Use your 2016 Health Savings Dollars Today to See 2017 More…

first_imgFacebook19Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Dr. Jay Rudd for Aurora LASIKIf you haven’t used all of your health savings account (HSA) or flexible spending account (FSA) dollars for 2016, did you know you can pay for LASIK with pre-tax dollars? That’s right. Depending on your tax bracket, you could effectively save 20-40% off LASIK surgery by using HSA/FSA dollars you’ve already set aside.While HSA savings can be carried over from year to year, FSA dollars typically cannot. So don’t let your FSA money go to waste. Whether you’ve got HSA or FSA dollars available, put them to work in 2016 so you can see more clearly in 2017 and beyond!Dr. Rudd and Aurora LASIK’s surgery team will help you attain clear vision in the state-of-the-art surgery room. Photo credit: Boston Harbor Photography.Leveraging those savings will pay amazing dividends in dramatically improved sight with this life-changing procedure. In fact, 95% of our patients are seeing 20/20 or better after having blade-free LASIK at Aurora LASIK. And more than half of those are seeing 20/15 or better! Whether you’re nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism, you have more options than ever to help you see better.Call Aurora LASIK today at 360-459-5274 to discuss how we can help you turn your HSA/FSA savings into clearer vision this year. Or visit AuroraLASIK.com for more information. All of our LASIK procedures are performed right here in Thurston County, with convenient, affordable financing available to fit your budget.last_img read more

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  • Washington State Conservation Commission Tours Projects in Thurston County

    first_imgSubmitted by Washington State Conservation CommissionFred Colvin, principal operator of Colvin Ranch in south Thurston County, tells tour participants how his cattle have become a tool for conserving native prairie vegetation.Local, state, federal, and tribal partners from across Washington convened in Olympia last week to tour conservation projects in the area. The tour, hosted by Thurston Conservation District, was part of the bi-monthly meeting of the Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC)—the coordinating state agency for all conservation districts in Washington.“There is nothing more valuable than taking partners out on the ground of project work by conservation districts,” said Kathleen Whalen, Administrator of Thurston Conservation District. “Such an opportunity provides them with a first-hand look at how we work to find creative solutions to natural resources issues; and, hear the perspectives of the landowners and partners we have worked with. This gives them a better understanding of agriculture in our local community.”This was the first time since 2010 that Thurston Conservation District hosted the SCC meeting and tour. The agency’s 10-member governing board—representing state agencies, governor appointees, and conservation districts—meets six times a year in locations that rotate among the 45 conservation districts in the state.The tour visited three sites showcasing a cross-section of projects involving Thurston Conservation District, including a rotational prairie grazing system, stormwater management on a small farm, and a large estuary restoration project aimed at enhancing and restoring important salmon habitat. Each project involved a mix of partners, including private landowners and farmers, local non-profits, local government, and state and federal agencies.Fred Colvin, primary operator of Colvin Ranch, has enrolled in programs offered by Thurston Conservation District and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service that help him maintain a profitable ranch and valuable prairie ecosystem. The key, said Colvin, is to design conservation programs that meet both landowner and conservation needs.“If you want private property owners involved with conservation goals, they need to be involved from the beginning,” said Colvin.Colvin uses a rotational grazing plan on his ranch that benefits both the prairie and his bottom line. His cattle systematically graze and suppress non-native grasses, allowing native plants to flourish. And, he’s able to market Colvin Ranch grass-fed beef as a sustainably raised product throughout the South Sound region.Colvin also enrolled in the South Sound Farm Link program launched by Thurston Conservation District in 2014. The program supports sustainable, local agriculture by providing a farmland database that connects farmers looking for land to landowners with property for lease or purchase. Colvin—one of over 30 people to enroll in the program so far—used the database to find additional grazing pasture for his cattle.Clinton O’Keefe, current chair of the SCC and wheat farmer from eastern Washington, said Thurston Conservation District is not only helping landowners understand and afford conservation, they also are ensuring that landowners’ voices are heard, leading to more effective, feasible approaches to resource conservation.“People who live and work on the land are uniquely qualified to develop solutions for conservation,” said O’Keefe. “By tailoring their programs and services to meet both state and landowner needs, Thurston Conservation District is enhancing the value of conservation for everyone.”Conservation districts are non-regulatory, local providers of natural resources knowledge and on-the-ground expertise. They originated during the 1930s dust bowl era, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt called on landowners to form locally led conservation districts that would carry out cooperative solutions to soil and erosion issues. Today, every one of Washington’s 39 counties is represented by at least one conservation district, and they help landowners address a broad spectrum of natural resource issues.The SCC is a state agency that works with conservation districts and other partners to engage landowners in voluntary stewardship. To learn more about the Washington State Conservation Commission, visit www.scc.wa.gov; or, to learn more about Thurston Conservation District, visit www.thurstoncd.com. Facebook1Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

