Vote!; Wreck; Late Night Constuction?; St Paul’s Parade; Lots More; RIP Michael Smith

CONTENTS 8/3/2020
Eldridge Wreck Follow-Up
Late Night Constuction?
St Paul’s Parade
Free Piano
For Sale Child Bike Seat
Tutor Recommendations?
Room For Rent Near Locust Beach
Radio Free Fl!P: Folk Music Looses A Giant


Polls close at 8 PM.

Less than 1/3 of ballots have been returned. Your vote counts! But only if you vote. ~ Fl!p

Do not hand your ballot to a stranger or anyone other than a family member. There are drop boxes all over the county.
~ Doug Brown, Cherry Street


Rumors are flying. I’m trying to confirm. I think it is my responsibility to confirm before printing. Here’s what is known

Many have written me about speeding. I’ll come back to it when I’ve got a fully functional computer again. And thanks to the many who have offered help with that!


I’ve been heavy equipment operating in the 3:00-4:00 hour last night and maybe two nights ago? It sounds like it’s coming from Eldrige or the direction of the waterfront. Do you know anything about this? I was just wondering what it could be.

~ Justin May, on Keesling


Hi neighbors, St Paul’s Episcopal is hosting a Drive-by Farewell Parade for our rector (priest) in our parking lot on Sunday, August 23, 12-1pm. We’ve divided up the time slots by last name to try to minimize a pile-up of cars. We will have people along the way wearing orange vests and holding posters (there may be cheering and clapping!). Map attached. Please let us know ahead of time if you have any concerns and we thank you for being our neighbors! – Amelia Vader, Junior Warden, or 206-218-2657. 


I have an old Baily upright grand that I need to get rid of (we are moving and can’t take it).  It was  tuned 2 years ago and I was told that it’s still in good shape.  I would be happy to give it away or even pay someone $200 to take it off my hands.  Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thanks,
Christopher Morris , Park Street, 360-393-7413


Lightly used, excellent condition Thule brand Yepp child bike seat for sale – my kids have outgrown it. Normally retails for $220, selling for $100.  I can porch drop in the neighborhood. Please see attached link for product information.    Specs:
Courtney Dunne
Utter Street


I am searching for recommendations for a tutor for my elementary school aged kiddos (grades 1 and 4) to set up a regular schedule for tutoring sessions this school year either in-person or via Zoom. I would love to hear from you if you have someone to recommend.  Thank you!
Courtney Dunne
Utter Street


Room for rent in a 3 bdrm/1 bath house near Locust beach. Opens September 1st but move in date is flexible. The house is filled with 2 other kind people (1 male, 1 female) ages 26-35. Tenants are musicians and enjoy nature, gardening, art, and cooking. Looking for a third tenant to add to this home. $525 per month plus utilities. Please contact Celine Parton at (253) 389-5240 if interested.


Michael Peter Smith, Chicago songwriter, has died of cancer. He played here repeatedly, and our musical world was richer because of it. His songs were carefully constructed both lyrically and musically, and could strike deep in the heart and lodge for a lifetime. Or pretty much knock you right off your chair, gasping with laughter. Instead of a funeral, Smith requested, “If people sing my songs after I’m gone, they need to get the chords right.” Here, from the master himself, are two of my many favorites.


Decades before I ever heard the term Alzheimers.


A loving portrait from a former student

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511

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Found Ring; Power Surge; Fix It; Lots More; Song: Fashioned In The Clay

CONTENTS 8/3/2020
Alert: Found Ring
Power Surge
Ballot Run
Fix It
Scam Alert
Local History
Thanks For Computer Help!
Nintendo Entertainment System?
Concert: Michael Marker And More
Radio Free Fl!p: Fashioned In The Clay


Found ring 2700 block Williams St. Call or text to identify and claim.  360.305.8961 ~ Mary Gorsuch


We had quite a power surge at our house on Elizabeth St, near Jefferson, when the car hit the utility pole this morning. Most lights in our house came on. Power surges can damage the protective electronics in GFCI receptacles and breakers. It’s not a bad idea to test these after any kind of surge or outage. Here’s a website that explains the process of checking GFCI receptacles if you’re not sure:

Todd Albachten-DeGolier, Elizabeth St


If you’ve waited a bit too long to get your ballot in by mail, I can pick yours up on Tuesday around 10am and deliver it with our family’s. Just email me at or text 360-389-6637. VOTE!  ~ Lizanne Schader on Victor


