Thurston County Groups Welcome 3-2 Stryker Brigade Home

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by City of LaceyMore than 4,000 soldiers returning from Afghanistan’s “Operation Enduring Freedom” will receive an enthusiastic South Sound welcome during a February 4 ceremony at Lacey’s Saint Martin’s University. Members of the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the 2nd Infantry Division, also known as the “Arrowhead Brigade,” are finishing a year-long tour of duty in that region. The brigade is under the command of Colonel Charles “Chuck” Webster, Jr.“These brave military personnel are integral members of both Lacey and the greater South Sound community,” commented Lacey Mayor Virgil Clarkson. “We want to recognize their outstanding service to our country and extend a warm welcome home.”Voice for the Army – Support for the SoldierThe event, which is not open to the public to ensure enough space for the 3-2 Stryker Brigade soldiers and their families, runs from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the university’s Marcus Pavilion and Norman Worthington Conference Center. The event will feature appearances by local elected officials and military dignitaries, a buffet lunch, and entertainment, including an appearance by the Seattle Seahawks Sea Gals. The festivities are being organized by the Captain Meriwether Lewis Lacey Subchapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA).Joint Base Lewis-McChord is the third largest employer in Washington. Saint Martin’s University has an extension campus at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, where it has served active military students and their dependents for more than 40 years.“We are very pleased to have these fine soldiers home and we truly appreciate the Lacey community for helping us honor them,” said Carlene Joseph, AUSA Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter President. “We’re looking forward to showing the 3-2 SBCT how much we care about them and to simply show our gratitude for their service.”For more information, contact Carlene Joseph at (253) 312-9279 or read more

Washington Center Kicks Off Annual Art Auction at Fall ArtsWalk

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0  Submitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThe walls of the Washington Center Gallery are covered with art once again this autumn.  The annual ArtsWalk Arts Auction showcases local artists who generously donate their work to benefit the Center’s mission and to help make art more accessible to the south Sound community.   This year, the Center has received works of art in a variety of styles; selecting photographs, acrylics, textiles, wood, oils, and photo-etched copper pieces in the juried selection process.Also available for viewing are several works by celebrated local painter Ira Coyne.  These heavy-duty plywood pieces graced the front of The Washington Center during last year’s renovation project and are suitable for indoor or outdoor display.“We love displaying local art on our Gallery walls, and when the community gets excited about taking these pieces home to their walls, it’s even better!” said Executive Director Jill Barnes.  “These artists help create vibrant cultural opportunities downtown, providing accessible art experiences and contributing to our Arts Education programming.”All of the art is available for bidding here, starting Friday, October 3 at 5 p.m. There is even a Buy-it-Now option for the piece you just can’t live without!  All Buy-it-Now purchases will also receive two complimentary tickets to select Washington Center performances.  Bidding is open through Sunday, October 19 at 9 p.m. The Gallery is open for viewing Tuesday through Friday noon-4 p.m.; other times can be arranged through the administrative office at 753-8585.The entire Washington Center will be bustling with activity during ArtsWalk, as Olympia Artspace Alliance will be in the lobby sharing updates, RADCO will be performing on the Mainstage Friday at 6 p.m., and Gingerbread Village will be promoting the return to Downtown for the Holidays.  The Washington Center ArtsWalk hours are Friday, October 3,  5p.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday October 4 noon – 5 p.m.last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgSubmitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonHeidi – Dog of the WeekHeidi is a 5 year old mix breed who is a favorite of the volunteers at the shelter. She is sweet, affectionate, loves attention, knows her basic obedience commands and is very smart.Her turn in sheet indicates that she is OK with kids but can sometimes be possessive when other dogs are around. Therefore, we recommend that Heidi be the only dog in the family. Heidi has not been cat tested.  She walks well on leash, has been non-reactive to other dogs but appeared to be frightened by automobiles. This is something that we will continue to work on with her. Heidi will make a wonderful companion for the family who can give her a home where she can continue to flourish. A secure fenced back yard would be perfect in addition to her daily walks.We have many great dogs and always need volunteers to help them.  Visit our website at or contact Adopt-A-Pet, on Jensen Road in Shelton, at or (360) 432-3091. Join us on Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington”. Facebook30Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Watch: Just 27 brilliant minutes were enough to earn Real Madrid player Takefusa Kubo…

