Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 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 www.youracu.org.
Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) have the unique opportunity to live immersed in another culture for 2 years. Costa Rica is a country widely known for its beautiful beaches and tourism but the volunteers here know that it has so much more to offer. We asked PCVs what they wished Americans knew about Costa Rica and got some great responses:The one thing I wish Americans knew about Costa Rica is that…Costa Ricans are incredible cooks. Most people only think of rice and beans when thinking about Costa Rican cuisine. While these items often make up a significant part of the Costa Rican diet, I wish more people understood that there is still a substantial amount of variety in typical dishes throughout the country, with unique regional differences across the provinces.While it is true that a few basic building block ingredients are often repurposed and used in different ways to make a variety of dishes, the differences truly come down to the preparation process, which often is incredibly time-consuming (sometimes even an all-day event). Yet, despite the extensive preparation process, it is worth it in the end as the food is incredibly fresh and flavorful.It has truly been an incredible opportunity to learn alongside my host parents in the kitchen, and I look forward to sharing recipes with family and friends back home.The Peace Corps photo series in The Tico Times Costa Rica Changemakers section is sponsored by the Costa Rica USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA), a proud financial supporter of Peace Corps Volunteer projects nationwide. Learn more here. To donate to support the Peace Corps Costa Rica, visit the official donation page. Volunteers’ last names and community names are withheld from these publications, per Peace Corps policy.Connect with the Peace Corps Costa Rica on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Brought to you by the Costa Rica USA Foundation (CRUSA). Courtesy of CRUSA Facebook Comments Related posts:This week in the Peace Corps: Cacao in Talamanca This week in the Peace Corps: Celebrating English learning This week in the Peace Corps: Brick to Bread ovens This week in the Peace Corps: Celebrating a scout anniversary
At 100 years old, the northbound span of the Interstate 5 Bridge has allowed millions of people from several generations to easily travel between Vancouver and Portland, but not without a lot of work and public investment.“It doesn’t come cheap to maintain an older bridge of that particular design type,” said Bruce Johnson, state bridge engineer for the Oregon Department of Transportation.ODOT operates and maintains the bridge, but the costs are split between its owners, Oregon and Washington.To many living in the region, the Interstate Bridge is just one feature of a regular commute. But Johnson sees an old structure with lots of maintenance needs.Steel truss bridges, such as the I-5 Bridge, are flexible by nature; that combined with the fact that the bridge is old, supports loads far greater than it was designed for, has issues with corrosion and was riveted together — which makes it prone to fatigue cracks — can cause a feedback loop of problems.Johnson says ODOT has ways of monitoring and repairing damage as it arises. But as Oregon’s infrastructure inventory grows and more bridges age beyond their design lifespans, he worries about being able to stay on top of all the problems.