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Noxious Fumes 7″ (Perennial)

K Records - Mon, 11/09/2015 - 3:04pm
In the mid-80s the underground scene in Olympia and Tacoma, WA was vibrant and wild. The Tropicana (Olympia) and Community World Theater (Tacoma) were the centers of the action; artists Girl Trouble, Young Pioneers, Melvins, Beat Happening, Wimps, U-Men, rocked it hardcore. None of them though were as HARD CORE as Tacoma’s Noxious Fumes who […]
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Thurston County Road Crews Gear Up for Winter Weather

Thurston Talk - Mon, 11/09/2015 - 11:21am



Submitted by Thurston County Public Works

For a lot of us, the arrival of fall weather means colorful leaves, sharing special meals with family or college football.  For the folks at Thurston County Public Works, autumn means preparations for keeping roadways open in case an emergency situation arises.

Right now, Public Works officials are tracking the possibility of severe weather and the impact on county residents.  That includes briefings provided by the National Weather Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, through a contract with Northwest Weathernet and other sources.  Weather related concerns include:

  • Heavy or prolonged rain storms that can bring flooding.
  • Lowland accumulations of snow.
  • Ice and/or freezing rain
  • High winds.

Crews have also done maintenance on 31 vehicles to make sure they are ready for winter.  That includes 10, 10-yard trucks with plows, 3, 5-yard trucks with plows and various graders, anti-icing trucks and sanders.  Meanwhile, five bull pens across the county have been stocked with sand, de-icer, traffic signs and other materials.  Sand bags distribution is coordinated with the local Fire Departments.

Officials have also prepared crew assignments and coordinated with other county offices and departments such as Emergency Management, the Sheriff’s Office and 9-1-1 Dispatch.

Public Works typically does not send out snowplows until two inches or more of snow has fallen.  However the department conducts de-icing activities in a preemptive approach at specific roadway locations that are prone to ice accumulation.

Public Works is responsible for 1,035 centerline miles of roadway which have been broken down to priority and secondary routes for snow plowing. These routes consist of 172 miles of arterials, 200 miles of collectors and 387 miles of local access roads.  After all of these roads have been plowed, equipment may move onto other local access roadways.  A map of the routes can be found on our web site at

Pellegrino’s Event Center Hosts Musical Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

Thurston Talk - Mon, 11/09/2015 - 10:51am



Submitted by Open Road Productions

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Actors in “A Murder for Old Times’ Sake” include (from left) Stephanie Nace, Harrison Fry, and Vanessa Postil.

Pellegrino’s Event Center in Tumwater is presenting an original, interactive musical murder mystery. The play, A Murder for Old Times’ Sake, is the third collaboration between Pellegrino’s and Open Road Productions, a local production company specializing in the creation, production and promotion of new theatrical works.

According to Jeff Painter, Open Road’s director for the play, “The setting is a 20-year high school reunion. Long-held grudges and hopeless high school crushes bring out the worst in everyone. Matters are complicated when the most hated member of the class is murdered. It’s up to the class of 1995 – cast and audience – to find the murderer before they can strike again.”

Between acts, the actors circulate among the audience, who can ask them questions about the murder, and find out what secrets they’re hiding. At the end of the show, the audience gets to submit their best guess, and the audience member with the best guess can win a prize.

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The murder mystery dinner theater occurs at Pellegrino’s Event Center. Actors include (from left) Harrison Fry, Rob Taylor and Dennis Rolly.

During the course of the evening, Pellegrino’s will serve a delicious Italian-inspired three course meal, including butternut squash soup, harvest vegetable strada, a choice of Tuscan Pork Loin or Parsnip Steak Marsala, and spiced apple kutchen.

Pellegrino’s in-house mixology experts will also come up with amazing show-themed cocktails just for this event.

“These shows are a lot of fun, and unlike anything else you’ll see in town,” says Pam Pellegrino, owner of the event center. “Together with Open Road, we do our best to make it an evening to remember. As soon as one of these shows is finished, the audience asks ‘when’s the next one?’”

For Open Road Productions, part of the pleasure of working with Pellegrino’s is getting to create and refine original work. Open Road Artistic Director and script author Andrew Gordon explains, “We first produced Old Times’ Sake in 2012, and it was a good show then. It’s much better now. We’ve made some big improvements to the script, but more importantly, added music, from composer Bruce Whitney and lyricist Daven Tillinghast, as well as a live band. The new songs are fantastic.”

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Tickets to the dinner theater range in price from $45 – $55. Actors pictured here (from left) include Rob Taylor, Vanessa Postil and Kyle Henick.

The show opens on Friday, November 13, and there are only four performances. Audiences won’t want to miss out on this unique blend of live entertainment and fine food. Good seats are still available for all performances.

  • What: Open Road Productions and Pellegrino’s Italian Kitchen present A Murder for Old Time’s Sake
  • Where: Pellegrino’s Event Center, 5757 Littlerock Rd SW, Tumwater, WA 98512
  • When: November 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Tickets: Visit to buy tickets $45 for general seating, $55 for premium (front table) seating.

Crowe Law Breathing New Life Into a Historic Building

Thurston Talk - Mon, 11/09/2015 - 10:18am



By Heidi Smith

washington orthopaedic centerDriving through Yelm, you can’t miss it: the big white building with the large Grecian pillars in front. Variously known as the Masonic Lodge or Gordon’s Grange, for years it has remained mostly vacant, used only for occasional meetings or special events, and was slowly decaying from rot and neglect. But when Dan Crowe and Molly Carmody first walked into the historic edifice in the heart of Yelm, they didn’t see the ancient carpet and layers of ingrained dust: they saw a law office.

“We looked at each other and said, ‘We’ve got to have this place. This is going to be perfect,’” says Crowe. Now they’re breathing new life into the old building, adding new office spaces, upgrading its utilities, and stripping away layers of old paint to reveal beautiful wooden flooring and wainscoting. In the ideal world, The Crowe Law Office will be moving in by Thanksgiving, says Carmody, but Crowe believes Christmas is a more realistic target.

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Dan Crowe and Molly Carmody of The Crowe Law Office are the new owners of one of Yelm’s most historic buildings.

The Lodge was originally built by the Freemasons in 1926 and used as a meeting space. In 2005 Kellie Petersen, owner of regionally renowned Gordon’s Garden Center, bought it and renamed it ‘Gordon’s Grange.’ It is listed on the Washington State Historic Registry as “Masonic Temple – Lodge Hall No. 244.”  To keep the historic value, Crowe Law had to go through the city’s historic commission to get their plan approved. That means they can make some changes but also have to keep original elements like doors and kitchen cabinetry.

