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Lynden Tribune  | Ferndale Record |  Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Ron Bruland is parade grand marshal

Ron Bruland has had a lifetime associated with driving school buses. (Tribune file photo)

‘Behind the scenes,’ he has been active in the community for more than 50 years    EVERSON — The EversonNooksack Summer Festival has selected its annual grand marshal for the Saturday family-oriented parade at 11 a.m. along Main Street: Ron Bruland.    “I’m a ‘behind-the-scenes’ person,” he said.    Bruland, who is now officially retired, has lived in the Everson community all his life except his first seven years, which were in Bellingham. Now age 77, he grew

up on a farm on Siper Road, spent three years in the U.S. Army, came back for a stint of farming himself and then found his niche in the transportation department of the Mount Baker School District. He drove school bus for 36 years, retired and then spent another 12 years as a substitute driver.    “I’m a person who has to do something,” he said of his desire to stay busy.    He also has retired from being a volunteer firefighter and EMT for 30 years with Whatcom County Fire District 1 serving Everson, Nooksack and Nugents Corner, but he does continue to be involved at the Immanuel Lutheran church as the treasurer and custodian. He and wife Judy Bruland have been married for 55 years. Son Mike Bruland and daughter Mon-

ica Bruland, who both graduated from Mount Baker High School, “live within four miles of us.” The Brulands also have an 18-year-old granddaughter.    In his special memories of life in Everson, one definitely stands out: the Lions Club. Now in his 52nd year as a member, Ron has been the treasurer of the club for 48 of those years.    “It’s the best thing I’ve done,” he says. In that tenure, he was part of the Lions group in Lynden initially and helped establish Camp Horizon, which uses the former U.S. Air Force base at Birch Bay. On the first evening of camp, the Lions always prepare a welcoming barbecue for the campers, he said.    In addition to this honor, The Lynden Tribune selected Bruland as its Man of the Year in 2011.

Three days of community fun in Everson and Nooksack EVERSON-NOOKSACK — The 2019 Summer Festival runs Friday through Sunday, July 12-14, bringing fun for the whole family to the two cities’ parks.   The parade down Main Street is at 11 a.m. Saturday. Staging is at Christ Fellowship Church, 1208 E. Main. Contact Scott Mitchell at 360-303-5451 to be in it; email entries to scott1042@   3-on-3 basketball is both Friday and Saturday at Everson City Park.   A Car Show and Shine sponsored by Everson NAPA Auto Parts will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on Lincoln Street between Kirsch and Washington.   Live music comes to Everson City Park. It’s Still Kickin’ at 6 p.m. Friday and Joe Harkness Hanson at 2 p.m. Saturday.   At 2 p.m. Sunday the Glen Echo Community Club’s horseshoe tournament is in Nooksack City Park.   Also on the schedule:   • a Friends of the Everson Library book sale.   • vendors in Everson Park.   • the Lions Club barbecue.   • a pancake breakfast in the Everson Senior Center.   • a softball tournament at Everson Riverside Park.   • kids’ games.


New playground at Nooksack Elementary Mount Baker Rotary contributing to project By Hailey Palmer

NOOKSACK — A new playground is being built at Nooksack Elementary School with the help of the Mount Baker Rotary Club. The club contributed $36,000 to the Nooksack Valley School District after the district submitted an application for a grant in April. Past Rotary president Craig Telgenhoff said that when the application was submitted, the school district had raised $42,000 toward an estimated budget of $110,000. Mount Baker Rotary frequently partners with school projects in the area. “Our club is partnered with local schools and we serve all Lynden schools both public and private,” Telgenhoff said. “We serve Nooksack, Mount Baker and Meridian. This was a project the school brought to us and requested support.” Installation of the new playground equipment will be done by local contractors Mike Brevik and Tom Fenton. Removal of the See Playground on C2


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NVHS athletes active in fitness center This is one aspect of the earlier upgrade    EVERSON — Two years after expansion at Nooksack Valley High School, the new fitness center is now fully in use for school athletes over the summer for strength and agility training.    NVHS Principal Matthew Galley, a former physical education teacher himself, is one school member directly associated with this program, said families who were contacted via letter and Twitter of the opportunity.    Although the workout room is open on limited hours, there has been a consistent turnout of approximate 35 with leadership through a contract with A3 Advanced Athlete Academy.    Professional development is offered to coaches to run workouts as well. The goal is to not only to provide fitness, but to enhance athletic performance for both boys and girls at all levels of experience by using weights, functional and athletic movements.    The hours the center is open are Monday through Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. and also 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.    The 8,000-square-foot space also contains weights and a workout area for the wrestling teams.

