The last in our little series highlighting local landmarks, today we are sharing Elise King’s favorite- Cedars in downtown Ferndale. According to the Cedars website, the restaurant has been around since 1909. This spot is a hometown favorite featuring all the comforts diner food offers with friendly staff who treat every customer like a “regular.”
To see menus, hours and more information: https://www.cedarsferndale.com/
Who visited Cedars over the three-day weekend?
A structure lovingly referred to as the “Big Red Barn,” was built in 1911 and still stands today. Beautiful and full of history. When I looked up into the wooden eaves I couldn’t help but think that this building is every bit as magnificent as the churches that grace towns throughout our country.
As we meet our neighbors, we’ll also visit their favorite landmarks whenever possible. The visit to the “Big Red Barn,” was inspired by Anya Milton who said it is her favorite landmark in Ferndale. Thanks, Anya!
Name: Erin Gunter
Family Member Names: Husband Jeff of 22 years, son Cody-19 years old, Kyle 16 years old.
Story: I moved up to Bellingham in 1988 to attend WWU. In my junior year I met Jeff. He was already graduated and working as a real estate appraiser when we started dating. Once I graduated I decided to stay up here and see what happened. We ended up getting married in 1997, and built a house in Ferndale, on Fat Dog Lane. We eventually ended up in a neighborhood and have loved watching our kids grow up here. We have lived in Ferndale since 1999. During our time here I have worked for Fred Meyer for 22 years and also was a Para Educator Sub for the district. Working in the schools was a great way to get to know our staff and teachers. We are very lucky to have great people who love our children in our schools.
Favorite Ferndale landmark: Pioneer Park. We have gone to Old Settler’s events and Old Fashioned Christmas for as long as I can remember. My husband was on the Old Settler’s Committee for a few years as well. We are lucky to have a place like that right in our back yard.
Favorite Ferndale Memory: One of my favorite memories was taking the boys to Hovander Park. Back in the day when they were little they had a gum ball machine that sold grain to feed the animals for 25 cents per turn. Cody and Kyle would love getting a handful of food and feed the ducks, turkeys, goats, peacocks and whatever other animals they had at the time. Today I take a lot of family and senior pictures at Hovander, it is a great icon of Ferndale. In my spare time I am a photographer, I can be seen at sporting events, plays or any cool activity Ferndale has to offer taking some pictures. Taking pictures makes me happy, great way to connect with people!
Who should we meet next? So many great people to still meet! Try connecting with Fran Genger, Laura Joseph, Stephanie Honrud. and Kristi Harting. )}},rem
Name: Jason Dahlstrom Family members: wife Crystal, son Jaxon 14, son Boomer 12, daughter Ellie 8
My Story: I am the Scoutmaster of Troop 4026 in Ferndale. My family has been hugely impacted by Scouting and as such, we put a lot of time and energy into the program. Every Monday night we meet and work on teaching 11-15 year old Scouts how to be good leaders and citizens. I absolutely LOVE it! Seeing the young men in our community learn from each other, have fun, and build lifelong relationships are the highlights for me. I think every young person needs a team working for them to succeed. I’m happy to be a part of a great team working for that cause. I’m a cheerleader. I’m that guy in the crowd clapping too loudly and yelling my kid’s name. Or your kid’s name. I love celebrating successes.
What brought me to Ferndale: I moved to Ferndale to get a fresh start. As a 15 year old, I was fed up with the toxic environment that I had grown up immersed in. I had a friend who had moved to Ferndale and invited me up. I became an emancipated minor and put myself on a better path. This community was exactly what I needed.
How long have I been in Ferndale: It’ll be 23 years this fall. I lived in Everson for a couple years and spent a year in Lynden (Sorry, we all make mistakes).
Best Ferndale landmark: I love Central Elementary. The building is classic, the location is great, and the people inside that building are all-time great Ferndaliens.
Best Ferndale memory: My first winter here there were 10′ drifts near Pioneer Center. My friend and I spent hours digging tunnels through those drifts. Also, my junior year, FHS football took second in state!
Who should we meet next: Kathy Jeffries, Central Elementary darling.
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.
Family Member Names: Gavin-1989 Ferndale High School Graduate and owner of Natural Art Landscaping. Noah is almost 20 years old! A 2018 Ferndale High School graduate. Noah is just finishing up his first year at Central Washington University where he is studying History/Social Studies teaching. He hopes to return to Ferndale High School to teach someday! (Hint, hint Jeremy)
Reese will be 18 this summer. He will be a Senior at Ferndale High School next year. He is very active in the Leadership program, sports, Young Life and the Customs Border Protection Explorer program. He will attend Whatcom CC after graduating. Reese will pursue a career in Customs and Border Protection and hopes to live here locally.
Tell your neighbors a bit of your story. What makes you “you?” I am a Whatcom County transplant! I was born in beautiful Hawaii, moved to Groton, CT as a child and then to Kennewick, WA- which is “where I’m from”!! Those of you who know me know that I am always cold, and I believe it’s because my thermostat is set a little different having lived in warmer climates!!!! After graduating from Kamiakin High School I attended Wenatchee Valley Community College where I played basketball and softball. It is also where I met Gavin! I graduated from Western Washington University and have lived here ever since! Gavin and I married in 1994. Gavin started our business…Natural Art Landscaping the following year. I spent many years working at Northwest Podiatric Lab in Blaine in their tech department (let me be clear….I gave Drs. product advice…I did not work on computers!). After we started a family, I continued to work full time. When the kids started elementary school, I decided to work part time at the lab…. traveling once a month to trade shows. I did this for several years. I always volunteered in the classrooms and was active in the PTO. That led to me being a para educator substitute and then a para educator. I have worked in several different schools in the district. I currently work in the office at Vista Middle School and I also supervise before school, after school and at lunches. This by far is the best job ever! I get to help so many different people in the office….and then I get to go out with the kids during lunch and play and interact with them!!! There is a lot of football throwing that goes on…I love throwing the deep balls to the boys! I also work “in the office” at home doing the paperwork for our Landscaping business. I am still active in sports (basketball is my favorite!) and I love going to Ferndale sporting events and will continue to after Reese has graduated!
What brought you to Ferndale? Gavin! He has lived in Whatcom County most of his life. After I graduated from Western, Gavin and I lived in his family’s farmhouse-just west of Horizon Middle School where the housing development now sits. We bought property in the county and built a house that we moved into the day after Reese was born (NOT a plan I recommend to anyone!….it was just how it worked out!). We still reside in that house…. we hope to downsize in the next few years and stay in the area.
How long have you been a Ferndale neighbor? Since 1992
Best Ferndale landmark? Point Whitehorn Nature Trail. The whole family loves that place. An easy walk through the woods down to the beach…. where it is so quiet and beautiful.
What is your favorite memory from your time in Ferndale? I really think the best memories have come working in the school district. I have met so many kids, teachers, parents, staff and coaches throughout the years. I love seeing the kids years later and getting hugs from them or a “Hey I remember you from Eagleridge!”. It is so fun to watch kids grow and learn.
Who should we meet next? There are a LOT of people I think you should meet!! Sara Fassett, Shannon Wanlin, Sandy Peppar, Fran Genger, Marty Moravec, Jana Hatchett, Erin Gunter, Heather Leighton, Jamie Thomas, Sam Wood, any teacher/employee in the district for that matter! If you need more…. there are so many more wonderful people to meet!!