Published on Thu, Mar 12, 2009
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Primary school hosts family night

The Blaine primary school Parents for Kids (PFK) volunteer organization is sponsoring the annual Family Fun Night from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, February 20 in the middle school cafeteria.  The event is free and for families of the primary school to enjoy a fun evening playing games. Youth and parents can participate in bingo games, musical chairs, a fishing game, bowling as well as other games. A complimentary pizza dinner will be provided.

The PFK group is also collecting non-perishable food items for the Blaine Food Bank for the event. A box for donations will be located by the door.

For more information, contact

Apply now for disaster relief grants

Residents and business owners in Whatcom County who are recovering from the effects of recent severe winter storms, landslides, mudslides and flooding can now apply for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Washington Emergency Management Division. State Coordinating Officer Kurt Hardin said county homeowners, renters and business owners should apply even if they don’t have all the necessary information available, such as the exact amount of insurance loss.

“It’s important to get into the system,” Hardin said, adding that applicants should have a secure mailing address, especially if they were forced to move out of their home.

Disaster assistance can include grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses. Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business

Administration (SBA) are also available to cover residential and business losses not covered by insurance.

To apply for FEMA assistance, call 800/621-3362 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available to answer your call. Those with Internet access can apply on-line at www.disaster

The SBA disaster loans cover uninsured and uncompensated losses and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For information about SBA programs, applicants may call 800/659-2955. Homeowners, renters and business owners with questions for the SBA should call 800/659-2955.

City hosts short course on local planning

The Blaine Community Development Services department will host a short course on local planning from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 18 at the Blaine Senior and Community Center at the corner of H and Eighth Streets.

The course is presented as a joint effort between the Washington State Department of Trade and Economic Development and the Planning Association of Washington.

Topics will focus on the role of the planning commission in planning and the balance between environmental protections, land use regulations and property rights as presented by Scott Missall, Doug Peters and Paul Rogerson.

The course is free open to the public. For more information, call 332-8311.

Sheriff’s office offers citizen’s academy

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office has scheduled a citizen’s academy for those interested in learning more about the criminal justice system and creating a better understanding between the community and the sheriff’s department.

Classes start March 18 and will include criminal investigations, patrol, K-9, marine patrol, emergency management, use of force, evidence procedures, traffic enforcement, search and rescue, firearms training, personnel, corrections, and the drug task force.  Additionally, instructors from other agencies involved in criminal justice will present classes on juvenile corrections, 911 dispatch, the prosecutor’s office, public defenders, and the court system.

The academy meets on Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. for 12 weeks and is limited to approximately 25 participants. There is no fee but participants must be at least 18 years of age and complete at least eight of the 12 classes to obtain a certificate of completion.

For more information, call 360/676-6650, ext. 50415.