Capitol Land Trust Announces Summer Gala Featuring Lynn Brunelle

first_imgSubmitted by Capitol Land TrustLynn Brunelle will be addressing the crowd at Capitol Land Trust’s summer gala held at Helsing Junction Farm.Lynn Brunelle admits that she was not always a science geek. In fact, as a child she found science boring and at times intimidating. This may surprise those familiar with her writing on the funny, quirky Bill Nye the Science Guy, which earned her four Emmy awards.  Lynn describes Bill Nye the Science Guy as “Saturday Night Live meets Mr. Wizard,” and knew instantly that the show’s use of comedy as a tool for learning was a perfect fit for her.  This magnet drew Lynn from her home and work in New York City to Western Washington.Lynn will be the keynote speaker at Capitol Land Trust’s 13th Annual Summer Gala at Helsing Junction Farm, an organic CSA farm located in the tranquil Chehalis River Valley.  Besides Lynn, Gala guests will enjoy delicious local foods, wines and beers, live music and an auction.  The event is for adults 21 and over.What:             Capitol Land Trust Summer GalaWhen:            Saturday, August 10, 2013 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm with Farm Tours beginning at 3:00 pmWhere:           Helsing Junction Farm – 12013 Independence Rd SW, RochesterTickets:          $75 per person in advance, or $85 at the doorTickets available online at www.capitollandtrust.org.The Summer Gala is a community celebration that helps support Capitol Land Trust’s efforts to conserve essential natural areas and working lands in southwest Washington.Lynne, science and the NorthwestAs some would say, it’s all in the presentation.  Science can be alienating—dry and one-dimensional scientific texts don’t come close to representing the majesty and magic that exist in the natural world.  But Lynn Brunelle has the gift to integrate humor and breathe life into hard science, making concepts like thermohalene ocean currents and barometric pressure swirl and rage as if a storm were brewing before the viewer’s eyes.Through the years, Lynn established roots in Western Washington, falling in love with the water and forests here.  Her connections to the land run deep, especially with Grand Forest near her Bainbridge Island home. She walks the paths through the old growth every day with her dogs and reconnects with nature.  The forest helped her heal after the loss of her mother.  According to Lynn, entering Grand Forest is “like a huge hug”. She is reminded of the age of these ancient trees, their stories, and how important it is for natural places like this to remain for future generations to connect with.  She is looking forward to coming to the Olympia area and sharing some of her experiences and fun science projects at Capitol Land Trust’s Summer Gala.To learn more about Lynn Brunelle and explore her collection of books, videos and songs visit www.lynnbrunelle.com.About Capitol Land TrustCapitol Land Trust is a nonprofit conservation group based in Olympia, WA.  The Trust’s mission is to further collaborative and strategic conservation of southwest Washington’s essential natural areas and working lands.  Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012, Capitol Land Trust has conserved more than 5,000 acres of wildlife habitat and working farm and forestlands in Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor and Lewis Counties.  The group has received widespread recognition for its non-confrontational, non-regulatory approach and ability to bring diverse stakeholders together around common goals.  With support from private landowners, business leaders, elected officials, tribal members and conservation agencies and organizations, in recent years Capitol Land Trust has secured more than twenty million dollars for its conservation projects, directly benefiting the local economy.  To learn more about the work of Capitol Land Trust visit their website at www.capitollandtrust.org.For more information on the Summer Gala or Capitol Land Trust, contact: Kathleen Ackley, (360) 943-3012, or email: kathleen@capitollandtrust.org. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Thurston County Auditor’s Office Encourages Early Boat Tab Renewals

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County AuditorThe Thurston County Auditor’s Office encourages boat owners to renew their boat tabs before June 30, when all boat tabs in the state expire. We recommend boat owners renew their tabs early to avoid possible wait times during this particularly busy time of the year.“Customer service is critically important to us,” said Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall. “Boat owners can renew their boat registrations online through the Department of Licensing, at one of eight local licensing subagencies located across Thurston County or directly at the Thurston County Auditor’s Office in Olympia.”Boat owners can renew their registration any time after January 1. As long as registrations are current, renewals will be valid through June 30, 2019 and the fees are the same regardless of when and how boat owners renew.In 2017, Thurston County issued 8,986 boat registrations, nearly 900 more than in 2016. Forty percent of those renewed after the June 30 deadline, when tabs expire. Owners caught driving a boat with an expired registration are subject to a $125 ticket.Questions about boat registration renewals? Read this FAQ or call the Thurston County Auditor’s Licensing & Recording Division at 360-786-5406.The Thurston County Auditor’s Office provides licensing services to the general public, including vehicle, boat, marriage and pet licenses. For more information, visit our Licensing Webpage.last_img read more

