Adopt-A-Pet Featured Pet of the Week: Friday

first_imgFacebook23Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Friday! She is a happy, smart, active and beautiful, 57-pound girl looking for her forever home. She has basic commands down pat, will drop her toy for you, is good on leash walks, and very eager to learn. Friday loves the agility equipment at the kennels and is doing well running the course. Friday also loves Flyball and Frisbee!Friday is an active girl looking for a home that will do fun activities – flyball perhaps? Photo courtesy: Adopt-A-PetAs top dog, she would prefer to be the only pet in your family. Friday would need a very active family, and if you can provide a fenced yard, exercise, love, fun activities, and a grain-free diet, she might be the perfect dog for you.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.last_img read more

Port Commission Invites Applicants for Citizens Advisory Committee

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Port of OlympiaThe Port of Olympia Commission is seeking applicants for the Port of Olympia Citizens Advisory Committee. The Citizens Advisory Committee comprises 9-13 citizen volunteers who meet monthly, or as needed, to address assignments from the Commission. Individual members also may be asked to participate with Port staff on a range of Port programs and projects. The committee has contributed citizen advice and assistance to the Port since the Commission formed it in 1994.Applicants must be Thurston County residents. Port Commission President, the Interim Executive Director and the Chair of the committee will interview applicants and recommend appointments to the Commission in Mid-December. Criteria for selection are community and economic development activities; volunteer, board or committee experience; work experience; experience or knowledge of the Port; and reasons for serving.To apply, please visit For information about past and current Citizen Advisory Committee projects, please visit the Port’s website at or call 360-528-8014. The application deadline is Monday, November 5, 2018.For more information about the position and how to apply visit read more

Twinstar Community Foundation Pays off $68,500 in School Lunch Debt for…

first_imgWhile this latest round of community donations focus on school lunch debt, the foundation also funds college scholarships for high school seniors, continuing education scholarships, Cheri Kennedy child daycare scholarships for a college-bound parents, and Classroom Cash grants to elementary school teachers for classroom supplies and teaching supports. “We’re grateful to the foundation for their generosity and kindness in providing this opportunity to help students in their learning environment.” School districts receiving the grants include Montesano, Cosmopolis, North Beach, Oakville, Mossyrock, Adna, Chehalis, Napavine, Onalaska, Morton, Griffin, North Thurston, Rochester, Tumwater, Yelm, Rainier, and Olympia. For more information about TwinStar Credit Union and the TwinStar Community Foundation, visit the TwinStar Credit Union website. “The past few months have been stressful for all of us,” said Laurie Kresl, TwinStar Community Foundation president. “Our school children and their families should not have added worry once back in school about lingering school lunch debt.” Facebook2kTweet0Pin0Submitted by TwinStar Credit Union “Nutrition is imperative to learning,” said Julie Mondry, financial services manager at Yelm Community Schools. “This grant will cover nearly all outstanding lunch debt for our six elementary schools.” In total, the TwinStar Community Foundation has donated $150,500 toward reducing school lunch debt since 2017. “TwinStar Credit Union was founded by teachers during the Great Depression to help them through troubled economic times,” said Kresl. “Today we face similar challenges and we are committed to providing solutions like this to help families in financial distress.” TwinStar Community Foundation grants are funded largely by TwinStar Credit Union. Donations to the foundation can be made at any TwinStar branch location. When elementary schools in three SW Washington counties open their doors to students again, many children who have accrued school lunch debt will find the slate wiped clean thanks to a $68,500 grant from the TwinStar Community Foundation.last_img read more

Watch: Paul Scholes with a filthy no-look pass in Vincent Kompany’s testimonial

first_imgImage Courtesy: Sky SportsAdvertisement Etihad Stadium gathered up all the supporters on Wednesday to bid farewell to club icon Vincent Kompany, as the Manchester City legends faced the Premier League all star team that featured the most prominent figures of English football from the past decade, and among them was former Manchester United star Paul Scholes- who’s no look pass will leave you in awe!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Sky SportsA crowd of over 50 thousand gathered in the stands, to see off Kompany, although he missed the chance to be on the field due to injury. However, cherish your eyes on the former Red Devils midfielder, who proved he can still kick it at the age of 44.The clip of Scholes’s mind blowing footwork was uploaded on YouTube channel Keepitonthedeck. Enjoy the clip below-Advertisement Managed by Pep Guardiola, the Citizens legends lined up with players from the team that lifted the 2011-12 Premier League trophy, featuring the likes of Joe Hart, Kolo Toure, Nigel de Jong, Dietmar Hamann, and current club captain David Silva.Advertisement On the other hand, the Premier League all stars featured the very best players from the past seasons – Edwin van der Sar, Gary Neville, Patrick Vieira, Ryan Giggs, Robin Van Persie and Robbie Keane to name a few, and of course, Scholes himself. Gunners legend Therry Henry and the current Belgium national team coach Roberto Martínez.The match ended in a 2-all draw, as Martin Petrov and Benjani Mwaruwari scored for pep’s boys, while van Persie and Keane netted the two in for the all stars. Advertisementlast_img read more

