Save a Cat, Wash Your Car

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Save a Cat, Wash Your Car: Feline Friends to host second annual summer benefit to help homeless cats.OLYMPIA– People who like cats often say do just about anything for their furry companions, including getting a little wet and dirty. A group of those cat-lovers will be doing just that, in hopes of raising money for charity.Volunteers for the Feline Friends Cat House and Adoption Center are having their second annual charity car wash from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 30 at the Walgreen’s in Tumwater, 702 Trosper Rd. SW.All proceeds from the event support goods and services to stray cats in the Feline Friends rescue program. Types of goods and services include foster care, spay and neuter needs, food and supplies. There’s no set fee; customers are encouraged to donate any amount they can.Larry the “cat guy” will also be on site dressed in a cat suit collecting donations.The organization is also taking donations of car wash-related supplies such as rags, buckets, sponges and towels. Organizers are also accepting any volunteers who wish to help staff the event.For more information or to find out about volunteer opportunities, go to www.feline-friends.net.last_img read more

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A Heat-Pump Water Heater – Is it Right for You?

first_imgCall us to help find the right water heating solution for you. At Energy Efficiency First, in partnership with Quality Renovation and Carpentry, we couple construction experience with principles of building science, and we embrace emerging energy efficient technologies like the hybrid heat pump water heater. We also offer a complete set of energy performance contracting services. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Energy Efficiency FirstA Heat Pump Water Heater is an energy efficient upgrade giving homeowners significant energy savings.Electric water heaters used to be simple insulated tanks with a couple of electric-resistance elements that heated the water. As a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) study put it, “Traditional Electric Resistance Water Heaters (ERWHs) are an inefficient and expensive form of water heating . . . and have the lowest source Coefficient of Performance and the highest cost per BTU of delivered water thermal energy.” The DOE posits that “swapping ERWHs with HPWHs could result in roughly 50% reduction in water heating energy consumption for 35.6% of all U.S. households.”According to the DOE report, Heat Pump Water Heaters (HPWHs) promise to significantly reduce energy consumption for domestic hot water over standard ERWHs. While ERWHs perform with energy factors (EFs) around 0.9, new HPWHs boast EFs upwards of 2.0. With the advent of HPWHs, home owners get at least twice as much hot water from each kilowatt-hour of electricity consumed as from standard electric water heaters. The Energy Factors of these units range from 2.0 to 2.5–meaning that they are, effectively, 200% to 250% efficient at converting electricity into heat.These efficiencies are achieved by combining a vapor compression system, which extracts heat from the surrounding air at high efficiencies, with electric resistance elements, which are able to help meet large hot water demands. The primary heating mechanism is a heat pump refrigeration cycle (like those in a refrigerator or air conditioner, but operating in reverse) that transfers heat from the surrounding air to the water stored in the tank. Auxiliary electric resistance elements are also included for reliability and quicker recovery. HPWHs are hybrids: they integrate a heat pump and electric resistance element(s) into a single storage tank. Puget Sound Energy (PSE) representatives have publically endorsed the fact that the AirGenerate AirTap unit will work efficiently down to 20 degrees, before it starts operating like a traditional resistance electric water heater.DOE believes that HPWHs have efficiencies and operating costs similar to natural gas storage water heaters, making HPWHs an excellent choice for homeowners who currently use an electric resistance, fuel oil, or propane water heater and do not have access to natural gas. A caveat is that, if the unit would be installed in conditioned space, replacement of natural gas water heaters with HPWHs is not recommended in heating dominated climates because HPWHs will increase the load on the space heating system without a similar benefit to the space cooling system.How do HPWHs work?Instead of using electricity directly to heat water, a heat-pump water heater uses electricity to move heat from one place to another–in this case, from the surrounding air where the unit is located into the water. This is done by circulating a special “refrigerant” fluid that can be alternately evaporated into a gas and condensed into a liquid by changing its pressure. Surrounding air is drawn into the heat pump where the heat in that air vaporizes refrigerant in the “evaporator,” releasing cooler air into the room. The refrigerant vapor is then pumped through a “compressor” where it condenses back into liquid form and releases its stored heat into the water. All this sounds pretty complicated (and, well, it is), but this “refrigerant cycle” is well understood and widely used in both refrigerators and air conditioners.How can a HPWH save you money if you have an existing electric water heater?According to Puget Sound Energy, the average home uses 17% of its energy usage to heat water. This is the second largest way that a home consumes energy, after space heating.DOE estimates that a HPWH will pay for itself in under five years.The DOE table below, Table 4, shows the 2012 nationwide average cost to install a HPWH, after rebates are applied, as $2,100 and the predicted savings from operating a HPWH as $322. These calculations were based on average installation costs and average savings as indicated in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) National Residential Efficiency Measures Database and the U.S. Energy Guide labels.Using these averages, DOE calculated the Simple Payback Period and the Return on Investment ratio for installing HPWHs. Two methods of evaluating the cost effectiveness of energy efficiency measures are simple payback (SPB) and return on investment (ROI). The SPB period is the ratio of incremental initial cost (dollars) to annual energy savings (dollars/year). The ROI is the ratio of net proceeds to the investment costs. DOE calculated SPB for HPWHs as 4.7 years, and the ROI as 113%.While considerably more expensive to install than ERWHs, reductions in utility bills will likely result in more savings over the course of the water heater’s life. Also, because HPWHs provide such dramatic savings, rebates in the range of $1,800 are available to encourage utility customers to make the switch.last_img read more

