Thurston EDC And SPSCC To Collaborate On New Entrepreneurial Center In…

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston Economic Development CouncilThe Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) announced today that it has entered into a collaborative agreement with South Puget Sound Community College to establish an entrepreneurial center at the future Rowe Six campus of SPSCC, catalyzing the development and growth of high-wage, high–value, private sector companies in our community.As part of its expansion, SPSCC will be moving the functions of its entire Hawks Prairie Center to the Rowe Six campus, located on Sixth Avenue SE in downtown Lacey. The site consists of five existing office building totaling 100,000-square-feet in Lacey’s Woodland District. In addition, the Thurston EDC will also move its entire operations to the campus, allowing both organizations to capitalize on the strengths of the other to ensure that the highest quality business resources are provided to Thurston County.“The collaborative approach we are taking with SPSCC in creating a synergistic economic development engine will help recruit new investment into Thurston County, and accelerate and retain private sector investment in our region,” said Michael Cade, Executive Director of the Thurston EDC.The concept for this collaboration is the outgrowth of conversations that executive staff at SPSCC and Thurston EDC – along with partner organizations City of Lacey, Thurston Chamber of Commerce, Saint Martin’s University and leaders at Joint Base Lewis McCord –  have had on how to best move forward as a community to support cluster sector growth and entrepreneurial growth. The EDC and SPSCC have complimentary long-term objectives to visualize a model for regional economic development, and are actively envisioning the scope of the new facility and its offerings.“The college is excited about this evolution in our partnership with the EDC and delighted at the possibilities for economic growth this will bring the community and the opportunities this will offer students,” said Tim Stokes, president of South Puget Sound Community College.SPSCC is embarking on an $8M renovation of the first building on the Rowe Six property. The renovation of the 50,000 square-foot building is slated to be complete by the end of 2014, with both organizations moving into the space soon thereafter.last_img read more

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Harlequin Productions: Building a Sustainable Future

first_imgFacebook21Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Rebekah Finn for Harlequin ProductionsHarlequin Productions has been an Olympia institution since 1991, witness to the ups and downs of the local economy. Now, in 2017, as they prepare to reveal the lineup for their 27th season, Harlequin founders Scot and Linda Whitney, along with their staff of passionate artists and professionals, are looking to the future. For 26 years, Harlequin Productions has provided a crucial cornerstone of art and entertainment in the Olympia community, and now the question is whether the community will help it continue.Why is it important to keep a live theater company open in our community?Maggie Ferguson-Wagstaffe and Christian Doyle perform in this year’s Stardust show. Photo courtesy: Harlequin Productions.Live theater has played a crucial role in society, stretching back thousands of years to a time when the general public was largely illiterate. Before books and newspapers, actors and live performances were essential for sharing spiritual and philosophical knowledge with the general public. As more and more people have learned to read and as technology has advanced, live theater has remained a vital way for humans to connect to stories and to each other.In a time when science is beginning to show concerns about how mobile devices may be affecting children’s brains, and adults have trouble looking each other in the eye because phones are easier to interact with, a place to tell stories face-to-face is increasingly necessary.How can we help?As the following graph shows, Harlequin Productions has been able to keep its nose above the water of encroaching expenses (red line), but has worked harder and harder to stay afloat (green line) as a nonprofit organization.With its productions being completely locally produced, and not having some of the same public, corporate and national support opportunities as more metropolitan areas, Harlequin relies on the support of the local community. Besides buying tickets and attending shows, Olympia arts patrons support Harlequin’s work through business sponsorships and individual donations.An easy and fun way to help make Harlequin sustainable is by joining the RLT Club. (Real. Live. Theater.) The concept is that many people giving a little adds up to a lot. Currently, there are 107 members, who make an automated donation of an average of $25 per month. That may not sound like much, but it adds up quickly to over $27,000 per year.Harlequin Productions produces modern, cutting-edge shows alongside classics like the 1955 show, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” proving the timeless nature of theater.In order to help stabilize finances, Harlequin has set a goal of signing up 200 new sustaining members. It’s easy to join and effortless from then on. (You may also stop your recurring donation at any time.) When you sign up, you’ll receive an RLT Club button. And every time you wear it to a show, you get a free cookie! If you join at $25/month or more, you’ll get an official RLT Club tote bag, too.The best news is that contributing to this important organization will make you feel good. You will surely be entertained when you attend a Harlequin show. You’ll feel even better knowing that you are supporting this local jewel, especially as you munch a delicious cookie. Buy tickets today by visiting harlequinproductions.org. And join the RLT Club to become a VIP Sustaining Memberlast_img read more

