Thurston County : Rainier, Tenino and Bucoda Designated Thurston County Substance…

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     Thursday, June 2, 2011Contact: Sherri McDonald, Public Health and Social Services Director, 360-867-2502   Rainier, Tenino and Bucoda Designated Thurston County Substance Abuse Prevention SitesOLYMPIA –  The communities served by the Rainier and Tenino school districts have been selected to receive additional support to create healthier communities by keeping youth, young adults and others free from the abuse of alcohol and other drugs. The support, which includes funding for training, technical assistance, and community- and school-based substance abuse prevention programs, comes from the state Department of Social and Health Services’ Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR).Community prevention activities will be managed through Thurston County Public Health and Social Services in collaboration with two community coalitions that will be formed in Rainier and Tenino/Bucoda. The coalitions will consist of youth; parents/grandparents; educators and schools; law enforcement officials; faith leaders; civic/volunteer groups; representatives of sovereign tribes and local government; business and the media; substance abuse prevention and treatment organizations; and youth-serving organizations. TOGETHER!, a nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing the Thurston County community to prevent youth violence and substance abuse, is coordinating the new coalitions. Community members are invited to be involved with planning and implementing these programs.The school-based efforts are managed by Educational Service District 113 in collaboration with local school districts and the community coalitions. Staff specialists in adolescent substance abuse prevention, intervention and treatment will be assigned to serve middle and high school students. One specialist will serve youth in the Rainier School District and another will be in the Tenino School District. The districts are providing office space and additional support for the specialists.“A number of factors were considered in selecting the communities served by the Rainier and Tenino School Districts for services,” said Sherri McDonald, Director of the Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department. “Data provided by DBHR was obtained from the Community Outcome and Risk Evaluation Geographic Information System. Community selection was based on an analysis of a number of risk indicators, including school absenteeism, abuse/neglect, families receiving state assistance, and below-average academic performance. A community’s readiness to benefit from these services was also examined during this process.”-MORE- “Our goal in redesigning and targeting our state prevention services is to leverage enough resources in the highest-need communities to achieve greater reductions in substance abuse and the harm it causes,” said David Dickinson, DBHR’s Director. “Community leaders are prepared to use these resources to help more young people succeed, and to improve the health and safety of their community.” added Dickinson.The new Rainier and Tenino coalitions will engage community members to address key measures of youth health, safety and success, including reducing underage drinking among 8th and 10th graders, improving academic performance, and reducing juvenile delinquency. DBHR will expand this effort in the next three years to identify approximately 50 high-need communities in Washington. The Rainier and Tenino efforts are anticipated to continue through 2016.State and county data from the 2010 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey will be released in April and is available online. Tips for parents to help prevent underage drinking can be found at find out how to get involved with the Rainier or Tenino coalitions, contact TOGETHER! at (360) 493-2230.For more information regarding prevention and intervention services for adolescents, contact ESD 113 True North Student Assistance and Treatment Program at (360) 339-8100.last_img read more

