Nailing it Down — Prepping is done, Paint the Corridor in full swing

This is the time of year when folks from all over flock to our neck of the woods to enjoy the natural beauty and fun activities that we enjoy year-round.

And, because of the passion of hundreds of volunteers these last three years, the view they see while driving through Aberdeen and Hoquiam is beautiful as well.

We’re now on our last year of “Paint the Corridor,” having volunteers prep and paint owner-occupied homes along the Hoquiam and Aberdeen 101 and 109 highway corridors. This effort will have helped at least 65 of our neighbors while beautifying our two towns, and presenting a fresh “face” to the world that visits us, by the millions, every year.

This year’s Paint the Corridor project kicked off at the end of July. Already, a few houses are totally done and all have been prepped, which is usually considered the hard part!

It’s not too late to join and to help this movement succeed. We could still use a couple more teams. We have three scraped and cleaned houses that need teams just to paint them and one additional house that needs only the trim done. Give us a call at 533-7828 if you and your friends, club, business, painting company or church group want to ‘paint it forward.’


We’ve been encouraged again, by all the great people and teams that have already joined in, many for the third year in a row. Make sure you let them know you appreciate what they’re doing for our community.

We also want to thank those owners that have painted their own properties in the last few years. Now, if the absentee landlords would fill in the rest the project would be done.

A few weeks ago we mentioned the Aberdeen Presbyterian Church’s team, which was the first to finish their house. You can take a look at their hard work at 604 Alder St. in Aberdeen. (Then this ambitious team went on to prep another house in Hoquiam!)

Today we want to give a special shout out to the Aberdeen Bobcat team, headed up by Tammy Heth. This team, comprised of Aberdeen High School students who are building their Community Service credits, is nearing completion with their adopted house – the VFW-owned house at 2638 Simpson in Hoquiam that is used for veteran housing.

There’s also an amazing Hoquiam Grizzly student team that scraped and cleaned three houses under the leadership of HHS teacher-coach, Tim Palen, and super volunteer, John Wolcott!! Many thanks, again!

Timberland Bank finished their 407 Emerson house last Wednesday, a big thank you to Denise Burke and her great team for their third house.

David Steinman Insurance and his StateFarm team will also complete their 2825 Sumner, Hoquiam project this weekend – looks great!

There will be many more completions coming up that we want to shout about as team members return from vacation with new energy to get it done.

We’ve also just had another team sign up to help – the U.S. Coast Guard–Station Grays Harbor and we’re so glad for their service in so many ways!

Another big shout out is for COSMO in Cosmopolis for their generous grant to purchase prep tools. These tools have been invaluable and have saved the teams and us, the organizer, a tremendous amount of time by not having to track and share tools. Thank you COSMO!! These tools will be available for a bright future in our “Paint the Town” effort starting next year.


The back-to-school sales, morning fog, dew and spiders are all sure signs that fall is just over the horizon. While we have a few weeks left of good painting weather, it’s important to tackle all your painting projects soon and to begin to put together your fall project list.

They say we could be colder than normal this year – surprise – and our heating systems should go to top of everyone’s list.

Whatever type of home heating system you have, you’ll need to start thinking about what to do before the cold season arrives.

Especially for those who have wall-mounted heaters, this is the time to re-start a good fall habit of making sure that piles of clothes and other combustibles are away from the heaters. (Sometimes during the summer, everything from beach towels to piles of laundry can end up near these heaters.)

This is when you should also consider cleaning and testing each heater– dust build up and assorted things like waxy color crayons, little socks, plastic toys, pens and pencils and so much more could be found and safely removed, preventing both damage to the units and fires.

If any of your sources of heat is a fireplace, wood stove or pellet stove you will want to check your chimney for creosote build-up.

Another item that should be high on everyone’s list is the purchase and installation of Carbon Monoxide detectors. Many people have died from this odorless and colorless gas caused by the burning of fuel in an improperly vented space. They work better and faster than smoke detectors and we should all have them. Landlords have until the end of the year to install them in their units, by code.

Dave Murnen and Pat Beaty are construction specialists at NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor County, where Murnen is the executive director.