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K Records - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 2:59pm
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North Thurston Public Schools Kicks Off Compassion Initiative

Thurston Talk - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 2:18pm



By Katie Doolittle

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South Bay Elementary School students plant a garden as part of the district’s compassion initiative.

When students at South Bay Elementary in Lacey recently went outside to plant a garden, there was a special mission involved: compassion.

“Help people, even if you don’t like them,” said Siana a third grader in describing her wish for the world. Siana and 555 of her South Bay classmates wrote these notes of compassion on biodegradable cupcake wrappers before planting them with flower bulbs in garden plots outside the school.  “I wrote ‘don’t judge people,’” said 5th grader Lauren.

The compassion garden is just one of many efforts this year that are part of a district-wide compassion initiative in North Thurston Public Schools to reinforce positive behavior and kindness.

“We want to be at a place where we treat each other with kindness and respect diversity; where everybody belongs and feels safe,” said Superintendent Raj Manhas, who spoke of the district’s efforts this summer at a Compassionate Schools conference in Seattle. The district is following the principles of the International Charter for Compassion. At its most basic, the charter encourages us to build a society based on positive relationships.

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Superintendent Raj Manhas is passionately committed to fostering students’ academic, emotional, and social well-being. Photo courtesy of North Thurston Public Schools.

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Maddy deGive further explains the staff attitude towards compassion: “Compassion has to do with a certain discomfort we feel when our students aren’t getting everything they need to be successful.” She goes on to explain, “What do we do about it is the key. True compassion is a verb.”

A verb, indeed. All staff members have certainly taken action with the district-wide implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, commonly referred to as PBIS. Each school has its own PBIS framework, a set of values-driven and explicitly taught expectations for conduct, from how you walk down the hallway to how your treat each other in school. Students earn recognition and incentives for proper conduct and receive targeted intervention if they require correction. According to deGive, differentiating social instruction in a meaningful fashion acknowledges that each student “is a whole child with emotional and academic needs.”

In some guise, all of the PBIS frameworks address ideals of respect, responsibility, and kindness. Compassion is a common thread K-12, and students are eager to share their personal, age-specific definitions of the concept. One South Bay Elementary kindergartner describes it as “helping people up and being nice to them.” A River Ridge High School student said, “Compassion is making somebody feel better when you know that they are not having the best day.  It’s going out of your way to make someone happier, even if you are not.”

South Bay Elementary’s work is a perfect example of helping others and the collaboration between school and community. Volunteers from Calvary Chapel North Thurston cleaned out the school’s garden beds so that students could plant the Compassion Garden, which promises to be a gorgeous living metaphor come spring. Later this year, adolescents taking welding and woodshop at North Thurston High School will build benches to serve as reflection spaces within the garden.

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At Woodland Elementary School, students track their academic and social accomplishments by earning charms for their lanyards. Photo credit: Renae Gideon.

To prep for the planting, South Bay held a school-wide assembly on the concept of compassion, where they talked about being kind to ourselves, our pets, each other and the earth. “We asked that each student think of something they could do that would be an act of compassion,” said South Bay principal Kate Cook. It was those thoughts that the students wrote on the biodegradable cupcake wrappers for the garden.  The school – and others in the district – also passed out compassion coins as a way to “pay compassion forward” and encourage others to be compassionate.

“Each school is using the coins a little differently for positive behavior recognition, but the general idea is you give a coin when you witness an act of compassion then encourage that coin recipient to pay it forward to someone they see who is being compassionate,” said Courtney Schrieve, Community Relations director at NTPS. “It’s catching on and we hope it will spread beyond the classroom into stores, families and city.”

At Woodland Elementary, for instance, students already build character and rehearse important life skills through the Second Steps program. As a means of making their academic and behavioral success tangible, students each have a lanyard charm necklace. “I got a book charm because I read every day,” said Ben, a 2nd grader. He cites his school’s PBIS framework, adding, “I am good at being respectful, responsible, and safe.”

Woodland principal David Warning has been busy converting the district’s new compassion coins into charms for each Woodland attendee’s lanyard. “We want to send the message that compassion is just part of who you are, not a milestone that has to be earned,” Warning said.

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Teaching compassion has a positive impact on school culture.

Teaching compassion like this has a positive impact on school culture and learning as well. Superintendent Manhas reports that PBIS and the related compassion focus have led to a significant drop in discipline issues district-wide. In turn, this creates more academically-focused classrooms.

“We have done so well working with kids within the school system when they are only here a few hours of the day with us,” he said. “We have seen some really positive movement towards better behavior, relationships, and respect for each other.”

Such positive data caused Manhas and others to ask an exciting question: “So what would happen if we took this compassion work out into the community?” Manhas and some staff plan to present the initiative and possible involvement opportunities to the Lacey City Council and Lacey Chamber.  He also hopes to plan some kind of compassion conference in Lacey next spring.

Clearly, the currency of kindness has already yielded great benefits for our community. As NTPS students are learning, the more compassion we spend on each other, the more we seem to have. So next time you are in NTPS or Lacey — be compassionate!


Engineer Who’s Making “MATHCOUNT” Joins SCJ

Thurston Talk - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 2:02pm



Submitted by SCJ Alliance


Jason Bruhn, PE

Jason Bruhn, PE

SCJ Alliance is pleased to announce the addition of engineer Jason Bruhn to our Lacey office. SCJ is a consulting firm specializing in civil engineering, transportation planning and design, land use/environmental planning, and landscape architecture and design.

