Facebook4Tweet0Pin0OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Public Health & Social Services Department will be partnering with three local groups to provide a public Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Immunization Clinic on Thursday, July 19 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Olympia Union Gospel Mission Medical Clinic. The Union Gospel Mission is located at 413 Franklin St. N.E. in downtown Olympia.The clinic is for adults and children ages 11 and up. It is specifically targeted at those who have no health insurance, whose insurance does not cover the vaccine, or who cannot afford to be immunized. Immunizations are available at no cost on a first-come-first-served basis until supplies run out. The Thurston County Medical Reserve Corps, The Olympia Free Clinic, and Olympia Union Gospel Mission are clinic co-sponsors.“For some people the cost would be a financial hardship, so we see this as an extension of our mission in the community to provide the vaccine free of charge,” said Loren “Skip” Steffen, Executive Director of the Olympia Union Gospel Mission.For more information about the July 19 immunization clinic, call the Health Department’s Public Information Line at (360) 709-3080 or visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/pertussis.WHAT: No-cost Whooping Cough Immunization Clinic(Adults and children 11 and older who have no health insurance, whose insurance does not cover the vaccine, or those who cannot afford to be immunized)WHEN: Thursday, July 19, 201211 a.m. to 7 p.m. (or until vaccine supply runs out)WHERE: Olympia Union Gospel Mission Medical Clinic413 Franklin St. N.E. in downtown Olympia(Intersection of A Street Northeast and Franklin Street Northeast)There have been 35 confirmed cases of whooping cough (pertussis) in the county since the start of 2012, more than double the number of cases (10) in 2011. The Thurston County Health Department and co-sponsors seek to protect Thurston County residents, particularly young children who are most vulnerable to the disease, by increasing the number of people with access to vaccine.The Olympia area has additional options for adults who have no health insurance or whose insurance does not cover the vaccine to get a whooping cough shot. The Olympia Free Clinic provides immunizations on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The Olympia Free Clinic is located at 108 State Ave. N.W. in downtown Olympia. Call (360) 529-1937 for more information.Rite Aid Pharmacy at Cooper Point in west Olympia provides immunizations Mon through Fri 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Cooper Point Olympia Rite Aid is located at 305 Cooper Point Rd. N.W., Suite 103 in west Olympia. Call (360) 754-8014 for more information.The Olympia Union Gospel Mission Medical Clinic continues to provide adult whooping cough vaccine by appointment. The Olympia Union Gospel Mission Medical Clinic is located at 413 Franklin St. N.E. in downtown Olympia. Call (360) 357-6505 to make an appointment.While there is no shortage of whooping cough vaccine in Thurston County, there is a limited supply of the no-cost adult whooping cough vaccine supplied by the state. Those who can be immunized by their health care provider or who can afford to get immunized at their local pharmacies are strongly encouraged to use those resources.Whooping cough vaccine prevents the illness. The vaccine will not give you whooping cough. Having had whooping cough in the past does not protect you from getting the disease again. Immunity becomes less over time, so children and adults who were immunized for whooping cough in the past may become ill with the disease. Please check with your health care provider to see if your whooping cough vaccination is current.For more details about where to get whooping cough vaccine in Thurston County or to learn more about the disease itself, visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/pertussis or call the Health Department’s Public Information Line at (360) 709-3080.