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Thurston County REALTORS Install 2018 Officers, Raise Nearly $30,000 for Local…

first_imgFacebook79Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County REALTORS AssociationThe Thurston County Realtors Association (TCRA), one of the South Sound’s largest business trade organizations, installed their 2018 president, officers and board members at their annual Luncheon and Holiday Charity Auction on December 7, 2017. The event was held at Indian Summer Golf & Country Club in Olympia and drew almost 200 attendees.Thurston County Realtor Past-president Rae Anne Toth (l) with newly-installed 2018 President Tonia DeBeaux (r). Photo courtesy: Thurston County REALTORSThurston County Realtors Association 2018 officers installed at the event are:President: Tonia DeBeaux, John L Scott, LaceyPresident-elect: Kevin Gordham, Keller Williams Realty South SoundTreasurer: Andrea McGhee, Fairway Independent Mortgage CorporationTreasurer-elect: Kevin Sparks, Sparks Northwest InsuranceSecretary: Stacie Belman, First American Title CompanyPast-president: Rae Anne Toth, Keller Williams Realty South SoundAlong with its officers, 10 of the local organization’s board members were also sworn in.Realtors’ Golf Tournament Committee presented a check to the Thurston County Food Bank. Photo courtesy: Thurston County REALTORSThurston Realtors have recently raised nearly $30,000 for local charities, efforts that were recognized at their holiday event. One item on the agenda was the presentation of a $7500 check—proceeds from their annual fundraising golf tournament—to the Thurston County Food Bank.Also, the wreaths, arrangements and baskets contributed by local businesses and individuals that were auctioned at the luncheon raised a total of $5000 that will be distributed to each contributor’s favorite charity.And finally, The Salvation Army recognized the $16,775 the Realtors raised during its annual “Realtor Ring Day” in early December when more than 100 association members from 13 real estate offices rang bells in different locations in Thurston County.Salvation Army’s Richard Pease thanks Realtors for their Ring Day. Windermere Olympia Realtor Gregory Moe who organized the Day is to the right. Photo courtesy: Thurston County REALTORS“The Salvation Army in Thurston County touches lives every day by being part of a community safety net,” said Richard Pease, Envoy-in-Charge for The Salvation Army-Olympia Corps when he addressed the crowd. “Realtors are also part of building the community by finding people the right home for their families. The funds that you raised out at those kettles will help us provide rent assistance, or help with utility bills or mortgage payments so people don’t lose their homes. It will also help provide the more than 12,000 meals a month we serve at the Community Kitchen, in partnership with Catholic Community Services, in downtown Olympia. We appreciate Realtor Ring Day. You have set a high standard for others.”Newly installed 2018 TCRA President Tonia DeBeaux said Realtors in 2018 intend to work even harder to contribute to local Thurston County communities, something the organization has done for more than 90 years.“As real estate professionals, we brag about the quality of life we have here every day while we help our clients find their place in the community. It is why we want to contribute. Whether it is cleaning up an historic cemetery, painting homes for Homes First, contributing to the local Food Bank, ringing bells for the Salvation Army or serving on one of the many non-profit boards here, our members are committed to carrying on our strong legacy of community giving.”last_img read more

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Port of Olympia Offers Free Tours of the Working Waterfront

