Submitted by Cathy Johnson of Dandelion GardensLeslie Coulter (center) is the landscape designer for Outdoors by Design.What do software engineering, landscape design, and landscape installation have in common? Leslie Coulter!Leslie is an example of how we journey through life and adjust our journey’s path as we travel. Like many of us, she went in one direction in her 20’s and then made a radical change as she approached her 40’s. After 20 plus years as a software engineer for large companies, Leslie decided to engineer a little change of her own – to transform herself from a computer geek to a plant geek.Like many of us, she had always enjoyed gardening and had dabbled in a variety of artistic expressions, so landscaping was simply a new way to express herself. She exchanged her computer desk for a classroom desk at South Puget Sound Community College’s Horticulture Department. After graduating from SPSCC, Leslie and another graduate, Travis Meyer, opened Outdoors by Design to provide landscape design and installation services.Through design and installation, Leslie is able to provide artistic solutions to landscape problems. “Northwest Informal” is her typical design approach with big sweeping curves, numerous woody shrubs, and perennials for fillers. She especially enjoys using pavers, stones, and boulders to create the structure, i.e. “bones” of the landscape.“Northwest Informal” suits most residences and is easy to maintain – a critical point since most clients don’t have the time or inclination to spend hours doing landscape maintenance.Bamboo is a new favorite in her plant palette because there are many varieties of non-invasive (i.e. clumping) bamboo which she can utilize, deer don’t eat it, and bamboo fits very nicely into the Northwest landscape. One of her business partners is a bamboo expert, so bamboo is not a scary subject. The community isn’t a scary subject either, so she volunteers for Rebuilding Together, mentors students from SPSCC, and is a guest speaker for SPSCC fundraisers.In a typically male dominated field, Leslie excels. Her business partners (Phil Comer joined the firm as a partner three + years ago) treat her like “one of the boys” and don’t condone any biases. Most of the residential landscape clients are women.While clients aren’t a challenge for Leslie, but the soil can be! Working year round requires her to work with all types of soil in all types of conditions – wet, dry, hot, cold, etc. It can be very challenging to work with clay soil in February!Due to her father’s employment as an engineer for Georgia Pacific, Leslie moved around quite a bit as a child, living primarily in the South and New England areas of the country. She went to college in Texas and decided to head west after graduating. After moving to the Pacific Northwest, she fell in love with the landscape and her husband, Bruce. After years of landscape work, she still loves to look at the landscape “big picture” instead of focusing on individual plants or elements. Looking at the entire structure of the landscape and the many ways to design it really makes her happy. Her design and installation work allows her to fully exercise her beloved Spiderman’s “Spidey sense”.You won’t find Leslie hanging in a web, but you will find her hanging around in a landscape. Facebook4Tweet0Pin0
Facebook10Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Melanie Bakala, State Farm AgentAs we approach the holidays, organizations work hard to make sure families in need don’t go hungry.As a way to support the Thurston and Mason County communities, State Farm Agent Melanie Bakala will be donating a Turkey to local charities in Mason and Thurston County – each time someone gets a quote for car, homeowners, or renters insurance from her office.In Lacey, turkeys will be donated to the Veteran Services Group and to families from North Thurston School District’s Salish Middle School. In Shelton, turkeys will be donated to The Saint’s Pantry.Current customers with Melanie Bakala’s office also have the opportunity to get a turkey donated – she just asks they call this office at 360.972.7905 or 360.426.2428 to find out how.This program will run from November 1 – December 14, 2018.Each State Farm Agent is an independent business, so this offer is only available for quotes done over the phone or in person with Melanie’s office at 2539 Marvin Rd NE in Lacey, or 821 W. Railroad Ave in Shelton.State Farm Agent Melanie Bakala has offices in Lacey and Shelton, WA. The offer auto, home, renters, life and disability insurance. Her agency is focused on being EPIC with every interaction as they work to help people secure their dreams for their families’ futures.