Appliance Depot is gone for good, but the technician is still here. I was an appliance technician for appliance depot, and while the plan was to just close temporarily due to Covid-19 AD couldn’t weather the storm. It’s a hard pill for me to swallow. I truly loved the mission, people, and working for such a great company. I’ve spent the last few weeks upset, stressed, and searching for jobs with no luck so far. I thought to myself why not try to continue the work you were doing for yourself and the community. While my wife and I don’t have the money to try and start a new business, I do have the will, want, and know how to repair, clean, and resale appliances at affordable prices to help a community in need. If you have appliances that you’ve replaced and want to get rid of, or appliances that are broken and you want to get fixed, please let me know! This is very new to me, so it is a work in progress for sure, but to continue Appliance Depots mission of salvaging appliances diverting them from the waste stream, protecting our environment, and working towards a more sustainable local economy is still a mission worth fighting for. I appreciate how amazing our community is and I hope to help my family, and the community thrive. Sorry for such a long post, I hope everyone is having a great day! If you have questions, comments, ideas, or want to donate an appliance feel free to give me a call! Also, I just finished repairing and cleaning a Amana gas dryer if anyone is in need of one (new rollers, and belt). Call to talk to me about pricing.  (Update: At the moment I don’t have any room to accept appliances at my house, but I am making house calls to fix appliances).  Justin Johnson (806) 500-6911


Bellingham Police Department

In the past few days we have become aware of a scam resurfacing in Bellingham and wanted to get the word out to warn the community not to fall for it. Here is how it goes –

Caller – “This is Deputy _____ from the Whatcom County Sheriffs Office and you missed jury duty and owe a fine. If you don’t pay a warrant will be issued for your arrest.”

Citizen receiving call – shocked the caller knows their name, which lends validity to the call.

Caller – “you need to pay the fine or a warrant will be issued.”

The caller then gets more and more manipulative and demands the citizen pay the fine and many of our citizens do for fear of the warrant. The citizen is then manipulated into going to a local store and purchasing a gift card to pay the “fine.” When the caller gets the number from the citizen on the gift card, the call immediately ends and the caller spends the money.

The truth –

– no government agency will EVER ask/demand you purchase a gift card to pay a fine – it is a total SCAM

 – no legitimate organization will demand you stay on the phone with them while you go to get the gift card and demand you not hang up or tell anyone – that is the sign of a SCAM

 – The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (nor any other law enforcement agency) will EVER call you to pay a fine, or bail, or hospital bill – especially not by having you purchase a gift card or money order – it is a total SCAM

 – if you answer the phone and hear any of the above, hang up the phone immediately.

Please do not fall for the scammers. If you feel there is some legitimacy to their call, hang up and call the specific or hospital department directly (or call the family member they claim to be in jail or injured.)

If you are scammed, please report it to local Law Enforcement as well as to either of these places:


I just wanted to chime in – this film is really exciting to me, and has a connection to Bellingham via dancer Syvilla Fort.  Her parents were married in Bellingham and her father John W.L. Fort and grandfather William Oldwin were proprietors of the Mobile Cafe here in the early 1900s.  There is an amazing photograph of the family and their cafe at the Whatcom Museum Photo Archives.  When I found the connection to Syvilla Fort, I was excited (as I have a dance background) whom I had never heard of.  She has been overlooked and it is so nice to see her getting some deserved attention. ~ Kolby LaBree


If you think you may have found one of the big hornets, contact the Washington State Department of Agriculture using the online reporting form at


I have a loaner keyboard, and three potential repair technicians. Thank you SO much!


My grandson Conor is looking to buy a Nintendo Entertainment System. I asked about year and model etc, and Conor replied, Just that it works and has all the cables and a controller. Just can’t be the re-make small one.” He’s trying to find one for his partner’s birthday, so they can practice Tetris according to tournament standards. I have no idea what any of that means, but Conor says the unit is about the size of a toaster, so I could handle the shipping. He’s down near Portland.  ~ Fl!p


Thursday Aug 6, noon to 2:30 PM


Bok, Trickett, Muir. So good to remember this lovely, hopeful song!

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511

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Car Wreck; Vote; Kindness; Coyote Scat?; Appliance Recycling?; Lots More; Song: Don’t Get Trouble In Your Mind

Contents 8/2/2020
Car Wreck
Coyote Scat?
Dead Appliance Recycling?
Dvd Swap
Free Film
Help Elizabeth Station
Diamond Jim’s
Small Sewing Project
Busted Computer
Radio Free Fl!p: Don’t Get Trouble In Your Mind


Car hit a utility pole on Eldridge at 7 AM, shearing it off. Car wound up upside down in front yard. Police have the street closed. Electricity is out for 26 houses. PSE is hoping to have power back by 3:30 PM today. The driver appeared to be talking with first responders after the accident, but was taken on a stretcher to the hospital, not looking so great. We don’t know if she survived. One car, one driver.  Wah!

Neighbors are discussing traffic calming for Eldridge. I called Tim Douglas, former mayor, who lives nearby. I think he originally got into politics over the trucks on Eldridge. He says the first step is for neighbors to track speeding: day, time, direction, whatever you can see or hear. Log this, and work with police. The City must be able to demonstrate need before they can take action, and we can do this by keeping a log.

