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first_imgRob Rice is Thurston County’s largest local home builder and was voted the Best of South Sound for 2013. He and his wife Helena live in Olympia with their two sons; Alex Michael and Carson. Rob is a graduate of Washington State University with degrees in construction management and architecture. Submitted by Barb Lally for Rob Rice HomesSusan loves the location of her new home.When you own a home in the Rob Rice Community of Kensington, Stonegate or Lexington, everything is close, just a stone’s throw from anything you might need or want to do.By the time Rob Rice finishes building the lovely homes in Kensington, the last of the three communities off of College Street in Lacey, Washington, he will have built 446 homes in all these great locations. There are reasons that so many homes in this close community have been bought up in recent years.No other place could offer a homeowner more convenience.Everything within reachNeed milk or groceries or a prescription filled? Two major grocery stores and a pharmacy are less than a mile away. The Intercity Transit bus stops right on the corner next to the community of Kensington.Less than a half a mile down College Street, Lacey Crossroads Shopping Center provides restaurants, a Thrive Community Fitness center, a local watering hole called Hop Jacks that boasts the coldest beer in town, a place for a great haircut at Sport Cuts and many more businesses, all within walking distance.“People walk here all the time to drop off mail,” says Melissa the manager of the PostNet at Crossroads. “They can escape the hassle of the Post Office by coming to a place right near their home.”The owner of the unique Bark Avenue Pet Supplies & Food Store says homeowners walk their dogs to the store just to get a free treat from the owner of the shop. “My customers tell me that once they turn into Lacey Crossroads their dog starts pulling them toward our store.”Shopping is a short distance from the Rob Rice community of Kensington.Homeowners there now will tell you that they moved to the area for that sense of community and closeness.“When I was working, I lived in a big house by I-5, but I moved to this close knit community once I retired and it is ideal,” says Susan, a homeowner in Stonegate right next to Kensington, who does her banking down the street, enjoys being right by a Lowes and says she is looking forward to the new Walmart “neighborhood market” currently under construction around the corner on Yelm Highway. “I knew everything would be close and easy to get to.”For just some quiet time driving golf balls, Capitol City Golf Club is down on the corner. Medical facilities and the top area hospital are also nearby and local elementary, middle and high schools are just minutes away for families with school-aged children. The entrance to I-5 is also a short distance down the road.“I built here because I could see the vision for this corner of the community that was accessible to so many amenities that homeowners care about,” says Rob Rice, the 2013 Best of South Sound builder.  “Our homeowners love the convenience of a short walk to area shopping, parks, & more.Parks and Trails GaloreRob’s vision for this corner of Lacey was also encouraged as he watched the city build Rainier Vista Park, one of Lacey’s jewels with a beautiful view of Mt Rainier. Many homeowners from these Rob Rice Communities gather to watch their kids play soccer or baseball there or have a family picnic in one of the park shelters. It is a great spot to view Lacey’s fireworks display every Fourth of July when neighbors and kids in pajamas gather in the park parking lot.The Western Chehalis Trail is nearby for avid walkers and bicyclists.The Western Chehalis Trail provides a beautiful border to all three of these Rob Rice neighborhoods. The paved Trail runs north and south through the heart of Thurston County and has excellent biking, jogging and walking opportunities for homeowners to enjoy tranquil and refreshing outdoor recreation all year long.“We are within three blocks of the amazingly beautiful Trail,” says Susan. “My grandson and I ride our bikes over there and enjoy it immensely.”It is hard to imagine a place that could offer more convenience than the Rob Rice Community of Kensington in Lacey. Add to the neighborhood amenities carefree front lawns, luxury ramblers and 2-story homes with premium features that can rarely be found without paying for upgrades, this lovely community is a real find for anyone look for their next home and neighborhood. Facebook16Tweet0Pin0last_img read more


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first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (AP):Political stalemate in Spain and failure to reach a deal with football’s governing bodies have damaged efforts to maintain doping tests in the Spanish league.Only 57 doping tests have been carried out in Spain’s first division this season, according to the country’s anti-doping agency, while more than 400 players have seen action in over 200 matches so far.In 2015, Spain’s anti-doping agency carried out 889 doping tests in the top two divisions of Spanish football and the Copa del Rey tournament, an average of 74 a month.Questions from The Associated Press regarding when those 57 tests were carried out, and if testing in football is still continuing, were not immediately answered by the agency.Equally worrying for WADA, the world’s anti-doping agency, those 57 tests in the first six months of the season were done while Spain remains non-compliant with WADA’s stricter standards.’ALARMING’WADA called the lack of tests in a football league that boasts such star talents as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar “alarming”.”The lack of testing in a country with one of the leading football leagues worldwide for a period of almost 12 months is alarming, and will do little to instil confidence in clean sport at a time when it is needed most,” WADA said in a statement.Spain’s anti-doping agency said that the Spanish government is close to ending an almost year-long wait to bring its doping legislation up to WADA standards. The government had been unable to act following a political deadlock in parliament caused by two inconclusive elections that finally gave way to a new government in October.Spain’s anti-doping agency said that, unlike in football, it succeeded in reaching agreements with the international governing bodies of other sports to assist in maintaining doping tests during the past year.Its efforts, however, to strike such a bargain with both FIFA and UEFA failed.last_img read more