Inslee Announces Washington’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan

first_imgFacebook211Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Governor Jay InsleeGov. Jay Inslee spoke directly to Washingtonians Tuesday evening to lay out his vision for the eventual safe return to public life amid the COVID-19 outbreak.Inslee said it is unlikely many restrictions under the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order will be modified before May 4. Rather, this plan is intended to be a framework for the loosening of restrictions contingent on a steady decrease of the spread of COVID-19.“It will look more like a turn of the dial than a flip of the switch,” Inslee said in the address. “We’re going to take steps and then monitor to see whether they work or if we must continue to adapt.”Depending on health projections for the spread of the virus, some distancing restrictions may be in place for weeks or months to come.“In the coming days, we will receive additional health modeling projecting the course of this virus,” Inslee said. “We hope it will give us cause to begin lifting certain restrictions.”The return to public life will occur in measured steps. It will be guided by science and informed by our public health needs, our ability to mitigate impacts, and the response of Washington communities.Read the rest of the plan on the governor’s Medium page.last_img read more

ICC Women’s T20 World Cup: Brilliant performance from the bowlers gives India the second…

first_imgImage Courtesy: BCCIAdvertisement ivxNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9rWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eck1( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8z9rbzrlWould you ever consider trying this?😱laxCan your students do this? 🌚utpee6Roller skating! Powered by Firework Indian Women extend their unbeaten run to the second match in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, defeating Bangladesh Women by 18 runs in their second Group A match today at the WACA Ground in Perth. Defending a total of 142, India exhausted the opponents by 124-for-8 by the 20th over thanks to stunning performance from the bowling squad.Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCIAlthough India’s wicket keeping opener Taniya Bhatia left the crease with just 2 runs, it was the stunning partnership of India’s young sensational duo Shafali Verma and Jemimah Rodriguez that boosted India’s total in the first innings.Opening alongside Bhatia, Verma pulled off a swashbuckling 17-ball-39, including two boundaries and four over bondaries. Comparatively slower, Rodriguez scored 34 runs from 37 balls, with two fours and one six.Advertisement Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur failed to make a mark today, after losing her wicket on 8 runs against Panna Ghosh’s delivery. Deepti Sharma (11) and Richa Ghosh (14) were both eliminated in the 17th over.Veda Krishnamurthy pulled off a quick 20-off-11 at the end, alongside Shikha Pandey’s effort of 7, totalling the score to 142 for 6 wickets. Bangladesh skipper Salma Khatun and Panna Ghosh secured two wickets each.Advertisement However, the Indian bowlers showed their prowess in defending their total. Except Murshida Khatun (30-off-26) and wicket keeper Nigar Sultana’s (35-off-26) efforts, the Tigresses’ batting lineup were devastated against a charged attack from the Indian bowling squad, led by Poonam Yadav.Player of the match from the first game, Yadav picked up three wickets in today’s game, and just gave out 18 runs from four overs. Shikha Pandey and Arundhati Reddy each secured two, and Rajeshwari Gayakwad sent the stormy Sultana back to the pavilion.Shafali Verma was named Player of the match, courtesy to her finesse with the bat in the first innings. Despite without her opening partner Smriti Mandhana, Verma’s amazing knock gave WOmen in Blue the pace in the first innings.“Since Mandhana wasn’t around, I wanted to take the responsibility to stay around and give India a good start.” Verma said in the post match interview.“I’ve been practising hitting the ball hard and I would like to bring the team more success in the future. I’d like to continue doing this, help India win matches and ultimately win us the World Cup.” the 16 year old added.With two clean victories from two games, Indian women are leading Group A with four points. They are taking on New Zealand Women this Thursday at the Junction Oval in Melbourne.Also read-Read the message Poonam Yadav’s family has for her after her heroics against Australia Advertisementlast_img read more

