Thurston County Youth Can Earn A Patch For Reducing, Reusing, &…

first_imgFacebook7Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston County Solid WasteGroups can work to reduce trash, reuse items, and recycle more. By being part of the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Patch program, youth from Thurston County will learn how to prevent and reduce waste and take better care of their environment and neighborhood. After a group completes activities and action projects, they can fill out a Patch Requirement Sheet. Thurston County Solid Waste will send free patches to the group for practicing the 3 R’s.Don’t stop with the RRR Patch Program!Thurston Solid Waste has even more opportunities for youth in organizations, such as scouts, to earn badges, patches, pins, and service hours. They have helpful presentations that show you:What you can recycle in your community.How you can recycle at home.Where your garbage goes.Staff also help group members learn to teach others. Youth can work alongside Master Recycler Composter education volunteers or County outreach staff and “learn by doing”. One example activity is to show people how to sort their waste and recycling at a public event like the Thurston County Fair.If your group is interested and would like more information about either of these options, please visit, or contact Colleen Minion at (360) 867-2280 or read more

Westport Winery Wins at American Wine Society’s 47th Annual Conference

first_imgSubmitted by Westport WineryGoing Coastal, the wineries most award-winning selection, brought home a gold medal. This sparkling Gewürztraminer is brisk and bright, like a spring sea breeze. The winery suggests this be enjoyed with a slice of their homemade raspberry cream pie and accompanied by the song Champagne by Andrea Bocelli. A portion of the proceeds of this wine benefits the Coastal Interpretive Center in Ocean Shores. The label was painted by Krister Lile.Bordello Blonde, an off-dry blend of 80% Gewürztraminer and 20% Riesling grown at Red Willow Vineyard, earned a silver medal. Like its name suggests this selection is sexy and soft as “she goes with anyone and anything.” This is well-paired with Corks, Crab and Cheese from the winery’s Farm to Fork Restaurant while listening to Bad Romance by Lady Gaga. This wine benefits the Aberdeen Museum of History and features original art by winery co-owner Kim Roberts.Both Nirvana and Bog Berry Blush were awarded bronze medals. Nirvana is a balanced blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah from Discovery Vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. The tasting notes suggest it is like a magic, inviting red sunset that feels like fire. A Shut The Front Door Burger pairs perfectly with this wine as you enjoy Come As You Are by Nirvana. This wine benefits the West Coast Search Dogs of Washington. The label, an homage to Nirvana’s Nevermind album features an underwater photo of Carrie Roberts (now the winery’s cider maker) at six months of age.The label of Bog Berry Blush by Tokeland artist Wally Mann tells the story of this delightful blend of cranberry and Gewürztraminer. The flavor is tingly, tart, refreshing, spirited and racy. It is terrific with Beachcomber Sandwich of cranberry chicken salad with crispy bacon on grilled whole wheat. The tasting notes suggest listening to Love Shack by the B-52s along with this meal. Proceeds from this wine are donated to the WSU Cranberry Museum and Research Station in Long Beach.More than 600 wines were entered from across North America in this competition, one of the oldest in the nation. “The diversity of wines submitted and awarded is a testimony the quality wine being produced throughout the country,” said Joseph Dautlick, Director of Competitions. Facebook15Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

When Is It Better to Buy than Rent?