Jason’s been working in the transportation and civil engineering field for twenty-one years. His experience includes hydraulic and stormwater engineering, site sewer and water systems, transportation engineering, roadway and sidewalk access design, and site grading plans. Jason is a graduate of the Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering at Saint Martin’s University (SMU).

For ten years, Jason has been the Thurston County coordinator for the MATHCOUNTS competition. “The students are so smart,” shares Jason with enthusiasm about the 6th-8th graders who participate. “It’s amazing how fast they answer the questions.” Individuals and teams who excel at the local level compete at the state level, and state standouts move on to nationals. Jason got involved with MATHCOUNTS through the National Society for Professional Engineers. “People can get more information about the program at,” Jason said.

Since its founding in 2006 as Shea Carr Jewell, SCJ has grown steadily from three employees in one location, to nearly 60 employees in six locations across three states ─ Lacey, Seattle, Vancouver and Wenatchee, WA; Boise, ID; and Westminster, CO. For the fourth time in five years, SCJ Alliance was recently named one of the fastest growing engineering and planning firms in the nation, earning a place on the ZweigWhite Letter Hot Firm List for 2014.

North Thurston Marching Band Achieves Success

Thurston Talk - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 1:33pm




Submitted by Dennis Longnecker

north thurston marching bandThe North Thurston High School Marching Band took first place in the AA Division at the Tumwater Marching Band Festival on Saturday, October 11.  The festival, held at the Tumwater High School Stadium, drew fifteen bands from across the state.

The Band and the Solstice Color Guard presented their show, “The Parting Glass”, which is drawn from an early 17th century Celtic song.  Since days of old, guests at a party or an Irish wake would honor their host and departing friends with a toast and a song, and the music honors that custom. The show includes numerous references to traditional Irish and Scottish themes.

Band Director Darren Johnson said, “We started working on this show the first week in August.  The kids really took to the music and it became part of them, making the entire program flow well.  The performance is presented in four different movements, with each one having its own unique flavor.”

north thurston marching band“Putting on an award-winning show requires lots of hidden help,” said Susan Veis, one of the many parent volunteers. “The Band Parent Association is a dedicated group of parents that supports the band during these events.  Parents load and move equipment before and after the performance, and feed the hungry students lunch and dinner.  But it’s all worth it the moment you see them step onto the field and perform this amazing show that they’ve put so much time, energy and passion into. We are so proud of these incredible students.”

At the Tumwater show, the band also won awards for Best General Effect, Best Music, Best Marching, Best Percussion, and Best Drum Major.  This follows the band’s first place finish at the Peninsula Classic in Silverdale in September.

The band will be ending their marching season at the Auburn Veterans Day Marching Band Competition on November 8.  The Auburn competition features 30 of the finest high school marching bands from Washington and Oregon.

More information on the band can be found at the Band Parent Association’s website.


Band Director: Darren Johnson

Drill Designer: Darren Johnson, David Wilson, Rod Andrada

Drill Instructors: Thomas Mettler, Jeff Storvick, Jackie Vandeman, Andrew Brown

north thurston marching bandVisual Designer: Rod Andrada, David Wilson

Visual Instructors: Rob Andrada, David Wilson

Percussion  Instructors: Darlene Jones, Annika Veis


Drum Majors: Emily Arend, Snow Christensen

Guard Captains: Nicole Kurtz, Sophia Veis

Drumline Captain: Eli Moffattt

Nancy J. LaPointe Attends National Educational Conference for Financial Advisors

Thurston Talk - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 1:29pm


Submitted by  Navigate Financial

Nancy J LaPointe

Nancy J LaPointe

Nancy J. LaPointe, Owner and Financial Planner of Navigate Financial in Lacey, WA, recently attended a national educational conference for independent financial advisors.  Hosted by Commonwealth Financial Network®, the nation’s largest privately held independent broker/dealer–RIA, the sold-out event drew more than 900 financial professionals from across the nation. Participants gathered in Orlando, Florida, October 6–9, 2014, where they connected and collaborated with peers, colleagues, and industry partners to strengthen their leadership and enhance the high-end service that they provide to clients.

The conference theme, Changing Viewpoints/Fresh Insights—Creating New Pathways to Success, encouraged attendees to dig deeper, approach opportunities from different vantage points, and lead their clients to financial success. Advisors were challenged to take a fresh approach to their practice, with unique perspectives offered from insightful and reflective minds.

The general sessions featured two compelling keynote speakers: Malcolm Gladwell, author, and Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Both speakers left attendees empowered with their profound convictions relating to how technologies are changing society, how ideas spread, how decisions are made, and what lies at the root of success, providing advisors key takeaways for helping their clients succeed.

Brad McMillan, Commonwealth’s chief investment officer, presented an economic and market update in the closing general session.

The conference provided strategic and implementable methods for advisors to enhance their businesses, including educational sessions on a range of topics from improving practice efficiency and financial planning for the next generation to investment strategies.

“It was our privilege to host Nancy LaPointe at our 2014 National Conference,” said Wayne Bloom, CEO of Commonwealth. “LaPointe, along with our community of highly regarded independent advisors, took part in four days of advanced sessions, programs, and networking opportunities—demonstrating a commitment to continued growth, directly benefiting her practice and clients. “We value our ongoing partnership with Navigate Financial, and will continue to provide the resources needed to propel their practice forward.”

