Birch Bay News and Views

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The Great Gray Heron’s Decree for 2020

A community to the east has a Ground Hog that informs them of the coming of spring. We at Birch Bay, have the Great Gray Heron . Yes, Gray. Legend has it that Great Gray is the oldest Blue Heron in the flock. The Great Gray not only informs us of spring, he gives us his decree for the new year. Historically, the Great Gray has not shown much respect for the grown hog. The Great Gray Heron’s decree for 2020 is.. Your “vision for 2020 needs to be 20/20 both for and aft. I must say he often leaves you wondering just what does he mean? You can read a few of the Great Gray’s past statements here.

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Sally Sasquatch & Beau at Birch Bay

To quote from the Sasquatch at Birch Bay Blog, “The sources tell us that Sasquatches like the winter tides best because the lowest tides are at night and they can’t be detected on the beach in the darkness.” The Sasquatch Research Team has reported that Sally and Beau will adjust to this temporary berm building situation perhaps better than their human counterparts.

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Ring of Fire & Hope

Ring of Fire & Hope was on Tuesday, December 31. At 7:00 people will lighted their road flares and candles and flashlights as a way to say goodbye to the last year and express hope for the New Year. It was a few years ago that Mike Kent came up with the idea and I like to and added Hope to it. To my way of thinking, Fire represents aggression and Hope represents peace. We should not have fire with out hope.
I meet a couple from Syracuse, NY recently and invited them to attend the event. They have been in Whatcom County for 4 months and love the place. No, even though Jim was from Syracuse he did not know that that city celebrated Ring of Fire. You can read about that event here. https://www.visitfingerlakes.com/events-festivals/ring-of-fire-finger-lakes-events/

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Polar Bear Swim

I would like to introduce this event as “The Polar Bear Plunge” but someone might actually plunge into the freezing water that would not be advisable. Costume Contest 11:00. The Polar Bear Swim was at 12:00. The C Shop made white chocolate chocolate Polar Bear suckers to youngsters along with Polar Bear stickers.
The UP DATE is this event went the smoothest of any polar bears swim over the last several years. The pleasant weather did help.

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Thrift Store with Hidden Treasures + Espresso

Will be opening at the corner of Blaine and Birch Bay Lynden Roads. We do not have a date for you as yet. Keep your eyes open for them when you go through that intersection.

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Scampi Osteria
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This newest restaurant to Birch Bay Is open Thursdays through Sunday from 5:00 to 9:00. Scampi Osteria is located on Alderson Road next to The C Shop. Giovanni has created many outstanding Italian recipes served at Scampi. They are homemade daily including focaccia bread, lasagna, ragu, and delicious made from scratch sauces. You may also enjoy their fine wines or mixed beverages from the restaurant’s full bar which is cozy and warm. Scampi Osteria will provide a delightful meal for you alone or for your whole family.
It is best if you call Devon at 1-360-393-4415 for a reservation.

Read more about Scampi Osteria.

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Anna a local blogger produced this.

What is your one wish to make the world a better place?

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Berm Construction Underway

Construction Schedule: Beginning December 9th at the southerly limits of the project, near Lora Lane, the contractor will be installing erosion control best management practices and mobilizing equipment to the project site. The contractor anticipates importing 80,00 tones to the project sight January 6, 2020 to February 15, 2020, which will complete the berm construction from Lora Lane to the Bay Breeze Restaurant. This work will largely take place between the hours of 10 pm to due to the winter tidal cycle. This look ahead schedule in subject to change and will be updated to reflect any changers.
Traffic Impacts: Initial-traffic impacts in the mouth of December are likely to be minimal. Traffic impacts will increase beginning in January between the hours of 10 pm to 8:00 am. These impacts will be single lane closure and/or flagging for truck traffic importing beach gravel to the site.
You may find what is planed for a famous for this famous Hawaiian beach interesting.
https://www.citylab.com/environment/2019/12/ala-wai-canal-flood-control-opposition-hawaii-land-rights/603655/

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