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South Dearborn Schools address enrollment decline

first_imgAURORA, Ind. – South Dearborn Community School Corporation is looking for ways to combat declining funding and enrollment.A meeting was held last week among school officials, a special committee and school board members. Discussion was primarily focused on declining enrollment numbers the corporation is facing, the Dearborn County Register reports.Retired Jac-Cen-Del superintendent Steve Gookins told attendees that declining enrollment is a trend around the area. With exception to Batesville, Greensburg and Lawrenceburg all the schools near South Dearborn are dealing with student losses.Gookins analyzed several aspects including corporation boundaries, free and reduced lunch recipients, student transfers and state funding.South Dearborn Superintendent Dr. John Merle reassured that there are no current plans to close a school. Another committee meeting is scheduled for late January. The corporation is asking for community input on the issue.last_img read more

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Senator Leising talks about helping kids with

first_imgIndianapolis, in. — This session, the General Assembly took big steps to help students with dyslexia.Students who have dyslexia and related conditions struggle to identify and match letter sounds with letters, have difficulty with phonics and struggle to read. It affects reading, writing, spelling and comprehension.Without aid, these children can struggle in school and fall behind in the classroom, potentially risking the chance of a successful future.Diagnosing dyslexia can be difficult, as poor reading and writing skills are frequently mistaken for other disabilities. Sometimes teachers are unable to identify and distinguish dyslexia, which results in dyslexic students being placed in remedial classes instead of getting intervention that can help them cope with their dyslexia.To assist our students with dyslexia and help teachers better identify the disorder, lawmakers passed Senate Enrolled Act 217 this year, which was recently ceremonially signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb.SEA 217 requires school corporation and charter school reading plans to include indicators to screen for dyslexia risk factors. If a student is determined to be at risk for dyslexia, the school will administer a simple dyslexia screening test, which will identify whether the student needs to be referred for further testing and/or a diagnosis.Each school corporation and charter school is also required to employ at least one authorized reading specialist trained in dyslexia, no later than the 2019-20 school year, and the Department of Education is required to employ at least one reading specialist trained in dyslexia.Click here to watch a brief video explaining our efforts to help students with dyslexia.last_img read more

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Iheanacho strikes again in Leicester win

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace In-form Super Eagles striker, Kelechi Iheanacho, continued his red-hot form as ruthless Leicester dismantled Aston Villa 4-1 to keep Premier League leaders Liverpool in sight.The forward grabbed an assist and a goal to ensure the Foxes closed the gap on the Reds at the top to eight points.Brendan Rodgers’ second-placed side are 14 points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United and refusing to budge in the title race.In contrast, Villa sit 17th after they were thumped, slipping to a fifth defeat in seven games.Before, the hosts remembered former boss Ron Saunders, who took them to the First Division title in 1981, after he passed away aged 87 on Saturday.From the start, Villa were second best and James Maddison was foiled by Ezri Konsa’s block after just two minutes.It was a warning Villa failed to heed during a first half where they were wide open and Leicester should have taken the lead after 10 minutes.Caglar Soyuncu knocked Maddison’s deep free-kick back for Evans, but, just four yards out, the defender stabbed at Tom Heaton.Immediately, Villa broke to spurn their own golden chance when Matt Targett crossed for Anwar El Ghazi to rattle the bar from six yards.With the chance went Villa’s early hopes and they swiftly lost any grip of the game when Vardy continued his scoring streak after 21 minutes.Wesley lost the ball and the lively Iheanacho slipped the striker in to race clear and round Heaton.The in-form Jamie Vardy miscued his kick when shaping to shoot but recovered to tap in, despite Konsa’s efforts on the line.Vardy is now just three games away from equalling his own Premier League record of scoring in 11 consecutive games.Villa’s problems were partly of their own making with Tyrone Mings unable to cover having already suffered a hamstring injury and the defender was immediately replaced by Bjorn Engels.The hosts remained open at the back and Konsa blocked Vardy’s effort before Engels had to make a decisive tackle to stop Vardy teeing up Iheanacho.The Foxes threatened at will while Villa could not handle Vardy’s pace and Iheanacho’s movement.Villa were guilty of over-playing when they did go forward and were punished four minutes before the break.There was a touch of fortune but Leicester deserved to double their lead when Maddison crossed and Iheanacho diverted in at the near post.The Foxes were cruising but Grealish pulled a goal back in first-half injury time when he curled in from 16 yards after the visitors failed to clear a corner.Leicester, though, wasted no time in restoring their two-goal lead four minutes after the break.Evans escaped Villa’s defence and was left unmarked to thump in a brilliant header from Maddison’s corner.The game was won although Maddison should have made it 4-1 after 67 minutes only to clip the post.Harvey Barnes also fired over five minutes later and Vardy wrapped up the game when he raced onto Dennis Praet’s ball to roll under Heaton with 15 minutes left.It was his 16th goal of the season and Soyuncu was denied a fifth by Heaton soon after as Leicester ran riot.Tags: Manchester Unitedlast_img read more

