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Fashion Designer Rebekah Adams Draws on Deployment Experience

  By Cara Bertozzi Life inspires art, and passion stokes the fires of creative genius. When Rebekah Adams of Rebekah Adams Design (RAD) was selected for the Bellevue Collection’s Independent Designer Runway Show (IDRS), she had just arrived from the east coast with her husband. He deployed shortly thereafter, and the challenge of preparing for […]

Welcome to Grizzly Savings and Loan

  By Leslie Merchant Teaching kids about money is a lot like herding butterflies. They will actually glaze over and flutter away right in the middle of your thoughtful informative explanation. Suzanne Stottlemyre, Griffin School fifth grade teacher, is on a mission to teach her students how to focus and fly straight when it comes to […]

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Plan Adventures with Your Out-of-Town Guests in Olympia

  By Kate Scriven Olympia is my home. However, it’s not where I was born or raised. As a result, my family all live far away and when they come to visit, I’m can’t wait to show them around. This holiday, I’m hosting not only my parents from Spokane, but my sister’s family of five […]

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Thurston County 911 Dispatch – Unsung Heroes of Emergency Response

  By Laurie O’Brien Randy Ross sits, surrounded by six computer screens, multiple phone lines, and a crew of people, each of whom is intently watching his or her work station and using a foot pedal to switch back and forth between the numerous conversations they are monitoring on headsets. To say that what they […]

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Meaningful Giving in Olympia

  By Mary Ellen Psaltis I visited Santa at Macy’s in New York City. He might have been the real one. Santa asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I told him that having great health and safe travels for all my family would be perfect. His eyes twinkled. “Yes, that’s a good idea,” he […]

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The Lights at Ken Lake Combine Music, Light, and Community

  By Megan Conklin It all started when Chris McGough was just a kid – and liked to help out his grandma by putting up her Christmas lights for her. From this small act of kindness, a hobby was born. Come December, this hobby tends to outshine all other aspects of life when McGough’s brilliant, […]

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Shift to a Gift of Experience

  By Kelli Samson When I think of my daughters and the gifts they will receive this holiday season that will clutter their already-stuffed bedrooms even more, I cringe. Who really needs more stuff? Think of that hard-to-buy-for person on your list. Imagine their surprise and delight when they find a unique gift this year […]

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Drive Our Christmas Light Tour around Olympia

  By Alyssa Ramsfield Streets are glowing with strings of lights perfectly placed from roof line to roof line. The bushes are twinkling with tiny stars. A life-size Santa Claus waves in the front yard. It’s the perfect time of year to fill your mug with hot cocoa, load up into the family vehicle, and […]

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McKenny Elementary Students Make the Governor’s Christmas a Little Brighter

  By Lynn West The Christmas tree at the Governor’s Mansion is truly a work of art.  Walking past the imposing Evergreen was even more impressive knowing that K-12 students from around the state had created many of the ornaments. I might never have heard about this project if I hadn’t been eating breakfast with […]

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Tips on How to Cut Your Own Tree In the National Forest

  By Douglas Scott With Christmas approaching, one of Washington’s cash crops is quickly being harvested and is getting sent around the globe. The Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association boasts that Christmas tree sales bring $35 million to the state’s economy, making The Evergreen State the fifth largest Christmas tree producer in the nation. Over […]

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