December 14, 2018

Microsoft donates $3+ million modernization gift to Yelm region’s Goodwill!

“Goodwill Modernizes with Support From Microsoft”

“A $3-million-plus donation from Microsoft allowed Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region to implement a real-time analytics platform.”

“Over the last eight months, the Goodwill of Olympics & Rainier Region — which includes 37 thrift stores — embarked on a major technology upgrade that will influence the daily actions of each store, and this overhaul was made possible by a $3-million-plus market value donation from Microsoft.”

“‘This will allow us to run our organization more efficiently and more productively,’ said Lori Forte Harnick, president and CEO of Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region, of the donation,” by South Sound Business.

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December 14, 2018

Salmon Recovery projects get almost $5M in grants for South Sound,
Gov. Inslee makes budget initiative for salmon, orcas

“South Sound Salmon Recovery Projects Receive Nearly $5M in Grants”

“Ninety-five salmon habitat restoration projects in 30 counties around the state will receive a total of nearly $18 million in grants, Washington’s Salmon Recovery Funding Board announced this week.

“Three-quarters of those projects will work toward restoring Chinook salmon populations, a dietary staple of southern resident orca whales.”

“Grants are being awarded to projects in the following South Sound area counties in the following amounts:

Thurston County: $308,390

“See the full list of projects and counties here,” quoting South Sound Business.

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“Inslee’s budget takes big steps to save orcas and salmon”

“Supporting Southern Resident orca recovery efforts is one of the top priorities of Gov. Inslee’s 2019–21 budgets. His operating, capital and transportation budgets for the next biennium include a combined $1.1 billion in investments that will help ensure a thriving and resilient orca population,” quoting Office of Gov. Inslee.

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December 13, 2018

“The Yelm Banquet” – Come meet your neighbors this Saturday!
Yelm’s Summer Sunset

Editor’s note:

Congratulations and appreciation go to this event’s initiator Matthew McLellan and his team who created the first-ever Yelm Banquet happening this Sunday, Dec. 16, 5 p.m., at the Yelm Community Center.

From The Yelm Banquet:

Attention Yelmites!
The citizens of Yelm are hosting a FREE community catered event at the local Yelm Community Center. Lets get together and celebrate our unique culture!
Food will be provided by local businesses as well as community members (you) in a potluck fashion. Do you own a crockpot?!
Plugins for warm food are limited. Keep an eye on the page to reserve your own crocks-spot.

Our mission is to share the strength of our community with its members by plugging our selves and our crockpots into a neighborhood environment, free of self interest.
Our vision is to create a space free of inhibitions and conflict where citizens of the nisqually valley gather to feast and dialogue. This will organically stimulate the cultivation of friendships, other community events, and the permeation of energies that make Yelm such a great place to live.

Come experience small town camaraderie, culture, and unity.
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Sunday at 5 PM – 6:30 PM
 Yelm Community Center 301 2nd St SE, Yelm, Washington 98597

December 12, 2018

One year since being elected, still no Town Halls by Mayor Foster.
Our town deserves public forums committed by Foster as Interim Mayor,
And an interactive, public issues-oriented social media page of the mayor, not just photo ops!

Yelm Community Center,
site of previous Town Halls.
Photo credit: Yelm Chamber of Commerce

– Editor’s Note:
The city of Yelm should consider adopting a format similar to Tacoma,
“Four town hall meetings with Tacoma City Council members have been scheduled for this fall, the city recently announced. At the meetings, residents can learn about the city’s proposed 2019-2020 biennial budget and share comments with council members,” quoting South Sound Business.

Yelm has had none in 2018 and has none scheduled for 2019. The Yelm city council can schedule their own public Town Halls, seeing how Mr. Foster has held zero Town Halls since being elected mayor, even though he committed to them as interim mayor.

