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Borderite girls basketball celebrates a win, page 6

DOE fines Nature’s Path $22,000

How to spend the holidays in downtown Blaine, page 8-9

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Local cooks bake hundreds of Thanksgiving pies

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s Eight church congregations and a girl scouts troop made more than 400 pies for the Community Assistance Program’s Thanksgiving baskets program for families in need. The pies were mostly pumpkin, apple and pecan.

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Blunt ceremonial knife allowed in Blaine schools By Oliver Lazenby Sikh students at Blaine schools are allowed to carry ceremonial Sikh knives, called kirpans, school officials told parents at a November 28 school board meeting. A handful of parents had attended the meeting to express concerns about the religious

symbol, which is allowed in schools across the country. The issue came up after some students at Blaine Primary School noticed another student carrying a kirpan, said school district superintendent Ron Spanjer. A kirpan can be a variety of sheathed knife-like items, from long daggers to sym-

Blaine City Council approves 1 percent property tax increase In a 6–0 vote, Blaine City Council approved to increase the regular property tax by 1 percent for the coming year. The vote, taken November 28, has been discussed at council meetings since October. In all, city staff expect the increase will generate just over $10,700 in revenue, in addition to higher receipts resulting from new construction and property improvements. Homeowners with a property valued at $250,000, for example, should expect to

see their property tax increase by $3.52 as a result of the hike. Blaine receives an average 11 percent of the total property tax per year, said city of Blaine finance director Jeff Lazenby. The rest is allocated to the state, county and other public agencies. In Blaine, 56 percent of property tax revenue is allocated to the city’s street capital bond, 18 percent to the general fund, 14 percent funds street improvement projects and 12 percent pays for street operations.

In other tax news, Whatcom County Council’s November 22 approval of a 1 percent tax increase was vetoed by county executive Jack Louws one week later. Council had voted 5–2 in favor of the increase with only Barbara Brenner and Rud Browne in opposition. As the increase was part of the county budget approved by council on November 22, the budget itself was vetoed as well. The (See Tax, page 5)

bolic replicas that cannot be removed from their sheaths. It is one of five ceremonial items Sikhs – followers of a monotheistic religion originating in the Punjab region of Asia – must carry at all times. The kirpan that raised the issue had dull (See School, page 5)


The Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) imposed a $22,000 fine against organic food manufacturer Nature’s Path following a reported series of water quality permit violations at its facility in Blaine. The DOE issued the fine and an order to comply with permit requirements after the company racked up 39 permit violations between November 2014 and October 2016. The DOE delivered a formal warning in December 2015 and on November 15 fined Nature’s Path for eight violations of discharging acidic wastewater into Blaine’s water treatment system. “Commitment to the environment and sustainability is a priority at Nature’s Path,” said Nature’s Path vice president of operations Peter Dierx in a written statement. “Our Blaine plant is a designated zero waste facility and up until we began using the city of Blaine’s treatment plant, we hauled our wastewater to generate clean, renewable biogas.” Headquartered in Richmond, Nature’s Path manufactures its products in two locations in the US, including its facility in Blaine at 2220 Natures Path Way. The company treats its wastewater through Blaine’s Lighthouse Point Water Reclamation Facility, which processes more than 500,000 gallons of domestic sewage on a daily basis. In a statement released November 22, Nature’s Path announced that it plans to appeal the fine to the state’s pollution control hearing board, claiming the pH monitoring probe Nature’s Path used to monitor wastewater was providing inaccurate data. “We believe the past numbers we reported to the city are inaccurate and that our past pH levels were in fact aligned with the city’s guidelines,” Dierx said.

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The Northern Light • December 1 - 7, 2016

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The much-awaited Santa Train returned to Birch Bay last week. Miniature World Family Fun Center re-opened the holiday favorite on November 25 at its 4190 Birch Bay Lynden Road location. The 20-minute train route swings through a holiday light display that features over 1 million glimmering bulbs. Riders are offered complimentary hot chocolate and a candy cane from Kris Kringle himself. The train will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday to Sunday through December 11 and daily from December 16 to 23. Those under age 2 get in for free. Admission for children age 2 to 12 is $9.95 and for adults, age 13 and older, it costs $13.95. Tickets can be purchased in person or online at miniature- s Kids sit on board the Birch Bay Santa Train. From left, Johnny chenko, Yanna Yashchenko, Issiah Kolosov and Erick Shulga. Photos by Molly Ernst

