Michelle and her darling daughter were enthusiastic participants in this past week’s “The Wheels on the bus…” adventure. During the tour, we saw the Intercity Transit mini-bus, which is used at community events, such as the Lakefair parade.
“The Wheels on the bus” participants were invited to join the Lakefair parade by riding in the full-size Intercity Transit bus.
Submitted by The Washington Youth Academy
The Washington Youth Academy celebrated the graduation of five students from the Thurston County area during commencement ceremonies on June 20.
The students who have completed the program include Lacey teens Dallis Atkins and Esmeralda Cavazos as well as Olympia teens Nathnael Bochsler, Andrew Franklin and Isabel Knox. These students were among 140 graduates, the second largest graduation class since the Academy was established in 2009.
The students will all return to high school to get their diploma, some enrolling in summer school, or seek an alternative path to finish their high school education, such as a GED or by joining Running Start. Atkins is from River Ridge High School. Cavazos is from North Thurston High School. Bochsler and Franklin had attended Olympia High School. Knox was from Timberline High School.
The mission of the Washington Youth Academy is to provide a highly disciplined, safe and professional learning environment that empowers at-risk youth to improve their educational levels and employment potential and become responsible and productive citizens of the State of Washington. The Washington Youth Academy is a division of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program. Established under authority of both federal and state law, the WYA is a state-run residential and post-residential intervention program for youth who have dropped out of high school or are at risk of dropping out. The free program places cadets in a 22-week intensive residential phase. For the following year, the youth receives intense mentoring and placement follow-up. The school is in Bremerton, but anyone from around the state can apply.
Students can earn up to 8 credits. The average number of credits eared by cadets who completed the program this cycle was 7.9 – achieving a 98.5 percent credit retrieval rate. Comparatively, a full year at a high school is 6 credits. That means students earned more than a year’s worth of credits in just 22 weeks.
Graduating cadets had an average GPA for Academy courses of 3.6, which is a high B+. As a comparison, 52 of the graduating cadets had a grade point average less than a D before coming to the Academy.
Only 14 of the cadets who entered the program had enough credits to be classified as seniors. After commencement, 92 graduates of the program have the credits needed to be classified as seniors.
Students volunteered 7,809 hours of community service to the local community, valued at $67,000, according to Washington Youth Academy Director Larry Pierce. Service projects consisted of everything from restoring a September 11 Memorial to landscaping and event support.
Each cadet was also trained to be part of a Community Emergency Response Team, the first time all of the cadets in a class received the disaster management training.
“We had 140 cadets of diverse backgrounds and situations come together to become one cohesive unit,” Pierce said. “They overcame obstacles and shared both dreams and setbacks, as well. They shared laughter and tears, but they changed together and they prevailed together.”
More than 1,500 students have gone through the program since its inception.
For more information, visit http://mil.wa.gov/youth-academy.
Glass Girl – by Cadet Isabelle Knox
She is made of glass and like glass
She is fragile and clear
So young and already she’s got chips and cracks
So sad because she was already born with
Flaws and imperfection
But, you see, when the light is shone on her
Those flaws and imperfections, chips and cracks
Become faucets and reflections
Turning golden rays into brilliant colors
Then, it seems she’s not so flawed anymore
By Gail Wood
“Like everyone else, we came to the Northwest and said, ‘Wow, mountains,’” Romer said with a chuckle.
But admiring, watching from an office window, wasn’t enough. He soon bought some hiking boots and began trekking along the wooded trails. It wasn’t long before he joined the Olympia Branch of the Mountaineers.
Growing up in Canton, New York, Romer had experienced sailing and kayaking before.
“But I hadn’t experienced mountains before,” Romer said. “They just took over.”
After getting his doctorate in physics at the University of Washington in the early 1970s, Romer moved for nearly two years to do research at Stanford University. Naturally, with Romer already smitten by the hiking bug, he visited Yosemite National Park, hiking the backside of Half Dome and through the wooded park.
“I got seriously hooked on the outdoors,” Romer said.
Eventually, work as a mechanical engineer in the private sector led Romer to move to Olympia. And his pursuit of hiking continued. Over 15 years, Romer climbed the state’s six tallest peaks. Mount St. Helen’s, several years before the volcano blew its top in 1980, was the first on his list.
