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Junior League of Olympia Hosts Annual Fall Open House, Announces New Board Members

Thurston Talk - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 12:53pm

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Submitted by The Junior League of Olympia The Junior League of Olympia is hosting its annual Open House at 6:30 p.m., September 14 at the State Capital Museum’s Coach House to meet women who are interested in becoming new members in the 2016-17 year. The Fall Open House is free to attend. Refreshments will be […]

Rochester Middle School Science Teacher Names Science Teacher of the Year

Thurston Talk - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 12:44pm

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Submitted by Rochester School District  The Washington Science Teacher Association named Rochester Middle School teacher Pete Duranceau this year’s Science Teacher of the Year for Middle School Education. Duranceau has taught science for 30 years. He pursued the teaching profession because he was interested in having an impact on people and making a difference. “Pete […]

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

Thurston Talk - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 12:31pm

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Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Pete is a 3 year old neutered male Black Labrador Retriever. He weighs about 71 pounds and is up-do-date on his vaccinations. His favorite treats are raw fruit, veggies and cheese.  Pete loves people and really likes going for short and long walks. He enjoys playing in the water but […]

Port Blakely Tree Farms’ Forests Closed Due to Extreme Fire Danger

Thurston Talk - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 12:14pm

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Submitted by Port Blakely Tree Farms Prolonged dry weather conditions have raised the risk of forest fires in the region. Until further notice, Port Blakely Tree Farms’ forestland in Washington and Oregon is closed to all public access. This closure applies to foot, horse, motorized and any other form of access.  While we regret any inconvenience […]

America’s Credit Union Names Vice President of Marketing

Thurston Talk - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 12:07pm

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Submitted by America’s Credit Union America’s Credit Union (ACU) recently announced the appointment of David Hughes to its executive management team as Vice President of Marketing. In his new position, Mr. Hughes is responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of the credit union’s strategic marketing and communications plan to increase visibility and drive Credit […]

JB McCrummen Enhances Homesite to Help Preserve Natural Resources in Rochester

Thurston Talk - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 10:48am

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Submitted by Paul Dunn for Chehalis Basin Lead Entity The late-summer sun glances off JB McCrummen’s face, dividing his smooth-shaven features into light and dark. The sharp, low angle of the rays signals the approach of autumn, though this August day promises to be warm — at 8:30 a.m. the temperature is already in the mid-60s. […]

In Their Own Words: 7 ThurstonTalk Customers Share Their Advertising Results

Thurston Talk - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 6:00am

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With more than 46,000 followers on ThurstonTalk’s Facebook page and reaching about 300,000 people monthly, ThurstonTalk has quickly become a valuable community source of information with a broad, engaged and enthusiastic audience. As a local public relations professional and a writer for ThurstonTalk, I am often asked about its value in promoting business. The people that ask […]

Birth and Blessing – Thoughts from Providence Family Birth Center Labor and Delivery Nurse, Beth Joanis

Thurston Talk - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 6:00am

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Early on a beautiful July evening, I receive the notice I’d been anticipating for weeks – my client’s cervix is now dilated to six centimeters. With my camera ready, Melissa and Joel Swan and I rendezvous at The Birth House. Throughout the night, Melissa and Joel bond during several strolls, stair walks and squats. The […]

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis in Olympia

Janine's Little Hollywood - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 3:06am

Above: Macklemore crowd surfs during Can't Hold Us in the Capitol Theater on Sunday night. 
By Janine Gateswww.janineslittlehollywood.blogspot.com
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis received an enthusiastic Olympia welcome Sunday evening as they came to town for an intimate, energetic concert at the Capitol Theater. 
One of eight stops on their Northwest “Camping Tour,” the Olympia concert sold out in less than an hour. 
Above: Before the concert, Mayor Cheryl Selby presented Macklemore and Ryan Lewis with the cultural keys to the city for their artistic contributions and positive messages while challenging homophobia, promotion of anti-racism discourse, and long term investment in the Black Lives Matter movement.
“…Olympia had a huge impact on me becoming the artist and the human I am today….I met a lot of rappers and a lot of amazing artists and people who wanted to change the world and there were a lot of conversations. If it were not for Olympia, I would not be here,” Macklemore told the cheering crowd.
Warming up the crowd inside before the concert was Xperience, (without the “e” because rappers have to mess with their names and better known as XP), who proudly told the crowd that he was born at St. Peter’s Hospital, and has been collaborating with Macklemore for 13 years.
Macklemore and Lewis kept the crowd singing, dancing, sweating, laughing, and crying with non-stop hits from Cadillac to White Privilege II, ending with Downtown.
“…It’s up to us to rewire…we need to let love take over…I don’t care about the color of your skin, your sexual orientation…I don’t care what your passport says, I want you to be inspired by diversity, not afraid of it. And at the end of the day, hatred can never overpower love,” said Macklemore as he lead into Same Love.
Macklemore joked and told stories of his time in Olympia, during which he created The Language of My World album and graduated from The Evergreen State College.
“Olympia became my family….you guys are my family, and so is Brad Pitt,” as he segued into Brad Pitt’s Cousin.
Describing his drive into Olympia, taking Exit 104, he headed toward Capital Mall, Red Robin, Toys R Us, seeing the skate park on the left, and Burger King on the right.

