What’s happening in Whatcom County for Oct. 2

Your mascot is weird

Blaine High School’s Borderites landed on a list of the 50 high schools in the U.S. with the strangest mascots. “Blaine is a US-Canada border town, so the name makes sense, though it’s got to be challenge to create a rhyming cheer and a mascot outfit for the Borderites,” MSN.com wrote.

Hey, at least they’re not the Hooker Horny Toads or the Sturgis Brown Scoopers.

Happy park birthday

On Oct. 2, 1968, then-President Lyndon Johnson signed the bill creating a 504,000-acre North Cascades National Park. The park’s origins and creation werent without controversy, according to Historylink.org.

Get outdoors

Speaking of the outdoors, nonprofit group Wild Whatcom made a video to show their hands-on (and feet wet) outdoor education program.

Successful drug program

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Collection bin filling up with unused and/or unwanted prescription medications in the Pacific Northwest. Drug Enforcement Administration

Washington state residents turned in 9.6 tons of prescription drugs during a four-hour period Sept. 26 as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Bellingham, Ferndale and Lummi police all participated in accepting the unwanted or expired medication, which will be properly disposed of.

Irish fest

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Oregon’s Na Rósaí performs at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship during the Bellingham Irish Festival. Cayley Schmid Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Don’t miss the inaugural Bellingham Irish Festival on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. It includes workshops and concerts. Admission varies. Details: bellinghamirishfestival.com.

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