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Published on Wed, Aug 26, 2009
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Dedication Days set for September 5

The construction tape and fencing surrounding the Peace Arch may have left passersby wondering, “What in the Sam Hill is going on here?” But a newly restored monument and upcoming dedication ceremony will be able to explain.

Much-needed restorations to the famous Peace Arch will be finished just in time for Sam Hill Dedication Days scheduled for Saturday, September 5, park officials announced. Cleaning, painting and sealing will be complete sometime this week and the chain-link fence around the 67-foot tall arch should be removed by Saturday, August 29, said park manager Jason Snow.

Snow said the park is also gearing up for a Canadian-sponsored ceremony to commemorate September 11, and wanted to make sure arch construction was complete for both events.

The annual Dedication Days ceremony will honor 88 years of the Peace Arch’s existence, which was made possible by philanthropist Sam Hill. The celebration typically involves 1920s attire, vintage cars and a Sam Hill impersonator.

For more information, contact United States Canada Peace Anniversary Association founder Christina Alexander 360/332-7165.

Free sailing Sunday in Drayton Harbor

Drayton Harbor Maritime Community Sailing School graduates who earned their card can sail Clancy sailboats at no charge from the oil building beach from noon to 5 p.m. at Semiahmoo on Sunday, August 30. Individuals are invited to pack a picnic lunch and a beach blanket. Those with their own sailboats are also invited to bring their own and join the fun. Ron Snyder and Graham Hunter will drive the power safety boat. For more information, call 332-8082.

BP to host open house September 18

Those interested in learning how crude oil is converted into gasoline and other products will want to attend BP Cherry Point Refinery’s open house on Friday, September 18. Guests will be able to take a bus tour through the plant from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and can browse informational displays about refinery operations. Coffee and donuts will be served in the morning and a barbecue picnic lunch will be served after the tour.
For more information, visit Reservations are required and can be made by calling 360/305-4337.

Car wash to fund choir trip to New York

The Blaine Chamber Choir has scheduled a large, multi-family garage sale and car wash on from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, August 28 at the Blaine middle school gym on the corner of H Street and Mitchell Avenue.  The funds raised will help pay for their April 2010 trip to New York where they will perform at Carnegie Hall.
Organization needs big brothers, sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Washington (BBBSNW) is gearing up for the new school year and searching for new mentors to match with at-risk youth in the local community.

BBBS is currently looking for 90 dedicated, adult role models to mentor the children waiting to be matched in the School Buddies Program (SBP). The SBP is less of a time investment than the traditional community based options, but is still a vital way to be a much needed role model for a child who would likely be unable to have one outside the school structure.

For more information please contact BBBSNW at 360/671-6400 or

Artists sought for site-specific work

The city of Blaine is seeking qualifications from artists locally and nationally interested in creating site specific public art for Lighthouse Point water reclamation facility.

The facility is a new state of the art water reclamation facility currently under construction that will replace Blaine’s existing wastewater treatment plant in June 2010. The two-story facility will house most of the wastewater treatment, as well as a laboratory and administrative offices on the first story, which will be underground.

The above ground second story is split into two separate building structures with a small plaza between, a pedestrian bridge, and covered walkways for public use. The proposed art pieces will enhance the public’s experience and create a sense of place.

Artists are sought to create artwork for two site specific locations with a budget of $25,000 for each piece. Project (A) will be to create artwork suspended overhead to enhance the main entrance of the facility. Project (B) will be to create an inviting water feature showcasing the cleanliness and clarity of the reclaimed non-potable water produced by the facility. Artists may submit applications for one or both of the art pieces.

The artist request for qualifications application and project information is available on-line at The deadline for this first phase of the selection process is 5 p.m. September 23. The
Blaine Art Advisory Committee will select a small group of finalists for the second phase who will be asked to provide a more in-depth project description in order to select the two final art pieces.
The art will be installed at the facility by the grand opening scheduled for June 2010.