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Published on Wed, Jul 8, 2009
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Website details Birch Bay park events

Friends of Birch Bay State Park have launched a new website detailing the summer 2009 interpretive events. Organizers said the goal of the new website is to simplify access to events that are hosted by Birch Bay State Park and will provide a wide range of material including detailed descriptions of the programs, information concerning camping at the park and an extensive set of links to community resources. The new website is located at For more information, call 360/371-2800 or email interpretive program coordinator Heather Jackson at

Long waits ahead for EDL applicants

Travelers planning on registering for an enhanced driver’s license or ID card within the next few months should arrive early and be prepared with necessary materials as the high demand for cards has increased wait times in many department of licensing (DOL) offices.

The new enhanced licenses and ID cards meet new federal travel requirements under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), which requires travelers crossing the U.S. border at a land or sea border crossing station to have a U.S. passport or other WHTI compliant document. WHTI went into effect June 1.

To apply for an EDL/ID, people must arrive at DOL offices with acceptable proof of their identity, U.S. citizenship and Washington state residency such as a recent utility bill or property tax receipt. A complete list of acceptable documents is available at the agency’s website at DOL.WA.GOV.

The Bellingham DOL is by appointment only and does not accept walk-ins. To schedule an appointment, call 866/520-4365.

Birch Bay man opens mobile nail salon

Birch Bay resident Ralph Cuellar recently opened Nails 2 You, a mobile nail salon offering full-service nail care.
Cuellar said he and employee Tiffeny Le bring the comfort of a nail salon to residential facilities and special events. Nails 2 You offers manicures, pedicures, and many nail services, including French sets, clear sets, fills, backfills and silk wraps. All of its portable equipment is sanitized with hospital-grade disinfectant and its instruments are sterilized in an autoclave, Cuellar said. Technicians are insured and licensed.

Nails 2 You is available seven days a week. For more information, call Cuellar at 360/510-5687 or visit

Garden contest open to county residents

Residents in all of Whatcom County are invited to enter 24th annual Whatcom County in Bloom garden competition.

Fourteen categories cover a wide range of garden varieties, sizes and venues. Categories are available for gardens tended by homeowners, businesses, apartment and condominium complexes, churches, shopping districts, office complexes and public agencies. There also are categories for ecologically sound gardens, container gardens, childrens and beginners, and collector’s gardens for those focusing on certain plants.

Entry forms and answers to frequently asked questions are available at Bakerview Nursery & Garden Center’s website, Cost is $10 for the first entry, $5 for each additional category or time period, and $5 per children’s garden entry. Entries must be received by July 24 at Bakerview Nursery & Garden Center, 945 E. Bakerview Road, Bellingham. A portion of entry fees will be donated to the Children’s Story Garden at Hovander Homestead Park in Ferndale. For more information, call 676-6707, ext. 47012.