His appetite for peaks continued and eventually he summited Rainier, Adams, Glacier, Baker and Olympus. Those are the six highest peaks in Washington. And last year Romer received the six peaks award for climbing the state’s six tallest peaks in the state. When St. Helen’s shrunk over 2,000 feet to about 8,000, the big six aren’t as big.
Now, Romer, who will be 73 in July, has a new bucket list. He wants to climb all 100 of the peaks in Washington that are talked about in a friend’s guide book. Right now, he’s climbed 59 of those peaks, which isn’t bad considering he had topped only seven of those peaks three years ago. As he stood on the top of Mount Ruth last weekend, Romer began naming off the other surrounding peaks he could see, many of which he had climbed.
“The neat thing about the 100 peak list is while there’s the well known peaks on it and there’s all these others,” Romer said. “So you get to fill in all the parts of the park you didn’t know.”
In 1976, Romer took a climbing class from the Mountaineer’s and learned how to self-arrest with an ice ax and how to prussic out of a crevasse. That’s led to his long association with the climbing club and today’s he’s a board member with the Olympia Mountaineers.
Over 100 years ago, the Mountaineers were formed in Seattle and now have seven branches across the state and has over 10,000 members. The Olympia branch has about 700 members.
“For years they’ve run people through their climbing course and put them out into the wide world of climbing,” Romer said.
That’s expanded. The group continues to host climbing classes and provide outdoor education and they have expanded to include sea kayaking, cross country skiing and sailing.
Because it’s the tallest peak, Romer said Rainier was the hardest of the mountains he’s climbed to the summit. While there’s not technical rock climbing, he said there is a technical challenge because of the snow. Climbers have to be able to handle the steep snow slopes.
“There’s both a psychological and objective exposure,” Romer said. “You have to be comfortable with doing that. And because it’s 14,000 feet, you have to be prepared to operate for long hours under those conditions.”
With 40-plus years of experience in hiking, Romer has picked up some insight into the challenge. In his attempt to help share that experience, Romer blogs (at www.henryinthewoods.com) about the new light-weight equipment available today. He shares tips on how to cut that 50-pound pack to the 20-pound range.
“Getting down to the 20 pound range is more of the rarified atmosphere,” Romer said. “It’s that 10 pound journey from what you can buy at REI to what you can do by being clever.”
Romer hasn’t tired of the quest of reaching the summit. His theme all along has been about seeking the doable challenge. He’s never dreamed of climbing Mount McKinley or Mount Everest or doing the tallest peaks on the seven continents. He feels that’s why he’s still able to go out and enjoy the outdoors.
“One of the reasons I’m still doing it is because I have tried to stay away from the extreme stuff,” Romer said.
He hikes with people who have artificial knees or hips.
“I’m still going on the original parts,” Romer said with a laugh. “Partly that may be genetics. But I’ve been careful in what I’ve done.”
And he’s just kept on climbing peaks and enjoying the outdoors.
“I just love it,” Romer said in summary.
Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton
Meet Callie, a female Boxer/Shepherd mix. She is about 5 years old and weighs about 56 pounds. Callie is an athletic girl who loves swimming and will be ready to accompany you on your daily jog or walk. Callie knows her basic obedience commands and is very sweet and attentive when the volunteers are working with her. She is treat motivated and will gently take treats from your hand.
Callie’s previous owner says she is super friendly and needs to be around people to be happy. She loves all people including kids and babies as well. She also likes to be inside primarily unless you are outside doing yard work or playing, then she will lounge in the sun.
We have lots of great dogs and always need volunteers to help them. Visit our website at www.adoptapet-wa.org or contact Adopt-A-Pet, on Jensen Road in Shelton at email@example.com or (360) 432-3091. Join us on Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington”.
Submitted by The Landing at Hawks Prairie
The Landing at Hawks Prairie shopping center in Lacey, WA will play host to a special celebration open to all Lacey-area military families on Saturday, July 25 to honor the commitment of and sacrifices made by the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.
