Monthly Archives: August 2020

New Era Begins for the Olympia Downtown Alliance

first_imgFacebook39Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the Olympia Downtown AllianceOn Monday evening, February 5 the Olympia Downtown Alliance (formerly the Olympia Downtown Association) held its Annual Meeting at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Attendees witnessed the unveiling of the Downtown Alliance’s new name, logo, website (, and organizational materials.The new logo is part of the re-branding of the Olympia Downtown Alliance, formerly the Olympia Downtown Association.“The name change to the Downtown Alliance is a nod to the importance of seeking and finding common ground amongst various stakeholders in Downtown Olympia” said Board President Dave Wasson.  “It’s time that we realize what we can accomplish, as business leaders, in this Downtown. Together, we are strong.”During the program, Executive Director Todd Cutts presented the Downtown Alliance’s strategic priorities and the initiatives the organization is undertaking to achieve these priorities.  Alliance priorities include:  Advocacy, Vibrant, Clean, and Safe, Imagemaking, and Business Assistance.  The new website will serve as a tool to educate about the work that the Downtown Alliance is undertaking, as well as featuring a dynamic Downtown business directory.  A comprehensive event calendar that will be housed on the website is also in the works.Event emcee Jerry Farmer of 94.5 ROXY also introduced City of Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby.  The Mayor updated members of the audience about the City’s effort to revitalize Downtown.The evening concluded with the presentation of the annual Downtown awards.  Dave Wasson, President of Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters was presented with the Person of the Year award for his leadership of the Downtown Alliance and in Downtown in general.  Past award winners were responsible for the selection of the winner.The President’s Volunteer of the Year award was presented to former Board Member and Treasurer Jennelle Riffe for her tireless work to ensure financial stability for the organization.  The Business of the Year award was presented to Thomas Architecture Studios (TAS).  TAS was selected in recognition for their commitment to new, quality development in Downtown Olympia and their passion for urban revitalization.Anna Schlecht, Project Coordinator for the Downtown Alliance’s Volunteers in Paint program presented the Paint Volunteer of the Year award to Brad Turner and the Business Sponsor of the Year award to the McMenamin’s Spar Café.About Olympia Downtown AllianceThe mission of the Olympia Downtown Alliance is to advocate for business and property owners while serving as a catalyst for downtown prosperity and positive perception.  The organization is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that advocates for business and property owners in Olympia, Washington.More on the Olympia Downtown Alliance can be found here.last_img read more

Intercity Transit Proposes September 2020 Service Changes

first_imgFacebook19Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Intercity TransitIntercity Transit will conduct a public hearing Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 5:30 p.m. at the business office, 526 Pattison St. SE in Olympia, if allowable under the public meeting guidance of the “Safe Start Washington: A Phased Approach to Recovery.” If an in-person public meeting is not permitted, other opportunities to give public comment will be available. Further details about how to provide public comment via telephone or remote means will be posted at The hearing is to receive public comment on proposed Intercity Transit bus route and schedule changes for possible implementation on September 20, 2020.On May 6, 2020 the Intercity Transit Authority reviewed options for improving local bus service including minor schedule adjustments on several routes and a realignment of Route 42 at South Puget Sound Community College. The proposed service changes are to improve route safety and efficiency.The community is invited to learn about the proposed changes on our website at and can provide public comments prior to the hearing:On our website at com/contact.By emailing mail to Intercity Transit Planning Manager, P.O. Box 659 Olympia, WA 98507-0659.By calling 360-705-5852.Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, 2020 to be considered.Intercity Transit is continuing to follow Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, which has resulted in the temporary suspension of fixed route bus service until further notice. The changes being proposed for September 20, 2020 are contingent upon the reinstatement of fixed route service.last_img read more

BCCI official: Pink Ball made to measure for aiding reverse swing!

