It’s a beautiful fall morning with a glorious sunrise captured on many and shared via Facebook pages. My fingers are crossed that the weather stays enjoyable throughout the weekend, but Washingtonians know to appreciate a break in the rain whenever we get it. So, for now, I’ll gaze at the radiant sky and breathe in a little deeper to store some of those rays for when the clouds return.Harlem Ambassadors Coming to Olympia for Night of Entertaining Basketball – Friday, November 2Angela Haw Sparks Timberline High School Theatre Program – performances on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3Thrifty Thurston Visits the Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail – Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4Puddle Jump – Saturday, November 3 at 9:00 amTaste of Tumwater – Saturday, November 3 from 12:00 pm – 7:00 pmToday also marks First Friday where downtown retailers will stay open until 8:00 pm. Parking is free after 5:00 pm and most shops will have special events occurring throughout the evening.ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia. If you have a suggestion for a post, send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here. Facebook11Tweet0Pin0
Submitted by Energy Efficiency FirstIt’s freezing outside and your home may be feeling cold, drafty, and downright uncomfortable. With energy costs going through the roof, you’d probably like to find ways to prevent the air you pay to heat from going through the roof, literally, as well as from going through the walls, floor, and the HVAC duct work of your home.Energy Efficiency First can help find energy-efficiency and building-durability solutions, as well as help you receive generous rebates for work needing to be done from Thurston Energy and Puget Sound Energy.Knowing how your energy uses and loses energy is the first step. Without it, you could waste a lot of money shooting in the dark, making often expensive changes that provide little return on investment.Thurston Energy is offering Thurston County residents $200 toward the cost of a “HomePLUS Energy Evaluation.” This is a full diagnostic energy audit designed to identify your home’s energy performance and offer cost-effective solutions to reduce energy costs and make your home more comfortable and durable.Puget Sound Energy also offers an energy assessment. While it’s not as comprehensive as a full-diagnostic energy audit, it is FREE, and it does provide a basic overview of the systems in your home that can contribute to unnecessary energy usage – such as low insulation levels, outdated appliances, and inefficient lighting. Best of all, with a “PSE HomePrint Assessment,” you’ll walk away with 50 free compact fluorescent light bulbs and two low-flow showerheads if your home needs them.As a TE auditor and a PSE HomePrint Specialist, can provide you with one, or both, services. Call us at 360.236.9684.When doing a TE HomePLUS Evaluation, we use high-tech diagnostics such as a blower-door test and infrared thermography to identify air leaks and heat loss. We provide you with a thorough report detailing targeted, cost-effective strategies to improve your home’s energy efficiency.We work with you to make sure you understand our recommendations and why we make them. If air intrusion is part of the problem, we’ll tell you how and why your home’s building envelope needs to be air sealed. When we give you a recommendation, we make sure you understand origin and implementation. For example, if we recommend air sealing, we’ll explain that there is too much airflow leaking from the outside to the inside of the building through cracks in the walls, floors, and ceilings. You’ll see our infrared photographs that, literally, show you the cold air flowing in through the gaps and cracks in your home. We can show you pictures of the insulation that may be dirty because it has been filtering soil from air blowing through it through the walls or, worse, from the crawl space. We’ll explain any air quality issues to you and what can be done to solve them. Sometimes air quality issues are as simple as installing a new ventilation fan or sealing up a large hole between a crawl space and the living space that nobody knew was there.We out infrared camera, we can also detect insulation levels in your walls and ceilings. We can evaluate areas that cannot, otherwise, be inspected due to access limitations. We can find hidden moisture that could be from a leaking roof, plumbing issues, or condensation. If your insulation is wet, it’s not working effectively. Worse, hidden moisture can cause serious building durability issues. With infrared technology, we can identify these issues for you.During an energy audit, we also inspect the home’s mechanical systems, such as the water heater and HVAC systems. We evaluate your lighting, your windows, and any appliances of special concern.At the end of the audit, we use software developed by Earth Advantage to crunch the data from your home and provide you with an Energy Performance Score, which is like an MPG-rating for the home. Our report states how each suggested upgrade can reduce your energy consumption. Our report will also provide a list of improvements and upgrades in priority order. We can then help you find the independent resources you need to make the needed changes.After the TE audit rebate, the cost to the homeowner for the audit can range from $100 – $300, depending on the square footage of the home. This investment will trigger a homeowner’s eligibility for up to $2,000 of additional