From noon to 3:00 p.m. on the July 25, The Landing at Hawks Prairie will welcome service members and their families from Joint Base Lewis-McChord for an afternoon of free hot dogs and refreshments, face painting, giveaways that will include coupons from center tenants, and children’s games and activities.
Hawks Prairie owner Cimmarusti Holdings LLC/Lucia Properties is once again sponsoring this event for the second consecutive year as a tribute to not only the service men and women stationed at Lewis-McChord and throughout the world, but to honor their families as well.
“We consider this to be a small gesture of our immense appreciation for these selfless, modern-day heroes,” said owner Ralph Cimmarusti. “In our minds, we can never do enough to thank the brave members of our military for the sacrifices they make to protect and preserve our freedoms,”
Ralph Cimmarusti and his brother Larry, who currently own and operate the Original Roadhouse Grill restaurants in Oregon and California (and previously owned Tony Roma’s and Burger King restaurants in several states), have a two decade-plus history of staging fundraisers on behalf of the families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. They strongly believe it is their responsibility as members of the local community to honor the memories of officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting our communities.
“This event is just our way of recognizing these service men and women, and their families,” said owner Larry Cimmarusti. “We owe them so much, so this is just one way to say thank you.”
Located in the heart of the Puget Sound region, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) is the Defense Department’s premiere military installation on the West Coast. JBLM provides world-class installation support to more than 40,000 active, Guard and Reserve Service members and about 15,000 civilian workers. The base supports 60,000 family members who live on and outside the base, and nearly 30,000 military retirees living within 50 miles.
This special event will be held in the LA Fitness/Red Robin Plaza area of The Landing at Hawks Prairie, which is located at 1200 Galaxy Drive NE in Lacey.
Submitted by Sandstone Distillery
Sandstone Distillery announces the next in their series of Summer Concert Events, “Whiskey Nights – Music at the Stills” featuring Ethan Tucker on Friday, July 31 at 6:00 p.m.
Following an amazing kick-off with local powerhouse Littlerock, Sandstone Distillery is excited to welcome another local creative powerhouse, Ethan Tucker to the stills. In keeping with their ethos of live local – think global, Sandstone is excited to welcome this amazing locally-grown, nationally-known artist.
Ethan Tucker’s trademark sound of acoustic roots and layered electric guitars combined with an unmistakable soulful and bluesy vocal, is a delicious recipe which has garnered attention from some of his most popular contemporaries, as well as bonafide legends. Born in Olympia, Washington, Ethan has traveled the country with Jimmy Cliff, Buddy Guy, and The Wailers as well as national support slots with musical peers Slightly Stoopid, G-Love, and Michael Franti.
Tickets are available here and include admission, proprietary tastings, and a gift bag filled with coupons, invitations, and specialty Sandstone-infused delectables, courtesy of Aunt Kates’s Chocolates.Click to view slideshow.
Ambrose Bierce once admitted “the most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog.” Our furry best friends often come with a few—usually smelly—bad habits. But when they’re family we learn to live with their foibles and Olympia’s DKB Restoration can help eliminate the mess they leave behind.
New York Magazine’s ‘Science of Us’ reports that “Everyone’s place has a smell. Some homes smell like fancy perfume or Anthropologie candles; others smell like cats…Scientists aren’t exactly sure why our noses adapt to smells, but it seems to be because it helps us to very quickly detect even the subtlest change in the scent of our environment.” Studies show that our brains quickly adapt to minimize smells deemed nonthreatening, which is why we stop noticing the new air freshener or stinky cat box.
Without proper treatment, though, some odors become more than a nuisance. The website National Incontinence explains “whether you’re cleaning up after a cat or dog, a young child or incontinent adult, you know how difficult it can be to remove urine stains and odors. The reason that this type of stain is so difficult to remove is because of the uric acid crystals found in urine. Any type of urine from mammals, whether it is human or pet urine, contains uric acid crystals, which can only be removed by using an enzyme based cleaning product.”
Daniel Baxter of DKB Restoration offers several different services to treat both the stains and smells of urine. He explains that it’s a “whole lot easier and more cost effective to treat it as it happens” because pets repeatedly use the same spots and warm liquids break the surface tension of your carpet allowing dirt and stains to sink deeper and become harder to treat.
