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May 5th, 7:24 am
Griffin Neighbors

Fresh From The Farm Resource Guide is now available on-line! Check it out here: www.communityfarmlandtrust.org/2021-fresh-from-the-farm-guide.html
The hard copies are almost here!!! Emails and phone calls will be going out this week to set up drop locations for the Fresh From The Farm Resource Guide! Stay tuned!
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May 5th, 7:23 am
Griffin Neighbors

The way to get this pandemic under control is to get vaccinated.

To those who are expressing concerns regarding the speed with which the vaccines were developed, it's important to recognize these vaccines build upon research, technologies, and techniques developed while studying other coronaviruses. This isn't that new, after all. As we read in an article published by UC San Diego Health, "They are a very common type of virus. There are hundreds of types of coronavirus. And scientists had seen 2 other serious types affect humans just in the past 20 years: SARS and MERS."
myhealth.ucsd.edu/Coronavirus/134,263

From an article published by Houston Methodist, we can learn about how so-called "mRNA" vaccines are developed. "Most of the vaccines you're used to hearing about typically require loads and loads of virus to first be produced. But mRNA vaccines and other new vaccine technologies don't.

Rather, these new classes of vaccines rely on material that can be synthesized in a laboratory — no virus needed. This, among other things, makes them very quick to develop."

"The science behind mRNA vaccines isn't new. This concept has been studied for a decade or more now."
www.houstonmethodist.org/blog/articles/2020/dec/how-was-the-covid-19-vaccine-developed-so-fast/

From Stephen Parodi, MD, national infectious disease lead at Kaiser Permanente, we read about how effective these vaccines are. "The first 2 COVID-19 vaccines authorized, one developed by Pfizer and BioNTech and another by Moderna, both reported over 90% efficacy in their phase 3 clinical trials. These are incredibly encouraging results, which is welcome news given the current surge of COVID-19 cases. As a point of comparison, flu vaccine efficacy is generally around 50%, so the COVID-19 vaccine results are remarkable."
about.kaiserpermanente.org/our-story/news/our-perspective/how-covid-19-vaccines-were-developed-an...

If you aren't vaccinated, get vaccinated. At the present time, the vaccines are approved for persons age 16 and older. We are currently awaiting news the vaccines will be approved for those as young as 12.

If you have received the first of a two-dose vaccine, remember to get your second dose.

There are vaccine clinics scheduled for today, Wednesday, May 5, tomorrow, and Sunday. Find links for these and future clinics on the Thurston County Health Department's page at www.thurstoncountywa.gov/phss/Coronavirus/Pages/coronavirus-vaccine-info.aspx

By getting vaccinated, you're not only reducing the chances you'll become sick, you're also reducing the chances you'll spread this disease to others.

Together we can end this pandemic.
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The way to get this pandemic under control is to get vaccinated. 

To those who are expressing concerns regarding the speed with which the vaccines were developed, its important to recognize these vaccines build upon research, technologies, and techniques developed while studying other coronaviruses. This isnt that new, after all. As we read in an article published by UC San Diego Health, They are a very common type of virus. There are hundreds of types of coronavirus. And scientists had seen 2 other serious types affect humans just in the past 20 years: SARS and MERS.
https://myhealth.ucsd.edu/Coronavirus/134,263 

From an article published by Houston Methodist, we can learn about how so-called mRNA vaccines are developed. Most of the vaccines youre used to hearing about typically require loads and loads of virus to first be produced. But mRNA vaccines and other new vaccine technologies dont.

Rather, these new classes of vaccines rely on material that can be synthesized in a laboratory — no virus needed. This, among other things, makes them very quick to develop.

 The science behind mRNA vaccines isnt new. This concept has been studied for a decade or more now.
https://www.houstonmethodist.org/blog/articles/2020/dec/how-was-the-covid-19-vaccine-developed-so-fast/

From Stephen Parodi, MD, national infectious disease lead at Kaiser Permanente, we read about how effective these vaccines are. The first 2 COVID-19 vaccines authorized, one developed by Pfizer and BioNTech and another by Moderna, both reported over 90% efficacy in their phase 3 clinical trials. These are incredibly encouraging results, which is welcome news given the current surge of COVID-19 cases. As a point of comparison, flu vaccine efficacy is generally around 50%, so the COVID-19 vaccine results are remarkable.
https://about.kaiserpermanente.org/our-story/news/our-perspective/how-covid-19-vaccines-were-developed-and-delivered-quickly

If you arent vaccinated, get vaccinated. At the present time, the vaccines are approved for persons age 16 and older. We are currently awaiting news the vaccines will be approved for those as young as 12. 

