2013 Thurston County Fair Exhibitor’s Guide Now Online

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Thurston County Fair OfficeExhibitor’s Guide for 2013 Thurston County Fair Now OnlineAnimal entries due by Monday, July 1Whether your specialty is food, crafts, animals or art, the 2013 Thurston County Fair has an exhibit or contest you’re sure to love. The 2013 Fair Exhibitor’s Guide is now available online with over 60 pages filled with information and contest rules.All of the information and details you need to compete in hundreds of open class and club contests are included in the guide, plus information on entry forms, camping, and this year’s calendar of events from July 31 through August 4. Download the complete 2013 Exhibitor’s Guide here.New in 2013 is an open class llama competition. Entries for the open class llama competition and all animals for the 2013 fair contests are due on Monday, July 1.  All FFA members and open class entries must be turned in to the Fair Office by 5 p.m. on Monday, July 1, and all 4-H animal participants must submit their entry forms by 6 p.m. to the 4-H Extension Office located on the Thurston County Fairgrounds. Many entry forms are available at the Fair Office or online at www.co.thurston.wa.us/fair/documents/forms.htm. Members of FFA and 4-H should contact their local club for more information on animal entries.If the laughter and ladybugs in this year’s contests and exhibits don’t tickle your fancy, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities that will keep you giggling and having fun at this year’s fair. Contact the Thurston County Fair Office for more information about volunteering for this year’s fair.For more information on the 2013 Thurston County Fair Exhibitor’s Guide, contest entry forms, volunteer opportunities, or other fair activities, contact the Thurston County Fair Office at (360) 786-5453 or visit our website.“Laughter and Ladybugs at the Thurston County Fair!”    July 31 – Aug. 4, 2013last_img read more

Two Westport Winery Recipes Featured in Fall Wine Press Northwest

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Westport WineryIn the fall 2014 edition of Wine Press Northwest Westport Winery is featured in the Match Makers recipe and wine pairing column. The winery’s Farm to Fork Restaurant is known for fresh, homemade meals at lunch and dinner. Two of their guests’ favorite menu selections are the Bubba Burger with Bacon Jam and their Dungeness crab cakes made with locally caught crab. Both of these recipes are highlighted in the story about this unique destination winery and paired with two of their 38 wines.The Bubba Burger is matched with the winery’s highly-rated Swimmer Petite Sirah. Of this 91-point wine, the tasting notes say it is, “A tattooed biker wine, muscular and dangerous.” This label features a young Dana Roberts, the family winemaker, after a swim competition on Maui where he was born. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits Grays Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center.The Dungeness crab cakes are matched with the winery’s double gold medal winning Fleur de Lis Pinot Gris, described as “A vision of jasmine, melon and white tigers.” A portion of the proceeds from this wine–featuring an iris watercolor by Darryl Easter–is donated to Hoquiam’s 7th Street Theatre.Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea Gardens with the unique outdoor sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. Westport Winery was named Best of the Northwest Wine Tour in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.Westport’s award-winning wines are exclusively available at the winery. The tasting room, gift shop, plant nursery and bakery are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at www.westportwinery.com.last_img read more

