Published on Thu, Jan 24, 2008
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Indian dinner to benefit local Montessori school

The Pleasant Valley Montessori School of Ferndale has scheduled a fundraising night at the Curry House Restaurant on Monday, January 28 to raise money to help keep tuition costs down and contribute to scholarships.

Curry House restaurant owners said they will donate a portion of their revenue for the evening to school.

The Curry House Restaurant is located at 2034 Main Street in Ferndale and can be reached by calling 360/312-8779. For more information, call Cecile Pendleton at 360/820-4065.

Washington law enforcement steps up traffic patrols

Washington State law enforcement agencies Wednesday announced a coordinated launch of ongoing, high visibility patrol efforts to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

The statewide program, X-52, is aimed at saving lives with Extra Patrols Every Week. The Washington State Patrol (WSP) and the Washington State Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs are launching X-52 to reduce crashes caused by impaired or speeding drivers. X-52 means extra patrols will be happening every week in Washington with enhanced approaches and tools.

Blaine basketball games online

Blaine High School’s video production students will broadcast two basketball games live on the internet.

On Tuesday, January 29th, the boy’s game between the Borderites and Sehome Mariners will be on the air.

The girl’s webcast will feature the game with Mount Baker on Thursday, February 7. Students will provide play-by-play, color commentary, and sideline reports in addition to the three cameras following the action and prepared analysis of the matchups between the teams.

This year’s webcast is once again being hosted by the Hardlines Company in Bellingham. Students are seeking sponsors to offset the cost. The game can be viewed on Windows or MacIntosh computers by using QuickTime 7 Player.

Older versions of the player will not access the stream.

To access the webcast, go to Pregame action will begin at 7:25 p.m. For more information, email

Coalition offers free training for volunteering

Interfaith Coalition’s Friendly Visitors program will offer a training session on Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 702 G St., 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 meaningful 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.
Interested individuals can call 756-5179 to reserve a space.

Classes offered for fathers

The Bellingham non-profit Mother Baby Center offers parenting classes for fathers, taught for fathers through their newest program, “Conscious Fathering.”

The class is designed to give men confidence in their ability to take an active, meaningful role in the raising of their child from the start and offers information to help prepare them for the first few months of baby’s life.

New or expecting dads are encouraged to attend, but step dads, granddads, all dads are welcome.

Cost is $10 per class and sessions will be scheduled at locations throughout Whatcom County.

For more information, call 360/647-1544 ext. 109 or visit

Mt. Baker HOGS chapter to offer college scholarship

The Mt. Baker Chapter, Harley Owners Group (HOG), a chapter of the national HOG organization is offering its annual $1,000 scholarship to college-bound senior high schools students from Whatcom County.

The $1,000 scholarship will be given to a student in the county who has a close relative or guardian that owns a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. 

Applicants, in addition to the usual GPA information and letter about why they want to go to college, must also submit a creative two-page story about their relative’s (or guardian’s) experiences on their Harley. School recommendations should be submitted no later than March 13.
Submissions may be sent to Mt. Baker Chapter, HOG Scholarship Committee c/o Bellingham Harley-Davidson, 1419 North State St., Bellingham, 98225. For more information, contact Larry Marrs at 380-4590 or 739-9906.

By Tara Nelson