Practical Advice From Olympia’s Van Dorm Realty – Preparing Your Home…

first_imgFacebook8Tweet0Pin0 Diane and Jeff Pust“As soon as your home hits the market, it’s instantly exposed to the world,” says Van Dorm Realty owner Jeff Pust.With more than 20 years in the real estate business and an owner of a firm that boasts 30 years of home selling expertise in the Olympia area, Pust has the credentials to give advice to home owners.“Within moments of your listing being active, pictures of your home and virtual tours are literally on thousands of websites,” comments Pust.“Plus, many potential buyers have automated searches set up and will instantaneously receive an email, if your home matches their criteria,” adds Pust.Therefore, it’s more critical than ever to have your home in pristine condition, from the sidewalk through the inside of the home.Pust notes that “people judge a home based on appearance and their first impression is from the photos in the listing.”  The next step is to drive around and look at properties.  “You want to entice a buyer with the photos so that they call a broker for a look inside.”Pust provides these suggestions to “make the exterior of your home irresistible” to potential buyers:Apply a layer of fresh paint.Mow the lawn.Lay down fresh bark and plant pretty flowers.Complete all repairs.Once on the inside, Pust recommends listening to your broker for staging advice.  Perhaps you want to consider hiring a professional stager.  At a minimum, de-clutter your home, apply fresh paint, and clean the carpets.“Consider how each room is going to show best.  What angle will a photo make the room appear largest?  Which photos show the room’s greatest appeal?”, encourages Pust when taking photos of the interior of the home.“Think of listing your home as a movie premier.  The first week or two is going to get all the action and excitement.  You want to catch someone’s eye right off the bat,” says Pust.The key to getting your home ready for the market does not have to be expensive.  “It’s not necessarily a whole ton of major repairs, instead, think of the overall style of your home and how it will look to a prospective buyer during a drive-by,” summarizes Pust.Van Dorm Realty1530 Black Lake Blvd SW, Suite FOlympia, WA 98502360.943.3800last_img read more

Taste Summer Wines At Fridays Uncorked at Bayview Thriftway

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0By Kathryn Millhorn“Sunlight held together by water” – Galileo –Galileo spoke of wine in his poetic quote, but could as easily have been referring to our beautiful Northwest summers.  Nothing aids enjoyment of those summers like spending an evening with Bayview’s Fridays Uncorked, sipping carefully chosen wines and snacking on thoughtfully paired hors d’oeuvers.This summer’s Uncorked events feature wines which enhance the sun and being outdoors with friends and family.  If our tricky Olympia weather permits, classes will be held outside on Bayview’s amazing patio, with its water views and cool Sound breezes.  Representatives from the store are on hand to answer questions or offer suggestions as needed.  Featured wines and their food pairings are also available during and after the event.  Rob Backman, manager of the wine department, works closely with the staff at the Bayview School of Cooking and its director Leanne Willard to make each themed evening a well rounded experience.Uncorked events are held year-round and matched to season, weather, or theme.  Leanne Willard says that Friday, July 19th will feature “Vino Picnic Partners”: wines which pair well with more casual foods; picnic staples that can handle the great outdoors.  August 16th introduces tasters to “Crisp Summer Whites” to help beat the late summer heat.  September’s theme has yet to be decided but October is traditionally dedicated to Bayview’s take on Oktoberfest and will showcase beer instead of wine.Events are held from 5-7:30pm, and cost $12 for 5 wine samples and assorted food pairings.  Pourings are ongoing so come any time to enjoy the inspired selections.  Advance registration is not required, and questions can be directed to the Bayview School of Cooking at (360) 754-1448.  A constantly updated calendar and event blog is also available online at Franklin said that “wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.”  In these uncertain times, peaceful evenings on the water surrounded by friends, food, and long-standing local businesses ensure his truth stays relevant even today.last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook75Tweet0Pin0ASubmitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonStar is the Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week.Star is a Labrador Retriever mix.  She is a complete sweetheart and loves people of all shapes and sizes. She is not a pushy dog at all, and because her life has been difficult, loves any attention she gets. Star knows her basic obedience commands and wants to please. She actually seems to have a smile on her face and has a mischievous sense of humor.Star came to the kennel with two of her puppies, Paris and Presley and was a great mom.  The puppies have found homes and Star has been spayed so it is her turn now.    If you are looking for a sweet, loving and fun dog, Star is your girl.We have lots of great dogs and always need volunteers to help them.  Visit our website at or contact Adopt-A-Pet, on Jensen Road in Shelton, at or contact us at or (360) 432-3091.last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook45Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonLuna Bosco is a beautiful 2-year-old female Pitbull Terrier that weighs approximately 50 pounds, is spayed, and up to date with her vaccinations. Luna loves sitting for treats, fetch, walks, laying in the sun, chewing bones, car rides (she just falls asleep), and belly rubs.  This smart girl knows obedience commands, has good recall, and recently returned from 30 days training at Muck Creek Kennels in Roy, WA. She is doing very well with meeting other dogs, following commands and learning all kinds of fun things. Luna prefers a stable/calm home, daily exercise, and someone who will continue to challenge her mind! If you are interested in this beautiful girl, and would like to take advantage of a day of personal instruction at Muck Creek Kennels, contact an Adoption Coordinator at Adopt-A-Pet in Shelton.  Emails are preferred.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always needs volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit, Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email us at or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more

