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Table of contents C2: Monte Maberry a living, breathing ‘miracle’ a year after heart attack C6: RJ Blok Dairy of Lynden takes calf care to a new level C8: Two women behind Waples — Debra McClure and Teri Treat — talk of long process C14: Portal Way in Ferndale suddenly seeing a business boom C17: Lynden teen Paige Ellens part of global cystic fibrosis drug study C19: Trying to adopt from Uganda led to much more for Toby and Jill Janzen C22: Designing the schools of today contrasts greatly with 50 years ago

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Maberry a living, breathing 'miracle' 57-year-old has made incredible recovery from heart attack that hit at the Lynden YMCA By Cameron Van Til

   LYNDEN — Monte Maberry and his family believe in miracles. After all, they’ve experienced one firsthand. Maberry, 57, was on the precipice of death last summer after suffering a heart attack that left him unresponsive and with few signs of breathing or a heartbeat for roughly an hour.    His chances of surviving were slim. And even if he did, brain damage seemed like a near certainty.    Yet now, seven months later, Maberry is alive and carrying on with no signs of diminshed brain function. He’s back at work and even made a recent return to the racquetball court.    “It’s a miracle that I’m alive,” Maberry said. “The doctor said later on that there was no real logical, scientific reason why. And of course, I say that’s a God thing.”    Maberry began the morning of July 24, 2015 by playing racquetball with three friends at the Lynden YMCA, a routine they had been doing three mornings each week.    At the beginning of their second game, at 6:17 a.m., Maberry collapsed.    “As the serve was happening, he just went down like a bag of bricks,” said Doug Traina, one of the players present. “So I ran over to him, knelt beside him and asked if he was okay. He was unconscious at that point, right away.    “He continued to quiver for a while and I began to pray for him right there. Then shortly after, he stopped breathing. Everything just completely stopped.”    Traina, who had just completed a cardiopulmonary resuscitation course two weeks prior, began administering CPR. The three players also used the YMCA's automated external defibrillator on Maberry.    Lynden emergency medical technicians arrived soon after and took over, followed by Bellingham paramedics. With all the responders working, Maberry was shocked by an AED approximately 12 to 15 times.    Nothing, however, seemed to work.    “He had turned gray,” Traina said. “He looked dead. His heart wasn’t going and he wasn’t breathing. His eyes were open

Monte Maberry has recovered from a heart attack last July that seemingly left him with little chance of survival. (Cameron Van Til/Lynden Tribune) and unresponsive. He looked more like a cadaver.”    Meanwhile, family and friends began to arrive. For brother Marty Maberry, seeing his sibling in such a state was practically unbearable. “I walked in and I lost it,” said Marty, explaining that he instead had to wait outside.    The paramedics, Marty said, needed a pulse or some sort of response from Monte before transporting him to the hospital. But for 45 minutes to an hour, there were no signs of life.    “They were almost ready to call it (off ),” Marty said.    Then came a sliver of hope. While using an automated chest compression device, Monte had a slight palpitation. While not a heartbeat, it was enough to justify transporting him to Bellingham.    Still, the outlook remained awfully grim.

   “They told us that we should be prepared (for Monte) not to make it to the hospital,” daughter Megan Maberry said.    Traina remembers Monte still looking as lifeless at that point as he had earlier. In Traina’s mind, Monte was gone.    “I went home and told my wife, ‘Monte died on the racquetball court this morning,’” he said.    Monte made it to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center alive and was taken directly to the cardiac catheterization lab. Two stents were inserted into him, as well as a mechanical pump for his heart. He was attached to a ventilator to assist with breathing.    “They were able to rush through the process pretty quickly and get the blockages out,” Marty said.    Monte was then taken to the intensive care unit and was put into a 72-hour hypothermic state, which is protocol for heart

attack victims.    “They were going to induce me into a coma where they chill you way down,” Monte said. “Then two to three days later, they would try to pull me back out of it. But they didn’t expect me to live.”    And even if he did, there would be a myriad of other questions.    The doctors were prepping family for some tough decisions they might have to make, Marty said. “They said they might have to amputate his leg, because it was without circulation for so long. And then of course you’re thinking, 'what about the brain?'    “I wouldn’t have given him a onein-1,000 chance at that point,” Marty said, with regard to Monte returning to normal. “I don’t think the doctors would’ve either.”    Monte wasn’t expected to wake up until the end of the 72-hour hypothermic process. But at about 10 hours, a doctor opened the waiting room door and delivered some shockingly good news: Monte had awoken.    Marty recalls, “I was in the back of the room and said, ‘Did I hear what I thought I heard, or did I hear something different?’”    And though a brain scan shortly afterward didn’t register any mental activity, Monte was able to respond to verbal cues by blinking. From that, it was evident that such activity existed — another positive step.    However, brain damage remained a major concern and there were other significant issues, too. Breathing through the ventilator, for example, was a challenge.    “He was fighting that thing like a bearcat,” Marty said. “He’d get kind of panicky and his heart would get out of rhythm.”    He needed sedation to calm down, but with that came a tricky balancing act for the nurses, given his extremely low blood pressure.    “They had to sedate him just on the edge of consciousness,” Marty said. “If they went too far down, they were afraid that his heart would stop.”    Yet with time, Monte’s condition improved considerably.    After a couple of days, he was able to have the ventilator removed and breathe on his own. A few days later, the pump in his heart was taken out. And after about a week, he was released from ICU.    Most remarkable, however, was Monte’s mental recovery.    Aside from a bit of short-term memory loss — he still doesn’t remember anything from the week leading up to the heart attack — Monte’s brain has seemingly regained full function.

