Submitted by Thurston County Public Health
With the amount of cloudy and rainy days we see in Western Washington, it is no surprise that most of us like to make the most of sunny weather. Sunny days are glorious. There are many ways to enjoy the sun, whether gardening or relaxing at home, taking a walk on Percival Landing, swimming at Millersylvania State Park, or riding your bike on the Chehalis-Western Trail.
Getting outdoors has many health benefits like fresh air, physical activity, and reducing stress. But, as you get outside, remember to take steps to protect your health.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. according to the American Cancer Society. Development of melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, on the back, chest, and legs is linked to frequent sunburns. Skin cancers begin when the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays damage the DNA that controls skin cell growth. The best way to lower your risk for melanoma and other skin cancers is to limit exposure to UV rays.
Here are some tips for sun safety.
away in the wind and miss the skin. Aerosol sprays can be harmful to the lungs, especially for people with asthma and other lung conditions, small children, and the elderly.
Getting outside and being active is part of a healthy lifestyle that many of us enjoy. The Thurston Thrives Community Design Action Team continues to work to create opportunities for our community to be more active in our daily lives.
I am looking forward to hiking and getting out on the water this summer; it’s a great time to experience all that the outdoors offers. However you choose to enjoy the sun and the warmth that summer brings, please remember to practice sun safety.
Submitted by Olympia Diaper Service
Olympia Diaper Service has partnered with Sterile Surgical Systems (SSS) to deliver the highest quality diaper service available. This partnership allows Olympia Diaper Service customers to receive diapers cleaned to the highest hospital standards while also preserving & protecting precious natural resources. Their process has been inspected and accredited by the Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council to ensure that they are following the most rigorous healthcare laundry standards for safety and infection prevention.
SSS has made investments in rainwater collection, water recycling, and plastic recycling that has yielded (annually) 7,200,000 gallons of water saved, 25,000 pounds of plastic recycled, a reduction in CO2 emissions of 400,000 pounds and stopped 660 gallons of sodium hydroxide from entering our wastewater treatment plant.
Olympia Diaper Service is a locally owned and operated diaper rental and delivery service for Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and Tenino. Their diaper service is as convenient as disposable diapers at roughly the same cost. This allows new parents to achieve the health and environmental benefits of cloth diapering without the compromises. More information can be found here.
Sterile Surgical Systems (SSS) is a family owned and operated healthcare laundry/surgical textile sterilizer, specializing in medical linens and hospital operating room reusable sterile textiles. SSS provides laundry and FDA registered sterilized surgical textile service to hospitals and surgical centers across the Puget Sound region. Their relentless attention to process and detail allows them to bring their customers the highest quality linen service in the Pacific Northwest. Their efficient workforce and uncompromising focus on plant efficiency enables them to offer the most competitive prices in the region.
Submitted by Thurston County Solid Waste
Summer is event season. From BBQ’s, to picnics, to local festivals, you are sure to attend at least one fun, food-filled event this summer. In fact, you may even be hosting one yourself. If you happen to be someone who is planning or hosting an event, then you have a lot of things to consider. How much food should I make? Who should I invite? Do we need a bounce house? One thing you may not be thinking about, though, is how much waste your event is going to create and what you can do to reduce it.
Luckily, Thurston County Solid Waste and our Event Recycling Program are here to help you make your next event as waste-free as possible. Zero-waste events are gaining popularity throughout the country, and for good reason. There are numerous economic and environmental benefits associated with reducing the amount of waste we create and send to the landfill. Whether you are planning a large community event or your child’s birthday party, you can save valuable energy and resources when you reduce the amount of waste your event creates, as well as save yourself money in the form of reduced hauling fees. One easy waste reduction technique is to serve condiments and beverages in bulk dispensers rather than as individually packaged items.
After you have identified all of the opportunities for reduction, implementing recycling and composting are your next steps. Ideally, all of the items used at a zero-waste event are either reusable, recyclable or compostable. Visit our Organics page here for information about using durable or compostable items at your event. Diverting organic material from the landfill (food scraps), can significantly reduce the amount of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas associated with climate change, present in our atmosphere. As more and more people are realizing the consequences of excess food waste in our country and the cost of sending trash to the landfill is becoming more expensive, zero-waste events provide a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to traditionally organized gatherings.
Thurston County Solid Waste is here to assist you in a number of ways. We loan out free event collection bins for trash, recycling and compost. They are available for pick up at Celebrations the Party Store in Lacey, or at city halls throughout the County. When you borrow our collection bins you will also receive free trash, recycle and compost bags, signage for the bins, as well as general information for you to consider as the event planner or host.
In addition to the materials we loan out for free, Thurston County Solid Waste also provides a host of online information to help make your zero-waste event go as smoothly as possible. Our online Event Planning “Toolkit” includes information to give to your vendors, a comprehensive event planning checklist for events big and small, and lots valuable tips to help you with each step of the way. Visit the web site or call Katherine Straus at 360-867-2282 to start planning your zero-waste event today!
Submitted by The Oly Town Artesians
The Oly Town Artesians knocked off the Kitsap Pumas in the final round of goalWA.net’s LogoWARS to capture the crown of top soccer logo in the State of Washington for 2015. The voting was extremely close with the two teams tied with less than 2 1/2 hours left before Artesians supporters rallied across social media to push them to a resounding 59%-41% win.
Designed by team founder and general manager Brandon Sparks, the Artesians logo took out the Spokane Shadow, Seattle Sounders FC, Everett United FC and the Pumas en route to the victory. Oly Town joins Bellingham United (2014) and Yakima United (2015) as LogoWARS winners.
Founded in 2015 before the inaugural Western Indoor Soccer League season, the Artesians have amassed 649 Facebook and Twitter followers in less than a year and rallied every last one of them to defeat four teams that have a combined 828,482 followers.
The 2015-2016 WISL season approaches quickly and the Artesians are still working on a home field to play this season after the building that housed Oly Indoor Soccer was sold in June. An announcement about where the next season will be played is likely coming within the next month. Stay tuned to OlyTownFC.com, @OlyTownFC and Facebook.com/OlyTownFC for more information.
