Submitted by Christine Towey for Saint Martin’s University
Most people argue with their siblings all growing up, it’s just a part of life. But most grow up, go off to college and only see their siblings occasionally. This however, isn’t the case for the Miller sisters. Meet Paige Miller and Megan Miller. These two girls hail from Everett, Wash., and grew up playing their favorite sport, softball. Paige just finished her freshman year at Saint Martin’s University, while Megan just finished her junior year. Both attended Cascade High School in Everett, Wash.
Paige, while undecided in her major, is leaning towards business, while her sister, Megan, is a business major. Both girls talk about how they’ve loved softball from a young age and their passion for it has only grown since high school. Megan, and Paige both started at the young age of five, and Megan remembers loving it instantly. “I loved it right away… It’s easy to love this sport, especially as a child because you just go out and play and the older you get the more relationships you build from it.” And her relationship truly has kept building and building, which ultimately led her to Saint Martin’s.
Although Megan has three years under her belt, she still gets to enjoy the team getting ready for events such as regionals. Saint Martin’s softball team took home first in GNAC, and was the seventh seed at the NCAA West Regional Tournament. “I am not as nervous as the first time just because some of us have been here before and know what it’s all about. It’s just another game.” But this wasn’t the case for Paige, this was her first time playing teams outside the GNAC. “I was both nervous and excited for regionals. But I was mostly excited because we worked so hard to get there so I was ready to play because I knew it would be one of the greatest times of my life.”
Although it may not seem like it, the Miller sisters haven’t always played on the same time. Because of their age difference, they competed on separate teams, with a few guest plays on each other’s teams until high school. While playing for Cascade High School Megan decided this was something she wanted to pursue into college. “When I was a freshman in high school, I started playing for a team that was going to college exposure tournaments. When I saw some of my older teammates talking to schools about softball I realized that was something I wanted too.”
And she has done nothing but flourish. While playing against Central Washington University, Megan hit for the cycle and successfully completed it. This also earned her the title of GNAC Player of the Week. In that game Miller at eight at bats, including two doubles, a triple and a home run. “During the game and going into my last at bat I had no idea that I was on track to hit for the cycle. It’s probably a good thing that I didn’t realize it because it might have changed the outcome. After my last at bat I came back into the dugout and a bunch of my teammates approached me and asked if I realized what I had just done. They were all so happy for me and once I realized that it was happened I was so excited.”
Paige decided college softball was her while traveling the nation in high school and has never looked back. “I decided I wanted to pursue college softball when I started playing competitively on a select team. We would travel all over the US to play in tournaments and I loved everything about it and I knew I wanted to play at a higher level.”
It may only be Paige’s first year, but it has had quite the impact on her life. “I’ve really enjoyed my first year at Saint Martin’s. I’ve made great friends and have loved the college experience. Being on the softball team is what I’ve enjoyed the most about the first year. I’ve made so many great memories with my team and we worked hard to have a great season. The softball team’s scores have done nothing but reflect how hard work and commitment pay off, by them going 41-20.
Although they’re two years apart in age, the bond between these two sisters if obvious, and will only grow next year as they play again for the Saints. “If it wasn’t for Megan playing on the SMU team I probably would have never known about Saint Martin’s, so she was definitely a huge factor in helping me decide to go here. And being able to play with Megan is an added bonus because she’s always been an amazing teammate and sister and I look up to her in many ways. Megan mirrors this sentiment as well, “I really enjoy [going to the same school] because I feel we are closer now than ever. College is such an important time of our lives and I am happy to share the experience with her.”
Sadly next year will be their last year being able to play together, but both girls agree that they plan sharing their love of the sport by coaching later on in their lives. You can catch them in action again next year starting with their fall season.
There are two excellent group exhibits here in the Pacific Northwest that showcase art from recycled materials, and both are ending soon:
Saving the Environment: Sustainable Art exhibit at the Schack Art Center in Everett (April 23 – May 30, 2015) is an ambitious group show that spans a wide range of ways that artists work with recycled materials.
