Church Organist Marjie Leo Retires after 60 years “On the Bench”

first_imgAfter getting married, Leo and her family moved to Olympia where she  became active at St. Michael’s.  “There was room for me on the bench there as I shared masses with Carol Beaumier, the lead organist,”  says Leo.  After Beaumier moved out of state, Leo took on responsibility for playing at all masses until a guitar mass was formed in the mid 1970s. “It has been a wonderful 60 years of raising my family and teaching and playing church organ for my Creator.  He gave me this talent, and I offer it all to Him,”  she says humbly.  She also recognizes that without that initial nudge from Sr. Ann Patrice Eilers, she might never have had reason to take a seat on the bench in the first place. Facebook16Tweet0Pin0Back in 1951, when Sr. Ann Patrice Eilers, OP asked her junior high school choir members if anyone played the piano, Marjie Leo didn’t hesitate to raise her hand.  She had been playing for a few years and was already able to  sight read just about anything.  Her teacher  was looking for someone who could play so she would be free to direct rather than accompany her  students.  The catch was Marjie would have to accompany the choir on the organ rather than the piano. A twelve year stint in Alaska didn’t stop Leo from playing.  Again, she was able to find room on the bench and from 1985 until 1995 she served as part-time organist at the Holy Family Cathedral in downtown Anchorage. She also played for Holy Cross Parish on an as-needed basis and for Christmas midnight services at the Monastery on Lake Otis Drive. That reliability has stood the test of time.  Throughout her long career, Marjie Leo has always found “room on the bench,” as she says, to share her musical gifts.  After accompanying numerous church groups, playing for countless masses, weddings and funerals, and teaching hundreds of private students for sixty years, Marjie Leo will be retiring at the end of this month. In 1969 Leo began teaching private piano lessons in her home.  “I wound up teaching for 13 years and had over 100 students during that time,”  she says.  In addition to juggling her family and her students, she was, by this time, the  full time organist at St. Michael’s,  a part-time organist at two local funeral homes in Olympia, and she was a member and officer of two music groups: The Capital Music Club and the Washington State Music Teachers’ Association. “I said I would love to learn,” recalls Leo. “Sister said she could not pay me to play for masses or services, but that she would teach me for free.   That was in my 7th grade, and I was then thirteen.  I promised that I would be reliable and someone she could count on to be faithful as an organist.” Although the couple eventually moved to Lacey, Leo has continued to serve at St. Columban and will play her last service there this weekend. As a student at Holy Angels Academy in Ballard, Sr. Ann Patrice’s student not only accompanied her junior high school choir, she went on to play for school musicals and the high school Glee Club.  She also served as organist for Requiem Masses during the week.  By the time she was in high school, Leo was good enough to be paid for her services. In 1995, lonesome for her children and grandchildren who all live in the Olympia area, Leo returned and found yet another church happy to offer her a seat on the bench.  “I began playing mass for St. Columban Church in Yelm, as I was now living there with my husband, John.” After sixty years of being reliable and faithful as an organist, Marjie Leo has more than kept her promise.last_img read more

