Aroundthe Bay

Published on Thu, Jan 18, 2007
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City blog to keep public informed

Blaine residents now have a new way to keep track of city projects – by checking in to the official city blog.

Blaine city manager Gary Tomsic said he created the blog a few months ago to keep residents informed and help encourage comments and suggestions from Blaine citizens.

“We are always trying to find ways to improve communication with the public,” Tomsic said. “Blogs are being used successfully in other communities as a way to provide current information and receive input from the readers.”

The blog is linked to the city’s website at Click on the quick links pull-down menu. For more information, call 332-8311.

Wayside horn demonstrations postponed

A series of demonstrations of a wayside horn system by representatives from Railroad Controls Limited has been postponed until further notice.

The demonstrations were scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at the Bell Road crossing and at 3 p.m. at the Hughes Road crossing and were part of a series of efforts to prohibit trains from blowing their horns in those areas. Check the city manager’s blog for updates.

National Arbor Day

National Arbor Day Foundation announces five free Crapemyrtle trees will be given to each person from Washington who joins the National Arbor Day Foundation during January.

The free trees are part of the nonprofit foundation’s Trees for America campaign.

“Crapemyrtles were selected for this campaign because of their elegant color and form, making them an attractive addition to the home landscape in Washington,” John Rosenow, the foundation’s president, said. “These small flowering trees boast perfect, six-petaled flowers of pink and red, with leaves that change from summer green to autumn red, orange, and yellow.”

The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting between February 1 and April 30 with enclosed planting instructions. The six to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow, or they will be replaced free of charge.

To receive the free trees, send a $10 membership contribution to Five Crapemyrtles, National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, by January 31.

Audubon Society hosts free interpretive bird walks

The North Cascades Audubon Society NCAS offers a wide variety of winter trips including a free monthly bird-watching trips along the beaches of Semiahmoo Bay and Drayton Harbor in Blaine, led by Paul Woodcock, president of organization.

The group meets the first Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. to noon. The next two trips are scheduled for February 3 and March 3 beginning at Semiahmoo Park in Blaine. Meet in the parking lot of Semiahmoo Park, 9261 Semiahmoo Parkway.

Bald Eagles of the Nooksack

Join NCAS birder Dave Schmalz in a half-day trip exploring winter sites of Bald Eagles along the lower Nooksack River. Schmalz will cover observation, age discrimination, behavior, and the natural history of the eagle. 8:30 AM.

For more information call Dave Schmalz at 671-1537. For more information about other birding events, visit their web site at