Facebook12Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City of OlympiaWhich of the 13 loaned sculptures along Percival Landing do you think belongs in the City’s permanent collection? Cast your vote and be a part of the decision!The sculpture with the most votes will be purchased by the City at the completion of the year-long exhibition. Voters must personally visit all 13 sculptures, and completed ballots must be submitted in person at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St NW (conveniently located right next to Percival Landing), or received by mail by August 31, 2014. Ballots are available at The Olympia Center and along Percival Landing next to the sculptures.Since 2011, loaned sculptures by local and regional artists have been on display at Olympia’s Percival Landing. A community vote is held, and the sculpture that receives the most votes is purchased for permanent display at another location within the City.
Submitted by the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention BureauThe Thurston EDC and the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau have teamed up to host a breakfast meeting to share information with the community about the Business Opportunities the Golf Tournament will offer to the South Sound Region. The U.S. Open is scheduled for June 15-21, 2015 at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place.Bennish Brown, President and CEO of the Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau and Hunter George Communication Director for the Pierce County Economic Development Department will present strategies and impart ideas on how local businesses can benefit from the proximately to the US Open. Brown and George both traveled to the 2014 US Open at Pinehurst, North Carolina. “The Pinehurst Experience was amazing and I’m excited to share the information we learned about the event to help prepare our region for one of the greatest events in golf that would put our area on the map.” Said George.The breakfast will be held at the Rivers Edge Restaurant at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course on Friday, September 5, 7:30 to 9am. Cost is $15. Reservations are required. Contact Rachel Reischman at firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-754-6320. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0
Facebook3Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of County CommissionersHistoric preservation programs in Thurston County have been given a boost, thanks to grants authorized by the Board of County Commissioners on Friday, December 14, 2018. The Board approved seven grant application requests for 2019 heritage grant funding.Funding for the grants comes under an enactment from the 2005 legislature that sets aside $1 from each $5 historic document recording fee collected by the county auditor. The grant program is managed by the Thurston County Historic Commission who review and recommend funding in compliance with guidelines established by the Commissioners.The Thurston County Historic Commission received and ranked eleven complete applications. The seven grant applications that were awarded 2019 grant funding were:Olympia Film Society – Restoration of the Capitol Theater façade windows, $5,000City of Lacey/Lacey Museum – Interviews and cataloguing of photos from the first and only city newspaper the ‘Lacey Leader’, $5,000Olympia Tumwater Foundation – Replace HVAC system in the historic Schmidt House, $5,000City of Rainier – Renovate and preserve historic Rainier School/Lutheran Church, $5,000The Sand Man Foundation – Deck repairs and dry rot replacement throughout the tugboat, $5,000NW Institute for Leadership & Change – Conduct interviews and document the history of African Americans who came to our area between 1950 and 1975, $5,000YWCA Olympia – Transfer historical documents to the Washington State Historical Society for preservation, Phase II, $2,200
Story and photos by Rick GeffkenIt’s easy to miss the small white stone nestled between the flagpoles at Veterans Memorial Park in Highlands. The hill rising near the Shrewsbury River is dominated by the tribute to thousands of 9/11 victims: two imposing bas-relief sculptures, and four engraved boulders. If you happen upon the small white stone you’ll see a bronze plaque inscribed with these few words: “Dedicated to those who made the Supreme Sacrifice in World War II.” The names of 13 Highlands men who died during that long ago conflict follow the inscription.This unimposing tribute to a few deceased veterans did not escape the notice of Walter Guenther of the Highlands Historical Society. He found that the stone was originally in Huddy Park in the Water Witch section of town before it was moved to the park on the corner of Bay and Shrewsbury avenues. He strongly believes these patriots deserve to be remembered today, 71 years after the fighting stopped.Guenther grew up in Highlands after his family moved from Nanuet in New York to Marine Place in the borough in 1943. “It seemed like all the older Highlands men were vets in those days. We played Army as kids in all our parks. I walked right by these names, didn’t know anything about them.”After attending Cornell University and enjoying a career in corporate finance, Walt settled in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children. They returned to Highlands