News in Brief

Published on Thu, Mar 16, 2006
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News in Brief

Road race scheduled for April 9
The Birch Bay International Road Race is scheduled for April 9 at 9 a.m., starting at the Birch Bay Waterslides.
Individuals of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in the 15 kilometer walk/run, which loops around Birch Bay Drive to the Birch Bay State Park, or the 30 kilometer run that begins at the waterslides and trails around Semiahmoo.
Running clubs from Whatcom County and lower B.C. will also compete for a $150 gift certificate for Stephani’s by the Bay restaurant.
A majority of the proceeds from the event will go toward the YMCA’s “Girls on the Run” program, aimed at increasing participation in girls’ high school running programs. Other support will be donated to the Blaine high school cross-country team.
The event is sponsored by the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce, The Northern Light, the Bay Market, Mike Kent Realty, Stephani’s by the Bay and the Lynden Family Medical Clinic.
For more information or to register for the race, visit Registration the day of the event is allowed but must be completed before 8:30 a.m. Cost is $50 for the 15 kilometer race and $70 for the 30 kilometer race.
Also, the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers to help with registration, time keeping, preparation of goodie bags, handing out water and snacks at aid stations, traffic direction, as well as race set up and clean up. Individuals interested in volunteering should call 360/325-0715.

Survey examines traffic issues in Birch Bay
The Birch Bay transportation and public safety committee is conducting a survey to examine public opinion of a proposed speed limit reduction on Birch Bay Drive during the winter months. Currently, the speed limit on the busiest section of Birch Bay Drive is 20 miles per hour during the summer months and 35 during the winter months. The committee will use the results to make a recommendation to the Whatcom County Council this spring.
The deadline for survey entries is 5 p.m. Monday, March 20. A meeting of the Birch Bay Steering Committee will follow at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 to discuss the results as well as other items on their agenda. To participate in the survey, visit net/baybiz/Survey123.htm, email or call Pat Alesse at 371-2070.

Comedy explores anger management
Blaine high school drama students will be performing “Look Who’s Laughing,” a three-act comedy about a 1950s family who must find a way to teach their father to hold his temper. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, March 17, 18; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 19 at the Blaine Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $3 for adults and $1 for students with a student ID. A second performance is free for those who save their tickets.

Blaine women to speak at Road Less Graveled
Two Blaine women will speak at the Road Less Graveled, a technical job fair celebrating the achievements of local women in non-traditional careers.
Blaine residents Janice De Vore, a carpenter with HB Hansen, and Nan Geer, a former contractor, will speak about self-employment, carpentry and electrical work. The two will build a 12-foot model house in a hands-on demonstration with students during the event.
The event is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 23 at the Bellingham Technical College. For more information, call 752-8441 or visit

Haynie Grange celebrates 100 years
Haynie Grange will celebrate its 100th anniversary Saturday, April 1st, at 1 p.m., at 3344 Haynie Road, Custer. Refreshments and music will be provided along with a 100-year documentary presentation. For more information, call 366-4583.