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Community Newspaper of Blaine and Birch Bay

December 6 - 12, 2018

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s G Street Plaza was full with onlookers during the annual Holiday Harbor Lights tree lighting ceremony on December 1. “Everything just went really well,” said Blaine community tourism and development coordinator Debbie Harger. More photos of Holiday Harbor Lights on page 8-9. Photo by Aly Siemion

Ericksen, Van Werven come out ahead in now-certified recount B y S t e fa n i e D o n a h u e Hand recounts for two 42nd legislative district races concluded this week and resulted in victories for incumbent state senator Doug Ericksen (R) and state representative Luanne Van Werven (R). The Whatcom County Canvassing Board certified the results on December 5. Election division staff began the mandatory hand recounts on November 29. In the race for state senate, Ericksen

won with 45 votes over opponent Pinky Vargas (D). Van Werven, who was running for state representative, position 1, won with 81 votes over opponent, Justin Boneau, chief deputy auditor Diana Bradrick said after the meeting. Ericksen and Van Werven will join Sharon Shewmake (D) in representing constituents in the 42nd legislative district. Shewmake won the state representative, position 2 race with 981 votes over her opponent Vincent Buys (R). She received 36,704

Port to get $1.75 million for harbor cleanup in settlement By Oliver Lazenby The Port of Bellingham took a step toward starting a $6 million cleanup project at Blaine Harbor after securing $1.75 million through a settlement with a former tenant. On November 20, Port of Bellingham commissioners approved the settlement with the estate of Carl Westman and its insurance company over contamination at Westman’s boatyard business, Westman Industrial Co., operated at Blaine Harbor from 1976 to 1989 on a property now

known as the Westman Marine Site. Port commissioners touted the settlement as a success at the November 20 commission meeting. The amount, $1.75 million, is the limit of the estate’s insurance, and the most the port was likely to get, officials said. “The port is going to do these cleanups, we’ve got to do these cleanups, but this money helps make it possible so we’re still able to do other things that are economically development focused, that are housing focused,” said port commissioner

Michael Shepard. The port and Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) began investigating the site in 2013 and identified pollutants at concentrations that require cleanup under the state’s Model Toxics Control Act. Contaminants include arsenic, copper, zinc, tributyltin and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. The substances are likely from sandblasting, hull painting and other boatyard (See Port, page 3)

votes (50.68 percent), while Buys, an incumbent, received 35,723 votes (49.32 percent). Bradrick said Ericksen received 36,338 votes (49.93 percent), while Vargas received 36,293 votes (49.87 percent) in the race for state senate. Van Werven received 36,242 votes (49.99 percent), while Boneau received 36,161 votes (49.88 percent) in the race for state representative, position 1. The percentages listed above account for write-in candidates. The legislative session begins on January 14.


The city is considering a new property tax exemption to help spur multi-family residential development in the downtown core. “The multi-family tax exemption is something that’s newly available to us here in Whatcom County due to some changes in state law,” said city manager Michael Jones in a presentation to the Port of Bellingham board of commissioners on November 20. The Port of Bellingham retains a portion of the property taxes collected by the city. “It allows cities to designate target areas where they wish to incentivize multi-family residential development.” Per Washington state law (RCW 84.14), certain cities can lift the requirement for property owners to pay property taxes on the added value of a multi-family residential development for up to 12 years within a targeted area. Jones said the city of Blaine intends to target an area within the Central Business District (CBD), which encompasses downtown, residential areas and the harbor. There are several undeveloped and underdeveloped properties in that area, particularly on the west side of Peace Portal Drive. “We’re interested in stimulating multi-family housing [development] because having people living in downtown is integral to having a dynamic and active downtown which supports the businesses and services,” Jones said. If approved by Blaine City Council, the tax exemption would allow for an eight-year exemption for multi-family development or a twelve-year exemption for multi-family development that includes an affordable housing component within the targeted area.

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The Northern Light • December 6 - 12, 2018

