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Thurston County Receives “Smart Communities” Award

Thurston Talk - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:14pm



Submitted by Thurston County

In the photo left to right- Jeff Wilson and Mark Barkley of the State Commerce Department, Xandre Chateaubriand, Commissioners Karen Valenzuela and Cathy Wolfe and Lon Wyrick

In the photo left to right- Jeff Wilson and Mark Barkley of the State Commerce Department, Xandre Chateaubriand, Commissioners Karen Valenzuela and Cathy Wolfe and Lon Wyrick

Thurston County Commissioners were recently presented with a special award through Governor Jay Inslee’s “Smart Communities” program. The Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) was also recognized for their role in the Sustainable Thurston project.

TRPC lead the planning for the Creating Places, Preserving Spaces community visioning process which took three years and involved thousands of county residents.  In recognizing the effort, Xandre Chateaubriand of the Governor’s Office pointed out that Thurston County did a terrific job of coming up with a vision that will attract high quality jobs and community improvements that will benefit all residents of the county.

“Even more impressive is when multiple communities and public partners join to create a shared vision for the future.”  He went on to say the project shows a commitment to preserve, protect and enhance the quality of life we appreciate here in Washington State.

Thurston County Commission Chair Karen Valenzuela was the county’s representative to the Sustainable Thurston process.  She points out that all seven cities and towns joined with TRPC and the County to make the program a success.

“It was great to see so many people take part in a very public process over the three years.  This vision allows us to make sure that our “ship of state” is headed in the right direction to manage growth while preserving our vanishing natural resources including forests, farmlands and our limited prairie areas.”

Lon Wyrick, Director of TRPC, says he is proud of the community-wide effort in the Sustainable Thurston project and the leadership shown by the cities and the County.

“It’s important to recognize that the Commissioners were very strong leaders in making the Sustainability Plan happen and along with their support; their ideas and regional direction are key to its ongoing success.”


“The Butterfly Effect” Art Piece Finds New Home

Thurston Talk - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:04am



Submitted by Thurston County

County sponsored plastic art piece now on display at Family & Juvenile Court.

County sponsored plastic art piece, “Rise Above Plastics: The Butterfly Effect” seen here at The Washington Center, now on display at Family & Juvenile Court.

It can be hard sometimes to find a good home for unique artwork, especially when that art is 14 feet high and made up of more than 600 individually suspended pieces shaped like butterflies.

But all of those butterflies and the rest of the 35 pound piece called “Rise Above Plastics: The Butterfly Effect” have landed in their new home at the Thurston County Family and Juvenile Court building in Tumwater. The piece will be on display in the court building lobby through 2015.

Artists Carrie Ziegler and Jennifer Johnson are also both county employees, and they joined staff from Family and Juvenile Court Monday evening for a dedication ceremony for the piece. “In a way, this is a homecoming, since the project and the art in education program is sponsored by the county’s Solid Waste Division and Environmental Health Division,” said Ziegler, an educator with the county’s Solid Waste Division.

“When Jennifer and I saw this space, then realized how powerful the messages of hope, inspiration, and creating change through personal choices would be here, we knew this was the place for the piece,” Ziegler said. “And I couldn’t have asked for a better response from staff and court visitors.”

“We are really excited to host this piece, and we hope our visitors—and especially our youth—are inspired by the story of how it was created, and inspired by the imagery of hope and renewal,” said Judge Chris Wickham, who presides over Family and Juvenile Court.

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It took nearly 700 students to create “The Butterfly Effect.” The project included students from many schools and community groups across Thurston County.
Photo by Carrie Ziegler.

“I am still amazed at how everything came together. The piece has such impact, and so many layers to its meaning and message, and I am still taken aback by how perfectly it fits this space,” said Court Commissioner Indu Thomas, who helps administer the court’s Student Art program.

Artists Ziegler and Johnson completed the art project with the help of nearly 700 students from 19 Thurston County schools who created the butterflies out of upcycled plastic juice

pouches. Along with the work on the art piece, students also learned tips, tricks and information to help protect the environment and their own health, including using glass or stainless steel water bottles, taking re-usable bags shopping, and heating food in non-plastic containers.

