This Week’s Favorite Features – Veterans Day In Olympia

first_imgWhile our daughters practiced on the soccer field, another mom and I would run a 4.5 mile loop.  I despise running.  I look for any excuse to skip, even tempted to admit “I just don’t want to” rather than generate some ache or pain that would prevent me from the trek.  My friend though, never had a complaint, no matter if it was 90 degrees at 6pm or pouring down rain.  She was always at our meeting spot, with her shoes laced, ready to go.I share this story because Heather is a soldier’s wife.  Her stories about what she has sacrificed for her husband’s military career strengthen and remind me that my complaints are so petty.  She is a strong woman, able to hold her family together during uncertain work assignments and deployments.  But, she would never tell you that it was a sacrifice.  She would turn, smile and say simply “it’s what we do” – a deep belief system that I have seen replicated among other military families.This weekend, when we show gratitude for the men and women serving in our military, I am also giving thanks to Heather (and other military spouses and parents) – for being the support staff that makes soldiers strong.  Thanks, Heather, for lifting me up when I would rather sit on the curb.  Your dedication to your own family pushed me on. Facebook19Tweet0Pin0 Here is a summary of articles written about JBLM and our military community.All-American Dogs Foundation Trains Service Dogs For Olympia’s Wounded VetsAaron McCarthy and Jeanmarie Kautzman founded All-American Dogs Foundation, located in Olympia.  The foundation is a growing program that provides highly-trained service dogs to wounded soldiers.With ‘wear blue: run to remember,’ Army Widow Honors Fallen Husband, Battles GriefOriginally published last November, this story continues to inspire and motivate readers.  Co-founder Lisa Hallett has continued to expand ‘wear blue’ into new communities, creating a mechanism for people to honor, remember and grieve fallen soldiers.Culinary Superstar Guy Fieri Shakes Up The Kitchen At Madigan Army Medical CenterAbout a week ago, culinary icon Guy Fieri was spotted around Olympia – Fish Tale Brewery, Buck’s Spice Shop, Darby’s.  He also spent some time with culinary specialists at Madigan, sharing his tricks but also listening to stories from military members stationed locally.Saint Martin’s University Extended Learning Division Brings Exceptional Education Opportunities To Non-Traditional StudentsThis article shares stories about Saint Martin’s unique distance learning campus on JBLM.  As of 2010, more than 4,000 military affiliated and other non-traditional students have graduated from Saint Martin’s University.ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia.  If you have a suggestion for a story, send us a note at  For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here.last_img read more

OOPS! 2013 Coming to Downtown Olympia

first_imgBands start at 2pm and include:TeardropcityHorace PickettThe Fabulous Downey BrothersFruit JuiceTangerineFull Moon RadioThe Hard WayRock out in front or relax with a cold beer in full view of the stage from the outdoor beer garden.OOPS! is free to attend thanks in part to Eastside Big Toms, Music 6000, Olympia Framemakers, Site Impressions, Color & White Printing, Coffee News, KAOS, Olympia Power & Light, and Elite Cleaning of Washington.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Olympia Film Society and help keep this annual community celebration going.  See you there! Facebook2Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Elite Cleaning of WashingtonA wide range of bands play OOPS! in front of Olympia’s Capitol Theater. Photo Credit Winter Teems.On Saturday September 14th the Olympia Outdoor Public Spectacle (OOPS!) will be taking place from 2 pm to 9pm right on 5th Avenue in front of the Capitol Theater.  Seven diverse bands from the South Sound will be performing live throughout the day interspersed with various other entertainment including a local business raffle, a silent art auction inside the mezzanine of the Capital Theater, local vendors starting at 12 pm, and a Cakewalk, where the lovely girls of TUSH! Burlesque will display locally baked cakes specially made for the event.last_img read more

