Submitted by Thurston County Public HealthA marine biotoxin that causes diarrhetic shellfish poison (DSP) has been detected at unsafe levels in shellfish in Budd Inlet in Thurston County. As a result, Washington Department of Health and Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department have closed all of Budd Inlet to recreational shellfishing from Boston Harbor and the tip of Cooper Point in the north to the southern end of the inlet along Olympia’s waterfront.Shellfish sampled this week from West Bay in Budd Inlet contained DSP biotoxin at 17 micrograms per 100 grams shellfish, which is above the safety limit of 16 micrograms per 100 grams established by the Washington State Department of Health.Warning signs have been posted at public beaches alerting people not to collect shellfish due to the biotoxin closure. The existing swimming and shellfish harvest closures due to pollution in lower Budd Inlet and near wastewater treatment plant outfalls remain in effect.DSP biotoxin is an emerging health threat in Washington State. The first confirmed cases of illness caused by DSP in Washington State were in July 2011 when three people were sickened after eating shellfish harvested in Sequim Bay in Clallam County. This Budd Inlet closure is the first DSP closure to occur in South Puget Sound waters.DSP symptoms can begin from 30 minutes to 12 hours after eating contaminated shellfish, causing nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, with diarrhea being the most commonly reported symptom. Most symptoms subside within 72 hours.DSP biotoxins are produced by naturally occurring algae, and can accumulate in the flesh of molluscan shellfish, making the shellfish unsafe to eat. Marine biotoxins are not destroyed by cooking or freezing. Shellfish harvested commercially that are available in stores and restaurants are tested for toxin prior to distribution, and are safe to eat.Recreational shellfish harvesters should always call the DOH Biotoxin Hotline at 1-800-562-5632 or check the DOH website at http://www.doh.wa.gov/shellfishsafety.htm before harvesting shellfish anywhere in Washington State. Facebook17Tweet0Pin0
Facebook100Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Rebuilding Together Thurston CountyStudents from Northwest Christian High School joined forces with Rebuilding Together Thurston County to help neighbors in need.We would like to share great news of our most recent Rebuilding Together Thurston County Project. On April 16, 118 student volunteers along with staff members from Northwest Christian High School in Lacey, walked around the corner from their school to make improvements to Candlewood Manor, a neighboring low-income mobile home park, to provide a day service to the community.In consideration of the larger group of volunteers, Christina McNair from NWCHS divided the students into 11 teams, each headed by an efficient school staff member and they arrived at the park early that morning. Raechel Kilcup, Susan Newman, Shirley Jones, Deb Parent, Brandy Farnsworth, Theresa Becker and Lane Sater were on hand from RTTC to provide coordination, along with several of their family members and friends. Pam Folsom with SCJ Alliance and her daughter Nicole were also on site to provide communication, first-aid and logistics services. Kim O’Hara from NWCHS was on-site to photograph the event.Armed with maps of each home site provided by SCJ Alliance and tools and equipment provided by the Olympia Downtown Association, the volunteers worked on much needed home and yard improvements for a large number of elderly and disabled homeowners. They pulled debris from roofs, cleaned gutters, painted, washed homes, weeded flower beds, repaired porches, repaired fences, installed new gutters, washed and repaired decks and raked lawns.The volunteers also trimmed bushes and trees. Chris Gillaspie of Gillaspie’s Tree Service in Centralia was on hand to trim some of the larger vegetation andNCHS students worked on home and yards to pitch in on National Rebuilding Day.provide pruning counsel. Ted and Shirley Jones of T&S Cleaning provided much needed pressure washing and Jim Simmons of Mr. Electric installed a new light and made panel repairs on a home in serious need of electrical improvements.In one day, the volunteer’s hard work resulted in improvements in 23 homes, to the extent that one owner exclaimed, “I don’t recognize the place!” The teams efficiency also allowed them to provide improvements to the community park and clubhouse, touching the lives of over 100 home owners residing in the neighborhood. “Amazing!”, “They were so well mannered!”, and “What can we do for the students besides give our thanks?” were among many positive exclamations from the recipients.Reflecting on the day’s work, Dr. Terry Ketchum, the school principal and team leader had this to say about the volunteers, “Several of our students were commenting on the value they saw in what they were doing – helping those who had difficulty helping themselves..” Park Manager Donna Hayward commented that the volunteers worked very hard and that residents were extremely pleased with the outcome. Rebuilding Together Thurston County thanks all involved in this successful project that affected so many people!
