Thurston Energy Advises On Summer Energy Savings

first_imgIt’s easy to think about conserving energy during the cold winter months.  You pay attention to the thermostat and put on an extra sweater.  You add a blanket to the bed covers so you don’t have to turn up the heat.But, in the summer months we sometimes forget to pay attention to those energy efficiencies.Thurston Energy has some recommendations on reducing your energy bill during the warmer months.Start by scheduling a Home Energy Audit. Thurston Energy connects home owners with a trained energy expert to evaluate your home’s energy performance.  Take advantage of the $200 rebate offered by Thurston Energy through the end of the month.Use the information provided from the home energy report to make cost-effective improvements to your home’s efficiency.Sealing air leaks and properly insulating your home can result in reducing both your heating and cooling bills while also increasing your home comfort.Your fireplace is a good place to start.  Seal your dampers tight and close the door when not in use.  If you don’t ever use your fireplace, plug the chimney with a chimney balloon  and seal the doors with caulk.One of the biggest ways to save energy is to use your heating device properly.  Use your programmable thermostat as it’s designed to be used.  For example, set the thermostat to turn off an air conditioner at nightReduce strain on the electrical grid by running large appliances, such as dishwashers and dryers in the early morning or late evening hours.  These are also the times of day when the temperature outside is cooler.Another long term solution is to plant trees and shrubs around your home.  The view will be lovely and provide needed shade in the summer.  The trees can also provide windbreaks that cut the wind power by about 50% around your home and the subsequent heating and cooling costs by about 20 – 40%.  Place a windbreak at a right angle to the prevailing winds.Some strategies will be quick to implement – easy fixes that most home owners can implement on their own.  However, if the recommendations are more complex, you can turn to Thurston Energy for recommendations on trusted contractors.To schedule a Home Energy Audit, call Thurston Energy at 360.528.2112 or visit their website. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook36Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonAva is a chocolate brown and white, spayed female terrier. Chase is a light brown and white, neutered male terrier.  They came to Adopt-A-Pet together and if you have room in your home and heart, would like to be adopted together. Ava is about 5 years old and Chase about 8 years old.   Both walk well on a leash, know basic obedience commands, are crate trained and dog door trained. They are very sweet and excellent with other dogs, cats, birds, rabbits. They love children though Ava would do better with older children over the age of 8 and is a little slower to warm up to new people.We have many great dogs and always need volunteers.  To see all our current dogs, visit , our Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton.  Our contact information is or contact us at or (360) 432-3091.last_img read more

