first_imgFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDate of Release:  June 6, 2011Released by:       Bonnie Herrington, City of Olympia Spokesperson QUESTIONSIf you have questions or concerns about this work, contact the Public Works dispatcher at 360.753.8588, select option __________________________________________________________________________ CAPITOL WAY LANE CLOSUREThe inside lanes (both directions) on Capitol Way at 23rd Avenue are closed.  The lane closures are needed to repair a broken sewer pipe.  The broken pipe was discovered during a routine TV line inspection.  Currently, Public Works crews are expecting the repair to take several days. center_img Facebook0Tweet0Pin0News ReleaseCity of Olympia, WashingtonPO Box 1967, Olympia WA  98507-1967 TRAFFIC IMPACTSTraffic will be limited to one lane in each direction.  Drivers may experience some delays, especially during commute hours, due to the lane reduction.  Drivers are asked to watch for crews in the area.  The construction area will be coned, with lighted barricades for the nighttime hours. last_img read more

Second Anniversary Celebration July 7th : Uncork & Unwind

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0July 8, 2010 – what a momentous day for Uncork & Unwind.  It’s the day we official opened our doors to the public.  Thank goodness we followed the advice of our friends and family and did a soft opening on July 6 and 7 – boy did we ever learn a ton in those two days!  It’s fun to sit here and reminisce over the last two years.  The one word that comes to mind is change.  Where Uncork & Unwind started to where it is today is incredible to think about.  The evolution of the main dining room, wine flights, menu updates…oh the list can go on and on.Uncork & Unwind has been blessed to meet some of the most amazing people.  There is a saying above our French doors – Enter as guests, leave as friends.  This has become a motto for Uncork &Unwind.  Our Uncork & Unwind family grows everyday – from new wine makers, wineries, vendors and most importantly our guests.  Uncork & Unwind wouldn’t be the place it is today without the support of all of our friends and family – new and old alike.Moving forward two years – Saturday July 7, 2012 – Our second anniversary party.  Oh the possibilities for the day are endless.  Come help us celebrate Uncork & Unwind’s anniversary starting at 2 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m. We will have six Washington wineries and one Washington brewery featured:Arbor Crest Winery (Spokane WA) – Cellars (Toledo, WA) – Cellars (Lyle, WA) – Row to Hoe (Lake Chelan, WA) – Winery (Richland, WA) – Dacon Winery (Shelton, WA) – Seas Brewing (Gig Harbor, WA) – is $20 per person and includes a souvenir logo Wine Glass and 10 tastes.  Each winery will be pouring 4 wines and the brewery will have on tap 3 beers.There will also be live entertainment starting at 2 p.m. and will also continue through to 10 p.m.First act will be John Jamieson from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.  John Jamieson has a rich musical heritage and over 30 years of performing.  John is a gifted and accomplished artist who blends soothing vocals and acoustic guitar styling’s in a way that appeals to a wide audience. His repertoire includes today’s popular tunes as well as enduring hits from the past few decades.  John likes to play and sing songs that have personal meaning to him and he believes resonate with people. Typical genres include jazz, blues, rock, country, pop and gospel.  In addition to cover songs, John plays original music that gives a window into the soul of the artist.  A Tumwater resident and father of four adult children, John’s work expresses itself through the relevancy of his life’s experiences.  He believes his musical talent is God-given and enjoys performing it with passion and purpose.Second act will be NW Roads from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Northwest Roads is the collaborative musical effort of Wendy Music and Jim Sanders. Jim is a lifelong musician from Western Washington and Wendy settled in the Pacific Northwest after traveling the globe. Their music is a soulful blending of the dynamic vocals of Wendy and the intricate percussive guitar work of Jim. They play a wide range of music from Traditional Celtic to Acoustic Rock to Blues to Classical to modern covers of Lady Gaga and Adele. They are sure to have at least one tune that you know and will find yourself singing along with. Combine this with storytelling and audience interaction and you have a recipe for fun.So come out, bring your friends, enjoy some amazing wines, beers and music.  And if you can’t find someone to join you, come any way, we’ll find someone for you to sit with; after all it’s about making new friends.last_img read more

