By Gail Wood
But over an hour before kickoff, the three coaches – Tony Gallegos, Shane Key and Leonard Smith – were putting their seventh-and-eighth grade youth football team through some plays, preparing for the game.
“Don’t let them get to the outside,” Gallegos said to his defensive end as a running back ran up field.
It’s Saturday, game day. And for the past 11 years that’s meant Gallegos, as a coach for the Thurston County Youth Football League, is on a football field throughout the fall, coaching the Hawks.
“I love it,” Gallegos said. “I do it because it’s fun.”
It’s not like Gallegos’ life isn’t already busy. In addition to being a dad and a husband, he works for DSHS as a social security disability judicator, and he’s working on his masters in social work through an online program with the University of Southern California. But four times a week – two-hour practices are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with games on Saturdays – Gallegos is coaching.
TCYFL started in 1973. Currently, there are about 90 coaches in the league. This year marks an all-time high 2,100 kids playing in the league. There are teams from Lacey, Olympia, Rainier, Tenino, Tumwater and Yelm. Teams are divided into five different age groups starting with second grade and continuing through eighth grade.
Without volunteer coaches like Gallegos, Key and Smith, there’d be no youth football. Each of them has or has had a child on the team.
“I do it to spend time not only with my son, but with young kids who are going to be the future of this community,” Gallegos said. “I want to do my part to make sure that they grow up to be productive members of our society. And that they’re making the right choices in life.”
Football, Gallegos will tell you, isn’t just about learning how to block, tackle and throw and catch a football. It’s about how to be a good worker, a good neighbor and a good parent.
“My coaching staff and myself teach the fundamentals of the game,” Gallegos said. “That’s an emphasis. But we’re also teaching these young kids how to be successful adults in life and productive members of society. That’s what’s important.”
Football is the lure.
“At the end of the day, we want to make sure that they’ve got the skills to make them good adults and to make good decisions in their lives,” Gallegos said as he watched his players warm up.
Like Gallegos, Key got involved in coaching youth football because his sons wanted to play football. Key’s oldest son started playing football in second grade and he’s now a senior at River Ridge High School. Even though his sons have finished playing in the TCYFL, Key keeps volunteering to coach. One of the things that keeps him coming back to coach, in addition to just enjoying it, is that he enjoys the ah-ha moment – the time when a player finally understands a technique or strategy.
“There’s usually a time in the season when it starts to click,” Key said. “And they start to understand. And that’s enjoyable to see when they figure it out. There’s nothing better than to see the light go on.”
Key is clearly all in on coaching football. In addition to coaching in the TCYFL, Key also coaches the running backs on the River Ridge High School football team. So three days a week, Key goes from the high school football practice directly to the youth football practice. He likes what football teaches.
“You have to be disciplined,” said Key, who is a paraeducator at River Ridge. “It teaches you discipline. And your team is like family. Once you start football for that season you’re family.”
Naturally, playing football, Gallegos tells his players, is about trying to win. They keep score and the objective is to score more points than the opponent. But that’s the game-day goal. Coaching, Gallegos said, goes deeper than that.
“And that’s to let them know that there’s people out there that love them and care about them and that they care what they turn into as adults,” Gallegos said.
Smith, a 1997 River Ridge graduate, likes what football teaches you. It goes beyond learning the Xs and Os.
“It teaches you to be part of a team,” Smith said. “To do what’s right. Always try to do for someone else first. Team goals over personal goals.”
Smith, who joined Gallegos’ coaching staff four years ago, is still a proud Hawk, 18 years after playing the line for River Ridge.
“He’s the proudest River Ridge Hawk I’ve ever met,’ Gallegos said with a smile. “He loves being from River Ridge High School and being a Hawk. He still has his letterman’s jacket from high school. He’ll wear it to games on Friday nights.”
Part of the reason for Gallegos’ commitment to coaching is what he calls “payback.” As he looks back on his life, he thinks of the coaches who influenced his life.