Thriving at Home: Holiday Gift Ideas for Loved Ones with…

first_imgSubmitted by Sarah Lane for FirstLight Home Care Shopping for holiday gifts for friends or family members suffering from Alzheimer’s or other dementia can be tricky. You may be unsure about what they enjoy or what they’re capable of doing. When choosing a gift, think about their personality, their hobbies, their abilities and their favorite pastimes.As someone trained to care for those with dementia, here are a few gift suggestions I know work well:A family calendar. Give your loved one a personalized calendar that includes pictures your family — grandchildren, children, nieces, nephews, cousins, anyone who is close with your loved one. In addition to photos, take the time to fill in special dates like birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and family reunions.Buy them a CD full of their favorite songs by their favorite singers. Music can help those with Alzheimer’s to remember enjoyable events and times from their past marked by specific songs or groups.Comfortable clothing. Any clothing that you’re buying for a loved one with Alzheimer’s should be comfortable, easy to put on or take off and machine washable. Consider items like sweatshirts, sweatpants, pajamas, sweaters, slip-on shoes or a warm robe.Identification bracelets. This gift is especially great if your family member is prone to wandering from the house. Identification bracelets are available from many different providers and help to ensure that your loved one makes it home safely if they leave the house unattended.Video entertainment. DVDs of movies, musicals or plays can be a great gift and also rekindle wonderful memories from the past. Make a list of their favorites and pick them up as they’re available. You can also purchase tickets for a movie, play, sporting event or a fun day trip with friends and family.My favorite part of the Holiday Season is the time we get to spend together with extended family.  My family has lived in the Olympia area for four generations, so as you might imagine, I have aunts, uncles and dozens of cousins nearby.  All month long there are wonderful family functions for us to enjoy each other, reminisce and reconnect.As your family gathers at “home” over the holidays, try to involve your loved one suffering from dementia in the festivities. Let them help you put together the decorations, prepare food or set the table for the family meal. They will enjoy the party and feel accomplished because they helped to contribute something to the celebration. For loved ones who are in the later stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia, another great activity is to take a car ride around their old neighborhoods looking at holiday light displays.With the family together, you might also want to take the opportunity to collectively assess how things are going for your aging loved one.  Has their cognitive condition worsened?  Is their living situation still healthy and safe for their capabilities?  Should they be receiving some regular, or additional, care? FirstLight HomeCare offersSarah Lanecustomized services based on what they need. Our trained, compassionate caregivers are outstanding, and can help them live a quality and independent life in their home – and give you peace of mind.From our FirstLight HomeCare family to yours, we wish you a wonderful Holiday Season!Sarah Lane is a certified Home Care Aide and owner of FirstLight HomeCare — South Sound.  To learn more about home care, respite care, dementia care, or any of the non-medical home care services offered by FirstLight HomeCare, give Sarah a call at 360-489-1621 or go to Facebook21Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

João Félix wins the 2019 Golden Boy award

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty ImagesAdvertisement fazNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsrop8Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eh( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) znWould you ever consider trying this?😱4dexhbCan your students do this? 🌚bij8Roller skating! Powered by Firework João Félix has been blowing up in the European Football scene this year. The Portuguese wonderkid, who joined La Liga heavyweights Atlético Madrid this season, has nothing but praise from fans and pundits. Now thanks to his blistering performance, the youngster has been awarded the Golden Boy award.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesThe award, started in 2003, is given to the most impressive under 21 player in Europe, as nominated by various sports journalists. The first winner was the Netherlands star Rafael van der Vaart, and before Félix it was awarded to Matthijs de Ligt in 2018, the only defender to win the award yet.The young Portuguese international, who has appeared 4 times for the national team, beat out Jadon Sancho and Kai Havertz for the award.Advertisement “I am very proud”- Félix said in an interview.“It is the second time that a player from Atletico Madrid has won this award and I am happy.” he added. The first Rojiblanco to win the award was Sergio Agüero in 2007.Advertisement An SL Benfica youth product, Félix was promoted to the Benfica B senior team in 2016, two years prior to making his move to the primary team. He scored 15 goals for As Águias in the 2018-19 season, and was snatched up by Diego Simeone as a replacement for Antoine Griezmann, who swapped sides with FC Barcelona this year.The 20 year old arrived at the Spanish capital in July 2019, for a monumental transfer fee of €126 million, making him the third most expensive footballer ever. Advertisementlast_img read more