Here’s a note from Tim: It occurred to me after you called that I should have mentioned an effort several of us made to get a red light installed at Carl Lobe Park so that pedestrians would be protected when crossing Eldridge.  After getting a successful decision by the City to install it, it was later removed for a very legitimate reasons:  drivers so rarely encountered anyone crossing there, they began routinely running the light—endangering anyone who would enter the crosswalk thinking they’d be safe. I hope our neighborhood will start noting time and general places where speeding occurs and informing police so they can post a patrol car likely to catch effective speeders at such times. 


A tiny percentage of us vote in this election. Really tiny. Your vote counts more today than it will in the Fall. At this point you should take your ballot in to the drop box. Due Tuesday. I’ll be glad to help you figure where your drop box is.


It turns out that one of the best things you can do for your own state of mind is to find ways to be kind t others. There are things you can do right from your own couch – Write to someone (or call) to let them know the specifics of why you are glad they’re in your life. Tell them something they did right. Send a photo of something beautiful. Ask how they are doing and lend a listening ear. Not just elders who may be isolated. Young adults and teens need extra connection at this time. Don’t we all?


Coyote scat on sidewalk of 2300 block of Victor. Strewn on the south east corner of Victor and Monroe. It has hair in it. Also, it is scattered all over the sidewalk and most dogs in the neighborhood are not allowed to do that. Also, I have read that the reason we used to encounter wolf scat in the middle of trails in Algonquin Park was because they purposefully leave it there as territorial markers…this display looked as if it could be of similar intent. ~ Mary Anne Pultz


3 Weeks ago my toaster oven broke. I don’t want to replace it. I like the space it leaves. Today, i went all over looking for 802 Marine Drive for Appliance Depot, where they take broken appliances. Finally asked people nearby and they said it doesn’t exist anymore. I left a message at Sustainable Connections to find out if there is any place in B’ham for recycling appliances but they haven’t called me back yet. Does anyone know if anything else exists? Or does it just go to the dump….? ~ Sara Todd


(From my friend Richard Scholtz, who lives on the South Side. He thought our neighborhood might enjoy this.) The other day I saw neighbors I didn’t know well, out walking and she asked if we had any dvds we would be willing to loan because they had a TV but no cable. Sure: not very many and  it was an odd collection but they could try a couple and see if they liked them. So, by now they have watched 6. I wouldn’t have guessed they would have liked any of them – and they have liked all of them.


The Space Needle is one of Seattle’s iconic structures attracting thousands of visitors each year, especially in the summer. It is now open with limited capacity. Few who visit the Needle know the fascinating story behind it’s distinctive design. Director BJ Bullert reveals the history in her short film, “Space Needle: A Hidden History,” an Official Selection in CASCADIA’s 2020 festival. See it again here free of charge this weekend starting Saturday, Aug. 1 through Sunday, Aug. 2.   Donations to CASCADIA support the work of the festival to promote the stories of women directors throughout the world told through the media of film.


Elizabeth Station is struggling right now to stay open. They really could use our support. It is definitely worth a trip. Their prices are good. Also, they have implemented some really great safety measures for dining in. They now serve pizza.


This local restaurant also needs our help. Traffic is very light, and they really could use our community support. A business that is doing it right, not just doing it ok. ~ Aaron Booker


We are seeking a 6-10/hr per week property maintenance helper for our 10 beautifully forested acres with multiple living units and out buildings. The independent contract job would range from general labor tasks to semi-skilled handy-person tasks (we have another person who helps us with gardening). Mainly outside with some inside (masked). We pay $25/hr and are 10 minutes from the Columbia neighborhood out Sunset/Mt. Baker. Please call or e-mail if you are interested.  Kara Black (360-676-2300,


I need help cutting and sewing used curtains to fit.vThree panels, open to discuss. Contact Scotty at
Scotty Lewis, Victor Street


You haven’t heard from me much lately because my computer is busted. Intermittently. Keyboard problem. $700 to fix – I talked with Apple. If my computer was a few months younger, it would be trivial. One way to get me to shut up! I may be looking for a fairly recent model refurbished MacBook Pro. But this was a good one… ~ Fl!p 360-671-4511


Carolina Chocolate Drops

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511

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Concert Tonight!; Internet Jamming?; Poem

CONTENTS 7/30/2020
Concert Tonight
Internet Jamming?
Piroshky Link


HAVILAH at 6:00 PM

Thanks to the partnership of The Eldridge Society for History and Preservation, Bellingham Parks and Recreation, and our friends at Varvid and KMRE 102.3 FM, these concerts are brought to you weekly, so we can stay safe and enjoy great music. We’ll get through this together.