From the start, the couple realized there would be work involved. Both have packed schedules, Crowe as the principal attorney at Crowe Law and Carmody as the firm’s office manager, a member of Yelm’s Planning Commission and now, a newly elected member of the city council. Since purchasing the property, in May, they’ve spent evenings and weekends scraping paint and stripping floors. Crowe’s proudest accomplishment thus far is getting the 1920s era windows unstuck. “One man told me he hadn’t seen those windows open for 50 years,” he says. “There were multiple layers of paint.”

The process of renovating the property has been a challenge. “Dan and I have done all of the paint stripping, all of the floors, and all of the painting ourselves. The next step is taking on the bathrooms,” says Carmody. Crowe mentions that the upstairs carpets have been a particular trial.  “They’ve been here at least 40 years and I don’t know if they were ever vacuumed,” he says. “I’ve been doing nothing but cleaning this floor for the past few weekends, just trying to scrub it down to wood. We’re probably going to get a sander in here and just blast it off.”

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As part of the renovation, ductless heaters have been installed throughout the building along with low flow toilets and high speed ethernet.

On the regulatory side, they’ve applied for three separate permits. “To start off we had to apply to the city for the site plan, to change the use from ‘assembly’ to ‘professional office’ space,” says Carmody. Once the city approved the site plan, Carmody and Crowe applied for a building permit, which included a petition for approval from the Yelm Historic Preservation Commission, and finally they submitted a still-pending application for a civil plan permit. “The civil plan applies to the landscaping and any asphalt,” says Carmody. “The building permit covers just the building.” The site plan covers only the ground floor, she says. In order to add any new construction to the second story, they would have to go through the site planning process all over again.

When it’s complete, the building will combine high-tech efficiency with historic significance. Crowe Law is installing ductless heating and water efficient toilets along with a high-speed ethernet. “I’m really excited about that because it’s going to be kind of a state-of-the-art technology building, as much as possible,” says Carmody. “In the civil plan, I’m asking for all deciduous trees on the northern side of the building so that we get the afternoon sun in the winter, but they will shade us in the summer. We’ve got some passive solar heating.”

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Dan Crowe says the Grecian pillars outside the building lend it a judicial flavor.

Both Crowe and Carmody believe that their efforts can have an impact throughout the business community. “I hope that people in Yelm would take a little more pride in the city and that it inspires more businesses to keep up their properties,” says Carmody.  Yelm currently has a number of unoccupied or derelict buildings in need of maintenance, says Crowe.  “I’d like to see this act as a catalyst to help rebuilding downtown. There could be great businesses locating here and doing things for the history of the city. This could really be a vibrant community.”

Moreover, their location could generate new customers for nearby businesses, he says. “If someone has a meeting with me, maybe they’ll go next door to the Yelm Co-op and do a little shopping, grab some flowers at Gordon’s Garden Center, or go across the street and grab lunch at Tacos Gaby or La Gitana,” he says. “They’re here already. They could walk across the street and spend a little money.”

During this year’s Christmas in the Park Parade, the pair plan to open the lodge for spectators to come warm up in the lobby area and drink hot apple cider. “We’re really front and center,” says Crowe. “The location is perfect for those kinds of events.”

For more information about The Crowe Law Office, visit or call 360.960.8366.


Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

Thurston Talk - Mon, 11/09/2015 - 6:00am



Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton

BrandyBrandy is a beautiful black lab mix. She is about 2 years old, has been spayed and is up-to-date on her vaccinations. Brandy is a very shy young girl who is still adjusting to life at the kennel. She is slowly getting comfortable with the volunteers who spend time with her taking her for walks and hanging out with her so she can learn to relax around them.

Her perfect home would be with someone who is calm and confident. She will do best in a quiet home without a lot of stress from other animals or young kids. She will make a wonderful companion if you can give her time to get comfortable with you so she can show you what a sweet, loving girl she can be.

We have many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit, our Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. Our contact information is or 360-432-3091.

A Nice Olympian Article about our Indiegogo Campaign!

Sherwood Press - Sun, 11/08/2015 - 7:46pm

Today we spent an hour and a half with Rolf Boone, staff writer for the Olympian, and Steve Bloom, Olympian photographer. We had a great time chatting about the press and I probably kept them far longer than they intended, but they seemed to enjoy their time at the press. Here is the resulting article!

After 75 years, The Sherwood Press in Olympia seeks funds to for key upgrades, repairs

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Dr. Lonnie Lowe Honored by Washington State Chiropractic Association

Thurston Talk - Sun, 11/08/2015 - 3:53pm



Submitted by Washington State Chiropractic Association

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Dr. Lonnie Lowe has been a practicing chiropractor for 33 years.

Dr. Lonnie Lowe, a Tumwater doctor of chiropractic, was recently honored by the Washington State Chiropractic Association (WSCA) with a Special Service Award. He was presented with the award at the WSCA Annual Conference on Oct. 10 at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center in Seattle. The 1,000-member WSCA is the only statewide association that represents the chiropractic profession in Washington State.

Dr. Lowe provides chiropractic at Tumwater Chiropractic Center at 128 D. Street SW in Tumwater.  He is a 1983 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa and has been in practice 33 years.

He serves as vice-president of the Tumwater Rotary and was named 2014-1015 Tumwater Rotarian of the Year. He is a member of the Tumwater Chamber and the American Chiropractic Association.

Dr. Lowe is a resident of Olympia.


North Thurston’s Rocky Patchin Retires as Head Football Coach

Thurston Talk - Sun, 11/08/2015 - 6:00am



By Grant Clark

steadman propertiesRocky Patchin arrived in Lacey in the summer of 1992 without much fanfare. No one knew much about the accomplishments he’d already achieved in the high school football coaching ranks. They didn’t know about the state title he already had on his resume.

He was just “some guy from Idaho” who took over a struggling North Thurston High School football program which was coming off its fourth consecutive losing season.

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Rocky Patchin hugs sophomore running back Zion Kirk following Patchin’s final game as North Thurston’s head football coach.

A near-quarter century later, you’d be hard pressed to find someone in town who doesn’t know who Patchin is. He’s left that positive of a mark on the community.

Patchin entered an unknown and exited as North Thurston’s all-time coaching leader in victories.

After 40 years of coaching high school football, the last 24 with the Rams, Patchin coached his final game on November 5, stepping down following North Thurston’s come-from-behind 30-24 victory over Enumclaw at South Sound Stadium.

