Clark County — The words of 12 local poets are now displayed at businesses around Clark County as part of the Poets in the Shops competition created by the county's poet laureate, Christopher Luna. The contest received 54 submissions from 24 poets. The winners were honored at a June 27 reception at Vancouver's Angst Gallery, where they read from their works. For a list of the shops displaying the poems, visit http://bit.ly/UwnsX1.
At age 84, I am in my sixth year of volunteering as a docent on one of the cars of the Chelatchie Prairie tourist trains. I love this "job." I get to meet many interesting people and join in the families or other groups riding together to celebrate an event in their lives. It is also the source of lots of other fun. For example:
The following are local land-use proposals. The county or city may rate them in three categories: nonsignificant, no environmental impact study needed; nonsignificant, provided proponents meet certain conditions; and significant, requiring an environmental impact study.
Andresen/St. Johns — Ruth Cooper is very proud of her green thumb. Her gardening prowess has resulted in flourishing gardens in the front and backyards of her central Vancouver home. She has many types of berries, grapes, flowers and vegetables. She found her passion for the craft after growing up on a 400-acre farm in Oregon's Willamette Valley.
Bagley Downs — Vancouver-based Free Clinic of Southwest Washington recently received a $2,000 grant from Safeway Inc. that will help provide diabetes medications and supplies for its low-income patients. The Free Clinic's diabetes program helps newly diagnosed diabetes patients stabilize their blood sugar levels through medication management and regular blood testing. Patients receive monthly medications, a free eye exam, free lab tests and custom orthotics if needed; the Free Clinic also helps patients find primary care settings, where they can get ongoing care. The program served 30 to 35 people per month in 2013 for free, saving each person approximately $40 per month.
Cascade Highlands — A Cascade Highlands resident was applauded recently by his local neighborhood association for his efforts to spruce up the community. Mark Crawford has dedicated much of his time in the past few years spearheading a project in the Homestead Acres area to clean up foliage and improve a fence that lines the community. He even painted many panels of the fence.
Portland — Lifelong Vancouver resident Ken Thompson was director of the Columbia Boys Club in Portland for more than 30 years, and there's no telling how many kids he saved from trouble on the street, according to Jeff Brooks, who just retired after 26 years of coaching soccer and said he owes his first coaching job to Ken. A huge reunion of the Columbia Boys Club was held in Columbia Park on July 26, with Thompson and hundreds of others in attendance and a new college scholarship fund established in Thompson's name. The Ken Thompson Scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduate of Roosevelt or Jefferson high schools in Portland.