Submitted by Thurston County Public Health
Free work workshop on chemicals of concern in personal care products
Did you know that some personal care products such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, deodorant and cosmetics can contain chemicals linked to cancer, asthma, developmental disabilities and more? The Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department is hosting an evening presentation about chemicals of concern in personal care products with tips to help you make smart consumer choices.
An environmental health educator will cover what the “chemicals of concern” are, why and how they are in our personal care products, how to read labels on these products, and how to be a smart shopper to keep looking and smelling good with safer products for you and your family. The workshop includes learning how to make your own all-natural lip balm, plus lip balm samples that workshop attendees can take home.
WHAT: Public Health Workshop—Chemicals of Concern in Personal Care Products
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 14 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
WHERE: PHSS Building at 412 Lilly Road NE in Olympia, 98506
WHO: Workshop is designed for adults, teens, and pre-teens
In order to have enough supplies for all attendees, please RSVP to KaufmaE@co.thurston.wa.us or (360) 867-2674.
Submitted by Rob Rice Homes
Rob Rice Homes, a leading new home builder in Lacey, Olympia, Puyallup, Chehalis and Napavine is using Facebook to get involved with the community and donate to area food banks to support those in need.
Epic Realty, Inc., and Rob Rice Homes are hosting a promotion to connect on Facebook and “like” their page. Beginning November 6, 2013 through by November 22, 2013 they are donating $5 for every new connection on Facebook to local South Puget Sound food banks. This is the fourth year that Epic Realty and Rob Rice Homes have utilized their Facebook page to connect with South Sound residents and give back to their community by supporting those in need.
Here are some statistics about how donations can help area food banks:
What can you do to help? Go to: www.facebook.com/robricehomes and “like” our page and you just donated $5.00 to our area food banks. Share our page with your friends, encourage them to “like” our page and we raise more and more money for those in need. The promotion only lasts for seventeen days so share often please.
For more information about Rob Rice Homes and Epic Realty, Inc, go to: www.robricehomes.com
Submitted by Saint Martin’s University
A spirit of generosity took center stage Saturday night at Saint Martin’s University, as celebrity chef Michael Symon cooked and joked his way through the 2013 Saint Martin’s Gala, inspiring a crowd of more than 600 guests to raise $960,000 for student scholarships. This marks the highest amount the Gala has raised in its eight-year history.
The annual Saint Martin’s Gala, held Saturday, Nov. 2, featured Symon, the award-winning culinary giant best known as an Iron Chef and a co-host of the ABC talk show The Chew. Flanked by students dressed in chef’s whites, Symon made his entrance into Marcus Pavilion, which had been transformed into an elegant silver and white dining space accented with shimmering tablecloths. Symon went right to work on the Viking-sponsored stage, charming his audience with his vivacious laughter and ebullient personality.
Symon, the second Iron Chef in three years to headline the University’s signature fundraising event, offered a culinary demonstration accompanied by a five-course dinner and live auction. The chef’s signature laugh rang out throughout the evening, whether he was cooking, talking about his family or sweetening an auction item. Symon expanded one item — a trip to Cleveland to dine at his Lolita restaurant — by agreeing to meet the highest bidder in his hometown for a round of golf.
Several guests had the opportunity to join Symon on stage, including those whose winning bids landed them on barstools “in the kitchen.” When two guests were offering competitive bids on a chance to work alongside Symon as his sous chef, the celebrity chef invited both on stage to share the role.
Another auction item, a trip to Rome featuring a private, after-hours tour of the Sistine Chapel and Vatican galleries, brought in $16,000 for student scholarships. The highest-fetching auction item of the evening was an authentic Italian picnic for 30 people, which raised $24,000.
Emcee Elisa Jaffe, of KOMO News, and auctioneer Jeff Stokes, of Stokes Auction Group, led the Gala festivities.
As in years past, students played a major role in the event. Saint Martin’s junior Jeneva Burton welcomed the crowd to the Gala and introduced President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D. Later in the evening, senior Dillon Linhart shared his story of success and expressed his gratitude for the financial assistance he has received. Inspired by the students’ remarks, guests “raised their paddle” to make gifts toward the University’s “Feed-a-Mind” scholarship funds. This portion of the program alone raised $343,000 — more than $130,000 above last year’s total.
“Every dollar we raise through Gala goes toward funding student scholarships,” Heynderickx told the crowd. “We have more than 150 volunteers at this year’s Gala, and many of them are our students. They are here because they are dedicated to serving you as our guests.”
When Symon arrived on the Saint Martin’s campus Friday, Nov. 1, a crowd of enthusiastic, sign-waving students gathered at the Baran Drive entrance to welcome him as he cruised by in his vehicle. Soon after his arrival, Symon took part in “Symon and Saints,” a meet-and-greet event with 80 students in the University’s Trautman Union Building.
During the event, Symon delighted students with stories of how he became a chef, recounting how a badly broken arm ended his career as a high school wrestler. The injury cost him any possibility of receiving college scholarships. “I started working in a restaurant that summer, and that experience profoundly changed my life to being able to do something that I love to do for a living,” Symon told the students.
The co-chairs for the 2013 Saint Martin’s Gala were Armandino ’59 and Marilyn Batali and Rick and Pam Panowicz.
Next year’s Gala is scheduled to take place Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at Marcus Pavilion, and will again feature a celebrity chef. Those interested in attending the 2014 Gala are encouraged to check Saint Martin’s website, www.stmartin.edu/gala, for updates on next year’s celebration.
Saint Martin’s University thanks the following Gala Event Sponsors:
Presenting Partner: Bon Appétit
Saint Martin Table Patrons: Forma Construction; Armandino ’59 and Marilyn Batali, Brian and Debbie Charneski, Terence ’62 and Mary Louise ’60 Monaghan, Rick and Pam Panowicz, and John and Hollie Xitco; and Joe and Liz Williams
Saint Benedict Table Patrons: Cronk Family Foundation; Financial Advocates; Jim ’72 and Melissa Guerci; Matt Marcus ’94; The Rants Group; Salumi Artisan Cured Meats; Sunset Air, Inc.; and Viking Range Corporation
Saint Gertrude Table Patrons: Joe HS ’62, ’66 and Betty Alongi; Charlie’s Produce; Jack and Luellen Charneski; Dunamis Interiors & Setina Manufacturing Co., Inc.; Kathryn Fies; Jim and Linnea Bremner, Bill and Jacki Gavin, Fred Goldberg and Carolyn Lakewold, Larry and Gail Larson, Richard and Laurel Seaman; GM Nameplate; Heritage Bank; Kathy Lombardo and Fred Wright; Lucky Eagle Casino; Miller Nash LLP and Strader Hallett CPAs; Olympia Federal Savings; Panagiotu Pension Advisors; Panowicz Jewelers; Rice Fergus Miller Architecture and Planning, Propel Insurance, and SCJ Alliance; Rob Rice Homes; Dick ’64 and Karen Roney and Phil and Judy Weigand; Jay and Carla Rudd; RuffaloCODY; Saint Martin’s Alumni Association; Soderstrom Architects; South Puget Sound Community College; Sur La Table; Attila ’78 and Katalin Talaber; U.S. Bank
Saint Scholastica Table Patrons: Waite ’65 and Patty Dalrymple; Mary ’73 and Fred Gentry; McGranahan Architects; Metropolitan Market; Kathleen O’Grady; Saint Martin’s College Class of 1959; SkyCity at the Needle; The Stars Foundation of Thurston County; Timberland Bank; Virgil Adams Real Estate; Robert and Joan Wubbena
In-Kind Sponsors: Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters; Caffe Vita Roasting Co.; Capitol City Press; Charlie’s Produce; g. miller Olympia; Glass Distillery; Grand Central Bakery; Lucky Eagle Casino; Olympia Olive Oil; Ostrom’s Mushrooms; Ralph’s Thriftway; Ramada Inn Olympia; Sur La Table; Taylor Shellfish; Viking Range Corporation
Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 375 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.