“Our goal with having local students help build the piece was to create a lasting memory for them, and also foster a sense of accomplishment and pride in being a part of something with so much impact,” said Jennifer Johnson, an outreach and education coordinator with the county’s Environmental Health Division. “Now that’s it’s here in the Family and Juvenile Court building, my hope is that even more young people in our community will be inspired by it and connect with it.”

For more information about the Thurston County Solid Waste education and youth programs,

For more information about the Student Art Program at Thurston County Family and Juvenile Court, or contact Court Commissioner Indu Thomas at (360) 709-3285

Mirah, Old Time Relijun, on Tour (1999)!

K Records - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 9:16am
Look what Arrington found in an old box in the attic – a photog from the Old Time Relijun and Mirah tour in 1999. Pictured here are Mirah (about to leave on her first tour beyond the West Coast) with Old Time Relijun members (L to R) Arrington de Dionyso (guitar, vocal), Aaron Hartman (double […]
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Clothing drive at Museum of Glass

South Sound Arts - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 7:19am
In the spirit of giving back this holiday season, Kids Design Glass™ creature Sockness Monster and Museum of Glass invite the public to warm up by the Hot Shop fire in exchange for donating items of clothing to keep those less fortunate warm too.
WHAT: Clothing drive at Museum of Glass (new hats, scarves, pairs of gloves and socks suggested). Visitors who donate items at the Museum front desk will receive a 50% discount off their individual admission price (applies to all admission levels). Free parking will also be offered to every visitor in the Museum of Glass underground parking garage and members will receive a double discount on their entire purchase at the Museum Store.
WHERE: Donations should be made at the Museum of Glass front desk. Items collected will be displayed on a Giving tree in the Grand Hall for visitors to see before being donated to Tacoma Rescue Mission the following week.
WHEN: Saturday, December 20, from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, December 21, from 12 to 5 pm.

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Full Circle: Local Family Pays it Forward to the Thurston County Food Bank

Thurston Talk - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 6:44am



By Kelli Samson

dkb restorationOne of my personal credos is Ghandi’s “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” But it’s hard. Sometimes it feels like all we can do is so small that it won’t amount to anything.

But what if it did? What if we took someone’s generosity toward us and used it to help others?

That is just what Thurston County Food Bank volunteer Meredith Angeli and her husband, Capital High School alumni Dan Graham, managed to do this Thanksgiving. The two have a small family farm, and I was lucky enough to spend a little bit of a sunny Sunday afternoon with them this fall, kicking around their farmyard with four pigs, six sheep, fifteen chickens, six turkeys, and a few friendly cats and dogs. “I’m a little ambitious,” giggles Angeli.

food bank pigs

All of the animals on the Angeli-Graham farm go crazy for the waste from the Thurston County Food Bank.

I left with a smile, lungs filled with fresh air, and the feeling that we each can make a difference and should certainly try.

Angeli and Graham recently donated to the Thurston County Food Bank all 200 hundred pounds of the pork from two of their pigs, which they raised on the Food Bank’s food waste. “They are the coolest farm animal! They eat anything. There is no waste on a farm when you have pigs,”Angeli gushes.

While volunteering at the Food Bank, Angeli decided to tackle what she and her husband affectionately call “the sustainable pig project.”

She had three sources of inspiration for this generous idea. First, she is passionate about eliminating food waste. Her husband echoes this, saying, “In the summer and fall, there’s an over-abundance of food. In the winter, there’s a shortage. We’ve taken the extra from the growing season to give to a pig, which can be eaten in the winter. It extends the life cycle of that food and turns it into protein.”

food bank pigs

Four of the five farmers who raised these pigs on Food Bank waste (daughter Autumn was taking a nap). Clockwise from top left: Meredith Angeli, daughter River, Dan Graham, and baby Shaw.

