Published on Thu, Aug 21, 2008 by The Northern Light staff

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By The Northern Light staff

Volunteers wanted for Sam Hill Day

The U.S./Canada Peace Anniversary Association is seeking volunteers for its annual Peace Arch Dedication and Sam Hill Day reenactment.

Volunteers are needed to donate three hours of time to help with the refreshment table, children’s games and performing as historical characters.

The event is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 6, at Peace Arch State Park and honors the founders of the International Peace Arch Monument. Costumes are available in the style of the 1920s.

For more information, call Christina Alexander at 332-7165 or visit

Blaine business participates in humane society event

Birch Bay’s Bow Wow and Woofs has scheduled a doggie fashion show as part of the Whatcom Humane Society’s annual Dog Days of Summer fun run and walk starting at 9 a.m. Sunday, August 31 at Lake Padden Park in Bellingham.

The event includes a fun run and walk for dogs and people, followed by a canine festival with more than 40 pet vendors, interactive canine games and contests, food, kids activities, a fashion show and a K-9 dance team demonstration.

Admission to the event is free but individuals who want to enter one of various canine contest will be charged a fee.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Whatcom Humane Society, which provided care for more than 3,800 homeless, unwanted and abused animals last year.

The shelter has a number of ongoing community outreach and humane education programs throughout Whatcom County including a low-cost spay/neuter program, pet food bank and reading program with local libraries.

For more information, call 360/733-2080 ext. #3002 or visit

City Council approves Semiahmoo Parkway bid

In their August 11 meeting, Blaine City Council voted to award a nearly $1 million construction contract bid to Colacurcio Brothers Construction company for improvements on Semiahmoo Parkway.
The contract calls for approximately 1,800 lineal feet of Semiahmoo Parkway between Drayton Harbor Road and the Whatcom County Park, at a cost of $969,937.

The project was designed by local engineering firm, Reichhardt and Ebe, and includes improvements to the stormwater and water utilities as well as cement concrete curb and sidewalk, asphalt concrete paving and striping.

In a separate vote, council extended the professional services agreement with Reichhardt and Ebe Engineering to provide construction management during the project. The project is expected to begin construction by September.

More information about the project can be found on the city’s web site at

League of Women Voters to attend health care caucus

The League of Women Voters is inviting residents of Whatcom County to participate in the Washington Health Care Caucus from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 9 at the Everett Station at 3201 Smith Avenue in Everett.

The event is in effort to achieve quality, affordable health care for all Washingtonians.

To carpool contact Judy Corliss at 360/735-1992 or email for details:

For more information, visit

Sardis Raptor Center brings back popular program

The Sardis Raptor Center will present its popular “Hunters of the Sky” raptor demonstration program at the Birch Bay State Park Wildlife Theater on Saturday, August 23 at 7 p.m. 

The center presents live birds of prey that are both native to the area and from nearby, but different, life zones, such a Harris Hawk that prefers the deserts of eastern Washington. Birds include hawks, falcons, owls and an eagle named Wanagi that’s been in more shows than Donny Osmond.

Attending the show helps a lot in learning to identify local birds. People will learn about identification, anatomy of flight, raptors’ role in the environment and local populations, such as the nine active eagle’s nests in Blaine and Birch Bay.

This will be the final ‘Hunters of the Sky’ program in the park this year, and visitors may wish to bring a chair as seating is limited for the popular programs.

They’re held in the upper day use area just inside the park from the Terrell Creek Bridge near the beach toward the south end of the park.
The park staff also announced that the Junior Ranger programs are still meeting at the Junior Ranger Building in the North Loop Campground on Saturdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. For additional information, contact Anne Bohnet, Interpretive Program Coordinator for Birch Bay State Park at 360/371-2800.

Border Patrol to offer series of speaking engagements

The U.S. Border Patrol, Blaine Sector Public Affairs Office is now offering public presentations and speaking engagements in and around the community.

Border spokesperson Michael Bermudez said presentations are aimed at community groups and government agencies interested in learning about their operations.

“Basically anyone who wants to hear about the Border Patrol and what we do,” he said. “We want to show that we’re open and we want to have a creative dialogue about what we do.”

The presentations will focus on the U.S. Border Patrol, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Border Patrol Strategy. The video portion of the presentation will showcase the U.S. Border Patrol, its operational components and challenges, and the equipment and technology used to secure the border.

Presentations are intended to promote critical thinking and are designed to define the Border Patrol’s duties and Blaine Sector’s responsibility in homeland security, he said.

Information concerning a wide array of Border Patrol topics will also be available.

Individuals interested in organizing a group speaking event can call the Blaine sector public affairs office at 332-9246.