Submitted by Centralia Ballet AcademyThis October, the Centralia Ballet Academy will be presenting its first production, a full length ballet version of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”“The production will be a fundraiser for the Lewis County Foster Parent Association,” says owner Mick Gunter.If you are, or know of, a current foster or adoptive family, who would like to take their kids out for an amazing evening, Centralia Ballet Academy is giving away over 200 tickets per show to their production of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.The production will be presented on October 19th and 20th at 7 PM, at the RE Bennett Auditorium in Chehalis. This is a magical ballet for the entire family, featuring over 35 local dancers, and award winning magician Jeff Evans as The Sorcerer. This production is a fundraiser for the Lewis County Foster Parent Association, and all profits from ticket sales will be donated to help foster kids and the families who support them.If you are interested in getting some of these free tickets, please contact Merilee Goebel at 360-520-6683 by October 5th. If you would like to purchase tickets, they are $10 each and are available at Book n Brush in Chehalis, and Holley’s Place and Centralia Ballet Academy in Centralia. You can also purchase them online at brownpapertickets.com. For more information about the performance, go to www.centraliaballet.com or call 360-623-9010. Facebook14Tweet0Pin0
Facebook14Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Barb Lally for Rob Rice HomesFor Tawnia DuVall, the Accounting Supervisor for Rob Rice and his related companies, her life and priorities are all about her family and the job she enjoys.Tawnia has had a first-hand view not only of Rob Rice’s dedication to building superior homes, but of his loyalty to the employees and partners that share his commitment to efficiency and excellence.Since joining the local builder’s support team, much of Tawnia’s family are now woven into the fabric of our local community here in Thurston County, many with ties to real estate and often to her employer, the area’s largest home builder.Tawnia’s immediate family: (back row from left) Guy, Alan, Ashley, Dillon. (front row from left): Tawnia, Brooklyn and Kara. Photo courtesy: Rob Rice Homes.A Local Family MapTawnia and her husband of 30 years, Guy, currently a broker with John L Scott Real Estate, are surrounded by a flourishing family and have jobs they truly love.Guy had framed houses for 25 years. For 15 of those years, he framed for Rob Rice, starting soon after Tawnia began working for the company. That was until two years ago when he launched a successful career as a Realtor®. In a short time, Guy has received several awards for his work and last year was recognized with the John L. Scott President’s Award.“Guy went from building Rob Rice Homes to selling Rob Rice Homes,” Tawnia shares. “It makes it nice for his clients who are looking for new construction because he truly does know the quality work that goes into building a Rob Rice Home.”The couple’s eldest son, Alan, works in IT for the state’s Department of Corrections. Alan’s wife, Ashley DuVall and her mom Cheri Wilkins are a successful Realtor® team with Van Dorm Realty in Olympia.“Cheri and Ashley loves Rob’s houses,” says Tawnia. “Cheri has sold them for years.”Alan and Ashley have a beautiful 3-year-old daughter, Brooklyn, who is clearly the apple of Tawnia’s eye.One of the many “selfies” Tawnia and her granddaughter Brooklyn have taken. Photo courtesy: Rob Rice Homes“Brooklyn is everything to me,” says the busy grandmother. “We have a thing going with taking ‘selfies’. Her mom has made a whole book of them for us.”Tawnia’s youngest son, Dillon, is a Dr. of Physical Therapy who just started in his first position in Portland. Dillon’s fiancé, Kara, is currently studying to be an eye doctor.Tawnia’s sister is a sub-contractor that does new home cleaning for several Rob Rice Communities. And, Tawnia’s family was even involved in real estate as one of the original printers of MLS books and, for years, owned several real estate advertising magazines.Tawnia’s grandparents, who now “motorhome”, live with Guy and Tawnia for six months out of the year and Tawnia couldn’t be any happier about it. The Road to Working for Rob RiceTawnia was raised in Seattle and met Guy while he was stationed at Fort Lewis (now Joint Base Lewis-McChord). At one time, they both worked in the building industry in Florida but moved to Idaho to follow job opportunities when building slowed in the mid 90s, eventually settling in the South Sound. A stay-at-home mom until her boys were school-aged, she began studies at South Puget Sound Community College in accounting, a true interest and passion.Tawnia in front of the office where she has work for Rob Rice for 17 years. Photo courtesy: Rob Rice Homes“I took everything I could in accounting,” Tawnia says. “I was particularly interested in the investigative, forensic side of it.”Her studies served her well as she began working for a small accounting firm and at nights, auditing for H&R Block. She looked for more long-term opportunities and soon applied to work for Gemini Corporation, a job she felt was a fit.Today, 17 years after being hired, she is still there doing many critical jobs that involve cost accounting, accounts payable, payroll and human resources for 14 companies currently owned by the Best of South Sound builder, Rob Rice.