December 24, 2010

GUEST ENTRY:
ELIZABETH AXE ON LEARNINGS FROM A CANCER DIAGNOSIS

Yelm Community Blog reader & Rainier resident Elizabeth Axe recently shared her story with me.
I asked if she would be willing to allow me to publish her learning for the benefit of others.
She accepted saying,
“If my health situation can help someone I do not mind sharing it.”

This Christmas Eve we have a bounty & abundance in which to give our thanks.
I felt Elizabeth’s message is so consistent with this season of giving.

Here is the Elizabeth Axe’s story, in her own words:

“In June I was diagnosed with breast cancer, which I am happy to say is responding well to lots of focused healing, a change in diet and a complete cleanse. There is no longer blood supply to the lump and the lump has shrunk by about a third so far. But that is not why I am writing to you. As a result of my health challenge, I have done a huge amount of research primarily about cancer but this inevitably sent me in the direction of diet. I very quickly realized that by and large our long term food storage is gravely inadequate for long term health, especially for people who have no idea what to do with it.
I have written an article that I hope may help some people who wish to pay attention.
It may even help them avoid serious disease if they start utilizing the suggestions in their life now.”

Elizabeth reports today, “I am glad to say the lump is about half the size now.”

CLICK HERE for Elizabeth’s “Beyond the food storage staples”

“There are many great books and web sites devoted to emergency and long term food storage. This food storage consists of the easily stored staples such as grains, beans, oil and many suggest large quantities of sugar along with milk powder and supplemental canned or dried vegetables and meat.
Although this diet will keep you alive and may even stop you from feeling hungry, it will not keep you healthy!
There are a few other items I suggest are essential for long term food storage, especially in situations where fresh fruit and vegetables are unobtainable
and natural sunlight is limited.”

CLICK HERE for Elizabeth’s “Beyond the food storage staples”

THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG WISHES ELIZABETH AXE & HER FAMILY WELL ON THEIR JOURNEY & GIVES THANKS FOR ELIZABETH’S COURAGE TO SHARE WITH THE COMMUNITY WHAT SHE HAS LEARNED, ESPECIALLY ON THIS CHRISTMAS EVE.


December 22, 2010

CHILDREN’S SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE CLOSES –
LEAVES REMARKABLE LEGACY

The Yelm Community Blog has received a statement from officials at the Rainier-based Children’s School of Excellence (CSE) announcing the unique school’s closure:

“CSE had been struggling to keep the doors of the school open and did so only by operating under a deficit budget…

Last night [Dec. 21st], faced with lowered enrollment and a shrinking economic outlook, the Board of Trustees met and with a majority vote decided to close the doors of the school. Effective December 21, 2010, the non-profit corporation called Childrens School of Excellence has been dissolved. With assistance from OSPI and PNAIS, CSE will be taking all necessary steps for its dissolution including providing accounting statements for donors.”

CSE’s President Bill Hashim told the Yelm Community Blog:
“This was a heart-wrenching decision. It was not unanimous [to close the school].
CSE leaves a 12 year legacy rooted in the belief that every child came to us with a reservoir of extraordinary possibilities. It was our privilege and our dream to elicit the best from each of them.”

The inspiration of this fine school began with CSE founder & trustee Marjorie Layden, whose passion has led the efforts for over two decades of providing quality education for so many children. A recent example was the announcement of CSE Alum, Alex Miller, 07, receiving four college acceptance letters from the four to which she applied: Washington State University, Whitworth University, Boise State University and Dean College.
Alex scored 1880 on the SAT and was nominated for the Distinguished Regents Scholarship, WSUs premier scholarship program that recognizes exceptional academic achievement and accomplishments.

CSE’s community support made news annually with their fundraisers exceeding those of the Yelm Community Schools for many years, co-chaired by Linda Evans, and served by fine auctioneers of the Schorno Family.
Rep. Tom Campbell (R, Roy) and his wife Lynn joined the 2009 CSE Auction as guests.
Sir Robert Jones loved this school and made news with his annual & stunning winning-bids for clothing items donated by JZ Knight & worn by Ramtha, the Enlightened One. Then-CSE Board of Trustees President Omey Nandyal gave a touching tribute on June 27, 2010 naming scholarships after recently-deceased CSE supporter Sir Robert – the Sir Robert Jones Scholarship.

The school’s statement closed with this:
“With sadness, yes, but with much gratitude for every demanding, rewarding moment, we leave you with a few precious memories.”
CLICK HERE for the video.

The remarkable legacy of CSE is that this little school was in the 12th year of educating area children in an environment of true excellence.

The CSE statement added:
“Our staff will find new positions of purpose and professional fulfillment; our parents will find opportunities for their children to thrive and grow; and our children our beautiful children they will find new adventures, new lessons, new friends and, to the delight of us all new ways to bring joy and promise to our world.”