Second, Angeli has a “desire to help vulnerable community members. They, more than anyone else, need to be eating a superior product,” she says.

Finally, she was inspired by our community.

“There are people and businesses in our community going out of their way to get food to the Food Bank to feed the clients of the Food Bank. When I began picking up the food waste, I felt as though the food was not meant to be mine. I know the Food Bank views my picking up the food waste as very helpful because it reduces their disposal costs. However, I felt like I wasn’t honoring the original intention of the people donating the food to the Food Bank. This was actually the feeling that inspired the idea of the sustainable pig project. We decided to take the food abundance and turn it into a high quality, freezable, nutrient and energy dense food for the Food Bank clients. In this, we felt we were honoring the intention of the original food donors,” Angeli explains.

Dave Finet, the Executive Director of the Opportunity Council in Bellingham and a fellow pig farmer, loved her idea and was so supportive of it that he donated the feeder pigs to her cause last spring when they were piglets. The pigs are a blend of the Berkshire and Tamworth breeds. Finet does a similar project with his pigs and a Bellingham soup kitchen.

food bank pigs

Two of these pigs provided over two hundred pounds of frozen pork for the patrons of the Food Bank this fall.

The pigs grew to be quite rotund and happy, I can assure you. When I visited them, they were a few days out from slaughter. Their contented grunts provided sweet background noise during our interview. “It’s such a dear sound in the beginning, but then it gets obnoxious,” laughs Angeli.

Also donating their services to see that this meat made it into the hands of the Food Bank patrons were Charles Whitcomb of T-Bone Express, a professional farm slaughtering service; and Littlerock Meats, who cut, wrapped, and froze the meat. “Neither business hesitated to help us,” says Graham.

And would they do something like this again?

“Absolutely,” says Angeli. “We’ve talked about giving eggs from our chickens.”

Ghandi was right. One person can start a chain reaction that soon becomes the work of a village. Meredith Angeli has shown us the positive change one individual is capable of affecting.

The Food Bank is always happy to take donations of paper or plastic bags and food, perishable or not, during business hours.

food bank pigs

“Four pigs equals a lot of brain power,” says owner Meredith Angeli.

Thurston County Food Bank

Open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

220 Thurston Ave. NE

Olympia, WA 98501

(360) 352-8597

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Appetizing Party Ideas from Bayview and Ralph’s Thriftway

Thurston Talk - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 6:00am



By Katie Hurley

appetizer party ideas

Peppadew peppers can be stuffed with a variety of fillings for a tasty and attractive bite.

The holidays are a great time to gather with friends and family for fun, food and celebration. To make the most of your time together, appetizers are a great way to feed the crowds without spending the whole party in the kitchen. Bayview and Ralph’s Thriftway stores have everything you need to put together an impressive selection of appetizers for your guests and you’ll be able to do all of the prep before they arrive.

In the deli, Divino offers a great selection of olives, marinated peppers and onions and marinated feta cheese that are all great for an antipasto platter. Some good crackers and sliced Columbus Porcini salami would round out the platter nicely. The assortment of cheese at Ralph’s and Bayview is nearly endless. Marinated Peppadew peppers are sweet and crunchy with just a little bit of heat, and are a beautiful bright red bite-sized appetizer when stuffed with herbed goat cheese or cream cheese.

Locally produced Cranberry Blu artisan cheese spread from Willapa Hills Cheese is tangy and sweet, and is yummy on a nutty, grainy Raincoast Crisp cracker or rolled up in a thin slice of Boar’s Head turkey or roast beef. The creamy cheese spread also comes in Bacon Blu, Honey Chipotle and Garlic Herb flavors, all of which are great stuffed inside in fresh Ostrom’s mushrooms.

appetizer party ideas

Bel Gioioso Unwrap & Roll Mozzarella makes an easy and attractive appetizer.

Bel Gioioso’s Unwrap & Roll fresh mozzarella cheese rolls out into a thin sheet to top with any flavors you choose, roll up and slice to make attractive cheese pinwheels. Spread a thin layer of Ila’s Sundried Tomato and Basil Pesto and top with thin prosciutto slices, or change it up with horseradish sauce and thin slices of roast beef. Another tasty filling option is proscuitto and stalks of Tillen Farms pickled asparagus.