“I’m also giving back to coaches who helped me out as a youngster,” Gallegos said. “I appreciate the time they spent to help me become the man I am today. If one of the kids I’m coaching today becomes a volunteer youth coach as an adult, then I’ve done my job.”
Smith felt the same indebtedness. He still appreciates what his high school coach, Dan Clark, did for him. He said the influence of a coach is huge in shaping a life.
“I’d still run through a wall for Coach Clark,” Smith said. “I still call him Coach.”
By Nikki McCoy
Eight players, donned in jerseys and sweatbands, and seated in what looks like armor-laden wheelchairs, circle the floor. Then one team makes a play, and it’s the smashing and crashing of wheels, bodies and ball.
Wheelchair rugby may be Simon Calcavecchia’s latest hobby – but it’s not new.
Before an injury that paralyzed much of his body, Simon attended Capitol High School, enjoying life as a typical teenager. A lover of sports, especially anything where he could “run the ball” led him, a group of school mates, and Coach Pete Sullivan, to bring the first organized rugby team to Olympia. The year was 2000, and Simon was a junior.
“We had a tremendous bunch of fine young men,” reflects Sullivan. “Simon was a powerhouse, a solidly built rugby player, and he had a really outgoing, dynamic personality and an infectious smile – he seemed to really enjoy this new sport.”
The second year, their team – the Budd Bay Barbarians – won the state championship and took 5th in the nation.
It was after this feat, and graduation, that Sullivan invited Simon to live and play a season in Australia.
“I was sold as soon as he finished his sentence,” laughs Simon. “I was having the time of my life, living on the beach – living with a bunch of rugby guys and just having an incredible time.”
It was a scrum play, during his third game in Australia, which instantly broke Simon’s neck, causing a C-5/C-6 injury, resulting in quadriplegia.
“I woke up with tubes in my throat, unable to move,” says Simon. “I remember waking after surgery with my mom and dad there and I’m just laying there with tubes coming out of me – I can’t talk, I can’t move, tears are just streaming down my face.”
“I never really had that depressing, down and out feeling – except for a couple of moments,” he continues. “I always believed I would walk again – that’s what’s carried me through this entire thing. It helps keep my spirits alive and well, plus I had so much support from the people of Australia. I had only been there a month and a half, and I built all of this community up – I had so much love and support.”
That community spirit resonated with Simon.
Now, he works at the Olympia Food Co-op, he’s an ambassador for GRuB, he volunteers at Olympia Film Society and Hands On Children’s Museum, he graduated from The Evergreen State College, he is a hip-hop artist who goes by the name Abiliti (he just performed at Lord Franzannian’s Vaudeville Show) and has a YouTube channel with more than 40 episodes exploring the life of a quad (stockcar racing anyone?).
His community involvement doesn’t stop there. Simon is also an artist. Last year, he worked with a team to create a komodo dragon for the Procession of the Species. Mounted to his power wheelchair, the dragon came to life.
“I’ve been able to realize that – especially with building the dragon – how much the community is there for me and wants to be a part of the things I’m doing to create these adventures.”
Because of his artistic interests, and his passion for accessibility, Simon is working with members of Earth Bound Productions and Kokua Services, (both agencies support Procession of the Species builders) to bring support to artists year-round, not just during the seasonal Arts Walk.
Simon’s own experience made him realize this is something Olympia needs.
“It’s so vital to me to be able to create something and not have to depend on someone, or pay someone to be able to help me,” he says. “It allowed me to express myself in another art form.”
The Inclusive Community Art Space Project, as it will be called, is described by Chris Rasmussen-Barsanti, Executive Director of Kokua, as “a place where people, regardless of ability, disability, age, or socio-economic factors, can come together and create art.”
And her thoughts on Simon?
“Simon’s like a cheerleader,” she says. “I feel like he’s telling the world, ‘Come on guys, life is short, come on and live!’ I find him inspirational.”
