Lowersewer connection costs, Black Rock Cable on the way

Published on Thu, Apr 28, 2005
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Lower sewer connection costs, Black Rock Cable on the way

Blaine city council has approved a cut in the amount property owners must pay for an inactive connection to the municipal sewer system.
At their April 11 meeting council members approved an ordinance that would set the monthly fee for inactive service at 50 percent of the regular monthly base rate, down from the 75 percent level approved when council approved a sewer rate increase in December 2004.

Before the increase property owners could ask for sewer service to be suspended and pay no fee while their connection was inactive. Public works director Steve Banham explained that the fee was the fairest way to ensure everyone paid equitably for the cost of improving system infrastructure.

Black Rock Cable systems is preparing to bring fiber optic service to Blaine for business and government users. At the April 11 city council meeting Black Rock representative Bob Warshawer said the service will connect Blaine to a 220 mile cable network already linking many of the county’s hospitals, government offices and businesses. “Lots of businesses use this to turn a dispersed operation into a local network,” Warshawer said, allowing, for example bank branches all over the county to link their data operations.

At this time, Warshawer said there were no plans to offer the service to home users as a way to access the internet. “Our model is for business,” he said.

Locally made film teaser is now on line

Semiahmoo Films has posted the teaser trailer for the upcoming independent feature film, Midnight Money on their company website.

The trailer’s link can be found at: www. semiahmoofilms.comMidnightMoney_Home.html.
Semiahmoo Films’ first independent feature, Midnight Money, explores the origin and eventual downfall of what some would call the grunt, or low level drug smuggler. This sole individual takes the most extreme risks and does the actual smuggling.

Filmed on location near active drug smuggling areas around Blaine and Bellingham, in Washington state, this independent feature follows a young man turned drug smuggler, Steve Quick, portrayed by newcomer and Pacific Northwest local, Ethan Ehr, during one night of his life. The film was shot using the same type of digital video camera used in such films as 28 Days Later and Full Frontal.

The film was shot over 15 days in November 2004 at locations in Blaine and Bellingham, Washington. Currently in post-production, Midnight Money is scheduled for a summer 2005 premiere and film festival submissions in the fall. Further information can be found at www.semiahmoofilms.com.

Attorneys to offer free legal help

On Monday, May 2, the Whatcom County Bar Association is sponsoring six free advice clinics around Whatcom County in celebration of Law Day 2005. Law Day is a national event, held on or around May 1 every year, to remind Americans of our heritage of liberty under law and alert them to the role that they play as citizens in protecting and preserving our freedoms.

There are a number of locations around Whatcom County where people may obtain free legal advice on May 2 but those interested can get 20 minutes of free legal advice at Blaine city hall, 9 a.m. – 12 noon. Call LAW Advocates at 671-6079 to reserve your spot.

Good work!

The following students have been named to the Dean’s List at the University of Washington for  the winter quarter. To qualify a student must have completed at least 12 graded credits and have a grade point average of at least 3.5 (out of 4): Charles Chris Chang, Kevin Michael Hastings and Kathleen Joy McLaughlin.

There’s nothing like a good auction!

By Jack Kintner

Parents of Blaine high school seniors are putting on a “Live Cry” auction this Saturday, April 30, at 10 a.m. at the former Radio Shack store in the Blaine International Marketplace.

The object is to raise money for the graduation night senior party, and according to “Colonel” Larry Veilleux, a parent and the auctioneer for the day, there are literally hundreds of items that will go on the block.
“They’re too numerous to list,” said Veilleux, “but some folks have been very generous indeed.” He told of one man who opened up a storage unit to reveal memorabilia collected from a career at CBS television in Los Angeles.

Parent Kristi Galbraith said earlier this week that a brand new homemade wooden rocking horse, full size for a toddler, had just been donated as well as a 10 ct. gold amethyst ring and two collector prints from the late 1980’s publicizing the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.
Lynden hair stylist Loreen Allen will cut hair all day and donate the proceeds. Women’s haircuts will be $15 and men’s are $10 even if you’re totally bald since the idea is to support the senior class.

People wishing to donate items should take them to the former Radio Shack building in the mall by Friday April 29, between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Organizers said that they will accept just about anything except mattresses, old sofas, or appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers.

For more information call Galbraith at 332-5148 or Cynthia Thompson at 325-0406.

New business takes wing

Wings at the Bay has opened a Bird Café that will serve customers in Blaine, Semiahmoo and Birch Bay. And, yes, it will cater to birds. Besides its customers, the thing that makes this café so unique is its location and service. Birds will be able to feast at feeders in backyards throughout the area thanks to the convenience and affordability of Wing’s full service birdseed delivery. Friendly Wings’ wait staff will deliver bags of seed to your front door. Or, for as little as $18 a month, they will fill your feeder for you, weekly or bi-weekly.

“Many people enjoy watching birds in their backyards,” says owner, Tiana Sanders. “But not everyone has the ability or the time to maintain a feeding station. We want to help.”

In addition to home delivery and filling existing feeders, Wings at the Bay will consult with customers to set up new feeders in their yard and maintain them. Another option offered is the Healthy Bird Feeder Exchange Program. With it, an easy-to-clean feeder is delivered and filled free for the first month. After that, the feeder is filled bi-weekly and exchanged once a month for a sanitized feeder that will help fight disease and keep feeders looking clean and attractive.

Upon request, nesting boxes can be installed in time for the busy spring nesting season.

For more information about Wings at the Bay, contact Tiana Sanders at 392-8882 or wingsatthebay@msn.com.

Hooper benefit

Potluck dinner, dance & raffle with the Wanderfellas – Bruce Rowell & Jeff Allen from the Wanderers, and Tim Walter & David Chapman from the Rockerfellas and some of their friends will perform at the Bordertown Tavern, 545 Peace Portal Drive, 360/332-1141, on Friday, April 29, at 7 p.m. Suggested donation is $5 minimum.

All proceeds from the benefit go into the Justin Hooper Memorial Fund, for Justin Hooper’s baby girl. Hooper was killed April 15 when he was struck by a train while sitting on the tracks near Ferndale. According to Ferndale police, Hooper was upset over a relationship break-up.

Donations can also be made at any Banner Bank branch.