Nationally broadcast poet will entertain at library

In addition to offering paintings and music, Second Story Gallery will be presenting Live Wire! House Poet Scott Poole during the reception on Friday that kicks off August’s exhibit.

A passion to create

Like many women, Marj Casswell returned to a hobby she loved after retiring. Casswell enjoyed painting when she was young, but put that interest on hold to raise a family and have a career.

Making something old, new again

Amanda Bachelder has always loved the vintage look. Clad in a flowing white shirt, jeans, hand-painted boots and toting a custom tool box with bejeweled handle, she looks very much the part of modern mixed with yesterday. “I fell in love with the shabby chic look,” she said. “I would buy furniture at garage sales, and paint layers of white paint for that look. I love that style.”

New beginnings

Donna Hargrave gazes at the house and surrounding property at the corner of Northeast Everett Street and 23rd Avenue. To the untrained eye, it appears to be little more than an old blue farmhouse and shop building, with grass that needs trimming.

Bringing research to life

Students, parents and staff of Gause Elementary School had an opportunity to “visit” with famous people from history such as Neil Armstrong, Steven Spielberg, Jane Goodall, Jackie Robinson and Milton Hersey. And how did this happen? It was during second-grade teacher Julie Taie’s “Famous Person Museum” in the school library on June 18.

They're capturing a moment in time

When Kirsten Muskat formed the Camas Camera Club, she had no idea if it would even last. Three years later, the club has 20 members and is preparing for a group exhibit at the Camas Public Library’s Second Story Gallery. “It’s a great group of people, a place where you can pick up new skills and there is a lot of help,” Muskat said. “It’s a really nice way to learn from other people and there is a good social aspect as well.”

Camas grad participates in an eye opening experience

Nicole Hay wasn’t sure what to expect when she decided to go on a civil rights immersion trip through the University of Portland. The Camas native, who will be senior at UP in the fall, did know she wanted to do something to make a difference in other people’s lives.

Class of 2014, are you ready?

The weekend was full of festivities as graduates from local high schools received their hard-earned diplomas. Students of varying backgrounds and accomplishments celebrated as family, friends and teachers looked on. The following is a collection of stories from the various commencement ceremonies.

A connection to conservation

Determining whether a middle schooler appreciates something can pose a challenge for adults at times. However, local outdoor school organizers are convinced that the program makes a big impact with the students, even if they don’t display it outwardly. “You may not see it now, but we’re hoping that in the future, they can draw from this experience and the memories,” said Maegan Jossy, outreach coordinator for the Friends of the Columbia Gorge. “There’s something special about this experience, something you can’t get in a classroom.”

Photographer Brian Christopher captures an ancient people in modern images

Brian Christopher has always been able to blend in with his surroundings. At more than six feet tall, that is no easy accomplishment. But it isn’t something he tried to do, it’s instinctive, which helps the photojournalist capture scenes as they unfold. “I was born a documentary photographer,” Christopher, 53, said. “Despite my size, I can blend in and seem invisible.”