first_imgFacebook14Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Port of OlympiaWith the return of spring, the Port of Olympia will be resuming its popular marine terminal tour program in downtown Olympia. Tours, which are free to all, offer the opportunity to see and learn about the workings of Thurston County’s international shipping terminal.In addition to observing cargo operations, including the mobile harbor crane, log loaders and other equipment, visitors will learn about the various ways Thurston County is connected with the global trade network, and the role the Port plays in moving a wide range of goods to their final destination. Over 10,000 individuals have toured the Port of Olympia’s working waterfront over the past decade.Tour participants can expect to leave with a better understanding of the economic impact the Port has in our community as well as working knowledge of the Swantown Marina & Boatworks, Olympia Regional Airport and the Port’s Real Estate Development program.Tour DetailsReservations Required.  Space is limited. Reserve at http://www.portolympia.com/98/Port-Tours.Photo ID Required for 17+. Due to Federal regulations, the secured Marine Terminal requires photo identification for everyone over 17 years of age.Location and Duration. The outdoor walking tours begin at Port offices, 626 Columbia Street NW STE 1-B (Olympics Room) in Olympia. Tours last approximately two hours.Attire.  Because tours are outdoors, participants are advised to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.Children of all ages are welcome.  Tours are stroller and wheelchair accessible.A vessel in port is not guaranteed.2018 Tour ScheduleThursday, April 24, 1:00 p.m.Wednesday, May 9, 10:00 a.m.Thursday, June 21, 10:00 a.m.Wednesday, July 18, 6:00 p.m.Wednesday, August 15, 10:00 a.m.Thursday, September 13, 6:00 p.m.Tuesday, October 9, 1:00 p.m.School and Group ToursIn addition to the monthly scheduled tours, the Port also welcomes tour groups from schools or other organizations. School and group tours are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Transportation grants are available for Thurston County schools upon request.To schedule your group tour, or if you have questions, please contact Brianna Baker at briannab@portolympia.com or by calling 360-528-8013.last_img read more

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Harbhajan Singh reveals stunning details about ‘champion’ players being allegedly forced out of the…

first_imgAdvertisement 3vvNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5tbnuWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eu( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) b8zbruWould you ever consider trying this?😱cCan your students do this? 🌚wRoller skating! Powered by Firework Harbhajan Singh was present at the Agenda AajTak 2019 in New Delhi, where he revealed some shocking details about the 2011 World Cup team players and the dirty politics that are at play behind closed doors. The India team’s off-spinner did not mince his words when he revealed legendary players who played a crucial role in taking India to victory in the 2011 World Cup, were all sidelined for new players by the India team selectors like VVS Laxman and Gautam Gambhir.Advertisement “I don’t know what was the agenda of leaving us all aside. It was like your work is done now you can leave. We have to make a new team. Why do you need a new team? You need it when the team has not won. We won the World Cup and you should take the team forward,” he said.Advertisement He further added how they were all dropped without any proper reason and many players like VVS Laxman retired soon after India won the World Cup. The India team management fails to respect experienced and senior players and is only in a rush to bring in new talents and fresh faces to the field.“You can’t have too many youth and young players and expect them to win the World Cup. These things have been happening in Indian cricket and it continues till date. You need to change these things because the Champions who made India win, should be respected. But this is not the case in India.”Advertisement Harbhajan went on to add, how he, Yuvraj and Gambhir could have played in the next world but they were all dropped from the team. He found the decision ludicrous, “Many players from the 2011 World Cup could have played the next World Cup. Like Me and Yuvi, Gambhir, certainly we could have played the next world cup but we were dropped. ”In the 2015 World Cup, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, and Gautam Gambhir were snubbed by the then team management head Sandeep Patil. The 2015 world cup team only contained four players from the previous World Cup team – Mahindra Singh Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin, Suresh Raina, and Virat Kohli.England cricketer Danielle Wyatt trolls Yuzvendra Chahal for being smaller than her! Mary Kom will not compete against Nikhat Zareen in boxing league but Olympics trial bout still on for December 27  Advertisementlast_img read more

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Census: Shore Towns Show Declines In Population