first_imgFacebook47Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Chris Johns for On Q FinancialTwenty or thirty years ago, if you asked the question, “Is investing in real estate a good idea?”, the answer was most likely a “Yes”. With the great depression long faded from memory, it wasn’t until the crash in 2008 that people began to question whether a real estate purchase was always the right thing to do.I am the first to admit that buying is not always right for everyone.But there are times when buying a home is an undeniably better option than renting. I’ll discuss those below to help you determine if now is a good time for you to invest in a home.The decision to buy a home, rather than renting, is one that should be taken seriously, considering all factors.When You’re In It for The Long HaulThe New York Times says buying is better than renting after five years. If you plan to stay in your house at least five years, then the best option for most people is to purchase a home. Conversely, if you want to be able to pick up and go every few months, buying might not be the best choice for you right now.If you plan to put down roots, look into how long it will take for buying to be better financially than renting. Check out an interactive rent-buy calculator to see if it’s a better value to buy based on how long you intend to be in your house.When You Don’t Want to Pay MoreIf you’ve been in the same rental house or apartment for a while, you’ve probably seen prices increase. In fact, last year, rental prices rose twice as fast as inflation. This isn’t likely to slow down anytime soon. Rental vacancies are the scarcest they’ve been in 20 years, according to a Harvard report. The increasing number of renters has driven down the supply of rental properties, which has in turn increased prices for rentals.If you don’t want to continue to pay more for the same rental property, you should consider purchasing a home. When you buy, your equity increases as you pay down your debt, rather than your payment increasing as is happening with rentals.Chris Johns has a strong background in real estate and the Thurston County area where he lives with his family.When You Can Afford ItUse On Q’s mortgage calculator to determine what your mortgage payment would be. Of course, affording a home purchase isn’t just about being able to make the monthly payment. You also need to have money to cover a down payment, closing costs and other fees.If you are looking at buying a $250,000 home, a 20% down payment is $50,000. Not all buyers require a 20% down payment, however. In fact, many can pay 10%, 5%, or even 3% down on that same $250,000 home.Not only that, but Washington State has some Down Payment Assistance options that many buyers may qualify for.So, can you foot the bill and afford to purchase a home? If so, now is likely a good time to buy a home. But don’t empty all your savings to do it. Even new homes will require fix-ups and maintenance over the first year, as well as homeowners’ insurance and property taxes. So make a purchase that allows you to keep an emergency fund in your savings.It’s also important to note, you may be able to deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage from your taxable income. This will help offset some of the costs of home ownership.When You’re Up for the MaintenanceOwning a home requires more maintenance than renting. However, if you don’t mind doing some small maintenance on your home (or you have a good handyman), now is a great time to buy. Perform your own preventative maintenance like painting the siding every few years, cleaning your air ducts, and tuning up your plumbing, and you’ll save bundles down the road.Chris Johns – On Q Financial(360) 347-8000chris.johns@onqfinancial.comFind Chris on LinkedInFollow Chris on Facebooklast_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Walnut

first_imgFacebook209Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Walnut! He is a Orange/Brown Brindle, 1-year-old, 30-pound, Boxer mix.  Affectionately called ‘Wally’ this bundle of cuteness will steal your heart! Shelter volunteer’s say, “Just look at that face.” Wally has lived successfully with children and other dogs and enjoys playing, walks, and fetch. He is a playful fella, and total cuddle bug!   If you have a fenced yard and are looking for a sweet companion to make you smile, then Wally may be your next best friend!If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Walnut 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.last_img read more

