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June 21st, 10:53 am

Griffin Neighbors

Peeking in to summer! Happy summer solstice! Take advantage of nice weather and Visit A Preserve: capitollandtrust.org/conserved-lands/visit-a-preserve/ ... See MoreSee Less

June 21st, 10:52 am

Griffin Neighbors

Washington provides not one, but two, excellent college savings plans. The DreamAhead plan is a relatively new 529 Plan. The GET is one of the country's last remaining guaranteed plans. If you have school-aged children or grandchildren and are not already saving for their college educations, you may wish to learn more about these two plans. You can choose from any plans in the U.S., of course, but DreamAhead and GET are among some of the best.June 25 is the last day to add units to your existing GET account at the current unit price of $113! However, you can still contribute to your account. Units purchased after the 25th will post at next year's unit price when it's set in the fall. ... See MoreSee Less

Washington provides not one, but two, excellent college savings plans. The DreamAhead plan is a relatively new 529 Plan. The GET is one of the countrys last remaining guaranteed plans. If you have school-aged children or grandchildren and are not already saving for their college educations, you may wish to learn more about these two plans. You can choose from any plans in the U.S., of course, but DreamAhead and GET are among some of the best.

June 21st, 10:45 am

Griffin Neighbors

Although Kiperts isn't a local business (Companion Cove is located right here in our neighborhood), the sentiment in Kiperts' post is certainly well-timed. So, it's getting a little sharing here on GriffinNeighbors. ... See MoreSee Less

Although Kiperts isnt a local business (Companion Cove is located right here in our neighborhood), the sentiment in Kiperts post is certainly well-timed. So, its getting a little sharing here on GriffinNeighbors.

June 21st, 8:21 am

Diana Williams Weber

I have a USPS question/problem. We have a P.O. Box in town, we do not get mail at our home. Therefore, when we have ordered items that will not ship to a P.O. Box, we do tell them our house address, but we never receive the item. We finally have to contact the seller, cancel the order and get our money back. Is there any solution to this problem ? ... See MoreSee Less

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I confess I personally do not know the solution to this problem. If I understand it correctly, your experience is that no shipper - not USPS, FedEx, or UPS will ship to your street address? That's surprising (and dismaying). If the USPS cannot answer this question (at (800) 275-8777), perhaps you would consider posting a message to Nextdoor (nextdoor.com) to see if any other local residents have experience with this problem?

June 20th, 12:14 pm

Griffin Neighbors

Prosperity Grange is holding a flea sale this Saturday, June 22, 9 AM to 4 PM.

If they posted this as an event, on their own Facebook Page, it might say, "Lots of man stuff and household stuff and fun stuff." At least, that's how their event reads, on Nextdoor.

Check out this flea sale. This usually attracts an interesting group of sellers.
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Prosperity Grange is holding a flea sale this Saturday, June 22, 9 AM to 4 PM. 

If they posted this as an event, on their own Facebook Page, it might say, Lots of man stuff and household stuff and fun stuff. At least, thats how their event reads, on Nextdoor. 

Check out this flea sale. This usually attracts an interesting group of sellers.

June 18th, 7:02 pm

Griffin Neighbors

A big high five to all of the Griffin 8th graders being promoted tomorrow!Please join us as we celebrate Griffin's Eighth Grade Class of 2019 . . . ... See MoreSee Less

A big high five to all of the Griffin 8th graders being promoted tomorrow!

June 14th, 10:51 pm

Griffin Neighbors

Congratulations to the Griffin Senior who graduated from Capital High School!Congratulations Griffin Seniors graduating from Capital High School! Class of 2019! ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to the Griffin Senior who graduated from Capital High School!
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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!

GNA Asks Local Businesses to Sponsor Food Drives

Thurston County Food Bank logoThe Griffin Neighborhood Association is asking local businesses, especially those in the commercial district on and around Steamboat Island Road and Sexton Drive, to help collect donations for the Thurston County Food Bank and the local satellite at St. Christopher’s Community Church. The Association hopes to find businesses that are willing to host a Food Bank collection point for one month. At least every other month, a collection point could be set up at a different local business location. Customers and local residents would then be invited to visit the business to make their donations of food, supplies, and pet food and supplies. A GNA member would stop by weekly to pick up donations. All donations will be given to the food bank satellite run by St. Christopher’s Community Church, where everything will be put to work supporting residents in need right here in our neighborhood. Any surplus donations will be taken to the Thurston County Food Bank.

“We see this as a ‘win/win’ for our community,” says GNA Board member Becky Reavis. “Folks have an opportunity to give back, and the sponsoring location has the opportunity for those bringing in donations to learn more about the local business.”

In January and July, the Griffin Neighborhood Association hosts the collection drive at its events, the Annual Meeting and Community Picnic, respectively. Local postal carriers host a drive in May. Companion Cove has already signed on to host the drive in September. The Steamboat Animal Hospital has signed up for November.

That leaves just a few more months to be chosen by local businesses who agree to participate.

Becky Reavis asks local business owners to contact her at furacres@gmail.com or text/call at (913) 909-8215 if interested in hosting a collection. If you contact Becky, “Let me know a first and second choice of the month you want.”

