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Truck suspected in hit and run that caused fire, power outage By Jami Makan Blaine police are investigating after a vehicle collided with electrical equipment in the Cost Cutter plaza and left the scene without reporting the accident. The hit and run collision caused a fire and necessitated a temporary power outage to several businesses in the plaza. On the morning of November 25, the city of Blaine’s public works department discovered a damaged transformer and junction box in the southeast corner of the Cost Cutter plaza. “Our operations supervisor saw that the street lights were out, notified the power crew and that got the ball rolling,” said Ravyn Whitewolf, the city of Blaine’s public works director. The equipment had apparently been struck by a vehicle, and dual-wheel tire marks in the sod surrounding the equipment suggested that the culprit was a semi-truck trailer. Black scorch marks on the transformer also indicated that the transformer had caught fire following the collision. City workers immediately took action due to the serious risk of electrocution. “We went ahead and initiated our response due to all the hazards that were present,” said Sam Castro, Blaine’s assistant public works director. “We could not leave it exposed. We felt it was an emergency.” In order to repair the damaged equipment, workers had to shut off the power to several businesses in the plaza. Cost Cutter itself did not lose any power during the shutdown. The power was shut off around 8:30 a.m. and was restored at about 3 p.m. City workers and a hired electrician de-energized the transformer, shutting down the primary power to it. They did this by disconnecting electrical wires housed in an underground vault near the transformer. The transformer was replaced with another transformer from the city’s inventory. The junction box, which controls lighting on Ludwick Avenue, also needed to be replaced. (See Hit and run, page 4)
s Hunter Hanks, 4, looks up at Blaine’s crab pot Christmas tree in the H Street Plaza on December 3. The crab pot tree was assembled by members of the Salishan Neighborhood Association including Bill Brooks and Daniel, Dennis and Janet Pickard. Throughout the day, city workers were busy putting up wreaths in downtown Blaine and assembling the city’s 20-foot Christmas tree in the G Street Plaza, ahead of the Holiday Harbor Lights celebration on Saturday, December 7. See a list of events on page 2.
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CAP launches effort to build new clothing bank By Jami Makan The Community Assistance Program (CAP), a non-profit organization supported by local churches, hopes to construct a new building for its clothing bank, which is currently housed in a shipping container. Since 2008, the clothing bank has been housed in a modified 8-by-40-foot shipping container located at 500 C Street, adjacent to the Blaine Food Bank. Last year, over 25,000 garments were processed and over 6,000 visits were made to the clothing bank, which provides free clothing for all ages, as well as linens and bedding, to those with financial need. Usage of the clothing bank has roughly
doubled over the past decade. Unfortunately, the shipping container was too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. While the container was remodeled with new insulation in 2011, CAP’s volunteers decided that the container exceeded its capacity a long time ago. “Even from the start, this 320-squarefoot space was barely adequate for its intended purpose,” said CAP volunteer Dan DeMent. “With higher levels of donations and use, both clients and volunteers often find working in such tight quarters to be overwhelming.” CAP now plans to build a new, 1,200-square-foot building just north of the existing clothing bank. The new building will provide a more welcoming and
comfortable experience for clients of the clothing bank, said DeMent. It will also offer the ability to process donations more efficiently and to store larger quantities of clothing and linens. The side of the new building will have a generous overhang, protecting CAP’s clothing donation box from the elements and thus preserving the quality of donated items. In addition to housing the clothing bank, the new “CAP Center” will house the CAP office, which is currently based in the Christ Episcopal Church Annex at 382 Boblett Street. The new office will offer greater privacy for the 200-plus clients who visit CAP every year to request assistance. “The new office will provide the privacy needed for these confidential visits, and
Shellebrate oysters and clean waters at upcoming event By Jami Makan At the upcoming Blaine event celebrating healthy waters and fresh shellfish harvest, attendees can enjoy free oyster samples courtesy of the Drayton Harbor Oyster Company. The fourth annual Drayton Harbor Shellebration will take place on Friday, December 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the H Street Plaza in downtown Blaine. The event will be hosted by the Whatcom Conservation District, the Drayton Harbor Oyster Com-