Over $550,000 Raised At 25th Annual Christmas Forest

first_imgSubmitted by Providence St. Peter FoundationDr. Deborah Hall, Sexual Assault Clinic Medical Director, with colleague John Skinder, Thurston County Special Victims Prosecutor (photo courtesy Steven Herppich)OLYMPIA, WA– The 25th annual Christmas Forest raised over $550,000 which benefits the mission of Providence to provide health care to all, with special concern for the poor and vulnerable.  During the five-day event, over 4,500 visitors came during public viewing to see the trees and wreaths which were decorated by dedicated volunteers, many who have been involved for over 20 years.  During public viewing, 25 different artistic groups from the community delighted attendees including the Chinook Middle School Band, and the Capital Concert Band.  It is estimated that over 300 volunteers participated, contributing more than 10,000 hours to make the Forest a reality.The Forest included 27 trees, 13 wreaths, and other specialty items which were auctioned off at the Gala Auction and Dinner, held Friday, November 30.  The gala raised $375,000 alone, including $180,000 for the Providence Sexual Assault Clinic and Child Maltreatment Center.  At the Gala, Dr. Jim Reus, Emeritus Foundation Board Member and surgeon at Surgical Associates, spoke from the heart, reminding those attending, “These are our children, this is our community, and they are all our responsibility.”  The Sexual Assault Clinic provides care to over 300 children and their families each year who have been affected by sexual abuse, playing an important role in the community’s overall response to sexual abuse, and helps victims and their families begin the long journey toward healing.The Dr. Seuss Tree, “There’s Fun to be Done!” is now displayed at Hands On Children’s Museum.One-third of the trees and wreaths were donated back to the community.  Larry Brooke, Providence St. Peter Foundation Board Treasurer, and volunteer coordinator for tree delivery, says, “Not everyone realizes that so many of these trees end up back in the community for people that are being served during difficult times in their lives.”  This year, trees can be seen in places such as the Hands On Children’s Museum, Group Health Olympia Medical Center, SafePlace, and multiple locations at St. Peter Hospital including the lobby, Oncology Center in Lacey, Chemical Dependency, new Critical Care Unit, and other Providence locations.    According to Brooke, “There were several children at SafePlace when we delivered the tree, and they may not otherwise have had a Christmas tree this year.  It was really special to see their joy; they followed us down the hall like Santa was coming through with his sleigh!”The Raffle Tree, Polar Bear Express, was won by Olympia resident Thelma Geuin.  Geuin says, “Winning the tree is absolutely the most amazing thing that has happened to me in a long time!  I sit and look at it in the evenings and just marvel at how magical it is.”  The tree, designed by Victoria Schmidt, was delivered to Thelma’s home on December 6.Dr. Dan Davidson, Providence St. Peter Foundation Board President, thanked the co-chairs of Christmas Forest, Dr. Jay and Carla Rudd, saying, “Jay and Carla have chaired the event for three years and we are so grateful for the innovation they have brought to this event, as well as their dedication to Providence, its mission, and the community.” Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Last Call for Open Class Home Arts, Preserves, Beverages

first_img“Laughter and Ladybugs at the Thurston County Fair!”July 31 – Aug. 4, 2013 Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by the Thurston County FairSeveral open class contest entries are due Monday and Tuesday at the Thurston County Fairgrounds. Be sure to get your open class home arts, preserves and beverage entries in for your chance to win.Open Class Home Arts: Monday, July 22 from 3–7 p.m.Let your spectacular sewing, needle art and fiber art do the talking in dozens of home arts contests. Quilt blocks for the 2013 Quilt Block Contest are also due today. Check the 2013 Exhibitor’s Guide for a complete list of categories and requirements.Open Class Preserved Foods: 3-7 p.m. on Monday July 22Enter your canned fruits and vegetables, pickles, sauces, jams and jellies, vinegars, meats, and dehydrated foods, plus many more preserved foods. Check the 2013 Exhibitor’s Guide for a complete list of categories. Open Class Preserved Foods are also accepted Monday, July 29.Open Class Beverages: 3-7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23Ales, beers, ciders and wines are all welcome in the beverage contests. Check the 2013 Exhibitor’s Guide for a complete list of categories.All of the information and details you need to compete in open class home arts contests and hundreds of other open class and club contests are included in the 2013 Exhibitor’s Guide. The guide also includes information on entry forms, camping, and this year’s calendar of events from July 31 through August 4. Download the complete 2013 Exhibitor’s Guide at www.co.thurston.wa.us/fair/exhibitor_guide.htm.For more information on the 2013 Thurston County Fair Exhibitor’s Guide, contest entry forms or other fair activities, contact the Thurston County Fair Office at (360) 786-5453 or visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/fair.last_img read more

