Facebook6Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Thurston County Chamber Foundation Leadership Thurston County Class of 2014Leadership Thurston County and the Thurston County Chamber Foundation are proud to congratulate the 35 members of the Class of 2014. This is the 20th LTC class, and over 500 graduates have completed the program since 1994.A recognition luncheon will be held Wednesday, June 11, at the Red Lion Hotel Olympia. Presented by Anchor Bank, the event begins at 11:30 am and is part of the monthly Thurston County Chamber Forum. Patty Belmonte, Executive Director of the Hands On Children’s Museum, will provide the keynote address. Reservations are requested at ThurstonChamber.com or by calling 360.357.3362.A special 20th Class Reception will be held that evening from 5-8 pm at the Olympia Country and Golf Club historic clubhouse, 3636 Country Club Rd. NW. LTC alumni, guests and community friends are welcome. Reservations are requested at ThurstonChamber.com or by calling 360.357.3362.Leadership Thurston County is a program of the Thurston County Chamber Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) educational, non-profit organization. During the 10-month program, participants examine community issues, expand networks and explore leadership opportunities. For information, go to www.LeadThurstonCounty.com or call 360.357.8515.LTC Class of 2014 GraduatesMike Babauta Boys & Girls ClubAndrea Ballard Expecting Change ConsultingWayne Ballew Puget Sound EnergyJessie Bensley Port of OlympiaAlisha Blain Thurston County ChamberDennis Bloom Intercity TransitTim Braniff Thurston County UndersheriffJan Cahill Port of OlympiaKim Combs Olympia Downtown AssociationLiz Davis Junior League of OlympiaGayla Duerr TwinStar Credit UnionWade Duffy City of LaceyMeg Nugent Dwyer Saint Martin’s UniversityNick Eisenmann Capitol City PressMeghan Feuk LOTT Clean Water AllianceJessica Forsman Capital Medical CenterWayne Graham Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s OfficeBonnie Herrington City of OlympiaRoger Horn City of Olympia Planning CommissionerSandra Kaiser The Evergreen State CollegeRobbi Kesler Chehalis TribePaul Larsen Crisis ClinicDonnie Miller GCI AdvertisingKathy Pickernell Lucky Eagle CasinoCarlos Quiles City of TumwaterJessica Rice Express Pros PersonnelKarla Robertson Columbia BankLaurie Schindler MorningsideAmber Smith LOTT Clean Water AllianceHeather Stafford Smith Intercity TransitAnn Sweeney Red Lion HotelAram Wheeler Heritage BankCaleb White Habitat for HumanityKristy Wolf City of TumwaterRamsey Zimmerman Thurston Economic Development Council
Image Courtesy: Getty/ReutersAdvertisement vhtNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs91sqWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E5njhcs( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7popWould you ever consider trying this?😱2pCan your students do this? 🌚52Roller skating! Powered by Firework A young and nascant Gerard Piqué switched his youth academy from La Masia to the Theater of Dreams in 2004, the same year he was promoted to the senior team. However, the present pillar of defense in FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team, it was the spell under Sir Alex Ferguson that made Piqué what he is today. And that includes two bizarre incidents with his former gaffer.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/ReutersStarring in Barça’s brand new documentary series ‘Matchday’, the 32 year old recollected his memories at Old Trafford, and dug up some really strange menaces he got himself into, and that even includes a couple of visit to the cops.The 2010 World Cup winner said: “Some really dark moments in (Manchester). I ended up in the police station more than once. Best not to go into that, it was when I was young. I was there and I wasn’t anybody.”Advertisement Even still, probably the more daring job Piqué did was to send Fergie into a fit of rage!“I rented a house from Sir Alex…And I bought a rabbit and it destroyed the house. It bit all the seats, everything. And when I left, he called me, (he was) raging.” he added.Advertisement And after a hard party on the eve of Christmas, he did it again, so much in fact, Sir Alex injured himself.he continues- “The next day Sir Alex was waiting for us in the dressing room. We got a real scolding. There was an aluminum chair and he kicked it but unfortunately with his shin. You could see him start limping. He’d destroyed his leg. It was spectacular. From there on they stopped with the Christmas party.” Advertisement
