Submitted by Phoenix Rising
For most seventh graders, a goal might be getting better grades or having a new iPhone. Phoenix Rising alumni Noah Medrud is dreaming bigger: he wants to bring clean drinking water to the world. Noah and his father Wayne recently traveled to India where they helped to train 120 people representing forty NGOs (non-governmental organizations) in how to build biosand water filters.
The project was a collaboration between the South Asia Pure Water Initiative and Friendly Water for the World, an Olympia-based non-profit organization. In India, where one in three families struggles to put clean water on the table, their work has the potential to make a huge impact. “The Minister of Health and the Minister of Water Resources came down to the ashram where we were teaching,” says Noah. “They issued a memorandum of understanding that they would get biosand filters into 16,000 schools.”
The journey originated much closer to home, at a Mother Earth News fair in Puyallup attended by Wayne’s partner, Robin Lee. A man was presenting information about rainwater catchments but gave a caveat: you could use the water for many purposes – except drinking. “There was a guy in the back of the room who said, ‘Unless you put it through a biosand water filter,’” says Wayne. That got Robin’s attention enough for her to sign up for a training, and ultimately, Wayne decided to create a home-based business, Northwest Biosand. Noah also went through the training and eventually the family got involved with Friendly Water for the World.
On arriving in India, they were struck by cultural differences, particularly the relative standards of living in India and the U.S. “The first thing that hit me getting off the plane in Delhi and heading through the city on the rail line was the smell of burning cow pies for fuel,” says Wayne. “That stayed with me through the entire trip, as did the congestion and the traffic. But yet, the people are so beautiful.”
At one school they visited, a well-intentioned NGO had put in a septic tank, uphill of the village well and quite close to it. A test of a water sample was designed to change color depending on the color of the water. “This sample would only change color if bacteria were present. This sample turned black,” says Noah. “You couldn’t see through it. I wouldn’t want to drink it.”
Toward the end of their trip, they visited a rural youth hostel for low caste children of working farmers. They were representing Friendly Water, who had been connected with the hostel for several years. “There were 34 kids. We got there and didn’t speak a word of their language,” says Wayne. “There was a girl Noah’s age who came up to me and carried on in her best English all her hopes and dreams of becoming a doctor. It just really touched my heart.”
The experience made a big impression on both of them. “I know now that we live in luxury compared to most people,” Noah says. “I don’t take things for granted the way I used to, like water. We think we can just open up the tap and water will come out. Not necessarily. We think we’ll have power any time we turn on a switch. They have rolling power cuts every so often. You may have hot water three hours out of the day as opposed to hot water any time.”
“It has shaken my entire idea of who I am and what my purpose in life is, right to the core,” Wayne says. “I’m feeling really out of sorts. I want to go do it again.” For the past few years, his business has been focusing primarily on low cost, high impact technologies to heal the earth. “Rocket mass heaters and biosand water filters, edible forest gardens – things like that,” he describes. “I just want to take this stuff and show people that are willing to listen.”
Both are excited about participating in future projects. “There’s a big potential that we could be going to Uganda some time in the summer to use an ancient Chinese well-drilling method, along with a hand pump from Pakistan that has some unique properties,” says Wayne. ”Two of them have already been done in Uganda with great success.”
Meanwhile, Noah continues his role as one of the youngest board members of Friendly Water for the World.
Wayne puts is simply. “I now recognize the interconnectedness of all people on earth and if somebody someplace else is suffering, then whatever I do to help heals me also.”
By Eric Sims-Brown
Off the top of my head, here is a list of things that have happened in the past 100 years: the Model T, World Wars I & II, the Great Depression, the Nineteenth Amendment, Prohibition, the Moon landing, Watergate, The Beatles, the Civil Rights Movement, the Internet and the first African American President of the United States.
Helen Schneider has seen it all. Schneider turned 100 on January 7, 2014. The secret to her longevity? “She walked and I think that’s why she made it to 100,” says Schneider’s daughter Nancy Smith. Helen never learned how to drive but told her daughter if she ever did, she’d drive a red sports car.
Schneider’s mother passed away shortly after giving birth. Her father left and never returned. Schneider and her brother were raised by her grandmother who was taking care of nine other children at the time. Helen spent her early years in a Canadian logging camp. “My grandmother, at age eight, was cooking for everyone,” says granddaughter Susie Gauthier. “She washed clothes in the river. It was an awesome but intense life.”
