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April 15th, 4:16 am

Griffin Neighbors

Congratulations, Griffin archers!

I received news the Griffin Archery team, coached by Paul Whitney, just competed at the NASP National Archery Competition in Salt Lake, UT. Both the elementary and middle school competed this weekend. The elementary archers received a 3rd place award in the 3D team event. The middle school had an individual 4th place in 3D!

Go Grizzlies!
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April 12th, 12:47 pm

Griffin Neighbors

Griffin School Foundation is pleased to announce scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors AND for current 8th grade Griffin students! ... See MoreSee Less

April 12th, 6:52 am

Griffin Neighbors

Thursday 🧘‍♀️ class options:
9A All levels
5:30P Flow
7P Gentle

Thank you Journey To Bliss for this fantastic reminder!
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April 12th, 6:51 am

Griffin Neighbors

Want something new to give Mom for Mother's Day? Saturday May 5th from 1-4 is an all-ages workshop! Bring the kiddos in for a fun time, making mom a personalized gift that she will treasure! ... See MoreSee Less

April 9th, 10:13 pm

Griffin Neighbors

Congratulations, Matt Ackerman! We saw your photo first, on Nextdoor.This photo won a spot in the County's Comprehensive Plan update! The theme of the image is history and heritage.

Title: Blueberry Bog on Steamboat Island. Photo by Matt Ackerman, submitted for the #Thurston2040 photo contest.

Words from the photographer: A couple weeks ago on a very foggy morning I was on my way into work when I noticed the fog breaking just over the blueberry bog on Steam Boat Island. I pulled over and spent some time capturing what I thought was one of the nicest sunrises I had seen in some time. Later that day I came home and processed my photo and decided to share it with the area Nextdoor community - That is when I got a real education in the history and heritage of the bog.I heard from folks that fondly remembered picking out here all the way back to the 50s and 60s - many had real passion for what it was like then and what it is, and should have been, now. I have picked berries here with my children and only know it as I have seen it the last couple years, but this photo opened the door to a conversation about how, what I used to only know as a flooded bog, is really a quietly kept secret and favorite tradition of an entire quiet community. (Edited for brevity).
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Congratulations, Matt Ackerman! We saw your photo first, on Nextdoor.

April 8th, 5:27 pm

Griffin Neighbors

Companion Cove, Pet, Feed & Garden Shop, opening April 21st.

Over on Nextdoor, I see a new company has announced they're taking over the building at 6644 Sexton Dr. That's the corner of Sexton and Steamboat Island Road. It's the building where Steamboat Wood Fired Pizza is located in the parking lot. A post to Nextdoor reads, "It's a pet, feed, and garden shop. They will be carrying a large selection of pet supplies along with farm stuff and some gardening."

COMPANION COVE LLC
Your Pet, Feed & Garden Shop
6644 Sexton Dr. Olympia
(360) 915-7394

Grand opening April 21 at 9 AM.

I haven't been able to find them, on Facebook (drop me a line, in the comments, if you find it).
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We are in the process of creating a facebook page. We have been so busy trying to get all of our products ordered and finishing up the interior we haven’t quite got it done. We apologize for that it should be up and going in the next few days.

April 7th, 7:29 am

Griffin Neighbors

Class of 2018 Seniors, this #post is for you! The #OCCU scholarship program is still taking applications! Applications and deadlines are available at www.ourcu.com/occu-scholarship-program/ . All applications are due by April 30, 2018. #CommunityStrong #KnowledgeIsPower Elma High School Shelton School District Mary M Knight High School Montesano Jr-Sr High ... See MoreSee Less

April 7th, 7:28 am

Griffin Neighbors

Great news! You can now find our beautiful Organic & Pastured Rainbow Eggs at the Eastside Coop as well as the Westside Coop!
Also our adorable new flock just arrived this week!!!
Olympia Food Co-op
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April 4th, 4:35 pm

Griffin Neighbors

The Thurston Conservation District invites you to join Thurston Conservation District Habitat Specialist, Kathleen Berger, in exploring how to create pockets of wildlife habitat in your backyard.

"We'll explore affordable, beautiful, and environmentally friendly ways to support our native flora and fauna. This workshop is perfect for urban and suburban households interested in supporting birds, pollinators, and small mammals in their backyards. This will be a fun and family-friendly workshop!"