By Daniel Landin
Wednesday November 6
What: Science! are an acoustic duo comprised of guitarist and vocalist Justin Stang and multi-instrumentalist Jim Elenteny. Mellow at times and impassioned wailing at others, Science! toured all corners of the US during the summer of 2013 and always puts on a great show.
Where: Urban Onion Lounge, 116 Legion Way SE, Olympia
Tickets: $5 Suggested donation at the door.
More info: Restaurant open till 9, Bar open till close. All ages until 9:30 pm
What: Alice Stuart and The Last Few Good Men: Blues guitarist Alice Stuart has received critical acclaim for her recordings, including ‘Freedom’ and ‘can’t find no heaven’ and has toured the US and the UK over her 40-plus year career. Relix magazine called her “an essential American Blueswoman” in 2003 – any fan of blues music will leave satiated.
Where: The Royal Lounge, 311 Capitol Way N, Olympia
Tickets: $5 cover at the door. 21+
Thursday November 7
What: Jazz Jam with Tarik Bentlemsani: Tarik’s skill and creativity on the guitar is something that leaves people in awe time and again. His wizardry is in full effect as lead guitarist of local funk band The Brown Edition, and every Thursday he hosts a great evening of jazz at The Pig Bar.
Where: The Pig Bar, 619 Legion Way NE, Olympia
Tickets: FREE, 21+
Friday November 8
What: Shook Twins and Kendl Winter in The Lowest Pair. Identical twins, Laurie and Katelyn Shook, have spent the last six years pursuing their passion for music and winning fans over by laying their unique style of quirky Folk throughout the Northwest and beyond. Joined by local favorite Kendl Winter (founding member of the Blackberry Bushes) in her new banjo duo, this will be a memorable evening of original music.
Where: Olympia Ballroom, 116 Legion Way SE, Olympia
Time: Doors at 8, The Lowest Pair at 9, Shook Twins at 10.
Tickets: $10 general. $8 with student ID. All Ages
Available at www.brownpapertickets.com and at the door
More info: www.shooktwins.com
What: Scott Huckabay: Guitar Alchymest. Scott’s performances are powerful and electrifying. He creates soundscapes with his acoustic guitar using a style which has evolved with his unique life story.
Where: The Evergreen State College Long House, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW
Tickets: Free, sponsored by ‘Common Bread’ at The Evergreen State College.
What: The Steve Bentley Band. Steve is a premiere drummer of Thurston County’s jazz scene. As such he has an incredible ensemble performing all original compositions, including Jim Pribbenow on tenor sax, Steve Luceno on bass and Brian Kinsella on piano. This is the first show of the 2013/14 Black Box Cabaret Jazz Series at The Center.
Where: Washington Center Black Box Theater, 512 Washington St SE, Olympia
Time: Doors at 7pm. Show at 8pm.
Tickets: $17 Adult. $15 Military. www.olytix.org 360-753-8586
What: Hurts Like Hell. This original blues rock band is celebrating their first full-length album “Leave ‘Em To The Crows”. With veteran lead guitarist Michael ‘Smitty’ Smith this powerhouse of blues is absolutely electric. Also on the bill are Olympia artists The Tilted Stilts and DBST.
Where: The 4th Ave Tavern
Time: Show starts at 9 pm. Hurts Like Hell plays at 11pm.
Tickets: $5 at the door. 21+
Saturday November 9
What: Mudcat: The Roots of Rock and Roll. Very endearing, all original acoustic rock with a blues influence.
Where: The Olympia Farmers Market, 700 Capitol Way N, Olympia
Time: 11am – 3pm
Tickets: Free. All Ages
What: Sound Healing Concert. Kristen Rubis creates a sacred bath of healing sound with metal Tibetan singing bowls, crystal quartz singing bowls, bells, planetary chimes, tingshas, shakers, a rose quartz alchemy bowl, a handheld crystal bowl, a healing gong and other soothing percussive instruments.
Where: Embody Movement Studio, 115 S Tower Ave, Centralia
Time: 7 – 8:30 pm
Tickets: $10-$20 sliding scale. All Ages
More info: 360-330-2639
What: Back Porch Swing plays a blend of swing, traditional, and original songs and tunes. Voices in tight harmony are complimented by fine instrumentation including fiddle, mandolin, uprights bass and whistles. This is a farewell show for mandolin player Neal Woodall.
Where: Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW, Olympia
Tickets: $12. Student/low income $8. Call Traditions at 360-705-2819.
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By Eric Sims-Brown
It’s late on a Friday afternoon. Most of the Olympia Center is empty. Dee Toucher and Ina Hill have just finished playing a hand. They offer to deal me in but I don’t know how to play. This is a regular game between friends. Toucher and Hill come here almost every day and not just for cards. Says Toucher, “I do water aerobics three days a week and yoga the other two.”
Donald Spieles joins our group. He doesn’t have much of a choice. Toucher and Hill tease him until he gets up. Spieles is a transplant from Michigan. He moved to Olympia over a year ago after his father passed away. Spieles is soft-spoken, not shy, just quiet. He fit right in. ”I came down here and everyone was friendly,” says Spieles.
Glenda Ross is easy to spot. She’s coming straight for me. It’s her personality. There are no soft questions. She begins with a simple but direct, “Who are you?” Her words are precise and friendly. Maybe it’s her English accent. I explain myself. I’ve come to interrupt, to ask questions. Ross studies me then blurts out an expletive. Toucher, Hill and Spieles laugh. I’m the new kid. Ross puts her cold hands on my arms (a habit of hers) and says, “Okay dah-ling. You can stay.”
I need to rewind. I enter the building looking for Eileen McKenzie Sullivan. She’s the Executive Director of Senior Services for South Sound. We have a two o’clock appointment and I’m early. A group of older people are in the lobby. They’re singing along with a piano. There’s a woman in the middle of the group. She smiles and moves her arms like a conductor. Afterwards this same woman mingles, she talks and hugs. She says goodbye, making sure to call everyone by their name – then she heads upstairs for our interview.
McKenzie Sullivan has been with Sound Services for 31 of the organization’s 40 years. Sound Services helps seniors with, well, everything. The organization offers education and exercise classes, nutrition programs, transportation and field trips just to name a few. Perhaps the most impressive is Meals on Wheels. “Our chef does an amazing job,” says McKenzie Sullivan. “We have hundreds of meals go out every month and she knows what each person can and cannot eat.”
Senior Services is run by a combination of staff and volunteers. Their mission is to provide a comfortable place for seniors. “Some people come in here and this is their home away from home. This is their extra living room and they really get to know each other and they notice when someone isn’t here,” she explains.
Which leads me to a question. McKenzie Sullivan laughs and nods her head when I ask if close friendships ever lead to relationships. I’m not surprised. Changing perceptions is part of the culture at Senior Services. “We tend to look at an older person by their traits. ‘Oh look they’re so slow or forgetful.’ We want people to look past that to see who that person really is. These are people with fascinating histories.,” says McKenzie Sullivan.