About Navigate Financial

Nancy J. LaPointe has been providing individuals and organizations with financial guidance since 2000. Located at 4520 Intelco Loop SE, Ste. 1D, Lacey, WA  98503, the firm prides itself on crafting unique strategies for each client. For more information, please visit

Securities and advisory services offered through Commonwealth Financial Network®, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Adviser.

About Commonwealth Financial Network

Founded in 1979, Commonwealth Financial Network, member FINRA/SIPC, is the nation’s largest privately held independent broker/dealer–RIA, with headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts, and San Diego, California. J.D. Power ranks Commonwealth “Highest in Independent Advisor Satisfaction Among Financial Investment Firms, Four Times in a Row.” The firm supports more than 1,487 independent advisors nationwide in serving their clients as registered representatives, investment adviser representatives, and registered investment advisers, as well as through hybrid service models. For more information, please visit


Razor Clam Tides Confirmed for October 22 – 28

Thurston Talk - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:30am



Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

The second October 2014 recreational razor clam opener will proceed as planned. The marine toxin tests have been completed and the Washington Department of Health has found razor clams are safe for human consumption. The following are the dates and locations of this razor clam harvest opportunity. Note that digging is only allowed on PM tides:

  • Oct. 22, Wednesday; 6:31 p.m., 0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harborsrazor clam digging
  • Oct. 23, Thursday; 7:07 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 24, Friday; 7:44 p.m., -0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 25, Saturday; 8:22 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Oct. 26, Sunday; 9:03 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 27, Monday; 9:47 p.m., -0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 28, Tuesday; 10:36 p.m., -0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Please be aware thatevery beach is not open every day. Having the flexibility to offer variable beach openers allows us to provide more harvest opportunity.

Note that during this period, the Kalaloch beach will not be open and the Copalis management beach will only be open one day. The Copalis management beach includes: Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and the Copalis areas.  If you want to know more about how we set openers, please check out our 2014 Razor Clam Management Update.

A description of each beach and a map can be found here.

If have friends or family members who are new to razor clamming, you may want to check out some information recently placed on our web site by our Public Affairs group.

For more information on razor clams, including how seasons are set, population sampling techniques and how to dig, clean and cook razor clams click here.

Sophie Kabel Proves Herself in the Goal

Thurston Talk - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 6:56am



By Sara Holler, Olympia High School Intern to ThurstonTalk

les schwabLast fall, the entire Olympia High School girl’s soccer team held their breath as four separate games ended in shoot-outs to decide their fate in the Class 4A state tournament. The players worked hard to put penalty kicks into the other team’s goal but they also had a secret weapon – goalkeeper Sophie Kabel.

Kabel blocked enough goals in all four of these winner-advance shootouts to lead the Olympia Bears to third place in state, their best record since 1995. Now a junior, Kabel has a lot to live up to as the OHS Bears face another season with new, heightened expectations but she is ready for the pressure as she consistently proves herself both on and off the pitch.

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Kabel was MVP of the OHS soccer team and First Team All-Narrows League goalkeeper last year. Photo Credit Carl Lindgren

Kabel’s career as a goalkeeper started by accident. In elementary school, she was a field player on current OHS soccer coach Tessa Effland’s team. Although she jokes that she scored a few goals as a striker, Kabel wasn’t a fan of all the running as field player. That problem was solved when she was inadvertently stuck in the goal.

“When I was seven or eight, I wanted to quit soccer. Then the goalkeeper for our team broke her collarbone. I had to fill in for her and I haven’t stopped since. That was the deciding factor to stick it out,” Kabel explains.

Ever since those early days, Kabel’s cheering section has been very important to her. Her biggest fans will forever be her parents but Kabel says all of her friends, both on and off her team, are extremely supportive as well. Kabel also recognizes her coaches’ role in her success as they push her to be play her best.

She attributes a lot of her accomplishments to Kelley Bendixen. Bendixen is the highly acclaimed goalkeeper coach for Kabel’s club team Washington Premier, where she’s trained since fifth grade.

Even with a lot of support and great training, goalkeeping is an immense burden. According to Kabel, the key is to stay confident and not get overwhelmed.

Kabel enjoys being challenged and supported by her teammates.

Kabel enjoys being challenged and supported by her teammates. Photo Credit Carl Lindgren

“As a goalkeeper, you’re the last line of defense and that’s already pressuring enough. Having a one on one with a striker and knowing when to go out and get it, that’s really scary. Those decisions decide if they score or you can save it.  But your adrenaline just takes over and you just go for it. It usually turns out well if you don’t hesitate,” Kabel shares.

It’s that skillful decision-making that earned Kabel MVP of the OHS soccer team and First Team All-Narrows League goalkeeper. Kabel is humbled to be recognized for her efforts but it’s a lot of pressure in the 2014 season. No one on the OHS team anticipated making it so far in the state tournament last yea,r but they all enjoyed how their hard work paid off.

“It’s much different when you’re an underdog and you go that far and now everyone expects so much from you. It’s almost more pressure now because we have a lot to lose, unlike last year when we had nothing to lose really,” comments Kabel.

For now, Kabel just focuses on winning individual games and having fun with her OHS teammates. She says they work extremely hard in games and at practice but they love each other unconditionally. The girls also challenge Kabel to be her best possible self and a leader on the team. To her, saving a goal is like scoring as a goalkeeper and she loves contributing to the Bear’s success.

