Cat Still Missing; Haunted Trail; Vaccine Survey; More; We Will All Go Together When We Go

CONTENTS 10/22/2020
Lost Cat Is Still Missing
Kulshan Street Haunted Trail
Ballot Counting Explained
Vaccine Survey
Childcare Provider
Kind Neighbor
The Groove Doctors
Radio Free Fl!p: We Will All Go Together When We Go


Our 3 year old grey tabby cat went missing on 10/19. His name is Sabre (no tags…he rips them off) from our house near Henry and Jefferson. He’s normally an indoor/outdoor cat but since we relocated him from a different neighborhood we were trying to wait until he was acclimated. Sabre had other plans and escaped through a window. If you see him please call/text Laura Rudy 360.510.1569 


COMING SOON! My friends and I have designed and decorated the first annual HAUNTED TRAIL! All Ages Welcome! Masks, Hand-Sanitizer, and Social Distancing will be Enforced. Join us Friday, October 30th & Saturday, October 31st from 6:30PM until 10PM on the 2700 Block of Kulshan Street (North End) – Happy Halloween! ~ Grayson Stone, 2730 Kulshan Street, 360-788-3730

[Our eldest son is putting on a COVID aware, open air, sanitized haunted trail on Friday and Saturday night with masked up BHS ghouls. There will be hand sanitizer and masks required for entry and social distance a must.  It is all ages friendly, but obviously kids scare differently. You still need to be the judge. These are really good kids building this and they’re not out to traumatize…much!]


I will write later today with details about how ballot counting works.


Once there is a safe and effective vaccine available, there may not be enough for everyone. The Washington State Department of Health is creating a plan for how to prioritize COVID-19 vaccine and we want your feedback. Specifically, we are looking for:

  • Recommendations on how COVID-19 vaccine should be prioritized across Washington state.
  • Insight into how people are currently feeling about the vaccine in general.

Please take this survey to provide feedback by 11:59PM, Monday, October 26, 2020 and share with your relevant partners and networks. This is a general feedback opportunity and we are especially interested in hearing from communities, partners, workers, businesses, and sectors who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.


Hey all! My name is Caitlin and I’m currently in search for a part-time job within the child care field. I have experience working in child care starting at the age of 13. Throughout this time, I have done everything from volunteering, to babysitting for the occasional date night, to nannying, and also interning with a school counselor in an elementary school. If you would like to learn more about myself and check out my resume, please feel free to email me at

From Kaitlyn Teer: Caitlin is a WWU grad who has worked as a part-time nanny caring for our infant, and I couldn’t recommend her more highly. She is wonderful with children, a conscientious caregiver, and just absolutely delightful. I’d hire her in a heartbeat if I could, and I’m happy to pass this along for her and to serve as a reference.


Please give a shout-out to my neighbor who returned my checks this A.M. that were sent to her house.  I didn’t see who it was.  Nearsighted.  But very appreciative.  Maggie Milici


Fairhaven College Live Streaming Music Festival Fall Series
The Groove Doctors w/ Les Browning & Deb Hawley
Oct 22 7;00 pm

Les Browning brings decades of success to the dance floor with energy and excitement. Les is a veteran of big and small stage, intimate clubs and dance venues, dinner houses and juke joints. Les has been highly successful as a performer, songwriter, and radio personality and is an important member of “The Groove Doctors” patent Funk, Soul, Rock, and R&B music generating that feeling of Love and Energy through both the Bands Originals & Standards …

Deb Hawley got her start as a Blues singer at the former 3-B Blues Jam nearly 30 years ago where she qiuckly became indoctrinated in the Whatcom County Blues scene. Two years later as a vocalist in “The Melody Ranch Band”she met her husband David, the drummer in the band. She has performed with her husband in clubs & festivals throughout the Pacific Northwest- their most noteable band was “Debbie Maguire & The Blues Tornadoes” with Andy Koch. Deb is an intense performer who’s voice is the heart and soul of the Groove Doctors.


I just spent a fun hour or so trying to find a Tom Lehrer song that I could imagine actually posting to the neighborhood. This one pushes the limits hard, but I think most of you can probably handle it. Tom Lehrer was a key voice of my childhood. He gloried in  speaking truth to power in the most offensively hilarious way he could find. (Or maybe hilariously offensive.) All while playing absolutely stunning piano. Anyway, I just found out that at age 92, he just declared all of his music to be Public Domain, donated to the Commons. There are a couple other songs of his that I’ll post when the right time arrives. For those of you not born in the 1950s, an ICBM was an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, a delivery system for nuclear warheads.

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511  2518 Cherry Street

If you want to ask me to post something, just email me. If it’s urgent, phone. If it’s a real emergency, call 911.