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The Editor: As a three-year Blaine resident, I am impressed with the number of churches in the community. I admire the work that people of faith (as well as those who are non-believers, but do-gooders) provide on behalf of those in need not only during the Christmas season, but throughout the year. The Blaine High School teacher who quietly organizes a free clothing closet for students, the food bank, blood drives, the community’s support of the senior center and Boys and Girls Club, the library with its extended hours and helpful librarians, the high school’s parenting nights with free dinners and the list goes on. You amaze me! With all of the commotion, terror, calamities and mean-spirited politics of 2018, I invite us all to step back and thoughtfully become engaged in bringing Christ-like giving to the forefront of our minds and hearts this month. For example, by logging onto or, we can find opportunities and inspirational ideas to daily reach out and serve people in our homes, our places of employment, and within our own town and county. I bet your place of worship has similar ideas, as well as our ever-busy community organizations. Would you please share

these ideas with us? I would like to lend my support wherever and however I can. We may be attending different church buildings, and belong to different charitable organizations, but we can share the same wish: to bring good into this world. Let us join together to uplift, serve and share hope and joy into this Christmas season. Keri Krout Smith Blaine The Editor: I fully support the ideas and enthusiasm expressed in letters here by Bill Becht on the potential for this beautiful town so handy to Canada. Blaine has a wonderful sea walk and is so pedestrian friendly that a train stop at the existing train depot could bring in so many tourists from the north as well as cause those who come for mail and shipping to linger a bit. Coming from the south in the U.S., this is the only stop for the beach. It could hook up with various shuttle services or taxis to Birch Bay and Semiahmoo. Trains would be packed in the summer. Think of the offerings here for urbanites hopping on a train: marinas, water sports like kayaking, parks, piers, beaches, deep woods, wildlife and birds. My first trip to Blaine, where I have chosen to live, was perched on

the sidewalk under an umbrella eating fresh divinely cooked oysters from Drayton Harbor Oyster Co.; my next trip had two friends in tow for the same experience. There is also Birch Bay State Park with perhaps the most stunning campground anywhere. I wonder at the disconnected transportation between all the wonders of Blaine even for those of us who live here. Organized with a train station, we could add to the great musical events here and give a larger public to the artists. A plein air festival along with bird-watching in the spring and summer to bring the painters out with their followings or I personally would love a winter retreat for poets and maybe other writers. Of course, we all have that selfish side of keeping all this just for ourselves to avoid having too many people trampling the “sights,” but that is not the problem here where small business has a hard time surviving. I agree with Bill Becht, this place begs for stores, galleries and boutiques to honor, not exploit its great beauty. How can we help get that train? Sharon Robinson Blaine Please send letters to no later than noon on Monday.

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s North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) welcomed five new career firefighters on November 15 at Blaine Station 61. Pictured front row from l., Charlie Baldwin, Delanie Warne, Cody Bowen, Seth Richmond and Aaron Ebner. Back from l., commissioners John Crawford, Bruce Ansell, Rich Bosman, Larry McPhail and Dean Berkeley. Photo by Jennie Sand

Send in your photos City to improve signage at downtown parklets B y S t e fa n i e D o n a h u e The city is holding a photo contest as part of a campaign to improve signage at green spaces along Peace Portal Drive. The best photographs will be used to be showcase the downtown parklets at Martin, Clark, Boblett, and Cherry streets.

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“Please send us your favorite pictures that best represent the character of Blaine and the city’s celebrated history and maritime heritage,” reads a press release announcing the contest. Winning photos will be featured as a background image for a 36-inch-by-30-inch park sign. Submissions are due on Monday, January 7 at The park and cemetery board will announce the winners during a regular meeting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, January 10. To learn more about city parks and green spaces, visit

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Sports Seniors shine in first boys wrestling tournament By Oliver Lazenby After a strong opening tournament, the Blaine boys wrestling team looks like it can live up to the school’s decades-long legacy of wrestling success. The seniors led Blaine to a third place finish out of 30 teams at the Return of the Seahawk tournament on December 1 at Chief Sealth High School in Seattle. Blaine senior Alex Hall won at 145 pounds, senior Jacob Westfall won at 190 pounds. Senior Ethan Deming placed second at 160 pounds and senior Aidan Button finished second at 170 pounds. New head coach Tom Hinz was pleased with more than the team’s place on the podium. “We’re doing the things that we’re coaching and we’re listening well, so that’s really inspiring,” he said. “We were a pinning team. It was great to see; we were pinning a lot of guys.” Blaine’s squad this year has nine seniors, including two

who placed at the state championship last year – Westfall finished third and Button placed fifth. Hall, Deming and fellow senior George Cheatham all wrestled in the regional tournament. Hinz has high expectations for the season and is excited about the spread of weight classes his team fills out. Having wrestlers in each weight class is crucial to earning a high team score, as it gives the team more chances to earn points. “From 113 [pounds] to heavyweight, I really think we have a kid in every weight class who, if they meet their potential, could be a state participant,” Hinz said. The Borderites will get another test against wrestlers from around the state at the Battle at the Border on Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8 at Blaine High School. Wrestling starts at 1 pm. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday.