Brian Fallon Breaks New Ground with Solo Show at The Basie

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |RED BANK – It all started a decade ago, one story beneath the pavement.With 250 entranced fanatics shoehorned into a New Brunswick basement lawfully fit for less than half that, Brian Fallon stood eye to eye with a reeling heat wave of humanity not even the frigid Hub City winds could pierce.Fallon and his band the Gaslight Anthem were just weeks removed from the release of “The ’59 Sound,” an impassioned intersection of soul, grit and heartland balladry that by summer’s end would launch the Red Bank native and his counterparts toward international reverence.Today the 38-year old Fallon is your not-so-average family man, wearing a prideful smile at his daughter’s swim practice.“It’s weird, because I walk around every day at the Home Depot, or at my kids’ soccer practice; and people will be really excited to see me. And It’s like, ‘I’m just looking for a refrigerator filter,’” Fallon said with a laugh. “It hasn’t infiltrated my brain yet that there’s an outside influence of this music that carries on after the show is over. It’s a special thing, and I don’t take that for granted.”On Friday, Oct. 5, Fallon will kick off a solo tour, a jaunt around the states he will share with lauded Hold Steady leader Craig Finn, at his hometown haunt The Count Basie Center for the Arts.For the first time Fallon will take the stage not as a frontman, but as the only man: a single voice under a white-hot spotlight with his heart laid bare for all to see.“The nerves are never totally gone, because there’s always something in you being tested every time you go out. But after a while, you get used to certain things, and you sort of know what to expect,” Fallon said.Though the anniversary of “The ’59 Sound” is still looming, Fallon said The Gaslight Anthem’s coinciding celebratory mini-tour, which wrapped in August with a weekend run at the Stone Pony Summer Stage, closed that chapter of his musical career, while Friday evening at The Basie will be the first blank page in a brand new one.“After all the dust has settled in my life, and as I’m getting older, I’m seeing that you go through phases, and this feels like the next phase for me. It’s something I’ve never really done before and I’m thrilled and afraid at the same time.”“I feel like I can ground myself again,” Fallon said of the solo run. These shows are important for me. I’ve always said that when I play a show it’s 50/50. It’s half for me and half for the audience. But I feel like that might not be the case here. I hope everyone enjoys the performance, but I gotta to do these shows for myself, to feel comfortable again.”Following a critically panned but commercially successful 2014 full-length effort, “Get Hurt,” composed of material inspired by the divorce of Fallon and his wife of 10-years, The Gaslight Anthem announced a hiatus in 2015, one that briefly ended earlier this summer.In the wake of that break, Fallon cut a pair of well-received solo records – “Painkillers” (2015) and “Sleepwalkers” (2018) – on which he explored his roots as a Central Jersey songwriter brought up on a mix of Motown staples, classic-rock royalty and ‘90s grunge-punk.It was during this stint Fallon said his solo path became clear.“I came to a place in my life where there wasn’t another choice, because any other option won’t let you feel like yourself. It would be disingenuous,” Fallon said of an internal emotional struggle that led to the band’s separation, and his current individual endeavor.“The only option is to follow this unknown path. And I have no idea if this is gonna work out, but that’s OK. Because that’s where you were when you first started.”Fallon said he jumped in with both feet back in January, when he delivered a poorly kept secret solo performance at The Basie, a trial run of sorts, before returning to the scene on Friday.He said he feels a special connection to the theater, a bond rooted in both musical and familial history.“When I was a kid living in Red Bank, my grandmother would tell me stories about shows she saw there, big band stuff and of course Count Basie. It’s a place that’s been in my life forever, and somewhere I always wanted to play.”Fallon also expanded on personal experiences he’s had at the venue, including a haunting showcase in November 2013, when the late Soundgarden founder Chris Cornell delivered a career-spanning performance in a similar solo setting, a display he said influenced him to make his own stand at The Basie.“I’ve been a Soundgarden fan for a long time, and that was a different animal,” Fallon said. “To see him up there by himself doing all these songs I’ve known forever; for me it added another layer to his personality and capability as a songwriter.”“That was a very special moment, and it made me realize that one day I wanted to do something like that. Just go up there and sit down with nothing to hide behind, and tell the stories of the songs and your life. You can share your soul with an audience, and without all the lights and sound it comes through much clearer.”Limited tickets for the event are still available at or by visiting The Count Basie Center for the Arts box office at 99 Monmouth St.last_img read more

Is Kevin Smith Coming to Save the Atlantic Highlands Playhouse?