Thurston County Workshop Gives Tips to Make Home Improvement More Efficient

first_imgSubmitted by Northwest Energy TeamOlympia Businesses Offer DIY AdviceBrent Foster, of Northwest Infrared, chats with a Thurston County resident during a previous HEAT workshop.The last Home Efficiency Action Training (HEAT) workshop of the season is Thursday, April 25, 5p.m. – 7p.m. at the Lacey Timberland Library. These workshops are free and the public is invited. HEAT is organized by several local groups and businesses that focus on conserving energy and energy efficiency.This workshop focuses on things you should know before you or a contractor tackles a home improvement project. If you know why your home behaves as it does, you can lower your energy bills and make your home more comfortable with little to no extra cost. So if you’re planning, for example, to tear into your attic, take care of everything you can while you’re up there. That way you don’t have to go up again any time soon.Speaking of attics, let’s talk about attic projects.With the warmer months approaching (slowly), people start thinking about those eleven stifling days in the middle of August where we swear, next year, we will improve the situation. It’s next year now. What are you going to do? Sun shining on your roof in August heats your attic to 140° so a good, inexpensive place to start is by checking your roof’s insulation and sealing up any air leaks in your ceiling.Air SealingCrawl up in your attic and take a look around. First thing you want to do is to seal any holes between your ceiling and the attic with spray foam or caulk. These can be speaker boxes, fire alarms, any hole cut in your ceiling. Can lights are notoriously bad air leakers. Do NOT try to seal them.  Frankly, the best and safest thing to do is to buy retrofit cans from the local hardware store.If you can’t find the air leaks easily, look for discolored insulation that is grey or black or generally grubby. This shows where air has leaked from your living space into the attic. The grubbiness is dust from your house filtered through the insulation.InsulationFor Olympia’s mild climate, you’ll need a blanket of about 10 inches thick of cellulose (R-38). Pile it on! Insulation is wonderful for trapping winter warmth. It is equally effective keeping your home cool in the summer.Adding insulation is something you can do yourself. The blow-in cellulose is wonderful stuff and gives you excellent return for your money. You can apply it right over the old insulation unless any critters have lived in your insulation at any point. This includes rats, raccoons, birds, possums, etc. Contaminated insulation has to go. All of it. You don’t want to live with what those squatters have left behind.VentilationWhether you or a contractor add insulation, check that your eve, or soffit, vents don’t get covered with insulation. These are the vents on the underside of the eves that help keep your attic properly ventilated. Baffles are used to keep the eve vents from getting clogged. While you’re at it, also check to make sure your ridge vents are not too tightly sealed by bug screens.So that’s the kind of stuff that will be covered at this Thursday’s HEAT workshop. Other topics will include:Are attic fans useful?My house has gable vents. Are those good?My roof sheathing is black. Why?Will opening the attic hatch on a hot day help cool my house?What to watch for if getting your roof replaced.Are there any Energy Star or Puget Sound Energy rebates available for my project?Are there any low-interest loans out there for my project?Plus many other FAQs addressed. Email or call ahead if you have a specific issue so you can be sure to get a well-thought-out opinion.This HEAT workshop’s featured speaker is building science expert Brent Foster of Northwest Infrared. Paul Ivy of Northwest Energy Team will address HVAC/ductless heat pump questions. Representatives from PSE will be there is give details on their Re-Energize rebates. And a representative from Generations Credit Union will give a brief run down on their low interest home improvement loans.Bring your questions, pen and paper. Be ready to take notes! See you this Thursday at 5pm.For questions, please contact Paul Ivy at 360-357-9167 or email Facebook21Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Kylie

first_imgFacebook63Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Kylie! She is a 4-year-old, 61-pound, Australian Shepherd/PitBull mix who is as beautiful and friendly as can be. She has a short, wiggly-tail and wags it constantly in joyful appreciation of life. Kylie loves children, small dogs, and is looking for an active family with a fenced yard where she can be part of the action.She loves to play fetch and will pack her own ball, go for walks or sun-bathe while you give her belly-rubs. If you can provide her with a yummy grain-free diet and your loving attention, then she promises to be your best forever buddy.If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Kylie in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email or call 360-432-3091.Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.last_img read more

WDFW Closes Recreational Fisheries Statewide in Wake of Governor’s Order to…

first_imgFacebook45Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeThe Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced its decision to temporarily close recreational fishing and shellfishing statewide in the wake of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s order directing Washingtonians to stay home and stay healthy to limit the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19.The closures began at midnight Wednesday, March 25 and last until at least 5 p.m. on April 8, 2020. WDFW will re-evaluate on April 6 whether the closure may need to be extended.“This is not a decision we take lightly, but it’s the right thing to do for the health and well-being of Washington’s families,” said WDFW Director Kelly Susewind. “Monday’s extraordinary order for the residents of our state to stay home requires all of us to work together to ensure these measures have the intended effect.”Fishery managers have reported that some anglers have been seen crowding banks as concerns over coronavirus have continued.“We’ve seen an uptick in outdoor recreation at some locations in recent weeks as people have looked for ways to get outside,” said WDFW Fish Program Director Kelly Cunningham. “We’ve had reports of crowded boat ramps and busy fishing on some rivers, which runs counter to the governor’s direction to stay home and practice social distancing.”In addition, many salmon and steelhead fisheries require regular monitoring under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), which includes conducting angler interviews at access sites surrounding the state’s marine waters. The on-site, face-to-face nature of angler interviews puts people at potential risk of transmitting the coronavirus. Without such monitoring, these recreational fisheries must close to ensure ESA protections.WDFW and other state agencies previously closed all of their water access sites, including boat launches, and other public lands where people may gather. Local and tribal governments are taking similar actions across Washington.WDFW Enforcement officers remain on duty and will be enforcing these new closures.The lowland lakes opening day for trout remains scheduled for April 25, but will be evaluated depending on whether the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order might be further extended.For the latest updates on WDFW’s coronavirus response, please visit Updates to openings and closures will be posted to that page. For the latest information on the statewide response to this pandemic, visit Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is the state agency tasked with preserving, protecting, and perpetuating fish, wildlife, and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing, hunting, and other recreation opportunities.Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email ( For more information, see read more