The Plant Place Nursery Prepares for Sixth Relay For Life

first_imgSubmitted by The Plant Place Nursery The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life has raised nearly $5 billion to date to improve cancer survival, decrease the incidence of cancer, and improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their caretakers. More than 5,000 Relay For Life events are held in 20 countries and are organized and implemented by local volunteers.A Relay For Life event is organized under a volunteer Relay Planning Committee, and implemented by volunteers. It is often organized as a multi-day public gathering, spanning all day and night in a large outdoor space, and many people bring tents and camp out around the walking tracks. Currently, almost 4 million people take part in Relay events in over 5,000 communities in the United States.The Thurston County Relay For Life is a two-day event held at Timberline High School in Lacey. Participating teams place at least one team member on the school track at all times during the 24 hour event. Most team members walk in the memory of a loved one lost to cancer. The event raised more than $311,000 in 2014.One local team, The Plant Place, is typical in its roots and continuing support to the American Cancer Society.In 2009, Angie Dorian was a direct sales representative for Sensaria, a skin care company based in Shelton. She had booked a sales event to be combined with a fund raising effort in memory of a child who died of leukemia. In addition, she attended an Aberdeen Relay For Life vendor event, supported it by donating her sales commission, and began to think about becoming more involved with Relay, as she had lost her mother, her birthmother and birth grandmother to cancer.She invited her friends and Sensaria sales team members to join her in organizing a Relay for Life team in Thurston County to honor those lost to cancer while at the same time make a real effort against the disease that took her loved ones. “Instead of going off and being sad, I could turn my attention to helping fight back with all my energies being put to a good cause,” she said.As a result, the Sensaria Sisters Relay For Life team was launched and in six weeks had raised $2,000. The Plant Place Nursery signed on as team sponsor in 2010 and has renewed its sponsorship every year since the beginning.At the team’s first Relay for Life event appearance in June, 2009, Dorian received a phone call from her lifelong best friend, Marie Lehman, who told her that she had just been diagnosed with bile duct cancer. Despite an intense battle, Lehman passed away in January 2010.The loss of her best friend doubled Angie Dorian’s already strong commitment to Relay for Life.Now coming up on seven years, The Plant Place team has 25 members, ranging in age from 13 to more than 72.  As a team, they’ve raised more than $78,000 in six years. All team members have their personal stories about cancer and they all participate in Relay for those personal reasons.The Plant Place Relay For Life team welcomes anyone to join them and help raise funds in the fight against cancer. You can find them on Facebook, on their Relay website , or reach them by e-mail at fundraising events for The Plant Place Relay For Life team:April 18 – Comedy NightMay 8 – Blooming Bunco at the VFW Hall in OlympiaJune 26-27 – Relay For Life at Timberline High School, Lacey Facebook28Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

