Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) is pleased to introduce Mike Kennedy as the Workforce Development Director. Mr. Kennedy will be responsible for directing and supporting the EDC’s efforts to promote and implement a world-class workforce system throughout Thurston County. Kennedy recently retired as the Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council.“The EDC is excited about the opportunities that this new position will generate for our community. Workforce development is integral to any successful economic development strategy,” says Michael Cade, Executive Director. “The addition of Mike’s subject matter expertise enhances this organization’s ability to be a focused partner in finding workforce solutions for our new and/or expanding businesses.”Kennedy is a seasoned workforce development professional, having spent 26 years with the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council. He came out of retirement to explore the opportunity to bring his cache of workforce development expertise into the Thurston County economic development arena. A Vietnam veteran, Mr. Kennedy lives in Thurston County with his wife, Libby.We welcome Mr. Kennedy, and look forward to finding community-oriented solutions to our region’s workforce issues with him. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0
Facebook31Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston County Solid WasteThree out of the nine 2014 Washington State Recycling Association’s (WSRA) Recycler of the Year awards went to organizations here in Thurston County. Each year, a diverse panel of WSRA members chooses organizations, businesses, and individuals who have made outstanding recycling achievements. WSRA members represent a variety of aspects of the recycling industry, including collectors and processors, government agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations. Recipients will receive their awards at the Recyclers of the Year Awards Banquet on Tuesday, May 6 during WSRA’s annual conference.City of Olympia Public Works Waste ReSources – Public Agency Recycler of the YearWSRA recognized the City of Olympia for their accomplishments and new programs centered on their Vision of Zero Waste, a mission to lead and inspire their community toward a waste-free future and to play a strategic role to create opportunities to eliminate waste. Olympia’s innovative programs include their award-winning GrassCycling Virtual Workshop, Pedestrian Recycling, 3rd Grade Education Program, Business Waste Assessments, and Lakefair Parade Recycling.Olympia School District’s Child Nutrition Services Department – Youth Education Recycler of the YearWSRA recognized the Olympia School District for implementing some of the most innovative and visionary school food service waste reduction initiatives in the nation. These include using milk dispensers to reduce milk carton and milk waste; replacing disposables with durable utensils, bowls, cups, and trays; and participating in the Food Rescue program to collect prepared but unserved food for the Thurston County Food Bank. The Olympia School District has a 30-year history of reducing waste, and was one of the first school districts in the state to implement comprehensive recycling and organics collection programs.Thurston County Solid Waste’s Plastic Whale Project – Societal Impact Recycler of the YearWSRA recognized the Plastic Whale Project for uniquely combining art and marine biology with the goal of preventing waste. Thurston County Solid Waste Division educator Carrie Zeigler conceived a plan to marry her artistic skills with her environmental education job by having local school children assist with the creation of a giant whale sculpture that would use plastic bags and other plastic waste. The large-scale art project was a way for kids to get a hands–on experience while learning about the harmful effects of plastic waste on the environment and wildlife. The project brought together more than 900 people from all walks of life to create a 32 foot replica of a gray whale made entirely out of plastic bags and other waste commonly found in our oceans. More than 100,000 people viewed the whale in person, and it was seen on television by 1.65 million people.