Submitted by Washington State Liquor Control BoardThe Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) today issued the state’s first 24 marijuana retailer licenses. A complete listing, including contact information of the new retail licensees, can be found online within the Public Records section of the WSLCB website.The 24 applicants were notified via email early this morning that they were approved for a retail license. Once approved for a license, producers and/or processors are able to file a required manifest for transporting to retail locations. Following a 24 hour quarantine period, they may begin transporting products to retail stores. Marijuana retailers may begin selling marijuana at their discretion following receipt of product and entering it in to the traceability system.Businesses receiving their licenses today represent the first of 334 licenses allotted by the WSLCB for retail sales who have successfully completed the licensing process. Locations receiving licenses were selected by taking into account population, geographic dispersion and the individual applicant’s readiness to be licensed.Today’s issuance of the first retail licenses represents the latest step following nearly 18 months of establishing a tightly controlled and comprehensive system of producing, processing and retailing recreational marijuana. Highlights include:Crafting the rules governing Washington’s recreational marijuana system;Establishing a traceability system for tracking marijuana products from production to retailEstablishing a system and certification requirements for laboratories and testing procedures for labs testing recreational marijuana;Building and training marijuana licensing, enforcement and financial teams for administering and enforcing the law;Conducting thorough criminal and financial investigations of all license types;Developing a process for a third-party to conduct a double-blind lottery for establishing an ordered list of retail license applicants; andActively working with industry members, public agencies and community organizations to further public and consumer safety education.The WSLCB was especially concerned with the impact to children. There are strict rules regarding packaging, labeling and advertising to ensure they not appeal to children. In June, the LCB announced emergency rules that include a label and product approval process.WSLCB licensing investigators will continue to issue producer, processor and retailer licenses as those applications are completed. To date the WSLCB has licensed over 687,000 square feet of plant canopy for marijuana production, roughly the equivalent of a dozen football fields.For more information including summaries of the rules frequently requested lists please visit the LCB website at www.liq.wa.gov. Facebook7Tweet0Pin0
Submitted by Johansen Olympia Dance CenterEvery summer, students from the Johansen Olympia Dance Center drive or fly long distances to attend intensive ballet summer schools, and this year was no different.Brenna Evans just returned from Colorado Ballet’s summer program. Here she is with academy director Valerie Madonia.Eleven students landed spots in prestigious summer intensives, which required auditions:Olivia Breed attended Ballet West in Salt Lake City, Utah.Brenna Evans attended Colorado Ballet in Denver, Colorado.Olivia Jones attended Jillana Intensive in Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico.Kate Peterson, Monica Tsien and Emily Walter attended American Ballet Theatre at the California, Texas and North Carolina sites.Camryn Phipps attended Oregon Ballet Theatre in Portland, Oregon.Valentina Reetz attended Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, Illinois.Russell Ridgeway attended Juilliard School in New York, New York.Sunny Swasey attended Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.Audrey Wright attended State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, California.“Ballet is about much more than simply teaching dance. It is about imparting self-confidence, poise, grace, and discipline. These programs build on what we teach in the studio and our students return with not only greater skill, but also a boost in confidence and morale. Also, they now have incredible experiences to pull from later in life,” said Ken Johnsen, co-director of the Johansen Olympia Dance Center.Russell Ridgeway spent his summer at the Julliard School in New York.The studio offers a wide-range of classes for all ages and in a variety of styles of dance, including pre-ballet, ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, stretch & strengthen, parent/toddler, and Downs’ at Dance. The studio is also the home of Ballet Northwest, the non-profit company that performs “The Nutcracker” and other productions at the Washington Center.Children can enroll in ballet classes as young as age three in the Pre-Ballet classes that teach kids all the way to first grade. From there they transition into Beginner Ballet. Other children go straight into hip hop, jazz or tap or take a combination of classes.The studio is under the direction of Ken and Josie Johnson, both certified to teach the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum through American Ballet Theatre in New York. The curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.To learn more about the Johansen Olympia Dance Center and to view the class schedule for the 2015-2016 year, visit www.olympiadancecenter.com Facebook1Tweet0Pin0
