Hundreds of Lacey Families Plan to Turn Out for Day of…

first_imgSubmitted by North Thurston Public SchoolsServing together in the community not only improves the community but improves the family and people of the community (#laceydayofservice). Hundreds of Lacey families have decided that working at some of our local schools would be a great project this year. In cooperation with the North Thurston Public Schools, these families will be volunteering Saturday morning (9/13) at Woodland Elementary; Lacey Elementary, Pleasant Glade Elementary, and Chambers Prairie Elementary.The emphasis this year has been to use the event to encourage families, neighbors and residents of the local community to increase the support for our local schools. Hopefully by working together Saturday we will start some new relationships that will grow into ongoing support in whatever ways we can assist our schools.All are invited to join in. Much of the effort Saturday will be outdoor maintenance type work. Bring shovels, rakes, clippers and other yard tools. And bring your neighbor. Facebook8Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook5Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonBrandy is a beautiful Black Lab Mix. She is about 2 years old, has been spayed and is up-to-date on her vaccinations. Brandy is a very shy young girl who is still adjusting to life at the kennel. She is slowly getting comfortable with the volunteers who spend time with her taking her for walks and hanging out with her so she can learn to relax around them. Her perfect home would be with someone who is calm and confident. She will do best in a quiet home without a lot of stress from other animals or young kids. She will make a wonderful companion if you can give her time to get comfortable with you so she can show you what a sweet, loving girl she can be.We have many great dogs and always need volunteers.  To see all our current dogs, visit, our Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton.  Visit us online at or contact us at or (360) 432-3091.last_img read more

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Set Concert Date in Olympia

first_imgFacebook679Tweet0Pin0Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are embarking on a ‘Camping Trip’ – the name of their mini-tour of smaller market venues across the State of Washington this summer.On August 28, 2016, the musicians be at the historic Capitol Theater. Tickets went on sale on May 20, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. and were sold out by noon.The theater is located at 206 5th Avenue SE in Downtown Olympia.The Olympia Film Society (OFS) was formed in 1980 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3). Its mission is “to enliven and enrich our community by presenting and fostering the development of independent and underrepresented film, music and allied arts.”last_img read more

Former Olympia Mayor, Doug Mah, to Lead Thurston County Chamber’s Public…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the Thurston County ChamberRecognizing the increasing complexity of public policy and the impacts of policy decisions on Thurston County, the Thurston County Chamber is devoting resources to launch a new public policy division. Doug Mah of Doug Mah & Associates will be retained to lead this division beginning Oct. 1, 2016.“We believe that coordinated and collaborative public policy initiatives help create a more vibrant community. Engagement in public policy issues on behalf of individual members and organizations is at the core of the Chamber’s mission,” said David Schaffert, Thurston Chamber President/CEO.Doug MahFor over a decade, the Chamber has worked as a partner alongside local government, assisting in obtaining state and federal resources for regional projects. The Chamber’s Public Policy team will strengthen this ability to assist community partners. The team will coordinate the Shared Legislative Partnership, organize community resources and experts, and work with the entire Thurston County Legislative Delegation.The team will also continue work on other public policy developments facing our region including land-use, permitting and regulatory issues.In addition to Mah, the team will include legal counsel and a public relations expert to sharpen and focus the Chamber’s engagement. Mah is a past Mayor of the City of Olympia, Washington (2008-2011) and served on the city council between 2001 and 2011. As a management and public affairs consultant with over 20 years of experience, Mah focuses on eliminating communication barriers, identifying emerging opportunities, and building strategic partnerships in the areas of technology, real estate, infrastructure and resource allocations. About the Thurston County Chamber: The Thurston County Chamber is growing a prosperous economy and vibrant community by connecting people, ideas and resources. Our engagement in regional planning, education, workforce development, community infrastructure, and environmental stewardship are integral components of the Chamber’s missionlast_img read more

Struggling with Clunk, Click, Knee Stiffness or Pain?

