May 24, 2017

Why Yelm’s council should pass a plastic bag ban?
Read this – plastics in oceans permeate our food chain

“One of many hundreds of crabs that now make their homes out of plastic debris
washed up on Henderson Island in the Pitcairn island group. This…is an Avon cosmetics jar.”
Photo credit: Jennifer Lavers

Why is this story of importance for Yelm Community Blog readers?
Because Yelm is one of the few jurisdictions left in this county not passing a plastic bag ban.

– “38 million pieces of plastic waste found on uninhabited South Pacific island”
“Henderson Island, part of the Pitcairn group, is covered by 18 tonnes of plastic – the highest density of anthropogenic debris recorded anywhere in the world.”

“Henderson Island, a tiny landmass in the eastern South Pacific, has been found by marine scientists to have the highest density of anthropogenic debris recorded anywhere in the world, with 99.8% of the pollution plastic.

The nearly 18 tonnes of plastic piling up on an island that is otherwise mostly untouched by humans have been pointed to as evidence of the catastrophic, “grotesque” extent of marine plastic pollution,” by Elle Hunt, UK’s The Guardian.
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May 23, 2017

Gov. Inslee signs 2 new bills – Distracted Driving Law and WA State ID Compliance

Gov. Jay Inslee
Photo credit: Office of Gov. Jay Inslee

– “Inslee signs tougher distracted driving bill into law”
“Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a measure that bans holding hand-held devices while driving.

The measure, signed by Inslee in Tacoma Tuesday [May 16], prohibits holding an electronic device – including phones, tablets and other electronic devices – while driving, including while in traffic or waiting for a traffic light to change.

Inslee vetoed a section that had the measure take effect in 2019. He said it was too important to wait for the provisions to become law. The law will now take effect in mid-July,” quoting the AP, via KING 5 – TV.
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– “Washington becomes latest state to seek ID compliance”
“You’ll be able to use your Washington State driver’s license to board commercial flights until October 2020, thanks to a bill Governor Jay Inslee signed Tuesday [May 16].

“It brings Washington State into compliance with the REAL ID Act,” said Tony Sermonti, legislative director for the Washington Department of Licensing,” quoting Heather Bosch, KING 5 TV.
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May 22, 2017

New candidates step-up to serve Yelm City Council –
Hendrickson does not defend his own seat, runs for Pos. 3 –
3 incumbents have no challenger to garner public debate!
Mayor’s seat has 2 candidates, 12 years since voters had choices.

Thurston County Auditor’s Office posts candidates at close of filing week
* 2 candidates vie for Yelm mayor for the 1st time in 12 years: Foster & DePinto.
* 3 council seats have no challenger: Curry, Stillwell, Wood,
* With uncontested seats still at issue here, there will be no debate on these 3 candidates’ stands, except for Stillwell who well-enunciated his views in the 2015 election to fill that vacated seat.
* Council Pos. 1 was appointed in 2016, will run in 2017 without a challenger: Curry.
* Council Pos. 3 has a Pos. 7 incumbent vs. a new candidate: Hendrickson, Colt.
* Council Pos. 4 and 5 have no challengers: Stilwell, Wood.
* Council Pos. 7 holder now running for Pos. 3, leaving 2 new Pos. 7 candidates, Blair, Kaminski.
* The council will definitely have a new mind joining, in the Pos. 7 winner.

– At the close of Filing Week last Friday (May 19) at 5pm, two Yelm trends emerged:
A. some refreshing new faces have emerged to run for Yelm City Council,
B. The mayor’s seat has 2 candidates, which WILL garner debates on issues,
C. 3 incumbents have no challenger to engender their public discourse,
D. Current Pos. 7 Councilor Hendrickson obviously had prior knowledge that his current Pos. 3 colleague Councilor Littlefield was not going to run, so instead of defending his seat against previously-announced new-comer James Blair, he moved to file as a candidate for Pos. 3, yet now has a new opponent for that seat in Cody Colt. Hendrickson is finally going to have his 11+ year record challenged, which is in the public’s interest.
E. Kamisnki has been a long-time public servant on the Yelm Planning Commission.
Read more from the Thurston County Auditor’s Office.

– Cindy Teixeira Nisqually Valley News (NVN) Correspondent’s astute observation
Teixeira filed this in the NVN online and print editions May 18, 19:
“With few contested races, those who filed this week and face no opponent don’t have to do anything but show up to take the oath after the election.”
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Editor’s Note: That IS a frequent sad state of affairs for our city government’s election cycle.

– Bottom Line:
I acknowledge anyone wishing to serve the public’s interest. Running a campaign with a challenger and then serving the public is not for the faint-hearted or thin-skinned.

