Heritage Park update

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Heritage Park improvements begin August 1 Work will close sections of park until spring 2007

This message is being sent to you because of your past interest in and support of the development of Heritage Park. We will send you several project updates as the work progresses.

We will begin construction at Heritage Park on Tuesday, August 1 to finish the elements essential to a basic park. This work will require some closures of the park until some time early next year.

We will spend $1.8 million during this phase of construction to complete the following:

  • Re-grading portions of the park to raise the perimeter elevation by about one foot, which will improve flood protection for downtown Olympia.
  • Installing irrigation and drainage systems.
  • Adding topsoil and hydro-seeding lawn areas.
  • Installing additional picnic tables and benches.
Construction is scheduled to take only about nine weeks. However, lawn areas within the park will remain closed until spring 2007, so the new grass can take hold.

We will reopen the lawn areas once the grass can withstand foot traffic.

You will still be able to access the "Arc of Statehood," the walking path next to the lake, throughout the project, even during construction. The public restrooms will also remain open.

The parking lot at 5th Avenue and Simmons will be closed during construction, so we can make improvements there. Parking along Deschutes Parkway and side streets will not be affected by the construction.

We invite you down to the park during construction to watch the progress. We appreciate your patience as we further improve this already popular park.

Please send your comments and questions to Nathaniel Jones, GA project director at: njones@ga.wa.gov.

Make it available

From The Seattle Times Editorial Page:

The emergency contraception drug known as Plan B, though deemed safe and effective, remains at the center of the social wars.

Whether it's the ideologically inspired foot-dragging of the Food and Drug Administration or the alleged passive-aggressive "out of stock" excuses of drug stores, it should stop. On Monday, nine women filed complaints with the Washington State Pharmacy Board, saying they were unable to fill 17 prescriptions at four stores in the Olympia area. One woman, unable to fill a prescription after a condom failed, said she ended up pregnant and then miscarried.

It will be interesting to see how the pharmacy board handles the complaints. The board recently proposed controversial rules to make Washington one of a few states that permit pharmacists to decline to fill prescriptions for personal reasons. After an outcry, the board delayed adoption of the rules until Aug. 31.

Film: Independent America - Sunday, 8/6/2006, 4pm, OUUC

OUUCs Social Justice Committee Film Series presents . . .


When:  Sunday, August 6th, 4pm
Where: Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 220 East End St, Westside (north on Division, left on Elliott (at the Handy Pantry) and right on East End St).

These days, you have to go out of your way if you want to do business with Mom & Pop. One couple has taken that notion a little bit farther, 13,000 miles farther to be exact.

Independent filmmakers and award-winning journalists, Hanson Hosein and Heather Hughes, take the road less traveled in a thought provoking new documentary, which uncovers the growing opposition to big box retail across the U.S. and the often desperate fight being waged by independent retailers to stay alive.

Independent America: The Two Lane Search for Mom & Pop is an entertaining account of Hosein and Hughes’s expedition through 32 states as they look for an America unchained by corporate retail. Self-imposed road rules bar them from major highways and corporate chain retail. Traveling on alternative roads, the duo can only do business with Mom & Pop. Independent America Media, 81 minutes, http://www.independentamerica.net

Call Howard at 786-8059 or email him at hrstruggle at comcast-dot-net for questions.

Pizza party at Fertile Ground

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Fertile Ground Guesthouse is hosting a pizza party fundraiser for Olympia Salvage this Friday, August 4th, starting at 6pm. You can buy a cob-oven baked pizza for dinner and support the work of Oly Salvage to keep usable building materials out of the landfill. They are raising funds to get a new retail space.


Fertile Ground Guesthouse:
311 9th Ave SE, Olympia

Trying to say it...

No matter how hard we try we are all a part of destroying something.  None of us is innocent from oppressing someone or something else.  Even these plastic parts and wires we're using to "connect" will someday end up in the junkyard rotting the earth even more.  We have outgrown our own sophistication so much that the choices we "think" we're making are really not choices at all.  Rather, they are desperate attempts to prove that somehow we have control over what we call our life...but really, where does your next breath come from?  How does your heart keep beating without you willing it to do so?  The day that you can yourself create life out of dust...perhaps that will be the day that you will be given your license to take away life. There are a myriad of perspectives about life and death.  It doesn't do any good to throw stones at one another because we're all in this whole mess making an even bigger mess of the very time, breath, energy, and existence we have.  Everyone needs to be told daily that they are loved.  Everyone needs to be forgiven for something.

 "Music is love in search of a word."

Ports make deal

From Canadian Transportation and Logistics:

TACOMA, Wash.--The Port of Olympia and Port of Tacoma Commissions have voted to adopt an Interlocal Agreement to form a strategic partnership that will improve regional rail system capacity, establish a center for warehousing and distribution and create a major South Puget Sound employment center.

The Port of Olympia Commission approved the Interlocal Agreement at its regularly scheduled public meeting Monday, July 17, and the Port of Tacoma Commission approved the agreement at its public meeting today.

The Interlocal agreement calls for the two ports to cooperatively purchase, plan and develop a South Sound Logistics Center on a 745-acre site in Thurston County, along Interstate 5. Under terms of the agreement, the two ports have until December 31, 2007 to sign a final Joint Operating Agreement.

63 Democratics, 102 Republicans

Isn't Thurston County supposed to be a liberal sort of place? From Thurston Blue:

The preliminary results are in at the Thurston County Auditor's Office and only 63 people are running for Democratic PCO seats in Thruston County -- as opposed to 102 Republicans!!

What makes this even worse is that we have a total of 267 precincts!  We're only going to be running someone as PCO in less than 25% of the precincts!!

What is the problem??!!  Are we giving up and going to just concede the county to the Republicans?  Or is it someone else's responsibility? 

Someone help me understand this!!

Comment over there and let her know what you think.

National Day of Education

On August 17, U.S. Army First Lieutenant Ehren Watada will face a pre-trial hearing for refusing to deploy to Iraq. “It is my conclusion as an officer of the armed forces that the war in Iraq is not only morally wrong but a horrible breach of American law. The war and what we’re doing over there is illegal,” explained the first military officer to publicly take such a stand.

On August 16, the day prior to the hearing, The Friends and Family of Lt. Ehren Watada are calling for a “National Day of Education” to pose the question, “Is the war illegal?” 
More info including info on protest at Ft. Lewis that day

Stay out of the Fetid Lake of Doom (Capitol Lake)

Especially when it is blooming with algae. Some blue-green algae produces toxins, a.k.a. "bad shit", pets are especially at risk.

Should there be a public swimming beach at Heritage Park?: Info Sheet
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