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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.

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.

Truck drivers in short supply

A lack of interest in the profession, coupled with new industry regulations that have made hiring difficult for trucking companies, has resulted in a shortage of truck drivers across the nation and on the Twin Harbors, say sources familiar with the industry.