This is an op-ed column from Greg Ebe, local engineer, third-generation seed potato grower and a board member of the Drayton and Bertrand watershed improvement districts.

  This week marks my 40th anniversary at the Tribune! It’s not really the way I was hoping to celebrate, in the midst of a pandemic and civil unrest occurring across our country.

  This is an unsettling time for everyone. We wonder what lies ahead for our local schools, small businesses and farms. Can the situation return to normal, or how will our way of doing things be permanently different? What should change?

  Our world is facing the unprecedented global outbreak of the COVID-19 illness. Our journalists and our family of co-workers are committed to keeping you informed of the latest news and information related to the response from the local, state and federal levels. 

  The 2019 Lynden Tribune Readers Care Fund efforts are a wrap. Thanks to the generosity of approximately 100 individuals and organizations, we raised $16,250 for our recipient organizations this year, surpassing our goal by over 8 percent.

BELLINGHAM ­— The Homeless Strategies Workgroup has set a Friday, Nov. 15, meeting, starting at 8:30  a.m., in the Whatcom County Civic Center Annex building, 322 N. Commercial St., lower level, to broadly address the issue of homelessness in Whatcom County.

BELLINGHAM ­— On Thursday, Oct. 3, Chrysanthe Broikos, a curator of the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., will speak about an exhibit she organized, “Making Room: Housing for a Changing America,” and some of northwest Washington’s top architects will be honored.

WHATCOM — County Comprehensive Plan and code amendments relating primarily to Cherry Point are the focus of a town hall meeting set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12. The meeting of the Planning Commission will be in the County Council chambers of the Whatcom County Courthouse, 311 Grand Ave.…

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