February 19, 2009

E-CYCLE WASHINGTON IS HERE!

E-Cycle Washington is Here!
“Washington now has a FREE, convenient and environmentally responsible recycling program for computers, monitors, laptops and televisions.

Who can use the program?
Households, small businesses, schools & school districts, small governments, special purpose districts, and charities can recycle electronic products free of charge in this program. Click here for more information.

Where can I recycle?

Call 1-800-RECYCLE or visit 1800recycle.wa.gov to find electronic product recycling services in your area.

What can I recycle for free?
televisions
computers
computer monitors
portable or laptop computers
Please note that computer peripherals such as keyboards, mice, and printers are not included in this program.

Why recycle electronics?
Many electronics, especially TVs and computers, contain toxic materials such as lead, cadmium and mercury. Reusing and recycling electronics keeps these toxic materials out of our landfills and incinerators and also recovers valuable resources. The electronic equipment this program collects will be taken apart and separated into materials such as glass, plastic, metal and toxic chemicals. All recycling will follow performance standards set up by the Department of Ecology.

What if my electronic equipment still works?
Many groups and businesses focus on making used electronics available for reuse. Click here for more information on donating your electronics for reuse.”


February 18, 2009

YELM PRAIRIE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM OPENING FEB. 19

PLEASE JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE THE GRAND OPENING OF THE YELM MUSEUM !

Yelm Area Chamber After Hours
and
Ribbon Cutting at the Yelm Museum

5:307 p.m.
Ribbon Cutting 6 p.m.
Thursday, February 19
Third and McKenzie
360-458-8436

Hosted by the City of Yelm & the Yelm Prairie Historical Society


February 17, 2009

SUPPORT OUR LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESSES: YELM-OWNERS OF CLASSIC WINEMAKERS IN LACEY

Yelm residents Nancy Breidenthal and Judith Clifford own Lacey’s Classic Winemakers, where the customer makes their own wine.

Craft your own wine right here at Classic Winemakers. Visit our winery, taste many Award Winning Wines and select the wine you want to make. We will tend your wine to maturity and when you return, you get to bottle and create your own personal label. You then have 30 bottles of famous wine, with your own personal label on them for about $6-$7 dollars per bottle. Your very own delicious wine to share with a friend after a long day at work or enjoy a well-balanced wine with dinner,” quoting their website.

This is a wine shop where folks make their own wine. Customers may supply their own empty bottles or buy them there. Folks can split a batch … or batches … together.
The process done by the customer consists of tasting and choosing their wine and pitching the yeast to begin the fermentation process. They then returns in 6 weeks to bottle, cork and create a personalized label.

If you haven’t already been here, this is a wonderful place, so I am sharing it with you in the hopes you will give yourself a treat and an experience.

The Limited Editions are now here and our existing customers know how unique they are. For example the South African Cabernet Sauvignon and the Italian Dolcetto are exceptional.

This year so far, our reputation for quality wines has spread to the Military.
Many of the brigades are making wine with us for their special events.
Its an honor to work with these dedicated warriors,” quoting co-owner Judith Clifford.

Classic Winemakers
1225 Ruddell Road S.E. Suite A,
in Lacey (one block South of St. Martin’s University).
Phone: 360-493-6500

MENTION YOU READ ABOUT CLASSIC WINEMAKERS ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG FOR A 10% DISCOUNT!


February 16, 2009

COUNTY COMMISISONER ROMERO HOLDS YELM ‘COFFEE’ MONDAY, FEB. 23RD


Sandra Romero

COME MEET YOUR NEW COUNTY COMMISSIONER SANDRA ROMERO

Do you care about Thurston County?
Have an issue that is important to you?
Want to find out more about the county?

Join us Monday, February 23rd
10am – 11am
Blue Bottle Cafe
309 E. Yelm Ave.

Please join Sandra Romero, newly elected Thurston County Commissioner, as she hosts an informal coffee hour. The purpose of the coffee hour is to introduce share her vision as a newly elected County Commissioner and to hear from Yelm and vicinity residents.

“… this will be the beginning of monthly informal meetings that will help me better serve Thurston County citizens.”
Commissioner Romero

COFFEE PROVIDED!

If you have any questions contact:
Lisa Paribello at 360-786-5747
paribel@co.thurston.wa.us

TELL COMMISSIONER ROMERO YOU HEARD ABOUT HER YELM COFFEE ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!


February 15, 2009

WATER QUALITY SEMINAR OFFERED: “FROM THE WATERSHED TO YOUR HOME”


The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild presents:

Building and Water Quality: From the Watershed to Your Home.

Join us in exploring the role of development in water and health.

Dr. Susan Lisa Toch, Ph.D. M.P.H (http://www.anaturalresource.com/Biography.php)

A Natural Resource & Water to Drink

www.anaturalresource.com

www.watertodrink.org

Thursday, February 19th
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Urban Onion Ballroom
116 Legion Way SE, Olympia.
Program begins at 7pm.
Please arrive early to network and to order from the menu.

Non-Guild members – $5 donation. Free to Guild members.


February 14, 2009

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!


Heart courtesy of JZ-Rose website

“Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14. It is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other; sending Valentine’s cards, donating to charity or gifting candy. It is very common to present flowers on Valentine’s Day. The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

The day is most closely associated with the mutual exchange of love notes in the form of “valentines.” Modern Valentine symbols include the heart-shaped outline and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten notes have largely given way to mass-produced greeting cards. The mid-nineteenth century Valentine’s Day trade was a harbinger of further commercialized holidays in the United States to follow. The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas. The association estimates that women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines,” quoting Wikipedia.

