Aroundthe City

Published on Thu, Apr 19, 2007
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School board seeks public input
The Blaine school district will hold a community forum regarding long-range planning and prioritization of facility projects from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 30, in the Blaine middle school cafeteria. Topics will include a review of district growth trends and projections along with information on projected short– and long-term facility needs. The results of the meeting will be used to prepare a recommendation for school directors regarding potential facility upgrades and improvements.

Also, prior to the forum, board members will hold a hearing to review initiative 728, an annual requirement of funding used to support student achievement. Both meetings are open to the public and participation is invited. For more information, call 332-5881.

Jorgensen to seek second term
Jim Jorgensen, district 3 commissioner for the Port of Bellingham, will seek a second term, he announced last week in a statement. Jim is a retired science teacher from the Blaine school district and operates a salmon-fishing charter business.

During his term he has actively supported the redevelopment of the Bellingham and Blaine waterfronts. Jorgensen said his other priorities are public transportation and economic help for Whatcom County’s rural cities. Although he publicly opposed the expansion of the Blaine Airport as a private citizen, he had supported expansions of the Bellingham International Airport through his time in office.

BCT to host garage sale and dance this Saturday
The Blaine Community Theater is sponsoring a full-day garage sale followed by a dance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.
The garage sale or “Thing Fling” is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Blaine Community Theater located next to Rite Aid in the Blaine International Mall on H Street in Blaine.

The facility will re-open the doors at 7 p.m. for the dance, or “Spring Fling” with music beginning at 7:30 by local musical group “Double Trouble,” formerly known as “Razz Ma Tazz.”

The “Spring Fling” dance will perform all-ages music including classic rock, pop, current hits, blues, classics, swing and country. The duo prides itself on taking requests from the crowd and is planning a wide variety of dance music that will suit all ages.

The group will provide refreshments by donation. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased at the door, Blaine Visitor’s Center, Duchess Hallmark in Everson and by phone at 966-7731. For more information about the garage sale, call 392-0582.

Semiahmoo Yacht Club
The Semiahmoo Yacht Club’s Nauti-Friday monthly event is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 20 at the Pizza Factory in Blaine. Guest speakers Peter and Connie Van Schenk, two local independent boaters, will discuss issues relating to traveling north into Canadian waters. Reservations are not needed and there is no cost. For more information, call 715-1984.

Birch Bay group raises money to spay or neuter feral cats
A group of Birch Bay residents concerned about stray cats will hold a yard and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 21 to raise money to help spay and neuter Birch Bay cats.

The Alternative Humane Society in Bellingham has donated 10 spaying or neutering vouchers, which will be used at the Blaine Animal Hospital, group founder Elizabeth Flannery said.

“There are a lot of strays in trailer parks that we end up taking care of and finding homes for, so we’re going to get them fixed,” she said.
In addition, local artist Tina Kunst will donate fuzzy headband cat ears and provide face painting for children by donation and Birch Bay photographer Kevin Ball will offer photos for sale.

Flannery, a resident of Jacob’s Landing on Birch Bay Drive, said she and several other condominium owners started the group when they received a notice from the property management company requiring all cats to be on leashes, or face being removed from the property.
Flannery said some residents are concerned their cats may be sent to the Humane Society if mistaken for a stray cat and that many of the neighboring residents have not yet been made aware of the proposed rule enforcement.

Rosemary Black, owner of Vacationville, the company that manages the property, said they had recently stepped up enforcement of the rule because some residents had complained about cats urinating in their flowerbeds or having fleas. She said concerns about some residents’ pets being taken to the pound are unfounded.

“We’ll look at the animal’s tags, we’ll contact the owner, we might even keep the pet overnight until we can contact the owner,” she said. “We’re just trying to find out where some of these animals belong.”
Black said Vacationville will notify the neighboring residents of the increased enforcement if they are instructed by the board of directors of Jacob’s Landing.

In the meantime, Flannery said group has established a “kitty bail bond” for those residents who may not be able to afford to bail their pets out of the pound. Donations may be made to a bank account at the Birch Bay branch of The Bank of the Pacific under the name “Birch Bay Cats,” she said. To donate items for the yard sale, call 371-7261.

By Tara Nelson