Facebook104Tweet0Pin0 On February 20, The Weekly Volcano announced their reader’s choice awards and presented ThurstonTalk with the “Best Thurston County Based Website.”“While we can count a variety of honors in our ‘trophy case,’ we were sincerely humbled by the recognition of our readers,” says ThurstonTalk’s Editor, Amy Rowley.On a daily basis, ThurstonTalk publishes positive stories about people, businesses and organizations doing good things in our community. To have our 250,000+ readers show their appreciation in this fashion is truly a gift. It gives us direct feedback that the service we provide to the community is valued.Positive stories catch the attention of Thurston County residents. Perhaps it was a story about a high school athlete or maybe you enjoyed reading about a favorite local business. Possibly you learned about a new non-profit and decided to get involved. Or, you found out about an upcoming event and opted to attend. Or, maybe you were looking to entertain out of town visitors and turned to our calendar.Regardless of the story that initially peaked your interest, you voted us as your “go to” source for all things Thurston County.Stories, photos, and our event calendar will continue to be free to access. As a resource to the community, we will continue to shed light on the good things happening around us.Thank you, readers. For a complete look back at what we accomplished in 2012, click here.
Submitted by the City of LaceyConstruction recently wrapped up on a state-of-the-art facility that will use reclaimed water to recharge shallow aquifers feeding Lacey’s Woodland Creek. Facility testing will continue until the end of January. The $2.1 million project, located in the city’s Woodland Creek Community Park, will help stabilize and restore stream flows.Woodland Creek, which connects Lacey’s four lakes to Henderson Inlet and Puget Sound, provides critical habitat for Chinook salmon, a federally-listed threatened species, as well as Coho, Chum, Winter Steelhead and Sockeye salmon. Nearly ninety percent of the stream’s corridor within Lacey and its future growth area has been permanently protected by the city, including a 500-acre tract featuring two miles of frontage along the creek and several of its tributaries.The 6-acre project included construction of three underground reclaimed water infiltration galleries in the southwest corner of the 72-acre park. Park space will be available for recreational use when the grass has had a chance to establish itself.Lacey’s reclaimed water is produced by the LOTT Clean Water Alliance. The Class A treated wastewater is suitable for a number of non-potable uses, including groundwater recharge and irrigation. Eventually, seventy percent of Lacey’s municipal wastewater will be recycled as reclaimed water.For more information about this project, please contact Teri O’Neal, Lacey Public Works Senior Utility Engineer, at (360) 438-5600 or TOneal@ci.lacey.wa.us. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0
Facebook48Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region Olympic National ForestThe Mount Ellinor trails system and Forest Road 2419 to Mt. Ellinor will be closed to the public starting the evening of August 18 until the morning of August 30. This closure is needed to assist mountain goat relocation efforts of the Olympic National Park and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.Mountain goats are not native to the Olympic Peninsula, and captured goats will be relocated to augment low populations In the Washington North Cascades where they are native. The relocation effort, begun in 2018, has so far removed 115 goats from the Olympic National Park. This summer’s effort will also include capturing animals on the Olympic National Forest.An earlier goat capture taking place on the Olympic Peninsula in mid-July will not impact the Mt. Ellinor trails system.For more information about the Olympic National Forest, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/olympic/home.