County Commissioners Honor Departing JBLM Base Commanders

first_imgSubmitted by Thurston County  Cols. Hodges and Davit recognized for fostering partnerships with neighbor jurisdictions.Thurston County Commissioners issued a proclamation today honoring JBLM Base Commander Col. H. Charles Hodges, Jr. and Deputy Base Commander Col. Anthony J. Davit, who will both be leaving Joint Base Lewis-McChord in August.In today’s proclamation, commissioners expressed their gratitude to Col. Hodges and Col. Davit for their leadership both on base and in the surrounding community, and for their work to reach out to the cities and counties that neighbor the base to build and strengthen the level of cooperation and partnership between the military and the communities where many of JBLM military personnel and their families live.“During their tenure, Col. Hodges and Col. Davit have really made the relationships between the base and the neighboring jurisdictions a top priority,” said Commission Chair Cathy Wolfe. “I would say that the level of collaboration now is at an all-time high because of their efforts, and the positive impact they’ll leave on this community is tremendous.”Col. Hodges said, “It has been an amazing partnership with Thurston County. Three years ago, we didn’t really have a relationship, and today it is so very strong and beneficial.”“We continue to work to keep the relationship strong,” said Col. Davit. “The benefits gained by all parties allow everyone to understand each other’s perspectives. Being able to give back in this way makes a difference in the larger community.”“We have a great relationship with JBLM that is just incredible, and I think a big ‘thank you’ goes to Col. Hodges and Col. Davit for that,” said Commissioner Sandra Romero, who serves on the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership. “The relationship we’ve built has helped the base, and I know it’s helped the county and other jurisdictions, but I think the real winners are the people who live in our communities—the troops, their families, the civilian workers, and even those who are not directly tied to base. We all benefit from a strong base-community relationship.”“Col. Hodges and Col. Davit have laid a foundation for continued success in many areas. Their work has strengthened JBLM’s relationship with surrounding communities, such as recently fighting to keep troop reduction to 1,250 personnel. They also commanded garrison functions, formulating policy and plans for soldier readiness for deployments and redeployments and logistic services to thousands of families who work and reside at JBLM. Thurston County values their leadership, and I thank them for their dedication and professional service.” said Commissioner Bud Blake.Col. H. Charles Hodges, Jr. took command of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in August 2012 and will be retiring from military in August after serving for 30 years in the U.S. Army. As JBLM Base Commander, Col. Hodges is responsible for the general management of the systems and infrastructure that make up the “city” of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, such as facility maintenance and construction, environmental protection, housing, emergency management, police and fire services, and roads and transportation, among others. Col. Hodges manages and oversees an annual operating budget of $438 million for JBLM.Col. Anthony J. Davit was named Deputy Base Commander of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in August 2013, and also serves as Commander of the 627th Air Base Group. Along with his duties as the Deputy Base Commander, Col. Davit is responsible for organizing, training and equipping more than 800 Airmen in five squadrons, as well as managing the chaplain and equal opportunity offices. Col. Davit has served in the U.S. Air Force for 25 years, and will be leaving JBLM for his new post as Director of Readiness for the Air Force Civil Engineer Center at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida.Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) is the Defense Department’s premiere military installation on the West Coast. JBLM is home to more than 41,000 active, Guard and Reserve Service members and about 15,000 civilian workers. The base supports nearly 55,000 family members who live on and outside the base, and nearly 30,000 military retirees living within 50 miles. That makes JBLM the fourth largest military base in the United States by population, and the seventh largest “city” in Washington state. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

250 Kids Helping Kids Through Service Project

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The City of OlympiaOn Monday, February 15, an estimated two hundred and fifty 4-H youth from around Washington State will arrive at Priest Point Park to participate in a service project hosted by Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation that will benefit one of their peers who is in need.Through the Sparrow Club, the youth, who are in town for the Know Your Government annual conference, will receive $10 for every hour each volunteer works from a local sponsor. The funds raised will benefit 7-year-old Elijah Allen, who has a rare medical condition called Prader-Willi Syndrome.This is the third year that Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation has had the honor to host this compassionate group of teens who want to help others in need and make a difference in both the community and environment. The group will be spending two hours removing invasive vegetation and planting native plants to help restore the habitat at Priest Point Park.Contact Sylvana Niehuser at for more information about this project.last_img read more

Washington’s First Diverging Diamond Interchange to Open on Marvin Road and…

first_imgFacebook879Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of TransportationThe state’s first diverging diamond interchange is set to open in Lacey following an upcoming weekend closure of State Route 510/Marvin Road overpass above Interstate 5 next month.The development is a major milestone for the Washington State Department of Transportation’s project that is intended to improve travel and safety in the fast-growing South Sound community.Diverging diamond guides travelers throughClearly marked signs, pavement markings and traffic signals intuitively guide people traveling through the upgraded interchange. Vehicles are briefly directed to the other side of the roadway where they cross back over or merge onto I-5.A diverging diamond interchange, already in use in many other states, moves vehicles more efficiently than a traditional interchange. They also reduce the potential for collisions as the innovative design removes areas where vehicles merge, diverge or cross.In order to transform the interchange, WSDOT’s contractor will close the Marvin Road overpass along with the adjacent I-5 off- and on-ramps during the last weekend of the month.Closures details 9:00 p.m. Friday, July 31 – 5:00 a.m. Monday, August 3Marvin Road overpass between Quinault Drive Northeast and Main Street Northeast.Both Marvin Road on-ramps to southbound I-5 and northbound I-5.Northbound and southbound I-5 exits to Marvin Road.Weekend travelers through the area should plan ahead to reach their destinations in time.The work is weather-dependent and could be rescheduled due to rain.Once open in the new configuration, additional work will continue on the project, which include new concrete islands and other associated work.last_img read more