Haunted Trail On Kulshan Street; Buried Belling-History II; Free Science Set; More; Song: Joy Of Living

CONTENTS 10/22/2020
Haunted Trail On Kulshan Street
Buried Belling-History II
Free Stem Science Set
Seeking Red Croquet Mallet
Retiring Van
Radio Free Fl!p: Joy Of Living


COMING SOON! My friends and I have designed and decorated the first annual HAUNTED TRAIL! All Ages Welcome! Masks, Hand-Sanitizer, and Social Distancing will be Enforced. Join us Friday, October 30th & Saturday, October 31st from 6:30PM until 10PM on the 2700 Block of Kulshan Street (North End) – Happy Halloween! ~ Grayson Stone, 2730 Kulshan Street, 360-788-3730


A Virtual Tour of Bayview Cemetery
Wednesday, October 29, 2020 At 7 – 8 PM PDT

They added another date! Good thing because I told everyone else about it before I signed up myself, and then they were full. This time I signed up before posting! I just checked, and there are 24 spaces left (out of 100).

Kolby LaBree of the Good Time Girls Bellinghistory Tours will lead a virtual tour, highlighting some of the fascinating history of Bayview Cemetery, with filmed footage and historical photographs. Founded in 1887 when the town of Whatcom purchased a 10-acre plot along the road to Lake Whatcom, Bayview Cemetery is the only remaining cemetery in the town of Bellingham. We will explore how the cemetery has grown and highlight some of the history of its most interesting monuments. Question and answer session included! Event will be hosted via “Zoom” and last around an hour $10/person (half price of an in-person tour and you don’t have to leave your couch!) We appreciate your virtual love and support during these historic times!


I have an unused 4th-6th grade Scholastic STEM activity set that we ended up not needing for our family’s curriculum. I can porch drop in the neighborhood. Offering free to someone who would find it useful in this most “interesting” of school years.  Here is a link with more specifics:

Courtney Dunne, Utter Street,


My daughter would like to borrow a red croquet mallet from someone in the neighborhood to go with her Halloween costume. If you happen to have one and don’t mind parting with it for a few days, please email us at We would need it by Wednesday, October 28th. Thank you! ~ Natasha Antonova, Henry Street


Our mechanic says it’s time for our old van to go to the junk yard. It still runs fine to get there under its own power. Any suggestions as to where we take it?  Fl!p 360-671-4511


Ewan MacColl. A giant of the folk music community. The song you probably have heard of which he wrote is The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, for a then-16-year-old Peggy Seeger (Pete Seeger’s younger sister). I got an email yesterday morning from Peggy: The bi-annual gathering to celebrate Ewan MacColl is still taking place this week at 12 midday on Thursday, October 22nd (the date of Ewan’s death), at the tree dedicated to his memory in Russell Square, London. There is a GoFundMe Campaign to raise money to install a bench next to the tree and we’re very nearly at the target. Read about it here:

This is an amazing farewell song, which Ewan wrote after he knew his time left with us was almost done.

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511  2518 Cherry Street

If you want to ask me to post something, just email me. If it’s urgent, phone. If it’s a real emergency, call 911.

Winter Coat Drive; Small House Project; Rental; Song: Turning Toward The Morning

CONTENTS 10/19/2020
Winter Coat Drive
Referrals For Small House Project
Good Result
Rental Available
Radio Free Fl!p: Turning Toward The Morning


Short timeline! The Interfaith Coalition Winter Warmth Drive is currently underway. Coats are being donated (safely, with COVID-19 protections in place) and will be going out to our neighbors in need through local agencies who work with people experiencing homelessness or poverty.

You can donate gently-used or new winter coats (please, no clothing, light jackets, or other non-winter items) to help neighbors stay warm this winter! Put in a plastic bag labelled with the # of coats, sizes, and gender (if applicable), and twist-tied shut (no knots please).

You can take coats, bagged as described above, to any B’ham Banner Bank location tomorrow, Tues., Oct. 20. You must call to make an appointment to drop off at the bank.

Or bring bags to the Bellingham Senior Center (315 Halleck) on Wed. Oct. 21, 4pm to 6pm.

We will be filling coat orders on October 24th and need volunteers to make this happen. Would you be interested in helping, or can you spread the word about this opportunity? We will be making every effort to do this safely but suggest that you do not volunteer if you are in a high-risk category or your health is compromised in some way. Feel free to contact me with questions.

On Saturday, October 24th we will be at Assumption Catholic Church Gym (behind the church at 2116 Cornwall Ave.) sorting, bagging, tagging, and delivering coat orders. These shifts are available:
9am – 12noon
12noon -3pm
3pm -5:30 pm

Each shift is to arrive 15 minutes early to learn protocol and job duties. All volunteers will wear face masks and shields (we will have both available), gloves, and will be checked with a non-contact thermometer. All necessary hand-washing and sanitizing supplies will be in place, and work areas marked for social distancing. We may need volunteers willing to drive their own cars and deliver coat bags to agencies, so please let us know if you would prefer that shift. Drivers will not enter the gym but are given the bags outside and then deliver them to agencies’ front doors. 