“It’s been unbelievable. It’s been my life for so long, twenty-four years out of the middle part of my life. My oldest kids were in third grade when we got here. Now they are teachers and engineers. It’s been incredible to have my family grow up around the program,” said Patchin, whose son Jake was an all-state offensive lineman at North Thurston in 2005. “The school will always be part of our family.”

Patchin finishes his career with an overall record of 227-150 and a mark of 151-89 at North Thurston, which began playing football in 1955. His win total with the Rams is 47 more than Jim Fouts, who coached North Thurston for 19 seasons (1958-76) and posted a record of 104-53-12.

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Rocky Patchin arrived at North Thurston High School in 1992 and quickly turned around the program. Photo credit: Brian Stretch.

“I never thought I would be here this long,” said Patchin, who played collegiately at Boise State University and coached Nampa to the 4A Idaho state championship in 1984. “The longest I had ever been at a school before was eight, nine years. I was always told you don’t stay longer than seven years because by that time you’re going to upset about a quarter of the people, but this was the place I wanted to raise my family.”

North Thurston suffered just three losing seasons during Patchin’s tenure. By comparison, the Rams had 16 losing seasons in the previous 24 seasons before he took over the heading coaching position.

Patchin opened up his North Thurston coaching career in a big way by leading the Rams to a surprising 4A Narrows League championship in 1992.

When Patchin arrived in Lacey the North Thurston-Timberline cross-town rivalry was tilted heavily towards the side of the Blazers, who had won three consecutive games and nine out of the 11 in the series. The Rams were coming off a disappointing 3-6 campaign in 1991 and the popular opinion was they would be fortunate to break .500.

Behind the power running of future NFL All-Pro fullback Mike Sellers and the arm of Brian Brennan, North Thurston opened the 1992 season with a 21-12 victory over Timberline. Patchin would win the next seven against the Blazers and go 10-1 in the series over the next 11 years, completely shifting the balance of power to North Thurston’s side of the town.

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After 24 years as the head football coach for North Thurston High School, Patchin is ready to retire.  Photo credit: Brian Stretch.

The win over Timberline kicked off one of the greatest seasons in Rams’ football history. North Thurston would cap the regular season by knocking off national-ranked South Kitsap, 14-10, at a rain-soaked South Sound Stadium before advancing to the state quarterfinals.

A second trip to the state playoffs followed in 1994 when Patchin led an under-sized, over-achieving group to a second-place finish in the Narrows League.

His best team, however, was likely a 2000 squad which was chalked full of talent, including a pair of all-staters in 2,000-yard rusher Alex Pittelkau and hard-hitting safety A.J. Williams. The team won 11 games and advanced to the 3A state semifinals for the first time since 1976 before losing to eventual state champion Skyline.

“I think that while coaching for him, for the 15 years I had an opportunity to do so, he taught me a lot about not only football, but how to communicate well with young kids today,” said Pat Dahl, who was an assistant for Patchin. “To be able to work with a guy like that, it’s a heck of an honor.”

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Under Coach Patchin’s leadership, the North Thurston High School football team has posted a 227 – 150 record. Photo credit: Brian Stretch.

Dahl was joined by several former North Thurston football assistants who greeted Patchin prior to kickoff and watched from the sideline during the game.

“It felt so good seeing (all the assistants) back and on the sidelines. Seeing Skip (Scoggin), Pete (Smith), Randy (Swilley), Dan (Clark) meant a lot to me,” Patchin said. “That was special. Skip was the first guy I hired here as an assistant. Bill Broeker was the second and Bill’s been with me every season. You end up having coaches stay with you long enough and it becomes a family. It was nice to have them all back for this game.”

The final game was a fitting send off for Patchin as the Rams rallied from an early 10-point deficit by scoring 30 unanswered points en route to the victory.

“It’s hard to give up,” Patchin said, “but it’s time for me to make a change and it’s time for the school to make a change to keep things fresh and exciting.”



123-4th Building Brings Urban Living, Stunning Views to Downtown Olympia

Thurston Talk - Sat, 11/07/2015 - 6:00am



By Kate Scriven

Budd Bay cafe logoWith interest, Thurston County residents have been watching the progress and changes happening along Columbia Street between 4th and 5th Avenues in downtown Olympia. The construction of the 123-4th building is the first of its kind in recent years, signaling what many hope will be a revitalization of the downtown core.

Along with excitement for this large-scale project come many questions about what to expect when the wrapping comes off the building. While the project developers are located in Seattle, they have partnered with Prime Locations, a local commercial real estate firm, to ensure they are building something that is a good fit for Olympia. “The builders and investors are looking to Prime to be the local voice in the project,” says Zach Strong, vice president of Prime Locations. “The development/investment team has been a pleasure working with every step of the way.”

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Zach Strong, vice president of Prime Locations, is the project lead for the 123-4th project in downtown Olympia.

Founded in 1988, Prime Locations manages over 1,000 apartment homes and approximately a million square feet of commercial space in Thurston County. “It’s a misconception many people have that we own and operate these properties,” explains Strong. “We are hired to represent the property owners and manage the properties and their tenants.”

Strong is the project lead for 123-4th and recently shared with ThurstonTalk the project details, including a sneak peek of the amazing views from nearly every window during a guided tour of the construction site. The building was designed to maximize those views with exterior walls set on unique angles affording nearly every unit a view of lake, mountains, and sound.

“One goal of the project,” says Strong, “is to create as many local jobs as possible.” And, anyone who has driven past the job site can attest to the army of workers needed to take on such a complex project. Additionally, the entire building is green built with LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification, a priority for many potential tenants and for the city. Economic stimulation for the county comes not only during the construction phase, but with the completion of the project. New businesses and residents at 123-4th will bring fresh excitement, vitality and dollars to downtown Olympia.

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The location in the heart of downtown Olympia offers not only amazing views, but proximity to shopping, restaurants, entertainment and the waterfront.

The building’s ground floor includes the main lobby – a two story entry with stairs to second floor offices. This floor also includes three large retail spaces, fronting onto 4th Avenue. One space is confirmed as the newest location of upscale noodle house, Kukai Ramen and Izakaya. The other two spaces are not yet confirmed, but Strong sees potential for a neighborhood cafe or deli serving the residents of 123-4th as well as downtown visitors. Completing the ground floor will be a covered public access parking area.

The second floor will house several office suites suitable for small businesses looking for centrally located downtown space. A secure, gated parking garage for tenants, including 138 bike lockers, fills the remainder of the second floor. “The building design really caters to those who want to have an urban lifestyle, using a bike instead of a car and walking for their shopping and entertainment,” explains Strong. With a variety of retail shops, grocery stores, restaurants, and theaters within walking distance, 123-4th is situated perfectly for urban living.