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New head wrestling coach comes with a lot of experience Blaine’s new boys head wrestling coach Tom Hinz is ready to defend Blaine’s legacy as one of the top wrestling schools in the county. The former Bellingham High School head coach and Blaine assistant coach sees his new role as a privilege. “It’s an honor to step in and be the head coach,” Hinz said. “We could be the smallest school in 2A but we have a large, supportive wrestling program that is known and feared statewide.” Hinz took over for Colt Warren, who stepped down for a teaching job at Nooksack Valley High

School. As a coach, Hinz sees himself as a facilitator rather than a dictator — he’s goal oriented and wants to help athletes plan and meet goals. Hinz started at Blaine as an assistant coach under Warren in 2016. From 2008 to 2015, he was head wrestling coach at Bellingham High School, a position he left to take a job as a special education teacher with Ferndale High School. Hinz’s knowledge of Blaine’s wrestling legacy goes beyond his experience with the Borderites over the last two years. As a freshman at Nooksack Valley High School in 1991, his first high school wrestling match was at Blaine High School. Blaine was already a strong wrestling school and had just won a team state championship. As a high school wrestler, Hinz won an individual state title and placed in the state tournament three times. He went to Pacific Lutheran University on a wrestling scholarship and wrestled for a year before joining the military. He served as a mil-

s Boys head wrestling coach Tom Hinz. Photo by Oliver Lazenby itary police officer and coached wrestling and football at a U.S. Department of Defense Dependents School in Baumholder, Germany, an experience that steered him toward working with kids. “As a military police officer, you deal mostly with kids in negative ways. When you’re dealing with student athletes, it’s a positive experience,” he said. “You get to positively impact people’s lives.”

Borderites start strong with a 2–1 record By Oliver Lazenby Blaine boys basketball toppled Oak Harbor 68-47 on December 4 thanks to dogged defense and a varied offense led by Zane Rector and Kyle Turnberg. Rector scored 20 points and Turnberg 15. The win, Blaine’s second of the season, is a milestone for the team because that’s how many Blaine won all last season. But the team still has a way to go, new head coach Brett Farrar points out. “I congratulated them and said this is just a start, let’s keep working to improve and not relax here,” he said. Farrar was head coach at Sedro-Woolley from 2012 to 2018. There, he had a 67–63 career record. He replaces longtime coach Rob Ridnour, who came back to coach last season. Farrar is looking to rebuild Blaine’s basketball program; the Borderites have had a rough couple seasons, finishing last season 2–18 (0–13 in conference games) and finishing 5–15, with a 2–10 conference record the season before. The Borderites are showing a

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competitive energy and scrappiness on the court that looks promising. “We’re really pleased with our effort in the first three games,” Farrar said. “Each guy is really attentive to his job defensively and we’re doing a good job rebounding the ball, which is pure effort.” After beating Oak Harbor, the Borderites are 2–1. They lost to Archbishop Murphy 52–47 on November 29. Though the team has had some early success, Farrar wants to take the season one day at a time. “We have to make sure we’re showing up every single day looking to improve, working to improve. If we do that, then we’ll be OK,” Farrar said. “We haven’t won a league game in 23 games, so it’s probably a little soon for talking playoffs.” Next, the Borderites play at 7:15 p.m. at Bellingham High School (1–2) on Friday, December 7. Blaine’s next home game, and the first conference game of the season, starts at 7:15 p.m. against Lynden Christian on Friday, December 14.

s Zane Rector makes a layup last season against Lynden. Rector led the Borderites with 20 points against Oak Harbor on December 4. Photo by Janell Kortlever

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Come ‘shell-ebrate’ improved water quality Santa Train opens in Birch Bay B y S t e fa n i e D o n a h u e Efforts to improve water quality in the local watershed paid off two years ago when the Washington State Department of Health lifted recreational and commercial shellfish harvesting restrictions on 810 acres of Drayton Harbor. To celebrate the anniversary, the Whatcom County Public Works Department is hosting a ‘Shellebration’ from 4–6 p.m. on Friday, December 14 at the G Street Plaza. The event is free and will include refreshments, oyster samples from Drayton Harbor Oyster Co., activities for kids and

a community awards ceremony that begins at 4:30 p.m. Harvesting restrictions in Drayton Harbor were imposed in 1995 due to high levels of pollution making consumption of shellfish unsafe, and continued until 2016. State and county agencies, nonprofit organizations and volunteers came together to evaluate and repair septic systems, utilize marine pump-out stations, invest in wastewater and stormwater systems, improve pasture and manure management, plant trees and shrubs along waterways and pickup pet waste. The still-active Drayton Har-

bor Shellfish Protection District advisory committee was also established. “Continued community participation in these and other pollution prevention actions is needed to ensure clean water to keep the shellfish beds open and local waterways safe,” read a press release from the Whatcom County Public Works Department. “Thanks to everyone for doing your part to keep the water clean.” The upcoming ‘Shellebration’ will take place outside, so guests should dress accordingly. To learn more about the event, call 360/778-6302.