Facebook10Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Olympia Family Theater Olympia Family Theater has 11 weeks of amazing theater camps lined up for the summer of 2015 with something for all kids ages 4 to 17.Olympia Family Theater is your community partner in raising imaginative, loving, joyful and confident children. Our educational programs provide opportunities for personal development for young people, teaching creativity and responsibility, encouraging teamwork and personal integrity, and fostering self-esteem and appreciation for the performing arts.Each summer camp is designed around a show or theme, which students get to showcase at the end of the week with a performance. Our camps offer a variety of theater skill-building opportunities including comedy, poetry, singing and choreography, prop making, improvisation and of course acting!Each camp is staffed by a teacher with an intern assistant. The staff bring a wealth of theater knowledge and experience to each camp. Teacher Bios HERE.REGISTRATION: Register online or use the printable forms from our camp webpage. Space is limited in each camp. Olympia Family Theater is committed to making theater education accessible through tuition scholarships. The application for summer camp scholarships is available on our website. A full schedule of summer camp offerings is listed below.WEEK 1June 15- 19Dr. Seuss 1Ages: 7 to 12Hours: 9 am- 3 pmTeacher: Kate AyersA Seuss inspired camp with songs and silliness and a play taking us to Whoville. Who knows?Cost: $190WEEK 1June 15- 19Superheroes & SillinessAges: 4 to 6Hours: 9:30 am- noonTeacher: Vanessa PostilPretend play, stories, songs, and games will help these Heroes-in-Training to feel empowered, strong, and confident. Campers will each get a super cape and create their own super characters!Cost: $90WEEK 2Olympia Family Theater’s new location is on 4th Avenue, across from City Hall.June 22- 26Broadway KidsAges: 6 to 9Hours: 9 am- 3 pmTeacher: Vanessa PostilMusical Theater FUN for all skill levels where campers discover their artistic voice through creative play! Students will be immersed musical theater training in acting, dance, singing, improvisation, auditioning techniques, and much more! We will SHOWCASE our work for friends and family on the last day of camp!Cost: $190WEEK 2 & 3June 22- July 3Slam Poetry/ Spoken WordAges: 12 to 17Hours: 4 – 6 pmTeacher: Brian McCrackenAn energetic and experimental workshop using performance techniques to bring poetry to life. Exploring the page In week 1- crafting poems that we’ll bring to life in week 2. Bring a sense of fun, a readiness to explore your voice- taking another step on the path of great storytelling. No experience necessary!Cost: $125WEEK 3June 29- July 3Riding a Tornado!!Ages: 7 to 12Hours: 9 am- 3 pmTeacher: Kate AyersPut on a show all about American Tall Tales! Pecos Bill, Johnny Appleseed, Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind and Sal Fink the Mississippi Screamer! Use your apron as a sail, wrestle an octopus, and dance with a bear.Cost: $190WEEK 4July 6- 10Stinky Cheese ManAges: 7 to 12Hours: 9 am- 3 pmTeacher: Amy ShephardCome and join in the fun- You’ve heard of the Gingerbread Boy? Well this is NOT that story. This is the story of the Stinky Cheese Man! A farcical fairy tale full of laughs and unexpected turns, this play will involve comedy, movement, and creative acting skills.Cost: $190WEEK 5During Summer camps, students enjoy acting, playing and just being silly at Olympia Family Theater.Photo credit: Mandy RyleJuly 13- 17Comedy Camp “Make ‘em Laugh”Ages: 9 & upHours: 9 am- 3 pmTeacher: Vanessa PostilCamp for aspiring comedians/comic actors- exploring the world of improvisation, sketch and stand-up comedy. Through theater and improv games and ensemble-building activities students will build the performance skills necessary to deliver an impressive and hilarious end-of-session show for friends and family.Cost: $190WEEK 6July 20- 24Dr. Seuss TooAges: 7 to 12Hours: 9 am- 3 pmTeacher: Mandy RyleA Seuss inspired camp with songs and silliness and a play taking us to Whoville. Who knows?Cost: $190WEEK 6July 20- 24Teddy Bear PicnicAges: 5 to 6Hours: 9:30 am- noonTeacher: Vanessa Postil“If you go into the woods today…” you’ll find a week of games, stories, songs, and fun inspired by the “Teddy Bear Picnic”! A perfect camp for students to get their very first taste of theater in an educational and safe learning environment!Cost: $90WEEK 7July 27- 31Don’t Wake the GiantAges: 7 to 12Hours: 9 am- 3 pmTeacher: Jen RylePut on a show! This story is set in a town built at the foot of a mountain that is a sleeping giant. You had better whisper and tip toe, and Shhhh! or you’ll wake him. Everything changes when