I hope you have found Birch Bay News and Views entertaining
&
informative.
Patrick Alesse
The C Shop


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Birch Bay
State Park
Programs


Birch Bay Business
Phone List

 

Park & Rec. News Letter

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Map of Businesses Ready to Serve You at Birch Bay

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Tides & Activities for Birch Bay 
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The Northern Light
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Northwest Citizen
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Business Pulse
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Whatcom Watch

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Cascadia
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Birch Bay Warm
 News Letter

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Video
Coast Salish Teachings

The Earth is Alive

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Interesting Reads
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Human Capital
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ONE NATION, DIVISIBLE

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Climate Change Used to Be a Bipartisan Issue.
Here's What Changed

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Why Math Education in the U.S. Doesn't Add Up
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Free Trade in America

Part 1: The harsh downside of free trade – and the glimmer of hope
Part 2: 
The surprising truth about American manufacturing
Part 3: 
What 'good' free trade looks like
Part 4: 
Why, this time, free trade has hit American workers so hard
Part 5: 
What can be done about free trade's 'victims

 

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Jean Jacobs & Cities
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A Tail of two Planners

 

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Health Benefits of Coffee
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Why we will need
oil and gas in the future

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How a raisin can predict a toddler's future academic ability

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This is an article in Vox it reminds me of a similar article in The Wall Street Journal several years ago.

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History News Network
 

Links to Organizations
that effect Birch Bay

Birch Bay Water Sewer
Board Members
Meeting Times
Meeting Minutes

    Birch Bay Chamber
of Commerce
Board Members    
Board Meeting Dates 
Meeting Minutes  NA

   Blaine Birch Bay
 Park & Recreation
Board Members
Board Meeting Dates
Meeting Minutes
 

Blaine School District
Board Members
Board Meeting Dates
Meeting Minutes
Policies

Fire 21
Board Members
Board Meeting Dates
Meeting Minutes
 

Whatcom County
Council Members
Meeting Dates

Meeting Minutes


DON'T ASK A CRABB
TO CLAM UP.

          

Link to The Bearn Project
Link to Project

 

Links to neat articles
 on Birch Bay


http://issuu.com/kamthisweek/docs/ktwn
150501_a/35?e=9641483/12595903

http://www.delta-optimist.com/news
/exploring-a-foodie-s-paradise-1.1848661

http://issuu.com/blackpress/docs
/i20150412050002316/1?e=1205826/12287243

http://www.travelwriterstales.com/15-
bellingham.htm

http://www.myvirtualpaper.com/doc/AAA-ACA/mj15_online/2015041601/#38

http://www.cascadiaweekly.com/currents/
time_for_a_sweet_summer

 

Nexus connects us (or it should)
Patricia & I are on our 3rd  set of NEXUS passes.

Birch Bay Square - Building 1 - Suite 104
8115 Birch Bay Square Street
Blaine, WA  98230

360-366-4342

Book your appointment online.

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Check the
Events Calendar
 for Birch Bay State Park

Week-end Events

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History & Mystery
of Blaine and Birch Bay
(A work in progress)

A link to many links


Moving in at Birch Bay?

This link may help.
 

What to Consider Before You Buy a Vacation Home

A second home can mean endless headaches, unexpected costs and shattered plans.
 Here’s what you need to know before you buy.
This link to a Wall Street Journal may help. I do like the idea of a shared economy. It is work and It can work well or it can drain your energy and resources down the well.
Here is a link to rentals avaible in our area.

 

Views

Watch This
Video of Killer Whales.

Then charter the boat.

 

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Views

 

It's a good Idea to let the children plan the family vacation

 

 

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Views
Here is a property that should be purchased for a public parking lot in the central part of Birch Bay


See the property

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After reading these you will probably come to the same conclusion I have on Birch Bay Drive.

General Information on Bike - Pedestrian Lanes and automobile -Truck lanes

The Truth about Lane Widths - Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center
 

Lane Width - National Association of City Transportation Officials
 

Let's Talk About Lane Width - Seattle Neighborhood Greenways
 

Lane Width - National Association of City Transportation Officials
 

The Truth about Lane Widths - Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center
 

Birch Bay Information
Typical Cross Section without Parking

Pedestrian and Bicycle Program Grant Application Form ...

Through The State Park to the entrance of Birch Bay Village the driving lanes should be reduced to  10 feet each and the rest of the space be allotted to the Bicycle/Pedestrian lane.
Patrick Alesse
e-mail me with your thoughts.
 

