We are a group of like-minded volunteers... all working very hard to make our community a better place to live, work & play! Come join us, your talents are welcome! See you around town... Gregory 360.612.3479
A Volunteer & Resource Center,
A Tourism & Visitor Info Center
A Non-profit Showroom,
Chillz Youth Hang-out
Meeting, Conference, & Stage Areas
Home of the Enchanted Wonderland Christmas Village,
A place to share thoughts and ideas and get involved!
T- Together E- Everyone A- Achieves M- More.
There is no "I" in the word "TEAM" … there is no room for the concept of "I" in a team environment. So, when referring to our team we use "us," "we," and "together!" An interesting thought: a bunch of I’s makes up a team, but they keep focused on the greater good. If one struggles, another picks up their teammate and carries the team forward. A reminder from the Gregorian Group... verse by Gregory Johnson
Helping people smile, show respect and be respected! Building confidence in each other.
We bring friends and community together in an effort to preserve the longevity of our parks. We log in hundreds of hours each year so that all of us can enjoy the beauty, exercise and pass on these treasures to future generations!
We work with our partnering groups, agencies and friends on behalf of our youth to make their lives richer in ways that truly matter. Through relationship building, mentoring-by-example, and sharing ways youth can avoid harmful substances and pathways. Providing them with the tools to not only succeed, but to pass on what they've learned to others.
Networking, coordinating, connecting the dots where all are able to help our community unite, communicate, work more efficiently, and with less effort toward common goals. Team work is our mantra!
Your support is appreciated in-kind or monitarily.
Per Chuck Wallace:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Oct. 28, 2014
If the power goes out, are you prepared?
ABERDEEN – Storm season is officially upon us and the Grays Harbor Public Utility District is reminding customers of what to do if your power goes out.
During an outage, the PUD System Dispatch Center immediately sends service crews out to find the cause of the outage and assess what repairs are needed. In addition, the PUD Communications Department begins notifying customers through the PUD website, media, Twitter and Outage Alert email system.
There are also methods for customers to inform the PUD of power outages. To report an outage, customers can call the outage reporting line at 360-537-3721 or 1-888-541-5923. If your call is not answered (it continues to ring), it means the PUD is experiencing a high volume of calls. Your call will be answered in the order it was received. In addition, customers can go to the PUD website at www.ghpud.org and report an outage electronically.
During an outage, there are a number of steps customers can take to protect themselves and their property, including: turning off and unplugging all sensitive electrical equipment, keeping freezer and refrigerator doors closed as much as possible so the cold air stays inside until the power comes back on, not operating generators indoors and avoiding areas where PUD crews are working.
If for some reason your power stays off for an unusually long time, again contact the outage reporting line at 360-537-3721 or 1-888-541-5923 to ensure that PUD crews are aware of your outage.
For more information on how you can be better prepared for power outages, click the following link: Preparing for Power Outages
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For more information: Ian Cope, Communications Director, (office) 360-538-6232, (cell) 360-500-1278
We want to keep you around for many more decades!
If you haven't started, don't! If you have, we wish you much success on your journey to pink lungs!
Now if this picture doesn't make u wanna throw your cigarettes out of the Window, I don't know what will!!!
For those in our area that are part of the team working on responsible disposal of medications (huge kudos to the City of Hoquiam/HPD)...
President David Chiu Proposes San Francisco
Safe Medicine Disposal Ordinance
Ordinance would make drug manufacturers responsible for keeping
harmful, unused drugs out of waterways and away from unintended users
San Francisco, CA – Board of Supervisors President David Chiu today joined City leaders, local pharmacies and environmental advocates in announcing legislation that would require pharmaceutical manufacturers who sell and distribute drugs in San Francisco to fund and administer a comprehensive drug take-back program for the City. The ordinance expands upon the City’s existing medicine disposal pilot program and takes a producer responsibility approach to address the problem of what to do with unused or leftover medication -- pharmaceuticals that often end up in the City’s waterways or in the hands of unintended users. The effort comes after a recent Ninth Circuit Court ruling on a similar ordinance in Alameda that upheld the right of local governments to require medicine manufacturers to provide for the collection and disposal of home-generated medicine.
“There has been great demand for a permanent solution to this environmental, public health and public safety issue. We all have unused and leftover drugs in our homes, but not all of us have a reasonable means to properly discard them,” said Supervisor David Chiu. “Our City, community and industry all have a role in ensuring these harmful drugs aren’t accidentally ingested or wind up in our Bay waters.”
“We thank pharmaceutical manufacturers for funding our current pilot take-back program, which has exceeded our expectations by collecting 18.5 tons of medicine in the first 26 months of operation,” said Debbie Raphael, Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment. “Their support has made this pilot program successful and proved that pharmacy collection works for both residents and pharmacies. It is now time for the industry to make the program permanent.”
Finding a Permanent Solution
In 2010, San Francisco introduced the first take-back ordinance in the country. Soon afterwards, Alameda County passed a similar take-back ordinance, but the pharmaceutical industry sued to overturn that ordinance.
