Facebook12Tweet0Pin0 Over the past few months, ThurstonTalk has delivered stories about our community’s athletes. Articles have included:Olympic rower Brodie Buckland,College-scholarship hopefuls on the Capitol Lady Outlaws Fastpitch Team, andTumwater High School golfer, Seth Nickerson, playing for the American High School championships in Scotland.But, nothing prepared me for Tom Rohrer’s impressive write-up of amazing athlete, Evelyn Hoffman.As I readied his story for publishing, I sent Tom an email that said (verbatim) “I love this article SO MUCH. Thank you!” My simple statement, while certainly not verbose, expresses my appreciation for Tom’s skills at sharing Evelyn’s story with ThurstonTalk readers.I leave you simply with the link and 3 minutes to read Evelyn’s story:Master Swimmer Evelyn Hoffman Shows Age Is Just A Number
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston County Would you like to help the local food banks gear up for summer, while having some fun at work? Start a food drive challenge!A large number of children in Thurston County receive subsidized breakfast and lunch at school. During the summer, they are more likely to go hungry. Area food banks encourage donations of peanut butter to help families while school is out—it doesn’t need refrigeration, it’s easy for kids to make sandwiches with, and it provides a good source of protein. And, of course, jam and jelly go with peanut butter.To help out, the Thurston County Public Works Department will be holding an internal Peanut Butter Challenge from April 6 to May 15. The good-natured competition will determine which division within the department can collect the most peanut butter and jam. The winning team will receive bragging rights, a root beer float party and a fun trophy.A similar effort in 2010 netted over 1,000 jars, which the Thurston County Food Bank (TCFB) distributed countywide. Public Works Director Ramiro Chavez, who joined the department in last August, is hoping to make the Peanut Butter Challenge an annual springtime food drive event for the department, and encourages other businesses and local governments to hold similar food drives. And it certainly doesn’t have to be just peanut butter—TCFB needs a variety of foods for summer and weekend programs, which include:FORKids school backpack meal program which helps hungry, homeless children. Two days’ worth of kid friendly foods are provided on Fridays at area elementary schools. Summer School Lunch Program, under the umbrella of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, provides sack lunches to children in collaboration with local service providers. Summer Mobile Meal Pilot Program, funded by local donations, provides sack lunches to children living in low-income neighborhoods.TCFB serves 15,000 families annually through a variety of programs. These families include 47,000 individuals, half of which are children. Last year the number of visits increased 20 percent to 284,000. The food bank distributed 6 million pounds of food, which included locally-sourced food and federal food products.So start your own challenge this spring, and share your organization’s efforts on the Facebook pages of the Thurston County Food Bank or Waste Less Food—Thurston Solid Waste. TCFB can provide sample emails and flyers for you to use, as well as collection bins in a variety of sizes. Please contact Fran Potasnik with TCFB at (360) 754-5703 or email@example.com.
Facebook46Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Gift Gallery LLCThe Gift Gallery LLC includes a wide variety of crafts, handcrafted foods, and local artists wares in it’s Tumwater location.The Gift Gallery LLC in Tumwater is seeking new crafters and collectors to feature in our store. We carry a wide variety of local and handcrafted merchandise, and are looking to add some new talent to our selection in time for the many gift-giving holidays and the tourist season ahead. If you’re an artist or antique collector looking for a place to sell your wares, this could be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.The Gift Gallery LLC is a well-established destination for Washington-made gifts and souvenirs. We have been a part of the community for six years and are featured on ThurstonTalk.com, the Thurston County Visitors’ Map, and Localsaver.com. We hold monthly events for the public, including free professional jewelry appraisals and food tastings featuring items from our collection of local, gourmet foods.The Gift Gallery is currently seeking new vendors for their popular store in the Southgater Shopping Center.Come visit our location in the Southgate Shopping Center for further information on booth rentals, and better yet, bring an example of your craft along so we can determine whether our store is a good fit for you.The Gift Gallery LLC(360) firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook21Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County ChamberOn Wednesday, May 8, join the Thurston County Chamber for the 114th Annual Meeting and the beginning of the Chamber’s 145th year.U.S. Ambassador Suzan LeVine will deliver the keynote address for the 114th Annual Meeting. Photo courtesy: Thurston County ChamberThe program will include a report out and a glimpse at an exciting program of work for 2019/2020.Former U.S. Ambassador Suzan “Suzi” LeVine will deliver the keynote address. One year ago Gov. Jay Inslee appointed LeVine as commissioner of the Employment Security Department. LeVine served as U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein from 2014 – 2017 at the request of President Barack Obama. She has extensive experience in workforce development, apprenticeships and the future of work. As ambassador, she was instrumental in collaborating with more than 30 companies to expand the Swiss style apprenticeship model into the United States. LeVine served as a member of Inslee’s Career Connect Washington Task Force and as a delegation co-chair of Inslee’s study mission to Switzerland in 2017.Reservations are required for this event. Register at thurstonchamber.com.Thank you to our presenting sponsors, The Port of Olympia and Heritage Bank.WHO: Thurston County ChamberWHAT: The Thurston Chamber’s 114th Annual MeetingWHEN: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.WHERE: Hotel RL OlympiaFOR MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Krystal Barkus at email@example.com or by calling (360) 970-9458
