This is Ferndale: Cedars Restaurant

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.”

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Meeting My Neighbors: Erin Gunter

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

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. 

Meeting My Neighbors: Dianne Gillespie

Name: Dianne Gillespie

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!!

Meeting My Neighbors: Margie Overhauser

Name: Margie Overhauser

Family Member Names: Brian (hubby), Sophie (graduating high school and lives majority of time in Spokane with her mom), and Nolan (3rd grade)

Tell your neighbors a bit of your story. What makes you “you?” Hi! I love to drink wine and relax and experience happiness. I’m currently enrolled in online school at South Dakota State University (go Jackrabbits), and I also work full time, AND I have a side business on Etsy ( I do not take life too seriously, and I love meeting new people. About 14 months ago, I completed Exposure Response Therapy treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Seattle. I am an advocate for mental health awareness, and I’m open to questions about my specific situation with OCD.

What brought you to Ferndale? My husband is a mechanical engineer, and he got a new job up here. Before that, we were living near Dallas, and before that we were in Spokane (he’s originally from Spokane, while I am a born and raised Minnesotan).

How long have you been a Ferndale neighbor? It will be three years in July. Yay!
Best Ferndale landmark? The big red barn at Hovander.

What is your favorite memory from your time in Ferndale? My favorite memory is when the school bond passed this February.

Who should we meet next? Brittney Lunday or Dawna Melander.

Meeting My Neighbors: Melinda Cool

Photo Credit: Amy K Photography

Name: Melinda Cool

Family Member Names: My husband Sean, and my two sons, Guyan, a senior, and Owen, a freshman, at Ferndale High School.

Tell your neighbors a bit of your story. What makes you “you?” I like to get involved with my community. When we moved to Ferndale, I was intent on making sure I built a local social network for our family (we had moved from Everett, with most of our friends in Edmonds). That started with MOMS Club, where I made some very good friends. As my kids moved into school, I became very involved with fitness and running, and have made even more friends in those circles. Finally, I’ve become more active in elections and causes like the recently passed school bond, and have expanded my social circle even more with the people I’ve met while giving back to our community.

What brought you to Ferndale? My husband and I met in 1998 while working at the Meridian Haggen. We moved to Seattle after getting married for his graduate school at UW, and knew we wanted to move back to Whatcom County. At the end of Ski to Sea weekend, 2004, he found an ad for a position that suited his talents, and the rest is history!

How long have you been a Ferndale neighbor? Since August 2004

Best Ferndale landmark? I’ve always loved Hovander…but with the recent murals, in which my oldest son has played a big part, they’ve become my favorite landmark—especially the Vista Water Tower.

What is your favorite memory from your time in Ferndale? For the past five or six Thanksgivings, our family has put together a Turkey Trot in the Pacific Highlands neighborhood. It’s 100% donations to participate, and all donations are given back to community charities, like the Ferndale Food Bank or the Senior Center. Each year it has grown, and for the past two years we’ve raised over $1,000 each year for Ferndale charities. It’s my favorite day of the year, and makes me so thankful to live in Ferndale.

Who should we meet next? The Ferndale Library has been a big part of our family’s life here in Ferndale. I think we should meet Patty Zanin, an employee at the library, or Sarah Koehler, the Library Manager.

Meeting My Neighbors: Connie Faria

Name: Connie Faria Family Member Names:  Brian (husband of almost 25 years), Alexander (18) – Senior at FHS, Isabella (16) – Sophomore at FHS and Cameron (10) – 4th Grader at Cascadia.  Also Baker – (3) – Black Lab/Great Dane Mix Tell your neighbors a bit of your story. What makes you “you?” After meeting and getting married while in the Air Force almost 25 years ago, Brian and I settled down in Whatcom County.  Although I’m originally from CA and he’s from NY, we visited the PNW and knew it was where we wanted to live.  We settled down in Ferndale in 1999 and started our family in 2000. I got involved in the community right away.  I got involved with the North Bellingham MOMS Club and co-founded the Ferndale chapter soon after. It was my saving grace as a Stay-at-Home Mom and my closest friends came out of this group. I also went from attending storytimes at the Ferndale Library to  eventually being a Volunteer Toddler/Preschool Storytime Leader for six years.  I volunteered at my church (St. Joseph’s) lectoring and helping with Jesus Day Camps. I branched out into civic duty and served not the Parks, Recreation and Trails Advisory board and eventually ran for City Council where I served four years.  My husband had an amazing job opportunity which moved us overseas to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.  We moved our family of five overseas and had enjoyed five amazing years filled with travel, great education and wonderful opportunities.  When our time was finished we returned to Ferndale to our same fantastic neighborhood. I jumped back into volunteering shortly after and was appointed to the Ferndale Planning Commission and became active with the School Bond campaign. I’ve always believed that it’s important to get involved in your community in whatever capacity you can and it’s been great to see my kids start to do the same.  My oldest has been involved with DECA, Theater, Soccer, Leadership and more. What brought you to Ferndale? My husband originally got a job with US Customs in Blaine.  We lived in Bellingham but when it was time to buy a home, we liked the small-town feel of Ferndale and the housing prices were better! How long have you been a Ferndale neighbor? We moved to Whatcom County in 1997 and Ferndale in July 1999.  It’s been almost 20 years! Best Ferndale landmark? I love the Tennant Lake Interpretive Center and Boardwalk.  Technically it’s part of Whatcom County Parks & Recreation but it’s just down the road.  I think that Pioneer Park is an amazing landmark.  We never miss a Christmas at Pioneer Park! What is your favorite memory from your time in Ferndale? There are so many.  Pulling my kids in a wagon during the Junior Parade for Old Settlers Pioneer Days, story times filled with 50 kids singing/bouncing/reading along, my neighborhood’s Easter egg hunts when my kids were little, watching my oldest stand up for himself and his classmates during the walk-out after bond originally failed (even though I’ve always thought walk-outs aren’t the best way to go – I saw my son be outspoken and eloquent in his reason and 100% believed in his reasons), taking morning walks in the rain with a dear friend and solving all the world’s problems while doing it, having a blast with friends at the Barn Dance at the end of Pioneer Days, countless birthday dinners at Chihuahua’s with friend’s wearing the sombrero hat, Friday night lights at FHS, I could go on…. Who should we meet next? So many people……thinking of some of my favorite memories though….Jodi Hoppins – one of my first Ferndale friends!