Cora DeBarber, above from left, Rebecca Hembree and Eliana Farber were among 30 students from Vancouver School of Arts and Academics who swapped their artist paintbrushes for larger brushes and rollers at Silver Buckle Ranch in Brush Prairie on Wednesday, when they painted arena walls and fences. Libby Templeton, right foreground, also participated in the schoolwide community service project, called the Day of Caring. The project allows all VSAA students to help in various ways around Clark County. The Vancouver Lowe's store, 11413 N.E. 76th Ave., and Valspar donated 15 gallons of paint plus a gift card for brushes and rollers. Silver Buckle Ranch is a nonprofit organization that helps youth improve mental, emotional and physical health while nurturing personal growth in life skills by performing ranch work and riding horses. Learn more at www.silverbuckleranch.org.
Hazel Dell — Several happy winners marched into the regional office of Washington's Lottery on Northeast 78th Street to claim their prizes in recent days. Construction worker Stephen Martin of Hazel Dell won $200,000 playing the Blackjack Tripler Scratch game. He was just planning a move to a larger house when he realized he had a big win. And, a still-anonymous Vancouver couple got a great 31st anniversary gift in the form of a $280,000 win in the Hit 5 game. They plan to take their grandchildren to Disneyland but otherwise plan to save most of the money.
Constant Lu opened his first office in Hazel Dell shortly after he graduated from dentistry school. “I like the community,” Lu says. “People are friendly, open and there are many ways for people to get involved.” Lu is very involved, donating many hours to providing dental services to those in need through Compassion Connect.
Skyview: Teens vying to become Mr. and Miss Columbia River during the annual pageant fundraiser for the Doernbecher Children's Hospital raised more than $115,000 through bakes sales, car washes and other means. There were 15 teams of male and female students competing. Nicole Williamson and Josh Macintosh won by raising more than $15,000. The money will go to Doernbecher's Kids Making Miracles program. The Mr. and Miss Columbia River Pageant was held March 22 at the Skyview High School Auditorium.