Month: August 2020

City Of Lacey Welcomes Comments On Master Plan For Lacey Museum…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by City of LaceyLACEY, WA, January 23, 2013: The City of Lacey is seeking public review and comment on its draft master plan for the proposed Lacey Museum at the Depot project. The draft plan is available at Lacey City Hall, the Lacey Timberland Library, the Lacey Museum, and on the city’s web site.The master plan for the current museum, located at 829 Lacey Street SE, was prepared in 1983. The city is updating the document to reflect the proposed new museum.The Lacey Historical Commission invites interested persons to attend its next monthly meeting on Monday, February 4, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Lacey City Hall, 420 College Street SE, to comment on and ask questions about the draft plan. Public input is vital in the early stage of the planning process to provide feedback regarding the proposed museum.If you are unable to attend but would like to comment, please contact Parks and Recreation Director Lori Flemm at, or by calling (360) 491- 0857 during normal business hours.Comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20. Regular updates during the planning process will be posted at read more

Douglas Blackmon Speaks About The Importance Of Remembering And Understanding History

first_imgBy Eliza Ramsey, Capital High School intern to ThurstonTalkOn the evening of February 22, Douglas Blackmon, author of Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, spoke to an audience of approximately 60 at the Olympia Timberland Library about issues of race and history. The book, published in 2009, won a Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. It was also adapted into a PBS special by the same name which originally aired in February 2012 and is airing again this month.In Slavery by Another Name, Blackmon details a little known 80-year period of history following the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 in which slavery essentially continued to exist in the American South. Blacks were arrested on often false or trumped up charges.  Then, unable to pay steep court fees they were sold to corporations who paid their debt in exchange for labor. Taken to mines, farms and factories these black laborers worked under horrific conditions. Many never lived a free life again, dying of disease and exhaustion.Growing up in Leland, MS in the Mississippi Delta in the 1960s, Blackmon often had a front row view of continuing racial tensions. Attending public school, he was part of one the first integrated classes. He credits his young fascination with the complexities of race relations with helping spark his interest in the topic of his book. Blackmon began the almost eight year journey to write his book with an article in the Wall Street Journal, where he served as a reporter and later as the Atlanta Bureau Chief. Blackmon wrote the book to tell the story of an often overlooked period in history in which hundreds of thousands of blacks continued to essentially be employed as slaves long after the 13th Amendment abolished slavery.Blackmon found that this return of slavery-like practices was caused by a mix of social and economic conditions. The southern economy, and the national economy, suffered greatly in the first years of Reconstruction because of a lack of cheap labor to staff the agriculturally based South. “They simply couldn’t figure out how to make the economy work without forced laborers and the whole country was terribly damaged by that,” said Blackmon. In a coordinated effort between the judicial system and industry, the practice of rounding up black men and selling them into servitude in exchange for paying off court fees filled that labor gap. It was also found that this practice was cohesive in securing a social agenda that repressed the advancement of black Americans. “There was a realization that it was also a really effective way of intimidating people, to stop them from voting, to keep them from exercising certain rights,” stated Blackmon.Traveling to local courthouses across the South, Blackmon discovered cases of black men arrested for crimes of vagrancy, walking beside a rail line and other dubious laws. “Some of these charges were absolutely made up, and there were times that I found a telegram would be sent to a sheriff in a particular place that said ‘you need to round up a lot of these guys and a labor agent will be there on Monday.’”In his talk at the Olympia Timberland Library branch, Blackmon focused on the importance of remembering and understanding history, “The value of history is that almost every major problem or issue we face in current life, there’s some sort of historical understanding, there is some element of history that if we understand it we’re more likely to understand what it is we’re facing now,” said Blackmon.Earlier in the day on Friday, Blackmon stopped by the 6th period AP U.S. History Class of Mr. Schaefer at Olympia High School where his niece Grace Blackmon is a senior. In talking with the students Blackmon stressed the importance of understanding history, “I explained the premise of the book and the last thing I talked about was how all of this is related to mass-incarceration and the defects in our judicial system today.”Blackmon is beginning work on a second book, one on his memories of growing up in Leland and the complex racial history of the town. Blackmon plans to explore the role history played in shaping the town’s existence today, “the past will always be persistent, because history is where the answers lie.” Facebook31Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Thurston County Fair Opens Wednesday