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2016 PROGRESS    Even more impressive was that it only took about a week.    “To have really no mental implications — almost right from the get-go — is incredible,” Marty said. “I’ve never seen any type of faculty loss (in him).    “It was quite an experience to see your brother ‘dead,’ and then a week later, he’s alive and talking normal.”    Added Traina: “You talk to the guy and it’s amazing — he’s got a sense of humor like he always had.”    Monte’s heart didn’t recover nearly as well, but he has since regained considerable strength.    When released from the hospital, Monte’s heart was functioning at about 10 percent. Now, after rehab three times per week and additional workouts at the gym, his heart is up to roughly 40 percent.    Monte has even received clearance to return to some of his favorite activities — fishing, snowmobiling, and yes, even racquetball.    “I’m doing everything that I was doing before,” Monte said, “just maybe a little slower.”    Monte returned to the YMCA racquetball court with his friends for the first time just weeks ago. It was almost six months exactly from the fateful morning.    He has an implantable cardioverter-


Maberry has returned to some of his favorite activities, such as snowmobiling. (Courtesy photo) defibrillator in his heart that will shock him if his heart rate drops to a certain level.    “There’s a little security in that,” Monte said. “I figured if they told me it was alright and I had the protection, then I’m going to do it.    “You can sit around and wait until

you die, or you can go after it and live. And you’ve got to choose to live. That’s the way I’m wired.”    Monte admits that his athletic background assisted with his recovery process.    A 1976 Lynden High School graduate, Monte was a three-sport standout

for the Lions in football, basketball and baseball before playing baseball and basketball at Everett Community College. He also was an All-American softball catcher who played in numerous national tournaments.       “I competed for a long time, and that

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C4 plays into it,” Monte said. “I was raised to get back up when you get knocked down. So you’ve got to put that hat on when it hurts to walk a block.”    But Monte doesn’t take credit for his recovery story.    “I don’t take any ownership of it,” he said. “It had nothing to do with me. I give all the glory to God.”    Monte also commends the countless individuals who played a role, especially the medical workers who kept him alive at the beginning.   “The people that worked on me were my heartbeat all the way through,” he said. “That’s what kept the blood flowing to my brain and enough oxygen to my brain to sit here and talk today.    “Those medics and doctors, they didn’t give up. And in some circumstances, they would have. But for some reason, they kept going. The hand of the Lord was there working their hands. I firmly believe that.”    Monte said that he’s received a heavy dose of perspective in recent years from life struggles, including the loss of his wife to cancer just 13 days before his heart attack.    This experience provides him with even more insight.   “Perspective is like cream,” Monte said. “It rises to the top when adversity

comes around.    “Or in my case, when it gets right down to the end and what really matters, people shed off all the crud that they carry around with them in life and they go to the highest priorities — life and love.”    The experience has also had a profound impact on those around Monte.    Marty, for instance, began experiencing feelings of regret when it originally appeared that Monte was going to pass. It’s given him valuable wisdom.   “I’m sure that everybody who goes through these situations,” Marty said, “asks the same thing when they lose loved ones: Could I have done better in my relationship with him?    “The lesson is to think that way the whole time when you’re dealing with family, relationships and friends. Try not to get to the point where you have regrets.”    Monte hopes that his story can brighten the outlook for others in difficult situations.    “I just want it to be a message of hope,” he said. “That as long as you have faith and no matter what your situation is — whether you’re dying, in a wheelchair, have had a heart attack, or are a loved one of that person — there’s a little glimmer of hope.”    Monte is living, breathing proof of that.


Racquetball partners, from left, Scott Korthuis, Rob Read, Monte Maberry and Doug Traina took this photo a few weeks ago on Monte's first morning back on the racquetball court since his heart attack. (Courtesy photo)

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The women behind Waples Teri Treat and Debra McClure used savvy and determination to help reshape a powerful part of downtown Lynden By Tim Newcomb

