The Editor: The Friends of the Blaine Library held their summer used book sale on the July Fourth weekend with great results, and would like to thank Clare Nurre and our dedicated volunteers for their hard work. We also extend our appreciation to Cost Cutter manager Jim Van Rijswijck who again offered the use of their pricing gun that is a great help to us. And of course, thanks to everyone who bought books! Carroll Solomon Friends of Blaine Library
The Editor: Thank you so very much. The plaque dedication for Gary Gilmore was a huge success. Thanks to the American Legion Post 86. We as family and friends were extremely impressed with the ceremony. Congrats to the staff for their professionalism. A special thank you to commander Carl Creasey for all of his help. We were very pleased. The Gilmore Bunch Blaine
The Editor: Here’s a word of advice for our nice neighbors to the north… We have stop signs in Blaine. Please look for them! Please stop when you observe them… and, also, don’t stop at corners that don’t have stop signs. Thanks, we’ll do the same when we drive your direction. Dorothy Bush Blaine
The Editor: Stanley was my neighbor at Blaine Manor and better neighbors there aren’t as Stanley’s world was silent; we communicated with high fives and written notes. We’ve all seen Stanley on his electric scooter, flag flying, as he went his way around Blaine and at Hill’s Chevron station in his day job keeping the place neat and contributing to Blaine in his way. Recently, medical needs took him from our midst and into a care facility in Bellingham. We’ll all miss Stanley’s smile and presence in remembering him standing across the street from the gas pumps in front of Worldly Treasures for his coffee and smoke. At the VIC, I waited for his coming in for the latest Mary Kay catalog to pick out a gift for his sweetheart and cologne for himself. So it’s so long good friend and neighbor with Blaine’s fondest farewell. Knowing you and sharing with us a life of courage and heart is a benefit to all. May care and friends be always there for you! Bob Hendricks Blaine
The Editor: The Blaine Jazz Festival was a huge success! It was a magical week filled with learning, practice, performance, and fun for the 70 students who attended. Here are some comments from the students: “I like how we improve so much in just one week.” “I was at a mediocre level when I got here, and now I know I can be so much better than I thought I could!” “Amazing people! Instructors always smiling and helping in every way possible.” “My confidence has grown!” “Awesome!” “It was a great experience for me!” “These instructors are really amazing!” “It was fun, and I learned so much!” The students obviously had a wonderful experience, and the festival was also a chance for the community to enjoy fabulous music. The students and faculty outdid themselves as those of you who attended the noontime and evening concerts would surely agree. Judging from the extremely appreciative audience reaction, a major highpoint of the week was an amazing version of “Sing, Sing, Sing” which included all students and faculty. Many individuals and businesses came together to give of their time and money to make this festival possible. The Pacific Arts Association would like to thank the city of Blaine, the Blaine school district, The Northern Light, the many local merchants who support the festival, and all the private donors. Thanks also to all the volunteers, board members, and musical and technical faculty who helped with the festival. Thank you to our artistic director, Ted DeCorso, and our executive directors, Larry and Suzanne Conrad, who spent countless hours to make the festival possible. The Blaine Jazz Festival could not take place without the support and generosity of our community. Thank you all for a great week! Kristi Galbraith PAA President
The Editor: “After nearly running down” a U.S. border guard – we could use the same description whenever we walk across the Costco parking lot. I would rather deal with a crazy driver in a vehicle than a crazy border guard wildly firing a handgun; obviously he’s a bad shot – he couldn’t hit a minivan. Where did the bullets go? I can see officers scrambling to avoid getting hit, and maybe some with wet spots in their pants. If he had managed to hit the old van on a hard metal part, the bullets might have shattered and ricocheted creating an even more dangerous situation for travelers and fellow officers. Oh well, now they can apply for psychological disability pension. Happy motoring, everybody! Name withheld by request Blaine
The Editor: Hope is looking to the future with optimism. In these days of oil spills, stock market declines, mortgage defaults, greed and corruption, it’s hard to maintain hope for a better world. The biggest danger is that you can make our world worse by turning concern into hate, the most destructive emotion to ourselves and others. There is an old adage that says, “what you do comes back to you.” When you smile at someone they often smile back. When you get angry at someone many times they reflect anger back, compounding the problem. Just think what is coming back when one continually expresses hate. It’s not a pretty picture. To receive positive results we all must exhibit positive thoughts and behavior. Stand up for what is good and don’t let others influence your opinions. Look for the good, expect the best, project honest hope for what you want and expect it to happen. It will come back to you. It must, it is universal law found in some form in all religions and spiritual thought. Our country and its administration needs your expressions of hope now more than ever. Hate will only divide us further and weaken our country. Steffany Andriesen Blaine
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