Carolinda Clatter comes along- you won’t believe it!Cost: $190WEEK 8August 3- 7Never Never LandAges: 7 to 12Hours: 9 am- 3 pmTeacher: Kate AyersThe Adventures will never never stop in our story of Never Neverland! Mermaids’ Lagoon, Marooner’s Rock, Crocodile Creek, and Pixie Hollow! Swordfights, flying, swimming, and encounters with Pixies, Pirates, Mermaids, Lost Boys, and Tiger Lily! SECOND STAR TO THE RIGHT AND STRAIGHT ON TILL MORNING!Cost: $190WEEK 9.August 10- 14Broadway Kids 2Ages: 10 & upHours: 9 am- 3 pmTeacher: Vanessa PostilMusical Theater FUN for all skill levels where campers discover their artistic voice through creative play! Students will be immersed musical theater training in acting, dance, singing, improvisation, auditioning techniques, and much more! We will SHOWCASE our work for friends and family on the last day of camp!Cost: $190WEEK 10August 17- 21Cloudy with a Chance of MeatballsAges: 7 to 12Hours: 9 am- 3 pmTeacher: Mandy RyleWhat’s going on with the weather? Join us for the creation of a play about the most hilarious tale of the town of Chew and Swallow. How will we be saved from this tidal wave of food? This week will be full of acting and prop making fun!Cost: $190WEEK 11August 24- 28A Dragon in the MixAges: 7 to 12Hours: 9 am- 3 pmTeacher: Jen RyleRehearse and perform a fairy tale farce! Combine one royal family full of bored princesses dying to have an adventure, with mischievous fairies, lost knights, and oh- did we mention a Dragon?Cost: $190WEEK 11August 24- 28Adventures with Lowly the WormAges: 5 to 6Hours: 9:30 am- noonTeacher: Vanessa PostilSpend a week of fun with Lowly the Worm, creating short plays together inspired by the beloved storytelling of Richard Scarry! A perfect camp for students to get their very first taste of theater in an educational and safe learning environment!Cost: $90
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Port of OlympiaSwantown’s Bruce Marshall (far right) participated in the sake ceremony honoringShin-Nishinomiya’s 20th anniversary in early October.Port Harbor Director Bruce Marshall was working side by side with marina and boatyard staff at Shin-Nishinomiya Yacht Harbor, Hyogo Prefecture, in early October.“I was struck by how similar our marinas are,” said Marshall, “We share common goals, concerns and challenges.”Marshall was surprised and thrilled when his Japanese counterparts invited him to join state and local dignitaries in celebrating the Japanese yacht harbor’s 20th anniversary. Leading the celebration were the Governor of Hyogo Prefecture, Minister of Finance, Minister of Tourism, and the Mayor.“The sake ceremony was an important part of the event,” said Marshall. “It even called for special attire.”A few weeks later, Shin-Nishinomiya Yacht Harbor Moorage Coordinator Mariko Kobayashi toured the Swantown facilities by water and land and examined marina operations. Swantown staff will always remember hearing Kobayashi talk about her responsibility to ensure no moorage for Japanese mafia vessels.Senator Karen Fraser escorted Kobayashi on a grand tour of the Capital City. Senator Fraser has worked tirelessly on developing the Washington’s Sister State relationship with Hyogo Prefecture. The creation of the Sister Marina Agreement is also largely a result of the Senator’s efforts.Naoya Nakadete, the Port’s first guest in the SisterMarina exchange, tours the Boatworks with MarineServices Supervisor Nathan Saline in October 2014.The first participant in the marina exchange program was Naoya Nakadete, Shin-Nishinomiya Yacht Harbor’s Assistant Manager. In October 2014, Nakadete and Swantown staff covered everything from on-dock operations to financial systems, Security Vessel to Travel-Lift, ending the day with fish stories and beer.The Port Commission hosted a luncheon welcoming Nakadete and honoring Senator Fraser. Representing Hyogo Prefecture was Norihisa Mizuguchi, executive director of Hyogo Business & Cultural Center, Seattle.The Sister Marina Agreement was established during the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Sister State relationship between Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, and Washington State in August 2013. The Port was proud to have Swantown Marina & Boatworks selected for the Sister Marina relationship, which is believed to be the first for both countries.The goals of the Hyogo Prefecture and Port of Olympia Sister Marina Agreement include:Technical exchange for the development of services, operations, and facilities;Sharing of knowledge and activities that promote environmental stewardship to improve sustainability and innovation; andCultural exchange to promote mutual understanding and further relations between the citizens of Japan and the United States.
