November 23, 2018

Shop Local, Shop Small® 2018 in Yelm on this ‘Small Business Saturday’ –
Small Business Saturday founded by American Express is November 24

Shop Small®
Registered trademark of the American Express Co.

* American Express ‘Shop Small’ program supports Yelm local businesses and elsewhere,
* Support small businesses in a big way – Let’s Shop Small®,
* Shopping local gives to our community in huge ways,
* Click here for the map of the American Express Small Business participants in Yelm
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“Small Business Saturday® is coming Nov 24.”
“Founded in 2010 by American Express, this holiday shopping tradition celebrates the small businesses that help communities thrive. Save the date to Shop Small® and see our recommendations for you below.”

“It’s a day founded by American Express to celebrate and support the small businesses that make communities unique. Now that over 1.5 million more places in the U.S. started accepting American Express® Cards in 2017, it’s never been easier to find nearby small businesses where you can use your Card, #ShopSmall, and support your community.”

“Officially recognized by Congress in 2011, Small Business Saturday joins Black Friday and Cyber Monday as the biggest shopping weekend of the year. Support from public officials in all 50 states has added to the effort,” quoting American Express.

– “Local Spots to Shop on Small Business Saturday”
“The products, services, and locales of these mom-and-pop shops differ, but all take pride in providing outstanding customer service, maintaining relationships, and being part of their communities.

“According to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), small businesses provide jobs for 58 million Americans. Local firms give back to their communities, create healthy neighborhoods, and offer residents more choices. Shoppers and retailers are building relationships within their communities, and Small Business Saturday is becoming a holiday tradition,” By Patricia Doherty, Departures Dispatch.
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Blogger Klein became an American Express member first in 1977-1992, then again in 2002-today.

November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving from the Yelm Community Blog!

Courtesy: Yelm’s international award-winning photographer,
Rory Sagner Photography & Fine Art

– Editor’s Note:
55 years ago today, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. I remember exactly where I was at that fateful moment in our country, as do most that were above age 5.

This Thanksgiving Day message was first published here in 2009:

THANKSGIVING DAY has been an annual tradition in the United States since 1863 & became a federal holiday in 1941. President Lincoln issued this proclamation which set the precedent for America’s national day of Thanksgiving on October 3rd, 1863, which is as pertinent today as during the Civil War to heal our nation’s wounds:

By the President of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln
A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore.

Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

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Photo credit: Hillsdale College YouTube video

– America the Beautiful sung by Hillsdale College’s Choir (Michigan)
“Written by Katharine Lee Bates and composed by Samuel A. Ward, “America the Beautiful” is one of the most well-known and beloved American patriotic songs. The song celebrates the natural beauty and the “patriot dream” of the United States.

Hillsdale College is an independent institution of higher learning founded in 1844 by men and women “grateful to God for the inestimable blessings” resulting from civil and religious liberty and “believing that the diffusion of learning is essential to the perpetuity of these blessings.”
Click here for the video.

– America the Beautiful sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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November 21, 2018

Opt Out of Black Friday #OptOutside, The REI Inspired Movement!

Photo credit: REI

– From Seattle-based REI – “We’re closing our doors on Black Friday. Again.”
“Black Friday is better when you #OptOutside”

“Because we think spending time outdoors is more important. So we pay our employees to #OptOutside, and invite the world to join. But this year, it’s bigger than just one day. It’s about our routines—the ones we need and the ones we need to rethink.

“Four years ago, we changed one of ours for the better. Now, we’re inviting you to do the same. We’re here if you want some help.
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Blogger Klein is a long-time REI member.

November 20, 2018

After unusually dry November, “much above avg.” temps forecast for Dec.-Feb.

“December through February temperature outlook.”
The Pacific Northwest in red is “much above-average.”
Credit: The Weather Company, an IBM Business.

– Editor’s note:
Olympia Regional Airport has recorded 1.75″ of precipitation this November through the 19th. This compares to the historical average of 5.31″ for the same period, November 1-19 inclusive. Fortunately, much needed rain returns for the holiday this week!

