Aroundthe Bays

Published on Thu, May 31, 2007
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SSC expands food recycling program to Birch Bay

Residents of Birch Bay and Semiahmoo will now be able to recycle food scraps and used paper food containers as part of Sanitary Service Company’s (SSC) FoodPlus! Recycling program.

The program, an all-in-one toter recycling service for yard waste, food-soiled paper and food scraps, is now available to customers in Birch Bay and Semiahmoo, as well as a majority of SSC customers in Birch Bay and Semiahmoo as well as other unincorporated areas of Whatcom County. 

New service area boundaries include from Semiahmoo to I-5 and south to Birch Bay-Lynden Road, and north to Cagey Road on Lummi Peninsula (including Sandy Point) and back to Semiahmoo. Other Whatcom County areas include Sudden Valley and other unincorporated areas

All materials collected in the program are composted and sold locally. For more information call 360/734-3490.

Group offers farm tours, conservation tips

The Whatcom Conservation District is inviting Whatcom County livestock owners to a free small farm tour to learn about protecting the health of livestock and the environment.

The tour, scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 13 at 3202 Behme Road in Custer, will show first hand how one local farm is working to reduce mud, manage manure, and practice active composting. The tour will also discuss fencing and restoration practices.

To register, call 360/354-2035.

Boys & Girls Club backs food for kids

The Blaine Boys & Girls Club announce the sponsorship of the Simplified Summer Food Program for Children.

Meals will be made available at no charge to attending children under 18 years of age. Meals will be served at the Blaine club at 635 8th Street from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning June 25 and running through August 22.

All meals are available without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs).
For more information, contact Allison Korthuis at 360/332-3008.

WWU exhibit features border-themed art

The 12th annual Beyond Borders International Art Competition at Western Washington University this week will display the works of fine arts students from the Western United States and areas of Canada.

The annual event works to encourage communication across community, national, international, social and artistic borders. and includes various mediums, including ceramics, drawing, graphic design, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles/fibers and video

The exhibit is on display from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the weeks of May 29 through June 15 at Western’s Viking Union Gallery. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

The showing will culminate with an award celebration and reception at 6 p.m. on June 7 at the Viking Union Gallery.

Center provides free resources for new mothers

A Bellingham-based not-for-profit organization is providing services to pregnant and post-partum women and their babies and families throughout Whatcom County. The organization, called the Mother Baby Center (MBC), provides free home health visits, newborn health assessments, breastfeeding instruction, labor support, and counseling services. For more information please call 360/647-1544 or visit

By Tara Nelson