– Story highlights:
* Town Hall public forums are a community investment, as we are all TEAM YELM!
* Prior to 2016, the previous Town Hall here was in 2004 for a proposed NASCAR track.
* Yelm’s first Town Hall in a dozen years was held Nov. 4, 2016.
* Two issues for discussion then: allowing marijuana retailers and food trucks in Yelm.
* A cross-section of the public attended and excellent comments were presented for both issues.
* So successful, Mayor Foster announced that regular public meetings would be returning to Yelm.
* The 2nd Town Hall/Community Meeting was conducted March 27, 2017, focused on Public Safety.
* Yelm’s Community Center has served as a perfect venue for the community’s public forums.
* With no further Town Halls since, Mayor Foster should resume these based on what he said Feb, 28, 2017, supporting “Open Government, best run government,”…reaching out to our community.”
* And Mayor Foster should have an interactive social media platform to interact with his constituents, as his Facebook page is merely for photo ops as if a campaign was underway. Councilors Carmody and DePinto have had interactive Facebook pages with their constituents for years.

– In conclusion:
Outside of political candidates Town Hall public forums, Yelm has not continued having these meetings, yet this is an excellent vehicle for Mayor Foster, councilors, and city staff to engage with the public on issues of mutual interest. The previous public meetings were specifically topic-driven and very successful. New food truck and marijuana regulations were enacted from ideas expressed by the public, in addition to a greater understanding about Public Safety issues exchanged at the 2nd forum.

Whether citizens live within the city limits or in the greater Yelm area, we’re all TEAM YELM, as we shop here, pay taxes here, property owners fund our community schools, library and cemetery, and have a stake in our community. Town Hall public forums led by the mayor with councilors and staff present are an investment in the constituents they serve.

Let’s bring back Town Hall public forums and engage in open and regular dialogue. After all, the sum of our parts is greater than the whole, which creates dynamic synergy for the future of our town.

Click here to express your support for regular Town Hall public forums with the mayor, councilors and city staff.

December 11, 2018

Handel’s Messiah performed in Yelm this Saturday!

Saturday, Dec. 15th at 7:30pm, $10 – The Messiah – Conducted by Claudia Simpson-Jones.

Participants & Details on poster below and on this Ticket Link: Click here 

December 9, 2018

December 7 , 2018 is a day that will live in infamy for Trump!
Trump’s DOJ accuses him of 2 felonies. Economic uncertainty follows.
Americans should take note: “a storm’s a comin'”

“President Trump boarded Air Force One with toilet paper stuck onto his left foot.”  Oct. 4, 2018. Credit: UK’s Daily Mail.

  • Editor’s note: President Trump clearly has more than toilet paper stuck to his shoe now that his own DOJ has accused him of committing two felonies according to documents released by the Southern District of New York (SDNY) on Friday, December 7, 2018. That was the 77th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor bombing, “a day which will live in infamy,” quoting President Franklin Roosevelt.
    Clearly, December 7th is a day that will live in infamy for the Presidency of Donald Trump, now more weakened on the world stage in being accused of 2 felonies.
    This is not good for America and as with Nixon in 1974, the uncertainly of what will happen with this country’s leadership in the future will spill over into economic uncertainty reflected in the markets, and eventually hit your household’s wallet.  I am a Constitutionalist, so whatever you think of President Trump, I am for our laws being followed and if those are broken by our leaders, then they should be prosecuted as any other citizen.  

Stormy Daniels said this to President Trump May 5, 2018, on NBC’s Saturday Night Live (SNL), “a storm’s a comin'”!
Click here for the video.

– These stories making news in the last week:

Trump Accused of Multiple Felonies

Trump is losing the trade war with China based on his favorite report card, and it’s probably going to keep getting worse

Frida Ghitis Trump’s worst week ever? From Mueller and Michael Cohen to Bush’s funeral, the past seven days were disastrous

December 8, 2018

“Wal-Mart is the largest private employer in 22 states”

“Walmart Nation”
“Walmart is the largest private employer in 22 states”

“If your reaction was ‘ow, Walmart controls A LOT of the country,’ you’d be right. This map shows the largest private employer in every state in the U.S., and Walmart is tops in an incredible 22 states. In total, the company employs 1.5 million Americans.”

“The largest employer in the nation that does not pay its employees a living wage, nor give them health benefits. Many WM employees are on food stamps and state subsidized health care while the corporate offices rake in the $$$. WM is also a member of ALEC – The American Legislative Exchange Council (Koch Bros) – pushing boiler plate legislation to be introduced to benefit the corporation nationwide, state by state, via its legislative members,” quoting “did you know?

