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Warren Miller’s “No Turning Back” comes to the Washington Center

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 11:24am


Submitted by Warren Miller Entertainment

Warren Miller Photo by Sverre Hjornevik

Photo Courtesy of Warren Miller Entertainment – Photo by Sverre Hjornevik

This fall, Warren Miller releases its 65th film, No Turning Back. The newest installment celebrates the 65 years of mountain culture and adventure filmmaking that has led Warren Miller to every end of the winter world. Warren Miller’s annual film tradition marks the beginning of colder weather, winter exploration and premier cinematography. Come experience the stoke with Warren Miller and revel in winter’s heritage as we push the boundaries in Niseko, Japan, the Swiss Alps, Montana, France and more. See athletes Ingrid Backstrom, Seth Wescott, Sierra Quitiquit, Rob Kingwill, Oystein Aasheim and others carry on the legacy in winter sports storytelling.

Warren Miller’s No Turning Back shows in Olympia at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, November 14.  Two showings are scheduled at 6:30 and  9:30pm. Click here for all show info.

Since he began creating films in 1949, Warren Miller has known that as skiers and riders, there’s no need to look back—instead, we continuously drive to keep our edge and chase the snow. Because whether it’s Josh Bibby and Tyler Ceccanti carving turns on Mount Olympus in Greece or Kaylin Richardson breaking trail in Norway, these athletes pray for storms and seek mountain thrills for the same reason snow lovers have for decades: sheer delight.

“Everywhere we go, Warren Miller Entertainment finds people who have dedicated their lives to the mountains,” says Producer Josh Haskins. “Every location we shoot at, from the smallest local hills to the top of Alaska’s Chugach, speaks to skiers and snowboarders because, at the end of the day, all we need are some steep slopes and some snow to cover them.”

No Turning Back continues the tradition, taking a legacy that dates back to before skis had edges, and running with it around the globe, to the top of the world’s highest peaks to the mom-and-pop hills that define skiing and riding and back again. Join Warren Miller in welcoming this winter season, and remember this year there’s No Turning Back.

Pumpkins Aren’t Just for Porches

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 6:54am



By Katie Hurley

Two of the surest signs of fall are here… piles of pumpkins adorning the entrances at locally owned Ralph’s Thriftway and Bayview Thriftway, and the large variety of colorful pumpkins, squash and gourds inside their produce departments. Whether you plan to use them in your fall décor or as the star of sweet or savory fall dishes, this is the time you’ll find the best and most colorful selection.

Kabocha squash, also sometimes called Japanese pumpkin, looks like a bumpy dark green pumpkin. The flesh is smooth and sweet, with a chestnut-like flavor when cooked. A whole kabocha squash doubles as a cooking vessel in a simple soup recipe that takes minutes to assemble and

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Kabocha squash soup is baked inside the squash.

Kabocha Squash Soup

Serves 2-3

1 kabocha squash

1 leek (white and light green part only), thinly sliced

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 sprig fresh rosemary

5 fresh sage leaves

2 T. grated parmesan cheese

2-3 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock

Rinse and dry the squash and then cut out a lid as you would if you were going to carve a pumpkin. Scrape out the seeds and stringy pulp and discard them. Set the squash in a baking dish with sides (in case the stock leaks out of the bottom of the squash). Add the leek, garlic, rosemary, sage and parmesan. Top with the stock, leaving about 1” of space between the top of the liquid and the lid. Put the lid back on and bake in a 400 degree oven for 60-75 minutes, or until the squash inside is very soft. Ladle the stock into a bowl, discarding the rosemary sprig and sage leaves. Use a spoon to scrape the squash into the bowl. Add additional stock if desired. Top with additional grated parmesan to taste. This soup can also be pureed with a stick blender or in a food processor to make a smooth, thick soup.


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Organic squash is abundant at Bayview Thriftway.

Pumpkin has become a seasonal staple in everything from pies to scones to lattes. Pumpkin waffles are a great breakfast, but they also make an excellent dessert. For breakfast, top these Pumpkin Waffles from Miss Laura’s Kitchen with butter and pure maple syrup or some warm applesauce. For dessert, cut large waffles into quarters and top each quarter with a scoop of dulce de leche ice cream, a drizzle of caramel sauce and some chopped toasted pecans.

Butternut, acorn or delicata squash are all great to have on hand to add to your menu. Cut them lenghthwise, scoop out the pulp and seeds and place them cut-side down on a greased baking sheet. Roast at 350 until the skin is easy to pierce with a fork and the flesh is tender, about 25 minutes for delicata or acorn squash and up to 50 minutes for a large butternut squash. Scoop the squash out and mash it with a little butter and desired seasonings. A dash or two of chipotle powder and a pinch of salt makes a smoky, spicy, creamy side dish.

