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Inflation is a strong motivator for me to save money. I can’t change prices but I can do other things if I’m smart. In college, we carpooled. 

  Randy Reimer was 68 years old when he made his entrance into heaven on Friday, Jan. 27 after a long valiant battle with lung cancer, his loving wife Ruthie by his side.

  In the early morning hours of Jan. 28, Wilma Pearl (Haak) Vander Pol went home to glory at the age of 93. She was the second daughter of John and Tena (Van Mersbergen) Haak and was born on July 18, 1929 in Lynden.

  Dianna May (Dykstra) Meyer was born on March 18, 1951, in Corsica, South Dakota to Edward and Marjorie (VanderTuin) Dykstra. She passed away at St. Joseph’s hospital in Bellingham, Washington, in the early hours of Monday, Jan. 23, with a daughter holding each hand.

  Longtime Everson resident, Harvey Smith passed away peacefully under the care of Hospice on Monday, Jan. 23.

  Evelyn Faye (Weaver) Williams, 92, of Everson passed away peacefully Jan. 28 at Whatcom Hospice House in Bellingham.

  Our hearts are heavy with the loss of Mary Ellen Hill Roebuck, mother, longtime Lynden resident, and beloved third grade schoolteacher.

  Norma Jean Hackett, longtime Custer resident, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 21 at Whatcom Hospice House.

  Shirley Wallace of Ferndale, beloved mom, grandma, and great grandma, passed away Friday, Jan. 27. She was born March 2, 1937, and married Robert Butler “Doug” Wallace in 1954. They were married 50 years, until his death in 2004.

OLYMPIA -- Starting at the Olympia Ballroom in the state capitol’s historic district, students from across Washington carried inflatable orcas and salmon and marched through the streets of Olympia to the steps of the Legislative building. 

As kids in north Whatcom County in the 1970s, we didn’t exactly have a choice. As school let out, in May at that time, we hopped on school buses to go to the berry fields to work and earn funds for our school clothes. About that time, a song called The Hustle came out. 

This is the fourth in a series of commentaries from Lynden resident Matthew Hogan, who recently lost his wife Natalie to cancer. Natalie Hogan was born in 1987. The Tribune has asked Matthew to share his journey through grief, which he will do from time to time. 

LYNDEN — Research shows that fire fighters are more likely to be diagnosed with certain types of cancer than the general public – a trend that fire service organizations hope to reduce.

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