I’ve been invited back. Dee and Ina want to teach me how to play Qwirkle and 10,000.
Glenda wants to take a look at my writing. She’s a handwriting analyst. She also survived The Blitz during World War II. I learned a lot in an hour – including ages – but that doesn’t matter.
By Katie Doolittle
The River Ridge High School theater is packed with cheering students. Upbeat music booms as a group of young performers begin their entertaining and purposeful choreography. The dancers’ every dip, twirl, and arm gesture physically “graph” the polynomial equations appearing on the projector screen above them.
What, exactly, is going on?
Pre-calculus, of course!
This annual ritual known as “Dance of the Equations” has become a much-anticipated capstone activity for George Christoph’s Pre-Calculus class. But it’s not just a fun project that pops up every spring. Rather, physical equation-mapping is a key component throughout Christoph’s rigorous course. The activity taps kinesthetic, visual, and auditory learning modalities. It’s just one of the ways in which Christoph, a true education innovator, seeks to engage kids.
“Mr. Christoph doesn’t teach math,” one student shares. “He teaches us how to think, and then he coaches us while we learn the math ourselves.” A group of kids clamors to elaborate. It’s apparent that they feel fully supported by Christoph even as they’re encouraged towards intellectual independence.
Christoph himself would certainly appreciate the distinction. “I teach kids,” he says. “Mathematics is just the vehicle.”
Problem solving: that’s the theme of Christoph’s class. He wants his students to apply their critical thinking skills across a full spectrum of life activities and learning pursuits. As such, he’s built a discussion-based math curriculum centered on one difficult problem a day. Students reason out a solution together, often entertaining a “wrong track” and then going backward when they hit a dead end. The process fosters students’ metacognitive skills. “Don’t tell me what you did,” he often instructs. “Tell me what you thought about doing.”
In this manner, he seeks to correct a common misconception among students: that bright people get hit by regular inspirational thunderbolts. Instead, Christoph’s method teaches kids that intelligence is the result of background knowledge being constantly expanded and thoughtfully applied. Intellectual- and self-awareness is the key to success in his class, just as it is in so many walks of life.
And it’s not just adolescents who benefit from Christoph’s enthusiasm and expertise. He also serves as an adjunct professor at St. Martin’s University, working in both the Mathematics and Education departments. Moreover, his influence has brought the high school and college closer together in myriad ways. Perhaps most importantly, Christoph gets to meet all the good potential teachers working through the University’s STAR program. He regularly takes on teacher interns—the best method, he says, for building staff. “Pick your teacher interns carefully and do a good job with them,” he says. “Then we’ve got a never-ending supply.”
Christoph has been mentoring teacher interns for 40 years now. As one former intern explains, “All this experience has given him a wealth of knowledge of how to help shape and guide teacher interns. He also worked as an instructional coach prior to working at River Ridge, so he has that background as well.”
That former intern is Jay Jahnsen, who first met Christoph as the instructor of his graduate-level “Geometry for Teachers” course. Now, they are colleagues in the River Ridge math department. The evolving relationship has been beneficial to both teachers. As Jahnsen describes, “George asks me about how to use Khan Academy and I ask him for advice about how to teach linear equations. Our relationship began as professor and student, shifted to mentor and intern, and has now arrived at colleague and coworker. Even though George has a new teacher intern, I know that I can always ask him for help and advice.”
Jahnsen gave Christoph one of the best compliments any educator can give another. He observed in his teacher intern days that Christoph “doesn’t spend a lot of time focused on the disasters that can sometimes happen. Instead of asking ‘What went wrong?,’ George is very good at asking, ‘What will you do differently next time?’ He doesn’t view teaching as something which is right or wrong, but rather as an art that can be consistently improved upon.”
Christoph’s own career path is a testimony to the idea of consistent improvement. His teaching experiences range from middle school to graduate school, and everything in between. His many accolades include awards as diverse as “Coach of the Year” and “Outstanding Mathematics Teacher of the Year.” He’s been a National Presenter for Texas Instruments and was the driving force behind creating the biannual Martin A. Gardner Memorial Lecture Series. He’s even written and narrated a video for TED-ED that has been viewed over 60,000 times around the world!
So if anyone’s earned the right to rest on his laurels, it’s Christoph. But that’s just not his way. He’s constantly seeking to learn and grow. That’s certainly one of the reasons he’s among the three Washington state finalists for the 2014 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics. And it’s most definitely why he’s able to consistently reach so many students. Christoph doesn’t just tell them to be problem-solvers. He shows them, every day, the positive results yielded by thinking critically and living intentionally.
In the end, that’s probably his greatest legacy of all.
Evergreen League 1A, District 4 Playoff Games
Montesano High School vs. Kalama High School, Friday Nov. 8, 7 p.m. @ Stewart Field, Aberdeen.
Tenino High School vs. White Salmon High School, Friday, Nov. 8 7 p.m. @ Beaver Stadium, Tenino.
Rochester High School vs. Woodland High School, Friday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m. @ Woodland High School Field, Woodland.
Evergreen League 2A, District 4 Playoff Games
Capital High School vs. Mark Morris High School, Friday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m. @ Mark Morris High School Field, Longview.
Tumwater High School vs. TBD (Greater St. Helens League 3rd place team), Saturday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m. @ Tumwater District Stadium, Tumwater.
Narrows League 3A , District 3 Playoff Games
3A District 3 playoff games
Shelton High School vs. Stadium High School, Friday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m. @ Stadium Bowl, Tacoma.
Timberline High School vs. Meadowdale High School, Saturday, Nov. 9 @ South Sound Stadium, Lacey.
District 4 2B Volleyball Tournament
Northwest Christian High School vs. Ocosta/Wahklakum winner, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m. @ Northwest Christian High School, Lacey.
Evergreen League 1A, District 4 Playoff Games
Tenino High School vs. Woodland High School, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 5:30 p.m. @ Hoquiam Middle School, Hoquiam. (Winner plays winner of Montesano/Kings match on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 5:30 p.m. @ Hoquiam High School)
Montesano High School vs. Kings Way High School, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 5:30 p.m. @ Hoquiam High School, Hoquiam. (Winner plays winner of Tenino/Woodland match on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 5:30 p.m. @ Hoquiam High School)
Hoquiam High School vs. La Center High School, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 5:30 p.m. @ Castle Rock Middle School, Castle Rock.
Evergreen League 2A, District 4 Playoff Games
All matches at Black Hills High School in Tumwater
Capital High School vs. W.F. West High School, Thursday, Nov. 7, 4 p.m.
Tumwater High School vs. Mark Morris High School, Thursday, Nov. 7, 6 p.m.
Black Hills High School vs. Ridgefield High School, Thursday, Nov. 7, 6 p.m.
Narrows League 3A, District 3 Playoff Games
All matches at Auburn Riverside High School
Shelton High School vs. Hazen High School, Friday, Nov. 8, 4 p.m.
North Thurston High School vs. Bonney Lake High School, Friday, Nov. 8, 4 p.m.
Timberline High School vs. TBD, Friday, Nov. 8, 6 p.m.
Narrows League 4A, District 3 Playoff Games
Match-ups to be determined
Evergreen League 1A, District 4 Playoff Games
Rochester High School vs. winner of Seton Catholic/White Salmon, Thursday, Nov. 7 5 p.m. @ Kalama High School, Kalama.