This Map Shows the Largest Employer in Every State

December 7, 2018

Last performances of Shrek Friday, Saturday evenings, Sunday matinee

Courtesy: Standing Room Only (SRO)

– Standing Room Only is proud to present… SHREK THE MUSICAL
WHEN: Dec. 7 – Dec. 9, Friday & Saturday nights at 7:30pm, Sunday matinees at 3pm.
WHERE: The Triad Arts Theater, 102 Yelm Ave. E., Yelm WA 98597
TICKETS: $10 Children 4-11 years, $15 Student 12-18 years, $17 Groups of 10 or more, $20 Senior 60+years & Military, $25 People 19-59 years.
Click here to pre-purchase tickets online.

– Standing Room Only (SRO) reminds you there are only 3 more shows of SHREK THE MUSICAL
The story of a swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his land. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey, this unlikely hero fight s a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess and learns that real friendship and true love aren’t only found in fairy tales.
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Click here for the Yelm Blogger’s review.

December 6, 2018

Popular ‘Dickens Carolers’ at JZ-Rose in Yelm Sat., Dec. 8 –

Photo credit: JZ-Rose, Yelm

From JZ-Rose:
“Come enjoy the sounds of Christmas this Saturday at JZ Rose 🎄🎁🎄

“The Dickens Carolers will be at JZ Rose on Saturday December 8th from 10:30am til Noon. Enjoy the Sounds of Christmas while you shop! We will also be sampling Hammonds Hot Chocolate & Moonstruck Truffles.”
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The Dickens Carolers at JZ-Rose is a Yelm holiday tradition, ringing in the joy of the season!
“Adorned in elegant Victorian dress, each ‘a cappella’ quartet consists of two ladies in luxurious velvet and two gentlemen wearing handsome tailcoats and top hats. Your holiday favorites, both traditional and contemporary, are sung in beautiful four-part harmony. The sights and sounds of The Dickens Carolers are indeed a holiday treat.

“The Dickens Carolers: a professional, Victorian-costumed Christmas caroling organization performing throughout the Puget Sound since 1978.”
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JZ Rose – For All Things Beautiful
207 1ST Street South
Yelm, WA 98597
Telephone: 360-458-4618 or
Toll Free: 877-458-4618
Yelm Store Hours
Mon – Sat 10:00am – 6:00pm
Click here for the JZ-Rose story.

December 6, 2018

Consider giving to a Backpacks Program this holiday, Fight Child Hunger!
In Thurston County, give to Homeless Backpacks

Credit: Homeless Backpacks

– “Fight Child Hunger This Winter by Supporting a Backpack Program”
“For the one in five children who live in poverty, the holidays can be less-than-jolly, because they rely on school lunch to meet some or all of their nutritional needs.

“Over 12 million children experience food insecurity – and that doesn’t just mean they don’t always know when their next meal is, although that’s bad enough. Food insecurity goes hand-in-hand with poverty, and it can be accompanied by poor health outcomes, difficulties in school, emotional disturbances and much more.

“Advocacy groups and school districts are using a variety of tactics to address this issue, starting with programs to get people and communities out of poverty. But in the short term, there’s one very powerful option: the backpack program, which is often administered through a food bank that partners with a school.”

“Schools have been participating in backpack programs for over a decade, but they’re starting to get more attention as they spread across the U.S. As you might imagine, they start with a backpack — one filled with food which may be shelf-stable, perishable, or a mixture of both,” by S.E. Smith,
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– Thurston County’s Backpacks Program
Homeless Backpacks is a non-profit 501c3 corporation committed to ending homelessness, by giving teens the help they need so they can focus on school, go on to graduate and become contributing citizens.

We provide food for the weekend to homeless teens in Thurston county. Some teens are in government-supported meal programs during the school day, but on their own on the weekend. Each week, volunteers deliver food bags to local middle and high schools, as well as all schools in Yelm, Rainier, Tenino and Rochester.

Each bag has enough food for the weekend, including macaroni & cheese, tuna, ravioli, ramen noodles, chili, fruit cups, granola bars, oatmeal, juice boxes, chocolate milk and assorted snacks. Students go to the counselor’s or nurse’s office and obtain the food. Bags fit easily into backpacks so other students will not know they are part of our program. Each bag costs $8 – $9 per week to fill.”
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