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonMy name is Azi. I am a one year, old male, Egyptian Pharaoh Hound/Australian Cattle Dog mix. I have lots of energy and know some of my basic commands such as sit and lay down. Learning to walk nicely on a leash is what I am working on right now.I need a home with adult interaction only, as I am just too excitable to do well with children. I do get along with some other dogs, however I am very choosy who I pick as my friends. I have never met a cat so don’t know how I feel about those. I need someone who is going to be patient and train me to be that special best friend and take me on lots of adventures.We always need volunteers to help with the dogs, in the office or with outreach. To see all our current dogs, visit www.adoptapet-wa.org , our Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or visit the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. We are open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Our contact information is www.adoptapet-wa.org, email@example.com or (360) 432-3091.
Facebook168Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Northwest BalletBallet Northwest’s The Nutcracker, Olympia’s holiday favorite for over 30 years, is returning to The Washington Center in December with breathtaking new sets for the Snow and Land of Sweets scenes, brilliantly created by local artist, Jill Carter.Photo courtesy: Jill CarterCarter’s first job in the theater was working backstage at Ballet Northwest’s 1987 production of The Nutcracker. She fell in love with live performance and attributes the magic of The Nutcracker as the inspiration for her career in theatrical design. She has been a part of Ballet Northwest’s production ever since and has done several scenic designs for them, including the previous Land of the Sweets set in 1996.According to Carter, art nouveau and French ironwork designs heavily inspired the new Land of the Sweets design. “The looping shapes and fluid curves were very inspiring and lent themselves naturally to be recreated into candy swirls. After playing with hundreds of design combinations and colors pallets, I finally settled on a colorful but very muted palate, one that looks lush, romantic and fantastical but is hopefully not so bright that it won’t overshadow the dancers. The main backdrop is a cut drop to look like a large gate in the palace, overlooking the snowy valley, to add a sense of depth to the stage,” she said.To create the Snow Kingdom, Carter studied the painting style of Japanese winter wood prints. “There was a simplicity to the style of painting the snow on the trees, and the trees were more pine then the typical northwest fir trees in most Nutcracker snow scenes, leaving a more open and lacey design to the snow-laden branches. I also wanted to add in the Land of the Sweets palace with its decorative iron gates, visible in the distance in the snow scene, the Prince and Clara’s destination,” said Carter.Photo courtesy: Jill CarterTo create all of these Snow Kingdom and the Land of the Sweets backdrops, Carter and her team used approximately:12,200 square feet of cotton muslin fabric10,300 square feet of plastic to protect the floor to lay out the drops67 gallons of paint615 hours to design both scenes and create all the paint elevations, drafting, and build the models.1,900 hours to paint it all, using 16 local professional scenic artists and hundreds of volunteers.Over two-hundred people make up the cast, which features local dancers as young as 8 years old plus Ballet Northwest company dancers. Ballet Northwest’s dance company is comprised of over 70 dancers age 12 and older, drawn from Thurston, Pierce, Mason, and Lewis counties. Dancers from the company recently studied at the summer programs of prestigious institutions such as American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Oregon Ballet Theatre, among others.Ballet Northwest’s Artistic Directors Ken and Josie Johnson choreograph the production and it is sponsored by The Olympian, Andrew Kapust DDS, Kell-Chuck Glass and 94.5 ROXY.Photo courtesy: Ballet NorthwestWhat: Ballet Northwest’s The NutcrackerWhen: 7:30 p.m. on December 8, 9, 15, and 16; 2:00 p.m. on December 9, 10, 16, and 17.Where: The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsHow: Ticket Office – 360-753-8586 or order online at www.washingtoncenter.org/bnwAbout: Since 1970, Ballet Northwest has been a community-based group dedicated to promoting, teaching, and preserving the art of dance in Southwestern Washington. The company offers educational opportunities for local dancers as well as outreach throughout the community.