The list of participating artists includes lots of our favorite artist who work with recycled materials: Staci Adman, Sarah Allen, Dona Anderson, Jules Anslow, Jim Arrabito, Ross Palmer Beecher, Aline Bloch, Mary Ellen Bowers, Eric Brown, Susan Brendon, Jody Cain, Alana Coleman, Barbara De Pirro, Lynn DiNino, Marita Dingus, Amy Duncan, Claire Farabee, Roxy Gesler, Stuart Gullstrand, Julia Haack, Karen Hackenberg, Terra Holcomb, Katherine Holzknecht, Jan Hopkins, Susie Howell, Wendy Huhn, Peggy Hunt, Gay Jensen, Gale Johansen, Kristol Jones, Diane Kurzyna aka Ruby Re-Usable, Alice Larson, Stephen Lestat, Lucy Mae Martin, Danny Mangold, Lin McJunkin, Russ Morgan, Randy Morris, Thor Myhre, Keith Pace, Evan Peterson, Stan Price, Rainere Rainere, Lisa Rhoades, Joe Rossanno, Graham Schodda, Britni Jade Smith, Victoria & Ron Smith, Denise Snyder, Christine Stoll, Pat Tassoni, Joe Walker, Sylvia White, Laurie Williams, Heather Wilson, Tonnie Wolfe, Monica Ann Guerrero Yocom, and more
More pics HERE
Also check out this installation by Barbara De Pirro and Joe Walker at the show:
The other show that is happening right now is Cut & Bent: Group Exhibition at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, an awesome tin/metal art group show with Ross Palmer Beecher, Jenny Fillius, Nia Michaels, Deborah Paul, Kathy Ross, Loran Scruggs, and Nan Wonderly — ends June 7, 2015.
Jenny Fillius with BIMA’s curator Greg Robinson podcast
More pics HERE
Submitted by The Port of Olympia
The Port Commission invites the Thurston County Community to attend the interviews for the District #3 Commissioner position. Commissioners George L. Barner, Jr. and Bill McGregor will interview all applicants on June 1 and 2, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Tumwater Town Center, 7241 Cleanwater Drive SW. No public comment will be taken at the meetings.
District #3 Commissioner Interview Schedule
June 1, 2015
1:00 pm – E.J. Zita
1:40 pm – Dick Pust
2:20 pm – Break (10 min.)
2:30 pm – Bob Jones
3:10 pm – Michelle Morris
June 2, 2015
1:00 pm – Larry Goodman
1:40 pm – Fred Finn
2:20 pm – Break (10 min.)
2:30 pm – Jerry Farmer
3:10 pm – George Sharp
For more information, please contact Jeri Sevier, email@example.com, 360-528-8003.
By Jennifer Crooks
With the Wright Brothers’ first flight in 1903 aviation became an object of national fascination in early twentieth century America. In May 1911, this interest in flight would combine with civic boosterism to bring Fred “The Birdman” Wiseman to Olympia to make the first airplane flight in Thurston County’s history. Wiseman (1876-1961) was already a noted pilot, credited with the first airmail flight in American history.
In the spring of 1911, Wiseman and several other aviators performed in various Pacific Northwest cities. Seeing this as a way to advertise their town, the Olympia Chamber of Commerce wrote to Charles L. Young, Wiseman’s manager, inquiring if the “Birdman” would be interested in flying in Olympia. Wiseman agreed and his flight was announced to the public on May 3.
Young came to Olympia to negotiate Wiseman’s contract after approving Carlyon Driving Park (near present-day Capitol Boulevard and Carlyon Avenue) as the site of the flight. The Chamber agreed to cover advertising costs and rent the track (about $200). Money from ticket sales would be divided between Wiseman’s group and the Chamber of Commerce. To raise the $200, which was needed immediately, a committee of the Chamber of the Commerce solicited donations from local businesses. Richard Butler was hired to handle regional publicity.
However, things did not go as planned. When Wiseman arrived in Olympia on the evening of May 17, the day before his scheduled flight, he declared the chosen area unsuitable for flying because the field was too small and surrounded by trees. A new site, on the Carlyon Fill, where the Swantown Marina is today, was selected. The Chamber of Commerce readily agreed to this change. Having just completed the Carlyon Fill, which added many blocks to the Olympia peninsula in 1910-11, they saw this as a chance to advertise the project. Although now considered a decision with serious environmental consequences, back then most people in Olympia simply saw the fill as a boon to business.