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Nearly every unit includes views of Capitol Lake, the Puget Sound and the state Capitol building.

The third floor holds the first apartments along with amenities shared by all the tenants. Most noticeable is the enormous outdoor patio and entertainment space. The building, starting on the third floor, is horseshoe shaped. Apartment homes wrap around the outdoor common space creating a sense of privacy. Upon completion, the area will include barbeque, landscaping and seating. Third floor apartments may not have views quite as spectacular as the upper floors, but they boast direct access through sliding doors to the patio, extending the living space considerably. The third floor also houses a well-equipped gym and a common room available for all tenants to use for larger gatherings and parties.

Floors four through seven house the remainder of the 138 apartments. Units range in size from a 434-square-foot studio to 1,109-square-foot two bedroom and two bathroom spaces. One two-story, townhouse style unit boasts 1,377-square-feet with amazing views. Prime Locations is serving as the property management company and is currently pre-leasing apartments for the March 1 opening. Being involved with the project from its inception allows Strong and his team to advise potential tenants on the building’s features and what units might best serve their needs.

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The 123-4th building will include retail, office space and 138 apartments ranging from studios to 2 bedroom/2 bath units.

The team at Prime Locations is excited for what 123-4th means for Olympia. “This project is going to transform everything in downtown over the next 10 to 20 years,” shares Strong. “You can’t beat where we live for access to water, mountains, and culture. Investors are paying close attention to Olympia and to this project.”

Interested in downtown Olympia living? Units are already renting with 12 month leases. “We have about 20% of the units pre-leased,” shares Strong, and he’s optimistic that the building will fill quickly. Check out the unit floorplans here. Tenants on floors six and seven begin moving in on March 1, 2016 with lower floors just three weeks later.

“Our sincere hope is that this is a positive addition to the community,” says Strong. “Being involved in this project from inception to lease up is a first for us and we are excited to be a part of this new phase for Olympia’s downtown.”

To learn more about residential apartment rental or office space leasing at 123-4th contact Zach Strong at Prime Locations at or 360-943-9922.


Design Review for Second Hotel on Henderson

Janine's Little Hollywood - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 8:14pm

Above: A Hilton Garden Inn on Henderson Boulevard near I-5 and Watershed Park is currently under construction. A new Marriott owned hotel is proposed to be built on two lots adjacent to the Hilton. Both hotels would share a main access road, seen here, stemming from the roundabout on Henderson.
By Janine
The city’s Design Review Board will hold a special meeting on November 12, at 6:30 p.m., Room 207, at Olympia City Hall, 601 4th Avenue. This meeting will offer the opportunity for the public to comment on the designof a second new hotel off Henderson Boulevard.
The hotel applicant, SPS Lands, LLC of Lakewood, is Han Kim of Hotel Concepts, and is represented by architect Glenn Wells of Olympia. 
The four story, 113 unit hotel called Olympia Courtyard Hotel would be owned by Marriott and could accommodate 250 persons on a nightly basis. It will have a restaurant, but no swimming pool.
The 2.82 acre property is situated on lots 1 and 2 of a commercially zoned area near I-5 near Watershed Park and the future Olympia Woodland Trail. A Hilton Garden Inn is currently under construction nearby on what is called Lot 3 of the Henderson Commercial Park.
According to the project’s State Environmental Policy Act report, 73.8 percent of the property will be covered by impervious surface, including room for 118 parking stalls.
Moss Lake is on the site, as well as standing water. The lake was filled in due to the construction of I-5, but is still noted on maps. All trees and vegetation would be removed from the site and upland neighborhood views of I-5 and the sky could be obstructed by the hotel. 
Members of the Wildwood Neighborhood Association worked with the city and the applicant of the Hilton Garden Inn to improve its design, and will be communicating their concerns regarding the new hotel, such as visual and light pollution, traffic, and other environmental issues, as well as cumulative impacts to the area. 
The hotels will be a stark visual contrast to the tranquility of nearby Watershed Park, a protected 153 acre area which contains trails, wetlands, and the Moxlie Creek Spring Basin that served as Olympia's first water source.
In a February letter to the city, the Wildwood Neighborhood Association board says that freeway noise has increased substantially since the clearing of the property.
The project is projected to generate 980 trips per day with 64 trips anticipated for the morning peak hour and 72 trips during the evening peak hour. The neighborhood is concerned about the increase in traffic along Henderson Boulevard, which will make the intersection at Henderson and Eskridge even more difficult to navigate.
Developers hope to break ground in spring of 2016.
Comments about this project may be submitted to Cari Hornbein, Senior Planner, Community Planning and Development Department, City of Olympia, 601 4th Avenue East, Olympia, Washington 98501 or chornbei@ci.olympia.wa.usor (360) 753-8048.
For past articles about the land use history of the Henderson Business Park area, the hotels on Henderson Boulevard and the Wildwood Neighborhood, go to Little Hollywood, and type key words into the search engine.

City May Take Olympia Wedding Venue Operator to Court

Janine's Little Hollywood - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 7:01pm