first_imgAdvertisement 67u5eNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsaszvWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9hp3( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) liyxWould you ever consider trying this?😱snziCan your students do this? 🌚7tkmjRoller skating! Powered by Firework The first ball of the historic Day-Night Test hasn’t been delivered yet, but critics have already raised a big question, how much of reverse swing a SG pink ball can produce under the flood lights? However, a BCCI official gunned down all those doubts today and confirmed that the seams in the pink balls have been hand stitched, ensuring that each ball aids reverse swing. India will play their maiden Day-Night Test against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata from November 22 onwards.Advertisement “The pinks balls prepared have all been hand stitched as that increases the chances of the ball aiding reverse swing. Shouldn’t be a problem to get the pink cherry to reverse,” the official revealed.Advertisement A pink ball swings conventionally more than it reverses because of the extra lacquer in it. But spotting the ball has been a major issue with players round the globe complaining about the visibility problem, especially during the Twilight. Besides, the pink ball is a bit heavier than the conventional red ball which adds a bit more concern.But both the Indians and the Bangladeshis were given the SG pink balls in Indore to practice under lights and in fact, Virat Kohli and his boys have even expressed their excitement to play a Test under the stars.Advertisement Right after the first Test, Kohli said: “The pink ball does a lot early on, more than the red ball. The pink ball Test is going to be exciting. It’s going be a landmark event for Indian cricket and Indian Test cricket.”Read Also:Virat Kohli: Pink ball favours swing bowlingUnder The Lights: India and Bangladesh to play their first Day-Night Test in KolkataVirat Kohli and co. get used to pink balls in net session ahead of D/N testCheteshwar Pujara reveals the biggest challenge batsmen will face playing D/N tests with pink ball  Advertisementlast_img read more

Oceanic Bridge Work On Schedule

first_imgLITTLE SILVER — Three months into the rehabilitation project, county officials say that work on the Oceanic Bridge is proceeding as scheduled.According to information provided by the county’s Public Information Office, repair work is moving ahead on the 100-foot center bascule span of the drawbridge, spanning the Navesink River, connecting Rumson to the Locust section of Middletown.The contractor, Iron Bridge Group, Inc., North Brunswick, has removed and replaced two of the major beams on the bridge’s north leaf of its bascule span and has reinforced its east and west girders. Along with that, a temporary platform on the south leaf’s bascule has been installed, preparing for the repair work on that side of the structure, while 95 percent of the existing components have been cleaned and primed and other portions have already been painted.“The project is continuing on schedule,” said Monmouth County Freeholder Thomas Arnone in a released statement, indicating the unusually warm winter has allowed workers to make progress and remain on schedule.Painting, however, has been stopped for much of the winter months; still, workers have removed about 10 55-gallon drums of paint chips and rust from some of the sections. Work on some of the mechanical components is going forward off-site, according to Arnone, who oversees county public works and engineering departments.The Oceanic Bridge is the largest of the county-owned 980 bridges and culverts, which are maintained by the county’s public works department.County officials closed the bridge to all traffic back in October to repair the aging and deteriorating structure, detouring traffic through Red Bank and north or through Sea Bright.To allow for marine traffic, one section the bridge’s bascule span is being kept open.Officials are hopeful the construction work will be completed by the end of May to allow summer traffic back on it.It can’t happen soon enough for Todd Thompson, one of the owners of Guarantee Plants and Florist, on the Middletown side.Thompson said he is thankful that work is progressing well but he wanted county officials to reiterate to the contractor how this closing is impacting local businesses. “This has really affected the businesses a lot more than a lot of people thought it would,” Thompson said this week, acknowledging his walk-in business is down by more than 50 percent.“Most of the people have been affected pretty dramatically,” he said. And not opening until Memorial Day, which is the current schedule, could further hurt Thompson’s business, as spring is a busy season.Steve Bidgood, managing partner for Salt Creek Grille, which is right at the bridge’s Rumson portion, has been chugging along pretty well, he said this week. Given the fact that much of his business comes from the Rumson side, “Knock on wood, my sales (are) here, I haven’t seen that much of a drop,” other than a little in his happy hour business.As for the work, “I have been out there and it’s amazing,” he said, explaining spectators can’t really see much from the roadway, as workers are concentrating on the under portion. “It’s been pretty interesting,” what has been going on, he said.Thompson is also president of the Friends of the Oceanic Bridge, a group looking retain a drawbridge seeing it as more aesthetic and functional for this area, as opposed to a much higher fixed span one proposed for future construction. Thompson said his group’s lobbying efforts are continuing and they have been reaching out to state and federal officials.last_img read more