Facebook12Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Jennifer Penrose, DPT, OCS, MTC for Penrose & Associates Physical TherapyIf you or a loved one suffer from chronic pain – so bad that you struggle to do simple things like turning your head to look over your shoulder, or sleep at night without pain, then reading this report and attending our free neck pain workshop may be the most important things you do this year. It may unlock the agonizing mystery of your neck pain and show you a way to get back to the life you deserve…A life where you can sleep at night without tossing and turning, hoping to find one position where your neck pain stops.A life where you can read a book before bed… or newspaper on a morning… without the fear of more neck pain.A life where you can wake up in the morning and not suffer from headaches or migraines…A life where you can plan family time with your kids or grandkids, without worrying over if your neck pain will strike!…Basically, a life without chronic or severe neck pain!We are hosting a free neck pain workshop where we will explain neck pain, headaches, how to tell if it is neck pain versus shoulder pain, and give you some tips to use right away. You will learn some simple stretches and we will measure your posture that evening to see how much forward head posture you have from using all those “smart” devices! You can even start with a free neck pain tips report before the workshop on March 14th. “7 Quick, Easy Ways To End Neck Pain Without Taking Painkillers… Or Having To Call And See Your PCP!” (Value $28!), reveals the leading remedy for neck pain that is often overlooked by 95% of even good family doctors, and also shows how you can get to the bottom of neck pain quickly and naturally, for FREE, without even needing a referral from your doctor!…Here’s What You’ll Learn Inside This New Report: The 7 urgent coping strategies every neck pain sufferer must never forget when neck pain strikes!The vital warning signs that it’s not just “another headache” or “a bit of neck stiffness”…The 3 things you can do if you’re hoping to avoid neck surgery – worth requesting just for this!1, 2 or 3? Just how many pillows should you sleep with? And what about your mattress… it’s covered in here.The most successful treatment for chronic neck, (and even nerve pain), that doesn’t involve any drugs, seeing a chiropractor regularly or talking to a doctor.At the workshop there will be some simple exercises that will make a significant difference to neck pain before you wake up tomorrow. And even what to do right now… if you suffer from any motion limiting neck pain.Here’s How To Get Your Free report : Request your 100% Free copy to be sent to you, by calling free on 360-456-1444… you can leave a message 24hrs. Or, if you want the report right now, you can visit www.penrosept.com/neck-report and you can download it instantly.If you want to attend our FREE neck pain workshop at Penrose Physical Therapy Thursday March 14 at 6:00 p.m then please RSVP by emailing us at email@example.com or call 360-456-1444. You will be so glad you did!
Facebook30Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of LaceyIn preparation for the celebration of Lacey History Month this July, Lacey’s Historical Commission is accepting nominations for the 2019 Lacey Historian of the Year Award, now through Friday, May 31, 2019.Nomination forms are available online and at the Lacey Parks and Recreation Department, 420 College Street SE. The Lacey Historical Commission will consider award candidates at their regular meeting on Wednesday, June 19, at 6:00 p.m. at Lacey City Hall.Established in 2002, the award recognizes local residents and organizations that have made significant contributions to the preservation or promotion of Lacey’s history. The 2019 winner will join a distinguished group of recipients, including Shirley Dziedzic (2002), Roger Easton and the Lacey Women’s Club (2003), Dr. William Ehlers (2004), Andrea Taylor (2005), Lyman Fleetwood (2007), Lanny Weaver (2010), Matthew Connor (2011), Diane Dean (2012), Susan Goff (2013), Richard Jones (2014), Ken Balsley (2015), Lori Flemm (2016), and Nora Brown and Amy Turner (2017).For more information on the Historian of the Year program, Lacey History Month, or the Lacey Historical Commission, please call the Lacey Parks and Recreation Department at (360) 491-0857.
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By Jay Cook |ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – The opening of a $1 million-plus rebuilt trail providing breathtaking views and tranquil paths along the shoreline could be pushed into next month.After construction began in February on the popular Bayshore Trail, a 1.25-mile-long portion of the Henry Hudson Trail spanning Atlantic Highlands and Highlands, officials from the Monmouth County Park System (MCPS) say the project might not be completed until mid-October, instead of opening at the end of the month.“It’s been a shame to close it,” said Joseph Sardonia, a MCPS supervising landscape architect. “To us, it’s a big priority to go and get this thing done.”Compass Construction of New Egypt was retained for the construction after an $881,677 bid. Changes in design plans and necessary infrastructure upgrades since then bumped up the price to just over $1 million. Monmouth County’s portion cost $700,734; Atlantic Highlands contributed $356,214.Andrew J. Spears, assistant director of MCPS, said he anticipates the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will reimburse about 80 percent of the project costs, leaving Monmouth County to fund $140,147, and Atlantic Highlands $71,243.