pany, the Blaine Chamber of Commerce, the Drayton Harbor Shellfish Protection District Advisory Committee, the city of Blaine and Whatcom County’s public works department. The goal of the event is to recognize longstanding efforts to improve water quality in Drayton Harbor. The event will celebrate the three-year anniversary of a decision by the Washington State Department of Health to approve 810 acres of shellfish growing area for commercial harvest in November 2016. Furthermore,
another 765 acres of Drayton Harbor were approved for commercial shellfish harvesting in October of this year. “We are just celebrating the community’s support for the whole effort of keeping the bay clean,” said Steve Seymour, who owns Drayton Harbor Oyster Company and chairs the Drayton Harbor Shellfish Protection District Advisory Committee. “There have been about 20 years of effort to open the bay and keep it clean. It’s just
(See CAP, page 13)
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Whatcom County sheriff’s son passes away due to injuries from crash William John Elfo, 28, the son of Whatcom County sheriff Bill Elfo, passed away on November 28 due to complications from injuries sustained in a single-vehicle crash that occurred last December. The younger Elfo, who was 27 at the time of the accident, was driving a white 2002 Subaru Legacy at about 11:22 p.m. on December 18 on I-5 near Alger when the car entered the median. He attempted to drive out and
overcorrected, causing the Subaru to roll over multiple times across two lanes. The car came to rest in the grass between the freeway and the exit, according to Washington State Patrol. He was critically injured in the accident. I-5 was shut down so that a helicopter could land on the freeway to airlift him from the scene to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. “Our dear son, William John
Elfo, went home to be with the Lord and his family in Heaven at 11:47 p.m. on Thanksgiving night,” sheriff Elfo wrote on Facebook on November 29. “We appreciate all of the prayers, love and support we received from so many since his accident on December 18.” Sheriff Elfo, who regularly posted about his son’s recovery and setbacks since the accident, wrote that both he and his wife were present when their son passed away at
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Letters The Editor: I just wanted to thank the management and staff of the Blaine Public Works Department. There are too many names to list, but Ravyn, Leroy, Debbie and Sam all quickly come to mind. They are the most helpful and accommodating individuals. If there is a problem, they know how to fix it properly and do it in a safe and timely manner. It makes me proud to be a resident of, not the little town that could, but already did! Hats off! Paul Phillips Blaine The Editor: I loved growing up in Blaine in the ’50s and ’60s. It was so much fun. Everyone
knew each other and we made many lasting friendships. I have started a project of gathering together pictures of our parents and grandparents from the ’50s and ’60s. If you have pictures to share, I would love to have copies or make copies of them. I’m also looking for pictures from the Diamond Jubilee in 1959, the people who worked for the city and store owners. You can reach me at swede316@comcast. net. I also have a group on Facebook called Growing Up In Blaine, for people born between 1940 and 1970. We share our memories, pictures and articles we might find. Wilda (Skallman) Shelly Blaine
The Editor: Somehow I managed to get through Thanksgiving without feeling shame for the horrible acts of people who I am not related to from 400 years ago. Instead, I spent time being grateful for the many blessings those same people and their descendants have made possible for me and those I love by having the wisdom and courage to establish and defend this country, a nation that has done more to benefit humanity than any other nation in history. Thank you, pilgrims! Dan Rudolph Blaine Please send letters to email@example.com no later than noon on Monday.
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The city filed a police report, and a Blaine officer came to the scene to investigate. “An officer went to see if there was any video footage to review,” the Blaine Police Department said in a statement on November 26. “At this time, it does not appear that there is. We have no new information at this time.” Castro and Whitewolf said it was too early to provide an estimate of the cost of the hit and run to the city. In addition to the value of the equipment, the cost also included staff time. “It took our whole electric crew away from their work for an entire day,” said Whitewolf. Castro was thankful that no members of the public touched the damaged equipment in the time before the city discovered it. “We are so fortunate that nobody touched the junction box or the transformer,” he said.