LYNDEN — The scene on a typical February weekday afternoon inside Drizzle Olive Oil & Vinegar Tasting Room is something Teri Treat and Debbie McClure have seen in their minds for quite some time. With the Waples Mercantile Building shop bustling, patrons drift between Drizzle and Village Books next door, the wood tables in the rear of Drizzle filled to capacity with the lunch crowd. Local ingredients fill plates served to locals and visitors inside a historic building, refurbished to its original 1914 charm, full of old timber and character-filled brick.    In order for that scene to happen, it took the vision — and determination — of Treat and McClure.    Teri, with husband Matt, and Debbie, with husband Jeff, took on the task of remaking one of Lynden’s largest downtown buildings, one that had sat vacant, burntout and derelict ever since a fire gutted what was known as Delft Square in 2008. The McClures were part of a group, along with Bellingham builder Pete Dawson and Lynden real estate agent Jeff Johnson, who saved the building originally, but it took the new partnership between the McClures and Treats to really see the potential of a Waples Building.    “I thought it had potential and loved the bones,” Debbie said about the early days. But, she adds, “It was a mess and I couldn’t get past the debris.” With the newfound partnership of the two couples, that all started to change. “It was a central point to downtown, a building that existed in a community that was so important, but here it sat empty and vacant. We have a huge responsibility to not only do this building, but do it justice and do it right and do it in honor of the person who initially built it.”    Easier said than done. And it wasn’t quick. But remaking Waples has completely paid off for the community.    While behind-the-scenes work on creating the building — named for Billy Waples, who ran his Lynden Department Store from 1897 to 1960 — started years

Debbie McClure, left, and Teri Treat were key in turning a burnt-out Lynden eyesore into the new Waples Mercantile Building, including opening the Inn at Lynden, seen here. (Tim Newcomb/Lynden Tribune) ago, construction commenced only in February 2015. It was then that instead of tearing down old and bringing in all new, the two couples pushed their contractor — Dawson Construction, although no longer part of the ownership team — to instead save anything possible.    “It took a very, very thoughtful approach,” Debbie said. “This is such a central featured building in downtown Lynden, with an enormity of importance to the community. It was not a building that just needed to be fixed up; it carries a lot of memories and inspiration. It was extremely thought out.”    The plan came together even better than the two had hoped. Well-established Fairhaven-based businesses came on

board for leases: Village Books and Drizzle Olive Oil & Vinegar Tasting Room both fully open in December, and the opening of Avenue Bread in the corner spot anticipated next month. Other spaces hold Bellingham Baby Co. and Overflow Taps. The 35-room Inn at Lynden is owned and run by the Treats and McClures.    From the start, the couples knew that to do the building justice, to do Lynden justice, and to have a building worth owning and managing, they had to manage each decision to maximize the history and allure of the 100-year-old structure. Both couples have extensive history in Whatcom County building and managing structures, new and old, although this was their first foray into Lynden.

   When the two women speak of the history of the building, they aren’t referring to the Dutch theme added later, but the “handsome 1914 structure that it is,” the original Billy Waples-designed building geared toward a community steeped in agriculture.    That’s why every room in the inn is unique in some way. You’ll find firescarred timber accentuated throughout the structure and original fir flooring salvaged building-wide. Brick and concrete original to the structure weren’t covered, but celebrated.    Teri, who has lived in Whatcom County almost all her life, said getting involved with the Waples Building made sense on many levels.

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   “It was really a balance of the relationship with our partners, a love of old buildings and the flip side, frankly, it was a fundamental business decision,” she said. “We saw an opportunity to purchase a significant building on a key corner in the second largest city in Whatcom County. It made sense. Lynden had everything that made sense from a business standpoint. Lynden has a 12-month significant commerce (that helped with the business decision), but then we kept falling in love with the building.”    The McClures, who moved to Bellingham in 1983, were used to remaking old buildings. They had done so in Bellingham. But in Lynden they’d never experienced this new level of support. “It was overwhelming at times,” Debbie said. “It made us feel like we should keep going and going. We knew people would come and appreciate what we’ve done.”    During the planning process for Waples, the two women took inspiration from well beyond Lynden, even when wellheeled Lynden business people said nothing could make the spot work.    With a historic building designation, the project had a tax credit financing See Waples on C10

Construction went on all of last year reshaping the Waples Building. (Courtesy photo/Jeff Littlejohn)

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Waples: It took a vision to see the building's value Continued from C9 model that was different than most. It took extra legwork to get financing, but models existed in Spokane and Boston, for example, that really gave the couples the knowhow to put together a financing package. And with that side dialed in, they gleaned ideas from properties in Seattle, Portland and California on what the Waples Building could look like.    “We think Lynden is spectacular and we think it has a fabulous downtown,” Teri said. “The location is amazing and there is no reason why a 35-room inn and this sort of development wouldn’t be successful.” With tax credit financing it took a “bigger vision” to get approval and the entire process really pushed the design and direction of the building to embrace the love of downtowns.    “It is the perfect place for us to do something unique,” Teri said. “With the inn we are here long-term. This is a 10year project and that enabled us to get better support from the city, the community and our tenants.”    Even with “significant business people in the community who we respected

Village Books was the first tenant to open in the historic Waples Building. (Tim Newcomb/Lynden Tribune)