Sands, Surfrider Owners Work to Reopen Damaged Clubs

first_imgBy John BurtonSEA BRIGHT – Sandy hit the borough hard and among those that were hit the hardest were the town’s summer beach clubs.“Every single one of them got creamed,” said C. Read Murphy, a borough councilman and longtime resident of the oceanfront community.Two of the clubs “got obliterated,” according to Murphy. “But every one of them had serious damage,” he said.The two receiving the most damage were Ship Ahoy and Sands, according to James LoBiondo III, general manager of the neighboring Surfrider beach club, and borough councilman.“They’re in the demolition stage right now,” he said of the clubs, located on Ocean Avenue in the northern end of the borough.SandsJohn Chimento owner of Sands has pledged, “We are rebuilding.“But we’re going to do it with a great deal of care,” he said.LoBiondo has vowed to have Surfrider operational by the start of summer.The Sands club was founded by the Sandlass family in 1926. Chimento bought it from them in 1971 and continued to operate it, now with his son.The future, he said, is “going to be a challenge, there’s no question about it.”It is a challenge he has every intention of undertaking but he acknowledged that the rebuilt club would likely not be completed by Memorial Day. “Not if you’re going to do it right,” he said.There will be, however, a Sands presence of some sort for the coming summer, he said. “What we’d like to do is provide people with use of the beach in some fashion,” as future plans move forward.Murphy, who has met with the owners of the seven clubs recently to discuss the future, said, “They’re all committed and they’re on the same page,” with plans to move forward with rebuilding.Driftwood“We’re 100 percent going to be up and running,” by summer LoBiondo said of Surfrider. His operation didn’t suffer as much damage as others, he said. The facility’s main structure was in relatively good shape after the storm’s tidal surge pounded the shore. “We still have our work cut out for us,” he acknowledged. “Thankfully the loss wasn’t as catastrophic [as others].”Work has already begun on his club, with crews already replacing pilings.“Mostly we have decking and cabana structures to put back, which is all very feasible for us at this point,” LoBiondo said.His father, James LoBiondo Jr., purchased the club in 1986. Surfrider actually suffered more damage during the 1992 nor’easter than it did with Sandy. As a result of that storm, upgrades were made on the facility to handle horrific weather events, according to LoBiondo.As for Sands Chimento, said he’s “been around long enough to know you got to be careful about what you do and you have to take your time and don’t just put it back for the sake of putting it back. I’m building for the next storm, not the last one.”LoBiondo didn’t want to speculate at this point as to the cost of rebuilding. “We’re putting those numbers together now,” he said.Murphy’s conversations with owners indicated, “Every one of them is going to cost a couple of million bucks to rebuild.”Unfortunately, “insurance doesn’t cover a lot of that,” Murphy said.The operation of the beach clubs is important to the local economy and to the community.“They’re basically our anchors, our lifeblood,” Murphy said, with members traditionally patronizing local businesses, even coming in the off-season to dine.The clubs themselves provide a tax base.“It’s always been a symbiotic relationship,” between the town and these businesses, Chimento said. “We obviously couldn’t exist if it weren’t for the geography of Sea Bright,” offering access to the beach and ocean. “I think we brought a lot of positives to the town.”Another important component of the equation is the clubs’ culture and that bonding that goes on in many cases for many generations.“The beach clubs are all little communities and all of them have loyal followings,” Chimento noted. His club counts about 300 families as members and many have been coming their entire lives. Many members continue when they have their own families.“To me, that means something,” he stressed. “That’s one of the reasons we go on.”Ship AhoyMurphy has been a member “off and on” at Ship Ahoy (one of the clubs totaled in the storm), since 1957. He worked there as a lifeguard during the 1960s.“You established a rapport and friendships, in many cases for years,” he said. “It was the social fabric that we had,” allowing kids to socialize with kids from different schools through much of the Two River area. Many years ago the clubs conducted Friday night dances and even showed movies on some evenings. “That’s where we all started playing music in the old days,” Murphy recalled fondly. “It was an integral part of who we are.“We’re definitely going to have some long days ahead of us,” he said as he and club owners continue to work to reopen. “We’re being optimistic about it.”In the final analysis, Chimento said, “I think you’ll see out of the tragedy a very positive outcome,” for the clubs and the town.last_img read more

Commentary: The Heroes Among Us

first_imgOpinion contributed by Bill Burnett |My wife and I are selling our home here in Rumson as our sons have gone off to college and we are in the market to downsize but to stay in the Two Rivers area where we moved to in 2001 and raised our family. It has been a privilege to live in such a beautiful area of New Jersey and have made lifelong friends through our children’s school and sports activities.Last week we looked at a home in the area to see if it fit our needs for an “empty nest” and met the couple who built the house in 1967 and have lived in it since then as they raised their family. They are now ready to “live the dream” and move to Florida for their well-deserved golden years.  As we toured their charming home I noticed an abundance of books relating to aviation and asked the owner if he had been a pilot. “Yes” he humbly stated.  While in his den I noticed a book about the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, the all-African American Air Force squad that served our country so valiantly in World War Two.  I asked if he served with this group of men and again he humbly but proudly stated “Yes I did.”As I drove home from the house tour it struck me that this gentleman had come home from the war to a country that was still 20 years away from the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and where we still had “colored only” hotels, restaurants and schools. To think that he and his wife have quietly raised their family and enjoyed such rewarding careers in our area makes me even more proud and grateful to have also raised our family here in the Two Rivers area.  I am not using this man’s name because I sensed he would be embarrassed by the attention. His dignity, grace and his handshake like that of a 20-year old will stay with me a long time.  Thank you, sir for your service.Bill Burnett,Rumsonlast_img read more