Image Courtesy: PTI/Instagram(@virat.kohli)Advertisement 9xf4yaNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7g2Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Er9383z( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5tWould you ever consider trying this?😱8ij5jmCan your students do this? 🌚16fov9Roller skating! Powered by Firework Virat Kohli finished the year of 2019 as the top batsman in ICC’s ranking of test batsmen. Hailed by Team India’s head coach Ravi Shastri himself, the skipper is not just a patron of the sport in the country, but also an icon of fashion statement. Just after welcoming the new year, Kohli revealed an all new hairstyle that has set the social media on fire!Advertisement Image Courtesy: PTI/Instagram(@virat.kohli)Just after coming back from his new year vacation of Switzerland with better half Anushka Sharma, Kohli posted two stories on his official Instagram yesterday, donning in an all new hair do.The Royal Challengers Bangalore got his haircut from the renowned Mumbai bsaed hairstylist Aalim Hakim, owner of Hakim’s Aalim Bandra salon in Mumbai. In the pics, the captain was seen in a short top trim, along with shaved sides.Advertisement In the new haircut, Kohli uploaded two selfies with Hakim, with the caption in one of the pics: “Thanks for a top cut bro @aalimhakim”Image Courtesy: Instagram(@virat.kohli)We can expect that the fans of the Indian cricketing icon will be sporting the haircut soon.Advertisement On the eve of the new year of 2020, Virushka were seen together in another Instagram post, with the couple wearing a beautiful black dress and a classy suit.Back in December, Kohli went past Aussie superstar Steve Smith as the world no. 1 test batsman in ICC’s test batsmen list.Recently, the Men in Blues gaffer Ravi Shastri praised Kohli for his contribution for uplifting test cricket in the country, and also for being the most successful captain for Team India in the game format.Speaking to IANS, thhe 57 year old said: “I have not seen one perfect captain. You will have captains with different strengths and weaknesses. I have not seen any perfect captain till today.”“With Virat you can see he is someone who is improving by the day. The passion, the energy, the drive he brings to the cricket field is unmatched. I have not seen any other captain bring that kind of energy onto the cricket field.” Shastri added.India will be hosting Sri Lanka on their first day of the upcoming T20 series this Sunday at the Barsapara Stadium in Guahati, and captain Kohli will be on the ground with his new haircut.Also read-Virat Kohli ends 2019 as the number 1 batsman in the ICC Test rankingsEven Virat Kohli can’t believe his 10 Year transformation challenge! Advertisement
RED BANK – Shaping Red Bank, a coalition working to prevent obesity and improve health and well-being, introduced a bilingual consumer health program today at El Guero Grocery, a bodega on the Westside of Red Bank.Twenty third-grade students from Red Bank Charter School were the first to get a lesson on the coalition’s “Healthy Pick” program, which includes a visual system to assist consumers in selecting foods and beverages that are lower in salt, sugar and fat, and to encourage lean meat and poultry, whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables.“Through the Healthy Pick program, the Shaping Red Bank Coalition aims to make the healthy choice the easy choice for Red Bank families,” said Sandra Van Sant, health officer for the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission, a leader in organizing the coalition.Yellow “Healthy Pick” stickers in Spanish and English readily identify the healthier options on the store shelves at El Guero and shoppers are also receiving bilingual healthy tip cards when they check out as part of the education program.The program piloted by El Guero, is one of three healthy living initiatives developed by Shaping Red Bank and funded with a $7,500 grant from the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids. In addition to Healthy Pick, the coalition is working with faith-based communities to improve their members’ knowledge of good nutrition and with the borough Parks & Recreation Department to improve and promote walking in Red Bank.The Coalition got its start over a year ago when the health commission, The Community YMCA, the Parker Family Health Center and the Red Bank Department of Parks and Recreation began working on the obesity prevention grant. Since then, several more local organizations have joined the local effort to prevent obesity and encourage healthier lifestyles among borough families.“By working together, community organizations can better address the growing dual health crises of diabetes and obesity,” Van Sant said, noting that New Jersey has the highest rate of obesity in the country among children 2-5 years old.The Shaping Red Bank Coalition is part of Shaping New Jersey, a statewide obesity prevention partnership of over 150 organizations dedicated to curbing obesity in New Jersey. Local organizations and businesses that comprise Shaping Red Bank are: the Brookdale Network, El Guero Grocery, Juanito’s, the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission, the Parker Family Health Center, Pilgrim Baptist Church, Red Bank schools, Red Bank Borough Department of Parks & Recreation, the Red Bank Library, the Red Bank Resource Network, Riverview Medical Center and The Community YMCA.
