August 2020

first_imgChriste Smith is the owner of Rock Bottom Personal Training. Rock Bottom serves all of Thurston County and offers customized fitness services in homes, workplaces, local parks and other locations to cater to the client. Rock Bottom has many Professional Certified trainers to help you with all your health needs Facebook7Tweet0Pin0By: Chris FryWith our busy schedules and lifestyles it is hard to plan a time to get to the gym. Here is an alternative: create your own Thurston County gym outside. We here in the Pacific Northwest live in one of the best outdoor gyms imaginable. Taking your fitness outdoors allows you to get a more varied and complete workout. Plus it is more fun.The advantages of taking your fitness outdoors is:No gym feeNo constraintsThe environmental benefits: Fresh air and connecting with your surroundingsMore creative: Putting your mind to work creating a workout plan using your natural surroundings and local parks.Less negative distraction: Nature itself is a very positive distraction.No travelling to the gymNo waiting for equipmentLess chance of catching a virusUse outdoor stairs as your stair climbing machine, a picnic tables for push-ups, tricep work among other things, driftwood on the beach to create an obstacle course, use your water bottles as weights, or use your own body weight for exercises. Create a resistance band workout utilizing light poles or playground equipment. The possibilities are endless throughout Thurston County.Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater have many great venues to keep your workouts fresh, among them are:Priest Point Park, OlympiaRotary Park (West Bay Park), OlympiaBurfoot Park, Thurston CountyPioneer Park, TumwaterWoodard Bay, Thurston CountyTolmie State Park, LaceyIf you are not interested in getting fit outdoors alone then find a buddy, or better yet, find an outdoor fitness boot camp and do it as a group. Finding a fitness pal or working with a group will provide the motivational component needed to get you in the best shape of your life outside the gym.There are many resources online that will give you an idea on what type of exercises can be done in the great outdoors, or better yet, find a certified fitness trainer to help get you going.About Rock Bottom Personal Training:last_img read more

first_imgSubmitted by The United Churches of OlympiaThe United Churches of Olympia is excited to welcome the Reverend Elsa A. Peters as its next pastor. Reverend Peters begins her duties in mid-September. Her first sermon as The United Churches of Olympia’s new pastor will be Sunday, September 23.Reverend Peters comes to The United Churches of Olympia (TUCO) following the retirement of the Reverend Mark F. Dowdy in 2010 after 23 years as TUCO’s pastor and two years of service by the Reverend Tammy Stampfli as the church’s interim pastor while the national search was conducted.“Elsa feels called to ministry with us in Olympia and has found a home where she can put down roots. She believes ministry is all about relationships and is very interested in forming meaningful ties with those in our congregation and our community,” says Cynthia Cook, moderator of the Church Council. “Elsa is particularly interested in our witness to social justice, both locally and internationally. She is passionate about our focus in the areas of homelessness and LGBT issues.”“Elsa is enthusiastic, mature, intelligent, a strong preacher, and an innovative leader. She brings with her a passionate spirit and a fabulous sense of humor,” says Mike Segawa, chair of Personnel for The United Churches of Olympia.The Reverend Elsa Peters was born not far from New York City. She attended Union Theological Seminary in New York City. During her studies, she served as a Chapel Minister at the seminary and a Minister of Children and Families in two different churches. In 2006, Elsa was called to the First Congregational Church in South Portland to serve as the Associate Pastor.Reverend Peters is also a writer. She actively writes liturgy and articles on faith issues and maintains a personal blog.The United Churches of Olympia is located at 110 11th Ave SE. It is a federated church with a Presbyterian Church (USA) denomination and a United Church of Christ (UCC) denomination worshiping as one church. More information about The United Churches of Olympia can be found at the church website: Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