first_imgAdvertisement 3mwhlNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8lhbWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebe40y( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) pyWould you ever consider trying this?😱wzg9Can your students do this? 🌚1awthgRoller skating! Powered by Firework Real Madrid’s new recruit Takefusa Kubo was loaned out to RCD Mallorca before the transfer window closed so that the youngster could get some gametime and compete for a place in the Madrid squad.Advertisement In Kubo’s Mallorca debut, the pacey forward came on with 27 minutes left and dazzled. He earned Mallorca a penalty which another player failed to convert.Advertisement Kubo was extraordinary with the ball at his feet and proved to be a constant threat for Athletico Bilbao,The 18 year old received the Man of The Match award at the end of the game, Incredible feat for a youngster who has released by Barcelona a few weeks ago.Advertisement Catch the highlights of Kubo here : Advertisementlast_img read more

Teeing Off with Patriots

first_imgThe MHA Tee Off With Our Patriots Golf Classic will be held Aug. 13 at the Navesink Country Club. Those gathering for a recent meeting to talk about the golf outing are, from left: committee members Lt. Col. Peter J. Mahoney USMC; Brig. Gen. Peter Dawkins (Ret.) USAR; Cmdr. Boyd C. Decker, commanding officer, Navy Operational Support Center Earle; Stephen Feuz, Navesink Country Club assistant clubhouse manager; Capt. D. J. (Fuzz) Harrison, commanding officer Naval Weapons Station Earle; and Vice Adm. Paul G. Gaffney II (ret.) USN, who is also a committee member.MIDDLETOWN — Tee Off With Our Patriots Golf Classic will be held, starting at 9:30 a.m., on Monday, Aug. 13 at the Navesink Country Club.The benefit will honor our military and help the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County (MHA) to raise awareness of the challenges faced by the military and their families in the transition from active duty to stateside.There is a pressing need to encourage them to seek early intervention and treatment for any symptoms that may be related but not limited to depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and substance abuse to assure that our returning soldiers are helped.MHA currently provides a number of programs that also can be utilized by veteran’s family members.The MHA has opportunities for golfers participating in Tee Off With Our Patriots who wish to play in a foursome with a patriot. The cost for a foursome is $1,180. Individual tickets are $295. The 50/50 tickets are $10.Additional information, including sponsorships, is available by visiting or calling 732-542-642, Ext. 108.The Navesink Country Club is located at 50 Luffburrow Lane, Middletown.last_img read more

Gnarlies Angels dump Salmo; Killjoys beat up on city rivals, Lumber Jackies

first_imgHowever, Gnarlies Angels stepped up the pace on the Babes early and often in the second half to skate away with the victory.In the second match, the Killjoys also managed to put together a strong second half against rivals Lumber Jackies.Leading 66-49 at recess, the Killjoys scored 97-69 to grab the win — the second in as many games.The Killjoys defeated Dam City Rollers 181-78 during a mid-week encounter at the NDCC Arena.The league is idle until Saturday, July 28 in Castlegar when the Killjoys face the Bad News Betties of Trail in one game while Lumber Jackies meeting Valley Vendettas of Slocan in the late game.On Saturday, July 21, Kootenay Kannibelles host Spokannibals at 6 p.m. in the Castlegar and District Arena.The Kannibelles are fresh from finishing second in the Western Canadian Championships last month in Nelson.The all-star team of players from the West Kootenay League qualified for the National tournament in January of 2013. Defending champion Rossland Gnarlies Angels made a statement Friday night in Nelson that the road to West Kootenay Women’s Roller Derby League title still goes through the Golden City.The Angels outscored Salmo’s Babes of Brutality 102-60 in the second half to dump their league rivals 167-120 at the Crashablanca Friday at the Nelson and District Community Complex Arena.With the win Gnarlies Angels continue to lead the league standings.In the second game of the doubleheader, host Killjoys ousted city rivals Lumber Jackies 163-118.The Babes squad definitely wasn’t playing a full strength, missing star Bobbi “Beretta Lynch” Barbarich from the lineup.Despite the loss, the Babes took the early lead and stayed with the Angels until late in the half when Rossland took a 65-60 lead at halftime.last_img read more

