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 licia.joy@gmail.com.


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.


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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.



From BetsyBrownMD.substack.com
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: cayleyschmid@gmail.com


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- kirstenannas@yahoo.com. 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.


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Missing Cat; Found Cat; Free Freezer; Keys; Tune: Anitra’s Dance

CONTENTS 7/20/2020
Missing Black Cat
Friendly Kitty?
Free Freezer
Found Keys Follow-Up
Radio Free Fl!p: Anitra’s Dance


Large black cat from 2300 block of Lynn Street.  No collar, comes to the name Jojo. Solid black, no chip; he was a stray that adopted us a few years ago.  He is VERY large. Please contact Marcie 360 739 8900, if you see him. Thank you. ~ Marcie Pittman


We live in the 2200 block of Victor Street & a very sweet kitty has been spending a lot of time here. He (she?) is a gray tabby with unusually fluffy fur and a bushy tail. He has no collar but is not thin or malnourished. We find him most days sitting in our garden beds and yowling for attention when we come outside. He will also come inside if we leave our back door open. Does this little sweetie have a home? We don’t want to encourage him to stay away from his place, but he seems as if he might be homeless, & if so, we’d like to take him in. I’m at susantonetta@gmail.com, or call 360-441-9900. Suzanne Paola


My parents have a 21 cubic foot Westinghouse (?) Energy Saver freezer.  They replaced it because it was icing up, but I believe it only needs a new door gasket. When I tried to get a new one for them, all of the retailers in town did’t have uprights. We were lucky to get one, but it’s only 17 cubic ft.  It was in a garage, but other then the gasket, it’s in perfect shape.  It’s quite heavy, so you will need at least two people to move it. Let’s just say, well made & no plastic.  When someone dibs it, this email account will be deleted.
Email: FreeFreezer@comcast.net
Dave Lind


After several (strange-ish) email exchanges with someone who wanted a description of the keys, but wouldn’t identify themself, the keys found at Little Squalicum Beach parking lot on Sunday have been turned over to the Bellingham Police Dept. ~ Piper Mertle


MoNo Guitar Duo plays Grieg • 4 Hands Guitar
ht/t Nancy Kennell. My family had a narrated version of the Pier Gynt Suite when I was a kid, and I used to love dancing to this section. These days I wrestle with the balance of the joy with which musicians have always fallen in love with and adopted each other’s music, and the power imbalances that can turn that enthusiasm into cultural appropriation. It’s an ongoing question. Watching this couple at play with each other, this arrangement looks like a co-operative game of I Dare You! wrapped up with Tag, You’re It!


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Covid Statistics; Elections Forums; Found Keys; Bike?; Photos; Song: Somewhere To Begin

CONTENTS 7/19/2020
Covid Statistics By State
Elections Forum Videos
Found Keys
Need Medium Size Bike
Help with Apple Mail?
Radio Free Fl!p: Somewhere To Begin


Note how far down on the list is Washington State. Thank you.
~ Rachel Vogel



On the Whatcom County LWV web site, there are links to videos of recent forums, via Vimeo, that you can watch without going thru Zoom. They are not live of course. ~ Lynne Pendleton



 I found a set of keys at the little Squalicum Beach parking lot today around 3. There is a car key and a car fob and what looks to be house keys and post office box key. They can contact me directly if they want by email Pipermertle@gmail.com

Thanks, ~ Piper Mertle


We are looking to purchase a medium size bike for a 13-year-old girl. All stores are out and we would like to try it on for size before buying. She will be mostly riding in town. If you have anything that might work, please text  Natasha Anton-ova (360)441-2789  Henry Street


I’m fairly new to Apple Mail and am trying to get my email set up so it goes onto my computer and off the server in most cases. I also still have a bunch of Chalk photos I could use help learning to upload or forward or however I can transfer them to the Chalk website. I’m hoping to have that site updated and available before long. Handling the photos was the biggest thing that I didn’t know that I didn’t know, in advance. Thanks for your patience! I really believe we’ll get there in the end. ~ Fl!p 360-671-4511


TR Ritchie spent the last years of his life here in Bellingham. What can I say? This song is so simple and so strong. I want a world where every single one of us receives respect and compassion as a birthright. It’s not always easy. It’s often a real challenge. It’s the person I was raised to be scared of. It’s the old friend I had a falling out with. It could be a person next door, the one with the political sign that I’m upset about. They are my neighbor. And I am yours.


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Concert Tonight at 6:00! Juneteenth Film; Chalk; School with Masks? More; Song: Old Fat Boat

CONTENTS 6/18/2020
Elizabeth Park First Concert! Free Harmony
Juneteenth: Film
Chalk Talk
Chalk Sign-Up
School With Masks?
Choir Of The Salish Sea
Radio Free Fl!p: Old Fat Boat


Sponsored by The Eldridge Society and presided over by the inimitable Marla Bronstein!

The concerts are a mix of Live and pre-recorded performances and will be live-streamed on the Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series Facebook page. You won’t need to have Facebook to watch it there. If you do have a Facebook account, think about hosting your own “watch party.”


Or, you can listen to the livestream broadcast on KMRE-FM 102.3, every Thursday 6 – 8 PM from June 18 until August 20.