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The Northern L ght Holiday lights shine bright in downtown Blaine The Northern Light is published weekly by Point Roberts Press Inc. Locally owned and managed, the company also publishes the All Point Bulletin, covering Point Roberts, Mount Baker Experience, covering the Mt. Baker foothills area, and the summer recreation guide Waterside as well as maps and other publications. Point Roberts Press Inc. is a member of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, Chambers of Commerce of Bellingham/ Whatcom County, Birch Bay, Blaine and Point Roberts and the Bellingham/Whatcom County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The opinions expressed by contributors are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors. Letters Policy The Northern Light welcomes letters to the editor. Please include name, address and daytime telephone number for verification. Letters are limited to 350 words and may be edited or rejected for reasons of legality, length and good taste. Thank-you letters are limited to five individuals or groups. Writers should avoid personal invective. Unsigned letters will not be accepted for publication. Requests for withholding names will be considered on an individual basis. Consumer complaints should be submitted directly to the business in question or the local chamber of commerce. Only one letter per month from an individual correspondent will be published. Email letters to Publisher & Managing Editor Patrick Grubb Co-publisher & Advertising Director Louise Mugar Editor Stefanie Donahue Copy Editor Kara Furr Reporter Oliver Lazenby Creative Services Ruth Lauman, Doug De Visser Office Manager Amy Weaver Advertising Sales Molly Ernst, Janet McCall Catherine Darkenwald General Editorial Inquiries The Northern Light 225 Marine Drive, Suite 200 Blaine, WA 98230 Tel: 360/332-1777 Vol XXII, No 25 Circulation: 10,500 copies

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s Holiday lights and decor are on full display in downtown Blaine in anticipation of festive events beginning Friday, December 2. The annual tree lighting will take place Saturday, December 3 at 4:30 p.m. on H Street and Peace Portal Drive. For a full list of events, turn to page 8.

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Birch Bay berm shoreline permit hearing scheduled for 12/7 By Oliver Lazenby The Whatcom County hearing examiner scheduled a public hearing for the Birch Bay Drive and Pedestrian Facility Project’s shoreline permit for 1:40 p.m. at council chambers at the Whatcom County Courthouse in Bellingham. People can submit comments to the hearing examiner beforehand, or at the hearing. The shoreline permit is one of the bigger permitting hurdles the project has to clear be-

fore construction can start. The long-awaited project, headed by Whatcom County Public Works, would create a 1.6-mile-long sand and gravel berm and walking path on Birch Bay Drive from the 7700 to the 8200 block. After the hearing, the county hearing examiner has 10 days to make his decision. The county recommends that people who want to review the file for the permit or attend the public hearing contact the hearing examiner’s office at 360/778-5040 to confirm that the file is available and the hearing

schedule hasn’t changed. The project also needs several other local, state and county permits, all of which have been submitted and are in various stages of review, according to county staff. The county has obtained about one-third of the property rights it needs to start the project. That’s another major hurdle for the project. Public works hopes to start construction in spring 2017.

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Permits issued to authorize wastewater discharge require routine testing and official review, said DOE spokesperson Krista Kenner. Nature’s Path was required to sample wastewater and report back to the DOE on a monthly basis, she said. Monitoring reports dating back to 2014 reveal that wastewater discharged by Nature’s Path at times failed to meet proper dissolved oxygen levels, flow requirements, filtration standards and, most often, pH levels. Improper pH levels can potentially damage sewer lines, disrupt sewage operations

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issue will return to council on December 5 and it will take five votes to overrule Louws’ veto. The 1 percent increase would have resulted in increased revenues of $285,000 in 2017. Louws gave as his reason for vetoing the increase the fact that council earmarked approximately $150,000 for a legal review of possible legislation on banning fossil fuel exports from Cherry Point while the rest of the money wasn’t intended for a specific purpose. Louws believed there were more urgent concerns facing county residents than a legal review he described as being unnecessary.

and create hazards for on-site staff. Blaine assistant public works director Bill Bullock said the violations didn’t appear to cause any damage to Blaine’s water treatment plant, pointing out that wastewater produced by Nature’s Path dilutes on its 1.5-mile trek through sewer pipes before it reaches the facility. Despite no signs of damage, he said the city still plans to use its robotic sewer camera to get a closer look. “We are going to do our due diligence,” he said.

