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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.

Mavericks District 7 winners

The Mavericks, Montesano Youth Soccer Club’s Girls U13 team, recently won the District 7 championship and are preparing to compete in the state quarter finals. The State Quarter Finals are set for 3 p.m. Dec. 6 at Kasch Park in Everett. Although only the Mavericks won first place in their age division, this year a record five teams from Montesano competed in their respective categories at the District 7 Tournament – GU11 Lightning, GU12 Lady Bandits, GU14 Wave and the BU15 Firebirds. The Montesano Mavericks include Abigail Parkin, Anna Ayres, Ashlyn Peterson, Ava Poler, Emma Jensen, Hailey Hart, Jessica Stanfield, Kate Klinger, Molly Ellis, Myah Gallinger, Natasha Armstrong, Paige Lisherness, Payton Kersker, Riley Thoemmes, Sophie Barre, Taylor Salazar, Zoe Hutchings and Zoee Lisherness. They are coached by Todd Lindley with assistant coaches Chris Hutchings and Steve Poler (not pictured).

Master Gardener workshop in Elma Dec. 6

Grays Harbor Master Gardeners will host a public workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 6, on how to make a live wreath using succulents. Each participant will learn how to make a wreath of their own design that they can take home. A variety of succulent plants has been donated by many Master Gardeners for this purpose.

Port passes 2015 budget

While nearby communities are struggling to stay afloat, the Port of Grays Harbor is looking at a steady income and a 2015 budget that foresees an ending balance of more than $6.8 million in the general fund.