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ThurstonTalk is Hiring – Associate Editor

first_imgThurstonTalk is expanding!  We’re looking for a creative, independent thinker to join our editorial team.  Primary responsibilities will include distributing content via social media, coordinating content and editing copy.More important than someone’s technical skills is the candidate’s ability to integrate into our team.  Here are our five beliefs that guide our decision making and publishing calendar.We are ignited by a passion for community.We believe in living in a place that we all are proud to call “home.”We connect people to the positive things happening in town.We are cheerleaders for dynamic, vibrant, supportive communities.We find joy in building community social networks.Job Requirements:Proven knowledge of multiple social media platforms including, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and PinterestAbility to clearly communicate a message through email, social media, and verbal conversationsPrevious experience interfacing with customersProven initiative to get tasks completed independentlyExperience working as a team to problem solve and create solutionsSincere passion for sharing positive storiesIf you share these beliefs and have the resume to back up the job requirements, drop us an email with your resume.  Please include a 200-word writing sample about how ThurstonTalk connects the community.  Resumes and writing samples can be sent to submit@thurstontalk.com by Monday, March 10. Facebook164Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Senior Action NetworkThe Senior Action Network (SAN) will present the 14th Annual Caregiver’s Recognition Dinner and Auction on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Olympics West Retirement Inn. With an emphasis theme of Caregivers: We Celebrate YOU! the event is slated to be an evening of fun, care and honor to spotlight the many who selflessly provide medical, physical, emotional and loving support to a vast community, which includes a high percentage of senior  citizens. Both professional and volunteer caregivers are duly recognized during the night of food, story and thanks.The Caregiver Recognition Dinner welcomes approximately 75 nominees a year from residential communities, family homes and facilities as well as private households. More than 15 will be honored for outstanding service representing their type of caregiver environment. Emcees Linda Terry, brain health learning coach, and Chris Quimby, Senior Centers Director of Senior Services for South Sound, will keep all attendees celebrating in a spirit of fun, prizes and care directed at the Caregivers to be honored.Throughout the evening, stories highlighting the industry and individuals are sure to inspire, delight and unite the caregivers who often serve others in behind-the-scenes fashion. For the recipient of care and their families, the caregiver is actually on the-front-line providing important quality of life health and well being support. “The role of the caregiver is not to be overlooked for his or her contribution to the entire family,” notes Rick Crawford, SAN President, Thurston County Council on Aging, Senior News editor. “Regardless of whether the person works in a home or a facility, if paid or unpaid, outstanding caregivers naturally place others first. The Recognition Dinner is a small gesture to turn the tables by showing them that as family members, co-workers, bosses and related business community we know their contribution is far beyond the day to day care given. We want caregivers to be first on this special night.”The 2014 Caregivers: We Celebrate YOU! Recognition Dinner also includes a fundraising raffle and silent auction which supports the Senior Action Network mission and programs. Nominations for Outstanding Caregiver or donations to the auction can be submitted online. The Senior Action Network consists of more than 163 Thurston, Mason, and Lewis Counties members dedicated to enhancing the lives of seniors through business development and services. SAN members meet monthly for professional development, networking, and community service. SAN distributes more than $11,500 annually throughout senior communities and has outreach speakers available to promote awareness on topics important to enhance senior life.last_img read more