Elma High School vs. Castle Rock High School, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m. @ Stewart Field, Aberdeen.
Evergreen League 2A, District 4 Playoff Games
Aberdeen High School vs. Tumwater High School, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 5 p.m. @ Tumwater District Stadium, Tumwater
Capital High School vs. W.F. West High School, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m. @ Ingersoll Stadium, Olympia.
Black Hills High School vs. Hockinson High School, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m. @ Tumwater District Stadium, Tumwater.
Narrows League 3A and 4A, District 3 Playoff Games
Matchups and dates to be decided
By Doris Faltys
Seattle Sounders Football Club (FC) held tryouts for their 2013-2014 Youth Academy season in early July. Fourteen-year-old Alec Zimmerman, an eighth grader at Griffin School, was accepted into their U-14 league. This program runs September through June and holds practice Monday –Thursday at the Starfire Sports center in Tukwila, the facility where the Seattle Sounders FC trains as well. Zimmerman says, “It is exciting, because sometimes the Sounders are practicing on a field close to where my team is practicing.”
The Academy is training Zimmerman to play on the U-16 team as well. He practices two days per week with the U-14 team and two days with the U-16 team. Regarding a question about staying on top of school work demands, Zimmerman responds, “I do my homework in the car.” Saturdays or Sundays they have a game or a scrimmage.
“We play against friendly teams and other academy teams like SC Portland and LA Galaxy. We will play over 40 games in 10 months,” explains offensive center mid player when asked about the competition. Zimmerman adds, “At one of the first games, coach told me to go out for the coin toss, so I knew I was team captain.”
“With the older group, the play is quicker, and faster. I expect that some of the more important games I will play with the U-14,” he adds when explaining the difference between U-14 and U-16 teams.
“The most fun,” Zimmerman continues, “is how intense and how inspiring it is being at the Sounders’ Field, and how serious everyone takes it. All the team is very serious. Practice is more serious. Coaches demand us to play harder and try harder.” The hardest part, Zimmerman adds, is “the commitment, the long car ride, the time it all takes.”
According to Zimmerman this soccer program is more intense, sharper, faster, and better than any of his previous programs. “There is a guy, Jim Madrid, who talks to us about how mental toughness can positively affect how you play and how much control your mind has on your body. He explained to the team about the importance of not letting emotions hurt you in the game. We should try to have our emotions have a positive impact.”
The teams are taking part in a training program presented by Madrid and Advance Sports Technology Inc., Entelechy Training & Development, LLC. Each player has been given a copy of 7 Fundamentals of Mental Toughness, Player’s Journal & Training Log, written by authors Jim Madrid and Joyce Quick, M.A., M.S.W.
Zimmerman tells about a demonstration. “Madrid had me come up front. He said negative things to me about me, and then had me hold my arm out and try to resist him pushing it down. I did not have much strength. Then he said positive things to me and my strength improved.”
Zimmerman’s personal motivation doesn’t stem from any particular player or life experience. “I don’t really have any one person as an inspiration. I just have a vision for myself, where I want to be.” His earliest soccer memory is playing on the Purple Dragon team. “I had a hair thing,” he says, “I dyed my hair red and blue for the games. I was three or four years old.”
The grounded middle school student still plays soccer on Sundays, when he doesn’t have a scheduled game. He heads over to the Evergreen State College Soccer Pavilion and gets in a little more practice with his dad.
In answer to the question, “If anyone in the world could come to your game and watch, who would you want there?” Zimmerman responds, “As far as who I would want to watch the game, I would want one of my brothers to be there.”
Submitted by Westport Winery
Westport Winery is pleased to announce that two of its wines will be featured at the US Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting celebration in Washington, DC in December.
According to winey co-owner Kim Roberts, “We were contacted through the Washington State Wine Commission about this opportunity. As one of our state’s thirteen commissioners I was incredibly honored to submit our wines for selection through an agency in Sonoma.”
Blain Roberts said, “Since the Capitol tree is coming from Washington State they felt it would be most appropriate to serve Washington wine. It was tough for us to choose from among our 33 wines but because of the celebratory nature of this event we chose two of our sparkling wines.”
Rapture of the Deep, a sparkling cranberry, and Going Coastal, a sparkling Gewurztraminer, were chosen for pouring at the ceremony. “These are our most decorated wines, each having earned numerous double gold medals and a platinum medal,” according to Dana Roberts, the Director of Winemaking.
The Roberts family was invited to join the festivities in Washington, DC, on November 25, but due to winemaking and event commitments at their farm, Vineyards By-the-Sea, located outside of Aberdeen, Washington, they are unsure if they will attend the event. This is the westernmost vineyard in Washington State and located in a region of the state known as the Cranberry Coast.
Westport Winery, the 2013 Best in the Northwest Destination Winery, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Westport and Aberdeen. For more information or dinner reservations call Westport Winery at 360-648-2224.
Submitted by SCJ Alliance
The award for Excellence in Planning for Small Communities was presented by the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA). SCJ Alliance Principal Eric Johnston, PE, the project lead for the corridor plan, was on hand at the APA’s annual meeting in October to receive the award.
Earlier this summer, WA Governor Jay Inslee bestowed a 2013 Smart Communities Award to Wilkeson for its corridor planning efforts and praised the community for its smart growth planning and contributing to our State’s quality of life.
Exceptional public outreach, partnerships with other government agencies (like the National Park Service), and stretching funding dollars to get the biggest bang for the buck, were all noted during the APA’s award presentation. The group also recognized the importance of Wilkeson’s infrastructure improvements to economic development and the community’s quality of life.
“We love working with this small, visionary community and helping them bridge their historic past and traditions, with future success,” shared Johnston. “It’s been very rewarding.”
SCJ now has the pleasure of helping Wilkeson implement its plan, which is composed of six distinct elements which can be completed independently and in any order. SCJ is designing the Foothills Trail extension element, which enhances Wilkeson’s role as a gateway to many recreational areas.
“We are working with the community to design a trail extension through the Town Center that is consistent with the heritage elements displayed throughout the town while providing definition and separation between pedestrians, parking and the highway,said SCJ’s Scott Sawyer, the project lead for the trail design. “The design will also enhance accessibility to businesses and public spaces.”
The design for Wilkeson’s Foothills Trail extension is expected to be completed in the spring of 2014, with construction beginning in 2015.
Submitted by The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound
The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound announced that its Board of Directors has approved a grant up to $80,000 for the Thurston Asset Building Coalition (ThurstonABC) to expand their work and provide coordination and administrative support to the coalition’s efforts. Now in its sixth year, ThurstonABC’s goal is to shorten the pathway out of poverty for people living in Thurston County. The five “HUBS” — housing, food, health, income and financial literacy—are networks of nonprofit, business and government partners working in common sectors. ThurstonABC’s focus is on collaboration within and between the sectors to reach and support the people they serve in common.
The grant will fund contract positions to manage and organize the partners’ work to broaden this initiative’s reach and capacity. Grant funds will also engage organizational development resources to continue integration within the broader community. ThurstonABC’s goal is to form a seamless network of partners working together to create an environment where barriers to self-sufficiency for people with limited incomes are minimized.
“This grant supports a community defined strategy, including enhanced collaboration in service delivery for our residents seeking an effective pathway out of poverty,” says Norma Schuiteman, The Community Foundation’s executive director. The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound made the grant through its partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation focused on alleviating intergenerational poverty. “Their efforts exemplify the type of community- identified priorities we are committed to support,” she adds.
