December 31, 2017

Uplifting stories to close-out 2017 –
“5 Ways To Be Happy and Healthy,”
“Bonded by friendship, preschool ‘twins’ swear they ‘share the same soul'”


Photo credit: © mimagephotography/Shutterstock


– Uplifting stories to close-out 2017
“5 Ways To Be Happy and Healthy”

Story at-a-glance
* When you are consistently in a happy frame of mind, you are more likely to adopt beneficial habits associated with optimal health, such as eating well, exercising regularly, sleeping better and managing stress
* More than 200 scientific studies have associated happiness with a reduced risk of heart disease, while at least 160 studies have linked happiness to increased longevity
* Research suggests you may feel happier and less stressed if you simply smile more, even when you are not in the mood
By Dr. Mercola.
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– “Bonded by friendship, preschool ‘twins’ swear they ‘share the same soul'”
Ed. Note: they do not share the same skin color – though these girls say they share the same soul.
“Miami preschoolers Jia Sarnicola and Zuri Copeland say they are not best friends. They say they’re closer than that — closer than even mere sisters.

“‘In fact, Jia and Zuri truly believe they’re twins.'”

“And as we look back on this year, with all its division and racial strife, it’s important to remember that while all this was going on, so was this.”

“Obviously, what Sarnicola was trying to say is that at our core, we are one. And as we look back on this year, with all its division and racial strife, it’s important to remember that while all this was going on, so was this.”

“And that’s what the twins want for all of us — to push back against the cynics and to stop it with this discrimination business, once and for all.

“That way, they say we can move on to more important things in life,” by Steve Hartman, CBS News.
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– “Re-imagine a ‘presidential’ leader’s tweetstorm”
“We haven’t so much expected that Trump would take our rhetorical advice. Rather, we think it’s useful for all of us to remind ourselves that it doesn’t have to be this way: that presidential leadership, even if strongly partisan, can be civil, tolerant and inclusive.

“With that in mind, we herewith offer some end-of-year presidential thoughts in chunks of 280 characters or fewer. Call it a more presidential tweetstorm:
Excerpted from The Washington Post
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December 31, 2017

This New Year’s Eve, don’t drive drunk –
Call Bill’s Towing Free “Tipsy-Tow” Service or Kelly Kab


Photo credit: Bill’s Towing & Recovery

Two excellent options to avoid getting behind the wheel drunk:
– Bill’s Towing & Recovery Tipsy Tow Service

Bill’s Towing & Recovery is offering Tipsy Tow service on New Years to provide a safe alternative to drinking and driving on Yelm area roads.

The service will be available in the greater Yelm, Rainier, and McKenna area from 9:00 p.m. on New Years Eve, December 31st to 3:00 a.m. New Years Day, January 1st.

Motorists, bartenders, restaurant managers, party hosts or passengers of a drinking driver can call 360-458-5963 between the hours above and request a free tow home of up to ten miles. Callers simply tell the dispatcher, “I need a tipsy tow,” to receive the free tow and ride home.

Callers need to keep in mind that the service excludes rides for passengers, is restricted to a one-way, one-time ride for the driver, and the destination is limited to the drivers residence. Reservations are not accepted, and tows over ten miles are subject to normal rates.

Drinking drivers frequently fail to seek and obtain alternative ways to get home because they are concerned about retrieving their vehicle, the expense of taxis and the inconvenience of alternative transportation. Tipsy Tow is intended to give motorists a safer option for getting themselves and their vehicles home, instead of driving while intoxicated,” quoting Bill’s Towing & Recovery.
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– Kelly Kab Taxi Service for the Yelm, Rainier, Clearwood, Roy.


Photo credit: Kelly Kab

– Kelly Kab is an excellent option, then return to pick-up your vehicle the next day.
Call them at (360) 791-1925.
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Blogger Klein is a Bill’s Towing & Recovery customer.


December 30, 2017

“Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments”


Glenn Greenwald
Photo credit: The Intercept



– Editor’s note:
Mr. Greenwald is one of my heroes for his courage in breaking the Edward Snowden story from Hong Kong in UK’s The Guardian. Now, he does so again with this extremely disturbing description of Facebook’s censorship:


– Posted today by Glenn Greenwald in The Intercept:
“Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments”
“Ever since, Facebook has been on a censorship rampage against Palestinian activists who protest the decadeslong, illegal Israeli occupation, all directed and determined by Israeli officials. Indeed, Israeli officials have been publicly boasting about how obedient Facebook is when it comes to Israeli censorship orders:

Shortly after news broke earlier this month of the agreement between the Israeli government and Facebook, Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said Tel Aviv had submitted 158 requests to the social media giant over the previous four months asking it to remove content it deemed “incitement.” She said Facebook had granted 95 percent of the requests.”