Baxter and his team can assess the need and solution options through a free over-the-phone estimate. Their specialized disinfectant formula contains hydrogen peroxide that is 10 times as strong as store-bought options.
Depending on the scope of the problem, clean-up can be a long, expensive process. If the moisture has soaked into the carpet pad, a process called subsurface extraction is used to break down the uric acid crystals. But Baxter prefers to start with the cheaper methods and work up as the job requires. Often pet stain and odor remediation are added by the customer to routine cleaning along with deodorization packages as needed.
All of Baxter’s treatments leave carpets clean, soft, and safe for animals and children, though some require a ‘no touching’ policy until completely dry. The end result is so much more than a stink-free home; “dirty carpets can affect the health of your family…pet hair, dust mites, and other allergens can thrive deep in the carpet. However clean carpets act as a filter to help clean the air in your home. Oily soils produced from cooking vapors, pets, and even oils from our skin cannot be removed by regular vacuuming.”
Call Baxter and his team at 360-688-4392 or email DKBRestoration@gmail.com with questions or for a free estimate. A member of the Better Business Bureau, Angie’s List, and Yelp, DKB Restoration offers carpet, upholstery, air duct, and dryer vent cleaning. Their services help keep your home cleaner, safer, and ensure your carpets, furniture, and appliances last for generations of children, puppies, and kittens to come.
By Nikki McCoy
Recently, SafePlace, Olympia’s long-standing sexual and domestic violence support center, was able to expand into a space more than triple the size of its former home. On Friday, July 24, they’re throwing a party to celebrate.
The public is invited to tour the new Community Service Center, located at 521 Legion Way SE in downtown Olympia, and enjoy the music of five awesome bands – DBST, The Righteous Mothers, Samba Olywa, Bevy, and headliner The Julie Ruin, the latest project of original riot grrrl, Kathleen Hanna.
“I jumped around a lot while volunteering there, trying to find the place for myself, from crisis phones, to intakes, to overnights at the shelter, court advocacy, starting a teenage sexual assault support group and finally to public speaking,” reminisces Hanna. “I actually only spoke to one high school class in Tumwater, but really enjoyed it and realized through the experience that mixing ‘public performance’ with spreading the ideas I’d learned at SafePlace was what I most wanted to do.”
Hanna credits what she learned at SafePlace, and her involvement in the riot grrl movement in the Olympia music scene, as starting her on a path that lead to a 25-year career in music.
“My role as a musician began as an extension to volunteering at SafePlace,” she explains. “By going on the road and singing about issues like rape and domestic violence, I was able to share what I’d learned from SafePlace with folks all around the world. I ended up having a lot of people come up after shows and share their stories with me. Since I’d been trained by SafePlace to do crisis work, I was able to help people in the moment as much as I could, and point them in the direction of further support.”
Local musician Danielle Westbrook also feels a strong connection to SafePlace and will be performing with her two bands, Bevy, an all woman Latin jazz group, and DBST, a blues funk band. Westbrook served on SafePlace’s board for two years, as well being a keynote speaker at a fundraising event.
“Back in 1997, I left my abuser,” shares Westbrook. “I had been a victim of domestic violence for three years, and, after the birth of my daughter, I decided it was time to break the cycle of violence. I left him, moved back home, and immediately sought the services of SafePlace. My advocate literally held my hand through several court appearances. SafePlace’s services are priceless. Bevy and DBST recognize the importance of SafePlace in our community and our proud to lend our support to this amazing cause.
“SafePlace is especially close to my heart,” continues Westbrook. “I’m so happy to have my all girl band and all boy band playing for this wonderful event.”
The bands’ efforts to help celebrate the strength of SafePlace through the universal language of music, doesn’t go unnoticed.
“Sexual and domestic violence are hard issues to talk about and music is a powerful bridge,” says Kellie Patton, director of development for SafePlace. “The support from these musicians has been tremendous. At every step, they have been willing to do what they can to support this event and help us get the word out that we as a community need to be paying attention.”
“The support of these musicians lends credibility and allows us access to different groups of people,” says Mary Pontarolo, SafePlace’s executive director. “Talking about these issues through art makes it easier to hear.”
