Facebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Thurston County FairLive and Local concert series, Savor South Sound tastings part of 2014 highlightsThis year’s Thurston County Fair is chock full of sights, sounds and tastes to entertain the whole herd from Wednesday, July 30 through Sunday, August 3. Photo credit: Whitewood Cider.Savor South Sound Beverage TastingsThe Savor South Sound beverage tasting event is back this year and better than ever, featuring dozens of delectable Northwest drinks. You’ll find Savor South Sound on the Gazebo Green this year with tastings from a dozen cideries, breweries and wineries on Friday and Saturday between 5 and 10 p.m. Patrons must be 21 or over to enter the event. Don’t forget to try some of the hors d’oeuvre pairings provided by local growers and producers that are new to Savor South Sound this year. Get more Savor South Sound details at www.ThurstonCountyFair.org by clicking on the “Entertainment” tab.Live & Local Concert SeriesIf you are looking for even more reasons to visit the fair this year, then consider the line-up of local entertainers that will be delighting crowds with their sizzling summer sounds during the “Live & Local” concert series that is free with your fair admission. The Live & Local line-up features South Sound favorites like Artesian Rumble Arkestra on Wednesday, Brittany Kingery on Thursday, The Blackberry Bushes on Friday, and an encore appearance by The Brown Edition on Saturday along with DBST, all playing on the Main Stage sponsored by Les Schwab. New to the Live & Local line-up this year are some musical pairings on the Food Court Stage with the neighboring Savor South Sound event. And be sure to catch this year’s KACS Sunday Concert featuring legendary Christian rocker Bryan Duncan. Get more Live & Local details and other entertainment information at www.ThurstonCountyFair.org by clicking on the “Entertainment” tab.Other new events in 2014 include up close and personal displays and presentations by Predators of the Heart in front of Heritage Hall. You can visit with all of the feathery, furry and scaly friends all five days at the Thurston County Fair. New on Saturday, August 2 is the Tattoo Art Contest where local tattoo artists will have their skill and artistry on display and cash prizes on the line. Also new in 2014 is the Rescue Pet Roundup on Sunday, August 3 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Hicks Lake Barn. Come meet all of our furry friends who are available for adoption. There are also several fan favorites making a comeback this year at the fair, including:One Buck Wednesday on July 30, when admission is just $1 per person when you bring a non-perishable food donation for the Thurston County Food Bank. Tons of other $1 deals are featured inside the fair.Kid’s Day Thursday, July 31. Kids 14 and under pay just $2 for admission, and carnival armbands that get you unlimited carnival rides for the day are buy-one-get-one free for your buddy. Don’t forget, admission for kids 5 and under is always FREE at the fair!Military Appreciation Day is Friday, Aug. 1. Active duty and retired military personnel and their families can get $2 admission to the fair with your military ID. Just present your military ID for lots of other military deals inside the fair.Author’s Corner is back in the Sharp Building will once again feature local authors selling books, greeting fans, and autographing everything from children’s books to crime dramas.The Antiques Appraisal event is back on Friday, Aug. 1 at 4 p.m. in Heritage Hall, when a professional appraiser will evaluate collectibles and antiques provided by local residents.The Thurston County Commissioners Annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 2 from 8:30-10 a.m. Breakfast is free with fair admission. Join us on the Gazebo Green on the east side of Heritage Hall.The annual Animal Market Sale will be in the Hicks Lake Barn on Saturday, Aug. 2 at 6 p.m.The annual 4-H Equine Western Games begin early at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3.For more information about these events and other fair entertainment and attractions, go to www.ThurstonCountyFair.org and click on the “Daily Events Calendar” link.The last day to purchase discount carnival ride armbands is Tuesday, July 29. Visit www.ThurstonCountyFair.org and click on “Fair News” for more information about discount carnival armbands and other discounts and deals.To learn more about this year’s events, entertainment and exhibits, contact the Thurston County Fair Office at (360) 786-5453 or visit www.ThurstonCountyFair.org.“Fun for the Whole Herd at the Thurston County Fair!” July 30 – Aug. 3
