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.

Substitute bus driver fired

A substitute bus driver for the Washougal School District has been fired after he got into a verbal altercation with students on the afternoon of May 23. The district reported the incident and the driver to the office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, which oversees standards for the state’s bus drivers.

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A connection to conservation

Determining whether a middle schooler appreciates something can pose a challenge for adults at times. However, local outdoor school organizers are convinced that the program makes a big impact with the students, even if they don’t display it outwardly. “You may not see it now, but we’re hoping that in the future, they can draw from this experience and the memories,” said Maegan Jossy, outreach coordinator for the Friends of the Columbia Gorge. “There’s something special about this experience, something you can’t get in a classroom.”

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Photographer Brian Christopher captures an ancient people in modern images

Brian Christopher has always been able to blend in with his surroundings. At more than six feet tall, that is no easy accomplishment. But it isn’t something he tried to do, it’s instinctive, which helps the photojournalist capture scenes as they unfold. “I was born a documentary photographer,” Christopher, 53, said. “Despite my size, I can blend in and seem invisible.”

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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.”

Dedicated learners and educators

A special education teacher with a passion for his craft, along with a fifth-grade teacher who supports both students and colleagues, are being recognized for their efforts. Mike Brasch and Marie Klemmer are being recognized as Teachers of the Year by the Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce. They will be honored at a banquet on June 4. Brash is a special education teacher at Hayes Freedom High School in Camas, while Klemmer teaches fifth-grade at Gause Elementary School in Washougal.

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Camas Farmer’s Market prepares to open for seventh season

Every Wednesday, a myriad of tantalizing aromas, music and conversation floats through downtown Camas when the Farmer’s Market opens. Located between the library and City Hall, this local market includes fresh fruit, produce, cooking demonstrations, wine and food vendors, beverages, kids activities and much more. “I really like to see the spirit of community come alive every Wednesday when the market is just bustling with energy and happiness,” said Marilyn Goodman, program coordinator, who began her job with the market two years ago. “It has been so exciting to see how much people love this small town market,” she said. “I enjoy talking with customers about what brings them back each week and hearing their stories. We are so fortunate in having an excellent crew of volunteers who set up the market each week and help us tear down and our board members, some who have been with the market since it started out seven years ago.” On a typical Wednesday evening at the market, families can be found eating dinner together and children are often running around on the lawn of the library, a book in one hand and a treat in the other."

Jenkins resigns from Washougal High School

Math teacher Jay Jenkins has resigned from Washougal High School. The School Board accepted his resignation, effective at the end of the school year, at a special meeting on Thursday. This came about after a flurry of publicity about Jenkins’ allegedly touching students inappropriately during instructional time. The reported incidents dated back to 2008.

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Remembering Mrs. Champion

Hathaway Elementary School has lost a beloved teacher. Susan Champion, 59, passed away from cancer on Friday, May 9. Principal Laura Bolt describes the third-grade teacher as “vibrant and energetic,” even in her final months. She was in the classroom until winter break.

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Transporting precious cargo

Driving a school bus can be a tough job, but also incredibly rewarding. Just ask Connie Allred. After a few weeks driving a bus for the Washougal School District, the driver was ready to quit. “I came to the office in tears, thinking, ‘I’m too slow and too short and too stupid to figure out how to do this right.’”

Jenkins resigns from Washougal School District

Math teacher Jay Jenkins has resigned from Washougal High School. The School Board accepted his resignation, effective at the end of the school year, at a special meeting on Thursday.

Friends of Excelsior selling desserts at 'Phantom'

Friends of Excelsior will be selling homemade desserts at the Saturday showings of "Phantom of the Opera," on May 17 and May 24 at Washougal High School.

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A Dark Tale

Obsession. Madness. Love. Forgiveness. All of these will portrayed on stage for audiences with the opening of “The Phantom of the Opera” at Washougal High School this Friday. Based on a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux, it is partly inspired by historical events at the Paris Opera during the nineteenth century. Its plot revolves around a beautiful soprano, Christine Daae, who becomes the dark obsession of a mysterious, mentally ill musical genius with a severe disfigurement.

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Remembering ‘Grandma Veda’

Veda Grace Frothinger Lanz was the third of 12 children born to a farming family in South Dakota. The number of kids was not at all unusual for the early 20th century, especially in a rural area. What was eyebrow raising was that there were four sets of twins among the 12. At one point, there were eight children, all 5 years of age and younger, living in the small home of George and Ella Frothinger. This was in a time before washing machines, dishwashers, microwaves, disposable diapers, grocery stores, and for many, electricity.

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It's time for summer fun

With the area’s first taste of warm weather recently, summer is on the minds of many, particularly children. And what to do during the long months without school is a question now being considered by parents everywhere. There are several camps in Clark County that offer anywhere from a few hours to several days of activities. Camps include everything from how to improve sports skills to how to improve cooking skills.

Sharing their love of music

Two Washougal High School seniors had the opportunity to perform with professional musicians in a benefit show for children recently. T. Walker Anderson and Mikayla Harris participated in the Ten Grands for Kids event at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland on Friday, April 18. It is a free, 75 minute matinee created by Michael Allen Harrison, a well-known professional pianist who lives in Portland. The goal of the event is to have a show that inspires students to follow their dreams and exposes them to music “at a very high level of proficiency.”