By Chris Rotolo |A recent study on electronic cigarettes and vaping devices indicates that users of these products are exposing themselves to cancer-causing toxins, and the report is eliciting action from local schools.According to the study’s lead researcher, Mark Rubinstein, M.D., a professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, urine tests from the bodies of teens who used electronic cigarettes and vaping devices revealed elevated levels of five different toxins that are referred to as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), all of which are known or suspected carcinogens.Adrian Pristas, M.D., a pulmonologist for Hackensack Meridian Health at Riverview Medical Center, said these VOCs can only become carcinogenic when they are heated to a certain temperature and though vape devices are not believed to produce that level of heat, the fact that they are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has led him to raise questions.“Why would you take the chance? This is a situation that is not much different than what we’re facing with (marijuana), in that the use is way ahead of the medical knowledge,” Pristas said.“The fact is we don’t know a whole lot about what vaping is doing to the human body. We can only compare it to other inhalation exposures. Vaping is potentially dangerous.”Rubinstein’s study indicated that traces of these potentially harmful VOCs were detected at a rate up to three times higher in users than in those teens who did not vape.“Many of these compounds are carcinogenic. Will they definitely cause cancer? We don’t know that, but it’s ordinarily not a good idea to put these compounds in your body, especially if you’re a youngster who is going to use these devices for many years and live with the impact of DNA mutation over that time,” said Norman Edelman, M.D., senior scientific advisor for the American Lung Association.Though touted as a healthier option to traditional combustible cigarettes, the recent study on these VOCs tells a more threatening tale, especially when considering that addictive properties like nicotine are still present inside the liquid used within an electronic cigarette.“It’s been proven that these devices do produce nicotine. These things are not free and clear like they’ve been made out to be,” Pristas said. “And they appear to be an addictive gateway device that leads to cigarette use, as studies have shown that those who are 14 to 30 years of age and vape are four times more likely to start smoking.”One of Pristas’ biggest concerns surrounding the vaping issue is the latest marketing trend that appears to be targeting younger users with various flavors, including Bananas Foster, Rainbow Candy, Berry Splash and many more. These tactics are also troubling to Oceanport resident Kim Murphy, who helped found the borough’s Drug Education Initiative committee (DEI).“All of these flavors, all these marketing tactics, they’re absolutely trying to draw in younger users, and as a parent it’s very upsetting,” Murphy said. “I’ve read that they’re primarily targeting young girls, because the vapors smell like their perfume, so they can get away with it easier. But the fact is the marketing is working. Young kids are very into it. These companies are making a lot of money. And it’s our job to educate our families.”Murphy and the DEI committee are taking an initial educational step by inviting local parents to “Vaping: What Every Parent Should Know,” a presentation on March 20 at the Maple Place School, which will display information on the dangers of vaping, trends concerning kids, the cosmetic makeup of vaping devices and the flavored liquids that are available.According to Murphy, the presentation is a response to the lack of easily digestible and readily available information on the issue, and the recent increase in questions she and the DEI committee have received from concerned parents.“It’s been the No. 1 question people have had and it’s a topic that we personally don’t know much about,” Murphy said. “We don’t know what our kids were facing. We don’t know why it’s so easy for them to do it. It’s obvious that times are changing. Kids really aren’t smoking cigarettes anymore. But this is a new threat. And we need to create different platforms for professionals to come and educate us on what we’re dealing with.”The presentation will be made at 7 p.m. and led by PJ O’Connell, Shore Regional High School’s security director, who hosted the same session at his high school in January.