Thurston Energy Introduces its New Energy Services Specialist, Mark Rentfrow

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Thurston Energy would like to introduce Mark Rentfrow, Energy Services Specialist. His role is to build relationships with homeowners, business owners and local contractors. He will be responsible for providing Thurston Energy services to customers, including scheduling energy use evaluations, providing energy efficiency improvement services and efficiency technology information, and communicating with contractors on behalf of customers. He will also be responsible for managing the Thurston Energy Vendor Network of local contractors and energy efficiency service providers. A long-term resident of Olympia, Mark received his Masters of Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University in 2010, and has a strong background in customer service and support, project management, strategic forecasting and relationship building. He is a member of the Olympia Heritage Commission, and enjoys music composition and production and spending time with family and friends. We are pleased Mark has joined our team, and are looking forward to working with him.last_img read more

Thurston County: Tips For Choosing And Working With Your Contractor Through…

first_img About The AuthorJohn Erwin Remodeling, Inc is a recognized leader in the home remodeling industry. They have been remodeling homes in Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater area for many years, winning numerous awards and designations for there work. They are so confident in their level of teamwork, quality and craftsmanship they offer a full two year warranty. They select quality materials that they feel confident to stand behind. They love what they do and it shows in their work. To see a few samples of their work, visit the portfolio section of their website. Facebook7Tweet0Pin0Submitted By: John Erwin of John Erwin RemodelingAt some point if you are a homeowner, you will need to hire a contractor to work on your home.  It certainly can be a scary endeavor especially if your only experience is watching HGTV or maybe watching “Get Jesse” on the 5 o’clock news reporting on the worst of the worst contractors out there.  It’s no wonder that many homeowners go into this process very guarded with all their defenses up.  The following are some good tips for you when choosing and more importantly, working with your contractor through the process.   The first step is to talk with two or three contractors, then do your homework and research on the contractors you are considering.  You may find yourself disqualifying one or two well before they even end up giving you a proposal. The most important tip I can give you is to hire a licensed bonded contractor.  Don’t take their word for it just because they hand you a business card and tell you they have been in business for years.  Be pro-active and go to the Labor and Industries web site and look it up for yourself (https://fortress.wa.gov/lni/bbip/).  You may just find out that sure they had been in business for years; however they may not have current liability insurance and without it, they legally cannot be working on your home.  That person should be automatically disqualified from your list of candidates.  If they have employees that will be working on your home, I recommend you  also look up and insure they are current with their workman’s compensation premiums on the same L&I website.  If they are not, it is a good indication that there are deeper problems with the company and most of all, if a worker gets injured on your property, they can go after you for compensation.When sitting down with the contractors direct your questions to the quality and trust factors.   How much experience does the contractor have in the type of project you are considering?  How long have they been in business?  Longevity, especially in these economic times can be a good indicator on what type of company they run.  What percentage of their work comes from repeat or referral?  A good reputable company will have about 50% of their work coming in as repeat and referrals.  Do they have industry accreditations and or certifications?  This will indicate the level of professionalism you can expect.     Ask them how they run their jobs from start to finish.  A good contractor will have a very clear process from the initial walk though, billing, and final punch list even one on warranty issues.   Ask for references not only from past clients but from current projects they are working on.Ask for a detailed proposal.  The proposal should clearly outline the work that will be done in layman’s terms along with all product specifications, model numbers, and owner’s responsibilities.  The down payment and payment process should also be clearly stated.Now you have done your homework and you have received two or three detailed proposals on your project and you are ready to choose who you are going to work with.  A lot of homeowner’s focus solely on price and certainly price is factor in the decision process; however price alone is not the best way to choose.  Simply choosing the low bid, although may work out well; it can also lead to headaches and problems.  Most contractors will price out very similar, but if you have one proposal that is more than 20% to 30% less than the other proposals, chances are the contractor missed something, is not including everything you wanted or in other words is not pricing out the same job.  If a contractor made a mistake it’s not like you won the “lottery”.  They will eventually find the mistake and do everything they can to make that up through change orders, taking short cuts or using inferior products.  Keep in mind you will be working with this contractor for an extended amount of time, before during and after the project begins.  Furthermore, the contractor will be working on your most personal asset, your home.  I have always recommended going with your gut feeling and instinct with who you feel most comfortable and confident in working with.You have now chosen your contractor, are comfortable, confident and ready to start the project.  