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Birch Bay Community Park gets $1 million from state

By Oliver Lazenby Whatcom County will receive a $1 million grant for the Birch Bay Community Park on Birch Bay Drive, but that money won’t speed up the park’s development. State legislators approved the grant, which comes from the state Recreation and Conservation Funding Board, as part of the state’s 2017-19 capital budget. The $1 million will partially compensate Whatcom County for the $2.46 …

NewsApr 05, 20180 Continue Reading

Where to Watch the Super Bowl in Whatcom County

By: Teresa Schmidt It’s time for Super Bowl 51, and for all of us Seattle Seahawks fans, it’s more than a little disappointing that we won’t be in the big game. But, there’s always next season, right? And by now, we’ve had enough time to accept our fate and work up some excitement for Super Bowl Sunday. Sure, the level of enthusiasm won’t be the same for us 12s, but it will still …

NewsFeb 03, 20180 Continue Reading
Birch Bay Beach

We love it here

By Teresa Verde We walk on the beach realizing, “We’re not on vacation. We live here.” The constant cacophony that once filled our heads with deafening sound has been replaced with a steady stream of cries from the seagulls, frequent calls from the Canadian geese or that rare nightly serenade from our resident owl. We heard the distinct screech of a heron on takeoff …

NewsFeb 01, 20180 Continue Reading
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Logo contest for Friends of Birch Bay Library

By Oliver Lazenby Think you can design a simple, lasting logo for the Friends of the Birch Bay Library (FOBBL)? The group is calling on Whatcom County residents to enter their designs. The chosen logo, which will be used on the group’s website and in other materials, should include Birch Bay, a library building, or themes of reading, learning or discovery, said Ruth Higgins, …

NewsDec 16, 20170 Continue Reading

Waterspouts spotted in waters near Blaine, San Juans

Waterspouts popped up in waters outside Blaine, Semiahmoo, and the San Juan Islands Wednesday morning, prompting the National Weather Service office in Seattle to issue a marine warning. The waterspouts formed due to an unstable air mass in the area caused by a few thunderstorms that formed Wednesday morning. Spouts were visible shortly after 9 a.m., said Mike McFarland, a meteorologist with the Weather …

NewsOct 12, 20170 Continue Reading
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Activities galore await guests at Discover Birch Bay D...

Folks at the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce are packing this year’s Discover Birch Bay Days agenda chock-full of activities for all ages. Now in its 38th year, Birch Bay’s crab-themed event will take place Saturday and Sunday, September 2 and 3, at 7930 Birch Bay Drive. Here’s a quick look at what’s on deck for the weekend: Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, …

NewsSep 02, 20170 Continue Reading
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Flaunt your furry friend at Walk ‘n Wag in the Park

Pets of all shapes and sizes are encouraged to participate in the upcoming Walk ‘n Wag in the Park, a 3K walk and run at the Birch Bay State Park BP Heron Center. The event takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 25 at the park and costs $10 per family to participate. Proceeds will be used to promote the renewal …

NewsAug 17, 20170 Continue Reading

Birch Bay Music Festival returns August 4-6

Prepare to lace up your dancing shoes, because the seventh annual Birch Bay Music Festival returns Friday through Sunday, August 4-6. The event is free to the public, but guests are encouraged to donate in support of animal welfare organizations in Whatcom County. Birch Bay Music Festival is a nonprofit organization created by Bay Café co-owner Tammy Pearce in 2010 to support animals in …

NewsJul 30, 20170 Continue Reading

How to spend a weekend in Blaine and Birch Bay

Photos and story by Alyssa Evans Will you have friends and relatives visiting this summer? Blaine and Birch Bay offer visitors a variety of activities and places to go – here are a few of the many spots in the area to keep you busy: Where to explore Combined, Blaine and Birch Bay offer the public over a dozen parks to visit. Peace Arch …

NewsJul 28, 20170 Continue Reading
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Annual Birch Bay Sandcastle Contest enters its 34th ye...

By Alyssa Evans Mermaids, sea turtles, dragons and a flurry of other exciting sights will soon turn up on Birch Bay’s beach. The 34th annual Birch Bay Sand Sculpture Contest will take place on Saturday and Sunday, July 22–23, at 7930 Birch Bay Drive. On Saturday, participants will be divided into four groups: age 8 and younger, age 9 to 14, high school students …

NewsJul 13, 20170 Continue Reading

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