Letters to the Editor: September 15 - 21, 2011

Published on Wed, Sep 14, 2011
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The Editor:

This story begins way back at Christmas time, when a very generous anonymous donor walked into the Blaine Library on a cold, rainy night and gifted us with six huge boxes of brand new small toys. The happily ever after however came from 660 children with a reading total of over 16,000 during the Blaine Public Library Summer Reading Club. I’d like the opportunity to graciously acknowledge the participants from every angle in between the beginning and end of Summer Reading Club.
Thank you to that person who donated those prizes to us.
Thank you to the Friends of Blaine Library, who donated the large weekly prize drawing prizes — tickets to Birch Bay Waterslides, Family Fun Center, board games, Play Doh and books. Thank you for providing the funds for Dan The Magic Man, who again started the Summer Reading Club with a great magical performance. Thank you also to the Friends who volunteered at the summer reading events.
Thank you to Dana Cohenour, our local dedicated and delightful children’s entertainer, who donated her time for the end of the SRC party.
Thank you to our Whatcom County Library System, who chose Blaine as the branch to initiate the Star Reader yard signs. Thank you to the Whatcom County Library Foundation and the Blaine Friends for providing the funding. The signs were created to allow our local children to proudly display their participation in and excitement for summer reading. The signs will be returned and re-used every summer.
Children, you know who you are. You did a fantastic job reading all summer. You may have been rewarded with small prizes, you may have won one of the bigger weekly drawings, you may have donated to the Blaine Food Bank and shared your reward, you may have met a goal you set for yourself, however, I think you will find you rewarded yourself by reading. Keep up the good work!
Many summer reading scenes tickled our hearts, but the one that spoke volumes, was one of our top readers, after the end of the SRC party could be seen at one of our library computer terminals requesting more books. I personally appreciated the handwritten lists of books read that children proudly brought to the library circulation desk.
For those who encouraged and brought the summer readers to our library, thank you.
I wonder if another reward yet to come is from you adults in these children’s lives, whether at home or at school, who will notice the level of reading has improved.

Cindy Leffel
Children’s Focus Librarian
Blaine Public Library

The Editor:

I have known Sheriff Bill Elfo since taking office as sheriff of Island County in January 2007. Bill was president of our Washington State Sheriff’s Association from 2007 through 2009. He also currently serves on the executive board of the Washington Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Organization.
Bill is a recognized expert in the field of law enforcement management. Being a new sheriff I had a lot of questions and soon learned that Sheriff Elfo was a great resource in answering the difficult questions that invariably come up with running a sheriff’s office. Whether it was technical labor issues or budgetary hurdles, Bill was always there for me to bend his ear and offer suggestions (often leading to solutions) on matters of concern.
Sheriff Elfo is a proven leader among law enforcement administrators throughout the state of Washington. I am deeply grateful for his mentorship and would gladly endorse him for his bid to be re-elected as sheriff of Whatcom County.

Mark C. Brown
Sheriff of Island County

The Editor:

Blaine is beautiful, thanks to our Public Works department. Recently I reported two separate incidents of vandalism in the Salishan neighborhood and both offenses were taken care of within a week. Again, thank you to our dedicated city staff for their attention to this matter. 

Laura Friend

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