Although we may have some pre-packaged snacks available, please provide your own lunch and water bottle. You will be standing and/or walking for your shift but do have a need for at least one volunteer per shift who is sitting at a table.

Feel free to connect if you have any questions. This year is a big unknown for us as we’ve never done this before. We have no idea how many coats will be donated, and that means we need to be very flexible until we see what comes in in the next two weeks. Thanks for your interest! I’ll look forward to hearing from you. 

Janie Pemble,


I’m looking for someone to do a small project on my 1901 house involving removing drywall, some electrical work, putting up 3/4 inch plywood, and installing drywall over it.  Do you know anyone who’s able and willing to do this kind of work?  I’m interested in someone you can give a good reference about.  Thanks. ~ Susan Witter, Williams Street,


Our water filters all have gone to good homes! Best, ~ Steve and Michael Scott


We are moving out of our beautiful rental on December 1st. Here is a link to tour the home and the contact info of our landlord if you know anyone who might be interested. It’s a WONDERFUL home!
Erin Furbee. # 1-971-645-8583


Gordon Bok, with Ed Trickett & Ann Mayo Muir

Written for these very days of the year. As I write, I suddenly realize that I’m sharing with you all the songs I longed to share with my mother in her last years. Sadly, it was the wrong music for her tastes. I am so grateful that all of you let me share with you my lifetime of beloved songs!

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511  2518 Cherry Street

If you want to ask me to post something, just email me. If it’s urgent, phone. If it’s a real emergency, call 911.

Buried Belling-History; Safe Playgrounds; Notary?; Lots More; Song: Mail Myself To You

CONTENTS 10/17/2020
Buried Belling-History
Safe Playgrounds For Everyone
Interesting New COVID Finding
Notary Public?
House Plant Exchange?
Free Water Filters
Free Rhythm Instruments
Update On Lost Kitty
Radio Free Fl!p: Mail Myself To You


A Virtual Tour of Bayview Cemetery
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 At 7 PM PDT
Kolby LaBree of the Good Time Girls Bellinghistory Tours will lead a virtual tour, highlighting some of the fascinating history of Bayview Cemetery, with filmed footage and historical photographs. Founded in 1887 when the town of Whatcom purchased a 10-acre plot along the road to Lake Whatcom, Bayview Cemetery is the only remaining cemetery in the town of Bellingham. We will explore how the cemetery has grown and highlight some of the history of its most interesting monuments. Question and answer session included! Event will be hosted via “Zoom” and last around an hour $10/person (half price of an in-person tour and you don’t have to leave your couch!) We appreciate your virtual love and support during these historic times!…/buried-belling…/6495

[I am SO going to this!!!! Columbia neighborhood’s own local historian is also available to lead real-life walking history tours for families and other small, connected groups. Historical edutainment to bring people Real Fun History. Guided tours of Bellingham’s Downtown core, Historic Fairhaven District, and even our own neighborhood. ~ Fl!p ]


I’m sure I’m not the only parent who is delighted by the reopening of our neighborhood playgrounds. Please follow the simple rules for keeping these public resources safe and available to our kids. I see lots of adults unmasked, and lots of kids unmasked. Everyone over the age of two years old is required be masked. Please follow these simple public health prevention measures so the playgrounds can stay open. ~ Anna Blick, Cherry Street 



I am looking for someone to validate the witnessing of my mom’s will. I know I could drag her into an office somewhere but she really doesn’t “travel” well these days. We can get witnesses no problem, but I was hoping to have her signature witnessed and notarized when she comes over for dinner on the 24th of October to minimize the amount of exposure to people, places, etc. If you are, or if you know anyone who is, a notary public who would be willing to take about 15 minutes on that evening, please get in touch. I am happy to compensate at an appropriate rate.  Many thanks.
Leslie Glen, Elizabeth Street,  (360) 318-3815


Trade my peace lilies for your ?? houseplant? I would love to trade one or two of my Peace Lilies for a couple of your house plants.  They will get quite lush. Ideally I am looking for any of the following; String of Pearls, String of Turtles, String of Hearts, Pilea Peperomioides, Monstera, Swiss Cheese Plant.  Also looking for planters of all sizes and shapes. If interested, please call/text; 360-820-3854 ~ Lori Pobuta, Eldridge Ave.


We purchased by mistake three PUR MaxIon water filters for faucets. (We have a PUR pitcher which uses different filters). We opened the box so can’t return them. We would be thrilled to give them someone who could use them. ~ Steve and Michael Scott,


A neighbor dropped off a bag of quite nice rhythm instruments. Would anyone like to take a look? ~ Fl!p


We found her this morning safe and sound. Just a little hungry. We went out early to see if we could hear any meowing. Heard her locked in a neighbors’ garage. Neighbors were wonderfully helpful when we woke them up at 6am! Thanks to all for the concern. ~ Debbie Alleman


Woody Guthrie’s classic, sung by John McCutcheon. I’ve been teaching my 11 year old grandtwins, Henry & Lucy, to play guitar & ukulele over Zoom. I was moved to sing this song to Henry when he asked about an in person visit. And then, over the last couple weeks Zeke has written 205 personal letters to folks in swing states, asking them to be sure to vote. Today we took them to the post office. So here is John McCutcheon, singing a love song to the US Postal Service.