Now is the time to stop by Bayview Thriftway or Ralph’s Thriftway to pick the perfect pumpkins and squash for fall feasts and front porch décor.



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The finished product – Kabocha squash soup seasoned with sage, rosemary and leeks.

Bayview Thriftway

516 W. 4th Ave., Olympia



Ralph’s Thriftway

1908 E. 4th Ave., Olympia



Dan Baxter – Local Veteran and Small Business Owner Encourages People to Never Give Up

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 6:00am



By Cara Bertozzi

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Dan Baxter served with the Multi-National Force Haiti as a young infantryman.

Dan Baxter, a veteran and small business owner, has learned through experience not to take his current success for granted. Today, he is running an in-demand carpet cleaning business, DKB Restoration, and has a beautiful family with two children. However, he has navigated a spectrum of highs and lows both professionally and medically, and he has a story of perseverance to share in hopes of encouraging others who are enduring hard times.

Dan joined the Army and was assigned to the Infantry following his high school graduation in 1994. At this young age, he was able to travel extensively and had many rewarding experiences. He escorted VIPs, including former President Jimmy Carter and General Colin Powell, during his time in Haiti and worked for former President Bill Clinton’s security detail team as well.

Another memorable Army assignment was to Bosnia, where Dan worked with the Secret Service. His unit partnered with the FBI to arrest a terrorist assassin in that country, an achievement for which he received an award. Amazingly, he also broke his leg during that deployment but continued to walk on it for five months until returning to the States, where it was casted. This was to be the first of a number of challenging injuries that tested Dan’s mental ability to deal with setbacks.

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Dan Baxter was deployed to Bosnia under the command of NATO.

In 1998, Dan left Active Duty for the Reserves and transitioned to civilian life. A few years later, his path took an unexpected turn when the car he was driving was hit by a drunk driver, shattering his kneecap. Dan worked hard to rehab his knee, and it was around that time that he accepted a position in management at a carpet cleaning business. He couldn’t have predicted it, but caring for and restoring carpets in his clients’ homes and businesses to improve their appearance and increase their functionality as passive air filters would become his passion.

After working for only three months in this new role, however, Dan blew a disc in his back and found himself in the vulnerable position of being unable to walk. With a six-month waiting list to get into the Veterans Affairs hospital system, Dan struggled to get the care he needed to recuperate. He and his wife sold everything they had and held signs at the street corner when they were particularly desperate to make their rent.

Dan says this difficult time was clarifying for the couple.  His wife is also disabled. They learned the true differentiation between needs and wants and were exposed to a lot of criticism and shame for not being able to effectively meet their own needs. Experiencing this type of instability heightened their sense of empathy.

Fortunately, the Baxters belonged to a generous church community that helped to meet their tangible needs in addition to providing emotional and spiritual support. There were countless moments when they feared eviction, and then, someone would send them just the amount they needed to get through that month.

Finally, with the help of a civilian chiropractor, Dan was able to literally get back on his feet and returned to work after a year of unemployment. He took a job in management at Burger King and began to rebuild his savings. This time, Dan determined to embody the lessons he had learned from his lean times. Like many people who have had to rely on others for help, he was eager to again be in the position to reach out a hand to assist others.

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Dan Baxter and his family are grateful to be in the position to give back to the community that saw them through some tough times.

After some soul searching, Dan decided to save up to start a business of his own. The flexibility was appealing, and he liked the thought of being able to hire other people who needed work and give them purpose and stability. He had enjoyed working as a carpet cleaner, and it became his long-term goal to start his own carpet restoration business. Dan gradually got this dream off the ground by taking small jobs while retaining his full-time job at Burger King. However, after only three months, he was getting enough orders to resign from Burger King and strike out on his own. It required another leap of faith by the Baxters, but the timing felt right.

Today, business is booming at DKB Restoration, and there is no lack of available work because of his reputation as a high-quality service provider. This September was three times as busy as the same period last year. In fact, Dan has filed a petition with the state to hire more employees and add another cleaning truck to his fleet. Through it all, the Baxters remain committed to remembering their journey and using their trials to inspire and encourage others. As Dan likes to say, “Everything happens for a reason, and you can trust God to take care of you and not give you more than you can handle.”

No matter your personal faith system, the Baxters are proof that you should never give up when things seem bleak because a better day may be just around the corner.

DKB Restoration can be reached at 360-688-4392 or by visiting their website.

Ned Owens Named Chief Financial Officer at FORMA Construction

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:54am



Submitted by FORMA Construction

forma constructionFORMA Construction Company has named Ned Owens of Olympia the company’s new chief financial officer.  Owens succeeds Harvey Hanson, who will be retiring from FORMA this December after a 27-year tenure.