– “Winter 2018-19 Temperature Outlook: Above normal in the West “
At a Glance
* Expect Expect warmer-than-average temperatures in the West this winter. El Niño and the strength of the polar vortex will be the biggest temperature influencers.
By Linda Lam,
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November 19, 2018

Rural Thurston County women business owners workshops
held in “Tenino and Yelm to grateful attendees”

Credit: Thurston EDC

– “Support for Women Business Owners in Rural Thurston County”
“The National Association of Women Business Owners reports that “more than 11.6 million firms are owned by women, employing nearly 9 million people, and generating $1.7 trillion in sales as of 2017.” But what about women living and working in rural or remote communities? Thanks to the Thurston Economic Development Council Center for Business & Innovation, business training and coaching opportunities can come to them.

“The EDC’s Washington Center for Women in Business (WCWB) strives “to ‘level the playing field’ for women entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in the business world.” Though a statewide program, the EDC’s Lacey offices provide workshops and training, in English and Spanish, with a goal towards greater growth and profits, explains Traci Hansen, WCWB Program Manager.

“Their newly-offered rural services are a partnership between the EDC, WCWB, U.S. Small Business Administration, and United Way of Thurston County’s Women United. Though a relatively new program, the first two workshops were held in September 2018 in Tenino and Yelm to grateful attendees,” by Kathryn Millhorn in Thurston Talk.
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November 19, 2018

Report: The key to running a small business is being socially responsible

– Editor’s note:
This article is a must-read for local business owners and mangers!

– “Social Studies”
“Being socially responsible is a key element of running a small business”

“Small businesses have long been the backbone of their communities. Small businesses support local charities, Little League, food drives, school fundraisers, and more. Most small-business owners don;t have to be told to be charitable – they already are. But being charitable is just one part of the wave of interest and increasing demand for businesses to be socially responsible.

“What does that term “social responsibility” mean? It means focusing on what’s called the triple bottom line: people, planet, profit. In addition to thinking of how they’ll make money, a socially responsible business owner also considers how their company contributes to people (the well-being of the employees, community, vendors) and the planet (environment, climate change, waste, animals, etc.).”
By Rhona Abrams, Costco Magazine.
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November 18, 2018

Trump threatens gov’t shutdown while his debt bubble raises red flags,
FBI: Hate crimes in America spike under Trump since 2016,
Report: WA. state consumers/exporters hit hard by Trump’s tariffs!!

President Trump
Credit: Bloomberg News

– “Trump says ‘good time’ for a government shutdown if no money for border wall”
‘President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House Saturday [Nov. 17] that this would be a “good time” for a government shutdown if he doesn’t get funding from Congress for his border wall.’

“Since most of the government is funded, Congress will be trying to avoid a partial shutdown [Dec. 7],” by CNN Wire via WREG-TV 3, Memphis.
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– “Paul Tudor Jones says we’re in a global debt bubble…headed for some ‘scary moments'”
* “From a 50,000-feet viewpoint, we’re probably in a global debt bubble,” says Paul Tudor Jones, who is famous for making big macro calls. “Global debt to GDP is at an all-time high.”
* The investor added that some “scary” moments may come in the corporate bond market.
* Jones also Reasaid the Trump administration’s corporate tax cut from late last year could hurt investors down the road as the Federal Reserve keeps raising rates
By Fred Imbert, CNBC.
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– “FBI: Spike in US hate crimes for third year in a row”
“Hate crimes in the US rose by 17% in 2017, the third straight year that incidents of bias-motivated attacks have grown, according to the FBI.

“Law enforcement agencies reported 7,175 hate crimes last year compared with 6,121 in 2016.

The rise in hate crimes is attributed to an increase of about 1,000 police departments that are now choosing to report these incidents, the FBI says.

The report found the surge especially affected black and Jewish Americans,” quoiting the BBC.
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– “Trump’s First Annual Budget Deficit Rises to a Six-Year High”
“The U.S. budget deficit grew to $779 billion in Donald Trump’s first full fiscal year as president, the highest since 2012 amid tax cuts and spending increases.

“The budget gap for the 12 months through September was 17 percent wider than the same 12-month period a year earlier.”