“We’re very excited to have PJ leading the presentation, because he’s a retired police detective who worked in Ocean Township, so he’s able to speak from experience. He’ll show what it is that your kids are doing. He’ll let you smell the different scents. He’ll show what the different devices look like so you can identify them at home. Vaping is very accessible to our kids, but PJ is here to help.” Murphy said.Earlier this month a presentation was held at Middletown High School South for district parents to attend and acquire information about vaping, and several other Two River-area townships are addressing, or have addressed the issue.When the calendar turned to 2018, Red Bank Regional Superintendent Louis Moore issued a policy update to his school community, reminding students that in 2010, the state of New Jersey had implemented a vaping ban prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes and vaping devices in all indoor public places, businesses and schools. Moore’s update also stated that possession and use of these devices on school property or at school functions “may result in serious consequences for students, including suspension, police referral and a mandatory substance screening.”On April 25, all Freehold Regional School District parents are invited to Colts Neck High School for a special presentation titled “Vaping: The Smoke Screen our Parents Need to Know About Vapes, E-Cigs & Cloud Pens.” The 45-minute event will be led by Douglas S. Collier of Drug Education Awareness, and will include a Q&A session for attendees.This article was first published in the March 15-22, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
By Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsThe loss early in the season may have been a blessing in disguise for the Castlegar Vikings.Because ever since the defending champs dropped the opener the Vikes have been perfect, continuing the trend right on through to capturing the West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football League title Sunday at Mount Sentinel Field.The Vikes overcame below zero temperatures, and a stingy Dam Inn Mates squad, to claim its fourth straight title with a 26-12 victory.The game was a rematch of the 2009 final won 16-4 by Castlegar.“Defence was clearly the key for us,” said Castlegar receiver/defensive back Steve Mota. “Our defence gave them nothing. (Dam Inn) had us first and goal twice and didn’t score.”After intercepting Dam Inn on the goal line late in the opening quarter with the game scoreless, the Vikes drove the length of the field. The long drive down the field was capped off in a major score when Castlegar quarterback David Kravski connected with John Lloyd from inside the red zone making it 7-0. Castlegar then went up 14-0 when Mota intercepted a short pass before out running the Mates into the end zone for a pick-six.Dam Inn rallied back to close the gap as Griffin Augustine found the end zone for the Mates. However, the two-point conversion fell short keeping the Vikes in control.In the second half Jason Trower scored for the Vikes to increase the lead.Bryan Lauzon and Lloyd also had interceptions for Castlegar. Augustine had one of the two interceptions for Dam Inn.”Dam Inn was definitely our (toughest) competition,” Mota explained. “We had to come ready to play each and every time we played them. We match up well. Our go to guys made plays, their go to guys made plays.”Castlegar had an easy time advancing to the league final after the regular season champs disposed of Nelson Impact in one semi final.In the other contest Dam Inn Mates needed a late touchdown to knock off Hume Brewers.email@example.com
Backstopped by the rock-solid goaltending by Curt Doyle, Nelson took a 1-0 lead on a second-period goal by Enns.Jayden Bennett increased the margin to 2-0 before the team exchanged goals.Enns then score into the empty net to complete the comeback.Ben Woodward also scored for Nelson.The Reps now advance to play Castlegar in the West Kootenay Minor Hockey Peewee Rep Finals beginning Sunday in the Sunflower City.Castlegar won the regular season league title by a point over Nelson. The teams split three regular season games but Nelson defeated their West Kootenay rivals twice in tournament play.Game two of the series is tentatively set for Tuesday in Nelson.The West Kootenay winner represents the zone at the B.C. Minor Hockey Tier III Peewee Rep Championships March 18-23 in Quesnel.firstname.lastname@example.org The Nelson Peewee Reps took the long road to the West Kootenay Minor Hockey League Peewee Rep Final.After rallying from a one game deficit, the Reps completed the comeback against Rossland/Trail, doubling the visitors 4-2 Thursday at the Civic Centre in Nelson.Avery Enns scored twice to lead the Reps to the victory.”Once again we had a slow start in the first period,” said Nelson coach Brian Jones. “I don’t think it was nerves. All season we just seem to do it the hard way.”Nelson, winners of game two of the series 6-2 in Trail Monday, wins the first-team-to-four-point series 4-2.Rossland/Trail won the opening game of the playoff series Friday in Nelson 1-0. Brett Watson was outstanding in shutting out the Nelson Reps.However, Thursday Nelson continued to build from Monday’s performance.
