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Like many of us here in Birch Bay, Ray Anderson loved nature. Only Ray loved it more. He talked to the birds and moles, and he liked bats. “They catch us bugs,” he explained. He was so relaxed in the environment around Birch Bay that even the bees left him alone. Ray used to paddle his canoe far out in the bay where the water was colder to go swimming. He didn’t like the warmer water by the shore that the rest of us enjoy. It’s a mystery to me of why he preferred this icy deep water. Yet we all have rational reasons for what appears irrational to others. Perhaps taking a dip in the deep is a leftover habit from the sixties and early seventies when our shoreline was polluted. Perhaps Ray simply wished to avoid the polluted shallow water for the deeper, cleaner—but colder—water off shore. Perhaps it became a habit. Today, Ray Anderson is no longer with us. If you wish to take a moment to remember him, stroll down Lora Lane. You’ll spot his canoe and paddle on the left, a fitting memorial of a man who remains part of the turning tide here at Birch Bay.—————————–
History & Mystery
of Blaine and Birch Bay
(A work in progress)A link to many links
Moving in at Birch Bay?This link may help.
What to Consider Before You Buy a Vacation HomeA second home can mean endless headaches, unexpected costs and shattered plans.
Here’s what you need to know before you buy.
This link to a Wall Street Journal may help. I do like the idea of a shared economy. It is work and It can work well or it can drain your energy and resources down the well.
Here is a link to rentals avaible in our area.Views —————————–
ViewsIt’s a good Idea to let the children plan the family vacation —————————– June Views
Here is a property that should be purchased for a public parking lot in the central part of Birch Bay
See the property——————————- June ViewsAfter reading these you will probably come to the same conclusion I have on Birch Bay Drive.General Information on Bike – Pedestrian Lanes and automobile -Truck lanesThe Truth about Lane Widths – Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center
Lane Width – National Association of City Transportation Officials
Let’s Talk About Lane Width – Seattle Neighborhood Greenways
Lane Width – National Association of City Transportation Officials
The Truth about Lane Widths – Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center
Birch Bay Information
Typical Cross Section without ParkingPedestrian and Bicycle ProgramGrant Application Form …Through The State Park to the entrance of Birch Bay Village the driving lanes should be reduced to 10 feet each and the rest of the space be allotted to the Bicycle/Pedestrian lane.
e-mail me with your thoughts.
More on Bikes
A STRONG TOWNS GUIDE TO BIKING
by Strong Towns, October 18, 2016MAKING THE CASE FOR EQUALITY
by Eli Damon, October 19, 2016MAKING MY CITY MORE BIKE-FRIENDLY FOR $0
by Josef Bray-Ali, October 19, 2016RAISING THE INTEREST AND REDUCING THE CONCERN
by Alex Pline, October 17, 2016HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR CITY’S BIKE NETWORK ON A BUDGET
by Spencer Gardner, October 20, 2016——————————-
Exchange Rates, Border
Crossings and Retail Sales
in the Cascade Gateway
If you are in biasness or you have a Canadian connection. You will find this of interest.
——————————-Read this article on transportation from Smart Growth.
alsoBike Lanes Can Be Built Without
Clogging Car Traffic
——————————-——————————-Public Parking at Birch Bay
There is public parking at much of Birch Bay. And more will be added. Just not where it is really needed. The patrons of businesses at Alderson Road and Birch Bay Drive face dilemmas. They visit one business and would like to walk a few yards to visit another. Yet they know that parking is extremely limited in that area.
There are three public parking spots at Alderson Road end but they are for the rest rooms at that location. To give you an idea of how much demand there is for public parking in the area, check parking in the area when a business or two are closed. You will find cars parking in those business’s parking area.——————————-Where Are Your Favorite
Ice Cream Shops
in Whatcom County?by Hilary
——————————-Google’s Mysterious Red Dot
If you go to Google Earth and type in Birch Bay, Washington, you will see Birch Bay, Washington. You will see a red dot appear on the map. Why that spot at Birch Bay you ask? You can ask Google Earth to find other places at Birch Bay. Here are some:Harborview Road, Birch Bay, WA
Anderson Road, Birch Bay, WA
Shintaffer Road, Birch Bay, WAYou will see red dots appear in the middle of these roads. That is what happens. The red dot appears in the middle of Birch Bay. A couple of local guys have turned the red dot into a red heart in the heart of Birch Bay.