As CFO, Owens will provide leadership, oversight and direction for the financial operations of the $125 million company.

Owens comes from McGladrey LLP, the fifth largest accounting, tax and consulting firm, following 13 years in McGladrey’s Olympia and Seattle offices as a tax and audit associate and manager.  Prior to his tenure at McGladrey, Owens was an ocean import representative for Expeditors International, in Kent, Washington.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from Connecticut College in 1995, Owens was awarded a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Seattle University and a Master of Science in Taxation (MST) from Golden Gate University.

Owens is a certified public accountant and a member of the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

An Olympia native, Ned and his wife, Wendy, are the parents of three children.  Owens enjoys hunting, swimming, skiing, tennis and music.  He is a member of the Olympia Rotary Club.

To learn more about FORMA, visit

Five High School Students Show How US Martial Arts Emphasizes Building Character

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:44am



By Gail Wood

dkb restorationAs she learned how to jump kick and box in her martial arts class, Brianna Asman surprisingly found the courage to pursue her real passion – theater.

“If it wasn’t for this,” Asman said as she looked around at students practicing martial arts, “I’d be home reading a book. I like drama a lot. And this gave me the confidence to do it.”

Asman, a sophomore at Timberline High School, began to overcome her shyness when she got started in martial arts six years at the US Martial Arts Center (USMAC) in Olympia.

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US Martial Arts junior instructors Aaron Kioshi and Brianna Asman (in white) work with their class.

“I was really, really shy when I was little,” Asman said. “This brought out a lot of confidence in me in a fun way.”

Her story is a common one.

Legrand Jones, a sophomore at Capital High School, began taking classes at USMAC six years ago when he was in fifth grade. Like Asman, he had something he wanted to overcome.

“For me, what they helped me with a lot was the idea of self-control and discipline,” Jones said. “I used to have a lot of anger management issues.”

Not anymore.

“It’s helped me a lot,” Jones said. “I’ve enjoyed it.”

The emphasis at USMAC isn’t learning how to slap kick or punch. That’s the lure, the attraction. The emphasis is teaching respect and learning discipline. Each week, students bring a report card from their parents, not their teachers. Students are graded on things like how they behaved, how they clean they kept their rooms and information about their performance in school.

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Aaron Field demonstrates a leg kick.

“The biggest thing I get out of it is what they teach you,” said Aaron Field, a junior at Capital.

There are five tenants that USMAC teaches.

“There’s indomitable spirit, integrity, confidence and self-control,” Field said. “That confidence carries over to school. I’m very confident when it comes to presentations or public speaking. I don’t think I would have had that if I hadn’t taken taekwondo.”

Three years ago, Aaron Kioshi, now a junior at North Thurston High School, got involved with martial arts at USMAC when his mom got a coupon to the center for a free lesson. He went once and got “hooked.”

“That first day, there was all this energy,” Kioshi said. “Everyone was really happy and ready to go. It was fun. Everyone was wanting to do it.”

His martial arts experience has helped Kioshi develop his coordination and confidence as an athlete. Now, he’s turning out for football at North Thurston and he plans to turn out for wrestling for the first time this winter.  He will also run track again in the spring. Right now, he comes to USMAC on Wednesdays after football practice.

“The first rule is to never use your martial arts to hurt anyone,” Kioshi said. “It’s all to defend yourself. It’s all about respecting others. It’s never about going out and causing trouble.”

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Legrand Jones talks with his class.

For kids who are shy, it teaches them confidence. For kids who are more aggressive, it teaches them restraint, how to hold back and respect others. And that is the emphasis. It’s not just learning how to kick box and combat, it’s about learning respect.

Saehee Kwak, a junior at Capital, has been going to USMAC for three years. Her experience as a junior instructor and in her own workouts is a stress reliever.

“I get a lot of stress from school,” Kwak said. “I come here and go home happy.”

Kwak moved to Olympia from Korea in 2011 and she said she didn’t know any English. Her experience at USMAC has helped in her transition.

“I’ve learned how to be confident, to speak up, to answer with confidence, showing who I am,” she said.

The ultimate goal of USMAC is building tomorrow’s leaders today. The focus is more on building character than building punch power.

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Aaron Kioshi demonstrates technique with his class.

“The things we teach all lead someone to be a strong leader in the community,” said Debbie Winters, project manager with USMAC. “We have ten home rules for children. The first one is to show respect to your parents and family members. Our focus is more on character.”

On Saturday, about 700 students from across the Northwest with similar stories will compete in the annual Governor’s Cup at Saint Martin’s University. Black belt sparring begins at 9:00 a.m. and in the afternoon board breaking and sparring continues.

