Fri, Mar 13, 2009 

 

Welcome Dana!

Welcome Dana! The Blaine Senior and Activity Center has hired Dana Hanks as their new coordinator.

Briefs

• Birch Bay clean-ups nixed by county • 23rd Annual Spring Craft & Antique Show next weekend • Vendors needed for Ferndale Farmer’s Market • Sheriff’s Office to provide vacation house checks • Auditions for Barrington Bunny play this Saturday • Public invited to principal interviews • Free business classes offered • Sherman Alexie to speak next Thursday • Submissions sought for poetry contest • Kinder Eggs banned at border

Fresh flavors!

Fresh flavors! A new Blaine restaurant uses fresh ingredients for lively flavors.

Couple sues over tainted crackers

A Blaine couple, Bill and Shannon Rector, filed a lawsuit on March 6 in U.S. District Court in Seattle against the Kellogg company alleging that the company’s Austin brand peanut butter crackers made their family sick because it was tainted with salmonella.

Council votes 4-3 to fully fund Plover ferry

After a grueling series of tedious and lengthy discussions, Blaine City Council voted to give Plover ferry operators the budget they asked for.

Blaine homeowner pepper sprayed at border

A Coquitlam man with a second home in Blaine was pepper sprayed, handcuffed and held for three hours before being denied entry last week after asking for more courteous treatment from a border inspector at the Lynden/Aldergrove crossing.

Thu, Mar 12, 2009 

 

Meeting to determine next steps for skate park

Those wanting a say in the future of Blaine’s skate park will want to attend a planning work session of the Blaine Parks and Cemetery Board next week.

2009 Peace Arch Park sculpture exhibit unveiled

As travelers cross through the Peace Arch border crossing this spring, wooden whale tails, bronze acrobats and stainless steel dancers will be just some of the sights visible from their vehicles.

9th Annual Bite of Blaine Monday

The Blaine Chamber of Commerce has set a date for their annual Bite of Blaine food festival, which will be hosted by the Semiahmoo Resort on Monday, February 16.

Briefs

Primary school hosts family night; Primary school hosts family night; City hosts short course on local planning; Sheriff’s office offers citizen’s academy

Blaine man cites improved life after brain surgery

Open the door to Blaine veterinarian Jack Schuman’s office and you’ll be greeted by a very friendly and energetic Jack Russell terrier named Brady. When you reach out to pet him Schuman will ask if you want to take Brady home.

Young At Heart

Welcome February, it means another month of fabulous fun, fellowship and food at the Blaine senior center. Welcome, everybody, join the crowd, here is a really great place to explore new ideas, encounter lively discussions, exercise with the weight-training equipment, borrow books, videos, and puzzles and devour delicious hot cooked meals within a circle of both new and old friends.

Blaine students recount experience at inauguration

Blaine high school freshman Jaclyn Adams was a part of history when she attended the inauguration of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States of America on January 20. Adams traveled with a group of more than 15,000 students involved in a 5-day program with the Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference (PYIC).

Dine out for Womencare Feb. 18

Bellingham Cajun/Creole restaurant, Bayou on Bay, will sponsor their first Dine out for Womencare Shelter in order to aid the non-profit in raising much needed supplies and funds.

Thu, Mar 5, 2009 

 

Declining enrollment, revenue force school cuts

Citing decreased enrollment, increased operating costs and declining state revenue, Blaine superintendent of schools Ron Spanjer has outlined proposed budget reductions up to $1.2 million for the 2009-2010 school year. The current year’s budget is $21.7 million.

Local benefit from Olympics to outweigh costs

Economic benefits to Whatcom County as a result of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver will likely outweigh any negative attention that might be generated from border congestion, said delegates at a border policy conference in Washington, D.C. last week.

County to define Custer boundaries

Blaine and Custer residents can anticipate changes to existing urban growth areas (UGAs) and more clearly defined boundaries for growth within the Custer community if a comprehensive plan amendment put forth by the Whatcom County Planning and Development department is approved.

Investment in new appliances pays off in energy savings

Steve Dodd of the Blaine Marina furniture and appliance store on Marine Drive wants to save you money by selling you a new washer or dryer.

Where does your drinking water come from?

The city of Blaine and Birch Bay water and sewer district are examples of public utilities that draw on groundwater supplies as their primary source for drinking water.

American Life Poetry

Memories have a way of attaching themselves to objects, to details, to physical tasks, and here, George Bilgere, an Ohio poet, happens upon mixed feelings about his mother while slicing a head of cabbage.

Blaine students contestants in Guerilla Film Project

It’s a good time of the year to be a movie fan. The fall and winter run of traditionally high quality films is now waning and it’s the perfect excuse to rent all of said winter films and watch them one more time.

Thu, Feb 26, 2009 

 

Snowshoeing low-impact winter activity for seniors

Snowshoeing is an ideal activity for seniors. Just ask Marjan Eicher, 74, of Blaine.

Rustic buildings, beautiful landscapes at Selene Homestead

Rolling hills, picturesque wetlands and rustic buildings frame Whatcom County’s newest outdoor wedding venue.

Briefs

NWPRD2 offers five new classes

Blaine earns distinction for PE class

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) recently selected Blaine elementary school as a recipient of their STARS program that...

City council grants $5,000 to rebuild skate park

After much discussion and several public meetings, Blaine City Council approved $5,000 to rebuild a temporary skate park until staff and community can ...

Council, DHM at odds over Plover ferry rates

The decision on whether to charge mandatory fares for Blaine’s Plover ferry is in question, as is the funding that pays for the popular tourist attraction...


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