National No Roof Left Behind Initiative Comes to Thurston County, Free…

first_imgFacebook14Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Town & Country Roofing Inc.Local contractor sponsoring No Roof Left Behind free roof give away for one Thurston County homeowner in needThe national No Roof Left Behind initiative has found sponsorship in Thurston County. Local company, Town & Country Roofing Inc, is now accepting nominations for the free roof on their website.There are a few conditions for the program. Nominees must own the home they are living in and be a resident of Thurston County. Also, the free roof recipient must be current on his/her mortgage payments. Nominees will be accepted until January 12, 2014. A team of local volunteers will review all the nominees and four will be selected as finalists.The four finalists’ stories and photos will be displayed on Town & Country Roofing Inc’s No Roof Left Behind homepage. From February 3 thru April 5, 2014 the public will able to vote on the finalist they feel is most deserving. The roof winner will be revealed online on April 15, 2014 and the installation celebration will be held shortly thereafter.Ron Shincke, Owner of Town & Country Roofing is celebrating over 13 years in the roofing industry. One of the most important things for the Town & Country Roofing Inc family is community outreach. “We don’t just work in Thurston County. We live here, shop here and raise our families here. We wanted to let the community know just how important they are to us,” said Shincke. “Providing a free roof seemed like great way to do that.”When he heard about the No Roof Left Behind program as a way to thank communities for their support, Shincke knew it would be a great fit for the big-hearted team at Town & Country Roofing. “We are just so excited about implementing a philanthropic program like this,” he shares.Other local businesses are invited to show their community appreciation as well. “We think it’s a great way to rally the community together,” offers Shincke.  “That’s why we’re inviting other neighborhood businesses to show support by way of donations. You don’t have to swing a hammer or even get dirty to help out,” he continues. “Just give us a call and we’ll find a place for you.”For more information about Town & Country Roofing Inc, their No Roof Left Behind program and interviews with Ron Shincke, please call 360-704-7663 or visit  our web site.last_img read more

Olympia’s Capital City Pride Festival Takes on New Meaning

first_imgFacebook225Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Capital City PrideCapital City Pride organizers issued the following message to the community: “First and foremost, our community’s collective hearts are with those in the Orlando area and across our nation who have been so terribly impacted by this act of hate. We have all been impacted in some way.Photo credit: Mare TurtletaubWe’ve made tremendous progress toward equality and equal rights for the broader LGBTQ community. But we know the residue of years of hatred and violence toward the LGBTQ community remains very real and present in our world today. If we’re to be honest with ourselves, we know that the atrocity that occurred in Orlando could have happened in Olympia, Austin or San Francisco. It could happen anywhere.Capital City Pride takes place this weekend in downtown Olympia. We ask that the entire community join us for Pride 2016 in a way that honors the victims of Orlando, the victims of LGBTQ violence throughout our nation’s history, and respects the need for the entire community to commemorate and celebrate their memories peacefully and honorably.We value debate, different perspectives and different experiences. But let this Pride festival be focused on love, respect and all of the things we share as members of our global society. The celebration of community will go on.”©ThurstonTalkThe 26th annual Pride festival and parade weekend kicks off Friday, June 17 in downtown Olympia with a launch party, and the festival runs Saturday and Sunday in Heritage Park, next to Capitol Lake and in the shadow of the state Capitol Building. The parade is Sunday, June 19 at noon, from the Capitol Building, down Capital Way through downtown Olympia. All events are free and open to the public. More than 15,000 people come to Olympia for the festival and parade.On Wednesday, Gov. Jay Inslee will open pride month in Olympia and Washington state by raising the rainbow pride flag at the state Capitol Building in Olympia.Brief Schedule of Events:Launch party:  Friday, June 17 at 8 p.m. All-ages street party in front of Oly Underground, 109 Legion Way. Fire show at 9 pm.  Features music, performances, speeches.©ThurstonTalkFestival:  Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Heritage Park, Water St. at 7th Ave SE. Features entertainment, food booths, kids area and lots more.Parade:  Sunday June 19, noon to 1 p.m., north on Capital Way from the Capitol Building to Heritage Park. Pre-show 11 a.m. to noon at the intersection of Capital Way & Legion Way.For more info: www.CapitalCityPride.netlast_img read more