s The damaged electrical equipment in the Cost Cutter plaza. Dual-wheel tire marks suggested that the hit and run suspect was a semi-truck trailer, and black scorch marks on the transformer indicated that the box caught on fire following the collision. Photo courtesy of Sam Castro
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Most Whatcom County beaches reopen for shellfish harvest By Jami Makan Recreational shellfish harvest closures have been lifted on most Whatcom County beaches following a drop in biotoxin levels. Closures have been lifted on all county beaches except Bellingham Bay, Chuckanut Bay and Larrabee State Park after shellfish samples collected by the Whatcom County Health Department showed a recent decrease in paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) biotoxin levels. The announcement was made in a November 20 press release issued by the health department, which noted that algae contain-
ing marine biotoxins cannot be seen and must be detected by laboratory testing. “During a biotoxin event, mussels and varnish clams usually contain the highest toxin concentration,” stated the release. “PSP and other naturally occurring biotoxins are not destroyed by cooking or freezing. Crab meat is not affected, but ‘crab butter’ and crab entrails can harbor biotoxins so they should always be discarded.” The release noted that biotoxin levels can change rapidly, so shellfish harvesters are advised to always check for current shellfish closures on the Washington Shellfish Safety Map
(doh.wa.gov/shellfishsafety) or to call the DOH biotoxin hotline at 800/562-5632 before harvesting shellfish anywhere in Washington state. “Before harvesting, also remember to check harvest seasons and licensing requirements,” said the release. “Consult the Wash-
ington State Department of Fish and Wildlife for information about licensing and fishing regulations at wdfw.wa.gov.” Shellfish sold in restaurants and retail markets have been tested before distribution and are safe to eat, said the health department’s release.
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Sports By Oliver Lazenby
BHS girls basketball hopes to be competitive despite low turnout Just 13 Blaine High School girls are in the basketball program this year, but three out of five starters from last year’s varsity team are back and they should be competitive despite the low turnout. “I think our goals are the same – compete in every game, be in a
spot to win in the fourth quarter,” said head coach Ryan Pike. “The main girls that were going to play varsity came out, so it’s not like we’re missing girls that I thought were going to come out.” The team includes several key players from last year’s squad,
including senior Taylyn DePauw and sophomores Hailey Pike and point guard Krystin Kamrath. All three scored a lot of baskets in Blaine’s diverse offense last year. Another senior, Emma Mulryan, also got a lot of varsity playing time last year.
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The Borderites will miss last year’s team captains Ashley Dickerson and Brynn Hallberg, who led the team and brought energy to the court. To start the season, Blaine will focus on avoiding turnovers and summoning the energy that Hallberg and Dickerson brought to the team. “We did lose two varsity starters, but I think we still have the potential to win some games and be successful if we work at it,” Kamrath said. Blaine’s less experienced players will feel the low turnout most acutely. Blaine doesn’t have enough players for a junior varsity team, so the newer players
will practice against the varsity starters and they won’t get the playing time they would have on junior varsity. Blaine won its first regular season game at Friday Harbor High School on December 3. Mulryan sunk a three-pointer to tie the game with 40 seconds left, and Hailey Pike made three freethrows after that to give the Borderites a 31–28 victory. Next, the Borderites travel to Everett High School for a 5 p.m. game on Saturday, December 7. Blaine’s first home game starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 27, against University Prep, a private high school in Seattle.
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Last year, the Blaine High School boys varsity basketball team had its best season since 2016, finishing with an 8–13 overall record. This year, its team is relatively young but with returning varsity players who will be looking to beat that record. Head coach Brett Farrar, in his second year coaching the Borderites, will try to build on what he implemented in his first year coaching the team, including an emphasis on quick offense and aggressive defense. “All of our guys have really brought an attitude of wanting to work hard and to improve and get better on defense,” Farrar said. Blaine’s starters, all returning varsity players, will be seniors Zane Rector and Mason Vega, juniors Kyle Turnberg and Josh Russ, and sophomore Cole Thomas. On offense, Rector and Russ will likely lead Blaine in baskets, but the Borderites plan to spread the scoring around, Farrar said. That goes along with the team’s style of fast play. “We have really good depth
and we’re pretty small and fast,” Farrar said. “We are playing very up-tempo. We’ll try to speed the other team up and wear them down.” Farrar calls the team short, and it is shorter than many others in the conference, but it’s not that short. The starters, aside from 5-foot-9-inch point guard Kyle Turnberg, are all at least 6-foot-1. The Borderites won a pair of preseason jamboree games against Ferndale and Lynden Christian on November 30 at home, though much of Lynden Christian’s team was at the state football tournament. They also won the first regular season game, on December 3 at Friday Harbor High School, 79–42. “I’m hoping that gives them confidence and a sense that they can compete with everyone in our league,” Farrar said. Blaine started its regular season at Friday Harbor on December 3. The Borderites’ first home game is 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, against Archbishop Murphy.