Above: The City of Olympia is pursuing the option of taking Olympia wedding and event venue operator Bart Zier to court to obtain an injunction that would prohibit his continued, unlawful commercial use of property in downtown Olympia. Tacoma Rail clearly uses the tracks in front of the venue along Deschutes Parkway. Photo taken November 4, 2015.
By Janine
The City of Olympia is actively pursuing the option of taking Olympia wedding and event venue operator Bart Zier to court to obtain an injunction that would prohibit his unlawful commercial use of property in downtown Olympia.
In a letter written in late October, city staff informed Zier and his mother, Donna Zier, who owns the properties at 915 and 1007 Deschutes Parkway, that they had violated the terms of the temporary permit issued to them so that they could carry out several August and September weddings.
The Zier's have continued to flagrantly violate federal and state laws and city codes and zoning ordinances in the course of operating their wedding and event venue, Grande Terrace on Capitol Lake, within a residential area.
In a telephone interview this week with City of Olympia attorney Mark Barber, Barber told Little Hollywood that no new fines have been imposed as a result of the most recent violations. The city has tried to work with Bart Zier on voluntary compliance, however, that is not working, and is now exploring the option of taking him to court.
Barber described how Zier has steadfastly refused to cooperate with the city, which included the options of voluntary compliance and dispute resolution without attorneys.
“….As you know, the city was trying to work with Mr. Zier to see if he could bring himself into compliance.  After his request for a conditional use permit went to the wayside, it put the city in a difficult position,” said Barber.
The “difficult position” was potential liability, and the city issued Zier a temporary use permit to hold the summer weddings that Zier was unwilling to cancel.
In 2014, Zier and his family actively marketed the property as a wedding venue, provided tours, signed contracts, and took large sums of money from families expecting to have their weddings there in 2015. Unbeknownst to the families, Zier did not have a permit to operate.
“These are not small events. They involve large groups of people…a physical facility, parking, food preparation, sanitary concerns, and public health issues. These become much different in a commercial setting. In addition, we have a number of unpermitted construction and archaeological issues.”
“The code violations don’t seem to be subsiding or resolving. By and large, this is a residential area, and the railroad hasn’t given up its tracks. It’s like pounding a square peg in a round hole. There’s not a lot of alternatives if someone is not going to play by the rules….”
The city will most likely make its decision by December 1, said Barber. He said the city is soliciting the assistance and support of the county, tribes, and other involved entities.
“If we could work with the others, that would be the best alternative. If we can’t, we’ll go it alone to seek an enforcement mechanism,” said Barber.
As of this writing, the venue is still marketing itself with an active website and Facebook page.
Above: This smart gentleman looked for a train before crossing the tracks with his date as they arrive for a wedding at Grande Terrace. Tacoma Rail actively uses the railroad tracks along Deschutes Parkway. During weddings and events, guests routinely park along Deschutes Parkway and the parking lot at Marathon Park, which is owned by the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services. At times, hundreds of guests cross the road to reach the venue. As parking nearest the driveway becomes scarce, guests walk from various access points along the railroad to reach the venue, as these guests did this summer. 
For more information, pictures, and stories about Grande Terrace, go to Little Hollywood, and type key words into the search engine.

Aging in Place Requires Special Retirement Planning

Thurston Talk - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 3:28pm



Submitted by Thurston County Public Health & Social Services

Thurston County Public HealthSaving enough money to support ourselves throughout our golden years is key to planning for a comfortable retirement. Retirement planning should also include preparing for where we live when we retire, as well as when we age. Because of healthier lifestyle choices and medical advancements, more of us are choosing to “age in place” in our pre-retirement homes.

Since we are living longer, we need to plan for things we will need for longer than our parents and grandparents did, knowing that the choices we make today will influence how we are able to live in the future. And, although our homes may be paid off by the time we retire, we will still need to maintain our homes after we stop working.

Consider that your home is a system made up of many inter-connected parts that work together. There are structural, electrical, plumbing and mechanical parts that all need to be maintained to keep them in good working order.

When you purchased your home, you probably made payments that included principal, interest, taxes and insurance. You also paid your monthly utility bills (gas, electricity, sewer, water, etc.). But, depending on the age of your home when you bought it, you may not have been investing much into maintaining your home’s systems, because many of them can last 20 years or more. As you enter retirement, you may no longer be making principal and interest payments, but you will still be paying for taxes, insurance, utilities, and repairs and replacements.


As a home ages, many repairs and replacements are needed and these expenses should be factored into retirement planning.

If you’ve been in your home for close to 20 years, major systems in your home may be reaching the end of their useful lives. This could mean repairing or replacing the roof, the water system, , the electrical system (panel, outlets, light fixtures), the heating system, the floor coverings and countertops, siding, steps, porches, decks, paint, gutters and downspouts, cabinets, appliances, and the waste disposal system (septic or sewer). Paying for all of these on a fixed income will require planning ahead.

If we plan to stay in our homes as we age, we also need to think about and plan for accessibility issues, which may include adding exterior ramps, grab bars, lever faucets, making bathroom modifications, lowering kitchen countertop and appliances, and widening of hallways and doorways. We can also invest in making our homes more energy efficient, fix leaking plumbing and drafty windows, and improving ventilation—these investments will not only help keep our housing costs affordable, but will also help keep us healthy by preventing mold growth and improving indoor air quality. Making these modifications will make us safer and more comfortable in our homes as we grow older, but will take significant financial resources at a time when they are limited.

Planning and saving for future housing system repairs, improving our homes’ energy efficiency and indoor air quality, and making our homes more accessible now—while we are still earning an income—will improve how we live out our golden years. If you can, begin saving some money now; create an emergency fund to address the unforeseen roof leaks or plumbing problems, and start upgrading systems and making your home more accessible. Do this while you are working to prevent problems down the road, when your resources are limited.

Thurston Thrives Housing for Health Strategy calls for creating safe and affordable housing for all in our community—with careful planning, we can get closer toward achieving this goal, one home at a time. Plan, save and prepare your home now so that your retirement can truly be golden.


Port of Olympia Receives a Clean Audit Report

Thurston Talk - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 3:16pm



Submitted by the Port of Olympia

Port of Olympia recently received a clean audit report from the Washington State Auditor’s Office for the period Jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2014.

The Audit’s Results in brief stated: “In the areas we audited, Port operations complied with applicable requirements and provided adequate safeguarding of public resources. The Port also complied with state laws and regulations and its own policies and procedures in the areas we examined.”

At the Exit Conference, the State Auditor’s Office identified the following Audit Highlights:

  • “The Port improved procedures over financial reporting of decentralized departments; therefore correcting issues over prior Statement on Auditing Standards finding.
  • “The Port welcomes insight from the State Auditor’s Office and therefore provides a comfortable environment to work in.
  • “Port Staff did an excellent job providing required documents in a timely manner.”

The scope of the audit for 2014 included an accountability audit, financial statement audit and federal grant compliance audit.

Commissioner Michelle Morris commented on the audit at the Commission meeting on Sept. 28, 2015, “I would like to congratulate the Port’s Finance Department for a clean Audit Report. I especially want to thank Director Jeff Smith, CPA, for the changes made and the systems implemented, ensuring the Port is in compliance with State Audit requirements.”

The State Auditor’s Office’s next scheduled audit of the Port of Olympia will be conducted in 2016 and will cover the following general areas for 2015:

Accountability for public resource

Financial statements

Federal programs.



Cody Jenkins Return to Quarterback Powers Capital’s Playoff Run

Thurston Talk - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 7:10am



By Grant Clark

oly ortho logoCody Jenkins watched from the sidelines, still feeling the painful effects of the strange accident which resulted in his right index finger receiving 15 stitches, as Capital High School opened its 2015 season with a lopsided 42-9 loss to Tumwater.

Hopes had been high during the summer. A strong senior class, with quarterback Jenkins leading the charge, was supposed to contend for one of the 3A Narrows League’s top playoff slots – maybe even challenge heavy-favorite Lincoln for the league crown.

But here it was week No. 1 and Jenkins was reduced to a spectator.

