“I think about the years I spent just passing through
I’d like to have the time I lost and give it back to you
But you just smile and take my hand
You’ve been there you understand
It’s all part of a grander plan that is coming true.
Every long lost dream led me to where you are
Others who broke my heart they were like Northern stars
Pointing me on my way into your loving arms
This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you.”
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.
Shirley Bishop walked into the office at her Portland interior design job last September and received the shock of her life.“After 30 years in the industry, I was laid off. Never thought it would happen to me. It was a total shock.”
Reeling, she began packing up her work area.
“Thankfully, they let me come back in to finish taking my files off the computer,” she said.
Sometimes, it takes a life-altering event to make you realize what you really want.
Bishop used her free time to focus on her fledging business, Studio 13 GlassArt. She now hosts regular classes in her Washougal studio and experiments with all types of fused glass projects. Bishop also joined Made in Vancouver, a group of 200 artisans.
When Camas High School won $10,000 in a Cash for Schools contest, the students could have easily held onto the money.Instead, they decided to share some of it with Rosa Parks Elementary in Portland. The school is starting up an orchestra program, and was in need of funds. It also has one of the highest free- and reduced-price lunch rates in the area.
Cash for Schools is a contest sponsored by McLoughlin Jeep in partnership with KATU News. The contest asked schools to bring the most Facebook “Likes” to McLoughlin Jeep in a given week.
CHS was the first school to win, and the students were given the check by anchors Carl Click and Natali Marmion.
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One of the first things one notices when speaking to Lindy Treece is her goal-oriented nature.
The 17-year-old Hayes Freedom High School senior will graduate with an associate’s degree and then begin Portland State University as a junior, where she will major in speech and hearing services.
So, to learn that Treece is autistic may come as a surprise. It is something she keeps private. Opening up about it has been a process.
Alan Stogin and Tyler Schroeder were supposed to be doing research for their U.S. history class.The two WHS students and the rest of the class were studying the 1930s gangster era. However, instead of researching information on organized crime, they were looking at photos from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
“Basically, we weren’t really paying attention,” said Schroeder.
But it was then that they came upon an idea: What would happen if the dark elements from the 1930s underworld were combined with another tale of greed, murder and power? Specifically, Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.”
Washougal School District officials are likely breathing a sigh of relief as both of its levies passed in last Tuesday’s election.
“I am extremely appreciative of the support of the community,” said Dawn Tarzian, superintendent. “Levy dollars bridge the critical gap between our state allocation and the basic program needs for our students.”
Added Les Brown, technology director, “I’m super excited that voters supported the increase in our technology levy.”
Phones will be ringing across the city soon as the Camas Educational Foundation launches its annual phone-a-thon fundraising campaign.