This momentum of risk, leadership and success has brought Simon into his next phase of his life – physical activity. Beginning with simple workout routines, then sharing them on his YouTube channel, and viewing others, Simon became inspired to try rugby again, and found his team – Seattle Slam.
“Wheelchair rugby is a great fit for him,” says Coach Jeremy Hannaford. “He’s just got that go get ‘em mentality. He’s a high-spirited dude and was gung-ho from the start. Even in the beginning, he wasn’t fast and he didn’t know what he was doing – but he did it all with a smile on face. And now he’s doing really amazing, he’s grabbed on and learned a lot.”
But, Simon also wants to raise awareness.
“I want to show people, even though we may have disabilities, we can still feel normal by having this outlet to engage in athletic activities,” he says.
“Plus, I want to have a really good time and show my hometown what wheelchair rugby is all about.”
His smile is as big as ever.
Life’s a headache sometimes, that’s unavoidable. But for the 36 million migraine sufferers in the U.S., it’s a much bigger obstacle. The Migraine Research Foundation says that “Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. households includes someone with migraine” ranking it “in the top 20 of the world’s most disabling medical illnesses.” Migraine sufferers battle through pain, nausea, and sensory sensitivities and “American employers lose more than $13 billion each year as a result of 113 million lost work days due to migraine.”
While migraine causes vary, there is no concrete illness for physicians to conclusively treat. Because of this, sufferers face difficulty in finding relief for their intense, often debilitating, pain. But studies have shown that hyperbaric oxygen therapy, offered locally by Olympia’s H3 Therapy Services, is effective for some patients.
The human brain is only 2.5% of your body’s weight but uses 25% of your total oxygen consumption. When this oxygen supply is reduced, pain ensues in the form of a migraine headache. A recent study showed that with sessions of hyperbaric oxygen therapy “relief of symptoms occurs as quickly as 5 minutes after the migraine.”
Michael Pfeifer, RRT, H3 Therapy’s Clinical Director, says that often sufferers find their headache gone after 10-15 minutes in the chamber. Hyperbaric treatments work by using “filtered pressurized ambient air in order to dissolve oxygen into the body system, flooding tissues and essential organs with oxygen.” This “provides the best environment for the body to handle vital cell processes, therefore improving the capacity for the body to heal itself.”
By designing their clinic to maximize color and music therapy as well as the hyperbaric chambers, Pfeifer’s “goal is a resting state where your body heals best.” The chambers can accommodate 1-2 people—with the dual units intended for family or loved ones—and allow for street clothes and the use of electronic devices, music players, and books to enhance relaxation.
Because migraines are something of a medical conundrum, with no definitive cause or cure, H3 Therapy Services works in tangent with Nearing Total Health in Lacey. There a team of professionals offer naturopathic medicine, yoga, meditation, acupuncture, massage therapy, and an array of complementary treatment options. As Pfeifer says, “hyperbarics enhance massage, acupuncture, chiropractics…when you combine the therapies it works much better.”
Long-term sufferers may find the cost of continued out-patient hyperbaric sessions prohibitive. In these cases, Pfeifer and his team will work to enable rental or purchase of a chamber for extended use. The office facilitates financing and represents all major manufacturers. Says Pfeifer, “it’s much easier to have a chamber at home where everyone can benefit.”
Hyperbaric chambers can benefit many physical issues, from anemia and carbon monoxide poisoning to burns and bone infections. They’re used in the military for high altitude flying and by “cutting edge athletes who know it can give an edge that’s not drug related,” explains Pfeifer. Sessions are approximately an hour long and H3 Therapy Services promises a flexible schedule to accommodate our busy lives.
When faced with a painful medical mystery, it’s good to have a wealth of treatment options at your fingertips. Migraines have multiple causes and just as many solutions. Call Michael Pfeifer, RRT of H3 Therapy Services at 360-515-0681 or drop by their offices at 405-D Black Hills Lane SW, at the junction of Harrison and Yauger, to schedule a visit or ask questions of the knowledgeable staff.