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s Fall sports coaches and sportsmanship award winners at the Blaine school district board meeting on November 28. Front row, from l.: Madeline Hall, soccer; volleyball coach Bryan Clausen; Tucker Jensen, football; Kaylee McPhail, cheer; Lauren Kordas, volleyball. Back row, from l.: football coach Jay Dodd; cheer advisor Christie Beson; Elijah Yost, cross country; Jamie Good, cross country; cross country coach Carey Bacon; soccer coach Kelly Tuski.

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edges and is about 3 inches long, said school district superintendent Ron Spanjer. It’s worn under a student’s clothing. “We have affirmed that the edges on this religious symbol are not sharp and we don’t consider this to be a knife. It’s a replica of a knife,” he said. “We have reinforced with the family that it stays under the clothing, that it’s secure in the sheath, that it’s not sharp, and the family has been very supportive of the expectations we’ve communicated.” In a November 28 letter, the school district’s lawyers advised the board to accommodate Sikhs who want to carry kirpans, citing federal and state law. The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which covers Washington and much of the American West, ordered a school in Livingston, California, to lift its ban on kirpans in 1995.

knife can be used to cut things and it is not a religious symbol. That’s really the context. “I’m not offering these thoughts because I intend to change your mind or feelings about this particular item in your child’s classroom but I just want to reassure parents that we’re doing everything possible to ensure the safety of children in our schools.”

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Parents at the meeting also questioned how other kids would perceive the symbol and their own safety. One parent thought it would make other kids more likely to bring pocketknives to school. “While the kirpan is perceived as a knife, it cannot be used as a knife,” Spanjer replied. “You can’t cut someone with it. A pocket-

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The court ruling did place certain restrictions on kirpans, including that they have a dull blade, be limited in length, be secured in the sheath, and be worn on a strap under clothing. Still, some parents are concerned. “That seems a little bothersome for some of the parents who don’t necessarily want knives in school,” said Mylissa Bode, a Blaine primary school parent, in a phone interview. “There are some other kids at school who may be a bit less mature, and if they were to get a hold of those it could be a problem.” Bode works at a law firm and is familiar with the legal precedents but thinks more restrictions could be placed on kirpans, she said. “Having a dull edge, it doesn’t really make a difference,” Bode said. “If my daughter were to have a butter knife, that would be an issue. So we’re hoping the district can come up with some kind of concession.”


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Blaine girls varsity basketball overcame a slow first half to beat Coupeville 35–19 in the first game of the season at home on November 29. The non-conference game was a test for the Borderites after last year’s young team finished the season with a 3–17 record. Ashley Dickerson led the team on offense with 13 points. Josie Deming scored eight points and pulled in eight rebounds. Brynn Hallberg had nine points, and Alexis Hallberg had four steals. “It was a solid team win,” said Blaine head coach Ryan Pike. “Everyone stepped up and contributed – all nine of them.” Though the Borderites earned a decisive victory, they trailed for most of the first half, getting down by 11–3 near the beginning of the second quarter. They gave up some points on fast breaks and couldn’t get the ball around Coupeville’s aggressive defense. “You could see their hands were up at all times, and it’s tough to get passes around and in when all five of them have their hands up wide,” Pike said. It took a quarter for the Borderites to adapt to the game’s tempo – a faster pace than they can play in practice scrimmages, Pike said. In the second quarter, Blaine made quicker passes, which allowed them to find openings in Coupeville’s defense and get the ball inside. Sophomore Chloe Archer started a second quarter rally with a jump shot on an assist from Deming – one of the first baskets Blaine made that wasn’t on a breakaway. Blaine point guard Brynn Hallberg made a three-pointer 30

s Brynn Hallberg sets a Borderite fast break in motion in the fourth quarter.

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seconds before halftime to make the score 14–12, with Coupeville still ahead. That set the stage for Blaine’s big second half. “I knew once we calmed down and got in the flow of the game we’d be fine,” Pike said. “It’s the first game and some of these girls have never played varsity before. Some of them have never played in the role they had to play.” Dickerson and Deming dominated in the third quarter, dribbling past Coupeville to score on layups and drawing fouls. While those two found holes in Coupeville’s defense, the Borderites defense stayed aggressive, forcing Coupeville to run down

the shot clock and take desperate shots. Blaine allowed just five points in the second half. “I told the girls, if we don’t turn the ball over and give them fast breaks, we’re going to be tough to beat by anybody just because of how well we play half-court defense,” Pike said. In the first week of practice, Pike emphasized the importance of ball-handling and minimizing turnovers. Blaine’s 21 turnovers was a few more than Pike hoped for, but the game was a solid start, he said. Blaine’s next game is away against Nooksack Valley at 5:40 p.m. on Friday, December 2.