Often there is a communication gap between homeowners and contractors.  Too often this starts because the homeowners are still suspicious of the contractor and worrying that they are about to be taken advantage of.  If you felt that way, you shouldn’t have hired the contractor to begin with.  Now is the time to be completely honest and upfront with your contractor and communicate daily.  I definitely feel communication is the first key to a successful remodel project.1.       Expect a mess and then work to minimize it.  Contractors are often left shaking their head when a homeowner asks “why is there so much dust”.  If they are working inside your home, even with the best of precautions, floor protection and dust barriers, dust will still manage to get though, it doesn’t know to stop at the doorway.  Talk with the contractor before they start and ask what he will do to minimize the mess along with what you can do to help.  For example:  If a wall is being taken down, removing everything from the room prior to them arriving, and covering up items in nearby rooms especially electronics and computers.  It certainly will help control the dust and mess and the contractor will appreciate the fact that you are helping out by doing your part.2.       Know what you want.  Most contractors go into the job with a schedule based on the projects scope of work and products selected.  Everything has lead time, so although it may seem like changing your mind or not meeting the contractors schedule for deciding on the type of flooring or countertops you want in your new kitchen, it can wreak havoc on a contractors schedule.  It may cause a delay in your project by days or weeks.  You cannot install the wood trim until the flooring is installed and if you don’t know what you’re doing on the countertop, you cannot schedule the plumber to install the sink or dishwasher.  Sure there is always a solution, but in the end, it just cost additional time and possibly money.  Do your part and make your selections early and on time.3.       Be prepared for delays.  If you have spent time watching HGTV you may have an unrealistic idea on how easy it may be or how long a project may take.  A major project cannot be done in one hour and in those shows, Keep in mind that behind the scenes there are many craftsmen and assistants working off camera.  If you are doing a bathroom remodel there may be days when it seems like not much work has been done.  Well sometimes that is true.  The contractor may hang the sheetrock in one day and put on the first coat of drywall mud.  The following 3 days they may only spend about two hours a day on your project due to drying time in between coats with nothing else to do until it is complete.  Working outside there may be weather related delays.  The siding may be all done on the new addition but it is simply too cold or raining to paint.  It’s always best to be patient and wait for the appropriate weather.  The end result will always be better and probably last longer.4.     Your job may cost more than you expect.  Make sure you talk to your contractor about your budget, we all have one right? If you communicate well with the contractor what your overall max budget is, they will work with you to help you meet that budget.   Expect your project to cost more and plan on about a 10% contingency fund.  If you were financing the project your bank will more than likely require you to have that anyway.  The contractor doesn’t have X-ray vision, so if they uncover rot damage it will need to be repaired and it will cost you more.  You may also expand your scope of work or may choose products that are more expensive than your allowances.  Sometimes the scope of work changes, sometimes the budget changes, and a good contractor will work very hard for you to blend the two the best they can.5.     Communicate, communicate, and communicate.  Many homeowners feel like they need to be home and hover, watching what the contractor is doing every hour of the day just in case the contractor or workers are not clear on what is to be done or have questions.  More than not, this actually has the opposite effect.  Remember you hired a professional and you need to give them their space.  No one likes someone looking over their shoulder all day long while they are working; it is very uncomfortable and actually can be a safety hazard.  I have found the best way to communicate is what I call “low-Tech” email.  This is simply a spiral note book that is left out in a common area in the home that both the homeowner and contactor write in every day throughout the project.  All the pages are left in the book and in the end of the project you will have a “journal” of the project.  You will also have backup and do not have to rely on memory two or three months after the fact trying to remember what was said or communicated.  Schedule a once a week one hour meeting with your contractor to review progress using the communication log as your agenda.  Do your best to schedule your meetings with your contractor during regular business hours, they will also appreciate that because they too have after work obligations with kids, dinner and well, the same thing everyone else has.6.     Be a good customer.  One of the best ways to get quality work from your contractor is to make all the construction crew members enjoy working for you.  That means being friendly and accommodating with the workers in your home.  Call them by their first name and give them compliments as they are deserved, they will eat it up.  Most importantly, pay the contractor on time according to the terms of the contract.  Contractors have a lot of obligations with suppliers, sub-contractors, and employees and if you hold up the pay just because you “didn’t have time” to go the bank; it will only cause stress and can have a detrimental effect on attitude.  Often times our clients will go the extra mile as they get to know the crew and make cookies or give the workers a cup of hot coffee on a cold day.  That is good as gold as far as I am concerned, they will bend over backwards for you and more than likely do everything they can to do a fantastic job.last_img read more