– Yelm Candidates (those with public sites listing their stands are hotlinked)
Mayor of Yelm
Current Interim Mayor JW Foster
Current Pos. 6 Councilor Joe DePinto

Pos. 1
Current Pos. 1 Interim Councilor EJ Curry

Pos. 3
Current Pos. 7 Councilor Russ Hendrickson
New Challenger Cody Colt

Pos. 4
Current Pos. 4 Councilor Tad Stillwell

Pos. 5
Current Pos. 5 Tracey Wood

Pos. 7
New Challenger James Blair
New Challenger Terry Kaminski

May 22, 2017

Yelm Farmers Market opens for 7th year this Sunday, May 28

Photo courtesy: Yelm Farmers Market

– Yelm Farmers Market opens May 28, 10am-3pm

– “Power of Produce at the Yelm Farmers Market May 28”
What’s happening? Bring your kids aged 5-12 to register for the Power of Produce Program.
When? Sunday, May 28th 2017 10:00am
Where? Nisqually Valley Farm, 14200 Yelm Hwy SE, Yelm
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May 21, 2017

These items should never go down your drain –
Tips for your own home and to assist Yelm Public Works

Kitchen Sink Drain

Why is this important for Yelm Community Blog readers?
To save your own home’s plumbing and for City of Yelm readers, to assist an over-burdened and inadequate Public Works system (more on this to come!).

– “10 Things You Should Never Put Down the Drain”
* Most of the plumbing in your home is out of sight, beneath your sink or behind walls; however, these bits of pipe can be costly when not cared
* Specific items down your drain may increase pollution and costly plumbing repairs, such as grease, flushable cat litter, paper towels and coffee grounds
* Not only will you make a significant difference to your plumbing when you stop using it incorrectly, but there are simple ways to keep those pipes draining smoothly without harsh chemicals

Never put these items down your drain:
1. Grease
2. Egg Shells
3. Coffee Grounds
4. Expandable Foods
5. Flour
6. Produce Stickers
7. Paper Products
8. Biodegradable or ‘Flushable’ Products
9. Paint and Cleaning Products
10. Medications
By Dr. Mercola.
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May 20, 2017

Excellent ideas for Yelm’s future –
“How to Keep Businesses (and Small Towns) Alive When Owners Retire”

Graphic Credit: YES! Magazine

– “How to Keep Businesses (and Small Towns) Alive When Owners Retire”
“In Kansas, a new matchmaking service is helping transition small businesses to new hands. Could it be a model for the rest of rural America?”

“The program, called RedTire, was similar to a business broker, but it was free of charge and happy to make deals in rural areas.”

“RedTire has nothing to do with tires; instead, the name is short for the phrase “Redefine Your Retirement.” The staff do everything from appraising the business to vetting the buyer, and even offer counsel after the deal is done. While traditional business brokers work to maximize the advantage of the party that hired them, RedTire focuses on making the fairest deal possible for both sides. As of December, it has brokered the sale of 27 businesses, which together employ more than 200 people, in sales that total $22.6 million. The program has grown steadily in the five years since it launched, and now gets more work requests than it has the capacity to take on.

Some of the businesses RedTire transitions would probably have disappeared if the service wasn’t there,” by Kaela Bamberger, YES! Magazine.
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May 19, 2017

Yelm Emanuel Lutheran Church annual Auction, Sat., May 20

Photo credit: Emanuel Lutheran Church

– From Yelm’s Emanuel Lutheran Church
This is our annual cake auction and cook-off to raise money for Emanuel Lutheran Church’s Sunday school and VBS. Remember the way to vote for the best cook-off dish is through tips!

We will have a pasta cook-off! Prizes for best hot pasta dish, best best pasta salad, best gluten free, and overall favorite.

Saturday, May 20, 5-8pm
Emanuel Lutheran Church
206 3rd St SE
Yelm, Washington 98597
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May 19, 2017

Cavalletti Clinic at Serenity Farms in Yelm, Saturday, May 20

Cavalletti Clinic at Serenity Farm in Yelm!

– Cavalletti Clinic at Serenity Farm in Yelm!
Time: Sat., May 20 2017 at 9:00am
Venue: 17002 Railway Rd NE, Yelm, WA 98597-9686

Come have some fun and ride with your friends to music over cavalletti! Beginners welcome. Auditers welcome (no charge). See for more information. Register now via PM or email:
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May 18, 2017

DON’T MISS SRO’s “12 Angry Men” at The Triad this weekend –
This show must close Sunday –
The best in Community Theater is right here in Yelm!

Standing Room Only (SRO) Theater Group’s production of “12 Angry Men”
Remaining Show Dates & Times: Fri/Sat May 19, 20 at 7:30pm; Sun May 21 at 3pm.
Click here to purchase tickets.

– Summary of the story
12 Angry Men is a gripping examination of a diverse group of twelve jurors (male and female) who are uncomfortably brought together to deliberate after hearing the ‘facts” in a seemingly open-and-shut murder trial. As the twelve try to reach a unanimous decision while sequestered in a room, one juror casts considerable doubt on elements of the case. Personal issues rise to the surface, and the conflict threatens to derail the delicate process that will decide the fate of a 19-year-old man from the slums. Sponsored by Crowe Law. Directed by Kevin McManus & Produced by Kellie Petersen.