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Seasonal light changes can lead to darker moods Does your mood seem to mirror the seasons? Does it grow darker as fall and winter days get shorter and lift as the brighter days of summer approach? You could have a condition known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that’s related to seasonal changes in light levels. SAD can make you

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melatonin – a sleep-related hormone – can increase. This hormone may cause symptoms of depression. Both children and adults can get SAD; however, it usually develops between the ages of 18 and 30. (See Health, page 13)


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s Laura Massaro took over as owner of Blaine’s Pizza Factory, located on 738 Peace Portal Drive. Photo by Stefanie Donahue now, Blaine. In the months ahead, she plans to give the store a “facelift.” Soon, she plans to install new artwork in the store and update the walls with a fresh coat of paint. She assures that the community art display

and the character of the restaurant will remain the same. “This will still be the same family-oriented business that it’s always been,” she said. Located at 738 Peace Portal Drive, Blaine’s Pizza Factory is open seven days a week.

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After more than two decades owning the Pizza Factory in Blaine, Marv and Deb Adam have decided to retire. Last month, a new owner stepped in to continue serving up some of Blaine’s favorite pizza pies. Known in the food industry as “The Fixer,” Laura Massaro took over the Peace Portal location on November 1. In the six months leading up to ownership, she managed the restaurant, hand-selected her staff and worked with 83-year-old Marv to learn the ins-and-outs of the popular pizza joint. “I’ve just always been in the food and beverage industry,” she said. “I’ve decided to take the first leap and own [a business] of my own.” Massaro earned the moniker as “The Fixer” after spending more than three years as a regional general manager for Pizza Hut helping to recover restaurants in financial distress. She started working in the food industry as a teenager and landed her first job at Hannegan Speedway in Bellingham. She’s since worked at pizza shops in Las Vegas, Montana and,

B y S t e fa n i e D o n a h u e Entering the final stretch of the year’s largest fundraising campaign, the Blaine Food Bank has announced that they’re more than halfway to meeting their goal of raising $25,000 by mid-December. The campaign kicked off on October 17 and has so far raised $17,700, said Sally Church, a volunteer with the organization. An anonymous donor has agreed to match up to $25,000 after the campaign ends on December 16. The organization anticipates using the money to purchase a year’s worth of eggs and milk from Lynden-based Edaleen Dairy for a growing population of families in need. Each week, the Blaine Food Bank serves an average 400 families who receive an estimated 20,000 pounds of food during the course of a year. Demand is on the rise – the food bank is serving 100 more families than the same

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of everything that comes in,” Church said. “It’s what keeps us going through the year.” Donations are accepted in the form of cash or check, by mail to P.O. Box 472 or in person at 500 C Street in Blaine. Nonperishable foods are also accepted on a regular basis. For more information about the Blaine Food Bank, call 360/332-6350.

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Whatcom County sheriff reports: November 21-27 November 21, 3:53 p.m.: Drugs on

Anderson Road. Ferndale man, 24,


November 25, 9:44 p.m.: Motor

November 26, 2:52 p.m.: Theft on

Twilight Place.

arrested for possession of a con-

November 24, 5 a.m.: Traffic hazard


Loomis Trail Road.

November 21, 9 p.m.: Domestic ver-

trolled substance no prescription.

on Stadsvold Road.

non-injury on Birch Bay Drive. Blaine

November 26, 3:30 p.m.: Domestic

bal on Henley Street.

November 22, 2:56 p.m.: Mental on

November 24, 1:03 p.m.: Civil prob-

woman, 33, arrested and cited for

physical on Birch Bay-Lynden Road.

November 21, 9:39 p.m.: Burglary

West Road.

lem on Haynie Road.

failing to transfer title within 45 days

Blaine man, 26, arrested and cited

cold call. Three 17-year-old Blaine

November 23, 12:36 a.m.: Domestic

November 24, 5:09 p.m.: Domestic

and driving under the influence, and

for assault fourth degree.

residents arrested.

physical on Henley Street.

verbal on Birch Bay-Lynden Road.

cited for failing to drive on the right

November 26, 7:35 p.m.: Disorderly

November 22, 7:32 a.m.: Burglary

November 23, 6:55 a.m.: Trespass

November 24, 5:33 p.m.: Domestic

side of the road, no valid operating

conduct on Birch Bay Square Street.

cold call on Ocean Mist Drive.

on Beachcomber Drive.

order violation on Harborview Road.

license and operating a motor vehi-

November 27, 12:59 a.m.: Death in-

November 22, 12:33 p.m.: Trouble

November 23, 12:44 p.m.: Civil

Blaine woman, 21, arrested and cit-

cle without insurance.

vestigation on Sehome Road.

with guest on West Road.

problem cold call on Birch Bay-Lyn-

ed for violating a no contact order.

