ACU Awarded Lakewood Chamber’s Large Business of the Year

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by America’s Credit UnionAmerica’s Credit Union (ACU) was recognized by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce for their outstanding support at the Chamber’s recent Annual Meeting.ACU has been a member of the Lakewood Chamber since 1991 and supports and sponsors several Chamber related activities and events, especially benefiting the military.ACU consistently provides in a significant way to the financial stability of the organization by participating in functions such as the Chamber’s Annual Golf Classic, Annual Commencement Bay Cruise, Christmas Auction, Chili Cook Off, and ShowCase Lakewood.“Their wonderful staff continues to volunteer, support and show up for Chamber functions and events, playing a key role in our local community. But their generosity doesn’t begin and end with the Chamber.  ACU gives back to the community tenfold,” said Linda Smith, Lakewood Chamber President/CEO. “We have enjoyed the terrific relationship with ACU’s staff over the past 20 years—and hope the next twenty will be just as positive.”About America’s Credit Union (ACU)Providing financial services to thousands of military personnel and their families for over 59 years, ACU’s headquarters are located on Joint Base Lewis McChord. For more information about ACU visit read more


When Will Bad Fall Storms Hit? Just Ask the Trees.

first_imgFacebook26Tweet0Pin1Submitted by Take Winter By StormTrees bare during the winter line College Street in Lacey.Weather experts predict big storms ahead; get winter-ready nowWhen will that first classic, havoc-creating fall storm hit Western Washington?(That’s the storm that strips deciduous trees of their leaves all at once, clogging street drains and bringing flooding across the region.)Any day now. Just ask the trees.Dr. Sarah Reichard, University of Washington tree expert and director of the U.W. Botanic Gardens, says watching the trees in your neighborhood — as well as the weather report — is the secret to predicting when those first flood-causing storms will hit.“As day length and temperatures decrease, leaves stop producing chlorophyll, which gives them their green color,” says Reichard at today’s launch of Take Winter By Storm – an annual preparedness campaign to help citizens get prepared before bad weather strikes. “Thus begins their vibrant color changes and the process of separating from the tree.”This changing color toward brown is the sure sign residents need to be on the lookout for as the region is faced with what’s expected to be some very wet weather this winter. Karen Rich, program manager for Take Winter By Storm, says the combination of loose leaves, wind and heavy rain is what clogs neighborhood storm drains causing localized flooding.When that happens, local agencies urge residents to rake storm drains clear. This small effort goes a long way toward keeping roads safe and protecting property.“Urban flooding is just the first of many hazards that come with our Pacific Northwest fall and winter weather,” says Rich. “Citizens need to be weather ready throughout the season, and can find the tools and tips they need at”According to a September 2013 Survey USA report of residents across King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties, nearly half (49%) of all respondents have taken no action at this point to get prepared for winter weather.Here are some tips for getting started:·         Create an emergency preparedness kit with at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water for the home and office. Kits prepared for vehicle road travel and winter weather evacuation go-kits are also advised.Make a communication plan and practice the plan with family and those who depend on you.Stay informed and monitor the weather approaching so you are prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws our way.Visit for more information and helpful resources, such as a downloadable preparedness and maintenance checklists and emergency contact cards.last_img read more


Add Color to your Landscape at The Plant Place

first_imgFacebook10Tweet0Pin1 Submitted by The Plant Place NurseryNow is the time to add color to your landscape.  Here are some of the lovely things we recommend at The Plant Place Nursery.  All of these plants are currently available at the nursery retail lot on 3333 South Bay Rd. NE Olympia, WA 98506.  Open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am-5:30 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.We also carry bare root fruit trees: apple, pear, and cherry.Plants pictured include Japanese Maple, Daphne, Lonicera, Barberry, Katsura Pieris, Heuchera, Ceanothus, Rhododendrons, Wallflower, Euphorbia, Salvia, Grasses, Viburnum, Lithodora, Lilac, Mexican Orange, Vine Maple, Vaccinium, Creeping Phlox, Ash Leaf Spirea, Euonymus, Dappled Willow, Hosta, Heather, Brunnera, Hellebore, Oxalis, Columbine, and Pulmonarialast_img read more