first_imgFacebook3Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Penrose Physical TherapyKnees can often start to make some loud clicking and clunking noises. This may be the start of some early changes in the knee joint where the cartilage may start softening. If you are 40+, you may already be aware of these knees that don’t let you sneak up on anyone anymore. There are some simple tips you can do to help you knees. Sometimes it is that the tissues around the knees are tight and create extra stress and strain at the knee. Regular stretching of the muscles that attach around the knee will help reduce the stress at your knee and even decrease the clunking and clicking. Secondly, your knees may actually need more help from your greatest shock absorption: your muscles around your knees! Strengthening your muscles in ways that do not stress the knee joint can be tricky, especially if it hurts to exercise and move. Take this simple knee quiz:1.  Does it hurt to get up from a chair?2.  Does it hurt to go up or down stairs?3.  Does it hurt to fully bend or straighten your knee?4.  Do you find yourself placing more weight on the other leg? If you answered yes to any of those questions please contact us for a free report which outlines some simple tips on helping your knees.Penrose Physical Therapy sees people every week with challenges regarding knee arthritis and the difficulty in exercising without stressing the knee joint. We would love to help you overcome your challenges with your own knees.last_img read more

Apple Tree Productions Presents: Children of Eden

first_img The cast of Eden sings Ain’t It Good, a song that celebrates the Noah family’s endurance through forty days and forty nights of rain and flooding on the Arc. Photo credit: Carissa Pierce Fredericks, who has been working with young thespians around Thurston County since 2013, performed in the historic Capitol Theater as a child and is thrilled to be back. Photo credit: Carissa Pierce Sailor Derito plays Mother Noah in Apple Tree’s Children of Eden. Photo credit: Carissa Pierce Tad Mettler and Leo Conklin play young Cain and Able in the show, while Jeff Hines-Mohrman and Sam Van Nuys play their older and more combative incarnations. Photo credit: Carissa Pierce The Family Noah sings excitedly and naively about their journey on the Arc before it begins. Photo credit: Carissa Pierce Facebook41Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Megan Conklin for Apple Tree ProductionsThurston County theater company Apple Tree Productions opens the musical Children of Eden this weekend and its charming melodies and timeless themes are sure to delight theater goers of all ages. The play tells the Biblical stories of the Garden of Eden, Cain and Able, and Noah’s Ark through word and song and is chocked full of action, excitement and romance. Take a look at this series of rehearsal pictures from Children of Eden – we are pretty sure they will inspire you to head to the Capitol Theater in downtown Olympia this Saturday or Sunday evening to see the show.Saturday, December 30 & Sunday, December 316:00 p.m. doors/7:00 p.m. show$15 General Admission / $12 OFS Members, Students & SeniorsTickets available online or at the box office day show Jackie DeShaye’s is a commanding and emotional Eve in Apple Tree’s Children of Eden. Photo credit: Carissa Piercecenter_img Apple Tree founder and director, Heidi Fredericks, has a gift for encouraging young actors in their craft. Photo credit: Carissa Pierce The cast of Children of Eden sings together about the trials of being lost in the wilderness. Photo credit: Carissa Pierce Apple Tree Productions offers “theater intensives” such as Children of Eden quarterly, often during school breaks. The students rehearse all day for a week and perform on the weekend. Photo credit: Carissa Pierce 1 of 10 Jackie DeShaye as Eve, and Adam Zimmerman as Adam, mourn the death of their son Able, played by Sam Van Nuys. Photo credit: Carissa Piercelast_img read more