Tough is one way to describe Helen Schneider. Standing less than five feet tall and coming in at under 100 pounds, Schneider never let size get in her way. She’d walk to her one room schoolhouse in the snow with moccasins on her feet. “She told me ‘I was so little I stayed on top of the snow while everyone else fell through,’” says Gauthier.
Schneider’s family eventually moved to Michigan. There she met her future husband, Gerald. “She got to wear his letterman’s jacket and he’d carry her books to school,” says Gauthier. The couple married soon after high school and stayed together for 64 years until Gerald’s passing in 1997.
Gerald worked as a tool and die maker, a profession which led him to Boeing and Washington State. Helen stayed home with the children. She did everything from make clothes to pie. “Best pie maker in the whole world,” says Gauthier. “My favorites were apple and butterscotch.”
Faith has played a large role in Schneider’s life. A devout Presbyterian, Schneider has used religion to get through some hard times. “She lost Sylvia when she was only 10 months old,” says Smith. “I don’t know that she ever got over that.”
Strong and pious are only parts of Schneider’s story. “I can remember when I first met her,” says son-in-law, Sid Smith. “The family traditions with them, the way the family was, I didn’t have that when I grew up. Her [Nancy’s] parents became my parents and they treated me like a son.”
Helen’s commitment to family is something that resonates throughout the generations. Susie remembers going on trips to Ross Lake with her grandparents. “They’d take each of the grandkids for a week and take us camping,” says Gauthier. “They’d buy us our favorite cereal and we wouldn’t have to share.”
Until recently, five generations of Schneider’s family lived on the same property in Rainier. Helen now lives at Garden Courte Memory Care Center, an assisted living facility in Lacey. Susie, Nancy, Sid and the rest make regular trips to see Helen.
Proof of a strong bond between Schneider and her extended family is easy to find. Relatives from across the country flew in to celebrate Helen’s 100 birthday. They ate cake and talked. Helen got to hold her newest great grandchild, Wyatt, only two months old.
Submitted by Saint Martin’s University
Cruz Arroyo, director of the University’s Extended Learning Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, received the 2014 Institution Award plaque on behalf of Saint Martin’s from the Council of College and Military Educators during the CCME’s recent annual symposium in Savannah, Ga. According to the CCME, the award is presented to a university or college to honor “its significant contributions to the cause of military education.” In order to qualify as a candidate for the Institution Award, higher education facilities must be directly involved in the support of voluntary, off-duty education for the armed forces.
“I am absolutely delighted and honored that Saint Martin’s University has received the Institution Award and is being recognized nationally for its commitment to the Armed Forces,” says Radana Dvorak, dean of the Extended Learning Division. “I am humbled by the dedication, professionalism and sheer hard work the Extended Learning Division faculty and staff deliver each day to our military members and their families. I also continue to be profoundly impressed by how all the faculty and staff throughout the Saint Martin’s community work tirelessly to ensure all of our students have ample opportunities to succeed.”
The CCME got its start in California during the 1970s out of a desire among military educators to exchange ideas on how to best serve the needs of military personnel who wanted to pursue a college education. Those early meetings evolved into annual symposiums. Today, the CCME remains an active proponent for the professional development of those in the military education community by providing a forum for the exchange of knowledge about educational programs, strategies and innovations among its members and associated partners. In addition to military educators, the CCME membership includes civilian educators, post-secondary educational institutions and suppliers of quality education products and services.
Saint Martin’s, which has been serving the educational needs of the military for more than 40 years, was specially honored by the CCME for establishing an academic partnership in the fall of 2013 with Microsoft and the company’s technology partner, Launch Consulting, to provide software development and testing training to active-duty service members transitioning out of the military. The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy serves as a bridge from the military to the technology field by offering a 16-week course to prepare service members for careers such as a developer, applications engineer and IT project manager. The first cohort of 22 students finished the program in December 2013. Adjunct professors of Saint Martin’s teach the course and the academy is based at JBLM. The creation of this program was inspired by Sen. Patty Murray’s legislation, “VOW to Hire Heroes Act.”