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511  2518 Cherry Street

If you want to ask me to post something, just email me. If it’s urgent, phone. If it’s a real emergency, call 911.

Alert: Lost Kitty; Shake Out!; Benefit Results; Women’s March; Song: Urge For Going

CONTENTS 10/16/2020
Alert: Lost Kitty
Shake Out!
Benefit Yard Sale Results
National Women’s March Rally
Radio Free Fl!p: Urge For Going


Missing our sweet kitty. Has anyone seen our kitty Mavis?  She’s a tuxedo female 1 year and 2 months old.  She has a broken tail (broken at birth) and was wearing a pink skull collar with a little bell when we last saw her yesterday. She is very shy and skittish and usually home about 12 times during the day to eat! And she’s locked in at night.  She is chipped.  We live between Jefferson and Monroe on Elizabeth Street. ~  ~ Debbie Alleman, 360 -739-4406


That long siren yesterday was for National Shake Out Day! And I MISSED it!!! But it’s not too late. We can actually do this any time. But it does take doing. National Shake Out Day is a practice exercise for earthquakes. In each room of your house or office, you practice Drop, Cover & Hold. Make a plan now, in advance. This website will guide you through it.


Yesterday’s yard sale for the Bellingham Food Bank was a success! Our collaborative efforts paid off, and dozens of generous neighbors contributed a total of $857 to help those in need of food in our town. Amazing! Thank you to all who put checks or cash in the mailbox on the fence, and for wearing face masks while shopping. Special thanks to John Roberts for delivering two truck-loads of items to the sale. Although most items found a home, there are two dog igloos on my parking strip on Williams Street, if anyone needs one for a small or medium-sized dog. Again, thanks to everyone who contributed to the food bank. ~ Zip Jelineo, Corner of Williams and Washington


Saturday, October 17th from 11am – 1 pm at Bellingham City Hall – 210 Lottie Street

The mission of Women’s March is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change. Speakers for the event include Shirley Williams of Whiteswan Environmental, Rosalinda Guillen of Community to Community, and Representative Debra Lekanoff representing the 40th legislative district in the Washington House.

We are also posted on the National Women’s March page


Joni Mitchell from 1966.

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511  2518 Cherry Street

If you want to ask me to post something, just email me. If it’s urgent, phone. If it’s a real emergency, call 911.

Share Hut; Candy Chutes; More; The Keep Going Song (And Dance)

CONTENTS 10/15/2020
Share Hut
Cook Something New?
Candy Chutes
Broadway Hall Wind Damage
Free Cedar Chest
Smart Foods?
Radio Free Fl!p: The Keep Going Song


Hello Neighbors,
This is Jackie Brown and I am the face behind the Walnut Street Share Hut. Over the years the hut has brought enormous joy to those who have left treasures for their neighbors or discovered one behind its doors. The Share Hut embraces a concept neighbors support; a central place where folks from different backgrounds can come any time of day to give or receive. All they have to do is lift the latch.

Recently a neighbor posted a picture of a needle in a plastic cup that they found at the Share Hut on social media. In the ten years that the Share Hut has been on my property this is the first needle I have seen. My partner Robbie and I regularly clean out the hut and organize things. At times other neighbors on the street pitch in and help too. Since the needle discovery we are taking every precaution we can to make sure it doesn’t happen again. We are removing the benches so there isn’t a place to sit down and we’re checking on what has been left more often. One bench is already gone but the second has a huge ceiling fan on it. We need to take that to restore before we can remove that second bench. If you see something you are welcome to knock on our door (2721) and let us know.

I would like to ask you all to please not leave building supplies and heavily used items. Robbie and I run things that are not taken in a reasonable amount of time to Restore or the Goodwill. Ask yourself, “Is this an item that would be a gift for my neighbor?” before leaving anything. Over the years so many incredible things have been tucked onto the hut’s shelves!

I also want to give a big shout out to Cory Nye for rebuilding the front door and Shaun Van Harmelen for significantly reducing the cost of rebuilding the structure because he saw it as a benefit to the neighborhood!

Thank you all for your generous participation with the Share Hut!


