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.”

Camas Farmer’s Market prepares to open for seventh season

Every Wednesday, a myriad of tantalizing aromas, music and conversation floats through downtown Camas when the Farmer’s Market opens. Located between the library and City Hall, this local market includes fresh fruit, produce, cooking demonstrations, wine and food vendors, beverages, kids activities and much more. “I really like to see the spirit of community come alive every Wednesday when the market is just bustling with energy and happiness,” said Marilyn Goodman, program coordinator, who began her job with the market two years ago. “It has been so exciting to see how much people love this small town market,” she said. “I enjoy talking with customers about what brings them back each week and hearing their stories. We are so fortunate in having an excellent crew of volunteers who set up the market each week and help us tear down and our board members, some who have been with the market since it started out seven years ago.” On a typical Wednesday evening at the market, families can be found eating dinner together and children are often running around on the lawn of the library, a book in one hand and a treat in the other."

Transporting precious cargo

Driving a school bus can be a tough job, but also incredibly rewarding. Just ask Connie Allred. After a few weeks driving a bus for the Washougal School District, the driver was ready to quit. “I came to the office in tears, thinking, ‘I’m too slow and too short and too stupid to figure out how to do this right.’”

A Dark Tale

Obsession. Madness. Love. Forgiveness. All of these will portrayed on stage for audiences with the opening of “The Phantom of the Opera” at Washougal High School this Friday. Based on a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux, it is partly inspired by historical events at the Paris Opera during the nineteenth century. Its plot revolves around a beautiful soprano, Christine Daae, who becomes the dark obsession of a mysterious, mentally ill musical genius with a severe disfigurement.