The Late James Gandolfini During a Two River Area Visit

first_imgJames Gandolfini, center, who died of a heart attack on June 19, during a vacation in Rome, is shown playing Tony Soprano during shooting of an episode of The Sopranos on Jan. 14, 2002, at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport. Appearing with Gandolfini were cast members Steve Van Zandt, left, and Jerry Adler, right. Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTOlast_img

Red Bank GOP Ready To Take The Reins

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK– What Borough Councilmen-elect Michael Whelan and Mark Taylor lack in experience in their young political careers, they say they make up in energy and enthusiasm.Red Bank Councilman-elect Mike Whelan“We’re going to be like a sponge, absorbing everything,” said Taylor, about his and Whalen’s plans for learning the ropes as the two Republicans prepare to take their seats on the new borough council. The Republicans will have the majority for the first time in more than two decades.“We’re still in kind of a limbo,” Whelan pointed out. As members-elect they haven’t formally taken their place on the six-member council but are already being approached by residents asking about things and what to expect. “People are looking at us to make changes,” Taylor said.The two will be sworn in on Jan. 2 during the borough re-organization meeting which will be held at the municipal complex at noon.As for what to expect, “I think we want to continue the progress that has been made,” in the last couple of years, Taylor offered, referring to the work of their GOP predecessors Cindy Burnham and Linda Schwabenbauer. Burnham was elected two years ago, and Schwabenbauer was elected last year.“We’re not going to upset the applecart,” Taylor assured, “but we’d like to continue the progress.”Red Bank Councilman-elect Mark TaylorTaylor, 34, a lawyer, and Whelan, 25, who works in the insurance industry, are two political newcomers who won what turned out to be a protracted and close campaign that eventually was determined by a formal vote recount last month. Whelan’s victory was particularly narrow, winning by a mere three votes over nine-year-incumbent Democrat Michael DuPont. Their victory, with previous wins in the last two years by Burnham and Schwabenbauer, set the stage for the GOP to take the majority control of the council for the first time since 1989.Whelan said this amounted to a mandate from the electorate. “People want change,” he said.The changing of the political guard generally ensures there will be some changes in political appointments for the new year. And that could possibly mean a different attorney, engineering and auditing firms, among others, positions that traditionally serve at the pleasure of the mayor and council.Mayor Pasquale Menna, a Democrat, said last week he hasn’t been informed about the future appointments as of yet. Taylor, in response, said it was premature to discuss that and no final decisions have been determined at this time.“Yes, we’re the majority,” he noted, “but we’re not the only ones on the council.”But the two, presumably with the support of their fellow Republicans have issues they would like to tackle in the coming year. Taylor sees it as time for the governing body to once again address the longstanding, and sometimes thorny, issue of parking. “We have an opportunity to dive deep into this,” said Taylor.Certainly, one of the considerations could be further discussions about a parking garage. Taylor said that could be one remedy “if done smartly,” and something that should be raised. “If it doesn’t cost the taxpayers money.”For Whelan, “The one thing I’m really concerned with is the businesses.”Whelan maintained, “When I hear horror stories of mom and pops (businesses) waiting for months to get a variance,” so they can proceed in opening, he finds that troubling.Making the borough more business-friendly and improving the parking situation, “These issues dovetail into each other,” Taylor believed.And the goal is “to get people to Red Bank,” Whelan stressed.Getting people here as visitors—competing with the recently redeveloped Asbury Park as an attraction, especially for younger people—and getting them to move here, to live and to raise their families, should be a priority, they believe.Another area needing attention is the borough’s infrastructure. Taylor called it “ancient” and “actually dangerous,” given its age and condition. Up to this point Whelan describes remedies as, “It’s been a lot of Band-Aids.” Both men acknowledged this could mean spending considerable money but it has to be addressed.“These are not new ideas but we need to move them forward,” Taylor said.Whelan said he would love to serve as the borough council’s liaison to Red Bank RiverCenter, the commercial district’s business alliance.Taylor, who has been active with the Parks and Recreation Committee for a number of years, and would like to continue working with the department if possible.In closing, Whelan offered, “I think the people of Red Bank deserve a break,” and they hope to “dig deep” into the budget to help ease the tax burden.“The vision we have is something we’re going to work on,” he said.last_img read more