Tuesday, May 22nd
4:30pm - 5:45pm
Lacey Timberland Regional Library, Meeting Room
500 College St SE, Lacey, WA 98503

RSVP: Nora White (nwhite@thurstoncd.com or 360.754.3588 x105)
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Who is the Griffin Neighborhood Association?

The Griffin Neighborhood Association (GNA) is 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

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

Plant Sales Coming in May and June

Feline Friends logoIn recent years we’ve been fortunate to see a series of plant sales, most for the benefit of Feline Friends and related organizations. This year is no different. If you like plants and are looking for some great sales that benefit some terrific organizations, you’ll want to mark these dates on your calendar.

If you would like to get great perennials, beautiful dahlias, herbs, some vegetables, or choose from a large variety of unusual plants at great prices, these sales are for you. Diane Jacob, of Cameron Gardens, says, “You will be helping dedicated organizations in Thurston/Mason Counties in the never-ending quest to spay and neuter all pets to save hundreds of lives every year.” Cameron Gardens and other local gardeners are the source of these plants.

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Feline Friends Plant Sale
Saturday, May 5th
9 AM to 2 PM
Griffin School
6530 33rd Ave, Olympia

Adopt-A-Pet Plant Sale
Saturday, May 12th
9 AM to 3 PM
Our Community Credit Union parking lot
2948 Olympic Hwy N, Shelton

S.N.A.P. (Spay & Neuter All Pets) Plant Sale
Saturday, May 26th
Starts at 9 AM
Thurston County Animal Services
3120 Martin Way, Olympia

Close Out Plant & Garage Sale – a benefit for Feline Friends
Saturday, June 2nd
9 AM – 2 PM
Griffin School
6530 33rd Ave, Olympia

For the Close Out Plant & Garage Sale, please bring saleable items to Griffin between 6 PM and 8 PM Friday, June 3rd or call (360) 866-1909.

“Trauma, Toxic Stress, and Building Self-Healing Communities” – a Town Hall on March 27th

Dr. Joyce Gilbert

At the Fall Town Hall Meeting presented by the Griffin Neighborhood Association, the theme was public safety. Invited speakers included Sheriff John Snaza. Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney, Jon Tunheim, also attended. The standing-room only crowd had many questions regarding neighborhood crime. Worries and concerns regarding mail theft, property theft, prowlers, drug activity, and personal safety were brought up. A common theme expressed was a sense of vulnerability, isolation, and powerlessness to crime, be it real or perceived.

The topic of our next Town Hall dovetails well with the concerns expressed last Fall. In conjunction with Providence Health & Services, the GNA will hold our Spring Town Hall at Griffin Elementary School on March 27, 6:30 – 7:30. We have invited Dr. Joyce Gilbert. With 30+ years as a pediatrician and multiple roles, Dr. Gilbert is fascinated with the science of trauma, and how stressors in early life become potentially toxic and life threatening to adults.

Dr. Gilbert will be explaining the difference between stress, toxic stress, trauma and how we process each. A sense of safety versus threat can trigger chemical changes in the brain that impact our ability to be resilient. Resilience is our internal ability to adapt to big or small stressors. Our Steamboat community will learn about the biochemistry of stress, trauma, and the long term effects, if not interrupted. Dr. Gilbert will discuss how we can affect change, particularly when we have no control over these traumas. Skills and strategies for grounding, calming and staying present are critical and basic maneuvers we can all implement, benefiting both in the moment and over a lifespan. The research is clear: both the quality and quantity of your life is directly related to what you do or do not do, with stress.

Dr. Gilbert set a personal goal: Teach all of our elementary school educators about trauma within this school year, almost 40 schools total. At this Town Hall meeting, we will learn just how important it is to take care of ourselves in our daily lives, and feel safe.

There is no charge to attend this event.

A Town Hall: “Trauma, Toxic Stress, and Building Self-Healing Communities”
Tuesday, March 27
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Griffin School

We hope to see all our community members there.

Are you interested in learning more about this topic? A variety of online resources are available. Here are just a few:

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, a video of a TedTalk presentation entitled, “How childhood trauma affects health throughout a lifetime.” And Dr. Harris’ book, The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, by Bessel van der Kolk M.D. In this book, Dr. van der Kolk “uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust.”

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study — the largest, most important public health study you never heard of — began in an obesity clinic.

