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1. Be social without spending your dough. Try to spend your time at networking events that don’t revolve around bars and restaurants. A couple hours spent at a local bar off-campus can easily equal a $50 tab. There will be a LOT of events, and you’ll break the bank if you try to eat every meal out, or buy round after round of drinks.
2. Buy groceries with cash. It’s a fact that people generally spend more with plastic than with cash. Before you go to the grocery store, make a list of the items you’ll need. Give yourself $5 extra for something fun, then leave the credit cards at home. If you get to the register and find you’ve gone over, you’ll just have to put some items back.
3. Avoid bank fees. Make sure your bank isn’t charging you a checking account fee every month. Why should you be
LONGVIEW, Wash. – Rebecca Branderhorst went a little crazy in her vegetable garden last spring. The Longview, Wash., resident planted pole green beans, Oregon pea pods, lima beans, three kinds of lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, carrots, bunching onions, white Spanish onions, chives, celery, cilantro and beets. All of it in a 4-by-8-foot box. By midsummer, her garden looked like a mini-jungle of edible delights. But that kind of enthusiasm was what Washington State University Extensions Gary Fredricks wanted to see. He started a new program last year in Cowlitz County that promotes local food production through vegetable gardening while helping those financially or physically challenged to raise their own produce. “Home VEG (Vegetable Educational Garden) removes some of the barriers that stop people from starting a garden, Fredricks said. “Its a great success. All 10 families that participated grew great gardens, learned from their mistakes and expect to produce even more in 2013.
Raised beds ease effort
The program pairs WSU Master Gardener volunteers with local residents who apply and are accepted. Read more…
LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN Madrona School fourth-grade teacher Christiane Stanley reads a story during snack time.
Address: 219 Madison Ave. S, Bainbridge Island
School type: Private
Principal: Missi Goss, a founding member, is in her second year as head of school
Grades: Preschool through eighth grade
Colors: Green and beige
Mascot: Madrona tree
Number of classroom teachers: 24
Highlight: Madrona is the only school in Kitsap County offering Waldorf education, a style that uses an interdisciplinary approach to weave storytelling, art, handcrafts, movement and drama with traditional academic subjects to meet students’ individual developmental needs.
Upcoming event: Madrona’s sixth-graders will perform the play “Roma Amor” at the Grange in Bainbridge Island at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, and
Sarah Hagar had 14 points, seven rebounds and five steals and Teryn Rath 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead top-seeded Bear River to a 63-31 win over Hilmar in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV girls basketball playoff opener Tuesday night in the Lake of the Pines.
Bear River will play host to No. 9 Dixon in Thursday’s quarterfinals.
In other Division IV games reported to The Bee:
NO. 2 COLFAX 47, NO. 15 LOS BANOS 34 – Amber Tobiasz led a balanced scoring attack with 11 points in leading the Falcons to victory in Colfax.
NO. 3 BRADSHAW CHRISTIAN 62, UNION MINE 28 - Erika Bean had 23 points and Ashlee Jones added 12 as the Pride defeated the Diamondbacks in South Sacramento.
NO. 4 ARGONAUT 60, NO. 13 RIVERBANK 43
NO. 6 WEST CAMPUS 51, NO. 11 ENCINA 29
NO. 9 DIXON 60, NO. 8 SONORA 43
NO. 10 LIBERTY RANCH 39, NO.
The snowy woods and authentic architecture of Salolampi, the Finnish Language Village, became an idyllic setting for a weekend workshop by The Concordia Orchestra.
The orchestra retreated to Salolampi, on Turtle River Lake near Bemidji, Minn., to study the life and perform the works of Finland’s most beloved composer, Jean Sibelius.
The retreat was centered on five aspects of Finnish life Sibelius, Salolampi, Suomi, sauna and sisu, says Amy Tervola Hultberg, dean of the Finnish Village. Suomi is the Finnish name for Finland, sauna is a national passion and sisu is the uniquely Finnish spirit of persevering against all odds.
In Finland, Hultberg says people enjoy spending time away from their jobs by staying in rustic cabins, hiking in the woods and taking sauna baths to relax.
“It’s all about establishing a sense of balance in their lives,” says Hultberg.