“….I kept driving, telling myself to stay focused, when all of a sudden, I hear angels calling. What the fuck is that? And I look over to the right….” 
The crowd screamed, realizing he’s heading toward Goodwill and, of course, Thrift Shop.
Above: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis rocked until 11:15 p.m. 


Next, they are on to sold out shows in Hoquiam, Bremerton, and Bellingham, and will end up in Seattle for Bumbershoot on September 3.

5 Tips for Launching a Small Business from Drew Freemantle and Maid Perfect

Thurston Talk - Sun, 08/28/2016 - 6:00am

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Drew Freemantle and his wife Tonya know a lot about cleaning, but also a lot about running a small business together. More than eight years ago, Drew encouraged his wife to branch out on her own after she had spent years cleaning for other companies. The couple launched professional cleaning company, Maid Perfect. Like any […]

Kevin Finger Creates Special Bonds with Bryson Leneker, Jonathan Mitchell at Home Depot

Thurston Talk - Sun, 08/28/2016 - 6:00am

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Bryson Leneker is a snappy dresser with a cool haircut, fashionable glasses, pressed jeans and carefully tied shoes. He is standing on a safety ladder at the Marvin Road Home Depot. In the process of vigorously cleaning the inside of a kitchen cabinet display, he pops his head out. “Hi. I was waiting for you.” […]

In Search of Biscuits and Gravy in Olympia

Thurston Talk - Sat, 08/27/2016 - 6:00am

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Biscuits and gravy, affectionately known as S.O.S. (“Stuff” on a Shingle) to many of us folks from more rural parts of the state, has been a go to breakfast option of mine for years. Whether it was in a favorite greasy spoon in Port Orchard, a fancy restaurant in Bellingham or at home with loved […]

Bountiful Byway Revisited: Stages for all Ages

Thurston Talk - Sat, 08/27/2016 - 6:00am

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Are you up for an adventure by day and yet be in the comfort of your own home before bedtime? Take a trip on our own Bountiful Byway, the back roads of Thurston County to uncover gourmet delights and fun activities – and maybe even make friends along the way. My husband and I headed […]

Mike Pratt – Property Manager for Greene Realty Streamlines Rental Process

Thurston Talk - Sat, 08/27/2016 - 6:00am

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When Mike Pratt moved from Yakima to Olympia nearly twelve years ago, he didn’t just change locations. He also switched careers, entering the real estate field and eventually joining the Greene Realty team where he oversees the property management division. The move was a wise one. “I enjoy working with people and that’s why I […]

Downtown Olympia Road Closures Planned for Macklemore Concert Activities

Thurston Talk - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 10:41am

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Expect Sunday road closures for Downtown Olympia Macklemore Concert Drivers to downtown Olympia should expect road closures on Sunday, Aug. 28, to accommodate expected afternoon crowds for the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Camping Tour concert at the Capitol Theater. 5th Avenue will close to vehicle traffic from Washington Street to Franklin Street starting around 8:00 a.m. […]

Eddy and Becky Miller: Loving Life Living Aboard at Swantown Marina

Thurston Talk - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 6:00am

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Eastbay Drive affords one of Olympia’s most breathtaking views of the Olympic Mountains with the sun sparkling on the Puget Sound and the swaying masts of Swantown Marina and Boatworks in the foreground. At dark, however, an entirely different scene emerges. Among the silhouetted masts are the glowing windows of over 70 families who live-aboard […]

With a Rich History, Aztec Lanes Carries on a Family Tradition

Thurston Talk - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 6:00am

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In the late 1950s or early 1960s, Aztec Lanes was one of the only businesses out on Martin Way. Dirt roads and trails connected from Boulevard to Martin Way. It was a far cry from the bustling business area we know now, but Dan Ruden saw an opportunity and he made it happen. Now, more […]

Olympia Weekend Events Calendar

Thurston Talk - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 6:00am

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Have you started to see the first day of school pictures pop up in your social media feed?  The time is nearing for a return to the rigors of a bell schedule, but for now, let’s enjoy the hot sunshine around Olympia. Love social media?  Apply for our NEW social media coordinator job by next […]

Saint Martin’s welcomes Sister Gertrude Feick as Executive Director of Benedictine Institute

Thurston Talk - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 4:06pm

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Submitted by Saint Martin’s University The Saint Martin’s University community welcomes Sister Gertrude Feick, O.S.B., S.T.D., as executive director of the University’s Benedictine Institute. Sister Gertrude, a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Mt. Angel, Ore., brings to Saint Martin’s a rich and versatile background in Benedictine spirituality, teaching and leadership. She takes the helm […]

Wanted! Social Media Coordinator for ThurstonTalk

Thurston Talk - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 2:59pm

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Wanted: Part-Time Savvy Social Media Expert You will be responsible for posting unique content on a regular basis to our social media pages. You will also be in charge of monitoring these pages and boosting posts to achieve marketing goals.  You will also be responsible for managing ThurstonTalk’s event calendar and handling some additional editorial tasks.  Added bonus: […]

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