first_img5 p.m.SANCA Juggling and Stilt Walking – Front of Heritage Hall Submitted by the Thurston County Fair One Buck Wednesday keeps the price tag down on the Thurston County Fair.Opening day at the Thurston County Fair is guaranteed to be chock full of good old fashioned fair fun for the whole family! The fair opens Wednesday, July 29 at 10 a.m. with the return of One Buck Wednesday discounts and deals.Admission to the fair is only $1 per person on One Buck Wednesday when you bring a non-perishable food donation for each person. Food donations will benefit the Thurston County Food Bank. Fair organizers are hoping to meet or even beat 2012’s record donation total of eight pallets of food and over $1,400 in cash donations from generous fairgoers.Other One Buck Wednesday specials can be found inside the fair gates, including all carnival rides for just a buck per ride all day, one buck food specials, and other One Buck Wednesday deals at participating vendors. The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29.Wednesday, July 29 is packed full of activities and entertainment the whole family will enjoy. More than 50 events, contests and performances are scheduled, including tons of animal contests and exhibits, the return of Professor Bamboozle, plus a Welcoming Ceremony with Thurston County Commissioners. To get the full list of each day’s events and entertainment, go to and click on “Daily Events Calendar” link. (Complete July 29 events schedule below.)July 29 Thurston County Fair Events10 a.m. Home Arts Demonstrations begin – Heritage Hall, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.4-H, FFA Rabbit Type Judging – Petersen Barn10:30 a.m.4-H Dog Judging Contest – Chitty Barn11 a.m. Cavy Knowledge Bowl – Petersen Barn Professor Bamboozle – Food Court StageNoonMatt Baker Comedy & Stunt Show – Main StageParamount Martial Arts – Main Stage1 p.m. 4-H Cat Games – Petersen Barn4-H Goat Judging Contest – West Arena4-H Dog Obedience – Chitty BarnSlievoughlane Irish Dancers – Main Stage1:30 p.m.Professor Bamboozle – Food Court Stage2 p.m. SANCA Juggling and Stilt Walking – Front of Heritage HallOpen Class Sheep & Fleece Goats – Hicks Lake Barn2:30 p.m.Matt Baker Comedy & Stunt Show – Main Stage3 p.m. Poultry Costume Contest – Petersen Barn4-H Fleece Goat Fit/Show/Type – West Arena *Food Court Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.*Carnival Rides Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 6 p.m.Dancerzone 360 – Food Court StageWelcoming Ceremony – Main Stage4-H Fashion Revue Style Show – Main Stage4-H Pet Goat Class – West Arena-26:30 p.m. FFA Pygmy Fit/Show/Type following 4-H Pygmy – West Arena4-H Cat Knowledge Bowl – Petersen Barn 3:30 p.m. Slieveloughane Irish Dancers – Main StageDylan Cragle – Food Court Stage 7 p.m. 4-H Silver Bucket Event-Dairy Goat Milk Contest – Willuweit Pavilion Dylan Jakobsen Band – Food Court StageLads & Lassies Lead Contest – Hicks Lake Barn4-H Dog Activities – Chitty Barn4-H Dairy Goat Milk Contest – Hicks Lake Barn7:30 p.m.Tristan and Rachelle – Main Stage 4 p.m.4-H Rabbit Knowledge Bowl – Petersen BarnPrimary Member Pygmy/Miniature Goat Show – West Arena Facebook7Tweet0Pin0 4:30 p.m. Professor Bamboozle – Food Court Stage4-H Pygmy Goat Fitting/Showing/Type – West Arena-24-H Pet Goat Type – West Arena-2Matt Baker Comedy & Stunt Show – Main Stagelast_img read more

