Letters to the Editor - June 23 - 29, 2011

Published on Thu, Jun 23, 2011
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The Editor:

Thanks to your information about today’s BC Cancer Foundation Ride to Conquer Cancer, I wasn’t surprised by the hundreds of cyclists on the roads this morning. What might be additionally helpful for future events would be a map of their route so drivers could expect delays, cheer them on or choose alternate routes.
And – since you’ve also printed a piece “Encouraging bicycling, one rider at a time” – I’d like to suggest an article about how vehicles and bikes can best share the roads.  Include some tips on common courtesy as well as some reminders about the laws that govern both cars and bikes.
A lot of great routes for cycling in our area are on narrow, two-lane roads – often without a bike lane.
This morning there were cars and trucks on Drayton Harbor Road getting around the cyclists by crossing over the double yellow lines and forcing the oncoming drivers onto the shoulder.  This is neither safe nor legal.

Mattie Oliver

The Editor:

Mark your calendar for an amazing music-filled week, July 10 to 16, when the Blaine Jazz Festival and Jazz Camp will once again transform Blaine into a mega music experience.  Professional musicians will converge in Blaine from the far corners of our vast country to present our town and surrounding areas with the opportunity to enjoy inspiring musicians as they wield their craft during free noon concerts, and by donation, nightly performances.  
Thursday night will be the exception, when the PAA presents the fabulous Big Band Benefit to raise funds for the festival and camp. For $35 you will delight in the music, savor the hors d’ oeuvres, and if the music moves you to get on your feet, the dance floor awaits you.  
The Friday night Student Showcase features all the students and faculty and closes with an electrifying arrangement of “Sing, Sing, Sing.”  The students also perform Saturday on the G and H street plazas, where the inevitable comment is, “How can they be this good in one short week?”  
So come to the Jazz Festival for awesome music, great fun, and the chance to see amazing young musicians.  
For more information, or to register your student, visit the Blaine Jazz Festival website at www.blainejazzfestival.org.

Kristi Galbraith

The Editor:

The Blaine Park and Cemetery Board is beginning a new program “Take Me To The Park.” Blaine is fortunate to have several different venues meeting many different needs, playgrounds, off leash dog areas, long distance running trails, trails with magic vistas, wildlife viewing areas and kayak launches to name a few.  Come check it out. We will be hosting a booth on July 4 so please stop by, pick up parks information and a special gift.
The planter beds in Kilmer Park recently received a facelift by Girl Scout Troop 42579. Thank you Troop 42579 for your initiative and hard work. Additional playground equipment was installed this spring. Take a look.
The north side of Lincoln Park has also been upgraded with a widening of trails and drainage improvements. A new bridge has been constructed plus trail cleanup in the southeast corner by Boy Scout Alex Bullock and his hard working crew. A huge thank you for this addition to the trail system.
Skallman Park, especially the off-leash dog area has had new drainage installed.  This well used park is appreciated by dogs and owners alike. Remember to clean up after your dog. If you haven’t managed a visit with your pet please visit and give them a run.
The Montfort Park area has unbelievable vistas to enjoy while out for a stroll. A new sign has been installed at Hughes Bayview Neighborhood Park, with a picnic table and bench arriving soon. A new bench at the end of Hughes Avenue has been built and installed by Jim Rankin, thank you. There also are benches at Ruby Street and in Montfort Park, all giving you an outstanding view of the harbor.
The “Noxious Weed Rangers” will be meeting in Marine Park 5 p.m. Thursday, June 23, near the east entrance for a work party to combat the invasive knot weed that is spreading. We invite everyone to attend and help the Noxious Weed Rangers stop this invasive noxious weed.
Finally, there is a vacancy on the park and cemetery board, so please apply if you have an interest in furthering our parks development. Remember “Take me to a park.”

Joan Clark

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