During the past 80 years, Jacquie Svidran has transformed herself into a menagerie of unique and memorable characters.
On stage she has played roles ranging from a jovial Catholic nun to a Jewish matchmaker to Queen Victoria.
Television audiences in Alaska knew her as “Mother Moose,” a role that required her to wear a 75-pound puppet head.
“I had a brake cable inside that I pulled to make the eyes roll, and these bosoms were as big as basketballs,” she said, describing the costume. “I could only wear it about 15 minutes, then I’d have to take it off and rest.”
On Saturday, my Mt. Norway kitchen was overflowing with the aromas of delicious, savory delights — pork marinated in ginger and a thick, sweet soy sauce, then cooked for nearly two hours on a low heat with Asian chile powder to create a unique stew.
Mint, onion, ginger and garlic later joined the flavor palate to create a potato salad tossed with gently seasoned oil.
On Sunday, sweeter scents prevailed as a mixture of fresh pineapple, sugar, cinnamon and clove simmered on top of the stove in my favorite bright red dutch oven. The result was a ridiculously sweet, syrupy jam that I later spooned into a hot cup of English breakfast tea, and spread on top of a slice of crusty bread.
Dianne and Darin Van Dyken are lucky to be alive.
As profiled in an article in today’s Post-Record, before the two met in 2012, they had both had serious addictions to drugs and alcohol. The destructive paths they chose to take in their lives led to very dark places. Darin ended up in what he describes as “the ghetto,” essentially homeless and dealing drugs to survive, while Dianne had attempted suicide and was eventually arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants — her blood alcohol level pushed to a point that could have been deadly. Both had several unsuccessful attempts to get clean.
The Camas City Council is interested in knowing exactly what citizens think about Initiative-502 and how its implementation should — or shouldn’t — impact the local community.
During last night’s Camas City Council meeting, Mayor Scott Higgins said he would like more information, so that he can gauge whether the community has a strong feeling about the issue one way or another.
“I don’t believe we’ve heard from a lot of our community yet,” he said. “I personally haven’t received much feedback at all as far as what course of action the community should take on that, and I think I’d really love it if we invited it.”
As children, sisters Jennifer and Kimberly never felt safe. Never.
At a time when most youngsters are being loved, protected, cared for and nurtured, their reality instead was a home filled with abuse, mistreatment and secrets.
While growing up in California, from the time they were toddlers to into their teen years, Kim Abell and Jennifer Chilton suffered sexual, physical and psychological abuse at the hands of their father, a former police officer, private detective and Marine.
Knowledge, understanding and compassion are power.
This concept can be applied to many facets of life, but particularly when it comes to those aspects that make us different from one another.
Speed and impairment are being listed as factors in a multi-vehicle collision Feb. 13 on Pacific Rim Boulevard in Camas.
According to a news release from the Camas Police Department, Andrew S. Colburn, 43, of Camas, was driving a 2012 Cadillac CTS eastbound at a high rate of speed on Pacific Rim, at approximately 8:35 p.m., when he collided with a 2007 Nissan Murano driven by Cheri M. Thomas, 45, of Camas.
It didn’t come with a whole lot of fanfare, but on Tuesday night something pretty important happened in Washougal — something likely to have a significant impact on youth and the greater community for years to come.
Speed and impairment are being listed as factors in a multi-vehicle collision Feb. 13 on Pacific Rim Boulevard in Camas. According to a news release from the Camas Police Department, Andrew S. Colburn, 43, of Camas, was driving a 2012 Cadillac CTS eastbound at a high rate of speed on Pacific Rim, at approximately 8:35 p.m., when he collided with a 2007 Nissan Murano driven by Cheri M. Thomas, 45, of Camas.
Costco will host a local author for a book signing event on Saturday. Rene Johnston Carroll, of Washougal, is the author of “Legendary Locals of Camas-Washougal.” She will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 19610 S.E. First St., in Vancouver.