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The Roots of the Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural Project

  By Katie Doolittle The corner of State and Capital just might be the only intersection on Earth where I find myself actually hoping for a red light. Stopping there gives me a chance to admire the mural. If you’ve ever visited downtown Olympia you know the one I’m talking about: a tree spread over [...]

North Thurston High School Marching Band Has All The Right Moves

  By Gail Wood As they marched across the football field, precisely moving through synchronized motions, as they remembered each note, each step, each turn, they played their instruments with precision. And Darren Johnson, the North Thurston High School’s band director for the past 19 years, looked on with satisfaction. It was a moment to [...]

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Faces of the Olympia Farmers Market – Michael Kinnick of The Fresh Approach has the Goods

  By Kelli Samson The women around Olympia may not know the names of all of the vendors at the Olympia Farmers Market, but we sure know “the guy at the Fresh Approach stall.” Come on, ladies. You know. The cute one. Don’t be coy. You can all tell yourselves you insist on buying your [...]

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Pumpkins Aren’t Just for Porches

  By Katie Hurley Two of the surest signs of fall are here… piles of pumpkins adorning the entrances at locally owned Ralph’s Thriftway and Bayview Thriftway, and the large variety of colorful pumpkins, squash and gourds inside their produce departments. Whether you plan to use them in your fall décor or as the star [...]

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Hempler’s Heavenly Ham

  By Katie Hurley When Hans Hempler started selling meat in Bellingham in 1934, I doubt he envisioned his Black Forest ham thinly sliced on top of a pizza, baked in a cheesy cauliflower casserole or nestled inside a crispy Panini. But Hempler’s ham and bacon are favorites in our house, and there are countless [...]

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Whittle Your Waist As You Whittle Your Waste – Food Composting in Olympia

  By Mary Ellen Psaltis I am enthusiastic about my wallet getting fatter as my waist circumference decreases. To top that off, I’m improving my health and the well being of the global environment. Interested? I hope so. I don’t mean finding nickels and dimes. I’m talking dollars – to the tune of at least [...]

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Laurie Barta Lovingly Sells Raw Milk at Cozy Vale Creamery Farm

  By Lindsey Surrell Twenty miles from Olympia, off a small road, and down a long driveway, you will find Laurie Barta’s 70-acre farm. Having moved from Wisconsin in 1988 to become a student at Yelm’s Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment, Laurie also sought out her dream to live on a farm.  After her first purchase of [...]

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National Fish and Oyster Co: Shellfish Farming on the Nisqually Delta for Four Generations

  By Cara Bertozzi An amazing benefit of living in the Pacific Northwest is our proximity to seafood so fresh that it might scoot off your plate if you aren’t quick on your toes. One such example is “Nisqually sweets,” Pacific oysters that derive their characteristic fresh flavor profiles from the glacial freshwater of the [...]

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Under the Big Top – Lobster Tent Sale at Bayview and Ralph’s Thriftway

  By Mary Ellen Psaltis Autumn weather is blowing in from all directions, but take heart. Grab your jacket, if necessary, and come to the Lobster Sale under the giant tent on Friday at Ralph’s Thriftway and November 7 at Bayview Thriftway. Adam Beasley, Meat and Seafood Manager, will be moving the goods outside to offer [...]

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Fresh and Fantastic Fall Food

  By Katie Hurley Fall sort of snuck up on me this year. We took a late summer vacation, and after we returned I walked into Bayview Thriftway to replenish my grocery supplies. I was met with pots of mums outside the door and found the produce department loaded with gigantic Washington apples, peaches, and [...]

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