This Valentines Day message first appeared on the Yelm Community Blog in 2008.


February 13, 2009

YELM NO LONGER ‘HOLDING ITS OWN IN A TIME OF RECESSION’

The Nisqually Valley News (NVN) reports in today’s editions that in Mayor Ron Harding’s State of the City Address last Tuesday, “The City is weathering the downturn in the economy and doing well…
In order to maintain its current level of service , the city will have to tap into its reserves…
If the economy continues to decline, cuts may have to be made…”

NVN publisher/editor Keven Graves said in his editorial printed today about Harding’s Address,
“Seemingly addressing Yelm’s anti-growth contingent, Harding explained that it’s the growth that Yelm experienced in recent years that has helped to keep the city in the black.”
[Ed. Note: Mr. Graves, growth has stopped in its tracks not only from the economy, rather from Yelm’s limits on how much water can be pumped to support new homes. The Dept. of Ecology says Yelm pumped 756 acre feet per year (acy) of its allocated 796.66 acy in 2008. An acre-foot is about 325,000 gallons which, for the City of Yelm, is about enough water to serve 3.5 homes for a year, according to the Dept. of Ecology. Doing the basic math then, the City would be over their limit with the current water rights they hold
withdrawing an additional 40 acre-feet (796.66-756 = 40.66 underage).
That 40 acre-feet X 3.5 homes per acre-foot = 140 homes.
Yelm has many development permits already in the works & approved that have not yet been hooked-up to Yelm’s water supply. My guess is that the 140 home limit is nearly or already reached when those homes are hooked-up. Of course Mayor Harding and the city are seeking additional water rights transfers to the city.
Bottom line: If the economy hasn’t stopped growth here, the limits of water allocations has put Yelm about near the end of available water to continue this growth binge that has burdened our traffic, water availability, groundwater, air and land resources.]

The Olympian is reporting a huge blow to Yelm’s economy:
“Lasco Bathware plant manager Bill Kysor said Wednesday that an additional 20 people directly involved in manufacturing will leave the business at the end of the month.

That means Lasco has shed 35 jobs since January, including some salaried and office staff members, Kysor said. The plant now has fewer than 100 employees, down from 160 to 170 when Kysor started 18 months ago…

The plant workers made an average of $15 an hour, and the company gave them notice so that they could use up sick leave before they leave, he said.

Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Cecelia Jenkins said Lasco is a longtime business and active chamber member. It also is one of the community’s largest employers, joining the new Wal-Mart store and retailers such as Safeway. The largest employer in the area is the Yelm School District, she said.

There is no other company in the area similar to Lasco to hire laid-off workers, Jenkins said.”

This is devastating news to our Lasco friends and neighbors, that almost 40% of the workforce of one of Yelm’s largest employers have lost their jobs. This is less occupational tax, income tax & sales tax for the City, plus the social impact on our town’s fabric with those families impacted by their job cuts.


February 13, 2009

REP. ADAM SMITH ANNOUNCES SPRING TOWN HALL SCHEDULE


Ninth District Congressman Adam Smith

Town Hall Meetings with Congressman Adam Smith

Congressman Adam Smith invites you to attend a town hall meeting on
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
City of Kent Council Chambers
220 4th Ave S, Kent

The purpose of the town hall meeting is to meet with constituents to listen to concerns, answer questions, and discuss issues facing Congress. Space is limited so please RSVP if you are able to attend by calling (253) 896-3775 or (888) SMITH09.

Additional meetings are set for:

Saturday, March 14
1-2:30ppm
Panorama City’s Chalet (Lower level)
1650 Circle Lane SE, Lacey

Tuesday, April 7th
7-8:30pm
Sea-Tac City Hall Chambers
4800 S 188th St., SeaTac

Saturday, May 23
1-2:30pm
Puyallup Public Library
324 S. Meridian, Puyallup

Tuesday, June 30
7-8:30pm
Lakewood City Hall Chambers
6000 Main St. SW, Lakewood


February 12, 2009

RAMTHA’S SCHOOL OF ENLIGHTENMENT WELCOMES HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS TO YELM

Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment (RSE) is welcoming students from around the world to their spiritual retreat in Yelm this week and next. One can see and hear many cultures in area stores as they gather here:
Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, Mandarin, Italian, German, Danish, Hebrew, French, Romanian and Dutch and others.

Yelm is known across the globe as a center of spiritual studies. RSE officials report this Retreat will be one of the largest groups ever assembled for the Spring series of events.

Ramtha, Become a Remarkable Life, and Consciousness & Energy are trademarks of JZ Knight and used with permission.


February 12, 2009

DARWIN & LINCOLN BORN 200 YEARS AGO TODAY

See this story about Lincoln, 16th President of the USA:

Bill Moyers Journal | The Legacy and Legend of Lincoln

Bill Moyers Journal: “As Abraham Lincoln’s bicentennial birthday approaches, Bill Moyers sits down with historian and Lincoln biographer Eric Foner to discuss the legacy and the legend of America’s most-studied president. ”
CLICK HERE for the PBS piece.

Charles Robert Darwin FRS …was an English naturalist who realised and demonstrated that all species of life have evolved over time from common ancestors through the process he called natural selection. The fact that evolution occurs became accepted by the scientific community and much of the general public in his lifetime, while his theory of natural selection came to be widely seen as the primary explanation of the process of evolution in the 1930s, and now forms the basis of modern evolutionary theory. In modified form, Darwins scientific discovery is the unifying theory of the life sciences, providing logical explanation for the diversity of life,” quoting Wikipedia.
“Strange facts about the father of evolution
Darwin was squeaky clean, but not everything about him was normal,” quoting MSNBC.


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