Leadership Clark County informational meeting is March 18

Leadership Clark County is hosting a free information meeting on Tuesday, March 18 for candidates interested in learning more about the community leadership program and applying to enter the class of 2015.

Riverview Community Bank promotes promotes Washougal man

Riverview Community Bank recently announced the promotion of Daniel Cox to executive vice president and chief credit officer by the board of directors. “Since joining Riverview almost 12 years ago, advancing from a credit analyst to a commercial loan officer to running credit administration, Dan has made a major impact on our company. He has been instrumental in dramatically reducing our problem credits, crafting new policies and improving the loan approval process to better serve our stakeholders,” said Ron Wysaske, president and chief operating officer of Riverview Community Bank. “As a member of the executive management team, Dan’s input on the banks’ strategies and execution of the company’s business plan will be extremely valuable.”

Company signs lease with Port

An engineering and manufacturing firm will move into the Port of Camas-Washougal industrial park, after Foods in Season relocates to the Steigerwald Commerce Center. Port commissioners have approved a five-year lease with DS Fabrication and Design, for the 13,620 square-foot Building 16, located at 3805 S. Truman St. Lease terms, starting May 1, include monthly payments of $5,525 for the first year, with a 12.84 percent increase the second year. During the third, fourth and fifth years, there will be a three percent increase.

‘Land and Environmental Art’ series continues at Vancouver library

The second event in the three-part series “Land and Environmental Art,” will be held March 13. Sponsored by the Clark County Arts Commission, with support from the Clark County Clean Water Commission, the event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room, 901 “C” St.

Consignment boutique has children’s clothes and supplies

A mother of two girls has created a company that sells an assortment of children’s outfits and other supplies useful to parents. Amy Jo Begley opened 4Ever Growing Kids, in downtown Camas, in November 2013. “I wanted a business that I could bring my children to work with me,” she said. Begley previously provided program sales and administrative/bookkeeping services for a traveling children’s entertainment company for more than 12 years. “I was just inspired to bring a great quality consignment shop with great customer service, and I enjoy what I do,” she said.

Camas seeks input from citizens on I-502

The Camas City Council is interested in knowing exactly what citizens think about Initiative-502 and how its implementation should — or shouldn’t — impact the local community. During last night’s Camas City Council meeting, Mayor Scott Higgins said he would like more information, so that he can gauge whether the community has a strong feeling about the issue one way or another. “I don’t believe we’ve heard from a lot of our community yet,” he said. “I personally haven’t received much feedback at all as far as what course of action the community should take on that, and I think I’d really love it if we invited it.”

Celebrating the land of a million pagodas

On Saturday, my Mt. Norway kitchen was overflowing with the aromas of delicious, savory delights — pork marinated in ginger and a thick, sweet soy sauce, then cooked for nearly two hours on a low heat with Asian chile powder to create a unique stew. Mint, onion, ginger and garlic later joined the flavor palate to create a potato salad tossed with gently seasoned oil. On Sunday, sweeter scents prevailed as a mixture of fresh pineapple, sugar, cinnamon and clove simmered on top of the stove in my favorite bright red dutch oven. The result was a ridiculously sweet, syrupy jam that I later spooned into a hot cup of English breakfast tea, and spread on top of a slice of crusty bread.

State of the County address is Thursday

Clark County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tom Mielke will present the upcoming State of the County address, with Commissioners David Madore and Steve Stuart. The free event, open to the public, will be held Thursday. Light refreshments will be served beginning at 2 p.m., and the formal program will run from 2:45 to 4 p.m., at the Clark County Square Dance Center, 10713 N.E. 117th Ave., Vancouver.

Alexa Efraimson earns Gatorade National cross country award

Camas High School junior Alexa Efraimson was surprised by a former Olympian this morning during her advanced marketing class. Efraimson was planning to make a speech, when professional distance runner Molly Huddle entered the classroom and presented her with the 2013-14 Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year trophy.

Washougal mayor fights prostate cancer

Washougal Mayor Sean Guard has been holding some city staff meetings at his house since he underwent prostate cancer surgery. The operation, which took more than six hours, was conducted Feb. 17. Since then, Guard has gone to City Hall for short meetings and paperwork. “The timing of the surgery allowed for proper planning for it,” he said Monday. Guard, 51, was diagnosed in October. He said the cancer was not caught through simple digital exams as part of his annual physical.