December 22, 2008

LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEA- WITHOUT EVEN LEAVING YOUR HOME!


Will of the Wind Logo

Everyone loves a wind chime and you can get yours locally from Will of the Wind, based right here in the Nisqually Valley – Rainier.

Checkout their weathervane specials: CLICK HERE.

Banners
Flags
Kites
Weathervanes
Wind Chimes
Wind Socks

“From hand-tuned melodious wind chimes to high flying colorful kites, our goal at Will of the Wind is to provide decorative wind things for your home, garden and leisure time of which you can be proud and that will bring beauty and delight for years to come.”

Telephone: 1-800.937.4619

TELL WILL OF THE WIND YOU HEARD ABOUT THEM ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!


December 21, 2008

WINTER OFFICIALLY BEGINS TODAY IN YELM!

Winter Solstice
“In astronomy, the solstice is either of the two times a year when the Sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator, the great circle on the celestial sphere that is on the same plane as the earth’s equator. In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice occurs either December 21 or 22, when the sun shines directly over the tropic of Capricorn; the summer solstice occurs either June 20 or 21, when the sun shines directly over the tropic of Cancer. In the Southern Hemisphere, the winter and summer solstices are reversed.

Longest Night of the Year
The winter solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. The sun appears at its lowest point in the sky, and its noontime elevation appears to be the same for several days before and after the solstice. Hence the origin of the word solstice, which comes from Latin solstitium, from sol, sun and -stitium, a stoppage. Following the winter solstice, the days begin to grow longer and the nights shorter,”
quoting InfoPlease.com.

“Sun., Dec. 21, 2008, 7:04 AM EST (12:04 UT), marks the solsticethe beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and summer in the Southern Hemisphere”

WINTER ARRIVED IN YELM AT 4:04AM THIS MORNING ALONG WITH A WEEK OF WINTER SNOW STORMS!


December 20, 2008

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUES SNOW ALERT FOR THIS AREA TODAY

The National Weather Service has issued a major snow event alert for this area with damaging winds beginning this afternoon, followed by 2-4” of additional snow on top of the already-accumulated 4″ of snow here and ice on top of that by Sunday morning.
The ice will potentially cause many tree limbs and power lines to break, so this morning would be a time to stock-up on supplies, in case you cannot get out or lose power for the next few days.
CLICK HERE FOR THE OFFICIAL REPORT.
CLICK HERE for the latest official Yelm area forecast.


December 20, 2008

SEBASTIAN’S BEST OFFERS SPECIAL BREAD ORDERING IN JANUARY

Dear friends and patrons of the former Sebastians Best,

Weve missed you! We hope this holiday season finds you well and happy. Weve been bustling around settling into our new environments: Elena is in preschool, Amy is teaching Kindergarten, and Sebastian has been interviewing for Pastry Chef positions.

Even though we dont have a retail location, weve been getting many requests for bread and holiday pastries. While were not equipped to produce a large variety of items, weve decided to provide once a week bread ordering dates in January.

Here are the details:

– Each Monday in January (the 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th), Sebastian will make as many as 26 loaves of Bavarian Bread (our Spelt Sourdough recipe) depending on demand. Get us your orders to us by the Friday before, so we can purchase ingredients. Please specify sliced or unsliced.

All of these items ship beautifully, and of course, we are happy to ship them for you if you so desire. A handling fee of $3 will be added to any items youd like us to ship. The shipping charge itself will depend on the size and destination of your orderwell calculate this for you and let you know before final processing.

Pick up location for all baked goods is our home in Rainierwe will create a special pick-up point on our porch, complete with self-serve drop box for your payment. This will be an unmanned station (just like they do it in Sebastians village), so please be sure to bring correct change, pens to write you checks, etc.) If you or someone you know would like to host a similar unmanned station in your neighborhood, let us knowwe would be happy to provide free goodies in exchange.

You can always reach us at: 360 292/5497 E-Mail: admin@sebastiansbest.com

Happy Holidays!

Sebastian Amy and Elena

TELL SEBASTIAN’S YOU READ ABOUT THEM ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!

December 21st:
Late breaking fruitcake news!