Kabel knows all too well that sacrifices also come with victories. Until sophomore year, she was heavily involved with both soccer and softball. It was tough for her to quit softball and leave the team but she ultimately saw her future in soccer. Still, Kabel recommends playing at least two sports for as long as possible to become a well-rounded athlete. And of course balancing school and sports is always tough, but Kabel manages to stay positive.

“You’re just going to have those nights where you don’t think you can do anything anymore but tomorrow’s another day,” she says.

Sophie Kabel and the OHS Bears are looking to repeat the success they had at the state tournament last year. Photo Credit Carl Lindgren

Sophie Kabel and the OHS Bears are looking to repeat the success they had at the state tournament last year.
Photo Credit Carl Lindgren

Even with these setbacks, Kabel has an immense love of the game. She’s unsure about her college plans right now although she is currently going through the college recruiting processing and hoping to play at the collegiate level. Kabel enjoys anthropology and history and wants to travel. She can see herself both working in a museum and digging in the dirt. In the end, she knows that the skills she’s learned from soccer will help her as she navigates jobs and life.

“Soccer has taught me communication. The closer everyone gets to my goal, the more I have to direct my teammates. Once they get into my space I have to control what goes on and it’s usually my fault if I can’t. Now I know what to say and that helps a lot.”

However this season works out for the OHS Bears and wherever soccer ends up taking her, Sophie Kabel will treasure her time in the goal box and with her team.

“The way you come back from maybe a loss or a goal really defines how you are as a person and a goalkeeper, but on a team, even if you lose, it’s not just on you,” explains Kabel. “Everyone has each other’s backs and everyone picks each other up. It’s the best feeling in the world when your team, working together, gets third in state. It’s like giving a gift.”


Thurston First Bank: Revitalizing the Downtown Olympia Core

Thurston Talk - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 6:50am



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Thurston First Bank installs its marquee sign at their renovated building in downtown Olympia.

After ten years of operating from a snug spot on the primarily residential locale of Pear Street Northeast, Thurston First Bank is making a statement by moving to Downtown Olympia. While the bank outgrowing its current space necessitated the move, the decision to relocate to the downtown core was deliberate. Jim Haley, President and CEO of Thurston First Bank explains, “As a community bank, we are making the commitment toward the economic revitalization of Downtown Olympia by our major investment in the downtown. We hope that we have provided a stepping stone to more redevelopment and to our community’s economic engine.”

The bank will soon occupy a portion of the newly renovated building on Franklin Street in the center of Downtown Olympia, now named the Thurston First Bank Building. The building is the former Washington State Department of Personnel office.

Local developer Walker John, through his partnership, Urban Olympia, LLC, had the vision to restore the vacated building originally constructed in 1951. Urban Olympia endeavors to build a portfolio of mixed-use buildings in the core of Downtown Olympia. John recently renovated the Cunningham Building, located on Fourth Avenue and Adams Street, into a mixed-use property. He was also involved in the development of the charming beach town of Seabrook.

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Olympia-based interior designer, David Goularte, is a key element of of the Thurston First Bank project.

The current project, the Thurston First Bank Building, is nearly completed in its conversion into a mixed-used development introducing loft style apartments, a brewpub named Three Magnets Brewing Company by Darby’s Cafe owners, Nate and Sara Reilly, and Thurston First Bank.

“This is a particularly attractive combination to have a new brewpub adding fresh life to downtown and residences above with market rate housing,” comments Haley. City Hall Manager Steve Hall has commented, “It is just what the doctor ordered for revitalization of the downtown core.’”

“We helped to repurpose an older vacant building into a mixed-used building which saved on resources and materials,” shares Sokha Meas Colbo, Executive Assistant to Haley. “The City of Olympia was so supportive of the project that it only hours to approve the permit. All of the participants are local, from developer Walker John to architect Ron Thomas, to contractor Greg Bailey and our interior designer, David Goularte.” In addition, Thurston First Bank financed the project.

Haley adds, “Our project is a physical example of what confidence and investments can achieve toward the redevelopment of Downtown Olympia. This project is an example of how the community can invest in commercial real estate downtown with the City of Olympia as a partner in the process.”

Thurston First Bank is an independent commercial bank specializing in financial solutions for small to medium sized businesses. The bank also offers personal banking services to their full relationship clients including deposit, lending, card services and a full suite of remote and online banking services. Additionally, Thurston First Bank offers complimentary Mobile Branch service to clients for deposit pickups, bank deliveries and other services.

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Thurston First Bank President and CEO, Jim Haley, says that the bank is making a commitment to the revitalization of downtown Olympia.

Visit Thurston First Bank on their Facebook page, website or at the new location on 600 Franklin Street SE, Suite 102 starting November 3rd.

Thurston First Bank

204 Pear Street NE

Olympia, WA 98506



An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Oxygen at H3 Therapy Services

Thurston Talk - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 6:00am



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The large, comfortable Hyperbaric Chambers at H3 Therapy Services allow patients to relax during their sessions.

As we age, inevitable physical changes occur.  Some are unavoidable but others can be moderated—or even eliminated—through diet, exercise, and preventive care.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, “high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking are major risk factors for stroke.  About half of Americans (49%) have at least one of these three risk factors.  Several other medical conditions and unhealthy lifestyle choices can increase your risk for stroke.  Although you can’t control all of your risk factors for stroke, you can take steps to prevent stroke and its complications.”