first_img“It’s an exciting idea, now we just have to come together and set a date,” Bagnole said. “Of everyone that has come through here, Kevin is the one who has gone on to have the most success. And we’re very thankful that he’s remembered us, and is willing to help.” Though a date and time for the proposed event has not been confirmed, Dawn Antonis, the daughter of Joe Bagnole, First Avenue Playhouse executive director, said she is working to coordinate the logistics of the benefit performance. “Clerks” is Smith’s 1994 acclaimed motion picture debut, an independent feature-length film shot primarily inside the Quickstop Groceries convenience store on Leonard Avenue in the Leonardo section of Middletown. This article was first published in the May 23-29, 2019 print edition of The Two River Times. “Woke to a @TwoRiverTimes piece about how the First Avenue Playhouse. Needs 50k or it’s gonna close. This historic l’il dinner theater is where we cast CLERKS – so I’m thinking I should do a live reading of the CLERKS 3 script there in June to raise loot,” Smith tweeted Tuesday morning. Smith took to Twitter Monday where he shared a link to the story with his 3.1 million followers, but it was the message he attached to the post that left fans buzzing. Smith, a Highlands native and Henry Hudson Regional High School alum, was made aware of the playhouse’s hardships during a May 7 interview with The Two River Times. The article about the independent art space’s desperate need for a new roof, air conditioning, chairs, rugs and other necessities came two days later. Following the success of “Clerks,” Smith wrote and/ or directed 11 feature films, including “Mallrats,” “Chasing Amy,” “Dogma,” “Jersey Girl,” “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” and “Clerks II.” Online fundraising is being done on the playhouse’s GoFundMe page. center_img Woke to a @TwoRiverTimes piece about how the First Avenue Playhouse needs 50k or it’s gonna close. This historic l’il dinner theater is where we cast CLERKS – so I’m thinking I should do a live reading of the CLERKS 3 script there in June to raise loot…— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) May 21, 2019 Smith said many of the actors who appeared in “Clerks,” including those in starring roles like Bryan O’Halloran (Dante Hicks) and Marilyn Ghigliotti (Veronica Loughran), were products of the playhouse. Bagnole and his wife Donna Jeanne also landed small parts. The casting for the film was done over two nights inside the playhouse and, according to the Smith, Bagnole’s willingness to help at the very beginning of his career “made me feel like a professional.” When reached by The Two River Times Wednesday, Smith said he was inspired to host the fundraiser because, “I’m a public speaker who loves the sound of his own voice and I’ve never performed on the stage that helped me make ‘Clerks.’ So this is my big chance to finally get the lead in a First Avenue Playhouse show!” Bagnole said Wednesday the proposed fundraiser would be a big help to the venue, and called Smith’s willingness “special.” Though a $50,000 deficit facing the First Avenue Playhouse has left the future of this iconic borough theater uncertain, another Bayshore icon, film director and television personality Kevin Smith, has stepped up to help. Smith is currently preparing to release his 12th film, “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot,” which wrapped filming in March. last_img read more

Bombers ready for playoff run, finish sixth at Sahali tourney

first_imgSenior forward Matt Zukowski led the Bombers with 17 points.Zukowski earned s player-of-the-game accolades.LVR then dropped a 58-48 decision to Duchess Park from Prince George. The Bombers played well for a half, up by eight points at the break, before being out scored in the second 20 minutes.”We were up 8 at the half just did not execute well late,” said Naka about the contest against the seventh-ranked AA squad from the Northern Interior.Jesse Zak was player of the game with 12 points. “Cail spencer and Isaiah Kingdon were great defensively on provincial team guard Montell Lindgren,” Naka said.The Bombers take to the court Thursday when the club plays host to Mount Sentinel Wildcats at 6:30 p.m. in the Hangar.The Bomber varsity girls play before the boy’s contest. The L.V. Rogers Bombers tuned up for the playoff run by finishing sixth at the Sahali High School Boy’s Basketball Tournament Saturday in Kamloops.Playing in a tournament that included several ranked teams, the Bombers finished sixth overall after falling 83-68 to Abbotsford Secondary in consolation round action.Jack Sturrup led the Bombers offensively and was selected LVR’s player-of-the-game.LVR opened the tournament late Thursday night losing 88-72 to South Okanagan Hornets.Forward Isaiah Kingdon scored 17 points for the Bombers to capture s player-of-the-game honours.LVR head coach Ross Naka said turnovers told the story for the Kootenay squad.The Bombers rebounded in game two to outlast host Sahali 57-43.last_img read more