Havilah began her music career at the age of 6 when she began composing songs on an old piano given to her family by some friends. Heavily influenced early on by James Taylor, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Rolling Stones, The Police and a wide range of other styles, Havilah’s songs immediately took on an identity of their own.  She will be performing with the “Band of Havilah” for this show – Phil Sottile and David Vaughn.

We are grateful to the audiences and our community for helping us sustain these concerts in the past. We could not have brought this summer series to you without that support. Please consider helping us to continue to provide music to our community.


NOTE: All funds will go to the Eldridge Society for History and Preservation. You can option out of “tip” by clicking “other” and putting $0.00 in that field.

If you don’t want to donate online, checks can be made out to The Eldridge Society. Mail to P.O. Box Four, Bellingham, WA 98228 or 2430 Walnut Street, Bellingham, 98225



My son Josh (a fiddler) is interviewed about a new technology called JamKazam that allows musicians in separate locations to play together in real time, to hear each other as they play. Though some musicians have used Zoom effectively, Zoom does not allow musicians in remote locations to play together due to something called “latency,” that is, a lag in time between the musicians. Zoom (or any kind of conference-type call) requires the independent music tapes (musicians can’t hear each other in real time) to be edited so it only appears the musicians are playing together.

Here’s the link to the podcast – the show itself is called Get Up in the Cool and the man who broadcasts it is a banjo player named Cameron DeWhitt – he and Josh talk and play five old-time songs “together,” with Josh in Seattle and Cameron in Portland. I think Josh does a great job of explaining “latency” and how to set up an easy system at home via JamKazam that overcomes it.

Julie Larios, Williams Street


The link I sent a couple days ago was wrong.

And click on Upcoming Events.

Sorry! They’ll be back in 2 weeks. I particularly liked the cheddar garlic rolls, the salmon, and the cinnamon cardamom braid. I’m going to try the rhubarb one next time.


When I remember bygone days
I think how evening follows morn;
So many I loved were not yet dead,
So many I love were not yet born.
  ~ Ogden Nash

Listening Session Tonight; Chalk Website & Photos; More; Lost Watch; Songs: Mississippi John Hurt

CONTENTS 7/28/2020
Listening Session Tonight
Chalk Website & Photos!
Lost Watch
Free Printer Cartridges
Refrigerator Carton?
Radio Free Fl!p: Mississippi John Hurt


First Community Listening Session on Race and Justice to Be Held Tonight, Tuesday, July 28

Whatcom County and City of Bellingham officials are hosting a listening series on race and justice, an opportunity for community members to share their experiences and their ideas for how leaders can make meaningful, effective changes.

The first of the four scheduled sessions will be held Tuesday, July 28, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.  Preregistration is recommend ( The Zoom meeting ID is 958 0522 4763 and the password is 123. 

You can also connect to the meeting by phone at any of the following numbers:

  • (253) 215-8782
  • (346) 248-7799
  • (669) 900-6833

This and future sessions will be aired live on BTV and the City’s YouTube channel.

“We intend this to be the beginning step in a continuum that includes joining communities nationwide in doing the hard work of identifying how we dismantle structural racism in our organizations and our community,” said Bellingham Mayor Seth Fleetwood, who helped initiate the series.

Whatcom County Executive Satpal Sidhu said community leaders are receiving many requests for action. “We intend this listening series to be the first step in a process of understanding our community’s experiences with racism and injustice and taking steps to effectively address these issues,” he said. “It is the beginning of a dialogue that will result in necessary changes.


The photos are up!!! You can scroll through all of them, and click on any one to enlarge it. The map is now static, showing all the events. I am SO excited! I don’t think we got photos of everything, and there are some duplicates, but what we have is quite a testament to how much fun we can have safely in this neighborhood, and how much beauty and whimsey and love and connection shines through. Thank you again! (And thanks to Jonny Kemp for taking on such a huge task! Little did I know what I was asking…)


Men’s style Seiko, gold color, brown leather band.  After waiting for it to turn up in my house somewhere over last couple weeks, I strongly believe that it must have fallen out of my pocket on one of my almost daily walks in the neighborhood, as that is last place I remember having it.  Hoping someone came across it in the last 2-3 weeks and picked it up, maybe even during the July 5 chalk fest.  Thanks! ~ Christy Mann  Elm Street


We have 934 (black) and 935 (color) HP printer cartridges to give away. Some are full and some are refillable. Text me at 360-319-4744 to inquire.
Karen Walkup, Lynn Street 


Buying a new refrigerator? Or something else that big? We really, really want the carton, preferably still whole, to mock up a cabinet. Call Fl!p at 360-671-4511. Thanks!


Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor

Mississippi John Hurt sings Gilbert & Sullivan!

(Really. Click on it!)