Michael Havens to Lead McKenny Elementary School

first_imgSubmitted by Olympia School DistrictMichael Havens has been named Principal of McKenny Elementary School in the Olympia School District. Havens has been Principal at Boston Harbor Elementary School since 2008. In addition to serving as principal at Boston Harbor, Havens has served as for the past six years as the Professional Development Coordinator for the school district. The position of McKenny Elementary principal became vacant with the news that Brendon Chertok had accepted the position as principal of Garfield Elementary on Olympia’s west side.“I’m very excited about the opportunity to be principal at McKenny,” said Havens. “It’s a bit of a homecoming for me as my daughter attended preschool, Kindergarten and first grade there. I have really enjoyed my six years at Boston Harbor and am very proud of our accomplishments. The principal duties have always been the best part of my job and I look forward to being able to do that full time.”Olympia School District Superintendent Dick Cvitanich said he was confident Havens would be an excellent leader for McKenny Elementary.“Michael is a great fit for McKenny students, families and staff,” Cvitanich said. “He clearly has a passion for children and the ability to work collaboratively with staff to create systems for student success. He is also highly respected for his knowledge of the new Teacher and Principal and Evaluation System.”Havens began his teaching career in the North Kitsap School District in 1995. He joined the Olympia School District in 1997 as a teacher at Marshall Middle School, where he served until becoming Assistant Principal at Jefferson Middle School in 2006. In 2008 Havens was named principal of Boston Harbor Elementary.Havens earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Washington in 1993, his Master’s in Teaching from Seattle University in 1995 and his Principal’s Certification from Seattle Pacific University in 2005.McKenny Elementary serves about 350 students in preschool through fifth grade. Havens will assume his new responsibilities at McKenny Elementary on July 1. Facebook66Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Lacey Hosts Ethnic Celebration

first_imgFacebook24Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of Lacey The community is invited to celebrate and experience the sights, sounds, and cultures from around the world at Lacey’s Ethnic Celebration on Saturday, March 11, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Saint Martin’s Marcus Pavilion and Worthington Center. The free event features entertainment, displays, and activities that provide an opportunity to share and learn about a wide variety of cultures.Three stages showcase dancers, drummers, and bands throughout the day. Tears of Joy Theatre, based out of Portland, Oregon, will offer a special live performance of “Coyote Tales” at 3 p.m. The piece is a compilation of two hilarious stories performed with puppets, masks, and costumes inspired by Pacific Northwest Native American art. The Celebration also includes over 50 booths, including food and craft vendors, resource booths, and hands-on children’s activities. Live demonstrations are scheduled throughout the day in the Worthington Center, including topics like Origami, Drums of West Africa, and Bonsai, as well as a few food demonstrations. The Passport Activity for children is back again this year. The first 500 kids to complete their passport by visiting various “countries” at the event will receive a prize! Kids can pick up their Passports in the Pavilion lobby, while supplies last.A festival of music, dance, food, and crafts, the Ethnic Celebration showcases our region’s global talent.A variety of groups and businesses help make the Ethnic Celebration possible including Saint Martin’s University, Lacey Collision, Olympia Federal Savings, Molina Healthcare, Showcase Magazine, and 94.5 ROXY.For a complete schedule of events, visit For more information, please call the Lacey Parks & Recreation Department at (360) 491-0857.last_img read more

Springtime Safety Tips from Joint Animal Services

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Joint Animal ServicesSpring has sprung and our thoughts turn to spring cleaning and home improvement projects. Before you embark on seasonal chores, take inventory of potential springtime hazards for your furry friends.Fertilizer, insecticide, and herbicide ingredients may be dangerous if your pet ingests them. Always store these products in out-of-the-way places and follow label instructions carefully. Many popular springtime plants are also toxic to pets and can prove fatal if eaten.Products such as paints, mineral spirits and solvents can be toxic to your pets and cause severe irritation or chemical burns. Carefully read all labels to see if the product is safe to use around your furry friends. Also, be cautious of physical hazards, including nails, staples, insulation, blades, and power tools. It may be wise to confine your dog or cat to a designated pet-friendly room during home improvement projects.If you think your pet may have ingested something harmful, immediately contact a veterinarian.last_img read more

