ThurstonTalk’s Favorite Features From This Week – 7/8/12

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0As Sunday rolls around, it’s time to reflect on the great articles published by ThurstonTalk writers.  Since starting this weekly summary, it’s been a pleasure to revisit articles and share them again.ThurstonTalk writers consistently deliver quality, positive stories about people, businesses, and organizations doing good things in Thurston County.  While sharing a story, our writers also strive to educate readers in each piece.  You can count on each article to share something wonderful about our community – whether it’s a profile of an athlete, a summary of an upcoming event, or an educational piece about a local businesses.Here are the Editor’s Picks for this week.  Enjoy!Thurston County’s Relay for Life: Where Hope Becomes Reality at Timberline High SchoolWhen Jake Luplow was assigned to write about Relay for Life, he had a lot of questions since he had never participated in the event.  (Relay for Life is a 24-hour relay walking event to raise money for cancer research.)  Instead of taking the easy route and simply interviewing organizers in advance and popping down for an hour or two that evening, Jake opted to spend the entire 24 hours camping with the teams at Timberline’s track.  Immersed with participants, Jake created a beautiful article about the impact that the event has on our community as well as the global efforts to find answers to cancer.Zumba – Dancing Your Way To Fitness In OlympiaOn the opposite end of the ‘education’ spectrum, Dr. Diana Yu shares her love for Zumba, a high energy dance exercise class.  Dr. Yu’s article educates readers about the health benefits of participating in Zumba.  Her passion for health is infectious – plus she is a delightful person to speak with.  If you are looking for an alternative to your exercise routine, read her article to see if a Zumba class may be a good fit for you.Thrifty Thurston – Spending the Day In Boston HarborThrifty Thurston is our weekly summer post about inexpensive family fun throughout Thurston County.  This week, Thrifty Thurston shares a cool program called Marine Creature Monday.  The free program educates participants about the marine life living in and around Boston Harbor Marina.  During the demonstration, a diver locates cool marine life, brings it to the surface, and a biologist talks about the species.  Suitable for all ages and free – awesome!I am very excited about the articles planned for this coming week.  Watch for more content about the upcoming Olympia Traverse, interesting athlete profiles, and mouth watering food stories.  In the meantime, enjoy the sunny Sunday!last_img read more

Got Household Hazardous Waste? Try the HazoHouse

first_imgFacebook25Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston County Public Health and Social ServicesMost of us have some household hazardous waste in our homes. These are items like cleaning supplies, adhesives, auto products, pool or spa chemicals, and bug and weed killers. Any product in your home that has the words, “Danger,” “Poison,” “Warning,” or “Caution” on it is hazardous and should NOT be thrown out in the regular trash.When hazardous wastes go into the trash, they can harm waste collection workers, get into our environment, and mix with other products to cause dangerous reactions. Instead, take them to HazoHouse at the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center, 2420 Hogum Bay Rd. To get to HazoHouse, take the entrance to the right of the main entrance.HazoHouse is open daily from 8:00 am to 4:45 pm.  When you get to HazoHouse, you drive up, stop your car, and the HazoHouse attendants will come out to assist you. They will take your items from you for free and dispose of the safely. Then you’re done.HazoHouse is right next to the Recycle Center. So when you go to HazoHouse, you can also recycle glass, cardboard, Polystyrene (also known as Styrofoam™), used motor oil, used cooking oil, and more. There are also donation collections sites for Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, and E-Cycle Washington. Make a trip to HazoHouse and the Recycle Center part of your spring cleaning tradition!For a complete list of items accepted at HazoHouse go to If you are not sure where to dispose of a specific item, use the Where Do I Take My? website to find out.last_img read more