Published on Thu, Sep 4, 2008 by The Northern Light staff

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By The Northern Light staff

Blaine artist featured in Bellingham show

A Blaine woman will be one of 16 Whatcom County artists featured in Bellingham’s EDGE group exhibition at MindPort Gallery at 210 West Holly Street.

Blaine resident Donna-Lee Elke’s paintings will be on display as part of an exhibition by the Seattle-based EDGE program graduates called “Off the Edge.” The exhibit goes from Wednesday, September 3 to Sunday, September 28.

An artists’ reception is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, September 5.

Bellingham EDGE is a professional artist network of 16 regional visual artists who have graduated from the EDGE program.
For more information, call 647-5614 or visit

Birch Bay artist featured in pottery show

The organic designs of artists Eloise Nyman, of Birch Bay and Irene Lawson, of Custer will be featured throughout the month of September at Good Earth Pottery in Fairhaven. Their enduring interest in the shapes and patterns of color found in the natural plant and animal forms of the Northwest is manifested in their handmade stoneware vessels.

Good Earth Pottery is located at 1000 Harris and is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit or call 360/671-3998.

Blaine school board schedules special meetings

The Blaine school district has scheduled two special board meetings during the month of September to interview candidates for the vacant position of Blaine school board director of district 3.

The meetings are scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, September 9 and 16 at the district office at 756 H Street.

For more information, call 332-5881.

Public comment sought on Homestar NW development

The Whatcom County office of planning and development is still accepting written comments regarding a 14.7-acre site plan submitted for Homestar Northwest’s Birch Bay development.

The plan calls for renovating the existing Birch Bay waterslides at 4874 Birch Bay-Lynden Road as well as the construction of a year-round indoor waterpark with approximately 126 condominium or hotel units in up to five retail and commercial buildings.

More information on the proposed plan is available by visiting the Whatcom County planning and development office at 5280 Northwest Drive in Bellingham, 98226. Written comments may be submitted to Amy Keenan at the above address or by emailing to by September 12.

Blaine grad earns scholarship

Western Washington University student and Blaine high school graduate Cody Burk, son of Kenneth and Rachel Ely of Blaine, received a $1,000 Jack and Ramona Cole Memorial Scholarship for the 2008-2009 academic year.

Burk, an incoming freshman, is interested in majoring in music or business.

Jo Sewright to celebrate 90th

Josephine (Jo) Sewright will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house and luncheon beginning at noon on September 14, in the social hall of the United Church of Christ in Blaine. 

Jo is hoping to visit with friends, family and former co-workers. Guests are encouraged not to bring memories and appetites in lieu of gifts.

The Northern Light’s Jack Kintner launches website

The Northern Light photographer Jack Kintner has launched a website,, to display and sell photographs.
The website was designed by Sharon Jackson of Jackson on the Moon Website Design in Duncan, B.C. and features a constantly changing array of photographs from the area as well as from Kintner’s trip to China in 2006.

For more information, go to

Quilt show features best of county

The Moonlight Quilters Quilt Guild has scheduled its biennial Quilt Show, September 19 and 20 at the Central Lutheran Church at 925 N. Forest Street in Bellingham. A new addition to the show is the tea room where beverages and home baked goodies will be available.

The featured raffle quilt “Ode to the Northwest,” winner of Best of Show ribbon at last year’s Northwest Washington Fair, captures the essence of Whatcom County through representing Blaine, Ferndale, Mt. Baker, Lynden and Bellingham landmarks. 

Featured are the Peace Arch border crossing, kids at Birch Bay, Lynden fair, Hovander Park, Mt. Baker Theatre, original Bellingham city hall, modern art on Western’s campus, mountain bikers, eagle soaring over mountains, dairy cows, canoeing to Lummi Island, Lake Padden, a farmhouse and barn, trees and berries, and the most recognized rock in the northwest – the rock on the side of northbound freeway where generations of kids have painted messages. 

For more information, call 360/354-4353 or visit their website at