2014 Boss of the Year Honorees Selected

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Thurston County Chamber The fifth annual Boss of the Year recognition, sponsored by the Thurston County Chamber and Express Employment Professionals, will be presented at the Chamber’s December 10 Forum.This year, three individuals will be recognized – Steve Hall, City Manager of the City of Olympia, Dr. Yong Liu, Microbiology Laboratory Director at Washington State Department of Agriculture, and Rae-Lynn Bidon, Chief Operating Officer at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates.Selection criteria was based on exceptional leadership in the workplace through innovation, communication, vision, execution, ethics, service and/or knowledge.  Supporting staff members played a role in their boss’s nomination. From there, Saint Martin’s University business students played a key role in the selection process, interviewing finalists and gathering data for the selection committee.Join us as we recognize and celebrate these individuals for their leadership in the workplace.Forum is held at Saint Martin’s Norman Worthington Center on Wednesday, December 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m..  The cost is $35 general admission, $25 for online prepaid Chamber members and $30 for members at the door. Reservations are requested at www.thurstonchamber.comForum is sponsored by:Versoria, Pacific Northwest Auction Services and Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation.last_img read more

Healing Gardens: Fill Your Wellness Prescription at SCJ Alliance

first_imgFacebook14Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by SCJ AllianceBetter sleep. Reduced aggression. Shorter hospital stays. Reduced need for pain medication. An 84 percent drop in hip fractures.These may sound like the promises of a drug company or an overeager fitness nut, but one thing that has been linked to all these benefits is free, easy and accessible to everyone: The Great Outdoors.Miranda Estes, PLA, ASLA, is a landscape architect at SCJ Alliance. Photo courtesy: SCJ AllianceSCJ’s landscape architecture team has long understood the nurturing aspect of Mother Nature and recently sent one team member to Chicago for an intensive, eight-day professional development course on therapeutic landscapes.“It’s a consideration that will add value to any facility, new or existing, that incorporates care,” said Miranda Estes, landscape architect at SCJ. “Hospitals, schools and senior living centers can all realize significant benefits from this kind of thinking,” she said, noting she recently worked on a therapeutic garden for a memory care facility under construction in Olympia. These intentionally designed garden environments maximize the effectiveness of clinical treatments for illness and disabilities, reduce staff stress and absenteeism, improve patient health, increase client satisfaction, and strengthen the bottom line.At the pioneering Martin Luther Alzheimer Garden in Michigan, nursing records were examined for eight variables: aggressive and nonaggressive behavior, physician-ordered and as-needed medications, pulse rate, diastolic and systolic blood pressure and weight change. When these variables were compared to the amount of time people spent outside, residents showed significant improvements on virtually every parameter with as little as 10 to 15 minutes of programmed outdoor activity per day. “Even a small amount of time outside has been linked with dramatic improvements in patient health, and providing a safe and inviting place for that to happen can lead to noticeable savings,” Miranda said.By planning a therapeutic landscape during the initial design phase, builders can ensure outdoor spaces are easily accessible and inviting to residents. Photo courtesy: SCJ AllianceA 2003 study found that elderly stroke patients who received as little as 15 minutes of sunlight per day had 84 percent fewer hip fractures than those who were not regularly exposed to sunlight. A separate study showed women 50 years or older who gardened at least once a week had higher bone density readings than those who walk, jog, swim or do aerobics. The weight-bearing motions like pulling weeds, turning soil and pushing a wheelbarrow build strong bone and muscle and improve overall balance.Studies have also shown better sleep patterns and reduced aggression among Alzheimer’s and dementia patients after they spent a short time each day outside in natural light. Such changes can lead to lower costs in staff time, both during the day and night, and a smaller demand for medications.“Staff can benefit from access to therapeutic landscapes on many levels,” Miranda added, and some studies show that gardens in hospitals are predominantly used by staff.“Healthcare is stressful not only for the customer, but also for the provider,” she said. “Stress and burnout lead to high turnover. So, it is worthwhile to consider how a garden might assist in improving staff health, satisfaction, and retention.” From a marketing standpoint, quality outdoor space is a powerful selling feature that evokes a sense of peace and normalcy for prospective residents at retirement communities. Gardens and outdoor living areas become the backdrop of marketing materials and family decisions on where their loved ones should live.In June 2014, SCJ President Perry Shea cut the ribbon for the grand opening of SCJ Alliance’s expanded headquarters in Lacey.“It is imperative we start this conversation early in the project planning process,” Miranda said. “Even decisions like siting the building and placing doors and windows can affect usability and access for differently-abled patients. A person is much more likely to use a garden if they can see it, if they know it’s within reach.”SCJ Senior Vice President Jean Carr said, “We are always looking for ways to better serve our clients, and incorporating therapeutic landscape design is a smart, cost-effective way for our clients to do the same for theirs.”last_img read more

