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In the July 2020 Print Edition

Jun 29, 2020 06:00AM ● By Pamela Johnson
For the first time in many years, Bellingham will not hold its annual 4th of July fete. No band, no fireworks, yet another disappointment to chalk up to Covid-19. Better to be safe than sorry, though. And speaking of being safe, please, please do not play around with fireworks! We've got a message and some chilling statistics from the Office of the State Fire Marshal regarding home use of fireworks and the danger surrounding them.   

And speaking of danger, I cringe when I see photos of groups of people in other states (and, yes, in Massachusetts, too) who are positioned very close together, and are not wearing masks--no one is immune to the deadly Covid-19 disease!

Kudos to Bellingham for being very proactive in protecting our residents. The Bellingham Board of Health was one of the very first to mandate masks in public and they took a lot of flak for it, but it was the right thing to do. At the date of this writing, Bellingham had only 4 active cases of Covid-19 (slightly up from 2 cases a few days prior). Let's keep doing what we've been doing because it seems to be working. It's tempting to believe that the danger has passed, because we so want that to be the case, but please don't be fooled--it hasn't.

Let's be honest. It's not that difficult to maintain a safe distance of 6 feet between yourself and others and, while it can be uncomfortable to wear a mask for a prolonged period, it's certainly not a hardship to wear one for the duration of a trip to the store or contact with friends or family that you do not live with. It's not just because you're keeping yourself safe, it's because you are preventing spreading it to anyone else that you come in contact with.

Now, on to the July issue. Because there were few events scheduled in May and June, our talented writers didn't have many events to cover or topics to write about. But you'll still find information on the Board of Selectmen, Phase 2 of the state's reopening plan, and as always some hometown feel-good news. (Congratulations to Kathryn and George Whiting!)

Below are some highlights from the July issue, and below these you'll find the digital edition. If you click on the icon, you can browse through the PDF file. (Press Esc key to exit.) Oh and remember, please support our advertisers!

George  Kathryn Whiting Celebrate Diamond Anniversary

George & Kathryn Whiting Celebrate Diamond Anniversary

At a time when reaching a silver anniversary is considered remarkable, George and Kathryn Whiting of Bellingham celebrated that rare and unique 75th milestone. Read More » 


Volunteers Beautify Bellinghams War Memorials

Volunteers Beautify Bellingham’s War Memorials

On June 19th a group of volunteers came ready with shovels, cobblestones, mulch and other donated goods from Home Depot to spruce up Bellingham’s local war memorials. Read More » 


New Car Consider Gap Coverage and Accident Forgiveness

New Car? Consider Gap Coverage and Accident Forgiveness

When you begin your auto insurance policy or purchase a new car, gap coverage and accident forgiveness are two types of coverage that might appeal to you for different reasons. Read More » 


Reflections Fathers Advice to New Homeowners

Reflections: Father’s Advice to New Homeowners

Father’s Day last month has had me thinking a lot about my dad and his influence on my first real estate purchase. I thought it might be fun to share some of that advice with my readers. Read More » 


Bellingham Senior Center

Senior Center Releases July '20 News & Calendar

A message from Senior Center Director Josie Dutil precedes the July news and events for Bellingham seniors. Read about what's happening--and going to happen. Read More » 


A Look at Bellingham Public Library News  Activities in July

A Look at Bellingham Public Library News & Activities in July

As of mid-June, the library is still closed. The Library Reopening Subcommittee continues to work on a phased reopening plan. June events will continue to be conducted via Zoom. Read More » 

 Don't forget that there's lots more--To view the entire July print edition, click on newspaper icon below (Esc to exit).

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