“Facebook now seems to be explicitly admitting that it also intends to follow the censorship orders of the U.S. government.”
Click here to read the full story.


December 30, 2017

Lincoln Motor Co. releases their official 2018 Navigator Commercial –
Video production took place and was shot in Roy, WA.


Matthew McConaughey, 2018 Lincoln Navigator Commercial
Photo credit: Lincoln Motor Co.



Click here for the 2018 Lincoln Navigator Commercial.


– “2018 Lincoln Navigator Commercial Brings Back Matthew McConaughey”
“Some things are best left unsaid?”

Lincoln’s ads featuring Matthew McConaughey are always pretty eccentric, but the automaker’s latest spot is even more out there than usual. The actor has returned in a campaign for the 2018 Lincoln Navigator, but this time he doesn’t have a speaking role.

The commercial, dubbed “Perfect Rhythm,” takes place in the Pacific Northwest at a railroad crossing [Roy, WA.]. There’s no train, but McConaughey still stops at the crossing, drumming on the steering wheel in rhythm with noises coming from the tracks.”

“The commercial … will premiere on TV in the College Football Playoff on January 1,” by Kelly Pleskot, Motor Trend Magazine.
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December 30, 2017

Equine herpes outbreak has local arenas taking precautions


Photo credit: Stewart’s Arena Facebook page


– From Stewart’s Arena and Stables:
“We have placed our arena under voluntary quarantine. As most of you may have heard, there is an EHV-1 outbreak up north in/near Woodinville where several horses have had to be euthanized and several others are affected. I have consulted with a few different vets, all of whom have recommended that we do not allow any horses on the property, and if a horse that is boarded at the barn leaves, it may not return until we lift the quarantine. Our #1 priority is keeping all of the horses safe. And please keep the owners and horses up north in your thoughts & prayers.”
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– “Thurston County arenas take precautions in the wake of deadly equine herpes outbreak”
“Local equestrian centers are taking steps to protect their animals after seven horses in Snohomish County contracted a form of equine herpes and had to be euthanized.

Stewart’s Arena & Stables near Yelm wrote on Facebook late last week it would ‘not allow any horses on the property, and if a horse that is boarded at the barn leaves, it may not return until we lift the (voluntary) quarantine,'” by Abby Spegman, The Olympian.
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December 30, 2017

Yelm 1st Baptist Church Pastor Lowe’s retirement party Sunday


Yelm’s First Baptist Church
Photo credit: First Baptist Church, Yelm



– “Pastor Bob & Barbara Lowe’s Retirement Potluck”
“Pastor Robert (Bob) & Barbara Lowe will be retiring at the end of this year. December 31, 2017 will be their last day as Pastor and wife of First Baptist Church Yelm. We would like to invite you to attend services on Sunday morning and join us for a Potluck luncheon honoring them in their years of service here at First Baptist Yelm. If you are unable to make it to the services, you are invited to drop in during the potluck from 12:00 to about 1:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.”

Thank you,
Vesper Henson,
Church Secretary
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December 29, 2017

Yelm’s Crowe Law acquires the Law Offices of Bernard Perez


Crowe Law owners Molly Carmody and Dan Crowe at their new office ribbon cutting
November 10, 2016. Photo credit: Crowe Law.



Story Highlights:
* Bernie Perez retires after 37 years of service to the Yelm area,
* Crowe Law has acquired the Law Offices of Bernard Perez,
* Solidifies Crowe Law’s position as Yelm’s largest legal services provider,
* Mr. Perez’ clients can continue to have their legal needs met locally.
* Crowe Law’s expertise: estate planning/probate, civil litigation, business/corporate transactions.



A YELM COMMUNITY BLOG EXCLUSIVE REPORT.
– Crowe Law announces their acquisition of the Law Offices of Bernard Perez:
Dan Crowe said this to the Yelm Community Blog:
The Crowe Law Office has acquired the Law Offices of Bernard Perez, who will be retiring, effective January 1, 2018. We are very thankful to Mr. Perez for his 37 years of service to the residents of Yelm and the surrounding communities, and we pledge to serve his clients with the same level of dedication and advocacy that he did. This acquisition allows Crowe Law to focus in the areas of estate planning and probate as well as civil litigation and business and corporate transactions. It also solidifies Crowe Law’s position as the largest and most comprehensive provider of legal services in the Nisqually Valley. We have the staff and expertise necessary to handle the large influx of new clients that we expect this transaction to create, without any interruption of delay in service.”

