BECU Continues To Be Committed To The Education Of Our Children

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Dave Lehnis, Steve Capps, Greg BurkhartAs the state politicians debate about balancing the budget, most can agree the hardest hit budgets are those that benefit the education of our youth. Budget cuts are wide spread thought-out most districts in the state, teachers are taking pay cuts and school levies are increasing to help cover the deficit faced by state government. Many organizations have also cut donations and programs to help benefit education due to economic woes. Even in the midst of economic hardship faced by our state, BECU continues to be committed to the education of our children.In 2012 BECU provided over $100,000 in grants to 47 schools in Western Washington. In Thurston County alone, six schools have received over $14,000 in grant money, like the one presented to Mr. Burkhart at Timberline High School to purchase new technology needed for his science class.  “This grant will purchase technol­ogy that will give my students labora­tory experience that is similar to that of the courses they will be taking in college,” Burkhart said. “It will provide experience with a valuable tool that they can use in engineering, math and science courses in college.” The grants help fund education materials or programs that help students, and align with several BECU values and mission: financial education, environmental sustainability and technology tools to enhance learning in reading, writing, math or science.“Technology is leading our children into the next millennium. This grant will help them with hands-on understanding of the science world outside of their classrooms,” said Steve Capps, manager of the Hawks Prairie BECU. “It is great to see our teachers being so proac­tive to help their classrooms and students.”last_img read more

Primary Fluids – Motor Oil and Coolant – Keep Your Vehicle…

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Brett Hardcastle for Tumwater AutomotiveYour vehicle uses several types of fluids to operate safely and efficiently.Two of the primary fluids are motor oil and coolant (antifreeze).That’s why these two critical fluids are monitored on your instrument panel.Motor oil cools your engine, seals your engine from dirt, lubricates to prevent wear, and keeps impurities like moisture in suspension. If you lose your oil pressure you may only have a few seconds to shut your engine down before major damage occurs. Motor oils have additives that burn off with use, especially at high temperatures. Failure to change your oil in many vehicles causes sludge. Not maintaining your oil within your owner’s manual recommended limits can get expensive, very expensive.Your engine coolant, also known as anti-freeze, comes in at a very close second place in importance to your oil. If your engine overheats, turn off the engine before damage occurs. Your engine coolant plays a critical part in removing heat from your engine. There is enough heat in your engine cylinders to actually melt the metal in your engine. The only reason your engine does not melt down or seize up is because your coolant is so great at removing that heat quickly from critical areas. It is the job of your radiator, water pump, hoses and thermostat to control and move this critical fluid properly so it can do its job the way the vehicle designers intended. Any flaw in this system can put you and your vehicle on the side of the road with steam coming out from under the hood.Failure to keep your coolant fresh and vital can be costly to your engine. Ask your shop the cost of a new or rebuilt engine and/or internal parts and you’ll find out about the saying,, “…ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure.”So, if you see your engine temperature gauge go up higher than it usually does, see the engine heat light come on or see other signs like steam from under the hood of your vehicle get it looked at right away. Stop as soon as it is safe to do so and call for help or a tow truck.Warm summer temperature damage can show up later in the cold of winter. Check your vehicle now for safe fall and winter driving. That includes new belts and hoses.We are prepared to help you!1. We will alert you to needed maintenance and repairs.2. We will listen to you and your car, using our trained knowledge, searching for the little things that soon grow to be big problems.3. We have the equipment to service today’s sophisticated vehicles.4. We have the years of experience, training and access to the information to avoid the inconveniences along the road.Just give us a call and trust us to treat you and your vehicle as part of the Tumwater Automotive family – a legacy of caring for others. We pick you up and take you back to work or home five days a week. And, we’re nice people too!Feel free to call us for advice. Many of your co-workers already do!Check out our websites at: and Hardcastle is the owner of Tumwater Automotive, located at 6020 Capitol Blvd. SE. Brett and his staff can be reached at (360) 943-9097, Mon-Fri – 7 am -5:30 pm, with free shuttle to and from home or work. Visit our Tumwater Auto Spa Car Wash next door to keep your vehicle looking good and running great – inside and out.last_img read more