The space at Nooksack Valley High School is used in summer by athletes getting ready for fall sports. (Courtesy photo)

Playground: Rotary auction money goes to local, international projects Continued from C1

old equipment and ground prep is being donated by Cowden Gravel. The existing playground equipment at the school was more than 20 years old and breaking down. The condition of the surrounding ground was also a safety concern for the district, according to its application to Rotary. Telgenhoff said that as president of the club, it was one of his responsibilities to run the annual auction. “You organize it, you get all the things done in order to run the auction,” he said. “It’s during your president year, the money you raised is the money you’re able to kind of have a say in where it gets channeled to.” Telgenhoff said the money raised at

the Mount Baker Rotary’s annual auction goes toward local and international projects. One of the major projects during Telgenhoff’s year as president is the Nooksack playground. Creating lighted basketball courts and climbing boulders at Bender Fields in Lynden is for 2020. He said he thinks Nooksack is an area of the county that is underserved and contributing to a project like the playground has a large impact. “One of the blessings of being a part of Rotary is our ability to partner with schools and youth,” Telgenhoff said. “[Being able] to provide education opportunities both physical and academic. To be able to partner with a school like Nooksack, I think our contribution to their project was greatly appreciated. It’s a privilege to be a part of that.”

The Nooksack playground was one of several projects the Mount Baker Rotary Club contributed to during Craig Telgenhoff’s year as president. (Hailey Palmer/Lynden Tribune)


Two Everson properties see upgrading Walking trails created at ex-golf course, Sable    EVERSON ­— Public Works Director Dave Schoonover gives these updates on projects his department is working on:    • “Driving down Main Street in Everson, you may still notice the Everson Golf Course sign, with its paved driveway leading back to the beautiful property. While the golf course has not been in business for many years, the old clubhouse remained until recently.    “Chief Mel Blankers and assistant chief Rachel Carlson of Whatcom County Fire District 1 held a burn training for their team, safely taking down the old building. While the removal of the old clubhouse definitely gives a new look to this property, the Everson Public Works staff have also been busy working with many contributors to install a trail around the perimeter of the property, giving a great place in this growing community for walking, running, or bicycle riding.”   Schoonover thanks community contributors Lane Stremler of Stremler


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Gravel, Kevin TerWisscha of KTW Trucking, Mike Brevik of Summit View Construction, Tom Fenton and Sue Williamson, Ben Beck of Bricon Construction, Aubrey Stargill of Great Western Lumber Company, Nooksack Valley Disposal, and chief Blankers and the WCFD team for all of their time, donations and support to make this project happen.    • The Sable Terrace neighborhood of Everson recently received upgrades to its park, giving families there better outdoor space to meet, play and enjoy.    Upgrades include a paved basketball court, new playground equipment, a pergola, and a gravel walking trail around the perimeter of the park.    This project is in conjunction with the new development, Hawks Landing, being put in behind Sable Terrace.    Working with Everson Public Works, Mike Brevik of Summit View Construction Inc., Tom Fenton and Sue Williamson donated time, materials and equipment to help make these upgrades possible. Families in this area are sure to get years of use out of this revitalized space, Schoonover said.

Library events part of festival    EVERSON — The annual festival book sale of Friends of the Everson Library is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Friday and and Saturday behind Peoples Bank across Kirsch Street from the Everson Library. Expect something of interest to everyone.    There will also be a Library in the Park table in Everson City Park.    • Tour Everson during the Summer

Festival with local historian Jim Berg. Learn about an intriguing aspect of the area’s past. Meet at the Everson Library at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, July 13.    • In the Nooksack Valley Heritage Display Cabinet, enjoy Conrad Schuyler’s unique collection of clocks, on display through Aug. 31.    • On Friday and Saturday, July 1213, at Library in the Park experience playing with toys from your grandparents’ day.    • It’s possible to ride on the library float on Saturday. Children, meet at Christ Fellowship Church at 10:30 a.m. Help celebrate the Whatcom County Library System’s 75th anniversary.

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A patch of ground into a mountain of blooms Cheri Bargen extends her creativity into the floral realm on family property By Elisa Claassen for the Lynden Tribune

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This photo from Washington Rural Heritage shows women processing apples at Kale Cannery of Everson circa 1906-1911. The photo is one of 28 from a Solinger family submission, and “Daisy Sollinger stands behind the second post” is a notation. Daisy Maude Sollinger Ward lived from 1891 to 1983. The photographer is not known. The Whatcom Museum of History and Art is the holding institution. (Courtesy photo/Washington Rural Heritage)


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Bargen: 'I like to share the beauty of flowers with others' Continued from C4

Cheri Bargen sought unusual color and a capacity for large blooms in the flowers she planted. (Elisa Claassen/Lynden Tribune)

