Published on Thu, Jul 5, 2007
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Library book sale continues

The Blaine public library and the Friends of the Blaine Library will continue their July 4th book sale on Thursday July 5 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, July 6 and 7 from10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the library’s large meeting room.

Library staff will also be accepting donations of books at their location at 610 3rd Street or by calling 332-8350, although textbooks, encyclopedias or Readers Digest condensed books will not be accepted. Pick up is available for large donations.

City receives new benches
for boardwalk plazas

The city of Blaine recently received eight new benches for the H Street and G Street boardwalk plazas. Seven of the six-foot all-steel benches are available for memorial or recognition plaques for a donation of $650 per bench including a bronze plaque.

The funds received will help defer some of the cost of the benches and allow the city to purchase additional benches for the boardwalk plazas in the future. For more information about donations for a bench and plaque, please contact Debbie Harger at 543-9982.

Public hearing will
discuss school impact fees

The Whatcom County planning commission has scheduled a public hearing to discuss school impact fees for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12 at the Northwest Annex Conference Room, 5280 Northwest Drive in Bellingham.

Those who cannot attend are invited to submit written comments to: Whatcom County Planning Commission care of Becky Boxx, 5280 Northwest Drive Bellingham, WA 98226. Comments may also be emailed to

For more information, call 676-6907 or 380-8100.

BTC auditions this Sunday

Auditions for the Blaine Community Theater’s Chautauqua, an old-fashioned variety show, are scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday, July 8 at their theater at 1733 H Street, next to Rite Aid in the Blaine International Shopping Center. The performance is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at the theater. For more information call 392-0582.

Volunteer to visit the lonely

The Bellingham-based Interfaith Coalition’s Friendly Visitors program will offer a training session on Tuesday, July 10 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. for individuals who wish to make a difference in the lives of isolated older adults.

After attending the three-hour training session, volunteers are matched with seniors whose health and wellbeing may improve with weekly visits and telephone calls. For more information, call Janie Pemble at 756-5179.

Blaine residents selected to
sing at Bellingham Bells game

One Blaine high school student and one Blaine resident were selected to sing the National Anthem at two Bellingham Bells baseball games this summer.

Blaine resident Kate Molling and Blaine freshman Michelle Berry, 15, were selected from more than 40 entrants in the “Haggen Idol” contest sponsored by Haggen Food & Pharmacy stores and the Bellingham Bells.

Molling sung at 7 p.m. June 26. Berry will sing at 7 p.m. July 5. Both performances are scheduled at the Joe Martin Field in Bellingham.
For ticket information, call 746-0406.

Blaine magazine garners national attention

The Blaine magazine Northwest Horse Source recently was given honors in the “general excellence in state or regional publication” category at the American Horse Publications’ annual Excellence in Equine Publishing award ceremony in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The magazine was started by Blaine resident Karen Pickering in 1995 as a small newsletter and has grown to an estimated circulation of 22,500 in 11 states andCanada.

Pickering said she plans on expanding the magazine’s focus from regional Northwest to national. Two weeks ago, the company moved from its former 400-square foot office to one three times that size.Their web site is

By Tara Nelson