BEST WISHES TO ALL OF THE CSE FAMILY IN THEIR FUTURE ENDEAVORS.
THE CHILDREN’S SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE
RAINIER, WA.
1999-2010

UPDATE: Dec. 23rd, 12:32pm
Imperfect storm
School districts dont yet know the full impact of the proposed state budget cuts.
Yelm, Rainier weather big state cuts
By Melanie Lockhart
Nisqually Valley News


December 22, 2010

REI ANNOUNCES PLANS TO OPEN OLYMPIA STORE

“REI has announced plans to open a new store in Olympia next Spring.

The Adventure Guys reports the two-story, 25,000 square-foot store will be located off Cooper Point Road at Westfield Capital Shopping Mall. The company expects to hire about 50 people at the store.

The Olympia store will be the eighth Western Washington REI location. The company says more than 9,000 REI members live within a 15-mile radius of the new store,” quoting KING 5 News.

CLICK HERE for the full REI Press Release.


December 21, 2010

WINTER OFFICIALLY BEGINS @ 3:38PM TUESDAY

“In the Northern Hemisphere, the next Winter Solstice occurs on December 21, 2010 at 6:38 PM ET and 23:38 UTC (Universal Time).”
Winter begins in Yelm on Tuesday at 3:38pm.

From Cliff.com.

If you missed last night’s total eclipse of the moon, CLICK HERE for pics from MSNBC.


December 20, 2010

INNOVATIVE RAINIER-BASED, AWARD-WINNING PRODUCT –
CLASSY CUSTOM PET DOORS

Frederick Lomax and Linda McCallum, husband and wife, live in Rainier with their two huge Anatolian Shepherd dogs, Strider and Zoe and operate an award-winning business from our area.

Classy Custom Pet Portals make great holiday gifts:
“Classy Custom is very proud to introduce a new category of pet doors, the Pet Portals. For the first time, patent pending state-of-the-art utility, joins interior design for a pet door that accents the style of your home.”

“Pet Product News International has selected Classy Custom as their Big #1 2008 Editor’s Choice.”
CLICK HERE for more on the awards.

WON’T YOU PLEASE SUPPORT OUR LOCALLY OWNED & OPERATED BUSINESSES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON?


December 19, 2010

GOVERNOR ORDERS FLAGS LOWERED TO HALF-STAFF TUESDAY –
FOR YELM SOLDIER

“Gov. Chris Gregoire has directed that flags at all Washington state agency buildings be lowered to half-staff Tuesday, Dec. 21, in memory of U. S. Army Cpl. Sean M. Collins, 25, of Yelm. Collins died earlier this week from wounds received when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device in Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business Tuesday, or first thing Wednesday morning, Dec. 22.

Congress amended the U.S. Flag Code to give governors the authority to lower flags when a state resident in the military is killed in the line of duty. Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join in this recognition,” quoting Governor Gregoire’s Press Release.


December 18, 2010

THE VALUE OF FARMER’S MARKETS

Ciera Mayes wrote a wonderful article in The Olympian titled
“We need neighborhood farmers markets”
where she says:

“Good health is extremely important in a community. Health is dependent on the food that a person takes in, and if all they are getting is chips and soda from the only little store that is around them for the next 15 blocks, their health will be extremely depleted…

Farmers markets are not only filled with healthful, fresh fruits and vegetables, but the produce also is organic and produced without any pesticides, herbicides or insecticides, which is another great health factor as well…

We need to figure out where the opportune places are for farmers markets in order to create an economic upturn in our lower income population.”

While Yelm has no Farmer’s Market, we have several local assets selling fresh, organic & home-grown products:
Yelm Food Co-op
Paradise Organics
NatureWise Farm Fresh Produce

TELL THESE FINE FOLKS YOU READ ABOUT THEM ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!


December 17, 2010

INTRODUCING YELM CANDLE BUSINESS: CANDLE OPERA

Candle Opera, your one-stop candle superstore for weddings, gifts, parties, or simply to save money buying the little things that light up your life!

At Candle Opera, we offer a huge selection of candles and candleholders, specializing in the delicate balancing act of high quality and low prices. 100% Beewax Candles, Tapers, Votives, Tealights, Floating, Soy, Scented, as well as Candleholders and Bulk orders- FREE shipping & wholesale prices every day! If you are interested in reselling any of the items you see on our site, give us a call or send us an email and we’ll share with you our no-risk distribution opportunities which includes: No minimum orders. Drop shipping available. Large quantity discounts. You may also want to Create Your Own Candle Company. We can custom manufacture/private label the Ultra-Scented Hand-Made Soy Jar Candles. Excellent for small businesses, gifts, and fundraisers. Please contact us for more information,” from Manta.com.

Candle Opera- Wholesale Candles & Candleholders
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17021 Lakepoint Dr SE
Yelm, WA 98597

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Sat 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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December 16, 2010

‘COMMUNITY THEATER’ COMES ALIVE IN YELM –
THIS ONE IS NOT TO BE MISSED!

Pictures of three of the great actors – all local talent!
All photos provided courtesy of SRO.


Star Dave Champagne as Sheridan Whiteside


Kellie Petersen as Nurse Preen


Jessica Caldwell as Lorraine Sheldon

SRO presents THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart,
which opened last night to a SOLD-OUT audience at Gordons Grange Hall.

