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December 11th, 3:40 pm

Griffin Neighbors

The GriffinNeighbors web site is participating in the daylong call for Congress to save Internet Neutrality. On Tuesday, December 12, I ask that you call your representatives in Congress. Ask that they act to preserve Net Neutrality. The FCC will vote to overturn net neutrality rules, but Congress can restore them.

I don't care to see internet service providers such as Comcast (who owns NBC, Universal, Telemundo, etc.) charging their competitors (Netflix, for example) extra, to stream to Comcast customers. I don't want mobile data providers (Verizon, AT&T) to charge ala carte, like data companies in Portugal (one charge for basic, another for social media such as Facebook, a third charge for music streaming, etc.).

For information about how to contact your Congressional representatives, see the web page at www.usa.gov/elected-officials And thank you.
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The GriffinNeighbors web site is participating in the daylong call for Congress to save Internet Neutrality. On Tuesday, December 12, I ask that you call your representatives in Congress. Ask that they act to preserve Net Neutrality. The FCC will vote to overturn net neutrality rules, but Congress can restore them. 

I dont care to see internet service providers such as Comcast (who owns NBC, Universal, Telemundo, etc.) charging their competitors (Netflix, for example) extra, to stream to Comcast customers. I dont want mobile data providers (Verizon, AT&T) to charge ala carte, like data companies in Portugal (one charge for basic, another for social media such as Facebook, a third charge for music streaming, etc.).

For information about how to contact your Congressional representatives, see the web page at https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials And thank you.

December 11th, 7:05 am

Griffin Neighbors

Tis' the Season for #Giving! All #OCCU branch locations are now accepting non-perishable food donations for our local food banks throughout the month of December. #CommunityStrong For a list of branch locations visit: www.ourcu.com/about/hours-locations/ ... See MoreSee Less

December 8th, 1:07 pm

Mary Skelton

Stage 1 Burn Ban called for Thurston County

A Stage One Burn Ban is being called for Thurston County effective 2 p.m. today (Friday, Dec. 8, 2017) and continuing until conditions warrant a change.

Under a Stage 1 Ban, no burning is allowed in fireplaces or uncertified wood stoves, and all outdoor burning is prohibited, even in areas where outdoor burning is not permanently banned. Additionally, no visible smoke is allowed from any woodstove or fireplace, certified or not, beyond a 20-minute start-up period.

A system of stable weather conditions over Western Washington, coupled with cold overnight temperatures has resulted in air pollution levels climbing enough to raise concerns about the air quality and its impacts on health. A change in weather will be needed to restore cleaner air quality, yet that’s not forecast to occur until late next week at least.

While pollution levels in Thurston County warrants the Stage One Ban, other counties within the jurisdiction of the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) haven’t reached that level. To avoid bans in their areas, the residents of Mason, Clallam and Jefferson Counties are asked to voluntarily refrain from all outdoor burning, and to use safe alternatives to wood heat if possible.

Of particular concern are fine particles released by smoke from wood stoves and fireplaces. The Washington State Department of Health recommends that people who are sensitive to air pollution limit time spent outdoors. Air pollution can trigger asthma attacks, cause difficulty breathing, and make lung and heart problems worse. Air pollution is especially harmful to children, people with heart and lung problems, and adults over age 65.

Olympic Region Clean Air Agency staff will continue to monitor the situation to determine when the burn ban can be lifted. In the meantime, here are some other things people can do to help protect the air we breathe:

If you have a certified wood stove or fireplace insert, make sure you are using it properly so you don’t produce excess chimney smoke. Excess smoke is always illegal. To learn more about clean burning techniques or upgrading to a certified, pellet, natural gas or propane stove, visit www.epa.gov/burnwise/
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December 6th, 3:12 pm

Griffin Neighbors

Our Community Credit Union (OCCU) announced the opening of their newest branch located on the west side of Olympia in Steamboat Square, at 6541 Sexton Dr. NW.

“We believe this is a perfect fit for the families and businesses in the Steamboat community, in addition to being a great convenience for our OCCU members who commute from Shelton,” said Bert Fisher, President/CEO of OCCU. “We are excited to get to know the Steamboat community and have the opportunity to provide them with local, affordable, financial products and services.”

The new, state-of-the-art 2100 square foot facility features an historical mural of the Simpson Logging Company, includes spacious seating, and interior design elements that blend beautifully with the northwest surroundings. An indoor teller machine, which accepts both check and cash deposits, is a thoughtful addition.

Employees of Simpson Logging Company founded OCCU back in 1941. Today, it is a $350 million, 5-star community-oriented financial institution with 29,000 members. This is their 8th branch, with other locations in Shelton, Union, McCleary, Elma, Montesano, and Vashon Island.

HOURS: Monday – Thursday 9:00 am to 5:35 pm
Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
ATM located inside branch, available during business hours
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Our Community Credit Union (OCCU) announced the opening of their newest branch located on the west side of Olympia in Steamboat Square, at 6541 Sexton Dr. NW.