To prepare the site, Wiseman’s flight was delayed until May 19. His plane was reassembled in a shed and everything was on track for a flight in the afternoon. However, high winds delayed it another day. Wiseman had to cancel a Sunday flight in another location to keep his contract with Olympia. Impressed that he canceled this other engagement, tickets for the event were printed with “Boost for Olympia. Be square with a square man.” These tickets sold at 50 cents for adults, 25 cents for children.
People gathered early for the flight on May 20. The Olympia Daily Recorder newspaper estimated about 1,500 people attended but only 350 bought tickets. Most attendees thronged the city streets, beaches, buildings or watched from boats on the water. Olympia schools and most businesses closed for the afternoon.
Wiseman completed a total of three flights during the afternoon, starting at 3:10. For a first flight that lasted five minutes, he took off flying due north from the shed, rising 100 feet above the ground, going nearly to Priest Point Park, circling around to fly over the crowd, waving to those below. He flew around in a circle and landed near the north end of the field.
Wiseman did two more flights, at 3:50 and 4:30, each of which lasted about three minutes. Both times he circled the Olympia Harbor. Serious propeller trouble caused by an overheated flange curtailed his activities and he had to cancel taking up passengers and flying around the Capitol building’s clock tower. On the second flight he took a photo but the camera failed. The next flight he tried to take another photo of the town, but the photo did not turn out. However, the Chamber of Commerce considered the flights of the “Birdman” an overall success.
His flights completed, Wiseman and his entourage left by train that evening and shipped out his plane. The Chamber of Commerce was unable to meet expenses from the ticket sales and was forced to collect the subscriptions promised by the business people. Still the Chamber hoped Wiseman and several other aviators might perform on the Fourth of July later that year but they did not.
One mystery surrounding Wiseman’s flights on May 20 is the lost moving picture film of Olympia. A “Mr. Harbeck” of the Western State Illustrating Company filmed Wiseman’s three flights as well as places around Olympia, such as the Capitol. This film was shown at the Rex Theater in Olympia May 22 through 28. After that it was sent to Seattle and onto “the regular circuit.” The ultimate fate of the film has never been determined, though its survival is doubtful.
Wiseman retired from flying later in 1911 and eventually became an executive for Standard Oil. Olympia’s aviation history would continue to change and grow, centered on the Olympia Regional Airport which was established in the 1920s. The popular Olympic Air Show, held annually by the Olympic Flight Museum at the airport, demonstrates the continued love of flight in the local community.
Submitted by Diana Yu
Are you ready for another season of Zumba® in the Park (ZIP) Olympia Lacey? 2015 marks the 5th year of ZIP enthusiasts dancing outdoors and having fun while being physically active. Join us anytime, every time. NO experience necessary, just a desire to move and have fun.
Every Saturday from 2 – 3:30 p.m. between June and mid-September, you will see brightly clad folks dancing in public places, just having a grand time. Family friendly and kid appropriate, the volunteer Zumba® instructors lead easy to follow routines that is sure to get you moving. There are also a few events that are not on the usual Saturdays. Check out our schedule on here and like us on Facebook “Zumba® in the Park Olympia Lacey”.
This year our trail takes us to East Bay Plaza by Hands On Childrens Museum, to Tivoli Fountain on the Capitol campus, Tenino Quarry pool, Rainier Vista Park in Lacey, Huntamer Park in Lacey and Percival Landing.
Get out your sun screen, shades, water, comfy clothes, shoes and plenty of fresh drinking water. Then head out to join us wherever we are. Fun activity for kids and adults.
Submitted by Westport Winery
For the fifth time Westport Winery won the King 5 Evening Magazine Best of the Northwest Competition. This time they won the Best Wine Tour category. The fun and interesting Backstage Winemaker’s Tour is offered every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. with Director of Winemaking Dana Roberts. Additionally, guests are invited to do their own self-guided tour every day through the winery’s many display gardens that include over 40 sculptures by local artists. Extensive signage is provided to make this a truly memorable and fulfilling experience.