For merchandise featuring the 2015 LogoWARS champion logo, visit the Artesians online, on-demand store at http://www.zazzle.com/oly_town_artesians.
By Grant Clark
Every so often, Lauren would lean over and express to her mother her distaste towards the sport.
“When she was 6, she would always tell me how she never wanted to swim,” Jill remembered.
Things have certainly changed.
Lauren, now 12, is not only an avid swimmer, but is also one of the state’s best as evident by her selection to represent Pacific Northwest Swimming in the United States Swimming Western Zone Championships in early August in Maui, Hawaii.
Lauren, the only member of the Olympia-based Evergreen Swim Club to qualify for the meet, will compete in the 11-12 girls age group against swimmers from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming.
“She’s had a pretty amazing season,” said Kelly Serrao, who coaches Lauren, a seventh grader at Evergreen Christian School. “The fact she had so much to overcome makes it even more impressive.”
Posting the times needed to be selected to such a high-caliber event is difficult enough, but Lauren’s journey to the Zone Championships didn’t just feature aquatic obstacles.
Back in February, one night Jill knew that something was off with Lauren, but every time she asked how she was doing the answer was always the same. Lauren would continually her mother that she was fine and simply a stomachache. It would subside momentarily.
Only it didn’t. It would significantly worsen.
“She has such a high threshold of pain, I never know if she’s really okay or just saying she’s fine because she doesn’t want to bother anyone,” Jill said, a physical therapist and owner of Fusion Physical Therapy & Pilates in downtown Olympia. “I was afraid it was appendicitis, but the area she said was in pain wasn’t consistent with where you would have appendicitis.”
It wasn’t until Lauren was doubled over in agony that the full extent of her pain was realized.
A quick dash to the emergency room confirmed Jill’s fears. Lauren was suffering from a ruptured appendix.
Surgery immediately followed at 1:00 a.m. Lauren would have little memory of the experience while her mother will never forget.
“It was just an incredibly scary situation,” Jill said. “No one wants to see their child go through something like that.”
Lauren remained in the hospital for a week following surgery and was excluded from physical activity for an additional two more weeks after she was discharged – which meant no swimming.
The location for the U.S. Western Zone Championships had been posted for nearly a year. When Maui was announced as the venue, Lauren, who had never been to Hawaii before, immediately set her sights on being one of the swimmers invited to represent the Pacific Northwest region.
USA Swimming divides the country into four Zones – Western, Eastern, Central and Southern – with each zone holding an annual championship where the top swimmers from each state or region compete against each other. Swimmers are selected based on time standards. The more events you’ve posted qualifying times in, the greater your chances of being selected become.
Prior to her hospital visit, Lauren had met the time requirements in four events. A great accomplishment, but no guarantee a selection would occur. She would need to post qualifying times in additional events if she wanted to advance – a task made even more difficult to achieve while resting in a hospital bed.
“We really didn’t talk about Maui too much when she was in the hospital,” Jill said. “We knew she was disappointed. We just figured we would cross our fingers and hope her four events would be enough to get her selected.”
Lauren did have one final chance – a meet in late March prior to the selection cutoff. However, by the time she was cleared to begin swimming again she would only have three weeks to get ready – not much time under normal circumstances.
“I had been aiming for Maui since we first heard about it,” Lauren said. “I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out. I just decided to go out and do my best.”
Motivated, Lauren would go on and add two more qualifying times to her resume – giving her a total of six events, the 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly, 50 backstroke, 100 backstroke, 200 IM and 50 freestyle.
“She is the toughest competitor I’ve ever coached,” Serrao said. “Out of the pool she is the sweetest girl you’ll ever meet, but when she’s in the water she’s focused.”
Everything was now out of Lauren’s hands and all that remained was waiting to hear whether or not she had done enough to earn a selection.
“It was nerve-wrecking,” Lauren said about the six week wait. “I wasn’t really sure if I had done enough to get in.”
She received the news in early May, leaving the family just enough time to book the trip to Hawaii.
“I am more excited than nervous (about the Zone Championships),” an elated Lauren said. “It really is going to be a great experience.”
Yes, things have certainly changed.
I admit to having a difficult time when the weather heats up. My 9-year-old daughter seems to melt even faster. While walking our dogs tonight, she simply said, “Why is it so hot? We live in Washington.” And that was at 7:30 p.m. – in the shade, nonetheless.
Does 90+ degree weather send you (or your kids) on overload?
Use this list of 15 free activities (well, one actually costs $1 but that’s virtually free nowadays) to keep everyone calm and cool.
Walk through the shady McLane Creek Nature Trail. Bring a pair of binoculars and a bird identification book (see #6) and keep track of how many species you can identify.
Visit an animal shelter. (I have to repeatedly remind my kids that no animals are coming home with us, but it feels great to share a little love.)
Thrifty Thurston highlights inexpensive family fun in Thurston County. The weekly series focuses on family-friendly activities throughout our community. If you have a suggestion for a post, send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, visit our complete event calendar.
In 2012, Bausch + Lomb, one of the world’s largest suppliers of eye healthcare products, asked 11,000 people from 11 different countries the question: Would you rather lose a limb or your eyesight? The results of the survey reported that 68 percent of people would rather lose an arm or leg than their ability to see.
Our eyes, like the rest of our bodies, need to be nurtured and cared for. And having clear, focused vision is only one of the reasons it’s important to see your eye doctor regularly. Because the eyes are a window into the rest of the body, our vision can tell us more than just what meets the eye.
At ROUSE EyeCARE CENTER in Lacey, Dr. Craig Rouse understands the importance of your eye health. But that’s because he knows firsthand what it’s like to have impaired vision.
Dr. Rouse was a sophomore in college when he noticed his vision starting to change. At first, he caught himself squinting in class, then he noticed faraway text and objects became one big blur. Luckily, Dr. Rouse’s dorm mate’s dad was an optometrist. He scheduled an appointment immediately.
