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Golden Givers of Time

Area residents with years of wisdom, expertise and experience are sharing their knowledge with others and enriching their own lives in the process.

Municipal Matchup

A softball game, involving city officials from Camas and Washougal Friday night, resulted in four different scores, depending on who was asked.

Local New Markets Tax Credits advisory committee is formed

Four projects will be proposed as potential recipients of New Market Tax Credits.

Camas will not purchase LaCamas Swim & Sport

After hearing a lot of discussions and questions during the Camas City Council workshop and meeting Monday, Mayor Scott Higgins concluded that the consensus among a majority of council members was that they did not want to move forward with the purchase of LaCamas Swim & Sport.

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Council votes against land purchase near Sandy Swimming Hole

The Washougal City Council has voted against purchasing land from Riverside Seventh-day Adventist Church, to create a park and overflow parking for users of the Sandy Swimming Hole.

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Sentimental Sailor

John Wagoner remembers his 17th birthday — spent aboard a 622-foot long Navy ship, with 3,000 Army GIs on their way to Korea.

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Providing hometown care

A local woman who performed at a senior center in Forest Grove, Ore., as a teenager, is the director of admissions and marketing at Prestige Care and Rehabilitation, in Camas. When Dianna Kretzschmar was 16, she received a Rotary Club scholarship for her service project of playing a piano at the senior center dances. The other band members were older than 70.

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Music is in the air with Matt Mandrones

Matt Mandrones recalls finding something interesting in his grandmother’s guest bedroom closet when he was in the third grade.

Guard alleges committee broke public meetings act

A discussion regarding committee assignments has resulted in Washougal Mayor Sean Guard accusing the city’s ad hoc committee on the budget of violating the state’s Open Meeting Act.

Propositions committees to be formed in Washougal

A special Washougal City Council meeting will be held Monday night, to appoint General Election propositions committees.

Washougal proposes ban on retail marijuana, collective gardens

The City of Washougal is proposing to prohibit medical marijuana collective gardens, as well as recreational marijuana producers, processors and retailers through Dec. 31, 2015. A public hearing will be held on those issues during the City Council meeting, Monday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m., in the council chambers at City Hall, 1701 “C” St.

Levy lid lifts will be on Washougal ballots Nov. 4

Washougal voters will be asked during this year’s General Election to approve two levy lift propositions. One would be similar to a lid lift that was in place from 2007 through 2012, for fire and emergency medical services. The other lid lift proposal would pay for an additional police officer and other public safety enhancements.

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Local buildings are among 'Top Projects'

The first building in the Steigerwald Commerce Center is on the list of “Top Projects” of Southwest Washington, named by the Vancouver Business Journal. The 21,600 square foot structure, at 4125 S. Lincoln St., Washougal, has housed Foods in Season — a distributor of seafood, caviar, specialty meats, mushrooms and truffles — since April. Team Construction, LLC, of Vancouver, was the general contractor for the $2.167 million project.

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In pursuit of bigger musical dreams

Liam Tully’s parents have told him he used to dance around on the fireplace mantle at the age of 3 or 4 with a plastic Mickey Mouse guitar and pretend to play “Johnny B. Goode.” Tully then got involved in theater, until he said playing the guitar started to consume his life.

Washougal releases survey results

A majority of individuals who responded to a survey would like to receive more communication from Washougal about what the city is doing. The four-page survey, conducted by ETC Institute, involved 411 participants, out of 1,200 people who were contacted by phone or mail. Survey recipients were randomly chosen, according to Chris Tatham, with ETC.

Aviation Career Day will include hot dogs and plane rides

Local aviation enthusiasts will be out in force this weekend, to educate and inspire future pilots and raise community awareness about Grove Field Airport. The Camas-Washougal Aviation Association annual steak feed will take place Saturday, at 6 p.m., at the airport, 632 N.E. 267th Ave., Camas.

Wine & Microbrew Street will include live music

Two local breweries, and a winery owned by Washougal residents, will feature some of their beverages at this year’s Wine & Microbrew Street. P Street Pale Ale, created by Mill City Brew Werks, in downtown Camas, and Damnesia IPA, made by Amnesia Brewing, in downtown Washougal, will be available to purchase, as part of the Camas Days festivities.

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CHS runner to attend ESPYS awards

CHS senior Alexa Efraimson will walk the ESPYS red carpet tonight.