Mary Pontarolo, Executive Director of SafePlace Announces Retirement

first_imgFacebook292Tweet0Pin0 house will be held at the SafePlace Community Service Center, located at 521 Legion Way SE, Olympia on Thursday May 4, 2017 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. All are welcome.“My work at SafePlace has taught me something new each day about sexual and domestic violence. I am honored to have had the opportunity of working with our dedicated Board, staff and volunteers on behalf of the courageous survivors that we serve,” said Mary.Please help celebrate Mary’s thirty-five years of tireless work in support of survivors, by making a gift to the SafePlace Legacy Fund. Your gift in honor of Mary Pontarolo, will help ensure sexual and domestic violence survivor services continue in our community for many years to come. Online donations can be made here or call (360) 786-8754 ext 201.About SafePlace: SafePlace has been serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence since 1981. Programs include 24-hour help line, emergency shelter, support groups, sexual assault medical exam advocacy, legal advocacy and in-person advocacy, all of which can be provided in the survivor’s native language. Contact us at (360) 786-8754 or on the web at www.SafePlaceOlympia.org. To speak to an advocate anytime day or night, call (360) 754-6300. Submitted by SafePlaceAfter a distinguished thirty-five year career in the field of domestic and sexual violence, Mary Pontarolo, Executive Director of SafePlace for the last fifteen years, has announced her retirement, effective June 1, 2017.SafePlace’s Executive Director Mary Pontarolo has announced her retirement after 15 years at the group.Mary’s decades long commitment to serving survivors of sexual and domestic violence has impacted thousands of lives. She was one of the founding mothers of the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, where she also served as Executive Director for ten years before coming to SafePlace. Mary has been instrumental in the development of state-wide policy, curriculum and legislative initiatives protecting the rights and safety of survivors of sexual and domestic violence and their families, and led SafePlace through two successful capital campaigns to fund a new shelter and community service center. In partnership with the Seattle Mariners, Mary was key in the creation of the ‘Refuse to Abuse’ campaign, and served as Executive Director of New Beginnings in Seattle. She also served as a community educator, and conducted domestic violence perpetrator treatment groups prior to her director positions.Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst said, “Having known Mary for 22 years and worked with her on numerous projects, I can say without reservation or hesitation that Mary Pontarolo has played a monumental, instrumental leadership role in addressing and combating domestic violence. The State of Washington and Thurston County have been blessed to have had her dedicated, caring service.”Under the leadership of our Board of Directors, SafePlace is launching a nationwide search for a new Executive Director. Thanks to Mary’s leadership, a strong management team with a combined total of 80 years of working at SafePlace is in place to ensure continuity and maintain the integrity of SafePlace as a community-based social justice service provider. A farewell openlast_img read more

Southee’s swing: Tim Southee on par with Sachin Tendulkar’s number of sixes in test…

first_imgAdvertisement With a red cherry, swinging the ball in the air is the attribute that one would correlate Tim Southee with rather than a clean swing of a bat to dispatch the ball into the stands. But as per the stats, Southee is also pretty good at the latter skill.Advertisement Coming into bat at No.8 during the second innings of the first Test in Galle, Southee achieved a rare feat with the bat by equalling the tally of the number of sixes hit by the legendary Sachin Tendulkar in the longest format.Advertisement During the pacer’s short-lived innings of 14 off 19 deliveries, he hit a solitary six which was enough to get his tally to 69. He just needs one more to be level with Pakistan’s Younis Khan.Sachin Tendulkar reached 69 sixes in 329 innings while it only took 89 innings for the right-arm seamer. The current record for the maximum sixes in the longest format is held by Southee’s former teammate and captain Brendon McCullum, who has hit a staggering 107 sixes over the course of his career.Advertisement Read Also:Cherry loves Boult: Sri Lankan players puzzled after ball gets stuck into Trent Boult’s helmet\https://www.sportsindiashow.com/zimbabwe-great-grant-flower-claims-fed-lack-freedom-security-pakistan/ Advertisementlast_img read more