Dear Neighbors, I put two bags of magazines in the Walnut Street Share Hut.  They are mostly cooking magazines (Eating Well, old Bon Appetite, Cooking Light), also a few others, including Mindfulness.  I hope they find good homes! It is good to expand your repertoire.
~ Joan Gaasland-Smith


I know that halloween is something that each family is going to need to make their own choices about this year. My little one loves handing out candy so in an effort to keep everyone safe we created a Candy Chute! We wanted to put it out there that if their are other folks who are interested we’d be happy to make you one too! They are about 8′ long at an angle to create 6′ of distance and work well with small candies (asking $15 to cover time/materials). They would also be easy to decorate/personalize with paint or ribbon. We also made a sign to let neighborhood folks know that we will be hosting a candy chute on halloween (signs are available for an additional $5). Let me know if you have any questions or if you’d like to place an order for one.
~ Jen Sandoval   Jaeger Street, 360-223-2564


Ouch!  Imagine how many much more powerful windstorms that historic structure has survived.  Could be the mortar has been receding or losing strength. Lots of old chimneys in our neighborhood!  ~ Tim Douglas


I have put an old and beat up cedar chest on our parking strip at 1609 E. Maplewood.  The outside is falling apart, but the inside is made of that aromatic cedar.  If you are a wood worker or just want to cut up the inside for pieces to protect against moths, this could be something of use to you.  At this moment it is covered with a blue tarp, in case of rain.
Joan Gaasland-Smith


Today we discovered that the nice little oak hydrangea we planted a couple weeks ago was dug up from its place in the parkway, with the hole neatly filled in. Keep a watchful eye on anything freshly planted in your yard. If you see a small hydrangea wandering aimlessly, it won’t bite and we’d love to welcome it back home!
~ Greg Hope, Victor Street


Is anyone headed for Smart Foods, over by the high school, in the next 3 or 4 days? Love/Fl!p


Sarah Goeke and Travis Staton Marrero perform a short dance piece in their living room in NYC to Abigail and Shaun Bengson’s song. I am so charmed!

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511  2518 Cherry Street

If you want to ask me to post something, just email me. If it’s urgent, phone. If it’s a real emergency, call 911.

Election; Census; Food Bank Benefit; Volunteers; Covid Risk App; Lots More; Songs For Moving

CONTENTS 10/14/2020
Election: Ballots & Voting
Lieutenant Governor Debate
Governor Debate
Rides To The Ballot Box
Census Ends Tomorrow
Volunteer Opportunities
Covid Risk App
Nebulizer To Give Away
Printer Paper?
Radio Free Fl!p: Moving Songs


Ballots are being mailed today. You can register online or by mail through October 26. After that, you can register in person at the Auditor’s office in the County Courthouse until 8 PM on Election Day, Tuesday November 3rd, but don’t wait till the last minute. In this crazy year, it’s a good idea to vote early. Mail your ballot, postage free, or take it to a drop box. Here are ballot drop box locations county-wide:


with Denny Heck and Marko Liias
• Thursday, October 22nd, 2020
• 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. PST (following the Presidential Debate)
• Virtual – information about how to stream in registration information

Join us for a free and virtual debate for Washington’s Lieutenant Governor Debate with Denny Heck (D) and Marko Liias (D). The lieutenant governorship in Washington is a four-year term. Hosted by the non-partisan Seattle City Club and Washington State Debate Coalition.
RSVP for the Debate:


The Washington State Debate Coalition presented the Washington Gubernatorial debate on Wednesday Oct 7, thank you to all who tuned in to view! We would also like to thank the campaigns of both Loren Culp (R) and Jay Inslee (D) for participating in the debate.  The debate was recorded, and is free and open to all.


My neighbor and I want to help neighbors get their ballots turned in safely. We will drive a voter who need a ride to the voter box so they can turn in their ballot.  We will wear a mask and follow proper protocol.  No schedule just when needed. ~ Carole Hanaway 360-305-7771

[And it turns out it is legal to hand your ballot to someone else to drop off for you. But you certainly need to trust that person! ~Fl!p]


Self-response and field data collection operations for the 2020 Census will conclude on October 15, 2020. The census determines how tax monies are distributed to communities, so undercounts are a real problem. Please help us count everyone.

• Internet self-response will be available across the nation through October 15, 2020 through 11:59 pm Hawaii Standard Time (HST), (through 5:59 am Eastern Daylight Time on October 16, 2020). Visit to respond today.
• Phone response will be available for its regularly scheduled time on October 15, 2020. Click here for the schedule and a list of numbers:
• Paper responses must be postmarked by October 15, 2020.
• Non-response Follow-up census takers will continue resolving non-responding addresses through the end of the day on October 15, 2020.
The U.S. Census Bureau is currently updating, as well as all external and internal guidance to reflect the schedule update.

