Letters to the editor: April 3 - 9, 2014

Published on Wed, Apr 2, 2014
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The Editor:
I wanted to let the town know about a new business that I hope everyone in town will frequent. It is the new produce store, the Apple Barn, located on Peace Portal Drive in the building that used to be Jerry Wolten’s Hardware. 
I saw a sign on their window that advertised fresh produce while out walking my dogs one weeknight, and thought I would go back on Saturday to see what inventory they had. 
I was expecting to find a place with not a lot of stock, and was surprised to find not only a large selection of produce, but also copious amounts of very nice looking fruits and vegetables at very competitive prices. To illustrate, the pineapple I bought was the same price as Wal-Mart had on sale in the Sunday paper. Not to mention it was very convenient to be able to stop in a local Blaine store for fresh food, and very pleasant to be greeted by the friendly owners. 
A weekly trip to the Dhallons’ store will be a regular event for my wife and me, and I encourage everyone in town to shop at the Apple Barn and all our other local businesses. 
With the addition of the Apple Barn, our downtown is working to once again become our town’s center of commerce. Buy local, stay local!
Eric Davidson
Blaine

The Editor:
The 2014 Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival was a huge success!  Hundreds came to experience wildlife field trips; expert speakers; live raptor presentations by Sardis Raptor Center; photography workshops; kids’ games by Blaine Birch Bay Parks and Rec.; wildlife exhibits and more. 
Both our keynote speaker Paul Bannick and featured speaker Noah Strycker provided inspirational talks to full crowds.  This premiere birding festival showcasing our area wouldn’t take place without the generous support of our sponsors and supporters as well as the many volunteers who make it happen. Please see our website: wingsoverwaterbirdingfestival.com for a complete list of our festival sponsors, supporters and volunteers. 
Thank you to the Wings Over Water Planning Committee for your vision and hard work to make this year’s festival so fantastic. Thank you to Semiahmoo Resort for hosting our opening reception on Friday night and CJ’s Restaurant for providing the fabulous buffet for the Sunday morning Birding Breakfast. Thank you to all who participated and attended the festival bringing your interest, passion, and appreciation for the wildlife and natural beauty of this special part of the northwest.
We are planning some big surprises for the 2015 festival which will take place next year on March 13–15. In the meantime, stay up to date on our website at wingsoverwaterbirdingfestival.com and on the Wings Over Water Facebook page. 
Looking forward to seeing you next year!
Debbie Harger
Wings Over Water NW Birding 
Festival, festival chair

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