generous young men

Residents of Riverhouse Senior Apartments would like to thank these five kind and generous young men for filling up and distributing sandbags to the west side of our building from the rising flood waters that was within feet of entering and damaging our building and several apartments.

• Riverhouse residents give thanks


On behalf of the residents of Riverhouse Senior Apartments, we would like to thank these five kind and generous young men for filling up and distributing sandbags to the west side of our building from the rising flood waters that was within feet of entering and damaging our building and several apartments.

These young men saw the need and took the initiative to help some of Lynden’s most vulnerable citizens and we would like to thank them for their hard work and generous spirits.

Their parents should be proud of the exceptional young men they have raised.

Riverhouse Residents

• Thank you to the ‘Donut Angel’


To the donut angel who left a box of donuts on the steps of our flooded house on the Hampton Road Wednesday, I do not know who you are, but your random act of kindness means more than words can express.

Seems silly that a simple box of donuts could bring us to tears. It was the fact that you noticed and took the time to show you cared. Never have apple fritters tasted so good. Donut Angel, thank you for blessing our family.

Margaret Hamstra


• Veterans Dinner ‘very successful’


Our Veterans dinner this year, as in past years, was very successful. The Lynden Lions Club served more than 190 dinners, and of those, about 120 were for our veterans. The rest were for family members.

Special recognition goes to Lynne Herringa, our chef, for work above and beyond in the preparation of the hot turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, vegetables, a roll and desert.

A special thanks also goes to the Lynden Community Center for letting Lynne use the kitchen facilities. Because of the influx of COVID-19, we were only allowed limited staff in the kitchen for food prep.

Despite the restrictions, Lynne cooked all the turkeys, and other menu items, with assistance from other Lions, dished the hot meals into to-go boxes for delivery at the Community Center front door to all the Veterans that were able to participate.

Some meals were also delivered to Veterans homes if they were unable to attend in person.

The Lynden Lions Club members were instrumental in getting the hot meals from the kitchen to the vets. There were about 20 Lions members delivering and serving the meals.

This is just another example of the service the Lions Club provides to our community. If you would like to join in our service projects, please contact any Lions Club member.

John Edmunds

President, Lynden Lions Club

• Pre-diabetes not benign


Medicine is a changing discipline, and it always will be. Medical education doesn’t end once a degree is obtained. An example is an ongoing debate asking if prediabetes is a useful diagnosis.

Approximately 34.2 million Americans have diabetes; an estimated 88 million American adults are considered prediabetic, 84% of them unaware they fall into that category.

Prediabetes, which can be more accurately called early diabetes, is under-recognized. Diabetes affects every major organ in the body. As a nephrologist, I know it’s hard for at-risk patients to make lifestyle changes to improve their odds against progressing to Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes prevention should be integrated into the public-school curriculum and other community settings. Our public health department, whose Board is the elected Whatcom County Council, should lead a diabetes awareness/education program in collaboration with every county school district.

If young people knew the severe complications that can arise from diabetes, we could make headway taming the diabetes epidemic. 

Complications include kidney disease; heart disease; nerve damage, which can lead to foot and limb injuries, ulcers, deformities, even amputations; blindness; stroke; gastrointestinal disorders; skin problems; and sexual dysfunction. Knowing these complications would motivate people to be more proactive in making lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, exercising more, making good dietary choices, and smoking cessation. 

Rather than take a wait-and-see approach, primary care clinicians should refer their at-risk patients early to diabetes prevention programs.

To enroll in Washington State University’s diabetes prevention, contact Diane Smith at 360-395-2355. To enroll in the YMCA DPP, contact Tara Marshall at 360-733-8630, ext. 1109. Smith and Marshall are trained to help with lifestyle choices to prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes.

Prediabetes is not a benign condition. Let’s agree on that and do all possible to PREvent diabetes.

William E. Lombard, MD


• Thanking Tribune, Lions Club for ‘all the civic actions they do’


As a 30-year Air Force veteran and 87-year-old Lynden Senior Center member, I’m sure I am representing a lot of other vets/seniors when I express my heartfelt appreciation to the Lynden Tribune and the Lynden Lions Club for all the civic actions they do, year after year.

Thanks to the Tribune for their annual Senior Center hot meal program and local food bank fund drive, absorbing all the administrative costs and passing on all the collected funds to the recipients.

Many of us vets remember the scorn we received upon returning, especially the Vietnam War, so it is now very appreciated when we hear “Thanks for serving,” and the Lions Club hosting their annual Veterans Day Turkey Dinner.

And thanks to all those Lynden/county area citizens/businesses who continually open their purses to fund these much appreciated activities.

Matt: 25:40: “Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me.”

Gerrit Kuiken


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