“This grant will take the impact of our work to the next level. With the assistance of paid coordinators and other key support we believe our work will benefit people throughout Thurston County by better serving those in need,” says Robert Coit, ThurstonABC chair. The grant will also fund work to clearly define organizational priorities, build a budget around those, and implement a fund development plan. “We are grateful to The Community Foundation for seeing the intrinsic value of our collaborative vision and its capacity to assist the greater community,” Coit adds.
Submitted by Timberland Regional Library
Erin McKittrick’s new book, “Small Feet, Big Land: Adventure, Home, and Family on the Edge of Alaska,” follows the challenging expeditions and intimate daily life of the adventure trekker and her husband, Hig, as they set out to explore the vast and remote corners of Alaska with their two young children in tow. McKittrick will give a talk after hours at the Olympia Timberland Library on Wednesday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m.
The couple has logged over 7,000 miles through Alaska’s wilderness. Their journey from Seattle to the Aleutians is chronicled in McKittrick’s first book, “A Long Trek Home: 4,000 Miles by Boot, Raft, and Ski,” and their award-winning film, “Journey on the Wild Coast.”
Now Erin and Hig had to adjust to the short attention span—and even shorter legs—of a toddler, in addition to the weight of a baby, while they surveyed on foot Alaska’s rapidly changing coastline. The family of four visited remote Arctic villages, investigated existing and prospective zinc and coal mines, and lived for two months atop one of the world’s largest glaciers. They observed the dramatic effects of climate change on the landscape and reflected on the very different world in which their children will live when they are grown.
Whether facing down a curious grizzly bear, eating whale blubber with new friends, picking berries on the sunny tundra, huddling in a tent during pelting rain, or catching fish for the freezer, their unconventional life and adventures draw the family closer together. In between expeditions, Erin and Hig raise their children in a yurt in Seldovia, Alaska. Their website is www.groundtruthtrekking.org.
The Olympia Timberland Library is located at 313 8th Avenue SE. For more information, contact the library at (360) 352-0595 or visit www.TRL.org.
By Mary Ellen Psaltis
Did you know the coolest Ice Chips aren’t in your freezer? They’re the ones flying off shelves in health food stores, retail spaces, dental offices and the virtual shelves of online stores.
It’s not ice, but it’s candy with surprising twists. Instead of sugar, these tantalizing morsels contain xylitol, a sweetener made from birch trees, which is more tooth and diabetic friendly. Ice Chips are also made without GMO products, corn, wheat or gluten. You will find a rainbow of flavors such as spicy cinnamon, holiday eggnog, and baskets of juicy fruit flavors. Keep sampling until you find the flavor that hits the spot.
Here is what makes Ice Chips even more spectacular. The two owners and creators, Charlotte Clary and Bev Vines-Haines, live and work in Thurston County.
I missed their TV debut last November when they appeared on Shark Tank – an opportunity to promote your business in front of potential investors. I also missed the second chance when the show reappeared this spring. But, I watched the clip on their web page, which was fun to see. You can, too.
As it turns out, the ladies (self-titled Grannies) of Ice Chips did not consummate a deal with any of the Shark Tank players, which Clary told me was not uncommon. Instead, they are using the exposure from their TV appearances to grow their business to accomplish automation and expansion on their own.
The candy business started in a Yelm garage, and although they are in a much bigger facility now, the pots of candy brewing are relatively small and well tended. The tins are filled by hand and lined up for shrink-wrapping. Yes, a little automation really helps.
The sheets of candy – which do rather look like big sheets of ice – used to be smashed into pieces with a mallet, creating a piece of candy with a unique shape and size.
When the business partners were ready automate this process, they struggled to find a machine to cut the sheets. Instead, they recruited two people to fabricate a machine specifically for their candy cutting. That sweet machine saves them a full 24-hours.
It’s safe to say the ‘extra’ hours have long since evaporated into producing and packaging greater numbers of tins (more than 6,000 a day), dreaming up ideas for future products and travelling to speak about their business.
My interview with Charlotte Clary was delightful. She’s engaging, light-hearted and deeply committed to products that care for health in a natural, holistic manner.
Clearly, both Clary and Vines-Haines are inspired entrepreneurs who have knacks for paying attention to what is in front of them, seeing a need and manifesting a product. Their other business, Healing Leaf, provides remedies for “hard to heal skin issues.” The two greatest sellers remain the Eye of Newt Wart & Skin Tag Solution and one for foot fungus. Healing Leaf was also born in a garage. By helping family (the grandchildren count is now up to 41) and friends with skin issues, one remedy led to another. As Clary says, each product was “borne out of someone’s need.
Clary gave me a clue of her recipe for success. Know the basics. Friendly eye contact, a hearty handshake and a courteous “How may I help you?” It’s essential to have a passion and play on a team. These two Yelm grandmothers live with enthusiasm and integrity.
And, by the way, they employ 30 people, got their husbands off their knees from many years of contracting work, and make crazy videos you can find on their websites. I imagine they rarely, if ever, have a dull moment.
Ice Chips began with a ten-pound bag of xylitol and a desire to make candy. Now they use 2200 pounds every four days, order 50,000 packing boxes at a time and a half-million tins.
You have a chance to learn more about these unconventional women. Bev Vines-Haines and Charlotte Clary keynote speak at the South Sound Success Small Business Conference on November 5 at the SPSCC Hawks Prairie Campus Annex at 1401 Marvin Road NE, Lacey. The conference is for new and existing business owners. The cost for the daylong event is $45. Get more information at southsoundsuccess.com or call Daryl Murrow at 360-754-6320.
Holiday Alert! They’ve taken a stash of their peppermint ice chips and covered them with locally sourced chocolate just in time for the holidays. I was lucky to get a piece! I’ll be looking to purchase a tin on their website.
Eat Well – Be Well.
By Katie Doolittle
So reads the tagline on Heather Lockman’s blog, one of several pages on her fascinating website. It’s tempting to summarize her impressive body of work with this pithy quote—and indeed, history has certainly inspired Lockman’s entire writing career.
If you live in the Olympia area and spend any time outdoors, chances are that you’ve read some of Lockman’s extensive work. She’s done series of panels for both Tumwater Historical Park and Tumwater Falls Park. She also wrote the panels outside Crosby House, Henderson House, and Schmidt House. Perhaps her most widely recognized project would be the installation at Heritage Park.
Most locals are familiar with the low stone wall encircling Capitol Lake; anyone who’s walked the path has seen and probably read at least a few of the markers set into the wall. There’s one for each county in the state, and Lockman wrote them all.
“That’s one of my favorite projects,” Lockman admits. She lives nearby and often walks her dog around the lake where, she jokes, the ankle-high plaques are “the only markers I’ve ever worked on that my dog can actually read.” Of course, she also gets to see humans reading her markers—a gratifying affirmation most writers rarely experience.
It’s probably one of the best perks of a difficult but interesting job – a job that presents unique challenges with every separate contract. Lockman has worked with a variety of local historical groups, both public and private. Sometimes she collaborates with others, and sometimes she completes the research and writing process alone. Perhaps the biggest challenge comes in creating a connected series of panels. As Lockman explains, “Each panel in a series of markers has to make sense both individually and collectively, and in any order. That’s completely different from writing a printed story that’s read from page one to the end.”
In addition to writing historical markers, Lockman has written video scripts for three Washington state parks and collaborated on two nonfiction books about Tumwater and Olympia. Most recently, after years of writing nonfiction, Lockman published a novel.