Habitat for Humanity Homes Rising

first_imgThe proposed Atlantic Highlands Habitat property sits next to the Fireman’s Memorial Field in the borough. It would be the second Habitat home in Atlantic Highlands. The first is located at 8284 Memorial Parkway, a duplex constructed about two years ago. A recently completed house in Rumson was “wildly successful,” he said. “The concept of a Habitat for Humanity project is really a boon to the area and we’ve seen it over and over again,” Scharfenberger said. Scharfenberger, a former Middletown mayor with experience in state planning policy, said he supports Habitat projects for several reasons. He likes that houses are built with private funding and do not financially impact taxpayers. He also said Habitat homes typically rise on already developed lots that have either been abandoned, have fallen into disrepair or have been demolished. “I’d like to see those types of properties be redeveloped,” Scharfenberger said. A Habitat home is envisioned for 21 Leonard Ave. next to Fireman’s Memorial Field in Atlantic Highlands. Photo by Allison Perrine It is preferable to building affordable housing units on undeveloped land, which he says has “a devastating effect” on open space. Adam Hubeny, borough administrator, said Habitat for Humanity has been a “great partner” with the borough and it has been accommodating in property negotiations and designs. “They have always worked very well with Atlantic Highlands and we’re happy to work with them as a partner,” he said. By Allison Perrine Previously, the organization built an average of one or two Habitat homes per year. On average, it takes a year to 18 months to build these homes. If each municipality in Monmouth County had 10Habitat projects there wouldbe over 500 in the county,Scharfenberger said. Scharfenberger said he has met with officials in about a dozen towns to explain the value in having Habitat homes and they have been very receptive to the idea. He said he would like to see a certain number of Habitat projects in each town, though some municipalities are more suited for it than others. Families in need of affordable housing apply for homeownership through local Habitat for Humanity chapters and are chosen depending on their level of need, willingness to participate in the project and ability to repay an affordable mortgage. They partner with the organization and work alongside the volunteers to realize a home of their own. Officials from Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County said the nonprofit has two projects nearing completion in Long Branch and Keansburg. Two additional properties are being planned in Long Branch as well. ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Habitat for Humanity projects are becoming more common in Monmouth County; nearly 83 percent of towns in the county now have at least one Habitat home. Gerry P. Scharfenberger, a member of the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, is an advocate for Habitat homes because they are constructed by community volunteers with the full participation of the future homeowner. They can help satisfy affordable housing quotas imposed on municipalities. All of the Two Rivercommunities have Habitathomes. The next may be inAtlantic Highlands, wherethe borough council hasintroduced a plan to donateproperty at 21 Leonard Ave.A public hearing will be heldSept. 11. “You want to see affordable housing created the right way, not a court mandate,” Scharfenberger said.last_img read more

Giants sweep Rebels to capture Alberta/B.C. Midget Title

first_imgThe B.C. Major Midget AAA Hockey League champs won the regular season title won in convincing fashion, losing four times during the season. The Giants play in the same league as the Kootenay Ice, coached this season by Simon Wheeldon.  The Ice finished 10th in the 11-team league, finishing with a 8-25-7 record. The 2011 Telus Cup is being held in St. John’s, Newfoundland from April 18-24.The Giants will compete against the host team the St. John’s Pennecon Privateers, as well as the representatives from the West Region, Central Region, Quebec and the Atlantic Region. This is the first time in the history of the Major Midget League that the B.C. representative has defeated the Alberta Representative in the Pacific Midget Regional Championship. In 2007, the Vancouver North West Giants advanced to the Telus Cup by default since the Red Deer Rebels, the host team for the event, captured the Alberta Midget AAA Championship. Alex Kerfoot (West Vancouver, BC) was named Player of the Tournament.  Kerfoot had an outstanding series finishing with one goal and four assists.  The BC Hockey Major Midget League was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15, 16 and 17 year olds an opportunity to play within their own age group. Playing at this high level and be developed for the next level of hockey. These teams have an opportunity each year to compete for the National Midget Championship. The Vancouver North West Giants defeated the Red Deer Rebels 3-1 in game two of the Pacific Midget Regional Championship Saturday to advance to the National Midget Championship, Telus Cup.The Giants blasted the Rebels 7-2 in game one of the best-of-three series on Friday.last_img read more

