Letters to the editor: March 21 - 27, 2013

Published on Wed, Mar 20, 2013
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The Editor:

I’ve had the privilege of being a resident of Blaine for about seven years, living on Peace Portal Drive. The views of the water on a bright day are beautiful. I like nothing better than a brisk walk down Peace Portal while enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. March 4 was one of those days. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a very painful walk. 
As I was walking southbound on the east side of Peace Portal Drive, I greeted two northbound ladies also out enjoying the sunshine between 1 and 2 p.m. This was right in front of the Blaine Enterprises UPS and FedEx store. Shortly after greeting them, I caught my shoe on a prominent uplift in the broken sidewalk causing me to pitch forward. The ladies heard me and came to assist me. The pain was so bad I couldn’t stand on my own, so they helped me up. I was unable to raise my right arm. After a painful walk home I sought medical attention and found out that my arm was broken. 
First of all, I want to thank those ladies. I would also like to get in touch with them. If you were one of these kind ladies, would you please call me? My number is 778-3144.

Beth Tichelar

The Editor:

Sincere thanks to the members of the county council – Ken Mann, Carl Weimer, Pete Kremen, Sam Crawford and Kathy Kershner – who cast a positive vote in favor of the Lake Whatcom reconveyance resolution. The negative votes cast by Bill Knutzen and Barbara Brenner were very disappointing and these members of the council will not get my vote in coming elections. 
Whatcom County has long prided itself as an environmentally-sensitive community providing a rich quality of life for those of us who are fortunate enough to live here. By passing this cost -effective resolution we can be confident that the quality of Lake Whatcom’s water will not be compromised and that recreational opportunities for both residents and tourists will be enhanced.

Ann Berntsen

The Editor:

Saturday, March 2, Blaine Fine Arts and the chamber choir had their fourth annual Pizza and Pizzazz talent show and dinner. With more than 25 entertainment acts and a fabulous fresh-made all-you-could-eat pizza by Scott and Nan Meaker and the Meaker clan we were able to raise more than $1,700 to help the chamber choir meet their fundraising needs to pay for their trip to San Diego May 1-5. 
Our first note of appreciation goes to the Blaine businesses who generously donated door prizes for our drawings: West Marine, Little Caesar’s, Blaine Bouquets, Totally Chocolate, Subway, The Hot Spot, Border Brew, Seaside Bakery, Beth the Barber, We’ve Got the Scoop Ice Cream Shop, Woods Coffee and Safe Harbor Funeral Service. Many thanks go out to all the talented performers and to the hundreds of people who came to be thoroughly entertained and fully fed.
We would like to especially thank Scott and Nan Meaker and their family for their time, effort and commitment to make this event happen. They are such an asset to the Blaine schools and the community. Glenn Tuski and TJ Erickson also did a wonderful job on lights and sound to make the performances look and sound fabulous. 
We truly are extremely blessed to have a community and volunteers who support our schools and students as generously as you. Thank you.

Andy Harmening 
Blaine Chamber Choir

The Editor:

Thank you to everyone who made the 11th annual Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival a huge success! It takes a lot of planning for this festival to take flight! I want to thank each of the committee members who worked for many months to plan this year’s event: Carroll Solomon, Jim Jorgensen, Cathy White, Don and Leslee Gongaware from the Tutor Doctor, Heidi Holmes and staff from NW Parks and Recreation District 2 and Dave Hiller, president of the Birch Bay Chamber. We would also like to thank our many invaluable volunteers that assisted the day of the festival. Please see the thank you ad in this issue of The Northern Light for the list of our sponsors and supporters that includes many local businesses as well as individuals who financially support the festival.  
We are fortunate to have such a premiere location for a wildlife festival with a large number of bird species right here in our backyard! If you want to know more about the birds, stop by the Blaine Visitor Center, 728 Peace Portal Drive, where we have a birder’s backpack with binoculars donated by Blaine West Marine Express as well as a bird identification list to loan to you for a couple hours to check out the birds.
Time flies and we will be celebrating our 12th annual festival next year in 2014 and we could use additional help to plan another successful event. If you are interested in joining us in planning next year’s festival or want more information, please contact me at 360/543-9982. For more information about the Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival visit our website: wingsoverwaterbirdingfestival.com.

Debbie Harger
Wings Over Water NW Birding Festival Chair

The Editor:

When the members of Blaine City   Council were elected it was for the good of all its people and businesses. The council wants to spend $30,000 on economic research, mainly for downtown, forgetting that the entire community needs to be looked at. This is the same group that has decided to ignore the largest landowner and developer in downtown Blaine by not living up to their promises to him. Have they asked themselves why his properties all have “For Sale” signs on them?
Blaine is the only port city on the west coast that is smaller today than in 1920. When an out-of-town developer came to the council last month to share his viewpoint, Clark and Ken carried on private conversations while the guest spoke and where was Charlie? 
Mike Kent asked about promoting property that is for sale by the city, suggesting Blaine should pursue an industry or medical complex that would bring new business to the whole community. Instead of being a bedroom community, we should be bringing in businesses that bring life to the community. I feel this council is more interested in the cemetery than bringing families and jobs to Blaine.
Though I am president of the Blaine Chamber of Commerce the views I am putting out there are that of a private business owner. I wonder, when you see a building as nice as the Black Forest Steak House, and a council member says there must be someone that would want to invest in Blaine, is it that the council is not listening, or are they hard of hearing and don’t hear the families and businesses of Blaine? It is time that they start representing all of Blaine.

Bob Boule

The Editor:

I just want to thank you for all the great work put into this year’s Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival; it was done very well. This was my first time at your festival. I found out about it from the list of events in the latest edition of BirdWatching Magazine.
I was lucky enough to get on the Wildlife and Geology field trip to Semiahmoo with Jim Jorgensen. He was a very knowledgeable and entertaining host and his assistant Keith was a terrific birder. The Plover passenger ferry nature cruise was very interesting and enlightening and I enjoyed myself enough to stay for the feature presentation by Vasiliy Baranyuk. This was also very educational and entertaining. Baranyuk did a great job of keeping the presentation light and interesting and his photography was exceptional.
If I have one complaint, it is that there were so many interesting things to do but only one of me. I would have liked to take in many more of the activities, but had to make the difficult choice of deciding which activity was going to be the most interesting for me. If I get back next year, I will hopefully be able to take in some of the activities I missed this year.
Thanks again for putting together a first class birding festival.

Bob Thomas, 
Chilliwack, B.C.

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