Aroundthe City

Published on Thu, Dec 6, 2007
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Volunteer to visit the lonely

The Whatcom County Interfaith Coalition’s Friendly Visitors program will offer a training session on Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. for individuals who wish to make a difference in the lives of isolated older adults.

The program offers trained volunteers the opportunity to work one-on-one with individuals in need of human connection.

After attending the three-hour training session, volunteers are matched with seniors whose health and well-being may improve with weekly visits and telephone calls. All volunteers and seniors are interviewed and carefully screened to ensure the most compatible matches are made.

The Friendly Visitors program focuses on people who are disconnected from the community for a variety of reasons, including mobility limitations, health issues, few friends or family living nearby, residence in a rural setting, or outliving a spouse, partner, family or friends.

Physical and mental-health consequences from the lack of meaningful social contact are well documented in numerous studies. The Friendly Visitors program offers not only a caring human contact, but also the following possible health benefits: improved self-esteem, mental health and alertness; reduced stress; lower blood pressure; less risk of heart disease; and fewer tendencies toward smoking or obesity.

To register, call 756-5179.

Bicyclist killed on Portal Way

A Ferndale man was killed while riding his bicycle on Portal Way last week after he collided with a truck.

State troopers reported that at about 2 p.m. November 27, Randy Parks, 50, of Ferndale, was riding his bicycle northbound on a gravel shoulder of Portal Way three miles north of Ferndale when his bicycle swerved into the northbound lane in front of a 1989 Toyota pickup truck.

The driver of the vehicle was 28-year-old Blaine resident Johnathan Robert Briscoe. Briscoe was not injured.

Investigators do not suspect alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision.

Daughter of Custer resident graduates from combat training

Army Pvt. Misty D. Ryan has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises. She is the daughter of Jack Ryan of Custer.

Teleconference with Rep. Doug Ericksen next Monday

State representative Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale) has scheduled a tele-town hall meeting from 7:15 to 7:35 p.m. Monday, December 10, offering constituents an opportunity to call-in toll-free at 888/518-3397 (enter pin 23284) from 7:15 to 7:35 p.m. 

“We are all busy people and I know it may be hard for some to leave home to attend a traditional town hall meeting. I hope this alternative is more convenient for the people I represent,” Ericksen said.

Ericksen said he tried the concept in October and it was well-received. The new technology allows him to listen to constituents, answer their questions and address issues. Participants can listen live, ask questions, take part in poll questions, and participate as long as they want to stay connected.

For more information, call 786-7980.

School board meets Monday

The Blaine school district board of directors has scheduled a work session for 5:30 p.m. Monday, December 10 at their district office at 765 H Street to discuss construction management issues.

For more information, call 332-5881.

By Tara Nelson