WhatcomTalk Writers Pick Favorites Stories from 2015

Throughout the past year, WhatcomTalk.com has shared countless stories about the people, businesses and organizations that make Whatcom County such a vibrant place to live, work and play. To commemorate 2015, WhatcomTalk.com’s writers have selected their favorite articles from the past year to share with you, our valued readers. Take a few minutes to sit back and enjoy reading through some of these favorite articles from 2015.

Lauren Fritzen 

Favorite story: Pass the Hat: Harnessing the Power of Community to Erase the Hardship of Tragedy
Author: Lauren Fritzen

I was excited to write about this amazing organization with such an ingenious model for helping people through tragedy. But I wasn’t prepared for meeting sisters Robyn Scott and Taylor Sernesky, whose grit and grace left a lasting impression on me. Even though their grief over losing their father was still raw, they opened their hearts and shared their story in an effort to pay it forward. I’ll never forget these inspiring women.

Theresa Golden 

Favorite story: Christen Mattix Completes 3 Year Project to Knit a Stream Down South Hill to Bellingham Bay
Author: Stacee Sledge

I remember reading about it in the first part a while back and it’s been in the back of my mind to wonder what happened, if she ever finished. I loved reading about the completion and the positive special impact it had on her life.

Margo Greenman, Associate Editor

Favorite story: Dynamo Chandra Johnson Doesn’t Let Adversity Stand in the Way of Success
Author: Lorraine Wilde

Lorraine’s story about Chandra Johnson is a great example of how WhatcomTalk.com connects its readers to the community. Chandra is an environmental scientist, a musician, a student, and an inspiration. But she’s also a community member, just like you, our readers. Stories like Lorraine’s help connect readers to their community and their neighbors by providing a meaningful look into the people, businesses and organizations that make Whatcom County such a vibrant place to live, work and play.

Sara Holodnick

Favorite story: Dirty Dan’s Spirit Lives On at the Community Boating Center
Author: Lorraine Wilde

I enjoy learning about Bellingham’s colorful and quirky past, and I love stories that show that our town was built by outsiders and marginalized people. It’s so great to see all the ways Bellinghamsters are keeping our history alive in the hopes that it enriches our future. Kudos to Lorraine for the great read!

Stacee Sledge, Community Manager

Favorite story: Village Books’ Chuck and Dee Robinson Show WhatcomTalk around Their Home above the Store
Author: Stacee Sledge

I feel lucky to get to write stories about fantastic local people and businesses all year long. My favorite among this year’s long list of fun pieces has to be my feature on Chuck and Dee Robinson’s beautiful home above Village Books. What a treat it was to sit and talk (and laugh!) with them in their living room, and then get a tour through every corner of their charming place.

Lorraine Wilde

Favorite story: Dirty Dan’s Spirit Lives On at the Community Boating Center
Author: Lorraine Wilde

I chose this one because its well-written and personal, includes pretty fascinating Bellingham/Fairhaven historical information, educates about a community non-profit, and highlights what an incredible resource our senior citizens can be.

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