National Guard to Break Ground on New Facility in Tumwater

first_imgFacebook10Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Military DepartmentThe Washington National Guard will break ground on its new Thurston County Readiness Center (TCRC) in a ceremony scheduled for Thursday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m. at 8303 Kimmie Street SW, Tumwater. The TCRC will replace the existing Olympia and Puyallup Armories.The TCRC will provide guardsmen from multiple units a new facility to perform their duties, to include critical training to help prepare for state and national disasters.The new building, which will be built to meet LEED Silver environmental rating standards, will include special purpose and administration areas, an assembly hall, locker rooms and shower areas, as well as support functions associated with the facility.The $35 million construction project was awarded to Pease Construction from Lakewood after evaluating a number of competitive bids. Construction of the new facility is scheduled to be complete by fall 2020.Interested media can RSVP by emailing Joseph Siemandel, State Public Affairs Officer at citizen-soldiers and airmen of the Washington National Guard are dedicated to the mission of safeguarding lives and property in Washington State, and serving as sentinels for freedom overseas.last_img read more

Take the Survey, Help Improve I-5

first_imgFacebook25Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston Regional Planning CouncilWorking with Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) and local partners, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is studying transportation system performance on I-5 through the Thurston Region (State Route 121/93rd Avenue SE/Tilley Road Interchange in Tumwater to Mounts Road just east of the Nisqually River). This major freight and commuter corridor travels through Tumwater, Olympia and Lacey serving the entire Thurston Region.  People who use this section of I-5 experience congestion, recurring delay, and unreliable travel times. Multiple factors contribute to these issues such as traffic volumes and merging at interchanges. WSDOT’s goal is to recommend a set of performance-based strategies to achieve the following outcomes in the study area over the next 20 years:Improve travel times and make them more predictableIncrease the ability of I-5 to efficiently and equitably move people and goodsImprove access to industrial and commercial areas and job sitesProtect and enhance the environment including reducing the transportation-related impact on wildlife habitat in the Nisqually River deltaImprove the transportation system’s ability to operate during and recover from disruptions such as traffic incidentsOver 3,000 people responded to a fall 2018 survey, but we didn’t capture all the diverse voices in the Region.  Please take the survey by March 31, and let YOUR voice be heard.TRPC Website: Link: a paper survey or translation, please contact Thurston Regional Planning Council: or 360.956.7575.Featured photo credit: Jennlvs2smilelast_img read more

Rochdale’s goalscorer against Manchester United sits for his school psychology exam today

first_imgAdvertisement mkgdNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsjgzaWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ec05t( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 30vxWould you ever consider trying this?😱10q9nCan your students do this? 🌚xu6Roller skating! Powered by Firework Rochdale’s goalscorer against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup, Luke Matheson will be up for his psychology exam in his school after the match day. The 16 year old defender scored the equaliser against Manchester United on Wednesday to take the match into tie breaker. However, Manchester United won the match with a margin of 5-4 in the penalty shootout.Advertisement After the end of the match, Luke Matheson told that he should have been at school on the match day. As he was picked up in the team to play against Manchester United, he dropped the idea of going to school on the match day. However, the 16 year old boy is very much conscious about his studies also. According to him, there should be a back up plan for future and that’s why he wants to continue his studies as long as he can.Advertisement Luke Matheson is a good student and his GSCE scores are also very much impressive. The 16 year old boy has a great future in academics too. However, at one point of time, he should have to choose one between academics and football to excel in life. The determination of Luke Matheson is certainly commendable and he will surely shine bright in future. Advertisement  Manchester United defeated as Lionel Messi suffers injury scare Advertisementlast_img read more