Tonight’s band:


Thursday, June 18,  6:00 – 8:00 PM Free

Classic folk-rock harmonies: Chuck Dingée and Sharon Mayson’s beautiful vocals are what make Free Harmony unique and a treat to listen to. They formed the duo in 2017 and have been busy entertaining people in the Northwest ever since.

A founding member of Bellingham’s popular classic rock band The Walrus, Chuck has been singing and playing in the area for over 40 years.  He has an eclectic repertoire of hundreds of songs from Gershwin to Beatles to Pink Floyd.

Having sung all her life, Sharon has an incredibly smooth voice and performs in local Northwest bands High Spirits and Pacific Twang.

Together they play an entertaining mix of songs ranging from the 60s to present, by artists like Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, Emmylou Harris, John Denver, Indigo Girls, The Police, Pink Floyd, Eagles, Bonnie Raitt, and many others. In March 2019, Free Harmony was opening act for the band America at the Tulalip and Legends Casinos in Washington state



Children Of The Civil Rights Film

You may access the film for free online from Friday, June 19 through Sunday, June 22 by clicking this link and inserting the password:  civil1958  


Here’s today’s installment, with Columbia Elementary Principal Aaron Darraugh. Each Chalk Talk is about 2 minutes long. Many thanks to Marla Bronstein for creating these!



We already have 26 households signed up. If you requested chalk, I’ll be contacting you by email to figure a time for you to come pick it up. The bright colored chalk should be in by the end of next week. The pastel children’s chalk is here and waiting for you right now. I’ve still got a few sets shaped like ice cream cones.

Sign up at columbianeighborhood.org/chalk


Please don’t snap Billy’s mask in his face.
Your mask is not a necklace, bracelet, or any other form of jewelry.
You should not be using your mask as a slingshot. Please put it back on your face.
Please do not chew on your mask.
Your mask should be on your face, not on the back of your head
I’m sorry your mask is wet, but that’s what happens when you lick the inside of it.
I’m sorry you sneezed. Here’s a tissue. Wipe out the snot as well as you can.


Go to this link and scroll down to the June 13 video, then click on the video.



Gordon Bok – I grew up in a family that sailed. We had a little wooden boat that we took out on the lake on summer weekends and sometimes even in the evenings at high summer. My brother and sister both grew up to build boats and sew sails. I never learned to sail, but I learned to love sailboats…


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Alert: Attempted Car Prowl? Chalk Report, Free Hose, Wet Suit & Tech Help, Correction: Basic Fairness, Song

CONTENTS 5/25/2020
Alert: Attempted Car Prowl?
Chalk Report
Free Hose
Wanted: Used Wet Suit For Child Or Small Woman
Tech Assistance
Correction: Basic Fairness
Song: Garden Song


At about 7:15 tonight (Monday) my car alarm went off, something that can’t easily happen without someone trying to get into the car without the fob nearby. In the back seat of my car was a container of used pet syringes I was planning on taking to the pharmacy today for disposal but couldn’t because of the holiday. I forgot the container when I returned from shopping. It was clearly visible on the seat and may have drawn the person’s attention. We called 911 and an officer drove by to check on the block, but wanted the neighborhood to know and keep their cars secure. Thanks, Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor 2500 Williams Block


I think we should schedule viewing from 2:00 to 5:00 PM on Fourth Of July. I’d love to get the chalk distributed at least a week or two early.

There are over 100 sets of sidewalk chalk stacked in our front entry way. Thanks to everyone who helped get them here, especially Susanne & Brittany. But there are 1700 houses in our neighborhood! I have no idea how many households will decide to participate, but there seems to be something of both a local and a national shortage of sidewalk chalk. If you plan to join in (and I hope you will!), please try to get your chalk sooner rather than later. If you find a source with LOTS of chalk (cheap) please let me know right away and I’ll try to get it. Or you could. If anyone can help pay for chalk, I can take donations. 

As I may have mentioned, I’m making this up as I go along. I’d love to hear your ideas, and if anyone wants to give me a good listening to, I have noticed I think better with extra ears and kind hearts nearby.


I want a used short or long wet suit for a small, petite woman under 5 feet tall. If anyone has one to sell or borrow, please contact Analeise Volpe at merriumvolpe@gmail.com.


Awhile back you posted a woman who wanted old tablets for the Mt. Baker Assisted Facility.  I have one but I can’t download my photos onto a laptop or other device. If anyone knows how to do this, let me know. It’s an old tablet that doesn’t seem to connect with my new lap top.
Thank you.
Analeise Volpe
Victor Street


I received some help from local journalism professionals, and am taking it to heart. An important part of US legal structure is that every person is innocent until proven guilty. It is particularly important for people writing to an audience to be rigorous with our language. There was a person who was arrested in our neighborhood last week on suspicion of stalking. They have not been formally charged yet, let alone convicted. I will be far more careful with my language as I follow up on this arrest. I can make sure our neighborhood has needed information without acting like judge and jury myself, or encouraging my neighbors to do so. Thank you!


Written by David Mallet, and sung by Pete Seeger here. Our dinner tonight was stir fry from our garden. Someone who’s gardening skills I respect once told me that the bugs & slugs go for the sweetest veggies, so I’m experimenting with cleaning the stuff that’s been nibbled on and cooking it. Seems to be working fine so far! If anyone is going shopping for more garden starts, I’d love it if you’d pick me up a few more too. Call for specifics: 360-671-4511


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