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Edin Dzeko highlights the threat posed by Republic of Ireland ahead of play-off

first_img “I know almost all the Irish players – they all play in England in the best league in the world and they are there because they have their individual qualities, they are good players. “Even if some of them are missing, they are a good team which will definitely never give up, I know that. “They will be two very interesting games because we want to go to the Euros, they want to be there as well, so it will be interesting to watch. “[It would be] the first time to go to the Euros. We achieved to go to the World Cup in Brazil and that was our first big competition, and now we want to go to the Euros as well.” The game will be played at the 11,800-capacity Bilino Polje Stadium, where a hostile reception for the visitors is assured. Dzeko said: “This place is something special for us, something that gives us even more power to give everything we can. “We love this place – we have won so many games here and hopefully we can do the same tomorrow.” Ireland face Dzeko’s men in Zenica on Friday evening in the first leg of their Euro 2016 play-off with a trip to France next summer awaiting the victors. They will do so without vastly-experienced keeper Shay Given and Shane Long, the match-winner against the Germans through injury and central defender John O’Shea and striker Jonathan Walters through suspension. Press Association However, Manchester City striker Dzeko, who is currently on loan at Roma, insists they will still be a threat to his country’s hopes of making the European Championship finals for the first time. He said: “Maybe some of their most important players are not playing in the first game, so it’s a big problem for them, but they have other good players who can jump in, so I don’t think it’s a big advantage for us. “They have some important players, some experienced players, who can bring something different to the team – like they did against Germany, because it’s not easy doing it against them. “If you win, you must be a good team.” Bosnia skipper Dzeko is well placed to assess the dangers in the Ireland squad having come up against most of Martin O’Neill’s players during his time in the Barclays Premier League. O’Neill was delighted to have been drawn to play away in the first leg, although his selection problems have eaten into that perceived advantage, although Dzeko believes not significantly. Asked if the Bosnians are favourites to progress, he said: “No, I think it’s 50-50. “It doesn’t matter that some of our players are playing in the Champions League because Ireland have players with a lot of experience who have already played in big games. Edin Dzeko has warned Bosnia & Herzegovina to beware the Republic of Ireland after their shock victory over world champions Germany. last_img read more

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Brian Lara Stadium to host CPL finals