Washougal mayor objects to retail marijuana applicant

Washougal Mayor Sean Guard is concerned the opening of a retail recreational marijuana business, operated by the owner of Mary Jane’s House of Glass, could cause an increase in service calls by police. In a letter to the Washington State Liquor Control Board license division, Guard said from August 2012 to June 3, this year, the Washougal Police Department had 23 calls for service at Mary Jane’s, 1825 “E” St.

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Living on a grand scale

A Washougal man estimates he has invested approximately 6,000 hours in creating a scale model railroad town in his home. Larry Kennedy said he has about 5,000 hours of work left, before the project is completed. “It is a work in progress,” he said.

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CWEDA website features property listings

The new Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association website includes listings of local buildings that are available to lease or purchase. The goal is to provide information to companies considering locating in the C-W area.

Camas council mulls purchase of LaCamas Swim & Sport

Several Camas City Council members are not ready to commit to the purchase of LaCamas Swim & Sport. During yesterday’s workshop, Lauren Livingston, president of The Sports Management Group, said the membership billing units originally reported by the club included the Silver Sneakers and Silver Fit program participants. The senior citizens are billed a per class fee, but they do not pay a membership fee.

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An environmentally friendly alternative

A homeowners association in Washougal implemented a unique method to clear an overgrown storm water retention area. Sixteen goats were rented July 1-3, for a flat rate of $600, to eat greenery near 39th and “P” streets, in the Krause Meadows neighborhood.

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Armed robbery suspect faces methamphetamine charge

Business is back to normal at the 7 Market in Camas, following an armed robbery Wednesday morning.

Washougal Planning Commission to discuss recreational marijuana issues

The Washougal Planning Commission will soon address the issues of potentially banning the retail sale, growing and processing of recreational marijuana within the city limits — with an expiration date. The city is working on an amendment to its development regulations. The amendment would state “no use that is illegal under local, state or federal law shall be allowed in any zone within the city.”

Port of C-W hosts Independence Day festivities

Events for all ages will be provided at Marina Park Friday. Children, ages 3 to 11, are invited to dress up and decorate their bikes for a patriotic-themed parade at 4 p.m., around the park, located by the Port of Camas-Washougal marina, 24 S. “A” St., Washougal.

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Acupuncturist heads west to downtown Camas

A licensed acupuncturist has relocated her practice from Washougal to Camas. Stephanie Meinhold owned Washougal Acupuncture & Herbs, LLC, in the Evergreen Marketplace at 3307 Evergreen Way, Ste. 603, before she moved to 405 N.E. Sixth Ave. “I moved my practice, due to much lower overhead in Camas and a lack of affordable professional space in Washougal,” she said.

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Improving the latter years of life

Maggie Lou Heltzel enjoys challenges, most any games and mingling with people. She is among the participants in beanbag baseball at Columbia Ridge Senior Living, in Washougal. Heltzel, 86, also enjoys playing bingo and exercise “sometimes.”

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Healthy at work

Georgia-Pacific is among the area’s companies that promote health and safety — in the workplace and beyond. The mill in downtown Camas provides an on site nurse and physical therapist, for employees. Fresh fruit can be found in the nurse’s office, and sometimes in the clock room.

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Constant companions

There are benefits for dogs and their owners to spend time running or walking. Justin Anderson, of Washougal, said his 4-month-old goldendoodle, Kirby behaves better with a walk.

Lacamas, iQ credit union consolidation is official July 1

Members of Lacamas Community Credit Union recently received letters in the mail, welcoming them to the iQ Credit Union ‘family.’ During a special meeting of the LCCU membership on June 12, members voted 79 percent in favor of approving consolidation plans between Lacamas and iQ.

Financial solutions are proposed in Washougal

The Washougal Finance Director has presented information about options that could offset a projected deficit of $322,000 in 2015. During the City Council workshop Monday, Jennifer Forsberg said the renewal of a levy lid lift would bring in $144,000, while a $10 vehicle tab fee would generate $107,000.

Applications are still being accepted for Washougal city council seat

The successor to Washougal City Councilwoman Caryn Plinski will be chosen in July. A special City Council meeting had been scheduled for Monday, at 7 p.m., in the council chambers at City Hall, 1701 “C” St., to hold interviews of applicants and potentially appoint a new member, and the deadline to submit applications was going to 5 p.m., Wednesday.

