Facebook19Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by L. Jeanette Strole Parks for Kluh JewlersSteve Hawkins has been the Kluh Jewelers Goldsmith for over 30 years.The South Sound has both big and small jewelry stores; some are tucked inside malls, and department stores, some are national chains, and a few are family owned shops. While most of them offer repairs, cleanings and custom work, Kluh Jewelers in Lacey has an added advantage for discriminating shoppers; they are proud to have had the same in-house goldsmith for thirty years. That’s right, Steve Hawkins actually works inside the four walls of the store to ensure that the highest quality of attention and care is given to your jewelry. If you happen to be shopping at the South Sound Center store, you might even catch a glimpse of him hard at work behind the windows in the back corner.Hawkins is a craftsman who not only loves what he does, but with such longevity at the family-owned jewelry store, there is an extra level of trust added. Matt Kluh speaks fondly of his working and personal relationship with Hawkins. “Steve is good at his job, treats each piece like it’s his own, and cares about his customers. But he’s also a really nice guy.”The advantages of an in-store goldsmith are numerous. Kluh outlines the whole process of what you can expect when you leave a jewelry item for repair with them. “When a customer brings in a piece of jewelry, we inspect it from top to bottom. We want to be sure to fix everything that is needed to end up with a excellent finished repair. After inspection, the jewelry is photographed and entered into our computer system. Next, the jewelry arrives at my bench. It is inspected again, cleaned and work performed. After the work is finished, the item goes through 2 steps of polishing, an ultrasonic cleaning and finished with a blast of steam. The jewelry is inspected again for quality control and is ready to return to its happy owner.” Most other shops in the area not only send your jewelry out for repair, which means trusting a shipping service with your valuable heirloom or jewelry, but on the receiving end, the goldsmith might be handling jewelry from multiple original stores, which means there is also a higher risk of items becoming lost, damaged or misplaced in the process. So leaving your repairs at Kluh’s immediately gives the customer built-in security. “We know what you left with us, and what we are doing with it.”Hawkins first became interested in the 7,000 year old art of goldsmithing after taking a jewelry making class in high school. Citing his teacher as a source of inspiration, he launched himself headfirst into the world of jewelry making right after high school. “At the age of 18 I went to work at a wholesale trade shop in Spokane where I was paid to learn. My persistence landed me the job because I bugged the daylights out of them knowing this was what I wanted to do.”For one and a half years at that first trade shop job, he did nothing but polishing. As he quips, “My fingers were raw but as soon as the calluses formed I was off and running.” After a total of four years as an apprentice he spent an additional six years of ‘tipping’ (adding new prong-tips to hold gem stones in place) and assembly line jewelry making, “with twenty-two bench jewelers each performing one specific task in building a new piece of jewelry.” He explains that in today’s market, having a whole row of goldsmiths working on an assembly-line piece of jewelry would still be considered a “custom piece of hand made art. Most new pieces from the U.S. today are complete when cast and many include the stones being set in the casting process.”When he came to Kluh’s thirty years ago, he established himself as one of Thurston County’s most reputable goldsmiths very quickly. He had just moved from Spokane to the Olympia area, when he had a chance to get in with the Kluh family. “Story has it that Greg Kluh (Matt’s father) had been toying with the decision of putting a goldsmith in the Lacey store (which at the time was in the heart of South Sound Center mall). Coincidentally I walked in having just moved and the rest is history.”For someone who primarily works on standard gem-stone tips and other repairs at his station five days a week, he also finds a great deal of joy in crafting one-of-a-kind pieces occasionally. “When I‘m allowed the luxury of time and I get to use my imagination to create a piece for a friend or family member. I get to see these pieces again and again and know the joy it brings to someone I care about.”Knowing that his customers are often leaving precious family heirlooms in his care, Hawkins feels extra pleased when he is thanked for a job well done. “It’s a great profession and I still love it as much as I thought I would when I was pestering that trade shop in Spokane to hire me. It takes a lifetime to learn this craft. I’ll never know it all.”He also feels very much like the atmosphere and environment at Kluh’s is like being part of a big family. “There’s a personal touch, so all of us that work there aren’t just a number, we’re part of the Kluh family.”Of course, Hawkins has other hobbies, including playing drums, ukulele and guitar, and listening to music from the 1960s and 70s. “Goldsmithing can be monotonous so the variance of what I do outside of work is a good thing.”He foresees himself being a goldsmith even in the afterlife. “I know I will continue my craft in Heaven because is written in the Bible that the streets are paved with gold and foundation stones are made of precious gems, but in the meantime, as long as I’m physically able I’ll keep on keepin’ on.” Of course, he figures that with the rainy cold winters eventually becoming more disagreeable to him, he might have to eventually do his smith-work “in a warmer climate or perhaps in a little grass shack on the beach.”But until he heads to a tropical isle for retirement, you can trust him to handle your most precious jewelry repairs right in the place where he has been the last thirty years.