Balfour’s Craig Wilkinson hitting links to fight ALS

first_imgBalfour Golf Course club professional Craig Wilkinson is hitting the links to help ALS Society of BC.Wilkinson is golfing all day long on (Monday) June 22 in a fundraising effort for the ALS Society through PGA of BC’s Golf-A-Thon for ALS. “This year I will be playing solo in an effort to beat my personal record of 283 holes played in one day,” Wilkinson said.“I’ll be starting at 4:30 a.m. and hope to have completed 300 holes by 9:30 p.m. that evening.” Balfour is one of 40 golf courses located across B.C. participating in the 10th Annual PGA of B.C. Golfathon for ALS. “On behalf of the Association, I am extremely excited for the PGA of BC’s tenth year of participation with Golfathon for ALS, benefiting the ALS Society of BC patient services,” Donald Miyazaki, Executive Director of the PGA of BC said.“In our ten years of involvement, the efforts of our members have generated over $1,023,000. We have also assisted the over 3,200 individuals in British Columbia whom are fighting this deadly disease.“I am confident that with the continued support of our members, 2015 will be the most successful PGA of B.C. Golfathon for ALS to date.”Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS ), also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a fatal  neurodegenerative disorder that affects the person’s motor neurons that carry messages to the muscles resulting in weakness and wasting in arms, legs, mouth, throat and elsewhere; typically the person is immobilized within two to five years of the initial diagnosis.There is no known cause or cure yet, but there is hope through the ALS Society of BC.

Proceeds from the Golfathon for ALS provide important support services to ALS patients and research to find a cure. Help support your local golf professionals to raise awareness and funds for the ALS Society of BC.last_img read more

Strong start pushes Nelson Leafs to top of hockey charts

first_imgThe hot start by the Nelson Leafs has not gone unnoticed on the Junior B Hockey landscape.The Green and White leave September and begin October near the top of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, and fifth overall in Canadian Junior B rankings.“I would not say I am surprised per say,” said Leaf GM Lance Morey after squad put together a 6-1-2 record and complete the opening month of the season unbeaten in six games.“I knew starting the year we had the talent to be a very good team.”However, Morey isn’t quite ready to book the route for the Championship Parade quite yet.“It is nice to see things falling in place, but it’s a long season and we do play in the toughest division in the league,” explained the Leafs GM.“It will be a battle all year with Beaver Valley, Castlegar and Grand Forks.”Speaking of Beaver Valley.The Nitehawks invade the NDCC Arena to open the two-game home set for the Leafs Friday at 7 p.m.“Friday is a huge game for our team, even this early in the season,” Morey said.“BV has been the class of the KI and our Division for a few years and no one should take them lightly.” Nelson managed to escape with a 1-0 victory over the defending KIJHL champs on opening night thanks to strong netminder by Josh Williams.Not only did Williams register the shutout, but he also made a game-saving save in the final seconds to preserve the victory. “And, of course we have had great goaltending to date,” Morey said. “I don’t see that changing.”Beaver Valley enters the game four points behind the Murdoch Division leading Leafs with a 4-3 record.Success in the Murdoch Division is guaranteed by winning those big divisional games.The Leafs pulled one out of the fire last weekend in Grand Forks, edging the Bruins 3-2 in double overtime.Nelson dominated the game, out shooting the Bruins 55-25.“The win in Grand Forks was huge for us,” Morey explained.“We dominated the game from the opening puck drop. Their goalie was stellar that night and we had to fight for all five periods to come out with the two points.”Saturday, Nelson hosts Spokane Braves.The two games enable Leaf executive to host Parent Weekend by inviting all the parents of the players to visit Nelson to watch their boys in action.“It’s also our Parent Weekend so we want to be sure our kids keep their emotions in check,” he said.“Our coaches have done a good job of the team has no huge highs and lows during the game, and our older players have been great at leading by example.”BLUELINES: After playing five of eight games at home in September, the schedule gets a little tougher for the Leafs with only three games at home in October. Games on the road include stops in Creston, Golden, Invermere, Kimberley, Spokane and Castlegar. . . .Josh Williams continues to be one of the better goalies in the league to start the season. Williams is unbeaten in five games and sits second overall in goalie standings with a 1.37 goals against average.last_img read more


