After an absence of 112-years golf is returning to the Olympics at Rio 2016 and the occasion has been marked by a new exhibition. SWING! has opened at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, where it will run until the end of January, before moving to the fan zone at the golf venue during the Rio Games, and then touring around the world. Golf was played at two Games, in Paris in 1900 when it was one of the first sports to have female athletes competing; and at St Louis in 1904. The free exhibition is being staged by the Olympic Museum in collaboration with the International Golf Federation (IGF) and will enable visitors to discover everything about this sport before the upcoming Games: its origins, the equipment, Rules, courses and the biggest golfing icons. It includes interactive quizzes and a putting challenge. Peter Dawson, IGF President, commented at the opening of the exhibition: “Much has changed in our sport since it was last in the Olympic Programme. But what has not changed are the values of golf and the spirit in which golf is played and governed. Integrity, respect, excellence and solidarity are values that are in harmony with those of the Olympic movement and on display in this exhibit.” 11 Dec 2015 SWING! marks golf’s Olympic return
Facebook1Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston County Emergency ManagmentWatch for urban flooding with late summer squalls Thursday September 5, 2013.Change is in the air as a late summer storm system makes its way toward Western Washington. Isolated showers and possible thundershowers forecast for Thursday, September 5 could dump heavy rain at times in Thurston County, which could potentially overwhelm storm drains and cause urban flooding in some areas.Lucy Mills, Road Operations Manager for Thurston County Public Works, says a few quick maintenance tips like clearing leaves and debris from storm drains before it rains can save residents the inconvenience of flooded roadways. “It’s been a long, dry summer, so there may be grass, debris, even garbage clogging up storm drains,” says Mills. “Taking just a few minutes to clean out the debris now could save you and your neighbors a lot of headaches when the rain comes.”Residents of unincorporated Thurston County can call the Roads Maintenance division at (360) 867-2300 to report flooded roads. Residents are urged to only use 9-1-1 for life-threatening emergencies.Thurston County emergency management officials urge drivers to use caution in wet weather and stay away from flooded roads. “With the kind of spotty squalls that are predicted, a sudden downpour can flood a section of road in a matter of minutes. It only takes 18 inches of water to float a small car, so even if a roadway isn’t officially closed, the only safe bet is to avoid flooded roads and find an alternate route,” says Sandy Johnson, Thurston County Emergency Management Coordinator.This week’s wet weather is a reminder that storm season is right around the corner, and that the county’s annual Emergency Preparedness EXPO this Saturday is a great opportunity to get the tools, tips and information you need to get your family and your home storm ready. The free event on Saturday, September 7 will open at 10 a.m. at the Saint Martin’s University Marcus Pavilion & Worthington Conference Center, and every attendee will receive a free Kit-Man safety bag that will give you a jumpstart on creating your own emergency response kit. For more information about Preparedness EXPO 2013, visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/em/Expo or contact Vivian Eason at [email protected] or (360) 867-2825.For more information on the Thurston County Emergency Management Division, visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/em
Facebook740Tweet0Pin0Submitted by FirstLightHomeCareFirstLight HomeCare today was named “Best Home Health Care Agency” in the 2015 Best of South Sound award ceremony hosted by the Thurston County Chamber.For the past decade The Olympian has recognized Thurston County businesses with the coveted Best of South Sound awards. Readers vote online for their favorite businesses in over 80 categories. Sarah and Greg Lane, co-owners of FirstLight HomeCare – South Sound, accepted the award and said they were honored to be voted the winner of “Best Home Health Care Agency.”FirstLight HomeCare – South Sound is proud to be named “Best Home Health Care Agency.”“We can think of no greater accolade than being chosen as ‘Best’ by the people in our community, the clients we serve and our colleagues in health care,” said Sarah Lane after accepting the Best of South Sound award. “This is a reflection of the tremendous work done every day by our caregivers, who are dedicated to providing the best possible care to our clients and their families.”The Best of South Sound award is the third satisfaction honor won by FirstLight HomeCare – South Sound this year. In January, FirstLight also accepted two awards from Home Care Pulse, the leading independent performance and quality satisfaction firm in the home care industry. FirstLight HomeCare – South Sound received both the Best of Home Care Provider of Choice Award and the Best of Home Care Employer of Choice Award, the only home care agency in Thurston County to receive either award.Sarah Lane (right), owner of FirstLight HomeCare, accepts the award on behalf of all of their caregivers.“Our goal is to be the best home care agency in this area, and to accomplish that, we’ve focused on building a team of outstanding caregivers to serve our clients,” added Greg Lane. “While we’re not in this to win awards, being voted as the ‘Best Home Health Care Agency’ in the South Sound is validation that our clients and their families are happy with the care we are providing and our referral partners in the health care community trust us to take great care of their patients.”FirstLight HomeCare – South Sound is owned by Greg and Sarah Lane, long-time Olympia residents. To learn more about companion and personal care, dementia care, respite care or other non-medical home care services offered by FirstLight, give Sarah a call at 360-489-1621 or visit www.southsound.firstlighthomecare.com.