Date: Thursday, October 15
Time: 10:00 A.M. until late afternoon
Location: 2231 Williams Street (yellow house, big tree)

Hello Neighbors! We are hosting a no-contact yard sale tomorrow (Thursday) to raise money for the Bellingham Food Bank. The one that we had in August was a huge success. As before, all items will be unpriced. People will pay whatever they think something is worth to them, and will put the cash or check in the locked mailbox on the fence. Checks should be made out to Bellingham Food Bank. Tables will be set up at intervals on the parking strip on Washington Street. Items are from our attic and from my former craft business. Estate sale items are also being generously donated by John Roberts.
Please wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose, and keep your distance from other shoppers so that everyone feels comfortable. This is the last non-rainy day we will have for a while, so please come and support our local food bank. Thank you!  ~ Zip Jelineo


With Bellingham Schools & Common Threads School Gardens: With school starting remotely, the volunteer program has gotten off to a slow start this fall .  As the dust settles and teachers and students find their routines I suspect there will be other volunteer needs surfacing.  For now there are three great opportunities listed below.  If you have the time and energy, please use the links below to sign up.  One last thing, if you haven’t yet, please complete the Bellingham Schools volunteer application.  We want to insure volunteers are approved and following all health and safety guidelines whether volunteering in-person or remotely.   

Eliza Court Mobile Park Food Distribution
Birchwood staff member, Jami Pittman, is seeking 8-10 helping volunteer hands on Wednesdays from 3:45-5:30PM  to help distribute student meal boxes.  Masks required and provided if needed. Here is a link to the SignUp Genius schedule.  If you have specific questions for Jami, please email her at

Remote Tutors
High School tutoring centers are seeking remote volunteer tutors in all subject areas (math and science in high demand).  Tutoring schedules vary depending on school but generally between 1-2 or 2-3pm and online with a one hour commitment required each week. Volunteers should have some tutoring experience and comfortable working on a Zoom platform.  Contact me at if you are interested and I’ll connect you with high schools. 

Common Threads: Garden Care At A School Garden
Volunteers are needed to help this fall by winterizing the garden, including harvesting fall produce, composting, mulching, and cover cropping. Sign up for an orientation, and after that, you may volunteer whenever is convenient for you. Our only ask is that you check your email for weekly updates from your Food Educator, submit your hours in our volunteer log (link provided during orientation) and follow safety guidelines.

While you are welcome to harvest some produce for you and your family, please know that any remaining harvest is being distributed to families during school meal box distributions, weekly on Wednesday.  If you would like to help care for one of these school gardens, please sign up here and our team will connect you with the Food Educator at your school to set up an orientation.


Excerpt from The Atlantic article by Olga Khazan

Together with her colleagues at Brown, Ranney has developed a free app called My COVID Risk that will allow users to input the type of activity they want to do, whether it’s indoors or outdoors, how many people will be there, what protective measures they’ll take, and where they live, along with other factors. The app will then generate a relative risk of catching coronavirus at that activity—from “very low” to “very high”—using community-level data from The New York Times’s coronavirus map. People can modify their risk level by reducing the number of people, for example, or adding a mask requirement. “Given the lack of clear national guidelines on what’s safe and not safe, our hope is that this will fill a void for the average American who’s really struggling to judge the safety of various activities.”


I have a nebulizer and unused tubing (and some accessories that have been opened but not used) that I’d like to find a home for. The machine hasn’t been used in over a decade since my son outgrew his childhood asthma. Can anyone use this equipment, or maybe know of anyone who can? I haven’t found a local organization that will take the nebulizer, and it seems wrong to throw it away. ~ Christina Nichols, Lynn Street, 360-820-9266


Sometime Sunday evening/night or Monday morning, our little fig tree had all but one of its limbs ripped off. I discovered it midday on Monday. All the branches were on the ground around it. It doesn’t seem like deer browse or accidental damage from a bike or car; the branches were clearly ripped off. Wondered if anyone had anything similar happen recently? We’ve cultivated this little tree for about 3 years, and now we’re not sure it will come back (it will be a long time before it produces fruit if it does!) ~ Lise Grace (corner of Lynn and Jefferson)


Half Wild is seeking referrals to remarkable artists/creatives in Bellingham and beyond to feature on the Half Wild blog and at Half Wild events (the latter post-Covid).  Founded in the San Francisco Bay Area, Half Wild is now based in Bellingham and will primarily feature artists in the Salish Sea basin. To recommend an artist/creative:  please contact Jen Andrews (via or Andrzej Kozlowski (via


Professional couple in late 50’s looking for a home to rent .  One of us works in Home Renovation, the other is a Somatic Psychotherapist.  We love being active in the outdoors, music, health, environmental and sustainability issues. 

Looking for a home preferably south Bellingham to Lake Samish area. Preferably 2 bedroom, has light feel inside and has closets.  900/1000+ SQ FT, with storage for outdoor gear.  Yard, even if small would be nice too.  Open to other areas if right place. Also, since one of us is a carpenter open to doing any work on home if needed. We are responsible, neat, friendly and good communicators.  We have no pets.  Contact: Elizabeth Stanton:   360 570- 8653


Zeke has been writing letters (non-partisan) encouraging people to vote. We’re running out of printer paper. Does anyone have a spare ream to either donate or sell us? Or might you be going somewhere they sell paper? Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511


Moving Day from my friend Del Rey, resonator guitar and uke maestra extraordinaire. And fine teacher!