Submitted by Harlequin Productions
Olympia loves a celebration. In a town so rich in arts and culture, Olympians are always looking for a reason to throw a festival, a parade, or some other form of organized merriment. The Halloween season is no exception.
It’s no surprise that Olympia is home to an array of fantastic annual events in town this time of year. For instance, on October 25, the Hands on Children’s Museum is hosting Boo Bash, its annual children’s costume party. Don your favorite costume and enjoy educational art and science activities and treats. The museum is planning 20 fun, fall-inspired activities including: face painting, creepy crawly insects, carnival, games, scavenger hunt, mad science lab, and more! The event will take place from12:00-5:00PM and cost $4-$10 per person. For more information on this event, click here.
Another annual event is taking place on October 18, when the Combined Fund Drive partners with the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation to bring you the 3rd Annual Masquerade Ball. This year’s event is held in the Rotunda at the Capitol Building in Olympia. Enjoy food, wine, dancing, psychics, and even a casino night as you don your finest attire and mingle with others. And don’t forget your mask! The event will start at 7:00PM and tickets cost $50 in advance or $65 at the door. For more info, click here.
For the first time ever, Harlequin Productions is getting in on the annual autumn action by launching their 1st annual Halloween Improv show: The Nightmare Before Improv! On Wednesday, October 15, starting at 8:00 p.m., Harlequin Productions presents a haunted improv show with their celebrated improv comedy troupe, Something Wicked. The Nightmare Before Improv is Something Wicked’s annual Halloween spectacular! Those brave enough to attend can expect frighteningly funny, Halloween-themed improv comedy, a costume contest, and an evening of ghostly delights. Guests are encouraged to come dressed up and join the fun as Something Wicked puts the “Ha!” in Halloween. Prepare to laugh yourself…to death!! More information at the Harlequin Productions website.
So much to do, so little time. If you live in Olympia, there’s never a shortage of reasons to celebrate.
Submitted by The Evergreen State College
Galerie Fotoland is pleased to present Kirk Jones’ The Urban Farm–an ongoing effort to document many of the Portland metro area’s urban farms and farmers.
Jones’ passion is examining the environments that we surround ourselves in—“the structure of our housing, and how we co exist… some of the most interesting people and lives can be right next to you and the most exotic places just over the hill somewhere close.” Jones’ observation of beauty and nature in unexpected places comes through in The Urban Farm, where Jones says what interests him most is the variety of farm settings. “Some farms are only side yards hidden within inner Portland neighborhoods – just beyond a normal looking fence there could be 2 acres of working farmland.” Jones goes on to explain that the images of the farms and landscapes double as portraits of the farmers themselves.
For the past five years, Evergreen alumnus Jones has been making photographs with the Gigapan System, creating high-resolution
panoramic images that can be printed in very large format and provide exceptional detail. He prefers a slower work pace, which allows for more an engaging and deliberate process. He likens this high tech approach to photographers of the past, working with large, heavy and unwieldy equipment.
Jones has shown extensively around Portland and the Northwest. He recently received two commissions by Portland’s landmark Pittock Mansion and the Lan Su Chinese Garden. This January, his series on Northwest logging will be included in The Meaning of Wood at The Seattle Convention Center. He has been published CNN.com, BonAppetit.com and NYTimes.com. He is a 2014 recipient of the Bronze Award in the Epson International Pano Competition.
For more information on this series or to see more of Jones’ work please visit his website.
Galerie Fotoland is an exhibition space supported by Evergreen’s Photoland.
The gallery is open during normal school hours most days of the week. For more information regarding this show and others at Galerie Fotoland please contact Briana Martini at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bring your friends, family, and colleagues to enjoy a delicious hot breakfast at Indian Summer Golf & Country Club. We hope you will join us to learn more about all the Family Support Center does in your community and hear what an incredible impact your support has on the lives of families and children.