Leafs coaching staff busy finding right pieces to return franchise to glory years

first_imgCoach Mario DiBella: The first thing we look at is does the player have a passion to play the game and that’s demonstrated by how he plays on the ice. Do you play the game the right way or do you cut corners? As a defenceman are you a player that leaves the (blue)line early because you’re not confident of your backwards skating or are you the guy that closes the gap and takes that chance to make the right play? We’re looking for players that want to move forward with their hockey careers. They’re not looking at Junior B as the end goal and have a plan to move forward past Junior B and paint their success not just in hockey but also as their life moves forward as a young adult.TND: The Leafs had to cancel the scheduled camp in Calgary. Why does the coaching staff feel it’s necessary to recruit in Alberta?Coach Mario DiBella: Again we see that Alberta market as an up-tapped resource. I know some of the teams in the KI from the East Kootenay recruit heavily in Alberta. There are a lot of great hockey players that come from Alberta as seen in the (WHL) draft this year. Alberta has a great midget program and many of those players want to get into the BC Hockey League and see the KI as way to get into the BCHL.TND: Do you have any players returning from last season?Coach Mario DiBella: At this point, we’re waiting on players. We have a lot of interest from players that played with us last year and wish them all the best at camps this fall. If those players find a fit as a top four D or top six forward position than I suggest they should stay with the team. However, if they’re not sitting in those positions then they should come back and get year, or partial year, to develop to get into the right situation to allow them to move forward with their hockey career.TND: What are your thoughts of having the entire coaching staff — Mario DiBella, Sean Dooley and Isaac Macleod — return from the end of last season?Coach Mario DiBella: I’m really excited about responsibilities we’re assigning each person and we’re going to see a team that not only has success on the ice but we’re going to be more involved with the community and focusing on education and citizenship. We’re all excited about the respective roles each coach will assume in rejuvenating this franchise.TND: After last season’s debacle on and off the ice, what can fans expect?Coach Mario DiBella: We’re all very excited about upcoming season. With the players we want back from last year’s team and the one’s we’ve recruited we’re going to have a dynamic squad with a lot of skill, size and speed and toughness that will make us a real hard team to play against. The Nelson Leafs begin building toward the upcoming Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season by hosting its Annual General Meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the NDCC.However, since the Leafs were ousted from postseason way back in February, the coaching staff has been busy pounding the pavement in search of players to fill the roster for the upcoming campaign.The Nelson Daily Editor Bruce Fuhr spoke with Leaf coach Mario DiBella to get a gauge on the Leafs off season, especially after the Green and White completed a year that saw the club finish the year with a record below .500, fourth in the Neil Murdoch Division and a first round exit from the playoffs.TND: Can you explain how the off-season recruiting program has been progressing?Coach Mario DiBella: We’ve been very active and have got a number of players that will be coming to our camp, some whom we have committed to . . .. I can tell you that the team that you’ll see this year will be distinctly different from the team that finished the season last year. (Coach) Sean (Dooley) and I five have attended camps in Penticton — Academies Championships — West Kelowna, the Midget Provincials in Calgary and BCHL camps in Salmon Arm and Trail. We’ve seen a lot of hockey players last few months.TND: What type of player is the hockey club looking for?last_img read more


first_img            ALEX SOLIS, KERI BELLE, THIRD: “I had a perfect trip . . . She ran hard, she just didn’t get there.” NOTES: The winning owners are Kenji Morinata of Arcadia or Head of Plains Partners. DAVID MEAH, ASSISTANT TO RICHARD BALTAS, PAULINA’S LOVE, WINNER: “She’s special at this distance and even better when she gets a little time between races like we did here. Seven, eight weeks is a huge thing for her. Four or five weeks, she doesn’t fire like this, but seven, eight weeks and she can fire.“She had a perfect trip. I didn’t expect Flavien (Prat on Moanin) to go out like that (on the lead), but it’s OK. We came home in front and that’s all that matters at the end of the day.” GARY STEVENS, PAULINA’S LOVE, WINNER: “I’ve fallen in love with her. These guys have been so patient with her and have allowed Richard to do what he wants with her. She just keeps developing and getting better and better. She exploded at the eighth pole just like the last time and when I saw 12-1 on the morning line with an 88 Beyer number last time . . . that wasn’t right; she exploded that day.“I rode her with a lot of confidence, like she was the favorite. She minds, she lets me do what I want, whatever the pace scenario is. When she’s done, I’d like to take her home and put her in my backyard.” JOCKEY QUOTES KENT DESORMEAUX, STORMY LUCY, SECOND: “There wasn’t a straw in her path. She gave me a dream ride. She absolutely flew to the wire. The winner was a nose better today, that’s all. They were too good today.” TRAINER QUOTESlast_img read more


