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App for Olympia History

OlyBlog Home Page - Wed, 06/08/2016 - 9:18am

I was able to create my first standalone app for Google Play™.
With the app, you can find over 500 historic sites in Olympia on your tablet or smart phone. You will be able to see what historic sites are near you, and by clicking on the red marker find out more about the site, including then-and-now images, a description of the site, and links to more information. The content is from the Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum website.

Download the app to your Android™ device by searching for Olympia History on Google Play™ or by visiting the Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum website.

If there  is an Apple developer out there who wants to help, we can get this up on the Apple app store as well.  Contact me through the historical society, if interested. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Olympia’s David Woodward Hits State Winning Javelin Throw, Lives Dream

Thurston Talk - Wed, 06/08/2016 - 6:04am


There were so many other places David Woodward could have been. He could have been in the weight room, pumping iron and getting ready for his dream-come-true opportunity to play football on a scholarship at Utah State University. He could have been home, goofing off with friends as they watched TV. Certainly, no one, not

Capital City Pride: the Biggest Small-Town Pride in the Pacific Northwest

Thurston Talk - Wed, 06/08/2016 - 6:00am


The first Pride marches took place in 1970; New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago were the birthplace of what would become annual gatherings to celebrate LGBTQ awareness, unity, and support. In Olympia, Capital City Pride has held an inclusive, celebratory parade and festival since 1991. “Pride serves as the annual watershed event for

Realtors Help Preserve Community Heritage at Mima Prairie Pioneer Cemetery

Thurston Talk - Wed, 06/08/2016 - 6:00am


Bette Leek, 90, arrived at Mima Prairie Pioneer Cemetery with four generations of her family.  They paid respects to her ancestors buried there. It was something that Bette’s parents had done every Sunday after church when she was growing up. The historic cemetery, not found on a map but located in southwest Thurston County, had been

Nisqually Stream Stewards – Now Recruiting 2016 Class Participants!

Thurston Talk - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 4:54pm


Submitted by Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission Do you want to be trained as a citizen scientist, learn more about your watershed, meet new people, and become more engaged with your community? Consider joining the 2016 Nisqually Stream Stewards class. Nisqually Stream Stewards is a program of the Nisqually River Council and Nisqually Indian Tribe’s Natural Resources Department that trains participants

Dana, Mah Join Prime Locations in Launching New Division

Thurston Talk - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 4:33pm


Submitted by Prime Locations, Inc.  Prime Locations, Inc., one of Thurston County’s largest commercial real estate brokerages, has launched its Prime Unique Properties Division and has named Troy Dana as division vice president. Prime Unique Properties Division has also retained Doug Mah & Associates, LLC to provide management and public affairs services for targeted properties

The Landing at Hawks Prairie Hosts 3rd Annual Military Appreciation Day

Thurston Talk - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 4:26pm


Submitted by The Landing at Hawks Prairie The Landing at Hawks Prairie shopping center in Lacey will play host to a special celebration open to all Lacey-area military families on Saturday, July 23 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.

Port of Olympia, City of Olympia Seek Volunteers for Paddle to Nisqually Canoe Journey Landing

Thurston Talk - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 2:52pm


Submitted by the Port of Olympia The City of Olympia and the Port of Olympia are welcoming community members who would like to volunteer for the 2016 Paddle-to-Nisqually Canoe Journey landing in downtown Olympia on July 30, 2016. The City and Port are partnering with the Nisqually Indian Tribe on the event. Volunteers are needed

Olympia Area Rowing Sends Three Boats to Nationals

Thurston Talk - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 2:44pm


Despite having an entirely new team, including two members who are just one year removed from novice, talk of advancing to the nationals for the Olympia Area Rowing’s women’s lightweight four would surface throughout the season. Samia Saliba, the squad’s lone senior, however, was there to always keep the group grounded. “I think I’m the

Rochester High School Teacher Sarah Thomas Awarded Two Holocaust-Focused Fellowships

Thurston Talk - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 1:46pm


Submitted by the Rochester School District If Sarah Thomas could do it all over again, she would major in Holocaust or genocide studies in college. “I attended my first big conference on the subject in December of 2000,” she explained, “and that changed me.” This summer, the high school English teacher will participate in two

