Published on Thu, Aug 30, 2007
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Birch Bay business owners start community market

Two Birch Bay business owners have organized a weekly community farmer’s market.

Pat Alesse, owner of the C-Shop, and Susan Brush, owner of Birch Bay Hair Care, said the market will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays from now until the weather no longer permits.

Tables are available for a small fee and can be reserved by calling Brush at 370-5160 or Alesse at 370-2070.

Peace Arch POE featured on Colbert Report

The Peace Arch Port of Entry and was featured in a mock newscast on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report last week.

The six-minute video features an interview with U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson Mike Milne and Andrew Feldmar, a Hungarian-born psychotherapist who admittedly used LSD during the 1960s and 1970s.

Feldmar, who now resides in Vancouver, B.C. and has a son in Los Angeles, was permanently barred from the United States by Blaine Customs agents last year, after they found an academic research paper he wrote in the 1970s detailing the effects of LSD on Google.

“There are millions of people who have done as many drugs or more than I have,” Feldmar said in the clip, “and they have free entry. I got caught because I wrote about it.”

Milne said that while writing about drug use on the internet is not illegal, admitting to the use of such substances can be used to bar individuals from entering the U.S.

The United States/Canada Peace Anniversary Association, the organization that organizes the park’s international sculpture exhibit, has posted the video on their website at

Forum explores safe routes to school for students

The Whatcom Council of Governments and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) have scheduled a free community forum Monday, September 17 to discuss walking and bicycle safety for school youth.

The event is part of WSDOT’s Safe Routes to School Program and will feature instructors from the Bicycle Alliance of Washington and Feet First Washington group.

Other presenters will discuss law enforcement, engineering, administration, public education, school curricula, political leadership, health and other topics. City planners, engineers, school administrators, parents and students are encouraged to attend.

The forum is scheduled from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Ferndale Library at 2222 Main Street in the conference room. Deadline for registration is September 12. For more information, call 671-BIKE or email

Whatcom citizens academy scheduled next month

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s office is currently accepting applications for its upcoming fall 2007 citizen’s academy scheduled for September 12 through November.

Organizers say the goal of the classes are to provide information to Whatcom County citizens so they can make informed judgments about police activity in their area. Proper understanding can dispel common suspicions and misconception and increase police-community cooperation. Law enforcement officers, in return, may become more aware of the general concerns of the citizens.

Classes are scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and may include criminal investigations, patrol, K-9, emergency management, use of force, crime scene management, traffic enforcement, search and rescue, court systems and juvenile services, among other subjects.

The deadline for applications is Monday, September 3, and can be found by visiting or by calling 676-6650.

By Tara Nelson