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first_imgIT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline continued its torrid start after a gutsy win over defending champion Pocari Sweat, 25-15, 17-25, 25-19, 25-19, in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Alyssa Valdez unleashed a game-high 30 points to power the Cool Smashers’ fourth victory in as many games.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendcenter_img Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet “The mindset of the players was to really win and it was a team effort,” said Creamline assistant coach Oliver Almadro.“Alyssa really leads the team during practices and games and it’s not all Alyssa in the fourth set. Everybody did well,” Almadro added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Valdez was backed up by Pau Soriano and Rosemarie Vargas, who scored 15 and 10 points, respectively.Myla Pablo led the Lady Warriors, who slipped to 3-1, with 26 points but his last two hits went out and was blocked by Soriano. Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles01:31Typhoon Kammuri lashes the Philippines01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Canadians drub Gilas in Jones Cup opener LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Creamline gained solo lead in the standings but it has no room for any letup especially with its star captain Valdez likely to miss the team’s last three games due to her commitment with the national team.The national team leaves for its training camp in Japan on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more


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first_imgBrazil soccer fan reacts as they watch a live telecast of their team’s World Cup match against Switzerland at Maua square in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 17, 2018. The match ended in a draw 1-1. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)RIO DE JANEIRO — Disappointment and frustration swept over Brazilians who gathered at public squares, bars and parks across Latin America’s biggest country to watch their national team end up with a 1-1 tie in its opening World Cup match.In Rio de Janeiro, thousands jammed the downtown Maua Square to watch Brazil’s game with Switzerland on large TV screens. People cheered wildly when Brazil made it 1-0. But the mood started declining into glumness once Switzerland scored the equalizer and Brazil failed to get in another goal.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls View commentscenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland at World Cup READ: Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland at World CupPeople watching the game in Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte and other cities in soccer-mad Brazil expressed similar feelings of disappointment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape triallast_img read more


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first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this Jan. 30, 2019, file photo, Maria Sharapova speaks about withdrawing from the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy 2019 tennis tournament due to a right shoulder injury, in St. Petersburg, Russia.. Sharapova says she has undergone a “small procedure” on her right shoulder that will need a few weeks to heal, requiring her to pull out of next month’s Miami Open. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, File)MIAMI — Maria Sharapova says she has undergone a “small procedure” on her right shoulder that will need a few weeks to heal, requiring her to pull out of next month’s Miami Open.Sharapova said she’s struggled since last summer with shoulder pain caused by a fraying tendon and small labrum tear. She tried unsuccessfully to solve the problem with exercise.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Perfectionistcenter_img Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “Although this has been a very long process, I am incredibly committed to getting back strong, and more importantly without the pain I was playing with at the beginning of this year,” she wrote Wednesday on Instagram.The five-time Grand Slam champion hasn’t played since pulling out of a tournament in St. Petersburg, Russia, in late January after winning her first-round match. She won three matches at the Australian Open and is ranked 29th.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more


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first_img Larry Joyce also completed the 100 km Quiche Populaire. These rides were the last of the 2009 marathon cycling distances.   A new series will be scheduled for 2010. Both Snucins and Kok earned the Super Randonneur award, recognizing that they and 47 other BC marathon cyclists completed the 200, 300, 400 and 600 km distances within the required time limits. Coming up: Advertisement -Wednesday mountain bike action 6:30 at the Beatton Cactus circuit. -Thursday first ‘Toony’ Cyclo cross at the high school at 6 PM -Sunday 10:00 am Cyclo cross at the high school. Peter King and Colter Young are in Banff for the Alberta Provincial Hill Climb Championships on Mt. Norquay.Photo – Barb Polehoykie racing on the Peejay – Milligan course.  Submitted photo.Advertisementcenter_img -submitted The Blizzard Masters gave it a good try, but could not duplicate last years 7th place finish for the Oakridge Environmental Worlds Masters 40 km Challenge. They were one rider short of the necessary five to beat the age time standard.   Riders Pat Ferris, Roger St. Jean, Bob Andrews, and Sam Keats had a decent total of 26:42, minutes better than their personal age standards but lacked the qualifying fifth rider.  A few key riders were missing due to other commitments, injury or away. – Advertisement -The day’s results on the Peejay – Milligan course were: 1. Pat Ferris at 1:04:54 2.Roger St. Jean 1:04:42 3. Bob Andrews 1:06:27Conditions were warm with a bit of a south wind on the way back. Meanwhile, on Saturday, Blizzard cyclists Erik Snucins and Wim Kok succesfully completed the 200 km Quiche Brevet in 10:48 and 9:50 respectively. Advertisementlast_img read more