“That was frustrating. It was the first game I wasn’t out there with my brothers,” Jenkins said. “It was hard not being out there because I felt so useless. I just did the best I could to be a good teammate.”

Making matters worse was the fact that Jenkins’ injury was not football related. It didn’t happened during a game nor was it the end result of some overzealous scout team member who failed to remember the starting QB is not to be touched during practice.

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A freak accident, unrelated to football, caused Capital High School’s starting quarterback, Cody Jenkins, to miss the first six games of the season.

No, Jenkins missed his senior season opener due to a pesky moth.

“It was just a freak accident. I was just hanging out with a bunch of friends and there was this moth,” Jenkins said. “People were getting all upset about it so I swung at it and missed and hit this metal thing around the light fixture.”

The moth escaped unscathed. Jenkins wasn’t so fortunate.

A quick trip to the emergency room and Jenkins was all sewn up, but the injury, which occurred on his throwing hand, would prevent him from playing quarterback for the first six games of the season. By that time Capital had limped to a 1-5 start.

The playoffs looked bleak at best.

But if one thing sticks out about head coach John Johnson’s tenure with the Cougars is that no season is unsalvageable.

“We suffered a lot of injuries at the start of the season, and were forced to play younger players,” Johnson said. “We just told them to grind it out. We were starting to get healthy. The younger players were gaining experience and improving. The key is they never gave up on the season.”

Why would they?

The Cougars could turn to a number of recent seasons for inspiration.

In 2008, Capital started 0-2 and were 3-3 before rallying down the stretch and advancing to the Class 3A state semifinals. A similar 0-2 start happened the following season before the Cougars advance to the state playoffs.

The most recent example occurred in 2011 when the team start 0-3 and ended with an appearance in the state quarterfinals where it took eventual state runner-up O’Dea three overtimes to end Capital’s season.

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Now healthy, the Capital High School football team is looking at post-season play.

“We talked about that,” Jenkins said about the Cougars recent success with rebounding from rough starts. “When there’s stuff you can look back on for reference it definitely helps.”

This year’s Capital squad could add to that history. The Cougars will take a three-game winning streak into a state play-in game on November 6 against 3A Greater Saint Helens League champion Columbia River. The winner of that contest will advance to the state playoffs as the top seed out of District 4, meaning Capital, rough start and all, could potentially be hosting a first-round state playoff game.

“We kind of fell apart early in the season,” Jenkins said. “We didn’t have a lot of confidence, but after that first win we kind of got things rolling a little bit. The sky’s the limit I think.”

The Cougars opened their playoff surge in a 37-18 victory over Mount Tahoma in a game where Jenkins finally got the start at quarterback. He proceeded to toss a pair of touchdown passes to Zach Smith.

Up next was a showdown against North Thurston, a team squarely in the playoff hunt. Jenkins threw five touchdown passes, four in the first quarter, as Capital thumped the Rams, 49-7, to put a dash to North Thurston’s postseason hopes.

“It was like a breath of fresh air,” Jenkins said about the victory over the Rams. “We both came in with high hopes for the game and Zach really got us off to a great start by taking the kickoff back. Everyone just rallied around that. We had great energy that game – something we have been lacking honestly.”

Then came the eye-opening 31-0 win over Shelton, which was looking to wrap up the league’s second seed with a victory.

“It’s been a combination of a lot of things,” said Johnson about his team’s turnaround. “One is we got healthy at the quarterback position. This is Cody’s team. We knew if we were able to get him back we’d roll with it.”

The Cougars have certainly done that and are now just one win away from another state playoff berth.

“The plan for next week is just keep this thing rolling,” Jenkins said. “Everybody has been having a lot more fun and are more confident. It’s all been kind of surreal. It’s going to be weird when it does come to an end, but I made a lot of friends and a lot of memories.”


Olympia Weekend Event Calendar

Thurston Talk - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 6:38am



xeroxDid you feel like the weather patterns were shifting this week?  That nighttime cold that seeps into your bones was upon me last night.  I lamented to another mom about the chills while we picked up our daughters from basketball practice.  “It just gets inside you,” she agreed.  It’s tempting to just snuggle up under a blanket this weekend.  But, with so many interesting and diverse activities happening around Olympia, you may want to get out and try just one thing from our list.

Here’s what is going on around Olympia this weekend. Enjoy!

Submit an event for our calendar here.

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Shelby Walks On Water – Four Paws Animal Rehabilitation Helps Dogs Heal

Thurston Talk - Fri, 11/06/2015 - 6:00am



By Doris Faltys

olympia furniture“We tell people Shelby walks on water,” says owner Dennis King. “Shelby loves her hydrotherapy treatments.”

Dennis and his wife, Cheryl, bring Shelby, a golden retriever to Four Paws Animal Rehabilitation once a week for therapy that includes massage, cold laser, and hydrotherapy.

“She has had four surgeries,” says Cheryl. “The most recent operation added two plates and thirteen screws.”

“Shelby has multiple arthritic problems,” says Four Paws Animal Rehabilitation owner Dr. Gregg Bennett, DVM, of Tumwater Veterinary Hospital. “She literally does not have a good leg to stand on.”

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Dr. Gregg Bennett and Dana Gordon administer a range of motion exam on Shelby.

Dr. Bennett opened Four Paws Animal Rehabilitation within his Tumwater Veterinary Hospital in the fall of 2008. “It is common for dogs to develop arthritis as they get older,” Dr. Bennett explains. “For years, we have treated them with medications for pain and inflammation, but in many cases they reach a point where the medications no longer work and a pet begins to suffer. That often ends up with a dog being put to sleep. At some point I began to wonder what I could do differently – where alternative medicine can provide a choice.”

“The purpose of rehabilitation therapy is to help animals be more comfortable, recover from surgery, and improve quality of life,” continues Dr. Bennett.  “You cannot make a dog do something that hurts. You have to find ways to exercise that don’t involve more pain in the process and that is what water therapy does more than anything else. It gives us an ability to help strengthen their muscles when there is no other way to do it.”

Dr. Bennett first examines Shelby to determine and measure her range of motion improvement since last week. “Her range of motion has improved, and she is not reacting painfully with the knee joint,” he says.

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Dennis King and Dana Gordon watch Shelby complete her hydrotherapy at Four Paws Animal Rehabilitation.

The exam is over in a few minutes and Shelby is panting with excitement and eager to go into the water treatment room, pulling on her leash to lead the way.

“She is telling you what usually happens next,” Dennis tells me.