November 25, 10:03 p.m.: Civil

November 27, 1:14 a.m.: Domestic

November 22, 2:02 p.m.: Trespass

den Road.

November 25, 11:42 a.m.: Civil

problem cold call on Hoier Road.

physical on H Street Road.

on Anderson Road.

November 23, 4:07 p.m.: Suspicious

problem cold call on Birch Bay-Lyn-

November 25, 11:54 p.m.: Prowler

November 27, 2:30 p.m.: Theft on

November 22, 2:21 p.m.: Serve war-

circumstances on Morningside Drive.

den Road.

on Seashell Way.

Birch Bay-Lynden Road.

rant on Anderson Road.

November 23, 6:50 p.m.: Assault

November 25, 1:15 p.m.: Suspicious

November 26, 3:53 a.m.: Prowler on

November 27, 2:45 p.m.: Domestic

November 22, 2:38 p.m.: Drugs on

with a weapon on Birch Bay Square

person cold call on Seawan Place.

Harvey Road.

physical on West Road.

Whatcom County EMS levy approved by a slim margin B y S t e fa n i e D o n a h u e The last votes have been counted and supporters of the county EMS levy can finally breathe easy. The fate of the levy had been up in the air from election night until the final count on November 28, as the count was too close to call. The levy passed by just 40 votes out of a total 107,019 cast or 60.038 percent, just squeaking past the required 60 percent super-majority. “Yes” votes totaled 64,252 compared to 42,767 “No” votes. The levy will impose a 29.5 cent property tax per $1,000 of assessed home value for the span of

six years – that’s $88.50 per year on a home valued at $300,000. Revenue generated through the tax will partially fund emergency medical services in the county. The levy proved controversial from the start with those in favor contending it addressed the needs of a growing population and strained response units while opponents said proponents had failed to properly research and justify the need for additional funding. The final count had to await the return of ballots that had mismatched or missing signatures and had been challenged by the county elections office.

Approximately 900 ballots had been returned to voters who had until November 28 to return the ballots along with the missing information. Unlike candidate races, close initiative races don’t automatically spark a recount. A recount must be requested by five registered voters who must make a $0.25 per vote deposit which, in this case, would total nearly $27,000 to pay for the cost of a recount. Deposits are forfeited if the outcome remains unchanged. On November 29, Whatcom County Auditor Debbie Adelstein confirmed that no recount request had been made.

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Women are affected at about three times the rate of men. Some evidence suggests that the farther you live from the equator, the more likely you are to develop SAD. Although SAD is typically considered a fall and winter disorder, in a small number of cases, symptoms may be triggered by the longer, brighter days of summer. Some people also experience symptoms during periods of overcast weather, regardless of

the season. Shining a light A diagnosis of SAD is based on symptoms and history. Symptoms of typical SAD must return every winter for three consecutive years and then completely disappear in the spring and summer. If you have SAD, getting more sunlight may make you feel better. It might be helpful to take walks outdoors or to place yourself near a window during the day when at home or work. If your symptoms are particularly bothersome, your doctor may recommend light therapy. This involves using inexpensive special light fixtures while indoors.

Therapeutic lighting is much more intense than standard lighting and has been shown to decrease levels of melatonin in the brain. Your medical provider can help you decide how long to spend in this lighting and the best time of day to do so. For many people with SAD, light therapy is very effective. However, if it doesn’t work for you, your medical provider may have other suggestions, including taking medicine for depression or seeing a psychotherapist. With proper treatment, SAD is manageable. Courtesy of PeaceHealth Medical Group-Internal Medicine

