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What’s happening in Whatcom County for Oct. 27

Joanna Mong, Kimmy McClement, Emmie Mac and Erik Sundberg, pictured from left to right, walk down the costume contest runway as the Scooby-Doo Gang at the 2015 Bellingham ComiCon on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Ferndale Event Center in Ferndale, Wash. Mong, McClement, Mac and Sundberg took first place for best costumed group.
Joanna Mong, Kimmy McClement, Emmie Mac and Erik Sundberg, pictured from left to right, walk down the costume contest runway as the Scooby-Doo Gang at the 2015 Bellingham ComiCon on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Ferndale Event Center in Ferndale, Wash. Mong, McClement, Mac and Sundberg took first place for best costumed group. The Bellingham Herald

Scooby-Doo, where are you?

The Scooby gang made an appearance at Bellingham ComiCon over the weekend, as did Deadpool, The Beast (not the Seahawks one), Spider-Man, Wonder Woman and a few original costumes from the minds of attendees. Check out the photo gallery.

Canadian dollar stumbles

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MATT MCDONALD THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

With news that oil prices continue to fall, the Canadian dollar dropped to around 75 cents compared to the U.S. dollar on Tuesday, Oct. 27. The loonie had rallied earlier this month, rising to around 77 cents.

Ghost-town hikes

The Washington Trails Association has put out a list eight hikes for people who enjoy ghostly history with their outings. See an abandoned hospital, the site of the deadliest avalanche in U.S. history, and railroad towns forgotten by time. Want hikes that are a bit more boo-riffic? The organization also has this list of nine haunted hikes. (Cue evil laughter.)

REI wants you to spend Black Friday outside

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The outdoor recreation retailer REI made some waves on Monday, Oct. 26, by announcing it would be closed on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) and encouraged customers to spend the day enjoying the outdoors with the hashtag #OptOutside. The Los Angeles Times has an interesting article explaining why REI can close on Black Friday while a company like Macy’s cannot.

Free CPR class

Make sure to RSVP for a free CPR certification and first aid class open to anyone on Wednesday, Nov. 4, hosted by Whatcom County Fire District 14. The class runs 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sumas fire station, 143 Columbia St. Email susan@kelleyinsure.com to RSVP.

Rise of the Magenta Mafia

T Mobile, which has a call center in Bellingham, is in the midst of a #BeMagenta push as it marks Customer Service Appreciation Week. Some employees at the local office are really getting into it, based on these tweets.

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