Chamber Opens Door to 1st Avenue Foot Traffic

first_imgStory and Photos by Joseph SapiaATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – The Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce is now doing business at a new address, one which provides more visibility and easier access in the downtown.“The office we had was on the second floor,” said Cindy Fligor, the chamber president, recalling what had been the chamber office – above the Atlantic Cinema 5 at 82 First Ave. – until February.At that time, the chamber moved to a ground-floor location at 68 First Avenue, just two blocks away. “We moved to street level for easy visibility, access,” said chamber administrator Mary Thompson. “To be more neighborhood friendly,” added Fligor, president since January. “We have a lot of visitors from the harbor, transient boats.”Cindy Fligor, president of the Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce, at the new chamber office, 68 First Ave.While the move was made in February, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held April 24.The office is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. From Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend, the traditional beginning and end of the summer season, the office will be open Saturdays. Those hours are yet to be established.The chamber office has brochures, business cards, menus and business directories.  “We’re a font of information,” Thompson said.The chamber has access to a conference room and extra space provided by their landlords, Mickey and Fred Rast, owners of the Atlantic Cinema 5. The Rasts also were the landlords at the previous location.Work continues on the new chamber location. For example, an awning was to be added above the doorway.The chamber has about 150 members, representing such businesses as retail, eateries, real estate, financial, professional services and contracting.Fligor owns Salon at 68, a unisex salon next door to the chamber office, but at the same address. She replaced Chuck Lero, a mortgage officer who served as chamber president for five years. Fligor is married to Borough Councilman Lou Fligor.last_img read more

A Lusty Christmas Eve Tradition

first_imgFor those who celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes (also called La Vigilia), The Lusty Lobster is a one-stop shop for the meal many families of Italian heritage enjoy on Christmas Eve. By Eileen Moon Then there’s The Lusty Lobster crowd, the folks who make picking up seafood for the Feast of the Seven Fishes – or maybe just a tray of cocktail shrimp – a not-to-be-missed part of the holiday. A large lobster, bedecked with Christmas decorations, greets customers purchasing oysters, crabs, octopus and yes, lobster, for their Feast of the Seven Fishes menu Christmas Eve. Photo by Eileen Moon “We have an elf thatgoes out with hot chocolateand popcorn,” he said. The Lusty Lobster store in Highlands, 88 Bay Ave. In any case, celebrating the holiday requires a lot of fish. Although, Douty points out, many seafood buyers are OK with counting two different recipes using the same fish in calculating the seven. Say, shrimp cocktail and fried shrimp. Or crabcakes and crab claws. However it adds up, it’s worth standing in line for, apparently. So Douty and his staff work hard to keep their customers entertained. McDonough heralds theopening of the doors with afew bars of “The HallelujahChorus.” And often it’s the men who are in charge of the seafood errand while the rest of the family is presumably engaged in other tasks. There are various interpretations why the number seven comprises the family feast, including that it’s based on the seven sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church or that it’s based on the biblical account of the creation of the world in the Book of Genesis, in which God rested on the seventh day. But when the business closes at 3 p.m., they all rejoice in a job well done. center_img Doug Douty, owner of The Lusty Lobster, has been supplying Two River-area homes with fish and seafood for 40 years. Photo by Eileen Moon “By then, the line is down the street,” he said. “They sing along, make requests and share the popcorn and hot chocolate served by The Lusty elves.” Meanwhile, Douty and his staff are working hard to make sure all the customers go home with the requested makings of their holiday feast. “We don’t open until 10, but people start getting in line at 8 a.m. to make sure they get a good place in line,” said Doug Douty, who has owned the seafood emporium for 40 years. And along about 10 a.m., musician Andy McDonough arrives with his keyboard to entertain the crowd. “It’s a riot,” McDonough said. “I’ve had the pleasure to do it for a few years now and it’s just a special morning. There’s a crew that gets there early in cold, rain, whatever. They joke around about having been sent by their respective families and they huddle around the door until it opens up.” But there’s plenty of fun to be had while waiting to pick up orders that range from fresh lobster, crabs and oysters to octopus, squid and baccala, a salted cod that is a beloved part of many Italian American Christmas feasts. Rain, shine, sleet, snow, it doesn’t matter. They’ll be there. It’s not just an errand. It’s a tradition. It’s a long, busy day for Douty and his staff. “We open a lot of clams and oysters,” he said. HIGHLANDS – Some people celebrate Christmas Eve with one last trip to the mall. Others are all done by then and enjoying making cookies, wrapping gifts or watching one of the Hallmark Christmas movies that always have a happy ending. “We have a nice little family here,” Douty said. Once the doors close on Christmas Eve, Lusty Lobster won’t re-open until Dec. 27. “We let all the hard-working elves take an extra day off,” he said.last_img read more