Dr. Rouse vividly remembers the moment he donned his first pair of compensating lenses. “I remember going, ‘Wow!’ I was in awe of how well I could see,” he recalls.
Already interested in subjects like anatomy and biology, Dr. Rouse says after this experience, the decision to study optometry became clear, and he applied to Pacific University’s College of Optometry in Oregon. Dr. Rouse studied there for four years before moving with his wife, Deliah, to Illinois where he landed his first job as an optometrist.
Dr. Rouse’s first job out of optometry school was at a commercial eyecare business. It was, unfortunately, not what he had anticipated. “There was a great deal of constraint in providing the best care possible,” he says. “There was no room to grow and provide full scope eye care.”
Frustrated by his situation, Dr. Rouse submitted his resignation and headed to a private practice in Illinois before packing his bags and returning to the Pacific Northwest where he worked on base at JBLM for seven years. Here, Dr. Rouse was happier, but still unfulfilled. He wasn’t able to provide his patients with the level of care that he wanted to. Coming to terms with this realization, Dr. Rouse decided it was time to start his own practice.
ROUSE EyeCARE CENTER opened in Lacey in 2008 as a local source for quality eye care. For nearly a decade, Dr. Rouse has built his clientele on a commitment to expert care, top of the line equipment, well-crafted products and friendly service. “It’s about providing the best care to each patient,” he says. With this level of customer commitment, ROUSE EyeCARE CENTER patients know they’re in good hands.
And ROUSE EyeCARE CENTER patients always get more than a run of the mill eye exam. Each visit to ROUSE EyeCARE CENTER is a comprehensive evaluation of your total eye health. During eye care appointments, Dr. Rouse looks for conditions like glaucoma, vascular disease, tumors, visual disorders affecting learning, and other disorders that could be indicative of bigger problems. Dr. Rouse says detecting these kind of conditions is paramount to ensuring good vision and overall health later on in life.
In addition to exceptional care, ROUSE EyeCARE CENTER is also a source for fashion eyewear and top of the line lenses made from the latest technology. ROUSE EyeCARE CENTERs features everything from customizable Tom Davies frames to damage-eliminating BlueTech lenses and more. Of course, if you feel like something a bit more modest, Rouse Eye Center also carries a selection of moderately priced frames for its budget-minded customers, too. With ample options for stylish, functional frames and lenses, you won’t just feel good after leaving ROUSE EyeCARE CENTER, you’ll look good, too.
ROUSE EyeCARE CENTER is accepting new patients. With flexible hours, a convenient location next to the Ram Restaurant and top-notch care, Dr. Rouse, Deliah and the entire ROUSE EyeCARE CENTER team invite you to make an appointment, and encourage you to bring your little one in for his or her first comprehensive eye exam.
ROUSE EyeCARE CENTER is open Monday through Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday by appointment.
For more information about ROUSE EyeCARE CENTER or to schedule an appointment, visit ROUSE EyeCARE CENTER online or call the office at 360-455-4425.
8160 Freedom Lane NE, Suite D
Lacey, WA 98516
Submitted by Thurston County
Thurston County Commission Chair Cathy Wolfe announced today that she will not seek re-election in 2016 and that she plans to retire at the end of her fourth term as a Thurston County Commissioner.
In a message to Thurston County’s elected officials and employees, Wolfe stated, “I have enjoyed working with all of you for the past several years, but I want you to know that I have made a decision not to seek re-election in 2016. While I plan to be fully engaged in my position for the next year and a half, I did want you to hear this from me first.”
Wolfe continued, “Working with the citizens of Thurston County has been a pleasure and a very rewarding experience for me, and I am very proud of our accomplishments over the past 22 years. But this is simply a time in my life when I want to travel, relax, and enjoy my grandchildren and my wonderful family.”
“I look forward to working with all of your from now until the end of 2016. Thank you for all that you do for the county.” Wolfe said.
Cathy Wolfe was first elected to the Thurston County Board of County Commissioners in 2000 after serving eight years as a state legislator. During her 14 years on the board, Wolfe led the charge on reforming and improving a number of programs related to criminal justice, mental health, housing, and environmental protection.
Wolfe served as Chair of the Thurston County HOME Consortium for five years and was instrumental in working with community leaders to create Quixote Village. She led the efforts to create Thurston County’s Veterans Court, Drug Court, Mental Health Court, and the county’s other “treatment court” programs. Wolfe also voted to approve the creation of the county’s Treatment Sales Tax in 2009 to help deal with mental health and addiction issues. She also helped create the county’s Conservation Futures program, which has been used to purchase and permanently protect and preserve hundreds of acres of land since 2009.
While Wolfe plans to retire at the end of her term in December 2016, she was quick to point out that she plans to achieve even more in the next year and a half.
“I may be planning to retire, but I certainly don’t plan on slacking off between now and the end of my term,” said Wolfe. “We’ve made a lot of progress this year on criminal justice reform and researching new and innovative programs to help keep people out of jail and reduce our criminal justice costs. And we have a number of ideas and programs and techniques that I want to see brought online in the next 12 to 18 months. I think we’ll see some real movement in this area when we begin working on the county’s 2016 budget.”
“I am looking forward to the next 18 months,” said Wolfe, “I plan to finish stronger than ever.”
By Courtney Murphy
Since 1902, 4-H clubs have been changing the lives of kids across Thurston County. For most people, the Thurston County Fair is a fun escape filled with rides, food, and entertaining shows and animals, but for the many kids (and their supportive parents) involved in 4-H, the fair is so much more than that.
For Thurston County 4-H club members, the fair is the pinnacle of their entire year. This is the time when they are able to show off what they have made or learned, compete with animals they have spent countless hours working with, and have fun with like-minded friends.
4-H teaches kids how to be responsible, hardworking, and motivated. I experienced the benefits of being involved in horse 4-H as a member of the Blazing Saddles Club from third grade until I graduated from Tumwater High School. I joined 4-H with encouragement from my parents, and because I wanted to improve at the sport I was so passionate about.