Marina Rebuilt To Be Stronger Than The Storms

first_imgBy Joseph SapiaHIGHLANDS – During 2012’s Super Storm Sandy, James Bollerman’s 33-foot express cruiser was destroyed.Its name was “Overboard.”Bollerman, too, could have gone overboard – figuratively speaking.Sandy – a combination of hurricane, nor’easter and high tide storm – struck in late October 2012 and “obliterated this property, reduced it to a pile of rubble,” Bollerman said. He was speaking of his Sandy Hook Bay Marina, which sits on the water near Popamora Point.He bought the marina eight years prior to the storm and, despite setbacks, was restoring it. He doubled the number of boating slips to about 90. Then Sandy hit, bringing in six feet of floodwater. After the storm, some marina boats were found a quarter-mile-away.“It wiped out eight years of work in an hour and a half and hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars, maybe millions,” said Bollerman, 61, recalling the events. “It’s too painful to talk about.”Instead of going overboard, Bollerman, who lives in Little Silver and owns Bollerman Development in Red Bank, pressed forward.A few months after the storm he re-opened Sandy Hook Bay Marina, with about 25 to 30 slips. He closed it at the end of 2013, and reopened it in March with an $8.5-million-dollar redevelopment almost completed on the 5-1/2-acre property.“We decided to commit the resources and effort to redevelop it,” Bollerman said. “You’re left with a pile of rubble. It’s easy to get discouraged.”Although he questioned his compass reading at times, Bollerman stayed the course.“There were times I wasn’t sure it was the right decision,” he said.The result of sticking with it is a marina with 130 slips, including 15 reserved for transient boaters, that can handle boats 25 to 70 feet. The 115 regular slips have been fully rented since a few weeks ago.“We had a very good response to the new marina,” Bollerman said. “Most of our (former rental) boaters stayed with us.”The view inland from the Sandy Hook Bay Marina docks. The new construction is the Pulte Homes townhouses.Sandy Hook Bay Marina includes a wave screen that sits about 10 feet above the bay waters and is built to withstand a Category 2 hurricane. In some spots, he raised the bayfront property by 8 feet to where it now sits about 14-1/2 feet above sea level.The marina has various amenities for boaters, such as restrooms, showers, a gathering room. Some of the marina’s 3,600-square-foot building over four stories and looking like a lighthouse is still under construction.“We wanted to do something architecturally significant to give us a presence,” Bollerman said.Jersey Shore restaurateur Joe Amiel is scheduled to open the Bay Pointe Inn full-service restaurant at the marina later this summer. The restaurant-tavern will be open to the public.“Mr. Bollerman has been a dedicated partner in our borough for decades,” said Mayor Frank Nolan. “We are so proud to have this investment in our community. The post-Sandy re-launch for this site is another sign of Highland’s recovery.”“This is an achievement that we can point to with great pride,” said Carla Cefalo-Braswell, president of the Highlands Business Partnership. “We are grateful to Bollerman Developers for inspiring this vision.“We remain confident that this important new addition to the borough’s amenities will spark prosperity and economic development throughout our town.”On Sunday, June 26, at 11:30 a.m., borough and Highlands Business Partnership officials will cut a ribbon to celebrate the marina’s re-opening. The marina is at 1 Willow St.“Just a meet-and-greet, a salute to the marina,” Bollerman said.On an adjoining 5-1/2 acres, Pulte Homes is in the process of building 49 townhouses.Bollerman, himself, is back inside the boating community with a 23-foot Boston whaler – although it was not yet in the water as of a few days ago.“Hurricane Sandy devastated the boating community,” he said.For boaters, it took away their boats, their sense of adventure, their relaxation time, Bollerman said. So, he said, “it makes me feel good” to help restore what was lost to boaters.But Bollerman knows Sandy lingers for many.“There are people that have a lot of pain from Sandy,” he said. “There’s still an enormous amount of pain.”Sandy Hook Bay Marina, 1 Willow St., Highlands; 732-872-1511;; read more