Epigenetics: The Science of Change. “For nearly a century after the term ‘epigenetics’ first surfaced on the printed page, researchers, physicians, and others poked around in the dark crevices of the gene, trying to untangle the clues that suggested gene function could be altered by more than just changes in sequence. Today, a wide variety of illnesses, behaviors, and other health indicators already have some level of evidence linking them with epigenetic mechanisms, including cancers of almost all types, cognitive dysfunction, and respiratory, cardiovascular, reproductive, autoimmune, and neurobehavioral illnesses.”

Thurston Conservation District Board Election Ballots Due

Thurston Conservation District logoThree candidates are vying for a single empty seat on the Thurston Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors. Every registered voter in the Griffin area are eligible to participate in the election. However, the balloting is done outside the County’s normal process. If you are not familiar with the Conservation District, let me take this opportunity to provide a little background. I also want to describe the very odd ballot procedures and encourage you to participate, even though the cumbersome process seems designed to discourage voter participation.

What is the Thurston Conservation District?

Created in 1947, our conservation district is a legal subdivision of state government. It administers programs to conserve natural resources. The Conservation District is self-governed by volunteers who establish priorities and set policy. According to the TCD’s web site, “Conservation Districts exist in practically every county throughout the United States.”

Many of us, particularly in rural and semi-rural parts of the county, have used services from the TCD. “From a one-time soil test to an in-depth Conservation Plan, we’re here to help people feel comfortable and prepared when working with and on their land.” Equipment rental, access to advice and resources for habitat restoration and preservation, and a wealth of information to help property owners to manage their land are all available – some at no extra charge – from the Thurston Conservation District.

The TCD receives financial support through a number of means. You may be familiar with the District’s annual plant sale (this year’s is March 3rd). Some modest revenue is also generated from equipment rental and soil testing. TCD receives most of its money from state, federal, and private grants. An important source of financial support comes from a per-parcel assessment, included as part of our property taxes. I am seeking confirmation of the amount of that assessment, and how it is paid to the TCD. I’ll update this article, as soon as I get some clarification.

In 2017 TCD’s budget was for nearly $1.7 million in expenses. This budget was for projects that conserve soil, restore water quality, protect shellfish and salmon, and educate the public.

The TCD is a very useful resource, whether you are a farmer or simply wish to maintain your parcel of land in a way likely to preserve its highest value.

Board Election

Five members comprise Thurston Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors, each serving three-year terms, without compensation. Three of the five Supervisors are elected by registered Thurston County voters, and two are appointed by the Washington State Conservation Commission.

– TCD web site

Since the TCD is governed by a volunteer Board of Supervisors, it’s very important that competent and dedicated individuals be elected. Board members who don’t participate threaten the success of the TCD and potentially squander the funds that support the important services provided by the District.

One of the candidates named on the ballot – Deston Denniston – has withdrawn from the race. There are three candidates remaining. [Update: A second candidate, Edward Steinweg, has now dropped out.] Official statements by each of the candidates are posted on this web page. Beyond advising you to search online for information about these candidates, I am at a loss to provide additional information about the qualifications of each. But click here and scroll to the bottom if you would like to leave a comment, particularly if you have an informed opinion or a line on a good online resource.

Candidate Forum flyer

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There is a candidate forum, sponsored by the Sierra Club and Thurston County League of Women Voters. That forum is Tuesday, February 13! Click on the image of the flyer here, to get a larger view.

Ballot Origami

Normally, I’d say the easiest way to vote is by mail. But this election appears not to be “normal”. There are two ways for you to vote.

Vote By Mail (“absentee ballot”)

Begin by requesting a ballot. They are calling this an “absentee ballot.” One way to get one is by phoning the Thurston County Auditor’s Office at (360)786-5408 and requesting that a ballot be mailed to you. Absentee ballots may be requested between February 5th – February 28th, 2018. You can also get a ballot by going to the Auditor’s Office, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Building 1, Elections – Room 118. I assume, if you request one to be mailed to you, what will arrive is a ballot similar to the ones you normally receive, for things like general elections.

Another way to get a ballot is online using this link. You enter your name and date of birth and, if the County Elections system can identify you, you are given the opportunity to either enter your vote or download a ballot with no vote (you can then manually enter your vote). No matter which online method you choose – enter a vote for a candidate or request a blank ballot – you’ll need to download and print out a four-page PDF file.

One of the pages is a set of Ballot packet instructions. Another is the ballot itself. A third page is a Declaration and Signature Sheet containing language like that you normally see printed on the outside of your mail-in ballot. The fourth page is a “Return envelope cut-out template.”

Here’s where the fun starts. It’s what I’m calling “ballot origami.”Read More

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