Middletown Remains All-Republican in 2020

first_imgPerry said he was “incredibly grateful” to have been nominated as mayor again. “It truly has been the greatest honor to serve as mayor over these last 12 months and I look forward to all that 2020 has to bring.” The plan is to have the 72,000-square-foot building opened in the summer of 2021. The existing town hall was built in 1960 when the township’s population was 39,000. Now Middletown boasts 68,000 people, according to the township administrator. Fiore was reappointed as deputy mayor this year and served in that role last year as well. He gave thanks to his family, colleagues, town volunteers and administration. Most recently, Middletown said it became the first town in the state of New Jersey to purchase a Styrofoam recycling machine using grant funding. With it the town can “take a product that was once thought of as a pollutant and turn it into a renewable product,” said Perry. “Because of these efforts, Middletown received silver certification from Sustainable NJ, which less than 10 percent of New Jersey’s municipalities have achieved.” A portion of the meeting was spent reviewing what 2019 looked like for Middletown. It was a year the township “dramatically increased its recycling efforts,” said Perry. For example, the town established a recycling program to make residents more aware of recycling rules; partnered with Saker ShopRite to collect and repurpose single-use plastic bags; and teamed up with Second Chance Toys to redirect gently used plastic toys from the town landfill to underprivileged children instead. Kevin Settembrino was sworn in to his third full term as a Middletown committeeman at the Sunday, Jan. 5 meeting. Courtesy Middletown Township “Let me say this loud and let me say this clear – our officers are of the finest, most professional and honorable anywhere in the state of New Jersey. And they will forever have the support of the five of us sitting up here,” said Mayor Tony Perry at the Jan. 5 meeting. It was also the year the township committee broke ground on a new $56 million energy-efficient municipal complex that will serve as a central hub for services currently located in seven different facilities. According to Perry, the plans are being finalized. Meanwhile, construction work at Croydon Hall in the Leonardo section has been completed to house temporary office space for employees of the Johnson Gill Annex, located at 1 Kings Highway. “Residents will soon see our new building begin to take shape,” said Perry. MIDDLETOWN – The Middletown Township Committee remains all-Republican in 2020 after two incumbents won reelection for three-year terms. Committeemen Kevin Settembrino and Rick Hibell were sworn in to their new terms on the governing body at the Sunday, Jan. 5 meeting. They defeated Democrats Jeana Sager and Sean Byrnes following drama around a leaked video of Sager making controversial comments about police, alleging “a lot of police are criminals.” Perry was renamed mayor in 2020 after a nomination led by Tony Fiore. He said Perry “has done just such a tremendous job and really represents this municipality at the highest level that he possibly can.” last_img read more

Bombers ready for Kootenay High School AA Girl’s Soccer Zones

first_imgIt’s win or go home time for the L.V. Rogers Bombers.The-two-time defending zone champion travels to Creston Wednesday for the opportunity to get back to the provincial tournament as five teams vye for the right to represent the zone at the Kootenay High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships.The Bombers, the top seed entering the tournament, meet the winner of Castlegar’s Stanley Humphries Rockers and Prince Charles Comets at 10:30 a.m. A win advances LVR into the 2:30 p.m. final against the winner of J. Lloyd Crowe of Trail and Invermere’s David Thompson Lakers.The Bombers have had a very successful season to date, sporting a record of 9-2-2 at tournaments in Kelowna, Cranbrook and Summerland.“Confidence is high going into our upcoming Kootenay playdowns,” said Bomber coach Jamie Spendlove, carrying a team of 24 players through most of the season.“We have progressed very well, refining our system of play and playing better and better each tournament.The BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships are set for May 29-31 in Penticton.The 16-team tournament is hosted by Princess Margaret High School.Last year the Bombers, finishing fourth in the tournament, shocked the tournament experts by advancing to the Final Four.last_img read more