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511

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Found Chicken; Piroshky; Vermont Chalk; More; Apartment Available; Song: Chicken

CONTENTS 7/27/2020
Found Chicken
Vermont Chalk
Kefir Grains
Free Wine Rack
Apartment For Rent
Radio Free Fl!p: Chicken Song


There’s a hen in our yard! If you’re missing a chicken, give us a call or text. Megan and Jeremy Noet
2500 block of Vallette st


Zeke and I just got drive-through behind Boundary Bay Brewery. The truck is there till 4 PM. Yum! Savory and sweet varieties of pastries wrapped in sweet roll dough. They’re coming up from Seattle every couple weeks.


I just read in the blog about the other places that were inspired by us to do Chalk Festivals. I thought you would want to know that my friend in Brattleboro, VT contacted me and they are having a Chalk Fest on August 1st. ~ Susan Casey


Milk Kefir grains- Have you been interested in trying to make your own milk kefir? Or maybe you are experienced and just need the grains? All you will need is a clean jar, whole milk (I use grass fed, organic), a non-metal strainer, a bowl or pitcher and a refrigerator. My kefir has been growing like crazy this season so I have lots of extra grains to share. Contact me at  To your health! Lizanne Schader


24 bottle cedar wine rack, will deliver.  ~ Jack Kintner


Available August 2020
Large apartment in historic Fountain District
$1500/monthly + deposit and last month
Water/Sewer, laundry included
Pet and smoke free building
Karen Walkup
Lynn Street


Mississippi John Hurt sings one of my favorites.

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511

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What You Can Do; Chalk Report; Lots of free stuff; Trailer Sought; More. Song: Very Front Row

CONTENTS 7/26/2020
What You Can Do
Chalk Report
Sourdough Starter
Large Dog Crate
Tons Of Apples!
Young Weeders?
Puppy Found A Home
Seeking Fiberglass Trailer
Temporary House Sitter
Radio Free Fl!p: Very Front Row


From Dr Frank James
“Experts’ understanding of how the Covid-19 works is growing. It seems that there are four factors that most likely play a role: how close you get to an infected person; how long you are near that person; whether that person expels viral droplets on or near you; and how much you touch your face afterwards.

You can help reduce your risk and do your part to protect others by following some basic steps:

Keep your distance from others. Stay at least six feet away from people outside your household as much as possible.

Wash your hands often. Anytime you come in contact with a surface outside your home, scrub with soap for at least 20 seconds, rinse and then dry your hands with a clean towel.

Avoid touching your face. The virus primarily spreads when contaminated hands touch our nose or mouth or eyes. Try to keep your hands away from your face unless you have just recently washed them.

Wear a mask outside your home. A mask protects others from any potential infection from you. The more people who wear masks, the more we all stay safer.” Today’s NYTS


This is SO funny! Or a miracle or something. I was pretty careful to mostly not ask for money for chalk. The Eldridge Society offered to chip in $300 (hooray!), and the Columbia Neighborhood Association board chipped in $20 towards postcards to hand out, to help with publicity at a point where I was worried. Other than that, people just handed me money here and there, without being asked. I kept stashing it in an envelope, along with receipts for chalk and this and that. I just asked for help from my friend Terri Weiner (retired bookkeeper for Village Books) to sort it all out and see if I needed to ask for help, and the answer is NO! We’re about $33 over breaking even on the whole $620. I’ll take that money to the school or the food bank once we know where it most needs to go. You all are AMAZING!

Total donations $654.50
Total expenses $620.83
Balance $33.67

Of course, the rest of the story is the many, many hours of time donated towards computer programing, video creation, website artwork, sign making and distribution, postcard distribution, and all the wonderful neighbors creating Chalk, music, and so much more! Thank you!!!

The rest of the Chalk Report is that we started a trend! I have had requests to share information with other communities who plan to run their own ChalkFests later this summer: Cordata Neighborhood; Blaine/Birch Bay/Point Roberts; Selwood neighborhood in Portland OR; and Liberty Lake, east of Spokane.

Jonny Kemp is still working on the map and the Chalk website. I think I just finally finished my part of that so he can do the last of it. I believe all the photos are on now, but I’m not certain. I’ll let you know.


I have extra sourdough starter ready to go and bubbling if anyone wants it. Text or call 970-372-8344 ~ Laura Ridenour


(42Lx30Hx28W). Folds up flat with built in handle. Used for about 30 seconds (for a rescue pup that never really needed it!). Has a pull out tray in the bottom and doggie proof door. In the alley between Victor and Williams a few houses south of Illinois.