Swantown Marine Fueling Station Open for Business

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Port of OlympiaThe long anticipated Swantown Marine Fueling Station is now open for business. The state-of-the-art Fueling Station will be open seven days a week and will accept cash and major credit cards (checks not accepted).“The Port is committed to creating infrastructure to support and significantly expand recreational opportunities and regional visitation. This same infrastructure will also broaden the Port’s support of commercial maritime activities in the area. Swantown is now a full-service marina, which will not only make access easier for local boaters, but help promote tourism in Thurston County. The fact that we also will operate the most environmentally friendly facility in Puget Sound is a particular source of pride,” Ed Galligan, Executive Director.All safety compliance features meet, or exceed, those required by regulatory agencies as well as those identified by the Petroleum Equipment Institute for marina fueling systems.  Signature features include emergency shut-off buttons, emergency shutoff valves along the delivery system, a leak detection system that provides automatic notifications of abnormalities, dedicated monitor and security cameras, and staff training that exceeds mandated requirements.Since 1999, there has been no option for marine fueling services in the downtown Olympia area. In 2008, the Port received a petition signed by about 800 citizens requesting the Port to install a fueling facility at Swantown Marina.  As a result, in 2011, the Port Commission directed Port staff to develop a Marine Fueling Facility Feasibility Study.Over the past six years, the Port has undertaken a comprehensive evaluation and engagement process to determine the feasibility of constructing a financially viable marine fueling facility.  Key activities and milestones include:·        Twenty public open houses, meetings and briefings.·        Marine Fueling Station Feasibility Study.·        Local Boater Fuel Consumption Survey.·        Development of alternative financial evaluation scenarios.·        Secured permits from ten different federal, state, and local agencies.The Port evaluated and developed a comprehensive project that shows the facility will, over time:·        Generate new revenue for the Port.·        Meet or exceed the Port’s financial goals.·        Complete the evolution of Swantown into a full-service marina.·        Meet or exceed environmental and safety requirements.·        Meet the needs of local and visitor boaters.·        Help to stimulate tourism and local tax revenue.After six years of planning, permitting, design and public involvement, the Port Commission approved the construction of a Marine Fueling Station at Swantown Marina at its September 12, 2016 Commission meeting.For information about the fuel dock project including presentations, reports and studies, and information on project public outreach and participation, visit the Port’s website.last_img read more

Wurlitzer Organ Upgraded Thanks to Anonymous Donor

first_imgFacebook36Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThe Washington Center for the Performing Arts is home to the Mighty Andy Crow Wurlitzer Organ, which has been described as “one of the top ten best theatrical organs in the world.” The organ is truly a living instrument, requiring annual maintenance, as well as tuning and troubleshooting before – and often, during – each performance. This local asset has over 1,600 pipes and thousands of additional sounds and instruments, such as bass drums, kettle drums, multiple cymbals, a piano, harp, glockenspiel, sleigh bells, and so much more.The organ has been at The Center since 1924. Now, the newly updated organ will play once again on September 13. Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThis summer, thanks to an anonymous donor, the organ received a $16,000 upgrade, its first since the mid-1990s. Jill Barnes, Executive Director, says, “This upgrade will increase the responsiveness of the instrument for the organist playing, and will also provide flexibility for when and how we use the organ.” The organ’s control system was upgraded to a computerized and cordless system which allows pipe organ operators and performers to define and control the organ using state-of-the-art microprocessor controlled interfaces connecting the console and the pipe chambers. Barnes adds, “The new system will create individualized settings for organists and remember those for future use.”The organ was first installed in 1924, when The Liberty Theatre (the original theater pre-dating The Washington Center) opened as a vaudeville house. The organ was originally an impressive “2/9” Wurlitzer organ. In the organ world, this means it originally had two manuals -the number of individual keyboards stacked on the organ console – and nine ranks, or sets of pipes, each set being a combination of multiple and similar instruments. The Liberty Theater was renovated and refurbished in 1948, becoming the Olympic Theater movie house. Andy Crow began taking care of the organ in 1962, and ultimately gifted and reinstalled the organ after The Washington Center was built in 1985. Andy passed away last summer in July.The organ will be used during the screening of the silent film, “The Phantom of the Opera” on October 15. Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsAndy is remembered fondly by many friends including Geoff Apgar, a Washington Center patron who has been a pipe organ enthusiast his entire life. Geoff especially enjoys coming to The Washington Center during the Silent Film series. Geoff says the full, rich sound of the pipes separates the organ from electronic reproductions. He shares, “I’m grateful The Washington Center has made the organ a priority in the programming and performances offered to the community.”“We believe it’s vital to keep local history alive,” says Barnes, “while instilling an understanding and appreciation of the beauty and science of the arts.” Thanks to this anonymous donor, through this upgrade, Andy’s memory and legacy will live on and we will honor him every time we feature the Mighty Andy Crow Wurlitzer Organ.The upgraded organ will make it’s first official debut at the CENTER Stage Awards & Gala on Saturday, September 23, when it will be played by Sharon Stearnes, the organist for the Gig Harbor Methodist Church and former Seattle Mariner’s organist. Following the gala, the organ will accompany the silent film, Phantom of the Opera, in the opening performance of our annual silent movie series on Sunday, October 15, featuring renowned organist, Dennis James.last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Duramaxx