When you visit be sure to explore the resort’s unique sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, all located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. You will see why Westport Winery was voted Best of the Northwest Wine Tour and Destination.
Westport Winery Garden Resort’s award-winning wines are exclusively available at the resort. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market, plant nursery, bakery and gardens, 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 at www.westportwinery.com.
Submitted by Northwest Christian Private Schools
Merissa Tatum is a 2006 graduate of Northwest Christian High School (NCHS) and a 2010 graduate of the University of Washington. Ms. Tatum now serves as the Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Washington where she oversees the work of several admissions employees.
Born in Tacoma, and raised in Olympia, Merissa is the product of a single-parent, low-income household, however she considers herself extremely blessed. From a very early age, her grandmother taught her that success could be achieved through hard work and by obtaining a good education. With her faith and her family as a constant motivation, Merissa persevered and became the first in her family to earn a college degree. She received her B.A. from the UW in 2010, then continued on to earn her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the UW in 2013. Education is a vital part to who she is, and she will one day work to obtain her doctoral degree. Long term, Merissa aspires to reach a Sr. Vice President level at the University of Washington, establishing progressive policy changes for the undergraduate student body.
Prior to attending NCHS, Merissa attended Community Christian Academy (CCA), part of the Northwest Christian Private Schools for 8th grade. She has fond memories of CCA and in particular Mr. Graham as the principal. At NCHS, Merissa focused on academics all four years of high school but also found time to play three years of volleyball and basketball. In addition, Merissa was a student class officer each year and served as ASB President her senior year.
One of the classes at NCHS that really had an impact on Merissa was Outreach. She appreciated the opportunity to help provide service to diverse groups in our community and felt that Outreach helped prepare her for the admissions job at the University of Washington. Merissa also mentioned that her Bible classes at NCHS helped her keep her faith strong during the college years.
Merissa gives a lot of credit to her grandmother and also to NCHS staff for helping her reach her college and career goals. She told us that “It was not an option for her not to go to college”. Her grandmother was committed to finding the best education possible for Merissa. Merissa was the first in her family to attend college.
Merissa was quick to give credit to other teachers who helped her along the way as well. She specifically mentioned and really appreciated the help of NCHS science teacher Michelle Whittaker. Mrs. Whittaker was Merissa’s science teacher but also helped Merissa with the college admissions process. Merissa was accepted to Duke University among other schools but decided that the University of Washington was more in line with her interests and her major.
During her undergraduate days at the University of Washington, Merissa was one of only two people (out of 200 applicants) to be selected for an internship in the Admissions Office at the University of Washington. After graduation, Merissa was hired as a University employee in Admissions and now supervises several University admission recruiters.
Marissa teaches dance and exercise classes in her spare time and is active in her church community. She lists the Bible as her favorite book on her university biography. As far as future career plans are concerned, Merissa plans to pursue her doctorate degree and continue helping prospective and current University of Washington students reach their dreams.
When asked what she loves most about her job, Merissa replied, “I love helping students pursue their dreams of going to college. Regardless of their race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, or if they’re first generation: all students should have access to higher education. Seeing them go from high school through the application process to having them join us on campus the following fall… makes my job worthwhile. I have an obligation to give back to my community, paving the way for the next generation to come.”
Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton
Henry is a 14 month old German Shepherd mix. He’s like a sponge, just waiting to soak up everything you have to teach him. Henry lived in a home with mature owners and will do best in a new home with calm, loving, confident owners who understand the breed and who can help him continue to grow and become a confident, happy boy.
Henry has never been around other dogs , cats or kids. Henry is a beautiful dog who is a little shy at first but you will quickly discover what a nice boy he really is.
We have lots of great dogs and always need volunteers to help them. Visit our website at www.adoptapet-wa.org or contact Adopt-A-Pet, on Jensen Road in Shelton, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 432-3091. Join us on Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington”.