SafePlace has been discussing these issues since 1976, when the organization was founded. Since 1991, their services have been met at their former cramped location, just a few blocks from their new home.
Expanding will allow the 34 employees and more than 40 volunteers to grow their services, including a 24-hour crisis hotline, which averages about 4,500 crisis calls every year, and a 28-bed domestic shelter at a confidential location.
But the expansion also means more community engagement, and the grand opening gala is a great representation of how SafePlace hopes to interact with Olympia, especially in terms of prevention and education.
Last year, SafePlace created a youth leadership SPEAK group (SafePlace Peer Education, Action and Knowledge) which serves as a way to engage youth around these issues and talk to their peers in ways that are relevant to them.
“When our advocates go into high schools and hear from youth comments like, ‘Thank you for this information. I learned about setting boundaries and realizing when you feel uncomfortable and actually using your voice’ or ‘I thought this only happened to girls,’ the need for increasing community education and prevention becomes really clear,” says Patton. “SafePlace has always taken a holistic approach to addressing issues around sexual and domestic violence, but the program expansion that is happening now, takes that philosophy to an even deeper level.”
“The youth have taken strong ownership of the program and this type of passion around ‘how can I make a difference’ gets at the heart of what this expansion means,” she continues. “Guests at our grand opening event will have the chance to see for themselves how youth in our community are stepping up as examples of what it means to explore these issues from the roots up. During the ribbon cutting, several of the SPEAK group participants will be reading a poem they wrote and will be on-site during building tours to talk about their activities in our community.”
The Grand Opening is just the beginning of extended community engagement. Pontarolo says there will be more music, art, movie nights and other events.
“SafePlace is a social justice organization and that is a much bigger job than limiting the scope of work to serving individual families. Our job is to serve the entire community,” she says. “We hope this event will have a calming ripple effect in the community towards non-violence. There is nothing like music and community to spread non-violence.”
Celebrate SafePlace’s Community Service Center Grand Opening with DBST, The Righteous Mothers, Samba Olywa, Bevy, and The Julie Ruin on Friday, July 24 from 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at 521 Legion Way SE in downtown Olympia. Suggested donation – $20.
Carol Sipe, an enthusiastic public transit advocate and fan of Rebels by Bus, has written a delightful article about her experiences with Rebels by Bus. The article is featured in the 2015 summer edition of the Olympia Food Coop newsletter. The article (and pictures) can be found on page 8. Following is the text of the article. Thanks, Carol!
Years ago, when I lived on the East Coast, I traveled everywhere by public transportation, mainly by train or subway. It was easy. Most of the time it was safe, and a lot cheaper than owning a car in Manhattan. Later, when I moved to Maine, I had to give up public transit since there wasn’t public transportation outside of Portland. A car was a necessity. Whenever I traveled outside the state, I left the car at home and hopped a bus or train to destinations south. I loved every minute of the travel.
When I moved to Olympia in 1991, I assumed I could get around as I had on the East Coast. Imagine my dismay when I discovered there wasn’t a great public transportation system out here. Once you were in Seattle you could move around, but it wasn’t easy. Getting from Olympia to Seattle was very difficult. My only option to go north of Olympia was to travel I-5 by car and I hated every minute of that drive.
Then, a couple of years ago, while glancing through the Continuing Education brochure from South Sound Community College, I noticed classes called Rebels by Bus. There were several of them. The first class was an overview of the public transportation systems and how to navigate them. The listings that followed had destinations attached. At that time, most of those destinations were in Seattle such as the International District and Pike Place Market. These class offerings made me think that the public transportation system might have improved since 1991.
When I retired, I could attend the weekday classes. Beginning with the introductory class, I was thrilled with what I learned. Not only has the public transit system vastly improved, you can get almost anywhere from Olympia to points North, anywhere in Seattle, around the Olympic Peninsula, across the Sound and inlets, and you can do it with ease. And, it is inexpensive! The multiple transit systems honor senior passes, and seniors travel at half price or less. Mason Transit, for instance, is free for everyone in Mason County. It takes time to figure out the connections, but with some planning and patience, it is easy to do.