Holiday boutique draws hundreds to resort s Hop aboard the Santa Train at Miniature World Family Fun Center, 4620 Birch Bay-Lynden Road. The train runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 7-9, 14-16 and 19-23. Tickets cost $15.95 for those age 13 and over, $9.95 for ages 3 to 12 and free for under age 3. To learn more, visit Photo by Molly Ernst

S The Semiahmoo Women’s Club hosted a holiday boutique at Semiahmoo Resort on November 29. More than 100 people attended the annual luncheon, which featured a performance by the Blaine High School choir. The Semiahmoo Women’s Club presented a $250 check to the choir and in May provided $10,000 in scholarships to Blaine students, said board member Mary Lou Steward.

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Want to donate to the Community Toy Store? B y S t e fa n i e D o n a h u e The last day to donate to the Community Toy Store is approaching. The Community Toy Store charitable program allows eligible parents to purchase new toys and clothing gift cards for their kids at a 75-90 percent discount in December. Two gifts can be chosen per child, or one gift card per teen, and gift wrapping stations will be available on-site. Proceeds from the sales will go to the Blaine Food Bank and The Bridge Community Hope Center in Birch Bay. “We currently have about 200 children from 75 families who will be served by the Community Toy Store,” said Community Assistance Program board member Laura Vogee. “We still

have a limited number of spaces for families who qualify for the program to shop, so we will accept late registrations on a space available basis until Sunday, December 9.” Parents can register by visiting or calling 360/332-0740. New toys, games, book sets and sports equipment that require no batteries in the $10-$50 price range as well as $25 gift cards for teens to clothing stores are being accepted at donation drop boxes in Blaine and Birch Bay. “We have about 50 teens registered, so I suspect we are still in need of $25 gift cards to clothingonly stores for them,” Vogee said. “We are also still in need of gift wrap, bows and tags.” Donation sites include Blaine

Library at 610 3rd Street, Blaine Senior Center at 763 G Street, Pacific Building Center at 2677 Bell Road, The Bridge Community Hope Center at 4815 Alderson Road and Blaine Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2 at 7511 Gemini Street. The deadline to donate is Friday, December 7 at all public collection sites with exception of local churches, which will collect donations until Sunday, December 9, Vogee said. Donations will also be collected at the arts market in the Goff building, 674 Peace Portal Drive, from 3–7 p.m. on Friday, December 7 and 10–7 p.m. on Saturday, December 8. To learn more about the Community Toy Store, visit blainecap. org/community-toy-store/.

Boys and Girls Club, Alcoa Write to Foundation partner to offer Santa drug prevention programs B y S t e fa n i e D o n a h u e Thanks to a donation from the Alcoa Foundation, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Whatcom County (BGCWC) will offer two drug prevention programs, called Project Learn and Positive Action, at club sites in Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden and Blaine. “The social, economic and health impacts of underage use of tobacco, alcohol, opioids, marijuana and illegal drugs are well-documented nationally and in Whatcom County,” read

a press release. “The crisis has reached the point of being an epidemic in our community.” The programs are designed to teach kids how to make good choices, build self-esteem, avoid risky behaviors and reject illicit drugs. Instructors will teach kids about respect, trust, honesty, communication and how to make healthy choices. To learn more, contact BGCWC chief development officer Sara Maloney at 360/738-3808, extension 304 or at smaloney@

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Christmas Open House Now thru December 8

s Santa Claus is accepting letters from children at his mailbox located in front of Skye Hill Station in downtown Blaine. Letters will be accepted until Thursday, December 20 and must include the child’s first name and a return address so Santa Claus can personally respond.

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Holiday Harbor Lights Blaine’s annual holiday celebration took place downtown on December 1. The event featured an arts market, history museum, live music, fun run, tree lighting and more. Photos by Aly Siemion unless otherwise noted.

s Jim Zell helped collect photographs and old newspapers to display in Photo by Stefanie Donahue the former Goff building.

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s Dolls by artist Heather Peterson.