In light of Alameda’s legal challenge, San Francisco put its own ordinance on hold, and instead, with financial support from the pharmaceutical industry, implemented a pilot medicine take-back program with the voluntary participation of 13 independent pharmacies serving as collection sites.
In 2012, the San Francisco Department of the Environment launched this pilot program in collaboration with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and San Francisco Police Department. After 2 ½ years, the program has been successful; within its first 26 months, the program has collected 37,163 pounds (equaling 18.5 tons) of unwanted and unused drugs and continues to collect approximately 1,429 pounds per month.
However, all stakeholders have acknowledged that the pilot has been a temporary solution. In an effort to find a permanent statewide solution that would require drug manufacturers to create, finance, and manage a statewide system for collecting and safely disposing of unwanted prescription drugs, the City and County of San Francisco co-sponsored Senate Bill 1014. Unfortunately, SB 1014 was not passed.
On September 30, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Alameda County’s ordinance, affirming the ability of local governments to require drug manufacturers to provide for the collection and disposal of medicine—giving San Francisco the green light to move forward with its own drug take-back ordinance.
The proposed Safe Medicine Disposal ordinance expands San Francisco’s current pilot program by establishing a permanent program that would require drug companies to pay for the collection and disposal of leftover drugs.
Key Provisions of Ordinance:
• Requires drug producers to participate in a product stewardship program that collects, handles and disposes of unwanted drugs.
• Requires drug producers to pay all administrative and operational costs and fees associated with their stewardship plan.
• Requires producers to adequately promote their stewardship plan and outreach to stakeholders, including residents, pharmacists and retailers.
• Drugs collected under the stewardship plan must be disposed at a permitted hazardous waste disposal facility as defined by the EPA.
“I am proud that San Francisco is leveraging Alameda County’s success in finding a sustainable policy solution for medicine disposal,” said Supervisor Nate Miley of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, who authored the Alameda County ordinance. “There is a growing demand for more permanent and convenient medication disposal sites in communities across the nation, and we are showing that action at the local level can have a widespread impact.”
Why San Francisco Needs a Safe Medicine Disposal Program
Unused medicine is a threat to public health and safety, as well as to the environment. Since 2003, more drug overdoses have occurred annually from prescription medicines than from cocaine and heroin combined. According to the Center for Disease Control, prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the nation. Accidental poisonings from medicines stored in the home are also a concern for young children, seniors, and pets.
“We are happy to partner with Supervisor Chiu to find a permanent solution for safe medicine disposal to keep controlled substances off our streets, and help prevent accidental overdosing” said San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr. “Safe disposal of unused medicine is not just a benefit to our environment, it is a benefit to the health and well-being of our communities. The more we are able to dispose of medicine properly, the less we have to worry about it getting into the wrong hands.”
In addition, while wastewater treatment facilities are very effective at removing many environmental contaminants, they are not designed to filter pharmaceutical chemicals. Medicines are often flushed down toilets or drains, and the chemicals that leach from landfills eventually end up in public waterways. Even very tiny amounts of medicine can harm aquatic life; for example, antidepressants have been shown to disrupt fish reproductive cycles.
"Keeping expired and unwanted medicines out of landfills and sewers provides significant environmental and economic benefits," said Harlan Kelly, General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. "The actions we take now will help keep our bay and ocean ecosystems healthy for the future.”
“We support any county that is working on getting the same producer operated and funded take back program for medicines like those proposed by San Francisco, Alameda County and King County in Washington,” said Heidi Sanborn, Executive Director of the California Product Stewardship Council. “These types of programs are provided conveniently at pharmacies in Canada and Europe and are working well. Our hope is that the government and the pharmaceutical industry can work constructively together to expand the safe medication collection program across the border into U.S. Pharmacies like the one that has been successfully working in British Columbia for the past 15 years.”
Safe Medicine Disposal in San Francisco: http://www.sfenvironment.org/article/toxic-products-recycling/disposal-for-residents-toxics-health-safer-practices/safe-medicine-disposal
sfenvironment.org Unused medicine is a threat to both public health and the environment. Did you know that since 2003 more drug overdoses occur annually from prescription medicines than cocaine and heroin combined? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Prescription drug abuse is the fastest gr…
Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) bringing a FREE Department of Homeland Security-certified course - Continuity of Government Operations Planning for Rural Communities to Montesano, Washington
History demonstrates that disasters and emergencies often interrupt, degrade, or destroy local government’s ability to perform essential functions. This is especially true in rural communities where resources are typically limited under the best of circumstances. These jurisdictions must develop plans that address succession planning, redundant communications, and alternate site needs for their communities to face natural and manmade threats. The environment after a disaster can be chaotic, which is why it is important to have a plan in place that is specific yet flexible enough to respond to any situation.
The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) is providing government officials and emergency responders in the Montesano, Washington area with the development of continuity plans that will help officials ensure essential government services remain functional across a spectrum of emergencies. Continuity of Government Operations Planning for Rural Communities will be from 8am to 5pm on November 12, 2014 Grays Harbor County Forestry Building, 310 West Spruce Street, Suite 212, Montesano, WA 98563.
