Esther Short: Jeanne Stewart, a former Vancouver city councilor who worked to help boost recycling efforts on the Clark County Solid Waste Advisory Commission, is being inducted into the Washington State Recycling Association's Hall of Fame. Stewart and others will be honored for their recycling achievements at a gala during the association's annual conference on May 6 at the Hilton Vancouver Washington. The ceremony will also applaud a handful of "Recyclers of the Year" from around the state, including the King County Solid Waste Division, the Plastic Whale Project in Thurston County and Amazon.com for its recyclable packaging initiative. Other hall of fame inductees include Bart Kale of Nucor Steel's Seattle division and Earl Snyder, who created the Kirkland Recycling Center business. before his death in 1987
Esther Short — Customers, vendors, volunteers and others working behind the scenes helped the Vancouver Farmers Market recently raise $2,848 in donations for the mudslide-disaster relief effort in Oso. The money went directly to efforts in Oso via the Mount Rainier chapter of the American Red Cross. Folks made donations in the parking lot and at the information and "shop & drop" booths.
Northcrest: The Northcrest neighborhood, in central Vancouver, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its neighborhood association this month. The mostly residential community formed a board in 1994 for volunteers to help promote activities and awareness of issues in the area. The neighborhood association will celebrate the anniversary at its April 24 meeting at 7 p.m. at Northcrest Community Church, 5602 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver.
Hazel Dell — Several happy winners marched into the regional office of Washington's Lottery on Northeast 78th Street to claim their prizes in recent days. Construction worker Stephen Martin of Hazel Dell won $200,000 playing the Blackjack Tripler Scratch game. He was just planning a move to a larger house when he realized he had a big win. And, a still-anonymous Vancouver couple got a great 31st anniversary gift in the form of a $280,000 win in the Hit 5 game. They plan to take their grandchildren to Disneyland but otherwise plan to save most of the money.
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Glenwood — Rabbi Elizabeth Dunsker of Congregation Kol Ami was in Chicago recently to attend the Central Conference of American Rabbis and to get a haircut on behalf of the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which sponsors pediatric cancer research. The group wanted to recruit 36 rabbis because of the Jewish teaching that the whole world is sustained by 36 unknown but righteous people. In the end, more than 70 rabbis raised $570,000 for St. Baldrick. The effort was in memory of the late Sam "Superman" Sommer, the son of rabbis, who died of cancer last year at age 8. Dunsker herself raised $7,000 with the help of Bat Mitzvah student Anna Amundson. "When we feel helpless the thing to do is act," Dunsker said. Anyone can continue contributing to her total at http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/660841/2014.
Skyview: Teens vying to become Mr. and Miss Columbia River during the annual pageant fundraiser for the Doernbecher Children's Hospital raised more than $115,000 through bakes sales, car washes and other means. There were 15 teams of male and female students competing. Nicole Williamson and Josh Macintosh won by raising more than $15,000. The money will go to Doernbecher's Kids Making Miracles program. The Mr. and Miss Columbia River Pageant was held March 22 at the Skyview High School Auditorium.