By Grace McCarthy

The U.S. Power Squadrons (USPS) awarded Blaine resident Graham Hunter for boating instruction with a high-ranking honor only presented to three people this year. Hunter received the award for his work with the Bellingham chapter of USPS, the nation’s largest boating education nonprofit.

Hunter was presented the national Charles F. Chapman Award for Excellence in Teaching on February 20 and presented the Carl Mahnken Award, a similar honor but for Washington state, last October. The Chapman award, named after a USPS founding member, was given near the end of the USPS 10-day annual conference, Hunter said.

“Total surprise, complete surprise,” Hunter said, describing his reaction when he learned he won the Chapman award. “There are about 40,000 members of this group and

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