Olympia School District to Live Stream Graduations

first_imgFacebook94Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia School DistrictThe Olympia School District is pleased to announce that they will be live streaming high school graduation ceremonies for Avanti, Capital and Olympia so that those who cannot attend in person, can still cheer on their graduate online. Family, friends and loved ones that may not live nearby can now be a part of this special day.The following Olympia School District graduation ceremonies will be live-streamed on the district Facebook page. Family and friends from near and far can now partake in the festivities:Avanti High School Graduation – Thursday, June 8 at 6:00 p.m.Capital High School Graduation – Tuesday, June 13 at 7:00 p.m.Olympia High School Graduation – Wednesday, June 14 at 7:00 p.m.These live-streams will begin approximately 10-15 minutes prior to each graduation start time. To view the live-stream just follow us on Facebook.last_img read more

Read the message Poonam Yadav’s family has for her after her heroics against Australia

first_imgImage Courtesy: AP/ANIAdvertisement afqzNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsf3meWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3r34( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bxqrxWould you ever consider trying this?😱5gorCan your students do this? 🌚3uv6Roller skating! Powered by Firework The 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup has kicked off brilliantly for the Indian Women with thrashing the defending champions Australia in the tournament opener yesterday at the Spotless Stadium in Sydney. Defending their total in the second innings, India packed up the hosts batting lineup with a 17 runs victory, and the main effectuator of the win is none other than Poonam Yadav who picked up 4 wickets. Along with greetings and praise from the fans, the spinner has received a special felicitating message from her own family.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AP/ANIPoonam Yadav’s brilliant spell with the ball saw her picking up the vital wicket of Aussie opener Alyssa Healy. Soon after, Indian leg break bowler secured three more wickets, dismissing Rachael Haynes, Ellyse Perry and Jess Jonassen, which effectively nullified Australia’s run chase. By 115 runs, their whole batting order was wiped out.Yadav’s mother Munni Devi was full of pride for her daughter’s match winning performance. In an interview with ANI, she said: “India batting first scored a below-par score and the Australian team started well.”Advertisement Healy, the wicket keeper batsman who picked up the pace with a half century, was caught and bowled by Yadav, and that’s what became the turning point of the match in the second innings.Munni Devi continued: “At first, I was nervous but the team made a comeback later in the game. I am proud of Poonam Yadav who took four wickets in the game. All the girls played well and their effort ensured India’s victory.”Advertisement The 28 year old won the player of the match award for her stunning performance. Along with four wickets, she only shelled out 19 runs from bowling four overs, with an amazing economy rate of 4.75.Praises also came from Yadav’s brother Ashu. “It was a great match for the Indian team. Today, she bowled well and won the player of the match award. I pray to God that she performs well and guides the team to victory. The whole family is proud of her achievement,” he told reporters.Making her limited overs debut in 2013, Yadav has earned 46 WODI and 62 WT20I caps.Now leading Group A with two points, the Indian women will take on Bangladesh on 24th February at the at the WACA Ground in Perth.Also read-ICC Women’s T20 World Cup: India outdoes Australia by 17 runs in opener! Advertisementlast_img read more

A Run for Kortney

first_imgStart of the Kortney’s Challenge Road Race at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport on Sunday Aug. 26. The Kortney Rose Foundation is dedicated to raising funds to support research and education related to the treatment and cure of pediatric brain tumors. The race was a 2-mile fun run/walk.last_img

