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What is a Family Readiness Group (aka FRG), and Why Should I Care?

  By Cara Bertozzi If you have spent any time hanging around the Army, you know that Soldiers are infamous for their rampant use of inordinately long acronyms that stand for phrases nobody can seem to remember. For the uninitiated, it is easy to feel as though you have entered a foreign country when trying [...]

North Thurston Public Schools Kicks Off Compassion Initiative

  By Katie Doolittle When students at South Bay Elementary in Lacey recently went outside to plant a garden, there was a special mission involved: compassion. “Help people, even if you don’t like them,” said Siana a third grader in describing her wish for the world. Siana and 555 of her South Bay classmates wrote [...]

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Lucia Perillo: World Class Poet

  By Alec Clayton Who knew we had a world-class poet right here in Olympia? Her name is Lucia Perillo. Her talent and prestige are remarkable. No less a luminary than Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the United States, said, “It is a delight to wander with [Perillo] into strange and imaginative territories. Always, [...]

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Kevin Vasereno Still Living The Dream Aboard His Charter Fishing Boat in Westport

  By Gail Wood At age 12, Kevin Vasereno first started working as a deck hand on a charter fishing boat in Westport. Forty-seven years later Vasereno is still living the dream, working a job that most everyone else calls a vacation. “Where do all the years go,” Vasereno questioned. “I’m still loving it.” For [...]

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Everything Old is New Again – Lost Arts Become Today’s Hobbies

  By Kathryn Millhorn Don’t throw the past away, you might need it some rainy day, dreams can come true again, when everything old is new again… wrote Peter Allen in his famous song. Life seems to move in cycles, be it clothing, politics, baby names, hairstyles, or hobbies.  What was the height of fashion [...]

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High School Students From Across The State Coming to Olympia For A State Leadership Conference

  By Gail Wood About 900 high school students from across the state will come to Olympia for a three-day leadership conference Friday, sharing insights to fundraisers, helping-hand projects like food drives and other community service events. The objective is to learn from others. “Our theme this year is capitalizing on leadership,” said Tyler Bonnell, [...]

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Olympia’s Evan Taylor Not Afraid to Think Big While Planning FBLA Conference

  By Gail Wood Dredging up his go-big or go-home gusto, Evan Taylor reached for his telephone and made an unlikely call to a TV celebrity, ready to ask for a favor. Taylor wanted to know if Bill Stainton, producer of the award-winning TV comedy Almost Live, would be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Future [...]

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Planning for College – Local Higher Education Institutions Host Workshops for Families

  By Lisa Herrick We are fortunate to have three distinct higher education options in Thurston County. Even with such fortune in our community, selecting and applying for college can be confusing. Navigating the application process and determining how to finance your college education can be tricky. The three local institutions – South Puget Sound [...]

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Olympia’s Mary Gentry Writes Compellingly of the Ordinary Life

  By Megan Conklin Mary Gentry’s first book might be Quite Contrary, but she is decidedly not. I had the privilege of catching up with this Boston Harbor resident and chatting with her about her new book, her family, and her love of all things ordinary. Mary never set out to write a book, she [...]

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Iron Springs Resort: A Charming Grays Harbor Retreat with a Rich History

  By Margo Greenman The smell of fresh baked cinnamon rolls and coffee fill the cabin with a sweet aroma, remnants of the previous night’s Scrabble game are spread across the kitchen table, and a trickle of rain spatters against the window, all while you enjoy taking in views of the rolling waves crashing along [...]

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