The Serendipity Shop sells clothing, eclectic items

Cori Lee’s business card contains a definition of serendipity — “the art of making happy discoveries.” She recently opened a new business in Washougal, The Serendipity Shop, which contains a wide array of goods.

Firefighters initiate project for local man with ALS

A local woman who has spent her life helping people recently benefitted from the generosity of others. Charlie Dawson, of Washougal, is a volunteer battalion chief and a first responder with the Camas-Washougal Fire Department. Her husband, Bob, was officially diagnosed with ALS — also known as ‘Lou Gehrig’s Disease’ — by a neurologist in October 2013.

A hidden treasure

Vern and Faye Schanilec describe the Washougal River Greenway Trail as one of the “hidden treasures of Camas.” The Schanilecs walk the trail often, and Vern provided assistance with an Eagle Scout project that resulted in the planting of 12 red leaf maple trees along one portion of the walkway.

Marijuana moratorium extended in Washougal

The Washougal City Council has extended a marijuana moratorium by three months, after listening to comments during a public hearing. The unanimous decision, regarding the retail sale, processing and growing of recreational marijuana within the city limits, occurred during the May 27 meeting. A previous ordinance was set to expire yesterday.

Freeholders send proposed charter to voters

Clark County voters will cast their ballots this November on a charter document that has been crafted and approved by a majority of the Board of Freeholders. On May 27, the Freeholders voted 11-3 to approve the proposed charter. Voting against the document were Peter Silliman, Tracy S. Wilson and Rep. Liz Pike (R-Camas). Rep. Ann Rivers (R-La Center) was absent from the meeting due to a family emergency.

Upkes Group CEO to present business strategy workshop

Executives and others in leadership positions are invited to identify their greatest opportunities and obstacles during a business strategy workshop. Keith Upkes, president and chief executive officer of The Upkes Group, in Camas, will also talk about getting clear on who you are and who you are not as a company, developing a clear vision of what you need to accomplish in order to grow, and learning strategies to improve profitability.

PubTalk will feature several business pitches

Four area companies will have an opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a judging panel of industry experts at the next Clark County PubTalk. The session, sponsored by the Columbia River Economic Development Council and the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council, will be held Tuesday, June 17, from 5 to 8 p.m., in the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Artillery Barracks, 600 E. Hatheway Road, Vancouver.

County commissioners will hear from the public on surface mining overlay map

On Tuesday, June 3, the Clark County Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed surface mining overlay map. It is a document that received impassioned feedback from Livingston Mountain residents, when it was discussed by the County Planning Commission in late 2013. The proposed surface mining overlay map is part of an update being conducted for Clark County’s mineral resource lands regulations. Counties planning under the Growth Management Act are required to identify, designate and protect mineral resource lands that are not already characterized by urban growth and that have long-term significance for the extraction of minerals.

Local couple earns honors for mentoring, volunteering

Gordon French describes owning LJC Feed as “a labor of love.” He and his wife Patty purchased the store in Camas 19 years ago, and they have influenced and educated children, teens and adults ever since. The Frenches have been named the Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce 2014 “Business Persons of the Year.” “It was awesome,” Patty said. “It feels very rewarding.”

Supporting the community

The Camas-Washougal Rotary Club motto is “service above self.” So, it makes sense that the 57 member group has earned the title of “Citizen of the Year” by the Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce. “It’s great that they can be recognized as a whole for what they all do for the local community,” said Chamber Director Brent Erickson. “They’re a real well-rounded group.”