every summer to spend time with Walter’s siblings and his mother. A few years ago, he joined the local Historical Society where his parents had been charter members. When he asked other members about the names on the World War II plaque, he was surprised that very little was known about the men. “I’ve always respected vets, though I’m not one myself,” he says. “They gave their lives for their country and we ought to know as much as we can about them.” Thus began his search to honor the service of the forgotten.Walt estimated that at least three generations have passed since World War II, and it was unlikely any of the parents of the 13 were still alive. Who else might know about them? Remaining relatives might not often think about the men who shipped off to the Pacific or to Europe in the 1940’s. Sad memories fade, people move away, old photographs and letter molder away in attics or basements. Maybe some of these servicemen were just summer residents or even unmarried and therefore would have had no family connections at all in the Highlands.Guenther visited the Highlands VFW and the American Legion Post to inquire about the names on the stone. “Nobody seemed to know. Same story when I went to Town Hall.” But he did discover that 265 men and five women from Highlands volunteered or were drafted for military service. “Thirteen deaths out of 270 seemed pretty high to me,” he recalls. Walter started digging in online resources like census records and newspapers. Obituaries for a few of the names yielded tiny biographical details. He found that all 13 were enlisted men, none were officers. One particularly heroic story emerged from Guenther’s investigations. That story revealed a Highlands family devastated by two tragedies.Try as he might, Guenther could not find any military records for Ernest Arnath who died while serving in the Navy. Cross-checking the last name, Walt found that the man’s first name had been transcribed incorrectly. He was Eugene Arnath, and he was a decorated hero.Arnath was a seaman on the USS Sculpin submarine patrolling the waters near Truk Island in the South Pacific in 1943. When a Japanese destroyer discovered it, the sub was subjected to a withering hour of depth charges. Forced to surface, the submariners were easy targets for the destroyer’s guns. The American crew scrambled to defend themselves. Eugene Arnath returned many rounds of fire from the sub’s deck gun until he was hit and killed. His heroism was rewarded with a Bronze Star. Many of his shipmates were killed, a lucky few captured.We can only imagine the devastation on Arnath’s mother, Clara Bloodgood Rugg Arnath, when she received the awful news back in Highlands. Her grief was compounded when, less than a year after Eugene’s loss, another son, from a previous marriage, Charles Rugg, was also killed in combat.Charles Rugg was a rifleman with the US Army’s 29th Infantry, one of the battalions which stormed Normandy Beach in France. Though he hasn’t yet discovered exactly where Charles died, Guenther believes Rugg made it off that beach during the famous invasion of 1944, but was cut down further inland just a few weeks later. Charles Rugg’s remains are with thousands of his comrades in arms in a U.S. cemetery in Normandy. We don’t know if Clara Arnath, a two-time Gold Star Mother – the designation used for women who lost sons during the war – was ever able to visit Charles’s gravesite.At a June meeting of the Highlands Historical Society at the new Community Center, Walt Guenther revealed the personal stories of these men and the seven other deceased soldiers and sailors he has researched. Each deserves mention here:Samuel Parker (Coast Guard), lost at sea in the North Atlantic in 1942George “Red” Hauber (Navy), died during Battle of Santa Cruz, Solomon Islands, 1942Michael “Oats” Patterson, killed in North Africa, 1943Willard Robertson (Army), tank battalion trooper, died in Normandy in 1944Lewis Mount (Army), killed during tank battle in Europe, 1944Edward Minor (Navy), salvage diver lost off Norfolk, Virginia in 1945Robert Matthew (Navy), aviation mechanic, MIA from aircraft carrier, Jan. 1946 (yes, records state his death as after the official armistice.)Guenther is not discouraged that he has uncovered little about Leroy Smith, John M. Greene, Kenneth Furey and John Ryan Jr. The very evening of his talk, a historical society member mentioned she knew relatives of one of the deceased. Someone else gave him a newspaper article with promising leads to follow.“Maybe someone who reads about this in The Two River Times will recall something, too. Or might recognize a last name associated with Highlands in those days,” Guenther says optimistically. Guenther is determined to pursue and publish the stories of these young, brave men.Walt Guenther intends to write a full report on all 13 for the Highlands Historical Society. President Russell Card is confident it will be a valuable document for the society’s archives and all borough residents. “Walt found out so much in such a short time, I just know he’ll do a comprehensive job.” Walt plans to record all he finds on a CD, maybe even a book on the contributions of the men from this small town. “I’m going to give copies to the VFW and American Legion. A couple of generations from now, they won’t have to start from scratch for information on these brave guys.”