first_img`CASTRIES, St Lucia, (CMC) – The newly opend Brian Lara Cricket Stadium in Trinidad will host the finals of the 2017 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in September, organisers confirmed Saturday.Four games comprising three playoffs and the grand final will be played at the 15 000-seat venue in south Trinidad from September 5-9.The stadium, named after the aruguably the greatest batsman of the contemporary era, opened last month and the CPL finals marks the first major event to be held there.“We are absolutely delighted to be bringing the Hero CPL finals to Trinidad & Tobago. There is nowhere that can host the CPL finals quite like Trinidad & Tobago,” said CPL’s chief executive Damien O’Donohoe.“CPL is without doubt the biggest sports event in the Caribbean and has attracted huge international attention so this is a great opportunity for Trinidad & Tobago to showcase everything that makes this country so special to hundreds of millions of viewers around the world.Sports tourism is now creating lots of much needed jobs in the region and so Trinidad and Tobago are set to really benefit from hosting these games.”The stadium is run by the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago, an arm of the Ministry of Sports here, and was only recently completed following years of delays.Originally scheduled to host warm-up matches during the 2007 Cricket World Cup, the construction was plagued with controversy and cost over-runs and eventually stalled.Building resumed last year and the structure was finally completed earlier this year.Sports Minister Darryl Smith said the venue would do justice to the CPL finals.“What better tribute could we ask for the Academy’s namesake and the cricket-loving citizens of Trinidad & Tobago?” he said.“The CPL has become a true spectacle for the game and is enjoyed by cricket lovers across the Caribbean and the world. When the CPL officials visited last month and discussions began, I was quietly confident.“We will ensure that it will be one of the best finals in the tournament’s history.”The stadium hosted a domestic Twenty20 tournament recently to mark its opening.The CPL, in its fifth year, is set to run from August 4 to September 9.last_img
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All NTDL soccer fixtures off

first_imgAll soccer fixtures are OFF in the North Tipperary League today.We haven’t yet received any word on the TSDL fixtures.So in the Munster junior Cup 3rd round, Clonmel Town play Peake Villa and Cahir Park face Cashel. Both those games get underway at 2pm.And finally in the TSDL Premier League Two Mile Borris face Bansha and Glengoole go up against Old Bridge.Both those games kick off at 2.30. Photo: Pixabaylast_img

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Photos: Legendary boxing trainer Alloway to be buried tomorrow

first_imgFinal funeral rites are underway near Usher Fort, in Accra for legendary Ghanaian boxing trainer Godwin Nii Dzanie Kotey a.k.a. Alloway, who passed on some weeks ago.Headlining the activities will be a 14-bout bill to be staged in the historic boxing communinity of Bukom near his residence in Accra later this evening.Coach Alloway will be buried in Accra tomorrow after a service at the Usher Gardens off the John Atta-Mills High Street, Accra. The funeral is expected to be attended by thousands of people of varied backgrounds.Alloway gave up after a month’s battle with illness in Accra – a development which was received with shock in the sporting fraternity.Alloway previously handled some of the creme boxers from Ghana including Prof. Azumah Nelson, Joshua Clottey and Joseph Agbeko Coach Alloway, who was 56, has a wealth of experience in the sport with almost four decades of work and served as the Head Trainer for the Attoh Quarshie Gym in Accra where he trained many boxers including highly rated lightweight George ‘Red Tiger’ Ashie. Godwin Nii Dzanie Kotey led the boxing coaches body to push for major reforms in the sport and also led a lot of advocacy including issues.RETIRED AND ACTIVE BOXERS SPARRING IN BUKOM –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Scottish Strong Style: Calder McColl’s momentum, destiny won’t be stopped amid wrestling world standstill