Facebook43Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by City of OlympiaHelp us honor musical legacies in our community!The Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation Department and the Olympia Arts Commission need your help to posthumously honor musicians who have significantly contributed to music growth in the area or made a name for Olympia, through artistic design and a music performance series at up to three sidewalk sites in downtown Olympia.Citizens are asked to submit names of deceased local musicians who has been pivotal in the musical growth of the Olympia community. Commissioners are looking for musicians to honor who meet the following criteria:Are deceased.Was born or has lived (10+ years), and has had a significant connection with the Olympia area.Pivotal in the musical growth of the Olympia community.Accessible to the public.Contributed to vitality of Olympia’s music scene.History of musical achievement.Respected by peers.Has made a significant contribution to music.Honored by local musicians and aficionados for his/her contribution to the community.With his or her passing, left a lasting legacy that will forever be remembered.The City’s ability to establish positive communication with family or estate of the musician.Consideration of diverse styles of music.SUBMISSIONSSubmittals are REQUIRED to include the following information:Musician suggestionWhy should this musician be honoredYour name and contact informationNames must be submitted by 5:00pm on April 30 and be based on the criteria specified above. Names will be accepted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail/drop at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia 98501.PUBLIC HEARINGThe Olympia Arts Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday May 14, at 6:00 pm at Olympia City Hall, 604 4th Ave. E, Room 112. The public is encouraged to attend. For special accommodations, please contact Stephanie Johnson at 360.709.2678.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by SCJ AllianceWhat started as three people in Thurston County is now more than 90 across the state and into Colorado. Two engineers and a planner have turned their breakaway team into a full-scale, multidisciplinary firm in just 12 years.In July, SCJ Alliance welcomed Studio Cascade, an award-winning, community planning and design firm in Spokane and increased their range even further.“Studio Cascade is highly regarded for their comprehensive plans, subarea plans, and master plans, adding greater depth to our planning group,” SCJ co-founder Jean Carr said.“This is a tremendous opportunity for our firms, our clients, and our employees,” she continued. “We both share a commitment to client relationships and quality work, treasure our employees, and value collaboration across disciplines.”Bill Grimes founded Studio Cascade in 1992. He shares, “Joining our firms provides an opportunity to grow and achieve more together than we could alone. We also have great alignment on our culture and approach to projects, which is so important.”Some of Studio Cascade’s high-visibility projects include the Lacey Depot District Subarea Plan, Council Bluffs Arts and Culture District Plan, Bainbridge Island Waterfront Park and City Dock Master Plan, San Juan County Vision Assessment, and the award-winning Port Angeles Waterfront Transportation Improvement Project.SCJ specializes in environmental and urban planning, civil engineering, transportation planning and design, landscape architecture, and public outreach. The privately-held, majority women-owned firm has been nationally recognized multiple times for growth, award-winning projects, and as a great place to work.In addition to Lacey and Spokane, SCJ has offices in Centralia, Seattle, Ballard, Vancouver, and Wenatchee, Wash. and another in Boulder, Colo.