He may have replaced him in the Indian team but Rishabh Pant has ‘good…

first_imgAdvertisement cn5NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsb7ntWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E5isd8( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) guWould you ever consider trying this?😱awCan your students do this? 🌚txxtRoller skating! Powered by Firework No one handles immense pressure better than MS Dhoni. And on Friday, it appeared that the veteran Indian keeper gave his alleged ‘successor’ Rishabh Pant a few tips on that matter. The Indian youngster shared a couple of pictures with Dhoni on his social media accounts, captioning “Good Vibes Only @msdhoni”. The picture shows Pant, sitting beside the former India skipper along with his pet dogs having a good time. Pant who is being constantly labelled as MS Dhoni’s successor, since his international debut, has been selected in the T20Is and Test squads for the upcoming series against Bangladesh.Advertisement Advertisement The MSK Prasad led selection committee has preferred Rishabh Pant as India’s primary wicketkeeper since MS Dhoni’s absence. He even claimed on Thursday that they are “moving on” and are looking at “younger options after the World Cup”.“We are moving on, we are very clear. Post World Cup we have been clear. We started backing (Rishabh) Pant and wanted to see him do well. He may not have had the best of matches but we are clear, we are focusing on him only,” said MSK Prasad following the squad announcement for the Bangladesh series.“We’re looking at younger options after the World Cup, so you can understand our thought process. We definitely had a chat with Dhoni and he also endorses our view of backing youngsters,” he added.Earlier, the newly appointed BCCI president Sourav Ganguly stated that Dhoni’s future isn’t finished citing, “champions don’t finish very quickly.”India is scheduled to play three T20Is and two Tests against Bangladesh, starting November 3. Advertisementlast_img read more

Summer Is Our Time At The Shore

first_imgBy Joseph Sapia Summer season crowds leave. Oppressive heat disappears, but it is still warm. The sun projects a softer light. Wildlife migrates. The foliage is changing colors.The magic of September at the Jersey Shore.“Don’t tell anybody,” laughed Cindy Zipf, executive director of the Clean Ocean Action.But, then, she added, “The secret’s out.”Secretly or not secretly, Shore people speak in wonder of September along the coast.“It is kind of magical,” said Margaret Mass, executive direc- tor of the Red Bank Visitors Center. “It’s a way to still enjoy the waterfront experience.“It’s kind of nice people can get into their favorite restaurants without a line,” Mass said. “It’s not too cold, not too hot.”Caitlin Over, 31, of Atlantic Highlands and Alissa Snell, 36, of Red Bank were leaving the Sea Bright beach, where both have season badges, on a recent day. While both are educators – Over, a guidance counselor at Howell High School and Snell, a school psychologist at Neptune High School – their summer is not over.September, Over said, “it’s my favorite local summer.”“The water’s warm, the beach is quiet, it’s just easy,” Snell said. “Everybody on the beach we know is a local.“It’s just more relaxed,” she added. “More people know their beach etiquette – don’t sit close to someone else, don’t blare music, throw garbage away, watch your kids.”Some wrongly think September is the end of beach season, said Olivia Rauso, 19, of Red Bank.“I think it’s really great, if you take adavantage of it,” said Rauso. “On Sandy Hook, it’s migrating season,” Dillingham said.Monarch butterflies and fall warblers are heading south, for example. “You start to notice that change,” Dillingham said.Zipf, whose Clean Ocean Action environmental group also is based at Sandy Hook, noted the changing of colors – the “bright yellow” of goldenrod and the ocean’s water, for example.“The water gets a reflection from the sun that’s deeper, crisper,” said Zipf, who has spent all of her 57 years at the Shore. “Foliage starts turning red. The air is crisper. It’s a beautiful time of year.”Pat MacMillan, 66, a recently retired Perth Amboy schools administrator who lives in Fair Haven, noted how September is a great time for town and beach.“We always try to get to the beach in September,” MacMillan said. “It’s quiet. You can go to the end of September. “You can go to restaurants, walk around without the crowds,” MacMillan said. “September is the best.”This September, MacMillan will do local trips to Ocean Grove and Island Beach State Park, along with vacationing at Acadia National Park on the Maine coast.Rauso, on the other hand, is headed back to school at Montclair State University. “As soon as I’m at Montclair, I miss the beach,” Rauso said. “It’s the best-kept secret, September at the beach,” Rauso said.But the secret is out….center_img For locals, September is sort of a Take Back the Shore.“You can look at it as our time,” said Laurie Potter of Rumson. “It can be a time to enjoy our own backyard.”But Potter, co-owner of River Road Books in Fair Haven, noted the “juxtaposition,” when the Jersey Shore’s traditional summer season of Memorial Day to Labor Day transitions with the coming of September.“You can go out to all the places you don’t want to get near in the summer,” Potter said.However, tourism also helps businesses, Potter said. And tourism takes advantage of September. For example, in Red Bank, the Guinness Oyster Festival is Sunday, Sept. 25, at the White Street Parking Lot.“We definitely enjoy a nice shoulder season, Red Bank being the gateway to the Shore area,” Mass said. “Temperatures go down, free beaches.“Beautiful weather,” Mass said. “We, sometime, have the nicest weather, September weather.”“It can be the best weather of the year, in September,” Potter agreed.“People feel it’s a good time to get out,” Mass said.The natural world, too, changes.“The way I always know it’s September is the gulls and terns wing dance,” said Tim Dillingham, executive director of the American Littoral Society, a Sandy Hook-based coastal conservation group. “They’re flying around, grabbing these (flying) ants.last_img read more