Facebook94Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Federal SavingsOlympia Federal Savings is proud to announce Sara Wojdyla, Loan Servicing Specialist, as Employee of the Quarter.Sara Wojdyla, Loan Servicing Specialist. Photo courtesy: Olympia Federal SavingsWojdyla was selected for the honor because she has established herself as the go-to resource in the Loan Origination group, always willing to take on additional work to assist her colleagues. When customers have complex questions or needs regarding the servicing of their loan, Wojdyla is there answering their calls and providing the comfort and help they need.“Sara has a kind and compassionate heart, going the extra mile to help customers in a warm, respectful and thoughtful manner,” Lori Drummond, Olympia Federal Savings President & CEO said. “Sara embodies the vision and values of OlyFed and lives them out each day in support of her teammates and our customers.”
By Laura D.C. KolnoskiFORT MONMOUTH – Interest from two foreign entities has prompted the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) to pursue inclusion in the “EB-5 Program” sponsored by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).Known as EB-5 for the employment-based fifth preference visa granted participants, the federally-administered program makes entrepreneurs, their spouses, and unmarried children under 21 eligible to apply for a green card if they make the necessary investment in a commercial enterprise in the United States, and create or preserve permanent full-time jobs for U.S. workers.The program was enacted by Congress in 1990 to stimulate the economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors. Visas are also set aside for investors in Regional Centers promoting economic growth designated by USCIS. Hoping to make the fort a Regional Center, FMERA Executive Director Bruce Steadman announced on January 20 that Cushman & Wakefield, the fort’s master real estate broker, will create a marketing campaign to attract foreign business investment. He said, “Two groups have been entertained at the fort and we think it’s viable.” As per FMERA policy, officials declined to release details about the potential investors.“Cushman & Wakefield have contacts at the Regional Centers and work with international companies,” said Candace Valenti, FMERA senior planning officer. “Phone calls and emails have already begun. We will begin direct marketing to them to gauge interest.”“It looks like a great program,” said Oceanport Councilman John Patti, who sat in for Mayor John “Jay” Coffey at the January 20 FMERA meeting. “It’s a strong program and right up our alley.” All EB-5 businesses must invest in a new commercial enterprise defined as, “any for-profit activity formed for the ongoing conduct of lawful business including, but not limited to a sole proprietorship, limited or general partnership, a holding company, joint venture, corporation, business trust or other entity, which may be publicly or privately owned.”Requirements include creating or preserving at least ten full-time jobs for qualifying U.S. workers within two years (or under certain circumstances, within a reasonable time after the two-year period), of the immigrant investor’s admission to the United States as a Conditional Permanent Resident. As of January 4, USCIS approved 716 Regional Centers nationwide. There are 64 designated centers in New Jersey listed on the program’s website: uscis.gov.In other fort news: FMERA officials are projecting May as the latest anticipated date for formal transfer of Fort Monmouth to the state from the U.S. Army. Outstanding environmental issues must be addressed in the Finding of Suitability to Transfer, or “FOST.” The Army is legally required to mitigate any lingering environmental issues at the fort in perpetuity.“The FOST needs to be finalized, leading to the last thing, the Memorandum of Agreement,” Steadman said. “The MOA opens the door to a closing. We are very close to a final draft on the MOA; everything is right there at the doorstep. If that passes the (FMERA) board in February, it will be a couple of months to a closing. Hopefully that happens the first of May.” Last month, Steadman stated, “the complexity of environmental concerns is the biggest reason for the delay” in the transfer process. During his January 20 report, FMERA member Kenneth Kloo, director of the Division of Remediation Management for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), said the remediation of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons is necessary throughout the fort and currently “under discussion” with Army representatives.“Polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons are benzene rings common in the environment and found all over the world where there is combustion,” Kloo said. “The Army is anxious to address everything involved in moving the conveyance forward and doing everything they must do under federal law. The Army is motivated because they want to expedite the sale. They don’t want to have to come back to address that. But like anyone else, they only want to spend what they are required to spend.” Kloo, chairman of FMERA’s Environmental Staff Advisory Committee, stated in December that other remaining unresolved environmental issues include federal versus state remediation responsibilities, asbestos in some buildings, and timelines for addressing existing landfills.The McAfee Center, located on 7.25 acres in Oceanport, is being offered for sublease after no bids were received to a Request for Proposals due January 8. The authority is now seeking proposals to sublease one floor, two floors, or the entire two-story 89,492 square-foot building, built in 1997, that served as an Army research and development facility. Offers must include plans to use the property for scientific, engineering, and/or information technology-related purposes. Proposals are due February 5.
