Letters to the editor: December 19, 2013 - January 1, 2014

Published on Wed, Dec 18, 2013
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The Editor:
On behalf of the Drayton Harbor Maritime (DHM), I want to say thank you to the Semiahmoo Yacht Club (SYC) for their generous $1,000 donation this year to the historic Plover ferry which will be used for its ongoing preservation. It takes a lot of effort and funding to properly care for and maintain a vessel that will turn 70 years old next year and is also a U.S. Coast Guard inspected vessel certified to take passengers for hire.
Years ago, the SYC adopted the historic Plover into their club and has been stepping up to the plate each year ever since providing an annual gift of funding. Additionally this year the SYC went one step further and became a “plank owner” for donating $500 to buy a new plank for the Diamond NN 59 Bristol Bay Sailboat, which will turn 108 years old next year. DHM’s plank owner campaign has raised enough donations and pledges to purchase, shape and install 10 planks so far for the sailboat, but more is needed. The Diamond NN 59 still needs at least an additional six more plank owners to have enough planks to do all of the shipwright work at one time replacing the existing rotted 16 planks.
If you want to donate to this restoration project and be part of this legacy, DHM is accepting donations, they don’t have to be as much as a plank owner as every donation is accepted no matter how small as it all adds up and all donations are tax deductible. If anyone is interested in helping working on its restoration or wants to donate to this project please call me at 360/332-5742.
Lastly, I know of five relatively intact Bristol Bay sailboats; three are in Alaska, one is on Vancouver Island and the other  (the best preserved sailboat of the bunch) is at the APA Museum at Semiahmoo. However all five of these sailboats are fixed displays and will most likely never taste salt water again. Our goal is to take the Diamond NN 59 one step further by doing the necessary shipwright work required to get Diamond NN 59 seaworthy and back in the water.
Once this has been accomplished the Diamond NN 59 could well be the last remaining museum-quality restored and outfitted for fishing Bristol Bay sailboat in existence that will be capable of sailing out of 8,000 that were built for the salmon fishery in Bristol Bay fishery. For this our community will be proud. Thanks for your support.
Richard Sturgill
Director, Drayton Harbor 
Maritime
Blaine

The Editor:
I’d like to take the opportunity to recognize the efforts of a local couple who has donated their time and expertise to our Blaine Library patrons. For close to two years, Scott and Jacque Peterson have hosted a monthly session for people needing help with their Macs, iPads or any other Apple product. They fielded countless questions with patience and grace, all in a desire to give back to the community.
As they move on to other endeavors, I thank them for their dedicated service and wish them continued success with their business, ACOMA (A Couple of Mac Addicts).
Debby Farmer
Blaine Public Library

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