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Six Thurston County Teens Graduate from Washington Youth Academy

first_imgFacebook162Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Youth AcademySix teens from Thurston County were among the 149 cadets who graduated from the Washington Youth Academy on December 17 which included the Academy’s 2000th cadet to complete the program.Cadets from each corner of the state attend the free residential school in Bremerton geared at teaching teens discipline and helping them recover credits so they can go back to high school and earn a diploma or seek an alternative path to finish their high school education, such as a GED or by joining Running Start. The Washington Youth Academy is a division of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program.Patrick Burgman of Olympia (left) works with Eros Gonzales of Lynden and Raymond Saechao of Vancouver on a robotics project at the Washington Youth Academy. Photo courtesy: Washington Youth Academy.Cadets included Olympia residents Patrick Burgman, who goes back to Timberline High School; Savannah Danforth, attending Capital High School; Zulfikar Mohammed, attending River Ridge High School; William Roberts, attending Olympia High School; as well as Kiev Wilson of Lacey attending Timberline High School; and Julius Sword of Rochester, who goes back to Rochester High School. “This is the start, not the end,” Major General Bret Daugherty, the state’s adjutant general and commander of the Washington National Guard, told the cadets during commencement. “Not only have you made a commitment to improve your own lives, you have completed Community Emergency Response Team training while you were here at the Youth Academy. You came here focused on getting your own lives back on track, but leave here able to help and serve others. That is a huge change in your life and we’re very proud of you for that.”Kiev Wilson of Lacey shakes hands with Secretary of State Kim Wyman. Photo courtesy: Washington Youth AcademyWith a graduation rate of 90.1 percent, Youth Academy Director Larry Pierce says the Class of 2016-2 had the best percentage to graduate from any class to date. Cadets can earn up to 8 credits – almost a year and a half of high school – in just 22 weeks. For 2016-2, the average number of credits earned was 7.8.Cadets also completed 8,181 hours of community service helping to clean a September 11, 2001 memorial, tending to park trails, tutoring youth and donating blood to the Red Cross.“They’ve learned a lot of new things that have increased and bolstered their confidence, discipline and teamwork,” Pierce says. “And, of course, our cadets invest a significant amount of time, energy, effort and a wide range of emotion in the daily life of the Academy. It’s not easy and sometimes just coping with the challenges and the stresses is taxing enough, but the cadets, you overcame these challenges.”Savannah Danforth of Olympia smiles as she waits for commencement ceremonies to begin. Photo courtesy: Washington Youth Academy.The mission of the Washington Youth Academy is to provide a highly disciplined, safe and professional learning environment that empowers at-risk youth to improve their educational levels and employment potential and become responsible and productive citizens of the State of Washington. Established under authority of both federal and state law, the WYA is a state-run residential and post-residential intervention program for youth who have dropped out of high school or are at risk of dropping out.New classes start in January 2017 with a second class slated for July 2017.  Learn more about the program online and hear from the cadets and our commencement speakers, including Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of State Kim Wyman, on our YouTube Channel.last_img read more

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Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Puppy

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Puppy! If expressive ears are your thing, you will love Puppy! This sweet gentlemen is 9-years-old and weights just 11.6 pounds. Because he is small, children in his new family should be older, dog-savvy and gentle.Puppy is a sweet 9-year-old that loves everyone. He just need a home to call his own. Photo courtesy: Adopt-A-PetHe has a mostly white coat with adorable brown markings on his face and years. Since Puppy loves everyone (kids, cats, and dogs!), he will make some lucky person a great forever companion.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email thedoghouse3091@hotmail.com or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more

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Saint Martin’s Abbey Announces a $500,000 Challenge Matching Gift to Science…

first_imgFacebook13Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversitySaint Martin’s Abbey has announced that it will make an additional $500,000 challenge matching gift towards Saint Martin’s University’s Science Initiative, a campaign to build a new 30,000-square-foot classroom and laboratory facility that will house its growing natural and physical science programs. So far the University has raised $8.31 million of the projected budget of $10 million. This will be the third gift for the Abbey in support of the Science Initiative, bringing their total commitments to $1.7 million.“This new gift paves the way for future growth and is an opportunity to tie the Abbey’s mission more closely to the University’s mission,” shared Abbot Neal Roth, OSB, major superior of Saint Martin’s Abbey and chancellor of Saint Martin’s University. “This signifies an incentive to attract others to support the University’s mission and help us work together to bring this campaign to a close.”The University hopes to break ground for the new science building in 2018, with plans to open the building for classes by Fall 2019.The Science Initiative follows Saint Martin’s successful Engineering Initiative, which led to the construction of two new buildings for its Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering: the Platinum LEED-rated 27,000-square-foot Cebula Hall in 2013 and the 17,363-square-foot Panowicz Foundry for Innovation in 2016.Since 2013, Saint Martin’s University has experienced marked growth in enrollment across all of its STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) departments. The civil and mechanical engineering programs have seen a 30 percent increase in students. This has led to a greater demand for mathematics and physics classes, which are prerequisites for engineering. In addition, biology majors have grown to represent ten percent of all University students and the chemistry department is at its highest enrollment ever.The new science building will include laboratories, classrooms, collaborative research spaces and offices. It will be strategically located near Cebula Hall and adjacent to the Panowicz Foundry for Innovation, which houses engineering, computer and industrial labs, creating a STEM complex at the core of the campus.“Saint Martin’s University is blessed to have the Abbey as its sponsor,” said Saint Martin’s University President Roy Heynderickx, Ph.D. “This gift and past gifts by the Abbey for our Science Initiative is true recognition of the importance of investment in STEM students for our greater community. The Abbey is an excellent example to all of us to live and give with heart.”For more information about the Science Initiative, including the Abbey’s challenge matching gift and other ways to support the campaign, contact Saint Martin’s Office of Institutional Advancement at advancement@stmartin.edu or 360-438-4366, or visit www.stmartin.edu/science-initiative.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 14 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 25 majors and ten 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 www.stmartin.edu.last_img read more