first_imgFacebook33Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Duramaxx! Shelter volunteers say that his adoring eyes will melt your heart! He is especially fond of women. Children, toys, walks, car rides and other dogs (with proper introduction) make his tail-wag!He is two and half years old, weighs in at seventy-nine pounds, and is a little shy at first when meeting new people. Fetch is his favorite! If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Duramaxx in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-A-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email thedoghouse3091@hotmail.com or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more

Thurston Night Pub Quiz at O’Blarney’s Irish Pub in Olympia

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by O’Blarney’s Irish PubEveryone knows that one person that loves to impress others with the random knowledge and facts they have accumulated over time. O’Blarney’s Irish Pub in Olympia hosts a weekly opportunity for people over 21-years-old like this to showcase their trivia knowledge while enjoying good company, food, and beer.  This event is a great time to team up with some fellow trivia lovers and put your knowledge to the test against other members of the community.Appetizer sampler at O’Blarney’s. Photo courtesy: O’Blarney’s Irish PubThese Pub Quiz Nights occur just about every Thursday night from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. or so. The event is a great way to end the day, is free to participate in, and the top three teams win gift cards.  Usually, Pub Quiz Nights are sponsored by a local or regional brewery so there are fun giveaways throughout the night. In the past, these giveaways have included pint glasses, t-shirts, and other merchandise from the sponsoring brewery. Come early and enjoy a burger or sandwich along with $3 Micro Brews starting at 6:00 p.m.  If you are feeling extra hungry, there is a Steak Special on Thursdays as well. For $9.99 you can get an 8 oz. Sirloin steak with roasted vegetables, baked potato, or fries.This combination of trivia, local beer, food, and fun make O’Blarney’s Irish Pub of Olympia a premier destination to be on a Thursday night. O’Blarney’s hopes to see you at this Pub Quiz Night and others throughout the rest of the summer. These events are an excellent way to spend time with old friends while meeting a few new ones along the way. For more information about O’Blarney’s specials or other events go to their Facebook page or Website.last_img read more

Thurston County Auditor’s Office Suspends Passport Services until Further Notice

first_imgFacebook26Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyStarting Monday, March 16, the Thurston County Auditor’s Office will suspend all passport services indefinitely. We anticipate this suspension to last through April 27, 2020, consistent with school closures.  Please continue to review our website ThurstonAuditor.org for updates as the COVID-19 response is rapidly changing.Customers who have travel plans within the near future and need a passport should visit http://Travel.State.Gov and seek assistance from the U.S. Department of State.Many other Auditor’s Office services are available online, phone or by mail. Please see our website for options for doing business with the Thurston County Auditor’s Office.last_img read more

Indian shooters wide of the mark to secure Tokyo 2020 berth despite healthy medal…

first_imgAdvertisement bsfxNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vssv9Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6t7y18( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ozcWould you ever consider trying this?😱bi42Can your students do this? 🌚0r5Roller skating! Powered by Firework Indian shooters were wide of the mark to secure Tokyo 2020 berth despite healthy medal haul. It was not a great day for Indian shooters in Doha as they were not successful to qualify for the Olympics in the next year. However, Indian team has won quite a few medals in this competition.Advertisement Kynan Chenai showed a brilliant performance in the first round as he qualified as the joint topper with 122 points out 125 available. He finished his mark with a 25. However, Kynan Chenai was unable to repeat his performance in the next round. As a result of it the Olympian finished at the sixth position in the final round. Kuwait grabbed all three top positions in Trap. Kuwait took away one Olympic berth in this competition. The other two spots were claimed by Chinese Taipei and Qatar respectively. It was heartbreaking for Kynan Chenai to finish at the sixth position in this position. India won a bronze medal in this event as a team.Advertisement On the other hand, Anish Bhanwala finished at the 14th position in Men’s 25 m rapid fire pistol. However, India grabbed a silver medal in this event as a team. In Junior men’s competition in the same event India won a Bronze medal as a team.Mary Kom powers into semifinals of World Boxing Championships; assures herself record breaking 8th medalAdvertisement   Advertisementlast_img read more