Thin, sweet waffle wafers are a surprisingly great combination with a little bit of tangy blue cheese. Cut the wafers into fourths and place a small dollop of creamy Saga blue cheese or some gorgonzola cheese on each wedge. Blue cheese is also fantastic stuffed inside pitted Medjool dates for a quick and simple appetizer.

Steve’s Hot Smoked Salmon, made in Buckley, is a repeat winner in both the professional and people’s choice categories at Westport Salmon Tales. This tender, moist, smoky salmon doesn’t need any accompaniments but a sturdy cracker to transport it into your mouth. Steve’s Hot Smoked Cheese is also delicious and packs a smoky punch – cut it into small cubes and serve with toothpicks.

appetizer party ideas

Ready-made cheese boards are available in Bayview and Ralph’s Thriftway deli departments.

If you’re really in a time crunch, or you need to pick up an appetizer on your way to work or a party, a selection of ready-made cheese boards are a quick and easy answer. Three different cheeses, a wood cheese board and a cheese knife are bundled together, and some of the sets are specifically labeled and designed to be served with red wines.

Extra large cooked prawns, fresh from the seafood department, can be assembled quickly for a shrimp platter or individual shrimp cocktails. Fill a serving bowl with crushed ice, place a small bowl of cocktail sauce or wasabi tartar sauce in the center and layer the chilled prawns on the ice. Include a small bowl on the side for guests to discard the tails. Premade shrimp platters are also available in the seafood department freezer. AquaStar Coconut Shrimp make a tasty hot appetizer. Sweet Chili dipping sauce is included in the package. Simply bake the shrimp and defrost the sauce and it is ready to serve.

Whether your entertaining or heading out to a party, locally owned Bayview and Ralph’s Thriftway stores have what you need. Stop by and see the options for all of your holiday appetizer needs!


appetizer party ideas

Sweet waffle wafers pair perfectly with tangy Saga blue cheese.

Bayview Thriftway

516 W. 4th Ave. in Olympia



Ralph’s Thriftway

1908 E. 4th Ave. in Olympia



Annual Tournament Raises $36,000 for JBLM Charities

Thurston Talk - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 10:18pm



Submitted by America’s Credit Union

turkey shoot ACU - JBLM

62nd Airlift wing Command Chief, Chief Master Sargent Drake, Ken Leonard ACU CEO/President, Mary Cron Armed Forces Community Service, David Soma PhD. Madigan Foundation, Lisa Bennett Santa’s Castle President, LT Col. Deborah Dusek 627th Airbase group Deputy Commander, 627th Air Base Group Superintendent, chief Master Sergeant Kristen Orcutt, Amy Tiemeyer ACU’s Military Relations Liaison.

America’s Credit Union (ACU), held its 14th annual Turkey Shoot, a golf tournament to support three local charities on JBLM, at Eagles Pride Golf Course.  Many local businesses and over 170 golfers participated to help raise money for Santa’s Castle, the Food Basket Program and the Madigan Foundation.

The history of the tournament has evolved throughout the years. It was originally created to help the founder of Santa’s Castle get her program off the ground. Then it was expanded to help make sure our JBLM military families have enough food for the holidays by supporting the Food Basket Program. The final piece was to help pay for military families’ medical costs, not covered through insurance, by donating to the Madigan Foundation. Because of the generous donations from the sponsors and the success of the Turkey Shoot golf tournament we were able to raise a record $36,000 to donate to all three charities.