Arsenal boss Unai Emery claims his team don’t ever want to play against Liverpool

first_imgUnai Emery Is Eyeing To Finish In The Top Four In This Season.Advertisement 87iNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs60v8Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eiez( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5122fWould you ever consider trying this?😱3bCan your students do this? 🌚bdzRoller skating! Powered by Firework The manager of the Gunners, Unai Emery has claimed that his team would not wish to play against Liverpool at any time in the season. The Gunners were beaten by Liverpool with a margin of 5-1 in the previous season at Anfield. However, the match against Liverpool at the Emirates ended with a 1-1 scoreline.Advertisement .Arsenal won the last match against Liverpool in 2014-15 season. After that, the Gunners failed to win a single match against the mighty Reds in the Premier League. The Gunners finished at the fifth position in the League Table in the previous season. They were just one point away from the qualification to the Champions League in this season. However, the point gap between them and Liverpool was 27.Jurgen Klopp has created his own legacy at Liverpool in the last few seasons and now they are one of the strongest teams in Europe to beat. However, the Gunners were not that much bad against the other top six sides in the Premier League in the previous season. The manager of the Gunners, Unai Emery has been able to salvage few points against the top six sides and they will hope to fight with all their potential against Liverpool in this weekend also.Advertisement Watch : Bayern Munich DESTROYS Rottach- Egern 23-0 in preseason friendlyAdvertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Slipping Crease: South Australia bowler evades injury after an awkward landing in Marsh Cup

first_imgImage Courtesy: The SportsrushAdvertisement 6o2NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7hWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ea9j( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3d55Would you ever consider trying this?😱sbxCan your students do this? 🌚augbpRoller skating! Powered by Firework South Australia bowler Wes Agar luckily avoided a major injury after slipping during his run-up. The incident took place during the very first over of the Marsh Cup clash between South Australia and Queensland.Advertisement Image Courtesy: The SportsrushAgar, who was asked to open the attack for the visitors at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane, unfortunately, slipped near the crease at the bowler’s end on his wrong foot and was lucky to not land his entire body weight on the foot which would have resulted in a horrific injury.The pacer was, however, able to shrug it off and continued with his over. Agar went onto bowl more five overs after the incident and returned the figures of 0/39. Cricket Australia proceeded to share the video of the incident on Twitter. Check out the tweet below:Advertisement The game ended against the favour of South Australia as they ended up losing by 7 wickets. After being set a target of 227, Queensland were able to scale it down with ease. Joe Burns and Matt Renshaw managed to ring the selector’s bell with unbeaten fifties to their names.Read Also:Watch: That time when Sourav Ganguly yelled at Dinesh Karthik on the field!Ind vs SA: Jasprit Bumrah ruled out of tests against SA; Umesh Yadav named as replacement  Advertisementlast_img read more

Is a Food Truck Park In Store for Sandy Hook?