Sergio Ramos and Ansu Fati topple landmarks in a record-breaking El Clasico

first_imgAdvertisement 92aNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsj6xvWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1hu5( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) av5Would you ever consider trying this?😱51zl8Can your students do this? 🌚a5pRoller skating! Powered by Firework Real Madrid captain played his 43rd El Clasico, passing Sanchís, Gento and Xavi, while Barça’s young forward made his debut in the fixture aged just 17Advertisement  Advertisement Wednesday’s El Clasico shaped up to be the most equal stand-off in years, and that’s exactly how it played out on the pitch. The 0-0 final score kept both teams neck and neck at the top of the table with almost half the LaLiga Santander season in the books. However, two records were broken in last night’s game, with Sergio Ramos and Ansu Fati the record-breakers.  Advertisement  Real Madrid captain Ramos became the all-time El Clasico appearance leader, with 43. The Seville native has made almost a half-century of appearances in world football’s biggest game over the last 15 years. Until last night he shared the appearance title with legends such as Manolo Sanchis, Paco Gento (both Real Madrid) and Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona). Real Madrid president Florentino Perez presented him with a commemorative shirt in the dressing room following the match.    Wednesday night’s match also saw Lionel Messi inch further up in the all-time appearance rankings. The Argentine number 10, the fixture’s all-time top scorer, played his 42nd Clasico, drawing level with the aforementioned Sanchis, Gento and Xavi. Just one behind Ramos, everything points to these two continuing their duel to see who ultimately sets the record for years to come.   Curiously, the match also produced another record at the other end of the experience scale. Barcelona’s Ansu Fati, who came on as a second half substitute for Antoine Griezmann, became the youngest player to appear in El Clasico in the 21st century. At the age of just 17 years and 48 days, Fati made his El Clasico debut even before Bojan Krkic (17 years and 117 days).   Advertisementlast_img read more

Sarah Hodge and Peter Mitchell

first_imgPeter Mitchell and Sarah HodgeSarah Hodge and Peter Mitchell announced their engagement on October 22, 2011 in South Bend, Ind.Sarah attended Fair Haven schools and graduated from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and fine arts from the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass. After graduation, she was an English teacher at L.B. Landry High School, New Orleans, La., through Teach for America.Peter is a graduate of Bishop Verot High School, Fort Myers, Fla. He earned a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, Ind. After graduation, he taught English at Sacred Heart College in Tirupattur, India.They graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 2010. Peter works as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Alfonse Cifelli, Superior Court of New Jersey, and Sarah is an associate at the law firm of Podvey, Meanor, Catenacci, Hildner, Cocoziello & Chattman, P.C.The couple will wed on July 21 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Notre Dame, with a reception following at the Morris Inn.last_img read more

Sea Bright Mulls Noise Ordinance Revision

first_imgCouncilman Kevin Birdsall, who took office in January, said before the election that he was not in favor of a more restrictive noise law and that he was against the discussed noise ordinance that would limit noise levels after 10 p.m. “It’s always been a fun shore town and had the energy of outdoors,” he said.With a stricter noise law, “The police force would be doing nothing but noise complaints all summer,” he said. The town has a land mass of a little over 1 square mile, with 22 liquor licenses, according to Birdsall.In regard to complaints about loud talking on porches and yards, Birdsall worried “you could have one uncle who visits you for the weekend, he happens to talk very loud,” and a neighbor has filed a complaint. He feared the situation could pit people against each other like “the Hatfields and McCoys.”“You don’t want that,” he said. “Talk to your neighbors,” Birdsall counseled.Birdsall said he wanted to discuss proposals for the new regulations with Councilman Marc Leckstein, who had been researching changes to make to the ordinance. “I just like to get my two cents in,” he said.Verunni said the council was working towards having the new regulations in place for the summer when the majority of the complaints are made.“It’s not an easy problem to deal with,” he said.He said Belmar, Manasquan and Asbury Park had been facing the problem for years.Complaints about noise aren’t solely from individuals about individuals either. Excessive noise has played a large role in recent applications before the town’s Unified Planning Board. By Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – The Borough Council is working on changing the noise ordinance in the town but has not yet reached a consensus on what changes should be made.“It’s tough to find a good balance,” Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said.When a complaint is made under the present ordinance, violations are determined by the police using decibel measuring devices. These devices can measure music and amplified voices, but they do not register non-amplified voices, Verruni said. Conversations are a frequent source of complaint – especially those of people who congregate around places where liquor is sold.Verruni said there is no general agreement among council members over what a new ordinance should contain. “We’re really in the formative process of what works best for our town,” he said.Complaints are not limited to gatherings at commercial establishments, he said. Some complaints have been made by residents who are unhappy overhearing the loud voices of neighbors on decks or porches late in the night.Under discussion, he said, is a change to the procedure of how complaints are handled. Residents would first call police and, if the police do not decide to file a violation of the ordinance, the resident “takes the next step.” That would mean, Verruni explained, the resident would take the case to municipal court.Some council members fear that would turn neighbor against neighbor in their small town, Verruni said.Also being discussed is what time the noise restrictions would go into effect and if they would be adjusted for weekends. Residents of the Nautilus, a condominium adjacent to Tommy’s Tavern + Tap are opposing granting the restaurant permission to place a bocce court and corn toss games behind the building, saying the noise generated by the games had been excessive.There have been several hearings on the application. A continued hearing on the application will be held in March.A resident tried to block an application to rebuild The Mad Hatter, destroyed by Super Storm Sandy, citing that the new building would generate more noise than the original. The board recently granted the restaurant permission to rebuild, but the matter is being appealed.last_img read more