Facebook91Tweet0Pin0 Pirates Cliff Rice, Burt Meyer, and Di Meyer, serenade Griffin students as they turn in UNICEF coin boxes.Olympia resident Ellen Rice received an unsettling phone call last Friday. A staff member from UNICEF called to say that an error had been made and 19,000 “Trick or Treat for UNICEF” coin collection boxes would be delivered to Rice’s house sometime this week.Rice had just finished a UNICEF coin drive for the Griffin School District. “Based on that success, I am seeing this delivery error as 19,000 opportunities to help the children of the world,” she says confidently.Rice is seeking schools, church groups, teams and others who would like a bundle of coin boxes for this week’s Halloween activities.“The coin boxes come flat, in bundles of 25. They fold up to a box about the size of an animal cracker box. I’m happy to deliver a bundle anywhere in Thurston County,” Rice explains.Michael Walther and Paxton Rice use a Coinstar machine to donate coins collected at Griffin School to UNICEF.“It’s easy to turn in the coins,” Rice reports. “Coinstar machines at Ralph’s Thriftway, Haggen’s and Fred Meyer all have a ‘Donation’ choice that is followed by button to donate the change to UNICEF. Coinstar passes 100% of the donated coin amount on to UNICEF. Not all Coinstar machines are set up the same, so it’s important to go to a store that has a machine set up for UNICEF donations.”Anyone wanting “Trick or Treat for UNICEF” coin collection boxes can contact Rice at 866-2468 or via email.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery’s Bordello Blonde and Lighthouse White each earned 90-points in the recent World Wine Championships of White Wines held in Chicago, Illinois. These point scores represent gold medals and wines of “exceptional quality”.Of Bordello Blondes the judges said, “Floral aromas and flavors of roses and peony, honeyed peach, and delicate spices with a silky, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length pear sauce, peach sorbet, honeydew, and minerals finish with soft, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A very aromatic and lively off-dry sipper.”Lighthouse White was said to exhibit, “Bold, fruity, floral aromas of lychees – linalool, rose petals, green apples, and key lime custard with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, subtle, medium-long finish with well-integrated, fruit tannins and no oak. Alluring restrained spicy nose with sleek Riesling flavors to support a very complex savory wine.”The grapes for both of these Riesling Gewurztraminer blends were harvested at Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley.Each of Westport’s wines benefits a local charity. A portion of the proceeds from Bordello Blondes is donated to the Aberdeen Museum of History. Some proceeds from Lighthouse White assist the Westport Maritime Museum and the Grays Harbor Lighthouse Restoration Fund.Additionally, each of Westport’s wines is commemorated with a sculpture in their 15-acre display garden. The winery’s iconic lighthouse constructed by Humphrey Construction represents Lighthouse White. The Bordello Blonde sculpture has been commissioned and will be unveiled later this summer.The Bordello Blonde label was art created by winery co-founder Kim Roberts. The watercolor for Lighthouse White was painted by Blain Roberts’ surf partner, Darryl Easter, of Camarillo, California. Easter has painted ten of the winery’s labels.Westport Winery Garden Resort is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The winery (including the restaurant, bakery, nursery and gardens) is open daily and offers lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Intercity TransitThe season’s short, wet days make pedestrians and bicyclists less visible to drivers. To help you be safe and be seen, Intercity Transit is providing free, reflective-safety lights this December when you buy your monthly pass at the Olympia Transit Center.Your safety is a top priority at Intercity Transit. Reflective clothing and lights can help make you more visible. Help ensure your safety by using:Lights:Waiting at a bus stop: Use a flashlight, light up your cell phone, or wear a flashing safety light to ensure that our drivers can see you.Bicycling: State law requires the use of a white headlamp and a red rear reflector or tail light when it’s dark.Walking or running: Wear a headlamp, carry a flashlight, or wear flashing safety lights.Flashing lights appear brighter and draw attention faster than steady lights. Add them to shoes, backpacks, coats or jacket sleeves, purse straps and anywhere else you can think of.Reflective clothing and gear:Jackets, vests, caps, gloves and more with reflective features are great options to increase your visibility.Reflective tape or bands are inexpensive options that can be added to outfits, backpacks umbrellas and more.Highly-visible umbrellas help you stand out (and keep you dry).Reflective backpack covers help keep contents dry and make you more visible.Safety lights will be available free with the purchase of a monthly bus pass at the Olympia Transit Center during December while supplies last. After December, safety lights may be purchased for $2