Image Courtesy: IANSAdvertisement r5tgNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3zmWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ew1( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 900dtWould you ever consider trying this?😱1nxCan your students do this? 🌚8si2Roller skating! Powered by Firework The stunning back to back wins in the Group stage, followed by an automatic qualification to the final of the T20 world cup for the first time. The Indian women’s cricket team had all the hopes and the backing of a billion supporters to bring home the trophy for the first time, but everything fell apart in Melbourne as the defending champions Australia overpowered Harmanpreet Kaur and the squad in both batting and bowling. After the dream run that ended in tears, the Indian women receive consolation and encouragement for their amazing overall performance and gifting the nation some of the best performance in Australia in the past few weeks.Advertisement Image Courtesy: IANSWhile India defeated the same team in the inaugural match of the tournament, the Aussies were flawless in both innings, racking up an astounding total of 184 and them wiping out the Indian batting order before they could make it 100 runs. Following the defeat, Twitter flooded in to uplift the morale of the Women in Blue cricketers, who nonetheless performed amazing throughout the world cup.Iconic Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar felicitated the world cup winners, but also praised the Indian women, stating that the growing young team has a solid future.Advertisement West Indies hall of fame Sir Vivian Richards motivated the Indian team that in future they will clinch the title that they came so close in this world cup.Men’s team captain Virat Kohli tweeted for an optimistic future for the ladies.Former women’s team skipper Mithali Raj forwarded her felitications to the squad for their tremendous spell across the tournament, and vouched for the betterment of women’s cricket in future.Former women’s team stalwart Jhulan Goswami cheered the ladies for their amazing performance and a promising future.Former Team India icon Gautam Gambhir had the perfect morale boost for the tournament runners up.Cricket commentator and former international player Aakash Chopra pointed out that although both finalists each lost only one game in the world cup, it wast the Aussie’s day in the end.Former Men in Blue opener Virender Sehwag revered the ladies for having a stunning world cup, and wished for a better future, congratulating the winners at the end.Mohammad Kaif, who was a part of the legendary Indian squad that suffered a loss against an invincible Australian team in the 2003 World Cup final, sympathised with the squad for having experienced the same feeling. However, the former batsman eulogised India for their amazing campaign in the tournament.Snehal Pradhan, sports journalist and former Women in Blue international, lamented that the Aussies can easily overpower their opposition even when not in peak performance.Next was VVS Laxman, the retired Indian run machine who expressed his joy on watching the women perform throughout the tournament.Superstar Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah had similar reactions, and commended the ladies for providing some of the most memorable moments the supporters enjoyed watching them perform.Women’s CricZone analyst and cricketer Ananya Upendran stated that the Aussies were saving their peak performance for the final stage, overpowering their opposition. She also pointed out the swashbuckling knock from Alyssa Healy, the player of the match who scored 75-off-39.Team India opener Mayank Agarwal morned the loss, but he also sprinkled some joy as he expects the Women’s world cup to inspire more young girls to start playing cricket.Senior cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle pointed out that despite Smriti Mandhana or the captain Kaur’s lacklustre form in the tournament, India’s road to the final was mesmerising. He also added that Australia’s game was top notch today compared to the rest of the tournament.Congratulating the hosts for securing their fifth T20 World Cup title, Bhogle congratulated India for having top of the line performance until the final match.Badminton Association of India president Himanta Biswa Sarma felicitated the team.Also read-ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final Results: Indian tigresses falter at final hurdle against rampant Aussies Advertisement
By John BurtonOne of the most stalwart Republican forces in the state Legislature, Middletown’s Joseph Kyrillos, announced on Tuesday, he would not seek another term in the Senate.“It has been the greatest privilege of my life to serve the people of my district and the state of New Jersey in the Legislature,” said Kyrillos in a statement his office released this week. “Ever since I was a kid growing up in Monmouth County, I’ve always believed that public service is an important and noble profession. I am truly fortunate to have had the ability to serve for so many years in the state Senate, and I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished on behalf of the people of New Jersey. And, of course, the frustrations of serving in the Minority and the current political process are obvious.”Kyrillos, 56, has been serving in Trenton for 27 years, first in the Assembly for two two-year terms and was sworn in for his first Senate term in 1992, where he will continue to serve until his current term expires in January 2018.Kyrillos represents the 13th Legislative District, made up of 13 Monmouth County communities, including the Bayshore area from Aberdeen to Highlands, Fair Haven, Little Silver, Marlboro, Oceanport, Rumson, Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright. According to his office, Kyrillos is the second youngest person elected to the Senate since the 1947 Constitutional Convention and the tenth youngest since 1844. He served as only the 29th Republican state chairman in the recorded history of the party since 1880 and one of only four to serve simultaneously in the legislature. When he unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate in 2012, Kyrillos’ office said he joined a small group of 135 individuals in the history of New Jersey who earned the privilege to have been nominated for governor or U.S. senator by the two major political parties.