Submitted by the Port of Olympia
Port of Olympia is consolidating its core function departments and real estate operation into a single building, Percival Plaza, at 606 Columbia Street NW in downtown Olympia. Currently, the offices occupy one building and three trailers at two locations.
Relocating are the commission offices, real estate business, and the executive, finance, environmental and engineering departments, for a total of 26 persons. The will move will occur according to a staggered schedule, from May 27 to 29 and June 2 through June 5.
While no major disruptions to customer service are expected, there will be brief periods when staff of various departments may not be available. All phones are expected to be working. If a Port contact does not answer, callers are asked to leave a voicemail. No delays longer than 24 hours (week days) are anticipated.
The Commission acted for better public access and the health and safety of visitors and Port employees when it approved relocation of the offices at its regular meeting on January 12th. Among the considerations, the Homeland Security regulations as a result of 9-11 restrict public access to the marine terminal property where the majority of those moving have been located. This put a security gate between the Port and the community. Visitors are required to show photo ID to security guards and public meetings cannot occur on the site.
The existing offices need major repairs to their ventilation systems and structures. Evidence shows that the renovations which the building and three trailers require would not be worth the investment.
Consolidating the core function departments in one building has been a long-term goal of the Port. The consolidation is expected to facilitate inter-departmental communications and collaboration and the overall management of the core functions.
Submitted by Capital Medical Center
Capital Medical Center has turned 30. The hospital was founded in 1985 by a small group of physicians seeking to expand health care for women. Today Capital Medical Center is that, and more. The hospital recently completed a $1.5 million renovation of their women’s services unit, including newly remodeled private birthing suites and an upgraded family waiting area.
A $16.3 million expansion and renovation of the hospital’s surgical services department, slated to begin later this year, will include seven state-of-the-art operating suites to accommodate the growing demand from patients and to better meet the needs of surgeons. Since 2005, Capital has invested over $32 million in new technologies and facilities.
Capital’s CEO, Jim Geist, says he is always surprised when he finds someone is unaware that Capital Medical Center is a hospital. “This is a full-service, accredited hospital and Level IV trauma facility providing critical 24-hour emergency care to residents of the Southwest Washington.”
“It may come from the perception that a community hospital is less than full service,” he said. “In fact, you’ll find the same level of professionalism, expertise and technology as hospitals in larger urban areas like Seattle and Portland.”
Dr. Angela Bowen, a retired endocrinologist, was one of the founding physicians of the hospital. “I think it’s a friendlier place, not as big and busy and kind of impersonal as a much bigger hospital. The quality of doctors that practice at Capital makes me very comfortable. You can get most anything you need done there.”
In a nod to the hospital’s excellence, The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading health care accreditation organization, awarded their “Gold Seal of Approval”— one of the first in the state — to Capital’s Joint & Spine Center in 2013. Dr. Stephen Snow, an orthopedic surgeon, leads Capital’s Physician Leadership Group and has, himself, been a patient for spine surgery at Capital.
“I have confidence in Capital Medical Center and have sent family members there when they needed care,” said Snow. “Having a hospital on both sides of town increases access, and the community benefits by having two strong health care centers.”
Quality and patient safety are carefully monitored at every level at Capital. Former Olympia Mayor Doug Mah chairs Capital’s board of trustees. The board is comprised of physicians and community volunteers who gather monthly to review quality dashboards and ensure patients are experiencing the best possible outcomes.
“Capital Medical Center really dedicates itself to exceptional care,” said Mah. “They bring diversity, choice and tremendous economic investment to our region.”
Capital Medical Center’s impact is widely felt in our community. Over the past five years, the hospital has provided more than $52 million in charity and uncompensated care, including nearly $375,000 in donations to community service organizations. Capital also paid $12.7 million in state and local taxes and fees, helping fund schools, public safety, emergency services, and care for the poor.
Paula Rauen, executive director of the Olympia Free Clinic, recently received a $3,500 donation from Capital and their employees after they selected the non-profit to receive the proceeds of a monthly “Jeans Day” campaign.
“We are very grateful for our partnership with Capital Medical Center and the generosity of their employees,” said Rauen, “Good health care affects families. If you have healthy parents, you have healthy children.”