Facebook118Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Harbor DaysOnly at Olympia Harbor Days, an Olympia Kiwanis Event this weekend August 30 – September 1, will you find over 20 vintage tugboats of the Puget Sound for a climb aboard show Saturday and races on Sunday. Final plans for this free and family friendly festival are headed for the finish line, making way for the 46th Annual Edition of Olympia Harbor Days Vintage Tugboat Festival and Races, South Sound’s largest maritime festival at the Olympia waterfront. Over 55,000 are expected to attend. The award winning event is presented by the Olympia Kiwanis Club with title sponsor the Squaxin Island Tribe. “46 years and we keep growing – bringing new and exciting features and landside activities as well as increasing the tugboat and harbor ship participation.” says Executive Director Carol Riley.By Sea: Tugboats and Ships of the Harbor ships of all shapes and sizes will join Tug Sand Man and start filling the docks at Percival Landing starting Thursday. Expected are 20 tugboats which are open for dockside touring Saturday, August 31 and racing in the channel of Budd Inlet on Sunday, September 1. One tug will also be hosting live music on deck on Saturday. Joining the tugs will be retired Coast Guard Cutter and WWII floating museum Tug Comanche. On Tuesday of this week the Tall Ship Lady Washington will arrive at the Port Plaza dock and is open for touring and excursion sailings. One of the last remaining historic Mosquito Fleet ships, the Virginia V will arrive Friday with 120 passengers on board, most of whom will spend the weekend in Olympia. The Kiwanis want to thank Capital Heating & Cooling, the Ships of the Harbor sponsor.By Land: Kick off Friday, August 30 with a Walk-About the Harbor with the Capitol Volkssport Club. Registration starts a 2pm at Batdorf and Bronson Tasting Room on Market Street. Olympia Harbor Days officially opens at 5pm with a tribal blessing followed by a great show by Rich Wetzel and his Groovin Higher band and some fun circus performers nearby. A great assortment of vendor booths line the boardwalks and Columbia Street. Seafood lovers will enjoy the offerings of salmon, oysters, lobster, fish tacos and more at the Percival Landing Food G’Alley . On Saturday starting at 10am find the 2-day Harbor Display built of Legos and create your own tug, train, plane or pirate ship, thanks to sponsor Heritage Bank. Kids will love Olympia’s award winning Hands On Children’s Museum’s Rumble Tug make, race and take activity. Also find remote control model tugboats and robotics displays. The festival is offering for the first time a maritime sea school for teens.Sand at the Harbor continues its third year with a giant sand carved display created by the professional sand carvers of Form Finders. Watch them compete in a quick carve contest Sunday at the Midway Stage near the Marinas.The Squaxin Island Tribe, title sponsor, will again offer tribal arts and cultural activities at the Port Plaza. Come learn about the culture and tribal history of the South Sound, watch tribal carvers and shop the Native American arts booths, all weekend at the Squaxin Island Salish Seaport at the Port Plaza. The area also hosts a beer/wine/cider garden, roasted corn and the famous Kiwanis Hot Dog Stand.A wide array of music will be found on Washington’s Lottery Main Stage and Midway Stage at Percival Landing. Enjoy Sea Shanties, the Army’s First Corps Jazz Band, and many of Olympia’s classic rock bands. Kids will enjoy nearby Pirates, Balloon Artists, Face Painters, Caricatures, and so much more. There is even a Treasure Chest at the Harbor House for those kids that come to the festival dressed like a pirate.“We have enjoyed our many years at Olympia Harbor Days (OHD). We started doing OHD because our daughter lived down that way and she helped us every year. Now they have their own business so we have passed the torch.” Randy Yaple, Yaple Kettle Corn.Riley wants to thank the many community businesses and maritime partners for continued and new sponsorship to keep the tugs and ships coming to Olympia and allowing the expansion of land side offerings. “Without the support of the community and sponsors, this festival would not have been able to become what it is today” says Riley.For a complete schedule and all festival details or for more information, please visit www.HarborDays.com. While the festival is free, they do ask for a suggested donation of $5 per person or $10 per family. Net proceeds and donations support Kiwanis scholarships and activities that benefit kids and their families.
