South Sound Morning: Thursday update

Good morning, today is Thursday, September 18, the 261st day of 2014. There are 104 days left in the year. Today is National Cheeseburger Day.

FYI: There are several theories about the origins of the cheeseburger. One story claims that the cheeseburger was created between 1924 and 1926 by a chef named Lionel Sternberger. As the story goes, a homeless man dining at Sternberger's restaurant in Pasadena, California, suggested the addition of a slice of cheese to his hamburger order. Sternberger complied, eventually added it to his menu, and the rest is history.

Weather: Showers likely with highs in the mid 60s. Mostly cloudy with showers likely Thursday night. Lows in the mid 50s.


During the weekend of 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. For more extensive information regarding this project and its impact on your commute, go to: WSDOT's project website.


Southbound I-5 will be reduced to one lane again through DuPont from Center Drive to Mounts Road. The same staggered ramp closures are in place as previous nights.

The following ramps will close for short durations overnight:

DuPont-Steilacoom on-ramp to southbound I-5

Thorne Lane to southbound I-5

Westbound SR 512 to southbound I-5

Berkeley Street to northbound I-5


Southbound I-5 will be reduced to one lane between Center Drive and Mounts Road in DuPont. The Center Drive on ramp to southbound I-5 and the southbound I-5 exit to Mounts Road will have staggered ramp closures.

Coming up

Martin Way at College Street

A sewer main installation project is scheduled to begin this week on Martin Way between College Street and I-5, and in an easement behind the LaQuinta Inn in Lacey. No interruptions to sewer service are anticipated during the estimated five week work period. The project was awarded to Northwest Cascade Inc. of Puyallup and includes the installation of approximately 565 feet of sewer main across Martin Way. It also includes connections to existing sewer systems, sewer main abandonments, and pavement and lawn restorations. The portion of new sewer line to be installed across Martin Way will begin on or around Tuesday, September 23, and will last approximately three days. Pavement repair to the area across Martin Way is anticipated to start on October 1, and will last approximately two days. Pavement repair work is weather-dependent. Work will take place between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., with traffic limited to one lane in each direction during these time periods. Updated traffic advisories will be posted on Lacey’s official website at www.ci.lacey.wa.us.

School news:

North Thurston School District: Lacey ACT night, 7 p.m. Friday at Komachin Middle School.

Free Back-to-School Immunization Clinic for all kids pre-school through 18 years, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 20, at Group Health Cooperative, Olympia Medical Center, 700 Lilly Road NE, Olympia.

What’s Happening: See A2 of today’s paper for a more extensive list of events.


Beer for a Cure: Sponsored by Dick’s Brewing Co., this year’s Relay for Life fundraiser will feature raffle prizes, live music and a silent auction from 2-8 p.m. at the brewery, 3516 Galvin Road, Centralia. Additional details can be found at www.dicksbeer.com.

Discover Lake Sylvia Fall Festival: The 5th annual festival will feature mountain bike races, with an expert and a novice course, $40 entry fee in advance, $50 on race day. Registration at 7:30 a.m. Go to www.fosls.org. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, art walk in the woods, trail races, lots of fun for the kids with vintage games and food booths. The festival runs from 7 a.m.-4 p.m., at Lake Sylvia State Park, 1812 Lake Sylvia Road N, Montesano. Call Trina, 360-482-2551 or log on to http://fosls.org.

13th Annual Summer’s End at Lacey Car Show: 9 a.m. -3 p.m., at Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Loop SE. The show is open to all years, makes, and models. The car show will host an array of vehicles from every era. In addition to the many cars on display, enjoy vendor booths, have lunch in the park, and have fun with games and activities for the family. Lacey Sunrise Lions will provide the car-themed games including the piston toss, lug nut challenge, and fan belt toss. Live music will be provided by “Backlash” from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Admission is free to the public. The first 200 entries will receive a “goody bag” with a commemorative dash plaque and all entries will receive a photo of their car taken at the entrance. In addition, entries contend for 50 different awards! The cost to enter a vehicle is $20 at the gate.


Morningside Ride Road Challenge: A road rally-inspired event, the Road Challenge is a test of skill, smarts and savvy. Driver and navigator teams follow a course, search for clues, find answers, and make pit stops. Ride ends with finish line party that includes lunch, raffles, games and team awards. Registration kicks off at 8:30 a.m., at Olympia High School, 1302 North St. SE, and ends at Lucky Eagle Casino. Cost is $80 per two-person team, $30 for extra passengers. Register and prepare your “tool kit” online at www.MorningsideRide.com. Call Laurie Arnone, 360-596-3539, for additional information.

