What’s happening in Whatcom County for Oct. 12

WWU enrolled 2,809 freshman students and 1,161 new undergraduate transfer students this fall — its largest freshman class ever.
WWU enrolled 2,809 freshman students and 1,161 new undergraduate transfer students this fall — its largest freshman class ever. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Record number of freshmen at WWU

Western Washington University enrolled its largest freshman class ever this fall, and also enrolled the most freshmen and new transfer students of color, officials said.

Western welcomed 2,809 freshman students fall quarter and 1,161 new undergraduate transfer students. For fall 2014, there were 2,786 freshmen and 1,108 transfer students. Total fall enrollment at Western for fall quarter is 15,332, compared to last year’s total enrollment of 15,060 students.

More than 89 percent of Western students are in-state residents; the rest came from 42 states and countries from across the globe.

Pumpkin on the run

field of pumpkins
A thief stole a boat motor from a Blaine resident’s fenced back yard, then had the audacity to steal the man’s prize pumpkin right out of its patch. Presumably none of these pumpkins at BelleWood Acres north of Bellingham, as shown in September 2014, were similarly heisted. File The Bellingham Herald

An F Street resident in Blaine called police Oct. 4 because someone had entered his fenced yard overnight and stolen a 4-cycle Mercury marine engine from his boat. To add insult to injury, the thief also plucked his prize pumpkin from its patch. As the Blaine police log notes, “The motor is worth about $1,800. The weight of the large pumpkin was not determined.”

Light on for safety

Auto technicians and students from Bellingham Technical College inspected 183 vehicles during the annual Light On campaign, aimed at inspecting and replacing faulty auto bulbs.

Volunteers from ServicePro in Everson and A&C Automotive Service, Bellingham Automotive, Pete’s Auto Repair, Rainbow Auto Service, The Panacea Automotive and Unlimited Service in Bellingham replaced about 170 bulbs for free.

Organizers remind vehicle owners to check their license plate bulbs - it’s the most-replaced bulb and you can get a ticket if your license plate is not properly lit.

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Everyday Superheroes photo gallery

Colin Lawrence of Bellingham pushes his sone Keanu, 2, on the swings after the 3rd annual Everyday Superheroes 5K Run & Walk on Sunday morning Oct. 10, 2015, at Squalicum Creek Park in Bellingham, Wash. Paul Conrad For The Bellingham Herald

Batman, Wonder Woman and Thor were among the Everyday Superheroes seen running and walking along Squalicum Parkway on Saturday for an annual fundraiser that earned more than $5,000 for hospital caregivers and staff in need of financial assistance.

If you missed it (or want to see your friends in costume), here is our photo gallery.