March 31, 2011

GUEST ENTRY: YELM’S WISE MIND STUDIOS OWNER SCOTT DEUTSCH –
IN HIS OWN WORDS

Dear Readers,
I was so inspired by the story of Yelm’s Scott Deutsch from the local newspaper that I contacted and requested if Mr. Deutsch would share his story with all of you – in his own words.
Here is his unique entry:

Scott Deutsch a resident of Yelm, just created an app for the Android platform called Life Skills Winner, which teaches social and life skills to people that are on the autism spectrum and other special needs individuals. Having a sister, Marcy, who is autistic, Scott knows first hand the problems that people that are on the autism spectrum have.

Using his knowledge from DeVry University and Keller Graduate School of Management, he created WiseMind Studios. Originally, he was looking for a job, but the game industry was really not looking for entry programmers that had no published titles. Therefore, Scott created WiseMind Studios and created Life Skills Winner.

Scott was lucky enough to get into a business incubator in Tacoma called William Factory Small Business Incubator as a desk tenant.

Scott had help from Open Door Autism and Autism Awareness of Washington by getting feedback for Life Skills Winner.

There are two versions of Life Skills Winner on Android, pro and lite. The lite version is free and the pro version is paid. However, if you buy the pro version, part of the revenue will be donated to autism charities/organizations. This makes it a simple way to help the autism community while the child learns.

The tasks in the lite version has the following: brushing teeth, brushing hair, and washing hands. The paid version has the following: the previous 3 tasks, making a sandwich, putting shoes on the right feet, and the correct distance to stand when speaking to someone. The pro version will get more tasks.

Life Skills Winner teaches these tasks in an interactive way, which has positive feedback like getting points when completing a step in a task. With these points, the tasker can obtain prizes that the parent has put in the app. The parent decides how many points it takes for a prize to be obtained. Each task also has resources like videos besides the video game format.

Scott is currently in the process of porting the app to iOS devices.

WiseMind Studios is looking for angel investors to invest in his idea so he could hire people to get more tasks out quicker.

Future ideas of this app could be an achievement system, analytics of what the tasked does so the parent/care giver knows what they are learning, sync between devices, etc…

Check out www.wisemindstudios.com and www.lifeskillswinner.com

Contact Scott to talk more at scott@wisemindstudios.com

PLEASE TELL SCOTT YOU READ ABOUT HIM ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!


March 30, 2011

OUR 2ND DISTRICT HAS HIGHEST UNEMPLOYEMENT CLAIMS IN STATE

“The Employment Security Department recently released unemployment benefit claims for the month of February. More than 6,800 people in the Second District were receiving unemployment benefits, making it the highest number among all legislative districts in the state.

Rep. J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, said he was very concerned for the people who cant find a job in his district,” quoting the Washington House Republicans website.


March 30, 2011

SUPPORT OUR LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESSES: DREAMTIME SIGNS

Dreamtime Visual Communications is a diverse business resource.”

“We provide a wide array of services, from design and fabrication of signs, trade show booths, and vehicle graphics, to complete identity packages, brochures, business cards, and much more.

Give us a call or email us to find out how we can help you create the most effective promotional tool for your business.

Environmental Design Vehicle Graphics Custom Signage Textile Printing”

Dreamtime Visual Communications, Inc.
112 Yelm Ave East
Yelm, WA 98597
Voice 360.458.7183
Fax 360.458.9449
Toll-Free 866.458.7183

TELL DREAMTIME YOU READ ABOUT THEM ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG.


March 29, 2011

“HORSES FOR HEROES” IN YELM

“Horses have a long history of being used in programs aimed at rehabilitating individuals suffering from emotional, physical and mental health wounds. One particular therapeutic riding program known as Horses for Heroes, is gaining popularity as an alternative therapy for servicemembers suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and other physical wounds sustained in combat,” quoting About.com.

Washington Facilities Offering the Horses for Heroes Program
Location: Yelm, WA
E-mail: bob.woelk@hotmail.com

TELL ‘HORSES FOR HEROES’ YOU READ ABOUT THEM ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!


March 28, 2011

YELM: OUR ICONIC MT. RAINIER CLINIC MOVING TO GIG HARBOR

THE NEW LOCATION OF YELM’S ICONIC MT. RAINIER CLINIC WILL BE IN GIG HARBOR.
See map

From the November 21, 2010 Yelm Community Blog:

Yelm’s iconic Mount Rainier Clinic has been sold & will remain in operation after all.
[Today, March 28th is their last day of operations open-to-the-public in Yelm!]

From the Mt. Rainier Clinic website:
“Good News! Dr. Russell Kolbo, ND, and Dr. Karl Peterson, ND, who have a combined experience of over 65 years in medical practice, will join the Mount Rainier Clinic staff on November 23rd. They will continue to provide the same high quality of care using the same Clinic treatment protocols as in the past. The link below leads to an important notice.”


Former Mt. Rainier Clinic owner John A Cranton, ARNP said this in his letter to patients:

“It is a GREAT sense of relief and PLEASURE to announce that Mount Rainier Clinic WILL NOT be closing its doors on November 22nd! I am happy to announce that, effective November 23, 2010, Dr. Kolbo and Dr. Peterson will continue where I, and my father before me, left off.

After several meetings with them to hammer out the details, we are all excited that they will KEEP THE DOORS OPEN to Mount Rainier Clinic. They will continue to offer the same services now offered by Mount Rainier Clinic. I am also confident that they will continue providing the same high quality of care with the same level of professionalism you have become accustomed to. The current medical and administrative staff, who have been instrumental in the provision of care and maintaining our good reputation, will continue to work with Dr. Kolbo and Dr. Peterson.