If you have received the first of a two-dose vaccine, remember to get your second dose.

There are vaccine clinics scheduled for today, Wednesday, May 5, tomorrow, and Sunday. Find links for these and future clinics on the Thurston County Health Departments page at https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/phss/Coronavirus/Pages/coronavirus-vaccine-info.aspx

By getting vaccinated, youre not only reducing the chances youll become sick, youre also reducing the chances youll spread this disease to others.

Together we can end this pandemic.
May 4th, 10:10 pm
Griffin Neighbors

Appliance recycling May 22nd.

Puget Sound Energy will haul away and recycle your old refrigerator or freezer on May 22nd. They will also give you a $25 check and one general admission ticket to The Hands On Children's Museum.

To qualify, your refrigerator or freezer must have been manufactured in 1992 or earlier.

Now through May 22, you can also donate your $25 recycling rebate directly to Hands On, and PSE will match your donation (up to $800) to support the museum's educational programs for kids of all ages. Just mention the Hands On Recycling Event when you call to schedule your appliance pickup.

Spots are limited – call today! Schedule your appointment by calling (877) 577-0510 between Monday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Appliance recycling May 22nd.

Puget Sound Energy will haul away and recycle your old refrigerator or freezer on May 22nd. They will also give you a $25 check and one general admission ticket to The Hands On Childrens Museum.

To qualify, your refrigerator or freezer must have been manufactured in 1992 or earlier.

Now through May 22, you can also donate your $25 recycling rebate directly to Hands On, and PSE will match your donation (up to $800) to support the museums educational programs for kids of all ages. Just mention the Hands On Recycling Event when you call to schedule your appliance pickup.

Spots are limited – call today! Schedule your appointment by calling (877) 577-0510 between Monday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
May 4th, 4:23 pm
Griffin Neighbors

Timeline PhotosThurston Conservation District May Newsletter - mailchi.mp/thurstoncd/maynewsletter

Read about our upcoming events, the latest TCD and community news, plus helpful tips and tricks!
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May 4th, 7:08 am
Griffin Neighbors

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May 4th, 7:04 am
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May 4th, 6:49 am
Griffin Neighbors

"I am strongly urging parents, students, teachers, and community members in Thurston County to follow the guidance we know works to reduce disease transmission. Wear your mask, stay distanced from nonhousehold members, and socialize responsibly."

The pandemic is not yet over.County Health Officer Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek's letter to Superintendents and Heads of Schools is available now.
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I am strongly urging parents, students, teachers, and community members in Thurston County to follow the guidance we know works to reduce disease transmission. Wear your mask, stay distanced from nonhousehold members, and socialize responsibly.

The pandemic is not yet over.
May 3rd, 6:28 am
Griffin Neighbors

Notice of Police Training At Our Park May 4th
We granted the request of Sergeant Mancillas from Thurston County Sheriff's Office to hold a day of training exercises here, utilizing our parking lot, park, beach, and even Hope Island. It will be a multi-vehicle event, including Bomb Squad Vehicles. Please share this information with your friends so no one is worried unnecessarily.
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April 30th, 6:33 am
Griffin Neighbors

Sign up to participate in the community food drive next weekend! We have volunteers ready to pick up food donations and deliver to the Thurston County Food Bank!

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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

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GNA Board Meeting

GNA Board Meeting

May 20, 2021, 7:00pm - May 20, 2021, 8:30pm+7June 17, 2021, 7:00pm - June 17, 2021, 8:30pmJuly 15, 2021, 7:00pm - July 15, 2021, 8:30pmAugust 19, 2021, 7:00pm - August 19, 2021, 8:30pmSeptember 16, 2021, 7:00pm - September 16, 2021, 8:30pmOctober 21, 2021, 7:00pm - October 21, 2021, 8:30pmNovember 18, 2021, 7:00pm - November 18, 2021, 8:30pmDecember 16, 2021, 7:00pm - December 16, 2021, 8:30pm

6341 41st Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98502-8832, United States Map

The public is invited to attend meetings of the Board of the Griffin Neighborhood Association.

Meetings are generally held the third Thursday of each month, from 7 PM to about 8:30 PM.