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Editor’s note: John Burton and Nancy Burton’s husband Rob are cousins. By John BurtonHIGHLANDS – Valentine’s Day is an important day for many, but most definitely for a florist. This year, it’s more important than ever for Nancy Burton.Burton’s shop, In the Garden, was heavily damaged in late October by Super Storm Sandy. Since then she has been working feverishly to get everything completed for its planned Feb. 14 reopening. She is hoping to take advantage of the business that day – Valentine’s Day – tends to offer those in her line of work.The day also has a special significance for her business.Nancy Burton stands in front of her florist shop, In the Garden. She has been working to get her Highlands floral and plant studio ready to reopen on Valentine’s Day.Burton initially opened In the Garden in February 2005 – Feb. 7 to be exact – first on the corner of Bay Avenue and Miller Street. She moved the business about two years ago to its current location, 69 Waterwitch Ave. Coming back and reopening on Feb. 14, as Highlands continues coming back, resonated with Burton.“It just seemed really appropriate,” she said. “I’m kind of excited to open on Valentine’s Day, for the business and to be able to pay back some of the costs. But it’s also the nostalgia of Valentine’s Day” in relation to when she first opened.Burton, a 37-year-old lifelong Highlands resident, said she walked back into the borough after Sandy when authorities weren’t letting anyone drive in. She was worried about her borough home and her business.Her home was flooded with about 32 inches of water, keeping her and her family out of it for more than 20 days during which time they lived with friends in Atlantic Highlands. The repair work at home is continuing.Burton had prepped her business for the storm, storing equipment on upper shelves, unplugging and putting electrical devices away and not restocking the refrigerators following a couple of large event orders she completed just prior to the storm. She believed the shop should be all right if the water rose to about 3½ feet. But the water came in and rose more than 5 feet, Burton said, pointing to a marker still on the shop’s wall, put there by a Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) inspector, showing the water’s height.“I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was worse than I could have imagined,” she said of the damage caused by the storm. “It looked like a tidal wave came through the store.”She recalled how items were washed up toward the shop’s front, including her more than 7-foot tall floral refrigerators that had actually floated in the floodwater. Her front window had been smashed, as well.“Everything that wasn’t latched down got washed out with the tide,” she said.As she surveyed the damage, she stood in front of her store, “a local guy walked by and gave me a big hug and I just cried.”Since then, Burton has moved forward, forming a new partnership with her two former co-workers, Jenna Morris and Eileen Rico, and the three have been working to get the business up and running again.Burton said it will cost her about only $10,000 to get the operation back on track, thanks to the work contributions of her father, a woodworker, and a nephew’s construction business.In The Garden is a floral and plant studio where Burton and her partners specialize in weddings and other special events, garden design and maintenance.Burton said working with plants and flowers “is basically in my blood.” Both her mother and grandmothers have been avid gardeners.Burton studied at the New York Botanical Garden School of Professional Horticulture. She had been thinking about starting her own business – another longtime dream – and opening a floral and plant studio seemed appropriate, she said.Burton, who has returned to her Highlands home with her two toddler sons and husband Rob Burton, a Highlands police officer, insisted, she is here to stay. “We were able to grow up here,” on the shore, loving all that it provided. “I want the same for my kids.”She also jokes that, given what she and her neighbors have gone through with this and previous storms, “the webbing on my feet gets a little thicker.”
By Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsThere must have been a full moon hanging over the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League this past weekend.Why else would 16 players be suspended for a total of 44 games over three days?“I don’t know maybe it really was a full moon,” KIJHL president Bill Ohlhausen said when asked if he knew why all the line brawls. “I have to admit as the president I’m a little disappointed but maybe it’s getting close to Christmas and the players are not thinking about the rules that are in place to stop these sort of events from happening.”The craziness started when Columbia Valley’s Guillaume Glasspoole was hit with a match penalty Friday. His sentence, three games.In Fruitvale Saturday, gloves starting flying between Beaver Valley and Nelson with 2:07 remaining in the third period.The line brawl cost Hawks’ Keanan Patershuk and Arie Postmus and Blake Arcuri and Cody Abbey of the Leafs each three games for multiple fights in the same stoppage. Game referee Jim Maniago handed out more than 145 minutes in penalties.Four Columbia Valley players and five from the Penticton Lakers were also suspended for, what else, multiple fights in the same stoppage.“The message is already out there,” Ohlhausen exclaimed. “Hockey Canada has decided any major penalty in the last 10 minutes o the game is an automatic one-game suspension.”“And multiple fights in the final 10 minutes or after the game are all things we as a league are trying to get through to the players that will not be tolerated,” Ohlhausen added. “It’s the same message the NHL is using to try to stop fighting.”Nelson coach Chris Shaw feels emotions may have started to escalate during an earlier game in Nelson between the Hawks and Leafs.Those emotions hit the boiling point during the final minutes Saturday.“It wasn’t anything that was cheap or dirty,” Shaw explained. “It was kind of a situation that happened where one player went to protect another one and then the other player went to protect his player that all turned into a line brawl.”“It’s not something that’s uncommon in the past in hockey but now a days you don’t see it happen that often,” added Shaw, part of the collateral damage from Saturday night, suspended for one game for his team being involved in four fights in the game.Abbey and Arcuri started serving their three-game suspensions Sunday, watching from the stands Nelson lose 6-5 in double-overtime. The pair is due to return January 2, 2011 in Spokane when Nelson faces the Braves. “I hope it was just a freak thing and it’s all over with now,” Ohlhausen said. “I hope it was just the players ready for the Christmas break and not thinking about the rules.”We can only hope because the next scheduled full moon is set for early January 2011, when the league begins the home stretch to the season following the Christmas firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s time for another boat load of fishing information from Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Sportfishing. Now that summer is over what better time is there to get out in the boat for some fishing.We’re back from the coast. And a busy summer it was. Our boat kept busy every day on the ocean, and our boats kept steady at home on Kootenay Lake and Columbia River. The ocean threw some curveballs at us this year. July was a very windy month on the West coast and made for some tougher conditions. And when the weather cooperated, the fish decided to be stubborn and make us work very hard for our catch. It seemed like the fish were holding in areas just beyond our reach for a while. And our usual expectations were a lot harder to meet this year. However, we did manage to have quit a few good days mixed in with the slower days. Fish would show up for a couple days, then move on. So, we found ourselves catching our limits on some days in a few hours, but other days we would have to work harder for our fish. Makes the sales pitch for booking three days seem a lot more reasonable. After the tough conditions of July, we found ourselves with better conditions and better fishing during August. In fact, the last three weeks of our summer were the best three weeks. Seemed like the fish were showing up later than normal. Halibut fishing was good when we planned the time for it. However a lot of days we spent longer hours trying for our salmon and left not a lot of time to target halibut. But, when we did target halibut, the fishing was great. Some groups managed to land 5 or 6 big halibut each day. In fact, one of my regular groups ended up with over 100 pounds of fillets of halibut one day. So, it just proved that you have to put your time in. Another good reason to plan on a three-day trip. Our biggest Salmon this year was just over 33 pounds. And our biggest Halibut this year was around 72 pounds. Just below the maximum size limit. So, to sum it