The Rebels by Bus classes are the creation of Mary Williams and her friend, Gail Johnson. Gail has moved on to Portland, so Mary now does the trips on her own. When Mary was working as a public administrator for various agencies in Olympia, she often had to attend meetings in Seattle. She also tired of driving on I-5 and the struggle with parking. When she realized she could get there by bus, almost to the front door of where she had to go, she changed her mode of travel. Over time, she realized that more people might like to know about this and she has become a public transportation activist. She calls her trips: “Slow travel with Low Carbon Footprint.”
I’ve taken many trips with Mary since I first saw the class listings. All of them have been great fun and all start in Olympia. We’ve eaten at some incredible restaurants. We’ve traveled all over the Greater Puget Sound area (and beyond,) from Seattle to Bremerton, to the Quinault Lodge, Gig Harbor and Snohomish. We’ve traveled on the Monorail, Link light rail, the Metro system, Sound Transit and various other transit systems, the ferries and the Sounder Train. In Seattle, we’ve been to the Theo Chocolate factory in Fremont, Ballard locks, University District, Pike Place Market, and the Seattle Center, just to name a few. I never thought I’d like Tacoma, but I do now; we often pass through there, or visit sites I’ve never noticed before. We’ve walked for miles as we explored all the various possibilities at our destinations. My list is endless now and I don’t have enough room here to include them all.
The one constant in all these travels, are the nice people I meet on the trips and on the bus. You hear stories about unruly bus riders, but I’ve only seen one incident, and the driver took care of it immediately. All of the transit systems are clean and neat. There are rules, of course, like not eating on the bus. You must give up your seat to an elderly person, a blind person, or someone in a wheelchair. And everyone does. No one asks them to, they just do it. I think that’s pretty amazing, and very kind. White hair is definitely a plus on the bus.
This summer, Mary is expanding her Rebels by Bus trips to include family outings, and, possibly, Mystery Trips. I don’t have those listings at the time of this writing, but I am certain they will be fun. She also offers trips through the Senior Center, and you don’t have to be a senior to take them. An Olympic Loop trip is tentatively scheduled for early October. All trips fill up very fast, so it’s important to sign up as soon as you see them offered.
You can find out more about Rebels by Bus by visiting Mary’s website at www.rebels-by-bus.net. Her Facebook page is Facebook.com/groups/rebelsbybus. You can reach her directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out the Senior Center Trips as well at www.southsoundseniors.org. SPSCC trips are listed under Corporate & Continuing Education/Travel and Excursions at www.spscc.edu/cce. If you don’t want to sign up for the trips, you can still learn how to travel by bus by studying the information Mary has listed on her sites.
By Esti Izuagbe
If you want a place to relax and soak in the sun with your friends or family this summer, but don’t want to drive out to an ocean beach, then pick Long Lake in Lacey. During the summer, the lake is always filled with friendly faces from the greater Lacey area. Long Lake (otherwise known as “The Lake” by most) has been around since 1983. It is 10 acres of land that is adjacent to the Thurston County Fairgrounds.
Even though I have lived in this area my whole life, I visited Long Lake for the first time this summer. It was not what I had expected to see because I thought I would arrive to see a open field descending into the lake. Instead, I drove past the entrance with a sign reading “Long Lake” and traveled down the gravel path into a parking lot. This field was covered with grass that featured a side by side sand volleyball courts, and a gorgeous view of the lake, and swimming dock.
Christina Ortega, a Thurston County local, has been actively going to the lake for the last two summers. She says the first time she went to the lake, she was having a picnic with some friends and it turned out to be a lot of fun. “I honestly thought it was really crowded,” Ortega mentioned as she spoke about her first impression of the lake. Since then she been going back to the lake because she loves the energy and all her friends keep inviting her back. “I honestly think that Long Lake is an awesome place even though it’s crowded because you go there and know who’s going to be there,” she adds. “You’re just never alone there. I definitely suggest going to the lake.”
