A homeowner in the 14000 block of Northeast 76th Street used a sprinkler to turn their front yard tree into an ice sculpture on Saturday. Vancouver's official low Saturday was 22 at Pearson Airfield, though it was several degrees colder in outlying areas.
Starting the week of Thanksgiving through mid-January, Clark County residents generate more than 500 additional tons of garbage compared to other 10-week stretches of the year, said Josy Wright, waste reduction manager for Waste Connections.
Hollywood — Vancouver musician Frank Murray's Tom Petty tribute band was recognized at the Los Angeles Music Awards last month. The annual event is meant to help with promotion and provide exposure for unsigned and independent musical acts. Petty Fever won for "Tribute Band of the Year." The awards ceremony was held Nov. 14 at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood. The band also includes Tim Baltus on guitar, Jack Codron on keyboards, Steve Kuepker on bass and Craig Ostbo on drums.
Those who live off 78th Street near St. Johns and Andresen roads north of Vancouver may notice less hissing and yowling in their neighborhood. Must Love Dogs NW recently rounded up 37 feral cats there.
In late October, my daughter and I went to Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands, for an "Art Adventure." The talented instructors, Lee Baughman and Susan Cowan, spent eight hours a day for five days helping a group of artists complete projects of our choice.
Hough — The One Life food pantry received $17,000 last month from the Meyer Memorial Trust. The grant will help the pantry reopen in a newly renovated facility at 1801 Daniels St. The Meyer Memorial Trust, a foundation funded by the estate of Fred G. Meyer, said it has awarded more than $8.5 million to Clark County nonprofit groups since it began in 1982.
Battle Ground — The important work of Battle Ground Public Schools' 24 school psychologists was highlighted during a mid-November school board meeting held during National School Psychologist Awareness Week. Battle Ground special education directors Denny Waters and Ellen Wiessner made a presentation to the board about the support school psychologists provide to students, while Tukes Valley Primary Psychologist Tamra Sheetz gave each board member a Gumby figurine. "This toy is known for its flexibility, just like us," said Sheetz, as quoted in a district newsletter. "We serve our kids by being flexible to their needs and supporting each other."
Ridgefield — Three Brothers Vineyard & Winery in Ridgefield won silver last month in a national wine competition. The winery placed second for its 2011 syrah red wine in the American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition.
Battle Ground — The unarmed and armed drill teams of Battle Ground High School's Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps won first place during the Northwest Drill and Rifle Columbia River Division competition. It's the first time either team has ranked highest in the divisional, held this year on Nov. 16 in Oregon City, Ore. The Unarmed Drill Team was commanded by junior Trey Bardonski; junior Ryan Williamson led the Armed Drill Team.
Vancouver Heights — A college readiness after-school program aimed at Vancouver middle schoolers received $5,000 from OnPoint Community Credit Union. OnPoint President Robert Stuart presented the money Nov. 18 at McLoughlin Middle School where students shared stories about how the College Compass Club helped them succeed academically. The program, known also as C3, is a collaboration between Vancouver Public Schools and Educational Service District 112.
Camas — The Jack, Will and Rob Boys and Girls Club in Camas received a $2,000 grant in November courtesy of Westlie Ford and the Ford Motor Co. Fund as part of the car company's Focus on Child Hunger campaign. Ford also donated $77,500 to 63 other Boys and Girls Clubs in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.