Facebook46Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Bron’s AutomotiveWe wanted to get out a quick note to make you aware that Bron’s Automotive is considered an Essential Business by the State of Washington, and we have elected to stay open to first meet our customer’s needs, and also of course to survive as a business. We hope all of you are staying safe and following healthy guidelines.To help all of you that elect to use our shop during this period, we have implemented a pick up and delivery service with payment over the phone via credit card. This means you do not have to leave your house. Your vehicle will return to you afterwards with steering wheel, door handles, and other controls and keys sanitized.Additionally, anyone taking us up on this opportunity can get a discount of 10 percent off parts and labor, up to a maximum discount amount of $100, by mentioning that you heard about the offer in this ThurstonTalk article.Stay safe and we wish everyone good health.Sincerely,Bron and Joey and the Crew
To The Editor:A new, first-in-the-nation education initiative designed to help high school coaches make student athletes aware of the New Jersey Graduated Driver License (GDL) program has been unveiled by the NJSIAA (New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association) and the NJ Teen Safe Driving Coalition. The New Jersey GDL program, which took effect on January 1, 2001, is a three-step licensing system that helps new drivers gain behind-the-wheel experience before becoming fully licensed. The steps consist of the learner’s permit, the probationary license, and the basic or unrestricted license.The two organizations are distributing a pamphlet, “A Game Plan for Talking to Your Student Athletes About New Jersey’s Graduated Driver License Program,” to athletic directors and coaches across the state in an effort to help them educate their student athletes about the proven principles of the GDL program. Along with information and statistics about how and why the GDL works to reduce teen crash risk, the pamphlet also includes a sample student athlete code of conduct that athletic directors and coaches may choose to use.“It’s our responsibility to help athletic directors and coaches protect student athletes by promoting initiatives aimed at keeping these kids safe,” says NJSIAA Executive Director Steve Timko. “We believe making the announcement at the start of National Teen Safe Driving Week is the ideal way to get everyone on board.”The crucial need for the GDL program was illustrated in tragic fashion this August, when four football players from Linwood’s Mainland Regional High School died in a car crash on the Garden State Parkway. Four other players were injured. Had the GDL provisions – which allow the teen driver to have only one passenger in the vehicle – been followed, this deadly crash may have been prevented.“The leading cause of teen crashes in New Jersey is distraction and inattention, which is prompted not just by the use of cell phones and texting, but other passengers,” adds Pam Fischer, Leader of the NJ Teen Safe Driving Coalition and the mother of a high school student athlete. “The provisions of the GDL program address those things that cause the greatest risk for teens and that has helped drive teen crashes, injuries and fatalities in our state to record lows. But it’s important that athletic directors and coaches know the facts and can share them with their athletes so that they not only have a winning season, but a safe one.”The GDL “game plan” pamphlet can be downloaded from the NJSIAA website at www.njsiaa.org.NJ State Interscholastic Athletics AssociationRobbinsville
Sycamore Ave resident organizes protestStory by John BurtonSHREWSBURY — The increasing deer population in suburban areas is creating hazards on the roads and damage to landscaping.Fall is mating season for deer – and from September to February, it’s also hunting season here in the two rivers. While the practice is seen as an effective means of controlling the deer population, it’s upsetting to many who live in heavily settled areas where deer hunting appears to pose dangers for humans as well.One individual who is upset about deer hunting in her hometown is Shrewsbury resident Dolores (Dee Dee) Lichtig, who conducted a protest outside her Sycamore Avenue home last Sunday. “This is happening right next door to my home,” she said, explaining how her immediate neighbor has permitted bowhunters to come on to his property to hunt deer, which Lichtig said is having an impact on her quality of life and is creating a public safety issue.“This certainly has changed the character of our neighborhood,” she said. Earlier this year the Borough Council voted to endorse a plan that is permitted under state law, allowing the hunting of deer on private property. The council approved the plan following a lengthy public hearing last October when those on both sides of the issue weighed in.The borough plan adheres to state statute, approved in summer 2010, allowing hunting on private property as long as it is done at least 150 feet from a structure (a previous statute permitted hunting if it occurred within 450 feet of a structure), that the hunting is done only by bow and arrow, and that the hunter is in a tree stand. A representative from the state’s Fish, Game and Wildlife told the council that deer hunting is a state regulated sport permitted on private property, indicating that the borough might have difficulty trying to prohibit it.Several months later, the council agreed to allow hunting on private property as a means of trying to control the growing deer population in town. The increase has contributed to deer-vehicle collisions and property damage as well as creating health concerns, Police Lieutenant Louis G. Ferraro said.Lichtig’s protest isn’t about “saving deer,” she explained “This is about hunting in the suburbs.”“It’s not safe,” she said, adding that the razor-sharp, tipped arrows favored by hunters can travel considerably farther than 150 feet. Lichtig said she witnessed a hunter out on Halloween, as children were traveling the neighborhood trick-or-treating. There is a financial consideration, as well, she said, as having hunting taking place next door could impact her property value.“Were I to sell my home, it would be up to me, by law, to disclose to the purchaser that there is six months of hunting going on in the yard next door,” she said. “Who’s going to buy my home?” Lichtig had 20 people outside her home on Sunday offering their support in opposition to hunting and is considering what other options may be available to get their message out. Borough officials dispute the safety argument, including Ferraro, who said this week since it started there have been no reports of injuries or issues related to deer hunting, “other than Ms. Lichtig.”Mayor Donald Burden on Wednesday explained this issue had been the subject of a number of council meetings and it was deemed to be the appropriate action, “for health and safety reasons.” “As a result we’ve had many citizens in town thanking us for the decision that we made,” Burden continued, concluding that the number of local residents who joined Lichtig’s protest was small and the majority of protestors were, “many outsiders from around the state and county who are sympathetic to non-hunting and that seems to be where we’re getting the voice of resistance.”Susan Predl, principal biologist for the Division of Fish and Wildlife said this week that the state’s deer population isn’t really growing. But what is happening is that as property development continues, “it squeezes (the deer) into smaller and smaller areas. If not open space then to backyards and golf courses and places where you don’t normally see deer.”Deer tend to remain in a radius of about one-mile from where they were born, so as deer populate in nontraditional areas they aren’t likely to leave of their own accord, Predl explained. Their proliferation does contribute to property damage and motor vehicle accidents. And, like other warm-blooded animals, they can acquire ticks that carry Lyme disease. Predl said she believes hunting is the most effective means of controlling the deer population. “Where hunters have access to the deer they’ve done a really good job in reducing the number,” she said. Other methods, such as trapping and tranquilizing deer, injecting them with contraceptives and then releasing have not worked nearly as well.Susan Russell, a Fair Haven resident and a wild life policy specialist for Humane Voters of New Jersey, an animal rights advocacy group, joined Lichtig on Sunday, and offered her opinion on the state’s position. Russell alleged that the bill that allowed for increased hunting was promoted by legislators who are supportive—and supported by—hunting business interests and hunting advocacy groups looking to promote the sport which has been on the decline in the state and country (with state agencies offering their support, too, which benefit from the sale of hunting licenses among other things). “Don’t forget this is a business,” she said. Russell also disputes that hunting reduces the population. Hunters, she charged, seek out bucks because they want the trophy, leaving does, who are continually impregnated by the remaining bucks during rutting season. “They skew the sex ratio beyond recognition,” she said.Russell’s agenda is to work to repeal the 2010 legislation. But in the meantime hunting will continue, as it does in Monmouth County parks. Karen Livingstone, park system public information officer, said the county allowed hunting in 15 parks out of the county’s 38 sites, including Hartshone Woods, Holmdel, Tatum and Thompson parks in the two river area.The motivation was to preserve the forests’ understory—the young plants—favored by deer, but which its destruction would endanger the nature areas. “We had to maintain forest so the deer could be there as well as the other wildlife,” she said. “We’re trying to strike a balance.”(The park system allows bowhunting for the season as well as with shotguns and muzzleloading rifles but just for six days a season, but the parks are closed to other visitors when there are guns.)Last year hunters killed 480 deer in county parks. And as far as human injury, “There have been none in the seven years we have been running the hunt,” Livingstone said.
Neighbors and friends of those who lost their homes and businesses as a result of last week’s devastating fire on Brighton Avenue in the West End section of Long Branch gathered in West End Park on Saturday night to offer their prayers and support. More than 30 people were left homeless by the fire.LONG BRANCH — Friends, neighbors and community members gathered in West End Park on Saturday to offer their support to those who lost their homes and businesses as a result of a devastating fire on Monday, Feb. 13. As the sun went down in the city’s West End section about 50 people, joined by Mayor Adam Schneider and City Councilman John Pallone and some area clergy members, gathered at the park to express some emotions and hold a candlelight vigil in recognition of the loss of property, and in one case, the loss of pets, suffered in the Feb. 13 fire.“The idea is to restore hope, that everyone will rebuild their lives and Brighton Avenue,” Krista-Lynn Landolfi, one of the organizers and an area resident, explained a little earlier in the day.Landolfi had gotten to the park a couple of hours earlier, setting up tables with notepads and pens. The purpose, she explained, was to allow the public to offer notes of sympathy for those impacted by the fire—“letters of hope” she called them–and notes of thanks to the area firefighters.“There is a lot of hurt in the neighborhood,” Landolfi said.“Everyone is pitching in to do what they can,” observed Lois Chick, Highlands. Chick, who works for the Long Branch Board of Education, and is a former city resident, said four local teachers were living in the apartments that were destroyed and there are a number of events planned to help them and the others. “All along Brighton things are going on,” including a fundraiser that was happening at the same time at Jack’s Rib and Ale House, 149 Brighton Ave.Three buildings, containing businesses and 14 apartments succumbed to the fire, having to be leveled, being a safety risk, last week said City Fire Marshal Kevin Hayes Sr.More than 100 firefighters were at the scene, with one member suffering a superficial injury, Hayes said.Investigators believed the fire originated in the West End Dance Academy, 63 Brighton, Hayes said, though the cause is still under investigation.Nicole Ceballos, who owned the dance studio, said she received a call from one her students telling her about the fire. “It’s terrible,” she said, adding, “Compared to people who lost their homes, we were lucky.”The local chamber of commerce is assisting Ceballos in finding a new location. But, as she is about to give birth to her second child in April, “We might hold off until the baby is born,” Ceballos said.“I know a lot of owners here. It’s very sad,” said Valerie Garcia, a city resident for most of her life.Martin Grubman owned 57-61 Brighton since 1985. The building held 12 apartments and commercial space. “That was my baby,” he said, explaining he did a considerable amount of renovations to it. “I tried to make it beautiful,” he said.Residents of the buildings formed their own community, where “everybody knows everybody in this goofy little building.” His heart goes out to the residents, who lost everything, he said. Only one had renters’ insurance. “It’s really terrible 12 families are without homes,” he said.The buildings were about 100 years old, Schneider estimated. And Grubman said he hopes to rebuild.There are other events planned to assist the families and small businesses, Landolfi said. Schneider said city officials would assist Grubman and others as much as possible.“Sometimes it takes something like this to bring everybody together,” Garcia observed.
