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September 27, 2011
Jim Brownlee stands next to two Triumph motorcycles he restored. The green bike took him three years to complete, as he had to find all the parts to build it. He has restored 17 motorcycles over the years.

The thrill of the ride

They may have put away their racing gear years ago, but last Saturday, members of the Twisters Motorcycle Club relived their glory days at a reunion. "Motorcycles create a bond," organizer Bob Meredith said. "I believe it is a closer bond than any other type of racing." This theory certainly seemed to prove true, as bikers from several states made the trek to Meredith's Fern Prairie home to attend the event. Laughter, tall tales, food and of course, motorcycles, were a big topic of conversation at the reunion for the more than 30 club members and their wives, the "Twisters Sisters."

September 20, 2011
Garrett Erickson of Camas checks out one of the many vehicles on display at the Braggers Rights Classic Car Show, sponsored by Georgia Pacific.  Proceeds benefit local charities.

Cruising into Camas

From Grateful Dead themed "hippie vans" to a 1938 Ford Roadster, the Braggers Rights Classic Car Show Cruise-In had a little something for everyone. Take George Boeckel, for example. The Milwaukie, Ore., resident enjoyed showing his 1970 Pontiac Judge and chatting with onlookers at the same time. "This was a 15-year project," he said. "It began when my son wanted to get a car and bought a 1972 Pontiac LeMans." Boeckel went to a dragstrip in Central Oregon with his son, and never has been the same since. He and wife, Terry, have spent many hours of their free time in the last 15 years restoring the "Judge" to mint condition and attending several car shows along the way.

September 20, 2011

And the winners are…

More than 115 cars, trucks and motorcycles were entered into the car show. The event raised $3,020 for the Camas-Washougal Community Chest, along with approximately 50 pounds of canned goods for the Inter-faith Treasure House.

September 13, 2011
Floating, tanning and jumping off rocks into the water were all popular activities at the Sandy Swimming Hole last week.

Beating the heat

Usually after school is back in session, people are thinking about football, pumpkins, brisk weather and wintering their gardens. But with the hottest weather of the year hitting Camas and Washougal, many are still in full summer mode. During the last week, the Northwest has welcomed several 90-plus degree days, for the first time since last summer. Ironically, right before the heat wave began Labor Day weekend, weather forecasters had argued that perhaps the Northwest wouldn't see temperatures more than 90 degrees until 2012.

September 6, 2011
Belle Mathieu (foreground) and Debra Sampson serve "Hot Mana Chili" at A Twist on Time. Sampson, co-owner of the store, said she doesn't use a recipe when cooking it.

Gettin’ chili

Friday may have been a warm night, but in downtown Camas, merchants were getting chili. Or, more correctly, serving chili and soup that either they had made themselves, or had a local restaurant concoct for them. The idea for a soup and chili cook-off First Friday event came from Carrie Schulstad and other members of the Downtown Camas Association. First Friday happens each month and there is a different theme every time, with the goal of promoting downtown Camas. "We thought this would be a great idea to cross promote local restaurants, merchants and the Camas Farmer's Market," said Schulstad, vice-president of the DCA.

August 30, 2011
Nikia Furman, owner of film and video production company Furman Pictures, collaborates on a project with Washougal High School intern Luis Iniguez. Both said the experience was mutually beneficial.

He’s seeing the BIG PICTURE

While most kids his age spent the summer ringing up retail purchases or serving food, 16-year-old Luis Iniguez was learning the ins and outs of the film production business. He served as an intern to Nikia Furman of Furman Pictures, a company based in Camas. "It's been a good experience," Iniguez said. "It's been fun going out to the field where we did a shoot. That was a new experience."

August 23, 2011
This year's Street Faire will span four blocks in downtown Camas. It is sponsored by Camas Antiques and the Downtown Camas Association, and presented by Worthy Goods.

Taking it to the street

Those who enjoy finding unique home furnishings, garden art or a one-of-a-kind necklace should clear their calendars for Saturday. The third-annual Vintage Street Faire is coming to downtown Camas. With approximately 30 vendors offering everything from 1890s collectibles to handmade linens, there will be plenty of choices. Items range in price from just a few dollars to higher end, older finds. The Street Faire is sponsored by Camas Antiques and the Downtown Camas Association, and is presented by Worthy Goods.

August 9, 2011
Tulla Burke, historian with the Second Story Gallery Society, hangs "Keyhole Rock II," by Judith Sanders-Wood. The showing of the Ridgefield resident's work opened Friday with a reception at the Second Story Gallery inside the Camas Public Library.

Painting her way through life

Judith Sanders-Wood used to get in trouble with her teacher in grade school for drawing outlines of naked people in the margins of her school papers. She didn't understand why her teacher was so upset; her artistic mother had taught her to draw the human form when she was a young child as a basis for paintings and drawings.

August 2, 2011
Cape Horn-Skye fifth-grade teacher Chelsea Meats helps Sami Tyler tie a string around her bird feeder, a fundraiser for a school trip to Costa Rica next July.

An adventure of discovery

Most people only dream of visiting Costa Rica, but a fifth-grade teacher at Cape Horn-Skye Elementary School is turning that into a reality for several of her students. Chelsea Meats and five middle school students from Canyon Creek, which shares a campus with Cape Horn-Skye, are heading on an eight-day trip to Costa Rica next July through Discovery Student Adventures.