Birthday Box


Sapphire Ordonez: Turns 3 on Sept. 20

Dayten Skye Allen: Turns 7 on Sept. 28

To be listed in the Birthdays, send your name, the age you will be (18 and younger), your birth date, address and phone number to The Birthday Box, The Olympian, 111 Bethel St. NE, Olympia, WA 98506 or send an email to tmcgee@theolympian.com.

Today in History

Today’s Highlight in History:

On September 18, A.D. 14, the Roman Senate officially confirmed Tiberius as the second emperor of the Roman Empire, succeeding the late Augustus.

On this date:

In 1759, the French formally surrendered Quebec to the British.

In 1793, President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol.

In 1810, Chile made its initial declaration of independence from Spain with the forming of a national junta.

In 1927, the Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System (later CBS) made its on-air debut with a basic network of 16 radio stations.

In 1931, an explosion in the Chinese city of Mukden damaged a section of Japanese-owned railway track; Japan, blaming Chinese nationalists, invaded Manchuria the next day.

In 1947, the National Security Act, which created a National Military Establishment, went into effect.

In 1961, United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold (dahg HAWM'-ahr-shoold) was killed in a plane crash in northern Rhodesia.

In 1964, Irish playwright Sean O'Casey, 84, died in Torquay, England. The situation comedy “The Addams Family,” inspired by the Charles Addams cartoons, premiered on ABC-TV.

In 1970, rock star Jimi Hendrix died in London at age 27.

In 1975, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was captured by the FBI in San Francisco, 19 months after being kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

In 1984, retired U.S. Air Force Col. Joe Kittinger became the first person to complete a solo balloon flight across the Atlantic Ocean as he landed in Italy, four days after leaving Maine.

In 1994, tennis star Vitas Gerulaitis, 40, was found dead in the guest cottage of a friend’s home in Southampton, New York, of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.

Ten years ago: A divided U.N. Security Council approved a resolution threatening oil sanctions against Sudan unless the government reined in Arab militias blamed for a killing rampage in Darfur (dahr-FOOR'). Hollywood divorce lawyer Marvin Mitchelson died in Beverly Hills, California, at age 76. Pioneer adult filmmaker Russ Meyer died in Los Angeles at age 82. Miss Alabama Deidre Downs was crowned Miss America. Pop singer Britney Spears married her fiance, dancer Kevin Federline, in a surprise ceremony. (The couple divorced nearly three years later.)

Five years ago: Tens of thousands of protesters rallied in defiance of Iran’s Islamic leadership, clashing with police and confronting state-run anti-Israel rallies. Writer-editor Irving Kristol, known as the godfather of neoconservatism, died at 89. The final episode of “Guiding Light” aired on CBS, ending a 72-year run on radio and television.

One year ago: Syrian President Bashar Assad, in a Fox News Channel interview, said a United Nations report finding “clear and convincing evidence” sarin nerve gas was used in Syria painted an “unrealistic” account, and denied his government had orchestrated the attack. Former heavyweight boxing champion Ken Norton, 70, died in Las Vegas.

Today’s Birthdays: Singer Jimmie Rodgers is 81. Actor Robert Blake is 81. Former Sen. Robert Bennett, R-Utah, is 81. Actor Fred Willard is 81. Actor Eddie Jones is 80. Gospel singer Bobby Jones is 76. Singer Frankie Avalon is 74. Actress Beth Grant is 65. Rock musician Kerry Livgren is 65. Actress Anna Deavere Smith is 64. Basketball Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino is 62. College Football Hall of Famer and retired NFL player Billy Sims is 59. Movie director Mark Romanek is 55. Baseball Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg is 55. Alt-country-rock musician Mark Olson is 53. Singer Joanne Catherall (Human League) is 52. Actress Holly Robinson Peete is 50. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ricky Bell (Bell Biv Devoe and New Edition) is 47. Actress Aisha Tyler is 44. Racing cyclist Lance Armstrong is 43. Opera singer Anna Netrebko is 43. Actress Jada Pinkett Smith is 43. Actor James Marsden is 41. Actress Emily Rutherfurd is 40. Actor Travis Schuldt is 40. Rapper Xzibit is 40. Comedian-actor Jason Sudeikis is 39. Actress Sophina Brown is 38. Actor Barrett Foa is 37. TV correspondent Sara Haines is 37. Actress Alison Lohman is 35. Actors Brandon and Taylor Porter are 21. Actor C.J. Sanders is 18.

Thought for Today: “It’s my rule never to lose me temper till it would be detrimental to keep it.” – Sean O'Casey (1880-1964).