Trio named to board of directors at Mount Baker Theatre

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 1, 2013 

Mike Carr, Peg Larson and Christine Perkins join the Mount Baker Theatre board of directors July 1 for three-year terms of office, according to a press release.

Mike is the CFO of WesTower Communications, a wireless construction company. He's a 1991 University of Washington graduate in business administration, and is the great-great-great grandson of Whatcom pioneers Edward and Theresa Eldridge.

Peg has a degree in English and theater arts and in her business career has founded or co-founded four companies; most recently, she was owner and president of Sonotech Inc., a medical manufacturer.

Christine is the new executive director of Whatcom County Library System. As assistant director of Bellingham Public Library, she was the head of circulation and led communications efforts.

Retiring from the theater board are Brad Cornwell, who served three years; Matt Rose, six years; and Seth Fleetwood, who served three and a half years ex-officio.

The 2013-2014 board also includes John Pedlow, president; Edwin Williams, vice president; Mark Thoma, treasurer; Jane Carten, secretary; and Daniel Larner, past-president. Also, Wendy Bohlke, Bob Brim, Dennis Catrell, Brian Finnegan, William Gerrie, Ann Kaiser, Rick Luke, Megan Stanfield, John Templeton and ex-officio Dave Graham from Mount Baker Theatre STARS and Daniel G. Guyette from Western Washington University.

GIVING STORE SEEKS HELPERS

Kathy Chasteen tells me Ferndale's annual Holiday Giving Store is in the planning stages and they're looking for some help. Here's her note:

"For the last 11 years the Ferndale community has supported a Holiday Giving Store to provide gifts for needy children in the Ferndale School District. This is a program of the Ferndale Community Service Cooperative, a 501(C) 3 nonprofit organization. Qualifying families list the age and sex of the children on an application to use for 'shopping.' Gifts are collected in various locations, including churches, businesses, schools and banks. Businesses, individuals and organizations donate money to purchase gifts. Last year's sponsors included SuperFeet, Phillips Refinery, BP Refinery, Cascade Dafo, Intalco, Ferndale Kiwanis and many more.

"We set up a 'store' in a large building space and the parents can 'shop' for their children. The children getting a warm article of clothing is a priority. Hoodies are always a winner with kids. The number of children has been growing over the years, and last year 858 children received gifts. Children from infants to high school seniors qualify for this program. For the last two years and for this year's program, the 'store' will be set up in the Oxford 'Carnation' Building next to the Samuel's Furniture store in Ferndale."

Volunteers help with fundraising and shopping for toys and clothing. If you're interested in helping, call Kathy at 360-398-2611.

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