Creatures of the Night, a fun, interactive, non-scary, family-friendly hayride, takes visitors through Huber Woods Park in Middletown. Volunteers and staff members will perform harmless and educational skits for all ages. Hayrides depart throughout the night from 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday evenings, Oct. 13 – 28. $10 per person; children under three are free. Preregistration required. For additional information or to register, call 732-842-4000 or visit monmouthcountyparks.com.Brookdale Haunted Theater returns this fall with nearly 1 mile of ghouls, monsters and terrifying set pieces on the Lincroft campus. Presented by Brookdale’s Performing Arts Center, the event offers a sprawling maze of themed rooms replete with a variety of monsters, clowns and zombies, including an interactive 3-D blackout maze, a number of obstacles and terrifying outdoor scares. The attraction is run by over 100 local actors, Brookdale students, and technicians. The Haunted Theater is open from 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Sundays from Oct. 13 through 29. Admission is $12 and discounts are offered for seniors, Brookdale alumni and teens under the age of 17.Family friendly “no-scare” tours are also available for younger children from 2 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 21, 22, 28, and 29. Admission is $5 and costumes are encouraged. Brookdale Performing Arts Center, 765 Newman Spring Road, Lincroft. For additional information, call 732-224-2411 or visit brookdalehauntedtheater.com.Scared in Jersey, the multi-attraction, interactive theatrical haunt presented by Live Nation, will take place every Thursday through Sunday throughout October and Halloween night at PNC Bank Arts Center. The event features such attractions as the Jersey Devil, Pine Barren Maze, Mother Leeds’ Haunted Cottage and multiple live performances from New Jersey’s own Blood Drums. Attendants can purchase merchandise and food, and engage with the victims of the Jersey Devil’s terrifying attacks. Tickets $25 and up available at 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com and livenation.com. ScaredinJersey.comGet into the Halloween spirit from 7 – 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 with a moonlight walk around historic Ft. Hancock, where ghosts have been known to linger. Under the guidance of Jeff Dement, American Littoral Society Fish Tagging Director, participants will learn some history of Sandy Hook, as well as where all the bodies are buried. After the walk, participants can gather at Littoral Society headquarters for cider and fall snacks. Building 18 Hartshorne Drive, Officers Row, Ft. Hancock Section of Sandy Hook. $5 per person. Call 732-291-0055 for more information and to reserve a spot for Ghosts of Historic Fort Hancock. Local author Patricia Martz Heyer presents “Ghostly Tales of Two Rivers” at 7 p.m. on Oct. 30 at Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road. Heyer, a Monmouth County resident and retired special education teacher who received her Master of Arts degree from Kean University, discusses her new book, sharing what occurs when our colorful local history collides head on with folklore and the paranormal. Free and open to the public. Visit mtpl.org or call 732-671-3700 for more information.The Atlantic Highlands Historical Society hosts a “Spirits and Spirits” Pot Luck Halloween Party at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 at the “haunted” Strauss Mansion. A psychic, tarot reader, and tea leaf reader will be on hand, with Victorian-era “Wine Glass Seances” throughout the night. The event raises money for the AHHS. Please bring a dish or drink to share. Music by DJ Party Pat. Costumes optional. $15 admission. Advance tickets may be purchased ahhistory.org.The Middletown High School North senior class presents Haunted Woods 2017 at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at Tindall Park. This year’s theme is “American Horror Story” and will feature tours of a scary trail through the woods. Food available for purchase at the end of the trail. The Class of 2019 presents a “Happy Trail” for younger children 2 – 4 p.m. that will include face painting, age-appropriate Halloween games, mini golf and much more. Rain date Oct. 22. Admission is $5 per person. Proceeds from event will defray the cost of senior class year-end events. For more information visit middletownk12.org.This article was first published in the Oct. 12-19, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.
It’s time to get ready for the big stage for a handful of Nelson Youth Soccer Rep teams.The squads begin quest for medals at the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cups beginning Thursday in Aldergrove and Kelowna.Each team from Nelson — three in the girl’s tourney in Kelowna and three competing in Aldergrove in the boy’s event — enter the tournament seeded seventh. The three girl’s clubs compete in the U13, U14 and U15 divisions while the boys are up against teams from throughout the province in the U15, U16 and U18 categories.Each Nelson Select team plays a three-team-round-robin draw before the final games Sunday.There are eight zones in each division with each team playing one game from Thursday to Saturday before the medal games.The top team in each pool advances to play in the gold medal game.The second-place finishers in each division meet for the bronze.The final two teams play off in consolation round action.The Nelson Select teams represent the Kootenay Zone at the provincial tourney.
It was the Devyn Parker show for the L.V. Rogers Bombers.The senior forward scored a career high 38 points to lead the Bombers to a 67-39 West Kootenay High School Girl’s Basketball victory over the Salmo Falcons Thursday at the Hangar.Parker was a one-person wrecking crew in the second half as the Bomber senior scored 26 points powering LVR to out score the Falcons 35-10.Jayden Roch added six points while Marley Foot had 12. The Bombers return to the Hangar Friday to co-host the second annual Kootenay Klassic High School Girl’s Basketball Tournament with Mount Sentinel.LVR opens against Boundary Central of Midway at noon Friday.Selkirk Storm of Kimberley meets Nakusp at 2 p.m.At Mount Sentinel the Wildcats host Stanley Humphries Rockers while Prince Charles Comets of Creston plays David Thompson at 2 p.m.The final is noon Saturday at the Hangar.
