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Rochester Primary School’s Kassie MacColl Selected Classified School Employee of the Year

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 5:11pm

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Submitted by Rochester School District “Who let the dogs out? Who? Who? Who? Who? Who?” Using that catchy tune to teach a struggling student all the letters of the alphabet, and each of their sounds, was the brainchild of Kassie MacColl, an education assistant at Rochester Primary School (RPS). Kassie was chosen as the 2016 Capital

The South Sound YMCA Announces New Board Chair

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 2:30pm

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Submitted by South Sound YMCA The South Sound YMCA is pleased to announce the election of Jon Jones, President and CEO of Washington Business Bank, as chairman of the nonprofit’s board of trustees. Jones will provide leadership to the 25-member board, which sets strategic direction and policy to guide the Y’s work of strengthening communities

Thurston County’s Female Track Stars Bring Home Medals in WIAA Meet

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 6:05am

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Tumwater High School’s Peyton Russell and Rainier High School’s Peyton Dungan successfully defended their titles, while Northwest Christian’s Heidi Sowers notched her first at the 2016 state high school girls’ track and field championships. Despite being slowed by injuries throughout her senior season, Russell won her third consecutive triple jump title at the 2A state

Tumwater Farmers Market Brings Smiles to Visitors

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 6:00am

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The Tumwater Farmers Market is open on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. from May through September.  You can find the vendors at the intersection of Capitol Boulevard and Israel Road in Tumwater. Photo credits: Diane Waiste.

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 6:00am

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Submitted by UW Medicine There is an old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and this is certainly true when it comes to your health. Preventing disease and detecting disease early are important to living a longer and healthier life. You likely already know that getting enough sleep, eating

Hometown Property Management Opens Yelm Office

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 8:09am

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Andrew Barkis has had his eye on Yelm for a long time. In fact, his Hometown Property Management business has had clients in the surrounding area for the past ten years. Although they were able to provide service through their main office, his team started exploring the possibility of opening a Yelm office in 2008.

River Ridge’s Josh Braverman, Black Hills High School Shine at 2A State Track Meet

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 7:41am

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River Ridge’s Josh Braverman entered the 2A state track and field championships as the favorite in both the boys 110 and 300 hurdles. A rare defeat in the 110 hurdles, however, dashed the hopes of claiming dual titles. The junior does plan to dwell on the loss, but that can occur at a later date.

Thurston County Sports Writers Share Stories about Student Athletes

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 6:00am

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Two ThurstonTalk sports writers capture the essence of a high school student athlete’s accomplishments. They actively seek out stories from coaches, athletic directors, administrators and teammates. In each article, Grant Clark and Gail Wood introduce the community to a student athlete or a small group of players that are making an impact. “We cover sports

Jenell Arnold Creates Chic and Bold Brows at Touché Beauty Bar

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 6:00am

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Whether you like your brows arched and feathered or straight and bold, eyebrows are a distinctive facial feature. There are many ways in which to update brows including gels, pencils, and even tattooing. Yet there is also a very natural option that delivers semi-permanent outcome. Microblading is an advanced brow embroidery technique that results in

Volunteers are the Heartbeat of The Washington Center for the Performing Arts

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 6:00am

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When you attend a live theater performance there is typically some advanced planning involved, including securing the tickets, allowing time to park, and possibly having a meal beforehand. Maybe you’ve planned a special outfit for a night on the town? Your preparations are nothing compared to the organization and planning it takes for the venue

With Spring-Green, Lime Benefits More Than Just Your Margarita

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 6:00am

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The poet Wordsworth lovingly spoke of ‘the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower.’ But such an idyllic setting often requires diligent yard maintenance. This is where Spring-Green Lawn Care’s safe and easy annual lime treatments come in. Studies show that our region’s lawns are prone to “acid conditions, common west of

8 Unique Camping and Lodging Options in Western Washington

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 6:00am

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From the mountains of the Cascades, to the rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula and the rugged Pacific Coast, Washington State has a never-ending source of amazing places to explore, camp and stay. Each weekend, Washingtonians flock to campgrounds and lodges, small cabins and quirky hotels, all in hopes of a memorable and amazing time. While

When It Comes to Stroke, Time is Brain

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 3:20pm

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Stroke, sometimes called a “brain attack,” occurs because there is sudden disruption of blood flow to part of the brain and brain cells are deprived of oxygen. Strokes can be caused by a clot obstructing blood flow (called an ischemic stroke), or by a ruptured blood vessel (called a hemorrhagic stroke). In either case, without

Lacey’s Alternate Day Watering Begins June 1

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 2:47pm

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Submitted by The City of Lacey  Lacey water customers will follow an alternate day watering schedule for their yards and outdoor landscapes beginning Wednesday, June 1, 2016.  Alternate day watering is mandatory for all Lacey water customers during the months of June, July, August, and September.  Water customers with addresses ending with an odd number

Mayoral Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 2:25pm

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Submitted by SideWalk SideWalk, an Olympia-based organization with a mission of ending homelessness in Thurston County, announced the “Mayoral Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness” will officially launch this Memorial Day, May 30. A local response to an ambitious national challenge to end Veteran homelessness issued to mayors across the country by First Lady Michelle Obama,

Bright Smiles Shine at Day of Champions

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 2:04pm

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For the fourth year in a row, a ThurstonTalk photographer was capturing smiles at the Day of Champions held at Tumwater Stadium. Sponsored by the Tumwater Kiwanis, Day of Champions has become an annual year end celebration for Special Education students from throughout Thurston County and beyond. This year, over 640 participants, from as far away

6 Sushi Houses Worth a Stop in Olympia and Lacey

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 6:00am

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If you are like me, it’s not a matter of when you will go to sushi again but where. With multiple establishments vying for Thurston County’s raw fish dollars it seemed appropriate to visit a few and see how they stack up against each other. This is not an article attempting to sway you, the

Olympia Memorial Day Weekend Event Calendar

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 6:00am

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Hello, Olympia.  Welcome to your Memorial Day weekend. As you show your appreciation for America’s veterans, take some time to also explore the monuments at the Capitol Campus.  Our Thrifty Thurston article for this week shares some great ideas for getting kids involved. Be inspired by 10 Thurston County veterans. Take a tour around the

REALTOR Volunteers Paint Downtown, Clean up Cemetery

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 11:11am

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Submitted by the Thurston County REALTORS® Association (TCAR) More than 80 members of the Thurston County REALTORS® Association (TCAR) volunteered for two projects in Thurston County as part of their annual Community Service Day on Thursday May 26, 2016. The Realtors painted over graffiti on walls to help beautify downtown Olympia and support local businesses in

Sparky the Danger Bear, Shelton Electricity Adventurer, Returned to the Wild

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 11:01am

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Submitted by Mason County PUD Sparky, the orphaned bear who took refuge in a Bonneville Power Administration substation last year, returned to the wild earlier this month. “Folks really took to the little fellow,” said Joel Myer, spokesman for Mason County Public Utility District No. 3, the local utility that affectionately named the bear cub