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Thrifty Thurston – As West Bay Drive Construction Ends, Poems Emerge

  By Kelli Samson As a high school English teacher, my eyeballs are trained to notice words. That’s why I may have gasped a little when I noticed them appear as part of the sidewalk construction project while I creeped along in West Bay Drive traffic. The City of Olympia has incorporated a literary art project […]

Rain Gardens – One Way You Can Help Keep Puget Sound Clean

  By Melanie Kallas Ricklefs Living near Puget Sound, the water is a part of who we are and what we do in our everyday lives. We are fortunate to have scenic beaches, bays, and coves to explore by boat, kayak, or paddle board. While paddling, we peer into the depths of the water looking […]

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Thrifty Thurston Hops into Easter Egg Hunts around Olympia

  By Alyssa Ramsfield Spring has sprung across our beautiful county. Flowers are blooming, the smell of freshly mowed grass wafts through the air, and the Easter Bunny is preparing to hop down his trail. Easter Egg hunts are popping up all over Thurston County this year for a formal beginning of spring. Thriftway Easter […]

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8 Spring Break Camps around Olympia

  By Alyssa Ramsfield The sun is shining and the flowers are beginning to bloom which can only mean one thing – Spring Break is just around the corner! As schools let out for break, parents and students are trying to find ways to enjoy every minute of it. Have no fear, Thurston County has […]

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16 Things To Do During Olympia’s Rainy Days

  By Kate Scriven Despite our unusually mild and dry winter, rainy days will abound this spring as Mother Nature replenishes the soil and fills the watersheds that keep the Thurston County ecosystems healthy. With the rainy days come a host of activity options that may not make your “to do” list when the weather […]

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Thrifty Thurston Maximizes the Green – 5 Picks for $5

  By Mary Ellen Psaltis There’s nothing quite like finding perfection: the right thing at the right time and the right price. It’s even better when it involves a bargain. I’ve been hunting around Thurston County for fun, uplifting, silly and wonderful ways to take $5 and turn it into an experience worth far more. […]

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Six Incredible Experiences around Lake Cushman

  By Douglas Scott A large, clear lake sits in the southeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula, shimmering off the sunlight at the foot of the Olympic mountain range. Lake Cushman is over 8 miles long in length and offers 23 miles of shoreline.  It is quickly becoming one of the more popular locations for numerous outdoor recreation […]

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Thrifty Thurston Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with the Whole Family

  By Alyssa Ramsfield Top o’ the mornin’ to ya Thurston County. It’s time to celebrate the Emerald Isle with annual St. Patrick’s Day events across our beautiful county. While most adults may check into their local pub to celebrate, there are plenty of events to enjoy for the wee-ones as well.   Friends of […]

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Forget the Couch – Paddle Boarding is the Latest in Restorative Therapy

  By Leslie Merchant Got an hour in the middle of the day? Need a little friend therapy? Instead of making plans to meet for lunch or at the coffee shop, why not get out and meet on Puget Sound? Five Steamboat Island moms (and one Steamboat Island pup) recently decided to shake things up […]

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Thrifty Thurston Finds Nature During Fee Free Days at Washington State Parks

  By Douglas Scott The State of Washington is home to some of the most beautiful places in the world, and the majority of them are just a few shorts hours from home. Our extended backyards lead to majestic mountains, tranquil beaches and old growth forests, many of which are located in State Parks or […]

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