency.
Why? For most, it’s connection to something real and tangible in a world dominated by social media and virtual conversation. Knitting and crocheting provide an opportunity to create something with your own hands that can last for generations.
Additionally, there is a sense of community fostered among those who share a hobby. In particular, fiber arts are tailored to group gatherings where needles click and stories unfurl as quickly as the yarn. Advice on life, as well as dropped stiches is traded and cherished. And, it all fits neatly in a tote bag. Bonus.
Those of us ready to knit up our next awesome cowl, maybe inspired by the wildly popular knitware on the Starz series Outlander, now have a new option for finding the perfect yarn. Michelle Cohen’s new shop, The Black Sheep Yarn Boutique, opens in West Olympia. Becoming a small business owner, running her own shop and selling something she loves is a dream come true for Cohen. A dream that for many years, she couldn’t even put a name to – a dream she came close to never discovering at all.
“I’m from Seattle, but grew up all over the place,” Cohen shares as we settle into the cozy armchairs and couch in Black Sheep’s sitting area. It was in her early 20’s that she reconnected with family in the Pacific Northwest and felt a sense of belonging she hadn’t known before. Returning to Seattle, she met and married her late husband Mitch, a family physician in Elma who passed away suddenly five years ago.
She and Mitch made a home in Olympia where she “loved the rural feel and small town atmosphere” after living for years in bigger cities. The couple had three children and Cohen was “doing the mom thing” full-time when Mitch died. Cohen was daunted by the prospect of heading back into the workforce full-time. But, as is typical for Cohen, as anyone who knows her would attest, she forged ahead, securing a job to support her family. Just three months into her new job, Cohen was diagnosed with breast cancer and faced a long, intense treatment. With her determination, positive outlook, and the support of friends and family, Cohen is now cancer free.
“I’m the kind of person who thinks about life as a series of events with one thing leading to the next,” she explains. While she admits it took time to find her way out of grief after her husband’s death, she also shares, “I really try and look at the blessings in life – to focus on the positives.”
While Cohen had achieved success in non-profit management among other business pursuits, she never felt she was doing “what I was supposed to do.” And, as with many women after leaving professional careers to care for and raise their children, Cohen found herself one day at a crossroads. “I just hit that point in life where you say to yourself, ‘What am I going to do? Isn’t there something more I’m supposed to do?’”
For Cohen, the answer came nine months ago while helping a close friend look at vacant spaces for a new business. Her friend asked, “If you could have a shop, Michelle, what would it be?” She didn’t have an answer ready, but it rattled around in her head for weeks until she happened to visit Gig Harbor’s Rainy Day Yarns.
“I had this revelation that if I owned a yarn shop, this would be it. It was fun, pretty, cozy and it started me thinking,” Cohen shares. As an accomplished knitter, Cohen has spent time in her fair share of yarn shops, yet this time it was different.
“I literally heard myself getting excited. I had a real self-awareness that for the first time, this could be my dream. This could be the right thing for me,” she recalls. “I channeled my inner Russell Wilson,” laughs the Seahawks super-fan, “and said, ‘Why not me?’”
She dug in, did the work with the help of local life coach Logan Reed and her network of supportive friends and family, and this week will open the doors to The Black Sheep Yarn Boutique.
The space is inviting and cozy with walls fittingly painted “Knitting Needles Gray” and includes a project space, perfect for the classes Cohen will offer. A true beginners class will be first, followed by kids classes, a sock class, and holiday decoration classes. “My goal for the shop is for people to feel like they can come here and find what they want – something unique – without breaking the bank,” Cohen explains. Her selections include skeins starting at just $3 and she looks forward to customer suggestions on yarns and products to carry.
I have my eye on a delicious merino wool, perfect for fingerless gloves come fall.
The Black Sheep Yarn Boutique offers area knitters and crocheters more than a source for beautiful yarn. It offers a place for community, a place for learning, and a place for creating something that lasts. Keeping your hands busy with needles and hooks, not your smart phone, is definitely trending in Olympia.
Keep track of Michelle Cohen and The Black Sheep Yarn Boutique via Facebook.
2615 Capital Mall Dr SW #3B (in the Outback Plaza, near Black Bear Diner)
Grand Opening – June 27 and 28 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Regular business hours:
Tuesday and Wednesday – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday – 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday
Submitted by Thurston County
Thurston County officials are issuing a countywide burn ban that will take effect at 5 p.m. today, Tuesday, June 23, until further notice. The burn ban covers all of unincorporated Thurston County. Thurston County cities and designated urban growth areas already have a permanent outdoor burn ban in place.
