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Paulie G’s – A Family Friendly Pool Hall

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 6:00am

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The coincidence of tragedy and fortune struck Paul Girard within one week. In 2004, Girard, best known as Paulie, was diagnosed with cancer. A melanoma had been discovered in his neck. Uncertain how he would pay for the medical expenses, he checked a lottery ticket that he had bought six weeks prior. Instantly, Paulie learned

Visit Lake Cushman on the Olympic Peninsula

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 6:00am

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Under the shadow of the southeastern Olympic Mountains, Lake Cushman is quickly becoming one of the premier destinations along Hood Canal. Lake Cushman has been a local retreat on warm weather days for generations, but only recently has it become a destination for those in the greater Puget Sound Region. Offering every recreation activity possible,

Family Farming Yields Sumptious Soaps at KaasHill Farms

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 6:00am

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It’s often been said that chickens are the “gateway drug” to farming, and it’s no different for KaasHill Farms. The family farm started with a small flock of chickens, and is now home to goats, pigs, chickens, guard dogs, and bees. Peter and Sheena Kaas and their small children are the hard-working farmers and soap

Brian Griffith – Overcoming Bad Financial Choices to Get Back on Track with Washington Auto Credit

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 6:00am

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From a financial perspective, many young adults are unprepared for the real world.  Young people are often offered credit cards or auto loans right out of high school, or while going to college. They have no idea about the importance of credit, and know even less about budgeting their money. For many, this sudden availability

Maid Perfect Shares Tips to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 4:38pm

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Submitted by Maid Perfect Many people enjoy the look of stainless steel until it comes time to clean it. It seems stainless steel likes to collect finger prints and smudges as a favorite pastime. The first thing you should consider before you start cleaning your stainless steel is what not to do! Some of the newer

Lacey Days Thrive 5K Supports Local Boys and Girls Clubs

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 4:17pm

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Submitted by Thrive Community Fitness In partnership with the City of Lacey, Thrive Community Fitness will be hosting the 2016 Lacey Days Thrive 5k at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday July 2. This will mark the fourth year of the event with the addition of an exciting new kid’s dash complete with an obstacle course!  All proceeds from

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 1:40pm

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Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Meet Abby, an affectionate, sweet girl who loves to go for walks and car rides. Abby is a cuddle bug who really likes to spend time with her humans. She is about 1 year old and ready to learn anything you want to show her. She has been spayed, is

Swing, Bop, Groove, and Jive at the 26th Annual America’s Classic Jazz Festival

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 10:17am

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There’s something extra special about live music. You may know a recording inside and out but hearing it in person is magical. And nowhere is this more vibrant than with the fluid, improvisational world of jazz. June 23 – 26 is the 26th annual America’s Classic Jazz Festival organized by the Greater Olympia Dixieland Jazz

Capital City Pride Delights Parade Attendees

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 8:04am

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Capital City Pride has held an inclusive parade and festival in Olympia since 1991. On Sunday, June 19, 2016, the parade moved through downtown Olympia.  These photos by Shanna Paxton Photography give you a glimpse into the popular festive event.  

ThurstonTalk’s Community Social Network Creates Community Conversation

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 6:00am

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Social media sites aren’t just a great way to connect friends and family, they are also a great tool for linking neighbors to other people in their community. On ThurstonTalk, we share positive stories about the people, businesses and organizations that make Thurston County a great place to live, work and play. Because we distribute

Olympia Hula Dancers Touch Hearts

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 6:00am

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Hula is an art. Once a week, the Na Pua Mai Kapili Aloha Dancers meet to practice that art. There are currently five members in the group—Reiko Callner, Cheryle Broom, Christy Raske, Judy Berg, and Claire Elliott—who each have a love and an appreciation for hula that extend back many years. “I love the culture

OlyCLAW – Way Over the Top

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 6:00am

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Are you ready to rumble (for charity)? OlyCLAW, our own local chapter of the Collective of Lady Arm Wrestlers (CLAW), are back with a vengeance and are making their much anticipated return to the stage this summer. The ladies of OlyCLAW have been competing against one another in competitive arm wrestling since 2014 with all proceeds benefitting

Capital’s Eric Hagen and Gabe Barnes Get into the Swing of Things on the Golf Course

Sun, 06/19/2016 - 6:00am

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Maybe what’s most impressive about Gabe Barnes’ golf game isn’t so much what he does swinging a club. It’s what he doesn’t do that wows his coach. When Barnes, a junior on Capital High School’s golf team this spring, shanked a tee shot out of bounds or when an iron shot skips into a sand trap,

Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Experts Share Summer Favorites

Sun, 06/19/2016 - 6:00am

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Batdorf & Bronson coffee experts are back in the tasting lab. Each month, during the warm summer season, Batdorf & Bronson creates a new seasonal cold beverage. On the menu currently is a horchata latte, a heavenly mixture of almond, rice and soy milks with just enough cinnamon and organic vanilla syrup to give it

Say Hello to Pizza Take-Out and Deliver in Boston Harbor, South Bay and Johnson Point

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 6:00am

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If you live in the Boston Harbor community, pizza delivery is something that only happens in the movies. Once, my daughter was at a friend’s house “in town,” and they announced they were going to order a pizza. She insisted upon waiting by the door, fascinated by the entire process and the magical lit sign atop

Yogafit for Warriors Offers Trauma Release for PTSD

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 6:00am

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When we experience trauma, the natural physical reaction is to go into fight or flight mode. Often, as our bodies release the stress of the experience they will begin to shake uncontrollably. But when we can’t release the stress and our bodies contract, we literally lock traumatic memories into our cells for years. No matter

North Thurston Says Farewell to Fearless Leader Raj Manhas

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 6:00am

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Raj Manhas could be described as an an accidental educator. He was never a classroom teacher nor did he earn any advanced degrees in education. Yet, he has positively impacted thousands of local children during his tenure as North Thurston Pubic Schools’ (NTPS) superintendent. And now, families in the Lacey district say farewell to their

South Sound Natural Areas Thrive with Help from Capitol Land Trust Volunteers

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 5:55am

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A West Olympia game path moves through an understory of grasses and ferns beneath a canopy of native trees. Jeannette Barreca halts as a birdsong spirals through the air. “Swainson’s thrush,” she said, identifying the bird. “They come back every summer.” A water quality expert retired from the Washington State Department of Ecology, Barreca knows migratory

Healthy Yards, Healthy People

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 2:26pm

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Submitted by Thurston County Public Health & Social Services Summer is just around the corner! To some, summer means spending long evenings in the backyard with family and friends. For others, summer brings backyard barbecues, gardening, tossing a ball for the dog, playing tag with the kids, or even sleeping out under the stars. Whatever you

Lacey’s Woodland District Development Guidelines Receive National Recognition

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 2:05pm

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Submitted by The City of Lacey The Washington D.C. based Form-Based Codes Institute (FBCI) recently announced the City of Lacey, Washington, has won the distinguished Driehaus Award in recognition of the community’s new Woodland District Hybrid Form-Based Code.  FBCI is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to advancing the understanding and use of form-based codes.   The