first_imgFINISH LINES: Congrats to jockey Tiago Periera and agent Patty Sterling on winning six races over the last three racing days at Santa Anita, including Stylistics United at $180.80 for trainer Ken Nettles in Friday’s fifth race . . . Streaking stakes winner Belvoir Bay drew the outside post in a field of 10 for leading trainer Peter Miller and is Jon White‘s 5-2 morning line favorite for Saturday’s contentious Grade III Autumn Miss Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile on turf . . . Jockey Santiago Gonzalez will serve a delayed three-day suspension on Oct. 29, 30 and Nov. 3, as will Stewart Elliott . . . The Pick 6 carryover of $69,959 into Thursday’s card should exceed $250,000 . . . Santa Anita brings an old fashioned Cajun shrimp boil trackside this Saturday. Food by the Ragin’ Cajun, a food truck featured on the Food Network’s original “Great Food Truck Race,” will be the honored boiler. Use promo code CAJUN for $10 off online only at . . . The Voice of Santa Anita, Michael Wrona, and Jon Hardoon of the Ragozin Sheets, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, Saturday and Sunday, respectively, 11:20 a.m., in the East Paddock Gardens. Hardoon, who is also a regular contributor on both The Roger Stein Show and Thoroughbred Los Angeles (weekends at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. on KLAA, AM 830) will host his annual Ragozin Sheets Breeders’ Cup Seminar at Sironas on the first floor of the Grandstand 30 minutes after the last race next Thursday, Nov. 3. Hardoon will offer his Breeders’ Cup selections for both Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5, for a fee of only $30. Peter Miller48138327%50%$443,305 Doug O’Neill63891313%48%$382,431 Rafael Bejarano8616201119%55%$1,112,030 Mike Smith2143219%43%$245,565 Bob Baffert2677327%65%$779,605 (Current Through Sunday, Oct. 23) Kent Desormeaux45115624%49%$455,100 Fernando Perez4371916%40%$202,365 Mark Glatt2646915%73%$201,231 CALIFORNIA CHROME HAS ‘GREAT’ PRE-CLASSIC WORKCalifornia Chrome, favored to win the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita next Saturday, Nov. 5, had his final major workout for the 1 ¼ mile race for three-year-olds and up, going six furlongs Thursday in 1:12.20 at his Los Alamitos headquarters.“He’s great,” said Alan Sherman, son of and assistant to Art Sherman, trainer of the five-year-old California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit who will be seeking his seventh straight victory come Saturday.California Chrome had been working on a Saturday-to-Saturday schedule, but his routine was altered due to rain forecast starting Thursday night. California Chrome is expected to arrive at Santa Anita Sunday between 11 a.m. and 12 noon.In other Breeders’ Cup news:Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist (Classic) worked seven furlongs in company in 1:27.40 under regular rider Mario Gutierrez. “He worked great,” said Doug O’Neill, who sent out Ralis as a workmate. “We had a little separation early on, but Nyquist caught up. He showed good stamina, scoped clean and we’re excited about where we are.”Nyquist was given fractional times of 25.80, 38, 50.40, 1:02.80 and 1:15.60. Ralis was timed in 1:18 flat for six furlongs.Santa Anita Handicap and Gold Cup winner Melatonin (Classic) worked five furlongs for David Hofmans in 59.40 with regular rider Joe Talamo aboard. Melatonin’s fractional times were 23.20, 35.20 and 47.20, with a six furlong gallop out of 1:12.40. “Very nice” is how Hofmans described the breeze. “I might blow him out before the race. We’ll see.” Workmate Bluegrass Bronco was timed in 59.60.Multiple Grade I winner Frosted (Classic) worked four furlongs for KiaranMcLaughlin in 48 flat with a five furlong gallop out of 1:01.Tyler Baze rides Grade I winner What a View for trainer Kenny Black in the Mile. TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Richard Baltas5279613%42%$421,900 Victor Espinoza3458315%47%$742,025 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Martin Pedroza5375213%26%$242,210 Jeff Mullins1340331%54%$125,525 Joseph Talamo3976218%38%$302,675 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.6813101119%50%$555,843 Philip D’Amato4270517%29%$442,685 Flavien Prat661311920%50%$1,042,510 Stewart Elliott434449%28%$221,503 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS SONGBIRD, BEHOLDER WORK TOWARDS DISTAFF SHOWDOWN            Songbird and Beholder, two thirds of the three “Fab Females” set to run in the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff next Friday, Nov. 4, had their final major works about an hour apart Thursday morning, undefeated two-year-old female champion of 2015 Songbird going five furlongs under exercise rider Edgar Rodriguez in 1:01, breezing, after the 6:30 a.m. renovation break, and the six-year-old Beholder, winner of three Eclipse Awards, working six furlongs at 7:45 in 1:14.40 with regular rider Gary Stevens up for Richard Mandella.Stellar Wind, champion three-year-old filly of 2015, is scheduled to have her final Distaff breeze Friday for John Sadler, weather permitting. Rain is forecast in the Arcadia area starting Thursday night. “If not Friday,” Sadler said, “she’ll work Saturday.”