Letters to the Editor - June 17-23, 2010

Published on Thu, Jun 17, 2010
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The Editor:
Blaine high school’s Wind Ensemble is selling creamy frozen strawberry pies in time for your 4th of July picnic or for enjoyment on a hot summer day. Serve this 9-inch, deep dish, creamy frozen treat straight from your freezer. Included with the pie is Sharon Aller’s recipe so you can enjoy this cool treat with your berries all summer long.
Funds raised to help send the BHS Wind Ensemble to the 2011 Funabashi Music Festival in Tokyo.
The pies are $12 each and can be ordered from members of the Blaine Wind Ensemble directly, by mailing a check for $12 for each pie to BFAA- btj pie, P.O. Box 1545, Blaine 98231 by June 25 or by phone by calling Dorita Gray at 380-1634.
The pies will be available for pick up at the school cafeteria on June 29 and 30 from noon – 6 p.m. or on July 4 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Pick up the pies at the cafeteria glass doors from the large parking lot by the Ken Waters Gym. Delivery can be made by arrangement for a $3 charge.
The 2010/11 Blaine high school Wind Ensemble has been honored with an invitation to be the international student band at the 2011 Funabashi Music Festival in Tokyo, Japan.
The trip will cost the students $2,600 and will provide the Blaine students with a major lifetime experience and the opportunity to represent Blaine, Whatcom County and the United States as youth ambassadors.
Thank you for your support!
Dorita Gray

The Editor:
On behalf of the Blaine Chamber of Commerce board of directors, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for your support in helping the Boys and Girls Club raise nearly $700 during last Saturday’s carwash. All proceeds from this event will be used to help cover the cost of fireworks on the 4th of July.
Special acknowledgment goes out to the Boys and Girls Club for their time and energy in making this event a reality. Their volunteer efforts are indeed making a significant difference in our community.
As the Old Fashioned 4th of July festivities draw near, it is not too late for businesses to have their logo included on the July 1 promotional page in The Northern Light. The chamber board encourages each business to consider a donation of $300 to this very worthy cause, with the proceeds once again assuring that the fireworks display this year is indeed the best ever.
Your continued support is greatly appreciated.
Ron Spanjer, president
Blaine Chamber of Commerce

The Editor:
For Blaine school kids, this is the first day of summer vacation, that wonderful time of freedom from lessons, books and classrooms, a opportunity to just have fun. Unfortunately, this time away from the books is also a time when essential academic skills and habits are put on the shelf until September.
This is an 11-week break that some youngsters simply can’t afford. A pair of recently published studies underscored this point. One noted that fully 25% of the children entering kindergarten in September will not graduate from high school.
The second report concluded that one-third of all students arrive in third grade with deficient reading skills. Why is this important? Because third grade is the pivotal year in which kids transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” In other words, the process of learning to read is fairly complete, and reading becomes a tool that helps to unlock information in other areas of the curriculum. If children are behind by grade three and beyond, they are at a huge and widening disadvantage as their educations go forward.
How can parents in Blaine and Birch Bay deal with this problem if they suspect that their kid(s) are in need of extra help or simply need to keep those academic skills sharp during the summer school lull?
The Blaine Boys and Girls Club is offering free (donations cheerfully accepted) summer tutoring. A child can meet at the club with a member of our team (all members are retired teachers) for 45 minutes twice a week. Days and times can be arranged to meet the summertime schedules of tutor, child and parents. The focus is on filling areas of need or confusion in a given subject area, keeping learning fun, and preparing the student to “hit the ground running in September.”
The Boys and Girls Club offers this tutoring program in hopes that the kids of Blaine can excel in the classroom and become life-long learners. This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to catch up, stay up, or move ahead, and we hope that parents and kids will take advantage of it. For more information, please call Karin Schulhauser at the Boys and Girls Club, at 332-3008.
Bryan Johnson

The Editor:
In spite of the rain, I joined almost 200 others on June 13 to spell out Birch Bay for an aerial photo to benefit the Birch Bay Food Pantry and Bay Horizon Park. Seeing old friends, new friends and strangers meeting and mingling in the mud as we formed our letters reminded me how lucky I am to live and work in such a wonderful beach community.
Although everyone who participated made this event great, I would like to specifically thank Sue Brush of Birch Bay Hair Care for bringing another great idea to fruition, photographer Karl King for his letter direction, aerial photographer Lyle Jansma of Jansma Design, aerial window monitor Pat Brush of Birch Bay Consignment and Thrift and pilot Jeff Erickson of Bellingham Aviation. As part of the A in Bay, I can attest that in Birch Bay we shine with or without the sun.
Ann Mulvey
Birch Bay

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