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More on Bikes

A STRONG TOWNS GUIDE TO BIKING 
 by Strong Towns, October 18, 2016

MAKING THE CASE FOR EQUALITY 
 by Eli Damon, October 19, 2016

MAKING MY CITY MORE BIKE-FRIENDLY FOR $0 
 by Josef Bray-Ali, October 19, 2016

RAISING THE INTEREST AND REDUCING THE CONCERN 
 by Alex Pline, October 17, 2016

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR CITY'S BIKE NETWORK ON A BUDGET 
 by Spencer Gardner, October 20, 2016

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Exchange Rates, Border
Crossings and Retail Sales
 in the Cascade Gateway

If you are in biasness or you have a Canadian connection. You will find this of interest.
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Read this article on transportation from Smart Growth.
also
          
Bike Lanes Can Be Built Without
 Clogging Car Traffic


 

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Public Parking at Birch Bay


There is public parking at much of Birch Bay. And more will be added. Just not where it is really needed. The patrons of businesses at Alderson Road and Birch Bay Drive face dilemmas. They visit one business and would like to walk a few yards to visit another. Yet they know that parking is extremely limited in that area.
There are three public parking spots at Alderson Road end but they are for the rest rooms at that location. To give you an idea of how much demand there is for public parking in the area, check parking in the area when a business or two are closed. You will find cars parking in those business’s parking area.

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Where Are Your Favorite
Ice Cream Shops
 in Whatcom County?

by Hilary
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Google's Mysterious Red Dot

If you go to Google Earth and type in Birch Bay, Washington, you will see Birch Bay, Washington. You will see a red dot appear on the map.  Why that spot at Birch Bay you ask? You  can ask Google Earth to find other places at Birch Bay. 

Here are some:

Harborview Road, Birch Bay, WA
Anderson Road, Birch Bay, WA
Shintaffer Road, Birch Bay, WA

You will see red dots appear in the middle of these roads. That is what happens.

 The red dot appears in the middle of Birch Bay.   A couple of local guys have turned the red dot into a red heart in the heart of Birch Bay.
 

Swallow Bridge

Patricia and Patrick moved The C Shop to its present location in 1979.  The building was a favorite nesting spot for Barn Swallows. The Pats did not mind the swallows nesting in the back and sides of the building, but they were bothered by the fact that some of the swallows insisted on nesting in front of the building on the lower porch. Patrick tried to encourage more swallows to nest in the sides and in back of the building by supplying them with swallow nest boxes. The Pats found they had some success with the nest boxes even though now and then a nest would show up on the porch. Then in 1987 house sparrows moved into the swallow nest boxes. Patrick was bewildered. The sparrows had taken over all the nest boxes in the back and sides of the building. Were the Barn Shallows forced out?  Where did they go to nest? The truth eventually revealed itself. The swallows moved their nests under the new concrete bridge built in 1986 to replace the old wooden one. The county calls it Terrell Creek Bridge.

Do you know how many bridges are on Terrell Creek? I don't.  I do know the swallows return to their bridge every May for nesting, so I and others call it Swallow Bridge.

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 Natural Capital at Birch Bay

 Natural Capital: Birch Bay has a lot of it, but what is it? We walk along Birch Bay Drive and breathe the fresh air, we see the birds and the trees, we enjoy the sunsets and we marvel at the coming and going of the tides. We marvel at the coming and going of all that surrounds us. We see a guy picking up his dog’s poop and we know he values our natural capital. We see a jogger; we have seen her before, as a little girl at Birch Bay. Now as an adult she stoops to pick up a piece of discarded litter and drop it in a receptacle near the beach. Where did she get the idea to do this? Was it from a lady that walked up and down Birch Bay Drive who used to pick up litter along the beach when the jogger was a child at Birch Bay? Hopefully we take care of things the best we can and pass it along as well as the responsibilities for taking care of it. 
We pay taxes and fees to maintain our natural capital and we pay to improve our access to it. We use our natural capital, and as long as we use it and don't abuse it, it is ours forever.
We could lose it. We could trade it for jobs, or we could lose it to improper development that does not enhance natural capital, but rather uses it up.

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Urban Services at Birch Bay:

Here are some urban services which people have expressed their desire for in Birch Bay. If you are interested in being involved in one, e-mail me and I will pass your information on to a group that may be working on it.

Natural Environment
at Birch Bay:

Here are some natural things people are enjoying and doing that involve the Natural Environment at Birch Bay.
If you are interested in these pursuits, e-mail me and I will pass on your information to a group that may be involved.

