Hazel Dell — Members of The Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Washington joined other helpers from the Washington State University Master Gardener Program to prepare the Hazel Dell School and Community Garden for the tantalizingly near growing season. Dozens of students spread soil, donated by Yard 'n Garden Land, and performed other maintenance on the Feb. 24 volunteer day.
Hazel Dell — Altrusa of Clark County, a chapter of an international service club, gave $1,000 to Hazel Dell Elementary School to help support its annual literacy promotion, the Hazel Dell Exchange Extravaganza. Club members, including President Tina Smith, gave books to families at the school event. The grant came from the Altrusa Family Literacy Initiative.
Bagley Downs — Susan Nieman has joined the board of directors of the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington. Nieman, a registered nurse who holds bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing, is an instructor in the medical-surgical and psychiatric training programs at Clark College. She is also a registered nurse and training officer in the United States Reserve Army, and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009-2010 and again in 2012 to provide mental health care for soldiers. She is a graduate of the nursing programs at Clark College and Washington State University.
Landover-Sharmel — Vancouver's Moose Lodge gave $1,200 in on Feb. 5 to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, which supports injured veterans. Lodge 1774 presented the check to a representative from the Washington State Northern Idaho Moose Association, who will give it to the veterans project.
Mountain View — Mountain View's Lady Thunder basketball team and the Booster Club raised $1,620 in the fight against breast cancer at the annual Shoot for the Cure game. The team presented the money Feb. 7 to Breast Friends, an Oregon-based organization that helps women survive the trauma of cancer.
Hudson's Bay — Fort Vancouver National Trust's Pearson Field Education Center won the NW Spirit of Aviation Airport Award in February from the Washington Aviation Association, an honor heralding those who show "extraordinary passion and commitment to the aviation industry." The award was given at the association's annual banquet. "It is a great privilege and honor to have the efforts of our volunteers recognized for their excellence in aviation education," Director of Aviation Education Programs Laureano Mier said in a press release.
Hockinson — Hockinson High School's state champion competitive coed cheer team finished in the top 20 in February at the Universal Cheerleaders Association's National High School Cheer Competition in Florida.
West Hazel Dell — The budding artists at Lake Shore Elementary School won a first prize of $1,000 at the 21st annual Winter Wonderland Children's Art Contest. All participating schools submitted an original 4-by-8-foot mural to the contest. Murals were displayed in the annual drive-though Winter Wonderland holiday light show at Portland International Raceway in Portland. Thousands of visitors voted for their top three favorites. The Lake Shore mural, created by students under the guidance of teacher Erin Stromme, took first place. On Feb. 25, Stromme and her students accepted a check from Winter Wonderland; the money will pay for art supplies and tools for the West Hazel Dell school.
Ridgefield — For its efforts to help improve the lives of Clark County residents, local 4-H rabbit club Country Critters won the Chevron's Washington State Best Community Pride Club Award in February. Club members and their parents attended a recent Know Your Government dinner in Olympia, where they received a certificate and $300. Country Critters' efforts to feed hungry people in Clark County include its Bunnies Battling Hunger Program, and partnerships with companies and agencies to bring in donations for the Clark County Food Bank. The group is asking for canned food donations March 17-30, which can be dropped off at any Burgerville restaurant in the county.
Sifton — Neighbors came together on a Saturday in late February to clean up the remains of a transient camp that had developed at the property that used to be Wade's Auto Body on Fourth Plain Boulevard near 124th Avenue.
Sifton — Growing up in a big, poor family on a Kansas farm made going to the movies a rare treat for Bonnie McCourtney. She adored child star Shirley Temple — who was two years her junior, and who died about a month ago at age 85 — but always knew that her family couldn't afford a Shirley Temple doll. Many decades later, though, McCourtney responded to a magazine ad and treated herself to eight Shirley Temple dolls, each one costumed for a different Temple movie. She mostly kept them pristine in their original boxes — until she gave all but one away to her great-granddaughters. McCourtney's remaining doll is "Stand Up and Cheer," her favorite. She's saving that last doll in case there's ever another great-granddaughter.