Bits 'n' Pieces: Gig’s up for “One Tree Hill”

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Long TV run to end for Bethany Joy Lenz

Actress Bethany Joy Lenz (formerly Galeotti) has spent nearly a third of her life working on the CW drama “One Tree Hill,” which ends its nine-year run April 4.

Lenz, 30, the actress who married Enation band member Michael Galeotti of Battle Ground in 2005, has portrayed Haley James Scott in 187 episodes of the series.

The show that focused on high school students and their intertwined families in the fictional small town of Tree Hill, N.C., resonated with viewers, particularly women ages 18 to 34.

Lenz’s character developed from a teen who married and had a baby while still in high school to a tutor, professional singer and co-owner of the cafe where she once worked as a waitress.

In addition to her acting talents, Lenz is a singer, songwriter and musician who has sung on the show several times. She is the lead singer of the band Everly with longtime friend Amber Sweeney.

Although Lenz and her husband own a home in Clark County, she likely won’t be hanging out in Battle Ground any longer. This month the actress filed for divorce and dropped the name Galeotti, returning to her maiden name, Lenz.

-- Susan Parrish

Architect to speak on work of Don Stewart

When architect Eric Lanciault was asked to review the condition of the old Garfield building, once part of Camas High School, he was surprised by the quality hidden in the building’s brick façade.

“It became clear it was a very well designed building,” said Lanciault. It was Susan Tissot, director of the Clark County Historical Museum, who suggested it might be one of prominent Vancouver architect Don Stewart’s designs. “I was really impressed that a local architect had designed it.” Lanciault said during the early 20th century school architecture in the area was usually designed by prominent Portland-based architect Floyd Naramore.

Lanciault, a Camas resident, has worked on a wide variety of architecture projects in Clark County, from the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church to Fire Station 10. He began researching more about Stewart’s work -- his career began in 1934 -- and discovered Stewart’s design style constantly adapted. “It’s unusual to be so good at so many different aesthetics, it is a remarkable talent.” And one that’s had historical impact on Vancouver.

Lanciault will give a lecture on Stewart, which will highlight three of Stewart’s buildings: the Garfield building, the Skamania County Courthouse and Clarke Hall on the Washington State School for the Blind campus. “They are each fantastic examples of the styles of their eras, on what architects of the time were focusing on and how Don Stewart articulated those styles.”

For many architects, recognition isn’t the main goal. “It’s not about us it’s about the building, and the community,” said Lanciault.

Stewart seemed to share that sentiment. He was a member of the first Vancouver City Planning Commission, as well as a strong supporter of the Fort Vancouver Historic Reserve and a founding member of Clark County Historical Society.

Lanciault will discuss Steward during the First Thursday Museum After Hours starting at 7 p.m. April 5 at the Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. Admission is $4, $3 for seniors and students, $2 for children. Call 360-993-5679 or visit http://cchmuseum.org

-- Ashley Swanson

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