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Intercity Transit Operates on Sunday Schedules on Independence Day

first_imgFacebook8Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Intercity TransitIntercity Transit’s local, Express and Dial-A-Lift bus services will operate Sunday schedules on Independence Day, Thursday, July 4. Customer Service at the Olympia Transit Center will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and the Community Vans program will operate by advance reservation only.Intercity Transit’s business office will be closed and there is no Village Vans service in observance of the holiday.Transit riders connecting to other systems in the region should check their holiday service schedules as most have modified schedules.For route and schedule information, visit the Intercity Transit website or contact Intercity Transit Customer Service at 360-786-1881.last_img read more

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Watch: Player runs to stands to kiss wife in celebration – while match had…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Diema SportAdvertisement A bizarre incident happened in the Bulgarian efbet League this Sunday in the match between Ludogorets Razgrad and Slavia Sofia, where the Ludogorets midfielder Wanderson ran off to kiss his wife in the stands after scoring a goal, which was already ruled out because of being offside and the game already resumed!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Diema SportThe clip was upoladed by Bulgarian football writer mshumanov to his Twitter account @shumansko. Watch the video below-One of this weekend’s funniest moments in Bulgarian football: 😘 Wanderson scoring for Ludogorets against Slavia, then celebrating by kissing his wife in the stands, without realising his goal has been ruled for offside. To top it all off, there was NO offside 😂 pic.twitter.com/EtXjsJGpteAdvertisement — mshumanov (@shumansko) August 26, 2019Advertisement The 31 year old Brazil born Bulgarian international managed to tap in a volley from inside the box by Dan Biton, and ran off to the sidelines in celebration, went near the stairs with his hands up high as his wife came down to give him a kiss.Unbeknownst to his attention, the goal had already been ruled out for being offside, and the Slavia keeper Galin Ivanov already shot the ball down the field as the game had already resumed.The match ended in a 0-0 draw at the Ludogorets Arena in Razgrad.Ludogorets are the current defending champions of the Bulgarian league, and are currently in 2nd place with 15 points, behind Levski Sofia in the league table. Slavia Sofia occupy 8th position in the table, with 9 points to their names.Ludogorets are travelling to Maribor, Slovenia on 29th August to face NK Maribor in their second leg of Europa League play off match, after a goalless first leg last week. Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgImage Courtesy: CrictrackerAdvertisement In a video which has resurfaced after nine years, Doug Bollinger’s fake hair got exposed courtesy of Hotspot. The incident took place during the second inning of an ODI in the bilateral series contested between Australia and West Indies in 2010.Advertisement Image Courtesy: CrictrackerThe hotspot is is a tool which is used extensively in the sport of cricket to aid the third umpires. Particularly used to detect edges off the batsman’s bat, it uses two infra-red cameras on either side which records continuously. If there is contact, friction occurs which causes a change in the temperature which the Hotspot detects.The Australian pacer, unfortunately, bore the brunt of it. Bowling with the new ball defending the target of 257, the Aussies got an early breakthrough with Wavell Hinds edging one right to Cameron White in the second slip. Not only did the technology detect the edge off the bat, but it also showed the bright spot on the former Chennai Super Kings pacer’s head. Check out the video below:Advertisement Hot spot exposes poor Doug Bollinger’s fake hair pic.twitter.com/419YVWPU8k— Ghumman (@emclub77) September 23, 2019Advertisement Doug Bollinger eventually shaved it all before eventually announcing his retirement from all forms of cricket in 2018.Read Also:Netizens troll KL Rahul for posting ‘chilling’ pictureJasprit Bumrah vows to make a stronger return following his injury Advertisementlast_img read more

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