Dr. Russell Kolbo, ND, and Dr. Karl Peterson, ND, have a combined experience of over 65 years in medical practice, all in the Tacoma, WA area. They both practiced with Dr. Karl Petersons father in the 1970s.

I can assure you these fine gentlemen will continue to follow the same protocols initially established by my father, Dr. Elmer Cranton, MD. My Father and I met with the doctors on November 16th and feel confident they will serve you well. In fact, they will become my providers of choice and I will be seeking there advice to improve my personal health and well-being.”

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CRANTONS IN THE SALE OF THEIR BUSINESS.
WE WISH ELMER & JOHN ALL THE BEST!

WE WELCOME DR. KOLBO & DR. PETERSON TO THE GREATER YELM COMMUNITY & TRUST THEIR EXPERIENCES HERE WILL BE AS FRUITFUL AS THE CRANTON’S YELM CLINIC ESTABLISHED 20 YEARS AGO.


March 27, 2011

SOUTH SOUND SEED STEWARDS – NEXT MEETING APRIL 11


South Sound Seed Stewards Mission Statement

Knowing that in our present geopolitical state, many seed companies, which have provided the non-hybrid and open-pollinated varieties, are no longer in business and/or are producing hybrid varieties mainly for the commercial growers, South Sound Seed Stewards has organized for the purpose of:

* Encouraging community independence and self-reliance through producing and sharing locally-adapted, open-pollinated seeds.
* Providing for the home gardener an educational resource in sustainable gardening.
* Protecting and collecting the seed from our non-hybrid, open- pollinated varieties
* Creating a Seed Bank of non-hybrid, open-pollinated seeds which have been acclimated to our region.

Safe Seed Pledge

We shall never knowingly buy, sell or distribute genetically engineered seeds or plants.

Check out our web site www.southsoundseedstewards.org and our blog at www.S4gardenblog.blogspot.com.

Meetings are held at the Yelm Adult Community Center – Senior Center 16530 SE 103 Avenue in Yelm. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with classes starting at 7 p.m. The first hour is designated as a general garden class, followed by a half hour break for participants to share information and problem-solve regarding various garden issues. The second hour class session is dedicated to specific seed saving information.


March 26, 2011

ABOUT YELM MARTIAL ARTS FITNESS CENTER

Yelm Martial Arts Fitness Center

“Yelm Martial Arts Fitness Center offers Hapkido, Jiu-Jitsu (Jujutsu/Jujitsu), Karate, Kobudo & Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan”

Yelm Martial Arts Fitness Center
404 First St. SE
Yelm, WA. 98597
360-458-5988

TELL YELM MARTIAL ARTS CENTER YOU READ ABOUT THEM ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!


March 25, 2011

JZ KNIGHT REACHES OUT TO RSE’S JAPAN STUDENTS


JZ Knight
Photo Copyright 2011 JZ Knight.
Used with permission

JZ Knight issues statement about Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment’s (RSE) Japan students.

Leading Spiritual and Self-help Leader Reaches Out to Students


Read more


March 25, 2011

COUNTY COMMISISONER ROMERO HOSTS MONDAY COFFEE-
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


Sandra Romero

Commissioner Sandra Romero Hosts Monthly Coffees with Area Residents

Monday, March 28, 2011.

FROM COMMISSIONER ROMERO’S E-MAILER:
Please join Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero, as she hosts her monthly informal coffee hours in Rainier & Yelm on Monday, March 28th.

Join us in welcoming this months special guest Thurston Countys newly elected Prosecuting Attorney, Jon Tunheim. The Prosecuting Attorneys office is highly skilled and advocates for public safety, seeking justice in criminal cases for victims and those accused. Jon is particularly interested in hearing from citizens about what types of criminal activity concern citizens and how his office can keep the public informed.

Commissioner Romero stated, This month we continue to learn about the different facets of local governments law enforcement. Jon joined the Prosecuting Attorneys office in 1990 and served the office as
Chief Deputy since 2003. He has a wealth of knowledge and we are excited to have him join us.

Commissioner Romero provides coffee to participants. She is the representative of District 2, which includes Yelm, Lacey, and Rainier.

What: Citizen meeting with second district County Commissioner Sandra Romero

When: Monday, March 28th, 2011

Where: Rainier: 9:30am 10:30am – Rainier City Hall 102 Rochester St. W.

Yelm: 11:00am Noon Yelm Public Safety Building, 206 McKenzie Ave SE.

Lisa Paribello
Commissioner Staff
paribel@co.thurston.wa.us


March 24, 2011

ROSEANNE BARR COMES TO YELM THIS SATURDAY –
SPEAKS AT RSE

JZ KNIGHT & RSE HOST ROSEANNE BARR’S TALK THIS SATURDAY – IN YELM!

From the March 24th Press Release:

Roseanne Barr Speaks at Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment
Actor and New York Times best-selling author Roseanne Barr will be a special guest lecturer during the Primary Retreat at Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment (RSE) in Yelm, WA, on Saturday, March 26 starting at 7 pm PT (10 pm ET). Ms. Barr will be discussing the spiritual aspects of her new book Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm during a special session that will also be broadcasted to students worldwide via a live Internet stream….

“I am very moved and very touched to have been asked to discuss expanding feminine spiritual paradigms-those things that I wrote about in Roseannearchy,” Ms. Barr said.

Ms. Barr’s speech will follow a lecture from RSE founder JZ Knight when she opens the primary retreat at 3 pm PT / 6 pm ET with a unique and insightful talk about how to prepare for Earth changes.

Both lectures are $50 each and open only to students. Since 1988, thousands have attended RSE and the school currently has more than 6,000 students as well as many more who have attended special retreats and seminars.


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