Saint Martin’s has made substantial efforts to pursue an integrated institutional approach to better serve its military students by incorporating traditional, classroom instruction with independent study, online study, distance learning programs and flexible Community College of the Air Force courses, says Dvorak. “This critical and unique integration provides members of the active, Reserves, National Guard, and family members of all military services with quality educational opportunities in the local academic arena or while serving far away in remote locations,” she says.
Saint Martin’s is the seventh institution of higher education to receive the Institution Award from the CCME. The other recipients are State University of New York, Empire State College (2013); American Military University (2012); University of Maryland University College (2011); Hawaii Pacific University (2010); Coastline Community College (2009) and Colorado Technical University at Colorado Springs (2008).
Submitted by Saint Martin’s University
Basketball teams from throughout the Northwest will convene at Marcus Pavilion Wednesday, March 5, as Saint Martin’s University hosts the 2014 Great Northwest Athletic Conference(GNAC) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship tournament. The University expects thousands of fans to attend the tournament, taking place at the home of the Saints for the third consecutive year.
The Saint Martin’s women’s basketball team will also take to the hardwood during the 2014 GNAC tournament, marking the first time a Saint Martin’s team has competed in the tournament since 2011.
“We are very proud to be represented by our women’s basketball team this year,” says Bob Grisham, athletics director for the University. “The Saint Martin’s community is additionally excited about extending a welcome to all of these talented athletes and supporters to our Lacey campus.”
The tournament will be held Wednesday through Saturday, March 8, at Marcus Pavilion, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE. Online tickets will be available at a discounted price until Tuesday, March 5, at 11:50 p.m., at Eventbrite.
Please note there will be no pass lists and Saint Martin’s University season tickets will not be valid for the GNAC tournament.
Tournament passes are available online for $48 (reserved seating), $32 (general admission) and $16 (student/youth and seniors). Single session tickets are $12 (reserved seating), $8 (general admission) and $4 (student/youth and seniors).
Ticket prices at the door are $55 (reserved seating), $40 (general admission) and $20 (student/youth and seniors). Single session tickets at the door are $15 (reserved seating), $10 (general admission) and $6 (student/youth and seniors).
There are two sessions on Wednesday. The Pavilion will be emptied between sessions and a separate ticket will be required for the evening session. There is just one session each on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The first session on Wednesday begins with men’s first-round games at noon and at 2:15 p.m. The noon game will match the No. 3 and No. 6 seeds, while the 2:15 p.m. game will send the No. 5 seed against the No. 4 seed.
The second session will feature the women’s first-round games at 5:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The 5:15 p.m. game will match the No. 3 and No. 6 seeds, while the 7:30 p.m. game will send the No. 5 seed against the No. 4 seed.
The men’s semifinal games will be played Thursday at 5:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively, and the women’s semifinals will be played at the same times on Friday.
Saturday’s championship games will feature the men at 5:15 p.m. and the women at 7:30 p.m.
All 10 tournament games will be available online on GNACTV (www.gnacsports.com). The games will not be televised.
The winners of the tournament earn automatic berths in the NCAA Men’s and Women’s West Regional tournaments (March 14-17).
The NCAA will announce the eight qualifiers and pairings for the regional tournaments on Sunday, March 9 on ncaa.com. The women’s show will be at 7 p.m. Pacific followed by the men’s show at 7:30.
The regional winners advance to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.
The men’s Elite 8 will be played March 26-29 at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind. The women’s Elite 8 is scheduled for March 25-28 at the Erie Insurance Arena in Erie, Pa.
Complete details regarding the tournament, including ticket and bracket information, can be found on the GNAC website. Free parking is available in the parking lots surrounding Marcus Pavilion.
Submitted by The Office Bar and Grill
The Office Bar and Grill is extremely fortunate to be located so close to South Puget Sound Community College. The College offers an outstanding Artist and Lecture Series that frequently overflows to The Office. Such was the case recently when Washington’s oldest ballet company, Ballet Northwest, brought one of the country’s top dance companies, Ailey II, to the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts main stage. Following the event, audience members and performers alike traveled across the street to enjoy food and beverages at The Office in the warm afterglow of an incredible performance.