first_img“Yes, we’re still wrestling on, but not for the majority of the wrestling community.”To that end, AEW and WWE have come under some fire for continuing to stage shows. Though both promotions have operated with only essential personnel during their live and taped programming, WWE was recently deemed an “essential business” in the state of Florida, allowing Vince McMahon’s wrestling conglomerate to continue on despite the pandemic. AEW also recently announced their intentions to continue their live programming in a few months from their home base in Jacksonville, Fla. McColl, a 31-year-old Scotsman, was staring down his biggest, most significant opportunity to rock the wrestling world during a decades-long odyssey to get big. But just a few weeks earlier, on March 12, the sports world came to a stop due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Wrestling was no exception.So instead of lacing up his boots for the appearance, McColl was home, on the phone with Sporting News, talking about what went wrong.”It was personally probably the biggest opportunity I’ve got so far,” McColl told Sporting News, with just a hint of distress. “I’d gotten an opportunity to be on Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport show, which is annually, one of the bigger indie shows anticipated each year. It’s in its third year right now. I had a marquee match, there was only eight matches on it.”So personally, that was gonna be a big deal for me. Just for exposure, name value.”RIVERA: WWE, XFL fallout have Vince McMahon in very precarious position (Credit: Calder McColl) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/75/e1/calder-mccoll-2-ftr-042820_13vch7xvksrn91doh99rvdqg49.jpg?t=-1039607727&w=500&quality=80 Calder McColl was reaching for the ever-present brass ring.On April 2, McColl was supposed to be in Tampa, Fla., for WrestleMania weekend. Aside from the obvious presence of WWE, ‘Mania weekend has traditionally been a major gathering point for indie promotions and wrestlers around the world; wrestling talent converges wherever WrestleMania takes place. The weekend is home to all sorts of wrestling events, giving previously unheard-of or little-known grapplers the chance to make themselves famous. (Credit: Calder McColl) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/87/e4/calder-mccoll-3-ftr-042820_rz0rnpdgu9sl136hc2kcl6c4r.jpg?t=-1039423855&w=500&quality=80 Just like that, the coronavirus rendered null McColl’s chance at stardom during WrestleMania weekend. Like every other professional athlete on the planet, McColl has felt the bodyslam of the pandemic.For wrestlers, living life on the road — regardless of whether you’re signed — is a big part of the gig. The coronavirus, though, is clearly just a speed bump on McColl’s road to stardom. While his star isn’t shining as bright as it can just yet, that doesn’t make him any less accomplished in the ring. McColl’s wrestling journey started when he was just 14 years old: He started training while living with his mother in a women’s shelter in Scotland. Just two years later, McColl started learning MMA, mostly as a way of defending himself.When McColl turned 19, he was faced with a tough decision: Does he continue on the route of becoming a budding MMA star, or stick with pro wrestling, which he described as equally intensive?”I was kind of like, ‘OK, well I’ve got to put my eggs in one basket here,’ like, if I want to be good at MMA and get to a higher level, I’ve got to commit more to it,” McColl said. “But pro wrestling’s pretty intensive as it is.”At the time of the landscape, if you wanted to get signed and you’re from the UK, you had to be a big boy. You had to be like 6-4, 6-5, built like a Greek god. At the time, you know, I’m under 6 foot, and I’m never naturally going to be anywhere close to over 230, so that’s not going to be me. So I was like, ‘Well you know I’m not going to be that guy, maybe I’ll do MMA.'”Size deficiencies aside, McColl made himself a career in MMA, including a run in the states from 2011 to 2015. McColl couldn’t avoid the wrestling ring, though, eventually settling on a full-time career as a wrestler in 2018.Over a decade and two continents later, McColl has wrestled more than 350 matches across 20-plus promotions and at one point was considered to be a top MMA fighter in Scotland. As a full-time wrestler now, McColl’s MMA background — Scottish Strong Style, as he coined — has given him a certain brand in the ring, combining his shoot-fighting background with in-ring psychology.How is that accomplished? McColl relies on a heavy helping of kicks and uses knowledge he gained from MMA when it comes to body manipulation and knowing what holds hurt the most. It added a level of legitimacy.”I