Suresh Raina reveals who is the ‘best captain India ever had’

first_imgImage Courtesy: AP/GettyAdvertisement o2NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3e0Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eee1q( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2iWould you ever consider trying this?😱v1mCan your students do this? 🌚hRoller skating! Powered by Firework The fans of Team India across generations, and even the current and former players, all have their favourite captain, whom they cheered on relentlessly and had the confidence on to lead the team forward. From the maiden world cup winning skipper Kapil Dev to the current man on the helm Virat Kohli, all have one captain that they put above the others. Likewise, veteran Men in Blue squad member Suresh Raina reveals the leader who he appreciates the most, and its none other than the iconic Mahendra Singh Dhoni.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AP/GettyWhile currently off from international duty since the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, its no doubt that under MS Dhoni’s captaincy, India has enjoyed the most stellar achievements in the past decade.Suresh Raina has been one of Dhoni’s most trusted lieutenant throughout his career, from international matches to the Indian Premier League, where he is an inevitable member of the Chennai Super Kings, led by Dhoni.Advertisement On CSK’s official broadcast ‘The Super Kings show’ on Star Sports Tamil, Raina lauded Dhoni’s contribution for reforming the Indian team. He said: “I think we have the best captain who has changed the Indian team like anything. Now we have that same aura in our dressing room.”It took just three years for Dhoni to be named India’s captain from his debut back in 2004.  From winning the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, to lifting Men in Blue’s second ICC World Cup trophy in 2011, MSD’s list of honours for the team goes on.Advertisement Raina himself has managed the role of captain in some ODI and T20 matches, but has enjoyed domestic and international trophies under Dhoni, winning the 2011 world cup and also three IPL trophies with CSK. Making his first international appearance for India in 2005, the 33 year old specialist batsman has earned 226 ODI caps.While there has been no update on Dhoni’s comeback to limited overs cricket for Team India, and with a major hint from BCCI with dropping his name from the 2020 contracts list, the 38 year old veteran will be in action in this year’s IPL, with Raina under his leadership.Also read-New Contender: Suresh Raina aims to bat at No.4 for India at the T20 World CupWhy it’s time for Indian Cricket to move on from MS Dhoni Advertisementlast_img read more

Robin Uthappa reveals cricket was the only thing that probably kept him from ‘jumping…

first_imgImage Courtesy: IPL/PTIAdvertisement 4nhbNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5xpWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebj( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) l33Would you ever consider trying this?😱4pnCan your students do this? 🌚kyqRoller skating! Powered by Firework Depression is a mental health disorder that a many people suffer worldwide, and even some sportspersons are affected by it. Team India’s veteran Robin Uthappa, known for his hard hitting knocks and huge sixes, was fighting with depression during his career, and even developed suicidal tendencies. However, the only thing that prevented the wicket keeping batsman from ‘jumping off the balcony’ was the thing that he is best at- the gentleman’s game.Advertisement Image Courtesy: IPL/PTINow without any cricketing fixtures and the suspension of 2020 Indian Premier League, a number of franchises of the cash rich league have taken to live sessions on social media, where players talk about various topics ranging from their career to personal matters.In the latest episode of ‘Mind, Body and Soul’ a three part series discuss positivity, mental health, and happiness, hosted by Royal Rajasthan Foundation, Uthappa revealed a phase of his career when he was battling against depression.Advertisement “I remember around 2009 to 2011, it was constant and I would deal with that on a daily basis. There were times where I wasn’t even thinking about cricket, it was probably the farthest thing in my mind,” the 34 year old said in the session.While the negative thoughts clouded his mind during the times with no fixtures, heading to the 22 yards was the perfect remedy for Uthappa.Advertisement He continued: “I was thinking about how I would survive this day and move on to the next, what’s happening to my life and in which direction am I heading. Cricket kept my mind off of these thoughts but it became really difficult on non-match days and during the off-season.”“On days, I would just be sitting there and would think to myself on the count of three, I’m going to run and jump off of the balcony but something kind of just held me back,” the Kerala cricket team star added.Uthappa has made 46 ODI and 13 T20I appearances for the Men in Blue, his last one dating all the way back in July 2015 in an ODI against Zimbabwe. The former Kolkata Knight Riders icon was picked by Rajasthan Royals ahead of IPL 2020.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Ajinkya Rahane gives his thoughts about the Elephant-icide in Kerala Advertisementlast_img read more

