Letters to the Editor
I’m a Canadian citizen married to an American now living in Washington. Thanks to the expertise of Len Saunders and his Immigration Law Firm my transition to living in the USA from Surrey B.C. was flawless!
I’m writing because I want to share the best experience I had crossing the border into Blaine last week. Driving in the NEXUS line I flashed my card and approached the U.S. border guard. He pleasantly greeted me “by name” asked if I was bringing anything down and if I was coming from work. After replying, he then said “okay and welcome back to the U.S.”
I was floored and I so appreciated his kindness, as a new green card holder it was especially nice to be welcomed back to his country! It’s a big deal to obtain a green card, it’s costly, stressful, a lot of paper work and details plus a flight to Montreal for the final stage to physically get the card.
I know these border guards have a lot of responsibility and stress but this simple act of pleasantness made my day.
In November, Friends of the Blaine Library (FOBL) held our Fall Used Book Sale which brought in more than $700. Funds raised by the FOBL are used for programs, supplies and equipment that are not covered by the library budget - such as book shelves, Wii games, magazine subscriptions, reading program prizes, etc.
We would like to thank the great volunteers who help with our book sales, including our friend Tom Burton, those who donated books to the sale and those who bought them!
We would also like to mention Cost Cutter Market, Pizza Factory, West Marine, Smuggler’s Inn Limousine, Birch Bay Waterslides, Little Caesar’s Pizza and Pacific Building Center are among our local merchants who have kindly contributed to our other programs during the year – we appreciate their support.
Shop local and visit your library!
Friends of the Blaine Library
Thank you for providing me with this opportunity to compliment and publicly thank everyone who was involved in the recently completed improvements to the Blaine City Hall complex. I hope I “speak” for others – residents and visitors.
In addition to the structural improvements, including, but not limited to new energy efficient windows the “beautification” process was well designed and applied. In my opinion the color scheme carefully and expertly selected so that it blends with other buildings nearby.
The contractor and his staff who did the actual work serve as a models for others because of their diligence, expertise and persistence. They worked many hours outdoors in the cold, wind, and rain.
Also in my opinion, the “Peace On Earth” sign installed on the east side of the building is a stroke of sheer genius! I certainly hope it will be lighted during all prime hours of darkness throughout the years.
I have suggested to the city manager that at least one wind machine and some solar panels be installed on the roof of the newly-improved complex.
These energy makers will provide lower cost energy for city uses, including lighting of the “Peace on Earth” sign, and demonstrate to owners of all types of buildings the advantages of using the wind and sun.
Again, thank you for this opportunity. I hope your readers who have not seen the results of the improvement project will make a special effort to “see and appreciate.”
Volunteers are unpaid. Not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.
This is my thank you. On behalf of myself, I would like to thank everyone who has gone out of their way to help me through some tough days; driving me to Bellingham to doctors appointments, shopping, bringing my parcels and mail, picking up my prescriptions, carrying my groceries and such up three flights of stairs, and many other tasks. So many wonderful people live in Blaine and I feel blessed to have met so many of you.
I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart. There are so many of you too numerous to name, but you know who you are. Thank you all again and Merry Christmas.
As the Community and Tourism Coordinator for the City of Blaine, I would like to recognize the volunteers for their service to the Blaine Visitor’s Information Center in 2008. The volunteers served as ambassadors to Blaine to over 8,000 visitors to our community. The VIC was able to be open all year, seven days a week due to their contribution of time. Our outstanding volunteers are Clare Nurre, Marv Adam, Bob Hendricks, John Liebert, Kathy Richardson, Mike Myers, and Kathleen Hernandez.
The volunteers were also recently shown appreciation with a limousine ride provided by Smuggler’s Inn to have lunch at Packer’s Restaurant. Blaine businesses also provided tokens of appreciation including West Marine, Big Al’s Diner, Seaside Bakery Cafe, Blaine Bouquets, Pizza Factory, Petal Attractions, Our Place Cafe, Pacific Building Center, Dollar Tree, Nature's Path Foods and Totally Chocolate.
The VIC is located downtown at 728 Peace Portal Drive next to the Pizza Factory. The center has some of the most complete information for Canada, Washington State as well as local information available in Whatcom County. Along with our volunteers, the VIC staff includes manager Carroll Solomon and part time staff Karen Jilk. Please stop by to meet our friendly & knowledgeable staff.
If you are interested in volunteering at the VIC or would like more information, please call 360-332-4544 or 360-543-9982.
Thank you for all you do as ambassadors to Blaine!
City of Blaine
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