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Published on Wed, Mar 17, 2010
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Residents to receive Census forms soon

Whatcom County residents can expect to find the 2010 Census forms in their mailbox soon as the U.S. Census Bureau sent out more than 120 million surveys to households nationwide beginning March 8. The census forms, which consist of 10 questions, are expected to arrive March 15-17. The letters encourage people to fill out and promptly mail back their forms, according to a news release from the U.S. Census Bureau. A quick reply saves money as every one percentage point increase in the national participation rate by mail, taxpayers can help save about $85 million in operational costs. It costs just $.42 cents to mail back the census form in a postage paid envelop as opposed to $25 per person to send a census taker door-to-door to collect the same.

Kindergarten registration

The Blaine primary school has scheduled its kindergarten registration event from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 25 at the Blaine primary school multipurpose room. Children are eligible to enter kindergarten for the 2010-2011 school year if they will turn five years old on or before August 31, 2010. Parents should bring a copy of their child’s birth certificate and updated immunization records. For more information, call 332-1300.


City to host angled parking workshop

The city of Blaine public works department will host a workshop Monday, March 29 to discuss proposed angled parking on Peace Portal Drive. The department is working with the Washington state Department of Transportation (DOT) to convert the west side of the road from parallel parking to angled parking from Marine Drive to H Street. Blaine residents are invited to attend the workshop and give their input on the subject. The event is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. at city hall. For more information, call 332-8311.

All-school softball clinic Saturday

The Whatcom County all-school softball camp has scheduled its annual clinic for Saturday, March 20. The camp is geared to helping young softball players learn the game and skill of softball with an emphasis on throwing, catching, competition and game strategies. Registration begins at 12:30 and the session begins at 1 p.m. Cost is $35 per child. Participants should bring cleats, tennis shoes, bats, gloves and helmets, and dress appropriately as exercises will be outside, weather permitting.

For more information, call Holly Hilton at 383-9307.