Battle Ground — The Clark County Newcomers Club donated $15,000 to Northwest Battle Buddies at a presentation on July 7. The club raised the money through a variety of sources, including two anonymous donors. The money will be used to train and team up dogs with veterans who have PTSD. The Clark County Newcomers Club aims to provide a network for fostering friendships in an atmosphere of mutual respect, and to support local charities and service endeavors. Shannon Walker, founder and president of Battle Buddies, was on hand with a few veterans to accept the check.
Battle Ground — Battle Ground Police Chief Bob Richardson was honored by the Northwest Justice Forum with the 2015 Regional Restorative Justice Award. He earned the award for his work in the field of restorative justice, which is the community response to crime that focuses on addressing the harms done to victims and communities by holding offenders meaningfully accountable for their offenses in order to create safe, healthy communities, according to a release. He was presented with the award by Eric Gilman, program manager at Clark County Juvenile Court, and was nominated for the award by the juvenile court staff.
HOCKINSON — Ten-year-old John Charles had seen the collection of Nike shoes, designed by kids his age, on display at Doernbecher Children's Hospital while receiving medical care at the Portland hospital. But he never imagined he would one day be among the patient-designers.
Recreational burning is banned in La Center, Battle Ground and unincorporated Clark County, effective immediately, due to the extreme dry weather. The areas joined Vancouver, which banned recreational fires on Wednesday.
Battle Ground — The Lewis River Rotary and Battle Ground Rotary clubs teamed up to raise money for the North County Food Bank, donating a combined $13,500 to the organization. The funds raised throughout the year will benefit local students with scholarships, as well as cultural and educational experiences. The two Rotary clubs held a joint auction to raise the money.
CAMAS — Teeth gripping a plastic pipe fitting, Smokey Fritz climbed a ladder inside a house under construction. Fritz joined two lengths of flexible plastic pipe with the fitting, pulled a tool from her back pocket and crimped the pipe.
Battle Ground — Continuing construction work on state Highway 502 will temporarily restrict left turns along a stretch of the highway next week, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Happy Fourth of July! Pack a picnic and head out to one of three local fireworks shows. Ridgefield's annual 4th of July Celebration is best known for its big, patriotic parade, which begins at 11 this morning along Main Avenue. Visitors can explore the activities in the kids zone, watch the pie-eating contest at 4 p.m. and enjoy live music from noon to 6 p.m. for $5 wristband. There will be dancing in Refuge Overlook Park with High Fidelity Entertainment at 6 p.m. for free. And the community fireworks show begins at 10 p.m. near the boat launch marina, with viewing along Railroad Avenue.