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Mary Ricks

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Eagle Scouts

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

Three Boy Scouts from the Fort Vancouver District successfully passed their Eagle Scout board of review in March and have been advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout.

Working in Clark County: Animal Behaviorist Carmen LeBlanc

By Mary Ricks April 21, 2014 6 a.m.

Carmen LeBlanc, once a newspaper reporter, wishes she'd started her second career earlier. After she took her dog to an obedience class, she found herself learning how to teach people to train animals. That made her want to learn more, so LeBlanc went back to school and got a master's degree in animal behavior. "It is most rewarding to bring an animal through the behavior process," she says.Name: Carmen LeBlanc.

Woman will celebrate 100th birthday Saturday

By Mary Ricks April 16, 2014 6 a.m.

Andresen: Virginia Rose Rouse was born April 21, 1914 in Nevada, Iowa. She will celebrate her 100th birthday with family and friends from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Jake's Bar and Grill, 4602 N.E. St. Johns Road.

Working in Clark County: Dentist Constant Lu

By Mary Ricks April 14, 2014 6 a.m.

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.

Working in Clark County: Ron Trujillo, paratransit driver

By Mary Ricks April 7, 2014 6 a.m.

Ron Trujillo drove a forklift for many years until the company was sold and he was out of a job. Unsure of what was next, he applied to be a paratransit driver at Golden Chariot Specialty Transport Service. There, Trujillo takes customer service to the highest level. “I like the challenge and responsibility of meeting new people who have challenges in their lives,” he says. “I make it a point to make them feel comfortable and safe.”

Religion calendar

By Mary Ricks April 5, 2014 6 a.m.

Events and services at Clark County churches

Clark County business calendar

By Mary Ricks March 31, 2014 6 a.m.


Working in Clark County: Peter Dougherty, chef/restaurant owner

By Mary Ricks March 31, 2014 6 a.m.

Peter Dougherty knew early in life he wanted to own a restaurant. He first job after culinary school was in the tropics. After that, Dougherty gained restaurant experience working in Portland. He and his wife, Lisa, opened La Bottega in downtown Vancouver eight years ago, and then opened Charlies Bistro across the street three years later. He was raised in a small town and says he likes Vancouver’s small-town feeling. “I wanted a place in my community,” Dougherty says. “My restaurant is a family endeavor.”

Religion calendar

By Mary Ricks March 29, 2014 6 a.m.

Events and services at Clark County churches

Birthday milestone: Spring turns 100

By Mary Ricks March 26, 2014 6 a.m.

Ramona Spring was born March 18, 1914, in Newman Grove, Neb. She celebrated her 100th birthday on March 18.

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