Bits 'n' Pieces: Former resident returns for brief stint on soap opera

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Vancouver native Ken Hanes is stepping back in front of the camera after concentrating on writing, directing and producing for many years. Hanes is reprising his role as Mike Guthrie on the CBS soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

Hanes is a Hudson’s Bay High School and Clark College graduate now living in Los Angeles. His parents, Delores and Bob Hanes, and brother, Darin Hanes, still live in Vancouver.

Hanes played Guthrie during much of the ’90s, leaving in 1998. He recently had a break in his schedule, so when he was asked to return to the show for a three-week story arc, he said yes.

Hanes, 50, filmed during April. Most of his scenes are opposite actor Patrick Duffy, who played Bobby Ewing on “Dallas.” His episodes begin airing May 31.

Guthrie was a troublemaker when Hanes first inhabited the role, and he’s still up to no good. Stepping back into the part after more than a decade was a little nerve-wracking but also fairly natural, Hanes said.

“It was really fun to go back,” he said. “Having not been there in 12 years, it’s a little bit like going to your high school reunion.”

Vancouver Symphony mourns longtime violist

Romana Smith was a big part of Vancouver Symphony’s heart and its history.

Smith, who was 72 when she died of a stroke in April, served as a violist in the symphony for more than two decades. She also helped shape the symphony’s future. The Vancouver resident and her husband, Tim Smith, 63, helped recruit the symphony’s conductor and music director, Salvador Brotons, in 1991.

“Her presence in the viola section will be missed by everyone who loves the VSO or just loves music,” Brotons said in a prepared statement. “I am so thankful that Romana gave her talent and passion to our string section for so long. Mostly, I thank her for introducing me to my home for the past 20 seasons here at the VSO.”

Born and raised in Portland, Smith learned to play the piano, violin and the viola as a child.

Romana’s first husband, who died in 1976, played the guitar. While married to him, she learned to play the mandolin. She shared her devotion to the Vancouver Symphony with Tim, whom she married in 1981.

“She played anything with strings,” said Tim, who served as a volunteer with the Vancouver Symphony. “I’m very proud of her.”

B.G. shop owner thinks big

When The Cupola Gallery closed last month in Old Town Battle Ground, Sally Cranston decided to take a leap of faith. Cranston, an east Vancouver resident and owner of the adjacent gifts and home decor shop Uncovered Ruby, decided to expand her business.

Uncovered Ruby took over the space formerly occupied by Cupola in mid-April, thus increasing the number of outside vendors and consignors it can accommodate.

“I think it’s just more of a destination for people to come to,” Cranston, 46, said of the newly expanded store.

Uncovered Ruby now has 16-18 outside vendors, compared with about 10 before the expansion. This means more variety in merchandise, which people can experience Aug. 28 at Uncovered Ruby’s second annual flea market.

“Once you get different people in there, they all bring their own customer base,” Cranston said. “The more people you have, the more consignors, the bigger the draw.”

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