  • Use your 2016 Health Savings Dollars Today to See 2017 More…

    first_imgFacebook19Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Dr. Jay Rudd for Aurora LASIKIf you haven’t used all of your health savings account (HSA) or flexible spending account (FSA) dollars for 2016, did you know you can pay for LASIK with pre-tax dollars? That’s right. Depending on your tax bracket, you could effectively save 20-40% off LASIK surgery by using HSA/FSA dollars you’ve already set aside.While HSA savings can be carried over from year to year, FSA dollars typically cannot. So don’t let your FSA money go to waste. Whether you’ve got HSA or FSA dollars available, put them to work in 2016 so you can see more clearly in 2017 and beyond!Dr. Rudd and Aurora LASIK’s surgery team will help you attain clear vision in the state-of-the-art surgery room. Photo credit: Boston Harbor Photography.Leveraging those savings will pay amazing dividends in dramatically improved sight with this life-changing procedure. In fact, 95% of our patients are seeing 20/20 or better after having blade-free LASIK at Aurora LASIK. And more than half of those are seeing 20/15 or better! Whether you’re nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism, you have more options than ever to help you see better.Call Aurora LASIK today at 360-459-5274 to discuss how we can help you turn your HSA/FSA savings into clearer vision this year. Or visit AuroraLASIK.com for more information. All of our LASIK procedures are performed right here in Thurston County, with convenient, affordable financing available to fit your budget.last_img read more

  • Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Daisy

    first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Daisy!  Daisy is a fluffy, white & orange, sixteen-pound, 9-year-old Papillon/Pomeranian mix.  Daisy came to the shelter with her life-long pal Jake (an 8-year-old Black Lab), and it would be nice if they were adopted together!Daisy is a happy-go-lucky girl hoping to find a family that adopt her best friend Jake too. Photo courtesy: Adopt-A-PetDaisy likes kids, cats, and dogs; walks with Jake; and playing in the meet and greet!  To keep her healthy and happy, she will need a grain-free diet, a fenced yard, and lots of love.  She is a great companion dog!Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email thedoghouse3091@hotmail.com or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more

  • Saint Martin’s University Physics Faculty Member Andrea Kunder, Ph.D., Earns Grant