“I love accounting, so I love everything about my job,” Tawnia says. “It is challenging because it involves 120 rental properties and Rob’s many new homes communities. There are typically hundreds of homes being built and lots being prepared. That means thousands of invoices come through this office, from our vendors, sub-contractors and anyone building or providing a home’s components. I make sure it is all balanced, write the checks and answer to Rob if there are problems.”Builder Efficiency and LoyaltyAs someone who has experienced several jobs in finance and accounting, Tawnia appreciates Rob’s unique hands-on approach.“Sometimes companies have a hard time financially, making it stressful trying to figure out how to pay employees, often when owners aren’t sure of where their money is going. I have never felt like that working here. Rob has a very active role in the finances, and he pays and keeps his sub-contractors busy, many who have been with him 25 years or more.”Tawnia has worked for Rob Rice and his wife Helena for over 17 years. Photo courtesy: Rob Rice HomesUltimately, Rob’s efficiency and involvement contribute to the high quality and relative affordability of the upscale homes he builds, homes with superior construction and high-end features.“It keeps costs down because they plan and budget for each home,” explains Tawnia. “Our building superintendents go through each and every invoice, look it over, make sure the costs are what they are supposed to be. I often hear others talk about a project that went over this much or that much, as if it is normal. Those, I believe, are choices. Rob cares about efficiency and staying within budget like the homeowners who have worked and saved all their lives for one of his homes.”Tawnia explains that Rob’s loyalty to his employees and partners has been a true comfort to the family she cherishes.“Rob was steady through the recession and kept a lot of people working. He wanted to make sure his people were working during the housing downturn when so many in the trades were laid off. It was a big deal for me because my husband was working for him during that time and he kept Guy busy. A lot of his contractors felt the same way.”Tawnia DuVall loves her job working for Rob Rice, the area’s largest builder. Photo courtesy: Rob Rice HomesFor that and many reasons, Tawnia has worked at the local office on State Avenue for 17 years.“The loyalty here is just a huge thing in my book. You take care of the people that are good to you. It is one of the best parts of working here. It is definitely like a family, which I appreciate immensely, but we work hard and it is all business most of the time. With the large volume of homes and the quality of work Rob does, there is not a lot of time to ‘mess around.’”
Facebook1.1kTweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of TransportationWith winter fast approaching, now is the time for travelers to make sure they’re prepared for driving in inclement weather.The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all travelers to start preparing themselves and their vehicles before traveling on snow and ice. Drivers can check out WSDOT’s winter driving web page for tips and information. WSDOT also asks travelers to always “know before you go” and get the most up-to-date roadway information before heading out.“Our crews are ready for winter and work hard to keep roads clear, but as last winter showed, any part of the state can experience severe weather and we need the public’s help as well,” said WSDOT Maintenance Operations Manager James Morin. “Most pass closures are due to spin outs or crashes from vehicles traveling too fast or not having proper winter equipment. Preparing early and staying informed about conditions and restrictions can help keep traffic moving during storms.”To check conditions and prepare for winter weather:Download the WSDOT mobile app.Follow WSDOT’s regional and pass accounts on Twitter, the agency’s Facebooksite and online travel alerts.Sign upfor email and/or text updates about road conditions – including Snoqualmie Pass delay text alerts.Download, print and carry the WSDOT Winter Driving Guide.Get your vehicle ready and plan extra time to cross all mountain passes, including heavily traveled routes such as Snoqualmie Pass, Stevens Pass and White Pass.Carry chains and know current traction and chain requirementsfor mountain passes, which are also available on highway-advisory signs, highway-advisory radio and by calling 511.Preset your radio to 530 AM and 1610 AM for