The Editor: As we just completed the last football game of the regular season, it has been a season of joy and some tough losses. It is a season that we as a community can be extremely proud of our players, our coaching staff, and our local school! It has been fun and we had the opportunity to watch some fabulous football. The pride of being a Borderite goes much further than just the players on the field. It includes all the players, the trainers, the cheerleaders, the band, and the fans. The Dodd Squad has been nothing short of phenomenal this year and has given us fans some very memorable games to carry us through to next season. Thank you for this very fabulous ride! It is very heartwarming to see the younger kids, Boys and Girls Club juniors and seniors, middle schoolers, and others wearing their jerseys to the game to show support for our Borderites. These are our future varsity players. Blaine high school football is community football. We are about to start the playoffs. No one knows where this will take us, but we all know that the sportsmanship, the class, and the quality of this community gives us all reason to have “Borderite pride.” It is inside, and it is quite the ride. Thank you team for the fun, cheerleaders for leading the way, band for being as great as you have become known to be, and the fans for the fun created while watching our team lead the way toward the goal. See you all at the playoff games. Kathy Richardson Blaine
The Editor: The Blaine primary school PTO would like to thank the community, school families, and especially the students of our school for their amazing work raising funds in our annual coin drive. The students far exceeded their goal and earned new playground items for daily use at recess. Students brought in coins donated by family, friends, and even their own piggy banks over a two week time period. Huge thanks to the Pacific Building Center people who graciously placed collection cans on their counters for the two week coin drive, and to Cost Cutter and The Market for allowing us to collect coins in front of their stores on a Saturday during the drive. The funds will benefit the PTO annual budget which includes emergency kits for classrooms, family fun night expenses, a spring visit from the Pacific Science Center Van, and reimbursements to teachers for extra classroom supplies. Tammy Westfall, lead coordinator Blaine
The Editor: The Community Assistance Program (CAP) Thanksgiving Dinner Basket Program will be held again this year on Wednesday, November 25, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. The basket pick up point will be the same as last year, Unit 330 near Cost Cutter in the Blaine International Shopping Center. Those needy families residing in the Birch Bay, Blaine, Custer and Point Roberts areas who desire to be recipients must get on the list through Family Services at Blaine school district (call Larissa at 332-0740) to receive their basket. Applicants should get their names in by Monday, November 16. Baskets are sized and assigned for each individual family on the list; there are no baskets for walk-ins. Last year we provided the makings for a complete Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings including homemade pies for 189 families. More than 880 children and adults had a full Thanksgiving dinner as a result of the financial donations of generous friends and neighbors. The funding for this community outreach effort is provided by contributions from individuals in the community. We need your support this year, more than ever, to help those families who are being marginalized in these most trying times. Those desiring to contribute to this charitable work may do so by mailing a check to the CAP Thanksgiving Basket Fund, P.O. Box 1067, Blaine, WA 98231. Donations may also be made at Cost Cutter, Bank of America, Sterling Bank, and other supporting business in Blaine. Look for the turkey signs at these businesses. CAP is an approved 501(c)3 charity program, under the Peace Arch Christian Ministerial Association and any donation is fully tax deductible. The average retail cost for a Thanksgiving basket is about $80. Brent Brentnall, director, Blaine
The Editor: At my ripe age, there are still some things that I just don’t get. For example, I don’t understand how the richest and most powerful country in history stubbornly remains the only advanced nation to not guarantee access to essential health care. I don’t understand how we as a people who are quick to claim the moral high ground can be indifferent or mean spirited to those who Jesus affectionately called “the least of these.” In the matter of health care it is just not the “least of these.” There are the folks just like us who work as hard (perhaps harder) as anyone and simply can not get coverage because their “uninsurability” or “pre-existing condition” stands in the way of excess profit. I am a Christian, but the poorest of specimens (as my friends will readily attest). However, I did log a lot of time in Sunday school reading the “red letter” parts of the Gospels and looking at the pastel pictures of Jesus blessing the children and comforting the sick ... just being Jesus. What does Jesus expect of us? Try this from Matthew 25: “Then the king (Jesus) will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’” Wayne Weinschenk Blaine
The Editor: We have fenced pasture backing onto the Cherry Point buffer zone. The only people to have any reason to use that land are the hayers, hunters and horsepeople. At the present time it’s the hunters and their dogs. Now don’t get me wrong, I come from a family of hunters. I was raised on wild birds that my dad shot at least three days a week. I plucked and cleaned hundreds of birds. My dad hunted on mostly private property with the owner’s permission. I hunted with him and we never left a gate unclosed. So you ask, what is my point? We have no proof. But we deduce that a hunter gained access to our land to retrieve a shot bird or his or her dog, and left the gate laying on the ground. Well, the problem is, we have a new addition to our family. Her name is Roxy and she is a five-month-old horse. She found the downed gate and injured her right rear foot. She is in a great deal of pain and is lame. All because someone was too lazy to put the gate back up. You know who you are. We hope the person who did this will think about what they did every time they see a horse and remember your negligent behavior. D.R. Fleming Birch Bay
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