Community Event: Ferndale Chamber Announces 7th Annual Makayla Street JAM 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

The Ferndale Chamber has announced the 7th Annual Makayla Street JAM 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in downtown Ferndale, WA.

The tournament is Saturday and Sunday, August 3 & 4 and is open to K-Adult teams. Sign up for the tournament opens Saturday, June 1 and closes Sunday, July 28, 2019.

This “Hoopin’ for a Cure” event is held each summer in honor of Makayla Nicolaas and raises funds to fund a cure for pediatric cancer. Makayla passed away in July 2012 of Lymphoepithelial Carcinoma.

Makayla’s Street JAM is held in downtown Ferndale between the Boys & Girls Club and the Senior Center. There is plenty of parking, convenient restrooms, an onsite DJ, a variety of food vendors, and a Silent Auction. The location is within walking distance to nearby restaurants and businesses. This event is a fun day for spectators and participants alike, so stop by for some hoop action that honors the memory of “one tough competitor” who’s passion for the game lives on.

Since 2012, with generous community support, the Makayla Street JAM has raised and donated $114,000 to Strong Against Cancer at Children’s Hospital in Seattle.

For general information, sponsorship opportunities, an ongoing blanket donation drive (over 500 to- date), and registration visit the web site. or follow on Facebook @makaylastreetjam3on3.

Meeting My Neighbors: Mollie Gandy

Family Member Names: Husband Greg. Kids: Jacob, Chloe, Isaac and Aaron. Name: Mollie Gandy. Tell your neighbors a bit of your story. What makes you “you?” I went to multiple elementary schools in Ferndale before moving on to Vista Middle School. I transferred to Blaine for High School. I moved away for a number of years but moved back in 2011 with our family. We have become very involved in the Ferndale Force wrestling club and, as our kids grew, we have became more involved with football and baseball. What brought you to Ferndale? My mom’s student teaching job at Central Elementary brought us to Ferndale when I was two. Best Ferndale landmark? My favorite Ferndale landmark was Grants drive in (before it moved). I loved going there as a kid for ice cream! What is your favorite memory from your time in Ferndale? My favorite memory has to be Old Settlers but I always thought it was because my birthday lands on that weekend every year and the whole City celebrated with me! Who should we meet next? Laurie Maassen and Luann Strom. (Picking 2! )

Meeting My Neighbors: Anya Milton

Name: Anya Milton 

Family Member Names: Steve, Elka and Birgit

Tell your neighbors a bit of your story. What makes you “you?” I’m an advocate and an activist. I suppose I always was, but I really began to believe it when our first child was diagnosed with Autism. I knew I had to advocate for her… And then I realized that her peers needed advocacy and then people on the margins did too. I fight for what’s right. I listen to those who need to be heard and speak for those who can’t. I work to instill change and I walk with those who struggle with it. I sit in awkward space with people and I cheer them on. More than anything, I’m welcoming and invite all in. There’s nothing worse than when someone feels so disconnected and disenfranchised that they feel like the don’t matter. 

What brought you to Ferndale? My spouse, Steve was hired on at Samson Rope and we chose to live in Ferndale because of housing affordability and the School District. 

How long have you been a Ferndale neighbor? Since 2005

Best Ferndale landmark? The Big Red Barn! (Hovander Homestead Park)

Your favorite memory from your time in Ferndale. Walking my 14 year old daughter into the FHS gym on the first day of high school in 2017. I fully anticipated her being completely overwhelmed and instead, she was welcome by a group of sophomores who knew her by name. They were cheering her on and high-fiving her on the way in. I could not help but burst into tears when I experienced just how inclusive and welcoming these students were. By far one of my favorite moments where I felt that Ferndale Pride! 

Meeting My Neighbors: Elise King

Name: Elise King

Family Member Names: Kade and Gray

Tell your neighbors a bit of your story. What makes you “you?” I moved here from Cheyenne, Wyoming with my family when I was nine. I attended Ferndale Schools and left home for a few years to travel and enjoy my youth. I came back and am raising my family in Ferndale where it all began. Our town and surrounding areas bring so many opportunities and I chose a great job at Terry Stach State Farm, where I continue to grow and enjoy what this county has to offer.

How long have you been a Ferndale neighbor? About 24 years in Ferndale and 32 in Whatcom County.

Best Ferndale landmark? My favorite Ferndale landmarks are Cedars, the Metallica Bridge and Pioneer Park but my alt-time favorite spot is my big grassy back yard!

What is your favorite memory from your time in Ferndale? One of my favorite memories includes a porta-potty on the top of the FHS Gymnasium but we won’t get into that! I have wonderful memories of working with friends at 2nd Ave Sports – my friend Emily’s business. I am excited about the future of this town as it is always growing. I love meeting new people who choose to call this place home.

Who should we meet next? Molly Gandy

Meet my family.

I’ll start this project by introducing myself and my family, Jeremy, Erin (me), Griffin, McCoy, and Josephine. We are the Vincents and we are Ferndale Neighbors.

We have lived in this beautiful corner of the country since 2015 when we moved up to Ferndale from Snohomish County. Jeremy is an educator and had been a teacher before we moved to Ferndale for his first job as a school administrator. Erin is an artist and writer and currently works in school district communications.

And, of course, you have to meet the kids! Griffin just turned nine and is a third-grader at Skyline Elementary in Ferndale. McCoy is five and is just finishing his last year of pre-school before he joins his big brother at Skyline for Kindergarten in the fall. Two-year old Josephine rounds out the group. If you meet her she will make sure to mention her “puppy” Rose an Aussie-doodle who typically spends time chasing birds at home.

Now…a little about this project.

I believe that story reminds us that we are all in this together. Story shows us what we have in common. Story makes us feel connected. Story creates connection. Story helps us develop empathy. I want to share the stories of my neighbors and friends in Ferndale, WA. I hope you follow along as we connect with eachother.