Letters to the Editor -- September 23, 2004

Published on Thu, Sep 23, 2004
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Letters to the Editor

The Editor:
Blaine Fine Arts Association (BFAA) is a group of parents and community members whose aim is to support the fine arts programs in Blaine schools, grades seven - 12. In 2003-04 the group gave $1,200 in student scholarships, $600 to send students to Centrum summer art camp; paid entry fees to state festivals, a museum trip, accommodations for a choir trip, meals and food for a Jazz Band trip, and assistance for a drama production.
BFAA provided chaperones for trips and parades and helped with maintenance of the new band uniforms. The group also provides refreshments for six to eight school concerts and events throughout the year. All these activities provide many opportunities for volunteers. Fundraising is accomplished through two annual events: the Homecoming chili feed, October 22; and the Arts and Jazz Auction and Celebration on January 29, 2005.
The group meets the first Monday of every month at 4 p.m, in the middle school library. The fall kick-off meeting is October 4 at 4 p.m. All interested parents and community members are invited to join in. Please call Kristi at 332-5148 or Nancy at 332-8226 if you have questions.
Mel Freal
Blaine

The Editor:
My name is Jeff Matlewsky. Our house at 896 4th Street, which we sold recently, has been talked about due to the colors my wife Eden chose. We added special touches to it like a beanstalk height chart downstairs, a multi-color painted garage door and a curved pathway in front. The property was completely bare when we bought it and we put all the landscape in except the two maple trees. During Easter the tulips and daffodils are out and look like Easter eggs all over the place. Now I’m working on my mother-in-law Jane Harwood’s house. Jane picked out the colors and I did the labor.
Again, I added special touches like the brick around the archway, the leaf design on the stairs, the shutters and finally the giraffe on the chimney.
So many people have complimented my workmanship and their designing skills, as well as our imagination and courage to make things brighter. Our houses happen to be on the walking historic houses of Blaine trail, but aren’t historic houses yet.
So many people say that they purposely drive or walk by these two houses just to admire them and watch the seasonal changes plus improvements.
I thought maybe more people would like to see them through the eyes of The Northern Light. Maybe they’ll brighten other people’s day or inspire them to do their own great things to brighten people’s days. Inspired to make the world a better and brighter place.
Jeff Matlewsky
Blaine

The Editor:
As a recent transplant from California I very much look forward to the weekly delivery of The Northern Light. It provides the best coverage of the local scene and always has articles of interest.
Another point of interest to which I look forward is the weekly wit and wisdom posted on Pacific Building Center’s double-sided billboard in Blaine. When you’re in the vicinity of Peace Portal Drive and Bell Road drive by the center for a chuckle and some food for thought.
Keep up the good work.
James Tarantino
Blaine

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The Northern Light welcomes letters to the editor; however, the opinions expressed are not those of the editor. Letters must include name, address and daytime telephone number for verification. Letters must not exceed 350 words and may be edited or rejected for reasons of legality, length and good taste. Thank-you letters should be limited to 10 names. A fresh viewpoint on matters of general interest to local readers will increase the likelihood of publication. Writers should avoid personal invective. Unsigned letters will not be accepted for publication. Requests for withholding names will be considered on an individual basis. Only one letter per month from an individual correspondent will be published.

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Letters Policy

The Northern Light welcomes letters to the editor; however, the opinions expressed are not those of the editor. Letters must include name, address and daytime telephone number for verification. Letters must not exceed 350 words and may be edited or rejected for reasons of legality, length and good taste. Thank you letters are limited to five individuals or groups. A fresh viewpoint on matters of general interest to local readers will increase the likelihood of publication. Writers should avoid personal invective. Unsigned letters will not be accepted for publication. Requests for withholding names will be considered on an individual basis. Only one letter per month from an individual correspondent will be published.

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