“When I leave the Senate in January 2018, I will have spent more than half my lifetime serving in public life,” Kyrillos said. “It’s time for some new challenges and opportunities and it’s also time to give others an opportunity to serve.”“He’s going out a winner,” observed John O. Bennett III, a fellow Monmouth County Republican who had served as senator, Senate president and acting governor during his tenure in Trenton. Bennett had worked closely with Kyrillos during their time together in the Legislature’s upper house. “Joe has always been recognized as a great legislator, a good guy, a nice guy, a team player,” Bennett said of his friend and former colleague. “He’ll be missed by his constituents.”By giving a lengthy notice, Kyrillos will give ample time to the county GOP organization to name a replacement for next year’s ballot, Bennett explained. Economic GrowthWhen Republicans held the legislative majority in the Statehouse, Kyrillos served as majority conference leader and chaired standing committees on economic development and natural resources. A ranking member of the Economic Growth, Judiciary and Legislative Oversight committees, he was the original sponsor of the state’s landmark Business Employment Incentive Program (BEIP), which has resulted in the creation of hundreds of thousands of New Jersey jobs. Kyrillos also sponsored the “Grow New Jersey” bill, which is the state’s current business incentive program. He voted more than 140 times to reduce taxes and fees. Environmental and Shore ProtectionA lifelong Monmouth County resident, Kyrillos worked to protect New Jersey’s coastline and help the shore region rebuild in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy. He helped establish the state’s Shore Protection Fund in 1993, which provided the first stable source of funding for protecting New Jersey’s beaches. He also sponsored legislation to keep our oceans clean and close the CAFRA loophole to protect the shoreline from overdevelopment and decay. Kyrillos led the early fight for green acres and open space efforts and sponsored the state’s Environmental Infrastructure Trust. EducationKyrillos, an advocate for improving education, was the prime sponsor of the School Report Card legislation to hold public schools and teachers accountable. He also sponsored the current teacher tenure reform bill and has advocated for reforms to the state’s inequitable school funding formula. Government ReformWorking with legislators on both sides of the aisle, Kyrillos championed several bi-partisan reform measures to lower property taxes and fix systemic problems with the state budget. He was a prime sponsor of the 2-percent cap on property taxes that is helping to control excessive local spending. He worked with the governor and legislative leaders to begin to fix the state’s broken pension system. Recently, he helped forge the coalition to renew the Transportation Trust Fund, eliminate the estate tax and the income tax for most retirees. Along the way, he sponsored initiatives that created the NJ Cultural Trust, the NJ BEST vehicle for higher education savings, and the bill that created today’s NJTV.“Joe Kyrillos’s history of public service to Monmouth County and all of New Jersey is extraordinary,” said state Sen. Tom Kean Jr. (R-21), in a statement released on Wednesday. “He has been the voice of reason that members of both parties in the New Jersey Senate have looked to for leadership on key issues since 1992,” especially for such issues as shore protection and efforts to grow the state economy.Outside of his legislative responsibilities Kyrillos has worked in commercial real estate as senior managing director for the Newmark Grubb Night Frank firm and as a director for Newport Capital, a Red Bank investment advisory firm. In the political trenches over the years he had been a leader in the state and national Republican Party, serving as New Jersey Republican state chairman and member of the Republican National Committee from 2001 to 2004. Kyrillos was the New Jersey Chairman of Mitt Romney’s campaign in 2008, and in 2009, he served as the chairman of Gov. Chris Christie’s successful campaign and as a member of the transition team. He was the Republican nominee for the United States Senate in 2012 and served as a close advisor to former Florida governor Jeb Bush in the 2016 Republican presidential primary.Over the years he tried to move up and secure other elected positions but was unsuccessful. In 1992 he took on Democrat Frank Pallone for the U.S House of Representative. And in 2012 Kyrillos won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat held by Frank Lautenberg until his death. Kyrillos, however, had the misfortune of competing with the juggernaut that was Super Storm Sandy, that had devastated so much of the shore area, Kyrillos’s base, displacing many voters; and had as his Democratic competition Newark Mayor Cory Booker and the national attention his campaign had attracted.In the Legislature he had developed a reputation of working with opposing sides to reach consensus as a leader of the minority party.Vin Gopal, chairman of the Monmouth County Democratic Committee, spoke of his appreciation for Kyrillos’ bipartisan efforts for the state’s betterment and their personal friendship.“I think he’s a great senator, a great guy,” Gopal said. “He’s one of the last remaining gentlemen in New Jersey politics who was able to work across the aisle.“He will be sorely missed.”“I love Joe and I’ll miss him,” offered Declan O’Scanlon, a Republican member of the Assembly who represents the 13th with Kyrillos. “He is one of the most outstanding public servants that New Jersey has seen in the last 30 years. And I don’t think I’m exaggerating.”Kyrillos hasn’t announced his future plans other than to say he hasn’t ruled out a possible return to the political arena sometime in the future.“He’s a young guy,” Bennett observed. “I don’t know that’s Joe’s taking a departure from public service forever.”Kyrillos and his wife, Susan and children will continue to reside in Middletown, according to office.
