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Articles published Thu, May 7, 2009

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News in brief

Marine mammal stranding class May 16 • Public sought for for NWPRD2 master plan • Recycle junk cars for local Habitat chapter • Bay Horizon Park meeting Saturday • Weimer announces bid for county council

Border lane closure extended to May 15

Hearts & Hands Award winners

Young at Heart

The Blaine Senior Center wishes to thank the wonderful support of the community for last month’s rummage sale. Your help is much appreciated.

Free tax workshop for small businesses

The Bellingham office of the Washington State Department of Revenue is hosting a free workshop for new and small business owners from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, at the Labor and Industries/DSHS Building, 1720 Ellis Street, First Floor Conference Room A, in Bellingham.

Swine flu update

On Tuesday, the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed nine cases of the H1N1 (swine) influenza in Washington state. Although there are no confirmed Whatcom County cases, Whatcom County Health Department is implementing a plan to receive and distribute its Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) allocation of antiviral medications.

Mother’s Day art events this weekend

Blaine will have two art shows this coming Mother’s Day weekend along with new releases and tastings at six Whatcom County wineries, including Blaine’s Dakota Creek Winery and the GLM Winery, home of the Glacial Lake Missoula label. Even the weather reports are promising.

New grocery opens May 13 at Birch Bay Square

Local residents looking for more shopping choices can mark their calendars for Wednesday, May 13 when a new 32,000-square foot grocery store opens its doors at Birch Bay Square.

City settles with Blaine developer

Blaine developer Joel Douglas and the city of Blaine have settled their differences in an agreement signed this week, marking the end of a four-year struggle over Douglas’s Seascape Condominium project on Peace Portal Drive.

New whale watching business offers daily trips from Semiahmoo

Catch a ride with Blaine’s new whale watch charter Outer Island Expeditions.

American Life Poetry

To commemorate Mother’s Day, here’s a lovely poem by David Wojahn of Virginia, remembering his mother after forty years.

The Woods Coffee opens store at Birch Bay Square

Wes Herman has a motto for doing business – family first. Herman, a resident of Lynden who has more than 30 years of experience in the construction and development industry, broke into the coffee business in 2002 after watching his children spend hundreds of dollars on espresso beverages each month.

Blaine students earn top ranks at state

Blaine high school’s Michelle Berry, Nichole Munden, Jacqui Meaker, and Alexandra Dolk competed in the 2009 W.I.A.A. State Solo/Ensemble competition in Ellensburg. They won their category in the local San Juan Music Educator's Association Solo Competition January 31 in Bellingham competing against other musicians from all high school classification.

NSEA organizes tree planting at Terrell Creek, wins award

The Whatcom County-based Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) received the 2009 Volunteer Organization of the Year Award at the Washington-British Columbia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society annual general meeting (April 20-23, Shelton.) NSEA board president Phil Humphries accepted the award for the organization.

12th Annual Peace Arch International Sculpture Exhibit

Award-winning nail salon opens at Birch Bay Square

A Mount Vernon business owner who won accolades in Skagit County, including Best Nail Salon, has opened a new store in Birch Bay.

Jerns-McKinney hires new staff

Jerns Funeral Chapel and on-site crematorium in Bellingham and Blaine recently added two pre-arrangement counselors to help people make plans before they or their loved ones pass away.


Borderite Scoreboard April 29 - May 4

Blaine teams win, lose as season winds down

Morrison and Moore named outstanding athletes in Oregon track meet • Bird no-no’s Nooksack in unscheduled start • Grasher loses close one to Squalicum on Senior Day • Blaine ties for third at Avalon • Blaine gets second at N. Bellingham, fourth in lone home stand • Blaine closes season with Baker


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