up, the season started out slow, but ended with a bang. It’s different every year. Here’s hoping next year starts with the bang and continues throughout. Thank you to everyone who joined me this year! Looking forward to next year already. And now back to the Kootenays. Kootenay Lake: Our guides were kept busy with tourists this summer. July saw some good days of catching 10 or more fish. A mix of Rainbows and Bull trout manage to keep everyone busy. Then in August, as the water temperatures really warmed up, we were catching more Bull Trout than rainbows. But still enough fish to keep the clients happy. And now that September is almost over, we have noticed a drop in water temperature, and the rainbows are starting to come out to play again. Our last few trips since I’ve been back have yielded up to 10 fish a day, with a good mix of Rainbows and bull Trout. The fishing should only get better as the water cools. Looking forward to our fall fishery. Columbia River: The river produced fish all summer long. We would get a good run of consistent fishing as long as the water levels remained consistent. Rainbows and walleye up to five poundsare stacked up right now, and the fishing should be good for both throughout October. Look forward to what the river has to offer in the next couple months. Stay tuned…………… What are they biting on ??? On Kootenay, we are catching most of our Bull Trout on the usual flasher/hoochie combo on the down rigger. We have also had good luck with our Lyman plugs down 60 – 120 feet. The Rainbows have been hitting the down rigger as well. Some of my favourite Gibbs Delta spoons have been working well on the rainbows, as well as the flasher/hoochie combo. Some fish are starting to come to the surface again as well. We have caught a few Rainbows each day on our buck tail flies as well as some smaller hockey sticks and spoons. On the river, we have been catching most rainbows on small spoons or spinners, as well as on the fly. Also, the walleye have been hitting regularly on rubber twister tails on a jig or on a bottom bouncer with worm. Both techniques have worked well. That sums it up for now. Lets get out there. Tight lines………………Kerry Reed Reel Adventures Sportfishing
Abilene Christian – No meetNext Meet: Texas Tech Indoor, Lubbock, Texas – Jan. 26-27 Stephen F. Austin – Texas Tech Indoor, Lubbock, Texas – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: Texas Tech Classic & Multis, Lubbock, Texas – Jan. 26-27 Central Arkansas – Samford Multi, Birmingham, Ala. – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: Pittsburg State Invitational, Pittsburg, Kan. – Jan. 27 Southeastern Louisiana – No meetNext Meet: McNeese Indoor II, Lake Charles, La. – Jan. 26 Sam Houston State – No meetNext Meet: Houston Invitational, Houston, Texas/Houston Invitational, Houston, Texas – Jan. 26-27 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Texas Tech Indoor, Lubbock, Texas – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: Houston Invitational, Houston, Texas – Jan. 26-27 McNeese – Samford Multi, Birmingham, Ala. – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: McNeese Indoor II, Lake Charles, La. – Jan. 26 Nicholls – Samford Invitational, Birmingham, Ala. – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: LSU Bayou Bengal Invitational, Baton Rouge, La. – Feb. 2 Northwestern State – No meetNext Meet: Pittsburg State Invitational, Pittsburg, Kan. – Jan. 27 Lamar – No meetNext Meet: Houston Invitational, Houston, Texas – Jan. 26-27 New Orleans – Samford Invitational, Birmingham, Ala. – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: KMS Invitational, Birmingham, Ala. – Jan. 28 Houston Baptist – No meetNext Meet: Houston Invitational, Houston, Texas – Jan. 26-27 UIW – New Mexico Invitational, Albuquerque, N.M. – Recap | ResultsNext Meet: Texas Tech Classic & Multis, Lubbock, Texas – Jan. 26-27
Noon- 1 p.m. Lunch (Includes presentation of Southland’s Louis Bonnette Award and other formal elements) The day will open with comments from Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett, followed by 25-minute interviews with each school’s trio of head coach and two student-athletes. The list of student-athletes will be finalized and announced in early July. Student-athletes will also take part in social media segments, which fans can follow live on the Southland Conference Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. 