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 21, 2017

“40 Ways Soda is Killing You” –
“How Your Body Responds to Coca-Cola” –
“Health risks of sugar drinks”

Source: NY Daily News, originally from The Renegade Pharmacist.

Why is this subject important for Yelm Community Blog readers?
3 reasons:
* Sodas are a large sales-tax revenue item from local grocery/convenience stores.
* Soda consumption is linked to diabetes, obesity, tooth decay, heart disease.
* Soda consumption affects the health of our town, especially children and teens.

– “40 Ways Soda is Killing You”
“A single 12-ounce can of soda packs an average of 39 grams of sugar — that’s more than three times the amount you’d get in a Krispy Kreme glazed donut, and yet, we’re still drinking the stuff by the gallon. The CDC reports that 33 percent of the American population drinks at least one regular soda or other sweetened beverage per day, and according to the Associated Press, Americans end up gulping down a whopping 44 gallons of the stuff per year.

While soda sweetened with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup comes with its own risks, from increased risk of ailments like diabetes and tooth disease, the diet stuff isn’t much better. In fact, research suggests that diet soda drinkers have an increased likelihood of weight gain and increased waist measurements, as well,” by Zero Belly Diet.
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– “Health risks of sugar drinks”
From the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).
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– “How Your Body Responds to Coca-Cola”
“Two years ago, former pharmacist Niraj Naik produced an infographic showing what happens in your body within the first hour of drinking a can of Coca-Cola. At the time, he told The Daily Mail:

“When I worked as a community pharmacist I had some great success at helping people get off long term medication … Many of them [patients] would consume fizzy drinks on a daily basis. A few on several medications would consume two to three cans a day …

My first advice to them would be to do a simple swap, replacing fizzy drinks with water with fresh lemon or lime juice. In many cases just doing this would have a dramatic effect on their health.

So this indicated to me that fizzy drinks and sugar were big issues relating to blood pressure and metabolic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.”

“According to Coca-Cola, soda is a perfectly acceptable rehydration choice, even before, during and after exercise, but based on its physiological effects, this is a hollow claim indeed. You simply cannot compare clean, pure water to soda when you’re thirsty,” quoting Dr. Mercola.
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Blogger Klein has been a member of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) for over 2 decades.

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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May 17, 2017

Dr. Andrew Iverson returns to hometown for presentation –
May 17 & 18, 7pm, Free Admission

Dr. Andrew Iverson
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– Yelm’s Triad Theater hosts Dr. Andrew Iverson and Nature’s Detox
Don’t miss the highly informative 2 part presentation on health and healing by Dr. Andrew Iverson at the Yelm Triad Theater – Wednesday May 17th and Thursday May 18th [both nights @ 7pm] – FREE tickets! Reserve now doc talk at

Nature’s Detox Part 1: Fasting: an Ancient and Powerful Medicine

Nature’s Detox Part 2: Complete Herbal Cleansing System

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May 16, 2017

Yelm Spring Clean-up Days May 17-20

WHAT: Yelm Spring Clean-up Days, May 17-20
WHEN: May 17-19 9am to 4pm, May 20 8am until filled
WHERE: Yelm Public Works

– From the City of Yelm
“We’ve set the dates for the Yelm Spring Clean-Up, where residents can drive through and dump at our Public Works Facility: 901 Rhoton Road NW. The dates and times are: Wednesday May 17th through Friday May 19th from 9:00am-4:00pm, and Saturday May 20th from 8:00am until we are full…so come early. Flyers with details about what can and cannot safely be accepted will be mailed out with your utility statements. Please stay tuned and share this with your friends and neighbors in the city,” by City of Yelm Government Facebook.
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May 16, 2017

Yelm: 1st Street sidewalk improvement work underway

$318,318 contract awarded to Active Construction, Inc.
Photo courtesy: City of Yelm website

– 1st Street Sidewalk Improvements
(Mosman Ave SE to Washington Ave SE)

Improvements: Curb, gutter, and ADA-compliant sidewalk will be installed on the northwesterly side of SR 507 to provide a barrier/separation between the parking areas, traveled way, and pedestrian facilities. ADA-compliant sidewalk will be installed within the right-of-way through the park on the southeasterly side of SR 507, providing separation between the traveled way and pedestrian facilities.

Estimated Project Completion: End of July, 2018
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