The Indian Shirt Story is Lockman’s first foray into fiction. This delightful e-book defies easy description. Is it women’s fiction, literature, or something else entirely? Nobody’s quite managed to place this book in a specific market, which may be part of its charm. The one thing early reviewers can seem to agree on is that The Indian Shirt Story has an enjoyable and intensely regional flavor.
Savvy readers will definitely recognize elements of Olympia breathing life into Lockman’s fictitious town of Port Heron.
Lockman’s personal experiences volunteering with Olympia’s Bigelow House Museum have also informed her plot and protagonist. A bit of background: Lockman was president of the Bigelow House Preservation Association in the early 1990s, right when the Bigelow family began pursuing preservation options for their historic home. Lockman was instrumental in fundraising to buy the Bigelow House, grant-writing to renovate it, overseeing the actual restoration, and opening it to the public.
Lockman’s protagonist, Bess Reynolds, has a very similar career. She runs an authentic pioneer homestead museum. This particular job comes with an automatic built-in challenge: how best to balance the Oregon Trail emigrant story against the simultaneous experience of American Indian people? Bess must confront this question head-on when a troubling bit of lore concerning the home’s original owners surfaces in front of the worst possible audience. The old family tale, known as “The Indian Shirt Story,” stirs controversy within the modern community. Readers will enjoy following the story’s origins and mutations through a series of retellings that span multiple viewpoints and time periods.
Lockman weaves several layers of conflict into her novel. In addition to the local issue over the family story, Bess must also deal with a Nashville star seeking to film his latest music video at the museum. Can Bess protect the museum’s historical authenticity from the encroachment of pop-culture glossiness and over-simplification? What will happen to the town when local and national cultures clash?
“Ultimately it’s a story about integrity,” Lockman says. “Historical integrity and personal integrity.”
Helen Hardt, editor at Musa Publishing, goes a bit further. She praises The Indian Shirt Story as “engaging, rich in history, poignant, funny, and politically relevant.”
By Tali Haller
Some students thrive better in a hands-on learning environment. Knowing this, Olympia High School, GRuB (a community organization dedicated to connecting people through food), New Market Skills Center, and the Olympia School District Career and Technical Education Department worked together to pilot a School Initiative Program, called the GRuB-Bear Program.
Out of their initial efforts in 2011 came an engaging academic program in which students gain high school credits while working on a farm. After only two years, the program has seen tremendous success. According to Blue Peetz, co-founder of GRuB and a teacher in the GRuB-Bear program, grade point averages (GPA’s) have gone up, behavioral issues at school have gone down, and most students have developed a greater sense of purpose and pride.
Matt Grant, Principal at OHS, has noticed the enormous changes that the GRuB-Bear program can make in students lives, “One student, who used to never speak up at school, volunteered to talk at an assembly related to bullying. He spoke about being ridiculed for his size and lack of hygiene due to the water being shut off at his house,” described Grant.
Many students that come to GRuB aren’t fully compatible with the traditional school setting, said Peetz. “A lot of the students we work with had to grow up really fast. For them, it’s like, ‘What’s the point of school if I don’t know where my dinner is coming from tonight,’” he explained.
At GRuB, they work to build meaning into the curriculum. “We want to show students that they are responsible, powerful individuals who can and do make a difference in the community,” stresses Peetz.
Current GRuB student Austin McCoy was diagnosed with ADHD in third grade. “Since doing GRuB, I’ve seen a big improvement in my grades. They’re all A’s this year,” he said with a smile. McCoy feels that he thrives in an environment where he can put his extra energy to use. “I also love how appreciated I feel. GRuB is like a family,” he adds.
Unlike many alternative schools, GRuB remains structured. After attending three morning classes at OHS, students spend the afternoon at GRuB where they receive credits in horticulture, biology, American history, and entrepreneurship.
Students begin their day by checking in with each other in a caring, conscientious manner. Being a part of this experience for one day, I can definitely say I felt a palpable support and appreciation within the group. Students quickly opened up about the events of their weekends, how they were feeling, and what they were looking forward to in the upcoming week. Especially unique, was the absence of technology.
After the check-in, students do a team-building activity and then get to work. Mondays and Wednesdays are harvest and farm work days, Tuesdays are lab days, Thursdays focus on team-building activities, and Fridays feature “Straight Talk” where the students reflect back on the week they’ve had, asking themselves, “What did I do well and what could I improve on?” They then share their thoughts and give feedback to each other in kind, loving ways.
“What’s really cool about Straight Talk,” said Peetz, “is that even me, the person in charge, gets feedback from the group.” According to him, this type of reflection helps everyone grow and creates accountability.
According to Peetz, the relevancy of what students learn is a huge aspect of the program. “We’re doing science labs in the garden, testing the pH of soil, learning how agriculture has impacted the world for centuries; all of which is relatable to what the students are doing with the farm,” said Peetz.
“The skill set that GRuB teaches is going to look great for colleges,” said Alex Otness, another GRuB student. “Colleges these days are looking for students who stand out and what we do at GRuB definitely stands out.”
Each year the GRuB curriculum varies somewhat depending on the needs of the farm. Past GRuB students have had the opportunity to grow food for the community, raise funds for a charitable organization, meet the mayor of Olympia and present to him on behalf of a cause, and even pass a bill. One past GRuB student earned over $40,000 to attend The Evergreen State College from scholarship money alone.
Even more than the skill set, Peetz emphasizes the mindset that GRuB teaches.
“I’m not here to turn everyone into an organic farmer. I’m here to help young people realize that they have a lot of power, that there is a lot of opportunity in this world, and that if you apply yourself, you can turn your passions into jobs and become successful,” he said. “We use farming as the vehicle but the important thing is the community work and purpose.”
What’s more, all produce grown through the GRuB-Bear Program is delivered to the OHS cafeteria for every student to dine on. GRuB delivers a variety of organic produce: mashed potatoes, beets and carrots, salad mixes, etc.
With such great results, other schools are wanting in on the action. In fact, Capital High School is already putting they’re own GRuB program to work. “OHS has served as the tester school,” said Peetz. “We’re still in the process of working out the kinks, but soon we hope to create an affordable and replicable program model that other schools can get on board with.”
“It’s a program that has so much to offer and just keeps on giving,” said Peetz. “I hope to see it incorporated into many more schools, but for now, Olympia School District can just be one of the best fed schools in the nation.”
By Natasha Ashenhurst
Ask any of the 485 graduates of Leadership Thurston County (LTC) what the 10-month leadership program means to them, and you will likely hear responses similar to these:
Each one of those responses is just fine with Renée Sunde, LTC Board Chair Elect and a 2006 LTC graduate. “Year after year, we see capable, educated and gifted individuals from a variety of organizations come through the program. They leave with a far greater understanding of how and where they want to serve their community,” she said. As Deputy Director of the Thurston Economic Development Council, she also credits LTC for her personal growth as a leader. “Prior to going through the program, I had not served as a Board member on a formal board. After LTC, I realized that was a great way for me to use my leadership skills to serve my community. Since that time I have served on approximately 8 different boards, which has been an incredibly rewarding experience, both personally and professionally.”
Jason Robertson, an LTC board member, 2001 grad, and President of J Robertson and Company, agrees. “Whether you are brand new to Thurston County or have lived here your whole life, LTC gives you a unique view of the community – one that would be difficult to get on your own. A real advantage is how the program helps participants forge invaluable connections with current leaders and amplifies available resources in the community,” he explains.