ACU wishes to thank the following sponsors for their support of this tournament: our presenting sponsor Northwest Motorsport, Toyota of Olympia, Tacoma Dodge, Tacoma Nissan, and Fiat of Tacoma for being our Big Turkey Sponsors. We would also like to thank Sunset Chevrolet & Hawks Prairie Rotary for being our Banquet Sponsors; the Nacho Bar was very much appreciated. Our Trophy sponsor was Tags Trophies and Awards. Our Little Turkey Sponsors were; BMW-NW, Print NW, Tactical Tailor, The Fort Lewis Ranger and Airlifter, and Cascade Print Media. Hole Sponsors were Car Pros, Proforma Strategic Advantage LLC, The Madigan Foundation,  Omni Financial, Cook Security Group, Albers & Company, US Family Health Plan, Sound Credit Union, Designer Decal, CUNA Mutual, Allied Solutions, Geico, West Coast Publishing,  AUSA Captain Meriwether-Lewis chapter, the Puyallup Subchapter of CML Chapter of AUSA, USO NW, Costco, CU Direct, INSI, Raddon Financial Group, The Cart Sponsors were Evergreen Home Loans, ACU Financial Services, Boom Creative, Clear Channel Outdoor, and Lakewood Ford. This year, all the military that played were sponsored by businesses including Immedia, Access Softek, Arrow Cleaning, Clear Channel Outdoor, Edward Jones, The Defense CU Coalition, USO NW, the Madigan Foundation, and Evergreen Home Loans. We’d like to thank Walmart Lakewood Store for donating 20 turkeys, Costco for bringing hand warmers and Dimitri’s Gourmet Mixes for continuing to make the event one that helps our golfers brave the elements in the spirit of charity.

Kenneth S. Leonard, President/CEO of ACU, shared with everyone the meager beginnings of the tournament and the commitment he has to our military. Ken is quoted as saying, “it’s a passion to grow this event each year in support of our military and all they do on a daily basis.”  Ken and all the sponsors are honored to contribute to the morale and welfare of our military and their families.

Thurston County Association of REALTORS® Installs New Board

Thurston Talk - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 10:12pm



Submitted by Thurston County Association of Realtors®

olympia real estate agent

Diane and Jeff Pust

The Thurston County Association of REALTORS® installed the 2015 Officers and Directors during recent ceremonies at the Indian Summer Golf and Country Club in Olympia, Washington.  The local association of 550 REALTOR® members provides professional real estate services to buyers and sellers primarily in the Thurston County area and are always working to protect property rights and our quality of life in Washington State.

The incoming Officers are:  President-Diane Pust, Van Dorm Realty; President-Elect-Jerry Wilkins, Van Dorm Realty; Secretary-Rae Anne Toth, Keller Williams Realty; Treasurer-Bobby Kelly, Sound Advantage Realty; Treasurer-Elect-Necia Leach, Thurston County Title; Past President-Randy Reynolds, Weichert Reynolds Real Estate.

The incoming Directors are: Polly Barber, Prudential Olympia Realtors; Tammy Adams, Virgil Adams Real Estate; Katy Crofts, Keller Williams Realty; Kevin Gordham, Keller Williams Realty; Stacie Jarvela, First American Title Insurance Co.; Catherine Johnson, Chicago Title Insurance Co.; Amanda Heitz, Greene Realty Group; Quint Newell, Greene Realty Group; and Dennis Adams, Virgil Adams Real Estate.

Incoming President Diane Pust said she looks forward to working with the association leaders and members, “to ensure our future success through increased political advocacy, dynamic member services and professional development as well as grass roots member involvement on the local community level.”


Timberland Reads & Writes Together in 2015

Thurston Talk - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 10:08pm



Submitted by Timberland Regional Library

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Olympia’s Carnegie Library, as seen in this historic postcard, was the pride of the community when it opened in 1914. Courtesy Private Collection.

Celebrating and supporting creative talent in Southwest Washington

The selected book for next October’s Timberland Reads Together (TRT) program doesn’t yet exist. It will be written and designed locally, between January 1 and March 31, 2015 by talented residents in the five county region served by the Timberland Regional Library (TRL). It will become the Timberland Writes Together Anthology.

In the old days, public libraries had one simple mission: to collect, care for (curate) and make freely available to all citizens as many printed books and documents as possible. Hundreds of years later, libraries still collect and curate, but in addition, they have become powerful creative forces, inspiring and supporting new artistic, intellectual and cultural expression.