RB Drafts Ordinance Requiring Contact Info For Owners of Foreclosed Properties

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK — The owners of properties in foreclosure must still maintain them, and an ordinance proposed at last week’s borough council meeting is intended to ensure that they do.The ordinance introduced last Wednesday would require property owners to provide specific contact information that would enable borough officials, or members of the public, to get in touch with the owners if the property isn’t being cared for properly.According to Mayor Pasquale Menna state and local laws require owners to maintain their property, whether they are present or not. But in the last couple of years, as the rate of foreclosures has escalated and properties have changed hands, it has become difficult to track down who is actually responsible for a given property.Over the past few years in towns and cities across the nation, thousands of homes formerly owned by families or individuals have been acquired by banks through foreclosure. Mortgages have changed hands and banks have been absorbed by other banks. Under those circumstances, it can be difficult to track down who is actually responsible should a property be neglected.Under current state law, if a bank or other lender forecloses on a property the bank has to send notification to the municipality.The ordinance proposed in Red Bank would also require the lender to pay a $125 fee and register with the borough, providing a contact name and telephone number of the party responsible for maintenance.Should the ordinance be approved later this month, the institution responsible for the property would also be required to place a permanent sign on the site with contact information informing the public how to get in touch. “So we are not, and the neighbors are not, tracking down nameless banks all over the country,” Menna explained.“We’re going to put the burden on them to make sure their records are up to date.”The ordinance, the mayor explained, was modeled after one used successfully in Lodi.At this point there are approximately 100 to 125 properties in foreclosure in the borough, according to the borough clerk’s office.last_img read more

Visitors Get a Taste of Atlantic Highlands

first_imgBy Dexter DowneyATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Judging by the feedback from merchants and visitors alike, the June 10 event Taste of Atlantic Highlands was a huge success and is putting businesses on the comeback trail.The comeback is from the debilitating closing of the Oceanic Bridge that for months severely impacted and disrupted the many restaurants and businesses that make up Atlantic Highlands.Arleen Miller, sales associate at Sherman and Sons Jewelers.Owner Bob Sherman and Arleen Miller of Sherman and Sons Jewelers were delighted with the visitor traffic generated by this new event sponsored by the Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce. They were not giving away free gold and diamonds but they were providing complimentary jewelry cleaning and jewelry cleaner to everyone who stopped in.During the event, visitors paid $30 and were entitled to visit all the participating restaurants and other businesses where they were then given complimentary portions of their special dishes or samples of services and prize drawings at the non-food locations.Wine Bar owner Courtney Rose.Better Homes Realty was taking entries for a drawing for a free travel cooler full of wine and picnic snacks.  Golf Analytics was raffling off free golf lessons while Atlantic Cinema supplied popcorn. Eyes On First gave away eyeglass cleaner and there were samples of sweet creations offered at Joy & Cake and The Flaky Tart.There are 38 locations participating. They were: Carton Brewing Co., Tom’s Cyclery, Atlantic Wines & Spirits, Joy & Cake, The Flaky Tart, Freedom Pottery, Bellisimo the Salon, Jaspan Hardware, Kuny Siam Thai, Eyes on First, Atlantic Cinema, Henry F. Wolf III, Esq., Plush Salon, Sherman and Sons Jewelers, Taffeta Teas, Book Compound, Artz by the Sea and Revere Framing.Michelle Sciria, owner of Freedom Pottery.Also participating were: Town & Surf, Foxhaus, Vintage Variety, Atlantic Bagel, Atlantic Waves Salon, Flower Express, Original Pizza, Salon at 68, FSF Training Academy, NJ Fire Equipment, Charles Matches Financial, Restore Qi Acupuncture, Golf Analytics, Memphis Pig Out, Better Homes Realty, Copper Canyon, Blue Bay Inn, Harborside Grill, Hudson Cafe, On the Deck, Chiafullo’s, Navesink Fishery, Gateway Liquors, Navesink Fitness, Foodtown, Pomodoro, Ralph’s Ices, Walter Mihm’s Steakhouse, Zoe’s Kitchen, The Painted Frame, Thomas Hauser Designs, Eastpoint Fitness, Shore Shakes, Maria’s Pizza, Freezi-Yo, and Philly’s.last_img read more