Facebook6Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of CommissionersJune 12, 2020Like many people around the world, we are shocked and horrified by the senseless death of George Floyd while in police custody. We join in mourning and send our deep and heartfelt condolences to those who are left to mourn his loss for a lifetime. This tragedy has brought to the surface systemic inequalities existing in our society, specifically among people of color, from which we cannot walk away. To be comfortably numb to these issues is completely unacceptable. Now is the time for us to unite and work together to create a more equitable and just community. We all bear this responsibility.We know we are not immune to inequality, racial or otherwise, in Thurston County. If any good will come out of this moment, it is an opportunity for us to reflect on our ideals as a people, listen to one another, and forge a new path forward for ourselves and future generations.As your Board of County Commissioners, we commit to working with our employees and other elected leaders to develop local policies building up support systems to foster understanding and inclusion. Over the coming months, we will explore how we, as a legislative body, can institutionalize equality across our county government. Some concepts we are exploring include:Conducting a comprehensive re-assessment of our organizational mindset, policies, and procedures.Re-establishing a council on equality and human rights comprised of a cross section of individuals from diverse backgrounds in our community.Supporting increased training opportunities for our law enforcement personnel.We expect so much from our law enforcement. We ask them to be mental health experts, substance abuse experts, and a myriad of other professions – all while continuing to protect and serve our community. They also need our support.Together, we can rise to this moment. The improvements we make will be felt throughout our community. There are policy changes we will advocate for at the state and federal level. We are committed to the vision of a Thurston County ensuring the health, safety, and wellbeing of everyone.Sincerely,John Hutchings, ChairTye Menser, Vice-ChairGary Edwards, Commissioner
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The champion Red Bank Catholic Caseys football team celebrate a win of the NSIAA Football Finals Sunday night, the first team to do so since 1976. But they weren’t the only champions. The defending Rumson Fair Haven champion Bulldogs football team won their division yet again Saturday night and the Blue Devils Champion Shore Regional football team walked off the field with a win after falling just short the previous two years in the finals. Stories and photos in Sports.
By Denise DiStephan |Amy Handlin, a Republican who was reelected to her District 13 Assembly seat in 2017, is not running for re-election in 2019 when her two-year term expires.Handlin, 62, who has represented the northern Monmouth County district since 2006, retired from her teaching position at Monmouth University at the end of the spring semester and decided, after 30 years in politics, that it was also time to retire from the public sector to have more time for family, travel and new career interests.“When I retired from Monmouth, I started re-evaluating and, after so many years of public service, it seemed to make sense to leave now so I don’t run out of energy or ideas,” Handlin said in a telephone interview. “I’ll be able to look back and reflect on a wonderful career.”And when she reflects, she said what she’ll remember most fondly are the times she worked with residents on important causes, like the time she worked with a local group that successfully fought a Jersey Central Power and Light Company (JCP&L) proposal to build a controversial high-voltage transmission line between Aberdeen and Red Bank.This year an administrative law judge, and then the state Board of Public Utilities, pulled the plug on the proposal residents and officials said would negatively impact public health, property values and aesthetics.Handlin, whose district includes the five towns the line would have passed through – Aberdeen, Hazlet, Holmdel, Middletown and Red Bank – said it was the same proposal JCP&L had pushed about 30 years ago.“It was the second time we had to fight that,” Handlin recalls. “Citizens should always speak up, speak loudly and make sure they’re heard. That’s the great gift of being an American.”Ron Morano, a JCP&L spokesperson, said in a telephone interview the utility is not appealing the decision and had no further comment.Now that she is retiring, Handlin said she wants to spend more time with family, including her two children, travel and pursue consulting and writing work.Another constituent issue Handlin has been working on is the problem of scam artists who prey on senior citizens, often through phone calls. For Handlin, the fight is personal: con artists bilked her 92-year-old father-in-law of large sums of money through a series of cons before the family became aware of it.Handlin and state Sen. Vin Gopal (D-11) introduced a bill forcing telecommunications companies to include