As he readies to retire this Thanksgiving week, Bob West, an energy counselor and Clark Public Utilities employee for 33 years, checks his phone messages. The woman's voice at the other end was full of emotion. She'd heard of his retirement. She wondered who she was going to call for energy advice now, because West had handled her questions for many years. Finally she gathered herself up and, apologizing for her emotion, wished him a happy retirement. "It's nice to hear that I've had that kind of impact on a person's life," West says, then picks up the phone to call her back.
Even the sound of the word, Thanksgiving, appeals to me. My penchant for searching the dictionary to help me understand the true meaning of a word leads me to the following definitions. Thanksgiving: 1. the act of giving thanks; grateful acknowledgment of benefits or favors, especially to God; 2. an expression of thanks, especially to God; 3. a public celebration in acknowledgment of divine favor or kindness.
My husband did some work for a person at a bulb farm, and the owner gave him a bag of daffodil bulbs. I'm looking at them and can't tell what they are -- some are rather large round, and feel heavy for their size, others are longish and skinner, several have new one growing off the side. Can you guess by my description what they are?
Diamond Boedeker is used to preparing food for her family in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. This year, she prepared the holiday meal for a much larger and unexpected family: the inmates at the Clark County Jail Work Center.
By Lucas Wiseman for The Columbian
November 27, 2013 6 p.m.
When Google searching "50 Shades of Grey" and "WSU Vancouver," the last thing you expect to read about is an art gallery. The best-selling "Grey" series of bawdy novels features a fictional student at the very real branch campus of Washington State University.
I've been thinking about apple pie quite a bit lately. No doubt the forthcoming Thanksgiving dinner has influenced my thoughts. After all, a post-turkey nibble must include a slice of homemade apple pie. I mean no disrespect to the traditional pumpkin pie, but a juicy, tart apple pie is the apple of my eye at this time of year.
Find all the fixings for your Thanksgiving and holiday tables as the Vancouver Farmers Market hosts a special Harvest Market. Late-season produce, from squash to peppers, baked goods, and locally raised meats will be available for purchase. The Clark County Food Bank will also be in attendance for a holiday food drive.
By By Alan Sculley for The Columbian
November 22, 2013 6 a.m.
Last fall, Trans-Siberian Orchestra made the biggest change ever to its annual holiday tour. After having performed its rock opera "Christmas Eve and Other Stories" as the centerpiece of its show for its entire 13-year touring history, founder and band leader Paul O'Neill decided to spotlight a different rock opera.
By Karen Livingston for The Columbian
November 22, 2013 6 a.m.
Hudson’s Bar & Grill at the Heathman Lodge provides a rustic dining experience with a seasonal menu of items made with fresh, local ingredients. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner selections focus on some favorites of the Northwest with a touch of innovation on comfort dishes.