Published on Thu, Jun 17, 2010
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Blaine school district seeks input

While a capital projects bond request may have failed at the polls in March 2008, that didn’t mean that the need to improve school facilities went away. As a result, the Blaine school board is considering bringing a revised proposal to voters as soon as February of 2011.

While most of the facility issues pertain to the high school, there are other needs across the campus that need to be addressed. The Blaine school board is seeking input into the revised plan and have setup a survey on the district’s website (

Taxpayers are asked to spend a few minutes completing the survey regarding the various improvements. Board members will review the responses at their June 28 meeting as they consider the range of options available for completing the most urgent of the facility work.

While board members are cautious about presenting a bond issue given the current economic climate, they also have expressed concern about doing nothing. As one of them put it at a recent board meeting in Point Roberts, “just because the economy isn’t great right now, doesn’t mean that we can ignore the future.”

NWFRS to hold open house

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue will be hosting an open house on Saturday, July 10 at Station 61, 9408 Odell Street in Blaine beginning at 11:30 a.m. 

The community is invited to participate in the tradition of “pushing in” and “christening” ceremony for the district’s newest pieces of apparatus before they are placed into service.

This tradition goes back to the days when pumpers were pulled by horses. A new pumper brought to the station for the first time was unharnessed and the water from the old pumper would be transferred into the new pumper, spilling over the sides and wetting it down or "christening" it. The firefighters would dry the pumper down and then push it into the bay.

Fire safety information and youth “goody” bags will be provided and hot dogs and cake will be served. 

For more information, contact Jennie Sand, North Whatcom Fire and Rescue, 360/318-9933 or

Habitat for Humanity holding fundraiser

Habitat For Humanity will hold its 8th annual Raise The Roof fundraising dinner and auction starting at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 10 at the Lakeway Inn in Bellingham.

Board president Tiffany Bergsma-Evans said six local families will contribute 500 hours of sweat equity to qualify for a Habitat For Humanity home this year.

“This means we will have to increase our fundraising efforts by 50 percent just to keep up with this economy,” she said. “This last year we only planned to build four homes. The need increases but the resources become scarcer and scarcer.”

The auction features large-ticket items such as a week-long stay in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and airfare packages. Local prizes include a weekend stay and spa treatment at the Chrysalis Inn and a picnic cruise to San Juan islands. Local realtor Mike Kent and Blaine city manager Gary Tomsic will auctioneer.

Dinner and auction tickets are $75 per person with $40 from each ticket going directly to the organization. For information, call 715-9170.

Blaine Boys & Girls Club to benefit

Starting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, June 18, Windermere agents will show up to spruce up and clean up the Blaine club. They will be painting the computer lab and other interior spaces, but the primary focus will be replacing the aging playing field with new, level, lush green turf grass.

Windermere hopes to enlist the support of other community businesses in the project. If anyone would like to donate paint or materials please contact Linda Kiens at 815-6640.