A Life Well Lived

first_imgBy John BurtonRumson woman recalls a century of livingRUMSON – Rose Rimali has seen a lot. From the Italy of a century ago as a baby and the hardscrabble life of immigrant New York City to her later life and now living with her daughter and son-in-law in their Rumson home, Rimali is amazed at the path her life has taken.Rimali marked a milestone on Saturday, June 1, that few get to see – the celebration of her 100th birthday.“I feel pretty good,” she said, acknowledging her back occasionally bothers her and she relies on a walker to get around.Rose Rimali of Rumson celebrated her 100th birthday June 1.She credited the fact that she never smoked and drinks “a half a glass of wine every day,” as factors contributing to her longevity. Her love of wine comes naturally; her father, an Italian immigrant, made his own.Rimali’s father came to America in 1911 from the Messina region of Sicily to settle and establish himself in the United States before eventually bringing his family over.Her father, a gardener in his native country, worked in hotels and “did any odd jobs,” in New York City, Rimali said. “Whatever he could.”Her family lived in Green­wich Village when her mother and siblings first arrived in New York when Rimali was an infant, and then moved on to the Bronx. There, her parents and their seven children “use to live in a three-room apartment.”The apartment had a coal stove and a gas meter that needed to be fed with coins to work. “We had to go to 23rd Street to take a bath,” a fair distance from the family home, she said, recalling how the family had to use a public bathhouse at that time.It was tough times back then. “There were a lot of families struggling like we were,” she said.Rimali remembered being a young girl and going with her older brother to the movies – silent in those days – during which a pianist would accompany the movie, adding to the excitement.It was a time when a horse and carriage was the most common type of transportation.“When a car did pass, we would run outside to see it,” she said. “It was amazing.”As a young girl, Rimali remembered seeing a man being shot in their neighborhood, clutching his chest and weaving before falling. She remembered telling her mother about it later, thinking the man was dancing.At 22, she married Lou Rimali, someone she had known for years. “We waited three years to get married because times were so bad,” she said. The couple started their life together and had two daughters. Rimali worked as a dressmaker and her husband worked as a “cutter” in the same factory, cutting cloth for the garments that were to be made.When Rimali was eight months pregnant, her brother approached them about starting a business, asking if they were interested in opening a small store in the Bronx.Rose and Lou Rimali invested their life savings in the venture. “We had saved $900,” she said. “To me that was a big deal.”The store, located in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx, started out as a modest shop selling housewares and notions. Eventually it grew into a small but established area department store called Crosby’s.The Rimali family operated the store for 37 years, until Lou Rimali was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.Her husband died when he was 67, and Rimali eventually went to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Bob Slavin, in their North Ward Avenue home.With her siblings all gone and her parents dying relatively young, Rimali’s long life seemed to surprise her.“I was the sickly one,” growing up, she said. “When I was in my 90s I thought any day now,” would be her last, she joked.She doesn’t get to do much cooking anymore, but “she keeps her nose in the kitchen” as others work, son-in-law Bob Slavin acknowledged.Rimali’s daughter confided that her mother still can make killer meatballs – though she won’t divulge the recipe. The centenarian also still takes out the sewing machine – the one her mother bought for her many years ago – and does some work with it.Rimali has four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and will have a great-great-grandchild expected to be born this month. Life is good, even with a few aches and pains, she said.It’s been a long way and a long time since that little Bronx apartment, as Rimali looks out at on this home, with a built-in swimming pool, neatly manicured lawn and a view of the Shrewsbury River, Sea Bright and the Atlantic Ocean.“Are you kidding?” she responded when asked how she liked living there, recalling how she would have to make a meal on 50 cents. “When we were children and we saw this,” she said as she pointed to the yard and home, “we would have thought we were in paradise.”last_img read more

A New Jersey Hero

first_imgMary Pat Christie, the wife of Gov. Chris Christie, presented Lore Macdonald, a co-founder of the Horizons Student Enrichment Program, with the state’s 22nd New Jersey Hero Award during a ceremony Wednesday, July 17, at the Rumson County Day School. Celebrating the award are Horizons program students and, from left in the center: Macdonald; Chad Small, head of school at Rumson Country Day School; Bridget Christie, the Christies’ daughter; Christie; and Robin Scheman, president of the Horizons board.last_img