McClain Leads Seraphs to Indoor Track Title

first_imgBy Tim MorrisMater Dei Prep boys track head coach Mike Tursi knew that the versatility of Isaiah McClain would come in handy this indoor track and field season.The senior, who excels as a sprinter, long and high jumper who also picked up the hurdles this winter, gave the Seraphs an invaluable multi-event scorer, Tursi pointed out.“Isaiah brings a lot to the table,” the head coach remarked. “He does a lot for us.“He’s willing to do what it takes for the team,” Tursi added. “He buys into the team concept.”McClain proved his worth competing in four events at the NJSIAA State Relays on Jan. 19 at the John Bennett Indoor Sports Complex in Toms River, leading the Seraphs to the Non-Public B state title. The Seraphs scored 56 points in delivering Mater Dei’s first-ever state relay championship.“It was a total team effort,” said Tursi.The Seraphs used just 10 competitors and all scored points, Tursi noted. Several competed in multiple relays led by McClain, who contested four events.“He (McClain) came through for us,” said Tursi.McClain ran on the winning 4×55-meter shuttle hurdles relay and was part of the sprint medley team that was second, the 4×200 squad that took third and the high jump relay that finished fourth.“I was exhausted but at the end of the day, it (championship) feels great,” said McClain. “That was the goal.”Of all the relays, McClain enjoyed the shuttle hurdles the most. He took up hurdles this year to help out the team.“Anything the coach needs I’ll do,” he said. “It (hurdling) has been great. I only had a couple of practices before the relays.”Griffin Cole, Patrick Mastro and Patrick Osborn completed the relay team that won by almost two seconds in 34.24.The runner-up sprint medley relay line-up was Griffin Cole, Sincere Saunders, McClain and John Spinelli. They clocked 3:54.80.In the 4×200 it was Mastro, McClain, Griffin and Saunders finishing third in 1:40.41.McClain cleared 5-10 in the high jump and Mastro did 5-0 to finish fourth.Mater Dei won two relays in addition to the hurdles en route to the state championship.Osborn, who displayed his versatility as well in Toms River, joined with Jake Roberts, Joseph Ramos and state Non-Public B cross country champion Spinelli to win the 4×800 (8:42.28).Mater Dei got 10 big points in the field where Joe Cerrato (38-1 ¼) and Pat Gorman (37-4 ½) teamed up to win the shot put relay.The Seraphs also picked up a second place in the 4×400 (3:40.87) with the busy Osborn, Ramos, Roberts and Saunders.McClain said he recalls watching track and field meets on television and being drawn to the sport before he came to Mater Dei. Once there, he wanted to try everything.“I like doing all the events,” he explained. “I’m looking into doing a decathlon.”The jump events stand out as his favorite. McClain said in those races a big personal best “can come out of nowhere.” When McClain first started jumping, he couldn’t clear 5-0 in the high jump yet not he’s up to 6-0. In the long jump he has surpassed 20-feet (20-9).“When you are floating in the air it feels like nothing else,” he said.McClain, who is 5-10 and 165 pounds, was a three-year starter at outside linebacker for the Mater Dei football team that made the state playoffs each year and made the state finals his final two seasons.“It was great to be a part of a program that was developing history,” he said.McClain loves the physicality of football and remarked he’d like to play both sports in college.