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Doctor opens medical aesthetics business in Blaine Bellingham, Dado works seven, Her motto? 24-hour shifts per month. She is able to pursue her passion in her ‘Be your spare time at Top to Bottom Medical Aesthetics. best you’ “My face is what I present to B y S t e fa n i e D o n a h u e Out of her home in Semiahmoo, board-certified OB/GYN physician Gina Dado is offering medical treatments to men and women to help rejuvenate their appearance. Her business, Top to Bottom Medical Aesthetics, opened in October. “[I offer] medical aesthetics that really can transform you in a private, low-stress setting,” she said. Dado attended medical school at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in Illinois and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Loyola University Medical Center. She moved to Blaine in 2017 from Scottsdale, Arizona, where she worked in private practice for 16 years. Currently an OB Hospitalist at PeaceHealth Medical Center in

the world and it is important to me to do what I can to keep it looking healthy and happy, a reflection of who I am on the inside,” Dado wrote on her website. “I have always had a passion for connecting with patients and giving great medical care.” In addition to Botox Cosmetic and Vi Peel, Dado offers micro-needling to boost the production of collagen and elastin in the skin as well as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections. PRP injections consist of centrifuging a patient’s blood to increase the level of plasma cells and growth factors and are used by Dado to improve overall complexion, stimulate hair growth and enhance intimate areas of the body. Home-based skincare can also be purchased at Top to Bottom Medical Aesthetics, including


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Does your mood seem to mirror the seasons? Does it grow darker as the fall and winter days get shorter and lighter when 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. SAD can make you feel tired, crave carbohydrates, gain weight, avoid things you normally enjoy or withdraw socially during the fall and winter months. Sunlight helps regulate your internal biological clock. When there are changes in the amount of light you get, that clock gets out of balance and levels of 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 age of 18 and 30. Women are affected at about three times the rate of

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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. A diagnosis of SAD is based on your 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, light therapy may be recommended. This involves using special lighting 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

School hygiene tips

Children are in close contact with others at schools and daycare facilities and germs can be easily transmitted. Children are not generally as conscientious as adults in regard to the health risks of poor hygiene. These tips can keep students stay healthy and help prevent germs from being carried home, where they can affect other family members. — Hand washing is essential to good hygiene. Children should wash their hands with soap and water after using the bathroom, before eating and after playing outdoors. — Children can bring along their own tissues and use them when their noses become runny. Tissues should be discarded after use. — Parents should ensure that fingernails are clean because fingernails can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Clipping fingernails (Continued on next page)

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HEALTH & WELLNESS Encouraging happy, healthy lives!

New doctor welcomed to Birch Bay B y S t e fa n i e D o n a h u e To address the increasing need for health care in north Whatcom County, Birch Bay Family Medicine has hired Dr. Leah Embree. Embree is a board-certified family medicine physician and began seeing patients last month. Family Care Network representative Michele Anderson said Embree is still accepting new patients. Originally from Minnesota, Embree studied Spanish and biology at Bethel University in St. Paul and later attended medical school at the University of Minnesota. She completed her residency at the Self Regional Medical Center in Greenwood, South

(Continued from previous page) and regular hand washing can remove germs. — Keep ill children home from school, especially if they have a fever. Kids should not return to school until they are fever- and symptom-free. — Toys and community supplies should be washed or disinfected regularly to kill germs. Cleaning classroom furniture regularly also can help establish healthy educational environments.

Carolina. “One of the best things about family medicine is the opportunity to care for individuals and families in all ages and stages of life,” Embree said in a statement. “I also treasure the opportunity I have as a family doctor to become connected with the community.” Embree helps inform patients about how to avoid health problems, in addition to treating ill-

ness. She said she is interested in women’s health care, obstetrics, pediatrics and travel medicine. “On my days off,” she said, “you will find me with my husband and my boys – cooking, drinking coffee, being outdoors and investing in our church.” Birch Bay Family Medicine is located at 8097 Harborview Road. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Embree, call 360/371-5855.

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Peter Eric Holdaas, age 66, passed away Monday, December 3, in his home in Blaine. He is survived by his wife Connie and six children, Joshua, Josie, Justin, Jordan, Jamie and Jeremy and his six grandchildren. Pete became a believer in Jesus Christ on October 23, 1971. He pastored churches across the country for over 32 years. Pete showcased his uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and meaningful way as a mental health counselor for 22 years at Catholic Community Services. His impact as a mentor to young men will reach future generations. Pete was a skilled guitarist and musician who wrote and recorded his own music. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of local, state and national wrestling and was an avid fan of the sport. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, December 8 at 1 p.m. at Northwood Alliance Church, 580 C Street, Blaine.

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Police Reports The following are summaries of law enforcement incidents handled by the Blaine Police Department.

