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first_imgRight now at this very moment, it is 7:15 a.m. on May 28, the day after Memorial Day. During the previous 24 hours, I have lost and found my wallet, had holds put on and removed from all of my credit and debit cards, ate too much and by the way, my computer crashed.I would like to wish myself a happy, happy, Memorial Day. See boys and girls, I lost and found my wallet, now ain’t that “a you know what.” I remember; folks please don’t become aggravated with my constant referral to the word “remember” because now at age 60 that is a very, very important word to me.There are many folks that are now whining about the Pittsburgh Pirates being 11 games over .500. Their perverted logic points out that during the past two seasons the play of the Pirates has been “volcanic” prior to the All-Star break but has fizzled like a car full of damp illegal firecrackers after baseballs annual showcase.Right now there is a serious dogfight in the National League Central division with a mere 2.5 games separating the first place St. Louis Cardinals from the third place Pirates. All of the Pirates loyal fans have been pining just for the team to finish above the .500 mark but “yinz” need to dig just a little deeper in regards to the Pirates history because they have not always worn the label of “lovable” losers.According to MLB.com “the Pittsburgh Pirates have completed 126 seasons in Major League Baseball since joining the National League in 1887. Through 2012, they have played 19,339 regular season games, winning 9,767 and losing 9,572, for a winning percentage of .505.”There have been many seasons that the Pirates have finished far above the breakeven point.  I “remember” (and I am old enough to) Mr. Mac from Forbes Field. Mac as he was affectionately known was the older Black man who issued the work permits for all of the young people to get summer jobs at Forbes Field as “concessionaires.”He was old and salty and did not seem to like anyone. The only time that I ever recalled seeing him smile was when we turned in loot and went to grab more food to sell to the Pirates faithful. I vividly “remember” one time that he was staring at the money so hard I thought he was having a seizure; no this temporary loss of focus was more like “semi-orgasmic.”I would swear that this “cat” had “dolls” made from dollar bills at home waiting to greet him do you know what I mean?last_img read more

first_imgFacebook5Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThe 4th Annual CENTER Stage Awards & Gala will be held at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, July 25, 2019. The event is a fundraiser for the Washington Center and an opportunity to celebrate local artists and supporters of the arts. “This year’s gala will have a mid-century modern feel,” says Jill Barnes, Executive Director. “Think Palm Springs or Mad Men season one.”In celebrating local arts, the gala features a selection of local groups who regularly perform at the Center and call the Center “home.” Barnes says, “We have such a depth of arts in our community, and we’re proud to be able to feature local performing artists during the gala. It’s an eye-opening display of how vast the cultural talent is here, and the gala is an opportunity for them to gain new audiences and appreciation.”During the gala, the Excellence in the Arts awards will be given to those whose work, support, and creativity help build a vibrant cultural community. This year’s Achievement in the Arts awards will be awarded to Jill Carter. Jill Carter is a consummate technical set design expert. Her work has appeared on many stages throughout the Pacific Northwest and around the world for over 20 years. “Her sets have transported artists and audiences to new places,” says Barnes. “She has made a successful career as an artist herself, and mentored countless youth and students.”This year’s Commitment to the Arts award will be awarded to R.L. Ray Violin Shop. R.L. Ray Violin Shop has been operating in Olympia since 1999. The artists at R.L. Ray are world-class craftsmen who make, maintain, and repair instruments, and their impact goes far beyond their business. The shop believes strongly in providing philanthropy through scholarships and organizational support. Barnes says, “The generosity of R.L. Ray Violin Shop has made it possible for students to attend music school, summer camps, master classes and more.”In addition to cocktail hour, full dinner, awards ceremony, live auction, and entertainment, this year’s fund-a-need will help raise money for the latest gold-standard audio equipment technology.Tickets are $125 per person through July 5 and are currently on sale at the Washington Center by calling 360-753-8586 during Box Office hours, or online 24-hours a day at www.washingtoncenter.org.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook12Tweet0Pin0Submitted by SCJ AllianceTwo of the highest honors presented by SCJ Alliance are the annual SCJ Cares Award and Entrepreneurial Award. They are peer-nominated awards, honoring commitment to SCJ’s core values, including compassion, stewardship, trust, and integrity.Bob Tauscher. Photo courtesy: SCJ AllianceThis year Senior Project Manager Bob Tauscher was presented with the SCJ Cares Award and Tyrell Bradley, a project manager in SCJ’s Lacey office, earned the coveted Entrepreneurial Award. SCJ President and CEO Jean Carr shared the thoughts of many, saying, “Both Bob and Tyrell live our core values and model them for others, whether they’re working with clients or colleagues. We are grateful for their service and their overall genuine and caring spirits.”Bob is an engineer who works fluidly from many SCJ offices. He is known for being big-hearted both at work and in the community. You can find Bob coaching Special Olympics teams, preparing for mission trips with his church, and swinging a hammer for Rebuilding Together Thurston County, among other things. “I feel like Bob really embraces our culture of caring both inside and outside of the firm. He always has a smile on his face and always says yes,” one nominator said.Tyrell Bradley. Photo courtesy: SCJ AllianceTyrell, who is a leader in the civil engineering group, was praised for creating and maintaining extraordinary client relationships, as well as his patience and collaboration with colleagues. One nominator wrote, “Tyrell is an excellent mentor, working with staff to advance their skill and confidence, participating in firm-wide activities, and representing SCJ at community events.”SCJ Alliance is a multidisciplinary consulting firm established in Thurston County in 2006. Today, SCJ has eight offices and about 115 employees, with offices in Ballard, Seattle, Gig Harbor, Lacey, Centralia, Wenatchee and Spokane, Wash., as well as in Boulder, Colo. The firm specializes in civil engineering and site development, transportation planning and design, public outreach, cable-propelled transit, environmental and urban planning, landscape architecture, and public outreach.last_img read more