While Capital has invested heavily in new technologies, ultimately, great health care is delivered by people. And Capital has some of the Northwest’s best — from professional nurses and technical staff to passionate, fellowship-trained physicians and specialists trained to treat most any condition.
Over the past five years, Capital has infused nearly $200 million in wages and investment into our region’s economy. Capital provides jobs for more than 550 employees who live in our neighborhoods, volunteer in our schools and make our community vibrant.
The hospital is celebrating their 30th anniversary with a variety of events during the year.
To learn more about Capital Medical Center, visit www.capitalmedical.com.
Olympia’s Red Lion Hotel has become the destination for the summer’s premier food and wine event. Dubbed Corks & Forks, the event offers tastings from local wineries, food samplings, entertainment, and hilltop views overlooking Capitol Lake. Community members, hotel guests, wine enthusiasts and gourmands are all welcomed to attend.
“Corks & Forks started as a simple occasion for community members to come together to network and celebrate. The first event in May 2012 was so well attended with such positive feedback encouraging us to host more events that we decided to continue Corks & Forks twice a year, typically in early June and late summer. Everyone recognized that this was the beginning of something special. Our community members and guests clearly appreciated and enjoyed the venue to gather,” explains Jeff Bowe, Director of Sales at Red Lion Hotel Olympia.
The inaugural Corks & Forks hosted approximately fifty attendees. However, word spread throughout the community as an event for professional groups to network, friends to gather, and wine groups to meet. Last summer’s Corks & Forks hosted over 200 people who enjoyed heavy appetizers, local wines, and music on the outdoor lawn area, poolside as well as in the interior restaurant. As the event continues to grow, Bowe hopes to also be able to bring in local breweries and distilleries.
Guest Kyla Cavanagh is enthused about the upcoming Corks & Forks event. “I always have such a wonderful time attending Red Lion’s food and wine events. Their chef expertly pairs a delicious menu to enhance the flavors of the wines available. Not only do you get a taste and learn about many different types of wine, you are also able to purchase your favorites at discounted prices,” she explains.
The next event will be held on Thursday, June 4 and is inspired by the upcoming 2015 U.S. Open Golf Championship located at Chambers Bay. The Grip It & Sip It themed festivities will include a chipping green and putt-putt golf in addition to the customary wine tasting, heavy appetizers, music and dancing. Bowe comments, “Having such a prominent professional golf championship hosted in our area is such a unique opportunity for our region. We want to celebrate this boon for our community.”
Stottle Winery and Madsen Family Cellars have been two of the local wineries featured at the Corks & Forks event since its inception. Both wineries will be present at the Grip It & Sip It event pouring their best samples. Full bottles of wine will also be available to purchase at special prices. In fact, the Red Lion Hotel Olympia has created a charitable giving program in which one dollar from every bottle of wine purchased goes to support a designated local non-profit.
“My wife and I attended this event for the first time last year and we are hooked,” says Brian King. “The venue, food, wine and drinks were fantastic and Red Lion did an incredible job insuring our time was enjoyable and well spent. We will definitely be back and can’t wait to see what they have in store this year.”
As the Corks & Forks event has grown in community participation, Bowe saw it as an opportunity to develop partnerships and support local causes. Last May the Red Lion Hotel Olympia partnered with Operation Home Front Of Pacific Northwest and was able to donate $200 to the non-profit to help local service men and women who have been injured and are returning home. For the Grip It & Sip It event, the Red Lion Hotel Olympia has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County. Now that attendance has grown and participants are aware of the charitable giving component, both organizations anticipate an increase of support going toward this non-profit.
Reservations are encouraged for the upcoming Grip It & Sip It event as well as future Corks & Forks occasions however tickets may also be purchased at the door. The event is open to the public. The cost is only $18 per person and includes the wine tasting from local wineries, food sampling, entertainment, music and dancing. Attendees can RSVP to OlympiaSales@redlion.com. Visit the Red Lion Hotel Olympia’s website or Facebook page for the most up to date information.
Corks & Forks Premie Wine Tasting Events
Red Lion Hotel Olympia
2300 Evergreen Park Drive SW
Olympia, WA 98502