Rob Rice Homes: Mark Shepard is Living his Childhood Dream

first_imgFacebook164Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Barb Lally for Rob Rice HomesAt 27, Mark Shepard is the superintendent for several Rob Rice Communities, supervising more than a third of the 75 homes the local builder has under construction at any one time.Through the mentoring offered generously by his boss, Mark is the youngest on any of his job sites though his passion for building started at a much younger age.“I was drawing floor plans at the age of 12 because I have wanted to build homes since I was a kid,” Mark explains. “I love every part of building our homes and hearing buyers tell me they have bought ‘the best house out there’ or that they would ‘only buy a Rob Rice Home.’”Mark has learned everything he knows about building homes from his mentor, Rob Rice.Though his path is paved with educational opportunities that contribute to his work today, Mark knew a great builder would ultimately have to teach him the ropes.“There is really only one way to learn,” says Mark. “Most construction managers spend many years on the job site before they become a superintendent. I got thrown into it and I am learning from the best builder.”The Chance of a LifetimeRob’s desire to teach and mentor, along with his loyalty to those important to his family, have made it a perfect opportunity for Mark.“Mark grew up in Spokane and is best friends with our nephew, Rob’s sister’s son,” explains Helena Rice who often works with Mark on the design choices for their homes.“He needed an internship to complete his degree in construction management and business at Eastern Washington University so Rob brought him on. He assisted him with permits and, with his advanced computer skills, organized our plan library and all of our budgets.”“When our community of Chestnut Village in Olympia, Washington opened up, Rob made him the job superintendent and since then, he has taken on the community of Kensington in Lacey, Washington and most of our Select Home Sites in Thurston County as well as building three of our homes in Napavine— a monumental amount of work within just a two-year window.”The Path to Building HomesEvery home built in Chestnut Village and other Rob Rice Communities must meet the high standards of the area’s largest builder.Mark considers himself fortunate to have had preparation in high school that fueled his dream.“At Mount Spokane High School, I took engineering design classes through a nationally accredited program not offered anywhere else. It gave me a real leg up in college where I was showing my drafting professors short cuts with AutoCAD software, something I had learned as a freshman in high school.”Mark spent three years at Washington State University in civil engineering following in the footsteps of several family members. But when an internship convinced him it wasn’t for him, he decided to return to exactly where he wanted to be as a kid, building homes. He transferred to Eastern Washington to major in construction management with an emphasis on residential building.Right when he was finishing his class work and needed an internship, he happened to meet Rob Rice at a family wedding. There he discovered his best friend’s uncle was a well-respected builder.“The first day of my internship at Rob Rice Homes was October 1, 2012,” a date etched in Mark’s memory. “After I graduated, I continued to work in the office. I wanted to learn everything from the office to the field.”In May of the following year, Chestnut Village opened up and Rob made him the superintendent of the new homes community.“It was not easy,” says Mark acknowledges. “I had a lot to learn. I had all my education, I could do the math and add up all my concrete, but it was real hard to figure out how to get the actual work done on the site.”Huge Lessons in BuildingMark discusses the upscale finishes they will put in a new Rob Rice Home with Helena Rice.Mark learned quickly that he needed to get out in front of his mentor and boss.“Rob Rice is on top of everything and is very hands on,” Mark notes. “I went through a rough period where he was always out on my site finding things I needed to take care of before I did. I learned that in order to beat him to it, I need to be on the job site before him.”Mark now starts work at the crack of dawn and doesn’t get home till long after most people quit. He takes full accountability for his homes and his customer service mirrors the lessons of the builder that hired him.“Our home buyers don’t contact the siders or the plumbers if they think something is not done right. They are looking for me. I will take care of it immediately or make sure it doesn’t happen in the first place. I don’t like it when someone is not happy.”Mark says he has grown in his ability to get things done, even when they look hard or impossible. “You don’t know what is going to happen each day keeping workers, subcontractors and vendors coordinated and moving forward.”Setting precedents with workers helps avoid any chaos and ensures things are done right. “No one is allowed to park off of paved surfaces,” he sites as one example. “If one person does and I don’t get them back onto the street quickly enough, there will be five cars out there parked on the lot.”Mark knows that Rob’s standards are strict but they are what makes his homes and communities shine above the rest and voted the Best of South Sound two years in a row.“His standards are what is right, what is correct,” says Mark. “When I do walk-throughs, homeowners remark at how clean the job site is. Keeping our sites clean is a big priority for me.”Future and Family DreamsMark Shepard is living his dream working and learning from Rob Rice.Mark is now engaged to Katye, another graduate of Mount Spokane High School. Though he works long hours, they both understand they are young and establishing themselves in their careers.“Even though it can be stressful in the day-to-day, it feels good when I get home, even if I am exhausted…almost better if I am exhausted. If I come home with a lot of energy, it feels like I didn’t accomplish a lot.”Mark enjoys being part of the family that not only opened up the opportunity of a lifetime, but makes him feel right at home. He now even bowls with Rob’s Dad on the Rob Rice Homes bowling team. “We have shirts,” Mark brags.Mark appreciates the close mentoring of the area’s largest builder. “My ultimate goal is to be a builder myself, which is why I wanted to learn as much as I can from this amazing opportunity,” he shares. “I had the education but I needed a builder to teach me. Rob Rice has taught me everything I know about building.”Learn more about Rob Rice Home at their website.Rob Rice is Thurston County’s largest local home builder and was voted the Best of South Sound for 2013 and 2014. He has built more than 3000 homes over the last 30 years. He and his wife Helena live in Olympia with their two sons; Alex Michael and Carson. Rob is a graduate of Washington State University with degrees in construction management and architecture.last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0Hi I’m LUCY! I have an extremely enthusiastic attitude towards life, and thrive on exercise. If you have a big yard, and a lot of energy, we’ll be a perfect fit! I’m a beautiful Chocolate Lab mix, with a very cheerful nature. I know my basic commands, and really enjoy going for rides in the car, especially if we can go explore and maybe go for a swim? I prefer to be around older kids (13+) and I think I can get along well with other dogs, if we are properly introduced… No blind dates please J!  (Also, no cats for me) I’m a kind, intelligent family oriented girl just waiting to meet you. I currently weigh around 60#, and would adore a cuddle on the couch. Please come see me soon…I can’t wait to meet you!Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit, Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, visit  or 360-432-3091.last_img read more

