Published on Thu, Sep 11, 2008 by The Northern Light staff

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By The Northern Light staff

Blaine grad earns scholarship

Western Washington University student Lauren Hyman, daughter of Steve Hyman of Citrus Heights, Calif., and Casandra Uppal of Blaine, received a $500 Conant Dodge Memorial Scholarship for the 2008-2009 academic year.

The Conant Dodge Memorial Scholarship was established by Marie Eaton and Wayne Dodge. Recipients must be enrolled in a Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies program and must also be first-generation college students.

Hyman, a sophomore, has a 3.7 GPA and is majoring in law, diversity and social justice. She volunteers at Womencare and was invited to join the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Birch Bay Beach Babes schedule open house

The Birch Bay Beach Babes chapter of the Red Hats Society have scheduled an open house event from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, September 14 at the clubhouse at Jacob’s Landing at 7806 Birch Bay Drive in Birch Bay. Refreshments and games will be provided.

The Red Hats Society is open to women ages 50 and older, although women younger than 50 are also invited to join and wear pink hats. The group meets at 1 p.m. the second Sunday of each month in the clubhouse at Jacob’s Landing. For more information, call 371-2969.

City offers rebates for Energy Star appliances

The city of Blaine is now offering appliance rebates for new Energy Star clothes washers and dishwashers.

The program is offered through a partnership with Energy Star and the Bonneville Power Administration. For a list of ways to save money on energy bills visit the city’s website at For more information about the rebate program, call 332-8311.

Group offers free compost classes

The Master Composter/ Recycler program of the Washington State University extension program has scheduled a series of free composting workshops in Bellingham.

Volunteer composters will be stationed at the new “sustainable” compost demonstration site located at the Clean Green Transfer Station on Lakeway and Woburn in Bellingham.

Classes this fall are scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, September 28 and Sunday, October 5; 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 25; and 5:30 p.m. Thursday, October 16.

Call WSU Whatcom County Extension office at 676-6736 or email to reserve a spot.

Boating safety class offered

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s office marine services unit will offer a boater education course for Washington boaters. This eight-hour course will provide boaters the basics of safe boating that all recreational boaters should know. This course was developed specifically for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and is taught by deputies certified by the agency.

The course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. September 20 and again on the following Saturday at the Marietta fire station training room, 752 Marine Drive in Bellingham. Size is limited and participants need to pre-register for the course by September 19 by calling or e-mailing deputy Stuart Smith at 360/676-6650 or

The Adventures in Boating Washington, A Course on Responsible Boating manual will be provided at the class for a $10 fee.

Parks commissioner sought

Northwest Park & Recreation District 2 currently has a commissioner vacancy. Anyone interested in applying for this position should send a letter of interest by October 1 to: NWPRD2, P.O. Box 68, Blaine, WA 98231.