Rumson’s Ekdahl Steps Down as Mayor

first_imgRUMSON – Some might say John Ekdahl was the steady presence in the room, a familiar guide for Rumson over the past two decades. Others might know him as the careful career financial advisor who approached every challenge holistically.As the page turned on his final chapter of public service, Ekdahl maintained that stoic character Tuesday evening when he stepped down from the Borough Council after a political career spanning 23 years. It was the first time since Dec. 7, 1995 that he sat in front of the council members rather than beside them on the dais.“Honestly it felt a bit awkward, I have to say,” Ekdahl said with a chuckle. “Certainly a different view.”Ekdahl officially informed his colleagues of his departure in a May 18 letter. In a 2015 interview with The Two River Times, Ekdahl said this term would be his final in Rumson. Ekdahl, 72, joined Rumson’s governing body in 1995 after he was appointed to the Borough Council. He spent nine years at that post before being appointed in 2004 to succeed former mayor Charles Callman. The Rumson resident of 61 years has volunteered and governed for over four decades. He’s also seen the small, affluent community of 6,800 residents change over that time span, but recently he believes those transformations have been for the best.“Way back when, I don’t think there was the same enthusiasm for the town,” said Ekdahl, a first vice president and senior financial advisor at Merrill Lynch in Red Bank. “I think people always appreciated living here, but now there’s more of an open enthusiasm about the town, about the school systems and the athletic programs that we’re producing.” Says Goodbye After 23 Years on CouncilBy Jay Cook | center_img Ekdahl has been a board member for the Community YMCA and the newly-renamed Count Basie Center for the Arts. He was one of 12 members on the Two River Council of Mayors, a congregation of local elected officials around the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers who meet regularly. Ekdahl also held a seat on the Sandy Hook Reuse Committee, helping reinvigorate pieces of the former military instillation there.But he also had to make some tough decisions and weather one of the nastiest storms in recent memory. Ekdahl was a driving force in the construction of a new $9 million borough hall in 2010, which brought police, borough administration and public works together at a mini-campus at 80 East River Road.Super Storm Sandy will be Ekdahl’s “most lasting memory.” The 2012 storm caused over $8 million worth of damages to the borough infrastructure and he was in charge of the entire rebuild.“That was a three-month slog, really, to get the town picked up,” said Ekdahl. “We were out of power for about three weeks. Just to get the town put back together and try to get it running again and get some sense of normalcy (was important).”About 30 residents and a handful of local elected officials attended the May 22 Borough Council meeting to send Ekdahl off. Fair Haven Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli sat beside Ekdahl’s wife, Lolly, throughout the goodbye.“When I came in, I was still wet behind the ears, didn’t know the ropes and had a lot of enthusiasm,” said Lucarelli, a Fair Haven official of nearly a decade. “I guess you could really say he was my mentor.”Lucarelli said his friendship with Ekdahl helped the two neighboring communities grow together. In 2015 they both successfully pushed Monmouth County officials to incorporate bicycle lanes along Ridge Road to benefit both towns. They also struck deals on interlocal agreements as Fair Haven moved its municipal court and building department to Rumson over the years.“He carefully considers what’s going on and then does what he believes is best for Rumson residents,” said Lucarelli.State Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), who also was a borough councilman in nearby Little Silver during Ekdahl’s tenure, said “Rumson was very lucky to have someone so dedicated.”“You have your standouts and John has been that for a long time,” O’Scanlon continued. “It’s a big loss and we’re going to miss him.”Although he’s stepping away from public service, Ekdahl said he’ll stay on at Merrill Lynch “certainly for the balance of the year and maybe beyond.”He and Lolly have a second home in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, in the same development where their son’s family and grandchildren currently live. They have plans to spend a lot more time down there.Ekdahl didn’t shed any tears throughout the evening – instead there were firm handshakes and hearty hugs passed around. He hearkened back to that even-keeled mindset when asked what his impact on Rumson would be.“Having a system in place that seems to be moving seamlessly (is the most important),” he said. “I just think we’re in a good place right now as we improve our assets.”The Borough Council unanimously approved council president Joseph Hemphill to serve the as mayor for the remainder of 2018. A closed session to discuss that appointment didn’t last two minutes.Hemphill, a 70-year-old lifelong Rumson resident and business owner, said he’s excited for the challenge ahead.“It’s just an honor to be here to try and take care of our town,” he said. “It’s what the residents want, that’s why they moved here.”Councilwoman Laura Atwell was chosen to serve as the new Borough Council president.This article was first published in the May 24-31, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

The fields are alive with the sounds of roundball players

first_imgLet the second half begin.The fields at Lakeside once again have gone from dormant to a beehive of activity as Nelson Youth Soccer kicked off its second half of the 2010 House League season. Nelson Youth Soccer, boasting the largest registration players of all the minor sports groups in the Heritage City, concluded the summer hiatus with games and practices in all age groups last week. Saturday, of course, was the traditional Soccer Saturday with all of the mini players seeing action at the older Lakeside Pitch. The fall season concludes in early October with playoffs in most divisions. The U12 and U 14 girl’s championship matches are set for Thursday, September 30 while the U12 and U14 boy’s title game go Saturday, October 2. Both U17 finals will be played Monday, October 4. All games are set for the Lakeside Pitch. To wrap up the season Nelson Youth Soccer executive is hosting the Fabulous Italian Feast Banquet on Wednesday, October 6. There are two meal gatherings — U10 and U12 divisions are up first followed by U14 and U17 teams. The NYS annual general meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 13 at 7 p.m. in the Baker Street Best Western. This is an opportunity for parents and players to shape the future of youth soccer in Nelson.last_img read more

