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Birch Bay clean-ups nixed by county

Several community cleanups that were scheduled for April 25 and September 12 as well as the beach fireworks debris cleanup July 5 in Birch Bay have been canceled following budget cuts by the solid waste division of Whatcom County Public Works.

County officials said the decision was made partly because litter grant funding from the State Department of Ecology was cut nearly in half for 2009-2011.

Another problem, they said, was that residents left county crews with large amounts of non-beach trash that included piles of furniture, old appliances and four- to five-gallon buckets of used motor oil, which negatively impacted the community clean-up budget.

Trash cans and pickups during the summer months will continue to be provided.

23rd Annual Spring Craft & Antique Show next weekend

The 23rd Annual Spring Craft & Antique Show is scheduled for March 19, 20 and 21 at the NW Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden.
The festival will feature more than 100 Northwest artisans selling handcrafted gifts, home décor and vintage goods. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 21.

For more information, visit Admission is $4.

Vendors needed for Ferndale Farmer’s Market

Organizers for the Ferndale Farmer’s Market are seeking local farmers and artisans to sell their goods. The market opens April 18 and will run until October 17.

Applications are available at For more information, call Christine Wekking at 371-5262.

Sheriff’s Office to provide vacation house checks

Residents wishing to have vacation house checks done by Whatcom County sheriff’s office citizens on patrol program can now submit applications to the county.

The volunteers will check on houses while performing other duties in the unincorporated communities of Whatcom County.

Applications are in the sheriff’s office front lobby and online at Forms should be mailed or dropped off within 10 days of a resident’s departure.

Auditions for Barrington Bunny play this Saturday

Organizers of an upcoming performance of Barrington Easter orchestra and dance production have scheduled auditions at the United Church of Christ.

The play is Blaine resident Sandy Wolf’s adaptation of Martin Bell’s “The Way of the Wolf,” which follows the humorous life of Barrington, a rabbit whose fur has failed to change completely to white during the winter months.

Music is composed by John Luther Adams and will be performed by Blaine math teacher Mike Dahl. The event will include dancers, readers and a Greek-style chorus.

Auditions for youth are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, March 14 and auditions for adults and children wanting reading parts for 1 p.m. Sunday, March 22. Rehearsals will begin March 28.

For more information, call Sandy Wolf at 360/303-3595 or email

Public invited to principal interviews

Parents of Blaine students will have the opportunity to hear candidates for the new Blaine high school principal position from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17 at the Blaine school district’s Performing Arts Center.

Candidates will respond to a predetermined set of questions. Each candidate will have a brief bio available at the door along with a comment sheet for those in the audience.

A recommendation to the school board will be made on March 23 at their regularly scheduled meeting and the new principal will begin employment July 1. For more information, call 332-5881.

Free business classes offered

The Center for Economic Vitality at Western Washington University will host a series of free monthly sessions designed to help local business owners survive the recent economic recession.

The first class is scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday, March 19 at the Mount Baker Theatre’s Walton room and will focus on tracking business health, identifying early warning signs and learning financial skills.

Local business and economic development experts will be present to answer questions, schedule free, confidential business wellness audits and provide access to additional resources.

Participants should RSVP by contacting Tara Sundin at 778-8300 or

Sherman Alexie to speak next Thursday

Award-winning American Indian author Sherman Alexie will speak about his book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Thursday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19 at Whatcom Community College’s Orca pavilion. The event is free and open to the public.

A donation fund has been established to help a local family get back on their feet after their house burned last week.

Friends say Bobby Whitehead and Sandra Stacey and their two teenage children lost all their belongings to fire and smoke damage when their rental house on Birch Bay-Lynden Road burned March 2.
According to North Whatcom Fire and Rescue, the fire started after a pizza box that caught fire on the stove was put on the back porch after it was thought to be extinguished. The box later ignited some garbage which quickly engulfed the back of the house.

Donations to the Whitehead Family Assistance Fund can be made at any Bank of America.

Submissions sought for poetry contest

Organizers of the 4th annual Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest are seeking single-poem submissions from Whatcom County residents of all ages and experience.

Submissions will be accepted between March 15 and April 15 with winners being announced May 13 and winning poems displayed for a year on the downtown Bellingham Poetry Walk and on WTA buses.
Contestants must be residents of Whatcom County and submit a single, previously unpublished poem. Poems may be on any topic and in any form.

Entries will be accepted beginning March 15 and must be postmarked or dropped off by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 15.

Complete submission guidelines are available on the Whatcom Community Foundation website,, and at, and at schools and bookstores throughout the county. For more information, call Luther Allen at 758-2019, or email

Kinder Eggs banned at border

With the Easter holiday approaching, U.S. Customs and Border Protection wants travelers and importers to know that Kinder chocolate eggs are banned from import into the United States.

U.S. CBP spokesperson Thomas Schreiber said Kinder chocolate eggs are banned for sale and import into the United States because they contain a toy surprise hidden inside and pose a choking and aspiration hazard in children younger than three years of age.

The eggs are hollow milk chocolate about the size of a large hen’s egg usually packaged in a colorful foil wrapper.

The toy within the egg is contained in an oval-shaped plastic capsule and requires assembly. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) determined that the product failed to meet small parts requirements with respect to children ages three and younger.

More information regarding unsafe toys and product recall announcements can be found at CPSC’s website at