We can’t use all the apples from our tree! They have a good flavor but are pretty mealy- they’d be great for cider, apple sauce or apple butter but we don’t have the time, patience, or tools. Let me know if you’d like some and I’ll put them out for you (I don’t want to leave them out in the sun in the meantime). Reach me at


Did I read something about boys wanting to do odd jobs? We just returned from vacation and I have a couple of hours (2 max) of weeding if they – or someone else – wanted. I’m on F St, and we could do the whole thing contact-less 🙂 It would be a paying gig.  ~ Michael Little, 917.573.9461


Flip we have found Turk the Puppy a forever family! ~ Alaina Sawaya 


Do you have a 13’ fiberglass trailer sitting around that you would like to either rent out or sell? I’ve been dreaming of a Scamp or Boler trailer for years. My father passed away a year and a half ago and in lieu of a memorial (it financially wasn’t an option earlier and now is not an option due to the pandemic), we’d like to take a trip and spread his ashes. We’re a very responsible family of three who loves the outdoors but camping on the ground doesn’t really work for us. I’m flexible on price, just depends on the condition and age of the trailer.
Rachel Ballard, Walnut Street


Hello, I am a young female in a transition phase of my life. I would love to house/pet sit for a short period to find my footing. You can message me on 360 223 5537. Thank You. I don’t want to include my name.


Betsy Rose is a preacher’s kid. I have other friends who grew up that way.  Zeke’s father was the only son in his family who didn’t become one. Betsy does a wonderful job of describing the special challenges for both parents and children in those families.

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511

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Contact Tracing Scams; Face Shields?; Vote; Fiddle Gathering; Rentals?; Song: The Water Is Wide

CONTENTS 7/25/2020
Contact Tracing Scams
Face Shields?
Fiddle Gathering
Seeking Housing
Temporary Housing WantedRadio Free Fl!p: The Water Is Wide


According to the health department website, legitimate contact tracers will not ask:
▪ For any financial information.
▪ For any personal information beyond name, address, phone number and date of birth.
▪ About your immigration status.
▪ For your Social Security number.
▪ For any fees or payment associated with contract tracing.
The Federal Trade Commission re-emphasized those points and added that it is important not to download anything sent from a contact tracer in an email or text. Real contact tracers will only send text messages saying that they will be calling you and will never ask you to click on any links or download anything.


A warning study from Switzerland that showed that everyone that wore a face shield but no mask got COVID-19 in one outbreak. Everyone that wore a mask stayed safe. Wear a mask, if you want to protect your eyes, then the face shield might help, but never wear it alone.

[At least not till we know more. From Dr Brown of Seattle, one of my most trusted sources.]


I like the meme that an election is not like a marriage, till death do us part. It’s more like a transportation system. Grab the available bus that takes you nearest to where you’re trying to go.


WHAT: ZOOM HOOM! (Zoom Hanging Out OMonday) Somewhere between a session, a workshop, a social hour, and a fiddle talk show?! Flexible content…

WHEN: Monday, July 27th 7pm-9pm 

WHO: You! Me (Cayley Schmid)! Your cat! Anyone who would like to be there! All instruments are welcome, folks who are just curious are welcome, folks that can only come for a minute or two are welcome, pretty much just a great group of friendly folks who like fiddle tunes who want to hang out with other friendly folks who like tunes.

Reasons to ZOOM HOOM:
– Seeing everyone’s faces and remembering we live in a lovely music community
– Having fun!
– Playing tunes/’jamming’, keeping our repertoires up
– Staying motivated to learn new music

I lead a few sets, someone else leads a few sets, we talk about violin strings for a while, someone’s pet knocks over their wine, etc. You don’t have to perform, you don’t have to know everyone already, you don’t even have to play an instrument. No one is put on the spot, but everyone is welcome to be there. If you would like to join in, YAY! We’d love to have you.Tip jar contributions are appreciated but not expected. Don’t worry if we don’t know each other yet, please email me and let me know you would like to be on the email list:


I lived on Elizabeth street about five years ago and loved it, and since then have cleaned many of your houses or watched your dogs. The old house I am living in now has had sudden mold growth and so I am looking for a new place to move; I would love to return to the Colombia-Eldridge neighborhood. I’m looking for a place to live for about two years while I prepare to buy my own home. I am a single, 33 year-old woman, self-employed as a professional editor. I have excellent renting history. I need pretty intense focus during the day while I work, so I’m looking for a quiet spot to live with plenty of natural daylight. When I’m not editing, I spend my time finishing my own book, going for hikes or runs, and cooking. I can afford up to $950+/- per month on rent and would love to be your neighbor. Thanks!  ~ Anni Kamola  360-389-6418


I have very close friends who are looking for be closer to family in Bellingham this Fall and would love to find a place to rent or house sit for at least a month starting at the end of August. They use to live here and are considering moving back for schooling for their two daughters from Juneau, Alaska. They can give excellent referrals. 3-4 bedrooms would be ideal. Please let us know if you or anyone you know is looking to rent out their home. Contact Kirsten Shelton- Thank you!
Trina Stiles
Victor Street


Karla Bonoff  sings and James Taylor on guitar, and finally joining in on vocal harmony. But I miss that last verse. There’s the verse that says Love grows old and waxes cold, and fades away like morning dew. But it doesn’t stop there. The last verse says, When sea sand turneth far inland, and mussels grow on every tree / When cockle shells turn to silver bells, then will I lose my love for thee. I will decide to love you anyway. Last night it was me and Zeke singing. Not as lovely, but it pleased us just fine. I love getting to make live music.

