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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 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.

What’s next for the pontoon site?

The State Department of Transportation Pontoon Construction Facility in Aberdeen will float out the last of its pontoons in March, and left in the wake will be prime real estate that both the Port of Grays Harbor and the City of Aberdeen would like to get their hands on.

No injuries in Huntley Street fire

A fire on the second story of a house at 504 W. Huntley St. in Aberdeen Thursday afternoon caused no injuries, but served as a reminder for residents to make sure their fire alarms are working and up-to-date, said Aberdeen Fire Battalion Chief Troy Palmer.