High School, College & NFL Football On KMAS Newsradio

first_imgSubmitted by KMAS NewsradioKMAS Newsradio 1030 AM, 104.1 FM in Mason County, and 92.9 FM in Thurston County will broadcast NFL football Sunday, Monday and Thursday nights.  Broadcast start times are Sundays and Thursdays at 5 PM, and Monday at 4:45 PM.  KMAS Newsradio airs all Seattle Seahawks games for the 2014 season.In addition to NFL football, KMAS airs the Washington State University Cougars with the pregame two hours before kick-off and local high school football Friday nights with Brandon Sparks and John McGlamery starting at 6:45.2014 High School Football Broadcast Schedule on KMASSept. 12 – Capital vs. Olympia – Ingersoll StadiumSept. 19 – Shelton vs. Foss – Highclimbers StadiumSept. 26 – Timberline @ Olympia – Ingersoll StadiumOct. 3 – Shelton vs. Wilson – Highclimbers StadiumOct. 10 – Tumwater vs. Centralia – Tumwater StadiumOct. 17 – Shelton vs. North Thurston – Highclimbers StadiumOct. 24 – Tumwater vs. Black Hills – Tumwater StadiumOct. 31 – Shelton @ Capital – Ingersoll Stadium Facebook4Tweet0Pin0last_img read more


Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgSubmitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonAdopt Charles from Adopt-A-Pet in Shelton.Adopt Charles!Charles was found as a stray.  The kind person who found him tried for two weeks to find his owner – he was such a great dog they couldn’t believe he didn’t have a home.He’s a very happy boy who loves to play fetch, go for walks and just hang out with anyone who will scratch that magic spot behind his ear.Charles is about 70 pounds and, we think, about 6 years old.We have lots of great dogs and always need volunteers to join our crew.  We are Adopt-A-Pet on Jensen Road in Shelton.  Find us online at or contact us at or (360) 432-309.Maybe your home is Charles’ forever home. Facebook149Tweet0Pin0last_img


Leadership Thurston County Honors Class of 2016

first_imgFacebook18Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Leadership Thurston CountyLeadership Thurston County and the Thurston County Chamber Foundation are proud to congratulate the 39 members of the Class of 2016. This is the 22nd LTC class, and over 600 graduates have completed the program since 1994.A recognition luncheon will be held Wednesday, June 8, at the Red Lion Hotel Olympia. Presented by TAGS Awards and Specialties, the event begins at 11:30 am and is part of the monthly Thurston County Chamber Forum. Reservations are requested at or by calling 360.357.3362.Leadership Thurston County is a program of the Thurston County Chamber Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) educational, non-profit organization. During the 10-month program, participants examine community issues, expand networks, and explore leadership opportunities.  For information, go to, or call 360-357-8515.LTC Class of 2016 GraduatesShari Aldrich, Body Mechanics School of Myotherapy & MessageSusan Bowe, Washington State Department of TransportationKelsey Browne, LOTT Clean Water AllianceAmanda Carroll, Tiburon SystemsDonovan Cathey, Tumwater Firefighters UnionMaria Chiechi, Adult Family Home CouncilSam Costello, Olympia Police DepartmentSteve Craig, City of TumwaterLeatta Dahlhoff, Washington Department of EcologyTina Davis, TwinStar Credit UnionJohn Duerr, Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic RealtyShawna Dutton, Habitat for HumanityLen Faucher, Port of OlympiaAnthony Ford, Capitol City PressSytease Geib, Thurston County Chamber of CommerceJoy Gerchak, Intercity TransitKasandra Jaquez, Thurston First BankJoshua Johnson, Brown & CaldwellKaren Johnson, Sunset AirRon Jones, City of OlympiaMatthew Klifman, US BankJim Ladd, Evergreen Christian CommunityJennifer LamontMeryl Lipman, Local Public Relations ProfessionalJennifer Lord, Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s OfficeTanya Mote, South Puget Sound Community College FoundationTeri O’Neal, City of LaceySonia Ramirez, Yelm Municipal CourtRyan Reynolds, Weichert Realtors, Reynolds Real EstateChris Richardson, Chehalis Tribal EnterprisesScott Sawyer, SCJ AllianceTyler Schmitt, Puget Sound EnergyBarbara Soule, AAA Washington, Olympia OfficeMark Steepy, KPFF Consulting EngineersHeidi Thomsen, Thurston County Sheriff’s OfficeBridget Vidonne, Pacific Mountain Workforce Development CouncilDaniel Vining, Thurston First BankKyle Wiese, Thurston Economic Development CouncilKim Young, Wolf Haven Internationallast_img read more


Gov. Inslee Appoints Former Port Commissioner Jeff Davis to Board of…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeSouth Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) welcomed its newest member of the Board of Trustees on October 1, Trustee Jefferson Davis. Appointed by Governor Jay Inslee, Davis replaces Trustee Judy Blinn after twelve years as part of the Board.“I sincerely believe that our community colleges will play a major role in turning this economy around, not just for our area but, moreover, for our country,” said Davis. His first Board of Trustees meeting will be October 11.Jeff Davis was appointed to the SPSCC Board of Trustees on October 1. Photo courtesy: SPSCCDavis spent nearly twenty years as a Longshoreman for Pacific Maritime Association and also served as Port Commissioner for the Port of Olympia.  It was in that role that Davis found a passion for identifying areas of challenge and opportunities for business and economic growth, specifically related to ports.  He joined boards at the Thurston Economic Development Council and the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce to play a part in the region’s growth, which helped him quickly identify the importance of education in a successful region.“It was apparent that in order for a region to be successful there must be a cooperative partnership between business and economic interests and educational preparation in order to develop needed skill sets,” said Davis.  He continued, “Community colleges are an essential piece to this equation.”Davis currently sits on the Board of Trustees and acts as Finance Chair for NOVA School and has also served on boards for the Thurston Regional Planning Council and Puget Sound Regional Planning Council.  Additionally, Davis is a co-owner of a property management business and advises small business owners on managing, marketing, and growing their companies, and helps coach his children’s sports activities.Blinn, who was appointed to the Board in 2004, leaves a tremendous mark on the college. She served as Chair of the Board of Trustees from 2010 to 2014 and as Vice Chair from 2008 to 2010. Under her leadership, the Board authorized the acquisition of the Lacey Campus property and helped deepen economic development partnerships in northeast Thurston County. Blinn also served as the Board Liaison to the Legislative Committee of the Trustees’ Association of Community and Technical Colleges (TACTC), SPSCC Foundation Board of Directors, Finance Committee, and College Strategic Planning and Campus Master Planninglast_img read more


Get Your DIY Groove on at Olympia Zine Fest 2017

first_imgFacebook77Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Zine FestOlympia Zine Fest invites community members to a three-day celebration of zines and DIY culture. The 3rd annual festival will take place October 13-15 in downtown Olympia.Zine creators Chelsea Baker and Max Carl Key attended the 2015 event. Photo credit: Emily McHugh.Zines are self-published works, often photocopied, and can be about any topic. Olympia Zine Fest welcomes newcomers and seasoned zine-makers alike.The event kicks off with a Zine-athon at the Olympia Timberland Library, where participants can use the library’s supplies to create a zine, swap with other zine-makers, and partake in an open mic-style zine reading. Olympia Zine Fest events are open to people of all ages.The second day of the festival begins with an expo at the Olympia Center, where attendees can purchase zines and participate in workshops. The expo will be followed by zine readings and live music at Obsidian.Olympia Zine Fest concludes with a day of workshops at the Mixx 96 Conference Room.Workshop topics include creating a collaborative giant comic, combating fatphobia, making shrinky dinks, project problem-solving, self-publishing, suicide awareness & prevention, and keeping the art of letter writing alive with Olympia’s Correspondence Club.Olympia Zine Fest ScheduleFriday, October 13Kick-off Zine-athon!6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Olympia Timberland Library – 313 8th Ave. SEFreeSaturday, October 14Expo and workshops11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Olympia Center – 222 Columbia St. NWFreeZine readings hosted by Guest of Honor Nia KingReaders include Auro Rose, Eileen Chavez, M. Sabine Rear, Nia King, Niamh Timmons, and Nicole Witch Hazel7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Obsidian – 414 4th Ave. EFreeSunday, October 15Workshops11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Mixx 96 Conference Room119 Washington St. NEFreelast_img read more


Historic USS Olympia Silver on Display at Olympia City Hall

first_imgFacebook18Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of Enterprise ServicesA selection of pieces from the USS Olympia’s official presentation silver service are on display this month at Olympia City Hall. The antique silver set was presented to the historic U.S. Navy warship more than 100 years ago following local and statewide efforts to raise funds for the service.The silver pieces can be viewed between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the lobby at Olympia City Hall, 601 Fourth Ave. E.Featuring the state of Washington seal, oak and laurel leaves and the name “Olympia,” the presentation silver collection is steeped in military history: It was presented to commemorate the 344-foot steel ship’s heroic role in the Spanish-American War’s Battle of Manila Bay, under the command of Admiral George Dewey.Though most famous as Dewey’s flagship in the Spanish-American War, the USS Olympia served in both military and humanitarian roles in the U.S. Navy into the 1920s. Its last assignment prior to decommissioning was the return the body of the Unknown Soldier to the United States for burial. The vessel is now an exhibit at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia.On DisplaySilver set pieces on display include an ornate 20-inch oval tray and a small tureen with a lid, crafted by Shreve & Company of San Francisco. The pieces are part of a 29-piece collection on loan from the U.S. Navy to the City of Olympia and managed by the Department of Enterprise Services. The full set is usually on display at the Governor’s Mansion on the Capitol Campus, and includes a coffee and tea service, several trays, covered dishes and punch bowl.A selection of pieces from the USS Olympia’s official presentation silver service are on display this month at Olympia City Hall from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Photo courtesy: Washington State Department of Enterprise Services“Each piece in the collection is a work of art,” said Marygrace Goddu, cultural resources manager for Enterprise Services. “It was designed to be over-the-top, a showpiece and a status symbol that would attest to Olympia’s culture and means, and lay claim to the city’s heroic namesake ship. Each piece was modeled and engraved by skilled silversmiths.”A Piece of Community HistoryAfter USS Olympia gained status as a legendary American ship in the 1898 Battle of Manila Bay, local and statewide efforts raised money to purchase the set for $8,750. The collection was officially presented to the ship on Sept. 26, 1899. Its assessed value in 2003 was just under $200,000.“The city of Olympia is extremely proud to display for the public this remarkable piece of our community’s history,” said Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby. “The silver service is a beautiful symbol of our relationship with the naval vessels that have borne our city name over the years and of our ongoing partnership with the state of Washington who has maintained the silver with such care. We are grateful to the state for their stewardship of these pieces.”The city’s display is coordinated with an upcoming visit by the crew of a more modern vessel that bears the city’s name — the USS Olympia submarine. Crew members of the 362-foot-long fast attack submarine are scheduled to visit its namesake city this weekend to participate in community service projects and other events.last_img read more


United Way RSVP says ‘Thanks You’ to Janet Sykes

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by United Way of Thurston CountyIn observation of Senior Corps Week, United Way Retired Senior & Volunteer Program (RSVP), serving Lewis, Mason, and Thurston counties recognizes outstanding citizens who help make our community the best it can be.Janet Sykes has been a devoted volunteer at the Thurston County Food Bank for over 20 years. Photo courtesy: United WayThe Washington State Governor Service Awards offers an annual opportunity for nonprofit organizations to recognize exemplary volunteers for their service to the community. We congratulate the 2018 Thurston County Governor Service Award (GSA) nominee, Janet Sykes, who serves at the Thurston County Food Bank.Janet has been a devoted volunteer at the Thurston County Food Bank for over 20 years. Logging over 5,000 hours in her dedicated years of service, Janet recently celebrated her 84th birthday. She spends every Wednesday distributing bread and pastries at the food bank, which has earned her the fitting title of ‘The Bread Queen.’ Friendly, cooperative, and an inspiration to everyone she meets, Janet’s experience and determination is especially inspiring for new food bank volunteers who are just learning the ropes. Janet is also known for her spry vitality and generosity. If there is a heavy box she can lift, she will lift it, and if there is a favorite cake, she will bake it for your birthday.  Just ask food bank employees and volunteers, who are among some of her biggest fans.Volunteerism is an important component of a healthy community. This last year, in Thurston County, RSVP volunteers logged 20,345 volunteer hours serving our community.  Based on the hourly volunteer wage posted by the Corporation for National and Community Service, that amounts to $619,717 of service hours, making our community a better place for all.  However, the real world value of the knowledge, expertise and sweat equity donated by our citizens to our local service network is priceless!While not all RSVP nominees are selected by the GSA, simply being nominated as part of this noteworthy group of Honorable Mentions deserves heartfelt congratulations.Featured photo credit: Chris Hamiltonlast_img read more