In this spirit, the selected writers and cover artist will not only be guaranteed an audience during the month-long community reading program, they will be paid at fair market rate for their work.

Local writers and artists may submit short fiction and cover art beginning January 1, 2015. Details are available at under the “Program” heading

Stories should be between 2,000-8,000 words in length and should reflect a sense of optimism. They may be of any genre, set in the past, present, or future, and may contain dark elements, but in the main, should inspire a sense of hope.

All programs at Timberland libraries are free and open to the public.



Stalnik Strikes With 12 Seconds Left to Lift Oly Town Artesians to Incredible Comeback Victory

Thurston Talk - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 10:00pm



Submitted by Oly Town Artesians

GAME RECAP: Oly Town Artesians 7, Arlington Aviators 6

oly town fcThe Oly Town Artesians scored three goals over less than two minutes in the fourth quarter and Matt Stalnik’s strike with 12.5 seconds left broke a 6-6 tie and handed the Artesians a 7-6 win over the Arlington Aviators in Western Indoor Soccer League action on Saturday night. Wille Spurr and Greg Wolfe each scored twice and the Artesians moved into sole possession of second place in the WISL with the win.

The night got off to a rip-roaring start for the Artesians when Greg Wolfe struck on the first possession just 15 seconds into the game off an assist from Matt Stalnik. Aaron Burns tied the game up seven minutes later and the Aviators took the lead on a Russ Brown power play goal with 2:15 left in the first quarter. Oly’s Willie Spurr went into the air and found the back of the net on a fantastic goal with 30 second left and the first 15 minutes ended with the two teams tied 2-2.

Winfred Smith drew first blood in the second quarter to put the Aviators up 3-2 at the 13:30 mark. The lead wouldn’t last long as Martin Ramirez scored 90 seconds later to pull the Artesians even at 4-4. But the blue cards mounted for the Artesians and the Aviators scored their second power play goal of the game when Miguel Fajardo found the back of the net and the half ended with Arlington on top, 4-3.

The two teams went scoreless in the third but erupted four six goals in the final period. The Aviators struck first when Burns streaked past the Artesians defense and beat keeper Mauricio Sanchez one-on-one to give Arlington a 5-3 lead. They looked perfectly in control dominating possession and limiting Artesians shots through the first 10 minutes of the fourth quarter.

Then the Artesians woke up. Spurr got Oly to within a goal, 5-4, at the 4:48 mark. Less than a minute later, Nate Salveson unleashed a howler that beat Aviators keeper Eric Cruz to tie the game 5-5. Following a turnover on the restart after Salveson’s goal, Wolfe scored his second of the game just ten second later to give Oly the 6-5 lead.

With 3:10 left, the Aviators were shown a blue card to put the Artesians on the power play for two minutes and it looked like Oly would coast to the finish line. But Brown found the side of the net with 1:30 left to play and it looked like the Oly Town comeback would fall just short of the W.

But with 12.5 seconds left, Stalnik placed himself on the back post and when a shot across the box found him in the perfect position to drill one home and give the Artesians a 7-6 lead. Stalnik, for is effort, was slammed into the boards by the Aviators’ Andrew Escalante on a late and reckless challenge and suffered a nasty looking injury to his knee. The extent of the injury will not be known for a couple of days.

After a lengthy delay for the injury, Escalante was shown a red card for his challenge and a blue card was issued to the Artesians’ Ramirez for arguing, the Aviators had one last shot but Sanchez made another save and the Artesians were able to run out the clock on a 7-6 comeback win over the Aviators.

With the win, the Artesians picked up three more points and sit alone in second place behind the Tacoma Stars. Oly leapfrogged Wenatchee, who fell to Tacoma 12-6 on their home field, and Bellingham, who were idle on Saturday night. Oly travels to Whatcom County next week to take on Bellingham United at 7:30 PM.