Participants will learn about the business continuity process, including identifying key functions necessary to their business operations, assessing the likelihood of potential emergencies in their communities, determining the adequacy of existing resources, and writing a business continuity plan. Participants will then have the opportunity to test their plan in the context of a tabletop exercise
This course will expose participants to the benefits of developing continuity of government plans for rural communities with special focus on succession planning, delegation of authority, redundant communications, and alternate facilities.
Registration for this course is required – Registration deadline is November 3rd, 2014 at 5pm.
Register online - https://www.ruraltraining.org/training/schedule/2014-11-12-mgt416-montesano-wa-001/
The course was developed by the NorthWest Arkansas Community College’s Institute of Corporate and Public Safety in partnership with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Tyson Foods, Inc., and J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., as well as with public sector first responders.
All training delivered by RDPC is certified by DHS and is offered tuition-free for a broad scope of stakeholders, including the traditional emergency response disciplines, and other emergency support functions as defined by the National Response Framework, as well as critical infrastructure owners and operators.
RDPC is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Training and Education Division (NTED) partnership of academic institutions with a vision of creating an environment wherein rural communities across America will have the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to enhance the safety, security, and quality of life for their citizens.
Current members of the Consortium include Eastern Kentucky University, The University of Findlay, NorthWest Arkansas Community College, North Carolina Central University, and University of California-Davis. Each of these institutions possesses extensive and unique capabilities relating to rural homeland security preparedness training.
The Center for Rural Development (The Center) in Somerset, KY is the Executive Agent for the RDPC. As Executive Agent, The Center provides grant administration and general oversight of the consortium. Additionally, The Center is responsible for marketing, website hosting and administration, delivery coordination, data collection and reporting, and additional technologies including a large network of interactive television (ITV), videoconferencing, and learning management systems necessary to manage large student populations and deliver courses to rural responders across the nation.
For more information or to request training - visit www.ruraltraining.org. The RDPC help desk is also available at firstname.lastname@example.org or (877) 855-7372.
ruraltraining.org The RDPC is bringing MGT 416 Continuity of Government Operations Planning for Rural Communities to Montesano, WA beginning on Nov. 12, 2014, 8 a.m..
City Government of Aberdeen, Washington
Check us out at the Downtown Trick or Treat on Saturday, October 25th from 12:00 to 2:00. We'll have games, candy, and a costume contest. See you there!
US National Weather Service Seattle Washington
A front will bring heavy rain and wind to Western Washington this evening through early Wednesday. Expect 3 to 7 inches of rain for most areas of the Olympic Peninsula and North Cascade Mountains with river flooding possible in these areas, while the Skokomish River in Mason county is likely to flood. 1 to 2 inches of rain is expected for the interior lowlands. Expect strong southerly winds throughout Western Washington, with the Coast and North Interior to see the strongest winds.
Enjoy the best Harvest Carnival on the Harbor at the Y!
A FREE fun event, packed with loads of Prizes, Games,
Candy, and a Costume Contest.
The YMCA Harvest Carnival provides a safe and
enjoyable get-together for kids and families during the
Halloween Season, so bring your son, daughter, nephew,
niece, cousin, brother, sister, neighbor, grandchild,
bring the ENTIRE FAMILY to the Y for a FUN FILLED TIME.
Candy Corns (0-2) 12:10pm
Pumpkins (3-5) 12:20pm
Ghosts (6-8) 12:30pm
Frankensteins (9-12) 12:40pm
For more information contact the YMCA of Grays Harbor at
360-537-9622 or www.ghymca.net
Here is the East Aberdeen-Gateway Mall Area Mobility Project.
PLEASE check out the link below and the sections (upper right box) that go with it.
It is very easy to navigate through and do not forget to take the survey and vote for the option you feel is best. There is a section included for your comments as well.
Our input is vital to this project. We all want safety, traffic, commerce, congestion and general issues to be addressed. Here is our chance to get involved!
ghcog.org Open House Agenda, October 14, 2014Open House Notice, October 14, 2014Project Fact SheetProject TimelineStudy Area MapPress Release - June 19, 2014 US 101 Regional Circulation Project - Wishkah Mall Improvements
A thought for us adults...
I was privileged to be contacted very early this morning by a young man that just wanted to "vent" and have someone "listen" to him.
I of course explained that I am not a pro and asked questions to make certain where he was at and shared that I "would" make a call if needed. He assured me he had been in a bad spot in past months but was doing ok. He also shared that even though I was not a pro, during our conversations, he enjoyed them/ they helped and rarely was able to share in such ways.
Later this morning, another young man contacted me about our shared love of nature and that he was almost done with his GED and really appreciated our convo's over the past years and that he rarely was encouraged by adults... accept me. (will leave the rest unspoken)
To sum up most of our convos... "adults rarely listen... peer pressure is immense... it is amazingly challenging to resist drugs and alcohol... even when trying to reach out for help, youth are often not taken serious or scolded for their thoughts... youth are put down and feel inadequate"
This my friends is very valuable info. Please join me as I work to be a better listener and continue to make positive changes in our community. These young men went to sleep/ continued their day knowing that someone indeed cared and was a friend.
Have a great weekend and remember to listen to each other,
Gregory & TEAM GG