Wanted: Information about Lake Samish tugboat


Tom Griffiths is trying to find the "lost tugboat of Lake Samish." That sounds like the title of a children's book, but it was a real-life tug, the "Trojan," that used to tootle on the lake starting back in the 1980s.

About the dozen years ago, Griffiths says, the owner, who built the 18-foot, green-and-white tug by hand from timber milled near the lake, sold the vessel. Griffiths was attending college at the time and didn't have money to buy a tug. Now he wants to acquire the vessel and bring it back to Lake Samish, but he's having trouble tracking it down.

If you know anything about the whereabouts of the tug, contact Griffiths at tfgriffiths@gmail.com.


Chris and Jan Lovegren of Lynden were visiting the Pearl Harbor memorial in Hawaii in September when they noticed an exhibit photograph of a soldier from Bellingham. The photo shows a soldier, apparently with his left leg amputated, sitting on a log holding a pair of crutches.

The caption, datelined Tokyo, Aug. 30, 1945, says U.S. Army Pvt. David Granger was captured by the Japanese on Corregidor in 1942 and held at Camp Kobe in Japan for the duration of the war.

The Lovegrens are curious about Granger's story. Granger and his family are welcome to share his story in The Herald for Veterans Day next year.

Other stories and photos from and about Whatcom veterans will appear in the Herald on Monday, Nov. 11, for this Veterans Day.


There are several traditional Veterans Day events still to come over the next few days, but you might want to check out a new entry. SpeakEasy, organized by local poet Luther Allen, will host a public reading at 7 tonight, Nov. 10, at Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave.

Two dozen community members will read their own or other writers' poems that deal with the experience of war. Admission is free but donations are gladly accepted.


The impact of the federal Affordable Care Act on Whatcom County patients, businesses and health-care providers will be discussed at a public meeting hosted by League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County.

Whether you love Obamacare, hate it, or remain puzzled by it, it's one of the biggest changes in the nation in decades.

Guest speakers at the meeting are Elya Moore, deputy director of Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement; Desmond Skubi, executive director of Interfaith Community Health Center; Bertha Safford, a family physician with Family Care Network; and Bill Gorman, interim director of Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Their discussion starts 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Doors open 9:30 a.m., with coffee and treats.

And how about a round of applause for the League for another worthy presentation?


My Nov. 4 column about WWU professor Laura Laffrado included a short quiz about Bellingham writer Ella Higginson, the subject of Laffrado's research. Alas, the answer to the last question in the quiz was omitted in our print edition. Here is the final question again, this time with the answer:

What is inscribed on Higginson's grave marker?

A. "Yet, am I not for pity - trembling I have come face to face with God."

B. "If you work, if you wait, you will find the place where the four-leaf clovers grow."

C. "Nobody is forgotten when it is convenient to remember."

Answer: A.

Reach Dean Kahn at 360-715-2291 or dean.kahn@bellinghamherald.com.

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