The Oly Town Artesians return to Olympia Indoor Soccer after the Holidays and will get a rematch with Bellingham on January 3rd. First kick is scheduled for 6:00 PM and advance tickets are available at

Northern Closure

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:59pm

Northern will be closing its doors at the current Legion Way location and reopening in late January or February as part of the Midnight Sun. Stay tuned for more news! And remember, Northern loves you.


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The Mountain Yesterday

OlyBlog Home Page - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:20pm


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Images of the Centralia Steam Plant

OlyBlog Home Page - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:18pm

Last Friday, after a shift on the job in the area, I visited the Centralia Steam Plant. I watched for nearly a couple hours in the evening light as dusk and then darkness fell. Here's some timelapse video footage and a still shot of the scene.

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Healthy Relationships 101

OlyBlog Home Page - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:31pm
Event:  Tue, 01/13/2015 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Couples therapy at the Tumwater Timberland Library!  Couples can get stuck in seeing their relationship through their frustrations and then reacting with blame and criticism. Therapist Betsy Bergquist MA, LMHC, and her husband of 57 years, Bruce Bergquist, will focus on the importance of changing your perspective from negative to positive and building your relationship on appreciation, gratitude, fun, and mutual admiration. Change the lens through which you see your partner, others and yourself! logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Genealogy Jump Start

OlyBlog Home Page - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:30pm
Event:  Wed, 01/07/2015 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Find out who you really are at the Tumwater Timberland Library! Gail Park, librarian and avid genealogist, will help you start your family search, find answers to who-what-when-where, and organize your findings. The information is out there, and she’ll show you how to find the answers to your family history questions. logo Twitter logo Google Plus One Facebook Like

Sub Pop U.S.A. at the Olympia Library!

K Records - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:10pm
On Dec. 18 the Olympia Timberland Library will be hosting a celebration at their downtown branch (313 8th Ave. SE) for Sub Pop U.S.A. The Subterranean Pop Music Anthology 1980-1988. Author Bruce Pavitt and contributor Calvin Johnson will be in attendance and give a brief talk about the book. Calvin, under his nom de plume […]
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December Razor Clam Update

Thurston Talk - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 1:28pm



Submitted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

The second December 2014 recreational razor clam opener is proceeding as planned. The marine toxin tests have been completed and the Washington Department of Health has found razor clam digrazor 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:

  • Dec. 19, Friday; 4:41 p.m., 0.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 20, Saturday, 5:23 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Dec. 21, Sunday, 6:06 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 22, Monday, 6:48 p.m., -1.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 23, Tuesday, 7:31 p.m., -1.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Please be aware that every 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 here.

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

For more details, see our news release at the following web link.

NEW! : If have ever wondered how to dig razor clams with your kids, check out the video here.


Olympia Native Wins Book Awards for Guide to Successful Marriage

Thurston Talk - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 1:25pm



Submitted by Ramona Zabriskie

Olympia native Ramona Zabriskie and her husband Dale on stage at the 2014 Reader’s Favorite International Book Awards, receiving the silver medal from CEO, Debra Gaynor.

Olympia native Ramona Zabriskie and her husband Dale on stage at the 2014 Reader’s Favorite International Book Awards, receiving the silver medal from CEO, Debra Gaynor.

Pacific Northwest author and Olympia native, Ramona Zabriskie, has won a silver medal in the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards and has been named a finalist in the USA Best Books Awards for her work, Wife for Life: The Power to Succeed in Marriage. She received the Reader’s Favorite medal in Miami, Florida on November 22 at the Miami International Book Fair.

Author Zabriskie was thrilled when she found out that her book had been recognized by two different competitions. “To be appreciated by readers in the Reader’s Favorite International contest, and then also by publishing professionals in the USA Best Books Awards affirms both my content and approach,” she said. “After years of research and writing, that means a lot to me.”