Libraries Hope Voters Pass $125M Bond Referendum in November

first_imgBy Bernadette Hogan |Libraries are invested in the world of service and pleasing the public. But when it comes to allocating state resources, they often get the short end of the stick, says a Monmouth County library advocate.“Money has been eroding, and when it comes to state resources, we are often the last ones to reap benefits of taxes and bonds,” said Renee Swartz of Rumson, chairperson of the Monmouth County Library Commission, advisors for the Monmouth County Library System (MCLS). “We don’t have large sums of money to spend on lobbying for what we need.”But after many years of strategic advocacy propelled by the New Jersey Library Association and personalized appeals from advocates like Swartz, library leaders are hopeful an upcoming public vote will support their vision for enhancement of services.On November 7, when voters go to the polls, New Jersey residents will be asked whether or not to authorize the state to issue $125 million in bonds to provide grants to public libraries. The New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act would build, equip, and expand public libraries to increase capacity and better serve the public. Grants would cover 50 percent of the cost of projects. The other 50 percent would be provided by a library’s local government. Private donors would be allowed to contribute toward the 50 percent provided by a local governmentJudith Tolchin, director of the Monmouth County Library System, said funds would facilitate programs already in place, not only at Library Headquarters in Manalapan, but throughout the 40 municipalities the MCLS serves.Renovations in Manalapan would transform the space into a modern, attractive, active, and fully accessible building with a functional design, Tolchin said. She envisions upgrading meeting rooms with smart chairs, equipped with individual charging stations for electronic devices.The money would also mean the libraries could offer more attractive and diverse programs.“A library is one of the only places truly committed to lifelong learning,” said Tolchin. “They go far beyond the scope of a K-12 education because it’s a place where intrinsic benefits far outweigh the costs.”The state contributes $70,000 to the MCLS operating budget. Nearly $15 million comes from taxes, with additional funding coming from other sources. While $15 million may seem like a large sum, Tolchin says it leaves minimal wiggle room – and every dollar counts.“The money goes towards maintaining staff, a few buildings, providing materials and programming funds,” said Tolchin.The organization oversees 14 branch libraries and 13 member libraries within Monmouth County. While branch libraries are owned, operated and staffed by the MCLS, member libraries, like in Fair Haven or Sea Bright, are maintained by their local municipal government. Member libraries utilize MCLS services, and receive access to the county catalog, a technology and book budget, and representatives to run children’s programs.The MCLS is motivated to expand digital offerings beyond shelved books because it costs less and frees up physical space for community activity that enhances quality of life, such as lectures, children’s programs, career development seminars, music concerts, movies and tutoring services.Recently, the Eastern Branch Library in Shrewsbury handed out free solar eclipse glasses and ran a program on scientific literacy during the Aug. 21 eclipse. Between three and four hundred people came to the event.“By being eclectic, we are using all our abilities and attracting more and more people,” said Swartz. “There’s nothing in it for the libraries, except they open you up to avenues you never even dreamed of. It’s an intangible thought about advancing mobility and advancing the democratic spirit.”However, not all local libraries in Monmouth will be eligible for a grant application. The Oceanic Free Library, for example, operates under a private system established by the Meeker family in 1920. They started the library as a memorial to their son, William, who died in World War I before seeing combat.Board president Carolyn Miller explains that while funding from the state would be greatly appreciated, money for the Ocean Free Library comes from the borough of Rumson, individual donations and fundraisers, and an annual appeal.“It’s very difficult to get funding because people donate to so many community fundraisers already, like school events or programs. It’s a lot of work,” said Miller. “We would love to purchase awnings to cut back on air conditioning in the summer. We would love for someone to sponsor or underwrite our fish tank expenses. Everyone loves the fish tank but it costs money to maintain,” said Miller.The library just installed a new kitchen. A granite countertop was donated and Home Depot offered a new refrigerator. Last year’s improvements included a new roof, provided by a fundraiser at the Seabright Lawn Tennis & Cricket Club.The MCLS does provide services to Rumson’s library, as they have member status. The system supports the Oceanic Library through books and technology, and a weekly representative runs the children’s program.“Our library director Nanette Reis does a great job,” Miller said. “Between new families, after school tutoring services, and community events, we are very busy.When asked which sites were a top priority in the event that referendum passes, Tolchin said there will be a formal process to choose projects. “The Library Commission will assess and prioritize the needs of branch facilities, and decide on the best course of action to enhance services for the entire county library system.”This article was first published in the Sept. 7-14, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more