“We wanted to join the revolution of responsibility,” Cynthia Worth, a 4-H parent, said about her family’s experience with the organization. “I do not believe that there is a better program out there for kids and families to not only learn a project, but to be a better member of [the] community. That’s what 4-H teaches and promotes.”
Cynthia and another experienced 4-H parent, Gail Kaufman, will be co-superintendents of the horse department next year. Their goal is to keep kids involved through high school, when their lives get busier with more studies and the high school equestrian team. “4-H relies on older kids staying involved to become mentors to younger members,” Kaufman explained.
Emily Quentin, a recent Tumwater High School graduate who has been involved in 4-H for 11 years, remembers her time as a junior and how the seniors helped her learn how to take better care of her horse and get ready for shows. When she first started, she knew very little about showing, but she looked up to the seniors and followed what they did, and became a successful competitor. Partially because of this guidance early on, last year she made it to state on the performance team. “This has always been a goal of mine since I joined 4-H,” Quentin said.
In the horse department, being successful at the Thurston County Fair takes a lot of preparation and practice. Malorie Mahoney, an intermediate in the Blazing Saddles Club heading into 7th grade, remarked that to be prepared, she tried to have her tack and show clothes ready even before pre-fair.
Jordan Holcomb, another Blazing Saddles intermediate member going into 6th grade, practiced often with her trainer and her horse, Bella, to get ready for her first time at fair this year. Jordan described her first year experience so far as “exciting,” because she “got to meet new friends and get close to horses.”
Although they are not supposed to help directly with the horses, parents of 4-H members often volunteer to clean and set up the fairgrounds, and run fundraisers and events that make the fair possible.
“There’s hundreds and hundreds of volunteer hours that the public doesn’t see,” Cynthia said. This year she has been working on sprucing up the barns and attending to “long-deferred” maintenance projects. “Instead of just one club or one person running this…everyone is taking on more responsibility, which when spread makes it a more successful program in general,” Cynthia said.
Outside of showing, the horse 4-H program is largely focused on the education of both its members and the public. Most kids in the program complete record books, make educational posters, and give public presentations. These activities teach the kids to organize their thoughts and to be comfortable in front a crowd. “Giving oral presentations and having to talk to the public during the fair has boosted my confidence immensely,” Malorie said.
“To me, this is one of the most important aspects of the program,” Gail explained. “It is our job to help let the 4-H members know how important it is for them to hone in on those skills.” Next year as superintendents, both Gail and Cynthia plan to encourage more kids to participate in this educational portion of 4-H.
Although 4-H is very focused on competition and education, one of its most important aspects is having fun. After the competition, there are often games at night put on by the superintendents as well as drill team exhibitions from the local high schools.
This emphasis on creating a fun environment also creates a strong community between members and clubs alike.
“Thurston County is not really separated clubs. I truly feel like this is one big club,” Gail said.
To show your support for this program, visit the Thurston County Fair through August 2 and stop in at the horse department. Talk to a 4-H member, club leader or superintendent.
Submitted by the Thurston County Fair
Opening day at the Thurston County Fair is guaranteed to be chock full of good old fashioned fair fun for the whole family! The fair opens Wednesday, July 29 at 10 a.m. with the return of One Buck Wednesday discounts and deals.
Admission to the fair is only $1 per person on One Buck Wednesday when you bring a non-perishable food donation for each person. Food donations will benefit the Thurston County Food Bank. Fair organizers are hoping to meet or even beat 2012’s record donation total of eight pallets of food and over $1,400 in cash donations from generous fairgoers.
Other One Buck Wednesday specials can be found inside the fair gates, including all carnival rides for just a buck per ride all day, one buck food specials, and other One Buck Wednesday deals at participating vendors. The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29.
Wednesday, July 29 is packed full of activities and entertainment the whole family will enjoy. More than 50 events, contests and performances are scheduled, including tons of animal contests and exhibits, the return of Professor Bamboozle, plus a Welcoming Ceremony with Thurston County Commissioners. To get the full list of each day’s events and entertainment, go to www.ThurstonCountyFair.org and click on “Daily Events Calendar” link. (Complete July 29 events schedule below.)
July 29 Thurston County Fair Events
Home Arts Demonstrations begin – Heritage Hall, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
4-H, FFA Rabbit Type Judging – Petersen Barn
4-H Dog Judging Contest – Chitty Barn
Professor Bamboozle – Food Court Stage
Matt Baker Comedy & Stunt Show – Main Stage
Paramount Martial Arts – Main Stage
4-H Cat Games – Petersen Barn
4-H Goat Judging Contest – West Arena
4-H Dog Obedience – Chitty Barn
Slievoughlane Irish Dancers – Main Stage
Professor Bamboozle – Food Court Stage
SANCA Juggling and Stilt Walking – Front of Heritage Hall
Open Class Sheep & Fleece Goats – Hicks Lake Barn
Matt Baker Comedy & Stunt Show – Main Stage
Poultry Costume Contest – Petersen Barn
4-H Fleece Goat Fit/Show/Type – West Arena
Slieveloughane Irish Dancers – Main Stage
Dylan Cragle – Food Court Stage
4-H Rabbit Knowledge Bowl – Petersen Barn
Primary Member Pygmy/Miniature Goat Show – West Arena
4-H Pygmy Goat Fitting/Showing/Type – West Arena-2
4-H Pet Goat Type – West Arena-2
Matt Baker Comedy & Stunt Show – Main Stage
SANCA Juggling and Stilt Walking – Front of Heritage Hall
Dancerzone 360 – Food Court Stage
Welcoming Ceremony – Main Stage
4-H Fashion Revue Style Show – Main Stage
4-H Pet Goat Class – West Arena-2
FFA Pygmy Fit/Show/Type following 4-H Pygmy – West Arena
4-H Cat Knowledge Bowl – Petersen Barn
Dylan Jakobsen Band – Food Court Stage
Lads & Lassies Lead Contest – Hicks Lake Barn
4-H Dog Activities – Chitty Barn
4-H Dairy Goat Milk Contest – Hicks Lake Barn
Tristan and Rachelle – Main Stage
*Food Court Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
*Carnival Rides Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
How much progress are we really making in restoring Puget Sound?