At the present time, these are hybrid meetings held both at a private residence at 6341 41st Ave. NW (socially-distanced, of course) and online. Please contact Becky at furacres@gmail.com for details to attend the meeting online.

For more information about the Board, see our website and especially the page at steamboatisland.org/contactus/
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May’s Plant Sale Events for Animal Rescue Announced

Feline Friends logoLocal resident Diane Jacob, of The Cameron Gardens, has announced this year’s schedule of plant sale events to benefit animal rescue groups in Thurston and Mason counties. The first is this Saturday, May 1st.

“Many gardeners and volunteers,” says Jacob, “contribute time and plants from their own gardens to help our furry friends.”

“Each sale will have different plants, great prices, and probably something you, the butterflies, and hummingbirds would love in your yard.”

Masks will be required, and the hosts ask that you practice social distancing at all times during the plant sales.

All plant sales will be held, rain or shine, and 100% of proceeds benefit homeless pets.

Saturday, May 1
9 AM to 2 PM
Feline Friends Plant Sale
Griffin School

This sale will feature many perennials at very good prices. The Feline Friends Cat House will be open for adoptions by appointment only during Covid. Call them at (360) 866-9300. Check out their website at www.Feline-Friends.net.

Saturday, May 8
9 AM to 3 PM
Plant and Garden Things Sale
Our Community Credit Union parking lot, 2948 Olympic Hwy N, Shelton

The very popular Plant and Garden Things sale for Adopt-A-Pet will be in Shelton on May 8th – just in time for Mother’s Day. There will be some hanging baskets as well as many greenhouse-raised annuals.

Saturday, May 29
9 AM to 2 PM
S.N.A.P. (Spay & Neuter All Pets) Plant Sale
Thurston Co. Animal Services, 3120 Martin Way, Olympia

S.N.A.P. (Spay & Neuter All Pets) will hold its annual Plant Sale at the Thurston County Animal Services on Martin Way on May 29th. There will be many plant choices to check out here including donations from Briggs Nursery as well as more local gardeners.

There will be no close-out plant and garage sale for Feline Friends this year.

Thanks to all the volunteers who came to help and donate lovely plants from their gardens.

Ellen King Rice Interviewed for First Episode of “Steamboat Spotlight”

“Steamboat Spotlight” is a new video series undertaken by members of the Griffin Neighborhood Association. In this series, we’ll host online interviews with different folks in our community.

For our first interview, we spoke with Ellen King Rice. Rice is a wildlife biologist, award-winning author, and musician.

During her interview, Rice answered the question, “Why mushrooming?” and describes some of the many joys of searching out mushrooms and related life in our region. In our interview, Rice also demonstrated the mountain dulcimer.

We hope you’ll enjoy this video interview and we look forward to bringing you another soon!

Ellen King Rice’s website is www.ellenkingrice.com and it’s well worth exploring.

Steamboat Alliance Announces Schedule of 2021 Litter Cleanup Events

Steamboat Alliance logoLocal residents Rob Helms and Laura, and Warren Westrup are part of a group known as the “Steamboat Alliance.” The Alliance has recently announced a series of roadside litter cleanup events for 2021. You may have seen this group picking up litter along Steamboat Island Road and elsewhere.

The events are fun, providing a nice opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and do some good at the same time. All litter pickup equipment is provided; you should dress according to the weather, bring some gloves, sturdy footwear, something to drink, and a snack.

The events typically begin at 9 AM and end at 12 noon, and you’re welcome to leave any time before noon if you need to.

With some exceptions, the group generally meets up at 9 AM in the gravel lot across Steamboat Island Road from the Steamboat Tennis & Athletic Club. They then carpool to the cleanup location, if necessary.

All dates are subject to change, but here are the planned dates as of this time:
Saturday, April 10th
Sunday, April 25 (call Laura Westrup at (360) 915-6662 for the meetup location)
Saturday, May 8th
Sunday, May 23 (call Laura Westrup at (360) 915-6662 for the meetup location)
Saturday, June 12th
Sunday, June 27 (call Laura Westrup at (360) 915-6662 for the meetup location)
Saturday, August 7th
Saturday, October 9th
Saturday, November 13th
Saturday, December 11th

On April 10th, you will have a choice of two cleanup locations.

The best way to keep up with the Alliance’s plans is to join their group on Nextdoor. Click on this link. Or go to Nextdoor’s Groups page and search for “Steamboat Alliance.”

You’ve probably already seen us, picking up litter alongside area roads.

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