Hubbard Bridge, which connects REd Bank to the River Plaza section of Middletown, is next on the list of two river bridges to be replaced. RED BANK — With the Oceanic Bridge currently under construction, and the Sea Bright-Rumson bridge being considered for work in the near future, county engineers now are turning their attention to the West Front Street Bridge–much to the appreciation of Mayor Pasquale Menna.Monmouth County Engineer Joseph Ettore and Jon Moren, the county’s principal bridge engineer and project manager, appeared before the governing body on Wednesday Feb. 22 l to explain what is going to be done on the bridge that links Red Bank to the River Plaza section of Middletown, across the Swimming River.This project will be completely funded by federal transportation dollars, Ettore said, noting that the project is expected to cost between $12 and $12.5 million.The county-owned and maintained two-lane bridge, S-17, dates back to 1921 and is approximately 340 feet long, according to county information. It underwent some emergency repairs in 2004 when workers installed a deck replacement because it had become so deteriorated.Following that work, county engineers and state transportation officials conducted some additional scoping work to determine what should be done to the badly aging bridge.Red Bank officials had reservations about what was being proposed at that time. For one thing, said Borough Administrator Stanley Sickels, the bridge that was originally proposed was to have a sidewalk on only one side, which the borough opposed because of the amount of foot traffic on the west side.The new bridge proposal calls for six-foot sidewalks on each side and will comply with federal handicap access requirements. The new design also includes a four-foot shoulder on the approach to the bridge, allowing pedestrian and bicycle access, the engineers said.Those working on this project, Menna said, have remedied the the boroug’s original concerns. “Most of all,” Menna added, “I want to thank you for having someone pay for us.”And because the new bridge will be constructed alongside the existing bridge, the amount of time that traffic will have to be diverted will be minimal.Construction would be about 18 month to two years. “The actual closure of the bridge won’t happen until very late in the process,” Ettore said, estimating that won’t happen until late in 2014.County engineers are hoping to, “minimize the disruption to the businesses,” Ettore said, noting that the bridge would be closed to traffic for three or four months.The architecture of the bridge will be consistent with the area. “We think of this as a landmark,” Ettore added.The project will likely mean the county will have to acquire a small amount of private property. Representatives have been negotiating with the property owners, as the county has an official policy of “willing seller, willing buyer negotiation,” according to Ettore.County engineers plan to advertise bids for the contract by fall 2012, with construction beginning in late winter 2012 or spring 2013.County officials are planning to conduct a public hearing on the proposal sometime in April, which will probably take place in the borough municipal complex on Monmouth Street.Menna commended the engineers for retooling the project to minimize borough concerns. “They actually spent time and listened to us,” he said afterwards.
This article was first published in the March 16-23, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. Janice HunoldHackettstown Regent,General William Maxwell Chapter, NSDAR By Janice HunoldIs there a Revolutionary Jersey Girl in your family tree? Out of more than 6,000 New Jersey Daughters of the American Revolution Patriots claimed as ancestors by DAR members, only 44 are women! Why so few?Certainly the realities of 18th-century American life reduce the odds. Revolutionary-era women could not serve in the military, own land and property or hold office. These social and legal constraints prohibited so many women from serving in any of these capacities and thus, prevented them from being classified as DAR Patriots.The DAR recognizes three types of Patriot service. They are military, patriotic and civil and out of these, patriotic service is the one most achievable by a Revolutionary Jersey Girl. Finding proof of service has only gotten harder over time, as DAR standards have gotten stricter. Service must be proven with historical records, documents, or any acceptable source that can substantiate or prove a person’s contribution to the cause. Out of the 44 current New Jersey female DAR Patriots, fewer than half have currently-acceptable sources for their service.In the face of those restrictions, what kind of wartime service would qualify a woman as a Revolutionary Jersey Girl? Interestingly enough, becoming a widow would help a female Patriot’s cause. When their husbands died, whether through military service or otherwise, these women became property owners. For that reason, patriotic widows could provide material support to the cause. If they paid a supply tax, the money would no longer be their husband’s and the widow would get credit for her payment.There are many fascinating stories about Revolutionary Jersey Girls and their activities during the war. Monmouth County can boast of three women who are in the DAR Patriot database. Both Margaret Eaton Berrien and Theodosia Prevost Burr were born in Monmouth County, both were widows and both provided housing for General George Washington. County resident Isabella Anderson Scudder was a proud member of the “Ladies of Trenton,” who raised funds for the war effort in their own right.Are you descended from a Revolutionary Jersey Girl? Do you have a family story about a female ancestor that can be proved and might lead to the confirmation of a new Revolutionary Jersey Girl? You can help improve the record of New Jersey DAR Patriot women!You can learn more about Revolutionary Jersey Girls on the NSDAR website (www.dar.org). Under “Genealogy” and then “Ancestors,” you will find the names of Jersey Girls, their service and any relevant service sources. See if you recognize someone from your family. Get in touch with one of the four Monmouth County NSDAR chapters. You can find them at www.njdar.org.Regardless of the social and legal restraints on women during the American Revolution, Jersey Girls were able to provide support to their families while husbands were away at war, raise funds for the troops and contribute to the general stability of hearth and home during this turbulent time. In other words, Jersey Girls rocked!