SJV Students Make 26 Acts of Kindness a Priority

first_imgHOLMDEL – The Matthew 22 Initiative is a new Saint John Vianney High School program established to encourage students to respect one another. As part of the effort, the group has adopted the 26 Acts of Kindness Movement that grew out of the tragedy at Newtown, Conn.Established with the premise that Saint John Vianney has a caring and engaged student body that embraces the school motto of “Knowledge, Commitment, and Involve­ment,” the initiative’s goals are: to amplify students’ commitment to improving the lives of others; to encourage the belief that every person deserves to be treated with decency and respect; and to inspire, equip, and empower every student to create a permanent culture of decency at the school.The Matthew 22 Initiative is taken from the Gospel of Matthew that says: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The initiative’s motto is: “Kindness is contagious – take the Initiative.”Saint John Vianney High School seniors, from left, Chris Rocca, Stephanie Piccolo, Briana Liquori and Caitlin Romanczyk, have spearheaded the school’s 26 Acts of Kindness Movement.The members of Matthew 22 are participating in the 26 Acts of Kindness Movement, which began with a thought from Ann Curry of NBC News following the Dec. 14 shooting of 26 victims, including 20 first-graders. Curry suggested that doing random acts of kindness in memory of the 26 lives that were lost would be a fitting tribute. Her idea went viral and the 26 Acts of Kindness Movement was born. People across the nation adopted it and so have students at SJV.The members of Matthew 22 got the word out to fellow students. They set up boxes and had students write down the act of kindness that they did that day and place it in a box. The club members then posted the cards on a bulletin board in the school hallway to remind students to show respect and kindness to everyone.The 26 acts range from holding a door open to buy­­ing a fellow student lunch. The four leaders of Matthew 22 are seniors, Chris Rocca, Stephanie Piccolo, Briana Liquori and Caitlin Romanczyk.“It’s important to do this to show that even the little things matter,” Romanczyk said.Rocca wanted to be a part of Matthew 22 because he “wanted to make a difference at SJV and be part of such an important thing.”The 26 Acts of Kindness is ongoing at SJV and will continue throughout the year.last_img read more

Kids-Tri triathlon welcomes all competitors to third annual race July 7 in the Silver City

first_img“The race is open to all communities and we encourage young kids to participate in a fun and active event,” said a Kids-Tri spokesperson.The Kids Tri is for kids ages 4-12, with different routes and distances for each age group (4 years; 5-6 years; 7-8 years; 9-10 years; 11-12 years).Cost is $36.00, and every participant will receive their race package which includes a water bottle, t-shirt, swim cap, ball cap, and treats. Competitors also receive a participation medal at the end of the race, and a celebration lunch. Registration deadline is July 4  — no exceptions.For more details call Trail Parks and Recreation at 368‐6484, or the Trail Aquatic Centre at 364‐0888, or email Lisa at The Nelson Cyswogn’ Fun triathlon has been a big hit for more than 25 years.However, there’s a new triathlon starting to make waves — the Kids-Tri event.Participants from ages four to 12 are invited to compete in the third-annual event Saturday, July 7, in Trail.last_img read more

NMHA offers early-bird special for upcoming minor hockey season

first_imgNo mistake about it, it’s not really hockey weather.However, Nelson Minor Hockey is gearing up for another season on the pond by opening up registration for the 2013-14 campaign.And, for those players signing up and paying the full, meal, deal by August 15, 2013, there’s a $50 saving. The real deadline for the upcoming season is September 15, 2013.Players missing both deadlines, there’s a $75 late charge.For registration forms and information go to needing financial support available via KIDSPORT, application deadline Aug 30, 2013. For details go to kidsportcanada.caFemale players wanting to join take it up a knotch, the Kootenay Wildcats are holding tryouts for the season beginning (Saturday) August 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and (Sunday) August 11, 7:30-8:45 a.m. and noon to 1:30 p.m.Tryout sessions will be held at the Nelson District Community Complex.last_img read more

Senior Curling Championships take over Nelson Club

first_imgSix rinks are gearing up to take a run at the defending champions as Nelson prepares to host the Kootenay Senior Curling Playdowns beginning Friday at the Heritage City Club.Defending champion Tom Shypitka rink of Cranbrook, with lead Bill King of Fruitvale, second second Don Freschi Trail, third Fred Thomson of Nelson on the team, open up defence of their title Saturday morning at 9 a.m.The playdowns begin Friday at 7 p.m. with Norm Fahselt of Creston taking on Rob Ferguson of Trail, Myron Nichol of Castlegar facing Nando Salviulo of Nelson and Ken McHargue of Elkford meeting Dough Bothamley of Creston. Shypitka came within a game of capturing the provincial banner last year, losing in the final hosted in Trail.The playdowns wrap up Sunday with the crowning of the champion, who represents the Kootenays at the B.C. Senior Championships February 17-23 in Comox Valley.last_img read more