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2016 PROGRESS who thought we were crazy,” the couples pushed on. “We had to balance their inability to see our vision with others who understood the vision and helped support us in executing it,” Teri said. “It was kind of fascinating through the whole process.”    They were inspired also by the beautiful renovation of the Jansen Art Center down the street. The hospitality component was an important piece, but so was the aesthetic. Tying to the history of the community — really, the history of the building — they knew it wasn’t going to be a cookie-cutter kind of development. Sure, Debbie and Teri wanted to follow the trend of drawing people back into downtowns, but they wanted to do it in a building-specific way.    Teri said the number-one thing was honoring the history of the building, every aspect of it, including the fire and devastation.    “We did spend a lot more money than we hoped restoring it, but we believed that’s what we needed to do,��� Teri said. “The history and integrity of the building, that is the number-one thing. It drove the design of every choice we made.”    The process wasn’t without its challenges. Teri said she’s been living this building 24-7 for two years. “It really aged me,” she said. “I’m just starting to feel rejuvenated. It was not easy, but we did have fun.”    Debbie said the process was like a roller-coaster ride with plenty of ups and downs, but there was always one in the four-person ownership group ready with encouragement.    Both women praised the working relationship of the two couples, how each individual had a specific hand in the project. Jeff is an architect and designed the building, Matt handled much of the financial side while balancing that with his graphic design skills, Debbie took on much of the material sourcing and Teri used her real estate background with Trillium Corporation

Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, February 24, 2016 | Ferndale Record and her nature as a stickler for details to keep the vision on track both aesthetically and from a business perspective.    Already, just a couple of months into a soft opening of Waples, they are seeing the value of their work. Debra said having grown up in an agricultural community, she enjoys being able to provide an opportunity to bring people here for a more seamless work environment for local businesses. Oxbo International, Lynden Door and some of the major berry farms have already used the Inn at Lynden to house visitors coming for meetings, a highly convenient and attractive way to show off the community.    For the tenants, they’ve already started to personalize their space. Yes, there is a bit of a Fairhaven North feel to the building, but each business is putting its own Lynden-specific spin on too, such as Drizzle serving food with the creativity of a north county chef, something the shop’s Fairhaven location can’t boast.    “You create an opportunity for other people to be successful,” Teri said, “and really and truly that is so satisfying for me and for the partners.”    Teri said the long-term model aims to continue to grow the inn, support the success of tenants and really spur on all of downtown Lynden — the pair has been highly involved in the Downtown Business Association. And it isn’t the McClures and Treats coming in trying to change anything about the building or the town.    “We are not changing the culture,” Debbie said. “We are not trying to turn this town on its ears, but bring it back to what it was 100 years ago when it had a thriving commerce and new things were coming and the streets were busy. That’s what I want to see for it. We are bringing it back to what it was, reestablishing the original culture.”    A culture that has people enjoying downtown Lynden and the unique businesses located here. Offered in the Waples Mercantile Building.

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Portal Way seeing a business boom New arrivals joining mainstays at junction of city and I-5 traffic By Brent Lindquist

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   FERNDALE — ­ When Lindsay Slevin drives to work each day, she passes a variety of mainstay Ferndale businesses, a number of brand-new ones and some construction still underway.    Ferndale is growing, and much of that growth is happening just across the freeway on Portal Way.    Slevin opened Twin Sisters Creamery, an artisan cheese shop, in July 2015. At the time of the grand opening, Twin Sisters didn’t have any of its own cheeses in stock, mainly due to permitting requirements and the aging process necessary for making cheese.    Now, Twin Sisters boasts two cheeses — Whatcom Blue and Whatcom White — along with a number of other local and non-local cheeses.    “The community support for this little retail shop has been amazing,” Slevin said. “We have a lot of return customers because of the word of mouth. The holidays have been wonderful.”    Soon after her shop’s opening, Slevin began offering classes focusing on local and international cheese tasting. Held every second Thursday, these classes feature six cheeses and select pairings, along with a history lesson on each cheese.    These classes have been very successful. “We’ve had three full ones in January,” Slevin said. “It’s crazy.”    The success seen by Lindsay and her husband, co-owner Jeff Slevin, is due to a number of factors, they believe. One is lo-

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2016 PROGRESS cation.    “Portal’s so busy,” she said. “The people coming out of Lynden and heading into Ferndale aren’t going down Guide Meridian. They’re taking Portal Way. Even people coming out of Birch Bay often take Portal Way all the way through. And we’ve got a great business, so a lot of word of mouth. People like to come back.”    Slevin said it’s nice to see new construction happening around the shop, and new businesses appearing all along Portal Way.    Ferndale Station, where Portal Way meets Second Avenue near the freeway, has seen some major business growth in recent years. Anytime Fitness is located north of Second Avenue while mainstay Cruisin Coffee is located to the south. Edaleen Dairy is currently setting up shop adjacent to Anytime Fitness.    Originally located with a retail outlet only north of Lynden near the Canadian border, Edaleen has expanded its retail offerings in recent years, and Ferndale is next on the list. The company signed a lease in November for the Ferndale Crossing location.    Edaleen general manager Mitch Moorlag told the Ferndale Record in December that the spot near Portal Way was a very deSee Portal on C16


Lindsay and Jeff Slevin have released two signature cheeses — Whatcom Blue (pictured here) and Whatcom White — since opening Twin Sisters Creamery last summer. (Brent Lindquist/Ferndale Record)