“She’s doing very well,” trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said of Songbird, winner of all of her 11 races by daylight margins. “She’s training up to the race well and that should be her final work, because we’re anticipating rain tomorrow.“We just wanted to give her one more work before she runs. It was a nice easy work and she galloped out nicely, too.”Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson had Songbird galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.80, with a half-mile time of 49 flat.Hollendorfer said Songbird would walk Friday, jog Saturday, then gallop into the race. She will also school in the paddock. “We couldn’t ask her to be coming into the race any better than she is right now.”Added her regular rider, Mike Smith, who watched the workout sitting just behind Hollendorfer in the Grandstand:  “She looked great. She looked like she was two-minute licking around there and she went 1:01 like it was nothing. This looks like our deepest Distaff.”“Very nice,” is how Mandella termed the move by Beholder, who worked in company with White Rock Lake (1:02.60). “I said last week that was the big work (59.20 last Thursday). This was a little tune up and she went real good.”Beholder’s fractional times were 24, 36.40, 49.20 and 1:00.80. Gary Stevens2744715%56%$427,300 Mike Puype1941121%32%$131,630 Tyler Baze711461120%44%$515,335 Jerry Hollendorfer3754414%35%$281,406 William Spawr1243133%67%$124,068 SONGBIRD, BEHOLDER BREEZE FOR DISTAFFCLASSIC COUNTDOWN IS ON FOR CHROMENYQUIST, MELATONIN IN CLASSIC WORKOUTSGRADE I ACE FROSTED WORKS FOR CLASSIC Trainer John Shirreffs said FrontRunner winner Gormley (Juvenile) could breeze“Saturday or Sunday,” depending on track conditions.Finest City (Filly & Mare Sprint) went four furlongs in 47 for Ian Kruljac, while Big Score (Juvenile Turf) went five furlongs in 1:00.40 for Tim Yakteen, Tamarkuz (Dirt Mile) four furlongs in 48.40 for Kiaran McLaughlin, Lady Shipman (Turf Sprint) four furlongs in 48.60 for McLaughlin, Land Over Sea (Distaff) seven furlongs in 1:28.60 for O’Neill, Texas Ryano (Turf), five furlongs in 1:00.80 for Carla Gaines, and Gomo (Filly & Mare Sprint) six furlongs for O’Neill in 1:15, in company with Paynes Prairie (1:16.60). Gary Sherlock1341131%46%$123,110 Tiago Pereira5088116%34%$332,850last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES RAFAEL BEJARANO, VALE DORI, WINNER: “She was definitely ready today. I knew Finest City would be tough but I was only thinking about the break. (Vale Dori) was more focused today, more consistent. She broke beautifully from the gate.“When I saw that Finest City didn’t want to go to the lead, I just took control of the race and took it from there.“She was really focused today and she showed me a big kick in the stretch. She was tough.“Today was the first time I think that she was pressured almost the whole race. She showed me a lot of power, a lot of heart. I don’t think she minds coming from behind but having a clean break, I just took it from there.“I thought that from the first jump Finest City would be fast and would be on the lead. When I saw that she didn’t really want to go and didn’t relax into the first turn, I just took control and took advantage of (Vale Dori’s) speed. I just tried to relax my horse.“These are two nice horses but since I had the lead, I had the advantage.“The last time I worked her, about a week ago, she worked really good, galloped out well. I knew she would be really good today but the only thing was the break. Last time she had a bad experience so we just wanted her to relax and I didn’t play with her too much in the gate.” TRAINERIAN KRULJAC, FINEST CITY, SECOND: “My filly ran her eyeballs out.  Running second in a Grade I isn’t all bad.  I’m happy with how she ran.” –30–center_img             NOTES: The winning owner is Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum. TYLER BAZE, FINEST CITY, SECOND: “She ran great. This is probably just a little too far for her but she ran really well.  I give the winner credit, she’d never been headed before and we were head and head the whole way.”last_img read more