The water treatment chamber is a glass box with a treadmill floor. The chamber stands open at one end and Shelby walks in without any urging. Once the chamber door is closed, the treadmill floor begins to move and Shelby walks. Slowly, warm water begins to fill around her feet until it reaches a bit above hip height. Dana Gordon, Small Animal Massage Practitioner (SAMP) talks soothingly to Shelby and gives the dog a treat.

“Basically the primary idea is pain control. If you are recovering from surgery and you are in pain, the first thing is you stop using that part of the body. Less use means more atrophy – a vicious cycle. What water therapy provides is a way for a dog to exercise without stressing out their joints,” explains Dr. Bennett who once treated an African Clawed Frog that was having a hard time swimming.  The frog needed surgery to remove five large glass aquarium rocks it had swallowed.

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Dr. Bennett pets Shelby while discussing her care with owner, Cheryl King.

“We are looking at a way to maximize muscle use in relation to impact,” continues Dr. Bennett who has owned Tumwater Veterinary Hospital for 26 years. “Walking in water causes way less impact, because we can make an 80 pound dog, like Shelby, weigh 20 pounds in the water. She is actually putting a fraction of the weight on her legs. Twenty minutes of walking in the water is basically equivalent to two hours of walking. But, it is not even twenty minutes worth of impact. It is like five minutes of impact for two hours of walking.”

Dr. Bennett says that most dogs like water therapy as much as Shelby.  Many dogs are scared or confused in the beginning, as the floor starts moving and the water begins to fill the tank.  In the early stages, the dogs visit twice per week and then transition to a single weekly session to gain strength.  “It usually takes two or three visits to get to the point where they are pulling us into the treadmill like Shelby,” he adds.

“In some cases, it is not a pain issue, but a nerve damage issue. Dogs who have serious back problems, like a herniated disk, have been paralyzed and they have been dragging their back legs. Obviously some of them we can’t help because there has been too much damage. But some dogs, who are at that stage on dry land, we can take into the water and with the buoyancy of the water, they are able to take a step,” says Dr. Bennett, who has also treated wild animals including an albatross, bear cub and bat.

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Shelby exercises in the water therapy tank at Four Paws Animal Rehabilitation. The clinic is located inside Tumwater Veterinary Hospital.

Besides being fun, Dr. Bennett says that hydrotherapy is rewarding.  “I was looking at a dog walking in the water treadmill this morning, basically looking like a completely normal dog – legs moving, every step placed right where it should be.  Then, (the dog) gets out of the treadmill and can’t walk, but that is just a stage in the process. When we see that the signals are firing slowly but working, it is occupational therapy time. Dogs have to learn to walk again with what they’ve got. And the good news is that a lot of dogs can walk pretty well,” says Dr. Bennett, who knew in seventh grade that he wanted to work with animals.

“For most dogs there will be a little bit of a deficit, but they are happy and mobile and pain-free,” he summarizes.

Tumwater Veterinary Hospital also treats birds delivered to the practice by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.  Dr. Bennett provides free services to Raindancer Wild Bird Rescue.

To learn more about Four Paws Animal Rehabilitation, visit their website or call 360-753-7297.


Night of the Iguana at Dukesbay Theater

South Sound Arts - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 2:37pm

Rarely produced Tennessee Williams play hits the mark
Published in the Weekly Volcano, Nov. 5, 2015Malcolm J West as Nanno and Ellen Peters as Hannah, photo by Jason Ganwich.Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the Iguana, now playing at Dukesbay Theater, is not an easy play to watch. It is tough, complicated, and riveting, with a fascinating cast of characters, few of whom are nice people but a few of whom — notably the defrocked Rev. T. Lawrence Shannon (played by Mark Peterson), who is likeable despite being a oft’ disgusting human being.Locked out of his church, Shannon is in Mexico where he works as a tour guide for a second-rate company.  He is caught having sex with Charlotte (Chevi Chung), an underage girl. Stranding his tour group, women from a Baptist college in Texas, he takes refuge in a run-down hotel run by his old friend, the recently widowed and outrageously lusty Maxine Faulk (Stephanie Leeper). Stephanie Leeper as Maxine,Ellen Peters as Hannah, and Mark Peterson as The Rev. Shannon, photo by Jason Ganwich.A middle-aged artist, Hannah Jelkes (Ellen Peters), shows up pushing her 97-year-old grandfather Nonno (Malcolm J. West) in a wheelchair. Billed as the world’s oldest living poet, Nonno recites poetry for tips when he can remember the lines, and Hannah sells watercolors and charcoal portraits wherever they go. Maxine’s Costa Verde Hotel seems to be their last refuge after they’ve been refused lodging at every other hotel. They’re flat broke. Hannah and Shannon become friends during their wild night in the hotel — despite helping Maxine keep him imprisoned and hog-tied in a hammock, ostensibly for his own good.The set designed by Burton Yuen is gorgeous thanks in large part to Jennifer York’s great faux painting of floors and walls. The only problem with that is according to Williams’ script, the Costa Verde is a shabby hotel, which would be much more fitting.Under the able direction of Dukesbay co-founder Randy Clark, the acting is superb. Peterson is commanding, sometimes funny and often pitiable as the complex defrocked priest. West, known to Dukesbay audiences for his outstanding performance as the chauffeur in Driving Miss Daisy, turns in another award-worthy performance as the elderly poet, Nonno. Peters underplays Hannah Jelks with controlled energy. The audience senses great reserves of strength underneath her quiet demeanor. Leeper’s brazen performance seemed overly dramatic to me, but that’s precisely the kind of character she was playing. Maggie Knott, superb in the supporting role as Miss Judith Fellowes, has been a behind-the-scenes force in South Sound theater for years. This is her first time on stage in a long time, and she inhabits the role like a seasoned pro.From the beginning, multiculturalism has been a strong part of Dukesbay’s mission. In their production of The Night of the  Iguana black men, Peterson and West, play characters traditionally play by white actors, and Chung is multiethnic. Quoting from promotional material sent out by the company: “Williams might not have originally imagined his play in this way, but incorporating actors from various backgrounds brings home the universality of loneliness, redemption and the need for honest human contact.”

