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Investment opportunities abound around North Beach

The past, present and future of North Beach commercial development — from Hogan’s Corner to Ocean Shores, from Moclips to Ocean City, from Seabrook to Oyhut Bay — was brought into focus May 13 for a one-day Invest at the Ocean seminar coordinated by Windermere Real Estate’s Ocean Shores office and several North Beach banks.

Local real estate market pulls back a bit in April

The countywide residential real estate market pulled back a little in April, according to a monthly report from Windermere Real Estate. The number of closed sales in April 2016 was less than April 2015 by 18.4 percent, however, the average price was 22.5 percent greater than April of last year. Housing inventory began to expand a little, but is still 16 percent below what it was in April 2015.

Monte Lanes under new ownership

Just off main street, down steps and through doors, the carpeted floor greets the tennis shoes. Before the shoes can acclimate, they’re stripped from the feet and replaced with leather shoes sporting a flat, slippery sole and a rubber heel. Beneath the lights, the wood slatted lanes slicked with oil glow between the gutters.

YWCA Olympia offers training program for young women

Enrollment is now open in Grays Harbor County for the Women’s Economic Empowerment Program (EEP), a partnership between YWCA Olympia, the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council and the Thurston Chamber of Commerce. Transportation will be available for women in Grays Harbor County who are attending the program.