Kale Johnston scored three times while John Thompson, Spencer Bender, Ben Primeau and Kurtis Bond added singles as Fernie held period leads of 3-1 and 6-2.Former Nelson Leaf Blake Arcuri, who had a stint playing in California earlier this season before signing with the Ghostriders, had an assist.Troy Petrich, scoring his first goal of the season for Nelson, and Travis Wellman replied for Nelson.Fernie out shot Nelson 46-28 making a winner out of netminder Phoenix Logan-Hill.Brad Rebagliati started the game for Nelson before being replace between the pipes by Tyler Moffat.Nelson is off until Friday, December 13 when the Leafs travel to Beaver Valley for a tough divisional game against the Nitehawks.Nelson currently leads the Hawks by nine points in Murdoch Division standings. Beaver Valley, which dropped a 3-2 overtime decision Friday to Spokane, had two games in hand on Nelson.The Hawks make up one of those games Saturday in Kimberley against the Dynamiters. The Nelson Leafs got out worked, out shot and out scored Friday night in Fernie.The Ghostriders blasted the Green and White 7-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Kootenay Conference action in the East Kootenay City.The loss is the second time in as many games an Eddie Mountain team has completely dominated the Leafs.Creston pounded Nelson 9-3 in November.The Riders scored three times during a seven minute span in the first period and never looked back.
The L.V. Rogers Bombers wasted a complete-game pitching performance from Austin Tambellini against Mount Baker Wild in the final game of the Bomber Invitational High School Baseball Tournament Saturday at Queen Elizabeth Park.Tambellini tossed a five-hitter during a 4-0 loss to the Wild.The win allowed the Cranbook-based squad to capture the tournament title with a 3-0 record.LVR was second at 2-1 with Selkirk Storm of Kimberley third and Mt. Boucherie Bears of West Kelowna fourth.Tambellini finished the contest surrendering three earned runs while walking two and fanning 12 batters.Eric Hurley picked up two hits while Tambellini, Casey Harrison and Braeden Zarikoff each collected one hit.The Bombers advanced to the Wild contest undefeated after edging out Mt. Boucherie 4-3.Zarikoff threw a complete game for the win giving up four hits while striking out 13 with no walks or earned runs. Hurley, Mathew Brind’Amour, and Zarikoff had two hits each with Tambellini, and Geon Woo Park chipping in with one hit each.LVR opened the tournament Friday with a convincing 15-1 pasting of Kimberley’s Selkirk Storm.Hano Southam went the distance to register the win for the Bombers giving up two hits and three walks and fanning eight batters.Zarikoff went four for four at the plate while Reese Tambellini, Lincoln Rosenblood, Hano Southam and John Barabonoff were all 3 for 4.The Bombers season record improves to 10-5.Bombers sweep RangersLVR entered the tournament on a winning note after scoring a doubleheader sweep of the Selkirk Rangers from Metaline Washington.Braeden Zarikoff pitched very well for the Bombers in Game 1, 6 – 1 win. Zarikoff helped himself with two singles and a double, while Hano Southam had a solo homerun and a single. Zarikoff gave up two hits one earned run and struck out 10 for the win. In Game 2 Austin Tambellini took the win also only giving up one earned run, striking out 11 and giving up four hits. The Bomber gave up an early lead and needed a four run rally in the seventh for the win, Casey Harrison had a big two run single in the seventh. Reese Tambellini and Keaton Roch chipped in with singles in Game 2.