REVIEW from May 5th: Dazzling drama sizzles The Triad Theater’s stage
Yelm Community Theater keeps evolving, getting better and better, and nowhere else was this demonstrated than what I witnessed last night in the final dress rehearsal of Reginald Rose’s “12 Angry Men.” Although all of the shows here deserve a standing ovation, I reserve that for truly stand-out productions and this was one that received my accolade. Not since 2011’s Annie Get Your Gun have I given a standing ovation.

Produced by Kellie Petersen, Directed by Kevin McManus in his first SRO Directorial stint, this show dazzled in the complexity and focus required of all of the actors’ performances, as this was an immensely dialogue-heavy script, requiring each to be on-queue with their lines. Most all of the performers are known to Yelm audiences, yet there were several new faces that took commanding roles and did remarkably well among the talent of such veterans as Dave Champagne, Daniel Wyman, and Bob Corl. Each of these 12 performers studied their characters well and authentically executed their nuances for the audience. And the New York accents that emerged from some of the cast added to the show’s authenticity. The use of background sound from busy New York streets heard from the open set window was a subtle and effective prop.

McManus told the Yelm Community Blog that he designed the set to be drab yet all-encompassing, not unlike the conditions as set forth in the 1954 television show and subsequent 1957 movie. He wanted the audience to be part of the room, feel the tensions and heat in the confined space with those 12 jurors before air conditioning was widespread, conveyed brilliantly with The Triad Theater’s close-to-the-stage seating. This was McManus’s first directorial position here since 2003-2004 with another production company and in that time, he has become quite the talented thespian, with such skills translating perfectly to his outstanding directorial debut for SRO! McManus added that there is a big difference in working with inexperienced actors vs. the vast experience of this cast, who knew what they were doing and could easily integrate his knowledge and direction in such demanding performances. Indeed, Champagne and Wyman, who both have a huge stage presence, were cast in roles requiring them to be more reserved than with previous characters they have played, which demonstrated the diversity of their talents. And Bob Corl’s character required him to utilize all of his experience for a very emotional performance, which he accomplished brilliantly. I was very pleased to see Shilo Wilson and Ian Montgomery continue to evolve their stage presence in this play, with Montgomery enunciating his character absolutely precise in his timing, the way he walked, his expressions, and demeanor. He really shined in this role.

– Yelm Community Theater garners the attention of locally-owned businesses & City Hall
Standing Room Only (SRO) Theater Group’s founder Nancy Tribush Hillman was beaming in the audience last night. She told this blogger she is very proud of what this cast and crew have accomplished. Hillman has been an uncompromising champion for creating and marketing the talent here in Yelm community theater for over 2 decades now. While most of the former leaders of this town turned their backs on this fine asset in their midst, such is no longer the case, as Interim Mayor JW Foster penned a very nice acknowledgement in the program about the value of community theater. FINALLY, we have a mayor in our (Nisqually) River City as proud of our local talent as Mayor Shinn in Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man. And locally-owned Crowe Law again sponsored this show, where City Councilor Molly Carmody is employed alongside her husband Dan Crowe, which demonstrate a synergy is finally coming to fruition that was always Hillman’s dream – the performing arts supported by our town’s government leaders and local business owners. Hillman never gave up.
BRAVO Nancy, as she also deserves our standing ovation!

– This is the 60th Anniversary of the release of Reginald Rose’s “12 Angry Men”
“On a hot summers day twelve men and women, middle-aged, white and generally of middle-class, are uncomfortably brought together. After hearing the facts they must deliberate in a seemingly open-and-shut murder trial. As the jurors try to reach a unanimous decision, one juror casts considerable doubt on elements of the case. Personal issues rise to the surface, and conflict threatens to derail the delicate process that will decide the fate of a 19-year-old man from the slums. Will he live or will he die?
Sponsored by Crowe Law, Directed by Kevin McManus and performed at The Triad Theater, in Yelm,” quoting SRO.
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Show dates & Times: Fri/Sat May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 at 7:30pm; Sun May 7, 14, 21 3pm.
Click here to purchase tickets.

This show must close on Sunday, May 21 and will not be extended. Buy your tickets now!

May 17, 2017

Yelm Habitat for Humanity’s grand opening event Saturday

Linda Aikin, Yelm Store Mgr., Shawna Dutton, SPSHH Mkting Dir.
Credit: Yelm Community Blog

– Yelm Habitat for Humanity announces relocation grand opening
Saturday, May 20 2017, 9:00 am
Yelm Store Grand Opening Event
Join us as we celebrate our Yelm Habitat Store’s Grand Opening!

Yelm Habitat Store
207 Yelm Avenue East
Yelm WA
Time: 9am-3pm

Lots of great deals, giveaways and more!
Free BBQ served from 11am-1pm and raffle prizes given out hourly!
“Come by and check out our new digs!” quoting the SPSHH Facebook page.
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