WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — The following business announcements were recently received by Whatcom News.
Floating Lantern Pet Memorial scheduled for September 11th
The Floating Lantern Pet Memorial at Blodel Donovan Park is returning on Sunday, Sept. 12. The event starts at 6 p.m. and features memorial lanterns set afloat on Lake Whatcom at dusk and takes place on National Pet Memorial Day.
Bobbie Ruth Langley, organizer of the event and owner of Bellingham business Radiant Heart After-Care for Pets. “It’s a tangible, meaningful way for grieving pet parents to express their love for a deceased pet and be with other people who are feeling the same way.”
Since its beginning in 2015, Radiant Heat has wanted to make this event one that financially benefits a local pet charity. “Until this year, we have needed lantern reservation fees to help off-set the cost of creating the reusable lanterns,” Langley said. “2022 will be the first year that Radiant Heart will donate 100% of lantern reservation fees to the Whatcom Humane Society.”
Participants reserve a lantern, which they can then decorate prior to the event with their pet’s name, image or other remembrance. The day of the event, the decorated lantern top is affixed to the lantern base and participants walk along a lighted path to the release point on the beach. The path will be lit by luminarias and flanked by several hand-bell ringers – light and sound will guide participants to the beach.
Those wishing to participate can learn more and pre-order a lantern online.
Kulshan Community Land Trust to build on 8 acres in Ferndale
The Kulshan Community Land Trust (KulshanCLT) announce it has purchased 8.2 acres of land in Ferndale where it plans to build 50 or more single-family homes, zero-lot-line townhomes and co-op homes. The undeveloped parcel is located at south of the intersection of Thornton Street and Shelby Court near the overpass under construction.
KulshanCLT received $1,250,757 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding from Whatcom County for the acquisition. This will be KulshanCLT’s largest project to date.
KulshanCLT says their program provides low- to moderate-income households with an opportunity to purchase a home at an affordable price. The organization does this by holding the land in trust and owners are required to sell at a price affordable for future buyers.
Ferndale Downtown Association announces Executive Director hire
The Ferndale Downtown Association (FDA) announced they have hired Melissa O’Brine as their Executive Director. A Ferndale native, O’Brine has served on the FDA board of directors for 3 years and spent the last 5 years at Barb’s Pies and Pastries working alongside her mother in downtown Ferndale.
As the executive director, it will be Melissa’s role to work with business owners and citizens alike to create growth using the Main Street Approach, according to the announcement.
Expanded PeaceHealth Cardiovascular Imaging Center opens
PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center’s newly expanded Cardiovascular Imaging Center recently opened in the Marble Building at 2980 Squalicum Parkway, Suite 219 on the ground floor.
The new 10,000 square foot Cardiovascular Imaging Center is equipped with the following.
- 5 vascular ultrasound rooms, an increase from three previously
- 6 echo labs, an increase from four
- A Cardiovascular Recovery and Procedure Unit where outpatient non-invasive cardiovascular procedures can be performed, including Transesophageal Echocardiograms (TEE), cardioversions and loop recorders
- Expanded nuclear medicine camera capabilities, including faster scan times to serve more patients per day, and the ability to move other non-cardiac outpatient studies from the hospital to this new imaging center
Family Care Network adds Fairhaven clinic
Chuckanut Family Medicine is comprised of Jamie Kendall-Weed, MD, Emily Holden, ARNP, and longtime Family Care Network doctor Matt Werner, MD, who previously practiced at Squalicum Family Medicine.
Jamie Kendall-Weed, MD, and Emily Holden, ARNP, are accepting new teen and adult patients. In addition to providing primary care services, Chuckanut Family Medicine also has on-site laboratory services, which are open to non-Family Care Network patients as well.
Lynden Manor acquired by CarePartners Senior Living – open house planned
CarePartners Senior Living recently acquired Lynden Manor and gave its 2 communities distinct names. Vineyard Park at Lynden Manor offers 115 assisted-living units and Cottage Lane at Lynden Manor provides 28 memory-care units. Both are located at 905 Aaron Drive, north of Bender Fields.
An open house is planned from noon to 4pm on Friday, September 9th. Tours, refreshments, door prizes and live music will be offered, and staff will be available to answer questions about both communities.
Parker hired as North Coast Credit Union VP of Member Business Lending
North Coast Credit Union recently announced Julia Parker was recently appointed as vice president of Member Business Lending. Parker has more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry in Whatcom and Skagit Counties.
Parker currently heads the Whatcom Family YMCA board as Chief Visionary Officer and has served as treasurer of the Women’s Professional Network and Whatcom Hockey Association.
Parker will be based out of the Dupont Street branch in Bellingham.
Whatcom County Farm Tour is back for 2022
This year, the Whatcom County Farm Tour will take place on Saturday, September 17th, from 10am to 4pm and features 11 farms all over Whatcom County as well as the new Farming for Life Experience at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds.
According to the organizer, Sustainable Connections, “Each location offers a unique opportunity to meet the folks who grow and raise our food and learn more about what it takes to go from farm to fork. You’ll have the chance to meet some yaks, tour an aquaponic facility, eat some farm-inspired waffles, and purchase some goodies to take home with you.”
Bellingham’s vegan festival returns for its second year
Bellingham Veg Fest is scheduled for Sunday, September 18th, from 10am to 3pm at Barkley Village, 2219 Rimland Drive, in Bellingham.
Organizers say the free event is a family-friendly festival that celebrates plant-based food, products and lifestyles. The festival features food, art, crafts and demo booths.
Selena Holmes, Director and Organizer of Bellingham Veg Fest said in an announcement, “The first Bellingham Veg Fest, in 2019, was a huge success with over 1,000 people attending from Washington, Oregon and Canada.”