The Grays Harbor College Foundation will award approximately 240 scholarships for the coming year, totaling more than $450,000 donated by individuals and businesses connected to the Twin Harbors. Both the students and their donors will be recognized at the College’s annual awards event on Tuesday, May 21, at the Bishop Center.
The total amount includes about $80,000 allocated for 55 high school students graduating as World Class Scholars who plan on attending GHC. World Class Scholars enrolling at GHC will receive a partial tuition scholarship of $1,500 for their first year at the College.
Also being honored at the May 21 event will be Workforce Education students who received the Hughes Tool Scholarships. These scholarships are funded by GHC alum Lawrence “Pat” Hughes and earmarked for vocational students to purchase necessary tools that they will use in their training programs and later on the job.
Registration for Fall Quarter 2013-14 is underway; for more information about programs at Grays Harbor College go to http://www.ghc.edu.
The second cycle of pontoons floated out of Aberdeen this morning on high tide, as work continues at the casting basin.
“We have now constructed 24 out of the 77 bridge pontoons we need for the new floating bridge,” said Julie Meredith, SR 520 program director. “We’re making steady progress to build a new structure that will serve the region for 75 years or more.”
In the second cycle, crews built three longitudinal pontoons, two stability pontoons and one cross pontoon. Crews will build a total of six cycles of pontoons in Aberdeen.
The longitudinal and cross pontoons include post-tensioning, a strengthening measure recommended by a pontoon expert review panel following cracking found in the first cycle of pontoons last year.
Around 8 pm Sunday night, crews lifted the 150-ton gate, and by 11:50 pm, water in the basin was level with the Chehalis River, and the first pontoon was towed from the basin.
The pontoons will remain at the Port of Grays Harbor for inspections and will then be moored until needed for construction on Lake Washington.
Kiewit-General crews will build 33 total bridge pontoons in Aberdeen as part of a $367 million build, and an additional 44 pontoons will be built in Tacoma.
The floating bridge contract requires the new, six-lane SR 520 floating bridge to open to traffic by July 2015.
A bicyclist was struck by a vehicle in Westport over the weekend, sending the man to Grays Harbor Community Hospital.
On Saturday afternoon, a 53 year old Montesano man on a mountain bike was leaving a driveway on Montesano Street in Westport when the accident occurred.
A 69 year old Shelton man was driving a 2007 Dodge Ram with a 29 foot travel trailer on Montesano Street. As the man rode out of the driveway, he rode out into the street and struck the front of a travel trailer.
The Montesano man was taken to Community Hospital following the accident. Neither vehicle was significantly damaged.
The bicyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time and is now under investigation by the Washington State Patrol.
Crews turned out on Saturday at Miller Junior High for Comcast Cares Day.
Comcast employees and their families, along with junior high staff, students and volunteers worked together to beautify the Miller Campus
Work will continue on the campus. Leftover funds are set to go into the beautification of the campus with student benches in front of the bus zones and benches along the wall of the gym for students.
Comcast Cares Days involves over 2,000 volunteers donating their time to community service projects.
Miller Jr. High is one of 12 projects in the region that Comcast Cares will be taking on this year.
Grays Harbor could be seeing an increase in unmanned drones.
A group of Washington organizations, including some from Grays Harbor, will be submitting the final portion of a proposal for an unmanned aircraft system research and testing facility in Washington. If successful, the proposal to the Federal Aviation Administration will result in the FAA naming the Pacific Northwest Unmanned Aerial Systems Flight Center as one of six U.S. testing facilities later this year.
Innovate Washington is working with ten other state, county and private partners to be selected as one of six locations nationwide to conduct research that will accelerate the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system.
Steve Stein, PNNL project manager said “Our proposal offers essentially a turn-key option from complete ground support operations for fueling, maintenance, and emergency response, to the existing control tower with regional radar systems, ample hangar space, conference rooms and advanced communications networks.”
The proposal identifies Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake as the location of the flight center’s principal office and facilities. In addition, the proposal identifies several locations in central and western Washington where a broad range of testing may occur. The proposal provides a testing range over the Pacific Ocean near Grays Harbor for those developers needing “blue water” testing capability.
The organization members include the Ports of Grays Harbor and Moses Lake, Washington Army National Guard, economic development agencies in Grays Harbor and Klickitat counties, and several other state agencies.
The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 calls for establishing six unmanned aircraft system research and testing sites in the U.S.
The final proposal submittals are due to the FAA by May 6, with decisions on siting the flight centers scheduled to be made before December 31, 2013.
The Willapa Valley School District will celebrate on Friday, May 10th for the Middle School receiving a $3,400 fitness and nutrition grant from the Washington State Dairy Council as part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.
An assembly at the school will feature the Seattle Seahawks mascot Blitz, SeaGal Tamaria and pre-taped appearances by Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and fullback Michael Robinson. Local dairy producers will also be on hand for the grant presentation.
“It is very exciting and encouraging to see this district-wide effort to promote fitness and nutrition,” said Cara Nichols, School Program Manager for the Washington State Dairy Council.
The Fuel Up to Play 60 grant will be used to support three nutrition related activities in the Willapa School District.
The grant will be used to purchase PE equipment for the school.
The district has a 60-70% participation level in after school sports. In addition, thirty students are currently involved in a daily walking enrichment program and have access to a weight room.
Award-winning author and journalist Jeff Burlingame will speak at two Twin Harbor libraries on Saturday, May 4. The subject is his new biography on the former Washington State Senate icon, Sid Snyder, entitled “Across the Aisles: Sid Snyder’s Remarkable Life in Groceries & Government.”
Burlingame will be at the Raymond Timberland Library from 11 a.m. to noon and the Aberdeen Timberland Library from 2 to 3 p.m.
Born in 1926, Sid Snyder became one of Washington State’s most respected politicians. He grew up in Kelso, one of the many coastal communities Snyder served during his dozen years as the senate’s Democratic leader. He was raised by a widowed mother who instilled a work ethic that he brought to each of the many jobs he had beginning in his elementary school years.
Across the Aisles includes numerous photos that illustrate Snyder’s life story and an edited compilation of oral history interviews conducted by Sharon A. Boswell, John C. Hughes, and Jeff Burlingame from 2006 to just weeks before Snyder’s death in 2012.
Across the Aisles was jointly produced by The Legacy Project in the Office of the Secretary of State and the Legislative Oral History Project. It is available in print and e-book. The e-book and a free electronic version are available online at http://www.sos.wa.gov/heritage.
An Aberdeen High School graduate, Burlingame is the author of more than 20 nonfiction books. His work has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists, the New York Public Library, and the NAACP.