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Buds SOS employee Chazz Komac tidies up the Portal Way shop. (Brent Lindquist/Ferndale Record)

Continued from C15 liberate choice for the new shop’s location.    “Right by the freeway for the on-andoff traffic was definitely nice,” he said. “But also, we’re trying to be not right on Main Street. We’re more looking to be by the high school and residential areas.”    When it opens soon, the store will offer a soup and sandwich bar, ice cream and a Greek yogurt bar.    Peter and Emiko Grubb opened Buds SOS last summer, but they didn’t choose Portal Way for Ferndale’s first marijuana store. Rather, that was where they were required to open the business.    “That’s where the city wanted us,” Pe-

ter Grubb said.    While he and his wife certainly would have preferred Main Street, Portal Way is a different story, in a good way.    “Ferndale is sort of a different town because of the river,” he said. “It works out okay. We’re sort of a unique business in a sense.”    Peter said he and Emiko have found some difficulty in getting the word out about their business due to advertising restrictions, but they have still seen profits grow since opening in September.    “Now business is kind of steady. It’s word of mouth and the word’s gotten out,” he said. “Portal Way is growing, and we’re doing okay.”


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Lynden teen part of global CF study Paige Ellens has known cystic fibrosis all her life; drug Orkambi gives hope for a genetic cure By Elisa Claassen for the Lynden Tribune

   LYNDEN ­— “She looks normal,” Sharla Ellens says of her daughter Paige. But looking normal is both a plus and a minus. The positive is that Paige can fit in with her peers. The negative is that many people don’t realize how sick Paige has been her whole life.    The 5-9 Lynden Christian High School senior who answers the door looks to be a picture of health and stamina. What seems so normal is what is surprising. This teen lives with a life-threatening disease.    Paige is now also a newsmaker. She is participating in an international drug study for a medication now FDA-approved and trademarked as Orkambi.

   Orkambi, according to its corporate website, actually consists of two medications in two categories of molecules: FDA-approved ivacaftor (brand name Kalydeco) and experimental therapylumacaftor (known also as VX-809). According to a cystic fibrosis publication, both medications work to correct the root cause in mutated genes of CF patients. The effect is at the cellular level upon salt valves opening and closing.    Developed by the Massachusettsbased pharmaceutical company Vertex, Orkambi won May 2015 U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for use in patients with cystic fibrosis 12 years and older. The National Institutes of Health and the National Health Service of the United Kingdom were also represented on the recommending panel of 13 researchers and physicians.    Prior to these approvals, drugs used to treat cystic fibrosis focused on controlling symptoms — such as opening up lung airways and breaking up mucus. Regular See Paige on C18