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Police Reports November 23, 5:15 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a business for a female who was knocking on the rear door but had no reason to be there. Officers arrived and contacted an adult female. Officers knew the intoxicated woman, who was not sure where she was. Officers made sure the woman safely found her motel across the street. November 24, 7:27 a.m.: Police were dispatched to the 200 block of Marine Drive for a report of a woman possibly in distress. An officer, with the assistance of a border patrol agent, searched the area. After not finding the woman, it was later learned she had already left the Blaine area and was now driving southbound on I5. A federal agent and WSP trooper caught up to the woman down in the Bellingham area and conducted a welfare check. November 24, 3:28 p.m.: An officer responded with North Whatcom Fire and Rescue personnel to the 600 block of Peace Portal Drive for a welfare check on a transient who was out in the cold. The transient male stated he was doing fine and declined any assistance. Aid personnel and the officer cleared without further action. November 25, 10:10 a.m.: A business owner called police to report a former employee was

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9. One who has captured 10. Cupid’s projectile 11. Pickling liquid 12. Worse, as excuses go 13. Artist’s asset 21. Call 22. Coaster 25. Cabal 26. Axis of ___ 27. Commend 28. Absurd 29. “i” lid 30. Batman and Robin, e.g. 32. “Cut it out!” 33. Blanched 34. Affirm 35. “Absolutely!” 37. Except 38. Gloss 40. Bottom 41. Enthusiastic follower 42. Actor Depardieu 43. ___ roll 44. Necklace item 45. Heavy water, for one 46. Bender 49. Delicate 50. Delhi dress 51. “Cast Away” setting 52. Cole ___ 53. Labyrinth 54. Head, slangily 57. The “p” in m.p.g.

DOWN 1. Calphalon product 2. Auspices 3. Bluster 4. Certain surgeon’s “patient” 5. _______ for air 6. Teammates 7. “Oh, my aching head!,” e.g. 8. Burglar


attention, which he accepted. He was taken to St. Joseph’s Medical Center by medics, and a biohazard company was contracted to properly clean up the area where he had been lying. November 28, 10:51 a.m.: An officer was dispatched to the 3200 block of H Street to pick up a stray dog. Using information obtained from the pup’s embedded microchip, the office staff made several phone calls in an effort to reunite him with his family. Ultimately the new owners contacted Whatcom Humane Society and learned their dog had taken up temporary residency at the police station for the day. The family members were reunited. November 29, 3:05 p.m.: The Blaine Police Department requested assistance from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office in serving two outstanding arrest warrants for a Lynden man who twice violated the provisions of a no contact order issued by Blaine Municipal Court. Sheriff’s deputies contacted the individual, and he was arrested on the outstanding warrants and booked into jail. The warrants were cleared from law enforcement databasThis report is provided by the Blaine police department. A full listing of the week’s police report can be found at thenorthern

Tides December 2–December 8 at Blaine. Not for navigation. 49° 0’ 0”N - 122° 46’ 0”W

DATE TIME HEIGHT TIME HEIGHT Fr 2 12:29 am -0.6 8:09 am 9.6

1:36 pm 6.6 5:32 pm 7.7

Sa 3 1:01 am -0.4 8:49 am 9.7

2:28 pm 6.5 6:02 pm 7.3

Su 4 1:37 am -0.0 9:27 am 9.7

3:26 pm 6.3 6:42 pm 6.9

Mo 5 2:15 am 0.4 10:05 am 9.7

4:26 pm 5.8 7:44 pm 6.3

Tu 6 2:59 am 1.0 10:41 am 9.7

5:24 pm 5.0 9:18 pm 5.8

We 7 3:49 am 1.9 11:19 am 9.7

6:18 pm 4.0 11:06 pm 5.7

Th 8 4:47 am 2.9 11:57 am 9.7

7:06 pm 2.8

Weather Precipitation: During the period of November 22 to November 28, 2.38 inches of precipitation were recorded. The 2016 year-to-date precipitation is 33.18 inches. Temperature: High for the past week was 54.7°F on November 28 with a low of 40.1°F on November 27. Average high was 51.9 and average low was 42.9. Courtesy Birch Bay Water & Sewer Dist.