first_imgFacebook386Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City of TumwaterLooking for free fun for the whole family?  Join Tumwater Parks & Recreation for “Screen on the Green” outdoor movies, Friday evenings in August.Each August, Tumwater Parks and Recreation brings four movies to our outdoor cinema at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course (4611 Tumwater Valley Drive SE, Tumwater WA 98501). Movies are shown on the first four Friday evenings in August.  Gates open at 7:30 p.m. Movies begin at dusk. This event is fun for the whole family, and admission is FREE.  Come early and enjoy dinner on the patio at the River’s Edge restaurant or bring your own picnic (park rules apply). Low-backed chairs are allowed, but grills, umbrellas, and pets are prohibited.Please call the Parks & Recreation office for more information: (360) 754-4160. We look forward to seeing you on the GREEN!2014 Screen on the Green movie line-up:Friday, August 1 “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (PG-13)Friday, August 8 “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” (PG)Friday, August 15 “Star Trek Into Darkness” (PG-13)Friday, August 22 “Frozen: The Sing-Along” (PG) & Root Beer Float Bar (see below for details) Root Beer Float Bar – Friday, August 22 (Sponsor: Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce)At this year’s final SOTG movie, you will be treated to a free Root Beer Float while enjoying the Sing-Along version of “Frozen.” Root beer floats courtesy of the Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce and co-sponsors Puget Sound Energy and South Sound Foursquare Church.  For more information, please contact Tumwater Parks and Recreat.last_img read more

first_imgSubmitted by Thurston County Solid Waste Are you feeding your extra food to Zombies? You might be a Food Waster. Thurston County Solid Waste invites you to learn a better way to manage extra food.Are you a Food Waster or a Food Warrior? Thurston County Solid Waste’s new virtual workshop can tell you! What should you do with food that’s been wasted? If you answered, “Feed it to zombies,” you might be a food waster.  Still not sure? What if we asked you whether wasting food impacts the food insecure members of our community? If your answer is, “Who cares, let them eat cake,” well then, you might benefit from the fun and informative virtual workshop brought to you by the county’s Waste Less Food campaign.Staff at TCSW want residents to understand the impacts of wasting food – and have fun in the process! Modeled after the City of Olympia’s award-winning Grasscycling virtual workshop, the Waste Less Food workshop shares important information along with twelve questions that will help participants understand why they should care about wasting food, how wasting food affects them, the environment and their community, as well as sharing some easy steps they can take to waste less. Those completing the workshop will be entered in monthly giveaways between now and April 2016 for fun kitchen gadgets and food saving items like cookbooks, veggie spiralizers, stainless steel lunchboxes and more.And let’s face it, learning is a lot more fun when there are zombies and a dash of snarkiness, right? Find out if you’re a Food Waster or a Food Warrior at: Facebook54Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

first_imgFacebook6Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansThe first place Seattle Stars scored a fifth minute goal and a stoppage time goal near the end of the game to knock off the Oly Town Artesians 2-0 on Saturday evening at Wembley Field at The Evergreen State College.Aty Taylor scored the opening and what proved to be the game winning goal for the Stars on a bicycle kick from an Artesians clearance gone awry. Tyler Bjork got a piece of the clearance and was credited with an assist on a shot that happened to find the perfect angle through a seam in the Oly defense.Oni Mayer. Photo courtesy: Brandson SparksBjork, the league leader in goals with 13 and scored four goals in the previous meeting between the Stars and Artesians, was held scoreless and was forced to leave the game for most of the second half with an injury. He returned to the game late, but could not get on the board thanks to a fantastic game by Oly Town center backs Collin LaBranche and Brett Stallworth. Oni Mayer also had a nice game from the back line including a handful of crosses into the box on offense that kept the Stars on their heels throughout the contest.The Artesians came out of the gates aggressively and out shot the Stars in the first half and had more shots on goal in the second half. The two teams traded shots throughout the physical but fast paced game, but Stars keeper Carlos Rodriguez made four saves to post his third clean sheet of the season. Miles Sanchez scored the insurance goal late in stoppage time to seal the 2-0 win for Seattle.Oly Town dropped to 4-5-3 with 15 points in their inaugural season in the Evergreen Premier League. Meanwhile, Seattle retook first place in the EPLWA after Bellingham United took the lead with a 3-2 win over Spokane earlier on Saturday.The Artesians will look to finish strong with their home finale on Sunday, July 23. First kick against Washington Premier South Sound