In addition to donations of food and supplies, the Food Bank satellite at St. Christopher’s Community Church provides gas cards and emergency assistance that sometimes includes gift cards to Grocery Outlet. Your cash donations are always welcome to help fund that kind of support. There are two ways you can make a cash donation that will be put to work right here in the Griffin area.

Click here to make a secure online donation to “St. Christopher’s Food Bank”.

If you would prefer to mail a check, please make it out to “St. Christopher’s Community Church.” Your check’s memo line should say “Basic Needs Program.” Checks can be mailed to St. Christopher’s Community Church, 7902 Steamboat Island Road NW, Olympia, WA 98502.

For more information about the St. Christopher’s Food Bank, click here to see their web page. Or call St. Christopher’s directly at (360) 866-2111.

The Griffin Neighborhood Association is grateful for this community’s support of the Thurston County Food Bank and the efforts of St. Christopher’s to help address needs right here on the Steamboat Peninsula.

At US-101 and the WA-8 Underpass, It’s Called a “Zipper Merge,” and We’ve Been Doing it Wrong

Originally published January 10, 2017, we can now update this article with news that WSDOT will be installing signs for a zipper merge in late June, 2019. Click here to read the entire article, including ‘Update #2’.

Most weekday mornings traffic begins to stack up where southbound US-101 merges from two lanes, to one, under WA-8. Drivers line up in the left hand lane and sometimes traffic slows almost all the way back to the onramp at Steamboat Island Road. As traffic slows, drivers entering US-101 at Steamboat Island Road scramble to join the line forming in the left lane. It sometimes creates a dangerous situation. And those drivers who cannot move left, or choose to remain in the right lane, feel like they are cheating, cutting into the line closer to the actual point the two lanes merge into one.

Transportation engineers call it a “zipper merge.” It is not taught in driver’s education. And the Washington Department of Transportation doesn’t normally provide the correct signage instructing drivers how it’s supposed to work. And it turns out we’ve been doing it wrong, all along.

At normal highway speeds, when traffic is moving smoothly through the WA-8 underpass, it’s correct for drivers to move to the left lane early, when the sign indicates there is a merge ahead.

But, when traffic begins to stack up and slow down, the correct way to use a zipper merge is for drivers to fill in both lanes. If the roadway was signed correctly, long before the right lane merges into the left, there would be a sign reading, “Use both lanes to merge point.”

Then, actually at the point the right lane merges into the right, drivers should file through the underpass one at a time. First a car from the left lane, then a car from the right, then the left, and so forth.

Cars from each lane file together, at the merge point, just like the teeth of a zipper.

If the roadway was signed correctly, there would be a sign at the merge reading, “Take turns merge here.”

Or perhaps a single sign, like the one pictured at the bottom of this article, would suffice to notify drivers that, when there is congestion, they should use both lanes and then take turns at the merge.

When both lanes are used correctly, a zipper merge could reduce by 50% the length of the backup along US-101. At the height of out little morning rush hour, drivers using the Steamboat Island Road onramp would easily be able to get into either the right or left lane. And everyone would get under WA-8 and on their way, just as quickly as before.Read More

Town Hall Meeting on Roadway Safety This June 19th

The Griffin Neighborhood Association will host a Town Hall meeting on roadway safety in the Steamboat Peninsula/Griffin area. The principal presenter will be Scott Davis, P.E., Traffic Engineering and Operations Manager for Thurston County Public Works. Joining Mr. Davis will be representatives of Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

This Town Hall is for anyone interested in joining a discussion on traffic safety in the Steamboat Neighborhood, and providing their input on traffic safety issues as part of the creation of a ‘Community Vision Statement’ for the Steamboat Neighborhood.

Town Hall Meeting on Roadway Safety
Wednesday, June 19
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Griffin Fire Department Headquarters
3707 Steamboat Loop NW

A Community Vision Statement is a document that describes community values and aspirations – a shared image of what we want our community to look like over the course of the next 5 to 10 years. This document will be used to leverage funding and support for our community as we move forward on these efforts. In the future, there will be more information posted here and elsewhere about the creation of a Community Vision Statement.

For more information about what Thurston County Public Works Department does, click here to see their video.

Local Businesses and Organizations, “Won’t You Join Us For a Neighborhood Picnic?”

It’s that time of year again. The annual Griffin Neighborhood Association Neighborhood Picnic will be held Saturday, July 20th at Prosperity Grange and the Tin Cup Golf Range. As in the past, we will have booth spaces available on a first come, first serve basis for businesses and organizations from around the Griffin/Steamboat Peninsula community.

We hope to have a big crowd attending this year. Every year, attendance has grown. We will have Live Music, a Bouncy House, children’s face painting, children’s games, and alpacas.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, soft drinks, and desserts will be served. Taylor Shellfish will also be serving up their wonderful chowder and shellfish. Free food is all part of the deal for our Businesses and Organizations!

You will need to supply your own canopy, table, and chairs. The fee is $10 for businesses and free for non-profit organizations. Sales of merchandise are allowed for all.

If you would like to reserve a space for this event, please click here to download our application.

If you cannot attend, we gladly accept donations as all monies will go towards the picnic costs.

We are lucky to live in a community rich with a variety of businesses and organizations as well as such awesome people. This is an excellent way to showcase your group to all our neighbors.

Please feel free to contact Joanie Zelasko with questions or any additional information needed. We look forward to hearing from you!

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