On one hand, community partners get together with us here at the tribe and at local governments to push forward a few habitat restoration projects a year. At the very most.
But, on the other end, dozens and dozens of shoreline development projects seem to sail through the local permitting process. Each of these projects is small on its own (a new bulkhead there, a dock here), so no one is bound to complain.
But, these tiny projects all put together are having a massive impact on Puget Sound, and its ability to produce salmon.
Nearshore habitat provides a critical nursery for juvenile salmon as they prepare to make their seaward migration, and also serves as migration corridors for returning adult salmon.
Here’s the short course on how these tiny developments can add up:
One way things like bulkheads and docks damage the environment is by disconnecting land and marine ecosystems. This disconnection prevents things like logs and bugs from entering and moving along the water, which ultimately alters the food chain and eliminates important habitat.
Another impact from shoreline modification is that it affects currents, which change where and how much sand is deposited. This in turn harms habitat of forage fish and invertebrates that are an important source of food for young and returning adult salmon.
But, I see dozens of these projects go through, with no mind paid to what the total impact of all the projects ever permitted is having.
Every letter we receive from Pierce County about yet another bulkhead or dock somewhere in Puget Sound includes language like this:
What does that mean in everyday language?
The County insists that this dock (or bulkhead on its own) isn’t a problem. But, they’re not going to actually look at its individual impact. Also they are not going to look at cumulative impacts to find out if this is the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Or, in this case, Puget Sound’s back.
Here’s a visualization of Horsehead Bay (you can see a larger version here), which in its natural state would be great rearing habitat for juvenile salmon. But, when you add a few dozen docks, the value to salmon plummets.
Submitted by Red Door Interiors
The buzz around a change in ownership for Red Door Interiors has been on-going for over a month. The wait is over. Red Door (the shop/inventory) has been sold to two amazing ladies that strongly believe in downtown Olympia and Red Door’s legacy.
The new owners are Sandy Hall and Lela Cross who currently own the very popular Dillinger’s Cocktails & Kitchen. The shop name will change to LC’s Blackbird Mercantile & Trading Co., affectionately known as Blackbird.
On August 1, the store will change hands and co-owners Lara Anderson and her mother Kathy Lathrop will begin a new adventure with interior design and RD Shady. The patented custom lamp-shade covers invented by the mother-daughter duo have increased in popularity locally an are receiving national attention. Transitioning into the next phase with RD Shady is one of the reasons behind their departure from their downtown retail shop.
“The product has really taken off here locally,” shares Anderson. “We now offer customers the ability to send us their own fabric to customize their RD Shady for no additional charge.” RD Shady will be featured in HGTV Magazine’s October issue and the RD Shady website is undergoing a full face-lift in preparation for increased traffic to the site.
In addition, Anderson and Lathrop have licensed their design, plus two additional versions of the RD Shady, to a major lamp manufacture in Jacksonville, Florida called Kenroy Home. The Kenroy Home version of the RD Shady will be sold to major retailers around the United States. “We are really excited about the potential in this partnership,” shares Anderson.
Blackbird will continue the tradition of offering new and used furnishings, the RD Shady line, as well as bar and kitchen ware, wine and beer and a variety of fun options for gift giving.
The store will remain open during the transition from Red Door to Blackbird and a grand opening is planned for the first day of fall, September 23.
Please stop by during the final week of July and say goodbye to Anderson and Lathrop as they prepare to leave a business they’ve poured their hearts into for the past nine years. “We have had so many wonderful years running our shop. The friendships that we have formed will remain close to our hearts forever,” says Anderson.
Red Door Interior will continue to communicate via their RedDoorOlympia Facebook page as they continue to offer interior design services, custom sewing services and of course, RD Shady product. Keep your eye on their page as they embark on the next phase with their unique and popular invention, RD Shady.
Visit the new LC’s Blackbird Mercantile & Trading Co. starting August 1 in the former Red Door Interiors location at 430 Washington St. SE (the corner of 5th and Washington) in downtown Olympia.
By Natasha Ashenhurst
The Black River southwest of Olympia is slow and meandering. A major tributary to the Chehalis, it is pristine, in part because so much of the land surrounding it is undeveloped. The river is part of a complex system of wetlands, streams, prairies, bogs, forests, farms and timberlands that are home to hundreds of animal species, making it one of the most unique lowland river systems in the Pacific Northwest. Future generations will have the opportunity to enjoy this incredible resource, thanks to a strong commitment to fund conservation by the Washington State Legislature and the folks at Capitol Land Trust.
Nearly $3 million was included in the recently passed budget to fund projects led by Capitol Land Trust, including protecting and restoring lands along the Black River.
“The Black River is a very unique resource across the state of Washington. We have a great opportunity to protect this impact watershed. We want to fix the culvert so the salmon can come up higher, and protect habitat for the Oregon Spotted Frog,” said Amanda Reed, executive director of Capitol Land Trust. The Black River project will include replanting native species along the river.
Other new projects funded by the recently passed budget include conservation of the Nelson Family Ranch—a project that will conserve a large cattle ranch along the Deschutes River—expanding Mason County’s Coulter Creek Park near Allyn, and an acquisition near the Lake Lucinda community. These last two projects will expand public access to hiking and non-motorized boating.
Capitol Land Trust is a charitable 501(c)(3) and is funded, in part, by grant programs made available through the legislature. Each project they work on is different and has different funding requirements, but regardless of the project, their mission remains the same, and that is protecting and conserving land in southwest Washington.
