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Centralia’s Bob Oke Game Farm Makes Pheasant Hunting Possible in Western Washington

  By Tom Rohrer According to nearly 4,500 Western Washington hunters, there’s a certain thrill in hunting a pheasant. The bird moves quickly and rapidly into the air when disturbed, leaving a marksman little time to aim, fire and bring it down in a sporting fashion. In order to accommodate the demand for pheasant hunting [...]

Thrifty Thurston Organizes Labor Day Weekend Fun

  By Kathryn Millhorn Labor Day is upon us; time for back to school, putting away swimsuits, and dusting off boxes of cute holiday home décor.  It’s a busy time of year for all ages, but one that celebrates a (hopefully still sunny) seasonal transition. Food While I’m no fashion icon, I stick to the [...]

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Plan an Olympia Weekend Staycation

  By Gale Hemmann The last days of summer are upon us. As families prepare for back-to-school and busy schedules ahead, you may find yourself yearning to maximize these last few days. One way to enjoy family time without spending much money is to have a “staycation.” Staycations have been gaining popularity in recent years [...]

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Dig Sand in the City This Weekend in Olympia

  By Megan Conklin Is there anything better than a day at the beach? Especially when you don’t actually have to drive to the beach to experience it? This year’s Sand in the City event at the Hands On Children’s Museum (HOCM) combines all of the traditional, beachy favorites with a few exciting new twists, [...]

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Thrifty Thurston Attends the 85th Annual Pet Parade

  By Kelli Samson Olympia’s annual Pet Parade is near and dear to my heart. Saying that, you’d think I’ve participated faithfully, but that’s simply not so. The Pet Parade was, however, the place where my niece looked back at me and said, “This is the best day of my life! Even better than when [...]

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Thrifty Thurston Favors Olympic Mountain Ice Cream Flavors

  By Mary Ellen Psaltis The best way to eat Olympic Mountain Ice Cream is any way or anywhere you can – but my favorite way is in the company of owners Karl and Bev Black. Even after three decades of long nights, early mornings and producing tons of ice cream, both remain energized and [...]

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How to Sail in Olympia Without a Boat

  By Sara Johnson You long to enjoy glorious summer sailing around South Puget Sound’s beautiful and protected waterways, but there is a problem – you don’t own a boat.  The cost of boat ownership may be out of reach.  Or perhaps you are interested in trying out sailing first, before committing to owning a [...]

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10 Walks around Olympia to Keep Your Dog Happy

  By Tali Haller The routine 15 to 45 minute walk around the neighborhood is sufficient for getting your body moving after a long day of sitting while satisfying your restless dog. But did you know City of Olympia has over 900 acres of parkland to explore? With long summer days, a furry friend, and [...]

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Swimming at the South Sound YMCA Year Round

  By Kathryn Millhorn Water is the ultimate respite during these long, hot summer days.  No matter your age or ability level, there’s nothing like cooling off in the spray of the Heritage Park Fountain, amidst the animal sculptures of the East Bay Public Plaza, or by diving into one of our many local swimming [...]

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Neighborhood Notes: Test Your Mettle on the High Steel Bridge

  By Eric Wilson-Edge So here I am, on my stomach, peering over into the abyss. Below, the Skokomish river moves quietly through a path carved between massive rocks. The tops of evergreen trees are at eye level. I hate this, always have, always will. My dad first brought me to the High Steel Bridge [...]

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