Are you or your business wanting to show the community how much you support families? We are looking for Event Sponsors. Opportunities available from $250-$2500 level. Contact Schelli to learn more: email@example.com
We are also looking for Table Captains! Have 8 people you want to invite and share the program with? Contact Sara Holt-Knox to sign up!: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Submitted by Thurston CountyCounty commissioners were joined by Public Works staff and guests from the community and partner agencies to break a symbolic bottle of sparkling water to “christen” the new L-4 Salmon Creek Bridge. “Today, we’re not only celebrating the end of noisy construction and detours and delays, we are celebrating the incredible success of taking what was a failing bridge and creating a brand new bridge under budget and ahead of schedule,” said County Commission Chair Karen Valenzuela, whose district includes the bridge. “I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating—we could not have done this project without the help of so many partners,” said Commissioner Cathy Wolfe. “Our county staff members, our contractors, and our partner agencies have all done a top notch job. We are truly grateful for all of your efforts, and I know the community is grateful, too.” The L-4 Salmon Creek Bridge on Littlerock Road Southwest located between 110th Avenue Southwest and 93rd Avenue Southwest was first closed on Monday, January 27 after structural deficiencies were discovered. After thorough inspection, county engineers determined that the damage to the center pier was severe and the bridge structure was compromised beyond the point of repair, and that a new bridge structure with up-to-date safety standards was needed. The L-4 crossing was re-opened temporarily on March 22 thanks to the loan of a temporary Bailey bridge from the Washington State Department of Transportation. Passenger vehicle traffic was able to use the Bailey bridge until Monday, August 11 when crews removed the temporary bridge and began demolishing the old bridge to make way for a new bridge structure. The new bridge has a longer span and is 15 feet wider than the old bridge, which will improve safety for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. The new bridge does not require a center pier in the water like the old bridge structure, and this will allow better fish passage and can accommodate larger stream flows. It also reduces the potential for the kind of scouring that undermined the center pier of the old bridge structure and caused it to crack, making the old bridge structure unstable and unsafe. The L-4 Bridge project is paid for using a combination of federal highways grant funds and county road funds. The L-4 Bridge project is on track to be approximately 25 to 30 percent under the budgeted amount of $3.4 million—that’s a savings of about $750,000 to $1 million. Along with the Thurston County Public Works Department, project partners include the Washington State Department of Transportation, Washington State Fish and Wildlife, the Thurston County Resource Stewardship Department, the Washington State Department of Ecology, the Army Corps of Engineers, and contractors Active Construction, Inc. and Zemek Construction.
Submitted by Westport Winery
Westport Winery has added Patty Cakes to their bakery’s offerings. This is a recipe named after team member Patty O’Connor who has been making these decadent treats for the staff to rave reviews for several years. O’Connor said, “Everyone loves this amazing cross between a cupcake and a bar cookie.”
O’Connor, who joined the then fledgling winery in 2008, is an avid home baker. Converting the recipes to the commercial kitchen was stressful but worth the challenge. Winery co-owner Kim Roberts said, “We created four unique variations of the Patty Cake: Tahitian Vanilla, Chocolate Brown Butter, Pineapple Upside-Down, and Pink Lemonade.”
With the many berries grown on the winery’s Vineyards By-the-Sea farm O’Connor and Roberts also created the Ultimate Berry Shortcake which is a Tahitian Vanilla Patty Cake topped with vanilla bean ice cream, homemade berry compote, whipped cream, blackberry sauce and raspberry sauce.
By popular demand from their guests the winery has added baked fish and chips with wild Alaskan cod and garlic Parmesan Yukon gold potato wedges on both their lunch and dinner menus. And to add a vegetarian option to their appetizers they created Northwest Nachos with Tillamook and Cougar Gold cheddars, green onions and tomatoes topped with winery co-owner Blain Roberts’ made-from-scratch guacamole.
Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea with the unique outdoor sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. Westport Winery was named Best Northwest Wine Destination in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.
Westport’s award-winning wines are exclusively available at the winery. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market, plant nursery and bakery are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery at 360-648-2224 or visit the website atwww.westportwinery.com.
Submitted by Harlequin Productions
Northwest artist Tom Anderson has created a series of works that merges his love of mixed-media artwork and his love of guitars. He starts with a fully-functioning electric guitar, disassembles it, then “decorates” the body in his distinctive style. The guitar is then reassembled, adjusted and “tuned.” The result is an absolutely unique work of art that is ready to play or display.
This particular item is a 2007 Fender Squire Fat Stratocaster with a maple neck and rosewood fingerboard, Duncan Humbucker pick up and two single pole AINico pickups, and ’60s style matching headstock. It is finished with mixed media metal leaf, acrylic and polyurethane varnish.
These guitars sell for $1,500, but this one comes with some tantalizing extras, like a hard case (also painted by Tom Anderson) plus two 2015 season subscriptions to Harlequin Productions and two $15 concessions cards.
The auction is running now until October 26. Bids may be placed at www.biddingowl.com/HarlequinProductions.
Thanks to Dan Weiss for his generous participation in making this item available.
Submitted by The Evergreen State College
Washington Monthly magazine has ranked The Evergreen State College #14 among nearly 700 master’s universities in the country.
Posing a question unique among publications that produce college rankings, Washington Monthly asks, “What are colleges doing for the country?” The answer for Evergreen is quite a lot.
In its explanation of its latest rankings, Washington Monthly noted, “We all benefit when colleges produce groundbreaking research that drives economic growth, when they put students from lower-income families on the path to a better life, and when they shape the character of future leaders.” With that in mind,Washington Monthly ranks schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).
Evergreen received several prestigious accolades this year: the college ranked #4 among public regional universities in the West in US News & World Report. The magazine’s definition of the West reaches to Texas. US News ranked Evergreen #1 in the same category for best undergraduate teaching as well as #11 best for veterans. Evergreen was also listed in the publication as top 15 nationally for best first-year student experiences and top 12 best for “learning communities – engaging students in learning, including outside the classroom.”
The Fiske Guide to Colleges praised Evergreen, notably, as the only public institution on the West Coast to be a “Best Buy” college. Evergreen has made that list every year since 2010.
The Princeton Review ranked Evergreen as one of the Best 379 Colleges in America and Militaryfriendly.com lauds Evergreen as a friendly college for veterans and active duty military personnel.
“Because no single ranking can paint the entire picture of an institution,” explained Evergreen spokesperson Todd Sprague, “it’s helpful to have a variety of measures to assess the value delivered to students and society. Washington Monthly’s focus on social mobility, research and service provides a lens that’s different from most other rankings and a perspective that’s especially valuable for a public institution like Evergreen.”
The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences college known for its distinctive interdisciplinary curriculum, high level of student-faculty engagement and strong emphasis on putting learning into action. www.evergreen.edu
Submitted by Saint Martin’s University
The Saint Martin’s University Chorale will perform two free public programs of sacred music Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19. The annual performances, which celebrate All Saints Day and the Feast of Saint Martin of Tours, the University’s patron saint, will take place at Saint Martin’s Abbey Church, 5000 Abbey Way SE. The Saturday performance begins at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday performance starts at 2:30 p.m. Doors open 15 minutes earlier. No reservations are necessary.
A portion of the concert will explore the sacred music of opera composers, notably, some of the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gioachino Rossini and Vincenzo Bellini. Rossini and Bellini are composers of the “Bel Canto” era, says Darrell Born, chair of the Department of Fine Arts and the Saint Martin’s University chorale director.
“Bel Canto literally means “beautiful singing,” Born says. “All three of these composers were melodists who composed some of the most famous and most beautiful operatic arias still famed today. I am interested in not only introducing our choral students to this great era of music, I am interested in encouraging beautiful singing by singing repertoire whose primary focus and tradition is beauty of sound.”