first_imgAccording to the 2010 U.S. Census, Monmouth has experienced some changes in population over the past 10 years, but some county and local officials are skeptical about the accuracy of the numbers.The data show that roughly 15,000 more people now call Monmouth County home than did so back in 2000, with the current population standing at 630,380.Most of the population growth occurred in the western party of the county, with Upper Freehold experiencing the largest increase.The population of Upper Freehold increased by 61.9 percent, bringing its total population to 6,902.Other communities with reported increases include Marlboro, Manalapan, Millstone, Tinton Falls, Howell and Holmdel.Red Bank showed a modest increase of 3.06 percent bringing that population to 12,206, while Fair Haven experienced a 3.10 percent hike, raising its population to 6,121,Approximately 50 percent of municipalities within the county showed marked decreases in population.The largest declines occurred in tiny seaside locations as Allenhurst and Loch Arbor Village, which saw drops of 30.92 percent and 30.71 percent, respectively, bringing their total populations down to 496 and 194.In general, shore communities appeared to be experiencing the most declines, with the population down Middletown, Keansburg, Atlantic Highlands and Highlands. In the two river area, Sea Bright had a significant drop with a loss of 406 residents, a decline of 22.33 percent, bringing the population of that coastal community down to 1,412.But some on the county and local levels are questioning the federal findings.“We’re actually not sure these counts are completely accurate,” said Russell Like, principal planner/section supervisor of research and special studies for the county’s Division of Planning.Like noted that the numbers seem to show there was an increase in the housing vacancy rate throughout the county. “And that does include the coastal communities,” he said. But he speculates that could mean, “A higher percentage of people who are using those as second homes.”“That is no means a certainty,” Like acknowledged, “just one possibility.”The Census is really intended as a “snapshot” of the population for April 1 of the year that it’s taken, Like explained. “The Census, while it attempted to be a 100 percent count is a model of the real world,” Like said. “And models are never 100 percent accurate.”Like has spoken to some local officials about the findings and, “honestly, they’re a little puzzled.”“So, I think there are some questions about these numbers,” he noted.Middletown, the county’s largest municipality, at about 40 square miles, saw a downward trend of approximately 0.29 percent, which translates into a loss of 195 residents.But like the county as a whole, Middletown has seen a reduction in household size and an increase in the housing vacancy rate. But the reasons why aren’t clear, said Jason Greenspan, Middletown’s planner. “Without detailed Census data at the track level, it’s really just speculation,” he said.(Greenspan did note, that Middletown has experienced population decreases since the 1990 data.)Some of statistical surprises may be explained by human error on the part of Census workers, noted Greenspan, who said township officials had received phone calls from residents of relatively new developments who complained they hadn’t gotten their forms, leaving him to wonder if the workers had overlooked some portions of the community.In Sea Bright there was a similar situation, said Mayor Maria Fernandes, who said there were complaints about the federal Census worker, who was available for only a brief period.“I found the numbers awfully strange,” Fernandes concluded.Like has been telling municipalities within the county that they could challenge the federal findings if they think there are inconsistencies, and file appeals with the Census Bureau. Towns have until 2013 to file.Middletown, is considering it, Greenspan said, though no decision has been made. And for now, “We in Middletown are speculating what that decline is due to,” he said. By John Burtonlast_img read more

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Bombers struggle to 33-32 victory over Mount Sentinel

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers survived a lackluster performance to edge the Mount Sentinel Wildcats 33-32 in West Kootenay High School Girl’s Basketball action Thursday in South Slocan.The win was the second in as many games for the Bombers after starting the season 0-4.Starting slowly with a handful of players riding the pine due to disciplinary reasons, the Bombers had the hands full against the pesky Cats.LVR led 22-20 at halftime before running into a scoring drought in the third quarter, scoring a single basket.In the end the Bombers had just enough to hold off the Cats. Senior forward Samantha Einarson led the Bombers in scoring for the second game in a row with 17 points.LVR ran into foul trouble with senior Kiandra McLaren and rookie guard Kyley Mirva spending time on the bench.The Bombers return to action Monday, December 26 for the annual LVR Alumni Game. Game time has not been determined.Earlier in the day is the LVR Boy’s Alumni Tournament. The tournament begins at noon at the Hangar.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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Future looks bright for NYS boys rep program

first_imgThe future of the boys rep program for Nelson Youth Soccer should be coming up roses sooner than later.That’s all because of the focus NYS is taking with the U12 program.“The focus at this age is development,” said mentor/coach, Jamie Spendlove.“We don’t want to cut any kids and perhaps discourage them from pursuing rep soccer. “A kid that might just miss out on the team at this age, if there were cuts, might be a star player in a couple years, with the extra development.”Spendlove said NYS would enter two teams for every tournament on the schedule — the strongest players spread onto both teams.“We’re making them balanced, but not as strong as if we entered just one team,” Spendlove explained. “This weekend in Kamloops was no different where we entered two, balanced teams in the tournament.” The results were somewhat varied as a result, but overall, some strong performances were delivered from both teams and all the boys. “I was very pleased with the strong play and leadership shown by our second year players that were put on both teams,” said coach Kerry Dyck.“They lead the way.  But at the same time, several of our new players, both U12 and U11, stepped up at times with great performances as well.  I found that very encouraging. “You could see the progress even through the weekend.”The first Nelson team finished the weekend with one win and three losses. However, in two of the three losses, the team played very well, and with a bit of luck, could have come away with a tie or even a win. The second Nelson team finished the weekend with two ties and two losses. Again, they played very well in three of the games and could have won both of the games they tied and even in one of the losses.Leading the way for Nelson from both teams with goals was Ezra Foy with four, followed by Angus Paterson with two and singles by Keanu Tromans, Jesse Thurston, Jesse Harold, Dylan Luscombe, Bradey Sookero, Max Spielman, Josh Schacher, Thomas Baxter and Jaden Dyck. Jesse Thurston, Max Spielman, Sam Foy, Jaden Dyck and Bradey Sookero won game MVP honours.The U11/U12 Selects’ next action is June 2-3 in Kalispell Montana.last_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — Grads 2004-2005 Team

