Holland Days and Farmers Day merged

Chamber looking for public input on new event name

Tim Newcomb
Tribune assistant editor

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.

Dispute between union locals holds up EMS station plans

David Lewis and Calvin Bratt
Tribune staff

  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.

Starting today, crane will remove Delft debris

Calvin Bratt and Tim Newcomb
Tribune staff

  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.

Nooksack Valley School District secures Gates Foundation grant

Mark Reimers
Tribune reporter

  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.

City reviews box store ban

Calvin Bratt
Tribune editor

  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.

Thompson aims to add 'stability, focus'

Mark Reimers
Tribune reporter

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.

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