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Paige: Living a full Lynden life after treatments Continued from C17 visits to the hospital were to be expected.    The impact of the new drug on Paige is at 3 percent, which may not sound like much but actually is a significantly benefit, said her mother.    “Her lungs now are as healthy as a normal 17-year-old without CF,” Sharla said.    Paige’s name was chosen for the Seattle Children’s Hospital group. Only 1,000 are in the worldwide study. The medication was in use for adults, but this study looks at use on younger ages.    Paige, a veteran of drug studies, was also in a morphine study in her infancy and another for “Tobi” (Tobramycin), an inhaled antibiotic solution. A genetic disease    Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe. A defective gene causes a thick buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs.    The mucus also prevents, according to CF experts, the release of digestive enzymes The battle against cystic fibrosis draws together Paige Ellens and mom Sharla. (Elisa Claassen/Lynden Tribune) that allow the body to break down food and and Paige still has the same medical team wasn’t.)    “He (Dr. Speers) told me, ‘You have a absorb nutrients. there — doctor, dietician, nurse and social    She played school soccer, on defense job here, you just need to get your degree.” worker. and in goal, as her health allowed her. One    Her disease has opened up other opPaige’s story    Discovery of CF came early on for    Family is a large part of the ongoing year she had to redshirt and be part of the portunities as well. Paige swam with dolPaige. An ambulance ride to Seattle Chil- support: “My Dad’s my rock. He stays with team either from the bench or afar. Mo phins when she went with her family to the dren’s Hospital when she was only days old me when Mom has to work, brings my oversaw making purple bows for all of the Atlantis Bahamas Resort through the Maketeammates so they would remember Paige. A-Wish Foundation. She has met Seattle led to an emergency surgery for a blockage. friends (to visit) and pizza.” Her abdomen was distended. Dr. Robert    Unlike others who have had CF, Paige They also had special shirts made with Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. She Schaller, then chief surgeon at Children’s, has only been hospitalized 10 to 12 times “FDRF” for Faith, Desire, Respect and Fam- spoke to her peers at a LCHS chapel and was waiting for parents Eric and Sharl El- total and most of that has occurred in her ily, and the Bible verse “I can do all things gave her testimony. As a surprise, Lyndenlens at the emergency room door. The phy- high school years. The last hospital stint is through Him who gives me strength” print- based Clavicle 3, a premiere manufacturer ed on the back. of high-end off-road racing equipment, sicians had discovered something else: cys- now more than a year ago.    Protocols and procedures of treatment    Paige has the same verse on a ring she asked her to co-pilot during a race in Las tic fibrosis. Vegas.    Because of the early diagnosis, doctors have changed over the years. In the past, for wears, Sharla said. ran screening tests during Sharla’s second example, CF children might play together    In a few months, Paige, who will be 18    “It’s really cool to see someone go pregnancy when she was expecting Paige’s in a ward, but in the last four years they in March, will be graduating high school. through so much, but not complain,” Morbrother, Cory, who will be 15 in March. He now come into Children’s, put on masks She wants to go into pediatric nursing, with gan said of her friend. “It’s part of who she turns out to be a CF carrier. Had he actually and are kept separate from each other. It’s a minor in sign language. So far, she has is,” and turning to Paige, “but not what dehad the disease, a medical team would have been found that they can, and do, share been accepted by George Fox University fines you.” been in place to assist at birth. Being a car- bacteria. While she knows others with her and Trinity Western University, with Seattle    Paige replied, “If I didn’t have CF, even Pacific University still to be heard from. though it is a burden, it is a gift….” rier means that upon marrying another car- disease, they aren’t close friends. rier, there is a one-in-four chance of giving    Her closer Lynden friends, such as    Living with a threatening disease    When people tell her she’s “lucky” to Morgan “Mo” Wandel, can join her on brings a mature outlook, Paige and Sharla be doing so well with CF, her reply is “I’m birth to a child with CF.    Sharla, a 1985 LCHS grad herself, teach- “passes,” when the hospital allows them have discovered, and Paige, as she went to blessed.” es first graders at the school. Dad Eric is a several hours of leave to have dinner out or multiple medical appointments, advocated    When told that the story was slated for the Tribune’s Progress Edition, Sharla general contractor with his own business, shop. Children’s has a teacher on duty there for herself more and more, Sharla said. and LCHS has been incredibly helpful,    Having a University of Washington said, “She has changed the world for a lot High Point Construction.    Routines have been developed. Mom Sharla says. Even with the ongoing health dean of medicine as her pulmonologist of people.” recalls that, when Paige was very young, challenge, Paige has been an honor roll stu- has led to Paige being asked to share with medical students what she wants a poten- Some statistics the enzyme medication capsules would be dent. tial doctor to know about life with CF. Last     • About 30,000 people live with cystic broken apart and “the little bbs” mixed into year, she was a primary speaker to the Se- fibrosis in the United States, 70,000 worldfood before Paige could take a whole cap- Living a full life    Just this month, Paige had a key role attle Children’s Hospital board of directors. wide. sule herself at age 6.    Now the teen can actually swallow a in the Lynden Christian production of the New hospital CEO Dr. Jeff Speers was in the     • Approximately 1,000 new cases of CF are diagnosed each year. handful of 14 to 16 pills at a time regularly “Mary Poppins” musical. She shared in the room. demanding schedule of rehearsals and six    The focus of what she says to any of the     • More than 75 percent of people with — and the number was once at 21.    Trips to Seattle Children’s Hospital are performances, although she did have an groups: “Don’t be afraid to hear other’s sto- CF are diagnosed by age 2.    — Cystic Fibrosis Foundation still on the calendar for every three months, understudy for Miss Andrew if needed. (It ries. Take the time. Everyone has a story.”

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Trying to adopt led to much more for local couple Toby and Jill Janzen have made trips, begun ministries to help out in Uganda By Brooke Hansen for the Lynden Tribune

   LYNDEN — ­ In 2011, Toby and Jill Janzen started on a new family journey. They decided to adopt Peter and Pamela from Uganda. Four years earlier, Toby had done a service trip to the African country.   The couple has talked about adopting since early in their marriage, now almost 20 years ago.    “We feel God put it on our hearts,” Jill said.    The Janzens have three biological children, Carson, Jadyn and Landon. They started looking for one child to adopt, then decided they could open their home to two after a brother and

sister were found in Uganda. At the time, Peter was 2 and Pamela was almost 4.    The Janzens went through the background checks and home visits necessary to be adoptive parents. The international adoption process especially is long, and for Toby and Jill it seemed never-ending.    A year and a half into the process, there was trouble. In order for the two children to be adopted, officials in Uganda had to be sure their parents weren’t out somewhere looking for them. A notice was put in Ugandan newspapers about Peter and Pamela, and their mother came forward. She relinquished her parental rights, but she didn’t know where the father could be reached. The adoption couldn’t go through without permission from someone on the father’s side of the family.    Eventually, Peter and Pamela’s paternal grandmother was located. She See Janzen on C20 The Janzen family visited Uganda in 2013, seeing Peter and Pamela. (Courtesy photo)