Additional storylines:• Tie at the Top: Central Arkansas and Stephen F. Austin find themselves back at the top of the Southland standings with 11-2 conference records after finishing the non-conference slate with the best records. The Sugar Bears have Houston Baptist, McNeese and Nicholls remaining on their schedule while the Lady Jacks will hit Sam Houston State, Abilene Christian and Lamar.• Road Warriors: Tuesday was the first time this season that the away team has won each of the league matches.• Breaking Perfection: Northwestern State handed Sam Houston State its first loss of the season in conference action with a 3-1 win last Thursday. Junior middle blocker Madeline Drake put up a career-best 16 kills while junior outside hitter Reagan Rogers added 21 kills. Since then, the Bearkats have dropped contests to Central Arkansas and Abilene Christian.• Clinched: Stephen F. Austin, Central Arkansas and Sam Houston State each clinched spots to the 2017 Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament in Corpus Christi, Texas on Nov. 17-19. Houston Baptist, Northwestern State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi can each claim one of the eight spots in the tournament with one more conference win.Results and Schedule:Tuesday, Oct. 31Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3, Stephen F. Austin 0*Abilene Christian 3, Sam Houston State 0*Central Arkansas 3, Northwestern State 2*UIW 3, Lamar 0*Thursday, Nov. 2Central Arkansas at Houston Baptist* – 6 p.m.Stephen F. Austin at Abilene Christian* – 6 p.m.Southeastern Louisiana at Nicholls* – 6:30 p.m.Lamar at Sam Houston State* – 7 p.m.New Orleans at McNeese* – 7 p.m. The Ladyjacks (23-6, 11-2 SLC) were in sole possession of first place going into Tuesday’s home match with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (11-13, 8-5 SLC) but were swept to give up just their second league loss of the season. The win for the Islanders was the first time they have won back-to-back matches since Sept. 28-30, and the first time this season they have claimed consecutive victories in straight-set fashion. Corpus Christi had most recently defeated Houston Baptist (17-8, 8-4 SLC) 3-0 last Thursday. This time last week, the Bearkats (13-13, 9-3 SLC) were the lone undefeated team left in conference. Since then, Sam Houston has lost three consecutive matches: the Lady Demons, UCA and Abilene Christian (10-14, 6-6 SLC). The Wildcats pulled off the road sweep last night with three players reaching double figures in kills. UIW (6-14, 5-8 SLC) swept at Lamar (4-19, 2-11 SLC) to round out Tuesday action. The win puts UIW one match behind ACU for the last spot in the 2017 Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament in Corpus Christi, Texas, from Nov. 17-19. Tuesday’s Southland Conference volleyball action provided more than enough spooks for a Halloween night. Saturday, Nov. 4Stephen F. Austin at Sam Houston State* – 11 a.m.Southeastern Louisiana at McNeese* – 11:30 a.m.New Orleans at Nicholls* – NoonLamar at Abilene Christian* – 1 p.m.UIW at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi* – 1 p.m.Northwestern State at Houston Baptist* – 1 p.m. The Sugar Bears (22-3, 11-2 SLC) had to come from behind down 2-1 against Northwestern State (13-15, 8-5 SLC) on Tuesday to squeeze into a tie for first place with SFA. UCA rides a five-match win streak heading into Thursday’s contest at HBU. SFA, UCA and SHSU have already claimed their spots in the Southland postseason with HBU, Northwestern State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi needing just one win to punch their ticket. Two of the top-three teams in league standings entering the night – Stephen F. Austin, Central Arkansas and Sam Houston State – each got a scare with only the Sugar Bears walking away with a victory. * – Conference Match