Sovereign Cellars holiday wine sale

Sovereign Cellars Offers Holiday Discount for a Limited Time

holiday_wine_specialFor a limited time, local winemaker Dennis Gross, of Sovereign Cellars, is offering a 30% discount on all is Double Gold winning (2014 Seattle Wine Show) reds.

Many of us have tasted these wines, either at Sovereign Cellars or at local restaurants who serve them. These really are some terrific, locally produced wines.

Contact Denny at (360) 866-7991 or for more information and to purchase before December 31st.

Read more about Sovereign Cellars in our article from this last June.

County’s Preliminary Development Code Docket Now Available for Review

According to the County’s web site, “The Official Docket of Development Code Amendments is a list of proposals for making changes to Thurston County‚Äôs development regulations.” Proposed changes are assigned a priority, on a scale of A (high) through D (low).

A summary of the entire docket is here. Both priority A and priority B are considered “high priority”. Of particular interest to residents in the Griffin area may be these high priority items:

Docket item A-2 would “Amend the Forest Lands Conversion Ordinance for Rural Areas”. This is contained within the County’s code section 17.25. According to the docket, “This could clarify and strengthen tree protection in rural areas of the County to mirror the on-going urban forestry effort.”

Docket item A-8 would “Clarify Expiration Deadlines” and would be applicable to many codes. “The code is unclear regarding expiration thresholds on approved projects, both built and unbuilt, most particularly on projects with multiple phases or buildings. Adding specific language to clarify that certain actions, not just moving dirt, are necessary to avoid expiration would improve consistency and predictability. Importantly, it would also avoid indefinite extensions after codes have changed. ”

Docket item A-13 would make revisions to the Critical Areas Ordinance in Title 24. “The new critical areas ordinance was adopted in July 2012. Amendments were made to correct errors, references and address issues brought forward through the implementation of the new critical areas ordinance. As staff continues to work with the new regulations, more issues have or may develop that need to be addressed in a timely fashion. Examples may include fixes to the prairie definition, geologically hazard area definitions, and issues regarding older nonconforming uses.”

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Steamboat Christmas Caroling @ the Grange! Saturday, December 13

Come join the Steamboat Community for our 3rd Annual Old Fashioned Christmas Caroling in the Grange.

December 13th at 2:00 to 4:00 PM

Along with the Griffin Fire Department’s Santa Sleigh!

Hosted by Restoration Home – Ingrid Olszewsky, Catherine Haag, and Heidi Sheffels.

2:00 Doors Open – Visit Santa’s Sleigh at the Fire Department
3:00 Candlelight Christmas Singing inside the Grange

Hot cider, hot chocolate, cookies and light appetizers.

Any donations will go to our Community Outreach Program which will help local families in need this Christmas season.

We look forward to seeing you!