feel like having real knowledge of how various techniques are performed was really able to get me an idea like how to perform them, or what kind of fashion,” McColl told SN. “But the thing is, you can really tell who has background and who doesn’t have background. So I just feel like having that little bit of knowledge gives myself a little bit more authenticity.”That Scottish Strong Style is a personal brand to McColl. It’s a certain point of pride for him — it’s not just a brand of wrestling, but a mindset.While Scottish Strong Style speaks to strength, pride and honor, not even the guys in tights have been about to wrestle their way out of the coronavirus situation. McColl has been no exception. McColl has dealt with some financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the state of Nevada, where he hangs his hat.This is the unfortunate life of the independent wrestler at the moment: appearances canceled, uncertainty of when the next dates may come and coronavirus throwing buckets of ice water on whatever heat they may have built up over recent months. For guys who live appearance-to-appearance and spend months at a time on the road, it’s a painful reality — one that hurts a little bit more than your average athlete.Consider this: Of the thousands upon thousands of wrestlers who remain unsigned, either by choice or not, it’s hard to stand out among the crowd in a normal year. Getting booking dates can be an exceptionally difficult thing to accomplish, regardless of whether you’re a rookie or veteran. There’s a lot that goes into it, as well — politics, personality, ability and so forth. Making a career as a wrestler isn’t easy, especially if you’re out on your own and not produced by a big talent pipeline.So when ‘Mania weekend rolls around and thousands flock to wherever it’s being held, that opportunity for indy guys is like striking gold. For that to be gone by a 3-count in 2020, it’s a tough pill to swallow.”I would imagine a lot of performers who were in the exact same boat — that was going to be the big weekend of the year for exposure, for making money, just for being an independent performer. That was gone,” McColl said.For many others like McColl, wrestling just hasn’t been an option. Unlike pro sports where a lot of athletes can lean back on millions of dollars in the bank and look toward sports returning at some point in 2020, indy wrestlers are in a holding pattern waiting to get back to the ring with uncertainty as to when the bell may ring again.McColl admits, as someone who is usually “on the go,” it’s weird for his schedule to have come to a complete stop. For grapplers who are on the road a majority of their time, making their way from appearance to appearance and state to state, crisscrossing the nation at any given moment, it’s a culture shock.”In pro wrestling, if I have a good week, maybe I’ll wrestle three to four times a week, you know? So there’s a grind aspect. We’re always in the grind, we’re always working, we’re always coming up with new stuff, coming up, seeking new problems — but that just has all been halted.”So there is a little bit like cabin fever, stir fever from being like, really, really busy trying to schedule out performances, shows, travel, family, trying to mix everything in, and now it’s gone to zero. And it’s weird.”It’s an odd paradigm shift to witness. Pro wrestling has been a consistent, unstoppable stream of entertainment around the world for decades. Between the top promotions around the globe — WWE, NJPW, AEW, Impact Wrestling to name a few — and the independent scene, wrestling is legitimately non-stop and has even provided a lift for those craving live sports while the sports world is at a standstill. That’s something McColl has noticed, as well.”The weird thing about that is, we have the two top dogs, WWE and AEW, who haven’t entirely shut down yet. But literally everyone else is shut down,” McColl said. “Even upper independents like GCW, ROH, New Japan, bigger European promotions, everyone shut down apart from these two big dogs. So it’s a very strange landscape right now. While McColl isn’t a member of either promotion, as someone who has been working since age 15, it’s hard to imagine something as little as a global pandemic deterring him from reaching his ultimate goals in the wrestling world. McColl is focused on what lies ahead — hopefully that means one day having the opportunity to share the ring with a Kenny Omega or a Kazuchika Okada.But dreams of the future, big opportunities and dazzling matches doesn’t mean he’s not missing the ring now.”From the performance aspect, to the sporting aspect of it, to just the feeling of the crowds … I miss performing,” McColl said. “Literally everything about it.”last_img read more

