Letters to the Editor - September 2 - 8, 2010

Published on Thu, Sep 2, 2010
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The Editor:
I would like to thank the planning committee of the annual Salishan Neighborhood Picnic - Crazy Hats edition.
Due to their dedication to promoting community, about 60 neighbors were able to have a wonderful potluck picnic on Sunday, August 22, in Salishan Park.
We spent the afternoon visiting with neighbors, listening to live accordion music, watching a demonstration of Tai Chi, competing in the hat contest. The children played games and made hats. Thanks also to everyone who came for sharing some really great food.
Janet Pickard, Salishan Chapter
Blaine Neighborhood Association

The Editor:
In an amateur golfer’s lifetime there are only a few things that can be called milestones in your career: Scoring a hole in one, breaking par or shooting one’s age, to name a few. On August 21, at Grandview Golf Course, I was fortunate to witness the latter of the three.
Babe Willey a member of the Grandview Men’s Club scored 89 at the age of 89. It was an honor to be part of the playing group and much fun to watch.
Let me put his round in context for you. Babe, a 39-handicap golfer, has played from the white tee markers for his whole life. He currently hits a driver about 140 yards. On this day he finally decided it was time to play from the forward tee for the first time in his career.
His front nine was a score of 48, about seven shots better than average for him. The back nine was where he really shined. He scored a 41 including a string of four straight pars, including #16, which is the second hardest hole on the course.
Someone in our group mentioned the chances of shooting his age at some point on the back nine so we were on watch. On the eighteenth hole I asked our scorekeeper where Babe stood in his round. All he had to do was get a double bogey!
I’m very happy to say that was exactly what he got. All golfers present shared congratulations.
It is no stretch of the truth to say Babe was as excited as a boy of eight, not 89, on Christmas day.
That is how this game is supposed to make you feel.
For all senior golfers out there, if you have lost the joy of playing because you don’t feel you can hit as far or score as well as you once did, take a tip from Babe. Move on up, it may take 20 years off your game and a few strokes as well.
As a parting note, Babe’s net score for his round was 52. That is 20 under par for 18 holes. Everyone, except Babe was happy we weren’t playing skins on that day.
Dirk Currey, men’s club captain,
Grandview Golf Course
Birch Bay

The Editor:
Saturday, August 14 was a perfect day, as our members enjoyed a full day of highly competitive tennis, an inspiring talk given by the co-founders of Project Education Inc. (PEI), and a very successful social with raffle and live auction, that ended a day of fun, collegiality and philanthropy.
What started as a small, annual fundraiser, turned into a monumental success, as we were able to raise over $15,000 for Clay International Secondary School in Ngmonano, Kenya.
These funds will be used to buy 60 desks for two classrooms, two greenhouses, not only to grow food for the school, but also for a cash crop, book binding to preserve the textbooks, school and medical supplies, as well as aid to those students that need help in achieving their goals of attending teacher’s or technical college.
Education is a gift that changes lives for generations to come, and these students are forever grateful to everyone that supported our effort.
A very special thanks goes to SUPERfeet, who kindly sponsored the tournament and social, Eric Cramer from the tennis club for his organizational skills, all of the players that competed in the hot sun and sold raffle tickets, all of the many, generous businesses and artists throughout Blaine and Whatcom County that donated items for the raffle and auction, as well as everyone that attended and supported the auction.
PEI and the students cannot thank you enough for what you have done. Without all of you, this could not have been accomplished. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Joyce Vanderpol, Mary Paetsch, Marta Kazymyra and Sheila Say, Semiahmoo Tennis Committee
Debra Akre, Jeana King and Andy Clay, PEI co-founders

The Editor:
Rags to Stitches would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who have made this last year for my business a great success. The support and reception of my business has been awesome.
Thanks to all my loyal, supportive customers in the Blaine and Birch Bay areas as well as our friends in the lower B.C. communities. Thanks to Al Dahl for having had the perfect location for my shop.
It has been nothing but fun to serve you this past year. It is with a mix of excitement and sorrow to say that opportunity is calling us to a new area and we will be closing September 10 to follow a new path in our life.
It is our sincere wish that someone would come in and provide the services we have for this great community this past year and continue the relationship that has been started with you all.
Thank you so very much for allowing me the opportunity for having been able to realize my business venture.
Gabrielle Esquiro,
Rags to Stitches

The Editor:
I have a question, what is the point of having a NEXUS pass and a NEXUS lane when it takes you 55 minutes to go less then 300 yards and yet, the regular lane is whipping by like a freeway? At one point, we sat for fifteen minutes in one spot.
As NEXUS pass holders, we are supposed to be checked out by the RCMP and the United States agencies. They have all our information on the screen in front of them. We have our passports ready for more ID. Why then does it take 55 minutes and regular customs booths 10 or 15 minutes (we were timing them)?
We can’t understand why this hold up happens. Two officers were standing around apparently directing traffic, two NEXUS lanes available, but only one open on a Saturday afternoon and an officer who is oblivious to how slow the NEXUS lane is moving and further more didn’t care. I thought NEXUS was supposed to speed up travel.
I just don’t get it. They have everything you could ever want to know about me in front of them. Why then do people they don’t have any information on getting processed faster.
I have also been to the site of 9/11, I understand about security. But I also believe in common sense and the very basics in common courtesies.
Name Withheld



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