Kioshi won’t be able to judge at Saturday’s Governor’s Cup competition. He’ll be in Tacoma at a conference for deaf students. He knows sign language and works with deaf children.

“That’s fun, too,” Kioshi said.

To learn more about US Martial Arts, click here.  Governor’s Cup information can be found at this link.


Olympia’s 12th Man Show Their Seahawk Spirit

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 6:49am



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Olympia Weekend Event Calendar

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 6:30am



Winds are blowing.  Dark nights are settling in early.  Rain drops are falling hard and frequent.  It must be October – and therefore time for some frightful (or fright-less) fun.  Harvest festivals, Halloween parties, pumpkin patches, and freaky haunted houses are all on the agenda for the weekend.  Use our full event calendar to plan your activities or skim through our highlights below.

Submit an event for our calendar here.

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The 2014 Harley-Davidson Street 500 and Street 750 at Northwest Harley-Davidson

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 6:00am



NW Harley Front Entry 2It’s been 13 years since Harley-Davidson has introduced an all-new model.  This spring, the company introduces the 500cc and 750cc Street.  This new bike is aimed at younger, more urban riders and has a price point to match.  Starting at $6700, the Street is within reach of younger riders who love the Harley brand, but aren’t yet ready for the price tag on some of the larger bikes.

The Street is described as a smaller, more nimble bike that can handle the roughness of urban streets with specialized suspension.   The smaller design means it’s lighter with an instant throttle response, a plus for urban riders handling heavier traffic and multiple stop and go situations.

Julio Valdenegro, for one, is thrilled to see the Street hit the floor at Northwest Harley-Davidson.  The co-owner has worked at the Lacey dealership since 2001 and is looking forward to the impact this new model will have.  “We’ll see a new type of buyer for this bike,” shares Valdenegro, “and we are looking forward to a new generation of Harley riders in the store.”

Conspicuously absent from the Street is the large amount of chrome typically seen on most Harleys.  This “blacked-out” style adds to the urban appeal as does the more neutral riding position, providing comfort and stability.

The Street is made in Kansas City, Missouri and showcases the top quality you’d expect from Harley-Davidson.  And with the two engine sizes and many customization options, the Street gives buyers a lot of choice.

Want to check out the new Harley-Davidson Street 500 and Street 750 for yourself?  Visit the Lacey shop where the always friendly experts on staff can show you the Street in person.


FCC Approves Sale of KGY1240 AM Radio

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 7:11am


Submitted by KGY Radio

The KGYBUILDINGFederal Communications Commission has approved the sale of radio station KGY 1240AM.  Sacred Heart Radio, based in the Seattle area, closed on the transaction today and will take over the operation and programming as of October 16.

Jennifer Kerry, President of KGY, Inc. noted that the station will continue at 95.3 on the FM dial and said that  “…we have moved the legendary programming and community involvement of KGY to 95.3 on the FM band and the sale of 1240 AM is a great opportunity to bring more programming diversity to Olympia.”

Sacred Heart Radio is a radio network originating at KBLE 1050AM in Seattle with additional stations in Yakima, Spokane, Kodiak and now Olympia.  The non-profit group is headed by Ron Belter.

There are no staffing changes anticipated in the operation of KGY 95.3FM.

Jennifer Kerry’s grandfather, Tom Olsen, bought KGY in 1939 and it has been owned by the family since then.  KGY, Inc. also owns KAYO 96.9FM, South Sound Country and will continue to operate both KAYO and the new KGY on 95.3FM. Both stations are managed by Jackson Dell Weaver.

“Reach Out at the Well” Returns to Downtown Following Successful Summer Event

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 6:58am



Submitted by Renata Rollins for Reach out at the Well

Free community fair aims to foster courageous community caretaking

artesian wellFollowing a successful first run, “Reach Out at the Well” returns to downtown’s Artesian Commons Park on Friday October 17 from noon to 3 p.m.

The free community fair is hosted by the Olympia Outreach Workers League, a coalition of nearly a dozen downtown service organizations who operate with generous volunteer support. Participating organizations setup booths and provide information on their services and volunteer opportunities.

“We aim to uplift the downtown neighborhood through strengthening relationships, cultivating networks, and encouraging volunteerism,” said Renata Rollins, event organizer and a coordinator with the Outreach Workers League. “It’s all about the ethic of courageous community caretaking. It takes a village to raise a village.”

All are welcome, whether seeking volunteer opportunities or a little help getting through a rough patch, or even just to get in touch with the Downtown Neighborhood.

With winter weather approaching, there’s a big push for volunteers at the local shelters, when they experience a swell in their overnight numbers.

