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Olympia’s YWCA – Empowering Girls to Empower Each Other

  By Kathryn Millhorn For almost 70 years, the YWCA of Olympia has been an agent of change in our area.  Beginning as a prayer circle for ten local women, they’ve grown into an organization that thrives on making the lives of women and girls stronger, better, and community-centered.  This passion is summed up in [...]

Alan Erickson Fights Graffiti in Olympia

  By Gail Wood Alan Erickson has the same reaction to the sight of graffiti everyone else does. He thinks, “Isn’t that terrible?” But Erickson goes beyond the emotional response. He takes action. He’ll get his paint remover, rags and ladder, if he needs to, and wipes off the spray-painted stop sign, or removes the [...]

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Ira Coyne – Local Sign Painter Leaves His Mark in Olympia

  By Kelli Samson We take them for granted, but signs are incredibly important. They invite us in or keep us out. A sign can tell us a lot about a business owner or the wares and services inside: playful or practical, fancy or funky. How many times have you really taken a look at [...]

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Embracing Diversity in Tumwater High School’s Cultural Awareness Club

  By Kira Stussy, Tumwater High School intern to ThurstonTalk Eating, dancing, singing, speaking, gesturing. These are all aspects of a complex concept we call culture. Around the world, there are hundreds of thousands of various societies, each with their own distinct culture and way of life. At Tumwater High School, and probably several other [...]

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Ukrainian Egg Dyeing – A Family Tradition

  By Doris Faltys I remember as a child looking into the cabinet at the eggs sent by relatives from the Czech Republic. Elaborately decorated, I knew they were real eggs but I could not imagine how they had been painted.  The designs were fine and intricate; the colors vibrant.  Nothing like the eggs my [...]

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The Adventures of Cyndi Nelson and Her Seniors

  By Barb Lally “Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same, the next question is ‘Who in the world am I?’ Ah, that’s the great puzzle!” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland Realtor Cyndi Nelson reads [...]

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Miss Betsy and Miss Susan Nurture Students at Olympia’s Hands On Children’s Museum Preschool

  By Kate Scriven Preschools by nature are places of joy, play and, well, lots of noise.   The preschool at the Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia fits this to a “t”.  Yet, under the noise and play there is something very special going on.  Something that you can’t quite put your finger on, but [...]

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Thurston County Food Project Connects Neighbors, Feeds the Community

  By Sara Hollar, Olympia High School Intern to ThurstonTalk With all the great things going on in Thurston County it’s easy to forget that there are people suffering around us.  For some families it can be hard to get enough food to make it through the week. One in five children in our community [...]

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Boston Harbor Elementary School Service Club Making a Difference in our Community and Beyond

  By Lisa Herrick Boston Harbor Elementary School (BHS) is likely the smallest elementary school in the Olympia School District (OSD) but it is mighty when it comes to community service.  Every first Tuesday the fifth graders at BHS choose to stay after school for their favorite club. They are not practicing a sport or [...]

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Centennial Elementary Students Climb and Sing for Worthy Causes

  By Tom Rohrer Hope can appear in a variety of forms. A hug, a kind word and a simple gift all have the power to inspire joy and camaraderie. Centennial Elementary School students will inspire through climbing. The school will host the 10th Annual Centennial Climbing for Kids Competition. The competition will be held during [...]

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