Homemade Arts & Crafts Bazaar: Friday and Saturday, December 2–3, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Blaine Senior Center, 763 G Street. Shop local crafters, cookie lane, raffle. Visit with Santa Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Lunch available. Info: 332-8040. Holiday Book Sale: Friday, December 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Discover the perfect gift and support the Friends of the Library as they raise funds for library improvements. Info: 305-3637. Holiday Open House Shop Tour: Friday–Sunday, December 2–4, 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Shop for your holiday gifts from at three local artist shops. Wood-n-Stitches, 7459 Blaine Road in Birch Bay, Back in Thyme, 7247 Everett Road (off Bay Road) and Speckled Hen Primitives, 6640 Tent Lane, Ferndale. Info: 371-2841. Olde Fashioned Christmas: Friday, December 2, 5–9 p.m., Saturday, December 3, 1–9 p.m., Sunday, December 4, 1–4 p.m., Pioneer Park, Ferndale. Old fashioned crafts for children, decorated log cabins, costumed hosts, live entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides and refreshments. Holiday Cocktail Party: Friday, December 2, 5:30–8 p.m., Whatcom Museum, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. Tickets $50. Info: event #2711630. G.F. Handel’s “Messiah” Performance: Friday, December 2, 7 p.m., Saturday, December 3, 2 p.m., Third Christian Reformed Church, 514 Liberty Street, Lynden. Lynden Choral Society performs this classic Christmas piece accompanied by The Starry Night Orchestra. Admission by donation. Cub Scout Tree Sale: Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4, 10 and 11, 1–5 p.m., Birch Bay Visitor Information Center, 7900 Birch Bay Drive. Enjoy hot cocoa and bake sale while selecting your tree. Proceeds benefit Cub Scouts Pack #4025. Info: 371-5004. Short Memoir Readings: Sunday, December 3, 3 p.m., Village Books, 430 Front Street, Lynden. Hear Red Wheelbarrow Writers read from “Memory into Memoir.” Many voices, one book. Free. Holiday Harbor Lights Dash: Saturday, December 3, 3 p.m., H Street and Peace Portal Drive. 1.5-mile obstacle course family fun run/walk. Holiday costumes are encouraged. Adults $10, kids $5, Family of five $30. Entry includes bowl of chili at Pastime Bar & Eatery. Advance registration: or day-of registration at 2:30 p.m. Sponsored by Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2. Holiday Harbor Lights Tree Lighting Ceremony: Saturday, December 3, 4:30 p.m., H Street and Peace Portal Drive. Tree lighting and community caroling, 4:30 p.m., Pictures and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus 5 p.m., free horse and trolley rides 5–7 p.m., lighted boat display at Blaine Harbor 6–7 p.m. Info: Bible Women Speak: Sunday, December 4, 2 p.m., Blaine United Church of Christ, 885 4th Street. The spirit of Christmas comes to life in this, one-woman Advent performance that portrays the women around Mary witnessing the events surrounding Jesus’ birth. Holiday Magic: Sunday, December 4, 3 p.m., Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial Street, Bellingham. Seasonal favorites with Bellingham Chamber Chorale and Whatcom Chorale. Pajama party with hot cocoa for kids. Info: 734-6080. Christmas Open House: December 5–10, VW’s Home and Garden, 8210 Portal Way. Goody bags, kids crafts, treats and sales. Info: 366-3906. Teen Tuesdays - Book Talk: Tuesday, December 6, 3–4 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Teens, join this reading and talking group. Choose a new book to discuss the first Tuesday of every month. For middle and high school students. Info: 305-3637. Let’s Make Presents: Wednesday, December 7, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. The best gifts are homemade. Make some great gifts for your family and friends. For grades K-5. Info: 305-3637. Live Music Lord Knapp: Friday, December 9, 8 p.m., Paso del Norte, 758 Peace Portal Drive. Lord Knapp’s Christmas party. Info: 332-4045. Sleighbells Ring 2016: Saturday–Sunday, December 10–11 and 17–18, BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. Info: Christmas Thrift and Boutique Sale: Saturday, December 10, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., The Bridge at Birch Bay, 4550 Birch Bay-Lynden Road, Birch Bay. Pet Pictures with Santa: Saturday, December 10, noon–4 p.m., People’s Place building, Lynden Fairgrounds. Picture sales benefit Kulshan Veterinary Hospital’s “Angel Fund,” helping stray animals and pets in need. Info: Customer Appreciation Night: Saturday, December 10, 7 p.m., Pastime Bar & Eatery, 658 Peace Portal Drive. Food and drink specials, Las Vegas trip giveaway, Silver City Band perform at 8 p.m. Info: 306-3194. Christmas Carol Sing-Along: Saturday, December 10, 7–9 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 382 Boblett Street. Join us singing traditional Christmas Carols from Silent Night to Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer! Lots of fun with homemade goodies and raffles. $7 donation at the door. Custer Carol Sing-Along: Tuesday, December 13, 7 p.m., Custer United Methodist Church, 2996 Main Street, Custer. Pilipino Chorus from First United Methodist Church in Burnaby, B.C. for traditional, contemporary and a traditional Pilipino carol. Freewill offering for children’s missions. Dessert following. Info: 366-3379. The Enchanted Toy Shop Dance Performance: Saturday, December 17, 7 p.m., Blaine Performing Arts Center. Students from Day-To-Day Dance perform a special holiday dance. Adults $10, kids ages 5-12 $5, under 4 free. Submissions to Coming Up should be sent to no later than noon on Monday.