Facebook3Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Mason HealthWith the Grand Opening of Mason Clinic scheduled for Friday, February 21, and Mason Clinic opening for services on Monday, February 24, Mason Health continues to create new jobs to meet the health care needs of our growing district. Mason Health is pleased to announce the hiring of Kelly North as the new Primary Care Manager. North will oversee primary care services at Mason Clinic and Hoodsport Family Clinic.“I love the community rural health setting,” she said. “What I love about Mason Health is that it is rural health care. It’s a small-town feel, but it operates like a professional hospital.”North is a Washington native who joined the Mason Health team on Nov. 25. Her medical career began in high school in Everett, where she worked part-time in a medical office (as well as part-time serving ice cream at Baskin Robbins). She explored Certified Nursing Assistant programs, but eventually worked for 24 years with the Western Washington Medical Group, working her way up to the role of Practice Administrator.North moved to Port Angeles in 2011 and worked for eight years as a Clinic Manager with Olympic Medical Physicians, where she oversaw the managements of the general surgery, women’s health and walk-in clinics. She set the schedule for employees and providers, and was also involved in the interviewing and hiring of clinic staff and new providers.North is in the process of buying a home in Shelton. She loves to travel and spend time with her two grandchildren, as well as her boxer Jakobi.“At Mason Clinic, I am looking forward to standardizing some workflows between the clinics,” she said.Mason Clinic will open on Feb. 24, with primary care, orthopedics, walk-in and laboratory services. To stay up-to-date on clinic moves and service updates at Mason Clinic, visit www.masongeneral.com.Mason Health, Public Hospital District No. 1 of Mason County, is certified by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and is a licensed and accredited acute care hospital with a level four emergency trauma designation. There are more than 100 physicians on staff in 19 specialties. Mason Health now offers 3D Mammography Services. For more information on 3D mammograms or to find a health care provider, visit www.MasonGeneral.com.
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Image Courtesy: Twitter(@OfficialSSLazio)GettyAdvertisement tlpgaNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1p8jWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E18ehh2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) apWould you ever consider trying this?😱bfutCan your students do this? 🌚8yaokaRoller skating! Powered by Firework The current season is proving to be sensational for Serie A heavyweights SS Lazio. Already in the 3rd spot in the league table, and especially the victory over AC Milan earlier this month, the Eagles are aiming for a Champions league finish this season, which they failed to accomplish in the last year. However, the most bizarre but amazing appreciation comes from none other than the WWE superstar Rey Mysterio himself!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Twitter(@OfficialSSLazio)GettyLazio’s official Twitter handle released a video where the Monday Night RAW veteran was seen addressing the club’s recent performance, specially mentioning Sergej Milinković-Savić. Check it out below-In the clip, the 44 year old, who is the current WWE United States Champion, congratulated Lazio on their brilliant performance in the recent matches, and also mentioned Milinković-Savić, whom he called ‘Sergeant’.The video was originally posted by Milinković-Savić himself on his official Instagram account @sergej___21, and comments from I Biancocelesti teammates were seen.Lazio’s keeper Thomas Strakosha commented: “childhood hero 6….1….9 “, and Jordan Lukaku, the club’s Belgian left back and brother of Romelu Lukaku added in emojis.Currently competing in Group D of the UEFA Aueopa League, Lazio are taking on Romanian stars CFR Cluj this Friday at the Stadio Olimpico. Advertisement
Image Courtesy: Instagram(@victoriabeckham)/ITVAdvertisement 1NBA Finals | Brooklyn VssnxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eko( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1y4utfWould you ever consider trying this?😱7i1Can your students do this? 🌚fwdRoller skating! Powered by Firework The novel Coronavirus pandemic has put the human life to a halt. All over the world, people are self isolating themselves in their homes, while doctors and medical workers are putting their best efforts to treat the patients to fight out the virus outbreak that has spread all over the world. Meanwhile, former football icon David Beckham has come forward to convey a thankful message to the healthcare personnel, who are putting their life on the line to curb the further spread of the virus.