    first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityAndrea Kunder, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics at Saint Martin’s University, received a grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust of Vancouver, Washington, for her project, Bulge Radial Velocity Assay – RR Lyrae (BRAVA—RR) Survey: Mapping the Bulge with RR Lyrae Stars.Kunder’s project will focus on studying stars that lie at the very center (or bulge) of the Milky Way. Kunder and her colleagues believe they have uncovered an old component of stars lying in the very center of the Milky Way that are moving in circular motions and not in the cylindrical manner that is expected. For her project, Kunder aims to scrutinize those stars, establish why they are moving differently and determine how much older they are than the bulk of the stars in the center of the Milky Way and the stars on the outskirts of the galaxy. This will provide new clues to understand the intricate processes that went into the formation of the Milky Way Galaxy.Kunder and her students will study the bulge stars by collecting new observations at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona at the end of May and calculating motions of other stars throughout the summer. In addition, they will determine the chemical compositions of the old stars by developing new, sophisticated methods for spectroscopy in collaboration with George Wallerstein, Ph.D., professor emeritus at the University of Washington, Michael Rich, Ph.D., research astronomer at UCLA and Christian Johnson, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.Andrea has traveled to many areas of the globe, researching and discussing our skies. Including Nice, France, where she gave a talk at the May 2017 IAU Symposium. Photo credit: Andrea Kunder“I remember what it was like the first time I went to a research telescope to collect observations of stars,” Kunder said. “On one hand, it was exhausting staying up all night and carrying out the many tasks and checks to ensure everything was actually working. But on the other hand, it was exhilarating. I am thrilled to now be in the position to take my three students observing at the Kitt Peak National Observatory. They will likely forget the details of the day-to-day tasks of their research over the summer, but I think the experience of using a professional telescope, and the spectacular sunsets, sunrises and crystal clear skies on Kitt Peak will not be forgotten as easily. I want to impart on my students the excitement of understanding the world around us, and how using the scientific principles we are teaching at Saint Martin’s enables us to explore and discover the universe we are part of.”M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, created by the will of the late Melvin. J. (Jack) Murdock, provides grants to organizations in five states of the Pacific Northwest—Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington—that seek to strengthen the region’s educational and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways. More information is available at www.murdocktrust.org.Read more about Andrea Kunder here.last_img read more

  • PV Sindhu suffers second round defeat to South Korea’s Se Young An at Denmark…

    first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/BWFAdvertisement 8i06NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5dlpnrWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Efw2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2noomWould you ever consider trying this?😱2z4Can your students do this? 🌚cse3yRoller skating! Powered by Firework Following Saina Nehwal’s defeat against Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi yesterday, India’s promenade in the Danisa Denmark Open 2019 saw its termination as the country’s star stuttler PV Sindhu lost to the 17 year old Se Young An from South Korea today in Odense. Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/BWFSindhu, currently ranked fifth, was overpowered by the Korean teenager in the first set with a 6-1 lead, and finally met her trounce in the second round 14-21, 17-21, as the 24 year old faced premature elimination three times since claiming gold in the BWF World Championship in Basel back in August 2019.Young, who is seeded 19th in the tournament, won the 2019 Canada Open, defeating Wang Zhiyi of China, and a m ixed team gold the 2017 Badminton Asia Junior Championships.Advertisement Showing precise control and and great composure, the youngster from Gwangju powered through to defeat her toughest opponent yet, progressing to the quarter finals to take on  the reigning Olympic Champion Carolina Marín.In addition to the double elimination in the women’s singles, the men’s singles contenders B. Sai Praneeth and Sameer Verma were also obliterated by their oppositions. Praneeth crashed out against Kento Momota, the Japanese who is the current world champion. Verma too secured his exit after topping out versus Chen Long, who deposed the 24 year old in the second round.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Sachin Tendulkar’s idea of how to eat vada pav will make your tongue water!