“This is a good move for the community as well. Mr. Perez’ clients can continue to have their legal needs attended to locally, by a local business which has proven its commitment to the community many times over. Crowe Law has been in business for almost 8 years and practices in the areas of estate planning, probate, civil litigation, real estate, gun rights restoration and defense, so it is available to help its clients in a broad array of practice areas. We welcome Mr. Perez clients to Crowe Law and look forward to serving them for the years to come.”


Clients of Mr. Perez are encouraged to contact Crowe Law at 360-810-8006. Because of attorney-client confidentiality, Crowe Law will have possession of client files, but will not open or review them without client permission. Mr. Perez business phone line will continue to be active, but will forward to Crowe Law.”


The Yelm Blogger’s thanks and appreciation go to Mr. Perez for his years of service and on his retirement.
Congratulations to Crowe Law for solidifying their stature in the Nisqually Valley.



Blogger Klein is a Crowe Law client.


December 29, 2017

New York Times: “Derailment proves infrastructure plan is needed”
With $1.7 Trillion in tax cuts, infrastructure improvements will fall to the states


Amtrak’s Dec. 18th derailed cars being removed from the scene.
Photo credit Ruth Fremson, The New York Times.



Story highlights
* Report: new infrastructure spending will be shifted to state and local governments,
* This will not work.
* The recently passed tax bill creates difficulties for state and local governments to raise new money because citizens will no longer be able to deduct state and local taxes from their federal income taxes.


– “The Amtrak Derailment Was Caused by a Collective Failure”
“The halting progress [of railroad safety improvements] is emblematic of the country’s larger transportation problems — its potholed roads, dysfunctional subways, dilapidated bridges and shabby airports. Some had hoped this would change under President Trump, who promised during the election to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure. Last week, he wrote on Twitter that the Amtrak derailment ‘shows more than ever why our soon to be submitted infrastructure plan must be approved quickly,'”

“It is hard to take this declaration seriously, though, given his administration’s lack of effort. The White House raised hopes when it held an “infrastructure week” in early June. It’s understandable if you don’t recall anything about that week; it was all smoke and mirrors. The one document from which we might actually learn something about the administration’s intentions — the 2018 budget — proposes a long list of cuts. Grants to Amtrak would be slashed by $630 million, or 45 percent; the Capital Investment Grants program, which supports rail and transit projects around the country, would lose $928 million, or 43 percent; a popular $500 million transportation program known as Tiger, which invests in road, rail, transit and port projects, would be eliminated.”

“If Mr. Trump were serious, he would get Congress to increase direct federal spending on infrastructure and pay for it by repealing some of the giant tax cuts it just handed to corporations and wealthy families,” by Editorial Board of The New York Times.
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December 28, 2017

The evolution of Wal-Mart – stores with no checkout lines or cashiers

– “Walmart is developing a shopping service with no cashiers”
“A new Walmart subsidiary, called Code Eight, has recently started testing a personal shopping service for “busy NYC moms,” according to multiple sources, with the goal of letting them get product recommendations and make purchases simply through text messaging.”

“Multiple people familiar with the project tell Recode that one goal of the initiative is the creation of physical stores that would operate without checkout lines or cashiers — in a similar fashion to Amazon’s futuristic Amazon Go store, which was announced a year ago but has yet to open to the public.
Jason Del Rey, Recode.
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December 28, 2017

Yelm’s Ronelle Funk empowers women through financial literacy education


Ronelle Funk
Photo credit: Ronelle Funk Insurance



– “Financial Control: The Hidden Abuse”
“Ronelle Funk, owner of two successful local insurance agencies, is determined to raise awareness of domestic violence and one of its key weapons—financial abuse.

One of her top priorities is being a member of the Allstate Against Abuse Team—men and women who volunteer as advocates for domestic violence survivors. She dedicates a lot of her energy to domestic violence awareness efforts every fall as well as throughout the year, speaking to groups, teaching classes, raising money and distributing information to open eyes and opportunities for women who have been trapped by abuse.

Ronelle teaches a financial literacy class at the YWCA of Olympia to give women independence and the ability to ward off or escape financial abuse. Ronelle’s background in insurance and in life motivate her to help women understand and manage their personal finances and prepare for their future.”

“‘It’s my duty as a trusted insurance advisor to make sure customers’ livelihoods, assets, families and loved ones are protected,’ said Ronelle whose Yelm office was recently voted the Best Insurance Agency and Customer Service in the Nisqually Valley News. ‘As a woman, I feel very strongly that women need to be informed so no one can take advantage of them. I want women to be empowered with information so that they have more choices,'” by Barb Lally, Thurston Talk.
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