“We believe this is a perfect fit for the families and businesses in the Steamboat community, in addition to being a great convenience for our OCCU members who commute from Shelton,” said Bert Fisher, President/CEO of OCCU. “We are excited to get to know the Steamboat community and have the opportunity to provide them with local, affordable, financial products and services.”

The new, state-of-the-art 2100 square foot facility features an historical mural of the Simpson Logging Company, includes spacious seating, and interior design elements that blend beautifully with the northwest surroundings. An indoor teller machine, which accepts both check and cash deposits, is a thoughtful addition. 

Employees of Simpson Logging Company founded OCCU back in 1941. Today, it is a $350 million, 5-star community-oriented financial institution with 29,000 members. This is their 8th branch, with other locations in Shelton, Union, McCleary, Elma, Montesano, and Vashon Island.

HOURS: Monday – Thursday 9:00 am to 5:35 pm
Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
ATM located inside branch, available during business hours

December 5th, 7:14 am

Griffin Neighbors

Today is the day to visit Steamboat Grill & Greens.It's almost Tuesday, which means... our guest chef Xinh and her Chicken Curry is almost back! Come in tomorrow and get yours before it's gone! #steamboatgrillandgreens #grillandgreens #eatlocal #olympia #olywa #xinhscooking #chickencurry ... See MoreSee Less

Today is the day to visit Steamboat Grill & Greens.

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Who is the Griffin Neighborhood Association?

The Griffin Neighborhood Association (GNA) is s registered with the State of Washington as a non-profit organization. We are a nonpartisan group of neighbors living within the boundaries of the Griffin School District, Thurston County, Washington.

Any person owning property, a business, or residing in the Griffin area is eligible to become a member and participate fully in the Association. Membership is also open to community groups and students of the Griffin School District. If you live or work in the Griffin neighborhood or Steamboat Peninsula, the Griffin Neighborhood Association is you.

Originally organized as the Oyster Bay Neighborhood Association in 1990, we were registered with the State of Washington as the nonprofit Griffin Neighborhood Association in December, 1995.


Our Mission

The mission of the Griffin Neighborhood Association is to help build community consensus on major issues confronting the Griffin area, including growth, land issues, habitat, water quality, transportation and school planning. When appropriate, we research issues as honest brokers of information, provide forums for debate, attempt to arrive at community consensus and issue resolution, and present this consensus to appropriate decision makers.

The Griffin Neighborhood Association also undertakes and supports projects that benefit our community, help to build a sense of community, and educate the community on topics of interest.


Our Board and Officers

Our Board is comprised of current members of the Association, elected by members of the Association present at the Annual Meeting. Officers are elected from Board membership by members of the Board.

The Board typically sets an annual schedule of regular meetings. Tentative meeting dates, times and locations are posted on our Facebook Page and on Nextdoor.


Our Upcoming Events

Griffin Neighborhood Association Board Meeting

Griffin Neighborhood Association Board Meeting

December 14, 2017, 7:00pm - December 14, 2017, 8:30pm

Local residents: Join Nextdoor to see GNA events, plus many more goings-on here in our neighborhood!

Remember the Steamboat Conservation Partnership in Your Year-End Giving

This time of year, many of us are receiving requests to make year-end contributions to various worthy causes. With the Steamboat Conservation Partnership there exists a unique opportunity to give in a manner that will directly benefit those of us living here in the Griffin area. If your year-end planning includes making contributions to non-profit organizations, consider this your invitation to learn more about the SCP.

The Steamboat Conservation Partnership is a unique-in-the-nation collaboration between a local neighborhood group and the very successful Capitol Land Trust. The mission of the Steamboat Conservation Partnership is “to conserve the rich and diverse natural landscapes of the Steamboat Peninsula region.” Since this collaboration took effect, we have been able to protect more than 300 acres in the Steamboat Peninsula region.

The Capitol Land Trust has a proven record of working with land owners, businesses, and government to identify and preserve shorelines, rivers, forests, prairies, and working lands. You can learn more about the Steamboat Conservation Partnership on our web page at steamboatisland.org/scp  You will find a video there, that describes the work of the Capitol Land Trust.

We welcome contributions of any size.

Should you choose to make a contribution to the Steamboat Conservation Partnership, you will find a link on our web page and you can make a secure donation using a credit card. If you prefer, you may mail a check directly to the Capitol Land Trust. Insert “SCP” or “Steamboat Conservation Partnership” in the memo part of the check so we can receive credit. Your check should be mailed to Capitol Land Trust, 4405 – 7th Ave SE, Suite 306, Lacey, WA 98503. In reply you will receive a letter, for your tax records. And thank you, for supporting the Steamboat Conservation Partnership.

Our Community Credit Union Opens Branch in Steamboat Square

Steamboat Square OCCU branch photoOur local business district is on the grow as Our Community Credit Union announced the opening of their newest branch located in the newly-expanded Steamboat Square, at 6541 Sexton Dr. NW. The 2100 square foot facility includes seating and ample space to provide customer service. There’s also an indoor teller machine that accepts both check and cash deposits. Current members of OCCU will certainly benefit from the closer location. And local residents who are looking for alternatives to for-profit banks now need not go very far to learn of the advantages of joining a credit union.