Thriving at Home: FirstLight HomeCare’s 8 Clues Your Parents Need Help at…

first_imgFacebook76Tweet0Pin0 Submitted By Sarah Lane for FirstLight HomeCareThere are many signs and clues that your loved one needs help at home.For some, the decline is slow in coming.  For others, change seems to occur quickly.  Either way, nearly every family eventually has to address a complicated and sensitive situation:  An aging parent or relative who needs help to safely remain living at home.So how can you know when an aging family member begins needing assistance with the daily activities of life? Your loved one is not likely to tell you. Older adults will often go to great lengths to maintain the appearance of normalcy and self-sufficiency.  And things might even seem normal on the surface.Do you know how to distinguish the reality from appearance?  Focus on these eight clues:Cluttered Home.  Are there piles of old laundry or dirty dishes?  Is the home becoming dusty or overly cluttered?  Are floors, toilets, showers and countertops visibly unclean?  To ensure the home remains safe, assistance with basic routines like cleaning and laundry might be needed.Little or Expired Food. Is there a lack of groceries or fresh, nutritious foods?  Is there expired or spoiled food in the refrigerator or cupboards?  Help might be needed with grocery shopping, meal menus or food preparation to ensure proper nutrition, especially important for seniors.Disorganized Medications. It’s critical that your loved one isn’t mishandling medications, skipping dosages, or taking drugs that are either expired or no longer prescribed. Are some medications past expiration dates or need refills? Reminders might be needed to ensure medications are being taken properly and at the prescribed times.Mishandling medications or skipping doses is one clue that your aging parent may need help at home.Medical Appointments.  Is your loved one missing or neglecting medical appointments? Do they seem confused when asked about information or instructions from their doctor? They may need someone to accompany them on visits to the doctor, as well as confirm to other family exactly what the doctor communicated.Unopened Mail. Are there stacks of unopened, unsorted mail? Are bills being left unpaid?  Is important correspondence being ignored?  Assistance with managing mail might be needed to ensure invoices for utilities and other services remain up to date.Personal Hygiene.  Is your loved one having a difficult time keeping up with personal hygiene?  Do you often see them wearing the same clothes?  Is there unusual body or breath odor?  Matted hair?  Unclipped nails?  Assistance with bathing, dressing or even using the bathroom might be needed to maintain healthy hygiene habits and personal dignity.Cuts and Bruises.  Are skin tears and/or bruises becoming more common or noticeable?  This could be an indication that your loved one is experiencing trouble with mobility and is at greater risk of falling.  They may need some physical assistance navigating their home.Isolation.  The realization of increased physical limitations can lead to depression and other destructive emotions.  Has your loved one changed their social activities and daily routine? Are they isolating themselves from friends and family? Withdrawal into a cocoon of isolation is a key indicator of depression, but can be improved with regular companionship.In cases where older family members are still fairly independent, but just require assistance in these key areas, home care may be the answer.  Trained caregivers from a licensed, professional home care agency like FirstLight HomeCare can help with daily tasks such as bathing, cooking, shopping, house cleaning, changing clothes, transportation or other daily living activities. Caregivers can spend as much, or as little, time as necessary to ensure your loved one is safe in their home.Sarah LaneHome care fills the gap between complete independence and the around-the-clock care (and cost) of living in a facility. It’s a fantastic and affordable solution for those who still want to maintain a degree of freedom and independence by living at home.“Thriving at Home” is a monthly column by Sarah Lane, 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 read more

