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August 4th, 6:20 am

Griffin Neighbors

Today is Election Day. If you have not voted yet, remember to get your ballot into the drop box by 8 PM. The drop box is located in front of the Griffin Fire Department Headquarters. ... See MoreSee Less

Today is Election Day. If you have not voted yet, remember to get your ballot into the drop box by 8 PM. The drop box is located in front of the Griffin Fire Department Headquarters.

July 30th, 3:40 pm

Griffin Neighbors

Griffin SD announces that school will begin all online in the fall. ... See MoreSee Less

Griffin SD announces that school will begin all online in the fall.Image attachment

July 28th, 7:05 am

Griffin Neighbors

Tansy Ragwort isn't just up in Carlyon Beach. It's probably in your neighborhood, too.Do You Know Tansy Ragwort?
Tansy is a noxious weed. It is popping up on lots throughout CBHA. If you have it, please pull the plants, place them in a bag, and put them in your regular trash can, not your yard waste bin. Here's a picture in case you are not familiar with it.
www.nwcb.wa.gov/weeds/tansy-ragwort
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Tansy Ragwort isnt just up in Carlyon Beach. Its probably in your neighborhood, too.

July 27th, 5:59 am

Griffin Neighbors

A Red Flag Warning means warm temperatures, very low humidities, and stronger winds are expected to combine to produce an increased risk of fire danger.

-Do not throw cigarettes or matches out of a moving vehicle. They may ignite dry grass on the side of the road and become a wildfire.

-Extinguish all outdoor fires properly. Drown fires with plenty of water and stir to make sure everything is cold to the touch. Dunk charcoal in water until cold. Do not throw live charcoal on the ground and leave it.

-Never leave a fire unattended. Sparks or embers can blow into leaves or grass, ignite a fire, and quickly spread.
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July 23rd, 7:53 am

Griffin Neighbors

Once again Facebook has broken their Pages Feed, making it very difficult for us to find and share what's been posted by Pages we follow. That's unfortunate, but Facebook does this at least once or twice a year. So, here's our explanation and an apology (in advance) to all the local organizations and businesses whose posts have just been made ever so much more difficult for us to find and share here.

A complaint has been filed with Facebook, although we've never received any response or explanation when this has happened in the past.
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July 23rd, 7:45 am

Griffin Neighbors

Corrected hours now posted for the Tipsy Whale.

... They must have been too tipsy, when they first posted. Now you have to tipsy your screen to read the correction they've postedSorry everyone. Here is the corrected hours for the Tipsy Whale.
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Corrected hours now posted for the Tipsy Whale.

... They must have been too tipsy, when they first posted. Now you have to tipsy your screen to read the correction theyve posted
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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.


Upcoming Events

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

Local Business Funds Purchase of “Steamboat Neighborhood” Stickers

 

Bay Shore logo art

Those popular “Steamboat Neighborhood” stickers are once again available, thanks to a generous donation by Bay Shore Construction. Stickers are now being distributed at several business locations around the Steamboat Peninsula.

We are grateful a supply of the Steamboat Neighborhood stickers could be produced, because of the support of a local business.

Bay Shore Construction has provided septic, water, and sewer excavating services since 1989. Find out why they say, “Modern technologies. Exceeding expectations.” Call them at (360) 866-9200 for an estimate. Bay Shore’s project manager and estimator, Brandon Thompson, is also available at brandon@bayshoreconstructionoly.com  Bay Shore is one of the local businesses in our online business directory.

These stickers can be seen on cars, trucks, and boats. And they’ve not only been seen locally, but out of state, too.

Click here to read more about the unique Steamboat Neighborhood artwork.

You can pick up your sticker at Companion Cove, Island Market, Steamboat Trading Post, Urraco Coffee, Steamboat Health & Wellness, Sunrise Hair Design, Steamboat Animal Hospital, Subway, the Steamboat Coffee Shop, Steamboat General Store, Character’s Corner, or Flowers By Kristil.

Thanks, again, to Brandon Thompson and Bay Shore Construction, for making available a new supply of these stickers.

