Funding Workshop for Non-Profits

Thursday, May 20th 9:00am – 12:00pm


Discover valuable tips for funding a nonprofit organization at the upcoming Next Chapter Workshop. Join us on Thursday, May 20th from 9am until noon at the Olympia Center 222 Columbia St. NW to learn beneficial tools that will help improve your nonprofit’s fiscal success, in order to serve the community. The workshop is $35, and you can register online at For more info contact Linda at the Volunteer Center 360-455-0220.


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Loving Oly

I love Olympia! If it were a man I’d marry it, if it were ice cream I’d eat it, if it were stock options I’d buy it. It’s not so pretty today as it is raining cats and dogs and llamas and sloths and aardvarks today.

What do I love about Olympia?

It has a sense of history. I swear last week, I was walking early in the morning on 4th ave and in the corner of my eye, I saw a man in a grey suit with a handlebar mustache. Then when I turned to look, he wasn’t there! (cue Twilight Zone music) Sometimes, you can get a glimpse of what Oly looked like “back in the day” at certain times or when the light strikes it certain ways. Some of the buildings especially evoke the elder days.

I also like that Oly is still kind of a small town. Makes it accessible. When I lived in Seattle, I could walk around all day and not see anybody I know. Not so, Olympia where I get “hi” from all over.

Olympia has it’s problems. Community decision-making is fraught with controversy. We agonize, we decide, then protest, counter-protest, then sue. This is one area of communitiness that should be marked “needs improvement.”

Otherwise, Oly just plain ROCKS!

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The Olympian Increases Rates

In a meandering article talking about a range of topics, George Le Masurier, publisher of The Olympian tucks in a stinger at the end. The Daily Zero will change it’s stand sales rates.

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Single-copy increase

The price of the daily Olympian purchased in racks and stores will increase to 75 cents effective Monday, and the Sunday paper will go to $1.75 effective April 19.

Our daily price reflects the going rate for newspapers in every region of the United States. In some cities the daily paper now costs $1. Our new Sunday price, however, is slightly under what others are charging.

The new rates will enable us to preserve news content during a difficult economic period.

I look forward to hearing from you.

George Le Masurier, publisher of The Olympian, can be reached at 360-357-0206 or


It’s probably understandable that in the current newspaper climate, a rate change was in the offing. Wouldn’t a rate change for the paper merit front page attention?

What do you think?


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OLYCAST is no more.

Olycast, the video news report that had been featured on the Olympian website for two years is no more… The final broadcast HERE

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Post “The Post”: The End of the Daily Paper

I just had some stark realizations in projecting the end of the paper newspaper.

  • What will I wrap fish in?
  • What will people put in the bottom of birdcages?
  • What will kids use to make paper-mache globes with?
  • What will I wrap around my dishware next time I move?
  • What will puppies go on?

You know those crazed people who hoard stacks of newspapers in their houses? Maybe they were right in thinking “someone will need this someday.”

Someday children will be watching a video of the 50’s and Dear Old Dad reading the paper and ask, “What’s that giant book he’s reading?

When your kid hits a homer in Little League, you will proudly display a computer print out of the article (no more clippings from the paper for the scrapbook). OR you’ll display it on your iPhone wallpaper.

Have we THOUGHT about this? How different things will feel in the Post Newspaper Era?

Fido will only have to worry about bringing the slippers.

…. K

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The Old Watering Hole

One of the oldest forms of public news dissemination is the well. In the olden days, people had to go to the well at least daily or several times a day. The users of the well, mostly women, would then inform each other of happenings in their family, or rumors they had heard. This is not even just a human phenomenon. Many social interactions in animal groups also occur at the local pond, lake, whatever.

Wildebeast 1: Mooo, you know Betty is about to drop that calf any day now.
Wildebeast 2: Mooo, I know what you mean…. it’ll be nice to hear the pitter-patter of little hooves around here again.

In the Olympian story “Artesian Well Will Stay Open”, there is a quote of note along these lines:

Councilwoman Joan Machlis, who worked to get the agreement signed, said community advocacy was important.

“It is a phenomenal gathering space,” she said.

to which there was a comment:

glenn wrote on 02/25/2009 07:55:27 AM:

“It is a phenomenal gathering space”. What? It’s a damn parking lot. Just this morning I was trying to figure out what I would do with my day and lo and behold I decided to go and stand in the parking lot. Maybe I’ll bring a book.

While I agree with glenn that the physical facility is not very sightly, it’s still a place of note for Olympia.

A recent count shows that about 250 persons a day use the well. Most don’t stick around for conversation, so it’s not much the gathering place for communication sake.

However, in my capacity as a member of the group, H2Oly, the new well advocacy group, I do hear a lot about the well these days. It still is a passionate issue for many people and they will tell you about how they or their household or Aunt Minnie goes there for drinking water.

I’m glad there is a plan to keep the well going. I hope we get a facility nicer than the one we have someday.

It’s worth talking about.

— end scribble —


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Have Fun With Bob Dylan

Fun and Smart marketing. Signs, they are a changin’.

Customize Your Own Dylan Cards

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