Four Bellingham Scouts earn rank of Eagle


Bellingham Boy Scout Troop 4007

Chris Finfrock, left, Jacob Stocklass, Garrett Rink and Peter Finfrock of Bellingham Boy Scout Troop 4007 were awarded the rank of Eagle, Scouting’s highest honor, on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013.


William Rink says that four members of Bellingham's Boy Scout Troop 4007's Boomslang Patrol were to be awarded the rank of Eagle, Scouting's highest honor, at an Eagle Court of Honor Dec. 29. Besides participating in multiple 50-mile trips and outdoor adventures from snow caving in the Cascades to bicycling the San Juan Islands, he said these young men have provided hundreds of hours of community service in Bellingham and throughout Whatcom County.

Here's the bio information he shared:

"Christopher Finfrock is a freshman at Colorado School of Mines where he plans to study materials and metallurgical engineering. He enjoys spending time in the Rocky and Cascade mountains, where he hikes, snowboards and mountain bikes. His favorite memory in scouting is making the trip to Philmont Scout Ranch with Troop 7. He hopes to continue doing community service such as trail building in the the state of Colorado.

"Peter Finfrock recently graduated from Sehome High School and is currently majoring in computer science at Montana State University. Troop 7's high adventure opportunities perfectly suited Peter's love of the outdoors and dedication to personal fitness. Now, Peter uses many of the skills he learned in scouting to pursue his passion of mountaineering and snowboarding the peaks surrounding Bozeman. Peter loved his time in Troop 7 and is thankful for the invaluable knowledge and great friends he gained as a scout.

"Garrett Rink is currently a freshman at Western Washington University majoring in computer science. He has been in scouting since the first grade and has been actively involved throughout his scouting career. For his Eagle project he designed, built and installed two sliding greenhouse doors and two arbors for the Ferndale Community Friendship Garden. His favorite scout trip was the Bowron Lakes Circuit. This trip was a long 80-mile canoe trip around a ring of lakes.

"Jacob Stocklass is a freshman at Washington State University where he is studying mathematics. He graduated from Ferndale High School in 2013. His favorite scouting trip was an 80-mile hike through New Mexico. Jacob has been with scouting since second grade and plans on staying involved."


Chuck Robinson from Village Books shared results of Fairhaven Merchants' holiday event:

" 'I was thrilled with the response from non­profits and Fairhaven businesses, this being our first year,' said Jody Finnegan, one of the instigators of the program. Two weeks before Thanksgiving, 19 businesses in Bellingham's Historic Fairhaven district joined together to raise more than $2,000 for 15 local nonprofits. Each business donated 10 percent of its revenue that day during the first annual Fairhaven Gives Back.

"Each person making a purchase at a participating Fairhaven business was asked to choose from a list, the nonprofit to which 10 percent of his or her purchase would be donated.

" 'It was so successful in its first year,' said Village Books/Paper Dreams general manager Paul Hanson, 'that we've already set the date for next year - Thursday, Nov. 13.'

"Finnegan said that plans for next year include encouraging more businesses to participate, getting more nonprofits on the list, and providing more tools to the nonprofits with which they can promote the fundraiser to their supporters.

"Businesses and nonprofits interested in participating in Fairhaven Gives Back in 2014 may send an email to

"Participating merchants: Artwood Gallery, Brenthaven, Fairhaven Village Inn, Fairhaven Toy Garden, Bay to Baker Trading Company, Creativitea, 12th Street Shoes, Southside Trends, Paper Dreams, Village Books, Blessings Salon Spa, Blue Horizon Clothing, the Archives, Serendipity Consignment Boutique, Reference Media, Fairhaven Bike & Ski, Drizzle Olive Oil & Vinegar Tasting Room, Silvery Moon Jewelry, and Renaissance Celebration Art Glass.

"Participating nonprofits: Whatcom County Rotary Foundation, Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center, ReSources for Sustainable Communities, Whatcom Volunteer Center, The Center for Local Self­Reliance, Common Threads Farm, Sustainable Connections, Make.Shift, Whatcom Young Writers, Mount Baker Theatre, Blue Skies for Children, Bellingham Railway Museum, Community Boating Center, Northwest Youth Services, and Opportunity Council's Maple Alley Inn."


The Lynden PRCA Rodeo Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign recently donated $10,000 to the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center in Bellingham for the care of breast cancer patients, according to a press release:

"This year's donation is the most that has been raised through the local Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign, which has given $41,056 to the Cancer Center in the last six years. Contestants in August's Lynden PRCA Rodeo wore pink shirts during competition to raise awareness of breast cancer. Local rodeo volunteers conducted fundraisers for the Cancer Center, including the second-annual Chicks n Chaps Women's Only Rodeo Clinic.

" 'We're ecstatic at the success of this year's campaign, made possible by some great volunteers, generous rodeo fans and the community,' said Megan Kalma, chairperson of the local Tough Enough to Wear Pink committee. 'We also had great support from our sponsors: IMCO Construction, Stremler Gravel, Farm B Acres and Crabtree Stables.'

"IMCO Construction donated $500 to the winner of each Lynden PRCA Rodeo event if they wore pink on the rodeo's Tough Enough to Wear Pink night. If the winner didn't wear pink, IMCO Construction donated $500 to the Cancer Center drive."


In a nice holiday moment, employees of Dewey Griffin Buick-GMC-Subaru asked that the money normally spent on a staff Christmas party go instead to the Bellingham Food Bank. ... Sandy Berner has stepped down as longtime executive director of Whatcom Center for Early Learning to work part time as fund development coordinator. Peggy Zoro is the agency's interim executive director.

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