McLellan plans to carry 23 players. So that leaves six spots available for the players currently in Nelson or some BC Hockey League cuts.”We still have four forwards and two defencemen at the BCHL camps battling for jobs, which is good for us, and two at the Alberta Junior Hockey League as well,” McLellan explained.”Plus we have two carded players that haven’t made camp yet due to injuries. So we’re in a little bit of a numbers jam to be honest.”Against Castlegar, in the first of home-and-home series, Nelson fell behind 2-0 and 3-1 in the first period before outscoring the visitors 6-1 in the remaining 42 minutes.”We’ll just work through it,” McLellan said about the hectic preseason schedule that has the Leafs with a 2-1 record to date.”It would be nice to have some of the players here, but I’ve seen them play this summer so I know what they can do.”The rally was a nice sign for the head coach, who says it’s up to the players to determine if they stay or are let go.”If they bring it, they stay, if they don’t they’ll be released back to wherever they came from,” McLellan confessed.ICE CHIPS: The two teams complete the series Wednesday in Castlegar. Puck drop is 8 p.m. . . . McLellan said two players off the Leafs roster last season, Dylan Williamson and Cody Pavarinta, both were signed to play this season for Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League. Williamson finished the season with Nelson as the Leafs top offensive threat with nine goals and 13 assists in 18 games. Pavarinta spent parts of last season in Richmond with the Sockeyes after being released by Nelson following a 15-game stint with the Leafs. McLellan said he very proud the Leafs were able to help the two players reach the next level. . . .Three other players off the roster are playing in the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League — Darnell St. Pierre and Robson Cramer at SFU and Aaron Dunlap at Eastern Washington. The Nelson Leafs defeated the Castlegar Rebels 7-4 in a wide-open Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition tilt Tuesday night at the NDCC Arena.However, at this time of the season it’s not the wins and losses that concerns Leaf coach Dave McLellan.It’s the play of his team that has the lion’s share of the coaches’ focus.”The guys here have games in the next two days that will help us make some final decisions, especially up front,” McLellan told The Nelson Daily Tuesday.”Our defence here is pretty much selected. So in these two games our forwards need to show us what they’ve got.”McLellan said the Leafs have 17 players currently carded for the upcoming season, which begins Friday at home against Kelowna Chiefs.