Patricia and Patrick moved The C Shop to its present location in 1979. The building was a favorite nesting spot for Barn Swallows. The Pats did not mind the swallows nesting in the back and sides of the building, but they were bothered by the fact that some of the swallows insisted on nesting in front of the building on the lower porch. Patrick tried to encourage more swallows to nest in the sides and in back of the building by supplying them with swallow nest boxes. The Pats found they had some success with the nest boxes even though now and then a nest would show up on the porch. Then in 1987 house sparrows moved into the swallow nest boxes. Patrick was bewildered. The sparrows had taken over all the nest boxes in the back and sides of the building. Were the Barn Shallows forced out? Where did they go to nest? The truth eventually revealed itself. The swallows moved their nests under the new concrete bridge built in 1986 to replace the old wooden one. The county calls it Terrell Creek Bridge.Do you know how many bridges are on Terrell Creek? I don’t. I do know the swallows return to their bridge every May for nesting, so I and others call it Swallow Bridge.——————————-
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 receptaclenear 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.——————————
Urban Services at Birch Bay:Here are some urban services which people have expressed their desire for in Birch Bay. If you are interested in being involved in one, e-mail me and I will pass your information on to a group that may be working on it.Natural Environment
at Birch Bay:Here are some natural things people are enjoying and doing that involve the Natural Environment at Birch Bay.
If you are interested in these pursuits, e-mail me and I will pass on your information to a group that may be involved.BikingBird WatchingProtecting the EnvironmentDog WalkingSunset walks at Birch Bay.——————————
Right of Way
Along the BayEngland, which is the size of Oregon, has 140,000 miles of walking paths. Many go through people’s front yards, back yards and farm land. If there is a fence to keep the sheep or cows in, you open the gate, go through, close the gate after you and proceed down the path.At Birch Bay it is a little easier. On both sides of Birch Bay Drive there is a bike and pedestrian lane that is marked and should be free of obstructions at all times. Now and then there is a person that has not caught on yet and will leave a sign or park a car in the bike path.We owe the success of the pedestrian walk and bike path to Raven Whitewolf when she worked as a county engineer. She went up and down Birch Bay Drive and made arrangements with property owners; Raven arranged the whole thing. After the pedestrian and bike lane was established, we saw an increase in property values at Birch Bay. Why? It was because the assessed values were beginning to catch up with the Natural Capital Values that resulted from the establishment of the pedestrian & bike path.That takes care of Birch Bay Drive. Now the tougher part–which is walking up and down the beach which is open to the public. Now just where you can walk, I can’t tell you. It would be good to have a discussion here. Juste-mail me with your thoughts and I will post your responses.
Acreage near Blaine and Arnie Road may be to added to the Birch Bay Urban Growth area. It was taken out several years ago.
See News from the Past
Further down this column
The Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce
received $70,465 in tax money to promote tourism at Birch Bay for 2016. What kind of tourism promotion do you want to see at Birch Bay? It is your tax money. It is your Birch Bay. Let the Chamber know what you think.
e-mail the Birch Bay CamberBirch Bay is a Great Place
to visit off season. You have more time to relax, more time to read and more time for ideal conversation. You can spent more time to watch the birds come and go and the tide come and go and what is very nice is that your money does not come and go very fast.
Article in Northern Light.
New Link on the web site for this time of the year.
Birch Bay Fun
Dogs in the Park
The dogs around Birch Bay are hoppin’ happy that the New Park is open to them for an off leash area.
Jack the dog had a great time entertaining his cohabitant, Tory. Bobby showed up and threw some spectacular pitches for Jack to retrieve and Pat enjoyed the event. It can’t be said the park is actually opened, but the fence is down that has been blocking the access.
Marley the dog has pointed out that the area is a fenced place and this place would be a great spot for local and visiting dogs. Marley has pointed out that most all dogs have trained their human companions to retrieve dog divots and there is a doggy doo station nearby.——————————-
Birch Bay Drive
Probably should have
More narrow lanes for cars and wider lanes for walkers and bikers.Read this article on transportation from Smart Growth.
Sandcastles at Birch Bay
(70’s. 80’s, & 90’s)As I have said before, about 1971 or 72 Paul Gaudette (who had been doing sandcastle contests at Birch Bay for several years) handed the responsibility of organizing and conducting the sandcastle contests at Birch Bay over to me.
As I organized the sandcastle contests, they evolved. We did not have sand castle contests on week-ends or holidays. Businesses were already busy and at capacity on these days. Having an event midweek encouraged people to come when it wasn’t so busy and made sense (& dollars) by boosting a mid-week gross. We did not choose first place, second place and third place castles. My argument was that you get mediocrity by choosing a first prize, because then everyone copies it and that’s the mediocrity. Actually it is a little presumptuous of me to think I could pick a first, second and third best of anything. But even more importantly, it meant we didn’t have to require the contestants to be in one spot so the judges could compare castles.