first_imgThough the National Park Service is interested in growing its food truck program, Yun was adamant that it would be in combination with a newly designed, permanent food-service facility, “to preserve some of the magic of the Sea Gull’s Nest.” Maintenance to the site was officially off the table once the concessionaire was unable to fund the cost of those repairs. A settlement with the park service was sought, upon which the contract was cancelled by mutual agreement later that year. The city of Asbury Park has also embraced the concept. But according to the National Park Service, the dilapidated structure’s demolition has left a blank canvas for something new to rise in its place. The development would have to be something that could structurally withstand a weather event similar to Sandy, or possibly, something that could outrun it. The Sandy-inflicted damage to the Sea Gull’s Nest was substantial but, according to Yun, at first the park service believed the structure could be rehabilitated. MIDDLETOWN –Super Storm Sandy claimed another victim this month when the iconic Sandy Hook watering hole and eatery, the Sea Gull’s Nest, was torn down. Yun noted the National Park Service has already implemented asimilar setup – a permanent and resilient structure with food truck selections– at its properties in Jamaica Bay, Queens and Staten Island. Daphne Yun, Gateway National Recreation Area public affairsspecialist, did not rule out an expansion of Sandy Hook’s food truck offerings. “My favorite food truck area is North Eats,” Middletown resident Ed Norris said near the site of a bulldozed Sea Gull’s Nest, referencing Asbury Park’s outdoor boardwalk food court, featuring a rotating cast of some of the area’s favorite food truck vendors. “They always have a good variety and you can’t beat the setting. If something like that could happen here, I’m sure it would be popular.” However, Yun added that the design of a fully-operational,dine-in restaurant setting would need significant tweaking if the facilityhopes to survive another catastrophic weather event like Sandy.center_img Expanded food truck offerings are being discussed, as is the construction of a more resilient and possibly removable, facility. The park service said its focus is to design with future severe weather events in mind. Photo by Chris Rotolo That was until an engineer was brought in to evaluate thesite in 2013 and determined the foundation to be irreparably damaged. The food truck craze has found a home in the Two River-area,with popular springtime events like the Middletown High School South Food TruckFest, Keansburg’s Taste of Spring Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival and thelarger, more diverse Jersey Shore Food Truck festival at Monmouth Park emergingas annual seasonal staples. “We definitely want to have some kind of structure there, onethat meets the needs of the beach patrons and has some of the same magic, butat the same time it will need to be more resilient. That could mean somethingwith a flow-through design, or something with components that can be removed,”Yun said. “We have had a couple of food trucks there over the past fewyears. It was something we started experimenting with in 2014 and we’d like tocontinue, and possibly grow that model in cooperation with some kind ofstructure,” Yun said. “This is a wistful moment in our hurricane recovery process,” Sandy Hook superintendent Jen Nersesian said in a media release. “Many good times were had watching the sunset from that deck. But it is a step forward to the next stage of building back, and building stronger and smarter for the future.” “We’ve had to consider the future while redesigning theseareas,” Yun said. “Altogether we have 60 miles of coastline that suffered lotsof damage. Resilient designs have been the key for us.” This article was first published in the May 16-22, 2019 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Neptunes get better with age, grab third at Castlegar meet

first_imgThe Nelson Neptunes charged up the pool lanes to win to finish third at the Castlegar Aquanauts Meet as the Kootenay Summer Swim Association entered its final stage of the season.The Neptunes, which has struggled for most of the indoor swimming campaign, finished behind Kootenay powers Castlegar and Trail in the seven-team meet Sunday in the Sunflower City.
Nelson was led division three boy’s sensation, Sam Matthew.Matthew has won gold medals in every meet this season, once again capturing the top prize.Neptune assistant coaches Kiandra McLaren and Melissa Afford, won silver in division six and seven girls, respectively.Kourtney Brager took home the bronze in division three girls.The Neptunes were inspired by the spectacular swims of the winter-club swimmers.Jordan Andrusak won the gold medal in O cat 1 girls while Kelsey Andrusak claimed the bronze.Meanwhile, in O cat 2 boys, Niallan Collier also won gold.Jordan Andrusak also set no less than four new records during the meet.Andrusak set new marks in 50-meter breaststroke, 100-meter freestyle, 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter individual medley.Not to be outdone, Collier smashed records in 100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter butterfly and 200-meter individual medley.The Neptunes travel to Kimberley this weekend for the final meet of the season.The team then prepare for regionals August 6-7 in Castlegar.The top swimmers advance to the B.C. Summer Swim Championships August 15-21 in Richmond.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Future looks bright for Mount Sentinel volleyball

