Published on Thu, Jul 31, 2008
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Incorporation meeting scheduled
A group of Birch Bay residents who favor incorporation have scheduled a meeting for 7 p.m., August 4 at the Birch Bay Bible Community Church at 7039 Jackson Road.

For information about meetings of the Birch Bay Steering Committee and its various subcommittees, visit their web site at

Blaine real estate agent charged with larceny
In a dispute over collecting rent money stretching back to an agreement first drawn up nearly three years ago, local real estate salesman Chuck Green was charged with class B felony theft in Whatcom County Superior Court last month.

Court documents allege that Green collected a little over $2,000 in rent and damage deposits for a rental property purchased by Phil and Billie Whiteman in August of 2005, but the money was never deposited into their account.

The Whitemans complained to the Blaine police department, and charges were eventually filed by Whatcom County deputy prosecuting attorney Christopher Quinn and a court appearance was scheduled for July 11.

When Green failed to appear a bench warrant was issued and served the following week, following which Green was released on his own recognizance.

Blaine Builder Award
Blaine mayor Bonnie Onyon presented the Blaine Builder Award to city office specialist Cheryl Fischer, the Blaine police department auxiliary communications service group as well as two founding members.

Those volunteers are Jim Elson and Michael Chaplin, who have completed more than 2,000 combined hours of volunteer labor to provide communications and radio support to the city of Blaine.

“Their service provides us with a capacity that we’ve never had in our community,” said Blaine police chief Mike Haslip. “They are there to help our community both in an emergency and in day to day efforts.”
Onyon said Cheryl Fischer, Blaine’s office specialist was given the award for her involvement in the city’s annual Fourth of July festivities, including the show n’ shine car show.

Onyon said since Fischer created the event in 2001, it has grown from its original spot in the lot of G Street to occupying several blocks within the city’s central business district.

She added that Fischer helped solicit Blaine businesses to donate items for goodie bags for the winners.

“Her efforts have created a community event that has grown every year and continues to be one of the most popular car shows in Whatcom County,” she said.

Public comment sought on Birch Bay resort development
The Whatcom County Planning Department is accepting public comments regarding Homestar Northwest’s Birch Bay Resort development planned for 7878 Birch Bay Drive.

The 50-acre resort development proposes a mix of retail and commercial buildings including a community plaza, a clubhouse and a maximum of 250 condominium units on an existing site developed with a golf course, restaurant and associated parking.

The file and supporting documents may be reviewed at Whatcom County Planning and Development Services, 5280 Northwest Drive in Bellingham. Written comments may be submitted to senior planner Amy Keenan at the above address or by emailing her at by August 11.

Program trains volunteers to visit the lonely
The Whatcom County Interfaith Coalition’s Friendly Visitors program will offer a training session on Thursday, August 7 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 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.

Individuals interested in participating can call 756-5179 to reserve a space.