November 21, 5:10 p.m.: A Canadian resident called police to report her mother as a missing person. The individual advised police her mother attempted to enter Canada illegally on October 31 and was sent back to the United States. She later advised she was heading back to Miami but her daughter didn’t hear from her again. Officers entered her as a missing person and cleared with no further incident. November 21, 5:40 p.m.: Officers responded to the 1700 block of H Street for a report of a shoplifter who fled the store. Officers found the suspect at the corner of Grant and Ludwick avenues. Officers confirmed with store employees the suspect had shoplifted a bottle of wine. The wine was recovered from the suspect’s back pack. Officers arrested, cited and released the individual with a mandatory court date. Officers cleared with no further incident. November 23, 8:59 a.m.: Officers responded to a panic alarm. It was determined to be an alarm malfunction. November 23, 12:17 p.m.: An officer took a vandalism report. A trailer was sprayed with black spray paint creating the number 36. It is unknown when the trailer was sprayed. November 23, 3 p.m.: Blaine Police were dispatched to the 500 block of Peace Portal Drive where a Tesla charging plug had become stuck in the port of a vehicle. Officers were able to separate the car and nozzle but damage

was caused to both. The charging station was placed out of service and public works was advised. November 24, 9:16 a.m.: Blaine Police were dispatched to a report of vandalism in the 600 block of 9th Street. Officers documented some spray painted words on a fence and are investigating the offense as a criminal matter. November 24, 12:04 p.m.: During routine patrol, Blaine Police located an illegally parked vehicle in the 300 block of G Street. The semi and trailer were parked on city property outside the limit of the commercial zone. The vehicle was issued a parking infraction. November 24, 7:50 p.m.: Officers were flagged down by a citizen. Officers were told of a problem between juveniles at a local teen night event. None of the parties involved wish to file criminal charges. The probation officer of two juvenile suspects was contacted and given the information for follow up. November 25, 5 p.m.: A mother reported her teenage son left the house without her permission and would like to report him as a runaway. An officer took a runaway report and had it entered into NCIC. Officers searched for the runaway but were unable to find him. An hour later the son returned home. He was removed from the system. November 25, 4:20 p.m.: An officer was dispatched to a non-blocking, non-injury collision


in the 500 block of H Street. The officer arrived and discovered both cars had backed into each other. The collision was reportable and a state collision report was completed. The officer also assisted with the exchange of information before leaving the area. November 25, 5:35 p.m.: A mother called to report that her juvenile son, who is on probation, had run away for the second time that night. The mother advised she would be going to the probation officer’s office and getting a warrant tomorrow. The mother wanted police to be aware. November 26, 3:27 p.m.: A local motel called to report they have been receiving harassing calls and wanted them to stop. The problem as described sounded as if the issue involved a civil matter. An officer arrived and discovered there was no suspect information or a phone number. The owner was informed on how to have his phone number no longer accept unknown calls. The owner was instructed to call 911 if suspect information is gathered. November 26, 6:10 p.m.: An officer received a runaway report. The father advised he has not seen or heard from his daughter since 9:30 that morning. The officer called multiple friends and checked a location she was possibly at, with negative results. The father completed a runway report and the juvenile was listed as a runaway. Report by Blaine Police Department


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Semiahmoo Marina Food and Toy Drive: Through Saturday, December 15. The food will be donated to Blaine Food Bank and the toys will go to Blaine/BirchBay Community Toy Store. Info: or Santa Train: Through December 16, Friday – Sunday, and daily December 19–23, 5–9 p.m., Miniature World Family Fun Center, 4620 Birch Bay-Lynden Road. Ride through a wonderland with over one million lights. Info and tickets:

Allied Arts Festival of the Arts: Through December 24, 10 a.m.–7

p.m., 1418 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham. Five week-long festival featuring over 100 local artisans and craftspeople. The affordable, locally handmade products range from jewelry, paintings, wearable art, specialty foods, and repurposed art. Free event. Info: 360/676-8548 or

Holiday Art Fair and History Museum: Friday, December 7, 3–7 p.m.,

Saturday, December 1 and 8, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., 674 Peace Portal Drive. Arts, crafts, vintage photos, music and refreshments. Info: 332-4544.

Live Music at Bay Breeze: Friday, December7, 6–9 p.m., Bay Breeze Restaurant and Bar, 7829 Birch Bay Drive. Featuring Scott & Dean. Live Music at The Vault: Friday, December 7, 7-9 p.m., The Vault Wine Bar, 277 G Street. Featuring Wicked Timing. Breakfast with Santa: Saturday Dec. 8, 9 a.m.–noon, 4580 Legion

Drive, Blaine. Presented by Blaine American Legion Post 86 Auxiliary. Children 12 and under Free. All others are by donation. Info: 360/371-7311.

