Good morning, today is Monday, Sept. 8, the 251st day of 2014. There are 114 days left in the year. It is ‘National Hug Your Hound’ Day.
Partly sunny with a chance of showers in the evening turning to mostly cloudy Monday night, showers likely. Highs in the upper 60s to low 70s, with lows in the mid 50s.
During the weekends of Sept. 12 and Sept. 19, drivers can expect major traffic impacts while construction crews repair a bridge expansion joint on Interstate 5 in Olympia. The work involves numerous day and night lane and ramp closures on I-5 and State Route 101 over both weekends, as well as creating extensive traffic congestion on northbound and southbound I-5 and on State Route 101 approaching I-5.
Repairs to the Boston Street Bridge over the Deschutes River will require closure of the eastbound lane of Boston Street between Deschutes Way and Custer Way today through Thursday, from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. each day.
Sept. 8: The southbound lane of Wiggins Road, between Morse Merryman and 40th, will be closed from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. each day while city crews perform routine ditch maintenance. Work is expected to be completed by Friday. Flaggers will be in place, please use caution when traveling through the area.
North Thurston School Board meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday, at the Administration Center; Tumwater School Board meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday, at the district office.
Tumwater Riverwalk Tour: Stroll through Tumwater’s pioneer and industrial history on a guided walking tour along the Deschutes River, in Tumwater Falls Park beginning at 10:30 a.m., each Wednesday and Friday, now through September. Meet at 10:15 a.m. at the Olympia Tumwater Foundation office, at Tumwater Falls Park, 110 Deschutes Way SW. Recommended parking is the west parking lot closest to Deschutes Way. The tour is approximately one hour, and admission is free.
Hawks Prairie Rotary Military Family Day: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., at Cabela’s, 1600 Gateway Blvd. NE, Lacey. Free music, food, and activities for the whole family.
Nordic Heritage Day in Olympia: Learn about Nordic heritage from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., at Columbian Hall, 6794 Martin Way, Olympia. Explore genealogy search and presentation tips. See live demos of rosemaling painting, hardanger needlework, woodcarving, cooking lefse, krumkate and aebelskiver. Kids activities and Viking duck races. The event is free.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On September 8, 1974, President Gerald R. Ford granted a “full, free, and absolute pardon” to former President Richard Nixon “for all offenses against the United States which he, Richard Nixon, has committed or may have committed or taken part in during the period from January 20, 1969 through August 9, 1974.”
On this date:
In 1504, Michelangelo’s towering marble statue of David was unveiled to the public in Florence, Italy.
In 1761, Britain’s King George III married Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz a few hours after meeting her for the first time.
In 1892, an early version of “The Pledge of Allegiance,” written by Francis Bellamy, appeared in “The Youth’s Companion.”
In 1900, Galveston, Texas, was struck by a hurricane that killed an estimated 8,000 people.
In 1921, Margaret Gorman, 16, of Washington D.C., was crowned the first “Miss America” in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
In 1934, more than 130 people lost their lives in a fire aboard the liner SS Morro Castle off the New Jersey coast.
In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared a “limited national emergency” in response to the outbreak of war in Europe.
In 1944, Nazi Germany fired the first of its V-2 rockets, which were faster and more powerful than the V-1, into London during World War II.
In 1954, the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) was founded in Manila by the United States, France, Britain, New Zealand, Australia, the Philippines, Thailand and Pakistan.
In 1964, public schools in Prince Edward County, Virginia, reopened after being closed for five years by officials attempting to prevent court-ordered racial desegregation.
In 1989, Partnair Flight 394, a Convair CV-580, crashed into the sea off Denmark, killing all 55 people on board.
In 1994, USAir Flight 427, a Boeing 737, crashed into a ravine as it was approaching Pittsburgh International Airport, killing all 132 people on board.