Published on Thu, Oct 9, 2008 by The Northern Light staff

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By The Northern Light staff

Donated coats keep families warm this winter

Blaine’s local churches through the Peach Arch Ministerial Alliance and Whatcom County’s Interfaith Coalition are collecting winter coats to distribute to families needing winter clothing.  Donations may be taken to local Blaine churches at the beginning of their Sunday services until Sunday, October 12.  The coats will be distributed from the Blaine Food Bank 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, October 14 and Friday, October 17. The Blaine Food Bank is located at 500 C Street.

Whatcom Democrats schedule no-host debate watching event

The Whatcom Democrats have scheduled a no-host debate watching event beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 15 at Shores Restaurant in Birch Bay. The group will watch the Barack Obama-John McCain presidential debate at 6 p.m., followed immediately by the Christine Gregoire-Dino Rossi gubernatorial debate at 7:30 p.m.
Shores Restaurant is located at 7848 Birch Bay Drive in Birch Bay. For more information, call Julie Pruitt at 371-0241.

New book discussion groups forming at Blaine library

The Blaine library has organized three new book discussion groups to meet monthly. Group one meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 15 and will discuss Himalayan Dhaba by Craig Danner.  Group two, will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, October 15 and will discuss Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.  Group three meets from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, October 13 and will discuss Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey Through Autism by Dawn Prince Hughes.

Rossi linked in alleged campaign violations

The Washington state Attorney General’s Office has filed suit against the Washington State Republican Party (WSRP) for alleged campaign violations of the campaign finance disclosure law.

The suit stems from a complaint filed with the Public Disclosure Commission last week alleging that the WSRP had misused funds from its exempt account for three mailings in support of its gubernatorial candidate, Dino Rossi.

Prosecutors allege the WSRP had used funds that are exempt from contribution limits for its mailings in violation of the permitted uses under Washington’s campaign finance disclosure law. A trial date is scheduled for March 29, 2010.

October is Whatcomics Month

The Whatcom County Library System is looking for teen artists and writers who wish to be published. Youth ages 12 to 18 are invited to submit work with an entry form available at any county library or at Click on “teens.” Deadline for entries is October 31.

Birch Bay Square schedules ‘Octoberfest’ drawing

Birch Bay Square has scheduled an Octoberfest drawing of a $100 gift certificate. Shoppers can pick up a card at any store, get it stamped by all 12 businesses and return to Candi’s Jewelry and Gift Gallery to be entered. The drawing is scheduled for October 31.

Blaine optometrist moves office

Dr. Boyce Wilf has moved his Blaine Vision Center office from its former location to 374 H Street in the former Pelican Press/ Lighthouse Print and Design building. Wilf said the new space will provide more room for a lab, office and examination room.

He added that he will expand his collection of frames and include more higher-end designs. For more information, call 332-4200.

Fashion show features local businesses

The Peace Arch Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association presents its Fabulous Fall Fashion Show from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, October 18 at the Good Shepherd Community Church at 1254 West Smith Road in Bellingham. Clothes will be provided by JC Penney, pet clothes by Bow Wow & Woofs, shoes by 12th Street Shoes, and jewelry by Candi’s Jewelry & Gift Gallery.

More information and tickets are available at Candi’s Jewelry & Gift Gallery in Birch Bay Square or by calling 366-0121.