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Semiahmoo Resort Dog Expo – February 20th 11am-5pm

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Birch Bay-Lynden Road lane closures set to begin as bridge repairs get underway near Blaine

Just in from WSDOT…

Birch Bay-Lynden Road lane closures set to begin as bridge repairs get underway near Blaine Project will require several road and highway closures

BLAINE – Drivers should prepare for two months of lane closures, including on Interstate 5, as crews begin to fix the Birch Bay-Lynden Road overpass. The bridge near Blaine was damaged last May when it was hit by excavator being carried on a flatbed truck.

Lane closure information

Starting Tuesday, Jan. 19, the overpass will be reduced to one lane of alternating traffic until most of the repairs are complete. Flaggers will direct traffic during peak morning and afternoon travel times, while a temporary signal will be used outside of those peak travel hours. The work will also require occasional nighttime closures of all lanes on southbound I-5 near milepost 270. Southbound drivers will use the Birch Bay-Lynden off-ramp and immediately re-enter the interstate using the on-ramp to get past the closure.

Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews will replace a 60-foot girder on the bridge. The repairs are expected to be completed in early April.

“The crews will cut out a piece of the existing bridge with the damaged girder,” said Jason Koreski, project engineer for WSDOT. “We’ll then replace the old girder with a new one before pouring a new concrete deck to connect the bridge again.”

Drivers are encouraged to visit WSDOT’s website and use the online tools when closures will happen throughout the project.

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WSDOT keeps people, businesses and the economy moving by operating and improving the state’s transportation systems. To learn more about what we’re doing, go to http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/news for pictures, videos, news and blogs. Real time traffic information is available at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic or by dialing 511.

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What a great way to kick off 2016!

Happy New Year, Everyone!

DSC_0546.JPGFor those who did not make it out for our New Year celebrations, you missed a great time. The Ring of Fire & Hope was a beautiful sight to see. It was a chilly but clear gorgeous night, perfect for the evenings festivities. DSC_0531.JPGWe ran out of flares in just 45 minutes! As always, we would like to give a big shout to Windermere Realtor and Birch Bay Chamber Director, Mike Kent for his generous donation of $500 which allows us to purchase the flares for distribution to the Birch Bay community.

The following morning, we were out bright and early getting ready for the 33rd Annual Birch Bay Polar Bear Plunge. Again, the weather cooperated nicely and although chilly, it was a beautiful day. 323 Plungers registered to take the plunge News Years Day, and Hundreds came out to witness the event. DSC_0589Thank you to Lynn Roberts, of KISM Radio for being a fabulous Emcee for the Costume Contest. Brrr the Bear was on-site also helping out with the Costume Contest. Thank you to Ken Lord for hopping in that bear suit year after year. DSC_0588.JPG

We had some fabulous costumes entries this year in all 4 categories. Our Costume Contest winners were:  Best Group: The Avengers, Best Individual: Olaf from Frozen, Best Child: Luigi from Mario Bros., Most Unique: Beast Mode.
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We would like to say Thank you to our friends at The C Shop for giving out yummy white chocolate bear lollipops to all of the kids again this year. Thank you to The Will’O Pub for coming out and providing hot chocolate and other yummy things to help keep everyone warm. Thank you to The Shores Restaurant, The Beach at Birch Bay, and The Will’O Pub for the Gift Certificates for our Costume Winners. Also, a big thank you to Whatcom County Sheriffs Department and North Whatcom Fire & Rescue for your assistance with this event. Last, but certainly not least we need to give a HUGE shout out to all of our amazing volunteers. We could not put on these events without the selfless dedication of all of our Volunteers as well, as your Birch Bay Chamber Board of Directors. Thank you to everyone who helped, and to all of our participants. We have an awesome community!

For more photos of the event, CLICK HERE.

If you would like to volunteer to help, or sponsor one of our events, please
contact us at (360)371-5004 or info@birchbaychamber.com

 

 

 

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Ring of Fire & Polar Bear Plunge – News Years Eve & New Years Day

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Local Holiday Shopping Ideas

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We have been alerted to some local area businesses offering Holiday Specials that would make great gift ideas. Buying local helps our neighbors and keeps money in your community.

The C Shop
Click the Link above to see all the Goodies available to pick up or have shipped this Holiday Season. Be sure to pre-order your favorites as they may run out when open this weekend. Or call, (360) 371-2070 for more information. Added Bonus: Members of the Birch Bay Chamber get an added 10% off by using code: BBCC2015
HOLIDAY HOURS
Friday, December 18th  3pm – 6pm
Saturday, December 19th  3pm – 6pm
Sunday, December 20th  3pm – 6pm

Paddle & Pedal Adventures
These folks have a fabulous Gift Gallery in addition to their  Recreational Rentals. If you haven’t been in, I’d highly suggest it, they have some REALLY cool things available that would make wonderful gifts for kids of all ages. You know what’s even cooler…? Give Britton & Gail a call at (360) 224-0707 and they will do their best to open up just for you so you can get your Christmas shopping done WITHOUT the crowds!

Birch Bay Waterslides
So, how do you beat the blues from all this dreary, cold weather? Think about summer, of course! Start planning ways to beat the heat this summer AND give a fabulous gift to someone this Holiday. Birch Bay Waterslides have their 2016 Season Passes & Pre-Season Tickets on Sale now. Click Here for More Information.

A few other great gift ideas right here in Birch Bay may be from Beach Basket Yarns located at 7620 Birch Bay Drive. Gift Certificates to Fringe Benefits or Escape Day Spa located in the same building, would make any busy lady on your Holiday list very happy. Let’s not forget all the great restaurants in the area, with Vonna’s Purple Fin, Bay Café, The Will’O Pub, VIA Birch Bay, The Shores, CJ’s Beach House, The Beach and Birch Bay Teriyaki all right here on the bay, you’re sure to find a good fit for your holiday gift giving needs. Gift Certificates make great, usable gifts and supporting local businesses just feels good. Plus, I don’t know about you, but not having to deal with the crowds and mayhem of Holiday shopping gives it an added bonus!

Have a happy, safe holiday!

 

 

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