By Rick GeffkenSHREWSBURY – What’s inside the landmark Christ Church belfry at the Four Corners? Well, there could be bats; certainly spiders; the occasional squirrel; improbably ghosts; a 1-ton bell; and most assuredly, a whole lot of history. The last is because the belfry, or clock tower, of the venerable Shrewsbury landmark is now 144 years-old.The 64-foot tower was built onto the front of the then 100 year-old Episcopal Church in 1874. Both the melodious tolling of its bell, and the simple, yet elegant black clock faces have marked the time, the lives, and the passings of Shrewsbury residents for a century and a half.The weather vane and gilded “orb” sitting atop the church spire have their own special history. During the Revolutionary War militia stationed at the Allen House are said to have taken target practice at this symbol of the British monarch, George III. Christ Church occasionally displays the original damaged orb with what certainly look like musket-ball holes.For the last 70 years, repairs to the clock tower were funded primarily out of church funds. A Monmouth County Historical Commission grant helped with some repair costs about 10 years ago. Since the primary mission of the Christ Church has always been the spiritual care of its parishioners, expensive repairs to the venerable clock tower were incidental concerns.Now, Christ Church is asking the general public to help it complete overdue repairs to the clock tower. Buying a $5 raffle ticket could get you a guided tour of this historic clock tower. Three winners, each with up to two guests, will see four levels of the tower from the inside – the clock’s pendulum, the winding mechanism for the clock and the bell, the shafts that drive the tree clock faces, and the huge bell itself. The raffle is co-sponsored by the Shrewsbury Historical Society and Christ Church. All proceeds from the raffle will go toward the repair and maintenance of the clock.Winners will be drawn at the Monmouth County Historical Association’s annual reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Allen House, 400 Sycamore Ave., at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 4. The bells at Christ Church will be ringing just as they did in 1776 to honor the signing of the Declaration.The Christ Church Community was founded in 1702 by Lewis Morris and William Leeds. Morris went on to become the first Royal Colonial Governor of New Jersey. Leeds bequeathed his huge farm in Middletown to the church. Brookdale Community College was built on part of the Leeds estate.Christ Church itself was actually built with raffle money. The Rev. Samuel Cooke held several lotteries, starting in 1758, to finance a new building. Because New Jersey law banned lotteries, the drawing was held on a Delaware River island. Current Christ Church Historian, Robert Kelly Jr., assures that the 2016 raffle follows all New Jersey State and local legal requirements.The $5 raffle tickets are on sale now at the Christ Church Parish Office. Call 732-741-2220 for more information.
