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Washaway watch — New hot zone claiming land along Willapa Bay’s north shore

Recent storms accompanied by gale-force winds pushing exceptionally high waves have battered Washaway Beach and North Cove fronting Willapa Bay near Tokeland, biting off yet more huge chunks of land. As a result, the Seamobile neighborhood, once a thriving community with more than a dozen streets running parallel to Willapa Bay, has few residences and vacation properties left, and they are all close to going over the side.

Looking Back — Stead’s Crescent Grocery

Les Stead (right) and colleague behind the meat counter at Stead’s Crescent Grocery in November 1947 – barely a year after all War rationing ended. Behind them are twenty “broadbreast” fresh turkeys and in the foreground plenty of “fixings.” Also, at the far right there is a small stack of boxes of animal crackers, with Disney cartoon characters on them. If you have any information on this photo or others from this feature, visit www.jonesphotocollection.com and submit it via the websites feedback form.

Hospital Dist. 1 changes meeting

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Board of Commissioners of the Grays Harbor Hospital District 1 will not meet on Nov. 27, but will hold a special meeting at Summit Pacific Medical Center at 600 E. Main St., Elma at 6 p.m. on Dec. 4, in the Kelsey Conference Room.

Inslee says state will act on oil trains

The number of oil trains running across Washington is unacceptable, and the Legislature will consider bills in the upcoming session that mandate advance notification of oil shipments by rail as well as more funding for railroad crossings and emergency response training, Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday.