YBA Exec Dir. Dan Crowe and wife lauded for Masonic Bldg. restoration


Dan Crowe & Molly Carmody pose in their new law office foyer
Photo credit: Michael Wagar, Nisqually Valley News

– “A Labor of Love”
* “Crowe Law Office Owners Bring Back Former Glory of Historic Building”

“The Yelm Masonic Lodge had seen better times.

Over the years, linoleum was glued over the fir wood floors in most places. Coat after coat of paint was slapped onto the wainscoting. Built in 1926, the grand old lady with her white pillars on Yelm Avenue was showing her age.

The husband and wife team of Dan Crowe and Molly Carmody are known for their involvement in the community. He’s the president of the Yelm Business Association; she’s a Yelm city councilor.

The building kept calling to them. For three years they worked out of the Crowe Law office just down and across the road,” by Michael Wagar, Nisqually Valley News.
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YBA co-sponsored First Annual
Yelm Summer Arts Show in NVN


Local artist Brandy Covey displays her talent at Art Show
Photo credit: Andrea Culletto, Nisqually Valley News

– “Transforming Yelm Into an Art Mecca”
* First Annual Yelm Summer Arts and Crafts Show Contributes to the City’s Artistic Renaissance

“Last weekend, the first annual Yelm Summer Arts and Crafts Show and Sale took place beneath the dappled shade of the exquisitely ornate Re/Max courtyard in downtown Yelm. The event was open to artists, craftsman, authors and other creative local individuals. It attracted the likes of master stone sculptor Paul Keeslar and David Craig, the well-known Eatonville painter, craftsman and artistic Renaissance man.”

“This first annual Yelm Summer Arts and Crafts Show was the result of a partnership between the Yelm Business Association and the Triad Arts Theater. Together these organizations are launching a concerted effort to help the local community thrive by establishing Yelm as a center for the arts. This weekend’s art show was an initial step in this much larger plan.

Through publicly displayed artwork and various art-related events, these groups intend to change the public’s perception of Yelm as a “drive-by” city to that of a unique end destination.”

“He [Steve Craig, Yelm Business Association vice president and chair of the Yelm Business Association’s Beautification Committee] believes that an emphasis on the arts will enrich and enhance the city of Yelm and help draw visitors to its many attractions and businesses. To this end the group is establishing two annual art shows and is exploring the possibility of additional events as well as potentially enhancing the city through public, outdoor art that will beautify the city and showcase its best qualities,” by Andrea Culletto, Nisqually Valley News.
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Yelm Business Assn (YBA) submits Food Truck proposal to Council

On Tuesday, September 13, Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) Executive Director Dan Crowe submitted a proposal to the Yelm city council to consider supporting their proposal to allow Food Trucks to operate in Yelm. YBA Exec. Dir. Crowe acknowledged Gordon’s Garden Center owner Kellie Petersen for her excellent work in crafting this proposal based on operational food truck ordinances in Lacey and Olympia. Crowe said this does not deter from brick-and-mortar restaurants in our area. This was added to the Council Study Session Agenda, as requested by Councilor Stillwell.

Click here to read the YBA Food Truck proposal introduction letter.

Click here to read the YBA Food Truck proposal.

Click here to read NVN Publisher/Editor Wagar’s Editorial on this proposal.

Click here to read the NVN story on the Food Truck proposal.



Butt Naked Organics owner Aria Cissney brought her food truck to the Yelm city council
parking area to dovetail with the YBA proposal, at the invitation of YBA V.P. Steve Craig.
Photo credit: Butt Naked Organics.