Published on Thu, Aug 2, 2007
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Liquor contract store owner seeks public support
Blaine liquor store owner Nicole Perry is collecting signatures and public comments from individuals who would like to see a liquor store in downtown (see Northern Light archives July 19 - 25.)

Comments may also be made directly to state liquor board chair Lorraine Lee at or boardmembers Roger Hoen at and Ruthann Kurose at

Signatures must be collected before August 6, when Perry’s current lease for the current location at Blaine International Center expires. A petition is also available at the Custer Store at 2910 Main Street in Custer. For more information call Perry at 366-4307 or 920-3591. The general contact number for the Washington State Liquor Board is 360/664-1600.

Volunteers help handicapped adults remain independent
The Whatcom Volunteer Center is looking for volunteers to participate in their Chore program, which links them to low-income seniors and adults with disabilities who need a little extra help.

The program specifically helps those that need basic chores done in order to remain independent in their own homes and many times includes house cleaning, yardwork, or transporting people to doctors appointments or the grocery store. For more information about volunteering, call 360/734-3055, or email

For more information, call 733-8307 or visit

Reality series stresses lighter living

Producers for Black Dog Productions are searching for two families in the Whatcom County area to participate in their reality show “The Greenest House,” scheduled to begin filming this August.

The two families will face regular challenges to reduce their water and energy consumption, while gaining bonus points for other lifestyle changes that result in lighter living.

Applications are available online at or by emailing For more information, call360/756-9379.

Voters’ pamphlets in the mail
Whatcom County Auditor Shirley Forslof announced this week that Whatcom County local voters pamphlets for the 2007 primary election have been mailed and are also available for viewing at Forslof said she would like to remind individuals that internet access is available at public libraries.
For more information, please call 360/676-6742.

Funabashi orchestra event needs volunteers
Organizers for this year’s visit by the Funabashi Junior Orchestra are looking for volunteers to provide lunch and dinner for at least two Japanese and one Canadian visiting students.

Volunteer organizer Leslee Smith said in order to provide the chaperones a Whatcom County experience while students are with homestay families, she is looking for volunteers or vehicles to transport 17 adults to Blaine and Fairhaven for shopping and dining during the afternoon of Wednesday, August 22.

The Funabashi Junior Orchestra was established in 1981 as the junior division of the Funabashi Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. Funabashi City is located in Chiba Prefecture just east of Tokyo. The orchestra currently consists of 120 members and provides an opportunity for young people to participate in music.

The orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. that Wednesday.
Those interested in volunteering should contact Smith at

Haggen program raises $49,000 for Whatcom County schools
Customers of Haggen Food & Pharmacy raised $49,100 for Whatcom County schools during the 2006-2007 school year.

The money was generated through the School Bucks program, a partnership between Haggen Food & Pharmacy stores and Kraft Foods. Participation in the program is free to parents, teachers and community members with a Haggen C.A.R.D. Haggen operates four stores in Bellingham and one in Ferndale.

The program has donated more than $765,000 to Washington and Oregon schools since its launch in 1998.