Published on Thu, Dec 4, 2008 by Tara Nelson

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By Tara Nelson

Cookie contest deadline Friday

The deadline for the Blaine Chamber of Commerce’s holiday cookie contest is quickly approaching.

Residents of Blaine, Birch Bay and Point Roberts are invited to bring their favorite holiday cookie recipe and a plate of at least six sample cookies to the Seaside Bakery on Peace Portal Drive in Blaine between 2 and 3 p.m. Friday, December 5.

Judges there will determine the winning recipe, which will be featured as “cookie of the year.”

The creator of the winning recipe will receive a prize basket donated by members of the Blaine Chamber of Commerce and the recipe will be printed in The Northern Light and used in the future creation of a holiday cookie of the year cookbook.

A portion of the proceeds from cookie sales will be donated to the Blaine Food Bank.

The recipe must be an original recipe created by the baker or family member of the baker and cannot be borrowed from other cookbooks. The baker must also allow the recipe to be printed in the newspaper and for Seaside Bakery to sell cookies made from the recipe.

No profits from the sale of the cookie or future cookie books will go to the baker and any donation of profits will go to the Blaine Food Bank.
The contest is sponsored by The Northern Light newspaper, Seaside Bakery, Blaine Chamber of Commerce, and The Circle of Trees art studio. For more information, call 332-8082.

Firefighters union to collect food for hungry locals

A local firefighter’s union is collecting non-perishable food to give to low-income residents in need during the holiday season.
The IAFF Local 3867 Northwest Whatcom Professional Firefighter Union will be collecting canned goods, baby items – diapers, cereal, baby food and other dry goods for the Blaine and Lynden Food Banks from now until January 2, 2009.

Donations can be dropped off during regular business hours between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at any staffed station including the North Whatcom Fire and Rescue station 61 at 9408 Odell Road in Blaine.

Bins and drop boxes will also be located at station 63 at 4581 Birch Bay-Lynden Road in Birch Bay. For more information, call 318-9933.

WWU graduate students offer free counseling

Graduate students in Western Washington University’s Psychology Department will provide free counseling, under faculty supervision, for families and individuals beginning January 8, 2009.

WWU’s Counseling Training Clinic has openings for families seeking counseling for a wide variety of family concerns. Appointments for families and couples are available Tuesday evenings from 4 to 6 p.m.Appointments for individual counseling are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Counselors are trained to deal with a wide range of issues such as depression, anxiety, family concerns, relationship difficulties, vocational choices, grieving, communication problems, parent-child conflicts and childhood issues. 

For more information about these services, contact Lynn Graham at 360/650-3184.