“I wanted to explore how these great composers, known for their secular music, approached the sacred,” adds Born. Highlights of the concert include Mozart’s “Tantum Ergo in B Flat,” Bellini’s “Salve, Regina” and Rossini’s “O Salutaris Hostia”.
The 75-member chorale will also perform Shape Note singing, which Born explains, is “a method of singing which comes from the American Singing School intended to promote congregational singing and musical literacy in the church and the community.”
“There is a distinct, open, harmonic and melodic sound that comes from this tradition,” he says. “We have several pieces that follow the tradition of the Sacred Harp and these pieces have haunting melodies which promote beautiful singing.”
In a change of pace, the chorale’s performance will include a variety of what Born describes as “fun, rockin’, pop gospel songs.”
Other performances include the Guitar Ensemble, which will present a variety of pieces under the direction of Phil Lawson, a classical and jazz guitarist and an adjunct professor at Saint Martin’s. The concert accompanist is Renata Fell.
Saint Martin of Tours, the University’s patron saint, lived during the early fourth century. A Roman soldier, he converted to Christianity and left military service. He became a monk and, eventually, bishop of Tours, France. Saint Martin is known for his service to the poor and for establishing Christian monasticism in western Europe.
The Order of Saint Benedict, which established Saint Martin’s, was founded by Saint Benedict of Nursia, Italy, in the early 500s. The Order is governed by “The Rule of Saint Benedict,” a document that commends maintaining a balance of prayer, work and study. The Rule also stresses the Christian and monastic virtues of community, hospitality and stability.
The Sacred Music Concert is sponsored by the Department of Fine Arts in collaboration with the University’s Benedictine Institute.
Submitted by Leadership Thurston County
Leadership Thurston County (LTC) and the Thurston County Chamber Foundation are proud to announce the 2015 Distinguished Leader Award honorees. Eileen McKenzie Sullivan, Executive Director, Senior Services for South Sound; Dr. Roy Heynderickx, President, Saint Martin’s University; and Brian Fluetsch, Owner, Sunset Air, will be recognized at the awards event to be held Wednesday, February 25, 2015.
Presented by Twin Star Credit Union, the 14th annual leadership celebration will be held at the Red Lion Hotel, Olympia. The evening begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m.
The event honors outstanding leaders who demonstrate initiative, inspire others and make a significant impact in our community and beyond. Honorees will be recognized through live and multi-media presentations.
This year’s honorees lead by example and are committed to developing a thriving community.
Eileen McKenzie Sullivan has been Executive Director of Senior Services for South Sound, a multi-program agency serving older adults in Mason and Thurston Counties, for 17 years, and has directed the STARS Adult Day Program since 1982. Ms. McKenzie Sullivan has enjoyed a long and successful career in geriatrics, having worked in Alaska, Iowa, Seattle, and finally Olympia. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Tenino Young-at-Heart Theater, the Senior Action Network, and the Washington State Senior Games.
Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D., became the tenth president of Saint Martin’s University in 2009. He has worked in Catholic higher education for more than 28 years, 15 of which have been at the senior management level. Dr. Heynderickx serves on the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and has been an evaluator for that Commission focusing on smaller institutions, which has provided a unique understanding of St. Martin’s. He is deeply involved in higher education at local, state, and national levels and continues to make significant contributions to the local business and education community.
Sunset Air, a family-owned and operated business established in 1976, and Owner/CEO Brian Fluetsch are recognized for their continued innovation and success of the business operation, as well as their understanding that the employees of the organization are what built the success that has allowed Sunset Air to contribute to the community’s success through an array of impactful engagements.
Leadership Thurston County is a program of the Thurston County Chamber Foundation and has been developing informed, skilled and committed community leaders since 1994. For information, please click here.
