Welcome Mary Blake

July 19, 2018

We are proud to welcome Mary Blake to our company. Mary joins us after a career in law, working for an busy attorney’s office, as well as working for a number of campaigns. She comes to us with strong local ties. Mary is also the spouse of a retired member of the military.  Through all […]

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Local Road Trips Everyone In the Pacific Northwest Should Take

July 13, 2018

Vacation — everyone needs one every once in a while, but we know that not everyone has the time or the money for them. The good news is that you don’t have to spend a lot of time or money to have a refreshing and inspiring getaway. The Pacific Northwest is notorious for its sweeping […]

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7 Best Places to Fish in South Puget Sound

July 13, 2018

Calling all anglers! It’s no secret that Washington State is home to some of the best freshwater fishing in the country, and with the Puget Sound covering more than 2,000 miles of Washington’s coastline, some of the best spots to fish are just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Olympia. This southern region […]

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2018 Inspirational Educator Award Winner

June 30, 2018

We are thrilled to announce our 2018 Inspirational Educator Award winner, Blue Peetz. Blue runs the Freedom Farm/GRUB for the Olympia School District and was nominated for the award by our first-place winner Kai Chapin. Kai wrote such a touching nomination letter, best shared in her words: Dear Blue: When I was told I could […]

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First Place Scholarship Winner – Kai Chapin

June 22, 2018

Congratulations to Kai Chapin, our first place winner in our 8th annual What Makes a House a Home scholarship contest. Kai wrote a very moving essay about her definition of home. We are reminded of the importance of home through her words – “Before you know what makes a home, you have to live without one.” Her […]

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Second Place Scholarship Winner – Alyssa Carpenter

June 22, 2018

Congratulations to Alyssa Carpenter, our second place winner in our 8th annual What Makes a House a Home scholarship contest. Alyssa wrote a great essay about the comforts of her home. In her own words, “Being home means being comfortable.” –  “It’s where the people who love me the most in this world are waiting […]

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Third Place Scholarship Winner – Chloe Dietrich

June 22, 2018

Congratulations to Chloe Dietrich, our third place winner in our 8th annual What Makes a House a Home scholarship contest. Chloe wrote a great essay about her Grandmother’s transition from her large 2-story home to a much smaller senior living apartment.  “A home isn’t about walls, or doors, or a view, no matter how breathtaking. It’s […]

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Hikes Every Outdoorsy Person in Thurston County Should Do

June 15, 2018

There are so many great hikes in and around Thurston County. From intense excursions to relaxing adventures, there are trails for every age and skill level. If you like getting some exercise and enjoying the great outdoors, you’re in the right place. To connect with other avid hikers, check out The Olympia Hiking and Outdoor […]

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Scholarship Contest Winners Announced

May 21, 2018

Our panel of independent, local community judges have announced the winners of our 2018 What Makes a House a Home scholarship contest. Congratulations to the following students: 1st Place –  Kai Chapin 2nd Place – Alyssa Carpenter 3rd Place – Chloe Dietrich Thank you to everyone who applied for these scholarships. The judges remarked that […]

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Scholarship Essay Contest in Voting Phase!

May 7, 2018

The submission portion of our contest is now wrapped up and we are into our fan voting phase! We had anoher amazing response this year with 88 essays submitted to our contest. Please be sure to vote for your favorites through our website www.whatmakesahouseahome.com. The finalists will be announced on May 16th. From the top finalists, a […]

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