Thurston First Bank President and CEO Announces Retirement

first_imgAbout Commencement BankCommencement Bank, headquartered in Tacoma, Washington, was formed in 2006 to provide traditional, reliable, and sustainable banking in Pierce County, South King County and the surrounding areas. The team of experienced banking experts focuses on personal attention, flexible service, and building strong relationships with customers through state of the art technology as well as traditional delivery systems. As a local bank, Commencement Bank is deeply committed to the community. For more information, please visit Facebook2Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston First BankJim Haley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Olympia-based Thurston First Bank (a Division of Commencement Bank), has formally announced his retirement. Prior to his role as president and CEO, Haley served as chief credit officer for Thurston First Bank from 2004 to 2008. Over the past nine years, he successfully led the Bank through the recession and the recent merger with Commencement Bank.In 2014, after relocating Thurston First Bank’s headquarters to 600 Franklin Street, Haley played a pivotal role in the revitalization of Downtown Olympia. Haley served on the boards of various community and civic organizations, including past chairman for the Community Bankers of Washington and current president for The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to remaining involved in the community, Haley plans to devote more time to his family, especially his two grandchildren.Thurston First Bank has merged with Tacoma-based Commencement Bank. The bank will retain it’s local moniker for at least the first 12 months.“My journey with the Thurston First Bank staff and board of directors has been truly rewarding, and the experiences I’ve gained from my time spent in Olympia are invaluable. It’s been an honor to work in such a diverse and supportive community, and I’m excited to see the benefit that the new combined bank will have on Thurston County and downtown.”Haley’s passion for Olympia and his dedication to the local businesses will continue to be expressed through the Thurston First and Commencement Bank team. Commencement Bank President & CEO Hal Russell will assume Haley’s administrative and leadership responsibilities and is committed to being an active supporter of the Downtown Olympia community. About Thurston First BankThurston First Bank, headquartered in Olympia, Washington, was founded in 2004 and designed to provide businesses and professionals with knowledge and resources of innovative banking solutions that did not previously exist in Thurston County. It has earned an excellent reputation for integrity, personalized service, technology-based solutions, and a highly valued base of exceptional clients and partners. As a local bank, it is committed to promoting social and cultural growth by reinvesting in the community. To learn more about Thurston First Bank, please visit read more