Mount Sentinel Wildcats enter provincials ranked third overall

first_img Cedars Christian Vernon Christian Bulkley Valley Christian Abbotsford Christian The Mount Sentinel Wildcats are seeded third entering the upcoming BC High School A Boy’s Volleyball Championships beginning Thursday at Abbotsford Christian in the Fraser Valley.The Wildcats advanced to the 12-team tournament by posting a straight set victory over Salmo Falcons in the best-of-five West Kootenay Final.  Kelowna Christian Carver Christian Mt. Sentinel Secondary Fernie Secondary “We won their zone convincingly and have played well all season long to be ranked third in the province behind Host Abbotsford Christian and (second ranked) Credo Christian (of Smithers),” said Mount Sentinel coach Glen Campbell.Mount Sentinel is in a pool with top ranked Credo Christian of Smithers, Kelowna Christian, Carver Christian of Burnaby, Chemainus of Vancouver Island and East Kootenay rep, Fernie Falcons.Teams play a round robin draw Thursday and Friday before beginning playoffs later Friday.The semi finals are set for Saturday before the tournament championship at 5:15 p.m.First game for the Wildcats is 10:15 a.m Thursday against Chemainus.The tournament ranked are: Credo Christian Chemainus Secondary Centennial Christian Ucluelet Secondarylast_img read more

Leafs Win! Leafs Win! Leafs eliminate Rebels from KIJHL Playoffs

first_imgHowell and Nicholas Wihak jumped over the Castlegar blueline before drilling a low shot Billinghurst was unable to corral.Rosolowski, like he has done all season, joined the rush from his blueline position and was quick to slap the loose puck into the vacant net.Nelson then rode the shutout netminder from Devin Allen, combined with solid play from the entire team to secure the series-clinching victory.Castlegar pulled Billinghurst for the extra attack but Nelson kept the Rebel shooters to the outside of the ice and was able to run out the clock.“There’s no quit in that dressing room,” Howell explained when asked how Nelson was able to bounce back after losing Game three of the series to win three straight and close out the Rebels.“I mean it’s not always going to go our way, it’s not always going to go according to the game plan but I feel there’s no quick in that dressing room and everyone believes in each other.”The series win is the first for the Leaf franchise since 2014 when Nelson defeated Spokane in the first round of the playoffs.“I think after this win people understand that we’re back to being serious contender,” said Leaf head coach Mario DiBella.“Regardless of how the regular season went for us, we’re now in the second season and are prepared to give Beaver Valley everything they can handle.”SERIES NOTES: Friday’s game attendance was announced at 1024. . . . Friday’s game was the second shutout for Leaf goalie Devin Allen, who stopped 27 shots Friday, surrendered just two goals since Game three while posting a pair of 1-0 shutouts . . .  . This is the second consecutive season the Rebels have been knocked out of the playoffs by the third-place team. Last year, Grand Forks posted the upset. . . . Castlegar scored 73 more goals than Nelson during the regular season, but was held to 14 in the series. KIJHL scoring leader Logan Styler scored only three goals in the six games and had his 18-game point streak snapped in Game four. For once, the Nelson Leafs did not need overtime.After winning three games in extra time, the Leafs needed only 60 minutes to eliminate the Castlegar Rebels from the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoffs.Kyle Rosolowski banged home a rebound for the game’s only goal midway through the third period as Nelson edged Castlegar 1-0 in KIJHL Murdoch Division Semi Final action Friday before more than 1,000 fans at the NDCC Arena.Nelson wins the best-of-seven series 4-2 and now advances to meet the well-rested Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the Murdoch Final beginning Tuesday in Fruitvale.“It was great,” said Leaf veteran forward Dale Howell from outside the jubilant home dressing room.“(Castlegar) has been our rival all season. They’re a great team so it feels even better to beat them.”With the game scoreless through 48 minutes, the Leafs finally were able to break through on Rebel netminder Chandler Billinghurst.last_img read more