Barry Commits To Dartmouth

first_imgOn Thursday mourning, Rumon-Fair Heaven basketball standout Brendan Barry is set to sign a national letter of intent to play Division 1 basketball in the Ivy league for Dartmouth. Barry made his commitment on Tuesday night via twitter. Barry finished his high school career as RFH’s all-time leading scorer with 1,812 points and 277 three pointers made.last_img

After Nine Hearings, Rebuilding Of Sea Bright Bar Approved

first_imgBy John Burton and Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – A long and grueling process ended in ultimate victory for the owner of the Mad Hatter bar and restaurant and his plans to rebuild and expand.On what was the ninth and equally lengthy hearing on Thursday, June 30, on the plan to reconstruct the Sandy-damaged popular oceanfront spot, the borough Planning Board voted 6-3 to approve the plan.As with many recent building and zoning issues, the legal battle may not be over. After more than a three-hour hearing and a board vote which came after 11 p.m., Scott and Amy Kelly, the couple who have owned Mad Hatter since January 2006, hugged each other and were met with rounds of applause from supporters who regularly attended months of hearings and continued to voice their endorsement for the site’s rebuilding.But there was opposition during these hearings as well. Jennifer Walsh, who has been opposing the plan, offered an emailed statement in the days following the vote. In her statement Walsh noted after discussing the matter with her lawyer, Ron Gasiorowski, “[W]e are evaluating the options for further action.”Gasiorowski said he and his client would review the resolution after it is finalized, and weigh the possibility of an appeal. Under state land use law, an objector has 45 business days following the resolution to file an appeal and have the decision evaluated by the state Superior Court. Walsh, who lives near the Mad Hatter’s Ocean Avenue site, continued to express concerns over the expanded size, and the larger crowds it would attract, as well as the associated noise, traffic and parking needs. “I continue to support the Mad Hatter rebuilding to its existing size and successful business model as a single floor bar-restaurant with an outdoor patio and office/residential space above, plus elevating to comply with the new flood plain elevation, thus satisfying the requirements for safety and sustainability,” Walsh said in her statement.The Kellys, through their Kelly Management Group, LLC, plan to construct a 43- foot structure (42 is the maximum under current borough standards), with no setback restrictions. The three-story building would have a ground floor restaurant and retail kiosk, and the upper floors would have bars and outside decks. The facility would operate from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.Brian Kelly testified the site would have live music on busier evenings and play recorded music through the business’ sound system the rest of time.As a concession to some of the concerns expressed during the hearings, Kelly plans to stop live music earlier than previously planned and install thick glass enclosures on the deck areas to contain noise.Like much of Sea Bright, the popular Mad Hatter, 10 East Ocean Ave., sustained substantial damage from Sandy. Kelly said previously the site had as much as 6 to 8 feet of water, with sand, mud and debris from the storm.The New Jersey Economic Development Authority previously provided the Kellys with a 10-year, $5 million low-interest loan to assist in rebuilding the project which Brian Kelly said would cost approximately $15 million to accomplish.While there were those who voiced objections, the Kellys have received seemingly substantial public support, with those in favor donning T-shirts and commenting on social media, as well regularly voicing their beliefs that the rebuilding would help with Sea Bright’s continuing efforts to return to normal following Sandy’s devastation.But Walsh and others have said the plan would put a further burden on parking resources and impact quality of life for residents.Walsh, who has a 3-year-old son, said she has received two anonymous letters she felt were threatening because of her objections.last_img read more