“Volunteering is fun and provides community members with the opportunity to directly engage with children and families,” said Natalie Moran of the Family Support Center, which opened the family shelter, Pear Blossom Place, in July. “We welcome children to volunteer alongside their parents. Without the dedication and support of volunteers, the community’s largest homeless family shelter would not be possible.”

“We encourage groups, churches, schools and any other interested organization to consider volunteering together to cover a certain period of time,” said Meg Martin, shelter director with Interfaith Works, whose new Emergency Overnight Shelter opens November 1 at First Christian Church. “We are also looking for volunteers to share skills, information and teach enrichment classes as well. This is a great way to gain a better understanding of an important social issue that extends far beyond our downtown.”

The Downtown Neighborhood Association will join the fall event, along with returning groups such as Covenant Creatures, which gives out free pet food and supplies at the fair; several youth and family organizations; and free/low-cost health clinics and services. Sea-Mar Clinic will offer Medicaid enrollment for those who qualify. The Downtown Ambassadors will serve as official greeters, serving up free hot coffee donated by Burial Grounds.

The event runs noon to 3 p.m. on Friday October 17 at downtown’s Artesian Commons Park, commonly called “the Well,” at 415 E. Fourth Ave.


Thrifty Thurston Gets Scared at Local Haunted Houses and Corn Mazes

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 6:53am



By Alyssa Ramsfield

hanson motors sponsorNothing puts me in a better state of mind for Halloween than an old fashioned fright. Whether it’s a vampire awakening from his tomb or a scarecrow come to life, Thurston County is full of haunted houses and corn mazes to satisfy the need for a good scare.

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Scary-Nights Haunted House makes it easy to have spine-tingling fun and support the community!

There is one haunted house that stands out as being the scariest place year after year, My Morbid Mind. Owner Kevin Noah strives to be the best haunt in all of Washington. This labor of love started as a backyard spine-tingling event and has grown to a mammoth barn packed to the brim with props, actors, and special effects. This year is better than ever boasting new ghosts and ghouls. While this spooky spot is considered a PG-13 attraction, on Halloween from 5:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. the lights turn on and the creatures hand out candy for the “Kids Walk Thru.” It’s the perfect opportunity to take the whole family for some frightful fun.

If you head south to Bucoda, you can support a great cause and check out the terrifying entertainment at Scary-Nights Haunted House. This event is three years old to the Bucoda location, but has been haunting areas around the Northwest for 15 years.  Tickets are being sold across the county with money going right back into the community. Two dollars from each ticket bought locally, will go to the Tenino Quarry Pool. Your screams of support are greatly appreciated at Scary-Nights.


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Schilter Family Farm brings the land of Oz to life with this year’s corn maze.

Rutledge Corn Maze just gets bigger and better every year. The annual haunted maze starts as the sun falls behind the Black Hills. Actors and props are hidden amongst the maze making the route for escape a difficult task. Rutledge has also added a Zombie Paintball Hunt. Visitors can take out prop and actor zombies with mounted paintball guns as they ride through the farm. Family activities that are available include a kid-friendly trip in the maze and corn train during the day.

Fall Harvest Festival is in full effect at Schilter Family Farm. A big part of the 5-acres festival is dedicated to their corn maze. This expansive network of twists and turns takes an average of an hour to complete. This year’s theme is The Wizard of Oz. On October 18 and 25, the maze comes alive with The Dark Side of Oz. The Wicked Witch of the West takes flight along with her troop of monkeys swooping in on unsuspecting victims trying to find their way through the dark abyss. This special evening event is not recommended for the faint of heart.

Blood curdling screams and chilling thrills can be found across Thurston County. Be sure to check out all of these eerie venues before the clock strikes midnight on All Hallows’ Eve.

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.


You Can Help Shape Olympia’s Future Neighborhood Centers

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 6:37am



Submitted by The City of Olympia

 Jennifer Crain.

The Wildwood Building, serves as a neighborhood hub.  Help plan more throughout the city. Photo credit: Jennifer Crain.

The City of Olympia is laying the groundwork for supporting successful neighborhood centers. These small-scale neighborhood activity hubs offer residents convenient shopping and other services within a half-mile or 20-minute walk from home, contributing to a healthy lifestyle, helping us reduce our carbon footprint, and fostering neighborhood interaction.

What kinds of neighborhood centers do you want in Olympia?  Fill out our short questionnaire on OLYSpeaks at This survey will be open until midnight on October 28, 2014.

The Olympia Planning Commission is tentatively scheduled to hold a public hearing on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall about initial exploration of the City’s neighborhood center regulations.

For more information, please contact Amy Buckler or Michelle Sadlier at 360.753.8314 or

The Posture of Pain

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 6:00am



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Kenton Stuth, owner of In Touch Therapy, has been a licensed massage therapist for eight years.