There is much to celebrate this year for the Nelson Ultimate Frisbee Association. The club was happy to host over 150 people from 10 teams July 21-22nd at Disc Break 2012, the revival of the Nelson Ultimate tournament and received rave reviews from all teams that participated and look forward to organizing the tournament next year, and for many years to come.Nelson Ultimate hopes to expand the tournament to include 16 teams to keep up with interest and align Disc Break 2013 with Nelson’s July Marketfest to show off Nelson in all its summer splendor.Nelson’s competitive touring team, Nelson Homegrown, made some major gains this year doing very well on the summer tournament circuit. Homegrown played five tournaments including Nanaimo, Kelowna, Kamloops and Vernon and reaching the finals in two tournaments only narrowly missing top prize in both cases. The Canadian Ultimate Championships was held in Victoria, BC this August 16-19th and Homegrown represented Nelson in the Open (men’s) division finishing 15th with one point losses to Vancouver and Toronto teams and were the Spirit Champions for their division.One final note of pride for Nelson Ultimate was the representation of three Nelson players on the Masters (over 33) winning team at the World Ultimate Frisbee Championships held this July in Sakai, Japan.Congratulations to Adam Chouchinoff, Greg Jewitt, and Anthony Maley for winning a gold medal for Canada. Currently, the Nelson Ultimate Frisbee Association is gearing up for our winter season. We play indoor Ultimate Monday evenings at 8 p.m. at Soccer Quest.Nelson Ultimate is looking for players to commit to the full season so that we can boost our time slot and get a full two hours of play. Anyone interested in joining, please email nelsonultimatefrisbee.ca or go to soccerquest.ca to sign up. No experience necessary. Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee is a great way to stay fit, meet new friends and have fun! See you on the field.
The worst possible nightmare came true for the L.V. Rogers Bombers at the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Soccer Championships.A tired and weary Bomber squad, fresh from a weekend Whitecaps Regional camp, fell 3-0 to Okanagan Mission to open the 16-team tournament Monday in Burnaby.LVR managed to bounce back in game two, riding a Ryan Lewis goal to tie Aldergrove 1-1.”Got (to Burnaby) at 2 a.m. (Monday),” said coach Dave Spendlove, who along with son Jamie, form the sideline staff of the Kootenay champs.”It rained non stop and the boys did not play well losing the first game to Kelowna.”The Bomber worlds collided last week when tournament organizers moved up the AA championships two days. The decision meant most of the Bombers would be in Vernon Saturday and Sunday for the Caps training before traveling late Sunday night for the Lower Mainland. Added to the bad luck was the fact LVR was scheduled to open the tournament Monday at 9:30 a.m.”Against Kelowna we started off like deer in the headlights but came into the game and should have gone in half time two goals up,” Spendlove explained.In the second half, however, it was Kelowna going up early after LVR failed to clear the ball properly following an Okanagan Mission corner.OKM scored twice on defensive errors by the Bombers to put the game away. The goals cam after LVR missed on a three-on-one opportunity.Game two started like game one ended with Aldergrove granted a gift goal to open the contest.That was it for Aldergrove as the Bombers took over the game, pressuring the Fraser Valley team the rest of the game.The tying marker came following a six-way passing play with Lewis calmly depositing the ball into the vacant net.LVR returns to the pitch Tuesday to conclude the round robin draw with a game against West Van’s Sentinel.The playoff round follows Tuesday afternoon with the final seeding games set for Wednesday.
