After housing, energy bills are often one of our biggest living expenses. So it can be enticing to be offered a quick way to cut those bills down to a fraction of the former cost. But sometimes things that seem too good to be true, are.
This would be a good time to begin making entries in a garden journal if you haven't already started one. Keep a running list of plants as you buy them. I add them to my notebook/journal by date of purchase. I know fellow gardeners who keep their journals on a computer, which allows them to view their collection in alphabetical order. Choose any method that works best for you. Think of keeping a journal as one of the simplest and most useful chores you will ever have to do.
By June Williams, Brush Prairie
March 25, 2015 6 a.m.
Mac and I each owned a car — and I use the term loosely — when we married in 1967. We sold my Pepto Bismol-pink Rambler to a friend for a song, and that song was, "How much can you afford?" We left the Rambler parked in front of his house while he was out of town. When he returned, the car had a dead battery and three flat tires. For some reason, our friendship cooled soon after that transaction.
By Howard J. Bennett, Special to The Washington Post
March 25, 2015 6 a.m.
Most inventions come about as the result of hard work. Thomas Edison, one of the greatest inventors of all time, famously said, "Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration." (When I was growing up, my mom loved to repeat that to me whenever I dawdled or had trouble with my homework).
With recent TV appearances on the "Today" show and MSNBC, a trip to The Weinstein Co. Oscar party in Hollywood, Calif., and the launch of a national book tour, it's apparent that Vancouver's once-little YouTube channel has grown up.
Just about every day of the year has an event or holiday attached to it, and March 22 is no exception. Today is World Water Day, as declared by the United Nations General Assembly back in 1993. As you might surmise from its name, World Water Day was created to highlight issues and concerns surrounding the planet's freshwater resources.
Like the first day of spring, the return of the Vancouver Farmers Market features the bright colors of the season with the promise of summer. Visitors can wander the market for bouquets of daffodils, find the last of the winter produce and meet new craft vendors from tea maker to pet products. The farmers market is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 1 along Sixth and Esther streets, downtown Vancouver. 360-737-8298 or www.vancouverfarmersmarket.com
Sharon Wood Wortman has been Portland's "Bridge Lady" for more than two decades. She's the author of "The Portland Bridge Book," with her bridge engineer husband, Ed Wortman. She has led bridge walking tours and taught bridge building classes to eager students.
By Karen Livingston for The Columbian
March 20, 2015 6 a.m.
Feast 316 recently opened in historic downtown Camas. The restaurant is owned by Tim and Melissa McCusker, who also own Harvest restaurant just a few blocks away. Feast 316 is family friendly and features steak, seafood and pasta, as well as wine and craft cocktails.