Director Nancy Tribush Hillman introduced the evening describing the journey to get to a place to put on a three-act play such as this one, in Yelm. She said the Grange was built as a meeting place decades ago and while this play is “transformative” for the interior of the space (Grange Hall), this is also transformative for the community as a whole. Hillman’s brilliance truly tansformed the Hall’s interior to a Yonker’s, New York apartment for the previous show and now this one – shear genius in the creative use of a wall, lighting, a few props & coaxing memorable performances from a wide variety of local folks on her stage.

“I am thrilled & proud to be doing this kind of work. I enjoy it immensely”, Hillman stated to the SRO (standing room only) crowd.

Hillman went on to share the 10 year history of the unique Drew Harvey Theater in Yelm & productions she managed there from 1995-2005 and after 5 years of finding direction, she is thrilled that Kellie Petersen has allowed these performances in the Grange & Gordon’s outdoor, summer amphitheater. Because of the strong attendance, there are many more plays planned, including a musical. She called this the “Phoenix” of the Drew!

“With your support, we’ll continue this work. Children’s classes are planned for January.
We have a WA. charitable organization for tax-deductible donations through SRO & N Theatre,” Hillman added.”

Don’t miss this play. The performances of each cast member were so outstanding, one gets lost in the characters and forgets these are our friends & neighbors. Lead actor Dave Champagne starring as Sheridan Whiteside was amazing in anchoring all three acts and carrying-out such a demanding script with a sharp finesse & exquisite detail.

Yelm’s community theater reminds me of Mayor Shinn of Meredith Wilson’s THE MUSIC MAN, who would be so proud of an asset like this in his town. One can hope this time, our civic leaders come out to see Hillman’s rebirth of a gem in our midst.

“The Man Who came To Dinner”
Gordons Grange Hall
adjacent Gordon’s Garden Center
Yelm

December 15-19th

“In this comical gem of a play, international celebrity Sheridan Whiteside is forced to spend his favorite holiday, Christmas, at the home of a local Ohio couple because of an injured hip. To repay their hospitality, he sues them for damages, inspires their children to rebel against their authority, co-opts two floors of their house, steals their servants, and fills their space with exotic animals, bugs and huge curios as Broadway stars, playwrights and movie comics parade in and out of his self-appointed receiving room. The dialogue is sharp and witty, the cast sparkling, and the laughs non-stop,” quoting SRO’s flier.

Tickets $10. Available @ Yelm Food Co-Op, Gordons Garden Center or at the door.

Our local friends & neighbors that will razzle-dazzle you with their performances include:
Dave Champagne, Kellie Petersen, Joel & Melissa Derefield, Rae and Guy Simpson, Paul and Denise Kennelly, Ruthanne Chadwick, Aaron Rodriguez, Lauren Rodriguez, Jessica Caldwell, Dr. Brian Keay and Yelm youngsters comprising a sweet Children’s Choir.
I so enjoyed seeing Kevin McManus return to bring the depth of his presence to the Yelm stage, though in a very small roll.

This show proved in last night’s opening to be one of the Yelms jewel performances, with Director Nancy Tribush Hillman at her best, joined by a cast of talented Yelm-area actors.

Please grab your family, go see, support & enjoy this holiday masterpiece for our town:
The Man Who came To Dinner tonight, Friday, Saturday & Sunday!


December 15, 2010

“COMPOST BINS MAKE GREAT GIFTS”

From Thurston County Solid Waste:

Christmas shopping is in full swing. With the current economic and environmental situations, a great gift idea is one that can help protect the planet and save the recipient some money each year. How about a compost bin?

Thurston County Solid Waste has partnered with the Master Gardener Foundation of Thurston County to provide subsidized compost bins for Thurston County residents. Our goal is to reduce the amount of materials going to the landfill and assist residents with home composting. The Earth Machine compost bin is $40 (an $86 value) and the Biostack bin is $60 (a $140 value). There is a limit of three bins per household. Cost for all bins includes tax and delivery and they will arrive before Christmas to anyone in Thurston County.

Organic materials, such as food waste and yard trimmings, make up a large percentage of typical household garbage, though they are very recyclable. By diverting these materials to the compost bin, you can reduce your level of trash service, which can save money. Composting is a great alternative to burning woody debris which is now illegal in many areas. Adding the finished compost to the garden provides plant nutrients, increases plants resistance to disease, improves soil texture, and reduces water needs.

Some people have a misconception that composting is hard to do, takes a lot of time and effort, is smelly, or attracts rodents and pests. In reality, its a quick, easy and clean process. The Master Composters provide free composting workshops, spring through fall, that provide step-by-step instructions. Inexpensive compost guides, such as the ones sold by the Foundation, provide easy to understand instructions. Just give it a try and you will see how simple it really is.

While you are buying bins for gifts, dont forget to get yourself one too. For details and ordering information, visit the Foundations website at: www.compostbinsthurstoncounty.com, email bins@compostbinsthurstoncounty, or call the Foundation at (360) 481-4204. Compost bins, books, and compost thermometers are also available from the Foundation.

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