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A celebration of survival

Breast cancer is beatable. There are scores of women who not only survive, but thrive after diagnosis and treatment.

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Blending fitness and family

Like many first-time moms, Jenn Prettyman felt overwhelmed, isolated and unsure of herself following the birth of her daughter, Alyssa. After seeing a flyer at a mom’s group about Baby Boot Camp, Prettyman decided to give it a try in the hopes it would lift her spirits. She took one class with her infant in tow, and was hooked.

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Read to the Dogs: A captive audience

Viviane Deva, 6, and sister, Ave, 8, take turns reading to Cooper. a certified therapy dog, at the Camas Public Library.

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Lees joins WSD board of directors

After several months with a vacant seat, the Washougal School Board welcomed its newest member Tuesday evening. Teresa Lees, a mother of six Washougal students, will represent the patrons in district one, which was vacated by Jocelyn Lindsay last spring when she moved out of town.

Get rewards for hiking in the Gorge

Second annual Fall Hike the Gorge weekend starts today

School levy is back on the Nov. 4 ballot

Voters in the Mount Pleasant School District will be asked to approve a 2-year, $310,000 measure

Parenting workshops put an emphasis on communication

A local nonprofit is hoping to offer parents useful tools for staying connected to their children as they transition into the teen years.

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Bringing cultures together

When Stephen Baranowksi graduated from Camas High School in 2006, he had a unique opportunity to be a student volunteer at the city’s first conversational English Language Camp in Poland.

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Inspiration through collaboration

A local teacher is one of five state finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

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Exploring their futures

While some teens spent the summer at the river, hanging out with friends, hiking or vacationing, several Camas High School students devoted much of their free time toward potential future careers.

Dress drive set for Clark County girls in foster care

Attending the homecoming dance is a rite of passage for most high school girls.

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Celebrating fall, family & fun

With the season changing from summer to fall, there are several happenings in the Camas-Washougal area that will usher in cold, crisp mornings and falling leaves.

WSD approves 2014-15 budget

The Washougal School District’s 2014-15 budget includes funding for all-day kindergarten and technology improvements at all schools. This year’s spending plan is $31.8 million, approximately $1.6 million more than the 2013-14 year.

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Opportunities for enrichment

Whether you’re looking to learn a new skill, work up a sweat or have the kids try something new after school, opportunities abound with Camas and Washougal community education offerings.

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Expression through appliqué

When eight women met in Iva Lindsay’s home in 1974 to organize a quilting group, they never imagined what it would become.

Budget on the level for new school year

The Camas School District budget for 2014-15 is very similar to last year’s, with a few exceptions.

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A second home

A former administrator with the Evergreen School District has found a home at Camas High School.

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A new vision

Elida Field has long dreamed of having her own studio. The Camas artist has used her basement and leased in the past, but always desired her own, dedicated space.

Local students post modest gains on state tests

Students in Camas continue to score well above average on all parts of the state tests, while Washougal students posted gains in science and reading.

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Danielson Foundation awards two grants

Thanks to grants from a local charitable foundation, two programs in the Washougal School District will reap the benefits.

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International experiences

When asked to describe his favorite aspect of Paris, Craig Grable is at a loss for words.

Local schools face renewed sanctions of No Child Left Behind

After the federal Department of Education removed Washington’s No Child Left Behind waiver, local schools are being faced with a return of the former system.

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He’s paying it forward

Gared Skorick knows what it’s like to go without the essentials.

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Living every day to the fullest

“Never give up.” Marilyn Goodman lived by that statement. The Camas resident battled ovarian cancer for 10 years, enduring several reoccurrences and experimental therapies before the disease took her life on Aug. 15.

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Putting life in his years

By all accounts, George Willis has packed a lot of living into his 89 years on this earth.

Taking golf to the next level

Brian Humphreys has had one busy summer.

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Exploring science

Whether it was constructing a dinosaur skeleton, “digging” for fossils or exploring how magnets worked, there was plenty to do at the OMSI Science Festival at Hathaway Elementary School.

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‘The toughest job, you’ll ever love’

As a senior in college at Graceland University, Paige Webberly was on track to her dream of becoming a doctor. She had good grades, a double major in biology and chemistry, and a work ethic to match.

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District prepares for iPad rollout

This fall, more than 1,000 students in the Washougal School District will have their own iPads.