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Instagram(@victoriabeckham)/ITVOn his official Instagram account yesterday, David Beckham shared a video, where he is seen along with his three children Romeo, Cruz and Harper Seven, clapping along as a thankful gesture to the tireless medical workers of the National Health Service (NHS).Along with the hashtag ‘#ClapForOurCarers’, the clip was captioned with the following: “Happy to be able to come together with the whole country to thank the brave healthcare workers and our brilliant NHS working tirelessly in the fight against COVID-9♥️ #ClapForOurCarers @victoriabeckham @romeobeckham @cruzbeckham #HarperSeven”Advertisement Check out the video here-Victoria Beckham, who recorded the clip, could be heard saying in the background: “Us Beckhams are all clapping to show our thanks to all the people who are working so hard for the NHS, all the doctors and all the nurses keeping us safe.”The former England international then concluded by adding “Especially away from your families, we are so so proud of you guys, thank you so much.”The clip received numerous appraisals from the fans, and soon after, many fellow footballers, clubs and thousands of citizens also took it to social media to join the ‘Clap for Carers’ tribute.Premier League toppers Liverpool paid tribute to the NHS staffs through a ‘Thank You’ post on Twitter.Last week, Wembley Stadium also paid tribute to the NHS workers and staffs, lighting up the arch blue, along with a message that read ‘Thank You NHS.’UK has seen more than 11,000 positive Coronavirus cases till date, and 578 patients have died from the virus.All football activities, from the English Premier League to the FA cup and lower division leagues have all been suspended till the end of April.Also read-Read why Indian pacer Mohammed Shami feels ‘being a hero has never been this easy’April 30 soft date for Premier League return to be postponed further Advertisement
By Liz Sheehan |LONG BRANCH – A city man is calling for the removal of the statue of Christopher Columbus from Slocum Park, adjacent to the city’s library.Gualterio Alomar, a utility worker who is also a documentary filmmaker and leader of a group called the Organization for Culture of Hispanic Origins (OCHO), cited Columbus’s brutal treatment of the natives in Puerto Rico and neighboring islands – as described by the 16th century historian and Dominican friar, Bartolome De Las Casas – as the reason for the removal request.He said Columbus’ use of the natives as slaves led to the practice spreading to other countries.“As far as I am concerned he gave birth to the slave trade,” Alomar said.According to Alomar, who moved to Long Branch six years ago, the statue is in a neighborhood that is predominantly Hispanic and black, two groups Columbus exploited.Questions about taking down statues of Columbus have been raised in other locations, including New York City, which is now conducting a review of statues in the city, according to an NBC news report in August.Alomar said he had spoken to Bill Dangler, the president of the Long Branch NAACP,After the request, Alomar said he saw a video of Dangler telling the City Council the NAACP was not in favor of the action, but did not receive a call from Dangler.After approaching other groups for support but not receiving it, Alomar said Wednesday he will go alone to the City Council to make his group’s request for the statue’s removal.“I’m going to take it on myself,” he said.Dangler said Tuesday the NAACP members decided not to back the request to remove the statue. He informed the Council of his organization’s decision because he had been told there were rumors going around the city’s Amerigo Vespucci Society – an Italian- American group formed in 1893 – that the NAACP would ask for the statue’s removal.“It is part of American history,” Dangler said about Columbus.“Good or bad, we should teach American history,” he said, and, “Teach the history of Columbus, the good and the bad.”An inscription on the base of the statue said it had been donated by “Americans of Italian extraction” in 1961.Alomor said the three-year old group OCHO provides education and mental health services to Hispanic communities free of charge through programs and seminars, counseling programs, and volunteer activities, all while preserving Hispanic culture and traditions. He said there was a need for mental health counseling to be done with an awareness of cultural differences.Alomor, whose documentary film, “Colonization is Extinction,” will be shown at the New York Latino Film Festival this month, said he had presented a workshop at the Long Branch library about OCHO’s concerns and history.His film is described on OCHO’s website as shining a light on the current state of Puerto Rico, its economic crisis and how colonialism has crippled the island.This weekend, the Long Branch Public Library will host Latino Fest from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday at its facility, 328 Broadway. On Sunday, the Columbus Day Parade will be held on at 1 p.m. The parade starts at Long Branch Middle School and travels Bath Avenue to Broadway and down Morris Avenue.This article was first published in the Oct.5-12, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.
