Bellingham High students raise money for Oso mudslide victims


Jeff Vaughn, principal at Bellingham High School, confirmed an earlier tip about an outpouring of charity at the school March 28.

The "Miracle Minute" donation at a morning assembly raised $3,900 from students and staff. The buckets were passed to raise money for the Darrington School District, which is in the area of the Oso mudslide.

The donation was matched by a parent who wishes to remain anonymous.

Jeff said: "BHS did this as a way to support this terrible tragedy and those impacted, and it is a big part of our Collective Commitments, to take care of each other. I am extremely proud to be a part of the BHS family!"

School students and staff will deliver the $8,000 donation to Darrington High School in mid April. "Our hope is the school will be able use it to support families in their community as they see the need," Jeff said.


Bellingham has announced the recipients of the 35th annual Mayor's Arts Awards.

I have to start off with The Bellingham Herald's own Margaret Bikman. We've got online databases and drawers of files, but nothing is more important to our entertainment coverage than Margaret's wide knowledge of and dedication to the arts. She's the heart of our Take Five entertainment section and the brains behind calendars and things-to-do lists for all our publications. I'm beyond delighted that she's been recognized by Mayor Kelli Linville.

But let's not slight the six other people who have significantly contributed to the arts in Bellingham. Community members also nominated these winners: Photographer Tore Ofteness, author and editor Laurel Leigh, opera singer and educator Jack Frymire, poet Shannon Laws, former president of Whatcom Symphony Orchestra Becky Elmendorf and columnist Alan Rhodes.

The free reception and awards ceremony is open to the public at 5:30 p.m. April 30 at the Mount Baker Theatre in the Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St.


Tom Barrett has been appointed as a trustee for the Bellingham Public Library. Here's what the press release says about Tom's history of service to the city:

"Tom served two terms on the City of Bellingham Planning and Development Commission, four years as chair. He also served two terms on the Parks Board and as the Parks Board liaison to the Greenway Advisory Committee. Library Board members who interviewed Tom were impressed by his extensive city service, including as former president and board member of the Samish Neighborhood Association, and as a representative to the Mayor's Neighborhood Advisory Council."

Tom holds masters degrees in business and education and has worked as a law firm business manager.

He joins Faye Hill, J. Gordon, Rachel Myers, and Marilyn Mastor on the board.

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