The Office Bar and Grill has an affinity for Olympia Beer collectibles and the famous slogan, “It’s the Water.” Recently South Puget Sound Community College offered a gallery display of local and regional artists who made their own interpretations of that slogan. The exhibit featured 76 artists who submitted nearly 300 pieces, using a vast range of materials. Each piece was donated by the artist for the exhibition’s silent auction.
Currently on view at the college:
Gothic Forest Blends Man-Made and Natural Forms
“The man-made modern world often juxtaposes forms and shapes found in nature. Now that crossover will be on display as artist Mike Adams brings his Gothic Forest installation to South Puget Sound Community College beginning Feb. 25. Gothic Forest incorporates video projections on suspended sewn-mesh forms, creative imagery evocative of natural forests and gothic architecture. Inspired by the gothic cathedrals of Chester and York in Northern England, as well as the forests of the Pacific Northwest, Adams creates an environment to contemplate the connection between man and nature.”
The exhibition runs from Tuesday, Feb. 25 through Friday, March 28 at The Gallery at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m., except holidays. For more information about The Gallery, visit www.spscc.edu/gallery.
Submitted by Port of Olympia
The East Bay Public Plaza is one of only 30 projects nation-wide to receive certification under the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) Rating System for sustainable landscape design. SITES holds high standards for certification; out of 150 projects that recently applied for certification, only four projects were certified – East Bay Public Plaza being one of them.
The East Bay Public Plaza, located along Olympia Avenue between Marine Drive and Jefferson Street, is owned and operated by the LOTT Clean Water Alliance. It was developed as a joint project of the East Bay partners – the City of Olympia, Port of Olympia, Hands On Children’s Museum, and LOTT. The plaza highlights the partners’ shared educational focus on the importance of water and sustainability.
The Plaza was awarded a one-star rating by the SITES program, which is similar to the LEED certification program, but focuses on outdoor spaces rather than buildings. A few of the sustainable design features include:
The most striking feature of the plaza is the stream-like water feature, which is truly unique. It is the first and only recreational water feature in the state that uses reclaimed water. LOTT produces high-quality Class A reclaimed water from the water we use and discard every day. It is the highest quality of reclaimed water in the state, meeting stringent water quality standards and permit requirements from the state Departments of Ecology and Health.
“We are pleased to be among those taking a lead in applying the SITES program rating system to enhance the environmental, social and economic aspects of our projects,” said Mike Strub, Executive Director for the LOTT Clean Water Alliance. “This certification is evidence of our commitment to the environment and to our communities.”
East Bay Public Plaza was designed by Robert W. Droll, Landscape Architects, PS, a landscape architectural firm in Lacey, WA. It was constructed by Berschauer Phillips/FORMA Construction Company in Tumwater, WA. The plaza was completed and opened to the public in August 2012. Since then, it has become a popular place for picnicking and family fun during warm weather and a popular destination throughout the year.
The SITES program is an interdisciplinary effort led by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden to create a voluntary, national rating system and guidelines for sustainable landscapes of all types, with or without buildings. Certification is based on The Sustainable Sites Initiative™: Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks 2009.
Since 2009, the SITES program, in conjunction with a diverse group of stakeholder organizations, has worked to transform land development and management practices with this first national rating system for sustainable landscapes. The guidelines apply to any type of designed landscape, with or without buildings, including shopping malls, streetscapes, subdivisions, corporate and academic campuses, transportation corridors, parks and recreation areas, and single family homes.
The U.S. Green Building Council, a stakeholder in the Sustainable Sites Initiative program, anticipates incorporating the SITES guidelines and performance benchmarks into future iterations of its LEED® Green Building Rating System™. While LEED minimizes the carbon footprint, SITES demonstrates how a landscape can actually sequester carbon and regenerate living systems. Working together these initiatives will further revolutionize sustainable design.
Thank You 2014 Sponsors
Community for Interfaith Celebration
Olympia Food Co-op
Olympia Power and Light
South Sound Family Dentistry
State Farm - Pete Mattich
Washington Federation of State Employees - Local 443
Washington State Council of Fire Fighters
Thank You 2014 Donors
5th Avenue Fitness & Janice Rosen
8 Arms Bakery
Bearded Lady Food Company
Eastside Big Tom
Encore Chocolates & Teas
Human Body Works
In Touch Therapy
Lattin's Country Cider Mill
McCowan & Associates
Old School Pizzeria
Olympia Wood Turners Guild
Phoebe's Pastry Cafe
San Francisco Street Bakery
The Wine Loft
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Friends and Allies,
The Rachel Corrie Foundation is pleased to announce our March 16th event honoring Rachel’s stand in Gaza. Every year we remember her on this date with activities encompassing three values she held closely: action, education, and community. We hope that you will join us, share our event widely, and help us welcome actress Ashley Malloy at the Olympia Ballroom to headline our afternoon and evening events!