rebates for needed weatherization and HVAC improvements. This sweet deal is available only through April 30, 2013.In addition, while the offers last, PSE customers are eligible for up to $1,700 in insulation and duct sealing rebates, up to $1,500 toward replacement windows in electric homes, $1,200 for each ductless heat pump installed, and up to $800 toward an electric heat-pump water heating tank. While rebates last, or through June 30, 2013, the Smart Water Heater Project is offering a $1,000 rebate toward this amazingly energy efficient water heater.Even more good news is that on January 3, 2013, Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extending energy tax credits that benefit homeowners seeking energy-efficiency improvements. Under section 25C, homeowners can claim a $500 maximum tax credit to cover the material costs of energy-efficient upgrades to existing homes for all taxable years.The credit is redeemable if upgrades are installed by the end of this year. Those who claimed a $500 or more tax credit in prior years, may not claim additional credits. For those that remain eligible, the tax credit can be applied to any of the following upgrades: * Insulation * EnergyStar Windows, Skylights, and Doors * Home Air Sealing to Reduce Air Infiltration * Air-Source Heat Pumps * High Efficiency Natural Gas, Propane, or Oil Water Heaters.With these great incentives, and the cold weather outside, it is a fantastic time to schedule a home energy evaluation that will show you ways to reduce your home’s energy load and put dollars in your pocket.Call us. We can help. Energy Efficiency First is in partnership with Quality Renovation and Carpentry LLC, a local green remodeling firm and energy-performance general contractor. Our goal is to deliver comfort and energy savings, making both you and the planet happy. Facebook10Tweet0Pin1
Facebook15Tweet0Pin0Since May 2012, ThurstonTalk has been sharing stories about inexpensive family fun around Thurston County. Now, it’s your chance to share your Thrifty Thurston ideas with us.We want to know where you and your family go to enjoy inexpensive fun around Thurston County. Submit your best Thrifty Thurston idea by noon on Monday, December 15, for a chance to have your Thrifty Thurston idea published on ThurstonTalk and you will be entered to win a family pack of four ticket to the Hands On Children’s Museum’s Noon Year’s Eve party.
Facebook44Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by South Sound Women’s EventsSouth Sound Women’s Day is a shining example of women empowering women. Photo by Dinea de PhotoHere in our own community, women who attend South Sound Women’s Day on Saturday, October 10, 2015 on the campus of South Puget Sound Community College will experience a stimulating, unstoppable energy. Oprah Winfrey became known for it, from the moment she first dabbed at her eyes, shared a tragic personal story and embraced a tearful guest, when the books she recommended were read in every book club everywhere, as her probing, intimate questions revealed countless, unexpected commonalities among women.What was that powerful thing that made The Oprah Winfrey Show stand apart from the sensationalism of other daytime talk shows and catapulted Oprah herself to become the legend-in-her-own-time, iconic woman that she is today?That thing was the electric, inexorable energy that happens when women come together, when they suddenly feel safe enough to let their guard down, supported enough to share their feelings and fears, and committed enough to want to help each other get where they’re going. At South Sound Women’s Day, that same energy will be present for all attendees to relish in.Once the Oprah show started speaking essentially to women, in real terms, about real women’s issues – health, wealth, spiritual fulfillment, influence, potential, life goals – The Oprah Winfrey Show became the highest rated talk show in American television history.Speakers, workshops and booths to browse are all part of the South Sound Women’s Day. Photo by Dinea de PhotoOprah and her producers saw, and then built on, an incredibly powerful energy source. What they understood was the strength of women in numbers, the potential impact of women cheering each other on, the amazing combustion that happens to women, among women, when it’s just women. They share a mutually nurturing and supportive mindset, a safety net woven from their vast range of life lessons, a forum to share what they know, learn what they need to, applaud each other’s strengths, and discover new paths to success and fulfillment.With a dynamic group of women at South Sound Women’s Day teaching, sharing, learning, encouraging, celebrating, and empowering one another, attendees will enjoy an exciting, powerful and busy day packed with activity, inspiration, creativity and laughter. And, when you head home at the close of the event, you’re sure to take with you a renewed sense of who you are, what you aspire to do, and how you can achieve your goals.The day-long program gets underway at 8:00 am, when the SPSCC Student Union Center opens its doors for registration and networking. Introductions and acknowledgments follow, with opening remarks from the YWCA of Olympia, priming participants and setting the tone for a full day of inspiration, sisterhood and fun.Breakout sessions take place throughout the day, with a dozen workshops to choose from. Whether you want to increase your business and self-confidence, make your money go further, negotiate the salary you deserve, learn