Northwest Santas With a Cause Campaign Helps Children Devastated by Hurricanes

first_imgFacebook15Tweet0Pin0Submitted by NORPAC SANTASThis year, Washington-based North Pacific Santas (NORPAC SANTAS), an organization of some 50 Santas, Mrs. Santas, elves and grinches, is merrier than usual about the holidays. NORPAC is about to launch “NORPAC SANTAS With a Cause,” a GoFundMe campaign that will help bring toys to children whose families were hard-hit by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.Santa Bob volunteers his time for many different organizations like the Foster Parent Association of Washington (FPAWS) convention and he will be part of Santas With a Cause this year. Photo courtesy: Deanna Partlow.“In thinking over the many recent disasters and how to help, Santa realized he had a special role to fill this year, and we are thrilled about this opportunity to give him a hand,” said Santa Trever Waltos, co-chair of NORPAC. “Because Santa understands the hearts and dreams of children, he knows the importance of toys in their lives. It makes him sad that so many children have lost toys that were special to them and that their parents are unable to replace.”The NORPAC SANTAS With a Cause Campaign formally begins Nov. 3-4 at the organization’s 8th annual Northwest Santa Workshop at Great Wolf Lodge. The workshop is from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. November 3, and beginning at 8:00 a.m. November 4. It concludes at 3:00 p.m. November 4 with the Grand Santa Parade, featuring Santas, Mrs. Santas, elves and the grinch, all dressed in their finest holiday regalia and singing Christmas favorites as they proceed through the lodge’s main lobby.The NORPAC fundraising campaign will continue through November, longer if donations are still arriving. NORPAC is digging deep into its stocking to donate the first $1,000 toward the $25,000 campaign goal. But everyone knows it takes a village – or in this case, a whole lot of elves – to pull off something this big, so NORPAC is counting on Santa’s helpers everywhere to dig into their own stockings.Because Santa’s December to-do list is even longer than his beard, he’ll be scrapping his traditional sleigh-delivery system, Waltos said. Instead, the Santas of NORPAC are teaming with the Lone Star Santas and Palm Tree Santas, who will purchase toys with the GoFundMe proceeds, then get them to children hardest hit by the disasters in their area. The three groups are all chapters of the International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas (IBRBS).“I think this may be the first time chapters have teamed up on a large project like this,” Waltos said. “We hope it will lead to further joint efforts in support of children. We all realize that no one person or organization can do all he or she would like to help others in times like this, but as Santas, we hope we’ll be able to brighten the lives of at least some of these children – that’s the cause dearest to our hearts.”To help NORPAC SANTAS reach its goal, go to the NORPAC SANTAS GoFundMe Page. For more information on NORPAC SANTAS With a Cause Campaign, contact Waltos on his sleigh phone, 253-732-1482, or by email at Or contact NORPAC Treasurer Dennis Gorley – sleigh phone 425-471-4076 or email, Partlow is a a local Olympia Santa who will be participating in the Santas With a Cause campaigin. Read more about Bob Partlow in this article.NORPAC SANTAS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of individuals from throughout the Northwest who portray Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, elves, reindeer, a grinch and Santa’s helpers with the object of spreading love, joy and the spirit of Christmas year-round. The group meets throughout the year for luncheons and to exchange information and ideas that will help them become better and more professional entertainers, as well as to share stories and one another’s’ company. NORPAC’s 50-plus members are background-checked, and nearly all participate in educational workshops and other trainings. At each meeting, both the Santa Claus Oath ( and Mrs. Santa Pledge ( are recited as a reminder of the special role with which they are entrusted in the lives of children. To learn more about the organization and its members, visit NORPAC at (Facebook at )last_img read more

Rumson St. Pat’s Parade This Sunday

first_imgThe Bloody Callan Band entertained Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade supporters on Feb. 27. Photo by John BurtonRUMSON – It was a little pre-St. Patrick’s Day fun, food, music and a chance to raise a little additional money for the Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade coming up this Sunday.Organizers for the borough’s third annual parade, scheduled for 1 p.m. from Victory Park, held a fundraiser last Friday at Molly Maguire’s Black Point Inn, 132 East River Road, where those who donated $10 or more for the parade effort were treated to a buffet and the entire bar was entertained by the Pipes and Drums of the Atlantic Watch and the music of Bloody Callan Band, and its renditions of classic American rock and Celtic-influenced folk and rock numbers.The parade’s board of trustees conducts a number of fundraisers over the year to cover the costs of the parade and to offer an annual donation to area charities.This year’s recipients are Jason’s Dreams for Kids and Special People United to Ride (S.P.U.R.).The parade costs about $25,000 to put on, to cover the cost of security, insurance and for the approximately 16 pipe and drum bands that march, said Karen Taylor-Burke, a board member who serves as the board’s treasurer.“We try to keep the costs down,” Taylor-Burke explained. “That way there’s more for the charities.”A fundraiser like last Friday’s is usually one of the smaller efforts; the board’s annual golf outing and the ad journal are the larger ones the board relies on, said Joseph Burke, Karen’s husband, who assists in the organizing efforts.But, “It’s getting the word out, making people aware” of the parade, said Karen, about Friday’s fundraising event.March 8’s parade is just one of nearly 20 annual parades in which the Atlantic Watch participates; everything from St. Patrick’s parades, to those for Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Columbus Day, said Linda Cooper, whose family has been involved for years and who used to perform with the group. The Atlantic Watch has been there for the last two. “This will be our third year,” she said, “and we love doing this parade.”This parade route begins at the borough’s Victory Park, East River Road and Lafayette Street, and travels about a mile east on River Road to Molly Maguire’s.Last year about 900 members of assorted scouting, public service and other groups joined step dancers and the bands as they marched. Borough police estimated about 7,000 spectators lined the route to watch.– By John Burtonlast_img read more