Italian pundit fired after racist ‘banana’ remark towards Romelu Lukaku

first_imgAdvertisement czNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7iosgWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2o( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) qWould you ever consider trying this?😱di7Can your students do this? 🌚2celdlRoller skating! Powered by Firework After the shell-shocking incident where Curva Nord – the Inter Milan Ultras said to Romelu Lukaku that they dont consider the racism in football matches as the true meaning of racism but only as a medium to affect opponent players, Lukaku is made the butt of another racist remark.Advertisement A football pundit by the name of Passirani in the Qui Studio a Voi Stadio show surprisingly made a lewd comment on former Manchester United forward Lukaku.Advertisement Passirani said: “Lukaku is one of the best signings that Inter could have made. I don’t see another player like him on any other team in Italy. He is one of the strongest, I like him a lot because he has that strength: he is the twin of [Dúvan] Zapata at Atalanta.”He then added: “They have something extra that the rest don’t have, and then they score the goals and drag your team forward. This guy kills you in the one-on-ones, if you try to challenge him you wind up on the floor. Either you have 10 bananas to eat, that you give to him, or …”Advertisement The director of the show, Fabio Ravezzani, said that Passirani had apologised but that that was not enough. “Mr Passirani is 80 years old and to compliment Lukaku he used a metaphor that turned out to be racist,” he said. “I think it was a terrible lack of momentary lucidity. I cannot tolerate any kind of errors, even if momentary.”Italian football shows no signs to rise above racism and there is no movement to drive a change in mentalities. Advertisementlast_img read more

Yuvraj revisits Kevin Pietersen’s ‘pie chucker’ comment with hilarious troll on his IG post!

first_imgImage Courtesy: BCCI/WisdenAdvertisement 8mgi0NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1gWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E22he61b( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) d8qinWould you ever consider trying this?😱5kjbyCan your students do this? 🌚1foxlRoller skating! Powered by Firework In cricket, the term ‘pie chucker’ is given to a bowler who fails to have any control over the delivery of the ball, and it created a major fallout between Yuvraj Singh and Kevin Pietersen back in 2008. It all started when the English batsman called the Team India all rounder a’ pie chucker’, taking a swift flak at the bowling performance of Yuvi. However, 12 years after the incident, both former cricketers are a long way from their past verbal feud, but Yuvraj still managed to pull off a hilarious jab at Pietersen on social media with a reference to the ‘pie chucker’ incident once again.Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCI/WisdenIt all started when Kevin Pietersen shared a clip of his famous ‘switch hit’ on his official Instagram. The video of an incredible six against former New Zealand legend Scott Styris was captioned with “Just dealing with pies, @englandcricket. The original switch hits @kp24.” Check it out below-AN obvious throwback to his comment 12 years ago, Pietersen soon had Yuvraj in the comments, who pulled off a witty joke by saying  “Well sometimes u slip on those pies too” with a laughing emoji.Image Courtesy: InstagramThe comment got over 1100 likes, as fans fell about for Yuvi hilariously trolling his former adversary for sometimes biting the dust against the very ‘pie chucker’ all rounders.Even though the duo share a friendly bond these days, and was even recently seen together in a live session on Instagram, the comment from 2008 earned the former England international enough reprimand from Yuvraj’s fan base, for calling the Men in Blue icon a ‘left-arm filth’.“When the ball is swinging and seaming and you’ve got a guy like Zaheer Khan, who is one of the best bowlers I’ve ever faced, not bowling at you and you’ve got a pie-chucker like Yuvraj Singh bowling at you I really don’t mind. When you get left-arm filth like that it makes you feel really good,” Pietersen had said about the Indian left-arm pacer.“It shows KP hates getting out to me and if a useless bowler is getting him out five times then I would say that is quite useless batting,” Yuvraj had replied with a strong stance.However, the players since then have let bygones be bygones, but still make the pie chucker reference at each other in good sport.Also read-Indian Olympian stuck in Covid-19 hotspot Phuket – but safe!Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish in hospital after asymptomatic Covid-19 positive Advertisementlast_img read more