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511

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Online Concert Tomorrow & Subscription; Quarantine / Isolation; Adopt A Dog?; Found Bag; Song: I’m Married

CONTENTS 7/22/2020
Elizabeth Park Online Concert Tomorrow
Elizabeth Park Online Concert Subscription
Quarantine / Isolation
Adopt A Foster Dog?
Found Bag
Radio Free Fl!p: I’m Married


Thursday, July 23 6-8 PM
Playing Fun Classic Rock Party Music
Ian Bakke-Vocals
John Delaney-Guitar
Bob Oldham-Bass
Dale Kreiser- Drums

All these concerts are safely online this year!

Here’s the link for YouTube

Here’s the link for Facebook:

And of Course, KMRE-FM 102.3 on your radio dial.

And here’s the link for the fresh off the presses Elizabeth Park Concert Series GoFundme, since we don’t have the ability to collect donations at the concerts.

Thank you for your generosity. We could not bring this to you this year if it weren’t for the community support in previous years. We are very grateful.
Marla Bronstein


Hello Friends..I would would appreciate it if you would subscribe to our YouTube page so we can livestream our concerts for those in our community who don’t have Facebook. Thanks for your support!!

Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series-Bellingham,WA

We’re more than halfway there to 100 subscribers. Please subscribe!! You’ll be the first to know when concert videos are being premiered, and you can watch them over and over!!


From BetsyBrowmMD/

The CDC today adjusted its recommendations for how long to isolate after a positive test for COVID-19. The recommendation is now 10 days from when symptoms started or 24 hours after the fever breaks. If you have no symptoms, the period is 10 days after testing. This is based in better data. I am glad to get clarification to help my patients understand better. It has been confusing. The old recommendation was to have two (!?) negative tests before leaving isolation. It has been difficult enough to get even one test; but to get 2 more? Impractical and nearly impossible! Especially in some states. Keep in mind, though, that some people may have symptoms for longer, but almost everyone doesn’t have transmissible virus after 10 days. There is a difference in viral particles or RNA and a viable virus that can infect and reproduce.

Quarantine is essentially the same activity as isolation but for people actually exposed, so they don’t transmit COVID-19 before they get symptoms. The recommendation is still 14 days, the same you would need to quarantine yourself if you went to New York from Washington State. (We have now been added to the undesirable list based on our high R0 which has gone up). Of course, if someone develops COVID-19 their isolation is extend for 10 mores days from when symptoms started.

One of the big failings in testing I see is that people get tested, often after a known exposure or with mild symptoms, but then they don’t isolate or quarantine themselves while waiting for results. I hear these stories so often- in the news, congressmen, patients, co-workers. I am not sure what they are thinking or if they worry about exposing someone else. When they find out they are positive, most feel horrible they exposed others. I don’t necessarily blame that person. I think the testing site needs to educate and emphasize safety. But somehow we need to educate better on why physical distancing and mask wearing are important, in particular after possible exposure and after testing.

Last night I awoke from a vivid dream and could not get back to sleep. In the dream, I started coughing and knew I had COVID-19. That scared me; but what really upset me was that I coughed near Jamie without a mask and I was afraid I had given it to him. Such an awful feeling that stuck with me. I hope and pray that none of you every get that feeling. And I am grateful that it was just a dream.

The interesting news is that OB/GYN’s in several countries have noted a significant drop in premature births during our shutdowns. The reasons are unknown and at this point there is only speculation. However, many researchers, who have studied pre-term births and the causes, are now hoping to use this to seek possible preventive measures. Hopefully some good will come from this.

Wash your hands, cover your nose, stay 6 feet away from others, and be kind.

And finally, my caveat is that this is my experience and my opinions, which are subject to change as more information is available, and not related to the organization I work for. Thanks for reading.


My kids love dogs and we have recently become involved in fostering rescue pups. Through word of mouth I was connected with a woman in Tacoma whom purchased a “Covid Puppy” and was no longer able to care for it. She was furloughed at work, had all three of her kids home, bought them a puppy to play with, and then when the world started turning again, she started working overtime and her kids went to daycare. The puppy was being kenneled alone at home for 10-12 hours a day. No one to care for it regularly and give it the love it needs. 

