WHATCOM — Local retailer DeWaard & Bode recently celebrated its 74th anniversary by donating $28,000 to local youth organizations and food banks.

  Receiving $7,000 each were the Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County, Bellingham Food Bank, Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County and Helping Hands Food Bank, which serves all of Skagit County.
  Two stores selling appliances, mattresses and barbecues are in Bellingham, a third in Burlington.