Devastated by Closures, Merchants Try to Adapt to New Normal

first_imgIn the meantime, stay home as much as possible, wash your hands and don’t touch your face. MONMOUTH COUNTY – In the midst of a global pandemic, people are being asked to practice social distancing, proper hand washing and additional cleaning measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The Two River Times approached different community members and business representatives to see how the virus is impacting their daily work and lives. Here’s what they had to say. Paige Bouzaglou, owner ofWandering Gosling, Red Bank The 76-year-old has always taken pride in maintaining a clean restaurant, but in light of the rapid spread of coronavirus he took things a step further. “At my age, I can’t afford not to,” he said. That included ensuring everything was cleaned and wiped down with disinfectant sprays and wipes – doorknobs, tables, countertops and other surfaces. “The streets are empty,” Monmouth Meats butcher shop owner Stewart Goldstein told The Two River Times March 17. The outbreak is not good news for airlines or other transportation methods, but it’s especially bad for cruises. It’s the No. 1 thing people are scared of right now, as far as travel goes, she said. “It’s a great tradition of American small business to adapt to changing conditions and to find solutions. By taking this action, we are safeguarding our employees and patrons while still offering the superior service to which our customers have become accustomed,” he added. Both locations will resume walk-in services as soon as possible. “Last Friday I was busy and Saturday we were crushed and that I couldn’t explain,” he said March 12. Jessica Porter found her students to be “extremely anxious” and distracted from their school work last week, before schools were closed and operating remotely. She said more students than normal were absent from class and those who were there were leaving the classroom periodically throughout the day to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer. Danny Murphy, owner ofDanny’s Steakhouse, Red Bank Some students joked about the virus. Others asked “logical questions” about the epidemic, including what would happen if the school shut down, she said March 13. “They appear excited to not come to school, but many students are genuinely anxious and several are absent due to the anxiety being caused by COVID-19.” For now, customers cannot walk into the shop, located at 497 Prospect Ave., for service. That also includes temporary in-store service suspension at The Cellar at 594 River Road in Fair Haven. While no one knows what the next few months will bring, she hopes everything subsides by the time the weather gets nicer. It’ll make for a great time to find alternate travel plans, too, like taking road trips in the U.S. It’s a chaotic time for travel agent Paige Bouzaglou of Wandering Gosling, to say the least. She’s dealt with “quite a bit” of cancelations and trip refunding. Some of her clients have underlying health conditions and can’t fly. Others are canceling out of fear, she said March 12. Yogis are encouraged by Synergy Hot Yoga representatives to “stay calm and practice on,” but to do it outdoors. As of March 17, the studio stopped hosting its group indoor hot yoga classes and instead brought its mats outside. “This is the last thing they needed; they were struggling before quite a bit already,” said Bouzaglou. Once the outbreak subsides, it will take cruise lines even longer to get over that hump of fear, she projected. And while that advice can certainly help slow the spread, how is it impacting local communities and businesses? Murphy was unable to be reached for an updated comment by press time in response to Gov. Phil Murphy’s call mandating that restaurants serve customers for to-go or takeout orders only. He did, however, mention March 12 that he has partnered up with the DoorDash food delivery service so people can enjoy Danny’s Steakhouse from the comfort of their homes. Additionally, the business posted on Facebook March 17 announcing that it is delivering to Red Bank, Middletown Township, Atlantic Highlands, Highlands, Rumson, Fair Haven, Sea Bright, Monmouth Beach, Shrewsbury and Little Silver. A $5 delivery charge will apply.center_img By Allison Perrine “Knowing how important yoga can be in maintaining a sense of physical and emotional wellness, we will be inaugurating our newest venture – ‘Synergy Cold Yoga,’ ” the company wrote. Classes will be held outdoors for as long as it is feasible. “We will be able to spread out and still connect with each other (from 6 feet apart).” Since Red Bank’s emergency management coordinator declared a state of local disaster emergency March 15, all nonessential businesses with more than 25 people have been closed to the public, including restaurants, liquor stores, gyms and theaters. Additionally, Gov. Phil Murphy ordered the closure of all nonessential businesses after 8 p.m. What To Do Stewart Goldstein, owner ofMonmouth Meats, Red Bank William G. Kenney, president ofLittle Silver Liquors It’s delivery only until further notice, William G. Kenney, president of Little Silver Liquors, announced Monday, March 16. Additionally, the studio will offer free Yoga Nidra meditation sessions through its website, which according to the studio will be posted soon. Synergy hopes to reopen March 30 but will monitor the suggestions and guidelines of the CDC and local authorities. Any unlimited class cards will be on hold for as long as the studio is closed. “We treasure our community and our employees. Our number one priority is their safety and well-being while at our stores,” said Kenney. “At this time, we have assessed that the risk of communal spread of the novel coronavirus far outweighs any potential fiscal benefit of continuing business as usual.” Luckily for Goldstein, his business, located on Monmouth Street, can remain open and serve meat products as usual. He gets three shipments a day, so there’s no shortage in sight. “It’s been good, no complaints,” he said. “They say that’s the worst thing,” said Murphy. Jessica Porter, teacher in theHenry Hudson Regional School District Danny Murphy walked around his restaurant passing out disinfectant wipes to his customers so they could clean their phones, he told The Two River Times last Thursday. However, Goldstein said he feels “really sorry for the independent guys that have to close at 8, the restaurants,” he added. “It’s going to be really tough, especially in Red Bank where a lot of people rely on restaurants.” While there are precautions we as individuals can take to prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading, people on social media are also suggesting purchasing gift cards from local businesses during this time of need. The businesses will be able to use the money right away and the customers can redeem the cards for purchases at a later date. Synergy Hot Yoga,Fair Haven The article originally appeared in the March 19-25, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Leafs offensive leader Jamie Vlanich joins BCHL’s Langley Rivermen