Highlands Hopes for Henry Hudson Trail Expansion

first_imgBy Jay Cook |HIGHLANDS – Last year, borough residents observed construction crews passing through town to access the storm-battered Atlantic Highlands segment of the Henry Hudson trail to execute a million dollars’ worth of repairs.The popular trail for bikers, strollers and runners ends at the Highlands border.The opening of that renovated trail has revived a discussion in Highlands about the potential value of extending the route through the bay-front town.On Feb. 7, the borough council unanimously voted to ask the Monmouth County Park System (MCPS) for assistance in connecting the 24-mile-long Henry Hudson Trail to Highlands. A detailed, Intra-Borough Bike Path plan was introduced and presented in late 2011 but was shelved in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy months later.“It just so happens that you kind of get cut off once the bike path ends from Atlantic Highlands, which is ridiculous,” said Highlands councilwoman Rosemary Ryan, who helped oversee the report in 2011. “You can get to Hartshorne Park and Sandy Hook from here.”Joe Sardonia, an MCPS supervising landscape architect, said talks about extending the trail into Highlands had stalled after Sandy.“We haven’t really looked at that very closely recently,” Sardonia said, “and it’s a bit disjointed.”The 2011 plan was generated to be both a thoroughfare for bikers and joggers who utilize the trail, as well as for residents looking for a safe way to commute by bicycle through Highlands. The small, 0.71-square-mile bayside community hopes to connect the Henry Hudson Trail to about a dozen local roadways with significance.The report was split into four categories – the Henry Hudson Trail section, Huddy Park section, Downtown section and the Hill section – each offering its own unique amenities. Bicyclists would be able to safely access many of Highlands’ restaurants, local businesses and its numerous borough, county and state parks.“It would be a direct benefit to our local economy,” said Carla Cefalo-Braswell, president of the Highlands Business Partnership. “It would definitely be an economic driver because people would potentially see more businesses instead of seeing the trail ending and not coming into town.”The report also suggests bike racks, interpretive signage, informational kiosks and bicyclist-friendly roadway markings all be implemented along the route.The most challenging aspect of the bike path, per the report, is the Hill section, where bicyclists would have to cross Route 36 and traverse up hilly roads to the historic Twin Lights State Park and to the 794-acre Hartshorne Woods Park.At Hartshorne Woods Park, the park system has been improving Battery Lewis over the past few years. The former military outpost served as a defensive location for Fort Hancock’s protection on the New York Harbor during World War II. The site has become a refurbished, walk-through informational center set to open in the spring.But Sardonia said connection to Hartshorne Woods Park would not be so easy.“I think it would be a benefit,” he said, “but the question is how do you do that in a safe manner, given the existing roads?”Ryan, the councilwoman, said she also envisioned the Henry Hudson Trail running through Highlands onto Gateway National Recreation Area and then into Sea Bright.The Henry Hudson Trail currently runs in sections from Freehold to Atlantic Highlands, passing through Marlboro, Matawan, Keyport, Hazlet and Middletown. According to the park system, it was formerly called the Bayshore rail corridor, a 19th-century rail line serving towns from Aberdeen to Atlantic Highlands.In 1980, Monmouth County secured a grant to acquire the property from Conrail. In 1990, the county took control of the right-of-way and began rehabilitating the trail through federal grants a few years later. New Jersey Transit currently owns the trail corridor.The complete Intra-Borough Bicycle Plan can be found online at HighlandsBorough.org.This article first appeared in the Feb. 15-22, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