Saint Martin’s University Announces $3.5 Million in Support of Creating Labs…

first_imgFacebook256Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityThe Bruno and Evelyne Betti Foundation has made a commitment of $2.8 million to Saint Martin’s University to support the renovation of the first floor of Old Main to create dedicated facilities for the University’s nursing programs, which include the BSN program and the RN-to-BSN program. The foundation’s commitment includes $2.5 million to cover the costs of the remodel and $300,000 to establish an endowment in support of nursing scholarships. In addition, Saint Martin’s Abbey has made a gift of $750,000 to support the renovation. This totals $3.5 million raised to ensure the success of the University’s nursing program. This summer, the University will begin remodeling 12,000 square feet of space within Old Main to create an eight-bed nursing learning lab, two-bed simulation suite, classroom, faculty offices and equipment storage rooms.Abbot Neal Roth, O.S.B., major superior of the Saint Martin’s Abbey and chancellor of Saint Martin’s University, spoke about the significance of the Abbey’s gift. “Saint Martin’s University is the principal mission of Saint Martin’s Abbey, and we will always do what we can to support it. Supporting the nursing program means that future nurses will be serving thousands upon thousands of people during their lifetimes of service, which certainly reflects our Benedictine values.”For fall 2019, Saint Martin’s will admit 25 first-year students for its four-year BSN program and will begin admitting upper division transfer students in fall 2020. When fully enrolled the BSN program will have two cohorts of 24 each year, graduating 48 students annually. The Saint Martin’s RN-to-BSN program will continue to provide an option for local nurses with an associate’s degree or diploma to complete their BSN in a year.“The BSN program at Saint Martin’s will fill a critical need for nurses at a time when the nursing workforce and patients are aging. The generous gifts from the Bruno and Evelyne Betti Foundation and the Abbey will allow us to build state-of-the-art nursing learning and simulation labs for our students to learn and practice their skills,” said Teri Moser Woo, Ph.D., RN, ARNP, CPNP-PC, CNL, FAANP, director of nursing at Saint Martin’s.In summer 2018, the Saint Martin’s nursing programs received a boon in the form of the nursing equipment that the University won in an auction from St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. St. Gregory’s, a Benedictine university, closed in fall 2017 due to financial difficulties, and Woo, Jeff Crane, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and interim dean of the School of Business, Philip Cheek, director of grounds and facilities and Jeremy Fleury, maintenance technician, traveled to the St. Gregory’s campus to pack the equipment and bring it back to Saint Martin’s.The original nursing program at Saint Martin’s, the RN-to-BSN program, began in 1986, with Maddy deGive, Ph.D., as the director. In the 1990s, the program added master’s degrees for family nurse practitioners and for health policy. These nursing programs were phased out in the late 1990s when enrollment declined. In 2010, Washington set a goal for academic progression in nursing for 80 percent of RNs to obtain BSN degrees or higher by 2020, which led to a decision to reinstate Saint Martin’s RN-to-BSN program. In 2012, Saint Martin’s admitted a new class of RN-to-BSN students into the program. The program is accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The RN to BSN program has graduated 82 students since 2012.Nursing is just one of the strong and growing science programs at Saint Martin’s, which includes biology, chemistry, environmental studies, exercise science, mathematics and physics.Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 13 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 29 majors and 11 graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and more students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at read more