WSDOT’s traffic-information stations.Alternatives to chainsAlthough some vehicle manufacturers recommend against the use of tire chains for certain models, that doesn’t excuse travelers from state traction device laws. These requirements exist to help keep all traffic moving safely during extreme winter conditions.The Washington State Patrol provides an online list of approved, alternative-traction devices that meet state traction requirements. All travelers are reminded to carry chains or approved alternatives whenever crossing mountain passes to be prepared for changing weather conditions and avoid a costly ticket. Failure to obey a tire chains sign can mean a ticket of up to $500. Special chain enforcement patrols will be keeping an eye on mountain passes this winter.Studded tiresBy law, studded tires are legal for use in Washington state only from Nov. 1 through March 31. This applies to all vehicles in Washington, even those traveling from other states, and no personal exemptions or waivers exist.WSDOT estimates studded tires cause between $20 million and $29 million in pavement damage to state-owned asphalt and concrete roadways each year. Motorists are encouraged to visit a tire dealer to learn more about their options, including stud-free, winter tread traction tires. These type of tires are different than all-season tires, are legal year-round and do not cause the same roadway damage as studded tires. More information about studded-tire restrictions and requirements can be found in the FAQ on the WSP website.Featured photo credit: Jennlvs2smile
Facebook2Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston Economic Development CouncilThe Department of Commerce has partnered with the Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) to make the ScaleUp program available throughout rural Washington State.This webinar series will begin on May 6 and runs for 10 weeks through July 8. The virtual classroom will meet every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. until noon. In order to be eligible, participants must be in business for more than a year, have minimum gross revenue of $75,000 and must be able to commit to the ScaleUp training schedule.ScaleUp helps business owners gain those “smarter” skills by strengthening strategic thinking, building systems thinking, increasing the effectiveness of your marketing, and providing a variety of tips and tools that lead to greater profitability. ScaleUp includes virtual classroom training, connection to a network of peers, and access to resources and mentors. Daryl Murrow is teaching this course using the Kauffman Family Foundation curriculum.WHO: Thurston EDC & Department of Commerce WHAT: ScaleUp Training SeriesWHEN: May 6 through July 8, 2020, 8:30 a.m. – noonWHERE: Online WebinarCOST: Free. Only 100 spots are available. Apply today at ScaleUpThurston.orgFOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact James Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org, or (360) 464-6051.About the Thurston Economic Development Council and Center for Business & InnovationThe Thurston Economic Development Council has been supporting a strong economy in Thurston County since 1982 with a mission to create a dynamic and sustainable economy that supports the values of the people who live and work in Thurston County. At the foundation of the work we do are three main principles: recruit, retain, and expand.We work to maintain the health of local businesses by offering technical assistance, and providing advocacy on their behalf. We present market opportunities to Thurston County employers, providing support for them to expand their operations. We actively attract investment and employment opportunities into our region through outreach, promotion and trade missions.
Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesAdvertisement b79dNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2txaWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1lby( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) arzWould you ever consider trying this?😱69qeCan your students do this? 🌚7bvc4Roller skating! Powered by Firework Since Leicester City won the 2015-2016 English Premier League trophy, their star striker Jamie Vardy has been the subject of admiration for the club for his fierce goal scoring expertise in the league. So fierce in fact, he has now overtaken Cristiano Ronaldo!