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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.

Mount Pleasant officials react to levy failure

Despite a recent levy failure, Mount Pleasant School District officials are confident. “Voter turnout was very low and we were pretty much the only thing on the ballot,” said Peter Tarzian, superintendent. “So, the no voters voted no, and the yes votes probably still have their ballot on the fridge.” Voters were asked to approve a two-year, $310,000 levy. It failed by earning 43.48 percent support.

Sisters, survivors

As children, sisters Jennifer and Kimberly never felt safe. Never. At a time when most youngsters are being loved, protected, cared for and nurtured, their reality instead was a home filled with abuse, mistreatment and secrets. While growing up in California, from the time they were toddlers to into their teen years, Kim Abell and Jennifer Chilton suffered sexual, physical and psychological abuse at the hands of their father, a former police officer, private detective and Marine.

Robidoux brothers are running for Boston

Look through a roll of paper and you get an idea how Kyle Robiduox sees every day life with retinis pigmentosa. Extreme tunnel vision. No peripheral vision. Not able to see at night. Unable to drive a vehicle. Robiduox was diagnosed with the disease when he was 11 years old, but that didn’t stop him and his older brother Jayson from playing baseball and basketball, or chasing each other down the slopes on skis.

Legislative town hall is Saturday in Camas

Rep. Liz Pike (R-Camas) and Sen. Ann Rivers (R-La Center) will host a town hall meeting Saturday, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Camas Police Department community room. Rivers and Pike will talk about bills advancing through the Legislature, provide an update of the process and seek input on legislation that concerns the 18th District.

Burma cookbook authors to speak

Robert Carmack and Morrison Polkinghorne, authors of “The Burma Cookbook: Recipes from the Land of a Million Pagodas,” will present an hour-long illustrated history of Burma/Myanmar through its food on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 10:30 a.m., at the Camas Public Library.

Camas library sets trivia night

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