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Janzen: A family endeavor Continued from C19 did not give permission. She did not want the children adopted in the United States.    Stories circulate about mistreated adopted children, and it scares people in Uganda into not allowing adoptions, Jill said.    The Janzens were disheartened at first. After two years of effort, the two children they wanted to adopt had been denied by Ugandan law. But then Toby and Jill felt prompted to find new ways to serve the orphanage where Peter and Pamela live.    In 2013, the entire Janzen family went on a trip to the orphanage that is located in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, just north of the equator. Toby, Jill and their three kids went to help at the Amahoro Children’s Home and meet Peter and Pamela.    It was the start of ongoing contacts.    On another trip a year later, Toby helped build a new kitchen at the orphanage. He owns his own construction and

general contracting business, Janzen Custom Builders.    In January 2015, the couple got Peter and Pamela moved to a different orphanage created by New Hope Uganda. Here the children are raised in family groups and will have the opportunity to go to vocational school when they are older.    “It’s the best-case scenario for an orphan there,” Toby said.    The orphanage is located in the Luweero Triangle, an area north of the capital city. It was established in 1986 to care for children made orphans during a guerilla war that began five years earlier, according to the New Hope Uganda website.    This April, Toby will go back yet again with a group to build an addition to the home Peter and Pamela live in. The $3,900 needed for the addition has been raised, with the help of the community and their church.    The family has received support from Sonlight Community Christian Reformed Church since the start, Jill said. Before each trip to Uganda, members of the





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church gave money and helped the family fund-raise.    “We’ve had so many people willing to support us,” Jill said. “They’ve seen God’s hands in this process, too.”    With that community support, Jill has started a new ministry. In 2014, she decided to help homeless mothers and their children. On one of her trips to Uganda, she was introduced to a group of 14 single mothers living in a shipping container with their children.    Many of the mothers were forced into prostitution when they couldn’t find work. Jill started the ministry to help the women and children, to find a safe place for them.    The project began by getting the women supplies to make crafts they can sell. Two sewing machines were donated, and the mothers started making bags and jewelry. The crafts are sold in Lynden at The Picket Fence and Foxxy Browns.    Two years later, the group lives in a rental house where they raise chickens and grow as much of their own food as possible. The house is paid for by craft profits and cash donations. The next goal is to get all the kids going to school, Jill said.    Over the last five years, Toby and Jill have tried to make better lives for Peter and Pamela, who are now ages 6 and 8. If they can’t bring them to their home here in the United States, they want them to feel safe and loved in their own country.    To get involved with the Janzens’ ministries, contact them at


Toby and Jill Janzen have made it a mission to serve a Ugandan orphanage. (Courtesy photo)

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Designing the schools of today For new buildings in Lynden and Nooksack Valley districts, expect modernized designs By Tim Newcomb

WHATCOM — A lot changes in 50 years. Quite a lot.    School design has changed along with the times, and as both the Lynden and Nooksack Valley school districts undertake massive construction projects, patrons of the two systems can expect modernized designs when the new schools open.    Lynden is building new middle and elementary schools and Nooksack Valley is building a new middle school and upgrading portions of both an elementary school and the high school.    Terry Brown, architect for Bellingham’s Zervas Group, the firm responsible for the Nooksack projects and Fisher Elementary School, said that most of the schools replaced today are about 50 years old. There have been great safety and security changes in that time. There have been systems and building performance changes. And there have been curriculum-based design changes too.    “Just from a building performance perspective, energy usage and codes weren’t a concern back then,” Brown said. “Buildings were hardly insulated and used single-pane windows. The building envelope was very poor from an energy performance level. Now that is a much bigger deal.”    Along with creating an energy-efficient building envelope with mechanical systems on par with modern codes and standards, Brown said, design also takes in seismic considerations. But these are all behind-the-scenes decisions that students and parents won’t see, even if they

Zervas Group architects are currently working on projects for Lynden and Nooksack Valley school districts after doing projects such as Irene Reither Elementary in the Meridian School District. (Courtesy photo/Zervas Group) do improve overall safety and efficiency.    Another ever-shifting design consideration relates to security. Using best practices derived from first responders involved in school security threats, new thinking has arisen recently. Brown said

the idea of a lock-down-and-hide strategy was initially thought the most effective in keeping children safe. But the latest research shows that while it creates a headache for tracking students, the runand-scatter philosophy is the preferred

method, which means that a school’s architect needs to take into account issues of exiting a building and creating visibility for movement through the building.    In the end, though, whether with security or efficiency in mind, the root of all

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school building design boils down to curriculum, the way school districts teach and the way students learn.    Brown said the research on optimal education delivery has evolved in the last 50 years to now focus on project-based and applied learning. “You have a project where you are building something, but researching and working in teams and building something using your hands,” he said. That’s in contrast to exclusively sitting in chairs listening to a lecture. “That means there are different spaces, more collaborative spaces.”    True, schools will still have traditional classrooms, but our community’s new schools will also feature plenty of additional spaces, small-group instruction locations where teachers can send groups of six to eight students to work together on a project, or a “maker space,” almost like a light shop, where they can build items as part of lessons. Design, then, requires different types of spaces apart from rows of classrooms.    In high schools and middle schools, even the traditional workshops have started morphing. Instead of having a wood shop and metal shop separate from each other, Brown said, modern shop spaces must be more comprehensive, able to handle wood, metal, automotive, robotics, 3-D printers, CAD and more in one space.    “There is some light welding and metal work so you can fabricate things made of multiple materials,” Brown said. “But the space needs to be able to accommodate all of those (uses). Those then create different reactions in terms of exhaust and fire ratings. It becomes more complex.”    Flexibility proves to be the key, a theme that flows into other new spaces too.    Brown cites Fisher Elementary as an example. That school will have shared learning areas connecting four different classrooms. “The important thing there is that each of those classSee Schools on C24