first_imgGrad 2004-2005 Team claimed the crown by rolling to a 5-0 record in the five team tournament.Grad 2004-2005 Team clinched the title with a thrilling 52-50 overtime thriller of the championship game. The runner-up Grad 2009-2012 squad finished with a 4-1 record and was led by former Mount Royal University point guard Chase Rickaby and former Columbia Bible College guard John Zak. Mallard’s Source for sports applauds all the grads, but especially the winning Grad 2004-2005 Team, with Team of the Week.Grad 2004-2005 Team consists of Jake Phelan, Addison Rickaby, Bryan Gaschnitz, Ryan Golik, Braden Klein, David Joseph, Galen Taylor and Jesse McLaughlin, Galen Taylor, Jesse McLaughlin and and underclassmen Avery Kushner.The tournamentraised more than $1,400 for the Blair D’Andrea Alumni Scholarship Society fund supporting post-secondary athletes and grassroots basketball development in the West Kootenays. Bomber grads return every year to enjoy the Christmas festivities with family and play in the Annual Blair D’Andrea Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament on Boxing Day at the L.V. Rogers Hangar.More than 45 players flocked to their old basketball court to slip on the runners and compete against Bomber stars of yesteryear.last_img read more

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No bang for the Saints as Clan steals opener from Selkirk

first_imgThe Selkirk College Saints opened the 2016-2017 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) regular season with a slight stumble, but nobody said the quest for a fifth straight league title would be easy.Coming into the regular season as the four-time defending league champions, the Saints home opener Saturday night featured an entertaining game against the Simon Fraser University Clan.A pair of powerplay goals and stellar goaltending by Jordan Liem helped the Clan escape the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex with a 3-2 victory.“It’s a learning experience, by no means am I devastated by the loss,” says Saints head coach Brent Heaven.“Last season we got off to slow start and then we had a lot of success in the second half. It’s a process and we are building towards an end goal, that goal doesn’t change because we lose one game.”After raising the banner to the rafters of the Castlegar arena pre-game, the Saints got off to a slow start. Simon Fraser controlled play for the first 10 minutes of the opening frame, before the Saints found their edge. A hard hitting first period ended with both Saints’ starter Brett Huber and Clan goaltender Liem keeping the puck out of the net.Simon Fraser opened the scoring four minutes into the middle frame when Mitch Crisanti scored on the powerplay. A minute later, a sloppy breakout by the Saints resulted in an Adam Callegari goal and a 2-0 Clan lead.Veteran Saints forward Alex Milligan gave the supportive home crowd something to cheer about with less than a minute remaining in the second period when he put away a rebound to cut the lead to 2-1.Saints assistant captain Ryan Edwards tied the score early in the third period when his blast from the point on the powerplay found the back of the Simon Fraser net. Four minutes into final period, the Clan struck again on the powerplay when Brendan Lamont stuffed a rebound past Huber.The Saints pressed, firing 12 third period shots on Liem but could not get the equalizer.“When they have seven opportunities to score with the man advantage, it’s tough to win those games,” says Heaven about the penalty problems that hampered the Saints in the opener.“You have to play a bit more disciplined to have good success in this league.”The Saints outshot the Clan 37-31 in the game.The Selkirk College team will now hit the road for two straight weekends where they will get a look at Trinity Western University, the University of Victoria and a rematch against Simon Fraser.They return home on October 28 for a game against U.S. rival Eastern Washington University.last_img read more

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