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Published on Wed, Jul 15, 2009
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Semiahmoo Biodiversity Walk

Saturday, July 18, 10am to noon

Join Volunteer Naturalists Luanne Williams and Sandy Bowens for a one mile saunter through the diverse plant habitats of Semiahmoo Park. The sands and soils of Semiahmoo Spit host an amazing array of plants. Try it through the summer season and experience new treats in this ever-changing wild garden. Meet at the Semaihmoo Park Museum. No cost.

 Directions: Take Exit 270 (Birch Bay-Lynden Road) off Interstate 5, then drive west 4 miles to four-way stop at Harbor View Road. Turn right (north) 1 mile to Lincoln Rd, then left (west) 3.8 miles to Semiahmoo Park.

Rental assistance available for recently unemployed households

Residents of Whatcom County who have become unemployed in the last 12 months may be eligible for financial assistance through the Opportunity Council to help pay their rent.

For more information about this assistance, contact the Opportunity Council, 734-5121 ext. 370.

The Opportunity Council's Community Resource Center,1111 Cornwall Avenue, is also available for walk-in assistance between noon and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Authorities recover body from boat on Boundary Bay

The U.S. Coast Guard says the body of a 52-year-old man from Point Roberts has been found on his boat on Boundary Bay. The Coast Guard says a search was launched yesterday afternoon after a family member reported Al Perritt, 52, of Point Roberts had not returned from a fishing trip. A Canadian Coast Guard hovercraft crew joined the search and at about 4 p.m. found the man in his boat on Canadian waters.

Annual Blaine Icelandic Picnic

The Annual Blaine Icelandic Picnic is at the International Peace Arch Park Saturday July 18 from 1 to 4 pm. All area residents of Icelandic descent are invited to bring your picnic lunch and Icelandic heritage to share. Icelandic treats, cake and beverages will be provided. Individuals are invited to gather at the American kitchen. The picnic, sponsored by the Blaine Icelandic Heritage Society, is an opportunity to share heritage with U.S. and Canadian “cousins.”  Visit for more information.