January Fishing Report

first_imgBy Kerry Reed, Kootenay Lake Fishing ChartersKootenay Lake:
Well, we already kicked the new year off with big fish. The annual New Year’s Day derby was an eventful one. Randy Zelonka of Balfour landed a beautiful 20 pound Rainbow to win the fun derby.Nice to start the new year with a great fish.  Can’t wait to see what the rest of 2011 has in store for us.As for the latest report, Kootenay Lake has been good.  December saw some days with up to 15 fish to the boat.  It also saw some days with not so many fish. It’s difficult to predict what mood the fish were going to be in.  It seemed to change day to day.  Just when you think you have it figured out.  I guess that’s why they call it fishing.One day we had 16 fish on during the day.  A lot of the fish were over 10 pounds. There was definitely some excitement that day.Another day, we only managed five fish, but two of them were 17 pounds. So, that’s a fair trade.It seems like when the fish are on, they’re on.  Lot’s of occasions  we would get a fish on, and while fighting that fish, another fish would hit the other lines. So, all in all, it’s been great.What are they biting??Our bucktail flies are still working on the choppy days.  We’re still getting fish on the usual patterns.  Black/White, Grey/Wht, and Purple/Wht seem to be the best.  Also my favorite Lyman plugs have been producing some good fish on the downriggers.  The 100, 102, 135, and lately #32 has been catching some nice Dollies on the riggers.  Flasher and hoochie combo are still working well on the downrigger as well.It’s also that time of year.  The water temp has dropped and it’s time to start trying out the ‘Bill Norman’s’.   This will be a much slower presentation, but if the usual  lures aren’t working, the Billies just might be the trick.Don’t be afraid to experiment.January and February might produce fewer fish, but they are usually the biggest fish of the year.  Hold on tight…….Tight lines…………Kerry ReedReel Adventures Fishing ChartersNelson B.C250-505-4963www.reeladventuresfishing.comlast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Castlegar Vikings

first_imgThe Castlegar Vikings save their best for last, sweeping through the playoffs to capture the West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football League championship at the Mount Sentinel Field.The Vikes first took out defending champ Dam Inn Mates before finishing off the league in the final by knocking off Nelson Hour Glass 33-14. The win is the sixth in seven years for the Castlegar franchise.Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to add to the dynasty by saluting the squad as Team of the Week.The Vikes includes, back row, L-R, Joel Muller, Jay Trower, John Lloyd, Ryan McKellar, Paul Laratta, John Foley, Dave Perepolkin and Jaime Simpson.Front, Carl Perepolkin, Steve Mota and Jesse Bosma.last_img read more