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P.S. Winter Concert 1 p.m. M.S. Fall Sports Awards 8:30 a.m. Student Late Arrival 10:20 a.m. H.S. Blood Drive H.S. Community Concert 7 p.m. H.S. Wrestling – Battle at the Border M.S. PTSO Meeting 7 p.m. School Board Meeting 12 p.m. E.S. PTO Meeting 6 p.m. 7th/8th Grade Concert 7 p.m. H.S. Roman Banquet M.S. Academic Awards 8:30 a.m. E.S. 5th Grade Concert 1:30 p.m. NO SCHOOL – Winter Break


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P.S. PTO Meeting 6 p.m. H.S. Drama Performance Student Late Arrival 10:20 a.m. M.S. PTSO Meeting 7 p.m. E.S. PTO Meeting 6 p.m. P.S. Bedtime with Books 6 p.m. H.S. Drama Performance E.S. Martin Luther King Assembly 2 p.m. NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King Day 6th Grade Concert 7 p.m. School Board Meeting 7 p.m. 3rd/4th Grade Concert 1:30 p.m. NO SCHOOL- LID Day

Current Year School Calendar Adjustments The Board of Directors has approved current school year calendar adjustments necessitated by the school closure days on September 29 and 30. At this time, the last day of school has been extended by one day, to Friday, June 16. One of the school days lost for students in Grades 9-12 was made up on November 14. We have recently received notice from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction that the school days missed at Blaine High School on October 3-4 will not have to be rescheduled. It should be noted that we have navigated through the last two years without the need to close school for weather related issues. If we should now have winter weather disruptions that necessitate the closure of school, these days will be added to the end of the school year.

Winter Break Approaches Students and staff alike are looking forward to time off during the upcoming Winter Break. Schools will be closed from December 19 through January 2. The District Office will be closed on December 22, 23, 27, 30, and January 2. Due to the observance of New Year’s Day on Monday, students will return to school on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Best wishes to all for safe and happy holiday celebrations.

Phase I of Blaine High School Construction Well Underway

The first of three phases of construction is well underway at Blaine High School. You may have noticed exterior block walls for the main building going vertical, while construction of the new greenhouse is also in process. Phase I will include the Commons area (cafeteria), a full service kitchen, two Career and Technical Education classrooms, Band and Choir rooms, and a small theater. We are very excited about the prospect of having students occupy Phase I in the 2017-18 school year, as completion is targeted for July of 2017. Patrons are encouraged to visit our website for additional details on this very important work.

Community School Concerts in December During the month of December, community members are encouraged to join Blaine School District parents and staff for concert performances by both the High School and Middle School. Choral performances, led by Andy Harmening, will include many holiday favorites to showcase the vocal talents of our students. Instrumental performances by several different student bands, as well as solo acts, will be led by Bob Gray. In addition to student performances, local musicians and musical groups are invited to perform as well, making it a truly “community” event. Anyone interested in performing at either concert is encouraged to contact Mr. Harmening or Mr. Gray at (360) 332-8226. Blaine High School’s community concert begins at 7 p.m on Thursday, December 8. The 7th & 8th Grade concert is on December 13, also beginning at 7 p.m. Both concerts will be held in the Performing Arts Center at 975 H Street in Blaine.

Winter Sports Season Begins Winter sports are now underway and we are excited to see the boys and girls basketball and wrestling teams in action. Sports schedules and scores are available at which can also be linked from the District’s website. Best of luck to the student athletes and coaches this season. It is truly great to be a Borderite!

Winter Weather Information Sometimes weather conditions create the need for a one hour late start, or the cancellation of school for the entire day. There are a number of ways that you can access school schedule information on inclement weather mornings. Seattle TV stations, KGMI and the Blaine School District website ( will have updated details as early as 5:30 a.m. and no later than 6 a.m. Parents may also call the Schedule Hotline at (360) 332-0789 for school schedule information. Schedule changes for severe weather bus routes can also be linked from the top of the Blaine School District website. When school is closed, all school activities, including after school athletic practices, are also cancelled. Student and staff safety remains our primary concern.

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