Kadrian Klimchuk scored four times and added one assist to lead Castlegar to a convincing 7-3 victory over Nelson in game one of the West Kootenay Minor Hockey Bantam Rep playoffs Saturday at the NDCC Arena in Nelson.Castlegar leads the first-team-to-four-points series 2-0 with game two Tuesday in the Sunflower City at 7 p.m. in the Arena Complex. Leading 2-1 after one period, it was all Klimchuk as the skillful sniper converted the natural hat-trick to increase the Castlegar lead to 5-3 after 40 minutes.Garrett Paterson, Kyle Chernenkoff and Shawn Campbell also scored for Castlegar.Replying for Nelson was Amit Bhabra, Everett Hicks and Taylor Cooper.Matthew Howes was in goal to register the win for Castlegar while Kurt Doyle took the loss for Nelson.Nelson finished ahead of Castlegar in league standings.If necessary, game three is scheduled for Nelson.
DARRELL VIENNA, SI SAGE, WINNER: “I think the blinkers made a difference on this horse. Elvis had been working him, he said maybe blinkers would help and I think he was right. I trained him once in them before but I didn’t think he liked them. He worked very well in his last work with the blinkers. Frankly, I was hoping they would make a difference for him.“I wasn’t actually looking at the fractions, I was watching him, and frankly I was never worried. I thought he was always running pretty easily. I should say I was a little worried early when he was tugging, but after he settled on the turn, I felt pretty good, and then I could see he wasn’t asking him at all, and then he did.”What did he prove to you today? “He proved that finally he can win a race for us.” MIKE SMITH, BIG JOHN B, EIGHTH AND LAST: “The grass was way too soft for him today. He wasn’t even about to pick his feet up.”TRAINER QUOTES ELVIS TRUJILLO, SI SAGE, WINNER: “He breezed with blinkers and he breezed very well so they wanted to keep them on. He’s a very nice horse. He’s from France so I think he’s used to the softer turf. We sat behind and he was ready to go in the stretch.“I rode him the time before his last race and I told Darrell Vienna that I thought he needed blinkers. He said we’ll wait, race him without and then work him with the blinkers and see how it goes. He worked with them and he worked so good. I knew he could win.“Darrell told me that ‘You know the horse, you work him, it’s your decision where to place him in the race.’ ” JOCKEY QUOTES NOTES: The winning owners are Jed and Roberta Cohen of Los Angeles (Red Baron’s Baron LLC) and Rancho Temescal. RICHARD MANDELLA, GANESH, SECOND: “He ran real good. He got a nice race into him the other day. A mile and a half is probably what he really wants, but he ran a nice race. He had a little bit of traffic trouble there, but I’m very happy to be where we are.” -30-
ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 30 2016)–Well positioned while attentive to the pace from his number 10 post position, 6-year-old California-bred gelding Ambitious Brew sat a close third at the top of the stretch and out-gamed runner-up Richard’s Boy late to take Friday’s opening day Grade III, $100,000 Eddie D. Stakes (first division) under Mike Smith.Owned and bred by Pamela Ziebarth and trained by Marty Jones, Ambitious Brew got 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s all-new hillside turf course in 1:11.57.A winner of four of eight lifetime races down the hillside, Ambitious Brew was off at 5-1 in a field of 10 three year olds and up and paid $13.20, $5.40 and $4.20.“He jumped out of the gate well,” said Smith. “I was in a great spot from the word ‘go’ and able to get to the outside smoothly, without losing any ground. I’ve been blessed to ride him a lot and win on him a few times, but I have to say that this is his best race, by far. If I can get him to do that coming down the hill at the Breeders’ Cup (Turf Sprint, here on Nov. 5), that would be awesome.”A son of Tizbud out of the Forest Wildcat mare Kathwen, Ambitious Brew picked up $60,000 for the win, boosting his earnings to $499,225. Second, beaten a nose two years ago in the race named for retired Hall of Famer jockey Eddie Delahoussaye, Ambitious Brew notched his seventh win from 20 overall starts.“He loves the hill and he trains like it,” said Jones, whose stable is based at Los Alamitos. “We know he’s good and he’s a professional. I was a little nervous in the stretch, but Mike had him in a great spot.”Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Richard’s Boy pressed the pace throughout and proved second best, finishing a length in front of Irish-bred Hunt. Off at 6-1, Richard’s Boy paid $6.40 and $4.40.Hunt, who was ridden by Flavien Prat, rallied for third, finishing a half length in front of longshot Clever Royal. The second choice in the wagering at 5-2, he paid $2.40 to show.Lone Shipman, a highly accomplished filly who shipped in from New York for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, ran mid-pack throughout under Irad Ortiz, Jr., and finished sixth as the 8-5 favorite.Fractions on the race were 21.79, 43.86 and 1:05.77.(Delahoussaye presented the trophy and was joined by family and friends, including fellow retired rider and best friend, Ray Sibille).The first division of the Eddie D. was carded as the sixth race on a nine-race program.