By Alli Mattson, Ridgefield
August 27, 2014 6 a.m.
When we bought our property in Sara some 58 years ago, we did not realize what a treasure we were getting. The east side of our lower acre adjoined what is now Whipple Creek Park, a popular place for hikers and horseback riders.
Have you taken part in the Ice Bucket Challenge for The ALS Association? Did you get any fun photos of someone dumping a bucket of ice water on your head? We'd like to see them and run a selection in an upcoming Neighbors section.
Arnada — For helping fix up dilapidated houses and properties in their community, the Arnada Neighborhood Association has honored Bruce and Judith Wood with a Vancouver Sparkles award. "If not for their efforts some of these properties would have fallen into greater disrepair and could have become a safety issue for the neighborhood," according to the latest Vancouver Office of Neighborhoods newsletter.
Northfield — A Northfield resident was honored recently by his neighborhood association for contributions to his community. Ed Malcom, who owns a condo in the neighborhood, is known to drive around on his golf cart and lend a hand by adjusting sprinkler heads, helping residents haul items or whatever else he can do to assist, according to the Northfield Neighborhood Association. He recently volunteered to remove a dead arborvitae by the fence of the condo community that was an eyesore and potential safety hazard.
Northeast Hazel Dell — The Mustang Stampede and All-Ford Car Show in July drew more than 130 stylish cars to the First Church of God in Vancouver. The owners of those cars competed for more than 70 trophies; some came from as far away as Soap Lake, according to organizers. Mike and Kelly Sparano of Vancouver took home the coveted Best in Show trophy at the 28th annual event, which raises money for local charities. The event is organized by the Mustangs Unlimited Car Club.