Letters to the Editor - May 27 - June 2, 2010

Published on Wed, May 26, 2010
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The Editor:
Blaine is badly in need of a historical museum and what better place to house it than the Blaine Railroad Depot, a historical building itself.
There are many long-time residents of Blaine who would gladly contribute items if they knew there would be a safe place to put them that would be accessible for others to see.
Such a historical museum in Blaine would be a wonderful tourist attraction and aren’t tourists what we are looking for to help energize the economy of our city?
If it turns out funding isn’t available for moving the train station, we could take an example from Chehalis and White Rock, B.C. where they have converted their depots into museums and constructed strong chain-link fences between them and the tracks for safety.
Many other towns in Washington state have converted their railroad stations into historical museums, including Ritzville, Black Diamond, Snoqualmie and Dayton to name a few.
I heard it mentioned here one day that there are lots of small towns in Washington that don’t have historical museums. Well, here are some that do, some smaller than Blaine: Ephrata, McCleary, Coupeville, Roslyn, Davenport, Wilbur, Oroville, Illwaco and South Bend.
These towns are demonstrating their pride in their history. Where is Blaine’s pride in its history? Please don’t dismiss it so easily, as it cannot be replaced.
Sharon Neem

The Editor:
Citizens of Blaine! Your day is coming soon. Port Townsend has been blessed with not one but two traffic nuisances, only three blocks apart on top of that.
Why build only one? Sequim had one; so we needed two.
Be that as it may, the horse is long gone from the barn. However, I thought you’d chuckle, reading about how the citizens of Port Townsend are coping: www.ptleader.com/main
Ronni Johnson
Port Townsend
The Editor:
I wanted to give you an update on what the Community Orchards for Resources and Education has been up to since The Northern Light last printed the article (and thanks so much – it was great!)
We have had several meetings, gathering some community volunteers and support. There is now a steering committee formed. Presentations to the parks and cemetery board have garnered an approval status for the community orchard project to move forward as a collaborative effort with the 7th Street greenways project.
This trail will be developed on the 7th Street right of way between H and D streets. Currently, the first space between H and the alley is vacant (with the alley making a southbound turn extending it to H for egress and ingress).
The next space (to the north) is of course, the community garden.
Briefly, the plan is to develop the trail with the orchard to be used as edible landscaping.
We now have a website, www.Blaine-CORE.com and a brochure!
If you would like to join us, our next meeting is to be on June 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Blaine Library conference room.
One of our most important goals is to get the word out that there is now a Blaine Glean Team to harvest (gardens or fruit) to make sure that our excess doesn’t go to waste. We are hoping that residents who know that they will not use all their harvest will sign up to be gleaned (before the fruit starts falling on the ground!) and that we can get more volunteers to help with the harvesting (especially younger folks).
Thanks again for all your support – and the support of The Northern Light for our community!
Kelle Sunter

The Editor:
And on they speed. I, as well as others, have implored our local police to patrol H Street but have yet to see any results.
The posted speed is 25 m.p.h. but speeds of 40 to 50 m.p.h. are quite common. I’ve observed police watching for cars to go through downtown stop signs while the busiest street in Blaine remains an autobahn. Please keep our Blaine streets safe for our children and us.
Marie Corrigan

The Editor:
Blaine’s 1st International slug race Saturday May 22 was a creeping success. Participants got up early to search their yards for the fastest slug. Then gently caress them into a slug carrier to be taken to the race location at the H Street plaza.
There were names like Slimey, Fast Flyer, Flyfly and Fireball. All lined up on water sprayed dinner plates. Their owners coaxed them to the plates edge with bits of garden lettuce.
The winners received a chocolate bar from Totally Chocolate, a supporting business in Blaine. The crowd lined up three deep to observe this event. Slug racing must be popular as people came from Canada and south to Kent.
Flies of brilliant colors were displayed for everyone to see. Except these flies were meant for fishing. Miniature woodcarvings of chickens on a backing of the size of a silver dollar were displayed.
The ladies for the Red Hat Society serenaded everyone with their ballads.
Now if you think this is idiotic, let me point out minnow racing in Minnesota, Jackalope hunting in South Dakota, bathtub and piano racing or outhouse racing in Omak.
All to provide entertainment for area people. But don’t miss Blaine’s Fourth of July celebration with a parade, booths, a car show and fireworks. It gets bigger every year!
Earl Erickson

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