By Jay Cook |HOLMDEL – A choice awaits Holmdel voters at the polls on Nov. 7: should residents push onward with the status quo of an entirely Republican governing body, or should voters side with Democrats looking to make changes within town lines?This year’s election for two open seats on the five-member Holmdel Township Committee features Greg Buontempo and Rocco Pascucci, a pair of Republicans both with two terms of elected experience, and Larry Luttrell and Barbara Singer, two Democrats who continue to keep the pressure on their opposition.Running for his third term in 2017 is Buontempo, 52, the incumbent Republican mayor who works as an area sales director for Sprint.Buontempo, a member of the township’s planning board, as well as a member of the Monmouth County Improvement Authority, said one of the highlights of his political career has been the creation of a new township library. Instead of staying in the basement of Town Hall, the library will soon have its own dedicated space inside the 2 million-square-foot Bell Works facility, located at 101 Crawfords Corner Road. A ribbon-cutting to officially open the library is set for Nov. 1, and Buontempo said the project has been important to residents in more than one way.“We’re really trying to fund everything so the residents have no financial impact on them,” he said. “But we want to make this more than a regular library because it’s in a very unique building.”After some changes earlier this month, the updated cost of the library construction is just shy of $1.8 million, with $1 million covered by Somerset Development, Bell Works’ property owner. Fundraising to cover the remaining costs will continue into the new year, Buontempo said.Buontempo added if he’s re-elected, he’ll continue to work with Monmouth County officials on shared service agreements for roadway improvement projects. Streets like Wildhedge Lane, Tanglewood Lane and Sweet Briar Lane were among the streets resurfaced with new curbing in 2017. Buontempo said the bill came in $1.1 million under budget, thanks to shared services with the county.“To be able to do all that and not impact our residents with a municipal tax increase is an accomplishment,” he said.Buontempo has run for office previously with Deputy Mayor Patrick Impreveduto, who is currently running on the Republican ticket for a seat on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders. But this year, joining Buontempo on the municipal ballot is Pascucci, 67, a pediatrician at Bethany Pediatrics, Hazlet.Pascucci served on the Holmdel Township Committee for two terms from 2006 to 2011. He did not seek reelection in that final year due to changes in the healthcare industry that affected his practice.“With Obamacare coming, it put a big strain on the office, lots of changes, and I just didn’t have the time,” he said. “But now I do.”Pascucci said the biggest threat to Holmdel today is the Monmouth County Reliability Project, a 10-mile long, 230 kV transmission line along the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line. It’s designed to run from Aberdeen to Red Bank, through Hazlet, Holmdel and Middletown, but is still being litigated in the courts.In talking with seniors at Village Grande and Cedar Village, two communities which abut the rail line, Pascucci said it certainly would be a detriment to Holmdel residents.“I’m not going to let it happen and I don’t believe that it’s going to happen,” he said.Also, as a board-certified pediatrician, Pascucci said he is aware of health defects from high voltage powerlines. While studies vary from country to country, he said, one thing is still certain. “Look at everywhere in the state,” he said. “(Powerlines) are put way far from people, and not by their houses. And here, people will be riding under them all day.”Pascucci also serves as the deputy director of Holmdel’s Emergency Management office. He believes there needs to be more funding for township first responders, and pointed to drone usage as a next generation method of inspection and recovery. Holmdel Fire Department is already using drones, he said.While Republicans push to continue their plan for Holmdel, the two Democratic challengers are looking to flip the script on exactly how that government would work.Luttrell, 46, an attorney with Law Offices of Lawrence Luttrell, Holmdel, said it’s time for Holmdel to abandon its system of selecting a mayor. Currently, the mayoral position is chosen at the annual reorganization meeting by Township Committee members in January. But he has issue with that.“Having five people get in a back room on Jan. 1 to pick who the mayor is going to be is not democratic in my opinion,” Luttrell said. “We think the people should directly elect the mayor, and not the politicians.”He’s proposing Holmdel convert its government to a Faulkner Act-type town, where the mayor is directly elected by residents. Red Bank and Highlands are two towns operating under similar guidelines.Luttrell said residents he has spoken with favor his plan. He hopes it can ultimately loosen the Republican grip in Holmdel.