Readers’ Choice: ThurstonTalk’s Most-Read Stories in October


October has come and gone in a cloud of pumpkin spice, pumpkin patches and a whole lot of rain. ThurstonTalk followers, however, have been busy reading positive stories about our community between soccer games and Arts Walk and have made their favorites known. Check out ThurstonTalk’s most-read stories for October, plus our Editor’s Pick, below.

1. The Smolinsky’s Amazing Halloween House

Each year, Scott Smolinsky takes a week off from his job at UPS to prep his Tumwater home for Halloween.

This story shared the Halloween extravaganza found on Tumwater hill at the Smolinsky home. Mindy and Scott don’t disappoint and chances are, by the number of reads this month, many of you trick-or-treated at this over-the-top home. Thank you to writer Heidi Smith for sharing this local hidden gem this holiday.

2. Four Haunted Hikes

Discover the hidden ghost town of Bordeaux, just a few miles south of Olympia. Photo courtesy: ZE Flower.

Readers were tempted by writer Douglas Scott into this spooky and spine-chilling list of haunted hikes around the area. And, while they are especially terrifying during the Halloween season, these interesting locals are great places to visit year round.

3. Black Hills High School Students Give Up Phones

NBC Correspondent Stephanie Gost interviewed the students from Dave Heywood’s World History class. before and after the experiment.

As part of a social experiment surrounding a showing of the documentary Screenagers, and a visit from NBC’s The Today Show, nine Black Hills High School sophomores gave up their phones for a week. Their insights, shared by writer Heidi Smith in this article, surprised them as much as they surprised us.

4. Editor’s Pick: Olympia’s Ethan Tucker on NBC’s The Voice

Tucker was featured on NBC’s The Voice on Team Blake and local fans new and old have cheered him on.  Photo Courtesy: Ethan Tucker.

Olympia made the national scene when local singer/songwriter Ethan Tucker made “Team Blake” on NBC’s The Voice. Talking to this talented yet humble young man, who lives with and helps his grandma, impressed writer Kate Scriven and rooting for the hometown hero inspired ThurstonTalk readers. While he was voted off in the first couple of rounds, Tucker is still making music and Oly fans are still cheering him on.

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