free information about fraud and scams in public outreach already being sent to customers. If the bill becomes law, the director of the Division of Consumer Affairs will determine a warning statement to be published and contact information for other state and federal agencies will be attached.Telecommunications companies charging customers for scam protection is “one of the things that steams me,” Handlin said. The bill would eliminate that.Handlin, a Middletown resident, was a Monmouth County freeholder from 1990 until 2005 and on the Middletown Township Committee from 1987 to 1990. Her legislative office is in Red Bank.Handlin earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, an MBA in marketing from Columbia University and her doctorate from New York University. She was as an associate professor of marketing at Monmouth University for the past 27 years.This article was first published in the Oct. 25 – Oct. 31, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
By The Nelson Daily SportsThe Kootenay Ice scored the first goal during a two-game B.C. Major Midget Hockey League series against the Vancouver Northeast Chiefs.Unfortunately, that was the last goal.Vancouver scored nine unanswered goals over two days to sweep the BCMMHL series by 3-1 and 6-0 scores.Matthew Bissett had four points Sunday to lead the Chiefs in the series. Jacob Boyczuk scored the only goal for Kootenay Saturday to give the Ice a 1-0 lead after one period.However, the offence dried up as Vancouver Jacob Wensley, Dominic Centis and Nick Hermany, the latter two in the third period to snap a 1-1 tie, scored to give the home side the victory.Sunday the Chief broke open a close game with five third-period goals. After Adam Rockwood gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead after one period, the Chiefs exploded for five goals in 10 minutes.The losses drop the season record for Kootenay to 6-20-6.The Ice return to the pond this weekend as the club plays host to the Vancouver Northeast Giants Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.Both games are set for the NDCC Arena.firstname.lastname@example.org
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 1, 2015)–Depending upon who you ask, Crimson Giant is: a.) A racing rarity. b.) A throwback to a bygone era. c.) A continuously overmatched iron horse. Or, d.) Just a healthy, happy horse that likes to play and play often.However he’s defined, he’s running–and he’s running for the 67th time in his career, in Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino–that’s right, the Santa Anita Handicap, America’s longest continually run “hundred grander!!”A 6-year-old California-bred gelding by Formal Gold, Crimson Giant comes off the best race of his life, a desperate nose defeat at 33-1 in a one mile third condition allowance race at Santa Anita on Feb. 20, a race in which he earned a career-high 88 Beyer Speed figure.A winner of just one career race, the Big ‘Cap will mark his sixth start of the year and his seventh of the Winter Meet, dating back to a fourth place starter allowance finish on opening day, Dec. 26.“He’s never been better,” said owner/breeder Bryan Carney. “He went eyeball to eyeball for about a quarter mile with a very good horse of Pete Miller’s (odds-on favorite Appealing Tale) that day (Feb. 20) and put him away. That’s a good sign to me that a horse is really doing well.”Okay, Crimson Giant, despite the fact he’s winless in his last 57 starts, dating back to Nov. 13, 2011, is doing well, but is he doing Big ‘Cap well?“This horse has been ready for the Big ‘Cap for three years now,” said trainer Charlie Stutts, 73, the son of a trainer who was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and has trained horses mostly in Florida, Chicago and California for 55 years. “He never has a bad day. He’s very professional, nothing bothers him.“The mile and a quarter is a question, but it’s a question with all horses. I thought he ran a great mile the other day, under pressure and his gallops coming out of that race have been solid. He gallops at a high clip every day. He picks it up the last three eighths or half mile and he’s plenty fit, believe me.”One thing’s for sure, Messrs. Stutts and Carney haven’t taken any public opinion polls prior to entering their “Big Horse” in his previous 66 races and it’s safe to assume they won’t be seeking any advice prior to Big ‘Cap entry time on Wednesday morning.“I would rather race my horses than work ’em in the mornings,” said Carney. “You’re much less likely to get hurt racing than training, because in the morning, you’re running over a track that’s uneven, because of all the horses that are out there. In the afternoon, the surface is harrowed and it’s level.”(For the record, Crimson Giant’s six Santa Anita Winter Meet starts were made on Dec. 26, fourth at 26-1, Jan. 9, seventh at 41-1, Jan. 19, ninth 39-1, Feb. 1, second at 70-1, Feb. 8, third at 6-1, and Feb. 20, second at 33-1).With a field of perhaps 10 or 11 horses expected for Saturday’s Big ‘Cap, America’s top rated older horse, the once-beaten Shared Belief, is expected to be a heavy odds-on favorite. As for Crimson Giant, with apprentice jockey Brandon Boulanger aloft, he could be 50-1 or higher, but Carney is undeterred.“The jump that he’s taking from a third condition allowance to the Big ‘Cap is easier than the one he took from a starter allowance (a third place run on Feb. 8) to his last race,” Carney said. “I should say, it’s easier except for one horse, Shared Belief, who in my opinion is the best horse in the country.”And, if Crimson Giant pulls off one of the biggest upsets since Upset himself beat Man ‘O War, would it change the way modern-day horsemen manage their racing schedules?“Hopefully, they’ll follow our lead,” said Stutts with a wry smile. –30–