Published on Thu, Jul 24, 2008
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Neighborhood park meetings

The Montfort Park Neighborhood Association held its first meeting July 21 with a walk through Montfort Park.

Association liaison Joan Clark said the group has formed three committees: a maintenance committee, a benches and tables committee, and informational signage committee.

The group has also scheduled a trail work party from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, September 6. Residents are invited to bring their clippers and hamburgers will be served for lunch.

The next meeting for the Montfort Park Neighborhood Association is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. August 18 at 2290 Montfort Avenue or at Ann and Les Nelsons, 2164 Montfort Avenue in the event of inclement weather.

For agenda items for the next meeting, email For more information about the various other neighborhood committees, call city planner Alex Wenger at 332-8311.

Parks and recreation district offers new programs, meetings

The Northwest Park & Recreation District 2 (NWPRD2) has scheduled its first master plan steering committee meeting for 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, July 28 at the Blaine Senior Center at 763 G Street.

Those interested in joining the committee should contact the main office at 656-6416.

NWPRD2 also continues their Summer Program by offering two new activities in the next few weeks.

The bike rodeo is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 26, at the north parking lot of Birch Bay State Park’s beach day use area. The free event is designed to teach school-aged children bike safety while having fun. There is a limited supply of free helmets available.

The theater class is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings August 5 through 21. The event is for youth ages 10 to13 and will be located at the upper level of Blaine’s middle school gym. A culminating performance will take place on the middle school stage. Cost is $45.

For more information, call 656-6416 or visit the NWPRD2’s new office at 380 H Street in Blaine. Individuals can also visit their web site at

County imposes burn ban

Because of warm weather and increased risk of fire from lack of rainfall, the Whatcom County fire marshal’s office has enacted a countywide burning ban.

The ban prohibits all land clearing and yard debris burning, however, some recreational fires are allowed. Permitted fires must consist of firewood or charcoal and be contained in fire pits no larger than three feet in diameter.

In addition, recreational fires must be built with either stones, cement blocks or steel at a minimum of 16 inches high and be in close range of a working garden hose or two five-gallon buckets of water.

Violations of the burn ban may result in a minimum $250 fine and if an illegal fire needs to be extinguished by the fire department, violators may be held financially responsible for fire suppression costs.

For more information, call the Whatcom County Burn information line at 676-6934 or the Whatcom County fire marshal’s office at 676-6709.

Blaine grad makes dean’s list

DePaul University student Rebecca Robinson of Blaine has been named to the dean’s list for the 2008 spring quarter.

To receive dean’s list commendation, full-time students must earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or above on a four-point scale.