Published on Thu, May 8, 2008
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Workshops explore beach wonders

RE Sources’ Beach Naturalists program has scheduled a series of free public slideshows and volunteer training during the next few months.

Program coordinator Doug Stark will present stories and photos in a virtual tour of Whatcom County’s favorite beaches and dynamic shoreline habitat beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 28 at Birch Bay Bible Community Church and at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 29 at Bellingham’s RE Store.

Those interested in becoming a volunteer can sign up for orientations immediately following programs on May 28 and 29 and will then be asked to serve as volunteer beach interpreters on three or more dates at Birch Bay and Larrabee state parks as well as Semiahmoo Park.
For more information, call 733-8307.

NSEA work party scheduled this weekend

The Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) has scheduled a work party for 9 a.m. Saturday, May 10 at Terrell Creek in Birch Bay. The site is located at 7589 Morrison Road. Participants should bring sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Tools and gloves will be provided. For more information, call 360/715-0283, ext. 112.

Blaine math students score big

Six Blaine high school students won top honors at the Washington State Math competition in Yakima last month. Kieron Lyons, Michelle Halpin and Tyler Bellville took 4th place for their team problem round, in which they solve a single problem and submit technical writing during a one-hour testing period.

Also Patrick Mulhulland, Gordon Yung and Matt Fisher took first place for their “topical team” round, in which a team of participants solves 30 math problems including algebra, geometry, probability and precalculus.

Blaine high school students to be honored by AAUW

Three Blaine high school students will be recognized by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) during an awards ceremony at the American Museum of Radio and Electricity at 1312 Bay Street in Bellingham on Saturday May 10.

They are: Michelle Halpin, Nichole Munden and Joanna Hatter. The students are among 26 Whatcom County high schoolers who achieved outstanding performances in math, science and technology.

The event honors female junior students, and is cosponsored by Western Washington University’s College of Sciences and Technology and the BP Cherry Point Refinery in Ferndale.

Parks department seeks public input

The Blaine parks board is seeking public input at a May 19 meeting at 7 p.m. at the Blaine library. The board is hoping to hear from residents on what they would like to see by way of improvements to their community parks.

The board is planning to update four parks in the first phase of a city-wide project. The parks are Kilmer, Salishan, Montfort and Brickyard. The process has already begun for the Salishan and Kilmer park communities and the board wants to move ahead on those two as well as start the process for the remainder of the parks, according to parks board member Tiiu Kuuskmann.

She told The Northern Light the board “would like to re-address Montfort and Salishan and actually follow-through on residents’ previous suggestions.”

Kuuskmann said the board was hoping people from each community would attend and take an active role in the improvements.

By Tara Nelson