“I love both sports,” McClain said. “Running is a different passion, it’s one-on-one and in football you work as a unit.”The next goal for McClain and the Seraphs is to win the Non-Public B state title on Feb. 17. From the results at the relays, Mater Dei certainly is, at the very least, a serious contender.McClain is looking to set personal bests in all of his events and he hopes to find a long jump competition so that he can qualify for the Eastern States Championships.RFH Girls, CBA Boys WinRumson-Fair Haven’s girls and Christian Brothers Academy also picked up state championships at the relays.RFH won the Group 2 state relay crown by scoring in every track event for a winning total of 35 points.RFH head coach Tim McLoone credits the addition of lacrosse players, competing in indoor track to help them get ready for their spring season, with transforming the Bulldogs’ program.  Known as a distance running power, the addition of a stable of talented sprinters and hurdlers have made the team more balanced and dangerous when it comes to putting together relay teams. It’s been a win-win for the lacrosse players and the track and field team.Rumson’s lone victory at the Jan. 20 meet was in the Sprint Medley where Julia Tambaro, Martlee Dotts, Kaitlyn MacGillis and Grace Jamin were victorious in 4:18.24.The other teams scoring were: the 4×200 of Nikki DeVito, Campbell Devlin, Lily Orr and Maddie Orr, fourth place (1:48.86); 4×400 with MacGillis, Caroline Coleman, Devlin and Lily Orr, second place (4:08.51); 4×800 with Olivia Rehder, Mia James, Tambaro and MacGillis, fourth place (10:04.46); distance medley of Eva Farr, James,  Tambara and Carolyn Trent, sixth place (13:07.32); and the shuttle hurdles team of Alina Arko, Devlin, Jamin and Olivia Turi, second place (33.90).CBA put their depth on full display scoring in every single event and rolling up 72 points at the Jan. 18 championships.  Even though they had just one win in the distance medley, their ability to score points everywhere helped them hold off Union Catholic, which tallied 66 points.Tim McInerney, Luke Reid, Brian Hill and Troy Hill combined to the DMR in 10:38.16.CBA sprinters were third in the 4×200 with Ethan Arce, Andrew Canale, Rafael Coppola and Nathaniel Giallanza in 1:32.86 and second in the 4×400 with Nick Hanlon, Coppola, Kyle Foltz and Liam O’Hara in 3:31.26.Stepping up in distance, the 4×800 team of Tanner Crochet, Brian Hill, Troy Hill and William Huntley placed second (8:20.04).Arce, Canale, Hanlon and McInerney were second in the sprint medley (3:36.65).Hurdlers Kyle Foltz, O’Hara, Lars Enstrom and Miles Enstrom were second in 32.06.In the field, Corey Palazzo was first in the high jump clearing 6-0. Teammate Charles Ciraolo jumped 5-6 and the Colts were fourth overall.Ryan Bragg (11-0) and Lars Enstrom (10-0) were fourth in the pole vault while throwers Dan Mead (50-4 ½) and Nicholas Morse (50-3) were second in the shot put  relay.Shore titles to RBC and CBABack at the Bennett Center on Jan. 26, Red Bank Catholic’s girls and CBA added the Shore Conference team titles to their Monmouth County crowns from earlier in the month.The Caseys edged Southern, 31-29, while CBA was untested piling up 53.5 points.Individual champions for the girls included: RFH’s Lily Orr, 400-meter dash (57.81); Holmdel’s Emily Levonas, 3,200 meters (11:10.39); Middletown North’s Katelyn Reid, 55 meter hurdles (8.65); Colts Neck’s Brianna Longo, high jump (5-2); and RFH’s 4×400 relay squad of Tambaro, MacGillis, Lily Orr and Devlin (4:02.98).The boys individual winners were: CBA’s Canale, 400-meter dash (51.37); Shore’s Drew Maher, 1,600 meters (4:16.81); Middletown North’s Mark Anselmi, high jump (6-6); RFH’s Dekker Buckley, pole vault (13-6); and Middletown North’s 4×400 relay team of Joseph Guerrieri, Anthony Sclafani, Frankie Marrone and Raphael Goos (3:31.53).This article was first published in the Feb. 1-8, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more