We’ve all experienced it – a strain in our neck or a pinch in our lower back. These common discomforts can often make daily activities and chores strenuous and difficult. However, Founder and Clinic Director of In Touch Therapy, Kenton Stuth, says there are a few simple changes we can make in our daily movements that can help alleviate and even prevent these common pains.

Stuth says one of the most common complaints his clients come in with is in regard to neck pain. He says people often attribute pain in their neck to “sleeping wrong.” This is, however, a common misconception.

Stuth says, rather than “sleeping wrong,” people engage in activities prior to sleep that cause tenseness in the neck region. “I can’t tell people to stop sleeping,” he explains, so instead, Stuth suggests changing the activities you engage in prior to sleep that could be causing discomfort when you wake up. “It’s the daily, little things we do,” he says. “You don’t throw your back out from loading the dishwasher wrong. You throw your back out from loading the dishwasher wrong for 20 years.”

Stuth continues, explaining that, “People all have postures which contribute to their pain.” Being able to identify where your pain is coming from is a good place to start when trying to alleviate discomfort. Stuth says pain usually travels front-to-back and bottom-to-top.  So if you are experiencing pain in your back, look at your front, and if you feel pain in your knee, look at your ankle.

“The biggest thing that hurts people is bending over. When you bend over – at the knees or back – and twist at the same time, it puts a lot of pressure on the discs in your back. This can cause herniations and other painful conditions,” says Stuth. “Try to keep everything pointed the same direction. If you bend over and need to turn, bend, stand up, and then turn your entire body, rather than twisting while bent over,” suggests Stuth.

Stuth says a few other good rules of thumb to follow are:

  • Don’t lean over when you brush your teeth. And, if you find yourself leaning over anyway, use your hand to prop yourself up.
  • When you get out of bed, don’t sit up. Turn on your side, then push yourself up.
  • If you work at a computer, elevate the monitor so that it is level with your vision and your head is pointed straight ahead.
  • Find out which of your eyes is dominant and orient your office or workspace so that it accommodates your dominant side, alleviating strain.

These are just a few changes you can apply to the way you move your body during daily activities that will encourage healthy body movement and alleviate pain brought on by improper, repetitive motions.


Griffin Middle School Band to Perform at Disneyland

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 5:06pm



Submitted by Griffin School District

A “Support the Band” campaign aims to help all students attend.

Music is changing the lives of 90+ students from Griffin Middle School.  All of their hard work and practice is taking them from the school band room to Disneyland.  In May they auditioned, and over the summer they were accepted to perform at the Disney Magic Music Festival in Anaheim during their spring break – April, 2015.

Although rehearsal is underway, their bags aren’t packed just yet.  The students are reaching out to the community for support to help defer the cost of shipping their instruments, transportation to and from the airport, and for travel uniforms.  Most importantly, they want to help their fellow students who are in financial need.  In the coming weeks, students will be asking friends, family, and local businesses for donations.

Band Director, Jennifer Sagerser marvels at how far they’ve come.  “I’m so exited for this band.  It’s amazing to see how much they’ve progressed over the last couple of years.  Superintendent/Principal Greg Woods adds, “We’re so proud of them, and we hope the community will help these students realize this great opportunity.”

Donation checks should be made out to Griffin ASB – Disney Band Trip, and mailed to: Griffin School, 6530 – 33rd Avenue NW, Olympia, WA 98502.  For more information, please contact Jennifer Sagerser, Band Director, or 360-866-5837.

History of Washington’s Death Penalty discussed at Saint Martin’s University Harvie Social Justice Lecture

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 4:25pm


Submitted by Saint Martin’s University

prisoner saint martinsNick Brown, general counsel to Gov. Jay Inslee, will discuss the history of the death penalty in Washington State and the factors leading Inslee to suspend the use of capital punishment at the next installment of the Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series on Friday, November 7. “Washington State’s Moratorium on the Death Penalty,” which is free and open to the public, will begin at 4 p.m. at Saint Martin’s University in Harned Hall, Room 110, on the Lacey campus, 5000 Abbey Way SE.

Inslee imposed the moratorium in February, an action that caught many people by surprise, but he arrived at the decision following a careful review and reflection of its application in our state. Since that time, there has been heightened, national attention on the death penalty and its fairness and cost.

Brown is a Washington native, having grown up in Steilacoom. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, on an Army ROTC scholarship and received a B.A. in political science. He then attended law school at Harvard University.

Following his graduation in 2002, he entered the Army Jag Corps, where he went through Airborne School and served as a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. He spent a year serving in Baghdad, Iraq, with the 3rd Infantry Division and left the service in 2007.

Before joining the governor’s office in 2013, Brown spent six years in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle, where he prosecuted violent crime, white collar, narcotics, and firearms cases. He spent the last two years as the office’s gang coordinator, working with federal and local task forces to prosecute gang crimes throughout Western Washington.