Bombers shootout success powers team to third place at G.W. Graham tournament during Thanksgiving Holiday weekend
By The Nelson Daily SportsThe L.V. Rogers Bombers rode the strong play of co-captains Sydney Zondervan and Mykayla Commandeur to third-place finish at the G.W. Graham High School Girl’s Fieldhockey tournament Saturday in Chilliwack.The Bombers thumped Sam Roberts of Maple Ridge 7-0 in the final game of the two-day six-team to conclude the tournament with a 4-1 record.Tessa Vanderholt, Jasmine Jones and Zondervan, playing with a new stick, paced the Bombers with two goals against Sam Roberts. Chelsea Chirico scored the final tally for LVR.The Bombers opened the tournament with a 1-0 loss host G.W. Graham.LVR then played to a scoreless tie against South Delta. The Bombers took the win in shootout strokes 2-1 with co-captains Zondervan and Commandeur scoring goals.The Bombers concluded the day with a 2-1 shootout win over Okanagan Mission of Kelowna. Trafalgar Totem call-up, Abbie Boucher-Willans scored in sudden death to clinch the victory for LVR. The teams were tied after the first round of shootout strokes.Saturday, LVR edged South Kamloops 1-0 on a goal by Zondervan before the Bombers cruised past Sam Roberts.“Our all stars were Shelby Turk, who was amazing in Strokes,” said Bomber coach Val Gibson. “Mykayla Commandeur was a leader (on the pitch) while Paige Mansveld was some incredible center midfield play.”“Plus Sydney Zondervan (led the offence) with four goals with the new stick,” Gibson added.Gibson was also grateful to Trafalgar Totem coach Jesse Anast for allowing some of his players to play up on the Bombers for the tournament. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Selkirk College Men’s Hockey program is pleased to announce that forward and team captain Jordan Wood has been named the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League’s Player of the Month for November. Wood scored four goals and added eight assists in six games during the month to lead all BCIHL skaters and maintain his grip on first place in league scoring overall with 12 goals and 26 points respectively.He also helped lead the Saints to six consecutive wins, with the team’s victory over the University of Victoria last Saturday tying the Vikes’ record for the longest-ever BCIHL winning streak at 12 games. “Jordan had another tremendous month both in terms of his individual performances and his overall leadership of our group,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois. “It’s become clear as we’ve gotten deeper into the season that opposing teams are putting more and more of a focus on stopping Jordan and his linemates, but they continue to get the job done and set the tone for us.”Woody is fully deserving of the award but it could just as easily have been Logan (Proulx) or Jackson (Garrett) based on the great months they had as well.” Wood put up four multi-point games during November, including a two-assist effort against Simon Fraser University on November 3rd that marked Selkirk’s first win over the Clan since the Saints joined the BCIHL in 2007. Selkirk resumes the 2012/13 season following an extended exam/holiday break against SFU on Saturday, January 12th at the Castlegar Recreation Complex. Face-off is set for 7:30 PM.