Published on Thu, Apr 17, 2008
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Volunteers needed for oyster seeding

Because of high fuel costs, the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking volunteers to help distribute seeded oyster shells at Birch Bay State Park this year.

Birch Bay State Park manager Ted Morris said the WDFW will transport oysters shells this year by truck instead of by boat and that volunteers are needed to wheel barrow them out from the beach on Saturday and Sunday, April 19 and 20.

Those interested should meet at 9 a.m. at the north end of the Birch Bay State Park beach area. Rubber boots, gloves, long sleeves and weather appropriate clothing is recommended. 

School district schedules budget meeting

The Blaine school district board of directors has scheduled a special meeting to discuss the projected 2008/2009 school expenditures as well as the 2007-2008 budget extension. The meeting is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. April 21 at the district office at 765 H Street.

Custer student named to dean’s list

Custer resident Krysta Bouchard was named to the dean’s list at the University of Washington for the 2008 winter quarter for her academic achievement. To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must have completed at least 12 graded credits and have a grade point average of at least 3.50 out of 4.

“Hop-a-thon” to raise money for Jerry’s Kids

The Semiahmoo Kids Kamp is collecting donations for its muscular dystrophy “Hop-a-thon” event this Friday.

The event is scheduled as part of national “Disability Awareness Week” and will raise money for Jerry’s Kids. To donate, contact Kelli at 371-7275.

Art walk, winery tours planned for Mother’s Day weekend

A juried group of artists in and around Blaine are hosting a Mother’s Day weekend artist studio tour May 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A variety of arts and fine crafts are represented including painting, wood sculpture, broom making, pottery, gourd crafting, jewelry, and alpacas and alpaca fiber products. Included on the tour is a local artisan winery.

This is a cooperative venture sponsored by the Sweet Road Artisans Alliance and the city of Blaine. A studio tour map to the nine locations is available at stores in Blaine, the Blaine Visitor Center, on the website or by calling 332-8082.

Cat education day set for April 26

The Alternative Humane Society has scheduled its second annual Cat Education Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at the Garden Street United Methodist Church at 1326 North Garden Street in Bellingham.

The event is a free educational workshop designed to bring together members of the community who want to learn more about the issues facing domestic, stray, and feral cats in Whatcom County. Raffle items include cat artwork, an overnight stay at the Smuggler’s Inn, a “Feline Fun House” from Wild Whiskers, gift certificates from local vets, and more.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 671-7445 or at the door. For more information, visit

Group schedules free viewing of “SiCKO” Friday

The non-profit healthcare advocacy group United for National Health Care has scheduled a series of free viewings of Michael Moore's film “SiCKO,” beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, April 18, at the Mt. Baker High School Library in Deming.

The film documents the problems that many Americans have accessing and paying for health care. After the film, UNHC will present information on Congressional bill HR 676, "The National Health Insurance Act," which will provide government financed but privately delivered medical care. The movie will be edited for time to allow for questions and discussion with the audience after the show.
This is the second stop for UNHC's SiCKO Road Show which will continue throughout Washington's 2nd Congressional District, in an effort to educate and mobilize people to support national health insurance.

Next stops for the Road Show include 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at the Lynden Library; 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3 at the Bellingham Labor Center at 1700 N. State Street and 2 p.m. at the Burlington public library at 820 E. Washington Avenue.

More information is available from United for National Healthcare at 360/714-8999 or by visiting

Homestead NW hires golf pro for Birch Bay course

The Lynden-based Homestead Northwest company has hired Noreen Chrysler, a certified Professional Golf Association (PGA) teaching professional to teach lessons at their Sea Links Golf Course. In addition to teaching at Homestead Farms Golf Resort in Lynden, Chrysler will be available to teach men, women, and junior golf classes with emphasis on new and beginning golfers. Chrysler, a Bellingham resident, has been a full Class A PGA professional for 11 years with 15 years of golf instruction experience.

The Sea Links golf course is an executive nine-hole course with seven par 3s and two par 4s. For more information, call Noreen at 360/815-6078.