Men’s Field Athlete of the Week – Tyler Adams, Sam Houston State – Sr. – Buffalo, TexasAdams qualified for the NCAA meet and set a facility record with 6,016 points to take the heptathlon title at the Texas Tech Classic & Multis over the weekend. The senior from Buffalo, Texas, bested his closest competition by nearly 300 points. He finished no lower than third in any of the seven events, taking first place in the long jump, high jump, 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1000m. FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State junior Micah Larkins and Sam Houston State senior Tyler Adams are the Southland Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. 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. Honorable Mention: Garett Cortez, UIW; Grant O’Callaghan, Southeastern Louisiana; Chris Jefferson, Sam Houston State; Isaac Vargas, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Men’s Track Athlete of the Week – Micah Larkins, Northwestern State – Jr. – Princeton, La.Larkins clocked the third-fastest time in Southland history for both 60m and 200m at the Pittsburg State Invitational. For the 60, he ran a 6.63, a mark that is good for fifth in the nation and first in the conference. Larkins is ranked 33rd in the world in the 60. The junior also ran a 21.13 in the 200, which is ranked 19th nationally and also first in the conference. Honorable Mention: Lentz Similien, McNeese; Colton Cohea, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Stevon Crooks, Southeastern Louisiana. The Demons next head to the LSU Bayou Bengal Invitational in Baton Rouge, La. on Feb. 2 while the Bearkats make the trip west to Lubbock again for the Texas Tech Open from Feb. 2-3.
First serve of semifinals action is set for 2 p.m. Friday with Northwestern State taking on Central Arkansas and a Lone Star State showdown between top-seed Abilene Christian and Sam Houston State. No. 1 Abilene Christian 4, No. 8 Lamar 0 (Box Score)Recording the only shutout of the day, Abilene Christian picked up the doubles point behind a pair of 6-3 wins by the duos of Sarah Adams and Nini Memishishi and Sanja Jolic and Laura Sola Grau. The Wildcats rolled to eight-straight set victories as Memishishi topped Jasmin Buchta at the first flight of singles, followed by a straight-set win by Allison Stewart, who improved to 12-0 against Southland Conference opponents this season. Sarah Adams’ 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Bianca Vitale clinched the winning point for ACU. CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – All four top seeds advance to Friday’s semifinal round of the 2019 Southland Conference Women’s Tennis Tournament on Thursday at the Thomas J. Henry Center. No. 2 Northwestern State 4, No. 7 New Orleans 1 (Box Score)Setting up a semifinals matchup against Central Arkansas, the Lady Demons won their first six sets to jump out to a 3-0 lead with the doubles point and wins at No. 6 and No. 5 singles. Second Team All-Southland picks Ela Iwaniuk and Judit Castillo Gargallo dropped just six total games in their straight-set victories. After Ank Vullings handed Rhea Verma her first loss against a conference opponent to cut it to 3-1, NSU’s Patrycja Polanska topped Claudette Gilhespie 7-5, 6-2 to earn the clinching point. In the regular season, the Lady Demons defeated Central Arkansas 4-3 at home. No. 4 Sam Houston State 4, No. 5 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 2 (Box Score)After dropping the doubles point, the Bearkats were forced to win four out of six singles matchups and did just that in order to advance to the semifinals. Karla De La Luz Montalvo, Roos Gerritsen and Southland Conference Player of the Year Sahaja Yamalapalli rattled off three-consecutive straight-set victories to take the lead for good. Islander Camille Townsend rode a big third frame to cut it to 3-2. Petra Kaszas, who was blanked 6-0 in set two, returned the favor in the final set to clinch the match-winning point. The regular-season meeting between ACU and SHSU also ended in a 4-3 score in favor of the Wildcats. No. 3 Central Arkansas 4, No. 6 McNeese 3 (Box Score)The Bears held off a late comeback effort by the Cowgirls, who tied up the match at 3-3 with wins at No. 3 and No. 6 singles by Marija Mastilovic and Carlotta Romito, respectively. Both contests were forced to go to a third-set tiebreaker with Mastilovic topping Marli Van Heerden 8-3 and Romito edging Rada Mantaweewat 8-6. UCA’s QiLi Ma secured the match-winning point with a three-set triumph over Sofia SanJose Moreno, blanking her Cowgirl opponent 6-0 in the final frame. The Bears captured the doubles point to begin the opening match as the duos of Van Heerden and Chunxi Xin and Fuka Nonoyama and Yada Vasupongchai cruised to their victories.