Staying true to its mission of developing informed, connected and committed community leaders, Leadership Thurston County is celebrating its 20th graduating class with the Class of 2014. LTC is a Program of the Thurston County Chamber Foundation, a 501c3 educational, non-profit organization.
ThurstonTalk caught up with four LTC graduates to learn about their path to leadership and hear about a few highlights of their experience.
“Successful leaders collaborate” - Stephanie Scott, LTC Class of 2011, Interim Program Director at Washington PTAC, a program of the Thurston Economic Development Council
Stephanie Scott was new to Thurston County, serving as the Workforce Development Coordinator for the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce when she joined the 2011 LTC class. “I didn’t have a strong knowledge of the community, and I did not have relationships with people in the community beyond my professional lane,” she said.
Scott saw LTC as a relationship building opportunity. “LTC was a path that led to belonging in the community. It also allowed me to watch leaders in our community in action. I quickly realized that successful leaders in our community collaborate. They work as a team with many of the well informed, smart and giving people in this community who share a common goal of making Thurston County a great place,” she said.
“LTC put learning in context, and encouraged me to add more learning to my life” - Ryan Betz, LTC class of 2004, Resource Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County
Ten years ago, Ryan Betz was working for the Providence St. Peter Foundation doing fundraising work for the hospital. His boss had gone through LTC and suggested that Betz join the next class. “It was a great experience. I enjoyed learning how different public, private and non-profits organizations operate as well as their challenges and opportunities. It was also fun to be able to put faces with names of community leaders, get to know them, hear their personal view on leadership and discover how they go about making a difference in the community,” he said.
Once Betz completed the program, he realized he missed the learning environment LTC provided, and decided to incorporate more learning into his life. “I was accepted into Seattle University’s Masters in Non Profit Leadership program, which involved two years of hard work and long days. However, unlike when I received my bachelor’s degree, I had some professional experience and was able to put learning into context, which made it a lot more fun and applicable,” he said.
Today, Betz is Resource Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County. The lessons of LTC stay with him. “Education puts experience into perspective. Try things, learn things, and move forward with new knowledge and skills. It always helps, too, when you are working with good people,” he said.
“My confidence (as a leader) soared” - Eileen McKenzie Sullivan, LTC Class of 2001, Executive Director, Senior Services for South Sound
Eileen McKenzie Sullivan shared her LTC experience. “As the new Executive Director of Senior Services of South Sound, I was looking to develop leadership skills and community connections. I knew a lot of community seniors, but not community leaders. I was really looking to expand my knowledge base about Thurston County as well,” she said.
Sullivan emerged from the program with a new understanding of Thurston County. “It was a mind-expanding experience and gave me a glimpse of all the different segments of the county that I was not aware of. The program was also very good for my self-confidence as a leader. Through the process of meeting on a regular basis and listening to the questions my peers asked, my confidence soared. We were all going through the same thing and learning together. We supported each other. I feel that my skills and connections from LTC launched our organization,” she said.
“LTC accelerated my involvement in the community” - Matt Kennelly, LTC Class of 2012, Brown & Caldwell, Environmental Engineer
Matt Kennelly moved to Olympia in January of 2011 and started LTC in September. “For me, LTC was a way to get involved in the community on a personal and professional level,” he said. It worked.
“LTC really helped me accelerate my knowledge of the community. I was able to take a leap ahead in understanding who is involved, building relationships, and getting insights into the way things work in the county and region,” he said. On a personal level, Kennelly enjoyed getting to know people in the cohort and has continued to remain friends with classmates.
A couple of highlights of his LTC experience were learning about Wolf Haven and interviewing Olympia Police Chief Ronnie Roberts. “I gave a presentation to the class about Wolf Haven,” he said. “I was really taken by the organization and its leadership, and I’ve stayed involved. At last year’s Sand in the City, I was part of the Wolf Haven sculpting team.”
Kennelly met one on one with Chief Roberts during his first year on the job. “I spoke to him about leadership. It was great to sit down with him and hear all he hopes to accomplish.”
He also credits LTC with creating context. “It changed how I approach my career because it gave me a context for everyday aspects of my work. It allowed me to help my clients solve problems,” he said.
When asked if he would recommend LTC, Kennelly doesn’t hesitate, “Until you are in LTC, you can’t really know the power and value of it. Get involved in LTC if you can! Stay involved in things after you graduate.”
To learn more about Leadership Thurston County, click here.
By Natasha Ashenhurst
The first time it happened, Kelly O’Sullivan didn’t think too much about it, but the second and third times she knew it was a pattern that was likely to continue and that fact didn’t bother her at all.
The interactions with strangers usually followed this pattern – she would be working in front of her house, weeding a flower bed or mowing the lawn, and a car would pull up. An older person would get out, make an introduction and then politely tell her a memory they had about her house.
For one woman, it was a childhood memory of visiting the stables behind the house for a weekly riding lesson. One of the original owners kept Arabian horses and gave riding lessons to other families in the area.
Another woman stopped by to describe growing up in the home as one of eight children. She was delighted to see that the house was very much the way as she remembered. On another day, a woman bereaved a tree, no longer on the property that had marked a beloved pet’s grave.
When the O’Sullivans purchased the home in 2006, they had never lived in the country before. The house is located on Oyster Bay Road, on the Steamboat Island peninsula in northwest Thurston County. Kelly had always dreamed that one day she would have the opportunity to own an older home. “My family thought we were nuts and that we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into,” she said.
Seven years later, the O’Sullivans don’t regret buying the historic home for a minute. It is in excellent shape and surprisingly sound for a 111-year-old house. However, what the O’Sullivans didn’t realize was that they were buying a piece of Oyster Bay history, and that purchasing this home made them caretakers of a Thurston County jewel.
The Franks family built the house in 1902. The yellow house with black trim, located only several feet off the busy, narrow road, has a steep gabled roof, a beautiful brick chimney, and front porch with brick steps. On the south side, there is a small balcony with a wrought iron railing that looks out over the barn.
Inside, the wood floors are works of art, each painstakingly designed so the individual planks form a square pattern that end in the exact center of each room. In fact, the Franks house is one of the best architectural examples of an arts and crafts home in the area. According to the county’s historic property inventory the original property spanned anywhere from 400 to 500 acres, and was once a dairy farm.
“The house is in very good shape and many of the original fixtures are still working well. For example, we had a plumber work on the downstairs bathroom and he dated the toilet to 1915. The sink in that bathroom has the original faucet with cold on one side and hot on the other,” described O’Sullivan.
In the barn they found old saw blades. O’Sullivan discovered that the Franks cut trees from the property with handsaws to build the house. The original timbers are visible in the basement. The walls are smooth plaster, without a crack.
Eventually subsequent owners, including the Mason and Gosney families, parceled off and sold much of the vast acreage surrounding the Franks house. Many purchasers created smaller farms, especially apple orchards. Today, the Franks house occupies just over five acres.
The Oyster Bay area was an important shellfish harvesting location for local tribes. “The Squi-Ailt and T’Peeksin peoples inhabited the seven inlets of the southern Puget Sound and harvested shellfish in the area. Eventually major shellfish operations were located on Oyster Bay,” said Steve Lundin, area resident and de-facto historian.