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School Replacement Levy The Board of Directors of the Blaine School District passed a resolution directing the placement of a four-year Replacement Maintenance and Operations Levy on the February ballot. If approved, the levy will bridge the gap between the funding provided by the state and the cost of day to day operations and programs in our district.. Legislation requires the district to appoint two committees of up to three members each for the purpose of preparing statements both for and against the Levy Ballot Measure for the Voters Pamphlet. Anyone interested in participating in this activity is encouraged to contact Tina Padilla at 360-332-5881. Additional information regarding the levy can be accessed at www.blainesd.org
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Borderite Athletes Recognized for Sportsmanship At the November 25 School Board meeting, Blaine High School athletes were recognized for exemplary sportsmanship during the Fall athletic season. Brianna Page (Volleyball), Sydney Thrall (Girls Soccer), Megan Davidson (Cheer), Taylee McCormick (Cross Country), Aiden Simpson (Cross Country), Chris Ruback (Football), and Leo Good (Football) received Sportsmanship Award certificates. We are proud of our Borderites!
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Blaine School District recently launched accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We are looking forward to using these outlets to provide news about the many wonderful things happening in our schools. If you haven’t already, log in and follow along. You’ll find us on Facebook as Blaine School District, WA and @borderitepride on Twitter and Instagram.
Winter Weather Information The winter weather season is upon us, and there are a number of ways 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, Facebook page and Twitter account, along with KGMI, and Seattle TV Stations will have updated details as early as 5:30 a.m. and no later than 6:00 a.m. Parents may also call the Schedule Hotline at 360-332-0789 for school schedule information. For full details regarding weather related schedule changes, including bus schedules, visit the Parents and Students section of our website at www.blainesd.org.
Students Across District Enjoyed a Thanksgiving Meal On Wednesday, November 20, students in the Elementary, Middle and High Schools enjoyed a delicious turkey meal with mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, green beans, a roll and dessert. Primary school students enjoyed their Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday, November 27. The turkey and gravy was a big hit! District office staff helped serve the meals in an effort to help keep the long lines moving. It’s a tradition we intend to continue, and we hope next year you’ll join your student for lunch!
School Concerts in December Students all across our campuses are busy getting ready to share their talents with you. Our younger grades will kick off the month of entertainment with our 1st and 2nd Grade concert on Thursday, December 5 at 1:15. On Tuesday, December 10 at 1:30 the 5th Grade students will present their winter concert. Pt. Roberts Primary School will hold their winter concert on Wednesday, December 11 at 6 p.m. at the Point Roberts Community Center, 1487 Gulf Road. Community musicians are invited to bring their talent and their holiday spirit and join in on the fun on December 12 and December 17. Church choirs, bands, ensembles and soloists are all encouraged to participate. There will be choral performances, led by Nan Meaker, showcasing the vocal talents of our students. Instrumental performances, led by Bob Gray, will feature several different student bands. Musicians in the community who are interested in sharing a performance are encouraged to contact Nan Meaker (email@example.com). The 7th and 8th Grade community concert begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12, and Blaine High School’s concert is on December 17, also beginning at 7 p.m. All Blaine performances will be held in the Performing Arts Center at 975 H Street.
Supper with the Superintendent Did you miss your chance to have supper with the superintendent on December 4th? Don’t worry, because he’s making it a regular thing! Look for an announcement of one upcoming in January in the Birch Bay area and come meet the new guy.