Participants could build anywhere between Shore Acres Resort (now Jacob’s Landing) and Bay Center Resort. (I always believed in a decentralized Birch Bay.) We did go through the beach in an organized fashion so we knew which areas of the beach we had covered. The judges carried a pole with a flag (big blue trash bag) on it so the participants could see the judges coming. If there was a large crowd, there were 2 sets of judges, one going north from the lanes area and one going south from the Bay Center area. When they met in the middle they knew all the castles had been covered.
We did not limit the number of people building each castle. (That way we did not have to police it.) Larger and better executed castles got more valuable prizes which were sometimes shared by their builders. Every castle got at least one prize (even a little kid with a pile of sand in front of him), but nobody got a huge prize and there were no money or trophy prizes. Even though we did not assign a specific area for the castles, we did keep a count of each castle or sculpture and how many participants built it .We did talk to the participants. We particularly worked to encourage the children to tell us about their castles or sculptures. Each participant got a couple of prizes–usually a small toy and a coupon for an item at a Birch Bay business. The businesses chose what to give. They might give 1 or 2 larger prizes (especially for groups) and several smaller prizes. Either they provided the coupons or I made the coupons for them.
It was a fun way for families to enjoy the beach. The Chamber (originally the Resort Association) did spend some money for the small prizes and the event was not a fundraiser except for the added sales it brought to the businesses. ——————————-The idea was an instant reward that would last, and a reward that the participant got by going into a Birch Bay business. After all we wanted to promote the business at Birch Bay.Ethiopia and Sand CastlesThis summer I met a man and woman from Ethiopia on the porch of The C Shop. I was excited to meet them. Because, back in the early days of The C Shop when I took over Birch Bay’s sand castle contests from Paul Gaudette, it resulted in a challenging experience that involved royalty from Ethiopia. The C Shop was in our third year at Barb and Ernie Jacobs’ Shore Acres Resort which was located where Jacobs Landing now stands. I had done one sand castle contest with Paul’s help so I knew how they worked. I was ready to do another. The idea was to do the contest in the middle of the week when things were not that busy at Birch Bay. With Paul’s help I picked a low tide and I also made a 3 by 3 poster saying “Sand Castle Contest Tuesday.” I also made badges for most employees at Birch Bay that said, “Sand Castle Contest Tuesday. Ask Me.” When that Tuesday arrived Patricia was sick. I took our two small boys to The C Shop so they could be in the sand castle contest. I opened the shop. I had my prizes for the sand castle contest in a bucket. Things were going OK at the shop. Then we had surprise visitors. A small bus pulled up in front of The C Shop. Patricia’s older cousin, Gladys, piled out of the bus with 21 grand children of Emperor Haile Selassie. Gladys had brought the children from Ethiopia and she was showing them the North West. The children were excited to tour The C Shop and I was excited to show it to them. Their eyes danced with excitement as we moved quickly about the small shop. I had to move quickly–judging time was near and I knew I was cutting it close on the tides. It was the second Sand Castle Contest of the season and the tide would be coming in faster than the first contest two weeks earlier. I had sent our two young children to build their castle. I ushered Haile Selassie’s grand children out to their bus, gave Gladys a couple of bags of candy for the children, bid them farewell and turned my attention to the beach. The beach was packed with people and sandcastles. I felt it was like a mall at Christmas time packed with people. I threw myself into the fray. I was judging sand castles left and right fighting against the rising tide and ignoring Keith’s and Burton’s castle until the last. The tide made it to my boys’ castle before I did. Their eyes were awash with tears. I felt completely inadequate as a father. On top of that a well dressed lady on the beach reprimanded me for allowing those two little boys’ castle to be swept away by the tide. I sent the boys up higher on the beach to build a second castle which I judged. That Sand Castle Contest was a learning experience for me.——————————–
What is the most achievable need at Birch Bay?–
How Swim Suits Evolved
Evan at Birch Bay
——————————-New ParkThe dogs around Birch Bay are hoping that the New Park, until it becomes a park could be an off leash area. Marley the dog has pointed out that the area is a fenced place and this place would be a great spot for local and visiting dogs. Marley has pointed out that most all dogs have trained their human companions to retrieve dog divots and there is a doggy doo station nearby.
——————————-THE RED DOTThe mysterious RED DOT from Google’s surch of Birch Bay has appeared. It is for you to figure out what it means. Sometimes the dot it is blue but it is always near the same area. And on occasion the blue dotappears as small blue letters.
Nexus Should Connect Us.
Patricia and I are on our third Nexus Pass. They are avaible at the place that calls itself Birch Bay Square. A Nexus Pass cost fifty dollars and are good for five years. Canada is a great escape for anyone just as Birch Bay is a great escape for our Canadian neighbors.
——————————- Here are some things that people are saying.
And some more that is being said.
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Wooden Nickels Helped Blaine
Weather The Great Depression
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