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Thurston County gets lump of coal from DNR for Christmas Monday the Department of Natural Resources announced which of eight counties had made requests for older structurally complex 2 nd growth … more
In late summer, our neighbor offered us beautiful Italian plums from his small grove of five trees. This year provided a huge crop. I made plum cakes, plum jam, dried plums and froze two large bags … more
Sunshine Shirley Shirley Pearsall is the quintessential Altrusa member, devoted to bettering her community. But in her life, she has found many ways to give back. She and her husband Bob first … more
We have had a lot of fun already this holiday season, but this is also the time to share those good times with others. You may have noticed that the Jolt runs a list of mini-libraries in our … more
This column is brief, but I want to just take a moment to shine a light on a few very different ways that you can brighten someone’s day during this time of year. Light of Hope for Our … more
Since beginning this series of columns on the immense challenges for emergency care in our community, I have learned a great deal. I have heard from many of you, community members as well as current … more
Every December my wonderful neighbors and friends share lovely baked goods with our family as a gesture of friendship in keeping with the holiday spirit. I bake holiday treats for friends and … more
The city’s proposed changes effectively guarantee that lower-income families will be segregated from living in buildings receiving taxpayer paid property tax exemptions.  more
December is the peak month for bird watching at Capitol Lake. This time of year the lake has many waterfowl of many species, here for their winter vacation. Most of these species breed on … more
The older I get, the more I realize how little I know. Sometimes it’s worrisome to discover I am so far out of the loop, and sometimes it comes as a delightful surprise. It was the latter when … more
I know this time of year can be a bit overwhelming. Rather than receiving tons of holiday greetings in your mailbox, instead, you get nonprofit requests for money. Instead of reading your favorite … more
In the Pacific Northwest, we are blessed with an abundance of fresh mushrooms, both wild and cultivated. As we move into December, there are many holiday gatherings with friends and family.  I … more
Our rose garden We might have lost our Centennial Rose Garden, which has been maintained by volunteers from the Olympia Rose Society (ORS) since 1988. Have you ever visited the rose garden? It … more
Following a recent column I received a request – “Could you please recommend some good local bird watching places beside the Nisqually area?” Here are some suggestions, including … more
100 years have passed since Walt Disney created the Walt Disney Company and I only pray that after this film that Disney will continue to give us Disney magic for another hundred years. I believe … more
If you think about it, almost all our holidays coincide with some form of giving. Thanksgiving Day we gave thanks for our families, health – in short for all our blessings. Halloween … more
Just as the Halloween candy is finally eaten up, here comes Thanksgiving, followed on its heels by the December celebrations (Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Eve), of which … more
Congratulations, you survived Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, (to my knowledge the Sunday following Thanksgiving does not have a designation except National French Toast Day), … more
I hope you had a happy and delicious Thanksgiving! As the Autumn holiday winds down, yesterday I began to put away Thanksgiving decorations. In doing so, I noticed two small fresh pumpkins as part of … more
For the first time in over a decade, the U. S. Department of Agriculture has changed the “plant hardiness zones” that gardeners, farmers, and nurseries rely on to choose what we grow and … more
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