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Last weekend to catch the bus in Grays Harbor

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Today begins the last weekend of transit service for Grays Harbor. Despite the need to drum up support for a sales tax increase on the November ballot, after the Labor Day weekend, Grays Harbor Transit will eliminate weekends, holidays, transfers, and the route to Centralia, but keeping the College Sticker Program for students.
The transit will ask the public for a .01% sales tax increase on the November countywide ballot to upright an $800-thousand budget deficit. General Manager Mark Carlin says if the tax passes it will return them to a state-approved budget. He hoped to see a return to weekend service by 2015.

DNR: Public encouraged to heed fire safety this Labor Day weekend

In areas where campfires are allowed, DNR asks the public to please follow these suggestions:

  • Use an existing fire ring; don’t create a new one.
  • Clear all vegetation away from the fire ring (remove all flammable materials, such as needles, leaves, sticks, etc.).
  • Keep your campfire small.
  • Keep plenty of water and a shovel nearby for throwing dirt on the fire if it gets out of control.
  • Never leave a campfire unattended!


When putting out your campfire, you should:

  • First, drown the campfire with water.
  • Next, mix the ashes and embers with soil. Scrape all partially-burned sticks and logs to make sure all the hot embers are off of them.
  • Stir the embers after they are covered with water and make sure everything is wet.
  • Feel the coals, embers, and any partially burned wood with your hands. Everything should be cool to the touch.
  • When you think you are done, take an extra minute and add more water. Stir the remains, add more water, and stir again.
  • If water is unavailable, use moist dirt. Be careful not to bury any hot or burning material, as it can smolder and later start a wildfire.
  • Finally, check the entire campsite for possible sparks or embers; it only takes one to start a forest fire.
  • If it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave.


Remember, a little extra care takes only a few minutes of your time, and it could prevent a wildfire.

 DNR statewide burn ban

In an effort to reduce preventable wildfires, DNR issued a statewide burn ban covering all DNR-protected lands, effective July 1, 2013, through September 30, 2013. The ban includes all forestlands in Washington except for federal lands. During the ban, designated campgrounds may allow campfires in approved fire pits. DNR or the campground management may put additional restrictions in place, including a ban on campfires, depending on weather conditions. 

21st Annual Unfinished Nationals Car Show & Swap Meet

Come out to the Customs North West Unfinished Nationals Car Show at the Fairgrounds Labor Day weekend!


The Car Show and swap meet will be starting at 9am, August 30 thru September 1st. Admission is only $3!


For more information, call the fair office at 360-482-2651 or check out our website at www.ghcfairgrounds.com.

Old Fashioned Labor Day Picnic and Paddle A Thon in Ocean Shores


The younger set can participate in the Community Club’s Human Hamster Ball races, or on the Pacific Bank sponsored Fire Engine “bouncer” for tots. A first for this year is a five-in-one bouncer for the older kids sponsored by Playtime Family Fun. Old fashion Cow Milking, Duck Races, Sack Races and Water Balloons are also available. And food, with several booths serving up picnic fare including those famous Lion’s Club burgers and the IGA sponsored Watermelon Eating Contest, which starts on the hour all day long. The picnic ends at 3 p.m.


Canoes, tandem and single Kayaks are available for rent from Doug of Waterway Adventures who will have all those items available on site. All items on-site are for display, demo and rental.


Food, fun and prizes galore for the young, and the young at heart, abound at this Old Fashioned Labor Day Picnic and Paddle A Thon in Ocean Shores. For more information see http://www.oceanshoresact.com/ or contact Lynda Miller at 360 289-3887.

Ocean Shores “Old Fashion Labor Day Picnic and Paddle A Thon”
Fun and activities for all ages
Date: Saturday, August 31, 2013
Time: Paddle: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Picnic: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Place: North Bay Park, Ocean Shores, WA
Free Admission. Additionsl Information: 360-289-3887

Event flyerThe Action Committee for Tourism (ACT) and the Business’s of Ocean Shores combine to present the “Old Fashioned Labor Day Picnic & Paddle A Thon”. This event combines the fun and excitement of Human Powered Boat Races, Poker Paddle, and Wacky Boat Races with all the fun, games, and excitement of an Old Fashioned Picnic.

Enjoy the Pacific Bank Fire Dept. Bouncer for the Tots, or race one of the Community Club’s sponsored Human Hamster Balls. There will be Cow Milking, Duck Races, Sack Races, and a Water Balloon Fight. This Year a new 5/1 Bouncer for the older children is being sponsored by Playtime Family Fun. Or enter the always popular IGA sponsored Watermelon Eating Contest held every hour from 11:00 to 3:00. Lighthouse Family Medical Clinic will be on hand offering free Blood Pressure Checks, and other free health information.

Come and see how the poor victim survives the new “Shower Splash”

Meanwhile those interested in Human Powered Boat Races may begin registration at 9:00, with the first 6 mile race scheduled at 10:00 am. All Participants are required to pay a $5.00 Insurance Fee and provide their own Life Jackets and Whistle for Safety. A 2 mile race will be held at 12:00 followed by the Poker Paddle at 12:30 and a final “Wacky Race” at 3:00.

There will be Canoes, and Tandem and Single Kayaks available for rent provided by Doug of Waterway Adventures.

There will be delicious food supplied by the Lions or you may bring your own Picnic Basket. Other Picnic Fare will be available and sold by area vendors. Prizes and surprises abound.

For a Fun Day and A Great way to say farewell to Summer don’t miss the “Old Fashioned Labor Day Picnic & Paddle A Thon”, Saturday August 31st at North Bay Park.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor or need more information,