Netizens troll KL Rahul for posting ‘chilling’ picture

first_imgAdvertisement 1aNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs68vrnWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Em8yy0( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) imWould you ever consider trying this?😱46ayCan your students do this? 🌚1lldfRoller skating! Powered by Firework Karnataka batsman KL Rahul is going through a tough time both on and off the pitch. The player failed to perform during India’s tour of West Indies, and wasn’t picked in the team during the T20I series against South Africa. And despite all this Rahul posted a picture on social media while undergoing Cryogenic Therapy captioning it, “Chilling (literally),” The joke however, didn’t go well among the fans and the batsman was trolled by many on Twitter.Advertisement Indian is doing performance or not !!! We getting heavy performance from this guy not on fieldAdvertisement — சுத்த தங்கம்🥇 (@arunstepuparun) September 23, 2019Advertisement Bhai batting bhi kr lia kro chilling krte reh jaoge warna …— sk singh.. (@sksahil98750) September 23, 2019Bhai Isliye tera khoon nhi khoul raha🤣🤣— The Houshikalakar (@D_Houshikalakar) September 24, 2019One fan wrote, “Bhai batting bhi kr lia kro chilling krte reh jaoge warna”.While another tweeted, “Bhai Isliye tera khoon nhi khoul raha”KL Rahul’s last big innings came against Sri Lanka in the World Cup 2019, but after the tournament, his form has plummeted drastically. The 27-year-old didn’t get a berth in India’s Test squad for the home series against South Africa, which starts from October 2. The right hander has played 36 Tests, 23 ODIs and 28 T20Is with 3,609 international runs to his name.India meanwhile, will play next against South Africa at home in a three match Test series. The opening test will be played in Visakhapatnam while the other two matches are scheduled to take place in Pune and Ranchi respectively.   Advertisementlast_img read more

Sourav Ganguly : Heading BCCI will be easier than captaining India!

first_imgAdvertisement 8NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs39hWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Epy7( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 0gbaWould you ever consider trying this?😱e1fc2aCan your students do this? 🌚zdRoller skating! Powered by Firework Sourav Ganguly will be announced as the new President of BCCI within next few days. According to the former captain of Indian cricket team, nothing can be compared with captaining India in the biggest stage. Though he reckons that BCCI President will be a new challenge.Advertisement Sourav Ganguly was the President of Cricket Association Of Bengal for the last five years. He took some bold decisions as an administrator there. So, it is expected that he will take some bold steps as the President of BCCI also. Sourav mentioned that he would look into the matter of ‘conflict of interest’.Advertisement According to the former captain of India, Ranji Trophy will now be given more importance in terms of player selection of Indian Cricket Team. Sourav also told that he was not in touch with any political leader of India before filing the nomination paper for the President Election of BCCI.Now, he is going to be selected as the unopposed candidate in this President election. The former captain of India thanked his state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her constant support towards him. The cricket fans are hoping that some real changes are going to come in Indian cricket under the leadership of Sourav Ganguly.Advertisement Almost Stranded: Mohammad Shami’s US visa declined, gets approved after BCCI intervenes Advertisementlast_img read more