A Study In Pink: What the Day/Night pink ball test at Eden Gardens means…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Times Of OmanAdvertisement cuNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs77kfi1Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4h5u( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) hu2Would you ever consider trying this?😱sb8mCan your students do this? 🌚7Roller skating! Powered by Firework The last time Eden Gardens was brimmed up in a test match was during the historic 2001 clash against Australia. Much like that clash, which opened up new avenues for the Men In Blue, the Day/Night test promises to do the same for Indian cricket which is turning a new leaf in dominance at the moment. Advertisement Image Courtesy: Times Of OmanWhile countries like Australia and New Zealand got to experience the perks and boons of the pink ball back in 2015, it was a long wait for the Men In Blue. After lots of sways and close calls, the appointment of Sourav Ganguly as the BCCI president was the catalyst that this move needed.The Day-Night test achieved its primary goal, which was to bring in spectators. Eden Gardens was buzzing during dusk much like during an IPL game which shows how the new format has excited the viewers.Advertisement Yet another appealing factor of the revamped format is the timing which allows several spectators to join in during the latter stages of the play. Moreover, in a country with scorching heat, it eases the viewers as they only have to endure the heat for a short while.Moreover, Team India’s performance albeit against a team like Bangladesh is bound to get the viewers buzzing. The glittering pink ball was a spectacle to behold either off the bat of Virat Kohli or zipping its way through the air off the hands of the seamers.Advertisement The successful completion of the Day/Night test puts forward a lot of new exciting prospects in the future. To entice the viewers in regards to domestic cricket, Ranji Trophy matches could be played under the lights as there is a huge bridge between domestic and International cricket viewers.Playing with the pink ball is a challenge for all the departments of the game. With the ball garnering movement under the lights, it is an ordeal for the batsman to deal with the movement as well as spot it in the lights. Meanwhile, with the ball being harder and weighing more than the traditional red ball, grabbing catches is a challenge. Due to these aspects, playing with the pink ball under the lights can develop a player if it is implemented right from the domestic level itself.With the pink ball test being aesthetically pleasing, it draws a lot of the younger audience as well. After the culmination of the Day/Night test, it is safe enough to say that it has made India fall in love with test cricket once again.Read Also:Ravi Shastri: MS Dhoni’s future depends on how he does in IPLAlways amongst the “runs”: Steve Smith punishes himself with 3km run after he fails to score big in Brisbane test against Pakistan  Advertisementlast_img read more

Indian Mirabai Chanu wins gold at Qatar International Cup with ridiculous combined lift of…

first_imgAdvertisement 8sNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsn68cxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eu( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2k1ilWould you ever consider trying this?😱qCan your students do this? 🌚13gu9cpRoller skating! Powered by Firework Saikhom Mirabai Chanu has clinched yet another gold medal at the Qatar International Cup, after the Commonwealth Games last year. The 24-year-old weightlifter is not ready to back down yet as she has her eyes on the Tokyo Olympics next year. The Qatar Internation Cup was held this Friday in Doha, and it is the first time that an Indian has managed to win a gold at the event. It is a proud moment for the nation as well as Mirabai Chanu as she is being showered with congratulations and love on Twitter.Advertisement The 24-year-old Chanu hails from Manipur and has been participating in the 48kg category women since 2014. She had quite an interesting childhood. As kids, she and her brother were required to bring in firewood from the nearby woods. While her parents expected her brother to carry more firewood, they would be surprised by how much weight she could lift at the tender of age of 12.Advertisement The nation took notice when she managed to bring back home a gold medal from the prestigious event–Commonwealth Games. Young Chanu won over the judges at the Qatar International Cup after lifting a combined weight of 194kg. She was able to lift 83kg in snatch and 111kg in clean and jerk in one go. This win will help her make the Tokyo 2020 cut. This is the second time she is trying for the Olympics, her previous attempt had failed. While she did qualify for the 2016 Olympics that was held in Rio, she came back home empty-handed because she could not lift any of the weights.Her failure made her work harder as the next year, she won gold at the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships, followed by another gold at the Commonwealth Games 2018. Next, she won a bronze medal at the 2019 Asian Weightlifting Championships. At the 2019 World Weightlifting Championships, she ended up breaking records but did not win medals.Advertisement Although, her performance is greatly appreciated, her performance at the event cannot top her personal record which is 201kg. The famous wrestler was awarded the Padma Shri for her contribution to the sport. Apart from this, she was also honoured by the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.The Ones That Got Away: A quick look at the unsold players after the end of 2020 IPL Auctions48-year-old Pravin Tambe reacts to being picked up by KKR in the IPL auction  Advertisementlast_img read more