Feline Friends Holiday Bazaar and Cat Adoption Day This Saturday

The 2010 Feline Friends Holiday Bazaar and Cat Adoption Day is this Saturday, December 4, from 10am to 3pm at Griffin Fire Department. There will be over 25 tables filled with a variety of gifts and crafts and baked goods (feel free to stop by and bring your favorite).

Hot Apple Cider and Delicious baked goods, Pet Toys and Snuggle Beds, Handmade Milk Soaps and Candles, hand crafted Jewelry, Orgami gift tags/bags/cards, beaded Christmas trees, Centerpieces, Metal Art, Garden & Yard Art, Cameron Garden Seeds, a White Elephant table and Raffle, and much more too unique and too good to miss!

Of course, the kitties are the real winners. Pass this along to all your animal loving friends.

CAT ADOPTION DAY (follow signs) will be at the Cat House behind the Steamboat Animal Hospital at the same time as the Bazaar! Some of these furry friends have been waiting since summer for their new forever owner to come for them. Jo and some of her volunteer will be there to make sure a purrfect match is made.

Happy Holiday from Feline Friends!
Diane 866-1909

Dick Durward, Area Resident since 1920, Has Passed Away

Dick Durward

Long-time area resident Richard “Dick” Durward passed away this last Saturday, at his home in Tumwater. Local historian, author, and Griffin Neighborhood Association Board member Steve Lundin brought this to our attention. Writes Steve, “The Durwards moved to the Griffin area in the early 1920s when Dick was about two.  They lived on Fredricks’ hill, which is the steep hill you drive down before you get to [the 2300 block of  Gravelly Beach Loop].  Dick was the first fire chief of the newly formed Griffin fire district in the 1960s, as well as the Grand Master of the Prosperity Grange.  He operated a saw shop out here in the 1960s — it where the used furniture store is on Sexton Road.” Dick attended the Griffin School.

The Olympian has published an obituary of some respectable length. Click here for that page. And, KOMO4 has an obituary, on their web site. Click here to browse that page.

Service Information:

Friday November 19th 2010 12:00pm
Mills and Mills Funeral Home and Memorial Park
Tumwater, WA

Steve Lundin has authored a number of articles for this blog, regarding the history of the Griffin area.

Native Pigeons Thrive on Eld Inlet Preserve

Band-tailed Pigeon. Patagioenas fasciata  Photo by Bill Walker

Band-tailed Pigeon. Patagioenas fasciata
Photo by Bill Walker

During purchase arrangements for the newly acquired property at the sound end of Eld Inlet on Mud Bay, Capitol Land Trust staff learned of an unexpected bonus: mineral deposits that attract Band-tailed Pigeons.

Doves and pigeons are names use interchangeably. By name, when the Passenger Pigeon became extinct, Band-tailed Pigeons became the only pigeon native to the United States north of Florida. Those familiar city birds, Rock Pigeons, are smaller and hail originally from the cliffs of Europe and North Africa. The Band-tailed Pigeons seem to share this fondness for heights by perching in the tops of the tallest trees. A white stripe on the back of their neck and a banded tail provide good ways to recognize our native pigeon. It also sports bright yellow feet.

Like Passenger Pigeons used to do, Band-tailed Pigeons often gather in flocks, especially at mineral springs where they eat the salts. This makes them easy targets for shotgunners. Market hunting in the early 1900’s decimated their numbers, as did lax game laws even up to the 1980’s. Now hunting is strictly limited, and completely prohibited at this Capitol Land Trust preserve. But these birds aren’t out of the woods yet.

Band-tailed Pigeon tail feather showing the characteristic band. Photo by Chris Maynard

Band-tailed Pigeon tail feather showing the characteristic band. Photo by Chris Maynard

These pigeons rely on mixed conifer forests with a special fondness for fruits from cascara and elderberry. A more recent threat is the reduction in their forest habitat in the form of even stands of single-species commercial fir forests.

So, it is not really surprising to find them on lands managed by Capitol Land Trust. These complex habitats attract and sustain communities of plans and animals who find refuge from an increasingly humanized landscape.
By Chris Maynard
Chris Maynard works for the Washington Department of Ecology’s Water Resource Program, is a photographer, and has a passion for the natural world.

Reprinted with permission from Capitol Land Trust News, Issue 50, Fall 2010.

Many residents in the Griffin area have played host to the Band-Tailed Pigeon, on their property. Preservation of habitat such as that along Mud Bay is why the Griffin Neighborhood Association formed the Steamboat Conservation Partnership with the Capitol Land Trust. Your support of the Steamboat Conservation Partnership will leave a lasting, positive impact right here, in your own backyard. Click here to learn more about the Steamboat Conservation Partnership.

“This is a terrific partnership,” wrote the editor of The Olympian, “that should serve as a model to other neighborhood groups interested in the preservation of sensitive lands.”

Sharia Law in Afghanistan

A free, public lecture on Sharia Law will take place at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St., at 7:30pm on Thursday, November 18th.

Lutforahman Saeed is a professor on the Shari’a (Islamic Law) faculty at Kabul, Afghanistan and is currently studying at the University of Washington School of Law. He specializes in Islamic Studies, philosophy and comparative religions. He speaks Pashto, Dari, Arabic, Urdu and English. Professor Said will share his deep understanding of Islamic law as well as the function of other legal systems in Afghanistan.

Sharia Law is one of the most controversial and misunderstood aspects of Islam. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about and better understand the system from one of Afghanistan’s experts. He will be joined by other faculty from the Asian Law Center at the University of Washington.

The event is sponsored by the Olympia World Affairs Council. For more information call 360-867-0919. http://www.olympiawac.org/

Forest Carbon and Carbon Cycling – November 4

Dr. Mark Harmon

Many Griffin area residents, being as we are within a few short minutes of the Thurston-Mason county line, are probably aware of the questions raised regarding the environmental credibility of the biomass incinerators proposed for the Shelton area. Promoters are working to sell political leaders on the idea that burning locally-harvested wood, to generate electricity, is an environmentally friendly, renewable energy source. Opponents describe pollution worse than burning coal and argue burning biomass has a huge carbon footprint. What is the truth about biomass and the environment?

From one of our neighborhood association partners, the Olympia Coalition of Neighborhood Associations, we have received notice that Dr. Mark Harmon, professor and Richardson Chair of Forest Science at Oregon State University, will be speaking at the Evergreen State College on November 4.

November 4
6 to 8 PM
The Evergreen State College
Lecture Hall 1

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Dr. Harmon is a professor and chair of the forest science department at Oregon State University. His research has been referenced to both credit and discredit the idea of achieving carbon neutrality by using waste wood of forest management for energy. This is a community presentation on forest carbon and carbon cycling. Dr. Harmon is offering a one-hour lecture, with an hour for questions and discussion.

Click here for the Oregon State University biography on Mark Harmon.

Some of his commonly referenced papers include:
Mark Harmon’s 2009 Congressional Testimony on Forest Carbon Sequestration –

Potential Upper Bounds of Carbon Stores in Forests of the Pacific Northwest –

Successional changes in live and dead wood carbon stores: implications for net ecosystem productivity –

There is a $2 parking fee at the college. Directions and a campus map can be found here:

For more information opposing construction of the Shelton biomass facility, click this link
Click here for King5 coverage of the opposition to the Shelton biomass facility.
Click here for Northwest Renewable News coverage, “Plan for Shelton, WA biomass plant is great news for region”
Click here to read “The Stranger’s” coverage of the Shelton biomass plant.
And click here to read a brief article that appeared in the “Kitsap Sun.”