14th Annual Forest Festival Field Day

Green Diamond Resource Company and Mason Conservation District are thrilled to announce the 14th anniversary of Forest Festival Field Day which will be held at Panhandle 4-H Camp, Monday, May 12th. Students will visit a variety of activity stations that emphasize the importance of forests in their lives, their communities, and the environment. This year, twelve 5th grade classes from four different schools will be participating in this event.

In addition to participating in fantastic hands-on activities led by local experts, students will also have the opportunity to enter their artwork in the popular Forest Festival Billboard Contest. The winning artwork will once again be displayed on Mason County billboards. This artwork will also be shown at area businesses as well as at Mason Conservation District's booth during Forest Festival on May 31st. You’ll have the chance to see what Forest Festival Field Day is all about, and to vote for the “People’s Choice” award in the billboard contest!

For more information about Forest Festival Field Day, or to get involved, call Jen Thurman-Williams at the Mason Conservation District office at 360.427.9436, ext. 113 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fox Theatre Restoration Benefit

The members of Centralia, Chehalis and Twin Cities Rotary clubs invite you to join them for Dinner & Auction on May 9th at 6:00 pm at the Blue Pavilion at Southwest Fair Grounds. Tickets may be purchased from any member of the three Rotary clubs for $50.00 each or at the Historic Fox Theatre. There is an early bird special of $35.00 if you purchase your tickets by April 25. Funds raised from this year’s event will benefit the renovation of the Mezzanine Lounge at the Historic Fox Theatre.

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Claim your Cash!

Chances are, you are one of more than three million people who have unclaimed money and assets held in trust by the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue). The question is: what are you waiting for?

Revenue says there is no better time to check http://www.claimyourcash.org to see if you or a family member has a share of the nearly $1 billion in property waiting to be claimed. “Even if you’ve checked the website or made a claim in the past, everyone should visit the website at least once a year,” said Revenue Director Carol K. Nelson. “The list of names and money we receive grows each year.”

Revenue administers the unclaimed property program on behalf of the state of Washington. All the assets are held until the rightful owner files a claim. Revenue does not charge a fee for this service.

Unclaimed property typically includes uncashed paychecks, utility deposits, bank accounts, stocks and bonds, refunds, life insurance proceeds and safe deposit box contents. Usually, these assets have gone untouched by the owner for three or more years, and the holding company is required to report them to the state where the owner last resided.

Between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013, Revenue returned more than $68 million to 170,800 people. In that same time period, Revenue added 858,000 names and $140 million to the unclaimed property database.

To learn more about unclaimed property, watch this television clip.

All 50 states operate unclaimed property programs to reunite owners with their assets. To find links to each state’s program, visit http://unclaimed.org/.

Quick Title Service Coming to Thurston County May 5

Thurston County Auditor’s licensing division first to offer same-day title service in South Sound. Starting Monday, May 5, residents in Thurston County will be able to get same-day vehicle and vessel title service at the Thurston County Auditor’s Office in Olympia.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve our customer service, and adding Quick Title to the services we offer was an obvious choice for us,” said Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall. “This same-day title service will help anyone who is trying to complete a private sale and needs the title to do it. We’re really pleased to offer this new convenient option for our residents.”

With a typical title transaction, customers must wait four to six weeks for the title to arrive in the mail from the state Department of Licensing after they have filed the paperwork and paid all of the necessary fees. The new Quick Title service will now allow customers to walk in to the Auditor’s Office and walk out the same day with the title for a $50 fee in addition to all other necessary fees.

Since each vehicle and vessel title transaction is unique, the county’s licensing staff members encourage customers to bring all of their relevant documents with them to the Auditor’s Office. Quick Title service is not available online.

For more information, including “Quick Title Q&A,” go to the Thurston County Auditor’s Licensing Division webpages at www.co.thurston.wa.us/auditor and click on the “Licensing” tab. For Quick Title transactions and other vehicle and vessel licensing transactions, visit the Thurston County Auditor’s Office in Building One at the County Courthouse complex at 2000 Lakeridge Drive in Olympia.