The nonprofit organization accomplishes their mission through a variety of methods. In some cases, they collaborate with landowners to secure conservation easements, which are permanent agreements that conserve land while keeping it in private ownership. For other projects, they accept donations of, and in some cases also purchase, land and conservation easements. Their approach is working. Since 1987 the group has put in permanent conservation more than 14 miles of Puget Sound shoreline and over 5,000 acres in Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor and Lewis Counties – including wildlife habitat, working farms and forests, and land managed as public parks.
And while their core mission is to protect land, another key goal that emerged from their recent five year strategic plan is a commitment to connect people with nature. Reed explains, “We want to provide people with opportunities to get outside and engage with the land that we’ve preserved. Nature can provide recreation. Restoration is a fun way to learn. We want to help make those connections for people.”
A project that is near completion called Rose II Phase of Goldsborough Creek, will help meet this commitment to connect people with conservation land. For the last decade, Capitol Land Trust has prioritized conservation in Goldsborough Creek, which flows into Shelton’s Oakland Bay. Goldsborough is an important creek for water quality going into the bay, and for fish. Hikers enjoy the trail along the creek, and especially enjoy watching the salmon running in the fall.
“We’ve been trying to protect land along this creek and watershed as it becomes available, and with partners we’ve managed to protect 1,000 acres in that watershed. Rose Phase II adds 20 acres and is adjacent to our North Fork Goldsborough preserve,” Reed said.
On Saturday, August 1, Capitol Land Trust will hold its Annual Summer Gala and Auction at Ralph and Nancy Munro’s Triple Creek Farm on Eld Inlet in Olympia. Part of the proceeds from the event will go to new outreach and education programming. “Helping people make connections with nature is one of the things we’ll be raising money for at the gala,” said Reed.
The gala includes a large silent and live auction, locally sourced and prepared salmon by the Chehalis Tribe, beef from Nelson Family Ranch, and shellfish from Taylor Shellfish Farms, local beer and wine, and remarks by New York Times bestselling author and Seattle native, Garth Stein.
“We rely on donors to develop these projects until we can apply for public funding. We rely on sponsors to hold events like the Summer Gala,” explained Reed. “This gala is a celebration of our work, but it is also a critical piece to fund our mission—protecting and preserving the land. We have amazing places right in our backyard to protect, like the Black River, and it is important to do everything we can to move this work forward.”
To learn more about supporting the work of the Capitol Land Trust, visit their website.
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“Our operating assumption is that everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast,” said Kenneth Murphy, who directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Region X office, which includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.
Murphy’s stark and startling comment was made in a recent New Yorker magazine article outlining the devastation that could come from a mega-quake of magnitude 9.0 that is overdue in the Pacific Northwest. And when it comes, it could be the worst natural disaster in the history of North America.
“If that New Yorker article has you scared, we want you to take a deep breath and channel that energy into getting your home and your family prepared for emergencies. Don’t be scared of earthquakes and tsunamis—be informed and prepared,” said Sandy Johnson, Manager of the Thurston County Emergency Management Division. “Preparedness will be the key to surviving the next big earthquake in our area.”
The Thurston County Emergency Management website has a ton of tips, tools and information on how to prepare your home and family for emergencies and help you survive “The Really Big One.” Learn how to make your own 72-hour disaster kit, join a citizen volunteer response group, download a tip sheet on earthquake preparedness, or contact emergency management staff to schedule a “3 Days, 3 Ways” training session—all this and more is available on the Thurston County Emergency Management website.
The county’s team of emergency management experts is also doing their part to prepare the region and its residents for emergencies and disasters like earthquakes. The county has its Hazard Mitigation Plan, which outlines initiatives to reduce or eliminate hazards. The county is required to have its Hazard Mitigation Plan in order to qualify for certain competitive grant funding opportunities.
The county is also updating its Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, which guides the coordination of Thurston County government and other partner agencies for disaster response and recovery. The county will hold a public hearing on the updated Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan on Tuesday, August 4 at 3 p.m. at the county courthouse. Go to www.co.thurston.wa.us/em for information about the August 4 public hearing.
The county’s emergency management staff members also participate in statewide and regional emergency drills and exercises, such as the Cascadia Rising regional exercise planned for June 2016. Cascadia Rising will test plans for response to a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami. Local jurisdictions and state agencies from across Washington, Oregon and Idaho will be participating in the Cascadia Rising exercise alongside staff and experts from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other federal government agencies.
This fall, Thurston County Emergency Management will host the annual Emergency Preparedness Expo. As you prep the kids to go back to school, you can prep your home and family to be ready for earthquakes, storm season, or any emergency. Join us at the 2015 Emergency Preparedness Expo on Saturday, September 26 at Yelm High School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
If you are interested in learning more about personal preparedness, or you would like to schedule a presentation, please contact Vivian Eason, Thurston County Emergency Management at EasonV@co.thurston.wa.us or at (360) 867-2825.
By Morgan Willie
If you’re a mom on Mother’s Day, you might expect to share a relaxing day with the family. You might await a phone call or a handwritten card. You may even anticipate being greeted with breakfast in bed.
You would not, however, anticipate to be awoken by your child’s cries of agony. You would not expect to spend the day waiting for your child’s medical results at the emergency room.
For mother Dawn Sigler, this was a very real set of circumstances. Mother’s Day 2015 had a staggering impact on Dawn, her family, and most of all, her precious daughter, Destini.
Destini Sigler is a sweet, compassionate young lady whose angelic voice and vibrant personality have touched the lives of many.
Destini’s health was on a slow decline during the second half of her ninth grade year. She was experiencing persistent headaches and her vision was swiftly becoming poorer. Dawn took her to see a physician, who gave Destini ibuprofen and suggested she rest. Little did they know, Destini’s headaches were being caused by something that could not simply be treated with pain medication and sleep.
When Destini woke up in extreme pain on Mother’s Day, Dawn rushed her to the emergency room where several doctors conducted a CT scan and did blood work to try to determine what exactly was hurting her head.
It turned out that Destini had a tumor and cyst growing on her pituitary gland. Her vision was being compromised because the mass was pressing on her optic nerve.
When Destini was first informed of the mass, she didn’t know how to react.