Unmanned fruitcake and nut tort stand now operating at Gordons Garden Center! This stand will stay through January, as we test our Bavarian Bread Tuesday sales at the same location. Thank you Kellie Petersen and Gordons staff for you kind support of our business, and for providing our customers with easy pick-up near the old bakery location! (A snow fairy told me that Gordons staff even cut up some fruitcake and tort in little bits for passersby to eat and enjoy.)

Gordons is open:

Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:00 – 5:30

Sundays 10:00 5:00.
They will also be open this Monday the 22nd.

Gordons phone number is: 360 458-2481

If you are leaving a check, please make it payable to Sebastian and Amy Schefer. You can also leave cash in our little envelopes there. (Instructions on-site)

As we previously shared, the Walnut Caramel Tort is selling for $36 for a 10 tortlast we checked there were some partial torts still available. Fruitcake is $17.25 per poundSebastian portioned different sizes and gift wrapped them. Both the Fruitcake and the Tort keep for extended periods (fruitcake, as you probably know, keeps almost forever, and walnut caramel torte keeps nicely for 6 weeks unrefrigerated)…


December 19, 2008

FINALLY! CITY ADDRESSES LACK OF WAL-MART CONNECTOR PUBLICLY

Mayor Harding, Community Relations Director Teixeira & Community Development Director Grant Beck have answered no emails from this writer in recent months.

That’s fine, for if there was an urgency, the city would have received a Freedom of Information request (FOIA) from me, which they would HAVE to address by law.

In any event, more kudos to the Nisqually Valley News (NVN) for picking up on a Yelm Community Blog story and getting an answer concerning the Wal-Mart connector between Yelm Highway and 103rd Avenue, covered here extensively on November 23, 2008 & May 24, 2008:

“The only thing keeping Wal-Mart from building a connector to 103rd Avenue is a permit from the state Department of Transportation.

A stipulation for approving the superstore was that the connector had to be built 18 months after right-of-way was purchased, Yelm Community Development Director Grant Beck said.

The right-of-way acquisition was completed July 2007…

Once the Yelm Loop is constructed, the connector will be ripped out and replaced to become part of the bypass. [Ed. Note: That is years into the future, as covered here previously, because the Bypass construction funding is tenuous, at best.]

‘Its just a city street for now,’ Beck said.

The only thing stopping them is a permit to get onto the property.

Beck said he contacted WSDOT Sept. 4, but still hasnt heard from them…

The permit is still being processed, but it should be complete within the next two weeks, said Dale Severson, development services engineer for WSDOT.

‘Its just a matter of getting all the pieces together,’ Severson said,” quoting the December 5th NVN.

AND ON ANOTHER ISSUE, THE NVN TOOK UP A STORY RECENTLY COVERED FOR YELM COMMUNITY BLOG READERS IN TODAY’S PRINT EDITION WITH THEIR QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
“Do you think acquiring funding for the Yelm Ave. Bypass is an achievable goal in the current economic environment?”
The majority of the responses were not so optimistic.

THANK YOU NISQUALLY VALLEY NEWS FOR COVERING THESE IMPORTANT COMMUNITY ISSUES! AND FOR READING THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG.


December 18, 2008

ROBERT REDFORD’S “THE UNFORESEEN” PUTS YELM’S DEVELOPMENT BINGE IN PERSPECTIVE

THIS FILM SO APTLY DESCRIBES WHAT IS HAPPENING AROUND YELM WITH ALL OF THE DEVELOPMENT AND WHAT IS TO COME IN THE FUTURE BECAUSE OF IT!

“Featuring interviews with Robert Redford, Willie Nelson, the iconic Texas Governor Ann Richards, environmentalist Wendell Berry and many others, THE UNFORESEEN is a powerful meditation on the American dream on the destruction of the natural world as it falls victim to the cannibalizing forces of unchecked development. It is an intricate tale of personal hopes, victories and failures; and of debates over land, water and the public good,” quoting the film’s website.

Winner of the 2008 Independent Spirit Award Truer than Fiction Prize.

THE CITY OF YELM FILED AN APPEAL IN THE WATER ISSUE CASE BROUGHT BY JZ KNIGHT, AS EXPECTED.
WHAT IS AN APPEALS COURT GOING TO SAY TO THE CITY AFTER THE JUDGE DIRECTED THE CITY TO FOLLOW STATE STATUTES?


