Rod and Marilyn Bruland will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house for family and friends (no gifts, please) from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, in Immanuel Lutheran Church, 5782 Lawrence Rd., where they were married on Sept. 14, 1969. Rod worked his whole career of 30-plus years in the trucking industry of Whatcom County, retiring in 2001 from LTI. He also had more than 40 years as a volunteer firefighter with Fire District 1. Marilyn started as a cosmetologist in 1966, then had a 25-year banking career with Bank of Washington and retiring from WECU in 2007. Rod and Marilyn were blessed with two children, Kurt (Lori) Bruland of Everson and Juli Gallegos (Margaret) of Bellingham; four grandsons, Landon, Connor, Gerrit and Grant Bruland, all of Everson.