Former Kootenay Ice, Castlegar Rebels star back in Sunflower City after inking deal with Saints

first_img“I’m very excited to join the Saints and attend Selkirk College,” says Georgopoulos. “I have heard nothing but good things about the hockey program and I’m very familiar with the West Kootenays so I feel like it will be a great fit for me.”The 5-foot-9, 165 pound forward recently completed his final KIJHL season with theFernie Ghostriderswhere he scored 20 goals and added 15 assists. Georgopoulos spent three full seasons with the Ghostriders and also played one campaign with the Castlegar Rebels in 2013-2014. Earlier in his hockey career, Georgopoulos was a member of Kootenay Ice Major Midget team based out of Nelson.In 169 KIJHL regular season games, Georgopoulos posted 67 goals and 67 assists. He is a proven winner at the Junior B level.“George will bring speed, excitement, and a great personality to locker room,” says Ghostriders head coach Craig Mohr. “The fans will love his work ethic and his ability to get them jumping out of their seats.”Georgopolous joins others member of the recruiting class: Dallas Calvin (Trail BCHL), Troy Maclise (Osoyoos KIJHL), Marcel Fuchs (Creston KIJHL), Richard Gratz (OCN SJHL), Ashton McLeod (Humbolt SJHL), Nathan Browne (Campbell River VIJHL), Bret Huber (Summerland KIJHL), Nelson Hurry (Summerland, KIJH) and BJ Avery (Swan Valley MJHL).Georgopoulosplans on enrolling in the School of University Arts and Sciences at Selkirk College in the fall. Veteran Kootenay Junior International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) forward Derek Georgopoulos will suit up for the Selkirk College Saints starting this September.The defending British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) champion Saints announced this week that the Cranbrook resident will join the team for the 2015-2016 season.last_img read more

KOOTENAY SMOKE N’ GUNS!

first_imgSubmitted by Pamela SaboInterested in finding out more about the Cowboy Mounted Shooters Association of BC?Then don’t miss the The demonstration set for Canyon Park, Canyon, BC from 9 – 9:45 am on Canada Day — Saturday, July 1st, 2017.The, CMSABC, nearing its second anniversary of the creation of this non-profit society and this was the very first CMSA sanctioned event ever held in this province, held a meet recently at Creston Flats Stables in the heart of the beautiful Kootenays. Horses of various breeds and their riders, ranging in age from 10 to 65+, participated in this exciting, fast paced and noisy sport on Saturday, May 27th at Creston Flats StablesMembers of our local CMSABC, along with competitors from Alberta, Saskatchewan and the US, were able to indulge in the enjoyment of fast horses, gunpowder, and bursting balloons. Within their various skill levels/classes, participants attempted to achieve the fastest time, with fewest missed balloons, in their efforts to accumulate points, awards and prizes!The day began with the Cowboy Prayer read by John Solly, our excellent announcer for the day. This was followed by a lovely rendition of O Canada, beautifully sung by some lovely young ladies and the playing of the US anthem while two young gentlemen rode the Canadian and American colours through the arena.The competition kicked off with Wranglers (youth under 18) ground firing at their targets, while under direct supervision of an appropriately licenced adult.  This was followed by the Main Match, consisting of three stages, where competitors individually ride a specific pattern while addressing the balloon targets with their revolvers. Youth competitors also ride the pattern for timed scores. They do not shoot from the horses, but they “address” the target with cap guns. One of the highlights of the day is the exciting Shotgun and Rifle matches! In these classes the competitors ride and shoot the first half of the pattern with revolver, then holster the revolver, and with both hands on either the rifle or shotgun, and their horse often running with only the guidance of their legs, shoot the remaining balloons in the “rundown”. Firearms used are replicas of pre-1890’s 45 calibre six shooters, which requires users to have completed specific firearms training, testing and licencing for restricted firearms. There are, however, NO projectiles permitted in this sport, and balloon targets are burst ONLY by the hot embers from blank ammo.Horsemanship and safety are of the utmost importance in developing the skills required by both horse and rider. Horses are desensitized and carefully trained to become skilled partners in the sport and are highly valued.  Their comfort and safety is of primary importance and both horses and riders wear hearing protection. CMSABC would like to express our deep appreciation to all our members who worked endless hours to create this event; the tireless help and support of members of Alberta’s CCMSA (Canadian Cowboy Mounted Shooters Assoc) who guided our efforts to produce this event; the competitors who travelled long distances to support our efforts; Janice Storch Photography for travelling from Alberta to capture the event in photos; Horse Council of BC for making grants available that have helped us to purchase equipment necessary to produce this event; RDCK and Area Directors Larry Binks and Tanya Wall for grants in support;  all our wonderful volunteers for their support and hard work; all the wonderful businesses  and sponsors who donated prizes and funds for all the awards and Creston Flats Stables for maintaining an excellent facility that makes it possible to hold events like this here in the Creston Valley.last_img read more