“We believe this is a perfect fit for the families and businesses in the Steamboat community, in addition to being a great convenience for our OCCU members who commute from Shelton,” said Bert Fisher, President/CEO of OCCU. “We are excited to get to know the Steamboat community and have the opportunity to provide them with local, affordable, financial products and services.”

Our Community Credit Union is a not-for-profit, full-service, financial alternative to a bank. One member’s savings deposit is another member’s loan. As a member-owned financial cooperative, credit unions are not-for-profit. They function to serve their membership. As a result, credit unions can pay very competitive dividends on savings and offer great interest rates on loans. Anyone living, working, or attending school in Washington State can join. You can even join OCCU online. A minimum deposit of $25 into a savings account is all it takes to become a member.

OCCU offers a wide variety of financial services. Personal checking and savings accounts, different kinds of loans, mortgages, and home equity lines of credit, and Visa cards. Retirement planning and investment advisory services are available. For those of you seeking business services, including an assortment of merchant services, “you will get the kind of rates and attention you deserve as a business owner.”

An online banking portal and mobile apps are available, too. You can access your OCCU account details and perform various tasks, online, from practically any location on the planet. Click here for more details regarding their mobile apps.

Founded in 1941 by employees of Simpson Logging Company, OCCU is now a $350 million, 5-star community-oriented financial institution with 29,000 members. Steamboat Square is their 8th branch. Their other locations are in Shelton, Union, McCleary, Elma, Montesano and on Vashon Island.

To learn more about OCCU, come to their new branch and visit. Their hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to 5:35 pm, and Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Or visit their web site at www.ourcu.com.

Feline Friends Asks Community to Assist with Building a New Shelter

Feline Friends logoFounded in 2000, Feline Friends is a non-profit, volunteer-only operated, no-kill cat shelter that provides rescue, rehabilitation, medical attention and rehoming to at-risk cats in and throughout Thurston and Mason counties. Their mission is to, “provide unconditional love and care for any cat in need no matter what the circumstance may be.” Feline Friends Volunteers receive calls from Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pierce and many other counties in Washington State. They take in cats rescued from natural disasters such as the recent Oregon wildfires and they operate a trap-spay/neuter-release program for ferals in an effort to decrease unwanted breeding.

To raise funds for their new cat shelter, Feline Friends is hosting the 1st Annual Purr-fect Hearts Affair. This gala event will be held February 3, 2018 at Pellegrino’s Event Center in Tumwater. But before we can get to an evening of dinner, drinks and live music, culminating with a silent and live auction, Feline Friends is asking for donations of gifts and services from friends in the community.

Your generous donation would assist in building our new, larger facility and in turn allow us to provide our services to a greater number of cats in need. Our goal for the evening is $20,000, which would provide the necessary funding for construction, landscaping, and supplies at our new 8-acre location! In addition to service items and gift donations, we are also seeking sponsorships to help fund the event. Donors and sponsors of all levels will receive recognition for your charitable assistance with this event. For more information on how we will recognize your sponsorship or donation please click here.

If you can donate an item or service – pet sitting, tax preparation, landscaping, etc. – download a copy of the donation solicitation. If you would like your donation picked up, please contact Rebecca Reavis.

If you would like to make a financial donation, the donor/sponsorship levels may be of interest to you. Those details are on the donation solicitation, too.

If you have friends, family, or businesses that would want to help out as well, please send them a copy of the donation solicitation. Our feline friends need you.

Whether you can make a donation of goods and services or not, don’t forget to mark your calendar for the Purr-fect Hearts Affair.

Feline Friends Purr-fect Hearts Affair
February 3, 2018
6:00 PM
Pellegrino’s Event Center
5757 Littlerock Rd SW, Tumwater 98512

The evening will begin with a silent auction, Italian vegetarian buffet, and cash bar. Live music will be provided by Roger and Deb Hamilton. The live auction is hosted by Garrison Auctioneers. Each $40 ticket includes all you can eat and a beverage token. Event tickets are available online (click this link).

Thank you, neighbors, for your support of Feline Friends!

Feline Friends banner art

Feline Friends Holiday Bazaar with Santa, December 2

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It’s a Griffin area tradition! The Feline Friends Holiday Bazaar will be held Saturday, December 2nd at the Griffin Fire Station (3707 Steamboat Loop NW, US-101 at the Steamboat Island exit) from 10 AM to 3 PM.

Many hand crafted items by local artisans – jewelry, Christmas decorations, homemade soaps, jams and great gift ideas.

Fresh coffee, hot apple cider, bake sale with lots of cookies.

Come have your children or leashed pets have pictures with Santa.

The Feline Friends cat house (6515 Sexton Drive NW) will be open for adoptions.

Saturday, December 2
10 AM to 3 PM
Griffin Fire Department Headquarters
3707 Steamboat Loop NW

Thank you for your support!

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