Two Outgoing Directors Recognized: Two long time members of the Blaine community were recently recognized for their dedication to the community’s youth through their service as school board members. John Freal and Todd Berge will both complete their terms in December 2019. John Freal moved to the community in 1984 with his family to teach at Blaine High School. He has degrees from Stanford University and the University of Washington. Prior to teaching in Blaine, he was a member of the research faculty of the University of Washington School of Medicine. While teaching mathematics at the high school, he became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2001. In Outgoing school board members John Freal (left) and Todd 2003 he was given the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math- Berge (right) receive recognition for their years of service to the ematics Teaching. John has served as a member of the school Blaine School district. board since 2015. Todd Berge is a life-long Blaine resident and a Blaine High School graduate. He and his wife have two daughters who both graduated from Blaine, and their grandson is now a Blaine student as well. Todd is a graduate of Bates Vocational School and also attended Tacoma Community College and Western Washington University. In addition to the School Board, his volunteer service has included three decades in the fire service and EMS, as well as the Blaine Scholarship Foundation’s board of directors. Todd has served as a member of the school board since 2003. On behalf of our community, we extend our deepest gratitude to both men. “Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living.” Albert Einstein.
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Day-to-Day Dance hosting grand opening celebration in new studio By Jami Makan Day-to-Day Dance, a Blaine studio that offers dance classes for children and wellness classes for adults, will be hosting a grand opening celebration at its new location in the Cost Cutter plaza. The event will take place on Saturday, December 7 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 1733 H Street, Suite 410, in between Capstone Physical Therapy and Teriyaki Secret. Day-to-Day Dance moved to this location in September after previously renting a space across the street from the public library in downtown Blaine. At the open house, guests can enjoy hot cocoa, cider, coffee, cookies and treats. They can also participate in a raffle benefiting the studio’s scholarship fund, which allows parents with financial need to enroll their children in the studio’s dance programs at a reduced rate. Raffle prizes will include a charcuterie basket, a soup basket and a night at the Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham. Day-to-Day Dance’s new space includes a special “floating” floor with foam underneath, giving the
dance floor a slight bounce. It also has a studio viewing window so that parents can watch their kids practicing. Measuring about 950 square feet, the studio is part of a larger space that also includes a hallway and waiting area. Artistic director and owner Sabrina Gomez-Vannelli started Day-to-Day Dance in 2003 and secured a space for her dance program in 2005. Attendance increased in the following years, and Gomez-Vannelli eventually went back to school, attending Seattle University to obtain an MFA degree in arts leadership. “I just wanted to get a deeper understanding of the administrative and business part of things and just grow my experience in dance and music,” she said. The studio emphasizes creative movement with a range of dance styles including contemporary, ballet and hip hop. Some of its dance students are as young as one year old. Recently, the studio started an adult wellness program. It currently offers a Pilates class for adults, as well as a hypnotherapy class for stress and anxiety. Adults can also take advantage
of a mindful meditation class. “The goal is to cultivate stillness, clear your mind, focus on one thought or idea, focus on breathing and direct all your attention and awareness to the present,” said Gomez-Vannelli, noting the emotional and physical benefits of meditation. In the future, she hopes to add additional wellness
classes such as yoga. Later in December, the studio will host its annual winter performance. “This year’s performance will be called Once Upon a Winter’s Walk,” said Gomez-Vannelli. “It’s about a snow queen who takes a walk in the forest and encounters all of her friends. In the end, when she arrives home, she
is greeted by Santa and his elves and she has a holiday party.” Featuring more than 40 students, the performance will start at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 21 at the Blaine Performing Arts Center, 975 H Street. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and general admission is $10, with free entrance for children under four.
s Day-to-Day Dance’s new studio, which offers dance classes for children and wellness classes for adults. Photo courtesy of Sabrina Gomez-Vannelli
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an annual event to say, ‘You’re doing your part, and let’s just keep doing it.’” At the event, attendees can enjoy refreshments and oyster samples courtesy of the Drayton Harbor Oyster Company, which will be serving oyster stew and grilled oysters at the H Street Plaza at no charge. “Being a shellfish grower in the bay, we have a lot to be thankful for,” said Seymour. “It’s just our way of giving a little bit back to the community.” Other businesses are also taking part. Bellingham bakery
Flax4Life is donating gluten-, nut- and dairy-free brownies, while Starbucks is donating tea and coffee. Meanwhile, Edaleen Dairy is donating the cream for the oyster stew. “It doesn’t get much more local than that,” said Aneka Sweeney, Whatcom Conservation District’s education and outreach coordinator. The event will feature a presentation of watershed steward awards at 4:30 p.m. “This year, we have a great selection of folks that have been nominated,” said Sweeney. “They come from all different aspects of industry, agriculture, volunteering and stewardship. We want to bring to light their efforts.”