Biking

Bird Watching

Protecting the Environment

Dog Walking

Sunset walks at Birch Bay

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Right of Way
Along the Bay

England, which is the size of Oregon, has 140,000 miles of walking paths. Many go through people’s front yards, back yards and farm land. If there is a fence to keep the sheep or cows in, you open the gate, go through, close the gate after you and proceed down the path.

At Birch Bay it is a little easier. On both sides of Birch Bay Drive there is a bike and pedestrian lane that is marked and should be free of obstructions at all times. Now and then there is a person that has not caught on yet and will leave a sign or park a car in the bike path.

We owe the success of the pedestrian walk and bike path to Raven Whitewolf when she worked as a county engineer. She went up and down Birch Bay Drive and made arrangements with property owners; Raven arranged the whole thing. After the pedestrian and bike lane was established, we saw an increase in property values at Birch Bay. Why? It was because the assessed values were beginning to catch up with the Natural Capital Values that resulted from the establishment of the pedestrian & bike path.

That takes care of Birch Bay Drive. Now the tougher part--which is walking up and down the beach which is open to the public. Now just where you can walk, I can’t tell you. It would be good to have a discussion here. Just e-mail me with your thoughts and I will post your responses.
            e-mail Pat

 


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Acreage near Blaine and Arnie Road may  be to added to the Birch Bay Urban Growth area. It was taken out several years ago.
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See News from the Past
Further down this column
 

The Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce
 received $70,465 in tax money to promote tourism at Birch Bay for 2016. What kind of tourism promotion do you want to see at Birch Bay? It is your tax money. It is  your Birch Bay. Let the Chamber know what you think.
e-mail the Birch Bay Camber

Birch Bay is a Great Place
to visit off season
. You have more time to relax, more time to read and more time for ideal conversation. You can spent more time to watch the birds come and go and the tide come and go and what is very nice is that your money does not come and go very fast.
 Article in Northern Light.
New Link on the web site for this time of the year.
Birch Bay Fun


Birch Bay
Dogs in the Park
    The dogs around Birch Bay are hoppin' happy that the New Park is open to them for an off leash area.
       Jack the dog had a great time entertaining his cohabitant, Tory. Bobby showed up and threw some spectacular pitches for Jack to retrieve and Pat enjoyed the event. It can't be said the park is actually opened, but the fence is down that has been blocking the access.
      Marley the dog has pointed out that the area is a fenced place and this place would be a great spot for local and visiting dogs. Marley has pointed out that most all dogs have trained their human companions to retrieve dog divots and there is a doggy doo station nearby.

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Birch Bay Drive
Probably should have

    More narrow lanes for cars and wider lanes for walkers and bikers
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Read this article on transportation from Smart Growth.
 

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Sandcastles at Birch Bay
 (70’s. 80’s, & 90’s)

As I have said before, about 1971 or 72 Paul Gaudette (who had been doing sandcastle contests at Birch Bay for several years) handed the responsibility of organizing and conducting the sandcastle contests at Birch Bay over to me.
As I organized the sandcastle contests, they evolved. We did not have sand castle contests on week-ends or holidays. Businesses were already busy and at capacity on these days. Having an event midweek encouraged people to come when it wasn't so busy and made sense (& dollars) by boosting a mid-week gross. We did not choose first place, second place and third place castles. My argument was that you get mediocrity by choosing a first prize, because then everyone copies it and that’s the mediocrity. Actually it is a little presumptuous of me to think I could pick a first, second and third best of anything. But even more importantly, it meant we didn't have to require the contestants to be in one spot so the judges could compare castles.
Participants could build anywhere between Shore Acres Resort (now Jacob's Landing) and Bay Center Resort. (I always believed in a decentralized Birch Bay.) We did go through the beach in an organized fashion so we knew which areas of the beach we had covered. The judges carried a pole with a flag (big blue trash bag) on it so the participants could see the judges coming. If there was a large crowd, there were 2 sets of judges, one going north from the lanes area and one going south from the Bay Center area. When they met in the middle they knew all the castles had been covered.
We did not limit the number of people building each castle. (That way we did not have to police it.) Larger and better executed castles got more valuable prizes which were sometimes shared by their builders. Every castle got at least one prize (even a little kid with a pile of sand in front of him), but nobody got a huge prize and there were no money or trophy prizes. Even though we did not assign a specific area for the castles, we did keep a count of each castle or sculpture and how many participants built it .We did talk to the participants. We particularly worked to encourage the children to tell us about their castles or sculptures. Each participant got a couple of prizes--usually a small toy and a coupon for an item at a Birch Bay business. The businesses chose what to give. They might give 1 or 2 larger prizes (especially for groups) and several smaller prizes. Either they provided the coupons or I made the coupons for them.
It was a fun way for families to enjoy the beach. The Chamber (originally the Resort Association) did spend some money for the small prizes and the event was not a fundraiser except for the added sales it brought to the businesses.