“I was in a major state of disbelief, and honestly I really don’t remember very much. The biggest thing that I remember is feeling as if my world had come to a gigantic halt,” she said. “I knew that things were going to change quickly and that there was nothing that I could do to change that.”
Within the month, Destini had the mass surgically removed from her brain. The surgery was a success, and the immediate pathology report came back as benign, meaning she would not need further treatment. This was a breath of fresh air for the Sigler family.
“This experience has definitely renewed our faith. We are all very thankful for this outcome as we know the results could have been much worse,” Dawn said. “Destini is a fighter and we fight together as a family. When one hurts, we all hurt.”
Destini’s vision has completely returned and her healing process has been going smoothly, although the medication does have its side affects. She makes sure to watch her activity and stay hydrated throughout the day. For now, she is still getting regular check-ups and taking time to rest.
Destini and Dawn are immensely grateful for the support they have received from family and friends.
Especially from Destini’s father, David, who showed encouragement through it all, and Destini’s brother, Devan, too.
“Devan has been her rock,” Dawn noted. “He kept her laughing and content through her recovery. He took on a big role of being more responsible for himself, which has helped him grow as a young man. I couldn’t be more proud.”
The family has undergone tremendous amounts of stress in these past few months, but they’ve all taken away so much from the experience.
“One major thing that I have learned from my experience is that you should always live each day to its fullest potential,” Destini said. “You never know what tomorrow will bring, and suddenly in a flash, you can find yourself thrown into a situation that could potentially change the course of your life forever.”
At the moment, Destini is working hard to prepare for her role as Dorothy in the upcoming performance of “The Wizard of Oz” by Olympia’s Creative Theatre Experience (CTE.)
CTE is a non-profit children’s theater education program that allows children and teens to build creativity, important life skills, confidence, and leadership while on stage. Destini got involved with CTE in 2014 and she has a special place in her heart for musicals.
Program Director Kathy Dorgan says Destini has been nothing but a pleasure to work with.
“She takes notes and recommendations very well and is willing to take chances on stage,” Kathy said. “Of course, she’s very talented, and has a beautiful singing voice. In auditions, she had a spunky quality that really worked well for what I wanted in the character of Dorothy.”
Apparently, Destini’s surgery had little impact on her desire to perform with CTE.
“There wasn’t a question if Destini wanted to [join CTE] this year or not. It was more [a question of] ‘would she be well enough to endure it,'” Dawn noted.
Kathy has noticed that Destini hasn’t lost any of her exuberance or commitment for the program.
“I definitely think the experience has made her stronger! That spunk I mentioned earlier is really present. She takes nothing for granted, and works so hard. She’s always encouraging others, has a smile and a thank you for everyone,” Kathy mentioned. “I think honestly that she is very determined to have the surgery not be a factor.”
Destini is most looking forward to seeing the audience’s reactions to the “beautiful stage pieces, props, outrageous costumes, and songs.”
“We have all put our hearts and souls into this show and I know that we will steal your hearts,” she said. “This is going to be an amazing show! I can’t wait to see how everything turns out.”
You can come to see Destini as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” on July 30 – July 31 at 7:00 p.m. and Aug 1 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. All shows will be put on at the Olympia High School Performing Arts Center.
Preparing to welcome a new baby into your family is an exciting time of waiting and wondering. Not knowing who the little life growing inside you will become is part of the miracle of new life. However, for many women pregnancy also means accepting a changing body, developing an understanding of what that body is capable of. Ultimately, it’s capable of a whole lot, including bringing a baby into the world.
Staying fit during your pregnancy is safe and beneficial for both mom and baby. Controlling weight gain and maintaining critical muscle tone and strength will not only help with the birth process, but speed healing and a return to “your old self” once the baby is born. But knowing what you can and can’t do and how to modify your routines is key.
Amanda Price-Salazar is no stranger to understanding fitness during pregnancy. The 36-year-old owner and lead personal trainer at Edge Fitness in Tumwater is also a new mom to baby Mia, born in February 2015. In addition to her real-world experience as a new mom, Price-Salazar is also certified in pre- and post-pregnancy training and nutrition. She has helped countless women navigate their fitness goals throughout their pregnancys safely and effectively, seeing them through birth and back to their pre-baby bodies after.
“It’s so important to take care of your health before you get pregnant, and then to maintain an active lifestyle throughout your pregnancy,” explains Price-Salazar. “If you are fit during pregnancy, when you have your baby, you are more likely to have a healthy labor and birth and are then physically prepared to give back to your baby.”
When a current Edge Fitness client lets Price-Salazar know she’s pregnant, the two of them sit down together and review guidelines for continued training and Boot Camp classes. She provides a comprehensive packet of information including nutrition guidelines, heart-rate monitor suggestions based on a client’s doctor’s recommendation, exercises for at home and more. Very few modifications are needed in the gym initially, but as the pregnancy progresses, workout changes are necessary.
“I make sure I check in with a pregnant client after each visit with their OBGYN and see if there are any changes in their care and health,” Price-Salazar says. And based on her education and experience, she helps women know when to start modifying activities during boot camps and training sessions. For example, when it’s no longer safe to lay on your back for abdominal exercises, Price-Salazar offers a variety of modifications to keep abs as part of the routine. “You can use a stability ball to sit on and do crunches, you can do planks, you can do ‘lean and holds’ on the ball. There are lots of ways to still work your core all throughout your pregnancy and be safe for the baby.”
Along with training, Edge Fitness provides customized nutrition programs tailored for pregnancy to help women avoid the over-indulgence that is so easy to justify when “eating for two” as well as keeping changing hormones under control. Nutrition guidance can be critical both during and after pregnancy as so many different and new demands are made on a mother’s body. “I stress that during pregnancy and especially during the first year as a new mom, that eating every three hours is just as important for mom as baby. If you don’t put good nutrition into your body, you’ll end up exhausted and unhealthy and not as good a mom to your baby.”