Holiday Craft Bazaar: Saturday, December 8, noon–2 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Buy or sell homemade crafts and treats made by kids and teens. Kids ages 5-13 may sell; everyone can shop. Space is limited; registration required. Info: 360/305-3637.

Sleigh bells Ring – BelleWood’s Holiday Festival: Saturday, December 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23, noon.–5 p.m., BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden. Santa, live caroling, horse drawn trolley rides, cookie crafting for kids and fresh cut wreathes and trees. Info:

Backstage @ the Border presents Annual Christmas Carol Sing Along: Saturday, December 8, 7–9 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 382


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10 a.m.–4 p.m. though December 9, Birch Bay Waterslides lot, 4874 Birch Bay-Lynden Road. Douglas and noble firs and wreaths. Info:

Scott & Dean: Saturday, December 8, 5:30–7:30 p.m., The Great Blue Heron Grill, 8720 Semiahmoo Parkway.

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Boy Scout & Cub Scout Christmas Tree Sale: Saturdays and Sundays,

Birch Bay Community Tree Lighting: Saturday, December 8, 5 p.m., The Bridge Community Hope Center, 7815 Alderson Road. Sing carols, enjoy hot chocolate and treats, toy drive for Community Toy Store. Donate an ornament for the tree, if you wish. Info: 360/366-8763.

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Blaine/Birch Bay Community Toy Store Drive: Through Sunday, December 9. Collection locations for brand new, unwrapped toys, clothing, and store gift cards include the Blaine Library and Blaine Senior Center. Additional locations and info: or email toystore@blainecap. org. Sponsored by the Community Assistance Program.

Boblett St., $7 suggested donation at the door. Homemade goodies and bucket raffle. All proceeds from the evening will benefit Loads of Love laundry outreach program.

Live Music at The Vault: Saturday, December 8, 7-9 p.m., The Vault Wine Bar, 277 G Street. Featuring Sonja Lee Band. A Christmas Prelude: Saturday, December 8, Blaine Senior Center, 763 G Street, Enjoy an evening of music by Angels Descending, appetizers and desserts. $25 per person or $40 per couple. Info: 332-8040. Bald Eagle Watching Trip: Sunday, December 9, 9 a.m. Limited to 15 participants. Trip will tour locations on the Nooksack River. Info: and registration: 336/207-7505, or Birch Bay Library Design Meeting: Monday, December 10, 6 p.m., BP Heron Center, 7290 Birch Bay Drive. See the latest iteration of design plans and give input. Info: O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy: Wednesday, December 12, at the Mt. Baker Theater, 4408, 104 N. Commercial Street, Bellingham. Canadian comedy award winners James & Jamesy are dashing through the snow on their way to delight audiences of all ages with their holiday-themed comedy. A rollicking Christmas romp through a world steeped in tea.

Shellebration: Friday, December 14, 4–6 p.m., the G Street Plaza. Samples, kid’s activities and community awards.

Weather Precipitation: During the period of November 26 to December 2, 1.67 inches of precipitation was recorded. The 2018 year-to-date precipitation is 32.3 inches. Temperature: High for the past week was 62.7°F on November 27 with a low of 31°F on December 2. Average high was 53.6°F and average low was 42.24°F. Courtesy Birch Bay Water & Sewer Dist.

Live Nativity: Friday, December 14, 6–8 p.m., Northwood Alliance Church, 580 C Street. Hear the story of Christ’s birth, manger scene with live animals, horse-drawn hay wagon, live music, refreshments and carols. Info: 360/332-8610. Mostly Magic with John Walton: Saturday, December 15 at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Mt. Baker Theater, 104 N. Commercial Street. A unique blend of magic and humor with something for everyone. Tickets are $7. Info: A Holiday Wish for Paco: December 15, 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Blaine Performing Arts Center, 975 H Street. Presented by Day-to-Day dance. Info: or email Annual Caroling Event: Sunday, December 16. 5 p.m., Semiahmoo Resort San Juan Ballroom. Free cookies and warm beverages. Cash bar. Loads of Love: Monday, December 17, 5:30–7:30 p.m., The Washhouse, 715 3rd. St. Laundry costs covered. Submissions to Coming Up should be sent to no later than noon on Monday.