 

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The idea was an instant reward that would last, and a reward that the participant got by going into a Birch Bay business. After all we wanted to promote the business at Birch Bay.

Ethiopia and Sand Castles

This summer I met a man and woman from Ethiopia on the porch of The C Shop. I was excited to meet them. Because, back in the early days of The C Shop when I took over Birch Bay's sand castle contests from Paul Gaudette, it resulted in a challenging experience that involved royalty from Ethiopia. The C Shop was in our third year at Barb and Ernie Jacobs' Shore Acres Resort which was located where Jacobs Landing now stands. I had done one sand castle contest with Paul’s help so I knew how they worked. I was ready to do another. The idea was to do the contest in the middle of the week when things were not that busy at Birch Bay. With Paul’s help I picked a low tide and I also made a 3 by 3 poster saying “Sand Castle Contest Tuesday.” I also made badges for most employees at Birch Bay that said, "Sand Castle Contest Tuesday. Ask Me.” When that Tuesday arrived Patricia was sick. I took our two small boys to The C Shop so they could be in the sand castle contest. I opened the shop. I had my prizes for the sand castle contest in a bucket. Things were going OK at the shop. Then we had surprise visitors. A small bus pulled up in front of The C Shop. Patricia’s older cousin, Gladys, piled out of the bus with 21 grand children of Emperor Haile Selassie. Gladys had brought the children from Ethiopia and she was showing them the North West. The children were excited to tour The C Shop and I was excited to show it to them. Their eyes danced with excitement as we moved quickly about the small shop. I had to move quickly--judging time was near and I knew I was cutting it close on the tides. It was the second Sand Castle Contest of the season and the tide would be coming in faster than the first contest two weeks earlier. I had sent our two young children to build their castle. I ushered Haile Selassie’s grand children out to their bus, gave Gladys a couple of bags of candy for the children, bid them farewell and turned my attention to the beach. The beach was packed with people and sandcastles. I felt it was like a mall at Christmas time packed with people. I threw myself into the fray. I was judging sand castles left and right fighting against the rising tide and ignoring Keith’s and Burton’s castle until the last. The tide made it to my boys' castle before I did. Their eyes were awash with tears. I felt completely inadequate as a father. On top of that a well dressed lady on the beach reprimanded me for allowing those two little boys' castle to be swept away by the tide. I sent the boys up higher on the beach to build a second castle which I judged. That Sand Castle Contest was a learning experience for me.

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What is the most achievable need at Birch Bay?

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How Swim Suits Evolved
Over Time
Evan at Birch Bay

 

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New Park

The dogs around Birch Bay are hoping that the New Park, until it becomes a park could be an off leash area. Marley the dog has pointed out that the area is a fenced place and this place would be a great spot for local and visiting dogs. Marley has pointed out that most all dogs have trained their human companions to retrieve dog divots and there is a doggy doo station nearby.


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THE RED DOT

The mysterious RED DOT from Google’s surch of Birch Bay has appeared. It is for you to figure out what it means. Sometimes the dot it is blue but it is always near the same area. And on occasion the blue dot appears as small blue letters.

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Nexus Should Connect Us.

Patricia and I are on our third Nexus Pass. They are avaible at the place that calls itself Birch Bay Square. A Nexus Pass cost fifty dollars and are good for five years. Canada is a great escape for anyone just as Birch Bay is a great escape for our Canadian neighbors.
 

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Here are some things that people are saying.

And some more that is being said.
 

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Read This

The Northern Light
Wooden Nickels Helped Blaine
 Weather The Great Depression


 

Local News
The Northern Light
 

Bellingham Herald

Ralph Schwartz
Political Blog
Bellingham Herald

 

Whatcom Watch

Brenda Wilbee
Writer of Sweet Briar Novels
writes about her family history in this blog.


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View This

https://vimeo.com/128373915

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The Great Gray Heron’s Decree for 2015
The Great Gray Heron is one of our local birds.

Click Here
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Test

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May

Published
 Now and Then
 And Maybe Never Again

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Summer is Here

Sandcastle Event has happened.