time-saving cooking tips or become more savvy at social media marketing for your business, there’s a workshop for you.Marilyn McKenna is the keynote speaker for the event.Following a healthful and filling lunch from Elyse’s Catering, keynote presenter Marilyn McKenna, an online nutrition coach and health, happiness and fitness blogger, will speak on being Happy and Healthy, From the Inside Out! Her story is one of realizing her own potential, but it’s also very much about how to find your own. She will help all of the South Sound Women’s Day attendees unleash our own hidden potential so that we can become a fierce agent for change within our own life and redirect the trajectory of our family’s health and wellness. With her trademark determination, honesty, and “take no prisoners” online persona, Marilyn was recognized in 2013 as the Best Local Twitter Personality by KING 5’s Best of Western Washington.Throughout the day, stroll the exhibitor area and enjoy a variety of local business showcasing their goods and services. Be sure to stop by the wellness area for a chair massage. A hosted Happy Hour including networking will cap off the fulfilling day.South Sound Women’s Events Inc. invites local women of all ages, stages, and walks of life to attend South Sound Women’s Day!Learn more or register now at www.southsoundwomensevents.org .Tickets are $75 when purchased by October 3 or $80 thereafter and include all workshops, speakers, meals, snacks, and more.The beneficiary of South Sound Women’s Day, YWCA of Olympia will gladly be accepting donations of hygiene products (feminine hygiene pads, toilet paper, dish soap, diapers) – for the YWCA’s Other Bank. The Other Bank supports health and human dignity through hygiene, while offering a gender-responsive job training opportunity for participants in the agency’s Women’s Economic Empowerment Program. Each purchase of a Table Host package for South Sound Women’s Day will give the gift to several YWCA Women’s Economic Empowerment graduates to attend this inspirational event. Please visit www.southsoundwomensevents.org about serving as a Table Host.
Facebook50Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeThe first razor clam dig of the fall season will get underway October 6-7 at four ocean beaches.Razor clam digging on the beaches of Western Washington is a time-honored tradition. Photo credit: Lisa ShellThe Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has approved the dig on evening tides at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks after marine toxin tests showed that clams on those beaches are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates and evening low tides:October 6, Friday, 7:49 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, MocrocksOctober 7, Saturday, 8:33 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, MocrocksDan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, recommends that diggers hit the beach about an hour or two before low tide for the best results.Before receiving the test results, Ayres said he had received a number of calls from diggers about an erroneous newspaper story that suggested that ocean beaches would remain closed to digging.“A map on the Washington Department of Health’s website indicates that beaches are closed to razor clam digging up until they are cleared to open by the test results,” Ayres said. “We’re pleased that we are able to move ahead with this opening as scheduled.”A recent statement in a story about Pierce County’s shellfish ban might have caused some confusion among razor clam diggers. While it’s true that the Washington coast has been closed to clam digging, that closure could be superseded by favorable results from a marine toxin test, due as early as Oct. 3. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will post the results of that test at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.Locals and tourists alike line the beaches during a razor clam tide where camaraderie outweighs competition in the search for your limit of 15 clams.Photo Credit: NOAAWDFW has tentatively scheduled another dig for November 2-5, pending results of future toxin tests. More information on planned digs can be found on WDFW’s razor clam webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2017-18 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.Ayres noted that throughout the 2017-18 razor clam season, a research team from the University of Maryland will be out on the beaches seeking volunteers to participate in a survey about razor clam consumption and harvesting practices. For more information, contact Lynn Grattan at 877-668-4559 or LGrattan@som.umaryland.edu.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Sally Belle! She is a 10-month-old, 45-pound German Shepherd mix who is an outgoing and high energy girl! Shelter volunteers say that she is a big-pawed, happy pup who already does well on a leash and knows the basic commands for “sit,” “down” and “shake.” It is true that she believes it is polite to offer her paw when meeting new people or saying “hello.” Sally Belle adores cuddling, belly rubs, agility, and jogging with her people. She is hoping for an active and loving family, who are outdoorsy, with a fenced yard to help her grow into her full potential. Children should be older because she just might grow, catch up with her paws, and become a very big girl!If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Sally Belle 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 email@example.com or call 360-432-3091.