My heart hurt for the little guy and so I asked if she would consider giving him up to find a better home. She said she paid 1500$ for him from an online breeder and he was current on his first round of immunizations and deworming. I talked her down to an amount closer to what a shelter would charge for a rehoming fee, and took him with faith that there is a better home for him here in Bellingham somewhere. 

When she bought him he was 3-4lbs. He is 11-12 weeks now and almost 7lbs. He should not get bigger than about 10-12lbs. He is a stealthy chihuahua dachshund mix, and looks like a micro-sized black lab! My two daughters, 6 & 7, have been working with me to help potty training him (he was taught to go on puddle pads in his kennel), and get him accustomed to walking on a leash, playing with other dogs, and working through teething with lots of chew toys. He is doing great!! 

He often goes 10 hours at night with no accidents. He is quick to adjust behavior when we redirect his chewing, and we take him out every 2hours or less to help him succeed. He is a ton of fun, super sweet and loves to run after us in the parks while we play soccer or frisbee together. When he is exhausted from walks and play time, he is a snuggler and will cuddle up on my lap to just be pet. He is vocal about wanting attention and will let you know that he wants to be picked up and loved. 

He has been somewhat neglected, so he needs to be with someone who wants a dog, knows how to care for and teach him patiently as he grows. We have purchased a large kennel, cozy bed, food/water dish, chew toys, kong, harness, leash and food that I am happy to send with him to make the transition seamless. A rehoming fee will apply to help ensure he goes to a good home and help cover our costs in fostering him.

Alaina Sawaya  360.778.9499  


Last night around midnight we woke up to a highly agitated man yelling in front of our house. He threw something into our parking strip and walked down the street. Probably a car prowl–if you are missing a zippered bag that says Platt and Intermatic, and can describe the contents, let me know! Lee Gulyas, Keesling Street


David Dodson both wrote and sang this. Today & tomorrow are the 22nd anniversary of Zeke & my wedding. (Yes, it took us two days because I married a Canadian, and we followed all the rules really carefully.) We’re cuddling, cooking celebratory food, doing some house projects and laundry, making music together. We made great bacon and french toast with real maple syrup for breakfast, and we’ll grill steaks for dinner, from Carne, here in the neighborhood. (No we didn’t. We’ll do that tomorrow. We got take-out from the Soy House instead.) And we’re playing/cleaning house! (I don’t think we’d vacuumed in a month… one of the disadvantages of no visitors.) After we get the last of the laundry finished, Zeke has promised to play with my old wooden train set with me! Pre-Brio. All unpainted maple. When I was a kid, my siblings and I still played with the trains and track when we were in junior high. I added to the set when my kids were small and we lived near the factory that made them. I got all sorts of track, switches, cars, signs, bridges & trestles. And then when my first pair of grandsons were small, Tim Hutton here in Bellingham made me train stations, a couple little houses, and some passenger cars with windows. And he let me help! I found the box deep under the bed a while ago, and have been longing not just to play with them, but to have someone to play with them with me. And no kids in safe reach at the moment. So Zeke and I will be kids for a while. Having someone to play with may be the most glorious part of being married. Plus that “for better and for worse, in sickness and in health” part isn’t so bad either. Thanks Zeke!

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511

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Elizabeth Park Concert; Radio Free Fl!p: Moving Day

Contents 7/21/2020
Elizabeth Park Concert: 4Tens Band
Radio Free Fl!p: Moving Day

Online Thursday, July 23 6-8 PM
Playing Fun Classic Rock Party Music
Ian Bakke-Vocals
John Delaney-Guitar
Bob Oldham-Bass
Dale Kreiser- Drums

Here’s the link for YouTube

Here’s the link for Facebook:

And of Course, KMRE-FM 102.3 on your radio dial.

And here’s the link for the fresh off the presses Elizabeth Park Concert Series GoFundme, since we don’t have the ability to collect donations at the concerts.

Thank you for your generosity. We could not bring this to you this year if it weren’t for the community support in previous years. We are very grateful.
Marla Bronstein


Twenty two years ago today, about this very time of day, I finished moving out of my home of 20 years. Zeke talked me into selling it and looking for a house to buy together. I never dreamed it would sell so fast! The very next day, I married Zeke, and there we were, homeless, with pretty much everything we owned in storage, except a handful of musical instruments, minimal clothing and some bedding. Two days of wedding (which means two days of anniversary every year!) And then we were off to guitar camp for three weeks of a PSGW Honeymoon, with 125 chaperons. We got back to Bellingham, found a place to rent, and started house hunting. It took a year and a half to find our beloved Cherry Street home. And here’s a song for the day.

Del Rey is an incredible guitarist, ukulele player, music teacher, old-time and blues historian, and mighty fine dresser as well! She teaches online these days. Join Belle and her ne’er-do-well feller Bill, as they try to escape their landlord in this cover of one of Charlie Poole’s classic songs, “Moving Day”. Film by Sage Lee

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511

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