Here are over 80 sandcastle and sand sculptures that were the beach.
Here is a link where you can see Saturdays & Sundays Creations.
Use the arrow to create a slideshow
(You can copy any photo you like.) 
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The Swallows
HAVE Come back to
Swallow Bridge

 

The Barn Swallows are back as usual. They nest under the bridge on Alderson Road. That is how the bridge got its name.

Come and watch them swoop under the bridge and up into the air. They are great at catching bugs in flight.


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News for Fun

Birch Bay Dogs

Birch Bay Dogs are a proud lot. They are pointers, setters and support dogs and they all have taught their owners to be retrievers. They have done this by giving their masters a minimum of encouragement. If on your walks around Birch Bay you find hardly any dog poop, it is because their people companions scoop. If you are new to Birch Bay with your dog, visit a doggie doo station and get a couple of doggie doo bags for your pocket, so when your doggie does, you’re ready.

 

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The Great Gray Herron
 Decrees for 2017
 

(Livingston Photo)
 

Rain or shine come to
Birch Bay
and have a good time

Have an interesting year.

Be careful while playing any games
with a Trump Card in the deck.


The Ring of Fire and Hope

and

The Polar Bear Plunge

were great events.
(I did not see any polar bears.)
 

I did see Your Friends are back.

Sally Sasquatch and her side kick, Bow are
clamming on the tide flats late at night

so no one can see them harvesting clams.

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Tips for Biking & Hiking
Along Birch Bay Drive
 

Walk facing automobile traffic.
Look & listen for traffic.
Stay to the left and share your lane with bikers.It is better if you can establish eye contact with bikers & drivers            
Bike the same direction as autos. Pass between pedestrians and autos.
Look & listen for traffic.
Try to establish eye contact with walkers. 

There is a lot of nonverbal communication that goes on.  It is helpful if other people are aware of you and you are aware of others. 

After dark, wear reflective gear or light colored clothing & carry a light.    

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It Doesn't matter who said it.



“If you don’t control growth, growth will control you.”

Surch this one

"coals to Newcastle"
(Check it's meaning)
The inspiration for posting this quote is the water truck that just went by delivering bottled water to Birch Bay.

"The only constant is change"
 

The law locks up the man or woman. Who steals the goose from the common. But leaves the greater villain lose. Who steals the common from the goose.

 

 


Dine
 Unchained

at
Birch Bay

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You Can Buy
this home at Birch Bay

 

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Come for Lunch
Enjoy Birch Bay
Stay for Dinner
(Why would you want to
 eat franchised food? )

Businesses that are ready
to serve you.

At Birch Bay
(Presented from
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Starvin Sam’s Gas
371-7300

Birch Bay
 Box Facility & Recycling

9:000-4:30 Sundays
4297 Birch Bay – Lynden Road

Toad’s Chevron
371-5938

Water Slides
371-7500

Miniature World
371-7700

Birch Bay
Family Medicine
371-5855

COAST
 Physical Therapy
371-3888

La Petite Mobilite
Beauty Salon
371-7852

Bay Center Market
371-7233

Birch Bay Teriyaki
& Chinese Cafe
371-7499

Visitor’s Center
371-5004

C. J.’s Beach House
746-8775

The Beach at Birch Bay
306-3597

Shores Restaurant
 371-3460

Paddle & Pedal
 Adventures
224-0707


Birch Bay Liquor
&  Wine
371-7918

Canine Divine
392-8465

Essence Spa
371-5160

Fringe Benefits
Hair Studio
594-2306

Hair by Dawn
1-206-962-0512

Beach Basket Yarns
371-0332

Bay Cafe
371-5409
 

The C Shop
371-2070

Beach Shack
Gifts

Vonna’s Purple Fin
778-3826

Kate’s Corner
305-0230

Escape Day Spa
360-389-8529

Sometimes Books

Primrose Lane
371-3524

Galloping Horse Equestrian
360-436-6742

 

Park & Recreation
656-6416

Beachwood Store & Gas
371-7792 
 

Birch Bay State Park
371-2800

 

Semiahmoo Resort
 

 

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Home Services Phone List

 

 Birch Bay Tax Dollars

Birch Bay Water Sewer
Rates
 

Birch Bay Census 2010


BBWARM 2014 Annual Report

The BBWARM 2014 Annual Report
is available on the
  BBWARM website
Take a peak and learn about BBWARM program
accomplishments last year.
 

Pursue Bay Horizon Park site

 

Pursue the two units at Terrell Creek Landing
 

Pursue Vogt property

 

Don't Pursue any of them.

 

This information was interesting.

 

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