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What’s happening in Whatcom County for Sept. 1

Connor Brueske, 10, left and Grady Korby, 11, perform at the fifth grade violin concert at Silver Beach Elementary on Nov. 25, 2014. The concert was the culmination of a 10-week pilot violin class. The Bellingham School District is adding staff this school year to offer string instruction to students.
Connor Brueske, 10, left and Grady Korby, 11, perform at the fifth grade violin concert at Silver Beach Elementary on Nov. 25, 2014. The concert was the culmination of a 10-week pilot violin class. The Bellingham School District is adding staff this school year to offer string instruction to students. The Bellingham Herald

Strings are back: The Bellingham School District is adding staff to support a new strings music program for fifth-graders, which means students will take strings classes twice a week for the first time in years. Read our story from last year about the district’s 10-week after-school pilot program that led to the decision to bring strings back.

Strongest summer storm ever: This weekend’s storm, which knocked out power to 238,000 Puget Sound Energy customers — many in Whatcom County — was the strongest on record for the Pacific Northwest during the summer, according to University of Washington atmospheric scientist Cliff Mass. But don’t blame global warming, Mass said.

Windstorm damage: If you had damage, make sure to contact your insurance agent and save receipts for any work and also for any additional living expenses as a result of the storm. Here are some tips on hiring a contractor and handling property loss.

Lowest gas prices in the state: Bellingham now has the least expensive average gas price among major Washington metro areas. The average price for a gallon of gas in Bellingham was $2.83 on Tuesday, Sept. 1, down $1.12 compared to a year ago according to the AAA Washington Daily Fuel Gauge report. It’s also 18 cents lower than the Seattle area and 3 cents lower than Spokane. The average price for a gallon of diesel is $2.69 in Bellingham, which is also the least expensive among major Washington metro areas. It’s down $1.40 a gallon compared to a year ago.

Snow advisory: A foot or more of snow could fall on the higher elevations of Mount Baker in the coming days, according to the National Weather Service. Overall, several inches of snow will fall in the Cascades as the snow level drops to 5,500 to 6,000 feet through Thursday. That same weather pattern will dump more snow above 6,000 feet through Wednesday, including the foot or so on Mount Baker.

What’s happening in Whatcom is a weekday feature of BellinghamHerald.com. Send tips to newsroom@bellinghamherald.com

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