“The budget deficit has continued to climb in recent years, raising concerns the country’s debt load of more than $21.5 trillion will grow out of control [under Trump],” quoting Bloomberg.
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– “Tariffs costing Washington consumers…exporters, according to anti-tariff campaign “
“Washington consumers have paid an estimated $100 million more for imported goods since the Trump administration increased tariffs on some products coming into the United States.

“Washington farmers and other businesses that export their goods have seen a drop in demand as other countries retaliated with new or higher tariffs of their own on American products. In all, those new or higher tariffs totaled about $103 million more in 2018 than what Washington products faced a year ago, according to statistics compiled for a campaign called Tariffs Hurt the Heartland,” by Jim Camden, Spokane’s The Spokesman-Review.
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November 17, 2018

McKenna’s Jenny Barnhouse takes 2 Best of Nisqually awards,
Set to open 2nd location in Yelm, ‘Ma and Pa’s Family Diner!’

Jenny’s Barnhouse, McKenna.
Photo credit: Jenny’s Barnhouse, Facebook

– Editor’s note:
Jenny’s Barnhouse in McKenna won two Best of Nisqually awards: Best Waitperson, Best breakfast.

Jenny posted this on Facebook, “Seriously how incredible I’m at lost for words!!! First thank you to my amazing team without all of you this would not be possible Thank you to everyone who voted and believed in us. I am truly honored and grateful.”
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The Nisqually Valley News reported that Jenny’s Barnhouse co-owners in McKenna, Jenny Smith and her husband Bahman Robinson, will open a second restaurant called ‘Ma and Pa’s Family Diner’ in the former Smash Deli at 203 Yelm Ave. W. Jenny’s Barnhouse opened doors August 16, 2016, and Ma and Pa’s Family Diner is expecting to open doors by year’s end.

Congratulations to Jenny, Bahman and their staff!

Blogger Klein is a Jenny’s Barnhouse customer.

November 17, 2018

2010 Afghanistan Vet Yelm HS grad Scott Whisler helps others!

– “Veterans are our friends and neighbors. Don’t let them drown in medical debt”

“A 10-part documentary series from McClatchy Studios follows three U.S. veterans living with PTSD — coming in November. Yelm HS grad Scott Whisler, who served in Afghanistan in 2010, is helping fellow vets deal with the same struggles he has faced.Click here for the video.

“Veterans Day 2018 has come and gone, along with the sights and sounds of our region’s preeminent patriotic spectacle. The flame of remembrance was lit and guarded overnight. JBLM troops marched down Main Street, high school bands paid musical tribute and one of the nation’s largest Veterans Day parades attracted a reverent crowd on a dry Saturday morning.

“For the 53rd consecutive year, the City of Auburn provided a fine opportunity to honor ‘those who shall have borne the battle and their families and survivors,’ to paraphrase (and slightly amend) President Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address.

“When it ended, however, thousands of veterans and their families continued waging a battle on the homefront: their struggle against crushing health-care bills and other financial hardships.

“Now there’s an easy way to support the men and women of our armed forces well beyond Veterans Day by helping pay down their medical debt,” by The [Tacoma] News Tribune Editorial Board.
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November 16, 2018

Tye Menser set to become County Commissioner, District 3

Tye Menser (D-Olympia)
Photo credit: Tye for Thurston

– Editor’s note:
With the county Auditor’s ballot voting update this afternoon, Tye Menser has steadily held his 750-800+ vote lead since the Nov. 6th election. With only 400 votes left to count, Menser still maintains a .70% lead (808 votes), indicating he is set to be the winner, defeating incumbent Republican turned Independent Bud Blake. The election will be certified November 27th.

Unlike his opponent who never visited Yelm during his 4 years in office to conduct a public forum with SE Thurston constituents, Menser visited Yelm twice during the campaign and participated in robust Q & A sessions here: September 19 and October 12. While Mayor Foster and the city council members were notably absent at either of these forums, they should reach out soon to establish dialogue with the assumptive county-commissioner-elect, and invite him to a council meeting!
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Congratulations to Commissioner-elect Menser!

Blogger Klein is a Menser for Commissioner campaign supporter, volunteer, and contributor.


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