first_imgEBLOUISSANTE, HALF SISTER TO ZENYATTA, SEEKS FORM REVERSAL ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 8, 2015)–Tiz Midnight and Warren’s Veneda, who were separated by just a head when last they met, head a field of eight older fillies and mares in Sunday’s $75,000, 1 1/16 miles Paseana Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Bob Baffert, Tiz Midnight pressed the pace and registered a game victory over Warren’s Veneda in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles Bayakoa Stakes on Dec. 6 at Los Alamitos.A 5-year-old mare by Midnight Lute, Tiz Midnight had a three-race win streak snapped in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Zenyatta Stakes three starts back on Sept. 27. Sent to the early lead, she was beaten three quarters of a length by multiple Eclipse Champ Beholder. Bred in Kentucky by Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, she’s owned by Watson, Weitman and Mike Pegram. She has earnings of $334,720 from and overall mark of 9-4-3-1.Trained by Craig Lewis, California-bred Warren’s Veneda followed up a solid third place finish in the seven furlong Betty Grable Stakes on Nov. 9 at Del Mar with her best career effort in the Bayakoa. She has a second and a third at a mile and a sixteenth and would appear best suited if she’s able to settle off the pace and attack fast fractions.Owned and bred by Benjamin C. Warren, Warren’s Veneda, a 5-year-old chestnut mare by Affirmative, has an overall mark of 19-5-3-5, with earnings of $407,012.Pamela Ziebarth’s homebred My Sweet Addiction is an up and coming daughter of Tiznow who will try two turns for the first time in the Paseana. A sharp second, beaten a head, in a seven furlong allowance on Oct. 13, My Sweet Addiction figures to be forwardly placed under regular rider Mike Smith.Trained by Marty Jones at Los Alamitos, the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare has been consistent in six career sprints, with two wins, two seconds and two thirds to her credit. Out of the Boston Harbor mare Healthy Addiction, she has earnings of $104,656.Idle since distanced in the Zia Park Oaks on Nov. 26, Jerry Hollendorfer’s Taste Like Candy was second in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Hollywood Starlet in her second career start and does her best running when on or near the lead. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Candy Ride, she’s owned by Bad Boy Racing, LLC and Whizway Farms. She’s 10-2-4-1 overall with earnings of $254,670.Beaten 80 ¾ lengths in her last two starts, Eblouissante, a once-promising half sister to Zenyatta, has been idle since finishing last in a 1 1/16 miles turf allowance at Del Mar on Aug. 24. Lightly raced, the 6-year-old mare by Bernardini won her first two starts at age three and will try to re-start her career Sunday with Gary Stevens engaged to ride. Trained by John Shirreffs, Eblouissante is owned by St. George Farm Racing, LLC.The complete field for the Paseana, to be run as the seventh race on a nine-race card Sunday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Legacy, Edwin Maldonado, 121; Valiant Emilia, Rafael Bejarano, 121; Zilber, Tiago Pereira, 123; Tiz Midnight, Victor Espinoza, 123; Warren’s Veneda, Tyler Baze, 121; My Sweet Addiction, Mike Smith, 117; Eblouissante, Gary Stevens, 117, and Taste Like Candy, Kent Desormeaux, 117.                First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more