June 24, 2007


I will be away until July 2nd.
Look for more news then.

Steve Klein

June 23, 2007


Meeting for family of dementia patients

“An Alzheimers Association caregiver-support group meeting for care partners, family members and friends of people with dementia is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Yelm Adult Community Center, 16530 S.E. 103rd St.

For more information, call facilitator Lydia Rogers at 360-664-3162, ext. 106,”
quoting The Olympian.

June 22, 2007


Now that Wal-Mart is opening its Superstore in this town, I guess it’s time to stop calling it a town and start calling it the city it officially is. Life in the city comes at a cost. And while this city is growing at an unprecedented rate, the runaway home construction is focused more on the northwest side, whereas the majority of stores – including Wal-Mart – are on the southeast end of town (oops! – the city).

It is a fact that Wal-Mart is opening in July. It is a fact that there is thriving business throughout Yelm now. It is a fact that Wal-Mart will bring low prices – at least for a while. How long will those low prices last? Probably as long as the other shops in town do. Wal-Mart has a history of low-balling prices until the “competition” is gone, then raising them way up.

Here’s an opportunity for everyone to learn – and perhaps even prove the “anti-Wal-Mart contingent” wrong. The experiment:
Drive from one end of Yelm to the other – preferably around 5:15pm on a weekday – and record all of the stores that are open for business. Estimate (or ask!) how many people work there and what kind of wages they’re paid. Time how long it takes you to make your end-to-end journey. Use video if you want, but record things in one form or another. Then do this every six months for the next three years. Write back at the end of your study and tell us all how it turned out…

I would venture to say that there will be significant change, and not necessarily for the better. Wal-Mart’s history is well-documented, and it’s not very pleasant. Higher-paying jobs disappear while minimum-wage jobs replace them. Benefits go with them. The money that is spent at local shops spreads around, whereas Wal-Mart money makes a beeline for Arkansas. History is what has happened, and while it does not guarantee the same actions in the future, it does provide a good indicator – unless something significant changes. We haven’t seen that with Wal-Mart.

James Zukowski

June 21, 2007


“In the northern hemisphere, the longest day of the year (near June 22) when the Sun is farthest north. In the southern hemisphere, winter and summer solstices are exchanged. The summer solstice marks the first day of the season of summer,” quoting Wolfram Research.

June 21, 2007 at 11:06am in Yelm.

June 20, 2007


Timberland Regional Library’s Yelm branch

Timberland Regional Library announces the 2007 Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading 2007

Get started READING when school is out!

Sign up at your local Timberland Library or sign up online.

Pick up your start-up packet and bookbag at the library.

Favorite Summer Reads – Print a reading log to keep track of your favorite books this summer.

READ! Pre-readers can join in as listeners.

Turn in your coupon in July or August for prizes. Print a reading coupon.

Write a review of your favorite books this summer for other kids to see.

Find lists of great books to read.

June 19, 2007


Abe Clary Creative Portraits logo

Abe Clary Creative Portraits in Yelm
Abe and I love what we do. We specialize in on location portraiture where the world is the background. We have broken away from using artificial lighting and backdrops. By utilizing props and lighting in their natural surroundings the options are unlimited for stunning photos. Every portrait has a unique look, providing a lifetime of special memories.
We know how a picture can spark memories of life and how important those memories can be. Every memory is special. As photographers we love to capture natural beauty and this is what keeps us inspired.

[See these great pictures of John & Pam Keeslar. click here.
and their family portrait,
and the Keeslar children. ]

Thank you,
Abe & Stephanie
10640 Mill Road SE
Yelm, WA 98597

Call Us @ 360.458.2443

June 18, 2007


Prairie Hotel logo

The Prairie Hotel offers wonderful accommodations, whether youre on vacation or a business trip. We are centrally located between the Tacoma and Olympia areas. This is a great opportunity to enjoy our beautiful country surroundings, while only having a short commute to the city!

Conference / Party room available for up to 50 people.

June 17, 2007


Photo courtesy of Guustaaf Damave Photography

Sign-up for the Yelm Prairie Days Parade.

Thursday, June 28 – Prairie Days’ Parade Lineup at 6:00pm
Parade starts at 7:00pm

Mayor Harding called this Yelm’s “… signature celebration of the year”

June 16, 2007


Spirit of Washington Dinner Train
Photo from KING-5 News website

The Spirit of Washington dinner train is moving to Tacoma.

The operator says work on I-405 this summer is forcing it to give up its route along the east shore of Lake Washington between Renton and Woodinville.

In August the tourist attraction will start running a 52-mile route between Tacoma’s Freighthouse Square Station and Lake Kapowsin in Eatonville,” quoting The Olympian.

June 15, 2007


Babes in Belts logo

One of the fastest growing sectors in the construction industry is Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs). These forms, which are modular blocks made of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) are used to build concrete walls, floors, and ceilings, for both residential and commercial applications (above and below ground).

We encourage women to attend, as ICFs are lightweight and easy to build with.


* Footing Preparation
* Demonstration of Basics
* Above and Below Grade Applications
* Installation of Electrical and Plumbing
* Code Application
* Waterproofing
* Multi-Story Applications
* Interior and Exterior Wall Finishes
* Learn how ICFs contribute to our Environment, Energy, Value and Safety

When and Where?

Saturday July 14th 2007, 8 a.m. 4 p.m. @ the Deschutes Grange on the corner of Vail Road and 143rd, Thurston County, Washington. Make checks payable to: Diane Dondero. Questions? email to babesinbelts@fairpoint.net


$20.00 per person pre-registration. Drop off at Lemuria. (Be sure to put your name and date of the workshop on the envelope.) Out of town? Mail to the Russian Hill address below.

$25.00 at the door, as room permits. Includes lunch. Participants will receive a Logix Field Manual and Installer Card.

Babes In Belts
Bridging the Future
Diane Dondero
Melinda Laine
16940 Russian Hill Lane
Rainier WA 98576
(360) 446-5746



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