Kootenay coach selected to All Star Game staff

first_imgThe Nelson Daily SportsKootenay Wildcats skipper Mario DiBella has been selected to one of the two assistant coaching positions for the upcoming Female Midget AAA All Star Game at the Coquitlam Sports Centre.DiBella, who has coached at the Nelson Minor Hockey and Provincial levels as well as the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, joins Jason Garneau of the Prince George Cougars as the two assistant coaches selected from the five-team league.Mark Elder of the Thompson/Okanagan Rockets and Dean Reed of Fraser Valley Phantom will serve as head coaches.The game is set for December 3 in Coquitlam. The contest begins at 6:45 p.m..During the first and second intermission a skills competition will be held for all the participating players. The skill competition will include fastest skater and a breakaway challenge.The Female Midget AAA League was initiated in the 2007-2008 season in response to the membership’s desire to provide an opportunity for elite female hockey players to come together on zone teams to challenge other elite Female Midget teams.Players for the All Star contest will be announced this week.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

From expansion to KIJHL champs, Osoyoos continues magical ride

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIn the end 42 wins, 90 points and runaway winners of the 2010-11 regular season really does mean something.The Osoyoos Coyotes flexed their offensive muscles, scoring four times in the opening period to trounce the Castlegar Rebels 7-1 and clinch the 2011 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Championship in convincing fashion Saturday before an overflow crowd at the Complex in the Sunflower City.The Desert Dogs win the best-of-seven League Championship series 4-2 and now represent the KIJHL at the Cyclone Taylor Cup beginning Thursday in Fernie.“(Osoyoos) is a good team . . . you have to give them all the credit,” an emotional Ryan Aynsley, tears and sweat still dripping from his playoff beard, said from outside the silent Rebel dressing room.“They came out strong . . . they wanted to win and they won tonight.”The title continues what has already been a Cinderella season for the Desert Dogs.Welcomed back to the KIJHL as poor expansion franchise in April 2010 after their team was jettisoned from the South Okanagan in 2007, the Coyote coaching staff somehow managed to perform some thievery of its own, mixing a core group of veterans in with skilled younger players and a solid netminder contingent to build a winner. Going 1-1 to open the season, the Desert Dogs proceeded to dominate the Okanagan Conference and the league, heading into the Christmas break with an amazing 29 wins in 36 games record.The final numbers on the regular season for Osoyoos was 42-2-2-4 nine points better than conference rivals and defending league champ Revelstoke Grizzlies — a team the Dogs took out in six games to advance to the KIJHL Final.“It started with coach (Ken) Law doing a lot of good recruiting,” said Dogs’ captain and leading scorer Thierry Martine said from ice level following the ceremonial winner’s team photo.“We had some good vets come back from other teams in the KI and we just did some hard work all year and managed to pull it out.”Saturday, the visitors put Castlegar back on their heels early. Steve Sasyniuk scored 35 seconds into the contest on Rebel goalie Alex Ross and the Dogs never looked back.Thierry Martine made it 2-0 on the power play before Brock Anderson and Shane Hana, finishing the game with three goals, scored in the final three minutes to give the visitors the insurmountable lead.Hana’s goal, a weak wrist shot that fooled Ross, came with nine seconds remaining in the period.“We came out ready to win,” said Osoyoos goalie Kyle Laslo, cool, calm and collected in the Coyote net throughout the contest, even at one point during the game playing like a defenceman as he controlled the puck behind the net, not in front, as his team prepared to set up a rush on the power play.“We were all on the same page and we all wanted to win (tonight) and it’s great to win it in their barn.”Laslo said Castlegar seemed to lose focus once the Dogs got the early lead.“(Castlegar) seemed to be flying around really desperate to win, but we had a game plan and stuck to it and everyone on the team did what it took to win,” said Laslo, finishing the KIJHL playoffs with a scintillating 1.60 goals against average.Aynsley, obviously slowed by a lower body injury during the Conference and League Finals suffereed in the Beaver Valley series, couldn’t agree more.“Obviously, that’s tough when they score four right away,” Aynsley, held off the score sheet since scoring the overtime winner in Game three, confessed. “It just kills the bench . . . it kills everybody’s confidence . . ..”“I really don’t know how to explain it,” the Kelowna native added. “We really didn’t know what to do. We had never been down by that much (of a deficit in a game).”The four-goal outburst in the first forced Rebel coach Steve Junker to replace starting Alex Ross for backup Cole Buckley.Buckley played well through the remainder of the game. But the Penticton product can’t score goals. And leading 5-0 after 40 minutes, the Coyotes played it smart for the final period.Castlegar managed to give the crowd of more than 800 something to cheer about by snapping Laslo’s shutout bid in the third.But nothing was going to stop the Osoyoos juggernaut from completing rags to riches story.“This feels good but we’ve still got something left and that’s win two more banners,” said Martine. And how will this expansion franchise continue its incredible run?“Hard work is the only way we’re going to pull it off,” Martine added. ICE CHIPS: The Rebels were missing two keys to the offensive playoff puzzle. Kootenay Ice affiliate Jesse Knowler, on fire throughout most of the post season, missed Saturday with a concussion suffered in Friday’s Game five in Osoyoos. Castlegar was also minus offensive sparkplug and team leader Taylor Anderson. The Castlegar native took a puck to the face during Game four in the Sunflower City. Anderson lost a few teeth and was unable to play for the remainder of the season. Anderson and Knowler, three and five in Rebel scoring, combined for 37 points in the playoffs. . . .Despite losing in the final, the season is a tremendous success for the one-proud Rebel franchise. Castlegar, under the guidance of rookie coach Steve Junker, finished 20 points better in regular season standings to win the Murdoch Division, and registered 12 more wins in the playoffs from a year ago. The Rebels also won the Murdoch Division and Kootenay Conference titles for the first time in more than 15 years. The last time Castlegar won the KIJHL title came in 1996.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Leafs open training camp on KIJHL season August 31