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Solskjaer keen to resolve De Gea contract delay

first_imgFILE PHOTO: De GeaManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains confident that goalkeeper David de Gea will commit his future to the club despite entering the final year of his contract.United hoped the Spanish international would sign a new deal before the season began, but are still waiting for De Gea to put pen to paper.As it stands, the 28-year-old would be free to speak to any European clubs from January 1 and leave next summer on a free transfer.United have reportedly offered a deal worth around £290,000-a-week ($363,000) to make De Gea the joint highest earner still at the club, alongside Paul Pogba, but still short of the £400,000-a-week Alexis Sanchez was earning at Old Trafford prior to his loan move to Inter Milan.“I’ve obviously not been involved in all the discussions, but I’m pretty confident we’ll get this sorted,” said the Norwegian.“David has never said anything else to me, other than that he loves this club, he wants to stay here and he’s had a fantastic time.“So let’s hope we just get it over the line.”– De Gea struggling –Protracted negotiations over De Gea’s future were offered as a reason for his poor form towards the end of last season.He was also at fault for Patrick van Aanholt’s late winner as Crystal Palace won 2-1 at Old Trafford last month.But the man crowned United’s Player of the Year on four occasions during his eight years in Manchester retains the backing of Solskjaer.“He has had a fantastic time here but of course whenever he concedes a goal, it’s headlines, that he should have saved it.“You have to be resilient and you need to have robust confidence and he’s fine. I don’t worry about David at all.” De Gea was part of the last United team to win the Premier League title in Alex Ferguson’s final season in 2013.Now Solskjaer wants the goalkeeper to be part of his plans as he tries to restore United to their former glory.“My focus and the club’s focus is to convince him to stay,” he added. “He can see what we are doing and he knows what we’re doing.“We want the best players here and most of the time the ones we want, stay.“There are not many that we want to keep that we don’t manage to keep.”Solskjaer needs all the help he can get at the moment as United have won only one of their last nine league games stretching back to last season.They are eighth after taking five points from the first four games and face unbeaten Leicester at Old Trafford.With West Ham and Arsenal to come this month, it is a tricky run of league fixtures for United, but the manager is convinced the team are on the right track.“There is always pressure here but of course I’m confident in what we are doing,” said Solskjaer.“We have a plan and the performances have not told me that we need to change direction. Results, now that is a different matter.“We can control how we play, how we practice and how we prepare. But there is not a lot we can control when you concede four goals in six chances against us in the last three games.“They are games we should have won and we know that. But we need to score the goals.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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How Can Thurston County Solid Waste Help You?

first_imgSubmitted by Thurston County Solid WasteYour Resource for Great Information:Thurston County Solid Waste offers educational opportunities for school age kids and community groups. Photo courtesy Thurston County Solid WasteSay the words “Solid Waste,” and most people think of garbage. But the Solid Waste team at Thurston County thinks about a lot more than just trash. Their mission is to “promote waste prevention and sustainable resource use in the County through education, technical assistance, and community building.” They see a future in which everyone in Thurston County makes informed and responsible choices about what we produce and consume, so that people create less waste.Though the Thurston County Solid Waste (TCSW) department doesn’t collect your garbage or recycling (that’s done by your local hauler), we can help you learn what to do with it. Want to know where to take a particular item for recycling? Try the Where Do I Take My…database.Not sure what to put in your organics or recycle bin? Need to know where to take your old electronics, car batteries or old medications? Just want the address and hours for the Waste and Recovery Center? Visit the Solid Waste website for fast and easy answers to all your questions.Education:TCSW offers education opportunities for school age kids and community groups. Staff are available to present to small groups in the community (neighborhood associations, churches, libraries and clubs) on several topics including recycling and wasted food. We also provide a wide variety of age-appropriate learning opportunities for kids in K-8th grade on topics ranging from recycling, to marketing for teens and consumption to food systems. You can learn more about current presentations here. But you’ll have to book ahead – these programs are booked up for most of the 2015 school year!Technical Assistance:Macklin Clark (left) and Noah Otto help Tumwater High School maximize their Food to Flowers waste reduction program.Food to Flowers (F2F) is a Solid Waste program that partners with schools to reduce wasted food, eliminate disposables and set up recycling programs. There are 32 schools and more than 14,000 students participating in an F2F program in Thurston County. On average, F2F schools are saving 15-20% on their total garbage and recycling collection costs. Learn more here.In addition, twenty-four F2F schools are now setting aside prepared, but unserved food to donate to the Thurston County Food Bank. This food is then packaged into ready-to-eat meals for families in our community. This F2F program – called Restaurant Rescue – can provide schools with the assistance and supplies needed to join this program.TCSW can help your business reduce waste too. Waste reduction (recycling and waste prevention) offers financial advantages, benefits the environment and can help to establish your organization as a good community citizen. Our staff can help you assess your waste stream, establish a baseline, and design your waste reduction program. In addition, as part of the Waste Less Food program, TCSW is looking for a few business innovators interested in reducing shrink, feeding the hungry and helping to pilot innovative and profitable ways to waste less food.Whether you’re looking for specific solutions to specific waste-related problems, or trying to get informed about important issues that affect you and our community, TCSW is your one-stop-shop.  For more information, contact us at 360-867-2491 or ThurstonSolidWaste@co.thurston.wa.us. Facebook9Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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