Letters to the Editor July 23-29, 2009

Published on Wed, Jul 22, 2009
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The Editor:
This letter comes all the way from Antibes, France. After living in Blaine most of my life I moved here almost two years ago. Recently I came back to beautiful Peace Arch park for my daughter’s wedding. During the short visit I was again reminded of the friendly and generous people of Blaine.

Specifically, I wanted to send a thank you to Blaine Subway who went out of their way to help the newlyweds!
Jodi Smith
Antibes, France

The Editor:
A sincere thank you to Blaine Subway for their kindhearted support and assistance during our wonderful wedding held at the Peace Arch June 1.

Their generosity was unexpected and a real blessing at a time that can be pretty stressful.
We encourage local support of this great business.
Ron and Jenessa (VanWeerdhuizen)

The Editor:
Sometimes the stars align, the waves cap foaming white, the breeze flutters – and perfection is ours. Add to that the right combination of 200-plus people, music, food – pockets willing to empty for an amazing cause, laughter, camaraderie – and we have the most successful fundraiser Blaine could hope for. All Hands on Deck! Boys and Girls Club of Blaine’s annual fundraiser held on Saturday, July 18 on the Spit at Semiahmoo.

The alignment of this amazing event took fearless coordination and fine-tuning from the co-chairs Marilyn Mulhern and Bryan Johnson. As Marilyn suggested towards the planning end, “My eyes are turning in my head.” Obviously, they turned in the right direction!

We as a board of directors are so grateful for the support received from all of our sponsors, for the hard work of the committees and for everyone who attended, donated, played and laughed. We surpassed our goals in attendance and funds raised.

Our local “spitfire” the Boys and Girls Club of Whatcom County’s Youth of the Year Cherish Morrison spoke to the group and once again amazed us and reminded us of what great potential our youth have. How supporting them now will create a better future for all of us.

Enough said, until next year when we of course will need a larger tent.
Antje Wortman

The Editor:
A big thank you to the community for coming out to enjoy the 30th Annual Birch Bay Discovery Days! And what a great weekend it was. We had wonderful weather to go along with a fabulous festival and the most fun parade in Whatcom County. We had more vendors than ever and a waiting list for spaces as well. I love what that says about our area and our people. Our raffle for the ultimate Birch Bay getaway experience package was a success as well – thanks to our generous member businesses who donated the prizes.

Special thanks to Bea and Earl Ball for their many years of service in Birch Bay and for serving as our parade registrars as well as grand marshals this year. Thanks also to chamber volunteers who helped set up and staffed the chamber booth, sound stage, hanging signs, plus handling road closure duties for the parade. And to the C Shop who also provided free snow cones to all kids participating in the parade.

Thank you as well to my employer Homestead Northwest, for the generous use of the space and facilities at the Sealinks Golf Course and CJ’s Beach House, the chamber office, and of course, for my time spent on chamber activities during my work day.

Looking forward to seeing you all next Sunday for our inaugural “Bark on the Beach” in support of the Whatcom Humane Society as we continue to “Celebrate Birch Bay – Warm Water, Warm People.”

Please visit our new website at www.BirchBayChamber.com at anytime. See you around the bay.
Lisa Guthrie, president and
Discovery Days chair
Birch Bay Chamber

The Editor:
I want to thank all who have helped make the Pacific Arts Association successful this past year.
To those who bought season tickets or who are becoming season ticket holders for our new 2009/2010 season.
To those who are attending concerts, making contributions, sponsoring, or kicking up their heels at the Big Band Swing Dance.

To each board member who worked so hard, all the volunteers, and anyone who would enjoy helping in the future.
To all those businesses which helped us with ads in the concert shell.
To the families who lend us their children for our Jazz week.
To the students who work, learn, practice and play for the week.
To the wonderful faculty who give their all to make the Blaine Jazz Camp/Festival memorable, and who keep coming back.

Finally, to Suzanne and Larry Conrad, who gave their heart and soul into making this year possible – thank you.
Bob Boule, president
Pacific Arts Association

The Editor:
The question is, how much do you care about your grandchildren? We really need to give the Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) some careful thought. The reality of growth and the need for management will not go away if we ignore it.

Property rights have always been sacred in this country and our system of capitalism has raised us to seek profits from all of our endeavors, but our world is changing rapidly and what seemed appropriate and reasonable in the past may not apply in the future. The founding fathers of our country were not holy men gifted with superhuman foresight able to peer 200 years into the future to predict our population growth and the state of the environment.
When Lewis and Clark returned from their historic journey, reasonable members of Congress confidently predicted that it would take more than 200 years to populate the vast expanse of land that they surveyed. It was populated in less than 50 years.

The key here is the need for fresh water. While the world’s population increased by three times during the 20th century, the demand for water increased six times. The Aral Sea (the fourth largest body of fresh water in the world) lost 75 percent of its volume in the last 40 years. The population of Las Vegas grew from 25,000 in 1950 to 1.9 million in 2000 while Lake Mead, which supplies 90 percent of its water, has dropped 92 feet in the last nine years.

We in Blaine cannot think that we are somehow immune to what is happening on the rest of the planet. We should not suck the planet dry. Some of our individual rights and individuals profits may have to give way for the sake of the environment we are leaving to our grandchildren.

How can we explain to them we made sure we squeezed every drop of use and profit out of our land while the squeezing was good? And if the future children are really interested in what a Chickadee sounded like or what a deer looked like, well, they’ll have the Internet.
Paul Schroeder

The Editor:
The fourth Blaine Gardener’s Market of the season is Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the H Street Plaza. This week’s market promises to be another big success with more fruits and veggies as the summer crops become more available. Come join our friends and neighbors at the Gardener’s Market for fresh farm products, arts and crafts, and weekly surprises.
Ron Snyder

The Editor:
The dust has settled and the big tent has been taken down. Summer programs continue on as usual, and life at the Boys & Girls Club has returned to normal.

Not quite! Each of us who is connected with the club in some manner can’t set aside the sense of gratitude that we feel toward the city of Blaine for the remarkable success of “All Hands on Deck,” our annual auction that took place last Saturday night. Every citizen of Blaine and Birch Bay should take pride in, and ownership of, what took place.

As local merchants, many of you made unselfish donations to the event. As community members, a huge number of you joined us for Saturday night’s fun. As parents, scores of you entrust us each day with your most precious possession, your children.

As Blaine residents, we all can take comfort and satisfaction in the knowledge that our kids have a safe and wholesome place to go to, an environment that offers them positive programs administered by superb role models.
This was really a team effort. “Team Blaine” and each member of the Blaine family deserve our sincere thanks for the part that you played in the success of the auction. We live in a very unique community, a community that pulled together Saturday night to celebrate young people. Please accept our heartfelt appreciation for joining with us to support our kids.
Bryan Johnson, president
Boys & Girls Club of Blaine

The Editor:
Thank you, thank you, thank you to the city of Blaine, the Blaine school district, The Northern Light, local businesses, donors, volunteers and others. We wish we could name each person and business here who contributed so much to Blaine Jazz Camp/Festival ‘09, but that would make thisletter way too long.

Your generosity has touched us deeply, and because you helped so much, our camp was a huge success. The response of faculty and students alike, has been overwhelmingly positive.

Nearly all are looking forward to coming back next year. So, people of Blaine, once again we shout a huge thank you!
Suzanne and Larry Conrad
Pacific Arts Association

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