Thurston County Traffic: Highway Resurfacing Planned for State Route 8 in…

first_imgFacebook30Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of TransportationCrews will soon kick off an effort to add a new roadway surface to several areas of State Route 8 between Elma and Summit Lake in Thurston County. In addition to the highway, crews also will repave the westbound and eastbound SR 8 exits to US 12 Oakville/Centralia in Elma.The work will begin Monday, July 15 and continue into fall. What this means for travelersDaytime travelers will see single-lane closures in each direction.The Washington State Department of Transportation will lower the current 60 mph speed limit to 35 miles per hour when construction activities require lane closure.Ramp paving will require night closures. WSDOT will announce when this closures are scheduled.Real-time traffic information is available on the WSDOT app. Advance information is available on the Thurston County Construction and Travel Update and Grays Harbor construction and travel update web pages.Featured photo credit: Kim Merrimanlast_img read more

2019/20 BDFA Super Division: 10-man South United suffer last-minute defeat to Bangalore Independents

first_imgAdvertisement 2aNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3jpw6dWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E892i( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) saqyWould you ever consider trying this?😱25purCan your students do this? 🌚usRoller skating! Powered by Firework South United FC conceded in the 92nd minute having played most of the game a man down.Advertisement  South United FC appeared for a few precious minutes like they may just pull off a win despite going a man down, but it was not to be. Two second half goals put Bangalore Independents ahead and clinched three points for them.Advertisement South United began the game on the back foot and only got a foothold in the game halfway through the first half. They were just about starting to create some dangerous chances and threatening the Independents goal when they had a man sent off. Aaron’s cross was met by Umesh on the far post and as he went into a 50-50 tackle with the goalkeeper he appeared to make contact with the custodian. The referee waited for the keeper to be treated and only showed the red card to Umesh after nearly 5 minutes of break in play.Advertisement That strange period seemed to have rejuvenated South United FC who then went on to win a penalty that Rungsing converted in the 42nd minute as the 10-man South United went into half-time with a 1-0 lead.The second half predictably saw Independents press South united deep in their own half. They were making the extra man count and it showed as Subhash took his chance in the 57th minute having threatened the goal on a couple of occasions before.Independents then started to move forward almost continually putting pressure on the SUFC backline. They weren’t getting much joy from the defensive unit or from the custodian Royal Basumatary. South United even looked like they could score on the counter for a while but they weren’t able to take their opportunities.Just as it looked like South United may have sealed a valuable point, Marta Nelson sneaked in to clinch a 92nd minute winner and three points for his side.South United 1-2 Bangalore Independents (Rungsing [P] 42’; Subhash 57’, Nelson 90+2’) Advertisementlast_img read more

