Meeting My Neighbors: Sarah Koehler

Sarah and granddaughter Olivia

Name: Sarah Koehler

Family Member Names: David (husband of 39 yrs) daughters Rachel and her husband Jim, Jessica and her husband Joe, and 1 granddaughter Olivia. 

Tell your neighbors a bit of your story. What makes you “you?” I’ve worked at the Whatcom County Library System for 22 years and have been the Ferndale Branch Manager for 11 of those. I am proud that the library has become a focal point of the Ferndale community, a gathering place for people of all ages and incomes. I believe in being an active member of my community, I’m a member of the Ferndale Kiwanis Club, and on the board of the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce. 

In 2013,  my husband Dave and I became small business owners when we purchased Signs by Tomorrow in Bellingham. Our daughter Rachel, who is a graphic designer, is our manager. David runs the business overall, and I do our bookkeeping. It’s been a challenging and rewarding endeavor! 

What brought you to Ferndale? Dave and I met in our junior year of High School in a small town in Kansas.  We visited Dave’s family on Vancouver Island and fell in love with the area.  

How long have you been a Ferndale neighbor? We moved to Bellingham in 1986, bought a house at Sandy Point in 1991 and have considered Ferndale our home ever since.

Best Ferndale landmark? Pioneer Park. I love the history of the park, and am so impressed and appreciative of all the volunteers that make it the gem that it is. 

Your favorite memory from your time in Ferndale. Grand Opening of the new Ferndale Library of course!

Who should we meet next? Adrian Hilde, Cathy Watson. 

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