I Knew This Place  by David Mallet who also wrote The Garden Song (Inch By Inch)

I wrote the bones of this post today to a beloved neighbor who is moving across town, and thought I might share it with you too. This was something that minstrel & minister Tom Hunter told me, decades ago when I was leaving my home of 20 years: When he and his family sold their Victor Street home, where they raised their kids, on the very last morning they gathered as a family in their empty house. They went together to every room. There, they each told stories of things that happened in that room. Then they left that room and closed the door behind them. And room by room, they shared memories and told their house goodbye. And finally they closed the front door from outside. Told stories on the porch, in the yard, and at the front gate, and finally closed the gate behind them.

Farewell Nancy & Mal, may your new home hold you as sweetly as your old!

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511  2518 Cherry Street

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Covid Symptom Study; Voter Registration Deadlines; More; Song: Give Me An Easy Morning

CONTENTS 10/11/2020
Covid Symptom Study
Voter Registration Deadlines
Any Fundraiser Garage Sales Coming Up?
Want A Peach Tree?
Radio Free Fl!p: Give Me An Easy Morning


I took your advice and signed up for the C-19 study on behalf of myself, husband and teenage daughter. You are correct, it’s very easy to use. I think it would be worth putting a shout out about it in your blog once again.  You’re welcome to use my name as someone who took your advice and is now using the app. ~ Erin Campbell

[I fill this out for me and Zeke daily. It takes me less than a minute for both of us. Most recently, they offered an opportunity to fill in an extra questionnaire on dietary changes during the pandemic. Filling it out not only gave them data for their research, it also shed light for me on my own nutrition. They are a trusted source with millions people reporting daily from all over, doing important research for us all. And we can all help!


Monday October 26, 2020: Deadline to Register or Update Online or by Mail for the November 3 General Election

Tuesday, November 3, 2020: Deadline to Register to Vote or Update Your Address In Person for the November 3 General Election

Please be merciful to the workers and don’t wait till the last minute!


We’re cleaning out my mom’s place and have many very sellable items. ~ John Roberts,  360-671-9153


 I have a Frost Peach that produces faithfully in my front yard but has never been happy. It’s stunted by root competition, and that makes me think it might be possible to transplant it successfully. It’s yours if you want to try. You dig/you haul. ~ Lane Morgan, Victor Street


By Dana Lyon. A song for the health care workers, and all the other front line and essential workers here in Bellingham.

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511  2518 Cherry Street

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School Garden Help? Medicare Choices Assistance; Freebies; More; Song: October Roses

CONTENTS 10/10/2020
School Garden Help?
Medicare Choices Assistance
Tutoring & Websites
Free Twin Bed
Free Large Lace-cap Hydrangea
Free Sunflower Plants
Post Office?
Studio For Rent
Radio Free Fl!p: October Roses


Without classrooms visiting school gardens this fall, we are missing the many hands that usually help put the gardens to bed for the winter. And we just miss the students in general! If you would like to help winterize gardens, please visit our website to volunteer. Families are welcome. (Note: we have COVID-19 safety protocols in place to keep everyone safe) 

More cooking classes for kids ages 5+ on Zoom are open for registration! Classes take place on Tuesdays 4:00-5:00pm – just in time for you to enjoy what your kids made at dinner!  Sign up to secure your spot in one of the next classes (Veggie Sushi, Mixed Greens Pesto with Plant Part Sandwiches, and ABC Salad!). – with love from Common Threads Farm.


During this annual period of Medicare renewal, Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) offer free one-on-one assistance or seminars by trained volunteers who can go over your options and help you figure out costs and benefits, offered thru the WA State Insurance Commissioner’s office.…


I found a wonderful web designer through Fl!p’s newsletter (Nate Melanson), and he created a great website for my new tutoring service I offer 35 years of experience, K-8 WA teaching certificate, and sliding scale fees (including several no cost tutoring slots for children who qualify for free lunch) to our students. I’d be happy to hear from interested parents and students.  Warmly,  ~ Kara Black 360-676-2300


Twin bed, nice wood frame, headboard, good box spring. Free to anyone who needs it. Call/text Bernie Housen, 2340 Cherry St, 360-319-8568


Big mature lacecap hydrangea, about 6’x7’.  Beautiful and healthy, but has become too big for our yard.  If you dig it up and remove it, it’s yours!  The challenge:  because of the location it would need to be dug and removed from the bed manually— no heavy equipment.  Muscles only!  E-mail if you’re interested or interested in seeing it. ~ Terry Wissler, Cherry Street.


