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.
It's hard work being queen. As the 2015 Vancouver Rodeo queen, an ambassador of the 45th annual event, Felicia Harrison has already appeared at nine parades and six rodeos. That includes her appearance at the Portland Rose Festival's Grand Floral Parade on June 6, where she won the individual award for best rodeo queen, a first for the Vancouver Rodeo.
Battle Ground — Amy Schrater's entry was named the winner of the 2015 Harvest Days Poster Contest. Her poster contains smiling faces, hungry chickens and a large strawberry. Schrater, a stay-at-home mother and part-time nurse, will receive a framed copy of her poster at Harvest Days' opening ceremony on July 18. Her work will be used in the Harvest Days commemorative poster and other marketing pieces.
Wednesday marks the dawn of a new era in the Northwest recreational marijuana market. While possession becomes legal in Oregon for adults 21 and older that day, a bill ushering in a number of sweeping changes to Washington's recreational marijuana system also will become law.
BATTLE GROUND — Battle Ground Public Schools has announced more administrative changes for the 2015-16 school year. Ron Hutchison will be interim principal at Pleasant Valley Primary School. He will replace Melissa Mitchell, who recently resigned.
By Linda Daley, Battle Ground
June 24, 2015 6 a.m.
About 18 years ago, I moved into my first home as a divorced single woman. My sons were grown and had moved away, and my parents lived in California ... and yet they are always willing to help me if I had a need.
Battle Ground — When Battle Ground Primary School fourth-graders hopped on their school bus to Olympia, there was an extra bus rider who knows the area pretty well: Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center. On June 15, Rivers and the students traveled to Olympia so the students could tour the Capitol. In a release from her office, Rivers said she tries to meet with local students whenever they go to Olympia for a tour. "When I met with teacher Sandy Montecucco earlier this year, she asked if I'd like to come along on her fourth-grade class' field trip from start to finish," Rivers said in the release. "I was thrilled to have the opportunity today to see our state government and Capitol building with fresh eyes."