FC at The Evergreen State College is set for 3:00 p.m. Sunday’s game is Fan Appreciation night and all youth soccer players in uniform will be admitted for free and will be invited onto the field for introductions with the teams.Follow the Artesians all season long by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Madigan Army Medical CenterMilitary beneficiary students at River Ridge High School in Lacey can now access healthcare on campus.Madigan Army Medical Center’s new school-based health clinic at River Ridge is a comprehensive, primary care clinic staffed with a nurse practitioner, a nurse and administrative staff who specialize in taking care of teenagers. This service is available to DEERS eligible Tricare beneficiaries at no cost to the student or the school. The school supports this program by providing space to Madigan staff for the clinic and in marketing and outreach efforts to eligible students.“We are committed to keeping students in school, on time, all day, everyday! By providing access to medical services on-site, we are better supporting our students and their parents by reducing the time away from school for routine medical appointments,” said Dr. Debra Clemens, Superintendent for North Thurston Public Schools. “At River Ridge High School approximately 40 percent of our students are military connected; therefore, the classroom truly becomes the clinic’s waiting room. This expansion of services would not be possible without our strong partnership with Madigan Army Medical Center.”Students can be seen for acute, minor and chronic illnesses, sports physicals, immunizations, and to manage long-term medications such as those for asthma and allergies. In addition, students can access counseling for behavioral health concerns, as well as laboratory and basic pharmacy services.“We are excited to directly enhance the readiness of our military parents by providing this high quality, convenient service to their families,” said Col. (Dr.) Keith Lemmon, the medical director for Madigan’s School Based Health System. “We have great data supporting Soldier readiness improvement, improved quality of care in school clinics, and high student and family satisfaction with the program.”All Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System enrolled active duty or retiree dependent teenagers attending River Ridge High School are eligible for the school-based healthcare services.A kick-off event for the opening of the Madigan school-based health clinic is scheduled for Tuesday, October 16 at 8:45 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the River Ridge auditorium located at 350 River Ridge Dr. SE, in Lacey.School-based health clinics for military-connected students are also in place in the Bethel, Clover Park, Steilacoom and Puyallup school districts.To see photos of the ceremony, please visit read more

first_imgImage Courtesy: Instagram(@davidwarner31)/APAdvertisement bfoNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Efwiuw9( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 67f0Would you ever consider trying this?😱a44bCan your students do this? 🌚bx01zyRoller skating! Powered by Firework Even though getting to the pitch in the current lock down from the novel Coronavirus pandemic is an impossible task for cricketers, the blessing of social media is a boon these days for them to keep in touch their their supporters. Such is the case of David Warner, the Aussie hard hitting batsman, who’s lack of international fixtures has him busy on Instagram, where he is making entertaining posts for his followers, and his latest video is him imitating Team India stalwart Ravindra Jadeja’s famous celebratory gesture and moves his bat just like a sword!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Instagram(@davidwarner31)/APWell, it is just a bloopers clip from an advertisement Warner did last year for his IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad. The opening batsman uploaded the video on Instagram, with the following caption: “Throwback to this time last year to a commercial we were doing for @sunrisershyd Do you think I’ve got @royalnavghan covered for the sword?”Check out Warner’s amazing sword play with the bat, plus some eye-catching footwork as he does a flawless mimic of Ravindra Jadeja’s signature move below-Advertisement The video that ended with a hysterically laughing Warner, gathered tons of reactions from his fans, including his SRH teammate Wriddhiman Saha, who was seen in the comment box with two laughing emojis.Jadeja does his signature ‘sword-work’ move to celebrate whenever he reaches 50 runs in a match. Check out this footage from a Test match against Australia where the superstar Men in Blue all rounder does his famous celebration:Other than keeping his fans entertained with such posts, and also having some heartwarming father-daughter times