“The problem with 5-0 majorities is they’re all ‘walk in lock-step’ and someone could be slammed if they don’t toe the line,” he said. “That’s not good for any form of government, in my opinion.”In addition to the government change, Luttrell said he wants to improve Holmdel’s credit rating, which was downgraded in 2010 to Aa2 from A1 by Moody’s. He said that hurts the finances in town and puts too much reliability on the County to cover the shortfall.Accompanying Luttrell this election season is Singer, 49, an attorney with Drazin & Warshaw. In 2016, she ran for Township Committee with fellow Democrat Karen Strickland.One of Singer’s chief issues in Holmdel is how the township is moving forward with its affordable housing obligations. The Two River Times reported in June that Holmdel is obligated to provide 393 new affordable housing credits, as per a Fair Share Housing Center report.Singer said plans by Holmdel elected officials to build approximately 450 housing units across town is “due to a lack of planning.”As Democrats, Singer and Luttrell said they are certainly not opposed to affordable housing, yet they want to see it completed responsibly. Singer added housing agreements with 12 to 16 units per acre “is not like anything Holmdel has right now.”Her plan would be to utilize two-for-one affordable housing credit plans and check on the feasibility of a housing complex across from Bayshore Medical Center on North Beers Street.Singer also acknowledged that Holmdel would benefit from having two acting attorneys on the township committee. With pending litigation for affordable housing, the Monmouth County Reliability Project, and the New Jersey Natural Gas regulator station proposal, she said communication to concerned residents could be improved.“When you bring lawyers in on things and they analyze everything, they don’t just accept what’s going on,” Singer said.This article was first published in the Oct. 26-Nov. 2, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.
The Nelson Leafs remained perfect in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition season after scoring a 3-0 shutout over Beaver Valley Nitehawks Sunday in Fruitvale.Nelson defeated Beaver Valley 8-2 in Nelson last week and Creston Valley Thunder Cats 5-4 Friday at the NDCC Arena.The Leafs scored a goal in each period against the Hawks.Robson Cramer and Alex Wilkinson scored for Nelson while Adam Maida and Tyler Moffat combined to register the win in goal. Friday, Brandon Sookro scored the winner as Nelson edged the Cats.Matt MacDonald, Darnel St. Pierre and Nolan Percival also scored for Nelson.Maida and Moffat combined to register the win in goal.Nelson concludes the preseason this week with a home-and-home series against defending KIJHL champion Castlegar Rebels.The teams play Tuesday in the Sunflower City before returning to the NDCC Arena Wednesday.Nelson opens the KIJHL regular season Friday in Castlegar against the Rebels.The home opener of the Leafs is Saturday against Creston at 7 p.m.
The Nelson Leafs continue to limp toward the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League post season.Nelson, looking more like a MASH unit than a hockey team, dropped its second straight game — five of the last eight — falling 2-1 to visiting Spokane Braves Friday night at the NDCC Arena.This is the same Spokane squad Nelson pummelled 7-2 Sunday in Nelson.With only 13 skaters on the game sheet, including 15-year-old Reece Tambellini, the Leafs struggled to find any offence against the Braves.Spokane found all the offence it would need during a two-minute span in the second period when Paxton Malone and Troy Pichette scored past Josh Williams in the Nelson nets. Kolten Nelson, scoring his fourth goal in three games, potted the only goal in the third period for Nelson.Spokane out shot the Leafs in every period, finishing the contest with a 38-21 advantage.Nelson, missing defencemen Dash Thompson, Brendan Smith and Aigne McGeady-Bruce along with forwards Eamonn Miller and Blair Andrews from the lineup concludes the regular season Sunday in Grand Forks.The Border Bruins tuned up for what promises to be a great series against Castlegar, battled the Rebels at home before losing 5-4 in overtime.Nick Headrick scored the winner in the first overtime period.The loss comes three days after Grand Forks defeated Castlegar in overtime by the same 5-4 score.For the Leafs, dropping to 20-29-0-0-2 on the season, it’s a day off to rest before opening the KIJHL Murdoch Division semi final playoff round Tuesday in Beaver Valley against the high-powered Nitehawks.Game two is Wednesday, also in Fruitvale before the series shifts to the NDCC Arena for Games three and four, Friday and Saturday.If necessary, Game five is Monday, February 29th in Beaver Valley.