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Northwest Soccer Park, one of the county’s most active athletic facilities for nearly 25 years, is about to undergo a major transformation, thanks to a generous influx of funding combined from the state legislature and Phillips 66.

“The Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery workforce is proud of the contributions we’ve made in Ferndale, Bellingham and other surrounding communities,” said Ferndale refinery manager Rich Harbison. “To our knowledge, this is the largest single gift we’ve made during more than 60 years of operation here in Whatcom County, and we’re excited that this donation will benefit so many young people and adults.”

Whatcom Sports & Recreation will combine funding allocated to the soccer park in the 2015-17 Washington State budget with a $700,000 donation from Phillips 66 to construct two artificial turf fields, with lights and scoreboard.


On December 20, Grief Diaries, a community and brand dedicated to offering company, comfort and hope through life’s losses, released a 10-book anthology featuring stories from contributors around the world. Packed with intimate experiences, the series offers comfort and promote healing and understanding in the aftermath of the loss and other dark challenges.

Published by AlyBlue Media, the anthology series will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, and other major retail book sellers around the world.



Sanitary Service Company (SSC) was named the Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business of 2015 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Advancement Northwest (AFP). The award was accepted by Recycling Manager, Rodd Pemble, at the AFP’s annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon held Thursday, November 12 in Seattle in recognition of SSC’s longtime support of Western Washington University (WWU) and more than 100 other Whatcom County community organizations. “We are privileged to serve the people, businesses, and institutions in our communities, and to work in partnership, and I emphasize the word partnership, with so many others to improve the quality of life for all,” said Pemble.