The CDC goes on to state that “stroke kills almost 130,000 Americans each year—that’s 1 out of every 19 deaths.  On average, one American dies from stroke every 4 minutes.”  From their research, “about 87% of all strokes are ischemic strokes, when blood flow to the brain is blocked.”

But a 2013 study recently showed that “through the use of hyperbaric, oxygen-rich chambers, medical researchers have found a way to restore a significant amount of neurological function in brain tissue thought to be chronically damaged by stroke, traumatic injury, and metabolic disorder—even years after the original injury.”

The study’s co-author “said high levels of oxygen allow neurons that have been damaged but are not destroyed to become active again, reconnecting with other neurons and firing the signals needed to maintain healthy brain function.”  For victims and their families, this is a breath of fresh air for long-term recovery prognoses.

Olympia’s H3 Therapy Services offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy both via their West Olympia offices and in-home through chamber sales and rental.  Clinic Director Michael Pfeifer, RRT explains that sessions improve sleep, mobility, cognitive issues, and pain management.

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When patients experience a “dive” in the hyperbaric chamber they have a large window for looking out while they relax.

As they explain, hyperbaric oxygen therapy “uses filtered pressurized ambient air in order to dissolve oxygen into the body system, flooding tissues and essential organs with oxygen…The enhanced pressure enables the body plasma as well as other essential fluids in the body to absorb additional oxygen as a result enormously raising oxygen uptake by the cells, tissues, glands, organs, brain, and fluids of the body.  The resulting uptake of oxygen allows for increased circulation to areas with swelling or inflammation resulting in a decrease of the swelling and inflammation.”

Sessions are typically one hour long and can take place in either a single-bed chamber or a dual unit, perfect for children of aging parents or loved ones seeking to minimize separation anxiety.  The office strives to maximize a peaceful, therapeutic atmosphere – so much so that Pfeifer estimates 60-70% of clients nap through their session.

The chambers allow clients to wear comfortable street clothes and bring a book or music player to encourage complete relaxation.  The goal is to allow your body to heal itself in any way possible, reducing the need for invasive procedures and additional prescription medication.

A stroke can strike without warning but rapid response and managed care can often mitigate long-term disability.  Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is one way to help give your body a fighting chance on the long road to recovery.  If you or a loved one is facing this uphill journey, ask your medical team about treatment at H3 Therapy Servicess.  Their staff offer flexible scheduling, and Pfeifer promises that there are “lots of ways we’ll work to be a patient advocate.”

Call Michael Pfeifer, RRT at 360-515-0681 or drop by their office at 405-D Black Hills Lane SW on Olympia’s west side.


Dick’s Brewing Company Raises a Pint to Celebrate 20 Years of Craft Brewing

Thurston Talk - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 6:00am



By Kate Scriven

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Dick Young lived life with the philosophy, “work hard, play harder” including time on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, now located at the Dick’s Brewery.

Twenty years is a long time.  Twenty years ago I was a college sophomore balancing my ever important social life with my studies at the University of Washington.  Now, I balance a family, home, job, community, and maybe a little social life as well.  A lot can change in 20 years.

For Dick’s Brewing Company, 20 years is a long time, too.  Growing from their roots in homebrewing, Dick’s has become a thriving craft brewery with over 20 different recipes, their own bottling line, and distribution in six states.  A lot has changed for Dick’s as well.

It all began in 1984 when Dick Young, owner of Northwest Sausage and Deli and avid homebrewer began to brew his recipes in earnest.  Young built a three barrel brew house behind the deli and delighted in serving pints to friends and family.  In fact, his buddies were nicknamed “The Beer Test Dummies” for their role in testing the newest batches.  Young’s original system is still in use today as the pilot system for testing new recipes.

Young quickly found that demand for his tasty brews exceeded the annual production limits for homebrewing.  In 1992 he began the process to turn his hobby into a business and in 1994 Dick’s Brewing Company was born.

“People would ask my dad all the time why he started brewing beer,” recalls Julie Pendelton, Dick’s daughter and owner of Dick’s Brewing.  “My dad always answered, ‘I started brewing beer for one reason – I was thirsty.’”  Dick’s beer fans are so glad he was.

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Dick’s Brewing Company started on a three barrel system located behind Northwest Sausage and Deli 20 years ago.

Production quickly expanded to a 2,100 square foot facility built adjacent to the deli and the flagship three beers were brewed weekly – Dick Danger Ale, Dick’s Pale Ale, and Dick’s Lava Rock Porter.

Production grew from 200 barrels in 1995 to 3,000 barrels in 2008.  They needed space.   A new 18,000 square foot facility on Galvin Road in Centralia was built to house operations, bottling, offices and a taproom.

On October 25, 2009 brewer, adventurer, father, sausage maker, and general mischief maker Dick Young passed away.  His death saddened an entire community.  However, his philosophy of “work hard, play harder” lives on through those who knew him and the crew at Dick’s loves nothing more than a good party.

This year, October 25, 2014, marks the five year anniversary of Young’s death.  Dick’s Brewing Company will celebrate 20 years of craft brewing with a party at their Centralia brewery and taproom.  The event runs from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. and will feature the Backfire Band along with delicious plates ($15 each) of pulled pork, coleslaw, beans and more from Northwest Sausage and Deli.