One tip she gives new moms is prepping food ahead of time so when hunger strikes you don’t reach for the bag of chips out of convenience. Price-Salazar knows first hand that schedules can go out the window in the first months of parenting, but reminds new moms that skipping meals or binging after a day of “no time to eat” is a recipe for hormone fluctuation and weight gain.
Pregnancy is a nine-month journey. Don’t expect the journey back to pre-baby fitness to just be a few weeks. “You can’t do everything just on day one back in the gym. It’s not realistic or safe,” explains Price-Salazar. Instead, she helps clients take steps towards regaining not only physical health, but a positive body image, on an achievable timeline. “Often I help coach clients not only on their fitness but with their body image and helping them feel like themselves again, to feel pretty again,” she shares.
It’s a family-friendly atmosphere at Edge, with babies and kids welcome during classes and sessions. Salazar-Price tries hard to remove barriers to getting back in the gym and a solid fitness routine. And no matter when that return might be – after 6 weeks, 6 months, or several years – Price-Salazar is ready to help.
“A lot of women come to me long after their children are born, maybe three or four years after, and they just couldn’t make the time for themselves in those first years,” shares Price-Salazar. But no matter when you take that step into Edge Fitness, Amanda Price-Salazar will be ready.
“So many women tell themsleves it’s not possible, that they can’t do it. I know they can and I can show them how.”
To learn more about fitness before, during and after pregnancy, visit Edge Fitness online or call 360-790-6767.
By Natasha Ashenhurst
For some, retirement is a well-earned reward—a finish line to cross after an exhausting, and not particularly rewarding, race.
For the lucky ones, retirement is bittersweet—the end of one act—a journey that was thrilling and satisfying during the entire ride.
Wayne Lieb is one of the lucky ones. A founding partner at Putnam Lieb Potvin Attorneys at Law, Lieb is beginning his exit strategy from the firm, a glide path where he’ll take no new clients and focus his remaining time at the firm wrapping up existing cases.
“I love my job. I’ve had a great career,” said Lieb. “I am proud of the office that Kim [Putnam] and I built. The concept of retirement is exciting and also difficult. I am looking forward to doing the fun things, but at the same time it is hard to walk away from all that I have built and accomplished, and move on to the next phase of my life. Nevertheless, time marches on.”
Lieb’s 30-plus-year career began in Bellingham, where he was a student at Fairhaven—a college of Western Washington University. “It was the 1960s. I was motivated by social justice and helping people. After Fairhaven, I went to law school at the University of Washington,” he said.
After graduation, Lieb served in legal services for two years, and then for three years as a public defender in Seattle. After working in Seattle, Lieb served for five years as both an administrative law judge and chief review judge for the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals adjudicating workers’ compensation appeals.
In 1987, Lieb went to work in Olympia for a firm of five attorneys that represented clients in Olympia, Seattle and Bellingham. That firm went through a friendly dissolution, and Putnam and Lieb formed their own firm in 1990 with a mission to assist injured persons in obtaining the benefits they deserve and restore dignity to the legal process.
“Coming to Olympia to practice law was serendipitous. My goal has always been to help people. When you are in law school you don’t know how that will play out or how your interests will develop,” he said.
Lieb is very proud of the firm he helped build, and the team that he works with day in and out. “We have a great place to work. Our team stays here because of that. We’ve combined that marvelous aspect of hard work, quality work, taking care of our clients, yet also genuinely enjoy working together.”
The nursery on the second floor of the law offices is a great testament to this ideal. If an employee has a baby, they bring them to work until the baby can walk. The staff redecorates the nursery for every new infant—this year’s nursery has a monster theme. The baby always has a caring adult vying to hold it, and the new mother receives a lot of support.
It is this caring environment that keeps staff turnover close to zero, which, in turn, created the foundation of the firm’s success, both as a team and for each attorney there.
Lieb has had his share of professional success over the past 40 years. He has served on the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ) board of governors and as chair of the Workers’ Compensation section of WSAJ, was appointed a special master in Federal Court matters, and has extensive experience in trial and appellate work, resulting in over 20 published appellate decisions. For multiple consecutive years, Wayne has received honors as a Martindale Hubbell AV rated attorney, a US News Best Lawyer, a Thomson Reuters Super Lawyer, and Million Dollar Advocate Forum.
Yet for Lieb, it is the personal, day-to-day exchanges that define his career. He said, “The moments I remember best are the clients who weep when an economic burden has been lifted from their shoulders, or the clients who greet you with ‘I hate lawyers,’ then regret their words when you win their case. It is helping people who are stressed by their desperate circumstances. Those are the things I am especially proud of.”
And for the past 40 years, Lieb has put in 50 to 60 hour weeks, yet never found work a burden. “If you love what you’re doing it isn’t work. I really believe that. And now that I’m at the end of my career, legacy comes to mind. I want to be sure that the quality of service and dedication we have to our clients continues. To do that we’ve brought on newer attorneys, Kathryn Potvin and Dustin Dailey, and I am excited by the quality of work they’ve brought to the team.”
Lieb’s exit strategy is still in development, but he wants to remain available to the team as a resource. He said, “I am not disappearing, but I do intend to step out and make room for the younger generation to shine.”
However, Lieb does have the first phase of his retirement planned out. “My wife and I recently took a three week trip to Spain. It was a trial run, of sorts. I’ve never taken more than two weeks off, and I loved it. So, for the first year of retirement I’ve bought two different ski resort season passes and a winterized R.V. I plan on following the snow, wherever it takes me. When I’m not skiing you’ll be able to find me backpacking, sailing or at the ocean. Then, once I’ve travelled a bit, I’d love to come back to Olympia and get involved in the community as a volunteer. But first, I want to go have fun.”
To learn more about Putnam Lieb Potvin, visit their website or call 360-754-7707.
Join us at the Olympia Library for an evening of comedy. Four of Olympia's best comics, plus one from Tacoma, will make you laugh so hard you'll beg for mercy. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Library. This program will occur after regular library hours and no other library services will be available.Google Plus One Facebook Like