The Night Of the Iguana, Friday-Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. through Nov. 15, no performance Nov. 13, $15, Dukesbay Theater, Merlino Arts Center, 508 S. Sixth Ave., Tacoma,

Categories: Arts & Entertainment

Healing With Flames

South Sound Arts - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 2:26pm

Art by Iraq and Afghanistan Vets at MOG
Published in the Weekly Volcano, Nov. 5, 2015
"Nasty Surprise Underfoot," blown glass, sand, boots, collection of Museum of Glass, photo by Duncan Price. On a shelf in the Museum of Glass lobby stand boots in sand. Underneath lies a glass art rendition of a red, white and blue improvised explosive device. The wall label explaining the art says, “You never know. Step one way and you’re safe. Step another and you’re not. Happenstance. Luck of the draw. A good day or a really, really bad one.”The art described above is "Nasty Surprise Underfoot" by the Hot Shop Heroes Team and is part of the exhibition Healing With Flames.In 2013, Museum of Glass introduced Hot Shop Heroes: Healing with Fire. This partnership with the Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord serves soldiers with the most complex and devastating physical and mental injuries. Most recently, the classes have expanded to serve soldiers outside of the WTB and veterans. They are offered two eight-week classes in glassblowing and flameworking. The current exhibition features work from students in this past summer’s classes.“Most of the artists have served a tour of duty in Iraq or Afghanistan at least once, and many have served multiple tours. Healing With Flames gives voice to their personal and shared experiences while being deployed and deals with their feelings about war, military life, and cultural differences,” says a Museum of Glass spokesperson.An unidentified student in the classes was quoted in the press release: "This class awakened a previously hidden joy in creating things by hand. I was able to actually feel something other than numb." All works in the exhibition are displayed in the lobby area with detailed wall labels which explain the art, as well as the soldiers’ experiences in war and back home in the classes. Among the more moving pieces are “The Final Goodbye,” the traditional memorial to soldiers lost in battle, with boots, helmet and dog tags, and a rifle made of clear glass and stuffed with shell casings, and “Taste of Blood and Tears,” an abstract red glass teardrop inside a blue glass teardrop representing the tragic loss of life and limbs.  Both of these are collaborative efforts from the Hot Shop Heroes Team.Another piece by the team that is well executed and fascinating is “Mortal Combat,” a sculpted glass scorpion and a sculpted glass camel spider facing each other in battle in the sand. The label explains: “As a way to relieve boredom in the desert, some soldiers would put a camel spider and a scorpion in a box and the creatures fight to the death.”MOG spokesperson Alex Carr told me there have been more than 160 participants in the program so far, with more to come as it is an ongoing program.“Hot Shop Heroes is absolutely one of the most important and life-changing programs presented by Museum of Glass,” says Bonnie Wright, curator of education and community engagement. “Healing in Flames presents an opportunity for the public to learn about this amazing program and the overwhelming positive effect art has on healing.”The program is sponsored by the Joint Base Lewis McChord Office of Morale, Wellness and Recreation; Northwest Military; KUOW-FM; and The Ranger/Volcano.Healing With Flames, Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., through March 2016, $12-$15, members free, Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock Street Tacoma.

Categories: Arts & Entertainment


Sherwood Press - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 12:45pm
Nearly at $10K! Unbelievable!  every contributor's name on a copper tag. "The Nutcracker". Yes, the press is the nut.

I’m just so thrilled to have such a positive update about our Indiegogo campaign: The Sherwood Press 75 Year Restoration Fund. We launched last friday and thanks to 118 wonderful friends and supporters, we are now just dollars away from reaching the $10,000 mark! Thank you everyone who has helped bring us to this point and all those who intend to take us further!

I’m pretty sure than everyone who launches a fundraising campaign feels a mixture of fear, doubt, embarrassment, humility, excitement, and hopefulness. I did. I was really worried that repairs aren’t “sexy” enough to stimulate people’s generosity. I’m so glad to say I am wrong! I like to think we have a great story and great perks, too. But what we really have are great friends and community here in Olympia, and a supportive community of letterpress printers, designers and enthusiasts who are giving our campaign this unexpected lift.

The next big goal is to raise enough to remove “The Nutcracker”. This enormous fir tree has lived a wonderful life here at the press, but it has to go. You can see that it now stands less than an inch away from the eaves of the press building. And the roots are already crushing our bathroom. We have lots of great ideas for the large amount of wood that will come of this tree, and will be planting more seedlings to help compensate the loss of this beloved tree.

I am in the process of hanging a copper tag for every single contributor to our campaign. My hand is quite sore from writing everyone’s name deeply into the copper. This “Garland of Well-Wishers” is hanging over the window that we are NOW ABLE TO RESTORE because of the campaign. and once it is, we will take the garland outside and hang it in the memorial garden I built for Jocelyn back in the spring of 2004, and every name will wave and rustle among the trees from now on. Soon you will be able to not only visit your name in the garden, but visit the new window and the spruced-up building, ready for the next 25 years!

Thank you everyone!

Categories: Arts & Entertainment

FirstLight HomeCare Now Serving Clients of Olympic Home Care

Thurston Talk - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:18am



Submitted by FirstLight Home Care

Greg and Sarah Lane, owners of FirstLight Home Care, chose to open a business that would offer a needed service to the Olympia community.

Greg and Sarah Lane, owners of FirstLight Home Care, look forward to serving the clients of Olympic Home Care.

When the management team at Olympic Home Care decided to close their business, their top priority was to ensure their clients would continue receiving the highest quality care from another home care agency that shared their mission and values.

That’s why they chose FirstLight HomeCare – South Sound, a locally-owned provider of in-home care for seniors and disabled adults, to assume the responsibility of providing care to Olympic’s clients beginning this week.

“We took tremendous pride in providing the best skilled, experienced and compassionate in-home care possible,” explained Callie Martinez, Assistant Manager at Olympic Home Care since 2012.  “If we were no longer going to provide care, I felt strongly we owed it to our clients and their families to find a provider who we could trust to deliver the level of service our clients have come to expect.  FirstLight HomeCare was the agency I felt most confident about recommending to our clients and their families, and am relieved to know they are choosing FirstLight as their new home care agency.”

Martinez said that she has been impressed by the dedication FirstLight demonstrates to their clients and to their caregivers.

“The owners of FirstLight talk a great deal about a ‘Culture of Care’ in their agency,” said Martinez, “and they really live up to those core values they promote. They hire and support great caregivers, have tremendous passion for helping their clients and provide very high quality services.”

Sarah Lane, co-owner of FirstLight HomeCare – South Sound with her husband, said she was pleased to be endorsed by Olympic.

“Olympic had a great reputation in the health care community for providing wonderful care,” said Lane.  “Delivering the best care possible to the people we serve is our highest priority as well, so it’s gratifying to have the people at Olympic – a respected former competitor – recommended us to their clients.  And we’re excited to have already started caring for them.”

About FirstLight HomeCare South Sound

FirstLight HomeCare – South Sound is owned by Greg and Sarah Lane, long-time Olympia residents. To learn more about companion and personal care, dementia care, respite care or other non-medical home care services offered by FirstLight, give Sarah a call at 360-489-1621 or visit


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