December 17, 2008

MOVIE: “FUEL” EXTENDED IN YELM TO THURSDAY – COMES TO OLYMPIA IN JANUARY

Opened at Yelm Cinemas, December 5th, 2008, and extended until Thursday, December 18th due to strong demand.

Check-out YELM CINEMAS for show times.

Yelm-based Intention Media announces the movie FUEL is being shown in limited release in the U. S. now as their current, featured project:

“Most Americans know weve got a problem: an addiction to oil that taxes the environment, entangles us in costly foreign policies, and threatens the nations long-term stability. But few are informed or empowered enough to do much about it. Enter Josh Tickell, an expert young activist who, driven by his own emotionally charged motives, shuttles us on a revelatory, whirlwind journey to unravel this addictionfrom its historical origins to political constructs that support it, to alternatives available now and the steps we can take to change things. Tickell tracks the rising domination of the petrochemical industryfrom Rockefellers strategy to halt ethanol use in Fords first cars to the mysterious death of Rudolph Diesel at the height of his biodiesel engines popularization, to our governments choice to declare war after 9/11, rather than wean the country from fossil fuel. Never minimizing the complexities of ending oil dependence, Tickell uncovers a hopeful reality pointing toward a decentralized, sustainable energy infrastructurelike big rigs tanking up on biofuel at Carls Corner Texas truck stop, a new Brooklyn biodiesel plant serving three states, a miraculous Arizona algae-based fuel farm, and the Swedish public voting to be petroleum free by 2020. Sweeping and exhilarating, Tickells passionate film goes beyond great storytelling; it rings out like a bell that stirs consciousness and makes individual action suddenly seem consequential.

Josh Tickell, a leading expert on alternative fuels, grew up in Louisiana, where members of his family suffered from diseases linked to pollution from oil refineries. After discovering biodiesel, he earned an MFA in film from Florida State University’s School of Motion Picture, Television, and Recording Arts to chronicle and vitalize the green-energy movement. He has been working on Fields of Fuel for 10 years. Tickell also authored a controversial companion book, Biodiesel AmericaHow to Achieve Energy Security, Free America from Middle-East Oil Dependence, and Make Money Growing Fuel.”

Sundance Film Festival

Intention Media is handling the distribution of FUEL, which is headed by filmmaker Betsy Chasse (co-creator of the hit film What the Bleep Do We Know?!) of Yelm.

A REMINDER:
Click here for Yelm Cinemas showtime information.

Yelm Cinemas at Prairie Park
Photo courtesy of Yelm Cinemas’ website
&
Yelm’s Casa Mia Italian Pizzeria & Restaurant

Proudly announce a winter gift idea:

Gift Certificate
$28 dinner for two and movie for 2

Valid 7 days a week during December, January & February.


December 16, 2008

LIBRARY’S FUTURE IS NVN’S “QUESTION OF THE WEEK”



Yelm Timberland Regional Library
Photo courtesy of Guustaaf Damave

KUDOS TO THE NISQUALLY VALLEY NEWS (NVN) FOR KEEPING THE YELM LIBRARY’S FUTURE IN THE PUBLIC SPOTLIGHT!

In the December 12th NVN edition, the Question of the Week is:
“Do you have any concerns about the future of the Yelm library, as its current lease expires in 2012?”

50% are “very concerned” & 25% are “slightly concerned”, based on respondents answering an online poll.
That’s 75% that has some concern!

This writer raised this very issue in a Letter to the Editor published in the NVN on December 5 saying,

“3. On Nov. 21st, your newspaper quoted Harding on the Yelm Library issue saying,
Building a new library is not an option, said Mayor Ron Harding.
As the end of the lease draws near, Harding said the citys options will be released to the public.

In 2012, Timberland Regional Library no longer splits the library’s rent with Yelm and all rental fees will fall to the city. The rent in the current facility will go up with the new lease, resulting in more than a 100% increase in library expenses all borne by the City of Yelm, because it has not committed to a public library building.
Why is the Mayor waiting until near the end of the lease to share the city’s options? No public building and a very expensive lease to wait 3 more years with no public input could be too late.”

This issue was also thoroughly discussed here on November 26th.