Submitted by The City of Olympia
The City of Olympia has contracted with Puget Sound Energy (PSE) to replace streetlights throughout the City with new LED lights. These lights are owned by PSE and are typically located on wooden utility poles. This work will complete the project the City started in 2013 when we converted 3,200 City-owned streetlights to LED.
The LED Streetlight Conversion Project will begin on Monday, October 6. PSE’s Contractor, Potelco, will work Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Crews will begin working in the northeast part of the City, move downtown, and then move onto other areas of town. The City will post updates on our web page as crews move from one area to the next. The entire project is expected to be completed early next year.
This joint venture between the City of Olympia and PSE will save the City approximately $60,000 per year in combined energy and maintenance savings and reduce greenhouse gasses.
To learn more, visit our Streetlight Conversion web page or contact Rick Knostman at 360.753.8438.
Saturday was a fine day in Mason County, Washington. While the Shellfish Festival was the big draw, my husband and I set off for a hike along Big Creek in Olympic National Forest. The 4.5 mile loop trail follows and crosses gushing and trickling Big Creek, Branch Creek, Skinwood Creek, and No Name Creek and offers many log benches and spots for enjoying the first few falling leaves and the still-warm sun.
En route to El Puerto de Angeles IV, a waterfront Mexican restaurant in Hoodsport, we saw a sign for The Hardware Distillery Co. and decided to venture in. I'm not a big fan of distilled spirits, but I cannot resist and old fashioned hardware store. Well, this artisanal distillery is in a former hardware store building (so just a few relic tools on display) and offers free tastings. And now I have a new vice. The "forty five and rainy" season is coming and I figured a few sips of locally distilled gin and aquavit wouldn't hurt. The Hardware Distillery makes several unique and flavorful spirits, including something they call "Bees Knees" because it doesn't fit the vodka or gin category. Many are flavored with Washington State honey and local fruits.
I also cannot resist a good sunset. This one required several roadside pull-offs to get the right view and eventually found us at Sanderson Field, the airport in Shelton, where we had a big sky view of a pretty normal sunset...but a great cloud set.
For details on the Big Creek hike, click here. NOTE: The campground and parking is closed for renovation/expansion, but you can park along the road. The entire loop is now hikable, thanks to the work of the Rose Trail Crew for repairing the bridges!
For details on The Hardware Distillery, click here.
Hover and click to advance photos in this gallery from Mason County, WA.
For the past 28 years, Deidi von Schaewen has traveled in India, immersing herself in its people and culture, and exploring themes through her photography and video. For her series on the Sacred Trees, she traveled the length and breadth of India. The exhibition in Evergreen Gallery is an opportunity to view these lush, complex images in large-scale, to be surrounded by their energy and power.Born in Berlin, von Schaewen studied painting at the Berlin Academy of Arts before deciding to concentrate on photography and film. Currently she is based in Paris. She has exhibited extensively throughout Europe, India, North Africa, and the US. Twenty books of her photographs have been published, with one about Sacred Trees of India due out next year. A continuing obsession of hers is to capture on film the ephemeral, aspects of our urban and rural civilizations that are temporary, fleeting, or vanishing with time. For the Sacred Trees of India, it is more a revelation of devotion and accumulation over time, the ability of trees to survive, rejuvenate, transform – in India, trees are not only sacred to the gods, they can actually BE gods.
Evergreen Gallery is extremely pleased to announce the fall exhibition, Sacred Trees of India: Photographs by Deidi von Schaewen. The exhibition in Evergreen Gallery is an opportunity to view these lush, complex images in large-scale, to be surrounded by their energy and power.
Von Schaewen was director of photography for a feature film by Robert Cordier in 1972 – a time when it was unusual for a woman to be in that position. She continued as director of photography on other films, and in 1978 she began writing and directing her own films. One of her films, Sravanabelgola, will be showing in Evergreen Gallery as part of the exhibition.
Opening Wed. Oct. 8, 5-7pm
Exhibition continues through Dec. 3