Stories by Dawn Feldhaus

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December 6, 2018
Washougal Mayor Molly Coston (left) attends a Nov. 13, 2018 Washougal City Council meeting. (Post-Record file photo)

Mayor Molly remains

It’s official: Molly Coston is the mayor of Washougal — again.

December 6, 2018
An aerial view of Port of Camas-Washougal properties includes the former Hambleton Lumber Company site (on the right). The port received zero proposals to commercially develop 26.5 acres of land near Washougal Waterfront Park and Trail. (Contributed photo courtesy of Blue Turtle Pro Media)

No bites on Washougal waterfront

Area residents dreaming of a thriving mixed-use development along the Washougal waterfront will need to temper their enthusiasm, at least temporarily.

December 5, 2018
Michelle Wolcott (left), Rick Jones (center) and Patty Buslach (right), all of Washougal, sign up to volunteer at a severe weather shelter in downtown Washougal Nov. 29.

Severe weather shelter opens tonight

With temperatures expected to drop below freezing this week, a few Washougal and Camas residents have volunteered to staff a severe weather shelter in downtown Washougal.

November 29, 2018
Washougal City Manager David Scott (left) and Washougal Accounting Specialist Lee Bowles (right) talk in Scott's office in City Hall. Scott and Bowles are participating in "No-Shave November," a monthlong effort to put away the razor, increase awareness about cancer and donate to cancer prevention, research and education.

‘No-Shave November’ takes root in Washougal

Two Washougal men — one originally from the New England area and the other from Manchester, England — have something in common, a desire to help fund the fight against cancer.

November 29, 2018
Licensed Massage Therapist Andrew Salmeron, of Washougal, offers relaxation and therapeutic deep tissue massages, as well as customized focus massages that include work on the head, neck and shoulders, the hip and lower lumbar region or legs and feet. Salmeron, 54, completed an 800-hour program with East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, and he takes continued education required for annual licensing.

Mobile masseur

A bilingual licensed massage therapist who speaks English and Spanish is drawn to work with senior citizens and cancer survivors.

November 22, 2018
Laura McGuire, of Camas, writes a heartfelt message on a box destined for the wildfire-affected areas of Northern California. McGuire organized a two-day donation effort that inspired Camas and Washougal residents to contribute clothing, camping equipment and personal care items for Californians who had to evacuate their homes.

Caring for Cali

While the Camp Fire raged in northern California last week, killing 79 people, injuring five firefighters, destroying almost 10,000 homes and decimating the entire town of Paradise, residents in Camas and Washougal set out to help families affected by this and other wildfires burning throughout the Golden State.

November 22, 2018
Washougal Mayor Molly Coston (left) listens to former Camas Mayor Nan Henriksen (right), at Hidden River Roasters in downtown Camas. Henriksen has provided encouragement and perspective for Coston on a weekly basis since January 2018.

Mentoring the mayor

A mentorship between two Camas-Washougal female leaders seems to be proving, as fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt once famously said, that “one woman’s success can only help another woman’s success.”