    first_imgImage Courtesy: iStock/ReutersAdvertisement 8k5bmjNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7t2wjaWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4p0tj3( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6yfl3hWould you ever consider trying this?😱61ertfCan your students do this? 🌚6brlyRoller skating! Powered by Firework First, it was Team India skipper Virat Kohli, who revealed to us about his favourite cheat meal- the chole bhature, so important that he compared it to his focus on the bowler on the pitch. Now comes Ajinkya Rahane. The current vice captain of the test format is on a break from the red ball game, now well over a month, means he’s cherishing an escape out of his strict sports diet. On his tweet regarding vada pav, another cricketing icon arrived and revealed his foodie nature- the one and only Sachin Tendulkar!Advertisement Image Courtesy: iStock/ReutersOn his official Twitter handle, Rahane posted a picture of himself in a hoodie, holding a vada pav on the street. He captioned the picture with a poll for his social media audience, on their best way to enjoy the famous dish from Maharashtra.Advertisement The 31 year old asked his followers if the best way to enjoy the vada pav is to have it with a side item like chutney or chai, or without.Sachin himself joined in, saying that chutney is his favourite go to method, and he even has them with three different kinds of chutnies. Sounds yummy!Rahane himself followed up with a reply, acknowledging the ‘Little Master’s foodie nature.Sachin is well known for his love for pav, and even said in an interview back in his cricketing days that he enjoys them with his son Arjun Tendulkar.“I and my son love to eat vada pav at Shivaji Park Gymkhana and there is nothing that can beat this snack, laced with ‘chutney’,” the 46 year old said in an interview back in 2011.Rahane, who usually opens Men in Blues’s innings in limited overs cricket, is a brilliant middle order batsman in the Test format. He scored his 10th test century in the 2nd innings of the first test against West Indies back in August. With a combined score of 183, Rahane was named player of the match.The former Rajasthan Royals star was picked up by Delhi Capitals in this year’s IPL auction. Since his last match against Bangladesh back in November, Rahane is enjoying his liberty from his nutrition plan.However, the 63 times test capped heavy hitter will return to international duty later in January, as India will travel to New Zealand for T20, ODI and Test series that will continue till march.Also read-Virat Kohli explains similarity between batting and a ‘chole bhature cheat meal’Sachin Tendulkar’s classy tribute for the death anniversary of his first coach, Ramakant Achrekar Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Thumbs-Up for Bulldog Graduates

    first_imgOn the 17th of June, 2016, Rumson-Fair Haven graduates congregated at Monmouth University MAC to receive their 238 diplomas.Over 95% of the students will be entering college in the fall. The class appreciated the messages voiced by their two class valedictorians Colin Courchesne and Jack Padovano.last_img

  • Power play comes alive as Leafs win two straight

    first_imgNelson entered the weekend a dismal 1-for-31 with the man advantage in October.However, the Leafs scored three times against Grand Forks before adding a man-advantage marker Sunday. Dallon Stoddart and Colton Malmsten also scored in the first period before Rance Hughes cut the margin to 3-2 with a goal in the last minute of the period.Schell regained the two-goal advantage early in the second. Jesse Collins once again cut into the Nelson lead before Connor McLaughlin, back in the lineup missing a handful of games due to injury, scored his second goal in as many games.Spokane out shot the Leafs 39-29 in the contest.Saturday, team captain Taylor O’Neil, McLaughlin and Schell to jumpstart the Leafs. Rookie Adam Wheeldon and Patrick Martens also scored for the home side, which held period leads of 2-1 and 3-2.Kevin Wong and Yan Kalashnikov replied with power play goals for Grand Forks. Beesley went the distance in goal for Nelson as the Leafs out shot the Bruins 24-8.ICE CHIPS: Marcus Dahl and Gavin Currie each had two points against Spokane. . . . Currie now leads Nelson in scoring with 15 points, two ahead of Colton Schell. Dahl is third with 11. . . .Braeden Hikichi (two assists), Patrick Martens and Schell all finished Saturday’s contest with two points. . . . Veteran forward Cody Abbey, who has been on the injured list since September 17 with an upper body injury, continues to be sidelined. . . .Defencemen Raymond Reimer (injured) and Kyle Alexander also did not play this weekend.
sports@thenelsondaily.com By The Nelson Daily SportsColton Schell had three points and Marcus Beesley stopped 36 shots to pace the Nelson Leafs to a 5-3 victory over the Spokane Braves in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Sunday afternoon in the Lilac City.The victory is the second in as many days for the Leafs and allows Nelson to gain a little revenge after the Braves post a 2-0 shutout the last time the teams met. Saturday, Nelson bounced Grand Forks 5-2.
After Brycen Fisher opened the scoring for Spokane, Nelson exploded for three goals in a five-minute span to take a 3-1 lead.Gavin Currie got the ball rolling scoring on a revitalized power play.last_img read more