3:45-4:10Main Stage: Houston Baptist Head Coach Vic ShealyMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: Houston Baptist Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Bearkats’ Coach and Student-athletes The ESPN3 broadcast is available via watchespn.com and the ESPN app. Archived video of each team’s press conference and select quotes from each attendee will be made available after the conclusion of the event. WATCH ESPN3 COVERAGE: MORNING SESSION | AFTERNOON SESSIONFRISCO, Texas – Southland Conference Football Media Day is set for July 19, 2018, at the Hilton Houston Post Oak by the Galleria. The event will air live on ESPN3, with the morning broadcast beginning at 9 a.m. CT and afternoon show starting at 1:15 p.m.Media are invited to attend and will have opportunities to conduct one-on-one interviews with coaches, student-athletes and school and conference officials. Participating media can register here, and reserve rooms at a special rate via this link until June 26. 1:45-2:10Main Stage: Stephen F. Austin Interim Head Coach Jeff ByrdMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: Stephen F. Austin Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Lions’ Coach and Student-athletes 9 a.m.-9:25 a.m.Main Stage: Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett 2018 Football Media Day Lineup | Thursday, July 19 (All times Central) 10:30-10:55Main Stage: Central Arkansas Head Coach Nathan BrownMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: Central Arkansas Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Cardinals’ Coach and Student-athletes11-11:25Main Stage: Northwestern State Head Coach Brad LairdMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: Northwestern State Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Bears’ Coach and Student-athletes 2:45-3:10Main Stage: Lamar Head Coach Mike SchultzMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: Lamar Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Cowboys’ Coach and Student-athletes 4:15-4:40Social Media Suite; Local TV: Huskies’ Coach and Student-athletes 10-10:25Main Stage: UIW Head Coach Eric MorrisMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: UIW Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Colonels’ Coach and Student-athletes 9:30-9:55Main Stage: Nicholls Head Coach Tim ReboweMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: Nicholls Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett 2:15-2:40Main Stage: McNeese Head Coach Lance GuidryMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: McNeese Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Lumberjacks’ Coach and Student-athletes 1:15-1:40Main Stage: Southeastern Louisiana Head Coach Frank ScelfoMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: Southeastern Louisiana Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Wildcats’ Coach and Student-athletes(Demons’ Coach and Student-athletes finish interviews, if necessary) 11:30-11:55Main Stage: Abilene Christian Head Coach Adam DorrelMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: Abilene Christian Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Demons’ Coach and Student-athletes 8:00-9:00 a.m.Continental Breakfast – Coaches, athletic directors, SIDs, conference staff, student-athletes, media 3:15-3:40Main Stage: Sam Houston State Head Coach K.C. KeelerMain Stage – ESPN3 Set: Sam Houston State Student-athletesSocial Media Suite; Local TV: Cardinals’ Coach and Student-athletes
PEP GUARDIOLA claims Manchester City played well in their 2-0 defeat at Spurs – despite not appearing from the away changing room for 45 MINUTES after the final whistle.A debut goal from Steven Bergwijn set Tottenham on their way to victory, with Son Heung-Min bagging a second at their new stadium.1 Pep Guardiola stayed in the dressing for 45 mins after losing 2-0 to Spurs but insists his team did wellCredit: Getty ImagesMan City missed a penalty in the first half and were reduced to ten men in the second when Oleksandr Zinchenko picked up another yellow for tactical fouling.Despite dominating possession and having far more shots, City never really looked like getting the better of Jose Mourinho’s men.However, Guardiola claims his team played well during the defeat.That’s despite the Spaniard locking his players in the away changing room for 45 minutes after the final whistle before emerging to face the press.According to the Manchester Evening News, Guardiola could even face a Premier League fine due to his tardiness.But the tactician refused to criticise his players publicly, telling BBC Match of the Day: “I have no regrets about the performance.“We lost a football match. Of course we had a lot of chances. At the end of the day you have to take it.“In the second half we started well and created chances to score and didn’t do that.”Most Read In SportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidSpeaking to Sky Sports, Guardiola added: “We played well but lost the game. It happened again. They had two shots and scored two goals.“We have to accept and analyse it. It is not easy. We did really well, honestly.“With this performance, how should I be critical? This performance would be an incredible mistake to say how bad they are. We created chances and conceded few.”
Burgess will accrue 427 points meaning he will miss four matches and have 27 carry-over points.