Shop space in modern school design, as seen here at Meridian High School, requires the flexibility to handle a diversity of uses. (Courtesy photo/Zervas Group)

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Schools: Fresh learning Continued from C23 rooms have a clear view into those spaces,” he said. “Right on the other side of the glass wall, so they can keep an eye on them.” The plan allows a head classroom teacher to send small groups into the shared spaces with a teacher’s aide or student teacher to work on a project, but still with a visual connection to the rest of the class.    Brown said those types of work spaces have become the norm across the nation, even if elementary schools feature larger, more open spaces and high schools will often have smaller conference room-style spaces.    Jim Frey, Lynden schools superintendent, said creating flexible spaces to support more integrated and project-based learning will be a key factor in the new schools. “Collaborative, communicative learning is really where we are,” he said. “Shared, flexible space provides the opportunities for teachers to do just that.”    While much of the modern school design is led by research out of Scandinavian countries — which Brown said has proven a leader in curriculum research and development — even Whatcom County has some specific cues that will play into its modern school design.    “The difference here is that there is still more of an emphasis — refreshingly so — on vocational-type education,” he said. “There is still an interest in vocational education being worked into project-based learning. They are still welding and those types of activities that don’t necessarily exist in other parts of the country.”    Another key differentiator for Whatcom County is climate, one mild enough for plenty of outdoor activities, but wet enough to require covered outdoor spaces. Fortunately, design has moved away from the outside walking model — a design that grew popular in California in the 1950s and 1960s, Brown said, and somehow made its way all the way into Northwest Washington — both in terms of safety and supervision and student efficiency.    Design has moved back to a more compact building envelope, in which it is easier to supervise students and move more easily from one activity to the next. “If we can make things more efficient, students can spend time on higher priority things rather than just getting from one space to another,” Brown said.    For Fisher, expect a return to a two-story model. “It was common at the turn of the century and then went to sprawling separated spaces like we see at the old Fisher,” Brown said. “We go back to a two-story for more compact (space).”    Nooksack Middle School will also feature a two-story design.    With some of these national and regional standards and trends taken into account, local districts can continue to direct the design of a new school. The site, though, serves

Schools now require flexible spaces, as seen here at Irene Reither Primary School, to serve a variety of project needs. (Courtesy photo/Zervas Group)

Modern designs must take into account the variety of uses within schools. (Courtesy photo/Zervas Group)

as the starting point to drive a lot of decisions.    “Every dollar is really hard to come by, so you want to make sure you are spending your dollars really, really wisely,” Brown said.    Maximizing effort on learning spaces rather than parking lots and site preparation gives the students the most bang for the buck, he said. For example, at Fisher Brown is able to save the Lynden district roughly $400,000 by building around the existing facility so that the current school can remain fully operational during construction. Once the new building wraps up, crews can tear down the old building and convert to parking and playfields without massive grading needs. At Nooksack Middle School, by building directly behind the school, $500,000 can be saved by not needing portables.    On some levels there will be a similarity from school to school simply based on the needs of students and state-mandated requirements. But every school district does have its preferred method. Brown said Zervas meets with every staff member during the design process — custodians to teachers to administrators — to determine priorities based on specific communities. Brown said he then tempers that with his range of working on 34 school designs over his career.    “There is a certain baseline consistency and then there are deviations based on that particular community, not only in how the space is laid out, but in how the building looks,” he said.    For example, staff at Fisher liked the idea of shared breakout spaces surrounded by four classrooms, while Nooksack Valley Middle School wanted smaller spaces shared by just two classrooms, a model that staff saw at Bellingham’s Whatcom Middle School and wanted to emulate.    Frey said touring at least eight schools to glean design ideas for each project allowed school leaders to blend elements they believe will work with what they want to accomplish, taking into account space and budget.    The final piece of the personalized aesthetic package comes in the form of the exterior. Based largely on community input derived in open meetings, Brown said each community has differing desires. The Meridian schools recently built were designed with a “quite conservative and traditional appearance because that is what the community asked for,” whereas Options High School in Bellingham has a contemporary design to match its urban site.    “We are asking for input and direction and try to incorporate those nuances unique to each community,” Brown said. For Fisher, in what Brown called a progressive community with traditional values, he will try to “have a good blend of traditional and a little more modern architecture” while trying to hit the right mix.    The final design, both the exterior and the interior, won’t look anything like designs from 50 years ago. That’s a good thing for the students.

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