  • Leafs shuffle deck chairs as Junior clubs set rosters for playoff run

    first_imgHowever, Dooley said both Smith and Novin would have been back in the lineup after Christmas. Novin, of course, was traded to Comox Valley of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League.Nelson has also signed 6’3″ forward Cleary Ambrose from Kamloops Storm.”He came and skated with us prior to Christmas and he is a big skilled center,” Dooley said.”He’s a young player so we look forward to developing him in our lineup.”Ambrose came to the KIJHL from the San Diego Gulls of the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League.The EJEPL was created to prepare players to become the Junior, Prep School and College recruits of the future. The EJEPL website said many of the owners of top Junior programs, top Prep School programs and AAA Youth orgainzations regularly scout the EJEPL and it’s (68) partner organizations.Players will be exposed NCAA style practices–including systems, plays, skill development, off-ice training techniques, and most importantly–academic guidance.Dooley said Saturday’s game against Beaver Valley, the Leafs were guilty of a poor start and taking too many penalties,  which cost them as the Hawks jumped all over the Green and White in the opening period.”I felt bad for Kurt Doyle, we didn’t play to our ability in the first period and let him down,” Dooley explained. “We talked to the team after the first period and focused on a positive solution going forward.”The last two periods we out scored the Hawks 3-2 but that first period out us to far back. We’re excited to get back to practice and keep working on our new systems.”The team is very positive and we get better every time we’re on the ice.”Ambrose, 18, is expected to join the Leafs when the Heritage City club begins a three games in three-night stint starting Thursday at home to Grand Forks Border Bruins.Friday, Nelson travels to Fernie to face the Ghostriders before returning home to meet defending KIJHL champion Kimberley Dynamiters. Fresh on the heels of a 7-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League pasting Saturday night in Fruitvale to the Murdoch Division leading Beaver Valley Nitehawks, the Nelson Leafs made a few changes prior to the BC Hockey roster deadline of January 10.The Nelson Leafs announced the team has released goalie Zak Babin and reinstated forward/defenceman Brendan Smith to the roster.Babin was acquired from the Princeton Posse in early December in a cash deal.The 6’4″ Babin was on the roster for only four games with Nelson.To replace Babin, Nelson acquired Josh Williams a Junior A goalie from the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.”Josh came highly recommended to us and we are really excited about picking him up,” said Leaf assistant coach Sean Dooley.Meanwhile Smith returns to the Leafs after being shown the door by former coach Dave McLellan in December.Smith, 20, was released along with center Nick Novin.At the time of the decision, McLellan wouldn’t get into specifics, saying there were “off-ice issues” that led to the departure of the two players.last_img read more

  • Coaching staff returns as Leafs salute players at awards banquet

    first_imgThe Nelson Leafs concluded the 2015-16 campaign on a celebratory note Wednesday night at the Hume Hotel with the annual team banquet and awards ceremony.First order of business was president John Dooley announcing that the entire coaching staff of Mario DiBella, Sean Dooley and Isaac Macleod would be back for the 2016-17 season. Team captain Rayce Miller, Joe Davie, Kolten Nelson and Blair Andrews led the awards each with two.Miller won Playoff MVP and Most Popular Player while Andrews took home Stan Zabawa Most Spirited Nelson Leafs award and coaches selection honour, donated by Trevor and Theresa Stocks.Davie won the Bob McIvor Memorial for Leafs Most Valuable Player and took home the top scorer honour.Nelson earned Most Sportsmanlike and Most Improved Player awards.Other awards went to Kyle Chernenkoff Best Defenceman; and Aigne McGeady-Bruce winner of the Harold Mayo Memorial award for player exemplifying dedication to both hockey and education.Saw Weber won the Michael Spring Unsung Player award while Eamonn Miller cpatured the Overwaitea Foods Rookie of the year award.last_img read more