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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 [...]

Faces of the Olympia Farmers Market – Salsa So Fresh

  By Mary Ellen Psaltis Fresh garden flavors can be yours, and you won’t have to weed or own a garden. Grab a big spoon and pull off the lid of one of Chile Rey’s Salsa So Fresh salsas, then liberally apply to the food on your plate. In the event you do not have [...]

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Brian Doyle: Mesmerizing Northwest Author to Present at Saint Martin’s University

  By Lisa Herrick “We are starving for story, our greatest hunger,” writes Brian Doyle in his most recently published novel, “The Plover”  Every night, I go to bed ravenous. Not because I have not eaten enough or that I am empty of food but, rather, because I am craving stories. On my night stand is the [...]

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Bonaventure Owner Jeanne Carras Retires, Leaves Legacy in Downtown Olympia

By Natasha Ashenhurst When you ask Jeanne Carras why she is retiring, she has a ready answer. She says, “I love my store. I still love what I’m doing. I love my customers, but I love my husband just a wee bit more. “I’m not retiring because I don’t love this,” she continues.  ”I am [...]

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YouthBuild: Building Skills and Strength in Thurston County Youth

  By Barb Lally Skipping class, dropping out, hanging out in the street. Low self-esteem, no positive personal vision, no one to help. It is a recipe for a dismal future for youth who have fallen through the cracks from lack of support and guidance in school and in life. Change all that to earning [...]

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Nicaraguan-Native Dana Creswell Starts a Swing Dancing Club at Olympia High School

  By Tali Haller Every Tuesday and Sunday, the Eagles Ballroom hosts a Swing Dancing Night, where adventurous Olympians come and lose themselves in the 1920’s-like atmosphere of lively music and old-fashioned spins, dips, and two-steps. The evening starts with a quick Beginning Swing Dance Lesson at 7:00 p.m., hosted by Christine Corey, with dancing following [...]

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Bake Bread with Pat Hains at Her Olympia Farmstead

  By Mary Ellen Psaltis For Pat Hains, life revolves around bread. Step into the kitchen of her farmstead in south Olympia, and you’ll be embraced by the warm aromas of classic baguettes browning in the oven. Inhale once and you’re ready to eat. Inhale twice and you’ll never want to leave. Bread is one [...]

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Davey Gagne Creates Art with a Chainsaw in His Hands

  By Gail Wood Somehow, in Davey Gagne’s hands, a chainsaw becomes a tool for creating art, not just a tool for falling trees. With a chainsaw, Gagne has sculptured a swordfish jumping from the water, an eagle flying and a bear pushing a wheelbarrow. Somehow, by using chainsaws with blades that are four feet [...]

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A Look at Thurston County 4H Leaders After the Fair

  By Libby Kamrowski Every year in the first week of August, the Thurston County Fair sprouts up in Lacey’s normally desolate fairgrounds. If you wander away from the rides, food trailers, and carnival games, you will find the source of all the mooing and braying.  These are the sounds of farm animals, and the [...]

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Centennial Train Station Volunteers Go Above and Beyond

  By Tali Haller Since its opening in May 1993, the Centennial Train Station, servicing Olympia and the greater Thurston County area, has operated entirely through the efforts of volunteers. And these volunteers are far from ordinary – they are some of the most dedicated, caring, happy individuals I have ever met. As a writer [...]

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