The burn ban decision comes as weather forecasters predict record high temperatures coming later this week along with the possibility of lightning strikes, but little or no precipitation.
“This weather pattern of high temperatures combined with lightening but no rain is expected to last through the Fourth of July weekend. That means the burn ban is a critical part of protecting lives and property. Our local firefighters will have their hands full as it is,” said Resource Stewardship department director Scott Clark, who also serves as the county’s fire marshal.
The countywide ban on outdoor burning applies to all land clearing and yard debris burning. However, residents in the unincorporated county outside of the urban growth areas will still be able to enjoy small recreational fires in fire pits, as well as cooking with outdoor barbeques and stoves. The use of self-contained camp stoves is strongly encouraged as an alternative to recreational fires. All small recreational fires must meet the following criteria:
If you see illegal burning or evidence of a wildfire, call 9-1-1 immediately. The penalty for illegal burning during a countywide burn ban is a fine up to $1,000 or up to 90 days in jail. “Conditions are really dangerous right now, so anyone planning on barbequing or having a campfire needs to follow the rules and keep it under control. If you don’t, you should expect the county to enforce the restrictions. It’s a matter of public safety,” said Clark.
The countywide burn ban does not apply to fireworks, but fire officials are strongly encouraging residents to reduce the risk of fires and enjoy only the professional fireworks displays this year. Some cities within Thurston County have fireworks bans already in place or have specific restrictions on the use of fireworks, so residents who live in or near city limits or urban growth areas should check for any city regulations prior to purchasing or discharging fireworks.
“We’re already in the midst of a statewide drought, and the record high temperatures coming our way can make even the tiniest fireworks spark turn into a raging fire within minutes,” said Chief Steve Brooks, Chief of Lacey Fire Protection District 3 and president of the Thurston County Fire Chiefs’ Association. “It’s best to leave the fireworks to the pros this year.”
Residents who do light their own fireworks this year are reminded that the sale of fireworks in unincorporated Thurston County is legal only at inspected and approved stands from noon on June 28 through 9 p.m. on July 4. Daily sales before July 4 are from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Discharging fireworks is legal only between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. on July 3 and 4. The sale and discharge of fireworks is not allowed in the cities of Olympia or Lacey.
To learn more about fireworks safety and injury prevention, go to the Washington State Patrol’s web page on fireworks safety at www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireworks.htm. The Washington State Patrol website also has a list of public fireworks displays in Thurston County and throughout the state.
Submitted by Rotary Club of South Puget Sound-Olympia
Eight graduating seniors from South Puget Sound high schools recently were awarded college scholarships from the Rotary Club of South Puget Sound-Olympia.
The awards were part of $13,000 in scholarships Rotary members gave to students from Oakville, Rainier, Tenino, Rochester and the New Market Skills Center. Scholarship funds will help pay for tuition and books leading to a license, certification, associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
“The Rotary Club of South Puget Sound-Olympia has a strong educational focus. In addition to these eight scholarships, our club gave $5,000 to the South Puget Sound Community College Foundation to help Thurston County GRAVITY Program students pay fees for GED testing,” stated Kim Metz, SPS Rotary Scholarship Committee Chair.
The scholarships don’t require a perfect GPA. Several factors were considered, including the desire to be successful. “A lot of these kids maybe didn’t get off to the best start in high school, but the last couple of years they’ve really stepped up,” said Metz.
For some, the award means they can focus on education, rather than paying the bills. For others, it’s the confidence they need to conquer college. “Every one of them has a plan, and I think that’s something worth rewarding and something worth encouraging, and that’s what we try and do,” said Metz.
2015 Scholarship winners are: Oakville – Brenda Borro, $2,000, Kayley Sharp, $1,000;
Rainier – Cheyenne Bell, $2,000, Trevor Shaw, $1,000; Tenino – Natalie Hall, $2,000;
Rochester – Kaylin Fosnacht, $2,000, Emily Masseth, $1,000;
New Market Skills Center – Thomas Tinney, $2,000.
The Rotary Club of South Puget Sound-Olympia’s 50+ members are dedicated to doing good in the world. There are more than 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries. We gather at weekly meetings and other functions to fulfill our commitment to the Rotarian ideals of friendship, fellowship, and service to others.