“Park System staff knew from the beginning that this would be a major improvement project,” Spears said via email to The Two River Times. “With cost sharing from Atlantic Highlands, and an authorized FEMA reimbursement, we knew we could minimize the direct impact on Monmouth County taxpayers.”Drainage and bridge improvements are underway in theAtlantic Highlands section.Sardonia said drainage improvements along the trail could push scheduling back. About a dozen sections of drainage are to be installed underneath the trail in places where water pools. Ken Thoman, a MCPS park resource manager, said the systems are similar to those used in golf courses.New additions to the project’s wide-ranging scope include installing 80 precast concrete foundations in lieu of cast-in-place concrete foundations – where concrete would have been poured on site. The park system scrapped that idea. Sardonia added all bridge construction has been completed.Smaller construction equipment and vibration monitoring equipment was implemented to reduce the impact on underground utilities. Also, about 441 tons of riprap stone was installed between Sandy Hook Bay and the trail to act as another level of protection.Atlantic Highlands owns about a 1/5-of-a-mile section of the Bayshore Trail beginning at the borough-operated marina, located at 4 Simon Lake Drive. In that section, new bridge footings were ordered and installed for resiliency due to soil conditions there.Adam Hubeny, Atlantic Highlands’ borough administrator, said Compass Construction has been working to complete paving in front of the harbor’s dredge pit, as well as beginning cleanup efforts.“It’s come a long way, but we just hope that Mother Nature doesn’t bang us up too much,” Hubeny said.The 1.25-mile long Bayshore Trail was washed out after Super Storm Sandy’s 14-foot stormsurges displaced wooden bridges and eroded the surrounding area.While the trail has been closed to access on the Atlantic Highlands end, it has unofficially stayed open on the Highlands end, where it meets Popomora Point. Sardonia said that section of the trail is vastly popular for walkers, bicyclists and joggers. Despite all the construction, those trail aficionados have worked in ways to still use the bayside path.“This is a typical issue we have with construction on all of our trails,” Sardonia said. “People still use them, and we recognize that. We try to warn people about it, and we also let the contractor know to not be surprised that people show up.”After construction crews had departed for the night, well over a dozen people were using the trail recently as dusk began to fall. A pair of teenagers finished up the last leg of a bike ride, while others were just beginning their evening dog walks.Jersey Girl, a goldendoodle and Atlantic Highlands resident, was moving right along on her unleashed walk with owner, Paul Lenskold.“We come here every day,” Lenskold said. “This is our trail.”Instead of reintroducing wooden bridges, the MCPS decided to go with concrete structures which provide much more resiliency in the event of another storm.He said the soft sound of crashing waves and the view along the water is what draws him back to the Bayshore Trail. He’s hopeful the remaining repairs will ultimately keep the graveled pathway safe.“It’s a great trail,” he said. “So whatever they have to do to restore it, keep it up to date, then that’s a good thing.”MCPS spokesperson Karen Livingstone estimates the 24-mile long Henry Hudson Trail, connecting Highlands to Freehold, gets used by about 202,225 annually. She said there are no specific numbers on the Bayshore Trail section.Although scheduled to reopen at the end of the month, the park system believes a mid-October reopening of the Bayshore Trail is more reasonable.According to the park system, the Henry Hudson Trail was called the Bayshore rail corridor, a 19th-century rail line serving towns from Aberdeen to Atlantic Highlands. In 1980, Monmouth County secured a grant to acquire the property from Conrail. In 1990, the county took control of the right-of-way and began rehabilitating the trail through federal grants a few years later.The Bayshore Trail portion also hosts a local landmark: Henry Hudson Springs. According to Weird NJ, the spring outpouring was the drinking source of the Dutch explorer Henry Hudson before he embarked on exploring the New York waterway which would eventually bear his name.Visit the Park Improvement Projects tab at monmouthcountyparks.com for more information and updates on the Henry Hudson Trail upgrades.This article was first published in the Sept. 21-28, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.
The L.V. Rogers Bombers once again make it look easy in defending its Kootenay High School Rugby Zone title with a convincing 58-10 victory over the Selkirk Storm from Kimberley Wednesday afternoon at the Lakeside Pitch.However, the joy of victory quickly turned sour as the Bombers lost a few more key players from an already depleted lineup.“It was a good game for us but we suffered another ankle injury and one of our players (Jake Lock) may have broken his hand,” said Bomber coach Michael Joyce.The Bombers probably lost key player John Katountas for the season with an ankle injury while Simon Yole also did not play in the zone final.Jake Lock was off to the hospital to get x-rays on his injury hand.The Bombers, undefeated against Kootenay opposition this season, rode the strong play of Lock and Louis Locksnik to a 27-10 halftime lead. In the second half the Bombers played better on the defensive side of the ball as the hosts piled on more points.Lock finished the contest with three tries while Louis Locksnik added two major scores.The Bombers now advance to the B.C. Rugby Championships May 30 to June 2.First up for the seventh-ranked Bombers — the highest ranking for a rugby team from LVR — in the recent AA poll, is the tenth-ranked team.The game, against a still to be determined opponent, is being played Saturday, May 26 in Kelowna.LVR then travels to Abbotsford for the remainder of the provincial tournament in Abbotsford.“It’s disheartening for sure,” Joyce said when asked about all the injuries on the eve of the provincials.“You definitely would like to go to provincials with the team that got you there.””But we practice (Thursday) so we’ll get out on the pitch to start to prepare for provincials,” he added.