In his current role, Brown is the principal legal advisor to the governor, advising the governor and his staff on an array of legal matters. His primary responsibilities include: reviewing litigation matters; managing the governor’s judicial appointment process; providing policy guidance; advising the governor on clemency and parole decisions; reviewing legislation and serving as the lead ethics advisor.

The Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series, now in its ninth year, was created by Saint Martin’s University Professor of Criminal Justice Robert Hauhart, Ph.D., J.D., chair of the University’s Department of Society and Social Justice, to raise awareness of social justice issues within the community. The series honors the work of Robert A. Harvie, J.D., former professor and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Saint Martin’s.

For more information, contact Robert Hauhart at 360-438-4525 or

New Landscaping Will Improve Views and Safety at Port Plaza

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 4:18pm



Submitted by The Port of Olympia

landscape port of olympiaPort Plaza’s landscaping is being renovated to improve public safety, open view corridors, and ensure enjoyment for years to come. The renovation will begin in mid-October.

Since the Plaza’s construction and landscaping in 1998, much of the foliage has overgrown its space, creating potential safety risks and blocking view corridors.

The designer of Port Plaza’s original landscape, Robert W. Droll, created the current Landscape Renovation Plan. Puget Sound Landscaping is the contractor implementing the Plan.

Work on the project is expected to last approximately 30 days, depending upon the weather.

Thank you for your patience during the renovation process.

Fall is in Full Swing at The Plant Place

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 3:21pm



Submitted by The Plant Place Nursery

Autumn colors abound at The Plant Place Nursery with shade and ornamental trees showing their best fall foliage.  Shrubs are also shining right now. Rhododendrons, Barberry, Oak Leaf Hydrangeas, and Smoke Bush all burst with blazing color at this time of the year. Probably the most well-known for iconic autumnal charm is the stately Maple tree.  At The Plant Place you will find Maple trees with names like Autumn Radiance, Flame, Crimson King, and Pacific Sunset.  The word lover in me would buy them for their name alone.  But you should come on out to the lot and see for yourself.

For the rest of October everything on the lot is on sale.  EVERYTHING is 20% off.  The retail lot will close for the winter after the last day of the sale which is November 1.

Come on over to 3333 South Bay Rd. NE Olympia, WA 98506.  Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00am-5:30pm.  Closed Sunday and Monday.

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Here Come the Rains – You Can Prevent Clogged Street Drain

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 1:58pm


Submitted  by Thurston County  The fall monsoon will be upon us any day now — and when those first autumn rains hit, some 20,000 miles of drainage pipes and ditches and hundreds of thousands of street drains in King, Snohomish, Kitsap and Pierce counties will be put to the test. Although public utility crews work hard throughout the year to maintain drainage systems and get them ready for the storm season, a single big fall gale with high winds and driving rain can clog an overwhelming number of street drains with fallen leaves and litter, in a matter of hours. At such times, utility crews are literally swamped with work as they labor to clear clogged drains that can lead to flooded streets, potential property damage and dangerous driving conditions.  (Throughout the four-county area, it is estimated that there are several hundred thousand street drains—just in Seattle, there are nearly 80,000.) The good news is that every year during the fall and winter storm season, people around the region pitch in to help keep street drains clear of debris and protect their neighborhoods from flooding. Take Winter By Storm — a regional campaign to help people get prepared before bad weather strikes — is urging Western Washington residents to once again lend a helping hand to control stormwater in their yards and neighborhoods.
  • Among the steps residents and businesses can take to get ready for the storm season are:
  • Adopt a local street drain. Help prevent flooding in your neighborhood by raking drains free of debris.
  • When working in and around streets, be safe. Have a spotter to watch for traffic, and wear bright colors. Try and do your raking from the curbside. And never—under any circumstances— attempt to remove storm drain grates or manhole covers. If you don’t feel it’s safe to unclog a drain, or if you’ve dropped something down a street drain, please call your local public utility.
  • Maintain gutters, downspouts, rain barrels, private culverts — by keeping them clean, flowing and directed away from properties and hillsides.
  • Know the emergency hotline number for your local drainage utility to report sewer backups, major flooding and landslide issues.
  • Visit the Take Winter By Storm website,, for a downloadable house maintenance checklist which includes a number of other weatherization tips. is a one-stop emergency preparedness information hub that includes safety tips and regional resources related to high winds, heavy rain, snow, freezing conditions, power outages, flooding and more. For more information on the Take Winter by Storm campaign:
  • Visit us online:
  • Like us on Facebook: Take Winter By Storm
  • Follow us on Twitter: @WinterByStorm, #stormready, #winterprep View us on YouTube: Take Winter By Storm
About Take Winter By Storm The Take Winter By Storm campaign is a collaborative, public-private effort between King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties, Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle City Light, Snohomish County Public Utility District, the cities of Bellevue and Seattle, State Farm, National Weather Service/NOAA, and other local retailers – which represent Washington state’s largest counties and city emergency management offices and utilities, the leading insurer of homes and automobiles, weather forecasters, first responders during disaster occurrences and local businesses. These organizations have joined forces in the major multi-media public awareness campaign to raise community awareness of hazardous weather and help protect lives and property.