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P.S. PTO Meeting, 6:15pm Student Late Arrival, 10:20am M.S. “Strengthening Families” Program, 5:30pm E.S. PTO Meeting, 6pm M.S. MLK Jr. Assembly, 8:30am E.S. MLK Jr. Assembly, 2pm Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (No School) M.S. “Strengthening Families” Program, 5:30pm 6th Grade Concert, 7pm Teacher Workday (No School) School Board Meeting, 7pm M.S. “Strengthening Families” Program, 5:30pm

Borderite Athletes Blaine High School Recognized for Sportsmanship Construction Update At the November 26 School Board meeting, Blaine High School athletes were recognized for exemplary sportsmanship during the Fall athletic season. Annika Soderberg (Cheer), Cassidy Condos (Volleyball), Maya Ball (Girls Soccer), Mason Vega (Football), and Milanna Fredericks (Cross Country) received Sportsmanship Award certificates. The Board also acknowledged the Blaine High School Volleyball team’s recent accomplishments at state competition. We are proud of our Borderites!

The third and final phase of construction at Blaine High School is proceeding on target. Framing and utility work is ongoing. A total of three concrete slabs have now been poured and trusses have been installed in the south section of this phase. Final design details are being considered for the new Grandstand and the District’s construction team is continuing to review cost estimates (separately) for both the seating area as well as the overall structure. It is truly exciting to see these impressive facility improvements coming to fruition.

Community School Concerts in December

Winter Weather Information Sometimes weather conditions create the need for a 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. Push notifications and automated calls will be sent through the “Blaine SD” mobile app. The Blaine School District website (www., KGMI, and Seattle TV Stations will have updated details as early as 5:30am and no later than 6:00am. Parents may also call the Schedule Hotline at 360-332-0789 for school schedule information. Severe weather bus route schedules can be found on the Blaine School District website. When school is closed, all school activities, including after school athletic practices, are also canceled. Student and staff safety remains our primary concern.

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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 Pam Pryor, will showcase the vocal talents of our students. Instrumental performances, led by Bob Gray, will feature several different student bands. Additionally, several solo acts will be performed and local community musicians have been invited to participate as well. Musicians in the community who are interested in sharing a performance are encouraged to contact Pam Pryor ( or Bob Gray ( The 7th and 8th Grade community concert begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11. Blaine High School’s 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.

Birch Bay-Blaine Thrives The Whatcom County Health Department has committed staff, consultants, and some project funding for a Birch Bay-Blaine Thrives planning initiative. The goal of this collaborative effort is to formally nurture and sustain stronger relationships between families, staff and those agencies in the community that are positioned to offer technical services in the social, emotional and behavioral domains. This community-driven, representative group has been working since summer on setting a healthy vision for the Birch Bay, Blaine, and Pt. Roberts communities so that all children, youth, and families can thrive. Existing assets, including the Healthy Youth Coalition, have been identified, as well as areas needing increased support. Earlier this year, an anonymous Community Survey provided residents with an opportunity to share their perspectives on school and community strengths, youth behaviors, parental concerns, etc. Many families indicated a desire for increased engagement. On December 5, the District held a Family Resource Fair with almost 50 participating service organizations

represented to connect with parents and students. In early 2019, Blaine Middle School will host a 7-week Strengthening Families Program to help parents and youth learn to make the most of the Teen Years. Funding from a Drug-Free Communities Grant will provide leadership in the implementation of a Communities in Schools affiliation which will provide a site coordinator to partner initially with Blaine Primary School to help meet student needs. Through these and other outreach programs, the Birch BayBlaine Thrives initiative is working to achieve our District communities' collective vision for thriving families.

What’s going on at Blaine High? It’s almost winter break! Staff and students are excited as we approach the holidays and some time off. By Sydney Feenstra

This student section resides here with the intent to give people in this tight knit town a feel for the upgraded Blaine High School. Coming from a student perspective, the goal is to characterize and communicate a significant aspect of our community.

People begin to appreciate the little things during the winter. This might include the picturesque icy sunrise over Mount Baker in the early mornings. When skiers and snowboarders see this, they can’t wait to get up to the mountain. Families are planning getaways to sunny destinations, or maybe staying to embrace the cold at home with a blanket and warm drink. Academically, the break will be a time for students to mentally relax, catch up on school work, and prepare for finals coming up in January. Students and staff will also, of course, enjoy celebrating the holidays with friends and family. Only 13 more days, but who’s counting!



School Resource Officer At their meeting on November 26, the Blaine School District Board of Directors approved an agreement with the City of Blaine to increase the existing School Resource Officer position to full time starting after Winter Break. Up to this point, Officer Devin Cooper has been on campus as often as possible, but is periodically called away to assist with coverage in other areas of the City. With this new agreement, the SRO’s time will be dedicated to the Blaine campus every school day. In addition to being available for emergencies, the primary goal of the SRO is to proactively engage with students at all levels of the program to break down barriers and develop positive relationships with students.

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