The celebration is one Dick himself would be proud to attend.  Not only is it a celebration of the rare longevity of 20 years in the craft industry, but it’s a celebration of Dick Young’s life well lived.  It’s a bittersweet celebration for those who knew him well.

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Dick Young’s love of homebrewing grew into a successful business he loved.

One of those is Dr. Isaac Pope, longtime friend of Young’s, fan of NW Sausage and Deli and supporter of Dick’s Brewing.  “They just clicked,” recalls Pendelton of her Dad and Pope.  “They would have lunch together at the deli and they just became friends.”

After Young’s death, Dr. Pope approached Pendelton about hosting a memorial event at the brewery.  The memorial was organized as a fundraiser for Pope’s Kids Place, a Lewis County based charity providing respite care and medical support for families of medically fragile children.  As a pediatrician, Dr. Pope continued to see a need in his community and formed the charity to help fill the gap for so many families.

Young was a big supporter of his friend’s work and pairing the memorial with a fundraiser was a natural.  All funds raised from this year’s event, including food and raffles will go directly to Pope’s Kids Place.   Dick’s Brewing also sponsors the bowling tournament held on the same day.

Another highlight of the event will be the new Dick’s Midnight Ride Black IPA.  This new recipe has been received with rave reviews from beer aficionados and is a celebration of good things to come in the next 20 years for the craft brewery.

“I just can’t believe it’s been 20 years.  I look back at how old I was 20 years ago and think of the memories I have of my dad then – welding the tanks out in the driveway, brewing in the back of the deli, which I thought smelled just awful,” recalls Pendelton.  “I’ve come so far since then – enjoying beer, the smell of it, learning so much about it in the years I’ve been a part of it.  Dick’s is still here after 20 years and that’s a big deal in this industry.  It’s something to be proud of and something to celebrate.”

Celebrate with the Dick’s crew on October 25, 2014 from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the brewery and raise a pint to Dick Young’s legacy.  Here’s to twenty more, Dick.


Evergreen Officially Launches President Search

Thurston Talk - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 9:41pm



Submitted by The Evergreen State College 

The Evergreen State College President, Les Purce, will retire in 2015.

The Evergreen State College President, Les Purce, will retire in 2015.

The Evergreen State College in Olympia has announced that its Board of Trustees and Presidential Search Committee have begun actively recruiting candidates to replace Thomas L. “Les” Purce, who will retire next summer after 15 years of service as the college’s president.

Evergreen is a nationally recognized public college of liberal arts and sciences known for its distinctive interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning.

The college has engaged Academic Search, a Washington, DC, recruitment firm that has helped place hundreds of leaders at colleges and universities across the country, to aid in the search.

The search timeline calls for review of applications starting December 1, campus visits and interviews for top candidates in January and February of 2015, a hiring decision by March, and having the new president in place by July.

For more information about the position, visit  Nominations and inquiries can be sent by email to


The Shivas New Album Streams at KEXP!

K Records - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 5:44pm
The latest album by the Shivas is You Know What to Do [KLP252], on the streets October 28. You can hear it now in its entirety streaming at the KEXP website. You Know What to Do [KLP252] was recorded at Dub Narcotic Studio with Calvin Johnson. It is available now from the K Mail Order […]
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Call for Vendors! - Lincoln Winter Market

OlyBlog Home Page - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 10:17am
Event:  Sat, 11/29/2014 - 11:00am - 5:00pm

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Lincoln Winter Market - November 29th; 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Lincoln Elementary School.

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The Rise of ISIS and the New Iraq War

OlyBlog Home Page - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 9:29am
Event:  Thu, 10/23/2014 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

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The Rise of ISIS and the New Iraq War

Threat, Myth and Blowback


Lecture and Discussion with Steve Niva

Member of Faculty in Middle East/International Politics

Lecture Hall 1

The Evergreen State College


You have probably all seen or heard about the gruesome beheadings and social media spectacle of the radical organization known as ISIS, ISIL or sometimes “Islamic State” in Iraq and Syria.  But what do we really know about this group?  And why is the US sending forces back into Iraq, once again? logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

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Lucia Perillo: World Class Poet

Thurston Talk - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 8:11am



By Alec Clayton

washington orthopaedic centerWho knew we had a world-class poet right here in Olympia? Her name is Lucia Perillo. Her talent and prestige are remarkable. No less a luminary than Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the United States, said, “It is a delight to wander with [Perillo] into strange and imaginative territories. Always, I read her poems with surprise and (write it!) jealousy.”

Novelist Tom Perotta, author of The Leftovers, wrote of her first story collection: “Lucia Perillo isn’t just a strikingly original poet; she’s a top-notch fiction writer as well. The stories in this bleakly funny and harrowing collection are reminiscent of both Raymond Carver and Denis Johnson, but the vision that animates them is Perillo’s own, unique and unmistakable.”

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Lucia Perillo is a local poet with an impressive list of national accolades.

For years, I’ve known her as a woman in a wheelchair who swims at the Olympia Downtown branch of the Sound Sound YMCA. She is always accompanied by an aide and is lowered into the pool by a lifeguard using an electronic lift chair. She seldom speaks to us, but is polite when she does. When I heard that she is a poet and looked her up I was astounded to learn that she has been published in America’s most prestigious magazines: The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Kenyon Review, and has been awarded such distinguished prizes as the Pushcart Prize (three times). She has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Poetry Series and the L.A. Times Book Prize. She has been a MacArthur Fellow, also known as the “Genius Grant,” and locally she has been awarded the Washington State Book Award and Governor’s Award.