Lexi Madison is also a Thurston County local who has been coming to the lake since she was in the second grade. She remembers riding on a boat and falling off since she did not turn the correct way. She compared it to riding a motorcycle saying that you have to lean opposite of the way you’re turning so that you don’t fall over. Apparently, she did the exact opposite and fell straight into the water. She thought there were sharks in the waters and actually feared for her life. She was very nonchalant and let a shrug roll off her shoulders before replying with, “Yeah, it was. I mean I didn’t die, so it’s fine.”
Madison is very fascinated with Long Lake because she gets to do things like tubing and jet skiing. “We have a boat now, so we go boating.” She even mentioned that one of the greatest things about going to the lake, is that you do not even have to go in to the water. You can just relax, take in the sun, and be near the water.
The first time I went to Long Lake, I went with my best friend and laid out on a blanket with some snacks. Long Lake is very calm. You get the chance to interact with other visitors and make new friends, but if you feel like flying solo no one will bother with you.
My overall favorite part of Long Lake is being in the water. While lifeguards have many swimmers to watch, they will keep an eye on you. Life vests are also available if you need one. I do not see things letting up any time soon at Long Lake. I can see this place being busy for the rest of the summer and many more summers to come.
2790 Carpenter Road in Lacey
Park hours – 7:00 a.m. – dusk
From streaky ink to mechanical malfunctions, printing can be frustrating and expensive — but it doesn’t have to be.
Cartridge World in Olympia is a family-owned franchise of the national ink and toner cartridge manufacturer, committed to providing its customers with low-cost, high-quality products in a family-friendly setting.
Recognized as a world leader in printer and toner cartridge refilling, Cartridge World offers an affordable, environmentally-friendly alternative to expensive name-brand ink and toner cartridges. And with a locally owned and operated franchise right here in Olympia, replacing the ink and toner in your printer is as easy as calling Pat or Jenny Anderson, the husband and wife team behind Olympia’s source for all things print.
Pat and Jenny met in high school, but the two didn’t start dating until their sophomore year at Washington State University. Pat was studying sociology and working at a Cartridge World franchise in Pullman, and Jenny was studying microbiology. After the two graduated, Pat continued working at Cartridge World and Jenny worked on campus in the Department of Plant Pathology. The young couple wanted to save as much money as they could so that they could buy their first house.
“Instead of buying a house, we bought a business,” says Jenny. Wanting to work for themselves, Pat and Jenny did a 180-degree turn and moved to Olympia where, in 2009, they opened the doors to their very own Cartridge World franchise.
At Cartridge World, Pat and Jenny operate a business they know and understand, all while providing a service the community needs. “Together, we’ve been doing this for six years, and Pat’s been doing it for 10,” says Jenny.
With more than a decade of combined experience, the couple is able to offer more than just ink and toner to its Thurston County customers, they are able to recommend printers, help customers troubleshoot, and even service broken printers. “We do about 50 percent retail customers and 50 percent business,” says Jenny.
An affordable, local option for ink and toner cartridges and more, Jenny says Cartridge World’s products are priced around 30 percent less than its big box competitors. And while Jenny admits that there are cheaper options available on the web, she says you get what you pay for.
“We’re not trying to get you the cheapest products possible,” Jenny explains. “We’re trying to get you something that works as good as the original, for less.”
In addition to preserving quality while saving customers money, Cartridge World is also proud to be a more environmentally-friendly option than some of its competitors. Because Cartridge World recycles all of the ink and toner cartridges its customers return, Cartridge World isn’t creating waste for the landfill. “We have, at a minimum, recycled 5,692 laser cartridges and 21,673 ink cartridges since we opened,” says Jenny.
What’s more, Cartridge World business customers who bring in their empty cartridges for refills receive a $1 discount on ink refills and a $3 discount on toner refills, making Cartridge World an even thriftier option for businesses that are already spending a lot. With incentives like this and free delivery on business orders, Cartridge World is a convenient, affordable, local choice offering top-notch service to the community it serves.
And all of Cartridge World’s customers are in fact people and businesses located right here in Thurston County. Jenny says Cartridge World customers include businesses like Blue Heron Bakery, Bagel Brothers and South Sound Surgical Associates, just to name a few.