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIt was a Golden performance by a pair of Golden City athletes at the 2011 Cyswogn’ Fun Triathlon Sunday at Lakeside Park.Dallas Cain of Rossland, looking like a white knight in his white spandex suit, breezed over the Cyswogn’Fun course in a time of two hours, three minutes and four seconds to nip Chad Reid of Lethbridge for the men’s overall title.Cain gained some revenge on the Albertan after Reid defeated the Rosslander in 2010.“It was awesome . . . it’s a really good course,” Cain said minutes after crossing the finish line at the main entrance to Lakeside Park.Brad Kohlsmith of Calgary was third approximately 10 minutes behind Cain.Top Nelsonite was Matt Nuttal finishing fifth at 23:19:16. Former Nelsonite Greg Welwood, now living in Burnaby, was sixth at 2:21.16.Jamie Frederick and Daniel Wordsworth, both from the Heritage City, finished seventh and eighth, respectively. Another former Nelsonite now living in Kelowna, Don Debienne, tops in the 50-59 category, was tenth.Meanwhile, Geisheimer had a great day on the Nelson course cruising to the women’s title in a time of 2:16.07.The Golden City triathlete finished more than eight minutes in front of Kelowna’s Kari Bailey. “I’m really happy,” Geisheimer told The Nelson Daily after the race.“This is the third year I’ve done this race and this year they changed the course and actually they changed it in my favour because I’m a swimmer and they made the course 1500 meters so that was good for me.”Jeannette Elmore of Kelowna was third behind Geisheimer at 2:28.30 followed in fourth by Megan Molnar of Golden and Robin Watt-Sutherland of Salmon Arm in fifth at 2:35.37.Top Nelsonite female was Angie Ford in seventh at 2:39.16.Cyswogn’Fun organizers actually made two changes to the 2011 race.The first was extending the swim stage to 1500 meters from previous years.It’s obvious this change played right into Geisheimer’s hand.“I was surprised to be second person out of the water,” Geisheimer explained after running up the Lakeside beach from chilly Kootenay Lake just over a minute behind Reid.“Usually there’s three of four men around here that can swim ahead of me but I’ve been doing a lot of open water swimming this year so I think that helped.”The second change made by organizers extended the ride along the North Shore Highway 3A to Kokanee Park. In previous years racers cycled to Six Mile and back twice to get in the race distance.This change, dropping the distance to 39 kilometers was music to Cain’s ears.“It was really fun,” said the 30-ish triathlete. “It was a way better bike this year . . . just flat out and back. No coming back through the loops so that made it a lot better.”Cain, sixth out of the water, burned up the North Shore road to finish first overall in the cycle.The Ironman veteran continued to set the pace on the run finishing with the best time to capture his third Cyswogn’Fun title in five attempts.“(My wife and I) had a baby this year so I’ve put training on the back shelf and train when I can,” said Cain, itching to get back onto the course at the Subaru Ironman Canada in Penticton later this month.“But I’ve feeling really good. I won Sylvain Lake and finished second at Osoyoos.”“Maybe less training is the answer,” he added.The total distance for Nelson Cyswogn’Fun is 1500 meter swim, 39 kilometer cycle and 10 km run across the Big Orange Bridge along Johnstone Road and back.“I really like the bike because we only had to cross traffic once,” said Geisheimer, cooking with the men most of the race. “And organizers did a fantastic job of stopping vehicles. So I was really happy with my ride considering I’ve been training 90 per cent mountain bike and only 10 per cent road.”After jumping off the bike Geisheimer did not look out of place on the grueling run.“The run is always hard but I’ve done this race before so I kind of know what to expect and that’s definitely helpful,” said Geisheimer, who won the women’s long course race in 2007 and 2010.While Cain is off to the Penticton Ironman, Geisheimer is turning her focus to off-road triathlons. Next up for the Rosslander is an off-road race in two weeks in Canmore, Alta.NOTES: Organizers were quick to respond to a pair of swimmers in trouble during the first stage of the long course Sunday morning. A female swimmer was pulled from the 13 C waters of Kootenay Lake complaining of hypothermia and taken to Kootenay Lake Hospital. . . . Organizers said entries were down, some saying by at least 100, from past years. The reason is economics. . . . Mother Nature cooperated with great weather for the race. It was great news for the organizing team after last year’s less than great weather. The only concern heading into the race was the chilly waters of Kootenay Lake which was colder than normal due to the late email@example.com
JOCKEY QUOTES JOE TALAMO, HOME RUN KITTEN, WINNER: “This horse has so much confidence, he works so well in the mornings and Dave always keeps him fresh so I just tried to be a good pilot today.“The track feels good. It feels great when you win. It’s easy to run on, it’s pretty versatile and you can kind of do what you want out there.“He’s done an unbelievable job training this horse. ‘You’re my man Dave!’” DAVID HOFMANS, HOME RUN KITTEN, WINNER: “He had a slight temperature the day we were supposed to ship him (to the San Francisco Mile up at Golden Gate) and with this race coming up, we didn’t want to take a chance. We thought we’d run him here and we didn’t want to miss the opportunity in case he got up there and he got sick.“We had decided to run anyway (even when the race came off the turf) because Joe has been after me for years now to run him on the dirt. We thought we’d give him a shot in here even if it came off the dirt.“He overcame my training. I was lost with him. His last two or three races were SO uncharacteristic and I was totally lost. I had no reason whatsoever. I even gave him time off, gave him a few months off, turned him out because we campaigned him so hard and he came back super and stronger but just ran like hell.“We were lost and I came into this race like ‘who’s going to show up today?’ Let’s hope he’s back on track because he’s a nice horse, real nice horse.” NOTES: The winning owner is Susan Osborne of Glendale, CA, who races as Tarabilla Farms, Inc. TRAINER QUOTES