Mason Transit Proposal Will Increase Stops Available to Steamboat Area Riders

As some of you may be aware, Mason Transit Authority operates bus service between Shelton and Olympia. Service runs Monday through Saturday. This is Mason Transit’s Route #6. On this route, a “call-requested” stop is available on the Steamboat Peninsula. This means riders can contact Mason Transit at 360-427-5033 and request that a bus pull off US-101, either heading to Olympia or to Shelton.

When you are heading from Olympia to the Steamboat Peninsula, you can simply ask your driver to make the stop at Steamboat Peninsula.

The bus will stop at different locations, depending on whether you are heading to Olympia or heading toward Shelton.

If you are heading to Olympia, the bus will stop at the corner of Whittaker Rd. NW/Steamboat Island Rd. and Old Highway 101 NW. In the illustration below, you can see the little blue bus symbol marking that location.

If you are heading to Shelton, the bus will stop on Sexton Dr. NW, in front of the Island Market.

At the current time, the schedule for this service along US-101 starts weekday mornings with the earliest call-requested stop on the Steamboat Peninsula at about 9 AM. Saturday service begins at about 8 AM.

To estimate the Steamboat Peninsula arrival times when heading to Olympia, just add about 5 minutes to the time at the Kamilche Transit Center, on the chart below.

Click on the image, to see Mason Transit’s web page for Route 6 from Shelton to Olympia.

Click here to see the timetable for Route 6, heading from Olympia to the Steamboat Peninsula. For this trip, subtract about 10 minutes from the Kamilche Transit Center arrival time, just to be on the safe side.

Mason Transit is now proposing to expand their service in our area.

If the proposal is accepted, the number of times you can take a bus will expand dramatically. See the proposed timetables below.

A series of two public hearings is scheduled to receive comments on the proposed service changes. A hearing will take place in Shelton on Tuesday, December 10. Click here for details, if you would like to attend the hearing.Read More

Join Us for Bunco, November 12

Last month’s game night was such fun, we’re going to do it this month, too!

Join us on Tuesday, November 12, at Prosperity Grange, where we’ll be playing bunco again.

We will have some snacks and water available but feel free to bring your favorites to share.

The games go from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Bunco Night
Tuesday, November 12
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Prosperity Grange
3701 Steamboat Island Rd. NW

Are you unfamiliar with the game of Bunco? Here’s a link to one of the many web pages that describe Bunco game play.

 

Food Drive at Steamboat Animal Hospital and Steamboat Tennis & Athletic Club

Thurston County Food Bank logoThe entire month of November, two local businesses – Steamboat Animal Hospital and Steamboat Tennis and Athletic Club – will be available to take your donations of food and winter supplies. These donations go far to help families living right here in the Griffin area. These are distributed by St. Christopher’s Community Church. As many of you already know, St. Christophers is our local satellite for the Thurston County Food Bank.

Each location will have two boxes for your donation. One is for people and pet food and the other for warm, winter weather gear (hats, gloves, scarves, stocking caps, socks, etc.).

Here is a list of the most sought-after items:

  • Canned protein (tuna, chicken, beef stew, salmon, ravioli, spam)
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned fruit in natural juice
  • Canned soups (meat and vegetarian)
  • Boxed cereals
  • Macaroni and cheese, ramen soup
  • Canned chili (meat and vegetarian)
  • Canned vegetables
  • Oatmeal packets
  • Single-serving snacks (chips, cookies, crackers, and fruit snacks)
  • Granola bars
  • Laundry soap
  • Dish soap
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby diapers (all sizes)
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toilet paper
  • Deodorant
  • Winter weather gear (warm hats, gloves, scarves, stocking caps, socks, etc.)
  • Dog and cat food (both dry and wet)

You are invited to drop your donations during regular business hours at:

Steamboat Animal Hospital
6531 Sexton Dr NW

Steamboat Tennis and Athletic Club
3505 Steamboat Island Road NW

The Griffin Neighborhood Associations thanks these two local businesses for their continued support of our community and for sponsoring the November food drive.

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