Chamber looking for public input on new event name
Tribune assistant editor
Scenes from the 2008 Holland Days Festival will be replayed in 2009, but in June and not in May as has been the 22-year tradition.
LYNDEN -- The Holland Days Festival is no longer on the first weekend in May. And the Farmers Day Parade on the first Saturday in June will have plenty of Holland-style company.
David Lewis and Calvin Bratt
WHATCOM -- A labor dispute is delaying the training and staffing of a fifth paramedic unit to serve north Whatcom County.
The placement of a fifth Whatcom Medic One team was included in the Emergency Medical Services Recommended Plan presented by a working group in July 2005. The plan calls for the unit to be staffed by “employees of Whatcom County Fire District 7.” District 7 covers the Ferndale area.
Calvin Bratt and Tim Newcomb
LYNDEN -- A half-block of Fifth Street will be closed from today through Oct. 1 for removal of debris from Delft Square, the Lynden Public Works Department reports.
The Franklin Corporation of Ferndale, which specializes in commercial site improvements, will bring in a crane today to start removing roof debris, according to Guy Bellefeuille, field supervisor.
EVERSON -- The Nooksack Valley School District is one of five school districts in Washington state to receive a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The purpose of the grants, totaling over $2 million, is to support the early learner programs within each district. Nooksack Valley will get $492,856 over two years.
The district’s Early Learners Program focuses on children from birth to 5 years old in order to prepare them for kindergarten, said Cindy Stockwell, assistant superintendent.
LYNDEN – Whether to lift the city’s current 65,000-square-foot limit on size of stores may be the linchpin determining other decisions on Lynden’s retail future.
Planning Director Amy Harksell told the City Council Monday that the nuts-and-bolts Zoning Text Review Committee was “reluctantly leaning toward” lifting the size limit that has so far kept big-box stores out of Lynden.
LYNDEN -- When the Lynden School Board named Rick Thompson the interim Lynden schools superintendent after putting Dennis Carlson on paid administrative leave Sept. 9, they left him with a unique task -- be the superintendent and also restructure his previous position as director of curriculum and student learning in order to make sure both jobs are done.