In the 1990s, increasing levels of fecal coliform bacteria in the harbor led to shellfish harvesting restrictions and closures to protect public health. In response, community members took actions to improve water quality, including evaluation and repair of septic systems; consistent use of marina pump-out stations; investments in wastewater and stormwater management systems; improved pasture and manure management; planting trees and shrubs along waterways; and picking up pet waste. Drayton Harbor Shellebration will be an outdoor event, so attendees are encouraged to dress for all types of weather.
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having some consistent office hours for our crisis assistance program will provide more ready access to these services,” said DeMent. For the project, CAP is partnering with Northwood Alliance Church, which is located next door at 580 C Street. The church will own the new building, while CAP will have a 20-year lease. The construction and move-in costs for the CAP Center are estimated to be approximately $120,000, and CAP hopes to break ground in the spring. Currently, $32,000 has been set aside for the project. “We have enough to start design work and the permitting process, but we’ll
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Coming up Cub Scout Tree Sale: Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Birch Bay Waterslides parking lot, 4874 Birch Bay-Lynden Road. Douglas and Fraser fir trees. Info: email@example.com. Community Toy Store Toy Drive: Through Friday, December 6. For drop-off locations, visit blainecap. org. Drop off brand new toys in the $25–$75 range or $25 gift cards for teens. Info: blainecap.org.
Holiday Harbor Lights Art Show and Museum: Saturday, December 7, noon–6 p.m., Blaine Pavilion, 635 8th Street. Featuring fine art, fused glass, jewelry, ornaments, art cards, prints, demonstrations, free refreshments and a special attraction. Info: blainechamber.com.
Haynie Grange Breakfast: Sunday, December 8, 8 a.m.–noon, Haynie Grange, 3344 Haynie Road. Pancakes, French toast, biscuits & gravy, eggs cooked to order, sliced ham. Coffee, tea, milk and orange juice. $6. All are welcome. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
available. Proceeds benefit the new library in Birch Bay. Teen Art Sale: Saturday, December 14, 2–5 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Artists in grades 6-12 display and sell original art. Info: 360/305-3637.
Holiday Magic: Sunday, December 8, 3 p.m., Mount Baker Loads of Love: Monday, December 16, 5–7:30 p.m.,The Theatre, 104 N. Commercial Street, Bellingham. Live screen- Washhouse, 715 3rd Street. Laundry costs covered. ing of The Snowman and local children’s choirs. Tickets: 360/374-6080 or bellinghamsymphony.org. Al-Anon Meetings: Mondays, noon, United Church of Christ, 885 4th Street. Info: Call M.J. 360/920-3679 or Craft and Chat: Monday, December 9, 5:30–7 p.m., Bob 360/920-3676. Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Enjoy demonstrations of different craft techniques. Bring a needle craft or ArtScape Teens: Tuesdays, 3–5 p.m., Soul Space other craft you’re working on. Info: 360/305-3637. Studio, 264B H Street. A safe place for teens to set their Holiday Lights Dash: Saturday, December 7, 2 p.m., Lincoln Park, 1800 H Street. Family-friendly one Blaine Library Design Project: Tuesday, December 10, imaginations free through art. Free studio time. Sponmile run/walk with fun obstacles. Theme: Candyland 5:30–7:30 p.m., Blaine Senior Center, 763 G Street. Share sor: Healthy Youth Coalition. Info: 435/704-1598. meets Elf. Holiday attire encouraged. Register at 1 your ideas for a new library design at the second of three Toastmasters Meeting: Tuesdays, 6:30–7:45 p.m., p.m. Adults $10, kids 5-17 $5, family (up to 5) $30, community meetings. Info and survey: wcls.org/blaine. 