Covid: Scam, Masks, Myths, Farmers, Rentals Wanted, Whatcom Arts & Sings

CONTENTS 4/17/2020
Fake COVID-19 Text Messages
Cloth Vs Medical Masks In Heathcare Workers
Corona Myth Busters
Roommate Cafe
Columbia Neighborhood
Two Farmer’s Markets
Community Supported Agriculture
Homemade Masks
Housing Rental Emergency for Medical Treatment
Single Mom Seeks House Share
Fl!p’s Pix For Music
Whatcom Arts Project Radio Interview
Whatcom Sings Project

Police are warning the public about a new coronavirus-related scam. The scam involves a text message that tells people they’ve come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The text urges people to self-isolate and click a link for more information. “DO NOT click the link!” the Thomaston (Maine) Police Department warned. “It is not a message from any official agency. It is however a gateway for bad actors to find their way into your world.”

There is a study being widely circulated showing medical masks are better. The study was about influenza not coronavirus. The only conclusion is that healthcare workers, who have a different level of exposure (aerosols), should not use cloth masks. For the public they reduce risk not through filtration but by keeping you from touching your nose and mouth when out and about, by far for COVID the main way the public gets infected is by touching a droplet that has landed on an object and then touching their nose, mouth or eyes.. I believe they reduce risk of getting the disease as well as reduce the risk of transmitting it in pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic patients significantly. ~ Frank James, former Whatcom County Health Officer

World Heath Organization

The Opportunity Council has a new program which began in February as part of Generations Housing Project (GHP), a home sharing program that reduces elder homelessness by identifying opportunities for shared housing. The roommate-matching service can bring people together to find housing options. Senior residents are finding options to share housing through “Roommate Café” at the OC’s Housing Lab located at 625 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham. The Roommate Café hours are Thursdays, 10-11:30 am. The Housing Lab is open Tuesdays, 10-12 am.


We have two! One at Depot Market downtown (check their facebook page for which vendors will be there, and details on safe shopping), and another mini-market here in the neighborhood. Once again this Saturday April 18th 9:00-1:00 is an opportunity for local and organic produce lovingly grown and bagged by Rabbit Field Farms. Social distancing is encouraged and enforced. Bags are in increments of 5-25 dollars. Cash is preferred but cards can be taken. I hope to see you there!
  2526 Kulshan St.
  Thank you. ~ Heather Fitzstrawn

CSA delivery/pick up in Columbia
If you are interested in supporting a local farm and would like to join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), Moondance Farm will have a weekly pick up spot in Columbia.
More info at
~ Jill MacIntyre Witt,  Walnut Street

Who is making masks that tie? Is anyone selling them? I also heard that there’s a Mask Tree in the neighborhood, but I’ve misplaced the email.  Love/Fl!p

My wife Robin and I are hoping to find a small home to rent for the next 6-12 months here in the Bellingham area. We currently own a home and live in Puerto Vallarta however have returned to Bellingham for treatment of Robin’s breast cancer. Preferably we would like to find a home with one or two bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms and laundry facilities. Prior to moving to Mexico we lived in and owned a business in Anacortes. We also have a very well behaved 10 year old Cockapoo named Toby.
  I am staying in Alison’ Kutz’s Hobbit House (I am self-quarantining for another week as I just drove up from Vallarta). Robin is staying at another friend’s house until we find a suitable home to rent.
 Charlie Barefield,  360-661-3119

My name is Sarah, I am 27 years old and I am a single mum and full time student. We are looking for a place to rent in the Columbia neighborhood. Covid has changed our lives temporarily but typically we have full time schedules and live a very active lifestyle! We are used to community based living and sharing small spaces. No smoking, no pets, sober living (for me, totally fine with others who consume, just not partiers), clean record and can pass a background check, clean, responsible, and respectful. I also have the ability to contribute with groceries and meals. I loooooove to cook and share meals!! I have cash up front for deposits and such. I have excellent personal, professional, and rental references.
  At WWU I am studying Philosophy as my major and Law/Diversity/Justice as my minor. This is my primary source of income. I am on track to graduate Fall 2020 or Winter 2021 and then ideally I will be moving on to law school somewhere in the PNW or Texas. If I do not go off to law school I have job offers in Whatcom County contingent on graduation. My number for calling or texting, anytime, is 360-969-9669 and my email is  Cheers!  ~ Sarah Bosch


More than 30 local performing and visual arts organizations have collaborated to form the Whatcom Arts Project — a campaign to inform, entertain, educate, inspire, collaborate, support, promote, and uplift each other daily and remain socially close while physically distanced. Here’s a radio interview about the new project. It will show three times this week.
Fri, Apr 17: Noon and 6pm
Sat, Apr 18: 8am and 4pm
Sun, Apr 19: Noon and 7pm
KMRE can be heard at 102.3FM in Bellingham, also streaming at (don’t use Chrome as a browser right now), via TuneIn, or ask your smart speaker at home to play KMRE.

Dear Whatcom County Singers and Choir Directors,
  You, your choir members and students, and singing friends, are cordially invited to participate in Whatcom Sings, a one-time virtual choir project on the song “Bright Morning Stars.” We are creating this virtual choir in order to sing together and inspire one another somehow, while keeping our social distance, to bring a musical message of hope to our county in these difficult times, and to support the Interfaith Coalition, which provides services for Whatcom County residents experiencing homelessness.
  All the information that you need to participate, including a score, instructional and recording videos, helpful links and contacts for assistance, can be found on this website:

  Participant videos are due three weeks from today, on Friday, May 8. We have lined up professional soloists, accompanists and video editors to create a slick, moving, multi-dimensional film, which we hope to post on YouTube by mid-May. Please spread the word among Whatcom County singers and encourage them to join you in this inspiring and worthy endeavor.   Sincerely,  Kevin Allen-Schmid,



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