How LaLiga’s OTT platform is building a new global following

first_imgAdvertisement 742j2vNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7t3wk2bWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E5k3x( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 58dfWould you ever consider trying this?😱d353kCan your students do this? 🌚og05Roller skating! Powered by Firework In the next ten years, more than 50% of audiovisual revenue will arrive through over-the-top (OTT) streaming services. That’s the opinion of Jose Carlos Franco, managing director of LaLiga’s business intelligence and analytics department, who was presenting the competition’s international data strategy at the SportsPro OTT Summit in Madrid.Advertisement  Advertisement With such a dramatic shift in the broadcast landscape, rights holders will have to become experts in this new technology, which is why LaLiga became the first major football competition to develop its own OTT service, LaLigaSportsTV.Advertisement But doing so does not just represent a new platform to show live sport. As Franco explained, the world of OTT offers an enormous opportunity for data analysis, helping competitions to understand their fans better and build new followings across the world.“We ask two questions in our department. Who are our fans and how do they behave?” Franco said. “With our OTT platform, we are perfectly positioned to develop better knowledge of our users and how they consume sport, which can then be used to grow our audience.”LaLigaSportsTV is a multi-channel platform that was created to provide coverage of less-mainstream Spanish sports, rather than broadcast LaLiga matches. In its first year, the service has streamed 1,145 live events and provided on-demand coverage from 35 different sports across smartphone, tablet, PC and Smart TV environments. In this time, it has accumulated 410,000 registered users.To Franco, each of these users provides a unique data footprint that can help LaLiga to improve its offering. “We have designed dashboards that show the location of every user, how many times they use the app per week, which sports they follow, how long they watch and which device they use,” he explained, adding that all information is strictly anonymized.“By sharing this insight with our marketing teams, we can then send notifications or recommendations for a specific match, TV service or event. This has been very effective.” Part of a larger ecosystemCrucially, data from the OTT platform is combined with data from LaLiga’s many other digital platforms, including its website, mobile applications or games, in a single data lake. This allows for the team to analyses a much broader range of fan behaviors and use data-driven marketing to make a wider variety of relevant offers.“Analyzing all of our data sources together gives us a 360-degree view of the fan,” Franco added. “The sports you choose on the OTT service, the games you play on your mobile, the team you follow in LaLiga, all form a picture of what kind of content you want to receive. This multiplies the amount of relevant and timely offers we can make, which creates much more room for growth.”One of the new methods for making these offers is programmatic advertising. Using the fan data that has been accumulated, LaLiga produces new online articles, in partnership with a range of top media outlets, about topics that fans are showing an interest in. Analyzing all of our data sources together gives us a 360-degree view of the fan,” Franco added. “The sports you choose on the OTT service, the games you play on your mobile, the team you follow in LaLiga, all form a picture of what kind of content you want to receive. This multiplies the amount of relevant and timely offers we can make, which creates much more room for growth.”One of the new methods for making these offers is programmatic advertising. Using the fan data that has been accumulated, LaLiga produces new online articles, in partnership with a range of top media outlets, about topics that fans are showing an interest in.By pushing these articles to specific groups of users, with relevant advertisements included (for example, downloading the LaLigaSportsTV app), LaLiga is significantly increasing conversion rates and growing its registered user base organically. Advertisementlast_img read more

Solar Panels to Produce Revenue at Monmouth County Landfill

first_imgFreeholders have awarded a nearly 20-year lease to HESP Solar, one of the companies that had bid on the lease. The company will pay the county $37,500 a year for each megawatt of solar power that gets constructed at the solar farm. Payments will not start until the project is constructed, according to the county. “The project has the ability to be up to 10 megawatts, which would be $375,000 per year,” Teri O’Connor, county administrator, told freeholders at their work session meeting Oct. 24. “So this is something that we’ve very proud of because we think that that area of the former landfill…cannot be developed into housing or any other type of structure component,” said Thomas A. Arnone, freeholder director. By Philip Sean Curran The landfill, located at Lakewood Allenwood Road, is closed and otherwise could not be used except for a project like this. “So those processes take differing amounts of time,” Sean Brodie, HESP’s development manager, told the freeholders. “We hope that it can be done inside of a year, of the planning process, but that is ambitious.”center_img HESP Solar is headquartered in Suffern, New York. The company’s portfolio includes projects in Barnegat, Lakewood and other parts of New Jersey and in communities along the East Coast. A New York-based energy company intends to produce electricity with solar panels at a closed landfill that Monmouth County owns in Howell Township. HESP Solar will need to get zoning and other approvals to construct the project, including getting permission from the township. “Well, I think it’s a good use, a conversion, of property that would really just lay fallow,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry.last_img read more