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe future’s so bright the Mount Sentinel Wildcats has better get out the shades.Despite finishing 11th in the 16-team B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball Tournament, the youthful Cats are ready to make a push for next season.“We competed (and) we played well beyond “being happy to be there”,’ said head coach Joe Moreira.Mount Sentinel, entering the tournament as the second seed out of the Kootenay zone, defeated Kootenay rival Elkford 2-0 in consolation play in the final game of the tournament.The Cats, seeded ninth, opened the tourney matched in the very competitive pool against fourth-ranked Cedar and fifth-ranked Houston Christian.Mount Sentinel defeated a scrappy Ebenezer team to place third in the pool.The result put the Cats against Duncan Christian in playoff action.“I think were a bit unlucky to end up on the losing end of the five-set match,” Moreira explained. “We were up 10-7 in the 5th but couldn’t find a way to finish the set, losing 15-12 to Duncan Christian.”Mount Sentinel then defeated Chetwynd in consolation action before losing to Keremeos 16-14 in the third set.Kelowna Christian defeated Highroad Academy of Chilliwack to capture the provincial title.Immaculata of Kelowna got past Richmond Christian to claim the bronze medal.However, next year watch out for the Cats.“We have no Grade 12’s on the roster so we anticipate to be a stronger team next year,” said Moreira.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

LVR’s Mackenzie, May top opening race on West Kootenay Cross country circuit

first_imgTwo L.V. Rogers runners — Rachel Mackenzie and Micah May — took home the top prize at the opening race of the West Kootenay High School Cross country running season Wednesday in Kaslo.Mackenzie finished the River Run course in a time of 18 minutes, 43 seconds to capture the Senior Girls race.Mackenzie edged Taylor Wilson of J.V. Humphries in Kaslo by just under a minute.Third was Hailee Gerun of LVR.Mia Ida of Trafalgar was fourth followed by Ellie Hewat of Kaslo.May, meanwhile, led a strong LVR contingent to claim the Senior Boys race in a time of 18:57.LVR boys took the top seven spots in the race.The tour shifts to Rossland Wednesday (September 26) for the second stop of the season at the Blackjack Trails.The Kootenay Kramp hosted by LVR is October 3.The West Kootenay Championships will be held at Camp Busk Trails south of Nelson October 17.The Kootenay championships follow the next week before the top runners travel to Prince George to compete in the provincials. Kaslo River Run 2012 ResultsSenior GirlsRachel Mackenzie LVR 18:43Taylor Wilson JVH 19:19Hailee Gerun LVR 21:18Mia Ida Traf 21:27Ellie Hewat JVHMaddy Murphy LVROlivia Sapriken Mt. SentCarilia Horning LVRLynnea Sharelove LVRRebecca Bracewell LVR Jade Bridger LVRChiara Chirico LVRBayley Meisner TrafJoy Motzkus LVRKano Major LVRClaire Young LVRMia Kraus LVRSenior BoysMicah May LVR 18:57Trace Cooke LVR 19:41Walker Dempster LVR 19:51Levi Smith LVR 20:27Cail Spencer LVR 20:38Owen Thurston LVR 20:48Galen Boulanger LVR 21:08Eli Bukowski JVH 21:33Klaten Jackson JVH 21:35Digby Benner LVR 21:37Finn Elliot LVR 21:42Conrad Watt JVH 21:43Levi Stubbe Mt. SentJaiden Martinson LVRRaven Truth LVRNoah Butterfield TrafKaden Foy LVRSam Kuch LVRDale Cushway LVRThiabald Engelbrecht LVRlast_img read more