with his little girl, Warner has also been spreading awareness about the Coronavirus outbreak through social media.The 33 year old recently shaved his head to show his support towards the healthcare workers toiling in front line in the battle against the deadly virus outbreak.The 2016 IPL winning captain has 84 Test and 123 ODI caps for the Australian cricket team, and scored a stunning 67-off-88 in the first match of the New Zealand ODI series in March, which eventually met with a cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Till date, there has been 6,104 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Australia, and the death toll is at 51.Also read-Rohit Sharma reveals who his ‘cricket crush’ was when he just got into the Indian teamRead which Liverpool star ‘looked like a rapper’ to manager Jurgen Klopp the first time they met! Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgImage Courtesy: GettyAdvertisement vyqNBA Finals | Brooklyn VscgsnWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ejcov( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 79wmWould you ever consider trying this?😱1fq48Can your students do this? 🌚yRoller skating! Powered by Firework It was only the second world war that had impacted world sports to such an extent that the novel Coronavirus pandemic has caused in the past two months. While only a handful of sports have resurfaced in few countries that have been able to fight back the spread of the virus, the majority of the human population is still devoid of any sporting activity. On the other hand, there has been a steady rise of Esports in the recent history, and has reached an all time high at present!Advertisement Image Courtesy: GettyWhile major events faced cancellation or suspension due to the virus outbreak, it was the Premier League and Formula One to pick up the idea of Esports as an effort to keep the fans engaged with their stars.From the inaugural ePremier League tournament that saw iconic players from the English top flight taking a dive into the virtual world for a competition, to the Formula One starts hopping in their simulators in their own homes for the Virtual Grand Prix events.Advertisement Appraisal for the rise of the Esports industry came straight from Leeston Bryant, the Senior Marketing Manager of esports at McLaren Racing, who emphasised on the tremendous increment of Motorsport simulation that has successfully substituted the absence of real world events amidst the COVID-19 crisis.“I have been working in Esports for two years and while it has been growing that whole time, we have seen two years’ worth of growth in two months,” Bryant said in a recent interview.Advertisement Even when normalcy is restored globally and outdoor events can make a complete return to their previous states, the recent peak of success in the Esports industry holds a promising future, a hopeful Bryant added.He continued: “I think that is incredibly exciting and I think what we are trying to do is make sure we take that forward into the future.”Formula 1’s Virtual GP endeavour has been a huge success. In addition to big names of the F1 fraternity, a handful of cricket and football stars and also signed up for the tournament to test their skills behind the steering wheel, notably Real Madrid and Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and English cricketer Ben Stokes.While English football was halted due to the virus crisis in the UK, the fanbase enjoyed the highly acclaimed ePremier League event, which ran from 5th to 9th May.  Leicester City  midfielder James Maddison was the crowned champion of the football sim tournament, defeating Sheffield United defender John Egan 5-1 in the final.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Premier League manager’s father passes away due to COVID-19Sakshi posts then deletes tweet clarifying MS Dhoni retirement Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgBy John Burton RED BANK — The Borough Council intended to vote on an ordinance requiring owners of foreclosed properties to post contact information on their properties and submit that information to borough authorities, but the vote was tabled last Wednesday after Councilwoman Sharon Lee voiced her objection.Lee was concerned about a provision of the ordinance that requires owners of foreclosed properties to post an 81/2×11 inch sign on their building, likely in the window, with the pertinent contact information.Lee, won of two borough council members who are west side residents, explained that she felt the posting of signs on foreclosed homes could exacerbate neighborhood decline, particularly in low income areas of town that are largely on the west side.