No Bank For Now

first_img“I think we struck a good balance,” Taikina replied, concerning the plan’s changes.But it appeared to be of no avail. Board Chairwoman Joan Jay continued to object to the two exits onto River Road, as she and other board members said they would like to see traffic leave by way of Cedar. “There’s too many kids in that specific area,” feared Jay.Board member Jacob Rue felt the brick structure with stone accents, spoke to chain business styling, with Investors’ banks all looking the same. Rue made the comparison to McDonald’s golden arches and felt that uniformity wasn’t in keeping with the town’s character.Board member James Ingle agreed with Rue, believing “design-wise, it’s way off the palette.”“I think it’s a great looking building,” Taikina countered. By John BurtonFAIR HAVEN – It’s back to the drawing board for M&M Realty Partners, seeking additional time for its proposal to build an Investors Bank branch on River Road.Faced with a skeptical Planning Board and a possible denial of the proposal on Tuesday evening, John E. Taikina, director of real estate development for M&M, requested the board adjourn his application for at least 60 days to give the developers an opportunity to re-evaluate the proposal or other options for the site.Taikina faced a board that continued to express concerns over the plan to construct an approximately 2,700-square-foot Investors Bank branch with drive-thru windows on the site of a former Sunoco gas station, at 626 River Road, on the corner of Cedar Avenue.When the planning board began hearing this application on May 10, its first formal hearing on the bank proposal, board members had voiced concerns over the building’s design and with possible safety considerations for traffic entering and departing the bank.In response to those comments, the developer had tinkered with the plan, providing additional landscaping along the property buffer, scaling back lighting, having a lower fence, reduced to 3 1⁄2 feet from the original 6-foot, and moving the placement of the trash dumpsters. He further explained this is the style Investors has adopted around the state with the bank standing firm on the design – as well as with the exit onto River Road – putting him “in a box,” with no maneuver room on those issues.M&M Realty Partners, Rivers Edge, is the contract purchaser of the former Sunoco and now vacant site, with hopes of leasing the space to Investors Bank, Taikina said after the hearing adjourned.Taikina let his frustration show when addressing the planning board. “I’m asking you to tell me what you want and we can work with it,” he said. “Don’t just tell me you don’t like it.”With little wiggle room for Taikina and a board seeming to stand steadfast on these issues, Taikina asked for and received the adjournment for now.But Taikina informed the planning board “If it’s not a bank, it changes our whole thinking.” He suggested the next plan could be a restaurant with outside dining or a retail space, something that maybe more intensive of a use. “If it’s not a bank,” he again said, “it’ll be more.”“I think a planner of your skill will come back to dazzle us,” said Board member Peter Lucas.last_img read more

Rebels clinch 2013 KIJHL Championship in five games

first_imgThe Castlegar Rebels have won the 2013 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Championship.The Rebels clinched the title in five games, blasting the injury-riddled North Okanagan Knights 4-0 Monday at the Castlegar Arena Complex.Castlegar, scoring its first title since 1996, wins the best-of-seven series 4-1 and represents the KIJHL at the Cyclone Taylor Cup April 11-14 in Comox Valley.The Rebels made sure there would be no more games in the KIJHL Final by jumping all over the Knights in the first period, out shooting North Okanagan 20-7.The Rebels were rewarded for the deciding advantage in play when leading scorer Stuart Walton beat Dustin Nikkel in the North Okanagan next on the power play.The goal was the first of two for Walton, who finished the KIJHL playoffs as the leading scorer with 27 points — including nine goals.Matt Reed and Darren Medeiros also scored for the Rebels, holding period leads of 1-0 and 3-0. Castlegar out shot the Knights 44-18 in the game with netminder Jordan Gluck serving up his second shutout of the series.Gluck shut out North Okanagan 2-0 in Game three of the series.The Rebels now join Richmond Sockeyes, Victoria Cougars and host Comox Valley Glacier Kings in the four-team Cyclone Taylor Cup Tournament.The win makes up for a crushing loss to Osoyoos Coyotes in the 2011 KIJHL Final.Castlegar’s win makes it three of the past five seasons a Murdoch Division champ has won the KIJHL title.Nelson Leafs won the KIJHL crown in 2009 while Beaver Valley took the title in 2012.last_img read more

Nelson & District Credit Union hosts Puck Toss Finale during Friday’s Leafs game

first_imgThere’s a lot more on the line Friday at the NDCC Arena than the Nelson Leafs taking on the Golden Rockets in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action.The Nelson and District Credit Union is hosting its member appreciation night  along with the $1000 NDCU puck-toss finale during Friday’s KIJHL Kootenay Conference contest between the two teams. The winner of the NDCU puck-toss will take home one NDCU $1,000 term deposit.As well, NDCU members who show their NDCU MemberCard at the ticket booth will get into the game at a discounted rate.last_img