People, like Donna Altman, continue to feel drawn to the area. In 1982 her family moved to Olympia from Southern California and she looked at over 40 different properties before falling in love with land in Oyster Bay. Over the years, the Altman family has lived on two different properties in the area, one located right across the street from the Franks house. When they built that house they gathered bricks from the Franks house which they used to build their fireplace.
“There were a lot of apple orchards in the area, so now if you walk around some of these old farms you’ll find ancient apple trees. In fact, our daughter was married under the apple trees on one of our farms,” she said. Eventually, as they transitioned into semi-retirement, they moved over to a smaller piece of waterfront property on Steamboat Island Road, but Altman misses her farm and Oyster Bay. She was nostalgic when she said, “It just gets in your blood. It is a way of living and a healing place that feeds your soul.”
O’Sullivan would agree. For her it is hard to imagine a time when she would ever have to leave the Franks house, especially the idea of anyone disrupting those details, all this time so lovingly preserved, which makes it the landmark that it is today.
By Mary Ellen Psaltis
Brrrr… these damp, foggy mornings that become damp, foggy afternoons have me wearing scarves and sweaters. It’s no wonder I’m in the mood for soup. Steamy bowls invite a chilly body to be nourished. Soup, a magic elixir, can be made to cure many an ill.
At the same time, it’s a platform for fall’s abundant root vegetables, a handful of dried beans or peas, or the meat of your choice. You can throw in rice or pasta or not. Spices such as cinnamon, oregano and chilies will make each batch seem like it came from another country. I believe the number of soup possibilities add up to infinite variations. Maybe you have a pot simmering right now. If not, here are a few ideas for restaurants in town serving up a steamy bowl.
My dear friend Arlene met me for an early lunch on weekday. Tables were already full at 11:30, but as people came and left, tables were shared when chairs became available. The Bread Peddler reminds Arlene of being in Europe, but that’s not the only draw. “If I want a bowl of soup, I don’t know another place in downtown to go unless I make it myself.” She knows she can get soup other places, but appreciates the quality she finds there. Arlene knows her way around the kitchen and doesn’t need to eat food she doesn’t like.
I had the roasted sweet potato and curried apple soup. Sweet and spicy, it was thick, satisfying and even vegan. I indulged in their slices of crusty bread with real butter – a hard combination to beat. If I’m going to eat bread, it needs to be fabulous. Bread Peddler bakes lovely, crafted loaves and prepares sandwiches and salads, including vegan options like curry couscous. Arlene noted that their sandwiches hold up under a juicy tomato and do not turn into a soggy disgusting mess in your mouth. Good to know. Her food tip? Take a couple of the almond filled croissants home for later. Eat one and you’ll know why.
The Olympia Food Co-Op off Pacific Avenue stocks a soup and salad bar that fulfills one of my culinary fantasies: having several healthful, creative salads and soups available all at the same time. Of course at home, I would make just one at a time. Both the soups and salads are vegetarian with plenty of vegan options. There are recyclable containers for your lunch choices, but since I go regularly, I bring my own. Be sure to weigh your containers before filling with soup or salad, as you don’t have to pay for the extra weight. Doesn’t Pumpkin Pecan Soup with ginger, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and coconut milk sound lusciously autumnal? There are a few small tables inside the Co-Op and outside seating when the weather allows. I’ve been known to sit in the peace of my car (engine off) in their parking lot to eat my lunch.
Some time during his high school years, Panera became the ‘date place’ for my son Kosta and me. I think the broccoli cheddar soup with a side of multigrain baguette has been his favorite for a long time. We like to pick the table by the fireplace, and I get to drink an endless glass of ice tea. Panera may be a national chain, but that doesn’t mean it has to be shunned. The staff is friendly, the atmosphere is low-key and clean, it’s family friendly and you can get a specialty coffee or pastry if you are in the mood. It’s also not a budget breaker. There are usually five soup choices on any given day.
My husband’s family is Greek, which means I am an honorary Greek. I have gladly eaten my share of Hellenic fare. When we make something at home – it’s a big production – seems like everything requires a 9 x 13 pan, lots of grape leaves or a leg of lamb. The time for such cooking is not always available. The Gyro Spot serves avgolemono, an iconic Greek soup with chicken broth, rice, lemon and egg froth. It’s a change from your usual chicken noodle soup and tastes especially good when you have a cold – but welcome any time. It’s not vegetarian, but it’s more about the chicken flavor than much meat. You can order to falafel if you want to stay vegan.
The Gyro Spot is on 4th Avenue – and for those who have been around a while – in part of the space long ago inhabited by Crackers. There are tables or seating that lets you look out the window to watch passers-by. On another note, gyro is pronounced yeer-ro.
Tomato bisque is usually on the menu at Mercado. It was rich and creamy and really hit the spot – just right with the warm Panini that was overflowing with fresh mozzarella and (my favorite) pesto. Now that the weather is cooler, Mercado will also feature a second soup that will change regularly.
Many local establishments will have soup on their menu this time of year. Soup can provide body and soul comfort and it can be healthy at the same time. If you want ideas for making your own soup, shoot me an email.
Eat Well – Be Well
On Friday night, more than bragging rights were on the line. The Rochester High School football team would be facing off against the Tenino Beavers in the 1A Evergreen regular season finale.
The two Thurston County schools were tied atop the league standings heading into the match-up. The game was the deciding factor for which school would host an opponent as a higher seed in the first round of the district playoffs.
Fans filled the stands of Beaver Stadium while overflow spectators took to a recently erected grand-stand or their cheered from their vehicles, lining the west end of the field. It was the perfect atmosphere for such a game, and the play on the field lived up to the hype as well.
The host Beavers brought the league championship to Tenino following their hotly contested 37-27 victory over the Warriors. After starting the season 0-3, Tenino has won five of six games to close out with a 5-4 and 5-1 overall and league record respectively. Rochester, who came into Friday’s game with a record of 6-2 (4-1 in league), flipped their fortunes from 2012, when they finished the season 2-7.
Next weekend, Tenino will host a district playoff game while Rochester will be on the road. The time, location and opponent of those games has yet to be determined.
Submitted by Saint Martin’s University
The Saint Martin’s University Master of Business Administration (MBA) program will be offered on site at Joint Base Lewis McChord. While the MBA program is geared primarily for Servicemembers, veterans and family members, prospective students not associated with the military will also be able to enroll on a space-available basis.
The deadline for applying to the program is Dec. 1, with classes beginning Jan. 6, 2014, at the Stone Education Center on JBLM Main.
Interested candidates can apply online at www.stmartin.edu/GradStudies/MBA. For those who want to attend the JBLM-based classes, select “JBLM” on the online application. JBLM students can attend elective classes on the Saint Martin’s main campus in Lacey, if they desire.
“We at Saint Martin’s are excited to offer this opportunity for service members who prefer a mostly face-to-face MBA program provided by a ranked, regionally accredited university with a history that spans back more than 100 years,” says Richard Beer, Ph.D., dean of the Saint Martin’s University School of Business. “We are proud to have a 40-plus year tradition of serving Servicemembers at JBLM Main and JBLM McChord Field, and we look forward to providing a supportive and challenging program for those preparing to take the next steps in their careers.”
Students will attend face-to-face classes once per week. Those classes will be offered along with select online course options for those who want to quickly finish fulfilling the requirements for the degree.
“There are many academic institutions that offer a 100-percent online degree,” says Radana Dvorak, dean of Extended Learning at JBLM. “But we wanted to offer a mostly in-person option that also included an online component providing the convenience and flexibility our very mobile students often need.”