Readers’ Choice: ThurstonTalk’s Most-Read Articles in September

September came and went in a blink of an eye. The kids returned to school, the weather – and the leaves – turned and we are suddenly in the heart of fall and the start of October. Take a look back at the stories that engaged ThurstonTalk readers in the month of September, plus our Editor’s Pick – a story you might have missed but is worth a read.

1. Migrating Salmon

Viewing salmon migrating from the Fifth Avenue Bridge and ladders underneath sometimes requires getting creative.

As dependable as the turning of the seasons is the return of migrating salmon to Olympia. This article reminds locals of the best viewing spots for each stage of the fall migration and will be read widely through November when the salmon complete their journey.

2. Little General Food Shop Moves to Downtown

Kim Murillo owns the Little General Food Shop which has recently relocated to a larger space in downtown Olympia. Photo courtesy: Kim Murillo.

For several years, the Little General Food Shop has been a downtown favorite, albeit a bit of a hidden treasure. Now, with a new location on the corner of Capitol and 5th Avenue, the Little General Food Shop is ready for you. Read all about their new home in this article. 

3. OHS’s Scott Gunther – A Stellar Student Athlete

Olympia’s Scott Gunther is all smiles shortly after he scored the game-winning touchdown for Olympia. Photo credit: Gail Wood.

Sometimes there are kids who just have all the right moves. Whether on the field or in the classroom or helping others, they seem to have it all figured out.  Olympia High School’s Scott Gunther is one of those kids and it was a pleasure to share his dedication and commitment in this article by sports writer Gail Wood.

4. Editor’s Pick – Labor and Deliver Nurse Beth Joanis

Beth Joanis is a labor and delivery nurse in the Providence Family Birth Center at St. Peter Hospital. Photo credit: Shelly Lynn Metzger.

I’m cheating a little bit here – this article was published just two days before the start of September, so technically in August. However, the power of this story lies in the impact that one caring and dedicated individual can make on the lives of many. Meet Beth Joanis who has welcomed countless tiny citizens to Thurston County and the overwhelming social media love for Beth made it clear she’s a community gem.



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