In addition to providing quality, affordable ink and toner products to the community, Cartridge World is also passionate about giving back. Since it opened in 2009, Cartridge World has had a cartridge collection bin at the Olympia Timberland Library. Here, community members are able to drop off their unwanted ink and toner cartridges for free. Cartridge World then collects the used, empty cartridges and recycles them, donating $1 for ink and $3 for toner and laser cores back to the library. Since the program started, Jenny says, “We have donated $1,059 to the Friends of the Olympia Timberland Library.”
With community, affordability, eco-conscious products and family-friendly service at the forefront of their business, Pat and Jenny are excited to continue providing Thurston County residents and businesses with reliable, low-cost products for years to come.
You can learn more about Cartridge World by visiting its website, calling Cartridge World at 360-753-0380, or by visiting Pat, Jenny, Evelyn (their toddler) and Victor (Cartridge World’s four-legged door greeter) Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
345 Cooper Point Rd NW #102
Olympia, WA 98502
Photos by Shanna Paxton Photography
Lakefair, a popular carnival atmosphere located on the edge of Capitol Lake, continues through Sunday, July 19. Step inside the event with these images of people enjoying the sunshine, live music, tasty food, and carnival games and rides.
Submitted by the Washington State Senior Games
Jim Whittaker, the first North American to conquer Mount Everest in 1963, will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Washington State Senior Games Annual Athletes’ Awards Dinner at the Olympia Center on Saturday, July 25.
Whittaker, 86, has been one of America’s premier mountaineers since his early 20s. He was the very first employee, then manager, then CEO of Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) and led Bobby Kennedy on the first-ever ascent of Canada’s Mt. Kennedy, named for the senator’s slain brother, President John F. Kennedy. Four months after their successful climb, Whittaker was a pallbearer at Bobby’s funeral.
Whittaker is famous for the saying “If you aren’t living on the edge, you are taking up too much space.” He will be sharing stories of his life in the mountains as well as signing copies of his book, “A Life on the Edge.”
Prior to the keynote speech, a short, personal interview will also be presented featuring special Guest of Honor Bill Iffrig, the 80-year-old Lake Stevens, WA marathon and long distance runner who was featured on the Sports Illustrated cover after being knocked to the ground during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
Iffrig, who has finished more than 50 marathons and earned over 36 national titles in U.S. Track and Field, is expected to take first place in the 10 K. The race begins at 8:45 a.m. at Tumwater High School Stadium in Tumwater, home for all major Track and Field events for the Washington State Senior Games.
Iffrig has also been asked to carry the torch for the Opening Ceremonies, which begin at 8 a.m.
The evening begins with a fellowship social for athletes, friends and family of Washington State Senior Games attendees, followed by a full BBQ buffet catered by Ramblin’ Jacks.
Every year nearly 2,000 senior athletes compete at the Senior Games, coming from across the state, Canada, Oregon and Idaho.
Tickets for the awards dinner are $15 each. Reservations for the event, held at the Olympia Center (222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia) can be secured by phone at 360-413-0148.
Submitted by The City of Olympia
The Olympia City Council will consider approval of an option to purchase real estate owned by DR Horton, consisting of approximately 74 acres adjacent to LBA Park, at its regular business meeting on July 21. This parcel, located at 3355 Morse-Merryman Road, is the site of the proposed Ashton Woods Development, formerly known as Trillium. As a condition of the option agreement, DR Horton is preserving their ability to move forward with Preliminary Plat Process to protect their ability to develop the property, in the event the City does not fully exercise the option to purchase.
Acquisition of “LBA Woods” was the top priority identified by the community during a public process the City recently conducted as part of its update of the Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation Plan. The option to purchase would preserve the City’s ability to acquire the 74-acre property if voters approve the proposed Olympia Metropolitan Park District (MPD). The City Council has taken initial action to place an MPD ballot measure before the voters in the coming months.
If purchased, this parcel would be the largest property acquired by the City since Grass Lake Nature Park in 1990. LBA Park would also become Olympia’s fourth largest park behind Priest Point Park, Grass Lake Nature Park, and Watershed Park.
That bright sun didn’t leave us for long this week. Looking into the weekend forecast, it’s another beautiful Saturday and Sunday around Olympia. Soak up all that Olympia has to offer by being outside this weekend, enjoying Lakefair, and celebrating the Puget Sound.
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