382 Boblett Street. Improve your public speaking skills. under 5 free. Info: bbbparkandrec.org. Carols by Candlelight: Wednesday, December 11, Wine Tasting at The Vault: Saturday, December 7, 6:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church (in church sanctuary), Community Meals: Wednesdays, 5–6:30 p.m., Blaine Community Center, 763 G Street. Through May, except 3–7 p.m., The Vault Wine Bar, 277 G Street. Featuring 7215 Valley View Road. A casual evening of Christmas holidays. Info: blainecap.org. Washington sparkling wines with Hugo Lemus, PNW carols, special music and fellowship. All are welcome. sales manager for Treveri Cellars. Info: 360/392-0955. The Alaska Packers Museum: Saturdays and Sundays, The Holiday Channel Christmas Movie WonderDay-to-Day Dance Open House: Saturday, 1–5 p.m., 9261 Semiahmoo Parkway. Info: 360/371-3558. thon: Fridays and Saturdays, December 13–14, and December 7, 3:30–6:30 p.m., 1733 H Street, Suite 20–21, 7 p.m., and Sundays, December 15 and 22, 2 410. Enjoy a hot drink and enter the raffle benefiting p.m., Blaine High School Black Box Theater. Presented by Teen Nite: Saturdays, 5–9 p.m., Border Town Pizza, Day-to-Day Dance scholarship program. Win a night Blaine Community Theater, written by Don Zolidis, direct- 738 Peace Portal Drive. Kids ages 13–18 come enjoy at the Mt. Baker Theatre. Info: 360/920-2964. ed by Deborah Manley; a zany mashup of six “Hallmark” open mic, karaoke and games. Free pizza at 5 p.m. movies live on stage. $15 adults, $13 students/seniors at Holiday Harbor Lights: Saturday, December 7, Narcotics Anonymous Meeting: Sundays, door. Info: blainecommunitytheater.com. downtown Blaine. Tree lighting/caroling at the G Street 6:30–7:30 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 382 Boblett Holiday Craft Bazaar: Saturday, December 14, 11:30 Street, entrance on 4th Street. Nwwana.org. Plaza, 4:30 p.m. Santa’s arrival, 4:45. Visit Santa and petting zoo, Border Town Pizza, 5–6 p.m. Free horse and a.m.–1:30 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Kids ages 5-13 sell homemade crafts and treats. Everycarriage rides, 5–7 p.m. Blainechamber.com. Submissions to Coming Up should be sent to thing priced $5 or less. Info: 360/305-3637. Live Music at The Vault: Saturday, December 7, email@example.com 7–9 p.m., The Vault Wine Bar, 277 G Street. Featur- Bailey’s Holiday Bake Sale: Saturday, December 14, no later than noon on Monday. 1–4 p.m., 7968 Birch Bay Drive. Gluten-free options ing: Adrian & Phil. Info: 360/392-0955.
Big Bucks Bingo: Saturday, December 7, 1-3 p.m., Blaine Senior Center, 763 G Street. Open to the public. Early bird game at 12:30 p.m. and regular Book Discussion: Conversations with Legendary Television Stars: Thursday, December 5, 7 p.m., Village bingo at 1 p.m. Cost $15 for 8 games with 3 cards Books, 1200 11th Street, Bellingham. Blaine author per game. Cash prizes. Lunch at noon for $6. Info: 360/332-8040. Ron Miller discusses his latest book. Olde Fashioned Christmas: Friday, December 6, 5–9 p.m., Saturday, December 7, 1–9 p.m. and Sunday, December 8, 1–5 p.m., Pioneer Park, 2004 Cherry Street, Ferndale. Tickets: $5 adult, $3 children, free for kids under one. Ferndaleheritagesociety.com. Holiday Book Sale: Friday, December 6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Discover the perfect gift at the annual Friends of the Blaine Library book sale. Info: 360/305-3637. Semiahmoo Women’s Club Holiday Boutique Craft Fair: Friday, December 6, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Semiahmoo Resort. Open to the public. 22 vendors, silent auctions. Info: semiahmoowomensclub.org. Christmas Market: Friday–Saturday, December 6 –7, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., St. Anne Church, 604 H Street. Live Music at The Vault: Friday, December 6, 7–9 p.m., The Vault Wine Bar, 277 G Street. Featuring: Myron Brown. Info: 360/392-0955. Semiahmoo Spit Birding Field Trip with Paul Woodcock: Saturday, December 7, 9 a.m.–noon, Semiahmoo County Park parking lot, 9261 Semiahmoo Parkway. Sponsored by Whatcom County Parks and the North Cascades Audubon Society.