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A focus on SAFETY

Safety. It’s a topic of discussion for school leaders everywhere. With violent acts and threats of violence continuing to make the headlines, administrators are looking for ways to help ensure parents, staff and students feel secure.

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Exploring ballet

Zuzu Metzler of Camas and 25 other select dancers from all over the country are studying ballet under the tutelage of a legendary ballerina. Metzler, 14, is participating in the Kennedy Center’s three-week Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell program in Washington D.C.

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A whirlwind of fun

A feeling of celebration was in the air during opening day at the Clark County Fair Friday morning. Whether it was to brave one of the stomach-turning rides, watch the new traveling sea lion exhibit, feast on fair food or just have fun, people came out in force for “Summer’s Best Party.” By 10 a.m., many of the parking lots were full and people waited in lines for some of the more popular rides.

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Playing with their food

Most of the time, kids are told not to play with their food. But at the annual Camas Farmer’s Market Veggie Derby, it’s just the opposite. Here, children are encouraged to use their skills to make the “coolest, fastest, funniest car” using an assortment of veggies.

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A passion to create

Like many women, Marj Casswell returned to a hobby she loved after retiring. Casswell enjoyed painting when she was young, but put that interest on hold to raise a family and have a career.

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Parade is ready to rock

It’s time to get your groove on, Camas. On Saturday, the city will transform itself into a rock music paradise. People dressed in all matter of things, “rock ‘n’ roll,” will flood the streets as they join the 11 a.m. Grand Parade for Camas Days.

Rockaroos concert cancelled

Popular kids' band was set to perform at 6:30 p.m.

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Making something old, new again

Amanda Bachelder has always loved the vintage look. Clad in a flowing white shirt, jeans, hand-painted boots and toting a custom tool box with bejeweled handle, she looks very much the part of modern mixed with yesterday. “I fell in love with the shabby chic look,” she said. “I would buy furniture at garage sales, and paint layers of white paint for that look. I love that style.”

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Cold and ready

Every year, Aaron Lutz looks forward to Camas Days. One of his favorite activities is the annual bathtub races, where eight teams of three people — two pushing and one steering — weave a tub around five cones set up in front of Camas City Hall. The tubs are filled with 40 degree water.

Local student earns perfect score on the ACT

When Sophie Shoemaker texted her mother to tell her she’d achieved a perfect score on her ACT exam, Cherie Shoemaker thought she was one of a few at Camas High School to earn it. “I just replied back in the usual fashion, ‘That’s amazing!’ and ‘That’s my girl, good job!’ thinking she was probably one of five or 10 other students from Camas who got a 36,” Cherie said.

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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.

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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.

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School bells are back again

Hearing the bell ring to signify the start of the school day was a time honored tradition in local schools. Before the days of cell phones with alarms and inexpensive wristwatches, it was the way children were summoned to begin the day.

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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.”

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A commitment to success

Every day, countless people look in the mirror and declare, “no more.” They make a commitment to lose weight. For weeks, or even months, a rigorous diet and exercise regimen is followed. They lose weight. Friends marvel at their commitment.

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Understanding wellness

Childhood obesity has reached epidemic levels in Washington and throughout the United States. Overweight children are at higher risk for lifelong physical and emotional health problems, among other issues.

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School lunches promote healthy eating

When one hears the words “school lunch,” memories of rubbery chicken nuggets, canned vegetables and unappetizing pizza typically come to mind. But during the last several years, school lunches have received a major overhaul due to changing beliefs about nutrition and federal requirements.

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School lunches promote healthy eating

When one hears the words “school lunch,” memories of rubbery chicken nuggets, canned vegetables and unappetizing pizza typically come to mind. But during the last several years, school lunches have received a major overhaul due to changing beliefs about nutrition and federal requirements.

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She’s giving back

Chloe Connors loves to express herself through art and music. So when the 13-year-old learned that members of the Jemtegaard Middle School choir would have to pay for new folders, she took action. “I really enjoy choir and wanted to help out,” Chloe said.

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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.

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A ‘fun’ lesson in economics

Excited, boisterous voices filled the air as potential buyers haggled with sellers during Ancient Market Day at Liberty Middle School. Blankets, filled with handmade goods ranging from perfume to pottery, took up every inch of available ground space. Sellers, eager to earn money for their goods, encouraged potential buyers to have a look.