As we look back on 2015, GraysHarborTalk.com writers have each picked a favorite article. In a few sentences, each contributor shares why the article was impactful. Over the past 12 months, GraysHarbortTalk.com has published more than 410 positive stories about what it’s like to live, work, and play in Grays Harbor County. Thank you, readers, for being a vital part of our success.
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My favorite article in 2015 was on Aberdeen swimmer Gene Stanley. At 88-years-old, Stanley competes every year at the Washington Senior Games in a variety of swimming and track and field events. Stanley is a retired teacher and swim coach. It was great just being able to sit down with him and hear about his path to the pool.
Kurtis Dawson, Community Manager
The story about the Bloom Team is the perfect example of what makes Grays Harbor so great. Two people saw a need in the community and instead of complaining about the situation they volunteered their time and talents to make a positive difference. The community backed their vision up to make it happen by donating dollars and time. Now everyone who drives into Aberdeen benefits.
Meeting with the founders and organizers of Aberdeen’s Bloom Team was a refreshing experience. These two ladies are so passionate about making a positive impact in our community, it felt uplifting and encouraging. There optimistic can-do attitudes left me feeling inspired and motivated to make a difference wherever I can, even in small ways.
With all the rain this season, I am reminded of the awful flooding we had in early 2015. Douglas Scott’s article is an excellent portrait of how this community has pulled together during hard times for many generations. Despite the challenges, Grays Harbor keeps bouncing back and that is one of the many reasons why I’m proud to live here.
I am thankful for the opportunity to meet people for coffee, answer a few questions and share what motivates them towards success. One of my favorite memories is the time I met with Chelsea Frank of Life and Limb Gel.
I am thankful because she invited me to her home. It’s here that I learned about how she used her resources and skills to start a successful online business. Chelsea’s passion gave me the courage to see outside the “box” when it comes to finding a profession. Her skills led her to create handcrafted unique gel-packs used with hot or cold therapy. And I love how easy they are to order online.
I had lots of favorite stories in 2015 for GraysHarborTalk. There was Elma’s Natalie Grant, the diminutive but big hearted runner. And there was Carl Lovgren, who became the ultra runner, and there was Larry Moore, North Beach’s longtime coach. But North Beach’s Caleb Bridge, who excelled in sports and in the classroom, had a special story to share. After earning all-state honors in football, he’s now chasing his dream of flying and is at the Air Force Academy.