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Working in Clark County: Mark Rodgers, traffic signal technologist

By Mary Ricks January 19, 2015 6 a.m.

Mark Rodgers likes to know how things work. He started taking computer programing classes after serving in the Army. While working for the Oregon Department of Transportation he figured out how to repair the computer-run traffic signals. Now he trains others on how to repair the signals. "I am known as 'The Guy' in knowing how to fix the signals," Rodgers said.

Working in Clark County: Eva Metcalfe, electronics recycler

By Mary Ricks January 12, 2015 6 a.m.

Eva Metcalfe and her mother started their e-recycle business with some tools, one table, one chair, and a desire to make Clark County greener. Although the work is physically hard, she likes working with her mother, Rachel Treasure.

Working in Clark County: Frank Costanza, field survey technician

By Mary Ricks January 5, 2015 6 a.m.

After serving in the military, Frank Costanza was volunteering with a mountain rescue group when one of the other volunteers told him about a surveyor job at MacKaySposito. Costanza applied and was hired. "I like the camaraderie. … It is nice to bond with others and experience something new together," Costanza says.

Six advance to rank of Eagle Scout

By Mary Ricks December 24, 2014 6 a.m.

Six Boy Scouts from the Fort Vancouver District successfully passed their Eagle Scout board of review during October and November and have been advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout.

Working in Clark County: James Winther, activities assistant

By Mary Ricks December 22, 2014 6 a.m.

"I want every day to be great for the folks living at Glenwood Place Senior Living," James Winther says. Although he was born with optic nerve damage and can't drive, it doesn't diminish Winther's energy and enthusiasm for his job as an activities assistant. He keeps the seniors involved and moving, especially with the bean bag baseball game. Only a handful of residents participated in the game when he started, and now there are 60 enthusiastic players. "I love to be able to put a smile on their faces when I do an activity with them," Winther added.

Working in Clark County: Barbara Erskine, speech pathologist

By Mary Ricks December 15, 2014 6 a.m.

Barbara Erskine has always known what she wanted to do in life. She became a speech pathologist and today is still as passionate about her career as when she first began. "I am always happiest when helping other people. I get a wonderful feeling to be part of seeing my clients overcome their communication challenges," she said.

Mountain View sophomore achieves Eagle Scout rank

By Mary Ricks December 10, 2014 6 a.m.

Connor Franklin Johnson, 15, received his Eagle Scout award on Nov. 22 at St. Andrew Lutheran Church. He is a member of Columbia Gorge District, Troop 648. His scoutmaster is Jim Sciortino.

Working in Clark County: Ed Buma, journeyman lineman/serviceman

By Mary Ricks December 8, 2014 6 a.m.

Ed Buma knew he didn't want to have a desk job. He didn't get one. As a journeyman lineman/serviceman he is always outside and many times has left home in the middle of the night to go out in freezing rain or snow. "My job has been very rewarding to me," the easygoing Camas resident says. "You just have to put on your gear and suck it up, because you are out there until you get the lights back on."

Working in Clark County: Ron Wells, cobbler

By Mary Ricks December 1, 2014 6 a.m.

Ron Wells has been repairing shoes most of his life. I am always learning something new, he says. Educating the public about repairing shoes instead of buying new is a challenge. Shoes are not a throwaway product.

Working in Clark County: Todd Shade, C-Tran coach operator

By Mary Ricks November 24, 2014 6 a.m.

When he was a youngster, Todd Shade rode the bus around Portland with his grandmother. He told her someday he would be driving the bus. He kept his promise and this year his peers awarded him the title C-Tran Operator of the Year. "I enjoy what I do," Shade said. "I like the interaction with the riders and other people at C-Tran."

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