Ridgefield — It was a small world in downtown Ridgefield on May 1, as students from each grade in Union Elementary School celebrated cultural diversity by marching in the second annual Culture Day Parade.
By Patricia McHargue, Roads End neighborhood
May 20, 2015 6 a.m.
I recently read someplace that the light from the flame of a single candle can be seen as far as a mile. It jolted my memory of an occasion many years ago, when I was about 11 years old and living with my family on a farm in Southern England.
Salmon Creek — Karsyn Brinkley, 13, will be one of 26 competitors in the annual Miss Washington's Outstanding Teen, taking place May 23 to 24 in Burien. Brinkley is a seventh-grader at Alki Middle School. Her platform is Awareness, Support, Cure: Graves Disease, and she has been raising funds for the Graves Disease and Thyroid Foundation. For the talent portion of the competition, Brinkley will perform a tap dance. Miss Washington's Outstanding Teen competition is open to girls ages 13-17.
Clark County — Local artists Bonnie Bucknam and Mary Arnold were selected to have their works displayed Saturday at Quilt National 2015 in Athens, Ohio. Out of nearly 1,000 submissions, 86 were chosen, including Bucknam's "Estuary: Anaheim Back Bay" and Arnold's "Grandma Maude." It's the fourth time Bucknam has been selected for the show, and the first time for Arnold. According to a release from the show, Bucknam's quilt was inspired by her childhood growing up in Southern California, while Arnold's quilt is a remembrance of her grandmother based off a picture her mother took.
Battle Ground — More than 50 Battle Ground students from preschool and kindergarten through high school were honored during a school board meeting on May 11 for their submissions to the 56th annual Student Art Show. Best of Show went to Nadesda Gushtyuk, a Prairie High School 12th-grader, Pleasant Valley Middle School eighth-grader Blake Davison and Amelia Nelson, who's in third grade at Captain Strong Primary. The Grand Prize Winner was Mackenzie Alamillo, a Battle Ground High School 12th-grader. River HomeLink ninth-grader Kristen Bivens was given the Superintendent's Award. For the full list of honorees, go to www.battlegroundps.org/blog.
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Could you please explain why Vancouver residents are allowed to build campfires in their backyards, allowing smoke to blow into neighboring homes? When I informed my neighbors that their fire pit was hazardous to my family's health, I was told it's legal. Why would this blatant air pollution be allowed?