DO YOU WANT THE YELM LIBRARY TO BE A PART OF THE FABRIC OF THIS COMMUNITY BEYOND 2012?


December 15, 2008

TENINO’S WOLF HAVEN FEATURED IN AAA’S OCTOBER JOURNEY MAGAZINE

PROWL ON DOWN
Wolf Haven hosts fall fun


National Wolf Awareness Week
, the third week in October, is a banner time for Wolf Haven International, a nonprofit wolf sanctuary and conservation organization near Tenino, Wash.

National Wolf Awareness Week is a time to dispel misconceptions about wolves and to teach about the important role these predators play in maintaining healthy ecosystems. It takes place the 3rd week of October every year. Wolf Awareness Week 2009 will take place October 11-17, 2009,” quoting Defenders of Wildlife.

WOLF HAVEN
“We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is “working for wolf conservation” by: protecting our wild wolves; providing sanctuary for captive-born wolves; promoting wolf restoration in historic ranges; and educating the public on the value of all wildlife.

Wolf Haven International
3111 Offut Lake Rd. SE
Tenino, Washington 98589
(800) 448-9653 – phone


December 14, 2008

“THEATER ARTS FINDING A NEW LIFE IN COMMUNITY”


DREW HARVEY THEATER FOUNDER RETURNS TO YELM AND CONTRIBUTES TO ARTS SCENE!

“Since the Drew Harvey Theater closed its doors in 2003, many of the people who participated in its productions or sat in the audience have thirsted for the theater experience.

Acting classes have been available in the high schools, but for younger children, the opportunities to act in and help stage productions is limited.

Some of the schools below high school level, however, have put on performances during the year.

Several groups have formed to amp up the opportunities for youths.

The Improvable Dream, workshop, begun last November, teaches children how to act improvisationally.

Another program, Theatrical Academy, USA, is also targeted toward youths. Two plays are produced each year, each of them under the direction of Kendra Gebbs.

Gebbs said she started the group after moving to Yelm.

She said she moved here because she wanted her children to be able to participate in productions at the Drew Harvey Theater, which was affectionately called The Drew.

However, the theater closed before they got the chance to step on the stage.

Nancy Hillman, who ran the Drew Harvey Theater and directed most of its plays, is back in Yelm after spending the past two and half years in New York City.

Though many people have asked Hillman when she will restart the Drew or another community theater, Hillman said her plan is to volunteer and assist with theater programs that already exist.

‘After 10 years (running The Drew), I just got burned out,’ Hillman said.

She is currently volunteering her time to four groups, the Theatrical Academy, USA, Seasoned Readings, Yelm High Schools acting club and Rainier High Schools after school performing arts group.

Hillman said its her goal to get these groups together for a combined theatrical recital sometime in the future.

That recital would give each group a chance to demonstrate their skills and show the strength of theater in Yelm and surrounding communities, Hillman said.

Three of the acting groups were established before Hillman returned to Yelm.

Seasoned Readings was started when a group of adults sought out an avenue to perform. It is a group that will perform a series of rehearsed scripts.

Scripts will be held by the actors during a performance, though the actors will have likely memorized their lines.

Props are used in a limited fashion, or not at all, and there is no set.

Hillman, a professionally trained actor with experience on Broadway in New York, said she noticed a growing popularity for these types of plays in the Big Apple.

She said her goal is to raise the standard of art education. Often, she said, schools have limited time and resources to commit to the performing arts.

Hillman said she also prefers to provide a service rather than make a good living.

‘When I worked as an organizer, I made a lot of money, but it only really benefits the one person youre working for,’ Hillman said.

‘When you work with teachers, they never do it for the money. They do it for the enrichment of the community.’

Hillman said she is working with Rainier High School drama coach Ted Fredericks, and Yelm High School English and drama teacher Anna Garrison.

Both teachers warmly accepted the volunteer help offered by Hillman.

This is the first year at their respective schools that the teachers have taken on the drama programs.

Theater programs are important because they provide life-long lessons for children. Primarily, self-esteem, self-expression and communication skills are built.

‘When they study theater, they apply it to everyday life,’ Hillman said.,” quoting the Nisqually Valley News.

THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG WELCOMES BACK THE TALENTS OF NANCY HILLMAN TO YELM AREA ARTS!


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