Image Courtesy: AFP/APAdvertisement 401kNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsi1Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eb2zya( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 57Would you ever consider trying this?😱yniakCan your students do this? 🌚80voRoller skating! Powered by Firework The 15th edition of the Asia Cup cricket tournament is imminent on and from September 2020, and Pakistan is scheduled to be the host country. However the Indian Cricket Team, who lifted the trophy in the last edition of the championship back in 2018 in Dubai, are not to be the ‘defending champions’ this year, because the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have made it official that Team India will not be setting foot in their immediate neighbouring country.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFP/APThe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been on a verbal feud with the BCCI in the recent past. From raising question on security to declaring India ‘unsafe’ for cricket, PCB received fire straight from the BCCI vice president Mahim Verma, who openly stated to PCB: “They should look at security in their own country first and think about it first. We are capable enough to handle our country and security here.”Established in 1983, the Asian Cricket Council inaugurated announced the commencement of Asia Cup, a bi-annual ODI and T20 international championship, with its motto being to ‘promote goodwill between Asian countries.’ As of now, India has been crowned the champions most, with 7 times, with the last trophy in 2018 by defeating Bangladesh in the final.Advertisement After the announcement of their bitter rivals as the host country for the T20 tournament, a BCCI official said in a recent interview that the hitch lies on the option of a ‘neutral venue’, and not Pakistan itself as the hosts.“The question isn’t about the PCB hosting the tournament. It is about the venue and as things stand now, it is quite clear that we would need a neutral venue. There is no way that an Indian team can visit Pakistan to even participate in a multi-nation event like the Asia Cup.” the official told IANS.Advertisement However, he further stated that India’s possibility to be a part of the tournament depends on the venue, and the defending champions are not to see eye to eye as Pakistan as the hosts.“If the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is ok with an Asia Cup minus India then it is a different ball game. But if India is to participate in the Asia Cup, then the venue cannot be Pakistan,” he added.A similar situation happened in the last edition of Asia Cup, where Pakistan was reluctant to send their cricket team to the formerly selected hosts India. However, the ACC finally shifted the venue to Dubai, and the official recalled on this incident: “A neutral venue is always an option. BCCI did it in 2018.”Also read-Rashid Latif appeals to Sourav Ganguly to reignite India-Pak cricketing ties Advertisement
Image Courtesy: AFPAdvertisement fev4nNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsd7dWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8w5lr( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) keg9tWould you ever consider trying this?😱8x1rCan your students do this? 🌚2h6Roller skating! Powered by Firework Since usurping Steve Smith to gain the no. 1 spot in International Cricket Council (ICC)’s Test batting ranking list last December, Virat Kohli entered the new decade with his rank unruffled. With 928 ratings, the Team India skipper is still leading the list, while teammate Ajinkya Rahane holds his position at 8th with a rating of 759.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFPAlong with brilliant spell in the recent limited overs cricket, Virat Kohli had an amazing performance during last year’s Test series against South Africa and Bangladesh. The 31 year put up an astounding 254 against the Proteas in October 2019, and an impressive knock of 136 against Bangladesh in the historical pink ball Test match in November at Eden Gardens.Eearlier expressing his love for the Test format, Kohli has been revered by pundits and supporters for endorsing red ball cricket in the country, and even Ravi Shastri, the head coach was full of praise for the skipper for his leadership role.Advertisement Former Aussie captain Steve Smith is trailing behind Kohli in second position with a rating of 911. The previous world no. 1 reached the top spot after a brilliant Ashes last year, but post his place to Kohli after a lacklustre Pakistan series.Ajinkya Rahane, who dropped from 6th position to 8th, hasn’t got recent call ups for the Men in Blues in white ball cricket, but is still the Test squad’s middle order run machine. In the Bangladesh Test series back in November, the 31 year old put up a combined total of 137 runs. He was India’s second highest scorer in India’s first innings in the first test at Holkar Stadium, and scored his 22nd half century of red ball cricket in the second test at Eden Gardens.Advertisement Cheteshwar Pujara, previously wanked world no. 4, went down to 6th position in the list with 791 ratings. The 31 year old scored 81 in the first South Afirca Test match, followed a 58 in the second one in October. In November, he scored two half centuries in the Bangladesh test series.Following the closure of the ongoing T20 and thereafter the 3 match ODI series against New Zealand, the much awaited Test is coming next month, starting on 21st February at the Basin Reserve cricket ground in Wellington.Also read-Virat Kohli reacts after India pulls off massive chase: ‘80% of the crowd was behind us!’ Advertisement