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesIn yesterday’s 5-0 thriller against Newcastle United, Vardy secured a brace, which now adds up to a total of 85 times he has scored for the Foxes in 183 appearances, one more than Ronaldo’s 84 goals for Manchester United in 196 EPL games.The 32 year old veteran is now on par in Premier League goal scoring with Fernando Torres, Louis Saha and Eden Hazard.Advertisement Vardy arrived at the King Power Stadium in 2012 from EFL League One Fleetwood Town for a fee of just fee of £1 million, which has been a behemoth of a bargain for the club.Even though joining the English top flight football at age 27, Vardy became the 2015-16 Premier League Player of the Season and the FWA Footballer of the Year. he was also selected for the England national team in Euro 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.Advertisement Along with Vardy’s brace, Brendan Rodgers’s side managed to net in three more goals. The full back Ricardo Pereira opened up the scoreline in the 16th minute, and midfielder Wilfred Ndidi netting the last one in the 90th minute.The Magpies, unfortunately, managed to net one into their own goal, as Dennis Praet cross attempt in the Newcastle box flicked into the net from the feet of the Welsh left back Paul Dummett.Leicester City are now up to the 3rd place in the league table with 14 points. Advertisement
Can anyone picture Nelson’s Alex MacLeod playing for the newest rival of the Vancouver Canucks, the Boston Bruins someday?The Nelson Minor Hockey product is begining his climb to the big leagues after recently signing a contract with the Bruins’ affilate South Carolina Stingrays of the East Coast Hockey League.MacLeod, 24, enters his first professional season after attending Michigan Tech the past four years totaling 23 goals and 19 assists for 42 points in 144 games.During the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, the Nelson native was named to the WCHA All-Academic Team. Before college, MacLeod skated five seasons of junior hockey with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League and Penticton Vees of the BCHL and won an AJHL title with the Camrose Kodiaks.The Stingrays also agreed to terms with forward Tyler Johnson.South Carolina, coached by Spencer Carbery, plays in the South Division of the ECHL’s Eastern Conference.There are 20 teams in the ECHL stretching from Alaska Aces in the north to Florida in the south and California. The league is generally regarded as a tier below the American Hockey League.The Stingrays open the 20th season Saturday, October 13 at home against the Gwinnett Gladiators.
Staff at Mallard’s Source for sports wanted to add their own congratulations with Team of the Week honours.The contingent includes, from left, Nelson Chief Simon Grypma, Madeline Holitzki, Tess Nuttall, Emma Chirico and (back row) Beasley Fire and Rescue Chief Al Craft. Kootenay Insurance Services staged one big thank you Wednesday to the many Emergency Responders in Nelson during the First Annual Community Appreciation Day.Nelson Police, RCMP, Beasley Fire and Rescue and Nelson Search and Rescue were present to received accolades from the community.During the ceremony in the KIS parking lot, a trio of St. Joseph’s Elementary students staged their own thank you by presenting Nelson Fire Chief Simon Grypma and Beasley Fire and Rescue Chief Al Craft with fire truck drawings.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2015)–As well fancied My Sweet Addiction lugged out going to the far turn, longshot Wild in the Saddle, ridden by Mario Gutierrez for trainer Richard Baltas, slipped through at the rail to assume command en route to a 1 ½ length victory in Friday’s $60,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita. A 6-year-old California-bred mare by Silic, Wild in the Saddle negotiated a flat mile in 1:38.18.“It was a little strange,” said Gutierrez. “I’m not sure if My Sweet Addiction, who was in front of us, wanted the lead or not and it seemed like she was waiting on us. I was in a perfect position to decide where to go. My horse was relaxed right behind her and I was able to wait and see what she was going to do so I could make my move. It was a slow pace (23.46, 47.46, 1:12.19 and 1:24.84) so I had a lot of horse at the end. The other horses didn’t seem to fire today.”Off at 14-1 in a field of seven older fillies and mares, Wild in the Saddle paid $30.60, $7.80 and $3.80. Owned by Anderson and Ortiz, Wild in the Saddle picked up her seventh win from 33 starts and with the winner’s share of $46,800, she increased her earnings to $229,318.Heavily favored Taste Like Candy, appeared full of run going into the far turn but was carried wide by My Sweet Addiction and finished second, a neck in front of her. Ridden by Kent Desormeaux and dispatched at 4-5, Taste Like Candy paid $2.80 and $2.10.Ridden by Mike Smith, My Sweet Addiction finished third, 4 ¼ lengths in front of Full Ransom. The choice in the wagering at 2-1, My Sweet Addiction paid $2.40 to show.Racing resumes with a nine-race program on Saturday. First post time is 12:30 p.m. and admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 30, 2015)–Argentine-bred Catch a Flight attended the early pace and outdueled favored Moreno late to take Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Californian Stakes at Santa Anita by a half length under Gary Stevens. Trained by Richard Mandella, Catch a Flight got 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.73 and stamped himself as one of the top contenders for the Grade I, mile and a quarter Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 27.Breaking from post position seven in a field of eight three year olds and up, Catch a Flight sat a close third behind Big Cazanova and Moreno, wheeled three-wide at the top of the lane and put the favorite away well inside the sixteenth pole.