Candidates for Sheriff Zero In On Drug Abuse

first_imgBy Joseph SapiaBoth candidates for Monmouth County sheriff, Republican incumbent Shaun Golden and Democrat challenger Jeff Cantor, agree the most pressing issue in this race is heroin abuse.Golden, 49, who has been sheriff for seven years and an undersheriff two years before that, is using an approach of direct law enforcement and education.His office is providing education for both adults and youth, including the “Reach For Your Dreams” program in which recovering addicts meet with students from seventh grade to high school and help organize youth anti-drug use activities.The Sheriff’s Office also works with pharmacists to recognize fake prescriptions. It has partnered with other law enforcement agencies to organize unwanted prescription drug drop-offs for proper disposal. Under Golden’s tenure the office has added six narcotics-sniffing dogs.“It’s a multi-prong approach,” said Golden, a former police officer in Toms River and Colts Neck.Cantor, 50, said, if elected, he would form a joint task force that would incorporate law enforcement, recovering addicts, counselors, doctors and pharmaceutical companies.“There’s not a comprehensive strategy,” said Cantor, who has been a member of the Marlboro Township Council for 12 years. “It really comes down to treatment, recovery and education. It’s a growing problem, everyone’s affected by this problem.”The sheriff’s office performs a number of roles: law enforcement, running the county jail in Freehold Township, operating emergency services dispatching, providing security at the Monmouth County Courthouse in Freehold, and running county-wide emergency management.Jeff CantorCantor, a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, also wants to form another unit, one focused on dealing with terrorism. Cantor said he was concerned with “soft targets,” such as boardwalks, movie theaters, railroad stations and houses of worship. The unit would recommend ways these various locales could secure themselves, do patrols and be made aware of explosives.“The whole purpose is to keep our children and families safe,” said Cantor, chief operating officer for Gladius Health.Golden said his office is already dealing with domestic and foreign terrorist threats. The Sheriff’s office is using license plate readers to see if vehicles are associated with criminal activity; security cameras; working jointly with municipalities; and teaching private groups how to recognize suspicious activity.Cantor suggested a more cohesive operational approach, one incorporating emergency management, communications, firefighting, emergency medical services and private entities to work together to mitigate problems before they happen.“Then, you can focus on applying resources to these problem spots,” Cantor said.About 25 towns, or more than 100 emergency response agencies, use the Sheriff’s 911 telephone system, Golden said. But Cantor said the communications system needs to be improved, including regional dispatchers needing to better understand local areas and better communication equipment for emergency responders.Golden pointed to various accomplishments in his office, such as a Special Needs Registry for tracking people with autism, dementia, or physical disabilities. Dispatchers and personnel responding to emergencies at an address with a special needs person will know the situation they are walking into and how to deal with it if the person is in the registry.During 2012’s Super Storm Sandy, 72,000 people were evacuated and 5,000 sheltered, with no loss of life, Golden said.“We’ve done a lot,” said Golden, an adjunct professor at Monmouth University. “We’re moving right along.”Cantor questioned Golden serving as sheriff, whose budget is determined by the county Board of Freeholders, and serving as county Republican chairman, who oversees the campaigns of the all-GOP freeholder board.“He controls the freeholders and they control his budget,” Cantor said.last_img read more

Wildcats hold their own at Kamloops Female Tourney

first_imgThe West Kootenay Wildcats ran into some stiff competition during a Female Minor Hockey Bantam Tournament this past weekend in Kamloops.The Cats dropped games to Abbotsford Ice, 3-1, and Tri-Cities, 6-1, before dumping South Island Royals 5-1.The final game between the Wildcats and North Shore Avalanche ended in a 1-1 tie.Tri-Cities, a collection of players from three Lower Mainland cities, took the play to West Kootenay from the opening face-off, building a 5-0 first period lead.Trail’s Julie Sidoni scored the lone goal for the Wildcats.Against Abbotsford, Chanel Tvergyak scored three times — two in the opening period — to pace the Ice.The Wildcats scored its lone goal in the second period.The Cats rebounded to pull off a win against South Island, scoring three times in the first period to take control of the game.Stephanie McAuley of Trail led the charge with a pair of goals with singles going to Jenna Wheeldon, Jesse Cooper and Emma Hare, all of Nelson.West Kootenay completed the tournament with tie against North Shore.The Wildcats battled back from a 1-0 first-period deficit on a goal by Merrissa Dawson. Catalina Hartland of Kaslo was in goal for the Wildcats.The tourney in Kamloops comes on the heels of a similar event in Trail.West Kootenay finished with a 1-3 record. Its lone win came against Nelson. Goals by Sidoni, McAuley, Paige Gattafoni of Trail and Hare paced West Kootenay to the win.The Wildcats lost twice to Castlegar teams and once to Kelowna.West Kootenay returns to the ice Saturday with a game against Nelson Bantam House at 10:15 a.m. in the Civic Arena.Sunday, the team is in Castlegar to meet a Bantam House team at 2:30 p.m. in the Castlegar and District Community Complex Arena.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Leafs get back to work Friday against Creston

first_imgRound two of “Who wants to play for the Nelson Leafs” goes Friday at the NDCC Arena when the Creston Valley Thunder Cats pay a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition visit.Nelson opened the pre-season with an 8-2 win over Beaver Valley Nitehawks. Leaf coach Frank Maida is scheduled to change of the lineup somewhat from Tuesday’s Team White for the Thunder Cats as he continues to look for an opening day roster.Nelson travels to Beaver Valley Sunday before playing a home-and-away series against Castlegar Rebels, with the home date Wednesday at the NDCC Arena.Nelson opens the KIJHL regular season Friday, September 13 when the Green and White face the defending KIJHL champs on banner raising night at the Castlegar Complex.Nelson returns home the following night, Saturday, September 14, to kick off the Cyclone Taylor hosting campaign against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats.last_img read more