LVR too hot to handle at Bomber Spring Fling

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily Sports“Rain drops keep falling on my head,” was the last song Ron Mace wanted to hear ringing in his ear when L.V. Rogers Bombers hosted its annual Spring Fling this weekend at the Queen Elizabeth Park.But that’s what happened as Mother Nature decided April showers was the norm of the day.“The weekend was pretty wet and we were not able to play all the tournament games,” said Bomber coach Ron Mace.“We were able to get two games in on Saturday and two were rained out.”“We have planned to make the games up as part of a tournament in Grand Forks April 29-30,” he added.The games that were played it was all LVR.The Bombers opened the tournament Friday with a 14-4 rout of Castlegar as Cole Laughton pitched a complete game for the victory — the first of the season for LVR.The lanky chucker surrendered four hits while fanning seven and issuing three walks.Senior catcher Curtis Pereverzoff led LVR at the dish going three-for-four with two doubles and a grand slam home run. Laughton chipped in with a single and double.Castlegar pitching struggled from the bump as visitors allowed 11 walks.LVR kept up the fine play in the nightcap as Adam Wheeldon dominated the Storm, holding Kimberley to five hits in a 15-4 decision.Wheeldon, finishing with seven strikeouts and six walks, led the hit parade for the Bombers with three doubles.Pereverzoff added three singles while Nolan Renwick finished with a two-for-three performance at the plate.Soccer player turned baseball player Luke Mori went two-for-two at the plate before leaving the game with an injury. Also chipping in to the offence was John Barbonoff, Sawyer Hunt and Austin Tambellini.LVR, improving to 2-3 on the season, once again finished the game with 11 walks.In the other games in the tournament Selkirk of Kimberley dumped Castlegar 14-0 and Grand Forks Wolves also blasted the Sunflower City squad 14-1.Weather permitting; LVR hosts Grand Forks Tuesday at Queen Elizabeth Park. First pitch is 2:30 p.m.EXTRA INNINGS: The Castlegar squad was in Trail Monday playing a game at Butler Park as the West Kootenay Baseball season begins its 2011 season on the diamond.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Local guidebook celebrates 15 years of mapping the Kootenays with new version

first_imgWhat started out as a living room enterprise by two brothers from Trail has grown into a cross-country venture that embraces Canada’s great outdoor spaces.The widely popular Backroad Mapbook series tackles BC`s Kootenay Rockies region with a comprehensive new 144-page guide. “Fishermen, families who enjoy camping, hikers and hunters, people who like canoeing or cruising backroads — we appeal to all of them,” said company co-founder Russell Mussio. This broad appeal is the reason the Kootenay Rockies BC Backroad Mapbook has been the local guidebook of choice for over 15 years and a national best seller. It combines reference information with highly detailed maps which feature up-to-date forest service and logging roads, extensive trail systems and a wide range of recreational features that are not found on other maps. The series was born out of the Mussio brothers` frustration with what was available for exploring BC`s backcountry. “We’d literally have a different map or guidebook for hiking, for canoeing and for fishing, along with a few outdated topo maps with us; it was almost comical,” said Russell.  “It felt like we had to carry around a box full of stuff in the bush with us.” Nearly 20 years later, the rudimentary maps have evolved, the printing press has been replaced and the small apartment has been upgraded to a working office and warehouse where Russell no longer needs to sleep. The in-depth reference and map information requires a team of local researchers and writers to ensure regional information is accurate and noteworthy. Also, relationships with fishing and outdoor clubs, park superintendents, hiking enthusiasts, Government Ministries, and of course, feedback directly from readers, contribute to maintaining the most up-to-date maps available. Partners like ATV BC, BC Parks, Golden Hikes, Camping & RV in BC, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, Trails BC and Recreation Sites and Trails BC were instrumental in providing insider details for readers. The universal appeal for taking off into the backcountry has seen the Backroad Mapbooks series expand to include GPS maps, digital editions and 28 books for BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario as well as the Maritimes, with over 1.5 million books in circulation.last_img