in Spain, Cheri enjoyed different forms of gardens. Cedar Springs’s ponds and flower gardens were inspired by Canada’s Butchart Gardens, she said.    Why add to her already busy schedule? “I like to share the beauty of flowers with others. My grandmother Katherine Bargen did," she said.    Her day has an early start. Out the door at 5 a.m. to work an hour or two at the farm, back to Lynden to create productive spaces in a working environment, then back to Everson and Sumas for time with her 4-year-old Warmblood horse and for more gardening. Growing up, her horses were located next to their Lynden family home, but now that space is a housing development where she has her own home.    From a space approximately 50 feet square to begin with in 2015, she now has an acre of space adjacent to a family farmhouse in the process of a remodel. The garden has been split into sections — annuals, perennials and dahlias — for a variety of cut flowers to be used in weddings or to go to those who have a paid subscription to receive summertime flowers in 6- or 10-week increments. An additional offering she makes is for an array of dahlias.    Right now the garden — soon to have another round of weeding and picking by a few paid helpers and family — has plenty of flowers. As Cheri leads through, a German shepherd and a black Pomeranian are following behind, lying down and then chasing bunnies.    Her start was 100 dahlias and two to three rows of cut flowers in 2015. While that was only four years ago, “it feels like a long time ago.” That first year was also broken up by a family dog having seven puppies and needing attention. One of those puppies, Gabby, is now at Cheri’s side. By 2017 she was continuing to gain experience, to learn and to manage with a workshop at the illustrious Skagit County-based Floret Farms and then last year she added weddings — and had “six weddings in five weeks.”    This year she still is providing flowers for weddings, but they are spread out much further. From the tiny seeds going into the trays in late winter and early spring, it is “fascinating to see them poke their heads up.” Yes, and soon the real work begins as they are transplanted into the ground. Weeding and watering

has to be done with greater frequency. This spring, there were 1,000 anemones, 1,000 tulips and 1,000 ranuculus.    As she picked her selections, Cheri looked for two things that were a bit different from what other florists may have: unusual colors and flowers with a large capacity for blooms, such as dahlias. It was by trial and error that she found what worked for her.    While many Northwest gardeners may buy packets of seeds for their yards, she had to think of ordering in a greater volume and has purchased from local Floret Farms, East Coast wholesaler Fred C. Gloeckner and retailer Johnny’s Selected Seeds.    She also just added a subscription service at the end of June. Subscribers, gained from exposure on social media and at pop-up venues such as Grandiflora, have the choice to pick up their bouquets on Mondays or Fridays from Cheri’s Lynden home.    The 2001 Lynden Christian High School graduate studied interior design at Washington State University, then spent 13 years focused on the hospitality industry’s interiors — mainly for hotels and time-shares owned by Worldmark by Wyndham — before returning to Lynden Door three years ago.    Among her Lynden Door duties are creating special events, serving as family liaison and, just lately, heading up the remodel of the former Umpqua Bank location on Front Street into administrative space for accounting. The large manufacturing facility on the west side of town is on her list for creating better flow, as the company has continued to

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add buildings on the premises.    The flower farm is a fluid operation, and it is one of her dreams to host tea parties on-site at the large yellow farmhouse beneath Sumas Mountain along Minaker Road. She said she fondly remembers tea parties in her childhood with her late aunt Elaine Bargen, her dad Ted Bargen’s sister. Likewise, her grandfather Bargen would let Cheri help with the Cedar Springs grounds and they had lots of family time hiking up Haystack peak — and being carried down by the fathers, she said.    “Grandmother Katherine was always hospitable,” she said.    Other art forms such as various painting mediums may eventually attract Cheri’s attention. But right now the China astors, snapdragons, zinnias, feverfew, eryginium, basil, lisianthus and roses are calling to her to be picked and developed into bouquets. By late summer, more than 40 varieties of dahlias will join this group.    Since creating gardens and businesses are in the family, so is faith: “I have been fortunate to have God-fearing and God-honoring grandparents and parents to follow in their exampl … to serve people by creating beauty,” she said.

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Samson Winery hosts jazz on second Sundays Next concert is July 14; free festival is Sept. 7    EVERSON ­— This Sunday, July 14, brings the second concert in a summer jazz series based at the Samson Estates Winery, 1861 Van Dyk Rd.    The Bellingham Youth Jazz Band is the featured group in Second Sunday Jazz in the Winery Pavilion on the grounds. The start time is 4 p.m.    The Jennifer Scott Quartet performed on June 9 and the Christopher Woitach Steel Trio will appear on Aug. 11 in this inaugural summer of the jazz series.    Tickets are $10 general ($8 for a block of five or more), $5 for students and free for Jazz Project members, available online.    The series culminates when the ninth annual Bellhaven Jazz Festival moves from its previous location at Fairhaven Village

The Bellingham Youth Jazz Band is very active with appearances throughout Whatcom County this summer. (Courtesy photo)

Green to Samson Estate’s outdoor pavilion and grounds on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 1 to 7 p.m.    The festival features four free outdoor community concerts. Food trucks, Boundary Bay beer and Samson Estates wine will be available for purchase. Seating is provided in the pavilion. Bring your own outdoor

seating and blankets for the lawn.    The bands to perform in the festival are, in order: the Dmitri Matheny/Ed Dunsavage Quartet, the Mark Lewis Quartet, Blues Union and Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto.    Other sponsors besides Samson Estates are The Inn at Lynden, Oxford Suites, Premier Tents, the Busch family, Dorothy Sher-

wood, the Kolin family, Fairhaven Village Inn, The Boeing Company, Ralf’s Pretzel Bakery and Boundary Bay Brewery.    The Bellhaven Jazz Festival is still free and open to the public. Seating is provided at the pavilion, or bring a blanket and chairs and stretch out on the winery grounds to enjoy a day of jazz, blues and Latin music.

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