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs were dealt a major blow to its Kootenay International Junior Hockey League title chances when the team’s best player, Jamie Vlanich, agreed to join the Langley Rivermen Junior “A” hockey club this week.The 20-year old sniper has been burning up the KIJHL offensively this season, totaling 12 goals and 25 assists for 37 points and a tie for top spot in league scoring.Vlanich, coming to Nelson in the off-season from Castlegar along with Travis Wellman, has also been one of the main reasons why Nelson is leading the league with a 13-0-1-1 record. “Obviously the (Rivermen) have been doing great and I’m looking forward to adding to the progress that they have made already in what is going to be a successful season and hopefully a long playoff run,” Vlanich said on the Langley website.The loss of Vlanich puts a huge hole in a Leaf lineup that has relied on the one-two punch of Vlanich and Wellman to lead the team offensively.“I’m not really shocked,” said Leaf coach Frank Maida following practice Wednesday.“Jamie has played extremely well for us and I believe he deserves the opportunity to play Junior A.”Maida said Rivermen scouts were in the Okanagan watching a few KIJHL games. Ironically, the scouts were not even watching Vlanich.But after the Trail native racked up eight points in three Leaf wins, the Rivermen personal made the call Monday to offer Vlanich a spot on the roster.“It’s the philosophy of the franchise that we want to move players along up to the next level,” Maida explained. “We believe in that and we’re very happy for Jamie.”This is the third consecutive year Maida has dealt with the loss of a key player.Two seasons ago Patrick Martens was burning up the league offensively, and was summoned, ironically, by the same Langley franchise.Last year 16-year-old Colton McCarthy, again the Leafs best player, decided to leave the team when Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League came calling.“The loss of Jamie is a good challenge for the rest of the players on the team to step up and fill his offence,” Maida explained.The departure of Vlanich gives Nelson 11 forwards on the roster.Maida is expected to either make a deal for another forward or call up an affiliated player for the two weekend games, Friday in Spokane against the Braves and Saturday at home versus the Osoyoos Coyotes.Meanwhile, Vlanich didn’t wait very long to make an impact with the Rivermen.The shifty centerman had an assist in Langley’s 4-3 win over Chilliwack Wednesday in BCHL action.last_img read more