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Police Reports November 27, 3:12 a.m.: A person with known mental health issues contacted the police because she was hearing voices and wanted to go home. An officer gave her a courtesy ride to her father’s house in Bellingham. The police cleared without incident. November 27, 10:42 a.m.: An officer working traffic enforcement observed a vehicle whose registered owner had a driving status of suspended/revoked 2nd degree. Officers stopped the vehicle and determined the driver was the registered owner. Officers arrested, cited and released the individual with a mandatory court date. Officers cleared with no further incident. November 27, 5:07 p.m.: Blaine police were dispatched to a business in the 1300 block of H Street where an unwanted subject was refusing to leave. Officers contacted the man and officially trespassed him.
Weather Precipitation: During the period of November 25 – December 1, 0.2 inches of precipitation was recorded. The 2019 year-to-date precipitation is 27.8 inches. Temperature: High for the past week was 50°F on November 25 with a low of 26°F on November 30. Average high was 45°F and average low was 32°F. Courtesy Birch Bay Water & Sewer Dist.
November 29, 10:19 a.m.: A woman came to the police department reporting a deterioration in the quality of her marriage. The woman advised police of her soon-to-be ex’s recent behavior and drinking problems. No criminal activity was disclosed to the police. The incident was documented – the woman was given advice and provided contact information for DVSAS.
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November 29, 8:52 p.m.: Officers responded to an open door at a residence. Officers cleared the house and found no signs of forced entry. The homeowner walked through the house with officers and found nothing to be missing. It was determined that the wind likely opened the door. Officers cleared with no further action. November 30, 4:31 a.m.: An officer assisted the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office as a perimeter unit on a burglary call. The officer did not take any enforcement action. November 30, 10:48 a.m.: Blaine Police Department officers responded to the Peace Arch port of entry for a driving under the influence (DUI) investigation. Officers conducted an investigation and determined that the person was not DUI. December 1, 9:30 a.m.: Blaine Police Department officers assisted a citizen in the 2700 block of W. 99th Street. Afterward, officers cleared. December 1, 9:53 a.m.: Blaine Police Department officers responded to a reported burglary in the 1500 block of Madison Avenue. Officers searched the residence and did not locate anyone.
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December 2, 8:36 a.m.: Blaine Police Department officers discovered an abandoned vehicle in the 8800 block of Semiahmoo Parkway. The vehicle was involved in an accident and removed by a local towing company. December 2, 9:54 a.m.: Blaine Police Department officers responded to a reported theft of services in the 1300 block of H Street. The complainant did not want to pursue charges but wanted the involved individual trespassed. December 2, 10 a.m.: Blaine Police Department officers took a civilian on a ride-along for part of the shift. December 2, 3:10 p.m.: Blaine Police Department officers responded to a report of a child being found without a parent in the 1100 block of Mary Avenue. Officers spoke with the parent who came home before their arrival and verified that all was well.
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Library’s second input meeting on Dec. 10 By Oliver Lazenby Blaine Library users will have another chance to influence the design of a future Blaine Library at a second public input meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10 at the Blaine Senior Center, 763 G Street. The meeting is expected to run until 7 p.m. The meeting is titled “Developing Character” and it will focus on the look and design of the building, rather than specific library features. Whatcom County Library System’s (WCLS) design team for the project, Johnston Architects and King Architecture, will present a few floor plan layouts and some design ideas at the meeting, said WCLS deputy director Michael Cox. “We’ll be talking more about the look and feel of the space on the inside along with what it may look like on the outside,” he said in an email. At a November meeting, WCLS, its design team, and members of the public discussed quiet spaces, meeting rooms and other typical library design elements. WCLS will host a final public input meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14, also at the senior center, and an as-yet unscheduled meeting to share a final design concept. In addition to the public meetings, WCLS is gathering information using an online survey. To learn more or take the roughly seven-minute survey, visit wcls.org/blaine. The Blaine Library opened in its current space at 610 3rd Street in 1988. The population of Blaine and the surrounding area has more than doubled since then. In summer 2019, after more than 10 years of fundraising for a new building, Friends of the Blaine
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