“I certainly know that a sign plastered on one house or two houses would certainly discourage people from purchasing in that neighborhood,” said Lee, who is African American and a lifelong west side resident.Lee also wondered if this would be administered equitably for the more affluent east side and the downtown business district. “Can you image Broad Street with a bunch of stickers on the doors?” she asked on Monday.“The genesis of this,” Borough Councilman Michael DuPont explained at last week’s public meeting, is “to compel the mortgage holder to contact us.”“I don’t have a problem with that,” Lee responded.While there is a state statute requiring that towns be notified and property be maintained after a foreclosure, the economic meltdown and the ensuing rise in foreclosure has, in many cases led to confusion over who the owners of many foreclosed properties actually are.Banks and mortgage companies have been selling off the mortgages on these properties, and merging with other banks, making it increasingly difficult to track down the responsible parties when properties fall into disrepair. “We’re going to put the burden on them to ensure their information is up to date,” Mayor Pasquale Menna said last month. The ordinance is modeled after one enacted in Lodi, and would also require a $125 registration feeVincent Lepore, a Long Branch resident, offered his objections at last Wednesday’s meeting, telling the council he feared it could open the door for properties to be deemed as “blighted” and condemned under eminent domain laws, much like what was done in the controversial Long Branch Redevelopment.But DuPont and other council members responded that there would not be any condemnations of property.When contacted by ***ITALSThe Two River Times**ENDTALS this week, Phyllis Salowe-Kaye, executive director for New Jersey Citizen Action Committee, a government watchdog coalition, agreed with Lee’s perception of the detrimental effect of requiring foreclosed properties to be identified with signs.The state already requires mortgage lenders to be registered and to have a local agent available, said, Salowe-Kaye, which her group supports, however, “Putting signs in the windows of foreclosed properties can’t do anything to make the neighborhood a better place to live.”The council agreed to table the matter to continue discussions before it returns for a vote.last_img read more

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr The Nelson Daily Sports The sporting public has heard a lot of Rossland’s George Grey and his success on the cross-country scene. Now that Grey has retired, the fans may start to hear a little more about Nelson’s Shawn DeGroot. DeGroot, 16, won the silver medal in the Junior Boy’s 1994 at the 2011 Haywood Canadian Ski Nationals held last month in Canmore, Alta. “It wasn’t really a surprise . . . okay maybe a bit, in the distance races,” DeGroot, who placed 10th overall in the Junior Boy’s Division, told The Nelson Daily. “I got about the same results last year, but I improved on my sprinting (in Canmore).” The 2011 Haywood Canadian Ski Nationals attracts all of the top athletes in Canada. DeGroot, who skis under the Rossland Black Jack banner, competed in all of the major races — skate, classic, sprint and mass start. He accumulated 217 points in the four races. “The competition was fun, (but) it was surprisingly warm out (for Canmore),” explained DeGroot, who raced three of the four days in a T-shirt. “That means using klister for classic races for grip, it’s really sticky wax (kind of like tree sap or honey) that makes a mess and is a real pain to clean up.” Although he skis for Black Jack to receive expert advice from former National Ski Team coach Dave Wood, DeGroot spends most of his time training on his old stomping grounds at the Nelson Nordic Ski Trails. “I go (Black Jack) occasionally to train and get technique, but still do the majority of my training in Nelson,” said DeGroot, adding his dedication, commitment, perseverance, and lots of time on the trails as the reason for his success. The season has gone extremely well for the 5’9”, 140-pound dynamo. DeGroot finished first overall 1994 for the BC cup series, seventh and first in 1994 in junior boys at the NorAms (North Americans) in Kelowna and fourth in the Rossland Blackjack Loppet. DeGroot, in Grade 11 at L.V. Rogers, still has another year in the junior circuit. So next year is a big one for him. “I’d like to make the B.C. ski team, get good results at cross country running provincials and continue skiing and training hard and to have fun,” DeGroot, who finished 24th overall at the 2010 B.C. High School Cross Country running championships in the fall. “I’d also like to qualify for FIS junior Nordic World Ski Championships in Ezerum, Turkey, although that would be quite tough.” Those goals might be lofty for some. But if you’ve ever seen Shawn DeGroot train, his determination and perseverance, that a bet you don’t want to make.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more