Perillo has published six books of poetry, a book of essays and a short story collection. Her latest books are On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths (poetry) and Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain (short stories). Next year she will have a new book of poetry from Copper Canyon Press tentatively titled Time Will Clean the Carcass-Bones.

Perillo’s poems have been described as funny and tough, dark and bold. She shies away from nothing. The New York Times Book Review described her writing as “taut, lucid, lyric, filled with complex emotional reflection while avoiding the usual difficulties of highbrow poetry.”

Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain, stories by Lucia Perillo, image taken from Perillo’s website.

Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain, stories by Lucia Perillo, image taken from Perillo’s website.

In an unflinching look at the body, she writes:

When you spend many hours alone in a room

you have more than the usual chances to disgust yourself—

this is the problem of the body, not that it is mortal

but that it is mortifying. When we were young they taught us

do not touch it, but who can keep from touching it,

from scratching off the juicy scab?

Writing such as this gives evidence of Perillo’s keen observation and of a sense of humor that can touch on the macabre. Consider these lines from her poem “Abandon,” a poem about dancing to old songs on a phonograph:

Meanwhile each night bled into the next, like stories

Told to hold the knife off someone’s throat,

The scratches on the record pattering

Like pine needles dropping to the forest floor

Images in her poems often lead in unexpected directions, such as in the poem “Foley” in her book The Oldest Map with the Name America, which starts off talking about Harrison Ford and movie sound effects and veers off in a surprisingly logical way to a comparison of black girl groups and white girl groups in sixties pop music, which leads into phone conversations for money, and then right back to movie making. When I asked her about this way of writing, which I thought of as stream of conscious, she said, “I always have a constellated idea or image. It may seem like stream of conscious but I hope it comes together by the end of the poem. I hope the reader will come along for the ride.”

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On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths, poems by Lucia Perillo, image taken from Perillo’s website.

We sat down to chat in a corner of Orca Books on 4th Avenue in Olympia. I asked when she came to Olympia and why. She had grown up on the East Coast and taught at Syracuse University among other places. She said she came to Washington to work a summer job as a ranger on Mount Rainier in 1987, and from there she came to Olympia to teach at Saint Martin’s College. It was in this time that she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

I asked Perillo how it felt to win so many awards and which meant the most to her. She said, “People are interested in the awards, but that’s secondary and I don’t focus on that.” She said she would rather talk about poetry but said people are reluctant, perhaps intimidated by it. “People think they are unequal to poetry, that it’s complicated and impossible to understand.”

I asked what she would say to people who say poetry is too difficult and she said, “I guess I would read them a poem of mine or recite a poem by others.”

She said the most meaningful award might have been the Bobbitt Award given by the Library of Congress. “It was nice to go to Washington, D.C. and the Library of Congress. Lyndon Johnson’s sister endowed the award and her son hosted a banquet to award it, and L.B.J.’s daughter was there.”

Perillo says her influences have been W.B. Yeats when she was younger, Emily Dickenson and Wallace Stevens. She speaks of “stealing” from great poets of the past. “It was Frank Sinatra, I think, who said to steal from one person is plagiarism but stealing from everyone, that’s research.”

She says she still writes a lot and tries to work it in between such things as caregivers and physical therapy, and her wilderness. “I write when I can squeeze in a couple of hours.”

To learn more about Lucia Perillo, visit her website and Wikipedia.


"We've now got TONS of houses and nowhere to walk"

Olympia Time - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:16am
Read the results of the new survey. It is fascinating to read people chatting about what kind of things they like to see in a "community center" in their neighborhood.

Hopefully, the new comprehensive plan moves our neighborhoods into creating more of these vibrant areas. Think of the Wildwood building on Captiol Way, the Co-op on the west side or the San Francisco Bakery on the Northeast.

Or the desert of any sort of walkable community on the Southeast side.

At least on my side of town, there has been some serious real politics dealing bad news to this sort of thing. In my neighborhood, Briggs Village, the developer seriously dialed back what on paper was supposed to be a pretty impressive urban village. Some apartments over commercial. Some multistory commercial. Maybe even parking basements. But, now we're likely going to get a shiny strip mall sort of thing.

Hopefully, it turns out okay. But, in the long term at least, it was supposed to be a move to develop the area quicker. For now, we have no movement on those lots yet.

A few miles away, the LBA area was supposed to see a similar development with a nice walkable commercial/community area. But, neighbors to the proposed development rose up and stopped it.

Ironically, those very neighbors live a massive wasteland of walkable community areas. Between the Pit Stop Market (on 18th) and the Chevron on Yelm Highway, there is literally no place to buy a gallon of milk on foot for thousands of Olympians.

We want community. We want places to walk. We want to have tight neighborhoods that are forward facing and nice. We want character.

But, developers dial back grand plans and suburban car house dwellers defend trees in the face of new diverse neighborhoods.

However we advocate for neighborhood centers needs to realize the real politics that have created acres and acres of houses with nowhere to walk.

South Sound Trucks Oly: Creating Satisfied Truck Owners, One Story at a Time

Thurston Talk - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:08am



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After frequently driving past South Sound Trucks during his daily commute, CJ Westcott decided to stop by the dealership and see what they had for sale. He’s glad he did.