I’m digging out some of my Lemon Queen sunflowers, which I love, but which has slowly spread over the years and is now too big for its space! It’s in clumps. in a pile on the north side of my front yard, at 2425 Kulshan St. Help yourself! ~ Becky Curtis, Kulshan St.


I am looking for someone to clean the gutters on my house.  Pleas contact me at pattisuejb@yahoo.comPat Brown


We need someone to pick up a bunch of stamps for us. Zeke is writing letters to help remind people to vote, and we’re running low on stamps, and maybe on envelopes too. I don’t think we have time to order online at this point.
Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511


We have a small studio apartment for rent here in Fairhaven. Its about two blocks from the little store at 21st and Harris. It’s 320 square feet, one room, a two burner induction stove, and a separate bath. It has a separate entrance and looks out on our back yard. There are no laundry facilities.  $600 a month, utilities included. If anyone is interested I can send pictures. More info from: or 360 220 2246. ~ Jack McKee


We got a little sun this afternoon and I was out in the garden and noticed a new bud opening on the moss rose back by the garage. And of course, I thought of this song. Linda wrote this song for her own mother many years ago. She lived in our Columbia neighborhood for decades and raised her children here on Utter Street.

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511  2518 Cherry Street

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Election Information; Covid Tracing Scams; Shout Outs; Songs: John Barleycorn, Running Up That Hill

CONTENTS 10/7/2020
Election Information
Covid Tracing Scams
Food Shout Out
Handyman Shout Out
Autumn Garden Clean Up
Radio Free Fl!p Correction: John Barleycorn
Radio Free Fl!p: Running Up That Hill


The League of Women Voters Bellingham/Whatcom County’s nine non-partisan virtual election forums are an excellent way to see and hear the candidates speak on the issues you care about. Each forum will be available online shortly after the live event through election day. Check for all the details at

Bellingham City Club is also non-partisan, and you can view their recorded forums at no charge.

Be #VoteReady. Check your registration status, current address and more online today at


From David Rasbach, Bellingham Herald
The health department issued a warning on July 22 that it has received reports of residents being targeted by scammers posing as health department employees conducting COVID-19 contact investigations. The health department warned that contact tracers will only ask for names, birth dates, phone numbers and addresses. Another tactic the scammers may use is to manipulate the caller ID to appear that the call is coming from PeaceHealth.

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.


Dear friends and neighbors – A deep and humbled thanks to you, the walking, bicycling neighbors, giving the “Little Mighty Story Box” a curious peek and appreciation. It warms my heart that (out of necessity!) I’ve helped a little silver lining to surround our somewhat cloudy bubble. Through your gracious participation and feedback, it let’s me plan with renewed joy for more shows !

I have decided to only set up on selected dates to keep it special, both for you all and for me, too. I want to have enough time in between to keep the art work as best as I know how to, the displays detailed and the stories appealing/relevant. However, I would consider “re-runs” of the show in other neighborhoods or appropriate locations if they are within bicycling range of my house. I will have a trailer with mount.

Next up is an “Evil Giant” tableau on Halloween from 3pm till the wee dark hours and a follow up the next day of the “Good Giant”, Sunday Nov. 1, from 11 till 6 at the same Story Box location, W.Connecticut and Victor St…

By the way, I am not holding or fancying any ownership, branding or copyrights for this idea. Like the little libraries, let it spread…The more we think and share in “Boxes” like this, the merrier we can all feel!!! I can attest to that. Here’s to YOU!   Cheers, “Max” Eberhard Eichner, Puppeteller


This summer, I discovered the best food I have ever eaten and it’s in Bellingham. It’s called Clara’s Canning and is cooked by a woman named Ona Lee.  Each week, Ona crafts a full course dinner meal from fresh ingredients sourced hyper-locally (within 100 miles).  You can find her on instagram through @ClarasCanning.  You purchase the meal basket for a 1, 2, or 4 person dinner to be picked up or delivered on the weekend.  If you don’t have instagram, feel free to reach out to me directly through text and I’ll put you in touch with her.  She sells out each week!  I really cannot express the exceptional nature of her food, and her commitment to source from our local farmers.   – Jess Radovich, 2310 Park St.  609-760-6288


For odd jobs, we highly recommend Edgar Page who did some yard work for us. Ed is friendly, responsible, and fast, and we will hire him again. Contact him at ~ Dick & Cherie Little, Elm Street


Master Gardener certified, reasonable rates, local references. Contact Analeise Volpe, Victor Street,


Steve Winwood (Traffic ) Ooops! No link yesterday. Here’s the link.


Coty Hogue, Kat Bula, Aaron Guest. Beautiful singing. Beautiful banjo. Beautiful guitar. Beautiful young friends making gorgeous music. Written by Kate Bush. This song reminds me of my feelings reaching out people I love, who are on the other side of current polarization.

Coty is playing a concert tomorrow, Thursday Oct 8. Click this link at 7 PM tomorrow to watch:

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511  2518 Cherry Street

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