Julie Sidoni of Trail scored the lone goal as West Kootenay Wildcats played to a 1-1 tie Wednesday at the B.C. Hockey Bantam Female Championships in Vernon.The game was the final contest of the Championships after the Cats finished were eliminated from the playoffs with a 0-2-2 record.West Kootenay lost 5-1 to Tri Cities earlier in the day.North Shore meets Juan de Fuca and Tri Cites battles Terrace in semi final action Thursday.The winners play for the provincial title at 8 p.m. Thursday. The last game of the championship for West Kootenay and Prince George was a very physical game with more than 30 minutes in penalties West Kootenay had 18 minutes and Prince George had 29.Earlier against Tri Cities, West Kootenay got off to a rough start falling behind 3-0 early.The Wildcats got on the board in the second period with a goal by Reese McCrory, assisted by Emilie Tebulte.However, Tri Cities added two more goals to complete the scoring.West Kootenay opened with a 3-3 draw against host Greater Vernon before dropping two straight games to Juan de Fuca 3-0 and Tri Cities.The tournament concludes the season for West Kootenay, consisting of players from throughout the region — including Castlegar, Trail, Rossland, Fruitvale and Nelson.See previous:http://thenelsondaily.com/news/updated-wildcats-drop-heartbreaker-provincials-23753#.UUnKLhkdJE4
Head coach Mario DiBella is going have his eyes glued to the NDCC Arena ice as more than 50 players are expected for the Kootenay Ice Major Midget Evaluation Camp.Team officials and BC Hockey High Performance evaluators will evaluate players at the three-day camp. Final selections of the 20 players, including two goaltenders, which make up each Major Midget team will be made by September 15.Evaluation camps are run every year in order to evaluate players and help select the following year’s teams.Camp registration is designated as “open” registration, meaning that the number of players who can attend each camp is unlimited.The BC Hockey Major Midget League was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15, 16 and 17 year olds an opportunity to play within their own age group at a high level and be developed for the next level of hockey. These teams have an opportunity each year to compete for the National Midget Championship.Also this weekend at the NDCC Arena, the Kootenay Wildcat Tryouts are scheduled for Saturday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Sunday, 7:30-8:45 a.m. and Noon to 1:30 p.m.
The Kootenay Ice are going to get a fantastic Christmas present in the form of an abundance of home games after spending most of the current BC Major Midget Hockey League season on the road.Kootenay plays 14 of its next 18 games in West Kootenay arenas after completing a horrendous part of the schedule on the road this BCMMHL season.“We’ve been on the road for most of the first half . . . and when we’ve played in Nanaimo and Victoria we’re getting home at one in the morning, which is a little tough,” said Ice coach Rob Wright.“We’ve got some home stretches coming but we’ve got to try to get some wins in those home games.”The Ice took a point from the Valley West Hawks in BCMMHL action this past weekend in Surrey.A goal by Shawn Campbell of Castlegar in the final minute of Saturday’s contest lifted the Ice to a 4-4 tie.Sunday, Valley West skated to a 4-2 win over the visiting Ice.Kootenay, playing with a short bench after a few players were held out of the game for internal reasons, held a 2-1 lead going into the third period on goals by Kobe Nishida of Nakusp and Nelson’s Keaton Roch. However, Valley West outscored the ice 3-1 during an eight-minute span to take a 4-3 lead.That set the stage for Campbell to score the tying marking on the power play to give Kootenay the tie.Evan Gorman of Trail scored the final goal for Kootenay.“We can play 40 to 50 minutes but we’ve got to learn to play 60 minutes to have success in this league,” Wright said.“When we’ve got teams down we’ve got to finish them.”Sunday, Valley West held period lead of 2-0 and 4-0 before Kootenay scored twice in the third period.Ellis Junker of Castlegar and Campbell scored for Kootenay.Kootenay, 3-16-3, is back home for a pair of games against the Vancouver Northeast Chiefs.The Chiefs are tied for fourth in BCMMHL standings with Valley West Hawks.Saturday, the NDCC Arena in Nelson is the site of the 3:30 p.m. puck drop game.Sunday, the teams play at 7:30 a.m. at the Cominco Arena in Trail.