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Westlie Ford sets up shop in Washougal

A local company, with a long history in the community, is transitioning from its historic roots to expansions, renovations and relocations of several departments. The Westlie Ford parts and service departments, as well as business administrative offices, have been moved from 314 N.E. Birch St., in downtown Camas, to the dealership’s sales location at 40 S. Marina Way, in Washougal.

Camas may buy LaCamas Swim & Sport

After several years of committees looking at options for constructing a community center in Camas, a potential site is available that would cost less and be available sooner. City leaders are looking into the possibility of purchasing LaCamas Swim & Sport.

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Diligently serving senior citizens

The kitchen coordinator for The Meals on Wheels People Camas-Washougal plans to continue being creative, singing, dancing and traveling, while making new friends after retirement. Alla Fleischer, 66, will retire after preparing lunch Friday, at the Camas Community Center.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.”

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Local groups plan Memorial Day commemorations

Memorial Day weekend in Camas and Washougal will feature several remembrances and tributes. Originally called Decoration Day, it is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.

Washougal eyes marijuana moratorium or ban

Washougal residents will have an opportunity to comment on a potential extension of a moratorium and/or a ban regarding the retail sale, processing and growing of recreational marijuana within the city limits. A public hearing will be held during the next regular City Council meeting Tuesday, May 27, at 7 p.m., at City Hall, 1701 “C” St. The council approved an emergency ordinance on Dec. 2, 2013, regarding the establishment of retail businesses that sell marijuana. It establishes a six-month moratorium prohibiting all uses allowed under state Initiative 502. That ordinance is set to expire June 2.

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Mill City Brew Werks receives Main Street award

A downtown Camas business has received statewide recognition for improving the economic condition of the area. Mill City Brew Werks, owned by Mark Zech and Walt LeDoux, is located at 339 N.E. Cedar St. The restaurant, pub and brewery received an Excellence on Main award from the Washington State Main Street Program.

Retail marijuana sites are selected by lottery

A man who is hoping to open a retail marijuana location in Camas did not have much to say Monday, regarding his top placement among applicants involved in a lottery. Marc Elkins, with Elkgard Enterprises of 3199 N.E. Lechner St., declined to comment about the Washington State Liquor Control Board lottery results due to Camas’ continued moratorium. On April 7, the Camas City Council voted to extend a zoning moratorium relating to the establishment of marijuana production, processing and retail sales facilities. A public hearing regarding the growing, harvesting and processing of marijuana in Camas will be held Monday, May 19, at 7 p.m., at City Hall.

Oaks area could be added to refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to include approximately 88 acres of rare Oregon white oak woodland and savanna forest habitats within the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

Chiropractor joins Camas Family Health Center

A chiropractor who specializes in treating the aches and pains that come with athletic pursuits is the newest addition to the staff at Camas Family Health Center. Dr. Bryan Gehm focuses on sports fitness and injuries. “Golf, tennis, softball, baseball, swimming and running are all in full swing,” he said. “They are all activities that can bring on injury and discomfort.”

Washougal joins effort to participate in tax credit program

The Washougal City Council has narrowly approved an agreement that proponents hope will result in the addition of local jobs and economic development. The vote last night was 4 to 3, in favor of authorizing Mayor Sean Guard to sign a professional services agreement to retain consultant Pilot Management Resources LLC. It involves the expenditure of $21,875. Councilors Brent Boger, Caryn Plinski, Paul Greenlee and Connie Jo Freeman voted for it, while Joyce Lindsay, Jennifer McDaniel and Dave Shoemaker voted against the agreement.

Car prowler targets vehicles in Washougal

Police are looking for a car prowler who rummaged through several vehicles early April 22 in Washougal.

Trail advisory committee to be formed

A local historian will lead a group that will focus on the interpretive and educational features of the port waterfront trail project. Roger Daniels, of Washougal, recently referred to a suggestion made during a September 2013 open house regarding waterfront revitalization of the former Hambleton Lumber Company site.

Washougal postpones vote on tax credit program

Varying opinions regarding a New Markets Tax Credit program have led the Washougal City Council to defer additional discussions and a possible vote by two weeks. Councilors voted unanimously last night to table a decision regarding a professional services agreement with the Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association, the City of Camas and the Port of Camas-Washougal. It would include an expenditure of $21,875 from Washougal.