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What’s happening in Whatcom County for Sept. 4

Faithlife will light up the sky with a light show at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, on the side of the Flatiron Building at Bay and West Holly streets. The plan is to make the show permanent.
Faithlife will light up the sky with a light show at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, on the side of the Flatiron Building at Bay and West Holly streets. The plan is to make the show permanent. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Night market launches: The inaugural Commercial Street Night Market will unveil its many artists, vendors, musicians and the like from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, in the 1300 block of Commercial Street. A few blocks away Faithlife will light up the sky with a permanent light show at 9:30 p.m. on the side of the Flatiron Building at Bay and West Holly streets. It’s also the monthly Downtown Art Walk.

Corn maze: The Lynden FFA Corn Maze opens at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, just south of Lynden on Hannegan Road. It will remain open through the Labor Day weekend and on weekends through September. Find prices and hours by clicking here. Check out this aerial of the 2014 corn maze, thanks to Bryan Dudas.

Real estate sales remain strong: Whatcom County real estate agents sold 368 houses and condominiums in August, up 16.1 percent compared a year earlier, according to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. The median price for those homes sold last month was $280,000, up 5.7 percent compared to August 2014. Whatcom’s home inventory is down to 3.4 months, according to the report.

Lawsuit filed against Haggen: A former Haggen employee in California has filed a lawsuit against the Bellingham-based grocer, alleging she was fired after informing higher-ups about shelf and register price discrepancies. Here’s a link to the story in the Santa Barbara Independent, which includes a copy of the complaint.

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Plane crash survivor Autumn Veatch, 16, of Bellingham talks July 17, 2015, about surviving the plane crash that took the lives of her step grandparents in the Cascade Mountains. Her left hand was burned in the fire after the plane crash. Philip A. Dwyer The Bellingham Herald

Coping with tragedy: Autumn Veatch, the 16-year-old plane crash survivor who hiked for days in the North Cascades until she found safety, has returned to Bellingham High School as she tries to heal emotionally from the traumatic experience. Read our coverage of her survival story here.

Storm humor: The Blaine Police Log is known for having some amusing entries tucked in among serious reports about crimes and driving violations. Multiple entries on Saturday, Aug. 29, document officers removing tree limbs, blocking off streets and assisting residents during a windstorm. A couple were lighthearted about it:

11:30 a.m, Boblett Street: A passerby reported storm-related landscape damage outside the Primary School campus on Boblett Street. The responding officer found that a tree in front of the school’s office had been destroyed by wind, and several pieces of playground equipment had attempted to escape but were in detention along the fence line. The officer checked the area to make sure there was no other school property in flight nearby.

1 p.m. 6 Street.: During a windstorm passersby reported that a tree at 6th and G streets was leaning precariously and about to topple onto the road. An officer responded to the scene and confirmed the observation. All personnel were tied up on other emergencies at the time, so the tree was admonished to keep its branches in the air and not move for the remainder of the day. It complied.

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