When asked what makes Wife for Life a stand-out in the Self-Help: Relationships category, Zabriskie said that she is not your typical relationship-expert; her know-how comes from 37 years of real-life experience, including surviving a near-divorce in her early marriage. Based on her subsequent experience, study, and professional mentoring, Zabriskie believes that couples do not have to settle for a “good” or even a “great” marriage. She advocates what she calls “grand” marriage: a legacy-type union between a visionary husband and wife.

Though Zabriskie and her husband, Dale, are now residents of Ridgefield, just north of Vancouver, Washington, the author grew up in Thurston County and graduated from Olympia High School. Her ancestors were city pioneers, and her parents, Ray and Sharon Messegee, who have been married for over 50 years, still live in the Olympia home built by Zabriske’s great-grandfather.

In addition to her book, the author offers personal mentoring, as well as webinars and classes through her online educational arm: Wife for Life University. For more information go to


United Ways from Washington and Oregon Form Regional Organization

Thurston Talk - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 1:12pm



Submitted by United Way of Thurston County

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United Way is a vital part of the support network for the community.

United Way Associations in Washington and Oregon are joining together to have a stronger impact on education, income and health outcomes in the Pacific Northwest.

Thirty-nine United Ways in the multi-state region, including United Way of Thurston County agreed to form United Ways of the Pacific Northwest last month and will participate in this enhanced regional trade association. Each local United Way is fully independent and focused on their local community. By coming together in this larger regional strategic collaboration, they will be able to do more for their local communities as well as have a wider impact regionally.  United Ways of the Pacific Northwest supports training and skill development for local United Way staff and boards, advocates for state level public policy and systems change and supports initiatives to grow the value and outcomes of United Ways across the region.

“We’re excited about the possibilities moving forward,” said Executive Director of United Way of Thurston County, Paul Knox. “By working together, we will be able to do more for our communities,” he added. Knox was the Chair of United Ways of Washington in 2014 and will continue to serve on the executive committee of the newly formed organization.

The current president and CEO of United Ways of Washington, Jim Cooper, will play the same role for the new, expanded organization.

“At the end of the day, collaborating throughout the region will help us bring in additional resources and make it possible to have a larger impact on the communities we serve,” said Cooper.

The new organization includes 23 members from United Ways of Washington and 16 from the Association of United Ways in Oregon. Two longtime members of United Ways of Washington are headquartered in Idaho.

The full slate of officers for United Ways of the Pacific Northwest include:

Chair: Dennis Smith (President and CEO of United Way of Snohomish County)

Vice Chair: Keith Thomajan (President and CEO of United Way of the Columbia-Willamette)

Treasurer: Peter Theisen (President and CEO of United Way of Whatcom County)

Secretary: Debra Lancaster (Executive Director, United Way of Skagit County)

Past Chair: Paul Knox (Executive Director, United Way of Thurston County)


The new organization can be found online , on Facebook  and on Twitter @UWPNW.


Community Toy and Fund Drive Helps Brighten Holidays

Thurston Talk - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 1:05pm



Submitted by Mixx 96.1

Whatever the weather, and sometimes its frightful, every year around the holidays the staff of Mixx 96.1 KXXO and a crew of intrepid volunteers spend a day out on the street collecting toys and cash for families in need of extra assistance.

Broadcasting live from outside their studios at the corner of State and Washington streets in downtown Olympia, Mixx 96.1 FM is holding their “Wrapping up the Holidays” Toy & Fund Drive Friday, December 19.

The station is stressing cash donations this year as O Bee Credit Union will match the first $2,500 received and have an online donation site. The drive takes on more urgency with cuts to social programs and families having trouble meeting their basic needs. “While our neighbors are struggling,” said Mixx 96.1 program director John Foster, “we want to make sure their kids have Christmas.”

Recipient groups include the Holiday Connection (a consortium of area non-profits) and Barb’s Family & Friends. Mixx 96.1 handles all of the administrative costs so that every dollar goes directly to gifts for the families served.

Mixx 96.1 Station Manager Toni C. Holm said, “We’re always amazed and humbled by the incredible generosity of our community. It is an honor to be associated with such a caring group.”

Additional details on the drive and its recipients may be found at

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