The National Weather Service Kicks off Windstorm Season – 52 Years after 1962 Columbus Day Disaster

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 1:32pm



Submitted by Mason County PUD 3

The 52nd anniversary of the 1962 Columbus Day storm is Sunday October 12. This historic windstorm, the strongest non-tropical windstorm to hit the lower 48 in American history, marks the start of western Washington State’s windstorm season.

All of Mason County went dark for nearly two hours after the storm damaged high power transmission lines feeding Mason PUD 1 and PUD 3 substations. It took six days to restore electricity to all customers. The National Weather Service measured wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour at Sanderson Field near Shelton.

The Columbus Day storm was born from the remnants of a former western pacific tropical storm named Freda. What was left of Freda off Japan rode a strong westerly jet stream across the northern Pacific and intensified dramatically off northern California as it turned north along the Pacific Northwest coast.

Wind speeds exceeded 150 mph along the Oregon and Washington coasts and topped 100 mph in the western interior valleys from Eugene to Bellingham. Since the storm damaged many wind instruments, the actual highest wind speeds could have been higher.

The storm killed 46 people from northern California to Washington State and injured hundreds of others. It blew down or destroyed thousands of buildings and knocked out power to millions of people from San Francisco to southern British Columbia. The windstorm also blew down 15 billion board feet of timber from the coast to as far east as western Montana, enough lumber to build a million homes.

The 1962 Columbus Day storm is considered the granddaddy of all windstorms. All other Pacific Northwest windstorms are measured against it. Could another storm like this one occur again? Yes and it would be far more devastating than back then since three times more people live in the region along with all the infrastructure to support them.

Windstorm season is here. Windstorms occur almost every year. Some of our regions stronger events occur about every ten years such as the Hanukkah eve windstorm of December 2006 that knocked out power to about 1.5 million people in western Washington.

Even the first not so strong blow can produce significant impacts since it usually occurs when leaves are still on many trees and the event acts like a tree trimmer, resulting in some power outages.

Are you ready for this season’s first wind event? Now is the time to get better prepared, before the wind blows. Here are a few key resources to help you get ready at home, work or school, or in your vehicle. When you are prepared, you are not scared.

Learn more about how to report and last through storms and power outages from Mason PUD 3. Check out theWashington State Emergency Management Division for more disaster preparation information.


Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes Opens Second Location

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 1:16pm


Submitted by Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes

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Rachel Young, owner of Mystical Cupcakes, opens her second storefront on January 2, 2014.

Olympia’s Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes will open its second location October 15 in Capital Mall, 625 Black Lake Blvd SW, Suite B24. The new location, across from the food court, will offer a full menu of delectable cupcakes, plus a wide assortment of candies, custom order cakes and pies, t-shirts, greeting cards and gift items.

With plenty of in-house seating, Mystical Cupcakes will also host events such as cupcake decorating classes, birthday parties, book signings and themed parties for both adults and children.

Leta Hankins, local leasing manager for the mall, is enthusiastic about the mall’s newest addition.

“I’m really excited because we are focusing on bringing more local businesses into the mall, and Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes is perfect,” she said. “I love that they are local, innovative and unique to the mall. They will add a breath of fresh air.”

Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes was established two years ago by founder/owner Rachel Young in her kitchen as she experimented with and developed her own unique recipes. Joined by her mother, Victoria Cunningham, the two appeared on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars in October 2013, which re-aired in April 2014. The episode, “L.A. Bridal Bash,” can be viewed from the link on the shop’s Web site.

A grand opening and ribbon cutting will be held at the mall location October 31 at noon. More details will be announced via the Web site and also on the shop’s Facebook page.

The new location will be a great addition for mall shoppers.

“There’s no other place to purchase cupcakes in the mall or the gift items we will be offering,” said Young. “Plus, for our current downtown customers who reside on the west side, our mall shop will be so convenient.”

Cunningham described the new location as being warm, inviting and, more importantly, cheerful.

“It will be a happy place for our customers,” said Cunningham. “And who doesn’t love happy?”

For more information, contact Young or Cunningham at, at the downtown store location, 111 Market St NE, Suite 107, Olympia, or by phone at 360.350.0332.