“Moreno was pretty sluggish leaving the gate and I out-broke him by about a half length,” said Stevens. “On paper and knowing these two horses’ records, it looked like a match race between the two of them and that’s how I wanted to ride it. It worked out because Big Cazanova went up there and kept Moreno occupied down the backside but they were running slow enough fractions for these kinds of horses.“It looked like a match race and it was a match race until inside the eighth pole. Ever since his first win here (a 1 1/8 miles allowance on Feb. 13), he’s shown me a lot of tenacity and it was just a question of if he was fast enough to win. He’s just now starting to figure out American racing. I think he’s still improving and I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him yet.”The second choice at 2-1, Catch a Flight paid $6.60, $3.20 and $2.80.Owned by Haras Santa Maria de Araras, Inc., Catch a Flight, a 5-year-old horse by Giant’s Causeway, followed up on a three quarter length win in the Grade III Precisionist Stakes at Santa Anita on May 2 and collected his ninth overall win from 15 starts. With the winner’s take of $120,000, he increased his earnings to $393,239.“When Gary goosed him at the quarter pole, he responded pretty quickly,” said Mandella, who has now sent Catch a Flight out to three wins from five stateside starts. “Gary knows him well enough. I didn’t try to tell him how to ride him…This was a step forward. The time of the race was good and he beat Moreno. Every step he’s made had been forward. We’ll look at the Gold Cup here next.”Trained by Eric Guillot and ridden by Cornelio Velasquez, Moreno came off a rousing two length win in the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles Charles Town Classic April 18, defeating top rated older horse Shared Belief.“My horse, I gave him every chance and he stopped today,” said Velasquez. “The other horse, Catch a Flight, he ran good. My horse, he ran okay.”Off as the 6-5 favorite, Moreno finished 3 ½ lengths in front of Hard Aces and paid $2.60 and $2.40.Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Hard Aces rallied from off the pace to finish third, 1 ¼ lengths in front of Blue Tone. Off at 9-1, Hard Aces paid $3.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.86, 46.94, 1:10.51 and 1:35.05.First post time on Sunday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. –30–
FRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s William Mottet and Carolina Bulatovic are the Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Mottet went 3-0 in singles and 3-0 in doubles at the top-line position for the Islanders across four matches last week, while Bulatovic picked up three singles victories and a doubles win. A&M-Corpus Christi swept a doubleheader against Prairie View A&M 7-0 and 4-0 on the men’s side, and 7-0 and 5-0 on the women’s end. Both Islanders squads were victorious over UT Rio Grande Valley with a final tally of 6-1 for the men and 5-2 for the women.The A&M-Corpus Christi men (7-1) put their three-match win streak on the line in Houston against Rice and Elon at noon CT Friday and noon Saturday, respectively. The Islanders’ women (4-0) look to stay undefeated as they go on the road to face SMU at 4 p.m. Sunday.Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – William Mottet, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Jr. – Gargenville, FranceAfter losing the first set of an unfinished singles match against No. 8 Texas, Mottet claimed the next eight sets across his six singles and doubles matches to improve to 6-0 in singles play and 5-1 in doubles play this season.He defeated Prairie View A&M’s Xavier Lawrence (6-2, 6-3) and Jorge Juarez (6-2, 6-1) en route to a doubleheader sweep of the Panthers. Mottet closed his solo weekend play with a 6-3, 6-4 trimph over UTRGV’s Yehonatan Kaufman.Honorable Mention: Johannes Klein, New Orleans; Niko Moceanu, Abilene Christian.Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Carolina Bulatovic, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – So. – Dusseldorf, GermanyBulatovic came out on top of all seven sets she played last week, beginning with a pair of wins over Prairie View A&M’s Lucia Garcia at the No. 1 position. Bulatovic and partner Mariya Shumeika handled the Panthers’ top-line doubles team with ease, posting a 6-2 victory.In her final match of the weekend, Bulatovic went up against UTRGV’s Doris Aleksovska at the No. 2 slot and edged her opponent 7-5 in set two to improve to a perfect 4-0 in 2019. Honorable Mention: Trang Dao, New Orleans; Judit Castillo Gargallo, Northwestern State; Marli Van Heerden, Central Arkansas; Putri Insani, Southeastern Louisiana.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.