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Let go and let Gullah

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Recently, I was asked whether my job has affected my taste in music. It’s an interesting question and a thing I’d never considered until that moment. I believe I answered something along the lines that my job has not as much altered my taste as it has facilitated the discovery of music that might not otherwise have shown up on my radar.

Or at least that’s what I think I said. It’s what I meant to say, anyway.

Some of the most interesting music I’ve come across in my…

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Helping Hands

Adult day program comes to Bellingham

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Viewing transformation in action is one of the things Pauline Smith loves about her job.

As the executive director of the Skagit Adult Day Program—a nonprofit whose mission is to preserve dignity and promote quality of life for seniors with special needs via guided activities and socialization—Smith says the changes she witnesses in both seniors and their family members after a month spent interacting with staff and peers is nothing less than remarkable.

“When a family first comes…

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Roots and Wings

An artist takes flight

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Not far from the massive, barn-like studio where David Syre spends long periods of time painting, he used to milk a Guernsey cow named Molly and sell the fresh dairy product to neighbors for 25 cents a gallon.

To say Syre has come a long way since those early days on his family’s sprawling farmstead along the Nooksack River near Everson is a bit of an understatement.

At 78, the former lawyer and successful real estate developer has spent much of the past decade in pursuit of the…

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Go Wild

Adventure in the Discovery Islands

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

If you’re looking for a slice of paradise this summer, look no further than Feather’s Cove on Maurelle Island.

This small, barely known isle in the Discovery Passage of British Columbia is home to the Flow Wilderness Retreat, a small, family-owned destination where guests spend five all-inclusive days kayaking across the clear, aquiline water. They take soul-nourishing forest walks to pristine lakes no one has heard of and end their days in a cedar-fueled hot tub overlooking a bay…

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March Silver Reef

Farm Share Fair

Before the harvest

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Living in the modern age means you can easily summon someone to deliver a pepperoni pizza to your doorstep or have grocery store employees do your shopping for you. And when it comes to other food choices where convenience is key, it’s also possible to have farm-fresh fare delivered directly to your front porch, workplace or agreed-upon drop spot.

To find out more about that third option, you’ll want to schedule time to stop by Sustainable Connections’ and Tilth Alliance’s fourth…

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On Stage

Silent Sky

Out of this world

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

For the average layperson, it would be difficult to explain the formulas and theories that led American astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt to discover a means to measure the distance to faraway galaxies.

During the time frame when she paved the way for modern astronomy’s understanding of the structure and scale of the universe, most people probably would have assumed Leavitt couldn’t provide the answers, either—not because she wasn’t whip-smart, but because she was a woman.


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March Silver Reef
Best of Bellingham
Best Neighborhood


What makes a great neighborhood? Well, one that is walkable, with tree-lined streets and ample parks, nearby services and entertainment. One that allows people to work from or near their homes. Many artists have moved to Sunnyland for exactly that reason, so they can run a studio out of their home—and that has produced a flourishing local arts community. Sunnyland is a nucleus for many of the favorite haunts and hangouts cited in this year’s reader survey.

That dynamism has a downside, too, and Sunnyland is experiencing some growing pains from its tangy mix of industrial and commercial uses in proximity to family homes. Friends, an outdoor beer garden is a heartbreaking thing to quarrel about! I predict they’ll soon solve those problems, and continue to claim their crown as Bellingham’s favorite neighborhood.

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The Gristle
Halfway Houses

HALFWAY HOUSES: Last week marked the halfway point of the Legislature’s 105-day regular session in Olympia, and the cutoff for new bills to be passed out of their original chambers. The deadline left just 681 bills out of some 2,150 bills introduced still under consideration for this…

Amy Goodman
Boeing’s Profit Motive

The crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, just after takeoff, killed all 157 people on board. The tragedy provoked global outrage as news circulated that the newly designed aircraft, the Boeing 737 Max 8, has software flaws that make the plane inherently dangerous. Country after country…

Village Books
A poorly educated choice

There is no oversight or review available to the citizens of Bellingham for the vaguely worded levies we repeatedly pass for Bellingham Public Schools. There should, for example, have been…

Silver Lake Park, a different perspective

Sometimes it takes strong emotion to bring difficult truths to the surface. And the difficult truth we are all faced with right now is that if we do not start putting the health of our…

Long dark cloud

Shaken by tragedy in New Zealand, my family’s home, the gunman’s attack seems indicative of a spreading inclination to avoid and despise education. Calling Donald Trump “a symbol of…

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Today's Events
Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest


Single-poem submissions for the 14th annual Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest will be accepted through March 31. Residents from throughout Whatcom County can submit their works; 25 winners will…

La Conner Daffodil Festival


The fifth annual La Conner Daffodil Festival takes place March 1-31 at more than 450 acres in and around La Conner and the Skagit Valley. Check online, or drop by the La Conner Visitor…

Essence of Bellingham Photo Competition


Residents of Whatcom County can submit images to the City of Bellingham’s annual “Essence of Bellingham” photo competition starting today and continuing through May 1. See submission…

Skagit Beer Week


A Skagit Farm to Pint Beer Run on Sat., March 23 will kick off the second annual Skagit Beer Week. Beer dinners, tours, tap takeovers, educational events and more will take place through…

Dig Into Spring


As part of a free “Dig Into Spring” series, Master Gardener Valerie Rose and High Mowing Seed Co.‘s Ada Snyder will focus on “Seeds or Starts?” at 6pm at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315…

Artist Workshop


Watch artist Neal Cronic paint with acrylics and oil at a low-key Artist Workshop from 6-7:30pm at the SkillShare Space at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. If you’re interested…

Bellingham Reads


Discuss Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers at a Bellingham Reads book discussion from 6:30-7:30pm at the Dodson Room at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. New members are always…

Avian Research


Dereck Matthew, chair of the Vancouver Avian Research Center, will join the North Cascades Audubon Society to discuss VARC’s objectives in providing data and research that help safeguard…

Books and Brews


A new “Books and Brews” club debuts tonight at 7pm in Lynden at Overflow Taps, 106 5th St. Each month, Village Books staff will pick a new book to read and talk about, and Overflow Taps will …

Poetry Trio


Keetje Kuipers (All Its Charms), Geffrey Davis (Night Angler, and Erika Meitner (Holy Moly Carry Me) will read from their respective collections at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

Skagit Folk Dancers


Join the Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers for a weekly International Folk Dancing event from 7-9:30pm at Bayview Civic Hall, 12615 C St. No partners are needed; just show up and dance. Entry to…

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