Chances are, at some point in your life, you have been the victim of an unpleasant car shopping or buying experience. Maybe you had a pushy salesperson leave a sour taste in your mouth. Or worse, bought a lemon (talk about sour) off of Craigslist and had to spend hundreds (or more) on post-purchase repairs. Investing in a car is stressful enough without the added pressure or anxiety that comes from an overbearing salesperson or uncertain car history.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could eliminate the worry that comes with buying a new car by knowing exactly what type of car shopping experience you were going to have before ever stepping foot onto a sales lot? Olympia-area residents in the market for a truck, Jeep or SUV can know exactly what kind of car buying experience they are going to have thanks to the testimonials shared by a handful of happy South Sound Trucks Oly customers.

CJ Westcott lives in Tacoma but drives through Olympia frequently for work. Passing by South Sound Trucks’ Olympia location on Cooper Point Road, Westcott found himself admiring the dealership’s extensive selection from afar during his commute. “One day I had a little extra time during my work day so I stopped by to see what they had,” explained Westcott.

south sound truckWestcott already owned a truck and was interested in seeing what kind of trade-in value he could get for it. While Westcott’s sales associate, Beau, assessed the trade-in value of the truck, Westcott perused South Sound Truck’s impressive showroom. A shiny 2013 Dodge Ram caught Westcott’s attention. After reviewing information like the price, mileage and Carfax, Westcott bartered with Beau until reaching a price they both felt good about. “It was a really good deal and something I wanted. Plus, I had a bunch of upgrades done. They sent the truck to their Chehalis location for the upgrades. It only took a few days, and they provided me with a loaner vehicle while my truck was being modified,” said Westcott.

“I would definitely consider doing business with them again,” explained Westcott of his experience. “The thing I really liked about Beau was he was really frank with me about everything and I felt no pressure whatsoever.”

Loving his new truck, Westcott says he would recommend South Sound Trucks to anyone in the market for a truck, Jeep or SUV. Aside from providing an extensive selection of more than 300 vehicles available for sale on the lot at any given time, Westcott says the customer service at South Sound Trucks is unparalleled by other dealerships in the area. “They are all about the customer experience.

Jeff Hotop recently purchased a 2010 Toyota Tundra from South Sound Trucks Oly and, like Westcott, he couldn’t be happier. “We purchased a bigger boat and needed a bigger truck,” explained Hotop. “South Sound Trucks was the first place we went.”

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South Sound Trucks provides customers with services to customize their new truck or SUV.

Hotop said what he really appreciated about the service at South Sound Trucks Oly was the great follow-up they provided. “If I need something I can call them and they take care of me,” said Hotop.

Satisfied with his purchase, Hotop bought another vehicle from South Sound Trucks’ sister store, Volkswagen of Olympia, located next door. “I’m happy with both purchases,” said Hotop, “no complaints at all.”

Olympia resident Daniel Zimmerman found South Sound Trucks after visiting several other dealerships. On the hunt for a Ford F-150, Zimmerman said after a quick walk around the lot with South Sound Trucks associate Rich, he found exactly what he was looking for. Thrilled with his purchase, Zimmerman said he appreciated the personable service Rich and South Sound Trucks provided. “They were really cool, and they weren’t pushy like some of the other dealerships I went to,” explained Rich. In addition to having exactly what Zimmerman was looking for and providing excellent service to boot, Zimmerman says the financing was really easy too.

Still a newcomer to the Olympia Auto Mall having only just opened this past summer, South Sound Trucks has already built a following of loyal customers thanks to their great selection of trucks, Jeeps and SUVs, friendly service, affordable prices, easy financing and more. So, what are you waiting for? If you’re in the market for a truck, Jeep or SUV, South Sound Trucks is your one-stop shop.

For more information about South Sound Trucks, visit their website here, or peruse the lot in person at their Olympia location at 2015 Southwest Cooper Point Road.


Debra Daniels Offers Insurance Advice about Auto Coverage and Property Damage

Thurston Talk - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:00am



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Debbie Daniels has operated her insurance agency for more than 20 years, with many of the same team members.

Auto insurance is like an umbrella, you’re hugely grateful it’s there when things suddenly take a turn for the worse.  But outside of everyday fender-benders, your policy can be drafted to include many money saving extras, courtesy of the experienced agents at Lacey’s Debra Daniels Insurance Agency.

One often overlooked auto policy aspect deals with liability and property damage.  Skilled agents can work with you and your budget to make sure these limits are appropriately set should an accident occur.  One example Debbie shared was a client who recently ran into a telephone pole.  Most policies default to a minimum coverage of $10,000 for property damage but the bill to repair the pole exceeded $40,000.  In this case, the victim was sufficiently covered so no additional charges came their way thanks to the wise guidance of Debbie and her team.

Other options to consider with your auto policy are temporary waivers for rental car coverage while travelling or on vacation, emergency roadside coverage for break-downs and lock-outs, and varying degrees of accident protection.

As a locally owned and staffed State Farm agency for over twenty years, the Debra  Daniels Insurance Agency are experts in residential, commercial, vehicle, and property policies.  They know the key questions to ask and details to acquire that make for a secure future.

The Debra Daniels Insurance Agency can be found at 8765 Tallon Lane NE, Lacey, 2 blocks pass Costco on Martin Way; or by calling 360-493-8284.  Look for the most current tips, advice, and frequently asked questions on their Facebook page as well; you can never have too much good information!


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