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Thirds Time’s A Charm
Birch Bay’s Newest Business
Located in Terrell Creek Landing
Lora and Dave have had recently started Birch Bay’s newest business. Thirds Times A Charm has something special for everyone. Patricia Alesse purchased a book for her son Keith, Which he will be delighted to get. Lora & Dave bring their four-year-old girls who pretest the toys.
Starting the week of Oct. 5, construction work will be from 7 am to 5 pm. Drivers should expect single lane closures Monday through Thursday. Crews with Granite Construction will deliver gravel and place it west of Birch Bay Drive, install a construction entrance, clear, and prepare the area for additional work.
Friends of Birch Bay Library Newsletter
If you are interested in becoming a member e-mail Diane.
In 1983, more than 200 local residents signed a petition asking for an election to determine whether Mill Creek would incorporate. This was duly approved by the Snohomish County Boundary Review Board, and an election was set for September 20. The usual arguments were made by the pro-incorporation forces, namely that Mill Creek was not being adequately represented by Snohomish County and that the community risked being annexed by Everett or Lynnwood if it did not incorporate. But there was a significant cadre in the proposed new city who were satisfied with the status quo and did not want to pay the higher taxes that would come with a new city.
More on Mill Creek
The City of Mill Creek now pays $1.84 per thousand of assessed valuation. Birch Bay pays $1.25 for Roads and we pay $1.23 to Fire 21. That gives us a total of $2.48 to compare with Mill Creeks $1.84.
Natural Capital at Birch Bay Natural Capital: Birch Bay has a lot of it, but what is it? We walk along Birch Bay Drive and breathe the fresh air, we see the birds and the trees, we enjoy the sunsets and we marvel at the coming and going of the tides. We marvel at the coming and going of all that surrounds us. We see a guy picking up his dog’s poop and we know he values our natural capital. We see a jogger; we have seen her before, as a little girl at Birch Bay. Now as an adult she stoops to pick up a piece of discarded litter and drop it in a receptacle near the beach. Where did she get the idea to do this? Was it from a lady that walked up and down Birch Bay Drive who used to pick up litter along the beach when the jogger was a child at Birch Bay? Hopefully, we take care of things the best we can and pass it along as well as the responsibilities for taking care of it.
We pay taxes and fees to maintain our natural capital and we pay to improve our access to it. We use our natural capital, and as long as we use it and don’t abuse it, it is ours forever.
We could lose it. We could trade it for jobs, or we could lose it to improper development that does not enhance natural capital, but rather uses it up.——————————
That’s because the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads easily by respiratory droplets. Given the way it is spread, there are only a few things that can slow it:
- Physical distancing – staying at least six feet away from others;
- Isolating and quarantining people who are sick or were in close contact with people who were sick;
- Washing hands frequently and avoiding touching one’s face;
- Frequently sanitizing surfaces and objects that others touch; and
- When in shared or public spaces, wearing a face covering.
Effects of Coronavirus on People in the Birch Bay Area
Birch Bay Library News
Great Sourdough Bread
Ann & Mark Johnson are baking sourdough bread in Blaine. It is very good. To order it by text Anna at 360-296-2538. If you missed the article in The Northern Light here it is.