First test of young season for Nelson Figure Skaters

first_imgGower and fellow coach Yoshie Measures have spent the last six months rethinking all aspects of the clubs programming.This summer they premiered a re-tooled summer camp designed to establish the NFSC as a regional centre of excellence in the off season.The coaches invited fitness specialists to develop a broad-based strategy to help skaters improve strength, flexibility and overall fitness.“We want to develop the complete athlete,” says Coach Measures. “By adding flex, yoga and dance classes we complimented a rigorous on ice program with what the other instructors were doing.”The formula proved successful with the largest summer enrolment the club has seen in years.One key area the club wanted to rethink was the Junior Academy Program.Designed as a transition from general skating to figure skating, the program has always had to serve skaters in transition and with a broad range of abilities.The coaches decided to utilize the higher requirements of the New Canskate and keep skaters in that program longer.Skaters moving into Junior Academy will now possess a firm base to learn the rigors of figure skating. For Measures, a jump specialist, its all about developing solid skill sets at every level.“We are teaching skating that focuses on proper crosscut technique, and most importantly improved fitness through on-ice cardio sessions. We’ve notice difference since the summer, skaters are pushing harder, going faster and have more stamina.”All those benefits will be appreciated as skaters begin to prepare for the upcoming competition season.Next up on the competitive trail is a meet in Rossland before the Kootenay Regional Championships in January, 2014.The Super Series Final in Kelowna March is a treat for skaters to participate in. Performances be live streamed allowing friends and supporters to watch the action wherever they are.For more information about the Nelson Figure Skating Club, please visit A handful of Nelson skaters take the show on the road to compete in the East Kootenay Invitational competition beginning Friday in Kimberley.Nelson Figure Skating Club members  Charley DeFouw, Christina Champlin, Breanna Tomlin and Morgan Sabo will represent Nelson at the East Kootenay Invitational.Beginning will Test Events on Friday, the four Starskaters will compete in a total of 13 events over the weekend across a variety of categories from Elements and Dance tests to Freeskate and Interpretive programs.With Olympic actions just around the corner the competition is expected to draw more than 130 competitors from around the region.The Nelson Figure Skating Club recently launched some new programs for first time skaters to seasoned competitors.Canskate, the club’s flagship learn to skate instruction has been redesigned by Skate Canada.  The New Canskate aims to help kids progress faster through constant movement.“In a 45 minute session there are lots of ways we ensure kids are always moving,” explains Coach Sarah Gower.“With the use of a fast track, a circuit, props and games children are always using their stroking to acquire sound fundamentals faster. They achieve speed and better fitness sooner.”Gower emphasizes that Canskate is a sound base for all ice sports and has added drills designed specially for kids looking to play hockey.“We offered a condensed Canskate program in the summer and I was amazed with the progress in only five days.”last_img read more

Edwards scores hat-trick to power Saints past SFU in BCIHL Championship opener

first_imgRyan Edwards is no stranger to the big stage having led the Beaver Valley Nitehawks to the triple-crown of Junior B Hockey in 2014 — Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, Cyclone Taylor and Keystone Cup titles.Edwards is doing the same in 2015 for the Selkirk Saints in the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League Championship.Edwards scored three times as the Saints defeated Simon Fraser 3-1 in Game one of the BCIHL Final Friday in Castlegar.It was the second multiple-goal game for the Trail native in the BCIHL post season. Selkirk can clinch the schools third consecutive BCIHL crown Saturday when the teams resume the best-of-three series at the Complex in the Sunflower City.If a third game is necessary, it will be played Sunday afternoon in Castlegar.Following a scoreless first period where Selkirk out shot the Burnaby-based squad 8-4, Edward scored twice in a three-minute span during the second period to give the Saints a quick 2-0 lead.After Graham Smerek cut the lead in half with a goal at the 12-minute mark of the third period, Edwards guaranteed the win with a goal late in the frame.Lucas Hildebrand had two assists for Selkirk.Castlegar out shot Simon Fraser 33-15 as winning goalie James Priglone had a light night between the pipes.The Saints advanced to the BCIJHL final by sweeping past the University of Victoria Vikings 2-0 while SFU surprised regular season champ Trinity Western in two games.Puck drop Saturday is 7 p.m. in Castlegar.last_img read more