By John Burton | FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP — The battle lines are drawn and the troops have made their selection of this year’s warriors for the political struggles of the June primary and November general election.Scores of members of the Monmouth County Republican Committee gathered Saturday March 18, at the iPlay America indoor entertainment and theme park, 110 Schanck Road, to offer their endorsement by acclamation for the list of GOP candidates for this year’s challenges for the various offices on the county ballot.And if politics is war by another name, minus the literal bloodletting, of course, it was on display as county party leaders offered their strategy and commitment to continue to maintain control of the county’s legislative delegation and county government, and the governor’s office, for the party faithful.A high priority for this year’s political front, acknowledged county chairman Shaun Golden (who also holds the elected position of county sheriff), will be regaining the two state Assembly seats for the 11th Legislative District, which the Republican incumbents lost two years ago. “We have a great opportunity here,” Golden said, with the ticket for that particular race. A race, one audience member shouted was “stolen by lies and slander” by political opponents.“It is our ground zero this year,” in the political races, Golden told the crowd, “and we will get these seats back.”Democrats in that race benefited from a late game influx of cash from the state Democratic organization who detected an opportunity in the 11th District – which skews Democratic in voter registration and includes such county Democratic strongholds as Red Bank, Neptune, Long Branch and Asbury Park. Golden alleged the Democrats outspent the Republicans by more than $1 million to win the two seats, currently held by Joann Downey and Eric Houhtaling, who will be running for re-election this year.Incumbent Republican state Senator Jennifer Beck, Red Bank, will be seeking another term for the 11th. Joining her will be Michael Whelan, who his currently two years into his three-year term on the Red Bank Borough Council; and Robert Acerra, Ocean Township’s deputy mayor.Beck vowed to knock on 14,000 doors as she campaigned with her running mates for the three seats, running against what she called “All spin and no substance.”With veteran state Sen. Joseph Kyrillos Jr.’s decision to not seek another term for the 13th district, that led to Golden, with his committee’s support, to announce that incumbent Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon would step up and run for the Legislature’s upper chamber. Assemblywoman Amy Handlin, Middletown, had said she intended to seek the party’s nod for the spot, but, according to Golden, decided to bow out leaving it open for O’Scanlon. Handlin will run for re-election for her Assembly seat.O’Scanlon, Little Silver, said it was difficult to square off with his colleague Handlin, “One of the classiest people I know,” he said. However, “This party is in better shape than it’s ever been.”With O’Scanlon running for the Senate, the other Assembly candidacy for the 13th District, will be Monmouth County Freeholder Serena DiMaso. DiMaso, Holmdel, was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Freeholder board in 2012 and began serving a full term in January 2014 and was re-elected in November 2016.Freeholder Lillian BurryThis year’s GOP freeholder candidates are veteran incumbent Lillian Burry, who began her tenure on the county government board in January 2006. Burry argued that the county has been well served by Republican elected officials, as she pointed to the county’s library and parks department, that she called the envy of the state, and fiscal responsibility that continues to earn national AAA bond ratings. “I would say after working in public service for 30 years,” including her term as a local elected official, Burry said, “I’m not finished yet.”Joining Burry on the ballot will be Holmdel’s Deputy Mayor Patrick Impreveduto. Impreveduto has lived in Monmouth County since 1984 and has served on the local board of education as well as the Holmdel Township Committee. He is taking the place of incumbent Freeholder Gary Rich who is not running this year.For the county organization, the top of the ticket belongs to Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. Guadagno, a Monmouth Beach resident, told the supportive audience she has the ability and experience to defeat likely Democratic nominee Phil Murphy, a Middletown resident, for the governor’s office.“It’s going to be a bloody battle,” for the governor’s race as well as the Legislature, Guadagno said. “A lot of it is about money,” she said, telling the crowd, “I have the ability to raise money and we will have the money to get the message out.”State Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16) also made an attempt to sway some support for his bid for the party nomination, but promised following the June 6 primary he would support the Republican ticket.The party committee members endorsed incumbents Senator Sam Thompson and Assemblymen Robert Clifton and Ronald Dancer for their re-election to the 12th Legislative District, which represents seven Monmouth County communities; and the 30th District’s Senator Robert Singer, Assemblymen Sean Kean and David Rible, whose district covers the county’s southern portion.With the talk of money, Golden noted “I’m happy to report that MCRC is in great financial shape,” but didn’t offer any specifics. While the county returned incumbent Republicans to countywide offices last November (including Golden’s own re-election), and went strong for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, there is a voter registration deficit with Democrats. But it’s the unaffiliated voters who make the difference. “And we have to continue to give them a reason to vote Republican,” Golden said.This article was first published in the March 23-30, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.
If the planet ever runs low on its supply of silver, world leaders can always contact the Nelson Atom Leafs to see if they can spare a few their precious medals.The Leafs won its third silver medal of the season Sunday in Beaver Valley at the Greater Trail Atom Minor Hockey Tournament.Nelson, finishing second in Kimberley and Castlegar, lost 5-1 to the Trail Toads as the Silver City netminder stole the show.