Please join us Sunday, March 16th, for...
...Action: A Theater of the Oppressed Workshop led by Ashley Malloy. With Image Theatre techniques, we will create instant tableaus that provoke, incite, and encourage lively discussion and debate around issues of the Occupation. No previous theatrical experience is needed - only an open mind! 2-3:30 PM
...Education: Ashley Malloy performs an abbreviated version of the play My Name is Rachel Corrie edited from Rachel’s original writings by Director Alan Rickman and Guardian journalist Katharine Viner. 4 PM
...Community: Our shared potluck meal - a March 16th Olympia tradition! Good food and company will be accompanied by discussion of the play My Name is Rachel Corrie, theater as resistance, and the cultural and academic boycott of Israel. Ashley Malloy will be joined by panelist Nada Elia, from the Palestinian Students Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott, and others. 5-7 PM
This free event is open to the public. Donations at the door are welcome. Bring food to share! To lend support as a co-sponsoring individual or organization, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 754-3998.
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By Katie Hurley
Ask any bride-to-be what she wants for her wedding reception, and you’ll likely get a pretty detailed description of the reception she has in mind. For the past 30 years, local brides and grooms have chosen Bayview Catering to create the unique reception of their dreams.
According to Bayview Catering Director Kelly Young, more and more receptions are taking place at venues with a personal connection to the bride and/or groom, such as a friend or family member’s home or business rather than rented wedding halls. Recently, Bayview has catered weddings at two different driving ranges that were owned by the brides’ families, as well as at a bride’s family’s waterfront property in Seabeck, with a beachfront ceremony followed by a reception in a barn on the property.
Bayview Catering has the expertise to customize a reception to fit any theme or venue. Bayview catered a reception in a farmer’s field near the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad. The guests stepped off the train and enjoyed the catered dinner and drinks in the field and when it was over they got back on the train for the return trip. Another reception featured an Asian menu including Bulgogi, Teriyaki Salmon and Chicken Satay. After one wedding at The Barn on Jackson in Chehalis, the couple had their guests return to The Barn in the morning for a catered brunch to cap off their wedding celebration.
Menu options include cold and hot hors d’oeuvres, seafood, salads, and traditional plated dinners, as well as barbecue and picnic fare and desserts. “We can do a lot to customize a reception menu,” says Young. “The menus on our website are just a guideline.” At a wedding at the State Theater in downtown Olympia, guests came in red carpet attire and dined on glamorous gourmet hors d’oeuvres and petit fours, specially chosen because guests could eat them easily while standing. One wedding, which was blending two families with young children, took place at the Hands On Children’s Museum and featured kid-friendly fare such as Mini Mac & Cheese Bites and Mini Sandwiches.
Bayview Catering has catered in a broad range of venues around our area, from historic Union Station in Tacoma to venues on the Washington coast. They offer everything from just delivery of the prepared food to full service catering with servers, carving stations and bartenders. They can even barbecue on site.
Couples can save time and money by utilizing some of the other wedding services offered by Bayview Catering. In addition to catering, Bayview offers event planning services to help with everything from venue selection to décor. They offer rentals of tents, chairs, tables, tableware, serving items and other party supplies. custom wedding cakes and flowers for both the ceremony and reception. A discount is given when using 3 or more of their wedding services.
Look no further than Bayview Catering for a wedding caterer with 30 years of wedding expertise and a broad range of services to help you plan the wedding of your dreams. For more information, see Bayview Catering’s website or call 360-357-8016.
March 3, 2014
video, 37 seconds, views from the Plaza Tower, Port Olympia, today, there was rain and sunshine, wind, and scenes with rail cars, proppants, and logs, at the port.
Pizza anyone, with a side of 80’s hard rock and pinball?