first_imgPublic Health Minister Volda Lawrence on Wednesday officiated at the reconstitution of the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) Management Committee, which consists of a total of 15 members.In addressing members of the committee, the minister shared her vision and expectations, and noted that the committee is expected to assist in the alleviation of issues which plague the institution.“We have been attempting to address many issues using the Band-Aid methodology, and that is not how I manage things. I expect that there will be reports, and we’ll be able to analyze those reports and make interventions very quickly,” the minister said. She added that there have been deficiencies from both the ministry and from Region 10, which have been recognised and are being addressed.The minister further said she is aware there are high expectations of the PublicMinister Volda Lawrence along with Dr Farouk Riyasat and Chairman of the Committee, Mortimer MingoHealth Ministry, but urged staff to work within their means and utilise what is available.“I want to say to the Committee that I expect that you would reach outside of Government to try to alleviate some of the issues which confront the health sector at the Linden Hospital Complex”, she said, even as she acknowledged that the Public Health Ministry does not have the physical capacity to, and cannot, do it alone.She urged Committee members to ensure they operate in a transparent manner, and that there is accountability and respect for the law.“Let us zero in on the issues, and let us look for ways in which we can alleviate those issues, and alleviate (them) in a long-term fashion…,” she said.Chairman of the Committee, Mortimer Mingo, in his remarks, thanked the Public Health Minister for reposing confidence and trust in him to lead the management team.CEO of the Linden Hospital Complex, Dr Riyasat, who also made brief remarks, thanked the minister for officiating at the reconstitution of the Committee, and pointed out the importance of having guidance in the management of the Linden Hospital Complex. He said the presence of the Committee would go a long way in achieving the hospital’s vision.In the Region for only three days, the minister said she would like to have more frequent and closer interaction with the hospital’s staff. Following this assignment, she conducted a tour of the hospital, including its Maternity Ward, Intensive Care Unit, and other departments, where she interacted with staff. She also met with nurses in Region 10.The members of the committee include Councillor and educator Denise Belgrave, LHC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Farouk Riyasat, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Health Officer Dr Pansy Armstrong, former matron Naomi Cox, technician Patrick Hudson, and representatives from the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU), the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LMTC), the Nurses Association Sub-Region 2, the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), the Linden Cancer Society, the religious community, and the People’s Progressive Party, whose members have not yet been named.last_img read more

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