Freeholder Board Returns to All Republican Rule

first_imgFREEHOLD — The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders formally returned to exclusively Republican rule at its annual reorganization meeting, held last Thursday at the Biotechnology High School, Kosloski Road.Freeholder John P. Curley will serve as director for 2012.The defeat of incumbent Democrat Amy Mallet in November returned the five-member freeholder board to an exclusively GOP body, with former Spring Lake resident Gary Rich taking the seat formerly held by Mallet.Re-elected incumbent Republican Lillian Burry is beginning her third three-year term on the freeholder board. Rounding out the all Republican lineup is Rosemarie Peters, who was sworn in for her second five-year term as county surrogate.As Freeholder Director, Curley will preside over freeholder meetings and act as the board’s spokesman and representative during the year.Curley failed in his first try for a freeholder seat in 2008, but was elected to the board the following year after serving for about five years on the Red Bank Borough Council.He was first elected to the Red Bank Council as a Democrat. Shortly after changing his party affiliation to Republican, Curley established a reputation as a populist firebrand, regularly locking horns with other elected officials.Curley continued to battle his political opponents during his tenure as a freeholder, at times butting heads with fellow Republicans.Curley, a Middletown resident, who said his relationship with a family owned auto dealership allows him to function as a fulltime freeholder, told the capacity crowd that, “I will not entertain any new tax increases,” and pledged that he would “not remain silent in accepting the status quo.”Last year, Curley was as strong critic of the Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees’ handling of alleged financial improprieties by then college President Peter Burnham, which led to the ouster of some high level administrators, including the president.A member of the county college’s board of school estimate (which oversees the college’s actions) Curley pledged, “It is my commitment to clean house at Brookdale once and for all,” vowing to replace all of the board of trustees members who were there during the upheaval and controversy of the last year.In addition, Curley said, he plans on looking for ways to privatize some county services (including the operations of two of the county’s golf courses), hold the line on hiring and equipment purchases, sell off some assets (like the county owned and operated senior nursing facilities) all to provide some relief to taxpayers.Freeholder Thomas Arnone, who was elected in 2010, was named as deputy director for 2012. Members of the board also offered its best wishes to Freeholder Robert Clifton, last year’s director who is moving on to the State Assembly in the newly redrawn 12th District, where he won a seat last November.Mallet, Fair Haven, who was leaving the board after one three-year term, said she was not sure what she will pursue next.“There are quite a few opportunities available to me,” she explained. “But I want to go where I can make the most difference.”The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored outgoing member Robert Clifton at the county’s reorganization meeting in Freehold last Thursday, Jan. 5. Clifton was leaving the board to join the state Assembly in Trenton. (L to R) Incoming Freeholder Gary Rich, Freeholder Director John P. Curley, outgoing Freeholder Rob Clifton, Freeholder Lillian Burry and Freeholder Tom Arnone.last_img read more

First Female Administrator Takes Helm in Colts Neck

first_imgBy Laura D.C. KolnoskiCOLTS NECK — Kathleen Capristo of Spring Lake Heights will make history on Sept. 28 when she assumes her new position as the township’s first female administrator.Capristo, former municipal clerk in Spring Lake, will also be the township’s first new administrator in 25 years following the lengthy tenure of Robert Bowden, who retired in May.Bowden was in attendance at Capristo’s Sept. 9 unanimous formal appointment during a Colts Neck Township Committee meeting, along with Capristo’s former bosses Spring Lake Borough Administrator W. Bryan Dempsey, and Fair Haven Borough Administrator Theresa Casagrande.Capristo’s two-year employment agreement with the township stipulates she will receive an annual pro-rated salary of $95,000 for 2015 and $109,250 for 2016, according to Beth Kara, Colts Neck’s deputy clerk who was elevated to municipal clerk the same evening. Capristo will also serve as the township’s deputy municipal clerk, recycling coordinator and clean communities coordinator.“We saw 51 people and had many more resumes than that,” said Mayor James Schatzle. “All five of us on the township committee and (acting administrator) Thomas Antus feel her skills will make her a perfect fit for the township. We are confident in our choice of Ms. Capristo.”A nationwide search commenced when Bowden announced his pending retirement earlier this year. Ben Stentz, recreation director for Princeton Borough, was chosen to succeed Bowden, but decided to remain in his current position and the search had to begin again. Antus, formerly administrator in Freehold Township, was tapped to serve as Colts Neck’s administrator in the interim.In addition to Spring Lake Heights, Capristo also served as municipal clerk in Jamesburg. Prior to entering the public sector, she had a 2-year career in corporate human resources. Her experience includes senior level management, compensation and benefits administration, employee relations, strategic planning, budgeting, and contract negotiation experience, Kara said. Of her one-time assistant, Casagrande said, “Kathleen is one of the most effective and efficient people I have ever worked with.” Casagrande, currently borough administrator in Fair Haven, formerly held that position in Spring Lake Heights.“My experience during the assessment and selection process solidified that the committee persons are committed to Colts Neck and its ongoing improvement and that’s important to me,” Capristo told the Two River Times.last_img read more