Leadership Thurston County Honors Class of 2016

Thurston Talk - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 1:39pm


Submitted by Leadership Thurston County Leadership Thurston County and the Thurston County Chamber Foundation are proud to congratulate the 39 members of the Class of 2016. This is the 22nd LTC class, and over 600 graduates have completed the program since 1994. A recognition luncheon will be held Wednesday, June 8, at the Red Lion Hotel

Kayak Tour of Eld Inlet July 19

OlyBlog Home Page - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 1:37pm
Event:  Tue, 07/19/2016 - 5:30pm

Join Capitol Land Trust on a kayak tour of lower Eld Inlet.  Please bring your own kayak.  We will be launching from Triple Creek Farm Conservation Easement, a property conserved by Capitol Land Trust in Olympia, and will paddle south to visit another conserved property, McLane Point.  If the tides are right we could even travel to two additional conserved properties at the southern-most tip of Eld Inlet: the Randall Preserve and Lower Eld Estuary Preserve.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
5:30 PM
Lower Eld Inlet, Olympia

This is a free event. Registration is required at logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Summer at the Library Focuses on Mind and Body Fitness

Thurston Talk - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 4:08pm


Submitted by the Timberland Regional Libraries  Healthy minds and healthy bodies make children happy learners. This year, “Summer at the Library” focuses on health and fitness. Programs will offer fun for all ages – birth through teens – and all interests. Many popular performers will be back, with shows tailored to the fitness theme. The

Home Ownership Plan for Millennials – Part III

Thurston Talk - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 3:35pm


Submitted by On Q Financial As we head deeper into residential real estate ‘high season’, positioning yourself as a strong buyer is crucial to purchase contract negotiations. One of the many steps you can take to help represent you as a strong buyer is to obtain what is known as a pre-qualification letter (within the

Hundreds of Cancer Survivors Celebrate

Thurston Talk - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 2:41pm


Cancer. Survivor. Celebration. Three words taken separately elicit disparate responses. String them together and they become fiercely encouraging. On Saturday, June 4 Providence Regional Cancer System hosted its sixth annual Cancer Survivor Celebration with the mantra “finding inspiration, celebrating life.” The Norman Worthington Conference Center at Saint Martin’s University was filled with about 250 survivors,

A Little Story About Little Shop of Horrors

Thurston Talk - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 2:27pm


Submitted by Harlequin Productions On May 5, Harlequin Productions opens Little Shop of Horrors by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Little Shop has become one of the most popular musicals in Broadway history, but the story of how this musical became the hit show it is today is as “strange and interesting” as the little

Saint Martin’s University Names New Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Thurston Talk - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 2:06pm


Submitted by Saint Martin’s University  Jeff Crane, Ph.D., has been named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Saint Martin’s University. Crane comes to Saint Martin’s from his position as associate dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. In

Westport Winery Gold at Seattle Wine Awards

Thurston Talk - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 2:02pm


Submitted by Westport Winery Garden Resort Westport Winery’s Elk River Riesling earned a gold medal at the 2016 Seattle Wine Awards held in May. The grapes for this wine were grown at Red Willow Vineyards in the Yakima Valley AVA. Director of Winemaking Dana Roberts said, “This is one of the oldest most prestigious vineyards

Sun Protection from the Inside Out

Thurston Talk - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 1:38pm


Submitted By Niki Whiting for Radiance Herbs and Massage You’ve found a full-spectrum sunscreen. You’ve got your broad-rimmed hat and long-sleeved shirt. What more can you do to boost your sun protection? You can start by thinking of sun protection from the inside out. By making a few healthy changes to your diet you can boost

5 Tips to Create Powerful Events Calendar Entries on ThurstonTalk

Thurston Talk - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 6:00am


The ThurstonTalk Events Calendar is a powerful tool for sharing your organization’s local events. Our Events Calendar tab is consistently in the top five pages visited daily and our readers know it as the go-to source for what’s happening around Thurston County. With more than 308,000 unique visitors to monthly, utilizing the free online

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