August 6

Washington State Recycling Association Honors Three Local Organizations

first_imgFacebook31Tweet0Pin0 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.last_img read more

August 6

Olympia Family Theater Announces 2015 Summer Camp Line-up

first_imgFacebook10Tweet0Pin0 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: $90last_img read more

August 3

Bombers break up the Storm, blast Kimberley 58-10 to defend Kootenay Zone Rugby title

first_imgThe 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.last_img read more

August 3

More than 90 players turn out for Whitecaps FC Kootenay Academy at Lakeside Pitch

first_imgThe Lakeside soccer pitch was filled with players eager to be part of the Whitecaps FC Kootenay Academy as evaluators looked at girls and boys from 10 to 18 years of age during tryouts Wednesday.More than 90 players attended the second day of the two-day evaluation session headed up by Dave Spendlove of Soccer Quest.The Whitecaps FC Kootenay Academy is an opportunity for youth soccer players from throughout the Kootenays to be part of regional teams in four divisions — U12, U14, U16 and U18 — in girls and boys.The program runs from September to April, with a winter break in December. Teams train eight times during the season at the Soccer Quest facility in Nelson.There are four Showcase tournaments each team will attend.During the season players receive monthly visits from Whitecaps FC staff led by Whitecaps Okanagan Regional Head Coach David Broadhurst; fulltime Soccer Quest staff working with approved Whitecaps FC Academy curriculum; and opportunities to be part of a larger scouting network and greater exposure to college/university and professional opportunities.The Nelson evaluation sessions included players from throughout the West Kootenay.Last week Soccer Quest staff held a camp at Moir Soccer Complex in Cranbrook for East Kootenay players.Soccer Quest coaches will contact successful candidates in the near future.last_img read more

November 14

Lacazette in fight to save his Arsenal career

first_imgTransfers Lacazette in fight to prove he’s worth €60m following Aubameyang arrival Chris Wheatley Arsenal correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 2/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Östersunds FK v Arsenal Östersunds FK UEFA Europa League Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Opinion After losing his place in the team an injury was the last thing Lacazette needed – and now he faces an uphill task to prove his worth Six months is a long time in football and nobody knows that better than Alexandre Lacazette.In August, he was being lauded as the answer to Arsenal’s search for a prolific No.9 after marking his Premier League debut with a goal. Now, he faces a fight to prolong his Emirates career.In the past month alone, the striker has lost his starting spot to club-record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, blown two excellent chances to salvage a draw for his side in the north London derby against Tottenham and been ruled out for up to six weeks after undergoing minor surgery on his knee. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player By the time he returns, he will have just two months to salvage a campaign that had started so well.Lacazette had hit the ground running after arriving in north London from Lyon last summer for an initial €53 million with a potential €7m in add-ons, scoring four times in his opening six league games for the Gunners.However, at the turn of the year, the goals began to dry up. He had struck just twice in his previous 14 appearances before injury intervened and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger claimed that the knee problem could have been responsible for his poor form.“I think he recently must have felt something in his knee,” the French manager told beIN Sports. “Maybe that’s an explanation as to why he wasn’t scoring as many goals as he’s used to.”Wenger admitted, though, that Lacazette’s confidence is “maybe not at its highest because he has seen a competitor coming in for him”. Certainly, the arrival of a more experienced player for an even bigger fee would have done more harm than good to the Frenchman’s already fragile confidence.Lacazette arrived at the Emirates with the nickname ‘Penazette’ due to a large number of his goals coming from the spot last season. He’s proven that he’s more than just a 12-yard kick specialist with technically excellent runs, astute positioning and finishing worthy of a top striker but, as the months have gone on, the early signs of promise have been replaced by worrying evidence of regression.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ArsenalWhether the slump is psychological or fitness related, there can be no getting away from the fact that Lacazette has played with a huge amount of pressure on his shoulders this season, which some would suggest should have been lifted by Aubameyang displacing him as the club’s most expensive player ever.Instead, it is likely to turn up the heat even more as Lacazette fights for his future at a club whose only realistic chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season is through winning the Europa League.“It’s down to Lacazette to say ‘I’m here to fight – I think you’ve got to play me and Aubameyang or I’m going to be in there somehow. I don’t care about Aubameyang, I’m going to be here because I’m worth my weight in gold’,” former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand told BT Sport.”He’s scored goals in France, he is a good finisher, but I don’t care who you are, what level you’re at, confidence comes out of your game and you aren’t the same player.”LacaAn injury blow at such a crucial point in the season has now paved the way for Danny Welbeck to shine up front in Arsenal’s two-legged, Europa League round-of-32 clash against Swedish side Ostersunds FK.Coincidentally, Welbeck has suffered injury issues of his own over the past few seasons, severely hindering his hopes of regular game time since joining from Manchester United.The England man will be targeting a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the 2018 World Cup this summer and the upcoming Europa games present a genuine opportunity for Welbeck to showcase his attacking attributes to the Three Lions boss.As one door opens for Welbeck, another appears to be closing for Lacazette. He will undoubtedly return above his team-mate in the pecking order when he’s back from injury, but he then faces a mammoth task to usurp Aubameyang from the starting line-up.It could all be solved if Wenger opts to play the two alongside each other, although that would mean having to do without one of his attacking midfielders.Upon his return to the team it’s up to Lacazette to show the strength of character to prove he is worth every penny of the €60m package Arsenal agreed for him. ​He still has time, of course. There is still the Europa League and World Cup to fight for. By the end of the summer, everything could have changed again. After all, six months is a long time in football.last_img read more