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first_imgDonegal is to host a rare sitting of the High Court at Letterkenny’s new courthouse.The court was due to sit in Sligo November for two weeks in November. However, the Courts Service has announced that the second week of the scheduled sittings will take place in Letterkenny.The High Court will sit in Sligo from November 4th to 8th and in Donegal from the 11th to the 15th.There are now suggestions that future High Court sittings in the North-West will be held in Letterkenny because of its state-of-the-art €20million courthouse which opened in February, 2018.High Court switches to Donegal for a rare sitting was last modified: June 8th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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first_imgFianna Fáil Cllr Patrick Mc Gowan said while everyone wants to see tighter controls on building standards the Environment Minister’s new regulatory system to maintain a high quality standard of building for dwellings does not take into account direct build houses.Councillor Patrick McGowanThe Ballybofey councillor said nobody wants to see cowboy builders going unregulated or leaving poor quality work behind .However he claims the regulations coming into force will penalize own-build home owners who want to construct their own family home. “Direct build One-off homes will be hit with a regulatory framework designed for large-scale developments in major towns and cities. This will dramatically increase costs and has the potential to damage the local construction industry at a time when it should be supported .“The Minister needs to listen to genuine public concerns. The cost of the regulations will place a hefty and disproportionate burden on one-off housing. local authorities will need extra staff to handle the deluge of information and paperwork that will result from the new system .“Surely the Government should establish a national building inspectorate or fund the Local authorities to enforce a system of targeted inspections, licensing or registration for builders. Information on builders could then be shared among the relevant authorities, with full prosecutions of any designers or contractors who are negligent in their duties.“An open register of inspections and prosecutions and reports of inspections could be made public. Transparency in the system would be of huge benefit and build public confidence.” He added that Minister Hogan’s rush to bring in new regulations such as septic tanks registration, property tax, water charges etc are being fast forwarded without taken into account the level of services available in the Rural West and North west compared to Dublin and the East of the Country .“Setting up these initiatives is costing tax payers far too much because they are not costed and too much is spend on Consultants or setting up new quango to run them..“Hogan will be going before the EU Parliament and EU Council of Ministers before the End of the year to tell them how he brought in all these changes but won’t say anything about all the unfair cost burden and ongoing hardships placed on the people as well.” Said Cllr Mc Gowan.MINISTER’S NEW BUILDING CONTROLS DO NOT HELP DIRECT BUILD HOUSES – McGOWAN was last modified: March 1st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:housesMinister HoganPATRICK MCGOWANlast_img read more


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first_imgGardaí are investigating an attempted child abduction in Dungloe and have issued a warning to parents to remain vigilant.  The attempted abduction occurred over the weekend, and the young girl was left terrified after the incident.A black jeep approached the young girl, a woman then got out of the jeep, and tried to entice the child into the jeep. The woman told the child they were going somewhere fun, and asked her did she want to come.Thankfully the young girl was smart enough to decline the approach, and she ran off.She told her parents what had happened, and then immediately informed the Gardai.Gardai have appealed for witnesses that may have seen that vehicle in the Dungloe over the weekend. The vehicle was a black jeep, but the young girl didn’t see the number plate, she said the woman that got out of the jeep and made the approach wasn’t old, and said the woman seemed to be the same age as her own mother.However, Gardaí have said that this wasn’t an isolated incident, and that they’ve received other reports in the Rosses area, about strangers approaching young children, and trying to entice them into the car.Gardaí have appealed to parents to be vigilant when out and about with their children, and to know where they are at all times. GARDAÍ INVESTIGATING ATTEMPTED CHILD ABDUCTION IN DUNGLOE was last modified: June 2nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Black JeepChildChild abductiondungloegirlHome-page Newslast_img read more


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first_img Held to a three-and-out to begin the fourth, SBVC punted and returner Milton Davis muffed the kick, enabling Wolverine DePhillip Harris to reach in and tip the ball away, resulting in Antelope Valley recovering at its own 1-yard line and the eventual safety. A successful kick could have meant the end of a 12-game losing streak, but SBVC found a way into the backfield and blocked the 35-yard try to seal the victory. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Kendrick Harris paced SBVC’s offense with 85 yards an 16 carries. Acrey finished with 68 yards on 12 carries. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Nathan Acrey put the Wolverines up by a touchdown in the first quarter with a 17-yard run, but Dominic Cornelius evened the score in the second quarter on a 12-yard scoot for the Marauders. The Wolverines capitalized on an interception that was returned to the 19 when Rodney Love put his team back on top with a 12-yard run of his own in the third quarter. A Mike Ramos extra-point put SBVC up 14-7. Antelope Valley tied the game on a 3-yard run from Donald Green just as the third ended. The Marauders outgained the Wolverines 235-149 in the game as Antelope Valley posted perhaps its best offensive and defensive production of the season. AVC set season bests for lowest opponent yardage, and the Marauders’ defense held the Wolverines to just 1-for-13 on third down conversions. It was a spot the Marauders (0-7 overall, 0-5 in conference) wanted to be in. After holding their own against the Wolverines (3-4, 2-3), Antelope Valley was well within kicker Kenny Havro’s range before Martinez busted through the line and batted down Havro’s kick. It was a safety early in the fourth quarter, though, that broke a 14-14 tie and gave the Wolverines a two-point lead. last_img read more