first_imgHockey fans looking to check out the Nelson Leafs this Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season can pretty much pick any Friday or Saturday from September to February to see the Green and White in action.Those two days of the week offer the best choice as Nelson plays no less than 20 of the team’s 26 home games on Friday and Saturday — 10 on each day.“I really like our schedule,” Leaf head coach Frank Maida told The Nelson Daily earlier this month.“We only play two games at home to start the season (in September) so it will be good to get out on the road and have the boys bond as a team.”Unlike last season when Nelson played 11 of its first 19 games at home — more than a third of the season in the first seven weeks — and nine games during the final three weeks of the regular campaign, the Leafs have a more balanced schedule.Nelson opens the season in mid-September with a two-game, home-and-home series against rival Castlegar Rebels. Leaf fans get a chance to see the defending KIJHL champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks Saturday, September 29 at the NDCC Arena.Nelson has two mid-week games on Wednesday along with the traditional New Year’s Eve contest, this season against Beaver Valley. The other home games are on Sunday.The Leafs open training camp on the upcoming season Friday, August 31 at the NDCC Arena for three days.Maida expects approximately 30 players in camp.Exhibition season opens for Nelson Tuesday, September 4 at home against Beaver Valley.The Leafs have scheduled four pre-season games, two each against Castlegar and Beaver Valley.ICE CHIPS: KIJHL training camps should fit in just fine now that the BCHL has moved up their schedule. Last year camps of both leagues were held as the same time, forcing KIJHL coaches to wait longer for Tier II cuts to fill our Junior B rosters. BCHL camps are currently running with the Tier II season opening September 8th, a full week ahead of the KIJHL. Trail plays four exhibition games — August 28 and 29 in the Silver City against Prince George and August 31 and September 1 against Merritt.last_img read more