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.
Image Courtesy: Twitter(@chivas)/Liga BBVA MXAdvertisement h2hNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs21aeWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) x7zWould you ever consider trying this?😱rkukCan your students do this? 🌚xrqRoller skating! Powered by Firework Its always memorable to see goalkeepers score in a game. Its always a moment of excitement as the player who is supposed to stay back and protect their own net, sends the ball flying into the net of the opposition, from free kick or a penalty. However, José Antonio Rodríguez of Guadalajara sent one using his hands!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Twitter(@chivas)/Liga BBVA MXThe Mexican club, which competes in the Liga MX, took on CD Veracruz at home yesterday. As the match was about to end 2-1 for the hosts, Rodríguez’s long throw in the 94th minute went past the Veracruz defensive line, as the whole Akron Stadium cheered in astonishment.Check out the video below, courtesy of the official FaceBook page of Liga MX-Advertisement This was the only goal José ever scored for Las Chivas, since his promotion to the senior team in 2011. The former Mexico under 23 is also an Olympic gold medalist, securing the medal at the 2012 London Summer Olympics.The scoreline was opened up in the 45th minute by Veracruz center back Diego Chávez Collins. However, the hosts came back into the match, thanks to a brace from the Mexican hit man Alan Pulido, who scored in the 67th and 88th minute.Guadalajara are now 10th in the league table with 25 points. Advertisement
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