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New attorney joins Law Offices of Roger Ellingson

Fund to help family recover from fire

A donation fund has been established to help a local family get back on their feet after their house burned last week. Friends say Bobby Whitehead and Sandra Stacey and their two teenage children lost all their belongings to fire and smoke damage when their rental house on Birch Bay-Lynden Road burned March 2. According to North Whatcom Fire and Rescue, the fire started after a pizza box that caught fire on the stove was put on the back porch after it was thought to be extinguished. The box later ignited some garbage which quickly engulfed the back of the house. Donations to the Whitehead Family Assistance Fund can be made at any Bank of America.

Community offers real security

When the current recession first started more than a year ago many of us experienced a feeling of déjà vu.

Don’t let the economy get you down

With the nation’s jobless rate topping 8 percent, the highest in 26 years, it’s little wonder consumers are suffering anxiety from the threat – either real or perceived – of job loss, foreclosure on their home, or possibly both.

Home Improvement - City offers cash rebates for Energy Star bulbs

The city of Blaine is now offering residential electrical customers rebates for Energy Star light fixtures and appliances.

Home Improvement - Tax incentives give solar power some extra charge

Know why daylight savings time started earlier this year, just a week into March? So Americans could have more time to enjoy the snow after work.

Monthly meetings

Dairy Queen employee arrested

A 43-year-old woman who worked at the Ferndale Dairy Queen was arrested Friday after allegedly adding a cleaning agent to a mix used to make malt shakes.

Welcome Dana!

Welcome Dana! The Blaine Senior and Activity Center has hired Dana Hanks as their new coordinator.

Briefs

• Birch Bay clean-ups nixed by county • 23rd Annual Spring Craft & Antique Show next weekend • Vendors needed for Ferndale Farmer’s Market • Sheriff’s Office to provide vacation house checks • Auditions for Barrington Bunny play this Saturday • Public invited to principal interviews • Free business classes offered • Sherman Alexie to speak next Thursday • Submissions sought for poetry contest • Kinder Eggs banned at border

Fresh flavors!

Fresh flavors! A new Blaine restaurant uses fresh ingredients for lively flavors.

Couple sues over tainted crackers

A Blaine couple, Bill and Shannon Rector, filed a lawsuit on March 6 in U.S. District Court in Seattle against the Kellogg company alleging that the company’s Austin brand peanut butter crackers made their family sick because it was tainted with salmonella.

Council votes 4-3 to fully fund Plover ferry

After a grueling series of tedious and lengthy discussions, Blaine City Council voted to give Plover ferry operators the budget they asked for.

Blaine homeowner pepper sprayed at border

A Coquitlam man with a second home in Blaine was pepper sprayed, handcuffed and held for three hours before being denied entry last week after asking for more courteous treatment from a border inspector at the Lynden/Aldergrove crossing.

 

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