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My Thoughts


“Many hands make light work.” It was one of my mom’s most frequently used sayings. With six bothers and sisters it was always a team effort around our house. It got me to thinking. (And I’m hoping it will get you thinking or at least spark a conversation around the BBQ with a few of you old-timers and some of your not so old-timer friends). Lake Whatcom Railway (one of the county’s often over looked gems) is in desperate need of volunteers. How about getting a family or group of old friends together for a day on the rails? – Then throw in some good old-fashioned work just to make the whole experience that much more authentic! You’ll feel good on the inside for helping out such a noble cause and your muscles will definitely feel it on the outside. Give of yourself instead of your checkbook. Think of it as a win/win. Imagine spending the day with the kids/family/friends out along the lake, riding the rails and mending the ties with nary a cell phone signal in sight. If you get really creative you could turn your next family reunion into a family changing event. Those who don’t want to swing a shovel or pick ax, can prep a picnic lunch for the workers or polish up the rail cars. ANY AND ALL HELP IS APPERECIATED. Frank, the conductor/caretaker will find you something to do. The best way to contact the Lake Whatcom Railway is via their Facebook page.

The annual Tool Fair at Hardware Sales has turned into a HUGE block party with Judd & Black and Les Schwab Tires getting in on the fun. This is definitely a one-stop shop for Father’s Day. THIS Friday and Saturday, June 16 & 17.

When summer does finally show up here in Whatcom County - be ready to chill and enjoy some great music & beer all while supporting a great cause – Our Tree House. The Bellingham Beer & Music Festival is Saturday, June 24 2pm-6pm at the North Bellingham Golf Course, 205 W. Smith Road, Bellingham. 75 different beers + 7 bands + BBQ lunch = one great afternoon. For details www.bellinghambeerandmusicfestival.com

Happy Birthday to all the Dads, especially mine. I lucked out – for sure. Happy Birthday Mike – I miss you!


2017 ECHO NEWSPAPER ISSUE DATES:

JULY 7 & 21 | AUG 4 & 18 | SEPT 8 & 22
OCT 6 & 20 | NOV 3 & 17 | DEC 8 & 22




Tami Johnson